Mera Posted September 11, 2018 Report Share Posted September 11, 2018 "After four years in the depths of the ocean, Mera emerges from the waves and sets a foot on the shore. Uggh, gravity. She had forgotten about that. Her body feels heavy. Her legs feel weak and rubbery. She remembers the last time she'd walked these shores. How long ago it was. She'd been a different person then, and so had Arthur. Arthur! She must find him. Exhausted, Mera takes a deep breath, and starts running..." Hi all! I'm coming back to NF after 4 years of absence. I'm pretty much in the same shape as I was then, which is ok but can definitely use some work. Even though I've not been as physically active as I should be, I have definitely made some huge improvements over the last 12 months. I've kicked both my drinking and smoking habits, which has done insane amounts to reduce the constant anxiety I've been struggling with for..ever. Some more huge changes are coming up as well, as my husband and I are moving from France to Sweden. He will have already left by the time this challenge starts, and I'll be joining him later this year. So I have a few months to myself, which I want to use to up the ante and get fitter and healthier. Last time I did a lot of strength workouts, which I still want to incorporate but I mostly want to focus on running, so I think it's best for Mera to quit her assassinating ways and respawn as a ranger. So here is the plan: Fitness: Follow the Zombies Run! 5k Expert program (4-6 runs a week with increasing length and frequency). I'm running with my dog, which is very stop-and-go, so the focus is not on speed or distance but just to go out and do it. 1 kettlebell workout a week. No matter how much or little, just gotta start picking the thing up again. Diet: Follow the triangle! What's the triangle I hear you ask? I'm not very good with following specific diets, and for now, it's not realistic for me to go full vegetarian or vegan, so this is a little set of rules I've come up with that will help me make good decisions at the food counter and in the supermarket. The triangle has 3 corners - No Suger, No Plastic, and Ethical. Everything I eat/buy needs to have at least 2 out of the 3. This way I can make sure that any food I buy is good for either me, the animals, or the planet (or all of us in the best case). Most of the crappiest stuff like candy, fast food, ready meals, and hyper-processed stuff is ruled out by default (most of it has sugar and is wrapped in plastic, or is unethical (horrible treatment of animals and/or people). Levelling up my life: Meditate at work twice a week. My boss has actually asked me to guide a meditation for the team twice a week, during working hours, and I'm still not managing to get my butt on those cushions because somehow I'm always "too busy just now" How horrible when busy periods are exactly the when I can benefit the most from meditations. No more excuses. Time to respawn! Quote Forever Respawning Rebel CURRENT CHALLENGE Previous challenges: 01, 02 "Just sitting here on the corner of awesome and bombdiggity..." - unknown Link to comment
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