sylph

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  1. sylph

    Raptron on Ice but the Floor is Lava?

    Limbo is a tough place to be. It's like the lame duck period of when you are planning to quit your job and start a new one, but worse because all the plans are nebulous. "Soon" doesn't give you much of anything to sink your teeth into and really plan around. Blah.
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    Mike Wazowski tries some process goals

    Lolz. Super fundamental, for sure.
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    sylph stays simple

    Week 1 Summary Move 5/5--some combination of driveway clearing and actual workouts Food Some thoughts on eating mindfully, getting on the scale for a reality check and then being surprised by the insta-negativity I felt about the number. Work Committee teleconference scheduled for this week. Poster draft for mini conference due next week (waiting on collaborator input on that one). Solid week 1, overall.
  4. Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't actually out to get you...
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    sylph stays simple

    Got in another actual workout on Sunday (5/5) with BB bench press, DB OHP, and some chest flyes. This morning, I shoveled some tire tracks through the 3-4 inches of snow that fell last night/this morning so I could get to work. (1/5)
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    sylph stays simple

    True, true.
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    Raptron on Ice but the Floor is Lava?

    My guess? power lifting and swimming and cyclists are all sports with objective goals: lift more or go faster than the other person. Gymnastics has an element of performance and you are judged subjectively rather than by straight numbers. I would guess these judges are typically men. So if you are a man 'performing' for other men in spandex, you must be gay?
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    sylph stays simple

    Hey--I actually did a non-shoveling-related workout last night. (4/5) High rep/light weight barbell squats--it's been awhile since I've done actual BB squats, so I spent of reps under just the bar re-familiarizing myself with the movement. Then a few sets of glute bridges to ensure the booty got a lot of work, followed by calf raises (mostly for the stretching part of the negative, since I wore heels yesterday). It's been a long time since I've gotten on the scale, so I hopped on this morning "just to see" As expected, I'm maintaining where I almost always maintain. No real surprises, given the way I've been eating, but also I couldn't stop a stab of disappointment that I wasn't magically 5 lbs lighter for no reason.
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    sylph stays simple

    It's been fairly ridiculous. Way more ice than we usually get. For example, last night it warmed up to 40F+ during the evening commute and for most of the night so everything melted (hooray!) then dropped precipitously starting around 4am so everything was covered in a layer of black ice this morning (Boo! Hiss!).
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    Assassin's Den

    Yes! Part of the planning definitely needs to include the contingencies.
  11. Sending healing vibes your way.
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    sylph stays simple

    Alrighty, while last challenge had its ups and downs, it wound up better than I thought it would while I was in the middle of it, so good job me. Major project done and off my plate means I can refocus a bit, have more active brain space to think about other things and really make some progress. Given all of that, I'd still like to set myself up for success, so nothing terribly crazy here. Move I'm going to keep this goal from last time. 5 days/week, either hit my 8k steps per day (harder than you'd think!) or get a workout in. Clearing my ridiculous driveway of any winter precipitation absolutely counts toward this goal. Food Full disclosure, no bullshit: my diet is mediocre. I maintain my weight fairly well most of the time, but I am far from eating optimally and am much closer to eating like a poor college student rather than an actual adult with access to excellent grocery stores, and endless internet full of recipes and a fully functional kitchen. I'm not entirely sure the form of this goal, as I've looked at this from all kinds of angles--making X new recipes over the course of a challenge, counting calories, ensuring X grams of protein per day, etc. and failed at all of them. I've never had trouble around food and no disordered patterns, just a vague general feeling that I should eat 'better' whatever that means. Maybe the right goal is actually just to either be satisfied with the way I eat, or to define what eat 'better' looks like for me. I apologize in advance for some possible extended navel gazing; I'm sure that will be way more interesting for me than for all of you. Work While my huge work project is complete (yay, again!), I do have other things I'm in the midst of that could use attention: research project, a program that I'm responsible for as part of my actual job, and a large professional service commitment which involves wrangling other people not at my institution (the joys of being a committee chair!). I don't know (again) whether there's a solid goal here, but keeping myself honest with the textbook work over the last month by reporting here went a long way to staying on track and getting everything done in time. Reporting in on these large areas of focus for the next month on an at least weekly basis should help keep me honest and moving forward over the next month, while February (the armpit of winter) rears its ugly head. Week 1 Move 5/5--some combination of driveway clearing and actual workouts Food Some thoughts on eating mindfully, getting on the scale for a reality check and then being surprised by the insta-negativity I felt about the number. Work Committee teleconference scheduled for this week. Poster draft for mini conference due next week (waiting on collaborator input on that one).