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This is part two of a year that I am setting aside to try to heal from chronic exhaustion and demotivation. There are four aspects to lifestyle healing magic: food, stress, movement, and sleep. I'm adding a little to the basics which I established last challenge, and testing a specific diet to see if it helps. Potions (food): Do Not Ingest Poison: no sugar, caffeine, alcohol, refined carbs, industrial seed oils (Ke)Tonics: eat a very low carb, very high fat diet. Leave out grains, legumes, starchy vegetables, low fat dairy, fruit, and honey. Focus on meat, fish, eggs, full fat dairy, above ground vegetables, and healthful fats. Defence Against the Dark Arts (stress) Occlumency: meditate 20 minutes daily, after first tea and before second tea Hydrotherapy: end all showers with cold water Defensive Gesture: book a massage and show up! Defensive Ward: schedule daily internet block from 8-10am Enspiriting Rune: one effortlessly bad and therapeutic scribble per day Transfiguration (movement) Barbellogy: continue with four lift split three days per week, if energy allows. Ambulancy: at least one short walk daily Charms (sleep) Somnolence ritual: screens off at 9:15, stretch, sleep at 9:45
Meesa Gets a Clean and Clear Run Up To Christmas [Level 3] So my first two challenges have been pretty interrupted; by injury and by shitty life things. Iâ€™ve had a really bad run the last few months. Speaking of runs; I still have two left from my last challenge - although running; especially not distance wonâ€™t be a focus of this challenge/ 16th November City2Sea - 15km 23rd November Health.com.au Spring into Shape 3 - 10km Main Quest To have a pre pre-season before the soccer club pre-season starts and the Australian summer gets too hot. To be working on the power and abilities that my body will need as a GK; so that when the pre-season starts I can move onto skill work. Goal 1. Jumping - I need to be able to jump and dive for the ball. I want to work on my jump strength and height. During this challenge I will be building up my Body Weight Squats towards Jump Squats and where/if possible (I usually train inside in my kitchen/living room) box/bench jumps. Goal 2. Upper Body and Core - I need to be able to get up fast and strongly palm or punch the ball away. Keep working towards being able to do push ups that are not on my knees. Also once that is accomplished I would like to work in balance work by doing them with my hands on a soccer ball - which is a challenge set to me by my coach. I will be continuing doing an adapted version of the BBWW but working on these progressions. I will also do yoga 3-5 times a week focussing on upper body and back to improve my flexibility. Goal 3. Sprinting - I need to be able to come out hard at my opposition and when I have the ball I need to be able to sprint to the edge of the box. I will continue to be running in intervals but I would like to be working in some more serious sprints - and now that the weather is getting nicer I should be about so start doing a few beach runs. I have a specific exercise that I have in mind to bring all these together into a few keeper specific movements and programs which I would like to start working into the program but they require someone to be able to kick a ball at me. So not yet. Although Iâ€™m sure Iâ€™ll post some of them as I go. Life Quest Keep the diet clean. Part A - Sugar and Junk At the end of my second challenge I quit sugar and junk food as a stress/boredom option. I and not giving up the idea of having a piece of cake at Christmas. As well as full on cutting out soft drinks and fast food (I also donâ€™t count things such as a handful of jelly beans after a super hard workout in 30 degree C heat because that is about blood sugar). But I have a reward program for the days I donâ€™t partake in the bad sugars. $2 Everyday I donâ€™t have it + $6 every time I make it 7 days; so basically $20 a week. Iâ€™ve made it 3 weeks now and Iâ€™m feeling a lot better. Part B - Nails Iâ€™m going try stop biting my nails. Exercise of willpower. Ideally Iâ€™d like to have nails by the time I turn 24 (January 2015). Iâ€™ll probably still wear them short but it will also be better for my teeth. I hate wearing makeup but nail polish I donâ€™t mind so Iâ€™ll be looking forward to being able to paint them.
So, Iâ€™m at the oldest age I've ever been and I figure itâ€™s about time I get my act together. My Main Quest: Drop one clothing size. My Three Incredibly Specific Goals: 1. Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. Technically, I canâ€™t measure how much sleep I truly get, so Iâ€™m measuring how much time I spend in bed each night (not doing any other... ahem, activities.) A â€“ 8.5 or more hours B â€“ 8.0 â€“ 8.5 hours C â€“ 7.5 â€“ 8.0 hours D â€“ 7.0 â€“ 7.5 hours F â€“ 7.0 or fewer hours 2. Eliminate processed sugar from my diet. A â€“ Look at you! You didn't eat any sugar today!! B â€“ One teeny, tiny little treat C â€“ Youâ€™re pushing it sister. And not it a good way. D â€“ Really? Did you actually NEED all of that? F â€“ Nice. Youâ€™re headed right back down that stupid path!! 3. Learn how to safely lift and start doing it. A â€“ 10 sessions with a personal trainer + 10 sessions on my own B â€“ 8 + 8 C â€“ 6 + 6 D â€“ 4 + 4 F â€“ Sat on my can watching Big Bang Theory reruns. My Life Side Quest: Pass the GAIQ exam. My Motivation: Iâ€™m sick of feeling sick. My digestive system is a wreck. I've done a lousy job of taking care of myself and itâ€™s way past time to reverse that trend.