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  1. I was just looking at my battle log and I am actually really close to leveling up my strength attribute. Which is crazy. When I started getting back into bodyweight workouts back in mid October, I could not do a single real push-up, all of them had to be knee push-ups. At the beginning of January, when I set my battle log goals, I could only do maybe 3-4 full push-ups, today I did four sets 12x12x10x10 for a total of 44 full push-ups. Two months. It has been two months since the beginning of January. This is honestly pretty mind-blowing to me, because I had never been able to do a
  2. Low energy is always a tricky one. There are just so many reasons for it. If you sleep is good and your hydration is good, food is definitely a good culprit to consider next. I had no idea. I have dabbled with macro counting in the past, but never during a time when I was 1) consistent with my workouts and 2) eating to build strength and not to lose weight. And it is just...I get it now. I totally get why athletes and weight lifters are so into tracking their macros and nutrition so closely. When it comes to having energy for a workout and recovery afterwards, paying atte
  3. I knew very little about it until a few years ago as well. Since then I have learned a little more. As I mentioned, I have a workbook around here somewhere, I believe it is DBT strategies specifically designed for depression. And I learned about it briefly in one of my psychology courses last year. I tend to be a fan of more structured programs based around learning tools. I think I would like therapy a lot better if I found something that was more structured and not just someone asking me tons of questions and how I feel about things and if I have tried journaling and changing my sleep habits
  4. Oh, I almost forgot, I have bendy update! I have recently been able to place my hands flat on the ground in a forward fold! I can only do it at the end of a stretching session when I am all warmed up, and it takes a couple minutes of slowly breathing my way down to it, and I can only hold it for a few seconds, but I did it 😎 Not terrible considering I could not even touch my toes two months ago, lol.
  5. Well, I aimed for 50% carbs, 20% protein, 30% fats, and MFP says that my running weekly average right now is 51% carbs, 22% protein, and 27% fats. At least for the moment, it has only been 1.5 weeks. I think I have almost doubled my workout length (both adding more to sets and incorporating additional movements to my training). So, SOMETHING appears to be working. I am slowly increasing my calories as I go as well, especially now that my walks are getting longer and faster and my workouts are getting longer.
  6. Ok...I got to learn a big lesson this past week. I always figured that tracking macros would maybe make a little difference, but wouldn't do much for me because I already ate pretty healthy (very little sugar and processed foods, lots of plants). But I learned that eating "pretty healthy" and tracking macros and eating for performance are a LOT different. Or rather, the outcomes are a LOT different. I have now been tracking and sticking to a macro plan for about a week and a half, and the impact it has had on my workouts is enlightening to say the least. Apparently boosting my calories slightl
  7. Thanks for the reminder, by the way. Thinking about focusing on just "getting anything done" help me get my derailed stretching/yoga goal back on track so I was able to finish the week with a win. Thanks! I was quite pleased with the progress I managed to make. Took me half the week to kick my butt in gear, but I finally got there, haha.
  8. I can't even relate to this because I have never felt average or normal in my life 🤣 For better or worse, I always seem to be an outlier. Having a partner who is also working on fitness is a huge asset when it comes to sticking to workout and nutrition goals. Maybe you need a power word for your nutrition to help you grind through while she is away. You have got this!
  9. I love that you have really intentional goals with what you want to get out of therapy. I think that is a great way to approach it. And considering DBT was originally designed for treating BPD, which is characterized by extreme mood swings, reacting to things more emotionally than would be expected for the situation, and bouts of extremely low self-worth, I think that this specific treatments sounds perfect for the goals you have chosen. I can relate to the work situation. I took a job about two years ago that looked like a great opportunity and turned out to be...not what I was l
  10. Week 2 Wrap-Up Challenge Goals: Body of a Agile Swordswoman - (STR) Strength and Agility: Bodyweight workouts 3x/week (3/3) - complete - (DEX) Balance and Coordination: Yoga and/or stretching 3x/week (3/3) - complete - (CON) Stamina: 20min+ walks 4x/week (4/4) - complete - (CON) Nutrition: Avoid processed sugar 6 days/week (6/6) - complete - (CON) Hydration: Drink 64 oz of water per day (7/7) - complete Mind of a Scholar - (INT) Intelligence: Read 6 books (2.15/6) - major comback, slightly behind - (INT) Intelligence: Comp
  11. Thanks!! It is definitely such a relief to finally feel like we can get back on track again. It has just been a weird week. Like my workouts this week have been longer and stronger than ever. By a significant increase over last week. But my distractability? Also WAY higher this week. Maybe that has something to do with struggling to fall asleep and then randomly waking up in the middle of the night almost every night and struggling to fall asleep AGAIN. Maybe I am slightly sleep deprived or something. I mean, I don't feel tired or sleep deprived...though I have been makin
  12. I know we don't really know each other well, but I just wanted to say congratulations on getting married!! Your pictures together are so adorable and you look so happy.
  13. That actually sounds like a really fun game! I might have to try that... Yeah, I believe that some people can benefit from therapy while others will not, some will benefit from meds while others may not, but everyone will benefit from following a healthy lifestyle and building that foundation should be at the center of every treatment recommendation, regardless of what additional measures are being taken. I know for me, my medication would not be as effective (and from experience is literally not as effective) if I was not also working hard on healthy lifestyle goals like
  14. That is aweful. My parents threatened to put me on a 72 hour hold when I was 16 if I didn't "talk to them and tell them what was going on", but thankfully the nearest mental facility was like 45 minutes away and that was apparently too much of a hassle to follow through on their threat. Our whole mental treatment institution needs so much work. I really haven't heard any positive stories from people who were hospitalized for any kind of mental or addictive issue. I am so sorry you had to endure that and that their facility failed you so terribly, and at still such a young and impressionable ag
  15. Forgot to do my mid-week update yesterday. I have been dragging with my goals a little bit. Not for any particular reason, just kind of lost some focus and momentum, so I need to work on buckling down and getting my head back in the game. In other news, my husband was finally offered a job! My brain feels like it breathed a sigh of relief, haha. Five months ago he got hit with a COVID layoff and the job market has been brutal. Challenge Goals: Body of a Agile Swordswoman - (STR) Strength and Agility: Bodyweight workouts 3x/week (1/3) - on track -
  16. I have never personally had ghee because butter does not cause me any issues and I see no reason to spend the extra money to get ghee (because it is expensive here in the states too...but there are ways of straining your own butter to make it yourself if you ever want to give that a try. I haven't, just throwing that out there, lol). In that case, then yeah, you probably shouldn't notice a huge difference. I mostly use mine for mixing into smoothies because I am not a huge fan of it by itself (and because making "nice cream" is one of my favorite things to do). I like to
  17. I do agree with that. I think that telling someone they are powerless just increases a victim mentality. I think it is important for people to learn how to forgive themselves and move past things, but I don't think that a person has to think of themselves as powerless in order to do that. Personally, I am a very intrinsically motivated person with a heavily inward locus of control though, which means messaging that creates powerlessness against external forces, the concept of predestination, and lack of control and responsibility just irritates me. Could it benefit someone who responds to exte
  18. What I think of when I hear “ghost hug” I find some cheese substitutes tolerable when enough other spices and flavors are involved, but they are extremely poor substitutes for the real thing. I agree though, milk alternatives tend to be pretty great. I find ice cream can be very hit or miss, but the milk substitutes tend to be good.
  19. I have never had any direct interaction with AA, but I have heard from a few people who found it immensely helpful. I think the whole concept of telling yourself you are saddled with a progressive illness that you are powerless to control stems from an attempt to help people deal with the blame they have experienced from friends, families, and even themselves. I think it is especially easy and common with addiction to place blame on the individual. “If you didn’t do this, or if you would just stop doing that, you wouldn’t be in this mess.” I think the reason they emphasize it as a disease is
  20. I am sorry your last experience with it was so bad. That doctor sounds terrible. The DBT program definitely sounds interesting though. I have been fascinated by that form of therapy ever since I heard about it a few years ago. I think I have a DBT workbook around here somewhere that I have been meaning to go through. From what I learned in my psychology courses, a good DBT program tends to be pretty effective. I am totally with you on the cost. I will spare you my rant on how problematic the cost of therapy treatment and mental health treatment in general is, because you already k
  21. Going to respond to both of you at the same time here, because it applies to both. I don't remember the exact number on this, and I am too lazy to look it up right now, so don't quote me on this, but it is estimated that like 60% of the population has varying levels of lactose intolerance, or something like that. It is because as we age, many of us slowly lose our ability to produce lactase, which breaks down the lactose. Some infants are born lactose intolerant (it is fairly rare) and have to be administered lactase in order to drink their mother's milk. All that being said, most people are n
  22. *looks up* Oh...that was a bit of a novel. Sorry about that, I did not realize how long my post had gotten.
  23. I bet it was. I would love to visit Colorado (in any season but Winter). We have some friends who live out there now, so maybe sometime I will finally get to visit...if the pandemic ever ends, that is. I have pretty much only ever driven through the state, namely Atlanta, which is terrifying, by the way. I don't think I have ever seen so many lanes of traffic and merging from all directions. My anxiety was sky high driving through that 🤣 Oh interesting. I feel like BPD is one of those ones that is really to easy to self-diagnose oneself as because the symptoms
  24. Taking that first step and getting the ball rolling is definitely a great start. I hope they will get back to you quickly and you can make an appointment soon
  25. I decided to try my hand again at some macro counting this week. I don't know if I am making my life easier or harder, but I decided to just map out Sunday-Wednesday of this week in MFP (and will probably do the rest of the week once I get to Wed) - every meal, snack, etc, so all I have to do is follow the plan. On the one hand, that eliminates the need for me to make decisions in the moment, eliminates the need to spend time each day trying to plan meals to hit my goals, and allows me to meal prep what I need in advance. But, on the flip side, it definitely affords me a lot less freedom to CH
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