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What is the OODA Loop?


The OODA loop is the cycle observe–orient–decide–act, developed by military strategist and United States Air Force Colonel John Boyd. Boyd applied the concept to the combat operations process, often at the operational level during military campaigns. It is now also often applied to understand commercial operations and learning processes. The approach explains how agility can overcome raw power in dealing with human opponents. 


Hi. I'm Ryan or Wolfie to the OG's here on NF. I've been apart of the Rangers since 2014 and apart of NF since 2012. I've been consistent. I've been inconsistent. I've been encouraging. I've been a discouraging. I've risen and fallen with the best of them. Now, I'm back after a "short" hiatus and ready to kick things into gear. I realize that I'm jumping back in the last week of this particular challenge, but I didn't want to wait till next week to get things started, which, funny enough, the old me would of done. I'm also one of those people that tends to start things on Monday and not the middle of the week because I feel like I've lost a lot of time with the missed days. What can ya do?


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I'm also one for trying to make each and every challenge I do as EPICALLY AWESOME as possible. Sometimes, I put so much thought into a challenge that it stresses me out. Why you ask? I'm not 100% sure. I do know this, though. I go all out when I do something. It's literally a gift and a curse because I'm always dabbling in new ideas and new endeavors. Some that stick and I continue to hone that specific skill. Some I completely discard in my "filed away for a rainy day" pile that sometimes never see the light of day every again. My wife says it's because I'm very "passionate" lol. Well this time, I'm gonna stick to some basics. I'm going to have goals. I'm going to update as often as possible. I'm going to support my fellow nerds. And I'm going to do this all with a smile on my face.


Quick Update: I've been keeping up with my workout regimen for the last month or so. I've seen quality results in not only strength, but size as well. I just completed the first phase of a 4-phase workout program which consists of 3-weeks per each phase. In this phase, we add two days a week of lower body work which falls on Monday and Fridays. Other than that, there's a Pull focused day, a Push focused day and then another day consisting of the other auxiliary muscles like forearms and delts. My eating has been on point... mostly. I would say my diet has been about 85% clean. I've also been sleeping WAY more than I used to. I was probably averaging close to 6 hours a night before COVID. Now, I'm averaging almost 8. which has done wonders for my mind and my overall mood. Life has been very good recently. It's also been busy. For anyone that knows me, knows I do a lot, and none of that has really changed all that much. I still work 2 jobs. But, I'm still working from home from my day job that seems to be more of a permanent thing...which is amazing. I love working from home! Because we already home school our children, working from home has allowed me to be apart of the teaching process and I love that! The Wolfpack is still healthy and thriving and Orin just turned 6 years old last week! It's pretty nutty, lol. I've also been listening to a LOT of audible books too. This isn't really something new, but it has been WAY more consistent the last month in a half. Not much else to report, so, let's get to the goals.


Goal #1: Reading/Listening to Audible books


Right now I'm listening to Leadership and Training for the Fight by MSG Paul R. Howe, U.S. Army Retired. This is where I first heard the concept of OODA aka Observe-Orient-Decide-Act. It's a really neat concept approach to not just war, but business and life itself. I honestly just started this book and looking forward to learning more about the OODA loop and how I can apply it to my own life. I'm also listening to Washington: A Life by Rob Chernow. The book is a deep dive look into the life of our nations first president, George Washington. I'm about 4 1/2 into that book and really enjoying this as I love history. And, for fun, I'm also listening to Meg: Hell's Aquarium by Steve Alten. This is the 4th book in the Meg series based off the discovery of the megaladon shark. I had previously listened to books 1-3 a couple years ago. My goal is to finish Leadership and Training for the Fight by the end of the challenge...or next challenge since I'm starting so late, as well as Hell's Aquarium. This shouldn't be all that difficult considering both books are a combined 21 hours give or take of audible book. The Washington book is a 44 hour total book and I'm only down to 37 hours and some change right now, lol. 


Goal #2: Help with Home School


I have this prime opportunity to help Heather teach the kids since I'm working from home and I don't want to waste it. My main objective is to get them reading more. This will consist of me reading fun stories with them and having them read stuff to me out loud. I want them to be excited about reading and learning new things. I also want to do DIY projects with them and stuff like that. If you have any suggestions, I'm open to whatever honestly. I'm just excited about helping with home school :).



Goal #3: Finish Phase 2 of the new Workout Program


Phase 1 was solid. I didn't miss a single day going 4x a week. Phase 2 adds another workout day for a total of 5, so, it'll be a little more challenging, but I'm pretty disciplined right now when it comes to lifting. I just don't want to lose steam and get lazy. I've done this way to many time in my life already. I also need to be tracking my workouts better and writing down sets and weights as well as taking pics after each phase so I can see the subtle changes in my body. 


And there you have it folks. A super "not sexy" version of my challenge that should prove to be a good one when it's all said and done. I just need to stick with it! 


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Heyyy that all sounds awesome! :D 

I too am returning to NF after a hiatus, but I’m waiting till the new boards go up to post anything 😅 I’m still trying to decide exactly what I want to do. 

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17 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

Hey there,! I saw your pic on Heather's IG , with you helping with homeschool. That's so sweet, and cool that you can be working from home for now and help out. 

DIY, we really enjoyed this book. It has lots of cool projects;



Hi EG :). It's been a lot of fun to be involved in the "teaching" aspect of things for sure! Since I grew up with public school, I have a different perspective than Heather when it comes to teaching but that also makes us a great team because we can both hit on aspects that compliment one another and help teach our kids the things they need to know. I just checked that book out....WOW! I'm ordering that on Friday when I get paid! It looks like a ton of fun lol. 


6 hours ago, Dusk said:

Heyyy that all sounds awesome! :D 

I too am returning to NF after a hiatus, but I’m waiting till the new boards go up to post anything 😅 I’m still trying to decide exactly what I want to do. 


Hi Dusk! Glad to see you returning as well. My advice would be: KISS aka Keep It Simple Silly (replaced by stupid cuz that just sounds mean). Find 1-2 physical goals like "walking more" or "doing push-ups" and then maybe some mentally challenging goals like "go to bed at a decent time" or "drinking more water". I'm looking forward to seeing your respawn on the boards.


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I've decided I'm going to reevaluate my weekly workout routine. 5-days a week is a lot for me considering everything else I have going on in my life. I'm going to condense and shoot for 3x a week, with an option for a 4th day to do a KB metcon or run sprints. I would like to start walking in the AM with my wife because she is desperately trying to get back in the swing of things fitness wise and I want to support her any way I can. All my other goals will stay the same :) 


It's a busy weekend up ahead so I probably won't post again until next week. Happy Friday and have a great weekend everyone!



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