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Challenge will go here.  Probably very like the last one, a points-based thing with prizes to keep things positive, fun, and focused on what's going right.  I need more meditation, and I need to think about some point schemes aimed at time management.  I'm still on active recovery, physically.  (And it's annoying the crap out of me.  I'm only doing one hard day a week, but it gets me every time, sometimes quite badly.  I wish I were seeing more progress.  But I guess when you're walking on your legs, they never quite get real rest, and it's to be expected that it'll be slow.)  I don't have a great exercise plan.  I was going to go with aikido stretches just to warm up and keep limber and not push too hard, but there may be a bodyweight workout in there that's not too rough on those muscles.  Maybe I'll see how some daily plank feels added in, and go from there.  If they don't do it, knee pushups should take stress off the calf muscle that's complaining and give me something.  Nothing too exciting or challenging, just keeping at it slowly while things recover.

 

Mostly I just want to keep moving, literally and metaphorically.  I'm trying to shake free of some quicksand in my life right now, so I've got to keep my eyes ahead of me and keep moving, and not think too hard about the things dragging me back.  I started making some inroads on it last challenge, but a lot of days teeter on being overwhelming.  So a lot of days are going to be one foot in front of the other, just staying positive and focused on getting one more thing done right.

 

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I felt like I could run forever, like I could smell the wind and feel the grass under my feet, and just run forever.

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One foot in front of the other, my dear.  That's all that matters.

 

And coffee.  Coffee matters.

 

I switched to goddamn DECAF.  Which I guess is okay, because I never drank it for the caffeine.  I don't even notice caffeine.  But it does not feel right, and also, where is my Trader Joe's Winter Blend now?

 

I think the foot I shall now put in front of the other is a quick snack and off to bed with my audiobook.  It is later than I should let myself be up.

I felt like I could run forever, like I could smell the wind and feel the grass under my feet, and just run forever.

Current Challenge: #24 - Mrs. Cosmopolite Challenge

Past: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6,  #7#8, #9#10, #11a & #11b, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21, #22, #23

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Decaf?

 

...

 

I mean. What's the point?

 

Also, I think I missed it somewhere, but what are you on recovery from?

 

I'm glad I'm not the only one to not be up on the recovery thing....and yes, decaf is Disappointment.

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Decaf?

 

...

 

I mean. What's the point?

 

Also, I think I missed it somewhere, but what are you on recovery from?

 

I'm the last person to ask on the point of decaf, because I can't actually tell the difference.  I've never been kept awake by caffeine or noticed its effects.  (Except occasionally after all-nighters, it might make me a little jittery.)  I gave it up in case it was contributing to some of those anxiety attacks I was having a while back.  I really have no way of knowing if it helps or not, but, you know, responsible adult making responsible choices and all that.

 

The recovery thing is so stupid.  Was taking a leisurely walk to run some errands, had one of those foot-flips I'm prone to.  Just a second of instability in the ankle, then I recovered.  Seemed like no big deal, I could walk on it fine, no real pain.  Then the next day, I had a really active day with loads of time on my feet, and it freakin' killed, and the opposing calf muscle, which was probably stabilizing me a bit, felt like it just tore itself apart.  So amazingly painful.  Rested up, then the next time I tried to go out for a hike, lots of popping in the muscle and loads of pain again.  So I rested more.  It's just fine on the days I'm not really active, so non-exercise activity doesn't trigger a thing, and that's a good sign.  But every time I have a day with any serious walking, it gets a bit sore - not as bad, so it has been healing, but it's really damn slow.  (And New Years was unexpectedly rough, I ended up buying a wrap while I was out, and came home limping the next day anyway.)  It seems like a hell of a lot of trouble for a second of minor ankle instability that I walked off perfectly well the day it happened.  So one of my things this challenge is trying not to get impatient and just figure out the right recovery stuff to do.

I felt like I could run forever, like I could smell the wind and feel the grass under my feet, and just run forever.

Current Challenge: #24 - Mrs. Cosmopolite Challenge

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Ankle recovery is whole body recovery. Patience is hard, but hopefully you don't have to train THAT skill long before you hit on a winning formula. 

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STR:45 | DEX:18 | STA:10 | CON:37 | WIS:37 | CHA:27

The stronger the body the more it obeys, the weaker the body the more it commands. -- Siegmund Klein

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Following to chime in on rare occasion.  Also - if you drink decaf for the flavor, try Seattle Coffee Works (I believe it's order-able on line).  Supposed to be one of the best in this nit-picky part of the coffee world. 

 

Ooh, tempting.  Might give it a go.  I've just been grabbing whatever's at Trader Joe's, which is fine, but there's never a lot of selection, you know?  You can't really decide you feel like a different sort of coffee this week or want to get something a little more special than usual.

 

Ankle recovery is whole body recovery. Patience is hard, but hopefully you don't have to train THAT skill long before you hit on a winning formula. 

 

Ankle recovery is the worst, and I am so bad at patience.  Sigh.

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I felt like I could run forever, like I could smell the wind and feel the grass under my feet, and just run forever.

Current Challenge: #24 - Mrs. Cosmopolite Challenge

Past: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6,  #7#8, #9#10, #11a & #11b, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21, #22, #23

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Have been giving some thought to the details of my challenge, which I'm not going to over-plan, but I think a good workout/recovery plan is kind of necessary, given the physical restrictions.  I'm planning to be off real workouts for the month (although I do have one work day a week that's going to pose an added recovery problem).  So I'm thinking about what I can do to use that time for recovery or skills.  The first week, I think I want to pretty seriously keep away from weight-bearing things on my legs altogether to give the healing things a head start.  From the knees down, I'm on rest this week.  That might even rule out my aikido warmup this week, as that did cause some mild ankle stress last time I did it, and it probably rules out plank, which puts some stress on ankle tendons and on leg muscles for stability. 

 

So I think that at first, we're going to focus on:

  • seated abs workout, because that's a big important muscle group I can train daily with zero leg involvement
  • ukemi training (the thing I was looking at had a seated backwards roll exercise that shouldn't demand much leg, IIRC, if I start slow)
  • meditation, because I need more anyway so I may as well add mental training to my training plan while my body's not cooperating

Week 1, just do something, on the principle that it's mostly my head I'm working on while my body rests a little.  Week 2, do something more formally planned.  Week 3, get a little gentle weight-bearing stuff in.  Week 4, we'll see where we are and pick the right tier.

 

Then I'll be throwing in some points for self-care for things like using ice or heat on the injured bits, remembering to wrap them before any serious weight-bearing exercise, maybe some light massage of the calf muscle that's been getting sore.

 

Popping up the ukemi video for reference:

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I felt like I could run forever, like I could smell the wind and feel the grass under my feet, and just run forever.

Current Challenge: #24 - Mrs. Cosmopolite Challenge

Past: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6,  #7#8, #9#10, #11a & #11b, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21, #22, #23

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Sounds like a good plan, especially the bit about self-care. Gives you something productive to do and it might just make the poor ankle heal better/faster. 

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STR:45 | DEX:18 | STA:10 | CON:37 | WIS:37 | CHA:27

The stronger the body the more it obeys, the weaker the body the more it commands. -- Siegmund Klein

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Sounds like a good plan, especially the bit about self-care. Gives you something productive to do and it might just make the poor ankle heal better/faster. 

 

I know that heat and some aspirin make a big difference when I've pushed too hard.  Even on the days nothing hurts, there's still a lot of low-level use of those muscles and joints, so giving them a little extra care can't hurt.  At the very least, it'll keep my mind on being careful and not getting too impatient when they are having a bad day.

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I felt like I could run forever, like I could smell the wind and feel the grass under my feet, and just run forever.

Current Challenge: #24 - Mrs. Cosmopolite Challenge

Past: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6,  #7#8, #9#10, #11a & #11b, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21, #22, #23

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I know that heat and some aspirin make a big difference when I've pushed too hard.  Even on the days nothing hurts, there's still a lot of low-level use of those muscles and joints, so giving them a little extra care can't hurt.  At the very least, it'll keep my mind on being careful and not getting too impatient when they are having a bad day.

 

All that and maybe invest in some Tiger Balm for the coming rest days so you'll have a way to control the discomfort level a bit when you can't hold a hot/ice pack to it? 

Level 13 Shape-shifting Warrior Monk

STR:45 | DEX:18 | STA:10 | CON:37 | WIS:37 | CHA:27

The stronger the body the more it obeys, the weaker the body the more it commands. -- Siegmund Klein

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Great to see you back! Sorry about the calf injury. I have had heaps of lower leg injuries over the years. They suck because we have to be on our feet at some point every day and it can be hard to recover. Sounds like you're really thinking things through. If it stays bad maybe a trip to a PT would help if you have insurance. Otherwise, good luck with it. I am dealing with my own fairly serious injury from something innocuous. 

 

One foot in front of the other, unless it hurts too much to walk...

 

Happy new year! 

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. - Calvin Coolidge (OG MOTIVATOR)

 

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Great to see you back! Sorry about the calf injury. I have had heaps of lower leg injuries over the years. They suck because we have to be on our feet at some point every day and it can be hard to recover. Sounds like you're really thinking things through. If it stays bad maybe a trip to a PT would help if you have insurance. Otherwise, good luck with it. I am dealing with my own fairly serious injury from something innocuous. 

 

Injuries from innocuous shit are always the worst.  Just embarrassing.  I have insurance, but I think it just needs time, I guess.  Regular non-exercise-day walking feels fine, but like you say, there's always a little load on it.  Straining it once a week doesn't help much, but there ya go.

 

*checks watch, pointedly waits for your thread, checks watch again*

I felt like I could run forever, like I could smell the wind and feel the grass under my feet, and just run forever.

Current Challenge: #24 - Mrs. Cosmopolite Challenge

Past: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6,  #7#8, #9#10, #11a & #11b, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21, #22, #23

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Week 1: Day 1

 

A shiny new challenge!  I'm going to be porting some points over, because there are prizes involved, so I'm not losing my precious adulting points.  I deserve all the prizes for them.

 

Fitness Points

  • +6 hours of sleep
  • +5 ukemi practice
  • +5 meditation
  • +2 liters of water
  • +1 keeping injured things extra-warm
  • +1 soaking the injured muscle

Life Points

  • +1 adulting
  • +1 productivity bonus

Total: 22 points

 

Not a lot of ukemi practice, because my carpet is not thick and my hipbones are going to complain for a few days, but it loosened up the back and seems utterly easy on the legs, so ukemi practice is go for this challenge.  My ukemi instincts are gratifyingly good, so this initial bit will just be a cleanup and tweak of the motions.

 

Hydration is a point per liter in this challenge, to shift the focus to actual quantity.

 

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I felt like I could run forever, like I could smell the wind and feel the grass under my feet, and just run forever.

Current Challenge: #24 - Mrs. Cosmopolite Challenge

Past: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6,  #7#8, #9#10, #11a & #11b, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21, #22, #23

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Injuries from innocuous shit are always the worst.  Just embarrassing.  I have insurance, but I think it just needs time, I guess.  Regular non-exercise-day walking feels fine, but like you say, there's always a little load on it.  Straining it once a week doesn't help much, but there ya go.

 

*checks watch, pointedly waits for your thread, checks watch again*

 

Yeah they are the worst. I am not kidding, I was once putting socks in my sock drawer and I pulled something in my back and had my most severe back injury since I was in high school. It felt like someone stabbed me. I had to lie down for 20 minutes after and it lingered for weeks. From putting socks away. FREAKING SOCKS. 

 

Haha, sorry about the delay. I am working on the new challenge now. It will be up soon! 

 

Good luck, and nice start! 

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. - Calvin Coolidge (OG MOTIVATOR)

 

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Yeah they are the worst. I am not kidding, I was once putting socks in my sock drawer and I pulled something in my back and had my most severe back injury since I was in high school. It felt like someone stabbed me. I had to lie down for 20 minutes after and it lingered for weeks. From putting socks away. FREAKING SOCKS.

 

You win.  That's even worse.  Human bodies, man, so stupidly fragile.

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I felt like I could run forever, like I could smell the wind and feel the grass under my feet, and just run forever.

Current Challenge: #24 - Mrs. Cosmopolite Challenge

Past: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6,  #7#8, #9#10, #11a & #11b, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21, #22, #23

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Week 1: Day 2

 

Fitness Points

  • +8 hours of sleep
  • +1 super-restful sleep bonus
  • +2 liters of water
  • +1 injury care

Life Points

  • +1 task bonus

Total: 13

 

It is super-cold today.  Everything, made of ice.

 

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I felt like I could run forever, like I could smell the wind and feel the grass under my feet, and just run forever.

Current Challenge: #24 - Mrs. Cosmopolite Challenge

Past: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6,  #7#8, #9#10, #11a & #11b, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21, #22, #23

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Nice job with the sleep! I got in a good night for me as well last night. Let's see how long it lasts.  

 

It's freezing where I am at as well. I tried to ride my broken bike to the broken bike shop across town last night, when it was darn near single digits, and of course the place was closed so of course I had to ride a broken bike back across town. Good stuff. 

 

ANYWAY, enjoy the ice! 

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. - Calvin Coolidge (OG MOTIVATOR)

 

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It's freezing where I am at as well. I tried to ride my broken bike to the broken bike shop across town last night, when it was darn near single digits, and of course the place was closed so of course I had to ride a broken bike back across town. Good stuff.

 

Pretty damn near single digits here, too.  That's starting to be serious cold, not just casually cold.

I felt like I could run forever, like I could smell the wind and feel the grass under my feet, and just run forever.

Current Challenge: #24 - Mrs. Cosmopolite Challenge

Past: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6,  #7#8, #9#10, #11a & #11b, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21, #22, #23

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When you can spit and make ice bullets....

 

It's hard to get enough velocity behind them to penetrate a winter coat, though.

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I felt like I could run forever, like I could smell the wind and feel the grass under my feet, and just run forever.

Current Challenge: #24 - Mrs. Cosmopolite Challenge

Past: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6,  #7#8, #9#10, #11a & #11b, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21, #22, #23

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It's hard to get enough velocity behind them to penetrate a winter coat, though.

 

Oh you just make them, lol...actually shooting them is Complicated. 

Level 13 Shape-shifting Warrior Monk

STR:45 | DEX:18 | STA:10 | CON:37 | WIS:37 | CHA:27

The stronger the body the more it obeys, the weaker the body the more it commands. -- Siegmund Klein

Battle Log : MFP : Instagram : Challenges - 1, 23456789101112

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