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Hi Nerds. Let's begin with a couple relevant background details. I started NF in 2013 in the middle of a PhD dissertation to combat the effects of the sedentary grad student lyfe. I got stronger, at least prevented my weight from blowing up mostly. Unfortunately, I never finished that PhD. I never seemed to get anything done. Fast forward to last challenge, I finally realized and accepted that I may actually have ADHD. It explains A LOT, including the abandoned PhD, my many failed, half-assed NF challenges, my messy apartment, etc. After leaving grad school I worked in an Amazon warehouse for two years, and now I'm working as a CNC machinist. Like the majority of my middle school and high school report cards said, I'm "Not working to potential." Now I'm trying to get another Master's in Electrical Engineering (online) and working on projects at home to turn things around. And to lose weight I'm following a slightly modified version of the Mediterranean diet, and have been riding a stationary bike (hamster wheel) to burn calories. Now I'm realizing I need to fix my flexibility, posture, and retain a bit of strength so I'm going to add in some yoga. I'll be building off of last challenge. If you want to see how I did with that go to my Previous Challenge Summary. Now... On to the challenge: Since, I'm learning Electical Engineering, I ought to do what EE's do best: build gadgets and try to take over the world. And what better metaphor for an EE with ADHD than Pinky and the Brain. Brain represents all my ambition, intellect, and executive functioning, while Pinky is the ADHD part of my brain that just wants to goof around, have fun, and press colorful, blinking buttons. In order to deal with achieving goals, Brain needs to manipulate, distract, and control Pinky. Just for context, all of this is happening in a BuJo to keep Pinky under control. Nutrition: Old stuff: Maintain current nutrition plan. I keep a weekly log of how many servings by food group on Google sheets: Food Log It has a rough idea of serving numbers and describes the serving sizes if you're interested in the details. I post links along with my weekly summary when I update the spreadsheet with what I track in my BuJo. I also track measurements in my body composition log for feedback: Weight Log and Track Record. Question: These two sheets are in the same workbook; Can you access other sheets or just on sheet at a time with these links? New Stuff: Add a daily reflection/challenge. Every day I'm going to reflect on what I ate during the day, look for something to improve on and come up with a challenge. Like, I ate too many grains today, tomorrow when I feel like carbs, have fruit instead. Also, on my weight tracking sheets (see below), I track weekly min and max weights, so if I set a new max or fail to set a new low I might reduce a meal, cut fat, or exercise, etc. Exercise: Old stuff: Do at least two workouts on the hamster wheel each week. New Stuff: Do at least one yoga session each week. These last two are basically some of the bigger Todo's with sub-todo lists that I want to get through. Trying to take over the world (Brain): I need to finish the online course I'm currently taking. I should have finished it last challenge, but I'm close to done. Then I'm going to work on some other projects at home and maybe at work to gain more experience and catch up on some knowledge/skill areas I'm lacking in. Also, I need to plan out how I'm going to pay for more coursework. Finish current online EE course: Finish week 4 Finish final week, project and quiz Start on my minimal retro game, multi-console emulator Pay off a credit card... I can put the next course's tuition on it once i have a zero balance, and that will be my source of 'student loans' for these online courses for now. Managing ADHD (Pinky): Right now I'm only self diagnosed. I have an appointment set up for July 13 to find a therapist to work with. At the moment, I am just accepting that I have ADHD and carrying on as if I did which means getting more organized and finding ways to keep myself focused on getting things done... BuJo! I'm also forgiving myself for my past mistakes. I still get bummed from time to time because I didn't get something done or make the right decision in the past. And the mistakes I'm currently making. I get all uptight trying to control my behavior often or beating myself up. I just have to let go of that. First mental health appointment on July 13 at 3:00 pm Take BuJo everywhere Update BuJo weekly Let go of and forgive mistakes
I have lots of good reasons to go into the Navy: I want to see the world, I want to be able to call myself a veteran, I want to get an edge applying for federal jobs, and I want help paying for a masters of social work and to take spanish classes. I've been a retail pharmacy tech for 5 years and have grown to really, really, REALLY hate the field, mostly because of the poor pay and instability. Things will be running smoothly, then all of the sudden, I'll get cut to 10 hours a week and I have to job hop. I often work clopenings, so I get anywhere from only 2 to 12 hours a sleep in a night and I have a big belly because I live on fast food and comfort eat a lot. I've recently cut out sugary drinks from my orders, but I still have a fast-food diet because I never have the time or energy to cook. I'm 40 pounds overweight and am not sure where to start, but I know I need to meet all requirements for a medical waiver to even be considered for the military, especially a selective branch like the Navy or Air Force. Army isn't out of the question, but I am drawn to the Navy and Air Force first, and especially the Navy. My mother had me on ADHD medicine and antidepressants as a teenager, and I'm paranoid that if I lie about that, I'll be caught, but I also know I'll need approved for a waiver if I disclose that information about me. I'd really like to lose 40 pounds in 4 months, and be passing at least the minimums expected for Navy boot camp, but the better I can be, the better chance I'll have of getting a waiver. As for a class, I think either Ranger or Scout lends itself to the workouts I'll need to increase my strength and endurance, but moreso endurance. If there is any other information I left out, I'll be glad to fill you in if I ask. I'm glad to be here, and hopefully, I can get out of this career field I hate and into something better. (In case anybody is wondering, I am a man.)
Intro Background/Story Post, Another post is being made to list off my main goals. Challenge: Since the beginning of the week I've been brainstorming ideas for this challenge (reason Ugh became a being). I'm still not sure how to add a story part of it (since I like that type of stuff). But I'm thinking of things, also to help keep 'active, but not overwhelm me, or bore me'. While also taking note of my anxiety, reasoning working out at my apartment community room & gym was a lot of anxiety helping the Ughs out. I know I The base goals: Fitness - 2 Goals: 10 mins walking with the Sun & 10 mins of doing Pilates or Yoga Daily Finally changed up the plan for good since March: The sun is my new walking buddy (before I waited until darkness, than my imagination decided to make it difficult). I have no excuses for walking, since its pretty much like taking medication (do it or regret it after sunset). After just 3 days, Pilates and Yoga are making me aware of muscles that body strength training hasn't. (Also keeping time low so I have few excuses). Bonus: Walking with the Sun for at least 20 mins Double Bonus: Full hour/3 mile walk Nutrition - 1 Goal: "6 pack or less?" (I'm keeping it basic, Try to eat/drink at max 6 servings of heavily processed carbs/sugar (not counting kool-aid.)There will be days I eat less, and days I will go over. I'm trying to find just above moderation, so I can continue it later on). NF Forums - 1 Goal: "For the Record" Number 1 goal is to come back on the forum daily, and keep note what I did. Luckily with this outline it will be simple enough. Daily Bonuses! Like my favorite games, there are things that happen routinely to gain extra gold. Some new quests by story line or so on. Or for me, extra preventive measures to keep the Ughs at bay. I'm using Habitica to keep everything "on track". I'll record my daily Gold amount on game, and level. And if I bought anything (paying with my movement to have some time with the Ughs). For my Dailies, are the above goals for the basic. Any goals I want to do routinely (walk more, read other people's posts, wash the dishes, write, ect.) that can help get me goal. Along with the to do list. This I'm kind of calling my base point with the Ughs, there are 4 things I "need" to do to help avoid the leader of the Ughs for giving me a visit (depression). I'm trading in gold such as: 100 gold for 1 hour episode on netflix/hour of gaming. I've been doing most of my Netflix time and Facebook with the forums (had to block FB on two of my browsers, w/ 5 mins a day). I'm also thinking of keeping track for each 1,000 gold. And translate that to a dollar. Could be a way for me to "earn" some real money. Idk, I will keep track of the gold like I said with my daily posts.