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  1. So... after lurking, debating, procrastinating, second-guessing, giving up, starting over, etc for over a year, I finally joined the Academy. To support my success there, I also decided I needed to actually *DO* this challenge group. I've had lots of factors stacked against me that lead to lots of regression, and things are slowly turning around. I'm ready to start taking my baby steps back toward health, and I need the accountability of posting to get there. Somehow, writing makes it real!! A bit about Tamarisk: I am a wife, mom, and special ed teacher who works also as a part time food spec
  2. Zaelir was born at the end of the War of Souls in the tiny town of Solace. As dragons had burned down most of the town by the time she arrived, her parents were in empty company, but they stayed to provide shelter to travelers and soldiers alike. It is said that the remaining Heroes of the Lance gathered in Solace one last time before their deaths, but Zaelir remembers none of it. Stories are all she's ever known. The only battles she has ever fought are against the dust and ash of the old inn, though many nights she snuck out after her chores to climb through the great Vallenwood trees and pr
  3. Wow, I just found this site today and already love it! So my overarching goal is to lose 15 - 20 pounds and to get lean by increasing my muscle mass. What I have working in my favor is that I have done it before and I know I can do it again, even with age working against me! About 15 years ago I went from 267 lbs to 172. It took a long time, but was worth it. I have slid back a bit, I am at about 195 now. My plan is to do what I did last time, eat decent food and get active. I love activities, in the winter I officiate ice hockey and in the summer I play Ultimate Frisbee as my main activ
  4. Hi everyone, this is my first post in the NF forums, nice to meet you all! I'm a bit late but here goes my challenge for this month. MAIN QUEST: Lose weight is #1 priority for now, eventually I would also like to build and maintain muscle. Generally I just want to be more badass. SMART QUESTS: 3x beginner bodyweight workouts each week, including add ons (bicep curls, shoulder press and tricep extensions). Zumba/snowboarding/pole whatever does not count as a workout, those are just for fun (but should be done every weekend still).Track all food on MyFitnessPal.Try deadlifting at least once this
  5. I think I'm going about his backward. I'm introducing myself AFTER having laid out my challenge... or MAYBE you're just reading this out of order. At any rate, my name is Brad (username chord509). I am: husband of 17 yearsfather of 2 teenage boys41 years old6'0", ~250lbs (17.8571429kg, 17.8571429st)training mentor for a large computer manufacturerMy fitness journey has been a series of mis-starts. I lost some weight on Atkins and Weight Watchers in the past, but it's hard to keep a fat man down! Growing up, I was the skinny runt of the class. No matter how hard I trained for sports, I nev
  6. Start up complete. Well, hello everyone! My name is Amanda. (Some of you might know me as Ms. Booty) Glad to finally be making my first challenge here on Nerd Fitness after lurking for a few months. I'm still a bit new to the point system and stuff, but luckily I have a veteran from NF to help me out with that. So, here goes nothing! Main Goals Weight: 160ish -- Now, I'm not really sure on this one. I want to be thick and have muscle, but I don't want to be a skinny-mini. I was told that should be a good point to aim for. Be able to do push ups and pull ups with no problem -- This is
  7. Introduction: I surprised myself by getting fat when I moved halfway across the country to a state where I didn't know anyone. It snuck up on me. I had an active childhood and adulthood (competitive equestrian because I could avoid other people doing it as my sport) before moving, and suddenly I was somewhere new and didn't want to get off my couch. My clothes just kept stretching with the weight gain and I went from 5'11" and 166# of muscle to 258# of fat. I've been chipping away at getting healthy over the past year, and I'm ready to step it up with some advanced quests so I can hit my ulti
  8. Aurora's Storm Quest - Main Quest To feel fit, full of energy and strong. More specifically, I want to be able to walk for long periods without pain and to be able to lift myself off the floor without something to lean on. I would like to enjoy running around with my daughter without being embarrassed. From an image point of view I want to be able to fit into clothes that I like and feel happy enough about my arms to have my tattoos out!! I am happy that my previous 2 challenges have helped me develop new habits in terms of eating and working out and so I am only going to quest new items in
  9. Background: I'm 29, 6', 170, live outside of Boston. In the last year I've gotten married, changed jobs, and bought a house, and I have lost track of any level of fitness that I had - we had been exercising and getting in shape prior to the wedding, but 2 weeks in Hawaii took care of that right quick. It's been a long year, and with all the shifting around [and the many thousands of dollars we promptly had to sink into a house that sure seemed move-in ready before we bought it] fitness never seemed like that much of a priority... until now. My wife and I have decided that next October, over
  10. Hi everyone, I've been really inspired by this website and I'm starting my first quest, albeit a few days late! Main Quest: In six weeks I want to be a happier, stronger, fitter amnesiac! Quest 1: Complete Bodyweight Workout Level 2 workouts on alternate days A - 21 workouts completed B - 18-20 workouts completed C - <18 workouts completed Quest 2: Complete a 7 mile run A - Complete a 7 mile run B - Complete a 6 mile run C - Complete a 5 mile run Quest 3: Lose weight to weigh 74kg A - 74 kg B - 74.1-76kg C - 76.1kg + Life Quest: Submit a paper for publication and submit two a
  11. For my first challenge, my main quest is to drop my weight to 100 kg, or 220 pounds. Currently I'm bobbing around between 225 and 230. Goals: 20 minutes of aerobics every day. To keep things interesting, I'm going to try different types of workouts; instead of jumping on a recumbent bike day after day I'll go to the pool and do laps, or maybe investigate the roller rink a few blocks away.Start to clean up my eating, especially my lunch box. Only one of my daily snacks can be a sweet; the other has to be lean protein, fruit or vegetables. In general I need to be eating more veggies and le
  12. When most people picture nerds they picture someone like me. Short, chubby, with asthma, a math major, playes the xylophone.... I have it all. I have had a lot of trouble with being fit because of lots of physical short comings. I don't mean that I am drastically over weight, I have a lot of phsycial inabilities. I have dislocated both my knees, my right elbow, both my shoulders, and I have asthma which is heat and physical activity induced. I have curbed my weight to some degree by eating pretty well. Althought I only found out reacently that I'm lactose intollerant... which works well with y
  13. Good evening. Things are not going as planned. I'm stuck in my studies (which I should better change to applied procrastination), and I'm stuck in my fitness. That is: If I compare my pull-ups and dips self to last year, I must admit I did not progress. At least it did not get worse... Background: 34years, 190 cm, approx. 105-110kg. Having served 12 years in the military, I now study architecture in a rather nice town, while my wife lives 580km away in a not quite so nice town - which complicates things a little bit, to say the least. So most of the weekends are usually spent travelling. I
  14. "In The End, It's Not the Years in Your Life That Counts, Its The Life In Your Years" THE STORY SO FAR Hi I'm Daniel, 26 years old and Sales & Marketing Coordinator. I live in the heart of beautiful England and this is my first ever challenge on Nerd Fitness. Currently I would rate myself as an Orc Warrior, not quite as big as ogre but with a big rugby players frame that unfortunately has gone soft and fatty over a few stressful years and no longer playing rugby or exercising 14 hours a week. My ultimate aim is to become An Uruk Hai Samurai. To me an Uruk Hai has the same frame as an
  15. Introduction After a long time sedentary and inactive I one day woke up overweight and unfit, 125kg heavy at 1.85cm. IT WAS TIME FOR A CHANGE! All this steps look pin pointed and straight, but they weren't, it took time and tinkering. Start: July, 2010 First step: Diet One thing was clear from the start, my diet was horrible, soda, packaged food and so on. My SO at the time wasn't of much help since she had no problem with weight and couldn't be bothered cooking, so that task went to me. I ditched the soda, started to learn cooking and burning a lot of food in the process. Result: d
  16. Greetings, fellow rebels! This will be my first challenge. Although I only have two and half weeks towards the end of the challenge, I'm *going to complete this*! ******************** 1st CHALLENGE Main Quest: To teach my body that it needs exercise! Motivation: I'm not in very bad shape after giving birth and 1.5 years of nursing my first baby, but I feel that I can do better. I have always wanted to get a better shape (losing those love handles, firmer thigh etc) but haven't got motivated enough to start. I hope joining this challenge will be my first step towards it Sub Quests: a.
  17. This week has made me very glad that I commited to leveling up when I did. Had I not signed on then, I would have probably said "Screw it, I'll worry about this later." My goals for achieving my main quest have been: Drink at least 32 oz water a day, replace grains with at least 3 veggies/fruits a day, and go to the gym at least 4 days a week. I did go to the gym that Sunday and Monday, with the intent of returning on Wednesday and Friday. By Wednesday I was having such abdominal pain that I decided to wait. It was the same the next day, so my parents finally convinced me to see my doctor
  18. 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
  19. INTRO Hello everyone! First challenge time. I'm pretty excited for this - it's about time I start taking an active part in my health. 3 years ago, I would have considered myself a solid assassin. I taught and practiced parkour regularly, and was in fairly good shape. College, 3 years of cigarettes, and a programmer's lifestyle later, not so much the case anymore. I've kicked the cigarettes, so now it's time to get back on track with my physicality too. MOTIVATION I have two primary motivation points. First - I really enjoy my old bodyweight strength training routine. It worked well for me.
  20. My main goal: lose 10lbs by the end of the 6 week challenge (which also happens to fall on a big birthday) so I can feel awesome.My quests: 13,000 steps per day minimum (using a fitbit to track)beginner body weight workout 3 times a weekone fun but heavy workout a week (preferably something with my friends or family) like a long walk, bike ride, hike etc.My life quest: Have one adventure a week: go somewhere I haven't gone, do something I haven't done. have fun!Motivation: I want to feel and look healthy - whatever that means for my body is cool with me. I am trying to let go of how I "go
  21. Hello there. I'm wazukamama and I am tackling my first challenge. I'm a mom to a 5 and 2 year old, so if I am not at work on the computer, I spend the rest of my day keeping them in line. I'm active, but just not active enough. I joined the rebellion because I want to get back in my pre-children shape and then some. Improve my strength and agility so I will have a more fluid motion. Starting stats: Weight 142 lbs (height 5'2) Pants size 8/10 Quest: Drop some of the jiggle to get back in my clothes sized 4 - 6 Quest One: Exercise at least 20 minutes solid 6 days a week. I will hav
  22. Hi, I’m Davi, a 22 years old architecture student, laboratory assistant I once was a warrior, not the greatest of all, but in path. I studied at morning and took the free time to practice as much as i could. I used to train 6 hours per day at this time. Respected by my comrades, feared by others in tournaments in my city, that i let my pride grow up like a beast, then i fell. Adulthood came to the door three years ago when joined college, military service, full time job and teaching martial arts for a kids class and i could no longer maintain the pace of training. Skipping classes, insomnia
  23. It was the dawn of the Third Age of Fitness, two years after the back injury. The Achgiguwen Project was a dream given form. Its goal: to create a healthy lifestyle where I can truly enjoy the remaining years of my life by being active, free to engage the fun parts of life at home and homes away from home. It’s a calling, to be active, more fit, more restful, a better father, husband, and friend. I went from 255 to 320 during the back injury years. It’s not going to be easy but it’s my last best hope for health. This is the story of Achgiguwen, the lively one. The year is 2014. T
  24. Hi Guys, starting late but better late than never right? I was doing the last challenge but I became pregnant and then miscarried. I've been hating my body ever since. I was so angry with it! I'm trying to move beyond anger and feel in love with my body again. Not because of how it looks but because of how I feel. SO to do this I'm going to do a 30 day yoga challenge. I'm going to walk the dog 3 times a week (my dog is nearly as lazy as I am ha ha) and I am going to eat more 5 serves of veg, 2 serves of fruit everyday and have 3 sugar free days a week. This is doable. Even if I'm studying.
  25. This will be my first quest and I guess it will be a three week challenge rather than a six week challenge. My quest is to get fit generally - that is become stronger, become more flexible, improve my stamina and lose some weight. So goals: 1. Get at least 6 hours sleep a night (I know it's supposed to be 8 but I need to work up to that). 2. Complete at least one circuit of the Beginner Body Weight Workout on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 3. Avoid pop (soda) for the entire challenge. Becka :-)
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