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Hello Nerds, annyshay here! Back again for another challenge. I'm not going to make too many tweaks to things at the moment because they're honestly going really well. I want to maintain my momentum. 

 

For those that don't know me, I'm a thirty-something single lady that who lives with an orange tabby named Dragon in the Northeastern US. I've been a member of the Nerd Fitness forums for many years. Along the way, I met my health coach, Amy Clover, who has been helping me move past dieting and performance health based on external metrics to focus more on the way that I want to feel and building habits that support that. 

 

 

I'm going to go back to the elements for my challenge this time, with a heavy emphasis on those in Avatar: The Last Airbender (lovingly referred to in the future as ATLA). 

 

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Earth - walk at least once a day

 

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Air - intentionally seek out support

 

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Fire - PT exercises

 

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Water - cook 1-2 times per week

 

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"Earth is the element of substance. The people of the Earth Kingdom are diverse and strong. They are persistent and enduring." ~Uncle Iroh, ATLA~

 

Those that have followed along with my adventures lately know that I've been suffering from right foot pain for years. I've been working with a podiatrist and more recently a sports medicine doctor who sent me to physical therapy. They've finally got me moving again and have given me some parameters for how to advance my movement without too much pain. My goal is to get back to hiking and swing dancing again. 

 

This last week my Mom has been visiting me. We went on two hikes that were 1 mile and then 1.5 miles. I was able to hike without pain!!!! This is HUGE for me. 

 

This goal is meant to slowly and surely build the persistence and endurance that I will need to get into bigger hikes. Consistency is key here. 

 

For bonus - I will try to go on one legitimate hike each week.

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"Air is the element of freedom. The Air Nomads detached themselves from worldly concerns and found peace and freedom. Also, they apparently had pretty good senses of humor." ~Uncle Iroh, ATLA~

 

I'm going to try to develop my humor, peace, and freedom by seeking out other like-minded individuals. I have been in my new home for a year, but have not been able to make local connections outside of work. It's time to try to be more intentional about this, even though I'm playing on expert mode with the pandemic going on.

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"Fire is the element of power. The people of the Fire Nation have desire and will and the energy and drive to achieve what they want." ~Uncle Iroh, ATLA~

 

I will apply my will and power to making sure that I do my PT exercises daily. This is the way to make sure that I get what I want with my movement in the future.

 

Currently, this consists of:

 

- towel toe scrunches 20x

- supine IT band stretch 20x

- calf raises 10x2

- lunges 10x2

- single leg balance 10sx5

- tandem stance 10sx5

- wall calf stretch 20sx4

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"Water is the element of change. The people of the Water Tribes are capable of adapting to many things. They have a sense of community and love that holds them together through anything." ~Uncle Iroh, ATLA~

 

Cooking has been a source of support for me, but devolved into a way that I could try to control my body. I'm slowly regaining the connection that I have with making loving meals and choices for myself. My perceptions of cooking are changing, and I am hoping that the love involved will only grow.

 

I make one meal a week and research a second that I can cook only if I want to. 

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Hooray for ATLA! Following, of course. Expect a lot of Zuko gifs and memes. 😆

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Who am I? -- My NF Character

Current Challenge: WolfDreamer Wakes the White Wolf

Past Challenges: 

Spoiler

Winter is ComingWolfen Strengthens His Heart, Body, Mind, and Spirit, Wolfen Becomes One of the PeopleWolfen Strengthens His ChakrasWolfen Welcomes Summer and Gets Primal, Soulcon and Spartan, Wolfen Develops Mental ToughnessWolfen Joins the Wander SocietySoulcon, Spartan, School, and Stranger ThingsWolfen Becomes a Warrior EliteWolfen Goes Here and There and Back AgainWolfen Becomes a Soulcon Warrior EliteWolfen Returns to His RootsWolfen Wanders in Soul, Spirit, and BodyWolfen Owns the DayWolfen Searches for His Wild Heart, Wolfen Runs for His LifeWolfen Hits the TrailsWolfen Becomes an Explorer and Joins the ResistanceWolfen Goes Back to the SourceWolfen Begins the Hero's JourneyWolfDreamer Returns to the People,  WolfDreamer Pushes BackWolfDreamer PrioritizesBurpees, Books, and BrainworkBurpees, Books, Brainwork, and BodyworkWolfDreamer Masters the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Continues to Master the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Returns to SpartaWolfDreamer Returns to Middle EarthWolfDreamer Continues His Middle Earth AdventureWolfDreamer and the FallWolfDreamer Forges His Own PathWolfDreamer Has HopeWolfDreamer Returns to Middle EarthWolfDreamer Reads Harder, Breathes Harder, and Journals MoreWolfDreamer Embraces His Wild PoetThe Mad Poet Becomes SupernaturalWolfDreamer, The Mad Poet, Becomes SuperhumanWolfDreamer ElevatesWolfDreamer Becomes IronBorn

I'd rather sing one wild song and burst my heart with it, than live a thousand years watching my digestion and being afraid of the wet.” -- Jack London

“I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love.” -- Leo Tolstoy

"I feel love rising in my chest again
Rising like a burning sun into the day..." -- Gungor, "Hurricane"

"...wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." 2 Corinthians 3:17b

 

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Hiking without pain, that's such happy news. I hope there are many more pain free hikes in your future. It's probably motivating to keep up with the PT now that you can actually feel the results

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"If more of us valued food and cheer and song, above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world" J.R.R.Tolkien

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Sunday w1d1

 

Earth - did not go for a walk

Air - spend time with my mom who is visiting

Fire - did not do my PT exercises

Water - did not cook

 

Had a supremely lazy day with my mom, which was much needed after all the driving and family time that we had on Friday and Saturday. We stayed in pjs all day, listened to music, messed around on the internet, played video games, and generally just relaxed.

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8 hours ago, annyshay said:

Had a supremely lazy day with my mom, which was much needed after all the driving and family time that we had on Friday and Saturday. We stayed in pjs all day, listened to music, messed around on the internet, played video games, and generally just relaxed.

 

That sounds amazing. I love lazy days, and Sunday is the best day of the week for lazy days.

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Who am I? -- My NF Character

Current Challenge: WolfDreamer Wakes the White Wolf

Past Challenges: 

Spoiler

Winter is ComingWolfen Strengthens His Heart, Body, Mind, and Spirit, Wolfen Becomes One of the PeopleWolfen Strengthens His ChakrasWolfen Welcomes Summer and Gets Primal, Soulcon and Spartan, Wolfen Develops Mental ToughnessWolfen Joins the Wander SocietySoulcon, Spartan, School, and Stranger ThingsWolfen Becomes a Warrior EliteWolfen Goes Here and There and Back AgainWolfen Becomes a Soulcon Warrior EliteWolfen Returns to His RootsWolfen Wanders in Soul, Spirit, and BodyWolfen Owns the DayWolfen Searches for His Wild Heart, Wolfen Runs for His LifeWolfen Hits the TrailsWolfen Becomes an Explorer and Joins the ResistanceWolfen Goes Back to the SourceWolfen Begins the Hero's JourneyWolfDreamer Returns to the People,  WolfDreamer Pushes BackWolfDreamer PrioritizesBurpees, Books, and BrainworkBurpees, Books, Brainwork, and BodyworkWolfDreamer Masters the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Continues to Master the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Returns to SpartaWolfDreamer Returns to Middle EarthWolfDreamer Continues His Middle Earth AdventureWolfDreamer and the FallWolfDreamer Forges His Own PathWolfDreamer Has HopeWolfDreamer Returns to Middle EarthWolfDreamer Reads Harder, Breathes Harder, and Journals MoreWolfDreamer Embraces His Wild PoetThe Mad Poet Becomes SupernaturalWolfDreamer, The Mad Poet, Becomes SuperhumanWolfDreamer ElevatesWolfDreamer Becomes IronBorn

I'd rather sing one wild song and burst my heart with it, than live a thousand years watching my digestion and being afraid of the wet.” -- Jack London

“I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love.” -- Leo Tolstoy

"I feel love rising in my chest again
Rising like a burning sun into the day..." -- Gungor, "Hurricane"

"...wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." 2 Corinthians 3:17b

 

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Monday w1d2

 

Earth - 15 minute walk around the pond

Air - spend time with my mom who is visiting

Fire - did some of my PT exercises

Water - did not cook

 

Spent a few hours with Mom in the morning before it was time to head in to work. Things were nuts at work, as expected. Lots of things to do. Lots of people not there. Some patients on top of it all. Busy busy. Came home for lunch and spent it with Mom. She is planning to get my chairs reupholstered, which I've been procrastinating for at least 6 years (haha). It may be time. I came home from work a little bit early. We played some video games, went on a walk, and got delicious food and beer from a restaurant. All in all, it was a good day.

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Tuesday w1d3

 

Earth - 15 minute walk around the pond

Air - spend time with my mom who is visiting

Fire - did some of my PT exercises

Water - did not cook

 

I had another lovely day with Mom despite work. We spent some time in the morning together before she fell back asleep. Work was busy with a few patients in the morning, meetings, and a lot of other stuff that needed doing. I came home for a late lunch and we played some of the card game Unstable Unicorns. I was less productive in the afternoon, which is how it usually goes for me. When I came home, we went to get a sourdough pizza and cider from a local Cidery. It was delicious, but not quite enough food, so we got some Ben and Jerry's too. :) Then we played video games for the rest of the night. Good times.

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Wednesday w1d4

 

Earth - did not walk

Air - spend time with my mom who left today

Fire - did none of my PT exercises

Water - did not cook

 

Had a good morning with Mom before I had to leave for work and she had to head to the airport. Work went pretty smoothly with a bunch of different meetings. I got some bad news from a friend that sent me in to a spiral. Therapy was intense. Played Stardew afterwards with my online group. Not sure if I want to talk about the bad news or therapy yet.

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