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I'm still not sure where to list my challenge. Druid maybe? But there's not really nature involved,

just kind of organizing life and trying to shake out of this funk.  

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So I'm here, ready to leave 2017 in my dust.

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It's been a weird month.  The holidays were difficult, as they are for many, and this last week in particular can frankly fuck a duck.

Without going into whys, the whats are:

  • Mental: make time to clear some head space

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I'm starting this with the headspace app.  I think there's 10 or so free 'sessions.'  After that, I'll go through some simple guided meditations

    • Scoring: 1 point per day I do this.
      • Easy Mode: 3 mental points per week
      • Target: 5 mental points per week 
      • Epic Mode: 7 mental points for all the days
  • Physical: Keeping with what's worked

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I'm continuing the strengthening exercises I started last month,

+ throwing back to some of my youtube 'home-base' indoor cardio that I started with in July,

+ about 30 minutes of evening stretches to wind down the day.

    • Scoring: 1 point per exercise with max of 3 a day.
      • Easy Mode: at least 1 phys point per day for 5 days a week
      • Target: 3 phys points per day for 5 days a week
      • Epic Mode: all the exercises 6 days a week, + a stretchy bonus on a rest day
  • Nutritional: keep track of my intake.

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I'm not planning to do anything about it at this time, but just want to get myself back into the habit of paying attention.

    • Scoring: 1 yum point per tracked meal fully tracked.
      • Easy Mode: at least 1 yum point per day for 5 days a week
      • Target: 3 yum points per day for 5 days a week
      • Epic Mode: all the points for all the days
  • Environmental: make time to keep up house and home

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Have daily dishes and 10 minutes of declutter

+ double scrub weekends: dust, vacuum and 1/2 hour deep cleaning in 1 room for 2 days.

    • Scoring: 1 clean point per cleaning instance
      • Easy Mode: at least 2 clean points per day for 3 days a week
      • Target: 2 clean points per day for 5 days (AND 3 weekend cleaning points for the weekend) 
      • Epic Mode: 2 clean points per day for 7 days (AND 2 weekend weekend cleaning points per day for 2 days)
                                      • This would be daily dishes and de-clutter everyday, and on weekends, dust and 1/2 hr deep clean one day, vacuum and finish deep clean 2nd day

Oh, and 1 bonus point per week if I can set aside 1/2 hour to read dog training materials for puppy-pants collection

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I'll try to keep this at weekly totals and highlights so as not to prattle on.

But I do encourage any opportunity to utilize gif responses!

 

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I like that you added a house cleaning goal. I hate doing the work, but I always feel better in a tidy space. I actually, as I type, just finished deep cleaning my kitchen because my stepmother is coming over tomorrow to watch my daughter so the husband and I can go out for his birthday. She’s a wonderful woman, but is much more meticulous than I am. So I guess it’s good that I got a reason to actually scrub my kitchen cabinet doors, otherwise, I definitely wouldn’t have.

Best of luck!


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21 hours ago, J3NN said:

Sounds like a great challenge! Good luck to you!

Thanks! I wouldn't be so organized without your lovely lovely charts !


 

20 hours ago, Hypotheticalfox said:
I hate doing the work, but I always feel better in a tidy space.

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This is partly what I'm hoping for, that a clean space will put me in a clearer headspace. But, likewise, I don't normally do much housekeeping unless I'm having company
 

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My challenge hasn't officially started yet, but I thought it might be worth mentioning I ran/jogged for almost half a mile in 5 minutes!

Screenshot_20171229-174802.thumb.jpg.d6f51dcbfe52c4a1feaa92e753d1b5b7.jpg It was while trying to catch up to my puppy who dashed out of the house as soon as I opened the door.  

 

Turned out there were wild donkeys (which is common around here) about a block and a half down the way, and that was apparently some sort of territorial challenge to her.  She growled her tiny growls until they wandered away, and we continued on her walk, which was eventually 32 minutes and 1.66 miles (around the "block").

 

But it gave me a boost that I could go that far and still have the breath to laugh at the viciousness of little ewok. 

 

 

Oh, and I wanted to ask about the ranking system here? Is it purely based on amount of posts?

Just curious

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Just thought I would pop in and say hi. I too do the decluttering/Cleaning thing. I think your challenge is set up really well. I am looking forward to following for the cleaning points.

And great job on the run. That is impressive.

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9 hours ago, Alis in Abernathy said:

Oh, and I wanted to ask about the ranking system here? Is it purely based on amount of posts?

Just curious

As in the title directly under your username? Yup. (With the exception of a handful of people, because as the second post in that thread says, once upon a time Guild Leaders could change people's titles. They can't anymore, but people that were previously changed have stayed that way.) 

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As in the title directly under your username? Yup. (With the exception of a handful of people, because as the second post in that thread says, once upon a time Guild Leaders could change people's titles. They can't anymore, but people that were previously changed have stayed that way.) 
Cool, thanks :)
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On 12/28/2017 at 6:11 PM, Alis in Abernathy said:

Druid maybe? But there's not really nature involved, just kind of organizing life and trying to shake out of this funk.

Druid here is a bit more about finding zen than nature. Lots of meditation and yoga. 

 

On 12/28/2017 at 6:11 PM, Alis in Abernathy said:

I'm starting this with the headspace app.  I think there's 10 or so free 'sessions.'  After that, I'll go through some simple guided meditations

Yep, there's 10 free sessions that build up on each other. It's good for learning the basics (breathing and body scan). 

 

On 12/28/2017 at 11:29 PM, Alis in Abernathy said:

This is partly what I'm hoping for, that a clean space will put me in a clearer headspace. But, likewise, I don't normally do much housekeeping unless I'm having company

I'm the same way too. Eventually I'm hoping to change that.

 

On 12/30/2017 at 2:32 PM, Alis in Abernathy said:

Turned out there were wild donkeys (which is common around here) about a block and a half down the way, and that was apparently some sort of territorial challenge to her.  She growled her tiny growls until they wandered away, and we continued on her walk, which was eventually 32 minutes and 1.66 miles (around the "block").

This is adorable!

 

 

Good luck with your challenge. :)

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Seems like your challenges, while not nature-oriented, would best fit in with the druids. Mostly because they're goals focused on taking a step back and working from within. Not all your goals have to align with a certain guild, mine usually don't! I tend to pick the guild which best matches with my overall goal for that challenge. 

 

Also, house cleaning goals for me are really hard! Good luck!

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On 12/31/2017 at 6:10 PM, zeroh13 said:

Druid here is a bit more about finding zen than nature. Lots of meditation and yoga. 

That's exactly what I'm shooting for right now.  I used to be big into yoga, but stopped almost a decade ago for health reasons.

I did meditations some years ago too but I started to get kind of new age-y with the meditation and it got weird.  I haven't really returned to it since, but I'd like to ween back into a more center of the road sort eventually.

On 1/2/2018 at 8:11 AM, elinox said:

Seems like your challenges, while not nature-oriented, would best fit in with the druids. Mostly because they're goals focused on taking a step back and working from within. Not all your goals have to align with a certain guild, mine usually don't! I tend to pick the guild which best matches with my overall goal for that challenge. 

 

Also, house cleaning goals for me are really hard! Good luck!

Thanks! Should I move this then? Start one there?
Does it matter?  


I am kind of a stickler for form and procedure, so I'm also partly working with letting go of the inconsequential little things.

 

 

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1 hour ago, Alis in Abernathy said:

Thanks! Should I move this then? Start one there?
Does it matter? 

 

It's totally up to you! If your overall goal is to be a druid, I'd be happy to move your thread over there. If you aren't sure of your long-term goal, then stay here!

 

But it's really about what you want to do and where you want to be!

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18 hours ago, Sylvaa said:
 
It's totally up to you! If your overall goal is to be a druid, I'd be happy to move your thread over there. If you aren't sure of your long-term goal, then stay here!
 
But it's really about what you want to do and where you want to be!

Thanks for clarifying.
I'm still committed to non-commitment at the moment, so I'll just sit tight

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5 hours ago, Alis in Abernathy said:

Thanks for clarifying.
I'm still committed to non-commitment at the moment, so I'll just sit tight

Lol a non-commitment to anything solid and constantly being open to other possibilities...sounds like a druid to me (at least my druid toon in WOW)

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22 hours ago, Alis in Abernathy said:

Thanks! Should I move this then? Start one there?
Does it matter?  

 

For the record, you can move if you want to. However, I think you should do whatever makes you the most comfortable. We will take you. There are a few rebels who do a bit of work from within. At the same time, it doesn't matter at all. The rebels are great since its kinda a mess of "I belong everywhere and nowhere." so your welcome here as long as you want and if you move, some of us may follow you over there too. As you have seen, most people follow and are followed by people from other guilds.

 

22 hours ago, Alis in Abernathy said:

I am kind of a stickler for form and procedure, so I'm also partly working with letting go of the inconsequential little things.

 

I would file this under the latter.

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This week was . . . .  tense.

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Dealing with Insurance companies because I was in a car accident Christmas Eve

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Yep, I spoiler'd a spoiler, because that's a whole thing in itself. On Christmas Eve we were rear ended by a drunk driver on her way home from the casinos. Nobody was seriously hurt, which in itself is a miracle considering we had a 20 gallon tank of propane nestled in the back, and we could have flipped twice, but since hubby is an awesome driver, we didn't. 

The other car on the other hand, well, it looks like nobody should have walked away from it, but she did. She had a small cut on her forehead, but police said they figured it was probably a piercing she had that just got torn off in the crash.  She did go in the ditch, and the whole front end of her 2017 jeep was just decimated. But she got out, was cognisant enough to apologize and admit fault with the officer and EMTs present.  They took her in the ambulance to check her out, but the officer said she was responsive and it didn't look like she sustained serious injury. 

And hubby and I were fine.  I was shaken, but he was a cool cucumber, just changed the blown tire and we drove straight home.

I don't care what nobody says, I'm driving fords forever now, because despite all that, all the damage to our van is purely cosmetic. That frame held like a beast

The insurance isn't contesting anything yet, but it's just been a hassle to arrange time to meet with them, get repair estimates and all that jazz, which, fortunately, hubby is taking charge of, but unfortunately his home time is up, and there's only so much he can do from the road.

Plus, my workload feels like it's doubled because a volunteer run computer class was going to be dropped because the volunteers just aren't showing up, but since it's a class at the library, the patrons assume it's a library run class anyway, which makes sense, so boss-lady asked if I'd like to pick it up, and we can add it to our program numbers, which we are really trying to do since our funding was cut because the local government doesn't see the need for public libraries when 'everyone can just look things up online nowadays' and apparently 'nobody reads books anymore' (well that's news to me)

 

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and now I'm ranting, but that's what you get for reading a spoiler, you knew! Anywho, I took on the class, but I had 3 days to create a lesson plan for Tuesday's class, then a week for the one thereafter, and again and again until the end of time.  I'm not sure if I can manage to take this work home because I don't have a computer persay, we just use a series of android devices from home.

 

Oh AND my little Mogwai (which I'm calling my lil ewok because she A. got a face-haircut when hubby was home so looks like she's in the transition between mogwai and gremlin anyhow,

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and B.) started her lady time so she's been acting like a little gremlin nonstop.

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Anyway, I felt very frazzled this week. I suppose I had good progress, but TL;DR I'm feeling kind of stressed over how the year is already progressing.I feel like I haven't gotten anywhere, but some things went well, and ultimately, I'd give me a C for the week, which is still passing.

Mental score: 3/6, so that brought the average down. I just haven't made time for this, but I did yoga first thing Thursday before my morning cardio, in lieu of the headspace. This seemed to set a good tone.

 

Physical score: Awesome!

 

  • Morning cardio/focus reps: 20/20
  • Evening Strength: 13/15, so 86%, like a high B
  • Evening Yoga (or some sort of relaxed stretching): 6/6, which I think is more impressive because my dog kept wanting to get involved.
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  • I initially started with Adrianne(?)'s 30 days of yoga from 2015 because I wasnt paying attention. So I've only done 2 days of her TRUE thing.

     

     

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Nutritional score: also not great. 10/18, so 55%.I haven't really kept up with this at all.  I was trying to track with MFP, but today i had more success just jotting it down in my bujo/calendar.  We'll see how that works out next week.  

Environmental score: and the worst of it - 41.6% so far.

 

  • Dailies:  5/12
    • I've kept up on dishes, but the daily declutter is much more difficult with a gremlin nipping your ankles.
  • Weekend: I will have to update after this weekend.

Extra Credit: I have not yet made time to collect puppy underpants, but methinks matters have escalated to where this is going to be prioritized more.  

 

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Will update actual totals later
 
This week has been a bear.  I'nm calling a Mulligan.  Or at least training level
Spoiler Dealing with Insurance companies because I was in a car accident Christmas Eve
Spoiler Yep, I spoiler'd a spoiler, because that's a whole thing in itself. We were rear ended by a drunk driver Christmas Eve. Nobody was seriously hurt, which in itself is a miracle considering we had a 20 gallon tank of propane nestled in the back, and we could have flipped twice, but since hubby is an awesome driver, we didn't. 
The other car on the other hand, well, it looks like nobody should have walked away from it, but she did. She had a small cut on her forehead, but police said they figured it was probably a piercing she had that just got torn off in the crash.  She did go in the ditch, and the whole front end of her 2017 jeep was just decimated.  But she got out, was cognisant enough to apologize and admit fault with the officer and EMTs present.  They took her in the ambulance to check her out, but the officer said she was responsive and it didn't look like she sustained serious injury. 
And hubby and I were fine.  I was shaken, but he was a cool cucumber, just changed the blown tire and we drove straight home.
I don't care what nobody says, I'm driving fords forever now, because despite all that, all the damage is purely cosmetic. That frame held like a beast
The insurance isn't contesting anything yet, but it's just been a hassle to arrange time to meet with them, get repair estimates and all that jazz, which, fortunately, hubby is taking charge of, but unfortunately his home time is up, and there's only so much he can do from the road.
Plus, my workload feels like it's doubled because a volunteer run computer class was going to be dropped because the volunteers just aren't showing up, but since it's a class at the library, the patrons assume it's a library run class, which makes sense, so boss-lady asked if I'd like to pick it up, and we can add it to our program numbers, which we are really trying to do since our funding was cut because the local government doesn't see the need for public libraries when 'everyone can just look things up online nowadays' and apparently 'nobody reads books anymore' (well that's news to me)

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and now I'm ranting, but that's what you get for reading a spoiler, you knew!
Anywho, I took on the class, but I had 3 days to create a lesson plan for Tuesday's class, then a week for the one thereafter, and again and again until the end of time. 
I'm not sure how I can manage to take this work home because I don't have a computer persay, we just use a series of android devices from home.
 
Oh AND my little Mogwai (which I'm calling my lil ewok because she A. got a face-haircut when hubby was home so looks like she's in the transition between mogwai and gremlin anyhow, and B.) started her lady time so she's been acting like a little gremlin nonstop.

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Anyway, I felt very frazzled this week.
I suppose I had good progress, but TL;DR I'm feeling kind of stressed over how the year is already progressing.
Mental score: 
This I just haven't made time for
 
Physical score:
  • Morning reps:
  • Evening Strength:
  • Yoga (or some sort of relaxed stretching):
    • (I have only done 1 day of Adrienne's TRUE series, but I have done 3 days of her 30 days of yoga challenge from 2015)
Nutritional score:
I haven't really kept up with this at all.  I was trying to track with MFP, but it turns out it's easier for me to just jot it down in my bujo/calendar.  At least right now it seems like it is.
 
Environmental score:
  • Dailies: 
    • I've kept up on dishes, but the daily declutter is much more difficult with a gremlin nipping your ankles.
  • Weekend: I will have to update after this weekend.
Extra Credit: I have not yet made time to collect puppy underpants, but methinks matters have escalated to where this is going to be prioritized more 
 
 

Ugh! That sucks. I’m glad you and your husband are okay, even if it is added stress. New week starting, so try your best to shake it off and don’t let someone else (no matter how stupid, drunk, irresponsible, and dangerous they may be) ruin you.


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I am seconding glad you all are okay and that the process is going smoothly!



Ugh! That sucks. I’m glad you and your husband are okay, even if it is added stress. New week starting, so try your best to shake it off and don’t let someone else (no matter how stupid, drunk, irresponsible, and dangerous they may be) ruin you.


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Thank you both. My main focus is still mental health and clarity this month, so I'm gonna try to re-start fresh this next week. May need to keep mogwai in another room for the yoga though.
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On 1/6/2018 at 10:52 PM, Alis in Abernathy said:

Thank you both. My main focus is still mental health and clarity this month, so I'm gonna try to re-start fresh this next week. May need to keep mogwai in another room for the yoga though.

 

 

 

 

I am glad and hubby are safe. I am sorry it is one more thing you are going to have to be in charge of now.


As far as the yoga with critters, this I completely second. Agent K9 (50 lb lab mix) loves to come over and head butt me when I am doing my stretches on the floor. Or lay down next to me and make me hold his hand. Its cute, unless I am trying to do something, then its just annoying. I did for awhile train him we would hold hands for like a minute or so (when I was trying to learn to meditate) and then he had to sit and stay off to the side, but that never worked. Add to that Agent Black (kitten) loves to crawl under any sort of tunnel I create. Generally, now I just try to get  everyone in a different room.

Good luck getting the mogwai to stay in a separate area for a small bit.

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End of week 2.  Half way!

 

Physical score: 331⁄2 /45 Pretty decent  

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Especially considering issues I've been having with my neck. Everyday I did at least 1 thing! Mostly yoga. This is good for me, especially when we had that southern storm roll in and everything was just wet and cozy and I didn't wanna get out of bed.

And thoughts and prayers go out to anyone in So.Cal who got the brunt of that storm.  I hope you and your kin are safe and well.

  • Morning cardio/focus reps: 12 (might be able to crank out another 4 pts tonight depending on energy)/20
    • I've been getting this done every other day.  I rationalized skipping my "cardio" cardio, because I follow soft-core hiit videos with a body part focus, so I'm kinda doing cardio anyway, right?  And I skipped the total body video because, eventually, I should have worked the whole body by the end of the week?  
      • It's a weak rationale, I know.  But it sold me.
  • Evening Strength: 131⁄2/18, not epic, but still on target.  
    • I've started attempting pull ups (or rather drop downs?) over my patio rail (the lowest plank is about my eye level from the ground).  I've gone up to 10 of these in a row.
    • Push ups is still max 10 in a row, but I'm not trying to pump out 100 a day.  I'm using apps to guide me to gradually increase my reps.  
    • Sit ups, I've done 50 in a row, but now it feels like I've slipped to about 30.
    • Squats.  I can still push out 40 of these in one go, and I'm going deeper, but still not sure if I'm ready for 1 legged.
      • The app is designed to be done every other day, so this week, my justification for the slack in cardio is to do all the challenge apps 1 day (push ups, pull ups [except drop downs for me], squats and sit ups), and cardio the next, and repeat (except rest day, when I will just yoga and stretch).
  • TRUE Yoga 8/7 
    • I did at least this every day.  I did 2 on Sunday! I am really loving this and didn't realize how much I've missed yoga.  I used to be such a Bay Area (from Cali) tree-hugging hippie kid, doing yoga every day, going to farmer's markets and opting for organic whatevers . . . .

      It's nice and snuggly to slip on those shoes again.

      • I have changed the time I do this to first thing in the morning, before cardio, so that also might be impacting whether or not I do cardio.  But hubby tends to call me right as I'm feeling yogish, and we talk for about an hour until it's my bedtime.  I'm not sure how to negotiate that any better though.  It does feel great to have something active but low impact as soon as I wake up.  Maybe I should wake up earlier?  I'll play with this this next week.

 

 

Nutritional score: 10/21

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So, getting better.

  • I am making a conscious effort to make better eating choices.  There's a Habitica challenge on some random guild I found for "Fight[ing] the Lagiacrus," in which I get "hits" or "evade attacks" based on how many instances I give in to or resist unhealthy food temptations.  I've had habitica for a while, but keep falling in and out of the habit.  Hopefully this will last me for at least he next 3 weeks.  It's fun so far
  • I'm also starting food prep again.  Mostly, just dumping overnight oats ingredients in a jar before bed.  And I have graduated to cooking with a Foreman Grill thing, so I cooked up a bunch of chicken this last weekend that I've been munching off of with leftover rice and veggies.

 

Environmental score:

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  • Dailies:  7/12
    • I've done dishes like 3 days this week, but I'm not really making many dishes.  
      • Actually, I am, I'm just taking them with me to work and leaving them there, so I am doing dishes daily, but just not at home.
    • I have de-cluttered, let's say 3 times this week, to be generous.  Ok, so it took me 2 days for that first section of de-cluttering.  But yesterday I de-cluttered my bedroom, which was just a bunch of clothes I had folded, but wan't 'feeling it' to put them away for some reason.  And I found some awesome sewing magazines under all that with some files I had been looking for longer than I care to mention.
  • Weekend: Has not happened, but I am making a bit of a change to this.  I have split each weekend chore up into 7 more manageable-looking tasks, one to be done each day with my daily chores. 
    • We'll see if this pans out any better.
  • Extra Credit: 1. 

I have read 1 chapter of mogwai training so far and have learned what the rest of the book will be about . . . .

 

Ultimately, feeling good with how this week went.  

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IT sounds like you are on a good track. I think its great you are getting somewhere with the decluttering, even if its not as fast as you like.

I am glad the Habitica is working for you. I have heard multiple people mention it, but I haven't really looked into it much. Hopefully it keeps you engaged enough to finish this challenge.

Keep up the good work.

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So my challenges are on hold until further notice that little tweak in my next has exploded and I haven't been able to move from my shoulders up.

I have a dr appt coming up to see what I can do to fix it, but cardio and strengthening has been a no go

I have, oddly enough, lost weight this last week! Toeing that obesity defining line again I am trying to pick healthy options over delicious junk, but I've not really tracked anything.

I'm still trying to keep up with declutter and dishes, but I just can't manage my "big" cleaning chores.

And I've just neglected my headspace app. No excuse there

 

 

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Are you feeling any better?
Thank you. I am feeling better.
Still restricted in movement a lot, which lends a great excuse to let everything go :/
So I'm just letting myself get careless and lazy until I figure stuff out with my dr.
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