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  1. Though should say that what I mean by untoward pregnancy issues I mean sore back or sciatica or pelvic pain or that kind of thing- definitely go pee a million times a night and every thirty minutes during the day, GERD! Though that’s diminishing (I wonder if she’s descending), I walk slowly and I can’t see my feet! Etc etc etc but feel like all to be expected when super pregnant!
  2. Yes!! Getting very close! Feeling pretty good but definitely slowing down. Can’t wait to meet the little one! Still doing barre and I think it’s doing me well this pregnancy! Highly recommend prenatal barre blend for pregnant people- I feel like it has prepared my body well for pregnancy. Not really having any untoward pregnancy issues except being tired! Last pregnancy I ran pretty late into the pregnancy and did life weights but found it harder to keep consistent. More recently- earlier this week, 35 weeks I think this is 33 weeks, before baby shower
  3. I'm making another hobbit! Hello, y'all. It has been many days. My intention is to start up with the next challenge. Important news! I am pregnant! Im just entering 23 weeks. It's been a (knock on wood) wonderful pregnancy so far, been working out doing barre about 6 days a week and just feeling good in my body Running with that second trimester glow and energy bump right now. I'll keep updated a bit more perhaps later but short version- - this year has been hard particularly for my extended family but coming through and feeling the whisperings of spring! - my main goals for now are to continue to be active during this pregnancy, continue to make meditation, mental health a priority Hope you are all doing well. Lady of the Bog (though now more of the forests but, hey, bogs are mystical lands of change and becoming in my book so I'll keep it le second trimester glow, remember this when in end of third trimester slog 22 weeks- aka 6 months preggo! 21 weekssss
  4. I'm so late to everything but I'm glad to be reading your challenge. I love your mindset format. Vibe hard with it. Just wanted to say, hello. Hope the snowstorm bypasses you as much as possible, at least the power stays on.
  5. For some reason I just saw this! Will respond after river today!!
  6. Yes! Super interested! If it’s 50+ and not super thick would like that too? I’ve kind of reconciled myself with wearing a hat every single day at this point but would like the option for more protection! Hiking and river and all of that I use some neutrogena thing, I think 50+ but it’s not an everyday moisturizer in my mind
  7. thank you! that's so strange and interesting!
  8. Le skin care regime: 1) oil wash, use face towel w/ warm water to remove (currently a burts bees but i've used many oils before) 2) cream cleanser (evan healy, love) 3) tone (currently using a hydrosol, have liked more clinical stuff in past) 4) retinol (i've used expensive spa ones before that were kind of magic but not currently!) 5) evan healy oil + hydrosol or moisturizer depending on how I am feeling 5) for occasional breakouts, I like essential oil based products and they work! I've used something from dew dab from living libations (love them and best oil cleanser I've ever used was one of their's) or if it feels deep- enessa clove acne control. The Enessa is kind of expensive but it's amazing. I gave a product to a friend who was experiencing some intense cystic acne and it worked very well for her. I often will cover a zit with one of these products and then dab on some of Mario Badescue's drying paste. I really highly recommend this stuff! Very affordable too. As I've gotten older, I don't really break out that much but thought I'd include because I've found this raft of stuff remarkable! I use a face moisturizer/spf cream from rodan and fields. If anyone has something to recommend in the 15-30 spf range please let me know! Other days, I use one from evan healy. About 2-3 times/week, I do a moisturizing mask. I really love Olek Henriksen's blueberry enzyme mask and sometimes will do it before other masks just because it feel like it prepares the skin for other products very well. I'll occasionally do a mud mask (love Lush's mask of magnimity) but only like one a week. If I am feeling like nuts I use Glow Glam's... something about brightening but it's intense. Like very intense so I do it like once a month. I just started using vegemour's eyelash and eyebrow growth serums. Curious to see how it works! ** I realize this is very involved. I think I just started getting into skin stuff post-30 years old. I was then going to go into the supplements I take which I realize nothing is going to replace a badass diet but I do have badass diet for the most part and actually have found improve my skin/hair beyond that with supplements. Sigh. This is a lot but also a lot of fun! I will commence affirmations. And you know what? I am a huge fan of affirmations/meditations as years ago I committed to sleep hypnosis tapes to get over a terrible breakup and hangup if I am being honest and that shiz changed my life. I met my husband a few months later and broke some of my habits that I had approached in dating. That schmaltzy, cheesy stuff actually worked! I crack up thinking about it.
  9. Week 2/3 Update Week 2 We spent last week on the coast. I feel very lucky that we have a place out there to stay always but particularly in pandemic times. I'm finding it overwhelming to record but suffice to say, I worked out everyday and mediated x5. Other conscious efforts towards self esteem work didn't really happen. Not going to add points this week. Week 3 We are leaving to climb a peak! Tomorrow, we happened by some magic to secure a permit for a limited person trail/lake (20 heads/day). I'm pretttyyy excited. The next day, we will hike a peak and either swim in a lake/hot springs or kayak around following depending how we are feeling. The Pacific Northwest is really a wonderland. I hope it doesn't sound like gloating but I'm pretttyyy excited. Mental health wise, could be worse could be better. I feel like that's how I've been handling the pandemic/general fuckupness of these times. I really want to make it an intention to get working on my self-esteem workbook. I feel kind of like an ass typing that out but it does help! do my self esteem workbook (at least once a week): didn't do this but did set up with husband when a good time to do this might be (post dinner) in the midst of negative self-talk, punto for recognizing it and observing it: most beneficial part of this challenge so far has been simply beign aware of this sometimes... ALSO: found a instagram of a lady who shows how "influencers" pose/use apps to distort their images on social media. It sounds crazy admitting it, but seeing how images are heavily altered or posed has been helping realize how incredibly unrealistic my body expectations are of myself! meditation session: 6 times this week!!! Does anyone else use insight app? I love it!! Hobbit: GREY HAVENSSSS (really, though, architecture of the Oregon coast strong Grey Havens vibe The beach right outside the beach house is pretty nutso We've also been going to the river a lot! Just found this spot about twenty minutes from our house. Including this because I love this dress and felt very much myself wearing it
  10. I know these over the hill denizens of which you speak. lollllll I love this- and I also have an involved skin care regime! I can incorporate mantra/affirmation into it. I'm down. Alas! I need to get back into the habit! We went to the coast for a week and I lost the thread! I feel like these times bolster your particular army unfortunately thank you! I would be so honored! Hobbit 4 life
  11. Friday Night Update: Brevity has never been my forte but will attempt as I am reading a FANTASTIC novel- Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo- and must away to it's sweet embrace. Body: Indeed got those 5x/week in. Took a run last Saturday as well, plan on tomorrow morning. I did yoga x1 and x2 foam rolling sessions! Great! Fantastic! Self esteem: journaling So, I have this kind of silly but actually feels good yoga journal thing that I'll post sometime. I did this x5 this week after each workout. Felt good! I do want to get into habit of writing proper journal as I did in days of yore but stoked to add the perhaps silly yoga journal into my routine act of self compassion Private moment but did remember to cnsciously do this x1 meditation session x2 talk about self esteem issues with someone other than myself x1 on a mom's group- I shared some really personal stuff and someone I really admire wrote me some very nice things. Felt really good Puntos: 9 out of the gate strong Hobbit stuff: spent time at the river, did not locate one ring to rule them all.
  12. Oh, yes this all sounds good. Do share! Meditation is the magic sauce for me too- when I remember, make time to do it! Very good point. Maybe I'll name that voice, Smeagol. Won't be creepy at all. YES! To the first point, I should take compliment better and store them away as if I am a squirrel w/ compliment acorns for winter. Thank you for being here! Always the kindest, involved people on this forum. Mom look is the sauce. Citizens for elastic waistbands. YAY!! Analog girl. Yes, the general trickle down mom-auntie-nana fashion from normcore has been the best. just the best. Tanning is never ever in the cards for me (alas, cries my poor 13 year old self) but I'm fine with it at this point- except when going anywhere vaguely tropical BECAUSE my heart is there but hte body does not commit, lol. YAY! I'm so glad you are rooting for me. Much love! ad do share! love the sharing. thank you Thank you! Also, your lands always pop up on my iweather (because homeland) and I grumble every time I see it. literally in the 70s everyday. How do you live iwh yourself? Answer- very well. Heheh, miss that town! thank you!!
  13. Shoot- finally back again! Another attempt! See current challenge, Druid’s for another challenge by yours truly!
  14. Challenge! I’m here! I’m losing my mind bit by bit but mostly chugging along as I do. I’m back for this challenge primarily to really focus on improving my self esteem. My life is good. I’m financially secure. I live in a beautiful area. I have a loving marriage. A beautiful child. I have meaningful work. I work out everyday Monday- Friday, my body feels good. The interlocking parts of my life, for the most part, move together smoothly. And yet I still struggle with deeply negative self talk about myself and my worth. I have trouble feeling like I belong, like I’m an imposter in my own life? Like everything could disperse and scatter- like autumn leaves or a house of cards. So, the question I’m posing this challenge: Is self esteem something like a muscle? Can I work it? Flip it and reverse it? Here’s hoping. Plan: Body: continue to workout. I’ve been doing Beachbody barreblend continuously since the first of this year. Partly due to the fact that I’m avoiding the gym, partly because I love it and it’s easy to fit into my day. My body feels good from it- and I’ve seen real physically apparent results which is always nice. Keep doing this- and add in yoga x2/week. Run x1 week (my husband’s work schedule is such that he starts work super early- company is on east coast time- and I can’t be bothered to run in the heat). Self esteem: puntos x1 for what I do, tallied when I remember to post journaling sign up for therapy (muchos) do my self esteem workbook (at least once a week) act of self compassion in the midst of negative self-talk, punto for recognizing it and observing it meditation session talk about self esteem issues with someone other than myself speak up with honest communication about my needs/perspective Hobbit: do something hobbitey each week because Hope all are well! Thank you for following along! Pictures because I always post pictures. I think it’s nice. Out picking berries So I’m in my thirties and I finally figured out that this is the best hair style for both aesthetics and comfort. Highly recommend. This post I wasn’t really clear- but mostly I meant that I bought the same suit as every mom there and I have finally three years later leaned in hard for the mom aesthetic River times Beach times I have an interest in plants. This is a PNW native, iron wood. A remarkable plant.
  15. Yay! Love the vlog- has me inspired. Also, black bean brownies- man, excellent.
  16. That cat is the best kid cat I’ve ever met. Kind of like a dog actually. Thank you for always checking in even when I’m so sporadic!
  17. Thank you! Love it so! Yes , this area is ridiculous. Everyday more beauty to witness. Thank you for stopping by
  18. I did!! I’m disappearing from my virtual world lately... I want to promise to be better but then I get distracted with everything calling to me- want to do next challenge and commit to at least weekly check in’s on ourselves and each other?? Hope you are well!
  19. SHOOT! This entire challenge went by without me ever really posting on here. Lockdown here has me pretttyyyy busy but maybe it's also moving and trying to get the vegetable garden in before too much later. How have I been doing with staying relatively sane and fit? Still holding onto bits of sanity but pretty much holding steady to pre-plague levels as I have already lost my mind time or two. I am wondering when/how we will come back to a semblance of pre-plague times particularly in the absence of coordinated rational strategy and particularly without increased testing capabilities but maybe we can start injecting ourselves with disinfectant. I kid but do I really?? So- how did I do with my challenge? I think I've been doing remarkably well in plague times but also didn't do so hot on this challenge because, though I did keep up with many of my goals, I didn't really check in one them. I've been going with the flow a lot but not having planning a lot. 1) We did move into our new old house! I love it so. Still figuring out placement and storage et al but loving my new neighborhood a lot and just love this old house. Been rushing around trying to get the garden into shape for the summer months. The gargage gym is alright- we have accumulated a fair set of dumbbells up to 65 lbs. I think we are going to get a squat rack from Rogue but last time we checked they were back ordered due to covid-isolation demand. 2) Workouts: I've kept up working out consistently which is really something given I don't have a lot of alone time these days. I found good running trails around our house. I really hate running on concrete so having wooded, dirt trails to run in is heavenly. I've only done about 1x/week heavy lifting. I'm find it hard to do two a days particularly because my daugher's been extra attached-likely due to corona changes and moving changes. 3) Sanity: So, haven't made it out to the beach house as the coast towns have basically said don't come out here. Maybe in a month we will venture out and just keep to ourselves! Pack in groceries and have the least impact as possible? I have been consuming very little corona related media because I'm hardly on my phone or computer these days? We've fallen into rhythm and it isn't really including screens? Definiely gardening a lot, hoping that we get the sunshine back! Thank you all for following and maybe next challenge I'll be more present! I'll make it an intention! Here's photo log: Basically days are spent taking long walks with the little bean. Beautiful trails next to our new house! The river out a our family's (hobby) farm I made dandelion syrup! I'm now dehydrating the roots for tea. I made my own lip/cheek gloss using beet root for color. Easy peasy and worked out better than I expected Just farm animal pics I love how rocky it is here. There's outcroppings all over. Fin! On to the next adventure... and hopefully next chlenge I'll be around more Sophie
  20. Thank you for posting about prune belly syndrome. I’m a nurse and I’m glad to have that information. I do agree with everyone posting about how spot reduction is not possible BUT I’d also like to add that after looking over prune belly syndrome it may be likely that there are some abdominal muscle absences that may be contributing to more of a pot belly appearance even if your overall fat body composition may be low? I’m thinking of like a diastasis recti situation that many women experience post-pregnancy. I know very little about prune belly but it may be useful to talk to a PT person who can give you targeted recommendations. I could recommend a bunch of core work but I worry about doing so without knowledge with your particular prune belly experience- from my short research it looks like there is a wide range of presentations. Anyways, thought I’d add because I do think that the prune belly aspect is very important! I feel like the pelvic girdle and abdominal knitting is often overlooked- particularly with women who have carried babies and it sounds like those who were born with prune belly syndrome too. And yes, of course, losing weight will reduce your overall body fat, therefore, your abdomen BUT a healthy core is very important for body mechanics, reducing injury and also- in the presence of muscle anomalies- will reduce the appearance of a little pot. On the subject of little pot- that always reminds me of Pulp Fiction, heheh.
  21. Yes! Nurse here and using a very similar protocol though we are moving into a house with a detached garage soon. Maybe I’ll instate a corona robe for walk through the yard? Yes, and nobody touches. No touches. It is all surreal. Peak surreal moment for me was the news about medical tv shows donating their PPE. It’s all a lot right now. Starting to get positive patients coming through where I am working, don’t have correct PPE. Taking it a day at a time as most things, I suppose.
  22. I keep hoping, wishing that maybe the fact that Oregon is rural and locked down relatively fast that we won't feel it. I definitely have been having anxiety- partly about the fact that we are woefully lacking in PPE (masks being the main problem), big part because I am EXTREMELY worried for patients/the community at large, and partly because I am terrified of bringing it back to my extended family. Moving forward, my husband is getting off Wednesdays (I work Wednesdays and Sundays) so my MIL won't be exposed as she was watching my daughter then now that preschool has been cancelled. Just keep moving forward!
  23. Music: This is a very attractive human being. I love this song.
  24. I'm back and so glad to see you are here. This is a very interesting time to be living in and I'm looking forward to see how these time treats you and yours.
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