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Hello, fellow rebels.

 

I, TennisGeek, am feeling down. I became an empty nester, along with other life events, my energy is not there at the moment.

So, I started the challenge late. 

And, that's a good reason to start a new challenge. I need to pick myself up. 

 

During last challenge, I somewhat let go some of control on food.

Not that I ate terribly, but certainly I ate a lot more food and gained 4 pounds or so. 

 

In previous challenge, I basically laid low during the transition of my daughter. It's time to pick myself up.

I think that the hardest is to find the motivation right now.
Staying active is not a problem for me. I'm still playing tennis regularly. I'm still riding bike a lot.
Last year, I had the drive to do more - such as strength training in the basement regularly.
I cannot find that drive.
 

What I've learned from previous challenges is, it's all about motivation. Challenges are good to break the ice for getting into something new, but to sustain, you need the motivation, you need the drive to do what I need to do.

I can play tennis all day. I am happy to ride bike for long long distance - it's a challenge but I can do through the pains of sitting on bike all day.

Bottom line is, I don't like to work out. I do like to eat. I lost weight. For the most part, I only need to maintain it.

Right now, I cannot find reason or motivation to do more.

Through the challenge, I am going to try to find groove. To not stress myself, I'll not count point. I'll let it happen as naturally and I'll use the challenge thread for my own accountability. I'll assess the challenge and decide whether or not it's worth the level up.

 

 

The main quest

Become the best tennis player I can be. Stronger, faster, flexible, resilient and awesomer.

 

The Goals

 

Exercise:

More PLP - I am stuck at 44. I have to resume.

Note that, I am doing this along with playing tennis regularly and bike commute. So, finding extra energy and time is not that easy. Whatever I do is a plus so that's what I'll report.

 

 

Food:

In order to lose weight, I'll eat the net calories of 1,600. MFP is my accountability.

I've been a bit loose on this. I log everything, and every day, it's over calories.

 

Life quest:

I need to get out from the funk I have right now.  I'm very snappy and less energy.

  • I need something new to try - I will go to a rock gym at least twice during the challenge.
  • I'll try to engage with fellow rebels more. It's been lacking and not helping me.
  • I'll do something new. like I may finally join a gym.

 

Change over ended. The chair ump said:

"Time"

 

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Racquet wielding rock gnome: Ranger - L6 - STR: 13, DEX: 8, STA: 13.5, CON: 12, WIS: 14, CHA: 11

 

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition…
Stay hungry. Stay foolish.†– Steve Jobs, Stanford University, 2005
 
You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take. -- Wayne Gretzky
 

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Oh - right.  My starting weight is, according to Fitbit scale.

  • Wednesday, Sep 24 at 7:17AM166.1 lbs 17.5% fat

I'd like to see this come down to 162 plus/minus 2lb range.

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Racquet wielding rock gnome: Ranger - L6 - STR: 13, DEX: 8, STA: 13.5, CON: 12, WIS: 14, CHA: 11

 

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition…
Stay hungry. Stay foolish.†– Steve Jobs, Stanford University, 2005
 
You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take. -- Wayne Gretzky
 

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For something new.

 

I'm invited to play doubles tennis for a team on Saturday, and I am in.

I'm looking forward to it because it's a new setting.

One downside is that, it's Sat. morning and it conflicts with my volunteer work day (1st, 3rd Sat. of month)

It is what it is.

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Racquet wielding rock gnome: Ranger - L6 - STR: 13, DEX: 8, STA: 13.5, CON: 12, WIS: 14, CHA: 11

 

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition…
Stay hungry. Stay foolish.†– Steve Jobs, Stanford University, 2005
 
You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take. -- Wayne Gretzky
 

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Glad to see you are back, TG! :cheerful:

 

I hear you on the lack of motivation and energy - I'm pretty much doing a "maintenance" challenge for the second time in a row, now.

There's simply not enough energy left for more... *sigh*

And I am totally with you on the "oh, yeah, I'm logging everything, but I'm simply logging that I am eating too much". :rolleyes:

Which is why I have set a calorie target again for this round. :D

 

I hope your family will be able to adjust to the empty nest situation soon!

 

Have fun playing the double this weekend!

Do you usually prefer playing single? If so, why? Or do you simply rarely get a chance playing doubles?

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Hobbit 

Challenges: 14 | 13 | 12 | 11 | 10 | 9| 7 | 6 | 5 | 4 | 3 | 2 | 1

My shiny new "battle" log - probably more of a plodding-along log, but hey, it's mine!

 

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Glad to see you are back, TG! :cheerful:

 

I hear you on the lack of motivation and energy - I'm pretty much doing a "maintenance" challenge for the second time in a row, now.

There's simply not enough energy left for more... *sigh*

And I am totally with you on the "oh, yeah, I'm logging everything, but I'm simply logging that I am eating too much". :rolleyes:

Which is why I have set a calorie target again for this round. :D

 

I hope your family will be able to adjust to the empty nest situation soon!

 

Have fun playing the double this weekend!

Do you usually prefer playing single? If so, why? Or do you simply rarely get a chance playing doubles?

 

Thanks, Swampling. 

 

One week of last challenge, my company provided all the food, breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as open bar in 3 nights.

There were a few extra ordinary dinners as well. (One night was BBQ and very primal.)

I had a little too much wine and food, I admit. 

Then, following week, I went out to a couple of dinners with my coworkers for good restaurants. 

 

My socialization effort comes with the cost of extra calories. :)

 

Being introvert, I don't get into a team. So, playing tennis in team setting is going to be interesting.

I know the guy organizing just barely. (He organizes the town tourny.)

 

My home situation is - "tense". It's a bit stressful.

Racquet wielding rock gnome: Ranger - L6 - STR: 13, DEX: 8, STA: 13.5, CON: 12, WIS: 14, CHA: 11

 

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition…
Stay hungry. Stay foolish.†– Steve Jobs, Stanford University, 2005
 
You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take. -- Wayne Gretzky
 

6Wks Challenges: #9, #8, #7, #6, #5#4#3, #2.5#2, #1

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Just for a whim, I googled "introvert test" and got this link.

 

http://psychologytoday.tests.psychtests.com/take_test.php?idRegTest=1311

 

I did the test and my score is
Sociability: 36/100

 

According to your results you appear to be the type of person who doesn't socialize often. You likely have a limited social network, and possibly aren't really interested in extending it beyond a few close and intimate friendships. Having an active social life apparently isn't the most important thing to you. Chances are that when the opportunity arises to socialize among a large group of people, you'll likely turn it down if possible. This doesn't necessarily mean you don't enjoy socializing or being around people. Rather, you generally prefer spending time with smaller groups of friends. Individuals who score similarly to you typically aren't conversation-starters, especially with people they aren't familiar with. In addition, they aren't known to be exceptionally outgoing, unless among close friends.

 

 

It's very accurate.

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Racquet wielding rock gnome: Ranger - L6 - STR: 13, DEX: 8, STA: 13.5, CON: 12, WIS: 14, CHA: 11

 

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition…
Stay hungry. Stay foolish.†– Steve Jobs, Stanford University, 2005
 
You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take. -- Wayne Gretzky
 

6Wks Challenges: #9, #8, #7, #6, #5#4#3, #2.5#2, #1

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2014-09-25 Thu

 

Food:

 Macros 1,727cals  C:74, F:113, P:113

 Exercise: 86cals

And, I know that exercise is actually a little more today as during a mile walk, I did run a little and did a few walking lunch, as well as decline push ups, etc.

 

So, it's a good day. It's just about 1,600.

 

 

Something new:

Using meetup.com, I signed up to play a Sunday morning doubles. Another new thing I did.

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Racquet wielding rock gnome: Ranger - L6 - STR: 13, DEX: 8, STA: 13.5, CON: 12, WIS: 14, CHA: 11

 

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition…
Stay hungry. Stay foolish.†– Steve Jobs, Stanford University, 2005
 
You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take. -- Wayne Gretzky
 

6Wks Challenges: #9, #8, #7, #6, #5#4#3, #2.5#2, #1

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I am glad to see that you made a new challenge. We all need breaks sometimes, but it sounds like you could use some support, too :)

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Just for a whim, I googled "introvert test" and got this link.

 

http://psychologytoday.tests.psychtests.com/take_test.php?idRegTest=1311

 

I did the test and my score is

Sociability: 36/100

 

According to your results you appear to be the type of person who doesn't socialize often. You likely have a limited social network, and possibly aren't really interested in extending it beyond a few close and intimate friendships. Having an active social life apparently isn't the most important thing to you. Chances are that when the opportunity arises to socialize among a large group of people, you'll likely turn it down if possible. This doesn't necessarily mean you don't enjoy socializing or being around people. Rather, you generally prefer spending time with smaller groups of friends. Individuals who score similarly to you typically aren't conversation-starters, especially with people they aren't familiar with. In addition, they aren't known to be exceptionally outgoing, unless among close friends.

 

 

It's very accurate.

 

I got pretty much the same result. 35/100 :D

It's pretty spot on. :)

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Hobbit 

Challenges: 14 | 13 | 12 | 11 | 10 | 9| 7 | 6 | 5 | 4 | 3 | 2 | 1

My shiny new "battle" log - probably more of a plodding-along log, but hey, it's mine!

 

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2014-09-26 Fri

 

Exercise:

88 cals

 

Food:

2,052 cals, C:110 F:118 P:122

 

Just about 2,000 cals. Not really losing weight but it's exactly at TDEE.

 

 

My doubles league turns out that it starts the mid October, so no double match today.

But, I'm going out to play tennis with a really good player, and weather is beautiful.

 

I am planing to do a bike ride this afternoon. It's really a last sip of summer in New England.

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Racquet wielding rock gnome: Ranger - L6 - STR: 13, DEX: 8, STA: 13.5, CON: 12, WIS: 14, CHA: 11

 

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition…
Stay hungry. Stay foolish.†– Steve Jobs, Stanford University, 2005
 
You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take. -- Wayne Gretzky
 

6Wks Challenges: #9, #8, #7, #6, #5#4#3, #2.5#2, #1

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2014-09-27 Sat.

 

Wild day. Played tennis in the morning, and went to a bike ride.  Bike ride alone is 1,500 cals, and banging balls with one of best players in the town for another 600 cals or so.

I was spent at the end of day.

 

Food: 2,695 cals,  C: 270g, F: 99g, P: 135g

Exercise: 2,170

So, it's nearly 1500 cals under TDEE.

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Racquet wielding rock gnome: Ranger - L6 - STR: 13, DEX: 8, STA: 13.5, CON: 12, WIS: 14, CHA: 11

 

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition…
Stay hungry. Stay foolish.†– Steve Jobs, Stanford University, 2005
 
You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take. -- Wayne Gretzky
 

6Wks Challenges: #9, #8, #7, #6, #5#4#3, #2.5#2, #1

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Sounds like an awesome (but tiring) day!

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I hear ya TG, it can be dead easy to forget the reasons why we do certain things over a period of time, especially when the repercussions of bad food habits are way far out your reach.

I (personally) use 4 images that I have a positive association for each of my 4 key areas I want to balance and do well in (career//health/personal goals/support) to remind me of why I do why do, if I ever forget. It helps me on a very visceral level I find. Take your time, understand, experiment and be (just a tad!) patient xD

But I'm sure you know all about this :-)

You'll find a way to get past this feeling, understand it + be a tennis legend, that's a fact! xD

Excellent progress so far TG, keep it up!

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IntroductionBodyware: Fitness Journal

Challenge Belt: (1)(2)(3)(4), (5), (6), (7), [WOOT](8), [TEMP HIATUS], (9)

 

Bodyweight Info: Starting: 264.5lbs, Current: 167.8lbs (NEUTRAL)

 

IronGlider v2.10, Adventurer Rank: Level 8

 

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2014-09-28 Sun

 

Food: 1,858 C:102g, F:120, P:87g

 

I played doubles tennis - 2 sets, with easy level. It only counts as 400 cals or so.

In other word, TDEE-500 on target.

 

To be honest, to go to this meetup, I had to get up early 7am on Sunday morning.

Combined with yesterday's activities, I was wiped before noon. After eating lunch, I crashed on the couch while watching football game.

 

Something new:

So, this tennis was a meet up by meetup.com. I played with total random strangers.

Took me 5 minutes sitting in the car to gather up enough courage to walk into the park.

Well, 20 seconds of berserk is all you need.

 

Next Sunday, I'm thinking to do a bike ride with total strangers if my friends don't go.

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Racquet wielding rock gnome: Ranger - L6 - STR: 13, DEX: 8, STA: 13.5, CON: 12, WIS: 14, CHA: 11

 

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition…
Stay hungry. Stay foolish.†– Steve Jobs, Stanford University, 2005
 
You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take. -- Wayne Gretzky
 

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That was brave. Such a good way to use beserker mode! :)

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Sunday's bike ride pix.

 

East Providence's East bay bike path, in Bristol.

 

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And the bike path. It's really nice bike path. We don't have a lot of good weekends left for bike ride.

 

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Racquet wielding rock gnome: Ranger - L6 - STR: 13, DEX: 8, STA: 13.5, CON: 12, WIS: 14, CHA: 11

 

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition…
Stay hungry. Stay foolish.†– Steve Jobs, Stanford University, 2005
 
You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take. -- Wayne Gretzky
 

6Wks Challenges: #9, #8, #7, #6, #5#4#3, #2.5#2, #1

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I hear ya TG, it can be dead easy to forget the reasons why we do certain things over a period of time, especially when the repercussions of bad food habits are way far out your reach.

I (personally) use 4 images that I have a positive association for each of my 4 key areas I want to balance and do well in (career//health/personal goals/support) to remind me of why I do why do, if I ever forget. It helps me on a very visceral level I find. Take your time, understand, experiment and be (just a tad!) patient xD

But I'm sure you know all about this :-)

You'll find a way to get past this feeling, understand it + be a tennis legend, that's a fact! xD

Excellent progress so far TG, keep it up!

 

No, I don't know. I'll try. My self image is pretty bad to say the least.

I tried positivity group. I think it's not much of body image issue.

I like my body. It's more mental issue.

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Racquet wielding rock gnome: Ranger - L6 - STR: 13, DEX: 8, STA: 13.5, CON: 12, WIS: 14, CHA: 11

 

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition…
Stay hungry. Stay foolish.†– Steve Jobs, Stanford University, 2005
 
You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take. -- Wayne Gretzky
 

6Wks Challenges: #9, #8, #7, #6, #5#4#3, #2.5#2, #1

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2014-09-29 Mon

 

Food/Exercise

1,888 - 414 = 1,474

C: 97g, F: 91g, P:138

 

On the way home (by bike commute), it was misting, but warm enough.

I'll miss the bike commute with shorts soon.

 

Hope weather holds up so that we can play doubles tennis tomorrow morning.

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Racquet wielding rock gnome: Ranger - L6 - STR: 13, DEX: 8, STA: 13.5, CON: 12, WIS: 14, CHA: 11

 

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition…
Stay hungry. Stay foolish.†– Steve Jobs, Stanford University, 2005
 
You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take. -- Wayne Gretzky
 

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2014-09-30 Tue

 

Food/Exercise

1,695 - 79 = 1,616

C: 114g, F: 101g, P: 88g

 

We planned a tennis in the morning but the court was wet, and it misted all day.

I had a mile walk with ambrella on.

 

I think my tennis club is starting the winter season soon. That would cheer me up.

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Racquet wielding rock gnome: Ranger - L6 - STR: 13, DEX: 8, STA: 13.5, CON: 12, WIS: 14, CHA: 11

 

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition…
Stay hungry. Stay foolish.†– Steve Jobs, Stanford University, 2005
 
You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take. -- Wayne Gretzky
 

6Wks Challenges: #9, #8, #7, #6, #5#4#3, #2.5#2, #1

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YAAAAAAYYY!!! I found you!!! :triumphant: :triumphant:

 

So glad you decided to come back my friend.  :)

 

And a big hugs on this difficult time in your life. I can't imagine what it will be like when my kiddos all leave. But, I am soooooooo proud of you for picking yourself up and moving forward in a positive direction! You are awesome.  :D

 

And from what I'm reading your getting it done!

 

I'm now sub'd and following!

:cheerful:  and an extra  :cheerful:  ;)

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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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YAAAAAAYYY!!! I found you!!! :triumphant: :triumphant:

 

So glad you decided to come back my friend.  :)

 

And a big hugs on this difficult time in your life. I can't imagine what it will be like when my kiddos all leave. But, I am soooooooo proud of you for picking yourself up and moving forward in a positive direction! You are awesome.  :D

 

And from what I'm reading your getting it done!

 

I'm now sub'd and following!

:cheerful:  and an extra  :cheerful:  ;)

 

Thank you Ash!

I really needed you.

 

I'm in minor depression right now. I don't have energy. I cannot push myself.

This morning, I tried to do PLP, I did like 3x7 pull ups and stopped.

 

When I cannot find will power, I know what I should be doing - finding a way to make it a habit.

I even don't have a will power to plan to make it to a habit.

 

It would be nice if I can pick myself up and do more training. It's been kind of depressing.

So, I'm doing things I can do - like eating good.

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Racquet wielding rock gnome: Ranger - L6 - STR: 13, DEX: 8, STA: 13.5, CON: 12, WIS: 14, CHA: 11

 

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition…
Stay hungry. Stay foolish.†– Steve Jobs, Stanford University, 2005
 
You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take. -- Wayne Gretzky
 

6Wks Challenges: #9, #8, #7, #6, #5#4#3, #2.5#2, #1

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2014-10-01 Wed

 

Food/Exercise:

1,815 - 0 = 1,815

C: 74g, F: 126g, P: 110g

 

No exercise. Really shitty day. Rained all day.

However, I turned off TV around 10pm, and was in bed before mid night, which is a big plus.

 

Food wise, I ate okay, and 74g carbs is outstanding.

I made burgers (grass fed from Trader Joe's), and wrapped it in lettuce with tomato slices for dinner.

I also baked squash.

Total cals is just about TDEE, so it's even, and not a bad day.

 

I really have a temptation of munching a lot of almonds in the evening.

I do give in a little and eat like 5, 6 almonds at a time. And, the calorie counting may not stop me but slows me down enough.

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Racquet wielding rock gnome: Ranger - L6 - STR: 13, DEX: 8, STA: 13.5, CON: 12, WIS: 14, CHA: 11

 

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition…
Stay hungry. Stay foolish.†– Steve Jobs, Stanford University, 2005
 
You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take. -- Wayne Gretzky
 

6Wks Challenges: #9, #8, #7, #6, #5#4#3, #2.5#2, #1

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