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Galaxy Gamer

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About Galaxy Gamer

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  • Birthday August 12

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  1. I'm going for low-hanging fruit to start--down under 1300 emails without much effort and will try to be under 1200 by day's end.
  2. The state of the game: Start of Week One Just realized that I posted this in Monks, but it should be in Druids. Because I seek balance in all things, that will be my class for 2015. I might even attempt yoga, but probably not. My office: A mess. Cluttered. Disorganized. Even the standing desk I'm so proud of is not currently usable. When I have some money from web design, I will need to fix the leaky windows and install proper shades. But so much potential! If you're looking to start a revolution, I have the perfect place, including a view onto a town commons where the Minutemen assembled in 1775 before their march to assist in the battles at Lexington and Concord. And since our home was originally a dry goods store, some of those Revolutionary War veterans later came inside to shop, their boots making an impression on the same floorboards we walk on now, and their voices echoing off the same walls that surround me today. My inbox: The counter says I have 1369 items, but that's just what's unread. I don't know how much I have total. My weight: Last I checked, I'm up 10 pounds from my recent low--but that's 45 pounds down from my all time high. Something to keep an eye on, since I resolved to never again step on the scale and see a number in the 190s (and never ever see a number in the 200s). My business plan: Coming along. I'm doing an online course that's helping me flesh it out. My teeth: I need either a root canal or an extraction, but I'm putting that off for now.
  3. Back on track for 2015

  4. My main goal for this challenge (starting late) is to get organized, so I don't know how much artistic output I'll be able to manage--but one thing coming out this week is a blog post on my web design business site about history, which has given me a new appreciation for my workspace. I have the home office I've always wanted, but I've been using it more as a dumping ground for stuff than for work. No more. If you're looking to start a revolution, I have the perfect place. My window looks out onto a town commons where the Minutemen assembled in 1775 before their march to assist in the battles at Lexington and Concord. And since our home was originally a dry goods store, some of those Revolutionary War veterans later came inside to shop, their boots making an impression on the same floorboards we walk on now, and their voices echoing off the same walls all around me today. Therefore, I'm inspired to make this a productive workplace again, for writing and for web design. Viva la revolucion!
  5. After a brief hiatus, I have returned and have a good update to make. My goal last year was to get healthy and develop habits to keep myself healthy. I am pleased to report that goal was tentatively reached as of my annual physical. I lost around 50 pounds and developed some good dietary habits. As a result, my liver function is good, and my blood pressure, glucose, triglycerides, and cholesterol are back in the healthy range. "Keep doing what you're doing, and maybe try to be more active," is what my doctor said. I no longer step on the scale weekly, but when I do my weight has been trending upward. I think that can be managed/reversed for 2015 with more snack control, especially late in the day. I stopped doing the Angry Birds workout because of a worrisome twinge in my shoulder, but that has cleared up and I will gradually reintroduce some of the exercises into my routine. Otherwise, I am in great shape. If I just do what I do, five to ten pounds will lose themselves without me ever having to worry about my weight for the entire year, and that's an exciting idea that frees me up to focus on other things. My focus for 2014 will be on life balance: better organization, more effective business practices, and finding time for creative outlets. My first priority will be to get organized, but also to reestablish and shore up the good habits I had going at one time last year. My challenge log is here. Wish me luck!
  6. After a brief hiatus, I have returned. My goal last year was to get healthy and develop habits to keep myself healthy. I am pleased to report that goal was tentatively reached as of my annual physical. I lost around 50 pounds and developed some good dietary habits. As a result, my liver function is good, and my blood pressure, glucose, triglycerides, and cholesterol are back in the healthy range. "Keep doing what you're doing, and maybe try to be more active," is what my doctor said. My weight has been trending upward, but I think that can be managed/reversed with more snack control especially late in the day. I stopped doing the Angry Birds workout because of a worrisome twinge in my shoulder, but that has cleared up and I will gradually reintroduce some of the exercises into my routine. Otherwise, I am in great shape. My focus for 2014 will be on life balance: better organization, more effective business practices, and finding time for creative outlets. Over the next five weeks I will: Get organized Achieve and maintain zero inboxOrganize my officeCreate a business planBlog weekly on websites, monthly on writing, and occasionally on pipelines Good habits to reestablish: No eating between 9PM and 8AM.Cut out carby snacks and sodaBrush for 2 minutes, floss, and use enamel protectant rinse twice daily.Alternate squats and planks on a daily basis, always warming up beforehand.
  7. Count me in, getting back into the game after a bit of an absence. My creative endeavor is primarily writing. I attempted a webcomic last year but couldn't keep it going--and also didn't start or complete a new novel. This year I will be writing an average of 500 words per day, either on a creative project or on blogging. Posts here will not count toward the total. There are three blogs I contribute to: one on writing middle grade fiction, one on website development, and one on natural gas infrastructure vs. renewable energy resources.
  8. I followed a recipe this morning that had me put raw eggs in coffee, then did some research on whether I might be putting myself at risk of contracting salmonella. Probably should have done that in reverse order, but it tasted surprisingly good and I've not come down with any symptoms so far. My mother once contracted salmonella from handling raw chicken she was cooking, and ever since I've been paranoid when dealing with raw chicken myself, but never thought that eggs could also be suspect. I also pulled out the set of body fat calipers I bought a few months back--at the time, I was bummed that my measurements were off the chart. Literally, my body fat percentage could not be calculated with the chart that came with the calipers. But I'm pleased to report that I am now officially on the chart. I'm hoping that the exercise program will help me add muscle and reduce fat, so the calipers will be a good measure of that, as well as the number of each exercise I am able to do. Although I've not been trying to lose weight after reaching my goal range, it's been a bit disconcerting to see my fairly steady progress hit a plateau. Now that my wife is also losing weight, I will probably be consuming fewer calories as well so might see some additional losses. Another five pounds would be nice.
  9. Sorry about that multiple post--that's what I get for sending from a laptop in a moving vehicle using my phone as a hotspot. My second day of Angry Birds Level 2 went well, and I'm pleased to report that my wife has just today started her own diet and exercise program. In addition to my Angry Birds, I joined her in a High Intensity Interval Training video and it kicked both of our asses. Now that we're both cutting calories, and especially since she's being more restrictive than I am, there will be far fewer tempting choices in the kitchen and that will be good for both of us.
  10. I completed a "Test Week #0" before the challenge began, and was able to earn my three stars in all four exercises--though some are more challenging than others. I'm especially good at squats, since I've been doing them every now and then--but never trying to "level up" the number I am able to do. Push-ups are my hardest exercise, but also the one I made the most improvement in over the first week. I also got better at planks and rows. A rule I've set for myself is not to change levels mid-week, and another rule is not to skip levels. I'll probably end up modifying a few other things before I'm done. I'm doing two exercises on one day and the other two on the next day. I started off doing all four in one day and then taking the next to recover, and it was too much to do on one day, and on the next day it felt wrong doing nothing but trying to recover. With two exercises, I will be able to do a quick set when I wake up and another before I go to sleep, and then fiund another time or two during the day as necessary. It just means that every day will be a recovery day from something, and some muscle group will always be achy if I'm doing things right. I modified the Angry Birds spreadsheet somewhat to reflect the daily schedule and to add a weekly summary that will chart my progress. It will require some further tinkering, but I like it so far. I've also put a tracker on my phone to keep my workout numbers, so there will be plenty of data to work with. Having data makes me comfortable with the process. I do feel a bit stronger already, just judging by how easy the level 1 exercises felt and the number I was able to do. If I can keep from injuring myself over the next six weeks, I think I'll have noticeable results by the end. I'm kind of psyched.
  11. I completed a "Test Week #0" before the challenge began, and was able to earn my three stars in all four exercises--though some are more challenging than others. I'm especially good at squats, since I've been doing them every now and then--but never trying to "level up" the number I am able to do. Push-ups are my hardest exercise, but also the one I made the most improvement in over the first week. I also got better at planks and rows. A rule I've set for myself is not to change levels mid-week, and another rule is not to skip levels. I'll probably end up modifying a few other things before I'm done. I'm doing two exercises on one day and the other two on the next day. I started off doing all four in one day and then taking the next to recover, and it was too much to do on one day, and on the next day it felt wrong doing nothing but trying to recover. With two exercises, I will be able to do a quick set when I wake up and another before I go to sleep, and then fiund another time or two during the day as necessary. It just means that every day will be a recovery day from something, and some muscle group will always be achy if I'm doing things right. I modified the Angry Birds spreadsheet somewhat to reflect the daily schedule and to add a weekly summary that will chart my progress. It will require some further tinkering, but I like it so far. I've also put a tracker on my phone to keep my workout numbers, so there will be plenty of data to work with. Having data makes me comfortable with the process. I do feel a bit stronger already, just judging by how easy the level 1 exercises felt and the number I was able to do. If I can keep from injuring myself over the next six weeks, I think I'll have noticeable results by the end. I'm kind of psyched.
  12. I completed a "Test Week #0" before the challenge began, and was able to earn my three stars in all four exercises--though some are more challenging than others. I'm especially good at squats, since I've been doing them every now and then--but never trying to "level up" the number I am able to do. Push-ups are my hardest exercise, but also the one I made the most improvement in over the first week. I also got better at planks and rows. A rule I've set for myself is not to change levels mid-week, and another rule is not to skip levels. I'll probably end up modifying a few other things before I'm done. I'm doing two exercises on one day and the other two on the next day. I started off doing all four in one day and then taking the next to recover, and it was too much to do on one day, and on the next day it felt wrong doing nothing but trying to recover. With two exercises, I will be able to do a quick set when I wake up and another before I go to sleep, and then fiund another time or two during the day as necessary. It just means that every day will be a recovery day from something, and some muscle group will always be achy if I'm doing things right. I modified the Angry Birds spreadsheet somewhat to reflect the daily schedule and to add a weekly summary that will chart my progress. It will require some further tinkering, but I like it so far. I've also put a tracker on my phone to keep my workout numbers, so there will be plenty of data to work with. Having data makes me comfortable with the process. I do feel a bit stronger already, just judging by how easy the level 1 exercises felt and the number I was able to do. If I can keep from injuring myself over the next six weeks, I think I'll have noticeable results by the end. I'm kind of psyched.
  13. Thanks! I've been working this week on Level 1 of Angry Birds to get an idea of scheduling and tracking. I've gotten three stars in each of the four exercises, so for the first week of the challenge, I'm going to crank it up to Level 2. Prior to this, I'd done some squats, pushups, and such from time to time, but never in a systematic way that encourages me to put in that extra effort to beat a previous personal best. I think this is really going to be good for me.
  14. I'm Galaxy Gamer, a returning Ren-Reb. On the creative side, I craft novels and sometimes dabble in comics. On the quest side, I have tackled weight loss in previous challenges and am using this one to turn some of the fat I have left into muscle through bodyweight training. I'll be using the Angry Birds workout starting on Level 2, and also working on a new novel. Rock on.
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