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Maybe referring to the upcoming move as a cataclysm isn’t the best of starts, after all there is no Deathwing coming to tear my world apart, but right now that’s how it feels. My life will be upended, and I will have to build anew. And that’s great, but the build up to it is so far more stress than I’m able to properly handle, and trying to tell myself that it’s ok, that it’ll be fine, is not making things any better. Stress is my dragon, it is having an increasingly negative impact on my life, and I need to get it under control before it gets any worse.

 

And that’s what brings me to the druids.

 

For this challenge I’m keeping things as simple as I can in an effort to regain my calm.


 

The Goals

 

1. Meditation - Daily. I’d like to figure out a time that works best, and I’d like to try out a few different variations.

 

2. Declutter - Also daily. No matter how big or small, some part of the mountain of stuff I’ve accumulated has to vanish daily. Ditch or donate, it doesn’t matter. Apart from anything else, it will make moving across the country easier.

 

3. Sleep - Eight hours per night. The only exception is to be when I’m scheduled to work an opening shift after a back shift, an unfair and underhand tactic work uses which leaves me roughly nine hours between the end of one shift and the start of the next.

 

4. Stretching and burpees - Another daily one. Stretching is to be done on rising and right before bed. Burpees are to be done throughout the day, and the amount of burpees done must always exceed the number of burpees done the previous day.

 

5. Walk - My current mileage is between 11 and 16 miles a week, depending on how many days I’m scheduled to work. My aim is to bring this up to 20 miles per week.

 

>>> Sidequest: Stress Relief - Anything that takes my fancy, really. However anything I pick up must be continued for the duration of the challenge, otherwise I’m not really going to get much of an idea at how good it is for relieving said stress.

 

>>> Sidequest: Socialise - Post daily, no matter how small the update. I’m going to utilise a technique I found particularly effective during the last challenge, and that is that I will post by 8:30am every morning (on my days off and when I’m working back shifts, that is). I’m not sure what the penalty for not doing so will be yet, but last time just saying I’d do it provided sufficient motivation to get me out of bed on time.



 

And that’s it.

 

Simple, fairly loosely structured, and hopefully effective.

 

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1 hour ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Following along again.

 

Good to have you along :) 

 

 

58 minutes ago, skinNbones said:

Hey Yeti, I'm not exactly back on the boards but Tapatalk flagged this up, so I'll try and support you this cycle.

 

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Hey, good to see you back, even if it isn't 'official'! 

 

 

41 minutes ago, Muir said:

 

I'm hoping for 25 this week. On an average week, I usually log between 20-30k (12 - 18 miles), so 25 will be a challenge, but I'm willing to give it a go!

 

If I find 20 easy then I reckon I'll bump it up to 25. It's not a massive leap, and truth be told it's not like that's unrealistic for me considering how much I used to walk. But for now, baby steps!

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I'm with you, as always.

 

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Following along again! 

 

Thanks guys, really happy to have you all along for this :) 

 

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If there's one thing that I need to stick to during zero week, it's the up at 8am/post before 8:30am. At the very least it gets me out of bed and set up for doing things, whatever those things may be. Happily enough last night I was in bed not long after 11pm, so although I may not have been asleep for eight hours straight, I was in bed for about eight and a half.

 

Today I have a list of things to get through, most of which are short tasks which must be done today and a couple are optional, to be done this week rather than this day. It's more than I'd planned, but I have a good amount of time today thanks to getting up on time and I'm hoping that it will yield a decent amount of productivity. The only thing I will say is that I will be doing no additional walking until my feet have healed a little more. Somehow traipsing around the city yesterday gave me blisters in awkward places... A few days should do the trick.

 

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Love the challenge - only you could make the connection between trying to relieve stress and daily burpees :P . Wishing you all the luck with your stress relief though.

 

 

16 hours ago, iatetheyeti said:

The only exception is to be when I’m scheduled to work an opening shift after a back shift, an unfair and underhand tactic work uses which leaves me roughly nine hours between the end of one shift and the start of the next.

 

That's really rough. It annoys me that it's standard practice for employers to force employees to contract out of the Working Time Directive.

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4 hours ago, Jarric said:

Love the challenge - only you could make the connection between trying to relieve stress and daily burpees :P . Wishing you all the luck with your stress relief though.

 

That's really rough. It annoys me that it's standard practice for employers to force employees to contract out of the Working Time Directive.

 

Heh, gotta keep the Spartan dream alive somehow!

 

It's definitely crappy, that's for sure. The store's policy is eight hours between shifts, and even if I could teleport from there to my flat there would still be no way to get enough sleep. And as luck would have it, my work pattern for the next five days is close, close/open, close/open.

 

...at least I get a week off afterwards!

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Looks like the early wake up did wonders for my productivity, as despite my somewhat limited mobility I've managed to get a lot done. Household chores have been checked off of my list, as have a couple of bill payments, challenge-related activities, and the major one for today: I've handed in the notice on my flat.

 

Well. Emailed it, technically. I can't really 'hand' anything across the Atlantic.

 

But that cements my deadline, and on the 14th of May, no matter what, I must be out of this property.

 

So it's just as well I've been making enquiries in an effort to line things up for my viewing trip next week! One of the places I was looking at is, sadly, no longer available. The only other answer I've received so far is from someone who was willing to offer me a viewing tomorrow. If only I could... I sent back the dates I'd be in town and am waiting on a reply for that. Even if I don't receive replies before next week, and even if those replies end up being 'sorry but no', it turns out there are a whole lot of rental/letting agencies/estate agents crammed into the town centre, which means I go and do a tour of them, squeeze out any viewings I can, and in the mean time see if I can negotiate three days in a row off of work in April. Or, if worst comes to worst, a short morning followed by two full days followed by a back shift. We'll see how that goes...

 

I'm thinking now might be a good time to try this meditation thing again as I'm really quite shaky, and I know I'll continue to feel like that until I've had a response from the landlord and gone ahead with tomorrow's major move: hand in the transfer letter. All I need to do is visit the library to print it off, then in it goes and this whole thing becomes another level of official.

 

...and I want to be able to sleep tonight.

 

I'm stressing already, which is probably ridiculous. I'm hoping the meditation will at least calm me a little, and who knows, maybe it'll soothe that stress enough to allow me to go to bed and not run through all the worst kind of what-ifs in my head, which in turn will put me in a better frame of mind for handing this letter in tomorrow (...right before I start work).

 

We'll see how it goes.

 

As I'm on a closing shift tomorrow, the alarm will be set for 8am and my first entry here will be completed by 8:30am.

 

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Successfully went to be on time last night, and it only took me about fifteen minutes worth of stalling before getting out of bed this morning. I'm trying to reduce that to no stalling whatsoever, but I accept that it's a process and I must persist with it.

 

Before turning in last night I received a reply from one of the other people I'd contacted saying that the house in question had already gone. Disappointing, but I knew there was a high chance considering the ad had been up for over two weeks. There still hasn't been any reply from the landlord (normal and expected), so I'm managing to calm myself in gradual steps. But somehow I have this highly unrealistic vision of him turning up at my door ad raging about my decision.

 

Today's plan is more simple and focused than yesterday's. A small amount of household chores need doing before work, but the bulk of the major items need to be done just before. I have to print off my transfer letter, book train tickets to get across the country, and book a bus ticket for my trip to the bank HQ the day before that. I also need to start sorting out packing, considering I don't have a day off between now and then.

 

Easy day, really!

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24 minutes ago, iatetheyeti said:

it only took me about fifteen minutes worth of stalling before getting out of bed this morning

 

Most days are like this with me. I've come to realise that I need the extra few minutes to properly wake up, so I let myself have them; I just set multiple alarms: one half an hour before I need to get up, one 15 minutes later, and one when I need to get up.

 

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On 3/13/2017 at 3:45 PM, iatetheyeti said:

Simple, fairly loosely structured, and hopefully effective.

I like it!!

The walking is daily too, when you think about it -- even though it's a total for the week, it's more about how much you do each day, added up. So shooting for two to three miles a day is a lot easier to think of, for me, anyway. Just remember to take it easy on the injury and give yourself ample time to heal -- it will be worth it.

 

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I'll meet you here (on my work days) with tea.

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12 hours ago, Muir said:

 

Most days are like this with me. I've come to realise that I need the extra few minutes to properly wake up, so I let myself have them; I just set multiple alarms: one half an hour before I need to get up, one 15 minutes later, and one when I need to get up.

 

 

I've just set myself two alarms for tomorrow, one for the original 8am, and one for 7:45am, so I'll see if that makes a difference. If not, tri-alarm system it is!

 

 

8 hours ago, Heidi ☯ said:

I like it!!

The walking is daily too, when you think about it -- even though it's a total for the week, it's more about how much you do each day, added up. So shooting for two to three miles a day is a lot easier to think of, for me, anyway. Just remember to take it easy on the injury and give yourself ample time to heal -- it will be worth it.

 

Following along, and looking forward to the morning updates.

I'll meet you here (on my work days) with tea.

 

This is true, looking at it as smaller daily targets would likely stop any additional stress from building up as well. And I wish I could give the injuries the rest they need, but it'll be slow going this week while I contend with work. Still, I'm taking precautions to ensure that at least nothing gets worse, which is something!

 

 

 

5 hours ago, Charlie_Quinn said:

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You saying I'm doing de-stress wrong? :P 

 

Heh, I figured I had to do something Spartany whilst I wasn't running (to be picked up again as soon as I can afford to fuel myself for it).

 

...and I'm kinda starting to like burpees.

 

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Sometimes I feel like I have too many emotions at once, and today is one such day.

 

It started out fine, I got up when I intended to, did a few of the tasks I'd set out for myself, and then I got bombarded with calls from work. Admittedly I did ignore them at first because I knew it would be someone trying to call me in early, but eventually I got fed up and answered. Had a short, terse conversation with the HR manager of all people, leading me to the conclusion that it might not be an early start, but something else entirely.

 

So off I went, wobbling through the rain trying to make haste with my stride hampered by the hole on the ball of my right foot and the large skinless patch on my left heel. Both were padded, bandaged, and tapped securely in order to prevent irritation and provide some cushioned in defence against my cheap, crappy work shoes.

 

I got in to work to find FDO as the sole person on three counters. We had a quick talk and confirmed it was why I'd been called in. In her words, she was peeved. Having a duty manager wearing a ridiculous deli hat tell you she's peeved with a truly impressive glare on her face is quite the experience. Probably shouldn't have found it so funny, really. I didn't get any info as to why no one was about because she didn't know, but thankfully she caught me up as best she could as she then left to go and do her actual job.

 

From about 1:30pm-5:30pm I was alone across three counters. It was not quiet. Nothing got done.

 

Things only improved a little when the little ball of sunshine that is Pizza Kid turned up, and a little more when CSW decided to do the chicken counter close down for me. Even so, I was still late clocking out due to how far behind I was.

 

Plus this little old lady who is one of my semi-regulars about made me cry. She said she'd miss me when I moved away.

 

Too many emotions, guys. Too many.

 

As a result of everything, the only vaguely challenge related thing I actually did was to wake up on time. I did not get through my list of major things to be done. As I wasn't able to go into town before work like I'd planned, my transfer letter hasn't been printed out and my train and bus tickets have not been booked. I'm going to try and do everything tomorrow, but even if I fail to book things, at the very least I will get this letter printed and handed in. It's kind of important...

 

Plan for the night is to attempt to meditate in order to calm my mind so that when I do go to bed I won't be carrying all of these emotions with me. Same drill tomorrow morning, out of bed as soon after my 8am alarm as possible, post before 8:30am.

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7 hours ago, iatetheyeti said:

...and I'm kinda starting to like burpees.

Stockholm Syndrome.

 

Sorry work was such a ball of crap, I'll be very happy for you when you shake the dust of that place off your sandals.

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3 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Stockholm Syndrome.

 

Sorry work was such a ball of crap, I'll be very happy for you when you shake the dust of that place off your sandals.

 

Heh, could be!

 

You and me both. I don't mind saying that if I didn't need the money so desperately I would not still be working there, not after everything that's gone on.

 

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Slightly late today, but in my defence I had to force the internet to work, and when it refused to cooperate I had to resort to an ethernet cable. I'll tackle why it isn't working tomorrow evening, after work.

 

Went to bed on time last night and even managed a little meditation to soothe that confused mass of feelings. It was very basic, just me sitting very still and focusing on my breathing and nothing else. That's fairly difficult for me, I have to admit. My mind does not quiet easily, and it's a struggle to make it stay like that, focused on one thing only. I'm not sure meditation is supposed to feel like a fight...

 

Plan for today is what yesterday was supposed to be. Do my household bits and pieces, get into town early, print the transfer letter, book the tickets.

 

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11 hours ago, iatetheyeti said:

I've just set myself two alarms for tomorrow, one for the original 8am, and one for 7:45am, so I'll see if that makes a difference. If not, tri-alarm system it is!

 

How did the double alarm work out?

 

11 hours ago, iatetheyeti said:

As a result of everything, the only vaguely challenge related thing I actually did was to wake up on time. I did not get through my list of major things to be done. As I wasn't able to go into town before work like I'd planned, my transfer letter hasn't been printed out and my train and bus tickets have not been booked. I'm going to try and do everything tomorrow, but even if I fail to book things, at the very least I will get this letter printed and handed in. It's kind of important...

 

You can't help work throwing a spanner into well made plans, so don't take it too hard. Hopefully you'll be able to get it all done today, or at the very least by the weekend.

 

43 minutes ago, iatetheyeti said:

I'm not sure meditation is supposed to feel like a fight...

 

 

When you're a meditation novice or find it hard to quiet your mind, it's actually quite normal for it to feel like a fight. It'll get easier the more you do it. :)

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3 hours ago, Muir said:

 

How did the double alarm work out?

 

 

You can't help work throwing a spanner into well made plans, so don't take it too hard. Hopefully you'll be able to get it all done today, or at the very least by the weekend.

 

 

When you're a meditation novice or find it hard to quiet your mind, it's actually quite normal for it to feel like a fight. It'll get easier the more you do it. :)

 

It worked well until I realised I'd switched off my second alarm...

 

I'm on track today, not far off leaving to get everything done and dusted, so that's something at least!

 

Heh, here's hoping. Good thing I've got plenty of opportunity for practice then, really.

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