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Challenge #3 for me! And you know what that means: Some of my introductory text can be cribbed from challenge #2!

 

Hi. I'm ytterbium, or Greg if you prefer.

 

My main quest: I've got plenty, but for purposes of this challenge (and probably the next couple), let's go with this: I've signed up for a Warrior Dash on June 14. I'd like to rock it. Unfortunately, I don't have any kind of a gauge for that time-wise. But at least, I'd like to do the race capably -- i.e., successfully running the full thing at a steady but challenging pace and successfully completing all of the obstacles.

 

My motivation: My nephew was born last year. I don't particularly want him to know fat Uncle Greg. More generally, I'd like him to look at me and my life as an example to follow. (Or at least learn from. I mean, I sure wouldn't wish the journalism major on him.)

 

I know I'm calling this the brachiation challenge of DEATH!, but the brachiation is really only a side quest. Still, "brachiate" is a lovely and horribly under-used word--in my mind, second in under-use to the perfectly vulgar (and Finnish) "pilkunnussija" (which means "pedant," but as someone who has worked in publishing my whole adult life, it means "pedant" better than any other word could.) So that won't come until the end.

 

My goals (which are subject to rethinking over this week; feedback welcome):

 

1. Lose weight. I know, I know, weight isn't the only or even the best measure of health and fitness. But for me, and right now, it tracks very closely with how I'm doing overall. Moreover, the past two challenges have been based more on diet, which kind of backfired: when I took a cheat day, I tended to *really* take a cheat day. It was also kind of frustrating to have a negative goal -- i.e. a goal of avoiding something (like eating wrong). I'm hoping that a more positive goal (i.e. I will achieve X) will work better; those have tended to be more successful ones for me. Specifically, I think the goal will be to lose 9 pounds, based on a 7-day average weight. (There's a lot of daily variation in my weight, which the 7-day average will smooth out.)

 

2. Cook more. Specifically, I will try 6 new-to-me recipes over the challenge period.

 

3. I'm honestly not sure. Brachiation may get promoted here. (I'm really teasing the crap out of that one, aren't I?)

 

Side quests

 

Life: Significant progress on writing a book. This is a repeat of last challenge's. I've got a work in progress, Uncle Greg's Guide to Uncling, which I added about 15K words to last challenge. I'm planning to do the same this challenge, which will get me over 50,000 and at or close to a finished first draft.

 

Fitness: Brachiation. My gym has a brand-new, lengthy set of monkey bars that I'd like to be able to complete. Well, twice, really; there's a 'there and back club' on the wall for anyone who can get down and back without touching the ground. It's 25 rungs long, and I can currently get around 15 rungs down. Getting down and back  is probably overly ambitious for this challenge period, so I think my goal will be to finish the whole set, execute the turn, and get 10 rungs back.

 

I'll set grading standards and stat points at stake at a later date.

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I definitely get what you mean with the weight loss bit. My main goal for the last challenge involved weight loss just because I knew I was higher than I should be, I knew how to lower it, and it needed to happen NOW.

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For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for the present life and the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:8

Never compromise.

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Remembered the third goal: Recovery. Namely, actually using my foam roller.

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How about everytime you fall, I will bash you with my hammer? Negative re-enforcement? No? Okay I will have to settle with following your challenge and throwing supportive comments instead.

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"We do not rise to our expectations. We fall to our level of training." Archilochus

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Holy crap. Lycan Thom, you are the doppelganger of my college roommate. Same hair, same face, same glasses, and especially same smile. I'm pretty sure you aren't him, since he's significantly less in Australia than he is in Denver, but... wowza.

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Then I must go to Denver and destroy him. I must be The One.

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"Each day, just focus on getting 1% better in whatever it is you're trying to improve. That's it. Just 1%." ArtofManliness Article.

"That which is wise and holy helps the health and wholeness of the chain of generations." D. R. Miller. 

"We do not rise to our expectations. We fall to our level of training." Archilochus

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Okay, time to formalize my challenge for this challenge. It's either that or do work, which I probably should do, but don't want to.

 

The current upcoming Goal Thing is the Warrior Dash, which will be 110 days away as of the start of the challenge. Rocking that (relatively) will require continued general fitness efforts. I'm not too concerned about working out. (I work at home so going to the gym is the only time I see humans in a typical day. It's a nice motivating factor.) But I would like to be less massy for the race. (And beyond, of course.)

 

Goal #1: Lose 9 pounds over the course of the challenge. I'll be basing that on a 7-day average. That really shouldn't be too difficult--it's less than 1% of body weight a week--but actually making it happen can be harder than theory. Assuming it does happen, I'll be under 250 pounds for the first time since a very brief period in college, which is an exciting prospect.

This goal is worth 2 points of stamina and 2 points of dexterity. Scoring: 9 pounds lost: A; 8 pounds lost: B; 7 pounds lost: C; 5 pounds lost: D

 

Goal #2: As an aid to improved diet, I will work to build my personal recipe collection by trying 6 new (healthy) recipes over the course of the challenge.

This goal is worth 2 points of constitution. Scoring: 6 recipes tried: A; 5 recipes tried: B; 4 recipes tried: C; 3 recipes tried: D

 

Goal #3: I have a habit of not focusing enough on recovery. I've got a foam roller as instructors at my gym have recommended, but don't use it nearly enough. So I will use it at least 6 times per week.

This goal is worth 1 point of constitution and 1 point of dexterity. Scoring: 6 sessions per week: A; 5 sessions per week: B; 4 sessions per week: C; 3 sessions per week: D. I'll evaluate this every week and average it out for a final score

 

Side quests:

 

Life Goal: Writing 15,000 words on Uncle Greg's Guide to Uncling, my (hopefully) second book. Assuming this goal pans out, the first draft will be quite close to done, which is exciting. Last challenge I put a minimum weekly progress goal, but I don't think that's so necessary. So this time I'll just worry about the total.

This goal is worth 2 points of wisdom and 1 point of charisma. Scoring: 15,000 words: A; 14,000 words: B; 13,000 words: C; 10:000 words: D

 

Fitness side quest: Monkey bars! My gym has a 25-rung-long monkey bar in it. I can currently do about 15 of those rungs. The ultimate goal is to go down and back, although I think that may be overly ambitious for this challenge. So this time, my goal is to finish the bars, turn around, and do 10 more (35 rungs total).

This goal is worth 2 points of strength, 1 point of dexterity, and 1 points of stamina. (The strength points come for reaching the D and B levels; dexterity point comes for getting the C-level turn, and stamina for the A level.) Scoring: 35 rungs: A; 30 rungs: B; 25 rungs + turn: C; 20 rungs: D. I have a feeling this will wind up either a C or an A -- I've already gotten a lot of improvement in how far I can get, but the one time I've tried a turnaround (after only a few rungs), I was pretty clueless about how to do it.

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Day 1!

 

Now that the challenge is all started and stuff, I have some final goals: for weight, a 7-day average of 249.71, and for writing, 49,809 words.

 

Today was fundamentally a pretty good day. Diet was right on -- cereal with fruit for breakfast, spinach and kale (and cheese) pie for lunch, and sweet potato/apple/sausage hash for dinner. I didn't do any personal writing, but I was nicely productive in my actual job, and I did do one job application too.

 

Workout was a lot of fun, or at least it seems that way now. Two parts, a strength part and then boxing. I realized that I haven't done any pure strength classes in a while -- the gym's classes almost always have a strength work interspersed with cardio, but this one was almost all weights. Boxing was good too, especially after Saturday (when I boxed too, but it was kind of a bust--I was partnered with someone who had never done any kind of boxing before, and she really didn't even get a good grasp of the technique for holding pads, so things had to step waaaaaaay back). But that's neither here nor there.

 

No brachiation today--there was a class using the space where the monkey bars are, so there was no chance to try them.

 

I just realized I need to use the foam roller. I'll do that before bed, I swear.

 

Stats for Day 1

Weight: 262

7-day average: 258.71

New recipes: None found or tried

Foam roller usage: Yes; 1 total (Or at least, it will be shortly)

Monkey bars: Not tried

Writing: 0; 0 this challenge; 34809 words total

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Foam rollers are painful, helpful friends.

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(2014) 7th (Ranger) 8th (Scout) 9th (Monk) 10th (Scout) *** (2015) 11th (Ranger) 12th (Ranger) 13th (Ranger) 14th (Ranger) 15th (Scout) 16th (Scout) *** (2016) 17th (Ranger) 18th (Scout) 19th (Scout) 20th (Rebel)

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Achievements: (20 Sep 2014) Completed first half marathon *** (17 Feb 2014) Finished mission to bring body fat from over 25% to under 12% over six months (trying to repeat that now)

 

 

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Day 2!

 

Not quite as good a day as yesterday, but that just means that today is an A- compared to yesterday's A+. Diet was still good -- cereal with berries for breakfast, leftover spinach/kale pie for lunch, and Subway for dinner.

 

Workout was really tough, in part because I'm still a bit tired from yesterday. Today's class was heavy on the cardio -- a fair chunk of running, biking, and ski machines, interspersed with some burpee/pull-up/mountain climber/squat/miscellany. Also stair climbing. Does stair climbing help with hill climbing? I hope so.

 

No real monkey-bar work--the instructor had the bikes positioned under the bars, so any real test would have been impossible. I did do a bit of work to figure out the turnaround, though.

 

No new recipes tried today, but I did shop for ingredients for KarmaKeeper's Hearty Turkey Soup, which I plan to try tomorrow. I also saw the NF post with the Kale-Bacon-Tomato recipe, which I'm gonna take a shot at, probably next week. [This will get me shot at, I'm sure, but let me come out: I don't love bacon enough. It's a perfectly tasty food, but I don't understand the obsession. Let the flaming begin.]

 

I did my foam rolling and a bit of writing as well. The section I'm currently working on is on advising teens about fashion, which is hilarious in and of itself, given that I know nothing about the topic. In fact, I call it out: "Oh, you can do an impression of Tim Gunn saying "Make it work"? Good for you. Now don't ever do that again. It imparts no useful guidance, and it makes you look like you're pretending to have fashion knowledge that you obviously don't. That's a look that only I can pull off."

 

Stats for Day 2

Weight: 256

7-day average: 258.35

New recipes: None tried; 2 planned

Foam roller usage: Yes; 2 total

Monkey bars: Not tried

Writing: 290; 290 this challenge; 35099 words total

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Bacon was so loved because it had been so loathed.  I think it is a human nature thing, related to the convert's zeal.  I like bacon, but I found some uncooked bacon in the fridge from late January that I had just forgotten about, so obviously I am not that into it.

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(2014) 7th (Ranger) 8th (Scout) 9th (Monk) 10th (Scout) *** (2015) 11th (Ranger) 12th (Ranger) 13th (Ranger) 14th (Ranger) 15th (Scout) 16th (Scout) *** (2016) 17th (Ranger) 18th (Scout) 19th (Scout) 20th (Rebel)

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Achievements: (20 Sep 2014) Completed first half marathon *** (17 Feb 2014) Finished mission to bring body fat from over 25% to under 12% over six months (trying to repeat that now)

 

 

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Day 3!

 

Another decent day. Not much work to do, but I did one job application and a good chunk of writing. Some lines I'm pleased with:

 

"City buses follow schedules in much the same way as the average American follows soccer: Once every four years, with a lot of uninformed shouting and usually a several hour tape delay."

 

"I really hope you thought to get a bus fare card before taking this journey. Paying for the trip without it can be surprisingly tricky. If you didn't, you can often by them at a nearby grocery store, or if that fails, find the seediest possible currency exchange or payday loan store. Then find a grocery store where you can buy all the hand sanitizer and dip yourselves in it, just to be safe."

 

Diet was good. For lunch I made the Hearty Turkey Soup. It gets a big thumbs up from me. (Although I doubled the recipe, which I probably shouldn't have, so I've got a lot left. Some will probably have to be frozen... although I don't have a whole lot of room in there right now.

 

Workout was good and tough - circuit training class followed by abs. I also tried the monkey bars. 13 rungs, which is a bit down from what I've done in the past, but that needs to be taken with a canister of salt, since it was at the end of a long and pretty upper-body-focused workout, rather than early on when I've tried it in the past.

 

Also did a bit of vacation planning: I'm looking at Yosemite in September.

 

Stats for Day 3

Weight: 255.5

7-day average: 258.14

New recipes: 1 tried (1/6 total)

Foam roller usage: Yes; 3 total

Monkey bars: 13 rungs

Writing: 874 words; 1164 words this challenge; 35973 words total

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The first sentence especially is very good.

 

Sounds like a good day.

 

Yosemite would be beautiful.

Current Challenge: (Feb-Mar 21) Step by Step

My Epic Quest Character Sheet  *** Old Challenges and Links hidden below

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My Old Battle Log

(2012) 1st (Scout) 2nd (Scout) *** (2013) 3rd (Warrior) 4th (Warrior) 5th (Warrior) 6th (Assassin) ***

(2014) 7th (Ranger) 8th (Scout) 9th (Monk) 10th (Scout) *** (2015) 11th (Ranger) 12th (Ranger) 13th (Ranger) 14th (Ranger) 15th (Scout) 16th (Scout) *** (2016) 17th (Ranger) 18th (Scout) 19th (Scout) 20th (Rebel)

(2021) 21st (Adventurer)

Past groups: The Wild Hunt 6 *** The Serenity Crew *** The Wild Hunt 5 *** The Wild Hunt 4 *** The Wild Hunt 3 *** The Wild Hunt 2 *** The Wild Hunt 1 *** Browncoats

Achievements: (20 Sep 2014) Completed first half marathon *** (17 Feb 2014) Finished mission to bring body fat from over 25% to under 12% over six months (trying to repeat that now)

 

 

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Day 4:

 

Kind of a quiet day today. I was expecting to have the day mostly off, but I wound up getting a work project around 11, so I wound up getting less non-work work done. I haven't done any writing today--I might yet, although I am feeling pretty drained.

 

Diet was good (spinach pizza for lunch, turkey soup for dinner) although I'm trying to convince myself not to go out and get some junk food.

 

Workout was okay, although at the very end I sort of tweaked my wrist while doing bear crawls. I don't think it's anything -- it's feeling normal now--so I'm not too worried.

 

Did the monkey bars before the workout this time: 20 rungs. Foam rolled afterword, so that's good.

 

I am very eager to have some not-polar-vortex weather tomorrow.

 

Stats for Day 3

Weight: 256.5

7-day average: 258.14

New recipes: 0 tried (1/6 total)

Foam roller usage: Yes; 4 total

Monkey bars: 20 rungs

Writing: 0 words; 1164 words this challenge; 35973 words total

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It sounds like you are doing well this week. 

Where to find me: Current Challenge : Battle Log Facebook : Instagram :

"Each day, just focus on getting 1% better in whatever it is you're trying to improve. That's it. Just 1%." ArtofManliness Article.

"That which is wise and holy helps the health and wholeness of the chain of generations." D. R. Miller. 

"We do not rise to our expectations. We fall to our level of training." Archilochus

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Day 5:

Another fairly quiet day. I had some work to do--the frequently-interesting process of incorporating client edit requests into a report I wrote. In this case, well... it's funny. For example, the client seemed immensely confused by my using the terms "salt" and "NaCl" interchangably (in tables, where the abbreviation makes sense.) But they also wanted a lot more technical detail about some of the things I wrote about. I'm already predicting some hilarious complaints about how these technical details introduced the word "reduction" into the report. See, reduction has the one meaning about changing the size or quantity of something, but it's also got a chemistry-related one. I used reduction in the chemistry sense, and I'm 99.999% positive that they only know the changing-the-size meaning. I'm hoping that my bosses will be able to run a bit of interference on that one. (I'll have to explain reduction to them too.)

 

The workout was a bit odd -- the teacher was a little bit disorganized, so the workout was maybe a bit less intense than usual, but today was a good day for that to happen.

 

Diet was good: turkey soup for lunch and mushroom risotto (from Trader Joe's; while I like a lot of their stuff, this one isn't my favorite) for dinner. I also had some hummus and pita chips, but given the overall quantity of food I think that's well within decent food intake levels.

 

The weekend will be a challenge -- the past few weekends, I've gotten a bit too loose, diet-wise, so I'd like to fix that without going so strict that I wind up blowing things much worse next week. Also, I'm going to a friend's Oscar party (actually a fundraiser) on Sunday, so there will be drinking and not-ideal food there.

 

Did some writing, about kids and dinosaurs. If you're an adult, don't be the stegosaur -- all the armor you'd have to wear is way heavy. Also used the foam roller.

 

Stats for Day 5

Weight: 255

7-day average: 257.71

New recipes: 0 tried (1/6 total)

Foam roller usage: Yes; 5 total

Monkey bars: not tested

Writing: 528 words; 1692 words this challenge; 36501 words total

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Day 6:

 

Today involved the purchase of new shoes, so that was exciting. I also did some freelance work, which involves writing obituaries. My favorite (not from today) was the obituary for someone who had been eaten by a pack of wild dogs. (I kid you not.) In my defense, I really hated my job -- it was at a professional association, and while I wasn't the complaint department, my phone number was one of the most widely publicized, so I wound up getting abused by members more or less constantly. So, no, I'm doing part of that job again, but nobody has my phone number, so that should be a lot better.

 

Workout was fun and tiring -- Saturday is a heavy day for me. At the end, we did muscle-ups, which I'm nowhere near to being able to do, although there were a few people in class who could. It's kind of nice to be the weakest strongling, though, rather than the strongest weakling--the path forward is reasonably clear. Anyhow, the teacher's goal is to get us doing muscle-ups by the end of the summer, which may be overly ambitious for me, but that's cool. We also did a 1600 meter row, which really isn't that tough, but it was close to the end and it sure wasn't easy the way the coach was selling it.

 

Diet was okay -- relaxed but a bit better than recent weekend days. We'll see how the stats work out after a few days, but fingers crossed. Tomorrow could be problematic with the open-bar Oscar party.

 

I did a bit of personal writing, although today it was a struggle--much more of a struggle than is ideal for a Saturday.

 

Foam rolling completed. No new recipe done today, although a kale thing is planned for next week.

 

Stats for Day 6

Weight: 255.5

7-day average: 257.14

New recipes: 0 tried (1/6 total)

Foam roller usage: Yes; 6 total

Monkey bars: not tested

Writing: 309 words; 2001 words this challenge; 36810 words total

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Day 7!

 

Some confirmation that daily weight measurements need to not be overly-obsessed about. Yesterday was a passable weekend day, diet-wise, but not terribly good in absolute terms. So, naturally, I dropped two pounds, after slight increases on a couple of much better dietary days last week. It's statistical noise, but that's actually why I weigh myself every day--it makes it much easier for me to keep that in mind.

 

Today was a really good writing day, finishing up two sections that I started this week and a third that I only came up with today. That last one is my favorite -- it's a bit of ranging absurdity (a style that I really enjoy doing) about teaching kids to walk, but mostly a diversion into the history of walking. Which was invented, of course, by Ms. Gretl-Brunhilda Schneitzel-Volk, an Austrian harpsichord tuner, in the year 647. Before that, everyone just slithered around on their bellies like snakes. But one day, after bending her sensitive harpsichord-tuning spork for the third time that week, Gretl-Brunhilda decided to look for a better way.

 

No workout today; it's my regularly scheduled rest day. Diet has been okay thus far, although there's a party tonight where I'm not planning to be too strict.

 

Stats for Day 7

Weight: 253.5

7-day average: 256.29

New recipes: 0 tried (1/6 total)

Foam roller usage: No; 6 total

Monkey bars: not tested

Writing: 1258 words; 3259 words this challenge; 38608 words total

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I love your every day updates. Does it help you keep focussed?

Keep it up!

It does. I'm absurdly number-oriented. (So, naturally, I went into journalism.) It gets silly at times--when I'm on a rower, for example, if there's a distance goal, I'll keep a running total in my mind of percent of the distance I've already gone, plus usually fractions of how many strokes left. (Distance is usually some multiple of 500m, so that's pretty easy to calculate percentages of; number of strokes is generally roughly a multiple of 35, so all the 1/7thses are easier to handle as fractions. Yeah, I'm weird.)

 

Anyhow...

 

Day 8

A rather odd day. Not shocking, given the recovery from yesterday's revelry. I was not terribly swift to get up, nor terribly astute when I did.

 

Since I didn't have any work this morning, and I was really just wasting time, I decided to mix up the workout -- I usually do a couple of classes in the evening, boxing and either strength training or kettlebells -- but today I went to a noon class. Enjoyed it, and there were a couple of notably good things. A) At one of the circuit stations, we did handstands. I'm still at the point where I need to walk my feet up the wall -- no kick-ups for me yet -- but I got my hands right by the wall and held the position for a full 30 seconds. And the second time we did it, I opted to try a crow pose instead, and while I never lasted long, there was definitely a momentary hold in the position where I was definitely supporting myself, rather than just using momentum. That's a possible future challenge goal, so I'm pleased by that.

 

I didn't officially test the monkey bars today -- there was a bunch of equipment in part of the path, which made it impossible. But I did do some work on it, particularly trying to speed up. Normally I have been grabbing a bar with one hand, then bringing the other hand to that bar, and so on. The instructor suggested that things would be easier if I grabbed the next bar instead. I hadn't had much luck when I tried that before, but this time I made more progress--and when I dropped off, it was more because of a failure in dexterity (I somehow got my hands momentarily crossed) than strength.

 

I wound up going out to lunch with a couple people from class, which wasn't ideal, but at least it was a healthy and not-huge meal (stir-fried vegetables, quinoa, and some kind of tofu that resembled beef).

 

In fact, diet was passable but not ideal. I went shopping for the kale/bacon/tomato dish with the plan of making it today, but I'm putting it off until tomorrow. (I'm now calling it a BKT, because that's what it is, really.)

 

I went back to the gym for the boxing class, making this a two-a-day workout day, which I haven't done in quite a long time (like, 22 years). Boxing was fun as always, but heavy on footwork, which I'm still dreadful at. (Given my experience level, I should be dreadful at it, so I have nothing to complain about... but complain I do!) My hooks, while not in the depths they've been at, are still not great either.

 

Did foam roll. No writing, and probably won't do any tonight.

 

Stats for Day 8

Weight: 259.5

7-day average: 255.92

New recipes: 0 tried (1/6 total)

Foam roller usage: Yes; 1/6 this week

Monkey bars: not tested

Writing: 0 words; 3259 words this challenge; 38608 words total

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I enjoyed reading through your daily posts. I can relate to your goals and I'd love to have some monkey bars to practice on. Looks like you are on the right track and making good progress. Keep up the good work?

 

I would love to write a book, but the thought of writing a whole book overwhelms me. I wouldn't know how to begin. I did write my thesis which totally impressed my boys. When they realized I wrote a 80 some odd page paper they were like, "Whoa Mom, how did you do that? That's amazing!" I'd have to say it was one of my stellar "Mom" moments, lol!

 

I just saw in your signature "raceless ranger!" What a hoot. I know nothing about these "races" they speak of. Oh, I've heard of them because my darling hubby and boys watch "The Lord of the Rings" movies so by default I watch them too. You should have seen the crazy looks I got when I told them I was doing a challenge and needed to determine my race. I asked them if I was a hobbit, elf, dwarf, etc. I think they thought I'd gone insane. My niece told me I was a hobbit, so a hobbit I am!

Class/Profession: Hobbit/Ranger - Level 4

Current Attributes: STR: 2, DEX: 3.5, STA: 8.5, CON: 8.5, WIS: 11.5, CHA: 4

Habits I'm Working On: #1, #2

Previous Challenges: #1, #2, #3.1(fail), #3.2

Quote: "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves." Thomas A. Edison

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I would love to write a book, but the thought of writing a whole book overwhelms me. I wouldn't know how to begin. I did write my thesis which totally impressed my boys. When they realized I wrote a 80 some odd page paper they were like, "Whoa Mom, how did you do that? That's amazing!" I'd have to say it was one of my stellar "Mom" moments, lol!

 

For the book that I published, and the one I'm working on, both are sort of modular--I'm not so much writing "a book" as I am writing a series of 1,000-word (or 300-word, or 2,500-word) articles. And that's my day job, so the book is just a matter of doing it over and over again.

 

 

I just saw in your signature "raceless ranger!" What a hoot. I know nothing about these "races" they speak of. Oh, I've heard of them because my darling hubby and boys watch "The Lord of the Rings" movies so by default I watch them too. You should have seen the crazy looks I got when I told them I was doing a challenge and needed to determine my race. I asked them if I was a hobbit, elf, dwarf, etc. I think they thought I'd gone insane. My niece told me I was a hobbit, so a hobbit I am!

 

I actually know the basic races pretty well... I just don't fit any of them. Except half-orc, and that doesn't quite work because I'm literate. Although tucked into a set of old D&D books I once acquired through possibly nefarious means, I did find a possibility: half-halfling, half-minotaur.

 

 

Day 9

Today was just... feh.

 

Woke up slowly and not real energized by the night's sleep. So the day wasn't all that productive.

 

Diet was OK until the end of the day... I wound up going to one of my comfort food places, which is not terrible, but not exactly a weight-loss meal. I also got a couple of paczkis, which were completely unnecessary.

 

The workout... I did not feel good at all during it. Not sick, just like I wasn't able to do anything that I should have been able to.

 

The good: I did cook the kale/bacon/tomato thing. It went quite well, although I added too much lemon at the end (vinegar is a flavor that I'm not fond of, which is why I chose that alternate).

 

No writing, and it ain't gonna happen today. I did foam roll, and I proofread a friend's resume, which may be my best accomplishment for the day.

 

Stats for Day 9

Weight: 257

7-day average: 256.07

New recipes: 1 tried (2/6 total)

Foam roller usage: Yes; 2/6 this week

Monkey bars: not tested

Writing: 0 words; 3259 words this challenge; 38608 words total

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Day 10

Today wasn't off the rails, which is a big plus considering how it seemed like it was going to be when I woke up--again, not real well rested. But things got a bit better. Diet wasn't fantastic, but it wasn't exactly atrocious. Workout, however, was a lot better than yesterday. And I did a little bit of writing.

 

I didn't really test the monkey bars, although I did some work on swinging to alternate bars with each hand, rather than bringing the back hand up to the bar the front one is on. I did OK with it, but there are a couple issues. First, I often wind up swinging side to side pretty dramatically -- enough where I need to stop just to get back under control. And while the approach is a bit faster, I feel like it's a bit more tiring, since the time where I'm hanging by one hand is a bit longer. Anyhow, it will come... I hope.

 

Stats for Day 10

Weight: 256

7-day average: 256.14

New recipes: 0 tried (2/6 total)

Foam roller usage: Yes; 3/6 this week

Monkey bars: not tested

Writing: 276 words; 3535 words this challenge; 38344 words total

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