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Let's start small and focus on a simple goal that is easily doable in 6 weeks.

 

Bio: I am an active archaeologist working on staying strong as the field tears me down. Even with all that and my much cleaner eating, I have a hard time losing weight. It's stagnate at 178 lbs and refuses to budge. What's more aggravating, the more physically active I get, the more weight I gain. I've had my thyroid checked and there's apparently nothing wrong with it, but I am skeptical. I have taken to tracking my measurements and those do seem to change, so I've shifted my focus here as a way of tracking my success. 

 

That said, I want to work on things I've always wanted to do, but have been discouraged from due to my mass. So, I've decided to just do what I want, do it at my pace, and be as good at it as I can be. If things happen to my body then that's great, otherwise, I'm pretty ok with my body and am interested to see what I can do with it. 

 

Main Quest: To get the basics of Ballet down. I've been wanting to do this for a long time, and now that I'm in my 30's it's a great time to start, right?

 

Quest 1: Get Bendy with it. Focus on challenging myself with advanced yoga positions and strengthening my back and hips. We're working up to inverted positions, but that's a challenge for another time.

 

Yoga Every Morning all week. - A - DEX +1 ; STA +1 ; CON +1
Yoga 5 Mornings a week. - B - DEX +.75 ; STA +.75 ; CON +.75
Yoga 3 Mornings a week. - C - DEX +.5 ; STA +.5 ; CON +.5
Yoga 2 Mornings a week. - D - DEX +.25 ; STA +.25 ; CON +.25
No Yoga. - F

 

Quest 2: Barre Crawl and Center Work. I've got 2 good Intro Vid teachers, so focusing on just getting my body to move right is the goal.

Barre and Center 5 nights a week. - A - DEX +2 ; STA +1 ; CON +1 ; STR +1
Barre and Center 3 nights a week. - B - DEX +1.75 ; STA +.75 ; CON +.5 ; STR +.5
Barre and Center 2 nights a week, or Either Barre or Center alternating nights a week. - C - DEX +.5 ; STA +.5 ; CON +.25 ; STR +.25
Either Barre or Center 1 night a week. - D - DEX +.25; STA +0; CON +0; STR +0
No dance practice. - F

 

Power Up: Make it to an actual ballet class at an actual school. WIS + 1; CHA + .5

 

Quest 3: Resistance is Strength. I want to keep my upper body in some shape, and I know I need upper body strength to maintain posture. So I want to work with my Resistance Bands or Kettlebells during the challenge.

 

Bells or Bands 4 nights a week - A - STR +2 ; STA +2 ; CON +1.5
Bells or Bands 3 nights a week - B - STR +1.5 ; STA +1 ; CON +1
Bells or Bands 2 nights a week - C - STR +1 ; STA +.75 ; CON +.75
Bells or Bands 1 night a week - D - STR +.5 ; STA +0 ; CON +0
No Bells or Bands. - F

 

Power up - Get bronze medals on my pedometer all week. - Counts as one night of working out.

 

Side Quest: Clean up the craft room and toss a bunch of crap out. Be really brutal about this, I don't need all that scrap fabric and random bits of junk. Probably can live without the patterns too.

 

Foreseen Obstacles: I will be making a big move out of state during this. It will complicate things and really cinches down my budget, so no classes at an actual school for me this 6 weeks.

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Aranel Eraisuithiel


Class/Profession: Half-elf  Druid/Scout – Level 1/1


Current Attributes: STR: 1, DEX: 1, STA: 4, CON: 3, WIS: 4, CHA: 2


Current Challenge:  Aranel Tries This Whole Thing Again


Previous Challenges: Aranel Ventures Forth


Aranel's Rather Sketchy and not Wholly Complete Travel Logs.


 

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Week 1 : Beginning Weight 180lbs, Beginning Measurements - Chest 33.5, Waist 35, Hips 44, Thighs 25.5.

               Ending Weight 180lbs,  Ending Measurements - Chest 34, Waist 35, Hips 44, Thighs 26

 

               Monday:  

               Tuesday:  Resistance Bands - Upper Arms, Yoga - Hips and Arms

               Wednesday:  

               Thursday:  

               Friday:  

               Saturday:  

               Sunday:  

 

This week was challenging for me because we were moving and I was trying to get ready for a dig that starts on the 15th and all hell was breaking loose. It was hectic and all I really wanted was to explore the new town we live in. Also we ate a lot and even though it was mostly quite good for us we probably have more calories than needed, and I didn't keep my food journal that week so who knows! Also, despite getting out and walking every day, I didn't work out but once. So, though my walking gets me a day's workout free, I still only have 1 workout day. 

 

                Weekly Grade: F

 

                             Quest 1: Get Bendy with it. - F

                              Quest 2: Barre Crawl and Center Work. - F

                              Quest 3: Resistance is Strength. - C 

 

 

Week 2 :  Ending Weight lbs,  Ending Measurements - Chest , Waist , Hips , Thighs 

 

               Monday:  

               Tuesday:  

               Wednesday:  

               Thursday:  

               Friday:  

               Saturday:  

               Sunday:  

 

 

                Weekly Grade:

 

                             Quest 1: Get Bendy with it.

                              Quest 2: Barre Crawl and Center Work.

                              Quest 3: Resistance is Strength.

 

 

Week 3 :  Ending Weight lbs,  Ending Measurements - Chest , Waist , Hips , Thighs

 

               Monday:  

               Tuesday:  

               Wednesday:  

               Thursday:  

               Friday:  

               Saturday:  

               Sunday:  

 

 

                Weekly Grade:

 

                             Quest 1: Get Bendy with it.

                              Quest 2: Barre Crawl and Center Work.

                              Quest 3: Resistance is Strength.

 

 

Week 4 :  Ending Weight 178 lbs,  Ending Measurements - Chest 33, Waist 35, Hips 45, Thighs 25

 

               Monday:  

               Tuesday:  

               Wednesday:  

               Thursday:  

               Friday:  

               Saturday:  

               Sunday:  

 

 

                Weekly Grade: F

 

                             Quest 1: Get Bendy with it.

                              Quest 2: Barre Crawl and Center Work.

                              Quest 3: Resistance is Strength.

 

 

Week 5 :  Ending Weight lbs,  Ending Measurements - Chest , Waist , Hips , Thighs

 

               Monday:  

               Tuesday:  

               Wednesday:  

               Thursday:  

               Friday:  

               Saturday:  

               Sunday:  

 

 

                Weekly Grade:

 

                             Quest 1: Get Bendy with it.

                              Quest 2: Barre Crawl and Center Work.

                              Quest 3: Resistance is Strength.

 

 

Week 6 :  Ending Weight 177 lbs,  Ending Measurements - Chest , Waist , Hips , Thighs

 

               Monday:  

               Tuesday:  

               Wednesday:  

               Thursday:  

               Friday:  

               Saturday:  

               Sunday:  

 

 

                Weekly Grade: F

 

                             Quest 1: Get Bendy with it.

                              Quest 2: Barre Crawl and Center Work.

                              Quest 3: Resistance is Strength.

 

 

 

 

Aranel Eraisuithiel


Class/Profession: Half-elf  Druid/Scout – Level 1/1


Current Attributes: STR: 1, DEX: 1, STA: 4, CON: 3, WIS: 4, CHA: 2


Current Challenge:  Aranel Tries This Whole Thing Again


Previous Challenges: Aranel Ventures Forth


Aranel's Rather Sketchy and not Wholly Complete Travel Logs.


 

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Holy crap this challenge starts Monday and I am going to have to juggle that and moving. Wish me luck!

Aranel Eraisuithiel


Class/Profession: Half-elf  Druid/Scout – Level 1/1


Current Attributes: STR: 1, DEX: 1, STA: 4, CON: 3, WIS: 4, CHA: 2


Current Challenge:  Aranel Tries This Whole Thing Again


Previous Challenges: Aranel Ventures Forth


Aranel's Rather Sketchy and not Wholly Complete Travel Logs.


 

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I love this challenge. I'm also a ballet dancer, started when I was very young, stopped for a long time, and have recently gone back to class as an adult. My daughter is also a ballet dancer, so lots of core strengthening and theraband workouts going on in this house. Let me know if you need any ideas and enjoy!

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Level 2 Human Druid

3.375 STR / 1.375 DEX / 0 STA / 2 CON / 3.75 WIS / 1 CHA

 

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." - Albert Einstein

"In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was within me an invincible summer." - Albert Camus

"There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly." - R. Buckminster Fuller

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My dream is to take adult beginner ballet. I always wanted to as a kid, but was kind of limited to things that were available at my school. I'd like to put a barre in the spare room I use to workout... but, I need to know I'm going to use it first.

 

I want to make a barre out of pvc pipe so I can break it down and take it with me when I travel. Also it would be light and durable. 

Aranel Eraisuithiel


Class/Profession: Half-elf  Druid/Scout – Level 1/1


Current Attributes: STR: 1, DEX: 1, STA: 4, CON: 3, WIS: 4, CHA: 2


Current Challenge:  Aranel Tries This Whole Thing Again


Previous Challenges: Aranel Ventures Forth


Aranel's Rather Sketchy and not Wholly Complete Travel Logs.


 

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I love this challenge. I'm also a ballet dancer, started when I was very young, stopped for a long time, and have recently gone back to class as an adult. My daughter is also a ballet dancer, so lots of core strengthening and theraband workouts going on in this house. Let me know if you need any ideas and enjoy!

 

Thanks! I will!

Aranel Eraisuithiel


Class/Profession: Half-elf  Druid/Scout – Level 1/1


Current Attributes: STR: 1, DEX: 1, STA: 4, CON: 3, WIS: 4, CHA: 2


Current Challenge:  Aranel Tries This Whole Thing Again


Previous Challenges: Aranel Ventures Forth


Aranel's Rather Sketchy and not Wholly Complete Travel Logs.


 

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So it should be pretty evident I am not going to pass this challenge. I'm still going to log in as much as possible in the next two weeks. I knew this might be a rough challenge due to the move and other circumstances. So the fact that I got what I did was pretty good I think. Still not passing, but at least I tried.

 

So now what, you might be asking?

 

I think this was a decent challenge, So I am going to recycle it next 6 weeks. Like a practice run of sorts. I don't have any real roadblocks coming up, even GenCon is an opportunity to get in some walking. 

 

So No, I am not going to beat myself up. Yes, I am going to do my best these next two weeks. and Yes, I am going to do this again, it was completely worth it. 

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Aranel Eraisuithiel


Class/Profession: Half-elf  Druid/Scout – Level 1/1


Current Attributes: STR: 1, DEX: 1, STA: 4, CON: 3, WIS: 4, CHA: 2


Current Challenge:  Aranel Tries This Whole Thing Again


Previous Challenges: Aranel Ventures Forth


Aranel's Rather Sketchy and not Wholly Complete Travel Logs.


 

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You really helped me the other day, popping in with encouragement.  Thanks so much!

 

I am in the same boat--I don't know anyone besides my husband who works out harder or even as hard as I do, and I can't lose an ounce.  It makes me want to quit.  Fortunately between here, Fitocracy, and my small town, I get enough encouragement (or obligatory guilt, whatever gets it done...) I keep pressing on.  I do have all of the symptoms of a sluggish thyroid without the diagnosis, so I'm trying to fix it with diet and ayurvedic medicine.

 

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.....

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Cat.  I'm a kitty cat.  And I dance, dance, dance, and I dance, dance, dance.

Minka VonBlacke Level Two Satyr

 

http://rebellion.nerdfitness.com/index.php?/topic/66755-minka-seeks-to-reconcile-her-darkness-and-light/

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So, lets wrap this up...

 

The Good: I lost almost 2 pounds, got a volunteer gig at the museum, and got most of my house organized. 

 

The Bad: Both of our cars broke down, I got sunstroke, blistered up my feet good, and we had to have our youngest cat put down. 

 

I'm hoping the next 6 weeks will be less eventful. 

Aranel Eraisuithiel


Class/Profession: Half-elf  Druid/Scout – Level 1/1


Current Attributes: STR: 1, DEX: 1, STA: 4, CON: 3, WIS: 4, CHA: 2


Current Challenge:  Aranel Tries This Whole Thing Again


Previous Challenges: Aranel Ventures Forth


Aranel's Rather Sketchy and not Wholly Complete Travel Logs.


 

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