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  1. Welcome back for another episode of The Exciting Adventures of JediNickD! It was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away that I joined this site and started my first challenge.. World 1 was my first extended stay through 22 challenges. I took a hiatus from NF and came back with a new direction for my goals where I warped to World 2, which I defeated in a Boss Fight slaying some mighty big goals. In World 3, I continue to develop my fitness, getting my body in the best shape of my life, even with the Degenerative Disc Disease, Arthritis, Disc Fissures, and more. Through physical therapy exercises and karate, I have maintained my core and back muscles to ease the pressure off my spine, but in the end I defeated World 3 by transforming my life into a new form. With chiropractic care for my spine, hitting the high ranks at karate, starting the new Toastmasters program called Pathways, and working to complete my Novice training at IJRS, World 4 feels like something new everyday. I just keep on L-I-V-I-N, fight the good (and healthy) fight, and level up my life! Challenge Lesson: " I need someone to show me my place in all of this." - Rey, Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi {I avoided spoilers this time!} Whenever I take on something new, I look to a role model, mentor, or teacher to help me get started. I usually start with a generalized goal or desire in mind, but through experience and outside help, I mold it into something more finite. On my own, it can be difficult to see the end of the journey. The destination may look different than I expect, or I may be making inaccurate assumptions, or I may be focusing on the wrong descriptive factors of the destination to understand what it is. A mentor, role model, or teacher can help see that destination through the correct perspective and guide to form relevant and achievable goals to get there. The key is to have someone who has done it before. Steve Kamb has written previously about finding a mentor or coach who has done the thing you want to accomplish. I see it in the gym with guys who want to compete in body building linking up with trainers who have competed. At Karate, the instructors recognize struggles in the students which they previously experiences and go to help those students one-on-one. At Toastmasters, I work hard to be that person for all the newcomers to the clubs. For some of my projects, I am doing too much on my own. I have some role models I am looking to emulate things which they do or have done, but I think I need to actually reach out to people and get that perspective on my project struggles to improve and get through some hurdles. My biggest issue with these projects is prioritization, which will never change. They are leisure time activities, which is limited. If I want to be successful, then I need to change something. Having someone to help me find my place is the answer. My Main Quest and Mission: My mission is to be the best Jedi I can be. My main quest is always to enhance my overall health, fitness, and knowledge to be prepared for whatever challenges life could throw at me. As a Jedi, I need to be able to help people, whether that is a life threatening situation or just a charitable one. There is no boss level in Jedi training, there is only tomorrow. World 4 Level 1 Challenge: FITNESS: Cardio: Speed and Stamina - 240 min total, 60 weekly. STA +1 Walking: Fortify the Spine - 600 min total, 150 weekly STR +1 Exercise: Lifting and Bodyweight - 240 min total, 60 weekly. STR +1 Flexibility: Stretching and Physical Therapy - 560 min total, 140 weekly. DEX +1 Karate: Training and Practice - 600 min total, 150 weekly. DEX +1, STA +1 DIET: Weight Control - Track weight. Complete measurements before or during Week 1 and again during or after Week 4. Watch portions and make healthy choices for 24 of 28 days. Track lunch portions. Track "fasting" after dinner nightly. CON +3 LIFE: Get Stuff Done - Complete 220 Hours of various Tasks or Projects, with at least 55 hours each week. Tasks and Projects are the following areas (goal hours for challenge): Toastmasters Communication Practice (4) Leadership Practice (8) Speech and Training Development (2) Jedi Training Padawan Training and Mentoring Others (10) Reading and Writing (14) Meditation and Reflection (7) Completing IJRS Lessons (8) Church and Charity Work (10) Personal Projects (12) Chores and Maintenance Dishes (10) Laundry (8) Cleaning/Dusting/Vacuuming/Trash/Other (20) Yard Work (4) Animal Care (32) Home Renovation and Auto Maintenance (8) Happiness Self Preservation (30) [includes hot tub, doctor and dentist visits, video games, or anything else I do just for my own sanity or health] Family Activities (30) Adventuring (8) WIS +3, CHA +3 INCENTIVES! Working hard for CASH! ($250.50 carried over) REWARD: For each week in which I complete 60 or more hours of Tasks or Projects, I will put aside $10 to spend how I see fit. CONSEQUENCE: For any week where I complete less than 55 hours, I will give up $10 of saved cash. REWARD: $5 for each Personal Project hour (Epic Nerd Camp, Extra Life, Jedi website, VHS-to-DVD conversion project, etc) CONSEQUENCE : Lose $10 for each week without a Personal Project hour. REWARD: $10 for each completed IJRS lesson. CONSEQUENCE: Lose $5 for each week without completing an IJRS lesson. REWARD: $1 for each night of fasting after dinner. Fruits and veggies allowed in small quantities, but no dessert or snacking. CONSEQUENCE: Lose $2 for each day without fasting. REWARD: $1 for each day with a small, healthy lunch. CONSEQUENCE: Lose $2 for each day without a small, healthy lunch. REWARD: $1 for each morning or night of brushing and flossing. $0 for just brushing. CONSEQUENCE: Lose $1 for each morning or night I forget to floss. Lose $2 for NOT flossing for the full day. BONUSES: Life: $1 for each hour working on Jedi Training (mentoring, reading/writing, charity, meditation, IJRS lessons). $2 for healthy grocery shopping $2 for healthy meal prep $2 for each Home Renovation and Auto Maintenance task. Workout: $2 for each cardio session over 25 min $10 for doubling any weekly minimum PUNISHMENT: Lose $10 each day with weight above 151.5 lbs. Lose $5 for eating more than 2 slices of pizza in any meal. Lose $5 for each morning not weighing in.