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  1. Friends! On the last episode, I was on Arrakis, undergoing a whole lot of training. Now....I don't have a theme so I'm not sure where we are. Tomorrow I start a new job, and Tuesday is the start of NaNoWriMo. Never one to shy from an overly ambitious idea, I'm planning to do both. Quest 1 (nutrition): Read the NF Nutrition Module. Last month I got through the Mindset module (from my July 15 respawn). Now it's time to put the Nutrition module to bed and get through that. I tried to implement everything in the Mindset module as I went, which doesn't really work (since some items take weeks). So I'm going to read through the Nutrition module more quickly and then try to implement a few of the quests. Quest 2 (nutrition): Eat a side of fruits/veggies with lunch 5x/week. Last month I did 3 times a week with no trouble. Now I'm going to be packing lunches--I think I'll be able to get this done. Quest 3 (fitness): Do 3 bodyweight workouts per week. I've been on level 3 of the NF Academy for at least a month now, but....I don't have a pull-up bar so when I do the boss battle, I'm way behind on the bar hang and the assisted pull-ups and can't level up. That said, I've pretty much doubled my reps on all the exercises and the workout is starting to take a while (plus it is a little boring). I'm going to do some looking into my finances and see if I can afford to get a pull-up bar and some rings that I can use in my apartment. I will stick with level 3 for the next two weeks just so I don't add something new into an already chaotic transition, but after that I think I will go to level 4 regardless. Life Quest: Check in on my writing progress every day. I have lightly committed to NaNo this year, under the belief that writing SOMETHING is better than nothing; that said, I don't want to fail and feel bad about myself, then spiral into sadness and self-doubt. I have daily writing check-in sheets that I will use, even on days I don't write anything else--just so I can have a record of what was an obstacle and what helped me succeed. Mindset Quest: Sleep at least 8 hours every night. I'm one of those unlucky souls who do best with 8-9 hours of sleep a night. So, I need to make sure that's happening this month. Particular challenges I haven't had a "standard" (40 hr/wk, outside the home) job in about 4 years. I haven't had a commute in about four years. I haven't had colleagues in about four years. So this new job is going to be a HUGE lifestyle change. Last time I had an office job, I was generally under-rested, eating badly, cranky af, inactive and unhappy. As I've worked for myself, I've gotten really good at watching my mood and energy, taking care of myself and generally being a happy, healthy human. I'm worried that I will slip back, but I also have a lot more tools and skills at my disposal to keep my momentum up. And I'm sure I don't need to talk about how silly it is to try to start a big creative project when I'm starting a new job. But here we are. Overall, the priority list over the next month goes: Sleep & workouts Work Writing So, if I don't get all my writing done, but I feel great about priorities 1 & 2, great! Onward, into battle!
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