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Thanneth Stormdancer

Thanneth vs the Dragons of Disorder: Round 2

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Mae govannen!

My name is Thanneth Stormdancer of Laketown (not the famous one, a different town on a lake) and I'm excited to be posting in the Rebel forum for the first time! This is my second challenge. The first... didn't go very well. But gosh darn it I'm going to get back up again. 

 

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Profanity-less Hercules Mulligan reference. 

 

Some stuff about me: I'm an amateur scholar of Tolkein specializing in Numenorean lore and the history of the Dunedain. I'm also interested in rock climbing, hiking/skiing depending on the season, acrobatics, cooking, and qigong. I read more than I play video games, and my favorite genres (to read and write) are fantasy and science fiction or any combination thereof. For a while now I've been fighting disordered eating patterns and some associated depression and I'm starting to get fed up, thinking that this isn't me and that I should never have lost control in the first place. I don't want that for me anymore. 

 

My first attempt made no permanent changes to me or my lifestyle, but I'm glad for the opportunity to try again. I hope I can learn to rely on new people instead of trying to maintain brittle resolutions and deprivation. I based my challenge on LoTR and the three ages of Middle Earth, and put it into a document which I made to prepare myself for running a full Tough Mudder in September. I'm no longer entering in the race itself, but I like the training style and still want to complete it. This challenge is designed to facilitate that completion. 

 

This is the first "age" (January thru March).

The Ring of Barahir need not be an actual thing, it just symbolizes achievement and inheritance. 

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First Age

January: Just do it, 30 min exercise everyday, or stretching/footwork for rest.

  • Reach lvl 4 Paleo by April 1 [track calories and food 2 weeks January, I’ve already reduced liquid calories, replace grains with proteins like eggs, bacon, omelettes, whey protein smoothies and fruit/vegetables for 2 weeks and now its Feb. Level 5 Vegetables > Carbs

  • Meditate every day as tracked with Habitica

  • Log onto Habitica and Nerd Fitness everyday

I can rank up to LEVEL 5 when: I consume a vegetable with every lunch or every dinner, replacing a normal carbohydrate or starch, for 10 total days in a 2 week period, and I go one week without eating pasta. Instead of french fries, I order broccoli. Instead of white bread, I’m eating asparagus.

 

Feb. Just focus on having fun and keeping enthusiasm and engagement high, working out maybe with friends (Grace?) and learning some gymnastics.

  • Activate Level 5.

  • Play Mass Effect: Andromeda after a really hard workout

  • Be aware that to receive the Ring of Barahir I need to have exercised or stretched for the past 40 days straight, one for each year he spent in the wild. This starts Feb 19.

Level 5: No Pasta, No Sweets

I have a pretty good grasp about what’s healthy food and what’s not. I’m a smart person and I have made a few key changes to how I attack my daily nutrition. Liquid calories have been removed for a while now. I now crave water as much as I used to soda! Soda water with a lime wedge for the win! For at least 6 days a week, I am no longer eating pasta, bagels, muffins, or other empty calories. Candy and sweets are a VERY rare occasion. AKA ordering dessert after dinner is a treat once every two or three weeks (instead of nightly). Every meal has a quality protein source, and every meal has a vegetable. I’m still eating things like rice, potatoes, and some bread (though I’m cutting back on those things in favor of more protein or vegetables in some cases).

I can rank up to LEVEL 6 when: I have gone 12 out of 14 days without eating bread OR pasta, and 12 out of 14 days with a vegetable in at least 2 meals per day.

 

March: Make March the Month of Good Eatin’ and recognize that I’ll feel and look so much happier and more confident when I follow my desire to be healthy and full of Ranger vitality.

  • Reach lvl 4 Paleo by April 1 [track calories and food 2 weeks January, I’ve already reduced liquid calories, replace grains with proteins like eggs, bacon, omelettes, whey protein smoothies and fruit/vegetables for 2 weeks and now its Feb. Level 5 Vegetables > Carbs

  • Aragorn born March 1st

  • Buy a pull-up bar

 

First Trimester Goals: Level Up!

Reach level 5

Level 5: No Pasta, No Sweets

I have a pretty good grasp about what’s healthy food and what’s not. I’m a smart person and I have made a few key changes to how I attack my daily nutrition. Liquid calories have been removed for a while now. I now crave water as much as I used to soda! Soda water with a lime wedge for the win! For at least 6 days a week, I am no longer eating pasta, bagels, muffins, or other empty calories.Candy and sweets are a VERY rare occasion. AKA ordering dessert after dinner is a treat once every two or three weeks (instead of nightly). Every meal has a quality protein source, and every meal has a vegetable. I’m still eating things like rice, potatoes, and some bread (though I’m cutting back on those things in favor of more protein or vegetables in some cases).

I can rank up to LEVEL 6 when: I have gone 12 out of 14 days without eating bread OR pasta, and 12 out of 14 days with a vegetable in at least 2 meals per day.


 

Do my first unassisted pull-up

Pull-up progression https://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/do-a-pull-up/

Have gotten 30 minutes of exercise or stretching for the past consecutive 40 days (one day for every year that Aragorn spent being rangery in the Wild).

 

  1. x2 in the 1st and 2nd week complete the Beginner's Bodyweight routine, x3 in the 4th, x3 plus one session interval training in the fifth. 
  2. Finish eating by 9pm. x2 in 1st week, x3 for the 2nd, x4, x5 etc..., x6 for the 5th week Use CSS planner to manage day to day.
  3. Meditate every day for 5 minutes. Add five minutes every week until 20 minutes.
  4. Study 10 minutes every day, add 10 minutes each week. 

 

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Yeahhhhh Hamilton reference! Glad you're giving it another shot. :) I'm crap at rewards myself, but to start with, is there anything you want to buy, or do (money optional), or explore, etc., that would motivate you to hit your goals if you could only do the thing if you pass? Alternatively, do you need rewards to succeed? By which I mean do you respond to them on a personal level, or are you just looking for a reward system because everyone says you're "supposed to have them"? I started out coming up with sort of arbitrary rewards in the beginning for the latter reason, then realized my brain is dumb and they don't work for me anyway. But then I realized I much prefer seeing my tracking spreadsheet gradually turn green and watch the percentages go up as I mark everything "done." It's up to you. 

 

ps, the link to your doc requires us to request access to edit. Not sure if that's the one you were going for?

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12 hours ago, fleaball said:

Alternatively, do you need rewards to succeed? By which I mean do you respond to them on a personal level, or are you just looking for a reward system because everyone says you're "supposed to have them"? I started out coming up with sort of arbitrary rewards in the beginning for the latter reason, then realized my brain is dumb and they don't work for me anyway. But then I realized I much prefer seeing my tracking spreadsheet gradually turn green and watch the percentages go up as I mark everything "done." It's up to you. 

I really had to think about this one. I guess I'm just hoping to find something I actually respond to. I've tried material rewards before, but didn't really care about them, so I guess that I am just doing it because I'm "supposed to have them" as you say.

 

I just put the First Age of the nine month plan into the first post.

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Hi! Welcome to the Rebels!

 

7 hours ago, Thanneth Stormdancer said:

I really had to think about this one. I guess I'm just hoping to find something I actually respond to. I've tried material rewards before, but didn't really care about them, so I guess that I am just doing it because I'm "supposed to have them" as you say.

I also have trouble with rewards. They rarely motivate me, and then I just never really get around to "cashing in" my reward when I do earn one. I think one thing that helps a little is finding something you really, really want (which is what I'm hoping will work for me this time). Or doing something you rarely have a chance to do. Most of the time I just don't really put in a reward system. 

 

20 hours ago, fleaball said:

But then I realized I much prefer seeing my tracking spreadsheet gradually turn green and watch the percentages go up as I mark everything "done." It's up to you.

It is very satisfying to see a tracking thing fill up. It also helps me visualize how I'm actually doing in the challenge.

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On 1/2/2018 at 10:19 PM, Thanneth Stormdancer said:

Play Mass Effect: Andromeda after a really hard workout

Ok I just started playing this, and I am absolutely loving it. I had mixed feelings about the other 3, but this game gets an A+ so far.

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