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  1. Major win today! I checked my % body fat, and I have officially crossed over from the "average" group on the % body fat chart into the "fitness" group! YAAAAAY!!!
  2. Hey Assassins! I've been on quite the NF hiatus, and during that time, I decided that I didn't feel like my current fitness journey fit the 6-week challenge format. However, I missed YOU, and I was dying to tell people about the cool progress I've made in figuring out my training regimen! So instead of posting in the challenge forums, I made a battle log, which is less of a battle log and more of a blog that I will update at my own pace, as interesting things happen. You can find that here, and read more about my journey the past several months. I'd love for you to join me on this journ
  3. Hey Nerd Fitness! It's been a while since we've hung out, and I've missed you! I haven't been around on the boards and challenges and such because I've been having an amazing time with life. Also, I've been evaluating a lot of my goals and habits, and I’ve discovered that 6-week challenges don’t really work for me. I was able to complete my first challenge very well, but my second and third attempts were bails. I felt obligated to report to my guild and update them with progress, and it was easy to lose focus of why I was doing the challenge. I wasn’t doing it because I signed up, I w
  4. Great points Elastigirl - I exercise to improve my dancing, and also to manage my weight. I'd like to get stronger, so I've been thinking about other things I could be doing that aren't as time-intensive as you say. If I can convince myself to get up and do either my pilates video or 10 pushups, I think that would really help with my strength training goals. Weight is better managed by eating well anyway, but I would like to have an element of cardio/endurance training in my workouts. If I'm dancing 3 nights a week, I really shouldn't be too worried about this, but right now I feel like th
  5. Thank for checking in guys - I'm gonna have to call this one a bust, but for some interesting and overall positive reasons. The same weekend this challenge got started, I met some other dancers in my new city, and in the past few weeks we've been setting ourselves up to start a new Lindy Hop scene. This has pushed me to some exciting and brave things I never ever dreamed of doing, but it also has brought one big truth to light: my life is not routine. I love the idea of routine, and I think it's healthy, but I also enjoy the freedom of spontaneity, and, let's face it, if I was planning to w
  6. Don't worry, I'm still going! Just haven't been finding the time to update. Updates soon, I promise! In the meantime, today I had a free BarreFusion class that rocked my world! So good!
  7. Haha! Great photo I'm amazed at how well things came together! It helps to have a profession that is in high demand, but even so, it was a shockingly fast transition.
  8. Tuesday, Sept 16th Fitness - break Diet - 1.5 bottles of water Sleep - in bed at 10:09 Devotion - None today Day 2 = much busier than expected, so not as much accomplished today Wednesday, Sept 17th Fitness - 45 min workout, cardio and arms Diet - 2 bottles of water Sleep - in bed at 10:19 Devotion - 20 minutes of Bible reading and prayer Day 3 = Overall pretty good! Sleep has been a challenge, because even though I'm going to bed at about the right time, I'm not falling asleep until later, but that's something that will come as my body gets used to the new schedule
  9. Monday, Sept 15th Fitness - 45 min workout, cardio and core Diet - 2+ bottles of water Sleep - in bed at 10:10 Devotion - 20 minutes of Bible reading and prayer Day 1 = success!!
  10. Annabjoyful and the Return to Routine After successfully completing my first NF challenge earlier this spring, I entered a time of kind of crazy life stress. My job took a turn for the worst, and I made the decision to leave, find a new position, and subsequently relocate to be closer to family. I'm happy to report that I have a new job, am happily relocated, and it looks like there will be much less stress in my life and much more manageable work hours. YAY!!! Of course that means it's time to get back into a routine. During my hiatus I have been able to manage...mostly; I haven't gaine
  11. Thanks for all of the feedback! Some great perspectives here. While considering my options, I visited Planet Fitness and a local Life Time Fitness facility. Which, for the record, is like test driving a 1964 VW beetle and a 2015 Ferrari 458. It was a really tough call because PF is $10-$20, close to work, and has most of what I'll need for a basic workout; LT is literally in my backyard (I can see it from by balcony), has everything I could ever want to do and lots of things I'm never ever going to use, and is $88 a month. Unfortunately, there aren't many in-between options that I know
  12. After a workout hiatus due to changing jobs and relocating to a new city, I'm looking to jump back into a workout routine and was considering joining a gym. Ideally, I'd like to have a personal trainer, but that's just not realistic for my budget. I'm not really big on classes and prefer working out alone. Before the move I had a pretty good thing going at home with a few sets of lighter dumbbells and some pilates videos that are awesome, but with the move I lost my neighborhood that was perfect for jogging intervals. Now I live in an apartment complex on a busy road where I am not comfortab
  13. Alrighty guys, I know I've been MIA, but life is moving quickly and in all kinds of crazy ways! First off, I had to drop out of my challenge because of work and stress. Well it finally got to me. Between being far from family and having a job that is demading most of my nights and weekends, I've made the decision to move on. Just a week after putting my resume out, I got two phone interviews and am currently pursuing both of those leads. I AM SO RELIEVED. Really, I can't tell you how much of a release I felt when I finally took charge of my situation and told myself that I am not stuck
  14. Hey guys, Thanks for checking in on me. Unfortunately I've been dealing with some really stressful work stuff and had to drop the challenge. I'm still going to have my first river trip next week, and I'll make sure to update you all on that, but I just haven't had the time or presence of mind to focus on my goals. It's a little discouraging, and I feel like I'm living one massive to-do list. Mark one thing off, move onto the next. Even when I plan fun things or down time, it's hard to not think about the looming to-dos that I haven't gotten to yet. I'm leaving on vacation on Friday, an
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