NicTheRugger Posted January 9, 2020 Report Share Posted January 9, 2020 Hi all, So... that December challenge, huh? That was... yeah. It was a failure on my part. I don't think I did anything. But new year, right? It's 2020, it's the start of a new decade--and we're going to totally gloss over the horrible nightmare that is world events right now, and try to be optimistic. An update on what's going on in my life: work is still ridiculously busy. I love it though. I'm still in PT. I have 5 sessions left that are going to be stretched out from next week until the beginning of May. I'm making considerable progress, but I'm still experiencing pain. The good news is that the root of the problem is being addressed. It turns out that it's a problem originating in my lower back, and that is somehow impacting my knee. So my new PT exercises are a mix of lower back and hip strengthening and stretching in addition to the knee and leg stuff I was doing before. Because of that, I can also slowly start incorporating workouts back into my life. Nothing too extravagent, I'm not going to be picking up a barbell any time soon (tragically), but I can start working out again. While I can't do more than 5 body weight squats at a time, I'm hoping to work my way back up. In other news, I started 2020 with a sinus infection which is slowly starting to get better as well. My goal for this challenge: be able to do the level 1A workout on the nerdfitness academy, be able to do a 1 mile jog without knee pain, read 2 books, and streamline my mornings (again!). How am I going to accomplish this? 1. Every day, weather and health permitting, I will go for a minimum of a 5 minute walk. If the weather is too bad for me to walk outside, I should try to make it to a store or somewhere where I can walk around for at least 5 minutes. If the weather is too dangerous for me to leave the house safely, then I can take a pass. If I am too sick to walk, or my knee hurts too much, I will also excuse myself from the daily walk. There's no point in making myself worse in my attempts to get better. 2. Keep doing my mobility routines/PT exercises daily. Keeping up with my exercises will help me get better and move towards accomplishing my goals. 3. At least twice a week, do some sort of low-impact bodyweight exercise routine. My goal is to work my way up to the level 1A Academy routine, so I can try to do that routine biweekly. 4. At least 3 times a week, I will do a yoga routine or stretching routine that is at least 15 minutes long. 5. At least 3 times a week, do some sort of ab workout. My physical therapist told me that I should start doing core workouts again, because that will also help my recovery. 6. Make time to read at least 4 nights a week. I'm already halfway through my first book of the month, so finishing this one soon and moving onto a new one shouldn't be hard. It's my goal to read a minimum of 24 books in 2020. 7. Streamlining my mornings. I will admit, being sick for the past week and a half has been pretty miserable. It makes getting out of bed reallly hard when all I want to do is burrow deeper into my blankets and stay warm and cozy and pretend for a little longer that I don't have responsibilities. But there are a few things I can do to make my mornings more streamlined. a. Move my phone back to the other side of the room so I have to get up to turn off my alarm. b. Take my work clothes out the night before c. Plan or even make my lunch the night before (so long as my lunch isn't a sandwich, it can be made the night before) These are small things but can definitely help me cut down on time that I waste in the morning. This week I've made an attempt to do a bodyweight routine (still sick though, and could only make it through one set of the exercises), and have done one yoga session. I managed to walk yesterday and Monday, but need to take a pass today because it's both too icy for me to go outside and my knee pain is unusually high today. I'd rather try to stretch out those muscles so that I can try again tomorrow. I've rad for 2 nights already this week, and will likely finish my book my the end of this week. (It's a quick read.) Let me know if you have any good book suggestions! I was thinking about revisiting a book I didn't finish last summer (or don't remember finishing) after that, and then moving on to Circe by Madeline Miller (if I can get it in a timely manner from my public library). But I would love some more suggestions as to what I can read! I still need to move my phone charger to the other side of the room tonight, as well as pick out my clothes for tomorrow. My lunch needs to be transferred to a travel dish for tomorrow (I'm having canned soup, which isn't the healthiest option, but considering I'm still sick, I'll take soup over just about anything), and I need to take my clothes out. It's going to be a cold day tomorrow, made even colder by the fact that it's going to be very windy, so I'm looking at something that involves my fleece-lined tights for work tomorrow. I may do some more stretching before bed because my hips and leg are feeling really tight, which is causing the knee discomfort, and then get ready for bed. Hope you all are doing well, and happy new year! 1 Quote Level 4, Amazon Ranger Current Challenge: NicBot-5000 enters Recovery Mode Previous Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, PRE REBOOT CHALLENGES: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Various links and sundry: Battle log, Respawn post, Link to comment
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