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NightWatcher13

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  1. Still been crazy busy lol, I had typed out an update a while ago but must have forgotten to hit post on it. TL,DR though - stuff has been going pretty awesome (if extra busy) Quick update here though: - Mom's injury - she was well enough to go home after one month, then on a follow up visit got the all clear from the neurosurgeon and got Dani back from my sister. She's doing well, thanks much for everyone who wished her well / prayed for recovery. - Work - Up until last week I actually had a couple of months with no OT, getting some tacked on from last week through at least next week but nothing too onerous. The job's still going well, and I've gotten to the point where I feel comfortable with my competence at the work. - Food prep - I've been able to keep up with this pretty well (with some additional help and encouragement from the final point in this list), and I've actually finally lost a few pounds - my weight the last several weigh ins has been under 250. - Therapy - I've been working with a therapist via Zoom that I reached out to shortly after my last post. It's been a good fit, she also has ADHD so a lot of my struggles are not only things she learned about in her training, but also issues she personally has dealt with. (Also, apparently my self diagnosed anxiety was not exactly that - it's PTSD. Which explains a lot 😅) - Reading - Y'all, I've read like 10 books since my last update - mostly audiobooks at work, and largely suggestions from - Boyfriend - about the time I made my last update was also when I matched with a guy online who seemed to check all the items on my list, with no red flags I could sus out easily, and we traded book recommendations etc while chatting on Messenger. A month later he took me on a couple of dates, including to The Book Loft (huge awesome bookstore in Columbus, could not recommend it more) and tl,dr we've been going out ever since - which is where most of the non-work busyness has come from since he lives about an hour and a half away. We just went out canoeing this past weekend I'll hop back in for the next challenge after this one wraps up, I wrote myself a note for that week in my bullet journal so I don't forget ^^; Miss you all
  2. Well, that was a whole rodeo for a few weeks - TL,DR had some issues with time, stress and internet the last few weeks : - Mom had an accident (more details in spoiler on 1st post) and spent almost a week in ICU, - OT hit at work, so I'm on day 7/8 working straight, 1-7 all 12's, tomorrow is an 8 hr shift so I get a bit of a break there, (I'm actually posting from work currently, since they don't really mind us web surfing a bit so long as our work gets done and today's a slow day) - My internet decided to entirely die - it coincided with 1 of the 3 windstorms we had a couple of weeks ago so I thought that was the cause, finally emailed the landlord to ask about it a few days ago, they sent a tech out and my router's broadcaster was dead 🤦‍♀️ so down side, no internet for a while for no good reason - up side that was an easy fix and I upgraded to a better router. So that's been the struggle side of the last few weeks for me/my family, other than checking in here: Food tracking - I have not been great at food tracking, HOWEVER - I did the inverse, and managed to plan/prep ahead during days off well and wrote the planned items down in a Clever Fox food/fitness journal I picked up. So - I'm going to take half credit there, may not have actively tracked the food, but I was definitely intentional about planning it and kept to the plan 2.5 pts/wk * 3 weeks Exercise - wk 1 I got 2 sessions in (1 walk, 1 yoga) and week 2 I got 3 in (all yoga). This past week I did not have time/energy while working 12 hr shifts every day to do exercise, but will rectify that situation next week when I have some days off (already have a walk planned with a friend on my 1st day off) week 1 - 2 pts week 2 - 3 pts week 3 - 0 pts Reading - I have not done this that I've tracked I think; my actual tracker is at home but I'm pretty sure I'm at 0 for that one for the last 2 weeks at least (may have some from week 1, but that would be it) LQ - Therapy - Ironically, I have not had the time to reach out for this yet. I do have a recommendation for a local therapist from another lady at work though
  3. Thanks, she's doing well and out of the hospital, staying in [our town] with my sister and BiL rather than going home just yet.
  4. Hey all, the actual challenge portion of this challenge is going to be a literal copy/paste from last challenge. Overall other than checking in, the last challenge was a step of improvement, and I'm actually down 13lbs now from where I started so that's a nice change, and I feel like I can actually consider that a start for weight loss rather than just my natural weight fluctuations. But last weekend I / my family had a massive incident that's got us all on edge, and is also the driving force behind me going from "I need therapy soon" to "OK, I need therapy friggin NOW!" and am putting that on my challenge as a separate item. Explanation in spoiler, includes dog attack, fall and head injury so please be warned if you're sensitive to those topics. The short version - mom got hurt while we were walking, is in hospital. Main Quest 2023 - Developing my Roots Side Quest 1: Checking in - I'm going to find 2 times a week that I can schedule a check-in on here (Tapatalk has never worked on any phone I've owned, so I have to do this via computer unfortunately) to help develop accountability for myself here, and help others on here more with theirs by checking in more regularly on their challenges. 2 points/check in, 4 point max/week Side Quest 2: Food tracking - I was doing fairly well with this last challenge, but during my last couple of weeks of training this went to the wayside. The main idea here right now isn't to change much, but to track and have a view of what's going in vs what I'm burning in theory, so I can have that data when I'm ready to actually strategize making changes. 1 point/check in, 5 point max/week Side Quest 3: Exercise - I might make a dice chart for this at some point to help me make decisions for what to do, but I have: - 30 Days of Yoga that I want to go through 2-3 sessions/week - YMCA options (swimming, classes when they fit my schedule, weight room/indoor track) - VR exercise (especially BeatSaber and BoxVR for cardio) - I found out with QG that I actually really like Zumba if I can find some YouTube vids that work for that - Walking (with or without Zombies, Run!) So I have no lack of options, but I do need to take some time to actively consider what my work out program looks like moving forward and how to fit this around my schedule now. 1 point/session, 3 points week (up to 2 bonus points available/week) Life Quest: Reading - I'm putting this here in place of the crafting this round until I feel more grounded with it, I was getting more regular with it (keep up for a few days, miss a couple, catch up then keep up for a few days, rinse repeat) but did drop it entirely during my last couple of weeks of training up till yesterday. The Bookwyrm isn't going anywhere, but might not get picked up for a bit. 0.5 point/day, 3 point max/week Added life quest - find a therapist, and get treatment scheduled
  5. End of challenge - I'm gonna do a pretty quick, surface-level check in here so I can get the new one made, but: - food tracking was kinda 50/50 - exercise overall went well, but I still need to get over to the Y more often & get the dice chart made at some point, - reading was very hit or miss but heavy on the miss - but still more reading than I was doing. - Checking in was the thing I struggled with the most, with some weeks literally pulling out the computer and pulling up the site several times but not actually getting anything posted. Why? No idea besides "am distractable". Weight is actually down a total of 13lbs from the 265 where I started though, and overall things have been going well. Some life stuff just went super sideways last weekend though (will give a Spoiler in the new challenge), overall I'm going to leave the next challenge the same with one added thing - GET. TO. THERAPY! Cause that just went from something I need badly but is in the background to "I think my brain is stuck and broken right now because <potentially triggering spoiler discussion on next challenge> and I need help processing"
  6. ... oh, right. The check in. The in of checking, checking in. THAT check. Week of Feb 20: - Checking in 4/4, had the original post and remembered to stop in here later that week - Food Tracking 3/5 - Exercise 3/3, got a walk in early in the week then yoga two other days - Reading - 2/3 points, got 4 days of reading in Week of Feb 27: - Checking in 0/4, i pulled out the computer and got distracted from it the entire time 🤦‍♀️ - Food Tracking 0/5 - Exercise 1/3, I got yoga in one day. Had a lot of movement in on other days, but no other actual exercise - Reading - 0/3 points, I think I actually had some reading in here I just also didn't track ANYTHING other than what FitBit caught this week so I have no records of it. Week of Mar 6: - Checking in 0/4 - Food Tracking 2/5 - Exercise 3/3, went for a long walk with my roommate from College for her birthday on Monday, then did yoga with a friend Friday and a solo walk on Saturday - Reading - 0/3 points, I actually did remember to use my tracker just didn't pause to read I swear, I had the laptop out like 5 times over the last few weeks and kept putting it down to go deal with xyz other life detail. This week is going smoother so far though, aside from wanting a nap most of the day cause I'm on nights this week. So far this week, I got yoga in yesterday and a Zumba class scheduled with a friend Thursday night, and have a couple of days of food tracked so far.
  7. I've had times like that, I always forget to look in the frozen section when they're out in the fresh section too. Breasts can be a lot more of a pain to cook right for sure
  8. Budget Bytes has some good options and does a good job of keeping prices low and I use them a lot for individual recipes or snack pack ideas. I've mostly been using Mealime for the last year and change for my actual meal planning since the app will also make a grocery list for you and can take your preferences and make a meal plan for you instead of having to pick individual meals each week. Both are omnivorous, but with a decent vegetarian/vegan selection and you can tell Mealime to only show veggie options Most of the options on there have a decent amount of protein too (This burrito bowl is one of my favorite recipes I've probably made 1-2x/mo since I tried it, and the only non-vegan ingredient is the cheese that can easily be dropped) ETA Mealime link
  9. Y'all rock Waanie, right now I have The Daily Stoic (stoic philosophy bits) and On This Day in History Sh!t Went Down (a very irreverent but interesting look at something that happened that specific day in history), since that gives me a couple of pages with a daily marker on them to try to read - probably takes 5 minutes to read them both if I'm in a rush, but they're also something I can spend a bit more time reflecting on if I have a bit. Not this challenge, but soon I want to start adding a book or two off of my To Read list to the challenge to finish by the end of the challenge. But first - reading habit 😅
  10. Hey all! Haven't been super great about keeping up on here, but overall things have been going super well the last couple of months (details in spoiler) I'm super happy with how things have been going with my mental and physical health, but I do think I need to add more emphasis on actually checking in here to develop that memory muscle and help me develop a better accountability structure on here - since the main issue there has been me being bad at remembering to post on here 😅 Main Quest 2023 - Developing my Roots Side Quest 1: Checking in - I'm going to find 2 times a week that I can schedule a check-in on here (Tapatalk has never worked on any phone I've owned, so I have to do this via computer unfortunately) to help develop accountability for myself here, and help others on here more with theirs by checking in more regularly on their challenges. 2 points/check in, 4 point max/week Side Quest 2: Food tracking - I was doing fairly well with this last challenge, but during my last couple of weeks of training this went to the wayside. The main idea here right now isn't to change much, but to track and have a view of what's going in vs what I'm burning in theory, so I can have that data when I'm ready to actually strategize making changes. 1 point/check in, 5 point max/week Side Quest 3: Exercise - I might make a dice chart for this at some point to help me make decisions for what to do, but I have: - 30 Days of Yoga that I want to go through 2-3 sessions/week - YMCA options (swimming, classes when they fit my schedule, weight room/indoor track) - VR exercise (especially BeatSaber and BoxVR for cardio) - I found out with QG that I actually really like Zumba if I can find some YouTube vids that work for that - Walking (with or without Zombies, Run!) So I have no lack of options, but I do need to take some time to actively consider what my work out program looks like moving forward and how to fit this around my schedule now. 1 point/session, 3 points week (up to 2 bonus points available/week) Life Quest: Reading - I'm putting this here in place of the crafting this round until I feel more grounded with it, I was getting more regular with it (keep up for a few days, miss a couple, catch up then keep up for a few days, rinse repeat) but did drop it entirely during my last couple of weeks of training up till yesterday. The Bookwyrm isn't going anywhere, but might not get picked up for a bit. 0.5 point/day, 3 point max/week
  11. I've been struggling with that too 😅 Oh sweet! Me too, we'll have to share recipes! Sometimes the challenge structure doesn't necessarily work with where you are, I think overall the Battle Log structure works better when you're trying to get your feet back under you. And it seems like you're doing a good job at that too
  12. Ok, note to self for next challenge - put in calendar reminders to pop in here 😅 So far, things are still going super well - I did struggle to get exercise in for the last couple of weeks of training/testing before being signed off, and one of the weeks I wound up needing more help in the food department via Walmart and Aldi ready-to-go soups and salads because I didn't have the mental energy at home to prep the food I'd gotten, but that's still leaps and bounds past where I was a few months ago. Challenge check-in: Exercise : The last two weeks of training I had 2 exercise sessions one week, and 1 session the next. The rest of the weeks in the challenge I had 3-4 exercise sessions. 12/15 total points Reading : Based on my habit tracker ticks, looks like I got 8.5 points/15 total this challenge Food tracking: The first 4 weeks of the challenge I got 3+ days tracked per week, the last week this completely fell to the side. 12/15 points for the challenge Crafting : I had no points assigned to this, but I didn't get any farther than painting the dragon with a layer of primer so he's ready to actually paint. - challenge total: 32.5/45 points Overall, didn't go perfectly - but it was a lot of progress. Now, for the non-numerical stuff: - I got my budget re-adjusted, with a focus on paying off debt - I opened a separate account with a local credit union, and have my paychecks set to put an amount similar to my previous pay level in my "normal" account, and the rest of the money going to the separate account specifically to be used for paying off all outstanding debts, which actually might be able to be payed off within the year depending on overtime. - I got signed off on 2/10, which came with a raise for going from trainee to tech 1, and also got a bid for a breaker position that means I'll get to learn the rest of the labs (and also get raises for learning each one since it bumps me up a tech level). - This current week is my last week with QG, they were helpful and exactly what I needed from last august through starting this new position, but I'll be using the Y and the stuff I've been practicing with QG at home to continue forward. - I had my first appointment with my neurologist earlier this month, got more info from him about what it looks like actually happened as well as some additional testing that's scheduled for tomorrow. Not perfect, but I'm pretty happy with how things are going currently.
  13. I definitely don't blame you there! There's a whole world of nice cozy soups out there that are ridiculously good this time of year Pretty well, busy but not in a bad way at all next week is my testing / sign off time at the new job. Challenge wise, I've been able to keep up with exercise and food prep (especially with help from HungryRoot for the time being) and doing ok with the reading, I've had to catch up a couple of times. Unfortunately I haven't made any more progress on the dragon 😕 Need to pull him and the paints out again sometime soon. And also remember to get on here and post more often 😅
  14. Sounds like you're doing better than I tend to with bar chords - I need to pick my guitar back up later this year too! Can't wait to see the Nosferatu when it's finished. Doing (or redoing) a budget can definitely be a pain in the butt, I have a friend who has hers done in her bujo and it's super detailed. Overall looks like you'[re doing super well
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