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I've been challenging with the druids...

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... focusing learning what's best for my mind and body I've learned a few things. 

 

 

1) being mindful is central to my health and fitness journey

2) eating paleo calms my cravings and is delicious and makes me lose weight

3) I need to lift,  stretch,  and generally move more

4) I need more money to live like I wanna live

5) playing guitar fires me up and motivates me... hence heavy metal themed challenge

 

This challenge is all about returning to the heavy metal shit, the barbells and the music, that drives me... but also bringing with me the senses of taking care of myself and managing stress etc, that I learned over in druid town.

 

Goal 1: Manage Stress on the Road

 

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I said it in my last two challenges, mindfulness and my zazen practice will be at the center of all my challenges. I actually managed to sit in zazen (formal Zen mediation) for 44 days straight in the last couple months. But I've fallen off that wagon and need to get back on again. I'm also planning to go on a Zen meditation retreat sometime this year. Paired with zazen is a little yoga routine that I'm doing to improve my lotus position and posture that is really useful for keeping my legs and hips limber.

 

I also cut out (nearly) all caffeine for 30 days straight last challenge. That has been massively helpful with my sleep patterns, stress levels, and mindfulness.

 

Do zazen and stretching/yoga daily. Avoid caffeine.

 

Goal 2: Don't Put the Cucumber in Your Pants.  Eat It!

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I started eating paleo in the middle of last challenge after about of month of trying vegetarianism... paleo is better. The main problem with being vegetarian is there are too many carbs and I tend to binge on those.

 

In just two weeks I've watched my carb cravings subside to nothing. I've lost 7-8 pounds and my stomach is less bloated. I poop twice a day with no effort. And I'm more satisfied with my meals. I even fasted yesterday without even blinking at it.

 

Eat paleo.

 

Goal 3: Looks are more important than sounds

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This is the big one. I need to get back into going to the gym regularly. My diet is shaping up, but I need to exercise. I get a lot of activity at work, but I want to work on shaping up and gaining strength and endurance.

 

Go to the gym twice a week. 

 

LUYL1: Be My Own Manager. 

 

I've got 4 job applications for promotions at Amazon (where I currently work as a Tier I warehouse grunt). The highest one is a level 4 programmer job and I've got a phone interview on Friday. If I were to get it, it would be a huge influx of income, and I'd have to hit the books to catch up, and I'd have to manage the new money coming in.

 

Pursue job opportunities,  gain skills, manage income. 

 

LUYL2: Don't Miss Rehearsals

 

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I also started seriously playing my guitar last challenge. It used to be all I did in high school, at great expense to grades and social interactions... I got really good. But then during college I put a lot more energy into school, and in grad school I almost never played.

 

I thought a lot of music that I used to know was lost to me. But since I started playing seriously again... well at one point it literally all came flooding back to me. Once I woke up all that dormant musical and muscle memory, I just started playing guitar solos I thought I'd forgotten, and could remember songs again. This really picked up my spirits and I've noticed far fewer of the negative thoughts that used to bother me and put my mood in the toilet. I just feel happier because I play the guitar again. But I need to maintain my skills, and improve my technique and expand my repertoire.

 

Practice guitar drills daily. Learn a new song each week. 

 

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9 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Nice challenge. I read your title and all I could think was

 

 

I think I'm gonna learn that one. 

 

3 hours ago, mightstone2k said:

Following for food porn.

 

 

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There will be plenty.

 

26 minutes ago, Taddea Zhaan said:

I was about to give you flack for your lack of gif skills, but you redeemed yourself at the end. 

 

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Yeah.  I don't know what the deal is.  On my new phone it doesn't let me embed them and I can't find a work around using tags and such. 

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2 minutes ago, Curl Brogo said:

 

I think I'm gonna learn that one. 

 

 

There will be plenty.

 

 

Yeah.  I don't know what the deal is.  On my new phone it doesn't let me embed them and I can't find a work around using tags and such. 

 

I do most of mine on the phone as "insert other media" and then "insert image from URL"

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Because it goes with goal 3 and will help with my luyl1 goal, I thought I'd show of my new haircut and beard style:

 

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Here's what I had a month or two ago and not much different from yesterday

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I basically trimmed down everything in the middle and left the hair thick on the top and bottom. 

 

From bluegrass to rock in one day

 

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13 minutes ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

I approve of the facial hair re-engineering.

 

Me too,  I like the 3rd pic look for me, but I don't know how to successfully trim like that.

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22 minutes ago, Br0din said:

 

Me too,  I like the 3rd pic look for me, but I don't know how to successfully trim like that.

 

I use a beard and mustache trimmer and the clipper had settings 1-12. I used a 6 on the cheeks and side burns,  then like an 8 on the upper lip and a 10 or 12 on the chin. 

 

Then I barely touched anything below the chin except for some scissors to prune the wild branches. 

 

Then I used the bare clipper blade to trim the smile lines and the neck line. 

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1 hour ago, Curl Brogo said:

Tuesday is batch cooking day:

 

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I'm so glad you have brought your food pr0n directly to the warrior's mouth. 

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1 hour ago, Curl Brogo said:

Tuesday is batch cooking day:

 

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I got very excited because I though the green bottle was Jagermeister and that would certainly be an appropriate warrior meal prep :highly_amused:

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All done!

 

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One tub of fruit salad: strawberries,  bananas and kiwis.

One giant tub of roasted vegetables: rutabaga, turnip, carrots,  Brussel sprouts,  green pepper,  onion,  and yellow squash... roasted with olive oil, not Jager...

One bag of chicken dark meat: roasted leg quarters, deboned... I saved the bones for broth making later 

And a bag of mixed nuts: cashews,  almonds,  and hazelnuts. 

 

That should cover all my lunches and snacks at work,  and supplement my other meals. The nuts  should last a couple weeks or more. 

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