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  1. 12/30/2021 Update: So, I started my challenge yesterday. About mid-morning I realized it had forgotten to take my morning medication and man, I felt horrible. I was having a lot of stomach acid problems too. However, I still managed to start off my challenge by completing both goals. Today I forgot my smart watch, so I wonder if my phone will keep my steps accurate. Walk to Hyrule Castle (Get at least 3,000 steps/day) - Success!!!! Yesterday I got 3,328 steps in. Drink Health Potions (Drink no more than 3 sodas/day) - Success!!! I only had 2 sodas the whole day.
  2. Hello everyone. It's RhiaWolfe again. I've been here and gone and here and gone. Well, I'm embarrassed to say that I am at my heaviest I've ever been, I have the lowest energy levels I've ever had, and I'm really concerned about my overall health. The last two years have not been kind to me (as I'm sure it hasn't for many of you). I'm a depression eater and I've had a lot of issues with depression over the past two years. I feel like I'm starting to get my mental health back to a point that I can start working on myself again. I had the most success when I was a part of this community, so I'm coming back. I'm going to start doing these challenges again. I'm going to push down my pride and not let my embarrassment get in the way of me trying to make some changes to my life. Start small, right? Well, I'm going to start very small. Here is my challenge: Walk to Hyrule Castle I will walk at least 3,000 steps each day. I'm embarrassed to say that right now I'm averaging at lower than 2,000. I'm going to make an effort to get to 3,000 per day to start and increase that with each challenge. Drink Health Potions Health potions in the form of water. I'm going to drink more water and less soda. Right now I'm limiting myself to 3 sodas each day (as I normally have more than that). Eventually I want to kick soda completely out of my diet and drink only unsweetened tea and water. and... that's it. That's what I'm working on this month. Next month I'll increase/decrease as I need to. My first overall goal is to stop drinking soda, drink more water, and get more movement in my life. After that we'll add more.
  3. Hello!!!! I'm here and following! Back from being a lurker. hehe.
  4. Konichiwa! Hello everyone! I am back and starting on my challenge. First, I want to give an update on a few things that have happened in the past few months. About a month ago I got really sick with a stomach flu. I could barely keep water down. Once I started being able to eat again, I was eating just light foods. I took advantage of this and decided not to go back to eating and drinking the way I had been. I stopped drinking soda altogether, I started cooking more at home, I started eating healthier and taking my lunch to work. It was going great and I was getting results! I had just started introducing some more movement in my life when I started slipping on my nutrition. I can feel myself falling back into old habits. I need to get control of this before it gets out of hand and I lose what progress I've made. I had finally lost most of my quarantine weight. Also, since I got my Master's degree, I've felt stagnant, like I'm not working towards anything or learning anything new. So, in good nerd fashion, I decided to try and learn Japanese. I've been doing pretty good so far. I'm still a beginner, but I'm working on learning my Kanji on WaniKani and I've started grammar lessons on Bunpro. I'm also on a Japanese learning discord channel so I can talk to others and learn better as I go along. So, my theme this challenge is going to center around the Japanese language and culture. Challenge Details: Nutrition - Track and Adjust: For the first week of the challenge I am going to track what I eat. I'm not going to track calories, but just whatever I eat so I can see patterns and what I need to do to improve. Then I will make a quantifiable goal to follow up on starting week 2. So, I want to do this for all 7 days next week. Movement - 15 minute walks: To start off I want to get in a 15 minute walk every day at least 5 days a week. I think this a good starting point to get more movement in my life. Bonus - Learn Japanese: I want to work on my Japanese at least once a day 5 days a week. Just watching anime or listening to Jrock doesn't count. I need to actually put forth effort to learn my kanji, vocabulary, and grammar. Let's do this!!!!
  5. Oh man! I'm so excited for you that you're FINALLY going to get to take your exam! Good for you, man! Best of luck on it! Yoga is hard. I used to do a night time yoga routine for relaxation before bed, and that helped a lot to get started. I couldn't do all the poses perfectly, but I did what I could. I should get back into that... but that's another challenge.
  6. Week ? Update: 2/22/2021 Oh man... what week is it? Week 2? Week 3? I have no idea. The last week suuuuuuuuuuucked. It was so bad. I didn't go to work all week, partly because of the snow/ice storms we had... but also because of my mental health. Due to the snow storms, I couldn't get refills on my prescription medications. So I was without my antidepressant for over a week. I could barely get out of bed. I slept more than I was awake. I had mood swings from hell. It was horrible. I couldn't go anywhere, couldn't do anything, and the only thing that kept me sane was playing online video games with friends. So, I'm calling for a do-over. I'm going to start my challenge this week. Same goals... just going to start now. Oh, I did eventually get my antidepressants. Today I'm back at work and I feel a lot better than I did last week. I feel functional. Thank god... Let's see how this week goes.
  7. So far I've been enjoying it. I haven't had a lot of time to play it though. I've been addicted to this other game, 7 Days to Die, that I've been playing with my friends. Right now for my mental health, I need the social aspect of playing games with my friends. If it was only getting down into the 20s, I wouldn't have worried. She and her cat could get under blankets and figure it out. However, it was in the negatives for several days. I'm not entirely sure of her situation either. I'm not sure where you are from either. In Oklahoma it's very difficult to find services, especially for low income individuals. The lists are usually crazy long too. However, I also don't know how much work she's done to find some help. I do know that she gets paralyzed by her anxiety and depression. I feel really bad for her, but there's not much I can do to help her other than being there, and in the past, being there has cost me a lot because she has so few people to lean on and a lot of issues. Anyway, it became a non-issue. She managed to find a way to use blankets to pseudo-insulate her apartment so that her space heater worked enough to keep her and her cat warm enough to get through it. My cousin had an SNES, but I didn't see him often enough to play much. My sister had an NES and I got to play on that quite a bit. The N64 was the first console I got that was MINE. That's where my nostalgia stems from most.
  8. Wooooo! Loving these wins, man! Keep eating well and getting swole! Do eeeeeeet!!!!
  9. Oh man, I'm a wuss when it comes to cold weather. I'm not doing well with this AT ALL. Then again... we didn't have a 100+ car pileup!!!! I heard on the news that happened near Ft. Worth, TX. Good lord! We DID have a 26 car pile up the other day though... Here's a good gif for Southerners VS Northerners:
  10. Oh man, I feel you on the cold weather. It's 14 degrees Fahrenheit this morning and I'm not ok with it. We're supposed to get a blizzard this weekend too! Ugh... There's a reason I don't live further north. Oh, I've already read the whole Dark Tower series. I've also read IT twice (I didn't really find it that scary. I was more interested in the relationship of the children than I was scared of Pennywise.) I also read Doctor Sleep. It was an interesting book... definitely different from The Shining. Not as scary. Now the Shining, THAT I found scary. Here are the books I've read by King: Dark Tower series Eyes of the Dragon The Long Walk The Shining Doctor Sleep IT Misery Now I'm reading Carrie. I guess I'll read The Stand next. I started the Stand at one point, but it was right as the pandemic hit. I was reading about the super flu in the book and it just hit too close to home so I decided to stop for now. I need to pick it back up. Sadly, George Guidall got into an accident that made it impossible for him to continue to do audio books while he was in the middle of recording the Dark Tower series, so be prepared that in the middle of the series they change narrators. George Guidall was amazing as a narrator. I started reading Red Rising, but didn't have enough time to finish it before it had to go back to the library. I haven't gotten it back yet to continue reading. I enjoyed what I read though! Definitely one I want to finish. IT did have some pretty messed up stuff in it, that's for sure. Honestly, the only reason I read it twice was because my book club picked that book to read for the month and it had been a while since I had read it. lol. I still haven't watched the Doctor Sleep movie yet. I wonder how it compares.
  11. Week 0 Update: 2/12/2021 Yesterday was rather difficult for me. On top of my normal energy issues, I didn't sleep well the night before. I was struggle bussing it all day. I'm going to put something in the spoiler below that is causing me significant stress. It involves mental health issues, anxiety, and some other stuff that I'm not sure everyone will want to read, so it's in a spoiler. So, I'm pretty stressed and tired. I'm really glad it's friday. We're supposed to get a blizzard this weekend (almost unheard of where I live) so tonight after work I'm going to go to the grocery store, stock up, and then content myself with entertainment in my home. Maybe play some more Zelda: A Link To the Past. That's one of the few Zelda games I never got to play because I never has a SNES. Now I can get it on my switch. Last night after work I went and got dinner with my dad. I think I really needed that. He is very supportive and I always have a good time with him. I also feel like he's one of the few people I can really talk to who will listen to me. Like, really listen. I kinda do the same thing for him. I love him so much. We went to our favorite Korean restaurant and got Bulkokee. It was very yummy and I have leftovers. Affirmation - Generous: I have been told many times that I am a generous soul. I want to help and give to people more than I want to take care of myself. It has been a very hard road learning that I don't have to give everything and can reserve things for myself. However, I still see this as a positive trait. I want to help people and make people feel better. Challenge Details 2/11/2021: Drink < 3 sodas a day - 4/7 Success!!!! I had one 12 oz soda with breakfast, one 12 oz soda with lunch, and one 12 oz soda with dinner. 1 Positive affirmation/day - 3/7 Success! I put an affirmation on my post yesterday. Yay!
  12. Yeah, that's what was happening before. I had sleep apnea and it was really affecting my life. Well, now I feel like I don't even have a CPAP. I'm having the same trouble again. Going to keep trying stuff and see what sticks. Hopefully I can figure it out and get better sleep so I can better tackle the day to day! I started playing WoW during the Burning Crusade expansion and then it was really fun! I enjoyed the lore and interactions. I think my favorite expansion was Wrath of the Lich King. Then when it got to Cataclysm I just started getting bored and losing interest. I also kept getting annoyed that they kept resetting my talent points over and over again because they were tweaking things. So far Guild Wars 2 is pretty fun. I'm not as die hard into it as I was with WoW and not as much as my husband is, but it's a pretty fun game to play. I haven't gotten too far into it yet. I am excited that there's a raptor mount you can get though! *grins* Thanks, Wolf!
  13. I've heard nothing but good things. That it's one of his best works. So far I think my favorite has been The Shining. I'm definitely on a Stephen King kick right now.
  14. Here to cheer you on, man! How's the Whole 30 going? I see you got +16 Vitality from last challenge! Definitely improvements there! Let's get it!!!!
  15. The Stand is on my TBR list. I want to read the actual book rather than listening to it on audiobook. I'm not sure why, but that one I'm compelled to read myself.
  16. I'm so excited for you to be able to see Sunshine!!!! It's been a while, hasn't it? You two have fun this weekend!
  17. Love the idea of turning goals into Achievements! I might steal this idea... Nice work on the BuJo! Here to cheer you on!
  18. Week 0 Update: 2/11/2021 So I didn't get to update my challenge yesterday. I stayed home from work due to icy roads. I'm back at work today and this is where I normally update my post. Yesterday was rough for me. I'm having trouble maintaining energy. I woke up, got up and around, played video games for a while, then got really tired and slept for another 3-4 hours. When I woke up, I debated going back to sleep. I'm not sure why I'm having trouble maintaining energy. I already know I have sleep apnea and I use a CPAP every night. So, I'm going to talk to my psychiatrist next week about possibly taking me off one of my meds and see if that helps. If that doesn't help then I'm going to try and get an appointment with my sleep doctor. I feel chronically tired all the time. It's a little better when I'm at work because I have something to keep my attention and keep me awake, but by midday I feel like I need to sleep. I've fallen asleep at my desk before. Not good. We'll see how that goes. I also had some depression problems too yesterday. Covid and quarantine are really getting to me. I feel so disconnected from family and friends. I feel lucky to be able to go to work and that I have my husband. Some people don't even have that and are even more isolated. It's still difficult though, especially when my husband and I don't really do a lot together these days. I decided to give the video game he's currently playing a shot so that he and I could play together and have more to talk about. Speaking of which, I've been getting into Guild Wars 2. It's an MMO kinda like World of Warcraft. I played WoW a long time back, but got bored/annoyed with it. It was too easy to level and it was just the same thing over and over again. Coming to Guild Wars 2, there's a little more strategy involved and the leveling system is different. I'm enjoying it so far. I'm not nearly as into it as my husband is, but it's still fun. I made the mistake last night of watching a pretty f***ed up movie called The Platform on Netflix. It's a horror/psychological thriller. It's pretty messed up. Probably shouldn't have watched it. I had bad dreams all night and kept waking up, so I'm still tired this morning. Ugh. Positive Affirmation - Loyal: I am loyal to my friends and family. I don't turn my back on them when they need me. I tend to be overly generous actually and have to keep myself in check. If anyone needs help I am there. Challenge Details 2/9/2021: Drink < 3 sodas a day - 2/7 Success!!!! I had one 12 oz soda with breakfast, one 12 oz soda with lunch, and one 12 oz soda with dinner. 1 Positive affirmation/day - 2/7 Success! I put an affirmation on my post, so that counts! Challenge Details 2/10/2021: Drink < 3 sodas a day - 3/7 Success!!!! I had one 12 oz soda with breakfast, one 12 oz soda with lunch, and one 12 oz soda with dinner. 1 Positive affirmation/day - 2/7 Pending... I didn't update my post, so I didn't post an affirmation. I thought about just thinking about something good about myself last night, but I was so depressed that I had trouble thinking of something.
  19. Hey Teros! How's it going, friend? Yeah, I guess that's true. At least I did it. I may not be doing anything with it right now, but I did it. I can say I have a Master's degree and that's not really something to turn my nose up at. She said another few things that she thought made me brave that I didn't necessarily agree with. It was because those things didn't seem scary or hard for me. It didn't feel like something I had to push myself to do. However, I supposed I did have to overcome some fear at some point in my life to get to the point to be able to do certain things. I used to be really anxious when dealing and talking with people. Now that I've overcome that fear, talking to people doesn't seem that scary anymore.
  20. Thank you for the support, Wolf-brother!!!! I really think I can manage this, and I'm very determined this time to make it work! Let's do this!!!!
  21. Ooooh ok. I've never heard that term before. I'd love to do that, but with the different time zones and everything, I think I'd just hold everyone up. Yay snow day!!!!
  22. Thus the edit I made to my post... lol. Oh man... sounds so good. I love reading your cooking stuff. YUM! I made some chili for the week. I slow cooked some dried pinto beans for 7 hours. I then sauted some diced onions and bell peppers. Browned some ground beef. Stirred in the onions, bell peppers, and two cans of diced tomatoes. Added the beans and chili seasoning. topped it with cheese. YUM!!!! So good. I have a whole pot of it for this whole week of cold weather! I don't cook very often, so when I do I am really proud of myself. This is one of my favorite recipes. Spring has always been my favorite season because it heralds the end of winter. I prefer the hot to the cold. I also prefer daylight to darkness, so the fact that the days get longer really helps my mood. My favorite flower is the daffodil. The reason for this is that growing up we had daffodils in the front yard. Every year when I'd see the daffodils start to grow, I knew that winter was finally coming to an end.
  23. what is PbP? Good morning! Glad you seem to be doing well today, Yeti! Hope your day has gone well!
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