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  1. Hilary calls forth her alter-ego Montclare Swiftjoy to bring this Ranger journey forward to new heights. Gains from previous challenges will be sustained while new challenges await. Achievements from the last challenge included adventure, new skills and lots of play. Why mess with a good thing? This challenge will be more, more, more .... 1. Community - Every good ranger needs companions but I must learn to be a good friend to earn the trust of the epic adventurers in my guild. This challenge I will become more involved in the community by reading and commenting on a minimum of
  2. Rurik Harrgath, I think that I replied to your wise words before but they are so relevant that I'm going to return to them again. Rounding out this challenge I moved my yard sticks closer to where I want to be, even though I was not doing my activities every day for the entire 4 weeks. A big win for me is that I'm still here since I didn't finish the last two challenges. A large part of that is your advice and support. Thank you so much! Final report card ... 1. Play outside - I did a great job of taking my little guy outside and trying new activities. He is a lot
  3. Pushing through boundaries. Way to go on that swim!
  4. Bike commuting sounds like so much fun. May the wind be at your back in both directions.
  5. That's so awesome. Congrats on getting your story published.
  6. Good to see you're taking care of yourself. Hope you're feeling better soon.
  7. Rounding out the middle of week 4: 1. Play outside - Took my son to the playground and then picked up some free compost from the local garden society and prepped my pots for spring planting. 2. Adventure - b. drawing class 30 day course via the internet - still doing assignments & have tried to do some sketching that wasn't part of the class but kept getting pulled away every 2 minutes by my son. Finally gave up and got my son involved with mixing colours and painting colour blobs on paper. He liked it so much he taped both pictures to the wall a
  8. 5 AM - wow! Great job on heading straight out the door and doing your workout. Glad to see your knee is cooperating so you can kick the scale to the curb next time it does a 5 lb bounce. Some water will probably take care of that for you.
  9. Thank you so much for the pep talk. Life is busy, isn't it? I have to admit that I'm struggling with the specifics that I chose for this challenge, but overall I'm living a healthier life than I was this time last month. Way more out-door time, more time with my son, taking on new activities and working on some new habits. Staying away from restaurants (fast food) and coffee shops has made a very good difference to my nutrition and bank account. So far, so good. The sketching habit is coming along - practicing new ways to "see" the world. Book club - in the final stretch to finish the book
  10. Day 19: Went off track a bit this week but it was a fairly healthy week even though I didn't hit the challenge goals. My parents came for a visit so my routine changed. 1. Play outside - Bought a "buddy bike" for my son that attaches to the back of my bike. Together we can peddle longer distances than he can do on his little bike. We went places every day (playground, daycare, just biking). Win! 2. Adventure - b. drawing class 30 day course via the internet - still doing assignments c. book club - I'm only at page 62/200 so I have budgeted time today to get
  11. Day 14&15, "C": Nice weekend - spent most of my time outside. Yeah summer! 1. Play outside - Saturday played with my son and his friends at the playground. 3 parents / 5 kids - lots of fun. Sunday went for a bike ride with my friend and our two kids. Finished the bike ride sitting by a lake watching the two little guys throw rocks into the water. Such competitive kids! They each wanted the biggest rock, farthest throw, and loudest splash. So funny to watch. 2. Adventure - b. drawing class 30 day course via the internet - drawing on Saturday
  12. It looks like you're having a blast Starpuck. Hope you get those hugs from RDJ.
  13. Good luck with round 3. Hope you end up in a good place.
  14. Day 13, "A": 1. Play outside - Went to a local canyon with my son. We started by throwing rocks over the edge of the viewpoint, moved to cooking lunch on a coleman stove in the back of the truck and then finally went for a decent hike. Very fun. 2. Adventure - b. drawing class 30 day course via the internet - continues c. book club - continues 3. Pushup habit - 12, 10, 12, 10, 12, 10 = 60+ Pulling habit - no work today 4. Tracked all food and stayed away from restaurants. Had some extra snacks at home but overall I'm feeling pr
  15. Day 12, "B": 1. Play outside - Went to a nearby river for a couple of hours. I picked up rocks in a bucket to use for drainage in my plant pots while the boy threw rocks into the river. Lots of fun. 2. Adventure - a. origin story created - done b. drawing class 30 day course via the internet - no progress today c. next item: book club - no progress today 3. Pushup habit - no work today Pulling habit - no work today But - I did haul rocks around in a bucket so today w
  16. Yeah, this book club idea is a real challenge for me but who knows, maybe I'll end up liking it. If not then I'll just move on to try something else.
  17. Update from yesterday - I had a late night snack Fat: Prot: Carbs: 45.82g 56.21g 199.73g
  18. You're still here which is half the battle. A short rest will mean you come back stronger to finish the week.
  19. Day 11, "A": 1. Play outside - Went to the swimming pool with my son and played with the pool toys. 2. Adventure - a. origin story created - done b. drawing class 30 day course via the internet - continues c. next item: book club - reading continues 3. Pushup habit - full pushups 6 sets of 10 = 60 Pulling habit - Functional work - for spring clean up I pulled a queen size mattress and box spring out of my basement, up stairs with a hairpin turn, out the door, into my truck and then off the truck at the waste
  20. I'm taking a class called Learn to Draw and Keep a Sketchbook. It offers daily lessons and the course author posts comments and advice for us when we upload our sketches to the facebook group. Habit building again - this is a theme in NF, for sure. I'm having fun but since I'm not artistically inclined I'm finding that I have to learn the habit of doing the daily sketches. I've always wanted to be able to sit down somewhere and pull off a nice sketch and I'm hoping that this course is the first step.
  21. Day 10, "A": 1. Play outside - Took my son on a short hike. He did pretty well for a 4 year old. I carried him for about half of the return journey and he almost fell asleep while we walked. 2. Adventure - a. origin story created - done b. drawing class 30 day course via the internet - continues c. next item: I agreed to take part in a book club sponsored by the local parentlink center. The topic this month is mindful discipline. I don't usually do this sort of thing because: a. I read to escape. Parenting all day and then reading about par
  22. The mission ramps up ... can't wait to see the team of heroes pulling together.
  23. Thank you for the reading suggestion. Will add The Saga of the Volsungs to my reading list.
  24. Day 9, "A": Habit building is hard work! I'm fighting a sinus cold. The last two times my challenges fell off the rails when my health faltered but I'm pushing through this time. Reading Steve's book is helping with my motivation. So far, so good. 1. Play outside - Went to the playground but the wind picked up and rain started. We got about 20 minutes in but then decided to skedadle off to the garden centre to dream of warm weather and sprouting seeds. Planting time doesn't come until the May long weekend but my spirit is ready now. 2. Adventure - drawing class conti
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