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  1. Snickie has not fared well in the first half of season 1 with the Crystal Gems. Let's hope she can turn things around and get out of Pearl Point debt! Amethyst - Food Gems don't need to eat, but I do. Gotta make sure that what I'm putting into my very human body is actually good for humans! Amethyst isn't a good example, but she can put away all the junk food I don't eat. Record each meal and snack in my handy dandy spreadsheet. +1 point per paleo (Wahls) food group represented in substantial part Wahls groups: leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, colorful fruit/vegetables, meat/poultry/fish, seaweed, etc. -1 point for non-paleo food group represented in substantial part non-paleo neutral: plantain chips, oatmeal, vodka sauce from a jar (I checked the ingredients mkay) New scale effective on Week 6! Steven - Music Steven is a friggin' musical prodigy, and heaven knows I don't practice enough. The Gems all have their own musical talents and leitmotifs as well. One day I can hope to be as good as Steven. +2 points for the first full 60 minutes of practice (0 points if less than an hour), +1 point for each additional 30 minutes -2 points if I don't practice at all Exception: illness; 3 hours or more of rehearsal Connie - Academics Academics are life right now. College and stuff. I'm terrible at completing large assignments on time and actually studying, so here: +1 point per 30 minutes per subject (partial credit given) studied or assignment worked on PDE: +1 point per problem worked (since these tend to take a long time anyway) -n points on the (n-1)th day after it was due and not turned in +1 point if Japanese was studied Garnet - Physical Jasper is out there somewhere. I need to be in top physical condition to be able to combat her when she comes. +1 point per exercise type attempted (at least 10m) +1 point for dance - dancing is important for fusion. +1 point for NF mini-challenge items -1 /day if non-exercise streak exceeds 1 Exception: illness, injury The Human Population of Beach City I'm human, so it's important to do other human things. +1 for getting 7 hours or more of sleep at night +1 for each additional hour, not to exceed 10 hours -1 for each nap taken -1 for getting less than 6 hours of sleep +1 for each 15 minutes of meditation +1 for each day that I make my bed Peridot - Logging If I don't log about it (or at least throw down numbers and details in my spreadsheet), then does it really exist? o_o How am I supposed to keep track of all the good things I've been trying to do if I don't, you know, log them?! +1 for each day that I log things into my spreadsheet +1 for journal entries Handdrawn images coming soon! (No more broken IMG codes and no more ZIBBITs. )
  2. WARNING: SPOILERS FOR STEVEN UNIVERSE. The world of Steven Universe has many facets (lol pun) which need to be balanced and addressed. Here are my goals missions to become a well-rounded Gem Fusion It's very important to be able to physically synchronize through dancing in order to perform fusion. I can work on this through various means: Zumba (Mondays and Wednesdays when I don't have orchestra or practice) Other cardio dance routines Swing dance (Tuesday night class) In addition to physical synchronicity, I must be mentally and emotionally sound in order to maintain stability. Meditation (3*30m/week) (Basically I just sit down somewhere with my hands doing like Stevonnie in the episode Mindful Education. Which happens to be the sacral chakra mudra, which I only know because I randomly looked it up years ago and I had to look it up again just now. Interesting that they chose that one. But anyway. I mostly zone out. Feels good.) Music http://66.media.tumblr.com/edeab642c38d9c1536cf0a01734307ff/tumblr_inline_o0lj4d2f4O1sirzhl_500.png[/img] Steven is something of a musical prodigy. He and most of the other Gems have use song as a means of expression and have done it well. Practice clarinet: 1h/day Exception: amount of ensemble rehearsal exceeds 5h Exception: amount of performance exceeds 2h, does not include pep band game performances Bonus points: practice 2h without neglecting homework Negative points: practice does not include Kroepsch Finger Studies Negative points: practice does not include use of a metronome or tuner During practice, to improve shaping and expressivity Record myself singing etudes and literature and technical exercises Listen to said recordings Emulate the shaping naturally made by the voice on the clarinet. Exaggerate, then reel it in. Studies http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/5b5ddad38ff36cf3d5e6b79fab8cb61c.jpg[/img] Just because Steven doesn’t go to school doesn’t mean I can neglect my habits. After all, look at Connie! Assignments will be completed on time. Homework will take precedence over physical activity and entertainment. Even if I have to block YouTube (I usually don’t due to listening assignments). Addition: longer, less straightforward assignments receive an index card with an outlined process Negative points: homework turned in late or not at all Negative points: homework turned in incomplete Negative points: 30m+ spent on YouTube goofing Negative points: homework neglected for the day (I have plenty of long assignments I could be working on) Negative points: losing sleep in order to complete an assignment I procrastinated on Combat https://cdn1.lockerdome.com/uploads/0819ffd867baacf6f194598fdedae100445e55c77e849a40fee05f21996630b4_large[/img] The Gems are almost always fighting. While I prefer a more peaceful, non-confrontational lifestyle, it is still important that I am physically fit and able to take care of myself. Beginner bodyweight circuit Build one set beyond the requirements of the basic exercises, then split into multiple sets and build those up. Never run a circuit for 2 days in a row. I can, however, run individual exercises (i.e. push-ups) as long as I don’t hurt myself and don’t run individual exercises more than 3 days in a row. Sonic mini-challenge: complete the various acts and challenges for points. The Gems work as a team. Food Gems don't need to eat, but I do. I can't live on fish pizza, donuts, fry bits, and Cookie Cats alone! Heck, even Amethyst is affected by the various things she eats (cloud, rotten burrito) Points for each meal that follows the paleo and Whole30 guidelines Negative points: a meal does not contain any “healthy” element (fresh fruit, fresh vegetable, meat). I.e. No meals consisting entirely of pasta with salt and maybe sauce from a jar! Breakfast instant oatmeal is neutral. Negative points: allowing fresh foods to rot and having to throw them away. Food for social outings will be considered on a case by case basis. Report It’s important to log my thoughts and things I’ve done. Just because I’m not a Homeworld Gem doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t be filing reports for my own sake. Detailed daily reports will continue as in log_Snickie [exercise], but with the physicality categories changed from Guild type to Goal type as designated above. Weekly reports will continue here with summaries under each category. I will keep a written journal by my bed and journal in it when the world isn’t out to drown me in homework from teachers who think theirs is the only class that matters. This doesn’t have to be updated daily but it should be updated at least weekly. Clarinet practice journal falls under Music. This should be updated with each practice session and lesson. Pearl Points. Pearl Points will be awarded or detracted with every weekly update according to how I did with each facet of the challenge. Rewards TBD after doing some math as to how many I can earn, lose, and how to reward them. It'll probably end up on a GPA scale and each letter grade will be.... something. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1i_0LP-2zByg-QIV-SzoKOzroJlblX3ut6NjZfAF3VfQ/edit?usp=drive_web
  3. It's time. IT'S TIME. For what, you may not have asked- BUT I'LL ANSWER ANYWAY! IT'S TIME... to get strong. Powerful. Bad. Ass. Becoming a certified and recognized badass takes time and effort, of course. The first of which I have in spades. The second.. ehh. [i'm lazy] A Bit About Me: I'm a 5'9 1/2, about 145 pound 18 year old girl who is currently attending college.I'm currently taking karate at my college [going on 6 months now!] and will continue after my classes are over.My Goals For This Challenge: Taking My Medicine Daily - It looks gross and tastes gross, but damn if it doesn't do well for my mental health.Water World - Drinking exclusively water. Liquid calories are no bueno.1 Minute Horse Stance - This is mainly to strengthen my knees; I've always had joint problems, so this SHOULD help. Any other suggestions would be welcome!Current Badass Level: Kitten. I have claws but no idea how to use them- Suck. This challenge is mainly to show myself that I CAN stick with something. There aren't any fitness-specific goals, only because of my Karate classes twice a week, which don't necessitate a goal at the moment. 3 is also a nice number.
  4. Welcome welcome welcome! Jaz Xiao Long here, joining the Crystal Gem squad for this challenge (Steven Universe is currently taking over my life) and the Assassins. I've been here once before, though due to life, I dropped out of it - that was two challenges ago. Now I'm back, and ready to give this challenge the business! Main Quest: Be as awesome as the Crystal Gems. All of them. Together. Like when they make Alexandrite. No one told me space rocks would be such nice role models. Side Quest 1: Start training to be as strong as Garnet one day. Going to be making use of the NerdFitness Bodyweight Circuit this time around, at least 3x a week. A: 18 workouts +2 STR, +1 STA. B: 15 workouts +1 STR, +1 STA. C: 12 workouts +1 STR Side Quest 2: Upgrade my flexibility. Try to get on Pearl's level. Look at that level of flexibility Pearl shows. This is everyday. I need this. Backflips would be so easy. I want to achieve this, and that includes some serious stretching, possibly yoga. A: Stretched everyday, +3 DEX. B: Stretched every other day, +2 DEX. C: Stretched every other other day, +1 DEX. Side Quest 3: Make room to eat right. Like Amethyst did for her omelette. At first, I was thinking about going Paleo again hence the beauty of Amethyst throwing milk and a bag of bagels on the floor to make room for an egg. However I'm going to focus on more just cleaning up my eating all together. A: 80/20 +2 CON. B: 70/30 +1 CON. C: 60/40 +0.5 CON. Life Quest: Enjoy the little things. Like Steven! He's so excited about the rock, I want to be that excited about a rock. I want to be that excited about a lot of things, so time to get my optimism on! So I plan on writing things I was excited about on a slip of paper, then dropping it into a mason jar. A: 42 notes, +2 CHA. B: 35 notes, +1 CHA. C: 28 notes, +0.5 CHA. Motivation: I've been really attached to the Crystal Gems as of late, particularly Garnet, and I want to be as powerful as these gorgeous space rocks. (I also want to do a Garnet cosplay later this year.) To me, these ladies are all about maximizing their powers and using their bodies and gem powers with a great functionality. Soooo time to level up! In summary: 3x a week bodyweight circuits, daily stretching to improve flexibility, 80/20 rule when it comes to clean eating, and enjoy the little things.
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