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[Rebel Pilot Gar] Buckles Down 2023


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Hey there,

Came back to the forums mid last challenge after quite a bit of a break. 


Similar goals to last challenge, with some minor modifications.

1) Drink Water, not Beer. 

  • Track Water Consumption. 🟩= >2.4 Liters 🟨 = 1.8-2.4 Liters 🟥= <1.8 Liters
  • Track Alcohol Consumption.  = 0 alcoholic drinks 🟩= 1-2 alcoholic drinks 🟨 = 3-4 alcoholic drinks 🟥= 5+ alcoholic drinks

 

2) Walk

  • Track daily steps.   🟩= 10K+ steps 🟨 = 7.5K - 10K steps 🟥= <10K steps

 

Not an official goal, but acknowledgement that we are in the process of buying a house and much effort will be spent decluttering/packing to prepare for closing end of August and actual moving of things through month of September.

 

Work stress is something also to be managed since we are doing budget for next year which is an eternally painful process

 

 

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"I Find That Answer Vague And Unconvincing." - K-2SO, Rogue One

”Persistence without insight will lead to the same outcome.” [spoilers], The Book of Boba Fett

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Trackers:

7/31-8/6

Water: 🟩🟩🟩🟨🟩🟨🟩

Alcohol:  🟨🟥🟨🟥🟨

Steps:  🟩🟩🟩🟨🟩🟩🟨 

 

 

8/7-8/13

Water: 🟩🟩🟥🟨

Alcohol:  🟥🟨🟩🟥

Steps:  🟥🟩🟥🟩 

 

8/14-8/20

Water: 🟩🟩🟩🟨🟨🟩🟨

Alcohol:  🟥🟥🟨🟥

Steps:  🟨🟩🟨🟥🟨🟩🟩 

 

 

8/21-8/27

Water: 🟩🟩🟩

Alcohol:  🟨🟨

Steps:  🟨🟩🟩 

"Always remember, your focus determines your reality." - Qui-Gon Jinn, The Phantom Menace

"I Find That Answer Vague And Unconvincing." - K-2SO, Rogue One

”Persistence without insight will lead to the same outcome.” [spoilers], The Book of Boba Fett

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On 7/27/2023 at 6:51 AM, Rookie said:

Love the color markers for tracking. 

 

How exciting that you are buying a house! 

 

Following along

Thank you, this will be our first house! It’s quite a stressful experience, especially with the current market (too many buyers, not enough inventory). But will be worth it to have our own place (and eventually get chickens and bees along with a much expanded garden).

"Always remember, your focus determines your reality." - Qui-Gon Jinn, The Phantom Menace

"I Find That Answer Vague And Unconvincing." - K-2SO, Rogue One

”Persistence without insight will lead to the same outcome.” [spoilers], The Book of Boba Fett

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Seconded on the admiration of your colour-coding system. So simple, but so good.

 

Good luck on the house-purchasing adventure! We bought our place in 2009 (which feels like a different universe from how things are now) and I remember it being exciting and scary at the same time. I hope everything goes smoothly!

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On 7/27/2023 at 6:37 AM, Rebel Pilot Gar said:

7/31-8/6

Water: 🟩

Alcohol:  

Steps:  🟩 

Day 1 off to a great start. The weather finally cooled down a bit the last few days. We didn't get as much cleaning as we would like done this past weekend (donated blood on Saturday and ended up napping the rest of the day).  
 

Hope everyone else is having a good first week!

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"I Find That Answer Vague And Unconvincing." - K-2SO, Rogue One

”Persistence without insight will lead to the same outcome.” [spoilers], The Book of Boba Fett

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On 7/29/2023 at 10:39 PM, Severine said:

Seconded on the admiration of your colour-coding system. So simple, but so good.

 

Good luck on the house-purchasing adventure! We bought our place in 2009 (which feels like a different universe from how things are now) and I remember it being exciting and scary at the same time. I hope everything goes smoothly!

Thank you! I used to do really fancy tables and bullet journal pages but honestly work and house stuff has been eating so much of my time that the simple is best right now. 
 

And thanks, we’ve been looking for a while. A few little bumps in the process so far but nothing dealbreaking… yet. By the end of this week we hope to have all the mortgage stuff finalized and an answer from the sellers on water test results (property is on well water). I feel like this month is going to both take forever and pass in a blink.

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"Always remember, your focus determines your reality." - Qui-Gon Jinn, The Phantom Menace

"I Find That Answer Vague And Unconvincing." - K-2SO, Rogue One

”Persistence without insight will lead to the same outcome.” [spoilers], The Book of Boba Fett

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Here to cheer you on! Great tracking system!

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Past Challenges: #1, #2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10#11#12#13#14#15#16

Current Challenge: #17

 

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On 7/27/2023 at 6:37 AM, Rebel Pilot Gar said:

7/31-8/6

Water: 🟩🟩🟩

Alcohol:  🟨

Steps:  🟩🟩🟩 

Was doing really really good and then work/house stress got to me. I have a 4 day weekend (concert!) so goal is to keep alcohol in the yellow and have no more than 1 red day.
 

To help with that goal I’ve volunteered to be designated driver on concert days. So I’ll swap to water after 2 drinks and maybe have 1 more when we get home. 
 

Hope everyone’s having a good week!

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"Always remember, your focus determines your reality." - Qui-Gon Jinn, The Phantom Menace

"I Find That Answer Vague And Unconvincing." - K-2SO, Rogue One

”Persistence without insight will lead to the same outcome.” [spoilers], The Book of Boba Fett

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On 7/27/2023 at 6:37 AM, Rebel Pilot Gar said:

7/31-8/6

Water: 🟩🟩🟩🟨🟩🟨🟩

Alcohol:  🟨🟥🟨🟥🟨

Steps:  🟩🟩🟩🟨🟩🟩🟨 

End of week 1 progress.

 

Okay had 2 red alcohol days but that just means the rest of the weeks have to be better right? Concert was amazing (Metallica 2 day event). They are one of my favorite bands and hit a lot of my favorite songs. Five Finger Death Punch was the 2nd opener on day 2 and played 2 of the 3 songs I was hoping they would. Though the one they missed (A little bit off) was one I really hoped they'd play since it got me through some rough times during the pandemic. Oh well, maybe someday. 

 

We had today (Monday) off to recover from late concert night. Meal prep for the week includes a recipe I am super excited about: https://cookieandkate.com/cherry-couscous-arugula-salad-in-balsamic-vinaigrette/ 

 

Otherwise house stuff is starting to come together so just have to focus on not stressing too much while decluttering as much as possible through the end of the month. 

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"Always remember, your focus determines your reality." - Qui-Gon Jinn, The Phantom Menace

"I Find That Answer Vague And Unconvincing." - K-2SO, Rogue One

”Persistence without insight will lead to the same outcome.” [spoilers], The Book of Boba Fett

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On 7/27/2023 at 6:37 AM, Rebel Pilot Gar said:

8/7-8/13

Water: 🟩🟩🟥

Alcohol:  🟥🟨🟩

Steps:  🟥🟩🟥 

Being slow to get back into good habits this week. Didn’t realize how much taking Monday off work threw me off, but I’ll get there.


I also want to rethink/restructure the plan for alcohol. Weekdays I can usually keep to 0-2 drinks easier, but weekends (especially if I have my favorite beers in the house and we’re not out doing things) I just don’t stop after the first 2 or 3.  Maybe I’ll look at some of my past challenges from 2017 when I was really on a roll and see what was working back then. 

 

It’s not an official goal, but I have been doing well with portion control and packing a healthy lunch for work. The cafeteria even had a rice bowl special yesterday that looked amazing and I chose to stick with the lunch I had packed. Need to go on a grocery run on my way home today from work though and restock more fresh veggies. 🥦🥬🥒

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"Always remember, your focus determines your reality." - Qui-Gon Jinn, The Phantom Menace

"I Find That Answer Vague And Unconvincing." - K-2SO, Rogue One

”Persistence without insight will lead to the same outcome.” [spoilers], The Book of Boba Fett

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If you are able to work out what was working for you in 2017, please share. I am always interested in effective systems. 

 

Way to go on the healthy lunches! That is awesome! 

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Past Challenges: #1, #2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10#11#12#13#14#15#16

Current Challenge: #17

 

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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16 hours ago, Sovalis said:

If you are able to work out what was working for you in 2017, please share. I am always interested in effective systems. 

 

Way to go on the healthy lunches! That is awesome! 

Thanks, and will do!
 

I did see this meal prep video from a YouTube chef we follow and planning to try some of it out this weekend. Though I will say we have the family joke of needing to triple the time he gives for all his recipes lol. But I think that’s just because we need to level up our cooking and prep abilities.

 

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"I Find That Answer Vague And Unconvincing." - K-2SO, Rogue One

”Persistence without insight will lead to the same outcome.” [spoilers], The Book of Boba Fett

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On 7/27/2023 at 6:37 AM, Rebel Pilot Gar said:

8/7-8/13

Water: 🟩🟩🟥🟨

Alcohol:  🟥🟨🟩🟥

Steps:  🟥🟩🟥🟩

End of week 2 results. I crashed hard for the weekend and did not track Fri-Sun but would hazard a guess to say all goals were strongly in the reds, possibly yellow. 
 

This week is off to a stronger start. Though I really want a drink today I’m going to hold off until at least tomorrow, if only to say I did it. 

On 7/27/2023 at 6:37 AM, Rebel Pilot Gar said:

8/14-8/20

Water: 🟩🟩🟩

Alcohol:  

Steps:  🟨🟩 

 

"Always remember, your focus determines your reality." - Qui-Gon Jinn, The Phantom Menace

"I Find That Answer Vague And Unconvincing." - K-2SO, Rogue One

”Persistence without insight will lead to the same outcome.” [spoilers], The Book of Boba Fett

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Crashes happen. Good for you for getting back to it though. 🌟

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Past Challenges: #1, #2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10#11#12#13#14#15#16

Current Challenge: #17

 

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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On 7/27/2023 at 6:37 AM, Rebel Pilot Gar said:

8/14-8/20

Water: 🟩🟩🟩🟨🟨🟩

Alcohol:  🟥🟥🟨

Steps:  🟨🟩🟨🟥🟨🟩 

Progress so far this week. Steps took a bit of a hit since I was working from home a few days. Very proud of the 3 day no alcohol streak (which I then proceeded to follow with 2 red days but we’ll get there)

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"Always remember, your focus determines your reality." - Qui-Gon Jinn, The Phantom Menace

"I Find That Answer Vague And Unconvincing." - K-2SO, Rogue One

”Persistence without insight will lead to the same outcome.” [spoilers], The Book of Boba Fett

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On 7/27/2023 at 6:37 AM, Rebel Pilot Gar said:

8/14-8/20

Water: 🟩🟩🟩🟨🟨🟩🟨

Alcohol:  🟥🟥🟨🟥

Steps:  🟨🟩🟨🟥🟨🟩🟩 


Hi all, hope everyone had a good weekend. 
 

I did really well with avoiding alcohol the first 3 days last week and then indulged more heavily through the weekend. I can use the excuse of celebrating my birthday, but honestly that was the level I was indulging every day a few months back before my partner and I started focusing on being healthier together. It’s also obvious how tied into each other the water and alcohol goals are…
 

For once steps were stronger on weekends rather than weekdays. Which makes sense because I worked from home most of the week, so the steps I usually get at work weren’t a thing and one morning walk wasn’t enough to get me to 10K steps. My partner and I took our dog  hiking Saturday and swung by to explore the area near new house on Sunday and had brunch at a little cafe in the area.  Saturday I also went into the city with a friend for another concert which I had been really looking forward to and enjoyed a lot (18K steps on Saturday and I’m still in good enough shape to jog a few blocks to catch the train).

 

Focus for this week is no drinking Mon-Wed. And we close on the house next week so also continuing the decluttering/packing attempts 

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"I Find That Answer Vague And Unconvincing." - K-2SO, Rogue One

”Persistence without insight will lead to the same outcome.” [spoilers], The Book of Boba Fett

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On 7/27/2023 at 6:37 AM, Rebel Pilot Gar said:

8/21-8/27

Water: 🟩🟩🟩

Alcohol:  🟨🟨

Steps:  🟨🟩🟩 

The house stress has been getting to me hard this week. Fingers crossed please for a smooth closing next week.
 

Theme song for my mental health:

 

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"I Find That Answer Vague And Unconvincing." - K-2SO, Rogue One

”Persistence without insight will lead to the same outcome.” [spoilers], The Book of Boba Fett

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House close is tomorrow. 

 

I succumbed a bit to the stress. Mostly because we were having some issues tying up the final things (stuff sellers needed to close out, finalizing times for walkthrough and closing, figuring out details for who and how we pay). This is our first time buying a home so not sure if it's always like this or if we just happen to have some unresponsive realtors/lawyers but it is immensely frustrating. 

 

Going to say I fell of tracking (true). My partner and I both took off this week to settle everything with the new house. Focus is to keep alcohol to at least a yellow (no more than 3-4 drinks on any given day). Stay hydrated. And stay C A L M. I will say I've been reading a lot of stoicism/mindfulness stuff and it's kind of been helping. That and video games lol. 

 

Hope everyone is doing well. I'll probably continue to be pretty quiet this week. 

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"I Find That Answer Vague And Unconvincing." - K-2SO, Rogue One

”Persistence without insight will lead to the same outcome.” [spoilers], The Book of Boba Fett

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Crossing my fingers that it all goes super smoothly from here out!!!

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Past Challenges: #1, #2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10#11#12#13#14#15#16

Current Challenge: #17

 

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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On 8/28/2023 at 8:48 PM, Sovalis said:

Crossing my fingers that it all goes super smoothly from here out!!!

Thanks! We successfully closed and are officially homeowners, which is still setting in.

 

Trying to spend the rest of the week sorting out utilities, painting and moving some of our stuff in without burning ourselves out or stressing the dog too much.

 

Doing pretty good with drinking in moderation (mostly because we’re driving back and forth doing stuff and then get home late). Though we are drinking less water and eating less healthy stuff than usual.

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"I Find That Answer Vague And Unconvincing." - K-2SO, Rogue One

”Persistence without insight will lead to the same outcome.” [spoilers], The Book of Boba Fett

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CONGRATULATIONS!!!! :D  

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Past Challenges: #1, #2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10#11#12#13#14#15#16

Current Challenge: #17

 

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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