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4 hours ago, Lou_be_Lou said:

I'm here!

I've turned up!

 

Woot!

 

4 hours ago, Lou_be_Lou said:

What next?

 

Next you turn up again tomorrow.

 

What one action would make a big quality of life difference for you?

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On 13/03/2018 at 3:18 PM, sarakingdom said:

 

Woot!

 

 

Next you turn up again tomorrow.

 

What one action would make a big quality of life difference for you?

 

Ha ha, I love the "next you turn up again tomorrow" option. 

Wow though, straight in with the big guns with your question.....  Yep, that has flummoxed me...  I'll get back to you with that one.

 

7 minutes ago, Mistr said:

Hitting something is always nice in a Monk challenge. Or you could work on ninja moves. What's next in your training?

Yes please to hitting things.  Jujitsu has been all about other folks gradings this fortnight, so hitting things would be a good change from getting to be a crash test dummy.

 

Again, needing to do some thinking here.

 

My current rather vague (where vague never feels especially good) thinking is that I'm feeling much better as I slowly increase my fitness.  So I want to keep slowly getting moving.  I'm also being weird at the moment with achievemently goals, have been committing acts of self sabotage.  Not healthy, also not very normal for me.   Ah well.

 

Turning up without massive expectations has worked so far this year.  Means I get to enjoy moving, means I remember that I do enjoy moving, and avoids me stressing out.

But some kind of hitting thing goal sounds like fun.  I've missed doing bag work, I've missed doing kicking practise.  Sounds like the start of a cunning plan to me........

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17 hours ago, Lou_be_Lou said:

Ha ha, I love the "next you turn up again tomorrow" option. 

Wow though, straight in with the big guns with your question.....  Yep, that has flummoxed me...  I'll get back to you with that one.

 

Hey, turning up again tomorrow is the next step of every possible challenge. You can do that, secure in the knowledge that you have done the one best thing you could possibly do next. :)

 

I'm seeing two big things here: fitness through hitting and kicking, and some sort of mindfulness on the self-sabotage thing. 

 

In other words, Wee Dangerous Lou, ye've already got the fightin' an' the stealin' o' information (which isnae as much fun as coos, I admit, but is aye useful), and are two-thirds o' the way tae a Nac Mac Feegle challenge. The lyin' isnae mandatory, but the drinkin' is. Ye canna be a Feegle without the drinkin'. We're famous for it.

 

Jist sayin'. ;)

 

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On 3/13/2018 at 6:32 AM, Lou_be_Lou said:

I'm here!

I've turned up!

 

What next?

 

 

 

*waves*

 

I vote try not to vanish. But I’m bad at vanishing so I can’t really tal- *poof*

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On 3/16/2018 at 5:43 PM, Lou_be_Lou said:

My current rather vague (where vague never feels especially good) thinking is that I'm feeling much better as I slowly increase my fitness.  So I want to keep slowly getting moving.  I'm also being weird at the moment with achievemently goals, have been committing acts of self sabotage.  Not healthy, also not very normal for me.   Ah well.

 

Hey, I'm all about taking that time these days. One more step run, one more pound lifted, one more minute fighting. Slow increases are sustainable and let you sneak up on your fitness goals as opposed to hard-charging and getting burned.

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On 17/03/2018 at 3:31 PM, sarakingdom said:

 

Hey, turning up again tomorrow is the next step of every possible challenge. You can do that, secure in the knowledge that you have done the one best thing you could possibly do next. :)

 

I'm seeing two big things here: fitness through hitting and kicking, and some sort of mindfulness on the self-sabotage thing. 

 

In other words, Wee Dangerous Lou, ye've already got the fightin' an' the stealin' o' information (which isnae as much fun as coos, I admit, but is aye useful), and are two-thirds o' the way tae a Nac Mac Feegle challenge. The lyin' isnae mandatory, but the drinkin' is. Ye canna be a Feegle without the drinkin'. We're famous for it.

 

Jist sayin'. ;)

 

Oh yes, to turnin' up agin tomorroa

Liking the hittin' an' the kickin', plannin' on doin' some o that.

The mandatory drinkin' hmmmmmmm, me an the special sheep liniment, we're not best friends the mo. I'm a wee bit-i-bit a feared that the feegles will disprove...... but it means more special sheep liniment for them.....  thinking of the herbal tea of an evening.  Will help with only indulging in the sheep liniment twice a week.

 

 

On 17/03/2018 at 5:35 PM, Teirin said:

Music goal maybe?  You've mentioned that music seems to be a pre-requisite for other things going well?

Absolutely!  While avoiding the challenge turning into doing all of the things.....

 

On 18/03/2018 at 5:44 PM, RisenPhoenix said:

 

*waves*

 

I vote try not to vanish. But I’m bad at vanishing so I can’t really tal- *poof*

Ha ha, yes, this, absolutel*

On 18/03/2018 at 10:48 PM, Kishi said:

 

Hey, I'm all about taking that time these days. One more step run, one more pound lifted, one more minute fighting. Slow increases are sustainable and let you sneak up on your fitness goals as opposed to hard-charging and getting burned.

Yes, yes, yes and yes.  But wow, this is challenging headology.  I still want to do all of the things all of the time.  But yes, when I try to, I certainly get burned.  Crispy and well done on all sides and needing to have a wee spell of bed rest to recover.  That is to be avoided if at all possible. 

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All righty - thinking time is over, underpants are collected, special sheep liniment is locked in the cupboard.

 

I think I have quite a few goals this time.  So much for keeping it simple stoopid.

1) Turn up (and turn up again tomorrow) - I just need to keep some momentum going here, having started moving again, I want to keep moving.

Kinds of exercise that are included: kickboxing (sub challenge - at kb I'm aiming for flow and connection between the moves, while still keeping precision and crispness, this is making training way more fun) and jujitsu training, running, walking, yoga, swimming.

Definitely not all of these in one week - pick and mix from the list according to other commitments.

Minimum spend = three chunks of exercise.  Anything above that = bonus.  Going all out and neglecting to have any rest days = nil poi!

 

2) Body self care - these are less optional than turning up -

morning back exercises at least 4 x per week - they only take about 12 minutes and make such a difference to how I feel.

GMB stress busting routine - I'm just starting to play with this, and so far I like it, 2 or more times a week, and see how it goes.

 

3) NAC MAC FEEGLE!!!!  Wee dangerous Lou

Inspired by SaraKingdom

"ye've already got the fightin' an' the stealin' o' information (which isnae as much fun as coos, I admit, but is aye useful), and are two-thirds o' the way tae a Nac Mac Feegle challenge. The lyin' isnae mandatory, but the drinkin' is. Ye canna be a Feegle without the drinkin'. We're famous for it."

 

the fightin' = once a week, at home, diy kickboxing training, to include either a lot of kicking, or intervals on the heavy bag.

the stealin' o' information = noticing moments of self sabotage.......  trying to minimise them..... (classic one yesterday - was booked in with a lunchtime run with friends, nope, left my running kit in its bag, on my kitchen floor - DUH)

the drinkin' = herbal tea in the evening, so I avoid the special sheep liniment (not completely, just saving it for two nights a week).

 

4) Play that bass - needs to happen most days (where most days = 5-6 days a week).

Bonus points = contacting friends about playing music, being proactive about playing the music I most enjoy, rather than stressed by playing things other folk want me to.

 

5) the Anti-NAC-MAC-FEEGLE = eat loads of vegetables.

Just eat them.  Cook them, eat them, cover them with herbs and spices, and consume.

 

6) New underpants collection to start:

Sarakingdom asked a hard question at the start of this challenge:

What one action would make a big quality of life difference for you?"

I haven't spotted it yet.  But it made me think about what is irritating/sub-optimal right now.  And most of it is that I'm stressed.  Lots of nagging undone bits and pieces, but also big ones, like my current contract only running until late october, and getting it extended to there from the end of this month seems to have involved squeezing all of the residual oil out of a rag.  There may be big changes coming......  Somehow in the next 7 months this needs to feel like an exciting opportunity for new adventures.  So I just want to quietly contemplate stress reduction and see what I can do to help myself.  Not adding any more pressure, but just skirting gently around the edges of some fairly scary possibilities.

 

PHEW!  For simplification - most of this is still: turn up, do it, do it again.  Build those habits.

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Reporting in: while I remember.....

So far:

Bass played - both days.

Morning back care = both days.

Turning up = lunchtime walk monday, jujitsu today.

Veges = loads both days

Feegle = classic self sabotage on monday by leaving running gear at home ...... , just finished drinkin' 'erb tea.

 

Good start.  Now I just need to do it again.

Off to do GMB anti-stress thingie before bed.

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They're great goals, but there's ten of them when you unpack all the parts. Can you make there be only five for this challenge? (Three would be better, but I'm trying not to get crazy here.) :)

 

I'd steal your veg (ship food is like ships, right?), and leave the self sabotage. Partly because I'm not sure that's what it is, and framing it that way is probably more self critical than is helpful. Forgetting stuff is just being forgetful. Or distracted. Or something. I'd argue self sabotage takes conscious choice. Probably better to work on other things and see if being distracted is caused by concrete lifestyle things. Turning up shouldn't be an extra goal, too. Keep it simpler. Is your head in the game? Have you disappeared from NF? Are you here? That's it. Don't use it to load an extra exercise goal on to your list of ten.

 

There's a reason I asked what one thing would improve the quality of life, and not what you'd like to do. What you'd like to do is a comparison to you at your best, or your ideal. But the beginning of a challenge doesn't have guarantees that that's where you are. You might be regaining lost ground, or dealing with injury or life things. You can't go from there to doing everything you'd like to. But you can pick off the one or two things that most move the needle from where you are now. Out of these ten things, which one or two most move the needle? And if there's no answer, pick a random two that are good basics. But don't respond to stress and self criticism with a ten item challenge. :)

 

(This is why I'm a fan of the Feegle challenge. There are three to four slots, and that's my limit. Your tea/relaxation habit, your veg habit, one fitness goal. Boom, there's a full challenge addressing stress, fitness, and diet. You can do the rest next time, when you've got these three locked down.)

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10 hours ago, sarakingdom said:

They're great goals, but there's ten of them when you unpack all the parts. Can you make there be only five for this challenge? (Three would be better, but I'm trying not to get crazy here.) :)

 

 

Ah no, so my plan to hide the complications of the challenge have completely failed!  DUH!

The good news is that I had a technique and bag session at home this morning - first diy kickboxing for a long time.  I had forgotten (true story), just how much fun sessions like this are.  I loved it.  And I love my heavy bag.  Must play more with the heavy bag (self sabotage avoidance, I'm going to buy bag gloves so I don't do my classic of using the heavy bag, then forgetting gloves for training, historically, this is a thing).  Hmmmmmm, I'm spotting a theme, self sabotage may simply be absent mindedness......  I know about this, I did once manage to lose my car for 3 days, turned out I had walked past it multiple times each day......  Dearie dearie me.  Generally if I can make things very routine, then I'm less likely to forget them. 

 

I'm also feeling good after doing evening and morning self care gentle exercises as well.

 

Later today you'll be hearing back from me with the revised cunning plan.  Hmmmmmmm.

 

Still contemplating the improved quality of life thing, and I think decreasing my stress would be amazing.  That one certainly needs a cunning plan.  Some of it has started, stupid things, like hanging my dressing gown up on a coat hanger (vs drapped on end of bed) actually makes me less stressy every time i'm in the bed room.  But yep, if little things like that are making a difference then i'm closer to a bad stress threshold than I'ld like.  And I like exercise as a stress insulation/buster.  Thats even before heavy bag plus creative visualisation....

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So, Sarakingdom pointed out that if I'm trying to decrease stress, then a camoflaged (ok, that is spelt wrong, but I cannae be bothered fixin' it) 10 point challenge isnae the way to go.

 

I did say bad words when she pointed this out.  Much as I hate to admit it she is right.

So, revised challenge:

turn up, do it, do it again.  Build those habits.

 

1) Turn up (and turn up again tomorrow) - I just need to keep some momentum going here, having started moving again, I want to keep moving.

Kinds of exercise that are included: kickboxing and jujitsu training, running, yoga, swimming, diy kickboxing training (including playing with my heavy bag).

Definitely not all of these in one week - pick and mix from the list according to other commitments.

Minimum spend = three chunks of exercise per week.  Anything above that = bonus.  Going all out and neglecting to have any rest days = nil poi!

 

2)  Self care

morning back exercises at least 4 x per week - they only take about 12 minutes and make such a difference to how I feel.

GMB stress busting routine - I'm just starting to play with this, and so far I like it, 2 or more times a week, and see how it goes.

Play that bass - to paraphrase Treva-sings, I feel far more human with this than without.

 

3) Nac Mac Feegle inspired:  Eat the ship fud (aka veges) and drinkin (herb tea).

 

All good.

 

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Aye, tis a guid challenge. It has ship food an' drinkin' and fightin'. And it's only three items long. Ye can count it with yer old Yan Tan Tethera.

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Good for you identifying things you want to do, then pruning your goals down to three things.

 

Kicking a heavy bag sounds like a great way to reduce stress. I've found that having one or two rooms in the house with no clutter makes a big difference. It does not matter what is stashed in the closet, if the surfaces are clear, it is restful to my brain. That used to be the bathroom in our house before Elf moved in. Doing the self-care makes a lot of sense.

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