Akura

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  1. Akura and the League of TV Assassins

    +1 Walking: ||||| - ||||| - ||||| - ||||| Greasing the Groove: || - ||||| - || - || Working out: ||| - ||| - ||| - ||| Running: || - || - || - || Dean's Quest: Tracking: ||||||| - ||||||| - ||||||| - ||||||| +1 Limiting fructose: ||||| - ||||| - ||||| - ||||| Limiting carbs/calories: |||||| - |||||| - |||||| - |||||| +1 Limiting coffee: ||| - ||||||| - ||||||| - ||||||| Dexter's Quest: Work: ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| +1 Reading: ||||||| - ||||||| - ||||||| - ||||||| Hobbies: |||| - |||| - |||| - ||||
  2. Akura and the League of TV Assassins

    Oliver's Quest: Walking: ||||| - ||||| - ||||| - ||||| Greasing the Groove: || - ||||| - || - || Working out: ||| - ||| - ||| - ||| Running: || - || - || - || Dean's Quest: Tracking: ||||||| - ||||||| - ||||||| - ||||||| +1 Limiting fructose: ||||| - ||||| - ||||| - ||||| Limiting carbs/calories: |||||| - |||||| - |||||| - |||||| +1 Limiting coffee: ||| - ||||||| - ||||||| - ||||||| Dexter's Quest: Work: ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| +1 Reading: ||||||| - ||||||| - ||||||| - ||||||| Hobbies: |||| - |||| - |||| - ||||
  3. Akura and the League of TV Assassins

    Oliver's Quest: +1 Walking: ||||| - ||||| - ||||| - ||||| Greasing the Groove: || - ||||| - || - || Working out: ||| - ||| - ||| - ||| Running: || - || - || - || Dean's Quest: Tracking: ||||||| - ||||||| - ||||||| - ||||||| +1 Limiting fructose: ||||| - ||||| - ||||| - ||||| Limiting carbs/calories: |||||| - |||||| - |||||| - |||||| +1 Limiting coffee: ||| - ||||||| - ||||||| - ||||||| Dexter's Quest: Work: ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| +1 Reading: ||||||| - ||||||| - ||||||| - ||||||| Hobbies: |||| - |||| - |||| - ||||
  4. Akura and the League of TV Assassins

    Mentally I'm already at the next challenge. Not sure that this is a good thing. And I got a back brace that I want to use for bouldering and other "intense" exercises. Oliver's Quest: +1 Walking: ||||| - ||||| - ||||| - ||||| Greasing the Groove: || - ||||| - || - || Working out: ||| - ||| - ||| - ||| Running: || - || - || - || Dean's Quest: Tracking: ||||||| - ||||||| - ||||||| - ||||||| Limiting fructose: ||||| - ||||| - ||||| - ||||| Limiting carbs/calories: |||||| - |||||| - |||||| - |||||| Limiting coffee: ||| - ||||||| - ||||||| - ||||||| Had some cookies and chocolate. No stomach pains; but the pure amount of fructose is rather high. And today the four cups of coffee were definitely a mental thing. Dexter's Quest: Work: ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| +1 Reading: ||||||| - ||||||| - ||||||| - ||||||| +1 Hobbies: |||| - |||| - |||| - |||| I'm re-reading Death Note and I'm hooked. And I solved some Go problems throughout the day.
  5. Akura and the League of TV Assassins

    It's just stress; too many things going on in my mind. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Oliver's Quest: +1 Walking: ||||| - ||||| - ||||| - ||||| Greasing the Groove: || - ||||| - || - || +1 Working out: ||| - ||| - ||| - ||| Running: || - || - || - || Dean's Quest: Tracking: ||||||| - ||||||| - ||||||| - ||||||| Limiting fructose: ||||| - ||||| - ||||| - ||||| Limiting carbs/calories: |||||| - |||||| - |||||| - |||||| Limiting coffee: ||| - ||||||| - ||||||| - ||||||| Dexter's Quest: Work: ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| +1 Reading: ||||||| - ||||||| - ||||||| - ||||||| Hobbies: |||| - |||| - |||| - ||||
  6. Akura and the League of TV Assassins

    Sadly, many doctors haven't either... Rule of thumb: You can be allergic or intolerant to anything. And the "best" way to find out is to strategically eliminate/re-introduce foods from/to your diet.
  7. Akura and the League of TV Assassins

    Oliver's Quest: Walking: ||||| - ||||| - ||||| - ||||| Greasing the Groove: || - ||||| - || - || Working out: ||| - ||| - ||| - ||| Running: || - || - || - || Dean's Quest: Tracking: ||||||| - ||||||| - ||||||| - ||||||| Limiting fructose: ||||| - ||||| - ||||| - ||||| Limiting carbs/calories: |||||| - |||||| - |||||| - |||||| +1 Limiting coffee: ||| - ||||||| - ||||||| - ||||||| Dexter's Quest: Work: ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| +1 Reading: ||||||| - ||||||| - ||||||| - ||||||| Hobbies: |||| - |||| - |||| - ||||
  8. Akura and the League of TV Assassins

    Week 3 recap FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL! FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL!! Oliver's Quest: Walking: 3/5 Working out: 3/3 Running: 0/2 Lazyness + back pain = no movement Dean's Quest: Limiting fructose: 5/5 Limiting coffee: 3/7 On Monday my psychotherapist proposed to take a break until next year to see how I fare "alone". I think I took not so well, got stressed and drunk and, consequently, drank much more coffee than I wanted to. Dexter's Quest: Work: 33/35 Reading: 5/7 Hobbies: 0/4 Focussing on my hobbies seems impossible right now. ------------------------- A success rate of 29%... Blergh...
  9. Akura and the League of TV Assassins

    Ah, well, the "ordinary" English expression is, as far as I know, fructose malabsorbtion. It's the same as lactose intolerance, just with fruit sugar. It isn't absorbed by the body in the small intestines. And the bacteria in the colon then eat it and their waste products lead to stomach pains and a variety of other digestive problems. The "shocking" fact is that it can manifest later in life just like certain allergies. After having chronic stomach problems for weeks and months I went to a gastroenterologist and he probed me in any way possible. The test for fructose ist, interestingly, the same as for lactose intolerance: An hydrogen breath test.
  10. Akura and the League of TV Assassins

    Walking: ||||| - ||||| - ||||| - ||||| Greasing the Groove: || - ||||| - || - || Working out: ||| - ||| - ||| - ||| Running: || - || - || - || Dean's Quest: Tracking: ||||||| - ||||||| - ||||||| - ||||||| Limiting fructose: ||||| - ||||| - ||||| - ||||| Limiting carbs/calories: |||||| - |||||| - |||||| - |||||| +1 Limiting coffee: ||| - ||||||| - ||||||| - ||||||| Dexter's Quest: Work: ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| +1 Reading: ||||||| - ||||||| - ||||||| - ||||||| Hobbies: |||| - |||| - |||| - ||||
  11. I really enjoyed all the Zelda-themed challenges but right now I'm kinda sick of them. So, to mix things up, I'll do something different. This time around I will train with the greatest, strongest and wisest Assassins found on TV: Oliver Queen, Dean Winchester and Dexter Morgan. Sure, they have large parts of Rangers and Adventurers in them, but that is true for every "working" Assassin. And that's actually my mid-/long-term goal. So, let's get the lessons started: WIll add concrete numbers after week 0. Oliver Queen: Becoming something else Walking: 9000 steps; five times a week. Greasing the Groove: on primal movements; every day I stay home. Working out: Bodyweight & mobility training; three times a week. Running: At least 30 minutes or 3 km; two times a week. There is no one better to educate me on the topic of transforming myself than Oliver Queen. My main goal is to reduce body fat and to increase muscle mass. With 82 kg at 184 cm (180 lbs./6 feet) I'm quite satisfied, but I want to get rid of my pot belly. Moreover, my back is fine most of the time. So there's little reason to be still stuck in the weight-loss mindset. I'm still a Katy Bowman fanboy and, hence, I want to emphasize movement over exercise. This means my first quest will be to walk a lot and to do basic movements throughout the day as often as possible. This means walking about 9000 steps every and doing about 20 push-ups, inverted rows and beginner shrimp squats throught the day. Plus, as I have no couch and I sit on the floor, getting down to and up from the floor with as little helpf from hands and knees as possible. Not sure yet how I'll track and evaluate this exactly. Maybe (number of steps) + 10 * (number of primal movements) and then trying to reach a value of 10000 every day. The second quest will be to work out. I have a simple bodyweight routine which lasts between 20 and 40 minutes plus warm-up and cool-down which focus a lot on mobility and stretching. The goal is to actually do it, no matter how intense. So I will aim for three times a week of warm-up + coold-down. Doing the "strength" routine in between is "merely" a bonus. The last thing is to get back into running. Twice a week would be great, but I'll probably aim for once a week for this challenge. For me running has more psychological than physical benefits, but it would be great if I can run a 10k. Dean Winchester: Eating like a warrior Tracking: Weight, calories, macros and fructose; every day. Limiting fructose: Below 5 grams a day; five times a week. Limiting calories/carbs: Six times a week; either less than 2500 kcal or less than 150 g carbs. Obviously, Dean knows how to eat healthy. He just decides not to. I have to track my food intake anyway in order to "treat" my fructose intolerance. So there's nothing noteworthy with the first quest. Moreover I want to eat a little bit less in order to reduce my body fat. I aim for less than 2500 calories, at most two servings of starchy carbs and less than 5 grams of fructose. But I won't try to do all of that every single day. Let's see what week 0 looks like. Dexter Morgan: Hiding in plain sight Working: Writing 35 pages for my PHD thesis. Reading: At least 30 minutes; every day. Hobbies: Focussing on a hobby for at least 30 minutes; at least 4 times every week. For an assassin it's extremely important to stay unnoticed. This is Dexter's métier. I have to write 30 pages for my thesis until the end of the year, so I'll aim for 20 during this challenge. Should give me a nice cushion in December. I really struggle with reading this year. Audio books are great, but "real" reading is something I make very little time for. So I want to change that. I aim for 30 minutes every day. And I will start with re-reading some old manga series before starting something "serious" in otder to get into the habit more easy. Closely realted to that, I spent many ours during the last week watch Friends on Netflix and playing Stardew Valley. That is fine in itself, but I really need to and want to focus on the things I truely love. Suffering from a sort of impostor syndrom on the one hand and perfectionism on the oher hand I often think I have to awesome at doing something to make it worthwile. Of course, that's wrong and I want to change that during this challenge. Side quests Research: Reading about and potentially testing a new sport. Cold showers: Finishing every shower with 30 seconds of cold water. Cleaning: Building a cleaning schedule and sticking to it. And some random and/or one-time things I want to do, but which aren't a priority. First, I want to start a sport. Mainly to help my back heal more and to increase my overall fitness level. The best would be bouldering, but I will also look into dancing, martial arts, maybe parkour. I'll search for schools/courses/clubs and maybe test some out. Second, I want to take my cold showers more seriously. I suffer from low blood pressure, so they are quite helpful. But now, as the temperatures drop, it becomes harder. I want to pay more attention to that. Lastly, I need to clean my apartment on a schedule and not when I start so dirty spots.