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Thunderstorm's Return To Her Trail!


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Hi everyone, I'm back!  When I was last here.....


Posted 29 July 2014 - 02:12 PM

When we last saw our Hero......


.... she was with her fellow Scouts, doing what Scounts do best:  Running and Rebelling against the Empire.  Then, like static interference on a comm signal, Thunderstorm popped in and out, appearing and disappearing..... then was briefly spottled walking instead of running...... and then she disappeared!


Meanwhile, in a galaxy far, far away -- on another planet, even! -- a Scout appeared.  It was our Hero Thunderstorm, looking exhausted, dazed-and-confused, and trying valiantly to figure out what the heck just happened.


You (the well-informed Reader, having the extra-knowledge that all Readers are given)  are allowed to know that Someone had transported her to that galaxy far, far away.  Yup!  But Thunderstorm didn't know how or why.  She only knew she needed to find her way back to her friends!


So, having no clue which way to head home, she started following the path that magically appeared in front of her feet.  That path led to a tower.  A very TALL tower.  As Thunderstorm looked at the tower, she noticed the hedges closing in around her.  This left her with only one option:  Enter and climb the tower.




In Real Life....


I did Walk/Run my 5K on July 4th.  Woohoo!  (It was my first!)  It'll come as no surprise that I was pretty slow.  But that's okay.  I did it, and that's the point!  After the race I went home and cleaned up for work..... went to work...... and ended up being on my feet for 11 1/2 hours straight that day.  I was one tired gal!


Now here is where things start to change. 


I was supposed to be on vacation that weekend, but things fell through because I needed to cover for a coworker who had a family situation.  This led to working a 10 day stretch.  Meanwhile, someone else was out for surgery (and will likely be out the rest of the summer), and so-on-and-so-forth.  This all led up to the fact that I now have a different shift/position at work and will have a different schedule for days on/off.  All this is good, but my schedules have completely changed.  It all works out well -- and they're all good changes -- but I'm still reorganizing quite a few things on this end. 


I haven't run at all since the race, have gained some weight (bad food on the run most of this month), and am now completely back to walking, having lost what little "running start" that I had (pun intended).  I'm working a really early shift instead of a PM shift, and I'm still trying to adapt.  The past week or so I've been scheduled for some of both shifts (training my replacement, and being trained on my new shift), and now this week is almost all scheduled as my new shift.




I hoped to have things more settled by the start of the new challenge -- which I THOUGHT was next week!!  I feel like a puppy running around in circles trying to catch my own tail, LOL!!!!!   :topsy_turvy:  I'm trying hard to get it straightened out -- soon!!!  :onthego:

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Thunderstorm:  Level 3 Elf Scout

STR: 6.5  ~  DEX: 2  ~  STA: 3.5  ~  CON: 9.25  ~  WIS: 4.5  ~  CHA: 3

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So work got even busier and faster paced.  My manager told me she would be leaving at the beginning of 2015, so she started informally training me to replace her.  Between that, my kids, covering shifts for coworkers surgery, etc the rest of the summer and fall went by in an absolute blur.  Then I got the news my manager would be leaving at the end of the year -- which turned into one week before the holidays.  So I started a new job as manager (in retail, mind you!) two days before an open house, the week before Thanksgiving.  The blur turned into Flash Gordon speeds!!!


So now that the holidays are over and things are HOPEFULLY settling into a normal routine, I want to get my habits back in place.  To return to my trail.

I am so far away from running and fitness, and I've put on a total of 10 pounds over this time period (which puts me 30-40 pounds over where I want to be).  So I want me keep it simple again and get my good habits back in place.


Main goal:  Healthy Habits Back On Track


Supporting goal #1:  Greens.  I love my greens for energy!  4 days per week minimum to fuel my transition  Going for +5 CON.

A = 24 or more times

B = 19 - 23 times

C = 12 - 18 times

D = 6 - 11 times

F = 5 or less


Supporting goal #2:  Walk a minimum of 30 miles this challenge (5 miles per week).  My ankles and feet HURT.  (I work in retail, am on my feet all day -- but never a good, long stride.)  Soooo... I'm nervous to go straight back to running with all this weight.  So it's all about getting the habit set in place. Going for +5 STA.


A = 30 or more miles

B = 22.5 or more miles

C = 15 or more miles

D = 7.5 or more miles


Supporting goal #3:  Portions.  No stress-eating in the evenings!  Going for +5 WIS.


A = 40 - 42 evenings

B = 31 - 39 evenings

C = 21 - 30 evenings

D = 11 - 20 evenings

F = 10 or less evenings

Thunderstorm:  Level 3 Elf Scout

STR: 6.5  ~  DEX: 2  ~  STA: 3.5  ~  CON: 9.25  ~  WIS: 4.5  ~  CHA: 3

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Welcome back!

Your goals are spot on. That's the first goal right there. I wouldn't worry about the running right now either. Get moving in a healthy way and it'll come back soon enough. Your other goals are great. Stay mindful and remember you are your own boss. The trail is under your feet already, you just have to take the steps. You are able to persevere. That much is obvious by the turn of events in the last 6 months. Only gaining 10 pounds with all that stress and rescheduled lifestyle? Not bad at all.


So we are here, always. There's a mini challenge if you're interested. We're working on balance. So glad you found your way back to us! YAY!!

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Doing good!  Walking could use a little more pushing on my part, but the greens and portions are doing well!

I even headed over to the mini-quest and worked on the balance exercises.


I did get my walking in today -- outside rather than on the treadmill (my car is in for repairs).  Every cloud has a silver lining!  :D

Thunderstorm:  Level 3 Elf Scout

STR: 6.5  ~  DEX: 2  ~  STA: 3.5  ~  CON: 9.25  ~  WIS: 4.5  ~  CHA: 3

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I know a shift change would completely screw my workout regimen.  It is what it is because I can carve out the time i have and no one can intrude on it.  Good luck with adapting!

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So how's it going? Are you managing to reshuffle things around the work change? It's never easy, I know, but it would be good if you could check in. You know we're here for you (and I promise not to do any more rubbish typo-puns)

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