Whew, that was a really long challenge. It certainly felt longer than the 6 week one we had a few cycles ago. I am ready to be done with this one, so let's get going on the challenge wrap-up:
I started out really strong on this but kind of petered out by the end. I think it was challenging partly because I limited myself to only 3 categories (although the categories were pretty broad), but mostly because I lost interest. The geopolitics stuff was mostly to discuss with my FIL, but he and my MIL decided to spend the winter in Australia so I haven't had anyone to discuss this stuff with. That kind of took the wind out of my sails a bit. All in all, though, it was good and I learned some cool stuff. I will keep trying to learn this stuff but I don't think I will have it as a part of my challenge anytime soon
I don't think I can call this anything but an outright success. I started this challenge with little to no desire to stretch and was only doing it so that I could progress on the calisthenics side. I have always hated stretching because it seemed like a major waste of time. I never made any progress and I didn't enjoy it, thought all of the flopping around was a huge waste of time. However, the spark that got me going this challenge was enough to ignite the engine and I find myself looking forward to my evening stretching sessions and I really feel like I am making some good progress. I especially want to thank @Mad Hatter, @sylph and @raptron for for being my private coaching staff answering all my questions and giving great advice. I will take some progress pics to compare against my earlier ones and will update here once I get them.
I am really glad I brought this challenge back. I am loving being able to cook and am excited to make each new dish. The chili was great, but it doesn't count for the last week, because neither Mi Vieja or Ghostlet wanted to try it Mi Vieja smelled it and said it smelled just like taco seasoning, and after checking the ingredient list for both my chili seasoning and my taco seasoning, I see that she is right. No big deal, though, it just means more chili for me. I already have some ideas for what I want to make for the upcoming NF Great Chili Cook Off (coming soon). I really think I need a place to store all of the recipes you all have been sharing. Last week I had to go back through a bunch of challenges to find the biscuit recipe @CourtnieMarie gave me, so it would be good to have a place to find them easily. I thread just for that may also be in order.
I have mixed feeling about this one. Overall it did exactly what it was intended to do, but I didn't really enjoy it. Because of that, this challenge really dragged on and I am glad to see the end of it. Before this challenge, I had been focused on the muscle up, but that is kind of on hold for the winter, because my indoor pullup bar is not stable enough for that kind of activity nor do I have enough headroom to get over the bar. I looked around online for a bunch of other calisthenics stuff that I could be working on, but couldn't narrow it down. Instead, I just tried them all randomly to see which ones would be good candidates to focus on going forward. Over the course of this challenge I discovered that there are some of these that I like, some that I hate, and some that I am just not ready for. Armed with this information, I am ready to head into the next challenge and focus on the specific ones that I have been enjoying.
So in summary, my time here with the Druids has been one of learning. I came here seeking knowledge and have come away with more than I had expected. Now it is time to take that learning and put it into practice.
I'm calling this challenge a success