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Tobbe Gets Ready for CNF

 

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So I, ehh, did a thing. I put down the deposit for Camp Nerd Fitness 😱 I'm super excited! 🙌 But I also realized I haven't fitnessed in like nine months (last challenge I did was Dec '20) 🙈 That changes now!

 

People seem hesitant/scared/worried about signing up for camp because they're afraid they not nerdy enough. Or that they're not fit enough. Or they're afraid of going alone, or haven't traveled much. Or just generally that they won't fit in. They needed to use their 20 seconds of courage for those reasons. Personally I'm not worried about any of that. For me it's all about the cost of it all 💸 When I think about parting with all that money I feel slightly sick to my stomach 🤢 The deposit is refundable though, so I might still pull out. But either way, this feels like a great reason to start moving my body again!

 

Since I've been away from all of this for so long I'm going to start off small and set goals that are physically easy for me. The challenging thing about the goals will be the time commitment and staying consistent. And not letting the goals take away any more of my sleep. I already don't sleep enough, but whenever I need to get more things done, sleep always seems to be the thing I don't prioritize enough 😴

 

Goals

 

Keeping it simple by following the standard NF goalsetting guidelines "Pick 1-3 goals related to workouts, nutrition, and/or mindset to work on over the next 5 weeks."

 

Workouts

20 minutes deliberate movement per day, any kind. Or 6000 steps.

 

Nutrition

Winter is coming. Which means it's time for vit D. 

Take vitamin D, Omega-3 and B12 daily.

 

Mindset

Meditate once a day. Relaxing, closing my eyes and taking a few deep breaths is enough. Doing anything more than that is neither better nor worse.

 

And because I'm only human I'll give myself seven days in each of the categories that I'm allowed to skip (but never two in a row).

 

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I've run in to a small hiccup. Found an almost full bottle of B12, so no problem with that. But! We're out of Ω3. And my regular Vitamin D. But today I had salmon for lunch, so I hopefully covered my Ω3 needs. And I took four of our kid's vit D pills. So I think I managed to cover all my bases today. But need to place an order for the stuff I'm out of.

 

Took a 30 minute walk with my wife this evening and just finished a super short meditation session. 

 

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Welcome back, DD friend!  I want to do CampNF, but I'm in the same boat $$.  I think I will start saving up for the next one.  I've wondered since I learned about them, do you go by your NF name or your irl name.   I'm sure you get to choose.

 

Anyway here, for the small goals!

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1 hour ago, KB Girl said:

It's definitely the cost for me, would LOVE to go, but I'd have to first find a sack of gold somewhere. It'd be epic if you did go though :)

 

20 hours ago, Chesire said:

Welcome back, DD friend!  I want to do CampNF, but I'm in the same boat $$.  I think I will start saving up for the next one.  I've wondered since I learned about them, do you go by your NF name or your irl name.   I'm sure you get to choose.

 

Good to know I'm not the only one thinking it's expensive :)  I realize I'm super privileged, but my problem isn't that I don't have the money. I do. But should I really spend it on something as "unnecessary"  as a camp, or should I be more of an adult and invest the money in a retirement fund instead? Or not be so egotistical and instead put the money towards a vacation with the entire family?

 

Thanks for your input, the both of you :) 

 

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Yesterday I failed badly :( No meditation and no 20 minutes of activity. My wife was home all day, and I know that whenever I try to do any kind of physical exercise, and she sees it, she always asks me "What are you doing!?" in a stern voice and gives me the most unapproving look. I know she's just worried I'm falling back in to old orthorectic behaviors. And also maybe feeling bad for not getting any exercise in herself. Either way it makes me hesitate before I do anything. Trying to sneak some exercise in when she doesn't see it.

Not doing any meditation is all on me though. I just kept pushing it forward. "I'll do it after breakfast". "I'll do it during my lunch break". "I'll get to it after work", etc all day long... 

I did take my vitamins though, the ones I had at home at least. Also placed an order for new Omega 3 and Vit D pills. Look at me being an adult :P 

 

Today I did better, completing all my tasks. (My wife left for a night at a spa resort around lunch time today, so no weird looks when I did 20 min of yoga this evening.) I got to admit though that meditation was a bit difficult today. Trying to calm down and letting my thoughts go I felt my heart racing and I couldn't stop thinking about all the things I needed to get done. Things I should be doing instead of just sitting still doing nothing. It really stressed me out. I guess that's exactly when you need the meditation the most, but it was really difficult.

 

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13 hours ago, Salinger said:

You only live once Tobbe......go to camp ❤️ 

 

Hope you have an excellent day!!!! xx

 

Thank you. It's been a good day :) (Except for the mild panic episode during meditation I wrote about above)

 

And thanks for the push to go to camp. I know I'd love it if I did go.

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Just got this in my inbox. 

 

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Again, what have I gotten myself in to!? 😱 500 people! 😰 I don't do crowds. Everyone always seems to form groups, or already be groups, and I find it super difficult to get in to those groups. 

 

As for today's goals I've done good. I did a "power circuit" workout. Squat hops are brutal! Meditation went much better today than yesterday. I decided to scale it back. No expectations on myself. My mind still wandered a lot, but that's ok. No racing heart, no panicy feelings.

 

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Before I go I also wanted to show off these shoes I ordered today. I don't like shopping for shoes (or clothes). So when I find a pair of shoes I like I buy them, and then I wear them every day, all year round. From the hottest summer day to the coldest winter days until they're 100% worn out. Which usually means no threads left on the soles, broken heel cap and torn fabric. I bought my current shoes in June, 2017. It was these Reebok Trailgrip RS 5.0 GTX

 

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And the new ones I'm getting are the Adidas Terrex Agravic GTX. Unfortunately I'll have to wait over a week for delivery 😕  But I hope the fit is as good as their looks! :) 

 

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Hi!

 

4 hours ago, Tobbe said:

Again, what have I gotten myself in to!? 😱 500 people! 😰 I don't do crowds. Everyone always seems to form groups, or already be groups, and I find it super difficult to get in to those groups. 

Returning CNF 2016 camper, and I can assure you it's amazing. We're all looking to find a friend. It's an incredible experience. I went solo knowing (almost) no one, and came away a different person. 

 

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Hey there! I just want to pipe in and say big support for you in this current challenge and in going to CNF.

Have you thought of talking to your wife about your exercise? I'm a fairly confrontational kind of person, so that's kind of how I roll. I understand if that's not for you.

 

Keep on checking in those boxes! 💪

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10 hours ago, TrashcanCarla said:

Hey there! I just want to pipe in and say big support for you in this current challenge and in going to CNF.

Have you thought of talking to your wife about your exercise? I'm a fairly confrontational kind of person, so that's kind of how I roll. I understand if that's not for you.

 

Thanks for your support! No, I have not talked to her about it. Probably time I do that. Next time I feel like exercising and I feel like she's not approving of it I'll talk to her about it. (I should have done it earlier, but now that I've written it down I'm more likely to actually do it!)

 

 

10 hours ago, TrashcanCarla said:

Keep on checking in those boxes! 💪

 

I'll do my best!

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20 minutes twitch dance party was the exercise of the day 🕺 

Got the vitamins I ordered today, so could finally do proper D and Ω3

Just a few deep breaths for my meditation today

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On 9/15/2021 at 6:25 PM, Tobbe said:

I know she's just worried I'm falling back in to old orthorectic behaviors.

I don't know your full situation, I'm just vaguely aware of what you've shared of your history.  That being said, I felt I had to apologize to my husband the other day because he's been actively making changes but I've been a bit impatient and unfairly judging his actions based on our/my own baggage and history.  I wasn't allowing for the fact that he is actively working on something and I need to react according to the new MrC, not the previous.  It's hard.  Maybe a gentle reminder and request for patience as support is the thing?   I see that you have it "on your list."  I hope it goes well!

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Thank you for your input @Chesire  

 

8 hours ago, Chesire said:

Maybe a gentle reminder and request for patience as support is the thing?

 

 

I've asked her for support *so* many times. To be honest though, it's probably not been as gentle as it could/should have been.

 

I know it's most likely sugar coated. But whenever I hear about couples saying things like "He/she is my best friend, my biggest supporter and always cheers me on in whatever I do", when I hear that I always think to myself "I've never had that, why?". I count myself lucky as long as I don't hear too much moaning and complaining. Getting support or help is almost unheard of, and if/when we try it always ends up with us fighting.

But she's also put up with me when I was really struggling mentally. And that can't have been easy. I know I was extremely selfish at times. I did and said things I'm really not proud of. Things I know really disappointed her, and rightfully so. And she lets me do my things. Like CNF. I know that if I want to go, she'll let me. And if I want to just take off for a week on my own, she'll let me do that. And she does a lot more of the household chores than I do, because she knows I find it even more boring than she does. And she takes pretty much full responsibility for everything that has to do with our kids because she knows I don't care as much. (Except, of course, when she's working or away. Then I do what's needed.) Honestly I really couldn't ask for a better mother for my kids. I mean, she's not perfect, but what parent is, right? But she does an awesome job raising them, loving them and helping them.

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Yesterday was a good day. I was home alone with the boys. I played Settlers of Catan with my older son and Catan Jr with my younger son. We all played foosball. My younger son helped me outside for like three hours insulating the foundation of our house.  They both helped cook lunch. In the evening I put on a movie for them and they had some candy. I think all three of us were happy with the day. And no wife to fight with, and no two-and-a-half year old daughter who is either screaming for no apparent reason, or constantly demanding attention. I have so much more energy when I don't have to deal with all that.

 

And for my goals:

In the past I've sometimes had a hard time remembering to take my vitamins, but now I've placed the bottles right in front of me below my computer monitor, so no trouble remembering anymore. #hackyourbatcave

Working outside for several hours got me the exercise needed for the day.

Right before bed I sat down and meditated for a bit. Only so I could check that box for the day. Didn't really feel like I needed it.

 

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Another good day. Another day spent with just my boys. Gave my younger son a ride to his soccer practice, and then we ran some errands. Got home and cooked lunch. After lunch he and I worked some more on the house and I also helped my older son work on his bike that needs a new bearing in the back wheel.

 

My wife got back home at about 8 pm. And while I didn't miss her, I did miss the physical human contact a hug from her provides. Human touch is important for me.

 

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8 hours ago, TrashcanCarla said:

Wow! I am floored by the amount of checkmarks in your tracking chart! Well done!

 

Thanks. I did set the bar really low though :)  But I'm happy with how it does make me move a little bit more every day now than I did before the challenge.

 

 

1 hour ago, Mad Hatter said:

Aww sorry to hear your relationship hasn't really improved. It must be so hard when you have a family. But I'm glad you're finding ways of bonding with your kids. :) 

 

Thanks for checking in ❤️ 

The older the kids get, the easier I find it is for me to enjoy spending time with them :) 

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Opened up the NF app for the first time in ages today and found an abandoned meditation challenge that I picked up again. So did a 5 min guided meditation. I like guided meditations, so much easier than trying to do it on my own. Also found a 5 min hip mobility routine that I did as part of my daily 20 minutes of movement. After the mobility stuff I did a few very basic body weight exercises. 

10 push-ups, 10 situps, 8 shrimp squats per leg

15 push-ups, 15 situps, 8 shrimp squats per leg

20 push-ups, 20 situps, 10 shrimp squats per leg

 

I'm so much stronger in my right leg than my left 🙈

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Yesterday I went in to the office. Had people from our Stockholm office visiting. And I know my boss wants me to be at the office more often. So I dragged my butt in there. I had a pretty time. It's nice talking to my coworkers. But I just prefer staying at home. No need to spend time commuting. No need to try to find parking. No need to pack lunch. I can have my own schedule. I really like working from home. One good thing was that I got my 20 minutes of workout walking from my car to the office in the morning and from the office back to the car in the evening. But I forgot about meditating until way late in the evening when I was too tired to bother. Today I've been at home all day again. Much better! And I got around to all my tasks.

 

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