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  2. Treva

    Treva Fights for Herself

    I have not chimed in nearly as much as I would have liked, but I guess that's how things go when you're starting a new job. Happy Body: It has been, of course, hard to get in enough sleep. I have trouble getting down sometimes in the evenings, especially if work has been busy. That said, I am working on being more efficient at the hospital, so I can leave earlier and get back to the things I enjoy doing. I have still been able to get to the gym and get through all my exercises like I usually do. Cardio at the gym has taken the biggest hit, since I spend a lot of time on my feet at work. But I still do my S&S, and I still do my strength training, and for right now that's enough. I'm getting to the gym 3-4 times a week, which is pretty good considering our call schedules are on a four day rotation. I am being a little bit more careful with making sure I take time to rest. Naps on my days off are more of a thing now. I am all about that cortisol reduction strategy. I wish I had something good for staying calm at work!! Probably reciting captain cold at myself And this is why I love captain cold. And prison break. But that's another story. Diet has been okay. I snack plenty. Lots of fruits and vegetables, but probably too much chocolate and sugar/plant protein. Happy brain: still going strong on my crit care podcast! Although I'm starting to run out of episodes--I'll have to start finding something else to listen to in the mornings. I was able to do a big practice session yesterday, which showed me I've made some progress on the things I've been committed to working on. I am hoping to find a rhythm soon at work, so I can again, get home earlier, and do more studying and practicing. Work isn't a lot of education, mostly execution of busywork. Getting motivated to do some of it is hard. I have also gotten a lot of mixed messages about studying. I think I need to pay attention to the lessons of Past Mary to start studying early, and to hell with the rest of the advice!! Happy heart: been working on different types of prayers, on a recommendation from a friend. They are helpful when I remember to do them. Sometimes I am really tired and forget. I've been doing better at reaching out to people, or at least trying to figure out when I come across as hostile when I don't intend to. It's usually when I am feeling very sad and want to withdraw. I have been still struggling with enjoying certain things in medicine, but knowing those things might be prohibitive for music or having a life. It was the most hard recently when I was the only one in my work group who wasn't married/in a long term relationship. It was very hard sometimes to come into work and hear about everyone else's days with their spouses. I enjoy my space, I really do! the flexibility and not having to report to anyone, and being able to do whatever I want with my time, is really amazing. But, you know. Emotional connection. My new group of interns seem super cool and I get along well with one of them, at least right now, so that's pretty neat! It's good to be able to work with people who have a similar sense of humor. That's nice for right now, at least.
  3. One of my favorite things at work is when I get to cut up forms and staple them to other forms. Which happens with alarming regularity.
  4. Fonzico

    Fonzico eats like a Goddess

    Okay. Today has been good. ^lunch time roller blade This is to officially note that I am done eating supper, and the kitchen is closed for the night. No excuses.
  5. Cheetah

    Cheetah gets back to business.

    Thanks! Thanks, Me too! Thanks! It really is! Okay, short update today. My whole world has been turned upside down, almost literally. It's going to take some time for me to figure out how to make everything work. Having said that, I've had a lot of good mindful eating days lately, so I'm really happy about that. Unfortunately exercise is just not happening right now. Although, my family and I are going camping and hiking this weekend, so that's not nothing. I just don't know yet how to get exercise into the new routines. The routines are still forming, and studenting is still a huge time-suck, so we'll see how that goes. The other good thing I have to report is that the mindful eating is finally working in the correct direction and my pants are getting looser again. Slowly but surely, it's working. I'll take that.
  6. Elennare

    Super Assassin Bros 2

    Don't think I'm going to be able to contribute much this week. Can probably squeeze in wall sits, but I don't think I'm going to get anything else. Sorry team. Oh! But I just realized I had bell pepper in my dinner last night. So here's the thing so I can count that, too. Meal: Chimichurri marinated beef kabob from the Whole Foods meat dept case served over spring greens. I pulled the beef chunks, pepper slices, and onion off the skewer and cooked them in a frying pan with a bit of avocado oil until everything was cooked. Dumped it over a giant handful of spring mix salad. It was delicious and I highly recommend it.
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  8. SkyGirl

    Integration: The Protector Rises

    I really did.
  9. Mortimer

    Mortimer's battle logs.

    Supper: Half a mango 4 scrambled eggs Couple of grapes Breakfast: Curry tuna zucchini boat Green bean drink with cinnamon 2 small mandarin oranges 50g grapes Half a persimmon
  10. J3NN

    J3nn goes on a road trip

    A long overdue update. The vacation was 14 days, and we used every last minute of every last one... so much so that when we got home, I woke up the next day with a fever which kept me down for two days. It broke last night, so I'm taking it easy today and trying to ease back in. Yikes. The trip was great, California is an amazing state. We didn't know the half of it. Fitness: I logged 65.53 miles on the Walk to Mordor on our trip. Our biggest day was 17,000+ steps. It was a long day! I averaged over 10,000 steps a day, so that was awesome. Now to keep it up. Nutrition: I have never had this happen before, but I actually lost weight on this trip. I don't even know how that's possible... So, I did not go into debt and will not have to dig myself out so I can keep on working to getting down below 200. Yay for that! Level up: Summer's End Cardigan crochet-a-long - I only got about 4 rows done on this. :/ I'm going to keep it in my WIP pile. I did get more done on the Havana lap blanket I'm working on, that was easier to work on while we were driving, so I found myself working on that instead. Self research project guided body scan. I'm looking to see if it Do I fall asleep faster? Do I get out of bed without extra snoozes? What is my energy level first thing? What is my energy level mid-afternoon? It does not seem to have had an impact during the short 7 day period. But I did find it be helpful for calming my racing thoughts, and I did use it on vacation a few times. affirmations four times a day I have found that these phone reminders turned into noise, but I am trying to make myself remember to stop and breath and really focus on them. Mini challenge - Art Collective I didn't do anything but enjoy art... I plan to work on some this week now that we're back. Most of the places we stayed in just didn't have a good table to draw at, so I didn't get anything done, but I did get a lot of inspiration. Habits: Journaling The last time I journaled was July 2, It didn't even cross my mind on vacation. Now that I'm back I plan to resume. All in all, I guess I'm satisfied with where I'm at. I'll start thinking about what I want to do to drive down to that below 200 goal now for the next challenge.
  11. Bean Sidhe

    Bean Sidhe Vs Chaos – Try and do something

    Thank you, but 2 important points. A) I don't want to be the leader. I hate being the leader. Granted, I sometimes think the best person for the job is usually someone who goes in kicking and screaming and does the best job they can with the hopes of getting out early as a reward. B) I don't want to be well known. Maybe that is why I find some things so hard, but I really just want to live a quiet life without the spot light and take care of my family. I don't need that kind of pressure. Oh and my opinion is invalid according to my professor. He kept trying (when he would talk to me) to tell my opinions matter, but that what I was saying wasn't an opinion. Guys a moron.
  12. Teros

    Teros 55: Duty

    Thanks How so? For me, I instantly thought how competition creates betterment for me. Well part of it is I want to show it so I'll see when that's doable. Thank and honestly, probably not. I shaved my neck today. It's crazy. -- So I have today's workout upload: This is level 15 difficulty. I don't know how far this goes up to but based on how hard I'm pushing, I can't imagine many more levels. I've actually never gone this high on the elliptical before. When I went to the gym years ago, the highest level I did was 10 and then after a bit I got bored and did other machines. Also: It was really hard to try and time that to take the picture while I was on the machine. If you go too slow, the elliptical thinks you're taking a break and will black out your stats so I had to do that while slugging through. I haven't hit all of my goals this challenge yet but there's still a few days left...
  13. RES

    Let's try this again

    Awesome job! I'm in awe of you sticking with it even in those temps!
  14. My favorite way to do cauliflower rice is spread it on a sheet pan (I get it premade, frozen) little oil, salt and pepper, 20 minutes in the oven at 350, it's not watery or greasy and you can use it like that or add to whatever you want.
  15. Mistr

    Mistr works on her base

    I had one of those weekends where I did not goof off and still made next to no progress on my to-do list. I went to aikido Saturday and Sunday, did some laundry, drove Elf to work and actually did get my checkbook balanced. I sat zen both days, although it was a close thing on Sunday. I started plying my most recently finished bobbins of yarn. That was planned as the creative work to do between chores. Monday I did my zen after work because I had to prep food in the morning. I went to spinning in the evening, so no chores were done. I'm glad I went. I feel like I'm gradually making connections with people. There were only 9 people, so it felt like I got to talk with more of the group. Tonight is grocery shopping and one or two things from the list. The fridge is nearly bare of prepared food. My second task is probably to clean the gas grill so it is usable again. I still need to deal with the aftermath of the turkey grilling disaster from June. Elf has been using our old charcoal grill to batch cook meat. That works, but it is slow and messy. It will make our lives better to make grilling easy again. Dumbledore did indeed buy veggies for himself. We will see how his healthy eating changes go. For now, Elf and I are planning on mostly cooking for the two of us.
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  17. Mistr

    Sara Kingdom Goes Kurosawa

    Yep, been there on taking time off aikido to rest and recover. The sessions in Elements take different amounts of time as you go through the weeks. Some days have tons of mobility work, others have lots of movement exercises. They give you a range of reps or time for stretches and tell you to adjust based on how tight you feel. Going through the maximum for all the movements takes nearly an hour. They alternate between training days and active recovery days for movement exercises. In week two the training days have 5 minutes of each exercise, then 3 x 1 minute rounds on one exercise, with a minute of rest. That gives a total of 20 minutes. Plus 2-4 minutes of stretching at the end and however much mobility work you decide to do at the beginning. The short sessions took me about 30 minutes and the long ones could take more than an hour, which I had to cut short. That said, I like a lot of their exercises. I think their squat stretches helped me a LOT. The first time I tried to do the program I really could not get into position to do the frogger move. The next time tried (a year later), it was much easier to do. They made some adjustments to the program between my first round and the second round, which I found to be improvements. The videos are clear and they are good about answering questions by email. Week 4 has crept up on us. Good for you getting things done even when you are on low power. I understand the need for chores to keep life going. I hope you get them done early enough to get good sleep.
  18. Curl Brogo

    Brogo is Rocky part I

    Challenge Update: Weighed in at 261.2 lbs today. I am no longer in ketogenesis. I am way behind on my last coursera course. I haven't even attempted to exercise in a couple of weeks. I'm averaging 43 hours per week at work. I've been drinking too much lately. I've also been eating meat, poultry, and dairy like all the time. Yup. This challenge has become a flaming trainwreck. The upside is... I feel great! I'm pretty sure the three bags of gummi bears I ate yesterday caused a huge surge in my serotonin levels. Anyway. Now's the time to take a little break and reassess things. Accomplishments. 1) I maintained ketogenesis for 80 days straight -- meaning I never got two keto strip tests in a row that were negative (testing morning and evening) 2) I lost 9 lbs. based on my rolling average weight. 3) I learned how to make bread that has no carbs and is nearly all protein. 4) Probably other stuff too. I'm going to take the rest of the week, enjoy some moderate carbs, and decide if I want to get back on the pony next challenge, or maybe extend the break and focus on rebuilidng my workout routine.
  19. Cu Chulainn

    Lifting stuff up and putting it down again

    23/07/19 Chin up 10 x BW + 2.5kg 4 x BW 2 hours of mowing grass, brushing up and trimming trees that I’m claiming as cardio!
  20. Sciread77

    The Adventurers of the Lucky Vale II

    It’s comforting to know I’m not alone. I like the way you put that. I usually avoid faith as well. I place my faith in love, humanity, and the best versions of people. Which is probably part of how I can be gullible. But on the other hand, I’d rather occasionally be taken advantage of than live in a cold world populated entirely by cynics. Maybe faith can get you through hard times, but it can also cause a gigantic hole in your defenses and I’ve seen that enough that I don’t trust it myself and constantly wonder if faith (and by extension most religion) has a net positive or net negative effect.
  21. RES

    Teros 55: Duty

    Damn! I probably wouldn't have recognized you if I tripped over you! Can't wait to see what you're going to change next!
  22. Teros

    Run Thom Run 2

  23. Teros

    The Adventurers of the Lucky Vale II

    It's a gift. I have it too. Within science and religion, I look at them both as tools. A hammer can put nails in wood and build a house, or it can crack someone's skull open. I think that there is more credence given to science in that it's admitting it's own shortcomings and wants to overall change and improve. Faith can get people through hard times and yes, there is the social factor but I tend to avoid it.
  24. jstanlick

    Jeff's Battle Log

    Hmm, just got an email from the Red Cross that reads in part: That's the first time they ever told me where my blood went. Interesting. Not sure if that's something new they're doing or just the first time it was sent somewhere else. I kinda like it. Helps remind me that I don't just sit in meetings and use up oxygen.
  25. Kishi

    WhiteGhost is Nephalem

    Hey, sorry for being late to congratulate, but way to finish the challenge strong! Now go eat lots of good food and hear good stories!
  26. jstanlick

    Jeff's Battle Log

    We have way too many meetings. It's almost gotten to the point when I look at my calendar and I don't see back to back meetings I'm thinking I missed an invite or something because surely I can't have an hour free to get some actual work done. The part that I find most annoying is that management agrees that we have way too many meetings...and then promptly schedules more meetings! If we had action items that were followed up on and acted upon that came out of the meetings that would be fine. But, most of the time they end up as just listening to the folks who like the sound of their own voice and the sounds of laptop keyboards clicking away while folks try to A) sneak in some real work and look like they're taking notes or B ) send each other commentary in Teams about what a waste of time this meeting is. Thursday: Company summer outing at a place with Alehouse in it's name and mostly cheap, mass produced brews at the bar. Everyone had to participate in one of three events: Bowling, trivia or sand volleyball. I decided not to tempt fate with the heat advisory, avoided the sand volleyball outside and went with bowling instead. I suck at bowling but I know that and didn't take it too seriously. I think I had far more fun than the folks who were trying so hard and barely beating me. Friday: A most annoying day at work. It is best we not speak of it as it just reminds me that I do too many other people's jobs and not enough of my own job. Yep, definitely need that vacation in 4 weeks to come about 4 weeks sooner. Best part of the day was when I went to the Shred gym for lunch. It was hot and miserable. Their air conditioning was fighting with the humidity and 20-some people sweating and breathing heavy. But, it was the best kind of miserable. I hit 11.5 MPH on the treadmill for a full minute during my final sprint. That's the fastest I've gone at one of their classes. Saturday: Spent a lot of time with a volunteer commitment. And then the skies opened up, a cool wind came from the north and the heat vanished in about a 20 minute period. It was glorious. I also noticed a whole bunch of CrossFit athletes posting on their Instagram feeds pictures from various places in Wisconsin, and I was thinking, "Why are people from Iceland, Massachusetts, Texas, etc. all in Wisconsin and training at different gyms?" Thank you to Matt Fraser for simply posting a date on his feed. It reminded me the CrossFit Games start in Madison, WI on August 1st. Sunday: Child #1's sweet 16 birthday. We celebrated by over 2 hours of practice driving since she had her driver's test the next day. Then there were about 20 teenagers in my yard until 11:00 at night. They used up all my wood for the outdoor fire ring! Oh, and I ran a couple miles to the elementary school, did a bunch of hill sprints on the steep hill there and ran back home. My time out was much faster than my time in. Monday: Child #1 passed her driver's test so there was celebrating in the form of bacon cheeseburgers and peanut butter cup custard. I had the cheeseburger, skipped the custard. It sure looked really good though. Today I spent time getting my auto insurance modified to put my daughter on it. I was reading a whole host of studies on PubMed about blood glucose and berberine. Turns out berberine (extracted from roots of certain plants) has been used since about 3000 BC in eastern medicine for a wide variety of ailments, performs almost as good as Metformin at reducing blood sugar for Type 2 diabetics without the side effects of Metformin. Plus, it also lowered blood pressure and cholesterol in studies over the last 10 years. All that makes sense if it increases insulin sensitivity. Additionally, it's been shown to stunt neuropathy, which Metformin does not do. You can get it at just about any vitamin store. The thing that really got my attention was how well it lowered blood glucose in the morning, my Achilles heel. Literally hundreds of studies on the stuff. I might have to buy some and give it a try. I know, I know, I said I don't want to take medication for my diabetes. But, this seems like an n=1 experiment that is right up my alley. Also, I need to get some exercise today.
  27. DJtrippyT

    Sloth gets some miles in

    I can't believe I have to come all the way over here to tell you you're awesome and those glasses are not dorky. Well, maybe a little, but in the cute way. WHAAAAAAAAAT HOW DID I MISS THEM
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