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  1. Yes! In the end I became an academic rather than a knight
  2. Thanks for mentioning these - very interesting resources. Your Horsemanship Challenge sounds so great! What a wonderful idea to turn a miserable time of year into a season to relish, and an opportunity to bond with your animals! I need to come up with a way to make winter fun... Looking forward to your updates!
  3. It's very cool that you're so agile with your obstacles - that seems like a crucial prerequisite for these challenges, since the interface between the plan and the practice is bound to break down at certain points along the way, and you'll have to quickly improvise a plan B... also, I suppose visits and bad weather are quite likely to recur throughout the month, so you're already a bit prepared for the type of setback that might come up again. It's like the β-testing stage of your challenge. Kayla Itsines was actually the plan that got me consistently into exercise, and it's the re
  4. Nice goals, Richard! Setting overly onerous targets is just a fast route to disappointment IME, and one of the best ways to pursuade yourself not to bother. Going for the low-hanging fruit gives you the confidence to push forward with your ambitions in future. And SkyGirl is so right - it really is a big deal mentally to be constantly aware of the thing you're trying to change. As for the flossing... well, you're a better man than I! Best of luck with your quest!
  5. I like the way your goals are so specific Lenore! That's so important for actually knowing what you need to do each day to move towards your end-target. Have you considered trying to add your vegetables into your existing recipes? Eg spaghetti sauce can hide a multitude of sins veg. Might be one route if the weather lets you down on the smoothies. Keep it up!
  6. Great goals Lexiguy! It's exciting to read about someone who's experienced in fitness taking on a new challenge as a beginner - I'd love to know about how your running knowledge informs the other triathlon activities, and vice versa, and any new insights you acquire along the way. Have you tried decaffeinated coffee? I made the switch a few years ago and it turned out far easier than if I'd tried to quit coffee altogether. Looking forward to the next installment!
  7. May I say Aonghus, you sound cool! When I was around 11-12 I was very (very, very) into a fantasy adventure book series with a female knight, and I was determined to be a female knight too, so I took up martial arts, gymnastics and archery. It was incredible for my confidence as well as my fitness. Maybe your Viking activities will give you the same push? Motivation like that, which captures your imagination, your intellect and your passion, is so powerful. I'll be following along with you!
  8. Shy, when I first started working out I had The Hunger too It actually stopped within a few weeks - I think it's just a matter of the body adapting. One thing I realised with time is that certain types of exercise make me way hungrier than others, even if they supposedly use similar calories. Maybe you'll notice the same thing as you go. I wonder if you've heard of the Fitness Blender website? I would recommend taking a look - they have hundreds of workout videos at different levels, including stretching, bodyweight and light cardio sessions, demonstrated by normal non-peppy peopl
  9. Hi MissLex! I enjoyed reading your intro here - what great goals! Not easy but still achievable, with big potential to make a difference and form the basis for further progress later on. I'm new to Nerd Fitness - this is actually my first post here - but very much relate to your situation of wanting to be fit but not yet having found my trajectory. That was my position a few years ago, and now I can say that fitness is a huge interest and passion for me and something I look forward to every day. I wanted to tell you a couple of ideas that helped me a lot, and that might
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