SomeGuyFromScotland Posted October 27, 2015 Report Share Posted October 27, 2015 So, who is SomeGuyFromScotland?: I joined NF a week before the April 6WC started. At that point, I was five weeks into a new workout routine, and nine weeks into attempting to eat better. There are links to my introduction/origin story and my first four challenges in my sig below. Feel free to go rummage around in there. Iâ€™ve gone from 255lbs at the end of January, to 232 at the start of my first 6WC, 223 at the start of my second, 211 by the third, 203 by the fourth, and 196 as of right now. Itâ€™s a work in progress. There's no specific weight number in mind (yet - this might change as the challenges go on), but I suspect it might be somewhere around the 175-180 range. And what does he want?: There is an ongoing life goal to dress like a proper grown-up adult man, in clothes which actually look good on me, and make my wife proud to be seen with me when I take her out. The general aim is to continue to overhaul my entire wardrobe, getting rid of anything which falls into one of the following categories: baggy, sagging or ragged. Over my first four challenges, I set a specific goal of getting properly fitted for a good quality, tailored, three-piece suit, and get a good photograph taken wearing it, because I was sick of being disgusted when I looked in the mirror or saw a photo of myself. This goal having now been achieved, Iâ€™m starting to think about the next level. There are two things I would quite like to do in 2016. One of them is write a novel and self-publish it on Amazon. Iâ€™ll probably hold off on starting that until the first challenge of next year, and make it an ongoing item in the 2016 challenges. The other, Iâ€™m going to start working towards in this challenge. So, without further ado, I bring you: Issue #5: SomeGuyFromScotland vs. The Cartel of Carnage Every good superhero comic needs one or more bad guys. Arch enemies, Supervillains, or just plain old Asshats. Spidey had his Sinister Six. Dredd had the Dark Judges. Every Avenger has his Dark Avenger, and SomeGuyFromScotland (with occasional comic relief from his exotic dancing alter ego Buff McSavoury and comedy sidekick Tartan Temptress) hasâ€¦ Mephistopheles â€“ The self-styled Father of Lies, and the evil mastermind behind CoC. His true power lies not in his wisdom, but in convincing you that yours is false. Stronghold â€“ The Cartelâ€™s enforcer, he is brutality incarnate, a wrecking ball of strength, power and rage. Alluria â€“ She is a succubus, the addiction who calls you like a siren. She looks good, but she is poison. Succumb to her, and your strength and willpower will be gone. Heisenburp â€“ A former high school gym teacher who was driven to insanity by, oddly enough, the Insanity workout. Following his escape from the asylum, he was recruited by the Cartel to eliminate threats by forcing them to perform burpees until death from exhaustion. The Five Thousand â€“ The terrifying result of genetic experimentation, The Five Thousand is a constantly regenerating being with a myriad of heads and arms. Chop one off, and more appear. The Five Thousand cannot be truly defeated, simply survived. Note: Targets adjusted on 30/11 to compensate for a complete bust of a phlegmy, sweaty, viral sick week. Quest 1: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (The Five Thousand) â€œLong is the way and hard, that out of Hell leads up to lightâ€ The last chapter ended with the line â€œAnd when the hand touched my shoulder again, I somehow found the strength to run.â€ Now begins the next stage in my journey. I have always hated running. Itâ€™s time to get over that. Iâ€™ve identified a six week beginnerâ€™s 5k training plan and this is the first step towards my next small life goal, to compete in and complete an actual 5k. Beyond that? Who knows. Maybe Iâ€™ll tackle a 10k. Maybe Iâ€™ll never run again. This training plan calls for 18 sessions, three per week. Iâ€™ll record my time taken to complete 5k on each run, and hopefully the walk : run ratio will change significantly over the 6 weeks. Achievable Points: +4 STA A: 15 sessions (Points x 1) - Current ProgressB: 13 (Points x 0.75)C: 11 (Points x 0.5)D: 9 (Points x 0.25)F: < 9 (Fail. 0 Points.) Quest 2: Iron Sharpens Iron (Stronghold) â€œNever easy, never clean, to be a beast among human sheep.â€ This is a fight to the death. As iron sharpens iron, so I must get stronger by battling the epitome of strength. The focus of the last couple of challenges has been primarily weight loss and fat burning, so cardio has taken priority. Now that Iâ€™m getting more comfortable, itâ€™s time to re-establish a good lifting regimen. Two workouts a week with a focus on weights. Workout plans will be detailed below, but itâ€™s based loosely on Stronglifts 5x5. I have no idea what my baseline will be, but the targets will self-adjust as I progress. Achievable Points: +4 STR A: 10 sessions (Points x 1) - Current ProgressB: 8 (Points x 0.75)C: 7 (Points x 0.5)D: 6 (Points x 0.25)F: < 6 (Fail. 0 Points.) Quest 3: He is the Danger (Heisenburp) â€œYou all know exactly who I am. Say my name.â€ Trapped in the lunatic Heisenburpâ€™s underground lair, the only way to escape is burpees. He may be the Dangerâ€¦ but I am the One who Rocks. Achievable Points: +1 STR, +3 DEX A - 830+ (Points x 1) - Current ProgressB - 750-830 (Points x 0.75)C - 670-750 (Points x 0.5)D - 590-670 (Points x 0.25)F - < 590 (Fail. 0 Points.) Quest 4: Lead Me Not (Alluria) â€œWe gain the strength of the temptation we resistâ€ The power of the succubus is temptation. Alluria is beautiful and almost impossible to resist, but she is poison. Do not succumb to her. Eat mindfully and continue the good habit of maintaining a daily deficit. Tracking purely on food logged against a daily fixed calorie target this time, instead of including exercise calories. Achievable Points: +1 CON, +1 CHA A â€“ 40+ Days on Target (Points x 1) - Current ProgressB - 39 Days (Points x 0.75)C - 38 Days (Points x 0.5)D - 37 Days (Points x 0.25)F - <37 Days (Fail. 0 Points.) Quest 5: The Wisdom of Solomon (Mephistopheles) â€œBlessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding.â€ There is only one way to defeat the Father of Lies: with Truth. Slightly different reading challenge this time, with apologies to Doc Feelgood for completely ripping this idea off from his recent challenges. Iâ€™ll use my YouVersion bible app, choose some reading plans and begin each morning with 15 minutes to read and absorb that dayâ€™s word and get myself right for the day ahead. Ideally, itâ€™ll be six 7-day plans, but weâ€™ll see where it leads. Achievable Points: +1 WIS A - 42 Days (Points x 1) - Current ProgressB - 40 Days (Points x 0.75)C - 38 Days (Points x 0.5)D - 36 Days (Points x 0.25)F - <36 Days (Fail. 0 Points.) Minis: #1: Hoth Battle - Done! +1 STA#2: Yoga with Yoda - Done! +1 WIS#3: Combined Force#4: Recipe Book#5: Helping the Pilots#6: Blaze of Glory IRL Things: Following my triumphant performances as "Doo-Wop Backing Vocalist #4", Queen tribute Granny Tranny, Scar's Hyena Sidekick, and Augustus Gloop, I can now officially announce I will be making a return to the stage on the 7th and 8th November playing a WW2 soldier in our church's annual fundraising show, which this year is a seriously emotional musical named Hope & Glory. Thankfully, no speaking part this time. Just as a bit of background, every single penny raised at the shows, either from ticket sales, or the associated auction and raffle afterwards, goes to our Christmas giveaway where we give toys and food parcels to struggling families in our local community. At last count, the total given away over the last six or seven years is somewhere around Â£90,000. The Wolverine and I will be making a road trip to (not so) sunny Bradford, Yorkshire from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November for our annual church conference, but Iâ€™m not going to use that as an excuse to go off the rails, even though we will most likely be faceholing the worldâ€™s best curry at Akbarâ€™s on the Saturday night, and if previous years are any indication, an outstanding fish and chips at Murgatroyds on the Friday. I do have two daysâ€™ wiggle room on the calorie challenge, but Iâ€™d rather not use both in the same weekend. Iâ€™ll be logging food as normal for those days, and attempting to make good decisions. In terms of workouts, Iâ€™ll just need to make sure I either have my schedule nailed, or get a slight cushion built up just in case. Oh, and this challenge ends right before my birthday. Pleasing. 9 Quote ~~ VALHALLA, I AM COMING! ~~ Season 1 (2015): #0 #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 Season 2 (2016): #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 Season 3 (2017): #16 #17 #18 Link to comment
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