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Starbuck aims for routine amongst big life changes.

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I disappear from here far too often. Things have changed a lot since I was last around here. Last year, I started working last in in General Practice (/family medicine) and found that I absolutely hated it. Despite working in really nice clinics, I was just so incredibly unhappy. I started looking for an escape route and have somehow found myself working for a start-up in Berlin... I only moved here two weeks ago (though I did come here for a trial in December and then worked remotely from Australia, so I had some idea what I was getting myself into), but I already feel like I absolutely made the right decision. 

 

It's really late, so I don't have time to write out my goals in full. I'll just write titles for now and try to come back tomorrow...

 

- Follow my powerlifting program

I've decided for now at least to continue with online coaching from my coach in Melbourne. Currently I have a 3 x week program, so the goal is to follow that - in its entirety!!

 

The last year has been a very frustrating one for my lifting - my weight has increased significantly more than my total has. Whilst I did continue training throughout the year, I think if I am completely honest about it then I probably wasn't as consistent as I needed to be. I was skipping accessories here and there, etc. I feel that the best thing for me to do for now is to really ensure that I am sticking to the program and giving it my all. Once I have done that for a while then I will be in a better position to make decisions going forward - whether that be taking some time away from powerlifting, finding a new coach or something else??

 

This is all a little complicated by the fact that there seems to be a strange lack of powerlifting in Berlin. The one gym that seems to pop up on internet searches is a long way away from where I live and my workplace, so is not a good option. My jobs gives us a free membership to "Urban Sports Club" which basically gives you access to a big range of fitness related things. This is awesome in some ways (I went bouldering on the weekend and it was included under the membership), but not the best for powerlifting - there aren't any gyms particularly close to me, there is one close to work that I can only go to 4 x a month (though if I pay to upgrade the membership then I can go 8 x a month) and there are a few others that aren't too far out of my commute that I need to check out (but I don't have particularly high hopes).  

 

- Keep a food diary 

I am not happy with my weight at the moment. My new workplace has a snack cupboard that has a limitless supply of junk food. This is all quite concerning to me.

 

Due to my eating disordered past, I know that I need to be very cautious with addressing my diet at all. This became particularly clear when last year I somehow slipped into some disordered behaviours for the first time in many years. 

 

So the plan is to just track what I eat. Generally try to eat regular meals, enough food and be mindful about snacking on the easily accessible supply. 

 

-Learn German and actually use it!

I have always wanted to learn another language properly and I know that there is never going to be a better opportunity than right now. However, I am not going to learn German just by osmosis - particularly not in a city like Berlin where it is far too easy to get by just speaking English and assuming that someone around you will understand (which despite feeling horribly guilty about, I seem to keep doing). At the moment I am finding that I just get scared whenever someone speaks to me and forget all of the German I know!

 

I have been doing my daily Duolingo ever since I got this job and I intend to continue that (so that is the first part of the goal). 

 

Next part of the goal is to use other resources at home at least 4 x per week - I was using an app for this though it has stopped working after a recent update, I have also just bought the "Language Hacking German" book  which I can do exercises  in. 

 

Last (and probably most important part) is to actually speak some German. So basically I am just going to congratulate myself for any little bit of German that I actually use. 

 

 

- Make the most of the experience

This is a bit of a vague goal that I am having trouble describing. I want to use this move as an opportunity to do things that I otherwise wouldn't and to continue doing things that I enjoy. 

 

I think my goal is that at least once a week I want to do something that I consider "exciting" (exciting probably isn't the best word, but I can't think of another one at the moment to describe what I am getting at). Examples of things that would count that I did last weekend - going bouldering with a group of people from work, going to watch Captain Marvel with a meetup.com group. 

 

 

 

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4 hours ago, bigm141414 said:

 tasty German food


There are actually not many restaurants there that serve traditional German food... the city's main foods seem to be kebabs and falafels. But you could always pick up delights such as fleischsalat,  leberwurst, spätzle, quark and sauerkraut from the shops. I mean, if that's what you want to eat. I never was converted.

P.S. Falafels vary immensely in quality. DADA falafel is good. Get the Teller - meat or vegetarian, both are great.

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21 hours ago, Sloth the Enduring said:

Welcome back.

Thanks!

 

16 hours ago, Grumble said:

Welcome back! 

Are you learning all of Germany or just part you can get your Hans on? 

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16 hours ago, scalyfreak said:

 

With consent, of course.

Always!

 

 

10 hours ago, bigm141414 said:

Hey welcome back! I'm on pins and needles awaiting the food log of tasty German food. Yum. 

Can't say I have had much typically German food...but I will try to post all the particularly good things. 

 

 

6 hours ago, CourtnieMarie said:

welcome back! and hurray for good but huge life choices!

Thank you!

 

 

6 hours ago, Harriet said:


There are actually not many restaurants there that serve traditional German food... the city's main foods seem to be kebabs and falafels. But you could always pick up delights such as fleischsalat,  leberwurst, spätzle, quark and sauerkraut from the shops. I mean, if that's what you want to eat. I never was converted.

P.S. Falafels vary immensely in quality. DADA falafel is good. Get the Teller - meat or vegetarian, both are great.

So far I have been to excellent Thai, Vietnamese and Israeli restaurants. I've also had some amazing Argentinian BBQ steak at work. I haven't explored the amazing falafel selection (though I did when I visited Berlin in the past). At some point, maybe I will eat German food?

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7 minutes ago, Starbuck said:

So far I have been to excellent Thai, Vietnamese and Israeli restaurants. I've also had some amazing Argentinian BBQ steak at work. I haven't explored the amazing falafel selection (though I did when I visited Berlin in the past). At some point, maybe I will eat German food?


Oooh, by Israeli do you by any chance mean Neni? YUM. Also, the views. Needs to be booked well in advance, though.

Yes, I save eating German food for when I'm sick of green vegetables and am ready to die in a meat/starch/cream coma. I like the way they do venison goulash with preiselbeeren. Also, schnitzel with preiselbeeren (possibly Austrian, but there's no hard border on food). Not so fond of the gummy knoedel, in its endless pale sauce, though. I can't think of any other typical dishes just now. Maybe the weisswurst with sweet grainy mustard. For breakfast or for watching FC Bayern play. Not bad, looks kinda weird when you skin it. The sausage, not the team. 

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I've updated my goals! And now it is late and I've run out of time to talk about how I've gone the last couple days.

 

Tried to go to the gym today - got there after work, checked in and then discovered that I'd left my clothes at home (so wasted one of my visits for the month).

 

Tracked my food (though did it all at night instead of during the day).

 

Done my Duolingo and some exercises in the language hacking book. German spoken today was limited to Hallo, good morning, thank you and bye. 

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i enjoyed learning german on duolingo and it helped a ton as a tourist in Cologne. I imagine that being surrounded by the language daily, you are going to pick up on the nuances that duolingo misses. hope so!

 

bummer about the gym visit. i might've just done non sweaty things in my work clothes. i am amazed by some of the street clothes people wear to the gym so i'm sure you wouldn't have been thaaaat out of place.

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Oooh, by Israeli do you by any chance mean Neni? YUM. Also, the views. Needs to be booked well in advance, though.

Yes, I save eating German food for when I'm sick of green vegetables and am ready to die in a meat/starch/cream coma. I like the way they do venison goulash with preiselbeeren. Also, schnitzel with preiselbeeren (possibly Austrian, but there's no hard border on food). Not so fond of the gummy knoedel, in its endless pale sauce, though. I can't think of any other typical dishes just now. Maybe the weisswurst with sweet grainy mustard. For breakfast or for watching FC Bayern play. Not bad, looks kinda weird when you skin it. The sausage, not the team. 


Funny you should mention Neni - I was actually at the bar right next to it on Monday night and my friend was talking about how it is apparently amazibg, but impossible to get into. So it is definitely on my must do list!



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i enjoyed learning german on duolingo and it helped a ton as a tourist in Cologne. I imagine that being surrounded by the language daily, you are going to pick up on the nuances that duolingo misses. hope so!
 
bummer about the gym visit. i might've just done non sweaty things in my work clothes. i am amazed by some of the street clothes people wear to the gym so i'm sure you wouldn't have been thaaaat out of place.


Yeah, I'm hoping I gain some language just being here.

Yeah, I have previously done workouts in my work clothes and probably should have at least done something. I already feel a bit out of place in that gym anyway, so I just wasn't feeling it.

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Tried another gym I can go to with the work membership. It was crowded and the equipment wasn't great. I somehow managed to get my whole workout done, which was quite the feat given the wait on equipment. Did give me some great examples of misuse of squat racks and benches - I saw one guy do muscle ups on the squat rack!

Also, I think a giant used the squat rack before me ..

Food logged...but only this evening.

Did my Duolingo, but nothing more. Think I need to learn to say "are you still using the squat rack/barbell?"cf2546e78f71b0bf2073ef2ecffbb414.jpg

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39 minutes ago, Starbuck said:

Funny you should mention Neni - I was actually at the bar right next to it on Monday night and my friend was talking about how it is apparently amazibg, but impossible to get into. So it is definitely on my must do list!

 


Oh cool, so you got the nice views! It's not impossible, you just have to book several weeks in advance (at least, that was the case last time I checked).
 

26 minutes ago, Starbuck said:

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Your gym lets you lift in socks? Rad! 

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On 3/18/2019 at 5:40 PM, Starbuck said:

- Keep a food diary 

I am not happy with my weight at the moment. My new workplace has a snack cupboard that has a limitless supply of junk food. This is all quite concerning to me.

 

Ah, the classic game of The Cupboard is Lava...

 

On 3/18/2019 at 5:40 PM, Starbuck said:

Last (and probably most important part) is to actually speak some German. So basically I am just going to congratulate myself for any little bit of German that I actually use. 

 

Do you have someone--a coworker, perhaps--who you would feel at least semi-comfortable recruiting to help with the immersion? 

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On 3/20/2019 at 10:56 PM, Harriet said:

Your gym lets you lift in socks? Rad! 

I was just in between changing to my weightlifting shoes for squats. Though one of the gyms I have been to here actually encourages not wearing shoes. 

 

 

On 3/22/2019 at 5:46 PM, Urgan said:

 

Ah, the classic game of The Cupboard is Lava...

 

 

Do you have someone--a coworker, perhaps--who you would feel at least semi-comfortable recruiting to help with the immersion? 

Cupboard is Lava actually seems like it might be a good goal for this challenge.

 

It's something that I have been trying to make clear with friends/co-workers...the problem is that I feel guilty about it because I think it is also can be frustrating for them (I will admit that there is a reasonable chance this is an excuse I'm making)

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So I've realised that the "make the most of the experience" goal is all about doing things that make me a little nervous (but that I probably ultimately know that I will enjoy). For last week I feel like I achieved this by going out on Saturday to a work colleague's birthday party and then out to a club afterwards. Ultimately was a very fun night...although my body certainly let me know on Sunday that it did not appreciate being out dancing until 3am or the quantity of alcohol that I might have had. 

 

Due to this I didn't get to the gym as planned on Sunday, but I did get the last day of my program in yesterday - as that was less than a week after I received the program, it really is okay (but I just like my program weeks to line up with actual weeks!). Even though the gyms I've been going to haven't been great in terms of equipment, I am happy that I have been completely absolutely everything that is on my program. The only thing is that I do have a tendency to cut my warm ups a little short...particularly when I notice that the one squat rack in the gym is free. 

 

I haven't tracked food since mid last week. However, I noticed that despite not tracking, I also managed to not take anything for myself from the snack cupboard on Thursday or Friday last week. I think that might actually be a better goal for me at the moment. I have decided that I can make an exception for a small pre-workout carb snack when I am leaving work to immediately go to the gym. Otherwise I take nothing out of that cupboard myself.  So far this week I have been successful (although I did help myself the cookies that a coworker had brought into our office for his birthday).

 

I have kept up my Duolingo and have used the book a few times during the week. I have also been trying to tell absolutely everyone how much I want to learn German and need encouragement to speak, in the hope that will actually help. I'm still barely speaking though. Yesterday I tried to order my lunch. After saying my order, I was asked in German what type of bread I wanted. Whilst I thought I knew what I was being asked, I stood there staring whilst trying to work out how to respond (I wanted brown bread, but couldn't remember how to say brown bread, so I was debating just saying white to give an answer) until I was asked again in English. 

 

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5 minutes ago, Starbuck said:

It's something that I have been trying to make clear with friends/co-workers...the problem is that I feel guilty about it because I think it is also can be frustrating for them (I will admit that there is a reasonable chance this is an excuse I'm making)

 

There's nothing to feel guilty about, they know you aren't fluent yet and five minutes' practice at a stretch shouldn't be too demanding--you will probably have to get the ball rolling because were it me I'd not push a foreign language on you, especially if I wasn't sure of your proficiency. Do you think that may be the trouble?

 

Assuming you're trying to talk to a person of at best average patience, the amount of frustration/difficulty would be roughly similar to speaking to someone who is very hard of hearing but not completely deaf. How someone may handle a person with a (temporary) handicap of sorts says more about them than you. And here you are, having to straddle the position of not wanting to be a cause of frustration while learning yet not knowing German is a bit of a problem, too. Honesty about how you feel is always best. You're being brave and putting yourself out there to make a lot of mistakes while you learn, that's how learning from the ground up goes, yeah? I hope you don't let it hold you back from trying to improve if your own inner monologue is the only thing working against you. Worst case scenario, people may mean well but just not have the temperament you need when push comes to shove, you know? 

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59 minutes ago, Starbuck said:

Yesterday I tried to order my lunch. After saying my order, I was asked in German what type of bread I wanted. Whilst I thought I knew what I was being asked, I stood there staring whilst trying to work out how to respond (I wanted brown bread, but couldn't remember how to say brown bread, so I was debating just saying white to give an answer) until I was asked again in English. 

 


This is a fine result. You used the amount of German that you had. When I was learning it was useful to be able to say things like "Sorry, I didn't understand that", "Pardon me, my native language is English", "I only speak a little German" "Can you say that more slowly, please?". Do you know how to say those in German? It can buy you some time and patience.  

Reading can also be a way to quickly improve, though in my case learning through reading carried over to speaking, but has left my listening skills pretty subpar. Is there a book you know extremely well in English and could get in German? For me, I had read Harry Potter so many times as a child that I was able to read it in German and pick up a lot of vocabulary without consulting a dictionary every five seconds. E.g. did you know the word for moustache is Schnurrbart? Like, purr beard? Glorious. 

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5 hours ago, Harriet said:


This is a fine result. You used the amount of German that you had. When I was learning it was useful to be able to say things like "Sorry, I didn't understand that", "Pardon me, my native language is English", "I only speak a little German" "Can you say that more slowly, please?". Do you know how to say those in German? It can buy you some time and patience.  

 

I found the phrase"I'm still learning German" very useful when traveling through German-speaking countries as well.

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