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  1. Thanks. It's not really that we're unaccustomed to snow, because it snows & ices at least twice every year. It doesn't really snow it, just everything freezes over, the roads get snow and then layers of ice, and park is on top of the highest mountain in Arkansas. The roads are kind of winding and there are a few cliffs. Guests usually spaz out because they didn't like driving up the moutain in normal conditions, so thinking about doing it ice freaks them out. Employees spaz out because they are hoping they can get out of work. So it's like they try to race to see who can leave early because they think the last ones to leave will have to stay overnight to make sure the next day is covered. *sigh* Thing is, this time, the weather wasn't predicted to be bad at all, a little sleet Saturday night, some snow this afternoon. They just spaz. *shrug* Personally I don't care. I like running around in the snow. Plus, I live in the park, so it's my job to help run the place even when others can't get here. And my much wiser(older!) coworker is teaching me to tan hides & use snow shoes this winter, so I'm ready for it. Yep! My job is very cool. One thing about my park that is a little different, is we have a higher end lodge facility, so we get less kids than most parks. I used to work at a lake park and here we have less than 1/8 the number of kids there. So when I do come across a kid, it's like "Oh yeah, I forgot. Kids think I'm the coolest ever!" Thanks for the encouragement. I think my biggest hurdle(at least in the past) on getting my black belt is my brain. The first two times I could have tested and was probably far more ready than i will be anytime soon, I told myself I was too fat and out of shape and even if I did get my black belt, it'd be out of pity. If I had gone & done it then, I'd be like a 2nd or 3rd degree now! lol
  2. Da dada dum, Mini Quest! Is your overall quest achievable (over a short or long period of time)? Is it reasonable? I believe that my main quest is reasonable. Black belt candidates are tested every May & December. I will spend 2015 getting in better shape, making an effort to attend class more often, and losing weight. Then 2016 will be spent polishing my kata, skills, and sparring to make sure I do well. Do your 3 quests all build towards your main quest in little ways, or are you taking on too much? Do your quests have sub-quests or is it just one thing to focus on? To earn my black belt, I will need fitness, strength, speed and skill. Each of my mini quests involve improving these aspects of myself. Are your main goals realistic? Can you scale them to smaller steps to fit your life better, even if it will make it take a little longer to achieve them? I think I have them pared down to fairly small, realistic steps. Are your goals able to be measured and tracked? What will you use to track them? My first goal is to practice at least twice a week. I will log my practice workouts on fitocracy and in a journal noting which basics I practice. My second goal is to lose 6 lbs. I will track this on MyFitPal. To track my pushups, I will use Fitocracy. I will also use it to track my bodyweight workout. How are you grading your goals? Are they pass/fail (“every dayâ€, “not even once over the six weeksâ€)? Is there a reward for the effort, or are you only grading yourself on whether or not you “lose the weight†or “run the distanceâ€? Practicing will mostly be Pass/Fail. Weight loss will be A for 6, B for 5, and on down. Pushups will be pass/fail depending on whether I make it to 10 or not, as will bodyweight depending on if I do it. What is your plan for continuing/altering/grading those goals if you become ill or injured? Since I'm starting off with a pain problem, everything is already adjusted to taking that into account. Working on resolving the issue is also my life quest. Did you take into consideration any special occasions (Labour Day, Independence Day, birthdays, anniversaries, etc) that may occur during the challenge? What modifications do you need to build into your goals for those? The holiday of Thanksgiving falls during the challenge. However, I work most holidays, and this Thanksgiving is no exception. I celebrated the holiday last weekend with my family because they live too far away for me to go there on the actual holiday. The only problem that day will be that I work a split schedule, so I'll get home late. I plan to adjust for that by doing my pushups and whichever workout I need to complete during the midday break if there are no situations calling me back in to work. Do any of your main goals conflict with each other? Will one goal make it hard to do another? I don't think so. If they conflict, I haven't noticed it. Do you already have the time in your schedule to actually complete the goals you’ve set? If not, what are you planning to do to make time for them? I have plenty of time if I get off my butt and use it. Are you trying to build multiple habits, or is all your energy focused on your main quest? This tends to be a problem for me. I start working out for one goal and get excited and start picking up side goals. For example, i was running to work on endurance and decided to start training for a half-marathon. Unfortunately, my tailbone derailed me and I did neither. My primary goal is to get healthy. Anything contributes to that. My main quest is to get my black belt. I think that as long as I reign in the exercise ADD to basic cross training I should be ok. For this first time around, i don't think it will be a problem, mostly because I pretty much just need to GET STARTED WITH SOMETHING. Though, in future challenges, I may need a gentle nudge to stop spending so much time learning Poi (I just picked a random past fascination) and get back to my basic kicks & punches. Mini me, out.
  3. Had to google NaNoWriMo. Seems like a cool thing. I'm not a writer, but kudos to those of you who are! I'd be lost without you. Very cool goals. Maybe one day we can play The Adventures of Salambander video games.
  4. Congrats on your daily tasks! I added you on Duolingo, and good! I think part of why I slack on it is lack of interaction. I read fantasy too. I tend to read youg adult fantasy than anything. Mostly because I can finish a book a night. I have been tempted to read Game of Thrones lately. But I think first, I'm going to reread all the Drizzt books. It's been a couple years. I do well with turning down unhealthy food most of the time. Our lodge manager is the worst though. He lives right down the road and he'll leave cookies on my porch, in my ride, in my office. And he knows why I don't want them. We even walk together after work around once a week. He says he's showing me appreciation for all my help. I'm like "thank you" has less calories, dude! I wish you continued sucess tomorrow!
  5. 10 kneeling again today. One more day of that and I think I'll start adding in full pushups, one at a time. I put together a short bodyweight workout on my lunch break. I was going to start it today, but I had to work late. When cold wet stuff falls from the sky, people in the park (guests & employees!) freak out. Sometimes I feel like I live in Henny Penny land.
  6. I test in TKD, but we do ju jitsu, muy thai, gojuro, and whatever else comes our way.
  7. So I can do 10 kneeling pushups without stopping. Not a bad starting point for getting to 10 full pushups.
  8. That's me! I was just going to lurk a while & wait until I made some progress on my challenge before I even considered guilds. But you had me at "Eskimo Ent Families" Ya'll are awesome.
  9. Sorry.. I didn't mean to post twice. I couldn't figre out how to delete.
  10. Hi! Yay for not dying! It's a good goal. Are you using a specific plan for the running/walking intervals or just going with what feels good? I used a specific plan but had lots of "winging it" days, usually moving faster, but occasionally doubling back. About.com has a thing where they send you an email every day your're supposed to run telling you how far. I didn't do that one because set days don't work well with work, but I did sign up for it. It had neat tips and quotes. An audiobook workout sounds kind of brilliant. I've never encountered such a thing!. Have fun!
  11. Hi! Nice castle. I don't like shoes, so I like that your rule. Level 14 on Duolingo? That's cool! I've been using the app on and off to keep my German skills brushed up. It has the (occasionally annoying) benefit of teaching my phone's autocorrect to spell German. I only have 1 friend on the app, and she quit a long time ago. Want to add me? We can be streak buddies! Maybe I'll get over 3 days. What books are you reading? Are you going to do nonfiction or fiction? And congrats on turning down the candy bar. I need to get better at declining things like that. A guy I work with is always bringing me cookies. We're talking a dozen at a time.
  12. Hello, I'm Brandy. I'm kind of a mountain hermit in Arkansas. I work for state parks, teach backpacking at a university, and other than that, don't get out much. I've been reading the NF blog for ages, been lurking on here for a while, and decided to stop being so hermit-y on the forum. I love martial arts, and my biggest goal right now is to get back to a place where I can go test for my black belt. I've been on hold for it for 4 years. (tallying that up was really a yikes moment). I also like hiking, yoga, kayaking, anything outdoors. I like to make things too. I'm on a basketweaving kick right now. I just signed up for the 6 week challenge. I'm looking forward to that. I think it will be fun and really help me. I'm looking forward to getting to know a few people. I want to surround myself with like minded friends, but being as I'm a mountain hermit, there aren't a lot of options in the area. I also am trying to be more positive in my approach to life. I don't know what else to say. So anyway, yeah, hi!
  13. I'm Brandy. I'm a ranger. No, really, I'm a park ranger. I also teach Introduction to Backpacking at a local university. I have pretty awesome jobs, tons of hobbies & skills, and love to learn new things. Fitness wise, my first love is martial arts. I also enjoy hiking(obviously..), running, yoga, kayaking, and riding my bike. I'm fascinated by parkour and can't wait to be in a position where I can give that a shot. I've always been overweight, but my first year of college, I lost 60 lbs, had a healthy weight and was enjoying an active lifestyle. Recently, I've gained a lot of weight. I'm back to the weight I was before college. I want to get back in shape, be healthy, and be a bad ass monk/asssassin. (This time I mean the job class ) I studied martial arts all through college and for a couple years afterwards. I've done Ju Jitsu, Muy Thai, and some bits and pieces of others. Though mainly, I tested in Tae Kwon Do. My next belt test would be black, but I keep talking myself out of it. I've been "on hold" as a black belt candidate for 4 years. I just keep psyching myself out of it. The past year I haven't really trained. At. All. I haven't even been to class. I have some kind of crazy tailbone pain that's being a pain in the rear. I went to physical therapy back in August and they made me stop ALL exercise. Now physical therapy is over, but that "Don't do anything" mentality has stayed. Partly because I still have the tailbone pain, but also because I had a crap attitude.So I gained that last 30lbs! So my quest, what can get me going above anything else, I think, is kicking ass, mostly my own, and building up to getting my blackbelt. Main Quest: Have my black belt by Dec. 2016 My 4 missions to complete before Dec. 21st.: 1. Do my basic kicks & punches at least twice a week, even if its while I watch Netflix. 2. Lose at least 6 lbs. 3. Do 10 full push ups in a row. 4. Do a bodyweight workout at least once other day of the week. Life Quest I need to get back on the path to getting this tailbone thing fixed. I need to either know what it is wrong & have it solved, or get a final answer that I'm stuck with it. (I think my procratination stems from a fear of this being the result.) So, I have to at least make an appointment with a new physician to continue the medical process (I hope I did this right..)
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