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  2. GoodDoug

    KB Girl keeps a journal

    Its crazy how those little boxes can inspire
  3. KB Girl

    Mad Hatter's back, alright!

    definitely! Those classes sound awesome! And I love it that falling on your but is on the good things list.
  4. GoodDoug

    Manarelle pays the rent

    If you can figure that out, please let me know. I know I have a hard time doing... SQUIRREL!
  5. Teirin


    The point of arguing with people on the internet is as much about whoever is watching as the person you're arguing with. So less of a waste, if that helps at all. Hope you can rest tonight and the mental health day helps. Congrats on the writing!
  6. Hey Dev, can you go into your Tapatalk settings and turn your Tapatalk signature off please?
  7. Sciread77

    The Adventurers of the Lucky Vale I

    Nearly two hours later, I'd cleaned up the scene and mentally prepared myself for the way I wanted to handle this. The boys were still playing in the basement, and I wanted to talk to my wife so we could approach the death of their first pets together. I silently padded past the play room and up the stairs to our kitchen. I almost reflexively prepared a breakfast of oatmeal, flax, and coffee for my wife and poured out a black coffee for myself. Most people instinctively understood the subtle magic power of a meal or beverage made with genuine care for a person. It provided a protection and strength in an of itself, that small act of love, which I think was widely understood among parents and grandparents everywhere. The breakfast ritual was my favorite form of magic, and after this morning I had a feeling we were going to need all the help we could get. I was readying a small tray to bring upstairs to our bedroom when my wife Jessie appeared in the kitchen. She stood at 5'7", four inches shorter than me with short, brown hair tinged with a reddish hue, hip and legs to die for, and radiated strength simply entering the room. She wore stylish glasses, Minnie Mouse pajamas, and thick woven boot-style slippers. Possessed of tremendous power, she almost always slept in on the weekends in an attempt to restore her reserves. I was happy to let her. "Bad news, babe." Her warm smile turned into a look of concern. "What is it?" I placed the tray on the kitchen table and pulled out a chair for her. "I wanted to talk to you before the kids." I sat down as she did, taking a draw of coffee. "Something tried to get in last night, and it killed the bunnies." "Oh no. Do the kids know?" She took a sip of her coffee and started on the oatmeal. "Rex found them. He doesn't really know what's going on yet, and he's playing with Woody. I figured we could present a united front on that. Plus, there's a bigger problem." Jessie looked at me expectantly. "Whatever it was is pretty powerful. Our protective wards stopped it, but it gouged holes in the concrete and must have been the size of a bear." "Any idea who was behind it?" she asked. I shook my head. "No, we're going to have to do some investigating." "So, have you thought about coming new pet?" she aked. "What? I'd rather not right now. I mean..." She cut me off. "They're my blood, Zerf. They're going to immediately want something different. Search your feelings, you know it to be true." A Star Wars reference. She was serious, and she was right. "Maybe a fish?" "I think you're living in a fantasy world."
  8. Harriet

    Act VIII - Harriet Makes Battle Plans

    You are most welcome. I enjoy sharing what I've learned here. It pleases me greatly that this might be of use to others, as well. Yes, definitely share your experiments! I'm definitely going to do more meditation, and I might look into cognitive exercises. Damned depression has taken a serious toll on my working memory, I know that much. Plus maybe it would be worth stepping outside to sit in the sunlight/garden for a few minutes each afternoon when I start to feel stale. They're actually a neuroscientist and a psychologist, not sociologists. The book is full of hard science! And the optimal foraging theory is from behavioural ecology. Yeah, facebook's endless scroll is designed to make it feel like the information is unlimited, so that scrolling just a bit further is even easier than switching to another information source. But of course you'll eventually run into things you've already seen. Maybe you need a cue, like seeing repeat posts, to push you to switch. But, I also read that we read online articles differently than we read books. Instead of scanning lines from side to side, we skim in an F shape, looking at the headline, the left hand side, and maybe throwing our gaze into the middle here and there. So books are qualitatively different. Maybe you could get an e-book reading app on your phone and just read a page when you're looking at it? I wonder if that would induce F-shape reading or normal reading? Might try it myself. Read in between deadlift sets. Then again, maybe I can just chill and enjoy having nothing to do, that's a skill I want to cultivate, too.
  9. GoodDoug

    RedPandaOne reporting for duty

    Welcome back! I like your goals, they seem very doable. If you can get on track with the meal prep this challenge, maybe next challenge is to try a different recipe each week? Keep the chicken and the broccoli, but do something different with them each time. But, save that for when you've gotten into the rhythm of doing the meal prep.
  10. You seem to be doing great in zero week. Keep up the great work.
  11. zenLara

    Show up and do the work

    22.5.19 ACTION TIME SPENT FEELINGS AND SENSATIONS WH BREATHING AND COLD SHOWER 15' + 14º Relaxing. The shower felt cold, but after it I felt relaxed and in good spirits, fully awaken and activated too, and after a few minutes I began to notice tingles all over my body, specially over the legs. MOBILITY 1' + 3' Not very much today. I stopped for a couple of days and now I keep forgetting since it is not an established habit. MEDITATION 40' + 15' I'm trying yoga nidra as before bed meditation and as a wake up and I'm enjoying it. ICELANDIC 5' + 15' Read a bit and watched one video. Enjoyed more the reading than the watching because the vid was meh. MUSIC PRACTICE 28' A poor day regarding time, but worked on what I had to work. HANGING/PUSHING dead hang 30" 2 push-ups Dead hang included 6 scapular raises and to my surprise one of them went a bit farther up. YOGA (includes handstands) 28' + 10' (handstand work) I've already said a lot about the handstand part Yoga was nice too, even if not that shiny. OUTDOORS RUNNING SKETCHING 10' Superfun. I'm trying to learn to draw animals from a 3d model using schleich toys, and I'm really bad at it but I don't care GYM Total time: 2h53m. Awesome day!
  12. Unikarm

    I failed and now I’m trying to Level Up

    I also just got an interview at the hospital I lost my other job at. It’s housekeeping but it’s good pay and benefits. I should probably be on cymbalta.
  13. LovelyBouncer

    Teros 54: Phoenix Begins

    Again sorry to hear of the lost energy. Know the feeling of a mouse problem... Story time: my boyfriend's apartment building has several. Soon as it got warm they were running around like they owned the place. He didn't care because they are nothing like Nigerian mice/rats, but I lost it when I found out they were going on the beds and funiture.... They somehow are scared off now, but I have no idea how to deal. May you catch this one easily
  14. zenLara

    Show up and do the work

    Ooook, will accept parkour and mountain trails as fun... Don't look at me. I would never do that What a great way to start a challenge, right? Thank you guys!!!!
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  16. zenLara

    WhiteGhost Gets Serious 2: The Seriousening

    Local people eat those awful things too, yeah. The things under the name paella in most spanish menus aren't paella. Oh, wow. Lucky day, then, even after all the MyFlex complications.
  17. SheriffWolfpool

    Wolfie, what have you done? [A Wolfpool Chapter]

    Ohhhhh, looking back at your first post, I guess I missed it. It doesn't look like the pics came through Judo can definitely be hard on the body, and I've thought about that too. They do offer a 7 day free trial that I want to utilize and we'll see how much I like it after spending a week getting tossed around lol. BJJ may be more my style since there's less impact, so, we shall see. I'm all for experimenting Wolf
  18. Guzzi

    RedPandaOne reporting for duty

    Following!!!! I might be able to offer some advice for the work dinners, our cooking facilities at work (back when I was working) consisted of just a microwave and a kettle! What cooking implements do you have in your kitchen (job, oven, broiler, slow cooker etc) and do you have much space in your freezer?
  19. Rookie

    I failed and now I’m trying to Level Up

    People freaking suck. Period. But some people suck less Janitor sounds like a solid job though. And you can always do that until you either find another job in your field or figure out what else you would prefer. It doesn't hurt to look into the military thing if you think it is something you might enjoy. PLUS.... being a janitor is a fairly active job so it will help you move more and burn more calories... AND YOU GET PAID FOR IT. 250lb is as good as any place to start. I personally wouldn't worry too much about losing weight but maybe make small goals like home cook a meal 3 times a week or make healthy lunches and breakfasts. Depression is a sticky thing. Can you get to a doctor who could help you sort out some of your feelings? Or would it be enough for you to join a weekly club, team, volunteer somewhere to get you out and socializing. My friend has a journal where she writes positive things every day. Sometimes all she can write is "I woke up today" or "It is sunny and the breeze is nice". but it seems to be helping her.
  20. Countess D'If

    Countess D’If still needs to go white water rafting

    Hahahahahahaaaaaa! I didn’t even notice that! I did comment the other day on my FB that I cannot see the difference between the words trial and trail. It just does not register. Which is a problem for me :-) But yeah. TIRED. Like. . . ALL the time. Is there a fix for that? More coffee, maybe? I have 30 days between now and a white water rafting trip. I’ve been really lazy butt recently. Just kidding. Actually I just started a new job and I’ve been acclimating. I kind of have my crap figured out, maybe? I will say I’m much less freaked out now than I was before. I feel like I could really return to the take-literally-ANY-care-of-yourself plan and not just cruise control the rest of my way into lazy butt town. I’d like to say I’m in a permanent place and I can call this a stopping point, but unfortunately it still feels temporary because this time next year my family is going to move. UGG. I mention that because I will 100% use it as an excuse. So To stop myself looking too far into the future and melting down about what’s coming years and months and weeks down the road, I need to have smaller, chunked-out shorter term goals. For example white water rafting on June 22! But like I said previously, they can’t be weight loss driven goals. Because I will go insane. 1. Calorie deficit Track food intake. Move ya butt! That’s going to the gym, walks at lunch. Playing softball if it ever stops snowing. 2. Prepare better. I’ve forgotten my lunch twice this week. It’s Wednesday. EVERY WEEK NIGHT I need to have my clothes set out, my lunch packed, Midget Mayhem’s clothes and shoes and socks ready to go. Anything that’s a hassle in the morning has gotsta GO, girl! 3. Wear the same pants every Friday and see if they feel any different from week to week.
  21. Rookie

    Bookish Badger Reboots

    If you want to "Beef" out your stuffed peppers a bit (haha) you could add cauliflower "rice" or some spaghetti squash. You could even sautee some spinach with it as well. Not sure if the peppers + tomato sauce + other veggies would put you over net carbs though. Love the horse analogy... 10 points for that! (I like to think of myself as the resident horse person here) And I have that freaking conversation with myself constantly. My inner child is a brat. I am interested in the exercises you do for your knees. I am pretty sure I have horrible knee habits My 29 year old knees sometimes squawk at me
  22. Manarelle

    This is LITERALLY my first step towards success.

    9 am or 9 pm? Following again.
  23. Sloth the Enduring

    [Sloth] Eat Pizza, Be Awesome, Repeat

    None. No situation isn’t improved by pizza. Thanks. Better double check before you order anything. Standard 10 speeds aren’t standard anymore. Nope. I’ve given up. I’m reverting to my natural, child-like diet. I’m not getting even more fatter, that’s enough of a success for now. Im glad you’re here brother, but I’m not good at sharing. Is this from Game of Thrones?
  24. Unikarm

    I failed and now I’m trying to Level Up

    At this point I want a steady job and paycheck it’s just me and my kitty. i have an interview for janitor here at the schools. I’d rather be a white collar worker than a blue collar worker but whatever a job is a job. And I’m 250 right now I’ve even thought of losing weight and joining the military since the age limit is now 39 but we’ll see. I just don’t know. I’m kinda quiet and depressed right now. what happened was I had a job for a few months in the field my associates degree is in. It was good pay but I couldn’t keep up and my math skills are poor and pretty much everywhere I go I get bullied. Even on wow at some point but I was new. At my last job my position was dropped because they did away with the department. And a so called friend got everyone even management laughing at me. I hate people.
  25. fleaball

    Flea Hates Everything

    jk now I hate myself for not being able to do a simple job application.
  26. Kishi


    Tuesday went off the rails from a training perspective. I got a bunch of last minute project emails from the boss, had to stay for those, then had to manage a bunch more stuff and had to stay for that, missed Karate, and boxing was cancelled. I hit leg day, and I did work some shadowboxing in there so it wasn't a waste, but it definitely didn't go the way I wanted it to. Then, got pulled into a renewal of an internet fight with a friend of mine who's waaay on the other side of the issue. If you've been watching the news out of the US, you probably know what it concerns. He's not being very logical in his thinking, though - I'd called him out previously on three separate fallacies he'd based his arguments in, and after all this time away I would have thought he could modify his arguments, but he doubled down instead. He literally said, "I don't think it's fair call it a fallacy because I don't feel like it is." Like throwing pearls before swine. Anyway, it was stupid of me to do it, but he said he was going to move on to refuting the other fallacies and I probably could have let him get away with it but I didn't want to, so I wasted a bunch of time trying to show him that his refutation didn't work. Took a lot of time, and went to bed wired off of it, so I didn't get a lot of sleep. As a result, I'm taking a mental health day from work. Plan's to go do some chest training today and to get some writing done. At least the writing's been happening, which is good.
  27. Rookie

    I failed and now I’m trying to Level Up

    Your cat is adorable! <3 I think you are getting very caught up over this "failure" word. It is just that... a word. Like table, cheese, chicken, tennis. Over the course of my journey I have "Failed" many times and had to start over but its not really starting over... I am still on my journey. I started trying to lose weight at 250lbs. I got down to 225lbs... something happened and I stopped. I then tried to start losing weight at 260lbs.... cause eesh I had never been that high! I got down to 230lbs.... full on fell off the wagon there... like under it. I think it hit me on the way over. I think I tried another time around 275lbs. But I stopped. Now I have started at 285lbs. If you didn't notice my weight kept going the wrong way ultimately lol. I hit 275.6 lbs this morning. I am going to keep trying. Eventually it has to stick. And you know what... each failure I learn something new for the next time. Its learning what works for you and what does not work for you. IT IS OKAY TO FAIL. As per your goal... It seems your biggest goal right now is to find new employment. You should make that your life goal. What are 3 things you can do to work towards that? Obviously I can't tell you what to do and I do not know what is best for you (only you do!) but.... when I was picking myself up I started with small things to just get my life on track and develop healthier habits... and as I have been going on they have evolved to the next level or scaled back to something I could complete. SEE its just all an evolution. So what do you think would help you at this moment in your life? Do you just want to build a routine while you figure out the job business? Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to build muscle? Perhaps add things in your routine that make you feel not so old and tired and sore. IE. bubble baths once a week, a massage, self care / love routine.
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