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Happy New Year!  I can not wait to be back on a normal eating routine.  What's a vegetable?  

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I've determined I need a proper plan with proper means of tracking progress.  With that in mind, zero week will include tracking weight, measurements (need to determine which ones,) fitness benchmarks (ditto determining which ones,) and life goals (how's my knitting progress or such.)  I will include side notes for things like energy level, interest, and other general well-being things.

 

I'm pretty happy with my nutrition, if we don't include these last 14 days-  I did the math, 7 of those last 14 days have been focused on food and drink.  The hazards of divorced in-laws who all want their holiday time and holiday-time birthdays which cannot be forgotten.  As far as nutrition usually goes, I'm fighting to have enough iron in my diet.  It is surprisingly challenging for me but when I did consistently get close to goal before the madness began I was feeling so much better and still had energy at the end of the day.  

 

As some may recall, I had a misaligned shoulder issue a few months ago.  This has led to misguided notions of weakness.  Logically, I know that the proper muscles were not working for a long time and now that they are trying it just seems like I backslid, even though it was simply adaptation and the incorrect muscles doing the work before.  I can barely do a wall side plank when I was able to do a full side plank last August.  So time to get those puppies in line. 

 

Finally, some lovely people were talking about depth years.  This year I'm going to focus on when I've started learning, not pick up new and shiny fun distractions.  I will crochet a sweater. I will knit something I'm proud of.  I will finish a properly fit adjusted sewing project.  I will have a more productive garden.  I will not buy things that don't advance the goals.  I will take dog training classes.

 

To work!

Create Benchmarks

  • weight tracked monthly
  • measurements of waist, hips, biceps, quads.  Any others?
  • pull up/ active scap hang for now, full push up with control, ROM especially hamstring and arm internal/external rotation.  Anything else? side planks- left side initially fail even with knee down
  • satisfaction check-ins with  crochet/knit/language/house projects 

Food

  • eat real food
  • meet protein needs
  • meet iron needs
  • drink enough water
  • return to conscious alcohol and treat consumption

Fitness

  • Calisthenics and strength work Sat/Mon/Wed- continue with Calisthenics classes!
  • Stretch, shoulder stabilizing,  ROM work other days 
  • dog walking doesn't count here- it is a daily household requirement and therefore doesn't count in this for my own time keeping

household

  • check plants weekly for watering 
  • put things away
  • walk the dog
  • plan a garden

 

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Odd.  I think I've developed an Impossible Thing.  Working out.  Do I honor it for now or try to force the issue?  I will try to just do some foam rolling and stretching and see if my brain lets me do a few planks or something.  Sneak up on the Thing.

 

 

Also, benchmarks should include progress pics

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I never thought I would be the kind of dog-owned person who put a dog in daycare/playgroup.  But here we are.  Little Black Dog seemed to be missing something and I got the feeling it was socializing and dog playtime.  This might be because she insists on playing with the Old Cat.  Poor OC does his best, but he's ... old.  First day of playgroup went very well and she seems generally more content if not actually tired.  How much energy can one short dog contain?

 

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8 hours ago, Chesire said:

I never thought I would be the kind of dog-owned person who put a dog in daycare/playgroup.  But here we are.  Little Black Dog seemed to be missing something and I got the feeling it was socializing and dog playtime.  This might be because she insists on playing with the Old Cat.  Poor OC does his best, but he's ... old.  First day of playgroup went very well and she seems generally more content if not actually tired.  How much energy can one short dog contain?

 

Happy that playgroup went well and that LBD seems content.

 

As for the question; boundless!

 

 

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Put together enough small wins over a long enough period of time, and you’ll find yourself in high level gear fighting dragons before you know it.

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My initial benchmark test for side-plank was basically a fail.  I knew it was weak but that was surprising.  With very conscious effort I've made a tiny bit of headway.  Knee side plank with control for a few seconds.  My side-quest to level this up has included wall and elevated planking, conscious engagement of the necessary muscles- no adaptation allowed!, and YTW's.  Not exciting but it's great to see improvement.

 

But what was exciting was be able to do a doorway chest stretch with decent movement and basically no pain or discomfort!  Last time I did that I still had to actively set my shoulder and do it very, very, ridiculously carefully.  I even made MrC "look at what I can do!"  He was a good guy and suitably .... impressed.  

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2 hours ago, Chesire said:

He was a good guy and suitably .... impressed.  

Good that he knows his duty!

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Put together enough small wins over a long enough period of time, and you’ll find yourself in high level gear fighting dragons before you know it.

Whisper Game Mode Easy

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Time for a check-in since I'm apparently not good about doing that here.

 

Food

  • eat real food-  Yes and so much better for it
  • meet protein needs- pretty on it so far
  • meet iron needs- can't believe how much I notice the difference when I slack, especially on the weekends
  • drink enough water- mostly good
  • return to conscious alcohol and treat consumption-  not too tough since I was sick of all the things

Fitness

  • Calisthenics and strength work Sat/Mon/Wed- continue with Calisthenics classes!-  I recognized the Impossible Thing and let it happen.  I think respecting it allowed me to break through, for now.  And this schedule seems to work.  I was grumbly about strength day today until I remembered it is Wed and the last for the week.  
  • Stretch, shoulder stabilizing,  ROM work other days - def improving 
  • dog walking doesn't count here- it is a daily household requirement and therefore doesn't count in this for my own time keeping- seems my mind set has mostly switched and I understand this is a necessary thing, not a thing for me.  I just benefit.

household

  • check plants weekly for watering - nobody died yet
  • put things away- mostly
  • walk the dog- so many squirrels 
  • plan a garden- I had a passing thought, but not yet

 

Additional thoughts

  • super proud I made a full year streak on DuoLingo- and I only used a streak freeze twice;  once cuz I spaced and once cuz I had poor connection and it didn't register.
  • I'm aiming to finish one crochet learning exercise project this round.  Finish the sweater with some of my crap yarn even though it seems it will be too big.  It's just for learning.
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Too damn tired to strength train today, so I exercised my strength to accept that and get back to it on the next scheduled day.  To keep grumpy gremlins away I had to accomplish something else.  I finished a dress that has been sitting, almost finished, since November.  woot!

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18 minutes ago, Chesire said:

I did a side plank!  Full on! No knee down!  On to my final plan of world domination....  nothing's gonna stop me now.

YESS thats amazing :) I am so proud of you. I struggle so hard with core work. 

 

On 1/15/2020 at 4:21 PM, Chesire said:

check plants weekly for watering - nobody died yet

You just reminded me... I forgot to water my Groot grass T_T I hope hes ok

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{Chase the wind and touch the sky; I will fly}

 

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3 hours ago, Chesire said:

I forgot about plants entirely!  And I'm actually plant-sitting, so fingers crossed.

 

Is Groot good?

I totally forgot again lol! I am sure hes fine......... but I should do it tonight.  I will set a reminder ^_^; 

 

I would never be able to plant-sit for someone. They would come back to cacti and me being like: 

Image result for i dont know what happened gif

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{Chase the wind and touch the sky; I will fly}

 

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On 1/30/2020 at 11:24 AM, Rookie said:

 

I would never be able to plant-sit for someone. They would come back to cacti and me being like: 

Image result for i dont know what happened gif

This might be the current situation.  Yep, one of my grandmother's African Violets has died on my watch.  Pretty sure it was sick when I took it in, so.... not my fault? 

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Random check-in time!

 

Food

  • eat real food-  besides my planned treat meals, this is going well
  • meet protein needs-  keep falling short of goal.  It's a challenge when trying to keep meat consumption down and calories under control.  I could probably venture into tofu, but it's kinda intimidating.  Ultimately though, even if I am short, I'm still way ahead of where I was.  Partial win
  • meet iron needs-  Oh My Dog!  this is my magic potion for energy!  The effort to meet (mostly) the rda has paid off so much!  I'm not spent by the end of the day, and even able to work more while maintaining exercise goals.    
  • drink enough water- 2 liters most days.  Bam!
  • return to conscious alcohol and treat consumption-  check and check

Fitness

  • Calisthenics and strength work Sat/Mon/Wed- continue with Calisthenics classes!-  So much win on this.  consistency on a plan is amazing.  I previously did things sorta haphazardly, except for that time I did P90X, but having found something I actually like and having actual goals is satisfying and easier.
  • Stretch, shoulder stabilizing,  ROM work other days -  a little slack on the stretching quota, but eh, ok, it's still better than nothing
  • dog walking doesn't count here- it is a daily household requirement and therefore doesn't count in this for my own time keeping-  Mindset shift done!

household

  • check plants weekly for watering-- as discussed above...  not good, but minimal death.  Thank goodness for dormancy 
  • put things away- better
  • walk the dog-  so much walking. Today there is snow, so this will be a mad dog crazy run day.  
  • plan a garden-  plans are forming.  Maybe this will be my year
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