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  1. As promised, here are some photos I took while in Huntington: Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  2. Update: Since I've missed posting the past few days, I'll just give you some quick highlights. 0545 wakeups prayer and push-ups after wakeup still taking dogs outside in the morning while shirtless and shoeless; Wednesday there was a mix of rain and snow falling (as a kid I called it "snain") and about 1 1/2 inches of snow on the ground. The mix of squishy wet ground and crisp snow was a sensory adventure for my feet. Starting my morning movement sessions with a 30 second pause to gauge what areas of my body are tight or sore from sleep before selecting which Primal Body Reboot stretches and movements best ease this tension. Wednesday I carried 300 bricks using brick tongs (about 16 bricks at once, 8 in each tong) for my mentor. Thursday was a great day, the first that actually felt like a day off from responsibility. I had breakfast at my favorite place, Bridge Cafe and Bistro (coffee with butter, cream, and mct oil), drove into Huntington (about an hour from where I live) and walked to Empire Books, spent some time perusing the shelves (didn't buy anything, unfortunately) and walked down the street to River and Rail Bakery where I bought a delicious oat muffin that had nuts, raisins and cranberries in it. Drove back home while listening to Leonard Cohen. Finished a brief audiobook by Pico Iyer called The Art of Stillness. Also listened to a podcast episode of Bioneers about Jane Goodall. Worked with mentor Thursday drilling holes through cinderblock. Averaging steps for WRF: 10,643 This morning I stripped to shorts only and carried four bags of trash to the dumpster (about 110 yards across the field), deliberately walking through icy puddles. I can't explain the feeling of stepping through a thin sheet of ice with bare feet into cold water ; you would have to find out for yourself. Bought lunch for my wife again; I had a vegetable panini. Inspired by The Art of Stillness I decided to give sitting still a try: no guided meditation, no music, just sitting and doing nothing for at least five minutes. It was peaceful. Worked with my mentor today carrying more brick, about 100 this time. This evening I took my oldest daughter out to practice parallel parking; she also drove us to Walmart, where I bought two pints of Arctic Zero. I bought the two flavors below: Arabella had a pretty serious meltdown, so now she's in bed with my wife. I guess I'm crashing on the couch tonight. Week 1 has been a start; not perfect but a good start. Need to be more attentive to studying scripture and calling my mother. Pics of the places I mentioned from Huntington will be posted later.
  3. No pun intended

  4. Annyshay Rebuilds the Shire

    Jus' wanna say how proud of you I am. Keep it up!
  5. They're roughly 50 pounds, right? Although there is a difference between carrying a 50 pound bucket when you're fresh and full of energy and when you're exhausted after a bunch of other obstacles. Then 50 pounds = ridiculously heavy. I am. We got about a inch around here, not enough to delay or cancel schools but enough to make it pretty. They're forecasting more snow this weekend, about 3-5 inches.
  6. [StarlordPhoenix] The Paradox Paradigm

    Yay on both! But don't stop there. I can make some suggestions if you'd like.
  7. No pun intended

  8. Update Day Two (Tuesday): Slept in a bit (it's my week off, cut me some slack), but only an hour (0545) Said the Lord's Prayer as well as a more personal prayer of gratitude and to be a blessing to someone Took Minnie and Luna outside while shirtless and shoeless; worked through some stretches and movements, paying special attention to spots that felt tight and sore. Did a few pull-ups on the porch beam. Drove my daughters to the bus-stop. Breakfast: cup of mushroom coffee Cleaned the living room because I felt like being productive; also took trash down to the dumpster and washed/folded some laundry. Lunch: turkey pesto panini with tomato, lettuce and provolone cheese and a Mediterra bar with red peppers and green olives Brought lunch to my wife, as well. Talked to mom on the phone; she's doing well. Worked with my mentor filling fifty 5 gallon buckets with sand and carrying them from the back of his truck to the building site. I consider this excellent practice for future Spartan races. Dinner: Wendy's asiago ranch grilled chicken club, no bread, no lettuce, add spring mix Took my oldest daughters (Bianca, 14 and Aryanna, 17) to see I Can Only Imagine. I can say for certain now they have both seem their father cry. I won't say it was a great movie because it certainly had its flaws, but it was touching and had a hopeful ending. I have a broken relationship with my own father, so it did hit some sore spots. Plus, I get emotional every time I hear that song. I did have a small tray of popcorn, but I drank water instead of soda. Gave my wife a foot rub and carried Arabella to bed; then I was in bed around 9:30 and out cold soon after.
  9. No pun intended

  10. Venturing out of basecamp

    Solid strategy. I'm glad you're here this challenge, and your goals and plans look great. Let me know if I can help in any way.
  11. Update Day One (Monday): 0445 wakeup said the Lord's Prayer, as well as a more personal prayer took dogs outside while shirtless and shoeless; stopped to do a few pull-ups, bend my knees and bring them to my chest while holding a pull-up, and then I walked to the hillside and looked up at the stars, seeking specific constellations worked through some Primal Reboot inspired stretches and movements and ended with a 3 minute deep squat tried mushroom coffee for the first time (Four Sigmatic chaga/lion's mane); it's actually tasty and resembles cocoa with a nutty/earthy flavor Breakfast: Powerful Oatmeal Peanut Butter & Honey, Starbuck's cocoa and honey cold brew took a cold shower After that, the morning kind of went downhill. I misplaced my daughter's birth certificate and social security card. She was supposed to take her driver's test this week and needs both of those to take it. I argued with my wife about it because she thought I was trying to place the blame on her. After we calmed down, I said a silent prayer of gratitude that our argument had not escalated as I drove my daughters to school and had to drive to Charleston (the capital city) to get a new birth certificate; I also had to drive to the social security office (I was 11th in line). On the way to the ss office, I passed one of those mini-library boxes next to a church. I found a copy of The Secret Wisdom of the Earth, which I have been meaning to read and the title seems to fit perfectly with this challenge. It helped pass the time while waiting at the ss office. While in Charleston, I took a brief walk around a nearby park. Listened to an episode of the TED Radio Hour that talked about Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. Stopped to see my mother; we talked about our day and she made me a pineapple mango smoothie. Lunch: veggie burger from Burger King (my wife bought lunch for me) and some sliced sirloin tips (leftovers). Had to take two of my daughters to the doctor because they tested positive for mono this weekend (yay). Listened to an episode of Katy Bowman's podcast that discussed our eyes and how even though vision is our strongest sense, our eye muscles are very underused, which is why so many people have myopia. Katy suggested taking breaks in which we challenge our eyes to see objects that are more than 30 feet away. This is best done outside, but if this isn't possible she recommends looking out a window. For best results, though, take a long walk early in the morning without your glasses (unless, of course, it's dangerous to do so). When we arrived at the doctor's office, I took my glasses off and attempted to focus on something far away; I focused on the tops of trees to find the silhouettes of birds and found four of them. After I got home, I worked with my mentor moving and laying 30 cinder blocks, mixed two wheel barrows of mortar, and carried three 70 pounds bags of brixment (mortar powder). Dinner was a mishmash of stuff: Cape Cod kettle cooked potato chips, a Mediterra bar with kale, pomegranate, quinoa and almonds, a bottle of Buchi kombucha, and a Thunderbird bar with pecan, goji berries, and pistachios. I finished if off with an plant milk chocolate protein shake. Manager called me in to work at the theater as an usher (which just means I would be cleaning theaters) from 5-8. I relented because it's easy work. Relaxed for the rest of the night and finally went to bed around 9:45.
  12. Welcome to the Adventurers guild. This is what we like to call the trading post. This is the place where Adventurers and guests can gather for general chat and for trading ideas, motivation, music, and stories of your adventures. If you're new to the Adventurers or here as a guest, welcome to our guild and please introduce yourself. The guild leaders are myself, @Sylvaa, and @Teros so please feel free to message one of us if you have questions about the guild and the forum.
  13. If you have followed me for some time, you know the origin of this challenge title. I have decided to reconnect with my wild self and reboot and modify one of my favorite past challenges. Expect lots of wildness and nature. True to My Nature: Wolfen Goes Wild Get Rest: Wind down at sunset (limited/no technology), moderate/light physical activity (yoga, stretches, etc.) In bed no later than 10:30 pm (unless impossible because of work, etc.). Nap in late afternoon if necessary/possible. Get Fit: Barefoot/shirtless walks and stretches in the morning Three options: MovNat inspired workout (see video above) Or: Follow the Primal Blueprint Exercise Plan; below is the simplified version: Monday – Sprint Tuesday – Lift Heavy Things/Bodyweight Exercises Wednesday – Move Slowly, Play or Rest Thursday – HIIT/WOW Friday – Move Slowly, Play or Rest Saturday – Lift Heavy Things/Bodyweight Exercises Sunday – Move Slowly, Play or Rest Or: Get back into Jonathan Mead's Uncaged Body routine 10,000-12,000 steps/day Cold showers daily Meditation/WHM daily Get Spiritual: Morning prayer Daily Scripture reading/devotional Integrate prayer throughout the day Get Fed: Eat as close to Paleo/Primal as possible at least one meal/day. Avoid processed foods. Listen to your body: eat when you're hungry rather than when you "should." Intermittent fasting at least 3 days/week; this must be mindful rather than just "skipping breakfast." No soda for the entire challenge (none, zero, not even a tiny cup). Drink at least 64 ounces of water/day. Get Connected: Kiss wife and daughters every day before leaving for work Call mother daily; visit at least once a week Speak to a stranger at least once/day (irl, not online). Visit with a friend at least once/week (irl, not online). Spend evenings with wife and daughters, unless impossible because of work, etc. Get Smarter: Read everyday for at least 30 minutes Use a brain-training app such as Peak daily. Listen to a podcast at least once/week. Get Some Sun, Sand, and Surf: (No beach trip this year, but I really like the title). Spend at least 30 minutes/day outside. Get at least 15 minutes total/day of direct sunlight. Get near, in, on, or under water every day. At least one hike/week. Get in close contact with the earth: walk barefoot, dig in the dirt, rub against a tree. Again, I'll quote Frank Forencich here: "...get out of the house and into the world. Scratch your back up against a tree and bushwack your way up a hill. Climb some rough rocks and plunge your feet into the creek. Give your eyes a rest and massage your body with the biosphere. Your body will love it."