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Randa Rooskie

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  1. A haiku: A bed is so nice You need more than broth and rice Go rest and get well!
  2. Ha! Yes For the Princess Bride references! "Luv... twue luv..." Happy anniversary!
  3. New job, new apartment, new challenge! Shulkie is back!!! Missed you, Green Lady. I haven't signed up for this challenge yet myself, but if you need me I'll be hiding under your porch...
  4. Hey Feowyn! So glad to hear that you're able to see all the positive stuff you've done since starting this journey. Sometimes it is easy to get so focused on what we DIDN'T do that we miss all that we've accomplished. Congratulations on putting on 10 pounds total! I think the fact that even though you "fell apart" you were still mindful of how you were eating is a huge success. Zec 4:10 "For who hath despised the day of small things? "
  5. I wish we could give bonus points for the worm video... Excellent challenge! I love seeing all those "Power of Tenacity" goals getting knocked out little by little! Your consistency is inspiring!
  6. ::sigh:: Thank you. I needed that. You're right, one lousy week doesn't negate all the effort put in the rest of the time. I don't have to start from scratch every time I hit a bump in the road. Thank you again!
  7. Weeeell... this week if I threw my towel. Done. Fork in it. I lost my motivation to get on and post anything, gave up on the alarm, and on some other healthy habits I tried to create. SO... I'm back to level zero... Crazy how after so many weeks of going strong it didn't take much to derail me. I guess my next challenge I'll be respawning? Positives from this (failed, but fun) challenge: + I know that I can make myself get up early easily when I'm motivated! + I also know that if I lose my motivation even a little I give up on even trying to wake up... so next challenge I'll need to build some reminders into my habit building routine... going back and looking at the "why" more often... Making sure I don't get too tired, too angry, too depressed, too hungry... triggers... + Random fun points during this challenge helped remind me how much I have to be grateful for. Great kids! Great family! Friends, church, etc. I'm very blessed. + I still like my KB.
  8. So I just got caught up on all the action over here. Biking, no biking, ladderes, no ladders, and all the adventures with Jax the Wonder Dog!? I think your leg is telling you to stay off the ladders for a while. Wouldn't it be nice if we had minions in real life?
  9. The decking is up on our friends’ roof. I cut a lot of wood this week, lifted large heavy things, and largely enjoyed myself! I didn’t pick up my kettlebell at all and I don’t feel bad about that. I got plenty of exercise. The boys and I had lots of random fun this week, too. It was hot enough to justify the purchase of a cheap plastic kiddie pool to splash around in. I don’t have exact points written down, but I’m certain I’ve been trying to be conscious of doing things for the sake of enjoying life this week, so again I’ll consider this a win. I also woke up every morning (though I didn’t post some…) at 5 except for one night when I tossed and turned so long I’d be trying to run off way less sleep than is healthy if I stuck to the alarm, and even then I only slept in until seven. I think the habit is starting to stick! Next week I’ll try to get in my two last KB sessions to finish up my 10,000 swings.
  10. Sadly no! The hat is a random internet picture... ::hangs head in shame:: I have only two days of 500 swings each left to complete my 10,000! I've done this once before with 15lbs. This time I moved up to 20. I'd like to try and work my way up to 35, which sounds like the standard weight for females in some of the stuff I've read.
  11. So, where was I? Ah yes... lurking... Computer is good as new without actually having to buy a new computer. I sewed a collar onto my son’s uniform without yelling at the machine. Yeay for being able to sew in a straight line… Baby steps, right? The boys and I have been helping a family in our fellowship build a house. My workouts have involved handing 2 x 6s up to people in the attic and moving large piles of scrap wood onto a trailer for the past two days. No kettlebell, but I’m certainly getting some exercise in! Plus, I love that the boys are getting an opportunity to learn how satisfying working with their hands can be!
  12. Ah! My first double post EVER and it was a QUAD! Sorry guys and gals...
  13. Sounds like you have been doing a great job, traveling and all! That's always hard, when we get out of our normal routine. You did a great job keeping active! Is a Jedi walk anything like a silly walk?
  14. Touchscreen - and yes to the random keys smushing! I'm up - updates wait until keyboards are less smushy...
  15. Awake- check. Computer reset to factory conditions- check. Thankful for backups... CHECK Sometimes it would be nice I if I had a reset button for myself! Still not a fan of phone keyboards...
  16. I'm up today again, but my computer may have just died... typing on the phone is no fun, so I'll just say hello and go. ...Hello!
  17. Thursday I got another round of swings in. I'm at 18 / 20 complete! I guess it's probably time for me to decide what to do once I'm done with this 10,000 swing thing... “Viking Sewing†- The art of making my current level of limited skills and knowledge work through brute force, determination, and possibly some Viking war cries... This week I repaired a Spider Man suit that was passed down to us. My son was so excited that I “patched†the tears and “fixed†the zipper (by quickly sewing on Velcro where the zipper was supposed to hold...) that he didn't notice any of my mistakes. +10 pts. Looking forward to a calm (but productive) weekend!
  18. Shared my happy thought from yesterday here. We played a sort of modified "baseball" yesterday with my kids and siblings. +20 pts. Also, as I prepared for an evening de-stressing solo run my five year old insisted on coming and riding his bike along side me! Now that's medicine for my soul. +50 pts!
  19. My doctor has looked into several different things... we've scoped up and down, tested several different organs, and don't have much to go off of except that my gal bladder is almost non-functional. This means I should be uncomfortable when eating fats... but often this isn't the case and my body feels BETTER when eating fatty or greasy food! I don't get it... I've come to believe that maybe a lot of it is stress induced. Thus I'm "chillaxing" for this challenge... or trying to anyway! Thanks for the mom points! I've been more mindful about saying "yes" to things like camping out during this challenge. I also had a really busy few weeks... we really don't go to orchestras and trampoline parks and zoos all that often!
  20. “Don't you wish you had that energy?†I hear that a lot when I'm out with my boys. They aren't excessively rowdy, but they are little boys and energetic by default. Yesterday when I heard that question from a stranger I had an epiphany. I think I DO have that energy! I'm just not having as much fun as they are! I can run for several miles without stopping, or swing my kettlebell 500 times in the morning, or complete an hour of martial arts training. I can still out-endurance my children (though that is bound to change as they grow) so I know I CAN muster up the kind of energy they have as they quite literally hop down the aisles of the grocery store. But I realized yesterday that I'm often so focused on the “I have to†or “I should be doing†or “When will I be done with...†thoughts that I miss the “look, I can balance on one foot and flap my arms like a bird at the same time!†thoughts the boys are having! Children are such a blessing. Psalm 127 fits well with this week's challenge and also with that little thought from yesterday. Psalm 127 - A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon. Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. Here's to resting this week and taking the time to enjoy what we've accomplished and the blessings we have!
  21. I can get frustrated easily having to remind myself to do the same silly thing every day, but sometimes I need that challenge to stay in my life for quite a while before it becomes automated. I guess it goes back to that patience thing. I want to have conquered that "simple" routine thing and move on to something else, while my habits clearly tell me to camp out and work on that until I get it. I think that's part of tenacity. In my opinion, it is easier to go all out on the big challenges. It takes something special to motivate yourself through the little stuff. You're a great example of tenacity on these boards!
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