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  1. Hey all, long time no see! Work went completely sideways on me, and I think I knew after last year I'd either have to wait to pick this back up until I either moved up in the company and got a normal M-F schedule, or left the company. The last 3+ years have been an educational experience - but it's time to leave the job that's been eating my life and making it difficult for me to develop routines in my life that didn't involve eating fast food. The experience I gained while there has opened a couple of doors for me, and I will be leaving my current company this Friday. Which is both really exciting, and really scary. I have learned a lot for my career, but my health (both mental and physical) has taken a hit - I am tired, stressed, and my breathing issues have gotten worse which I think is largely due to lack of exercise the last few years, but working in a powder production / chemical factory while also having a sensitive respiratory system to begin with probably also didn't help. I was getting my RHR lower most of last year but added stress currently have it hovering in the mid 80's, which... is not great. I'm giving myself a couple of weeks between ending this job and beginning the new one, for a couple of reasons - one is to give myself some time to decompress and process after leaving my current job, and the other is to give myself a chance to start developing some habits before getting to the new job. Main quest - reclaiming my health bar 1 - Flee the zoms: Picking back up with Zombies, Run! as a training program, going for walk/runs on a nearby trail when weather allows, and doing indoor training when it doesn't. Week 1 plan - Train today (Monday), Thursday and Saturday. 2 - Food planning - I'm actually doing a lot better on this than I had been when I still lived in nowheresville, but right now I'm having trouble with the actual food planning part - thankfully I have some back pocket recipes that are easy to throw together (I have some chicken noodle soup cooking in the Instant Pot right now due to lack of planning/executive disfunction issues) but I would like to get more to the point of actually having a set menu for the next week, get the list together, and get what I need for that. Mealime has been super helpful getting me partway there, so my goal is to get better at planning ahead for food. Week 1 plan - I have smoothie stuff for tomorrow morning, and ingredients for soup/salad lunches and shepherd's pie dinners Tue and Wed (work days), I'll have to go get groceries Thursday for the rest of the week. 3 - Unpack and reset apartment: I moved early last year, but never unpacked all the way - I would like to get the clutter dealt with, get some new shelves and other items I picked up put up, and generally just reset my home base to be a place that helps make my life easier and less stressful. I think step 1 of this is going to be making a list, since it's been too big of a thing to tackle on its own and needs to be broken down. Week 1 plan - take stock of what needs to be done, and write it down as a list. I'll reassess after the first week a bit and try to determine whether I need to adjust anything or not. I'll also try to post on here at least twice a week to help keep up motivation.
  2. Last challenge got a little rough about halfway through, but I got a solid framework built to work on I think. Explanation on the proposal I submitted, TL;DR I asked for more help in the team at work So, that's staying exactly the same. SQ1 - Doing yoga before work (4/week) I'm going to try to get this more consistent this round, basically. I had about a 50% rate on this one last challenge, but on the days i've done it I have definitely noticed a difference. SQ2 - Food prep on days off (2/wk) Prepping a lunch to go with me to work for the following 2 days basically so that I don't have to worry about that the days I'm working, since the last thing I feel like doing after 10-12 hr shifts is typically prepping food for the next day. SQ3 - Getting cardio in VR/AR (2/wk) With the fact that Ohio is no longer a frozen waste land, I'm adding Zombies, Run! and Pokemon, Go! into the mix here. (Zombies, Run! is only walking right now, with chases turned off since my knees are in no mood for running more than a few yards yet) Just like last time, I'm counting week 0 (this week) for the challenge, so the totals will be out of 6 weeks.
  3. Right there with you on the mayhem front with a bit of jumbled mess happening partway through last challenge, but you still did a lot - and you're working towards your goals still, and hey - woot for devotion habit!
  4. Challenge totals: 31/48 SQ1 - Doing yoga before work :13/24 This was the part I struggled with getting the most consistency on this challenge, but also one of the things I noticed had the biggest impact on my day at work when I managed to get this in. SQ2 - Food prep on days off : 9/12 This got tough at some points with OT and trying to fit things in around a schedule that did not want to flex much some weeks, but I think I got some extra help and pointers towards the end of the challenge that may help with this part moving forward. SQ3 - Getting cardio in VR : 9/12 This part of the challenge was definitely the one I wanted to do the most, normally the easiest to get to when I wasn't tied up at work till 8pm (or sore like I was the last week of the challenge). Overall, not the worst - but plenty o'room for improvement. And I also put in a proposal this week to my manager that he took favorably and I already have another team member very much on board that if it gets approved, will move my position and add another person to our team to help balance out the time issues (I'll give more info on the next challenge posting once I get that up.)
  5. Belated Week 4 check in: SQ1 - Doing yoga before work :2 /4 Did really well for the first half of the week, then the second half of the week kinda went up in smoke SQ2 - Food prep on days off : 2/2 I managed to prep ahead at least. I also talked to my health coach through work on monday of this week, and got some helpful tips when I told her about how my overtime can explode - and often with little warning. So now, I have some frozen soups and dinners stashed for emergencies where I wind up having to spend extra time at work so I don't wind up eating dinner at 10 pm Dinner for the earlier part of the week that just turned out really good: https://www.instagram.com/p/CMLmFPEJkED/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link SQ3 - Getting cardio in VR : 2/2 There were some Swordsman updates and stuff going on, so I was fighting bosses and having a ton of fun on there. ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Week 5 check in: SQ1 - Doing yoga before work :1/4 I managed to hurt myself somehow (not sure what I did actually, other than inventory day - which I mean I was on my feet walking the whole time, but that shouldn't have hurt my back) so wound up sleeping and resting a bit extra to let my lower back ease up for most of the week. SQ2 - Food prep on days off : 2/2 I. Got. SOOOOOO much food made on Wednesday - chicken noodle (which is what I froze on my health coach's suggestion), shrimp scampi with spaghetti squash for the base - which was kinda meh, but that was more the sauce than the squash, and corned beef brisket from Aldi that I divided up after dinner with some mashed potatoes and brussels sprouts into basically TV dinners, which were ridiculously good. (also turned one into corned beef hash that Saturday, 10/10 - highly recommend) ALL the food preps: https://www.instagram.com/p/CMi3Gdbp0JH/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Corned beef hash: https://www.instagram.com/p/CMpVUM1pUKg/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link The one-pot chicken thighs & veggies I made for the first half of the week https://www.instagram.com/p/CMa6Ax7pmUy/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link SQ3 - Getting cardio in VR : 0/2 I don't have any tracked on my Fitbit, and the last couple of weeks are a bit of a blur so I'm not entirely certain if I did one and didn't track it or if that was all the previous week.
  6. Week 3 check in: A lot of overtime and general hecticness happened last week, so kinda got knocked on my tail a bit as far as goals went : SQ1 - Doing yoga before work :2 /4 I managed to get yoga in before work Tue and Thu, but was struggling against the urge to sleep in a lot of the week due to 12+hr shifts and getting to bed later than I wanted to. SQ2 - Food prep on days off : 1 /2 I prepped for the second half of the week, the first half of the week was pretty crap though. SQ3 - Getting cardio in VR : 1/2 I got this in saturday (and was on for quite a bit) Thankfully, last weekend was my weekend off - normally I'd be off today as well for a 3 day weekend, but I have a course I'm taking online for work that's today through Wednesday that's 11-7 my time (the course is on PST) so I have a nice laid-back morning and just 8ish hours of actual work for the next few days + homework, so much more laid back than the last couple of weeks. I also used the weekend to get my feet back under me for food prep, and should have a decent time getting yoga in before work with a late start for week 4.
  7. Week 2 : end of week check in This week honestly kinda sucked from a food & workout perspective; I wound up working a bunch of OT, didn't get my food prepped for the second half of the week like I should have on my normal day off that I worked a half day on, and didn't do my yoga before work the last half of the week either SQ1 - Doing yoga before work : 2/4 I got this in the first half of the week, but not the second. SQ2 - Food prep on days off : 1/2 I got food prepped for the first half of the week Monday night, but wound up working a half day Thursday (which would normally have been my day off this week) after doing some errands earlier in the day, and just did NOT feel like making food ahead. Which wound up with me eating terribly Friday and Saturday, including way too much fast food SQ3 - Getting cardio in VR :2/2 Managed to get this in today and Monday, so barely bookended the week with it. Which... y'all have to see this glitch from Swordsman's event right now, added bonus - you get to hear me completely loose it laughing at this ridiculousness. @Starpuck, if you haven't gotten this game yet you so totally should try it btw if you like sword fighting shenanigans
  8. I'm in love with that tiger painting! The two cat paintings sound cool too, and look like they have a solid start with the lineart.
  9. I would try not to be too self conscious about it; he's probably had a few other folks with a similar issue crop up, and may not have to manipulate anything too close for comfort at all if it's hip related. And he might just have some stretches he can recommend without him doing anything to it. (Mine's had to basically reassemble me a couple of times at this point) That does tend to affect mood a bit I've had days go from ok to wanting to bawl my eyes out over nothing and usually those 2 are the culprits. Also, I hear you on the coffee calories - why does coffee need so much creamer to taste good?!?! Hopefully the rest helped with the DOMS, have you gotten to soak in a bath much with it?
  10. I usually use NIV for mine Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. This, but also it reminds us that we'll never have it all figured out either - it's a journey, not a destination, and we're all a work in progress. I like that it encourages us to continue pressing onward, rather than looking at what we have achieved and saying "Ya know what, I've done enough." - which is an easy mindset to fall into
  11. At least the orders were from folks you know in person! Online customer service is a massive pain in the butt, and unfortunately internet strangers can be absolutely rude even when things go well with a sale. Hopefully the underboob cream helps; I had a rash under mine last time I went to my gyno and he recommended an anti-fungal cream for mine that cleared up whatever the issue was (which... will probably be back in the summer, because boobs are annoying)
  12. The other thing I'd pay attention to while you're limiting yourself to 1400/day is how your body feels - if you're starting to feel super fatigued and not doing so great, that's when you definitely want to re-evaluate where you're at.
  13. Definitely doesn't sound bad at all, and you got a lot of activity front loaded into the early part of the week it sounds like. Meditation is definitely not easy to keep up with, especially when you're not used to it.
  14. Week 1 : end of week checkin SQ1 - Doing yoga before work : 3/4 Trainee got rescheduled to Thursday after missing Tuesday, so I got up early that day as well... and no trainee. But I also didn't wind up getting my yoga in that morning. Overall, yoga is becoming more of a normal thing, as is waking up more regularly (getting up early aside) which I think is mostly due to the more regular exercise. SQ2 - Food prep on days off : 1/2 I got food prepped for 2 of my working days, but the other 2 not so much - mostly an issue of having the containers I use to take them in clean or not. I wound up taking in much junkier food Tuesday, and Friday didn't take anything for lunch (did have a smoothie for breakfast at least) - but luckily Friday wound up being a pizza day for hitting 90 safe days for the plant, which aside from free food, yay for no injuries for 3 months SQ3 - Getting cardio in VR :2/2 I actually got 3 days in on the VR this week, which was really nice with all the crappy weather going on here. I did wear myself O U T between Thursday & Friday though (mostly at work & with getting up 1-2 hrs early twice this week) - I got off Friday, was perky for the first 3-4 hours of my online Star Wars game, then sometime between 11 and midnight my brain just started shutting down, and once we hung up the game I basically passed out until 11 am Saturday morning. No footage of the cat unfortunately since she exists IRL, but Kitana decided to "help" me with my VR stuff earlier today Some food stuff from the last week: Lunch on my day off (smoothie, tea, and carrots/naan with hummus); spaghetti squash & meatballs, I did the squash whole in the instant pot which was WAY easier than trying to cut it while raw; smoothie pre-mixing - chocolate meal replacer(i've used chocolate/vanilla almond milk alternatively), peanut butter, frozen berries, fresh banana, about a cup of spinach and some crushed flaxseed. Also, yoga cat tax:
  15. Aww, thanks The food was honestly really good & simple, though I need to start upping the protein content (without upping everything else as well too much). That bujo is from Archer & Olive, I've only found a few blackout ones but I love how much the bright ink shows up on them. I cheat a bit with the Bujo setup - I have a stencil I use for the sleep tracker that makes setting that up pretty quick, and a few other decorative stencils for funzies My cats are a master class of "in the way" lol, we must have some sort of magnets in the yoga mats we're not aware of Oooh, those sound like really good leftovers! Yeah, the snow (especially the ridiculous amount of cold coming with it) is just getting old right now. I wound up getting 40 move minutes just from clearing off my car
  16. Trainee called off, so I got to do my yoga and chill a bit after waking up early. I'm not looking forward to having to clean off the car to go in though
  17. Quick update for the first half of week 1: I got lunch prepped for today last night, but didn't get it prepped for tomorrow due to not having another clean container (yaaaay dishes). Aaaand I may not be able to do yoga before work tomorrow, depending on whether I have to go in early to train or not - I'll be getting in touch with the supervisor tomorrow morning to find out if I need to be there before 7am or not (I'm normally not in until 8:30, and not even usually up by 7, so yuck) Otherwise, stuff's going ok *hides from the mountain of snow falling outside* I made a roast tonight, and do have some stuff prepped to go with me tomorrow for lunch. I got yoga in this morning, and did some VR after work to get some more exercise to help me sleep better tonight hopefully (I left early, between the snow and needing to potentially be there at 6:45)
  18. Week 0 - End of week check in (tonight's food prep technically falls on next week, because my see-saw schedule is W E I R D) SQ1 - Doing yoga before work : 3/4 I did yoga before work 3 days this week. (Obligatory helpful cat tax) SQ2 - Food prep on days off : 2/2 This was basically what I prepped for lunches: SQ3 - Getting cardio in VR :2/2 Got this in Thursday and today. Including clearing Greatest Show on expert for the first time And I'm doing longer BoxVR classes on average than I had been, more like 15-20 min rather than 10-15 min. Overall, I'm pretty happy with this week
  19. He requires ALL the hugs!!! (Sloths are too adorable) I still need to read farther than the first comic! But I'm absolutely in love with the story and characters, and have loved Lying Cat since I first saw the grumpy face online. Looking forward to any horse/pokemon/mass effect art... whether separate or all of the above, though I for one vote for Garrus riding a rapidash
  20. Oooh, I like the achievement goal setup! Also, that bujo page is perfect Oooh, I want in on bible verse hangout
  21. (reposting since I accidentally hid the last one ) Yay date night! Hopefully you had fun I had the sore glute thing with some of my yoga practice actually; new movement / usage seems to just make the muscles go "ew, no - why would you make me do this?!" I'm glad the Advil helped
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