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  1. 6 hours ago, Chris-Tien Jinn said:

    “Come on.”  Roi took Chris’ arm.  “It’s time for us to go.”

    I had missed a few parts of the story, so yesterday I went though and read all of the ones from this challenge, and they really are a lot of fun. 

    I am wondering if the installments from before this challenge are complied in a place where I could read them? I would really like to catch the beginning of this story.

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  2. Most nights, my narcolepsy med makes it so I can get restful sleep and pretend to be a functional person the next day. Some nights it makes me amazingly stupid and ravenous.

     

    Sleep didn't happen, a lot of eating did, and everything was messed up this morning, but I still needed to play functional human.

     

    Bell choir played at both services this morning, and I also ran video projection for both services. And I found out right before the 2nd service that I was training someone. It was a LOT, but it wasn't bad. Lady I trained and her husband are both into Nerd Fitness! Never met one in the wild before. 

     

    Eating is off today and I'm not going to try and drag it back on. Giving myself a pass on walks and possibly everything else too. It's noon, I'm exhausted. I'm back in bed with my phone and tablet and cats, and I'm giving myself permission to stay here the rest of the day if I want.

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  3. On 11/15/2023 at 6:31 PM, fleaball said:

    poke

    ouch! not so hard!

     

     

    Doing ok on most aspects of the challenge. Everything but the fall cleaning.

     

    Weight has been tracking down, I'm not quite where I want to be at this point about 1.2 lbs over, but I should still be able to hit the long term goal. I've started food logging to help with keep myself accountable, even when I go off script on eating. Been surprised how easy it is to get up to 3,500 calories, even when most of the day is to plan.

    chart and graph

    Spoiler

    Week Goal Actual
    Oct 14 393 393
    Oct 21 391.4 385.6
    Oct 28 389.8 390
    Nov 4 388.2 388.8
    Nov 11 386.6 387.2
    Nov 18 385 386.2
    Nov 25 383.4  
    Dec 2 381.8  
    Dec 9 380.2  

     

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    Had to do a health screening for work. Scored 18 out of 100 possible points and flagged as "high risk" in almost everything.

    Blood pressure too high

    Fasting blood sugar too high

    Weight and waist too high 

    HDL too low

     

    The solution to all of this seems to be "lose weight and exercise more". I'm working on losing weight with diet, exercise is hard. Not much extra energy and I'm often at a point where standing hurts after work.  So, before work. I've decided to start "walking to work" by walking around two blocks to get to my car in the morning, aiming for a pace that leaves me breathing hard. If I'm running late, I can shorten to one block. As weather turns more to winter, my alternate will be walking inside at work before punching in. Doing the two blocks get's me 14 "active" minutes. Managed to get at least some walking in every day this week (Sunday and Saturday included), and my Fitbit says I passed the 150 active minutes milestone. 

     

    I'm taking next week off for work, so 9 glorious days! Going to use the time to really, really focus on getting the apartment together. Honestly, I think I could be on one of those horribly expositive TV shows.  Need to move some things to have space to move somethings, to have space to start sorting.  Hoping to find my blood pressure and blood sugar meters in the process of all this. 

     

    Additional goals for my days off:

    Go for 5 x 15 minute walks every day. Aiming for 7:50, 9:50, 11:50, 1:50 and 3:50. This will also hit my hourly step goals. 

    Spend at least 15 minutes each day studying Spanish

    Watch at least 1 movie in Spanish 

    Spend time painting at least once

    Play violin at least once

     

    Just went out for my 2nd walk today and it was raining! So, my rarely used umbrella actually served its purpose, it seemed so proud of itself. 

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  4. The pattern of me not posting is now broken.

     

    Don't have time or energy to catch up, so going to paraphrase. 

    1. Start the Day 

    I should really find my normal old alarm and set that as motivation to get physically out of bed, not just awake-ish.

    Trying to take advantage of the time change for it too.

     

    2. Eat the Plan

    Needs improvement, but weight followed goal path.

     

    3. Fall Cleaning 

    Needs improvement. Thinking about making a chore list to help.

     

     

    4. It rubs the lotion on its skin

    Staying solid with this.

     

     

    Been a kind of hard time, and lots of things to throw me off this week. Want to keep striving and work on reconnecting tomorrow. For now Imma practice Spanish and go to sleep.

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  5. On 10/30/2023 at 4:37 PM, Mistr said:

    Shades for both windows with delivery came to less than the material cost for one window in the "Budget" quote. To top it off, the blinds will arrive in two weeks instead of 4-6 weeks

    Budget blinds is a distributor for Hunter Douglas, and I don't know that you can get any more expensive than that. I'm not sure if they slap their own label on after, but I do know that in my 12 years with HD, I saw a LOT of Budget Blinds orders. 

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  6.  

    W2D2

     

    1. Start the Day 

    Up at 4 am for early shift.

     

    2. Eat the Plan

    Breakfast didn't happen, which is sad as I was looking forward to trying it. Just didn't have time.

    Lunch was a favorite. Dinner was ok. Ended up going to taco bell after my 7pm meeting. 

     

    3. Fall Cleaning 

    Got stuff out before work. Did a little sorting between getting off and going back.

     

    4. It rubs the lotion on its skin

    Lotion on feet before work. My cat, in a fit of love and joy, scratched up the back of my hand fairly thoroughly (he was kneading one hand while I gave him a belly rub. Gots to trim the claws...) so no lotion on back of hands.

     


     

    W2D3 Tuesday 

    1. Start the Day 

    Woke at 5, but dozed in bed until 6

     

    2. Eat the Plan

    Breakfast was ok. Lunch will be removed. Dinner was ok.

     

    3. Fall Cleaning 

    Tried and failed to find tentacle earrings before work; much sadness, had to go with dolphins, not really Halloweenie

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    Got a grocery delivery put away this afternoon. Frustrated, they were running late so was getting dark when they arrived, so turned on stair lights and accidentally triggered trick or treaters. And the main reason for the order was needing milk, which they didn't bring. 

     

    4. It rubs the lotion on its skin

    Used lotion before work. Also got some of that fancy O Keef stuff. Used healthy feet and working hands before typing this. Back of both hands really stung for a bit, but hopefully it helps them heal. 

     

     


    So I don't have to scroll back to the top to copy this...

    W2D4

    1. Start the Day 

    2. Eat the Plan

    3. Fall Cleaning 

    And

    4. It rubs the lotion on its skin

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  7. Soy cansado. Estoy muy consada 

     

    W2D1

    1. Start the Day 

    Woke at 3 (goal is 5:30). Didn't go back to bed, didn't take a nap.  Felt it heavy all day.

     

    2. Eat the Plan

    All the food was bad today, but I'm not totally sure it was the foods fault. 

     

    3. Fall Cleaning 

    Much less than yesterday, but still better than any weekday. Cat box changed out. Lunch box cleaned with some other dishes. Have some trash and recycling ready to go out with me tomorrow morning. 

    I've decided I love paper grocery bags: they're so good for recycling! Also trying to embrace smaller trash bags to get around not wanting to take it out if it isn't "full"

     

    4. It rubs the lotion on its skin

    Freaking...

    Hold on...

     

    There, lotion happened. Before bed rather than in the morning, but it counts! I hope you're happy (I'm kind of happy) 

     

    Tomorrow is going to be hard. I have to start up the plant for the week, so need to be in at 5. Getting up at 4. I also have a 7pm meeting that I'll need to be back in the office for, which will make me miss bell practice. Trying to go to bed early and balance my sleep meds so I get enough rest tonight, but I'm not still sedated when I need to get up.

     

    Just getting the bags out on my way to work will count for morning cleaning. 

     

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  8. W1D7

    1. Start the Day 

    Sleep was split last night. Got up at 2, went back to bed at 4, got back up at 7.

     

    2. Eat the Plan

    Breakfast was... odd. "Greek style omelet" eggs and olives? Not bad, but not going on my favorites list

    Ate about half of lunch before deciding to invoke "don't eat things you don't like" A salmon thingy.

    Dinner was good

     

    3. Fall Cleaning 

    Been doing little chunks of cleaning every time my "move this hour" alarm goes off. Lots of boxes broken down. Space is feeling a little more open, which makes me feel better.

     

    4. It rubs the lotion on its skin

    Achieved. Having it on the list is helping me be more consistent with it and my feet are looking better.

     

     

     

     

    So I don't have to scroll back to the top to copy this...

    W2D1

    1. Start the Day 

    2. Eat the Plan

    3. Fall Cleaning 

    And

    4. It rubs the lotion on its skin

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  9. Just now, Chris-Tien Jinn said:

     

    Giving up sweet liquids is hard .... you might want to wean off gradually.  

    I've tried some, including making the tea less sweet, but it just doesn't work right. I've mostly replaced soda with carbonated flavored water, but any adjustment to my perfect Gold Peak tea is just WRONG. The fact that we're getting into the cold season will help some, I'm fine with just a bit of sweet n low in my hot tea.

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  10. W1D6

    1. Start the Day 

    Up at 5:50, really need to set up the annoying alarm

     

    2. Eat the Plan

    Food was good. Didn't end up finishing the dinner; I'm not sure if I like it or not so had some chicken strips.

     

    3. Fall Cleaning 

    Cleaned CPAP before work, and did more dishes after work.

     

    4. It rubs the lotion on its skin

    Done.

     

     

    So I don't have to scroll back to the top to copy this...

    1. Start the Day 

    2. Eat the Plan

    3. Fall Cleaning 

    And

    4. It rubs the lotion on its skin

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  11. Surprised this morning and trying not to feel disappointed; instead of losing weight this last week, I went back up 4.4 lbs. I knew I wasn't likely to lose 7 pounds again, but was thinking I would be down at least a little more, or at worst flat. 

     

    Spoiler

    Week Goal Actual
    Oct 14 393 393
    Oct 21 391.4 385.6
    Oct 28 389.8 390

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    I'm only 0.2 lbs off from being on track for my long term goal, and I think it'll be easier overall to be tighter on my eating this next week.  I think I'm going to be good with just about all of my delivery meals, and I'm working on not brining junk food into the home. I'm going to have to give up my sweet tea habit; I'll gradually drink what I've got, but not get more

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  12. W1D4

    1. Start the Day 

    up at 5:35

     

    2. Eat the Plan

    Plan followed

     

    3. Fall Cleaning 

    Got recycling out before work, but the day was really physically demanding, and I didn't do anything after work.

     

    4. It rubs the lotion on its skin

    Done

     

    W1D5

    1. Start the Day 

    Not up until 6, feeling super tired.

     

    2. Eat the Plan

    Breakfast was added to the "not approved" list

    Lunch was added to "favorites"

    Dinner was microwaved but not eaten.

     

    3. Fall Cleaning 

    Did some dishes before work.

    Sorted and put away the next weeks food delivery. I've pruned things well enough now that I was actually getting really excited looking at what I had

     

    4. It rubs the lotion on its skin

    Done

     

     

     

    So I don't have to scroll back to the top to copy this...

    1. Start the Day 

    2. Eat the Plan

    3. Fall Cleaning 

    And

    4. It rubs the lotion on its skin

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  13. W1D3

    1. Start the Day

    Up and moving at 5:35!

     

    2. Eat the Plan

    Breakfast and lunch were both good. Used my "off" night for dinner as I had some running around to do.

     

    3. Fall Cleaning 

    Changed out the cat box before work. Sitting here lazy and don't want to do anything after work, but don't want to have to say I did nothing.

    brb

    Ok, did a sink worth of dishes.

     

    4. It rubs the lotion on its skin

    Done

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  14. 13 minutes ago, fleaball said:

    Mine hate each other too much for that. It's generally a miracle when they're both sleeping on my bed at the same time. (And of course it has nothing at all to do with the fact that when we brought FK here from my grandmother's house my mother insisted on letting him out of the carrier immediately and doing no research on properly introducing cats. None at all.)

    Made a slight attempt at proper introduction, but the separate room / interact through a door thing always seemed too much, but I also got lucky. Sasha is solidly of the opinion that everywhere is his domain, but you are welcome in it. ShyAnn was a barely weaned kitten when I got her. Sasha sniffed the carrier for a bit and then decided it was a good perch. Once it was open, ShyAnn ran out and hid, but they both ended up on my bed overnight. Was the same for the first few weeks; only ever saw ShyAnn when she would come to cuddle while I was in bed, but they both always got along fine. 

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  15. W1D2

    1. Start the Day 

    Was up and out of bed by 5:35, so solid win. Took a nice long shower and enjoyed being able to start my day off on the right foot.

     

    2. Eat the Plan

    Breakfast was bad.  Lunch was really good. Dinner was bad.

    Kind of bad alignment; both breakfast and dinner were things I thought I wasn't going to like, but wanted to at least try them before removing them from the menu. 

    I worry that I sound too negative on the food, but I'm halfway through the second week and I'm overall really happy with it. I'm trying things out and really feel like I'm refining it so that each following week will be better.

     

    3. Fall Cleaning 

    Did a little bit of tidying and took the trash out before work. After work, I washed 4 forks; didn't have much time between work and bell practice, and hey, that's double the minimum!

     

    4. It rubs the lotion on its skin

    Lotion happened right after my shower.

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  16. 11 hours ago, Chris-Tien Jinn said:

     

    Is there any way to start arranging life so that you require less discipline to get there?  

    That's part of the goal with the meal plan. I've got a full slate of healthy meals showing up every week. Looking for other opportunities to make things easy too.

     

    1 hour ago, fleaball said:

    fwiw this shit is amazing for hands and doesn't feel super lotiony. they have a foot one too which I haven't tried, but I love this stuff and you can totally use it all over, not just on heels, and bonus: you don't have to touch your feet! you can also just put like vaseline or aquaphor all over and put some socks on so it absorbs but they're kinda goopy.

    Working Hands is my go to for hand lotion. I still don't love it, but it is better than anything else I've used.  I might try the roll on stuff when my AmLactin runs out.

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