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Elinox: Becoming A Tenth Level Pa'u


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Tenth Challenge is a go!

 

Due to my work schedule being extremely unpredictable the later in June it gets, I don't know how much gym-time I will actually be able to have, so I am joining the Druid Guild again and focusing on meditation, wisdom and balance. 

 

Inspired by Polgara19's SG1-themed challenge, and because Murphy of the Dresden Files doesn't particularly fit as a Druid, my challenge theme this time is Farscape!

 

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While Aeryn Sun will always be my favorite character, I've always liked Pa'u Zotoh Zhaan as well for her calm demeanor, intelligence, kindness and quiet stillness. And since I'm in the Druid Guild this challenge, a Delvian Pa'u is the perfect choice for me to try to mimic.

 

Main Quest

To live a healthy and balanced life by exercising and trying to eat healthy.

 

My motivation

I've successfully dropped weight by counting calories so my diet will mostly be staying the same with 1200 calories per day M-F and then blow meals on the weekends. I've managed to put on some muscle in an effort to become stronger by weightlifting and so when I am able, that will continue this challenge along with my smaller quests. But due to my work schedule, I will be focusing on the more peaceful side of health this time.

 

Smaller Quests

1. Through the Looking Glass

 

Continue practicing Spanish Monday-Friday for at least 20-30 minutes. I really enjoyed this in my last challenge so I want to continue with it for my 10th challenge.

 

As the diplomat for the group on Moya, Zhaan likely studied and understood many other cultures. Although due to the translator microbes, she probably didn't actually speak any other languages, she still appreciates other races and enjoys learning about them.

 

Scoring: /30 days

Reward: +4 to WIS

 

2. Rhapsody in Blue

 

I really enjoyed in past challenges when I focused on mediation, yoga poses and doing Animal Flow movements so I want this to be part of my challenge too. 

 

Zhaan is the most spiritual member of Moya's crew, in-tune with her Goddess as a 9th, and then 10th level, Pa'u Priest. Finding inner peace was a major point of her character's journey and I think we could all benefit from being more spiritual too.

 

a. Practice yoga poses or Animal Flow movements twice a week.

Scoring: x/12

Reward: +2 to STA

b. Practice meditation once a week.

Scoring: x/6 weeks

Reward: +4 to DEX

 

3. Crackers Don't Matter

 

I have a sweet tooth and I find that when I eat less processed junk food, I feel better overall. However, curbing the craving for sugar is hard so I will continue to work towards it this challenge. I know less processed sugar is good for me health-wise, even if I still crave chocolate junk food.

 

As a sentient plant, Zhaan's dietary habits are never explored in depth. However, in one episode she does eat meat so it appears that she has a mostly balanced diet. I need a more balanced diet too, but more importantly, I need less sugary sweets.

 

Cut down on processed junk food by only having sugary snacks on the weekends with my blow means.

Scoring: /30 days

Reward: +2 to CHA & +2 to CON

 

4. Unrealized Reality

 

Continue working towards that elusive first pull-up. I will be striving to use the assisted pull-up machine, along with doing other pull-up exercises like rows, 2-3 times per week, during my normal weight lifting exercises. 

 

Zhaan always exudes a sense of gentleness many characters mistake for weakness. However, she does possess a wild, beastial and physically strong side as well. While finding inner peace is very important, not forgetting to work on my physical body to stay strong is important too.

 

Scoring: /12 days

Reward: +1 to STR

 

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Level 38 Lupine Pirate = STR: 98 || DEX: 91 || STA: 102 || CON: 76 || WIS: 88 || CHA: 75

Current Challenge: 

Past Challenge List: Challenges 1-38

Battle Log: Battle On, Eli!

"You're the best kind of crazy." -Murphy, Dresden Files

"That's wolves for ya; good guys!" -Wolf, 10th Kingdom

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Grats on the tenth challenge! I'm pretty sure you get something for that. New class ability or something. =D

 

How about the ability to multi-class? I'd love to be a warrior/druid. Or, better yet, beast master! :D

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Level 38 Lupine Pirate = STR: 98 || DEX: 91 || STA: 102 || CON: 76 || WIS: 88 || CHA: 75

Current Challenge: 

Past Challenge List: Challenges 1-38

Battle Log: Battle On, Eli!

"You're the best kind of crazy." -Murphy, Dresden Files

"That's wolves for ya; good guys!" -Wolf, 10th Kingdom

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Spanish lesson for the day complete! I did 25 minutes today. I need to refresh my memory before moving onto the new stuff though. 

 

Espanol: 1/30

Level 38 Lupine Pirate = STR: 98 || DEX: 91 || STA: 102 || CON: 76 || WIS: 88 || CHA: 75

Current Challenge: 

Past Challenge List: Challenges 1-38

Battle Log: Battle On, Eli!

"You're the best kind of crazy." -Murphy, Dresden Files

"That's wolves for ya; good guys!" -Wolf, 10th Kingdom

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Last night I did assisted pull-ups for the first time in months. It was hard, but I did manage to get 9 reps at 45lbs of assist, 7 and then 6 reps on 40lbs of assist. And I did rows too afterwards.

 

I had strawberries with short cake for dessert and I just did 30 minutes of Spanish re-fresh. 

 

Sweet Treats: 1/30

Strength Training: 1/12

Espanol: 2/30

Level 38 Lupine Pirate = STR: 98 || DEX: 91 || STA: 102 || CON: 76 || WIS: 88 || CHA: 75

Current Challenge: 

Past Challenge List: Challenges 1-38

Battle Log: Battle On, Eli!

"You're the best kind of crazy." -Murphy, Dresden Files

"That's wolves for ya; good guys!" -Wolf, 10th Kingdom

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Great Job, It won't be long until you have no assist.

 

I sure hope so! But I've gotten down to 35lbs (I think?) of assist before with still no full pull-up on my own. 

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Level 38 Lupine Pirate = STR: 98 || DEX: 91 || STA: 102 || CON: 76 || WIS: 88 || CHA: 75

Current Challenge: 

Past Challenge List: Challenges 1-38

Battle Log: Battle On, Eli!

"You're the best kind of crazy." -Murphy, Dresden Files

"That's wolves for ya; good guys!" -Wolf, 10th Kingdom

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Another searching for the elusive pull up!  I'm very impressed with your assisted pull-ups, I can do 5 at 77lbs.  

 

I never really got into Farscape, and I can't help but see Vala and Cam when I watch it!

Level 6 Ranger

 

Current Challenge - Scrubs!

 

Previous Challenges - Theme-Free LazinessMedieval MarginaliaBrandon Sanderson's Way of Kings Theme - AgainWay of Kings 1Top Gear ThemeStargate SG:1 themeIron Druid theme!

 

2016 Battle Log (Long term goal tracking)

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I never really got into Farscape, and I can't help but see Vala and Cam when I watch it!

 

Because I watched and loved Farscape, I couldn't see them as anyone other than Aeryn and Crichton on SG1!

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Level 38 Lupine Pirate = STR: 98 || DEX: 91 || STA: 102 || CON: 76 || WIS: 88 || CHA: 75

Current Challenge: 

Past Challenge List: Challenges 1-38

Battle Log: Battle On, Eli!

"You're the best kind of crazy." -Murphy, Dresden Files

"That's wolves for ya; good guys!" -Wolf, 10th Kingdom

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I did Animal Flow poses last night: duck, scorpion, crab and bear.

 

And I got my Spanish in early today, 30 minutes, because work is...helter-skelter. 

 

Animal Flow: 1/12

Sweet Treats: 2/30

Espanol: 3/30

Level 38 Lupine Pirate = STR: 98 || DEX: 91 || STA: 102 || CON: 76 || WIS: 88 || CHA: 75

Current Challenge: 

Past Challenge List: Challenges 1-38

Battle Log: Battle On, Eli!

"You're the best kind of crazy." -Murphy, Dresden Files

"That's wolves for ya; good guys!" -Wolf, 10th Kingdom

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I love your challenge -- Zhaan was always my favorite character (when I had a chance to watch, which wasn't often...).  Anyway, you've done a great job of making goals that fit around your real life instead of trying to force things in that just can't possibly fit.  

 

Seems easier to try to add things I know I want to do so I actually do them.

 

And while Aeryn Sun was my favorite Farscape character, I really just loved them all. I really appreciated Zhaan's quiet stillness but dangerous capabilities when necessary. 

Level 38 Lupine Pirate = STR: 98 || DEX: 91 || STA: 102 || CON: 76 || WIS: 88 || CHA: 75

Current Challenge: 

Past Challenge List: Challenges 1-38

Battle Log: Battle On, Eli!

"You're the best kind of crazy." -Murphy, Dresden Files

"That's wolves for ya; good guys!" -Wolf, 10th Kingdom

Link to post

I managed to avoid the sweet treats last night, despite it being D&D.

 

And only 20 minutes of Spanish today.

 

Sweet Treats: 3/30

Espanol: 4/30

Level 38 Lupine Pirate = STR: 98 || DEX: 91 || STA: 102 || CON: 76 || WIS: 88 || CHA: 75

Current Challenge: 

Past Challenge List: Challenges 1-38

Battle Log: Battle On, Eli!

"You're the best kind of crazy." -Murphy, Dresden Files

"That's wolves for ya; good guys!" -Wolf, 10th Kingdom

Link to post

I'm impressed!  Avoiding sweets in social situations when they're just sitting there waiting to be eaten is always really hard for me.

What are you using to study Spanish?  It seems like a lot of us have language goals this time around.

 

It's not even social situations that do it for me: I see chocolate and I WANT chocolate. Even though it's usually junky, poor quality sweet treats anyway. As much as I crave twinkies, they're just not as good as home-baked goods!

 

And I'm using DuoLingo. It's fun and makes the lessons seem more like games. Plus, it has real-world application! I used some of the phrases I'd learned when I was in Mexico a few weeks ago to communicate with the locals so it definitely works!

 

 

Glad I'm not the only one feeling the need for a relaxation oriented challenge!  We will take deep breaths together  ;)

 

 

Breathe in, breathe out; Namaste!

 

Level 38 Lupine Pirate = STR: 98 || DEX: 91 || STA: 102 || CON: 76 || WIS: 88 || CHA: 75

Current Challenge: 

Past Challenge List: Challenges 1-38

Battle Log: Battle On, Eli!

"You're the best kind of crazy." -Murphy, Dresden Files

"That's wolves for ya; good guys!" -Wolf, 10th Kingdom

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I almost forgot my meditation goal! But I got it in now, focusing on relaxing and feeling my body. I did it longer than I would have expected.

 

Meditation: 1/6

Spanish: 5/30

Sweet Treats: 4/30

Level 38 Lupine Pirate = STR: 98 || DEX: 91 || STA: 102 || CON: 76 || WIS: 88 || CHA: 75

Current Challenge: 

Past Challenge List: Challenges 1-38

Battle Log: Battle On, Eli!

"You're the best kind of crazy." -Murphy, Dresden Files

"That's wolves for ya; good guys!" -Wolf, 10th Kingdom

Link to post

Friday after work I got another weight training session in. This time, I did 2 sets of 7 reps and 1 set of 6 reps at 40lbs assist on the pull-up machine. (And my shoulders are still sore today!)

 

Strength Training: 2/12

Sweet Treats: 5/30

Level 38 Lupine Pirate = STR: 98 || DEX: 91 || STA: 102 || CON: 76 || WIS: 88 || CHA: 75

Current Challenge: 

Past Challenge List: Challenges 1-38

Battle Log: Battle On, Eli!

"You're the best kind of crazy." -Murphy, Dresden Files

"That's wolves for ya; good guys!" -Wolf, 10th Kingdom

Link to post

Have you tried inverted rows?

 

I have, several months/challenges ago. I felt too awkward getting on the floor and using the smith machine's bar for it though. 

Level 38 Lupine Pirate = STR: 98 || DEX: 91 || STA: 102 || CON: 76 || WIS: 88 || CHA: 75

Current Challenge: 

Past Challenge List: Challenges 1-38

Battle Log: Battle On, Eli!

"You're the best kind of crazy." -Murphy, Dresden Files

"That's wolves for ya; good guys!" -Wolf, 10th Kingdom

Link to post

Friday after work I got another weight training session in. This time, I did 2 sets of 7 reps and 1 set of 6 reps at 40lbs assist on the pull-up machine. (And my shoulders are still sore today!)

 

Strength Training: 2/12

Sweet Treats: 5/30

 

Wow, 40lbs assisstance is badass!

Level 6 Ranger

 

Current Challenge - Scrubs!

 

Previous Challenges - Theme-Free LazinessMedieval MarginaliaBrandon Sanderson's Way of Kings Theme - AgainWay of Kings 1Top Gear ThemeStargate SG:1 themeIron Druid theme!

 

2016 Battle Log (Long term goal tracking)

Link to post

Short bout of meditation today, so I'll likely do it again later this week. And I did about 20-25 minutes of Spanish.

 

Meditation: 2/6

Spanish: 6/30

Level 38 Lupine Pirate = STR: 98 || DEX: 91 || STA: 102 || CON: 76 || WIS: 88 || CHA: 75

Current Challenge: 

Past Challenge List: Challenges 1-38

Battle Log: Battle On, Eli!

"You're the best kind of crazy." -Murphy, Dresden Files

"That's wolves for ya; good guys!" -Wolf, 10th Kingdom

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