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I came across the Grit Quiz online. It was referenced in an article talking about getting through military training.  Now, I am not now nor will likely ever end up in the military, but as a Ranger I feel it is something I should rock at if I needed to.  I scored a depressing 3.4/5 on grit.  What I called acceptable Ranger-brain (do ALL THE THINGS) is actually getting easily distracted by shiny objects and new projects.

 

So for this challenge, we are getting gritty!

 

First: stick with the plan for weights and diet.  This will likely be the toughest challenge. I have been on my weight lifting program for almost three months and, while it is going well, I keep on wondering if progress would be faster doing something else (grease the grooves for my push-ups especially). But I will not let that happen! I will actually stick with the program as long as my trainer continues to recommend it!

 

Second: finish the fitness activities that I got the gear for, went twice, and then put off indefinitely.

  • Fill out the rest of my punch card for the pool (yep, no matter how much I hate wearing a swim suit).
  • Take my remaining Pilates personal instructions (no matter how silly I feel that I don't have the core strength to do it well).
  • Go biking at least 4 times (I bought it two years ago and biked twice. I haven't biked since I was a teen, and this thing is HEAVY. I have to walk it up hills).

 

The spirit of this challenge is to focus on doing a few things through to completion instead of many things half-assed. So that's it!  Wait, except for the mini.  And my Spanish, since my trip to Spain is coming up. And I really liked the look of those DailyDares PVP. And... oh shoot. This is going to be hard.

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If it helps any I scored an even more depressing 2.8/5 (assuming I judged myself accurately LOL).

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3 minutes ago, bker1370 said:

If it helps any I scored an even more depressing 2.8/5 (assuming I judged myself accurately LOL).

I may decide grit is overrated anyway by time this challenge is over lol.

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I got 2.7/5! Rangerbrain is both a blessing and a curse! 

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Hi Cascade! This sounds like a fun assortment of fitness activities! 

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2 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Following. I got 3.8/5. Espana es muy linda. Me encanto lo cuando estaba visitando en 2001.

3.8/5 is the highest score so far! Not that I would expect any less from our resident motivator. If you hit 4/5 we would start to have doubts about your rangerness

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I've decided rewards were in order for this challenge. Since I am refraining from starting any new activities until this set is over, my reward will be a new activity!

 

Following my current meal plan perfectly: 50 points

Following my current workout plan perfectly: 50 points

Finishing my swimming, pilates, or biking: 25 points each

 

Bonus: 5 points for any abandoned project that I finish during this challenge.

 

100 points: will unlock the right to start a new activity... I am looking at trying out a local Parkour training school, Systema martial arts, and maybe learning guitar.  This system means if I do everything perfectly, and complete 5 other projects, I can start two new things! In the more likely event that I mess up somewhere I can still make enough significant gains in my grittiness to justify starting one new activity.

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I like the idea of rewarding yourself with new activities if and only if you can keep up with the ones you already have. After all, if you can't keep up with what you have now, you shouldn't be starting new things anyway. If you can keep up with what you're doing already, then why not do something new you want to try?

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2 hours ago, Cascade said:

I am looking at trying out a local Parkour training school, Systema martial arts, and maybe learning guitar.  This system means if I do everything perfectly, and complete 5 other projects, I can start two new things!

 

Well this sounds fun! I got 3.6/5 so I guess not terrible. If I took this quiz in another year I think it would be higher. Until recently, Rangerbrain was the bane of my existence lol. The reward system sounds awesome and trying parkour sounds REALLY awesome! I hope you get a chance to try that :)

 

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3 minutes ago, Wild Wolf said:

 

Well this sounds fun! I got 3.6/5 so I guess not terrible. If I took this quiz in another year I think it would be higher. Until recently, Rangerbrain was the bane of my existence lol. The reward system sounds awesome and trying parkour sounds REALLY awesome! I hope you get a chance to try that :)

 

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13 minutes ago, Ranger Five said:

I like the idea of rewarding yourself with new activities if and only if you can keep up with the ones you already have. After all, if you can't keep up with what you have now, you shouldn't be starting new things anyway. If you can keep up with what you're doing already, then why not do something new you want to try?

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On 2016-08-15 at 3:07 AM, Cascade said:

I came across the Grit Quiz online. It was referenced in an article talking about getting through military training.  Now, I am not now nor will likely ever end up in the military, but as a Ranger I feel it is something I should rock at if I needed to.  I scored a depressing 3.4/5 on grit.  What I called acceptable Ranger-brain (do ALL THE THINGS) is actually getting easily distracted by shiny objects and new projects.

 

Took the quiz myself and decided I don't like it much.  Just because you've abandoned a project or two, had your interests change, or switched your mind once or twice doesn't mean you don't have grit.  I've done some stupid hard things in my life and feel like grit manifests when it needs to.  They say that willpower is a finite resource so nobody should expect to stick like glue to each and every goal they set.  Like most humans we Rangers are fluid, flexible, and adaptable!  If something isn't working for us, we set our sights on something else and march on.

 

The fact that you're still on the forums here making positive changes in your healthy living journey alone proves you have more grit than the test is giving you credit for.  ;)

 

That being said, I understand the need to build a routine and stick to those kinds of short-term goals, and I'm confident you'll find your inner-strength to grit your way through this challenge!

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43 minutes ago, Rurik Harrgath said:

 

Took the quiz myself and decided I don't like it much.  Just because you've abandoned a project or two, had your interests change, or switched your mind once or twice doesn't mean you don't have grit.  I've done some stupid hard things in my life and feel like grit manifests when it needs to.  They say that willpower is a finite resource so nobody should expect to stick like glue to each and every goal they set.  Like most humans we Rangers are fluid, flexible, and adaptable!  If something isn't working for us, we set our sights on something else and march on.

 

The fact that you're still on the forums here making positive changes in your healthy living journey alone proves you have more grit than the test is giving you credit for.  ;)

 

That being said, I understand the need to build a routine and stick to those kinds of short-term goals, and I'm confident you'll find your inner-strength to grit your way through this challenge!

I'm not sure about it either. There are mountains that I have scaled in the past (both physical and metaphorical) where I pushed myself far past the point of wanting to give up and go home.  Like you, I felt the ability to do this was what defined grit.  After doing the quiz I am no longer sure. I am remembering all the people who say the definition of character is always doing what you say you are going to do.

This is a character trait that may or may not fit into who I want to be in life.  I will see how I feel about it at the end of the challenge.

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7 hours ago, Cascade said:

 

Using rangerbrain to defeat rangerbrain FTW.

 

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3.4 BTW. 

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On 16/08/2016 at 4:52 PM, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

90 grit

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Nice.

 

This challenge starts in Zero week. First on the agenda is swimming, since I found out the pool closes for the month of September. If I go every other day I can still fill out my swim card in time.

 

I have great difficulty finding a proper fitting swim suit, so I used my pathetically bad seamstress skills to alter one that was close-ish. It looks okay and I am no longer worried about flashing people, so it will work. I even made it to the pool yesterday! Unfortunately I did not realise that Public Swim was code for Small Children Everywhere. Trying to do laps was like trying to run circuits in Best Buy on black Friday. Next time I will time it better.

 

Food and exercise are on track for 100% this week. Today is deadlift day. I am hoping my grip strength starts improving soon, right now my legs and back don't even feel it before my grip gives out.

 

Edit: I tried using alternating mixed grip for my last two sets, and it helped. I got an extra 4 reps out of my sets. I know there are drawbacks to using a mixed grip but I think it is more important at this point to make sure my deadlift actually gives my back/posterior chain the workout it is meant to.

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List of abandoned projects (bonus 5 points for completing):

 

Repair spare room closet door

Assembling and mailing passed birthday packages

Make cushions for the dining room chairs (first learn to thread the sewing machine first find where I stored my sewing machine after buying it. I think my sister has it?)

Making and installing draw curtains in the bedroom

Tooth whitening (3-6 hours for 14-21 days)

Finish making and practising flashcards for 625 most common Spanish words

Finish the online beginner Spanish course

Make the robotic mouse from the Learn To Solder kit

Frame and hang all the pictures and paintings in storage

 

There may be more hiding in storage rooms or under beds that I have forgotten about entirely. It is amazing how much stuff I have for abandoned/'someday' projects in my tiny little condo.

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I love going to a pool in the summertime, but it's a big no no during school holidays. So many children! Which is fine if you are there just to chill, but trying to get laps in is impossible unless you want small people dive-bombing on your head!

 

Are there drawbacks to a mixed grip? I use a mixed grip all the time just because it feels more comfortable. 

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Hey, great challenge. The rewards are a really cool.

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11 hours ago, Charlie_Quinn said:

I love going to a pool in the summertime, but it's a big no no during school holidays. So many children! Which is fine if you are there just to chill, but trying to get laps in is impossible unless you want small people dive-bombing on your head!

It was a good adventure in obstacle course swimming.

 

11 hours ago, Charlie_Quinn said:

Are there drawbacks to a mixed grip? I use a mixed grip all the time just because it feels more comfortable. 

From what I have read, using a mixed grip can cause asymmetrical stress on the shoulders, cause/aggravate bicep tendon problems on the reverse-grip side, and tends to push the bar to be forward of mid-foot on the reverse-grip side because of bicep tension. Plus it perpetuates the problem of a weak grip instead of fixing it.

 

Those are extreme cases though. If you alternate sets which hand is overhand and which is underhand you can avoid the uneven stress. And if you do your warm up sets with double-overhand (or if you are a Ranger and have tons of other exercises that work grip strength, like chin-ups or climbing) you don't under-develop your hand strength either.

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8 hours ago, jonfirestar said:

Hey, great challenge. The rewards are a really cool.

Thanks!

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Today's update: I missed my morning workout, but I have time to get it in tomorrow. This is my last in a 12-day work stretch switching from nights to evenings so I think I needed the extra sleep today anyways.  Yesterday's swim went fantastic. Well, I was terrible but it was a fantastic session. :) I went for the late evening lane swim and got a lane all to myself, so I did some work on my epically awful breaststroke. The kicking part of it usually gives me no propulsion at all, but I actually got a few laps with the kick alone.

On the food side I still haven't needed my two deviant meals. The cafe didn't have my sweet potato pie ready (the owner's granddaughter was born on Wednesday so they were understandably distracted). She felt so bad about it that she gave me a free Bison Fig Kale salad to take home, which is delicious! I have the rest of it for my dinner today.

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Sooo... I had a chat with my mom, told her what I was working towards and why. Her reply? I was a disappointment as a twenty year old and in her mind I would always be that disappointing child so there was no point talking to her about it. Gee, thanks mom. 

 

Edit: sorry for griping, I'm over it now. Thankfully I have awesome support elsewhere so all is good.

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