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Staying with the Scouts again this challenge. Great bunch of NF legends here, not quite as barmy as the Rangers either (no Rangerbrain ).

 

So last challenge saw me laid up with a bunged up right knee. This put my first ever 10k fun run on hold. I am stuck on a waiting list for a specialist so I can find out if I need surgery.

 

I am also looking at moving to be closer to my children. They are really needing me even more. I am starting a business selling ID card machines. Not quite the Life Coaching business I envisioned at the start of the year. However, it will help me to complete that course.

 

My main goals for this challenge is keeping my mental health in check. Recently I have been feeling the spectre of depression raising once again. It has been three years since I healed myself from that illness. I don't want a relapse. Nor can I afford having one.

 

I plan to work on my diet and create an upper body exercise routine that I can do sitting down. I also want to get back into meditation and writing again.

 

Diet, increase fruit and veggie intake, cut out the bread, noodles and pasta.

 

Upper body workout at least twice per week.

 

Meditation three times per week.

 

Writing at least once per week.

 

That's the plan, let's see what life throws at me this challenge.

 

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What do you do for meditation? That's a habit i need to rekindle as well, so maybe we can try to push each other a bit. I just got an app called Plum Village from an author I like a lot, Thich Nhat Hanh. Free, no ads, just easy guided meditations. 

 

Also, i relate on the depression front. Let's stick together this challenge, we'll keep eachother on point. 

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Thank you@Morag always glad to have your company.
@jedi_mind, generally I do my own meditation. I base mine on the runic meditations as discussed by Edred Thorsson. Much of his work fell out of favour within Heathen/Asatru circles, about 20 years ago. Mainly due to his membership with the Temple of Set and some socio-political views.

However I have found the practices useful for me. They formed the foundation of my spiritual practices for the past 25 odd years. So I will return to those.

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Hey Thom. I’m not sure what you’re planning, but I ran across some videos from a fixed-gear racer turned fitness guru that might spur some ideas.

This one requires a weight. When I first started training I used a 15# homemade sandbag.



This one is basic cardio.


Hope they help. Good luck.
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Life coaching: I remember you did a little bit of life coaching for a friend of yours a while back. Maybe it was pro bono just to get some experience, I don't quite remember. Have you already finished the certification (I couldn't quite understand) or do you need to finish the class? I was thinking maybe you could try doing a little on the side while doing the id card business as a "day job."

 

I haven't tried this myself yet, but I have a friend who swears by this. Apparently, it starts pretty slow but is good.

 

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Hey@Xena, to clarify I need to complete the Diploma course. I did help a friend as part of my course. I need to have so many pro bono hours up in order to obtain my qualification.

I do plan to use the id card business to fund the life coaching business. Realistically I can do both side by side as they are both "work from home" businesses. So I can have them work around each other.

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Update for the week. So far only one day without bread or pasta. Four serves of fruit this week, on four different days. No exercising either.

I got back home Wednesday. Sorted a couple of appointments out yesterday. Including a house inspection.

I was going to attend today's climate strike. But this morning Bec changed plans on me. So I had to drive to Cootamundra and back instead, to bring the kids to my place.

On Monday she is going to Sydney with Elaina, who has to catch up with her pain team. The original plan was me droving out Saturday morning and staying until Bec got back from Sydney. But she decided that she needed a break before going. Sigh.

Still I get time with my gorgeous kids. Shame my knee didn't cope with the two and a half hours of driving. At least I have my knee brace to help support my knee.

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Here we are Tuesday of week two. I have developed the lurgy. Phlegm in my lungs, snotty nose headache, croaky voice and general feeling crappy.

I have had to push past my pain and illness to look after the kids and tidy Bec's house.

Diet continues to be crappy with bread and pasta every day since my last update. This not having enough money is killing my diet. A packet of pasta costs a dollar, add a couple of handfuls of veggies and that is a meal for about $1.50. At the moment dairy is one of my main sources of protein. Which is seriously not good.

With my lurgy, I dont feel up for anything beyond looking after my kiddos.

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Hey Thom, late to the party (as always) but glad to be here. Thank you for sharing how you’ve been doing. Just from the small amount I’ve interacted with you on this forum, I can tell you are a kind, intelligent, precious person. 

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On 9/24/2019 at 5:23 AM, Thom Stépan said:

Diet continues to be crappy with bread and pasta every day since my last update. This not having enough money is killing my diet. A packet of pasta costs a dollar, add a couple of handfuls of veggies and that is a meal for about $1.50. At the moment dairy is one of my main sources of protein. Which is seriously not good.

 

Can your stomach handle beans? Lots of great rice&beans dishes that are cheap and arguably healthy.(Different people have different opinions on nutrition). I'm also a big fan of red lentils with curry-type spices, some rice and a bit of shredded cheese.

 

Canned beans are pretty cheap, but the dried ones are even cheaper if you are willing to take the time to cook them. If you do cook them, it's also easy to portion them out and freeze what you don't want.

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Hey Thom, late to the party (as always) but glad to be here. Thank you for sharing how you’ve been doing. Just from the small amount I’ve interacted with you on this forum, I can tell you are a kind, intelligent, precious person. 
Thank you. I truly needed to hear that today.

Just remember, "A wizard is never late, they arrive precisely when they need to be there."

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Can your stomach handle beans? Lots of great rice&beans dishes that are cheap and arguably healthy.(Different people have different opinions on nutrition). I'm also a big fan of red lentils with curry-type spices, some rice and a bit of shredded cheese.
 
Canned beans are pretty cheap, but the dried ones are even cheaper if you are willing to take the time to cook them. If you do cook them, it's also easy to portion them out and freeze what you don't want.
Yeah, I can handle beans quite well. The drawback is my Theo hates them. So I then have to make different meals for him.

Going to look at some different recipes and see what I can do. The rice is definitely a far healthier option than pasta. Shame I am crap at cooking rice. Lol. Thirty years of cooking and I still struggle with rice.

My favourite recipe is a chorizo bean stew. A can of beans, 1onion, couple of cloves of garlic, 2 potatoes, 2 chorizo sausages, beef stock, can of crushed tomatoes, then paprika, cumin, tumeric and coriander seed powder to taste. Chili is optional. Cans are standard 420g. Makes about 4 serves.




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Update time, last week was a wash out due to the lurgy.

 

The second half of September sucks these days. To many anniversaries. It was this time in 2012 that I met Bec and the kids for the first time. In 2015 I asked her to marry me. 2017 we got married. Sigh.

 

The kids go on the Country Hope time out for life camp this time of year. Third term school holidays. Which is why we planned everything for this time of year.

 

Edited to change the year I got engaged to Bec. 2015, not 2016 d'oh.

 

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12 hours ago, Thom Stépan said:

Shame I am crap at cooking rice. Lol. Thirty years of cooking and I still struggle with rice.

 

I bet it's your stove and not you. Rice is the easiest thing in the world if you have an electric stove (or a "fancy" gadget like a rice cooker or instantpot). If you have a gas stove, it's hard to get the settings to go low enough to cook rice.

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20 hours ago, Xena said:

 

I bet it's your stove and not you. Rice is the easiest thing in the world if you have an electric stove (or a "fancy" gadget like a rice cooker or instantpot). If you have a gas stove, it's hard to get the settings to go low enough to cook rice.

 

Too true. One rice tip I learned when I had a too-hot gas stove: roll a long piece of aluminum foil into a ring and place it on top of the burner grate, then put to pot on it. Raising the pot 1/4” or so can make a big difference. And it’s cheaper than an instapot!

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Considering the dozen or so stove tops I have used over years, both gas and electric, the only constant is me, so I will accept the fault for not being able to cook rice well.

I will have to hunt down a rice cooker though, I used one of those with a reasonable amount of success.

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My rice cooking recipe explicitely says to keep the lid od, not mess with it, remove from heat at some point, let sit for 5 more minutes closed, then open up...
But yeahhh rice is hard, but with the amount of korean food I cook I kinda have to learn, or else.

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Anyway, unsolicited advice, sorry.

All the hugs!!
How is the knee doing? And more obviously: how are the rascals?

send from my phone, bear with me.

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6 hours ago, Thom Stépan said:

I will have to hunt down a rice cooker though, I used one of those with a reasonable amount of success.

I use my rice cooker all the time.  @Morag's technique looks amazing too.  

 

Sending hugs and positive vibes to you and the kiddos during a busy and emotionally heavy time of year!  

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Food porn. Mid morning snack that should cover at least two serves of veggies. Two small carrots, some sliced mushrooms, a pickled onion, around a dozen stuffed olives and one stick of the nameless vegetable. With a bit of corn relish dip for the stalk that shall not be named. 941686f6a92985617d3f6e181802d927.jpg

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My Emmy had to leave one of her big teddies with me whilst she is at camp. I promised to take good care of him. Each day I took photos of Orange Ted doing stuff and sent them to her.

#parentingdoneright

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23 hours ago, Thom Stépan said:

stalk that shall not be named

I laughed at this way harder than I should have

 

11 hours ago, Thom Stépan said:

#parentingdoneright

yes my friend it is!

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You laughed because you were there. You know what trouble will occur if we utter that name. Worse than naming Voldemort. It shall remain the stalk that shall not be named.

 

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