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  1. Simms added a post in a topic The mountains are calling...   

    Day #33 - Friday
    So much for delegating... the pile grew. Much work to be done. But that's Sunday's problem.
    Speaking of Sunday's problem, I don't think I realistically have time to reflect on my journey so far. This is further compounded by friends being here tomorrow all day and evening which likely means my Saturday journal entry will be missed/deferred until Sunday. Trying not to stress that too much.
    Going to enjoy the day skiing and not think about work. Using it as a true reset.
    Gratitude journal
    Great lunch today brought in for our busy time. Many different curries to try.
    GF for tidying up the whole house! Can take 5 instead of running around like a madman now that I'm home.
    One amazing thing that happened/I did today
    Bought groceries!
    Workout/run
    Rest dayReading + taking notes
    Nada
    What went well today:
    Another solid workday.
    What I could have done to make my day better:
    Slept better last night...- Theme of my life. =p
    Misc thoughts and plans:
    Less mindless surfing today and most of the week. It helps that I'm so sick of American politics and it invades every corner of twitter, google news, instagram... there's no escape.
    Plan of action for Sunday: **Deferred one week, aim is now to have a roughly 1/2 way mark check-in** Re-read old journal posts... time to reflect.
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    Weekly Goal(s) - Monday start
    Climb 2x, Stronglifts 3x - So far 2x stronglifts 1xclimb
    Journal daily - So far, so good.
    Track mood daily at least twice on Daylio: So far - 23 day streak - Back to feeling good.
    Monthly Goal
    Information gathering on buying a mountain bike. - Visit the bike shops in town. Friends gonna let me know when the first Demo days start up.
    Use Training for the New Alpinism to assist in shaping training plan. Got the book on my nightstand.  It's screaming to be used.
    NEW - Work hard to the end of April. - Be proud of what I've accomplished.
    3 Month Goal
    Top-rope a 5.12a successfully on the tall wall. Found a suitable project Sunday... will it be up long enough. /sigh
    NEW - Be in excellent condition for June mountain trip.
    Climb 1x technical, 1x non-technical 11,000er in the Canadian Rockies. May need to bump part of this out to 6 months.
    Outline novel. Chunking this. Creating manageable pieces relating to it in my weekly goals. - May need to evaluate if novel work is realistic with work and physical committments.
    Do an editing pass of one of my shorts. Dropping these two as not in line with my current goals and commitment level. To revisit later.
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  2. Simms added a post in a topic The mountains are calling...   

    Day #32 - Thursday
    I am in a world of hurt at work. - The pile I was waiting for has all come together and the mountain is gigantic. - Made some headway today... Tomorrow will be organization and delegating. - Delegating more a game of "hot potato" as I try to get things as complete as possible and pass them along for comments. Eep.
    Did a baseball draft at work today. - I don't follow the sport at all, but I did some stats research and came up with a picks list I followed fairly closely using my hockey draft strategy. Time will tell how it turns out, but based on the "metrics" I came up with, my team should be pretty strong. I'm excited to have a reason to follow the game this year!
    My Oilers were awful tonight. But Colorado more resembles an AHL team than a NHL and they came back from multiple 2 goal deficits to win 7-4. Looks more like a football score, but we'll take it.
    Not sleeping well continues. - Really hope things go better tonight.
    Gratitude journal
    The organizer of our baseball draft! Great enthusiasm - fun time for all involved.
    One amazing thing that happened/I did today
    Worked like a madman. - The motivation continues.
    Workout/run
    Squat 5x5 - 175
    OHP 5x5 - 100
    Deadlift 1x5 - 195
    Reading + taking notes
    Nada
    What went well today:
    Fun draft - packed lunch - got into work pretty early.
    What I could have done to make my day better:
    Slept better last night...
    Misc thoughts and plans:
    Haven't even been looking at my monthly and 3-month goals. Need to think about that when I'm mindlessly surfing. I'm running out of time each day and that time I'm wasting could be used to read this and contemplate.
    Plan of action for Sunday: Re-read old journal posts... time to reflect.
    ******************************************************************************************************************
    Weekly Goal(s) - Monday start
    Climb 2x, Stronglifts 3x - So far 2x stronglifts 1xclimb
    Journal daily - So far, so good.
    Track mood daily at least twice on Daylio: So far - 22 day streak - Back to feeling good.
    Monthly Goal
    Information gathering on buying a mountain bike. - Visit the bike shops in town. Friends gonna let me know when the first Demo days start up.
    Use Training for the New Alpinism to assist in shaping training plan. Got the book on my nightstand.  It's screaming to be used.
    NEW - Work hard to the end of April. - Be proud of what I've accomplished.
    3 Month Goal
    Top-rope a 5.12a successfully on the tall wall. Found a suitable project Sunday... will it be up long enough. /sigh
    NEW - Be in excellent condition for June mountain trip.
    Climb 1x technical, 1x non-technical 11,000er in the Canadian Rockies. May need to bump part of this out to 6 months.
    Outline novel. Chunking this. Creating manageable pieces relating to it in my weekly goals. - May need to evaluate if novel work is realistic with work and physical committments.
    Do an editing pass of one of my shorts. Dropping these two as not in line with my current goals and commitment level. To revisit later.
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  3. Simms added a post in a topic LilX Journal.   

    Nice to see you keeping accountable to your goals! I like the way you're breaking them down into specific challenges.
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  4. Simms added a post in a topic Mhyrions journey   

    Great job being mindful of where your mental state was at and taking the extra time to sleep. That's been such a positive change in my life, to take a few extra hours when I need them to recharge. Amazing what kind of day you can have when you're intentional about being properly rested.
    Sounds like some challenging relationship circumstances. Sending positive wishes your way, hope everything goes well for you both moving forward!
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  5. Simms added a post in a topic The Warrior's Infinite Opus   

     
    What kind of movement are you doing that the 10kg dumbbells are giving you trouble with? I feel like you should be able to handle the squat, stiff legged deads, lying press, and bent over rows with that weight.
    Lying flies, overhead press, lateral raise, bicep curls, lying tricep extensions, and the abdominal crunches are going to be killer at that weight. I've trained for years on and off and still really only use 5kg for flies, raises, and extensions.   You can work the overhead press and curls up, but some of those other movements just have too much physics working against you. =p
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  6. Simms added a post in a topic The mountains are calling...   

    Day #31 - Wednesday
    Had a great day today. Was a little late getting out of bed, but didn't beat myself up about it. I think that mentally helped me as the day went on. - I knew I was going to work late, so starting a little later in the day wasn't anything to stress over.
    Went for a great climb with my GF over lunch. I've been meaning to try and work a route more than once to see improvement in one session. It's harder to do when the gym is busy because it feels like you're monopolizing a whole section of the wall when you climb the same route over and over again. There's no pressure when climbing in the afternoon because the gym's so quiet. I love the flexibility I have in my new workplace - even when it's crazy busy right now and I just put in 10+ hours of billable time, it's no problem to step out for 2 hours in the middle of the day.  It's the best sanity change from Big4 accounting ever.
    Afternoon into evening work was solid. No mindless surfing - For @Schwing again, when I think mindless surfing it's usually google news, into looking at my local newspapers websites, just looking for distractions to try and coast for a while. I like your idea of being intentional when you get online. - Deciding which websites to visit and having a reason for every link visited. I've had similar thoughts. - It's hard to stay committed to.
    Gaming feels like a distant bell for the most part. - My friend that's coming to ski this weekend is still a big gamer. - He sent me the link to his stream so I could watch him raid in WoW. - I played WoW back at release... and one of the guys from my original guild is still playing. The two of them play together now. It blows my mind that the guy has been playing WoW for 13 years... and not in a good way. My friend and I have enough interests in common between skiing, hockey, and fitness that I don't think the gaming side will be an issue. It's mostly a potential trigger to be aware of.
    Gratitude journal
    Partners for beer-o-clock tonight! - As the nights get longer to get the work done during out busiest time of year, as we wind down the day a craft beer gets cracked and shared out between the soldiers who made it late into the evening. Tonight was Neopolitan Stout! It was one of the better stouts I've had. =D
    One amazing thing that happened/I did today
    Red-pointed a hard 5.11a after three consecutive burns. Made progress, discussed the difficult moves with my GF - made more progress, and then got it! Usually I just climb whatever different routes until I'm too tired to hold onto anything. Today's session was intentional and felt like tangible improvement in process.
    Workout/run
    Climbing, around 2 hours.Reading + taking notes
    Read EY's Canadian budget summary... amazing how such a gigantic document can contain essentially no changes.
    What went well today:
    Climbing, work, feeling good.
    What I could have done to make my day better:
    Packed more good.
    Misc thoughts and plans:
    Haven't even been looking at my monthly and 3-month goals. Need to think about that when I'm mindlessly surfing. I'm running out of time each day and that time I'm wasting could be used to read this and contemplate.
    Plan of action for Sunday: Re-read old journal posts... time to reflect.
    ******************************************************************************************************************
    Weekly Goal(s) - Monday start
    Climb 2x, Stronglifts 3x - So far 1x stronglifts 1xclimb
    Journal daily - So far, so good.
    Track mood daily at least twice on Daylio: So far - 21 day streak - Back to feeling good.
    Monthly Goal
    Information gathering on buying a mountain bike. - Visit the bike shops in town. Friends gonna let me know when the first Demo days start up.
    Use Training for the New Alpinism to assist in shaping training plan. Got the book on my nightstand.  It's screaming to be used.
    NEW - Work hard to the end of April. - Be proud of what I've accomplished.
    3 Month Goal
    Top-rope a 5.12a successfully on the tall wall. Found a suitable project Sunday... will it be up long enough. /sigh
    NEW - Be in excellent condition for June mountain trip.
    Climb 1x technical, 1x non-technical 11,000er in the Canadian Rockies. May need to bump part of this out to 6 months.
    Outline novel. Chunking this. Creating manageable pieces relating to it in my weekly goals. - May need to evaluate if novel work is realistic with work and physical committments.
    Do an editing pass of one of my shorts. Dropping these two as not in line with my current goals and commitment level. To revisit later.
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  7. Simms added a post in a topic The mountains are calling...   

    Day #30 - Tuesday
    1/3 of the way through this detox. Amazing progress so far. - Rough it's the busiest time of the year at work. I'm enjoying the challenge for the most part.
    For @Schwing, when I say "detail work" I mean the fussy difficult details in a report. I can throw together a 20 page report inside 2 hours. But making sure all the embedded excel cells are the right size, the dollar signs are perfectly aligned, capitalization of every account is correct. Those are the detail pieces down below the broad strokes that I struggle with. It frustrates me to fail at it over and over again. But seeing a finished product with all of these things properly taken care of, and the quality that inspires has helped motivate me to be better.
    Work went well. very little wasted time on mindless surfing. - Boxing was exhausting today. Both me and the GF are feeling run down so we took the afternoon off climbing.
    Gratitude journal
    GF for pushing to get our taxes done. All filed and out the door.
    One amazing thing that happened/I did today
    Filed the yearly T1. =p
    Workout/run
    Boxing class!Reading + taking notes
    Nada
    What went well today:
    Boxing - Chatting, playing with the dogs.
    What I could have done to make my day better:
    Gone for a walk when I was struggling in my head.
    Misc thoughts and plans:
    Made a good showing of a day that could have gone off the rails... agaiN! Keep it up through the week!
    Haven't even been looking at my monthly and 3-month goals. Need to think about that when I'm mindlessly surfing. I'm running out of time each day and that time I'm wasting could be used to read this and contemplate.
    Plan of action for Sunday: Re-read old journal posts... time to reflect.
    ******************************************************************************************************************
    Weekly Goal(s) - Monday start
    Climb 2x, Stronglifts 3x - So far 1x stronglifts
    Journal daily - So far, so good.
    Track mood daily at least twice on Daylio: So far - 20 day streak - Back to feeling good.
    Monthly Goal
    Information gathering on buying a mountain bike. - Visit the bike shops in town. Friends gonna let me know when the first Demo days start up.
    Use Training for the New Alpinism to assist in shaping training plan. Got the book on my nightstand.  It's screaming to be used.
    NEW - Work hard to the end of April. - Be proud of what I've accomplished.
    3 Month Goal
    Top-rope a 5.12a successfully on the tall wall. Found a suitable project Sunday... will it be up long enough. /sigh
    NEW - Be in excellent condition for June mountain trip.
    Climb 1x technical, 1x non-technical 11,000er in the Canadian Rockies. May need to bump part of this out to 6 months.
    Outline novel. Chunking this. Creating manageable pieces relating to it in my weekly goals. - May need to evaluate if novel work is realistic with work and physical committments.
    Do an editing pass of one of my shorts. Dropping these two as not in line with my current goals and commitment level. To revisit later.
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  8. Simms added a post in a topic The mountains are calling...   

    Day #29 - Monday
    Worked a long day, felt pretty good.
    Some mindless surfing when I got home. Not so good.
    Read about some climbing drama... the prince and princess of Colorado climbing got divorced and they've been subtly jabbing at each other through social media... until today when the prince went way overboard. Full expose airing all their dirty laundry coming soon on climbing.com via James Lucas? So fascinating. So much pain. Would not want to go through a messy breakup in the social media age.
    Was thinking about how I take things to the next level. Work and Working out have been good. But they're nothing new. - I think using the rest of the 90 day detox to stabilize those good influences is a strong idea, then working on the remaining bad habits that are creeping in to occupy newfound free time. Feels like the 80/20 rule... I've done 80% by eliminating videogames and focusing on healthy areas of my life, but it'll take at least as much work to stamp out the 20% that needs the detail work... and that's my biggest weakness, the fine detail work.
     
    Gratitude journal
    The partner I've been doing a lot of new work for. Her commitment to being flexible with learning styles and being patient with my broad strokes view of completing work when she's super detail oriented has made me want to step up my detail work.
    One amazing thing that happened/I did today
    Got a lot of work complete when I thought I was going to get super stressed out this afternoon. Managed to reign it in and refocus... calmed the waters.
    Workout/run
    Squats 5x5 - 170
    Bench 5x5 - 135
    Bent Row 5x5 - 130
    Reading + taking notes
    Nada
    What went well today:
    Work, workout.
    What I could have done to make my day better:
    Got chores done earlier. - No mindless surfing.
    Misc thoughts and plans:
    Made a good showing of a day that could have gone off the rails. Keep it up through the week!
    Haven't even been looking at my monthly and 3-month goals. Need to think about that when I'm mindlessly surfing. I'm running out of time each day and that time I'm wasting could be used to read this and contemplate.
    Re-read old journal posts... coming up on 30 days, time to reflect.
    ******************************************************************************************************************
    Weekly Goal(s) - Monday start
    Climb 2x, Stronglifts 3x - So far 1x stronglifts
    Journal daily - So far, so good.
    Track mood daily at least twice on Daylio: So far - 19 day streak - Back to feeling good.
    Monthly Goal
    Information gathering on buying a mountain bike. - Visit the bike shops in town. Friends gonna let me know when the first Demo days start up.
    Use Training for the New Alpinism to assist in shaping training plan. Got the book on my nightstand.  It's screaming to be used.
    NEW - Work hard to the end of April. - Be proud of what I've accomplished.
    3 Month Goal
    Top-rope a 5.12a successfully on the tall wall. Found a suitable project Sunday... will it be up long enough. /sigh
    NEW - Be in excellent condition for June mountain trip.
    Climb 1x technical, 1x non-technical 11,000er in the Canadian Rockies. May need to bump part of this out to 6 months.
    Outline novel. Chunking this. Creating manageable pieces relating to it in my weekly goals. - May need to evaluate if novel work is realistic with work and physical committments.
    Do an editing pass of one of my shorts. Dropping these two as not in line with my current goals and commitment level. To revisit later.
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  9. Simms added a post in a topic The mountains are calling...   

    Day #28 - Sunday
    Another very quick post. - Had some drinks last night while watching the game and I feel terrible today. - May be time to just cut it out of my life again too. Not worth the physiological pain the next day. Feel sick.
    Wasted most of the day watching The Expanse, then youtube. Not a great day.
    Climbing went well this evening. Managed to redpoint a 5.11c.
    Thus ends one helluva week. More of a whimper than a bang, but on reflection, accomplished all my personal goals.
    Monday - Stronglifts - Check
    Tuesday - Boxing - Climbing - Check and Check. - Hardest day of the week right here
    Wednesday - Stronglifts Check
    Thursday - Climbing Check
    Friday - Stronglifts Check
    Saturday - Rest Check
    Sunday - Climb Check
    Gratitude journal
    Climbing for being amazing.
    One amazing thing that happened/I did today
    Redpointed the hardest route I've achieved so far since getting back into shape / quitting gaming.
    Workout/run
    Climbing - 2.5 hours.Reading + taking notes
    Nada
    What went well today:
    Relaxing, watching The Expanse. Climbing, getting grocery shopping done.
    What I could have done to make my day better:
    Made lunch for tomorrow. - Come up with an action plan for next week. - Going to follow the same as this, but need to be cognizant of friends coming for the weekend.
    Misc thoughts and plans:
    Wasted too much of the weekend.******************************************************************************************************************
    Weekly Goal(s) - Monday start
    Climb 2x, Stronglifts 3x - So far 3x stronglifts - 3x climb - I've managed to achieve and exceed this goal every week so far. - Feels good.
    Journal daily - So far, so good.
    Track mood daily at least twice on Daylio: So far - 17 day streak - Back to feeling good.
    Monthly Goal
    Information gathering on buying a mountain bike. - Visit the bike shops in town. Friends gonna let me know when the first Demo days start up.
    Use Training for the New Alpinism to assist in shaping training plan. Got the book on my nightstand.  It's screaming to be used.
    NEW - Work hard to the end of April. - Be proud of what I've accomplished.
    3 Month Goal
    Top-rope a 5.12a successfully on the tall wall. Found a suitable project Sunday... will it be up long enough. /sigh
    NEW - Be in excellent condition for June mountain trip.
    Climb 1x technical, 1x non-technical 11,000er in the Canadian Rockies. May need to bump part of this out to 6 months.
    Outline novel. Chunking this. Creating manageable pieces relating to it in my weekly goals. - May need to evaluate if novel work is realistic with work and physical committments.
    Do an editing pass of one of my shorts. Dropping these two as not in line with my current goals and commitment level. To revisit later.
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  10. Simms added a post in a topic The mountains are calling...   

    Day #27 - Saturday
    Very quick post. - Rest day - Did blessedly little. Watched a lot of TV. Felt good for doing well through a tough week.
    Played with a friends new puppy! Yayyyy puppies are the greatest.
     
    Monday - Stronglifts - Check
    Tuesday - Boxing - Climbing - Check and Check. - Hardest day of the week right here
    Wednesday - Stronglifts Check
    Thursday - Climbing Check
    Friday - Stronglifts Check
    Saturday - Rest Check
    Sunday - Climb
    Gratitude journal
    Puppies. For being boundless balls of energy and joy.
    One amazing thing that happened/I did today
    Played with a puppy.
    Workout/run
    Rest day!Reading + taking notes
    Nada
    What went well today:
    Relaxing, watching The Expanse. Watching Hockey.
    What I could have done to make my day better:
    Could have gone to work. Maybe tomorrow.
    Misc thoughts and plans:
    Figure out something to do when I'm feeling bored... I hear Cam has some resources. - Look into it. - Keeping this here until I do it...
    Crossfit looks more and more like it might be something I'd have fun doing... When my total was above 800 it was so trendy to make fun of Crossfit, I've never considered actually doing it... adding tracking and competition to weightlifting... it's all things I like doing.
    ******************************************************************************************************************
    Weekly Goal(s) - Monday start
    Climb 2x, Stronglifts 3x - So far 3x stronglifts - 2x climb **First time I'm done my goal for the week by Friday!!**
    Journal daily - So far, so good.
    Track mood daily at least twice on Daylio: So far - 16 day streak - Back to feeling good.
    Monthly Goal
    Information gathering on buying a mountain bike. - Visit the bike shops in town. Friends gonna let me know when the first Demo days start up.
    Use Training for the New Alpinism to assist in shaping training plan. Got the book on my nightstand.  It's screaming to be used.
    NEW - Work hard to the end of April. - Be proud of what I've accomplished.
    3 Month Goal
    Top-rope a 5.12a successfully on the tall wall. Found a suitable project Sunday... will it be up long enough. /sigh
    NEW - Be in excellent condition for June mountain trip.
    Climb 1x technical, 1x non-technical 11,000er in the Canadian Rockies. May need to bump part of this out to 6 months.
    Outline novel. Chunking this. Creating manageable pieces relating to it in my weekly goals. - May need to evaluate if novel work is realistic with work and physical committments.
    Do an editing pass of one of my shorts. Dropping these two as not in line with my current goals and commitment level. To revisit later.
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  11. Simms added a post in a topic The Journey Within   

    Print this off. Put it in your wallet, the dash of your car, in the pocket of a favorite jacket, everywhere. - Use your passion to power you through those moments of doubt.
     
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  12. Simms added a post in a topic The mountains are calling...   

    Day #26 - Friday
    Made it through a difficult week.  Had a super strong day at work today. - Going to get in tomorrow and get a headstart on next week! Feels good to be on the brink of being ahead of the game.  The Sunday planning for the week paid off big-time.
    @Mhyrion and @Shine Magical provided a great conversation starter above for talking to my GF about journaling and what kind of support I want to ask for. I really appreciate hearing how their significant others are handling their journeys. From the reading I've done in @d1rtydeedz's journal, his wife is supportive, if a little confused by the issue. That's where I feel I'm at. My social circle is smaller than it was when I was younger, part of that being spending most of my time with my GF. - Making her an adversary in this is not good for either of us.
    Need to get the house in order for my folks coming to visit briefly tomorrow. - After, going to enjoy a well deserved beer, watch an episode of The Expanse and head to bed!
     
    Monday - Stronglifts - Check
    Tuesday - Boxing - Climbing - Check and Check. - Hardest day of the week right here
    Wednesday - Stronglifts Check
    Thursday - Climbing Check
    Friday - Stronglifts Check
    Saturday - Rest
    Sunday - Climb
    Gratitude journal
    The world for a beautiful, crisp, sunny day today!
    One amazing thing that happened/I did today
    Realized I'd crushed my weekly goal. - So often it's easy to come up with a plan late on a "Sunday" for the week ahead... and when Monday hits, throw it all away. - Building good on top of good.
    Workout/run
    Squat 5x5 - 160
    OHP 5x5 - 95
    Deadlift 1x5 - 185
    Reading + taking notes
    Listened to 2 chapters of Words of Radiance
    What went well today:
    Work!
    What I could have done to make my day better:
    Gotten the chores out of the way earlier.
    Misc thoughts and plans:
    Figure out something to do when I'm feeling bored... I hear Cam has some resources. - Look into it. - Keeping this here until I do it...
    Crossfit looks more and more like it might be something I'd have fun doing... When my total was above 800 it was so trendy to make fun of Crossfit, I've never considered actually doing it... adding tracking and competition to weightlifting... it's all things I like doing.
    ******************************************************************************************************************
    Weekly Goal(s) - Monday start
    Climb 2x, Stronglifts 3x - So far 3x stronglifts - 2x climb **First time I'm done my goal for the week by Friday!!**
    Journal daily - So far, so good.
    Track mood daily at least twice on Daylio: So far - 16 day streak - Back to feeling good.
    Monthly Goal
    Information gathering on buying a mountain bike. - Visit the bike shops in town. Friends gonna let me know when the first Demo days start up.
    Use Training for the New Alpinism to assist in shaping training plan. Got the book on my nightstand.  It's screaming to be used.
    NEW - Work hard to the end of April. - Be proud of what I've accomplished.
    3 Month Goal
    Top-rope a 5.12a successfully on the tall wall. Found a suitable project Sunday... will it be up long enough. /sigh
    NEW - Be in excellent condition for June mountain trip.
    Climb 1x technical, 1x non-technical 11,000er in the Canadian Rockies. May need to bump part of this out to 6 months.
    Outline novel. Chunking this. Creating manageable pieces relating to it in my weekly goals. - May need to evaluate if novel work is realistic with work and physical committments.
    Do an editing pass of one of my shorts. Dropping these two as not in line with my current goals and commitment level. To revisit later.
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  13. Simms added a post in a topic The mountains are calling...   

    Thank you both for the perspective. It seems like partners struggle with wrapping their heads around gaming as a problem in many different ways.
    I think I'll show her where it is and tell her I'm open to her having a look at it and see where things go.
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  14. Simms added a post in a topic Top 5 Books   

    5 books for entertainment: - You have my personal guarantee they're amazing!
    1. Dark Matter - Blake Crouch
    "Are you happy with your life?”

    Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

    Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

    Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

    In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

    Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.
    2. Wool - Hugh Howey
    Thousands of them have lived underground. They've lived there so long, there are only legends about people living anywhere else. Such a life requires rules. Strict rules. There are things that must not be discussed. Like going outside. Never mention you might like going outside.

    Or you'll get what you wish for.
    3. The Magicians - Lev Grossman
    Like everyone else, precocious high school senior Quentin Coldwater assumes that magic isn't real, until he finds himself admitted to a very secretive and exclusive college of magic in upstate New York. There he indulges in joys of college-friendship, love, sex, and booze- and receives a rigorous education in modern sorcery. But magic doesn't bring the happiness and adventure Quentin thought it would. After graduation, he and his friends stumble upon a secret that sets them on a remarkable journey that may just fulfill Quentin's yearning. But their journey turns out to be darker and more dangerous than they'd imagined.
    4. Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo
    Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he'll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

    Break into the notorious Ice Court
    (a military stronghold that has never been breached)

    Retrieve a hostage
    (who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

    Survive long enough to collect his reward
    (and spend it)

    Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done - and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable - if they don't kill each other first.
    5. Steelheart - Brandon Sanderson
    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his will.

    Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

    And David wants in. He wants Steelheart — the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father. For years, like the Reckoners, David's been studying, and planning — and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

    He's seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.
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  15. Simms added a post in a topic The mountains are calling...   

    Day #25 - Thursday
    Last night I started talking to my GF about @Mhyrion's experience with a 30 hour relapse and how it's a reminder of how gaming can takeover your life. How dangerous I feel it is to me, and I told her about my uncle's addiction post and how I think gaming is as bad as heroin. She was dismissive of it and said something along the line's of "It's nowhere near as bad as heroin, why don't you just setup specific times to play with your friends and only play then? I've seen you do it before with other things." Needless to see I didn't react well and we had some angry words...
    Once we'd settled down I realized I haven't shared much, if anything of this journey with her. I realized what set me off is her complete dismissal of my position because of the way I'd presented it. Heroin is too strong a hyperbole for life destroying, but as I thought about it more I wasn't willing to give it up. 
    I want to shift things over to alcohol - I had issues with it when I was younger. Issues so bad I quit drinking completely for a year. - I've since made the decision to drink responsibly - but in 2016 I didn't drink at all just for fitness reasons and it was no issue. - The thing about alcoholism is it's manageable... until it's not. Then it messes up your life and things can get really, really bad.
    I think the issue with gaming addiction is, at a low level it ruins your life slowly but taking up all your time, and focused energy. But it never creates a "rock bottom" that pushes a call to action. - Being unemployed and living in your parents basement sucks... but it's not the kind of existence threatening problem that creates bold reasons to change. In a way, it wasn't until I faced my issues with liquor that I realized I had issues with my life and identity. Gaming was never a big enough threat to warrant exterminating... yet here it is, constantly wasting my time and my life.
    I had trouble with mindless surfing today. - Pretty much a wasted day at work which is creating stress for me. I worked so hard Monday / Tuesday - Did ok Wednesday and now wasted Thursday. I'm going to have to work Saturday to stay on top of my projects and it sucks... Sometimes I wish I'd never heard of the internet.
    Spent time reading about Magic again. - Dangerous cravings. - I need an outlet for downtime that is "passive but engaging..." reading is too much energy. TV is too mindless. Is napping a hobby?
    Monday - Stronglifts - Check
    Tuesday - Boxing - Climbing - Check and Check. - Hardest day of the week right here
    Wednesday - Stronglifts Check
    Thursday - Climbing Check
    Friday - Stronglifts
    Saturday - Rest
    Sunday - Climb
    Gratitude journal
    My firm for hosting a wonderful farewell lunch for an ex-employee. - It's nice to see how we value our people.
    One amazing thing that happened/I did today
    Friend reached out - Him and his wife are going to come stay with us next week and we're going skiing! Wooo.
    Workout/run
    Climbing 1.5x hours. - Working the 5.12a - Can get about 1/4 of the way up... progress? Reading + taking notes
    Reading on hold this week, too much to do.
    What went well today:
    Climbing, setting things up with friend. Reflections.
    What I could have done to make my day better:
    Throw my damn phone in a pond.
    Misc thoughts and plans:
    Figure out something to do when I'm feeling bored... I hear Cam has some resources. - Look into it.
    Read a lot about the crossfit games. Might enter those next year, - my mom is doing it this year in the master's category and is having a great time.
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    Weekly Goal(s) - Monday start
    Climb 2x, Stronglifts 3x - So far 2x stronglifts - 2x climb
    Journal daily - So far, so good.
    Track mood daily at least twice on Daylio: So far - 15 day streak - Wow... knew I was downsloping today - forgot to strategize and got destroyed. - Lesson there.
    Monthly Goal
    Information gathering on buying a mountain bike. - Visit the bike shops in town. Friends gonna let me know when the first Demo days start up.
    Use Training for the New Alpinism to assist in shaping training plan. Got the book on my nightstand.  It's screaming to be used.
    NEW - Work hard to the end of April. - Be proud of what I've accomplished.
    3 Month Goal
    Top-rope a 5.12a successfully on the tall wall. Found a suitable project Sunday... will it be up long enough. /sigh
    NEW - Be in excellent condition for June mountain trip.
    Climb 1x technical, 1x non-technical 11,000er in the Canadian Rockies. May need to bump part of this out to 6 months.
    Outline novel. Chunking this. Creating manageable pieces relating to it in my weekly goals. - May need to evaluate if novel work is realistic with work and physical committments.
    Do an editing pass of one of my shorts. Dropping these two as not in line with my current goals and commitment level. To revisit later.
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