Chris Tarly

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  1. Okay. I did yoga yesterday... which was Ash Wednesday... For years now I've been saying I'm going to "Do Lent" for various reasons. Well, this year I'm "doing Lent." And I'm taking it a bit more serious than just giving up the occasional piece of chocolate so I can feel like a superior moral being (no offense meant to those who struggle with chocolate and sweets that may be giving those up as a real sacrifice). I was raised Catholic and for various reasons my family and I just drifted away from it, mostly just not finding the right church or community (not many options where I grew up), and I didn't practice it much. However, I've always had a sense of something deeper and spiritual lurking under the surface, and I've been wandering from faith, to faith, and philosophy searching for something. So I'm doing Lent this year to explore my Catholic/Christian faith or whatever's left of it and see if it rekindles something. So I gotta revamp my goals a bit: Lenten Goals: Yoga: min 2x / week; cuz yoga is awesome and this is still doable. Mindfulness/Meditation/Prayer: Devote some time daily and do something for God. Could be prayer, meditation, or some progress on my list of Lenten to-do's. Sacrifice, Fasting: I am trying my best to follow the old fasting rules: One normal meal a day, and the minimum required to sustain necessary work. Definitely no meat on Fridays, and I'm going to try to keep it pescatarian the rest of the time. For Lent I am giving up: Coffee and energy drinks -- for my health, to reduce anxiety and stress, improve sleep, and because it's addictive and both overindulgence and withdrawals remove me from a state of mindfulness and peace. I am also giving up all video streaming services: Same deal. Netflix binges and the YouTube rabbit hole rob me of precious time spent being productive taking care of myself, distract me from my relationships to God and other people. Reading: The bible... duh... I've actually started a yearlong reading schedule to get me through it cover to cover (3-4 chapters/day). But I want to jump out of order a bit for Lent and re-read the Gospels and the Acts. And I want to read through the whole Catechism of the Catholic Church. It's possible I can finish it with diligence. So: Exodus, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, The Acts The Catechism 136 / 756 pp. (That's where I left off) To-do list: Cleaning goals (cuz cleanliness is Godliness) 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 shelf1, Tidy up storage shelf Lenten Goals: If I'm taking this seriously, I have to re-establish my state of grace and take communion. Examination of the Conscience (It's been 28 years since my last confession, this could take all challenge) Reconciliation (aka confession) Penance Attend Mass and receive the Eucharist So yeah. How's that for an sharp left turn?
  2. Hey guys! Great news. I managed to finish all the cookies before the weekend arrived! Yay! (Just play along) Then for a couple days, I was extra sleepy and bummed out and didn't do anything goal related. But today I at least got some things scratched off my to-do list. And, so we pull out the power plug, count to 10, then plug it back in Daily Scorecard for W1D6 Today cleaned some things aroung the apartment including 2 To-do list items. Mindfulness: 1 days missed. Strikes: 0 Stretching: 1 days missed. Strikes: 0 Workouts: 0/3 for this week. Strikes: 0 Lunch Prep: 0 days missed. Strikes: 0 01 0123 I have (slightly less shit)... 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 shelf1, Tidy up storage shelf2 ... left to do. Total strikes: 0 Outs: 1 Adding outs, because the inning isn't over until there are 3 outs.
  3. 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. This. ================================================================= 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 New Stuff: 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.