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Manarelle

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Challenges: 

  • 1: Jan '15 - HIIT, German language learning
  • 2: Feb '15 - BBWW, sewing
  • 3: Apr '15 - Gardening/ BBWW, Russian, sing, dance
  • 4: May '15 - Handstands
  • 5: Jul '15 - Workout/ planks
  • 6: Sept '15 - Ankle injury & rehab
  • 7: Nov '15 - Still ankle rehab, some workout
  • 8: Jan '16 - Cardio, flexibility
  • 9: Feb '16 - Posture & attitude towards weight
  • 10: Mar '16 - Parkour & workouts

 

(Yes, I totally stole the "suggested post," because otherwise I'd dither over what to include and never get this done!)

 

 

 

 

Introduction:  Hi I am Manarelle and this is my first challenge. I started using the Rebellion's guide to bodyweight training two months ago when hours of cardio were doing nothing for my knee problems or my weight. I got from 200 lbs to 175 with cardio and cutting out snacks, but when I hit a plateau mid-2014, I got discouraged. With the bodyweight training, I'm ignoring the scales, craving healthy foods, and feel so much better in my own skin.

 

 

 

 

 

Main Quest:  Do the full Beginner Bodyweight Workout (all 3 sets) without breaking form due to exhaustion.

 

 

 

 

 

Quest 1: Work the HIIT workouts into my schedule (I'm still recovering from a cold). 

 

 

Measurement: A = once a week, every week, B = once a week, 4-5 weeks, C = once a week, 1-3 weeks

 

 

Reward: A = +3 STA, B = +2 STA, C = +1 STA

 

 

 

 

 

Quest 2: Eat no sugary/cornsyrupy junk food for the next six weeks

 

 

Measurement: A = 0 junk snacks, B =  2 junk snacks, C = 4 junk snacks

 

 

Reward: A = +3 CON, B = +2CON, C = +1 CON

 

 

 

 

 

Quest 3: Use the Irish dance warm-up and stretches when I work out to improve balance and flexibility.

 

 

Measurement: A = 21 days; B = 19 days, C = 17 days

 

 

Reward: A = +3 DEX, B = +2 DEX, C = +1 DEX

 

 

 

 

 

Life Quest: Complete a review or new chapter of German at least 5 times a week (I use Duolingo).

 

 

Measurement: A = 5 times, every week, B = 4 times, C = 3 times

 

 

Reward: A = +2 WIS, B = +1 WIS, C = +0.5 WIS

 

 

 

 

 

Motivation:  I used to do Irish dance, and it was exhilarating. Even back then, I would still fall over after a 2-3 minute dance. I would love to be in a place where I could finish a dance and still feel strong!

 

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Manarelle the Level 55 Amazon Assassin

Gryffindarling and Sith Acolyte, somehow.

Challenges: 1-1011-2021-3031-4041-50, 51-60, Current

 

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Hello fellow rebel! Congrats on loosing weight from a couple months ago; you should be proud of yourself for that! It's normal to reach a plateau. Don't give up; you can and will overcome it. Good luck on your 6 Week Challenge :)

"Don't trade what you want most of all for what you want in the moment." 

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Hello and Welcome to the Rebellion!


My name is Amdhiel and I’m an ambassador for the Assassin Guild. I see that your challenge includes a few things that we Assassins enjoy and we’d love to help you crush your goals! 

If you want to gather some more information about the guild, stop buy the Assassin Guild Info & Announcements thread to find out what’s happening. If you want to find someone with similar interests, including body weight training and dance, keep an eye out for the Assassins Phonebook.

If you want to get to know our crazy guild better or just ask a question stop by the Assassins' Den or the Level 1 Assassin Initiates Q&A/Chat thread for Level 1’s and introduce yourself. We’re a friendly and supportive guild so don’t be shy about sending us messages or asking for help!

If you ever have any questions or need any help, please let me or any Assassin Ambassador know.  You can get in touch with me by posting in my challenge thread or by sending me a private message. Also, thanks for reminding me to get back on the Duolingo German bandwagon ;)

The Ambassadors and I will be checking in on you from time to time to see how you’re doing. Remember that most successful path is one that includes plenty of support. You're an amazingly strong person and I know you can crush those goals!

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"Why do we fall sir? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up." Alfred - Batman Begins

 

 

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Today has been absolute crap. Feeling un-motivated, un-focused and my legs still hurt from Tuesday's workout. Muscles are starting to show up in new places, but the fat isn't going away yet, so my clothes feel weird. Woke up to my gentleman's cat puking everywhere, and the gentleman was running too late to clean it up. My "healthy snack" of a hard-boiled egg didn't want to peel, so all i got was a handful of shattered egg white.

 

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Ok, I'm done. Just needed to get that out. I'm gonna go try this HIIT workout... maybe that'll go well. 

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Manarelle the Level 55 Amazon Assassin

Gryffindarling and Sith Acolyte, somehow.

Challenges: 1-1011-2021-3031-4041-50, 51-60, Current

 

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I'm tracking daily progress on my wall calendar, which goes Sunday - Saturday, so here's my... 

 

Week 1 update: 

 

Quest 1: Did the HIIT on that crummy day, loved it. Definitely doing it again.

Quest 2: No sugary snacks! 

Quest 3: Little behind on this one, only used the dance routine twice this week. Feels good though.

 

Life quest: reviewed or completed a new chapter 5 times! 

 

Evening classes start back up next week... That'll be interesting to balance, but I'll make it happen. Just have to stay on track. 

Manarelle the Level 55 Amazon Assassin

Gryffindarling and Sith Acolyte, somehow.

Challenges: 1-1011-2021-3031-4041-50, 51-60, Current

 

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Week 2 update: 


 


Quest 1: Did HIIT one time, still working on refining the high-intensity movements. Discovered squat jumps are NOT it... yet. 


Quest 2: No sugary snacks! (Pumpkin seed bars are also not it though).


Quest 3: Used the dance warm-up four times, and added the cool-down twice. Back on track. 


 


Life quest: 6 nights of German.


 


Evening classes are back in full swing, and I had a 16-page write-up due this week. I'm going to try to budget time better, because it feels like I got workouts and classes done, but lost almost all of my game time. Only two hours logged on this week. I'll never hit max level at this rate!


Manarelle the Level 55 Amazon Assassin

Gryffindarling and Sith Acolyte, somehow.

Challenges: 1-1011-2021-3031-4041-50, 51-60, Current

 

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Week 3 update: 


 


Quest 1: Did HIIT one time, kept it not at 100% though, I think I'm coming down with a cold again; breathing hard makes me cough. 


Quest 2: No sugary snacks! Also got a new app to track foods to see if I have dietary issues, or just haven't been feeling well. 


Quest 3: Used the dance warm-up and cool-down four times.


 


Life quest: Only 4 nights of German. 


 


Well, 3 out of 4 isn't bad, and I have been hitting 3 full sets of the BBWW for this entire week, so yay! I'm really hoping that the stuffy nose and coughing is just a leftover from the last time I was sick, and I'm not heading for another bout of aches and coughing. 


Manarelle the Level 55 Amazon Assassin

Gryffindarling and Sith Acolyte, somehow.

Challenges: 1-1011-2021-3031-4041-50, 51-60, Current

 

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And right on schedule, I get smacked in the gob with a cold. How the heck is one supposed to workout and making improvements while coughing up a lung? I really wish my workplace would encourage people to stay home when they're sick, instead of everyone "toughing it out" and spreading germs. 

Manarelle the Level 55 Amazon Assassin

Gryffindarling and Sith Acolyte, somehow.

Challenges: 1-1011-2021-3031-4041-50, 51-60, Current

 

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Seem to be going a pretty solid pattern of good/bad weeks here. This week was not great. I came down with a head cold that turned into a sinus infection, and I'm only now starting to be able to breathe again. I've stuck with healthy eating habits, but haven't been able to do anything more than stretch without going into coughing fits. Going to try to do the BBWW this weekend, but I think I'm gonna have to miss doing the HIIT workout this week. :( 

 

Next week will be better... I hope...

Manarelle the Level 55 Amazon Assassin

Gryffindarling and Sith Acolyte, somehow.

Challenges: 1-1011-2021-3031-4041-50, 51-60, Current

 

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Week 4 update: 


 


Quest 1: Sick; managed to do one day of BBWW, slowly. Back to it this week. 


Quest 2: No sugary snacks.


Quest 3: Did my stretches twice this week, once with a workout and once because I was tired of laying in bed being pathetic. 


 


Life quest: reviewed or completed a new chapter 5 times.


 


Two more weeks to go. I already know that the next challenge is going to involve not getting stressed out so much... 


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Gryffindarling and Sith Acolyte, somehow.

Challenges: 1-1011-2021-3031-4041-50, 51-60, Current

 

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Some sort of Jedi .....

We are better than we know, if we can be made to see it, [then] for the rest of our lives, we'll be unwilling to settle for less.  

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Chris-Tien Jinn, 

   Love the puppy, thanks for the smile! Not the best week, as there was a major project due for evening classes, but I'm making some progress still, and certainly not giving up. 

 

Week 5 update: 

 

Quest 1: Got my HIIT in, though still carefully. 

Quest 2: No sugary snacks.

Quest 3: 3 warm-ups and cool-downs, and set an hourly notice to stretch at work. 

 

Life quest: Only 2 days of German, but I am focusing more on Russian as I realize gaps in my vocab. 

 

One more week! This definitely gave me a lot of insight for the next challenge. Obviously, staying away from sugar isn't a big thing anymore, and I need to prioritize school and Russian before adding a new language. I got up to 3 reps on the BBWW, but then realized my form was off, and dropped down to 2, but I feel it a lot more. 

Manarelle the Level 55 Amazon Assassin

Gryffindarling and Sith Acolyte, somehow.

Challenges: 1-1011-2021-3031-4041-50, 51-60, Current

 

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Very nice progress!

 

If you ever need someone to check your Russian, hit me up - it's my first language. ^_^

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Ok, trying really, really hard not to squee here. :) If you're serious, I always have little questions about word usage (most of which start with "о чем разница между...") Мне надо пиÑать и говорить по-руÑÑкий. Я читаю книги и новоÑти, и Ñлушаю музыку, а только иногда Ñоздавать новые предложениÑ. 

Manarelle the Level 55 Amazon Assassin

Gryffindarling and Sith Acolyte, somehow.

Challenges: 1-1011-2021-3031-4041-50, 51-60, Current

 

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Final update: 


 


Quest 1: Got my HIIT in, shortened the recovery time to 90 seconds, still felt good. 


Quest 2: Had a couple Twizzlers on Sunday. 


Quest 3: 3 warm-ups and cool-downs, and set an hourly notice to stretch at work. 


 


Life quest: German's been put on the backseat as the final project for school is due. 


 


Overall, I'm going to count this as a success, although there were definitely some rough spots. I also think I will not be messing with stat points just yet, as I want to keep it simple and focus on the goals, not the numbers. I learned a LOT about what to aim for goals going forward, and how to keep them measurable and balanced. I have a lot of problems making reasonable goals that don't interfere with other things (like school and current responsibilities); this helped me realize that smaller, attainable goals are better than big ones that sound good but ultimately stress me out. Can't wait til the next challenge, I'll be posting in the assassins!


Thank you to everyone for the comments and support. 


Manarelle the Level 55 Amazon Assassin

Gryffindarling and Sith Acolyte, somehow.

Challenges: 1-1011-2021-3031-4041-50, 51-60, Current

 

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