DarK_RaideR Posted December 30, 2022 Report Share Posted December 30, 2022 Yes, this is a typical case of "beware what you put in the title of your challenge thread". I'm force-manifesting awesomeness. Welcome! I've been out of the challenge loop for a while, due to things being rather messy and unstable, to a degree where I knew for sure that I couldn't even consistently stick with the forums themselves, let alone a challenge for myself, but I'm back now. For those who don't know my deal, hi and welcome, I'm DarK_RaideR but most people end up mentioning me as DR for short. No doctor though, I'm a lawyer and I recently wrapped up my 36th year on this planet. Also been on these boards for... 8 years now, how time flies. Also also, I'm fresh into a new job that I'm loving after 4+ years of effective unemployment (technically, freelance lawyers can never be unemployed, but I had no work or income during that period, on top of the practical, emotional, mental and other implications this caused) and fresh out of an 8 year relationship, almost all of which was spent living in the same house as my (now ex) girlfriend. It's been quite the bang to end 2022 and kickstart a transitional phase, but I'm feeling confident enough to take on a challenge in hopes of it getting me back on track. THE PUMP With no decent gyms in my area (besides the Muay Thai camp I used to attend, but its schedule doesn't work with my new job hours) I got a set of dumbbells and a pull-up bar on Black Friday. After an inital attempt with Stronglifts 5x5, I've switched to a dumbbell workout app and so far it's been fine for me. Furthermore, I've switched my daily schedule to wake up earlier in the morning and start the day with my workout, which gets me going for the day and gets the "I gotta work out" stress out of the way immediately. That said, my goal for this challenge is to stick with my daily workout. As I type this, I'm on day 18 of a 30 day plan at an intermediate level with 9kg dumbbells (max weight I can get with all the plates I currently own). Assuming I hit workout 30 before the end of the challenge, I'm guessing by then I'll have a good idea of how to continue. THE NOMZ Last challenge I did, I'd just started on the new job and one of my goals was to bring home-cooked lunch to work every day. That went quite well, but it's gone off track ever since, perhaps due to me lacking the structure of a challenge. Part one of this goal is to once again bring home-cooked lunch to work every day for the duration of the challenge. On a similar note, part two is to track my eating on my phone like I used to do in the past. No big diet plans or weight goals, just stick with an easy habit in a consistent manner. If nothing else, it'll make me a bit more mindful with my eating. Also, to properly achieve this, I need part three of this goal, plan my grocery shopping and get it done on every Saturday morning. THE LOLZ This is the self care, mental health and making sure I also have fun part of the challenge. Which isn't usually hard to achieve, but I've lately noticed I don't much bother with videogames or tabletop RPGs (though the latter probably has more to do with the struggles of finding a group and consistently getting together to play rather than my outlook on the hobby). On the flipside, one of my previously regular get-together groups used to meet at the house of a guy who's bigtime into miniatures. One thing led to another and we all agreed to try and make Blood Bowl matches a thing, hence the image above. I mostly agreed to this because I know the rules from the videogame (and love the Warhammer Fantasy world) and while it never came to be, I still got myself a Dark Elf team, which I assembled and began painting on those times where we did get together but for some reason tabletop RPG sessions didn't happen. It's been a long time since I last bothered with miniatures and it was a nice reminder of how it can be more fun than stressful, so now that our group is falling apart due to the host moving back in with his mom, I got myself a few paints (been using his thus far) and once I'm done with the team, I intend to continue by painting the miniatures of Dungeon Saga, a tabletop game that's been collecting dust for quite some time on my bookshelf. Gee, I wonder why... This isn't just a goal about consistent painting though. Anything related to self care and/or pure pleasure counts, as long as I do at least one thing that makes me feel better every day. Taking note of it and posting about it here is a plus, making me more mindful and appreciative of the fun things in my life. Speaking of mindfulness, I also want to keep my minfulness app updated. New year, new challenge, let's go! 13 Quote Lvl 52 Multitasker Link to comment
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