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Rebel_Timelord

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  1. REBEL TIMELORD'S POST-CHALLENGE REFLECTION The biggest challenges this time had nothing to do with my goals, but with all of the other stuff going on in my life. Illness with gout and then a sinus infection, some family issues that needed attending, and some cool projects at work set the tone more often than my goals this month. But I still managed to learn a lot about my diet and became much more aware of changes I need to make to reach my health goals. When all was said and done I lost 11 lbs. during the challenge.
  2. @Rebel_Timelord's Respawn Challenge - Week 2 Summary This week pretty much sucked. Gout left, but I caught some ear/nose/throat thing that I'm still not over. So most of my challenge went by the wayside this week. 1. Exercise 3x weekly for a period of 30 minutes. I managed 1x this week before getting sick. 2. Log my food and go a step further--analyze the log at the end of each day to compare calories and calorie-composition to my physician's recommendations. In a week where everything else fell apart, I did this 7/7. I had a lot of work events this week, which didn't have me in control of my menu most days. But I could control what I ate (and portions) from limited options. Calories, I did great. Fat and Sodium was another story. I don't know how anyone can eat restaurant food and meet their nutrition goals! 3. Contact 1 person a week who can help me improve my diet and/or exercise. My food logging this week really demonstrated why making contact with a nutritionist is so important to my health goals. I'll try and catch up with one this coming week. 4. Practice Centering Prayer 5x weekly for a period of 10 minutes. Completed 4 times. An oasis of sanity in a challenging week. There were some bright spots this week--I had the privilege of speaking at two recovery events this week. I also was able to enlist some volunteers for an upcoming HIV care fundraising event. I was able to rally enough to speak to three rather large crowds. Nerd obsessions: I saw the Tingler (1959) at the movies. It's goofy monster fun starring Vincent Price. It was a great way to unwind when I didn't feel like doing anything else. If your local theatre carries the TCM Classics series you'll probably have a chance to catch it this week. Hope your week two went better than mine!
  3. Yeah--glad that's in the rearview mirror!
  4. @Rebel_TimelordRespawn Challenge - Week 1 Summary 1. Exercise 3x weekly for a period of 30 minutes. I managed 2x this week. I am pretty confident that I could have done another workout, but went out of town on business on Friday and then participated in some community outreach events on Saturday. Fortunately, this was an atypical workweek. I should do better this week. Did the Beginner Bodyweight Workout again--surprised how quickly the routine came back to me. 2. Log my food and go a step further--analyze the log at the end of each day to compare calories and calorie-composition to my physician's recommendations. I did this 7/7. In the past I tracked calories, but going the extra step is helping me connect my diet and health goals. 3. Contact 1 person a week who can help me improve my diet and/or exercise. I originally intended to reach out to a nutritionist, but instead reached out to my physician for some clarification regarding some of my dietary and fitness directives. He was happy to help. 4. Practice Centering Prayer 5x weekly for a period of 10 minutes. Completed 5 times. The early morning stillness was just what I needed this busy week. I experienced a case of gout midweek, which had me confused because I was being especially careful about my diet. Turns out that a lower carb diet can result in a rise in uric acid (and a gout attack), but after about 6 weeks uric acid levels should return to normal. Doing better for now. Nerd obsessions: I tracked down some really obscure stuff on Amazon Prime this weekend, including Ganja & Hess. There's some really oddball stuff available right now for the adventurous. Hope your week one went well!
  5. Love it! Great way to gain some perspective.
  6. All great thoughts--reframing works wonders and is very helpful. Some other things that help me: Bullet Journaling... This was a habit I picked up because of Nerd Fitness last year and it's made me challenge my perfectionism. There is no way to use a pen and paper journal without making errors. In my learning curve I tried different techniques, some of which I abandoned because they didn't work for me. But I kept going and resisted the impulse to buy a new journal and start over. 14 months later I completed the journal, warts 'n' all. Centering Prayer... I drop words, thoughts, and just sit in the silence. I went through a rough patch several years back and words failed to convey the depths of my pain. One of the only things that brought comfort during that time was lying in bed and imagining myself in the palm of God's hand. No words about how I wanted my life to change, no "magic lamp" requests. I was just resting in the silence, and that was enough. Soon after this I discovered Centering Prayer, an approach to prayer that was very similar. Thanks again for your thoughts.
  7. Gout attack, but not going to let it get me down!

    1. Dagger

      Dagger

      Glad to see you here, and ugh on the gout. I hope you feel better soon!

    2. Rebel_Timelord

      Rebel_Timelord

      Thanks--it shows that things are changing.

  8. Great questions! I think it was Madame Blavatsky who said, "‘When the pupil is ready, the Master will appear.’” So I'm keeping all my options open regarding help and assistance. This week I am reaching out to a nutritionist in hopes that I can better adhere to my physician's directives. My kryptonite is perfectionism. Miss a workout, go off diet plan, have a bad weigh-in, etc. and I began to fixate on that. I'd rather not do something at all than not do it perfectly. Messed up, I know. When I recognize it I challenge it. I need to take more of a harm reduction approach rather than fall into an unhealthy "all or nothing" mindset. Again--great input!
  9. Beginner Body Weight Workout for now, but I hope to divide up my week eventually between aerobics and weightlifting. Walking is still great exercise, though! I'm not looking forward to the long winter which will curtail my walks!
  10. Thanks, @PollyannaAgain ! I'm so happy many familiar people are still around!
  11. Thanks, @Dagger ! I've missed this!
  12. I'm doing the Beginner Body Weight Workout 3x a week. I also walk to work (2.2 miles) 3-4 days a week. I hope to complete several more hikes before the end of October.
  13. "Always we begin again." A quote from the Rule of St. Benedict for all the respawners out there.

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