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22 hours ago, NicTheRugger said:

I'm really struggling with finding the willpower to meditate/do the mindfulness training on my app. At the end of the day, my brain raccoons (aka, my jumbled overactive thoughts) are active and antsy. It's a lot easier for me to quiet down my mind by doing some arts and crafts or reading a book than just sit still and focus on my breathing even for 5 minutes. I'm going to try and do a session tonight, but... ugh. I'm not sure. Maybe it's been a bad brain week for me? I know I've been feeling down lately (memo to brain: please get back on that serotonin production!), so that might be part of it. 

 

 

Sometimes we don't have it in us to meditate and that's fine. I find journalling helps then, and it's a type of mindfullness. I just write down everything going on in my head rapid brain-sump style, and sometimes I wind up figuring something out too, even if it's 'I'm nervous because of X'.

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Meditation isn't about having a quiet and still mind, it about practicing to attain it. Five minutes of monkey mind is totally acceptable meditation, as long as you can find _some_ space in there to say, "Oops, there I go again!" and bring yourself back. I had one teacher that said that the length of your focus is irrelevant, it is how many times you start over again with magnanimity.

 

SQUIRREL!

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On 2/15/2019 at 1:24 PM, Calibre said:

Sometimes having a second mind will help with the overactive thoughts. Get them out, talk about them. I believe you can do it and you're doing great!

 

Ahh, yeah, that's something I should do. I've always had a hard time sharing my thoughts, but I'll definitely talk to someone soon. Thanks for the idea!

 

On 2/16/2019 at 9:23 AM, Echoceanic said:

Sometimes we don't have it in us to meditate and that's fine. I find journalling helps then, and it's a type of mindfullness. I just write down everything going on in my head rapid brain-sump style, and sometimes I wind up figuring something out too, even if it's 'I'm nervous because of X'.

I definitely need to start journaling again. I've placed a journal by my bed now to try and remind myself to write something, even if it's just "I'm having a rough day today" so that way I can build that habit back up and use it to reflect on my mindfulness.

 

2 hours ago, JessFit said:

Is there a way you can work in the meditation after a bit of reading or crafty things? Kind of work your way in to it? 

Now there's an idea! Maybe I should use knitting as a form of meditation? When I knit I get really "in the zone" so long as there aren't too many distractions going on around me. 

 

2 hours ago, GoodDoug said:

Meditation isn't about having a quiet and still mind, it about practicing to attain it. Five minutes of monkey mind is totally acceptable meditation, as long as you can find _some_ space in there to say, "Oops, there I go again!" and bring yourself back. I had one teacher that said that the length of your focus is irrelevant, it is how many times you start over again with magnanimity.

 

SQUIRREL!

That's a really great way of looking at things! I think my problem is that I get discouraged when I fail to stay focused, but reframing my mindset to thinking about the fact that I'm refocusing may help. Thanks! :D 

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Week 1 wrap up:

 

It's a day late, but here it is! The dreaded week 1 wrap-up.

 

Challenge 1: PFT Readiness

- Pull-ups/Chin-ups: I had some really good workouts last week that I hope think are helping me get into PFT shape! I can do about 3.5 deadhang chin-ups now. When I emailed my recruiting officer for my weekly check-in, she asked if I wanted to apply for June OCS because she thinks I'll be ready by then!! I'm taking this as a good sign, because I'm slightly in awe of her and I want to make sure I'm living up to the time and work that she's put in to helping me get as far as I have. 

- Runs: not so good, this week. I got only 2 out of 3 runs. I couldn't find the energy and motivation to go for a longer run over the weekend. I'll have to be diligent and make sure I get 3 done this week! Super duper challenge for myself: If I get a bonus 4th run done, I'm going to treat myself to some delicious fried chicken next week for lunch.

- Abs: good! I hit 4 crunches sessions last week, and as long as I'm not ridiculously bundled up while doing my crunches, I've improved my time to where I can do 80 crunches in a little under 90 seconds. I do need to be more diligent about form, as the Sergeant Instructors at OCS (if I'm lucky enough to get to OCS) will be sure to read me the riot act if I don't have perfect form. 

 

Challenge 2: Languages

- Polish: 6/7 days on Duolingo. I forgot yesterday! I'm so sad about losing my 26 day streak :( But onwards and upwards, as they say! 

- French: I did a couple of sessions on Duolingo French to brush up on my vocab. For this week though, I'm going to try and make sure I actually watch/listen/read something that's a little more immersive. 

 

Challenge 3: Decrease Spending

Welllll, this one hasn't gone quite as planned. I've been using cash for small items/nonessentials, but I've had two big purchases over the past week!  

Purchase 1: My mom and I have gone splitsies on a photograph of Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley (with engraved autographs) as a birthday present to my sister! My gym was running an auction in conjunction with the local Children's Hospital, and when I sent items to my family, my sister got super excited about that picture. She couldn't afford it though, so my mom and I decided to split the costs ($80 each) for the photo, and we'll surprise my sister in August!

Purchase 2: I decided to bite the bullet and buy myself a new mattress. I went to Jordan's yesterday, and found a great mattress that was on sale because of the President's Day sales, and put down $500 on the mattress (and will pay off the rest over the next 12-24 months, depending on my financial resources at the time. The payment plan is for 24 months, so I may just go with that). I don't feel too bad about spending the money on this though, because my mattress has been causing a lot of back and shoulder pain. It will be so great to sleep on a mattress that doesn't leave me feeling like I'm sleeping in a ditch (no more memory foam mattresses for me! Coil springs all the way) or waking up with numb arms in the middle of the night. 

I've been doing my best to record my spending as it happens, but I probably lost track of some small cash spending along the way. I know I'm short a transaction or two but honestly can't remember what I bought or how much whatever I bought was. It was probably food though. That sounds like me.

 

Challenge 4: Mindfulness, Meditation, and Gratitude

As I mentioned last week, I'm really struggling with meditation. I'm not sure if it's that lovely ol' depression acting up again (begone, unwanted one!) or just a need to practice more, but you all have given me some great ideas as to how I can improve my meditation practice as well as my mindfulness practice! I may try doing mindfulness sessions by knitting (or by weaving, which is my current project!) and I'm going to try to give journaling a shot, since it's been quite some time since I've last used a journal.  I'll be sure to check in over the course of the week to let you know how that's all going! Of all of my challenges, I think this one is going to be the most difficult for me.

Gratitude has been for the most part successful! I missed one day last week, but otherwise have found the time to find one thing that I'm grateful for each day. 

 

Well, that's the wrap-up for the first week of the challenge! I think overall it was a success, and I'm so excited to get my new mattress this Friday! I'll try to check in tonight or tomorrow with today's update. That's all for now! Bye, friends. :) 

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Completely forgot to post a yesterday specific update yesterday, and this morning has been rough

 

Yesterday: had a really good workout, and got in a few rounds of duolingo Polish! Feeling good about yesterday, giving myself an A for the day.

 

Today.... oof. I had a really good hill training workout, and kept up a respectable 4.5mph speed for most of the run except for when the incline got to be too much (setting 11 and running do not mix well). But after my workout, everything went downhill. Took a little too long to get ready this morning, and when I got outside to my car, I realized I have a flat tire! So then I had to waste more time, waiting to thaw out my brother's car and scrape the ice off. Because I was in a rush, I completely forgot to pack the antibiotics I'm supposed to be taking with my breakfast, and didn't lock the door at the house (I didn't realize these two things until I was almost at work). Then, at work, I realized I couldn't get into my locked desk drawer where my laptop was... because I left my car keys at home. It took me and 3 other people nearly 40 minutes to get into my desk. And now I get to spend my lunch break driving home, grabbing my meds, locking up, and then driving back to work. I think I'm going to treat myself to some fried chicken (there's a surprisingly good place near where I work) for lunch, because it's been such a tough day. And then maybe treat myself to a bubble bath tonight to relax. 

Things I still need to do today: gratitude journal (but in case I forget, here's something written down: I'm grateful I could get my desk open and that my tire didn't go flat while I was driving to work!!), duolingo Polish, and there's probably a few other things but I honestly can't remember what. 

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@Echoceanic, thank you for the journaling idea! I did that before I went to bed and I felt so much less stressed before going to sleep. This is a habit I'll have to incorporate to my daily routine!

 

So yesterday, I completely forgot to practice Polish-- I was so frazzled about my No Good, Very Horrible Morning that I just didn't have the willpower to practice Polish.  It wasn't a complete wash though. I did get some journaling done, to practice mindfulness, and got some crunches in! (85 in 90 seconds. If I can get another 30 in an additional 30 seconds, I'll max out the crunches portion of my PFT!) 

 

Today's workout wasn't as intense as it usually would be. I didn't go to the gym this morning because I decided to stay home and get my car to the service station instead. Because of that, my workout was done in my basement. Today's workout: 4xME banded pull-ups (6, 7, 7, 5), and did 10 burpees after each set of pull-ups. A pretty light workout for me, but I honestly don't mind the lighter day. I needed it, I think.  I did get Polish practice done early this morning, so hooray! And in other news, my tire is patched! 

 

PFT news update: so it turns out the selection board meets in April, not March! This is great news for me, since this means I have even more time to perfect my pull-ups and get to 4. I'm still keeping 4 as my challenge goal for this challenge, but this gives me the opportunity to get above that! Maybe 5 or even 6! 

 

That's all for today, folks! I'll check in on y'all tonight. <3 

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On 2/20/2019 at 7:01 PM, NicTheRugger said:

@Echoceanic, thank you for the journaling idea! I did that before I went to bed and I felt so much less stressed before going to sleep. This is a habit I'll have to incorporate to my daily routine!

 

So glad it helped! It's pretty much the same principle as to-do lists, your brain knows it's on paper and calms the heck down. :D 

 

That sounds like hell of a workout honestly. You might have had a frazzled day but you did a lot anyway.

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Friends, I hope you don't mind if I take a moment to vent a bit.

 

I have this one coworker who's a bit older than me (by at least 10 years), and he's kind of... odd. Not necessarily a bad person, but he has an offbeat sense of humor that clashes with most people and sometimes he can be somewhat disrespectful towards me and others with his language and actions-- not in a blatantly offensive way, but in a way that's condescending. For the most part I just brush it off or vent about it with a coworker who also doesn't particularly care for this person. Today however... today was different. Today, in an email conversation between this coworker, our boss, and I, my boss posed a question regarding whether it was possible for the language in a certain tax document to lead someone to conclude that something needed to be done in a certain way. I responded to the email saying that yes, I could see how that language could lead our client to make X conclusion, even if we on the team disagree with that conclusion. Two minutes later, this coworker sends a response that, to sum up, says that that interpretation is not reasonable and that "no reasonable person" would come to that conclusion. Considering that I had just said yes, it was possible to reach that conclusion because the language might be considered a bit ambiguous, I was naturally rather disgruntled because it seemed rather impolite to call my conclusion unreasonable. I reached out to my mentor (the person I'll vent with) for a quick sanity check, and he agreed that the email was really condescending. So... I sent this coworker an email calling him out. I told him that I found his tone really disrespectful, and that I don't appreciate being condescended to. We're colleagues after all, and there's no need to use language that would imply that I'm a less competent attorney than him. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I like to think I'm pretty damn good at my job, and not unintelligent. I also took things to the next level and... reached out to my boss for a quick meeting. It was really stressful and nerve-wracking, considering this coworker has been mollycoddled by management before for other issues, and things tend to get swept under the rug when it concerns him. Thankfully, my boss agreed with me and told me that he'd set up a meeting with my coworker this afternoon. The coworker did apologize, and "explained" that his email was a copy-paste of a response he had started before I had sent my response. I don't entirely buy it, because he's done things like this to other coworkers in the department before by deflecting and apologizing for how they interpret things, but I responded that I appreciated the apology and that I could understand how wires got crossed re. communication. (Note: I didn't accept the apology. Just said that I appreciated it.)

 

I'd like to think that I didn't overreact here. I try not to rock the boat, and I try to just let my actions and work product speak for my competence. But I just couldn't let this one slide. I'm the youngest person on my immediate team of 5 people and the only lady to boot (and one of only 4 lady attorneys in a 30-ish person department), so I feel like I have to work twice as hard to be recognized by my peers as equally competent as others. It really got to me. I'm hoping things will work out for the best, but I'm also sad that it happened, because it did hurt. And regardless of what Marcus Aurelius says about it being my own perceptions of things causing me injury, sometimes enough is enough, you know? 

 

MEEEHHHHHHH 

 

Sorry, now that I got that out of my system...

 

Today's update! I had a really good sprint interval workout this morning (see my battle log for the workout!), and then got some additional bonus upper body stuff in by clearing my car of the snow and ice :P Got some duolingo Polish practice in, and I'm looking forward to doing some relaxing this evening and maybe doing some therapeutic cleaning or knitting. Probably cleaning/getting rid of stuff, because my parents are hoping to move, and if I go to OCS, a lot of my things are going into storage until I get my own place. The more unnecessary things I can get rid of, the cheaper storage will be, haha. I may watch some "Tidying With Marie Kondo" to stay motivated while going through my things. I'm not following her method precisely, because I just don't have time to follow her method without taking a week or three off of work to do that. But, I can tackle my sock drawer and maybe my jeans tonight.

 

Well, that's all for now, folks! 

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"Tidying with Marie Kondo "is great motivation. Sounds to me like you handled the situation with the co-worker well .Perhaps,  he doesn't stop and think about how his words sound, and you calling him out may cause him to think twice. Or maybe not, some people are just obnoxious. but chances are better that he won't talk to you that way:friendly_wink:

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13 hours ago, NicTheRugger said:

Friends, I hope you don't mind if I take a moment to vent a bit.

 

 

You did the right thing.If you don't call them out they just do it over and over again. He might not learn anything but standing up for yourself and not tolerating insults is never wrong.

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The venting is sometimes very necessary and I'm glad that you took the courage to talk to the coworker. Sometimes those issues get buried inside you, fester and then work is just a place you'd rather not be at daily.

Excellent work on the goals and starting to think ahead with the downsizing.

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A. I admire your ability to do ANY pull-ups! Chin ups followed by strict pull ups are goals of mine. Maybe I can absorb some of your awesomeness!

B. Dude sounds like a jerk. I used to work in law (still do-ish) and it can be a good old boys club, especially dependent on the firm/company. Good for you for calling him out, sticking up for yourself, and taking the appropriate steps to have the situation handled. You really do rock. 

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Aaahhh thank you everyone for all of your support and kind words. 

 

Today's update: workout complete! I did a modified MARSOC short card workout! Check the battle log for all the juicy details. I didn't do any pull-ups training, but I'll get some in tonight to make up for it. My mattress was delivered (yay!!) and I did crunches with the MARSOC (as well as other ab exercises, so I'm counting it). Today's gratitude moment: I'm grateful it's warm outside! Well, warmer. It's in the 40s today. Maybe I can take a walk around the building at lunch this afternoon! Take in some sunshine and fresh air. I still need to practice some mindfulness (probably via journaling and some relaxing breathing on a super cute self care app I was told about). I also need to do my Duolingo, and at some point this weekend I'll need to do my French stuff.

 

Cleaning went somewhat well last night. I ended up re-folding my jeans using the KonMari method, and was able to fit my sweatpants into the drawer as a result! I'm debating getting rid of a pair of jeans, but considering that would leave me with only 5 pairs of work-appropriate jeans unless I make some intense darning repairs to a pair or two of my "around the house jeans" that have unflattering holes in the inner thighs, I'm not sure yet. I'll have to see if I have the right colors of embroidery floss to make those darning patches in those jeans, because I'd rather wear those than the jeans I'm unsure about.  Unfortunately, I didn't get much other tidying done, because I had to move a bunch of things out of my room and into my sister's room so that the delivery guys could drop off my mattress without issue. I'll move everything back into my room tonight, and maybe tackle another drawer or two (or focus on darning those jeans so I can donate the pair I don't particularly care for ;)

 

Drawers I want to tackle: socks and shorts/workout bottoms/miscellaneous pants. 

 

I think that's it for the day! Have a good Friday, friends. I'll check in over the weekend. :D 

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Week 2 review!

 

Well guys, we're half-way through the challenge! I really struggle with doing long runs on the dreadmill, so instead of a long run this weekend, I ended up doing a combination of running/hill training for almost 3 miles, and I definitely felt the burn after that. Gratitude has been going really well, and for the most part, I'm finding it easier to stay mindful and "present" in the moment as things happen. I didn't journal over the weekend, but I'll be sure to pick that back up today. I think it's more helpful during the week, because it gives me an opportunity to decompress before bed. 

 

Polish practice: 5/7 days this past week. I did miss two days on Duolingo. However, I did ask my mom some questions about vocab, so I'm considering that a win. 

 

French practice: I made it maybe half a chapter through Harry Potter yesterday. I was just so groggy after the long week I had and then spending pretty much my entire weekend cleaning and sorting through kitchenware (my parents are moving this summer and I'm helping them sort through their things/clean/select what to keep and what to donate), that I was falling asleep while reading. I'll try to do better this week.

 

Exercise: despite only making it to the gym once this past week, I think I had some pretty good work outs. I was so sore on Friday from doing my modified MARSOC short card that I was still sore on Saturday! I need to make sure I don't rationalize excuses for not greasing the groove when I walk by the pull-up bar, as I definitely caught myself doing that over the week. 3/4 days practicing crunches on week 2. Gotta make sure I do 4 sessions this week. I'll do one today, tomorrow, Thursday, and Saturday when I'm meeting with my OSO for the candidate pool function. 

 

Other stuff: my new bed is SO. COMFORTABLE. Friday night and Saturday night, I got some great sleep. I'm so happy about this. My back doesn't hurt any more, and I didn't wake up because of numb arms!!!

 

Today's update:

I didn't sleep well last night, and it could be for one of two reasons: 1, I may be catching whatever nasty plague is going around at work; 2, one of the cats slept on my bed last night. They usually don't, so I kept bumping into her and waking up confused why I was rolling into something solid on my bed. I'd normally be a little grumpy, but she hasn't slept on my bed in over a month, and she's been grumpy with me lately because I've been the one who's been applying the spray that the vet told us to put on her for the scratches she has on her back. and woke up feeling not so great this morning. I do hope I'm not getting whatever's going around the office. To fortify myself from getting sick, I did start my day with taking an Emergen-C. I hope it helps and I don't get sick! @ body p l e a s e. we're too busy to be sick Despite how "meh" I felt, I still got on over to the gym for the first time in a week and got in a pretty solid work out (see the battle log for details!). I've found my gratitude moment for the day (I'm grateful that I got to see such a beautiful sunrise this morning even though I didn't want to be awake), and am doing my best to stay mindful of things even though I'm not at my best right now. I might go rock climbing tomorrow after work with some friends, which should be super fun. I'll do Duolingo as a reward after I finish my next task at work, and will try to find some time to myself to do something crafty (maybe finish the weaving I started a couple of weeks ago or do some relaxing coloring of my old human anatomy coloring book I found when I was cleaning out underneath my bed. I got that back in high school, so it's been a while since I've used it! Nothing wrong with learning while having fun. ;) 

 

That's all for now, folks! I'll check in again tomorrow.

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Good job finding the good parts of your week. I know that can be hard when you don't meet your goals as perfectly as you had hoped.

 

And a new bed can make such a huge difference.

 

Keep going strong, we are rooting for you!

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Hello, all! Sorry I went AWOL and didn't make an update yesterday. Yesterday, I got a run/hill training combo in. I also had the chance to go bouldering for the first time! It was lots of fun, except for the part where I didn't fall right and managed to hurt my knee. :neglected: I don't think it's sprained, because I can put weight on it, but it's a bit tender. I've been icing it and hopefully it will be better in time for the training session my OSO is having this weekend. I learned we're running a practice Combat Fitness Test (CFT) and I'm a little nervous because now my knee is grumpy with me. I'm a little mad at myself for getting hurt, because I was worried about hurting myself and was trying really hard to be careful, but still managed to get hurt.


Besides the fall, bouldering was a lot of fun! I'm actually pretty afraid of heights, so I was always afraid coming down, but I'm a big believer in exposure therapy. It hasn't worked so far, but I'm going to keep pushing myself to get over this fear. I took it easy this morning and did some walking in my combat boots on the treadmill. I'm going to take it easy for the rest of the week too, until Saturday, to make sure I'm as fit as possible for the CFT.


Polish practice is coming along nicely. I haven't journaled in a while, so I'm going to do that tonight before bed. I think that's it for the night. I'll check in over the next couple of days.

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Hi friends, so sorry I haven't updated in a while. The brain raccoons have made doing even basic things hard, and I just didn't want to log on when I hadn't done all that much.

 

Week 3 round-up: Week 3 hasn't been my best showing. Between the knee hurting after that fall on Tuesday, general exhaustion, my training event getting cancelled on Saturday, and a general sense of "no motivation," I didn't get much done, workout wise. I didn't do abs as much as I should have, and even though my knee started feeling better on Saturday, I didn't do much running. I also forgot (again!!) to do my French immersion exercise. This one doesn't seem to be working as well for me.  On the plus side, I did practice Polish every day last week, so there's that?

 

Week 4:

Monday: we had  a HUGE blizzard! 10 or so inches of snow. After waking up and doing a pull-up workout, I grabbed my snow pants, warm jacket, and a shovel (oh, and gloves), and went outside to help shovel so I could get to work. Our snowblower is pretty old, so it kept choking on the snow. While my dad was wrangling the snowblower, my mom, brother, and I were shoveling. I live at the bottom of a hill, so it was literally an uphill battle to clear the snow off. Somehow, shoveling was faster than using the snowblower. It still took an hour to clear off the driveway/cars though, so I was a half hour late to work. Not that it mattered since I was the only person there from my team... everyone else decided to work from home!

Didn't do any abs, but did practice Polish and journaled.

 

Tuesday: I was so sore from shoveling on Monday. I did a pretty tough hill training session, and was at a slow run most of the time, and did 2 miles of hill training in half an hour. I did walk when I just couldn't run anymore, but I'm happy to say that most of the time I was jogging. I also did an ab session in the morning that was a mix of crunches and planks, which felt good. Unfortunately, just as my knee was starting to feel better, it started hurting again! I wore heels to work yesterday because we have fancy executives wandering the halls and I wanted to make a good impression, and oh boy, did my knee not like that particular life choice. I'm in the compression sleeve again as a result. Polish practice was good, didn't journal because I went to bed ridiculously early last night. I was in bed before 10. I could barely keep my eyes open while reading.

 

Today (Wednesday): My knee is still grumpy, so I'm wearing the compression sleeve. Thankfully, between that and Aleve things seem to be helping. I got in a decent workout at the gym (which will be put into the battle log after this), and I'm going to practice Polish after I get out of my meeting before lunch. I did abs this morning (not crunches, but it still counts because leg lifts are even harder than crunches). I'm also going to journal tonight since I didn't last night. It has been helping me deal with things, so that's a habit I want to keep building. 

 

Looking ahead:

I really need to make sure my knee is okay for Saturday, since my training session got moved to this Saturday because of the snow. I know that I tend to have this weird thing where my knee hurts when my hip is tight, and my hip has been really tight lately, so I'm going to try to foam roll my hip tonight to see if that helps reduce some of the discomfort. Otherwise, it's back to the RICE method. I think it's weird that it started hurting again after wearing heels when I was doing fine all weekend/Monday even with shoveling, but... c'est la vie. I just need to make sure I'm okay to run a CFT this weekend. 

Also: make sure I stay on with journaling at least 4 days a week. It made a noticeable difference in my mindset last week, so I want to make sure I keep doing this. Maybe I'll make it a challenge requirement for next challenge....

I ABSOLUTELY need to do something relating to French practice this week. I don't suppose anyone knows of any French tv shows that are on Netflix? 

 

Some other challenge-related thoughts: still not at 4 pull-ups yet.... sadness.

 

That's it for now! I'll try to check in tomorrow.

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Snow shoveling is hard! This is the first year in forever we've gotten ay real snow, and I shoveled. I now have a new respect for all your people who have to do it regularly. Makes sense that if your hip is  stiff, then you walk funny, then your knee hurts. High heels always bother my knees, or feet, or both. Sad, because I am short.

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Girl. Heels.



They absolutely kill me too. My hips are a damn wreck for days after wearing them - therefore my knees are angry - aaaaand for good measure, they also make the length of my big toe hurt & usually my arches.

Even if they’re my “used to be comfortable” heels.

I guess that’s what I get for wearing minimalist or close-to-minimalist shoes almost exclusively for the past few years.

It would be nice if minimalist shoes also clicked on tile, made my butt cute & me taller for days I want to strut my stuff, but I suppose that’s kind of the point of that type of shoe. Whomp, whomp.




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I guess knee pain is a common symptom from high-heel usage. What a shame! I used to wear them with little to no problem, and could even sprint from one end of the courthouse to the other when necessary in a pair of 3 inch heels at one point. 

 

Today's update: the knee is still a bit grumpy. I have the sleeve on, and I'm about to take the ice pack that I attached to my knee with the use of a handy scarf. It looks a little silly, but I'd rather look a little silly than be injured, ya know? I was able to do a short interval jog this morning, with a five minute warm-up at 2.5 mph, and then doing intervals of 1 minute at 3, 4, and then 5 mph and repeating that until I got to 2 miles. Being hurt is a little frustrating because all I want to do is go fast à la Sonic, but I can't without aggravating my knee.  Hopefully taking it easy tomorrow will be enough to put me in the green, health wise, for my training event with my OSO on Saturday! Thankfully it won't be too much running, no more than a mile, and the boots offer wonderful ankle support so that should help. I've done my Polish practice for today, will do some form of abs tonight, and then take tomorrow as a rest day (maybe a short hike with my little brother if my knee is up to it) so I'm well-rested for Saturday.

 

Things at work are kind of stressful. I have a big webinar coming up in a week and a half where I'll be presenting on the tax reporting requirements for IRA's throughout the US to a bunch of tax professionals who are probably way more knowledgeable about IRA's than I am. I just learned that IRAs exist maybe two weeks ago, so I'm a little nervous. Thankfully, I know the tax form pretty well, so most of my work has been prepping slides on tax forms and teaching myself the bare minimum about IRAs so I don't sound like a complete fool of a Took during the webinar. Because of that, I don't have much motivation to do things, but I'm still plugging along, trying my best. That's all for now. I'll try to check in tomorrow, and if I don't, I'll be sure to check in this weekend for the challenge wrap-up and to let you all know how the training event went!!

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