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Hello there, Druids. This is my 3rd challenge. I started with building new habits in my 1st and then using these habits to lose body fat with the Adventurers in my 2nd. The reason that I came to the Druids is so that I can start to:


 


Main quest:


Build habits that will protect my body and mind from harm.


Harm to the body and mind comes in many forms: injury, illness, stress, anxiety, etc. I am not saying that this challenge will completely eliminate these things from my life, but it will give me the tools to prevent them as well as a means to deal with them when they do arise. Success in this main quest will be measured by the grades I receive in my goals. I expect myself to manage all Bs at minimum.


 


Goals:


Meditate at least 15 minutes every day. (2 CON and 2 WIS)


I have read a little on meditation and it's benefits, but I have never tried it before. I will be experimenting with the various different types of meditation to find which is the best way for me. This is probably my most important goal of this challenge as it will improve both my mental and physical health.


Grading (Days): A- 40+. B- 36-39. C- 32-35. D- 28-31 . F- Less than 28.


 


Complete 2 hours of DDP Yoga every week. (3 DEX and 2 STA)


I know it's not a traditional form of Yoga but it's the one that intrigues me the most and will still offer the benefits that traditional yoga does (flexibility, core strength, controlled breathing, etc).


Grading (Total Hours): A- 12+. B- 11-12. C- 10-11. D- 9-10. F- Less than 9


 


Follow MobilityWOD every day. (2 DEX)


This guy (Kelly Starrett) has been repeatedly recommended on this forum for diagnosing and addressing mobility issues. http://www.mobilitywod.com/


I plan to start at his very first video and work through all of his mobility WODs day to day.


Grading (Days): A- 40+. B- 36-39. C- 32-35. D- 28-31 . F- Less than 28.


 


Side quest


Maintain a body fat % of below 15. (1 CON and 1 CHA) 


I have never tried to maintain weight before. In the past I was either aiming to lose it or eating whatever I pleased (and inevitably gaining it). I want to stay at around 15% so I'll be counting calories to do so.


Current weight and body fat %- 177lbs at 12%


Grading: A- Below 15%. B- 15-16%. C- 16-17%. D- 17-18%. F- Over 18%.


 


Life quest:


Create an Epic Quest/Life List/Bucket List. (2 WIS)


A very important life quest for me. I will be looking to figure out everything I want to do with my life and then posting it on these forums at the end of the challenge. This will give me perspective and allow me to work out how and when I plan to do everything!


Grading: A- Created an Epic Quest. B- Created most of an Epic Quest. C- Created around half on an Epic Quest. D- Started creating an Epic Quest. F- Did nothing.


 


Thank you for reading, and I can very safely say that I am looking forward to Monday.  :pirate:


 


Let's go Druids!


Pip-Boy read-out: Level 3 Sentinel:  S(STR)- 3 | P(CON)- 6 | E(STA)- 7 | C(CHA)- 6.5 | I(WIS)- 8 | A(DEX)- 4.5 | L(LUC)

Scratched on the case are the words- "You don't need a reason to help people".

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Hi NGP and welcome to the Druids!  I think you'll like it very much here.  :)

 

I'm intrigued by your body fat% side quest.  What tools do you use to measure it?  I'd like to be able to track mine more, but can't figure out the most accurate and inexpensive way to do so!

 

Good luck with your goals!  I'll be checking in every so often to see how things are going. 

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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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Welcome to the druids!

 

Your name is awesome! neutralgood reminds me of equanimous, which is key of vipassana meditation...

 

Meditating is an awesome goal! Im excited to see your progress!

Fate whispers to the warrior: "You cannot withstand the storm."

 The warrior whispers back:
 "
I am the storm."

 

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Sounds awesome!

 

I'm considering meditation, but I haven't committed yet. I'll definitely be watching for ideas to try myself : )

 

One of my big focuses this challenge is mobility. I'm really just getting started with it and I'm not sure what I'm doing or what I should measure yet, which makes it frustrating. I'll probably be cherry picking mobilitywod stuff that targets my problem area.

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Hi NGP and welcome to the Druids!  I think you'll like it very much here.  :)

 

I'm intrigued by your body fat% side quest.  What tools do you use to measure it?  I'd like to be able to track mine more, but can't figure out the most accurate and inexpensive way to do so!

 

Good luck with your goals!  I'll be checking in every so often to see how things are going. 

 

Thanks very much, I'm sure I will. :pirate:  In answer to your question: I'm using a set of calipers and this calculator: http://www.linear-software.com/online.html to measure body fat %. I use the Jackson/Pollock 3 method as it's the most practical to do alone. The calipers are not at all expensive, but I do find that they underestimate body fat by around 1%

 

 

Welcome to the druids!

 

Your name is awesome! neutralgood reminds me of equanimous, which is key of vipassana meditation...

 

Meditating is an awesome goal! Im excited to see your progress!

 

Thanks Sunmage! I'll admit I had to google vipassana meditation, told you I was a novice! I'm really looking forward to learning to meditate. 

 

 

Sounds awesome!

 

I'm considering meditation, but I haven't committed yet. I'll definitely be watching for ideas to try myself : )

 

One of my big focuses this challenge is mobility. I'm really just getting started with it and I'm not sure what I'm doing or what I should measure yet, which makes it frustrating. I'll probably be cherry picking mobilitywod stuff that targets my problem area.

 

Thanks apike, I'll be sure to post my experiences regularly.  :pirate:

Pip-Boy read-out: Level 3 Sentinel:  S(STR)- 3 | P(CON)- 6 | E(STA)- 7 | C(CHA)- 6.5 | I(WIS)- 8 | A(DEX)- 4.5 | L(LUC)

Scratched on the case are the words- "You don't need a reason to help people".

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Thanks very much, I'm sure I will. :pirate:  In answer to your question: I'm using a set of calipers and this calculator: http://www.linear-software.com/online.html to measure body fat %. I use the Jackson/Pollock 3 method as it's the most practical to do alone. The calipers are not at all expensive, but I do find that they underestimate body fat by around 1%

Ooo!  Thanks for the advice!  I'll definitely look into that!  :)

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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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Very welcome here NeutralGoodPirate!

I like the format and design of your challenge and I googled DDP yoga.......it looked fun  :panda:

Changing focus to maintaining is intriguing and can be hard, it will be interesting to read about your experiences.

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Week 1 Results


 


Goals:


Meditate at least 15 minutes every day. (2 CON and 2 WIS)


The book I am learning from is called 'Teach Yourself To Meditate' by Eric Harrison. It recommends that I try a variety of different meditation methods a few times and then identify which one is the best for me. Here is what I did this week:


Day 1: Breath meditation. I definitely felt more relaxed at the end, but my mind wandered a lot. Appropriate quote from the book: "If we had as little control over our bodies as we do our minds, we wouldn't make it down a flight of stairs alive".


Day 2: Breath meditation again. I should be moving to a new meditation every day to try them out, but I just wanted to see if I could concentrate better in a quieter place. Surprisingly, it didn't make much of a difference.


Day 3: Bodyscan meditation. I found this one a bit better than counting breaths as I was able to stay more focused. However, it did make me feel slightly less relaxed.


Day 4: Music meditation. This was a good one for blocking out any unwanted noise from the road outside. My mind still wandered a fair bit but I was definitely more relaxed by the end.


Day 5: Affirmation meditation. Maybe I was just tired, but this made me feel very sleepy and I could not stay with the affirmation throughout the entire session (too relaxed!).


Day 6: Mantra meditation. Same as the affirmation method, but this time I think I actually fell asleep a few times. The next time I try this, I will do it sitting up rather than laying down.


Day 7: 'Deeper state' (slow bodyscan) meditation. This one was a little odd. The author said to do a very detailed bodyscan (shifting focus on every breath) which included internal organs, individual finger and toes, etc. Then you switch back to counting breaths. The idea of this one was to get very close to sleeping, but stay awake. I didn't find it much different from the normal bodyscan but I will definitely come back to this at a later day, maybe in a different posture.


Overall: I know meditation takes a long time to learn well. I enjoy this and can see it becoming something I practice every day, even once this challenge has long finished. If you are an experienced meditator, please let me know what you think of my plan and my experience so far.


Result: 7/7


 


Complete 2 hours of DDP Yoga every week. (3 DEX and 2 STA)


As expected, this was fun and I do feel more flexible already. I have never used a workout DVD before, but DDP Yoga is definitely a good start. It was also nice to find a few others on Nerd Fitness who are currently using it too!


Result: 2.5/2


 


Follow MobilityWOD every day. (2 DEX)


When I'm doing these, it's really uncomfortable (looks like I need to keep doing them then!). When I finish, the tissues I targeted feel fantastic. Highly recommended to everyone, mobility issues or not.


Result: 7/7


 


Side quest


Maintain a body fat % of below 15. (1 CON and 1 CHA) 


Looking good but I should probably increase my calories as my weight has actually dropped since last week. Calm down metabolism! (Just kidding metabolism, I enjoy eating lots of food really!)


Current weight and body fat %- 174lbs at 11%


 


Life quest:


Create an Epic Quest/Life List/Bucket List. (2 WIS)


It has been started. I have checked out the Epic Quest forum on Nerd Fitness for inspiration and am definitely on track. Can't wait to put it on the forum at the end of the challenge.


 


Great week for me overall, here's to many more. It is also worth mentioning that the life quest from my previous challenge has paid off because I am no longer unemployed!  :pirate:


 


Peace, Druids. Thanks so much for the support.


Pip-Boy read-out: Level 3 Sentinel:  S(STR)- 3 | P(CON)- 6 | E(STA)- 7 | C(CHA)- 6.5 | I(WIS)- 8 | A(DEX)- 4.5 | L(LUC)

Scratched on the case are the words- "You don't need a reason to help people".

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Wow!  What an amazing start to the first week!  Keep up the great work, my friend!  :D

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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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