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So, last challenge was ok but kind of fizzled out towards the end. But that's fine because I'm taking a two week break as I'm off here at the weekend:

 

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Download is the biggest rock and music festival in the UK (and occasionally the biggest music festival in the UK), and it's going to be awesome. This will be my 9th consecutive year, and I just cannot wait to get there.

 

Whilst this is the most awesome, and strangely relaxing weekend of my year, it's definitely not the most healthy. Much much beer will be consumed, very little sleep due to a combination of that beer and the sound of 100,000 partying (and wanting to party with them), whatever food is closest to hand and many many miles of trudging through mud. All in all I'm going to need a few days to recover when I get back, so I'm starting this challenge on 20/06/16, running it for four weeks, and then I'll go straight into the next challenge without a rest to get back in line with everyone.

 

So, on to my METAL goals:

 

 

Down with the Sickness - 15XP

 

 

 

What? As with my last challenge I'm cutting back on smoking, with the intention of quitting over the next couple of challenges.

Why? Because I'm starting to notice it hampering my fitness. I exercise more or less every day, I'm pretty lean, but I still get out of breath a lot quicker than my non-smoker friends. Particularly I want to be able to improve my swimming times and not get so puffed out when hiking.

How? Follow these rules:

  • I do not smoke in my car
  • I do not smoke at home
  • I do not smoke at the gym
  • Maximum 8 cigarettes per day, any day.

 

This is designed to allow me the occasional cigarette break at work, and the occasional one when out drinking, but to break the habits of smoking when I'm bored or hungry.

 

 

Until It Sleeps - 10XP

 

 

What? Get better/longer nights sleep.

Why? My body needs sleep to recover from workouts, my mind needs sleep to recover from life, and I found that this was getting easier and I was getting up to swim more last challenge out of this.

How? In bed every night by 11pm or within 1 hour of getting home, whichever later.

 

 

Iron Man - 10XP

 

 

 

What? Keep going to the gym to become strong like iron man.

Why? Because I want to be strong enough that I never have to turn down an activity I want to do, or be unable to help my friends. Also I'm discovering some new muscles I didn't know I had, and it looks awesome.

How? Go to the gym minimum 2x per week, sticking to my current plan.

Bonus: 12 gyms visits throughout the challenge - bonus 5XP (providing main goal is hit)

 

 

The River - 15XP

 

 

What? Swim in the mornings before work

Why? Because I want to hit some new PRs. And it wakes me up in the morning. And it makes me feel fitter in general. And it makes my shoulders look awesome :) 

How? Swim at least 3 days per week (expected to be mornings before work, but can be any time).

Rewards: New prescription goggles.

Bonus: +3 XP for any week where I swim 5 times (cumulative) (providing main goal is hit).

 

 

Kuss Mich - 10XP

Can't find a video for this. It's a Rammstein track anyway.

 

What? Keep brushing my teeth like an adult.

Why? Because otherwise they'll all fall out. And at 27 years old it's ridiculous that this even needs to be a goal.

How? Brush my teeth at least twice per day, at least once with sonic brush. Floss at least once each day.

 

 

Wasted Years - 10XP

 

 

What? Make some time for myself to do stuff I really enjoy.

Why? I seem to spend a lot of my spare time watching re-runs of old TV shows on the sofa, rather than making the effort to spend that time on something new or more interesting. I'm actually too lazy to enjoy myself at home! I also burned out a bit last challenge, so want some along time where I feel like I'm really recharging.

How? At least 1 hour per week doing something alone that I actually enjoy. Could be playing computer games, watching a new show, reading etc.

 

 

I Can Only Count to 4 - 15XP

 

 

What? Do at least 4 adult tasks every weekend.

Why? Tidy house, tidy mind. I feel better in a nicer environment. Also, these things need to be done anyway, and procrastination does not help.

How? Pick any 4 things to do. Sample list in spoiler (though if something else comes up I can do that).

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  • Wash clothes
  • Put washing out
  • Put away washing
  • Hoover upstairs
  • Hoover downstairs
  • Hoover the stairs
  • Strim front lawn
  • Mow back lawn
  • Weed garden path
  • Wash car
  • Tidy a room
  • Clean kitchen
  • Clean bathroom
  • Clean mirrors and windows
  • Prep meals for following week

 

 

A little housekeeping:

  • It's hard to crowbar in songs to fit these goals, so I'm open to suggestions if you can think of better ones
  • Challenge runs 20/06/16 - 17/07/16 as mentioned above
  • Units may be in Metric or Imperial depending on the the phase of the moon, my waistline and your shoe size
  • Volume will never be in US Imperial, because I don't understand why your pints are smaller than ours
  • Song recommendations and devil horns in replies are strongly encouraged

 

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Week 1 Stats

Down with the Sickness - 4/7

Until It Sleeps - 6/7

Iron Man - 3/2 (including 1 climb)

The River - 1/3

Kuss Mich - 6/7

Wasted Years - 1:20/1:00

I Can Only Count to 4 - 4/4

Rangers Gonna Airship - 536 squats

Darebee PvP - MTWTFSS - 30s Star Plank (EC), Sitting Twists (EC), Squat Hops (EC), Meditation (EC)

 

 

Week 2 Stats

Down with the Sickness - 4/7

Until It Sleeps - 6/7

Iron Man - 2/2

The River - 0/3

Kuss Mich - 7/7

Wasted Years - complete

I Can Only Count to 4 - 4/4

Rangers Gonna Airship - 74 mins meditating

Darebee PvP - MTWTFSS - 100 squats (EC), 20 Push-ups with rotation (EC), 400 backfists (EC), 50 plank twsts (EC), 50 bridges (EC)

 

 

Week 3 Stats

Down with the Sickness - 4/7

Until It Sleeps - 6/7

Iron Man - 3/2 (including 1 climb)

The River - 1 swim, 4 runs = 5/3

Kuss Mich - 7/7

Wasted Years - 0/1:00

I Can Only Count to 4 - 3/4

Rangers Gonna Airship - 303 push-ups

Darebee PvP - MTWTFSS - 30 sec L-sit (no EC), 40 Shrimp Squats (EC), 80 side kicks (EC), 40 knee-to-elbows (EC), 5 minutes raised arm hold (EC), 20 swipers (EC)

 

Week 4 Stats

Down with the Sickness - 3/7

Until It Sleeps - 7/7

Iron Man - 2/2

The River - 0 swim, 4 runs = 4/3

Kuss Mich - 6/7

Wasted Years - 0/1:00

I Can Only Count to 4 - (weekend goal) 3/4

Darebee PvP - MTWTFSS - 2min star jumps (EC), 100 marching twists (EC), 1min push-up plank (EC), 50 Dead Bugs (EC), 20 "Deadlifts" (EC), 20 Commandos (No EC)

 

Challenge Totals

Down with the Sickness - 0/4 weeks - 15/28 days - 15XP 5XP

Until It Sleeps - 1/4 weeks - 25/28 days - 10XP 5XP

Iron Man - 4/4 weeks - 10 sessions in total - 10XP

The River - 2/4 weeks - 2 swims but 8 runs - 15XP 0XP

Kuss Mich - 2/4 weeks - 26/28 days - 54/56 brushes - 10XP

Wasted Years - 2/4 weeks - 10XP 0XP

I Can Only Count to 4 - 2/4 weeks - 14/16 things done - 15XP 7XP

 

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Following.

 

I found cutting out smokes at certain places really helped me quit.

 

If you have never seen them, go see Municipal Waste, they are listed as headlining the Dogtooth stage. Awesome band with a very up tempo live show with lots of confetti and stuff.

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I am so in for Metal!!  I was literally at a show last night (Stitched Up Heart and Lacuna Coil), and now I see your challenge this morning.  Good shit! 

 

I've seen a good few of the bands in that lineup, some more than once.  Halestorm puts on one of the best shows I've ever seen.  No lights. No costumes.  No theatrics.  Just 4 people on stage who absolutely love what they do.  

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5 hours ago, doctorake said:

Following.

 

I found cutting out smokes at certain places really helped me quit.

 

If you have never seen them, go see Municipal Waste, they are listed as headlining the Dogtooth stage. Awesome band with a very up tempo live show with lots of confetti and stuff.

 

Cheers, have added them to my list. I'll run over and give them a look between Deftones and Sabbath.

 

4 hours ago, T2sarahconnor said:

Wholly Shit.  Best challenge ever!  So love the music!  So jealous of Download Festival.  I can't wait to post ideas for you weekly!

( I know need to go lift heavy things)

 

I know, it's a great lineup this year. You should make the trip over one year!

 

And looking forward to your suggestions!

 

4 hours ago, Oramac said:

I am so in for Metal!!  I was literally at a show last night (Stitched Up Heart and Lacuna Coil), and now I see your challenge this morning.  Good shit! 

 

I've seen a good few of the bands in that lineup, some more than once.  Halestorm puts on one of the best shows I've ever seen.  No lights. No costumes.  No theatrics.  Just 4 people on stage who absolutely love what they do.  

 

Sounds like a good gig! Definitely gonna see Halestorm so that's good to hear; great band but never seen them live.

 

3 hours ago, NeverThatBored said:

Following again! 

 

Always a pleasure to have you along :)

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Say hello to Amon Amarth for me!

 

 

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Holy hell! Downloadfestival with that Lineup!!! Awesome challenge idea and exactly the music I like <3 \m/

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46 minutes ago, Rurik Harrgath said:

Say hello to Amon Amarth for me!

 

 

 

Will do mate! Listening to that video now; will have to watch the whole thing tomorrow.

 

37 minutes ago, BarbarianBassBro said:

Holy hell! Downloadfestival with that Lineup!!! Awesome challenge idea and exactly the music I like <3 \m/

 

Cheers man. I'm going to say this to a lot of people, but you should definitely go one year! It's only a short hop over the channel for you anyway! \m/

 

9 minutes ago, Sylvaa said:

Your challenge is as amazing as that lineup. 

 

My husband and some of his friends have hung out with Halestorm multiple times and they are amazing people off-stage too.

 

Thank you so much. And that's really cool! Looking forward to seeing them even more now.

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I recognize names on that poster. Does that get me points? Otherwise I have nothing to add to the conversation about these bands. 

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4 hours ago, fleaball said:

I recognize names on that poster. Does that get me points? Otherwise I have nothing to add to the conversation about these bands. 

 

Absolutely it does, points to you!

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Ok. So this is awesome and I will be following along :D 

 

...so jealous of your Download trip as well, that line up is incredible this year!

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Of course I'm following. Extra-following (that's a thing right?) for the metal theme. I haven't been to Download in about a decade. And now I feel old! Hope you have a blast!

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13 hours ago, Sylvaa said:

My husband and some of his friends have hung out with Halestorm multiple times and they are amazing people off-stage too.

 

I've seen them twice (3rd time coming up in July), and never had the honor. I'm super jealous! 

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12 hours ago, iatetheyeti said:

Ok. So this is awesome and I will be following along :D 

 

...so jealous of your Download trip as well, that line up is incredible this year!

 

Thank you! And yes, yes it is :D

 

11 hours ago, T2sarahconnor said:

***adds trip to see Jarric and Download festival to bucket list*****

 

*steeples fingers* eeexcelent...

 

11 hours ago, Charlie_Quinn said:

Of course I'm following. Extra-following (that's a thing right?) for the metal theme. I haven't been to Download in about a decade. And now I feel old! Hope you have a blast!

 

Glad to have you! When was your last Download (or who was headlining)? A decade would make your last around the time of my first!

 

10 hours ago, Oramac said:

 

I've seen them twice (3rd time coming up in July), and never had the honor. I'm super jealous! 

 

Awesome, hope you enjoy them next month!

 

10 hours ago, Sylvaa said:

 

I'm jealous too! I've seen them, but also never had the honor. They are from up my way, so the first time was a smaller venue when they were just starting to become big. 

 

That's really cool to see a band like that in a small venue though!

 

 

Have died my beard purple for Download (pictures may follow next week), and am now packing at 01:20 because if there's one thing I'm not it's organised!

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All packed up and leaving now. Over to my parents house, load up the car and we're gone.

 

Hope you all have a great start to your challenges, I'll catch up with you next week!

 

I'm on my wa-ay, I'm on my wa-a-ay...

 

 

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9 hours ago, Jarric said:

Glad to have you! When was your last Download (or who was headlining)? A decade would make your last around the time of my first!

 

The last time I went was when Linkin Park headlined. I had to look up what year that was and it was 2007 so I wasn't far off saying it was a decade ago! As much as I love live music, the thought of spending the weekend in a wet muddy field isn't appealing to me anymore. It would be nice if they brought back Sonisphere as I have family that live 5 minutes away from Knebworth so no need to camp!

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Holy smokes, I dunno who on that list I'd be hyped to see most... Amon Amarth probably, Rammstein a close second??!?!

 

NO WAIT

 

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AAHH SUCH JEALOUS.  Please regale us with epic tales upon your return~

 

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