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â€œDonâ€™t get your hopes up yet.â€ That was how Erik started this morning. He was holding a brown folder. An official looking brown folder. Didnâ€™t he know that being told not to get your hopes up did just the opposite? Itâ€™s just like someone telling you, â€œDonâ€™t think about elephants.â€ Whatâ€™s the only thing youâ€™re thinking about right now? Elephants. The folder contained a mission. A real mission. Not training. â€œItâ€™s not your official deployment. Not yet. We still have several more months of training before youâ€™re ready for that. Itâ€™s a short-term scouting mission. Weâ€™re sending you to a potential deployment location to get the lay of the land. Itâ€™s just reconnaissance. Your main job is to lay low, and gather as much info as you can in the next week.â€ He handed me the folder and I was so eager to open it and study every detail, that I almost missed him continuing as he sat down across from me, â€œYouâ€™re transitioning into a new phase here, HN. Youâ€™re going to be losing the structure youâ€™ve come accustomed to on base. Youâ€™ll have to have your own self-discipline. Youâ€™ll have to start spending time centering yourself for missions, to keep on task. Iâ€™m giving you only two assignments for this training period, as youâ€™re going to have to start training your weak areas on your own. Once youâ€™re deployed, thatâ€™s not the end. Itâ€™s just the beginning. Youâ€™ll have to keep improving whenever you find a weak spot. Take a look at your mission folder. Thereâ€™s a digisheet in the back that has your extra training assignments. Youâ€™ll start working on them after breakfast.â€ He abruptly got up and and left me to my cheese and strawberries. Or at least I thought he did. He paused behind my chair for a short moment. â€œYouâ€™re doing well, HN. Donâ€™t sell yourself short. You can do this, you have to know that. Because it only gets harder from here.â€ Habit goal: Self-Discipline Establish an energizing morning routine 1. Get out of bed without snoozing 2. Do gorilla workout Why it's a challenge: have I mentioned how much I hate mornings? Why I want to do it anyway: I hate mornings. This should change. Also, junk gets in the way for workouts if I don't get them in at the start of the day. I want to work my way towards a serious workout in the morning. My daily 16 was a start, but I'm getting bored of those exercises, and I didn't like a lot of them anyway. So I end up skippig it often. I enjoy the gorilla workouts a lot, and they are quick. And leave me much sorer than my daily 16 ever did. Once again, two points per day. Starting at 84 points: 70-84 = a 60-70= b 50-60= c <50= f Using lift app to keep track, so I can easially look at my stats and not miss something. + 2 CON, + 3 STR Endurance goal: Training assignment number 1: Improve that 3 mile time. Still 5k. This time on a sliding scale. Sub 30 = a Sub 32 = b Sub 34 = c Anything else = f +3 STA Skill goal: Training assignment number 2: Learn to dance Solo swing dance Why it's a challenge: I have terrible, terrible proprioception and coordination. Not to mention swing is generally a two-person gig. Why I want to do it anyway: I love love love swing music. When I hear it I feel like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rj125Azt5hA I can't contain myself. There is no hope of me sitting still. Why solo swing you say? Well cuz I don't have a fella. I go to a lot of parties where there is swing dancing, and there are lots of couples, and anyone who's not, doesn't know how to swing and thus won't dance with me to those songs (it's seems that only couples ever bother to learn to dance?). My brother and I used to swing dance something fierce. We are sort of estranged at the moment, and not having that built-in dancing buddy makes me miss him a lot at these dances. Just doing triple step by myself back and forth looks dumb and is boring. Therefore, I want to learn a routine (or repertoire of moves to mix and match) of intentionally solo swing dancing to jive to when these songs come up. Ideally I'd like to learn six new moves, one for each week. 6 = a 5 = b 4 = c <4 = f +2 DEX, +3 CHA Life goal: Centering myself to keep on task Learn to enjoy alone time. Accumulate 1 hour per week of quality alone time. Why it's a challenge; I am an extremely extroverted person. I hate being alone. being alone for too long makes me exhausted and depressed (characteristic of extroverts). This has freaked me out so much that I really avoid being alone at ALL. I tend to associate inrospection with introversion, and therefore with anger and depression (becuase when I am angry or depressed i don't want to interact with anyone.) Why I want to do it anyway: some alone time is necessary, to think and collect my thoughts, center myself, and come up with new ideas. Introspection is important, to develop who I am as a person and process new life experiences. It's gotten to a point that if I want to go do something (a hike, or bouldering, or seeing a movie) and no one is available that night, I won't even go. Guess what? I'm still alone that night. I'm just alone and bored. I want to start doing these things alone and enjoying being alone, not viewing it as that sludgey in-between time I have to slosh through between human interactions. So I'm going to accumulate one hour per week in quality alone time (ie watching tv, cleaning the house, working alone doesn't count. I'd be too distracted to pay attention to being alone) Six hours throughout challenge = a 5 hours = b 4 hours = c <4 = f + 3 WIS I'm also going to be doing two side challenges, one for the Parkour Posse PVP [improving my pull ups] and the other is a water fast with Croman Red in march [stay tuned for interesting RP writing centered around this.]. So starting stats: Weight: 171 Height: 5'11" <glad this has been basically the same. Chest: 39 Waist: 33 Hips: 40 Max pull ups: 2 Alright, let's do this thing.