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Hey all. I've been gone for a while due to some personal life issues and professional life issues. Now I'm at a new job and in a better place and officially getting Back On Trackâ„¢. Some of you may know me, many of you may not. I've been here for a couple years now, and I have to say, it's good to be back.

 

Backstory. When last I traveled these realms, I was a member of a famed RPG Fanatics and an Adventurer aspiring to be a Ranger. During my sabbatical, I had some time to reflect, and while this stance is still a natural one for me I've decided to push my training, both mentally and physically, into a new direction. I am focusing my goals on strength, endurance, agility and overall wellness, as well as clarity of mind and thought. To this end I lift heavy, move fast, practice buddhist meditation and attempt to fuel myself with only healthy, natural things.

 

In the past I: Drank too much. Ate too much. Slept too little. Thought too hard. These days I'm refocusing my energy on, simply put, being happy. And now, it's time to return to place that provided me some accountability and support.

 

Physical goals:

180 lb

8 percent body fat

Squat 2.5x my BW

Deadlift 3x my BW

Bench 2x my BW

Row 2x my BW

Overhead Press 1x my BW

Get back into parkour and rock climbing

Bike 5 hours a week

Salmon Ladders!

 

Mental goals:

5 hours of medication a week (in any split)

5 hours of writing (non-work) a week

3.5 hours of reading a week

 

Life goals:

Get married (date set - Sept 2017)

Save for the future

Travel the world (one trip per year starting in 2016)

Downsize my wordly possessions

Spend more time with my loved ones

Go hiking and camping more often (reconnect with nature)

 

These are my outstanding goals... here are my more immediate, SMART ones:

 

Work the fuck out: I need to get back into the gym. My work schedule is not helpful for this because of my life situation, but we're working with it. Plan is to go at 6am MWF. Missed today because I only got three hours of sleep last night, but I did a light BW workout. Plan is to either go TThS this week, or just go WF and move forward. Restarting 5x5 plan, but also am going to start seeing a personal trainer in Sept., so that might change.

 

Fucking sleep more: Over the last six months I have slept about an average of three hours per night. Between some personal shit that went down, changing jobs and a few other things, sleep has simply not been my thing. SO! From this day forward, a minimum of six hours a night is MANDATORY for living. Bedtime is 11:30. Wakeup time is 5:45. Let's do this.

 

Be fucking agile: I'm going to get back into parkour again, but first I need to ensure my joints are healthy. Therefore, I need to start stretching every day. I've decided to adopt a stretching routine showcased by some parkour instructors here (click for YouTubeness), which takes about 5-10 minutes every morning and touches every joint without the full requirements of the previous yoga routine I was doing. I am going to do this every morning. NO EXCEPTIONS.

 

Eat only what fucking nature provides: One of the biggest problems I've had over the last few months is the desire to eat. Not eating crap, but simply not eating... I just haven't wanted to. Because of this, and the therefore necessity to force myself to eat, I have eaten mostly crap... so I've gained a little body fat since last year. Not much, but a little. Time to destroy that and get back on track. Therefore, I am going back to my strict modified Paleo diet. Potatoes are allowed in moderation. Liquor and wine is allowed in small doses every couple days. But no grains. No sweeteners except for honey and maple syrup in miniscule amounts. Very little fruit. Low card, high fat, high protein. Grass-fed. Organic. Beast mode shoveling salads and steak in my gaping maw every day. I'm not going to start tracking my food just yet (until I have my meeting with the PT and we discuss diet I don't want to mess with it, plus it's time consuming), but I'm eating clean.

 

Clean the fuck up: I started a new job two months ago, and with that new job came... more money. Thankfully. Anyone who knows my previous situation understands what a blessing this is. However, my apartment is still cluttered and I need to focus on cleaning up my life in a variety of ways. Less booze. Less time spent watching TV shows (I just started MASH however, so that might get a pass for my nightly viewing of 1-2 episodes). Less "things." I recently got back into Magic: the Gathering due to some friends, so I'm rebuilding a few decks and selling the rest of my 3,000+ cards (anyone interested?). Sell my comics. Sell my excess vinyl. Start selling DVDs and books. Start getting rid of the crap that is cluttering up my place, and gain peace of mind. I'm also going to be donating a TON of stuff to Goodwill (mostly clothes) and buying stuff that actually fits (already started this process with a few new, very nice, dress shirts. Next are some pants and new gym clothes and shoes). It's time to clean this motherfucker up and sort out my life. I also need to buy new computers for both myself and my fiancee, so some of this will help pad the savings account while I drop that insane expense (we're both gamers, so we're talking $1,500+ computers). Might do that next Spring though... we shall see.

 

That's about it for me this time around. Joining mid-challenge means I won't be holding myself accountable in terms of a level for my avatar here, so this is just to get back into the swing of things!

 

See you all on the flip side.

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Man I missed you. Glad to hear about the job. You deserve it. Wow, wedding date set. Good for you. Travel is good, RedEaglespirit and I are going to go visit DarkRaider next year in Greece. Want to go? There is talk of tequila, topless beaches, and lots of hiking.

Love to goals. Straightforward the way they should be. Subbing because....well just because.

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Hey there! I love the goals and your energetic way of explaining them. You've got a good mix of goals that sound perfect for getting yourself on track. Fixing the sleep alone will probably help a ton. I can't believe you can function on so little sleep!!  

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Man I missed you. Glad to hear about the job. You deserve it. Wow, wedding date set. Good for you. Travel is good, RedEaglespirit and I are going to go visit DarkRaider next year in Greece. Want to go? There is talk of tequila, topless beaches, and lots of hiking.

Love to goals. Straightforward the way they should be. Subbing because....well just because.

Thaaaaaaaanks. Yeah the new company is amazing. We're a security startup. It's a weird environment.

 

Welcome the fuck back, Ravnos. I see big things happened while you were away. Glad to read about the job and wedding

Thaaaaaaaaanks. Yes, many big things.

 

Hey there! I love the goals and your energetic way of explaining them. You've got a good mix of goals that sound perfect for getting yourself on track. Fixing the sleep alone will probably help a ton. I can't believe you can function on so little sleep!!  

Thanks! Yeah in college my schedule was... 

8am: wake up (class also started at 8am, so as you can see, I never went to that)

Drink red bull from 8am to 4pm

drink beer/whiskey from 4pm to 5am.

5am: passout

 

Repeat. I also smoked. I also gained 50+ pounds...

 

Glad I've stopped that.

 

But no I'm just one of those people that can function on 5-6 hours a night and be good to go. Usually.

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Update!

 

Work threw a curveball and I haven't been able to get into the gym this week LOL. We had a project spring up last second so I had to go into work early on Wednesday. So I'm officially starting the gym on Monday. I have been keeping my eating on track though, so there's that. Everything else seems to be working out well.

 

I currently have a dilemma. I've been planning on buying a PS4 before the end of the year for a while now. My plan was to wait till Black Friday/Christmas and snag one of the inevitable bundle deals they have, which is usually the current bundle plus one or two games for free. However.... this popped up today: 

 

http://smile.amazon.com/dp/B0141EO5QU/?tag=kinjadeals-20&ascsubtag=d8ff471723f34057002eadda5a6b7a3b9887ed50&rawdata=%5Br%7Chttp%3A%2F%2Flifehacker.com%2F%3FstartTime%3D1440009000593%5Bt%7Cmod-title%5Bp%7C1725069257%5Ba%7CB0141EO5QU%5Bau%7C5727177402741770316&sa-no-redirect=1

 

OH GOD DO I BUY IT OR NOT!?

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I currently have a dilemma. I've been planning on buying a PS4 before the end of the year for a while now. My plan was to wait till Black Friday/Christmas and snag one of the inevitable bundle deals they have, which is usually the current bundle plus one or two games for free. However.... this popped up today: 

 

http://smile.amazon.com/dp/B0141EO5QU/?tag=kinjadeals-20&ascsubtag=d8ff471723f34057002eadda5a6b7a3b9887ed50&rawdata=%5Br%7Chttp%3A%2F%2Flifehacker.com%2F%3FstartTime%3D1440009000593%5Bt%7Cmod-title%5Bp%7C1725069257%5Ba%7CB0141EO5QU%5Bau%7C5727177402741770316&sa-no-redirect=1

 

OH GOD DO I BUY IT OR NOT!?

 

Oh gosh that's a really tough call. How much of a discount to you usually see on consoles around Black Friday? Maybe you could add up the value of the games in the bundle and compare it to the amount you'd save on a discounted one?

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Oh gosh that's a really tough call. How much of a discount to you usually see on consoles around Black Friday? Maybe you could add up the value of the games in the bundle and compare it to the amount you'd save on a discounted one?

The BF deal is rarely a price drop - last year it was just a similar bundle to this (GTA V, Assassins Creed 4 and another game). So it's about the same value.

 

 

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Update. Slept on the deal. It's still there. I still haven't decided. My brain might explode.

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Bit the bullet and bought it.

 

Decided last second to do the application for the Amazon Rewards Card too, got approved, and it took another $70 off. Woo! Now I just need to remember that I have a new credit card and pay it off lol.

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Bit the bullet and bought it.

 

Decided last second to do the application for the Amazon Rewards Card too, got approved, and it took another $70 off. Woo! Now I just need to remember that I have a new credit card and pay it off lol.

 

I have that card! It's actually pretty sweet for getting extra rewards to spend on amazon, if you use it often enough. I don't remember it giving me such a great discount when I signed up though!

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You don't get better at anything unless you start doing it.

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We can get our lives back on track my friend.

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Say that three times fast

That one's not that bad actually. Try this one: Wicked wobbly wombats on wire.

 

I have that card! It's actually pretty sweet for getting extra rewards to spend on amazon, if you use it often enough. I don't remember it giving me such a great discount when I signed up though!

I think the discount varies based on the amount in your cart when you sign up. Yeah I'm only going to use it for amazon moving forward (I make multiple purchases on amazon every month).

 

We can get our lives back on track my friend.

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Friends!

Northmen!

Countrymen!

Lend me your axes!

 

 

Actually I just wanted to say that anyone who has a Playstation can add me: CrawlingChaos13

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Work keeps doing these things to me. It's mostly because my temp-boss is in Israel right now, so the best time for her to sync with us is 8/8:30 in the morning, which cuts into precious gym time. So this week my sleep has been off schedule, and add to that some weird allergy shit (constant mild-sinus headaches) and I haven't even done any serious bodyweight stuff.

 

However, I've got my eating on track, I just finished Dune, got a library card and picked up The Martian for my reading, and have been working on my Clean the Fuck Up goal. I'm beginning the process of getting organized to have a YARD SALE next weekend.

 

That's my week one update I guess.

 

Not much to report, but soon. SOON.

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I agree with T2sarahconnor, it is a start. Any step in the right direction is a good start.

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"Each day, just focus on getting 1% better in whatever it is you're trying to improve. That's it. Just 1%." ArtofManliness Article.

"That which is wise and holy helps the health and wholeness of the chain of generations." D. R. Miller. 

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