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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]

 

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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)
 

  1. 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.
     
  2. REWARD:  $5 for each Personal Project hour
    CONSEQUENCE : Lose $10 for each week without at least one hour for Personal Projects.
     
  3. 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.
     
  4. REWARD:  $2 for each day with weight below 150.0 lbs.
    CONSEQUENCE:  Lose $10 each day with weight above 151.0 lbs. 
     
  5. 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.
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Distinguished Toastmaster Agnostic Rationalist Jedi Dwarf Black Belt Martial Artist Monk Ranger Assassin Engineer Scientist Philosopher Student Nerd
World 6 Level 3 Stats: STR 148.0 | DEX 158.25 | STA 149.5 | CON 150.0 | WIS 155.0 | CHA 147.0

World 1 Level [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22World 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, 12World 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]

“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)

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On Wednesday, my karate class was issued a challenge by our instructors... 5600 side kicks before the next Advanced Test.  That's 50 a day, which doesn't sound bad, so long as you don't miss a day.  Unfortunately, anyone attending class for the first time that week was already two days behind.  I have 100 kicks to make up while also doing my 50.  I decided to pace myself and ease into catching up over the weekend.  I practice plenty, but I rest my body taking a day off and exercise something else.   

 

150.2 lbs this morning.  Racquet ball for three matches in 60 min.  It took me a while to get going with soreness in my elbow, so I was terrible in the first two games missing easy shots and returns, but played well and won the third game.  I hustled hard all three games and my legs felt good.  I needed stretching after, and I knocked out my 50 side kicks.  I'm icing my back and elbow throughout the day. 

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"No.  Try not.  Do... or do not.  There is no try." -- Yoda | "We are what we repeatedly do."  -- Aristotle

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Distinguished Toastmaster Agnostic Rationalist Jedi Dwarf Black Belt Martial Artist Monk Ranger Assassin Engineer Scientist Philosopher Student Nerd
World 6 Level 3 Stats: STR 148.0 | DEX 158.25 | STA 149.5 | CON 150.0 | WIS 155.0 | CHA 147.0

World 1 Level [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22World 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, 12World 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]

“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)

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151.4 ls this morning.  Stretches, exercises, and kicks.  So many kicks.  My Red Stripe is a Jump Front Axe Kick break.  My combos are all Jump Front Kicks for distance followed by Jump Front Kicks for height.  Worked a little speed and power Ko Ryu too, focusing on my breathing.  Breathing is the secret.  Tonight is class.  I plan to Sempia the under rank class, then attend the advanced class. 

 

Yesterday, I ran 3 miles outside for the first time this year.  The morning weather was finally good for it, so I couldn't put it off any longer.  Tomorrow is a lift exercise day, then racquetball on Friday. 

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World 6 Level 3 | 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

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Distinguished Toastmaster Agnostic Rationalist Jedi Dwarf Black Belt Martial Artist Monk Ranger Assassin Engineer Scientist Philosopher Student Nerd
World 6 Level 3 Stats: STR 148.0 | DEX 158.25 | STA 149.5 | CON 150.0 | WIS 155.0 | CHA 147.0

World 1 Level [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22World 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, 12World 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]

“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)

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150.8 lbs this morning.  Feeling lighter after a full week of spring mix salads, carrots and peppers for my lunch, breakfast, and snacks.  I get home hungry, but I have been able to avoid overeating junk while at work. 

 

Racquetball was fun and exhausting.  I wore an elbow brace which helped with my mobility, but my whole arm is sore instead of just the elbow and forearm muscle.  My tricep, wrist, and knuckles are all sore.  Ice is helping.  I might need to skip a few weeks at some point.  It is just too much fun to play though.

 

Yesterday, with my elbow still an issue, it was a leg and ab day at the gym.  Chiropractic visit immediately relieved up of some soreness and stiffness in my neck and lower back that had built up the last couple days.   Karate was great.  We worked on combos, where everyone says the new ones I am learning are easy.  Well, I'm not much of a jumper, so a Jump Front Kick followed by another Jump Front kick for all 6 combos is not easy.  Jump front side kicks are also very difficult with my poor flexibility.  Just have to work on it, but they are not easy.  I also helped a lower rank learn their combos.  It was fun to work with her.  For my Sempai class, we had a new student, who started off a bit shy and intimidated.  I worked with him the entire class.  We did a lot of different things hitting him with the fire hose, but I got him out of his shell and he had fun. 

 

Tonight, I got a group of 8 going to see Avengers Endgame.  Should be great!

 

 

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World 6 Level 3 | 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

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Distinguished Toastmaster Agnostic Rationalist Jedi Dwarf Black Belt Martial Artist Monk Ranger Assassin Engineer Scientist Philosopher Student Nerd
World 6 Level 3 Stats: STR 148.0 | DEX 158.25 | STA 149.5 | CON 150.0 | WIS 155.0 | CHA 147.0

World 1 Level [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22World 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, 12World 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]

“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)

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154.2 lbs.  I feel bloated.  I expect to fluctuate back down without much effort.  I had two big meals, but was actually pretty healthy and conservative outside those meals.  There was a lot more potato and bread than usual, which is likely the cause of the bloat. 

 

It was a very busy weekend playing with kids, driving, and watching stuff.  Dinner at Red Robin and Endgame on Friday night.  Saturday, my daughters and I drove out to my brother's to meet his 3 month old daughter.  Our older kids had a blast playing Legos and bouncing on a trampoline.  I chased them around, gently bounced a bit, and kicks some big soft rubber balls.  It was gusty so getting the balls to hang in the air and drop into the netted trampoline was tricky, but that made it more fun.  When we got home, we relaxed and finally watched Pacific Rim 2, which is awesome.  Sunday morning was my eldest daughters last under rank karate test.  Next one is with the advanced ranks with my wife and I.  We treated her to lunch at the fancy German restaurant.  Sunday afternoon, I worked on cleaning the house and laundry, then took the youngest to the YMCA pool.  She passed the swim test pretty easily and we did some races.  I chased her around the shallow end a bunch too.  At home for the evening, I folded laundry and watched the last episode of Watership Down on Netflix, which is spectacular.  It is still not a kids movie, but was tamer than the older animated movie.  After the kids went to bed, we put on Game of Thrones.  Just wow.  An epic fun weekend.   

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"No.  Try not.  Do... or do not.  There is no try." -- Yoda | "We are what we repeatedly do."  -- Aristotle

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Distinguished Toastmaster Agnostic Rationalist Jedi Dwarf Black Belt Martial Artist Monk Ranger Assassin Engineer Scientist Philosopher Student Nerd
World 6 Level 3 Stats: STR 148.0 | DEX 158.25 | STA 149.5 | CON 150.0 | WIS 155.0 | CHA 147.0

World 1 Level [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22World 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, 12World 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]

“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)

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151.0 lbs this morning.  I thought so.  I got out my new elastic bands to work my legs and arms.  They will be a great addition for flexibility and explosion training, which is perfect for my Ko Ryu speed and power kata.  Each move is done with Fa Jing, which means explosiveness.  I'll be using my muscles more like elastic bands for spring loaded chambers and whip-like quick deliver.  We have a creed which goes with this saying, "Stillness proceeds motion, slowness proceeds speed, softness proceeds strength."

 

Last night, the kids needed practice for their talent show, so we did not make it to karate.  I practiced in the morning so no big deal.  Instead, I worked on chores.  We got all the laundry done and cleaned the bedrooms.  I did some trash and deck clean up too.  I have been setting up an old laptop for emulated games in the basement.  I worked on that a bit, as well as checking up on my wife's laptop.  It needs some serious disc clean up which is coming in backing up all the photos to an external, then sorting through them.  There are old apps on there we could get rid of too.  I had not bothered because it is beaten up and I was considering a replacement. 

 

Tonight, we will do karate class.  I might Sempai two classes, then take the advanced class.  Tuesday might become a "spend all night at the dojo" kind of night for a while.  The instructors need helpers in the entry level class at 6pm, then my youngest is in the intermediate class at 6:45, and the advanced class is at 7:30.  Since we want to get ahead on our class and Sempai counts, adding Tuesday to our typical schedule just makes sense.  We just need to make sure we bring the kids homework with snacks and water.  On Wednesday and Thursday, we can all attend the 6:45 class together giving us a lot of flexibility.  One parent can go early to Sempai 6pm class and one parent to stay late for Adult class.  With vacation and work travel this summer, July and August will be tough months to get to class.   Getting ahead will be important to be ready for the August test.

 

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"No.  Try not.  Do... or do not.  There is no try." -- Yoda | "We are what we repeatedly do."  -- Aristotle

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Distinguished Toastmaster Agnostic Rationalist Jedi Dwarf Black Belt Martial Artist Monk Ranger Assassin Engineer Scientist Philosopher Student Nerd
World 6 Level 3 Stats: STR 148.0 | DEX 158.25 | STA 149.5 | CON 150.0 | WIS 155.0 | CHA 147.0

World 1 Level [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22World 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, 12World 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]

“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)

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152.0 lbs this morning.  Karate practice with kata and combos.  100 pushups in 4 sets with almost enough rest time to make it 3 sets (45 new PR!, 30, 18, 7).  Karate class and Sempai tonight.

 

Karate class last night had kata and combos, plus some focus on warm up exercises.  We do one called "Reach for the Sky", stretching our bodies vertically from toe to finger tip.  The details are to be on your toes for strengthening snap kick foot position, extending body is long as possible with straight elbows, back, and knees to build reach, and exploding rainbows from your finger tips for pure awesomeness.  I love these instructors.

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"No.  Try not.  Do... or do not.  There is no try." -- Yoda | "We are what we repeatedly do."  -- Aristotle

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Distinguished Toastmaster Agnostic Rationalist Jedi Dwarf Black Belt Martial Artist Monk Ranger Assassin Engineer Scientist Philosopher Student Nerd
World 6 Level 3 Stats: STR 148.0 | DEX 158.25 | STA 149.5 | CON 150.0 | WIS 155.0 | CHA 147.0

World 1 Level [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22World 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, 12World 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]

“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)

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Earned my red stripe last night, breaking a board with a jump front axe kick.  I don't get it up really high, so it is a little difficult to drive down with power, but I got it.  I did it right in front of all the parents who were gracious enough to applaud for me.  It caught me by surprise and I almost missed the instructors high five. 

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"No.  Try not.  Do... or do not.  There is no try." -- Yoda | "We are what we repeatedly do."  -- Aristotle

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Distinguished Toastmaster Agnostic Rationalist Jedi Dwarf Black Belt Martial Artist Monk Ranger Assassin Engineer Scientist Philosopher Student Nerd
World 6 Level 3 Stats: STR 148.0 | DEX 158.25 | STA 149.5 | CON 150.0 | WIS 155.0 | CHA 147.0

World 1 Level [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22World 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, 12World 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]

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Both my vehicles had been acting up with excessive noise from the wheel wells.  I had been working on the Prius replacing suspension parts which worn parts had caused my tires to wear faster.  I thought the van only had worn rotors to replace and gave it a lower priority.  Yesterday, I got the rotors replaced on my Prius.  The previous weekend, I couldn't budge the bolts to replace them myself so I took it to the shop.  My wife picked me up and dropped me off in the van while running a bunch of other errands.  The van condition had worsened.  I took a look when we got home and the caliper had seized up.  The rotor and pad were destroyed.  Luckily, a store had the part in stock and the rotors came off much easier than the Prius.  5 hours of maintenance and a sore back, but worth every minute to keep these vehicles on the road and avoiding a car payment.  

 

The work is never done, though.  I'm unsure if it is related damage, but the driver-side dust boot on the drive shaft tore, as well.  I'll need to either replace it or patch it, as soon as possible.  There is plenty more on the van to-do list.  I need to repair the automatic doors on the van, which have labored closing and could fail at any time, suspension parts to replace, spark plugs, and the valve cover gaskets which leak.  FUN!

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"No.  Try not.  Do... or do not.  There is no try." -- Yoda | "We are what we repeatedly do."  -- Aristotle

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Distinguished Toastmaster Agnostic Rationalist Jedi Dwarf Black Belt Martial Artist Monk Ranger Assassin Engineer Scientist Philosopher Student Nerd
World 6 Level 3 Stats: STR 148.0 | DEX 158.25 | STA 149.5 | CON 150.0 | WIS 155.0 | CHA 147.0

World 1 Level [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22World 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, 12World 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]

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Adult Spar Class has been pretty lame.  We always do some crazy intense warm up workout, but it stinks to get all energized with the warm up, then slug through footwork drills without applying it in the ring.  It is the other adults fault, though.  Attendance tends to be low for adult class (4 Wednesday, 5 last night), but many have not purchased spar gear to be able to participate.  My wife and I are not allowed to spar each other to avoid generating issues between family members, so when only one other person show up with gear, it limits what we can do with it.  We made a pact to go regularly to the once-a-month adult spar class even though it doesn't necessarily fit our schedule.  We were hoping to generate more interest among the other adults in spar class and give us more opponents in the ring.  It has been slow, but I feel like we might be getting somewhere.  We'll see over the next two Saturday spar classes and next months Adult spar class... 

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Distinguished Toastmaster Agnostic Rationalist Jedi Dwarf Black Belt Martial Artist Monk Ranger Assassin Engineer Scientist Philosopher Student Nerd
World 6 Level 3 Stats: STR 148.0 | DEX 158.25 | STA 149.5 | CON 150.0 | WIS 155.0 | CHA 147.0

World 1 Level [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22World 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, 12World 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]

“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)

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ARGH OH MY GOD I can't believe I missed another karateka showing up in the Monastery!

 

And shame on me for not being here to say hi and to offer my support.

 

All that being said, hi! Glad to see that the training serves you and that things are going well, or as well as the circumstances will allow. I feel you on sparring troubles - partners in sparring can be finicky and no matter how low-key you try to stay about it things can totally derail.

 

Also digging the Fa Jing references! I've recently had to switch over to a kyokushin offshoot to keep going in karate and I've had to take up some Iron Shirt-type training to condition for taking blows. It's a real change of pace, especially coming from a K1 style of Shotokan where you try to be smart and avoid that stuff. Turns out that's really hard when the opponent gets all up on you. :D

 

Anyway, really glad to have had you join the Monks this time around! I'll try not to be such a stranger. :)

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On ‎5‎/‎10‎/‎2019 at 2:58 PM, Kishi said:

ARGH OH MY GOD I can't believe I missed another karateka showing up in the Monastery!

 

And shame on me for not being here to say hi and to offer my support.

 

All that being said, hi! Glad to see that the training serves you and that things are going well, or as well as the circumstances will allow. I feel you on sparring troubles - partners in sparring can be finicky and no matter how low-key you try to stay about it things can totally derail.

 

Also digging the Fa Jing references! I've recently had to switch over to a kyokushin offshoot to keep going in karate and I've had to take up some Iron Shirt-type training to condition for taking blows. It's a real change of pace, especially coming from a K1 style of Shotokan where you try to be smart and avoid that stuff. Turns out that's really hard when the opponent gets all up on you. :D

 

Anyway, really glad to have had you join the Monks this time around! I'll try not to be such a stranger. :)

 

Sooo... I've only been doing martial arts for 3 years.  I have no idea what you are talking about, but it sounds fascinating.  I'm here to learn, so at some point I'll be googling all that stuff you wrote about.  Now so you understand my current program, here is an explanation from my dojo's website:

 

"We are an American Karate Style.  We practice a "mixed martial art." Technically, our style is Ails-Ha Rising Sun Budo. The influences for our main program include Tae Kwon Do, Aikijuijitsu, Ninpo, Kyoshujitsu, and Verbal Judo. Qualifying students may also pursue tools training in Japanese Sword, Six Foot Staff, and Nunchuka." 

 

And most of that I still don't know much about.  For the most part, my training through Brown III has been based on Tae Kwon Do with subtle changes and emphasis to build a solid foundation.  In adult class, we get to do some of the grappling and submission holds possibly from the other influences, but I expect training for Black Belt and beyond will incorporate more of the those other influences.

 

At 38 years old, my overall objective is to have an outlet for my active lifestyle which fits my current body condition (I can't play sports like I used to) while also giving my family an activity we can do together, training my family in self defense, and building their confidence.  There are several benefits which I personally enjoy from the training.  The flexibility and mobility training is perfect for my previous back injuries.  The classroom is great for my active brain, always learning new things.  The philosophy is perfect for my personal philosophy, where I study and apply eastern philosophy continually.  And the teamwork, coaching, and teaching lines up with my current leadership growth needs.  All these benefits lead to personal satisfaction, which is key to a happy life.

 

Thanks for tuning in, and I'm looking forward to learning from all the Monks here.

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Distinguished Toastmaster Agnostic Rationalist Jedi Dwarf Black Belt Martial Artist Monk Ranger Assassin Engineer Scientist Philosopher Student Nerd
World 6 Level 3 Stats: STR 148.0 | DEX 158.25 | STA 149.5 | CON 150.0 | WIS 155.0 | CHA 147.0

World 1 Level [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22World 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, 12World 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]

“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)

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5 hours ago, JediNickD said:

Sooo... I've only been doing martial arts for 3 years.  I have no idea what you are talking about, but it sounds fascinating.  I'm here to learn, so at some point I'll be googling all that stuff you wrote about.

 

Aah, haha, sorry for gushing like that. I've been a nerd in martial arts fandom for a while and sometimes my enthusiasm gets the better of me.

 

I'm glad to hear that you're getting what you want out of the training! It sounds like you're no stranger to mixing things together, so feel free to just soak it all in around here. If you need anything, don't be afraid to reach out and let us know!

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151.2 lbs this morning.  Fierce racquetball games.  I could have won all three with a few more good bounces, but I'll settle for a solid win in the first game, just barely losing the next two.  What is more important is the hustle, effort, and fun left on the court.  We had some great moments out there.  Some goofiness with odd bounces and funny turns, but also some really competitive rallies. 

 

I'm putting together two or three 15 minute educational speeches on briefing and using PowerPoint to train another directorate.  I'd like to start with a funny story about using PowerPoint, but I'm drawing a blank.  Hopefully, I come up with something next week.  I need to be practicing the last week of May and first week of June.  The first presentation is June 12th.  The tips I'll be giving out are nothing out of the ordinary.  You can find it all online with ease (as I looked them up to have some sources to reference).  The main secret I'll be sharing is about preparation and practice to improve your confidence.  A secondary secret is to build interest and memorability in your presentation before and during the brief through purpose, message, and a hook.  Should be fun.

 

I am in the midst of my IJRS Novice Research Project, having finished reading the main subject work "Traitor" and have begun outlining the thesis and looking for secondary references.  My instructor is super excited for my work, and believes it will serve others well on their path to knighthood.  I feel like I need to start writing before I start to forget about all the good thoughts and connections I have put together in my notes. 

 

I have the IJRS Novice Exam to work on as well, which does not appear as though it will be too time consuming, but it will draw my mind to other areas.  That can be good to broaden my research and references to support my writing, but it can also be distracting pulling me off my main message, which could make the process take longer.  Either way, as long as I am working on them keeping my mind busy, then I feel like I can only get better content and closer to completion.  I feel like this is a long way from my perfectionist mentality I used to put into all my work.

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"No.  Try not.  Do... or do not.  There is no try." -- Yoda | "We are what we repeatedly do."  -- Aristotle

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Distinguished Toastmaster Agnostic Rationalist Jedi Dwarf Black Belt Martial Artist Monk Ranger Assassin Engineer Scientist Philosopher Student Nerd
World 6 Level 3 Stats: STR 148.0 | DEX 158.25 | STA 149.5 | CON 150.0 | WIS 155.0 | CHA 147.0

World 1 Level [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22World 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, 12World 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]

“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)

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150.6 lbs this morning.  Good to finally be moving back in the right direction.  Kept the portions down.  Karate class and spar class on Saturday, then yard work and trash duty.  It was a sweaty weekend in the mild heat.  My wife wanted hammocks for Mother's day.  We set up two and a bench swing on the decks.  The one on the lower deck should be nice, once we clean up the tree and leaf debris and fix the screen to keep the bugs out.  The top deck ones will likely be too hot and sunny to use.  Until we get an awning up there... Father's Day?   

 

I'm keeping pace to have my stripes and class counts done before my work travel in less than two months.  I've got to get on my scheduling for the summer.  I have travel and vacation to plan!

 

Anyway, the 4-week challenge is complete and I have a ton to reflect on.  Pretty damn successful.  Grades are coming soon.

Journey to You: Coaching, Mentoring, and Personal Growth

World 6 Level 3 | 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

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Distinguished Toastmaster Agnostic Rationalist Jedi Dwarf Black Belt Martial Artist Monk Ranger Assassin Engineer Scientist Philosopher Student Nerd
World 6 Level 3 Stats: STR 148.0 | DEX 158.25 | STA 149.5 | CON 150.0 | WIS 155.0 | CHA 147.0

World 1 Level [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22World 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, 12World 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]

“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)

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World 4 Level 10 Challenge GRADES:

FITNESS:

  • Cardio: Speed and Stamina - 400 min total, 100 weekly.  Track time and distance. 

    STA +1   A = 450 min, weekly met. Sprints and 3 Mile Runs.  Need to time my sprints to get a baseline and track progress.  Of course, I always want to be faster, but at my age, my goal is to not get slower.
     

  • Walking: Fortify the Spine - 1000 min total, 250 weekly. 
    CON +1   A = 1230 min, weekly met.
     

  • Exercise: Lifting and Bodyweight - 240 min total, 60 weekly.  Track reps for push-ups and sit-ups AMRAP and daily total.

    STR +1   A = 290 min, weekly met.  To help with spar and heart health, I am planning to integrate HIIT into my weekly routine.  I've been dabbling in it, but next challenge this category will specifically track it.  It'll be exercise based, but cardio and karate related with the raised intensity, which will mostly be controlled through reducing rest time. 
     

  • Flexibility: Stretching and Physical Therapy - 560 min total, 140 weekly.  

    DEX +1   A = 560 min, weekly met.  I have a new neck curve correction pillow to do at home.  10 minutes a day to add to my next challenge. 
     

  • Karate: Training and Practice - 1100 min total, 275 weekly.  Track progress towards belt.  Track improvement on all material. 
    DEX +1, STR +1, STA +1   A = 1535 min, weekly met.  My Karate Tracker is out of control.  I'm using my binder for tracking too, and this space to journal my progress.

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   A = 25 of 28 days, weekly met.  Got bloated once.  Weight is fine.  Waist is shrinking still.  I may need a new belt soon.  Probably getting new pants too.
     
  • 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   A = 24 DPs, 20 Cheese, weekly met.  Junk food is mostly chocolate, ice cream.  I did have chips and popcorn once each.  No CheezIts though.

 

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   A = 106 hours, weekly met. 

  • 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   A = Epic Stuff included fixing brake stuff on the van, fixing tires on my Prius, finishing reading a novel, started writing my research paper, assisted proposal writing for work, completed some Toastmasters stuff, and planned a Lunch and Learn on Briefing and PowerPoint.

 

 

INCENTIVES!  Working hard for CASH!  ($148.35 carried over)  $186.35 to carry over.

  1. 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.
     
  2. REWARD:  $5 for each Personal Project hour
    CONSEQUENCE : Lose $10 for each week without at least one hour for Personal Projects.
     
  3. 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.
     
  4. REWARD:  $2 for each day with weight below 150.0 lbs.
    CONSEQUENCE:  Lose $10 each day with weight above 151.0 lbs. 
     
  5. 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.

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Distinguished Toastmaster Agnostic Rationalist Jedi Dwarf Black Belt Martial Artist Monk Ranger Assassin Engineer Scientist Philosopher Student Nerd
World 6 Level 3 Stats: STR 148.0 | DEX 158.25 | STA 149.5 | CON 150.0 | WIS 155.0 | CHA 147.0

World 1 Level [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22World 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, 12World 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]

“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)

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