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  1. I'm still very much recovering from (finally!) buying and moving into our own house this past challenge, so keeping this simple and focusing on the priority right now: SLEEP. Towards that end: Goal 1: Stop working by 6 pm (so my mind has time to turn off before bed) Goal 2: Start getting ready for bed by 11 pm. I will also try to gradually wind this deadline back towards 10 pm. Goal 3: No phone use in bed at night, with the except of kindle/setting an alarm. Corresponding tracker: [Stop working by 6 pm] [Start getting ready for bed by 11 pm] [No phone in bed at night] = did the thing (aka channelled my inner cat) = didn't do the thing (aka was a night owl) I want to add back regular workouts soon too, but between packing/moving/cleaning/unpacking/DIY, I'm still recovering from and doing a lot of extra physical activity. We'll see how the next few weeks go. For this challenge at least, I'll aim to get a good workout space set up.
  2. I want to make one of these, the single leg version. Also I need to clean parts of my body better when I shower, namely behind my ears and my nether regions. And I set a reminder to make investing a part of this challenge so I guess I'd better do that too. Main Quests - Build a tib bar - Supreme hygiene. Goal: 30/35 days - Invest. Learning about investing is good too but doesn't count. - Pass driving test Side Quests - Zero low back pain
  3. My road towards 18 was no easy one. [Spoilered, could be heavy stuff to read, make sure you check in with yourself to see if you have emotional space for past analysis stories.] I do not regret any of it. Knowing how to play these roles is a survival skill. It all made me who I am, and who knows what butterfly effect would lead to me losing a part of myself I value greatly. This is not a sob story. This is my path to greatness. A life of happiness and contentment along withthe struggles. Last challenge helped me get back on my feet after abruptly removing myself from an environment that was crippling me whenever I recovered somewhat. Helped me survive the suspense of working getting the mental health help I need, regardless of what that includes. It turns out this included, as I suspected, an (inattentive) ADHD diagnosis. I want to do the following for the coming challenge: - Take a walk, however short, every day. Do not miss more than 2 days in a row. Why? I really enjoy walking. And the city and the neighbourhood I live in is perfect for it. It helps clear my mind. - Drink enough water. How many liters varies day by day because of differing temperature, activity level, whether or not I am in the once-a-month process of losing blood Why? I feel better when I do. I articulate better when I do. I smell better when I do. The list can go on and on. - Do my fysio exercises every day. Do not miss more than 2 days in a row. Why? I am a (moderate) hedonist. I want less pain and more pleasure. If I can help it, only want to endure pain if that means it will lead to more pleasure without hurting someone that does not want to hurt others. And my wrist and ankle pain do not fall under that category. In short. Ugh I am tired of hurting. - Train my attention span to be able to work 2 x 45 minutes without taking a break longer than 15 minutes, and feel fulfilled with all of this. (Overarching goal: work while you work, rest while you rest, have fun when it is time to have fun.) Why? I need the structure. I need some focus back. I am pretty sure by now I am not only having concentration problems because of my mental health issues but also because my concentration muscle has atrophied for a big part. Some day, maybe even soon, I will be able to do without timers again. But I feel ready for timers. Sidequests: - Find a GP in the city I live. - Find a dentist in the city I live.
  4. My flat's a constant mess. I've barely cooked in months. My work hours are out of control. I procrastinate everything. I don't know how to challenge. I've been alternating between frenziedly writing code and obsessively playing games. Self improvement makes me wanna throw up. I failed at blagging my way through a tech interview. I didn't want the job but I wanted to get the job. I'm in a dead end job/industry. I occasionally climb. I pole twice a week. I look like a goblin in heels. I play on my skateboard occasionally. I painted once. This year. I drink too much coffee. Current game: Legends of Runeterra Current tunes: Punk. RIP neighbours. Current read: Amulet and ghost stories Current mood: Fuck it, I feel good So why am I here again? What are my goals?
  5. Hi everyone! About a month and a half ago I joined a gym with cool classes, and I've been going 2-3 times per week ever since. I mostly enjoy the body control classes, which is basically hand balancing and doing fun stuff in the rings and parallettes. Since I'm on the weak side for those classes, I'm going to strength classes once a week as well. On top of that, I have a booklet with cute trails of around 10km in the area, and I try to do one every week. Anyway, this seems to work reasonably well for me, although I am stiffening up slowly but surely. This challenge I want to add in yoga into my routine again to combat that. Just a little a few times a week will work wonders. This time around I'm going for an exercise-only challenge, and I will try to keep to a positive note to make sure I won't get discouraged. Challenge goals: 1. Yoga 3 times per week 2. Hike from the booklet once a week 3 .Gym 2-3 times per week, and in case of lifting, write down my weights afterwards
  6. Juliebarkley looks at the pile of empty boxes in front of her and sighs. Everyone talks about unpacking the boxes after you move. No one ever talks about what you do with all the empties. She turns away from the teetering stack in the garage, thinking to return to her book - when a small box in the corner catches her eye. A simple yet beautiful wooden and wicker box, somehow missed when the rest were unpacked. She knows this box. She picks it up and opens it. Jewellery - carved wood and bone, stones that glow in the dull light, graceful twists of metal - all packed tightly into this little box for transport. She takes them out slowly, gently untangles them. And in the bottom of the box, a surprise. Something nearly forgotten. A feather. And another. She pulls them out and strokes them against her cheek. I know these feathers too. A gift from the crow, from so long ago. The crow who spoke to me, believed in me, who saw my potential to protect the swamp, then sent me out into the wider world to grow. Who saw value and worth in me, and who made me feel in myself like I had potential and worth. She tears up for a moment. The last few years, she has drifted from those feelings, from her mission. Yet the crows have never left. They are always near. Perhaps they are just waiting for her to return to them, and to herself. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Perhaps no one remembers the storyline that I reference above, but I do (and I kind of miss it!). And I do have a small collection of crow feathers, and jewellery made from crow feathers, because of that story and the connections I feel to the bird. I thought of them when I sat down to make this challenge because I needed an outside inspiration. I have not been super kind to myself lately when I have struggled, and as a result, made weathering said struggles harder. It's an insidious cycle that undermines and drags me down, and its keeping me from both seeing and realizing the potential I once saw in myself. I need to find ways to take care of myself and build my spirit, so that is going to be what this challenge is about. With this last move now over, I am uprooted, but able to send out new shoots. I have hopes and dreams and potential, if I can only believe in and support myself enough to achieve them. So I am going to borrow some of that belief from the crow, grasp the feather, and hope that I can learn to fly again. So yes, a very flowery and pretentious way to say that basic self-care will be the focus of the this challenge. (I will edit this part tomorrow to add more detail in D&D stat format. Right now, I need to get to bed so that I'm not exhausted at work tomorrow. Getting enough sleep = self-care = winning already at this challenge. Have an adorable baby goat while you wait.) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Okay, I'm back and ready to set goals. I'm trying to strike a balance here, and I'm not sure I'll get it right. Sometimes I just want to sleep, mope, or ruminate, and that's not healthy. The advice I see is to push yourself to exercise, do fun things, and stay connected by doing social things. Cool. But I also know that pushing too hard will produce too much mental strain, not to mention trigger perfectionism and feelings of failure. So the exact goals might get tweaked along the way. STR: Exercise every day. I have 30 min set aside for this, though I often opt for the 15 minute version. For the purpose of this challenge, any conscious exercise counts. One attempt on the pullup bar is enough to tick off the box. Or pistol squat attempts. Or shuffle dance attempts. Etc. DEX: If I am home (and awake) during daylight, go outside. I almost next to a nice path by the water. Take a little walk if it's nice maybe. But go outside for at least a minute, even in the rain. Bonus points for going out at night. CON: Eat a reasonable amount of food of reasonable quality. Sleep enough. Not very SMART, but I know when it's not been done. INT: Read every day. A little or a lot. Still planning on picking two books, just haven't actually picked them yet. WIS: This is one of those things that I find hard to do, but which helps so much when I do. Prayers of gratitude worked nicely last time. Something every day, even if very small. CHA: I want to get out and explore my new town, but also don't want to force myself to do it. So make a list of shops and restaurants and such to visit when the mood strikes. Art.: Continuing organization and purging is good for me. It makes me feel like I am accomplishing things, even if the action is small, and it makes my space nicer. So put something away, repair something, or purge something every day. Even if that thing is only a browser tab. Occ.: This does not feel like the right time to be pushing towards big goals, but at the same time, I do need to keep in touch with them in order to show myself that I believe in my abilities and deserve to nurture them. So at least a little side hustle practice every day. One script at the preset practice time. I will also find my annual goal printout and read through it every day. Happiness: I'm going to make a special effort to seek out things that bring joy. It could be thinking about the five senses to make the environment I'm in more comfortable. It could be looking for a video (like the charming goats above) that made me grin with genuine happiness. Or something else, I don't know. But something joyful every day. That's a lot, but at the same time, so small in each one. But it's more than what I'm doing now. I hope I can do it. Wish me luck!
  7. Hello friends! I'm Epsilonte and I like to stand on my hands. Sometimes. I want to spend more time on my hands. So that is what this challenge will be all about. Two challenges ago I started doing regular handstands and really noticed a difference. Last challenge I took a break from challenging because life was busy. Well, life will continue to be busy, but I miss having a thread. So a mini-challenge it will be. Coincidentally the time frame of this challenge is the same as the remainder of my theoretical studies (so 5 plus one weeks of "going to school" and studying for exams. After that, with the start of next challenge, a year of practice/internships/however you call it in english starts. Wheeeeee. xD). It's fate. So my one and only goal this challenge will be: do a few handstands every day. That's it. I have a handstandable wall now (we rearranged the living room, sooo much more space with the couch facing a different direction!!), so it shouldn't be too hard, right? (Famous last words... xD). Might even start doing a few belly-to-wall handstands or conditioning exercises with my big fitness ball. Who knows. Not me. xD My current handstand level is: using a wall, kicking up, sometimes floating for a few seconds while looking like a banana. An upside down banana. It's nice to be back. (as usual I'll surely talk about pole/bellydancing stuff, gym, work, school, maybe a little food as well. )
  8. I am super late to the party with this one. The last few months have been so insane and I have just not had time. But, things are kinda starting to stabilize, so I figured I would jump back into the fray. Better late than never, right? So, what has been going on? I bought a house! And painted a lot of it, moved in, and got fully unpacked! Now I am working on a Salesforce certification that I am supposed to take in two weeks, and a health coach certification that I take in July, while navigate huge shifts at work due to getting a new director (basically my reporting manager/boss). I don't think I am going to do a particularly structure challenge this time around. Mostly just focus on increasing my movement, consuming more nutrients and less sugar, and game-planning for the next challenge (since this one is over halfway over anyway, haha). Something I have been learning over the past couple months is that it is ok to ease up on the reigns and trying to control everything all the time. With the transitional period of moving and unpacking, eating "healthy" and home-cooked meals just wasn't happening super often. In the past this would have freaked me out, but this time I just did my best to roll with it. And guess what? Nothing bad happened, lol. Well, the sodium made me kinda bloated and puffy, which made my joints and my vanity hurt a little. But, as soon as I was able to return to eating more regularly, that cleared up. I haven't been able to do a regular workout in a month and a half due to the move, but should be able to get my home workout equipment set up in a week or so. I have still managed to stay somewhat active, with painting and moving. My new place is also a three-story town-home modeled after a brownstone (so 10-12ft+ ceilings depending on if it is faulted or just flat), and those stairs, man...all I can say is that I will be shocked if my calves don't get better from living here Anyway, I am still alive, just been super busy. Happy to be challenging with you all again!
  9. So I had a challenge with a fun theme all planned out, but then our house purchase process went into overdrive during Weeks 0 and 1. And now we are hopefully getting the keys this month! That also means moving several weeks earlier than planned, so I've scaled my challenge waaaay back for the next few crazy weeks. Goal 1: Strength and/or skill train 2x/week Goal 2: Do my hip rehab/prehab work 4x/week Goal 3: Start getting ready for bed by 11 pm (and go to bed afterwards) Goal 4: Take my supplements I'll use boxes to check off what I've accomplished. Bonus: make some plans for future home gym - namely, find a good wall-mounted pull-up bar, figure out how to install it on a brick wall, and make sure that set up will also work for hanging my rings. Suggestions and DIY info would be very much appreciated.
  10. My last challenge had me dragging myself to my goal of finishing up the second move. That is, thankfully, done now. (The packing and arranging is an ongoing task, but it will not be the focus of this challenge). With that accomplishment done and past, it is time to build myself a new normal. Restart habits. Review my list of things I hope to do by the end of the year and plan out how to achieve them. Etcetera. (May not get written today because things like "change address on photo card" and "find the kettle" are high priority, but watch this space!)
  11. During zero week I unlocked a back handspring and a slanted backflip on trampoline. The next step is to clean up my technique, and also just practice. Main quests -Solidify back handspring. Right now I have to do macacos to prepare for a BHS. The goal is to be able to do a BHS directly. -Clean up backflip. Right now it looks like a back layout with a 90 deg twist. The goal is no twist, and a tuck instead of layout. -Clean up sideflip. Right now the axis of rotation is somewhere between a frontflip and sideflip. The goal is to go fully sideways (maybe). Side quests -Cook two dishes -One cooking study session -One diving study session -Maybe learn to kip on a bar
  12. So, a pebble at a time raises the water level... and instead of dumping in a boulder, I'm going to keep my old pebbles and add some new ones. New Daily Habit (do one or more of the following) 30min of yardwork (exercise!) 30min of studying (brain exercise!) 30min of decluttering/organizing/cleaning (also exercise!) setup somewhere I can yoga Existing habits Daily dog walks 8hrs of sleep (give or take) Drawing down caffeine (was: No Diet Coke, is now: Less Caffeined Tea) Going Up and Down Stairs
  13. I am doing something Big right now. And in my heart I know it is the right path for me. At first I wanted to write "and I don't know if it is the right choice" but that is me putting in guarantees just in case I make a mistake after all. However, I do not want fear to lead my life anymore. I am allowing myself to make mistakes right now. Huge ones, even. I have practiced for 6-7 months how to feel, really feel what I need, what I want. I am going to go after this now. Will report back soon. Swimming is on hold but will be resumed asap. Quests (added ~20 april) Drink water Learn how to use the kitchen + relearn how to cook Fysio exercises
  14. Part 2, with a link to Part 1, is here. This challenge officially starts when I have 5 days left in my respawn adventure. Which is following the Blogilates 90-Day Journey meal plan and trying to get at least a little bit of exercise every day. It's been working! I put on a pair of pants today that sat at my waist (albeit loosely) when I bought them and today they keep falling down to my hips. Obviously I'm going to put zero week stuff in here, because my current plan doesn't have off weeks. But, what comes next? Because there's a lot of time left after my respawn ends. Both in this challenge and life. So, food wise, I am probably not going to repeat the meal plan, but quite a few recipes from it are going to go into regular rotation and I'm going to keep eating in that style. I guess I'd call it paleo-ish? Lots of veggies, and no dairy, wheat, or added sugar seem to be the general idea. For exercise, I've got derby practice going again, so I'll be doing that once or twice a week. We stopped doing "pods," so I can go to any practice now. I'm doing a Roller Derby Athletics challenge that's going to end in the next week or so, and then I think I'm going to attempt to add in weight lifting. Which means I need to get my workout area set up quick! And wrapping this up with Sunday's update: I slept in, which was lovely. And then I went and got donuts for breakfast. Not so great, but whatever. Especially since it ended up being the only thing I ate until dinner, and dinner was very healthy. I also managed to do my workout and get today's food around early enough to get to bed at a reasonable hour! I am back on track and planning to stay there so I can crush the end of my respawn.
  15. OK, maybe not everything, but that isn't the point. Last challenge @Killashandra shared a blogpost from Steve about sucking less at stuff and I decided I wanted to do a challenge focused around that. There is a bunch of stuff that I suck at and my intention is that by the end of this challenge I will suck marginally less at them. So here is the long list of stuff I suck at, broken down into general categories Fitness: Stretching - I have always struggled with trying to get more limber, but after having done pretty much nothing but sit on the couch playing video games for the last 3 months has really made things a lot worse. I may not get much more flexible than I am now but at least I can mitigate some of the inflexibility I have accumulated recently MyFlex - I signed up for the MyFlex program but I have not made much use of it. I want to see if I can do at least a session a week to build up my end ROM strength to prevent future injuries Mobility - I have always wanted to do more quadrupedal activity but I have avoided it because I feel stupid with my poor mobility and it also hurts my wrists. Not caring how I look and actually just doing it at my sucky level will probably do good things for strengthening my wrists Dancing - A few challenges ago I started trying to learn Shuffle dancing. I kind of gave up because I felt like I sucked too badly, but the only way to suck less is to do even though I suck. Skateboarding - Inspired by @Mad Hatter , I want to get my skateboard out again and work on learning to ollie now that the weather permits. Music/Art/Skills: Piano - I used to dabble in piano when I was younger but I was never any good at it. I have been inspired by our downstairs neighbor, though, and have pulled my keyboard from the basement and want to get in some practicing. Hopefully I will suck a little less by the end of this challenge Singing - I wish I was a better singer. I have never been very good at carrying a tune, but just wishing isn't going to make me suck any less. Time to look up some tutorials and see if I can reduce the suckage a bit Beatboxing - I don't know the first thig about beatboxing but it looks fun. Youtube has some tutorials so I am going to see just how badly I suck Sketching - This is something I used to work on a while back but I quit because I sucked so bad. Time to embrace the suckage to suck just a little bit less at it Juggling - I learned how to juggle 3 objects many years ago and I still can, if only for a few seconds. After getting inspiration from @Happienumber and @Kishi I am going to see if I can suck just a little less at it. Lifestyle: Healthy Eating - I have gone from 20% body fat to 25% body fat over the last 3 months, mostly due to overeating, even though a lot of the foods have been "healthy". I need to figure out both portion control and meal planning Scripture Reading / Prayer - I am really sporadic at this and I want to make it into more of a habit Going To Bed On Time - Going to bed at 3am and then getting up at 6am is a recipe for either going back to bed and sleeping until noon or being miserable all day. Neither is a viable long term strategy so I need to start getting to bed earlier Sex - I have discovered that this is something that just doesn't happen spontaneously after you have been married a while. I need to make more effort to make this happen because otherwise it just won't, and more sex is better. Accountability - My last several challenges have been little more than blog posts and goals set at the beginning of the challenge were immediately forgotten or ignored. For this challenge I am going to track my goals, with a pass/fail for each day. A passing score for each day happens if I do any 1 thing from all three categories. Realistically I expect to continue to suck at these and will not be good at any of them by the end of the challenge. But that's OK The point is just to try and suck a just a little bit less
  16. Trying out a assassin challenge this round. Write up in progress
  17. My usual pattern: Start Day One, Zero Week with excitement! and planz! and energy! and motivation! Sometimes even with some version of the fancy tracker systems that some of my nerdfriends use so beautifully! Zero week and part of week one: ^all of the above^ still in place, doing all the things I said I was gonna do, posting regularly, keeping up with several other Nerds' challenges and cheering along, whoo-hoo look at me go!!! Week 1 / 2 ... realize that it is all just too much, scrap some of the goals, get distracted by other new ideas, ixnay the fancy tracking chart, taper off posting here and cheering for my fellow Nerds, basically completely wander off path. End of week five, wake up and say "whoa ... wow ... is that over already?!? Oops." Not optimal. Now I'm going to try something else. Just. One. Goal. One. And it is this. *** Bodyweight strength training at least 3 days/week *** I'm not even specifying a workout because it will change soon(ish). I'm up to workout 35 of 43 of GMB Elements, and when that is done I'm going to do ... something else. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ The candidates (all also GMB programs, as I own them, like them, and have had success with them) Integral Strength (probable) Floor Loco Mobius We'll see. No particular theme. No fancy tracker. Just do a thing, and then accountabiliatize about it here when I've done it. (Or not done it.) My about me/intro:
  18. Little late, but here. I am moving again roughly a week after this challenge ends, assuming nothing changes. And I am so over it. Packing a few bags, setting everything on fire, and jetting off to a warm beach somewhere is starting to sound like a sensible and rational plan, but even that would involve packing bags, and who wants to do that? This whole situation is psychologically wearing and often overwhelming to think about, and in order to make time (which I then procrastinated away), I abandoned the habits that are supposed to help me cope: exercise, prayer, gratitude, fiddling joyful music. (I have mostly kept up the reading). Which left the only "acceptable" thing to do working on the move, which of course led to procrastination, extremely long breaks, ruminating on other stressful things, etc. Not the most productive in terms of stress reduction, mental health, or basic self-compassion. So this challenge, while I am carrying over goal-oriented items from last time, my real focus is on the habit items (bolded). My non-habit goals are going to be of the take-that-box-and-fill-it-with-things variety, but if I need a break, I still intend to roll against my list and do Something Else when I need to. Assuming my habits are all done, of course. STR Exercise daily with GMB programs. Make a list of specific movements that could be interesting to build towards, such as a pullup or pistol. DEX I will build a skill tree to figure out which movements "unlock" harder skills. CON Eat at least two meals every day. INT Read two books per challenge, one fiction, one non-fiction, both of a different genre/topic than previous challenge. WIS Find a study circle and join it. Read Quran every day, even if only a handful of verses. Pray every day, even if just a quick prayer of gratitude. CHA Start training for volunteer position (scheduled for early March). Occupational Get all my Amazon stock listed. Assemble tax information and place it in an easy-to-find place pre-move. Art & Tool Practice fiddle every day. Find a challenging fiddle piece as a goal for the year. Have another look at the many organization categories that need purging and make some sort of realistic plan for this. Try one fun new thing per challenge cycle. One session of trying it out is fine to fulfill the goal. Language Activate and/or schedule plan for practicing languages. Schedule annual goal items. Continue my daily Duolingo lessons in at least one language per day, as well as my Arabic lessons through Bayyinah (at least two per week).
  19. Hail fellow rebels, I'm Killa, and I'm going to be a Crystal Singer. I'm relocating to the planet Ballybran in 6 months, to a cube somewhere near the Milekey ranges where I've heard the best supplies of black crystal are. (Only the best for me.) I haven't taken the entrance exams yet, so I need to work hard before I apply join the Heptite Guild. It's all pretty secretive, but as far as I've learned so far, Crystal singers need to be able to do the following: 1. Hike mountains searching for signs of crystal 2. Carry crates of crystal along mountain paths in gale force winds 3. Carry a crystal cutter on their back whilst carrying heavy crates of crystal in gale force winds So, in order to build these skills, my goals for this challenge are: *5 hill walks per week, minimum of 1km, maximum of 7km, 12:30min/km average pace, +/- 1 minute. *Upper body strength training workout 2 times per week minimum, 4 times per week maximum, to help haul those crates. *Core strength training workout 2 times per week minimum, 4 times per week maximum, for stability in those gale force winds. * Optional leaf blower training if I'm feeling extra tough. To do all this I'll have to give up some of my gaming and reading time, feel the pain of walking in the hot sun and having to put horrid sun screen on my skin, and get over the shame of sucking really badly at pushups. I'll know I'm moving towards my goals when walking hills is easier, I feel stronger, my arms show more definition, and I start wondering what it would be like to hike with a heavy backpack. Thanks for the support, rebellion. I know I can do this with you behind me. K.
  20. Well hello there It took me 4 tries to actually make a thread, but here I am. Again with the same goals: 1. Keep on swimming 2 x a week (once my swimming course, once for practice) 2. Close eyes and start relaxing by 1 AM 3. Feel first, think and analyse second
  21. Campaign 2022 Adventure: Bloodshot I wasn’t really able to keep up with posting last challenge, but for those who were following along, my character did survive and is not a dhampir or vampire spawn (yay!). So, I did manage to stay mostly on top of my goals, despite having to down-prioritize posting. This challenge is going to be exhausting on so many levels (hence the title). I am currently in the process of buying a house and it is absolute madness. To add to the insanity, my youngest brother (12 years old) has been in the ER for a few days due to a complication/secondary issue after contracting Covid and we just found out today that Aries’ grandmother is in hospice now. Over the next two weeks I also have an intern and a manager starting, who will both need training and attention on top of our usually-busy workload. SO, the goal this challenge is to just do what I can. I am not going to bother with points for this round and I have not decided if I will bother with tracking. Goals: Workout 2x a week 15 min walk 2x a week Use the stairs more Use my standing desk more Avoid going insane or having a mental breakdown
  22. This time I'll be focusing on life skills like driving and cooking. During zero week I got my quads pain free by doing light leg extensions, so flips are on the menu too, to taste. Main quests - Pass a driving test - Cook 4 dishes Side quests - Unlock sideflip on trampoline - Unlock backflip on trampoline
  23. This is my respawn from 2017, and I'm exploring what does and doesn't work for me in 2022. I began this challenge last week as a trial - partly because I need consistency, but also because I'm going to be away for the final week of this challenge. So my week 0 is at the end of the last thread. I've tweaked a couple of the goals, but managed 20/30 XP last week, For this 4 weeks, I'm trying to really scale back to things which make a difference. Foundational Waters -Avoid unhealthy food choices (sweets/chocolate) for a whole day (_/1). -Eat 5 fruit/veggies at least 2 days. (_/2) -Intermittent Fast 15 hours. (_/7) Strength of Earth -Daily Movement / Stretching / Yoga (_/7) -Additional Walk / Workout (_/1) Scholarly Air -Read Nonfiction (_/2) -Read Fiction (_/2) -Complete a CNM chapter journal prompt (_/2) -Complete the GUGY journal prompt (_/1) Creative Fire -Write fiction (350 words / 2) -Write nonfiction article (/1) -Listen to ‘We Can Do Hard Things’ podcast weekly (/2) Total XP: /30 per week
  24. Honestly, I didn't plan this, it just kind of happened on its own. Hello! I'm Kishi, sometime GL of the Monks and newly itinerant wanderer. Nice to meet you. I've wandered into the Assassin's Den because I'm trying to learn how to play with movement, and I hear y'all the best around for that kind of thing. Specifically: I am learning myself how to juggle. Why? Because I want to. And also because it's got a lot of benefits that should in theory carry over to martial arts. My situation is thus: I have settled down at a local academy that teaches both BJJ and kickboxing; it bills itself as a Muay Thai school but it is, in fact, Dutch-style kickboxing, which means less knees and elbows and more long combinations whilst standing in the pocket. I enjoy it very much. It's a new set of challenges, and coming from my background it's a lot to adjust to. But there's a problem: we have a space that is too small for the amount of students that we have. So we can't actually spar, which means that as much as we drill and drill and drill, it's actually really hard to develop the skills I need to develop myself further. Since I can't get what I need at school, I'm on my own. And my belief is that the attributes required to juggle - hand-eye coordination, mental processing, relaxation, fluidity of motion, etc. - will have carryover to my main thing. It's no replacement for sparring or anything like that, but perhaps when the time comes I will find that I'm a little sharper than I thought. And worst case, I'll have some fun along the way. As far as goals go, I'm more of a process guy. Ideally, I'd like to pick up a three ball cascade: But I don't have a deadline for it. The journey will get me there when it does. The real trick is showing up. So my goals will be as follows: Goal 1: Juggle 10 Minutes A Day Most likely to be done as two five minute sessions at different times of day. Half credit for one session, full credit for both. Goal 2: Shadowbox Mostly with the idea of staying up on the balls of my feet and keeping my pelvis scooped so that I have tension in my stomach. This is opposed to my Shotokan upbringing, which is big on these long, fencing-style lunges. They can work together. But they won't if I don't put in the work to make them. Goal 3: Grappling To be broken up again between standing work and ground drills. Half credit for one, full credit for both. Goal 4: Clean 1 thing per day So, I've had an issue with my place which is that I have entirely too much stuff. I don't like it. I don't like the lack of space and I don't like how it makes this place feel. I want to be rid of as much of it as I can. In the past, I've tried to go through an entire box of stuff, but that turned out to be too much. Gonna try again with this and see about getting rid of just one thing per day, with the idea being hopefully to finally start clearing some space out. Rewards Because I find that I like them, especially those things that help me get better at what I want to do. 80%: Juggling Balls. I decided to start with tennis balls. That was... a choice. By showing up to practice, I will unlock tools that will make the whole thing easier. That'd be dope. 90%: New Rashguard. Something like this. I like the design, and I could use more. But definitely make sure it's white, because it's a signifier of rank, and I'm crazy, but not stupid enough to show a rank I haven't obtained. I'd get beat up for that. 95%: Djembe Drum. Another thing that would help my martial arts and also make me a more expressive human being. Drumming is a good way to study rhythm, which is better than speed. Depending on how much space I clear out, there's a whole range of options to choose from. Nothing too fancy, though. I'm not looking to master it. I just want to play. And... yeah. That'll do it. I'll make my round to everyone as I can. See y'all when I do!
  25. As opposed to not doing squat, which isn't the best strategy for challenges. I will also be doing many actual squats this challenge, as I've decided to start a strength training cycle that is focused on building strength and mobility for pistol squats. Bit about me: Zero week got sucked up with stress and getting sick (not with COVID, at least), so I'm officially starting on Sunday with Week 1. Goal 1: Strength training Strength workout at least 3x/week, following my planned programme. I can pare this down to a mobility session if I'm not feeling good. Log my workouts. Bonus: Locomotion movements (GMB Elements style) 2x/week (either with workouts or separately). Goal 2: Routine Keep work hours and workouts between 8 am and 6 pm (same as last challenge). New accommodation since I have a ton to do over the next few weeks: If I spend at least 5.5 hrs on work or essential house buying logistics/paperwork during this time, I can unlock an extra work period from 6-8:30 pm. Bonus: start work by 10:30 am (weeks 1-2)/10 am (weeks 3-4)/9:30 am (week 5) Goal 3: Supplements Simple: actually take all of my supplements. I'm also going to introduce some "garden" goals (pretty sure I'm stealing this idea from spezzy's challenges last year). These are goals from past challenges that are important for my well-being and are pretty solid; however, they are not so solid that I can stop tracking them altogether. I'm going to experiment with the best way to track these - I might just report on them weekly. Garden Goal 1: Post in my challenge at least 5x/week. Garden Goal 2: No processed sugar/store-bought sweets.
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