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For my return to the Challenges, I'm going to go with a Lord of the Rings theme, since I'm currently doing a Walk to Mordor challenge too. So, attempting to follow Frodo out of the Shire, here's what I'm aiming for: Declutter the Hobbit Hole Like Bilbo getting ready for his 111th birthday party and subsequent departure from the Shire, I need to get rid of some stuff. I already have some bags ready to go, but I'm not sure what to do with them, so for this part of the challenge my three main objectives are: Figure out what to do with old stuffed animals that are still in good shape Weed out my wardrobe and pitch/donate the stuff I don't wear anymore Organize my closet Farmer Maggot's Mushrooms I've been doing a very good job (if I do say so myself) of eating local throughout the summer. In my climate, we're getting to the time of year when that becomes a bit trickier, but to try to keep the momentum going, during this challenge I want to visit: A new farm stand nearby that has fruits and veggies The local pumpkin patch The butcher shop next to my work A nearby apple orchard I always say I'm going to check out and never have Walk to Mordor As previously stated, I'm working on my own Walk to Mordor Challenge (just left Bag End on September 1). I hope to make Bree by the end of this challenge (135 miles total, I already have 26.81 miles in). Strength Training For strength training, I'll be doing the Lord of the Rings workouts. Instead of doing each book as a super set though, I'll be treating them as separate workouts. Thursday, Saturday, Monday is currently my best schedule for working out. And there you have it! By the end of this challenge, if all goes according to plan, I should be out of the Shire and ready to take on the rest of Middle Earth.
Greetings, Nerds! There is a hint of fall in the air in Pennsylvania today, and I'm thinking about what sort of fitness goals I'm going to set for myself this winter to stay active once my summer adventures come to an end. And so I proudly reveal to you, my quest to master Middle Earth: On September 1st I will be starting my Walk to Mordor. Here is Steve's article on walking, including walking to Mordor with a document to track if you want to follow along: https://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/walking/. Once the Chin Up Challenge is done, I'll tackle the Lord of the Rings workout, which is awesome, and can be found here: https://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/the-lord-of-the-rings-workout-one-plan-to-rule-them-all/. The workout is designed to be done in three super sets, which looks insane to me. I'll be doing them as three separate workouts. Lastly, once I'm in a routine with the above two goals, I'll think about adding in some ring work to start working towards a L-Sit and truly become THE LORD OF THE RINGS! Thanks for following along, looking forward to saving Middle Earth with you all!
Hello hello, friends new and old! Some of you may recognize me... My old username was based off of an old persona/character I came up with a long time ago. I have long outgrown it. So, now I am Dusk. Dusk is my favorite time of day, and I could probably come up with a whole bunch of ways that making it my username has some Deeper Meaning™️, but at the end of the day, it's cool and I like it. So there. I have been a member of the NF Rebellion for a long time (six years on Sept 24!!...) but I haven't been very involved for quite some time. Grappling with graduate school, mental health, getting married, etc. proved too much for me to handle, on top of maintaining an online presence. But what I discovered was that I did still have an online presence, it was just in other places. And recently I realized that those places - especially with the state the world is in right now - were sapping me utterly, presenting me rapid-fire with so many stressful topics and no chance to recover or process any of it. So, I deleted a great deal of my accounts, edited the ones I kept into a form I could handle, and... found myself immediately in the "check the same apps over and over" loop. What better to fill that time with than my Ranger family? Perhaps I can become engaged in this community as I once was. I miss you all. As for the challenge, well. As I mentioned, I'm married - a little over a year now! And Mr. Spouse Man has to wake up at 4am for a shift at 5, more days than not. Which means... yours truly also wakes up at the asscrack of dawn. I discovered that I'm much less productive if I try and sleep more after he leaves, because once I do finally wake up to go about my own day, I'm groggy and sluggish and it takes me forever to get going. Whereas if I just get up when he does, I have plenty of time to ease into wakefulness, drink my coffee, and ultimately start my day earlier than I would ever do on my own. SO: my plan for the challenge is to go for a walk around 5am, on the mornings that Mr. Spouse Man has to leave early for work. There's a nice little route I take through campus that's right around 1.5 miles. Plus, when I go out that early, the temperature is tolerable (even if the humidity is still a nuisance)! Eventually I will see about either a) lengthening the route or b) easing into running instead of walking, but for starters, I just want to get in the habit of moving my body. Plus, walking is just pleasant. I'll post the walking schedule for each week once I know it, and update y'all as to whether I complete the walks or not! A side goal (that isn't a challenge goal but I'll likely talk about it anyway) is to track my foods, which I've been doing consistently for about a week now! I need to lose some serious fluff, hahah. 😅 💜 ~ dusk