Race: Human Cyborg, Technomage subtype - I utilize technology very heavily, hence, I have not been weight-optimized or performance tuned and, while potential for versatility exists, hardmounts and option sockets are saddled with dead weight to the extent that distinct problems can't even be identified.
This first six-week challenge round is meant to be a catch-up phase where I make an attempt, in only three weeks, to get back up to my former performance levels during the point in time where all I had any amount of control over was my physical fitness level.
The first half of this round of the challenge was spent taking care of the Wall-E environment I find myself in, i.e. surrounded by garbage and transient emotional baggage. I was building the runway, if you will. The second half is where I make this ridiculous mad dash.
My ramp-up goals:
1. Regain my former strength levels. I haven't even tested myself yet to see where I stand on that front, but when I was last deep into training, I could bench 150lb for ten reps with a 210lb 1RM, deadlift 255lbs for ten reps with a 335lb 1RM, and squat 110lbs for ten reps. That's a low weight for squat and that's because I was being safe since I don't have a spotter or a power cage. Getting the weight up and over my head was often the limiting factor.
2. By the end of this challenge: get 8 hours of sleep per night and no snooze button in the morning. This is crucial. I have to wake up at 3AM in order to be at work on time under every scenario. This means I have to be asleep by 7PM. Making gradual adjustments is the only way this can be sustainable. My litmus test for this is whether the house lights are still on when I wake up. For two years now, I've been running myself ragged.
3. In these remaining two weeks, do $5000 worth of Ebay item prep and listing work. My original goal was to clear $3000 in sales for the six weeks, but that's likely to be blown out of the water and offers no challenge anymore.
Level-up Goal: House absolutely clean. I call this benchmark "Girlfriend-Ready". I moved in three months ago and coming home from work each day to such chaos was overwhelming and has taken a huge toll on my social life. I took two weeks off from work in order to get most of this handled and that was successful, but there's still a week of spare time work left to do. At the moment, I'm restricted by an overfilled trash can, but trash day is tomorrow.
Having an environment devoid of clutter is a new thing for me. As something of a mad scientist, I am often at the eye of the storm, but my life doesn't work very well like that anymore.
It's a chessgame crossed with a jigsaw puzzle. The biggest problem I have is my ideas and thoughts are derailed the moment I enter the house and see the work remaining to be done. This is brute force work now.
The next round is the crucial one for me. It was February 25, 2011 that my now ex-wife left after the better part of a decade together. After that long of being regarded as little more than a prime mover and power source, rediscovering my sense of self was awkward and traumatic. Still is.
I don't know what I'm getting into here. Like any other troubleshoot and repair job, I mostly have to figure out what's not the problem before I can go in-depth with anything.
I'm not the real me until I've fixed this damage. To "be yourself" is impossible when you don't know who you are.