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Here is the long-awaited and long-promised 2021 goals outlook post I've been mentioning!

 

From my Battle Log:

 

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Remember My NUTS (Non-negotiable, Unalterable Terms)

  1. I am active: I prioritize exercise and wellness; I am on a Jedi quest to see what my body is capable of - but most importantly living pain free.
  2. I am present: I live in the moment and focus on my reactions to stimuli - but most importantly treat myself with compassion.
  3. I am free:  I will live within my means, have an emergency fund, and take on no job or task that confines me - but most importantly focus on the things which bring me joy.

Mindfulness

  1. Nutrition: Slow down, use chopsticks, find joy in cooking and meal prep.
  2. Exercise:  My quest should be an ode to the human body's ability to move. Jedi approach to fitness, "What Would the Warhawk do?" Agility is fun. 
  3. Minimalism:  Clean as I leave rooms. Remove clutter.  Keep up on chores.  Always check cat litter.

 

When I read Remember Your NUTS last year, I was actually at a loss as to what my terms ought to be, but when I revisited the book just before NYE, they came to me quite succinctly.  Quite simply those three short lines serve as a reminder-manifesto to where my priorities are and I need to keep these in mind throughout the next twelve months in everything I do.  These are who I am, these are what I want from my life, these are non-negotiable.  That helps me chart a course I will be fulfilled through.  Similarly mindful is just a few tools to help keep me on track and motivation to remember my Why.

 

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Power Word for 2021:  Grit Prowess

This word encapsulates my intention for the new year.  I haven't picked a focus word before so this will be a grand experiment, but I know what I need for the new year is the consistency to improve, the tenacity to stick to my plans, and the foresight to keep my mind on my goals.  While 'Grit' encompasses the hard work it will take to achieve instead of dream, to do the workout when I'm tired and don't want to, and to ignore that hunger pain at midnight instead of indulging, the word itself doesn't speak to me like Prowess does.  If Grit is strength, fortitude (and not just stamina), self-awareness but also self-compassion, plus a willingness to fail and pick myself right back up afterward, Prowess is all of these things plus the discipline to do them well, with mastery and finesse.  After all, style points matter!

 

One thing I noticed in a few Battle Logs recently was the idea of Power Words to guide the writers through their year.  I didn't attend the Power Word workshop at Camp NF 2016 (and now I kind of wish I had), but it was easy enough to come up with my own and this has actually been a significant source of guidance and motivation through the day.  Initially I settled on Grit because it quite simply encompasses many factors of note, but it didn't feel poignant enough to speak to me - that is, until I delved into a  philosophy study of the Jeskai Way in Magic: the Gathering Clans of Tarkir pack.  I've written about MTG color philosophy in the past and my current character is kind of Mardu (Red, Black, White colors) inspired, however the search for perfection and self-mastery from Blue speaks to me a bit deeper than the selfishness of Black, plus the monks of Jeskai are only a step away from a Samurai blademaster, so the Blue, Red, White of Jeskai is a closer fit this time around.

 

With that in mind, the Jeskai Way's keyword ability is Prowess, and that instantly spoke to me, becoming my Power Word for 2021.  See the blurb above for why.

 

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MAKING OF A MODERN LEGEND: BECOMING THE WARHAWK!
Current:  BRUTALITY 13 | FINESSE 12 | GRIT 13 | INSIGHT 15 | MOXIE 13
I am currently training as a Blademaster Neophyte on a quest toward mastery through balance.
 
Goal:  BRUTALITY 16 | FINESSE 17+ | GRIT 17 | INSIGHT 18+ | MOXIE 15
 A venerable master of the battlefield, I have become a Blademaster Warlord.

 

From there, and borrowing a lot of inspo from Aquarii's system (credit where it's due), I delved into my specific fitness goals starting with where I perceive my current stats lay (using 8-10 as human average and 20 max as somewhere between the human pinnacle for my age/my absolute potential at any given point).  As you've seen this past week, it's been quite the labor of love to even get this far- but I'm very happy with my conclusions now.  I know I'm not nearly so strong as I used to be, my dexterity needs a lot of work to get it where I want it to be, and I'm more charismatic than I give myself credit for (especially as an 'introverted swashbuckler'), but I I can confidently say most of my physical attributes are well above average and my smarts even more so.

 

From there it was simply a matter of giving my IRL RPG character class some ranks and flavor to strive for (I'm currently a Neophyte but pretty close to a Scarblade - kind of like the equiv. of a Jedi Knight, in this case, and could reasonably reach those goals in the near future if I put my nose down and grind), and assigning the specific fitness pursuits I'm on right now to metrics.  Now I have specific goals aligned with specific RPG attributes and where how those numbers relate to my character class.  Feel free to take a peek if you'd like to take a closer look at those goals, i.e. kettlebells and flexibility and upgrading education, etc.

 

It's quite exciting to have a proper system in place, and every single day is one workout or stretch or book closer to the next rank!  :D 🤓

 

19 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

I did my stats. I  did them on a scale of 1- 20 , with 10 being the average.  But Xena suggested I had my strength too low. Which, if I compare myself to my friends, , but none of them workout(though  they all have high wisdom and charisma) , I  would most likely be a 15. But maybe they would be a 7 or 8, which means 12 would be about right. It's kind of hard to know how to compare, when  really most women my age were more into Jane Fonda aerobics😉data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAPABAP///wAAACH5BAEKAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAICRAEAOw==

 

Never the least bit sick or tired of these kinds of discussion!  :D 

 

But that's a complicated issue because this system is so subjective.  Let me ask you a couple of counter-questions then; what does your Max 20 look like?  Since we're talking STR specifically here, are you grading your 12-15 STR based on your human potential at 20 or what anyone could achieve within your age bracket?  At the end of the day, this whole process really just comes down to what feels right.

 

So, that second counter-question, which feels right?  If I had to guess myself, 12 is probably your being 'honest' to the point of being hard on yourself (like I would).  One takeaway I'm keeping from Aquarii's goals is what Max 20 looks like, where I would judge my current stats, and then giving myself SMART goals which are measurable in between.  My concern would be, if you're at 15 STR already - that doesn't give you much room to grow, realistically.  So in my instance, I went back and (still am) played with my points a bit to feel out what average truly looks like, what 20 looks like, and where I can realistically end up within my goals.  Personally, 20 STR isn't a goal of mine - at all.  I'm more than happy with 16ish STR and just keeping strong enough to DO ALL THE THINGS as I get older.  My focus is shifting toward DEX and CON because I want to wake up feeling spry instead of sore, and keep moving capably and confidently well into my senior years.

 

See above.  :) 

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[ Level ?? ]  Rurik 'Hav0k' Harrgath, Blademaster Adept and shadow-running Ronin extraordinaire.

BRUTALITY 13 | FINESSE 12 | GRIT 13  | INSIGHT 15 | MOXIE 13

Challenges:1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34

 

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Challenge Journal:  Date of 6.1.2021

Weight:  213.8lbs.

 

And here's the first real update of the (official) challenge.

 

I weighed in for the 10lbs/10wks PVP on Monday at 217. ate my normal macros for a few days, and hit 213 today.  Either one (or both) could be a simple fluctuation but it's still exciting to see what I can do with body composition over the next few challenges if I stick to the plan.  Also really enjoying my new Hayabusa hybrid gloves for Muay Thai in the gym (minimalist gloves give a bit more feedback and help toughen the fists up quicker), plus focusing on meal timing to make my Intermittent Fasting more successful.  Daily (twice, usually) walks help drive the NEAT up and keep my body feeling fresh and spry.  Protein cookies every night with some TV is a nice quiet unwind time with the 'family'.  Still playing some video games (she brought the Switch up, also dabbling in Warcraft as usual and occasionally Guild Wars 2).  Almost done my last White Scars novella and then I'll start Conn Igulden's Ghenghis Khan series alongside a self-mastery book or two to continue with my reading goal for 2021.

 

Also added my first boss for the challenge's weekly goal completion.  Meet Hogger!

 

Week 1

Hogger, the Scourge of Elwynn:  10/10 HP

Week 1 in progress (0/4 goals completed)
CyberPost - New Heroes of the Storm Hero – Hogger

 

 

So completing my goals unlock my abilities and help me do the damage to defeat - and survive - Hogger.  In coming weeks, I'll feature more Blizzard characters from Heroes of the Storm to serve as my weekly completion game bosses.

 

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Class:  [Level ??] Blademaster Mystic (Ranger/Warblade/Monk) 

Alignment:  Chaotic Neutral/Good 

Attribute points:  Brutality 15 | Finesse 14 | Insight 16 | Moxie  15 | Grit 15

 

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Inventory:  Mardu dao sword, Leather Armor with silks, flute, dice, alchemist's kit.

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[ Level ?? ]  Rurik 'Hav0k' Harrgath, Blademaster Adept and shadow-running Ronin extraordinaire.

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Power word! I'm curious to see how this serves you. It's something I've also been thinking about a lot recently, but more so in a day to day (or even task to task format). Almost like how when you do yoga and they want you to set an intention for the practice. The one that I've been drawn to lately is "expand".

 

Good looking set of goals!

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On 1/5/2021 at 1:11 PM, Rurik Harrgath said:

I noticed the 'ranks' but didn't immediately draw the Star Wars comparison.  Totally seeing it now though!  I'm kind of playing around with that but I love love love the idea that you needn't max out any particular stat or abilitiy to the detriment of all others.  Basically you're keeping your traits fairly well-rounded regardless of your fitness/exercise pursuits which I think is something we (including myself) forget around here from time to time.

 

The Star Wars Jedi-based ranking system is more a placeholder than anything. I just did not have time to come up with my own names for each level. I might add those in later; I usually like titles to be more original. But, when in doubt, Star Wars, lol.

 

I love keeping my goals more rounded out for two reasons. First, there are other things that are really important to me and I want a system that captures that 2) I like a system that is more a one-stop-shop. I don't want to use one system for my fitness goals, and another for my academic goals, and another for my career goals, and another for social/relationship/family goals, etc. I want something that can capture everything at once.

 

On 1/5/2021 at 1:11 PM, Rurik Harrgath said:

I think my only complaint about the system as you've laid it out is wrapping my head around being an Apprentice at my age 😢 when I should be a true Knight or something!  But that's just more motivation to go forth and conquer some goals to level up those attributes.  One thing going into 2021 was that I already had a good grasp on my ideas and how to level up my stats, but hadn't translated those into SMART goals yet.  You did that and it's really been quite revolutionary.  Now that I know I'm not all that far away from Jedi Knight Blademaster Scarblade, I know I need to keep putting in that work so I'm getting that much closer every day!

 

Haha, I feel you there. I wasn't really happy about setting myself at Apprentice either. But there is no way I have the dexterity to even PRETEND to be a full-fledged Bladesinger, so Apprentice it was. I love your own naming device. I want to do something like that eventually. I am trying to decide if I want to stick with the three primarly levels, and one added aspirational "leader" level, or build it out further. The original concept was loosely based on a combination of Star Wars, and the way that apprenticeship programs are run here in the US (apprentice/journeyman/master).

 

I am glad you are having fun converting your ideas into SMART goals. I feel like the SMART goals makes it feel more attainable to level up while also providing a game plan, which in my opinion makes it more motivating and fun.

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Current Stats: STR 11 || DEX 11 || CON 11 || INT 15 || WIS 16 || CHA 12

Goal Stats: STR 14 || DEX 17+ || CON 14 || INT 18+ || WIS 18+ || CHA 14

"To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily; to not dare is to lose one's self". - Søren Kierkegaard

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7 hours ago, Rurik Harrgath said:

From there, and borrowing a lot of inspo from Aquarii's system (credit where it's due), I delved into my specific fitness goals starting with where I perceive my current stats lay (using 8-10 as human average and 20 max as somewhere between the human pinnacle for my age/my absolute potential at any given point).  As you've seen this past week, it's been quite the labor of love to even get this far- but I'm very happy with my conclusions now.  I know I'm not nearly so strong as I used to be, my dexterity needs a lot of work to get it where I want it to be, and I'm more charismatic than I give myself credit for (especially as an 'introverted swashbuckler'), but I I can confidently say most of my physical attributes are well above average and my smarts even more so.

 

From there it was simply a matter of giving my IRL RPG character class some ranks and flavor to strive for (I'm currently a Neophyte but pretty close to a Scarblade - kind of like the equiv. of a Jedi Knight, in this case, and could reasonably reach those goals in the near future if I put my nose down and grind), and assigning the specific fitness pursuits I'm on right now to metrics.  Now I have specific goals aligned with specific RPG attributes and where how those numbers relate to my character class.  Feel free to take a peek if you'd like to take a closer look at those goals, i.e. kettlebells and flexibility and upgrading education, etc.

 

I love what you did with the inspiration from my system! It definitely makes me want to go back and tweak mine a bit with more original titles for my levels. I also still feel like there is room from the weapons concept you originally had that could be used for more intermediate things. Obviously each level for each stat can take some time to achieve, and there may be a place for some extra goals that fall outside of the stats and intermediate goals (that build up to leveling in the stats) that could be rewarded with things like armor, weapons,"learning new spells", etc. I think we could come up with something that helps to build that portion of it out a little more. Maybe even something that incorporates the challenges a little more tightly. Just an idea.

 

But yeah, I love the goals, and I love seeing someone else get some benefit out of the system I put together :)

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Chaotic-Neutral, Elven Bladesinger (Apprentice)

Current Stats: STR 11 || DEX 11 || CON 11 || INT 15 || WIS 16 || CHA 12

Goal Stats: STR 14 || DEX 17+ || CON 14 || INT 18+ || WIS 18+ || CHA 14

"To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily; to not dare is to lose one's self". - Søren Kierkegaard

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8 hours ago, Rurik Harrgath said:

Here is the long-awaited and long-promised 2021 goals outlook post I've been mentioning!

 

From my Battle Log:

 

 

When I read Remember Your NUTS last year, I was actually at a loss as to what my terms ought to be, but when I revisited the book just before NYE, they came to me quite succinctly.  Quite simply those three short lines serve as a reminder-manifesto to where my priorities are and I need to keep these in mind throughout the next twelve months in everything I do.  These are who I am, these are what I want from my life, these are non-negotiable.  That helps me chart a course I will be fulfilled through.  Similarly mindful is just a few tools to help keep me on track and motivation to remember my Why.

 

 

One thing I noticed in a few Battle Logs recently was the idea of Power Words to guide the writers through their year.  I didn't attend the Power Word workshop at Camp NF 2016 (and now I kind of wish I had), but it was easy enough to come up with my own and this has actually been a significant source of guidance and motivation through the day.  Initially I settled on Grit because it quite simply encompasses many factors of note, but it didn't feel poignant enough to speak to me - that is, until I delved into a  philosophy study of the Jeskai Way in Magic: the Gathering Clans of Tarkir pack.  I've written about MTG color philosophy in the past and my current character is kind of Mardu (Red, Black, White colors) inspired, however the search for perfection and self-mastery from Blue speaks to me a bit deeper than the selfishness of Black, plus the monks of Jeskai are only a step away from a Samurai blademaster, so the Blue, Red, White of Jeskai is a closer fit this time around.

 

With that in mind, the Jeskai Way's keyword ability is Prowess, and that instantly spoke to me, becoming my Power Word for 2021.  See the blurb above for why.

 

 

From there, and borrowing a lot of inspo from Aquarii's system (credit where it's due), I delved into my specific fitness goals starting with where I perceive my current stats lay (using 8-10 as human average and 20 max as somewhere between the human pinnacle for my age/my absolute potential at any given point).  As you've seen this past week, it's been quite the labor of love to even get this far- but I'm very happy with my conclusions now.  I know I'm not nearly so strong as I used to be, my dexterity needs a lot of work to get it where I want it to be, and I'm more charismatic than I give myself credit for (especially as an 'introverted swashbuckler'), but I I can confidently say most of my physical attributes are well above average and my smarts even more so.

 

From there it was simply a matter of giving my IRL RPG character class some ranks and flavor to strive for (I'm currently a Neophyte but pretty close to a Scarblade - kind of like the equiv. of a Jedi Knight, in this case, and could reasonably reach those goals in the near future if I put my nose down and grind), and assigning the specific fitness pursuits I'm on right now to metrics.  Now I have specific goals aligned with specific RPG attributes and where how those numbers relate to my character class.  Feel free to take a peek if you'd like to take a closer look at those goals, i.e. kettlebells and flexibility and upgrading education, etc.

 

It's quite exciting to have a proper system in place, and every single day is one workout or stretch or book closer to the next rank!  :D 🤓

 

 

Never the least bit sick or tired of these kinds of discussion!  :D 

 

But that's a complicated issue because this system is so subjective.  Let me ask you a couple of counter-questions then; what does your Max 20 look like?  Since we're talking STR specifically here, are you grading your 12-15 STR based on your human potential at 20 or what anyone could achieve within your age bracket?  At the end of the day, this whole process really just comes down to what feels right.

 

So, that second counter-question, which feels right?  If I had to guess myself, 12 is probably your being 'honest' to the point of being hard on yourself (like I would).  One takeaway I'm keeping from Aquarii's goals is what Max 20 looks like, where I would judge my current stats, and then giving myself SMART goals which are measurable in between.  My concern would be, if you're at 15 STR already - that doesn't give you much room to grow, realistically.  So in my instance, I went back and (still am) played with my points a bit to feel out what average truly looks like, what 20 looks like, and where I can realistically end up within my goals.  Personally, 20 STR isn't a goal of mine - at all.  I'm more than happy with 16ish STR and just keeping strong enough to DO ALL THE THINGS as I get older.  My focus is shifting toward DEX and CON because I want to wake up feeling spry instead of sore, and keep moving capably and confidently well into my senior years.

 

See above.  :) 

Thanks, those are good thoughts.That's what I thought about 15, it wouldn't really give me room to grow. I feel like 20 is the older person who has been an athlete for a long time, and puts a huge amount of time into trainin. I was older when I started this journey, and while I love working out, I also have other priorites. So I don't really see me hitting the 20 (which is fine_ I just want to DO ALL THE THINGS) I'm actually trying to be a good mix of STR, CON and DEX, as I think that best fits my goals going forward

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14 hours ago, miss_marissa said:

Power word! I'm curious to see how this serves you. It's something I've also been thinking about a lot recently, but more so in a day to day (or even task to task format). Almost like how when you do yoga and they want you to set an intention for the practice. The one that I've been drawn to lately is "expand".

 

Good looking set of goals!

 

We shall see.  So far I would say it doesn't serve me half so well as other, nerdier concepts I'm holding to ("What Would the Warhawk Do?" for example), but I've found myself repeating Prowess to myself mentally during Turkish Get-ups or some of my Muay Thai combos as a reminder to do things 'with prowess' meaning "well" or "with perfect form."  In that way, it's definitely been an asset as a buzzword to keep myself focused while in the moment, but it's also a new tool in the toolbox so I can't exactly say I'm completely comfortable with the concept quite yet either.

 

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Thanks!

 

14 hours ago, Aquarii said:

The Star Wars Jedi-based ranking system is more a placeholder than anything. I just did not have time to come up with my own names for each level. I might add those in later; I usually like titles to be more original. But, when in doubt, Star Wars, lol.

 

I love keeping my goals more rounded out for two reasons. First, there are other things that are really important to me and I want a system that captures that 2) I like a system that is more a one-stop-shop. I don't want to use one system for my fitness goals, and another for my academic goals, and another for my career goals, and another for social/relationship/family goals, etc. I want something that can capture everything at once.

 

Haha, I feel you there. I wasn't really happy about setting myself at Apprentice either. But there is no way I have the dexterity to even PRETEND to be a full-fledged Bladesinger, so Apprentice it was. I love your own naming device. I want to do something like that eventually. I am trying to decide if I want to stick with the three primarly levels, and one added aspirational "leader" level, or build it out further. The original concept was loosely based on a combination of Star Wars, and the way that apprenticeship programs are run here in the US (apprentice/journeyman/master).

 

I am glad you are having fun converting your ideas into SMART goals. I feel like the SMART goals makes it feel more attainable to level up while also providing a game plan, which in my opinion makes it more motivating and fun.

 

I mean, the Jedi ranking system keeps it simple, and there isn't a darn thing wrong with simple!  I also appreciated the notion of using three primary levels and then a fourth 'master of masters' level.  I approached mine with the idea that I probably won't bother with the fourth and final level of mastery/completion, especially in certain stats (I'm looking at you, Charisma) but I like the idea of always having another metric to shoot for .  Ideally all of my goal capabilities fall within my third rank and then sustaining that for life.  I'm not a monk on a spiritual quest for perfection, just a fairly average person wanting to make a quest of it to keep myself as healthy as I can be while performing stupid human tricks 🤣

 

You could absolutely build the whole system out further, breaking it down with 'sub-ranks' or 'degrees' like in martial arts.  Not sure how necessary that would be, unless you derive a lot of motivation from chasing smaller victories like that, which I'm absolutely all for!

 

13 hours ago, Aquarii said:

I love what you did with the inspiration from my system! It definitely makes me want to go back and tweak mine a bit with more original titles for my levels. I also still feel like there is room from the weapons concept you originally had that could be used for more intermediate things. Obviously each level for each stat can take some time to achieve, and there may be a place for some extra goals that fall outside of the stats and intermediate goals (that build up to leveling in the stats) that could be rewarded with things like armor, weapons,"learning new spells", etc. I think we could come up with something that helps to build that portion of it out a little more. Maybe even something that incorporates the challenges a little more tightly. Just an idea.

 

But yeah, I love the goals, and I love seeing someone else get some benefit out of the system I put together :)

 

So much benefit.  I can't thank you enough for that inspiration :D now I'm excited to see what you do for tweaks!

 

I'll still keep my armaments system for the RPG character side of things; 200lbs is still an armor upgrade (to Studded Leather, since my character doesn't wear heavy armor) and time in the practice of martial arts will upgrade my weapon (coming up on a new rank of sword in February, 1 year-ish of Muay Thai).  It isn't a very complicated system but one thing I've tried to do with this year in mind was tone things down just a bit, keep the whole system fun but relatively simplistic and straight-forward at the same time.  Even my character's abilities were massively toned down from D&D levels the last couple of challenges to just a few simple 'focal' skills that encompass the most important NF-style goals I actually need to be tracky for accountability.

 

That said, I'm always up for tweaking.  What ideas do you have for the character side of things?

 

12 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

Thanks, those are good thoughts.That's what I thought about 15, it wouldn't really give me room to grow. I feel like 20 is the older person who has been an athlete for a long time, and puts a huge amount of time into trainin. I was older when I started this journey, and while I love working out, I also have other priorites. So I don't really see me hitting the 20 (which is fine_ I just want to DO ALL THE THINGS) I'm actually trying to be a good mix of STR, CON and DEX, as I think that best fits my goals going forward

 

I respect where you head is at here, EG.  I looked at 20 in any given stat as absolute mastery of self, and I don't forsee having the time nor the will to max out every single capability I have.  There's gotta be time for fun and I don't intend on feeling sore all the time again because I'm chasing a 700lb deadlift and 20 muscle-ups and sub-20:00 5k and all the kettlebell work.  My End Stats were very moderate, focusing on general human capability and something that could totally be accomplished within my current allotment of time for exercise and whatnot.

 

Unless you're pursuing a particular sport, I think general wellness will always look like a good mix of capabilities - like you said, STR, CON and DEX.

 

10 hours ago, Harriet said:

I think you've set out your values powerfully. May they resonate into all the months of 2021 and spur you to glorious victory.

 

I like that, powerfully:D   They resonate so far, and I too am thrilled for glorious victory!

 

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On 1/7/2021 at 11:07 AM, Rurik Harrgath said:

I mean, the Jedi ranking system keeps it simple, and there isn't a darn thing wrong with simple!  I also appreciated the notion of using three primary levels and then a fourth 'master of masters' level.  I approached mine with the idea that I probably won't bother with the fourth and final level of mastery/completion, especially in certain stats (I'm looking at you, Charisma) but I like the idea of always having another metric to shoot for .  Ideally all of my goal capabilities fall within my third rank and then sustaining that for life.  I'm not a monk on a spiritual quest for perfection, just a fairly average person wanting to make a quest of it to keep myself as healthy as I can be while performing stupid human tricks 🤣

 

You could absolutely build the whole system out further, breaking it down with 'sub-ranks' or 'degrees' like in martial arts.  Not sure how necessary that would be, unless you derive a lot of motivation from chasing smaller victories like that, which I'm absolutely all for!

 

I do like the Jedi ranking system, but I am also a fan of making up my own names for stuff too. It just depends on whether or not I can find the time and brain cells available to do so. I do like my current leveling system with the three core that seem very, very challenging (and should take a good long time to achieve) and then one that is a huge stretch goal, just to keep me always reaching for the next level. And yeah, my fourth level is really just about leveling up Charisma, because I can definitely die happy and satisfied without getting it all the way up there, but, as they say "shoot for the moon, because even if you miss, you will land among the stars."

 

I don't think I want to do sub-ranks or degrees. I think I would just get lost in all the leveling possibilities.

 

On 1/7/2021 at 11:07 AM, Rurik Harrgath said:

So much benefit.  I can't thank you enough for that inspiration :D now I'm excited to see what you do for tweaks!

 

I'll still keep my armaments system for the RPG character side of things; 200lbs is still an armor upgrade (to Studded Leather, since my character doesn't wear heavy armor) and time in the practice of martial arts will upgrade my weapon (coming up on a new rank of sword in February, 1 year-ish of Muay Thai).  It isn't a very complicated system but one thing I've tried to do with this year in mind was tone things down just a bit, keep the whole system fun but relatively simplistic and straight-forward at the same time.  Even my character's abilities were massively toned down from D&D levels the last couple of challenges to just a few simple 'focal' skills that encompass the most important NF-style goals I actually need to be tracky for accountability.

 

That said, I'm always up for tweaking.  What ideas do you have for the character side of things?

 

 

It may take me some time to actually get around to the tweaks; I just started a new job which kind of felt like skipping a level in CHA...getting to the next level without actually being prepared for it, haha. But that is ok, as long as I have the core of my system down, their is no rush for the tweaks. 

 

I am playing around with a few ideas. I like the idea you have with the armor and weapons. And I definitely want to keep it simple and minimalistic as well. If it gets really complicated, I probably won't keep up with it. I love the way that the way you upgrade your armor with bodyweight, which you have under CON, since armor seems like something that would enhance CON in the character world. And that martial arts levels your weapon, both of which seem nicely correlated to DEX. 

 

I feel like for my character, it would be fun to level armor in some way, level through weapons or "styles" (Bladesingers have different techniques, called styles. Each style has its own weapon of choice and sometimes school of magic). And I might incorporate more of the wizard/scholar side by using something to "build an arcane library", where I can earn my character books to put in the library, or maybe my character "learns" spells. Still not sure on that yet. But I am not sure what I would assign to those things to level them slowly, sooooo 🤷‍♀️

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On 1/6/2021 at 4:19 PM, Rurik Harrgath said:

Hogger, the Scourge of Elwynn:  10/10 HP

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Oh wow FLASHBACK, I remember this craphead, and also poor baby Shaar in Vanilla on her first Human Mage character running out of Stormwind and exploring and OH A BIG PIG MAN aaaaand death. Insta death. Ok. Cool.

 

Please nuke his HP down to 0. For all of us that have perished by Hogger's OP paws.

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Really love what you've done, it sings to me! Very tempted to do the same for my new year's setup (starting at Chinese new year). 

Can I tempt you to change the TGU goal to something more ehh jerky? 

And is the KBS you listed under CON short for snatches? and if so, may I suggest upping the time instead of the weight? otherwise it's more of a STR than a CON thing.  

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On 1/8/2021 at 6:14 PM, Aquarii said:

I do like the Jedi ranking system, but I am also a fan of making up my own names for stuff too. It just depends on whether or not I can find the time and brain cells available to do so. I do like my current leveling system with the three core that seem very, very challenging (and should take a good long time to achieve) and then one that is a huge stretch goal, just to keep me always reaching for the next level. And yeah, my fourth level is really just about leveling up Charisma, because I can definitely die happy and satisfied without getting it all the way up there, but, as they say "shoot for the moon, because even if you miss, you will land among the stars."

...

I am playing around with a few ideas. I like the idea you have with the armor and weapons. And I definitely want to keep it simple and minimalistic as well. If it gets really complicated, I probably won't keep up with it. I love the way that the way you upgrade your armor with bodyweight, which you have under CON, since armor seems like something that would enhance CON in the character world. And that martial arts levels your weapon, both of which seem nicely correlated to DEX. 

 

I feel like for my character, it would be fun to level armor in some way, level through weapons or "styles" (Bladesingers have different techniques, called styles. Each style has its own weapon of choice and sometimes school of magic). And I might incorporate more of the wizard/scholar side by using something to "build an arcane library", where I can earn my character books to put in the library, or maybe my character "learns" spells. Still not sure on that yet. But I am not sure what I would assign to those things to level them slowly, sooooo 🤷‍♀️

 

The ranking system feels intuitive too, plus just enough to be motivational but not so much that you're lost in the middle-ranks like the belt system for Karate (for example).  Definitely feels a little bit more fun when you've added your own creative touch to the naming convention though!  So I'm excited to see what you come up with when the crazy dies down a bit and you have some more spoons/bandwidth/time to play with.

 

Honestly the armor and weapons aspect might actually be the most fun part of this system for me.  I really appreciate the goals and attribute point factor for its trackability and creative touch there, but looking at BF%/physique as armor was really a breakthrough moment for me.  Similarly looking at my Muay Thai dedication as my character's swordplay has also been somewhat motivational.

 

I think you're definitely onto something with different Bladesinger styles to unlock.  That seems to be a defining characteristic for a lot of swordsplay RPG games (looking at youGhosts of Tsushima)  I've also loved the comparison of wizardly pursuits as our scholar/research/intellectual side of things.  One of my favorite goals Spezzy added for one of her challenges was Arcane Pool and Spellbooks as preparing for the next day and whatnot.  Might be worth taking a peek yourself, could be some inspiration in there too!

 

On 1/9/2021 at 6:16 AM, shaar said:

Oh wow FLASHBACK, I remember this craphead, and also poor baby Shaar in Vanilla on her first Human Mage character running out of Stormwind and exploring and OH A BIG PIG MAN aaaaand death. Insta death. Ok. Cool.

 

Please nuke his HP down to 0. For all of us that have perished by Hogger's OP paws.

 

I was not successful last week.  Hogger handed me my ass, just like he has to so many new players new and old!  But we always go back for more ;) 

 

12 hours ago, KB Girl said:

Really love what you've done, it sings to me! Very tempted to do the same for my new year's setup (starting at Chinese new year). 

Can I tempt you to change the TGU goal to something more ehh jerky? 

And is the KBS you listed under CON short for snatches? and if so, may I suggest upping the time instead of the weight? otherwise it's more of a STR than a CON thing.  

 

Just as Aquarii's goals sang to me, and h3r0's armor goals similarly, I'm happy to join in the chorus!

 

I actually wrote down your Jerk metrics and I've been sitting on that little 3:00-2:00-1:00 test for a little while but haven't tackled it just yet.  My shoulder and back have been giving me a rough time of late so I've been keeping an eye more toward coordination and stability, so I won't say no outright to Jerks.  Not yet at least.  Originally I had KBS as STR but convinced myself the escalating time/weight was more about increasing aerobic performance under weight, so it could really be either - you're absolutely right.  That's the nice thing about this whole system not being set in stone is I can make it whatever I want it to be!  🤣  Which also includes taking input.  ;) 

 

9 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

A gentle reminder you haven't posted in a few days.

 

I miss my buddy.

 

My motivation generation was down to a trickle the past few days (arguably the whole week) so I chose to focus on hearth and home for a few days.

 

Unfortunately that means my challenge updates fell by the wayside, but we stayed afloat and I'm back anew!

 

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Weight:  214lbs.

 

First official week down and time for a little update. 

 

It wasn't a stellar week for goals.  Even though I signed up for Yoga With Adrienne 30 day challenge, I haven't done a single one, only did one Muay Thai workout, and was basically just treading water nutritionally last week.  For some reason, accepting that feels like an eyeopener for this week so I'm intending on dusting myself off and giving Week 1 another go for Week 2.

 

Weighed in for the 10lbs/10wks PVP at 214 which is a 2lbs net loss over the week, although with how much I've noticed I can fluctuate, it's hard to make any concrete analysis on that.  What will be more telling is the next couple of weeks.  If I can dip below 212 and into the single digits, I'll know the work is paying off because those are numbers I haven't seen in a proper while.  Especially since I've started working again, kind of on-call as an installer for the same fire safety company I've been employed by since the summer.  It's less income potential, but steadier in that I am paid by the install for all of our regional employees rather than solely my own sales.  Upsides and down, but so far feels like the right choice for now given that my area is still in lockdown and I've got my Personal Distraction™ here for at least a few more weeks (I've somehow convinced her to stay way past our original agreement :D)

 

So I'll need to put some deeper effort into lifestyle and routine to keep my schedule antifragile for now.  Hogger did his damage and I ran away to fight another day!

 

TL,DR?  It's a new week and you've earned some #MomoaMonday

 

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Gonna approach Week 2 with this level of goofy enthusiasm ;) 

 

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Class:  [Level ??] Blademaster Mystic (Ranger/Warblade/Monk) 

Alignment:  Chaotic Neutral/Good 

Attribute points:  Brutality 15 | Finesse 14 | Insight 16 | Moxie  15 | Grit 15

 

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6 hours ago, Rurik Harrgath said:

 

 

The ranking system feels intuitive too, plus just enough to be motivational but not so much that you're lost in the middle-ranks like the belt system for Karate (for example).  Definitely feels a little bit more fun when you've added your own creative touch to the naming convention though!  So I'm excited to see what you come up with when the crazy dies down a bit and you have some more spoons/bandwidth/time to play with.

 

Honestly the armor and weapons aspect might actually be the most fun part of this system for me.  I really appreciate the goals and attribute point factor for its trackability and creative touch there, but looking at BF%/physique as armor was really a breakthrough moment for me.  Similarly looking at my Muay Thai dedication as my character's swordplay has also been somewhat motivational.

 

I think you're definitely onto something with different Bladesinger styles to unlock.  That seems to be a defining characteristic for a lot of swordsplay RPG games (looking at youGhosts of Tsushima)  I've also loved the comparison of wizardly pursuits as our scholar/research/intellectual side of things.  One of my favorite goals Spezzy added for one of her challenges was Arcane Pool and Spellbooks as preparing for the next day and whatnot.  Might be worth taking a peek yourself, could be some inspiration in there too!

 

Yeah, I am excited for a time when I have enough extra brainpower and creativity to add a little more creativity and originality to my system. I will keep the same number of levels, just rename them to make them a little more my own.

 

I feel like BF%/physique ties into armour so well. I just don't know how I would incorporate that into my own because I don't have a reliable/accurate way of tracking bodyfat right now. 

 

I will definitely have to see if I can track that challenge down for inspiration. I think keeping it to armour, weapons, and arcane library/spells will do. I think if I try to add anything more than that, it will just get complicated and be too many things to track. 

 

Sorry to hear your first week did not go as you had hoped. Here's to a better second week :)

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7 hours ago, Rurik Harrgath said:

TL,DR?  It's a new week and you've earned some #MomoaMonday

 

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Thank you. I did earn this.

 

7 hours ago, Rurik Harrgath said:

 I've got my Personal Distraction™ here for at least a few more weeks (I've somehow convinced her to stay way past our original agreement :D)

 

yay!!!!!

 

Sorry about the rough week, hoping this week is turning out to be more promising :) 

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11 hours ago, Rurik Harrgath said:

It wasn't a stellar week for goals.  Even though I signed up for Yoga With Adrienne 30 day challenge, I haven't done a single one, only did one Muay Thai workout, and was basically just treading water nutritionally last week.  For some reason, accepting that feels like an eyeopener for this week so I'm intending on dusting myself off and giving Week 1 another go for Week 2.

 

Good man. *checks* Good quarter orc. This week is a new and unspoiled chance for glory. Enjoy your yoga.

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Sorry about the rough week- glad you’re not alone while picking things back up :) 

And isn’t that what it’s all about anyway, how we recover/continue.

 

Hope the shoulder/back sort themselves out asap!

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13 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

Way to go on the weight loss! I think most people's weight fluctuates, and that's why it's easier to watch trend rather than a single data point

 

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22 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

Way to go on the weight loss! I think most people's weight fluctuates, and that's why it's easier to watch trend rather than a single data point

 

Thank you!  I like having the spreadsheet for the PVP to track my trending weight for exactly that reason.  It's been recommended to me that I keep one for myself, but for some reason it doesn't feel as engaging to do solo as it does with a group - must be the nerdcountability aspect!  :D 

 

22 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

I'm sorry the week was rough. We've all been there. It's never fun.

 

Motivation already seems to be trending upward.  :) 

 

16 hours ago, Aquarii said:

I think keeping it to armour, weapons, and arcane library/spells will do. I think if I try to add anything more than that, it will just get complicated and be too many things to track. 

 

Sorry to hear your first week did not go as you had hoped. Here's to a better second week :)

 

Minimalism seems to serve me best in most aspects.  Overcomplication is the death of joy in my books!

 

Much appreciated, as I mentioned to Tank I am already feeling a bit more buoyant this week.

 

15 hours ago, miss_marissa said:

Thank you. I did earn this.

 

yay!!!!!

 

Sorry about the rough week, hoping this week is turning out to be more promising :) 

 

It's already going smoother.  Got a solid Muay Thai/kettlebell workout in, and some yoga-ish stretching last night :D 

 

11 hours ago, Harriet said:

Good man. *checks* Good quarter orc. This week is a new and unspoiled chance for glory. Enjoy your yoga.

 

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New and unspoiled, I like that.  Time to spoil it!  

 

Enjoying the yoga is never the problem.  Doing the yoga is the trickier part, and it shouldn't be, because I harbor a lightly-hidden secret passion for getting my certification to help normalize yoga as a health and wellness practice for men of all ages and ability.  I truly feel yoga could be a body positive revolution for many fellas living in pain or with poor mobility/flexibility who cannot get past their toxic masculinity notion that yoga is *insert your toxic adjective*

 

It's a pipe dream, we'll see what comes of it.  I'd need to make a more regular practice of it myself before I could even justify pursuing it further.  🤷‍♂️

 

10 hours ago, KB Girl said:

Sorry about the rough week- glad you’re not alone while picking things back up :) 

And isn’t that what it’s all about anyway, how we recover/continue.

 

Hope the shoulder/back sort themselves out asap!

 

The body seems to be happy with the Muay Thai then Jerks workout I did yesterday.  I won't share my scores with you (especially considering I dropped my 45lb kettlebells 1:09 into the 3:00 round haha) but it was a good starting point and now I have a new metric to play with.  

 

9 hours ago, Mr_Willes said:

I love you (if you wanna know why, this time, check out my rant on the PvP)

 

Everyone is happy when they have a spreadsheet to play with.  ;) 

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2 hours ago, Rurik Harrgath said:

Enjoying the yoga is never the problem.  Doing the yoga is the trickier part, and it shouldn't be, because I harbor a lightly-hidden secret passion for getting my certification to help normalize yoga as a health and wellness practice for men of all ages and ability.  I truly feel yoga could be a body positive revolution for many fellas living in pain or with poor mobility/flexibility who cannot get past their toxic masculinity notion that yoga is *insert your toxic adjective*

 

It's a pipe dream, we'll see what comes of it.  I'd need to make a more regular practice of it myself before I could even justify pursuing it further.  🤷‍♂️

I'd be down for Yoga with Rurik

 

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4 hours ago, Rurik Harrgath said:

The body seems to be happy with the Muay Thai then Jerks workout I did yesterday.  I won't share my scores with you (especially considering I dropped my 45lb kettlebells 1:09 into the 3:00 round haha) but it was a good starting point and now I have a new metric to play with.  

 

Awesome! And dude, no shame in that- when I get new guys at the gym I start them out with 12kg bells and then they still won't last 3' :) looking forward to your progress! 

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It is not a pipe dream, and pockets of groups and instructors are working on same; some from the masculinity side; some from teh functional fitness side - some quietly some loudly. 

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