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The Arruvia Conspiracy - Beast Mode

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Intro Cut-Scene: Shadows and Voices

    In the shadows of the narrow alley, a hooded figure moves silently forward along the wall trying to get a better view of the street.  The street is deserted except for two men standing beneath a dimly lit LED billboard, advertising a luxury sedan.  WhiteGhost’s eyes linger on the advertisement for only a moment before shifting his focus to the two men in the street. 

    “Man, it would be nice to move around the city in that instead of creeping through shadows all the time,” he thinks to himself before shaking his head to clear his thoughts. 

    At 3 o’clock in the morning on a Tuesday in Aldenton it would not be uncommon for a drunk office worker to be dragging himself home from a “client meeting” or perhaps a group of students from ACC, the local community college, to be finishing off a round of bar hopping.  These two, however, are as out of place in this low income neighborhood as orcs in Rivendell.  One of them is short and fat, with a receding hairline and deep grating voice, the other is tall and muscular with a nasal, rasping voice. 

    “I wouldn’t want to run into that guy in a dark alley,” WhiteGhost thinks to himself, chuckling inwardly about the irony of the idea.  Both men are dressed to the nines, the shorter man in a dark blue Italian double breasted pinstripe suit and highly polished black wingtips, and the other in an off-white bespoke seersucker suit and brown leather cap-toe derbys.  “Strange things are afoot at the Circle-K,” WhiteGhost thinks as he inches closer to try and catch their conversation. 

    “The BVI SPV could funnel mez cap through the Cayman holdco, it wouldn’t even hit the listco,” the nasely voice says in hushed tones.  Even in the dim light of the LED billboard, Whiteghost can see the shorter man roll his eyes. 

    “We’ve been over this! You have the routing info, I’ll message you when they execute the SPA.  Now let’s get out of here before someone sees us.  Who knows what kind of lowlifes might be lurking in a stinking dump of a neighborhood like this.  Both men instinctively look around, but WhiteGhost is well concealed in the shadows.  

    “I have no idea what all that means, but sounds like these jokers are up to no good,” WhiteGhost thinks as he slowly creeps deeper into the shadows.  “I better get out of here too and go find Blinky, if anyone would know what this is about, it’s him.”

    Suddenly the LED billboard changed to show a flashing bottle of a new diet soda that had just been launched.  The light from the LED screen dissipates the shadows and both men are suddenly aware of the figure crouching at the mouth of the now fully lit alleyway.

    “Mishmash ‘n’ meatballs,” Whiteghost curses under his breath as he races back into the alley with the bruiser hot on his heels.  Unfortunately, this alley is a dead end so getting away from this guy is going to be a bit of a climb.

 

 

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Level 2: A Blinky Mess

WhiteGhost reaches the end of the wall and takes a bounding leap off of the back wall, tic-tacing over to a window ledge and pulls himself up. Afraid that looking over his should to check his pursuer will take precious seconds, he focuses on shimmying up a rain gutter until he reaches the edge of the roof.  Only once he has pulled himself over does he risk taking a look to see how things are going.  To his delight, the big man is still on the ground of the alley, trying in vain to grab the fire escape ladder.

WhiteGhost breathes a sigh of relief

Well, that wasn’t so bad, but I am going to need to be more careful so I don’t get recognized.  It will be a lot harder to find Blinky if I have people looking for me” he thinks to himself as he sets off at a brisk run across the rooftops.

 

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Blinky lives in a nondescript 3rd floor apartment in Indian Flats, a middle income neighborhood on the West side of town.  He started out as a CIA forensic accountant many years ago working in the organized crime unit, but he traded sides and went to work as a financier for a mob boss who made him an offer he apparently couldn’t refuse.  A couple of years ago he got caught embezzling his boss' cash and as punishment got his eyelids cut off, hence the nickname.  He now works as a freelance financial advisor, supplying his services to white hats, black hats and anyone else with a lot of cash and something to hide. 

When WhiteGhost gets to Blinky’s place he finds the front door hanging from just the top hinge, twisting slightly with every gust of wind. 

I guess I’m not the only one who needs a word with old Blinky,” WhiteGhost mutters under his breath and he slips silently through the broken doorway.  Inside, Blinky’s place has been completely ransacked.  Drawers have been pulled out and dumped on the floor, his bed has been flipped and the bedsheets are strewn wildly around the bedroom.  His bookshelves have been pulled down and the floor of the living room is a sea of books.  WhiteGhost takes a look at the computer desk and smiles to himself.  The guys that did this clearly were not professionals, just some low level thugs who didn’t understand Blinky’s world.  The computer keyboard has been smashed to pieces and there is a hunting knife sticking through what remains of it, pinning it to the desk.  The monitor has been knocked to the floor with a fist sized hole through it.  However, the tower under the desk is untouched and apparently still on, the cooling fan creating a dull hum in the background.  Empty diet cola bottles litter the floor and a half eaten burrito is mashed under a tipped over chair.  Apparently Blinky was interrupted unexpectedly.

WhiteGhost hooks up his tablet to the computer through an HDMI adapter and discovers a TOR browser open, with TrueCrypt and Bleachbit running in the background.  If Blinky didn’t have time to close these, he must have really been in a rush to get out.  The TOR browser is open to a Lelantos email account, but most of the emails don’t make any sense.  It seems Blinky was encrypting his messages manually before entering them into the encrypted system.  Given the types of people he deals with, he couldn’t afford to mess around.  The last email received, though, was not encrypted.  Opening it up, WhiteGhosts finds a Darknote XDN blockchain showing transfers of large sums of bitcoin to accounts in varying countries with Switzerland, Russia, South Africa, China, India and Mongolia coming up the most.  The email sender is merely identified by a single letter: H.

“No time to worry about that now,” WhiteGhost thinks to himself. “I need to find Blinky and get to the bottom of this.”  He reaches down to unplug his HDMI cable, and decides to pull out the hard drive for later.  As he pulls it out, he notices a yellow sticky note stuck to the inside of the computer tower.  He pulls it off and finds “WG38.2946071.-80.3132366” scrawled in pencil. 

 

 

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Level 3 - A Little Help

Smack!  A red hand print shows clearly on WhiteGhost’s cheek where he has been slapping himself every few minutes to keep himself awake.  Looking down at the computer screen dejectedly, WhiteGhost lets out a long sigh.  I got nothin’ 

     WhiteGhost has been wracking his brain for the last three days trying to figure out what the message from Blinky could possibly mean.  He has run every decryption program he could think of but nothing was working.  He had spent hours combing through the recovered hard drive for decryption codes or any hint of what encryption methods Blinky preferred but every lead was a dead end.  WhiteGhost had even considered asking an anonymous hacker group such as the Shadow Brokers for help, but without knowing who was involved he just couldn’t risk it.

     The sun broke through a crack in the curtains, and WhiteGhost let out a curse in frustration. “This is beyond me.  I’m gonna need some help…

 

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  It didn't take long for WhiteGhost to figure out where to go. He had heard of Hazard, the godfather of the local Assassin organization, but had never really interacted with him.  He asked around and was able to arrange a meeting.  

      "What can I do for you, kid?" Hazard asked.  His tone was neutral but through the look in his eyes and the steel in his voice WhiteGhost knew this was a man with a background.  Swallowing nervously, Whitghost handed Hazard the scrap of paper he had recovered from the inside of Blinky's computer tower.  "I think this is some kind of code, but I have run all of the decryption programs I know but have come up empty every time.  Does this look like a code you are familiar with"?

      Hazard took a long look at the characters written on the note.  WG38.2946071.-80.3132366”  He closed his eyes, leaned back and was put his arms behind his head as he thought.  Suddenly, Hazard opened his eyes, stood up and strode over to a bookshelf and started scanning the titles, searching for something specific.   Looking over his shoulder as he searches, Hazard looks directly at WhiteGhost "I assume this note was written specifically for you? The WG at the beginning can be ignored as it simply sates who the note is for.  The rest..." Hazard pulls a large atlas off the shelf and start flipping through pages until he finds what he is looking for.

      "The rest is merely latitude and longitude coordinates.  What you are looking for is here" he says as he stabs his finger into a map. "Looks like you are going to be making a trip to West Virginia.  Middle of nowhere, it seems.  About as far off the the grid as you can get...

 

 

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Level 4 - Off the Grid

WhiteGhost crept up to the small cabin barely visible from the game trail leading past it.  The cabin is shrouded in Bush Honeysuckle and looks as if it hasn’t been inhabited for years.  He carefully pushes past the undergrowth and hesitates just for a moment before approaching the lone door to the cabin.  After a quick glance over his shoulder, WhiteGhost gently pushes open the unlocked door and sees his old friend sitting in an antique rocking chair next to a long unused fireplace. 

      “I was beginning to think you weren’t coming”.  Blinky says dryly as he looks up over the top of his book.  Blinky listens carefully as WhiteGhost recounts what he saw and heard in the alley back in Aldenton, and also the scene in Blinky’s apartment in Indian Flats. 

      “Well, I am not familiar with Mr. Muscles, but the fat guy is a Senior Partner over at Pentadin Partners, a shady financial services company that brokers transactions structured to get around international sanctions.  This is very interesting because I stumbled across a series of corporate acquisitions PP brokered this year just before I was so rudely chased from my home”.  Blinky walks over to a table covered in books and papers near the window and grabs a small notebook out of the stack.  “Let’s see here, we have a sclerochiton ilicifolius farm in Transvaal, South Africa, a chemical manufacturing plant in Guilin, China, a bacterial R&D center in Yasenevo, Russia, and an Ion Exchange Equipment manufacturer in Chennai, India.  Seems our fat friend has been quite busy”.  He walks over to his refrigerator and pulls out a soda and offers one to his guest who politely declines.  Blinky never used to be a big soda drinker, but perhaps the stress has gotten to him.  “I was trying to find out who the buyer was for these companies, but, as you can see, did not get to finish that task” Blinky says.  “Seeing as I need to stay off the grid for a while, perhaps you can help me look into it”. 

      “I’d love to help” WhiteGhost says, "but I wouldn’t even know where to start looking”.  The corners of Blinky’s mouth turn up to form just the faintest of smiles. 

      “Luckily, I have some information that may help” he says  “Mr. Osladin, whom you met in the alley the other night, likes to funnel his transactions through the same few offshore holding companies.  The hard drive you recovered has a few programs I developed that you can use to trace back to the beneficial owners.  Unfortunately for you, though, I can’t do it with you as I need to lay low for a bit”. 

      WhiteGhost looks at Blinky who just nods knowingly.

      “Well, it looks like I have some work to do” says WhiteGhost.

 

 

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Level 5 - Dead End

After many hours of combing through the voluminous data in the software, WhiteGhost is able to track down all of the transactions.  At first, it seems these companies are all being bought by seemingly independent private companies, but it doesn’t take much digging to tell that they are all just shell companies. 

Interesting, but not very helpful,” WhiteGhost mutters to himself. 

Without any other leads to go from, WhiteGhost spends the next few weeks trying to dig up the shareholders of the acquiring companies by poring through government filings, drilling up through complex offshore holding structures in various tax havens and ultimately coming to numerous anonymous individuals holding proxy stakes through a number of Swiss accounts. 

This is a dead end,” grumbles WhiteGhost.  “Even if I could hack into each of those accounts and find out the identity of each holder, I don’t have the time or the resources to track them all down.”   

Waiting until after dark to avoid unwanted attention, WhiteGhost head back out for another visit with Blinky.  Once he is back inside in Blinky’s cabin, Blinky yanks closed all of the curtains and plugs in an audio jammer.

I don’t think anyone knows I’m here, but we can’t take any chances” Blinky says as he sinks into a chair next to a table covered with a stack of binders and few empty soda cans.  “What do you have?”

Pacing back and forth, WhiteGhost explains to Blinky about the shell companies and proxy shareholders, continuously watching Blinky, looking for any sign of hope.

Well,” starts Blinky “It isn’t impossible to track down these individuals, but there’s no guarantee those people are even real.

WhiteGhost slumps into an empty chair dejectedly.  So that’s it?

Well, I think we have gotten all of the information we can with our current information,” Says Blinky slowly. “We need to go out and get some new leads.

WhiteGhost stares at Blinky uncomprehendingly as he mutters angrily “What do you think I’ve been doing for the last 3 weeks?

Go back to the beginning, of course!” exclaims Blinky.  Those fellows you saw in Aldenton probably know what’s going on.  Mr. Demerara, The Partner from Pentadin, will probably know more about the shareholders because I suspect he structured those accounts himself.  I have a feeling, though, that the other guy may be more likely to provide useful information. 

Why’s that?” WhiteGhost asks, his curiosity peaked.

Think back to the initial conversation you overheard,” continues Blinky “Demerara was being very guarded about what he said and was doing everything he could to keep the other guy quiet, remember?” Blinky grinned slyly “I imagine it wouldn’t take too much persuasion to get the big fellow going.

Brilliant idea!” exclaims WhiteGhost. “I just need to track that guy down, and I have a few ideas where he might be…

 

 

 

Level 6 - Q&A

     Back in Aldenton, Whiteghost was putting together a plan to track down Muscles, they tall guy in the seersucker suit he first saw meeting with Demerara, the big wig deal broker from Pentadin. 

     “If I were a stacked & jacked white collar criminal with impeccable fashion sense where would I be hanging out” whiteGhost mumbled to himself as he was scanning ‘Like a Local’ for possible places the guy might be.  I’m guessing he’s not going to be at any book clubs or poetry slams…  Let’s see… Maybe I could check the Crossfit Box

     “Yeah, I bet this guy is one of those crossfitters – the perfect place for vain fitness nuts” he thought to himself absently as he continued scrolling

     “Hold on, this is it” WhiteGhost blurted out, then looked around to see if anyone noticed.  He was sitting at a bus stop bench as he scrolled through the app, keeping one eye on his phone and one eye on the busy street ahead of him.

     After making sure no one was watching him he looked back down at his phone, and the announcement lighting up his screen. 

 

Objective 1: Get into the event

  1. Obtain a ticket - Have full challenge plan finished
  2. No ticket, have to sneak in -  Have enough of a plan to get started on workouts
  3. Can't get in - Challenge still not ready to go

Objective timeline: end of day Sunday

Result: Sneak in

 

 

     WhiteGhost grunted quietly as he struggled to fit into the jacket he just happened to find lying around in a locked closet in the staff changing room in the hotel basement.  It hadn’t taken long to pick the lock, but it would have been even faster if it had been a key padlock. Combination locks were never his strong suite. 

     Looking down at the nametag a smile came to his face.

     “Tonight, I am Juan Dominguez” he laughed as he looked at his blond hair slicked back behind his ears.  If anyone asks I’ll just tell them my family comes from the colonies at Juarez

     “If my Spanish were better, I may actually get someone to believe that…

     His thoughts trickled off as he checked his watch; 30 minutes to show time.

 

     When he first saw the announcement the other night, he knew getting tickets to this event was going to be hard.  It isn’t every day that the world’s fastest growing beverage company teams up with the world’s largest lingerie brand and the hottest company in athletic fashion for a one night only fashion show to launch their newest product” he mused. 

     He had tried getting a ticket, but this was an exclusive party and only the only people getting into this event are the rich or well connected.

     “And the serving staff, of course” he thought with a smirk.

     There would of course be media present, but those credentials were getting extra scrutiny tonight.  With an event this hot, every fashion blogger and Youtube celebrity trainer was trying to get in.  Unless you were on the specific invite list, though, you might as well be James O’Keefe trying to get into a Planned Parenthood board meeting.

     Buttoning up the jacket and straightening his tie, WhiteGhost headed up to the hotel catering center to grab some hors d’oeuvres. 

     “I need to get there a little early to get the first choice of trays” he thought to himself “they guys with the champagne and caviar get the most attention but the least scrutiny

 

 

     WhiteGhost took advantage of both the anonymity and the broad access afforded him by the service jacket and tray of expensive champagne and he wandered about the event keeping an eye out for his quarry. 

     “You’d think a guy of hi size would be easy to spot” he though, frustrated that he had not seen him yet.  He’s got to be here, I can’t imagine he would miss an event like this

     Still unable to find the guy he was searching for, WhiteGhost made his way towards the catwalk to see if he could find a spot where could watch the show.  It was then he spotted him.

     On the front row along one side of the low T-shaped stage he saw a huge man, wearing a bespoke white tuxedo with a mandarin collar over a burgundy vest, his black, shoulder-length hair combed back behind his ears. 

     “There you are” WhiteGhost whispered to himself.  now, let’s see what kind of information I can get out of you about those transactions

     The plan came to him immediately, but it would take some preparation.  Heading back into the service area, WhiteGhost ditched his service jacket, grabbed a tool belt and made his way to the booth.  In the confusion as the show began, he was able to pass himself off as a backup lighting technician and set himself up behind a backup spotlight on the left lighting truss.  From there he had a good view of both the stage and the large man filling a prime seat just to the side of it.

    “And now, the game is afoot” WhiteGhost thought to himself as a smile spread across his face

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I got home from my trip to the US on Jan 1, but while I was in the air, Ghostlet came down with a bad case of the flu.  We spent that first night in the hospital but Mi Vieja and I both managed to catch it  (apparently it is a new extra virulent strain).  Ghostlet is doing better now, but all 3 of us have been completely out of commission this week.  I won't be doing any exercise until I am feeling a little better but I want to at least get my challenge up.  I know that I want to do a lot of natural mobility / animal movements so I will put together something based on a few ideas from MovNat and Animal Flow.  I still don't know exactly how I will turn these ideas into a full workout, so my first objective is to come up with a plan so I can hit the ground running next week.

 

Updated to include challenge outline

 

Challenge Items:

1. Upper Body - push/pull routine 2x/week (Morning)

2. Lower Body - Squats & Deadlift 1x/week (Morning)

3. Endurance - 5K run 1x/week (Morning)

4. Core - Abz workout 3x/week (Evening)

5. Mobility - Focused Flexibility, MovNat, Animal Flow or something similar 3x/week (Evening)

6. Cooking -  New recipe 1x/week (Weekend)

7. Attitude - Smile & cheerful greeting 3x/day (Daily) 

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1 hour ago, WhiteGhost said:

Hold on, this is it” WhiteGhost blurted out, then looked around to see if anyone noticed.  He was sitting at a bus stop bench as he scrolled through the app, keeping one eye on his phone and one eye on the busy street ahead of him.

     After making sure no one was watching him he looked back down at his phone, and the announcement lighting up his screen. 

 

 

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1 hour ago, WhiteGhost said:

Ghostlet is doing better now, but all 3 of us have been completely out of commission this week. 

 

Getting sick just throws all plans out the window...hope you guys are all feeling better and back on track soon.

 

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4 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

Yeah, I bet this guy is one of those crossfitters – the perfect place for vain fitness nuts

Can't help but laugh at this. Following, even though I have no idea what's going on.

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On 1/4/2018 at 10:29 PM, GregT. said:

Following.  Looking forward to it.

  Feel better glad the trip was a success , I mean you even caught a virus!

 

 

On 1/4/2018 at 10:36 PM, raptron said:

Welcome back! Sorry to hear the whole family got sick. Rest up!

 

On 1/4/2018 at 10:42 PM, Mad Hatter said:

Aw man that sucks. Feel better soon!

 

On 1/4/2018 at 11:12 PM, jonfirestar said:

Sorry to hear you've been so sick :( Feel better soon. 

 

On 1/4/2018 at 11:19 PM, otterbyte said:

Getting sick just throws all plans out the window...hope you guys are all feeling better and back on track soon.

 

On 1/4/2018 at 11:42 PM, Ensi said:

Following! Sorry to hear about the flu slowing you down :< Try and sleep as much as possible, it really helps...!

 

On 1/5/2018 at 12:55 AM, deftona said:

Following! Boo to the plague but you're being sensible leaving training until you feel better.

 

On 1/5/2018 at 4:12 AM, sylph said:

Here to follow the post-flu adventures.

 

On 1/5/2018 at 9:07 AM, Sea Level said:

Following! Sorry to hear about the flu. Here's hoping for a quick recovery.

 

On 1/5/2018 at 9:22 AM, fleaball said:

Sending chicken soup vibes!

 

On 1/5/2018 at 10:30 AM, annyshay said:

Get well soon.

 

On 1/5/2018 at 2:05 PM, LouCarJo said:

Flu is nasty.  Hope you feel ready to ease back into it again soon.

 

Thanks everyone. I am feeling much better now.  I suspect I should be about back to normal now, but I plan to ease into the workouts this week just to be safe.

 

On 1/5/2018 at 2:28 AM, DarK_RaideR said:

Can't help but laugh at this. Following, even though I have no idea what's going on.

The Arruvia Conspiracy is a story I have been running to lead off each of my challenges.  It was originally designed to be a story to track with my workouts, like the cut scenes for video game, but now it is just a story that doesn't track with anything.  :)   I thought about abandoning it, but since I already have the outline written, I still throw up a new section with every challenge.

 

On 1/4/2018 at 11:19 PM, otterbyte said:

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Story update coming shortly :) 

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On 1/4/2018 at 10:01 PM, WhiteGhost said:

Objective 1: Get into the event

  1. Obtain a ticket - Have full challenge plan finished
  2. No ticket, have to sneak in -  Have enough of a plan to get started on workouts
  3. Can't get in - Challenge still not ready to go

Objective timeline: end of day Sunday

 

I was able to get a general plan put together. Still lacking a lot of details (stuff I would normally work through in zero week) but enough to get started.  Result: Into the show but no ticket.

 

     WhiteGhost grunted quietly as he struggled to fit into the jacket he just happened to find lying around in a locked closet in the staff changing room in the hotel basement.  It hadn’t taken long to pick the lock, but it would have been even faster if it had been a key padlock. Combination locks were never his strong suite. 

     Looking down at the nametag a smile came to his face.

     “Tonight, I am Juan Dominguez” he laughed as he looked at his blond hair slicked back behind his ears.  If anyone asks I’ll just tell them my family comes from the colonies at Juarez

     “If my Spanish were better, I may actually get someone to believe that…

     His thoughts trickled off as he checked his watch; 30 minutes to show time.

 

     When he first saw the announcement the other night, he knew getting tickets to this event was going to be hard.  It isn’t every day that the world’s fastest growing beverage company teams up with the world’s largest lingerie brand and the hottest company in athletic fashion for a one night only fashion show to launch their newest product” he mused. 

     He had tried getting a ticket, but this was an exclusive party and only the only people getting into this event are the rich or well connected.

     “And the serving staff, of course” he thought with a smirk.

     There would of course be media present, but those credentials were getting extra scrutiny tonight.  With an event this hot, every fashion blogger and Youtube celebrity trainer was trying to get in.  Unless you were on the specific invite list, though, you might as well be James O’Keefe trying to get into a Planned Parenthood board meeting.

     Buttoning up the jacket and straightening his tie, WhiteGhost headed up to the hotel catering center to grab some hors d’oeuvres. 

     “I need to get there a little early to get the first choice of trays” he thought to himself “they guys with the champagne and caviar get the most attention but the least scrutiny

 

 

Objective 2: Find "Muscles" and come up with plan to get information

  1. Have specific workout routine and using it - Find target and come up with plan
  2. Have specific routine but not using it or random workouts without specific plan - Find target but no plan
  3. No specific plan and no workouts - Cannot find target

Objective timeline: End of Sunday 

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OK, so the general plan is:

 

1. Upper Body - push/pull routine 2x/week (Morning)

This will most likely be something  very similar to what I was doing before, with some combination of pullups, handstands, front levers and back levers.  Maybe some pushups in there for good measure

 

2. Lower Body - Squats & Deadlift 1x/week (Morning)

Various kinds of squats and some deadlifts 

 

3. Endurance - 5K run 1x/week (Morning)

I have not been doing any running for the last couple of challenges so I want to ease my way back into it.  Once a week should be about right

 

4. Core - Abz workout 3x/week (Evening)

I really liked the abz PVPs we did a few challenges ago and I have missed focused ab work.  I plan to go back and reuse some of those videos from the PVPs and find some new ones for a little variety.  Suggestions always welcome :) 

 

5. Mobility - Focused Flexibility, MovNat, Animal Flow or something similar 3x/week (Evening)

I heard about MovNat from @Wild Wolf and after looking more into it I have decided that this is just what the doctor ordered to spice up my flexibility routines.  Instead of focusing on static stretches with a little bit of mobility, I want to turn the tables this time and focus on active mobility that targets the limits of my flexibility.  The intention here is to increase active flexibility by increasing the range of motion.  Negatives as discussed by @Machete in my last challenge will be part of this somehow.  

 

6. Cooking -  New recipe 1x/week (Weekend)

Same as previous challenges.  One week in this challenge the meal must be steak.  (I have been hiding in fear of this for way too long)

 

7. Attitude - Smile & cheerful greeting 3x/day (Daily) 

In @Ensi's thread she was talking about happiness.  I think I am generally pretty happy, but I don't usually show a lot of happy emotion and when I am feeling grumpy I have a really grumpy face.  I wonder if other people know I'm happy.  They should, so for this challenge I am going to try and make it so that when people see me they will think, that guy sure is happy.  

 

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Hey glad you are feeling better.  Good Plan and I loved the intro story.  Keep that rolling if you can.

 

  As for steak, If I am not grilling it, I season the steak, oh almost forgot.  Take the steak out of the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature before cooking.  If you do you will end up with a much more tender item and the doneness you want easier.  Anyway,  In a frying pan melt whatever oil you use to cook stuff, I have been using organic Ghee and I love that where has it been my whole life, and sear both sides of the seasoned steak.  Maybe 30 seconds in the very hot pan on each side just to get a bit of that lovely brown going.  Remove the steak from the pan and place it in a baking dish and put into a 350C oven (175c).  If you like it medium rare, cook it for about 3 mins on each side or what your thermometer says.  This is for about a 1 inch thick steak ( 25.4 mm).  Once it is done remove it from oven immediately and allow to rest, No cutting it, for about 5 mins.  This will let the residual heat finish cooking it to your doneness and let it relax so it is more tender.  Do not cook the Steak or any beef, Lamb etc, to the doneness you desire in the oven.  If you do it will be overdone the you eat it due to residual cooking.  Oh and remember all those weeks of my Steak and Eggs diet, yeah I got pretty good at this lol. Steak twice a day for 6 weeks.  Sounds like a dream but it can and does get old.

 

  Good Luck man.

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Interesting! Following up!

 

6 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

Attitude - Smile & cheerful greeting 3x/day (Daily) 

In @Ensi's thread she was talking about happiness.  I think I am generally pretty happy, but I don't usually show a lot of happy emotion and when I am feeling grumpy I have a really grumpy face.  I wonder if other people know I'm happy.  They should, so for this challenge I am going to try and make it so that when people see me they will think, that guy sure is happy.  

 

This I did for my last challenge, but I hadn't framed it to 3x a day, and I should have had. Sometimes you are entitled to your grumpiness, and in any case, it is very hard to have that much level of attention the whole day (for me at least it was). But I might redo something similar because I have also been told that I present as quite cold/grumpy although I don't usually feel that way. It's particularly true at work. When I'm focused, I look very tense it seems. And people interpret it as grumpiness, when it's not the case at all.

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