Stronkey Kong Posted March 21, 2021 Report Share Posted March 21, 2021 Hello. I am Stronkey Kong. Umm... Been on NF over seven years. I'm still fat and making the best of it. Which means I'm tempering my goals, accepting what is and what is not (feasibly and sustainably) possible. I eat as healthy as I can while enjoying my food. I move as often as I can while enjoying movement. I think. I create. I devise elaborate plans for challenges and eschew all rules as soon as convenience dictates. <sigh> This challenge is inspired by a recent dream I had. Spoiler Vaguely I remember working in a yard, doing spring landscaping/garden prep type of work. I/we ( I got the sense I was part of some team effort, though I saw no one else in the dream) and someone had dug up and moved a stone or a paver. In the indentation from the stone was a pile of murder hornets, hibernating or sleeping, but otherwise dormant. We immediately recognized this as an impending disaster and figured we had to kill them as quickly as possible. Somehow the solution wasn't cover them with the stone that was gone, so how do you kill pile of sleeping, stinging insects in one go? ... Lighter fluid and a match. So we lit them on fire expecting them to be killed and gone forever... Nope. They just woke up, and you could hear their wings buzzing heavily as they, on fire, started flying upward and in every direction. From then on I remember doing other household tasks, constantly worried about running into a fiery murder hornet in a dark corner or under a box or wherever. The window was open. I'll bet someone was doing some late morning lawn mowing down the block... The good news about the dream is that they weren't stinging me in the face the way they usually do. So maybe I'm just on the verge of stress and need to find a good way to manage it ahead of time before I'm living like I have flaming murder hornets flying around. This is one of my stress dreams. It came after spending a week switching to day shift, rather abruptly, after having been on night shift for over a year, going to a training course across town, then coming back to work to find out that someone more senior than me, and training/guiding me at work is leaving in another week and then I'm pretty much on my own kinda. Idk. This is gonna get tough. I suppose the point/meaning of this dream, if they do have meanings, is that I need to avoid quick fixes and work on my coping mechanisms ahead of stressors. Then there's the fact that I'm turning my attention back to mindfulness and my Buddhist practice. I have dabbled and practiced with varying degrees of seriousness in Zen. I'm currently learning about Tibetan Buddhism and reading and meditating on Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva, and am planning to get back into my meditation routine. If you've never heard the term, Bodhisattvas are beings who have attained enlightenment, but rather than pursuing full Buddhahood (where you get to just chill out in Nirvana for eternity, free from suffering) they choose to return to Samsara (the eternal cycle of life, suffering, death, and rebirth) to guide other beings on the path to enlightenment. Hence, they are good examples to follow for freeing oneself from suffering and helping others. I could go on on this topic, but I'll leave it there for now. I just thought I'd let you know why I named my challenge as I did. And then there's the Big List... which I made during the Holiday challenge as a set of goals to pursue long term. Spoiler Become an Intuitive eater I should start keeping a food journal -- Ongoing! Shop and prep food for a wider variety of healthy options Hide the scales for a while Become an Intuitive exerciser Add exercise to food journal Daily movement Hike more visit parks (and backpack camp/hike a trail this summer) start a rucking regimen take up birding, herping, and wilderness photography Become a master swordsman HEMA Start playing the drums Be more creative Make hyperrealistic drawings and paintings Finish my novel Live in a space that is comfortable, pleasant, and supportive of my health and fitness As for what I can do immediately, just get better at keeping up with cleaning and reorganize my current apartment Follow up/through with INHP (local housing program) Become a zen master get back to a daily meditation routine Look good and feel confident in my clothes Enjoy wearing bigger pants Have a better social and community life meetups, explore the town volunteer From this list I usually create a goal or two from something on the list to work toward, and lately I usually focus on Intuitive Eating, Exercise, Creativity, and buying a home. My goals are listed in order of general priority. I'm putting the TL;DR up front and spoilering the details to tidy things up here: TL;DR Mindfulness: daily meditation with increasing session times Lotus Position: stretch to improve lotus posture during meditation Nourishment: Eat mindfully and watch out for GERD symptoms Movement: Qigong Abode: spring cleaning Creativity: Knit a Beanie or Finish part one of my fantasy novel Wisdom: Study The Way of the Bodhisattva Knowledge: study Tibetan language Spoiler Mindfulness: Meditate daily. Right now, I have a daily practice consisting of about 15 min of sitting. I'd like to increase my meditation endurance back to where I can do 45 min, probably not daily but regularly. So starting with challenge day one, I'll be adding +30s to my timer until the end of the challenge. That should get me well above 30 min total if I stick to it. Nourishment: Eat mindfully and journal it... ... and manage GERD. Yeah. I'm having those problems. I need to pay more attention to how much I eat, how fast I eat, and how my stomach reacts to eating. If I eat too much, or eat something that is bad I'll usually have GERD symptoms within a half hour of eating. Whenever I notice GERD symptoms, I will take a TUMS and write down the last meal I had with the hopes of narrowing down what foods/amounts are causing issues. Padmasana (lotus postition): Work on my lotus position seating posture for meditation. This is also my warmup stretch routine prior to meditation. I need to do it every time so I can maintain/improve my flexibility and endurance in seated meditation. Movement: Qigong like Stronkey Kong! Do qigong as often as possible... for points! I've got a list of like 20+ exercises in my repertoire. It doesn't matter which ones or how many, I just want to do them as often as possible. And any one requires little warmup or time to complete... so why not. 1 point for each qigong exercise I do (typically in sets of 8 ). 50 bonus points: create a new exercise named as the title of this challenge. Abode: Spring cleaning the current abode, pursue my future abode. I did a bunch of cleaning this weekend. I'd say my apartment was at about an 8, and I got most of it down to a 6, though one room is now at a 9 but that's okay for now. Spoiler 0 -- Biosafety Level 4 containment center level of Cleanliness 1 -- Severe OCD/Doctor's Office level of Cleanliness 2 -- Grandma who keeps plastic coverings on the couch cushions level of cleanliness 3 -- We can afford a maid level of cleanliness 4 -- A girl is coming over level of cleanliness 5 -- At least the clutter is out of the way 6 -- Not terribly cluttered. 7 -- I'd be embarrased to have friends over for a casual visit. 8 -- I'm a little stressed by this mess and daily activities are impaired. 9 -- I have to move this clutter pile on top of the of the clutter pile to get to the third clutter pile 10 -- Did the crew of "Horders" just park their van in my driveway? I want to get to and maintain a routine where I cycle between levels 3 and 5. ... Well. Actually, I'm not sure what to do for the future place. I'm at the point where I should be looking at houses, but not sure I want to tie my personal success to the current housing market. However, the price range I'm looking in tends to make for interesting stories. I'll keep updating and posting my home search scorecard and share my horror stories as they come. Wizard's Tower Search Scorecard Houses viewed: 4 Offers made: 1 Offers declined: 1 WTFs: 3 As I said, the guy I'm training under has one week left, so week zero is going to be like drinking from a firehose. I will make a study plan for continuous learning for the remainder of the challenge once I get my bearings. Creativity: Finish one of these two goals: Knit a beanie. One. Whole. Beanie. I tried this recently, but I didn't cast on the right number of stitches. And I lost track of what I was doing at one point and puled when I should have knitted, and I think I was wrapping the yarn in the wrong direction... it had some issues so I killed that project and settled for a crappy looking, oversized headdband. Wrap up Part 1 of my fantasy novel: It's near the end of New Year's day in the Astral Governance. I just need to get everyone home and into bed at this point in 5000 words or so. Wisdom: Study The Way of the Bodhisattva and figure out more ways to integrate it into daily life. I am on my second readthrough of this on audiobook. I also have the text arriving this week. Unless I'm intent on actively listening to something else... listen to it in the car and on my bluetooth speaker. Read it. Study it. Meditate on it. Breath it. Eat it. Defacate it. Live it. Knowledge: Learn some Tibetan I figure since I'm so interested in Tibetan Buddhism and I tend to like starting to learn languages, let's throw Tibetan on the heap. There's a book coming on the way. We'll see if I can get anywhere with it. 7 3 Quote ===================================================================================================== --Stronkey Kong-- Link to comment
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