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AHOY! Happy Zero Week my dearest nerds! As I mentioned at the end of the last challenge, I'm going to be embracing the compound effect as a focus for my goals this cycle - an idea about how the little things you do every single day adds up at the end of the week, month, year... etc. Soooooo for example, if RedStone spend 3 hours a day mindlessly scrolling facebook (FOR EXAMPLE!!!) that's a total of 45 DAYS per year that I am mindlessly, unhappily scrolling facebook. Wow. Yeah, I'm gonna let that sink into my thick skull.

 

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Soooo I'm going to do a little experiment this month. I'm going to go about my usual business, regular workouts, working with CC, my mental health nutrition coach etc blah blah blah, but here I'm going to focus on a list of very short daily tasks, that if I were to add them up over time, would benefit me greatly in the long run. Lets give it a whirl and see how it goes! 

 

1. Sun Salutations (2 - One on each side)

2. Hand stands (I usually do 2 or 3 right after sun salutations to wake up my braaaain)

3. Silumtao (Kung Fu thing)

4. Write one page (For the sake of focus lets call this 3 paragraphs 300 words)

5. Play one song (Any instrument is fine)

6. Study for 10 minutes (*wall of text in spoiler)

7. Run a self coaching model on thought/behavior change (will explain in more detail later in the challenge)

 

Here's a little thing I made as a daily reminder! I like the idea of it staring me in the face :cat:

 

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Studying. SIGH. I've been really stressed about this certification. I've been doing some soul searching and I'm not convinced that this type of coaching is for me in the long run.

 

I started to feel a lot better about it after I gave myself permission to NOT pursue a full blown coaching practice after finishing the cert, and since I'm doing it through ACE, (designed to compliment my ACE PT practice) it's not like anything is lost here by seeing it through - which I plan to.

 

I've been unhappy and unrestful at work, and I can feel that I need to move forward in SOME direction. I think I was drawn towards coaching because I NEED one... not necessarily because I should be one. So, I'm currently treating this as a requirement in college that I need to get through, and I'm sure I will get quite a bit out of it and have tools to use with clients, even if it's not the specific direction I plan to go in. 

 

The good news is that the more soul searching I do, the more confident I feel about my genuine interests and genuine wheelhouse..... (drumroll) Orthopedics! Shock. It's extremely intuitive to me, and an endless source of wonder and excitement for learning... If that's not an endorsement I don't know what is. I think my unrest at work has to do with me wanting to move forward in a very specialized field that I want more experience with, I want ortho mentors and education - not something you get at a gym like mine.

 

I'm not 100%, but It's very possible that I want to work in a clinical environment! It's exciting to think about, and feels great every time I think about it. I plan on discussing options with the one mentor I worked with during my ortho cert so see what my opportunities might look like in the post rehab clinical scene here. 

 

TLDR: I plan on finishing my health coaching cert, possibly with a less strict time constraint, and will be thinking and looking at more specific to post rehab specialties in the future, including a specialization in anatomy for loading that I'm doing next. (Already have the stuff) I am removing expectations and pressure and allowing myself to just... work. Who knows, maybe down the road I'll be all in. But for now I'm... okay.

 

 

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So here's something fun. I've been bored with my routines. (I think I need to take some classes or go to an "other" gym or something) but yesterday I kinda just asked all my coworkers to write me a day. The next thing I know we're talking about department wide recipe workout swaps and I've got a pile of super different kinds of workouts. I'm def not interested in everyone's styles, but it's so cool to see the range!

 

I did all the things yesterday, but day 1 is always the easiest. We'll see what's up going forward. (Hopefully removing the air conditioners from the windows soon, it's getting cold!!!)

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2 hours ago, RedStone said:

So here's something fun. I've been bored with my routines. (I think I need to take some classes or go to an "other" gym or something) but yesterday I kinda just asked all my coworkers to write me a day. The next thing I know we're talking about department wide recipe workout swaps and I've got a pile of super different kinds of workouts. I'm def not interested in everyone's styles, but it's so cool to see the range!

 

That's adorable!

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22 hours ago, raptron said:

That's adorable!

 

It's so fun!! I had a weird interaction with my boss about it - I don't think she heard me and I'm guessing she was in her own head about the management stuff going on with the new big boss - but the whole team is having fun with it so whatever. 

 

Meanwhile I did the things yesterday, and today I'm going to try to get studying done during my break - the last few days it's the last thing I do before bed and even encroaches on horizontal time. 

 

I'm also looking into a chem free non stick fry pan option if anyone has opinions to share - I have a set of all stainless allclad, but one nonstick that's chem free would be handy! I'm looking at ceramic. Pls send help!

 

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On 10/15/2018 at 8:06 PM, RedStone said:

Here's a little thing I made as a daily reminder! I like the idea of it staring me in the face :cat:

 

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That's really cool!  Did you ink it by hand?

 

2 hours ago, RedStone said:

I'm also looking into a chem free non stick fry pan option if anyone has opinions to share - I have a set of all stainless allclad, but one nonstick that's chem free would be handy! I'm looking at ceramic. Pls send help!

 

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I bought a Green Pan a few years ago and just replaced it somewhat recently.  It requires you to rethink cooking a bit (no high heat, only animal fats) but we adjusted really quickly.  Use it for about 90% of our cooking.

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1 hour ago, Deuce said:

 

That's really cool!  Did you ink it by hand?

 

I did! :) Thanks!

 

1 hour ago, Deuce said:

I bought a Green Pan a few years ago and just replaced it somewhat recently.  It requires you to rethink cooking a bit (no high heat, only animal fats) but we adjusted really quickly.  Use it for about 90% of our cooking.

 

That's totally what I was looking at. And I think the other one is green life maybe, similar. What caused you to replace it?

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1 hour ago, RedStone said:

That's totally what I was looking at. And I think the other one is green life maybe, similar. What caused you to replace it?

 

They lose their non-stick after awhile; I think our first one lasted two years.  I'm hoping for a longer lifespan now that I know what the hell I'm doing, but that theory has yet to be proven.

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On 10/15/2018 at 8:06 PM, RedStone said:

Soooooo for example, if RedStone spend 3 hours a day mindlessly scrolling facebook (FOR EXAMPLE!!!) that's a total of 45 DAYS per year that I am mindlessly, unhappily scrolling facebook. Wow. Yeah, I'm gonna let that sink into my thick skull.


ooooh, that is a slightly terrifying way of looking at it. I'm kind of hypnotised by screens at the moment.

 

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Maybe it would be easier to focus on building up positive activities that can "crowd out" useless screen time instead of quitting cold turkey. Like reading just 20 minutes per day would lead to reading about 20 books a year (assuming they take six hours to read), which is a significant improvement on half-assedly scrolling over depressing news articles. And of course, it wouldn't be hard to build up from 20 to 40, an hour, or more. Wow, soon we will be so learned and smrt!

 

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6 minutes ago, Harriet said:


ooooh, that is a slightly terrifying way of looking at it. I'm kind of hypnotised by screens at the moment.

 

It's a hypothetical!!! Hypothetical!!!

 

I think a Redstone probably clocks in more like 5 or 6hrs... (<.<) (>.>) 

 

6 minutes ago, Harriet said:

 

Maybe it would be easier to focus on building up positive activities that can "crowd out" useless screen time instead of quitting cold turkey. Like reading just 20 minutes per day would lead to reading about 20 books a year (assuming they take six hours to read), which is a significant improvement on half-assedly scrolling over depressing news articles. And of course, it wouldn't be hard to build up from 20 to 40, an hour, or more. Wow, soon we will be so learned and smrt!

 

Yup! That's the compound effect yo! And it's been productive so far. But no, there's no quitting cold turkey anything atm :lol: that's just scary talk! 

 

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3 hours ago, CourtnieMarie said:

are cast irons chem free? it took some use but mine's definitely nonstick at this point

 

That's exactly what @MikeW said! I'm intimidated. How does it become non stick???

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2 hours ago, RedStone said:

 

That's exactly what @MikeW said! I'm intimidated. How does it become non stick???

 

Seasoning. I believe you cook a layer of oil into it, and either don't wash with soap (only hot water) or re-season after using soap. I don't do it myself (lazy) but others swear by it.

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On 10/19/2018 at 4:13 PM, CourtnieMarie said:

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Basically :hypnotysed:

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So... dallies. Zero week catchup. Um. I kind of can't believe I've done all the things every single day! I'm going to attribute this to the low commitment levels of each, but at the end of the week, I've made great progress on my studying, journaled a lot, and came to some big conclusions about my biz. I'm calling it a success.

 

Yesterday was the most difficult. I had plans to go to the city to see a friend that was visiting. I usually drive, but decided to train down so I could be productive, and even tho this was a kung fu relation and there was training involved, Mr Red came with and just burned some time wandering around while we worked out, then met up for drinks and food after. I didn't want to bring my textbooks on the train cause they're huge, so at the last minute I realized I could bring my noted and spend my study time reviewing them, which was awesome! (I'm doing everything with colorful flow charts this time and it's working so well for my shit box memory that I'm half kicking myself for not doing it this way sooner! And do fun to look back on!) I did my writing long hand in a sketch book and had plenty of down time to read for pleasure. It was really nice and I'm glad I didn't drive for once.

 

The day in the city was the best I've had since we moved away! I felt nostalgic, comfortable and connected and didn't want to leave. After departing from friends, we walked the long way through my old neighborhood and the first Kung Fu school I ever trained at, which is now a blocked off doorway surrounded by an apple store and a whole foods. MY OH MY how things have changed! I think, I hope I'll be less resistant to going down for pleasure in the future. (We're going down again next week for Clutch anyway so I guess I'll have my wish! :lol:)

 

The week in general has been emotionally rough and raw.  I've mentioned that I'm working with an anti-dieting coach (CC) and it's a very intense process, probably the most intense I've had since my last round of therapy some 8 or 9 years ago. Changes are hapenning for the better, but I'm having lots of low days to balance out the highs. It feels very similar to my earliest KF days when the arrogant defenses were stripped away, but the genuine strength and confidence hadn't been built yet. I am very much identifying with the post fire phoenix baby atm, not an unfamiliar feeling, but it's been awhile and YO it feels raw and vulnerable.

 

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On 10/18/2018 at 9:08 AM, RedStone said:

 

I'm also looking into a chem free non stick fry pan option if anyone has opinions to share - I have a set of all stainless allclad, but one nonstick that's chem free would be handy! I'm looking at ceramic. Pls send help!

 

 

On 10/19/2018 at 11:09 AM, CourtnieMarie said:

are cast irons chem free? it took some use but mine's definitely nonstick at this point

 

On 10/19/2018 at 2:28 PM, RedStone said:

 

That's exactly what @MikeW said! I'm intimidated. How does it become non stick???

 

On 10/19/2018 at 4:32 PM, Harriet said:

 

Seasoning. I believe you cook a layer of oil into it, and either don't wash with soap (only hot water) or re-season after using soap. I don't do it myself (lazy) but others swear by it.


I absolutely love both cast iron and ceramic-coated cast iron - my options are kinda limited, I have an induction cooktop so I can't use anything non-magnetic. Cast iron is never 100% non-stick in the way of a Teflon pan (in my experience) but once properly seasoned I can cook with very very little oil or fat. I wash mine with soap when it needs it, the biggest thing is to get it all the way dry really fast so it doesn't rust - I put it back on the still-warm burner - and then wipe a super thin coat of oil onto it. 

 The Internet has, astonishingly, a wide variety of opinions on cast iron care, but this advice has worked beautifully for me.

 

 

On 10/21/2018 at 1:13 PM, RedStone said:

(I'm doing everything with colorful flow charts this time and it's working so well for my shit box memory that I'm half kicking myself for not doing it this way sooner! And do fun to look back on!) I did my writing long hand in a sketch book and had plenty of down time to read for pleasure. It was really nice and I'm glad I didn't drive for once.

 

 

Visually oriented note-taking is the BOMB. I've started sketchnoting my staff meetings and faculty developments, and it has rocked my world. If I were trying to learn process stuff, colorful flow charts would definitely be involved! 

 

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Also re: ceramic-coated cast iron, I have both $$$ Le Crueset and much more reasonable Lodge, and I have not abused them enough to notice the Lodge being any less durable. If I was in a Gordon Ramsay stressmax professional kitchen, I would totally want the high-dollar one, but unless you plan to use it as a weapon I haven't injured my Lodge dutch oven yet, and I've had it over a decade.  

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6 minutes ago, Gemma said:

The Internet has, astonishingly, a wide variety of opinions on cast iron care, but this advice has worked beautifully for me.

 

May I suggest this one as well?

 

Says the proud owner of two cst iron skillets and three cast iron Dutch ovens. :) 

 

And cast iron is most certainly not chemical free. Iron is right there in the periodic table for anyone to see. It's in blood too, and in a lot of foods. :P

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On 10/21/2018 at 1:13 PM, RedStone said:

The week in general has been emotionally rough and raw.  I've mentioned that I'm working with an anti-dieting coach (CC) and it's a very intense process, probably the most intense I've had since my last round of therapy some 8 or 9 years ago. Changes are hapenning for the better, but I'm having lots of low days to balance out the highs. It feels very similar to my earliest KF days when the arrogant defenses were stripped away, but the genuine strength and confidence hadn't been built yet. I am very much identifying with the post fire phoenix baby atm, not an unfamiliar feeling, but it's been awhile and YO it feels raw and vulnerable.

Big hugs. Doing the big work is so hard. <3 

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On 10/21/2018 at 10:13 AM, RedStone said:

 

The week in general has been emotionally rough and raw.  I've mentioned that I'm working with an anti-dieting coach (CC) and it's a very intense process, probably the most intense I've had since my last round of therapy some 8 or 9 years ago. Changes are hapenning for the better, but I'm having lots of low days to balance out the highs. It feels very similar to my earliest KF days when the arrogant defenses were stripped away, but the genuine strength and confidence hadn't been built yet. I am very much identifying with the post fire phoenix baby atm, not an unfamiliar feeling, but it's been awhile and YO it feels raw and vulnerable.

 

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Ooops, I got caught up in the discussion of cast iron pans and missed the important bit. It's really good that you have the experience of King Fu so you know that the vulnerability doesn't last forever but eventually transforms into confidence. I admire your bravery in facing the thing that is difficult for you, head-on. It sounds stupid, but starting lifting was a great experience for me because I never identified as "good at sport", so it didn't matter if I tried it and sucked. I've been thinking about trying something that is much more threatening for me, and after re-reading your post I decided that I can give it a try, because that feeling of vulnerability is NOT a sign that something is terribly wrong and I should run away. It's the necessary first step to glory. Right? Here's to hoping your flame feathers come in soon. 

 

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21 hours ago, Gemma said:

... but unless you plan to use it as a weapon I haven't injured my Lodge dutch oven yet, and I've had it over a decade.  

 

A wise warrior is always prepared.

 

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On 10/23/2018 at 5:04 AM, Luciana Valerosa Culming said:

So I looked up what a anti-diet dietitian is and learned something. :D

 

LOL it's a thing! A very interesting thing :D Good to see you! Hope all is well in your neck of the woods!

 

23 hours ago, raptron said:

Big hugs. Doing the big work is so hard. <3 

 

It is, and so worth it. Things are hapenning. Really good things. It's the big work...

 

21 hours ago, Harriet said:

 

Ooops, I got caught up in the discussion of cast iron pans and missed the important bit. It's really good that you have the experience of King Fu so you know that the vulnerability doesn't last forever but eventually transforms into confidence. I admire your bravery in facing the thing that is difficult for you, head-on. It sounds stupid, but starting lifting was a great experience for me because I never identified as "good at sport", so it didn't matter if I tried it and sucked. I've been thinking about trying something that is much more threatening for me, and after re-reading your post I decided that I can give it a try, because that feeling of vulnerability is NOT a sign that something is terribly wrong and I should run away. It's the necessary first step to glory. Right? Here's to hoping your flame feathers come in soon. 

 

 

totally. It can most certainly feel uncomfortable, and it might seem easier to run away than to be uncomfortable (can't tell you how many times I've taken that route),  but the work is so worth it. Thanks so much for your kind words :) 

 

On 10/22/2018 at 8:12 PM, scalyfreak said:

 

May I suggest this one as well?

 

Says the proud owner of two cst iron skillets and three cast iron Dutch ovens. :) 

 

I do have a dutch oven that I like, it's just a bit unweildy for day to day use. Maybe I should experiment with pulling it out more. Twss. 

 

On 10/22/2018 at 8:12 PM, scalyfreak said:

And cast iron is most certainly not chemical free. Iron is right there in the periodic table for anyone to see. It's in blood too, and in a lot of foods. :P

 

Smart ass ;) :lol:

 

15 hours ago, Deuce said:

 

A wise warrior is always prepared.

 

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And that is how it is done!

 

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So yesterday was the first day I did not complete my dailies. Is was a 9a - 9p day, with a huge crash around 3. When I got home there was some big family news to talk out. (Everything is ok, but heavy stuff Mr Red had to get out.) There simply wasn't enough time in the day. But the day is anew! And apparently not Friday, as I thought when I woke up, for the third time this week. (I'm probably just excited for Clutch!!!! Also a ghost tour we're doing with some new friends Saturday night :) ) But common morning, why you gotta troll me like @Sam Ashen

 

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4 minutes ago, RedStone said:

It can most certainly feel uncomfortable, and it might seem easier to run away than to be uncomfortable

 

"It is. It really isss..."

 

"Procrastination!! SHUT UP!"

 

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On 10/22/2018 at 8:09 PM, Gemma said:

Also re: ceramic-coated cast iron, I have both $$$ Le Crueset and much more reasonable Lodge, and I have not abused them enough to notice the Lodge being any less durable. If I was in a Gordon Ramsay stressmax professional kitchen, I would totally want the high-dollar one, but unless you plan to use it as a weapon I haven't injured my Lodge dutch oven yet, and I've had it over a decade.  

 

I've been eyeballing some wee little lodge pans that would be good for like, 2 eggs. It seems like a really good low pressure intro...

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