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    Hey Rangers!


    It's been - a while.  We'll just leave it at that.  I'm currently battling an ankle injury, but the new year seemed like a good starting point for diving back in and focusing on me.  Lots of changes the last couple of years.  I changed workplaces and now work remotely which is hard.  I know some people love it.  Honestly, I thought I would love it, but my mind focuses better when I have an office to go to.  I'll be back shortly with my quest list.  




    Ok, I've actually used the forms to create my quests this time!  Amazing!  So, here are my 5 quests that I would like to complete in the 6-12 months:


    1. Do 1 pull-up or chin-up.  (This is actually my New Year's resolution.)
    2. Lose 20 lbs.
    3. Bench Press 150 lbs
    4. Fit back into size 36 jeans
    5. Row a 5k


    The rowing goal will depend on  my ankle.  I have a follow-up with my orthopedic this coming Thursday.  The cortisone shot he gave me 3 weeks ago I'm not sure fully worked, so we'll see what the next step is.  


    With those Quests in place, here are my baby-step actions for the next 4 weeks:

    1. Spend 5 minutes/day practicing "rockers" (for the Pull-up Quest)
    2. Bench Press 3 times a week.  (I will probably work on higher reps, lower weight for the first couple of weeks and then move towards a 5 x 5 program)
    3. Get to the gym at least 3 times a week. (This really dovetails with #2).
    4. Eat at least 4 servings of veggies per day.


    Let's dive in!


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    Alright Aqua-fans, I know I completely dropped out of the NF world.  I was sick at the beginning of the challenge, then got some super exciting news on the job front - I got an incredible job offer and am changing Firms on Monday!!! So that ended up taking quite a bit of my time as I tried to set my current firm up for success once I leave.


    So, I will jump in on the next challenge - hopefully after being settled in my new job for a week or so!

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    Alright, Happy New Year Rangers!


    I realize I'm a bit late to starting my thread.  So I'll cut to the chase on my goals:


    • I respawned with the NF Academy missions, so my plan is to keep up with those for this challenge.  Those are based on the e-mails that I will get weekly.
    • Keep up with my rowing workouts that my buddy and I are doing.  (3x a week)
    • Yoga - I need to do some yoga - my body is getting tight.
    • Schedule a time to meet with my old personal trainer about kettlebells.



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    Last week kind of peetered out - never really got back on track with meditation.  Rowing has been going well - as long as I can find an erg that works!  Both the ones at my gym and school have not been working well. :(


    Strength workouts also kinda peetered out - I was doing yoga but not twice a week.  


    Finished my Epic Quest of 75 books in a year!  Hooray!

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    Alright - new week!  My stomach feels a little off which is annoying, so I'm sticking to bland food.  I was able to get out of the office and workout though.


    A buddy of mine and I are doing some accountabili-buddy rowing stuff, today was Day 1 and so just set a baseline of 1k.  My 1k time was 4:39.9.  I'm pretty please with that.  I then ran/walked for a half-hour using C25k.



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  6. On 12/13/2016 at 9:13 AM, SkiBlue said:

    Maybe try shortening your meditation time? If it feels like torture and you can't get started, try meditating for only like two minutes at a time. After that becomes easier and easier to get into, then increase the time by a little bit, like to five minutes. Build from there. I find that when adding a new habit like that, where I don't want to spend the time doing it, I start with a really short, minimum amount of time, until I find getting into the action is easier, then increase the time bit by bit. :)


    That's a good idea. :)  I'm going to try that.  May shorter time actually meditating, but higher frequency?  


    Ok so this week has been very up-and-down for several reasons.  First, my oldest son woke up in the middle of the night Tuesday throwing up.  I was up the rest of the night with him.  Went to work Wednesday, wife got sick Thursday, so she stayed home with WW again on Thursday.  I didn't sleep well Wednesday night which meant I was a zombie for both Wednesday and Thursday.  At work, I had an ginormous report due to a national bank yesterday that I seriously busted my ass on.  I finally got it done around 6 pm yesterday, in time for me to leave for Rogue One!  Last night I was up late because I saw Rogue One and then watched part of the Seahawks game when I got home.  Needless to say, I'm really tired today.


    I did a swim workout on Sunday and yoga on Monday (or Tuesday) morning. After that, between illnesses and work, not much else has happened this week and my lower back has been nagging me (hence the yoga).  Two more weeks to finish strong though!


    Also, I received an e-mail from the founding partner from the Firm I want to work for scheduling a private lunch with him and the managing partner of that Firm for early January!!!!!!  I'm super-excited!


    Rogue One was good.  Not in the same vein of awesomeness that The Force Awakens was/is, but it was good and I can't wait to see it again.  Personally, I felt like Felicity Jones was a bit stiff during the whole film, but everyone else was good.

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  7. On 12/9/2016 at 9:56 PM, jstanlick said:

    If your body was toast after a quick workout, then you were quite efficient and made it count!


    I'm also very new to the KB thang. :)


    I got a swim in on Sunday, so that felt good.  Everything is on track except for the freaking meditation . . . . I really need someone to hold my feet to the fire or find some way to make it a priority.  My anxiety has been super bad lately, though, so I'm probably avoiding it because sitting still for any length of time seems like torture right now.

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    Alright, the meditation part of this challenge is not going so well - as in, I haven't been doing it.  :|


    If I meditate for the next 3 days then I can get what I need for the week.


    This morning I did a quick KB workout and my body was toast afterwards.  I was able to get my heartrate up so that felt good.  


    Also, finished another book - Mockingbird:  I can explain.  It's for my comic book shop's Ladies and Genderqueer book club.  (Although the e-mail I got yesterday defined the group as "anyone who doesn't identify as male" which made me chuckle.)

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    Well, I didn't think I was going to be able to get in a workout today, but I got really upset at the office so after my therapy appointment, I met my wife at the Y.  She went for a swim and brought me running clothes.  Unfortunately, she did a poor job of picking, especially with the bra so after my first run interval I decided it was better to just walk at an incline for the rest of the time.  But, I still got a workout in!  


    I need to meditate and do my strength training . . . I'm thinking of including yoga in strength training and doing some tonight.  

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  10. On 11/28/2016 at 9:57 AM, Broba Fett said:

    Just between you and me, I hate squats.  Absolutely hate them.  


    Dude.  I hate squats too!  I will deadlift, work on pull ups, OHP, and bench all day, but I dread squats.  I think it's because of mobility issues and they don't make me feel strong.  I do deadlift & bench and feel like a BMAF.

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    Alright friends, I updated my challenge goals to have only 3 meditation days because I think everyday would be setting myself up for failure.


    I swam for 20 minutes today - alternating between free-style and breast-stroke.  I couldn't tell how far or how many laps I swam, but my arms feel like they want to fall of - in a good way.


    Also, I finished my 75th book of the year! EPIC QUEST ITEM DUN.  You can check out my full list here!  Since I've got a good jump, I'm hoping I can also reach 100!


    Tomorrow (assuming my arms aren't too shot), I'd like to get in a KB workout in the morning.  I bought one for myself and am trying to incorporate it into my strength training.

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    So even though this is technically Week 0 - I'm jumping right in!


    This morning I did my strength workout then meditated.  It really helped.


    Last night, I finished listening to Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone.  I'm listening/re-reading the series in preparation for (hopefully) visiting Harry Potter World in Orlando in May 2017.  

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    Well, my fellow Rangers, I think my title says it all.  I'm trying to find some consistency as far as my workouts go and I feel like I'm just in a holding at my office.  While I generally like my job, I'm feeling very done with working at my current firm.  I've been here 10 years and I've hit the ceiling as far as upward mobility - unless I stage a coup (not likely).  The good news is that my best friend wants to hire me!  We work very well together (same industry) and push each other - playing devil's advocate and such.  The bad news, I have to wait until have the 1st of the year - thus I am treading water in my current job.  


    As a result of my job, my anxiety has flared up quite badly and I'm not sleeping super well.  And when I don't sleep super well, that means that I then don't want to get up and workout the next morning.  And it's a vicious cycle.  So, I'm going to keep things simple.


    Goal 1:  2 strength workouts a week

    Goal 2:  2 cardio workouts a week (even if it just means a 20 minute walk)

    Goal 3:  Meditate every day.  3 days a week.  (Every day was setting myself up for failure).

    Goal 4:  Complete one of my Epic Quest Challenges (read 75 books in one year)!


    Well, here's to leaving 2016 behind!

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    On 11/20/2016 at 1:19 AM, ShadowLion said:

    That's a lot of stressful stuff with work, but you sound very aware and determined. It does sound like it's time for a change!



    I am so insanely ready for a change.  I was talking to my therapist this morning and I felt like everything was fine, everything was fine and then BOOM everything is NOT. FINE.  I'm done busting my butt.  I cannot really move up in this Firm anymore anyway.  I'm just trying to suck it up for the next 6 weeks and hopefully I will get an offer from this other Firm.  


    The problem is that the stress and anxiety this job is causing lately is making me feel sick and tired - literally.  I'm not sleeping well at all, my stomach hurts, I'm not hungry and when I do eat, I'm not making the best choices because I just want something that going to make me feel better - if that makes any sense.


    As far as this challenge goes, I think I did a middling job.  I think it will be important for me to really dive into the next challenge.  I think I need an accountabili-buddy.  I'm going to give myself a half-level up because I rocked the reading part of this challenge and had some anxiety wins, but didn't do so hot with the exercise parts.

  15. Ran last night. Not my favorite time if day to run, but I needed it. My stress and anxiety levels are sky high and I'm not seeing much relief. Most of it stems from work. Ok. ALL of it.

    The good news is it's looking more and more likely that I will change Firms in the next 6 months. While this is exciting, it's also a bit nerve wracking.

    I don't want to leave my current firm high and dry, but there is no more room for advancement and I feel very undervalued (monetarily). I need so much reassurance that this is the right move. I know it is, but still stressful.

    Sent from my SM-G928P using Tapatalk

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  16. On 11/13/2016 at 1:38 AM, mom2sjm said:

    But now I'm back and am trying to figure out how to prepare myself for the Donald taking over our country.  I feel a lot of anxiety still.  not really sure how to go forward.  in terms of the challenge though things are clear - continue what I've been doing because it's working.  I'm exactly where I want to be.


    Yes, it will take a while for the new normal to sink in.  It's fascinating to watch the transition though (from a historian/political scientist perspective).  I feel anxiety too, but we will work through it together.


    I'm glad that the challenge is going well for you!  Keep up the good work!


    Ran this morning!  And finished an episode of Daredevil while I was at it!  Yay!


    I started reading this book - Romeo and/or Juliet - basically, a choose your own adventure story around the Romeo & Juliet framework.  I followed one path last night which ended in Juliet becoming a pirate!  I was laughing so hard.  I can't wait to see what tonight's adventure holds!

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    Still working through post-US election malaise.  Haven't run but am trying to stay with the Hero's Journey exercises.


    I did finish reading Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor (book 66 for the year; headway on my epic quest!).  I also finished Spell or High Water and have moved along to the third book in the Magic 2.0 series.  I need to catch up on The Green Arrow comics. . . 


    Feeling the need to delve into everything nerdy!

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  19. 14 hours ago, mom2sjm said:


    I feel your pain.  I've been sick about it all day.


    Yeah, I went to bed last night and thought I would feel better when I woke up, but not so much.  Just trying to take it one step at a time.  Hang in there!




    Woke up and exercised this morning, but need to run. . . not sure when I'll fit that in.  Or at least get on the bike or hop in the pool.


    Reading is slow going, I've gotten sucked into The Clone Wars on netflix as a coping mechanism at night.

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