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The Druid life suits me. I feel that my approach to coming into tune with nature is through physical meditation. I have noticed that working out and exercising in general has been helping me sharpen my relationship with my surroundings and myself!

 

I looked through my Pathfinder rulebooks and found a level 2 Druid Spell that I love! Aspect of the Bear grants the Druid a bonus to his Armor Class and Combat Maneuver rolls. Armor Class isn't necessarily how much armor you are wearing, it's more about how hard you are to hit.

 

I'm not looking at physical combat here, more like Metaphysical Combat. I am at war with my old habits and lack of discipline. I need to be harder to hit, more evasive in the battles to come. I need to be able to slip out of the grasp of my old nature as I seek the path to my Grove. The specters of my old habits are many, and litter the road ahead of me with the bones of past attempts. I need to hone my skills to better fight them off!

 

My Goals will be summarized by three spells that encompass what I am trying to learn.

 

SPELL ONE: BEAR'S ENDURANCE

Right now I am working to cast off the abuses of my old life and shed some fat. I am working on strength training, but the way I am approaching my workouts lends itself more to better Endurance. If I reach this goal, I will grant myself +4 to Constitution.

Spell Components:

6 Day Split workout, divided between upper body and lower body workouts.

A: Not skipping any workouts, and adding intensity to those workouts

B: Not skipping any workouts

C: Miss one workout

D: Miss two workouts

F: Miss three workouts

 

SPELL TWO: SLIPSTREAM

I am assisting my primary goal (fat loss and health) by increasing my cardio workouts. I started my quest earlier this year through walks and working on the stationary bike. Now, I will be adding daily Interval workouts to help myself travel more in tune with nature.

If I achieve this goal, I will grant myself additional Dexterity and Wisdom.

Spell Components:

Couch to 10K training program

A: At least 60 minutes of Interval Training/Cardio every day of the week

B: At least 30 minutes of Interval Training/Cardio every day of the week

C: Miss one day training

D: Miss two days training

F: Miss three days training

 

SPELL THREE: ASPECT OF THE BEAR

Since the beginning of December I have been focusing on how, and what, I eat. I have practically eliminated processed foods from my diet, and I want to continue this. Not eating my "trigger" foods of pasta, breads, and sugars has greatly reduced my weight, and is really helping me understand a lot about other aspects of my nature. By reducing my size, I will increase my Armor Class and Combat skills in general, making me better suited for battling the Specters on my path to the Grove. I am also focusing on reducing portion sizes by not having seconds on meals, if I am still hungry in an hour, so be it. Have an apple, dammit!

Spell Components:

Eliminate Processed Foods

A: No processed foods

B: One Day processed foods

C: Two days processed foods

D: Three days processed foods

F: Four Days processed foods

Spell Failure: If portion size exceeds one big bowl or plate, spell loses intensity and slips a grade.

 

CAMPAIGN: The Lych King of Azum Ghul

 

Thousands of years ago, there was a mighty sorcerer who, in his heart, was a Champion to the People. He could create amazing works and conjure objects of great beauty. Over time, the sorcerer grew arrogant about his power, and began to lose his connection with the mystical energy within the earth from which he drew his power. His body began to warp and distort, and his mind, now full of loathing and seething with hatred, began to snap. The People grew wary and fled his realm.

 

Soon, he was a mere Shade of himself, and passed from the Mortal Realm. But his ravaged spirit lived on, and began to warp and twist the land around his crypt. The forest began to fester, and the ponds and rivers became stagnant and fetid swamps. The animals of the land started to avoid the Blighted Woods, and the peasants of the area began to whisper of evil spirits haunting those once sacred lands, now called Azum Ghul, or the Cursed Land.

 

Adventurous souls took it upon themselves to rid Azum Ghul of evil, and were seldom seen again. Those that did survive spoke of terrors beyond comprehension, and roads littered with the bones of the dead. One adventurer claimed that he was attacked by these very same bones and barely escaped with his life. Another spoke of a bloodthirsty Gnoll that guards the path halfway through Azum Ghul and feasts upon the remains of those who have fallen before him.

 

This is where I come in. I am an initiate in an ancient Order of Druids, and I have been entrusted with Hallowed Secrets about the true nature of Azum Ghul. I have been charged with a quest to enter these haunted woods and to vanquish those spirits that have sullied the land. My Order believes that a portal to one of our Sacred Groves lies deep within the woods, and only by restoring Azum Ghul to its pristine state will we be able to visit that grove again. I will have to face the Specters of those that have fallen before me, and face the true evil that has corrupted these lands to be successful.

 

MINI-BOSS FIGHT: Rottgutt the Gnoll

 

Rottgutt has grown fat over the centuries by feeding off of the corpses of the fallen. He lurks in the shadows by the road, using his knowledge of the land to trick his prey off the road, where they become easy targets. I will defeat Rottgutt by avoiding him altogether. I am going to go OVER him.

Success: I will need to have much better upper body strength to pull this off. I will train daily to be able to do at least 4 full chin-ups by the half-way point of the six week challenge. Anything less than 4 full chin-ups is defeat for the week, I will need to defeat Rottgutt to move on to the Lych King's crypt. If I make this goal before the third week, I will continue to train chin-ups, since the more I can do the less likely Roattgutt will find me in the first place!

 

BOSS FIGHT: Consumuerte, the Lych-King of Azum Ghul

 

Consumuerte (the Eating Death) has made a palace in the twisted ruins of his crypt and the swamps around it. Facing the Lych directly is dangerous, since he can corrupt anything he sets his gaze upon. His crypt lies within a stagnant pool a little over 3 miles across. Consumuerte will attack anything that comes through the clearing, but he tires easily due to the enormity of his corpse.

Success: Again, I am avoiding direct confrontation with the Fiend. I will cast Aspect of the Bear when I enter the swamps to make myself more effective at avoiding his attacks. I will then cast Slipstream to increase my speed over the swamps, and then Bear's Endurance to push my body farther than it has ever gone. If I can run through the swamps fast enough to evade the Lych King, I will be able to enter his Crypt and destroy his Animus Foci, which should hopefully break his Spell of Corruption over the land. The distance I will need to run is 3.10 miles.

 

COMPLETION: The Portal

 

If I make it to the Portal, I will seek guidance through meditation and communion with the land. I have no idea what lies beyond the Portal, but my Order needs to find our Grove soon. Only by completing my quest will we be able to find the answers we need!

 

I have companions of a sort, a group of Knights that I have grown to rely on in times of need. They will not be joining me on this quest, but through the use of Waygates we can communicate with each other to offer encouragement and support. I think I will be relying on them more than ever!

 

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Ahaha! That was a great write up CK! I'm sure with the group of buddies we've started to form that Lych will have no chance when he stands face to face with CitizenKade THE BEAR! GRAWRRR. 

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Well Arturius Druid you have written a great quest. May Bjorn the Great Bear give you strength. Go forth and bring rest to the tortured souls.

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Wonderful write up!

I'll be in the wings, checking on your progress. (I too have a huge boss fight on my hands this challenge! It seems to be a theme. Was there a memo?)

Best of luck on your quest.

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A noble quest for sure; I love both the ambition and your commitment that will get you through successfully I'm sure. I wish you the best of luck and will follow your progress!

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I am also focusing on reducing portion sizes by not having seconds on meals, if I am still hungry in an hour, so be it. Have an apple, dammit!

 

I very much enjoyed your whole post, but this in particular made me smile.  For months - if ever I was thinking I wanted to consume one of my trigger foods, I would eat an apple with almond butter and feel so accomplished!  I no longer craved whatever it was that I thought I needed, and I felt satiated without those familiar feelings of guilt.

 

Good luck!  :)

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PREVIOUS CHALLENGES

2013: 6/1/13 - 7/24/13 - 9/15/13 - 11/6/13   2014: 1/5/142/19/14 - 4/9/14 - 6/6/14 - 7/24/14 - 9/11/14 - 11/5/14 

2015: 1/2/15 - 2/20/15 - 4/9/15 - 6/2/15 - 9/10/15 - 10/26/15   2016: 1/1/16 - 2/28/16 - 3/28/16 - 6/6/16 - 9/19/16 - 10/26/16 - 11/26/16   

2017: 1/1/17 - 9/17/17   2018: 1/1/18 - 2/5/18 - 8/13/18 - 11/26/18   2019: 1/7/19   2020: 9/13/20

 

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I very much enjoyed your whole post, but this in particular made me smile.  For months - if ever I was thinking I wanted to consume one of my trigger foods, I would eat an apple with almond butter and feel so accomplished!  I no longer craved whatever it was that I thought I needed, and I felt satiated without those familiar feelings of guilt.

 

Good luck!  :)

 

 

Thanks, Turtle! I love how an apple can make it all bearable, if you just give it time!

 

 

Such a beautiful quest CK.

I wish you luck and hope you kill that sucker Rottgutt.

 

Thanks, Seven! I've got my eye on Rottgutt, but chin-ups are hard! hahahaha!!!

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I very much enjoyed your whole post, but this in particular made me smile.  For months - if ever I was thinking I wanted to consume one of my trigger foods, I would eat an apple with almond butter and feel so accomplished!  I no longer craved whatever it was that I thought I needed, and I felt satiated without those familiar feelings of guilt.

 

Good luck!  :)

 

 

If you're out of apples, then just make it a rule that you need to leave 20+ minutes between plates. That'll help you really cut down on how often you have a second serving.

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I am excited to see how your first week was CK. You describe the battle within in such a vibrant way, giving me more strength for my own battles.....

 

I come from a long line of story-tellers, or BS artists if you listen to my mom! I'm glad to share any strength I have!

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CHALLENGE TWO, WEEK ONE UPDATE;

 

Emotional week for sure. We were finally able to re-open our restaurant, pretty much three days before the mortgage company was set to take our house away from us. We're in a pretty deep whole, but the light at the end of the tunnel was in no way a train...

 

SPELL ONE: BEAR'S ENDURANCE

To score an A on this spell attempt, I needed to hit every workout in the week with added intensity or exercises. My Accountability group has been pretty awesome at coming up with PvP challenges that are helping me keep adding intensity to the days!   SCORE: A

 

SPELL TWO: SLIPSTREAM

To score an A on this spell, I would need to hit at least an hour a day in cardio, which can include the c25K training sessions. I hit at least an hour a day, and most of my c25K days were augmented with an hour on the stationary bike  SCORE: A

 

SPELL THREE: ASPECT OF THE BEAR

To score an A with Aspect of the Bear I would need to keep away from processed foods every day of the week. I had beer and coffee with sugar on Saturday, and coffee with sugar on Wednesday. I won't be doing this any longer, since I've now tasted the coffee at our place and made sure it was good. IT WAS SO GOOD! I also ate two plates of food at a buffet, should have known better. SCORE: D

 

i've always known my Achilles Heel (food), so I need to make sure I do everything I can to score an A on Aspect of the Bear next week!

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awesome first week, fud is always a weakness but i think your workouts more than made up for it

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You've done well this week CK! The intensity you tackle your workouts with is incredibly inspiring. And juggling that between running a restaurant and a home life and maybe even an extra job is MIND BLOWING.

 

Gotta love a good coffee. :D

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You've done well this week CK! The intensity you tackle your workouts with is incredibly inspiring. And juggling that between running a restaurant and a home life and maybe even an extra job is MIND BLOWING.

 

Gotta love a good coffee. :D

 

Haha! Coffee is DANGEROUS for me! I'm already pretty anti-sleep, give me a magic elixir that makes sleep go away? DANGER ZONE!!!

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Haha! Coffee is DANGEROUS for me! I'm already pretty anti-sleep, give me a magic elixir that makes sleep go away? DANGER ZONE!!!

Hello citizenkade!  Coffee can be dangerous for me too!  I've been drinking mine black for quite some time now, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss cream and sugar!  I know that I can't even add it at all or all that hard work to enjoy it black will probably go right out the window.

 

Good job with your scores for Week 1!  Even though you struggled with food this week (as we ALL do from time to time, I'm sure) - I have faith that you will blast this week out of the water!  Have a marvelous second week!! 

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PREVIOUS CHALLENGES

2013: 6/1/13 - 7/24/13 - 9/15/13 - 11/6/13   2014: 1/5/142/19/14 - 4/9/14 - 6/6/14 - 7/24/14 - 9/11/14 - 11/5/14 

2015: 1/2/15 - 2/20/15 - 4/9/15 - 6/2/15 - 9/10/15 - 10/26/15   2016: 1/1/16 - 2/28/16 - 3/28/16 - 6/6/16 - 9/19/16 - 10/26/16 - 11/26/16   

2017: 1/1/17 - 9/17/17   2018: 1/1/18 - 2/5/18 - 8/13/18 - 11/26/18   2019: 1/7/19   2020: 9/13/20

 

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Thanks, Lil' Turtle! We built a coffee station at out restaurant, and with all the drinks our bev-dev guy has been "testing", it's been REALLY hard not to sample! I've been off coffee for months, but this has been cruel!

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Cruel?! Sounds like heaven! Also, you have a (I'm guessing here) Beverage Development guy? That's a job I would like to have on my resume!

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CHALLENGE TWO, WEEK TWO UPDATE;

 

I'm not happy with my performance this week. I'm not going to beat myself up over it, but I could have been far more engaged in my performance this week. Not going to wallow, I need to be stronger and not slack when I'm feeling tired or worn out. I'm better than that!

 

SPELL ONE: BEAR'S ENDURANCE

To score an A on this spell attempt, I needed to hit every workout in the week with added intensity or exercises. I missed one leg workout, and didn't hit the full intensity of my upper body workout tonight. I need to hit this much harder for my goals to strike! SCORE: C

 

SPELL TWO: SLIPSTREAM

To score an A on this spell, I would need to hit at least an hour a day in cardio, which can include the c25K training sessions. I hit 8 hours of cardio this week, and had my first 14 minute jog.  SCORE: A

 

SPELL THREE: ASPECT OF THE BEAR

To score an A with Aspect of the Bear I would need to keep away from processed foods every day of the week. I a second plate of food with dinner tonight, but stayed away from processed foods all week. SCORE: B

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CHALLENGE TWO, WEEK TWO UPDATE;

 

I'm not happy with my performance this week. I'm not going to beat myself up over it, but I could have been far more engaged in my performance this week. Not going to wallow, I need to be stronger and not slack when I'm feeling tired or worn out. I'm better than that!

 

It seems it's not just me hitting the second week wall; and I agree with you - we just have to move on and do better!

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