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Nice and simple. I've been on again-off again (mostly off) with these challenges for a while but have been thinking through some things and something's gotta change. So I thought I'd give it another go, for accountability if nothing else, see if it (re)sticks this time.

 

1. Healthy Body

 

Go to the gym 3x/week. That's it. Just attend and do the class (I go to a crossfit gym). I've done crossfit before and really enjoyed it, but the cost became prohibitive, so I had to give it up. New(ish) job = new paycheque, and I re-signed up earlier in the year, and was doing really well for a few months. Lately, life + job stress has led to me sliding off the rails a bit by either not scheduling classes at all, or scheduling and cancelling when my day was hard. I'd like this to not become a habit (or more of one than it's already become), partly because 3x/week is what I'm paying for, partly because it's not really that big a time commitment and I legitimately enjoy it, and partly because I feel better when I'm moving/lifting more regularly.

 

2. Healthy Eating

 

This is a bit more nebulous, but I've gotten very off track w/ my eating habits. Some days I forget to eat. Some days I remember but can't be bothered. Some days I choose unhealthy fast food/takeout while on the go for work. Most days I get takeout of various healthiness for dinner, or don't eat dinner at all. I've mostly identified the problem as a lack of will to shop for groceries/meal prep mid-week, which has slowly expanded to a lack of will for the same on weekends. If I have healthy food I will eat it, the hard part is procuring/making (with an added wrench that I eat on the go when I'm on work so food needs to be hand-held and not drippy). Right now I'm starting small, focusing only on my workday lunches: Monday-Friday I need to take my lunch with me and prepare it at home from food purchased from the grocery store, not from Tim Hortons or McDonalds. I've been doing better with homemade dinners lately, so I'm less concerned right now about this, but as a bonus goal I'd like to prepare 2 separate soup/stew options for freezing.

 

3. Healthy Mind

 

My current main creative outlet is writing (it feels pretentious to put it this way, but I'm writing a book!) When I started I was very hyper-focused on it, to the detriment of much of the rest of my life (and if I'm honest, this was probably a major contributing factor to some of my healthy eating  derailing). I've gotten myself in a much more sustainable mindset with regards to time spent on this, but am feeling like the trade off for sustainability is lack of progress. I often tell myself that I don't have the time or energy because I can't commit to sitting down and writing for 10hr straight without coming up for air (yes, that happened, and it was glorious, but not at all doable on the daily), and then don't touch a keyboard for days/weeks. It might be true to a certain extent but writing is a practice like anything else and not everything I produce at all times needs to be capable of winning a Pulitzer. So I'd like to commit to at least 5 hours/week to spend writing something. I've got my main WIP, a side project, ongoing revisions of both (I revise as I go, which is less than efficient but I don't care), and several sources for writing prompts. As long as I'm spending this time focused on one of these things, it counts. Actual writing is fine, worldbuilding is fine, brainstorming is fine, revising is fine, noodling is fine. Minor edits and staring into space daydreaming is not fine (or rather, they're both fine but don't count towards the 5hr). 5x 1h or 1x5hr, it doesn't matter, and if I have the time and the energy for a marathon session on a day off, 5 is just the minimum.

 

And that's it!

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Is it zero week? I don't even know what the dates of this challenge are...

 

Gym today was accomplished. I'm in a crappy mood and it did not improve it, but at least I went. It's deload week so it wasn't overly taxing, which is probably a good thing since I've been so inconsistent lately. It did feel good while I was there and I decided last minute to go for the full WOD instead of the easier fitness version, and was able to complete it before the timecap, so yay?

 

Not sure about the other two goals. I don't really have much in the way of portable lunch food at the moment. I'm working afternoons this week, which throws my whole routine (such as it is) off, and I chose laziness instead of the grocery store after the gym this morning. I can always have another PB sandwich and an apple, I guess...

 

Writing may or may not happen today. I'm pretty tired and mopey and that's not always the best mindset for sitting down and getting some work done. But it's per week, not per day, this just might end up being a week where I cram it in on the weekend...

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Update on other goals: I did get takeout for lunch, but I chose something healthy-ish and brought it home with me to eat as I did paperwork. Not really an improvement, habit-wise, since I spent most of my day hungry (and hangry), but an improvement nutrition-wise.

 

Unlikely any writing will get done today, but I did get some good brainstorming/daydreaming done while driving around today.

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23 hours ago, obax said:

Is it zero week?

There is no zero week.

What are weeks?

LOL   Just a mini challenge.... to tide us over to end up year.

 

Loosey goosey!     Every day of trying is a day better than one of not trying.

I for one, love your writing, and am excited to hear you phrase such things as 'Writing a book!'

 

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Made it to the gym again today. More deloading, and honestly I think that's where I need to be right now. I'm not a fan of push press, I prefer strict press, but that's what we're working on. I don't really have numbers for push press so I just made it feel right and did that. The WOD kicked my ass, I did the fitness version this time, and even then still had to scale down a bit. It was almost all movements I'm very slow at so I was not surprised, but as the coach says, fitness was had and that's what matters, so it's all good. I just died a little, is all...

 

Workday lunch was McDonalds. I planned for an office day and was just starting to think what I wanted to make for lunch (I work from home) when a priority call came in and I had to leave the house. It had the potential to be a long one so I got food on the way, then got 3 more priority calls and ended up being out all night, so getting food was the right choice, I just didn't choose the best food. I'm not even sure having stuff in my fridge would have mitigated this, I had to get out the door fairly quickly and I don't know if I would've taken the time to throw together a lunch. I don't mind the occasional McDonalds in these sorts of situations as long as I'm otherwise eating stuff from home, it was just bad timing.

 

I ended up doing a bit of writing last night after all. I counted 20 minutes towards my goal. I read over what I wrote the other day and it was actually better than I thought it was at the time. I didn't do any major revision but I made myself a whole tonne of notes in the margin (I'm so happy I discovered that function!) for when I do sit down to revise, and wrote a bit more past where I stopped. Might have another look at it tonight but I'm not feeling all that focused, so I might just continue where I left off with the most recent Critical Role episode and do a little brainstorming/daydreaming once I'm in bed instead.

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On 11/29/2022 at 10:46 AM, obax said:

Is it zero week?

Does it matter?

 

On 11/28/2022 at 8:08 PM, obax said:

So I thought I'd give it another go, for accountability if nothing else, see if it (re)sticks this time.

Woo!

 

On 11/28/2022 at 8:08 PM, obax said:

1. Healthy Body

Have you noticed any patterns in the days and times when you go to the gym, or bail? Or is there anything that could make it mentally easier to get out the door, like having your gym bag already packed and waiting in the car?

 

On 11/28/2022 at 8:08 PM, obax said:

2. Healthy Eating

I also frequently forget to eat and am too lazy to cook real food. It sounds like you eat a lot on the run; maybe having healthy snacks like jerky or trail mix to hand would help?

 

On 11/28/2022 at 8:08 PM, obax said:

3. Healthy Mind

Cool! This feels like a lot of hours for a brand new routine though.

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Food on the run is hard. Would it help to have a contingency plan? So instead of making a last minite stop at McDonald's you have a spot and an order preplanned? I agree that there are worse things than occassionally grabbing fast food on a hectic day, but I also tend to not make the best decisions when I'm feeling rushed.

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12 hours ago, Artemis Prime said:

Food on the run is hard. Would it help to have a contingency plan? So instead of making a last minite stop at McDonald's you have a spot and an order preplanned? I agree that there are worse things than occassionally grabbing fast food on a hectic day, but I also tend to not make the best decisions when I'm feeling rushed.

 

It's actually less about the bad decision and more about the 'not drippy' aspect. I'm a spiller, and I wouldn't take me seriously if I had mustard all over my uniform, so I don't expect anyone else would either. McDonald's and Tim Hortons have the least spilly options I can find. I don't particularly want to choose either, I just have yet to discover an alternative that is both healthier and not spilly and able to be eaten while driving (that's takeout, I can do this with my own food fairly easily). When I have the option to sit and eat, even when I'm out on the road, I do choose healthier options, but the healthy hand-held and not spilly all together is a white whale I have yet to conquer...

 

20 hours ago, juliebarkley said:

Have you noticed any patterns in the days and times when you go to the gym, or bail? Or is there anything that could make it mentally easier to get out the door, like having your gym bag already packed and waiting in the car?

 

 

It's days when I either haven't eaten all day or end up doing overtime. The former is a problem because I don't want to stuff a giant meal into myself right before the gym but a snack won't cut it, and also hangry=low mood=low motivation=giving up and trying again tomorrow. The latter is a problem because if I have to do overtime it's usually for something complex and/or disgusting and it inevitably makes me cranky and/or exhausted mentally, so I just say f-it and go home to the couch even if I still make it home in time for the later class. The solution to the former is goal #2. I'm not sure there is a solution to the latter other than willpower/better habits, even if my stuff is already in my car I still have to come home and take off my uniform (I wear a kevlar vest and duty belt, I don't even fit in my personal car wearing it all, and I'm not supposed to use my work vehicle for personal stuff outside of work hours). Add to that general, all around sleep deprivation during the week, and my willpower isn't at a peak at the best of times... That said, the occasional cancelling due to an especially hard day is fine with me, life happens and I don't always have enough spoons, but when it's both, multiple times a week, I need to make a change.

 

20 hours ago, juliebarkley said:

I also frequently forget to eat and am too lazy to cook real food. It sounds like you eat a lot on the run; maybe having healthy snacks like jerky or trail mix to hand would help?

 

I've thought of this, and have tried it in the past, but I find grazing through the day just makes me low-key hungry all the time, and even if it's calorie dense stuff like nuts and jerky, if I'm properly hungry and eat a meal's worth of calories with that stuff I'm still hungry after and just eat more. I really do best when I can eat discrete meals of whole-ish foods. That said, it might be worth another try, especially if I can add in more fresh fruit and such.

 

20 hours ago, juliebarkley said:

Cool! This feels like a lot of hours for a brand new routine though.

 

It's not really a new habit, I've been working on this for around a year now. I'm more just trying to find better consistency and, like so many things in my life, not give into the excuses so easily. I naturally have an all-or-nothing mindset, so if I can't sit down and do my best work and be totally dialed in and produce a significant amount of progress, I feel like it's not worth it. This is a mindset I struggle with in a lot of things, this is just one more added to the list. An hour a day might be a better goal, but I also know myself well enough to know that some days are just not writing days, so I'm trying a cumulative amount in a week to give myself more flexibility but still a target.

 

And really, 5 hours is nothing when I'm writing. The comment about the 10hr before coming up for air is true, I sat down and turned on my 10hr Skyrim music loop and the next time I even broke my focus was when the loop ended and I was wondering why a different song was playing. I had no idea so much time had passed, and it wasn't until I looked up that I even realized I was hungry or had to pee so badly. Even when I'm only sort of into it, an hour goes by and it feels like half, I can easily go until 3am if I'm not careful and then wonder why I'm so tired...

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Today's Update!

 

Gym was had. Died a little. Confirmed that I can use the 'accessory' day as a day to make up missed lifts any time I want, which I think will help, 3 days in a row is a lot sometimes (they change the schedule around all the time so it's not set lifts on set days) and that might help on a day when cancelling is actually the right choice, I can just make up a lift instead of skipping all together. And that's 3 for the week!

 

Tim Horton's for lunch, and this was pure laziness. My mood has been low all day and I just couldn't even, so I chose the easy route. Less unhealthy than McDonald's, at least, and they didn't have the crispy chicken so I had to take the slow roasted, which is healthier still. Messy though, I definitely got mayo on my duty notebook...

 

No writing yet, but I'll probably look at it after this. The timing is not good on my afternoon shifts, which is part of why I dislike them so much, but I don't mind staying up a bit later tonight since I'm not going to the gym tomorrow and can sleep in, so I can potentially do a few hours tonight if I want. We'll see how it goes, I also don't want to force it then come to resent myself. Writing is a lot of work, but if it's too much like work I'm definitely going to lose interest, and I love my characters so much I really don't want to lose interest...

 

Update: I gave myself a half hour of writing. I spent about an hour with it, but mostly made notes and re-read some stuff. I did a bit of actual writing at the end and split the difference. If I take a chunk of time on the weekend to do some proper work I'll have to set the timer on my app, be a little more accurate, though I suppose the doing is more important than the exact timing, and the last thing I need is some new metric to fixate on...

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4 hours ago, obax said:

It's days when I either haven't eaten all day or end up doing overtime.

Yeah, that's hard. But the all-or-nothing mentality that you describe is going to hurt you if you do have to miss, because you'll feel like a failure. Is there a backup routine you could do at home, something you know you will be able to do, that you can sub in when cancelling out of the gym is the right choice? Seems like it would be better to do something than nothing, however small that something, and it would help keep the momentum up.

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13 hours ago, obax said:

And really, 5 hours is nothing when I'm writing. The comment about the 10hr before coming up for air is true, I sat down and turned on my 10hr Skyrim music loop and the next time I even broke my focus was when the loop ended and I was wondering why a different song was playing.

Umm... Wow! I wish that I still had the time and ability to write like that for long stretches. Go you!

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20 hours ago, juliebarkley said:

Yeah, that's hard. But the all-or-nothing mentality that you describe is going to hurt you if you do have to miss, because you'll feel like a failure. Is there a backup routine you could do at home, something you know you will be able to do, that you can sub in when cancelling out of the gym is the right choice? Seems like it would be better to do something than nothing, however small that something, and it would help keep the momentum up.

 

At home will not happen, I've tried so hard in the past to make it work and it simply does not. I think it'll help now that I know I can make up lifts on the accessory day, then I don't feel as much like I need to go on this one specific day and if I can't/don't then I can't do it at all. And if I can get back to a regular routine where I go 3x/week most of the time, I'm ok if now and again it's not 3. It's less about it being 3 specifically and more about it not being zero a majority of the time.

 

11 hours ago, TrashcanCarla said:

Umm... Wow! I wish that I still had the time and ability to write like that for long stretches. Go you!

 

I only have the time because I literally do nothing else.... Being a hermit has its upsides

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Friday's Update!

 

No gym, and I slept in hard.

 

Poor food choices were made, it was another last-minute pivot for work, and I made less bad choices this time 'round. And then I got pizza for dinner... This weekend I'm going to force myself to grocery shop, this week wasn't great because I didn't make the time to get what I needed to succeed.

 

Probably no writing today, it's already 9pm and I just got home with dinner. I might have a read-through, but I also might just turn on Netflix and call it good...

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Weekends over, how's things going and what's lined up for this week Obax? :P

 

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On 12/2/2022 at 9:06 PM, obax said:

I made less bad choices this time 'round

It is a good choice to make less bad choices as part of the progression to good choices.

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5 hours ago, Artemis Prime said:

It is a good choice to make less bad choices as part of the progression to good choices.

 

This is what I keep telling myself...

 

22 hours ago, starpuck said:

Weekends over, how's things going and what's lined up for this week Obax? :P

 

 

Glad you asked!

 

Weekend

 

Got the rest of my writing time done, I did a full 5.5hr on Sunday, which put me well over my goal. It was a lot of revising and a bit of new writing, but I got to the end of the section I've been slogging through for months, so I felt accomplished by the end of it. Was otherwise pretty chill, I slept a bunch (but still not enough. It's never enough...) and watched Andor all day Saturday (and loved it SO MUCH!)

 

Today

 

Made it to the gym. Worked a bit late so I changed to the later class, which gave me a bit of extra time after work. Ate a giant plate of pasta instead of a wee PB sandwich, and, well, let's just say I was well fueled. Maxes this week, I equaled my last max, which was my goal, since I've been so inconsistent lately. It was a bit of a struggle but I got it, and I was pleased.

 

Got groceries over the weekend, then completely forgot they existed when I was getting out the door this morning (I shoved them in the basement fridge and out of sight, out of mind. I shall be moving them upstairs forthwith). Made less bad choices during the day (I did indulge a little with a candy cane doughnut at Tim Hortons, they're only around this time of year and I have to have at least 1, they're my favourite), and the aforementioned pasta was technically not takeout, so yay? I mean, it was a lot of carbs, hence the well-fueled-ness, but there was a fair amount of cheese involved as well. Still better than McDonalds, I think? Probably no writing tonight, it's a tad late to really get into it and I still need to shower (I've recently discovered there's such a thing as a bath bomb for showers, so it's gonna smell so good in there!) I may have a look-see at some of what I wrote on Sunday, see if I have any notes for myself, which I can't decide if that counts or not, it's more than just minor editing but not quite writing? I counted it last week, but I think going forward I'll only count revising and new writing, I can make all the notes I want but if I never act on them I won't make progress, and the point is progress.

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Today

 

I remembered I had food in the fridge! Lunch was a sandwich, made by me in a non-spilly fashion, and 1 apple cut in 4, and green grapes of some undetermined number, but like, more than a handful, less than the whole bunch. I also made some chicken soup when I got home for dinner for a couple nights.

 

No gym, by design. Going Wednesday and either Thursday or Friday depending on how I feel (probably Friday since I have an appointment Thursday and it'll be a bit tight).

 

I did indeed not wright last night. I'm more tired today than I was then, but I'm going to try to have a look at it and see, I've got the time even though it's pitch dark out at 5:30 which makes it feel like bedtime... I'm not sure how realistic actual writing/revising is on weeknights, I'd like to be able to but I'm often so tired it's hard to give it the proper focus. That's partly what this goal is about, however. I'll keep trying, but I might just have to accept that it's a weekend only activity and make sure I always make time for it on weekends.

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12 minutes ago, obax said:

I'm not sure how realistic actual writing/revising is on weeknights, I'd like to be able to but I'm often so tired it's hard to give it the proper focus. That's partly what this goal is about, however. I'll keep trying, but I might just have to accept that it's a weekend only activity and make sure I always make time for it on weekends.

I'm glad that you're going to keep trying. If you find that you don't have the energy right now for evening sessions during the weekdays, don't beat yourself up. I write when I can and it's not as often or consistent as I'd like, but it still works. In spurts. It's been tough, but I'm becoming more okay with that. I hope you'll embrace whatever you can make happen.

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46 minutes ago, obax said:

I've got the time even though it's pitch dark out at 5:30 which makes it feel like bedtime

I have to constantly remind myself that I still have the same number of hours in the day after work, no matter what the sun says.

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Today

 

Gym today. Push press, not my favourtie but maxed out at 105lb and probably could have done more, just ran out of time. Did the easier version of the WOD and it was maybe too easy? It was an E3MOM and I was done the round in about 1.5min so had a bit too much time to rest. I did switch to a heavier weight for the DB cleans/overhead stuff after the first round, but it still only slowed me down a bit. I also lost count of my rounds so I may have missed one... I probably could've done the full WOD, I was just wary of all the lunges, as they really bother my hip, but maybe I erred too much on the side of caution.

 

Office day today, so I had soup for lunch, then just a PB sandwich before the gym, then ordered shawarma for dinner. I haven't had shawarma in a while and I was mad hungry after the gym. It also saves me the last of my cold meat and cheese for lunch tomorrow, which means I don't have to roll off the couch to go to the grocery store 'til tomorrow.

 

No writing yet. Had a look at things last night and I need quite a bit of revision at the end of my last section, and have determined I need a whole 'nother section in between the last and the next to make it make sense. Which is fine but it's a minor major project. I'm a bit more awake today, I could try to get a start on it, but it's late and part of me doesn't want to get into it now. I've been trying to be reasonable-ish about my bedtimes, which means I'm actively avoiding getting into things too late at night, but this means less time for writing. There really needs to be more hours in a day, or something. Or I need to have one of those sleep cycles where I only need, like, 4hr a night, instead of 9.5-10, which is what my body seems to require of me currently....

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