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  1. Was it really possible? She wondered as she distanced herself from the conversation she had been having with the druid who held the spear. On this evening, there fell a kind of darkness she had not expected. Had she been found? Was it another threat? Was it outside of even that? She searched the woods again, finding it lively, but that it almost felt.... empty again. Was it the fear? She wasn't sure what to believe. She took her steps and walked, taking one barefoot step in front of the next, down the dirt path. The path led deeper into the woods, where the thickness of the branches overhead made the forest seem darker and more oppressive than before. The forest path broke, leading her to moss that overtook the path, and through some of the underbrush. When her eyes adjusted to the shadow, she was able to see a hut between the trees. She made her way closer and closer still. Ivy clung to the sides of the wooden house. She glanced inside and saw only the shadow and the wood. After a whispered spell to call the light to her fingertips, she found an empty living space that had but a stone fireplace in one corner and cobwebs. Perhaps this would do.... She entered the cottage and turned to face the approaching shadow of nightfall. It was always darkest before the dawn and always coldest right before the spring returned. And if this was only the beginning, it was better to shelter now than to wait for the storm to get worse. She refused to be weakened by it again.... but, if it was necessary, she might be able to shelter others in the wake of its approach. She set the magical lights on the inner door frame, closed the door, and began to clean the abode. --- Well hello. Shall I let the fear of things overwhelm me? No... no. This is the best time I have to correct my sleep schedule to facilitate everything else. Well, then! Here we go. Main Goal: As before, my overall health is my goal. I have been down with the flu a few days this past week, which was startling. However, my temperature broke after one day, and though I was tired on the front and back end, I look forward to my continued recovery and getting physically stronger in the aftermath. Fitness: In Bed by 10:30 pm. I vow to continue prioritizing my health and recovery by giving my body the time and space it needs to rest and properly heal. Sleep is magic. Daily Tai-Chi or Iaido. I will engage in an activity that will encourage movement. This movement will be intentional. -Or- Daily Walk + Calisthenics: I will build my strength while I'm at home. I have the knowledge and access to it. I will first measure my current capacity before seeking to exceed it each new day. Diet: Breakfast Every Morning: The breakfast can be simple, but it should be something that can help me remove excess calories by reducing my initial hunger. Avoid Excess Sugar. My great challenge of these next many weeks is to avoid unnecessary sugar and reduce excess carbohydrates. Level Up Your Life: Meditate 5-10 Minutes Daily: Before I can truly extend myself, I need to know myself. I will make fewer mistakes as I return to myself. ----
  2. Thank you very much for the support. And as for the opportunity..... I do think I'll take up this opportunity. :] Thank you very much!
  3. That's a lot of encouraging thoughts. I look forward to that array of victories at the bright end of the tunnel. Thank you very much, Jean.
  4. Unfortunately, I'm not doing so well with my goals this time around. My sense of well-being took a hit this week, and I'm contesting head-to-head with my arch-rival Depression again. So.... It's going, but I've been shy of admitting my defeats, and so haven't been saying anything here. I have gotten better getting to sleep on time, which has felt great. About every other day, I've been going on a walk, which always feels great. I've been able to set aside time to meditate about three times in the past week. Unfortunately, I have botched breakfast, having only eaten one breakfast proper in the last week. And.. I'll start fresh starting today. If nothing else, that is what I desire the most. To be happy and comfortable in my skin. Thank you very much for your support. :] Pleasure to meet you. Thank you for the introduction and I'll let you know what I think of Tai-Chi. :] --- --- --- Perhaps that was the comfort she sought. The forest seemed a calm place, and from what she was hearing, this was still a place where a person could seek peace. If nothing else, it was a place to seek within themselves. Calmness, stillness, control. Health that would start within. "Yes.... How long have you been among these woods?" She relaxed the grip she had on the scabbard of her sword. She tried to calm her wayward thoughts. So many things felt alien and strange. Why shouldn't these changes? "What helps your meditation most?"
  5. Hello! Pleasure to meet you! :] Glad you like the picture. The creator of it drew these while inspired by conversations they had with themselves. And they're cute! I love story mode. Few things motivate me more than an interesting story. I want to make mine one too. :] And this'll be my first step into Tai-Chi. I hope for the best with it and hope it will supplement my walks and Iaido. (And now, to the story!) -- -- -- -- -- A voice in the forest. She stopped and focused on the stranger. That he was armed with a javelin was quickly noted. He was prepared for conflict. Yet, there was not sternness in the expression. No. She saw a smile. Were these his woods? Her left hand rested on the hilt of her saya, finding it comfortable to grip the weapon. There might not be danger here, but could one ever be entirely certain? Besides, it was better to be a warrior in a garden than a gardener in a war. It was fair to say that she sought solace so that she could be properly prepared for true danger and so she could rest more deeply. One could not always be ready to fight unless they had the wisdom to properly act. On the other hand, she was ready to admit that her senses were not as they used to be. "These are beautiful woods," she admitted, if cautiously. This stranger seemed at ease. She dared to approach and to see what he found under the stone. The residents of the forest, as it were, scrambling for new cover and shadows to hide under. "I am a stranger here, and heard this was where druids could be found. Do they still seek the improvement of their spirits and minds?"
  6. Ringing metal, striking blows, and battle cries filled her senses as she followed the movement of feet striking the tiled floor. She forced herself into motion. One step. Another. Then the next. Fleeing encouraged her heartbeat to accelerate. She could feel it in her ears. She felt her vision clear with each new step. Her bare feet told her of the change from stone to road. Then from road a field. Her eyes translated images from the colors. Forests. Tents in the afar distance. Structures of stone. Many different paths diverged from the one they followed. A glance behind showed a kind of chapel or castle too far away to make the details of. "Rehua, was it?" The rallying voice drew her attention. She felt her eyes finally focus, and locked eyes with a stranger. This one stood confidently, trusted by the others that were going their separate ways. The insignia that seemed clearest on their attire was colored green and sported a scimitar across a bow. Just beside them was another, who appeared strong. Perhaps it was the double axe-head crest she confidently wore that supported this impression. "We rally our forces by specialties." The warrior's brows furrowed as confusion overtook the starred elf's expression. "What is it that you do? What are you interests, then?" "I.... Before I can consider that, I must to affirm who I am and what my weaknesses are." Rehua looked between the helpful individuals who she felt the most gratitude for, especially concerning the challenge of escaping the prison. Once, she had been in motion, comfortable just running and putting herself onto paths that she could follow forever. She remembered joyful seasons practicing for war under the tutelage of monks and students of combat. "Are there shamans among you? Wisefolk?" "You might be interested in the druid camp." The ranger gestured to the path that led into the forest. "Follow that path deep into the forest. If you find they are not able to help you, you can follow the path back to find another guild. Wherever you find your best fit, that is where you belong." Rehua looked between the two, who to this point, she trusted as friends. Inasmuch as their encouragement had been instrumental to her success, they deserved her respect. "And.... will they accept me?" "Go and see for yourself." The warrior smirked. "Though, if you change your mind, I highly approve of anything with a sword!" Rehua reached for her side. She had not considered that she had been trapped with the weapon. As she looked, she felt the curved blade was secure against her side and still wrapped into her attire. A moment to inspect the blade revealed that it was still in good condition. Perhaps this tool would continue to be of assistance to her as she warred against her shadow. With a word of thanks to the ambassadors who had accompanied her, she made her way into the woods. Dark though it would undoubtedly be, she wished to see for herself if they continued to seek truth, facilitate healing, and if they considered the matters of the mind and soul as they had so long ago. Supposing, of course, they wanted to be found. Even if that were not the case.... did she not venture forth for her own healing? -- -- -- -- -- For this five week challenge, I humbly ask to join the druids as I focus my study on meditation, mindfulness, and also adding a mindful aspect to what I eat. Main Goal: Lose fat via mindful and intentional eating. I wish to continue increasing my daily movement, keeping ten to fifteen minutes of being out and about or on a treadmill where that is impossible. I also wish to begin practicing tai-chi, which I hope will improve my flexibility and therefore, my ability to move and feel at peace with myself. While these things all attend to my body, I will not neglect my mind, as I will include five to ten minutes of time to meditate, where I hope to improve my ability to direct my mind to the focus of my choice. Fitness: Daily walk for ten minutes to an hour. (Continued from Previous Challenge) Tai Chi - Youtube led, book supported. 5-10 minutes daily In bed by 11:30pm every night. Diet: Breakfast every day - Preferably within a half hour of rising. One Vegetable/Fruit at Every Meal (Continued from Previous Challenge) LevelUpYourLife Mediate 10-15 minutes Daily (Mindfulness Focus: Breathing, and redirecting attention to breathing. Or: Visualization Focus) (Continued from Previous Challenge) And so... with all of that said..... Here I go!
  7. That's a hard feeling. It's worth fighting through. I've been trying to fight through the first of ten pounds in my effort to get back to the weight I had in 2011. It has been.... quite a while since I've been that size.... I don't know if it helps, but in a lot of the reading I've done, I'm encouraged a little by the fact that muscle weighs more than fat. It suggests that you might be earning progress, but aren't able to see it on the scale. Lately, I've been considering changing to a system of measuring my waist and using that as a basis of progress instead of weight. I'm very impressed by your dedication to your plan. You are making progress, especially in your willpower. You deserve the progress you are making! And if I may.... this... discouragement I've given a name. I call it the Naysaying Backstabber. Like some assassins of motivation and willpower, this destructive mercenary tries to twist observations against you and to stab you in the back with them. However, they're flimsy minions and tend to wither under direct scrutiny, amended plans, and the weight of Self-Confidence and Friendly Reinforcements. Stay strong! You're DEFINITELY stronger than they think. And we're here for you.
  8. Having been away from writing my report here, I'll write the summary of the past few days instead. Log Number Eight Fitness: ✓✓ 10-15 minute walks. (Was out of the house for one day, and was able to get out and walk, whether out to a store, or just to go around a block in my neighborhood. I'm finding more paths I enjoy taking, and might use if I go back into 5k training.) Diet: X✓ Avoid Sugary Drinks (Across the two days, I had a few sugary drinks. I'm surprised at how much willpower it can take to drive past a McDonalds on my way home from my Iaido Class.) ✓X Eat One Fruit or Vegetable with Every Meal (With most of my meals, I enjoyed all the vegetables that join it. Unfortunately, I have been picking up more chocolate and candies lately. I feel I'm subverting my efforts by doing this. Though, as I figure... sugary drinks allow me to take in SO much more sugar and faster than foodthings.... so it's better to focus on the drinks first.... I should try to add in more vegetables and fruits.) Leveling: ✓✓ Meditate 5-10 Minutes (Setting aside some time for meditating with my friends and meditating alone has helped me spend the time to mentally unplug an slowly rebuild my sense of self.) More yet to do. More yet to do.
  9. Day Seven: Daily report. Fitness: X 10-15 minute walk. (Didn't quite get to it today. While I was up and about doing some chores, I didn't quite leave the house or tend to the treadmill.) Diet: ✓ Avoid Sugary Drinks (Water for the large part of today. Tea with my evening meal.) X Eat one fruit or Vegetable with Every Meal. (Meal 1: Banana. Meal 2 was more of a series of snacks. Will have to be more careful about what I decide to munch on.) Leveling: ✓ 5-10 minute meditation. (I managed to set time aside with a friend of mine who also meditates. We spent about twenty minutes meditating, and then afterwards, we debriefed and talked about what we experienced. We enjoy practicing visualization-style meditations. A lot of exciting and wonderful things can be experienced when a person opens their minds to the creative expanses a mind can go.)
  10. One of my goals is to have mostly successes over this week and to the end of this challenge. Thank you for asking! I do Iaido. One can think of it as meditation with a sword. Spiritual successor to kendo, when katana were useful in combat, and sometimes needed to be immediately drawn in self defense when a warrior was outside of his armor. One's partner/opponent is themselves.
  11. Thank you for your support! @Elastigirl & @Harriet ! I appreciate you both very much. It helps keep me on track to know that someone sees these. :]
  12. Day Six: Daily report. Fitness: ✓ 10-15 minute walk. (A half hour out and about the town. Chilly, but overall sunny day here. So nice to feel the sun.) Diet: ✓ Avoid Sugary Drinks (Enjoyed lunch with my brother. Water and tea!) ✓ Eat one fruit or Vegetable with Every Meal. (Meal 1, Salad. Meal 2 Bananas! One large brunch and a smaller dinner.) Leveling: ✓ 5-10 minute meditation. (A few moments in the evening, before a few minutes with my book and bedtime. A guided visual meditation this time, from youtube.)
  13. Day Five: Daily report. Fitness: ✓ 10-15 minute walk. (About ten minutes on a treadmill.) I didn't leave the house, but also didn't have the desire to. Diet: ✓ Avoid Sugary Drinks (Sunday at home. MUCH easier to avoid sweet drinks today.) ✓ Eat one fruit or Vegetable with Every Meal. (Beef Patty, Poached Egg, water, banana, home-made fries; home-made veggie stir-fry.) Leveling: ✓ 5-10 minute meditation. (A few moments in the evening, before reading, and then before bed. After the Superbowl.)
  14. Day Four: Daily report. Fitness: ✓ 10-15 minute walk. (About ten minutes on a treadmill.) Also went to my martial arts class today. It's so nice to be able to have that time in motion. Diet: X Avoid Sugary Drinks (Caved to a Dr.Pepper with a meal at lunch and after my martial arts class. I should avoid driving by fast food after class.) ✓ Eat one fruit or Vegetable with Every Meal. (Egg Salad Sandwich & Banana; Wendy's 4x4 deal {including the veggie toppings}; Fruit, Veggie, and TurkeyMeat Pasta.) Leveling: ✓ 5-10 minute meditation. (I was able to spend a few moments in calm meditation before reading.) Notes: At the conclusion of this first week, I notice that one of my bigger challenges remains avoiding the sugary drinks. I will continue that challenge, but perhaps double down on it by giving myself a method to track the good I do with it. If I keep a water bottle on hand, I can avoid getting dehydrated, and therefore avoid the urge to get something while I am out. For my vegetables and fruits with meals, I can accomplish this more consistently if I eat at home or prepare my meals at home. New Goal: Prioritize Home-Prep
  15. Day Three: Daily report. Fitness: ✓ 10-15 minute walk. (About ten minutes on a treadmill.) Diet: ✓ Avoid Sugary Drinks (All but one. Caved to 8 oz of sparkling white grape cider.) X Eat one fruit or Vegetable with Every Meal. (Refried bean + cheese burrito, banana; beef patty and cheese with pepper, another banana. Will need more vegetables in my day.) Leveling: ✓ 5-10 minute meditation. (A few moments in the morning. It was nice to clear my head of... unhelpful thoughts.) And so much wind was outside.
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