NightWatcher13

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  1. NightWatcher13

    Whisper Grows Up, Cuts the Crap and Learns to Sleep!

    Fair warning, even older adults in my life have told me they feel like they need an adult... cause none of us have it figured out Good luck this challenge, and good job avoiding the tempting sugar and grabbing food around it - I won't lie I probably wouldn't have done so well at that
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    NightWatcher13 is back... Again, and a mite grumpy

    *Waves* well met! Thanks much, I hope moving forward does go a bit more smoothly this round
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    NightWatcher13 - rekindling the flames

    Speaking of NightWatcher interrupted... New challenge is up, with a less videogame-based theme ^^;
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    The Long Night

    https://images.app.goo.gl/twPF86PD1UAZaULX7 I'm in! Or as Pippin so eloquently put it, "Right! ...where are we going?" Sent from my moto x4 using Tapatalk
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    Waanie's flexibility challenge

    Ouch, but good that you're doing work with a physio to get your body back to working order. And yay for trip! Sent from my moto x4 using Tapatalk
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    Wobbegong: A Creature of Habit

    Am back, and following! How has everything gone since the move? (Have been out of the loop for a bit, I only half joke when I say I've been living under a rock [emoji28]) Sent from my moto x4 using Tapatalk
  7. Yup, it's me. On the plus side, the new career trajectory is going really well... On the other hand, I've been working a lot and trying to get things sorted, so time has been an illusion for a few months. Actual progress (outside of work) - over the last few months I've signed up for the local Y and a yoga class there, and while I haven't been minding my diet as much as I'd like to be I haven't gained more weight so that's a plus. But I've settled into the new apartment, am extremely happy at the new job and actually feel like I'm making some progress in life in general... Which I haven't really been able to say for a long time. Goals? Main goal - reclaiming my time (and still my health as well) SG1 - getting up earlier. (4 points/week) I'm glad my job is flexible and I'm basically allowed to get in anytime between 6am and 8am (and I haven't been yelled at for being later than that on occasion), but my base shift when I don't have overtime is 4 10-hr shifts, so getting in at 8am means I'm there till 6pm. So I need to get better at getting up in the morning when my alarm goes off instead of snoozing. Which means I need to get better at going to bed on time. SG2 - food (5 points/week) So dieting doesn't sound fun. At all. But my knees are also getting more painful and my fat is actually limiting my flexibility more than my actual muscles are in Yoga right now, so I do need to get my food under control before I wind up with damage, either from all the sugar (family history of diabetes that I need to watch out for) or mechanically to my knees. Don't get me wrong, I'll probably always be heavy and I'm good with that, but I don't feel happy or comfortable in my body currently and it's making physical activity harder, so I need to get the diet under control so my body can get back to a more comfortable setpoint. I'm at 250-260 right now, ultimately I'd like to get back to 150ish - that being said if I get to 180 and my body's happy, I'm happy. So for now, my actual goal on this will be to track my food 5 days a week at minimum, and post it for accountability. SG3 - Physical activity (5 points/week) As mentioned, I opted to take a yoga class at the local Y that meets twice a week and now have a membership there as well. For this goal, it's not a specific activity I'm after - gardening, yoga, Zombies, Run! as a power walk (did I mention the knee pain? Yeah I can't run... But I do love Z,R!), swimming - they all count long as they get done for long enough to actually be a physical activity. So on top of yoga, I'd like to work on getting off work on time and going swimming or for a long walk Life Goal - soooo this one is 2 things, but one is already well underway so I feel less bad - I just want the extra accountability. Part 1 - Japanese. (5 points/week) I've been re-learning Japanese for work purposes - my company is Japanese owned, and besides that I've always loved Japanese culture. So I've been working on that with things like Duolingo and Learn Japanese Podcast, I do need actual verbal practice as well but that's been harder to find. Part 2 - guitar (2 points) This one's the one I keep meaning to get to and not getting to. I'm starting out with just 2 practices a week for this (I have gotten slightly more consistent the last couple of months so it's about once a week rather than once a month that I remember to grab my guitar) So, sorry for the repeat respawns this winter and disappearances... I will try to be consistent this round, and keep you entertained with pics of the grumpiest grump ever to grump (I guarantee this will happen at least once... Probably on a D&D night lol) Sent from my moto x4 using Tapatalk
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    NightWatcher13 - rekindling the flames

    (It's been forever since I did a themed challenge, but I always had fun writing them, and the story aspect gave me an extra motivation to get things to go in the right direction. So, here goes nothin') NightWatcher woke up and looked around. The area seemed quiet, which was strange - the last thing she remembered was a loud clatter, a screaming hollow, and a sudden dull pain in her chest. She glanced over at the fire, then down at the mark branded into her skin, and groaned as the memories flooded her mind - the undead asylum, the flight, and the warning that if she didn't restore her humanity, she would eventually lose her mind. Looking at her shriveling hands, she pulled a soul from her inventory and inhaled as life flooded her limbs again. Slowly, NightWatcher pulled her feet back under herself and forced her body back to standing. Weary, but not done, she started from the fire to find the last place she had died, and reclaim what she had lost there. This challenge is basically the same as the last one, structurally speaking - in large part because I wound up getting bronchitis early on in the last one and not getting as much done as I'd wanted last time. I still have a bit of a cough, but hopefully when I go in for my follow up appointment on Wednesday the doc will be able to get a better idea as to why I'm still coughing and I can kick this stupid thing to the curb. For now, while trying to get some extra rest in, I'm also going to try to get my next steps on this goal done. And for anyone who hasn't played Dark Souls, the entire premise of the game is try, try again. And again. And again... Main Quest: Grasping the sword (getting up and fighting back against my mental and physical issues - when I set this for the year, I didn't expect it to be **quite** this on the nose) Sidequest 1 - Rekindling the Flames (exercise) : Daily yoga practice; I have my practices scheduled at 11am, but due to my bizarre schedule and the fact that I've been sleeping extra due to illness I've wound up doing them after work at 12:30/1am a lot of the time. The tracking aspect of this is just getting the yoga in for now, with a possible bonus point if I get a run in - for now, runs are 100% a bonus though, the yoga is the main goal. Tracking - 1 point/session of yoga, aiming for 7 points/week. 1 bonus/grace point for a run Sidequest 2 - Fighting off the Hollows (food tracking) : Working on slowly getting some of the extra weight I've gained back off - which at least for now, means tracking calories so I can get enough of a deficit to be losing weight, while making sure I'm eating enough and also gives me a record to look back on and see both good and bad habits. Tracking - 1 point/day of food tracking 2 points for getting food prepared ahead for the week for work -1 point for each weekday trip through a drive through Aiming for 7 points/week Sidequest 3 - Linking the Fires(community) : No one succeeds completely alone, and we all need to spend time around bonfires swapping stories with the other folks around. Both for my own accountability and to help others in this community, I want to make sure I'm getting out in there and encouraging others <3 so I want to make sure I comment on at least 10 threads per week besides my own. I think I'm actually going to try to schedule specific time for this, since otherwise I tend to slip into "I'll-do-it-later"-itis. Tracking - 1 point/thread, aiming for 10/week Lifequest - Know your Armory (organization) : going through the game and getting all the shiny new armors (or 50 broken swords and about 20 copies of Baldor knight shields... tomato, tomahto)is all well and good, but it's not super useful unless you know which weapon will deal enough damage to that annoying knight in the way, or which suit of armor will protect you from the fire that witch casts & let you roll out of the way before you die. Again. All that random flavor text to say I need to organize my house & schedule a bit better. Since this is week 0, I'm going for schedule this week, then more physical organization starting on week 1. Tracking - This isn't a scaled thing; either the thing I pick at the beginning of the week gets done, or it doesn't. This one is tracked out of 5 points. Point scale - 29+ points: A+ - estus flask boost 25-28 points: A- - not terrible, but could be better. At least you're still human though. 20-24 points: B - ok, we need to work on this a bit, you're starting to go hollow. 15-20 points: C - are you alright? You're starting to look a bit... Vacant. Here, have a soul, you kinda need it. >15 points: OK, I need to step back and look and see if there are some factors I need to reign in in my environment or schedule. This is not how progress is made I'm also going to try to update this at least every other day, if not daily, so feel free to poke me with a stick if I go too quiet without giving some form of reason beforehand