Since it's the 10th anniversary on the forums and we're being all retrospective, I thought I'd go back through all my various stages of development (and name changes) and make a goal based on each.
No. Not that.
Darwin's Demon: This is where I started as a Nerd Fitness Neophyte. It was 2013. I was in the middle of a PhD program trying to get through a dissertation project in Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics (hence, naming myself after the Darwinian Demon concept). I joined NF to combat my bad eating habits and lack of activity as I started gaining weight from too much desk time and convenient, cheap Chinese food and beer. I started with bodyweight workouts and moved onto barbells. I lost about 20 lbs. in the first few months, and made significant (NOOB) progress with the weights.
Darwin's Demon was an ambitious, focused, and hardworking NOOB. Which is where I am currently with my yoga practice.
Curl Brogo: After about a year as DD, I fell into the deepest part of my depression phase. My dissertation was progressing poorly, my weight kept yo-yo-ing. I felt like shit about life and kinda threw myself at the gym to feel some sense of progress and victory somewhere in my life. Eventually I pulled a big three (Squat, Bench, and Deadlift) total of 1000 lbs. and morphed into Curl Brogo. Unfortunately, Curl Brogo was fat while that was the strongest I ever was, most of the journey since has been about weight loss.
Curl Brogo was an attempt to re-imagine myself as stronger than I really was to survive a difficult time. Right now though, I need to lose the weight that Curl Brogo put on and work on cardio. I want to do a C25K-esque running program in the spring. So for this challenge I'll start with the basic cardio conditioning using kettlebells.
Vincent Van Bro: Remember when I was trying to be an artist? Now I'm all trying to be a writer. Anywho. I've always got to have something creative going on, and since I'm sitting on like 40k words, I need to get back to it.
Chris Tarly: Whatever it is I'm doing now. We won't really know what "Chris Tarly" is all about until this phase is over. But for now I know that one of the things that helps with keeping my diet on track most is making my own lunch and bringing it to work, bulk cooking, and planning.
Okay. Hold on. The retrospective thing is great, but I've decided not to shoehorn my goals into a theme. I have to stick with what's been working.
Last challenge, the first of the year, I rebooted with the NF Academy.
Old stuff (I'm keeping and continuing from last challenge)
Mindfulness: Do zazen (or yoga) daily
Workout: break a sweat, breath harder, make muscles burn and twitch 3x / week -- kettlebells, NFA bodyweight workouts, barbells... etc.
Stretch: daily, >=10 min
Yoga: counts as mindfulness, a workout, and stretching
Lunch Prep: Bring a healthy lunch, M-F
Writing: Increase the word count daily... that's it. one word counts. At least if I sit down, remember where I am in the plot, and write a single to word to keep bringing my attention back to the novel I started then great.
Nerd Fitness Academy Audits: Check my progress on goals at beginning, middle (2-3 weeks in), and end of challenge. Update battle log accordingly.
Pre-Spring Cleaning ToDo List:
Clean Bedroom: Clean floor/organize under bed storage, Organize the piles of books, clear out storage bins
Clean Bathroom: The whole thing
Clean office: Organize art supplies in emptied out storage bins, organize more books, increase visible floor space
Clean kitchen: Yes, even behind the stove
Clean Living Room: Tidy Once, Tidy Twice, Tidy up storage shelf
Grading: I'm going to continue to use the "Never skip two in a row" rule, and the three strike system. So for all my goals, I have to do them at the prescribed frequencies. I can skip a day, but if I don't get right back on it the next day/opportunity, I get a strike -- except the NF Academy stuff, I just threw that on here as a reminder. Any undone cleaning ToDo List items will count as strikes at the end of the challenge. I have five weeks and plenty of time on the weekends to do all 11 of these things.
Three strikes, and I fail. Simple.
However, If I get a strike, I can also change/alter the goal that gave me the strike. So if I can think of a good reason it might not be working, I can alter the frequency or even change the goal and make this adaptable.