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Intro: I had a productive first year in NF, and then the wheels came off. Amidst the perfect storm of mental and physical burnout, injuries and illness, family and work stresses, I went into a bit of a dark place. I went back to bad habits of eating like crap, making excuses not to exercise and isolating myself from everyone. It took longer than it should have for me to recognise and confront those issues, but I’ve done that over the last couple of challenges, and I feel like I’m getting back to a better place. This challenge, I’ll start the transition towards becoming more active again.

 


QUEST 1: Fitness

 

Now that the injuries and aches are subsiding, it’s time to start moving again. Light cardio, light weights, three times per week. No targets just yet, this is just about forcing myself to walk through the doors of the gym again.

 

Points available: +2 DEX, +2 STA

 

 

QUEST 2: Fuel

 

Don’t Eat and Drink Like a DickheadTM. Continue the carb purge. No energy drinks. Limit the red wine to alternate weekends.

 

Points available: +5 CON

 

 

QUEST 3: Felicity

 

A healthy body must work in tandem with a healthy mind. Look after what’s upstairs, by any means necessary. Sleep, meditate, ASMR, sit under a tree, stroke a pet, cook, read a book, take a bath. Continue the “must do” task, take a leaf out of Spooky’s book and list three things I’m grateful for on a daily basis.

 

Points available: +3 WIS

 

 

QUEST 4: Finesse

 

Continue to explore my creative side. Keep painting, and share the results, good, bad or indifferent, on here. Maybe try some drawing again, too. Keep updating the tumblr here with the output.

 

Points available: +3 CHA

 

 

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Go go Scotty! One little step at a time. :) I'll take a moment every now and then to send kind thoughts your way! "get going, perkele!!!"

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39 minutes ago, Terah said:

Did you just paint Def with red hair? 

 

Weird, because I saw that and my first thought was how it looks like my sister. 

 

39 minutes ago, Terah said:

It's beautiful btw

 

Well since you thought that was me, thanks :P

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Came for the F words, stayed for the lovely tumblr paintings.

 

On 17/9/2016 at 5:27 PM, deftona said:

You forgot my favourite 'F' word. 

I'm between fabaceous and flageolet. Which is it?

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37 minutes ago, zenLara said:

I'm between fabaceous and flageolet. Which is it?

 

If you guess my favourite F word I think I have to spin a roomful of straw into gold or something.

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Gratitude

 

I am grateful for the new board going up so quickly.

I am grateful for finding inspiring painting videos on YouTube.

I am grateful for the support and encouragement I get from you wonderful people.

 

It's Day 1. Week Zero be damned. I put the chocolate and carb purge on hold for the weekend, and if I felt like eating some, I did. All being well, that'll be it out of my system for the next five weeks, and then I'll do the same again. Assuming I don't spiral and end up in the gutter, wearing only my underpants, smeared in Nutella from head to toe like a filthy, degenerate Al Jolson.

 

Tonight, I WILL go to the gym. I WILL. Regardless of how today goes at work, no more excuses about being "too tired". Get it done, Scotty.

 

SWFS has tasked me with a painting challenge which I'm excited about. All will be revealed in the fullness of time.

 

Great progress with integrating Albus Dumbledork the kitten into our existing brood. The dogs have generally been fine with him, but our older cat, Peaches, has taken a little longer to adjust, so we've been gradually easing them in. On Saturday, she was still hissing occasionally at him, but she even went as far as lying on the arm of the sofa, only a couple of feet away from him. Yesterday morning, she walked over to him, licked his head shut up, Def, and walked away again. Pleasing.

 

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1 hour ago, SomeGuyFromScotland said:

Assuming I don't spiral and end up in the gutter, wearing only my underpants, smeared in Nutella from head to toe like a filthy, degenerate Al Jolson.

 

*tries not to laugh out loud in a quiet library reading hall*

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3 hours ago, SomeGuyFromScotland said:

Assuming I don't spiral and end up in the gutter, wearing only my underpants, smeared in Nutella from head to toe like a filthy, degenerate Al Jolson.

Well, at least you'll be wearing underpants AND have access to nutella ;) 

But don't worry, we'll be kicking you out of the gutter if you need us too.

 

3 hours ago, SomeGuyFromScotland said:

I WILL go to the gym

Yes, you will sir. Or you'll have us to answer to.

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I like your get-to-it-iveness. Following, of course.

 

For skin tones, check out James Gurney's Color Zones of the Face. I really liked the post and it helped my painting. Caucasian skin tends to absorb light more which is why you get that cool link effect on ears when the light is shining behind them. Skin becomes more reflective the darker it is which I personally love when working in graphite. You could spend a long time studying skin!

 

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1 hour ago, Snarkyfishguts said:

I like your get-to-it-iveness. Following, of course.

 

For skin tones, check out James Gurney's Color Zones of the Face. I really liked the post and it helped my painting. Caucasian skin tends to absorb light more which is why you get that cool link effect on ears when the light is shining behind them. Skin becomes more reflective the darker it is which I personally love when working in graphite. You could spend a long time studying skin!

 

 

Some would insinuate that I already do...

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9 hours ago, Snarkyfishguts said:

For skin tones, check out James Gurney's Color Zones of the Face. I really liked the post and it helped my painting. Caucasian skin tends to absorb light more which is why you get that cool link effect on ears when the light is shining behind them. Skin becomes more reflective the darker it is which I personally love when working in graphite. You could spend a long time studying skin!

James Gurney is the boss!

 

This looks fun, following :) Albus Dumbledork? Hehe

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