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So, after successfully completing my first challenge, I decided it's time to join a guild and continue on in this crazy, nutty world of the Rebellion.

I'm still working to get fit for myself and to get fit for cosplay. I do a variety of cosplays, and this year, I'm aiming for: 
Erwin Smith of Attack on Titan
Tsukiyama Shuu of Tokyo Ghoul
Thranduil of The Hobbit
Cecil Palmer of Welcome to Night Vale
and
Makishima Yuusuke of Yowamushi Pedal!

I commute to work on my beautiful Bianchi Advantage, but I have asthma, so the endurance that many other endurance athletes have is limited by my illness. But I don't care. I can't grow stronger and I can't let my own illness keep me from enjoying what I love. I can push myself at my own rate and my goals for this second (and hopefully very successful plan) are as follows:

My goal? Continue to slim down so my very feminine shape can fit these more masculine body types! Last goal, I tried to get from 170 to 165! I went above and beyond and managed to get myself to 162! Now, I want to drop another 5, so I'm aiming for 157. To get to this goal, here is my strategy!

 

1. Ride 100+ Miles!
Spring is coming and my days on the gym bike are coming to an end. Last cycling season, I managed to go just a bit above 300 miles! This year, I want to go more, so my first challenge is to pedal 100 or more miles during this first 6 weeks. I will be including hours pedaled on my lovely bike and miles pedaled on the gym when I go with friends towards this goal. 

Prize:  3 STA and 1 CHA (cause really, pedaling 100 miles in 6 weeks is a lot for me! 8D) If I get more than 100 miles, then I get an extra 1 CHA.

Grade: A: 100-90% B: 89%-80% C: 79%-70% D: 69%-50% F: <50%


2. Heading Towards Paleo

I've been working for a paleo diet slowly but surely. I've cut (most) processed grains and refined sugars, I've reintroduced meat to my diet after a long stint as a vegetarian, and slowly, I've been purging my pantry of the remaining non-paleo foods I have and replacing them with paleo items.
But, there are still some things lingering and now it's time to get rid of them:

Quinoa, lentils, falafel, chickpeas, barley, pasta, peas, TVP, and malted milk powder.

I can't just throw these out, as much as I'd like. I'm poor. So my goal is to get rid of these last remnants over the course of these 6 weeks by eating one meal a day with one of these items in it and one snack. The other meals and snacks in my diet will be 100% paleo! At the end of the 6 weeks, either these remnants will all be gone and replaced with new items, or whatever will be left will be so minimal that it can be thrown out without guilt and new paleo items can be introduced to my diet.

Prize: 3 CON 1 WIS
Grade: A--get rid of it all and don't break the meal plan more than 2 times! B--get rid of most of it, break the meal plan no more than 3 times! C--get rid of most of it, break the meal plan no more than 4 times! D--more than a bit is left over, break meal plan 5 times! F--quite a bit left over, meal plan frequently broken!

 

 

3: Getting Stronger (and more flexible!)
I really wanna work on my core strength and the flexibility in my legs, to help make me a better cyclist and to help make me look a little more trim!
So, this go around, I'm going to be completing two Neila Rey challenges. 

 

The first is the Ab Challenge!

The second is the Flex Challenge!

Five days a week for the next six weeks, I'll be doing these sets, with two break days per week! I hope to see some results and have taken some before photos to post with after photos. I'll also be tracking how much my splits improve day to day. : )

Prize: DEX 2 STR 1
Grade: A--DO THEM ALL! Don't miss a day! B--Do them all with make up days! C--Do most of them with make up days! D--Do them, but don't keep to schedule. F--Eh, you tried, but not really.

 

Finally, my life goal:
Last challenge, I studied for, and took the GRE! My scores were amazing and I'm really proud of them! Now it's time to get into graduate school. Over the course of this challenge, I plan to gather my resources for applying (transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.) and apply to all three schools of choice! It'll take time and quite a bit of money, so I'm going to have to cut frivilous spending and use my extra income to pay for my applications and transcripts. All broken down, it should total out to one school every 2 weeks, though I suspect the time line will vary!

Prize: 2 WIS, 1 CHA
Grade: 3: ALL THREE APPLIED FOR! 2: TWO APPLIED FOR! 1: ONE APPLIED FOR! .5: GATHERED MATERIALS AND MONEY, BUT DID NOT APPLY.



Pedal on and get going, Dandizette! You can do this! Over and out!

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High Elf | Scout | Level 3
[ STR 3.5 | DEX 3 | STA 7 | CON 3 | WIS 7 | CHA 4 ]
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"I do not intend to make excuses."

 

100 Plus Miles!

101%
101%

 
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So you're with us! Yay!

 

Your goals are really nice. Very specific which will work in your favor. Love the life goal. Congrats on the GRE!

Do you have favorite places to ride?

I'm doing veggie hunting and eating so if you want ideas, hop on over to my thread. Folks have been really generous in their ideas and recipes! And check out the mini challenge and see if you like it.

Good Luck, dandizette!

We're here for you. 

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better is right here, right now

The Way

Here's to all the 1% increases in life!

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Hellooooo, friend! I was beginning to wonder when you would post your challenge thread! Glad to see you've come back for another round! :D

 

Your goals sound awesome. That's a lot of biking, holy moly. Good luck on your grad school applications!!

It took me awhile! I had work and other things to tend to. But I'm glad we're both back! Cross guild buddies!

(also, I totally had coffee and honey the other day and it made me think of you and the Ranger's books, which I can read now!!)

It is a lot of biking, but I do about 7 a day once the good weather starts, and then I average 8 a day at the gym when I go, so I'm confident I'll get there. : )

The applications I am less confident about, but I'm gonna do it! 

We're both gonna do so awesome this time around! 8)

High Elf | Scout | Level 3
[ STR 3.5 | DEX 3 | STA 7 | CON 3 | WIS 7 | CHA 4 ]
Second Challenge | Battle Log

"I do not intend to make excuses."

 

100 Plus Miles!

101%
101%

 
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So you're with us! Yay!

 

Your goals are really nice. Very specific which will work in your favor. Love the life goal. Congrats on the GRE!

Do you have favorite places to ride?

I'm doing veggie hunting and eating so if you want ideas, hop on over to my thread. Folks have been really generous in their ideas and recipes! And check out the mini challenge and see if you like it.

Good Luck, dandizette!

We're here for you. 

 

I love specific goals and I spent a good chunk of the last challenge thinking about what goals I'd use for this challenge. :3

Thanks! It was tough, but the studying paid off!

There is a hilly road near where I live on the way to work. Lots of ups and downs. It winds through foothills leading up to the rockies, with pastures on the other side. Gorgeous!

There is also a lovely greenbelt path that follows a river through a birds of prey nesting area. Gorgeous in the spring and cool in the summer. Those are my favorite places to go. : )

Thanks! I'll be sure to check out both! 8)

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High Elf | Scout | Level 3
[ STR 3.5 | DEX 3 | STA 7 | CON 3 | WIS 7 | CHA 4 ]
Second Challenge | Battle Log

"I do not intend to make excuses."

 

100 Plus Miles!

101%
101%

 
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It took me awhile! I had work and other things to tend to. But I'm glad we're both back! Cross guild buddies!

(also, I totally had coffee and honey the other day and it made me think of you and the Ranger's books, which I can read now!!)

It is a lot of biking, but I do about 7 a day once the good weather starts, and then I average 8 a day at the gym when I go, so I'm confident I'll get there. : )

The applications I am less confident about, but I'm gonna do it! 

We're both gonna do so awesome this time around! 8)

 

Ah, yeah. Life does tend to get in the way, huh. I'm glad it got out of the way enough for you to post up here! :)

(Haha, awesome! READ THEM READ THEM :D )

 

Wow, ok. No wonder you joined the Scouts!! Jeez louise! :P

 

We are gonna kick some serious booty!! :triumphant:

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Ah, yeah. Life does tend to get in the way, huh. I'm glad it got out of the way enough for you to post up here! :)

(Haha, awesome! READ THEM READ THEM :D )

 

Wow, ok. No wonder you joined the Scouts!! Jeez louise! :tongue:

 

We are gonna kick some serious booty!! :triumphant:

I will put the first on hold tomorrow. : )

Yeah. XD And even then, for an endurance athlete, I'm weak. So much asthma. DX

But still, I just love going forever!

*punches air*

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High Elf | Scout | Level 3
[ STR 3.5 | DEX 3 | STA 7 | CON 3 | WIS 7 | CHA 4 ]
Second Challenge | Battle Log

"I do not intend to make excuses."

 

100 Plus Miles!

101%
101%

 
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How did your first week go?

I think it went pretty well!

An over view of what I posted on my battle log (that's where I'm most active. DX)

Meal plan to purge gluten and get rid of the last remnants of my non-paleo pantry is going mostly well. I had one day where I was definitely feeling bloaty and uncomfortable so I took a day off from the grains. Before the challenge and my decision to purge, I was having maybe one or two non-paleo meals a week? But now I'm trying to get rid of it and so I'm eating a little more and my body is feeling it. Funny how that works (I am being sarcastic, of course.)

I HATE FLUTTER KICKS. A lot. They are terrible. but I am getting better at them. Same with the side splits.

I got 8 miles in only, but I got my bike tuned up and a new saddle, so the second week has more riding.

And my grad school stuff is going slowly but surely. I got invited to apply to Pratt in Manhattan and I heard back from one school regarding letters of recommendation. : )

I started and finished the hand challenge, but realized I forgot to post about it in the board. D:

 

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High Elf | Scout | Level 3
[ STR 3.5 | DEX 3 | STA 7 | CON 3 | WIS 7 | CHA 4 ]
Second Challenge | Battle Log

"I do not intend to make excuses."

 

100 Plus Miles!

101%
101%

 
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WOW!

SO!

I finished!

I fell behind posting during the High Holy week, because I was away from my computer a lot. But, here's the break down!

Overall Goal: Get to 157
Well, I only made it to 158. But you know what, I'm still pretty pleased with myself!

1. 100 Miles?
GOT IT! In fact, I got 101! Despite spring rains and winds, and a few days in the shop, I got my 100 miles in, plus 1!
A+! 3 STA and 1 CHA to me!

2. Heading Towards Paleo?
This one I wasn't perfect on. On a few occasions, I broke my plan and ate more than the proscribed. I did however get rid of the last non-paleo food items in my house~ So I'm gonna give myself a B here.
2 CON 1 WIS

3. GETTING STRONGER (And more Flexible!)?
This one was  HARD. I won't lie. I went from doing terrible side splits though to nearly (but not quite! Damn those last 9 inches!) reaching the floor. I can now do flutter kicks like nobody's business and I am a much better planker for it.
A+ 2 DEX 1 STR


Life Goal:
Apply to Graduate school:
This one was perhaps the hardest of all. Coordinating my letters of recomendation, my official records and GRE scores, plus saving up for the application fees was hard. And those essays. THOSE ESSAYS.
But I did it. I got my applications in!
A+ 2 WIS 1 CHA


Notes:
-That last the week and the week preceeding were hard to keep on top of posting. I got everything done, but I dropped out of the NF community to focus on life. I understand that that happens, but I'd like to not let that happen next time. It doesn't feel good.
-I learned that sometimes things don't go according to plan, but not to beat yourself up about it.
-And I learned that sometimes you face limitations you simply can't overcome, but no matter what, nothing you've accomplished is worth any less because of it. 

That's it! Over and out for this challenge! See you again next time, NF~
 

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High Elf | Scout | Level 3
[ STR 3.5 | DEX 3 | STA 7 | CON 3 | WIS 7 | CHA 4 ]
Second Challenge | Battle Log

"I do not intend to make excuses."

 

100 Plus Miles!

101%
101%

 
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Love your notes!

You might want to make a side goal of checking in with NF twice a week or something, to keep it in your mind throughout the challenge. Dunno.

See you soon!

22nd level Wanderer

better is right here, right now

The Way

Here's to all the 1% increases in life!

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