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  1. Next few weeks are going to be crazy for me as well, with tons of travelling, etc. However, almost every weekend I am here I am hanging out for a few hours during the day at a park (near Woodley Park) in DC doing a bodyweight workout (on the bar, and I bring rings). If there's people in the area that don't mind this heat, I'll post when I happen to go over that week.
  2. Ah! Booked this weekend but will hit you guys up on the next one!
  3. I think I'll actually be in town for this one
  4. Nice! Just got back in town myself, definitely down for the next one!
  5. Leaving for two weeks on Monday! I think I'm going to miss this one too - bummer.
  6. Woo! I was out of town for the last two, but hopefully I can make this one. (Out from Aug 11-20!)
  7. AH! So I had planned to be there but I'll be heading to the Austin meetup instead this weekend. I'm in for next time!
  8. Are you tired of doing way too much and not seeing results? Are you sabotaging your own efforts to get healthy? Are you sick of reading these questions and want me to stop? It's time to knock it off! Today, we're going to look at some of the top mistakes made when trying to get healthy; things that hold us back from succeeding. Although changing habits isn't an overnight process, simply making yourself AWARE of these behaviors is a step in the right direction towards improving. So, seriously. If you're doing anything below and you hate doing it...this is my doctor's note that tells
  9. This is a post from NF Team Member Taylor. "Just start Starting Strength!" "This 14 week workout plan is all you need!" "Bro, get on this sick 5-day split!" When we hear from newbies who feel completely overwhelmed, this is often the advice they've been told: "start this plan and don't look back!" Or worse, they're told "start this plan" by 10 different people from 10 different sites with 10 different plans. We get a lot of "I'm so freaking confused! HALP!" emails. Don't feel bad. We've all been there. It's just like playing a brand new video game: We run through the tutorial
  10. I feel like . There are so many exciting things to announce that I have to yell them as I type them. Seriously, I yelled while typing today's title. On January 1st, we'll be OFFICIALLY launching the future of Nerd Fitness: The Nerd Fitness Academy! A few months back we launched a beta version of the program to just Rebel Women, but on January 1st we'll be launch to men, women, robots, aliens, zombies, and whoever else is interested. [insert trumpets and fireworks and confetti here] On top of that, we're having a great sale for all Nerd Fitness eBooks for the next week (details below
  11. Sleep. Something we all need more of, but never seem to get. (If only we had more time, right?) If you told me a year ago that I would be getting my work done during the daytime hours and getting plenty of sleep, waking up early without feeling like grumplestiltskin, and actually being uber-productive before noon, I would have called you an idiot. Sorry for calling you an idiot. I finally feel like I have a grip on my life thanks to an improved sleep strategy and today we're going to cover how you can do the same. Don't worry, I won’t go too deeply into the science behind why getting
  12. Meet Ben, a 44-year-old fundraising and software consultant and father of two! Just earlier this year, Ben was living a sedentary life. At 280 lbs, classified as "morbidly obese," Ben found he was unhappy with his current track, out of energy, and in need of a change. As someone who worked out of a home office, he spent much of his day at home on his computer, and very little time moving more and eating better. He was lost, and looking for a home to help with his weight loss journey. Ben decided he wanted to get healthy, found Nerd Fitness, and over the next 10 months lost over 100 lbs. H
  13. I get a lot of questions on where I get my inspiration and motivation to run Nerd Fitness, not to mention my own personal health and well-being. I also want to talk about the difference between motivation and inspiration, and how I use both to level up my life. I'm NOT inspired by actors who have personal chefs, personal trainers, nutritionists, and the time to devote 24 hours a day to getting healthy. Sure, it's fun to get motivated by them, but I know any comparisons are, at the end of the day, unrealistic. I AM inspired by normal people like Joe, who dropped 130 pounds in 10 months
  14. Welcome!! We tried our hand at a meetup a while back, and I'm not sure if we've had one in the area since. We need to get on that
  15. I sat in the parking lot, absolutely terrified. My palms were sweaty, my heart was racing, my brain was going crazy. After ten minutes, I finally mustered up my 20 seconds of courage, yelled at myself, got out of the car, and walked through the double doors. I was getting ready to try something I had always wanted to do but had been too scared. I attended my first swing dance class. An hour later, I left a sweaty mess...a sweaty mess with a giant smile on my face. With today marking the beginning of another 6-week challenge on Nerd Fitness, I want to discuss exercise that isn't exer
  16. Today is September 3rd. This means two things: 1) Yesterday was Labor Day here in the US, which means BBQs and too many beers. 2) Yesterday was September 2nd, AKA the end of Summer. The pool parties are done, trips to the beach are over, and WINTER IS COMING (unless you live down under!). Okay so Winter is not that close, but for some reason, September is a signal for many people that it's time to start slacking! "Bathing suit season is done, skipping workouts this week won't be bad. Besides, this three-day weekend was rough and I'm recovering." "Meh, wedding season has passe
  17. This is a post from NF Team Member Staci. Ahh, bacon and eggs - one of the most standard and easy breakfasts. Plus, it's Paleo! Whether you're trying to lose weight or put on muscle, bacon and is an awesome (and delicious) option. Before I learned to cook, I ate simple bacon and eggs ALL THE TIME. It was easy to make, delicious, and supported my training goals. But after a while I got bored; there was no reason why I had to stick to the same exact thing. So I started to experiment and look for ways to mix up bacon and eggs, under two conditions. It had to be easy and it had to rem
  18. Ugh, another day in the gym. Your muscles are sore, the weight is heavy, you're sweaty, out of breath, and feel like crap. You've been at it for a month, and although the scale is moving, you're still struggling. Ugh, another run. Your shins hurt. Your calves hurt. Your chest hurts from the heavy breathing. Your throat hurts from wheezing. You start to question what the heck you're doing, and why you're doing it. Ugh, another home workout. You're lying on the floor of your living room while your dog licks your face. Your legs feel like jelly. Your arms like toothpicks. Your kids
  19. You woke up today and said to yourself: "Today is going to be different." First and foremost, congratulations! That's a big step. Now, you start trying to figure out how to actually get started: Should I sign up for a gym membership? Should I throw away all of my food and eat like a caveman? Should I start eating breakfast or skip breakfast? Should I go for a walk? a run? a hike? Because you're reading Nerd Fitness, I'm going to guess you're probably very intelligent, analytical, and thorough, (and ridiculously good looking, and modest, etc.). However, oftentimes as a result of your
  20. Meet Wes, an Apple Certified Mac Tech at a university Apple Campus Store, and a freelance trombonist. Wes was a never very active kid. From an early age he was always a little overweight and developed some bad diet habits: I was resigned that I would always the fat friend with the wicked sense of humor. By the time Wes started college, he weighed 250 lbs. There his unhealthy habits only continued. After years of junk food and no exercise, he eventually found himself at 325 lbs. Then he decided to make a change. Let's learn how Wes lost over 115 lbs and transformed the rest of his life in
  21. Last week, I hit you with a 5,000 word post on getting bigger, so today I figure I'll smack you in the face with 330 words of motivation, education, and inspiration! Let's get started! I'm overwhelmed and don't know where to start. Go for a walk. I need to be healthier. Make ONE decision today that's better than yesterday. I do well for a week and then run out of steam. . Use less willpower. I missed my workout yesterday! Do it today. Do it now. I want to wake up earlier. Put your alarm clock across the room. I want to exercise in the morning. Sleep in your workout clothes. I
  22. Anne (Hearthsinger on the NF Boards) is an artist and a nerd. She's an actress, singer, and writer living in New York City, working as a tour guide during the daylight hours. Not too long ago, Anne was a slave to games like World of Warcraft, playing them in ever spare moment she had: I would stay up all night and get very little sleep before I had to wake up for work in the morning. There were days I watched the sun rise while farming netherwing eggs and thought nothing of it. I barely left the house unless I absolutely had to and would forgo social opportunities if I had a raid scheduled
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