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Feels a bit abrupt to drop back into the NF forums after being away so long, like :poof: I’m baaaack!  :) I’m hanging out with the Adventurers for awhile (my previous couple years’ worth of challenges were done as a Ranger).  It has been so long since I’ve been active, and my entire life/routine/body has changed so much in the past two years, that I have no idea what type of activity/lifestyle I’m into now.  So, for now, I walk, I hike, I eat a mostly healthy diet that doesn’t fit into any particular category (mostly working on dialing down my sugar consumption without reawakening my disordered eating dragon who has been kept meekly at bay for 4 years now), and I work on my mental health (a host of other dragons).

 

I’m a bit late in posting, but I started my challenge right on time on May 28.  I’m easing back into the NF challenge arena with a simple challenge based on streaks.  My challenge is intentionally gentle at this early stage. I am 6 months postpartum with my first (and only!) little, and it's been quite a ride so far.  I am struggling with postpartum depression and anxiety as well as new variations of old body image issues.  I am also pursuing a promotion (with a big increase in responsibility) at work, so I’m stretched to the point where it’s still manageable but I know I can’t add too much more to my plate.  While I do have long-term goals for my weight and health markers, I am also working on being gentle with myself at this early stage as I ease back into the mechanisms of a NF challenge in my new postpartum reality.

 

The Streaks:  @=completed, X=missed, :star:=gold star day

 

[Nutrition] Eat a vegetable with two meals every day.  Gold Star if I manage to find a way to make vegetables palatable for breakfast.

Week 1 - @@@@@:star:@

Week 2 - @@@X@@@

Week 3 -@@@@@@X

Week 4 - @@@X@@@

 

[Health] Drink two of my big stainless water bottles full of water every day.  Gold Star if I manage three full bottles in a day.

Week 1 - XX@X@@X

Week 2 - @@:star:@XX@

Week 3 -XX@X@@@

Week 4 - XX@X@@X

 

[Fitness] Walk for 15 minutes every day.  Gold Star if I walk for 30 minutes in a day (can be broken into multiple walks).

Week 1 - XX@XXX

Week 2 - XXXXXXX

Week 3 - XXXXXXX

Week 4 - XXXXXXX

 

[Life] Write something, anything, for 15 minutes every day.  Gold Star if I write for 30 minutes in a day (can be broken into multiple sessions).   

Week 1 - XXX@@X

Week 2 - XX@@XXX

Week 3 - XXXXX@X

Week 4 - XX@XX@X

 

One-off PowerUps:   :love_heart:=complete

Call new therapist and make an appointment. :love_heart:

Go to first therapy appointment and make a decision about whether or not to continue. :love_heart:

Set up auto-pay for my June bills BEFORE the late notifications appear (a new problem for me due to new-mom fatigue and forgetfulness). 

Get the new plants put into the garden before they all die of dehydration in their little pots. :love_heart:

Go to my local Pride festival in June. :love_heart: (happy day!  Last minute schedule change meant we could go!)

Spend legit hang-out time with a friend. :love_heart:

 

My challenge retrospective post will tally number and length of streaks, and number of Gold Stars and PowerUps obtained.  Will update the streaks in this post, and will share progress reports in the thread below.

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Welcome back. I like the structure of your tracking for the purposes of the forums. Congrats on the little one, and may the Force be with you in your pursuit of the promotion!

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Adventurer, Half-Dwarf Chaotic-Good Paladin

Ne me dites jamais les chances!  ¡Nunca me digas las probabilidades!

Character Sheet Training Logs Challenges Prepping for Adventure PrepAdventure Prep Fall BabyWhen Are We Again, Anyway?WhirlwindThe Leaf's LocusHarnessing Hamingja New Roots More Beginnings, More Roots Cleaning Up Facing The Hailstorm Yo Ho Yo The... Keto Life For Me? Taming the Beast Another Step Towards the Future Baking, Suburban Homesteading, and Health, The Adventurers of the Lucky Vale IIIIIIIVVVI, VII VIIIIX

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Perennial goals: Sleep 7+ hours a night, retain (and continue to learn) French and Spanish as a family, increase Spanish Proficiency for work and play,  read like a maniac on my own and with my kids, carry heavy stuff

Long term goals: Cut to 13-15% bodyfat, And now that I'm grown I eat five dozen eggs, so I'm roughly the size of a baaaaarge! -> Someday I'll challenge a Disney world Gaston to a push up contest and win

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1 hour ago, Thilde said:

Update: Heading into my first appointment with new therapist right now.  I am exceedingly anxious about it.  Wish me luck.  

 

Best of luck! 

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Adventurer, Half-Dwarf Chaotic-Good Paladin

Ne me dites jamais les chances!  ¡Nunca me digas las probabilidades!

Character Sheet Training Logs Challenges Prepping for Adventure PrepAdventure Prep Fall BabyWhen Are We Again, Anyway?WhirlwindThe Leaf's LocusHarnessing Hamingja New Roots More Beginnings, More Roots Cleaning Up Facing The Hailstorm Yo Ho Yo The... Keto Life For Me? Taming the Beast Another Step Towards the Future Baking, Suburban Homesteading, and Health, The Adventurers of the Lucky Vale IIIIIIIVVVI, VII VIIIIX

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Perennial goals: Sleep 7+ hours a night, retain (and continue to learn) French and Spanish as a family, increase Spanish Proficiency for work and play,  read like a maniac on my own and with my kids, carry heavy stuff

Long term goals: Cut to 13-15% bodyfat, And now that I'm grown I eat five dozen eggs, so I'm roughly the size of a baaaaarge! -> Someday I'll challenge a Disney world Gaston to a push up contest and win

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Hurrah for your challenge! I've been keeping an eye out.

 

We can do this. We may not do it perfectly. Our score cards may record misses. We may have to change our best laid plans along the way when reality comes and taps us on the shoulder. But all of those things? We can get ahead of where we started. And that's progress.

 

*fistbump*

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The Wye/Dean, UK

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15 hours ago, Thilde said:

Gold Star if I manage to find a way to make vegetables palatable for breakfast.

 

What do you normally like to ear for breakfast? and What types of veggies do you like to eat in general? We might have some good ideas for you!

 

 

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7 hours ago, Leigh said:

 

What do you normally like to ear for breakfast? and What types of veggies do you like to eat in general? We might have some good ideas for you!

 

 

At this point in my life, I really don't like sweet breakfast foods, so I am thinking it should be pretty easy to incorporate more veggies since I tend toward the savory anyway.  I just sometimes get in a rut.  I like anything with eggs or cheese.  We eat a lot of omelets or scrambled eggs, and I will throw in whatever i have on hand for veggies.  The only veggies I really truly struggle with are greens, either cold (like lettuce salads) or hot (like sauteed greens).  The leafy texture of lettuce, spinach, etc. just really grosses me out.  I eat grainy/seedy toast in the AM sometimes too, and I've been looking for some new things to put on top besides nut butter (NOT avocado -- I love avocado but I HATE avocado toast!).  Any veggie-topped toast ideas?  I welcome any and all suggestions!  :)

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Toasted tomato sandwiches always rate pretty high with my friends. Although I'd say make an egg and cheese toasted sandwich and put slices of tomato, and maybe some sliced peppers or cucumber in it. Those are easy to pick out and just eat on their own if the texture or flavour combination is off for you.

 

Any hatred for green cabbage? it's technically a leafy vegetable but it's more like broccoli to me for texture if anything. Also pretty good either raw or cooked and if you steam it a bit it makes for an excellent wrap for fajitas!

 

Oddly enough your toast sounds like the grossest thing ever but I could happily eat an entire head of lettuce without complaint :P

 

If you want to incorporate things like spinach into your food but the texture puts you odd, it blends well into smoothies and you can throw some in a blender and mix into into most sauces for bonus nutrients :)

 

 

 

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Therapy update: YAY.  This new therapist seems like a very good fit for the work I want to do.  I always go with my gut in these situations and today my gut felt safe and respected, with no red flags, so I'm going to go ahead with this therapist.

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1 minute ago, Leigh said:

Toasted tomato sandwiches always rate pretty high with my friends. Although I'd say make an egg and cheese toasted sandwich and put slices of tomato, and maybe some sliced peppers or cucumber in it. Those are easy to pick out and just eat on their own if the texture or flavour combination is off for you.

 

Any hatred for green cabbage? it's technically a leafy vegetable but it's more like broccoli to me for texture if anything. Also pretty good either raw or cooked and if you steam it a bit it makes for an excellent wrap for fajitas!

 

Oddly enough your toast sounds like the grossest thing ever but I could happily eat an entire head of lettuce without complaint :P

 

If you want to incorporate things like spinach into your food but the texture puts you odd, it blends well into smoothies and you can throw some in a blender and mix into into most sauces for bonus nutrients :)

 

OH MY GOD YOU GUYS I LITERALLY HAD FORGOTTEN ABOUT SMOOTHIES.  How is that even possible.

 

Toasted tomato sammies sound yummy!  Green cabbage I can do in small doses.  You're right, it is more like broccoli and the leaves are thicker and not so wilty as other lettuce-y greens.  My seedy bread was an acquired taste for sure but now I do enjoy it.  I can't eat it all the time or it starts to taste and feel like carboard, but every now and again it's nice and earthy.  I'm realizing as I'm typing that I'm not making it sound great...mmm cardboard and dirt....  :P

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Welcome back @Thilde! I'm glad you're with us, and congratulations on the new little one!

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Who am I? -- My NF Character

Current Challenge: WolfDreamer Reads Harder, Breathes Harder, and Journals More

Past Challenges: 

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Winter is ComingWolfen Strengthens His Heart, Body, Mind, and Spirit, Wolfen Becomes One of the PeopleWolfen Strengthens His ChakrasWolfen Welcomes Summer and Gets Primal, Soulcon and Spartan, Wolfen Develops Mental ToughnessWolfen Joins the Wander SocietySoulcon, Spartan, School, and Stranger ThingsWolfen Becomes a Warrior EliteWolfen Goes Here and There and Back AgainWolfen Becomes a Soulcon Warrior EliteWolfen Returns to His RootsWolfen Wanders in Soul, Spirit, and BodyWolfen Owns the DayWolfen Searches for His Wild Heart, Wolfen Runs for His LifeWolfen Hits the TrailsWolfen Becomes an Explorer and Joins the ResistanceWolfen Goes Back to the SourceWolfen Begins the Hero's JourneyWolfDreamer Returns to the People,  WolfDreamer Pushes BackWolfDreamer PrioritizesBurpees, Books, and BrainworkBurpees, Books, Brainwork, and BodyworkWolfDreamer Masters the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Continues to Master the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Returns to SpartaWolfDreamer Returns to Middle EarthWolfDreamer Continues His Middle Earth AdventureWolfDreamer and the FallWolfDreamer Forges His Own PathWolfDreamer Has HopeWolfDreamer Returns to Middle Earth

I'd rather sing one wild song and burst my heart with it, than live a thousand years watching my digestion and being afraid of the wet.” -- Jack London

“I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love.” -- Leo Tolstoy

"I feel love rising in my chest again
Rising like a burning sun into the day..." -- Gungor, "Hurricane"

"...wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." 2 Corinthians 3:17b

 

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I'm still here!  Still diligently working on my streaks and tracking the days, just haven't had enough spare time to sit down and update my thread here.  My partner, daughter, and I all got sick with a dumb summer cold that I'm still fighting, and aside from that every moment of my free time has been spent planning and prepping for my partner's epic 40th birthday party which took place this past Sunday.  Now that the party's over I can breathe again!  Except, no, I literally cannot because of my gunked up sinuses.  But I can FIGURATIVELY breathe again.  I will do a more detailed update in the next couple days.  For now, I gotta go to bed so I can rest up for a 6 hour management meeting at work tomorrow.  Huzzah!  :biggrin-new::playful:

 

p.s. my little munchie-butt literally crawled 20 feet tonight to get to her daddy!  She's been determined to get the hang of crawling and now she's so tickled with herself that she can control her position in space.  Amazing (and hilarious!) to watch her!

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More detailed update...

 

So far doing really good with the veggies!  I am taking advantage of the fresh and frozen (plain, unseasoned) veggies at my local grocery store and trying all kinds of new combinations.  Also getting a kick out of giving new veggies to my daughter and watching her try them out.  I counted all the foods she's tried since she started solids a month ago, and she's nearly hit 50 unique food items!  

 

The water goal is meeehhh.  I did pretty good when I was sick because I was drinking so much water to try to flush the cold germs out.  But before and after that, I have been struggling to remember to drink water.  When I am at work, I get so in the zone that I forget to drink and sometimes I even forget to eat lunch.  I keep my filled water bottle right in front of my face on my desk at work, but I guess I have been really zoning out when I'm trying to finish a project.  I think I might need to actually set some alarms on my phone or something to prompt me. 

 

The walking goal is a big fat FAIL so far.  I have had plenty of time and opportunity, but honestly the biggest hurdle this challenge has been BLACK FLIES.  I live on an awesome road for walking, but I didn't consider black fly season when I wrote this goal.  It has been so bad this year!  We managed to get our garden planted in one day but it was absolutely miserable and I was covered in welts after, despite big spray.  My partner and I have tried so many times to go outside for walks and playtime with the baby, but the black flies have driven us back indoors, even with max DEET bug repellant.  The good news is that black fly season here is almost over (fingers crossed!).  In another couple of weeks, they'll be gone and we'll be able to spend time outside again.

 

The writing goal is almost a fail, except I have written a few times and those times have been awesome.  I've been writing letters to my daughter before bed, and that's been kindof awesome.  I have this idea of writing letters and stories for a book for her, to go with a bunch of our family recipes, and having it bound as a gift for her when she finally grows up and leaves home for her own adventures.  I like writing in all forms, and this time I'm enjoying having a target audience who won't actually read this stuff for many years.  I'm going to keep trying, and this goal will likely carry over into the next challenge (perhaps tweaked a bit).  

 

As far as PowerUps go, I am bummed that I have to cancel my plans to go to the Pride festival.  I love Pride month and I was SO excited to take my baby girl to her first Pride event.  But, unfortunately this year my partner has to work and I ended up having to make an appointment for the same day and time that I couldn't fit anywhere else in my schedule.  Big fat boo. :(  On the positive side though, I did successfully complete several other PowerUps and therapy is going really well with the new therapist.

 

One more week to go, and we'll see where things end up.  :) 

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All right, folks.  Time for the challenge retrospective.  Really squeaking in late here, as the next challenge starts TOMORROW, yaaaah.  Here's how I did for my first challenge back in the game.

 

[Nutrition] Eat a vegetable with two meals every day.  Gold Star if I manage to find a way to make vegetables palatable for breakfast.

Longest streak: 10 days in a row

Total number of successful days this challenge: 25

Gold stars: 1

Thoughts - This one turned out to be surprisingly easy.  My baby just recently started solid foods.  We're doing baby-led weaning, which means no purees, so she eats what we eat.  This means I now have an even better reason to keep the meals balanced.  The side effect is that all three of us are eating veggies multiple times per day.  Hooray!  I will continue this lifestyle choice daily ongoing, but will consider this challenge met.

 

[Health] Drink two of my big stainless water bottles full of water every day.  Gold Star if I manage three full bottles in a day.

Longest streak: 4 days in a row

Total number of successful days this challenge: 15

Gold stars: 1

Thoughts - This one turned out to be surprisingly HARD.  I was honestly really shocked that I struggled with this one as much as I did.  I guess I never realized how many hours go by without me even thinking about drinking water at work, until I started paying attention.  Some version of this goal will continue next challenge.

 

[Fitness] Walk for 15 minutes every day.  Gold Star if I walk for 30 minutes in a day (can be broken into multiple walks).

Longest streak: 1 days in a row

Total number of successful days this challenge: 1

Gold stars: 0

Thoughts - HAHAHAHAHAA.  Yeah, so this was a giant fail, for two big reasons:  1) the black fly season here was especially bad and it took up most of the challenge period.  I don't have access to indoor walking areas so that was a big barrier.  And 2) I overestimated my ability to add exercise to my routine with the new baby.  We have most other parts of the routine down pat that I guess I got cocky and thought I could squeeze 15-30 minutes in most days.  Turns out, NO.  I do want exercise in my routine so I will tweak the strategy and try some version of this goal again next challenge.

 

[Life] Write something, anything, for 15 minutes every day.  Gold Star if I write for 30 minutes in a day (can be broken into multiple sessions).   

Longest streak: 2 days in a row

Total number of successful days this challenge: 7

Gold stars: 0

Thoughts:  You might think this is a fail at first glance, because I had no real streaks to speak of and so few individual days of completing this activity.  But, I am considering it not a complete fail, because of two things.  First, I discovered a new way to write (letters to my daughter) and it's blossoming into this larger project that I aim to continue throughout her childhood, and that's just cool.  Second, I wrote something substantive for 7 days this challenge, and that is 7 more days of writing than I have done in any four week period in well over two years.  I will continue some version of this goal next challenge, not sure if it will be the same or if I will rewrite it to incorporate the other creative components of my now-longterm project for my daughter.

 

One-off PowerUps:  5 of 6 possible

The PowerUps were a pretty fun element, as they allowed me to get some instant gratification with a one-off win throughout the challenge.  The only one I didn't accomplish was setting up auto-pay for my bills.  This remains a task I have on my to-do list for this week.  I am so tired of making late payments just due to sheet forgetfulness.  The happiest PowerUp was going to our local Pride festival.  When we found out about the schedule conflict, I was suuuuuper bummed that I would not be able to go.  Then, at literally the last minute (okay, not quite but almost....less than 12 hours before!), my partner's schedule shifted and we were able to go!  It was awesome.  And, even more awesome, it was my bubbaboo's first Pride festival, and it was awesome to show her that experience, to marinate her in all the love, joy, and appreciation for all that makes us each unique and wonderful, as well as the somber respect for all who came and fought before, that you find at Pride.  It was also important to me to begin to show her, even at 8 months, why we have Pride, who started the rallying cry, why it's so important, and how far we still have to go as a culture and a community.  It really meant the world to me to be able to go this year.  I want Pride month and our Pride festival to be so normal for her that she'll grow up saying, "Yeah....we've always gone to Pride, since before I can remember!"

 

So, all in all, I think this was a pretty good outcome for my first challenge back in the Rebellion.  I've got some plans in the works for the next challenge and I'm writing it up this evening.

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