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BarefootDawsy

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  1. Pushups Session 7: 3 x 14 completed 11/04/2022 Squats Session 7: 3 x 28 - completed 10/04/22
  2. Been a crazy busy last couple of days, but I've managed to stay on target: Pushups Session 7: 3 x 12 completed 07/04/2022 Session 8: 3 x 13 completed 09/04/2022 Squats Session 7: 3 x 27 - completed 08/04/22 Also, I've started down the path to certification for cybersecurity, and might even have the opportunity to pen test my own company when it's done. Yay!
  3. Squats Session 6: 3 x 26 - completed 06/04/22 Other projects are tracking well too. I've made progress on my book and my cybersecurity too. I did my first Capture the Flag hacking challenges and loved it! This may turn into a hobby as well Settling bac k in for another 10 days of torrential rain. Fun times in sunny Australia.
  4. Pushups Session 6: 3 x 11 completed 05/04/2022 Also, knocked off the first section of my cybersecurity course. I've got the theory basics covered now, and am onto the practical part! I've been playing with my hobbies list a bit and have started getting back into writing. It's early days, but I've got a cools story in my head that I'm going to try to realise, so watch this space!
  5. Pushup day today and I cracked the 10 pushup mark. Happy with progress so far: Pushups Session 5: 3 x 10 completed 03/04/2022 Managed to get 3 more bags of junk out of the house yesterday. Garage is starting to look bigger already. I spent some time contemplating my career and have decided to have a crack as cybersecurity. I have been interested in this field for quite a while but have never really delved much into the actual doing of it. There happened to be a Udemy sale this week so I struck while the iron was hot and enrolled in a course to see if I enjoy it. If I do then I'll start working to knock off a certification or two. Getting there!
  6. Yesterday was crazy busy from the moment I got up, so I didn't get a chance to do my pushups, so I did them today: Pushups Session 4: 3 x 9 completed 02/04/2022 Squats Session 4: 3 x 24 - completed 02/04/22 Yay weekend!
  7. Squat day today, and I'm over my cold, so it's back to full-strength again: Session 4: 3 x 23 - completed 31/03/22 I've also got 2 bags of old clothes for donation sitting at my front door to go out. I think I'll make a regular habit of getting the junk out as it's proving extremely cathartic! As for the I in special, I've been looking into teaching some online courses. There are a few decent platforms around these days, and I do a lot of training at work which might transfer nicely. Nothing wrong with a little passive income as well! We'll see how this goes.
  8. Did my pushups this morning: Session 4: 3 x 8 completed 30/03/2022 Also, I've started thinking about adding in a goal for me E (Environment) strategy. Basically, my house is a tip, and I think the best way to approach is it so systematically clear it out, one room at a time. I started doing this a couple of weekends ago, and the rooms I've done so far are still reasonably clutter-free. I'll probably set a quota for getting junk out and a schedule for getting rooms cleared out as I think that this will work. Watch this space. In the meantime, I cleared off my desk, so at least I can have a decent space to work today
  9. K I took a left turn and decided to change my challenge theme: https://rebellion.nerdfitness.com/index.php?/topic/119985-bfd-doesnt-want-to-set-the-world-on-fire-or-do-i/ Mods, i couldn't delete this one, so if you could please do the honours, that would be appreciated!
  10. I got to thinking about what I might do for a challenge, and the more I thought about it, the more it dawned on me that I have been quite rudderless for the past few years, having managed to reach many of my life goals (yay me), with very little in front of me to look forward to. I guess this is a part of growing older, but it is quite unsettling. I'm not ready to start planning my retirement yet, but have really lost sight of what I want to achieve. To help me get back into a goal-oriented mindset, I've decided to approach it like the nerd that I am. I decided to wrap a framework around it and plonk it down into the Fallout universe! I've been here since the Rebellion started, and I only just realised that I've never had a Fallout-themed challenge, which is crazy since it's one of my favourite franchises. For anyone reading this who isn't familiar with it, Fallout is a post-apocalypse, RPG-style game that combines all the fun of a nuclear holocaust, with the nostalgia of pre-war music and style. I drew inspiration from the Fallout SPECIAL system, which is used to track abilities in the game. Rather than use the stats like that, I've instead ascribed each letter to an area that I want to set goals for: S - Social: I'm a full-on introvert, and need to force myself to spread out and develop relationships P - Physical: I'm getting older and the margin for error regarding health is getting smaller. I need to be in good physical condition to avoid as many of the nastinesses of old age as I can . Current Goal: 50 Pushups/100 Squats per day E - Environment: Everyone need a place where they feel comfortable! This goal is all about finding and/or creating a space that I want to be in (aka my house looks like a tip after 2+ years lockdown) C - Career: I've been in the same job for a long time and am good at it, but is this enough? Have I become complacent? Where to from here? I - Interests: Beyond just entertainment, I NEED a hobby. I tend to move from one passionate interest to another every 3-12 months, and I need a steady supply to keep me on my toes A - Altruism: I used ot volunteer quite a bit, but it's been a while since I've given much back to the community. This needs to change L - Love: Naw My family is the most important thing to me, and I want to work out ways to keep us all fit, happy, and healthy So that's the basic framework, and I'm going to hang my challenge goals on it, which I'm hoping will help me focus on making SMART goals more easily. For this challenge, I'm going to start with the one I've neglected the most recently: Physical. I've already made a start during zero week (yeah, I deleted that thread), and will continue to bring my very basic stats up a little bit in anticipation of bigger and more interesting workouts down the track. I'll be focusing on 2 areas: Pushups, and Squats (see schedule below). I really want to be able to knock out 50 pushups and 100 squats on a daily basis (eventually). Once I've managed to do that, it will be time to hit the pavement and re-earn my Scout Commander stripes! As this challenge progresses, I'm going to start fleshing out some more specific goals for the other letters in the framework, and will fold them in as I go along. THE CHALLENGE: Pushups: Benchmark: 3 x 5 pushups Schedule: Every second day (odd) 5 weeks = 35 days = 17 sessions Data: Session 1: 3 x 5 - (benchmark, complete 24/03/22) Session 2: 3 x 6 - complete 26/03/22 Session 3: 3 x 7 - complete 28/03/22 Session 4: 3 x 8 Session 5: 3 x 9 Session 6: 3 x 10 Session 7: 3 x 11 Session 8: 3 x 12 Session 9: 3 x 13 Session 10: 3 x 14 Session 11: 3 x 15 Session 12: 3 x 16 Session 13: 3 x 17 Session 14: 3 x 18 Session 15: 3 x 19 Session 16: 3 x 20 Session 17: 3 x 21 Total Pushups: 663 (Max 63/day) Squats: Benchmark: 3 x 20 (oh how the mighty have fallen) Schedule: Every second day (even) 5 weeks = 35 days = 17 sessions Data: Session 1: 3 x 20 - (benchmark, complete 25/03/2022) Session 2: 8 x 8 - complete 27/03/22 (modified) Session 3: 6 x 11 - complete 29/03/22 (modified) Session 4: 3 x 23 Session 5: 3 x 24 Session 6: 3 x 25 Session 7: 3 x 26 Session 8: 3 x 27 Session 9: 3 x 28 Session 10: 3 x 29 Session 11: 3 x 30 Session 12: 3 x 31 Session 13: 3 x 32 Session 14: 3 x 33 Session 15: 3 x 34 Session 16: 3 x 35 Session 17: 3 x 36 Total Squats: 1368 (Max 108/day)
  11. Modified squat routine complete for today: Session 3: 6 x 11 squats complete 29/03/22
  12. Made it through the first weekend, which is usually the big challenge for me. I thought I might be coming down with COVID over the past few days...super lethargic and no stamina. I'm still not convinced that I don't have it, so off to get PCR tested with the whole family today - yay. As a result of the illness, I adjusted my squats routine on Saturday to be 8 x 8 squats, rather than 3 x 21. Here's the tally now: Pushups: Session 1: 3 x 5 - (benchmark, complete 24/03/22) Session 2: 3 x 6 - complete 26/03/22 Session 3: 3 x 7 - complete 28/03/22 Squats: Session 1: 3 x 20 - (benchmark, complete 25/03/2022) Session 2: 8 x 8 complete 27/03/22 (modified) I'm happy with this, and am already feeling the honeymoon effects of getting back into a training routine, despite the lurgy.
  13. Day 3 of Zero week, and still at it! I'm on track with my pushups and did my 3 x 6 sets this morning. COVID is racing through my kids' school like wildfire this week, so I think I'm on borrowed time before we all get it. Hopefully this doesn't impact the challenge! In other news, it's still teeming out there, so I haven't even entertained the idea of a run, but hopefully next week I can entertain the idea of adding that into the mix as well. It sucks to feel like I'm back at square one fitness-wise, but feels good to be doing something about it!
  14. Ha! How funny, small world My family is all in Vancouver, and I don't know how they afford it anymore. Mind you, I'm in Sydney (Australia), which isn't much better as far as cost of living is concerned! I'll have a chat to Steve...surely you're due a million dollar bonus by now. Such a tightarse
  15. Oh nice, Manitoba's a cool place...great bars It's one of the few places I've been in Canada outside of BC. Spent New Years near Brandon one year...cold af...learned the hard way not to breathe through your nose! Good luck with the paperwork
  16. You're Canadian now? I drop off the planet for a couple years and everyone gets delusions of grandeur! Whereabouts in Canadia are you? Looks like east judging by the cold. You may want to create a whole new challenge thread for the Canadian government paperwork...that's a boss battle in itself
  17. Squat day today! Benchmark locked in for the challenge: Squats: Benchmark: 3 x 20 (oh how the mighty have fallen) Schedule: Every second day (even) 5 weeks = 35 days = 17 sessions Data: Session 1: 3 x 20 - (benchmark, complete 25/03/2022) Session 2: 3 x 21 Session 3: 3 x 22 Session 4: 3 x 23 Session 5: 3 x 24 Session 6: 3 x 25 Session 7: 3 x 26 Session 8: 3 x 27 Session 9: 3 x 28 Session 10: 3 x 29 Session 11: 3 x 30 Session 12: 3 x 31 Session 13: 3 x 32 Session 14: 3 x 33 Session 15: 3 x 34 Session 16: 3 x 35 Session 17: 3 x 36 Total Squats: 1368 (Max 108/day)
  18. Still deciding between bar and line....I might even go the full bar and whiskers even....watch this space
  19. Alright, let's do this! Hypothesis: I theorise that by maintaining a regular workout schedule and gradually increasing my output, that by the end of this challenge I will be able to gain noticeable strength and endurance and not be a as much of a lazy slob Method: The proposed method is simple: establish a benchmark and schedule for improving on it. Pushups: Benchmark: 3 x 5 pushups Schedule: Every second day (odd) 5 weeks = 35 days = 17 sessions Data: Session 1: 3 x 5 - (benchmark, complete 24/03/2022) Session 2: 3 x 6 Session 3: 3 x 7 Session 4: 3 x 8 Session 5: 3 x 9 Session 6: 3 x 10 Session 7: 3 x 11 Session 8: 3 x 12 Session 9: 3 x 13 Session 10: 3 x 14 Session 11: 3 x 15 Session 12: 3 x 16 Session 13: 3 x 17 Session 14: 3 x 18 Session 15: 3 x 19 Session 16: 3 x 20 Session 17: 3 x 21 Total Pushups: 663 (Max 63/day) Squats: Benchmark: to be established Schedule: Every second day (even) 5 weeks = 35 days = 17 sessions
  20. Enough screwing around. Like a lot of people, I've let COVID take over my life, and have slowly gone to seed <grimace emoji> I'm not overly thrilled with this, so I figured it would be time to return to my ancestral home and get back in the saddle again! This time though, it's going to be different. This time, I'm going to science the shit out of this thing! For this challenge, I'm going to track everything, test out some hypotheses, and generally start being accountable for my health and wellbeing. It's been a long time since I had any coherent exercise routine, so I'll be starting from scratch, building a base, then levelling up, 1 step at a time. So without further ado, here are my goals for this challenge: Set benchmarks: I'm still deciding on what exercises to do. The local gyms are flaky at best (opening and closing constantly) and the weather is horrible, so running and gyming aren't the most reliable options. For now, I'm planning on focusing on bodyweight exercises, since they can be done at home, and anything is better than nothing at this point. I'm going to start with the classics: pushups and squats. I'll benchmark these, and probably some other stuff like running and hopefully pullups if I can find a good place to do them. Build a routine: The cornerstone of any fitness program is to have a routine and stick to it. I'm going to set a daily routine to get me into the swing of things. Record Everything: I'm going to record everything...number of pushups, hours of sleep, distance run, etc. As much as I can. Data is king, and I'm going to need it to figure out what's working and what's not . I was going to add diet into the mix, but in the interest of science, I'm going to try to keep the variables simple. Lastly, I'm going to need some encouragement on this one guys, so I'm counting on you all to make some noise!
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