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“Why was he eternally surprised?” And they are told: ‘Wen considered the nature of time and understood that the universe is, instant by instant, re-created anew. Therefore, he understood, there is, in truth, no Past, only a memory of the Past. Blink your eyes, and the world you see next did not exist when you closed them. Therefore, he said, the only appropriate state of the mind is surprise. The only appropriate state of the heart is joy. The sky you see now, you have never seen before. The perfect moment is now. Be glad of it.’”

 

Just a place holder for now, but I bet you can see where this is going.

 

Rebel: settle in to work schedule

Assassin:  work on pull up and crow pose

Druid:  be present, work on flexibility 

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Also following. Or lurking?

 

Following.

 

And lurking.

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"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." -Henry Ford

"The older I get, the more I understand that the only way to say valuable things is to lose your fear of being correct." -Malcolm Gladwell

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9 hours ago, theflyingaccountant said:

Also following. Or lurking?

 

Following.

 

And lurking.

Are you muttering as well?  That might be official lurking.

 

 

 

But, before I run straight into a challenge headfirst, I think zero needs to be a rest/deload week.  I'm unusually tired and think I need to take that as a sign.  I'll try to make use of that time for stretching and planning.

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13 minutes ago, Chesire said:

Are you muttering as well?  That might be official lurking.

 

Always. 

 

My zero week was supposed to be a rest / deload week but then ended up becoming an unofficial "do-it-anyway" week which then led to me deciding that yes, I really ought to do it as a rest / deload week. So I dunno what the heck I'm doing. 

 

Might as well lurk.

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"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." -Henry Ford

"The older I get, the more I understand that the only way to say valuable things is to lose your fear of being correct." -Malcolm Gladwell

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I totally make it up as a I go along.  But with added confidence for appearances!  I really only realized I needed a rest week because I wasn't that hungry and I wasn't sleeping well, signs I ought not ignore :)

 

Speaking of rest days, I've had to monkey with my fitness schedule to make one of my work days a rest day.  Just too hard to do All The Things in one day.  A rest day on a Tuesday is a wrench in my brain, but this will work.  I think.  Oh, right!  And golf with dad on Fridays.  I am not running after playing golf, especially after those last 3 holes that are like climbing up and down YourFingerYouFool Mountain.  OK, let's just put this in writing right now.

 

 

Being Eternally Surprised will fall under Druid efforts, but I will write down my daily surprises in my journal and hopefully remember to report them back here on some sort of regular schedule. 

 

Assassin training is therefore, dun dun duuuuunn

Body weight general work using SoC basics plan

  • W- general BW gym with skill work frog/crow/eventual progressions, specifically using GMB and SoC methods. 
  • F- general BW gym with skill work pull ups (with proper muscle recruitment this time, you twit)
  • Sun- general BW gym with focus on basics and form

 

running; the plan is a hope, but I will listen to what body or brain demands for the day, aka don't break myself

  • Th- meditation run, with or without guidance, ostensibly a distance run, but we'll see how far each day
  • Sat- intervals, for time
  • Mon- just get out there, walking is just fine

 

Rebel goals are about learning how to work with my time now that I need to pay attention to that sort of thing again. 

  • Week 1: revisit meal planning and prepping as necessary for decent lunches, snacks,  and dinners.  Figure out when house upkeep can fit in and re-divvying up chores as needed.  Generally we aware of what might be slipping to the side.
  • week 2:  meal plan etc.  Do said chores.  consider when other projects can fit it, like fixing the ceiling from a leak.
  • week 3 : repeat 2, for habit building
  • week 4:  eat and relax (lake vacation week)  
  • week 5: repeat week 2, without going anywhere near a scale
  • general things:  make sure the sidekick and I are out by 6:30 for walkies on work days.  start shopping for lake time foods and drinks.  start planning lakeside reading and projects (do I want to attempt knitting a sweater?  scary)

 

Druid goals are a new exploration for me.

  • being surprised.  Take the time to be present in the day and moment.  Find surprises in all things.
  • meditation, aim for two per week.  One is a moving, mindful run, guided or not.  The other I need to find a home for.  Possibly Th or a weekend day when I'm up earlier than MrC.
  • flexibility and mobility.   It worked well for me a few challenges ago to just make evening tv time, stretch time.  Why did I stop once it was no longer an official thing?  Just do this again, but be sure to add in ankle and wrist work with the added arm balance and running focuses.  I know I saw someone link wrist work last challenge, Imma go check that out.  Same for ankle stuff.  Off to lurk.
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Zero week surprises:

T- 6:30 am is a lovely time of day in the city park.  Traffic is still pretty light, so it is surprisingly peaceful.  Related note; lots of humidity is almost as sound dampening as snow.

W- I was able to experience the joy in running that children feel.  The joy in movement for the sake of it.  Not for long, but I did get it.

Th- spent time as car passenger just staring out the window.  An incredible number of trees can take root in a created rock face.

F- how often on walks floral scents smack me in the face and it comes from the tiniest flower.

S- so far- Just realized handstand training can have an actual use in my life now.  Lifting heavy sewing machines to put on overhead shelves is the same motion (disregarding open vs closed chain for you fitness nerds)

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Monday was a gross, soggy, humid day, but I ran.  Not fast, but I did it.  Didn't stretch much :(

Official start to Tuesdays are rest days happened.  It felt weird.   Did do some foam rolling and light stretching.

Just finished my pull-up-centric strength.  Did some immediate back stretching after, must do more later.

 

Surprises: 

I want to try running without distractions, ie no audio books.  Or I want to feel the challenge of it.

A car with the license plate Q of H passed me.

I caught a ladybug stretching.  Did wait for it to finish before I shooed it off my gym.

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Week 1

Assassin training went according to plan, except for the part where I mixed up which day was a distance and which was intervals.  No matter.  It got done. 

 

Rebel work uh, about that.  It was a rough week for some reason.  I vaguely did some stuff but with no real focus or plan.  Brains are annoying.

Did the ankle and wrist stuff once.  Learned how much breaking my wrist as a kid comes into play now.  Can't fix that, but can accept and adapt.

 

Druid was hit and miss.  Surprises were surprising.  Stretching was spotty.  I did one meditation run but forgot about my second one. 

 

Plan to achieve success next week: write all the things down in my planner and check it over morning coffee.  Leave foam roller next to couch, in line of sight or tripping hazard zone.

 

 

suprises:

-my sidekick super dachshund still likes little kids of all species and is very understanding that they have little control of grasping fingers or flailing paws.  It is amazing to not worry too much about her being irritated easily. 

- How much a baby changes and grows in one week.

- I was able to see the park I spend time in daily with fresh eyes and spot daily differences.

- 4yo kiddos asked to see us and go 'hiking' together (hiking is walking on a wooded trail) and then have supper together.  Though apparently we were overstaying our welcome and delaying movie night, because the boy said "It's time for you to go now."  🤣

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I just had the biggest surprise I may have all challenge.  More of an epiphany, maybe.  I've aggravated with my new job because I've felt training has been hit or miss and I'm just expected to know everything by osmosis or something.  So on my walk this morning I was thinking about the situation, trying to define what training I feel is missing, is there a particular offender, etc.  Uh, the problem is me.  I've been lumping everyone there into one person in my brain so every assumption was coming from one person.  And each of them is giving me benefit of assuming I know or have been told the things. 

 

So, to sum up, I'm the problem I have at my new job and I just have to ask questions if I need to know something.  And the surprise is how much better I felt as soon as I recognized I'm the problem.     ("problem" isn't the best word, but it works)

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On 6/28/2021 at 8:58 AM, Chesire said:

I've aggravated with my new job because I've felt training has been hit or miss and I'm just expected to know everything by osmosis or something.  So on my walk this morning I was thinking about the situation, trying to define what training I feel is missing, is there a particular offender, etc.  Uh, the problem is me.  I've been lumping everyone there into one person in my brain so every assumption was coming from one person.  And each of them is giving me benefit of assuming I know or have been told the things. 

Bravo to you, that's such great insight! Brains are funny things, I could see myself complain for either expecting to know it all or people "overexplaining" because I'm "new but not inexperienced". 

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I good laugh at myself.  I have a plan to work on mindfulness two days per week.   I couldn't figure out why my plan wasn't working out....

On 6/17/2021 at 8:11 AM, Chesire said:

Th- meditation run,

 

On 6/17/2021 at 8:11 AM, Chesire said:

meditation, aim for two per week.  The other I need to find a home for.  Possibly Th

 

So I definitely wanted to do something on Thursdays....   🤣  I'm gonna move one of those to the weekend.

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16 hours ago, Doe said:

I could see myself complain for either expecting to know it all or people "overexplaining" because I'm "new but not inexperienced". 

Well, there is a bit of that 'new but not inexperienced' going on now that I made my thoughts clear to the owner, who kindly told everyone.  My fav training moment from one of the other cust serv people trying to be so helpful to me is when the phone rang "Do you know how to answer the phone?"  Uh....  not only have I worked almost exclusively in some form of cust service including management, but I am also old enough to have been around a phone once or twice, so yes, I do know how.  I opted to be a grown-up and just say yes.

 

So, now things are going to swing from assuming too much to too little.  I pinky swear I will not complain too much about that. 

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1 hour ago, Chesire said:

Well, there is a bit of that 'new but not inexperienced' going on now that I made my thoughts clear to the owner, who kindly told everyone.  My fav training moment from one of the other cust serv people trying to be so helpful to me is when the phone rang "Do you know how to answer the phone?"  Uh....  not only have I worked almost exclusively in some form of cust service including management, but I am also old enough to have been around a phone once or twice, so yes, I do know how.  I opted to be a grown-up and just say yes.

 

I have a manager who, on my second week working in my new career, came by my desk as I was in the middle of writing a list of things I needed to accomplish in the week to hover over me and explain that "you should put together a list of things you need to accomplish in the week to keep yourself organized."

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"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." -Henry Ford

"The older I get, the more I understand that the only way to say valuable things is to lose your fear of being correct." -Malcolm Gladwell

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2 minutes ago, Chesire said:

I forgot the real kicker!  That same person on my first day in the first hour handed me the phone to answer when it rang and assumed I was fine.  But three weeks later....  

 

That is peculiar. Office culture is so weird.

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"The older I get, the more I understand that the only way to say valuable things is to lose your fear of being correct." -Malcolm Gladwell

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Tired week.  Blood tests for a Dr check-up showed a touch of anemia.  We discussed that I've given blood all year without issue (so hemoglobin levels have been checked regularly all year) and this is a new thing.  It has only started since I got the vaccine but she doesn't know of that as a side effect.  She made me swear that if when I go to give blood levels are still low that I will come in for follow up.  I know I'd slacked in my efforts for eating for iron content, but didn't think it was that bad.

 

So, exercise was limited this week.  Stretching and foam rolling was a bit better.  Meditation during run went well.

 

Surprises:

-budgeting and saving ahead is great.  That's not the real surprise.  The surprise was lovely moment I recalled I'd already saved for the vacation and the relief that followed.

-taking a moment to stop and think helps all things

-surprise cancellations can be nice

-a grey, rainy day was quite cheerful

-how excited I get planning vacation craft projects and reading

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yes, yes, surprises.... they happened, but vacation!  

 

I've held off potato chips for weeks!  yes! weeks! because vacation was coming.  I have no rules on vacation.  Chips for breakfast, ok.  Veggies?  Not as many as usual.  It works well for me because I "break" myself on a thing and I can't face it for years.  I had Doritos for the first time in 2 years last week after a vacation with a monster bag.   And when I get back I crave veggies and balanced meals.

 

surprises this week:

turkeys are really big.

bumper sticker: I hope you have a great day.

how much a 4 month old changes week to week.  Crazy little monster.

saw a flower I only learned about 2 years ago, Indian pipe.  I thought the season had passed already.  (not my pic)

Monotropa uniflora - Wikipedia

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A thing that surprises me each visit to the cabin.  The deck is down a flight of stairs from the cabin. The stairs are pretty steep and about 30 feet high.  So a bit of work with luggage etc but doable.   Here’s the surprise:  how quickly alcohol affects me.   Immediately upon finishing one glass of wine on the deck those stairs change into something resembling a ladder about a million feet high.  So. Much. Work.  
 

I do keep that in mind the rest of the year when I think alcohol doesn’t impact much. 

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