Jump to content

MirHulk's Back to the Basics Challenge


Morrigainz

Recommended Posts

Hey there nerds! Feels like it's been FOREVERS, amirite? I've missed all y'all sooo much and I am so glad to be back. Feels like a lot longer than 6 weeks, I'll tell you that!

So here's what's been going on with me. When we went on vacation (yeah, way back in August...) I got off my routine and I didn't take my meds. As long as we were on vaca, it was fine, but then we came back to real life. The last 4 months of my life have been some of the hardest to get through - I've had no motivation for anything. It's like senioritis but on crack. I wasn't doing homework. I was skipping a lot of class. I was spending my weekends watching Dr. Who. I couldn't work up motivation for anything. I never found a routine, or a groove, and my fitness and eating plan went out the window. I told myself that it was okay, that once school was over I'd get my shit together again.

Well, I recently started taking my meds again EVERY DAY, you know, like I'm supposed to. I feel better - more focused and attentive, actually caring about stuff, it's a good time. But my routine is still skewed 7 ways to Sunday and I feel like a massive blob. I weigh about the same as I did when I was lifting...but...I haven't been lifting. So I have a nice ring of fat around my belly. I'm bloated and my face is breaking out. It's not happy fun land over here, folks! So I decided I don't want to wait until I'm done with school. I'm going to start at least doing little things again to help me get back into some semblance of a routine.

So tame compared to any of my other challenge goals, but it is what it is...and here it is:

1. 15 minutes of exercise per day. +3 STR

Really. This isn't much to ask. I've been slacking and I can feel it. Husband and I went for a walk yesterday and there were steep hills involved...good lord my thighs are sore today! It's embarrassing. I "ran" a 5k a couple weekends ago and had my worst time EVER. So, to get back into the habit, here's goal #1. Walking, running, swimming, yardwork, housecleaning (if it's vigorous enough) will all count. There is no reason not to complete this goal.

2. Take my meds every day. +4 WIS

If it's a placebo effect, I don't care. I feel better when I take them. And sometimes it's easy to forget! I have never understood how that works - something that is so essential to my mental health, and it's hard for me to remember. Sheesh.

3. Drink MOAR water. +3 CON

I drink coffee in the morning to wake up, and then I have some water to wash my meds down (assuming I take them), and then I come home from work and have a beer, or some wine, with dinner. I know I am dehydrated; I can feel it. This is not a specific number of glasses per day, but I want to be more cognizant of the choices I'm making and I want to make sure I'm getting more water.

4. FUCKING GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE ALREADY, BITCHES! +4 STA +1 WIS

This has been a long, hard road for me. A little backstory: after I graduated from high school, I immediately went to the local college. I wanted a degree in music education. After barely graduating HS due to attendance issues (this was when I was first diagnosed with depression), I don't know why I thought going to college was a good idea. Well, I went to my classes for about 2 weeks and then just stopped going. I didn't withdraw, I didn't email my professors or anything, I just stopped. I slept all day and stayed up all night, hogging my dorm room's dial-up connection so I could MUD whenever I was awake. Needless to say, I was kicked out after that disastrous semester, and ended up with 16 credits of 0.0. Maybe I could have petitioned for something, but what was the point?

For years after that, I started and stopped at the local community college. When I finished, I did great! Sadly, I didn't have a very good track record. Even paying for my own classes out of pocket didn't motivate me to go to my classes and see it through. I did this for a number of years. Then, I just stopped. I wasn't with it enough to really give college a go, so I just stopped trying.

Then, in 2007, my life was in the shitter. That's another story, but I basically decided I had to go back to school. My then-boyfriend (now husband, wheeee!) helped motivate me to go back to school even though he didn't necessarily mean to. I remember coming to his house for the first time and thinking, "There's nothing keeping me from having a house like this. I just have to get my shit together and go to college." So, in January 2008, that's what I did. I started out with one class, adding another the next semester and the next, until I was schooling almost full time while working a full-time job. When I went back, I never thought I would see the day of my graduation. It seemed like such a long road. But you know what? I'VE SUCCEEDED. I had a straight 4.0 GPA for 9 semesters and that's nothing to sneeze at. Okay, so then I ruined it a little, but it's still at 3.87. No more 0.0s, no Ws or Is or anything like that. Of course, now I have massive student loan debt, but that's a worry for another day. I DID IT. And if I can do this, which I never thought I would accomplish, I can do anything, right???

This time, instead of moving out of the dorms on my birthday, I'll be walking with my cap and gown, a college graduate at last!

----------

Okay, so I'm a tad emotional. Get over it ;) Love you nerds!

  • Like 1

Level ? Half-Dwarf/Half-Amazon Warrior

STR:21.25 STA:15 DEX: 10.95 CON: 14 WIS:15.5 CHA:17

SWOLE BUCKS: 1

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Link to post

Welcome back!

I had trouble remembering to take my meds until I got a day of the week pill case, stuck it somewhere I'd see it every day several times a day (I put it by the sink in the bathroom) and put my pills in. If the flap for the day is up, I remembered to take them. If there's still a pill there, I did not. When I put vitamins in the pill case I remember to take those too; when I do not, not so much.

Link to post

I've missed you!!!!!

My Blog | My Story

Race: Wood Elf | Class: Footpath Ranger Leader

Level18 (STR):44.25 (DEX):37.25 (STA):30 (CON):31.25 (WIS):31.5 (CHA):25.25

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." -Edmund Burke

"Love does not throw the book at you because love doesn't have a book to throw." -CS Lewis

Link to post

Mir,

You are awesome and you know you are loved here.

This is a really good challenge for you!!! Glad you are back!

I AM going the distance

 

'Cause all I wanna do is go the distance. Nobody's ever gone the distance with Creed, and if I can go that distance, you see, and that bell rings and I'm still standin', I'm gonna know for the first time in my life, see, that I weren't just another bum from the neighborhood.

Link to post

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!! You're baaaack! My life now has purpose again! :)

First, yay for your 5K. A labor of love, and no matter what your time was, I say you kicked ass.

Second, I agree with WQ on the pill taking. My dad takes tons of vitamins (and some prescription meds). And that's how he remembers to take them. His morning and evening pills are in the bathroom, and he takes them when he brushes his teeth. The stuff he takes in the afternoon he used to put in his lunch bag the night before (he was always perfect on taking lunches - he wasn't human). Pill cases, FTW! And if you just have to take once a day, then the bathroom thing's probably good.

When I was on birth control, I used to set an alarm at a time of day that was most convenient (for me, 8PM). When the alarm went off, I took the pill.

I don't sneeze at depression and don't think anything with it is a placebo affect. So take yo meds. We love you and want you to be happy!

Finally, GRADUATION! First, what freshman takes SIXTEEN HOURS!?!? Sheesh! :) And going from 0.0 to 4.0 is definitely badass. You're mah hero. As always.

Here's to your goals. Here's to getting back on track. And here's to GRADUATION!! RAWR!

Shape-Shifting Ginger
Current Battle Log

2" washers for smaller weight increases

Link to post

Agreed on the pill case or the alarm thing. I have stuff I've got to take three times a day, so the morning dose is on my bedside table, and I have alarms that go off at the right time for my other two doses. Otherwise, I'd forget them for sure.

ETA: Even though I literally JUST posted this to you, my alarm for the next dose just started going off and I was surprised by it, since I didn't realize it was already time. This is why I have alarms. :)

Link to post

Yay, you're back! Ima yell at you on FB like I did Seth last challenge if you disappear again.

Massrandir, Barkûn, Swolórin, The Whey Pilgrim
500 / 330 / 625
Challenges: 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 31 32 34 35 36 39 41 42 45 46 47 48 49 Current Challenge
"No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. What a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. " ~ Socrates
"Friends don't let friends squat high." ~ Chad Wesley Smith
"It's a dangerous business, Brodo, squatting to the floor. You step into the rack, and if you don't keep your form, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to." ~ Gainsdalf

Link to post

Thanks everyone! I feel so awesome and scared and giddy. I'm totes gonna cry on graduation day. If only I can get through this week, where I have a group of 7 and only me and one other group member have done anything, and we have a presentation on Thursday..

Day 2 - T-minus 32 days til graduation

water - check - guzzling as we speak

meds - check!

exercise - no check :( honestly had too much to do today, between a test and stupid group members, picking up my husband, and then preparing for job search.

graduate - progress! not only did I make it a WHOLE 'NOTHER DAY towards graduation, I bought my cap and gown, souvenir tassel, and honor cords! Oh and I bought a diploma frame too because it was on sale, but I told my husband and he was all, "But what if someone else was going to get you one?" So now I think I should return it. Because it wasn't THAT on sale....

I love all y'all, nerds. I don't know what I would do without you.

And yes, feel free to pester and harangue!!

Level ? Half-Dwarf/Half-Amazon Warrior

STR:21.25 STA:15 DEX: 10.95 CON: 14 WIS:15.5 CHA:17

SWOLE BUCKS: 1

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Link to post

My story with school struggles is almost exactly the same as yours. If it's what you really want, you have to keep at it. After spending 7 years to get what takes most people 4, I felt sooo incredibly proud on my graduation day.

Your goals sound perfect for building up your momentum again. Don't worry, you've got this!

Link to post

Day 3 - T-minus 31 days til graduation

meds - check!

exercise - check! 23 minutes (walking but whatevs, it counts)

water - check! OMG so much water today.

graduate - in progress. one day closer. and horrible project which is due tomorrow - i actually got some help on it from my group members! shock and awe!

A couple asides - I have been job searching like mad for roughly the past 2 weeks. I'm burned out already. NOT a good sign. However I have 2 potential interviews lined up and I am planning on going to a career fair on Friday. Good sign. The jobs I'm interviewing for are far away and there are lots of things to consider like the fact that we have a house we probably can't sell and I don't know how far I want to commute and I don't know what kind of salary is worth it but how picky can I really be because my student position is going to end at some point but I don't want to be stuck in a job I can't stand or with a commute that I can't live with or living in some apartment (or with my in-laws??) that is not with my husband. NOT a good sign. Too fat for my one and only suit. NOT a good sign. Trying water pills and acai berry. NOT a good sign. Working part time at work and I'm going to have to take time off to go to interviews but if I don't go to interviews I won't get a job. NOT a good sign. But student loans are going to come due and I'm so broke and so I REALLY need the hours at work.... Just...lots going on and lots to think about. This whole graduating thing is way more stressful than it should be, given that I've had many job searches in my life.

Anyway...one day at a time. Breathe.

Level ? Half-Dwarf/Half-Amazon Warrior

STR:21.25 STA:15 DEX: 10.95 CON: 14 WIS:15.5 CHA:17

SWOLE BUCKS: 1

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Link to post

Anyway...one day at a time. Breathe.

^this

In the great scheme of things, the next 4 weeks is really not that much of your life. You'll get through it...

Warriors don't count reps and sets. They count tons.

My psychologist weighs 45 pounds, has an iron soul and sits on the end of a bar

Tally Sheet for 2019

Encouragement for older members: Chronologically Blessed Group;

Encouragement for newbie lifters: When we were weaker

 

Link to post

Here's a bit of hippie advice that I hate hearin when I'm in crisis mode. But if it's right, it will all work out and fall into place. If you have to force something too much, it's probably not the right fit for you.

That said, I think going to the job interviews will be at the least good experience. And you don't have to think about the what ifs until the job is offered. When/If an offer is made, a perfectly good response is, "I need to think about this and discuss it with my husband." if a place doesn't give you time to do that, you probably don't want to work for them anyway.

My brother in law has moved for jobs before, and sometimes jobs offer relocation incentives. So keep that in mind. For example some places will pay moving expenses, buy your house, give you a stipend (is that what it's called) for the first few months of the transition. My work doesn't do stuff like that for anything other than c-level execs, but some places do.

And stop taking water pills! I don't want you to have actual heart failure! You look great! If the suit shrank in your closet because of climate changes, find a new suit. Worth the money, and I've always found reasonably priced suits. Or, of you have girl friends of similar size, ask to borrow and pay for dry cleaning (I gladly did this once).

Take it one thing and one day at a time! Hugs!

Shape-Shifting Ginger
Current Battle Log

2" washers for smaller weight increases

Link to post
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

New here? Please check out our Privacy Policy and Community Guidelines