obax Posted January 1 Report Share Posted January 1 I can't think of any snappy titles this time 'round, but I'm makin' a challenge anyway! I came back after a long while to the pre-Christmas mini-challenge, and that was the first official stating of goals in a good long while. It was a bit of a mixed bag, but generally had a positive trajectory, but as soon as it was over I slid back a bit. So, this time it's not going to be much different, just with a longer timeline. 1. Healthy Body Continue with going to the gym 3x/week. This fell off the week before and after Christmas, for reasons (most of them actual reasons and not just because I was lazy), but thing should be back to normal this week, work-schedule and gym schedule-wise, so I should be good. 2. Healthy Eating Still nebulous, but this was one I felt fairly good about overall through the mini challenge, and the one that seemed to continue on a positive-ish trajectory after it was over. I wasn't perfect, but I also wasn't shooting for perfection, and I'm still not, but less takeout, during my workday in particular, and more self-made meals is the goal. The big thing with this is getting to the grocery store regularly, so that'll be the main focus. Sandwich ingredients and portable fruits that can be eaten while driving at the very least, with the added goal of cooking some stews/soups to keep in the fridge/freezer for dinners (this last bit was in the last challenge too and was the part that didn't happen at all). 3. Healthy Mind Last time this was focused only on my writing, but I've recently veered off on a D&D related tangent that's been taking a lot of my time (not a complaint, and it's 100% my own fault, because why use pre-made worlds/adventures when it's so much more difficult and time consuming to create your own?!). I don't want to forget about my book (it still feels weird to talk about it that way), but sometimes a break isn't a bad thing, and I'm legit enjoying the campaign creation process. So, same goal as last time (5hr/week), but any creative pursuit counts towards this (the main ones being writing and D&D creation), and we'll see how I feel about the D&D vs book balance/progress at the end. This is a work in progress goal, I'm aiming for more consistency. I have a tendency to glom onto new pursuits with 110% then drift away in a some amount of time, and with both writing, and now D&D, I don't want that to happen. I'm hoping a bit of 'do it anyway' strategy even when I'm only sort of feeling it (or not feeling it at all) will lead to it being more of a habit and less of a whim. Turning whims into habits has never, ever been my strong suit, so it's probably going to be an endless journey, but still one worth embarking on, I think. Something to Think About Spoilered for length, because it's not directly related to this challenge, but suggestions welcome if you feel like reading through a novel's worth of overthinking. Spoiler Come February my work schedule will be changing from 5x8hr/week to 4x10hr/week. This is, overall, a good thing, but the hours of work on any given day are 8:30-6:30, which presents a significant challenge to Goal #1, inasmuch as the latest class of the day is 6:20pm and I am very very much not a morning person. Possible Solutions with Associated Downsides: 1. I'm going to be horribly sleep deprived regardless so would an extra hour really make the difference, ie. I could get up earlier and go to a morning class. The answer is probably not, and this has worked as a now-and-again solution in the past, but how motivated will I be to stick to this long-term? I don't know the answer to that, but my feeling is not very. 2. Schedule classes only on my days off (there are 3 of them in a week, after all). I don't usually attend weekend classes as they're structured differently. I also have a hard time with more than 2 days in a row, and even 2 days in a row feels like a lot sometimes, but both those things will have to become regular if I take this approach. It also gives me less choice over what I do, since the gym's schedule with respect to the various lifts changes from week to week and just going when I can will result in less consistency with any of the lifts I prefer to do. 3. Attend classes only on my days off that coincide with the lifts I want to work on, and take advantage of the open gym time on the same days to catch up on missed lifts. This means I'm potentially missing out on 1 or more WODS and also means I'm potentially going as few as 1 day per week (though I suppose on days that are both off work and a lift scheduled that I don't want to do, I can do the workout from a missed day on my own in the open gym time). I can accept the missed WODS but that kind of inconsistency will probably not work well in the long run, and will likely lead to there sometimes being long gaps between gym days. I would, at the very least, need to find another activity to do on non-gym days, and at-home activities are, at best, hit-and-miss with me. 4. Get a cheap globo-gym membership and make friends with the gym bros, I have access to the workouts on my gym's scheduling app so I can still do the lifts and WOD on my own at a later time when I work. I've never felt very comfortable in that kind of setting, and I have no idea how much free space the cheap gyms in my city have for the WOD aspect. I really don't like lifting heavy, especially trying to max out, on my own, as I don't feel comfortable bailing, especially with non-bumper plates, and asking strangers for a spot is scary (I could probably summon my 10 seconds of courage now and again, but to do it regularly when I'm already mentally exhausted sounds unsustainable). There is one gym I've gone to before that has trainers available for spotting (though they weren't doing it during covid and I don't know if that's changed) and lots of empty space for WODs, but it's not exactly cheap. I could probably afford it but I'm already paying a lot for crossfit and am not overly keen to pay a significant amount more because my work hours suck. 5. Quit crossfit, join a decent gym, and do my own programming. I've tried this before and not stuck with it, I'm never confident I've picked a good program for where I'm at, and have the same problem about lifting heavy by myself as in #4. I also don't want to, I like crossfit in general and this gym in particular and don't want to leave it, and I know myself well enough that I'll sulk if I can't have my cake and eat it to and this will lead to lower motivation over time. That's its own battle to be fought if I choose this option, but I know it'll be a challenge I need to take into account. None of these solutions are ones I want to undertake. TBH, 1 and 3 seem most viable, and will probably be what I try first, but the point noted in #5 (about sulking when I can't have my cake and eat it too) applies to all and I'll have to tackle that to some degree no matter what I do. Regardless, I'll make my opinions known to my supervisor, 8:30-6:30 were not the expected hours (we were expecting 8-6, which would solve all my problems) and I'm not the only one who's making a face at it. That's well above my pay grade, however, and I can't count on changes being made at all, let alone in a timely fashion, so if I want to stay at least somewhat consistent with exercise I'm going to have to figure something out. 4 Quote Dare mighty things Current Challenge Link to comment
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