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Well, I actually managed to stay relatively sane last challenge, so we'll call that aspect a win. 

 

On the other hand, I ate like a doofus, and I feel fluffy and groggy and generally gross because of it. 

 

I've been mulling with how to structure my challenge in a way that is actually helpful in my crazy busy times, and I think I've found a decent solution. One thing I want  to focus on is what I want to DO, not what I want to NOT DO. As in, actively replacing negative habits with positive ones, rather than trying to white-knuckle my way through defeating the negative ones on their own. 

 

So without further ado, here's how I'm going to achieve that. 

 

Goal One: Bring a lunch to work. (So that I don't buy food at work).

This is pretty straightforward. I can't remember offhand how many actual work days I have, since I have some time off booked within this challenge, but the goal is for this to happen every time I go to work.

 

Goal Two: Do something productive in the evening for at least 1 hour. (So I spend less time snacking).

Activities (disc golf, dog walking) count. House cleaning counts. Working on our apparel business counts. I'm pretty open to whatever, as long as it's not accompanied by food. 

 

Goal Three: Meal plan. (So I don't fall back on eating foods that I really shouldn't be).

Make a plan at least once a week (specific day doesn't really work, as it rotates, especially when we're gone on weekends). Grocery shop for it. Cook decent food. 

 

These are all things that I can do, no matter how busy it gets. And if I stick to it, i guarantee I'll be healthier in 5 weeks. 

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Okay. So this coming weekend is open. The next is a one day disc golf tournament on the Sunday, about an hour away. No biggie. 

The next weekend is a big tournament in the mountains. We'll be camping from Thursday - Sunday for that one, and doing our big shirt/hat shop situation. 

The weekend after that is open. Then the final weekend of the challenge is our friends' wedding. Hubs is in the wedding, and some other friends from out of town are staying with us, so it's going to be a busy one. 

Then another tournament the weekend after that, which is part of week zero for the next challenge. After that, it calms down a little for July. 

 

So that's what I'm working around. It's busy, but not terrible.

 

I'm off to a good start today. Food was solid (hoagie salad for lunch, with some beef broth/veggies, and meatballs and tomato sauce for dinner). I did a good job of cleaning up/putting stuff away from the camping on the weekend, so the house is actually not a disaster zone. The dogs got walked, I napped. All good. 

 

Plans for tomorrow: More hoagie salad for lunch, cauliflower/sausage casserole for dinner, and probably some scrambled eggs - we have disc golf league, so supper probably won't happen until after, but I'll eat the eggs before hand. League also takes care of my productive evening. 

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On 5/21/2019 at 5:52 AM, Fonzico said:

Bring a lunch to work.

This definitely helps even here at home! I now pack lunches for the boys and myself and we have to stick with it. Well, it works more for me than the boys, they seem to be in another growing phase. *sigh*

Good luck with this challenge.

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Is your apparel company stuff you’re designing yourself? I missed hearing about it before. 
Yes! So the hubs and I have a little business out of our house, making custom signs, vehicle decals, shirts, graphic design etc.
But a couple years ago, we figured since we were going to all these disc golf tournaments, and no one was selling apparel at them, that we might as well. So we launched "Treeline Disc Golf Apparel".

It's a bit of a passion project. We get to make stuff on our own terms, and it has actually been growing pretty steadily.
This definitely helps even here at home! I now pack lunches for the boys and myself and we have to stick with it. Well, it works more for me than the boys, they seem to be in another growing phase. *sigh*
Good luck with this challenge.
Haha you are in for an empty fridge for a fair number of years here I think!
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Week zero day two was a good one.
Food choices were on track; I brought lunch and we had disc golf league in the evening, so evening activity checkmark.

I also made a couple tank tops that were a random order from someone who was referred to us - so cute, they say "vacation? Alpaca bag!" With an alpaca, of course.

So yeah. Super productive. Woo.

Tentatively planning to grocery shop tonight... We could make it until Friday though so I reserve the right to do so!

And I'm helping run a women's intro to disc golf clinic tomorrow evening - should be fun!

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Ahh all about the food- I seriously admire your tenacity, I find it very difficult to keep up good eating habits. 

But ehm, where are all the kettlebells at? ;)

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Ahh all about the food- I seriously admire your tenacity, I find it very difficult to keep up good eating habits. 
But ehm, where are all the kettlebells at?
So do I, that's why it's always goal! Hah.

And kettlebells are on hiatus... It's part of the not going crazy thing. They don't run in the summer anyways, but I'll be back at it in September. Kettlebells are my idea of a winter sport!
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Well, I brought my lunch to work and visited my sister (we took the dogs for a long walk) in the evening, so I met those goals.

I lost a battle with the snack dragon afterwards though :/

No grocery shopping happened, so I'll go tomorrow.

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Okay, so I'm definitely flirting with crazy today. 

 

I was debating whether to cry or throw up this morning... I managed to not do either (so far). 

 

SO, at the last tournament, someone mentioned that they wanted to order a few shirts for their one-day event on June 15th. We were like, "Sure, great"!

Well the order is in today - and it's 75 shirts. Front and back, so that's essentially like making 150 shirts. 

And we are gone for four days for the Canmore trip the weekend before these are needed. 

 

But I'm going to do it anyways. I guess I can't complain. I could have turned it down. The money is good though, and I feel like we kind of preemptively agreed to do it. 

The shirts should arrive probably by Tuesday or Wednesday. And I'll just have to work in the evenings, and spend all day next Saturday on it. I'll back out of the one-day tourney on June 2nd if needed. 

I can do this. I just need to stay on top of it. And we are NOT taking any more orders for the next month!

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Okay, so I'm definitely flirting with crazy today. 
 
I was debating whether to cry or throw up this morning... I managed to not do either (so far). 
 
SO, at the last tournament, someone mentioned that they wanted to order a few shirts for their one-day event on June 15th. We were like, "Sure, great"!
Well the order is in today - and it's 75 shirts. Front and back, so that's essentially like making 150 shirts. 
And we are gone for four days for the Canmore trip the weekend before these are needed. 
 
But I'm going to do it anyways. I guess I can't complain. I could have turned it down. The money is good though, and I feel like we kind of preemptively agreed to do it. 
The shirts should arrive probably by Tuesday or Wednesday. And I'll just have to work in the evenings, and spend all day next Saturday on it. I'll back out of the one-day tourney on June 2nd if needed. 
I can do this. I just need to stay on top of it. And we are NOT taking any more orders for the next month!

You can do this - batch cook so you’ll have no excuses to grab crap while you’re working on the order, split it up in chunks to do each day, and dedicate a couple hours in the evening - with swing shifts for the one of you not operating the machinery to keep on top of cleaning and the dogs.

Deep breaths, lady and go kick ass at business!


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You can do this - batch cook so you’ll have no excuses to grab crap while you’re working on the order, split it up in chunks to do each day, and dedicate a couple hours in the evening - with swing shifts for the one of you not operating the machinery to keep on top of cleaning and the dogs.

Deep breaths, lady and go kick ass at business!


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18 hours ago, Fonzico said:

SO, at the last tournament, someone mentioned that they wanted to order a few shirts for their one-day event on June 15th. We were like, "Sure, great"!

Well the order is in today - and it's 75 shirts. Front and back, so that's essentially like making 150 shirts. 

And we are gone for four days for the Canmore trip the weekend before these are needed.

 

18 hours ago, darkfoxx said:

You can do this - batch cook so you’ll have no excuses to grab crap while you’re working on the order, split it up in chunks to do each day, and dedicate a couple hours in the evening - with swing shifts for the one of you not operating the machinery to keep on top of cleaning and the dogs.

You've got this, and great idea from @darkfoxx.

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Okay.

Panic softly subsiding. (I tried to say "slightly" but I like softly ever so much better).

I have grocery shopped, and today will make chili and egg muffins.

And I have the stuff for a big ass pork stir-fry and bulk salad ingredients.


I can't do much about the bajillion shirts until they arrive (probably Tuesday or Wednesday) but I can get caught up on everything else so I can focus on just that when they arrive.

I've got what I need to do for this weekend planned out. Hubs is going to a bachelor party today (he's one of the groomsmen) so I'm not expected help at this juncture. Which is fine!

I'm also taking Annie (the newer pup - although we've had her for over 6 months now!) for a meet and greet at my friends' kennel.
I don't really want to leave her with my parents, because they can't walk her...
I know her leash manners still need work, but I walk both dogs by myself every day. I can't figure out if she's behaving much worse for them, or if their standards are just really high!

I got my sister to walk her though, and she was behaving normally, so I don't know. Anyways. She's going to stay with my sister next time, and just Hyzer will go to my parents. We'll see how it goes, but I feel like I need to have the kennel option locked and loaded just in case.
Annie gets along great with my sister's dog though, and I'm pretty sure they'll just play themselves exhausted, so it might actually be an ideal solution.
They're not always around though.


Okay, tangent over.
My mantra today is just to stay calm and break things down into little steps.

(A tactic that I actually executed amazing well at work yesterday - one of my coworkers is teaching me to do one of our more complicated tasks, and she's been putting off dealing with one aspect of it, as it's a big mess. She was joking around that I should just deal with it, and I was like, well, let me tackle it and see how far I can get?
Long story short, I solved the mess, mostly by not looking too far ahead in the process and just tackling the little steps first, and eventually it all came together.
So I know it works.)

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17 hours ago, Fonzico said:

I know her leash manners still need work, but I walk both dogs by myself every day. I can't figure out if she's behaving much worse for them, or if their standards are just really high!

Ok, our dogs aren't well trained on the leash, but I know how to control them when I walk with them, but they do take chances with Adam when he walks with me. And ok, we don't walk as frequently as you do, so that is also counting against our dogs learning 'the ropes' quicker. Maybe with Annie it is a bit of both, that she is trying to take a chance, or that your parents are used to older, quieter dogs, on the leash, and not a youngish pup who can still get excited about smells. Anyway... good luck with this. I totally think it will work out well.

 

And congrats on sorting out that huge problem at work! Sometimes it just needs a fresh mind and pair of eyes.

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Woot! Great job of getting organized so that you are ready for the big project. And congrats on the big order
Thank you! And yes, I couldn't say no, because it will be such a nice boost to our savings!
Ok, our dogs aren't well trained on the leash, but I know how to control them when I walk with them, but they do take chances with Adam when he walks with me. And ok, we don't walk as frequently as you do, so that is also counting against our dogs learning 'the ropes' quicker. Maybe with Annie it is a bit of both, that she is trying to take a chance, or that your parents are used to older, quieter dogs, on the leash, and not a youngish pup who can still get excited about smells. Anyway... good luck with this. I totally think it will work out well.
 
And congrats on sorting out that huge problem at work! Sometimes it just needs a fresh mind and pair of eyes.
I suspect you're right, that it's a bit of both. I was just so astonished when they said they *couldn't* walk her. She was absolutely awful on a leash when we first got her - pulling with all her strength, which is a lot - and it was hell walking her for the first month or two. But we have worked SO hard on it, so it was upsetting to hear that it was an issue for them.

But anyways. We'll continue to work on it.

The "meet and greet" at the kennel yesterday went VERY well. She was super well behaved, and once she got comfortable she was having so much fun. I think she'll enjoy staying there.


Yesterday went well in general - I accomplished what I intended to, which was to fix up the graphic for the tournament in two weeks, and to top off the shirts that we sold out of certain sizes of.

I have some custom orders that I'll work on today, and I have a couple inventory items to clear up, but I'm mostly caught up.
This is definitely the best I've been on top of inventory at this point of the year! So that's good.

Aaaand hubs is pretty sure he can take at least one day off this week to work on the shirts, so that is a huge boon. I might even still be able to go to the tourney on Sunday!

I'm going to go take the dogs to the dog park now - get us all some sunshine and fresh air to start the day :)
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So I ended up taking one heck of a mental health day yesterday :)

It was finally warm and sunny out!
The pups and I went to the *good* dog park (there's a fairly boring one very close to our house, where we usually go) and we wandered around for over an hour. It has beautiful treed trails and several ponds... One of which Hyzer availed himself of. He loves to swim, but I wasn't prepared for wet dog, so I made him stay out of the water after that so he would dry off a bit.
Anyhow, it was great.

Then I napped for a couple hours, then we went and played disc golf. Had supper, took the pups out again.

I did manage to get some domestic rangering done in the evening, so things are semi-tidy.

This evening I will finish up the couple things I meant to do yesterday that can be done before the shirts arrive.



Okay, I do still have goals in the midst of this, and I need to remind myself of them!

1. Bring lunch to work.
2. Do stuff in the evening (no worries there)
3. Meal plan.

I'm still preemptively good on the last one - there's several meals worth of chili left and lots of salad fixings.
I didn't get around to the egg muffins, but frankly it would have been too much food.
The pork I bought needed to be cooked, so I put it in the slow cooker yesterday and froze the results, so I have a couple meals worth of meat ready to go.

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Well fuck. Pardon my French but I feel like it's called for.

I sort of got laid off today.

Meaning that they've permanently reduced my position to half time.

Since we're unionized, I'm not totally screwed... But I have some major decision making to do.

I can accept it, and cobble together extra contracts to be full-time ish in my current office. My boss said she can guarantee me full time overall until the end of the calendar year, and at least 0.9 until the end of next June.
It's likely that another permanent full time position will open up before then... But not guaranteed.

Or I can accept one of the currently open positions I'm qualified for. The majority of these are admin assistant positions and at a lower pay grade than I'm currently at. There is one that's actually at a higher grade... As a Senior accounting assistant - that apparently I'm qualified for even though my degree is in anthropology? Lol
They've already interviewed for it, so they have someone else locked and loaded, but I can have it if I want it, without interviewing.

In this scenario, I can still apply for any full time permanent positions that come up in my current office, but at least I'd be guaranteed a job until that happens.
But.... Accounting? It's in accounts payable. HR is sending me the job description, and I'm going to ask for a meeting with the supervisor.

I also have the option to displace the most junior Union member at the same pay grade I'm at, but since that's a front-line accounting assistant, I'm not even going to consider that - I might as well take the higher paying one upstairs of I'm going to work on finance.

But ugh. I really did not see this one coming.
It's been a day.

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