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My armor is contempt.  My shield is discipline.  My sword is fury.

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Challenge Inspiration:  We've been talking character classes again lately.  The Great Move™ took us to realms new and challenging, deep into the woods and on the frontier of nearest civilization.  In doing so, we've learned the value of self-reliance and self-mastery; both necessary to truly thrive away from all the conveniences I've ever known, and picking up traits and skills of great important to our survival.  We have both of us accidentally taken an unplanned multi-class dip into Druid in order to embrace homesteading, animal husbandry, and self-sufficiency in balance with nature (blame the Conservation Committee).  But my primary traits, my master class of late, is something more martial.  More fiery.  More...ironclad.  Strength and Constitution, with Will to match.  My crusade may be long passed, my hands more used to the shovel and plow than my old sword, but my conviction has not failed.  My hands no less calloused by work.  My heart remiss, almost empty somehow, but craving the cold iron of discipline and the burning fury of militant dedication to a cause greater than oneself.

 

But the greatest cause of all is... what I choose to make of myself.

 

Out of curiosity I recently googled the difference between a Cleric and Paladin within the realm of D&D; according to many, the Cleric is chosen by their god and a Paladin strives to be worthy of their chosen celestial patron.  Here I am, full of righteous fury for Total Life Reform, filled with conviction and relentless purpose, so an Oath of Conquest speaks to my soul.  My religion is the Iron Vigil, my Order one of the Sacred Flame; I am the Knight-Errant of Fire Within & Iron Without.  So shall I nurture the bright flame of passion and motivation, and feed it well, knowing that no fire burns eternal and every ember needs constant fueling and guidance.  It will take the iron discipline of willpower that forges my body on the anvil of war to achieve my health goals.  The Sanctum Parabellum awaits.  May the bridges I burn light the way.

 

Here lay the Tenets of my Iron Vigil:

  • Suffer not the profane (body) to exist.
  • Uphold the glory of the Sacred Flame.
  • Abhor chaos.  Destroy indolence.
  • No commitment shall be left unfulfilled, no matter the odds.

 

A reminder from my Battle Log:
 
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Herein lies my framework, my intention for the new year. 
 
My overarching theme going forward into 2023 is Fire versus Rot; a raging flame of vitality and vigor against the rot of stagnancy or surrendering to complacent existence without deeper guidance.
 
It is far too easy to feel swept up by events surrounding us.  I have too many tasks on my to-do list, I feel too tired today, my mental health is suffering a bit more than usual (which can be saying something), and I'm walking unusual and unknown places in a strange new world which has left me remiss and adrift on a raft without a paddle - and yet, there can be more than this.  So much more.  So we dip our limbs into water and begin to coerce our craft forward, lumbering at first as the struggle overpowers our efforts, but eventually there is purpose and there is confidence as strength growths, an inner fire that births monstrous ferocity and determination to overcome our struggles even when they feel insurmountable...
 
And sometimes that struggle still conquers us.
 
But, as with all Souls-style video games, we rise again once more.  No struggle overcomes us permanently (except, save perhaps death itself) and we begin anew with a finer appreciation for the boss battle to be waged ahead.  The turning of the wheel become visible and eventually obvious.  We see the telegraphic pattern of order through the chaos.  So not only may we endure, but perhaps, even surely - we overcome.  For to fail to rise again is to court rot to overtake this enigmatic existence.
 
Goals are all well and good, truly, and yet goals by their very definition are merely a hope.  What is more concrete than any goal would be more akin to a purpose, a driving fire of ambition; an ember can be kindled with but a little fuel, but unleashed as a conflagration when truly embraced and given nourishment and direction... an inescapable conflagration to consume the stagnancy of indolence, the potential rot of listless, complacent existence.  Every nourishing meal rather than self-indulgent snacking builds our fire, and by extention fuels our vigor.  Each striving workout fans the flames of ambition, building endurance and might.  Every task conquered unleashes the fire to become a storm of momentum, making no goal unattainable through my means.
 
Herein let us forge that fire.

 

To slay the Great Dragon:

 

  • [FLAME, GRANT ME STRENGTH!]:  5 garage gym workouts per week.
  • [TEMPLAR'S VERDICT]:  Row 5 minutes or more 5 times, and complete 3 morning rucks weekly.
  • [LITANY OF THE IRON VIGIL]:  Check-in on the Forums 4 times per week, and weigh-in for the 12lbs/12wks PvP.
  • [FIRE WITHIN, IRON WITHOUT]:  Don't eat like an Asshole, track and stay within calorie limits (Every. Single. Day.)

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In the name of the Sacred Fire, let none stand before me.

 
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[Level ??] Rurik, the Wayfinder

Class: Gloomfall Gunslinger  (Artificer/Gunslinger)

BRUTALITY 11 | FINESSE 10 | VIGOR 11 | INSIGHT 14 | WILL 13

Equipment: The Alchemist greatcoat armor, Longshot adventuring rifle, Slicer & Dicer dual blades, with adventurer's pack containing an alchemist's kit.

 

"Rangers have to at least give up on pants. It's a special rule we enacted after Rurik became a Guild Leader.” – DarK_RaideR

"Did I just get my ass kicked by a member of Metallica meets History Channel's Vikings?" - Wild Wolf

"By the Well-Oiled-and-Meticulously-Groomed Beard of Rurik!" - Tanktimus the Encourager

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Here shall it be written, so shall it be known...

 

Week 0:

Week 1:  

Week 2:
Week 3:  
Week 4:
Week 5:
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[Level ??] Rurik, the Wayfinder

Class: Gloomfall Gunslinger  (Artificer/Gunslinger)

BRUTALITY 11 | FINESSE 10 | VIGOR 11 | INSIGHT 14 | WILL 13

Equipment: The Alchemist greatcoat armor, Longshot adventuring rifle, Slicer & Dicer dual blades, with adventurer's pack containing an alchemist's kit.

 

"Rangers have to at least give up on pants. It's a special rule we enacted after Rurik became a Guild Leader.” – DarK_RaideR

"Did I just get my ass kicked by a member of Metallica meets History Channel's Vikings?" - Wild Wolf

"By the Well-Oiled-and-Meticulously-Groomed Beard of Rurik!" - Tanktimus the Encourager

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2 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

A PALADIN CHALLENGE!!?!??!??!???!???


I had a feeling you’d enjoy this ;) 

 

1 hour ago, DarK_RaideR said:

Where's the Momoa?


Never fear, he shall return promptly tomorrow for #MomoaMonday!

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[Level ??] Rurik, the Wayfinder

Class: Gloomfall Gunslinger  (Artificer/Gunslinger)

BRUTALITY 11 | FINESSE 10 | VIGOR 11 | INSIGHT 14 | WILL 13

Equipment: The Alchemist greatcoat armor, Longshot adventuring rifle, Slicer & Dicer dual blades, with adventurer's pack containing an alchemist's kit.

 

"Rangers have to at least give up on pants. It's a special rule we enacted after Rurik became a Guild Leader.” – DarK_RaideR

"Did I just get my ass kicked by a member of Metallica meets History Channel's Vikings?" - Wild Wolf

"By the Well-Oiled-and-Meticulously-Groomed Beard of Rurik!" - Tanktimus the Encourager

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Following for intense admiration and stoic discipline ;) 

 

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A wolf rises in my heart; against my darkness; against my demons; against my despair. I DECLARE WAR!

 

Romans 8:28 (CSB) We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.

 

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1 hour ago, Wild Wolf said:

Following for intense admiration and stoic discipline ;) 

 

Wolf

 

Aha!  I ensnared myself a Wild Wolf with that Facebook message B) 

 

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Glad to see you, buddy!

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[Level ??] Rurik, the Wayfinder

Class: Gloomfall Gunslinger  (Artificer/Gunslinger)

BRUTALITY 11 | FINESSE 10 | VIGOR 11 | INSIGHT 14 | WILL 13

Equipment: The Alchemist greatcoat armor, Longshot adventuring rifle, Slicer & Dicer dual blades, with adventurer's pack containing an alchemist's kit.

 

"Rangers have to at least give up on pants. It's a special rule we enacted after Rurik became a Guild Leader.” – DarK_RaideR

"Did I just get my ass kicked by a member of Metallica meets History Channel's Vikings?" - Wild Wolf

"By the Well-Oiled-and-Meticulously-Groomed Beard of Rurik!" - Tanktimus the Encourager

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Hello fellow frozen tundra friend!! 🤣 FollowiiinnnNNNNGGGGG!!

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i am not waiting for a hero.  i saved myself long ago.

Level ?? Bard & Monk of the Furious Heart

STR.55  DEX.43 STA.48 CON.51 WIS.53 CHA.65

"Well...in the end, it boils down to two simple choices. Either you do or you don't.

You'd think with all the problems in this world, there'd be more answers. It's not fair...
...But that's the way things are. The choice is yours."

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3 hours ago, shaar said:

Hello fellow frozen tundra friend!! 🤣 FollowiiinnnNNNNGGGGG!!

 

It's kinda sorta almost melting today!  Glad that cold snap is over... which is an odd thing to say now that I live South of the Wall rather than north above it 🤣

 

We still need a Wachusett meet-up... someday!

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[Level ??] Rurik, the Wayfinder

Class: Gloomfall Gunslinger  (Artificer/Gunslinger)

BRUTALITY 11 | FINESSE 10 | VIGOR 11 | INSIGHT 14 | WILL 13

Equipment: The Alchemist greatcoat armor, Longshot adventuring rifle, Slicer & Dicer dual blades, with adventurer's pack containing an alchemist's kit.

 

"Rangers have to at least give up on pants. It's a special rule we enacted after Rurik became a Guild Leader.” – DarK_RaideR

"Did I just get my ass kicked by a member of Metallica meets History Channel's Vikings?" - Wild Wolf

"By the Well-Oiled-and-Meticulously-Groomed Beard of Rurik!" - Tanktimus the Encourager

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Inv_trinket-knights_crest.webp  [Fires of Battle Quest Log]  

Challenge Journal:  This 6th day of February, in the year 2023.

Weight:  235.0lbs  

 

Gotta love that shiny new challenge smell! 

 

I even added my Knight-Errant heraldry to the Quest Log title to really get into the spirit around here.

 

Nothing too fancy to report today.  Legs are still all DOMS'd up from last week's squats (lol) and then a weekend spent exploring the wilderness.  Also we watched Fellowship of the Ring to truly channel that 'adventure through the wilderness' vibe.  Up at 0645 to give this new weekly schedule a try, and then went solidly.  We both got our workouts in, I drove all over the state later to pickup groceries and order some laundry units (YES THAT MEANS NO MORE LAUNDROMAT :D :D :D) and then a bunch of prepwork to keep the bathroom reno moving.  The new vanity should arrive Wednesday and I've got plenty of work to do by then so we're ready for it.

 

Also, today was bench day.  That's how you kick a week off strong!

 

Fire & Iron, folks.  Let's crush that Week 0 like it's not even a break, yeah?  🤘

 

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Happy #MomoaMonday, y'all B) 

 

To slay the Great Dragon:
  • Suffer not the profane to exist, [TEMPLAR'S VERDICT]:  Bleed_dd2.jpg☐☐☐☐.☐☐☐  One row down, rucking program starts tomorrow.
  • Uphold the glory of the Sacred Flame, [FLAME, GRANT ME STRENGTH!]:  Burn_dd2.jpg☐☐☐☐  Push 1 done, benched 5x8 @ 165#.
  • Abhor chaos.  Destroy indolence, [LITANY OF THE IRON VIGIL]Debuff_dd2.jpg☐☐☐.☐  First update up, changing my weigh-in day to Fridays to offset carb-heavy weekends 😆
  • No commitment shall be left unfilled, no matter the odds, [FIRE WITHIN, IRON WITHOUT]:  Icon_HP_dd2.jpg☐☐☐☐☐☐  On track for the day so far.

 

2 hours ago, Everstorm said:

I'm sending you warm thoughts; we are having false spring.  It's supposed to hit 70°F later this week smh

 

Strangely enough, so are we.  Just a couple of days ago, it was Deep Freeze City, and now everything is melting 🤣 I guess your warm thoughts arrived after all!

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[Level ??] Rurik, the Wayfinder

Class: Gloomfall Gunslinger  (Artificer/Gunslinger)

BRUTALITY 11 | FINESSE 10 | VIGOR 11 | INSIGHT 14 | WILL 13

Equipment: The Alchemist greatcoat armor, Longshot adventuring rifle, Slicer & Dicer dual blades, with adventurer's pack containing an alchemist's kit.

 

"Rangers have to at least give up on pants. It's a special rule we enacted after Rurik became a Guild Leader.” – DarK_RaideR

"Did I just get my ass kicked by a member of Metallica meets History Channel's Vikings?" - Wild Wolf

"By the Well-Oiled-and-Meticulously-Groomed Beard of Rurik!" - Tanktimus the Encourager

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Dudeeee being able to do laundry in your own house is SO underrated! Congrats on the big level up!!

 

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i am not waiting for a hero.  i saved myself long ago.

Level ?? Bard & Monk of the Furious Heart

STR.55  DEX.43 STA.48 CON.51 WIS.53 CHA.65

"Well...in the end, it boils down to two simple choices. Either you do or you don't.

You'd think with all the problems in this world, there'd be more answers. It's not fair...
...But that's the way things are. The choice is yours."

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6 hours ago, shaar said:

Dudeeee being able to do laundry in your own house is SO underrated! Congrats on the big level up!!

 

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I still have to build a concrete block/wooden platform to keep them up off the slab (our basement habitually floods) and wire/plumb them in, but knowing they're coming at least... powerful motivation, that.  ;) 

 

Accurate depiction of me doing #TheWork:

 

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I swear I actually know what I'm doing.  😅

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[Level ??] Rurik, the Wayfinder

Class: Gloomfall Gunslinger  (Artificer/Gunslinger)

BRUTALITY 11 | FINESSE 10 | VIGOR 11 | INSIGHT 14 | WILL 13

Equipment: The Alchemist greatcoat armor, Longshot adventuring rifle, Slicer & Dicer dual blades, with adventurer's pack containing an alchemist's kit.

 

"Rangers have to at least give up on pants. It's a special rule we enacted after Rurik became a Guild Leader.” – DarK_RaideR

"Did I just get my ass kicked by a member of Metallica meets History Channel's Vikings?" - Wild Wolf

"By the Well-Oiled-and-Meticulously-Groomed Beard of Rurik!" - Tanktimus the Encourager

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On 2/5/2023 at 2:29 PM, Rurik Harrgath said:

But the greatest cause of all is... what I choose to make of myself.

 

Love this, may borrow it at some time in the future :D 

 

On 2/6/2023 at 6:32 PM, Rurik Harrgath said:

order some laundry units (YES THAT MEANS NO MORE LAUNDROMAT :D :D :D)

I am SO HAPPY FOR YOU...this is life changing! I refuse to go to another laundromat!

 

26 minutes ago, Rurik Harrgath said:

I swear I actually know what I'm doing.  😅

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Challenge Journal:  This 8th day of February, in the year 2023.

Weight:  235.0lbs  

 

Busy busy!  I spent all day yesterday (after my Pull workout and Simple & Sinister) roughing out the bathroom to prepare for the replacement vanity coming today.  I still have SO. MUCH. WORK. to do in there but at least I know we can go full speed ahead with the plumbing since this new vanity doesn't appear to be smashed all up like the last one was.  BONUS.

 

Everything else is on track.  Still filled to the brim with righteous vigor.  

 

Happy #WitcherWednesday 💪

 

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Still the best scene in all the cinematics, don't care what anybody says ;) 

 

To slay the Great Dragon:
  • Suffer not the profane to exist, [TEMPLAR'S VERDICT]:  Bleed_dd2.jpgBleed_dd2.jpg☐☐☐.Bleed_dd2.jpg☐☐  Rowed before each workout so far, and rucked yesterday.  It went much much better than anticipated given I jumped straight into my 36lb plate.
  • Uphold the glory of the Sacred Flame, [FLAME, GRANT ME STRENGTH!]:  Burn_dd2.jpgBurn_dd2.jpg☐☐☐  Push 1, Pull 1, and Simple & Sinister done.
  • Abhor chaos.  Destroy indolence, [LITANY OF THE IRON VIGIL]Debuff_dd2.jpgDebuff_dd2.jpg☐☐.☐  Mid-week update.  Waited on Friday for weigh-in.
  • No commitment shall be left unfilled, no matter the odds, [FIRE WITHIN, IRON WITHOUT]:  Icon_HP_dd2.jpgIcon_HP_dd2.jpg☐☐☐☐☐  I almost went 100cals over yesterday but realized I was recording double ground beef instead of the 50/50 beef to lean turkey we always do, so that made a huge difference.  MAJOR LIFE HACK FOR TACOS BTW (thank you @spezzy)
16 hours ago, RES said:

I am SO HAPPY FOR YOU...this is life changing! I refuse to go to another laundromat!

 

Right?  He spends a few months as an electrical apprentice and suddenly he thinks he's a general contractor ;p; 

 

So excited for laundry units delivery Friday!  I picked up the cinder blocks and plywood to build a platform for them to sit on this morning :D 

 

2 minutes ago, Snarkyfishguts said:

Following along! :D  Looking forward to seeing y'all settle in and kick butt

 

Glad to have you along.  And thanks!  I even found us a leather couch for the garage gym today so we'll be able to start settling in there even more soon!  B) 

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[Level ??] Rurik, the Wayfinder

Class: Gloomfall Gunslinger  (Artificer/Gunslinger)

BRUTALITY 11 | FINESSE 10 | VIGOR 11 | INSIGHT 14 | WILL 13

Equipment: The Alchemist greatcoat armor, Longshot adventuring rifle, Slicer & Dicer dual blades, with adventurer's pack containing an alchemist's kit.

 

"Rangers have to at least give up on pants. It's a special rule we enacted after Rurik became a Guild Leader.” – DarK_RaideR

"Did I just get my ass kicked by a member of Metallica meets History Channel's Vikings?" - Wild Wolf

"By the Well-Oiled-and-Meticulously-Groomed Beard of Rurik!" - Tanktimus the Encourager

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1 hour ago, Rurik Harrgath said:

Glad to have you along.  And thanks!  I even found us a leather couch for the garage gym today so we'll be able to start settling in there even more soon!

One of my new life goals is to work out in that gym at least once.

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"By the Most-Righteous-and-Blessed Beard of Sir Tanktimus the Encourager!" - Jarl Rurik Harrgath

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On 2/6/2023 at 9:45 AM, Rurik Harrgath said:

 

Aha!  I ensnared myself a Wild Wolf with that Facebook message B) 

 

You persuasive ways are legendary, brother!

 

On 2/6/2023 at 9:45 AM, Rurik Harrgath said:

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Glad to see you, buddy!

 

Happy to see you as well, sir!

 

4 hours ago, Rurik Harrgath said:

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Still the best scene in all the cinematics, don't care what anybody says ;) 

 

This blew my mind when I first watched it, holy hell! Love this cinematic! 

 

Dude, Simple and Sinister, huh? That's amazing. It's such a solid workout, what bells are you using?? I was doing a KB workout program called "Prometheus" not too long ago and REALLY enjoyed the simplicity of it and how it kicked my arse every time. The only draw back was he lack of "pull" exercises. I've been contemplating just going back to that and finding ways to add in more pulling....

 

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Shit. I think that's what I need to do. The simpler (and effective) the workout is, the better IMO. Just use my 20# weight vest for a pull-up frenzy 1x a week.

 

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Class: Peerless Scarred/ Height: 6'2 / Weight: 188#

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Last Challenge(s): 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/13/14/15/16

Epic Challenges: Welcome to the Fireteam & Wolfpool 

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Know, O prince, that once the sun burns out and the earth's core becomes solid and cold, there will come a man to provide the endless energy needed to sustain life and for the planets to keep moving. He is the source of light and the warmth of hope back into the hearts of humanity...." - Dark_Raider

 

A wolf rises in my heart; against my darkness; against my demons; against my despair. I DECLARE WAR!

 

Romans 8:28 (CSB) We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.

 

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3 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

One of my new life goals is to work out in that gym at least once.


Thats a solid life goal. That’s a really really solid life goal. 😉

 

8 minutes ago, Wild Wolf said:

This blew my mind when I first watched it, holy hell! Love this cinematic! 

 

“What are you doing?”

”Killing monsters.”

 

Brutally efficient dialogue. 

 

8 minutes ago, Wild Wolf said:

Dude, Simple and Sinister, huh? That's amazing. It's such a solid workout, what bells are you using?? I was doing a KB workout program called "Prometheus" not too long ago and REALLY enjoyed the simplicity of it and how it kicked my arse every time. The only draw back was he lack of "pull" exercises. I've been contemplating just going back to that and finding ways to add in more pulling....


I was doing only Simple & Sinister in December, and it’s weights are tied to my Real Life Roleplaying weapon upgrades (new heavier weight for a whole week = next tier sword upgrade), but I’m primarily doing a main barbell movement followed my Push/Pull/Legs dumbbell accessories, aiming to get S&S 2-3x per week as a metcon basically. 
 

I’m onto the 44lb KB the past few weeks but I think I can move to the 52lb any day really. Probably next week? We’ll see how recovery goes. 
 

You can always add something simple like KB RDLs and really focus on the negative/eccentric part of the movement. Also rows, etc. 

 

Spezzy got me a log press bar for my birthday a few months ago, I really need to find a day to squeeze that in too! Maybe Push day #2 can be Log Press 🤔

 

8 minutes ago, Wild Wolf said:

I think that's what I need to do. The simpler (and effective) the workout is, the better IMO. Just use my 20# weight vest for a pull-up frenzy 1x a week.


My pull-ups are mid-late Pull day so more often than not I’m down to just negatives left in the tank 😅

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[Level ??] Rurik, the Wayfinder

Class: Gloomfall Gunslinger  (Artificer/Gunslinger)

BRUTALITY 11 | FINESSE 10 | VIGOR 11 | INSIGHT 14 | WILL 13

Equipment: The Alchemist greatcoat armor, Longshot adventuring rifle, Slicer & Dicer dual blades, with adventurer's pack containing an alchemist's kit.

 

"Rangers have to at least give up on pants. It's a special rule we enacted after Rurik became a Guild Leader.” – DarK_RaideR

"Did I just get my ass kicked by a member of Metallica meets History Channel's Vikings?" - Wild Wolf

"By the Well-Oiled-and-Meticulously-Groomed Beard of Rurik!" - Tanktimus the Encourager

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18 hours ago, Rurik Harrgath said:

new heavier weight for a whole week = next tier sword upgrade

 

That's brilliant! Your gamifying ability is at least +10 right now.

 

18 hours ago, Rurik Harrgath said:

Push/Pull/Legs

 

That's my typical week. I try to start off with Legs so I don't puss out and skip it (which I've been known to do). But sometimes I feel like the monotony of it creates some boredom in the long run. I try to remind myself that "boring" workouts aren't bad so long as I'm continually getting stronger...which I am. I forgot what I was bitching about now that I've got this far into the explanation so I think I found a good stopping point 😅

 

18 hours ago, Rurik Harrgath said:

You can always add something simple like KB RDLs and really focus on the negative/eccentric part of the movement. Also rows, etc. 

 

Good point. I actually quite like the negative/eccentric part of RDL's especially when done at a slower pace before exploding upwards. Feeling that tension in the hammies is nice :). I also love rows...and, I know you love your push days, but my fav is pull day. Heavy barbell rows makes me feel like a demi-god!

 

DEMIGOD Spell REAL & BINDING Transformation Ritual - Etsy

 

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A wolf rises in my heart; against my darkness; against my demons; against my despair. I DECLARE WAR!

 

Romans 8:28 (CSB) We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.

 

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6 hours ago, Wild Wolf said:

That's brilliant! Your gamifying ability is at least +10 right now.

 

There’s a fine line between +10 and +12 as far as overdoing it is concerned though. I’m just as guilty of the latter but finding this sweet spot has really helped! 
 

I’m more excited for an armor upgrade (weight loss brackets every 5lbs) 😉

 

6 hours ago, Wild Wolf said:

That's my typical week. I try to start off with Legs so I don't puss out and skip it (which I've been known to do).

 

You and most people 😂 but also guilty over here. Legs on day 1 doesn’t sound like the worst idea ever though… 🤔

 

6 hours ago, Wild Wolf said:

Heavy barbell rows makes me feel like a demi-god!

 

For me, it’s double underhand barbell rows. My wife even knows that’s my favorite exercise ever haha

 

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[Level ??] Rurik, the Wayfinder

Class: Gloomfall Gunslinger  (Artificer/Gunslinger)

BRUTALITY 11 | FINESSE 10 | VIGOR 11 | INSIGHT 14 | WILL 13

Equipment: The Alchemist greatcoat armor, Longshot adventuring rifle, Slicer & Dicer dual blades, with adventurer's pack containing an alchemist's kit.

 

"Rangers have to at least give up on pants. It's a special rule we enacted after Rurik became a Guild Leader.” – DarK_RaideR

"Did I just get my ass kicked by a member of Metallica meets History Channel's Vikings?" - Wild Wolf

"By the Well-Oiled-and-Meticulously-Groomed Beard of Rurik!" - Tanktimus the Encourager

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On 2/5/2023 at 1:29 PM, Rurik Harrgath said:
  • [FLAME, GRANT ME STRENGTH!]:  5 garage gym workouts per week.
  • [TEMPLAR'S VERDICT]:  Row 5 minutes or more 5 times, and complete 3 morning rucks weekly.
  • [LITANY OF THE IRON VIGIL]:  Check-in on the Forums 4 times per week, and weigh-in for the 12lbs/12wks PvP.
  • [FIRE WITHIN, IRON WITHOUT]:  Don't eat like an Asshole, track and stay within calorie limits (Every. Single. Day.)

 

I LOVE THIS!

This is soooooo what I need to do as well!

 

I know Tank is very excited about paladiny ways, but I am a rogue/assassin in my heart, so allow me to lurk in the shadows and gain inspiration from your success.

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Challenge Journal:  This 12th day of February, in the year 2023.

Weight:  232.4lbs  

 

Weighed in on Friday a bit disappointed at 235 still, but weighed in today on a whim and saw 232 so I'm going to call my 'true weight' somewhere between and say downward movement on the scale is a win.

 

It's been a super busy week with our washing machine and dryer showing up Friday, so I've been a furious fury trying to get our plumbing and whatnot installed for it. 

 

Good news: I'm very close, and what bit is left shouldn't be altogether trying.  So, by the end of tomorrow, we should hopefully have in-house laundry for the first time in 7.5 months :D 

Bad news: workouts haven't been consistent because I've been pulling long, trying hours to get everything squared away.  #justcontractorproblems

Bad news, then Good news:  I ran into some burnout by the end of yesterday. but My Druid Wife and I sat down for a conversation that concluded I need to actually be taking a day or two off, whether it's the weekend or a week day, because working 6-7 days per week and then helping with projects on the weekend still has me moving slower than usual, sore, and honestly wrecked.  I was commanded to take today off and other than cooking breakfast because I enjoy that aspect of House Husbandom, I've been playing some Warcraft and relaxing.

 

I feel a billion times better already, and excited to get back at my projects tomorrow to finishing off laundry and move the bathroom renovation further along.  Week Zero wasn't perfect, but wasn't half bad either.

 

By Fire & Iron, the Great Crusade continues!

 

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Don't mind me over here just dancin' my way into Week 1

 

To slay the Great Dragon:
  • Suffer not the profane to exist, [TEMPLAR'S VERDICT]:  Bleed_dd2.jpgBleed_dd2.jpgBleed_dd2.jpg☐☐.Bleed_dd2.jpgBleed_dd2.jpgBleed_dd2.jpg  Did my 3 rucks, got 3 rows but missed my last two due to aforementioned renovation business.
  • Uphold the glory of the Sacred Flame, [FLAME, GRANT ME STRENGTH!]:  Burn_dd2.jpgBurn_dd2.jpgBurn_dd2.jpg☐☐  Push 1, Pull 1, Legs, and a  Simple & Sinister done.
  • Abhor chaos.  Destroy indolence, [LITANY OF THE IRON VIGIL]Debuff_dd2.jpgDebuff_dd2.jpgDebuff_dd2.jpg☐.Debuff_dd2.jpg   Most of my updates, and got my weigh-in.
  • No commitment shall be left unfilled, no matter the odds, [FIRE WITHIN, IRON WITHOUT]:  Icon_HP_dd2.jpgIcon_HP_dd2.jpgIcon_HP_dd2.jpgIcon_HP_dd2.jpgIcon_HP_dd2.jpgIcon_HP_dd2.jpg☐  Right on track with only 130 calories over yesterday, including ordering pizza this weekend.
3 hours ago, starpuck said:

I know Tank is very excited about paladiny ways, but I am a rogue/assassin in my heart, so allow me to lurk in the shadows and gain inspiration from your success.

 

Every party needs a Rogue ;) thanks for stopping by!

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[Level ??] Rurik, the Wayfinder

Class: Gloomfall Gunslinger  (Artificer/Gunslinger)

BRUTALITY 11 | FINESSE 10 | VIGOR 11 | INSIGHT 14 | WILL 13

Equipment: The Alchemist greatcoat armor, Longshot adventuring rifle, Slicer & Dicer dual blades, with adventurer's pack containing an alchemist's kit.

 

"Rangers have to at least give up on pants. It's a special rule we enacted after Rurik became a Guild Leader.” – DarK_RaideR

"Did I just get my ass kicked by a member of Metallica meets History Channel's Vikings?" - Wild Wolf

"By the Well-Oiled-and-Meticulously-Groomed Beard of Rurik!" - Tanktimus the Encourager

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1 hour ago, Rurik Harrgath said:

I was commanded to take today off and other than cooking breakfast because I enjoy that aspect of House Husbandom, I've been playing some Warcraft and relaxing

This is wisdom. Points to Spezzy for pointing this out, and frankly to both of you for good communication. Days off are important. If you're gonna be a paladin you gotta learn to Honor the Sabbath.

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"By the Most-Righteous-and-Blessed Beard of Sir Tanktimus the Encourager!" - Jarl Rurik Harrgath

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Communication leads to wisdom, as it often does! Very good to have some time to relax and recharge... even a paladin needs to regain mana to continue his quest. (I play WoW tbh I don't know DND much so... mana?)

 

Really liked your starting post too, lots of passion to achieve your goals, and lots of insight.

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