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Kestrel Grey

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  1. Sorry guys, I dropped out of this one pretty quick there. Asthma was not under control, decision tree not used. Many bad choices were made. Will regroup and try again.
  2. I feel like I've missed a lot. What's with all the rock hauling?
  3. Thanks. Life is easier when you don't agonize over every decision.
  4. Week 1: Face the fear of exercise THE GOAL Get out and exercise x3 this week, to whatever extent I am able. THE OBSTACLES 1. Fear of triggering an asthma attack that takes me out for days - follow decision tree below. 2. Fear of using up my allotted energy for the day (and I never know in advance what my limit will be until I reach it) and not having enough left to deal with an obligation. - preplan for days when I know there will not be much else going on, and ask my husband to handle all the meal prep and chores that afternoon. 3. Not knowing what/when to exercise. - preplan the time as in #2 and follow the decision tree below. Decision Tree Do you get dizzy, exhausted or panicky from walking across the living room? Have you had to take your rescue inhaler in the previous 2 hours? YES - rest today NO - Have you had to take your rescue inhaler more than once in the last 24 hours, or are you feeling run down? YES - take a preventative inhaler and do easy exercise such as go for a walk, do some gardening, or play Beat Saber NO - take a preventative inhaler and do moderate exercise such as a 30 minute walk/run or a set of beginner bodyweight exercises I think that Monday, Wed/Thurs, and one of the weekend days should be okay. This week is a little harder because we take possession of our new house on Friday so there will be some things that must get done and I am more likely to be stressed/asthmatic.
  5. Hi Nerds! I am back this challenge to try and figure some things out. Backstory: I have had progressively more reactive asthma for the past 18-ish months. The lack of oxygen causes issues including exhaustion, fear of exercise, brain fog and anxiety attacks, weakness/muscle atrophy/weight gain, and tons of guilt over not being able to fulfil my perceived obligations at work, home, or with friends. There is a strong possibility that it will not be getting better, so I have to get better at managing it instead. It is getting more under control - despite having an ever increasing list of triggers, I am having fewer bad episodes and quicker recoveries. I used to run and hike a fair amount, and have occasionally dallied with weight lifting. I love longer trail-based OCRs. I had aspirations of running a mountain ultra. I have experience with being derailed, but previously always due to injuries. Those get better with lots of time and treatment and physiotherapy. This won't. The Dream: To be able to get back to trail running, and eventually get to that mountain ultra. The Plan: I am not a sailor. I do not "tack" but instead fly directly into the wind. That approach is not serving me anymore, since any over-exertion results in a worse setback. So I will need a way to drift obliquely towards my goal with many extreme course changes, never facing it head-on (that is called tacking, yes? I am so not a sailor...) The Challenge: Each week I will set a goal that is somewhat vaguely in the direction I want, list the obstacles in my way, and create a simple decision tree to deal with those obstacles. And at the end of the week, I will assess how well the plan went and reset for the next week.
  6. FYI I found the app, but it is only for apple so my android phone will have to live without a dystopian habit tracker. http://www.meetcarrot.com/
  7. Someone told me about a habit tracker they had and I'm hoping someone here recognizes it, because I didn't get the name. 1. It gave her a pet kitty as a reward for her habits. 2. It later killed the kitty. 3. At one point it turned her alarm to dubstep and would only let her change it when she followed her habits for a certain amount of time. This sounds random and morbid enough that I might actually like it.
  8. Not great still. Maybe it was too early to jump into a challenge. Things are still too unstable in regards to what I need to be focusing on for any given day. It's frustrating but it's good training in mental skills. Just not sure which ones.
  9. I made a classic newbie blunder and chose an outcome goal, not a process goal. I upgraded to a process goal and it has been going much better. New goal: I will have fruit or vegetable with every meal and snack. Bonus - I just discovered roasted fennel bulb. It is amazing, especially topping pumpkin soup. Normally I don't like anything liquoricey.
  10. Quail eggs are supposed to actively lower histamine. I don't know if it's true but I'm willing to give it a try. They are tiny and speckled and cute, you need 3 quail eggs for one regular chicken egg, and taste the same as regular eggs to me. You'll see people online saying that you need to use a knife or special scissors to open them but cracking them like normal eggs works fine. Our asian grocery stores carry them for cheap.
  11. Thanks! I'm starting to feel better, but honestly it's just nice to eat whatever I want for a day even with the aftereffects. :D Hopefully the data will be useful.
  12. Oops, I forgot about the challenge over the past few days. I started a new job on Friday that has an early morning start time, where I'm used to a 3pm start, so that's my excuse. Pretty sure that I have not been getting 4 servings of freggies since I usually grabbed some rye crisps and hummus for lunch. Ah well. Yesterday I got to enjoy some off-limit foods in the form of a chai latte, a brownie, and a sandwich with tomato. My second breathing test is today and they want to see what it looks like when I eat normally. It had the side effect of wiping me out. My husband made dinner and I wiped out as soon as I ate. It's now 12 hours layer and I'm just waking up. The plan today after the test is to make that soup and another batch of muffins, then back to work for my last set of 5 evenings.
  13. Just throwing in about the vaccine dizziness - a reasonable percentage of people respond to minor stress with a drop in blood pressure, instead of a rise in it.
  14. Food to prepare this weekend for next week's lunches: Red kuri squash soup with fennel bulb Apple sauce muffins More carrot cake breakfast cookies Chop veggie sticks For adding to salads, some quinoa and some hard boiled quail eggs Mix up a jar of salad dressing Chia pudding cups for breakfast
  15. A decent day! Last night I tried out a modified version of one of the recipes Manarelle suggested and made carrot cake breakfast cookies. And promptly ate half of them minus the one my husband stole. They were good! The remainder were breakfast and midmorning snacks today, followed with some fruit at lunch and a salad while dinner was cooking. The weather is warming up a little too. Tomorrow we are going to try squash (the game) again now that my asthma is settling down, and run some errands and buy groceries. Some time this weekend I plan on trying out the kuri squash (the gourd) as well. I'm thinking soup?
  16. Had an apple and some veggie sticks yesterday. Didn't cook anything else though, too wiped. New asthma meds starting today so hopefully I can find energy/oxygen enough to get some baking done.
  17. I'm sorry that it was such a frustrating day, great job staying on target despite it. Sending healthy recovery vibes to your house!
  18. Congrats on achieving whatever you achieved to open up all this time! That's an awesome way of learning languages for fun. Stardew Valley was great fun for the first month or two, then as you say felt like a grind. It's somehow surprising that it comes in Russian. What are the other languages that you've studied played with?
  19. Lack of sleep and oxygen is taking its toll on me today. I squeezed in my freggies with a salad and a smoothie because I was too tired/oddly emotional to cook. Also, I bought a red kuri squash today. No idea what you do with it though! My husband and I had our first squash (the game, not the gourd) practice of the year today. I am definitely improving - most of my serves managed to make it to the other box thingy. We had to quit 20 minutes in with my lungs being stupid but it was still fun.
  20. Those are beautiful trackers and a great idea to buy one! I always envision my bullet journal being that pretty, but it always ends up a basic checklist. Glad your mobility training is paying off.
  21. Week One - starting off rocky, but that means it can only improve! Yesterday I had a reaction to the mild cheating that had been going on over the holidays. No major violations, just an extra cup of tea here, a small bite of chocolate there, using store-bought almond milk in my oatmeal... it adds up, and my lungs were very very unhappy with me. Today I am recovering and eager to embrace a healthy diet. This week will be an adjustment as I transition into my new role at work. It is a desk job, but the work will be interesting enough to be worth the extra vigilance that staying active will take. I am not sure yet how food prep will fit into the new schedule, or even when I will fully move from evenings to normal-people-hours. Something to figure out as I go.
  22. Thanks, I will try a few of those out! I can't do sausage or bisquick but there is no reason that I can't skip the sausage and make the biscuit mix myself. And the breakfast carrot cake looks yummy - I can leave out the bananas and just add more apple sauce.
  23. A big fan of your 2022 goal setup. I might borrow it at some point - it's hard to make a yearly plan when you aren't sure what events you want to go for.
  24. I'm open to portable meal/snack suggestions! Anything that can be made in bulk ahead of time and eaten easily anytime. Currently thinking roast potatoes and carrot/apple muffins. Veggie sticks and hummus is nice but I get sick of vegetables by the end of the day.
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