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21 hours ago, Maigs said:

*Off to share this with everyone I know ūüėāūüėā

 

Excellent! Spread the Fascinating A√Įda love! :lol:

 

 

1 hour ago, DarK_RaideR said:

Sounds like the classier, female version of The Northern Boys to me.

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I'm currently at work, and will not be clicking on any of those videos :tongue: Remind me to go back to them over the weekend.

 

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Thursday - week 2, day 4

Yesterday was a good day. Got up late and did some yoga (should have set my alarm late rather than having to turn off 3 separate alarms :lol: ). I was feeling pretty dreadful, between a cold and a headache - not sure if that was the late Wednesday night, the 4 beers I had, the cold I've got, or a mixture of all of that.

 

Getting up early gave me plenty of time to get to work on time, and I totally failed to do that. I can't even remember why, but I ended up late late (rather than just challenge goals late), and stumbled in feeling crappy and sorry for myself.

 

It was a busy day but I did manage to get a handle on the most urgent thing on my list, and after a few hours and a lemsip I started to feel a bit more human. In the evening I had to go into town for a networking event that I really didn't want to go to. I'd be dreading it all day (and really regretting having signed up all week), but it was too late to back out. Then my train was cancelled so I found out I'd be arriving late as well.

 

And you know what? After all that, I had a really good time. The talks were interesting, the people I spoke to afterwards were nice, and I came away feeling much better than when I'd arrived. Funny how that happens.

 

Despite travelling for 4 hours for a 2 hour event, I did find time to do token French and Dutch lessons, and to brush my teeth before bed. Calories were tracked at 3,000 (lower than the 3,800-odd that I had on Wednesday, but enough to mean I've exhausted my buffer for the week and then some). No drawing or hangboarding today, but I am catching up with reading the Daily Dracula thanks to all the train journeys - think I'm only a couple of days behind on the plot.

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Level 21 Wood Elf Ranger

STR: 16  -  CON: 22  -  CHA: 9  -  SAN: 19 -  INT: 17

IAgreeWithTank‚ĄĘ

"Shit is going down, but I am not." - iatetheyeti

Don't say "I don't have enough time", say instead "that's not a priority right now" and see how that makes you feel.

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I don't really have time to write a full update right now, but I want to keep this thread ticking over for the habit at least. It's been a good weekend, particularly Tough Mudder on Saturday, which I might talk about properly later. I spent all day Sunday watching TV and playing on my phone, and thanks to that I now have an incredibly uncomfortable bunch of tight muscles in my shoulder/neck. 

 

Yesterday was payday, so I worked out my average goal completion for the last month. Turns out it came to 62.68%, which is vastly better than I was expecting actually. As a result I got to keep £73.87 in my savings account, and transferred £43.99 as an overpayment on my mortgage.

 

Today I'm feeling stressed and anxious and I don't really know why. I've got Pathfinder tonight, which I hope will make me feel better. And regardless of how I feel today, at least tomorrow's a Wednesday and I have the day off to recover.

 

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STR: 16  -  CON: 22  -  CHA: 9  -  SAN: 19 -  INT: 17

IAgreeWithTank‚ĄĘ

"Shit is going down, but I am not." - iatetheyeti

Don't say "I don't have enough time", say instead "that's not a priority right now" and see how that makes you feel.

Current Challenge: Jarric embraces brevity

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How's it going, Jarric?

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‚ÄúFinish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.‚ÄĚ ~¬†Ralph Waldo Emerson

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On 10/1/2023 at 2:54 AM, juliebarkley said:

Hope your Pathfinder session (and Wednesday) went well, and that you're getting a good rest after the Tough Mudder!

 

Thank you! I fully don't remember how Pathfinder went because of how long I've left it between updates, but we levelled up last session! After 18 months we're finally level 4 :lol: 

 

On 10/4/2023 at 4:24 AM, Sovalis said:

How's it going, Jarric?

 

I'm good thank you. The challenge is going pretty terribly I think - I've not done a great job (or indeed any job) of keeping track.

Level 21 Wood Elf Ranger

STR: 16  -  CON: 22  -  CHA: 9  -  SAN: 19 -  INT: 17

IAgreeWithTank‚ĄĘ

"Shit is going down, but I am not." - iatetheyeti

Don't say "I don't have enough time", say instead "that's not a priority right now" and see how that makes you feel.

Current Challenge: Jarric embraces brevity

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I've been AWOL on this challenge for far too long, and it's time I showed up. So this is me showing up.

 

I never did a race report on Tough Mudder, did I? Well, it was fun. There's never that many obstacles at Tough Mudder, but the ones they have tend to be big and interesting, and I'm generally a fan of a lovely run in the countryside. Because of injuries (not mine) it was a fairly slow , but that made it pretty chilled too.

 

Then last weekend it was the inaugural British OCR Championships. It's the kind of event you won't have heard of unless you do quite a few OCRs, so the field was pretty small. Then it's split into elite male/female/para athletes, various age groups for male and female, and an open wave. I went age group and there were only 10 in my category, and I finished 9th of those 10. It was fun to be part of the first championship though, and I only failed 1 obstacle (a rig - I wish I'd had a chance at a second go at it, it feels like it should have been doable). 

 

Drawing has been ok thanks to Inktober, though I've fallen behind over the last few days. Instagram links don't seem to embed here now, but if you want to see my doodles they're here:¬†Jarric (@jarric42) ‚ÄĘ Instagram photos and videos

 

Timekeeping has been rubbish. I've not had the mental capacity to track calories, and then I ran out of one of my shakes because I forgot to order more so couldn't hit that goal anyway. Climbing has hit and miss as I taper for and recover from races (in hindsight it was a bad goal for this challenge). I've kept my Duolingo streak alive (coming up on 400 days!), but mostly I've only studied one language per day so haven't hit the goal. Fallen out of the habit of evening teeth brushing too.

 

I'm not expecting much progress for the last few days of this challenge, but I'll try and update here a little bit at least.

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Level 21 Wood Elf Ranger

STR: 16  -  CON: 22  -  CHA: 9  -  SAN: 19 -  INT: 17

IAgreeWithTank‚ĄĘ

"Shit is going down, but I am not." - iatetheyeti

Don't say "I don't have enough time", say instead "that's not a priority right now" and see how that makes you feel.

Current Challenge: Jarric embraces brevity

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Yesterday was a good day. I actually updated here, being the main achievement. Also did a run first thing - 6 miles - not long now until my marathon ūüėĪ

 

I almost did some drawing, in that I at least got the sketch pad out before forgetting to do anything with it.

 

Random aside, I bought a new set of scales on Wednesday. Mainly I got it to weight the cat, but it also does body fat percentage, bone density, and all that kind of stuff for me. I'm under no illusion that it'll be super accurate with those metrics, but hopefully it'll show trends accurately at least.

 

I was absolutely shocked when I stepped on the scale and it showed me as 5lbs heavier than I thought I was, which put me just into the 'overweight' BMI category. Thursday morning I got on again and those 5lbs had miraculously disappeared - I never realised that my weight ciuld fluctuate that much just by weighing at a different time of day! Plan now is to weigh in daily, and see what I can learn from the data.

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Level 21 Wood Elf Ranger

STR: 16  -  CON: 22  -  CHA: 9  -  SAN: 19 -  INT: 17

IAgreeWithTank‚ĄĘ

"Shit is going down, but I am not." - iatetheyeti

Don't say "I don't have enough time", say instead "that's not a priority right now" and see how that makes you feel.

Current Challenge: Jarric embraces brevity

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22 hours ago, sylph said:

And how long is not long? :)

 

One week today - Saturday 21st. Looking forward to it, but it's hard to believe it's finally here.

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Level 21 Wood Elf Ranger

STR: 16  -  CON: 22  -  CHA: 9  -  SAN: 19 -  INT: 17

IAgreeWithTank‚ĄĘ

"Shit is going down, but I am not." - iatetheyeti

Don't say "I don't have enough time", say instead "that's not a priority right now" and see how that makes you feel.

Current Challenge: Jarric embraces brevity

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Challenge wrap-up

The chronologist: 5/25 = 20% = no stat increase 

The muscle: 12/35 = 34% = no stat increase 

The second-story specialist: 6/15 = 40% = no stat increase 

The translator: 14/35 = 40% = no stat increase 

The cartographer: 12/15 = 80% = +2 CHA

The face: 12/35 = 34% = no stat increase 

 

Overall I've scored pretty fucking poorly this time round.

 

Timekeeping was rubbish - I think I need to look at the root causes of my lateness, because just setting a goal isn't working. Am I just a time optimist, who always expects things to finish quicker than they do? Am I subconsciously putting off things I don't like. Am I just incredibly easily distracted, and if so why? Answers on a postcard please.

 

I gave up on calorie tracking through lack of mental energy.

 

Climbing was a stupid goal to set during race season - I was never going to hit this and it would have risked overtraining to try. I've had fun with climbing when I've gone, just should have had the foresight not to set the goal.

 

Duolingo mught have gone better than the numbers suggest, as I can't remember what I did when so haven't been able to tick it off. I've passed a 400-day streak, so I'm definitely doing stuff. Next challenge I'm going to have a goal around being present here, because this challenge I've struggled as much with tracking the goals as with actually doing them.

 

Drawing, at least, went really well. Inktober was a bit help here, even though I'm 8 days behind I've had some fun working on it.

 

Evening teeth brushing has very much fallen by the wayside, which probably shows how drained I've felt. I need to get back into the habit of this.

 

In the last few days I've been starting to feel better, and I think the 4-day week is starting to make me feel less stressed at home (even if work remains stressful). I feel positive now, so next challenge I'm just going to cut down the number of goals and try and be more present here.

 

And hey, this challenge I ran a Tough Mudder and the British OCR Championships, and next weekend I've got a marathon. I've achieved some stuff I'm really happy with, even though that stuff wasn't the goals I laid out.

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Level 21 Wood Elf Ranger

STR: 16  -  CON: 22  -  CHA: 9  -  SAN: 19 -  INT: 17

IAgreeWithTank‚ĄĘ

"Shit is going down, but I am not." - iatetheyeti

Don't say "I don't have enough time", say instead "that's not a priority right now" and see how that makes you feel.

Current Challenge: Jarric embraces brevity

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2 hours ago, Jarric said:

And hey, this challenge I ran a Tough Mudder and the British OCR Championships, and next weekend I've got a marathon. I've achieved some stuff I'm really happy with, even though that stuff wasn't the goals I laid out.

Congrats on your victories (personal even if not placing in the races) and GL with the upcoming marathon. I'm confident you'll do better next challenge. Sounds like you had a fair bit you were working on and a couple other areas struggled. I also tend to be a bit late to most things. Have you tried the trick of setting clocks 10min fast? Guess that doesn't work quite as well in the age of smartphones and syncing clocks. I always tend to think 'oh it'll take me 20 min to get there' not thinking about the 10 min to get the house in order to leave, shoes, managing the gate etc and end up running late. Takes 20min of driving, but I'm never in my car ready to go 20min before I need to be there and am thus late. Maybe just mentally add some extra time to how long you think things will take. IDK. It's a tough rut to get out of and I wish you luck.

 

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4 hours ago, Kalitraz said:

Congrats on your victories (personal even if not placing in the races) and GL with the upcoming marathon. I'm confident you'll do better next challenge. Sounds like you had a fair bit you were working on and a couple other areas struggled. I also tend to be a bit late to most things. Have you tried the trick of setting clocks 10min fast? Guess that doesn't work quite as well in the age of smartphones and syncing clocks. I always tend to think 'oh it'll take me 20 min to get there' not thinking about the 10 min to get the house in order to leave, shoes, managing the gate etc and end up running late. Takes 20min of driving, but I'm never in my car ready to go 20min before I need to be there and am thus late. Maybe just mentally add some extra time to how long you think things will take. IDK. It's a tough rut to get out of and I wish you luck.

 

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Thank you! And yes, I'm with you on the timing thing - I know it takes 10.5 minutes to get to work, and with rounding down I get it in my head that I can leave home 10 minutes before I'm due to start. Then by the time my shoes are on and I'm out the door 10 minutes has become 5. I need to lie to myself about what time I have to leave, so that when I'm late for that time I still have enough time. but I also need to believe the lie I'm telling myself :lol: 

 

I love that gif btw. Haven't seen the film, but it's a good gif.

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Level 21 Wood Elf Ranger

STR: 16  -  CON: 22  -  CHA: 9  -  SAN: 19 -  INT: 17

IAgreeWithTank‚ĄĘ

"Shit is going down, but I am not." - iatetheyeti

Don't say "I don't have enough time", say instead "that's not a priority right now" and see how that makes you feel.

Current Challenge: Jarric embraces brevity

External: Epic Quest - Instagram - Strava

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