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  1. Talked to a Heart Health Coach on the phone last night (as part of my Health Insurance Wellness Incentive program to cover my deductible). She gave me some better options for breakfast and let me know I should reduce my peanut consumption and replace it with cashews and pecans as they are healthier for the heart. Peppers are also a good veggie to eat in the mornings. She mentioned egg whites, but I'm not sold on that. And I love me some runny yoke. So I need to buy peppers and cashews (pecans are too expansive and not appetizing without roasting). Then I need to eat them. Those are goals for the next two weeks. Easy enough, right?
  2. The weekend was busy around the house. Oil changes, laundry, fixing a few things, and GAMES! Saturday afternoon, I attended my Extra Life guild kickoff meeting. The Guild Leaders gave a presentation and talked about what they do. I decided to help out with social events like today's kickoff. They brought up needing content from the community, but took ZERO pictures of the event. A room full of streamers and no one was streaming. I'm going to get that fixed. After the presentation, we hung out and played board games. I brought some kid games, but there weren't any kids this time; however, the other Extra Lifers enjoyed them just the same. Ice Cool is flicking and spinning Penguin game where he are escaping you class at school to eat some fish, but the hall monitor is out to catch you. Kittens in a Blender was a big hit among those that played even though they were reluctant to actually blend the kittens. I had no issues and tried to blend often. MANIACAL LAUGH! At home, we played 3 crazy rounds of Mystic Vale with expansions on Saturday night. The first two games were super quick 30 minute games with players hardly touching the Vale, which was fun and exciting, but getting those extra abilities is really fun so, we added ALL the victory points for an insane two hour game. We went through almost all the cards in the Commons and Vale. I scored 48 points, but I knew that wouldn't be enough (I scored 38 points in the first game which I won). The winner had over 100 points and bought more than half of the Vale. On Sunday night, we played Artemis, which is a Starship Bridge simulator with each player taking a station aboard the star ship. I was captain first, commanding and coordinating all the players. I had to teach the game controls at the same time, but every one picked it up and had a blast. Epic Nerd Camp is running the game in conjunction with a LARP for an away-mission, so we had to get some experience playing the game anyway. After a practice round, I turned up the difficulty. We did well in the beginning jumping between hostiles and neutralizing threats. At the end, an armada came out of a gas cloud near us while docked at a space station. We got overwhelmed by at least 10 ships attacking us and the space station at once. We had to abandon it and were about to try to nuke the armada when the time expired. Next, we added a second ship as one player wanted to try running it all himself. I took Helm and Comms which worked well in concert, directing the friendly traffic for supplies. In the third round, I added Weapons to let our Science and Engineering officer focus more on those tasks. Switching between Helm and Weapons is tricky if your in a dogfight, but most the enemy ships are not very maneuverable. Monday morning, it was back to the grind regardless of the snow. Stretching and Karate tuning my combos with a bit of bag work for my morning workout. Work and a lunchtime Toastmasters Officer meeting. This evening could be karate class, but the weather will probably keep us home. I'll be cleaning up my bedroom, so I can get through taxes. Yay! :-(
  3. Welcome back for another episode of The Exciting Adventures of JediNickD! It was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away that I joined this site and started my first challenge.. World 1 was my first extended stay through 22 challenges. I took a hiatus from NF and came back with a new direction for my goals where I warped to World 2, which I defeated in a Boss Fight slaying some mighty big goals. In World 3, I continue to develop my fitness, getting my body in the best shape of my life, even with the Degenerative Disc Disease, Arthritis, Disc Fissures, and more. Through physical therapy exercises and karate, I have maintained my core and back muscles to ease the pressure off my spine, but in the end I defeated World 3 by transforming my life into a new form. With chiropractic care for my spine, hitting the high ranks at karate, starting the new Toastmasters program called Pathways, and working to complete my Novice training at IJRS, World 4 feels like something new everyday. I just keep on L-I-V-I-N, fight the good fight lightin' it up, and level up my life! Challenge Lesson: "I Need to Know How to Wield It" [No Spoilers this time for The Last Jedi] Everyday the human body changes. Old cells die and new cell are formed. I read recently that in 7 years, the skin cells of the human body have been completely replenished with new ones. One could argue that the person you are in 7 years is a completely new one. I'd say that the person you have become in 7 years a slightly modified replication, with natural aging appearance, augmented with new experiences and memories to enhance skills. Those new experiences are the ones which help us grow challenging ourselves in new ways. Occasionally, those new experiences will awaken a new passion or bring out a new skill. This can be an exciting or scary time as our comfort zone, status quo, personal priorities, etc are challenged and changed to make room for the awakening. Personally, I have a few new awakenings. I am interested in playing more Magic: The Gathering outside my close friends. The passion I have for the game and the newest release is pushing my interest into doing more than just playing the game with purchased or thrown-together decks. After playing in a Prerelease event, I feel confident I can recognize synergy among cards, use that synergy to build a strong deck, and play socially and competitively without making judgment errors or game play mistakes which would result in embarrassment or upsetting my opponent. These events are not free and require time; therefore, I'll have to pick and choose my battles and balance my other priorities. There is a Cosmic Encounter (my favorite board game) tournament in May which I am very interested in; however, I am also intimidated by the scale of it. One could prop up the other. My IJRS Jedi Novice Training and Karate Brown III training are in the final stages, which is exciting, but I am facing the question about what do I do with it. For both, the natural progression is to teach others. The IJRS may ask that I help tutor Novice students. I want to put together a website to put my knowledge and philosophy out there for others to learn from (I do that here a bit with these lessons). For Karate, I sempai classes, leading small groups. As I progress, the leading will progress as well. When I reach black belt, I may be asked to lead classes. I have to ask myself, what is my personal goals for teaching? How much commitment will it take? Where does it fall on my priorities? There is also Epic Nerd Camp, which I want to be more involved with, but I don't see myself being able to commit the time necessary to do it and meet expectations. I have a lot of desires and commitments which I keep trying to fit in. I keep on looking at my evening Toastmasters club thinking that I will need to step away from it to make time for these other things. But that is such a small commitment compared to the things I am looking to expand on. What else will take a backseat? The scariest part is that is all MY stuff. What about my wife's stuff? My kids stuff? My life is their life which means it is all OUR stuff. The priorities and commitments will be sorted out one way or another. The stuff which doesn't fall on all our lists is the stuff which falls to the bottom. I need to ensure that every voice and passion is heard to craft my stuff to fit the others. Because we share our lives, how I wield my awakened passions is integral to how my family will wield it. My Main Quest and Mission: My mission is to be the best Jedi I can be. My main quest is always to enhance my overall health, fitness, and knowledge to be prepared for whatever challenges life could throw at me. As a Jedi, I need to be able to help people, whether that is a life threatening situation or just a charitable one. There is no boss level in Jedi training, there is only tomorrow. World 4 Level 8 Challenge: FITNESS: Cardio: Speed and Stamina - 320 min total, 80 weekly. 2 Sprints (10 reps), 2 Jogs (30 min), 2 Bikes (10 min), and 2 Racquetball sessions. Track time and distance. STA +1, DEX +1 Walking: Fortify the Spine - 800 min total, 200 weekly. STR +1 Exercise: Lifting and Bodyweight - 320 min total, 80 weekly. Track reps for push-ups and sit-ups AMRAP and daily total. STR +1, STA +1 Flexibility: Stretching and Physical Therapy - 560 min total, 140 weekly. DEX +1, STR +1 Karate: Training and Practice - 1000 min total, 250 weekly. Track progress towards belt. Track improvement on all material. DEX +1, STA +1 DIET: Weight Control - Track weight. Complete measurements before or during Week 1 and again during or after Week 4. Watch portions and make healthy choices for 24 of 28 days. Track lunch portions for 24 of 28 days. Track "fasting" after dinner nightly for 24 of 28 days. CON +2 Keep on cutting out the crap - No CheezIts, limit snacking at work, 6 Dr Peppers a week, and limit cheese to 6 meals a week. CON +2 LIFE: Get Stuff Done - Complete 72 Hours of various Chores and Maintenance, with at least 18 hours each week. Chores and Maintenance are the following areas (goal hours for challenge) Dishes (15) Laundry (8) Cooking/Cleaning/Dusting/Vacuuming/Trash/Other (25) Yard Work (2) Animal Care (32) Home Renovation and Auto Maintenance (8) WIS +1, CHA +1 INCENTIVES! Working hard for CASH! ($140.90 carried over) REWARD: For each week in which I complete 20 or more hours of Chores and Maintenance, I will put aside $10 to spend how I see fit. CONSEQUENCE: For any week where I complete less than 16 hours, I will give up $10 of saved cash. REWARD: $5 for each Personal Project hour (Epic Nerd Camp, Extra Life, Jedi website, VHS-to-DVD conversion project, etc) CONSEQUENCE : Lose $10 for each week without a Personal Project hour. REWARD: $20 for each completed IJRS lesson. CONSEQUENCE: Lose $5 for each week without completing an IJRS lesson. BONUSES: Life: $1 for each hour working on Jedi Training (mentoring, reading/writing, charity, meditation, IJRS lessons). $2 for each hour working on Toastmasters including meetings. $2 for each Home Renovation or Auto Maintenance hour. Workout: $5 for each cardio session over 30 min $10 for doubling any weekly minimum PENALTIES: Lose $10 each day with weight above 149.5 lbs. Lose $5 for eating more than 2 slices of pizza in any day. Lose $5 for each morning not weighing in. Lose $5 for CheezIts, more than 6 Dr Peppers a week, and more than 6 meals with cheese a week. Lose $1 for each snack.