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This one trying to get back to some sort of stasis because ~let's be real~ I hope we never go back to normal. Normal sucked. But stasis I'd like to get back to. I have been working from home since about mid-March, but I am aiming to return to the office 2x/week (today is my first day back in). Luckily I have my own office with a door, so I don't need to wear a mask while in my office, but I do in hallways and other common areas. I have testing coming up soon which I'll need to be on site for, so this will be good to ease back into this.

 

Last challenge I started with the goal of trying to challenge myself. I had gotten really good over the past few years of habitually lifting, reading, and eating healthy-ish, but I wanted to have some stretch goals. For the first few days I did that and did a lot of super healthy eating and moving a lot. And TBH I think it was too much because I had a bit of a crash and haven't picked myself up much since.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Goals generally fall into these categories:

  • Relationships
  • Work/Volunteering
  • Mindfulness
  • Health
  • Environment

 

HEALTH - Eating food and moving in a way that I enjoy that also nourishes my body and makes me the best athlete I can be!

1) Eat a meal every 4-6 hours 

  • a meal contains protein, fruit and/or vegetables, carbs (optional), and healthy fats
    • a meal can be a protein shake/smoothie if it contains all the relevant ingredients
    • a snack is not a meal
  •  a meal should be eaten within an hour of waking up, unless a workout is done first thing, in which case a meal should be eaten after the workout

Meal planning and prepping will be key here. Also, I ran out of pop-tarts which should help too.

 

2) 3 gym sessions per week - recently these have included most of the things I want to get better at: pullups, deadlifts, squats, conditioning. I also am hoping for 1 LISS (jogging or long walk) and 1 handstand session per week outside of the gym. 

 

MINDFULNESS - improving my mind --> avoiding stressors, staying focused, being aware of my body and my emotions, expanding my knowledge

3) Do a yoga every day

If anyone has any suggestions here let me know! I was going to look at Jessamyn Stanley's program. I've also heard good things about Yoga with Adrienne. I'm looking for <30m daily, with a lot of variety (I don't want to do the same video everyday). I also prefer those with a focus on gentle stretching and meditations. Not a big fan of those with intense core work or that move quickly through poses. I am willing to pay money for something that fits my needs.

 

 

 

4) Read at least 1 page every day

 

 

Might add a 5th related to getting ready for work, but need to noodle on that a bit. 

 

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I like Yoga with Candace (youtube channel), and doyogawithme.com.

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35 minutes ago, miss_marissa said:

Meal planning and prepping will be key here. Also, I ran out of pop-tarts which should help too.

 

Lol, running out is one of the key mechanisms in me finding the motivation to stop eating junk. 


Why was normal terrible?

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45 minutes ago, miss_marissa said:

I've also heard good things about Yoga with Adrienne.

 

Totally recommend YWA. She's got loads of daily yoga playlists already made, plus a bunch of play lists by how long you want to go. She's less woo woo-y than most youtube yogis and is all about the beginners.

 

 

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14 hours ago, bigm141414 said:

 

Totally recommend YWA. She's got loads of daily yoga playlists already made, plus a bunch of play lists by how long you want to go. She's less woo woo-y than most youtube yogis and is all about the beginners.

 

 

And she's a Texan!

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On 7/29/2020 at 9:10 PM, miss_marissa said:

Meal planning and prepping will be key here. Also, I ran out of pop-tarts which should help too.

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On 7/29/2020 at 9:10 PM, miss_marissa said:

2) 3 gym sessions per week - recently these have included most of the things I want to get better at: pullups, deadlifts, squats, conditioning. I also am hoping for 1 LISS (jogging or long walk) and 1 handstand session per week outside of the gym. 

Yay!

 

 

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On 7/30/2020 at 3:10 AM, miss_marissa said:

For the first few days I did that and did a lot of super healthy eating and moving a lot. And TBH I think it was too much because I had a bit of a crash and haven't picked myself up much since.

Sounds familiar :D 

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On 7/29/2020 at 8:46 PM, Harriet said:

 

Lol, running out is one of the key mechanisms in me finding the motivation to stop eating junk. 


Why was normal terrible?

 

I don't think it was terrible, just I think there are a lot of things we should not go back to and accept as normal. Employer based health insurance, mandating going into an office for 8-5 job, managing work/life balance - especially for parents, treating essential workers like they are essential. I know some of these are American-isms, but we can't go back to like things were now that we know how fundamentally broken that was. 

 

Also, pretty generally feeling run down about the state of things here. I'm definitely not feeling as depressed as I was in April, but I'm starting to get back into fits of hopelessness. (In general due to things surrounding this pandemic in my state and America as a whole, plus also election season. Work stress is also manifesting itself differently.) The past week this manifested itself in a lot of time on the couch, being tired, and general apathy. I hope that changing up my routine by occasionally going to the office will assist here, as well as my challenge goals.

 

1) Eat a meal every 4-6 hours

I prepped some dinner in the crockpot (potatoes, cabbage, onion, italian sausage, bell pepper) and also boiled eggs and chopped veggies for salads! I am ready!

 

2) 3 gym sessions per week - recently these have included most of the things I want to get better at: pullups, deadlifts, squats, conditioning. I also am hoping for 1 LISS (jogging or long walk) and 1 handstand session per week outside of the gym. 

I managed 3 gym sessions last week. I did not do any jogging or handstands, but that's what zero week is for :P

My third workout was a new one and it was pretty fun actually. Had a med ball circuit, core circuit and arm circuit. Also weighted hangs. But the star of the show was some prowler work. Seated rope pull + push back, then with the harness a weighted bear crawl, then on the way back do a crouched walk backwards. It was good to feel like I did some work and I also was able to do more weight than I thought I could, which was cool. The coach hopped on the sled for part of my last backwards walk which was a fun challenge lol

 

3) Do a yoga every day

I did not do a yoga last week. I did however look into some of the resources y'all recommended and I'm planning to check them out starting today so thank you!!!

 

4) Read at least 1 page every day

Finished The Wicked + The Divine and it was a solid finish. A bit predictable, but I still enjoyed it. Vol 7 was definitely the highlight.

Also finished The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates which I enjoyed reading and learned a bit. 

Next up is Catherine House for book club, and will have to pick out a new nonfiction and comics, which I have a handful of selections to choose from. 

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50 minutes ago, miss_marissa said:

 

Also, pretty generally feeling run down about the state of things here. I'm definitely not feeling as depressed as I was in April, but I'm starting to get back into fits of hopelessness. (In general due to things surrounding this pandemic in my state and America as a whole, plus also election season. Work stress is also manifesting itself differently.) The past week this manifested itself in a lot of time on the couch, being tired, and general apathy. I hope that changing up my routine by occasionally going to the office will assist here, as well as my challenge goals.

I have similar feelings and I don’t even live there, so lots of sympathy from me. 

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2 hours ago, miss_marissa said:

Also, pretty generally feeling run down about the state of things here. I'm definitely not feeling as depressed as I was in April, but I'm starting to get back into fits of hopelessness. (In general due to things surrounding this pandemic in my state and America as a whole, plus also election season. Work stress is also manifesting itself differently.) The past week this manifested itself in a lot of time on the couch, being tired, and general apathy. I hope that changing up my routine by occasionally going to the office will assist here, as well as my challenge goals.

Been there. It's hard to look at the world and get a sense of hope. Hope does, fortunately, come from other places.

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1 hour ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Been there. It's hard to look at the world and get a sense of hope. Hope does, fortunately, come from other places.

 

If we are willing to look hard enough, it surprisingly often also comes from other people. :) 

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Mon + Tues 8/3-8/4

 

1) Eat a meal every 4-6 hours

Monday:

🍔bacon + egg english muffin

🥗strawberry cobb salad 

🥔sausage, potatoes, cabbage

 

Tuesday:

🌯breakfast burrito w/ scrambled eggs, roasted sweet potato, black bean, cilantro + salsa

🥗strawberry cobb salad 

🍫protein bar + dried pineapple

qdoba ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ but I only ate half

 

I dig tag dessert on to one or two of these, as I baked a cinnamon bread Sunday evening. In general did good at not snacking though.

 

2) 3 gym sessions per week - recently these have included most of the things I want to get better at: pullups, deadlifts, squats, conditioning. I also am hoping for 1 LISS (jogging or long walk) and 1 handstand session per week outside of the gym. 

Monday gym was squats, which the highlight was 10x55kg, 8x60, 6x60

 

3) Do a yoga every day

I did not do a yoga either day. Monday I just straight up forgot until it was already past 11pm and I was laying in bed.

 

4) Read at least 1 page every day

 

Read some wonder woman on Monday. No reading Tuesday.

 

Monday after gym I stopped at a friends house and sat outside and chatted for a while which was nice.

 

I had a hell of a day yesterday. I was at work until after 8pm (just being in the zone). I also had a bit of accidental caffeine overdose combined with a wicked sinus headache, so I was not feeling hot at all. So grabbed something on the way home to eat. And then laid in bed and tried to breathe through my nose unsuccessfully.

 

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I've enjoyed the Wonder Woman books I read (found them in the library years ago) and keep meaning to pick up some more.  Any particular stories/titles you'd reccomend to start with?

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On 8/3/2020 at 1:46 PM, miss_marissa said:

But the star of the show was some prowler work. Seated rope pull + push back, then with the harness a weighted bear crawl, then on the way back do a crouched walk backwards. It was good to feel like I did some work and I also was able to do more weight than I thought I could, which was cool. The coach hopped on the sled for part of my last backwards walk which was a fun challenge lol

That all soundssss awesome, hahaha.

 

44 minutes ago, miss_marissa said:

Monday after gym I stopped at a friends house and sat outside and chatted for a while which was nice.

Aw, nice.

 

44 minutes ago, miss_marissa said:

I had a hell of a day yesterday. I was at work until after 8pm (just being in the zone). I also had a bit of accidental caffeine overdose combined with a wicked sinus headache, so I was not feeling hot at all. So grabbed something on the way home to eat. And then laid in bed and tried to breathe through my nose unsuccessfully.

Ughhh, sinus headache. Hope they clear soon.

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On 8/5/2020 at 10:58 AM, Big_Show said:

I've enjoyed the Wonder Woman books I read (found them in the library years ago) and keep meaning to pick up some more.  Any particular stories/titles you'd reccomend to start with?

Honestly, not really. lol

Wonder Woman earth one gets good reviews, but I haven't read it. I find that it's very particular based on the writer. Gail Simone's run is probably worth checking out. I'm working through my backlog on the latest continuing series (Rebirth, on ~issue 50) and it's meh.

 

On 8/5/2020 at 11:24 AM, raptron said:

That all soundssss awesome, hahaha.

 

Aw, nice.

 

Ughhh, sinus headache. Hope they clear soon.

Thank you!

 

On 8/5/2020 at 4:55 PM, KB Girl said:

What's with all these high rep squats?! :) nice lifting! 

ha! I'm a glutton for punishment I guess :) 

 

 

Wed- Sunday

 

1) Eat a meal every 4-6 hours

In general I did this. 

I've not had the best as far as cooking meals. Something about summer, it's just been too hot to cook and I have been craving cold foods. I have bought stuff to make and it's gone bad before I have gotten a chance just because I don't want to turn the oven/stove on.  I will need to get groceries in the next day or 2 and will try to keep this in mind during my meal planning. 

I have had ice cream just about every day.

 

2) 3 gym sessions per week - recently these have included most of the things I want to get better at: pullups, deadlifts, squats, conditioning. I also am hoping for 1 LISS (jogging or long walk) and 1 handstand session per week outside of the gym. 

I did not do handstands or running. 

Wednesday's gym session was deadlifts and I did sets at 65, 72.5, and 75. We also did a 1 rep at 92.5kg for funsies. It was doable and probably about an RPE 8/9. So that's cool.

Friday was more sled work. And I broke the harness on my last set of bear crawls. I like to think that I am just so strong, but in reality the harness was probably old and the stitching was falling apart.

 

3) Do a yoga every day

I did a yoga only 1 day. And it was a 10 minute yoga in bed video that I did after I was already laying down when I remembered. 

 

4) Read at least 1 page every day

I finished Catherine House for book club and it was weird and not my favorite thing to read.

I also read some more wonder woman.

 

 

 

 

I think going back into the office part time was a bigger struggle than I anticipated it was going to be. It is certainly nice to get back into a different sort of routine, but I'm also struggling a bit. Not sure if I'm falling back into a bit of a depression similar to that of April, or if it's the weather, or the allergies, or what. I just haven't had the motivation to do things that I want to/should (yoga, cooking, walks, etc). I'm thinking about adjusting goals based on this.

 

I've watched all of Agent Carter the past few weeks.

 

Mr. J is also now trying to get healthy and lose weight. He hired somebody to do some nutrition work with him on a trial 21 day period. I read the pdf the guy sent and I hate it (Has such gems as "My clients MUST look perfect naked!") but I plan to support J because it's a step in the right direction and he needs to learn to make his own mistakes.

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1 hour ago, miss_marissa said:

Has such gems as "My clients MUST look perfect naked!

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1 hour ago, miss_marissa said:

Has such gems as "My clients MUST look perfect naked!"

 

That's a bit of a harsh requirement for a client, not to mention creepy. Are we supposed to include a nude selfie with the application?

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19 hours ago, miss_marissa said:

I read the pdf the guy sent and I hate it (Has such gems as "My clients MUST look perfect naked!") but I plan to support J because it's a step in the right direction and he needs to learn to make his own mistakes.

 

Ah, the best kind of support :P Anyway, hopefully he will learn something useful or at least get inspired, though honestly punitive approaches to eating and exercise have set me back more than helped me, I think.

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On 8/10/2020 at 2:34 PM, miss_marissa said:

I think going back into the office part time was a bigger struggle than I anticipated it was going to be. It is certainly nice to get back into a different sort of routine, but I'm also struggling a bit. Not sure if I'm falling back into a bit of a depression similar to that of April, or if it's the weather, or the allergies, or what. I just haven't had the motivation to do things that I want to/should (yoga, cooking, walks, etc). I'm thinking about adjusting goals based on this.

Hugs - I hope that gets better soon.

 

On 8/10/2020 at 2:34 PM, miss_marissa said:

I've watched all of Agent Carter the past few weeks.

This has been on my list (thanks to a very insistent friend) for a while - how was it??

 

On 8/10/2020 at 2:34 PM, miss_marissa said:

Mr. J is also now trying to get healthy and lose weight. He hired somebody to do some nutrition work with him on a trial 21 day period. I read the pdf the guy sent and I hate it (Has such gems as "My clients MUST look perfect naked!") but I plan to support J because it's a step in the right direction and he needs to learn to make his own mistakes.

Major maturity props there!

 

Also, I feel you on the summer cooking - it's just...hard to want to do anything with heat right now.

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On 8/10/2020 at 9:34 PM, miss_marissa said:

I think going back into the office part time was a bigger struggle than I anticipated it was going to be. It is certainly nice to get back into a different sort of routine, but I'm also struggling a bit. Not sure if I'm falling back into a bit of a depression similar to that of April, or if it's the weather, or the allergies, or what. I just haven't had the motivation to do things that I want to/should (yoga, cooking, walks, etc). I'm thinking about adjusting goals based on this.

Yes.. best be gentle! Even though the change might be nice, doesn't mean it isn't also hard. And the weather is certainly not helping. 

 

On 8/10/2020 at 9:34 PM, miss_marissa said:

but I plan to support J because it's a step in the right direction and he needs to learn to make his own mistakes.

good call. 

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