Training logs of a Dust Bunny Warrior

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    Training logs of a Dust Bunny Warrior

    Hello World

    Today the battle training plan commences. This will be the "summer of self-improvement", or so I've been telling myself the past few days while I built my battle plan. You see, at the start of the week, The Seniors paid a visit to my dwelling and felt the need to pass on their displeasure at the quantity of dust bunnies residing therein. They expressed concern for my weight and health and that I may require assistance to care for my younglings in light of the fact I seemed incapable of keeping the laundry mound from making it's own way down the stairs. These comments stung like barbs in my flesh. Especially in light of the fact I used to receive coins in exchange for cleaning a much larger residence.
    When exactly had I got to the stage where cleaning the washroom required several hours of recovery? No, not a point worth dwelling on.

    I had already been half-heartly completing the Foundation Lite training set by Lead Warrior Trainer Darebee but I was not sticking to the rest times and often forgot to finish that day's exercises. After much consultation with the Boards of Wisdom I have switched to the <Totals> training plan as this was more designed to be spread out over the day. As time passes and I become more accustomed to waking early enough to exercise before my younglings take over my demands I shall be able to complete a training routine that requires longer stretches of focused time commitment.

    I am aware that if weight loss where a slice of chocolate cake, the exercise would be the frosting on top with the actual cake being my nutrition. As such I have sought assistance from the tribe of WW who have agreed to grant me membership and watch over what I consume for the next few months until I feel more confident in undertaking such tasks without assistance.

    Of course, part of my motivation is proving to The Seniors that I can take care of my dwelling and my younglings, and to the Lady Kay that I do not need to save for surgery to remove my weight. A much larger part is the desire to reverse some of the health implications that allowing my body to fall into ill-repair has brought such as the heart palpations, sore hips and knees, and the lack of energy. With 3 energetic younglings to look after I would be deeply saddened if I continued to be unable to play with them as much as they wish and take them on long outdoor adventures as they request.

    Therefore, in order to do battle with the dust bunnies of my dwelling, battle with my mental state which prevents me from battling those dust bunnies, and battle with those who seek to tear me down I have devised the following training plan to begin:

    * Set first alarm for 6:30. Try to be awake by 7:30 and out of bed by 8am.
    * Wash face every morning.
    * Complete <Totals> workout for the day.
    * Complete 10 minute daily battle against the dust bunnies.
    * Eat at least 1 fruit and 1 vegetable per day.
    * Floss teeth every evening.

    Gradually I plan to build on this plan, however as a place to start I feel it adequate.

    #2
    Hello and welcome fellow bunny! Power to you!

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      #3
      Welcome and GOOD Luck battling those dust bunnies!🤣🤧. As a Senior, myself, I struggle keeping them at bay, so I admire any of the younger generation who attempts to wage war with them

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        #4
        Welcome

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          #5
          Welcome! Sounds like a solid plan, keep on it and you'll get to your goals

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            #6
            Thank you all for the kind and warm welcome.

            I have just completed day 3 of the <Totals> training plan. It seems that in the time that has passed since my youth my body has forgotten how to do a full push-up without becoming stuck to the ground so these were achieved from my knees today. I am proud of my progress nevertheless, particularly today when it seems like my body is trying to sabotage itself.

            After my initial log, I intended to return promptly to update on that day's achievements, alas time ran away from me as it so often does. Yesterday I ventured out to the local covered market for the first time in many months, unfortunately, I seemed to choose a time when the rains also decided to visit and the noise on the metal roof caused a panic attack which was later replicated by the noise of a further thunderstorm outside my study window. Despite this, I have so far managed to keep up most of the habits I am working on this month.

            My aim to wake up early is proving to be more challenging than anticipated. This morning I awoke at 4am. After struggling to return to slumber I ended up working for a few hours before returning to my rest chamber. Unfortunately by that time my younglings had arisen and were requiring some attention. I did manage to stay horizontal until 10 am but I do not feel rested. I have managed to achieve my daily work quota but I feel I shall be sleeping earlier than planned tonight if I can stay awake until that appointed hour...

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              #7
              Welcome. I like the way you write, it's very engaging. Good luck fighting those dust bunnies

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                #8
                As I ponder my goal list I cannot help but wonder if perhaps The Seniors were right about my laziness. For you see the only thing I have managed every day has been to floss my teeth each evening... I have missed at least one day of everything else. Still, it's early days and hopefully, before too long I'll be keeping up with it all.

                I'm having considerable difficulty with leaving my rest chamber before 8 am. In part, no doubt, due to my younglings who do not quite agree with their father and me on when rest time should commence. Our eldest in particular is quite vocal about his opinion on the subject and it has led to many a late night in the past week as he keeps the other awake with his wailing and general ruckus.

                I'm sorry to say I did miss one day of my Totals training program, though I managed to continue it the day after. You see I completed my first 10 sit-ups and felt so overwhelmed that I couldn't face returning to them never mind the other exercises required of me on that day. However, I bolstered myself and the next day was able to complete all the exercises prescribed for the day and have not missed a day since. I am hopeful that this will be the only blip with this part of my training but having looked ahead on the program I am not too hopeful, it would seem I have some challenging days ahead.

                I hope all you lovely readers are well and I look forward to updating you once again a few days hence.

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                  #9
                  Keep it up, you can conquer everything!

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                    #10
                    One day at time

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                      #11
                      Alas, a mere 9 days into my training and I fear I must restart. While I have only missed one day of flossing all other tasks I have missed two or more days in a row.

                      As time has gone on with the Totals training program I have been challenged more and more by it which would be a good thing if it wasn't leading to my need to split the exercises up into so many sets throughout the day that it becomes a logistical challenge to fit them all in. This is the point I have failed at for the last 3 days; attempting to complete my household tasks, my employment tasks plus my usual caregiver tasks with my younglings has taken up so much of my day that fitting in several small sets of challenging exercises (especially those that required a clear floor space) became, well, overwhelming.

                      I shall be honest, I do not know quite where to go from here. I have so far failed to establish a morning routine that would allow for exercising then and once my younglings are underfoot doing anything without multiple interruptions is challenging.

                      Night has fallen here so I shall retire to my rest chamber and hope that the morning light shall illuminate a suitable answer.

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                        #12
                        A few minutes a day is better than nothing. Some of the programs are designed to be shorter, like 10, which is supposed to take 10 minutes each day, or maybe just do one of the challenges, which tend to be shorter as well. If you have more time you can add the exercise of the day anytime; they usually take 1-3 minutes. Hang in there; don't be afraid of trail & error; and know that we are here to cheer you on!

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                          #13
                          I appreciate your kind words Mamatigerj.
                          I opted to take yesterday and today as days of rest and simply not concern myself too much with my goals. I did walk the younglings to the local duck pond this morning before the sun grew to hot for us to venture far from shade, they have requested a repeat adventure tomorrow and I shall certainly make the attempt. At some point this evening in between work endeavors and rest time routines (please let the younglings embrace slumber at a reasonable time this night!) I shall contemplate a plan re-think so that I may continue my quest.

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                            #14
                            Rest and regroup, always a good strategy in such circumstances. Best of luck

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                              #15
                              My younglings are all slumbering, several hours earlier than we have managed to settle them on previous evenings recently so I am anticipating a good rest for us all tonight. If this continues I should be more able to wake early and get my exercise time out of the way before the younglings begin demanding my attention. While the TOTALS training program proved a challenge that stopped me in tracks, the Foundation Lite program was easier but my commitment to finishing as prescribed every day was lacking.
                              After some pondering time, I have made the decision to return to the beginning of Foundation Lite and work through it as written with the prescribed rests instead of the extended ones that had slipped in when I wasn't as focused. I shall continue to tackle the other goals on my list and let them slowly fall in place but hopefully, this change will assist me in continuing in this area.

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