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Challenge #4

 

Final points and grading decided :D

 

Main Goal
- I want to be a better assassin.

This means that:
- I want to be able to move around comfortably in my environment and not awkwardly and clumsily.

- Ultimately I want to be able to play with my future kids on a playground. Jumping and running around like they will be able to do.

Goal #1 - BW Workouts 3x's a Week
- I want to keep this up though its going to be difficult over the coming weeks because I got a lot going on
- I'm going to have to have strong muscles if I'm going to be able to move myself around my environment better
Possible Points: 3 STR, 1 DEX, 1 STA
Grading: 16+ is an A with full points.
- I have a crazy busy life so I'm allowing myself 2 misses.

Goal #2 - Jumping practice - 5 min sessions, 5x's a week (30 total)
- I'm terrified of jumping on anything that is taller than a step.
- I want improvement in how high I can jump onto something and being less afraid of it.
- I want to be able to jump onto things like a real assassin (and like Daniel can)
- I'm also going to add jumping over things, tuck jumps, broad jumps and working on precision with jumping
- I can do multiple jumping sessions in one day if I want but no more than 2 sessions in one day shall count
- Sessions have to be at different times during the day (10 min at one time is not 2 sessions)

- 5 min is a rough guideline. Its to prevent me from spending 10 sec on jumping and calling it a session.
Possible Points: 3 DEX, 1 WIS, 1 CHA
Grading: 30 sessions (mostly spread out over the 6 weeks) = A

Goal #3 - 6 new recipes (preferably mostly paleo recipes)
- If I'm going to be an assassin I need to eat well so that I can have an amazing physique
- Eating well leads to weighing less which will make it easier to move in my environment
- I need to eat out less and in order to do that I have to get more comfortable with a greater number of recipes
- I'd like to do 1 new recipe a week but when I'm home with my family is not a good time to try out new recipes (they are very set in their ways and love their bread) Besides the purpose of this goal is for me to get more comfortable cooking for myself when I'm at my home with Daniel. That being said, doing 6 recipes all in the last week of this challenge will not recieve full credit. They must be somewhat spaced out over the course of the challenge, but not necessarily 1 per week.
Possible Points: 4 CON, 1 WIS
Grading: 6+ new recipes: A / 4-5 new recipes: B / 2-3 new recipes: C / 1 new recipe: D / 0 new recipes: F
-deductions from there based on how spread out or not they are over the course of the challenge

Life Goal - NONE
- I'm really happy with where my life is right now. I am starting my own company, working for 2 other startups and absolutely loving it. I've decided (Well, with a little help from Wolverine) that I'm not going to have a life goal this time around and focus on my other goals :D

 

Starting Stats:
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 161 lbs

More starting stats to come.

Pics as promised! These are pics from the beginning of my first challenge, a week into my third challenge and the beginning of this challenge.


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Level 7 Half-Elf Assassin
STR: 22.5 | DEX: 13.75 | STA: 15.75 | CON: 18.5 | WIS: 17 | CHA: 12
 
Challenges: First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Unchallenge, Seventh

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Yay!  You made your thread.  :)

 

For the jumping, one of the easiest ways to start is to jump over very soft objects or jump up onto things where you have some sort of rail to use as an assist.  So, a good start might be to jump up stairs while keeping a hand on the railing until you're comfortable enough to let go of the railing and just do the jump. 

 

I'm glad you're keeping your challenge nice and simple, since you're already so busy.  :)

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 ACL rehab thread      2016 parkour

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handbalancing: crow, flying crow, side crow, crow->headstand->crow  Bo staff: strikes 1 2 3, spins 1 2

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For your second goal, maybe the best way to start would be to add some jumping moves to your BW workouts for the first couple weeks.  Maybe you could start with broad jumps (start standing, and then jump as far as you can with both feet together), high jumps (try to touch the ceiling), and tuck jumps (jump while bringing your knees in front of you and as high as you can get them.  GymnasticsWOD probably has demos of these jumps, if you're not sure what to do.   This way, you can directly strengthen your jumping muscles and maybe get a better idea of your comfort zones with jumping.  Keep in mind that the tuck jump is the one most closely related to jumping over stuff. 

Level 30? who the hell knows anymore? Direwolf Assassin/Ranger - current challenge

 ACL rehab thread      2016 parkour

My tutorials:

handbalancing: crow, flying crow, side crow, crow->headstand->crow  Bo staff: strikes 1 2 3, spins 1 2

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Whoa, awesome progress pics - you've made a huge difference already! I find jumping scary, too - I'll be interested to see how you work on that one. Life goal... Hard to come up with one for someone else, but do you want to get out more, try new things, get back to an old hobby, focus on something you've always wanted to do or used to do but haven't made time for recently...?

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So I've updated my challenge description a bit. But these are things I'm still struggling with.

 

Jumping Goal

I'm still struggling on how to structure and grade the jumping goal. I could set goals like "be able to jump so far" but I really have no idea what I'm capable of in a 6 week period so I worry about setting unreachable goals or too easy goals. I could do something like "5 - 5 minute sessions per week spent on jumping" This is the option I'm leaning towards. I worry about remembering to write down whether I did it or not since this has been more of a problem for me in the past than remembering to do the actual activity.

 

BW workout & Recipe Goals - updated (see above post)

I feel pretty good about these goals. I feel like they are to the point where they are solid and I'm happy with them.

 

Life Goal

I'm still struggling to figure out a good life goal. And its not cause I don't have goals. I think its because I'm actually really really happy with where I am right now. I am starting my own company. I have part-time jobs with two startups which I absolutely love. I am seeing a great nerdy athletic guy. I love my new town house.

 

I mean I could have a goal towards getting the last of the around the house stuff done. All the organizing and putting away the random things that still don't have homes. But I want to do that anyway. But if I don't make it a goal maybe I will procrastinate on it until after school starts again and I don't have time. I don't know. But I feel like all of my life goals thus far have been related to cleaning and moving. So is it a cop out to have another goal related to making my house more livable? But this is something I constantly struggle to make time for. Especially with moving. Most of the stuff is unpacked and put away but the stuff that isn't is the stuff that I don't know what to do with and that I've been avoiding. Some of it is stuff that needed to be gone through and organized when we lived at our old place. So if I did do this type of a goal, I'm not sure how I would grade it. I'm open to any ideas and thoughts related to this. (Sorry for more of less thinking "out loud")

 

But there are certain aspects of my life that I want to keep far away from goals. I already put enough pressure on myself to do things to a high standard and more pressure (even from something like NF) is not going to help me achieve anything but would be more likely to hinder me.

 

Pictures!!

I have a few pictures to share!

 

Daniel helped me buy a set of dumbbells for my birthday!! I'm so excited and I'm loving them so much already. No more spending half my workout taking ankle/wrist weights on and off. Yay!

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Also, this is our garden plot at our new town house. Its not looking too bad. And yes, that is a pineapple in the middle of the plot ;) I'm also especially excited about the purple basil (which is quite delicious!)

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Level 7 Half-Elf Assassin
STR: 22.5 | DEX: 13.75 | STA: 15.75 | CON: 18.5 | WIS: 17 | CHA: 12
 
Challenges: First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Unchallenge, Seventh

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Yay!  You made your thread.  :)

 

For the jumping, one of the easiest ways to start is to jump over very soft objects or jump up onto things where you have some sort of rail to use as an assist.  So, a good start might be to jump up stairs while keeping a hand on the railing until you're comfortable enough to let go of the railing and just do the jump. 

 

I'm glad you're keeping your challenge nice and simple, since you're already so busy.  :)

For your second goal, maybe the best way to start would be to add some jumping moves to your BW workouts for the first couple weeks.  Maybe you could start with broad jumps (start standing, and then jump as far as you can with both feet together), high jumps (try to touch the ceiling), and tuck jumps (jump while bringing your knees in front of you and as high as you can get them.  GymnasticsWOD probably has demos of these jumps, if you're not sure what to do.   This way, you can directly strengthen your jumping muscles and maybe get a better idea of your comfort zones with jumping.  Keep in mind that the tuck jump is the one most closely related to jumping over stuff. 

 

Great, great advice :D (especially coming from the inspiration for my goal!) I'm really excited for this goal! If only I had kids to do mario role play with... Lol

 

I'm going to be following you~

 

Jumping is fun, but jumping onto things kind of scares me as well (seems like there's a bigger chance of falling/hurting yourself as opposed to jumping down.). Good luck with the challenge!

 

Thanks for the follow! I missed your last challenge cause I just got so darn busy but I'm looking forward to following you again this time around :D And I'm afraid of falling/hurting myself but I'm excited to conquer my fear. After all, I think it just takes practice.

 

Good luck! I'm not a very confident jumper either, so I'm excited to see how you tackle it. :)

 

Thanks Lex!! I'm excited too :D

 

Great goals! I really like the 1 new recipe a week goal. Being able to cook your own food is liberating and does wonders for your diet.

 

Thanks! Its not so much not being able to cook as it is being too lazy to try new things and being sick of all the things that I know how to cook. Lol. Either way, I'm excited for new foods!

 

Whoa, awesome progress pics - you've made a huge difference already! I find jumping scary, too - I'll be interested to see how you work on that one. Life goal... Hard to come up with one for someone else, but do you want to get out more, try new things, get back to an old hobby, focus on something you've always wanted to do or used to do but haven't made time for recently...?

 

Thanks Aeryn!! I was quite surprised myself :D I knew I had made a lot of progress since the last pics I took because of how my clothes fit but in all the crazy moving madness I didn't take pics for over a month. At least that way you see drastic progress. Lol

 

Life goals are really hard. Not sure if I want to get out more. I go out a few times a week. And I don't really have time for more. I already end up turning down some social engagements because I don't have time to do everything. Trying new things, old hobbies or things that I haven't made time for recently are difficult because my schedule is still going to be crazy busy. But I very very much appreciate all the suggestions.

 

Last challenge I really missed being on here and updating my thread and giving others support. Maybe my goal could be around that. Not being on here made it harder for me to focus on my goals and it showed in my performance (I think)

Level 7 Half-Elf Assassin
STR: 22.5 | DEX: 13.75 | STA: 15.75 | CON: 18.5 | WIS: 17 | CHA: 12
 
Challenges: First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Unchallenge, Seventh

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Hey if making your house more liveable is a big priority AND something you struggle with, then I don't see why you shouldn't have it as a lifegoal again. I'll probably do cleaning or administration related life goals forever.

Love your garden plot!

Very curious to see how you'll do with the jumping goal, after seeing Nymeria's video last challenge that's become very interesting, can't wait to see how you progress.

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Yay for dumbbells :D

and YOU. LOOK. AMAZING!

jumping is one thing that I have struggled with as well. I conquered my fear though (well its an on going thing... I have to conquer it every time I jump on a box, or over a hurdle.) YOU can do it :)

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Great progress pics!

 

Good luck with the jumping, I've gotten a little more timid in my old age, but I was always jumping over or across things growing up.

rybo, level 4 Human assassinSTR 16|DEX 7.5|STA 9|CON 12|WIS 8.5|CHA 5 

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AMAZING progress pics!!!

 

AWESOME dumbbell set!!!!!!

 

ALLURING garden plot!!!!!!!!!

 

Okay, I was reaching with that last one... ;)

 

I think jumping for time is a good idea.  You don't want to set a PR goal until you get some experience under your belt and know what you're actually capable of performance-wise.

 

As for a life goal... skip it.  You don't have to have one, and if you like where you are and what direction you're going - just spend some time soaking it all in.  Take whatever energy you would have used for the life goal and divide it evenly between your other goals.  And done.  You're welcome. ;)

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Awesome progression! Ans as wolfie said, you don't have to have a life goal if you are not inspired. With or without it you'll do awesome for this challenge, I'm really happy to be able to follow your challenge once again :)

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First journey: The Rise and fall of an Assassin

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Be careful with the 5 minute jumping sessions.  You'll be surprised at how much even a single minute of continuous jumping will wipe you out.  It might be more manageable to pick a few types of jumps and then add them to or substitute them for some leg stuff in your BW workout.

 

If you go ahead with the time based goal, make sure you break the 5 minutes up into manageable chunks of time, and then give yourself some rest periods between.

Level 30? who the hell knows anymore? Direwolf Assassin/Ranger - current challenge

 ACL rehab thread      2016 parkour

My tutorials:

handbalancing: crow, flying crow, side crow, crow->headstand->crow  Bo staff: strikes 1 2 3, spins 1 2

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Amazing progress pics.  Nice DB collection.

 

I always have a hard time with life goals as well (at least until recently).  I'm pretty happy with where I am.

 

Thanks! Its definitely good to be happy where you are :) (plus I tend to push myself enough when it comes to life, lol)

 

I feel like getting some pom poms and doing a cheer for that progress! You look GREAT and have made amazing progress. I can't wait to see the next round pics after this challenge :D

 

Yay pom poms!! (I tried to be a cheerleader once, it didn't go very well, lol) Thanks so much! I can't wait to see your progress pics too :D

 

Hey if making your house more liveable is a big priority AND something you struggle with, then I don't see why you shouldn't have it as a lifegoal again. I'll probably do cleaning or administration related life goals forever. Love your garden plot! Very curious to see how you'll do with the jumping goal, after seeing Nymeria's video last challenge that's become very interesting, can't wait to see how you progress.

 

I decided that the house stuff will get done eventually but I have enough on my plate without having another goal right now. So I'm just gonna focus on my health/fitness goals. But thanks for the thoughts :D

 

I'm excited about the jumping too. I've done one jumping session and I'm super proud of how much progress I've already made!

 

Yay for dumbbells :D and YOU. LOOK. AMAZING! jumping is one thing that I have struggled with as well. I conquered my fear though (well its an on going thing... I have to conquer it every time I jump on a box, or over a hurdle.) YOU can do it :)

 

Awwww!! Thanks :D It seems like a lot of people have struggled with jumping. That surprised me a bit. Lol. Maybe its just cause I see Daniel jumping all over the place everyday without thinking about it. :lol:

Level 7 Half-Elf Assassin
STR: 22.5 | DEX: 13.75 | STA: 15.75 | CON: 18.5 | WIS: 17 | CHA: 12
 
Challenges: First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Unchallenge, Seventh

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Great progress pics!

 

Good luck with the jumping, I've gotten a little more timid in my old age, but I was always jumping over or across things growing up.

 

Your old age :P You are silly and definitely not old! Lol. I was never the type to run and jump growing up. I wonder if that is one of the reasons I'm so uncoordinated now. My parents didn't really encourage me to be active, but I want to encourage my future kids to be active and go to the playground with them and such.

 

Howdy! Your goals and mine seem to be in line, so I hope you don't mind me following along! What recipes are your favourites so far?

 

Hi! Of course I don't mind you following along. If anything I encourage it ;)

 

So far I haven't cooked anything but two of my favorite recipes are an egg, ham and green pepper scramble for breakfast and summer squash, red onions, basil and lemon juice sautéed and served with chicken!

 

AMAZING progress pics!!!

 

AWESOME dumbbell set!!!!!!

 

ALLURING garden plot!!!!!!!!!

 

Okay, I was reaching with that last one... ;)

 

I think jumping for time is a good idea.  You don't want to set a PR goal until you get some experience under your belt and know what you're actually capable of performance-wise.

 

As for a life goal... skip it.  You don't have to have one, and if you like where you are and what direction you're going - just spend some time soaking it all in.  Take whatever energy you would have used for the life goal and divide it evenly between your other goals.  And done.  You're welcome. ;)

 

I mean you could switch amazing and alluring... ;)

 

Thanks for all the great advice! I'm really excited for this challenge. I have a lot more excitement for this one than the last one and I think it definitely shows!

 

I like your goals. Being a better assassin is a pretty vague goal, but you make up for it with specific goals. Good luck!

 

Thanks Devyn! It is pretty vague but I guess I've always felt like my uncoordinatedness makes me a pretty awful assassin. Lol. And so that's one of the things I'm looking to improve :D

Level 7 Half-Elf Assassin
STR: 22.5 | DEX: 13.75 | STA: 15.75 | CON: 18.5 | WIS: 17 | CHA: 12
 
Challenges: First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Unchallenge, Seventh

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