RisenPhoenix Posted May 27, 2017 Report Share Posted May 27, 2017 So my life has been pretty damn interesting in the past week. I had a batter of interviews, lots of angst about my finances dropping to critical levels, lots of making peace with moving away from my home and dojo and comfort zone to move to halfway across the country to a state that’s the polar opposite of mine, and then, when all hope seemed lost, a ridiculously amazing job offer just dropped into my lap like manna from heaven. So I accepted the offer and then did the totally irresponsible thing and bought an expensive plane ticket to visit Company before I have to start work on Thursday. Story behind the spoiler that is not (entirely) related to the challenge: Spoiler Now, GETTING to that offer was its own whirlwind. I was forced into having two onsite interviews for different companies on the same day. I didn’t get to do as much prep for these interviews so I went in blind (at least compared to my usual preparation levels). Based on both of the job descriptions, I really didn’t fit the criteria that the people were looking for. All in all, I went in fully expecting that these were a waste of time, and was already taking stock on how a cross country move was going to logistically work. So imagine my surprise, when the recruiter for the first job almost instantly asked for a second onsite interview (I’m skipping the nightmare scenario I had to deal with due to the first company’s HR department ROYALLY dropping the ball… let’s just say no one knew I was there.) for the oddball position I was interviewing for – one that was more paperwork than lab work, but still interesting. And then, Friday afternoon, the day I had decided to say “Screw the world” and introvert puddle to nothingness, I get the OTHER recruiter calling to ask how I thought things on the second interview went (“Well, good group, interesting work, yadda yadda), followed by saying they really liked me and wanted to offer me the job pending a job reference. My jaw hit the floor. I send the references. I then spend a great deal of time sending emails to all the references to give them a heads up. I also spend a great deal of time sending out emails to the places I had interviewed with to let them know something good for me is pending in the pipeline, if they were still interested in me. I get a moment’s pause, and the recruiter calls back again – this time with an official offer. I work out how parking is dealt with (because the company is located in downtown Cambridge, where parking costs a pretty penny – they cover it though). I work out how health insurance would work. I then hear that I was submitted at a slightly lower rate than I was submitted to at the role from that first company (and the contract is shorter, so that’s a decent amount of money left on the table). Still what I was making at the last gig, beggars can’t be choosers, but that alone made me say I wanted to wait to hear back from the other company, which said middle of next week they’d have an answer. The recruiter asks if she could offer to the second company my immediate acceptance and withdrawal from all other roles if they could match that pay rate. I agree. Two hours later I get the confirmation. And suddenly, RP has entered the world of The Employed again. So this challenge is entirely a “How to balance work and life” Challenge again. That includes making sure my food intake is reasonable, my workouts still happen, and my self care remains on point. 1) Less Work is More Work Clearly Aikido is still a massive priority to me. What just had me geeking out is that according to Google, at peak traffic hours, I am roughly 10 minutes away from my dojo leaving work. TEN. And it is mostly along back roads that aren’t heavily traveled. This is ridiculous. Um, so, THAT particular tidbit aside – I’m going to aim for 5 hours of class a week still. That’s likely Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday (all of these days have double classes), and gives me wiggle room to go light one day. Being so close and almost required to drive past the dojo to get home means I could probably swing going every night, but let’s aim for slightly less for now. Goal: Five hours of aikido classes a week. 2) Working on an Empty Stomach So I’m going to try my not-quite Intermittent Fasting routine for the job, for at least this month. I want to play with batch cooked lunches that are actually warm, or at least warm for 2-3 meals a week. Since I usually feel like warm meals are more calorically dense, I want to use IF as a way to counter that. That said, I’m still going to be really working on being okay eating more (by adding a certain amount of calories based on my activity level that day), and being a bit more paleo/primal overall. Not eating until 10 or so has been pretty normal for me, so I’m not too concerned. Mostly I’ve had a bit of fruit early in the morning with coffee, which still is mostly okay on the IF front (Sisson says if you’re having less than 100 calories, it’s kinda hand waving a bit. Not entirely a fast, but also not enough to do much to the IF benefits, and if it keeps you going, so much the better.) So let’s give this a shot. Goal: Intermittent Fasting-ish during work week (last meal around 8:30 or 9, don’t eat meal until 10-12pm following day). Still maintain ~2800 calories per day, plus 100-150 calories per aikido class, or +600 calories post-Lifting and post-Stadium. Three warm lunch meals batched cooked by the end of the challenge per week. 3) Work out that Iron Speaking of lifting. I’m dropping down to one lifting workout a week for this challenge. I don’t want to try and shoehorn something that’s a distant second priority into my life while I’m trying to get my feet under me at a new job. That said, I don’t want to totally lose what tiny gains I’ve made over the last couple months (even though I’m not really progressing right now because life keeps getting in the way of my regular lifting schedule). So a single, whole body workout a week involving iron is needed. If I’m trying to pull back a tiny bit on aikido, that’s actually pretty simple. Goal: One lifting session a week, slightly longer than usual – three lifts, at least 2 accessory exercises. 4) I Work best Alone I need to focus on selfcare. Like, seriously. Just because I have entered a new phase where I’ll probably immeasurably less anxious and depressed than I have been for month does not mean I am allowed to forget about good selfcare habits. So first off, I need to make sure I get to bed at a reasonable hour and get a solid 7-8 hours of sleep a night. I also need to make sure I remember that I’m going to need to be meeting and interacting with a lot of new people, so I need to be okay with countering that extroversion with my hermit cave tendencies. But I also need to get out a bit now and then. So trying to remember alone time, balanced with social and professional extroversion is going to be important. Goal: Get to be between 10 and 11PM every night. Read 30 minutes before bedtime. At least 5 hours of complete me-time on the weekend (Batch cooking does not count. Aikido does not count. Running errands does not count. This is time to revel in things I *want* to do, not tasks I *have* to do. Sleeping in totally counts towards this.) Time to get to Work. 10 Quote RisenPhoenix, the Entish Aikidoka Challenge: RisenPhoenix Turns to Ash "The essence of koryu [...is] you offer your loyalty to something that you choose to regard as greater than yourself so that you will, someday, be able to offer service to something that truly is transcendent." ~ Ellis Amdur, Old School Link to comment
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