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  • Birthday 06/08/1984

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  1. Okay, here is the level-up allocation challenge: 1. Goal allocation: Q1: Follow Current Running Training Plan STR 1.5 DEX 1 STA 2 Q2: Make Running Schedule For November/December WIS 1 Q3: Eat healthier, natural foods for 2 meals a day CON 1.5 CHR 1 LQ: Read Bible Nightly with Wife WIS 2 2. Mid Challenge Summary: Q1: Follow Current Running Training Plan = A (100%) Q2: Make Running Schedule For November/December = A (100%) Q3: Eat healthier, natural foods for 2 meals a day = D (60%) LQ: Read Bible Nightly with Wife = B (80%) 3. Challenge alloca
  2. I leveled up! I have about a dozen RPG fanfares blending in my mind at the thought, which is incredibly awesome! Check out the sig for the new stats. Unfortunately, the last few days haven't been completely kind on two of my goals. I have been keeping up with my running, and last week I completed a mini challenge that let me map out my running plan for the rest of the year. But my eating habits have gotten slack and I've missed a few days of reading the Bible with my wife (although I still did some reading and studying on my own) But this is the midchallenge slump and I think today's level
  3. So did you get it finished and entered? I sent mine in on the 28th! I'm a writer as well of Fantasy and the occasional Sci Fi short story. I've written a fantasy novel that I'm trying to find an agent for and recently had my first publication with a piece of flash fiction. I'm looking to increase my list of stories published while seeking an agent for my manuscript. Anyone here listen to the podcast Writing Excuses? I've only listened to the first season so far but it has been very influential!
  4. Jitters, I plan on getting to that series sooner or later, although I think I will probably go through most of his other work before that. Including another attempt at reading the entire Wheel of Time series. I tried about 6 years ago and lost steam in book 5. I wonder if I can get through all of Sanderson's works, and the Wheel of Time series, before the next Song of Ice and Fire book comes out... Right now I'm taking a short break from Sanderson after finishing Well of Ascension. I'm reading Dragonquest by Anne McCaffrey. Yes, I'm just now reading through the early novels in her Dragonride
  5. While I haven't gotten a pair of Vibrams, I have been running this year in my first pair of Zero Drop shoes from Merrells. I actually went with their trail running shoe but have rarely been able to trail run, but they've done great for me on roads and sidewalks and gravel shoulders and treadmills. As cautioned above, there is going to be a period where your legs hurt in places they never had. It took me nearly 3 weeks to be able to run beyond a mile again (partially due to pain, partially from a lowered level of fitness over the course of the winter) but since then I've shattered P.R.s on dist
  6. Mini challenge three has been vanquished: 1. I was having issues coming up with a plan for running in the coming winter months, as I have always been HORRIBLE at making a schedule or plan but have now learned I'm actually pretty good at sticking to one. 2. I searched the forums to find this question (http://rebellion.nerdfitness.com/index.php?/topic-50357-how-much-distance-per-week-can-you-add) about adding distance each week, which led me to a Hal Higdon winter training plan. 3. Between that plan, and a new goal of hitting 100 miles for October with some running buddies at church, my sc
  7. Yesterday was another day of success. The eating went without a hitch, I ran on the treadmill when I got home, watching an episode of Classic Doctor Who. Also went on a mile walk with my wife, read two more chapters of Matthew with her before bed, and had a much easier time with the 3 sets of 10 pushups this morning. All told, things are looking up today! Now to take a look at the new mini challenge and get started on that!
  8. Okay, so here is the latest after the weekend: Eating has been an overall success, although not a 100%. I can already tell that my body is getting used to healthier foods, which is awesome. I feel great, and look to continue to reduce any slip ups that I might have with my eating. I ran 4 miles on Sunday, which was hot but went well. I'm looking forward to my 14 mile run this coming weekend. I got out a few times to walk with my wife, which is helping her to get back on her old walking routine. And, as of this morning, we're both doing 3 sets of 10 pushups to build up a little strength
  9. Okay so its been 24 hours and I thought I should do an update. I just got in from my 30 minute run, which went okay as far as runs go. But I feel good for doing the run, regardless of its ease or difficulty. Eating better has been almost a hit, although I did suffer a weak moment. But it has been one instead of many! I have done the first two mini-challenges from the Level 1 rebels thread, thus securing some bonus stats when I get to gain levels. Also I did my initial weigh-in at work: 230 pounds. Let's hope that begins to decline.
  10. I've been a long-time reader of Nerd Fitness, usually finding myself reading the articles more often whenever I fall into a "I need to get healthy" kick. I turned 30 this year and I am, frankly, tired of being overweight and falling short of my maximum potential. I know there is so much more that I can achieve if I can build and maintain momentum, but if that were easy we wouldn't need somewhere like this, right? So in brief, here is a bit about me. First the boring stuff: I work for a material handling company full-time during the day, entering orders into a computer. I also am obtaining my
  11. I'm currently about halfway into Brandon Sanderson's The Well of Ascension and loving it as much as I enjoyed the first book in the series. I actually just discovered Sanderson this year and have read through The Rithmatist, Mistborn: The Final Empire, Steelheart, and Mitosis already this year.
  12. This was, undoubtedly, one of my more enjoyable reads this year. I simply couldn't put it down, nor could I stop smiling at all of the references to 80's culture, as well as Sci-Fi/Fantasy culture. I am making a mental note to try and find a way to listen to the audiobook of this soon, as I can already imagine the narration by Wil Wheaton.
  13. Okay, first things first, the way you laid out your challenge thread on that first page. I'm tempted to go and set mine up in a similar fashion but I fear you'd strike me down. I love your Shield Maiden theme as well! It is incredibly fun and what drew me in to check out your thread. I haven't seen Vikings yet but it is moving up higher on my "to watch" list now. I have an interest in Anglo-Saxon literature and that time period, and our Old English is so similar to Icelandic that they just seem to pair well together. I should read some of the old Norse literature soon. You have a great se
  14. Hello there Hemlock, I'm Mistborn and I thought I'd drop in and let you know that you are totally rocking this 6-week challenge so far. Keep up the running - up until this year a 5k distance was about as far as I could push my body. I always wondered if the Zombies! Run app was worthwhile, but I downgraded from my smart phone before I had a chance to test it out. Way to go on juggling school and work and fitness - I've been in the same boat for a while now. I'm about a year away from finally being able to take a break from taking classes and transition to using the degree I've worked hard fo
  15. Okay, a little late jumping into the game as I just joined up today, but here goes nothing: Week 1: (+1 WIS after challenge ends) Is your overall quest achievable (over a short or long period of time)? Is it reasonable? The overall quest is quite achievable over a short period of time, which should have long-term effects. Do your 3 quests all build towards your main quest in little ways, or are you taking on too much? Do your quests have sub-quests or is it just one thing to focus on? They certainly do, with one a focus on hitting running goals, one planning out future runs, and the thir
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