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Hi folks! Happy new year.

 

It was a VERY busy end of 2019, and I've dropped some habits. Mostly that was mindful choices to keep up with work and personal obligation, but I need to make some new and revised choices to get things back on track.

 

Simple goals:

  • 3 workouts per week.
  • Eat more vegetables.

 

This is the routine that feels best to me and it's been at least a couple of months since I was hitting it consistently. Holiday disruptions are over and the quests await us.

 

Relevant things that are going on aka suggested discussion points:

 

I got pretty sick for a couple of days over the holiday break, and I think it's down to a new medication to which I'm still adjusting. Most but not all of the physical side effects are passing, and I think I may end up changing meds again next month when I see my doctor again, so there may be a new batch of fun side effects soon.

 

I'm back to karate class this week, and our next test is the first week of March. I'm presently advanced green belt, testing for beginner purple. (There are three purple ranks, beginning/regular/advanced, so I expect to be purple most of the year.) I went to my first class in a while on Monday, and I still ache all over, but that's good.

 

The LARP that I worked on last year (and expect to again this year) has started a fitness group on Facebook and lots of people are doing the Darebee Hero's Journey workout series. I haven't done it since I'm already paying for karate/kickboxing classes, but one habit I'd like to give myself bonus points for is getting in an extra workout in the work gym once a week. If I can manage that, I'll do some of the Darebee stuff.

 

I'm taking some new affirmative mental health steps. The aforementioned anti-anxiety medication, and some changes in how I'm approaching my writing work for the game this year. 

 

All good. Let's do this.

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1 hour ago, RogueLibrarian said:

I got pretty sick for a couple of days over the holiday break, and I think it's down to a new medication to which I'm still adjusting. Most but not all of the physical side effects are passing, and I think I may end up changing meds again next month when I see my doctor again, so there may be a new batch of fun side effects soon.

 

Boo for side effects. Here's to finding the right meds that don't muck with things they oughtn't muck with. 

 

1 hour ago, RogueLibrarian said:

I'm back to karate class this week, and our next test is the first week of March. I'm presently advanced green belt, testing for beginner purple. (There are three purple ranks, beginning/regular/advanced, so I expect to be purple most of the year.) I went to my first class in a while on Monday, and I still ache all over, but that's good.

 

Rooting for you! How fast does one usually go up through the ranks? I seem to recall having seen several posts for you testing, and still going strong. 

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4 minutes ago, Manarelle said:

Boo for side effects. Here's to finding the right meds that don't muck with things they oughtn't muck with. 

 

Working on it. I'm trying to be as patient with the process as I can. It's so idiosyncratic and you don't know what the side effects will be (or if it'll help) until you've been taking it for a bit, and you can't just instantaneously swap without tapering off, so it's going to require patience.

 

4 minutes ago, Manarelle said:

Rooting for you! How fast does one usually go up through the ranks? I seem to recall having seen several posts for you testing, and still going strong. 

 

We test every eight weeks with a free week in between. My ranks to date have had two levels each ("regular" and advanced) and my future ranks will all have three levels (beginner/"regular"/advanced), so if I test every time and pass every test, that would put me into beginner blue belt around September. I've been taking just over a year and have missed maybe two tests due to travel etc.

 

1 minute ago, sylph said:

Here to follow. Good luck with that vegetables, thing.

 

I roasted vegetables last night (incredibly easy) and bought stuff for healthy stir fry for later in the week. We ate terribly at our mothers' houses over the holidays. My mom's still not sure how to cook for vegetarians without melting cheese in everything (which I don't hate, but).

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14 minutes ago, RogueLibrarian said:

Working on it. I'm trying to be as patient with the process as I can. It's so idiosyncratic and you don't know what the side effects will be (or if it'll help) until you've been taking it for a bit, and you can't just instantaneously swap without tapering off, so it's going to require patience.

 

Ouch, my sympathies. Had a close friend go through that and it was rough, but very worth it in the end. /hugs. Hang in there. 

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2 hours ago, RogueLibrarian said:

Simple goals:

  • 3 workouts per week.
  • Eat more vegetables.

Perfection.

 

2 hours ago, RogueLibrarian said:

I'm back to karate class this week, and our next test is the first week of March. I'm presently advanced green belt, testing for beginner purple. (There are three purple ranks, beginning/regular/advanced, so I expect to be purple most of the year.) I went to my first class in a while on Monday, and I still ache all over, but that's good.

Neat. :D 

 

2 hours ago, RogueLibrarian said:

I'm taking some new affirmative mental health steps. The aforementioned anti-anxiety medication, and some changes in how I'm approaching my writing work for the game this year. 

All the good luck and vibes your way on these. 🍀

 

2 hours ago, RogueLibrarian said:

All good. Let's do this.

LET'S.

 

Also, I went down what I assume was a fully unintended pop punk nostalgia rabbit hole at the name of your challenge, lmao.

 

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Got to fight with boffer swords in karate class tonight.

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Very excited to see you are still progressing with the belts :)  

 

Is your promotion already effective?  Last time I was following your thread it had just been formally approved.

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On 1/8/2020 at 10:25 PM, WhiteGhost said:

Very excited to see you are still progressing with the belts :)  

 

Hey! I am. I took a test cycle off while LARP stress and travel was on, but I'm happy to be back on track again.

 

On 1/8/2020 at 10:25 PM, WhiteGhost said:

Is your promotion already effective?  Last time I was following your thread it had just been formally approved.

 

It is! As of July 1. Finally got around to ordering new business cards this week. :)

 

HI EVERYBODY

 

I had two days of anomalous work commitments, an all-day meeting with presentations and an out of town conference yesterday, so I haven't been in front of a computer much to update.

 

Good karate classes this week. Thursday after the meeting, the dean emailed me to compliment how I handled a difficult/confrontational/asshole colleague (I'm paraphrasing) in front of an out of town guest who attended. Good conference yesterday, though I felt sick a lot of the day and ended up leaving a little early, came home to crash for a nap and then slept for 11 hours last night. I think I missed a dose of my medication and yesterday may have been withdrawal symptoms. Better today, though it looks like I'm going to put off kickboxing until tomorrow.

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Much better today. Kickboxing class achieved.

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9 hours ago, Mad Hatter said:

By using your awesome kickpunching skills? 😄

 

oh GOD was I ever fucking tempted, babe

 

ahem

 

So. I have some minor back pain today which is yet again going to keep my off my regular workout schedule. I'm going to see if I can do a work gym session tomorrow afternoon to get back on track. 

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Congrats on not kickpunching the asshole colleague.

 

Is your back pain something you know where it's coming from/how to work on/treat? 

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On 1/14/2020 at 10:50 AM, raptron said:

Congrats on not kickpunching the asshole colleague.

 

Not even a little bit.

 

On 1/14/2020 at 10:50 AM, raptron said:

Is your back pain something you know where it's coming from/how to work on/treat? 

 

It's fine! Sometimes at *ahem* a certain age one just wakes up with it. I missed karate class on Monday, but took a gym break today at work to try to keep to my goals.

 

So, my space LARP has a workout sub-group going on Facebook, and a bunch of people are doing the Darebee Hero's Journey plan, which is a cool RPG-themed workout. I won't be able to do it daily like a lot of people are, but I'm going to try using it as a supplement on solo gym days like today. I did day 1 of that, followed by 30 minutes of elliptical.

 

Thinking that a good goal for the first half of the year might be improving my running times, at least on the elliptical to go easy on my knees. Pride 5k is in the summer, usually late June.

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