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SpaceX & NASA are launching the crew Dragon capsule with two astronauts to the ISS today!!! OMG!!!  This is awesome!!!! 🤩🚀🛰️🎉

I am soooo excited about the launch today! I've been following SpaceX's progress toward the possibility of sending actual people to the ISS for a while but I still can't believe this is actually happening! For those of you who haven't seen, the Dragon capsule and the new space suits look like something out of a sci-fi movie. The future has arrived. Who knows, after this maybe we'll be building fully-livable habitats/bases on the moon, or even Mars? Man, and I thought I wanted to go to space pretty badly when I was a kid! *Cue epic space-geeking out session*

 

Definitely no serious risk of boredom today. 😉

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2 hours ago, Riviera16 said:

SpaceX & NASA are launching the crew Dragon capsule with two astronauts to the ISS today!!! OMG!!!  This is awesome!!!! 🤩🚀🛰️🎉

Well, turns out the launch got cancelled due to the weather. Darn. It's rescheduled for Saturday so I'm crossing my fingers the second try will work out better. Today definitely turned into more of an emotional roller-coaster than I'd expected, but oh well. Still excited for next time!

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23 hours ago, Xena said:

I saw this article and thought of you.

 

https://www.wbez.org/stories/dont-learn-the-oboe-and-other-advice-for-boosting-brain-focus-during-coronavirus/b64ffcf6-276c-4753-af0d-21edfebd1893

 

I was hoping it would be a more useful article. As is, I think it's only so-so, but I'm thinking the part about needing some novelty is probably true. It doesn't have any super practical suggestions on how to find that.

That's an interesting perspective on managing stress. At the moment my problem is pretty much the opposite of stress, but the ideas in the article about seeking novelty are something that has definitely helped me in the past, despite my issue coming from a different direction. I guess whether your brain is working too hard or not hard enough, finding those kinds of things can help you find a better "Goldilocks" zone in the middle. 🤔

 

17 hours ago, PaulG said:

For what it’s worth, the inevitable solution for these sorts of issues, from what I’ve seen, has always been first, modifying the activities that hurt you so they aren’t applying the same stresses... and second, achieving a high level of strength so that the activities that used to cause your problems don’t overstress your body anymore. Tendons (and even ligaments, to some degree) can be trained just like muscles. But it takes a lot of time, and dedication. And often, help along the way from a medical professional. But you have two things going for you: you’re actively looking for solutions to your wrists, and you have solid goals for where you want your strength to go. You will need to keep working at it and considering what sorts of strength might be likely to get you out of pain, but if you keep going, I have no doubt you can get there.

Thanks! I've been working on some similar strategies. Fairly early on I changed my computer setup to reduce stress, especially on the wrists, as much as possible. Unfortunately at the time it didn't make a big difference. Gaining strength has been the only thing so far that clearly helped it get better, though it helped a lot more when I had a clear weakness problem. I've also been trying to focus on eccentric motion exercises since those strengthen the tendons more. I'm hopeful that in time as I continue to build strength it will continue to improve things, even if more slowly than before.

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SpaceX & NASA are launching the crew Dragon capsule with two astronauts to the ISS today! For real this time!! 🤩🎉

It actually happened! Squee! Let me just say, watching that countdown timer hit zero and seeing the Falcon 9 rocket blast off was one of the coolest experiences of my life. I'm hoping the rest of the mission goes as planned, and that spaceflight will be come cheaper/more accessible so one day I can go visit the moon or at least get to spend some time in zero-G in Earth's orbit. Hmm... I bet that's something I could use to motivate myself if I start stalling. Strength training, parkour, and learning how to be an astronaut. I've certainly heard crazier ideas. And one day, who knows? Maybe we'll all be able to take trips to space. I for one think that would be totally awesome! 🚀

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I was helping a friend move, and missed the very first part, but I saw it as it blasted off. So amazing and exciting. And cool to think that it was a private company that accomplished it. 

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Week 3 Summary ~

This third week was, at the end of the day, successful! I made all my main workout days, I did some light exercise once on Saturday, and I got a new exercise of sorts: planks with my feet on the stairs. It's not entirely new since it's a variation of something I already did frequently but it makes it more interesting so it still totally counts. Would have been nice to do light exercise more than once this week, but one is still more than zero so it's still another win. :D 

 

I've been giving myself a lot more slack on the snacking issue this last week than before just to see what would happen. I've definitely avoided a number of "there's nothing to do and everything sucks" slumps, which is nice. I'd still like to find a way to deal with those moments without using extra food, but finding a strategy that makes you happy is what's important. I guess if eating a bit more than I might otherwise like to be eating is making a difference right now I'll do my best to work with it until I have another solution.

 

I hope the next week goes smoothly. It would be nice to be able to be clearly and easily hitting my goals rather than just hitting the margin at the bottom. This week's progress is certainly better than nothing but I feel like I'm behind what I really want to be doing with this challenge. Maybe I can do some sort of space-camp-at-home. That could be fun. 🚀

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Week 4 Summary ~

Well, this week certainly went better than last week! I easily met all my goals: I worked out 3 times, added a new exercise and remembered some I hadn't done for a while, and I went on a 3+ mile walk once on an off day. I'd like to be doing light exercise on off days more than once per week, but with the "light" exercise I did this time I think it more than makes up for that. 😉

 

Since I'm posting on Monday I can also say this week is off to a great start. I've already been of a half-hour walk today so I've already met one of my goals right there. Last week I decided to experiment with letting myself snack to see what happens. It definitely had a noticeable impact on my mental health situation- I didn't once have an episode of "there's nothing to do and everything sucks" all week. Any time I started to feel bored there was an easy outlet, which was a nice change. Still, it's not an ideal solution. Even after a week I'm noticing my belly is just a little bit bigger. I'm thinking this coming week I'll try to gradually cut back on snacking again and try to work other options into my life. This seems more achievable now than it did last week since I'm coming into it from a much better place, boredom-wise. It's much easier to think of interesting things to do when you're already interested in doing things rather than just avoiding the feeling of not having things to do. I already found one thing to do when I was between other activities: painting my nails. It had been ages and now that it's sandal weather I can do my toes too! 😁💅

 

Another bright note: The public pools in my area are considering opening with restrictions on how many people can be there at once, but opening nonetheless. I'm crossing my fingers there's no second covid outbreak that cancels those plans; I'm a huge fan of swimming and have been impatiently waiting all winter. And lap swimming seems reasonably safe given you're not sharing lanes.

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So... an interesting update on my wrist situation. The other day I was digging through some old emails and found a link to an article I had read a couple years ago. It talks about chronic tendinosis, why it's different from tendinitis, and the importance of eccentric exercise: https://www.fleetfeet.com/s/hartford/chronic-tendinosis-and-eccentric-exercise. I hadn't paid much attention to it back then but upon rereading it I was struck by how similar it seemed to my own experiences with my wrists. Especially the sentence that included, "...you have probably tried everything at this point... ice, heat, ibuprofen, injections, stretching..." sounded exactly like what I'm dealing with. This article talked about tendinosis in knees and ankles in particular but their point of how eccentric exercises could play a key role in healing is still valuable information. It's certainly worth giving a try.

 

The last time I saw a wrist specialist, about half a year ago, I was told there was a fair chance that whatever I've got wasn't going to heal. This article describes tendinosis situations involving a lot more pain than I've been having; I've been thoroughly diligent with keeping my pain level at or near zero by avoiding almost all usage that seemed to aggravate it. Given that, I would hope that despite the fact I've had this wrist issue for a really long while, since I've kept it at a less severe level for most of that time there's still a chance it could fully recover.

 

I'm going to try adding a bit of eccentric exercise for my wrists into my daily routine right before I go to bed. I'll start by focusing on my right wrist since that one seems to be worse right now. I know it could be some time before I see any clear results but this is the first time I've had an explanation that seems to clearly and consistently fit with my experiences and I have high hopes that this could help, even if slowly. Crossing my fingers for the best.

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Funnily, I’m reading through really similar material right now in a book called Overcoming Tendonitis by Steven Low and Frank Skretch, both DPTs.

 

It talks about types of tendinopathy and the importance of eccentrics (though it’s important to note that increasingly, the prevailing medical opinion is that concentrics are also important and helpful, depending on the specific state of the tendon).

 

It also talks a lot about chronic tendinopathy and how returning to activity can start to generate a pain response, even when the tendons themselves aren’t aggravated — which it sounds like you can relate to.

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On 6/11/2020 at 7:28 PM, PaulG said:

Funnily, I’m reading through really similar material right now in a book called Overcoming Tendonitis by Steven Low and Frank Skretch, both DPTs.

 

It talks about types of tendinopathy and the importance of eccentrics (though it’s important to note that increasingly, the prevailing medical opinion is that concentrics are also important and helpful, depending on the specific state of the tendon).

 

It also talks a lot about chronic tendinopathy and how returning to activity can start to generate a pain response, even when the tendons themselves aren’t aggravated — which it sounds like you can relate to.

Interesting- I might have to give that a look. I've heard mixed advice about eccentric/concentric exercise regarding tendon issues. Would be nice to have a clearer perspective. I've also heard about returning to activities creating a pain response even when nothing's wrong but I've had a hard time convincing myself to act on it, even in situations that seems like that's what's happening. I'm always afraid that I might be wrong and could be damaging something by ignoring the pain. After all, that's how my tendon issues started, overusing my wrists and ignoring the fact they were hurting until it became really severe.

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Week 5/Final Summary ~

This week went great! I worked out three times, walked or jogged on all my off days, and found a new exercise for my deltoids, which I've been feeling have been neglected in my workouts for some time. Looking forward to being able to build up some more muscle/strength there. I've been slowly phasing out snacking again, trying to find other activities or at least going for carrots rather than crackers. That's still ongoing and probably will be for a while, but I have gotten started. I'm definitely feeling more comfortable with my home workouts now. I'm sure part of it is building regular habits but having some new exercises is also really nice.

 

-=<x>=-

 

Overall, I did really well despite some bumps in the road along the way. I learned some things about what works well for me and what doesn't. Along the way I hit a major milestones: my first freestanding pistol squats! Those have become more and more regular in my workouts since then and I can tell I'm getting stronger.

  • Goal #1: Do a strength workout 3x per week.
    100%. Made this pretty easily, which I expected. I was already doing this most of the time but would periodically skip when I didn't feel like it. Having external accountability both from the forums and coordinating my workouts with my dad made it much easier to push through the unmotivated days.
  • Goal #2: Do a lighter workout at least 1x per week (yoga, jogging outside, late night dance party, etc.)
    80%. Did this 4/5 weeks. Two of those weeks I only did it once, which counts, but I did say "at least"; I'd like to be doing more. Maybe I'll increase the times per week for this next time and see how I do.
  • Goal #3: Learn 1 new exercise every week and do it in a workout.
    100%. I lowered the bar from "new exercise" to "new harder/more interesting variation of an exercise" since that still helps the main goal: dealing with boredom and overly repetitive workouts. And I did get some nice new stuff to add in: dragonflies, "box" jumps on the stairs, decline planks, lateral arm raises, and overhead press/chest fly combos, the last two of which are targeting deltoids which I know is something I need.

Next challenge I hope to focus more on parkour, other fun light exercises for off days, and possibly trying to sort out my hamstring situation. The last one will depend on how bold I'm feeling. My hamstrings are my nemesis. They're super tight, always cramp up after being directly used, and refuse to be stretched except in some unusual or adapted positions. I'd like to improve that but I'm not sure how. It's probably wise to pick something I think I have a fair chance of succeeding if I stay on track rather than going right on to Mt. Everest. I'll tackle that at some point, but probably not right now.

 

Doing more actual parkour training rather than just general strength is something I've wanted to pursue for a while, same with exploring other exercise options such as martial arts, pilates, and maybe getting back into dance. Those are also clearly achievable, which makes them better goals to shoot for. The other thing I've been considering is something food/cooking related. I used to cook a lot more and I really enjoyed it but without being able to go to the store myself and pick out what I want I've been doing it less and less. Spending more time cooking nice veggie-based meals will definitely help my boredom by giving myself something fun to do that takes up a fair amount of the free time on my hands. And then I have delicious stir-fried, oven roasted, or grilled veggies to eat. 😋

 

So, to summarize, I met nearly all my goals, learned important stuff along the way, and came up with ideas for where to go from here. That's a pretty clear success!😄 🎉

 

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5 hours ago, Riviera16 said:

Next challenge I hope to focus more on parkour, other fun light exercises for off days, and possibly trying to sort out my hamstring situation.

Well, now I'm excited for your next challenge too!

 

Congrats on your successes!

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Nice job on those goals!

 

8 hours ago, Riviera16 said:

Next challenge I hope to focus more on parkour, other fun light exercises for off days, and possibly trying to sort out my hamstring situation. The last one will depend on how bold I'm feeling. My hamstrings are my nemesis. They're super tight, always cramp up after being directly used, and refuse to be stretched except in some unusual or adapted positions.

 

I see myself in your description, haha. I've done parkour on and off for a while, and FWIW, what I've found (and been told by my coaches, and ignored, probably to my detriment) is that a relatively modest level of strength will carry you very far, but mobility becomes important for parkour very quickly. I have been told on many occasions that my main limiting factor to my jumping power and my vaulting techniques is my lack of mobility in my hamstrings and hip flexors.

 

If you're interested in getting directly into parkour, you totally should, it's a lot of fun. I know you're already doing and/or thinking of most of this, but... if I were in your shoes my first three priorities would probably be 1) choosing one or two parkour skills to start practicing, 2) progressing to a full push-up and full pull-up, and 3) developing a plan for improving leg mobility.

 

I am also mulling over the idea of a cooking-related challenge, though I really don't know what I want to do there... so I'm curious what direction you'll be leaning toward.

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8 hours ago, juliebarkley said:

Well, now I'm excited for your next challenge too!

 

Congrats on your successes!

Thank you! 😁 With any luck it will end up being as exciting as I'm hoping for!

 

5 hours ago, PaulG said:

Nice job on those goals!

 

 

I see myself in your description, haha. I've done parkour on and off for a while, and FWIW, what I've found (and been told by my coaches, and ignored, probably to my detriment) is that a relatively modest level of strength will carry you very far, but mobility becomes important for parkour very quickly. I have been told on many occasions that my main limiting factor to my jumping power and my vaulting techniques is my lack of mobility in my hamstrings and hip flexors.

 

If you're interested in getting directly into parkour, you totally should, it's a lot of fun. I know you're already doing and/or thinking of most of this, but... if I were in your shoes my first three priorities would probably be 1) choosing one or two parkour skills to start practicing, 2) progressing to a full push-up and full pull-up, and 3) developing a plan for improving leg mobility.

 

I am also mulling over the idea of a cooking-related challenge, though I really don't know what I want to do there... so I'm curious what direction you'll be leaning toward.

Thanks! Flexibility/mobility are definitely going to be some major challenges for me. Don't know for sure if that will be one of my three goals for the next challenge but it's still something I'll be working on. Full push/pull-ups are still at the top of my long-term goal list; I know I've got a ways to go but I'm much closer than I was last year, and in another year maybe I'll have done it! I've already got a small mental list of parkour skills I want to work on, but picking one or two to focus on might be a wise idea. Either way, as long as I come out of the next challenge with more skill than I went in with then I'll be happy. 😊

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