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Third Challenge

            [ November 11th – December 22th ]

Endangered Initiation Part II

 

Actually started this on on Monday, November 4th. So, this challenge will last 7 weeks for me, with the first (unofficial week) being known as Week 0.

 

Where I came from...

Where I went after this...

 

BACKGROUND STORY

The two old Jedi stood on the high gallery and looked down on the training younglings in the great hall. “He has made some respectable progress, I give you that, Grand Master! But there are still weaknesses in him, that will prevent him from passing the Initiate Trialsâ€, the Jedi Seer said in a low voice.

“Know that I do, but point out those to him I will later today! Assume they will be fixed, what do you think?â€

“Hard to see, even his near future is.... Even if he passes, many masters will refrain from taking him on as a padawan because of his past and the long time he took to face the trials. But some may and then I daresay he will pass his Jedi Trials, as well eventually, and become a knight!â€

The Jedi Seer looked sternly into the contemplating face of the Grand Master, before he added: “Success and failure are strangely intertwined in his fate, he may become one of the greatest or worst of our order, or maybe even no member at all! â€

The Grand Master sighed: “So, not only my sight is clouded here, but the force itself refuses to reveal his destiny.... Nonetheless, thank you for your help! Continue to specially guide this one, I will, until the trials or thereafter, when his path will be apparent.â€

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“Of course, you can speak to him, Grand Master!†The lightsaber instructor bowed low, before she shouted into the hall: “Waldgeist, you're practice is cancelled, you have a visitor!â€

The practicing younglings stopped at once and one of them left the circle to join the Master, calm on the outside, but bursting with agitation on the inside.

“So, William Waldgeist, some time it has been, since the last talk, that we had. Fare how did you?â€

“I'm goo..., I mean, I have improved. But....â€

“Wondering wether it is enough you do?! This feeling memorize well, youngling, for you will need it all your life to push past the limits others and you yourself will impose on you!â€

Slowly the Grand Master walked around William, watching him carefully.

“But, your thoughts now are focused on the trials, as well they should be! Spoken with your teachers and observed you myself I have. Improved you have enough, that the Council will order your trials somewhere in the next 6 monthsâ€, the Grand Master said in a clear voice, concealing the discussions that had led to this result. Many of the other members of the High Council had been of the mind, that William would maybe never been ready for the initiate trials and should be handed over to the responsibiliy of the Reassignment Council to become part of the Jedi Service Corps immediately. His diplomatic skills and the weight of his word as Grand Master and Master of the Order were the only things that had prevented this decision. But the price has been to fix the date of the trials in the next months, knowing that the time for preparation may not be enough.

“I'm ready?â€, he asked with overboarding joy.

The old Jedi cautioned him: “You can be, by then. But only if on the path you are now on you stay and focus even more on your goals!â€

“I will, Master!â€, the proud initatie said and bowed.

“More there is, though..... Some flaws remain, made even more obvious by your improvement. All of them we cannot fix in the time you have left, but on the most important we have to focus on!†The Grand Master threw away his crane in a swift motion and without ever breaking eye contact with the youngling stood on his hands.

“Both feet on the ground may work as a metaphor but for the movements of a Jedi it is not enough. Become a circus acrobat you will not by the time you're trials happen, but certain basics you will need. Know that you've failed here before and that this is something many a initiates struggle with, I do, but conquer this fear soon, you must!â€

The initiate wasn't surprised, he'd actually expected a pointer here and had already started to make plans, that would lead to improvement.

“More flexible you've become, but still a major problem this remains, so concentrate especially on this as well! Shoulders and wrist are indispensable parts of you body, focus on them, you must!â€

 

MAIN QUEST – Mastering the Pillar of Self-Discipline

     (=Leaning Up/Body Recomp/Functional Body)

 

GOAL I – Kill the dead weight (+2CHA / +1CON)

              “A Jedi with the force he flows like a leave, not a dead rock he is, blocking its current!â€

Basically this is a continuation of the last challenge(s), dropping fat by dietary means while not loosing (too much) muscle on the way. My usual nutrition (by now) is almost completely paleo, that's my base line and starting point. I'm also used to up to two 24 h IF sessions a week, but not gonna use them much this challenge I think. Aaaand last challenge I managed to half my sugar intake from about 120 g a day to about 60 g (take that sugar demon, hah!).

If you look down, you'll see I'm about drastically reduce my sugar (all carbs actually) intake again and right from the beginning instead of slowly over time. Abtacha pointed me towards the carbnite concept/ketolysis in general, and I searched around for them and similar ideas in the depths of the internet. Long story short, I constructed/calculated the following macros for my personal use/need on (non-)training days, as well as more general guidelines for the refeed day/carbnite window.

Since getting enough veggies(/fruits) in with that concept might be a little hard, I'll also be monitoring these. Goal is therefore to hit these macros with a margin of error of +/-5%.

Revised after Week 1

                                  Non-workout day:                 Workout day:              Carbnite:

Calories                             1.685                                  2.055                       3.600         

PROT (g)                            120                                   135-150                     130

FAT (g)                                125                                      155                          60

CARBS (g)                           <30                                      <30                         630

Veggies/Fruits             5 portions a day                 5 portions a day         5 portions a day

 

Grading:

A – Hit macros on 36/49 days

B – Hit macros on 34/49 days

C – Hit macros on 30/49 days

D – Hit macros on 26/49 days

F – Anything less than D

 

 

GOAL II – Body Control (+2STR / +1DEX / + 1STA)

             “Without control over his own body and mind, to be a Jedi is impossible!â€

Also a summarized continuation of my workout goals from last challenge. That includes Calisthenics, Gym, Karate each twice a week.

 

Grading:

A+ – A conditions plus passing green belt examinations in december

A – Working out at least 13 times in each category

B – Working out at least 12 times in each category

C – Working out at least 10 times in each category

D – Working out at least 8 times in each category

F – Anything less than D conditions

 

 

GOAL III – Weakness Elimination (+2DEX / +1CON / +1STR)

              “Mind what you've learned, save you it can from failure at the trials ahead of you!â€

A couple of things, that I lack or need/want to work on, as I noticed during the last challenge. A general part of this is my flexibility/mobility, bodypart-wise the focus is on shoulders and wrists and last but not least skills-wise acrobatics basics (really basic stuff like falling and rolling, but also the first steps towards the handstand)

To tackle those weaknesses I want to incorporate them into my nightly routine, which worked out pretty good last challenge. Now I'll just have to invest 15 (or 20) minutes instead of 5, which should be still manageable.

 

Nightly Routine:

        Karate (Kata, Stances, Kicks)

        Rolls (Parkour, Forward, Backwards)

        Handstand Progression

        Stretching (Hand-to-toes, ….)

        Shoulder/Wrist mobility

 

Grading:

A+ – A conditions plus wall handstand for about 30 seconds

A – 7/7 days a week - 40/49 in total

B – 6/7 days a week - 36/49 in total

C – 5/7 days a week - 30/49 in total

D – 4/7 days a week - 24/49 in total

F – anything less than D

 

 

LIFE QUESTS – Mastering the Pillar of Knowledge (=study/research/write)

              “A true Jedi is not fooled by informations other give him, he seeks knowledge out himself!â€

 

Grading for those will all be the same. One point a day if I actually did something, partial points possible, but higher bar than last time:

A – 6/7 days a week - 36/49 in total

C – 5/7 days a week - 30/49 in total

F – anything less

 

Thesis Finish Quest (+2WIS)

Nothing new here as well. Just a closer deadline..... While the survey is running, I need to write extensively on all the chapters not dependend on the survey results, e.g. theory and methodology. After the survey's finished, the time for analysis and interpretation has come.

 

Psy Class Mini Quest (+1WIS)

15 Minutes a day investment for either developmental or personality psychology/diagnostics. Be it reading a chapter, watching an online lecture, summarizing either one, making study cards etc. I want to be able to kick those exams' asses in March, so gotta prepare now!

 

Oral Exam Prep Mini Quest (+1WIS)

After I submitted my MA thesis, the oral exams will be the next dragons to battle in order to graduate. For the moment only two things to do here: 1) finding topics (and get them approved, but that is already done for 2/4 professors) and collect relevant literature, and 2) prepare 60 pages of original Japanese literature, learning new vocabulary, new kanji including reading and maybe even some higher grammar (that I don't know yet or forgot because of not using it). 15 minutes a day should be attainable, as well, I think.

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Challenges by theme

 

Star Wars: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #5B, #6, #6B, #10, #11, #16, #17, (Current Callenge)

TeenWolf: #7

SHIELD: #8, #12, #13, #14, #15

Magicians: #9

 

"It's never too late, to become what you could've been!"

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Pre-Challenge-Week

As last time, for comparison reasons, what happened between challenges:

                    Workout       Calories         Prot      Fat      Carbs       Veggies/Fruits

Monday            Cal               2.163         159      157       26                 4

Tuesday        Cal+Kar           2.064         154      147       30                 4

Wednesday                           2.110         128       164      28                 5

Thursday           Kar              2.304         164       165      29                 4

Friday                                   3.837          178       328      30                 4

Saturday                               2.939          159       240       35                4

Sunday               Cal             3.261           202      247       30                2

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Epic Quests

Challenges by theme

 

Star Wars: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #5B, #6, #6B, #10, #11, #16, #17, (Current Callenge)

TeenWolf: #7

SHIELD: #8, #12, #13, #14, #15

Magicians: #9

 

"It's never too late, to become what you could've been!"

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Day 1, Monday of Week 0

 

MAIN QUEST

GOAL I

CAL            1.996  

PROT         162    

FAT             134     

CARBS        32      

VEG/FRU    4       

     => Not perfect, but okay!

GOAL II

Calisthenics workout: check!

GOAL III

Nightly routine: not complete, but still check!

     Karate (Kata), Rolls (Parkout), Handstand Planche, Stretching (Hand-to-toes)

 

LIFE QUESTS

Bad start on this front, though....

Thesis Finish Quest

....

Psy Class Mini Quest

.....

Oral Exam Prep Mini Quest

.....

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Epic Quests

Challenges by theme

 

Star Wars: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #5B, #6, #6B, #10, #11, #16, #17, (Current Callenge)

TeenWolf: #7

SHIELD: #8, #12, #13, #14, #15

Magicians: #9

 

"It's never too late, to become what you could've been!"

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Day 2, Tuesday of Week 0

 

MAIN QUEST

GOAL I

CAL            2.244

PROT         159   

FAT             164    

CARBS        25     

VEG/FRU    3      

     => Good macros, but could have used a little more veggies/fruits.

GOAL II

Calisthenics pull workout: check!

Karate practice: check!

GOAL III

Nightly routine: Almost complete, definitively check!

     Karate (Kata, Stances), Rolls (Parkou, but almost none), Handstand Planche, Stretching (Split, Hand-to-toes), Wrists

 

LIFE QUESTS

Didn't do anything over the day, but invested some time before I go to bed.

Thesis Finish Quest

Did a little math for my survey design, the answer is 45 in this case ;)

Psy Class Mini Quest

Read for 15 minutes.

Oral Exam Prep Mini Quest

Translated the titles of my Japanese chapters.

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Epic Quests

Challenges by theme

 

Star Wars: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #5B, #6, #6B, #10, #11, #16, #17, (Current Callenge)

TeenWolf: #7

SHIELD: #8, #12, #13, #14, #15

Magicians: #9

 

"It's never too late, to become what you could've been!"

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Day 3, Wednesday of Week 0

Bad day already? Didn't do anything over the day, then went to work and after that I went out to my bimonthly pub quiz (didn't win, though) and came home late, where I did almost nothing again...

 

MAIN QUEST

GOAL I

CAL            4.292

PROT         149  

FAT             201   

CARBS        426    

VEG/FRU    5     

     => Normal over the day, then 5pm I started the carbnite till 1 am. Bought too much in anticipation, though. But I think it worked out fine to fulfill the goal of spiking up my metabolism. When I woke the morning after I felt warm and had pushed my banket down while I usually wake up bundled up and clinging to the blanket in fall. The excess body heat is supposed to be a side effect of a good carbnite, therefore YAY!

GOAL II

Workout: rest day!

GOAL III

Nightly routine: Nothing but handstands before going to bed....

     Karate (nope), Rolls (none), Handstand Planche, Stretching (none), Weaknesses (nope)

 

LIFE QUESTS

:(

Thesis Finish Quest

...

Psy Class Mini Quest

...

Oral Exam Prep Mini Quest

...

the artist usually known as WALDGEIST

Epic Quests

Challenges by theme

 

Star Wars: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #5B, #6, #6B, #10, #11, #16, #17, (Current Callenge)

TeenWolf: #7

SHIELD: #8, #12, #13, #14, #15

Magicians: #9

 

"It's never too late, to become what you could've been!"

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Day 4, Thursday of Week 0

 

MAIN QUEST

GOAL I

CAL            2.095

PROT         175 

FAT             166  

CARBS        18   

VEG/FRU    3    

     => Good day!

GOAL II

Karate practice: check!

GOAL III

Nightly routine:

     Karate (Kata), Rolls (none), Handstand Planche, Stretching (none), Weaknesses (Wrists)

 

LIFE QUESTS

:(

Thesis Finish Quest

...

Psy Class Mini Quest

...

Oral Exam Prep Mini Quest

...

the artist usually known as WALDGEIST

Epic Quests

Challenges by theme

 

Star Wars: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #5B, #6, #6B, #10, #11, #16, #17, (Current Callenge)

TeenWolf: #7

SHIELD: #8, #12, #13, #14, #15

Magicians: #9

 

"It's never too late, to become what you could've been!"

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Sub'd!

Level 6 Pixie Assassin Rangerish Adventurer
Current Challenge: Guess What??
Previous Challenges:

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1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 12th 13th 14th  Battle Log
-We can't always change the things we've done, but we can change what we do next.

-I don't have a choice. I deserve a better life and this is what I have to do to get there.
-Whatever doesn't kill me....Had better start running.

 

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So, I have been a little inaccessible for the last days, but I'll shortly post the missing daily reports.

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Epic Quests

Challenges by theme

 

Star Wars: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #5B, #6, #6B, #10, #11, #16, #17, (Current Callenge)

TeenWolf: #7

SHIELD: #8, #12, #13, #14, #15

Magicians: #9

 

"It's never too late, to become what you could've been!"

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Looking forward to it!

 

And my thread is up!

 

http://rebellion.nerdfitness.com/index.php?/topic/39868-ashps-working-my-way-back/

 

Have an awesome Monday!

Level 6 Pixie Assassin Rangerish Adventurer
Current Challenge: Guess What??
Previous Challenges:

Spoiler

 

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 12th 13th 14th  Battle Log
-We can't always change the things we've done, but we can change what we do next.

-I don't have a choice. I deserve a better life and this is what I have to do to get there.
-Whatever doesn't kill me....Had better start running.

 

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And my thread is up!

 

Oh, good, I just finished reading the hundreds of posts I missed over the weekend, now I have some more! ;)

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Epic Quests

Challenges by theme

 

Star Wars: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #5B, #6, #6B, #10, #11, #16, #17, (Current Callenge)

TeenWolf: #7

SHIELD: #8, #12, #13, #14, #15

Magicians: #9

 

"It's never too late, to become what you could've been!"

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Lol, well that would make two of us! :playful:

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Current Challenge: Guess What??
Previous Challenges:

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1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 12th 13th 14th  Battle Log
-We can't always change the things we've done, but we can change what we do next.

-I don't have a choice. I deserve a better life and this is what I have to do to get there.
-Whatever doesn't kill me....Had better start running.

 

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Not really good days, those last three, but still bad on a low scale compared to what could have been happening.

 

Day 5, Friday of Week 0

 

MAIN QUEST

GOAL I

CAL            2.718

PROT         154

FAT             219 

CARBS        31  

VEG/FRU    2  

     => Okay day, but only scarcely and by ignoring the veggies section!

GOAL II

involuntary rest day

GOAL III

Nightly routine:

     Karate (Kata), Rolls (none), Handstand Planche, Stretching (none), Weaknesses (Wrists)

 

LIFE QUESTS

Thesis Finish Quest

Actually revised some stuff when I visited a sick friend and she wanted to hear about my thesis to get her mind off things.

Psy Class Mini Quest

...

Oral Exam Prep Mini Quest

...

 

Day 6, Saturday of Week 0

 

MAIN QUEST

GOAL I

CAL            3.035

PROT         172

FAT             243 

CARBS        35  

VEG/FRU    3    

     => Technically over the ulc threshold, but going to view that over the whole 7 days of the cycle.

GOAL II

involuntary rest day because of work

GOAL III

Nightly routine:

     Karate (none), Rolls (none), Handstand Planche, Stretching (none), Weaknesses (none)

 

LIFE QUESTS

:(

Thesis Finish Quest

...

Psy Class Mini Quest

...

Oral Exam Prep Mini Quest

...

 

Day 7, Sunday of Week 0

 

MAIN QUEST

GOAL I

CAL            2.713

PROT         175 

FAT             197 

CARBS        36  

VEG/FRU    3    

     => Eating too much on weekends, when I'm home and alone all day is turning into a serious problem again.

GOAL II

involuntary rest day because of lazyness

GOAL III

Nightly routine:

     Karate (none), Rolls (none), Handstand Planche (none), Stretching (none), Weaknesses (none)

 

LIFE QUESTS

:(

Thesis Finish Quest

...

Psy Class Mini Quest

...

Oral Exam Prep Mini Quest

...

the artist usually known as WALDGEIST

Epic Quests

Challenges by theme

 

Star Wars: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #5B, #6, #6B, #10, #11, #16, #17, (Current Callenge)

TeenWolf: #7

SHIELD: #8, #12, #13, #14, #15

Magicians: #9

 

"It's never too late, to become what you could've been!"

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Well, those 3 days are behind you and I will wish you all the best for this new week!

 

Eating too much on  a weekend seems to be a problem I can relate to and I'm not alone! :wacko: lol

 

Really going to have to get my macros on cue to avoid that myself.

Level 6 Pixie Assassin Rangerish Adventurer
Current Challenge: Guess What??
Previous Challenges:

Spoiler

 

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 12th 13th 14th  Battle Log
-We can't always change the things we've done, but we can change what we do next.

-I don't have a choice. I deserve a better life and this is what I have to do to get there.
-Whatever doesn't kill me....Had better start running.

 

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Well, those 3 days are behind you and I will wish you all the best for this new week!

 

To make it sound a little better: I was actually productive, just not the way I should've been.  :redface-new:  I worked on an old (like 10 years) fanfic project of mine, titled "Memoirs of the Star Wars", a first-person narrated, retrospective novel about a (as yet) unknown hero  of the rebellion (and his companions) against the galactic empire.

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Epic Quests

Challenges by theme

 

Star Wars: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #5B, #6, #6B, #10, #11, #16, #17, (Current Callenge)

TeenWolf: #7

SHIELD: #8, #12, #13, #14, #15

Magicians: #9

 

"It's never too late, to become what you could've been!"

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Sounds like it was fun and really cool, and fun can be productive. Helps us chill out on occasion! lol

 

And we can all use some of that sometimes! :playful:

 

BTW, HUGE Star Wars fan!

Level 6 Pixie Assassin Rangerish Adventurer
Current Challenge: Guess What??
Previous Challenges:

Spoiler

 

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 12th 13th 14th  Battle Log
-We can't always change the things we've done, but we can change what we do next.

-I don't have a choice. I deserve a better life and this is what I have to do to get there.
-Whatever doesn't kill me....Had better start running.

 

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