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Actress by midnight, rocket scientist by daylight… wait.  That’s not how that goes.

 

MAIN QUEST: Establish healthy habits and make permanent changes. Because after a year on NF, I’m still relying on these challenges to stay on top of being healthy, and it’s time to really start solidifying these things as real and true habits once and for all.

 

QUEST 1: DON’T EAT LIKE USAGI [+4 CON]

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For Usagi, every day is a cheat day. I, fortunately, have better self-control and only have cheat days once a week, but even once a week is too much.  Getting rid of cheat days altogether isn’t a sustainable practice for me personally, but I also need to stop with once a week cheat days.  So for this challenge, I will only allow myself one cheat day every two weeks. For my purposes, a cheat day is a day in which I throw caution to the wind, don’t track my calories, and eat all of the things.  In order for something not to count as a cheat day, I need to log every single calorie consumed regardless of how many calories I actually ate.  The eventual goal is to allow myself cheat days only once a month, or only on holidays, but baby steps!

 

A = 0-3 cheat days | B = 4 cheat days | D = 5 cheat days | F = 6+ cheat days

 

HOTARU BONUS! For every day that I eat at least 75g of protein, I will reward myself $5 for free-spending money in Cancun (if earned in Weeks 1-4) or Japan (if earned in Weeks 5-6).

 

QUEST 2: THE BEAUTY AND GRACE OF REI [+2 DEX]

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I miss dance class terribly and I need to get back into it badly. Problem is, August is a weird time for many dance studios as they come out of summer schedules and into fall schedules, but that shouldn’t stop me, and it won’t!  So, once a week, I will go to a jazz or tap class. EDIT: I will dance 60 min/week Ideally both, but it’s dependent on the schedules of the studios. The week I’m in Cancun is exempt. because I’m about 99.99% certain there won’t be dance studios available to me to complete this quest. If for any reason a jazz or tap class isn’t available, I will count any other dance class or 60 minutes worth of at-home practice.

 

A = 60+ minutes | B = 45-59 minutes | C = 30-44 minutes | D = 15-29 minutes | F = 0-14 minutes

 

MICHIRU BONUS! For every dedicated extra 15 minutes spent working on dance, I will earn myself $5 towards Cancun (Weeks 1-4) and Japan (Weeks 5-6). If I manage to make it to a jazz or tap class, that's an extra $10.
 

QUEST 3: BE TOUGH LIKE MAKOTO [+3 STR, +2 DEX]

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I’ve always admired Mako-chan for her strength, and while I don’t necessarily need to be so strong as to be able to lift youma over my head (though that would be cool), strength is something I do want to continue to work on since it’ll help me in all aspects of my life.  And so I will do strength training 3x/week.  A necessary part of this regimen will be to cooldown with 10-15 minutes of dedicated flexibility because injuries suck, and I want to be able to do the splits because I am so close I can taste it.  A strength training session will not count if I don’t finish with deep flexibility work.

 

Strength: A = 3x/week | B = 2x/week | C = 1x/week | F = 0x/week

 

HARUKA BONUS! Since I do plan to continue running races but don’t want to overwhelm myself with too many quests, I will earn myself $5 for every run I go on during the quest towards Cancun (Weeks 1-4) and Japan (Weeks 5-6). Races count.

 

LIFE QUEST 1: RESPONSIBLE LIKE AMI [+2 WIS]

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I need to get better at adulting, especially in the realm of finances.  The past few years, I’ve been coasting because I make really good money that I never had to actually worry about it, but between expensive vacations, moving, and getting closer to my 30s, it’s time to grow up a little bit.  Therefore, I’m going to make and maintain a budget, making sure every Sunday that it is up to date with every last purchase and transaction I made during the past week.

 

Pass = Budget up-to-date and accurate | Fail = Didn’t even touch it

 

SETSUNA BONUS! Any surplus I have in my budget at the end of August will be put towards free-spending money in Japan. (And yes, I’m including all this bonus money business into my budget!)

 

LIFE QUEST 2: BARRELING TOWARDS STARDOM WITH MINAKO [+2 CHA]

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With the closing of Cabaret during Week 2 of this challenge and with no new shows lined up (nor am I wanting to do anything until September anyway), August is promising to be a dead time in which post-show depression and the fears and anxieties of never being cast again will hover over me. Instead of moping, I want to be proactive and keep working towards improving my acting skills!  That’s why 3x/week, I will do something productive towards my acting career.  It can be reading a play, seeing a live play/musical, researching monologues, working on audition stuff, going to a workshop, whatever.  Looking up and signing up for auditions will not count; attending auditions and callbacks will count.

 

A = 3x/week | B = 2x/week | C = 1x/week | F = 0x/week

 

SEIYA, TAIKI, AND YATEN BONUS! If I do something towards my acting career more than 3x/week, I will reward myself an additional $5 per extra day of work.

 

SUMMARY

Quest 1: No more than 3 cheat days over the course of 6 weeks

Quest 2: Jazz/tap class 1x/week

Quest 3: Strength training 3x/week

Life Quest 1: Maintain a budget 1x/week

Life Quest 2: Acting development 3x/week

 

STAT POINT DISTRIBUTION:

+3 STR | +4 DEX | 0 STA | +4 CON | +2 WIS | +2 CHA

 

WEEKLY RECAPS

Day Zero | Week One | Week Two | Week Three | Week Four | Week Five | Challenge Complete!

 

REWARDS! (non-stacking)

I'll be going to Japan at the end of December through mid-January, and Japan is expensive, so this is the money I'm going to allow myself to withdraw from personal savings. Non-stacking, because let's not go insane here. ;;; This is the money for food and shopping. I'm already budgeting for travel and hotel costs. This will be on top of the money I allot myself via bonus money in the above quests.

 

A-average = $500 spending money for Japan

B-average = $400 spending money for Japan

C-average = $300 spending money for Japan

 

Starting Measurements and Pictures:

Waist @ Narrowest: 26.75"

Waist @ Navel: 30"

Hips: 36.75"

Thigh: 21.625"

Calf: 14.25"

Est. bf%: 22% (based on last year's data marks)

 

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I have a soft spot in my heart for Sailor Moon, it was the first anime I ever saw.

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I LOVE SAILOR MOON!! I'm rooting for you! You will need all your monies because Japan is amazing and there is so much cool stuff all your money will be gone before you know it!

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Count me in!

 

Yay! Glad to have you! ^_^

 

 

W0000t!

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I have a soft spot in my heart for Sailor Moon, it was the first anime I ever saw.

 

I grew up with this show, so it's definitely a childhood nostalgia thing for me. Best part of growing up in Japan -- I had ALL of the cool Sailor Moon merchandise available to me, even if my mother wouldn't let me buy most of it. ;;;

 

 

Here for this!

 

Yay!! ^_^

 

 

I LOVE SAILOR MOON!! I'm rooting for you! You will need all your monies because Japan is amazing and there is so much cool stuff all your money will be gone before you know it!

 

I sometimes forget just how awesome this show is, even for it being a monster-of-the-week cartoon geared toward 7-year-olds, but I've been rewatching it as Hulu's been subtitling it and damn, this is one of the few things from my childhood that's just as good, if not better, as an adult for me as it was a kid. :)

 

And oh man, tell me about Japan. Good thing is I've been there often enough I don't expect to spend a lot of money on a lot of things outside of clothes and food and charms from shrines and temples? (I'm also not huge into Japanese pop culture anymore, so I get to save money by not indulging in books and manga and CDs and such, yay.) Sigh, I miss the days before I turned 20 when my grandparents and uncle and aunt would gift me with all sorts of money that I was never worried about it. This is the first time I'm going where money is a huge consideration!!! Growing up is a sad thing. :(

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Wooooo! That new challenge smell! Glad you are getting back into strength training! 

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Yay! Glad to have you! ^_^

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I grew up with this show, so it's definitely a childhood nostalgia thing for me. Best part of growing up in Japan -- I had ALL of the cool Sailor Moon merchandise available to me, even if my mother wouldn't let me buy most of it. ;;;

Yay!! ^_^

I sometimes forget just how awesome this show is, even for it being a monster-of-the-week cartoon geared toward 7-year-olds, but I've been rewatching it as Hulu's been subtitling it and damn, this is one of the few things from my childhood that's just as good, if not better, as an adult for me as it was a kid. :)

And oh man, tell me about Japan. Good thing is I've been there often enough I don't expect to spend a lot of money on a lot of things outside of clothes and food and charms from shrines and temples? (I'm also not huge into Japanese pop culture anymore, so I get to save money by not indulging in books and manga and CDs and such, yay.) Sigh, I miss the days before I turned 20 when my grandparents and uncle and aunt would gift me with all sorts of money that I was never worried about it. This is the first time I'm going where money is a huge consideration!!! Growing up is a sad thing. :(

I totally understand the need for better 'adulting' because I'm 28 (29 in November and being 30 sometimes seems too scary) but that is cool that you grew up in Japan.
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Wooooo! That new challenge smell! Glad you are getting back into strength training! 

 

Me too! Doing the Legend of Zelda workout series last challenge was a breath of fresh air and taught me new exercises that I like and want to continue to pursue, so instead of doing Stronglifts I've concocted my own workout regimen that I'm hoping covers all of my bases. The Hogwarts mini also challenged me to pursue new exercises that are now part of my regular plan. :D 

 

 

I totally understand the need for better 'adulting' because I'm 28 (29 in November and being 30 sometimes seems too scary) but that is cool that you grew up in Japan.

 

I'm about the same age; I passed the 28.5 mark a few days ago so I'm officially less than a year and a half away from 30, eek! Adulting, it's a thing I need to do because this is me:

 

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As for growing up in Japan, my dad was in the Air Force, so it was more like growing up on a military base in Japan. Granted, the base I grew up on had a fantastic relationship with the town it was at, and between that relationship and my mother being Japanese (and therefore going to Tokyo twice a year to visit her family) so I'm going to go ahead and count it as having grown up in Japan enough. ^_^

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Vicki | Sheikah Bard | Level 13

STR 32.5 | DEX 51.1 | STA 25.5 | CON 37.1 | WIS 26.0 | CHA 31.3

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wow that is a LOT of goals right there!! 

 

But then any otherwise and it would be too normal for you ;) which I mean as a compliment and in the best possible way, because you just rock  :love_heart:

Hope to keep up a bit better on your amazeballs this time round and wanted to shout a cheerful Hi up front

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wow that is a LOT of goals right there!! 

 

But then any otherwise and it would be too normal for you ;) which I mean as a compliment and in the best possible way, because you just rock  :love_heart:

Hope to keep up a bit better on your amazeballs this time round and wanted to shout a cheerful Hi up front

 

LOL, hilariously, this is a MUCH, MUCH more toned down version than what I originally had planned out. You know all those bonus quests I have in there? Used to be somehow included in the attached quests themselves in some way. ;;;;;;;;;; Then I decided that I'm too ambitious for my own good and I need to settle down or I'm going to burn out again. So this is actually a pretty tame challenge, at least to me it seems tame. :lol:

 

I'm hoping that I can keep up with everyone on the forums better this time around, too! Last challenge was absolute chaos for me in my personal life, but things are quiet now and I want to do what I can to make sure it stays quiet for a bit. Glad to have you back!!!!!!!! :love_heart:

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STR 32.5 | DEX 51.1 | STA 25.5 | CON 37.1 | WIS 26.0 | CHA 31.3

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WOO!!!!  I have finally found you! Awesome goals and awesome rewards too for each one!  That's brilliant and definitely neat to build up spending money for a fun trip!

 

I feel you on the budget one.  I'm getting better at saving money and also lowering my debt, but man I still love splurging when I get the chance so being a responsible adult sucks.  Blah.  The strength training goal is awesome and the cheat less goal is very good and something I tried last challenge and for the most part did okay, but alas, it was still once a week where I was eating not the greatest (though not completely mindlessly I realized).  Blah, that's another toughie!

 

Awesome Minako goal too!  I really like hearing about how your acting career is going and all your shows so that's gonna be cool to follow along with :).  Also, all these Sailor Moon challenges I've been seeing has kinda made me feel like I'm gonna have to make a Sailor Moon theme challenge too :).

 

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Though probably focus on the Outer Scouts.  Especially Hotaru even though finding gifs of here are sooooooooo haaaaaaaarrrrrd...t48vziV.gif

 

Anywho!  AWESOME CHALLENGE!!!  TOTALLY ROOTING FOR YOU!!!

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WOO!!!!  I have finally found you! Awesome goals and awesome rewards too for each one!  That's brilliant and definitely neat to build up spending money for a fun trip!

 

I feel you on the budget one.  I'm getting better at saving money and also lowering my debt, but man I still love splurging when I get the chance so being a responsible adult sucks.  Blah.  The strength training goal is awesome and the cheat less goal is very good and something I tried last challenge and for the most part did okay, but alas, it was still once a week where I was eating not the greatest (though not completely mindlessly I realized).  Blah, that's another toughie!

 

Awesome Minako goal too!  I really like hearing about how your acting career is going and all your shows so that's gonna be cool to follow along with :).  Also, all these Sailor Moon challenges I've been seeing has kinda made me feel like I'm gonna have to make a Sailor Moon theme challenge too :).

 

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Though probably focus on the Outer Scouts.  Especially Hotaru even though finding gifs of here are sooooooooo haaaaaaaarrrrrd...t48vziV.gif

 

Anywho!  AWESOME CHALLENGE!!!  TOTALLY ROOTING FOR YOU!!!

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The cheat less goal is the one that scares me the most. The rest I can manage easily enough, I feel, almost to the point where it seems silly to have them as quests but I know me: if I don't have them as challenge quests I won't do them. Hence the reason for my approach to challenges at least for a little while! But cheat days... yeah, there's a reason why I'm making a cheat day, for now, simply a day in which I don't log all of the things that I eat. In the end, I think that will be my definition of cheat days anyway!

 

And adulting is dumb and I wish I didn't have to do it. :( 

 

Yay Sailor Moon theme! I toyed with the idea of having my next challenge be Outer Senshi focused, but I think this is working out just fine. Plus, why limit my daily gifs to just the Inner Senshi this challenge anyway? ;) (And if only Hotaru was a more active character in the show past the S season, then we'd have ALL OF THE HOTARU GIFS but alas)

 

And I hope I'll have lots of fun acting stories to share once Cabaret closes that go beyond, "I MISS MY KIT KAT LOVELIES WHY IS THIS SHOW OVERRRRRRRRRRR" :lol:

 

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Interim Mid-Week Thoughts:

  • Quest 1: Cancun is always on my mind, and for Week 4 I think my calorie goal will simply be to put MFP on maintenance and allow myself to eat back ALL of the calories burned from exercise. I'll still probably gain fat by doing this, but I'm on vacation, and as long as I continue to log, I'm not breaking any new habits still too delicate to leave alone for a week. :P

    Also, I foresee a few days during the first couple of weeks where this whole "no cheat days" thing is going to be a challenge... but that's why they call these 6-week activities challenges. I believe in me, I can do this!
     
  • Quest 2: Ahahahahahahaha so thanks to my weird schedule for the first couple of weeks of the challenge and the Cancun vacation, I won't be able to make it to a tap or jazz class until probably Week 5? I'm still researching my options to try to make this work. I think I'll try out a modern or contemporary class and call it good enough if I can't find anything else, but I've noticed some conditioning and skills (i.e., turns/leaps, etc.) classes being offered, too, that I'll just go ahead and say they will count, too. Again, continuing to do research, but this quest is going to be weird until after I get back from Cancun, I think.
     
  • Quest 3: Not even worried about this a little bit as of now, though my designed strength routine that I started on Monday gave me a nice set of DOMS I'm still dealing with today. Can't tell if DOMS happened because I did a good job designing the program, a poor job, or simply that I haven't done any sort of dedicated strength work in a week and a half, or all of the above.
     
  • Life Quest 1: I have a plan for how I'm going to pursue the budget quest. July will be a "in-retrospect" budget to help me plan for August, and August will be the "as I go along" thing. This week I'm going to explore different formats for said budget and start inputting some numbers.
     
  • Life Quest 2: Another thing I'm not even too worried about. I'm being pickier with auditions and there's a part of me that wants to not do any professional productions for the rest of 2015 anyway and just focus on taking classes, but we'll see. I've dropped out of two upcoming auditions since I didn't have a "FUCK YEAH" feeling about them anyway -- so many hesitations, and it's better to follow your gut. The other two I'm actually interested in and excited to do. Another other auditions going forward will be simply for practice and continuing to get my face out there, unless something REALLY awesome comes up, or if I audition for something and wind up getting a lead role.
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Re: Quest 1, I think maintenance eating is a win for vacation time. 1 - you will be active, 2 - maintenance allows for better recovery, 3 - this is a vacation. You should come back from it feeling at least as energetic as when you left for it, yes? 

 

Quest 3's DOMS has an easy explanation--this is your first session. You have yet to adapt to the new program, so DOMS will be the most severe now. In a few weeks it should simmer down. 

 

Life Quest 2 - I know nothing of acting career moves, but especially as it is not your primary income, following your gut and doing what your passionate about just makes good sense. Over-committing = bad. 

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The cheat less goal is the one that scares me the most. The rest I can manage easily enough, I feel, almost to the point where it seems silly to have them as quests but I know me: if I don't have them as challenge quests I won't do them. Hence the reason for my approach to challenges at least for a little while! But cheat days... yeah, there's a reason why I'm making a cheat day, for now, simply a day in which I don't log all of the things that I eat. In the end, I think that will be my definition of cheat days anyway!

 

And adulting is dumb and I wish I didn't have to do it. :(

 

Yay Sailor Moon theme! I toyed with the idea of having my next challenge be Outer Senshi focused, but I think this is working out just fine. Plus, why limit my daily gifs to just the Inner Senshi this challenge anyway? ;) (And if only Hotaru was a more active character in the show past the S season, then we'd have ALL OF THE HOTARU GIFS but alas)

 

And I hope I'll have lots of fun acting stories to share once Cabaret closes that go beyond, "I MISS MY KIT KAT LOVELIES WHY IS THIS SHOW OVERRRRRRRRRRR" :lol:

 

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Anything with food and diet always scare me.  It's odd, but I can throw in an extra workout session (because it's fun and I don't have to think too hard), but when it comes to nutrition numbers, figuring out how much less I need to eat, then how much MORE I need to eat so I don't murder people out of starvation, etc..oof.  It's tough though last challenge I think helped out a lot in figuring what my body needs to still lose a little but also keep me well nourished.

 

I also agree with needing challenges to just help keep track of things.  It's good to have a constant goal in mind.  One of these days, I'll steal stillskies and starsapart idea of a grabbag style challenge.  That way I still have a goal and it won't be so regimented.  Also, it'll be fun to have use a random number generator for it too (yay!  Throwing in some coding!).

 

You have an awesome challenge and all the gifs to use, especially of the Outer Scouts!  I have to say...even though I was really disappointed in Sailor Moon Crystal, a part of me wants them to do the Sailor Moon S arc just so I can have more Sailor Saturn in it.  I know they'll fuck it up and still make it about the 'romance', but maybe just a chance?  Please Toei?  You can still redeem yourselves!

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Re: Quest 1, I think maintenance eating is a win for vacation time. 1 - you will be active, 2 - maintenance allows for better recovery, 3 - this is a vacation. You should come back from it feeling at least as energetic as when you left for it, yes? 

 

Quest 3's DOMS has an easy explanation--this is your first session. You have yet to adapt to the new program, so DOMS will be the most severe now. In a few weeks it should simmer down. 

 

Life Quest 2 - I know nothing of acting career moves, but especially as it is not your primary income, following your gut and doing what your passionate about just makes good sense. Over-committing = bad. 

 

Yep to all three of those points! I'm also relying on starsapart to get me to the gym since I know I can't rely on Tyro to help me out there. His opinion on working out while on vacation: "YOU'RE ON VACATION WHY" :lol: But even outside of the gym, we'll have lots to do between sightseeing, swimming, snorkeling, crazy adventures, etc., so even if I completely threw caution to the wind for the week, I won't be hurting myself too terribly badly. ^_^

 

Good point on the DOMS! 

 

And yes to the over-committing = bad point. I'm a little worried that Tyro still hasn't recovered from his burn out after his last production based on how he's been reacting to auditions/callbacks the past week, and I don't want to put myself in that position if I can help it. Besides, one of the productions I dropped out of isn't with a particularly reputable company, and the other is with a company who, based on Things I've heard, I'm hesitant on auditioning for anyway and likely never will going forward. Idk. The other two are with companies I love, respect, and is also loved and respected by the Denver theatre community, plus the shows sound beyond awesome. I don't have much of a shot at either of those but hey, if I don't try, the answer will always be no, right? ;)

 

 

 

Anything with food and diet always scare me.  It's odd, but I can throw in an extra workout session (because it's fun and I don't have to think too hard), but when it comes to nutrition numbers, figuring out how much less I need to eat, then how much MORE I need to eat so I don't murder people out of starvation, etc..oof.  It's tough though last challenge I think helped out a lot in figuring what my body needs to still lose a little but also keep me well nourished.

 

I also agree with needing challenges to just help keep track of things.  It's good to have a constant goal in mind.  One of these days, I'll steal stillskies and starsapart idea of a grabbag style challenge.  That way I still have a goal and it won't be so regimented.  Also, it'll be fun to have use a random number generator for it too (yay!  Throwing in some coding!).

 

You have an awesome challenge and all the gifs to use, especially of the Outer Scouts!  I have to say...even though I was really disappointed in Sailor Moon Crystal, a part of me wants them to do the Sailor Moon S arc just so I can have more Sailor Saturn in it.  I know they'll fuck it up and still make it about the 'romance', but maybe just a chance?  Please Toei?  You can still redeem yourselves!

 

Food is stressful and I'm trying to figure out ways so that it's less stressful. Small breakfasts help. Less small lunches also help... at least until near dinner time when I'm hangry. ;;; I've toyed with calorie counts before and know that 1400 is the minimum for me to perform the next day, but I'm still seeing just how high I can go before I start to negate any progress I've made. I don't think I'm at the point where I can "bulk" quite yet! I don't know exactly what my bf% is, but I want to get to about 20-21% before I allow myself to go into full maintenance mode. I'm close, I know this now, especially since getting whacked in my hip bone reminds me that I don't have a lot of cushion between my skin and bone there anymore!

 

I'm thinking about the grab bag style for next challenge since every third challenge I tend to get burned out. I have a long time before I need to make up my mind on that, and who knows what my life is going to look like by then?

 

Speaking of Sailor Moon Crystal! I saw this and thought you might enjoy it: http://sailormooncrystalfailures.tumblr.com/;) But yes, no shortage of Sailor Moon gifs all around! But I don't know how I feel about Crystal doing the S arc. Last I heard, they're ending it with the R arc, and with how they've treated the characters who aren't Usagi and Mamoru so far, I'm kind of hoping they'll leave Haruka and Michiru and Hotaru alone. ;;;;;;;; BUT WE WILL SEE.

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Yep to all three of those points! I'm also relying on starsapart to get me to the gym since I know I can't rely on Tyro to help me out there. His opinion on working out while on vacation: "YOU'RE ON VACATION WHY" :lol: But even outside of the gym, we'll have lots to do between sightseeing, swimming, snorkeling, crazy adventures, etc., so even if I completely threw caution to the wind for the week, I won't be hurting myself too terribly badly. ^_^

 

Good point on the DOMS! 

 

And yes to the over-committing = bad point. I'm a little worried that Tyro still hasn't recovered from his burn out after his last production based on how he's been reacting to auditions/callbacks the past week, and I don't want to put myself in that position if I can help it. Besides, one of the productions I dropped out of isn't with a particularly reputable company, and the other is with a company who, based on Things I've heard, I'm hesitant on auditioning for anyway and likely never will going forward. Idk. The other two are with companies I love, respect, and is also loved and respected by the Denver theatre community, plus the shows sound beyond awesome. I don't have much of a shot at either of those but hey, if I don't try, the answer will always be no, right? ;)

 

And you can't measure all those activities, so at a bare minimum, maintenance is sensible. 

 

I think I've heard those bolded words before, possibly more than once, and it turns out they were interested in you after all....go for those two and who knows what'll turn up. 

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Food is stressful and I'm trying to figure out ways so that it's less stressful. Small breakfasts help. Less small lunches also help... at least until near dinner time when I'm hangry. ;;; I've toyed with calorie counts before and know that 1400 is the minimum for me to perform the next day, but I'm still seeing just how high I can go before I start to negate any progress I've made. I don't think I'm at the point where I can "bulk" quite yet! I don't know exactly what my bf% is, but I want to get to about 20-21% before I allow myself to go into full maintenance mode. I'm close, I know this now, especially since getting whacked in my hip bone reminds me that I don't have a lot of cushion between my skin and bone there anymore!

 

I'm thinking about the grab bag style for next challenge since every third challenge I tend to get burned out. I have a long time before I need to make up my mind on that, and who knows what my life is going to look like by then?

 

Speaking of Sailor Moon Crystal! I saw this and thought you might enjoy it: http://sailormooncrystalfailures.tumblr.com/ ;) But yes, no shortage of Sailor Moon gifs all around! But I don't know how I feel about Crystal doing the S arc. Last I heard, they're ending it with the R arc, and with how they've treated the characters who aren't Usagi and Mamoru so far, I'm kind of hoping they'll leave Haruka and Michiru and Hotaru alone. ;;;;;;;; BUT WE WILL SEE.

 

I've been realizing that since I do workouts in the morning before I eat, it helps me to have a breakfast that is relatively the same size as my lunch (sometimes they switch).  Dinner can be the largest meal, but I also have protein bars I eat to offset it.  It's hard to figure out a good balance and I also want to get down to 21% bf first, though I am quite happy where I am now.  Ahah hip bones...I know the feels.

 

I'm leaning towards grab bag more and more next challenge.  It just sounds like fun and gives me an excuse to make a fun little program to give me a random number.  Simple, two line piece of code, but if I can make it more advance and also to give certain percentages based on how I feel that day...hmmmm...but will I have time?!

 

That is the eternal question.

 

I'll have to check out that tumblr when I get home (it's blocked at my work).  It could be the same one that points out all of the horrible animation mistakes in the series.  Yeah I heard there were ending it with the R Arc and...I mean...I know that the whole romance and star crossed lovers type deal is a major part of Sailor Moon.  I get it.  I really, really, really do.  But when you're remaking a series to be faithful to a manga that does tend to jump from plot point to plot point without giving a lot of time to flesh characters and you decide to REMOVE or CHANGE the plot points that pertain to a character, pushing them FURTHER AND FURTHER into a one-dimensional background...you're making it worse.  Like Crappy worse. :(

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For those interested in my acting exploits, there's an audition I was invited to that I couldn't make it to auditions for because of tech rehearsals, and so when I told them about this conflict they invited me to callbacks. I couldn't make it to callbacks, and I talked to the stage manager at another audition who told me that they were figuring things out about the handful of us who couldn't make it to callbacks. Been waiting, heard nothing, decided I was no longer being considered until new email that I just received: I'm apparently still being considered and they'll let us know one way or another etc.

 

... if I get rejected from a show I didn't even audition for, I'm going to laugh. If I get cast, I'm going to be so confused. Either way, win/win and much amusement will abound. :lol:

 

 

And you can't measure all those activities, so at a bare minimum, maintenance is sensible. 

 

I think I've heard those bolded words before, possibly more than once, and it turns out they were interested in you after all....go for those two and who knows what'll turn up. 

 

 

I'll still try to measure them, but yeah, accuracy is compromised and that's fine. I'll agree with Tyro on this point: it's vacation! I'm not going to let myself get caught up in numbers. ^_^

 

LOL, thanks for the vote of confidence! We'll see what happens! If it's meant to be, it's meant to be. That's the best way to handle casting decisions, in the end, because it's impossible knowing what a director is thinking when s/he makes their decisions! Just because you're the most talented person in the room doesn't mean you're right for the role, or that you fit the director's vision of what s/he wants the show to be, etc. :)

 

I've been realizing that since I do workouts in the morning before I eat, it helps me to have a breakfast that is relatively the same size as my lunch (sometimes they switch).  Dinner can be the largest meal, but I also have protein bars I eat to offset it.  It's hard to figure out a good balance and I also want to get down to 21% bf first, though I am quite happy where I am now.  Ahah hip bones...I know the feels.

 

I'm leaning towards grab bag more and more next challenge.  It just sounds like fun and gives me an excuse to make a fun little program to give me a random number.  Simple, two line piece of code, but if I can make it more advance and also to give certain percentages based on how I feel that day...hmmmm...but will I have time?!

 

That is the eternal question.

 

I'll have to check out that tumblr when I get home (it's blocked at my work).  It could be the same one that points out all of the horrible animation mistakes in the series.  Yeah I heard there were ending it with the R Arc and...I mean...I know that the whole romance and star crossed lovers type deal is a major part of Sailor Moon.  I get it.  I really, really, really do.  But when you're remaking a series to be faithful to a manga that does tend to jump from plot point to plot point without giving a lot of time to flesh characters and you decide to REMOVE or CHANGE the plot points that pertain to a character, pushing them FURTHER AND FURTHER into a one-dimensional background...you're making it worse.  Like Crappy worse. :(

 

According to online calculators, which are so much not accurate I know and I need a better method, I'm at about 23-24% body fat? Though based on last year's bf% measurement and that I am smaller and more muscular, I'm probably at that 20-21% range. Idkkkkkkkk. I'm quicker to believe 23-24%, maybe 22% at the least, than being already at 20-21% but no matter what, I know I'm in the universally accepted Fitness range on the bf% scale which quite honestly, I should be happy enough with that by itself. Besides, if this graphic is to be believed, ultimately, bf% is another number that means little when it comes to aesthetics. But that's why there's no calorie restriction for this challenge for me, in the end. This is the challenge of experimentation on the calorie front.

 

Yassssssss grab bag challenge! Still too soon for me to declare if I'll do it next go around, but again, it all depends!

 

Yep, it's the one that points out all of the horrible animation, though they do point out a bunch of the crap character "development" and storytelling and writing, too. I do get a laugh whenever they talk about how useless the Senshi are, and then I get sad whenever they point out that in Crystal, Usagi doesn't actually care about her friends one lick when in the 90's anime it was her romance with Mamoru that took a backseat to her relationship with her friends, and that the 90's anime focused more on girl power and the power of friendship (well, that couldn't have sounded cheesier :lol:) than anything else. I haven't read the manga in ages, though, but I do remember that the rest of the Senshi had actual personalities there versus Crystal, too. :| It's just. Bad. I stopped watching, though I almost feel like finishing out of a sense of completion.

 

And the tumblr also loves to point out that the opening song is WAY WAY too good for Crystal. And that the opening song lyrics are ultimately inaccurate to what Crystal actually does. :lol:

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My measurements on September 14, 2014 versus Monday, July 20, 2015:

Weight: 122.6 lbs                             120 lbs (measurement taken yesterday, July 22, 2015)

Waist (at narrowest): 27.5"             25.875"

Waist (at navel): 31"                        29.5"

Hips: 37.5"                                       35.25"

Bicep: 10.5"                                     10"

Wrist: 5.5"                                        5.5"

Thigh: 20.5"                                     20"

Calf: 15"                                           13.5"

Neck: 11.75"                                    12"

 

Pictures from September 7, 2014 and from July 20, 2015.

 

Also, according to this post (August 17, 2014):

Current Weight: 123 lbs

Current BFP (scale): 30.3

Current BFP (Navy): 28%

Current BFP (YMCA): 31%

Current Waist: 28.5"

Current Hips: 36.5"

Current Neck: 11.75"

 

Less than a week later (August 22, 2014), I did a fitness assessment where a body fat caliper test was administered and was told that my bf% was 21%.

 

The Navy bf% and the YMCA bf% gives me 24% and 28% respectively based on my measurements over the past week. What would the fitness assessment tell me today if I took it? Maybe it's time for an appointment. I should definitely do it before I leave for Cancun.

 

The takeaway?

 

My body composition is definitely very different since I joined NF (btw- my Nerdiversary was last week! I missed it because tech week). I don't know what my bf% exactly is, but if the Navy calculator and the YMCA calculator overestimates and the skinfold caliper test likely underestimates... I don't know, I might be where I want to be already. At the very least, this is stunning proof to me that I'm more muscular because even though I'm smaller I'm not that much lighter -- although poking around my thighs and triceps tell me that already. ;)

 

What this means is simply this:

 

I need to stop obsessing.

 

I need to stop looking at the mirror so intently whenever one is available and only use it to make sure everything from the neck up is presentable. I need to stop Google image searching for examples of different bf% types. I need to stop looking at pictures of myself for longer than necessary. I need to stop comparing my body to everyone else's (I mean, I'm doing better on this point than I used to in that when I catch myself doing it, I remind myself to stop, so that's progress). I just need to stop finding reasons to hate my body and love every last inch of it and the overall picture.

 

Because you know what?

 

I AM hot. I AM healthy. And I AM exactly where I want and need to be.

 

(Though I'm still aiming for a 24-25" waist (measured at its narrowest) range, but if I stay in the 25-26" range, it really wouldn't be the end of the world.)

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You are hot.

 

But more importantly, in my opinion, you're more confident, stronger, and capable of doing so many things that you could not do before!  I remember you a year ago, struggling with 6lb dumbbells.  Look at you now. :D

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You are gorgeous and powerful and hot and charming and all of the good stuff!!

There does come a point where you stop obsessing. For me it started when I saw an old beach pic from a time when I was not happy with my body and in retrospect would have loved to have it. That was when I realized one day when I'm like 70 or 80 I'll look at pics from now and won't understand at all how I could not be happy with this. And I would be upset about the time wasted with beating myself up over a healthy, fine body (even if I would never be a model shape). So I decided to start appreciating it now already. Took a little while but this perspective helped me and all the dancing and other fun helped and now I am most of the time really happy to be me in this body. Not all the time but most of the time and that is just sooooooo nice :)

You probably have other perspectives that help you and from what I saw over your last challenges it looks to me you are doing so much better already, are on a great way here. Love it seeing you slowly embracing the gorgeous hot thing you are

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You've done so well at getting your body and mind in a place where they get along with one another. Not only have you made strides to become the fittest person you can be, you're also well on the way to your happiest self, as well. A 25 or 26" waist is just fine, and so is a 24", but remember: nobody but you will really know the difference. Now's the time to focus on what you want to do--what new skills do you want to master, old ones you want to take up a notch--rather than what do you want to look like. The rest takes care of itself when your eyes are on strength, dance, and acting goals--because that's just who you are. 

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