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  1. Screeeeee. I wrote the dates down wrong for the next (current) challenge. Brain damage can prove very inconvenient at times... Ha. Am gonna go join it (late)
  2. Oh, it did -- completely -- but temporarily. I have to walk w/ a cane for now -- but thankfully there's tons of fitness things to be done, w/o having to walk quickly (and w/o any particular need to remember what the current year is). I'm working now on conjuring up goals for the next challenge which will hopefully accelerate recovery.
  3. This October will be 2 years since I blew my brains out in public -- not on purpose, now. I was on my way to work, on a Monday morning, when with no warning -- an aneurysm ruptured. Luckily for me, I work at a major medical center, and was already on campus when the thing burst. Since a nearby nurse acted quickly to get me into the ER, 2 blocks away -- I’m in an exclusive group -- only 1% of us, survive. I’ve made a near-miraculous recovery in that I’ve been able to return to work, in the same job. One of my recurring issues is a short-term memory loss. So, it has taken me this long to finally remember ... I used to be part of an exciting rebellion. And I will be again -- intending to join up, in the next exciting challenge!
  4. The fox went out feeling mousy and meek; she prayed that her old bones wouldn’t creak; for she had 15 miles to walk in a week, and she would rather sit down-o. Down-o, down-o!! She had 90 miles to walk in 6 weeks..... and she would rather sit down-o. Overall Challenge Grade = C+. But what cares I for grades? I walked 66 miles in 6 weeks that I most certainly would not have walked without this challenge. Review: Reason to be here: I must get physically stronger to benefit my Mom with her illness (and myself, whether or not I also become ill). 2 successful Level-Ups: Stretching and push-ups. These 2 things have become routine. 1 major benefit: Completely unexpectedly, I cured my own long-standing shoulder pain through stretching . 1 interesting development: Also unexpectedly, my husband volunteered, last night, to stop dragging crapfood into the house !!!!--I guess it’s OK that he waited til the end of the 6th week. 1 minor satisfaction: Devised a flowchart for papers as they move through the house. Attributes Earned: Level 3 Attributes were: STR+4 / DEX+5 / STA+3 / CON+2 / WIS+7 / CHA+2 Attributes Earned in this Challenge: STR+2 / DEX+2 / STA+1.75 / CON+2.25 / WIS+3 / CHA+3 Level 4 Attributes (rounding since I dislike fractions) will be: STR +6 / DEX +7 / STA +5 / CON +4 / WIS +10 / CHA +5 Attribute Math: Pushups=Grade B =75%. So attributes earned are STR+1.5 , STA+0.75 , and CON+0.75 (out of possible assigned attributes of STR+2, STA+1, CON+1). Miles=Grade C=50%. STR+0.5, STA+1, and CON+0.5 (out of possible STR+1, STA+2, CON+1). Stretch=Grade A=100%. So full attributes points were earned: DEX+2, CON+1, WIS+1, CHA+1. Filing=Grade A=100%. WIS+1, CHA+1. Yoga Book mini-challenge=completed. WIS+1. Pretty Pony mini-challenge=completed. CHA+1.
  5. Grades for Week 6 (Sept 2-8): Goal 1: Shaky Push-Ups: Grade = A. A few minutes of shaking & sweating, buys you an entire day of righteousness ! Goal 2: Make Tracks (15 mi/wk): Grade = D (6/15 miles). Will recycle this goal (from the trash can where I kicked it, every time the job got pushy). Goal 3: Take frequent stretch breaks: Grade = A. It feels good when I do it (and bad when I don’t). Life Quest: Papers - 2 hrs/week (avg): A. Squeezed in 6 hours this week. “As God is my witness -- I’ll never be [backlogged] again!†Diet/Fitness Side Quest: Conspiracy Theory: Grade = F. I do not give up. I will succeed in defaulting to “I don’t eat that†even under stress/duress. Final Grade Averages: Pushups = B (CACCAA. 2+4+2+2+4+4= 18 / 6 = 3.0). Miles = C (CADBAD. 2+4+1+3+4+1= 15 / 6 = 2.5). Stretch = A (AAAAAA. 4+4+4+4+4+4= 24 / 6 = 4.0). Filing = A (total 12 hrs filing, pass/fail). Eating = D (AFBBFF. 4+0+3+3+0+0 = 10/6=1.67). I think that's an overall Challenge Grade of C+ but I think I still did more than I would have done before!
  6. @GoodDoug -- thanks for pointing that out (duh on me for focusing on the lower grades) and for the encouragement. Let me see, on the home stretch, what I can still pull out of my... hat.
  7. Making sure you kids caught Rebel Leader Steve's challenge in his blog http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2013/09/03/the-30-day-hard-hat-challenge/#more-19930 I WANT THAT HARD HAT
  8. Oh, I think I'm gonna make it. Completed Pinky Pie so only one pony loeft -- now it's time to be fast, or brave, or both.
  9. Does anybody know of any obscure pose where you stand with your back against the wall? This is a long shot, kind of off the wall (ha) but I've googled about it in vain so far. During warmup at very first yoga class I took 20+ years ago, the instructor had us stand against the wall and do movements which seemed simple, but I could feel the stretch. One movement (I doubt it's an entire asana but might be part of one?) was to press your body backwards into the wall -- like flatten the palm against the wall, then flatten your entire arm -- eliminating that natural hollow at the wrist.
  10. Grades for Week 5 (August 25-Sept 1) Goal 1: Shaky Push-Ups: Grade = A. 3/3 sessions. 25/60 shaky. Goal 2: Make Tracks (15 mi/wk): Grade = A. One upside to the 100-degree heat index: drove me indoors to get reacquainted with the neglected treadmill. Goal 3: Take frequent stretch breaks: Grade = A. Life Quest: Papers - 2 hrs/week: Incomplete -- uh-oh. Now I have to file for 6 hours in the home stretch but thankfully we're anticipating a quiet week at home. Diet/Fitness Side Quest: Conspiracy Theory: Grade = Z. I'm evidently in league with the devil. Someone send for the exorcist.
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