Harriet

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    Harriet's Tiny Habits Continued

    AKA Harriet's Year of Transformation Act VI So I still believe tiny habits are the way to go. Unless an opportunity (like taekwondo lessons) ambushes you, in which case you should surrender and hand over all of your lupins. Actually, now I think on it, some of the best changes I made were dramatic overhauls. Wait, what? But there were a lot of failed dramatic overhauls, too. Hmmmm. Something to ponder. For now I'm going to add or modify habits week by week in tiny ways. Some habits from last time I was inconsistent about. I think I can tighten up compliance by having a specific time for them, and in the case of cleaning by making the task itself more specific ("sweep kitchen floor" instead of "clean something, anything"). Apparently if the forces of industry and sloth are about equally balanced, and we have to go to a penalty shootout, having to make any kind of decision can cost us the game. Meanwhile, I am having trouble controlling my snacking. Despite reading many books on body acceptance and trying to improve my body image, I still want to lose fat/improve my body composition. The scales say 26-27% bodyfat and I feel heavy, making running and jumping harder than they have to be. Also, I would like to look as though I lift and to have a nicer shape. But I make resolutions about food and then break them almost immediately. Maybe making it part of the challenge will help. So: Zero Week -move leg exercises to morning while first tea is brewing -take out vitamins whilst making first tea -wipe kitchen benches every night after dinner -keep writing before breakfast -have no more than two snacks per day Week One -alternate level-one cleaning chores on non-laundry days (do these after coming home from gym or groceries, after a tea break, of course) -set timer to meditate at 5pm for 5 minutes -note reasons for eating snacks (hungry, bored, or tired?) Week Two -alternate level-one cleaning chores every day, including laundry days -after lunch, check in and ask myself if I’m computering aimlessly and need a quick nap, or if I could read a book instead -swap one snack for something non-sweet or less processed Week Three -upgrade non-laundry-day cleaning chores to level two -increase meditation time to 10 minutes -eat second snack only when hungry, and no later than 5:30pm (if not hungry by then, wait for dinner) Week Four -continue all habits, aim for 100% compliance
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    Grumble Finishes Strong In Story and Song

    You put avocado in oatmeal?
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    Harriet's Tiny Habits Continued

    Thank you! I've finally gotten to the level of knitting skill and understanding of garments that I can knit things I consider wearable. So I'm going on a total sweater spree.
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    MikeWazowski: Keep on Chugging

    Nice! I hope it's lovely and that moving isn't too much of a hassle.
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    Grumble Finishes Strong In Story and Song

    Oh yeah. We want to live vicariously through you. Describe the carbs in lingering detail, please.
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    Harriet's Tiny Habits Continued

    Whee! The tip test was fun, and I got some feedback, mostly positive. Looks like the test for yellow belt in May is pretty much in the bag. Hmmm. Now that I've submitted my short story to my group for critique I have to start work on something new. I've been working on the teleport story for weeks so it feels weird. I might need a bit longer than my usual 15 minutes to have a think about it and set up. I'm actually super pleased with it and I want my next one to be as much fun, as well. I also need to look at online markets to submit to. My first teacher said we should basically submit all our work, starting straight away, and not wait to be "good enough", because that's a waste of time, and also being rejected happens to everyone, even good writers, so we might as well get used to it.
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    Harriet's Tiny Habits Continued

    Is this pudding? This is pudding, isn't it. Damn, I want pudding. Thanks! In person it's a sort of blackened teal. It's super nice because the fibres (white merino, brown masham, black mohair) take the dye differently, creating a not-quite-uniform colour. Thank you! So, 50's is 10-15 celsius, I think. Chilly to somewhat cold, I guess. I would say that's light sweater or hoodie weather. But I noticed since starting lifting, I warm up more quickly as long as I'm moving, so I end up in just a sweaty t-shirt during my walks, even if it's 12 degrees. I get just as cold when I'm staying still, though.
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    Harriet's Tiny Habits Continued

    Nice! Adding to my mental wiki of cooking techniques. How do you get it dry after the brine? Savage. I love it. I am absolutely trying this technique.
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    Harriet's Tiny Habits Continued

    Also, because I'm doing ALL the things, here's my now finished sweater. It's knit in a DK/light worsted weight yarn, so it's a heavy fabric, but I think the shaping stops it from being a chunky garment. Sadly, it's suddenly too warm to wear it now winter has fled. What's that, you say? Knit another sweater in a sport or sock weight yarn for spring? What an excellent idea! Cables on the back, too.
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    Harriet's Tiny Habits Continued

    No doctor has ever been able to give me any help on this. There's nothing wrong with my bloodwork (no, auto correct, not "bloodworm" WTF?). They don't know what causes it, they don't know if it is a symptom of depression or even the cause. The GP I had as a child and young adult said she could diagnose me with chronic fatigue, but that she wouldn't, because it is a "basket" people put themselves in which allows them to make excuses for themselves. Turns out doctors don't even know what chronic fatigue is, anyway. The only things that have ever helped are common sense things I did myself: diet, sleep, walking, lifting, various techniques for managing the anxiety and depression. It's just one of the reasons I only go to doctors when absolutely necessary (except the therapist, she's alright) and prefer to keep my own counsel whenever possible. Anyway, the good news is I'm immensely stronger than I was a few years ago. So a bit of afternoon fatigue is not going to stop me from doing ALL the things.
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    Miss Marissa

    Challenge stew! Just throw everything in. We'll stir.
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    Harriet's Tiny Habits Continued

    Meow! Actually, the reason I like milk chocolate is the milk, not the sugar. I wouldn't mind if they had less sugar. So making my own hot chocolate sounds like it could be gorgeous... but I'm not sure I'd be able to stop at a reasonable amount - liquids are so easy to have more of.
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    Harriet's Tiny Habits Continued

    P.S. I took a chocolate making workshop with my husband a while ago in Berlin. I think it was a birthday gift. We got to choose what flavours to put in our little chocolates. I think I chose rosemary and lavender, among others. Mmmm.
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    Harriet's Tiny Habits Continued

    http://www.vaninicioccolato.com/en/peru-single-origin-cocoa/dark-chocolate-bars Scroll down for flavours. $3.50 at the market checkout aisle. Seems to be more expensive online.
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    Harriet's Tiny Habits Continued

    Hahaha. Thanks for all the chocolate wisdom, friends. I did eat lindt dark chocolate in the past and found it bitter. But starting with a lower percentage sounds like a solid plan. Maybe I'll adjust and then become addicted, like I did to tea without sugar. In safeway, everything looks brightly coloured and disgusting with weird names. At the nice market where I get my produce, though, I found a 62% chocolate bar with rosemary and promises of quality. Seems like a good place to start. We'll see how it goes.
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    Harriet's Tiny Habits Continued

    P.S. Happy News I finally finished a first draft of the short story* I've been working on with my daily writing habit, and I submitted it to my informal writing group for critique. I'm pretty happy with it. I hope someone will read it despite the length. It's 14 pages and roughly 9500 words. I think the others are mostly writing flash fiction at under 2000 words. But anyway, I'm a writer! No matter if anyone likes or reads my story! I write! Therefore, I am a writer! *It's about a guy who works for a company that makes teleportation devices.
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    Harriet's Tiny Habits Continued

    Hisssssss. Bitter! Also, I got extremely tired after the workout AND a snack AND lunch. Eh. I've had really bad fatigue for years and things are getting better since I took up lifting, so this is actually an improvement. Better to be sleepy for a couple of hours than flat and demotivated all day every day. Ooh thank you. Have just read. I want to highlight two things for your entertainment: 1. "Any regular gym-goer will recognise the salty taste of sweat after a good hard workout." ... ... ... I don't taste myself after working out. Am I doing it wrong? And 2. under the list of "surprising high sodium foods": "Stock cubes - Who’d have guessed that this harmless little cube used to add flavour would be on this list" ...Where's the surprise, Bob? I was expecting a surprise, and you let me down. Everyone understands that stock cubes are salty. Like my tears when I realised there was going to be no surprise. Anyway, given that I eat mostly home cooked meals and clif bars, it's possible I don't get much salt. I will look into this. Thank you!
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    Harriet's Tiny Habits Continued

    They may well be sound snacks. But I ate them on top of the 3 meals and 2 snacks I had set myself for the day. I believe I am at the high end of normal, yes. Also my scale says I'm 27% bodyfat but I do have the tiniest bit of ab definition. I store all my almonds on my hips and legs. Yes, attempting to control things does tend to backfire... Wait. I need salt? And chocolate is good? Even milk chocolate? Sometimes I eat it in the afternoon when I'm semi-catatonic from the gym but have yet to do grocery shopping on foot. I laughed loudly at this. If it were ironic, he would make a great nerd rebel. If not, well... No. It has to be ironic, right? Oh yeah, it's awesome. I LOVE hitting things! Also the shouting is quite therapeutic. I love it when instructors ask "have you done this before?" and when my roundhouse kick is just right and goes SNAP sharp and crisp. I love punching with my new, stronger upper body (it was no fun when I was 16 and 105lb). I like that I'm getting closer to doing the spins more smoothly. It's all great fun, and I think it's filling some gaps/weaknesses left by my powerlifting training.
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    Raptron: Season Finale

    Lol, sassos. That sounds about right. I think your guild has a new nickname
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    Gemma and the Neverending Re-Spawn

    Wheee! How long is the finished story likely to be? Will it be a shortish novel?
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    CM in year 7

    That looks kinda like Voldemort. But yes, congrats on finishing the cards! Ah, completion.
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    MikeWazowski: Keep on Chugging

    Excellent, excellent. Do you think you'll see him again? Sleep yay! So you're a semi-pro dancer, is that right? Are there regular competitions you feel you HAVE to compete in to stay in the game? Or can you just pick and choose, take a break when you feel like it?
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    Harriet's Tiny Habits Continued

    Hmmm. I had another autumn bear incident yesterday. A very tiny, far-away voice was trying to remind me of my goals and this challenge. But nope. I think it was because I was very tired and looking for reward foods to make up for that exhaustion. I actually stuck my fingers into the bag of hickory smoked almonds and just ate the smoke flavoured salt. Also some chocolate and hummus and grapes. I'm wondering about the best strategy for the next step. Am I better off just cutting down amounts, or should I relax the thinking about calories and focus on swapping processed foods with added sugar (like the chocolate and the cliff builder bars) for less refined, less sugary foods? I think it's possible that regularly eating these increases my desire for sugar and might mess with my energy and appetite. Then again, some people say eating a bit of sugar directly after lifting is okay and the body metabolises it differently. I'm imagining muscles sucking up sugar and turning super saiyan or something. This may be bioscience. Who can say? But maybe I can keep the bars for right after the gym? Then again, maybe they train my palette to desire processed foods. Hmmm. Unsure. Well, I think my week two goal was to swap one of my two snacks for something unprocessed. So I suppose that's a fine place to start. Anyway, today is a new day! It's also the "tip test", a mini test where the taekwondo instructor makes sure one is ready for the real test, which is in May. Time to start working back up the belts. I used to have a red one, back in the day. Not sure how serious that dojo was, though. One funny thing is that the instructors have different preferences. My Thursday instructor has showed us one way of doing a side kick, while the Saturday instructor prefers a different technique. So I have to master both, and remember to whom each kick belongs so that all the instructors are pleased. I like the Saturday instructor because when I'm doing roundhouse kicks he lets me use his hands as target practice to improve my form. Tough and kind.
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    Starbuck aims for routine amongst big life changes.

    Oh cool, so you got the nice views! It's not impossible, you just have to book several weeks in advance (at least, that was the case last time I checked). Your gym lets you lift in socks? Rad!
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    Harriet's Tiny Habits Continued

    Benched 5x5x80lb. I'm nearly back to where I was before switching to wide-grip, diagonal bar path benching. A guy who I think might be the strongest (not to mention most sculpted) lifter in the gym was the closest person so I asked him for a spot. I think I was actually 10% stronger for that set due to encouragement and generally mighty aura of said shapely warrior. Next week I'll be back to 85lb, which is where I was before fixing my form. I think the detour was worthwhile, as the instructor assured me that wide grip involves the pecs more, and these have more potential than the arms alone as they're a bigger muscle. I did DB rows also. I will not mention the weight, but I did focus on using my lats rather than my arms.