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continuing my last challenge and incorporating what I learned last time:

 

Overall: Advance my character on Habitica!  Don't die, complete dailies, don't leave todos for too long, gain levels, hatch eggs, etc.  If you are on Habitica and want to create a party, my user id is: 971dcddd-7ddc-40a4-aef8-4a4787e08d46

 

I'm especially focusing on these dailies:

 

Food: Eat 3 generous helpings of veggies/fruits every day.
Life: Spend some time tidying up every day (~20min).  Finish Moby Dick.
Health: Take care of my joints-- rest, stretch, brace, hot baths-- then when I go to the doctor's on Feb 9th I can adjust this goal to what they say I need to do.  This could be to continue resting, to adjust diet/movement habits, to take medicine... we'll see.

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edit for Health: get enough sleep, 8 hours every night or more when still tired

 

I got 8 hours of sleep last night, but now I'm sleepy/exhausted, and it feels different than a normal post-lunch slump.  I didn't sleep enough Friday, but I did get plenty of sleep Thursday and Saturday, so I also don't really think it's a sleep debt thing (which definitely affects me).  Thursday I ended up going home at noon, taking a 2 hour nap (then working from home) then sleeping 9 hours that night, because I felt similarly.  I think sleep is a crucial key to taking care of myself in order to function during the day while I don't know what's going on with my body.

 

So apparently I'm going to be using this challenge as a log for detailing health mysteries...

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Tuesday

We started a quest to defeat a "Basi-list", ie a menancing basilisk to-do list, and it's been a great motivator to push myself to complete my dailies.  I don't want to be responsible for affecting anyone else's health!  We must defeat the monster!

welcome to the party jkiley!  :-D

 

-- soup = 1 veg, salad mountain = 3 veg, +1 orange

--slept 8.5 hours and woke up feeling like I needed 2+ more hours of sleep???  so confusing.  gonna try an earlier bed time tonight I guess.  took a hot bath last night (ugh my water bill) which was excellent. still stiff and weird, but it's more strange than terribly uncomfortable (although my knees are still useless) which is acceptable for now.

--read most of a graphic novel (a nice break from the slow plodding of Moby Dick), did laundry (someone stole my empty hamper tho!!! wtf!!), tidied up.  some mindless internet surfing, but overall a productive and enjoyable evening!

 

I probably won't keep posting every day but it's nice for momentum in the beginning.

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wednesday

 

--salad mountain is so satisfying.  I tend to forget how much I enjoy salads until I eat them, although I think it's appealing again because it's been in the 60s+ here (any colder and I only want to eat hot food.)

--8 hours, still woke up tired?? ugh it's impossible to get to bed before 10:30pm even if I'm not really doing anything.  hooray almost the weekend!

--read more of graphic novel and finished an audiobook I've been working on for over a month (which lent a huge boost to my Habitica character! hah).  then I didn't do any cleaning. ya win some ya lose some.

 

concerning laundry hamper-- two possibilities: 1) it's within my apartment complex so maybe someone "borrowed" it because they forgot theirs back in their apartment... but in that case, why not bring it back right away? 2) it's a common hamper sold at the grocery store a block away, so maybe someone thought it was theirs by accident. but in that case, I would think they'd notice that they now have two and would bring it back.  mystery!!!!  I'm irritated because I *just* bought it.

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Week 1 complete.

-- plenty of veggies.  I enjoy eating veggies and I don't find it difficult!  However, this is a good challenge to have because I need the reminder, even if it's not hard.

-- I may have been anaemic, so started taking a multivitamin.  Back to normal sleep needs now!  Slept plenty over the weekend, except for last night but Sunday nights are always difficult.  Knees still sore, but the rest of my joints aren't bothering me anymore!  I don't even know wtf.

--I'm putting Moby Dick on hiatus so I can read my book club book "Fates and Furies".  I'm not terribly impressed with the first several pages, but I should be able to finish it in the two weeks before we meet.

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The doctor's appointment went well-- they took a bunch of my blood and all the tests they ran came back negative.  She said it was most likely reactive arthritis from a previous infection (like the nasty cold I had a week and a half before my joints started acting up).... which I didn't know was a thing that could happen???  Anyway, everything's feeling better than it did the previous two weeks, and this means it's not a chronic condition, so yay! 

 

EXERCISE IS GO, I want to keep this body healthy(er) as it's the only one I've got!!!

 

The plan: 3x week strength exercises, 20+ minutes.  YAYOG workouts or Steve's Beginner Bodyweight Circuit or StartBodyweight.com routines, etc.

On off days, if I feel like it some yoga or walking or biking (if I ever get my bike fixed).  My knees still worry me, so I'm going to avoid talking myself into running... Maybe in May when the pools open up I'll get a pass and do laps regularly, that'd be good.

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'reactive arthritis from a cold'

 

Wut? Well regardless of the bizarre conclusion. . . yay closure!?

 

I'm very happy to hear your joints aren't giving you such a hard time :) now if only yeolde knees will agree to play nice. Yeah I wouldn't push running that seems like a solid plan. Some lighter impact stuff to help you build momentum and health and also allow your knees to rest. Glad to hear you're still pumping though! How's Fates and Furries now that you're a bit in?

 

Go Go Go!

 

Douglas

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yeah idk???  according to the internet, reactive arthritis can result from infections in a several different systems, but respiratory system (or cold symptoms) is not listed, so that seems suspect to me... but I don't have a medical degree haha.  I guess as long as it doesn't flare up again and keeps getting better I probably don't have anything to worry about.  so bizarre!  bodies are strange!!!

 

I've tried out several different bodyweight strength programs (and trained for a half marathon twice), but I have a hard time keeping a consistent exercise routine for more than a couple months.  idk I guess all I can do is keep trying.

 

the writing style of Fates and Furies bothers me at times, but it was markedly more irritating in the first chapter.  I'm getting used to the style now, and I think it probably is effective as the voice for the character.  also-- Furies, not Furries... I really don't want to read about furries hahahaha.

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  1. update

 

Wednesday I did a startbodyweight workout, mostly on the first progressions in the series.  I knew even if I started stupidly easy I was going to get some DOMS, but today is my next workout so I hope to move up to a more accurate level this time.  It'll take some adjusting until I find out that allows me to progress at the slow pace the site suggests while still being challenging.

 

3 sets of 4 reps (increase by 1 rep each workout)

  • Short Bridges (not from startbodyweight, but seems like a good addition for back strength)
  • Deep Assisted (going to move up to standard or deep nonassisted once I trust my knees again)
  • Leg Assisted Pullups (can't tell if this is too difficult or if it's because I don't trust my grip on the doorframe... wish my pullup bar would fit my apt.)
  • Pike Pushups (I don't understand this exercise really?  I go as deep as I can, and this is the 3rd progression, but it still feels easy.  I think my form might be wrong but not sure how)
  • Flat Bent Leg Raises (can probably move up to flat leg np)
  • 3/4 Pushup
  • Bent Knee Dip
  • Inverted Rows, Bent Legs (maybe I should do double sets of these instead of bothering with pull ups... both are pull exercises so yes?)
  • Standard Plank (20 seconds but really difficult!  Room to improve haha)

--Still eating the veggies, whoop.  I might look into a more difficult challenge next time-- lower fat? some paleo? cut out all processed foods?

--I've been lax on tidying up and doing chores this week... I'm just tired and bored and I don't wanna???  lol.  Also I've been watching Deep Space Nine instead of reading oooooooops no regrets hahahaha.

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hmmm Now I remember why I stopped doing startbodyweight routine (other than that grad school beat me up)-- 1) it takes 45 minutes and I get impatient during the rests and 2) it seems overbalanced towards upper body (??). 

 

I did a second workout on Friday, except in circuits instead of intervals to allow for less rest.  However, this will burn fat but not build strength as well according to startbodyweight.com?  so now I'm thinking I'll do supersets with exercises working different muscle groups for better efficiency?  Maybe once in a while I'll switch it up with YAYOG tabatas, especially if it means a short workout vs no workout.  Also I'm adding in other leg exercises besides squats.

 

3 sets of each superset:

 

straight bridges + squats
assisted pullups + pike pushups or 3/4 pushups
flat leg raises + side lunges or back lunges or weighted calf raises
bent knee dip + let me ups w/ bent legs
plank

 

--eating veggies! hooray me
--managed to clean everything up before and after weekend festivities, yay.  I'm about halfway through Fates and Furies, on track for finishing by Sunday.

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hmmm Now I remember why I stopped doing startbodyweight routine (other than that grad school beat me up)-- 1) it takes 45 minutes and I get impatient during the rests and 2) it seems overbalanced towards upper body (??). 

 

Freaking that right there. I could never stick with it for the same reason. The workouts are just not engaging and take a bloody long time. Sounds like you're doing great! How're the joints responding now that your pushing a little again?

 

For the Rebellion!

Douglas

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Yeaaah... Doing supersets instead worked out really well!  I cut it down to ~30 minutes.  I do like that I can do them while watching a television episode, so that's good for sustainability, but I think I'll have to incorporate more engaging workouts every so often to switch it up.

 

Joints are fine!  A bit of a twinge in my knees, but not enough to keep me from climbing the stairs at work.  I haven't got back to walking, so that's the next thing to add in.  Good gosh, what an utterly weird experience, I hope it never happens again.

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