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  1. After my last challenge I realized that biking all the time has gotten me into better shape, but at the same time has also geared my body into the same repetitious movements over and over that really are only working one aspect of my form. I want to obtain complete control over my own body. This is mostly inspired by a rereading of Musashi's Book of Five Rings (Go Rin No Sho) which I did as a pick me up in the last week of the challenge. Musashi often talks about how a warrior cannot separate his normal life from battle, both in body and in mind. I kind of want this to be my over arching sub goal for this challenge, and even though he speaks of becoming a warrior, Assassins need mental and physical discipline even more so! So for the next few challenges, I'm going to try and model my quests off of his teachings and see if that helps me. Main Quest: Slight change, my current main goal is to be under 18% body fat by my honeymoon. I realized that the weight number itself doesn't bother me, it's the stuff hanging off the sides that does. "In all things concerning the body in the martial arts, make the every day body the body for the martial arts ,and the body for martial arts the every day body." Starting Weight: 209 lbs Start of Challenge Pic: (coming tomorrow) Quest 1:I want to become completely in control of my body, so my first goal is to start off with 3 body weight exercises a week, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. That totals up to 18 BW workouts, and I aim to hit all 18. I'll be using the Angry Birds Workout combined with some dynamic stretching from Ido Portal to increase my mobility. Measurement: A = 16-18 workouts total, B = 13-16 workouts total, C = 10-12 worksouts total F= Aything less Stat Points: DEX - 3, STA - 1 Fun Goal: Increase Wall Handstand time! Currently I'm at about 12 inches from the wall and go about a minute, so pretty soon I'll be working on my kick up! I just want to keep track of how I'm doing here just for fun. Quest 2: I've got a problem. I do pretty great at eating healthy, but it ends up being a mad rush. I want to start planning ahead better and knowing my menu for the week without causing stress with last minute meals. So my challenge to myself is to plan each week and have everything ready by Sunday night (skipping week 1, sadly). Measurement: A = 17-21 healthy meals a week, B = 13-17 healthy meals a week, C = 8-12 healthy meals a week, F = anything less Sub Goal: Plan each week in advance with grocery lists and pre cooking on Sundays. (5 planned weeks) Stat Points: CON - 3 Quest 3: Musn't neglect powering up the heart and lungs for better cycling! I really fell in love with the Viking Warrior Conditioning last challenge, and am going to continue to incorporate it into my weekly training while downgrading it to two sessions a week. Measurement: A = 11-12 sessions, B = 9-10, C = 7-8, F = Anything Lower. Stat Points: Str - 3, STA - 3 Reward for all of these: Getting to look good in this clothing optional hot spring: Life Quest: Track all spending. Sometimes money seems to disappear because I forgot I spend a little here and here and here, etc. I'm budgeting, but I could be succeeding a lot better. Measurement: A = Solid and consistent money tracking., B = Missing a few days, C = Spotty and inconsistent. Stat Points: WIS - 2 Motivation: I want to be in great shape physically and financially coming into this marriage. My fiancee is in much better shape physically and I'm super competitive!
  2. Hey, Listen! I know my first 6 week challenge had a Legend of Zelda title, but since the LoZ workout came out a few weeks ago, I thought I would use it as a focus of my next challenge. 2014 Main Goal: Get below 220 lbs. 6 Week Quest: Obtain the Master Sword This is going to take some hard work and dedication on my behalf. Goal 1: Temple Runs (Strength) Complete a full Temple by the end of each week. 6 Weeks = 6 Temples If I don't complete the next highest temple each week, I must at least go back and redo the previous temple before the week is over.(A= Completed Higher Temple; C = Completed Last Temple; F = Did not complete a temple)Str +2, Dex +1, Sta +2Goal 2: Eat more Paleo (Wisdom) I eat something for breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday so that's 21 meals a week. I want at least 7 of those 21 meals to be full Paleo. I want to start eating healthier foods and not have to count calories.(A=7+, B=6, C=5, D=4, F=3-)Con +3, Wis +1 Goal 3: Target Practice (Courage?) At least 3 times a week I want to either play disc golf at the park or shoot my bow and arrow at my house. My son has recently learned he enjoys doing both of these so it will be a good way to spend time with him.(A=3+, B=2, D=1, F=0)Dex +2, Cha +1 Skill Improvement Goal (Crafting): Create a PVC bow to use for personal target practice. Dex +1, Wis +1 I would also like to complete any random side quests throughout the challenge if anyone could lead me to where I could find them. I found the Adventurer's Mini Challenges forum and started following it. *UPDATES
  3. Introduction: My name is Renae. I work full time, attend school full time online, and have a 10-month old daughter. All these thing seem to make me fall into bad habits of snacking, and overall eating horribly, and not getting a whole lot of exercise. Main Quest: Get into a healthy routine for working out and eating. Quest 1: Complete a weight-lifting session 3 times a week. I currently have a plan in place to do this. I just need to make sure it gets done. Measurements: A = 18 days total, B = 12 days total, C = 6 days total Quest 2: Walk or Run 3 miles 2 days a week. Right now the week days I am not weight lifting I am trying to do cardio sessions, but I haven't been trying hard at all with them. Measurements: A = 36 miles total, B = 24 miles total, C = 12 miles total Quest 3: Eat a bag of frozen veggies worth a day. I try to have a spinach salad before dinner every day, but I forget and I usually add cheese and dressing to it. I think eating the frozen veggies will be easier to accomplish and keep up with my veggie intake as well as keep me full. Measurements: A = 42 bags total, B = 30 bags total, C = 18 bags total Life Quest: Receive B grade or better on my final 3 classes. After many many years I am finally being able to finish with an Associates degree in IT Management. These past years have been crazy and I have had a terrible time with school and grades. Especially now with my child. I need to focus and finish off strong. Measurements: A = 3 B's, B = 1 or 2 Cs, C = All C's Motivation: My #1 motivation is my daughter. I want her to see her mother strong, physically and mentally. I want to be a good example for how to live. With that I hope to inspire my husband to lose weight and eat better.
  4. Hello All! I'm a bit late to the party, but they say better late than never. Guess I'll need to extend my challenge an extra two weeks. My goal is to look good to myself and feel comfortable in my own skin. I've been working out consistenly for the past year and am satisfied with my athletic ability, but I don't like the way my body looks in the mirror. I've definitely gained some muscle, but still have quite a bit of visible fat in my torso. I'm fairly sure that my diet is the main culprit, so that's what I'll be targeting in this challenge. I'm attempting to conform to the paleo (to be exact: Primal, for those who know/care about the difference) diet. Main Quest: Lose excess body fat. Specifically, get a Flat Stomach. Why: 2 reasons. 1) So I can look in the mirror with pride. 2) It's something I've never been able to do. No matter how athletic I was, my body never looked like a fit person's body. I feel it's a barrier I need to get over for my own confidence and personal growth. Goal 1) Eat a 100% Primal Diet for the next 6-weeks (Until August 3). Specifically, don't eat any Ice Cream and Peanut Butter - my last two major holdouts. Goal 2) Limit Fruits to 4 fruits/day - Speed fat loss by limiting carb intake (even if it's from fruit). Goal 3) Get to bed by 11:00 PM every night (when it's within my control) - To keep my willpower up and help my body recover from workouts. Side Quest: Begin learning to Swing Dance. Practice one Youtube step routine/week. Why: I've never been good at Dancing or had much confidence while doing it, but I'd like to. In looking at different styles, swing is what appeals to me the most. I like the way it looks, like the kind of music, like the style of that age. So I want to give it a try and learn something new! That's it! I'm looking forward to starting my first Nerdfitness Challenge! Also, anyone get the game reference in the subject line? Hint: Playstation 2 RPG.
  5. Hey all! Just found this site this past week, and I have to say it's the most motivating site I've ever seen for me! So down to the questing: Main Quest: Lose enough fat to fit into a size 10-12 by Aug 1 (currently a size 16-18) - Exercise a minimum of 5x/week - Get to bed by 9:30-10pm minimum 6x/week - Cut grains and soda to weekends only Life Quest: Study Japanese 5x/week I know I'm hopping in slightly in the middle of a challenge run, but gotta start somewhere, right?
  6. The sun streamed through the window lighting up flecks of dust hovering in the beams. Ceto sighed as she turned her face into the sun shine, eyes closing and muscles relaxing. Her thoughts began to drift away into the clouds and without realising she started to slump down deep into her chair. *Thwack!* "Ceto! Pay attention!" With a violent jolt Ceto was catapulted back into the room. Her eyes franticly flitted around the space as she tried to get her bearings and remember where she was, who she was and what on earth was going on. Eventually they settled on a big black tome laying on the desk in front of her. She could still see little eddies of dust circling the edges of the book, it must have landed in front of her with a significant amount of force. Looking up she was immediately trapped in the stare of Fenyck. the rake of a man leant forward as he spoke. He was quiet but she could hear every word as clear as crystal. "I shouldn't have to impress upon you the importance of your lessons. There is too much relying on you for you to spend your time daydreaming and drifting. Everything I am teaching you could save or destroy your own life and the lives of others." Fenyck straightened up as he paused and sighed in gentle exasperation. "You are a good student Ceto. You have learnt the basics quickly and that is good. It is time to teach you some or the more advanced Charter Marks but I cannot do that in good conscience if I don't think you have the mental fortitude to handle it. The next step deals with dangerous magics and if you are not concentrating, if you do not give it all of your focus then much can go wrong. I am confident you could learn the letter and the law of Charter Magic, the Marks and their uses but to be competent in its craft, to know when to use this or that, when to act or wait, to truly become the Abhorsen when the time calls upon you..." Ceto's heart began to shrivel as his silence stretched out. "You're mind is not ready. But you are fortunate. You have me to teach you," Fenyck smirked to reassure her. The rebuke was over, she was forgiven. "What should I do?" "I think you know already. Falling asleep in my lessons will not do. Sleep is the foundation of our daily lives. A poor nights sleep will result in a poor day's work. What do you do when you go to your dorm in at the end of the day?" "The usual I suppose. I change, brush my teeth but I don't go to bed until I feel tired." "And when is that usually?" Ceto shrugged, "Sometimes it is quite early but sometimes the moon can be quite high in night sky before I realise I am tired. I read, about the Charter Marks or the history of the Old Kingdom, at my window or do something else to entertain me while I wait for sleep. I have fallen asleep by my window more than once." "I would wager it is has been many more times than once." Ceto hung her head in agreement. "I admire your dedication to learning but I would suggest that perhaps you would learn more by getting a fulfilling rest each night and waking with alert mind. I want you to try setting yourself a time to be in bed by whether you are ready for sleep or not. I think you'll find that once you lie back you will realise you were more tired than you thought. Early to bed, early to rise. Capture the day and make it yours." Ceto nodded and tried to ignore the tiny part of herself that was acting like a brat about the idea of a 'bedtime'. Fenyck was her tutor and she respected his guidance. Fenyck picked up the large black book from the front of Ceto's table and made to continue his lesson when he stopped short with a thought weighing on his brow. "It occurs to me with such a disrupted night that your mornings do not fair much better. Is this true?" Ceto thought for a moment then said, "When I first came here I was good at getting up for my lessons but as more of my time get taken up with reading and my sleep gets pushed further back I have been finding it harder to wake up. I am a bit rushed to get ready for the day, sometimes." "And what about breakfast?" Ceto shook her head, "Didn't have time." Fenyck shook his head and rolled his eyes. "Young people don't know how to look after themselves. A good meal after waking will set you on a strong and energetic path for the day. How can you expect to travel through the precincts of death, fight Free Magic manifestations while you are functioning on nothing. The mind needs fuel as well as the body. If you go to bed earlier you'll wake up with enough time to have something to eat." "But you also said I need to be able to make quick decisions. I don't...I'm not sure I'm quick enough." Fenyck almost laughed when Ceto said this. "My child, you are young! You have been studying Charter Magic for only a few years and begun your training with me only a few months ago. I think you expect too much of yourself." "All the same, sir, I'd like start preparing for that. I might have fallen asleep today but I do, honestly, take my role as Abhorsen-in-Waiting seriously. I want to be the best I can, I don't want to let anyone down." Fenyck's gentle smile almost spoke of a small pride he had in his student. "Very well. There are methods we can use to train you're mind in this way. We shall start them later on today if you are sure you want to take this on? Ceto nodded with conviction. "This is good. This new training will be tough and there will be no room for any outside nonsense so I suggest you take some personal time to reflect and identify any areas of your life that you worry about and take steps to fix them. There can be no distraction during these lessons and I will tolerate no distraction, especially those that can be addresses and fixed. Now, I suggest you take some time to do just this before we begin. I will meet you in my office after the school day has finished." With that Fenyck turned to clean the chalkboard of the day's Charter Marks. Ceto blinked, she hadn't expected these changes to come so quickly. But she had been the one to ask for them and she realised the uncertainty bubbling in her gut was more from curious anticipation than fear. She hastily gathered her paper and ink pens into her bag and left the classroom without another word, carefully pulling the large oak door closed behind her. TL;DR I wanted to give role playing a go for this challenge as I kinda miss playing WOW but really don't want to get sucked into the blackhole of time-stealing MMORPGs again. Plus if you haven't read Garth Nix's Old Kingdom trilogy (Abhorsen trilogy in the USA) then I really recommend them if you're into fantasy. Magic, monsters, destiny, necromancy, a massive wall splitting the country across the middle, all you could want in a ripping good yarn. But my goals. Main Goal To become a mental fortress. All those times I could have gone a little faster on my runs, a little lower on my press ups, just done better at Roller Derby training all because I was tired or distracted or didn't have my game head on. Making quick decisions, pushing through the 'wall', doing my workout and giving my all even if I don't feel like it; that's what I'm after. Goal 1: Get enough sleep. 8 hours a night and no falling asleep on the sofa. If I'm tired get to bed. If its 11.30 and I'm not tired get to bed anyway and read a little. Once I've laid down its surprising how quickly sleep comes! [A=37+, B=36-31, C=30-25, D=24-19, F<=18] +3 CON Goal 2: Time for myself. Find at least 30 mins a day where I can focus on something I want to do for myself. More often than not I'll want to meditate or read or just spend some quiet time along focusing on a task. The key idea here is focusing (so no sifting through facebook or tumblr) so actively reading a book and taking care to make sure it all goes in or meditating or doing some sort of craft or activity I can concentrate on, or a mix! [A=37+, B=36-31, C=30-25, D=24-19, F<=18] +3 CHA Goal 3: Do Luminosity or Brain Training on my DS at least 5 times a week. It doesn't take that long and there are such a range of games on there I'm sure I'll be able to pinpoint my weaker areas and improve. [A=37+, B=36-31, C=30-25, D=24-19, F<=18] +3 WIS Diet Goal: Eat breakfast. Every morning, no exceptions. a cup of tea doesn't count. Food counts! even if I 'don't feel hungry' have a piece of fruit and see if that wakes up the stomach. If not then take some more fruit with me to work because you can guarantee by 10.30 I'll be getting rumbles. If this means getting up earlier in the morning to have time before work then get up earlier! [A=37+, B=36-31, C=30-25, D=24-19, F<=18] +2 STR, +2 STA Life Goal: Sort out my monthly budgets and stick to them. Now I don't do so much freelance work my income is more regular and I can accurately record and estimate my in and out-goings for the foreseeable future. I'm going to sort out a spread sheet with my monthly finances on so I can see how much I get each month as contingency money/spending money/going out money/saving money after all the bills etc have been paid. The aim is to get out of my overdraft but that won't happen in six weeks so this goal is to build the infrastructure to help me get there. One less thing to worry about! [Pass/Fail] +1 WIS, +1 CHA
  7. Greetings all! I'm RK and my internet access is somewhat limited because I travel, a lot, and don't have a data plan. Thus why I'm posting late, not that it makes much of a difference I posted late every other challenge I've done (all one of them). My Main Quest is to be fit enough to compete with my husband in Tough Mudder. This year we were able to do a Spartan Sprint and I came out better than I thought I would, thanks to a dude that helped me over the walls. You're my hero nice dude. The side quests I'm currently working on are as follows: Run thrice a week, strength train at least once a week, and figure out this meditation thing to combat the "grey days" that stress induces. Also to pick up the 'Do something you're terrible at' challenge I'm going to hula hoop every day, even if I have to do it in hotel lobbies. I'm also still working on my grading process. The first one I came up with ended up being incredibly strict and nearly impossible to achieve success. I'd like to have a hit point system ideally with things that can be used as 'health potions' or something for weeks where my schedule nearly kills me. As it stands right now I'm using the simple A-F system per week and then averaging results at the end of the challenge. Good luck to you all!
  8. Previous Challenge: Main Quest: Lose weight Score Goals: 1. Walk 30 mins. During lunch break 5 days a week A+ 2. Do bodyweight /HIIT workouts 3 days/week D 3. Stay on the wagon with Primal/Paleo diet B Side/Life Quest: Make a double monthly payment on mortgage. A+ DONE!! WOOHOO!! Motivation: I want to be fit and healthy for once in my life! The last year I've cleaned up my diet towards the Primal/Paleo lifestyle, but now I need to move my body and drop around 60lbs. New Challenge: Continue improving on previous goals & quests. Focus more on bodyweight exercise. New Side/Life Quest: Save up money to purchase a rowing machine.
  9. This is my first 6 week challenge. A friend told me about NF a few weeks ago and I finally decided to look at it about a week ago. So far, I've really liked the site and the articles I've read. But, enough about that; here is the start to my adventure: Main Quest: Get down below 220 lbs. (Starting: 252) Goal 1: Work out a minimum of 5 days a week. (A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, F=1) Goal 2: Record meals (and snacks) everyday, even weekends. (A=7, B=6, C=5, D=4, F=3) Goal 3: Lose a minimum of 2 lbs. per week until goal is met. (-2=A, -1=B, 0=C, +1 = D, +2=F) Life Side Quest: [Home Improvement] Create pathway and layout area by retaining wall. (Complete=Pass, Don't Complete=Fail) I thought this side quest would also get me out of the house doing a bit of manual labor. It will be a fairly big project (for me at least).So here I go!
  10. Hi my name is Lailan. This is my second go at the 6 Week Challenge. My first attempt last year failed miserably. See the thing is I like bright, shiny, new things. I get all excited and hopeful at the beginning. But when this shiny new thing starts to fade, fear sets in and unfortunately I give up or shy away. I'm great at starting but I can't ever finish what I've begun. Half of the books I own are still book marked somewhere in the middle. My Hobbit reading is only at chapter 4. Yes I can already hear people groaning (LOL). I've got great excuses too. Like, I will watch LOTR and the Hobbit once I've finished reading the books I got for Christmas. Yes, I'm sure there's people saying "You haven't lived!". And I say, "YUP! YOLO!" So that's exactly what happened last year. At the 3 week mark, I gave up. I didn't even try the next challenges only because I feared starting and failing. I've struggled with weight from the time I can remember. Even at my most fittest moment I felt it still was not enough. Definitely not a healthy understanding of oneself. I currently work a desk job from 7-4. I sit all day and sit when I get home. I'm not currently active in anything, so doing something is better than nothing. So why now? Well, I feel like there needs to be a change. A feeling that says to try it again and if I fail, there's always another day to do better. I've learned from last year: make the goals attainable. This time around I wanted my goals to be measurable, so this morning I measured. Weight: 217lbs Chest: 45 in Waist: 44 in Hips: 45 in R. Arm: 15 in R. Thigh: 26 in L. Arm: 15 in L. Thigh: 26.5 So here goes... 1) Complete 3 body weight workouts per week at 30 minutes per workout. A: 13-18 Competed Days B: 7-12 Completed Days C: 3-6 Completed Days F: 0-2 Completed Days 2) Be able to run for 5 minutes straight - no stopping to walk or rest. I'm using the couch to 5k app to measure this. A: 4:00-5:00 Minutes B: 2:00-3:59 Minutes C: 1:00-2:59 Minutes D: 0:30-0:59 Seconds F: 0:00-0:29 Seconds 3) 5 paleo meals per week (Currently my husband is the cook, and that works for me. The only problem is that a lot of the meals contains a lot of processed foods. So the only meals I can work on is breakfast and lunch. Since I haven't done paleo eating since last year, I'll make a gradual plan to get this going again.) A: 4-5 paleo meals B: 2-3 paleo meals C: 1 paleo meal F: 0 paleo meals I don't want to give up on this one. Are you with me?!
  11. 6 Week Challenge (Well... 9 weeks ) Hey so I joined NF a while ago but Uni and a variety of other things happened.. and so I fell out of my routine. Damn! Gained 10 kg and my fitness went downhill! So this challenge is about getting myself back to having better diet and exercise habits. Main quest Get down to 65kg and be able to run a 5k. My method for doing this is: (1) To lose 5 kg in the 6 week time slot, working my way down to my weight goal. I will do this by; a) Not drinking anything aside from water/tea/milk/hot chocolate/pepsi max Making my lunch and eating it at least 4 times a week c) Keep to my nutritionists' suggestions in terms of what I should be eating d) Keeping note of everything I eat e) Carry water bottle with me and aim to finish at least two full bottles plus half after exercise f) Keeping up an exercise routine (see below) (2) To regain my exercise routine. I will do this by; a) Going to the gym on Tuesdays and Thursdays, cardio -- treadmill (15 mins, working up to high intensity), low intensity weight training 15 mins Doing my 1/2 hour 3-5 km walk every day, rain or shine c) Biking to and from Uni at least 4 times a week (15 mins generally, 1 big hill at each end, rest flat) d) Doing 15 mins yoga Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays e) [WILL SPECIFY LATER] angry birds exercise Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Side quests (1) Learn how to skateboard-- Motifier to help with this (2) Go on at least 2 more tramps this year Life quest Save up ~$1000 for gear Training Partner: Motifier (http://rebellion.nerdfitness.com/index.php?/topic/48209-motifier-first-challenge/#entry1029883) Thats all for now Daisygirl out
  12. I found this website yesterday and I kind of love it, it's really making me want to get fitter. I have a terrible track record with this stuff, I just do stuff for a little while and then get bored/tired/forget about it but not this time! Main Quest: Get toned up Missions: Do the beginner bodyweight workout every other day.Run at least once a week (bonus points for going more than once)Reduce chocolate intake. I think I'm about a week late to this but I went running yesterday and spent the last week walking up hills everyday so I figure I'm still on track to make progress here.
  13. A latecomer here. Do I have room here? I guess so So after a year joined rebellion I gonna give it a try. To know my background and my current condition, read my intro Main Quest >>> Deadline: August 10, 2014 Build MusclesGain StrengthGet FitGet a healthy bodyI guess, first thing I want to make right is my sleeping habit. Currently I go to bed around 1 AM. But it take 1-3 hours to fall into sleep and I usually wake up around 11 AM. Sometimes I sleep for 2-3 days continuously. Sometimes I don't sleep for 1-2 days. One reason of this terrible sleeping habit is my medicines. Earlier, I had no control over it. But now I'm adjusting with medicine. So I hope I can do this. The other problem I'm facing is, like I said in my intro, I'm not able to walk even 100 meters. All I have been doing last four years is sitting in front of a computer. Last year this time I burned out and hospitalised for 3 months. This happened to a guy who doesn't have a job. Can you believe that? I was helpless all these years. But now with the help of God, fellow rebellions and with my strong determination, I'm gonna make optimus prime (and myself) pride. So my side quest are... Side Quests Morning Walk- 5 times a weekWake Up before 9 AM- 5 times a weekSleep before 11 PM- 5 times a weekLife Quest Sign up for GoPro giveaway everyday- 7 times a week (If you are like me a film enthusiastic check out this http://gopro.com/daily-giveaway One person wins everything they make, everyday! How cool is that isn't it?Motivation A sick body is a prison. I don't like to be in prison. I have a dream to chase. That is it. I'm so excited!
  14. Alright folks, it's time for everyone's favorite resident zombie to post up his plan for what the hellBuySomeApples! he is going to do as hismain quest in the path to a fitter, (and harder to run away from when brains are on the menu) bag of bones! My main method of control for this is to start and finish the P90x workout regimine (Classic as I'm out of shape) and then look at getting into something else as time moves on. While the whole goal is something that would take much greater than 6 weeks to accomplish (dropping 45 lbs in that amount of time is incredibly unhealthy), I do plan on my checkpoints being roughly 4-6 weeks each. This first goal is aiming to get me back into shape, and get some body definition. I do want to do some more endurance type things such as running, but I'll save those for acts 2 and 3. Main Quest: Reach <185 lbs or 7% body fat, whichever comes first. I'm using a "whichever comes first" because I'm aware that if I am putting on muscle, I may not be able to get down to less than 185 based on my body type. So there are two metrics. Main Quest Checkpoints: 1) Complete P90x phase I Once the first phase is done, the rest should come easier, as after 4 weeks, it'll be more of a normal, daily thing. 2) Reduce the amount of net caloric intake I have per week to 10,000. (Roughly 1,400 calories per day). I'm not a physical trainer or a nutritions expert, so some advice on Checkpoint 2 would be awesome. My mother is a very big proponent of calorie counting as a way of losing the excess body fat, so I'm going to give it a go. I say "net caloric intake" here to differentiate the gains versus the loss due to workout. So if I ate 2000 calories in a day but burned 600 calories in my workout, I'd make quota. 3) Eliminate snacking between meals with the exception of low calorie fruits. Kind of goes hand-in hand with Checkpoint 2, but the mid-meal snacking is really one of the biggest killers for me. Whether it be chips or wheat thins, it's where the bulk of my excess food comes from. As such, I'm going to try to curb those cravings with foods like watermelon, cantelope, and other water-heavy fruits. Side Quests 1) Get a new job offer to facilitate my seperation from the military. I'm being honorably discharged from the military after compleating my obligated active service time. So, that also means I have to find a new job. *Crosses fingers on the job offers* 2) Run a 9 K I've done one before, but that was back when I was in better shape. It would be good to get another under my belt. 3) Find someone who can teach me Parkour. I've said before that I kind of want to cross-class to assassin. To me, Parkour an a lot of martial arts can go hand in hand. I think it would be interesting to learn some. 4) Go shirtless at the beach without being self-conscious Probably the easiest of the sidequests depending on how you look at it. Mostly a mental thing, but it'll help me to get to a point where I can say "Damn, I made progress." There's the goals! Day one started yesterday, lets see what Day two brings! Cheers -C
  15. So here we go! I joined nerd fitness back in January, and have gotten a slow and steady start since really getting into it back in March. This is my first 6 week challenge, and it will be a mulit round challenge since I wouldn't be able to get through my main mission in 6 weeks safely. I have always been a stocky girl, and I have had a love/hate relationship with my body since I was in my early teens. The weight runs in the family on my mom's side, and my main motivation is to get ahead of the curve so I don't have health issues down the road. Feeling better about my body, and not seeing only the things I dislike in the mirror is my secondary motivation. All in all I am a fairly healthy/active person, but I don't have much self control when it comes to social situations/meals, and I need better portion control. Main Challenge Quest: To get to 130 lbs, and or a size 6. Minor Missions: Meet net calorie goal of 1240 daily Be gluten free at least 5 days a week Be active for at least 1 hour 6 days a week Life Quest: Be more confident and open to expressing myself and my needs. I am an overly giving person, and I tend to push my want's and needs aside constantly. While I am proud of the person I am, this is something I must balance in my life.
  16. Main Quest: Reclaim my 'fighting' body (by opening day of KCRF 2014 - 30 August 2014)Lose 25 poundsFit back into my size 2 clothesMake it through a full 30 minute fight show (Bawdily Harm), in a bodice/corset, without nearly passing out or even being windedGoals: Get 8 hours of sleep every night Exercise (pilates or cardio) for at least 1 hour, 5 out of 7 days each week Go to Aerial Silks class or go rock climbing once a week Life Quest: Start being on time, if not early, everywhere I am supposed to be. Motivation: I have been generally unhappy for well over a year; gained 30 pounds in about a year-and-a-half, tired all the time, moody, muscles are stiff, and knees hurt. It wasn't always like this; I wasn't always like this. I want to - and am going to - reclaim my health, fitness, body, a sunnier, more optimistic personality.Basically, I want to be this chick again.
  17. Ok rebellion, here's my inaugural 6-week challenge. As I posted in my first introduction, I had a recent awakening and have shifted to a major period of leveling up my life in many ways. First and foremost was making fitness and weight loss major goals in my life. So... Ultimate Goal: To continue my weight loss journey, and reach 180lbs by my friends wedding on June 21st. Weight today, April 14: 212lbs. How I'll do it: 1. Walk to and from work each day (5.4 miles), with at least an additional hike on weekends.* 2. Complete the BBWW 3x weekly, with a focus on good form (I'm looking at you, lunges!). Add in more sets/reps/variations as I progress. 3. Stick to a strict Paleo diet, with no slip ups * I have a bit of travel during the challenge, so on those days I'll wear a tracker and make sure I'll hit 5 miles however I can. How I'll grade myself: Walking/hiking A- Walk to and from work each day of the week (or at least 5 miles while travelling) with an additional hike on weekends. B- Walk to and from work each day of the week (or at least 5 miles while travelling) C- Walk to and from work 4 days of the week (or at least 4 miles while travelling) Fail- Walk to and from work 3-0 days of the week Strength* A- Complete the BBWW 3x every week, with good form B- Complete the BBWW 2x every week, with good form Fail- Complete the BBWW 1-0 every week Diet A- Eat a strict Paleo meal each meal of the week B- Eat a strict Paleo meal each meal of the week, except for 1-2 minor slip-ups while travelling C- Eat a strict Paleo meal most meals of the week, with 3-4 slip-ups while travelling Fail- 5 or more meals a week non-Paleo * I made the grading for the strength portion a bit stricter because this is the area where I'm most likely to make excuses and slip-up. Side Life Quest: Finances Track every cent I spend in order to fully acknowledge where I'm spending money, and create a realistic budget. Reward: The new Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Blu-ray. I was at the store and had it in my hands this weekend, but stopped myself. I really really want this, so it'll make an excellent reward that won't throw me off of my main goals. Ok, there ya go. My first one. Travelling during this is going to add difficulty (especially the Paleo eating on the road), but I'm gonna do some research and planning ahead of time to find a way. I'll check back in weekly to report. -Sleestak
  18. MAIN QUESTMain Quest: BADASS LARPerFit into size 12 clothes andwalk up 80 acres hill at a steady pace without taking breaks.Goals: 1. Do 5 min workout 5 days a week. 2. Practice hand stands a la Beginners Guide to Handstands. 3. Cut the Sweets. One treat per week. SIDE QUESTSLife Side Quest: Completed budget with debt snowballMOTIVATION Motivation comes down to wanting to be healthier, fit in my clothes and not be wasted a 1/4 of the way up the hill where we LARP. Once upon a time I was lean and strong and wore a size 10. Physically I was at my healthiest then. I want that energy, focus and body back.
  19. If you are trying to clean up your diet and sugary sodas are your nemesis, like they are mine, you may want to check out this Player vs. Player (PVP) challenge. You will need to be participating in the upcoming 6 Week Challenge to be part of it. We can use a little friendly competition to help us kick those empty calories out of our diets together... Hope to see you there!
  20. Hi! If sugary sodas are your nemesis, like they are mine, and you are participating in the upcoming 6 Week Challenge, you may want to check out this Player vs. Player (PVP) challenge. Hope to see you there and we can all work on kicking those empty calories out of our diets together, using some friendly competition!
  21. Greetings, Fellow Nerds. A little bit of background info about me: I started following a low carb diet (not Paleo; I consume dairy) a couple of months back.I'm not overweight, but I could definitely do without a few pounds of fat on my upper body. The journey hasn't been as fruitful as I'd expected. I slack off more often than I probably should. Fighting the urge to grab that cookie/pizza slice has been a bit tough. Hopefully this would be the first of my many 6 week challenges to come. It would be great to receive support from fellow nerds on this quest. Main Goal: Work hard to lose approx 5 lbs of upper body fat: chest, love handles over the next 6 weeks. Goals: 1. Try to fit in 3-4 sessions of bodyweight strength training per week.2. Aim for atleast 2 cardio sessions @ the gym per week.3. Fight the urge to grab the morning cookie before starting work.4. Limiting beer to 2-3 drinks a week. Side Quests: 1. Fit in atleast 1 hour of study after coming home from work (I'm an engineering grad student)2. Sustain my reading habit instead of aimlessly browsing the web. (I was an avid fiction reader before joining grad school) Motivation:1. To look good in whatever I wear.2. The swimming pool @ my condo opens Memorial Day weekend. To be able to get in there without being self conscious about my upper body fat. Stats:Male, 25164 lbs, 5'11
  22. As the Band, recovers from their battle with the Skeletons, they journey north until they find that their only route is through a cave. They stay hesitant as any one knows nothing good comes from dark solitary caves. "It's the only way." GC said, breaking the silence, "I know." Red and Blue reply simultaneously and with simultaneous grief. "For the record, I hate caves, too many random bats encounters." Red said. Blue and GC replied, "Duly noted." After some time in the caves, the Band finds themselves tired, and sat down to some bizarre rock formations. "These are... strange." Red notices. "Meh, they're just rocks. Why worry about... them?" The Band senses something moving nearby, they arm themselves. "Sssssso, fresssshhhhh prey hassss wandered into my cave. How... Refressshhhhing." a creature hisses at the Band. "This isn't good! Keep a watchful eye for anything!" Red shouts. "Yessss... Good advicccceeee!" A green foot steps forth and two large red eyes surrounded by small red eyes, shine at the Band. The Band froze, and the creature reveals herself, claiming her Prize. "Yesssss, thissss will do quite nicccceeely... Oh? What'ssss Thissss?" "Gah... My legs... They're petrified!" Red grunts. "Sssstill alive? Hee hee hee, That'ssss what I like to sssssee!" *Cue Boss Battle* VS I... I need to stand! But with my legs frozen in an awkward position, I'm going to have to learn to stand with one leg! I need to be able to do 10 Pistol Squats! - Str +2 Sta +1 Dex +1 I've gotta lead her away from the Band! These caves are full of hills and it's all uphill! I'm going to have to train myself to run uphill! - Sta +3, Str +1 I think I can work out some of the kinks in my legs! I've gotta stretch them out and get as much sand out of them as possible! I need to stretch everyday! - Dex +3 Con+1 Gah! She's getting closer! I need to put one foot in front of the other! I've gotta find a job, Three times a week, I will submit an application! Until I get a job or the Challenge is over... or I get turned to stone first! - Wis +3
  23. Complete all obstacles in the Warrior Dash Saturday June 14th Valerius has finally leveled up enough to stop being an ordinary citizen on the Planet Earth and become a LVL 0 Hero and rebel. His first quest is to complete the Warrior Dash and all of its obstacles. This is only his first step in becoming the hero of destiny. I. Changing your training habits 1. Run on your off days from lifting (Tues. Thurs. Sat.) 2. Drink no Soda 3. Drink 8+ glasses of water daily. II. Increase your Stamina 1. Each Day you run, run a little further with better time. 2. Alternate distance running with HIIT on training days . 3. Practice basic Parkour methods III. Supersize your training. 1. We’re getting close now. It is time to ramp up your training doing long distance running as well as obstacles. Every quarter mile stop and do 10 burpees, 10 push-ups, and as many pull ups as you can manage (if possible). 2. Run at least 5k a day. (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) IV. Side Quest 1. Open and deposit at least 400 dollars into a Savings account V. Motivation 1. I want to be the Superhero My sons see me as. I want to show my boys that no matter what life throws at you, you can accomplish it with hard work and dedication. I want to teach them That it might not happen overnight, it might not happen in a day, a week, a month, or even a year, but if you stick to it you can change your stars. **Edit 04/14/14** Hey all I've added a battle log so if you want to point fingers and help hold me accountable you can do so here: http://rebellion.nerdfitness.com/index.php?/topic/47168-the-training-log-of-valerius/
  24. Hello Nerds My name is Tom I'm 22 and I'm going to do the Nerd Fitness 6 week challenge! I've recently started my journey to to the light side and I am already seeing positive results. I'm eating better and managed to quit smoking,which is the best decision I ever made . Taking part in the 6 week challenge is going to give me an incentive to work harder towards the physical level I want to be in. Main Quest Lose 8 kg (17 lbs) Goals Complete app workout 3 times a week. (it is similar to the "Beginners Body Weight" work out, but will make it easer for me to record using a phone app) Vegetables in every meal (excluding breakfast) 30 minutes of walking on each week day (Unfortunately I'm unemployed at the moment, so this will be good to get me out of the house everyday, even if it is only 30 minutes) Side Quest set aside £10 a week and put it towards a new pair of running shoes at the end of the 6 weeks. I look forward to starting this challenge with you guys and wish you all the best of luck with you own quests!
  25. So I tried to join the last six week challenge without realizing how it all works, and started during the last ten days of the challenge, oops! This time is for real. so yippee! I have had a really rough few weeks. My Great Grandmother passed away last week and I have been extremely depressed and anxious about everything. Schoolwork is really piling up from all the time I have missed and I have no clue when I will get it all done, plus I work a ton in the next few weeks which doesn't help me time-wise. I tend to eat a lot when I get stressed or emotional, so I am having an extremely difficult time getting back on track. Your advice or personal success stories would really help me out! I really want to use this opportunity to become a better me and learn to be strong in times of crisis, and I will take all the help I can get. I just copied and pasted this from my last sad attempt, but more information can be found on my About Me page as well as other posts I've made. I will probably edit this slightly in the next few days since I'm having to much trouble getting back on track, but I'll see how my first few official days go. Main Quest: Feel fit, pretty, and confident in my own skin. Sub-Goals: 1. Eat 85% paleo (exceptions: 1. yogurt, 2. occasional cheat meals if necessary - no more than twice a week 3. brown rice and quinoa, at least until I can cut them out without my diet collapsing) 2. Research and find new recipes, articles, exercises, etc. each day to help me on my quest 3. Work out every day that I don’t have work (3-4 days a week) Life Quest Pass my two hardest classes with an awesome grade Fitness Side Quest: (Yes it's my first time, but I'm doing one anyway!) PR in each of my track events this season (PR = Personal Record) Motivation: I am tired of feeling lazy and fat and have been ready for a change for months. It’s time to reinvent myself for the sake of my future. I want to enjoy my youth and start following healthy habits that will last a lifetime!
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