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  1. My wife's family lives in Tucson, and I'm really hoping to visit this summer. I bet I can be flexible on my dates, so I'd LOVE to make sure my visit coincides. Is there a place between Tucson and Pheonix as it looks like there are a lot of people in both?
  2. Hey Loren, The Attribute Points section is exactly that. The part in parentheses is which goal it is tied to, and every goal has points attributed to it. I guess I could break it out a bit more and clarify the ones that have multiple points. I'll add that later today :-)
  3. Challenge accepted! One of my goals is to do a dead-hang, no-band (i.e. no assistance) pull-up. So, my incremental goal will be moving down 1 band (in my case, going from green to blue I believe). In order to do this, I'm going to have to work on my pull-ups at home (or the park, etc.) and then I will test on Thursday night. If I don't pull it off...I'll find a way to test again on Friday :-P
  4. Awesome to have you around man! Good luck with your first challenge! P.S. You should update your signature to link to this post so we can easily get to it from your other ones :-)
  5. Here is my quick & dirty challenge setup. Going to fix/edit this later, but I wanted to get my challenge down. Half-Elf Ranger (Squad A) Fitness Goals: Drink only water, black coffee, no-sugar tea, and milk/juice if water is for some reason unavailable Do at least 1 unassisted (i.e. no band) dead-hang pull-up at CrossFit Workout twice per week in addition to CrossFit - This may be biking, doing pullups at the park, jump-rope etc. Nothing too intensive, but something to get my hear rate up for a bit. Life Goals: Write 1 blog post per week for any of my blogs Attribute Points: STR: 5 (d
  6. Well, week 2 was also not as good as I had wanted. Funny thing about wants, they don't happen on their own. I'm off to a slightly better start this week. As with the last challenge in which I actually lost weight, I've decided to use the Herbalife Shakes again. They are fantastic when your choices are 1) a semi-healthy shake, or 2) a burger from down the street. So, I'm going to keep them handy, and whenever I can't eat primal, I'll have a shake. Didn't get to the gym today. Left work late and wanted to get home to help my wife watch our niece. Then there was the release of Call of Duty, Mod
  7. Goal Scoring Welp...week 1 wasn't astounding, but it wasn't horrible. I've pretty much eaten 2 primal meals a day (breakfast and lunch), and tried to do semi-primal for dinner. Some days I succeeded (Taco Bell Fresco Crunchy Tacos), some days I failed horribly (Whataburger Patty Melt with a Milkshake, Pizza with Cheesy Bread and Coke). Also...I didn't get to the gym once! I did help move a piano, and spent nearly 3 hours outside running a dart game. Both of which made me sore the next day. So, I'm gonna rate myself a B-. Life has been pretty busy with work and my church's Trunk-or-Treat, so I
  8. I've done a few challenges in the past, and always came out better for it. But then I decided I didn't need them anymore...and you know what, my progress didn't budge. I've maintained the same exact weight, and same exact strength for longer than I care to remember. It's time to move forward again. I just launched a new site dedicated to my new lifestyle commitment, and I'll be posting more in-depth (and hopefully entertaining) posts there. But I will definitely update my progress here as well. I will also be tracking my progress on DailyBurn as well, so feel free to follow/ping me there! So,
  9. It sure has been a while for me, but count me in! I recently recommitted to my health, and I can't wait to join in a group of people and get it done!
  10. @micahj - Sorry for the lack of updates. I was updating my excel file and daily burn pretty regularly, but then I had family come into town and I kinda fell off the wagon. I haven't been doing great since the family came in. There was a lot of eating out, partying, and birthday cupcakes for my nephew. I also haven't really been working out since my sister-in-law was sleeping in my workout room. I could have totally done almost all of the workout elsewhere, but I've been using her as an excuse. However, I did get in a 40 minute walk to lunch the other day, and I've been doing push-ups in my of
  11. Quick Update Like I said, this weekend was a wash. On Friday, I weighed in at 244 lbs. After the weekend, on Monday, I weighed in at 247 (my starting weight)! However, as of this morning, I'm back down to 244, so it just goes to show you that one bad day (or one bad weekend) doesn't have to ruin everything you've worked for!
  12. Workout yesterday didn't kick my ass, and I'm nowhere near as sore today as I was after the last workout, so I'd call that a win. Not eating as well as I should (in specific, this weekend was horrible). However, some good news: I weighed in at 244 on Friday morning; I ate like crap all weekend, and weighed in at 247 on Monday morning; today, I'm back down to 244! So, it just goes to show you that one bad day (or weekend in my case) won't throw you completely off! Sure I could have lost more weight, but the point is that you shouldn't let it ruin the rest of the challenge. I'm planning on fini
  13. @darth - Thats the basic gist of it. When the challenges started, some of us were going through every single member's posts every day to keep up with them. After a while, that became impossible with so many people, so we started the squads to alleviate that. Now, the people in your squad are generally working toward the same goals and we can more easily watch what/how our squad is doing and give encouragement where needed.
  14. The first week of the challenge is generally the hardest (in my experience at least). It takes you actually getting up and doing something, but it sounds like you're on the right track. Keep up the great work!
  15. Week 1 Overview Well, week 1 was okay, not as good as I should have done. This weekend was a huge wash. I ate almost completely non-paleo and didn't work out on Saturday like I was supposed to. However, I did get to meet my nephew (http://campl.us/U7E) and he is adorable! Anyway, week 2 is starting out better. I had a shake for breakfast and already did my workout. If you look at my Daily Burn link, you'll notice that I've decided to do the Basic Training workout, but I'm doing both A and B session at once. So, I'm doing a warm-up, 5 exercises (3 sets each; plank is listed twice), and then a c
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