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May the Fourth be with you all on this fine Spring day!
 
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After hanging out in the Druid Cabin, I decided it was time to come hang out with you guys for a challenge, if you’ll have me 🙂
(A brief  introduction  can be found here. Nice to meet you!)
Given my current state of mind, I really need to keep taking the time to “go back to center” and
spend some more time in Warrior & balancing poses.
My hands, shoulders and hips also need
some tender care due to all the time I’ll be spending working on my thesis. 
Also, I’ll be keeping in mind how much taking the time to brew some tea and drink it adds pazazz to my life 🙂
I have a big supply I’d like to at least halve.
There are tons more things I would like, such as drinking enough water, moving a bit every hour, eating right etc. 
 
However, I’ll keep my challenge goals agressively simple, as suggested by @KBgirl and @Manarelle.
 
First, I have to RUN away as far as I can from the Doldrums.
 
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Because time is a gift 🙂
 
And we can’t let the  Terrible Trivium  tempt us with his menial tasks!
 
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It could be that my neighbours are regularly taking prescriptions from Dr. Kakofonous,
but I have adapted and have a plan to find focus despite his best efforts to cure the world from pleasant sounds.
 
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As far as I can tell, Rhyme and Reason are safe and sound (for the time being). However, I plan to make King Azaz very proud by
(1) conquering Thesis Mountain, and
(2) having some fun with "language things" (not part of the challenge).
 
My challenge concept is as follows:
 
  • Each week I can earn 7 points for doing my pushups5 points for doing all of my weekly flexibility routines and 3 points for sticking with None2Run.
  • That means there’s one day I will have to juggle both the flexibility routine and N2R (5+3=8, only 7 days a week), so I’ll have to check which flexy routine was simpler/shorter.
  • Moreover, I’m going to keep reminding myself to breathe and flow as much a possible. Am I thinking thoughts that are building me up, am I doing things that give me life?
  • *At the end of the challenge*: measure flex benchmarks  (6 June)

 

That’s all. All I’m going to worry about. If I do it right, and be mindful of movement, these will be meditative as they are.

 

All the other things mentioned, and the "language things" I won't worry about too much. 

 

My logging will happen on paper, but I tend to use my challenge threads to "think out loud" so I'll probably not pass a chance to brag if I "did the things" :) 

 

Let's do this!

 

Spoiler

Not music I usually listen to but I did remember the Scorpions song when I wrote the title :) 

 

 

 

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Hmm, being with fewer in a sub might make me want to update less often if it's more likely that I will stay on the main page for longer :) (Don't ask me why, I am just observing a thought here :DWill have to see. 

 

For now, I will post placeholders for every challenge week pre-emptively. 

 

~ Week Zero ~


 

Spoiler

 

Sunday

I was still weighing my options/sorting my list.

 

Thesis word counter

💻Unedited words: 950 (out of 12.500 minimum)

✒️Of those, edited words: 0

 

Monday

Flexibility routine #1 +  measure

Pushups

 

Thesis word counter

💻 Unedited words: 1000ish, oops. Did more reading though.

✒️ Of those, edited words: 0

 

Spoiler

 

21:30

I had a call with a friend and now I am going to do my push-ups & then measure my benchmarks for routine #1.

 

I will do my N2R workouts on Tue, Thu & Sat.

 

1:10

I'm feeling guilty because I am keeping on snacking these past days, too much, on my own, but also accepting the offers of others at home. No need to feel guilty, what's done is done. I'll do better tomorrow, and tell my fam not to suggest that I eat unhealthy snacks. My mind has been VERY open to such suggestions :D And those kind of snacks make me feel less energetic etc.

 

2:00 

So. I'd scheduled a Freedom session between 10PM and 2 AM to block most websites and apps that I tend to sink my time in.

 

Around 1:20 I felt very, very sad that I couldn't distract myself with all of those things, and felt the need to run around the room and wallow in self pity about what my writing COULD HAVE BEEN if I'd only made the time to start with research sooner.

 

I wallowed, and read a few sentences, wallowed, and read a few sentences. It was good for me. To feel those things. To give them a place. I need to find better coping mechanisms than actual & digital snacking.... But it seems the first step is to just sit with them for a bit, before they MAKE me.

 

in other news, this note-taking app sounds very handy

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

N2R 3.2 (finished Kung Fu Panda 3, what to watch now? I think I will check out the other docu I found about the Dutch Queen...)

(Procrastinated a lot so I will try to get the once a week juggle of doing both the flexy routine and N2R done on Thursday instead.)

Push-ups

 

Thesis word counter
💻Unedited words: 1150ish 
✒️Of those, edited words: 0

📎Commentary: [Arghhh] Didn't manage to bite through the discomfort again.

 

I did get more insights about how to approach this part that I am struggling with. Tomorrow night I hope I can get all I can out of that damned article & move on to the first chapters with my increased knowledge of the issues.

 

Wednesday

 

Pushups (20 chest, 3 attempts at ground)

Flexibility routine #2 + measure

 

Thesis word counter

+585

💻Unedited words: 1735ish
✒️Of those, edited words: 0
📎Commentary: Weeeellll, I didn't work during the day again, and I did my moving in the evening too, during which I procrastinated a lot, and then it took quite a bit out of me to get started again. 

 

HOWEVER, once I got started, the engine was revving, as you can see. I'm not ready for any editing, though...

 


Thursday
 
Pushups (20 chest, 1 SUCCESFUL ground pushup, 🎩)
Flexibility routine #3 + measure
 N2R # 3.3


Thesis word counter
+220

+214 (round 2)
💻Unedited words: 2169ish
✒️Of those, edited words: 0
📎Commentary: What can I say... At least I showed up. Hopefully the insights from today will give me another BOOST tomorrow. And this work transfers into a smooth finding resources FOR + writing up of the second chapter.

Commentary round 2: Technically I wrote these in the morning of 8 May but I'm still going to count it for this day. And try later on today+tonight if I can still get some work done for the 8 May counter despite the lack of sleep :D 

 

Friday

pushups (20 chest, 1 ground, 2 attempts at ground)

Flexibility #4 + measure

 

Thesis word counter
+734ish (round 1 - day time round! I feel like a rockstar.)

+212 (round 2 - I am so tired but satisfied.)


💻Unedited words: 3115ish 
✒️Of those, edited words: 0
📎Commentary: [:star:Almost caught up! If I'd written according to plan, I would've been at 4000 by today.] Didn't manage to finish the research related to - STILL - this article that I'd been postponing. But close to it. I'm just tired now. Going to wrap up this research loose end tomorrow during the day hopefully. And I have a "next step/direction to look for" where I'm going to find the needed material to start writing the chapter I actually want to send to the supervisor for feedback at one point...

 


Saturday
N2R 4.1 [I believe this is where I stopped last time I did N2R, woohoo]
Flexibility #5 + measure
No Pushups but point for consciously deciding to see what a rest day will do. Not because of "I don't want to".
 
Thesis word counter
+80ish (round 1 - day time round)
+0 (round 2 - only read a court decision.)

💻Unedited words: 3195ish
✒️Of those, edited words: 0
📎Commentary: Besides the drama that happened today, that got my brain philosophising about... stuff... I also felt like I was "sparing"/taking it reaaaal slow with these words because I have no idea what I'll get out of the next resources. While I know pretty much what I want to do with the end of this article and what I want to write. My brain can be weird like that. I'm going to try and "flow" more tomorrow. Staring wondering which step to take is ALSO part of the process... So the sooner I knock out the paragraphs that I have in mind the sooner I can start staring and brainstorming about the next steps...

 

And yeah, now I'm behind with another ~420 words again. Oh well.

 


 

 

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~ Week One ~

 

Spoiler

 

Sunday

 Flexibility #1
Pushups

 

Thesis word counter
+0 (round 1 - day time round. Only read half a court decision)
+547 (round 2 - thought I was going to stay at 0, but LOOK AT ME GO.)


💻Unedited words: 3742ish [AcWriMo goal for today was 5000.]
✒️Of those, edited words: 0
📎Commentary: Neighbour drama. Kept replaying everything in my head. Kept trying to let go, to listen to music, to talk. Nah.

Wanted to 1) write up 2 paragraphs that I KNOW how to write, just have to get it doen, and (2)move on to bust out a rough draft of a chapter I can send to my supervisor next week... 

 

BUT I did finish ONE of those paragraphs & I am very happy I powered through (even though it was 5 AM by the time I finished it up instead of 2 AM. So by the time I have settled into bed the birds will probably start chirping again haha) And yeah, about the editing... Let's pretend I am editing in spirit :D 

 

Monday

 Flexibility #2 
Pushups (20 toy chest, 2 ground (!!!) though I didn’t feel like checking out a video so maybe poor forms at both)

  • bonus; 2x 10 sec knuckle plank
  • and leaning against the wall upside down for fun again

✔️Also, finally looked at all the routines and what will take less time. Rearranged my workout schedule so I only have to juggle a shorter flexibility training with N2R.

 

Thesis word counter
+0 (round 1 - day time round. read some literature)
+ 39 (round 2 - I think it's time to get some rest... My brain is not happy with me.)


💻Unedited words: 3781ish [AcWriMo goal for today was 5500.]
✒️Of those, edited words: 0
📎Commentary: I pushed myself to write really late last night/this morning, and I have been spending way too much in front of a screen. Going to just go to bed now, as per schedule & do my AM routine properly tomorrow. Hope that gets my motivation up during the day. NO matter what happens, I have my BS shield activated.  

 

Tuesday

N2R 4.2
flexibility #5 (the current order of my strerches is 1, 2, 5, 4, 3)
pushups 20 toy chest, 1 ground, 2 attempts at ground (now all with pushup bars. Still getting the hang of them!)

 

Thesis counter
+626 ( round 1) 

+0 (round 2) Writing about/researching OTHER interesting topics was much more fun in the evening... Bad brain, bad!

💻Unedited words: 4407ish [AcWriMo goal for today was 6000.]
✒️Of those, edited words: 0
📎Commentary:  Finished working through the article that I could gain a lot out of but was postponing, finally. (During the day time round. I was royally uninspired during the evening round, and postponed the workout SO LONG.)


Now to venture out in the sea of less recent and/or material that’s less specific to my topic… and try to write chapter 2 + partial intro.
* check pre-2002 jurisprudence
* check literature around 2005
* then go for the Fancy Book (chapter 16 + par. 19.1)

And also, request the damned BOOKS. I won’t be able to find them online probably. (Though I should first try maybe.)

 

Wednesday

Pushups 2x5 chest, then 2 ground, and 1x10 chest, and 1 ground! (All on Pushupbars) (hurrah, three ground ones!!)

Flex.tr. #5 (I am getting the hang of the shoulder/upper back mobility stretches, making it all take less time. Awesome.)


Thesis counter
+0 ( round 1) --> had errands to run.
+146 (round 2) ---> Slow start of chapter 2!! But I wrote at least three more sentences than what I thought I had in me. And that's good.


💻Unedited words: 4553ish
✒️Of those, edited words: 0
📎Commentary: One step at a time, la la la? (Credits to Chopin's Nocturnes for getting me to focus in the end)

 

Thursday

N2R 4.3

pushups (20 toy chest, with three breaks, and 5 ground ones, two of which from the ground up, no consecutive ones.)

 

Thesis counter

+258 (round 1)

+66 (round 2)

💻Unedited words: 4877ish
✒️Of those, edited words: 0
📎Commentary: Well, going slow. But at least I "got stuck" with a paragraph right now, and sat with it. The fact that I GOT stuck, instead of just procrastinating, is a good sign. Hopefully the brainstorm session that I have planned for round 1 will wriggle a big paragraph or two loose.

 


Friday
Not going to give myself any self-care pts because I only planned to have a rest from pushups. Not the flexy routine. Still can earn that last point tomorrow! No compensation for the pushups though.

Thesis counter
 
+ 0 (round 1)
+ 0 (round 2)

💻Unedited words: see Thursday.
✒️Of those, edited words: idem ditto.
📎Commentary: Eh. I need to download all literature files and organise stuff tomorrow. My brain did not cooperate. I am losing perspective...
 
Bright side: I did stay on task mostly. Just did not do the right things and ignored the rational part that said "Write THIS, get the morale boost from writing and seeing the counter go up, you will think about the placement etc. LATER"

 

Saturday
 
None2run 5.1 (For the first time in a while I ran outside. I ran farther than before and that path had some escalations. Also ran at 2pm with the sun up, about 17 °C. The second half of the run I was constantly thinking 'Is it over yet?'
 
But felt awesome that I kept up with the recording.... and even managed to run FASTER during almost every "10 seconds left" bit. And danced to Lizzo's Tempo when I came home. I feel good.)


No points for flex training
No points for pushups
 
Thesis counter
+ (round 1)
+ (round 2)

💻Unedited words:
✒️Of those, edited words:
📎Commentary: [Cricket, cricket...]
 
Sunday
No points for flex training
No points for pushups


Thesis counter
*ON HOLD* (because it's currently not fulfilling its purpose, i.e. as a tool to keep myself going)

 

 

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~ Week Two ~

 

Monday
No points for flex training
No points for pushups
 
I did do, as "active breaks":
-20 bw squats and the supine twist, 20 sec on each side
-15 sec plank, 30 jumping jacks, trunk rotation stretches (30 sec each side), and hanging around as a wide-legged rag doll (20 sec)
-20 bw squats and a 30 sec toe touch


>>Not counting them for points, but I am counting them as progress that I managed to do active breaks. Awww yeah!
 
Thesis counter
*ON HOLD* (because it's currently not fulfilling its purpose, i.e. as a tool to keep myself going)

 

Tuesday


No N2R
No pushups
No flexibility exercises.
 
Out of my groove with regards to making time for fitness goals... So I "decided" I get another rest day. :D

Thesis news I started writing a plan for today similar to yesterday's but I only finished downloading+reviewing/making a list of the cases I have. (NOT analysing/jotting down factors that I can make a nice table out of.)
 
That vacation-like feeling from this weekend kept hanging, I guess, haha. But at least my thoughts feel a lotttt more organised now. Attempt # 3 at respawning  for my thesis quest tomorrow!

 

Wednesday
pushups (15 toy chest, 6 ground🤩)
flexibility routine #4
 
Yessss I'M BACK IN THE GAME

 

Thursday

N2R #5.2
20 (All Ground) pushups!!!! 1-2, 3-4, 5; 6-7, 8-10; 5 times 2. In two 'batches'. Breaks between 'sets' of approx 2 = 30 sec about. Break between the batches was about 40 minutes?

 

Thesis: +440, so 5 317ish

 

Friday

Only 10 pushups (ground, 1-3,4-5; 6-8, 9-10)

Only supine twist and trunk rotation

 

Was so tired and didn't manage to freshen up for the evening thesis work. Dunno how I will manage but I will keep the hope up and keep attempting to work.

 

Saturday
No pushups,
No N2R
No flex stuff
 

[PLOT TWIST, simplifying my goals in order to keep on working on my underlying goal: proving to myself I can be consistent]

 

  • Do any body weight exercise for at least 20 reps every day
  • Do at least two stretches at least 5 times a week 
  • The N2R quest is put on HOLD

 

Sunday

 2 ground pushups, 20 "dancing dogs" (2x10)

 The ATY-stretches (30 sec per side of each) 

 

:star:✔️Bonus goal: Actively try to let go of ANY thoughts that have no direct use for what I am doing. [I mean, that's sort of impossible on the first try, but I did do this for a BIG part today. And I'm in charge of the points, and I want to give myself points for this. So I will.]

 

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~ Week Three ~

 

Monday

 

10 reg squats, 10 narrow squats

Pancake, "standing splits" 

 

Tuesday

 

2 ground pushups, 20 dancing dogs

  Sitting supine twist? 30 sec each side, 15 sec plank with me facing up?

 

Thesis counter

So far ~6598 (though my word counter says 8000+)

 

Wednesday

Called it a day off. On everything :)

 

no bw

no stretches

 

No thesis writing. It was good for my brainnn.

 

Thursday

 

20 mountainclimbers

Cobra pose (30 sec bent elbews with hands on ground and also 30 sec with arms behind back?) 

 

Thesis news: ahh feeling a bit trapped atm, which is always weird when you are doing something you WANT to do. Huhmmm... It'll be alright.

 

Friday

? (Check posts)

 

Saturday

? (Idem)

 

Sunday

10 reg squats, 10 narrow squats

forward fold, shoulder bridge & garland pose (squat), each for 30 sec

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~Week Four ~

Deadline week. What a luxury that that's the biggest thing happening to me right now.

 

Monday

No exercises

No stretches (besides what I've been doing at my desk to survive the stiffness I need to work on)

 

[🦉Goals have been changed again (retro-actively on Wednesday): ANY stretch + any "eye yoga" exercise.🦉]

 

Tuesday

 

Wednesday

 

Thursday

Friday

 

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~ Week Five ~

 

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Template

 

-day
 

Thesis counter
+ (round 1)
+ (round 2)

💻Unedited words: 
✒️Of those, edited words:
📎Commentary:

 

 

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At noon I sent my request for the course I would like to do in September.

 

By the way, I was saying I'd be done november with my request in mind. If I take the uni's program I will be done in April 2021. So I hope they go with it despite there being 1,5 points less study load of the course I want to do. (ECTS for the European students out there.)

 

(This uni's courses are 10 weeks long while my first's are 8 weeks. I never felt like we had less readings to do lol but whatever :) )

 

Let's see when they will respond!

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19 hours ago, analoggirl said:
  • Moreover, I’m going to keep reminding myself to breathe and flow as much a possible. Am I thinking thoughts that are building me up, am I doing things that give me life?

Lovely! I have to consciously remind myself to take deep breaths these days. 🙈

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Ahhhhh! Got my last grade for the semester! I've got all the subjects to pursue my carreer goal 😁 Only 1 random/hopefully interesting subject and two theses to gooo

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Well, for the time being, I want to practice law in some form or another & currently I've sunken my teeth in the goal of becoming a notary.

 

Preferrably real estate and/or advising firms with regards to their company structures, and a romantic part of me would like to specialise in start-ups.

 

(But notaries háve to also keep their knowledge about family law - especially marital conditions/pre- and postnuptials and inheritance law - up to date because in theory you cannot refuse your services to someone who knocks on your door and wants to write up his will.)

 

However, I am simply not the type to expect plans to go as planned so this is just me giving myself an aim :) We will see where life takes me! In the mean time... Woohoo I am a step closer to becoming a notary :D

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40 minutes ago, analoggirl said:

However, I am simply not the type to expect plans to go as planned so this is just me giving myself an aim :) We will see where life takes me! In the mean time... Woohoo I am a step closer to becoming a notary :D

That's a great attitude to have. And woot indeed!

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(Shiny) level up screens make me happy 😊

 

Okayyyy next Freedom session starting in 7 minutes. I expected my detox to be annoying but I really wish it wasn't.

 

Yesterday's reaction (sadness and feeling resistence against finding an alternative coping method slash JUST DOING WHAT I AM SUPPOSED TO DO) lead to me leaving my phone more often in another room than I am though.

 

Trying to get back into that Wall Phone mind set. I used to carry special coins to put in the phones at my school when I was 6-7 to call home in the breaks :) Though my family members did have those brick mobile phones haha

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When I felt the resistance with the 16th toy chest push-up, I resigned that I would be staying at 15 chest + 5 desk ones for a while.... But I did 20 toy chest push-ups today! Hurrah!

 

(Also, not to brag or anything, but during the None2run workout I sneaked in a burpee. I usually do them with planks, but now I did half a push-up and I think I am almost ready for the transition from toy chest to ground! So pumped.)

 

Thinking about buying pull-up bars to ease the strain on my wrists... Though doing a bit of wrist rolls (a la dynamic stretches) did help a bit :) Maybe I should keep doing them as is, I don't seem to be doing any of the other exercises I wanted to do to increase my wrist resilience.

 

EDIT: Not to forget -  just like I thought, being in the Druid sub reminded me to do random Warrior & other yoga poses throughout the day. That was fun!

 

Now, to get busy...

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10 minutes ago, analoggirl said:

(Also, not to brag or anything, but during the None2run workout I sneaked in a burpee. 

 

Whoa there. If there's going to be burpees, I'm leaving! 

 

Not really. But you should post a warning or something. :P 

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1 hour ago, Scalyfreak said:

Whoa there.

 

Oh no! That was so inconsiderate of me, and I cannot say I didn't knew because you expressed how you felt about burpees in the Snowball PVP. 

I will make sure to have trigger warnings next time :D

 

1 hour ago, Scalyfreak said:

Not really.

 

Phew! 

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Soo... Once I finally got myself in front of the laptop and focused, I still procrastinated by writing an email to the professor that I am probably not going to send. Everyone is disgruntled about the way the exam questions were marked, AND the fact that the max score you can get per question wasn't listed. However, I have no idea what can be done about it. It's not like we can calculate how much higher our marks would have been if we had known the last questions counted for 50% of the grade....

 

And if it's just going to end up being constructive feedback without any advantages to us, I can copy/paste my suggestions in the feedback form for the course. 

 

Anyway, I didn't just blow thesis writing off to watch Netflix and drink a cocktail or something in order to celebrate my Level Up, so I'm still going to be happy with my work today. :) Now I'm going to "celebrate" with a nice long meditation session without nagging at myself, and (hopefully) deep sleep.

 

EDIT+Note to self: Need to remember to sketch / do stretches / get up and walk around when I am seeking distraction. Those will probably ground me again.

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