The last two months have been insane, and yet I have slowly begun to take control of myself back from the brink of madness.
There's not really going to be much "challenge" here, I don't think, so much as "keep doing what you're doing" kind of stuff. I'm back here because I miss you all; you're super cool, and there's no better place on the web for support.
So, here's a little update on where I'm at:
1) Life: I'm now a 1/3rd partner in a small games company called Tumbledie Games, LLC. We're developing the RPG I mentioned a couple months ago, actively playtesting (some of it live on Twitch) and working on refining our rulebook into something amazing. I'm hosting, recording, editing and producing a weekly RPG discussions podcast called Threat Dice, which is some of the most fun I've ever had on the Internet. I'm even doing interviews now, with my partners and other random people on the internet... it's been so much fun.
Kiddo is 19 months old and doing pretty well despite the isolation. It's good, I think, that's she's young enough not to know any better. We don't have anyone nearby who's able to quarantine like we are, so it's basically just the three of us and the dog, but it's okay. She's probably going to be one of those kids that does better with adults than kids her own age, but that may have been the case anyway. She's a bright and happy toddler and honestly, working from home (indefinitely right now for my company) has kept me closer to her than I ever thought possible, so I'm really glad to be here for all of these amazing things happening in her brain.
2) Food: Half of my meals are now vegetarian, which I'm pretty happy about. The pandemic has driven wife & I to de-emphasize meat, since it's harder to keep, and try to get at least a portion of protein at all our meals from legumes and other sources. I don't think I see a need to go 100% veggie, but the changes I've made are doing better things for my brain and body.
I started an experimental backyard garden. I have cucumbers, heirloom amethyst beans, and sweet corn sprouts actively growing right now, and I'm planning to add some spinach and kale in the shadier spots of the garden soon (they grow quick, so you can plant them late). It's by no means a smorgasbord, but I'm proving to myself that I did not inherit my mother's black thumb and may have a chance of growing more things in future years.
I have ceased purchasing things that make me weak. I'm using a cup of hot chocolate at night (relatively low cal) to kill the sugar cravings, and overall it's working fairly well. If I want something more, I have to make it, and I'm so busy that I'm not super inclined to do that.
By the way--brownies made with almond flour are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Still loaded with sugar, but at least they contain a little protein?
All of this has contributed to my feeling better about life in general, and causing my weight to inch back down again. There's more I could do, and I'm taking it as a slow shift, focusing on eliminating one piece at a time. This has been difficult, but is working, so yay.
3) Exercise: I bought myself a standing desk riser for working at home, so I now stand 3-4 hours out of the day instead of sitting the whole time. I'm achieving a walking goal of 10 miles per week (about 2.5 miles on 4 days), just down the street in my neighborhood. I'm going to get a couple of the things I need to get my mountain bike tuned up so I can take that out again during the summertime and maybe see a few more roads than just the same 1.25 mile stretch over and over again.
All in all, things are OK. Need to just keep soldiering on. The "challenge" is:
1) Walk 10 miles per week (I'll re-calibrate once I get the bike tuned up)
2) Two meals a day: 1 vegetarian
3) Don't go insane
You all are great. I'm here to cheer!