JediNickD Posted April 17, 2019 Report Share Posted April 17, 2019 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 healing my spine, reaching the high ranks at karate, blazing through the new Toastmasters education program called Pathways, and working to complete Novice rank at IJRS, World 4 is something new everyday. For Level 10, I decided on another new experience. I have moved over to the Monks to reach for more diversity in my workouts and culture as my focus has been more on my karate training in the recent months. My next rank will be Probationary Black Belt which will consume my time more than ever before. As I actively take on more responsibility of coaching, mentoring, and teaching in all aspects of my life, I can see a different me forming with World 5 is on the horizon. I just keep on L-I-V-I-N, fight the good fight lightin' it up, and level up my life! Challenge Lesson: "Something to Fight For" [Spoilers for The Last Jedi] Quote Finn: I was raised to fight. For the first time I have something to fight for. Finn is such an interesting character in Star Wars. We know nothing about his past as First Order Storm Trooper except that he worked in Sanitation and they trained him to fight. I believe through what is shown in the two movies is that his past does not matter. Where he comes from does shape his character a bit, which we see in his decisions to run, to get as far away from the First Order as he can, but that mostly only explains what he knows of the First Order and not who he is or who he was. It is an important distinction for him and Rey, that their past is not shaping their future. For Finn, we know he has a good sense of what is right. Through his escape from the First Order and subsequent adventures, he meets others who share that good sense forming a new family of friends who he would give his life for. He learns what the Resistance stands for. He determines for himself that standing against the First Order is the best way to live his life and keep those he cares for safe and protected. He finds something worth fighting for. The idea behind his arc (and Rey's arc) is to retell Luke Skywalker's hero arc with new characters. Luke comes from meager beginnings and is radicalized through experience and friendship. The meager beginnings are mysterious with Finn and Rey, but their radicalization against the First Order is the same. I was raised to know right from wrong, to stand up for those who can't stand up for themselves, and to be kind and charitable. I was not raised to "fight", but I was raised to defend, to mediate, and to uphold. And I've always had something to fight for. Honestly, I feel like I have been fighting for it, too. But I don't feel like I have put my life, my integrity, my reputation, or anything of merit on the line. Do I really have something to fight for? I think I live too comfortably to understand that question. 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 10 Challenge: FITNESS: Cardio: Speed and Stamina - 400 min total, 100 weekly. Track time and distance. STA +1 Walking: Fortify the Spine - 1000 min total, 250 weekly. CON +1 Exercise: Lifting and Bodyweight - 240 min total, 60 weekly. Track reps for push-ups and sit-ups AMRAP and daily total. STR +1 Flexibility: Stretching and Physical Therapy - 560 min total, 140 weekly. DEX +1 Karate: Training and Practice - 1100 min total, 275 weekly. Track progress towards belt. Track improvement on all material. DEX +1, STR +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 for 24 of 28 days. Track "fasting" after dinner nightly for 24 of 28 days. CON +1 Keep on cutting out the crap - No CheezIts, limit snacking at work, 6 Dr Peppers a week, and limit cheese to 6 meals a week.CON +1 LIFE: Get Stuff Done - Complete 80 Hours of various Chores and Maintenance, with at least 20 hours each week. Chores and Maintenance are the following areas (goal hours for challenge) Dishes (16), Laundry (10), Cooking/Cleaning/Dusting/Vacuuming/Trash/Other (32), Yard Work (2), Animal Care (24), Home Renovation and Auto Maintenance (10) WIS +1, CHA +1 Epic Quest - Complete something EPIC! I want to be able to look back at my four week challenge and say, "that was the challenge I did X". My challenges tend to be a lot of the same old. I've given myself plenty to improve in small steps, but I also want to see big strides in the things I've been working on. What box can I check? What have I been procrastinating? What am I focusing on? WIS +2, CHA +2 INCENTIVES! Working hard for CASH! ($148.35 carried over) REWARD: For each week in which I complete 22 or more hours of Chores and Maintenance, I will put aside $10 to spend how I see fit. CONSEQUENCE: For any week where I complete less than 20 hours, I will give up $10 of saved cash. REWARD: $5 for each Personal Project hour CONSEQUENCE : Lose $10 for each week without at least one hour for Personal Projects. REWARD: $10 for each HIIT workout. For a healthy heart among other things, HIIT is recommended by my health coach. I don't like them, but they are a necessary evil. CONSEQUENCE: Lose $5 for each week without a HIIT workout. REWARD: $2 for each day with weight below 150.0 lbs. CONSEQUENCE: Lose $10 each day with weight above 151.0 lbs. REWARD: $5 for 1 Sprint/Run/Bike workout (minimum 10 reps/30 min/10 min), $10 for second, $20 for third and up. CONSEQUENCE: Lose $10 for each week without one of these workouts. BONUSES: $1 for each hour working on Jedi Training (mentoring, reading/writing, charity, meditation, IJRS lessons). $2 for each hour working on Toastmasters including meetings. $2 for each Home Renovation or Auto Maintenance hour PENALTIES: Lose $10 for eating pizza, candy, popcorn, CheezIts, pretzels, potato chips. Lose $10 for more than 6 Dr Peppers a week or more than 6 meals with cheese a week. 3 Quote Journey to You: Coaching, Mentoring, and Personal Growth World 6 Level 4 | Epic Quest | Toastmasters: Where Leaders are Made | Institute for Jedi Realist Studies | Extra Life 2021 | YouTube Channel | Epic Nerd Camp "No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try." -- Yoda | "We are what we repeatedly do." -- Aristotle Spoiler Distinguished Toastmaster Agnostic Rationalist Jedi Dwarf Black Belt Martial Artist Monk Ranger Assassin Engineer Scientist Philosopher Student Nerd World 6 Level 4 Stats: STR 150.0 | DEX 160.75 | STA 151.0 | CON 152.0 | WIS 158.0 | CHA 150.0 World 1 Level [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22] World 2 Level [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10] World 3 Level [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12] World 4 Level [1, 2 (post lost), 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11] World 5 Level [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] World 6 Level [1, 2, 3] “If you are willing to be terrible at something for a short period of time, you can be great at anything.” -- Sinbad (Stand-Up Comedian) Link to comment
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