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Stop throwing that lightsaber behind, Skywalker [abridged posting-mode]

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It's good to be back in the Rebellion! I got some pretty ok results in the first three challenges (#1, #2, #3), then unexpectedly moved to UK for postgraduate studies (take-it-or-leave-it scholarship thing) and coped with the adaptation, work, study and family balance during the autumn term, running and lifting only very occasionally, while ditching my daily walks altogether. In Nov, I failed a respawn challenge. In sum, I let Darth Paunch punch me too much (fueled by the Galactic Writing Assignments Empire). All in all, I threw that lightsaber behind way too many times.
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It comes to an end. In the latter part of January (original time of the year when I left the Mordor realm of inactivity in 2018), I resumed my running and lifting routine, though I'm still in the process of gearing up. I got myself a new fitness tracker (Huawei Band 3 Pro - for £58 on Amazon Warehouse) with GPS and swimming mode, which adds to motivation (I detest carrying my phone on runs - and this band tracks runs with GPS, showing the pace, distance ran and heart BPM on its own screen in real time, which I always wanted; also, I plan to subscribe to a swimming pool as soon as my academic year ends). Here's the new beauty:
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And here are some pictures from today's walk around Binfield (finally found some kinda hilly paths which resemble the hills of Maruševec in Croatia that I quite miss):
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So at this point, I'm pretty optimistic. However, I need to temper it with realism. First, the challenge reports will have to be Twitter-style - nowhere near like this introductory post (took me over an hour!). I made an Accountabilities Twitter-style thread during the failed respawn challenge, but there weren't any posters beside me, so I will not double it, but instead am branding this challenge as an "abridged-posting mode" one. Thus, both my goals and posts will be simple. Also, the following two weeks I have an intensive course, which means my goals during that time will be a smaller bite. So here it is:

 

Subquest 1: walk >4000 daily steps during first two weeks and >8000 daily steps during second two weeks

-> 2 STA

Subquest 2: run 1x/week during first two weeks and 2x/week during second two weeks

-> 1 STA + 1 DEX

Subquest 3: lift 1x/week during first two weeks and 2x/week during second two weeks

-> 2 STR

Subquest 4: go to sleep before midnight

-> 2 CON

Subquest 5: start the day with devotions (Scripture study, meditation and prayer)

-> 1 WIS + 1 CHA

Give me that lightsaber alright!
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P.S. looking forward to the end of the academic year, when I'll be able to hang out with you much more! Wishing all of you a rocking 4WC!

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Actually, I am a fond supporter of short post updates!   If every post from everyone was super long, I'd have to follow less and less people!

 

What exciting things you've had come up in the interim since your last run here!   Wowsers!   I'm a big skittish chicken with change and chances, so I always find it so awesome when people jump on BIG LEAPS.

 

Also, that gif is freaking amazing!!!

 

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Glad you are back around Matt! And in the UK wooo. haha although not good weather here recently. How rubbish. Have an excellent challenge. xx

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So, as I feared due to the intensive classes, not a great week. Here is the completion rates:

 

Subquest 1: 5/7

Subquest 2: 1/1

Subquest 3: 1/1

Subquest 4: 2/7

Subquest 5: 2/7

 

Sleeping and getting early enough to be able to do devotions first thing in the morning - connected obviously, and failed obviously. Well, I'll do my best to navigate another week of the intensive, but I certainly look forward to the second two weeks of this 4WC.

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On 2/10/2019 at 7:40 PM, Elastigirl said:

Glad to see you! Short posts are great. All you  need is to post what works fo your encouragement and accountability,,

 

On 2/10/2019 at 8:16 PM, Maigs said:

Glad you're back

 

On 2/11/2019 at 4:38 PM, Starpuck said:

Actually, I am a fond supporter of short post updates!   If every post from everyone was super long, I'd have to follow less and less people!

 

What exciting things you've had come up in the interim since your last run here!   Wowsers!   I'm a big skittish chicken with change and chances, so I always find it so awesome when people jump on BIG LEAPS.

 

Also, that gif is freaking amazing!!!

 

 

On 2/11/2019 at 4:54 PM, Salinger said:

Glad you are back around Matt! And in the UK wooo. haha although not good weather here recently. How rubbish. Have an excellent challenge. xx

 

Thank you everyone for a heartwarming welcome back!

 

I gotta say, though my week wasn't the best with my goals, it would have been much worse if it weren't for NF. When it got bad, I'd think about your support, and I'd go an extra mile (sometimes literally).

 

So thanks once again!

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Hey hey!

 

You're in a place where things are hectic.   Every little step, is still a step.   Hang in there.   We'll be around, we're not going anywhere.

 

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Second week not brilliant either. Sleep was a failure (though I was actually closer to midnight than last week when I would just go off further into the night if I'd reach midnight). Devotions and daily walks were a bit more consistent.
 

Subquest 1: walk >4000 daily steps during first two weeks: 6/7

Subquest 2: run 1x/week during first two weeks: 1/1

Subquest 3: lift 1x/week during first two weeks: 1/1

Subquest 4: go to sleep before midnight: 0/7

Subquest 5: start the day with devotions: 3/7


The highlight was definitely a nice respawning long run on Sunday.
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I mean, the temp was abnormal 19C, I could stay all day out, so I did 12 km. Amazingly, after not running more than 5k for months, my legs weren't half as sore as I thought they might be. I guess those runs last year weren't for nothing. Now on to better things in the second two weeks!

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Third week brought some unexpected things - e.g. evenings of hanging out with a friend who currently struggles with some really difficult issues - so I actually fell short of 8000 steps three times, and it also affected my sleep. However, I did my best at all the times I could, and I was better with devotions than in previous weeks.
 

Subquest 1: walk/run >8000 daily steps during second two weeks: 4/7

Subquest 2: run 2x/week during second two weeks: 2/2

Subquest 3: lift 2x/week during second two weeks: 2/2

Subquest 4: go to sleep before midnight4/7

Subquest 5: start the day with devotions: 5/7

Btw, had a really nice (almost) 9k walk to a lovely 14th century church in Binfield with my 5 years old son on Saturday. And some nice discussions too, as he asked me what happens with the dead. AND I head to read each gravestone, including those from the 16th century. :)))

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Ramping up the challenge, hitting more and more goals seem excellent!

 

It's a real cool age when they want to know stuff! A little exhausting at times though.

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On 3/8/2019 at 6:52 AM, Mr_Willes said:

Ramping up the challenge, hitting more and more goals seem excellent!

 

It's a real cool age when they want to know stuff! A little exhausting at times though.

Haha, yeah, 'why' question all the time - responding to it about the cause of a cause of a cause, etc. can easily lead back to the creation of the world at this age. :D  But makes me wonder if we adults maybe too easily cease asking such questions and, you know, just get on with the life. I guess we should find a balance between the two.

 

On 3/8/2019 at 8:19 AM, Salinger said:

Lovely photos Matt...Looks a cool place :)

 

x

Thanks! Just found out that Alexander Pope lived in Binfield too. :)

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Score of the final week:
Subquest 1: walk/run >8000 daily steps during second two weeks: 7/7

Subquest 2: run 2x/week during second two weeks: 2/2

Subquest 3: lift 2x/week during second two weeks: 2/2

Subquest 4: go to sleep before midnight4/7

Subquest 5: start the day with devotions: 5/7

Aaand...
 

Challenge #5 scoring recap and awarded stat points:

Subquest 1: walk >4000 daily steps during first two weeks and >8000 daily steps during second two weeks: 22/28 | 79% | C+ ->  + 1 STA

Subquest 2: run 1x/week during first two weeks and 2x/week during second two weeks: 6/6 | 100% | A -> + 1 STA + 1 DEX

Subquest 3: lift 1x/week during first two weeks and 2x/week during second two weeks6/6 | 100% | A -> + 1 STR

Subquest 4: go to sleep before midnight: 10/28 | 36% | F

Subquest 5: start the day with devotions (Scripture study, meditation and prayer): 15/28 | 54% | F

Total: 60%

Brings back some memories - that's the percentage with which I barely passed my first challenge, but I passed it (though obviously failing subquests 4 and 5). So D- is good enough for me when I think about it as a respawn challenge.

BTW, I walked 183.1 km during this challenge, which means I passed the Argonath in my Walk to Mordor, and am now at some 25 km before Rauros. Something to feel good about, as well as about completing all my scheduled runs and lift sessions.
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BUT, I direly need constitution, wisdom and charisma, which I can only get through enough sleep and devotions. So, time to level that stuff up in the next 4WC.

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10 hours ago, MattSkywalker said:

if we adults maybe too easily cease asking such questions and,

 

I'm pretty certain, don't ask me why...

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