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About Joyous

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  • Birthday 02/26/1966

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    Saint Petersburg, FL
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  1. Being a biologist, I love the way you think and your choice of animal! There's almost nothing more resilient! And it's never wrong to take that, particular gamble!
  2. What is the saying? "There's a cloud with every silver lining?" We finally had some good news on the financial front--our house, which we have been underwater on for years, is actually going to go away and leave us alone without costing us an arm and a leg. It's time for a celebration! I could just relax on the balcony with my wife and enjoy the feeling of freedom. "Wait, what is that smell?" I asked. Something feels very wrong here, and smells even worse. "It's probably your socks," says the wife. But what is that smear of darkness on the wall behind her? It is In Dolence! He almost caught me! "Let's go over to the weight room. We can celebrate when we get back, and we'll feel much better, having worked out a bit." It was a pretty good workout with dumbbells and the Smith Machine, and a bit of elliptical thrown in. "So much for that weenie little demon," I thought, smugly. "Relax, enjoy, have fun!... It''s only an average of one drink..." "Did you say something, dear?" "No, I was just going to have a G&T. I'll make you one if you want." "No, thanks," I replied with some force. "I'd only be able to have a couple of drinks on the weekend if I have one now." "But this is a special occasion. You deserve it... Yesssssssssss..." "Well, it IS a special occasion," I thought. "Maybe just one drink. That won't throw me off for the rest of the week. And what is it with her hissing like that? Must be bad allergies." One drink later, happy and relaxed, "How about another?" "Yes," I thought, "That would be nice," as I took it from his scaly hand. "Noooooooooooo!" I hadn't seen In Toxication lurking in the shadows. Too late, I drew my sword. He was already gone, the damage done. "You drew first blood," I said to the empty darkness. "But I will finish you."
  3. Sadly, In Temperance, In Toxication, and In Attention are not alone. I foresee battles against In Gratitude, In Civility, and a host of others. (Ok, Ok. That's probably enough of that! Lol! )
  4. The In Demonia have broken from their prison and I must hunt them down before they wreak havoc! I am on the trail of the youngest of them, In Temperence. Before I dare face this evil, I must purify mind and body, lest it take possession of my soul. To prepare, I will meditate for ten minutes per day, at least five days each week, focusing on mindfulness and peace. I fear that its brother, In Toxication, may show its ugly face, so I will also reduce my alcohol consumption to one drink per day, on average, each week. Last, to improve my mental and physical focus, I will master the Crow (Kakasana) and hold it for at least 30 seconds by the time I face the beast. The final battle will be legendary. For the last week of the challenge, I will drive no faster than the speed limit and will smile and wave to everyone who cuts me off every day, all day! Ok. So, I have never really meditated before, but by focusing on my positive affirmations during the last challenge, I found that I was generally more happy, positive, and even a little more patient than before. I would really like to learn to control my reactions better, especially impatience and anger, so I think this can only help. I could set this up with a graded response, but I think giving myself two days of wiggle room should be more than sufficient to make the goal achievable. Another goal I have been working on for a couple of months is reducing alcohol consumption. It's expensive and not particularly good for me, especially while trying to lose weight. On the other hand, I really love a glass of wine, a Tanqueray and tonic, or a fine Port. I don't want to become a teetotaler. For the last four weeks, I kept it down to an average of 2 drinks per day each week--on average means that, technically, I could have 17 drinks on Saturday and none the rest of the week, and still meet the goal (17/7=2.43, which rounds to 2). Obviously, that really wouldn't be in the spirit of the challenge, though. For this challenge, I will not only keep it down to 1 per day on average (that means no more than a total of ten drinks in a given week), but no more than four on any given day--that allows for one fine dining experience with a cocktail before dinner, two glasses of wine with, and an after dinner port. I would also really like to improve my balance and hand/wrist strength--carpal tunnel issues notwithstanding, so I will work on the Crow Pose as much as I can until I can actually hold it for a significant length of time. Right now, I can manage about two seconds. Finally, other drivers on the road typically drive me nuts. In this area, In Attention is the rule. They sit at traffic lights and when the light turns green, they...sit there... until, at long last, they stop texting and realize that the light has changed. Then there are the nuts who just move from lane to lane on a whim. Oh, yes. This definitely qualifies as a boss battle for me! I am not yet sure what treasure this monster holds, but I think it may guard an enchanted weapon (maybe a new boken!) or a scroll of mystical knowledge!
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    Joyous Redemption

    Awesome! I managed to hold on, but barely with the swimming goal. My shoulder has been acting up and most strokes really hurt. So, I flutter kicked up and down the lane and only really swam it twice. Kind of lame, and I'm sure I looked silly, but hey--maybe someone got a good laugh! On to the next challenge! Joyous Battle!
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    Joyous Redemption

    Hooray, another week done! I started late, so my 4 are up this week. I think I can... I think I can!
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    Joyous Redemption

    My dad was an air traffic controller long ago, when they rotated shift work every month or so. I don't know how he did it! Seems like you'd never be able to adapt because it would change just when you started to get used to it. I don't know how medical interns and residents do those binge shifts, either. I've done overnighters from time to time and I know I'm not performing at my best at the end of it!
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    Joyous Redemption

    Hi Bookish! I think you're right about doing too much with both body weight and free weights on the same day. I think I need a little more resting time to build muscle. I hadn't heard of Darebee before. What a cool site! But, wow! 4:15 up and at 'em. That's hard core! Kudos to you! I think I'll see how it is getting up at 5:15... --> OR
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    Diving in late

    Cool! Isn't this a great resource?!
  10. Hi lemonbird! I am new to this myself. It's great that you made all that progress----don't give up, even if you don't quite make it to your goals. That just means that the goals were really hard, not that you can't eventually get there!
  11. Joyous

    Diving in late

    Welcome! I got a bit of a late start myself, but am very glad that I got started at all! Your goals sound really good. So, what kind of daily fitness quests do you have for your character?
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    Joyous Redemption

    I am very happy that I met my goals this week. Starting a new job (this was my first week) can be stressful, but the folks at work are all really cool, friendly, and helpful. So far, it's a great place to be! On the other hand, my wife and I have to share a car and we are working farther apart than before. One hour sessions at the gym are really cutting into the evening, and I'm already getting up at 5:45 a.m. to do my body weight and core exercises. Oh, the good ole work/life balance. Maybe I need to add slackline to my routines! Any tips on keeping a good balance between questing and routine life?
  13. That's really awesome! It's so much better, and I think a bit easier, with a partner who is present for you! I wish my wife was more of a nerd and willing to go into this with me, too. I just got her to look at acroyoga, though, and she thought it was really cool. So, maybe we'll go that direction! Hopefully you're over your cold, too! Good fortune on your quest!
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