A dreamer's journey to reconnect to the body

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      Take care of your knees though! I'm not entirely sure if running on hill was the reason or not, but I haven't had knee pain during running ever since I'm back to my super flat hometown.


        Fri Aug 16:

        - Classic warmup
        - 1.2 mile jog on dirt path with light walk warmup
        - 2 uphill sprints at the end

        Made some leads past couple days on apartment hunting for Sept 1st; deadline coming up fast.

        When running today I imagined different plants on the dirt path giving certain healing properties as I passed them. Japanese knotweed is prevalent (invasive) and I imagined it giving agility restoration to joints. Later on I passed hibiscus-looking flowers and imagined those as full-heal points. This imagination play is easier on dirt/grass/wooded paths for me but really made the whole mile pass very quickly. I decided eye contact with the plant and some kind of identification was enough to absorb its benefits.

        The two sprints at the end felt great again; once again felt like flying *almost* felt too fast. While jogging I imagine my sprint meter building up for the last 2 hills. I think I may adjust my jogging/running/sprinting goals to be fewer days a week. Also have been skipping days of fitness as I apartment search =| Not getting discouraged by it because it's objectively stressful but also don't want a new habit of slacking to show up during my transition.

        Mianevem interestingly the uphill stuff feels much easier on my knees than downhill. My jogging path is flat with a few small hills and tree roots to dodge. Definitely playing it cautiously because I can't let my knees zonk out before moving.

        Song of the day is Museum by Alana Henderson:


          Good luck with the hunt.


            Originally posted by oneironaut View Post
            interestingly the uphill stuff feels much easier on my knees than downhill.
            Hm, yes, it could be that it was always the way back from the top of the hill that was too hard on my knees.

            Good luck with the move!


              Sun Aug 18:

              - Classic warmup to wakeup
              - nap (oops)

              - Classic warmup
              - 5 min walk warmup
              - 1.2 mile jog (~20 min)
              - 2 uphill sprints full speed

              I've realized my calorie and protein intake are at crisis levels (way too low). Anxiety has my appetite on vacation.

              Today I tracked some meals and started a spreadsheet for when and how much to eat.


              - Chili with corn bread + a little cheese (~20 grams protein, 500 cal?)
              - Ramen with two eggs (~20 grams protein, ~500 cal)
              - 1 cup milk (7g protein, 130 cal)
              - added: Smoothie with 1.5 frozen bananas, blueberries, yogurt, peanut butter, milk

              Hopefully will pack some more calories in tonight. Oddly enough eating more felt like it helped me feel "the burn" while jogging tonight more in my calves. Not sure what that means but eating more makes me feel better.

              My shoulder has been hurting with slight tingly in my pinky finger on the right side. Been about a week probably need to see the doc but keep hoping it just heals up (not sure what i did to it).

              NEW DIET TRACKING SETUP: https://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/di...ate=2019-08-18


                Mon Aug 19:

                - Smoothie with 1 frozen banana, 2 tbsp peanut butter, 2 tbsp greek yogurt, and some milk (est 20g protein)
                - Applied to new job that is extremely exciting
                - Ramen + frozen broccoli cooked in the noodle juice (14g protein ?)

                Shoulder still weird, but knees are both great.

                - Picked up key to new apartment.
                - Super burrito w/ pork & cheese (950 cal, 54g protein) woo
                - GF vegan peach pie slice
                - handful of sunflower seeds & peanuts

                NEW DIET TRACKING SETUP: https://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/di...ate=2019-08-19


                  Tue Aug 20:

                  - Smoothie: 1.5 frozen bananas, 3tbsp peanut butter, 1 cup greek yogurt, whole milk (30g protein like 500+ cal)
                  -- ^ afternoon observation: while I CAN make smoothies like this I totally crashed and needed a nap so maybe ~half this next time
                  - Chili + lentils + rice left over all mixed together (no cheese on purpose) (25g protein 400 cal?)

                  - 4 sets of 12-15 bent over rear-delt lateral with two bottles of hot sauce (<2lbs)
                  -- https://youtu.be/7O2Jqi-LhEI?t=237

                  - granola bar (4g protein, 190 cal)

                  - 0.5 mile walk to jog start
                  - 1.3 mile jog
                  - 2 uphill sprints

                  - ramen + 1cup frozen brocoli
                  - smoothie: 1.5 bananas, greek yogurt, low fat coconut milk, peanut butter (aimed for something less deadly than the morning shake)

                  Picked up a foam roller and yoga mat from the curb while out running. Psyched about the roller.

                  NEW DIET TRACKING SETUP: https://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/di...ate=2019-08-20


                    Originally posted by oneironaut View Post
                    - Smoothie: 1.5 frozen bananas, 3tbsp peanut butter, 1 cup greek yogurt, whole milk


                      Wed Aug 21:

                      - No sleep yikes
                      - Banana (1g protein, 105 cal)
                      - Nap from 7-10
                      - Phone call with new gym near new apartment; 7-day trial pass waiting for activation. They said on the phone they don't have a hanging punching bag but probably have something I can use as a kicking target (floor mounted punching bag maybe?) I want something safe to kick for fighter's codex and other kick practice. I've never been to a gym before but can barely wait to get over there.

                      - Tuscan style white bean progresso soup (14g protein, 260 cal)

                      - First cup of coffee (in the big time) in a while

                      I can see through spacetime. Coffee is incredible when you don't drink it all the time.

                      Spiritual being awakening kundalini witnessed by the cosmic consciousness

                      - Ramen w/ broccoli
                      - Banana greek yogurt peanut butter smoothie
                      - Lentils & rice w/ corn and other misc veggies + bbq sauce & Parmesan

                      NEW DIET TRACKING SETUP: https://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/di...ate=2019-08-21

                      From now on I can spare the diet details and link to http://myfitnesspal.com for tracking. Here are a couple cool charts:

                      Bar chart showing calories consumed per day
                      Bar chart showing grams of protein consumed per day


                        Bananas are good




                            Thur Aug 22:

                            - Classic warmup (4 min)
                            - Walk to traihead
                            - 1.3 mile jog
                            - 2 uphill sprints full bore

                            Jogging every other day has been keeping my knees highly functional vs 5x a week. I also only run on dirt (except for sprints). I'm looking forward to being done with moving and establishing the normal routine with actual workouts again.

                            Food: https://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/di...ate=2019-08-22

                            Good stress levels high; got some promising job hunting follow ups done today. Eating enough is still hard but I'm proud of this Calorie graph (I feel even better with the daily diet auditing):

                            Calories consumed bar graph


                              Loving the charts


                                Friday Aug 23:

                                - Had coffee again this morning; have a LOT of moving stuff to do and being able to see through time and excuses should help

                                Food: https://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/di...ate=2019-08-23

                                This song resonating with me today (Blind Melon - Change):

                                And when you feel life ain't worth living
                                You've got to stand up, and
                                take a look around ya', look up way to the sky
                                And when your deepest thoughts are broken
                                Keep on dreamin' boy, 'cause when you stop dreamin' it's time to die