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  1. My (shitty) "life pro tip": Don't teach anything you're passionate about. At least at school. All those kids who are forced to be there and have no interest in anything you say can really suck the joy out of everything. At least as far as I can tell from any friend who became a teacher. Also investing in a sturdy paddle is worth it.
  2. On the positive side, you could probably bond with your colleagues while discussing the pros and cons.
  3. Late, I know. But I'm still not quite over this. Maybe if I attach my tracker to the collar of my parents' dog... (But I think he might be too lazy for that, too.)
  4. Depending on the plants of course, but eventually you have to repot so you buy new pots again, but it also leaves you with the empty old pots and it's an endless cycle. (I'm stuck in it, too.) It sounds like for a day of going out for dinner and socializing you did really well! And if there's really a lot of dinners in a week, maybe you'll eventually just be tired of it and that'll help make it even easier.
  5. Tuesday May 18th #1 - I overate. By 330 calories. Oops. Guess it's good that I at least didn't try to lower my calories for this week. #2 - Went for a run. And came back more or less alive. (I do think I tend to overeat on days I run, maybe I'll try higher calories these days and lower calories on the days I don't run...) #3 - I actually forgot to stretch after the run and did a different routine that night. I am not sure how I managed to forget in the first place though.
  6. That's definitely closer to what I want to believe... but in reality:
  7. I went from thinking it was a bit scary, to wishing I can rent them somewhere in just a couple of posts... But I still hope you'll soon be able to go through your garden without being chased by birds. Although if it means you don't have to weed, maybe it's not all bad?!
  8. I had to look up what these are and now I kind of wish I hadn't. They look quite good. Absolutely agree on your conclusion when it comes to hot dogs, though. Especially if they come in these terrible buns that taste like cardboard. There's just a lot of options that are much better when it comes to empty calories.
  9. Sometimes that's better than having to edit everything you did the day before. Hope the stress won't get to you too much.
  10. Thank you! My shoulder is getting better slowly. I wish I had a better idea of what exactly caused it, so... you know, I could avoid to repeat this amazing experience. Also I haven't sketched since then, so I suppose for now I am stuck with the curvy house style. We will see. If I end up being stuck with it, I will pretend I do it on purpose and never said otherwise. I think your reading of this is absolutely correct, but I want to see him as a dragon and I need to make it work. I have to say though, while I didn't read it (yet anyway) I also quite like the idea of a platypus. I'd like it even more if it was poorly written to be honest. I have a soft spot for extremely terrible "literature". Thank you Shello! I know the scales can be difficult. But I also know my deficit is quite low. So there is the very real option that if I made some error here or there, that there wasn't much of a deficit at all. So I'm not sure I want to fully ignore it. But then I'm already over my goal today, so... Maybe I'll keep the higher goal for this week.
  11. I forgot the summary for Saturday when I summed up week 1... Saturday May 15th #1 - I stuck to my calorie goal that day. (I had to look that up. I usually even forget what I had for breakfast, so it's not all that surprising.) #2 - No run on scheduled. And nothing else done either. Unless I count the weird ways I lay on the couch as some kind of mobility routine. #3 - Did my stretches in the morning. Whenever I do things like that (yoga, any body weight exercises on the floor, stretching), the pet comes over and I feel like he is judging my life choices. Sunday May 16th #1 - Stuck to my calorie goal again, but it could have been better. Who decides to have a snack 20 minutes before going to bed? I do apparently. A snack and a coffee. #2 - I did go for a run and was really excited about it at first. It was early, not hot outside but sunny and it wasn't too busy yet. I thought it would be amazing. Until I realised how humid it is and the moment I started any form of faster movement I felt like going home again. But I did the thing anyway. Partially that is thanks to the guy in the park, who was being yelled at by his personal trainer while doing some terribly hard looking exercises and seemed way worse of than me. It gave me that "it could be worse" feeling and kept me from quitting. So thank you kind stranger. #3 - I did stretch. Not a second longer than I felt I needed to. But I did. Monday May 17th #1 - Maybe writing it down now will at least keep me from another late night snack, but I was over my calories today... by almost 200. I blame it on being a bit more active today. (Even though I ate snacks rather than anything... that would have been helpful in any way.) #2 - No run but I went for a walk (about 10k, half of it uphill). #3 - I tried to switch things up with a bit of foam rolling today. While watching TV. Because I really didn't feel like stretching.
  12. I do understand that it is uncomfortable and why you wouldn't want to do it, BUT you absolutely can say no that. If you want to that is. Like you said, you're doing this guy a favour, it's not the other way round. (Might of course not be the same for you, but I also know that I would be super mad at myself later for letting someone like that push me around. So just for that reason I wouldn't agree.) And I'm a bit late for that, but I love your painting for last week.
  13. Summary Week 1 #1 - I stuck to my goal for the day most of the week and definitely didn't go over if I consider the weekly budget. However, the scale didn't move. I think there is a real chance my deficit is more along the lines of 200-300 calories now, which together with some fluctuations would explain why nothing is happening really. So I am considering what to do. At least this morning I kind of prefer the idea of a shorter (12 weeks or so) and a bit stricter calorie deficit with maintenance breaks in between. Maybe I'll give it a shot this coming week. #2 - I stuck to the running plan, but I do want to add something else for the days I am not running. I currently cannot run more (my legs would kill me) and I cannot really do some of the other things I was working on because of my shoulder, but maybe more walks or some yoga like Alanna suggested. Anything at all really. #3 - I'm getting used to do the stretching routines, it's not as annoying anymore. Still quite boring but I do keep them fairly short and it helps. I missed one day this week, but I think that's alright. Still a lot better than it used to be.
  14. Oh no, I cannot put into words how disappointed I am that Darcy isn't a dragon. But I will try: I am very, very disappointed. I hope there is another version with dragon Darcy, though. Or some weird fan fiction somewhere on the internet. I will have a look at the recommendation though, thank you!
  15. I don't know, I think the dragons might count. Also I'm quite interested in everything. It doesn't have to be classic literature. Maybe I'll try some of that. I'll be honest. What I really want to do is work more on my upper body strength. But my shoulder still hurts too much, so it is out of the question currently. (I'll lose all my progress. Stupid shoulder. ) But I do like the idea of just walking a bit more. Thank you! I'm not quite sure if you can call it a style choice if you literally cannot help yourself. But if I don't improve I will consider to pretend that it is! If they write a book like this and they didn't at least turn the male lead into a dragon I would be upset. In the book he is introduced at a dance, where he doesn't want to dance with any of the local country bumpkins because they're all just kind of ugly to him. Officially that is excused by him being very socially awkward, but I don't know... I manage to be socially awkward without telling everyone they're really unsightly and offend me with their presence. He is really, really rich. He has a huge ego, no need to exaggerate too much there. The one thing a bit off, is that he doesn't seem to be all that flashy when it comes to dressing himself/jewelry. But I'm sure that could be fixed. There can be some artistic license, right.
  16. Friday May 14th #1 - Stuck to my calorie goal. The scale doesn't want to acknowledge my efforts, though. I kind of want to speak to its manager. My plan was originally to reconsider my calorie intake after this week, but maybe I'll just put it off till next week? I'm not sure yet. Or hope that a wonder will happen when I weigh in tomorrow before I write the conclusion for week 1. #2 - No run scheduled. This makes me feel so lazy. I'm considering to add some other kind of work out. #3 - I stretched this morning. And while I did so in the bright morning sun, I realised I need to clean under my couch. (Or do my stretching routine at night.) ---------- Sketching surprisingly didn't get better in one day. BUT. Looking up some more examples and watching a few videos definitely was helpful. So even though I'm not happy with where I am at all, I thought I'll post a snapshot of the current state of my sketches and maybe compare it to how far I get by the end of this challenge. (Watch me not practice and remaining at the same level I am at now.) First thing I will try is to use a ruler here and there. Having less curvy buildings would probably makes things a lot better. I really tried to remove this giant copy of the picture or at least put it in a spoiler but it doesn't cooperate. I'm sorry. Problem solved.
  17. What can I say, I am a top-notch communicator! Also more bad music jokes are always welcome. Sometimes I might understand them. If I don't I'll just pretend. It really is difficult to convey jokes. But you are writing to the person that tried sarcasm on kids! I'm very optimistic (or I just never learn). Once upon a time... Long before I realised how much money I need to survive as an adult, I started studying literature for a hot moment. So that's definitely always a welcome topic. I'm quite interested. I didn't really focus on anything from that time, but unsurprisingly it was quite popular with some fellow students and I got curious and had a look at Austen and some of her colleagues as well. And I was also a bit surprised by how funny some of her books were. And in general just quite insightful when it came to life in regency England. Although it is of course very specifically the upper class. (This was also a good reminder that I should read a bit more again. I haven't picked up a book in forever.)
  18. Thanks Shello! That is actually a good middle-of-the -road approach. Maybe I'll try it again some time. (Also congrats on getting pizza that was too small to face plant. Sometimes that's the best option on these days.) I guess freezer meals are food prepping, but not all food prepping meals can be frozen?
  19. No worries. Me not being funny isn't really your fault. Not that I don't wish that I could blame it on someone else. I love all the office gifs though. I'll be honest that I was one of the people who took a moment to get over the "but the British version" phase, but now I can appreciate them all. Being willing to look like an idiot for a joke is usually where it starts to get really good. And I think your example also showed me why I'm not quite willing to give up on my jokes there just yet. When someone gets it and plays along it is just so much fun. Yes! Being vulnerable is always hard. And I absolutely wouldn't try it with every person out there either. But when you can relate to other people in that way it does make a huge difference.
  20. That's all you can do really and I'd say making the best choices you can make at the time is still a big win. It's not like I wouldn't worry myself if that happened to me right now. Every time I pick up something new I want to become a habit (or try to restart something or whatever it is), it worries me when something comes up early on and I have to make exceptions. Even though I know things like that will happen eventually anyway and as long as I get back to it there's no problem. It's probably a mixture of worrying that I'm making excuses and having a lot of experience with not getting back to it... Anyway, just get back to it and don't worry too much! You can do it!
  21. I should have known it would be similar for rats. What's sold in shops is ridiculous sometimes. Everything being plastic and not allowing for airflow and ridiculous things like hamster balls aside even. Like it is so hard to get a good hamster wheel. Most of them are too small, so their spine is bent while running. And they run for miles in those things every night. (I know why it's hard. The cages they're selling are too small as well, so they could never fit properly sized hamster wheels.) Or that they are sold as a kid's pet when they are active in the evening/at night and get super angry when woken up and tend to bite. I'll stop, I'm sure it's just preaching to the choir. It's just always so nice when people understand.
  22. It was just a bad joke, I am sorry. Bob Ross brought back a lot of awesome memories though. When I was younger his videos were sometimes still on TV at home (maybe they still are). Just at the weirdest times in the middle of the night. So I sometimes watched him when I came home drunk after parties... (I think I even tried a Bob Ross themed challenge once, but it failed like all themes I ever tried.) Having his videos on in the background is an interesting idea though. I will try it. Random Jane Austen quote in the wild. I didn't expect that this morning, but I am quite happy about it. Willfully misunderstanding people and then teasing them is my... "special" form of humour and it falls flat quite often. I can't help myself though, I keep doing it anyway. Even though I should know better. The sketching is a fun challenge in a way! Even though I am failing. It would be nicer if I had a good idea of how to improve, but maybe it will just come with time? Hopefully? I love watercolours, so it is definitely and option. Once I get past the failed sketching stage. No I hadn't before! (I was also thrown off for a second when I tried to google, because the artist is for sure not the first person to come up. Yikes. Poor guy having someone like that with such a similar name.) I love his sketches though! Compared to some others he already does add a bit more detail than average I'd say. At least on a lot of his sketches. Very interesting. Thank you for the recommendation. (Also I stopped being sad about looking at more the art of other people a long time ago. There's no way I'd ever spend enough time on it to get to that level, so I just have to deal with it.) I am glad at least someone got to laugh. It was meant to be a joke after all. I think it is always good to see that we're not alone with our struggles. It's just people often don't like to share those things even with friends. Let alone on social media. So far I noticed though that once I start to be a bit more open about it, the person I'm talking to usually is as well. It's just hard making that first step.
  23. Every day you don't face plant a pizza is kind of a success anyway. And it sounds like you had an amazing week despite the frustration! Do you ever finish prepping food and feel like you don't want to eat any of it? The one or two times I did it before I had a fridge full of things I usually like and had to keep myself from getting take away, because I felt really 'meh' about all of it.
  24. So you take your motivation and enjoyment from seeing others suffer? (I do not dislike the idea though. Don't get me wrong. Feeling less alone is quite nice. ) Thursday May 13th #1 - Stuck to my goal. I do still wonder if I should set it a bit lower. Maybe I'll assess it after this week. It used to be ok but I think my activity level has gone down a bit. Definitely won't work if I keep up with my awful food choices though. #2 - Went out for a run. It was the first good one in a while. Although it got a bit crowded. Maybe I need to go a bit earlier. I exercise outside to avoid being close to people. Not in order to cuddle other sweaty exercising strangers. #3 - I stretched for a moment after the run (still outside) and for unknown reasons suddenly had the idea my leggings might not be ideal for that... (I checked later at home. They are actually "squat-proof".) Unrelated to the challenge: I kept up sketching to keep me from eating at night. It's working pretty well. As in it keeps me from eating. It's not going well in terms of how my sketches turn out. I really wanted to give "urban sketching" a try. So to practice I looked up some interesting pieces of architecture around here, picked some of my own older photos or just photos I found online of areas I like. But unlike with portraits, flowers, animals, whatever it is... I just find it so overwhelming. So you obviously need to simplify things and need to focus on certain aspects. You cannot draw everything. Especially if you actually want to do it outside eventually and maybe not spend the whole day in one place. But I just end up adding too many things and it's all just too busy and too much. Maybe I'll try out another time limited one and see where that gets me. Maybe it will just force me to focus on something.
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