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Korranation Dances with Dragons

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In a spur of the moment and lack of challenge theme ideas I'm going with dragons. The idea mainly came from a FB post mentioning something called dragon tree planners. They look similar to bullet journals, but they're laid out differently. I tried looking them up and kept seeing the phrases rituals and dream book/planner. Other than that I have no idea what they are.
 
And they look prettier too. My bujos look like a replica of the original founders work. Black and white, dry, and to the point.
 
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GOAL 1: nutrition
Log in all food to MFP everyday
Screw calorie counting. Plain old food logging works just fine for me thank you very much.

GOAL 2: workout
Get at least 20 active minutes or daily step count on my Fitbit. Whichever comes first.

GOAL 3: affirmations
Post daily affirmations here bc why not


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On 11/28/2017 at 1:33 AM, Korranation said:

So I have no clue what my goals will be ATM other than the rituals I have now, ones I need to build, and doodlie PvP hyggling.

 

Following for the dragons. And because your challenges are always awesome. ;)

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Korra!

 

I have been thinking about you recently after some Academy posts I saw (okay, maybe just one about Maleficent issues). Glad you are back with us!

 

Also, that planner you talked about sounds lovely!  

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Korra!
 
I have been thinking about you recently after some Academy posts I saw (okay, maybe just one about Maleficent issues). Glad you are back with us!
 
Also, that planner you talked about sounds lovely!  

Ah you saw the posts of her dragon rage. It's been awhile since she's had a ridiculous rage episode like that.

Glad to be back.

The planner is nice and all, but it asks so many open ended questions about every aspect of life before asking you to make a one year, three year, five year, and lifetime goals. I think I'll have to put that planner on the back burner for this challenge and pick it up after Xmas when I'm on vacation. In the meantime I'm gonna do a reset on the academy quests and make those my goals for now.
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How's it going [mention=25695]Korranation[/mention]?
 
FYI, Falcor was my "first dragon."
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In doing good. I just fell into one of those procrastination holes. I told myself I either didn't have time or I'd get to it later. In my head I think I wrote at least twenty posts.
Guess it's time to slay the procrastination dragon.
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40 minutes ago, Korranation said:

Guess it's time to slay the procrastination dragon.

 

Not sure about you, but that's one of my biggest, sliest, and deadliest dragons. Just when I think I can outmaneuver and outsmart him, he gets me more often than not.

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Not sure about you, but that's one of my biggest, sliest, and deadliest dragons. Just when I think I can outmaneuver and outsmart him, he gets me more often than not.

I found the best way to battle these kinds of dragons is to hoard check lists. And once that dragon sees the shiny treasure trove of completed items that makes any dragons hoard pale in comparison it will admit defeat and fly away for a bit.
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DAY X

 

I think I did okay with being healthy. I had to fast for a work biometric screening and I wasn't even hungry when it was okay for me to eat again.

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The doctor said I needed less bread and more exercise. Which I can't argue with that. They're like two of the many cornerstones of of the metaphorical infinitely sided building of being healthy. I wasn't able to hold up on the bread part when a coworker came around with tiff treat peanut butter cookies. I would murder a person (in my head) for those goodies. And I don't even feel bad about it.

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The hardest part of daily eating is family dinners. We had chili tonight. It was pretty good considering everything was from a can minus the cheese and corn chips. And I'm super glad the food didn't start barking back at me. Anything high in fat or with too much red meat will do that. There's probably a medical term for it, but I like to call it anti-gout. It makes it seem less threatening.

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So I walked my dog to hep the food settle. He was so excited for a good run and the chilly night air that he tired himself out before our first loop of the neighborhood. So I got the rest of my steps in by going back to my room and running in place. And after all that I started getting hungry again so I made myself a quick shake of unsweetened almond milk and plant protein.

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I was so happy that I ate healthy, worked out, and got to all my goals on my Fitbit that I decided to slay the procrastination dragon and pull out my treasure trove of to-do items. I got more than halfway done with everything and have an almost a spotless room. Lets hope I can keep up this pace.

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So I was a little bit "meh" with my goals today.

I did intermediate fasting for a second day in a row so I'd have room for lunch. My work program was getting together for a luncheon outing. But in my hunger I scarfed down a sourdough and pumpernickel loaf. I had the orange chicken lunch portion and when all was said and done I felt tired and nauseous and uncomfortable.
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I came home to shredded chicken tacos. Where the chicken had been cooking all day in a slow cooker and there was freshly made salsa.
I was still tired after that meal so I forgot to take the dog out for a walk. And by the time I was sort of feeling better it was to late to do so. So instead I walked in place for +4k steps to the dismay and confusion of my dog.
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I'm gonna write about yesterday since I was so busy that I didn't have enough energy to remember to. I made a rant about my day on the academy FB group. But basically it was one heck of a nightmare.

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I started off the day by running half way across town to pick up stuff for work and coming to the building to find that the designated person for the front desk was half an hour late. I got a few eye rolls as if it was my job to made sure a random coworker shows up.

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Thankfully I knew everyone in the building was leaving early so they could go home and get ready for a holiday banquet that's put on for foster kids. And when that time rolled around I was told that I had couldn't leave till closing. I felt like Cinderella not being able to go to the ball. So I sat in an empty building with nothing to do. So I spent that time on my phone using the non-trackable guest wifi looking through job sites and writing important info down about future applications.

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Once closing rolled around I was just a moth to head home to change quickly when I received a text from one of the managers that I needed to get to the event after I locked up. So I showed up in my grungy cardigan and work slacks while everyone else was decked out in their best dresses and suits. I asked what I could help with, but everyone else had all the stations covered. So I sat at a corner table and pretended to enjoy myself.

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After a bit of eating and applauding performances I slid out a back door and went home. It was so late in the evening that I didn't even try to finish my step count and active minutes.

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Weekends are so nice for unplugging that it's better to write a summary on the weekday.
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FRIDAY
I stopped by on of those home essential stores straight after work to get myself some new sheets. My dog had done a number on my old ones in an attempt to bury his rawhide stick.
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SATURDAY
Brunch time. I made piggies in a blanket with mini breakfast sausages and extra flaky croissant bread.
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I spent the afternoon at a shopping center getting Harry Potter themed sweets for a coworker in leu of secret Santa day and at a bougie store to get a cozy conversation card game set. They didn't have it in stock, it was sold out in online, and the only available one was in another state. But the store managers went out of their way to order it for me. If I had more money I'd definitely shop there again and more frequently.
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That night the family settled down to watch frozen. It seems the best movies to watch at home on the weekends is something everyone has seen or a low brow comedy. That way everyone has a chance to make commentary and sick burns about the plot of characters.
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SUNDAY
I stopped by a clothing store and actually got some dresses. Which is something g I would never do. But a lot of the other women at work are pulling out their dresses so they can wear toasty legging and fancy boots. So why not join in?
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The rest of the evening was spent organizing online job applications. I had several places bookmarked, but only applied to one since the others were either expired or the pay/ working conditions were t any better than my current situation.

I'm making a vow to spend my slack time at work to learning the skills and languages necessary to find a better place. The company has a pretty good IT department that tracks wifi activity, so openly looking for other jobs while on the clock is out of the question. At least I asked for some time off during the holidays, so I can spend that time stalking my metaphorical career prey.
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MONDAY
I went through the whole morning on one cup of coffee and didn't realize I hadn't eaten until it was break time. I got some fit kitchen frozen meals. It was okay. There's a long story as to why I got them to begin with.
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(Flashback) I was running late one evening and decided to try my luck with the fro zen meals since it was a short work week before thanksgiving. So I got one with mashed sweet potatoes. To my horror those potatoes tasted like styrofoam and preservatives. I was to furious I called the number on the back of the box and told them about their subpar product. So they sent me a bunch of coupons.(end flashback) And I stocked up this week since it's a short one and the last day is literally one long breakfast/lunch potluck.
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I started getting the munchies an hour before closing time and I accidentally found some candy. I feel like this could have been avoided if I had more snacks or some chamoy

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Hello my dear void of a thread. 

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Not much to report on health and well being. Or as my friends say wealth and hell being.

 

My job is making me sad again. but then it makes me happy for a fleeting moment. So I'm sort of in this weird loop/roller coaster. But if this were a relationship, I'm pretty sure it would be a co-dependent one. We had an ornament exchange today and played a game of passing them around. And being in a moody mindset got upset with what I got. It wasn't festive, or funny, or cute, or creative. Just overtly ugly symbolism. And I got an ugly idea that it would be fun to burn it. Even though it is more than likely made out of metal. I know that's not very productive, but it's therapeutic. But I'll take the less destructive path and burn a candle instead. 

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So I did my normal sitting at the front desk in the quiet and empty room, went on break, and went back to my desk to finish my hours of sitting in silence trying to find something to do. It's getting harder to find tasks to do at work. And even harder to muster the strength to carry them out. I don't think it's normal for a job to make one feel lonely, isolated, and leave one with a tight chest and teary eyes. but ignore what I just said and stare at this cute gif instead. 

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There was an after-work holiday dinner. If it wasn't for the compliments on the dress I had worn for the event I might have just skipped. It sounds shallow saying that out loud. But it was nice to be noticed. So I sat with my program and enjoyed some good food and conversations. A mango chamoy margarita helped me through the first portion. At the second portion was a raffle. I folded my tickets in a certain way so that they wouldn't stick to the other tickets. And I won a deep fryer. So that's a bonus. And one more thing to look forward to when the holiday starts. I'll be posting lots of pictures of all the tasty things I make with that. 

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I see your posts on the Academy FB page and just want to give you a hug. I hope you are successful in finding something that is not soul-sucking. 

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On 12/20/2017 at 7:52 AM, Sylvaa said:

I see your posts on the Academy FB page and just want to give you a hug. I hope you are successful in finding something that is not soul-sucking. 

Thanks. Things have been getting crazy both at work and home during the holidays. 

 

I took some vacation hours during the holidays so I can spend that time looking for some better work and some less time away from my current work. 

I usually get some mood swing towards the end of the 4-week challenges since they follow my cycles. But it's gotten more noticeable since starting my new job. It's probably the new diet, lack of exercise, or less sleep. But I'm working on these issues to lessen the swings.  

 

I also started another challenge thread. 

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