The Spider Posted December 5, 2016 Report Share Posted December 5, 2016 My previous challenge I more-or-less finished, though I'm not giving myself points for it because 1. I fizzled out the last week or so, and 2. a lot has happened to me since then, so part of this challenge will be fixing what broke between now and then. Goals: 1. No meals, television/tablet/computer screens after 10pm, and melatonin at 10pm. This is an absolute must. If this is NOT the means of making me sleep better at night, I will need to have a sleep study done, and I don't want a doctor trying to push any kind of prescription on me for sleep at only 25 years old. My goal here is to make myself wake up earlier and with more energy so I can get out of bed to carry out with success... 3 failings = +2 CON +1 INT, 5 failings = +1 CON +1 INT, 7 failings = +1 CON 2. Wake up at least 1 hour prior to needing to leave for work (If I have to leave at 8:30, I wake up at 7:30) so that I can stretch and eat a proper breakfast. This is a two-fold goal: Stretching: I have had an issue with my shoulder joint for a few years now. I was washing dishes one day at work and the arm that WASN'T doing any work began to sting in a severe manner. Wasn't scrubbing or tensing with it, wasn't using it to lift heavy objects... it just felt like a hot needle went between the bones and made its home there. I saw a physical therapist and the pain went away for a time, but has since come back because I never continued to do the exercises I was given. I am now seeing a good chiropractor who does work on my shoulder joint along with my bad hip and I have seen improvements there. My plan is to work alongside my chiro and get this shoulder problem out of the way to make goal 3 "go smooth," to quote Captain Mal. Breakfast: This has been an excruciatingly long process to figure out. I have woken up and eaten hot breakfasts, cold breakfasts, small, large, carb heavy, protein heavy, gluten free, dairy free, etc... and none of them have given my stomach any leniency in the morning. On the mornings that I eat before leaving, I end up with a cramping stomach ache that lasts 1-2 hours. Those 1-2 hours depending on when I'm at work can make all the difference of how much more work is going to suck that day. My goal here is semi-experimental still, but my primary focus is getting out of bed and waking my body up before eating, and then eating before running out the door and driving for 20 minutes so that my body can process before diving into the customer service extravaganza that is my life. I will gauge the success of this goal on waking up, stretching, and eating. Failing to wake up late/not eat/not stretch will determine how many points I lose. 3 failings = +2 STR +1 AGI, 5 failings = +1 STR +1 AGI, 7 failings = +1 AGI 3. Go to the gym 3 days a week. I have a gym membership. I have rapport with the people there. I have basic understanding of power lifting and core strengthening exercises, and I have been wanting to be a better swimmer for years now. My gym has all of the mentioned things available to me, and I've wasted 6 months of membership fees now. I even have a guest pass for my wife and I excuse myself from going there for a 20-30 minute treadmill walk/chat (which she has begged me to do with her since before we got married). The workouts aren't especially important right now, because I'm not certain of my current fitness goals, so I'll also update on here exactly what I do when I go to the gym. To prevent myself from making the excuse that I "don't know what to do" when I get there, I will refer to the Spartan Race WoD in some manner or other. 3 failings = +3 STR, 5 failings = +2 STR, 7 failings = +1 STR. And if you guys want to add any suggestions for any of these, PLEASE do! I'm open to suggestions from anyone either in my situation or who has defeated these issues before. Quote "Impossible is not a fact, it's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration, it's a dare. Impossible is potential, impossible is temporary, impossible is NOTHING." -Muhammad Ali "The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision." -Hellen Keller 3 Ferocity (2), 2 Becoming Capable, 1 Becoming a Ranger Link to comment
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