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Ok, that's not entirely true, I regret losing what shreds of control I was gaining over my sleep schedule. 

 

Like it says in the title, this is basically take #2 on last challenge - Life went completely bonkers about a week in last challenge:

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Went back to work on 2nd shift, which fucked over any and all sleep schedule structure I had managed to start keeping.

Dad went back to the hospital with multiple issues, was suddenly discharged and sent home with hospice care and we basically didn't know what was going on with that at all. It took us a while to actually find out what happened, but sounds like he basically just started refusing treatment and the doctors told him 

Work was absolutely insane, especially last week when I thought I'd finally gotten things under control so naturally several pieces of lab equipment decided to simultaneously fail... for funzies.

Roommate is still here, still has not showered or done much else to maintain her health, and due to complications caused by the pandemic I don't know when she's moving out, though she does at least now have somewhere she's planning to go 

 

So for the challenge parts, I'm basically going to copy/paste from last challenge and make the modifications needed from there:

On 3/26/2020 at 6:54 PM, NightWatcher13 said:

Main quest:

Reclaiming My Time

I got a lot better over the last challenge at making things outside of work happen, but still have a ways to go on this front, and time management has always been a struggle to begin with since ADHD brains have a tendency to be somewhat time blind to begin with. 

...understatement much there?

 

Quest 1 : Sleep management - 5 points/week

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  • Going to bed near the same time every night - With moving my schedule from 3-11:30 to 12-8:30 I'll be able to target earlier times, between late work and stress I've been going to bed between 4 and 6 am 
  • Getting up at the same time every morning, when my alarm goes off - this one is DEFINITELY going to be a struggle, I tend to snooze and I absolutely hate getting up in the morning. I think for now I'm going to target 9am
  • Ok, so because I'm still on seconds there's no way to do the "work out 4-5 hours before sleep" thing unfortunately. Instead, I'll try to make sure I actually make the bed everyday and set a regular bedtime - probably 1-2 am ish
  • Half a point for bed made, half a point for going to bed on time, aiming for 5 total points

 

Quest 2 : Food tracking - 5 points/week

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I've gotten better at making sure I have food options and making food ahead again, now time to start tracking it. That plus I'm not entirely certain when work is going to happen again, potentially early 

April? It depends on both my company and Ohio's government, much as I'm not super happy about being off for longer I hope the governor keeps the state shut down because I don't want to see this thing explode and cause a massive health crisis. But it means I don't want to try to have a food prep design that expects shifts every week, or one that expects time 

  • Track food on Lifesum at least 5 days/week, 1 point/day 
  • I may also share some pics/recipes on here 'cause food
  • Adding 1 item to this - 1 vegetarian meal/day, mostly because it's a really good way to get extra veggies and fiber in my diet - I started trying to do that a couple of weeks ago and it seems to be helping, even though I haven't gotten this perfectly by any means

 

Quest 3 : Work on sticking to a schedule - 7 points/week

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Madness. Definitely madness. And using some advice from this CGP grey video - even though I'm still working, a lot of the advice is really helpful for me. https://youtu.be/snAhsXyO3Ck

 

  • Scheduling and sticking to said schedule for food prep, exercise and sleep.
  • Keeping up with planning in my bullet journal, planning and executing such things as cleaning, project time, practicing guitar etc
  • 1 point for each day I do a VR boxing workout (max 5 points/week)
  • 1 point for each day I do guitar specifically (max 2 points/week)

Me playing said boxing game - is fun, and makes me both sweaty and panty, so it's definitely getting me an actual workout on top of being fun

 

 

 

Life quest : study Japanese - 2 points/week

  • Use Duo min 5x/wk
  • Study 1 lesson/wk from my text books, these have 12 lessons each and they should be plenty doable especially as a repeat course at a rate of 1/week.
  • I completely dropped this last challenge due to general chaos
  • 1 point for Duo
  • 1 point for studying from the text books

 

So um - yo ho, me hearties? 

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I don’t have any of the same life issues as you, but my challenge goals were originally going to be the same as all your quests. Funny how that happens. 
 

How do you like Duo for Japanese? I’m curious how it handles non-Latin alphabets/writing systems. I tried Arabic when they released it and the alphabet part drove me nuts. 

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7 hours ago, fleaball said:

I don’t have any of the same life issues as you, but my challenge goals were originally going to be the same as all your quests. Funny how that happens. 
 

How do you like Duo for Japanese? I’m curious how it handles non-Latin alphabets/writing systems. I tried Arabic when they released it and the alphabet part drove me nuts. 

That actually is pretty funny! 

It honestly does a pretty darn good with hiragana/katakana, it will help a bit if you have the Japanese keyboard installed on your phone but that is entirely optional, I just like it for me

7 hours ago, Jupiter said:

Great goals! I know you're dealing with a lot right now, but you got this. :) 

 

3 hours ago, Rookie said:

Wow lots happening! Following along

Thanks, I feel bad for how much I tanked last challenge, but I think that if nothing goes crazy this challenge I should be pretty good to go ❤️ 

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Week zero is going pretty ok so far, I have one of the songs from Beat Saber stuck in my head though (Country Rounds... @Starpuck I still blame you for this 😛 ) I think this week has the most exercise I've gotten in at least... a year and a half? Two years? Within one week, I've tried to keep it dialed down in intensity a bit because holy heck am I out of shape and my knees are not thrilled with me right now because the boxing game makes me squat... and they're complainy.

 

I did my first Duolingo lesson since a week or so after life shut down tonight.

 

I should have taken a pic, but mac & cheese with egg, avocado, tomato and chives was a good dinner.

 

I've been able to go to bed so far this week between 1:30 and 2:30 and not be awake till 6, which is definitely an improvement, I think the exercise and the shift in work hours are helping. That being said, it's 12:30 now and I still need to grab a shower before bed 😅

 

Sorry for the slightly disjointed update, but I wanted to post something before I kept putting it off and just forgot to stop back in again.

 

On 5/4/2020 at 7:28 AM, Rookie said:

Don't feel bad! You can't help it. You get points for showing up and trying again ♥️

 

On 5/4/2020 at 7:17 PM, Jupiter said:

 

Agreed!

 

Thank you, sincerely - I haven't mentally been doing great the last couple of months, so even if it's just voices from the internet telling me I'm trying it helps to hear it 💜

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16 hours ago, NightWatcher13 said:

I have one of the songs from Beat Saber stuck in my head though

And now that you said that, it's in my head, and I feel like I should play it once I am done working!

That boxing game looks good too!  I might have to check that out.

 

Going to echo what the others have said in that you're doing your best and showing up!  That in itself is a win!   Own it!   Grab that medal!!  You have a good plan in place, and omg that mac and cheese sounds amazing.  Next time, I'd kill for a picture.  Pleaaaaase?

 

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22 hours ago, Starpuck said:

And now that you said that, it's in my head, and I feel like I should play it once I am done working!

That boxing game looks good too!  I might have to check that out.

 

Going to echo what the others have said in that you're doing your best and showing up!  That in itself is a win!   Own it!   Grab that medal!!  You have a good plan in place, and omg that mac and cheese sounds amazing.  Next time, I'd kill for a picture.  Pleaaaaase?

 

Reheated the remaining mac n cheese and diced in veggies again (and an egg, but I forgot about it entirely before I took the pic). Also, made some fresh mint leaf tea from the mint plant I put in this year. The boxing game is a ton of fun! And some of the classes get you moving really fast, the squat dodges can be murder though. I've been doing about 20 mins of the boxing game, then a few songs on Beat Saber for fun to extend the exercise time a bit without as much high impact movement. My shoulders are definitely tired by the time I'm done with both.

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WHY IS THIS DANG SONG SO CATCHY!!!!!!

 

 

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1 hour ago, NightWatcher13 said:

Reheated the remaining mac n cheese and diced in veggies again (and an egg, but I forgot about it entirely before I took the pic). Also, made some fresh mint leaf tea from the mint plant I put in this year. 

 

Yum! :) 

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Aw yeah!  That mac and cheese looks awesome!  Like it's adult mac n' cheese, and I love that! :)      Nice job on the boxing +BS!   Since you still have the song stuck in your head, I only feel a little guilty to plug my stuff here.  I finally got it on Expert+ and manage to get it on recording.  (With Liv and Froppy from My Hero).      Arms are soooooo tired after my hour saber fest today.   Tomorrow - rest day!  LOL

 

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4 hours ago, Jupiter said:

 

Yum! :) 

Tis very yum :D 

 

3 hours ago, Starpuck said:

Aw yeah!  That mac and cheese looks awesome!  Like it's adult mac n' cheese, and I love that! :)      Nice job on the boxing +BS!   Since you still have the song stuck in your head, I only feel a little guilty to plug my stuff here.  I finally got it on Expert+ and manage to get it on recording.  (With Liv and Froppy from My Hero).      Arms are soooooo tired after my hour saber fest today.   Tomorrow - rest day!  LOL

 

Oh man, that's epic! I can only do it (or anything so far) on Hard mode, and I only got there earlier this week. I'll bet you need a rest day after that.

Also, these videos and the extra music are the 2 reasons I kinda wish I could have gotten a system that allowed for modding. It's so cool to watch the people play as an avatar rather than watching my POV with my head jiggling all over the place 'cause I'm super into the music 🤣

Adult mac & cheese is a good description of it - lots of the time I'll throw in a chopped up chicken thigh, stir fried mushrooms and / or zucchini too, it kinda fluctuates based on what I have handy and what I'm craving, but it's fantastic comfort food!

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Week zero went pretty great! (no real tracking/points, just general stuff)

 

Sleep - I'm telling Alexa to snooze a bit still, but I'm actually tired and feel like I can go to sleep when I go to bed and I haven't felt the need to keep sleeping for 10+ hours after I finally got my brain to shut up. Sleep quality seems to be up, and while I'm still a bit tired at various points through the day it's nothing like it was for the last while.

 

Food - I didn't track food at all last week, I do need to start doing that. I got a lot more veggies in my diet though, with 6 days getting marked that I had a vegetarian meal of some sort. And I got a LOT of veggies this last shopping trip (tonight), so I'll need to make some things like leek soup coming up this week.

 

Schedule - I haven't practiced any guitar, but have been getting a workout of some type in every day except for Sunday last week - I didn't let myself play Sunday 'cause my knees were grumbly, I may need to figure something out like doing no-squat VR boxing "classes" every other day, cause those definitely are making me work out harder but also making my joints argue. 

 

Japanese - I've picked Duo back up in the middle of last week

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You write the names of the days so awesomely!  HOLY CRAP!

Sleep has been wonky for lots of people.  I think it's in the air.   

Moss was on sale for VR, so I pulled the trigger on it.  I will be starting my second ever VR game lol.

 

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On 5/13/2020 at 3:27 PM, Starpuck said:

You write the names of the days so awesomely!  HOLY CRAP!

Sleep has been wonky for lots of people.  I think it's in the air.   

Moss was on sale for VR, so I pulled the trigger on it.  I will be starting my second ever VR game lol.

 

I wish I could take credit for the days lol, those are stickers I got from Etsy. But they're super nice for putting in when I don't want to spend a lot of time doing nice letters myself and don't want it to look like I put the layout together in 5 minutes

I wish Moss was on sale for PS4! It looks really good, I love the mouse! I loved the previews for it, and got to play the demo that came with my VR - tis a pretty spiffy game.

Yeah, the weather seems to be yo-yo-ing really bad this spring a lot of places, and I'm sure the general chaos around the world between pandemic and lockdowns isn't helping stress levels, so good sleep is extra hard to get right now overall it seems.

 

On 5/13/2020 at 9:09 PM, Jupiter said:

 

Awesome job! And I love the planner. :) 

Thanks!

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Week 1 checkin:

The end of this week from Thursday on suddenly turned a bit hectic

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Q1 - Sleep management : 3.5 points out of 5

 - I've managed to be in bed between 1 and 2 am almost every day this week, but only made the bed twice. 

 

Q2 - Food : 4 points out of 10

 - I got 4 plant based meals in this week, including some more veggie mac & cheese (this time with onion, mushrooms, summer squash, and celery stir fried before mixed into the whole box of mac & cheese) but didn't get a day tracked on LifeSum yet. I'll work to focus more on that this coming week.

 

Q3 - Schedule : 3 points out of 7

 - I got 3 VR boxing workouts in, but thursday and friday this week I wound up getting home too late to do it after work - and wound up staying at work way too late yesterday as well trying to fix our GPC and get the new columns working before production starts back up this week. I really need to start getting these done before work. No guitar practice though

 

LQ - Japanese - 1/2 points

 - I did pretty ok at getting Duo done this week, I need to work on getting the text book practice in.

 

So, overall a lot of ok work did get done, but I have a lot of progress to work on.

 

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8 hours ago, NightWatcher13 said:

 

So, overall a lot of ok work did get done, but I have a lot of progress to work on.

 

Looks like you did pretty good to me. :)

 

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Food tax :

Smoothie, made with 1 cup almond milk, 1 cup chocolate Equate "meal replacer" shake thingie, 1 banana, 6 frozen strawberries and a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter. I also stirred in some chia seeds after this just 'cause :D 

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Salad prep - one for dinner tonight (I'm eating it now actually), 2 for the next couple of days to throw in my work bag.

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5 hours ago, Jupiter said:

 

Looks like you did pretty good to me. :)

 

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Thanks :) I'm feeling pretty good about the week overall

Also, NPH is just a motivational win - he is too pure for this world 

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11 hours ago, NightWatcher13 said:

Smoothie, made with 1 cup almond milk, 1 cup chocolate Equate "meal replacer" shake thingie, 1 banana, 6 frozen strawberries and a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter. I also stirred in some chia seeds after this just 'cause :D 

 

Oh, yum. :) 

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Those pics look amazing.  So much prep.  Much excite.  And the containers, with the little dressing containers inside????

 

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You had a lot of stuff come up that made for difficulties.   You still did a lot of good stuff though in amidst it all!

 

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