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  1. I made a plan for 2022 and I’m working at crossing everything off the list! I like lists. I’m hoping that as I complete things off my big list that I will gain happiness and peace of mind. Everything in this challenge works towards that. Main Quests > Lose 5lbs (264.8lbs) > Track calories daily (1800-1950cal) > On work days, take 2 breaks to get up and move for 2-5 minutes > Play time with Sizzle once per week Mini Quests > Finish my 3 commissions [Week 0-1: Golden Pony, Week 2-3: Monty, Week 4-5: Percy] > Fill cement hole in basement (1/5 house sell tasks) > Finish filling laundry shelf bins Last weigh-in: 269.8lbs Challenge Progress Lose 5lbs: ◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️ Commissions: 🐊◻️◻️ Cement hole: ◻️ Laundry shelf: ◻️ Weigh Ins
  2. A dungeon crawl is a type of scenario in fantasy role-playing games in which heroes navigate a labyrinthine environment, battling monsters, solving puzzles, evading traps, and looting any treasure they may find. I thought this an appropriate theme for this challenge because I often struggle in Sept/Oct as the sun vanishes, the days get shorter and the schedule gets busier. I have pinpointed my trouble areas, now it's just a matter of navigating them. And to quote one of the Twitter folks I follow: The goal of DnD is not to level up in order to overcome a challenge. Its to solve challenges in front of you with the tools you have in place. I will conquer this dungeon with the tools I have in place, and by doing so, gain experience and level up as a side effect! Goal 1: Battle Monsters In order to handle the monsters I will face in this dungeon, I need to be well trained. That said, too many battles in a row will leave an adventurer exhausted, so I need to plan smart. Lift 2-3x / week Move 2-3x / week With hockey starting, I will not have a static schedule. I would love to get into 3 lift days a week, but it's really hard to juggle when I might end up with 2-3 hockey nights on one weekend. (Not likely, but could happen.) I also know that getting to the gym for a lift session on the weekends fails 80% of the time, so I cannot count on it. Therefore, the strategy on this monster is this. Non hockey Friday = Lifting on MWF If hockey on Friday, then lift TTH. Bike, run or dance on the days that do not include lifting. Goal 2: Solving Puzzles The biggest puzzle in this dungeon is to figure out how to stay consistent so I can lower my BF% some. This means tracking calories, and playing with the numbers - even when the data I collect doesn't immediately shout out the answer to the problem. Sometimes you get info from several chambers before you get the answer to the riddle. Track calories daily, even if they are grossly over. 7x/ week Cook at friends house for two meals there a week. 2x/ week Goal 3: Evading Traps This is about evading the weakend trap! The subgoals here may change from week to week as I find out what works best, but here is the starting plan. Avoid the honeybadger polymorph trap on game nights. 2-3x/week -- Above accomplished by the following. 1) Have sandwich makings and healthy snacks at Q's house for game nights. 2) Plan meals by Wed, so I know what I am eating, at what time on Sat/Sun. 3) Allow and plan for, one 'fun' meal per week. Limit fast food Iced Coffee's to 2x/week. Goal 4: Document the Journey for the Archives This is added in to account for the art goals and habits, as well learning to juggle the various commitments I've set up for myself. Sketch daily. 7x/ week Practice on tablet. 4x/ week Art lesson. 1x/ week D&D Prep. As needed, but at least 2x/ week Church Group. 1x/ week (Mondays.) Additional goals, that I don't want to make weekly due to stress inducement! Keep at the nightly teeth routine. Get the budget sorted, for real. Use Good Budget - limit money spent, track where it goes. Weekly plan out the weeks events, schedule and plans for food so it is not tossed aside due to 'last-minute-itis'.
  3. "Your doubts will become your failure. Your failure will lead to anger. Soon, the dark side shall have power over you, and you will welcome it's embrace." It has been some time since I have truly run a challenge with focus, sincerity and commitment. I need to get on game here. I don't need to aim for perfect execution; though that would certainly be welcome- but aim for perfect effort. While the goals are getting monotonous, I need to keep them where they're at until it's my routine life, and not something that must be reached for and tallied. I want to continue to try new things though as well, so I will set my weekly goals and also have a 'to do during the challenge' list. Conquer Defeatism "Try not! Do, or do not. There is no try." Young Jedi also learned that defeatism was just as dangerous as overconfidence. Although it might have seemed contradictory to the goals of conquering overconfidence, a Jedi would first plan for success, then for failure. Jedi who always plan for failure expected to lose, and usually only used minimal effort—enough to say that they had tried. #1 - Write weekly schedule on Sunday night or Monday morning, planning the week ahead. #2 - Track calories for food daily. #3 - Keep track of progress on excel sheet, because visible progress encourages me. ** Stop telling myself that I cannot do these things. I CAN do them. I WILL do them.** Conquer Recklessness "Learn to recognize when speed is not important. Race when being first is important; move at your own pace at all other times. It is not necessary to always strike the first blow, to provide the first solution, or to reach a goal before anyone else does. In fact, it is sometimes vital to strike the last blow, to give the final answer, or to arrive after everyone else." Many young Jedi lacking in self-restraint were always ready to ignite their lightsabers and plunge straight into battle. They perceived a goal and rushed towards it, without any consideration for unseen dangers or other options. And so Jedi were taught that speed did not necessarily lead to success. #1 - Approach lifts and exercise slowly as I get back into routine. #2 - Strength train 2-3x/week. *Pending hockey schedule. IE, do not be reckless. #3 - Move 2x/week. *Hockey will be extra. As I shift from biking season to running season-> Start. Slow. ** Legit reasons are valid. All other reasons are excuses. Start slow, aim for reasonable improvement. Patience I must have.** Jedi seek to improve themselves through knowledge and training. “There is no ignorance, there is knowledge.” No longer will one act on ignorance, but search for true knowledge of a given situation. Do not act on assumptions, but rather from facts gained from learning. Find calm so that you might study and learn about a scenario instead of acting without learned information. Do not become lazy, lest you end up lacking the knowledge needed to complete a task correctly. #1 - Continue to practice drawing/art. 3x/week #2 - Find a book or tutorial to start really learning Manga Studio. #3 - Work on sewing/costuming. 1x/week ** Playtime must come after personal improvement time. For the jedi, there is time to game as well.** List of things to do during challenge: - After Oct 1st, eye doctor (We are getting a vision plan on Oct 1st!) - Go through old pictures, retake kid-friend pics and send collage to my dad. - Finish costume. **More to come. It's wicked late right now. Let's get this training started! Starting Data Weight 154.4 (ugh) Measurements (to come)
  4. Has anyone else had a hard time sticking with a certian calorie input sticking to a PMS/period time frame? I'm 5 4, 136, eating 1600+ calories a day, I eat my calories burned during workouts, trying to lose jus a bit of weight at a very slow pace 1/4-1/2lb a week. but every PMS/Period I struggle with hunger.
  5. I'm going on a journey this challenge. Over rivers, through forests & up and down hills to have a great adventure. If I'm going to have this great adventure I'm actually going to have to get somewhere over the next 6 weeks. Goal #1 - Bike 150 miles total (4 STA) - Some short rides with a few longs rides thrown in for variety I'm going to be having to move around a lot over the course of my adventure. So some body weight workouts are definitely in order. I never know when I might need to fight a troll or some spiders so I have to keep in tip top shape. But I can't forget about cardio/intervals in case the best option is fleeing as fast as humanly (or inhumanly as the case may be) possible. Goal #2 - Workout 4 days per week (3 STR, 1 DEX) - At least 2 strength workouts/week - At least 1 cardio/interval workout/week - Can do cardio and strength on the same days but it only counts as 1 towards 4 days/week - With the strength workouts, still working towards that elusive push-up - I also want to figure out other goals like that, I enjoy push-up work more than the rest because I feel like I have somewhere to go with it. So an ungraded side-goal is to figure out some other exercises that I can't do now, but would like to be able to do. Since we are traveling and living off the land, paleo seems like a great option as far as food choices go. So when I'm adventuring I'm sure it won't be too difficult to stay paleo. The difficulty will come when we visit with friends and other people we meet along the way. In order to keep my food habits on track no matter where my location I will be tracking everything that I eat. Goal #3 - Track all calories on Fitbit - Try to be 500 calories under each day (3 CON, 1 CHA) - My fitbit does a pretty good job of telling me how many calories I burn which is a good indicator of how much I should be eating. On a day when I'm super active, I of course need to eat more. I have been having a problem eating enough on intense workout days and not eating too much on rest days. - I've already been doing a good job of eating mostly paleo, so this won't be a graded part of this goal. - I will log all food before I go to bed each day (sometimes I write it down but don't log it till days later when its less helpful) On our journey we might have to leave our campsite at a moment's notice so it is imperative that the campsite and all of our supplies are kept neat and organized. We must also work as a team and help each other out with cooking and other chores. Goal #4 - Clean, straighten, organize for 15 min each day around my apartment (1 WIS) - Continuing this goal from last challenge to really ingrain it as habit - Like last time, when I'm home this becomes help my mom/grandparents with something for 15min/day After my harrowing journey I'd like to have a comfy home to come home to. I'm sure I will be tired after all that adventuring and it would be nice to sit back in front of my fireplace with a good book and relax. Goal #5 - Sign a new lease for next year (2 WIS) - Sub goals: By the end of Week 1: Have a list of at least 8 properties to check out By the end of Week 2: Contacted the owners of at least 5 properties to set up visits By the end of Week 4: Visited at least 3 different properties By the end of the Challenge: Have a lease for next year signed - I've been procrastinating on this for so long. Its a big step. I've lived in this apartment for 4 years and as much as I want a house with a yard, I'm not looking forward to all the hassles that come with moving. Starting Stats: STR: 7 DEX: 4.25 STA: 6.75 CON: 2 WIS: 5.5 CHA: 5.75 More starting stats to come
  6. Hi folks, I've been thinking about getting a kitchen scale, to weigh my food before eating, so I have a better idea of how big some of my meal portions are, especially meats. I have no idea of what 1 oz, 4, oz, 6 oz, of meat or other foods look like, so I thought I'd start weighing them to get a more accurate count of my caloric intake. I track my meals on MyFitnessPal.com (feel free to add me as a friend, if you wish). Do any of you use kitchen scales for weight loss purposes? And if so, what are some brands/models you've had good experiences with? Feel free to "weigh in" with your answers! I'm looking forward to hearing your opinions. Thanks a bunch!
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