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I disappeared for a few months due to life craziness. Unfortunately the craziness continues as my partner and I have an unplanned house move in a few weeks, so I need to try to maintain my health and sanity despite the continued stress!

 

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If only moving house was this easy...

 

 

Goal 1: Yoga

 

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Do a yoga session (of any length) at least 4x/week

 

Usually I gravitate towards strength training and walking for exercise, but I'm going to focus on yoga for the near future because 1) I need a less intensive form of exercise, 2) I've been getting some niggling knee pain (probably from muscle stiffness/imbalances), 3) the cold and dark evenings are not a great incentive for regular walks, and 4) it will help me remember to breathe!

 

 

Goal 2: No processed sugar

 

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I should probably avoid eating fire demons, too. 

 

Goal 3: Don't disappear 

 

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Update my challenge at least 5x/week (but apologies in advance if I am slow to respond to replies!)

 

 

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Zero Week, Sunday

 

Yoga: check (1/4) - did some while watching Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

No processed sugar: check (1/7)

Don't disappear: check (1/5)

 

Moving progress: We're waiting on some boxes to start packing in earnest, so today I focused on organisation - e.g., taking knitting needles out of our misc tools/stationary supplies box and putting them in the crafts ottoman where they belong! 

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19 hours ago, Rookie said:

Welcome back! ☺️ Definitely steer clear from ingesting fire demons

 

Thank you!

 

3 hours ago, Harriet said:

Simple but sensible, I like it. Good luck with the yoga and sugerlessness and non-disapparation.

 

I'm trying to target the low-hanging fruit - minimal effort for maximal reward is key at this point! 

 

Hmm, come to think of it, dis(apparation) would also make moving a lot easier!

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4 hours ago, Mad Hatter said:

Dunno, it looks pretty delicious!

Unfortunately sugar is too 😢

 

2 hours ago, Epsilonte said:

Nice challenge! :) 

Do you have fixed days for yoga or are you just doing it whenever you feel like it? :) 

 

Thanks! I don't - I would probably benefit from more of a routine, but it's not going to happen right now with the moving craziness. It's something to work on next year!

 

Zero Week, Monday

 

Yoga: none today (1/4) 

No processed sugar: check (2/7)

Don't disappear: check (2/5)

 

Moving progress: My husband and I got a few cardboard boxes from our corner shop today - they are in quarantine for now and will be packed with books later this week. I also found a couple of cheap, colourful woven runner rugs on Gumtree (UK equivalent of Craigslist). Our next flat is unfurnished and doesn't have carpets, so they'll be a nice addition for comfort and decor. 

 

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9 hours ago, Alanna said:

Moving progress: My husband and I got a few cardboard boxes from our corner shop today - they are in quarantine for now and will be packed with books later this week. I also found a couple of cheap, colourful woven runner rugs on Gumtree (UK equivalent of Craigslist). Our next flat is unfurnished and doesn't have carpets, so they'll be a nice addition for comfort and decor.

 

Where are you moving? Are you happy about the move? Is it a good move?

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3 hours ago, Harriet said:

 

Where are you moving? Are you happy about the move? Is it a good move?

 

It's a mixed bag - we really wanted our next move to be to our first (i.e., owned) house. It's a really strong sellers market right now, though, and our landlord sold the flat that we currently rent before we could get an offer accepted on a house 🙄. So, we are being evicted. Luckily a friend/colleague offered us a nearby flat to rent on a flexible basis as we continue our search, as we didn't want to sign a year long contract (and the rental market here is also crazy - tenants are bidding on rental properties because there is such a short supply!!). If all goes well, we'll be moving again in 2022 to a much more permanent home.

 

On the plus side, since the new flat isn't furnished and we don't have much furniture, maybe I'll use the extra space to finally work on handstands 😆.

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1 hour ago, Alanna said:

 

It's a mixed bag - we really wanted our next move to be to our first (i.e., owned) house. It's a really strong sellers market right now, though, and our landlord sold the flat that we currently rent before we could get an offer accepted on a house 🙄. So, we are being evicted. Luckily a friend/colleague offered us a nearby flat to rent on a flexible basis as we continue our search, as we didn't want to sign a year long contract (and the rental market here is also crazy - tenants are bidding on rental properties because there is such a short supply!!). If all goes well, we'll be moving again in 2022 to a much more permanent home.

 

On the plus side, since the new flat isn't furnished and we don't have much furniture, maybe I'll use the extra space to finally work on handstands 😆.

 

That's tough ☹️ I hope the flat is comfy and that you have success in your search for a permanent place. And handstands sound like an excellent project 🙂

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6 hours ago, Harriet said:

That's tough ☹️ I hope the flat is comfy and that you have success in your search for a permanent place. 

 

Thanks - hopefully it will be once we get a couch!

 

6 hours ago, Harriet said:

And handstands sound like an excellent project 🙂

 

1 hour ago, Mad Hatter said:

I approve of this plan. 😄

 

5 minutes ago, Epsilonte said:

Yay handstands!! 

 

I need to find some silver (upside-down?) linings in this mess! We don't really have free wall space in our flat between furniture and radiators. Maybe I'll break out GMB Elements again, too.

 

6 minutes ago, Epsilonte said:

The whole moving situation sounds tough, but it's a great option with your friends flat. :)

 

Yes, we're lucky that we have an affordable and flexible option! Even if we will miss our dishwasher 😅.

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Zero Week, Wednesday

 

Yoga: Not today, but did go for a short walk to drop off some things at a charity shop. I think I have a bit of upper body DOMS from yesterday! (2/4) 

No processed sugar: check (4/7)

Don't disappear: check (4/5)

 

Moving-wise: Donated some things and packed most of the remaining books and games.

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Zero Week, Friday

 

I want to try out the emoticon tiles that people use for tracking goals, because I'd like to see how my progress is distributed across the week. Since the theme is Howl's Moving Castle(/I'm moving house), I'll go with

🏰  completed

◻️ TBA/did not do 

🏚️ missed (only applicable for my daily goal, which is the no processed sugar one)

 

So, for this week so far:

    Su M  Tu  W Th  F   Sa    

    Yoga: 🏰◻️🏰◻️🏰◻️◻️  (3/4)

No processed sugar: 🏰🏰🏰🏰🏰🏰◻️  (6/7)

        Don't disappear: 🏰🏰🏰🏰🏰🏰◻️  (6/5)

 

Didn't do much moving-wise today, but yesterday I packed my skating equipment and also used some colourful paper to tag boxes by how fragile/heavy they are:

  • green = heavy and not fragile, needs to be packed on the bottom (mostly books)
  • yellow = not particularly fragile, but shouldn't go on the very bottom under a bunch of weight
  • orange = fragile but can take some weight/movement
  • pink = fragile, handle carefully

and if they should be unpacked in the new flat (blue) since we're going to leave some unnecessary stuff like not-to-be-reread-soon books packed for the hopefully upcoming 2nd move. The colour tags are a lot easier to see than writing or marker colours, so hopefully it will make moving day easier.

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59 minutes ago, Alanna said:

    Su M  Tu  W Th  F   Sa    

    Yoga: 🏰◻️🏰◻️🏰◻️◻️  (3/4)

No processed sugar: 🏰🏰🏰🏰🏰🏰◻️  (6/7)

        Don't disappear: 🏰🏰🏰🏰🏰🏰◻️  (6/5)

 

 

What's TBA? Are those yoga grey blocks good or bad? Either way, good job castling that sugar!

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6 minutes ago, Harriet said:

 

What's TBA? Are those yoga grey blocks good or bad? Either way, good job castling that sugar!

 

To Be Available (sorry, I thought that was the standard abbreviation!) - i.e., I can't predict the future, so I can't fill out Saturday yet in this case. And for days that have passed, it's a neutral "did not do" - because I'm not aiming to do yoga every day anyway :) . I have the sum and the goal counts (sum/goal) on the far right for reference. Hopefully that makes sense - I was trying to figure out the best way to use this visualisation for non-daily goals without labelling the days off as "fails" and while still having a 3 x 7 grid! Helps me check that I'm not leaving yoga until the end of the week, for example. I suppose I could leave the future days blank, but it's nice seeing the squares of opportunity.

 

Haha, thanks - and I enjoy the use of "castling" as a verb outside of chess!

 

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19 hours ago, Alanna said:

 

To Be Available (sorry, I thought that was the standard abbreviation!)

 

Probably. I can't remember all the acronyms so sometimes I ask questions everyone else knows the answer to.

 

19 hours ago, Alanna said:

Haha, thanks - and I enjoy the use of "castling" as a verb outside of chess!

 

Always verbify.

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22 hours ago, Epsilonte said:

Ooooh I like the 🏰, works perfectly. :D 

My username also comes from a fictional character who is a knight, so it even works on multiple levels 😁

 

22 hours ago, Epsilonte said:

Also the colour tags are smart, great idea!

 

Thanks! We'll see if they help on the day 😅

 

21 hours ago, Harriet said:

Probably. I can't remember all the acronyms so sometimes I ask questions everyone else knows the answer to.

 

 

I imagine having acronyms to remember in multiple languages doesn't help!

 

 

 

 

Zero Week

    Su  M  Tu  W  Th  F   Sa    

    Yoga: 🏰◻️🏰◻️🏰◻️🏰  (4/4)

No processed sugar: 🏰🏰🏰🏰🏰🏰🏰  (7/7)

        Don't disappear: 🏰🏰🏰🏰🏰🏰◻️  (6/5)

 

Yoga on Saturday was short and easy because I was super tired, but that's fine. Overall, a good zero week!

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