NicTheRugger

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    Nic Rangers Up!

    Aaahhh thank you everyone for all of your support and kind words. Today's update: workout complete! I did a modified MARSOC short card workout! Check the battle log for all the juicy details. I didn't do any pull-ups training, but I'll get some in tonight to make up for it. My mattress was delivered (yay!!) and I did crunches with the MARSOC (as well as other ab exercises, so I'm counting it). Today's gratitude moment: I'm grateful it's warm outside! Well, warmer. It's in the 40s today. Maybe I can take a walk around the building at lunch this afternoon! Take in some sunshine and fresh air. I still need to practice some mindfulness (probably via journaling and some relaxing breathing on a super cute self care app I was told about). I also need to do my Duolingo, and at some point this weekend I'll need to do my French stuff. Cleaning went somewhat well last night. I ended up re-folding my jeans using the KonMari method, and was able to fit my sweatpants into the drawer as a result! I'm debating getting rid of a pair of jeans, but considering that would leave me with only 5 pairs of work-appropriate jeans unless I make some intense darning repairs to a pair or two of my "around the house jeans" that have unflattering holes in the inner thighs, I'm not sure yet. I'll have to see if I have the right colors of embroidery floss to make those darning patches in those jeans, because I'd rather wear those than the jeans I'm unsure about. Unfortunately, I didn't get much other tidying done, because I had to move a bunch of things out of my room and into my sister's room so that the delivery guys could drop off my mattress without issue. I'll move everything back into my room tonight, and maybe tackle another drawer or two (or focus on darning those jeans so I can donate the pair I don't particularly care for ) Drawers I want to tackle: socks and shorts/workout bottoms/miscellaneous pants. I think that's it for the day! Have a good Friday, friends. I'll check in over the weekend.
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    Battle Log... Readysetgo

    Today's workout was a modified version of the MARSOC short card. The MARSOC short card is a work out created by the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC, AKA the baddest of bad-asses in the Marines) and it's definitely a challenge. The first time I did this was at a Marines recruiting training event and I couldn't even do the last two sets of push-ups! That's how hard-core it is. This workout is supposed to be done with as few breaks as possible, so that you're pushing through the fatigue. What's great is that you can do it almost anywhere (except for maybe the pull-ups at the end, as you'll need something to do pull-ups on), because it's all body weight training. My modification: instead of doing sets of 30 regular push-ups, I modified to 20 knee push-ups. I also skipped the pull-ups this time, as I was waiting on some delivery guys to drop off a mattress and was short on time. To make up for it, I'll do some pull-ups tonight! [warm up] MODIFIED SHORT CARD: 20 knee push-ups (modified from 30 push-ups) 30 air (BW) squats 30 crunches 10 burpees 10 "Windmills" 20 knee push-ups 30 mountain climbers 30 flutter kicks 10 burpees 10 "cherry pickers" 20 knee push-ups 30 star jumps 30 "supermans" (back extensions) 10 burpees 10 chain breakers 20 knee push-ups 30 lunges 30 "Hello Dolly's" 10 burpees 10 trunk twists [NORMALLY 3 MAX EFFORT SETS OF PULL-UPS WOULD GO HERE] Stretch Even with the stretching, I am definitely feeling this workout today. I may need to take a good soak tonight or tomorrow to help de-stress my muscles ;)
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    Battle Log... Readysetgo

    It's definitely a tough workout! And I didn't even finish it, that's how intense it is. I stopped one full cycle short of completing the "full" workout. If you want to give it a shot and not wait for the snow, there's always the dreadtreadmill!
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    Adaptation is What Rangers do Best! Tanktimus Deals With a New Schedule

    That headache sure sounds like a doozy. I'm glad you're feeling better!
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    Nic Rangers Up!

    Friends, I hope you don't mind if I take a moment to vent a bit. I have this one coworker who's a bit older than me (by at least 10 years), and he's kind of... odd. Not necessarily a bad person, but he has an offbeat sense of humor that clashes with most people and sometimes he can be somewhat disrespectful towards me and others with his language and actions-- not in a blatantly offensive way, but in a way that's condescending. For the most part I just brush it off or vent about it with a coworker who also doesn't particularly care for this person. Today however... today was different. Today, in an email conversation between this coworker, our boss, and I, my boss posed a question regarding whether it was possible for the language in a certain tax document to lead someone to conclude that something needed to be done in a certain way. I responded to the email saying that yes, I could see how that language could lead our client to make X conclusion, even if we on the team disagree with that conclusion. Two minutes later, this coworker sends a response that, to sum up, says that that interpretation is not reasonable and that "no reasonable person" would come to that conclusion. Considering that I had just said yes, it was possible to reach that conclusion because the language might be considered a bit ambiguous, I was naturally rather disgruntled because it seemed rather impolite to call my conclusion unreasonable. I reached out to my mentor (the person I'll vent with) for a quick sanity check, and he agreed that the email was really condescending. So... I sent this coworker an email calling him out. I told him that I found his tone really disrespectful, and that I don't appreciate being condescended to. We're colleagues after all, and there's no need to use language that would imply that I'm a less competent attorney than him. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I like to think I'm pretty damn good at my job, and not unintelligent. I also took things to the next level and... reached out to my boss for a quick meeting. It was really stressful and nerve-wracking, considering this coworker has been mollycoddled by management before for other issues, and things tend to get swept under the rug when it concerns him. Thankfully, my boss agreed with me and told me that he'd set up a meeting with my coworker this afternoon. The coworker did apologize, and "explained" that his email was a copy-paste of a response he had started before I had sent my response. I don't entirely buy it, because he's done things like this to other coworkers in the department before by deflecting and apologizing for how they interpret things, but I responded that I appreciated the apology and that I could understand how wires got crossed re. communication. (Note: I didn't accept the apology. Just said that I appreciated it.) I'd like to think that I didn't overreact here. I try not to rock the boat, and I try to just let my actions and work product speak for my competence. But I just couldn't let this one slide. I'm the youngest person on my immediate team of 5 people and the only lady to boot (and one of only 4 lady attorneys in a 30-ish person department), so I feel like I have to work twice as hard to be recognized by my peers as equally competent as others. It really got to me. I'm hoping things will work out for the best, but I'm also sad that it happened, because it did hurt. And regardless of what Marcus Aurelius says about it being my own perceptions of things causing me injury, sometimes enough is enough, you know? MEEEHHHHHHH Sorry, now that I got that out of my system... Today's update! I had a really good sprint interval workout this morning (see my battle log for the workout!), and then got some additional bonus upper body stuff in by clearing my car of the snow and ice Got some duolingo Polish practice in, and I'm looking forward to doing some relaxing this evening and maybe doing some therapeutic cleaning or knitting. Probably cleaning/getting rid of stuff, because my parents are hoping to move, and if I go to OCS, a lot of my things are going into storage until I get my own place. The more unnecessary things I can get rid of, the cheaper storage will be, haha. I may watch some "Tidying With Marie Kondo" to stay motivated while going through my things. I'm not following her method precisely, because I just don't have time to follow her method without taking a week or three off of work to do that. But, I can tackle my sock drawer and maybe my jeans tonight. Well, that's all for now, folks!
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    Calibre Vs. The Intersect 2.0

    You've got this!!
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    Incredible Journey of Elastigirl

    Unfortunately, our society's standard for the ideal woman is "skinny" rather than strong! (Not that there's anything inherently wrong with being skinny, of course, just as there's nothing inherently wrong with being curvy or being muscular.) And because the standard is "skinny" rather than strong, like others have said, most people can't recognize when a woman is in shape unless they know what to look for. I get the same thing a lot. Back when I was playing rugby, most people would get so surprised that I played such a physical sport, because "well, you don't really look like the athletic type, Nic." It stinks, and it can absolutely get under your skin. But the people who matter (you, your loved ones, your community here on NF) know and are cheering on your efforts. <3
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    Battle Log... Readysetgo

    I'm resurrecting my old battle log! Hopefully logging my workouts will keep me accountable for training. Today's workout was... interval training! 2.75 miles of sprint intervals in 30 minutes. The run looked like this: 0:00-1:00 @ 3mph 1:00-5:00 @ 5mph 5:00-6:00 @ 6.5 mph 6:00-6:30 @ 8mph 6:30-7:30 @ 4.5mph 7:30-8:30 @ 6.5 mph 8:30-9:00 @ 8mph [repeat above 3 steps until 26:30, concluding with a sprint] 26:30-30:00 @ 3mph
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    Incredible Journey of Elastigirl

    What a great workout! You're kicking butt on this challenge, in true Elastigirl Style!
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    Darkfoxx 54: Continuing On

    Your doggo is so cute!! And your food pics are making me hungry. I hope your travels are going well!
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    Nic Rangers Up!

    @Echoceanic, thank you for the journaling idea! I did that before I went to bed and I felt so much less stressed before going to sleep. This is a habit I'll have to incorporate to my daily routine! So yesterday, I completely forgot to practice Polish-- I was so frazzled about my No Good, Very Horrible Morning that I just didn't have the willpower to practice Polish. It wasn't a complete wash though. I did get some journaling done, to practice mindfulness, and got some crunches in! (85 in 90 seconds. If I can get another 30 in an additional 30 seconds, I'll max out the crunches portion of my PFT!) Today's workout wasn't as intense as it usually would be. I didn't go to the gym this morning because I decided to stay home and get my car to the service station instead. Because of that, my workout was done in my basement. Today's workout: 4xME banded pull-ups (6, 7, 7, 5), and did 10 burpees after each set of pull-ups. A pretty light workout for me, but I honestly don't mind the lighter day. I needed it, I think. I did get Polish practice done early this morning, so hooray! And in other news, my tire is patched! PFT news update: so it turns out the selection board meets in April, not March! This is great news for me, since this means I have even more time to perfect my pull-ups and get to 4. I'm still keeping 4 as my challenge goal for this challenge, but this gives me the opportunity to get above that! Maybe 5 or even 6! That's all for today, folks! I'll check in on y'all tonight. <3
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    Nic Rangers Up!

    Completely forgot to post a yesterday specific update yesterday, and this morning has been rough. Yesterday: had a really good workout, and got in a few rounds of duolingo Polish! Feeling good about yesterday, giving myself an A for the day. Today.... oof. I had a really good hill training workout, and kept up a respectable 4.5mph speed for most of the run except for when the incline got to be too much (setting 11 and running do not mix well). But after my workout, everything went downhill. Took a little too long to get ready this morning, and when I got outside to my car, I realized I have a flat tire! So then I had to waste more time, waiting to thaw out my brother's car and scrape the ice off. Because I was in a rush, I completely forgot to pack the antibiotics I'm supposed to be taking with my breakfast, and didn't lock the door at the house (I didn't realize these two things until I was almost at work). Then, at work, I realized I couldn't get into my locked desk drawer where my laptop was... because I left my car keys at home. It took me and 3 other people nearly 40 minutes to get into my desk. And now I get to spend my lunch break driving home, grabbing my meds, locking up, and then driving back to work. I think I'm going to treat myself to some fried chicken (there's a surprisingly good place near where I work) for lunch, because it's been such a tough day. And then maybe treat myself to a bubble bath tonight to relax. Things I still need to do today: gratitude journal (but in case I forget, here's something written down: I'm grateful I could get my desk open and that my tire didn't go flat while I was driving to work!!), duolingo Polish, and there's probably a few other things but I honestly can't remember what.
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    Adaptation is What Rangers do Best! Tanktimus Deals With a New Schedule

    My stomach growled when I read this... sounds delicious!
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    Nic Rangers Up!

    Week 1 wrap up: It's a day late, but here it is! The dreaded week 1 wrap-up. Challenge 1: PFT Readiness - Pull-ups/Chin-ups: I had some really good workouts last week that I hope think are helping me get into PFT shape! I can do about 3.5 deadhang chin-ups now. When I emailed my recruiting officer for my weekly check-in, she asked if I wanted to apply for June OCS because she thinks I'll be ready by then!! I'm taking this as a good sign, because I'm slightly in awe of her and I want to make sure I'm living up to the time and work that she's put in to helping me get as far as I have. - Runs: not so good, this week. I got only 2 out of 3 runs. I couldn't find the energy and motivation to go for a longer run over the weekend. I'll have to be diligent and make sure I get 3 done this week! Super duper challenge for myself: If I get a bonus 4th run done, I'm going to treat myself to some delicious fried chicken next week for lunch. - Abs: good! I hit 4 crunches sessions last week, and as long as I'm not ridiculously bundled up while doing my crunches, I've improved my time to where I can do 80 crunches in a little under 90 seconds. I do need to be more diligent about form, as the Sergeant Instructors at OCS (if I'm lucky enough to get to OCS) will be sure to read me the riot act if I don't have perfect form. Challenge 2: Languages - Polish: 6/7 days on Duolingo. I forgot yesterday! I'm so sad about losing my 26 day streak But onwards and upwards, as they say! - French: I did a couple of sessions on Duolingo French to brush up on my vocab. For this week though, I'm going to try and make sure I actually watch/listen/read something that's a little more immersive. Challenge 3: Decrease Spending Welllll, this one hasn't gone quite as planned. I've been using cash for small items/nonessentials, but I've had two big purchases over the past week! Purchase 1: My mom and I have gone splitsies on a photograph of Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley (with engraved autographs) as a birthday present to my sister! My gym was running an auction in conjunction with the local Children's Hospital, and when I sent items to my family, my sister got super excited about that picture. She couldn't afford it though, so my mom and I decided to split the costs ($80 each) for the photo, and we'll surprise my sister in August! Purchase 2: I decided to bite the bullet and buy myself a new mattress. I went to Jordan's yesterday, and found a great mattress that was on sale because of the President's Day sales, and put down $500 on the mattress (and will pay off the rest over the next 12-24 months, depending on my financial resources at the time. The payment plan is for 24 months, so I may just go with that). I don't feel too bad about spending the money on this though, because my mattress has been causing a lot of back and shoulder pain. It will be so great to sleep on a mattress that doesn't leave me feeling like I'm sleeping in a ditch (no more memory foam mattresses for me! Coil springs all the way) or waking up with numb arms in the middle of the night. I've been doing my best to record my spending as it happens, but I probably lost track of some small cash spending along the way. I know I'm short a transaction or two but honestly can't remember what I bought or how much whatever I bought was. It was probably food though. That sounds like me. Challenge 4: Mindfulness, Meditation, and Gratitude As I mentioned last week, I'm really struggling with meditation. I'm not sure if it's that lovely ol' depression acting up again (begone, unwanted one!) or just a need to practice more, but you all have given me some great ideas as to how I can improve my meditation practice as well as my mindfulness practice! I may try doing mindfulness sessions by knitting (or by weaving, which is my current project!) and I'm going to try to give journaling a shot, since it's been quite some time since I've last used a journal. I'll be sure to check in over the course of the week to let you know how that's all going! Of all of my challenges, I think this one is going to be the most difficult for me. Gratitude has been for the most part successful! I missed one day last week, but otherwise have found the time to find one thing that I'm grateful for each day. Well, that's the wrap-up for the first week of the challenge! I think overall it was a success, and I'm so excited to get my new mattress this Friday! I'll try to check in tonight or tomorrow with today's update. That's all for now! Bye, friends.
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    Nic Rangers Up!

    Ahh, yeah, that's something I should do. I've always had a hard time sharing my thoughts, but I'll definitely talk to someone soon. Thanks for the idea! I definitely need to start journaling again. I've placed a journal by my bed now to try and remind myself to write something, even if it's just "I'm having a rough day today" so that way I can build that habit back up and use it to reflect on my mindfulness. Now there's an idea! Maybe I should use knitting as a form of meditation? When I knit I get really "in the zone" so long as there aren't too many distractions going on around me. That's a really great way of looking at things! I think my problem is that I get discouraged when I fail to stay focused, but reframing my mindset to thinking about the fact that I'm refocusing may help. Thanks!