Hi everyone! I thought I would try something different this challenge...
Since I had fun a couple of challenges back doing my own challenge in Haiku, when I was asked to author the guild's first new side-quest, I thought I would take it one step further, and deliver it in song!
Did I let the fact that I've never written a song before stop me? No sir! Did I let the fact that I can't sing deter me? I don't think so! Did I let my almost complete inability to handle a six string slow me down? Not on your life! And finally, did I let the fact that I have a shocking man-cold at the moment so can barely talk and I get dizzy if I move too fast make me rethink this whole thing? Absolutely not! I'm kind of stubborn and thick headed like that you see!
Alas it's the final week already - just one week left to work on those goals you set! If you've dropped a bit behind, don't worry - learn from the experience and start to plan for the next six week challenge - remember - you haven't failed until you quit trying!
The final part of the ballad (that's right, you only need to listen to me for another 2:43!) is:
And the spreadsheet is still here: https://docs.google....Z0VlZuNVE#gid=5
The goals this week are:
1 Warming up and stretching:
Let’s nail those fiddly, final little details – like warming up before you exercise and stretching afterward. Note down something in this area you are weak on and a plan to tackle it – then let us know how you go!
2 Pass on the knowledge:
Time to handover and pass on what we’ve done and learnt – contribute to the library by writing down something you’ve learnt (it could be a tweet, or an entire book!), or directly teach someone something this week (Remember, not everyone is as clever as you - be patient if showing someone something!)
3 See how far you've come:
Look back how you’ve come along during this six weeks – how far have you got towards your overall goal? - Don't dispair if it's not far - use this to plan your next six week challenge! As a bonus, re-take those photos from the first week and compare the difference!
I hope you've enjoyed the challenges this six weeks, and I hope you did well at your own challenges!
Wow, we're flying through this challenge!
Act 5 of the Scout's Ballad has landed here:
The spreadsheet is here: https://docs.google....Z0VlZuNVE#gid=4
This week, we must get a move on so we can finish the school / library in time!
The goals for the week are:
1 Add speediness
Anything that gets you moving faster - do fartleks, beep test, sprints, HIIT / Tabata, time yourself and push for a faster time – remember to maintain good form! Incorporate five bursts of speed in your workout
2 Make something look better
Paint a wall, get a new rug, hang a new picture, rearrange that room that's always a mess - anything to make one small area of your life look that little bit better.
3 Hurry, but with purpose
What can you do to improve yourself in 2 mins or less. Ideally something you can repeat each day or
week. - EG, start the day off with a prayer or a stretch (or both!), do a handful of pushups in the bathroom before your shower, practice medidative breathing, even for a few mins, at lunch time or before bed, put a couple of minutes into your hair or makeup in the morning, or brushing your teeth at night.
I hope you're enjoying the challenge as much as I am, and as much as I'm enjoying making the videos!
Week four video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VxwaSBS9Ls
We did some good digging last week and guarding - particularly Primeval who took up a plank hold sniper position on the roof for almost the entire week by the look of the spreadsheet, well done!
This week, we're working on the walls - so we're going up! Work on exercises which get you up - pull ups, overhead press, star jumps, squat jumps, climbing etc.
Our second goal this week is to develop your favourite random plot device: Work on a random useless skill which probably has nothing to do with your goal but which you can claim any kind of tenuous relevance to doing. (Guybrush was a useless prop in my song, and his games were full of them). Anything you’ve wanted to learn or improve but haven’t taken the time. Something you can start to work on in a week though rather than a long term goal in itself!
And the random bonus side quest, still on the Monkey Island theme: Make someone smile - Monkey Island was full of little things to make you smile - so share the happiness and do or say something small to bring a smile to someone's face.
I may have doctored the spreadsheet, but I swear I didn't steal it, it's right here: https://docs.google....Z0VlZuNVE#gid=3
Another embarrassing video from me - here: - and no, I haven't got any better http://youtu.be/a7YmYmcra6Q
Three goals for this week:
We need to dig those foundations!
Get low: exercises like Squats, push ups, plank - as usual, if you can justify it, you can do it - creative is good
Guard duty: Set aside just one minute each day, to stop, do NOTHING, just breathe and listen to the sounds of the daily world around you (if you can find a quiet place, even better).
And building our own foundations: Report back on one goal you are struggling with this challenge, why it’s important to you, and how you can get back on track with it OR ask for help from others on how to get back on track with it.
The spreadsheet is here: https://docs.google....Z0VlZuNVE#gid=1
The amazingly bad video is up: http://youtu.be/AQhkafE_Av0
Mini-quest goals for the week:
- Bring some materials back - carry something. Examples: do free weights if you haven’t tried it, farmers walk, lunges, even exercise bike resistance (you're hauling a heavy load!) - If you can explain it, you can probably do it!
- Find something you can do for someone else. It might be as simple as making a cup of tea to cheer someone up, bringing home some flowers for your significant other, buying a meal for a homeless person who asks for money, or calling an old friend you’ve lost touch with who might be lonely (You don’t have to go as big as helping to build a school in a remote village though massive kudos if you do
- Bonus mini extra quest: Meet the villagers! - Go and meet some of the new rebels in the Level 1 (First timers) group! A friendly hello when you are new to the site can make a massive difference difference, and is so easy to do - But maybe don't share my video with them - we don't want to scare them off!
The spreadsheet is here: https://docs.google....Z0VlZuNVE#gid=1
Without further ado, (and before I chicken out) I present to you, "A Scout Ballad (Week 1)": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTC-lHHcHpo&feature=youtu.be
So the mini-quest for week 1 entails:
• Be sure you’ve rested, taken a few days off from previous challenges and had some you time. (With the two week break, most of us can tick that one off).
• Investigate your goals – are they challenging, achievable and fun? And do they help you on your way to your big quest? - When I look back through my challenges, the ones I have succeeded most at are the ones which have been measureable, achievable and which I had a plan for. if you haven't read it lately, check this out and just double check your goals: http://www.nerdfitne...t-goal-setting/
Sorry for some reason the original message got cut off here and lost the rest of the week's activities:
• Explore! It's time to go somewhere new - walk, run, cycle, swim somewhere you wouldn't normally go, or even just park the car a bit further from work so you get a bit of a walk in that way - in any case, see what you can see that you haven't before!
• And bonus sub-mini-side-quest: Take a photo of something from your exploration, whether it's a flower, a sunrise, a building or even a tuft of grass growing in a crack of concrete in a newly explored street in your neighbourhood!
Finally the spreadsheet: https://docs.google.... or anything