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  1. Hi there. It has been a long, long time since I've done a Nerd Fitness challenge. For a while I needed to clear my head and work out some issues I was having with food. But then I was just cruising and doing well on my own and everything was cool. And then... I had a very bad winter. My lifelong struggle with depression had a recurrance, and my family has been sick an insane amount. I feel like I need to come back to some sort of support for getting my eating and fitness back on track. Here's the thing though... I'm still miles away from the beginning of my journey. About 6
  2. OMG... I loved this game on the Apple IIe at my mom's work! I'm so in!
  3. Ahoy fellow assassins! That is me saluting you from the straps. No really, I swear I'm not talking on the phone that's someone else's arm behind me. I am back and for once I have some enthusiasm and direction! I know, it's amazing! To recap, I am a quirky 40something year old aerialist and mom, but the last 6 months of my life has been super disrupted assisting my mom through cancer treatment. I've kept up with my fitness, but not really had the energy or enthusiasm to make gains or level up in other areas of my life. Sometimes you just gotta stop and take care of people and the
  4. Hi there! Mid challenge (OK, near-end-of-challenge) check in. Goal #1: Training program is back in gear. YAY! Seriously, after the craziness of this summer, I'm happy for this one alone. Goal #2: Low volume training program has been a bit hit or miss. I'm getting in 3-5 sessions a week, but it's not happening as consistently as I like. The good news is that doing it semi-consistently has NOT aggravated any tendonitis or overuse kind of stuff. So that's good. I think I need to be more consistent to really judge how well this is working. Goal #3: My yoga has kind of dropped off
  5. OOOOOOoooooooo... costuming stuff, my favorite! #1: Go with the teal silks! Don't ever match your silks to your costume directly, it will look like a hot mess under stage lighting. #2: I like the all white idea. Definitely buy a nude liner (like this or this) to avoid any chance of see-through, and to give a smoother look. I use them under nearly every performance costume just because they obscure bra lines and such. But especially with white. #3: If you're going to do the all white with the red lip, I like the idea of some red accessories when you're "oophing up" a unitard. It's a ni
  6. Did you check the produce section? That's always where I've seen it. It looks like a stick or a reed, usually in the same area with the ginger. (Of course, I live in an area with a LOT of different ethnicities, so it may not be so easy to find elsewhere.) Also it's sometimes available dried in the herbs & spices section of the store.
  7. Oh man.... night shifts + long shifts + sleeplessness is hard. There are some days where you just gotta do what little you can to get through and leave everything else to be picked up.
  8. OK... so I just realized something. Part of the reason my last few challenges have sucked is because I have felt really guilty about not going around and supporting everyone. And I haven't been doing that because I feel overwhelmed catching up on the threads. And then I end up feeling awful about it and not posting. And... hey... doesn't this sound JUST like my social anxiety problem? Yes, yes it does. A couple years back I did CBT therapy for social anxiety (I think at the time, calling a therapist was one of my NF challenge goals). Things in my real life are better around those iss
  9. Ok, this last week was rough, I popped in to plan out my challenge, but that was about it. My husband was out of town on a >week long business trip, and my mom was in the sickest days of her latest chemo treatment (and it was 103 out and my 6 year old was being a huge pill, but that's another story). Hopefully, I'll have a chance to catch up on threads today and tomorrow. So far challenge goals have been going well. Tuesday was one of those days where I couldn't do much but take care of other people and play some video games to destress, but otherwise I'm fairly on track. Goal #1: I
  10. Hi y'all! So I pretty much skipped last challenge entirely. I wish I could say I had some awesome, exciting reason why, but the main reason is that my mom's oncologist changed course and recommended she do a 3 month course of chemo, which sent our entire family scrambling to deal. NerdFitness went by the wayside (along with a lot of other things). Water under the bridge and all that.... For those that don't know me, I'm jj. I am a 40 year old recreational aerialist, with about 5 years experience in the air. Right now I mostly train on straps which is a stupidly difficult apparatus, but
  11. Hello hello... update... I am back in the land of having a laptop! I'm no good at phone posting to NF. Just doesn't work. While I was out of town I.... Watched a couple youtube videos (crappy wifi, so it wasn't too great to browse videos on my phone). Reviewed some of my old training videos. Listened to the music I thought I was going to use (but now might change). Stretched my splits 4 times as well as I could (it's hard with no yoga blocks) & worked on my foot exercises 2 times. In the couple of days since I've been home, I took a performance workshop, while jetlagged and had
  12. Hi there! So, my last challenge kind of died off. Right after the beginning of the challenge I found out my mom had cancer and things really kinda went downhill from there. I had two major infections then I had to help my mom through surgery and life was just... it wasn't happening. Once I got to feeling better I was able to get back to training, but the whole situation with challenge goals totally fell by the wayside. That's life. The good news is, things are looking up! First of all, my mom is in pretty good shape! (YAY!!!) She's got some follow up stuff to deal with that she'll nee
  13. Ok... update... Goal #1: After a few weeks of meetings with doctors who were really upbeat & positive, my mom met with the radiologist and it sunk in for her that she has to make serious decisions about radiation therapy and this is scary stuff. We talked for a while and she worked out a list of questions she wanted to call back and ask the radiologist about. I also made arrangements for a friend to watch my son while my hubs has a Dr. appointment so that I can stay down at my mom's through the end of the week after she has her surgery. (If she wants me there that long or if something
  14. Update: Please see page 1 of my challenge for updated goals.
  15. Ok... so yesterday I found out that my mom is having some health issues, and so I'm going to modify my challenge. Ye Olde Training Schedule is out, I'm not sure that I can follow it regularly while giving my mom the support & assistance she needs. My goal will simply be to train regularly, no matter what form that takes. I may dramatically re-work my challenge, or I may just be OK with not hitting the goals that I set out. We'll see, I need to know a little more about what she's going to need from me in terms of help. In the meantime, this morning I spent a couple hours just cleani
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