Artemis Prime

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  1. Okay, so the challenge is really over now, leaving me with these results: Hobbit Hole Mostly got this one done, thanks to the extra week I forgot I had. Forgot to grab the bag of clothes this morning, but I'll drop them off later this week and my desk and dresser will officially be decluttered. Farmer Maggot As I previously stated, I was already eating pretty local throughout the summer. It's nice to see I can keep it going as our growing season winds down, but I'm still not sure how well I'm going to do at through the winter. Walk to Mordor Made it to Midgewater Marshes, as predicted! I really do think I'm going to make it to Rivendell this year! Workouts I missed a couple of workouts here and there (including one this past week 😒) but never two in a row! And I'm getting some really nice muscle definition started! Overall This has definitely been the most successful challenge I've ever done, not necessarily in terms of meeting goals but more so my mindset towards it and not allowing myself to be derailed by one bad day/week. Thanks so much for supporting my return to the forums. I couldn't have done it without you guys!
  2. Huge victory for me today! Last Saturday's workout did not go well. It just didn't feel good and I totally failed on my last set of chin ups. Then I missed a workout this week due to a variety of personal issues ranging from taking my cat to get spayed to my neighbor passing away. Which in the past would have added up to me completely giving up on everything until a redrawn several weeks/months down the road. Put today I doubled down, got my workout done, and absolutely nailed it! Totally feel like I had an encounter with the Black Riders but managed to get away and am still headed in the right direction!
  3. I think it's really smart to take a day off if you need it. I do recommend going for a walk or doing some light stretching or something that gets you moving bc it should help you feel better and it will help you build/keep momentum. On the writing front, I tried nanowrimo and did not find it helpful. You can change your goal to whatever you want in your account, but I found it more overwhelming than supportive. It's good to push yourself but if you're consistently not making the goal, it will be more demoralizing than anything else. Instead of focusing on word count, I've found it more helpful to set a time goal. So for instance, say every day you are going to spend 5 minutes at your desk thinking about your book. If all you do is doodle one goofy sketch or jot down one idea for a future chapter, that's fine. You're building a habit. If you get caught up and spend an hour writing, even better. If you come back tomorrow and decide it all needs cut, that's editing. Just like with the movement, it's all about momentum. In my experience, logging time builds momentum. Worrying about word count just creates pressure.
  4. Didn't get my workout in Tuesday, so I did it last night. Upped the weights some and I am feeling it today. But in a good way. So I think I've dialed in to where I need to be for now.
  5. Nice job handling the highs and lows. I used to try to eliminate the ups and downs, but I'm learning to enjoy the highs and manage the lows.
  6. @Edgedancer the fellowship isn't supposed to break up until Rauros! (Or Moria, if you want to be Gandalf)
  7. Kudos for trusting yourself enough to experiment with the recipe. I usually follow the recipe exactly the first time I make something because how do I know what needs tweaked if I haven't tasted the original? But I'm always mad at myself when I think something needs changed but don't because surely the recipe writers know better than me and then it turns out - nope, that was definitely too much or not enough. Also way to power through your writing goal. The hardest thing to face is a blank page, so getting something - anything - down is a definite win. Plus you're building the habit of writing every day. Major wins here!
  8. Yay for writing goals! What are you working on?
  9. Whoops, this challenge isn't over yet. For some reason I thought it ended this past weekend, but I've still got one week left, so here's what we're shooting for: Hobbit Hole Finish going through my dresser and bag up and deliver any clothes I'm not keeping. Farmer Maggot Go get pumpkins! Walk to Mordor Already hit Bree, so just keep logging miles. Should hit Midgewater Marshes this week. Workouts Went on a bike ride with my sister yesterday, so I skipped my workout, but I have time to get that in today and then be back on my Thursday, Saturday schedule for the rest of the week.
  10. @Salinger It occurred to me that soup would be a healthier option, but I'm really not crazy about pumpkin other than in bread, cookies, and pie. Plus I have this delicious butternut stew recipe, so if I want a squash soup, that's what I'm going to go with.
  11. Mostly just Halloween/Fall decorations, but I might try to make some pumpkin bread with fresh pumpkin. Maybe a batch of cookies, too. Thanks, this is a big win for me, even though at the time it kind of felt like a cop out. Week 4 results: Didn't get the whole way through my dresser. Got 2/3 of it done. Didn't get my pumpkins. I'll get them at some point, just didn't make it over to the pumpkin patch this week. Made it to Bree and actually made it 20 miles past town! Did my three workouts for the week. Challenge Results: Declutter the Hobbit Hole Did not get as much done here as I planned. I was a little too ambitious out of the gate and even though I did adjust my goals, I sort of gave up on them. Still, I did get some of the clutter cleared out and found some good places to donate additional stuff as I keep plugging away here. Farmer Maggot I cruised along here, even if I did trip up a little at the finish line with my pumpkins. Eating locally/seasonally is becoming a bigger and bigger focus for me and I thought it would feel like extra work, but one of the things I've noticed is that the more I pay attention to this the more I enjoy the whole process of getting/preparing/eating the food because in addition to just making it about me and my nutritional choices, it feels like I'm part of a larger community of growers/farmers/suppliers and that I'm making good choices for the earth as well as for myself. Walk to Mordor Knocked this one out of the park. My goal was 135 miles and I actually made it 157. Might be getting a little too big for my britches with a little taste of victory, but I think I might actually be able to make Rivendell before the end of the year. Lord of the Rings workouts I only missed one workout during this challenge, which I'm pretty darn proud of. I'm still tweaking weights and progressions, and I think I could move along a little faster here, but I have a coworker who recently hurt his back pretty bad by jumping back into lifting heavy too fast after the shutdown, so I'm being very slow and careful here. It's been a while for me, but I would say this is the most successful challenge I've ever done on the forums. Thank you guys so much for supporting me through this. I would say I'm well outside of the Shire now and ready to take on the rest of Middle Earth!
  12. @Caius that sucks. Sauron has spies everywhere! In all seriousness though, that's not cool. I haven't noticed anything on my account, but I'll have to look into it.
  13. For my return to the Challenges, I'm going to go with a Lord of the Rings theme, since I'm currently doing a Walk to Mordor challenge too. So, attempting to follow Frodo out of the Shire, here's what I'm aiming for: Declutter the Hobbit Hole Like Bilbo getting ready for his 111th birthday party and subsequent departure from the Shire, I need to get rid of some stuff. I already have some bags ready to go, but I'm not sure what to do with them, so for this part of the challenge my three main objectives are: Figure out what to do with old stuffed animals that are still in good shape Weed out my wardrobe and pitch/donate the stuff I don't wear anymore Organize my closet Farmer Maggot's Mushrooms I've been doing a very good job (if I do say so myself) of eating local throughout the summer. In my climate, we're getting to the time of year when that becomes a bit trickier, but to try to keep the momentum going, during this challenge I want to visit: A new farm stand nearby that has fruits and veggies The local pumpkin patch The butcher shop next to my work A nearby apple orchard I always say I'm going to check out and never have Walk to Mordor As previously stated, I'm working on my own Walk to Mordor Challenge (just left Bag End on September 1). I hope to make Bree by the end of this challenge (135 miles total, I already have 26.81 miles in). Strength Training For strength training, I'll be doing the Lord of the Rings workouts. Instead of doing each book as a super set though, I'll be treating them as separate workouts. Thursday, Saturday, Monday is currently my best schedule for working out. And there you have it! By the end of this challenge, if all goes according to plan, I should be out of the Shire and ready to take on the rest of Middle Earth.
  14. Greetings, Nerds! There is a hint of fall in the air in Pennsylvania today, and I'm thinking about what sort of fitness goals I'm going to set for myself this winter to stay active once my summer adventures come to an end. And so I proudly reveal to you, my quest to master Middle Earth: On September 1st I will be starting my Walk to Mordor. Here is Steve's article on walking, including walking to Mordor with a document to track if you want to follow along: https://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/walking/. Once the Chin Up Challenge is done, I'll tackle the Lord of the Rings workout, which is awesome, and can be found here: https://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/the-lord-of-the-rings-workout-one-plan-to-rule-them-all/. The workout is designed to be done in three super sets, which looks insane to me. I'll be doing them as three separate workouts. Lastly, once I'm in a routine with the above two goals, I'll think about adding in some ring work to start working towards a L-Sit and truly become THE LORD OF THE RINGS! Thanks for following along, looking forward to saving Middle Earth with you all!