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Life revolves around a BuJo and a pile of google spreadsheets. That's cool cuz it's helping.

 

Tracking: So I'm doing a BuJo with To-do lists, a food log, exercise log and other stuff

 

Photo of my current week/typical page (spoiler'd cuz huge):

 

 

 


 

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Diet still follows a Mediterranean diet plan. This week I increased allowances for lean proteins (Veggie protein and whey)and grains because I'll be lifting.

And I track my weight in a google sheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1auR9MMvqi4AdYN2afjqD33chhwSyB-TvUzmI7hVz42o/edit?usp=sharing

It has weight and measurements, nutrition data, exercise data...

Then I have another one for tracking writing sprints and word counts with sheets by project.

 

So basically, I track everything all the time in multiple formats.

 

My tracking goal is to just keep this up.

 

Lifting: I'm going to add barbell work to my exercise routine. Lately I've just been doing occasional rides on a stationary bike and short yoga sessions. I'm feeling weak, and my weight loss has plateaued in the mid 250's. It's time to break out the barbells. I'll be rotating through barbell workouts, stat bike cardio, and yoga.

 

Add barbell work and build a routine.

 

Cleaning: I need to keep up with cleaning my apartment because it is the first thing to get pushed aside when I have goals in mind. I'm going to initiate a Clean in 30 tasks strategy. I'm going to make a list of 30 cleaning tasks that each take 10-15 min apiece and try to do at least one a day/6 a week and check off the whole list during the challenge.

 

Make a clean in 30 tasks/30 days list and clear it by the end of the challenge.

 

Writing: I just did Camp NaNo for July... I'm going to finish my last 405 / 25K words tonight. I really enjoy writing fiction and can see myself doing this for a living, and I know I can do it if I can just get the words out, and that just takes discipline and routine. I'm going to spend an hour daily and aim to write 1000 words or do at least 3 writing sprints and keep up doing 7000 words per week.

 

Maintain a daily writing hour for three writing sprints, and write 7000 words per week.

 

Reading: I have a giant reading backlog... I pulled them all off my bookshelves and laid them on the living room floor the stack is nearly four feet long and full of half-read, barely started, and unstarted novels, non-fiction, biography, history... it goes on. And there are more books I want to buy and read. So, I need to finish all four feet of books before I buy anything else... but there's an exception to this. Looking at titles and topics and author names... there's a lot of straight, white men of more or less priveleged status, either as authors or as main characters. I'd like to add three more books to the list that will expand the horizons of this reading list. So if you guys have recommendations for feminist, LGBTQ+, minority/non-Western authors, viewpoints, and stories please chime in. I'll put a list here of what I have when I have time later.

 

Finish at least one book from my reading backlog. Two or three would be better.

 

For the weekends:

Building (optional sidequest): Build that damn minimal retro gaming emulator I've been talking about.

Selling (optional sidequest): Sell off some of my crap on eBay... there are quite a few books I don't need cluttering up this place.

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5 minutes ago, deftona said:

I love everything about this challenge! 

 

(It won't let me view your reading list on the Google Sheet, access denied!)

 

Thanks!

 

I forgot to change the persmissions. It should be fixed now.

 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qJDiymlzCI1sc3M52LHM65hVz1kP_T6pb1CgZSwgOUo/edit?usp=sharing

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You have some amazing books on here (I'm very jealous The Gunslinger is on there, which indicates you have the entire Dark Tower novels ahead of you ❤️). I'd recommend Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami and also The Talisman and Black House by Stephen King. They take place in the same kind of world as The Dark Tower, and both are brilliant but Black House is just amazing (but read Talisman first because it follows on). I also love Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowsi, Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell and A Company Of Liars by Karen Maitland. 

 

I'm going to stop now because I am a book pervert and could talk about this all day. 

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Week 0, Day 1 -- Off to a decent start.

 

Track: The BuJo is ready to go. I also organized my Google Docs and sheets for my writing projects since they've been blurring together from NaNo camp.

 

Lift: I did some bear complexes with an empty bar, 3 sets of 3 reps. Not much but it's a start.

 

Clean: I made my Clean in 30 tasks lists. It only has 21 tasks, but a bunch will need to be repeated over the course of the challenge. Then, I did a few of them tonight just cuz, I guess.

 

Write: I decided to continue working on the Sci-fi/Cyberpunk novel I was working on for camp Nano. I looked back at the fantasy I started last Fall and there's so much reviewing I'd have to do just to get back into that world and write about it. Admitedly, that world is quite a bit more fun to wander around in, what with the massive goats and homunculi as opposed to the layers of metropolis and dystopian commercialism of the Cyberpunk world, but I might as well stay on track with this while I have the momentum.

 

I added another 1481 words to that in five, 15 min. sprints tonight -- last night-- whatever (forgive me for the strange hours I keep).

 

Read: No reading tonight.

 

I added a Selling goal. I'm going to try selling a bunch of the old books I have that I don't care to read again/at all on eBay to reduce some clutter and make some money.

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12 hours ago, Chris Tarly said:

Cleaning: I need to keep up with cleaning my apartment because it is the first thing to get pushed aside when I have goals in mind. I'm going to initiate a Clean in 30 tasks strategy. I'm going to make a list of 30 cleaning tasks that each take 10-15 min apiece and try to do at least one a day/6 a week and check off the whole list during the challenge.

You might be interested in this: 

Household Games

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Following for support and inspire, buddy. 

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Perennial goals: Sleep 7+ hours a night, retain (and continue to learn) French and Spanish as a family, increase Spanish Proficiency for work and play,  read like a maniac on my own and with my kids, carry heavy stuff

Long term goals: Cut to 13-15% bodyfat, And now that I'm grown I eat five dozen eggs, so I'm roughly the size of a baaaaarge! -> Someday I'll challenge a Disney world Gaston to a push up contest and win

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2 minutes ago, Snarkyfishguts said:

I will be making a recommendation list.

 

is there anything you definitely dont like reading?

 

Software manuals.

 

Everything else will at least be considered.

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  1. Boy’s Life, by Robert McCammon
  2. the Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony (A true story!)
  3. The Redemption of Althalus, by David and Leigh Eddings
  4. The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg (this is a start of a series,  but I just loved the first book as it was )
  5. They Both Die At the End by Adam Silvera
  6. The Opposite of Always by Justin A Reynolds (Time loop! Theres a TIME LOOP)
  7. Lockwood and Co by Jonathan Stroud (an excellent and spooky series) 
  8. Jackaby by William Ritter (A little bit of everything) 
  9. The girl who drank the moon by Kelly Barnhill
  10. Sheets by Brenna Thummler ( a graphic novel) 

A lot of these are found in middle grade and young adult sections, but they are really good reads. If you read any of them, lemme know what you think! And if you dont, thats okay too! 

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4 hours ago, Chris Tarly said:

 

4 hours ago, Snarkyfishguts said:

I will be making a recommendation list.

 

is there anything you definitely dont like reading?

 

Software manuals.

 

Everything else will at least be considered.

 

 

 


*slowly deletes the list of 27 software manuals he was about to recommend*

 

Seriously, though, I’d recommend skipping Moby Dick and, if you’ve not read it, pick up the Master and Commander book series by Patrick O’Brian instead. Moby Dick wasn’t very good unabridged, but those series basically take a whole ton of British captains and merge them and their experiences into one super captain, Captain Aubrey. And his relationship with the good Doctor is well worth the read alone, much less the cool nautical history. 
 

Also, if you’re into westerns and lore, grab the Dead West series by J. Patrick Allen. They’re quick reads and there are only 3 so far in the series but they’re fun books where the post Civil War West meets the legendary creatures of the Old Country. They also start in Hermann, Missouri (about 90 minutes from where I live) and the author took painstaking detail in being accurate with the town. It’s a big German immigrant wine and beer town around where we live and a place where most of us have gone on a weekend holiday at least once. In any case, they’re awesome. 
 

I have recommendations for historical fiction as well (Daughter of a Thousand Years) and mythical/historical fiction (Helen of Sparta and it’s sequel Helen of Troy), all by Amalia Carosella. 
 

Anything by Terry Pratchett is good but Guards! Guards! And on are the best. (It’s still most of the Discworld books). Going Postal is a riot. 
 

If you like funny, sexy mysteries I’d recommend the Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich. Starting with One for the Money. Stephanie is a nosy New Jersey lady who makes her living as a bounty hunter for her sleazy cousin Vinny. They’re good. 
 

Any particular nonfiction interests?

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Perennial goals: Sleep 7+ hours a night, retain (and continue to learn) French and Spanish as a family, increase Spanish Proficiency for work and play,  read like a maniac on my own and with my kids, carry heavy stuff

Long term goals: Cut to 13-15% bodyfat, And now that I'm grown I eat five dozen eggs, so I'm roughly the size of a baaaaarge! -> Someday I'll challenge a Disney world Gaston to a push up contest and win

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Lifting and reading for the wi--WAIT, you want to read feminist works??? I'll be right back.

 

ETA Are you only after novels? Or are you interested in non-fiction books and articles, as well?

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On 7/27/2020 at 1:40 AM, Chris Tarly said:

 

 

 

Reading: I have a giant reading backlog... I pulled them all off my bookshelves and laid them on the living room floor the stack is nearly four feet long and full of half-read, barely started, and unstarted novels, non-fiction, biography, history... it goes on. And there are more books I want to buy and read. So, I need to finish all four feet of books before I buy anything else... but there's an exception to this. Looking at titles and topics and author names... there's a lot of straight, white men of more or less priveleged status, either as authors or as main characters. I'd like to add three more books to the list that will expand the horizons of this reading list. So if you guys have recommendations for feminist, LGBTQ+, minority/non-Western authors, viewpoints, and stories please chime in. I'll put a list here of what I have when I have time later.

 

I love your reading list! I think you and I may be quite similar, in a lot of ways.

 

Have you read The Vegetarian, by Han Kang? I read it a couple of months ago and really enjoyed it.

You might also be interested in The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. Brilliant, scary book.

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Holy shit! Ask and ye shall receive.

 

I don't even know how to deal with this right now.

 

The deal here is that I have to read all of the books on that list.

Unfortunately, the author/subject matter is pretty heavily skewed toward straight, white, male, authors and quite a few of the Dead White Guys.

I'm willing to add 2-3 books to balance things out.

So a couple strong recommendations for:

  • Female authors (generally)
  • Feminist literature
  • LGBTQ+ authors/topics
  • classic or contemporary works from other cultures
  • Minority voices/experiences
  • etc.

Enough. I'm supposed to be writing.

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Ugh. I'm too tired tonight. I was on my feet all night with hardly any breaks thanks to the new job I'm running. Aluminum plates as long as my arm.

 

The next job I'll be running when that's done is aluminum plates as long as I am tall... the stock plates run about 65 lbs. each.

 

I've got my lifting cut out for me this challenge.

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I really need to read. Sorry for being in a bad headspace and providing a long but not-so-helpful list. Amalia Carosella and Daughter of a Thousand Years in particular provide a pagan woman’s perspective of the Norse Pagan way of life being wiped out by the spread of Christianity paired with a modern day lady living a pagan life. It’s really good and a different perspective for sure. 
 

Sandra Cisneros is another strong one; her first novel, The House on Mango Street, is a classic. I hated The House on Mango Street for a long time, but ultimately I was extremely depressed and still in a state of denial around what life was like for others when I first read it. 
 

Also recommend Maya Angelo’s I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. It’s a feminist story particularly dealing with the struggles of Black women. 
 

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I don’t know what to add here. It’s a classic for a reason. 
 

Little Women, Louisa May Alcott. A book in which several young women, all disorders, live life and wonder if they’re even consequential enough to have their story told. It’s well worth the read. 

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Perennial goals: Sleep 7+ hours a night, retain (and continue to learn) French and Spanish as a family, increase Spanish Proficiency for work and play,  read like a maniac on my own and with my kids, carry heavy stuff

Long term goals: Cut to 13-15% bodyfat, And now that I'm grown I eat five dozen eggs, so I'm roughly the size of a baaaaarge! -> Someday I'll challenge a Disney world Gaston to a push up contest and win

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Authors I recommend are 

 

Justin A Reynolds
Adam Silvera

Roshani Chokshi 

Angie Thomas

Aisha Saeed 

Kwame Mbalia

LL McKinney

Adib Khorram 

Becky Albertalli


I’ll be posting more about books I’m reading as well! This is fun! 


check out We Need Diverse Books too for recommendations. I have large to-read list as well (Maybe I should make a list too!) , but people keep writing awesome books! 💙💙💙

 

 

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1 hour ago, Sciread77 said:

 

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I don’t know what to add here. It’s a classic for a reason. 
 

For the snark connoisseur Pride and Prejudice provides a plentiful cornucopia of sarcasm. 

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23 minutes ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

For the snark connoisseur Pride and Prejudice provides a plentiful cornucopia of sarcasm. 


It’s a great book. I wish that it had been required reading instead of that colossal waste of time, The Great Gatsby. 

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Character Sheet Training Logs Challenges Prepping for Adventure PrepAdventure Prep Fall BabyWhen Are We Again, Anyway?WhirlwindThe Leaf's LocusHarnessing Hamingja New Roots More Beginnings, More Roots Cleaning Up Facing The Hailstorm Yo Ho Yo The... Keto Life For Me? Taming the Beast Another Step Towards the Future Baking, Suburban Homesteading, and Health, The Adventurers of the Lucky Vale IIIIIIIVVVI, VII VIIIIX

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Perennial goals: Sleep 7+ hours a night, retain (and continue to learn) French and Spanish as a family, increase Spanish Proficiency for work and play,  read like a maniac on my own and with my kids, carry heavy stuff

Long term goals: Cut to 13-15% bodyfat, And now that I'm grown I eat five dozen eggs, so I'm roughly the size of a baaaaarge! -> Someday I'll challenge a Disney world Gaston to a push up contest and win

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3 hours ago, Sciread77 said:


It’s a great book. I wish that it had been required reading instead of that colossal waste of time, The Great Gatsby. 

I spent a semester studying the Great Gatsby and the teacher MADE that class. She had bangles halfway up her forearms; long, red, painted nails, and she was tall and slim. She would eavesdrop whenever the principal was nearby to see what the scoop was and if you failed a quiz, she SCREAMED "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!" 

 

You could get a few extra credit points by buying her anything Ben Franklin or Gorilla related. She loved Ben Franklin. "Look at that forehead! He's got a huge brain." and even though she was the English teacher, we'd always get bonus B.Franklin trivia, or a fascinating fact about gorillas. So while I HATE The Great Gatsby, I smile each time I see it because Miss McM was such a bright spot. 

 

But seriously, I sometimes think "Man, I'd love to take her class for Jane Austen." just to hear her throw shade at the various Vicars and Scoundrels.

 

 

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32 minutes ago, Snarkyfishguts said:

I spent a semester studying the Great Gatsby and the teacher MADE that class. She had bangles halfway up her forearms; long, red, painted nails, and she was tall and slim. She would eavesdrop whenever the principal was nearby to see what the scoop was and if you failed a quiz, she SCREAMED "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!" 


 

My Junior year English lit teacher loved The Great Gatsby. She was pretty cool but not quite that level! Though even that much awesome I would have struggled to spend a whole semester on TGG. Still wish I’d had that teacher though!

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Character Sheet Training Logs Challenges Prepping for Adventure PrepAdventure Prep Fall BabyWhen Are We Again, Anyway?WhirlwindThe Leaf's LocusHarnessing Hamingja New Roots More Beginnings, More Roots Cleaning Up Facing The Hailstorm Yo Ho Yo The... Keto Life For Me? Taming the Beast Another Step Towards the Future Baking, Suburban Homesteading, and Health, The Adventurers of the Lucky Vale IIIIIIIVVVI, VII VIIIIX

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Perennial goals: Sleep 7+ hours a night, retain (and continue to learn) French and Spanish as a family, increase Spanish Proficiency for work and play,  read like a maniac on my own and with my kids, carry heavy stuff

Long term goals: Cut to 13-15% bodyfat, And now that I'm grown I eat five dozen eggs, so I'm roughly the size of a baaaaarge! -> Someday I'll challenge a Disney world Gaston to a push up contest and win

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