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Vicarious

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  1. I'm in SW Calgary and am looking to build up my hiking fitness with hikes in and around Calgary. Would be awesome to have a meet-up and get a few group hikes in this summer if anyone's interested.
  2. Hey all, March's challenge kind of fell apart halfway through but I'm back for April (although a bit late). Here's what I have planned for this month. Health & Fitness Goals Exercise for 10-15 minutes per day, no excuses. Maintain Level 7 recommended in the Academy. Meal prep, grocery shop playing Supermarket Sweep, and have all my veggies chopped and ready to dump into the pot on Sunday mornings so everything is ready for the week. Level Up Your Life Goal Pay off my first credit card (currently at $550). I'm working on becoming debt-free, and I am making progress already this month. I just sold something this morning for $100, so I'm that much closer to paying off CC #1! Hopefully I'll be able to knock this one out fast and get a head start on the next one! Good luck everyone!
  3. Hey everyone, Thanks for all your comments. The first week has been a bit rocky. I got a couple good workouts in earlier in the week, then came down with a fever on Thursday/Friday that put me out of action for a couple days. I tried climbing the outdoor stairs yesterday. My goal was to climb them three times, but I only made it once before calling it quits (and having a 20-minute coughing fit afterwards). My mini-goal this week will be to not miss a workout and to climb the outdoor steps at least three times in a row by next Sunday, as well as remembering to include my 15 minutes of activity everyday. Diet improvements have also been lacking this week so I'll need to put some more effort into that this week. Meal planning is already done - now it's just a matter of shopping and cooking. Looking forward to a new week, hope everyone else is going well too!
  4. Hey everyone! I've decided to try for another challenge. Mine will run from Feb. 29 to March 31st. Quests are what I'd like to have accomplished by the end of March. My boss battle for the end of the month will be climbing a large set of outdoor stairs that are fairly close to my home. Right now I'm trying to improve my overall health and fitness level to prepare for spring/summer 2016. My plan is to get a lot of hiking done this year so I'm starting with stair climbing for my main workouts. Quests Complete 30 days of eating a paleo diet. I will allow two days this month where I can have off-plan foods as there are a couple of birthdays coming up. Practice climbing outdoor stairs at the end of each week (mini-boss battles) to prep for the big boss. Exercise everyday for 15 minutes on both workout days and active rest days.Level Up Your Life Read 3 books by the end of the month; schedule at least 1/2 and hour of reading time each day.Rewards Level 1: Copy of Level Up Your Life - Steve KambLevel 2: iPod Nano to keep me going during my workouts (lighter and easier than a phone and less distracting!)Level 3: Nintendo 3DS XL with 1-2 games (only if I accomplish all my goals!)
  5. Hey everyone, I found this challenge just in time! Health & Fitness Goals Continue Whole 30 Challenge. I'm on Day 3 and so far so good. In fact, I think I'll do Whole 30 for the entire 6 Week Challenge and will end it on August 16th in stead of the 3rd.Go for a half-hour walk at least three times per week. On my off days I will get in a short walk and workout Complete the Mindset Quests in the AcademyComplete 6 Adventurer Quests in the Academy - ideally one per weekCreate workout playlistsMeditate every day Personal Goals Write creatively 3 days a week for at least half an hourCreate a daily scheduleUpdate daily battle log every day
  6. Okay, I've basically stolen this off of Steve's webpage, though I have made my own additions to it. Travel North America (Starting Level) Hike up a mountainHike the West Coast TrailVisit Wild Horse Island in MontanaHike/bike around live volcanoes in HawaiiVisit AlcatrazFind a geocacheJoin a CSAVisit Stevie Ray Vaughan's grave in Texas. Master Quest: Meet his bandmates Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon and Reese Wynans.Go ice diving in the ArcticAttend Camp Nerd FitnessComplete a Mud Hero/Tough Mudder runMaster Quests Compete at the Spruce Meadows Masters TournamentCentral/South America (Jungle Level) Visit Easter IslandHike to Machu PicchuVisit Chichen Itza in MexicoLearn the Argentine TangoVisit Teotihuacan in MexicoVolunteer/work in Tegucigalpa, HondurasDive in Mexico's cenotesDive in Belize's blue holeSwim at night in Bioluminescent Bay, Puerto RicoDive with whale sharks in Utila, Honduras Europe (Ancient City Level) Visit StonehengeWalk through the catacombs of ParisSpend a night in a castleVisit the Sagrada Familia in BarcelonaResearch my ancestry (Swedish, Scottish, etc.)Visit the ParthenonVisit Pompeii and HerculaneumVisit SantoriniTake a boat ride to ZakynthosVisit the Duomo in ItalyVisit the Coliseum, Vatican, St. Peter's Basilica, in RomeVisit the Red Square in MoscowRide the underwater train in VeniceScuba dive off Croatia's coastVisit Plitvice Lakes National Forest in CroatiaDive in Loch Ness LakeVisit ChernobylGo caving in KamchatkaLearn RussianVisit Wieliczka Salt Mine, PolandRide the Trans-Siberian RailwayVisit the Hagia-Sophia, TurkeySee the Bagan Temples in BurmaSwallow's Nest Castle, UkraineVisit Moldova Africa (Desert Level) Visit the PyramidsVisit Abu SimbelVisit Petra in JordanGo on an African SafariDive with sharks in South AfricaVisit the Cape of Good HopeLearn Xhosa in South AfricaClimb Mt. KilimanjaroVisit Stone TownEat at the Rock restaurant in ZanzibarSwim in the Devil's Pool at Victoria FallsVisit the genocide memorials in RwandaPlay tennis on top of a building in DubaiStudy Krav Maga in Israel Far East (Hidden Temple Level) Visit the Shaolin TemplesVisit the Moon Bridge Temple in ChinaAttend the Lantern FestivalClimb Heaven's GateLearn MandarinSee the Taj MahalLearn conversational TamilSee the Blue Mosque in IstanbulRide a horse in MongoliaHike the Great Wall of ChinaVisit Angkor Wat in CambodiaJump into the Sua Ocean Trench in SamoaVisit Kashmir South Pacific (Ocean/Beach/Water Level) Get my Dive Master certificationDive in SeychellesDive the Great Barrier ReefFind a sea dragon while divingDive with Ocean SunfishDive with a nautilusVisit the Borobudur Temple in IndonesiaVisit the Palace of BruneiStay at an underwater hotelVisit Bora BoraVisit TahitiVisit Christmas IslandWreck dive in PalauVisit Vaipo Waterfall in PolynesiaVisit Putrajaya Mosque in MalaysiaVisit the Sultan Abdul Samad building in Merdeka Square, Kuala LumpurStay in a stilt house on the ocean Arctic/Antarctica (Snow/Ice Level) Find a geocacheGo ice divingSee a penguinSee a polar bear Phew! That's all I have for now but I'll keep updating it!
  7. 4.20.2015 Still struggling to get back on paleo but I'll keep trying
  8. 4.17.2015 Dinner was a special non-paleo meal. Ordered in Vietnamese. My family and I have decided that if we try hard and do well during the week we can have one meal that is anything we want.Prepping some meals for next few days to get back on track.4.18.2015 Watched my nieces' swimming lesson.A bit off track paleo-wise. I need to get back on track so I made some homemade Lara Bars. That way I can have a treat when I'm craving something sweet without going off track.4.19.2015 Haven't been much better diet-wise yet. This evening I'm planning some basic meals for the week ahead to get my ass back on track.5 minute Calm.com session before bed
  9. 4.16.2015 Ate paleo-ish. I've been half-assing it the last couple of days so I need to get back on track.Walked around the block with my nieces5 minute meditation before bed
  10. 4.13.2015 Added some OoT tracks to my ipod for fun and motivation.Completed a 2 minute guided meditation session on calm.comAte paleo4.14.2015 Completed 5 minute meditation sessionCompleted 10 minute beginner pilates workoutHave eaten mostly paleo. Today was a bit of a cheat day.5 minute calm.com session before bed
  11. April 13 - May 25 6 Week Challenge -Continue with Whole30 Challenge, complete by May 10th -Lose 15 lbs -Complete at least 1 Academy Quest per week -Do a home yoga session twice a week -Build Batcave -Update workout music on ipod shuffle. Going to add a ton of OoT songs! -Walk 2-3 times per week and gradually add weight to prepare for longer hikes -Complete the Forest and Fire Temples in LoZ Workout. -Complete two minute guided meditation sessions 2-3 times per week (aiming for everyday) Goal Complete the Eau Claire Trail hike (weather permitting)
  12. Sorry I'm so late to this thread. Been trying to get more active on the boards. I live in central SW Calgary and would be happy to meet up with people for a light walk or hike. I have some health issues so I can't do any heavy cardio. Would meet up a Princes Island or Fish Creek. Edworthy also works for me.
  13. I'd love to join. Been a long time reader and occasional poster but I haven't been able to stick to a challenge yet or really get into the Paleo diet. I'll be 26 next month, 5'6" and am looking to lose about 40 pounds. I've also got some health issues that I'm trying to get under control so I'll feel better and have more energy. Looking for motivation and camaraderie. I'd like to start weight lifting and do yoga regularly, then try out some basic parkour moves. I'm based in Canada at the moment but am happy to email/text, etc.
  14. Hey guys I'm starting over after failing miserably on my first attempt at the April 15th Challenge. Below are my goals for this challenge. Flexibility and posture improvement. I need to develop my flexibility in order to do squats, deadlifts and other exercises properly. I have also had a lot of pain lately in my sacroiliac joints so I need to work on some exercises to fix that. I will focus on flexibility and posture improvement for these next six weeks. DEX 1 | Improve diet. I'm going to start a paleo challenge (for real this time). I plan to start a very strict Whole 30 challenge in August with other Whole9 readers and this will be a good prep for that since I haven't eaten paleo for more than a year. I'm not looking forward to this - sugar withdrawal is going to be terrible. CON 2 | CHA 1 Sleep. Sleep is one of the most important components of a healthy life and good athletic performance and I'm not getting nearly enough of it. I am going to go to bed by 10:00pm at the latest and wake up at the same time every morning. CON 2Best of luck to everyone else with their challenges! Edit: forgot to add the points values.
  15. eAdora, thanks so much for all the helpful info! Best of luck on your challenge as well!
  16. Hi everyone, Here's hoping I rock my first challenge and first few weeks as a NF member. Currently my goals are focused on developing good habits so I'll be prepared for a more rigorous training program in the future. Goal 1: Stay Paleo | CON +2 I'm going to do a 6-week Paleo challenge in order to get my addiction to sugar and junk food under control. Otherwise I'll never make enough progress to get to the body I want A: All paleo meals and snacks B: 1-2 non-paleo meals/snacks C: 3-4 non-paleo meals/snacks D: 4-5 non-paleo meals/snacks E: 6 non-paleo meals/snacks F: 7 or more non-paleo meals/snacks Goal 2: Sleep CON +2 Improving sleep has been a concern for me for a while since I've been lacking quality sleep for a while now. I need to wake up at 5:00 each morning to have time for my morning workout and prepare and travel to work, so I should be in bed no later than 10:00 every night to make sure I get enough sleep. A: 8+ hours of sleep B: 7+ hours of sleep C: 6+ hours of sleep D: 5+ hours of sleep E: 4+ hours of sleep F: less than 4 hours of sleep Goal 3: Strength & Flexibility STR +1 DEX +1 In order for me to actually be able to do many exercises properly and safely, I need to deal with my lack of flexibility, balance and strength. I will workout at least 3-4 times per week either at home or at the gym while focusing on exercises that will improve my flexibility and balance before moving up to larger movements like squats and deadlifts. A: Workout 5 times per week B: Workout 4 times per week C: Workout 3 times per week D: Workout 2 times per week E: Workout once per week F: No workout during the week Best of luck to everyone on their challenges!
  17. Hey guys, yet another new recruit to the Rebellion. I'm turning 25 next month and have wanted for years to get to a healthy weight. In the past this has mostly been for appearance so I'd look better and be more attractive. Lately though I've been worried about preserving my health and this is my primary motivation now, along with being able to do fun things anytime, anywhere. Although I'm starting out as an adventurer I'd love to become an Assassin and become really good at Parkour and gymnastics exercises. However, I'm also interested in trying my luck as a weight-lifting warrior. Unfortunately I have a lot of remedial work to do as I can't even bodyweight squat with decent form. I need to work on muscle imbalances and flexibility issues from sitting in chairs all day. I also need to improve my relationship with food. I have a severe addiction to sugar and there's no brakes when it comes to eating sugary foods. Getting this under control is my first priority since I know that I can't out-exercise the crap food that I've been eating. I'm starting to eat Paleo as part of my challenge starting Monday so it's going to be a rough few weeks. Anyway, thanks for reading. I look forward to chatting with everyone and hopefully meeting some of you in person eventually.
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