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There are a couple of distinct feelings that most individuals experience as they plummet towards the earth

"Was Gravity always this fast?"

"Perhaps it wasn't so bad up where I was before?"

"How am I going to land?"

 

Recently, I accepted an offer to leave my stable corporate job at a processed food manufacturer (I know, I was the enemy) and help a friend with a startup company. the feelings are similar. 

"This is happening really fast"

"Did I leave a good thing?"

"How am I going to keep this thing afloat?"

 

To survive the freefall, one must keep a cool head and stick to (or adapt) your plan. 

 

to keep a cool head, one must keep the microcosm that is yourself balanced, the mind, the body, what goes in and what comes out (1)

 

El Plan

 

1.  Water, dammit.

Sometimes at the end of the day I think about it, and I cannot remember drinking any water. Somehow, I have evolved to live off of espresso and gin. If I can limit myself to 2 espressos a day and replace the remaining beverages with water or low caff tea, I will call that a win.  

 

2. Exercise, dammit

My heart is probably hating myself for my years of greasy foods and caffeine.  If my body is a machine, then it is a rusty T-Top Camaro, backfiring often, making a haunting screech whenever it brakes, drives, or stands still at the red light. It is driven by a guy with a mullet and a chin strap beard that has been putting monster energy drinks into the radiator. it smells like black ice little trees. I intend to start off with two days of cardio and one day of strength per week and see if I can keep that up and adjust from there. 

 

3. Focus, dammit.

My new role will have me working 100% remote.  I personally need to be around people to focus on work (maybe I need that feeling that someone is watching me to keep me from opening up Reddit?).  I have two ways of trying to combat this.  First, if working in the house, put the phone on the other side of the room during working hours. If that doesn't work, relocate to somewhere public, COVID measures permitting. this way I can either remove distractions or put myself in the public penalty box of shame, depending on what will work that day. I might even install some sort of focus safeguard app if I really need the training wheels back on.

 

4. Finish the damn Challenge...dammit.

If you have ever read my previous challenges, I've never actually finished one. I start them off, and then after a couple of updates I tend to wander off.  You know who else does stuff like that?

 

this guy

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So, in order to not be the Towelie of the rebellion, I will have to at least update once per week, and post results. (My Towel status is also why my goals are pretty easy this challenge, since I never stick with them)

 

 

 

 

 

(1) - that sounds really philosophical now that I write it, but it was blatantly copied from the book "Da Vinci's Ghost"

 

 

 

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My challenge starts tomorrow....aaand there's a snowstorm..

 

alright, alright. no biggie. I can do strength training at home and shift cardio to another day. I got this. 

 

the main goal will be to get through tomorrow without pulling the "but there was a snowstorm!" 

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On 12/29/2021 at 1:01 PM, HueyLewis said:

2. Exercise, dammit

My heart is probably hating myself for my years of greasy foods and caffeine.  If my body is a machine, then it is a rusty T-Top Camaro, backfiring often, making a haunting screech whenever it brakes, drives, or stands still at the red light. It is driven by a guy with a mullet and a chin strap beard that has been putting monster energy drinks into the radiator. it smells like black ice little trees. I intend to start off with two days of cardio and one day of strength per week and see if I can keep that up and adjust from there. 

 

Hey! Automobiles need electrolytes, too. Don't they?

 

On 12/29/2021 at 1:01 PM, HueyLewis said:

3. Focus, dammit.

My new role will have me working 100% remote.  I personally need to be around people to focus on work (maybe I need that feeling that someone is watching me to keep me from opening up Reddit?).  I have two ways of trying to combat this.  First, if working in the house, put the phone on the other side of the room during working hours. If that doesn't work, relocate to somewhere public, COVID measures permitting. this way I can either remove distractions or put myself in the public penalty box of shame, depending on what will work that day. I might even install some sort of focus safeguard app if I really need the training wheels back on.

 

The public penalty box of shame sounds like fun. What is it?

 

On 12/29/2021 at 1:01 PM, HueyLewis said:

4. Finish the damn Challenge...dammit.

If you have ever read my previous challenges, I've never actually finished one. I start them off, and then after a couple of updates I tend to wander off.  You know who else does stuff like that?

 

Set a date on your calendar to check in on Sunday, yo.

Happy (complete) challenging!

Let cheese and oxen and mead crowd out our secret desires for power and domination - Harriet the Viking

Just be bold, fluid and unapologetic, not small, hairy and indecisive - Harriet the Artist

You can absorb me! - Harriet the Contextless Guru

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The Challenge thus far:

 

My body is hating me for replacing its constant espresso intake with water. I know that's just the irritable caffeine withdrawal and eventually my Kidneys will get louder about their satisfaction

 

I managed to get snowed in, so my plan to get into the gym was cut. Instead I spent my Sunday...doing Yoga.  Honestly it does feel nice, even though it is the Smooth Jazz of fitness. It did help with the tightened muscles though. I will count it as a half workout. (Sorry for all of you Yogis out there. Maybe I've been watching too much Cobra Kai)

 

Focus is rough when I have been off work for a week and now I am in post-holiday haze (still for my old job, new one's start date is getting pushed). Did not notice how bad it was until I thought "I should update my challenge thread" 

 

Still here. If I make it past week two then this will be the farthest I have been from the Shire

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As it turns out, doing cardio is not so bad

 

It is Friday. I have logged 3 workouts and I am feeling pretty pleased with myself about it

 

Wife has been on a dieting kick and it has rubbed off on me, I ended up dropping 5 lbs as well. not too shabby!

 

As for the drinking of more water - that was going swell! ....until I worked in the office. My job works in office Tue-Thur and Works from home Mondays and Fridays.  I find that in the office it is way easier to suck down coffee all day and before I knew it, it was Thursday and I hadn't filled up on water while working. 

 

As such, Focus is also difficult, as I am in the last couple of weeks in my job. before I leave the company. I've been sneaking in some data work for the next role, but felt bad about it, so now it is like the last couple weeks of your senior year, when it is hard to take things seriously

 

Now onto the hardest part - the weekend. It is like the boss fight of any habit change

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Monday's review of El Plan

 

El Plan

 

1.  Water, dammit.

Doing fine when I am working from home. At the office I have been swapping out a lot of coffee for green tea. Although some days need a little more oomph and so for one day and one afternoon I was back in my old ways. Recovered on Friday. This week need to bring in a water bottle to keep refilling. I would give this week a 6/10

(for all of you serial water drinkers out there, how the hell do you not have to run to the bathroom every 15 minutes? ). 

 

2. Exercise, dammit

I have knocked this one out of the park. I have exercised every day for this week (and twice on Saturday!)  10/10

 

3. Focus, dammit.

Still at this current job until the end of the month. It is really hard to focus on it when I know I need to be reading up on my next venture.  I would give this last week a 4/10.

Although it does not help my current role I am about to leave, I have been buying a bunch of books regarding my next one so I can be as useful as possible, reading is good, right?

 

4. Finish the damn Challenge...dammit.

Still here! no score out of 10, this one is a pass/fail grade at the end of the challenge

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I am still in it! 

 

I am still terrible at updating a forum post!

 

I turned in my two weeks notice at my job. I am going to spend the next two weeks documenting everything I do at work so that the next person can pick it up and run with it because I will likely not see my replacement

 

Water drinking has gone down in the last week in lieu of all day coffee again. I would give it an F. I did manage to stop myself and down a water bottle or two but I find it is much harder in the office then it is at home

 

Exercising has been getting knocked out of the park. I have done some kind of physical activity every day since the challenge began (save two days of feeling like poo). that's an A

 

my focus in the days while I am in the home office is getting better. I've reorganized the place so that all of my distractions are on the other side of the room, or in the other room. this one is hard to gauge because my workload has gone down since dropping my notice, so there simply isn't as much to do at work

 

as for finishing the challenge - we're still in this. I don't think I have made it this far into a challenge before, so we are past the normal Towelie point

 

 

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