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  1. Introduction: Hi, I’m Britt and this is my first challenge. I decided back in May that it was time to really get dedicated about losing weight and getting healthy, and spent the summer in a place where it was easy to start new routines (a Biological field station), and worked on eating better and hiking a lot, and have gone from a high water mark of 242 to 212. I joined the Rebellion and the Academy two weeks ago, because I felt like I was healthy enough to up my exercise game, and to try to stay focused now that I’m back in my usual, much more potentially sedentary, routine. Main Quest: Break 200 pounds by Thanksgiving. The day before Thanksgiving I will turn 32 years old. I’d like to start the new birth year at a weight I haven’t seen since high school! Quest 1: Prepare 18 of 21 meals each week. I already do breakfast and dinner every day. The stumbling block is forgetting to bring lunch from home, so I eat junky take-out. Measurement: A = 108/126 meals; B = 96/126 meals; C = 84/126 meals Quest 2: Drink no soda (regular or diet, or as I call them, leaded or unleaded). I never drink regular soda, but I can put away Diet Mt. Dew like it’s my job. Time to cut the cord. I will swap out tea (keeping the caffeine fix for now). Measurement: A = 0 ounces soda; B = 120 ounces soda; C = 240 ounces soda Quest 3: Go to the gym three times per week. Measurement: A = 18 trips; B = 15 trips; C = 12 trips Life Quest: I have a terrible time keeping dishes clean. I cook healthy but dish-intensive things, pile them up in the sink, and wait for some nebulous "later" to clean them. And then it's a barrier to continued healthy cooking because I can't find a clean pan! To help Quest 1 become a thing, my goal is to end the day with all dishes clean at least five nights of every week. Measurement: A = 12 or fewer nights with rollover dishes; B = 18 or fewer nights; C = 24 or fewer nights I'm not totally sure I follow the points breakdown for the RLRP aspect, so I took off rewards I had listed. When I get to the three week mark and get those sweet, sweet points, then I'll post a reward breakdown.
  2. Osla

    Osla starts fresh

    I'm not entirely new to the challenge realm, but I feel like I need a completely fresh start. I'm a 36 year old hair dresser living in Virginia. I'm married with two pretty cool daughters and I'm less than a year away from finishing my degree in elementary education. I've let being uncomfortable with my weight take over my life for a while now. I intend to break the cycle. Main Quest: Land in healthy weight parameters (for my height the range is 113-140) Quest 1: 10,000 steps per day tracked using my fitbit charge. (I've gone thru a lot of trackers and struggle with consistency as far as wearing them and utilizing them) Quest 2: Drink 64 ounces of water each day (track using myfitpal) Quest 3: Eat breakfast every morning. (I gave a bad habit of skipping breakfast and I know this leads to overeating throughout the day.) Side quest: Put 1/3 of each weeks tips into savings account.
  3. Greetings fellow rebels: I need to break the passive cycle I've lived in for some time now; probably a few years if I think about it honestly. Leaving a job I loved in a collapsing industry, and bouncing around in what feel like less-than, placeholder positions since then has allowed me to drift into a comfortably uncomfortable rut. My main goal in terms of getting this process started is (the currently amorphously defined) gaining strength, with the hope that other goals will see progress as a result of the six weeks of concentrated focus. I imagine/hope this will be refined as I work through the process. I have always been a lanky guy, and it's difficult to put on weight, so I'm not going to think about that or work on it for the time being. My initial goals are small, as I have a tendency to 1) bite off more than I can chew and 2) make perfect the enemy of good. I don't necessarily give up easily, but I also won't generally take action without thinking I have the "perfect" plan. These seem small enough to me to get the ball rolling. Goal 1: Go to the gym twice a week. I've had a globo gym membership since the end of last year. I think I've been five times. Eventually I want to start the Stronglifts regimen, but I'm not comfortable enough in the gym yet. The purpose of this goal is to help me familiarize myself with the various parts of the gym, including learning the layout/etiquette of the free weights section. It doesn't matter to me particularly what I do while there for this first challenge. Rowing machine, treadmill, yoga class, whatever. I just want to get into the gym enough that it becomes normal to be there. I'll probably make trips at different times of the day to see if I can find less crowded periods. Goal 2: Sleep in silence. For as long as I can remember I've used music or talk radio to fall asleep. Lately (past several months) for whatever reason it's become a nuisance at times. While it might still help me fall asleep it also wakes me up at times, and sometimes distracts and keeps me up longer than I want. Goal 3: Find a staple meal. I stopped eating animals and animal products almost four years ago for a few reasons. While I'm a pretty good cook, my meal planning and kitchen time is sporadic. I want to find a dish that's easy to prepare year round without much prep time. I'm thinking something beans/greens/grain that allows for substitutions depending on what's seasonal and fresh. Cooking for one can be a hassle so the easier this is to prepare and store on the shelf the better. Life Quest: Process and cataog photo archive. I have a huge backlog of photos that need to be processed and archived according to my current workflow. This is something I've worked on in fits and starts over a couple of years. It needs to be done so I can move forward in business and stop adding to the burden with every new image. My plan is to devote three full work days per week until this is finished. I think that's it for now. Your questions and suggestions are most welcome, and in the spirit of getting underway I'll sign off until next time.
  4. Hi! First of all, thanks for checking out my thread! I'm 100% new to all of this, so I really hope I'm doing it right! A little about myself - I am 24, a mom of 2 (6 year old and 6 month old!), a wife of an amazing husband, and a full time office-job-glued-to-my-desk worker haha . All-in-all I have about 60lbs to lose (about 25lbs is baby weight, the rest I had prior), but for me it's not the scale that I'm worried about. I want to look and feel amazing. Right now, it's the opposite! I'm addicted to sugar (no joke) and I'm tired of being a slave to food. If I can break my sugar addiction I believe I'll have no issue eating healthy and losing this weight! I would love some tips/pointers from those who have been there are broken the addiction! I really hope to complete this challenge and feel motivated to reach my goals! Speaking of, here they are: 1) Main Quest (Long-Term Goals): To lose weight, lose fat, and gain some awesome muscle. One day I want to be able to lift major weight like Staci! 2) Smart Quests (Short-Term Goals): 1) Exercise at least 4 days a week! 2) Give up chocolate/sweets (my kryptonite!) for at least 2 weeks of the 6 week challenge! 3) Eat completely healthy (breakfast, snacks, lunch & dinner) at least 3 days a week! 3) Life Quest: To do something nice for someone else at least once a week! 4) Motivation: My family! I want to be a good example for my children, and I want to look amazing for my husband and be happy with myself!
  5. Hey, I'm Peggy, or NerdyPudding, or GeekyPudding or NerdyNurse... whatever you want to call me! I've been (happily) overweight all my life, but something happened in my recent past to remind me that what with my family's history of health and the fact that I am about to embark in one of the most unhealthy professions ever (nursing, ironically) I am at a pretty high risk of getting very ill, and I decided to (happily) lose weight. I've lost weight before but major life changes often derail me, and what this year's advent of plantar fasciitis adding to the burden, I've reaaaally become puddinglike: soft, jiggly and not able to move anywhere in a hurry. So. What are my goals to combat this puddingness? Long-term: lose 30kg (about 65lb) by next Easter My 6 week challenge goals are: -Lose 4kg (9lb) -Switch to at least 50% paleo (what can I say, I like oatmeal, lentils and peanut butter!) -Exercise 3 times a week for 30mins All of these goals come with an "at least" tag, I'm hoping from prior experience that I'll do even better! My Side Quests are: -Get a driver's licence -Get into this whole blogging/vlogging thing I have a whole lot more goals (I'm really goal-oriented), but lately I've been getting really overwhelmed with stuff and it has become super easy to just lie in bed and not do anything. I'm hoping that with a shorter list I can achieve more! So yay, go me!! As in, actually go. Like... for a walk or something.
  6. Introduction: My name is Sandra. This is my first challenge, and I think I need it. A couple years ago I embarked on a weight loss journey and lost 70 lbs. It felt good, but over the last several months its been creeping back on as I've become sedentary again and forgot about tracking my food etc. I'm also sleeping like crap. Not only that, but as I've become more sedentary all the old aches and pains are back, and worse than ever. I've been telling myself all summer I need to 'get more active', but apart from a few brief spurts here and there, I've mostly been sitting/lying around telling myself I hurt too much to move. I need the focus of a challenge, and other people to help me stay on track. My goals are fairly modest, but I'm going from zero again. Once I've mastered this hill I can look to climbing a mountain again. Main Quest: Move regularly again and use exercise and movement to regain stamina, endurance, flexibility, and reduce stress and joint pain. Hopefully that will also lead to some weight loss so I can fit into my clothes again and not look like a stuffed sausage. Weight lost matters less than how I feel - less pain, less stiffness, less exhaustion. Will be creating a 'pain/stiffness/exhaustion' scale from 1 (=none) to 10 (=most), with a goal to go from about an 8 (now) to a 2. Quest 1: Get Good Rest Getting enough sleep is crucial to feeling rested the next day, and also helps avoid overeating (using food to replace energy that wasn't gained through rest). a. Go to bed during work nights between 10 and 11 pm (goal to fall asleep by 11 pm). This will ideally mean 7 hours of sleep a night. If insomnia hits, I will NOT turn on the computer or play on my phone, but read quietly in a dim room until sleepy again. b. Make the bed every morning so that it is welcoming and ready for sleep at night. This includes clearing off bags, clothes, books, etc. Quest 2: Move it, Move it Avoiding stiffness and joint pain requires movement. I know this works for me, because it has worked in the past. Ideally this movement is low impact and regular, and includes a variety of movement so I don't get bored. a. Five times a week, go for at least a ten minute walk. If this becomes routine after a couple of weeks, add a day, and/or increase the minimum walk to fifteen minutes. If its cold or rainy or miserably hot, walk in the back halls (at work), or go to the mall. b. Work out for 20 minutes three times a week. One yoga or pilates, one cardio, and one strength, to work on flexibility, stamina, and muscle strength. I have dumbbells and a resistance band and a yoga mat and various exercise DVDs and youtube videos saved - its time to use them again. Quest 3: Track that Food Eating mindlessly is my biggest enemy. I like healthy foods and eat them regularly; but I also get sucked into eating far too many snacks and sweets, and all without thinking about it. My best success in avoiding this, while still getting to enjoy treats, was to track my food intake. Hauling extra weight on my joints is not good. Being mindful is good. a. At least five times a week, track all food eaten that day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks). No matter what it is, no matter how much, and no matter when. Tracking food helps minimize mindless snacking and leads to better awareness of portion sizes. b. No snacks from the vending machine at work. If I feel like snacking at work, go for a walk in the back halls instead. Any other snacks get tracked (see point a.) Quest 4: Prep for the new Cats Now that Icarus is gone, its time to get the apartment ready for new arrivals. In the next few weeks of the challenge I will go through all the cat stuff, purge what is old and broken. Carriers, cat beds, etc. will be cleaned and aired out. The floors will be cleaned thoroughly, and as much of the old cat hair will be removed from all furniture and other surfaces. Make sure the apartment is clean and welcoming to new cats. Reward: new cats! Very tangible, and very wanted. The golden goose at the top of the beanstalk. I *will* need help - buddies - to keep me on track. Without someone to be accountable too, its all too easy to fall into the procrastination trap of 'I'll start tomorrow', or 'It can wait'. Anyone who wants to be my buddy, let me know! And I will be your buddy too.
  7. I've been reading here on and off for years, and I'm finally ready to take the challenge. I'm starting slow and steady, as I have form for beginning things and dropping out quickly. Main quest To take steps towards improving my health and fitness. Goals - take a 10 minute walk every day, rain or shine. - ditch the sandwiches and crisps for lunch, make salad or soup instead - do 5 wall push ups every day, aiming for excellent technique. A bit about me. I'm 42, mum to 3 youngish children. Unfit, overweight, with a strong tendency to emotional eating/overeating. The word 'diet' and anything diety really is counterproductive for me. I've even found MFP makes me feel like diving into a bar of chocolate. I will be offline in deepest darkest Wales for a couple of days early on in the quest, but will report back when I'm in wifi range again!
  8. Heyo! I am Ana and this is my first ever NF challenge so please be kind :3 I am 20 years old, I live in Australia and am currently very overweight. I joined up to get some information on being healthy and some weight loss inspiration and help but instead I have found a community of people, who want similar things and who will help me along the way for which I am very grateful. Main Quest: fit into a (Australian) size 12 Quest 1: exercise at lease 5 times a week, whether it be Pilates or a walk or whatever. Quest 2: only drink 1 energy drink a week. Quest 3: Drink at least 2 litres of water a day. My motivation is that I detest the way I look, I hate being fat and feeling uncomfortable in everything that I wear.
  9. Hey all! I'm a whovian, potterhead, Star Wars fan, lover of books, music, mom of 2 little girls and wife to an amazing and equally nerdy husband! I was recently introduced to NF by my awesome hubby and think that it was be an amazing tool for our health and general well being! A little back story: I'm 27 (in December) 5'6 and weigh 270. About 20 pounds of that is left over baby weight, but I've always been overweight and hated it. But until recently I have never hated it enough to do anything about it. So that's a good first foot forward for me. My biggest problem is I have awful sugar cravings. I get to thinking about sweets and obsess over it and drive myself crazy until I get it. Otherwise, I eat Pretty healthy and don't drink but the occasional soda. Main Quest: Lose 110 lbs Quest 1: walk for AT LEAST 10 minutes, every day. Quest 2: Eat no sweets for the next six weeks. I WILL break this bad habit. Quest 3: Exercise (other than walk) 3 times a week for at least 20 minutes. Life Quest: Spend at least 30 minutes a day away from phones, TV, tablets, etc. doing activities with the girls. We are all too involved with technology and it's a habit to be broken. Motivation: I want to feel happy in my own skin. I want to look better for myself and for my hubby. I want to set good examples for my children and keep them out of the ugly rut that has been until this point. And I want to be able to cosplay as Harley Quinn without looking horrible at it
  10. Coming out of a haze, an unsightly woman appears. She is barefooted, clothed in ill-fitting garments and smell faintly of wine and tobacco. Her skin is greying, her hair is lank and she has the bulbous, bloated appearance of someone who has lived a life of poor-mans decadence. "Where... where am I? Who am I?' She is weak, she is disoriented and starving, she feels that she has been here for at least a day. She looks around and sees that she is in some kind of store. There is a door to her left, but it is blocked by debris, there is a dark tunnel to her right. Assessing her surroundings, she sees a bottle store, the tobacco counter and the fresh produce section. At her current strength, it will take a long time to clear the debris. She is not sure how long the service tunnel is, and whether or not she can reach the end before losing consciousness. She decides to see if there are any other people in the store and to recuperate and build strength. She can not hear a recovery effort - something must be happening in the world out there. She is safe and well stocked here . When she feels better prepared she will decide if shifting the debris or trekking through the service tunnel is the most productive route. Main Quest: to be fit enough to leave the store To be <95kg Smart Quests: Commitment to physical betterment: I am in really bad shape. I need to flex my muscles, build strength and work on my endurance. I need to become devoted to a physical condition. I don't know what I will have to face out there. Go to the gym every day - even if I only stretch. Passing grade: 90% Rehydration: I am very dehydrated. I need to re-hydrate myself and allow my body to heal. Drink at least 2.4L of water, or plain herbal tea per day. Passing grade: 85% To learn to feed myself based on the available supplies: Based on my body, I'll assume I've lived a diet of low-nutrition, high-calorie, processed food. I will need to make do with what is available - good thing I am trapped in the "fresh food" section rather than the candy aisle! I will have to set up a list of supplies tomorrow to see what I am facing. Prepare my own food from a list of approved food - no "on the go" food. Passing grade: 85% Life Quest: Acquire transportation: I am currently un-shoed. That should be recitfied. Buy a car. Motivation: I feel unprepared for the outside world, I don't know what is happening, or how the other people - whether they are enemies or survivors - are going, but I need to be prepared to meet them. I feel embarrassed being out in public with my friends. They are generally healthier than me, and I am unhappy comparing myself and coming so short. I give myself 45 days
  11. Hratheceane here, prepared to be Challenged. My daily diary is where I do my record keeping, but here I'll update it weekly. My goals are diet-focused, because my diet has been my weak point, even when I was "on a diet." MAIN QUEST Hratheceane aims to reach her full potential by losing twenty pounds of fat. By her estimations, she wishes to be be near 145 pounds. She wants to reach this goal by her 210th birthday in early December. She intends to stay as Paleo as possible and she'll use a simple notebook she carries with her to track sugar and carbs. I will be adding strength training and bodyweight exercises. I'm pretty terrible at the gym, so hopefully this helps me actually get stronger. GOALS Drink Three 27 oz Water Bottles a DayA: Drink Three Bottles Every Day B: Drink Three Bottles Every Day but One C: Drink Three Bottles Three Days in a Week D: Drink Three Bottles Two Days in a Week F: Don't Drink Three Bottles Any Day Keep Added Sugar Below 24 Grams a DayA: Below 24g Every Day B: Below 24g Every Day but One C: Below 24g Three Days in a Week D: Below 24g Two Days in a Week F: Above 24g Every Day or above 50g Any Day Keep Carbohydrates Below 100 Grams a DayA: Below 100g Every Day B: Below 100g Every Day but One C: Below 100g Three Days in a Week D: Below 100g Two Days in a Week F: Above 100g Every Day or above 200g Any Day Though I'm not a fan of counting of any sort, I imagine it won't be too difficult to track added sugar, at least. There won't be much to track. I'm doing Paleo, too, so I'll try to use sites online that will help me track how many carbs are in the non-grain-based foods I'll be eating. I can manage that for six weeks, I tracked like crazy for six months before! LIFE CHALLENGE Don't use the scale for the duration of the challenge. Measurements are only allowed at the half-way point. This is in order to break myself of the bad habit of weighing daily I am motivated to become the person that I've always seen hiding underneath it all. I want to be an example for my friends and family who are struggling with health issues thanks to misinformation and the American diet. And, finally, I want to prove to myself that I can reach my goals if I try hard enough. But, on another note, I really do want to feel comfortable exposing my arms and legs and wearing the clothes that I want to. I want to be able to pass mirrors in stores and not cringe if I'm wearing shorts. I used to wear a hoodie and jeans year round, no matter how hot the weather got. Now, that just won't do. But, also, COSPLAY! My fiancee has been wanting to cosplay with me for years but I never felt comfortable. I've wanted to cosplay Rikku from Final Fantasy X, Sailor Uranus, Shizuma from Strawberry Panic, and maybe someone as difficult as Bayonetta. It's just lots of exposed legs...I'll do it.
  12. Izzy E. Lewis, a twenty-one year old transgender woman trying to make it in patriarchal conservative capitalist society responsible for the death of hundreds of minorities each year, embarks on a life-changing quest not only for herself, but for her country. Though a seemingly reclusive nerd with very poor social skills and immobilizing anxiety, Izzy is a passionate seeker of justice and social/economical equality for all. Afraid to hurt the ones she loves, Izzy disposes of her alter-ego in times of crisis to become the fiery kick a** heroine known as Bedhead Queen, a wise and nimble assassin of the patriarchy! That is, she would be if she weren't, in fact, a reclusive nerd with very poor social skills and immobilizing anxiety, but that all changes today! Yes, not all heroes are born. Some must face overwhelming odds and adversities to be the heroes we see in comic book pages. But you see, by simply having the determination and courage to face those odds they are already heroes; just waiting to fit into their skin-tight costumes. Join our hero as she takes on outrageous and deadly obstacles like... DRINKING WATER, and... WALKING, and... BODYWEIGHT TRAINING? Hm, oh'well. Watch as she teams up with her amazing team of crime fighters such as... FRIENDS, and... FAMILY MEMBERS, and... FELLOW ONLINE NERDS?? Okay, is this for real? It is? Man, superheroes have gone downhill since I was a kid. Achem, anyway! Izzy, the overweight night owl whose favorite things are chinese food and the word "yas," begins her metamorphosis today, and for the next six weeks will be addressing and tackling a variety of objectives all contributing to her one true goal: Becoming a heroine deserving of the name Bedhead Queen! - Main Quest To determine the "Heroic Qualifications" of Bedhead Queen, we must first analyze Izzy's current physical condition & statistics. Age: 21 (22 August 30th)Height: 5'11'' (71in or 180.34cm) Weight: 300lbs (136.078kg)Sex: Genetic MaleGender: FemaleLevel: 0Stats: STR - 0 / DEX - 0 / STA - 0 / CON - 0 / WIS - 0 / CHA - 0 To fully become Bedhead Queen, Izzy has created the "lifetime goal" of losing over 100lbs, gaining mental stability, progressing in her transitioning, and enlisting in the military in the next year. In "Bedhead Queen" issue No.1 prepare to be immersed in the first six weeks of Izzy's Hero Training where she will attempt to make and accomplish three SMART goals, and defeat foes that will bring her one step closer to becoming one of the greatest superheroes of this generation. Brace yourselves, for over the next six weeks you'll get to experience our hero facing these three perils: Face off against hordes of the Undead! - GOAL 1: Walk 40 minutes 4 times a week.​Utilizing the free iOS/android app "Zombies, Run" Izzy will immerse herself in a parallel universe where humankind is facing extinction at the hands of the walking dead. Only she, with the help of the inhabitants of Abel Township, can save this zombie-ridden universe from complete annihilation. WEEK SIX PROGRESSIVE GOAL: Attempt to run at least 20 minutes of each mission. Prevent the water supply from being poisoned! - GOAL 2: Drink 3 cups of water daily.​Izzy's kryptonite, the taste of water, has prevented her from hydrating herself properly for the majority of her life. Her carbonated nemesis "Mr. C" has, for a long time, corrupted her mind and made her addicted to the toxic syrup that is soda. That stops now, as our hero will attempt to grow immunity to her weakness over time, and keeping her body hydrated. WEEK SIX PROGRESSIVE GOAL: Drink at least 4 cups of water daily. ​Protect her identity from suspecting citizens! - GOAL 3: Job hunt every day.​As her friends and neighbors begin noticing Izzy's sudden disappearances, they become suspicious of her activity. To affirm that she isn't doing anything dangerous or crazy, she must integrate with society by assuming the role of an everyday working-class citizen. She has six weeks to find a job before her cover is blown and identity discovered. WEEK SIX PROGRESSIVE GOAL: If employed, introduce self to at least three of your co-workers. Learn more about this world's history & culture! - SIDE QUEST: Read one book a week.​Interested to learn more about the strange world & society she finds herself in, Izzy will research to learn about its lore, culture, and tales. With an abundance of options at her disposal, she will transport her mind into a variety of worlds to enrich herself and gain vast wisdom. WEEK SIX PROGRESSIVE GOAL: Write a short story, poem, or chapter of a novel. Stay tuned for an action-packed first installment of "Bedhead Queen"! Can she do it?
  13. Though I've tried to block it from memory I unfortunately still dimly recall deciding to join a challenge maybe three years ago, and further (regrettably) recall crashing and burning approximately 43 seconds after clicking the "Post New Topic" button. I'm proud to say I respawned several months ago and am down 50 lbs so far! Still, I've yet to really participate in a NF challenge. I'm really excited to jump in and go and hopefully create some new momentum to keep moving forward! (Also, once I reach 44 seconds without crashing and burning, I'm putting a check in the "Win" column.) MAIN QUEST: Weight Loss FITNESS GOALS: - 9 hours of exercise a week (combination of cardio and strength training) - try 3 new good-for-you foods - lose 6 lbs LIFE GOAL: - Do 3 family activities a week that are NOT watching TV together MOTIVATION: To Live Long and Prosper, of course As of today I'm at 263 (started at 312) but will post my starting weight on Monday when the challenge starts, for tracking purposes.
  14. Hello kids and welcome to my ninth challenge! A little about me... I'm 41, live in Nova Scotia (east coast), Canada, unattached,no kids (one cat), have WAY too many books and proud of it. I'm a boiler and refrigeration operator by trade, though my dream is to have a "bricks & mortar" used bookstore. I currently, have a part-time one that I run out of my basement in my spare time and my whole inventory is science fiction & fantasy (my passion). Should be a link to my stores facebook page in my signature. I'm also a Freemason and quite active in my lodge, which has helped offset my normal "hermit" habits and given me a new confidence in myself and abilities. As well I'm an avid "Clash of Clans" & "Rival Kingdoms" player and the Nerd Fitness clans is always looking for new members no matter your level. Main Quest: In August 2013 I weighted 267 lbs and my doctor said I had to shut up about my sore knees or die (great guy, bedside manner of a doorknob). So, I started trying to get healthy and since I'm a type "A" person I use www.loseit.com as my food log and calorie counter. I hit my goal weight of 180 lbs but lost steam/motivation last challenge and am back up to 185 lbs So my main quest is to continue my healthy lifestyle and improve my fitness level and get back down to 180 lbs To do that... Side Quests: 1. Keep my daily food log and weigh-ins with my loseit.com account. 2. Do at least 3 Cardio workouts a week (min 20 minutes), even if its just walking around my sub-division or playing on recumbent bike. 3. Do the following Body Weight exercises during the week. 80 Push-ups 100 Squats 100 Leg Lunges (combined total of both legs) 150 Dumbbell Rows (combined total of both arms with new 25 lb weight) 5 Planks (as long as I can hold it, usually 30 - 40 seconds) 150 Jumping Jacks 80 Bicep Curls (combined total of both arms with new 25 lb weight) 40 Triceps drips Life Quest: Life Quest: My MAJOR life quest is to finish my basement and turn it into rec room/bookstore, though I'm going to add some minor life quests for this challenge since I've got a lot going on this summer and I'm working 5 days a week until September and can't do "home projects" at work during summer hours. mini life quest #1 Spend 1 hour a week working on Family History (Genealogy). This is a passion of mine, but always seems to get pushed back until I have more "free time". mini life quest #2 Spend 1 hour a week doing bookstore jobs. This could be updating ads, sorting books, doing quotes etc... mini life quest #3 Spend 1 hour a week doing Lodge projects. This could be memory work, sorting refundables for our "Bottles for Bursaries" program, draft a promotional booklet, help get ready for the summers parades etc... mini life quest #4 Spend 1 hour a week writing. This could be drafting a new story, sorting the 8 million post-it note ideas I have, "fixing" a current story so I can submit it etc... To help keep me sane (ish), I also like to write. So I will be continuing the adventure of petefeet as he explores the world around him. I try and take parts from my real life and weave them into a story. So far.... (Check 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th , 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Adventure's for written story) Petefeet is a halfling who was kidnapped by raider's as a small child and taken to a large human city and sold as a slave to the people running the cities gladiator arena. For much of his young life he was used as a servant, used to fetch and carry for the Masters and the gladiators. After many years of this, petefeet starts to realize that he wants more out of life and starts to secretly steal better food meant for the Master's and starts trying to copy the exercises done by the gladiators. Just when the Master's start to realize that something is changing with their normally meek and cowardly Halfling slave, an outside (Maybe the "Lady in Flames"?) force intervenes. How and when it happens is still a blur to petefeet, but one day he finds himself waking up in the middle of a crater out in the middle of the wilderness wearing nothing but his slave robes, which are now tattered and singed. Found by a young human girl named Jan and her Grandfather, petefeet had his burned skin tended, feed and dressed in old work clothes. In an effort to repay them for their kindness, petefeet offered to rid them of an giant rat that had taken up residence in their work hut. With nothing to protect his hands, our little Halfling wrapped the burned and tattered remains of his slave robes around his hands (like boxing mitts) and went into battle. It was during the battle with the giant rat that petefeet realized that the old robes held some magic (or was the focus for an innate ability or a gift from "Lady in Flames"?), for when he became scared, tiny sparks formed on the old robes covering his hands and when he punched the giant rat burns were also left upon the beast though petefeet received no damage. The more is was able to control his fear, the better he was able to hurt the beast. Since that day, petefeet has wandered the land, helping out where he came, getting into the odd bit of trouble and making new friends. He isn't quite sure where he is going, though is sure he will know it when he finds it. petefeet spent the winter months in an abandoned manor house leaving the larger world for another day, but now that spring is here, he's doing a little exploring and has discovered the nearby village of Apple Valley. With summer upon him petefeet has been busy making improvements to his lean-too home within the abandoned Pryde family estate, foraging and growing food for the coming winter and exploring the world around him. Characters within the story petefeet = Me Giant Brown Bear/Were-bear = My friend Hal who I only get to see a couple times a year. "Lady in Flames" (figure in petefeet's dreams) = Friend who I realize I'm falling in love with, and the knife edge I'm walking wanting to be more without losing a important friendship. Lately my emotional state (both good and bad) seems tied into my relationship with her, so I've taken to writing about her more as a way to give voice to my feeling (as a way for me to process). Black Dog (figure in petefeet's dreams) = Depression & that insidious emotion called "Hope" Mickey the Cat (Mysterious Wizards Familiar?) = My cat named Mickey!
  15. Hi all, I'm Becka and I'm a dragon (mainly because I write a web serial about dragons). My main quest is to lose weight and improve my general fitness. Goals: 1. Continue watching what I eat and achieve my 10% weightloss goal by the end of the quest (I'm already down 5% so this is another 5% loss) 2. Continue to do my ten minutes exercise every day. 3. Add in a modified version of the BBWW every Mon, Wed, Fri. I'm still working on the exact modifications here Life Quest: To write at least 300 words a day. I'll edit this with more detail when it's not bedtime. Becka
  16. Name: Bouncer333 Age: 21 Race: Human Height: 5' 11 Weight: 225 lbs 237 lbs 238 lbs Taking a year off of school, and slowly trying to find a job that will work with me. This year I'm trying to make it my mission to help myself (since I've never had a time in my life where all I had to think was "what do I need to have a happier life"). One of my main goals is to help make my body easier to deal with, along with able to realize my ups and downs that happen within a month or year. I've chosen to try to eat Paleo, mainly for the ease and little stress (I'm on food stamps at the moment, so being able to pick up protein and produce kind of narrows down my worries). This next month also I'm doing a bunch of tests, from what I worried to be a bad neck injury actually looks to be more like a nerve issue. So I will be working with a Specialist by doing MRIs and a nerve test, just to double check. Knowing though that I don't have neck injury (or anything wrong with the joints of my vertebrates at least), makes me more willing to try out more strength training. Main Quest: fit in size 18W jeans with a flat belly. (What is muffin top?) Grading will be under the "stars" method. From "The Hundred-Foot Journey": '...one star means the food is good. Two stands for great. "Three is only for the gods." ' 1 star - at least 75% 2 stars - 85 - 99% 3 stars - at least 99.1% Quest - 1. "One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well." -Virginia Woolf Eat these main food groups: vegetables, protein, fruit, and sometimes dairy (mainly yogurt)- with of course seasoning and healthy fats. Everything else is for special occasions. Quest - 2. “It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.†-J. R. R. Tolkein Wear Pedometer and keep track for “Walking to Mordorâ€, encourages to me to try walking daily Setup tracker belowQuest - 3. “To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.†– Buddha strength train 2-3 times a week (Tues. Thurs. Bonus: Sat or Sun) Daily Bonus Quest: “Writing is the only way I have to explain my own life to myself.†-Pat Conroy , in My Reading Life (Have not read but quote is true to me) Journal everyday either in a journal or making an update post on this thread. Make a template for daily journal Motivation: Being able to feel great, have a comfortable relationship with food, walk up 3 flights of stairs with ease, be able to wear all my shirts and pants that are collecting dust. Each day I add 50 cents (or 50 in monopoly money) to a wooden square "pot" knowing if I hit all my healthy dailies they go into the pot each day I can buy a membership to NF Academy along with my already set goals down and can continue being awesome. Walking to Mordor Step Tracker: (I try to keep track at noon, since its usually a easy time however sometimes I forget and it ends up being 3 pm. More working toward total steps then daily steps). Challenge Total: Steps: 109,645 Miles: 66.0495 Bonus/Side quests - these are to help me able to think about something else when I'm not doing well.
  17. main quest: . to gain self confidence!(I'd like to be able to wear a bikini next summer)! . SQ.1 make healthy eating a lifestyle! . *planning meals weekly . *A 38-42 . *B 36 . *C 34 . *F 33 . SQ2 tone and strengthen my body! . *strength training3x weekly . * upper body, core, legs2xweekly . * A- miss less than 3 . * B-5 . * C-7 . * F-8 . SQ3- meditate . * 10 minutes daily . *A-0 miss . *B-3 . *C-5 . *F-6 . Life Quest:Quit Smoking . * This is a pass or fail! . my motivation: . If I stick to these goals I Will be able to look in the mirror and feel good about what I see! .
  18. Hey y'all! This is my fourth time attempting to complete a challenge ... in all of the previous ones I set them up and within a week completely forgot about them. But I am bound and determined that I will succeed this time. My fit level has dropped a lot in the past two years; I used to be pretty active, but I had to quit my sport of choice due to single motherhood (roller derby), and I have been on medication that causes weight gain. My long term goal is to drop the weight since I've changed medications and to slowly reacquaint myself with the fitness world; I'd like to get up early enough to get my workout in the morning before work, and I'd like to find some sort of workout that I love. Goals: 1: To incrementally adjust my alarm in the AM from 7:05 am to 6:30am. 2: To increase my daily step count from 6,000 per day to 10,000 per day by the final week of the challenge. 3: To lose 5 lbs by counting calories and staying active.
  19. Hi, I'm Emma, gamer and needleworker from the UK. I made the decision to get healthier a few months ago. I have been suffering with undiagnosed joint and muscle pain since I was a teenager, around March it started getting worse and I needed to take action. I've since seen a rheumatologist and had some tests done. I'm hoping to get a definitive diagnosis soon, which I think is going to be fibromyalgia [edit: now confirmed as fibromyalgia]. For the most part the pain is not bad enough to affect me much, though I have 'bad' weeks where my muscles and joints ache constantly and I feel like I've not slept, even if I've slept through the night. I've also started going to the gym and lost a little weight, and recently I've also started changing my diet, upping my vegetable and protein intake and lowering unnecessary carbs. Main quest: Lose the last 3kg to reach my first target weight. I'm currently at 88kg, and would like to get down to 85kg, this is the lightest weight I've been previously. SMART Quests: Hit the gym 3-4 times a week. On bad pain/sleep weeks I will give myself some reprieve, but I need to go at least once a week. Keep up with healthy lunches for work days. No more nipping to Greggs. Try and hit 70,000 steps a week with my Fitbit. Life Quest: Read the books I have out from the library. I've had four books out for over a month and only have got through half of one of them. Motivation: I hope that strengthening my muscles and lightening the load on them and my joints will help with my pain. Also I like having muscles and being able to impress people by carrying heavy stuff. I think that's everything. Let me know if I've forgotten anything.
  20. Hello! Stats Sex: F Age: 27 Height: 5'4 Weight: ??? terrified to check Intro: I've always been conscious about my weight and have never stuck to a real plan to lose it! I've been super motivated before only to fail a week or two weeks in. I'm looking for accountability and the support of a community Main Quest: To fit comfortably into my old jeans without the muffin top. Basically I want to go one size down. Goals: Have a small-ish breakfast. Have baked chicken and veggies for lunch about 4 times a week. Go a bit light on the carbs for dinner (cut around 30% out). Get over fear of going to the gym. Get used to working the weight machines and just do it! Drink 2 tall glasses of water every day!Life Quest: Quit complaining about myself on social media. Motivation: To not cringe when I see myself in the mirror.. To have the confidence to wear a swimsuit and go to the beach. I also want to become stronger and not set myself up to get bigger as I age. I'd ideally like to visit the gym 3 times a week and do this kind of full body workout http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/ultimate-beginners-machine-workout-for-women.html Realistically, I just want to set foot in the gym and get used to it. Actually do what I say I'll do. I prefer weight training over cardio... well, I prefer no cardio at all Let's do this
  21. So my name is Kasey and I live literally in the middle of Australia, which means I've got pretty iffy access to fresh food, no gyms, very few people around and have been sitting at home watching tv, and feeling depressed about what I've been doing after I get home from work (nothing) and on weekends (also, nothing). The last time I tried NF, I lasted about a week. Awkward indeed. This time I'm aiming for simple ways to get my routines started so that I will actually stick with it this time and get out of my house and off the couch. Goal 1 - Walk 10,000 steps a day I have a fitbit, and I've been getting about 6000-7000 steps when I remember to wear it. I'm hoping that a concentrated effort will get me to the 10,000. It's pretty dark fairly early, so this might just involve walking around my house, but I will also be able to go on walks in the hills around my home. Goal 2 - Do a 7 minute work out each day I downloaded a hilarious workout app (CARROT) and it has a 7 Minute workout. I know it isn't heaps, but I just need to get over that mental hump of "I don't have any time" and actually do something. If I get it done in the morning, it seems to put me in a really great state of 'having-done-something-itis' for the rest of the day, and I am more productive. Goal 3 - Eat 2 legitimate meals (minimum) each day I have had some eating issues in the past, and sometimes struggle to remember to eat. Between being too lazy to get out of bed in time to eat in the morning, or prep lunches, it can get to 7pm before I eat my first meal of the day sometimes. I'm going to need to get up and have a bowl of cereal, and pack a proper lunch to take to work so that I actually have the energy to function. My Life Goal is to actually put some effort into my to do list. Each day I will do one thing off the list and try to think about whether new additions to the list actually add any value to my life or whether they are not worth it. I'll grade all of the goals by the following, and then average them all at the end for grades. A - 7 days a week B - 6 days a week C - 5 days a week D - 4 or fewer days Once I have been working on it for a few weeks, I'll look at stats, but for now I just need to focus on getting up and doing something.
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    Hi I'm Anna, doing my first NerdFitness challenge! I struggle with binge eating disorder so I don't track calories - I can get very obsessive over obtaining the perfect diet and then feel very guilty if I don't make my macros, which can lead to a huge binge. This is usually my biggest setback. I've been into strength training for a year now, and started off with nothing (pushups on knees) and now deadlift/squat 0.5 x bodyweight. In terms of lifestyle, I'm very sedentary as a computational PhD student, and thus spend many days on my butt. Main Quest: Drop a dress size in 6 months Quest 1: Walk for 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week. This is more to stop myself from having a life that is sit down for 8hrs plus at work, without getting up and then going to the gym, which I'm sure is not really the best way to get things done. Measurement: A = 15 min for 30 days, B = 15min, 25 days, C = 15min, 20 days Reward: A = +3 STA, B = +2 STA, C = +1 STA Quest 2: Maintain level 5 of NF Paleo Diet and progress to level 6, with no bingeing episodes. If level 6 seems like it will make me binge (too much too soon) maintain level 5. Measurement: A = 0 binges, B = 1 binge, C = 2 binges, D = 3+ binges Reward: A = +3 CON +2 WIS, B = +2CON +1 WIS, C = +1 CON, +1 WIS Quest 3: Do cardio 2x a week, 1 interval training and 1 steady state, (with 3x strength training a week - pretty much a given as I am already into strength) Measurement: A = 2x cardio 6/6 weeks, B = 1x cardio 6/6 weeks, C = 1x cardio, 4/6 weeks Reward: A = +3 DEX, +2 STR, B = +2 DEX, +1 STR, C = +1 DEX Life Quest: Learn to ride a bike, having one lesson a week. I never learned as a kid and now want to at the age of 25! I don't really know how easy it will be in terms of picking up the skills (I've had one lesson already but still didn't manage to balance) so I'm going to monitor this in terms of commitment. Measurement: A = 6 lessons, B = 5 lessons, C = 4 lessons Reward: A = +1 CHA, B = + 0.75 CHA, C = +0.5 CHA Motivation: I want to look/feel better and not focus on my appearance 80+% of the time
  23. Me: Sedentary-by-nature bookworm, originally from New York but living in Germany. 34 years old, and still carrying around baby weight. Or can one still call it that past the baby's first birthday? I'm short, but always was within the normal range of body weight without having to bother much about it. Went to the gym before baby, because that's what healthy people do. But I've never been in shape really. I think a slug is my true spirit animal. A well-read, daydreaming, intellectual slug. Luckily, I'm also very frugal, and I refuse to buy fat clothes. I'm not really fat yet, but I'm getting there. Lately I've been feeling even more sluggish than usual, and this isn't acceptable because I have a job, house and kid to take care of. My Main Quest: I want to fit in the last pair of pants I bought before getting pregnant. They still have the tags on. That was 5 kilos ago. After that, it's another 5 kilos to what I weighed on my wedding day. From there it would be another 5 to my lowest weight in college. I want to avoid having a number as a goal though. I don't know my measurements from those times. SMART quest: No potatoes, grains, pasta, or rice. No sweets except one square of dark chocolate if I have been otherwise good.Strength training at least twice a week.Make an appointment at gym to learn to lift properly.Life Quest: Clean up the kitchen every night before bed. Motivation: All inclusive vacation in Turkey at the end of the year. It would be nice to feel comfortable in a bathing suit, and have new eating habits in place so I don't go overboard at the buffets. Attribute Points: I have no idea what this means.
  24. Hi everyone! I'm Ali the Drug Dealer. I was diagnosed in March with an autoimmune disease called Wegener's granulomatosis. The immune system attacks the lungs, sinuses, and kidneys. As of today, my lungs are mostly healed, but I still have trouble breathing and get tired very easily. I'm hoping to use this challenge to improve my diet and increase my stamina so I can get back in the gym! Quest 1: Nutrition -Eat a fruit/vegetable with every meal. I will keep myself accountable by using YouFood tracking app on my phone. A = Every meal/day B = Missed one meal/day C = Missed two meals/day F = Missed entire day -Drink at least two liters of water daily. I will keep myself accountable by using the Plant Nanny app on my phone. A = 2+ Liters/day B = 1.5 Liters/day C = 1 Liter/day F = Less than 1 liter/day Quest 2: Fitness -Use my vibration machine every day. I will keep myself accountable by YouFood. This will be pass/fail for the day. I think that should do for a start.
  25. Introduction: Hey I am Benedikt 22 years old, I am a lazy, now unemployed System Administrator, and I am about 102kg (about 225 lbs). I really want to level up my life. Change things and get happier and maybe find a girl. I don't know I am really lonley I think. Main Quest: I want to get down to 80kg by the end of the year. Quest 1: Walk for 30+ minutes everyday. I have a nice forest next to my place, I want to explore it. Measurement: A = 30+ min for 30 days, B = 30min, 25 days, C = 30min, 20 days Reward: A = +3 STA, +2 STR, B = +2 STA, +1 STR, C = +1 STA Quest 2: Drink no soda or botteld iced tea for the whole challenge. I drink about 3l of soda and iced tea a day. I will swap out soda and iced tea for water and cold self brewed tea. Measurement: A = 0 sodas, B = 6 sodas, C = 12 sodas Reward: A = +3 CON, B = +2CON, C = +1 CON Quest 3: Stay away from screens after 10 in the evening. And read some of these dead tree books. Measurement: A = 5 books, and no screentime; B = 3 books, and no screentime; C = 1 book, and a lot of screentime. Reward: A = +3 WIS, +2 CON, B = +2WIS, +1 CON, C = +1WIS Life Quest: Clean my place. My flat is gross. I am not really happy with it and I don't invite friends over to my place because I am ashamed. So I want to clean it again, and have a small party in 6 weeks. Measurement: A = livingroom, kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom are clean; B = livingroom, kitchen, and bathroom are clean; Reward: A = +2 CHA, B = +1CHA Motivation: The job loss was a wakeup call! I want to get my shit together. And I will.
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