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Guess who's back?

That's right! Me, good ol' Korra. It's been a little over 6 months since I went awol, but I just couldn't stay away. Once a rebel, always a rebel. 

 

And guess what? 

I graduated college! 

I've got that milestone over and done with. No thanks to my university. I'm pretty salty about the whole college experience. Heck, my college cut over half the classes in the college of the liberal and fine arts leaving half the professors with barely a working wage and the other half were either forced to find work elsewhere or into retirement. And don't get me started on my personal career advisor. Since my original one was on leave I was given a new one. At the beginning of the semester, everything was running smoothly when he told me I had everything in order to graduate. Then all of a sudden I get an email a few weeks before graduation stating that he had overlooked a few things and that I was suddenly missing credit hours and couldn't graduate. And this was after I sent out the graduation invitations and ordered my ring. I wasn't sent un-invitation cards to everyone, waste another semester and add a few thousand more dollars to my already crippling student debt because of this. I filled out paperwork for graduation, crammed for a few CLEP exams, and walked the stage and earned my diploma. 

 

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Now the only problem is finding a job. I've got a shiny new degree and no career to follow it up with. Ah, the struggle of a post-graduate. And I still live with the folks and work retail. 

 

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At least I made the main goal of my last challenge. I graduated and that's all that matters. 

 

2016 was a grand dumpster fire, though. During that year I:

- Got my first real b/f

-was dumped by said b/f

-pledged for a fraternity disguised as a business organization (for a friend)

-got rejected by said fraternity (and said friend made it in and hasn't spoken to me since)

-I got a job at a pet store (and still have it) where I get paid to hug puppies

-gotten carried away with Pokemon go

-forgot how to socialize my last semester out of fear of failing a class

- cut 19in/48cm of my hair off

-did a summer internship at a non-profit and witnessed some top notch burnout

 

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my hair use to look like this

 

 

 

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now it looks like this

 

 

2017 is gonna be different. During this year I'm gonna:

-find me a real career 

-be able to afford my own teeny tiny studio apartment

-start making payments on my student loans

-go back to college for grad school

-lose some weight

-run a 5k

-run a 10k

-run something bigger

-think about writing that book that's like HP meets Attack on Titans meets Soma meets D&D where the origins of magic is macabre and the definition of what it means to be human is really questioned 

 

But hey... baby steps.

 

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It's only a few days into the new year and I've already signed up for Rising Heroes and gotten a months subscription to a new yoga studio with the fam. By the end of the week, I hope to persuade them to start meal planning. We sorta already had to change out eating habits around Maleficent (aka my stepmom) since she had 80 percent of her stomach removed for weight loss surgery. That's life.

 

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for now, I'll stick to the small things

Main Quest: Get a job

 

Health Quest 1: Food

 

-Drink +72oz of water per day

 

Health Quest 2: Exercise

 

-workout x4 a week

 

Health Quest 3: Sleep

 

-get +7hrs of sleep 

 

Level Up Your Life: Language

 

-practice duolingo x4 a week

 

 

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let's do this

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Hola Korra!

 

Introducing myself, Gimeniux from Lima Peru. Loved your Level Up Life Goal. So now i'm following along.

 

Congratulations on your graduation! I hope you have an excellent year. Great way to start.

 

The idea of your book sounds amazing by the way. You are so creative!

 

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Hey there gurl, it's great to see you back! Congratulations on graduating! Welcome to the world of post-graduation life which is.... interesting ;) Good luck with your goals, especially finding a great job. I'll be following! 

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Woohoo.  Korra's back and she's a graduate!  Congrats on getting the job done despite a shit ton of adversary.  I like your goals for 2017.  

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19 hours ago, Gimeniux said:

Hola Korra!

 

Introducing myself, Gimeniux from Lima Peru. Loved your Level Up Life Goal. So now i'm following along.

 

Congratulations on your graduation! I hope you have an excellent year. Great way to start.

 

The idea of your book sounds amazing by the way. You are so creative!

 

 

Nice to meet you Gimeniux. 

Thanks! glad I finally finished. 

I've been working on the idea for a year now, but need to put it on paper. I love splicing the best ideas from the best stories I've seen so far. It's a fun process. 

 

17 hours ago, deftona said:

Hey there gurl, it's great to see you back! Congratulations on graduating! Welcome to the world of post-graduation life which is.... interesting ;) Good luck with your goals, especially finding a great job. I'll be following! 

 

Glad to be back!

Goodness, I'm not quite sure if I'm ready for this interesting post-grad world of which you speak of. 

Thanks for the follow ;) 

 

13 hours ago, Sylvaa said:

YOU CAME BACK!

 

So happy to hear that graduation happened! Yay!

 

Okay, I'm done now - maybe! I'll be checking in to see how this challenge is going. May a real job be forever in your future!

 

I DID COME BACK!

I'm so glad it happened too. One more hurdle jumped. 

I'll be hunting for a real job like no one's business. Somehow my mind is turning this hunt into the story of "The Most Dangerous Game," but where I'm the predator and I hunt down my competition so I can stake my claim at an adult position for revenue earning.

 

7 hours ago, LadyShello said:

Woohoo.  Korra's back and she's a graduate!  Congrats on getting the job done despite a shit ton of adversary.  I like your goals for 2017.  

Yes, I am and yes I did!

I may have to tweak these goals before the real challenge starts. I'll be using this week as a test run to see how my goals hold up IRL.

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Pre-Challenge Day01

 

Yay for the first full day of pre-challenge quest testing!

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Here's was my day in a nutshell. 

I went with mini-me (my sister) for some shopping fun. We spent out holiday gift cards on yoga mats, yoga pants, and workout shirts. I accidently bought a wrong pair of pants and that need to be returned tomorrow. I came home and celebrated with some food. I forgot that I ran out the door that morning without any breakfast. I cooked myself some eggs and rice with a cup of rumchata and some Mexican wedding cookies to celebrate a successful shopping experience for a hopefully successful new year. Afterward, I laid out my new purple jam mat which my pupper (really tempted to call Naga, but my dog is a boy) practiced all the yoga dog poses and promptly took a nap on. No sooner had he went in for the snooze when my phone rang. Work was calling on my day off and asking me to cover someone's shift. In a buzzed celebratory hygge, I said I could. By the time the manager hung up I realized that I put myself in a pickle. I noticed I hadn't taken a shower nor put my warrior paint (makeup) on. So I summoned my magical morning routine ritual force and channeled it into that moment. A magical can called "dry shampoo" was used to fix the hair problem. And with shorter hair, it was a shorter problem too. I then put on my podcast playlist and went into warrior paint mode. After the transformation was complete I came out with new knowledge about tardigrades' weird mating habits (which is pretty amazing seeing at those lil guys can survive the vast vacuum of space) and fleek eyebrows. Cuing dramatic exit music I dashed to the car and was at work in record time. I never have to rush to work, nor want to,  since work is so close to home (thankfully.) Once there I whisked a managers key from their clutches, clocked in, and saved them from the gruesome fate of being stuck at the register. For the next few hours, I did my honorable retail duties. I also ran into an old friends dad. I recognized him by his dog whose name is Old Man. I also ran into a couple with a new pupper who had been in the store the previous week debating on the most important question of name bearing the glowing fluff ball Finly or Lincon. They had settle for the latter. In another instance, a woman with a large purse handed me her chihuahua puppy so she could grab her card. Then a man handed me a tortie/orange tabby kitten so the lady with a big and overly friendly dog wouldn't pester his new floof child. Then a child came in with a bearded dragon that was more than the length of my forearm while a girl bought a new baby bearded dragon that was no longer than my pinky for her nephew. The rest of the time was spent putting up valentines merch and spring time themed toys like a veggie garden collection and the birds and the bees. The holiday props were also being taken down in the process. I had my eye on a certain cardboard pet that was going to be thrown away, so I took it and put it for safe keeping in the clock-in room. The rest of the time was filled with register duties and putting stickers on things. 

This continued until my managers agreed upon absconding time. Once the clock struck so did I. I sprung to the clock in the room, gathered my hidden belongings, my new poster pal, clocked out, and swaggered to my vehicle. I went straight home to take off my face paint, change into yoga clothes, and collect my new mat and water bottle. Once completed, I waited with my sisters until Maleficent came home so we could attend the new yoga studio. Needless to say, we arrived in a fashionably late manner which is not fashionable when it interrupts the whole class and their zen time. Once we positioned ourselves to the back of the room (which was the only spot available) we tried out hand at reaching our metaphorical nirvana or inner peace. It was a lot of stretching with poses called lizard and pigeon, and basic splits. It was not like yesterday's hip-hop yoga class where everyone flowed through vinyasa poses in a moderate fashion that elevated the heart rate and got those muscles pumping. Instead, we held poses (the instructor admits he has a love/hate relationship with) for two to five minutes each. By the end my legs felt like jello and my Shavasana (which is my all time favorite pose) did not feel all that great. 

Post yoga was followed by greasy food at a local bbq chain. I had promised myself I would be good and get the beef stew but somehow ended up with a plate of fried chicken strips, white country gravy, and some green beans. I tried to make it better by topping it off with an unsweet tea. While eating, a cook approached us and offered us the remainder of their best ribs and pie for a few dollars. The thing I love about this chain is that they sell their meats and sweets for less than half price so they don't waste the food by throwing it out. It makes a great excuse to stop by a few minutes for closing to snatch the rest of the pies and throw them at firefighters. It's a fun past time the fam participates in since my dad is one and it's a great treat to stop by with when you come to visit one of their stations. We didn't do that tonight since the father lord (aka my dad) was at a BB game with Iroh (my grandpa). 

After all was said and done I had a bit of coconut pie, which my stomach protested to, and sat down to write this. Sadly this daily blurb took me an hour to write, give or take a few minutes.

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Now that it's a new year it should be time to reflect on the past so as to not repeat it. 

Back in school I would do this and waste my time overthinking some aspects of my day like this or work myself up into a stressed state by realizing how much of my goals, both in health and school, I haven't completed and try to cover that uncomfortable pain by escaping reality. I thought that if I looked at things from a different perspective everything would work itself out. This worked during my parent's divorce when I was just starting high school with no new friends. I knew that if I distracted myself long enough with video games, books, and studies, school time would pass and I would be a legal adult and could remove myself from that situation. I did and it worked. Then came the car crash a year after college. I would up in the hospital five days in not knowing how I got there or what happened. I knew that if I thought about it too much I would cause myself unnecessary worry and stress. Plus I knew that I was the only one injured, I still had all my limbs, no brain injuries or complications, and in a short time I could leave and resume the somewhat monotonous life I had. So I busied myself with online MMOs since I couldn't walk or get around to meet up with people IRL. And eventually, I was released from the hospital. A few months after that I didn't need a wheelchair and could get myself wherever I needed to go. I got kicked out of my first choice major so I tried escaping that reality by joining social organizations that hurt my GPA and caused me to be sent to my last choice in majors. And when my grandmother was sick I escaped by joining online social gaming again. And last year I was trying to get into a club I didn't want to be part of, was in a new job, and had a new b/f that was an amazing friend but on a different wavelength both emotionally and physically. I tried distracting myself in the last ditch effort with noises like music and podcasts so I wouldn't be left alone with my thought and simply because I had no time to poor into reading or gaming. I was rejected by both the club and the b/f and almost the school. I still had my job left and I was still in school so I tried to wake myself up and focus on the essentials. I started making a paper list of everything I needed to do on a day to day schedule, I made a monthly calendar of the things I needed to do for those week to week homework deadlines. I would cross off whatever completed tasks with a thick black marker. I couldn't see what the task was and it didn't really matter since it was over and done with. Once the paper was completely filled in with a black marker and there was no space to write any more tasks I would simply throw it away and start on a fresh paper. I would do the same with the monthly calendars. I would look at the task and mark it off once it was completed. I never had to worry about deadlines since I always finished them at least a few days ahead of schedule. At this point, it was my last semester in school and I didn't want to look up from my list to see my friends slacking off like normal college kids do and say I should do the same. I kept the socializing to a minimum and only went to social meetings once a week through a campus organization. I still half-escaped reality through the social media called snap chat. I would take pictures of my dog and various happenings at home, work, and campus to make it look like a was having a good day. I saw that most of my friends weekend stories stretched into the late hours of the night and heavily involved alcohol, but a few would post about working graveyard shifts. I would fill my weekend stories with pictures of the cats in the adoption center and small animals like the birds and hamsters to show that work was fun (which it is) and that I work instead of partying (which I've never been the sort.)

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Now that it's a new year and I've recently graduated and come to the realization that I still don't have a real job, my own place, and am still out of shape I've found myself coming back to NF after seeing some emails from Steve about a magical thing called "Rising Heroes." I'm about to fall into that escapism trap of mine again. I know that the goals they have set up as well as the one's I've created align with what I want, but don't really get me to what I really need.

 

Now that I've joined back up I'm going to be spending time keeping up with: 

-tapatalk for forum notifications 

-new web page for heroes rising to check off those tasks 

-the new FB group for those that joined in Heroes,

-duolingo to keep up with the new linguist club that meets Heroes non-fitness goals,

-Fitbit to check my steps/distance to meet the prereqs for both Heroes and personal NF goals

-MFP to log in food and water

-sleep cycle to check sleep patterns 

-AllRecipes so I can make a "Maleficent approved" cooking list for the week 

-etc etc

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After reading back everything I've written I know that all this will take time and energy away from the main quest I've already stated here. I'm nervous to continue with this knowing that I may end up getting what I want and not what I need. 

 

For now, I'm gonna review some old notes I took from "Level Up Your Life" and see how I can apply it right now. Skimming the bullet points is giving me mixed signals so this may take a while, but I'll post my thoughts once I'm looking over everything. 

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Pre-Challenge Day 02

 

Today was productive. 

I started off the day by applying for jobs. I sent in my application to everything I was at least 60 percent qualified for. I used both my campuses job board and other social job sites to find some leads. I continued this until it was dinner time. I didn't even leave the house.

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Maleficent came home determined to skip out on yoga today. And I was determined for her to do the opposite. Luckily there was a slow class that focused on breathing and stillness. Not quite the vinyasa flow I've come to love, but an acceptable compromise. 

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The fatherlord decided to make the loaf of meat of the evening's feast with a side fluffy starch clouds of potatoes. We invited Iroh over and chowed down before promptly dashing to yoga class. 

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I think the muscles fatigue is finally catching up with me. The first half of the session began with a tight chest and charlie horses in the toes. The remainder was followed by shaky legs, and difficulty breathing, and blisters on my wrists. The Shavasana was totally worth it though. 

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I also rediscovered level up my life portion of NF. I spent a good portion of time checking off everything I've done since I've joined NF. Which brings my level there up to the level I'm at now. 

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reflection time:

I remember writing some of my older challenges and not liking now negative they were looking (because that was how I was feeling) and hiding behind cute gifs. I even made it my secret goal one challenge to be the most viewed adventurer challenge for those 4-6 weeks. And I probably succeeded. Gotta use that sadness for positive inspiration, right?

 

I went through my old "level up your life" notes and saw that I had stopped in the middle of ch6's antifragile part. What I took from the notes was that I didn't really have any temptations that stopped me from going for my main goal. The number one temptation being "I don't have time." I've got nothing but time right now. But changing the phrase with "it's not a priority" brought up some questions. Is NF a priority? Is this new thing Rising Heroes a priority and worth the money? The only other way I'd be spending my time is by watching tv shows and reading books. And that takes the focus off the real priority. Here I can keep the real priority in check all while completing other quests. and maybe those quests will keep me grounded in this game of life instead of falling back to escapism. 

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The second temptation I saw was people saying "be more realistic." Even though the book states that it is looking at life through the hero's journey lens it does seem a bit like escapism since doing so distracts from the unpleasant reality by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy. But I might be reading to much into this (seeing as I haven't finished reading the whole book yet.)

 

The dealing with haters portion was something that I need to practice more on a day to day basis. For instance, once I looked at the source of Maleficent's frustrations, like when she yelled at me for not buying her a yoga mat for her, it made more sense. It was never about the object. She was frustrated about her offspring, her long hours at work, her job's location and daily traffic, and running late to yoga class. I forget this a lot since her knee-jerk reaction when frustrated is to snap at the closest person within range. 

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The level up structure is another thing to keep in mind like RAAD; Reevaluate, Adjust Adapt, and Dominate.

I may have to change the water drinking quest since I've been eating only one or two meals a day and the amount of water I'd be getting is now enough.

The meal plan may have to be readjusted since I haven't been able to sit the folks down to approve any meals. 

The 10,000 steps is kind of hard since I don't do much walking to begin with so it may be changed to getting on the treadmill in the mornings for x amount of time instead. 

I'm getting plenty of sleep so that quest is kind of moot, but making a goal to wake up at a certain time would be better. 

And I've been putting learning a new language on that back burner. I've done it before and I'm doing it again. Plus it sucks since I'm in a language club and I can compare myself with others progress. 

 

I notice that in previous challenges I get discouraged easily when my goals don't work out and adjusting doesn't go according to plan. But this goes hand in hand with my HP (hit points/willpower) problem. I either try to take on an OP (overpowering) boss, take on too many bad guys at once, or attack before fully recovering. I've yet to find my limit when it comes to tanking. 

 

Another thing I've been trying to accomplish is upgrading my bat cave. Since I share it with a few agents of the matrix it can be tough fixing the environment. The fatherlord has been doing a good job of motivating the fam with his exercising and the reward of a vacation later in the year if everyone cleans up the eating. 

 

But then again I'm overthinking things. 

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On 5/1/2017 at 2:35 AM, Korranation said:

I notice that in previous challenges I get discouraged easily when my goals don't work out and adjusting doesn't go according to plan. But this goes hand in hand with my HP (hit points/willpower) problem. 

 

I also dropped previous Challenges because of this. And i came to realize it's because i wanted to change so much to fast. I think we always hear Steve saying the key is to create small goals. You wrote you chose 1 main quest + 3 health quest + 1 level up life quest. But as i see it you have 5  health quest (i'm counting each "-" as one thing) + 2 level up life quest (getting a job is something that deffinetly will help you level up your life, but is it really your main quest?, that one which could take months to accomplish? the one all your effort in the small quests are for? Just something to think about.

 

I love all the things you want to achieve, but for experience, you should choose exactly 3 things + 1 level up life, and the main goal is where you like to be in the long term. Or another way to see it, try your best to accomplish them all, but if suddenly you see you are only getting to do half, don't get discouraged, because even so, you are actually doing a lot!

 

Keep going, i know we can do it!

 

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"Set a goal SO BIG that you can't achieve... until you GROW into the person who CAN"

 

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STR 4.75|DEX 4|STA 4|CON 5|WIS 6|CHA 6

 

Previous Challenges 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 

Current Challenge: [GIMENIUX] Fresh Start towards a Pinterest Success Story

0.5(4.0%) of 12.48kg of fat lost goal losed since Dec 30, 2016 (updated Jan 10, 2017)

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I'm sorry that 2016 was so crappy for you.

Congratulations on graduating college. What field are considering for jobs?

2016 didn't seem like a hot year for a lot of other rebels here.

Thanks! I'm glad I finally finished college.

I'm hoping to go into HR (or anything in business at this point.)

I got a degree in multidisciplinary studies focusing on business, communication, and sociology so it's more well rounded than some other degrees.

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I also dropped previous Challenges because of this. And i came to realize it's because i wanted to change so much to fast. I think we always hear Steve saying the key is to create small goals. You wrote you chose 1 main quest + 3 health quest + 1 level up life quest. But as i see it you have 5  health quest (i'm counting each "-" as one thing) + 2 level up life quest (getting a job is something that deffinetly will help you level up your life, but is it really your main quest?, that one which could take months to accomplish? the one all your effort in the small quests are for? Just something to think about.

 

I love all the things you want to achieve, but for experience, you should choose exactly 3 things + 1 level up life, and the main goal is where you like to be in the long term. Or another way to see it, try your best to accomplish them all, but if suddenly you see you are only getting to do half, don't get discouraged, because even so, you are actually doing a lot!

 

Keep going, i know we can do it!

 

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Thanks for bringing this up.

Glad I'm not the only one that I had added too many quests for this challenge. Plus I'm taking on three extra challenges from "Rising Heroes" which is really pushing it.

I've been using this week as a test run and I haven't been able to keep up with a few of these goals.

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Hi Korra, 

 

You were posting daily, how have you being doing these days? 

"Set a goal SO BIG that you can't achieve... until you GROW into the person who CAN"

 

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STR 4.75|DEX 4|STA 4|CON 5|WIS 6|CHA 6

 

Previous Challenges 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 

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0.5(4.0%) of 12.48kg of fat lost goal losed since Dec 30, 2016 (updated Jan 10, 2017)

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6 hours ago, Gimeniux said:

Hi Korra, 

 

You were posting daily, how have you being doing these days? 

 

Sorry I went AWOL this weekend. I got caught up in work and Heroes Rising. 

The last posts I made were during my lunch break. 

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26 minutes ago, Korranation said:

I got caught up in work and Heroes Rising.

 

Heroes Rising, you got to give us a sneak peak and you review! Pleeeeeaseee

 

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"Set a goal SO BIG that you can't achieve... until you GROW into the person who CAN"

 

Level 3 - Malcontent Adventurer

STR 4.75|DEX 4|STA 4|CON 5|WIS 6|CHA 6

 

Previous Challenges 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 

Current Challenge: [GIMENIUX] Fresh Start towards a Pinterest Success Story

0.5(4.0%) of 12.48kg of fat lost goal losed since Dec 30, 2016 (updated Jan 10, 2017)

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3 minutes ago, Gimeniux said:

 

Heroes Rising, you got to give us a sneak peak and you review! Pleeeeeaseee

 

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Well.... since you asked so nicely. 

I'd have to say that Steve's emails got me hooked. They were the sort of conspiracy theory induced idea I was looking for. 

The email's contents were full of talk about underground rebellion factions and shadow organizations. Since there was a two-month free trial I had nothing much to lose except time. And since I've graduated I have more than what I know what to do with. Plus I knew it would follow the Nf structure that I've come to love. 

There are four factions that a rebel is processed into. I believe they are the same factions from the NF Rebel Camp. They're Rheno, Voio, Tyrus, and Havik. Similar to the HP houses. I got put in the Rheno which is the equivalent of Ravenclaw. 

I found a brief explanation for them here. 

 

My favorite part is the community. Since everyone has made a monetary investment into this, they're willing to put in more time and energy into it. There's a secret closed FB group that the 'shadow organization' can't track. There are plenty of subgroups that have sprung from this. I'm mostly interested in the BuJo group. Even though it's non-fitness related, that group is dedicated to bullet journals as a way to organize life and spark creativity. The other groups consist of factions, specializations, and region based ones. I even started my own group on duolingo for those wanting to learn Spanish. That small group is just the right size for some friendly competition. It sure made me practice more than I usually do.  

 

My second favorite part is the missions. They are weekly missions that change on how well the factions and overall progress of everyone is doing. The missions have fun code names like "walk the walk, find the hacker" were you are encouraged to walk at least one mile outside. The other missions this week are about spring cleaning, working out for 30 minutes, eating clean, and complimenting a stranger. Having a point system, a strong community, some friendly competition, and working for a common cause seems to be doing good for everyone's morale

 

All in all, it's a good investment if you can spare the money for the monthly fee and have enough time/willingness to devote to the community. 

 

 

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DAY 02

 

It's (delayed) go time. 

 

I didn't get my full +7 hours of sleep since I stayed up late last night engrossed in an app and my new bullet journal. The concept is amazing and it's so fun and creative, but way too time consuming when you're first starting out. 

 

One of the Rising Heroes missions (RHM) is to declutter your life. It's titled "Debug your HQ" and that's one of the things I've been doing for the past few days. During the weekend the fam was cleaning out their closets. They're still in the "new year, new me" groove of things and I hope it doesn't stop there. I donated four bags of clothes to a local church and came back today with two boxes filled with stuffed animals and toys. 

 

I did cook some fun stuff yesterday. Another RHM is called "operation unprocessed" where the shadow organization has tampered with processed food and the only way to keep yourself safe is to do some clean eating. I like the idea of turning these bad habits into a bad guy. It takes the edge off of using will power to overcome these obstacles. Knowing that your one step ahead of the bad guy is great. After opening up All Recipe and finding the most popular ideas under the word "paleo" a frozen veggie stir fry looked like fun. So I bought a bag of frozen oriental stir fry veggies, followed the recipe, and cooked some chicken and white rice on the side. Both of the folks were away, but the sisters enjoyed it. We had enough for leftovers. I ate leftover stir fry for my last two meals. 

 

Since cooking took longer than expected I missed this weeks fist day of yoga but managed to make it to today's class. My stepmom and stepsister weren't able to make it because of work and finishing missing assignments respectively. It was just mini me and I. We were walked through a class called "gentle power" that focused on breathing and holding poses for two to five minutes. Now that the weather had returned to normal down here (and it's not near freezing or snowing) there were more people than last week. There were so many people that I kept bumping yoga mat mates. I had been chugging water like mad before a few hours before class so I could make my water quota and fill up on dinner. I thought I had given enough time for my system to finish off the water, but I was wrong. I had to get up in the middle of the class and go towards the back (I was in the very front) to use the bathroom. This room had a noisy fan and even louder door. It would have been more embarrassing if everyone was in a pose that let them look around instead of having their head to the mat. I mumbled a few compliments to some yogi's after class so that checks off my "drive-by compliment" RHM. 

 

After yoga, I took my lil pupper for a walk. RH has been referring to them as wing critters since they're your second-hand wingman. I love how stoked he gets for our walks. We were able to use the moon for the past few nights to see around the neighborhood. And with the moon and my dog as my guide, it was harder for any agents of the shadow organization to hide. After I did one circle around the cul-de-sac I dropped my dog off back home, gave him some ice water, and headed back out for another perimeter search walk. This helped me complete the "walk the walk, find the hack" RHM.

 

My main tasks for tomorrow will be to keep sending out more resumes. I'm using a premium trial for a popular job searching social media site. I'm hoping that the stats they show when comparing with the competition will show me what I'm lacking, what I need to strengthen, and where to put my focus. I'm also excited about the training videos the site offers that lets you add them to your personal resume and skill set. 

 

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14 hours ago, Korranation said:

I didn't get my full +7 hours of sleep since I stayed up late last night engrossed in an app and my new bullet journal. The concept is amazing and it's so fun and creative, but way too time consuming when you're first starting out. 

 

One of the Rising Heroes missions (RHM) is to declutter your life. It's titled "Debug your HQ" and that's one of the things I've been doing for the past few days. During the weekend the fam was cleaning out their closets. They're still in the "new year, new me" groove of things and I hope it doesn't stop there. I donated four bags of clothes to a local church and came back today with two boxes filled with stuffed animals and toys. 

Great job decluttering!  You got rid of a lot of stuff.  

 

I just started a bullet journal this year too.  I love it.  It doesn't have to be a lot of work.  I like to take some time on Sunday to set up my weekly pages and then I'm set for the week.  I find it calming.  But you don't even have to spend that time on it.  I hope it works for you.  

 

Great job on your missions too.  

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DAY 03

 

I didn't expect to reach the first off day of this challenge so soon, but then again I've been doing RH for over a week. So in retrospect, I was bound to hit a wall sometime this week. It's most likely due to the fact that I pushed myself too hard today. 

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I woke up on time and just when I needed to thanks to an app that measures sleep cycles. I took the dog to the groomer since he couldn't see past his eyebrows. I came home and ran on the treadmill with the C25K app. Just when I finished the run I got a call from the groomers saying that he was all ready. I was still sweaty at this point so I tried to cover up in deodorant and perfume before heading over to pick of the fuzz angel. I drove with the windows rolled down hoping that I would air dry. The pickup went off without a hitch and my wing critter dog and I headed came back home. The only problem was all the driving back and forth with the windows down let the allergies get to me. What Texas makes up for in decent weather and lack of snow it makes up for in pollen. 

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The second we pulled up to the house my dog's squirrel senses kicked in. He had managed to roll the electric window down on his own and managed to jump out of the car despite the fact that his harness was tied to the car seat. He popped right out of it and took off in a flash to the only tree in the yard hoping that the squirrel would fall and drop into his tiny doggy jaws. Somehow he wasn't hurt at all. I took this as a call to get him a new harness. And a sort of level-up reward for doing so good since the new year. 

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I took the freshly groomed doggo to the pet store that I worked at and got him a shiny new collar that adjusts in more than one place so it's harder to squirm out of. I somehow ended up helping customers even though I wasn't in uniform or looked like I worked there. I came home to see that the majority of the day was gone and dinner still hadn't been prepped. With some quick thinking, I found a pack of chili meat in the freezer from last seasons hog. After performing the witchcraft and sorcery that is cooking I came out with an edible dish.

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By the time everyone was done eating we had missed the yoga session everyone wanted to go to. And the next session was an advanced class no one was willing to try. My day had come and gone. I had done everything I had written on my BuJo daily tracker, but I hadn't invested much time into the main quest. And I forgot to take the wing critter for a walk. And I was behind on my step count and in the bottom of the work week hustle Fitbit challenge. And I was behind on duolingo and in the lower end of the group in weekly points. Boy, I;m not the best at this juggling business. 

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but hey there's always tomorrow. 

 

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On 10/1/2017 at 6:33 PM, Korranation said:

Well.... since you asked so nicely. 

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All in all, it's a good investment if you can spare the money for the monthly fee and have enough time/willingness to devote to the community. 

 

¡Thank you! I am considering enrolling later, first i want to focus on the next two challenges, and when i get the hang of it i'll be ready for more. 

 

¡Que te vaya muy bien con tu curso de Duolingo!, ya verás qué sencillo es el español ;)

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9 hours ago, Korranation said:

Boy, I;m not the best at this juggling business. 

 

Actually i think you are, you managed to do a lot, tomorrow will be allways better :)

 

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2 hours ago, Gimeniux said:

 

¡Thank you! I am considering enrolling later, first i want to focus on the next two challenges, and when i get the hang of it i'll be ready for more. 

 

¡Que te vaya muy bien con tu curso de Duolingo!, ya verás qué sencillo es el español ;)

 

 

1 hour ago, Gimeniux said:

 

Actually i think you are, you managed to do a lot, tomorrow will be allways better :)

 

 

 

¡gracias! Estoy aprendiendo un poco más de español todos los días y estoy haciendo todo lo posible por la rebelión.

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23 minutes ago, Korranation said:

¡gracias! Estoy aprendiendo un poco más de español todos los días y estoy haciendo todo lo posible por la rebelión.

 

¡Está perfectamente conjugado! Te felicito =D

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Previous Challenges 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 

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DAY 04

 

Getting back into the swing of things. 

 

I got down to business and watched the majority of an online training class that gets me certified for skill sets that put my ahead of the competition (according to the premium membership features) and allow the linked in the algorithm to show better job openings. 

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Since I was sitting at my desk all day, I let time get away from me and forgot to cook dinner for the fam. I seem to be slipping into that cinderella roll again. The stepsister Lilith refused to eat any food in the house (and trust me when I say we have more than enough to feed us for a month). So I had to chauffeur her around so she could get her "fast food fix." I had to stop at the convenient store for some antihistamine. She decided to tag along and buy a few family size bags of her favorite chips. The weird part is with her chips... she can down a whole bag in under an hour. If she wasn't type I diabetic she'd look like that violet girl from Willie Wonka and the chocolate factory.

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Yoga was fun tonight. I did show up late again. I've learned the motto that if you're not early, you're late. Luckily there was a spot in the back I could hide at. Unluckily I forgot my headband. I'd wear it to keep the hair out of my face after chopping it all off, but now I know it serves a better purpose. It keeps the sweat out of my eyes. The thing is at this studio they crank the temperature to 90F/32C. And the biggest vent was in the back of the room. where I was. I didn't mind the temperature. It's normally like that in the summers. And since I hydrate a lot my body knows how to cool itself off. At a certain point, I had to keep my eyes closed and listen to what the instructor was saying since my pores were crying into my eyes. I wasn't the only one with this problem. I noticed another person in front of me that had accumulated an impressive puddle around her yoga mat. This turned into a problem later in crow pose since you balance your knees/torso on your bent arms. A lot of us learned about ourselves today. 

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After yoga, I had to take the dog for a walk. He knew I was going to anyways. Plus if I didn't he'd have too much energy before bed and it would be harder to tuck him in. We did a perimeter check of the neighborhood for any agent or the shadow organization against RH. The only suspicious activity is when a large branch broke off a tree I was just under. I didn't get hit. And when I checked the tree there was no one or nothing in it. If it was an agent of evil I hope they didn't run behind any of the houses since the neighborhood is near a quarry filled with dynamite and coyotes and rattlesnakes. 

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I then immediately went to the garage to keep walking since I'm not a fan of walking alone in the dark. It's not that I'd be afraid of predators. Quite the opposite. I'm nervous the neighbors would mark me down as their walker weirdos. Let me explain. The neighborhood is full of gossips whom I bump into now and again. They've got nicknames for the familiar faces who walk around in the daylight. There's the nanny, the phone talker, doc oct (from spiderman) with a walking stick, and the Steve Buscemi cyclist. Even the head of the neighborhood board got nicknamed mustache man. Luckily the people with dogs only get called after the breed they walk. There's the schnauzer couple, the corgi couple, the little girl with the dog that barks at grass, and german Sheppard woman. I'd like to be in the latter category and not in the former as the Pokemon go chick. 

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All in all it was a good day. 

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