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WindWalker

 Progress, not perfection.


Ranger
NF
17
XP: -18000 / -18000
EQ
2
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Working each day to become a better version of myself than the day before.
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My Epic Quests

Mindfulness

img Meditate each day for 30 days straight 10 XP
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img Read Rediscover Catholicism 1 XP
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img Read Rediscover Jesus 1 XP
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Write in Gratitude Journal 30 days straight 10 XP
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Body Composition

img Waist size < 32 5 XP
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img Waist size < 34 5 XP
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img BF % < 12 % 20 XP
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img BF % < 15% 15 XP
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img BF % < 17% 10 XP
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img BF % < 20% 5 XP
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Exercise

Run 10K < 45 minutes 15 XP
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img Run 10K in < 50 minutes 10 XP
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Bench Press 200 lbs 5 XP
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Squat 250 lbs 5 XP
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img Deadlift 250 lbs 5 XP
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Deadlift 300 lbs 10 XP
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Complete 10 pistol squats each leg 15 XP
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Complete 5 pistol squats each leg 10 XP
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img Run 10K < 50 minutes 15 XP
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img Run 10 K < 55 minutes 10 XP
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img Master 1 pood KB 20 XP
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Dead lift 400 lbs 15 XP
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Dead lift 350 lbs 10 XP
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Squat 350 lbs 15 XP
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Squat 300 lbs 10 XP
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Bench Press 250 lbs 10 XP
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Run 5K in < 22 minutes 10 XP
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img Run 5K in < 23 minutes 10 XP
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img Run 5K in <25 minutes 5 XP
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img Run 5K in < 24 minutes 10 XP
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img Complete 10 dead hang pullups 10 XP
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img Complete 100 pushup challenge 10 XP
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Travel

img Go camping in my back yard with my kids 5 XP
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img Week of skiing, swimming, gallivanting in the Great Outdoors this summer 5 XP
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Visit Omaha Beach in Normandy 100 XP
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img Take the kids camping 10 XP
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Take family to Florida 50 XP
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Take family to Washington DC 50 XP
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My Story

My story hasn't been that different from many people's up to this point. I was an athlete growing up that also loved to play D&D and Axis & Allies with my brothers. Computer programming came naturally to me at a time before the original McIntosh existed. In fact, I remember when the Apple IIc was a big upgrade from what was previously available. Unfortunately, it was also at a time before a decent protocol for healing from an ACL tear existed and my athletic career abruptly ended.

The evil coalition of beer, pizza, TV and too much free time at college caused a weight gain of nearly 50 pounds. I went from stick man to fat man in about year. Good thing I wasn't rowing anymore or I might have sunk the racing shell. After my wife and I got married, I traveled for work 70% of the time for 2 years. Expense accounts are hell on one's diet and sitting in airport terminals is not a good exercise regime. I quit that job for one that allowed me to spend more time in the general vicinity of my bride. Together we lost a combined 51 pounds. As a programmer, 1999 meant I worked 80+ hours a week re-mediating the "Y2K" bug which went over with a whimper. But, that weight that was lost worked its way back on, especially as the kids arrived at my household.

In 2013, I found myself frustrated at work, frustrated with the small amount of time I got to spend with my wife and kids, and frustrated with the terrible shape I was in. I also found NF. I started reading and started trying to right my ship. In 2014, I changed jobs and started working at an awesome company that gave me some time back in my day and renewed my vigor and passion for my profession.

Each day I work on it being better than the day before in some small fashion. I work on going with the flow and trying to not get too caught up on the minutiae. One of these days I will have rebuilt myself back to where I was when college started. I already feel younger than before and more in control of a life that is being lived, rather than existing.

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