Mike Wazowski

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About Mike Wazowski

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  1. Mike Wazowski

    Mike Wazowski Gets Basic

    I think we all can, at some point - I'm sure the acro class bruises end up in even weirder spots, too! Hahaha sort of like every time I type out my weekly schedule - always looks intimidating to see it all written out! Cheers to that! Random gym update: tried out another "CrossFit" box, and really liked the chat I had with the owner about how he does the programming - he borrows a lot from bodybuilding splits, builds in more strength oriented work, and just generally has a programming philosophy I jive with. Also, he runs a 6:30 am class, which works better for my life than 6 am at most other places. Gonna try out the place for a month or two and report back here!
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    Fall wizardry

    Love that - I don't feel it often, but I love when I have this sense that I'm in a total state of flow with my partner and the floor when I'm dancing in practice.
  3. Mike Wazowski

    Mike Wazowski Gets Basic

    I'll maybe fall on my face. But to be fair, a buncha these goals have already been humming along in the background (like planning out teaching, training, having a nutrition plan) and this is just giving me some structured accountability around it. thanks! I'll do my best to build up over time, with the hopes that weekly / monthly / semesterly planning just becomes the cornerstone of how I make sure I'm always doing the most important stuff right in my life. I DID!!!! I love the way Cal Newport frames it - and really, just love his voice as an author in general, it feels like I'm sipping on a beer while chatting with a mentor. And I love the emphasis he places on high quality leisure to crowd out idle browsing - because I do notice a difference between how I feel after reading a book, chatting with a friend, or just being with my thoughts for a bit versus when I'm idly scrolling through instagram or zoning out in front of Netflix.
  4. Mike Wazowski

    Fall wizardry

    Dude, you're totally mature and disciplined in your training (and a role model for me on that end, tbh). Glad you're liking the acro class and finding some good community ties in your area. I'd write more, but I'm similarly cramming nerd commitments between some work stuff today.
  5. Mike Wazowski

    Mike Wazowski Gets Basic

    thanks friend! UPDATE Y'ALL: I had a lot of time in my thoughts on this recent work trip to Chicago (did I mention that I went there for a training seminar this week? Probably not, but I did!) and I think I'm at a point where I have clear goals across all the areas for the next couple months - I'll do a summary of that below, probably in spoiler blocks or something. I'll take pics of some of my mind maps for leisure and personal too, but that's later. Also, highlights from the past week: Took my dance partner as my plus one to a swing dance couple's wedding on Saturday night and it was fantastic! He was phenomenal company, naturally gelled with the group and really enjoyed his conversations, plus we were the highlight of the dance floor (the photographer came up to us to tell us she had a platonic crush, and a couple other people we didn't know came up to let us know that they loved watching us which was super sweet) Chicago was fantastic - did a ton of walking around in the loop on my lunch breaks to enjoy the near perfect fall weather, got to see family for pizza, and also forced my parents to have pizza a second time in a week so we could enjoy the pizza I grew up on Took today as a very chill, do some errands while working from home day - good way to ease back in to being in Dallas after a week away So here's my rough set of goals, by big category: So anyone who read that text wall would notice that that's a LOT of goals - and they're going to depend on phasing in a lot of habits, with a backbone of weekly and monthly planning (God, I'm type A and should maybe look into project management, I'm excited just thinking about these planning blocks!). I consolidated what I need to do for those and will share in a later update (like once I try them out this weekend and find out if I've committed just way too much or if I'm hitting it just right). Also, a little WARDROBE THOUGHT: I unpacked my whole fall / winter wardrobe in preparation to pack to fly to Chicago, and I realized that I LOVE my fall / winter part of the wardrobe. The color scheme is very me (black, grey, cream, white, and navy as neutrals / base colors, with jewel tone blues, greens, and teals as accent colors, plus some designs that use stripes and color gradients to add visual interest). It highlighted how "meh" I feel on big chunks of my summer wardrobe (and the need for a pair of grey jeans and/or chinos) so now I've got some focus for future shopping trips either this winter or next spring (and addressed some of that by acquiring a nice grey t-shirt - I literally didn't have a single one). Might start sharing pics of outfits I especially like (good motivation to assemble the mirror I bought a month ago, haha).
  6. Mike Wazowski

    Scalyfreak vs Stress Hydra, Round 2

    Oof, that's rough! Best of luck juggling and/or mopping up all the fecal matter - and hopefully you get some well-earned rest after it all!
  7. Mike Wazowski

    Miss Marissa doing fall things

    Oooh nice! I love hearing about other people's capsules - not that I even truly have a capsule wardrobe, per se. But I like the idea in theory, and I'm sloooowly learning how to better shop for my own wardrobe.
  8. Mike Wazowski

    CM settles down

    Thank God for sleep! And you're killing it on the unpacking - 3x the goal amount!!!
  9. Mike Wazowski

    The Return of the Grumble

    I loved stats enough that I slogged through the multivariate calculus portions of my grad school classes. Long-winded way to say, second all of this!
  10. Mike Wazowski

    Gemma replaces faulty wiring

    YIKES, those are some seriously long days - and sorry that it's likely to continue that way for another month or two. But good on you for rolling with the punches and adapting to keep finding time for the things you value (as best you can). Rest up and take care of yourself, friend!
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    karinajean is a day late and a dollar short

    KJ! 1) I'm truly sorry to hear about your dad - that's a really tough situation and I'm glad you're able to help out where you can. 2) I'm SO glad your trip was great and felt like you connected to a really great community! 3) Makes total sense that you'd have lots of snacking - maybe there's a way to accommodate your on-the-go lifestyle with slightly healthier eating, if and only if you want to? 4) Take care of yourself, friend. You've got a lot on your plate, but you've also got a lot of friends (including ME) cheering you on!
  12. Mike Wazowski

    Miss Marissa doing fall things

    Awww baby's first hammer score! Killin' it with the social sports teams and I'm excited to hear about the capsule stock-taking!
  13. Mike Wazowski

    Raptron Ramps Up

    Killin' it with the meet prep!!! Sounds like an awesome and CHILL next couple of days ahead, hope you're enjoying all the fun stuff and sleeeeeeep. And maybe applying for jobs, but I wouldn't blame you if you didn't, that ish is exhausting.
  14. Mike Wazowski

    Mad Hatter retreats

    DUDE, this is so relatable - especially after teaching a really good class, I can be buzzing with excitement for a while and have trouble coming down from that high.
  15. Mike Wazowski

    Mike Wazowski Gets Basic

    I'm 100% sure I've done a basic themed challenge already, but I'm currently running on a pumpkin scone and an iced americano with pumpkin sweet cream added, so fight me - we're leaning into the start of pumpkin spice season even if fall hasn't started yet! For anyone jumping in, the quick summary about me: Been on NF since early 2017 (holy crap, we're past 2.5 years!) Competitive ballroom and latin dancer, approaching the point where I feel comfortable calling myself a semi-pro athlete I'm a data and business strategy nerd for my day job I've realized that dance,, personal relationships, and mentally stimulating leisure are the most important places I want to invest my time and energy - everything else (work, nutrition, fitness) just sort of needs to maintain without slipping I LOVE sweets and food in general - see aforementioned scone and sweet cream coffee Dunno exactly what goals will be yet, but it'll involve some combo of: Getting sufficient sleep plus regularly stretching my consistent tight spots and doing the ankle conditioning that avoids any aches and pains down the line for me Putting my mindset on right for all my dance teaching and practice time - I've been noticing life stress creeping in occasionally during practice time with my partner, and I want to keep that time sacred as much as I can Be fully present when I'm spending time with friends and actively carve out time to be with people who matter to me (friends and family - including those who don't live in the same city) Ensure that I'm eating meals with some sort of vegetable most meals during the week (there have been a few "oops I ate too much sweet stuff and now I'm not hungry for real food" meals happening here and there) (possible) start a digital detox in conjunction with reading the book "digital minimalism" that I'm super digging right now (BONUS) Do 2 strength sessions and 2-3 pilates sessions every week for the challenge - we're going with an almost all see-through shirt for the dance competition at the end of this challenge, so it'd be nice to look extra jacked on the floor UPDATE: Clarifying the draft goals into real goals / building a tracking template for myself: 2+ meals w/ veg every day: 0/7, 0/7, 0/7, 0/7, 0/7 Proper mindset for every dance session: 0/7, 0/7, 0/7, 0/7, 0/7 Body maintenance: Nights of 7+ hours sleep: 0/7, 0/7, 0/7, 0/7, 0/7 Daily stretching: 0/7, 0/7, 0/7, 0/7, 0/7 Ankle conditioning: 0/1, 0/1, 0/1, 0/1, 0/1 Presence - days where I was present at least one moment: 0/7, 0/7, 0/7, 0/7, 0/7 Get swole(r): Strength workouts: 0/2, 0/2, 0/2, 0/2, 0/2 Pilates: 0/3, 0/3, 0/3, 0/3, 0/3 Plies and Butt Stuff: 0/2, 0/2, 0/2, 0/2, 0/2