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Well met, friends, it's theritram again and this time I'm singing up late for the challenge... It's better late than never, but that is something I need to work on too. At any rate, since it's been awhile, here's an introduction: I'm currently 29 years old, and I'm a first time father! I'm a Anglo-Saxon Heathen (who really ought to practice more) and in general a very spiritual person. I love to write, but that is also something I rarely if ever do anymore... I also love drawing and painting...again something I rarely do. Honestly, I am picking up on a trend, but at the moment it's little things that matter. I'm working two jobs as a delivery driver for a Chinese restaurant and as a teller at the bank. I plan on including something everyday in my going abouts to change my stagnant ways. I'm currently engaged, and my fiancee and I both want to lose weight and Level Up Our Lives!! We've been together for five years this year, and it's time I think to finally put aside our doubts and low self-esteems and finally change! We plan on being the people we know we can be. I recently got a new job at Capital One, and gods be good this is the start of a newer life for all of us. His name is Brannon Kalen Rowan :3 We couldn't make up our mind so he has two middle names. These are my goals: The Mind 1. Meditate a wee bit every day, no matter how small the time. Anything is better than none. 2. Take time out at least to dedicate yourself to something for the Gods. Whether it be a longer prayer/offering, meditation whilst invoking the Gods or what have you. The Body 1. Continue the Nerd Fitness Beginner's Body Weight Workout, but every three workouts add more reps and one more set to each circuit. 2. Log your walking on the Walk to Mordor excel sheet and walk!!! The Self 1. Find a better bloody job! With mighty hammer, crush the competition and find a job that can evolve into a career! That's right! I got the first part done, it IS a better job, but we'll see if it's career status or just a stepping stone to that career! Edit: That job was a sham, and currently I just started at Capital One! It's great pay, excellent benefits and definitely a career, so let's mosey! 2. Get busy living, or get busy dying. 3. Find a place to live and keep it! Be more frugal with money and save! At th moment, these are my goals, and I'm working as hard as I can to get everything in order to get our lives on track. I copy and pasted these goals from an older thread because they frankly still apply... so let's do this!
I have been cutting for far too long, it's time to regain my size and strength. So what better theme than the Mightiest of the Avengers, the Strength of Asgard, the Odinson: Thor! The Strength of Thor: Lift thrice weekly: On the Moon's day, Tyr's day and Thor's Day Feasting with the Frost Giants: Consume calories of the count of Three Thousand Four Hundred daily. Say nay to grains and sweet cakes when possible. The Chariot of Thor: Threaten the dwarves into forging a helm worthy of the Son of Odin. Then ride mine chariot to and from Midgard twice weekly: on Odin's day and Frigg's day. Odin's Teachings: While in Midgard, endeavor to learn the ways of magic and do works that please Odin. Onward! For the Glory of Asgard! ((I decided midway through writing this post to attempt to stay in character for the remainder of the challenge, we'll see how that works out))
Welcome to Part II of my last challenge, The Path of the Barbarian. On the surface, this may appear to be a simple repeat of the last challenge. Ok, technically, it is. But there is a reason behind this. Simply put, it worked so well that I WANT to do it again. Also, the holiday break so sufficiently disrupted my awesome routine that I NEED to do it again. Just to make sure I haven't lost any Barbarian savagery. Without further delay, the challenge itself:Goal 1 - Barbarian Mobility: This is the primary focus of the challenge, same as last time. A true Barbarian should be able to traverse all kinds of terrain, even while carrying a heavy load, even over snow and ice. I will be going for a 20-30 minute ruck (basically walking with weight on my back) four times per week. Location isn't really important. I should be able to adapt, whether it's a ruck through the woods or simply through the neighborhood. Also, like with the last challenge, any XC skiing I am able to do will count as a ruck. This will happen at least once per week, as I am now volunteering as an assistant coach with the local youth ski league on Sundays. So really, it's just a matter of getting in three rucks/skis in during the rest of the week. +5 StaGoal 2 - Primal Awareness: To survive, a Barbarian needs to be in tune with what is happening around him. To further develop awareness, I will continue daily meditation. This time around, I intend to get back to meditating for at least 12 minutes at a time. I don't have to start out with this, but by the last week of the challenge I intend to be meditating for 12 minutes (or more) daily. +3 Wis, +2 ConGoal 3 - THOR's HAMMER: It wouldn't be a Barbarian challenge without bringing back the hammer! Like last time, I will complete three sledgehammer workouts per week. My current routine takes about ten minutes to complete. Since I am regaining lost momentum after the holidays, my goal here is to simply maintain this level of intensity for the duration of the challenge. Increases in sets/reps/intervals can wait until the next challenge. +3 Str, +2 ConGoal 3 Update (as of 1/17/2016): Ok, so I was wrong. It still can be a barbarian challenge without the hammer. With the extreme focus I've been putting on daily meditation and early morning rucking 5x per week, the hammer has fallen by the wayside. So I won't get my strength and constitution bonus off this one, but nor will I have it count against me as far as whether I level up or not. The positive changes I've been making as a result of Goal 1 and Goal 2 more than make up for letting Goal 3 slide.Goal 4 (NEW as of 1/17/2016): In my never ending quest to find new and obscure interests, I have done some research and finally constructed a sling! Goal 4 isn't so much a deliberate SMART goal as I generally try to stick to. It is just a bonus quest of a sort, to simply keep moving forward in this new interest, whether that means crafting slings, practicing with them, or simply reading more information about them. Expect slinging to make an appearance in my next proper challenge as a full-fledged goal. I will perhaps award myself +1 Dex and +1 Wis, depending on how much I accomplish it the last two weeks of this challenge (but no more than this, as I am starting halfway through).In conclusion...METALZ : Onward to greatness!