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  1. Update time! Week one sucked. I started off sick as a dog (if that dog had a severe cold, that is) so my macros and work outs suffered. It was interesting, as I actually had trouble meeting my macros because I was eating so little. Well later in the week I got to feeling a little better and I was able to get in 1 of the 3 strength workouts and both of the cardio workouts. I only his my macros 3 days that week. My sleep goals were met, however! I got a lot of rest that week. Week 2 was better. I hit all 3 strength workouts. I only got 1 cardio workout in. I only
  2. I want to slay dragons. I want to cast fireballs. I want to raise legions of the undead by my command. However, right now I've got a wooden sword and I've hardly left my home town. Well crap. But I will not despair! It's a slow grind to greatness, but its so so SO very worth it. Having set my sights on monsters too powerful before, and having failed because of it, I intend to work smarter and harder to get where I want to be. Even if that means it takes a little longer than I might like. So for my 4-week challenge, I have a few simple goals: St
  3. Hey rebellion. Strife here. Its been a year or two since I've been here. It's time to open the old war chest, dust off the sword and armor, and head off toward adventure. In the past, I've come in blazing like a raging fire, full of motivation and ready to conquer the world. This time I return humble. I have learned that motivation eventually runs out (often quickly) and when that happens it is easy to lose your way. What I intend to do this time is cultivate the discipline to keep going when motivation gives out. I'm 50 lbs heavier than I was 2 years ago (even
  4. I checked another one off the list the other day, and in a way I never expected. Item achieved: Be a Hero. Being a hero doesn't always mean swinging a sword or casting a spell; and it doesn't have to save a princess or free a nation. I friend told me the other day that my actions literally saved his life. I was left somewhat speechless. All I was doing is what I felt was right. But I guess that how these things work...
  5. I just booked my trip to Greece for June of 2015! Here's to knocking an awesome one off the list!!
  6. This has been a productive month! I ran another half-marathon AND I made a new costume. Here's me with my lovely partner in crime.
  7. ***I tried to sign up for the challenge, but the sign up doc wont open at work. I'll have to do that when I get home.*** I have tried on many occasions to complete these 6-week challenges, but have had less than satisfactory results. If you look at my past challenges, you'll see I've set them all to a final fantasy 7 theme. Each challenge has been an attempt to complete a level in the game, such as a mako reactor; the ultimate idea being that once I completed each of the numerous areas in the game (i.e. completed a boat load of 6-week challenges) I would be a leveled-up badass and in a ve
  8. The game continues! After three tries and game reset, our heroes have finally defeated the first Mako Reactor! But there's no time to celebrate if we are to stop the evil Shinra corporation from taking away ALL our motivations. There's work to be done. In previous challenges, and in my life in general, I tend to overcomplicate things. I make HUUUUGE to-do lists with a massive amount of hope and zeal. Then I look at the list an hour later, assume the fetal position, and weep softly. The theme of this challenge is to keep it simple. I'd rather get a little bit of good work done, and do
  9. I'm at work right now, so I can't open the spreadsheet for some reason, but I can give my update! 1. 4 Workouts per Week (+2 Str, +1 Sta) Nailed this. Most weeks it was 5 workouts, as well as casual pullups/pushups in the evenings. If I could give myself an S-rank in this, I would. 2. 80/20 Paleo Diet (+2 Con, +2 Cha) Likewise rocked this goal out. It was far easier than I expected and while I had a few "less than paleo days" here and there, the overall average is well above 80. I'm extremely proud and happy with this one. 3. Skateboard 3 times per Week (+2 Dex, +2 Sta)
  10. THE FINAL BATTLE!! I have fought my way to the end of the Mako Reactor, the AVALANCHE team and I have secured the bomb and the accursed Guard Scorpion is in our way! What shall be our fate?!?! 1. 4 Workouts per Week (+2 Str, +1 Sta) Nailed this. Most weeks it was 5 workouts, as well as casual pullups/pushups in the evenings. If I could give myself an S-rank in this, I would. 2. 80/20 Paleo Diet (+2 Con, +2 Cha) Likewise rocked this goal out. It was far easier than I expected and while I had a few "less than paleo days" here and there, the overall average is well above 80.
  11. So far I'm doing really well on all of my goals, save for the skateboarding. I just haven't been doing it much, and while I can say its a time thing, its really a prioritization thing. Paleo is going incredibly well, I dropped 4% bodyfat in January alone, and maintained the exact same weight. I can definitely see a difference in both my workouts and in the mirror ^^ Eating paleo has been far easier than I'd ever have imagined. I did a hard hat challenge with a couple of friends and pullups daily has been my challenge task. Regular pullups have been great because I can see an increase
  12. Yes! Sorry for my lack of posts! Random encounters have been taking all of my time and energy. ^^ I have been really successful with the 4+ workouts, as well as the paleo diet. Paleo is surprisingly easier than I expected. I still get cravings for stuff, but if I don't keep it in the house, I don't eat it. And I'm definitely not going to drive to the store to get whatever my random craving may be. Skating needs stepped up, I haven't done it nearly enough :/ and my to-do list has been about 50/50 on getting done/not getting done. I'd say I haven't had time, but that would only be a hal
  13. Only one day left to finish up the week! Thus far I have managed to get 5 workouts in, my paleo days are still fluctuating between 70/30 and 85/15, balancing out right around 80/20 overall (I know I can do better!), but I have yet to skate even once this week (no bueno). So I will have to just make up those missed skate sessions, and make sure I get one in tomorrow! (It's far too late tonight, I'd wake people up) As for my side quest, the weekly check list of awesome, I still have several items that I need to accomplish. Luckily for me, tomorrow is relatively open (been kinda banking
  14. Congrats on the weights! Those shall come in handy getting muscly arms ooh la la! Love the fluff piece, and the imagery of the "drake" combined with the frosty breath (a la dragon smoke). Nicely insinuated. Keep up the good work, sir!
  15. Looking great, love the goals! You seem to be very honest with yourself in all aspects, which is a great thing. Lettuce wrapping burgers is surprisingly awesome. I was skeptical at the idea at first, but I really like it. Especially given that I was using "healthy" low calorie buns anyway, and those aren'e the most flavorful anyway, the switch was pretty easy!
  16. Yesterday was 70/30 paleo, largely because I had a meal replacement shake as I ran out the door. I've been able to get 3 workouts thus far, and I have another one tonight, so that'll reach the 4/wk goal easy. I'll likely actually get 5 in this week, so I'm happy with that. I found a new favorite paleo recipe. This is so good its ridiculous. Chicken Bacon Mushroom Quiche Holy wow, even if you AREN'T trying to eat paleo, I urge you to try this. To quote the great Malcolm McDowell, it's "Totes Amaze-balls." Now I'm off to knock more items off my To-Do list, and hopefully get in so
  17. @Catsratch: I appreciate the kind words and support! On/off topic, lets join up and go look for random encounters soon. Work on some of those mutual goals, good sir! @KB Girl: It's a spreadsheet about 10 pages long haha I'm kind of a big nerd when it comes to planning things out. A number of items I want to accomplish this year include: Record a couple albums worth of songs that I've written (I've been slowly accumulating equipment for a home recording studio these past few years)Play at least one live show per monthRead at least one book per monthSee my friends/family more Knock out
  18. Behold! Catscratch has joined the party! I love the idea of a choose your own adventure style challenge, because thats what life is all about! Every day we make choices that effect our future, whether for better or for worse. Make the good decisions. Take the tougher roads. You will come out a better person. To quote one of the greater stories ever told: Bilbo: ...Can you promise that I will come back? Gandalf: No. And if you do... you will not be the same. Enter the forges, Catscratch. The forges of destiny, the forges of greatness. You will be smelt upon the iron, impuri
  19. Shinra, a greedy corporation with a stranglehold on the world's power supply, threatens to destroy the planet with its insatiable harvest of Mako energy. From deep within the slums of the techno-metropolis of Midgar, a scant but determined resistance faction called AVALANCHE is desperate in their bid to stop Shinra at any cost. Enlisting the services of a young mercenary named Cloud Strife, a former member of Shinra's elite paramilitary force SOLDIER, these eco-terrorists aim to prevent a disaster of global proportions. Meanwhile, the reckless exploits of renegade Shinra scientists have expose
  20. HUZZAH!!! May the phoenix fires burn ever bright, and light the forges that shall craft a champion!
  21. I just snatched another Materia on my adventure! I completed a Half-Marathon! I ran it in 2 hours and 23 minutes, and my legs are still a bit sore today, but I'm positively STOKED.
  22. While I'm a few days late to the start of this, I have been working on stuff already. I got my 100 pushups in today and yesterday. I just have to make up Monday's. I'll add them in throughout the rest of the week to catch up. Now I'm off to do a pull-up workout.
  23. Third time's a charm, right? Let's take down this reactor once and for all. 6-Week Challenge Goals 1. 10 consecutive pull-ups. (+2 STR, +1 CON, +1 CHA) 4 Pull-up-centric workouts per week.Continue using the How To Finally Do A Pull-up guide.2. 40 consecutive pushups to the floor. (+2 STR, +2 STA) Pushups to exhaustion every night. Minimum of 100 throughout the day.Continue with Kettlebell classes for overall strength.3. Quit drinking soda (unless it's with delicious rum). (+2 CON, +1 WIS) 3 cheats. Total. That's it. I have 3 mountain dews in my fridge.Seriously. This is all or
  24. That blasted Guard Scorpion! Another challenge come and gone, and somehow Strife finds himelf unable to defeat even the first of several Mako Reactors. But at least he has learned from it. So long as you're "failing forward," right? Anywho, on to the goals. 1. 10 consecutive pull-ups. Current Maximum is 5. (+2 STR, +1 CON, +1 CHA) No progress. Big Fat Zero. 2. Run 12 consecutive miles in prep for a half marathon. (+3 STA) Nailed this one. 100%. Can't wait for my race next week! 3. 40 consecutive pushups to the floor. (+2 STR, +2 STA) Still stuck at the same place. :
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