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"i'll spread my wings and i'll learn how to fly

i'll do what it takes 'til i touch the sky.

and i'll make a wish,

take a chance,

make a change,

and breakaway..."

 

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Coming up with this challenge has been tough, mostly because I have little room for new habits without sacrificing my very solid exercise regimen, and I hate giving myself stat points for doing something I do anyway!  I have my eating/calorie goals dialed in (in fact, I should hit my weight loss goal very soon!), I'm settled into a good lifting regimen, I'm set for aerial twice a week... what to do?  Step out of my comfort zone and set a couple progress-based goals, apparently, and refocus on areas I've been neglecting lately (too many new habits, too little time!).  That means that I'll still count calories, take measurements, and lift all the heavy weights (and share any PRs, of course!) to maintain my weight loss, but overall, my challenge focus is going to be on self-improvement in the area that interests me most right now.  Considering what that area is, I think I won't be neglecting my pull-up practice, either. ^_^

 

MAIN QUEST: 

In short: become a Kaleido Star! better acrobat!  I'm really digging my aerial training, and I'll be stepping it up this challenge - up to two days a week (one class, one open gym).  I have a (possibly vain) hope of getting to the level 3/4 fabric class by 2016.  And of course, I want to give extra time and attention to my neglected flexiness... so, without further ado!

 

QUEST 1: FEARLESS IN FLIGHT (+2 DEX, +2 STR, +2 CHA)

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As much as this freaks me out, I am setting myself a progress-based goal this time around: by the end of the challenge, I will aim to master 3 new tricks on fabric.  There will theoretically be new items introduced every week in class, and I'll have open gyms to work on them.  Mastery in this case means I can successfully do the trick multiple times in a row, both sides.  New climbs count.  I more or less know my learning pace by now, so I think it should be doable!  And I will try for photos and/or videos if relevant as I check these boxes off!  Maybe I will manage a bent-arm straddle-up without hop at last???

  • A: 3 tricks, B: 2 tricks, C: 1 trick 

 

QUEST 2: BACK TO BASICS (+3 DEX, +1 CHA)

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I've been so busy trying to cram in lots and lots of lifting that I've completely neglected my yoga practice, and my flexibility has suffered as a result!  No longer!!!!  This goal is actually a two-parter: every week, do at least one consecutive 30-minute stretch session (if I make it to a yoga class, that counts), and try one new yoga challenge pose every week (does not have to be perfectly balanced - the attempt is what counts here).  Again, will post photos if I manage to do anything particularly cool!

  • A: both criteria met, B: 30 minute stretch session only, C: challenge pose only 

 

QUEST 3: HEALTHY HYDRATION (+3 CON)

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I am ashamed to admit this, but I am terrible at water.  I was actually better at it when I was heavier - I sweated a ton and used to go through three or four bottles in one workout - but now I don't get as winded and as a result seem to be drinking less and less of it.  Add to this that it's winter and I want hot (usually caffeinated) tea all the time, and, well.  Nowadays, I'm often waking up dehydrated, and dehydration negatively impacts flexibility, too, so basically, since I can't seem to dial this in on my own, I'm going to use the challenge to help me!  The goal will be to drain two 30oz water bottles per day outside of gym time (gym water is extra!).  Giving myself one bye day per week in case something goes awry, but I will try for all 7.

  • A: 6 days complete, B: 5 days complete, C: 4 days complete

 


LIFE QUEST: MONEY MANAGEMENT (+2 WIS)

So, I finished out the year with $7,999 on my interest-free credit card.  My goal is to be credit card debt free by 2016, and I have 10 months of no interest remaining.  Thus, I need to shrink this amount by $800 a month, while still paying other bills and taking on the additional load of stillskies' student loans, which come due for the first time this month... somehow, let's do this!  This challenge encompasses only one billing cycle, so the grades below are laid out accordingly!

  • A: $7,200 or less remaining on credit card, B: $7,350 or less remaining, C: $7,500 or less remaining


 

The points thus come out like this, assuming I mathed correctly:

 



STR : 2 (A=2, B=1, C=.5)

DEX : 5 (A=5, B=4, C=3)

CON: 3 (A=3, B=2, C=1)

WIS : 2 (A=2, B=1, C=.5)

CHA : 3 (A=3, B=2, C=1)



 

I'll be keeping track of daily accomplishments in a gdoc, publicly available HERE. The spreadsheet does all the fancy math for me (I love technology).

 

REWARDS: What would an epic quest be without treasure?  If I succeed, I will reward myself with something nice (that isn't food).  Rewards are stacking, meaning I get the A, B, and C rewards if I get to an A grade, the B and C rewards for B grade, and just the C reward for C grade.  Rewards are as follows:

 

A overall: BONUS LEVEL!  Camp Nerd Fitness, yo.  I want to go so badly.

B overall: Design Upgrade!  A fancy, all-out pedi at my favorite place near work.

C overall: Armor Upgrade!  A long-sleeve shirt (for aerial!) from Activate Apparel or Look Human.  Something geeky.  Possibly this one (probably the red sleeves).

 

Before pictures:

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Measurements:

 

Neck: 13.5"

Chest: 36"

Waist: 28.2"

Hips: 38.5"

Thigh: R: 23.3" L: 23"

Calf: R: 15.6"  L: 15.3"

Bicep: R: 11.2" L: 11.3"

 

Weight: 150.6 lbs

Dress/pants size:  6

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Excellent quests!  Subscribed!

 

Getting out of debt is great - you'll feel so liberated once you're there.  One thing to keep in mind is that those cards that say "interest free" applies only if you pay it off in full before the deadline.  If not, you will be back-charged all of the interest.

 

I love the treasure chest idea.  I'm totally stealing it :)  Hopefully I'll see you at Camp!

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DFTBA!

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I like you're goals and can't wait to follow along!

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Yay, looking forward to another challenge together!

 

Excellent quests!  Subscribed!

 

Getting out of debt is great - you'll feel so liberated once you're there.  One thing to keep in mind is that those cards that say "interest free" applies only if you pay it off in full before the deadline.  If not, you will be back-charged all of the interest.

 

I love the treasure chest idea.  I'm totally stealing it :)  Hopefully I'll see you at Camp!

 

Yup, absolutely!  Thus I say I have 10 months to clear the balance - before they back-charge me the interest. ^_^  Been down this road before..... got it all cleared up, but then lost my job and, well, have been carrying around the debt since (though I've long since found employment).

 

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay camp!

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Great goals and you always have such clarity and structure in these (will peak to that when I draft my own as I still feel like a bit of a newbie ;) )

 

YAY to more acrobatics!!! Can't wait to see the pics  :rapture:  :love-struck:

 

YAY to being debt free, best feeling ever!

 

YAY to stepping out of comfort zones, flexibility on all level, hey :D And I loooooove your reward system!

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battle log: counting the good things

current challenge: something, nothing, all the things

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How cool is it that the same God who created mountains and oceans and galaxies looked at you and thought the world needed one of you, too

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Awesome goals! ^_^

I love how you tacked on a life quest that is adult and helpful in everyday life! Keeping things in perspective - this is great.

 

Sub'ed for awesomeness!

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"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising up every time we fall." Confucius

 

 

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Yayayay!!!

Water is SO hard, I've been pretty dehydrated lately and the drier winter air doesn't help - it's all really taken its toll on my poor skin so I'm trying to hydrate better too...

CAMP, YOU GOT THIS!!!

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i am not waiting for a hero.  i saved myself long ago.

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"Well...in the end, it boils down to two simple choices. Either you do or you don't.

You'd think with all the problems in this world, there'd be more answers. It's not fair...
...But that's the way things are. The choice is yours."

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I'm glad you already knew.  Banks count on the consumer not realizing that, so I wanted to make sure my fellow nerd had it covered.  You can do this!  I'll give you a big high five WHEN (not if) I see you at camp 

 

Thanks for looking out for a fellow nerd! :love_heart:

 

Great goals and you always have such clarity and structure in these (will peak to that when I draft my own as I still feel like a bit of a newbie )

 

YAY to more acrobatics!!! Can't wait to see the pics  

 

YAY to being debt free, best feeling ever!

 

YAY to stepping out of comfort zones, flexibility on all level, hey  And I loooooove your reward system!

 

I hope there will be pics!  Hopefully I can make a friend or two to take some in open gyms. ^_^

 

I am pretty excited about my rewards!!!  Speaking of, I get to go order my shirt that I earned last challenge.... SENSHI LIFTING TEEEEEEAAAAAAM!

 

Good luck! I'll be watching for pictures too, acrobatics are super impressive. The Advanced Yoga Poses are too, great goal.

 

Thank you!  I hope to have some pics to amuse people with, for sure!

 

In on this. 

 

I'd wish you luck, but I know with your awesomeness, you don't need it.

 

You're too sweet.  Looking forward to all of your amazing advice as I tackle not sucking at egg-beaters. ;)

 

Awesome goals!  ^_^

I love how you tacked on a life quest that is adult and helpful in everyday life! Keeping things in perspective - this is great.

 

Sub'ed for awesomeness!

 

Fitness is important, but adulting is super important, too!  And this way I'm accountable to actually shrink my debt.  It's so needed.

 

Sub'ed!  :)

 

Yay!

 

subbededed~

 

Ditto!

 

Looking forward to following your challenge!

 

Thanks!  I'll wander on over to see how yours is coming along, too!

 

Yayayay!!!

Water is SO hard, I've been pretty dehydrated lately and the drier winter air doesn't help - it's all really taken its toll on my poor skin so I'm trying to hydrate better too...

CAMP, YOU GOT THIS!!!

 

I GOT THIS!

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I'll be following along just to see those pics!  That's awesome and really exciting and I think your goals are fantastic!

 

I need to work on paying down my credit card as well so kudos to you on that!

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Double post whoops!  QUICK DISTRACT THEM WITH THE CAT DANCE TROUPE! *dash*

 

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Race: Were-Jaguar | Class: CodeMONKey

Level: 18 | STR: 46  | DEX: 41  | STA: 35  | CON: 51  | WIS: 57 | CHA: 47

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I'll be following along just to see those pics!  That's awesome and really exciting and I think your goals are fantastic!

 

I need to work on paying down my credit card as well so kudos to you on that!

 

Going to do my best!  And probably end up re-watching Kaleido Star, since my challenge got splashed with Sora gifs everywhere......

 

It's going to be so amazing to owe only student loans.  Wow, I can't wait!

 

Double post whoops

 

Time to fill it with gifs!

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Going to do my best!  And probably end up re-watching Kaleido Star, since my challenge got splashed with Sora gifs everywhere......

 I have not heard of this show O.o.  Not sure what show to associate with my challenge (I suppose Justice League XD).

 

 

Time to fill it with gifs!

 

...BRILLIANT IDEA!

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Level: 18 | STR: 46  | DEX: 41  | STA: 35  | CON: 51  | WIS: 57 | CHA: 47

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 I have not heard of this show O.o.  Not sure what show to associate with my challenge (I suppose Justice League XD).

 

 

 

...BRILLIANT IDEA!

 

It's literally Cirque du Soleil the anime.  It's wonderful, honestly.  I love it so.  If you want, I'll lend you the first few discs. ^_^

 

And this is what I always do with double posts.... GIF PARTY.

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Subscribed. I'm away from work but will catch up on Monday. Looks like some fantastic goals, lady!

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Your goals are so great that I shamelessly stole one of them.  It'll be nice to have someone else in the guild working on crazy, advanced yoga poses.  :)  

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Your goals are so great that I shamelessly stole one of them.  It'll be nice to have someone else in the guild working on crazy, advanced yoga poses.   :)

 

Ha!  You are far more advanced than I!  But I will have to pop over and follow to see what amazingness you get up to!!!!!!

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Great goals, interesting and v different! I especially like your having actual solid rewards - and you just know you have to get an A now :)

 

Goood luck :D

 

Thanks!

 

I'm going to try hard!

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