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On 5/18/2020 at 10:25 AM, GoodDoug said:

So, I'll need some more practice at this gratitude thing.

I feel this.  It's hard in the beginning because we are all our own worst enemy and want to be that perfect version of ourselves ASAP, I don't think I really got it until couples therapy after a REALLY BAD WEEK when my husband (during appreciations) told me he appreciated that I had folded his clothes and put them away that week.  and it clicked that If someone (who was very frustrated at me) could find something to appreciate then I can do that for myself too.

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On 5/23/2020 at 7:50 AM, Novaurora said:

appreciated that I had folded his clothes and put them away that week.

Thnx, that gives me another idea which is to look for simple things to be grateful for.

 

Week 2 recap:

Physical

- Didn't go running at all, tried a couple of times, but the family wanted to walk instead, so we walked. This week I have my older daughter's promise that we will go running

- Exercised quite a bit this week. Did GMB Vitamins and did some really good handstand practice. Getting pretty good at it. Also did my "Circus reps" which is what I call it when I do lunges and squats while juggling.

- Tried to eat smarter, but it was hard last week. It should be hard again this week because of birthdays and our anniversary (25 years!) is this week.

 

Emotional

- Cooked quite a lot this past week. Made a beautiful stuffed pork loin roast, some nice grilled and gochujang glazed country ribs, and last night made some really great pork loin chops with a mushroom, garlic and red pepper pasta that turned out really great. Also made quite a bit of bread. (as well as some cookies and pancakes that messed up my eating goals...)

- Meditated twice, not up to what I wanted, so I'll try and work on that

- Creativity was had, but nothing really big. I got into the woodshop and did a little bit of design work. Need to focus a bit more on this.

- Gratitude practice is really tough you guys. When I remember to do it, my brain just wants to rebel against it. But, I understand that it is practice and it is okay to suck at something like this at first.

 

Intellectual

- I've been diligent about Duolingo every day. Maybe not for as long as I maybe should, but the habit is there.

- I've been learning new things. I've read a couple of articles on programming.

- I've done better at work. I've found some new things to work on and actually got quite a bit done. Part of the way forward was to admit I don't have all the answers, and that some problems can't be solved by me. That helped

 

All in all, not a great week, but I know what I need to do going forward. I will keep up with the exercises and add running back in. I need to eat better and carve out some time for meditation and make a plan for creativity. I will take some advice and focus on gratitude for things that are easy and simple to be grateful for.

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It was also not a bad week though!    So take the wins from the successes.   You always approach the areas you need work with an even diligence, which is so hard for many!   You're actually doing quite a bit truth be told!! So great work with the pressing on!

 

Circus reps!  Love it.

In high school, I took a PE course called Circus Stunts.  I learned to juggle, walk on stilts, ride a unicycle, and some group tumbling stuff, and oh, the bolla rolla!  LOL.  It was an awesome class.

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Quick recap of the last couple of days...

Monday (a holiday in the States) was a weird day. I did my GMB Vitamins in the morning and did some stretching during the day. Then did some heavy yard work (turned a compost pile, then added more to the top by shoveling all the weeds from the yard to the pile.) Grilled hamburgers for dinner and made a really good sourdough bread. I tried some new things with this bread and liked how it turned out for the most part. Should have made two loaves instead of one big one, but I was experimenting. We went for a nice walk pretty late at night and then got to bed. Monday we finished the last of the birthday cookies, and I swore that I wouldn't make more sweets for a while. Of course my wife asked for chocolate mousse for our anniversary, so I can't say no to that. And my mousse has lots of eggs in it, so can I call it my protein and fat macros?

Yesterday I tried to take it easy by just doing a long stretching routine in the morning and spent some time juggling. Then eldest daughter and I went for a run. Whooooo that was tough. Toughest run I've done in a while, slow and labored the whole time. I think there were a lot of factors, but I am really glad I went running. Daughter wants to get back on a. schedule, so I am happy that I will have some more motivation to run.

 

Today is our silver anniversary so I will spend a portion of the day cooking, and I will count the awesome card I made for her as my creativity for yesterday. Gratitude was a bit easier, I'm hoping I am getting the hang of it.

 

Hope you all have a great day!

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Congrats on 25!    You must have gotten married at 15, because no way you're over 40. ;)     Glad to hear you have a running partner.  Your weekend sounds really nice.   Your atmosphere and daily routine are just so appealing to me!   I might have to sneak in and sas-squat over there.  {Sas-squat is when you are a squatter that has to hide their presence like a sasquatch}.

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13 hours ago, Starpuck said:

because no way you're over 40.

I just celebrated my 50th birthday this weekend. So thank you for the kind words 

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The half ogre had been sitting cross legged in front of this cave pool trying to meditate for half an hour. His butt was itchy. At first he tried to ignore it, then he tried to squirm a little but that didn't help. Finally, he realized he had to either accept the itchiness, or get up and scratch. He focussed on the feeling working on feeling it fully, and within moments, the itchiness stopped. But he didn't really care one way or the other, it just was.

 

My food choices have been better. It felt a bit like a sugar detox these last couple of days, but I think I'm over the hump. I'm still making bread (which is getting better and better as I go on) but I'm going to try and stay away from cookies and cakes and brownies for a while.

 

Exercise has been good, we went running again last night and we both commented on how it was hard and we each wanted to slow down, but then just decided it was a mental tiredness, and ended up with a better time than the previous run by quite a bit. I just finished this morning's GMB Vitamin session (Pilot freeze, which was more fun than I thought... and easier) and hope to get a good walk in today.

 

Gratitude is getting easier, but still needs work and meditation has gone okay. I'm still learning some new things, but think I want to focus a little more and stop just looking up random things like I've been doing.

 

Hope this finds you all well and kicking ass at your challenges!

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You guys talking GMB Elements and stuff always makes me want to peruse that, but I don't have any more cards to put on the dance tree.    Teehee.    Sounds like a good go of things Doug!    I absolutely understand the idea of slowing down and focusing on new learnings, - I am feeling the same over-extension.    I need to make my list, and a sublist under it and study what I want, rather than just keep looking up the next thing and next thing.


Rangers, amirite?

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On 5/29/2020 at 12:01 PM, Elastigirl said:

And I can't even come close to doing that one

When I saw the example video I went "Ha! As if!" and then got down, put my arms where they were supposed to be, put my head where it was supposed to be, moved my weight onto the one arm as prescribed, lifted the leg as shown and... holy cow, I was doing it.

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On 5/29/2020 at 9:21 AM, Starpuck said:

I absolutely understand the idea of slowing down and focusing on new learnings, - I am feeling the same over-extension.    I need to make my list, and a sublist under it and study what I want, rather than just keep looking up the next thing and next thing.


Rangers, amirite?

Our strength is our ability to get excited about lots of different things, and to be able to throw ourselves into new things with gusto. Our weakness is our... OHHHH SQUIRREL!

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GoodDoug stared at the apparition, "What the hell are you?"

"I am one of the spirits of the cave! We are here to help you!"

Another light blue spirit faded into view and said, "Don't listen to that one, not all are trying to help... well they are trying to help, but not in a way that is apparent."

The first spirit did an angry twirl, "I resent that..."

GoodDoug gawked at the scene. He thought to himself that he really had been too long alone in this cave.

 

This week has been about quieting my mind and looking for the truly helpful voices in my head. Some of them say, "Go ahead and eat that, you've done your exercises." In some cases, the voice is right and I should eat that plate of eggs and sometimes it is wrong when it tells me to eat the tenth and eleventh cookies that day. Sometimes it tells me to take a rest day... is it telling me to slow down and not burn out? Or is it telling me to be lazy? This cave is full of spirits, all meaning well, but some are wiser than others. I need to work hard to figure out which ones are the wise ones.

 

Week recap:

Food was much better. Even our anniversary dinner was good and I ate dessert (homemade chocolate mousse that was ridiculously great) in moderation. The girls made cookies, and I ate them reasonably this time. I cooked quite a bit, and continued making bread. I made a brilliant brioche with cinnamon sugar swirl yesterday... I'm getting better at this bread thing.

Exercise was great, I ran twice this week and I've done GMB Vitamins or handstand practice most days this past week.

Creativity and meditation were good, I haven't done some of the things I said I would... maybe this is the week to get on those. Especially spending some time free drawing or drawing from a lesson. I'll try and get on that.

Gratitude is a little easier. I need to be better, but practice is what gets me there.

 

Thnx for reading my rambles here!

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Loved that story, because I can relate. One idea that has helped me, that I took from the book Lean and Strong by Josh Hillis, is to name the three top values you have. For me it is Faith, family and fun (and not just because of alliteration😉) Adding those in to my decision making process helps somewhat. When I am out with friends or family, and the voice says I need to celebrate with everyone and eat more of the yummy food I listen, but when I am at home just having a normal dinner I can remind the voice that I would rather stick to my normal eating and save  the bigger eating for times with family and friends.

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Made more bread yesterday and did my circus circuit with juggling lunges, juggling squats (all the way down, slight hold at the bottom), and strict pushups. I did the pushups for form, and I forgot how hard it is to do pushups without flaring your elbows. Did some more stretching and juggling throughout the day. I am getting back into clubs, and I forgot how much fun and how frustrating they are. I figure regular practice will have me comfortable with them again. Also did a session with my weighted balls. All of that is to say I didn't go running last night like I should have. I need to get my daughter to push me, but she wasn't feeling it yesterday either. Maybe tonight we can get out?

 

Food is fine, Monday night I grilled Valentina chicken and threw some oil and chili powder on some cut up pineapple and grilled that as well. Then last night I grilled hamburgers. I ate two when one would have been enough, but they were so good (I'm still feeling full this morning...) I also made some more of the cinnamon swirl brioche yesterday. It takes two days to make, but it is soooooo good.

 

Spoiler

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You can see that one exploded in the oven. My sourdough starter is powerful!

 

Creativity has been had, I have done some drawing and a little bit of designing. I am thinking of designing some DM gear out of wood for myself. A DM screen, a magnetic initiative tracker and a dice box. But I have to finish my other woodworking projects before I start any of those.

 

Gratitude has been easier and I have been learning some new stuff for work.

 

Overall, the week is going fine. Food could be better (which is a now familiar refrain in this challenge for me) but I am on the right track.

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4 hours ago, GoodDoug said:

juggling lunges, juggling squats

That is seriously impressive!  Wow,  so cool!

 

4 hours ago, GoodDoug said:

DM gear out of wood for myself. A DM screen, a magnetic initiative tracker and a dice box. But I have to finish my other woodworking projects before I start any of those.

Um... um.  Seriously between the mini painting and the wood stuff now, I REALLY need you to be my secret supplier!!  :)

 

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Quick recap of the last couple of days:

Made chocolate sourdough cake on Wednesday with my castoff from feeding my starter and it was really good. I tweaked the recipe (there was a lot of chocolate and not a lot of sugar so I added an egg yolk) and that worked out really well.  Also had some ice cream yesterday... so between those my sugar intake has been too high these past couple of days and I can feel it (and the scale feels it.) I've been eating some good stuff as well. Made hamburgers for Tuesday dinner and had leftovers (Monday's chicken and Tuesday's burgers) for Wednesday but made some really great teriyaki grilled pork last night. Everyone loved it with the nice salad my daughter made.

Work has been good, as has the creativity challenge. I've been doodling a bit, but now I need to sit down and do some creative writing. I have a hard time with it, because I used to be really into it and am hyper critical of my writing now. I need to remember that I need to practice to get back in the groove, and that it will be a while before I find my voice again. I just need to sit down and do it.

Exercise has been good, between Vitamins, handstand practice, and going running Wednesday evening I feel like I'm getting better.

 

Now I just need to sort out my eating... I know I can do it, but it is really hard right now.

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