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  1. Back with the Monks for another round and after quite a while, I will be doing *gasp* a theme again after a very long while. Last challenge I had a goal of catching up with Lucha Underground before the premiere of Season 3 in September 7th. Been seriously addicted to that thing since I discovered it, so it makes absolute sense to use it as my theme. I also had a goal of keeping up with my fantasy wrestling blog of HWA, which led me into getting back into Total Extreme Wrestling. TEW05 is freeware but there have been several newer (and better) versions since, so I have decided to use them as a reward to motivate me for challenge success. How this works I have a list of tasks. Depending on my performance, I get to save or lose money. The more I save, the better version of TEW I can purchase at the end. Speaking of the end, this won't be the end of this challenge round but my birthday on December 24th. It might sound like a lot of time for a small amount, but since TEW works with e-licensing and I am well aware of the risks involved, I'm looking to purchase a CD hardcopy for backup, meaning an extra 24$ for international shipping and handling costs. The list of tasks I will be saving 1 Euro for every... - Week that I attend 3 classes of Muay Thai - Bonus workout, race, event, competition, seminar I attend - Day of crystal clear eating, meaning no alcohol, sugar or processed carbs - Day where I spend at least 1 hour to work on my masters' dissertation and make actual progress I will be losing 1 Euro for every... - Missed Muay Thai workout - Day where I went completely overboard with my eating - Cigarette smoked (putting this here just in case) So where's all the lucha? This challenge begins on Wednesday, September 21. Every Wednesday, a new episode of Lucha Underground airs and I get to do my weekly recap along with a little match narrative. As I save more and more, so does my wrestling alter ego win matches and earn more. My saving milestones a.k.a. saving enough for a better version of TEW will also mean milestones in my alter ego's career.
  2. I've teased a challenge with the Monks for a while, so here it is at last. Unlike most of my challenges, this will feature no theme and goals will be more like a bucket list of stuff that must be taken care of by the end of the challenge. Nutrition, workout and other stuff will still be monitored on my Battle Log. Let's get to it. Muay Thai Another thing I've talked about for a while and the main reason I'm Monk-ing (this is now a word) this round. It's finally time I took the step towards the dojo next to my home. It's closed for the summer right now, but I'm keeping an eye out. This quest consists of 4 sub-quests, the first 2 of which are my must-do baseline: 1) Drop by, check the place, talk with the owner and get some info, especially if I'll be ok training in my contact lenses 2) Do a free tryout class 3) Subscribe for a month to try this thing out 4) Attend 3/week Adulting There's stuff that needs to be done and I'm on staycation at home until the end of August, so I must use that time to take care of everything. I'll make a list of tasks every morning and cross them out as they're done. Anything remaining carries over to the following day. Blogging: HWA A while back, in the days of 6 week challenges, the Monks did an inspiring Street Fighter mini challenge. This eventually morphed into my HWA challenge, where the theme was about me running the wrestling promotion of Poison and Hugo Andore, starring characters from SF and other comics, movies and videogames. That challenge fell slightly apart during the last week, but it was a lot of fun and I left a lot of storylines unfinished. A few weeks back, I re-launched the idea as a blog with a more compact format that doesn't require so much work on my part or the readers'. I'll have to keep this up and post at least one episode every week. If you'd like to take a look, I would very much appreciate it if you left a comment there. Blogging: HHH Back in my hometown, I also ran another blog that covered the local hard rock and heavy metal scene with live reports (mainly), interviews and album reviews. Not linking that, because it's in Greek. That blog went into hiatus last Easter, when I moved to the capital and a new job. I was recently contacted by a band asking for a review of their debut EP, an interview and the chance to be on their tour poster as a sponsor, as well as free admission to their promotional show at the capital. I posted on the blog's FB page about the EP and a festival in my hometown, which were warmly received, rekindling the fire and making me consider alternative ways to bring back the blog. At first there can be album reviews, interviews and live reports from bands that make it to these parts, but the bread and butter of the blog which is the live reports can't happen while I'm away. My goal here is to publish the album review, the interview, attend the concert, put out a review and think of ways I can keep that blog alive. I might even put out a request for a local correspondent in my hometown! Training changes My Crossfit subscription ends early October, but I've been disappointed with my box since the start of 2016. Thing is, the only decent box I'd like to go to is far away from my workplace and home. I'm using the summer break to disappear from my box and try out Muay Thai, but I'll have to use September to finalize my plans. Where will I be crossfitting and how will I combine that with Muay Thai if I catch that bug as well? I need an answer by the end of the challenge Catch up with Lucha Underground and Mr. Robot I've seen the first 2 or 3 episodes of Mr.Robot and my Special Ranger Lady Friend (SRLF) says I need to catch up so we can start watching the second season. I also got into Lucha Underground about a month ago and it's awesome! Finished all 39 episodes of the first season last week (thanks long ferry voyages to and from my hometown!) and I want to blaze through Season 2 as well before September 7, when the third season of LU premieres
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