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  1. First off: *g8ggle gif* Ahem. Now that we’ve got that out of the way .... It looks like #lockdownlightlife is not evaporating where I live any time soon. Things are mostly back to normal - with a few exceptions. Masks, temperature checks and green status health apps are required everywhere but running outdoors Restaurants are still limited to parties of 5; with varying capacity Gyms are strictly limited to something like 3m of space around each goer Entrance to the country - even for residents - is highly limited and is a dodgy proposition at best, with strict quarantine protocols upon re-entry for those lucky enough to gain permission to enter. It’s a far from guaranteed thing. I’m sure there are more things, but those are the ones that affect me directly I’m still fairing pretty well with things as they are. It looks like this challenge will encapsulate Thanksgiving - let’s see if I get to do my big to-do for that, or if I’m running packaged plates to friends individually. I’ve promised that hell or high water it’s happening this year. Goals - Of Consistency, no less Nutrition. Continue on the trajectory from last challenge by: Not eating like an asshole (meaning not eating things I know are going to cause me pain or too damn much or all junk in a day) Keeping a loose eye on my macros on a weekly level and seeing how closely they resemble My Fitness Pal’s gentle weight loss guidelines by tracking my food daily with an eye toward accuracy but not Nazi-ism Making sure to eat at least 2 servings of vegetables a day even if I don’t wanna Try to get enough water. What’s enough? An amount so I don’t wake up dehydrated feeling Movement. Continue on my 4 - 5x a week yoga schedule via Zoom or in-person if desirable/available; add in some sort of accessory work on Saturdays. Either a 5th yoga class or something in the gym in my building - even if that’s just treadmill & a podcast Social Habits. Continue on with my Zoom Tuesday Coffee with friends for as long as that lasts; continue supporting my Herd as daily as possible; continue trying to expand my social network through this new D&D group; try to interact with other humans in the world at least once a week Stoke That Creative Flame. Keep my running crafts going. Currently, I’m still into clothes sewing and embroidery. Keep that up. Maybe add other things in as they catch my fancy - but, and this is a biggie: use up the supplies I have on hand before delving into a new thing that requires a bunch of specialty tools. Yeah. I know. This is the bane of all handicrafts peoples. And I used to have bins and bins of supplies from all the different things I’ve done over the years - but I don’t have that here, and to re-build that level of stash is ridiculous. I also don’t have storage space for that shit. So: use what you’ve got and then move on Also tied to #4: Exercise Your Brain. I’ve got a year of Skillshare, and while that’s not learning on the level I feel comfortable with, bite sized info is fine. And it’s better than the plague of listicles that has taken the rest of the godsdamn Internet over. Pick a “class”, complete it, take with it what I can, move on. Not every instance of learning needs structure or metrics. Or papers. Certainly not dissertations. And I almost forgot: Get out of my comfort zone. We all know how much I love a photo challenge. I’ve been stagnant in my photography for months and months and wanted to grow my skills. I haaaaaaaate people in my pictures and my selfies are abominable. I’m also never satisfied with my face in them. Which seems like a psychological bear that needs poking. Hell, I bailed on my 365 days of yoga for Year 40 challenge - let’s fuck around with some insecurities. Shake some trees and see what falls. As such, work on improving my people photography game through selfies - and post the best one in a week. Phone or “real” camera, it doesn’t matter. Face in the shot or hidden - whatever. Just create something and get it somewhere decent. Doesn’t have to be magazine worthy. And that’s pretty much it, at least thus far. Not a deviation from previous Cycles, but more a continuation of that solid foundation I’ve built with a look toward at least gathering the supplies for a second level.
  2. Hello Everyone ! I should of started this a while back when I was on fire for the Lord and hungry to learn and memorize scripture. I'm still hungry but have recently got out of the habit of daily devotionals and wanting to guard my heart with the Good News of the Bible. I want to get back to my daily habits of reading the Bible, memorizing scripture and continuing to walk the narrow path for the Lord of Lords. I was hoping I wouldn't be alone in this journey. Proverbs 27:17 says, "Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens another." (CSB version). How true this statement is. The devil seeks to isolate us. God seeks to bring us together for the Glory of His Kingdom. This is why I choose to make an accountability group. Together, through prayer and worship and encouragement, we, too, can be like iron and sharpen one another. Over the course of...well, forever, I want to keep this group active and strong as we all work to grow closer to God through daily sharpening. Like the parable of the sower in Matthew 13:7, we cannot allow the seeds that fall among thorns to be choked out. We must guard our hearts from the enemy at all cost because he seeks to choke out our faith. He seeks to smother us and keep us living in darkness and sin...to be bound in chains and to be as far away from God as possible. I know that together we can form a community of Christ followers and combat the devil and his wicked ways by the Power of the Word of God. I know that we can lift each other up in prayer and form bonds that will be blessed and powered by God Himself. Who's with me?? When I started my memorization, I started with 4 verses I wanted to learn. Not all at the same time, but over the course of a couple months, I learned; Romans 8:28, Ephesians 3:20, Philippians 4:6 and Jeremiah 29:11. These are more well known verses but each on of them carried significant weight. I would read them. I would listen to them. I would turn them into songs. I would wake up in the morning and recall them all before I brushed my teeth. The goal here is memorization and the ability to recall scripture in the heat of battle. If you have a specific method for learning and memorizing, then please share with the group. You never know what failed methods you've tried may help another person out, so please, don't be shy. I also realize that not all of us will read the same translation, and that's perfectly fine. As long as you are actively trying to learn and read from the Good Book, then I don't think it matters in the slightest which version you read. I prefer the Christian Standard Bible or the CSB, so, anything I post and refer to is usually referencing that version. If I reference another translation, then I will add that in parentheses. ACCOUNTABILITY GROUP GOALS: The goal with this accountability group is to choose 2-3 verses each month and memorize them. We can actively as a group choose these, or we can all have different pieces we are working on and encourage one another during the month-I'll let the majority decide on that. I'm fine with either one . Post your memorization methods for the group and see if we can help each other out! And, I want this to be a place where we can generally just talk God, faith, salvation, promise, struggles, sin, and anything else. This is a judgement free zone as we will leave the judging to our Lord and Savior. This is a place for ALL God's people to come together and exhibit the most important commandment of all: LOVE. Ask questions. Encourage. Learn. And continue to fight sin together as one People under God. Wolf
  3. Building my first Holocron - Jedi Sentinel Training, Prologue Welcome to my first 'official' challenge with the Rebellion. I've kept many Battle-Logs (and I am running one now - Holo-log - Study of the Jedi Sentinal), but never participated in a four week challenge. Here we go then. Background After years of physical training, experimenting with a number of training domains, I now appreciate the need for dedicated focuses. Short, sharp, intensive periods where I can push to better myself at a select number of skills. I'll call these chapters in the Holocron I am writing on my progress towards becoming a Master Jedi. Prologue - A Foundation 12 Feb - 11 Mar "Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation." - Saint Augustine A Jedi Sentinel is a Force Adept who blends combat expertise and training in the Force with a more pragmatic approach to their duties. If I truly desire a higher structure, I need to focus on these key elements; I need to ensure my foundation is strong. Challenge parameters: Jedi Physical Training - building the ability for combat expertise - Train each day according to your program. See Battle-Log for structure. This is will always be enduring. Jedi Mind Training - connecting with the Force - Journal each day. - Reflect on the end of each day. - Read 'The Daily Stoic' each day, and write to your family. Jedi Sentinel Training - preparing for expanding to future skills - Complete 'Learning How to Learn' MOOC - Complete 'Mindshift' MOOC - Teach 'Learning How to Learn' principles to an audience
  4. I'm on the final countdown to my next hike, The Great Ocean Walk (100km). In four weeks time I'll be sitting in a campsite overlooking the ocean. My hiking buddy is applying to join the police force and as would happen has her fitness test on the day that would be day two of the hike. Because Easter we can't adjust the start and end date so I first thought to just skip the first two days, but then I remembered that a lot of hiker/bloggers skipped a campsite on the first two days where the terrain is easier - so I have adjusted the booking and now we are starting with a 21km and 22km days before settling into around 15km with more hills. This is a big push for me because I'm more of the slow and steady type. With all this in mind I'm starting my challenge today (Ok it's a Tuesday) so I can fit in a four week plan to prepare. Quest One: HEALTHY FOOD - the do and don't challenge 1. DO eat more vegetables. I'm good at salad for lunch but often fall into the lazy dinner. I just need to get a bit more organised. 2. DON'T eat carbs. I'm planning on a four week low carb challenge to get myself into better hiking condition. 3. DO track food. I can't do low carb without tracking - I'm not expert enough to do it well. Also tracking leads to accountability. 4. DON'T beat myself up about food choices - something I'm more prone to do when tracking. Don't get me wrong, I've had success with tracking before but I can go off the rails and give up. Quest Two: FIT FOR HIKING I've got a good general fitness routine going and should be getting in a few extra yoga sessions because I've bought a four week membership with my sister-in-law. What I need is to step it up and I plan to do this with: 1. Steps - I'd love to do 10,000 and I have such admiration for those who do. Again I don't want to beat myself up if I don't so I'm aiming for 10,000 but what I real need is to schedule in some walking time. 2. Running/Interval While I'm not a runner I do have a little routine of about 5 minute jog and then some interval sprints while walking the dog and then the same in return. While it achieves around 6,000 steps it also leaves me with some serious DOMS which shows that I'm out of my training comfort zone. 3. Put on the Pack - It's time to shoulder the pack and get some km's in. I'm not likely to do this during a normal work day so I'm planning for the next three weekends and then in the week before we start I'll have a little weekday free time to maybe get a morning or evening session or two in. 4. Yoga - I have a four week yoga pass mostly to encourage my Sister-in-law to try yoga. It wasn't a happy beginner session for her so enthusiasm might die pretty quickly. I would like to try all the various classes so if going regularly with the SIL doesn't pan out I will attend a few sessions a week myself to take advantage of the pass and improve my yogaing. Quest Three: LIFE LONG LEARNER Really I just want to keep this going so I don't lose momentum. Two mid-week session and then at least one (but probably two) sessions on the weekend. Most if it has been easy but I'm expecting it to get hard real soon. I'm just trying to tick off the beginner stuff as quick as I can. Quest Four: LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE I haven't been working on this quest so far. Basically it is a combination of my living environment (de-cluttering, doing repairs, beautifying) and having strong health relationships around me. 1. Just call your mother - I am well an truely a grown women who shouldn't need to be prompted to call my own mother. I just need to develop a habit so I'm not feeling guilty about not calling her or dropping to to see her (also my dad, but somehow it seems worse not to call your mum). I should be able to drop in to see her three times in this challenge (I've got a standing monthly knitting day in MY diary) and call her at least once a week (twice if I don't see her). 2. Fix something - I have an actual list of things that need fixing. Most are projects that I'm working on with my family - and motivation can be an issue. 3. De-clutter - THE SHED. Hubby has already started this so the yard is full of stuff that now needs to be sorted, thrown, donated or put away. This has to happen (so not really a goal but I'll feel good to cross it off the list). 4. Beautify - New Garden bed - Again this is already mostly scheduled - just waiting for pay day to buy some soil. I've been working towards this for ages but process is slow due to money and family priorities. I'd love to have the bed ready to start planting after Easter but will settle just for the load of soil to be carted to the back yard to start filing it up. LIFE GOAL: Hike Prep Even though it's not that long since I did the last seven day hike - I really need to get organised for this one. My hiking buddy is really busy moving houses and applying to the police force so is a little distracted. Also planning for The Overland took more effort in terms of needing to get to Tasmania etc that I felt that I had started earlier and was a little more focus on preparation. What I really need to do is: 1. Menu planning and food purchase. 2. Collect all the hiking things together ready to pack (I actually train with as much real stuff in the pack as possible so this should happen as part of the fitness goal). 3. Logistics - getting there - maps - tide times (Very important!!) It looks like a busy challenge - I'll really have to be focused. I'm heading to my Trello board to schedule some of this stuff in!
  5. After a F Up in my last challenge and a okay Respawn...here it is...the last challenge I will do with the Scouts for now. I will ttry something new and split my goals over the four weeks (because this time it makes totally sense.) I will add how many times at least I want to do so that I feel that I passed that goal in brackets My goals are: Quest 1: Run Forest Run! Timeframe: Now till 2nd October My first ever marathon will be on October 2nd so the goals are: - Follow the plan for regeneration and running (I will add that here later) - Do yoga every other day.(Goal 7times) - Finish the marathon! Bonus: Plan meals that will benefit the overall goal CLEARED! Quest 2: Habla Espanol? Timeframe: 5th October till 22th October It's time to get back to learning Spanish. Since I will be travelling a lot there should be time for learning: - When on the road, read at least one chapters from the spanish book per day ( 13times) - when at home add 20 minutes of vocabulary training (with cards and/or duolingo) Quest 3: "...denn du bist, was du isst" (Rammstein reference because German - Track what I eat with MFP - Try to stay under the calorie goal - Don't undereat (-200kcal for the goal are okay...) Quest 4: It's all about the community! - Have a lot of fun meeting NF-Nerds in Edinburgh - Support the League of Epicness (and maybee restart the Accountabuddie Thread for that) - Support the Hellfire Club (REPRESENT ) - Spread the PMA So that's it for now.
  6. Hello again... this is the continuation of a thread that began last challenge (Link). We talk about all things kitchen, cooking and eating. I try to cook one meal a weak and post the pictures here. You are free to set your own rules. So lets get cooking... During the last week of the last challenge i was sick and sleept a lot. I didn't really cook, but tried various smoothies. These following two i like best: * 2 Bananas, a cup full of spinache, apple juice, a lime * 2 Bananas, almonds, a spoonful of honey, milk
  7. After leaving the Scorpion tunnels, Red decides to enjoy nature a bit by taking a stroll into the nearest forest. However, the powers that be, decide that they aren't done with him yet... "Ahh, now this is nice! Just the still trees and the whispering wind." He hears something move. He turns around, only to see nothing, but leaves fall around him. 'Huh, must've been my imagination.' he thought. He keeps moving forward, and again, he hears that same rustling, knowing that something is indeed watching him, he pretends not to notice, a few steps further, he listens intently to pinpoint the source. Once he hears movement again, he immediately throws his sword at the would-be stalker. "HA! Found you!" Once the sword struck, he hears an unexpected sound, "WAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!" As something, or rather someone, hits the ground in front of him. "What the--? An archer? What are you doing following me?" The Archer replied, "I wasn't following you, you idiot! I was following the Slime!!!" "Slime? What slime?!" "The slime you stepped into, and now got ME stuck in! You idiot!" "What the?! How in the--" "Great! Now we're both going to be slowly digested, I hope your happy!" "Now, hang on, if we work together, surely we can get out of this... err... slime!" "Fine! But you have to do exactly what I say, otherwise, we're dead meat! And don't call me 'Shirley'!" "First of all, we need to get our arms free!" - By doing the Advanced Bodyweight routine and Shadow Boxing x3 a week! Str +2, Sta +3 "Then we need to Pull ourselves out!" - Work up to 3 sets of 6 pull-ups or 1 set of 15 without stopping! Str +2 Sta +2 "OK, What do you know about slimes?" "Uhh, they're slimy?" - Set aside an hour to review Biology notes, or watch a Biology lecture 5 times a week. Wis +3 "Come on! You have to want this as much as the next breath! Literally!" - This one is a bit of a personal goal, I feel like I've lost my drive to achieve my life-long dream of becoming a doctor, so this goal is mainly to remember what made me want to be one in the first place, and to rekindle that drive that made me obsessed with this dream. There's really nothing to measure with, although, if you guys can help me by asking me deep philosophical questions about it or question my reasons for being so, it'll help me sort my thoughts... I hope. +5 Inspiration!
  8. 2016 Road Map These are my big goals for the next year, there is a lot I want to accomplish so I reserve the right to alter them as life happens Mental Health Live In the Moment- take things second by second day by day maintain good habits Meditation at least 5x per week, preferably daily Inspiration Gratitude Positive Self Talk falling in love with myself Physical Health Exercise Pilates 2x per week Lifting 2-3x per week walking- as active rest yoga? Eat your Freggies Sleep Water Creative Health: Writing write another book this year (Camp NaNo) finish second draft of 2014 Nano by april (Editing from Jan-March) finish third draft by june (March-May) finish 2015 Nano (May-June) Drawing 1 per challenge Music Write an EP 3-4 songs I like Become proficient at guitar, this means: able to play songs change chords well know all the notes on the frets Return to School: Financial Aid for School tax returns (by april priority deadline) fafsa (by april priority deadline) CSS profile (by april priority deadline) Finalize return to Wes (May-June) email dean email advisor pick classes Learning: Read 20 new books this year Take 3 coursera courses to get used to studying and classes again Fluency in French?
  9. Where to begin? I'll start by saying I am a 24 year-old Canadian girl. I'm 5'3", weighing ????? pounds (I'll get to that later), looking to really commit to getting my butt in shape!! Literally and figuratively speaking. I need to go back a bit to explain. A long time ago, in a city far far away.... For the longest time I was kept in decent shape by a physically demanding job, but then I was promoted to an office job. A financial "Yay!" but a physical "Oh no". I quickly went from weighing about 115lbs to 150lbs. Ouch. Over and over again I told myself I would get in shape, but I could never commit. Until about a couple months ago. I am doing great! I'm really trying to stick to mostly healthy eating as well as working out most days of the week. It also helped that I STOPPED weighing myself! I have no idea what I weigh right now and it's incredibly liberating. I realize that the scale is what made me stop every other time. Since your weight doesn't properly reflect how well you're doing, it was always a disappointment and very discouraging. Now that I am more determined than ever, I NEED SOME HELP. I need anything I can get ESPECIALLY support. Unfortunately my friends, and fiance, are all gaming nerds with 0 interest in being healthy, so I am on my own here. I'll tell you where I am at right now: Every Sunday and Thursday I take a 1 hour Iyengar yoga class (cutting back to one soon for financial reasons). 1-2 times a week I go to the gym with for 1-2 hours, usually focusing on either my arms or my legs (mostly machine-work for my legs). At home I switch it up quite a bit. From running on my treadmill for 20 minutes or so (attempting HIIT training), or doing awesome and short Youtube "Blogilate" workouts. As far as food goes, I am REALLY trying to eat healthy. Overeating is my weakness...and cheese...mmm...cheese (I'm never giving that up though). It's tough to find time to prep and cook dinner every night (if I don't cook, it's pizza or KD for dinner), So I'm also looking for great, healthy recipes that I can prep ahead of time, use the slow cooker and/or freeze. I also need some MAJOR support here. It's incredibly hard to eat healthy and properly living with someone that is determined to eat and buy junk all the time, as well as argues with me about what is good food and what is not. This also causes a lot of food to go to waste. If I don't eat fresh food right away, it's garbage. Did I also mention that I love playing video and computer games?!? It's true. So far I'm proud of myself for staying away from a new WoW subscription. Although I could probably resist the temptation on my own, it's nearly impossible with a certain someone I care about, begging, bribing, and reasoning with me to join him in doing some LFR (as in al of them) dungeons, daily quests etc. I also have incredibly low self-esteem. I need to stay positive and I just need someone to keep me on track! Someone I can talk to on a regular basis about healthy eating, new techniques and overall encouragement...and you know, I can also be won over with talks about Fantasy novels (esp. WoT...I have a Moiraine costume), Star Wars, Firefly, WoW, Diablo, and you know, general awesome things like that. Help me Rebels, You're my only hope!
  10. Last we left Red, He agreed to become the apprentice of the Martial Arts Master, Kru... "OK, it looks like this is it." Red looks around, confused. "What's it?" With a smile and a bow, Kru vaguely explains, "The Winds of Change have begun to blow, our meeting will soon come to and end and you will have to continue on your journey without me." "Wait, whaaa?! Why? H-how could you possibly know that?" "Sorry, guy, but you're just going to have to wait and see." And he was right... Several weeks later, Red found himself unemployed, walking along his path and now he looks ahead and faces uncertainty... "What do I do now?" He asks himself, he knows where he wants to go, however he doesn't how to get there. He hears a voice echoing from the crystal in his pocket, 'Scorpion...' He pulls out the Water crystal shard and notices that this isn't where the voice is coming from. 'Scorpion...' it whispers again from his pocket, he reaches inside and pulls out something he didn't know he had, a Fire Crystal shard! "What the? How did--... *sigh* Kru. But wait, this is great! I'm on my way! Now, how do I activate this thi--" 'Scorpion.' The shard echoes. "What does that even mean?" Red stood for a moment. and then he looked around and found himself not alone. 'Why are they just staring at me?' Red thought to himself. 'Because they're here to guide you.' "OK! This is starting to get a bit freaky! Err... Lead the way?" At once, the Arachnids began crawling towards a direction. 'Let them guide you.' And so, Red follows the Path of the Scorpion! 'The Scorpion is aware of its limitations and potentials' - One of my favorite TV shows, where a bunch of Super geniuses solve world disasters using their intellect. I am going to remember and relearn information lost to me, by watching Biology courses from MIT and studying my old textbooks and notes! - Finish all of the Courses before the Challenge is over'The Scorpion constantly strives to perfect its abilities' - I will not be able to take Muay Thai (due to my not having a job currently), but I will finish out the month and resume my training based on what I've learned. - Make a Routine involving MT practices and BW exercises'The Scorpion endures the harshest of conditions' - Look for a new job - Apply to as many as possible and finish up loose ends'The Scorpion does not even let loss of limb stop it from moving forward' - Don't let myself be comfortable with not having a job, to be constantly reading, learning, or applying - Keep moving forward!
  11. This challenge will be all about rainbows. And cats, but of course everything on the internet is about cats, so therefore this is a rainbow challenge. Anyway, rainbows are awesome: - they have many colours - they are formed like an arch - they are outside - they are very science-y I want my life to be more like a rainbow! Therefore, my goals for the next challenge are: 1. Cook with colourful vegetables and fruits, at least 14 different ones, 2 for each colour of the rainbow. Instead of blue and indigo, I can use any colour I want. So at least 2 red, orange, yellow, green and purple fruits and vegetables, and at least 14 in total. The ulterior goal here is to keep eating varied foods. 2. Practice bridges every day. Bridges are a great show-off and cool trick, they also might be good for back-mobility. I will also do one auxiliary exercise every day, mostly to help with upper back mobility and wrist strength. Lastly, before and after pictures are mandatory . 3. Walk/cycle for fun once a week. I used to enjoy going outside for a walk or cycle route, but I keep giving myself excuses why I don't do it anymore lately. No more! One route of at least 30 minutes every week. Berry picking sessions do count though . 4. Do something science-y every week. I need to keep expanding my knowledge to feel fulfilled, and with my PhD I'm just learning more about a relatively small subject. Possible activities: - read a peer-reviewed paper that's not from my field - read a chapter of a book at undergrad level, not from my field - work on advanced programming techniques, testing, or other computer science skills for at least 1 hour - solve a project Euler puzzle Scoring Each goal will get a percentage in the end. Grades are given based on these percentages: 100% A+, 90-100% A, 80-90% B, 70-80% C, <70% F. Have a nice challenge!
  12. Neva


    3 skills and 3 for improvement of self and non-procrastination (Archery falling in both) Archery 2 hours a week (~20min a day average, if one day is missed per week) That is a total of 12 hours for the challenge It may not arrive until the second week, but I plan to make that up with initial excitement. Push-ups Average 20 a day Which is 140 a week and 840 total Sewing I plan to level up this skill so that I can forge high charisma points. I have 3 started but not finished projects, and mending for a total of 4. -all mending by end of challenge, including new articles -finish making a jumper -fix an old dress project -corset After those I have some easy-ish ideas for further skill leveling before I start with the awesome attire ideas. Studying I was at 88% last challenge, so I won't up the amounts. Average 2 hours per day that is 14 hours a week and 84 total Maths, physics, certifications, languages, vocabulary, music, whatever Read/Write/Draw I had this as two separate goals in the last challenge. I did well at doing some of both each day but I want to work toward finishing stuff. 40 total books read, chapters written, or pictures drawn finishing a previously started one counts books can include small or large (there is a mix for my pile for deciding to give away or keep) pictures do not need to be digital nor coloured, just in a state of completion (shading, backgrounds, . . the full idea)
  13. Onto The Next Challenge!! Brief recap of last challenge: Pretty much was a washout for my fitness goals but did learn several things. This challenge will (hopefully) be a welcome change to the former challenge. Continuing on with the previous challenge, more that I (kinda) found the Three Hidden Keys, time to unlock the Three Secret Gates. While similar, the last challenge gave me thoughts about how to augment and work them better.And now, on that note: AGAIN, MAY HAVE SLIGHT SPOILERS, YOU'VE BEEN WARNED!! Goal One: Out-Think the Copper Gate In the book, when Wade slips into the first gate, he ends up in a recreation of the film Wargames. Matthew Broderick as the quintessential 80s movie hacker. He needed to out think both the government and the computer. So now what I need to do is out think my old habits and get my mind working better. Goal 1: Learn something new every week (something substantial, via app, class, etc). +3 WIS Goal Two: Out-Fight the Jade Gate Through the second gate, one needed to contend with the game Black Tiger (Dragon in Japan). Very similar to many of the side-scrolling fighting games of the time like Double Dragon or Strider, it shows me the need to fight for what I want. Goal 2: Bodyweight workouts 3x per week +2 STR, +1 STA Goal Three: Out-Play the Crystal Gate I'm not going into too much detail on this one just because it's the last one and pretty awesome but I will say it dealt with several different things and now, so must I. I'm calling this the Three F's Goal (though three f's have nothing to do with the book, just this challenge). Going to focus on Food, Fellowship, and Focus. Goal 3a: Food: 7 Healthy Meals per week (no limitations) +1 CON, +1 CHA Goal 3b: Fellowship: Keeping up with the community +1 WIS, +1 CHA Goal 3c: Focus: Meditate for 30 15 minutes twice a week +1 STA, +1 WIS
  14. To achieve Level 8, I will be continuing working towards a more balanced self. I have some loose ends to tie up before I holiday in Amsterdam with my SO and BFF and a crowd of other dolly people. My Amsterdam trip will happen during the last 2 weeks of this challenge. My main quest is to fit comfortably into size 14 trousers by losing body fat. To move towards this achievement, I have set the following quests for this challenge: 1. Handstands! STR+1 DEX+2 As a much younger hooman, summer lunchtimes were spent out on the fields doing cartwheels and handstands. Now I have all but overcome my shoulder injury, the time has come to revisit those carefree days. Using Chris Salvato's method as a guide, I will spend 5 minutes per day on handstand practice (continued from previous challenge). A = 28+ days of handstand practice B = 25-27 days C = 22-24 days F = 21 days or fewer of handstand practice. 2. New Moves! STR+1 DEX+2 WIS+2 After being introduced to kettlebells last round by the Rangers mini-challenge, I found I enjoy learning new things and incorporating them into my circuits. So using sources such as Girls Gone Strong and Lift Weights Faster, I plan to learn new exercises I can put into practice. A = 15 new moves or more B = 12-14 new moves C = 9-11 new moves F = 8 new moves or fewer 3. Spreadsheets! WIS+3 CON+1 My employers have provided me with an advanced course in Excel, all paid for, but I need to find a few hours a week to learn it, practice it and take an exam. I want to take the exam before August. A = Learned, practiced and exam date agreed B = Still practicing but nearly there C = Still learning; will sit exam but not sure if I will pass F = Nowhere near ready, have to defer the exam 4. Floor! CON+2 CHA+1 Now my wardrobe is tidy, I want to make use of the mirrored doors and the space in front of the doors. I need to make a space on my floor for my exercise mat to fit. In order to see that bit of floor, I need to put things away and keep them away. A = Plenty of space for my mat B = Mat fits but clutter is creeping back C = Mat just fits but I trashed everywhere else F = No space for a mat to fit
  15. Since I was a kid, I always looked up to the superheroes out there, especially Spiderman, because he is the friendly boy next door you really can compare yourself with, he struggles with daily problems, girls, is short on money and the bad guys of course, but still, he never loses his courage, his hopes and tries always to be friendly. But what do you need to "become" Spiderman? I know, it's gonna be hard to find a radioactive spider and let it bite you...and survive...and become superpowers, but there are some things you can do without your gene's be manipulated to become this friendly neighborhood Spiderman, and that's what I'm gonna try the next 6 weeks! Let's see, Spiderman is a pretty good wall climber, so I need to climb! I already climb, but now when it's getting warmer outside I can start again to climb on rocks and mountains. (STR+1) He is strong and his body looks better than mine, so I have to put on some muscles on my body and loose some fat with a different kind of workouts. I prefer to do bodyweightworkouts, pull ups, spiderman push ups, etc. (STR+2,CHA+1) He is fast and persistent, that's where I'll do some running and biking. (STA+2) He can fight, protect the ones he loves and kick the bad guys asses, that's something I definitely need to learn and this is why I'm joining krav maga classes. (CON+2,WIS+1) He is super flexible and acrobatic. I need to do stretches and get more flexible, Spidey also can do flips and stuff, but for the start, I try my luck with handstands. (DEX+3) And beneath that strength and superheropowers, he is still a pretty smart guy. I wanna go to italy this summer for my holidays and can't speak italian, that's why I want to learn this language, enough to order some stuff, ask directions and the usual small talk. (WIS+2,CHA+1) and let's face it, you can't be strong, have superhuman reflexes, superhuman agility and be a smartass without watching your eating or sleeping habits. Or like someone once said: "Workout, plenty of rest. you know eat your green vegetables!" That's why I'm watching what I eat and try to get enough sleep. Sidequest: Peter Parker is also a photographer and I like to take photographs too, but didn't do it very often, I want to take my camera, go out and shoot some pictures! Oh, and I forgot the mention, Spiderman isn't invulnerable and that's something we already have in common. I hurt my right hand last friday and hope I can start soon with workouts and handstand practicing, but till then, I have to rest my hand and concentrate my power for the beginning on my other goals, like stretching and learning. Progress spreadsheet
  16. Wooh Wooh!! First challenge as a Monk and second overall. Time to get to it then: http://youtu.be/bQAULthTBvA I've been too sedentary, this time around I'm determined to get moving. BBWW, walking to Morodor and KickBoxing are what I have on my plate for this challenge. I also need to eat more like a Saiyan; veggies and meat are the way to go! I also need to use this time to gauge my center, so it's on with the Yoga and meditation. I really need to learn consistency, so I will offer myself bonus points if I can keep on track. On to my goals! #1: Gohan's Wilderness Training: No more messing around! M-W-F are my Beginner Body Weight Circuit days and T-Th will be my KickBoxing/Yoga days. Bonus points for not skipping more than 2 workouts a week. +2 STR BONUS: +3 CON #2: 10x Earth Gravity Training: Keep up with my 100 Pushup Challenge every day and hopefully be up to the big 1-0-0 by the time this challenge ends. Bonus Points for not skipping more than one workout a week. +1 STR +2 STA BONUS: +2 DEX #3: Eat Like Goku I need to explore my options as far as paleo goes. I've found that I'm in love with veggies (broccoli in particular) and I'm sure there's room for more. I also need to mix up the menu a little more. Add in seafood when finances allow and get down with some spare ribs since they're apparently super cheap at the Latin Market down the street. Bonus Points for eating one new veggie a week till the end of the challenge. +2 WIS BONUS: +1 DEX Side Goal: Gohan's Study Regiment: Collection of ze informacion. I need to keep up with my new Coursera classes, and read more. I'm also trying to learn spanish with Duolingo, so far so good, and I need to make using the app a habitual thing. +2 CHA So There it is. I don't have a way to get exact stats but my weight as of the moment is around 220 and my waist size is "36. I want to be around 200 and a 34" by time this challenge is over but it's more of a guideline than anything. As for my collection of information goal, I've started with Tim Ferriss' "4 Hour Chef" and I'll be reading along with the audiobook. Hopefully I'll finish it faster that way.
  17. becoming a heroine: challenge one: the spring semester grind Yo, nerds! So, midpoint update: At the start of this challenge, this thread was very long and over-complicated and maybe a little over-ambitious. Meaning I forgot that I would actually have a lot of work to do and a lot of friends to catch up with once the semester started. However, I'm pretty stoked with the way my semester has gone so far -- it's currently the start of week three of the semester, and week four of the challenge -- and I'm doing great. I'm not playing quidditch because I realized it would be too big of a time sap, but I am playing three different intramural sports, with one game per sport each week. I'm eating better (still not great, but better) and drinking at least a half-gallon of water a day just out of habit, now. I'm awake by 7:30 every weekday, and usually by 9:30 on the weekends. I'll come back to this later to update more fully, but overall, I'd say I'm kicking ass.
  18. Main Quest - Improve my base health Fitness Quest - Reverse weight gain and start to get fit again Life Quest - Rapidly increase my knowledge-base In previous challenges, I've noticed I: often want to completely change goals after 3 weeks, based on changing priorities have been too overwhelmed to complete everything I challenge myself to do, due to life circumstances So I have identified I need to: be less reactive, in general focus on smaller goals So here goes on the latter... 1. Look after my teeth - CON +4 My gums have been bleeding a lot recently when cleaning my teeth. - no sugary food at work - no more hot chocolate drinks (max: 3 over a weekend if needed, none during the week) - clean teeth twice a day - use mouthwash twice a week I will substitute lemon & ginger tea or hot water at work for hot chocolate drinks. I need to come up with a strategy for morning teeth cleaning, as I've always believed it's bad to clean teeth right after eating, but I don't have all that much time in the morning. 2. Stand up straight - STA +3 A continuation of my posture challenges. Monitor at least 10 times a day and adjust if I'm not stood up straight and head is kept up. Next level: maintain straight back when I'm bending over (e.g. in kitchen doing washing up or bathroom cleaning teeth), and while walking up & down stairs. 3. Take my asthma medicine regularly - CON +2 I've never really got into taking 'the brown inhaler' but apparently my life will be better for it. Take it twice a day (morning & night), every day. 4. Start exercising again - DEX +3 Gym twice a week. 5. Keep learning - WIS +3 After "sharpening the saw" in the last challenge, I feel that there's so much more I want and need to learn to level up in my career. Perhaps I should have been doing this 5 or 10 years ago, but what the heck, we are where we are! I won't specify in advance what I want to study, as it may change over time. However, I am signed up to two Coursera courses (Algorithms Part 2 and Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence), both of which I would like to absorb.
  19. Introduction Hi, I've moved over from the Rangers as I found most of my challenges were around improving self which is a natural fit for the Druid guild. I'm 95% vegan (100% vegetarian) and of all the forms of exercise, I like running. My favourite hobby is LARPing, and I'm looking forward to an intensive 6-day LARP event at the end of October. I joined NF a year ago now. This is my eighth challenge, and I've just changed my profile name. Eirlys (pronounced 'ayr-lees') is Welsh for snowdrop. I'm interested in learning more about practising stoicism in daily life, but that will have to wait for another day, and another challenge! Goals My goals for this challenge are to: improve my confidencesharpen up body & mind My probationary review at work indicated confidence is an area I need to address urgently. I believe that I will feel more confident if I a. get on top of the subject matter required by my new jobb. 'act as if' - having a hunched posture doesn't make me feel confident!c. just get stuff done. 1. LearnRead book: Responsive Web Design with HTML5 and CSS3Read book: Javascript & jQuery: The Missing ManualMemorise the article content on streamingmedia.comContinue watching videos for coursera.org: Think Again: How to Reason and Argue, for as long as I feel I'm deriving benefit from the courseRevise this list if I've finished both books before end of week 4 2. Stand Up Straight Check at least 10 times a day that my standing posture is correct, and that my head is up Success is graded by how many days I do this during the challenge. 3. Efficiency Now that I'm settling into my new job, I want to build up a sensible daily routine. At home:Continue to improve on routine: current improvement is to get ready for bed at 9-9.15pm, measurable by how many days I achieve this per week. Mitigating factors accepted, e.g. does not apply if I am out that evening.Review weekly whether I am ready to add another element to daily routine & start that if so. At work, continue to:wield the Sparkling Sword of Clarity to cut through the ambiguity and get answerswear the Helm of Action to plough through my work, especially getting through the daily fatigue around 5pm - measurable by whether I continue working at 5pm and leave the office around 6pm (or whether the end of my day slips by an hour)'touch it only once' - for items that take less than 5-10 minutes to do, don't write them down and come back to them, process them now 4. Life Quest - Purify I would love to feel in charge of my brain by the end of 2013. The outside - minimalism:Sell off selected books that have been removed from the shelvesCreate ebay listings for items to auction in advance of next free listingTake miscellaneous items to charity shopFind someone who wants to have my LARP-specific items The inside:Continue to monitor ruminating thoughts and follow this process:notice when I'm ruminating ask myself 'who' I'm ruminating to? (usually the sequence of thoughts is directed at someone/some group of people) ask myself what I'm seeking to achieve ask myself why I'm doing it think of other strategies/tactics for achieving my aimsWrite down any insights about my shadows ('mental scripts' that impair my life)Ponder and seek advice on how I can best deal with people who want to talk about a topic that causes me much anguishDo the exercise in the book 'The Worry Cure' for my biggest fear 5. Diet/Fitness Quest - Get Training & Get Healthy I have a LARP event I need to be super-fit for, just after this challenge finishes. Fitness:Try beating PB set for 1 mile run (7 min 43 s) - 'nice to have' - I've been out of action for 3 weeks following an operation, so I'm not sure how achieveable this is.HIIT at least once/weekExperiment with cardio that improves quick reactions, e.g. tabata - try something new at least onceDo floor exercises 3 times a week to get into shapeFood: Lose at least 1kgChallenge the 'excuse/temptation demon' that suggests I eat something unhealthy; I get 1 point for each time I manage this (over a period of 15 minutes)Weekly review & adjustment of strategies to stop snackingWeigh myself twice a day - I found this tactic very helpful when I lost 10kg last year.If I deem the number of 'challenge demon' points sufficient, I get to treat myself to something nice.If I lose 1kg, I also get a treat. Yes, bribery!! It's time to turn the tables on this particular challenge nemesis of mine!
  20. I'm probably younger than most people on this site. I'm in college, but I've been out of my shape for most of my life. A year or two ago, I joined a gym that offered some circuit training classes, which really boosted my fitness level, but I'm no fitness pro. I've since grown weary of having to go and suck from the teet of the great, bloated cow that is the franchise gym. I want to learn what the trainers there know and be able to take control of my own fitness, rather than relinquishing control to them. I'm hoping I can learn from this site and from it's members. I'd greatly appreciate it if you would all allow me to extensively pick your brains, because I have a lot to learn.
  21. The city of sorrows is silent still in the early hours before dawn, but Turval knows where he can find him. Even as the streets begin to fill with the first of Tuzanor's throngs the grounds around this, the least of the city's hundred temples. The temple of the lost sits low and unremarked on the edge of the city, facing the veil of bright dreams, the crystal cliffs that encircled the city. Turval enters through the low doorway, the room beyond is lit by a single candle, the pale orange glow casts flickering shadows over the walls while pinpricks of light dance in the crystal facets of the domed ceiling above. The robed figure kneeling ahead of him shifts slightly before a voice pierces the silence "I was waiting for you." The Narn does not rise and does not turn. "How could you be sure it was me?" He can sense the Narn's smile even though he cannot see it. "Despite my failure at the academy, I am still something of a legend am I not? The thrice-marked Narn?" He pauses, waiting for a response that never comes. "I knew my return would pass to your ears soon enough." "But how did you know I would come?" Now the Narn turns, his eyes bright despite the obvious weariness in his heart. "Because you see what they see. What is still obvious in spite of everything, and you know that no disgrace will stop me wanting to give it life." Turval kneels beside him, staring ahead at the single shrine, its figure, carved in black crystal, unknown, a relic of the civilisation destroyed here in a battle of untold bloodshed millenia ago. "They will not take you back." Turval says, softly "I do not wish to go back." His reply is simple, unabashed. "But you came here." "I came for me, not for them." Recognition dawns on Turval's face and he smiles. "So why this place?" The Narn stands, turning he pulls back the hood of his robe and faces the temple's low door. "Do you know what makes this place so special?" Turval does not speak, he does not know the answer, but he knows he will hear it. "The first temple of the lost was burned down, not by violence, but by the forces of nature. It had stood for almost a century when it happened. One morning, with the rising of the sun the temple burst into flames, the walls themselves melting, and the statue turned from pure white to carbon black by the heat." He sighs, stepping once towards the door, the deep purple of night is rapidly fading to a midnight blue tinged with the fires of dawn. "Many saw this as an ill omen, they became terrified of the vengeance of the lost souls trapped in the cliffs, that they were still fighting the war that had killed them." He takes another step, turval watching his slow procession towards the small temple's centre. "But the truth was far more mundane." The Narn stops. the room is now awash in splashes of colour, tiny rainbows appearing on the temple's plain white walls. growing with the approach of the coming sun. "The temple's door was too large." He says simply, gesturing with a curt nod to the beam of sunlight creeping across the floor like a trickle of water. "On that one particular day at that one particular time, the full burst of the sunlight struck the cliffside out there and poured liquid gold into this very room." The sunbeam stirs up the fine specks of dust on the temple's floor with each passing second it grows brighter and brighter as it creeps across the floor. "The walls and roof amplifing it until its heat was like that of a laser. The walls melted, the rocks caught fire..." The sunbeam at last touches his bare feet and the room is suddenly bathed in rainbows, swirling like a kaleidescope as the beams of sunlight bounce around the temple's white walls. "They made the door smaller." He says, hurried, wanting to finish his story before the moment arrives. "and now. Once a century, for only a minute, the lost can be found, because there is light." A blinding flash forces Turval to his knees as blue white light shattered by rainbows swirls about the temple like a whirlwind. Shielding his eyes he glances the figure of the Narn, cast entirely in silouhette as the first rays of dawn are amplified by the crystalline cliffs and thrown back into the temple, its every surface blinding white and shot through with explosions of colour, red, green, Yellow, orange, blue, yellow, red, violet, orange, blue violet. The spinning dervish of colour and light forces Turval to shut his eyes, and just as suddenly it is gone. The suns rays pass beyond the focal points of the crystal dome's facets, the reflected power of the cliffs shrinking back away from the temple. Turval stands, his heart hammers a furious beat, his hands shaking. Despite the spots dancing before his eyes he sees the world sharper than ever, he feels closer to the Narn before him, to the temple floor beneath his feet, to its walls and the hands that made them. "I, I never knew." He stammers, barely holding on. The Narn turns. "That is my every sunrise." He turns to go and for a moment Turval is still too stunned to talk, but as the Narn ducks below the temple's doorway he is moved to action like a drowning man to a life raft. "Baenlynn wait!" Baenlynn, the Narn slows but does not stop and Turval follows him into the dawn, the sunlight does not faze his dazzled eyes, and already it seems inadequate in more ways than one. "Is that the only reason you returned?" The Narn smiles, it is warm and confident, all-embracing. "I told you I came here for me." "But we could teach you." Baenlynn sighs. "And now they would take me back?" Turval shakes his head. "I will make them." Baenlynn shakes his head. "Not yet, my friend, not yet." Turval stops dead, he breathes deep as though winded. "But why?" Baenlynn, turns to him. "Describe what just transpired in that temple to me, leave out nothing of the feeling it left you with." For the second time in as many moments, Turval is stunned. "I..." he stops. "I cannot." "And how does every sunrise you have ever witnessed compare to that moment now that you have seen it, what would you do to experience its equivalent again?" Turval shakes his head, wanting to clear the fog of the memory from his mind. "I would do anything." "And now you know my burden. To see as that moment, and live as I am every other... I must learn how to walk first." He turns to go. "and when you do?" Turval calls after him. The narn stops, looking over his shoulder. "Then, Turval. Then I will redefine for you the meaning of Anla'shok." The sun climbs high into the sky as Turval stands, watching after the spot where he last saw Baenlynn's head retreating below a small hilltop.
  22. Preferences Preferenceshey there ppl... My name is Ris and I'm continuing my journey of weight loss and fitness. I'm a self described science nerd, and pre-service teacher/grad student. Here's my story: I was always an active kid and I considered myself an athlete for many years. My sports were (are?) figure skating, dance, rowing, and soccer. My senior year in HS I was about 135lb. Mostly I fell off with these sports when I went to college. I had a very rigorous program and didn't adjust well to feeding myself away at school or make time for exercise. I gained about 20 lbs. in college and didn't even think about it. When I graduated and came back home for a full time job (a rarity in 2008) I started to really put on the lbs. At my heaviest I was 196lb. AHHHHH!!! That was a wake up call and I joined a gym, got a personal trainer and changed my diet. I had success with that program of strength training and cardio, I lost about 20lb. But I soon realized that the huge amount of $ I was paying was not something I could afford any more. I learned some great tips but found it extremely hard to motivate myself. I gained back 10lb... Went on Weight Watchers and lost 17lb... Stopped WW cuz I just lost my momentum and its just so hard to stay focused when no one around you gives a hoot about healthy eating!!!!! My willpower has seen better days. I have been hovering around the 170 mark for about 6 months and to say the least I hate it. My grad school program is SO time consuming but I'm tired of making excuses for myself. I feel like crap about my body and I'm searching for the methods I will stick with. That all being said, I'm looking forward to this community and I'm going to start paleo very soon. I think it is a good fit for my needs and lifestyle, plus I'm a big fan of evolutionary biology... Cheers all, Ris Preferences§1234567890-=Backspace Tabqwertyuiop[] Return capslockasdfghjkl;'\ shift`zxcvbnm,./shift English Deutsch Español Français Italiano Português РуÑÑкий altalt Preferences
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