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  1. I am thinking about doing the next challenge with the same quests I tried last time as it sounds doable right now. There was a sudden need of surgery in the family so my challenge would have failed probably even though I hadn't had shoulder issues. Now things seem to have calmed down a bit so I should be able to concentrate on my quests starting next week and also my shoulder seems to be fine now. Next thing is to do another thread in the newer challenge forums, once I am done I'll link it here.
  2. Thank you really much for asking, I've meant to answer to your message forever! My challenge went south soon after the start when I felt that I had major collection of fluid both in my left elbow, wrist and right shoulder. This meant I was able to do pretty much none of the things in my challenge except the side quest. I got my rheumatologist appointment so that it was a week or so ago and I got four cortisone + lidocaine injections into those joints plus a med change that should help in the long run. The bad thing is that I am still recovering as my joints feel nasty ("hey, the silly doctor s
  3. 4. Sort of not sure, in a way it's good that there's not too many goals but I'd maybe like some variation in terms of goals 5. Definitely a good thing for me to do, interests me in terms of trying new things 6. This isn't something that interests me, might not be also possible depending on my injuries/pain situation and topic so might not suit all if theme isn't fitting for my current health 7. Unfortunately not possible in my current life situation
  4. That sounds like a great thing for me as I have injured pretty much every part of my body except my left shoulder at least once and also suffer from chronic pain and neck+back issues making occasionally exercise selection hard.
  5. Your goals sound really great and support each other really well! Sometimes balancing busy university life with exercise and "life outside the university" seems like a huge balancing act but your goals seem realistic so there's no reason why you shouldn't succeed. Edited to add: Otherwise good but I answered to this old thread, apparently time to head to sleep.
  6. What type of dissertation are you doing? Good luck for your challenge as well!
  7. After a short break I am here again (I totally missed when the last two challenges started, ugh!) I am now level 3 without having updated my charts below but I'll do that tomorrow. The new twists in life are me being now home 100 % time writing my thesis so I have more time to put in exercising and healing from the burn out than before. It's good as my current challenge is designed to help with that. My right shoulder which I injured 1,5 years ago has been worse so I need to take this into the account as well as the tiredness from the burn out. Quest 1: Running/biking Running or exercise bik
  8. Aquatic therapy sounds interesting, can you tell me more about it? Yep, after missing out two challenges (managed to slip past the start time, ugh) I am back again!
  9. Well, to sum up overall in this challenge I did well, I just happened to forget my login information to here so I wasn't able to update. My first goal was exercising 3 times per day and it ended up being mostly exercise bike. That I managed to do 15/18 times which is bit disappointing since the misses happened on the first week of the challenge when I had a flu so I wasn't able to do anything about it later. My second goal was warm ups and cool downs and that I managed also to do 15/18 times. The fourth thing was physiotherapy: that I did 17/18 times, one I missed due to the cortisone injec
  10. Good work! It's also good that you already know how you might do even better next time no matter how well you did now. I try to remember to find you from the assassins, I'll be sticking in the scouts in next challenge. Try to survive from your family, that can be scary.
  11. Baking fruits into something or making them into smoothie would work well! I have to try that in next challenge, then I'll try to up my fruit and vegetable intake to two doses per day minimum now that I have one all covered in this challenge!
  12. How has been everybody doing? I've been doing quite slowly, burn out hit but I've been trying to be mindful about my time use which has helped. That's why I've learned to recognize helpful patterns when it comes to realizing what triggers panic attacks, what kinds of daily schedules work and what not and what activities make me help better. This has allowed me to plan how to do things making me succeed in my challenge. So yay for that!
  13. It's good that you are letting go of perfectionism, it usually doesn't lead to good when overdone. Ask me how I know.. Any progress towards the right way is great work. I will probably in the next challenge decide to cut down sugary foods, now after the burn out I've noticed a totally new-to-me need to eat them. I don't know if I am eating in an attempt to make myself happier or what but I don't like eating unhealthy food so that will be one of my goals. It's good that you have hopped back on the wagon after letting go since that's the way you build good healthy habits rather than giving up
  14. How are you doing now? Did the med changes top messing your body or are you fine?
  15. It got worse in terms of PTSD and that stuff but now I am again feeling better. I've still kept on top of my challenge goals which I am happy about but since I wasn't active in here for a few days I have to get my trackers back on track so it's time to actually figure out at what date and what week we're on. I've just counted that I've had enough water etc to stay on top of my diet goals and counted my exercises to have enough exercise but I have no idea at what day we are actually on. I have to do some serious calculating based on today's date and the date when this challenge started.. Toda
  16. I think I have to switch into doing this. I've tracked things until it got too stressful when it started to feel worse in terms of PTSD so now I've been feeling guilty about it. It's silly so I try to avoid it. __________________ In terms of your questions I think for me it's working that I try to be mindful about what I do so like I said earlier this post to track things on mental level but not on paper. On paper it gets emotionally messy and stressful so removing the stressful part is best for me. Writing things down is also quite limiting in a sense that if I don't put it down on paper
  17. It tends to be like that for most couples I've heard (and adapting to my own life) that there's the thing that's the issue and fights tend to revolve around or in some way related to that. If it's on the level that you'd want to go to couples therapy try to get the idea presented this time as well since it might be a good way to get the issue solved. I hope for both of you that you get this worked out, since you've been together for nine years (for me and my fiance we've been together about a year less than that) you really have something you love in your life as for most people around ten yea
  18. The situation is really hard and I am sorry that you are in it since fights are never fun and when they go to the level that there seems to be no common ground it's just awful. You have been progressing with your drinking but if she's been worried and maybe became really worried only after you started your challenge realizing that if you think this is an issue you want to take as a part of your challenge then it's a major challenge for you especially if she isn't one that drinks anything much. If that really opened her eyes that there is a problem the worrying could have escalated to this. It
  19. I know this logically but telling my feelings that this is totally fine and actually competely natural considering the situation I was in but the stigma of mental health issues is so huge that talking about this in work to sort out the situation with my superiors has been hard since one clearly sees me being just lazy when I can't do a full day. I've been depressed for 10+ years so with that I just consider it as an illness but with my burn out/PTSD I am not oddly yet in a place where I can't on some (irrational) level blame myself. I also work in health care so it's odd that I am much harder
  20. I am sort of keeping up with the tracking, I forgot it totally on Saturday and find that sometimes I just don't remember to pick up the pen and write when I start something, then I'll try to remember later what I did. I don't know if posting my whole lists here are so beneficial, I'll most likely do that on Wednesday (tomorrow I have a gp appointment, I can't sleep thanks to the burn out again so he needs to figure out something). I've though noticed that I mostly start panicking when I haven't gotten anything done (most of the time thanks to panic attacks) and they start a cycle that gets wor
  21. Welcome to our group! Your appear to be the thrird member with PTSD (in addition to myself and Terinatum if I remember correctly) so I am so sorry that you struggle with it as well on top of bipolar. It's though good that you got treatment for it and got help when the relapse happened. I hope your recovery goes well and you don't have to check yourself in anytime soon.
  22. For me it sounds good and of course I'd welcome a new person if they want to join!
  23. You are right with that. He has done a lot to me both with helping me to go through this but also in terms of taking care of the apartment and pets alone and I know that he can see that I am in agony and get me in that sense that what I am going through is awful. I would be a mess without him and I wouldn't have been progressing to the point I am now without him. Probably a better way to put my words would have been that each person who have lived through this gives me more trust that I can get through this too, the message goes less strongly through from doctors, fiance or myself. So I thin
  24. The one I got in now is for translational medicine so it's sort of related to my old one in a sense that I am staying within the same general field of science. I though applied into genetics as well which I haven't heard back from, it's my old dear love as well but maybe I stick to these two master's since after them I will get to the phD which is also a long term goal of mine. I know I got it, it's just the fact that I have to move it to fall 2016 instead of starting this fall, it makes me mad that this burn out is not in the end making it possible to enjoy the program I have been trying to
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