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Hey Scouts!! 

 

This is my first 4 week challenge! After taking a break from 6 week challenges, everything changed! WAT!?!

 

Since I started with NF, I have lost lots of inches (I won't weigh myself, so  :playful:  to that), I have completed a marathon, and I have PR'd lots of run times, though my fastest mile is 7:00.05. I want to be faster. Just a little. But faster. In finishing up my doctorate, getting serious with the boyfriend, and making all these wonderful life changes -- I've hit the wall. My changes aren't big anymore. I'm not seeing a lot of that progress like I did when I started out NF over six months ago (it's been that long already!?!), and I'm choosing to work on my dissertation instead of work out, because deadlines. 

 

I am NOT kicking myself for choosing work over workout. I am VERY excited about where I am. I am still loosing fractions of inches as I go along, and I still feel great naked. But the same problem persists. My arms are noodly, and they are not getting much stronger. 

 

So I welcome you all - to my first 4 week challenge - which is really my 3rd 6 week challenge:

 

"Just say no - to WACKY WAVING INFLATABLE NOODLE ARMS!" 

 

Main Quest: To get stronger arms. I will measure this by being able to do chin-ups without the band, and dips without my tip-toes on the floor. I am convinced that getting stronger this way, will make me faster on the streets  :panda:  :angel:

 

Quest 1:  Complete ALL days of Bodyweight Brigade Level 4 workouts for the entire 4 weeks, without missing a day. 

Measurement: All workouts complete: A = +3 STR/+2 CON ; Miss 1-3 workouts: B = +2STR/+1CON ; Miss 4-6 workouts: C = +1 STR

 

Quest 2: Do at least 3 FULL UNASSISTED DIPS 

Measurement: 3 Dips A = +2 STA/+2 STR ; 2 Dips B = +1 STA/ +2 STR ; 1 Dip C = +1 STA/ +1 STR 

 

 

Life Quest: Complete the presentation portion of your C's talk BEFORE you leave for C's in April. 

Measurement: Talk is ready AND most of the paper is done A = +2 WIS/ +1 DEX ; Talk is ready, but paper only started B = +1 WIS/ +1 DEX ; Talk is mostly done, no paper C = +1 WIS

 

Motivation: 

I have agreed to train my beaux to run a 5K with me. In return, I am allowing him to strength train me. I may become a Ranger because of this. But before we start with him coaching me, I would like to make SOME headway in being less of a noodle-arm.  :D

 

 

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Skaði Thistleside

Half Dwarf/Half Human : Scout 

 

 

My 3rd 4 Week Challenge

 

Level 4

 

STR 4/ DEX 1/ STA 4/ CON 3/ WIS 5/ CHA 4

 

 

 

"Je suis Prest." 

 

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Big congratulations on wrapping up your doctorate – I know how much hard work and dedication goes into that. :encouragement: Good luck with the strength training (and, yes it can make you faster)!

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Thank you!! 

 

And thanks for asking about the marathon! It was ... an experience ... and I feel really accomplished. 

 

I don't think I trained hard enough for it, though I DID complete 20 miles before moving to the walk-run phase. AND, I didn't die! I MAY try another marathon in my life, but not soon. I'd have to retrain for the whole thing, I think. And get lots stronger. 

Skaði Thistleside

Half Dwarf/Half Human : Scout 

 

 

My 3rd 4 Week Challenge

 

Level 4

 

STR 4/ DEX 1/ STA 4/ CON 3/ WIS 5/ CHA 4

 

 

 

"Je suis Prest." 

 

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Week 2 Update:

 

Bodyweight Brigade Level 4 is HARD. I am having some serious shoulder cramping. Like level 8 (that pain scale at the doctor's) pain for brief periods. My amazing powerlifting boyfriend says it's because my shoulders aren't strong enough for the kind of pressure I'm putting on them, and I believe him. I pretty much have the weakest shoulders, maybe on my whole block. They have always been my weakest area. 

 

So I have rubber bands, and I'll be doing light exercises on my shoulders every night, just to start to toughen them up. 

 

As a result of this pain, I have skipped one workout so far. I am not sad about this, because I really needed the rest to repair my shoulder pain. BUT I have been putting in my runs (no shoulders required) and I can TELL I'm getting stronger both when I flex, and because I can lift stuff larger things with less effort. YEAY! 

 

Here's hoping I won't need to skip another workout. But last night I dreamt I did a really easy unassisted dip. :)

Skaði Thistleside

Half Dwarf/Half Human : Scout 

 

 

My 3rd 4 Week Challenge

 

Level 4

 

STR 4/ DEX 1/ STA 4/ CON 3/ WIS 5/ CHA 4

 

 

 

"Je suis Prest." 

 

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So... things have been going well on my end. I've been making all my workouts and running with my boyfriend (we're training him for a 5k). And I feel great, and I haven't been drinking alcohol as part of my 30 day habit challenge (even on St. Patrick's day!!). 

 

Please feel free to skip this next section, as I just need to talk about this with all of you (safe place):

 

I've really been struggling with social pressure and drinking. I am doing the 30 day habit challenge and not drinking AT ALL for 30 days. And I didn't tell any of my drinking buddies so I don't have to hear about it. Some of you who have followed me before have heard this. I have a good friend who moved out here to get new scenery and start a new-ish life. And when my apartment next door opened up, she moved into it and now we are neighbors. And it has been SUPER hard to get healthy and decrease the drinking we do together because she belittles me and calls me boring and hates my boyfriend and acts out like a child as I grow up and she gets deeper into the bottle. As a result, we spend a lot less time together. 

 

Last night, I went out for St. Patty's day, just to hang out and make an appearance. I didn't drink at all, and I went home to meet my boyfriend and we went on a training run, and we ate all the hot wings ever, and it was... so good. He's so much fun. And he didn't drink either, and it was a total non-issue. 

 

But before I left, my friend gave be a hard time for not drinking and did everything she could to get me to "just have a beer and stop being lame." And that is the light side of how she talks to me. She tried to accuse me to pandering to whatever my bf wants by not drinking. In the meantime, my bf (forgetting about my 30 day challenge) is telling me to stay out if I want to because he knows how social I am. All I wanted to do is stick to my 30 day habit challenge and go on a run with him. And so from all sides, I was being told to just start drinking. And I didn't.

 

And then, at 4:04AM, my telephone started ringing with a phone # I didn't recognize. It rang through twice, and I decided to pick it up.

 

It was my neighbor/friend, crying. She was a few miles from our house and had been alone and lost, walking the streets of Atlanta for over an hour, no phone, looking for something she recognized - no memory of anything that had happened to her since 9:30PM the night before. She was nauseous and she was sure someone had drugged her. She had no idea where she had been, or how she had gotten there. But she hadn't been robbed (only her phone was missing) and she didn't think she had been physically violated in any way (but she wasn't sure). I made sure she got safely into her house and I tried to go back to sleep (didn't go that well). 

 

So this morning I messaged several people she said she had seen to try to find out what might have happened. It turns out that she was acting totally normal the whole time, which means she probably wasn't drugged. And that the last person she was with saw her last at midnight, and she seemed fine then. So we have time completely unaccounted for from midnight near our house, to about 3AM when she woke up about 5 miles away, on a sidewalk, on her face, with a cut on her hand (she thinks she may have tried to climb a fence). To me, this means she probably blacked out that whole time. 

 

And this is not the first time this has happened. Last time, my boyfriend found her face down in the rain in front of her door and she had hit her head on the iron balcony (we live on the third floor). No memory of this happening, or that he was the one who helped her get inside. 

 

Before that, she got super drunk and tried to bite me, and has no recollection of this event at all. 

 

So now I'm thinking, what is next? Next time, does she die? Or worse? 

 

And I'm so frustrated because I am doing so well. And she belittles me for being boring??? You know what's boring? Saving your alcoholic friend at 4:00AM from a gas station while she's crying and could have had ANYthing happen to her? And not going to work because you're so hung over that you can't function. That is also super boring. And being an asshole to your friends who are growing up without you (I'm 37 btw, and growing up pretty much as late as humanly possible). 

 

I'm at the end of my rope here, rebels. And drinking less has been a part of my 6 week challenges until now, because I'm not struggling with it like I was before since I stopped hanging out with her as much. 

 

Half of me feels terrible, and I'm worried. And half of me is angry and wants to just shut her out completely, right when she obviously needs someone. 

 

And so today I don't want to work out. I'm bummed and I want to just draw robots on Illustrator (which I have been teaching myself all week) and pretend my friend of 10 years isn't killing herself. And of course my boyfriend has no compassion for her, and doesn't understand why I'm so upset - which is no help at all. 

 

Sometimes I just want to crawl under the table with a blankey and hide from the world. 

 

Thank you for listening, dear rebels. Things will get better. They always do. 

Skaði Thistleside

Half Dwarf/Half Human : Scout 

 

 

My 3rd 4 Week Challenge

 

Level 4

 

STR 4/ DEX 1/ STA 4/ CON 3/ WIS 5/ CHA 4

 

 

 

"Je suis Prest." 

 

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Wow, that's so much to handle! It's probably not any consolation, but the pressure that your friend is putting on you is likely because she recognizes, somewhere deep down, that she's making poor choices while you're making better ones. The names she calls you likely have nothing to do with you at all, and may be what she fears she would be like without constantly getting drunk (or at least rationalizations for her poor behavior).

I second RogueLibrarian, you're a good friend and doing the best you can - don't beat yourself up, and acknowledge all of the progress you've made!

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Thank you all, for your support and cheers. 

 

I pretty much bombed this challenge. Well - C range, all the way down. But C's still get degrees, no? 

 

I skipped 3 workouts in 4 weeks. That's like almost one a week. I'm not excited about that. BUT - Bodyweight Brigade level 4 is hard. And I AM getting stronger. So B in that category. 

 

I can do 1 dip, and not well. But that is 1 dip I couldn't do before. AND, I might add that I can also do 1 pullup I couldn't do before. So... measurable success. Actually, I can do 2 pullups. So, maybe I should give myself a B in that category too, since I COULDN'T do pullups really at the end of my last challenge, and now I can do them relatively easily. So B. 

 

Aaaaaand, I went ahead and prioritized other things before my presentation and paper. I DID get through the intro, and I DID start the talk, so C, in that category. But I decided finishing my dissertation on time, applying to more jobs when I found out I didn't get any of the ones I've been interviewing for since September, and making a business resume, all qualify as more important than giving a talk that no one is paying me to give, that will last all of 15 minutes. Whatever. C. 

 

And I'm EXHAUSTED from all of the things I have had to complete that I have been working about 18 years to get done. So... I'm pretty proud of myself for not just curling up into a ball and melting away. Go me. 

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Skaði Thistleside

Half Dwarf/Half Human : Scout 

 

 

My 3rd 4 Week Challenge

 

Level 4

 

STR 4/ DEX 1/ STA 4/ CON 3/ WIS 5/ CHA 4

 

 

 

"Je suis Prest." 

 

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