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I always think "I want to do a cool themed challenge, but I just don't have a good idea for a theme." I overlooked the obvious, Ninjas!

 

I've realized (with some help) I need a good goal to work towards, something to help drive me. I can't take a martial arts class for the time being, BUT being a ninja is not just about the martial aspect!  I'm going to do a challenge that will help me be a better ninja. (No, I'm not quitting my day job anytime soon.)
 


Ninja Climbing

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Ninjas, on occasion ;) , have to get into places without using doors or gates. Teamwork is awesome, but I don't usually travel with a squad. Plus, climbing is fun. I'd love to have a gym closer than 2.5 hours. I'm at the beginning, so any strength I gain or weight I lose is gonna be beneficial. But it's more motivating if I remember I'm doing it to be a better climber, instead of just to not be fat. I especially need to work on my upper body and back because they're weaker, but my core and bottom aren't far behind. Rather than have a specific movement goal I just need to work. I will strength train twice a week, at home or at the fitness center. It's looking more and more like it'll be at home.

Ninja Evenings
When I wake up in the morning, I want to feel like this: 71SGVtWfwqL._SY463_.jpgNot this: Upside_Down_Turtle.jpg     (though maybe not as angry as Ralph, js..)

 

Ninja's get gobs of stuff accomplished each day. In order to do that, they have to establish some form of routine to be prepared. I have been focusing solely on my morning routine. Every time I get it established my lack of sleep screws it up. I need to establish a good evening routine that will help me ease into bedtime as well as help me be adequately prepared for the next day.  I'm hoping that an evening routine will not only help me be more prepared but also help get Turtle (my puppy) into a routine that lets me sleep through the night. Because these 4 am potty breaks are getting old. Especially since when we go outside, he gets distracted by deer, doesn't pee, and then goes back in the house, only to remember, once I'm under the covers, that he still has to pee, and we have to do it all again. :uncomfortableness: << not my amused face   Contrary to popular belief, Ninjas need sleep. Even the 4 legged ones.

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I'm not sure what all I need to do in my routine. I know I need to do the basics, lay out tomorrow's clothes, lay out tomorrow's food, fill up my water bottles for the next day, and brush my teeth.   I think I'm going to take the dog out whether he has to go or not. Maybe even a short walk?  We walk when I get home from work. I don't want to have to crate him at night, but that may end up being the best way to build that habit for him. I want to try walking at night, first. The problem is, a walk, especially when it's this cold gets both of us out of sleepy mode, and to be honest, he's better at going to bed early than I am, and he tries to get me to go. Maybe I need to look at what time he decides we should go to bed. That might be the bedtime I need. lol
So for the next few days, I'm going to track what I do in the evenings.
Oh, except tomorrow I leave to go to my bf's. So tonight I'll track it, and I'm going to look up other people's routines. I think Tim Ferriss(sp?) has some interviews with people about morning and evening routines. If nothing else, I can start with the basics and see what happens. I will set an alarm for 9:45. I will lay out my food and clothes for the next day. I'll walk Turtle for about 10 minutes.

 

Ninja Balance

It's pretty common knowledge that ninjas need good balance.

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My balance isn't terrible, but it's not prodigious.  I'm sure it's gotten worse in the last year or so since I have rarely even stood on one foot, let alone held a kick or even stood in tree pose for more than a couple seconds. I love the warrior poses and would be thrilled if I could do flying warrior:

fly.jpg I think it's feasible for me. Maybe. But I need to start with a more attainable goal.

 

I need to work on my Warrior 3:

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I can do it but not well, steadily or for very long. So for this challenge, I'm going to work on improving it. I plan to use the warrior warm-up flow from here: http://www.athleta.net/2010/03/29/the-5-warrior-warm-up/  I used to lead part of our TKD group in this before we started class. It will be a good way to focus on the details of each pose really well.
Warrior work at least twice a week. Tree pose at least once a day, 6 days a week.

 

Ninja Lair

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I have 3 beds. I live alone, and I very rarely have more than one visitor at a time. I also have 2 air mattresses just in case I was to get more visitors. I am going to get rid of the bed in my extra room and turn it into my workout escape room. No puppies or children allowed. :) Okay, maybe the girls. Especially if I get rings or a yoga trapeze. Getting rid of the bed is step one. That will happen before the end of the challenge. Shouldn't be too hard, I'm giving it away.

 

In Summary:

1. Strength training 2x/week

2. Begin a basic evening routine every night at 9:45

3. Practice the warrior flow 2x/week.

4. Get the extra bed out of the way.

 

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45 minutes ago, Teirin said:

Hello!  That 5 Warrior warm up is nice!

 

 

Hi!

Isn't it? I loved it. I can't believe I forgot about it.  Fallen Warrior was such a good stretch and when I found this flow, I'd never heard of that pose.

 

55 minutes ago, Teirin said:

I am now picturing you sneaking up on misbehaving park guests.

I googled ninja park ranger. It could've been funnier but I wasn't completely disappointed. :) 

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Also, I learned one of the black power rangers was named Adam Park. 

 

On 2/9/2018 at 11:30 PM, PinkNinja said:

I have to decide if I want a barbel and a couple plates or an air fryer for Valentine's day

FYI, for anyone that may be curious, he found a 110 lb barbell & Dumbbell set and decided that'd be what I really wanted. :D I'm stoked.

 

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On 2/5/2018 at 5:34 PM, PinkNinja said:

Oh, except tomorrow I leave to go to my bf's. So tonight I'll track it, and I'm going to look up other people's routines. I think Tim Ferriss(sp?) has some interviews with people about morning and evening routines.

 

The neat thing about Ferriss is that if you want an interview, odds are he's probably conducted it at some point. He's really big on talking to High Performers, and High Performers love to talk for their part, so.

 

On 2/5/2018 at 5:34 PM, PinkNinja said:

Ninja Lair

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I have 3 beds. I live alone, and I very rarely have more than one visitor at a time. I also have 2 air mattresses just in case I was to get more visitors. I am going to get rid of the bed in my extra room and turn it into my workout escape room. No puppies or children allowed. :) Okay, maybe the girls. Especially if I get rings or a yoga trapeze. Getting rid of the bed is step one. That will happen before the end of the challenge. Shouldn't be too hard, I'm giving it away.

 

Oh, I feel this one. Right now my apartment is crowded with a stack of boxes. I'm working on getting rid of lots of stuff too, so it'll be good to know that this isn't something I'm working on alone. :)

 

11 hours ago, PinkNinja said:

FYI, for anyone that may be curious, he found a 110 lb barbell & Dumbbell set and decided that'd be what I really wanted. :D I'm stoked.

 

HE'S A KEEPER I TELLS YA. A KEEPER

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I was just listening to a podcast yesterday that pointed out that they should technically be the Teenage Mutant Ninja Tortoises (as tortoises have feet, and turtles don't.)

 

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Let me tell you, that shook the foundations of my life. I'm not sure what to do with myself. 

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14 hours ago, Happienumber said:

I was just listening to a podcast yesterday that pointed out that they should technically be the Teenage Mutant Ninja Tortoises (as tortoises have feet, and turtles don't.)

Let me tell you, that shook the foundations of my life. I'm not sure what to do with myself. 

 

Well if it helps you put your world back right, that's not accurate.

As far as the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists(&others) is concerned, tortoises and terrapins are both a type of turtle. Colloquially, it varies based on several factors. In some places, the term turtle is used for catch-all and in others, tortoise is a catch-all. In some, it's based on terrestrial vs aquatic dwelling. In others, people may use the feet vs flipper rule. If it's a reptile and has a shell, it's in the order Chelonia, which herpetologists consider turtles. It's like 250ish species.

All tortoises are turtles but not all turtles are tortoises.

Bottom line, they are Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles whether they are tortoises are not.
I have had that discussion with people at work almost as many times as I have had the discussion about how toads are a type of frog and moss not growing only on the North side of a tree. :) Usually, it's not cool enough to include the TMNT, though.

 

15 hours ago, Happienumber said:

your puppy's name is turtle? I dig it.

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Thanks! His father was my dog, Boudreaux.If he was left unattended outside, Boudreaux would collect turtles. He had a small pit dug where he'd deposit any that crossed his path. Then he'd lay beside the pit and watch them excitedly. If one got out, he'd let it go until it was almost where he couldn't reach it, then he'd grab it and set it back in the pit. 
He lives with my parents now. When I first visited after the puppies were born, he picked up one and brought it to me. He acted just like he did with the turtles.  Every time I visited, he brought me the same one. So I brought it home and named it Turtle. :) Not that you asked, but I love my doggies, including talking about them. lol

 

15 hours ago, Happienumber said:

Awesome challenge! Can't wait to see how it goes

Thanks!

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That's some serious balance work you got going. I'm mostly happy I can do my Kung Fu 'crane stance arms out' (one knee at waist-height, arms straight out to the sides) for 120 seconds, mostly without falling... dunno if I'm ready for that level of zen! =)

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Today was a pretty good day. I got rid of the bed! 

I found a deal that will let me save $100/month on the Nutrisystem food. I did tree pose while I waited on interviewees, two were no shows, so I didn't do it the WHOLE time. :) I started cleaning the room that had the bed in it and will start creating my training space.

We were missing an asset at work and it was found today, making my work life easier. I'm still behind, though. I'm trying to catch up without working extra. It's hard because I have one employee that is CONSTANTLY interrupting me. He can't wait on answers, sometimes on that aren't even his business! I have a hard enough time focusing with the phone ringing and regular office stuff, but lately, he's in there at least every 15 minutes. And I'm not exaggerating. (Sorry, rant over)

I found out NorthFace's warranty may cover repair or replacement of my favorite backpacking pack. They don't make it anymore, so I hope they repair it. I've been waiting 3 weeks on an answer about it & got a response today. I know that's not really challenge related, but it really helped make my day.

My sister asked me to perform her wedding ceremony. So that's pretty cool, even it's driving Mom nuts. She's getting married March 17th, here in the park. She wants me to wear skinny jeans. :o I'm going to have to try hard to lose more weight. Her first wedding was in May and it was super hot. Her second one was in January and was really cold. Third time's a charm, right? Maybe it'll be perfect weather.

 

I'm going to work in my future gym tomorrow for at least 40 minutes. I'm also going to work on laundry and do the warrior warm up.

 

 

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Sounds like you managed to tally a lot in the 'W' column yesterday. Kudos! Nicely done. Monetary wins are happy wins.

 

I hope that employee manages to learn to stand on his own two feet and find answers for himself rather than having to come to you. I have no idea how to manage that... given that I've been that employee. The only thing I can say is that for me, it was just a matter of time and feeling a sense of agency, you know, being comfy with making mistakes and such. I hope he gets there for you sooner rather than later.

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31 minutes ago, Kishi said:

Sounds like you managed to tally a lot in the 'W' column yesterday. Kudos! Nicely done. Monetary wins are happy wins.

 

I hope that employee manages to learn to stand on his own two feet and find answers for himself rather than having to come to you. I have no idea how to manage that... given that I've been that employee. The only thing I can say is that for me, it was just a matter of time and feeling a sense of agency, you know, being comfy with making mistakes and such. I hope he gets there for you sooner rather than later.

That's not quite the situation. He is bad about doing things without getting approval. Including purchasing stuff that has landed my boss & I in hot water (mostly my boss). 
The things that he comes in my office for sometimes aren't even questions. He just left after coming to complain to me that housekeeping is leaving the heat turned up too high in the cabins when they clean them. He was in here at 8:15 to ask me if the interpreter had started soliciting donations for the fishing derby. He was back by 8:45 to show me what he got for Valentine's day and to gripe that the marina doesn't have all the boats out of the water and he "ain't getting them repaired anymore if they can't do what they're supposed to". 
He's the maintenance supervisor.  NOTHING he has come to me about so far today had anything to do with the list of stuff his crew is supposed to get done this week. Yet, he'll tell contractors that they don't have to pour concrete according to plans, tell vendors they can make repairs or service calls without purchasing documents in place, and calling fiscal asset management in our main office to tell them I'm wrong and we're not missing a weedeater because it never existed despite me having a photo of it.(that's the missing asset we found btw,so yeah..) I don't know if you remember me complaining about the contractor that wouldn't listen to me, but this is the employee he kept going to instead of me. He never considers the possibility that he's wrong, even when he knows nothing about what he's doing.  Sometimes he comes in here because he didn't listen the first three times when I asked him to do something a certain way. I tried writing it out, but he loses it, sometimes before he gets out the door.
When it is stuff relevant to his job, it's because he's scatterbrained. He'll have to come back and ask stuff 4 or 5 times before he even gets out of the building. He just called because when he was here griping about the boats he forgot to ask me to sign the PR he came in for.
*sigh* He's a great guy, but he drives me nuts. I made him go to the purchasing training last week because of some of the problems with that. I have a formal agreement with him for things like doing a work schedule for his department, completing a monthly maintenance report, and several other things.  I don't want to ride him too much because he's one of the few employees here that seems to genuinely care and try to go the extra mile. I set aside 2 times a week for us to have meetings, the beginning and end of his week. He's the only department manager I do that with. I'm trying to get the others on board, but one hates me and the other is ambivalent because she's retiring, so,  at least he's not like that. I think when the new maintenance shop is finished and he can move into his own office, it might be a little better. He'll have a space to be organized in and won't hang out in my office. Maybe.
Sorry, that kind of turned into a rant. 

But yes, yesterday was mostly a win. :) Today has been pretty good, too.

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On 2/12/2018 at 2:18 PM, PinkNinja said:

Well if it helps you put your world back right, that's not accurate.

As far as the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists(&others) is concerned, tortoises and terrapins are both a type of turtle. Colloquially, it varies based on several factors. In some places, the term turtle is used for catch-all and in others, tortoise is a catch-all. In some, it's based on terrestrial vs aquatic dwelling. In others, people may use the feet vs flipper rule. If it's a reptile and has a shell, it's in the order Chelonia, which herpetologists consider turtles. It's like 250ish species.

All tortoises are turtles but not all turtles are tortoises.

Bottom line, they are Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles whether they are tortoises are not.
I have had that discussion with people at work almost as many times as I have had the discussion about how toads are a type of frog and moss not growing only on the North side of a tree. :) Usually, it's not cool enough to include the TMNT, though.

 

Thanks! His father was my dog, Boudreaux.If he was left unattended outside, Boudreaux would collect turtles. He had a small pit dug where he'd deposit any that crossed his path. Then he'd lay beside the pit and watch them excitedly. If one got out, he'd let it go until it was almost where he couldn't reach it, then he'd grab it and set it back in the pit. 
He lives with my parents now. When I first visited after the puppies were born, he picked up one and brought it to me. He acted just like he did with the turtles.  Every time I visited, he brought me the same one. So I brought it home and named it Turtle. :) Not that you asked, but I love my doggies, including talking about them. lol

 

Thanks!

 

OH MY GOD that really does put my world right again. Accuracy! and I don't have to autocorrect in my head for the rest of my life!! 

 

And that is the cutest thing ever!!! He was colelcting his own pets! That dog was a herpetologist himself.

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12 hours ago, Happienumber said:

And ayyyyy......that coworker sounds like a nightmare....

Part of the problem is he thinks he's a coworker and not my employee. He's always trying to go around me rather than through me.

Yesterday was my day off and he kept trying to bug me. HE CAME TO MY HOUSE(granted, I live in the park, but still) to ask if I'd gotten his email asking about something that was NOT time sensitive. 

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When do you guys do performance reviews? Sounds like he could use a mix of effusive praise for being dedicated, and some dings for the way he treats his boss. When it's in writing, he may realize you're his boss.

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1 minute ago, sarakingdom said:

When do you guys do performance reviews? Sounds like he could use a mix of effusive praise for being dedicated, and some dings for the way he treats his boss. When it's in writing, he may realize you're his boss.

I did his last year.  I addressed a lot of this in the performance review. It got better for about a month. Then after a month or so of back sliding, we had a meeting where we did a written formal agreement on lots of it. Once I get budget finished next week, it's time to start on his PE again. I plan on addressing it again, and  it will have to lower his score. If I lower it, it will be below the threshold for merit bonus. I hope that drives the point home without completely shutting him down.

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I did the warrior warm up yesterday. I didn't do anything Wednesday. I got home from work with a killer headache.
Unless you count moving all of my new weights into the house, I didn't do any strength work either. I'm really falling short on yoga and strength this week. I am getting the barebones of an evening routine down though. I like it. I had my socks, my under shirt, and my boots all laid out. Had my brass all pinned on my uniform and even had my pen in the pocket. lol I had most of my food laid out and my snacks ready to go. I don't have dinner laid out because mom may or may not come eat dinner with me tonight. I got stuff to do what counts as a flex meal for me but is still healthy for her. Dad's working out of town for the next six weeks, so she wants to come workout and eat with me more. She may.  But I have the stuff for that together and ready. If she doesn't come, I have what I'll make for dinner picked out, just not thawing out.

My boss and I met this morning. Apparently, his boss thinks I'm doing the same thing to my boss as my employee is to me, that I'm taking over and running everything, that I don't copy my boss on emails to the main office, etc. My boss is blowing it off, mostly because he knows that he tells me to send those emails, which I do copy him on. The email that dude used as an example actually had my boss copied on it. The reply was addressed to me, as in it started with my name, but was copied to my boss. Our meeting pretty much ended with me being sick of work and my boss telling me to relax, I'm good at it and to not let asshats run me off. Then commenting that he "learned 'asshat' from me, so see, I teach him lots of new things".
He hates email. He's old school and his inbox is usually so full that stuff doesn't go through, sending or receiving. I type 10x faster than him. My inbox says managed. And I am better at writing. So it's easier for him to ask me to send emails. Sometimes people email me directly because they know that I'll get it and respond. I always ask him, if it's something that I should, and I usually reply to him. Urgh> Anyway. I feel like I've spent more time griping about work than on my challenge. :( Sorry.
I made progress in my extra room/future gym. I need to purge and organize craft stuff.  I am going to contain it all to one side of the closet and to all but two drawers of my desk. I think that I will start working on that for my 20 minutes of long term cleaning every day. If it wasn't budget time at work, I'd just take off Saturday while mom is supposed to be here and get that done. But I am behind and I have the whole weekend free from frustrating people.

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