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INTRODUCTION:

My name is Ted and this is my second challenge. I am looking forward to being a part of the assassins during during challenge 44. If you are interested, my first challenge thread can be found here.

 

When I found Nerd Fitness, I joined the academy first. I was searching for how to build intrinsic motivation into a fitness routine and Nerd Fitness came across my path. Thanks to my first challenge, I am getting closer to my goal of intrinsically motivate fitness. My hard work and my look into essentialism has really helped me focus my efforts.

 

I chose the assassins because I enjoy bouldering, calisthenics, and balance work done through yoga. I want to build a learner stronger frame. People I admire and look to as I train would be Kevin Poeung and Simon Park

I am a 33 year old English and History teacher and live in San Francisco, CA with my husband and our orange bob-tail cat named Cha-cha. We have been in the Bay Area for about a year. Before California, my husband and I were living in Japan (I was there for seven years and he was there for his whole life). I am a lover of science fiction and have been a fan of all the Star Gate seasons which is why my topic titles reference the dialing sequence. 

These challenges are a way I can take back control of my dreams by making my fitness and health a priority in my life. I am excited about doing this for myself and glad I have gained some great support and friends along the way. 

 

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I will have an active life full of movement and activities I find joy in so I can live a life of peace and adventure with my husband.

 

CHALLENGE GOAL 1: "Be-Four Dawn" 

 

GOAL: By 14 December 2015, I will exercise for a least thirty minutes in the morning, at least four days a week, for a total of 24 workout sessions over the course of the challenge. 

 

REASONING: During the last challenge, I scheduled a workout everyday of the week. On any given day, I was either practicing yoga or doing the body brigade workout. This left little to no time for recovery. This challenge, I am giving myself three days for potential recovery. I also want to work towards enjoying morning workouts since I can take full advantage of the after-burn over the course of the day and be more energized. I also would like to have my evenings open in order to spend more time with my husband. Up until now, getting up early in the morning and working out has been difficult for me. I am a teacher and wake-up really early already.

 

MEANS OF EVALUATION: I will post on my thread the details of each workout for the previous week by Sunday evening of that week. The details of my workout will include the time started, duration, and what I did to workout. If I have at least 24 workouts recorded by the end of this challenge, I will have met this goal. 

[Attribute: STAMINA  A=+3 B=+2 C=+1]

 

CHALLENGE GOAL 2: "Pull It Together"

 

GOAL: By 14 December 2015, I will work for 10 minutes, at least four days a week, on my training to do a complete, unassisted, pull-up for a total of 24 sessions over the course of this challenge.

 

REASONING: I have enjoyed bouldering and have some pretty solid upper body strength. Unfortunately, I do not have the muscle strength needed to do a complete unassisted pull-up. Systematically working on my pull-ups throughout this challenge will help me build the needed strength in order to get close to doing an unassisted pull-up. 

 

MEANS OF EVAULUATION: I will post on my thread the details of each training session for the previous week by Sunday evening of that week. The details of the training session will include what I did to train and the time I started. If I have at least 24 training sessions on my thread by the end of the challenge, I will have met this goal.  

 

[Attribute: STRENGTH  A=+4 B=+3 C=+2]
 

 

CHALLENGE GOAL 3: "This End Up"

 

GOAL: By 14 December 2015, I will work for 10 minutes, at least four days a week, on my inverted poses foundation for a total of 24 sessions over the course of this challenge. 

 

REASONING: In my practice of yoga, I have always felt inspired by inverted poses. In the beginning, I had a fear of going into an inverted pose. I thought, if I went into an inverted pose, I would drop on my spine and break my neck. Several years back, I trampled that fear by running into a handstand. The momentum of this method got me into a wall-assisted hand-stand. I want to work toward doing an unassisted tripod headstand. To do this I will need to work on building my foundation on a consistent basis. 

MEANS OF EVALUATION: I will post on my thread the details of each foundation building session for the previous week by Sunday evening of that week. The details of the foundation building session will include what I did toward building the right foundation and the time I started. If I have at least 24 training sessions on my thread by the end of the challenge, I will have met this goal.
 

[Attribute:  A=+4 B=+3 C=+2]

 

 

LIFE CHALLENGE GOAL: "Write On Track"

GOAL: By 14 December 2015, I will write over 40,000 words towards a new novel which I will plan with my husband. 

REASONING: My husband is an illustrator and a graphic designer. We have been playing around with the idea of me writing a novel and him drawing illustrations for the story. We have floated ideas and concepts around but never got anything seriously together. Since November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and this challenge covers the month of November, I thought I would inspire our project to head in the "write" direction and get my husband and I "write" on track towards completing our novel. 

MEANS OF EVALUATION: I will have met this goal if I have written at least 40,050 words on my novel by the end of this challenge. My word-count progress can be seen on my NaNoWriMo page. I will also give weekly updates on Sunday evening on how I am progressing towards the 40,000 word goal. 

[Attribute: WISDOM A=+3 B=+2 C=+1]

 

PRE-REFLECTION:

Setting new goals fills me with such great energy. I feel geared-up and ready to begin. I feel even better this time around since I have already engaged in one challenge and know my goals are challenging yet attainable. Learning what works well for me and what needs tweaking I believe will help me towards an intrinsically motivated practice. I am proud to be part of the assassins and growing stronger with everyone! 

Wood Elf Assassin / Current Challenge Thread: Two / Completed Challenges: One

Lvl 2: STR: 1 DEX: 5 STA: 6 CON: 4 WIS: 6 CHA: 3

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Assassin Rule #76 - You cannot tell us you have a cat with an adorable name and NOT provide pictures. ^_^

 

I love that your main quest is to live a life full of movement!!  I've been studying a lot of primal movement and mobility lately and I am right there with you - I want to live a long, adventurous life as unfragile and pain-free as I can.  It's really inspiring to me too, and why I actually came over here from the Rangers recently!

 

DAY 1 IS TOMORROOOWWW!  Let's go Assassins!!!

i am not waiting for a hero.  i saved myself long ago.

Level 50 Bardic Time-Mage; of the Furious Heart

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"Well...in the end, it boils down to two simple choices. Either you do or you don't.

You'd think with all the problems in this world, there'd be more answers. It's not fair...
...But that's the way things are. The choice is yours."

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Woo buddy!! Those are great goals!

I'll be here again for another round!

BTW, what are you going to do after you hit seven chevrons?! Go for eight and leave our lil ol' galaxy behind? And NINE?? O_o

(((^_^)))

Ganbatte ne!!

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Hey Ted! I hope you're having a great first week of the challenge.  Just dropping by to encourage you to join the Green Team in the mini challenge and get jumping!!

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Current Challenge  | Battle Log | "Epic" Quest

Previous Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6789101111.51213141516171819, 2021222324, 25, 262728293031323334

"A man who wants to do something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse." -Stephan Dolley, Jr.

"You don't get stronger by skipping workouts." - me, to myself, about 3 times a week

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Where have I been for the past week? Unfortunately, I have been extremely sick (not taken hostage, luckily, by the Goa'uld). On Saturday 06 November 2015, my health began to take a turn for the worst. On Monday 09 November 2015 the worst of my sick streak began. I had an extreme headache and was always cold. My nose was clogged, my desk and floor were riddled with tissues, and I was blowing my nose constantly (my gill-slits were clogged like crazy). 

 

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As many of you know, I am a middle school English and History teacher. Trimester one was over and report-card grades needed to be finalized and submitted. As much as I do not like taking medicine unless I have to, Dayquil and Nyquil were my friends. I kept on going to work and getting my report-cards done. During my illness bout, anytime extra time I had was spent in bed trying to leave my body's energy towards healing.

 

I finally felt 100% again on Friday 13 November 2015. Today, 14 November 2015 I feel good enough to login to NF again and do some needed updates! Here is what this post is going to contain. 

 

1) Updates and logs for the first week: Luckily, I was able to complete my first week goals and mini-challenge

2) Responses to the fellow assassins who were so kind as to post on my thread (I heart you all!)

3) Plans for how I am going to approach what is left of the second week and roll into the third week. 

4) Life reflections of things that have been going on. 

 

So, without any further introduction, here we go!

 

Assassin Rule #76 - You cannot tell us you have a cat with an adorable name and NOT provide pictures. ^_^

Shaarawy, thanks for the welcome! Also, ROGER! I will remember rule 76! Here is a photo of my cat Cha-cha

 

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She sometimes swears but most of the time she is polite and gentle. 

 

BTW, what are you going to do after you hit seven chevrons?! Go for eight and leave our lil ol' galaxy behind? And NINE?? O_o

Tiny-oak! I hope you are rocking things out! When I hit Seven Cheverons I am going to enter the gate and do a special "Off-World Challenge!" If you want to be on my team maybe we can plan for it together! After that mission it is back to dialing the gate--sequence two! Maybe back to Earth...maybe not...

 

 

Hey Ted! I hope you're having a great first week of the challenge.  Just dropping by to encourage you to join the Green Team in the mini challenge and get jumping!!

Hi tenaciousglee! Thank you for the reminder! I got jumping in the first week and put down my numbers! Now I need to see if I have enough time to join the second mini-challenge. Weather it counts or not, I will get crawling. 

 

Update for the Week of 02 November 2015 - 08 November 2015:

 

CHALLENGE GOAL 1: "Be-Four Dawn"

MONDAY 02 NOVEMBER 2015: 4:43AM - 5:18AM Circuit Training - "Jillian Michael's Ripped in 30 Week1" 

TUEDAY 03 NOVEMBER 2015: 5:06AM - 5:36AM Yoga Today "Inversion Workshop" with Neesha Zolinger (I love the way Neesha teaches and this connects well with one of my other goals. I must do this one again)

WEDNESDAY 04 NOVEMBER 2015: 5:41AM - 6:11AM Yoga Today "Twist It Out" with Sarah Clark

THURSDAY 05 NOVEMBER 2015: 5:52AM - 6:22AM Circuit Training - "Jillian Michael's Ripped in 30 Week1"

 

CHALLENGE GOAL 2: "Pull It Together"

MONDAY 02 NOVEMBER 2015: 6:22PM-6:33PM - 3 minutes negative pull-ups, 3 minutes body weight rows, 3 minutes assisted pull-ups with exercise band, 1 minute dead hang
TUEDAY 03 NOVEMBER 2015: 7:24PM-7:35PM - 2 minute dead hang, 3 minutes assisted pull-ups with exercise band, 3 minutes body weight rows, 1minute dead hang, 1 minutes body weight rows
WEDNESDAY 04 NOVEMBER 2015: 6:16PM-6:27PM - 3 minutes dead hand, 2 minutes dead hang, 3 minutes assisted pull-ups will exercise band, 1 minute dead hang
THURSDAY 05 NOVEMBER 2015: 8:11PM-8:22PM - 3 minutes body weight rows, 1 minute dead hang, 2 minutes assisted pull-ups with exercise band, 1 minute dead hang, 3 minutes body weight rows

 

Pull-up EDUCATION!: I found this video  which has some good pointers. I learned a lot from the"Put your elbows in your back pockets" point and "Put your elbows in the right place point." This is going to help me when I finish my training for this week. My favorite resource is our NF pull-up page.

 

CHALLENGE GOAL 3: "This End Up"

MONDAY 02 NOVEMBER 2015: 5:22AM-5:33AM - 4 minutes - Half-moon pose flow 3-minutes downward facing dogs half-splits flow 2minutes - dolphin flow

TUEDAY 03 NOVEMBER 2015: 7:13PM-7:24PM - 4 minute crow-flow - 2 minute foundation organization - 4 minutes dolphin flow
THURSDAY 05 NOVEMBER 2015: 5:21AM-5:31AM - 3-minutes downward facing dogs half-splits flow 2minutes - dolphin flow -4 minutes dolphin/water-pump flow

FRIDAY 04 NOVEMBER 2015: 4:24AM-4:35PM - 3-minutes downward facing dogs tadasana flow 2minutes - dolphin flow -4 minutes dolphin/water-pump flow

 

LIFE CHALLENGE GOAL: "Write On Track"

My novel writing has been in the planning stages this week. I have been deciding what themes I want to include in the story and what theme I was to be the overall concentration. I have began to hash-out characters and create character profiles. Next week will be all about creating a solid outline. I am planning on getting the actual draft writing started next week. I love how this is also helping my writing but also bring my husband and I closer together. 

 

POST-SICKNESS REFLECTION: 

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I am proud of myself for realizing when my body needed rest and not pushing myself and when my health was not one hundred percent. As a result, I am going to allow my workout on Sunday this week to be an hour-long in the morning and have that count for two. I am modifying this part of my goal for this week since getting sick was completely out of my control and it was a conscious choice to rest and get better. That's why an hour-long exercise session tomorrow will count for two morning sessions and not just one. 

 

I also will do one morning and one evening inversion practice and pull up practice on the same day and have it count for two. Friday I already did the inversion practice and today I did the double pull up practice. Next week, I am going to plan out my week. I will write what my plan is in my post tomorrow. 

 

See you for another weekly update tomorrow! It is good to be back! 

Wood Elf Assassin / Current Challenge Thread: Two / Completed Challenges: One

Lvl 2: STR: 1 DEX: 5 STA: 6 CON: 4 WIS: 6 CHA: 3

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