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Pretzle returns to her roots [Perfect Dodge Assassin] #6Last-minute sign up. (Oh and has anyone played Ragnarok Online back when it was actually cool? I was a perfect dodge assassin but never reached max level so it was useless, haha. But fun.) On to the 'max' level irl now, though! And for motivational (? yeah, whatever) purposes, have a turtle! Awww! Main goal: Don't give up now! Keep exercising and keep eating healthily. How-to #1: Exercise 3 times a week (BW, stepmania, swimming, 'hill' walking) and at least 4 walks on top of that. I've been walking a lot lately. I've realised that while exercise is good, feels good and makes me feel strong, it doesn't counter the stress as much as simply walking does. After walking for about 10 minutes I (almost involuntarily) sigh, draw a deep breath and I can feel tension leaving me, muscles relaxing and my shoulder going down to where they should be. I also just really like being able to look around and be able to see fields, trees etc. Luckily, it's about a five minute walk into 'nature' (all man-made but still, open enough and green enough to count). So I simply have to do this more often. I've also got back into BW work after changing my routine around a bit (different exercises) and I want to keep getting stronger. How-to #2: Actually prepare lesson plans. I thought I'd be able to get away with simply making a list of what I'd like to cover during each lesson (I teach English). I guess that was rather naÃ¯ve. This challenge I want to make actual lesson plans (so what I'll teach, how long everything is supposed to take etc.). It takes some time, but should keep my confidence up and hopefully my stress levels down. The second week of the challenge I won't be teaching any lessons because it'll be test week, so that week this goal is a freebie. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxsOVK4syxU What teachers make - Taylor Mali (Spoken word, and epic.) How-to #3: Take myself seriously. Eat right (which means primal 80-90% of the time, grains allowed twice a week, preferably keep it at 1) & don't downgrade my issues during appointments. Eating has been fine in general but... I've started to incorporate more sugar and grains for 'variety' and to make it easier to come up with dinner options which also please my husband. He's certainly entitled to his pizza, but when making dinner I should focus on healthy and tasty. If that means rotating pretty much the same 10-or-so-meals, so be it. Husband's pizza (or other non-primal) days will be my fish days or veggies/meat he doesn't like. I'll start seeing a therapist around the end of January and I'll like to help myself (that's why I'm going, right?) so I need to make sure that I make it clear how difficult coping can be for me. I don't want to waste money or time by making things sound rosier than they are. I have my husband to keep me accountable for this. If anything I think it'll be better to make things sound slightly worse as opposed to better. (Funnily enough just before going for appointments I have lots of 'good moments' or 'days'. Yeah. Some positivity: Look at yourself after watching this - Nick Vujicic ---------- I'm not sure how much I'll be posting, but I want to create a weekly summary on Sundays (remind me if I skip ). - Pretzle