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By Grapthar's Hammer, My Oath Be Fulfilled! Also, a Workout Report (9/9)

Yesterday morning, at the beginning of a long day of cleaning the house, discarding old stuff, and rearranging a furniture, I started by staring at a kitchen piled high with dirty dishes. In order to psych myself up for tackling the job, I announced, "By Grapthar's Hammer! This sink will be free of dirty dishes ere the weekend is over!"

Now this is a vow you don't take lightly, 'cause Grapthar doesn't mess around when it comes time to smite the unfaithful with that hammer. So it was that I diligently loaded, ran, emptied, and reloaded the dishwasher until all that was left was the Ginormous Cake Holder of Ragnar Five, which being too large to fit into the dishwasher, has languished unwashed for weeks since I made the Rainbow Sprinkle Cake of Deliciousness +2.

But Grapthar does not accept a job half-done! And so the Ginormous Cake Holder was diligently and thoroughly washed by hand, and even now sits upon a dishtowel to dry. I am victorious! Let the Sword Maidens sing of it for generations to come.

And Now, the Somewhat Less Silly Part of This Post

We'll start with the workout report.

Lower Back: 2 sets 10 reps @ 70 lbs (medium)
Arm Extensions: 2 set 10 reps @ 90 lbs (medium)
Upper Back: 2 set 10 reps @ 75 lbs (medium)
Vertical Traction: 2 sets 10 reps @ 110 lbs (medium/tough)
Shoulder Press: 2 sets 10 reps @ 40 lbs (medium/tough)
Chest Press: 2 sets 10 reps @ 60 lbs (medium/tough-- different machine than usual)
Cable Cross: 2 sets 10 reps @ 60 lbs (medium)
Squat Lift: 2 sets 10 reps @ 45 lbs (medium)
Arm Curls: 2 sets 10 reps @ 40 lbs (medium/tough)
Leg Press: 2 sets 10 reps @ 140 lbs (medium/tough)
Ab Crunch: 2 sets 10 reps @ 80 lbs (medium)
Weight: 317-ish lbs

I could not get Skippy the Wonder Scale to settle on a weight for more than half a second at a time, so 317 is my best guess. But it seems awfully low-- for me to be 317 lbs. would mean that I've lost 12 pounds in 19 days, which frankly seems like a lot.

But I have noticed something awesome: not a single mood crash since I started the new program. My energy level and overall mood is way up, and more importantly, it's stable there. Given what a deep hole of funk I was in just this time last month, mere words cannot describe how huge this is for me. Even if I didn't lose a single pound, getting rid of the mood crashes would be ample reward for my efforts.

Art News

No gaming last night, so sirfox came over and we did a bit of art-jamming. I made significant progress on Foalpapers's commish, so now all background elements are in place, so all that's left is to draw 14 ponies in a complex crowd scene. ¬.¬ As much as I kibitz about it, tho, I'm actually quite grateful to Foaly for both giving me this challenge, and trusting me with it. It's definitely a level-up piece for me, and I'm excited to be working on it.

Speaking of things I'm excited to be working on, I'm quietly but steadily making progress on my new comic idea and loving every minute of it. I approached this project with the mindset that I would indulge my muse in whatever it wanted, without regard for how it would be received by a theoretical audience. "If I found Gneech's Dream Comic on a table at a convention somewhere, what would it be?" That's the comic I'm writing. And my muse is eating it up.

The weird thing about that is that the end result is not that far from Arclight Adventures, and in fact I'm pillaging a lot of the best bits from that, but the points on which the two converge make all the difference. All I can guess is that this is the comic my muse was trying to get me to create with Arclight, except my stupid brain kept getting in the way. Well this time, the brain has been told to sit down and shut up, 'cos the muse is in charge... and it's working much better.

-The Gneech
Tags: arclight adventures, comics and art, depression, mlpfim, workout
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