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  1. They see you as small and helpless;They see you as just a childSurprise when they find out that a warrior will soon run wildPrepare for your greatest moments;Prepare for your finest hourThe dream that you've always dreamed is suddenly about to flower MAIN QUEST: Prepare for the future! 2016 is going to be a crazy busy year in my professional life and I still want to accomplish a lot in my personal life, including becoming a true Triple Threat (be an acting/singing/dancing MASTER) and completing a sprint triathlon, all the while not backsliding on any of the progress I’ve made since starting my fitness journey. It's a lot to handle, but a future huntress needs to prepare to be prepared! QUEST 1: PRACTICE OUTSIDE OF CLASS [+3 DEX, +2 CHA] This quest that has Jaune written all over it: he goes to Beacon under false pretenses and has to work doubly hard outside of his classes just to keep up (though often with Pyrrha pushing him to do so). That said, he’s also an incredible dancer, as are the rest of Team JNPR. For me, I came into the acting game later in life than most people, and I have a lot of catching up to do especially in the dancing department (since I’m all about the musical theatre), which means I need to work on dancing outside of class so that I can be just as castable as anyone else. So, twice a week, I will work on my personal trouble spots from jazz and/or tap class on my own time. It will not have to be all at once if my schedule does not permit it, as long as each skill/move is touched upon on two separate days of the week. A = 2x/week | C = 1x/week | F = zilch Prerequisite: Attend a jazz or tap class. Caveats: Prerequisite is waived if I cannot get to a class due to scheduling conflicts, inclement weather, or health reasons. If I get injured, this quest will be replaced with a conditioning quest to encourage a speedy recovery, details to be determined if this happens. Bonus Opportunity! I can earn an extra $15 towards Japan spending money for every session I spend focusing on Latin-based dancing in order to prepare for Evita auditions/callbacks. QUEST 2: FIGHT OR FLIGHT [+2 STA] Sometimes, a huntress just needs to know when to run. Or swim. Or take some other mode of transportation out of a sticky situation, like, say, a bicycle if it happens to be available. And hey, sometimes, you just need to be adept at these things just to know how to survive when fighting Grimms. Since one of my big 2016 goals is to complete a sprint triathlon, and since biking and swimming are areas I’ve never really focused on, I need to start working on them now. So, twice a week, I will swim, bike, and/or run, BUT at least one of the sessions MUST be either swimming or biking. If I only run, I get docked a letter grade since I’m already a strong runner. Yes, races will count for running. A = 2x/week (swim/bike at least once) | B = 2x/week (running only) | C = 1x/week (swim/bike) | D = 1x/week (running only) | F = zilch Prerequisite: None. Caveats: If I get injured, hopefully I can still do one of these sports depending upon the injury, but if not, I will adjust accordingly or get a bye for the duration of the injury. If I get sick, I get a bye for the duration of the illness. Bonus Opportunities! I can earn an extra $50 if I manage to do all three sports during the course of the week. Also, if I bike outside on a real bike instead of a stationary bike, I will earn an extra $15 bonus for Japan. QUEST 3: EPIC FOOD BATTLE [+2 CON, +1 WIS] While Team RWBY and Team JNPR know how to fight the most epic food fight in the history of ever, that’s not quite what I mean with this quest. Rather, it’s the holiday season, and I have an extreme weakness for all of the foods this time of year (but let’s be fair: who doesn’t?). Now, I don’t want to restrict myself by any means, and so I have three situations in which to approach the temptation of yummy desserts and sweets so that I take everything in moderation: PARTIES: If a small plate is available, I am allowed only as many sweets/desserts that can fit on the plate without piling. Otherwise, I am only allowed to fill half the plate. THANKSGIVING/MOM’S BIRTHDAY: Bye. While I don’t tend to go crazy for these occasions, often just limiting myself to just one slice of pie or cake, I’m also giving myself permission not to worry about it, either. ALL ELSE (date nights, social outings, someone brings treats to work, etc): I am allowed the treat only if it fits within my macros/calories (i.e., I meet my protein minimum AND/OR it’s within my allowed caloric range) A = Followed the criteria | F = Did not follow the criteria Prerequisite: Calories must be logged every day. Caveats: If I break the rules, I must eat completely clean during the next 24 hours in order to not fail the quest, and I am only allowed this out once a week. Also, the prerequisite is waived on Thanksgiving. Bonus Opportunities! I can earn $10 per day that I eat at least 95g of protein (my estimated lean mass being 95lb). If my average weekly calorie count is within 50 of my current estimated maintenance, I will earn $25 extra for the week. LIFE QUEST 1: DON’T STOP, JUST SLOW DOWN [+1 CON] Blake and I have this tendency of overworking ourselves and not getting the rest we need. While I tend to busy myself with things I enjoy versus, say, trying to stop villains from succeeding in their goals, I still need to take some time to myself and just relax. So, 5x/week, I will dedicate at least 30 minutes at home to doing nothing. What this means is for 30 minutes a day, I’m not on my cell phone (unless I’m listening to music, and this music cannot be anything I’m working on for auditions and what not, or I’m doing guided meditations), I’m not on the computer (unless, again, I’m doing guided meditations), and I’m not doing any work at all whatsoever. If tea is required to help me relax, tea is allowed. It’s about stilling my mind, letting go of my obligations and stress, and just relaxing. A = 5x/week | B = 4x/week | C = 2-3x/week | D = 1x/week | F = zilch Prerequisite: None. Caveats: Watching a movie or TV show or Netflix can count as long as I’m doing literally nothing else (not even eating dinner) but watching. Ideally, I’d rather not have to count it, but just sitting down and watching something can be enough of a chore for me because I feel like I ought to be doing something, anything else. ;;; Bonus Opportunity? Nope. I think having one would defeat the purpose. LIFE QUEST 2: DICHOTOMY OF REN AND NORA [+2 WIS, +2 CHA] Ren and Nora are polar opposites and yet they’re best friends. Ren is the studious, mature, adulting type, and Nora is the fun-loving, hyper type, and they balance each other out perfectly. Because I do need to adult better, but also since I don’t want to risk giving up the things I love, I decided to do a grab bag redux for my life quest with the intention of maintaining a semblance of balance. So below are the rules of this little grab-bag mini: Each task is worth 5 points. Most tasks have an attached bonus. This is my ideal, If-I-had-Hermione’s-Time-Turner-Or-At-The-Very-Least-A-Clone way of living. Obviously, it’s crazy to expect to get more than one of these bonuses in any given week, but hey, that’s why it’s a bonus! No penalties, no stress if I don't accomplish them. And if I do, permission to pull from my savings account for Japan! My minimum goal is 400 points by the end of the challenge. This is basically saying that I’ll complete two tasks every day with some leeway in case of Life, the Universe, and Everything. Since the idea is balance, my adulting and my extracurricular tasks need to be as close to 50/50 as possible by the end of the challenge. With a 400 point goal, that means 200 points need to be for adulting and 200 points need to be for fun. Bonus opportunities will be available if one category skyrockets past the other, but ideally I shouldn’t need it. Grading will be based on a percentage scale of how much of the goal points I earned (with a boost if I need to increase the minimum) and how close to 50/50 I balance out adulting and extracurricular. Prerequisite: Budget must be updated by Monday morning. Caveats: None. Bonus Opportunity! I can earn $50 towards Japan for every increase in the goal I need to do. See each individual task for other possible bonuses. IN SUMMARY: Work on dance basics 2x/week Swim or bike or run 2x/week Follow holiday-food eating criteria Relax for 30min 5x/week Grab bag!WEEKLY RECAPS Day Zero | Week One | Week Two | Week Three | Week Four | Week Five | Week Six | Challenge Complete! REWARDS (non-stacking) I'll be going to Japan at the end of December through mid-January, and Japan is expensive, so this is the money I'm going to allow myself to withdraw from personal savings. Non-stacking, because let's not go insane here! This is the money for food and shopping and sightseeing adventures. I'm already budgeting for travel and hotel costs. This will be on top of the money I allot myself via bonus money in the above quests. A-average = $500 towards Japan spending money B-average = $400 towards Japan spending money C-average = $300 towards Japan spending money Starting Measurements Waist @ narrowest: 27" Waist @ navel: 30.25" Hips: 37.5" Thigh: 21.75" Calf: 14.25" Est bf%: 21.5% Weight: 121.8lb
  2. MAIN QUEST: Continue self-improvement, become a Triple Threat (act, sing, and dance awesomely), and don't burn out! Every third challenge, I burn out, and I spend the challenge after that licking my wounds and trying to get back on the horse. Not this time! I will continue the hard work I’ve put in instead of taking a step back, because Reborn would expect no less from one who is to become head of the Vongola Family, so why should I expect any less from myself? QUEST 1: EAT TO SURVIVE REBORN’S TRAINING [+3 CON] Reborn’s training is brutal, and it’s impossible to survive without the proper fuel. Not only do I need to make sure I’m eating enough protein, but I need to make sure I’m eating enough, period! I’m at the point now where I should be looking for my maintenance numbers since I’m basically right where I need to be in order to do so, so that’s going to be a primary focus of this quest on top of making sure I get the protein intake I need. (Taken from starsapart’s quest for maintenance a few challenges ago, modified for my needs.) Eat at least 75g of protein a minimum of 5 days/week. A = 5x/week | B = 4x/week | C = 3x/week | D = 1-2x/week | F = Nope Calculate average daily gross calories at the end of each week. If my measurements decreased, I will increase my minimum calories by at least 100 calories. If my measurements stayed the same, I must be eat within 50 calories on either end of that range. If my measurements increased, I will evaluate and adjust accordingly. A = Followed the criteria 100% | B = Short of the minimum by 25 | C = Short of the minimum by 50 | D = Short of the minimum by 75 | F = Did you even try?BONUS OPPORTUNITY: If I eat at least 95g of protein (my estimated lean mass being ~95lb), I earn $10 towards Japan spending money. QUEST 2: A WELL-ROUNDED MAFIA BOSS [+12 TBD] Reborn trains Tsuna with some of the oddest regimens that covers a wide range of skills – basically, in the KHR world, a "mafia" boss can’t be any less than the best in strength, dexterity, stamina, constitution, wisdom, and charisma. And so, taking a page out of stillskies’ book from last challenge, here is a grab bag of assorted things in order to improve all manners of necessary skills in my own life! Of course, I have a few rules in place to make sure that I stay consistent with the habits that I feel are still too raw to rely upon without a challenge to motivate me. The Rules: In order for the fitness points (STR, DEX, STA) to count in a week, I need to exercise 5x/week for at least 30 minutes. This does not need to be traditional workouts/exercises. In order for the non-fitness points to count (CON, WIS, CHA) in a week, I need to make sure that on Monday morning at the latest my budget is up-to-date. Ideally, I’ll have it up-to-date Sunday evening. Attribute points will be distributed at the end of the challenge based on total points accumulated in each category. Mini-challenge participation will grant me 5 points in the appropriate category each day I contribute (for example, if the challenge is to earn +1 STR, it will be 5 points in the strength category when I do it). If the mini is particularly involved, I can earn 10 points in the appropriate category; alternatively, if I’m one of the top five contributors if it’s a quantitative challenge (top three in a team if we do teams), I can earn 15 points (only once a week). Clarification: if I'm both top three in teams and top five overall, then it will be 30 points. In order to successfully complete the challenge, I need to accumulate a total of 2,500 points. Number subject to change based on my progress throughout the course of the challenge. For every increase I need to do, I will earn myself $50 towards my upcoming Japan vacation. BONUS CHALLENGES And here are some extra things I'd like to pay attention to and reward myself if possible that didn't make it into the grab bag itself. Twenty Pull-Ups Challenge: I’m participating in the PVP for the Twenty Pull-Ups Challenge, and damn it, I’d like to be able to do a pull-up before I turn 30 besides! That gives me 15 months to do a pull-up. So every time I do this, I will earn myself an extra +5 points towards strength, up to 3x/week for 15 bonus points. I will most likely spend the entirety of the 8 weeks in the -2/-1 Week but hey, it's the effort that counts! Pirouette Drills/Tap Basics: So I suck at pirouettes, and this is not okay. I may not be able to move up to the intermediate jazz classes for a while, but if anything is going to hold me back, it’ll be my pirouettes. So, every day that I work on the drills, I will earn myself +10 points towards dexterity. (Added on Day 02: Because I need some serious help with tap basics, if I work on it at home, I will earn +10 points towards dexterity. If I do both pirouette drills and tap basics, then yes, it'll be +20 dexterity points.) Conditioning: I want to spend quality time with my exercise band and the foam roller and work on my grip strength. Every day that I do conditioning exercises with the band, roll out my muscles, or dedicate some time specifically to grip strength, I will earn +5 points towards my stamina. Why stamina? Because this will keep me going stronger, longer! Clarification: +5 points each conditioning exercise. Meal-Planning: A lot of stress that comes from making sure I meet my macros comes from a lack of planning, and so I will plan out my breakfasts and lunches for the work week every Sunday to make sure that no matter what I eat for dinner, I know I’ll be making my minimum counts on protein. If I make a plan, I will earn +20 points towards constitution for the week. If I stick to it, I will earn an additional +30 points for the week. Adjustment: for every breakfast and lunch during the work week I eat according to play, I will earn +3 constitution points up to +30 points. Focus: I am… really bad at staying focused at work. The Adderall helps, but I have to pull my own weight in this regard, too. The goal here is to devote only the last 15 minutes of any given hour towards non-work distractions, and at the top of the hour, I’m back to doing something productive again. If I miss that :45 mark, I miss it and I can’t make it up. And if I really need a distraction, I take a brief walk to either get more tea, or a glass of water, or just walk around the building some. And if I have nothing to do? I FIND something to do that’s work-related, even if it’s just reading documents. I earn myself +15 points towards wisdom for every day that I manage to stick to these criteria. Hygiene Routine: I am AWFUL at taking care of myself before I go to bed. I usually just do one or two things (usually dental care) and then hit the sack. I need to be better about this. And so, every night I commit to a full hygiene routine, I will earn +10 points towards charisma. What is a full hygiene routine? Brush my teeth, floss, wash my face, moisturize. If I do a full facial, I get an additional +10 points. WEEKLY RECAPS Day Zero | Week One | Week Two | Week Three | Week Four | Week Five | Week Six | Challenge Complete! REWARDS (non-stacking) I'll be going to Japan at the end of December through mid-January, and Japan is expensive, so this is the money I'm going to allow myself to withdraw from personal savings. Non-stacking, because let's not go insane here! This is the money for food and shopping and sightseeing adventures. I'm already budgeting for travel and hotel costs. This will be on top of the money I allot myself via bonus money in the above quests. 100% of total points achieved = $500 towards Japan spending money 90% of total points achieved = $400 towards Japan spending money 80% of total points achieved = $300 towards Japan spending money Starting Measurements and Pictures Waist @ narrowest: 26.875" Waist @ navel: 30.625" Hips: 36.25" Thigh: 21.75" Calf: 14" Est bf%: 23.35% (as of 9/7/15) Weight: 124lb (as of 9/14/15)
  3. Actress by midnight, rocket scientist by daylight… wait. That’s not how that goes. MAIN QUEST: Establish healthy habits and make permanent changes. Because after a year on NF, I’m still relying on these challenges to stay on top of being healthy, and it’s time to really start solidifying these things as real and true habits once and for all. QUEST 1: DON’T EAT LIKE USAGI [+4 CON] For Usagi, every day is a cheat day. I, fortunately, have better self-control and only have cheat days once a week, but even once a week is too much. Getting rid of cheat days altogether isn’t a sustainable practice for me personally, but I also need to stop with once a week cheat days. So for this challenge, I will only allow myself one cheat day every two weeks. For my purposes, a cheat day is a day in which I throw caution to the wind, don’t track my calories, and eat all of the things. In order for something not to count as a cheat day, I need to log every single calorie consumed regardless of how many calories I actually ate. The eventual goal is to allow myself cheat days only once a month, or only on holidays, but baby steps! A = 0-3 cheat days | B = 4 cheat days | D = 5 cheat days | F = 6+ cheat days HOTARU BONUS! For every day that I eat at least 75g of protein, I will reward myself $5 for free-spending money in Cancun (if earned in Weeks 1-4) or Japan (if earned in Weeks 5-6). QUEST 2: THE BEAUTY AND GRACE OF REI [+2 DEX] I miss dance class terribly and I need to get back into it badly. Problem is, August is a weird time for many dance studios as they come out of summer schedules and into fall schedules, but that shouldn’t stop me, and it won’t! So, once a week, I will go to a jazz or tap class. EDIT: I will dance 60 min/week Ideally both, but it’s dependent on the schedules of the studios. The week I’m in Cancun is exempt. because I’m about 99.99% certain there won’t be dance studios available to me to complete this quest. If for any reason a jazz or tap class isn’t available, I will count any other dance class or 60 minutes worth of at-home practice. A = 60+ minutes | B = 45-59 minutes | C = 30-44 minutes | D = 15-29 minutes | F = 0-14 minutes MICHIRU BONUS! For every dedicated extra 15 minutes spent working on dance, I will earn myself $5 towards Cancun (Weeks 1-4) and Japan (Weeks 5-6). If I manage to make it to a jazz or tap class, that's an extra $10. QUEST 3: BE TOUGH LIKE MAKOTO [+3 STR, +2 DEX] I’ve always admired Mako-chan for her strength, and while I don’t necessarily need to be so strong as to be able to lift youma over my head (though that would be cool), strength is something I do want to continue to work on since it’ll help me in all aspects of my life. And so I will do strength training 3x/week. A necessary part of this regimen will be to cooldown with 10-15 minutes of dedicated flexibility because injuries suck, and I want to be able to do the splits because I am so close I can taste it. A strength training session will not count if I don’t finish with deep flexibility work. Strength: A = 3x/week | B = 2x/week | C = 1x/week | F = 0x/week HARUKA BONUS! Since I do plan to continue running races but don’t want to overwhelm myself with too many quests, I will earn myself $5 for every run I go on during the quest towards Cancun (Weeks 1-4) and Japan (Weeks 5-6). Races count. LIFE QUEST 1: RESPONSIBLE LIKE AMI [+2 WIS] I need to get better at adulting, especially in the realm of finances. The past few years, I’ve been coasting because I make really good money that I never had to actually worry about it, but between expensive vacations, moving, and getting closer to my 30s, it’s time to grow up a little bit. Therefore, I’m going to make and maintain a budget, making sure every Sunday that it is up to date with every last purchase and transaction I made during the past week. Pass = Budget up-to-date and accurate | Fail = Didn’t even touch it SETSUNA BONUS! Any surplus I have in my budget at the end of August will be put towards free-spending money in Japan. (And yes, I’m including all this bonus money business into my budget!) LIFE QUEST 2: BARRELING TOWARDS STARDOM WITH MINAKO [+2 CHA] With the closing of Cabaret during Week 2 of this challenge and with no new shows lined up (nor am I wanting to do anything until September anyway), August is promising to be a dead time in which post-show depression and the fears and anxieties of never being cast again will hover over me. Instead of moping, I want to be proactive and keep working towards improving my acting skills! That’s why 3x/week, I will do something productive towards my acting career. It can be reading a play, seeing a live play/musical, researching monologues, working on audition stuff, going to a workshop, whatever. Looking up and signing up for auditions will not count; attending auditions and callbacks will count. A = 3x/week | B = 2x/week | C = 1x/week | F = 0x/week SEIYA, TAIKI, AND YATEN BONUS! If I do something towards my acting career more than 3x/week, I will reward myself an additional $5 per extra day of work. SUMMARY Quest 1: No more than 3 cheat days over the course of 6 weeks Quest 2: Jazz/tap class 1x/week Quest 3: Strength training 3x/week Life Quest 1: Maintain a budget 1x/week Life Quest 2: Acting development 3x/week STAT POINT DISTRIBUTION: +3 STR | +4 DEX | 0 STA | +4 CON | +2 WIS | +2 CHA WEEKLY RECAPS Day Zero | Week One | Week Two | Week Three | Week Four | Week Five | Challenge Complete! REWARDS! (non-stacking) I'll be going to Japan at the end of December through mid-January, and Japan is expensive, so this is the money I'm going to allow myself to withdraw from personal savings. Non-stacking, because let's not go insane here. ;;; This is the money for food and shopping. I'm already budgeting for travel and hotel costs. This will be on top of the money I allot myself via bonus money in the above quests. A-average = $500 spending money for Japan B-average = $400 spending money for Japan C-average = $300 spending money for Japan Starting Measurements and Pictures: Waist @ Narrowest: 26.75" Waist @ Navel: 30" Hips: 36.75" Thigh: 21.625" Calf: 14.25" Est. bf%: 22% (based on last year's data marks)
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