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About terrormortus

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  • Birthday 08/30/1989

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  1. So my legs are telling me to go to hell today, which means I have to be doing something right. But yes the hills have been murder, plus side I'm finding all sorts of secret paths behind my house, apparently someone really likes four wheeling. Yesterday's workout was walk/run intervals which I ended up doing at the high school track to keep track of how far I ran, ended up being three and a quarter mile. Time's the goal but it's still nice to have another measurement too. Meditation happened for about five minutes before I conked out but considering it was 4am I kinda expected that. And here are the before and after pictures, both of me drinking beer which may be telling about me... Okay so apprently I have no idea how to post an image from my computer, anyone know how to do that? >.>
  2. Thank you everyone for the welcome backs, glad to be back. Alright so things are getting off to a good start. Meditation has been pretty easy, especially as I can do it right before bed and use it to help me sleep. Haven't been doing it for massive amounts of time but a little is better then nothing. Eating has been a little bit of a challenge as all the snack have been tempting me, still keeping the faith if only barely. The morning workout has been kicking my but, seriously those hills are crazy, almost vertical in some places so my legs are getting crazy work out. I ended up cutting short my pistol squats last night as my legs were just too tired. Still was working up a massive amount of sweat, so still a vigorous workout. Besides that Monday's workout ended up being a 5k run as I had SO MUCH ENERGY and needed to run for a while. Think it was probably my way of dealing with stress, I'm not terribly fond of not living in a place that isn't "mine". Thank you. I'll probably take your advice with the lunges, too many squats can't be good for my legs. I found a good before and after picture I'm going to upload at some point, the difference is... staggering.
  3. So I still need to read the rest of the thread but looking good! Also damn you for reading Skin Game before me, but I love the Dresden themed challenge.
  4. So I have a good recipe I learned in the army that I actually make at home now. Corn O'Brian You need... Bacon Corn Green Peppers Onions Pimentos Salt and Pepper Crumble up the bacon and cook it, setting it to the side but keeping the grease in the pan. Saute the onions and green peppers in the grease, then add the corn to cook it. Afterwards add the pimentos and keep cooking till they've warmed up, put the bacon back in, and season to taste. Pretty simple but really good.
  5. Very nice challenge, glad to see you got so many jobs while I was gone. Subbed and definitely looking forward to seeing you do awesome.
  6. Okay, here we go. First off what I have been doing for the past few several months. I ended up leaving Nerdfitness for a little bit to get ready for BCT (Basic Combat Training) and AIT (Advanced Individual Training). I am happy to say that as of this past Wednesday I successfully completed both of them, even graduating in the top 10% of my class for AIT. So I am now an in shape National Guard Cook and very pleased with myself. Still I can't let myself slip so with that idea in mind I bring you... My Main Quest: Score at least a 270 on my next APFT (Army Physical Fitness Test) So yeah I'm picking a pretty attainable goal for my first one as I want to ease into things. My last APFT I scored a 253, not bad at all but I would like to get it a little higher. The break down of my score is (all of these are out of a hundred) 89 points for my push-ups, 65 for my sit-ups, and 99 for my running. So yeah my weak area is Sit-ups, kind of a theme through out my life. So need to get those up and maybe increase my push-ups a bit, so with that in mind my goals. Goal 1: Do a morning workout six days a week Alright so basically this one is to help me get moving in the morning and to keep up with just general fitness. So far I've been doing the following... 30 Push-ups 30 Sit-ups 30 Squats Run for 15-20 minutes It has actually been pretty relaxing but if anyone has an exercise or two they think would be a good addition please let me know, so far I've just tried to hit all the areas. For the running I've been taking advantage of my new trail shoes and the trails near my current house. Lots of super steep hills but not a lot of random branches or rocks so it's been a fairly simple but challenging run. Scoring: My standard scoring system (days I did it) / (days I planned on doing it) x 100 = Score! Goal 2: Do a more vigorous workout five days a week. So this is the real meat and potatoes of my workouts, the stuff that makes me gasp for breath and sweat like crazy (aka the fun stuff). I have a rotating schedule of six days of what I do which follows... Day 1: Fartlek Day: Basically running easy for a while and then running hard, alternating the two for however long you do it. My plan is to run for 30 minutes, doing two minute easy run followed by two minute fast run. After this challenge I'll switch it up, making two minutes the minimum for the fast run but running till I'm tired, or bored. The ideal is eventually I'll be able to for a full thirty minutes of fast running but that is a future goal. Day 2: Calisthenics: Sticking with Convict Conditioning I'll do as many reps of each exercise that is at my level. Day 3: Run/Walk: Kinda like Fartleks but a little easier. This one I run for two minutes then walk for one minute for thirty minutes. Day 4: Muscle Failure: Basically I do two minutes of push-ups, two minutes of sit-ups, two minutes of squats, and two minutes of horizontial pulls (pull ups when I can manage them) one after the other until I can't do them any more. This is basically for endurance and could last a while, I'll have to record the numbers as best I can to see the progress. Day 5: Long Run Day: This is a a nice easy run but done for an extended amount of time, namely forty five minutes to start with. Every time I'll add five minutes of the total time until I'm running for super long periods, the cap is going to be three hours though. Day 6: Gym Day: Some actual pumping of iron. Since I don't have a gym membership this could prove tricky but I'll figure something out, may be that I just pay for each individual visit until I am officially settled. Seems like a crazy routine and it kinda is but I've been doing stuff like this for a few months now. For when I'll do this stuff I'll be working out Monday - Wednesday then Friday and Saturday, so it'll look something like this... Monday, Day 1. Tuesday, Day 2. Wednesday, Day 3. Thursday, Rest. Friday, Day 4. Saturday, Day 5. Sunday, Rest. Monday, Day 6. Etc. Scoring will be the standard. Goal 3: Continue to eat healthy So yeah I've lost up to this point 105 pds and I am not gaining them back. So healthy eating it is, chiefly it is real foods such as fruits and vegetables with a decent amount of meat and good carbs. The emphasis will be on food I actually have to cook. Scoring: So each day I eat right is worth +2 points, every day that I have something bad but do well over all is worth +1, and a day where I say screw it is worht +0 points. At the end I tally them up, divide by 84, multiply by a hundred,and there is my score! Goal 4: Meditate I got into this habit when I was in basic but it has been slipping lately. So I'm going to get back to it, namely sitting down to meditate every night, doesn't matter how long as long as I actually take the time to do it. Scoring: Standard. So yes there is my new challenge! any thoughts would be appreciated, I'll update and check out other people's tomorrow as I now have to get some real world stuff done, namely workout!
  7. So this is a place holder for the time being. I got my ENTIRE challenge written up, then remembered we use a different system now. So I should have something up tomorrow. See you all then and it's good to be back, I'll fill in what I've been doing in tomorrow's post.
  8. A few people might recognize this name (hopefully at least) and put together that this is in fact a reintroduction thread! So in essence I kinda fell off the edge of nerdfitness mainly because I was preparing for something called BASIC TRAINING, the Army's way of turning me into a soldier. Well it worked and what do you know I'm home in time to start a new challenge! So yeah for four months I did what some people would call f***in' crazy. For two months I exercised six days a week, climbed walls, trained outdoors in frigid temperatures, learned how to shoot a rifle, and all sorts of other things. The next two months were devoted to learning how to cook surprising good food and other skills as well as continued combat training. It was awesome, and it made me a better person. But you at nerdfitness like numbers don't you? So here are a few. When I went to my recruiter I weighed 291pds and was told I had to lose a ton of weight. Two years later (yeah it took awhile) I way a wonderful 187pds. Total Loss: 104 pds. Yeah I like that number. In addition I can now run two miles in about 13:00 minutes, meditate daily, keep a journal, can knock out one hundred and fifty pushups a day (though not all in one set, still working on that), and now have razor sharp focus. To sum things up, glad to be back Nerdfitness and watch out because I have some momentum I don't plan on losing.
  9. Drills aren't too horrible. There was a pretty large amount of exercise (and we got smoked a lot) but most of it was spent in a class room learning about what to expect from BCT. Hap Ki Do looks pretty interesting but unfortunately the only dojos nearby are forty minutes away minimum, so probably not a viable option. And please feel free to copy my side quest, you would not believe the amount of interesting things I've learned about as a result. That might actually. So far I have been reading the paper when I can at work to sort of see in injustices going on around me. I'll have to try that tomorrow as it is about 2am here now. Alright so update on the last two days. Meditation has been going well, I'm still getting a little antsy after five minutes but it's getting a little better. Virtues as I mentioned above has been mainly reading the paper to see what is happening in the world around me. Good example is the fact that a landlord had killed two of his tenants and wounded a third, minutes after police had left after being called. It is very sad and I'm not sure of the entire story as it is unclear, but suffice to say I shall be watching the trial as much as I can. Learning hit its first speed bump, I forgot to study yesterday. I did a VERY intense workout yesterday and when I got home collapsed in bed, remembering that I needed to study only after I had bundled myself under the covers. I tried to think of a way I learned through the day, but in the end I couldn't and was too tired to get out of bed (slept for 11 hours). While it needs to be worked on, this is why I put in the option to earn extra points. Learning today however was this TED talk (and yes I am starting to play Superbetter) and reading a bit of "Scatter, Adapt, and Remember" by Annalee Newitz to hit those last few seconds. Find My Path: Tomorrow is the day! First Week, +2 for checking out Muay Thai! Control my Mind: Monday, +2! Tuesday, +2!, Wednesday +2! First Week, 12/14 Points! Learning: Monday +3! Tuesday -1! Wednesday +2! First Week, 17/14 Points! Practice My Virtues: Justice, working on it. Sincerity, Yes!
  10. This line had me chuckling at my desk. Great job with the progress so far. I can relate a bit with the posture problems, I have a habit of not keeping my shoulders straight and it's a poin in the but to fix, especially where I have to work on a counter all day.
  11. Glad to see another person with learning as a Goal this challenge. So yes good luck on the challenge (yes it is a little late but I'm a crazy busy guy) and hope you do well with the new start.
  12. Popping in to say hi and that I like your challenge. Also that is hilarious.
  13. Alright so an update on the last few days, a weekly review, and then a bit about Justice. So for those of you who don't know me I'm a member of the Maine Army National Guard shipping out for Basic in January, till then I have the RSP drills to keep me busy. So this Friday I headed out for drill and as a result my challenge did suffer a bit of a set back. Awesomely I did keep up with meditation though I had to do it at night when I had free time rather then in the morning, and I learned all sorts of things all through drill so great there too. As for Sincerity I was utterly honest with myself the entire time, didn't gossip, and didn't lie what so ever. So the week went well. For a review I have to say that for goal 1 I did make some progress, namely in the fact that I possibly found a place to study. Still making sure to check out different places just in case. Meditation has gone well, one hitch I'm running into is that I can really only maintain meditating for five minutes before I check the clock but I am able to sit for the full ten minutes. Learning has also been pretty good, much more manageble in this format rather then a few marathon sessions. Alright with that over here is today's update! Meditating was a little hard as I was still a little wired from Drill but it did get done. Learning was another re-watch of crashcourse videos and reading Herman Melville's "Bartleby , the Scrivener" (taking a short break from it currently to write this). It's a pretty good book so far and I even managed to grab a free copy from Project Gutenberg. As for trying out a new style I'm heading for a Brazilian Ju-Juitsu lesson this Thursday. The virtue this week is Justice, which is hard to pursue as I don't see a lot of injustice on a regular basis. I think however that I should try and learn a bit more about the world for this week, find injustices and example of justice. Not sure entirely what to do exactly. Find My Path: Plans have been made First Week, +2 for checking out Muay Thai! Control my Mind: Monday, +2! First Week, 12/14 Points! Learning: Monday +3! First Week, 17/14 Points! Practice My Virtues: Justice, working on it. Sincerity, Yes!
  14. Alright so update on the last two days I've managed to hit my meditation goal for both days. Sincerity is getting a little bit harder as there have been a few times I've really wanted to complain or gossip a bit but held myself in check. Yesterday I fulfilled my learning goal by finishing up the last little bit of "Quiet" so I need to get something done online tonight, probably some math. Plus side this means I get to start reading "The Werewolf's Guide to Life" by Ritch Duncan and Bob Powers which looks really good. Tonight I went to a local Muay Thai class and it looks pretty good. The instructor ended up chatting with me and suggested that if I wanted to get something effective I might try Jui-Jutsu so that will probably be next week's one. Find My Path: First Week, +2 for checking out Muay Thai! Control my Mind: Monday +2!, Tuesday +2!, Wednesday +2!,Thursday +2! Learning: Monday +3!, Tuesday +2!, Wednesday +2! Practice My Virtues: Good so far
  15. Yeah it's something I always have a bit of trouble fitting into my schedule as I actually like people and want to chill out with them. Another goal for another challenge. Thank you! I kinda need that little bit of punishment to keep me in line and it seems to work out perfectly this way.
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