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  1. Doing a continuation of my 2nd challenge. Can't wait!
  2. Doing a continuation of my first challenge: more details soon! thanks for hosting another challenge!!
  3. Hello, I'm Sarah! I just started a blog titled, "salads, stretching & sensibility," to help me take a more kind and (hopefully) sustainable approach to healthier eating and fitness habits. Starting this blog inspired me to come to Nerd Fitness to encourage more, but kind, accountability towards my goals. My main goal with all of this is to kindly observe and document my commitment to eat salads and stretch on a consistent basis. I say consistent because it's gentle language that doesn't make me feel like I'm pressuring myself to strictly have a salad or stretch on a daily basis. I want to build my habits right, not fast, because 'fast' often leads to self sabotage for me. I've also been reminded of the times when taking care of my health was second nature, thanks to my past involvement in high school sports. So with that community spirit in mind, it only made sense to partake in this five week challenge. I'm looking forward to getting to know this community more (heard great things about it years ago) and hopefully making life-long friends! W.L.K. Sarah
  4. "Denn wer nicht kämpft hat schon verloren; nur wer fällt steht wieder auf." "Because the one who doesn't fight has already lost; only he who falls down gets back up." "Once more onto the breach, dear friends!" Life feels like a circle, a diamond soul, a tempered mind. Iron turning into steel, steel honed to perfection, "vorwärts immer, rückwärts nimmer" (always going forward, never back). When you are lost within the fight, it all can feel like it's not worth it, at times, yet, we keep going, as the tide slowly builds up. We become stronger and get better at the game of life. We gain confidence and become better human beings. The pressure never drops but we adapt, we grow from each blow. We forge onward. I forge onward. I will not let apparent pullbacks pull me down. I will trust my vision and keep pushing, riding the waves until I reach port. I am not drowned. I'm in the game. And I'll reach port. Finding Home Budget for home improvements then search for my next home. Make no compromise, it has to have space, a modern kitchen and an amenable bathroom. Once I get there, don't give up on it but take good care of it. Keep things bare but ordered, clean regularly. It has to be a haven for my people too. Spirit of the Wild Pursue my hiking guide training courses. Achieve the 4 days of internship required. Build a website to gather and crystallize people around the idea of being one within nature, a part of the whole. Take people out, build resilience, thrive through survival. True Strength Master my time and schedule. Set up dedicated moments to work out, find a place to shower and have a nourishing breakfast, keep work clothes there in order to be exercise ready when outside of work. Rest 7h a night with quality sleep, let go of worries and empty my mind. Practice Taiji. Wildfire Be unstoppable, roam free, find unexpected ways, find stability in momentum, raise from ashes, fall and stand up.
  5. Hi there! I'm terrible at following plans, yet I terribly need one right now. I tend to view our capacity for action as being fueld by 3 jars: availability (time) energy (mental and physical) finances The three are linked together, they can supplement or drain each other. I tend to identify the main draining factor in my situation as the financial one, though, using my job situation as a catalyst, that tends to affect my availability and then, through poor life hygiene, my energy levels. Right now, I'm overwhelmed and don't know what to do so the point of this challenge is to figure it out. I'm going to do some reading, I'm going to try to implement a few things and, at the end of it, I want to have come up with a comprehensive plan that spells "care about your energy level first". That means I won't worry about getting fired (it may happen and it may not). I won't worry about people having to postpone their construction project and potentially taking us to trial. I won't worry about my ex landlord once again postponing fullfilling his obligations and keeping money that he has agreed to free up and that I need for my peace of mind. I won't worry about having no more holidays until the end of the year. I won't worry about my reputation going down due to me not being able to perform properly at work and that closing the doors I need to escape this situation. I won't worry about filling applications and staying at the top of my game for fear of loosing the opportunities I have until my batteries get fully depleted. I won't worry about any of that because, you know what? My batteries won't get depleted, and that means I have time. My batteries won't get depleted because keeping them charged is going to be my single point of focus. Razor sharp, wet stone on steel. This challenge is all about designing the blueprint, but getting the blueprint done also means testing prototypes: I'll have to go through what I want to get into motion later in order to see if it works. Easy to identify areas that should get focus are: sleep food hygiene physical exercise keeping a bare but functional home cultivating friendship setting and protecting out of network time getting in nature Now, here are the things that are cluttering my mind: things to do at work and the impact they may have on other people's lives how I'm getting trapped and the more time passes, the more my options close up the state of my vineyard, slowly turning into a jungle the state of my house, that I can't seem to keep decluttered, ever (it's very small but even then, I should be able to keep it in a working order) my former landlord, may he be living interesting times internships I have to do in order to finish my hiking guide training courses I've written it here so I can forget them. It's now stored in several databases, so it can get out of my brain. I don't really know what to do, because to get where I want to get, I'm afraid I'll have to just let go, and letting go is not something I'm used to doing. I guess I'll start by reading and, just to prove to myself that I'm dedicated to this, enforcing a "no network" area past 10 pm, along with a non-negociable sleep time of 7 hours a night. Tonight is going to be tough already... I'm welcoming all ideas and inputs, I know many of you have already faced/are facing similar conundrums. I'm currently thinking about sacrificing part of my financial stability to come to enlist a NF coach into helping me unravelling the secrets of being one with the universe. My old mind is fighting against it, arguing that I have accepted to be in my situation specifically because it was leading to a point where I could get in a safe financial place, that the tables are finally turning and that now is not a time to give in to my usual habit of finding a new skills building expense to put on the menu everytime some cashflow gets freed. I may act like my usual self and give up 3 days into the challenge, though I will try hard not to do so. First focus to reach freedom is to stop caring about everything in my job, and not care at all about targets people set to me. That means not giving a shit about what other people, including my boss and the citizens of our town think about my performance. Tough call. Edit: ok, I know I won't manage to hold the sleep goal. That one is, for me, too tough a beast to tame at the time being. Here's my single point of focus for the week, following admiral McRaven's advice: Every single morning: make my bed
  6. Balance, in my life, has always been that elusive friend watching you from afar, giggling as you struggle, giving you a mischievous nudge when all goes well but also lifting you up in the darkest nights, when a rain of thin and sharp icicles pierces your heart. It is the fox from St-Ex's Little Prince, waiting to be befriended but running away when I try too hard. This round, I'll keep coming to see it every day, at the same time, and we'll see if we get closer by the end of it. I've got intermediate life goals: Be at home. I've gone from crappy appartment to good appartment with crappy landlord to crappy appartment for way too long. If I'm ever going to find balance, I need to be a master of what gets in my kitchen and in my washing room. I want to find pleasure in cooking and showering again, that means choosing the exact appliances I am willing to use. I'm tired of bowing under a ceiling too low and having meals cooking either too quick or too slow and I think I'm ready for choices and consequences and not having anybody to blame for my housing problems but myself. The goal is buying a (small) flat. For the first time ever, I've got a positive budget balance and I'm able to save. My net worth is above 0 (yay!) so I can work toward a down payment. That's a twelve months goal, I've got a progress bar and a preplanned path: Get ready for Space! So, that's silly but during my studies and since then, I could always picture myself as a resources manager/cartographer. This is one of the paths were my life is leading me so, why not try for it in Space? The ESA is recruiting, giving me a shot at just that. I'm not making it a life goal and won't cry a tear if I'm rejected right off the bat but I'm still going to lie down, take a good aim and shoot my bullet. I must: take a medical exam. write down an awesome résumé. write down an even more awesome cover letter. get in shape. Keep on hiking I'm still planning to fulfill my hiking guide course and get ready to launch some survivalism seminars (survivalism in the broader sense as in, surviving in nature, of course, but also building the confidence to say no and make choices, building toward financial independance, stress management, relationship management and others). For that, I need to: register to the hiking guide association and get the proper insurance. get a proper first aid kit. accomplish 2 internships. build up an internet site. put together a first hike - target is an historical themed hike somewhere in the neighborhood. get clients. start hiking. Longer term goals like building relationships and actually living a balanced life will come later. For now, I'll focus on that. That means: Daily eat 2 meals (1 pre-cooked, 1 cooked). drink 1l of water (water bottle at work). sleep with the lights off and the windows open (no duration target). Every other day go out and get a small workout. Start with 4x5 squats, push-ups, hollow-holds, inverted rows. Workdays get to work by 6:30 am. Week 0: registering to the hiking guide association. get the proper insurances. get the first aid kit. Week 1: get my résumé ready. Week 2: medical exam on May 19 - 2 pm. get my cover letter ready. Week 3: finalize my postulation application for the esa. Week 4: get in touch for my internships. Monthly: follow my IPS, save and build the downpayment. Stretch goals: go to the vineyard, relax, have a beer, make sure it doesn't turn into a jungle. declutter the house. start working on the internet site. hike. This calls for a different kind of theme music: See you all on the way and may Balance watch your path. It's got room for more friendships than one.
  7. Hi! Feels good to be back. Long story short, life's being a battlefield and I'm trying to push on under the storm. I'm a wee little bit under PTSD (or rather during trauma stress disorder) so I'll try to keep things focused and bare. Main goal is to change job with the added constraint of it being either a pleasant one or a highway toward financial independance. I've got a road map: Let's get this done. Have fun!
  8. ‘Cause we’re not jingling all the way anywhere this year. Is it Deep Holiday Season again, already? This year has seemed interminable - and yet quick; but like it’s barely happened? Let’s get an early review in: Jan - Feb: “Normal” life; a fair bit of travel, too many nights and weekends spent eating and drinking allthethings in preparation for my local bestie skipping off to a different desert. Mar - July: Fortress of Solitude life - yoga where I had the band with for it, kicked creative projects into high gear sparked off by Animal Crossing and coloring on the iPad. Ate like a college student for the most part. August: Lockdown lite and kicked yoga into high gear with walks to and from despite it being surface of the sun hot - I was just happy to be outside and moving my body in a way that felt nourishing. A return to not eating like garbage. September: Quarantine for reals and a wrist (re-re-re) injury; back to doing what I could as far as yoga was concerned. Kept up the healthy eating and was 100% tired of French fries at this point. October - November: A great groove was found with my Zoom yoga classes; most week I was able to fit 5 in. I had a bad week or two with anxiety and body freak outs, but overall some solid progress to be had. December: Hoping for the same. This year, I’m actually looking forward to staying the course as it were. The Holiday Season is always kind of wonky for us - if we’re Stateside and we travel, it’s either for Thanksgiving or early December and that’s always stressful. If we’re left to our own devices, it’s either travel for pleasure around my birthday and Chinese food + a movie on Christmas; or it’s lots of little get-togethers with friends and possibly a big blowout brunch on Christmas itself. This year, we aren’t able to travel anywhere so we are doing a birthday staycation (hence the dunes part of the challenge title), and we don’t feel like joining the masses for a big brunch blowout. If we congregate, it will be with 1 other couple. And that’s okay. Every year, this time is a whirlwind and it’s Really Frickin Easy to absolutely go off the rails when it comes to my own fitness and nutrition goals. Some years I manage to keep my proverbial shit together, but not the past few. This year will be spent focusing on other things. I’ll be spending this holiday season keeping the habits going that will fuel future-me, instead of creating a situation 2021 me will have to dig herself out of. If we choose to celebrate with back home family via Zoom, great. If not, that’s fine too. We have games for our NYE game night right here to mark the end of the year in our own style. Holiday Bash NF-Style Goals Betcha didn’t think I’d say nutrition. I’m going to continue to build on my last couple challenges here - continue to MFP track daily and report weekly without judgement, continue to post a daily log, continue to post daily pics, and continue to do what a can re: portion sizes, meat consumption, garbage consumption, and veggies. Movement. This month is going to be kinda wonky with Zoom classes - Hopefully by Week 1, schedules will have settled out and I’ll have figured out what I’m doing and who I’m paying for the privilege. Feed Your Mind. Continue on with 1 Skillshare course a week + ongoing crafting project(s). Feed Your Family. Continue on with doggie enrichment and training. Feed Your (potential) Future. Continue learning how to grow readership with the blog and figuring out if monetization is something I want to pursue. Mini Challenges. I know there will be mini challenges. I have the bandwidth to participate this year, whatever this may bring - Be it internal or external, Bring It! Come on Squatmas!
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  10. It's time to challenge this up! Aw yeah! Who IS STARTING A WEEK LATE? Honestly, I really don't care when I start. I mean. Today. Today is a good day to start. You guys are already on your journeys and THAT IS OKAY. WE ALL GO AT OUR OWN PACE, JANET. I've spent a lot of time here on NF reflecting. Searching within myself for meaning and trying to find inner peace and life balance and all that crap. 2018 was a crappy year. It pushed me so far out of my comfort zone and I REALLY ate a lot of feelings. But I also talked it out a lot with a therapist, friends, family. And I discovered something really important; this truth that I didn't want to face. I don't have the answers. Not only do I not have the answers, I don't really have a question. I mean. I have nothing. I don't know what's going to happen next. I dont' know what I want, and I really don't even know if I'm going to put ketchup on this burger.. No. I do know. Ketchup is going on the burger. With all this nothing flying around, I realized something else too. I don't have to know what's next right now. I don't have to know what I want from life, and I don't owe anyone an explanation for it. I feel like I'm actually in a pretty good place right now, even when it's not so good.. (GET IT? GOOD PLACE?! NOW ALL THE GIFS HAVE EXTRA MEANING!) So this is my intention for 2019. I'm going to visit each guild and explore different workouts without expectations or prejudice. And I'm going to start here at home with the Druids, then move from there. Indeed. Because the truth is, I'm in midlife crisis, and it's way too early to be here. So I'm late to the challenge and early for the mid-life crisis. Awesome. For this challenge: Yoga. 1x a day. bonus for 2x a day.. Eat more veggies. At least one a day to replace the large quantities of cheese. Or at least balance out the cheese. Embrace something creative each day. Maybe a craft. Maybe a drawing. Maybe writing. Whatever. Just have fun with it.
  11. 12 Week Hypertrophy Quest Quest Goals: 1) Increase Muscle Mass 2) Decrease BF% 3) Increase Strength In All Lifts Overview/Details Each working set should be performed to near failure with 12 being the most reps you should perform and 6 being the lowest. This workout utilizes supersets.Take a 1 minute break between each superset. Supersets are grouped by letter before them. See Quest Objectives for context. Increase weight on each set by at least 5lbs. Increase weight from week to week as well. By the end of the 12 weeks, you should be 10lbs+ stronger in many lifts. This program can be repeated with endless variation. If you begin to plateau, seek ways of making the workouts harder. An example could be adding some dropsets. SPLIT CHEST/BACK SHOULDERS/ARMS LEGS Quest Objectives: Day 1: Chest/Back | Warm-up 5 minutes of cardio A1) Bench Press 2x6 warm-up, 3x12 working A2) DB Row 2x6 warm-up, 3x12 working 1 - 2 minute rest B1) Hammerstrength incline Chest Press 3x12 working B2) Hammerstrength lat pulldown 3x12 working 1 - 2 minute rest C1) Cable Crossovers 5-7x12 working C2) Reverse Flye 5-7x12 working Day 2: Active Rest | Start with 5 minutes of cardio if you normally don't do cardio, and add 5 minutes to your average time of the cardio you do regularly. Increase total time by 5 minutes every other week. By Week 12 you should be doing 30 extra minutes of cardio. For the sake of this program, cardio is considered 150bpm+ for the whole session. Day 3: Shoulders/Arms | Warm-up 5 minutes of cardio A1) DB Shoulder Press 2x6 warm-up, 3x12 working A2) Standing DB Curl 2x6 warm-up, 3x12 working 1 - 2 minute rest B1) DB Front Raise 2x6 warm-up, 3x12 working B2) Tricep Extension 2x6 warm-up, 3x12 working 1 - 2 minute rest C1) Reverse Flye Machine 2x6 warm-up, 3x12 working C2) Barbell Curl 2x6 warm-up, 3x12 working 1 minute rest D) Skull Crusher 2x6 warm-up, 3x12 working Day 4: Active Rest | Do the same amount of cardio as you did on your first active rest day this week. Day 5: Legs | Warm-up 5 minutes of cardio A1) Squat 2x6 warm-up, 3x12 working A2) Leg Curl 1x6 warmup , 3x12 working 2 - 3 minute rest between A and B B1) Leg Extensions 3x12 working B2) Standing Calf Raises 3x12 working 2 - 3 minute rest between B and C C1) Weighted Walking Lunge 3x12 working C2) Lower Back Extensions 3x12 failure Day 6: REST Day 7: REST Let me know what you think below!
  12. When people talk about stress management, I get this image in my head of a man or woman sitting in a bar after work, her suit jacket draped on the chair and sleeves rolled up as he says confidently "I manage the stress department. Those guys are killing it!" and takes a confident swig from their glass of whiskey, neat. I don't like whiskey, and I look terrible in suits. Stress is significantly impacting my well-being. Last night I was awake for 4 hours. I have panic attacks, and while I'm usually a stress eater, lately, I've lost my appetite, and feel too upset to eat. I really need to work out some self-care stuff while life is pretty stressful. My dad is getting blinder every week it seems, my parents are talking about moving in a year, and I need to find a new job, a house, and try to lose 100+ pounds so I live long enough to enjoy those things. The future is uncertain, and I'm ill-equipped to manage on a daily basis. This is my challenge: To live life with all its messiness without losing my mind. Because it's not going to get better for a while, so I need to create mental and emotional space and tell the little screaming person in my head that things are going to be okay. 1. Develop a bedtime routine. I don't have any routine before bedtime, and I often go to bed feeling like the day is incomplete, which wakes me up in the middle of the night. I think a consistent routine would help cue my body into "go to sleep, dammit" and I can stay asleep if I'm falling asleep more contentedly. 2. Make 5 mistakes a day- This is more of a mindset goal. When I'm working at the library, mistakes are okay, and I joke to volunteers and co-workers that the day isn't complete until I've made at least 5 mistakes. I say this to comfort them when they make mistakes, or if I'm having an off day. I'm just going to keep embracing this until it sinks in. 3. Meditate- Taking some time to sit in a quiet space, and being able to say "For the next ten minutes, I have nothing to do, nowhere to go. This is my time to just be." 4. Plan my day and stick to it. I really like the planning set up I had started last challenge of Fitness, Hobbies, Life Chores, and Work. But I often let Fitness and Work slide down the tubes and focused on hobbies and life chores. Which is funny because if you look at my bedroom, you'd never know I clean.....ever.
  13. Today they are moving my grandfather into hospice care. In the next few weeks, I'll be attending a funeral, my annoying uncle will be here, my aunt may fly in and my mother will be sad, mad, and many other things. I will be tired, and I will want to over-eat, drink too much and become anxious and self-destructive. So this challenge is simple. Be kind to myself. Instead of eating and drinking my feelings, I'm going to go for walks, play the ukulele and journal. I'm going to eat healthy foods that will make me feel better, and I will give myself permission to walk away from my family when they are overwhelming me. Self-healing, not self-destruction. I'm going to go eat some fruit now.
  14. Bye Weeks Challenge Goals Quest One - Try something new Cooking! I love cooking and am always looking for new things to try so this goal is 1 new recipe per week. Quest Two - Mini fitness goal Changed to one extra day of weight training. So Weights 2x a week: Tuesday and Sunday Quest Three - Unadulterated joy Reading for pleasure. I don't do this regularly enough . It always makes my day better so 30 minutes of reading per day. Continuing with meditation also falls under this goal. Life Quest: Finish Papers before June 3
  15. I’ve been thinking about this challenge and Feelings and well..I’m ready to take care of myself. So let’s dive in! The plan of action Follow the PCOS diet, which is basically a Paleo Plus (whole grains included) it’s a low inflammation diet and it’s really great for me. But I’m gonna give myself 2 meals a week to add something not on the diet. Because macaroni and cheese. As I move forward, I can trim it to one meal a week, then just to special occasions only. Practice yoga 4 times a week. I’m physically weak right now, and yoga will be a great step back into getting stronger and stretching out sore muscles. Eventually I can add weight lifting and body weight exercises. walk 4 days a week. I learned a lot from my last challenge. So to help me reach my walking goals this time, I’m joining planet fitness for ten bucks a month. So even if the weather stinks, I can walk on the treadmill.
  16. Heidi

    Druids' Grove

    Welcome to the Druids' Grove. Feel free to pull up a log and have a seat by the Southern fire pit, or practice with the yoga and tai chi group on the grass by the creek to the east. If it gets too warm, there is pool at the bottom of the waterfall to the west. The grove gets thick and a bit dark towards the North, with many a stone nook that is ideal for silent meditation. Tell us, dear traveler, what brought you to the grove, and what do you hope to find while you are here?
  17. I took a break from challenges for a while. It was a really great time away for me to really wallow in a fantastic existential crisis. I got swept up in trying to be perfect, and live perfectly, and SO MANY RULES. It wasn't fun. It became really unhealthy, self-destructive and it's hard to improve your life when you really hate the way you live it. Soo.... here's a baby Moana! OMIGOSH SHE'S SO ADORABLE!!!! I had to make new long-term goals, but also I realized that the weight of a BIG goal is too much, and that it's okay to have a challenge that is not really about those goals. I just want to remember that this isn't drudgery, or a quest to be perfect. I just want to live my life and be okay with who I am and love those near me. And laugh more. Basically, I want to be Moana's Grandmother someday So back to the challenge goals: Goal 1: Spend 15 minutes dancing every day. Doesn't matter what kind of dancing. Just dance. Goal 2. Spend 10 minutes stretching and quieting my mind. Goal 3. Don't try to be perfect. Missed days are okay. Just celebrate something good about that day and move forward. Here we go!!
  18. Welcome to the Druids' Grove. Feel free to pull up a log and have a seat by the Southern fire pit, or practice with the yoga and tai chi group on the grass by the creek to the east. If it gets too warm, there is pool at the bottom of the waterfall to the west. The grove gets thick and a bit dark towards the North, with many a stone nook that is ideal for silent meditation. Tell us, dear traveler, what brought you to the grove, and what do you hope to find while you are here?
  19. Welcome to SPRING! As we stretch out of the darker season, let’s join together in gratitude. Science has shown that being actively grateful can have tremendous positive effects on our health and well being, and the more we study gratitude, the more benefits we find. The basic takeaway is very simple: Be thankful to be happy. “People who regularly practice gratitude by taking time to notice and reflect upon the things they're thankful for experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and even have stronger immune systems.” Being thankful, genuinely grateful for what we have, has an immediate and profound impact on our sense of well being. It even helps increase our financial balances, by making us less inclined to spend. “Grateful people report themselves as being less materialist and less envious. In particular, grateful people report being more willing to part with their possessions, more generous with them, less envious of the material wealth of others, less committed to the idea that material wealth brings happiness. Apparently, material success is not a very important factor in the happiness of highly grateful people.” Robert Emmons, author of Thanks!: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier, shows that simply keeping a gratitude journal—regularly writing brief reflections on moments for which we’re thankful—can significantly increase well-being and life satisfaction. Let’s focus on gratitude this spring, and find balance at the equinox. Want to join in the fun? Post something you are grateful for and why it matters to you. Start today, and post at least one thing. Aim for one thing a day, but don’t let a missed day stop you from coming back and posting. Keep track of how many posts you made by number each successive post. We’re going to do this for the coming three weeks, so add the suffix “/21” to each number, so that we can keep it in context. I’ll post prompts along the way, but listen to your inner voice. People report that the continuity of gratitude and the depth of emotion are the real key to success here. So post away! At the end of the mini-challenge, we’ll talk about what you noticed, and what these insights have led to, if anything. !
  20. Welcome to the Orchard, where the Druids are gathering this Spring. Pull up a blanket or a cushion and enjoy the warming breeze as it plays through the fruit blossoms. What attracted your to the Druids? What do you hope to accomplish this turn of the challenge?
  21. Hey everyone! So, I am doing a level 1 challenge for 2/20-3/11, since I started up a little late. My goals are: Food: log food (still deciding between writing it down, logging in the battle logs, or using MFP - think I will go with logging it here in the thread actually); cut out all soda and juice, and cut down on milk consumption to 2-3x/week MAX. Fitness: incorporate bodyweight workout 1x/week to start (and keep walking, I've been doing that daily or almost daily). Life: 5 minutes of meditation per day. This is one of the keystone habits I've been struggling the most with. I'm really excited to be in the guild and enjoying reading about everyone's challenges. Thanks so much for your support.
  22. Hi! Happy New Challenge Time! Recently, I've been reading this website healthybrains.org and it's pretty straightforward. And with a new challenge coming up...well... Pillar 1. Physical Exercise- This is going to be straightforward. 40 minutes of aerobic activity 5 days a week, strength training 3 days, yoga 6 days. Just check off the boxes and get it done, Snarky. Pillar 2. Food and Nutrition- 3 meals a day with a fruit and or vegetable at each meal. I already limit red meat and cured meats, but I can cut out snacking (goodbye, you luscious cookies) Pillar 3. Medical Health- UGH. This one. During this challenge, I am going to find an OB/GYN and a dermatologist and make appointments. I also have a dental appointment and I'm NOT canceling it. No more putting this off (like I have for a year) After I make my appointments, I need to write to my general practitioner with an update. Pillar 4. Sleep and Relaxation- I AM NOT GOOD AT THIS SLEEPING/RELAXING STUFF. But I CAN be. I'm going to stick to a sleep schedule and retrain my body to stay asleep. I'm also going to have more unplugged time away from screens since they stress me out. MY EYE KEEPS TWITCHING Y'ALL!!!. Pillar 5. Mental Fitness- Keep working on learning Spanish and playing the ukulele to make new brain wrinkles and have some fun. Pillar 6. Social Interaction- Reach out to friends/family at least once a week. No being weird and reclusive for more than a week anymore. Also, photo theme this time is SLEEPING ANIMALS!!! Goodnight!
  23. Oh my gosh, that's a giant puppy. Screw it, Giant Sleepy Puppy stays. It's so cuuuuuuute. awwwwww. Let's find some other puppies.... Awwwww this one has wet paws and doesn't look like he's happy with that. WAIT WAIT WAIT....ONE MORE ONE MORE HE'S SO HAPPY TO SEE YOU!!! When I feel blue, sometimes I do an image search of puppies. I also look at puppies in waiting rooms when I'm really nervous. Looking at puppies makes me feel good. I like puppies. Is this challenge just about puppies? You know what? This challenge is ALL about puppies... Every day there is a list of things that accumulate in my head. Things that I'd like to do. Not things I have to do, just things I'd like to do. Play the piano, practice the ukulele, clean the kitchen, do some laundry, wash my hair. And each thing feels really overwhelming so I spend a lot of time sitting and looking out the window, wishing I could be doing something else, absently refreshing social media sites that do nothing to help my mood. I'm not completely lost, I mean, I count calories and cook meals. Yesterday was 50 degrees and sunny and I got a lot done. But then it got grey, and I could feel it settle over me. The greyness gets to me. The constant feeling of dusk that is only relieved by night. So I figured for this challenge, I need to just get things done and regain a feeling of efficacy. And look at puppies. Puppies are like sunshine. So back to goals and puppies: 1. Limit social media to Thursday evenings and news on Sundays. 2. When I feel overwhelmed, look at pictures of puppies. 3. When I think "I'd like to, or "I wish I could", DO it. Don't overthink it, don't let the greyness get in, just do it! 4. Celebrate with NF pals with listed accomplishments and pictures of puppies. PUPPY
  24. Heidi

    Ice Cave

    Welcome to the druids' cave, where ice patches create intricate designs on the walls, and a fire crackles merrily in the center. Grab a fur or two and join us near the warmth. Pour a cup of tea and tell us of your journey: Where you have been What you have seen Where you hope to go What you seek.
  25. Happy New Year Everyone! I created a battle log to keep track of overall goals for 2017. My goals for January are already set, so I just copied and pasted here. 1st month goals: to lose 8 pounds run up the stairs without feeling winded Walk 2 miles a day (or 40 minutes of cardio) stop hiding food Learn ukulele chords Get Spanish fluency to 20% on Duolingo Draw every day I wanted to focus on getting something done each day. Winter is a hard time of year for me, and instead of focusing on feelings and thoughts, I'm just going to do something everyday. Exercise for my health, drawing for my work, Spanish for my skills, and ukulele for my joy. I'm going to track my daily to-do list using the Habitica app. I really like the dailies feature and how it resets itself so I don't have to continuously write in "Spanish" everyday. I just check the box when it's done. What I'm NOT going to do with the app is get involved in parties and try to collect everything. I did that last time, and that led to a special kind of madness. I'm off to a good start. I worked out this morning, and practiced my Spanish lessons (I'm at 19%, so this is an easy goal this month). Now I'm going to clean, draw, and reward myself with some uke practice. I think.....No. Not going to think too much, so I'll end this here. Happy New Year, everyone! We can do this
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