Cheesestick Posted September 18, 2018 Report Share Posted September 18, 2018 Greetings! I'm Cheesestick, I'm fresh off the Level One forums, and after much agonizing, I have decided to roll a monk. It feels strange to say, because although I started dabbling in krav maga a few months ago, I have been at best inconsistent about going. But I really have enjoyed it when I went, and everyone starts somewhere, right? Anyway, I think rolling monk is the most in line with my overall main quest. As I mentioned in my first challenge, I've started to realize that a huge obstacle in getting healthy before was my (at the time) undiagnosed ADHD. The way things roll with hyperfocus is that I give things 210% or nothing, which makes consistency nearly impossible. The irony is that consistent exercise and other forms of self-care is exactly what I need to manage my easily distracted brain. So my life quest is to learn to achieve harmony: to master brain and body, and for once, to learn how to work on both things at the same time. Last challenge, I was moderately successful at breaking my takeout habit and building smaller mindfulness changes into my day. I was less successful at building in exercise and adding necessary structure and routine (I hate it, but so so desperately need it) to balance out my tendency to procrastinate. I want to build on the habits I did well and revise my strategy for tackling the ones I failed at. So without further ado, and a day late (is it any surprise?), my four week goals (with accompanying mantras to remind me why I'm dong them). Morning Ritual Routine is the key to achieving balance in my life, and that has to start even with the smallest things. Just as a wizard can't cast spells without preparing them, I can't expect to make big changes without ensuring that little self-care pieces are in place. I'm currently unmedicated, and I'm trying to keep it that way, which means I desperately need to work toward introducing external structure and self-care routines into my life. Last challenge I focused on adding additional steps to my only consistent morning ritual: coffee (its sacred and you will never take it from me). I aimed for adding taking vitamins/supplements, stretching, meditating, and planning to this; it was too much. I only successfully managed to do one of these things consistently: taking vitamins. I'd like to build on that while taking stock of the reasons I failed last time: too much too fast. Here is the plan for this challenge: Building on good habits (vitamins): Continue to take my multivitamin & omega-3 every day. My doctor has recommended additions to this, but I want to add them a little bit at a time to avoid nausea, so no additional supplements in the first week. Keeping these next to the coffee machine has really helped me remember. Fixing didn't work as well as I wanted it to (planning): 5 minutes of planning out my day in my journal every morning WITH coffee. I fell off the boat here last time for two reasons: (i) 15 minutes was too much once I got busy at work and (ii) without a set time, I would start putting off planning until "later" (i.e., never). I hope to learn from these mistakes because writing things down each day has been helping to order the chaos. Adding something new (breakfast): I skip breakfasts, and I need to stop. I focus so much better after eating a high protein meal. So each Sunday, I am going to batch cook easily grabbable high-protein breakfasts for weekday mornings. As a fail safe, I will allow myself to buy full-fat greek yogurt if I forget because it is far more important that I EAT SOMETHING every day before I leave for work than it is for me to cook that thing. But I would LOVE any suggestions you all have for easy grab-and-go breakfast foods. Find Balance in Nature I have a very monastic, academic job smack in the middle of a city. I love my metaphorical ivory tower, but I used to feel so centered running around in mud and swimming in lakes. I want to rediscover the part of me that loved those things. This is a repeat of a challenge I did not make much success on last time. At the beginning of the last challenge I decided to kill two birds with one stone and get outdoor time and exercise by making commuting by bike part of my daily routine. I bought a bike from the bike store on special order, and it was supposed to come in weeks ago. Some combination of procrastination and social anxiety prevented me from every following up on with them when they did not contact me. But I called last week and I called again today (as I made this post) and I've been assured that the bike will be in the store tomorrow morning. Here is the game plan: Building on good habits (leave the city): Continue to get out of the city at least one time a month. Go on a hike, or kayak, or climb. But get out! Adding something new/Fixing what didn't work as well as I wanted it to (commuting): Follow up with the bike people. Get my bike. And get riding! I originally set my commute goal to 3 times a week. I know myself, and I know I'm more likely to stick with the goal if I can't make excuses to put it off (i.e., if I force myself to do it every day), but I think this challenge I need to account for initial soreness and getting used to riding in the rain. I get bonus points on this challenge if I go for a longer ride on the weekends. Train Consistently Exercise is the best substitute for medication When I started Krav Maga back in February, it really helped my focus. I tried to make this part of my challenge last time, but moving threw a wrench in the works. I was no longer within walking distance of my gym, and that additional obstacle made things hard. There is a muay thai gym closer to my new home, which I'd like to try, but I know myself and the real heart of this challenge is going to be eliminating obstacles and excuses to get there: Building on good habits: Keep bringing a change of clothes with me to work, so that if the "I want to hit things" bug strikes, I can seize it without warning. Also bring protein bars and a water bottle, so that I can get through an unexpected workout. Fixing what didn't work as well as I wanted it to/Add something new: Try the closer muay thai place in this first week. Over the course of the challenge, go at least one time per week, but build up to going twice per week. Wrestle with My Procrastination Demons I know where my demons hide and I will not let them horde all of my productivity and build their dreadful task mountains. There's nothing I hate more than small (but often important) administrative tasks. I put them off because they're boring until there's suddenly a mountain of them and then I put them off because they're overwhelming. My procrastination demons have managed to amass small hordes of tasks that need to be completed, and I'd like to make tackling them part of this challenge so that I can hold myself accountable. I aim to do one per week: Finances: Ironing out the details of these, including cancelling subscriptions that I no longer use/don't want (there's more of these than I care to admit), sending insurance and travel reimbursements (same), and changing my address with all financial institutions. Organizing my home office step 1: I have a small mountain of boxes left to unpack and I've shoved them in my office. This really needs to be tackled because I can't keep living out of boxes and I need to actually do work in the office. Organizing my home office step 2: once everything is unpacked, I need to decide how to arrange furniture, what I want to keep, and how to best set this zone up for maximum productivity. Preparing to meal plan next challenge: I've been relying a lot on cooking subscription boxes to try new recipes without the burden of thinking about shopping lists and meal plans. I want to break away from this slowly, but I know I struggle a lot with meal planning. I think the first place to start ADHD-friendly meal planning is by making myself a little recipe index card box of my favorite easy recipes, with nutrition facts and everything, so that I can just grab my favorites once or twice a week and go to the store. If I get started on that this challenge, it will make it easier for me to break away from subscriptions next challenge. I appreciate any of you who made it through my rambling. I hope to get to know each and every one of you better over the course of this challenge. Quote Link to comment
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