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  1. So, like, guess what word has been turning up in challenge after challenge this time around? Yeah. That's the one. Herbal tea to the right, beanbag chairs to the left. In theory, there are ways to deal with burnout, but who can remember them when burnt out? (I mean, apart from "sleep, exercise, healthy diet", which kind of applies to everything.) So here's a place to post some stuff and recap some stuff for the benefit of your frazzled neighbors. And if nothing else, there's tea.
  2. This challenge is about maintaining the momentum gained from starting a new job and moving to a new house in the same weekend. I had been at my previous job for 7+ years and my prior house for 4+ years. Burnout/stress/injuries/depression rampant, though I've been on the road of recovery for a bit now. So the changes are good, though hard in that "nothing is as it was" sort of way, and the part of me that depends on stability is freaking out just a wee bit. BUT - the new house is better for walking and workouts, and the new job is better for mental health and healthy boundaries. So all good things. And I've had a few weeks to adjust and started some healthy habits. I've updated my states on my battle log, and was happy to see major improvements: lost some weight despite an iffy track record, stress levels are greatly reduced, my knee is all healed up . So this challenge is designed to keep those improvements coming so I can reach may goal of being silly and badass all at once Overarching Quest: establish healthy, long term routines that build endurance, strength and mental fortitude Habit #1: Walk everyday Tues-Sat = first thing, 1-2 milesSun/Mon = 5+ miles total (can be completed in one day or two, hiking highly encouraged)Habit #2: Disconnect from work routine Play with Bree-the-dog, my trusty sidekick Strength Workouts: Tues/Thurs (6pm = latest start time)Yoga/stretching: Wed/Thurs/Sat (6pm = latest start time)Practice coloring as mediation as needed, but 1x week minimumHabit #3: promote healthy eating habits Cook homemade meal 1x weekChoose to eat only homemade treats/candy/dessertsChoose only 2 sugary coffees per week (Mon-Sun) Life Goal: Start a hobby not tied to a screen Prep week: buy circular sawWeek 1: organize garage for woodworking spaceWeek 2: Practice with circular saw, pick out plan for coffee tableWeek 3: gather supplies needed for coffee table creationWeek 4-6: work on coffee table 3x week
  3. Hello all, Here I am, still searching for my dragon Grumbles so I can become an amazing dragon-riding archer! We'll work on the details of keeping said dragon from snatching the arrows out of the air later - first, I must find her. In my previous challenge, I sort of wandered aimlessly in the woods searching. This helped build my strength and stamina, but I fear I walked in circles. Tragic. Happily, I've found a guide/map thing with the name Discipline on it. I am still working on deciphering it, but it looks like to find my dragon, I will have to do some scheduled walks, some sort of strength training for my shoulders and general flexibility work. More details to come as I continue to interpret the strange yet hopeful letters and pictures on this map-guide thing. I suspect I will need the superpowers I have unlocked so far on my journey to make this work since Discipline and I haven't traveled together for awhile: 1) I know I am, I'm sure I am - Sounders FC fan! This power lets me keep going rain or shine or weariness because, truly, if I can root like a maniac in all weather for a sort I no longer play, I can get my workouts done no matter what. 2) Aw, F-IT! This is kind of like the "20 seconds of courage". Typically kicks in when I really, truly don't want to do anything and my head says "aw, F-it, nothing sounds good, so you may as well make a healthy choice". 3) Optimistic Me: voice in my head that is ridiculously good at tricking me into workouts and being silly and not taking myself too seiously
  4. Huzzah, it's time for another challenge I had a tough time deciding which guild to be in this time around, but settled on the Druids because A) I'm still working on that inner peace thing and B ) although my long term goals are more assassin based, my current goals are more yoga based. So here I am, all bright and shiny and ready to go 2 Year Quest (November 2016) - be halfway to silly and badass ideal Run 6 miles w/out stopping OR run 3 miles in under 30 minutesPull myself over a 6 Ft wall without help or supportedDo a gymnastic routine with a backflip, somersault and sustained handstand (must be to music)Current Quest (due date = 3/11/15) - reach "basic health" levels Walk 6 miles comfortably and faster than a 20/minute mileRun 1 mile without stoppingComplete BBW series 'with ease' (to be better defined later) Challenge Goal: "Stockpile" healthy habits for future growth Walk 20 minutes every day (must be in morning on work days) +2 STA Mini-Workout 5 times per week (alternating shoulder strengthening and back strengthening, daily stretches) +1 STR, + 1 DEX Eat only homemade treats during the holidays +1 CON Work <41 hours per week +2 CON, +1 WIS Practice "stopping" daily - meditate or use mentally restful activities as needed +2 CHAMostly, I'm trying to finish up some of my burnout recovery, and build up strength after a shoulder strain two months ago and my back going out 2 weeks ago, as well as replenish my mental reserves after last challenge's shock. I'm feeling positive - home life and work life have greatly improved from a few weeks ago, and this just feels like the right time to make lasting changes
  5. Overarching mission - to be silly and badass all at once, including running 6 miles, pulling myself up over a wall without assistance and doing a gymnastics routine involving a backflip or some other fun move. Back story - the last three challenges have been all about recovering from burnout. By which I mean, fully acknowledging that I cannot do it all, and certainly not by myself. This has been a frustrating and heartbreaking lesson but I've come to accept it. I no longer spend most of my days feeling like I'm drowning and even have, miracles of miracles, energy to start the rebuilding process and work a wee bit more proactively towards my overarching mission. So this challenge is part of the foundation process of building a glorious bonfire of healthy behaviors. I like the idea of bonfires because they are strong, powerful and invoke the silliest and most carefree behaviors of those who build them and enjoy them. Plus, if you fail to care for them, they die down to ash and can no longer be enjoyed. So this challenge is about self care and building a strong foundation where passion can burn brightly in the future. I may not actually get a true bonfire going this challenge, but if nothing else, I hope to get one going the next time around with my work here. Challenge Goals Fuel: Drink at least 3 glasses of water daily, eat vegetables daily, cook one meal from scratch weekly Kindling: walk daily, shoulder exercises 3x week Protection from the elements: meditate or draw daily, work < 41 hours/ week, play hard video games 2x/week Edit: Life goal: speak clearly and bare no grudges daily - in other words, continue to be honest abut what I need/want and forgive past mistakes, mine and others Now video games may seem counter productive, but I am working on reducing my perfectionist tendencies. When my counselor found out I avoid games because I hate dying in them, she suggested I play hard games and work on countering my frustration levels. It's just weird enough to be appealing. Also, if anyone has fun fire gifs, id love to see them. I haven't figured put how to put gifs in this thread with my tablet
  6. So last challenge - I left because of some intense personal things and now I'm ready to restart. Only there is no challenge, so I'm doing a daily log instead. Brief overview: I was thoroughly burned out less than a year ago, and now I am past the immediate burnout zone and into true recovery. Still need a lot of reserves built up and some basic strength recovered. So I'm spending the time between challenges building my base for a truly fun and amazing bonfire of health and good times. Goals until the next challenge: 1) Walk daily - at least 15 minutes, gold star for 45 minutes or more (cumulative) 2) 15 minutes of basic strength: odd days = shoulder stretches (strained my shoulder in July/August) and even days are back and leg stretches (back sent out on me yesterday) 3) Spend 1 hour each week working on counseling things (meditation, identifying feelings at a given moment, completing homework). Can be little by little or cumulative. 4) Work less than 45 hours per week and 10 hours per day
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