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  1. Day Eight! I've noticed the one goal I am having the most trouble with is the meditation, and I really cannot figure out what my brain thinks is SO BAD about spending 5 minutes on meditation. This was really not a problem for me before the last few years.
  2. Day Three of hitting all of my goals in mini form is... a lot better than what I have been doing.
  3. How on earth was I last here in AUGUST? Unstuck in time, indeed. I'm currently reading Mini Habits and had an idea to combine the mini habits with the Miracle Morning. The Miracle Morning habits I have been trying (and failing) to start were around 10min each of yoga, reading, meditation, journaling, and language study. I haven't quite found a way to work in Affirmation and Visualization, though I feel like some of the Headspace meditations, my reading, and journalling might apply. The idea behind Mini Habits is to set goals that are 'too small to fail.' This morning I chose the 5 minute option on Headspace (which I've previously thought was 'pointless') and set out to do exactly one sun salutation. Having both things done in under ten minutes instead of waiting around until I felt like doing 15 minutes of each helped a lot. I plan to set my DuoLingo goal 'stupid small' here in a moment and do that one, too. The idea is once you are already on the mat/reading the book/meditating/whatever, you may find you actually have the momentum to keep going. One problem I am seeing with the meditation is that the 5min guided Headspace meditation has a beginning and an end, so it's not just as easy as continuing to meditate once I get into the groove. Maybe just knowing I can do the 5min if that's all I feel like doing, but selecting the longer meditations if I'm in the mood?
  4. Welcome back! I am yet another person returning with a new name. Congrats on the progress so far. I don't know what it's like where you are but the biggest obstacle for me taking walks right now is the horrible August HEAT. But great job getting out there!
  5. Captain's Log: Aug 24, 2020 Apparently my alarm is set for 8:15 so I was not quite as late as I thought I was yesterday. Got up with the alarm today. Unfortunately I forgot to press start after setting up the coffee pot last night, so that set me back a few minutes. DuoLingo: 3 lessons - I used the wrong language a lot first thing in the morning Reading: flipped through Level Up Your Life again, started Fluent Forever Headspace: Starting Basics 2 (for roughly the third time, it's been awhile) on the 15 minute setting Yoga: 10 minutes of forward folds and hip openers Journalling: I would really like to start making use of the bullet journal supplies I have but I keep getting distracted and discouraged very quickly. I've been looking up language learning journaling because I think writing (as opposed to typing) some Spanish would help. Breakfast: yogurt parfait with strawberries and granola
  6. Captain's Log: Aug 23, 2020 I read Miracle Morning (again) last night and worked up a morning routine. It's not terribly different than what I had been trying to do, but having a set plan is a little more motivating than having a vague idea of what I would like to have happen. The plan: Get up at 8am. Have a glass of water and pour a cup of coffee. Headspace - 15min DuoLingo- 10 min reading 10min journalling 10 min yoga 15min What actually happened: Get up at 8:27am because I fell back asleep. Have a glass of water and pour a cup of coffee. 100% chance of Headspace putting me to sleep, so DuoLingo 10min internet for... awhile Headspace 15min yoga 10min journalling right now by doing this? maybe? no reading so far and it's noon I've decided to move Headspace to just before yoga for a few reasons; First, it sets a nice mood for gentle morning yoga. Second, I need a little time to wake up before focusing on my breath with my eyes closed if I plan to stay awake. Third, it takes at least 30 minutes for my cat to get bored with my existence after I first get up. I know language-learning isn't part of the Miracle Morning recommendations and it's probably what is going to stretch my morning routine well past an hour, but I've recently decided to get serious about learning Spanish so I think practicing in the morning (and at night) is going to be part of my quest. Yoga this morning was forward folds and sun salutations. Using the meditation timer on Calm to play music with a chime at the end of the 10 minutes seems to work pretty well. Breakfast was supposed to be a sou-vide egg bite meal from Marley Spoon but they forgot the egg bites, so I made medium-boiled eggs to go with the herb ricotta toast and tomato salad. (Left image is this morning, right is last time I had the meal.)
  7. When we last left our hero... I was last active here in 2015-2016, but have had a few false starts since then. The short version is that I've been dealing with depression most of my life, and since 2013 have lost both parents, ended two relationships, and of course have recently been dealing with the effects of the pandemic as someone who works in and is finishing up a degree in hotel and restaurants hospitality. It's been really, really hard to have any motivation to do anything. My depression has gotten a lot worse, I haven't been doing well in school or work, and I have gained about 20lbs. I've tried to jump into a challenge a few times recently but for whatever reason get immediately overwhelmed with the challenge and keeping up with the forums, so I've decided to sort of slip through the back and work on my battle log while commenting on others' challenges for the time being. Anyway. Hi. I'm Cody, she/her, 35 from Michigan. I'm 100% a Druid that low-key wants to be a Ranger. I very much miss when we were doing subclasses/professions like Innkeeper on the forums and would love to bring it back.
  8. Ain't it always the way? I started a new health regime that includes DRINKING MORE WATER and I somehow end up with a UTI. I've also had a bit of trouble getting into the swing of things. I've kind of just been going to work, coming home, and doing what I always do. Nothing I can do but try again this week. I'll be in Chicago Thursday-Sunday, and I'm looking for a way to hit the mat while there. (Yoga on Lake Michigan is right near the hotel, but it looks like it's going to storm.) Week One Recap Just Add Water: 15/0 Pack a Lunch: 4/4 Meditate #everydamnday: 4/7 Go to the Mat: 1/3
  9. So far, having a water after each cup of coffee is significantly harder than having water after each glass of wine. I've had to change the way I "warm up" a half-empty mug with more coffee because I feel like that's cheating the system. Finishing a cooled mug, then switching to water is kind of terrible, but I guess that's what I'm going for here. I did my work-grocery shopping yesterday (after Wonder Woman!) and will be taking broccoli slaw and cheese curds to work this week. I'm planning to take one veggie and one protein each week and try to do a few different things with them. I'm taking a sesame dressing for the slaw, but there's a ton of ways to change it up at work.
  10. Good luck! I love Blogilates/Cassey Ho. I'll be doing some of her workouts, too.
  11. I've been dealing with this for years. Like, two periods per year preceded by two weeks of severe depression that I wasn't sure I could keep living through. Birth control was terrible for me and I'm currently doing OK on an androgen-blocker. And yes, I crave bacon cheeseburgers, not chocolate. I do wonder if that means something in particular the way my body works. I have hemochromatosis (excess iron) in my family, so I don't know if it's that.
  12. Hello. I was here quite awhile ago using a different name. I've had a pretty rough time since then and have completely fallen off the mat, as I like to call it. I haven't worked out in well over a year, so I've decided to start back at beginning, this time as a mermaid. Always be yourself. Unless you can be a mermaid... then always be a mermaid. Just Add Water As a person with depression and anxiety, the suggested amount of alcohol and caffeine is none. I do believe in moderation, but lately I've not really been living it. The problem is, I love the ritual of coffee in the morning and wine in the evening. I've tried to cut down in a few ways, but for this challenge I'm just going to drink a glass of water after each caffeinated or alcoholic beverage. That's literally after each mug/glass, not a cumulative "I'll have two waters later." The idea is to slow down my consumption of caffeine and alcohol and maybe annoy myself with the trips to the bathroom. For every caffeinated or alcoholic beverage, drink a glass of water. Pack a Lunch I'm a pastry chef and I've gotten pretty used to the "restaurant freegan diet." My current kitchen has a pretty limited menu and no staff lunch, so I've been spending too much money on food I just don't like at local shops. To save money and eat better, I will bring veggies and a protein to work every week to supplement the free food in the kitchen. Plan, shop, and take lunch to work. Meditate #everydamnday This is an ongoing goal. Headspace just updated their app and I have no idea why I'm not using it more. Meditate. Every damn day. Go to the Mat I'm going to start slow with simply getting on the mat. I can do yoga, pilates, stretch, or meditate. I've been talking to my therapist a lot about the emotional baggage around things I used to like to do, and the idea of creating new positive associations really stuck with me on this topic. If I end up stretching while listening to an audiobook, at least I showed up to the mat. Spend 15 minutes on the mat 3x per week.
  13. I also have an alcohol-related goal. Good luck! I'd give the therapist one more shot, but don't waste too much time and money when you could be finding a better fit. It could have been a rough day for him, but it sounds uncomfortable all around. And I often find myself crying for "no reason" in therapy because I'm just not used to talking about my emotions like that.
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