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Ratynda

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  1. Hey all! It has been an eventful month for sure. Here at the end of the challenge, I have a mixed bag of successes, opportunities, and learning experiences. To start, I was not able to get my untried class set up in time. A combination of other priorities and the fact that my first choice, pole dancing, was exclusively limited to women in all the studios that I attempted, prevented my completion of that. My game time goal has had some hiccups as well, but it was a great opportunity for me to realize that the problem isn't necessarily the amount of days I spend playing games, b
  2. Hey guys! It has been a tumultuous week to be sure. But first the positives! I am making great progress on my lifts, and though I have yet to reach my outlined goal weights in squats and bench presses, I have already met my deadlift and Overhead press goal weights so far! I'm super excited to have met those, and now I'm even more equipped to take on another set of goals with reasonable expectations. This week has been throwing a lot of mental, emotional, and physical challenges at me with self-doubt plaguing my thoughts as of late. I fell back on my goal with limiting games, but realized that
  3. Man am I happy to have stumbled upon this. Hey y'all! I'm a gay man living in the baptist south, and I know many of y'all might relate. I'm so glad this thread exists, cause I feel like there is a unique struggle, especially mentally, to find a perfect balance of leveling up your fitness. I can't wait to get to know y'all!
  4. Thanks for asking! And apologies for getting back so late. My first week went well! I met all of my goals and found out that some of the gauges I set for myself for my lifts were a little off, as I was able to meet my Overhead press goal on the first try! Just goes to show how much goes into pushing past what you think is your barrier. So far my video game challenge is paying tremendous dividends, but god if it doesn't feel like I'm having withdrawals. There are times that I crave a good Persona 5 session and I have to stop myself because I'm only halfway through the week. This wee
  5. Thanks! For my afternoons that I decide to not spend gaming, I have several things I could be doing. Reading, researching jobs, looking up travel, generally I made a decision to replace that time with anything that's ultimately productive and pushes me forward.
  6. Hey guys, Better late than never I always say! While yesterday threw a slew of distractions at me I got a perfect window today to post my second challenge and my first one in the Rebel group. For those of you who don't know me, I'm Ratynda and where my last challenge focused on a broad group of topics meant to get me to broaden my thoughts towards new opportunities, this one will hold a lens to my progress in what I've established and measure out progress in a more tangible way. As I got to know myself better, I started to realize what motivates me and what drains me, and this mont
  7. Hey Animuse! Thanks for your thoughtful reply. That actually is a very helpful way to be mindful about what I want to do. I find that I love the themes of adventure and storytelling, so I will spend my next challenge meditating on what I can do to tailor a path around that.
  8. Hey friendos! here at the end of my challenge, I am taking this Saturday to reflect on my challenge, learn from it, and plan for the future in light of how this one went. Considering this is my first structured attempt to make real SMART goals for myself, I would say it went pretty damn well! Goal one: Perform structured weightlifting workouts twice a week and one yoga session a week - Partial Success: I successfully performed two structured weightlifting workouts a week, and boy did it pay off. Until this month I never realized that my issues with worki
  9. Absolutely, and I'm learning to not shame myself for failures and instead take notes! Shame is not productive, learning is.
  10. I usually keep two books going at any one time: one audiobook and one physical. I actually just recently finished Level Up Your Life by Steve Kamb and am looking for another physical book to read (Thinking a fantasy novel if there are any suggestions!) and I'm starting The 4 Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss tomorrow on my commute to work.
  11. Aaaah, the writer's block. I know the feeling. What distractions are you facing? Are you in your ideal working environment? There may be some environmental things getting in the way of you being able to focus. I know for me when I get into this cycle, it's often caused by me associating the gross unmotivated feeling with the hobby itself. In those cases, I usually do my best to dissociate that feeling from what I do by just taking small steps and giving myself small victories. Even if it's just a paragraph, it's a paragraph that you successfully wrote.
  12. Hey guys and gals, So I've always been a jack of all trades in life, always jumping around to different interests and never quite sticking with any one. I'm fortunate enough to have a good education and a job that can at least give me the income to pay the bills and let me try some new things, but I have always struggled with finding my true calling. I have always known this was a temporary job and didn't know how to make my way out of it. Around the time I started reading Level Up your Life and discovering the community here, something in me clicked into place and told me to wake
  13. Hey Friendos! This past week, my obstacles have been numerous, but my opportunities for growth have been even more so. I hit my first failure this week in terms of meeting my Yoga goal (Save your tomatoes) As my schedule started to clutter and plans got in the way, Yoga was the first thing to go, but not without ample room to compensate. Last Tuesday I spent the afternoon with a close friend of mine running one of the many long trails in my city and helping to motivate him through his first time ever intentionally running. It was a huge step for him and I couldn't be more proud.
  14. Hey! A bit delayed but Here are some of the things I have done in my new house. - First, I made sure that when I moved in, my TV would be in my living room and NOT in my bedroom. This has helped my sleep habits sooooo much, since I have a definite time that I have to peel off the TV and go to bed. - No snack foods in the house. The closest thing to snacks I have are Pita bread and mixed nuts. If I am going to eat, I am going to take the effort to prepare it so i can curb unnecessary snacking. - No food in the living room. Alongside snacking, I tend to idly eat when I'm watching
  15. Hey guys and gals, Today marked my first workout for this busy, busy week. Not only will I be leaving Thursday for vacation (making a workout extra challenging!), but countless other duties are nipping at my heels saying "pay attention to us! Ignore your workouts!" Not today Satan! This afternoon I spent on a number of upper body exercises, since tomorrow I will be running with my friend for the first time on a beautiful river-front park path and I plan on making it a full leg day. Today's workout was as follows.... - Stretches and a warm-up of p
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