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Off to the second challenge we are.

And this time I decided to join up with the assassins! 

 

Hello, my fellow assassins and everyone else of course who wanders into this thread :)

 

So, what is my main goal this time?

I have not yet given up on losing bodyfat and gaining muscle/strenght. 

But I think this challenges goal could be better summarized with just improving myself on a general basis.

Yeah, I know that this is very vague and that i really shouldn't be that vague. 

It's the journey that matters though and not the goal. 

 

The interesting part is going through the story and taking a bit of time for some sidequests, just enjoying the story and the world building, yes?

Sometimes as a bit of a lone wanderer, sometimes with companions.

Okay, Okay.

 

So, what are my goals then?

 

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Flexible:

 

Last challenge I starting training three times a week and also took up dancing (namely Jazz dance and ballet)

Especially ballet and deadlifts showed me that I lack in flexibility and Squats and also ballet showed me that I could 

also improve on my ballance.

 

So this challenge I want to do stretches every day and work on my balance every other day that is not a training day.

 

 

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Swift Leaner: 

 

The start of the challenge (Monday, June the 8th) is my 27th birthday. Only three more years till 30.

What happens at thirty? Well I promised myself some years ago that by age thirty I wanted

to have traveled to Japan, to see the various cities, taste the food and just witness the culture and everything.

But I wouldn't dare go there without speaking the language well enough to find my way around.

And by that I mean, that I really want to get proficient enough to talk to people, watch the news, maybe read something in a newspaper.

 

In the span of three years. Starting today.

Well, I actually already started some time before but fell off the wagon, and now I restarted and managed to learn the Hiragana so far , a few basic vocabulary and the first of the 

Katakana. 

Sooo.

How will I go about this?

Minimum of 15 minutes of japanese learning every day? (it will be more if I'm in it but 15 minutes seems unthreatening)

and every week I want to try to find a native speaker and talk to them for a bit in exchange for speaking german or english to them.

 

This will also force me to be sociable and overcome my fear of being awkward.

 

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Living Anatomy:

 

I'm terrible. I'm a learned graphic designer who after her graduation just dropped everything because I felt so worn out

and now I'm afraid to get back in again.

The thing is, I do love it, but now I'm working in a bakery and as a waitress which helps me pay my bills of course but I hate it.

 

So my goal here is to do something to get back into graphic design, build a portfolio I can be happy with (that's hard for me) and to apply for jobs in that field.

 

That means: At least three days a week, spending the afternoon on graphic design and drawing in general.

Illustration, Web design, folders, posters, logos, packaging.

 

My old goals of eating well, sleeping well, and training regularly stay.

Wait, didn't I want to simplify?

 

Anyway. To keep me accountable on the food front, I made an Instagram account where I will post my daily food. 

I'm not allowed to eat anything that I don't take a picture of and put it on there.

If someone wants to follow me there, I would really be overjoyed. 

 

So, let's start this. 

If you got any tips for me on any of my challenges, you are very welcome to share. 

 

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So! Hi, sorry for not updating yet but I don't really know how to go aboutthis best.

 

First of all, thanks Boxing and Swatches for the nice words :) Heh, my first comment was by a Hufflepuff (Yay! Hufflepuff!)

Also thanks to Iceburner and Jellyfishfish who I know are lurking in the shadows, watching me :P

 

Last challenge I did a strict sorted Update that was way to detailed for anyone to follow and I didn't want to repeat that.

So yeah. Just babbling?

 

It's the third day, and I'm mostly busy at the moment with work, coming home and not feeling like doing anything but  sleep.

I actually didn't even feel much like eating yesterday but I got hungry after only having a breakfast/lunch so I did make something.

 

Currently I'm on the break between shifts and had my breakfast, did my training and stretches (minimum training because I feel like I barely have time. even though it's not true!) and now need to go shopping quickly before going back to work and then directly to Jazz dance.

 

I've only got two more jazz dance classes before the summer break, including this one sadly. Same with ballet. Just started it, but this week is already the last time since I can't go next week.

Definitely need to take the one week long summer course in July for both though. So four classes of jazzdance and two for ballet.

 

 

With stretching I though about trying my way through a few youtube videos since I'd have it sort of timed by that and have a moving example. 

I'm really not flexible though I noticed once again and it would be great to be able to touch my toes.

 

My five minutes or more of learning I mostly do in between when on the bus or at work if there is really nothing to do. (I work sales in a bakery so this means, no cleaning , no customers). So yeah. katakana are so much more difficult for me than hiragana. But I remember a few already and also know a few of the basic vocabs that I glued around my flat.

Meme is nice but some of the lessons are a bit random to me. Not like I'd be likely to need the word for draftbeer.

 

So, yeah. 
I did set myself a few rules that I will make a post of later! 

 

Thanks for keeping me accountable (and "motivated"). 

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Who's terrible with updating? I am! :D 
No sorry, really. 

This week I've done my best to adhere to my goals. Stretching everyday is something that I just have to remember doing. I have to get used to do stretches after training and in between. 
I've spend some time looking at videos on youtube to stretch with them which makes it easier for me because I have a certaing time and certain stretches I have to do. And once again I noticed my nonflexibility.

 

I am learning each day for at least 15 minutes. Mostly doing memrise reviews and taking new kana or vocabulary. 
Still I feel really insecure about actually trying to speak or write since I'm already feeling bad about this in my mother tongue. 
Well, anyhow. A regular at the café I'm working at studied in Sapporo when he was younger and is now married to a japanese woman and he borrowed me a few books on the language tht he still, tellign me that when I'm through this and at intermediate level he'd have way more books.
He also said that he hated Kanji and gave up on them but that every course he knew insisted on doing Kanji from the get go. 
So I guess I should include Kanji and not wait until I got enough grammar. Because who knows what enough will be.

Today I'll try to jump into the deep end, finding someone to talk to on skype. I'm really nervous.

As I said, I don't even dare chatting to people just like that in english or my mother tongue german. DoN#t even dare to talk to people sometimes that I've known for years because I don't won't to be a hassle.

Well. I have to do this.
They don't know me. If I say something stupid that's okay. I will likely not ever meet them in person. If they've got enough there's a block option on skype. So yeah.

Also I've joined Italki for that reason and I made the mistake of adding that I wanted to learn french and now I've got a bunch of messages from people that want to help with my french. Some of them in french, and even though I'd love to improve /learn french, and I even get the gist of what they are saying, I don't think it would be good to study french while also studying japanese.

So yeah, I took that out again.

 

Food wise, I had a Börek yesterday, as seen on Instagram which goes against the whole eat primal thing. But yeah. It was a new one they had at the bakery and I wanted to try it and I didn't want eggs.

I regreted it soon enough anyway. It was good but also not that good. (Had mushrooms in it though)

 

 

Today is oatmealday. I decided sunday was oatmeal day.
So oats cooked in water, coconutcream added, banana added, and some pecan nuts.
Yum!

Graphic design is hard. I tried , but ended up stupidly doodling or otherwise distracted. I also can't get myself to focus on one thing. Need to decide what to do and just do it. Bleh. 
It's weird, when I'm in it though I do enjoy it. But I need to get myself in the process.
And stop overthinking things.

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Something happened foodwise this week. In the eening when really tired I remembered I should grab a meat from the freezer for the next day. I didn't care which one, so I grabbed a pack at random and put it in the fridge over night. 
Well, turns out I went in the wrong drawer and accidentally unfroze pancakes.

That's not pork! Anyway, my brother was around and so I gave the pancakes to him, since he can basically anything without having to worry about it anyway.

So from now on I'm paying more attention when diving into the freezer. 

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Also! This week I had ballet for the last time until July/September. It's on a summer break! 

And next week I'll have my last jazz dance class. 

I'm not happy about that and would have liked it to go on during the summer but I can see that they want their summer holidays and that it might be a bit warm in summer. 
Still sad.

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Also! This week I had ballet for the last time until July/September. It's on a summer break! 

And next week I'll have my last jazz dance class. 

I'm not happy about that and would have liked it to go on during the summer but I can see that they want their summer holidays and that it might be a bit warm in summer. 

Still sad.

 

Come to Sweden, our summer has 18 *C right now ;)

 

... :(

 

Although everything will be closed over summer as well, so it's not really the solution.

 

Anyway, good first week it seems, keep up the good work.

 

And remember: pork, not pancakes! ;)

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Lvl. 7 Human, (Lvl. 5 Assassin, Lvl. 2 Rebel)

STR: 13.25 ~ DEX: 6.5 ~STA: 14.25 ~ CON: 9 ~ WIS: 15 ~ CHA: 10

Current Quest: #9 - Finding the balance in mind and body

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Finished Quest (challenge): #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #7, #8

Aborted Quest (challenge): #6

"Kaizen!!!" 

 

weight loss goal (92kg -> 87kg): |----------------------->| (currently 86.3)

waist loss goal (109cm -> 94cm): |--------->____________| (currently 103)

pull-ups (0 -> 10): |->____________________| (currently 0)

push-ups (0 -> 50): |------>_______________| (currently 12)

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I definitely will have to go to sweden since I also want to go to that viking restaurant you mentioned iceburner :) 
And about everything being closed, I have considered looking for another dancestudio over the summer or trying out other things like bouldering or boxing. 
Definitely interested in boxing.

Hah, I'm an idiot. I messed this week up trainingwise and I don't even know about the way I eat currently. I don't eat too many non paleo/ primal things and I stick to my selfmade rule of dairy and rice only on trainingsdays but I did have some cookies yesterday and today I didn't actually have a warm meal but stuck to basically fruit with coconut cream. Ugh. What. Oh and a pack of blueberry popcorn. (two bananas and a whole lot of strawberries if anyone was wondering about the fruit)
 

For trainingsdays I did bare minimum or dancing depending on the day but well, I don't have dancing anymore and I let the stretching fall under the couch. And you know how often people tend to clean under couches.
I will train tomorrow in the morning though to get back in and I need to stick with it for the next four weeks or else I will not give myself that levelup. Get your head in the game.

 

On a positiv note, I did throw myself way into learning. 
I now added Kanji and I'm glad to say that when I asked someone today for grammar tips and they threw in a Kanji I didn't use in my question (it was 食ã¹ã‚‹ã€€in case someone was wondering) even though its a beginner one I was so happy to recognize it. :D
So yay, happy about that. I still don't feel confident about holding a conversation , but then again neither am I in my native language. 

Also on the upside, people tell me how much much slimmer and happier I look and how much my posture has improved. And especially the last two things make me happy. So yeah, all in all i'm happy with myself but not happy with how I'm handling the challenge so far.
 

This weekend will be a bit of a mess still since tomorrow I'm going to the all you can eat köttbullar buffet at ikea that I mentioned last challenge, and on saturday I'm going to the vienna pride parade which includes going for brunch before with friends and then in the evening going dancing.

But around that and after that I will get good again.

 

Pork not pancakes.
I think I'll make that my motto :P

(gotten myself some lovely porkbelly btw which I am so going to enjoy once I decide to make it)

 

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I've really fallen off my Japanese studying as of late, but very happy I still recognize the most important verb of them all: to eat!

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Terribly sorry for having dropped this challenge. That was stupid. 
Basically what happened was that there was quite the shift in my workload for about a week and I spend all my willpower on it. Got up to work and when I came back home I immediately went to sleep basically.

So I didn't do my stretching, stopped working out and forwent the cooking.

It also didn't go any better wth the cooking and eating.

 

Still! I did stay with my at least 15 minutes of learning each day and so I stuck with my japanese, and even though I ate weirdly I lost weight.

I didn't keep track of how I was eating but I stuck with Avocado and Tuna mostly for my quick snack.

 

Next challenge I need to get back to it all again and keep a regular update. Maybe as detailed again as my first challenge was since there I at least stuck with it.

My main problem currently is the heat though. How do people in areas that are hotter usually cope with this? 

I get headaches from it and I'm really not drinking too little. 

 

 

Also, I still miss ballet and jazz dance. (next week will be a summer workshop. So one week of dancing)

 

My apologies again! I will try again :)

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Ah, so I wasn't the only one that dropped the ball. Well, better luck to us next time. :)

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Lvl. 7 Human, (Lvl. 5 Assassin, Lvl. 2 Rebel)

STR: 13.25 ~ DEX: 6.5 ~STA: 14.25 ~ CON: 9 ~ WIS: 15 ~ CHA: 10

Current Quest: #9 - Finding the balance in mind and body

Battle Log

Finished Quest (challenge): #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #7, #8

Aborted Quest (challenge): #6

"Kaizen!!!" 

 

weight loss goal (92kg -> 87kg): |----------------------->| (currently 86.3)

waist loss goal (109cm -> 94cm): |--------->____________| (currently 103)

pull-ups (0 -> 10): |->____________________| (currently 0)

push-ups (0 -> 50): |------>_______________| (currently 12)

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