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  1. Ok, so I'm pretty sure this is Animara's current challenge: http://rebellion.nerdfitness.com/index.php?/topic/73641-aminarra-and-the-elfkin/ Buffy, I can't find yours? Do you have one up?
  2. Yesterday finished with me having walked 3.7 miles. At lunch I decided I was just gonna walk a bunch, put a podcast on (my current choice: working through the backlog of Campaign), and went around the neighborhood circuit 3-and-a-quarter times (went out to the conduit street in the neighborhood on one loop.) So that meant yesterday I finished the day pretty sore, but today my legs actually feel great and responded really well to my yoga. Feeling really good about everything right now Edit to avoid double post: Amy Hoy and Alex Hillman (my fav business people/coaches) talk about a "Fuck This" moment where you become dissatisfied with the status quo and really motivated to change things. I'm pretty sure I had one of those yesterday, which is why I made such good progress. Hopefully I can keep it up.
  3. Alrighty, today's update... I think I'm going to have to start updating every day, just to motivate myself to keep up with this. - Didn't stretch at all yesterday, and started today off by getting distracted by email on my phone instead. There's a roadblock there! I've stopped using my phone as an alarm so I don't have to look at it until later in the morning, but today… well, just a moment of weakness. Better tomorrow! And I've already made plans to do my yoga at lunch instead. - Yesterday it was raining in the midwest. Now, I love rain: wet air, warm tea, soft pitter patter to nap to. But it meant that yesterday I walked about a tenth of a mile. I'm going to try and do a couple laps around the neighborhood to get back on the wagon today. SO. That's that. Now off to accomplish some goals.
  4. Alright, rock on y'all! Let's do this together. So... anyone know how it actually works? I'm a bit lost Edit: I think I've figured it out. We follow each other's challenge posts, right? Here's mine, y'all put yours in too and I'll follow 'em: http://rebellion.nerdfitness.com/index.php?/topic/74441-brian-hicks-is-gonna-touch-his-toes-eventually/
  5. TBH just not being sore all the time. I guess I should have been more specific: I'm not stretchy at ALL, but I want to work on that just so I can pick stuff off the floor without having to think as much about it. I'm extremely inflexible, and want to change that. What about you? What's your motivation?
  6. Update! Last week I yoga'd once, then it was really cold and I hadn't set out my mat, so I lost motivation. Last night I laid the mat out with the videos queued up on a tablet, and that was enough boost to get me to go down to the basement and do it. So that's 2/28 sessions done. In the last week I walked 7.92 miles. That means that for the rest of the time I'm doing this I'm going to have to walk 2.54 miles a day. I'm feeling a little bit discouraged about it, but if it wasn't hard it wouldn't be a proper challenge. I've dropped the dietary challenge (crossed out in my original post.) It was not well thought out. I'll try something similar for the next challenge, but it needs to be a much more specific goal. And... meditation? What's that? So, slow start to my goals, hopefully I can keep picking it up.
  7. @Warnamon: I wouldn't try to self-diagnose that. But for me, it was that my hamstrings are so tight that it's pushing the patella forward and making it more injury prone. Weak knee. If your knees are bothering you, go see your GP. @Koaladle:
  8. Yeah... I'm really not sure about the nutrition one. Since I'm starting this later I may drop it this time and get it next challenge. I'd rather have two I do willingly than three with one I resent.
  9. Main Quest Improve flexibility to the point where I can touch my toes. This is going to be 2/3 moving around, and 1/3 eating better to support my body to do that. Quest 1 Do a session of yoga every day. Currently I maybe stretch briefly when I get up in the mornings. I'm doing the NF yoga thing, I'd like to get to Fire Series - B by the time the challenge is over (but honestly, I'm not sure how feasible that actually is.) I'm going to take this slowly so as not to injure myself. Grading: - A: 28 sessions (+3 DEX) - B: 23 sessions (+2 DEX) - C: 18 sessions (+1 DEX) Quest 2 Make it to Bree in my Walk to Mordor challenge. I'm already ~50 miles in, so this means walking about 90 miles more in the next 6 weeks. I'm on pace to barely hit that, so I've gotta keep at it. Grading: - A: Hit the goal, 135 miles total (+3 STA) - B: Get to Tom Bombadil's house at 98 miles (+2 STA) - C: Get to Old Man Willow at 70 miles (+1 STA) Quest 3 Stop eating carbs for breakfast, most days. I currently eat donuts, cereal, bagels, etc. I'd like to transition to eating primarily protein and veggies. Maybe smoothies! At the same time, I realize that transitioning from 99% carbs to 0% carbs is gonna be pretty challenging (plus Thanksgiving, the king of carby holidays, falls during this challenge), so I've set the grading accordingly. Feedback appreciated. Grading: - A: 6 breakfasts each week without carbs (+3 CON) - B: 5 breakfasts each week without carbs (+2 CON) - C: 4 breakfasts each week without carbs (+1 CON) Anything lower and I will have to reckon that I've failed at this and break it down further and more crunchy goals for the next challenge. Again, feedback is appreciated here. Life quest I feel stressed out quite often, and I'm going to try and meditate more. Ideally, every day. Grading: - A: 28 10 minute sessions (+3 WIS) - B: 23 10 minute sessions (+2 WIS) - C: 18 10 minute sessions (+1 WIS) Motivation I used to work out in the gym, lifting heavy things. Then a chronic knee injury rose up and bit me. The doctors say that I need to improve my flexibility so that it doesn't happen again. Living with less pain is really great, too.
  10. Hey there, I'm looking to become a druidish person eventually, but for now I'm a lowly neophyte Nerd Fitnesser. Anyone in the same boat, or want me in theirs?
  11. Hey there! I joined the Nerd Fitness academy after following the blog for a while. Cool stuff, although I feel a little bit over my head at the moment. I've just gotten to the recruit workout in the academy, and so I figured now would be a good time to join the forums. Here I am! Some background: I'm a programmer for a small company. I want to get fitter to decrease the effects stress has on my body. I used to go lift heavy things to do that, but injured a knee. With the doctor's help, I'm ready to give it another, gentler, go. Nutrition is probably my big challenge right now, cutting back on carbs is haaaard... I love bread! Anyhow, great to meet you all, and see you in a challenge soon!
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