Cheerful Dame Posted March 10, 2015 Report Share Posted March 10, 2015 I have been missing for a few months, and it is high time I return. Although I am not starting from a much lower level than when I came to NF, I do have a little progress to show for my time away, and over time I intend to regain my momentum and surpass the level of fitness I had previously attained. So, what happened? A combination of a hurt shoulder (minor impingement) and work issues left me feeling discouraged, unfocused, and drained of energy. Reboot #1: Slow down, focus on fixing shoulder. Religiously attended physiotherapy and followed through on all recommended shoulder strengthening exercises, even on the evenings I would rather not. Also, started reading for pleasure to relax my brain. LIsten to music. Stopped logging into NF halfway through my 2nd challenge in order to make more time for therapy & reading. Result: Shoulder healed, work issues still present, but somewhat bearable. Reboot #2 End of December/Beginning of January: Started a new full body routine, spent time assessing and realigning reality with my values. Reached for a lifeline at work. Created a groovy spreadsheet to help me monitor THINGS OF IMPORTANCE. Reached out to a lifeline at work. Started working my exit strategy. Started reading more. Eat unhealthy foods in effort to maintain energy. Result: Marginally effective until workload increased. Hanging on: No energy to work out, to think, to do anything. Strategy: Read all the things all the time. Eat just about anything in sight in effort to maintain energy. Listen to music. Tried meditation, unsuccessful. Result: Obviously NOT sustainable long term. Reboot #3: Found new position that I think will be less draining. Less reading. Listen to music. Make healthier choices. Start increasing daily steps (current goal is to average 6,000 per day). Will start bodyweight exercises again soon. Reintroduce myself to NF and start contributing again, especially to cheer others on. Can't wait to get started again . . . Quote Level: 3 Race: Wood Elf STR: 4 DEX: 4 STA: 5 CON: 4 WIS: 4 CHA: 5 Previous Challenge Current Challenge Spoiler 5% Bodyweight Workout 3X per week (1of 18 total) 8% 8% Cardio 2X per week (1 of 12 total) 23% 23% 30 Days of Yoga - Day 7 Completed Link to comment
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