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  1. Whew, by body i not happy with me! I've been feeding it too much junk. Time to reboot. Step 1: Diet Reboot Eat nothing but fruits and vegetables for at least a week. Reintroduce other foods slowly. Step 2: Water Intake Reboot Drink nothing but water for at least a week. Reintroduce juices and milk slowly. Step 3: Keep track with Habit RPG Goal: Lose 10 lbs and feel better/have better digestive health
  2. Commander Shepard called, seems like Tali is off the Normandy helping rebuild her home world. The Mass Effect Core has fallen into disarray in her absence, and it's up to me to fix it. Main Problem: The Core is too Massive and not very Effective. This means that the core effects my daily activities and its mass gets in the way. So I need to work on my core and make it less massive and more effective. Main Quest: Loose 20 Lbs by the end of the challenge. I am 250ish lbs as of 2015-July-24, I want to be 230 by 2015-Sep-06Specific: 20 lbs. Measurable: My weight will be logged daily on a custom Google Docs Form. Achievable: It averages to 3 1/3 lbs per week. That is tough, but doable. Relevant: Most of this weight is likely to come from my gut, makeing my core more efficient. Time-Bound: I must reach this goal by 2015-Sep-06. Measurement: Pass/Fail Reward: Pass = +2 CHA, Fail = 0 Side Quest One (1): Eat right I will be on a modified Paleo diet. Specific: Anything that grows on a plant is ok. No process sugars or carbs. Measurable: Three times between Sun and Sat. Doing 4 a week doesn't make up for 2 the previous week. Achievable: Yes. I did this program once several years ago. I'm certain I can do it again. Relevant: Cutting carbs and sugars will help get my weight down. Time-Bound: Until 2015-Sep-06 Measurement: A = 7 days/week B = 6 days/week, C = 4 days/week, D = 2 days/week, F = 1 times Reward: A = +2 CON, B = +1.5 CON, C = +1 CON, D = +.5 CON, F = 0 Side Quest Two: Hit the gym Specific: Twice a week on Tue & Thur Measurable: Results will be documents on a custom Google docs Form and HabitRPG. Achievable: I'll be at class on Tue and Thur Relevant: This will build muscle that will help burn fat. Time-Bound: 2x+ per week Tue&Thur Measurement: A = Tue&Thur B = 2x+ any other days of the week C = 1x a week F = 0 times Reward: A = +2 STR, B = +1.5 STR, C = +1 STR, F = 0 Side Quest Three: Meditate Daily Specific: Take 10 min every day Measurable: Results will be documents on a custom Google docs Form and HabitRPG. Achievable: I just have to remember to do it. Relevant: Being less stressed will allow my body to see that it doesn't really need all this fat. Time-Bound: Every day Measurement: A = 7 days/week B = 6 days/week C = 4 days/week F = <4 days/week Reward: A = +2 WIS, B = +1.5 WIS, C = +1 WIS, D = +.5 WIS, F = 0 Life Quest: Stop biting my nails for the duration of this challenge. Seriously, this literally hurts. I want to stop but haven't had the nerve to commit to it. I'm hoping the habit will form over the challenge and carry over for life. I'm going to start carrying a nail clipper so I can use that instead of biting if I absolutely must make them shorter. I'm also going to buy a nail brush so I can get the dirt out from underneath so that doesn't tempt my to chew them. If it comes down to it, I'll wear gloves all day. That's not something I want to do, but if I have to get that drastic about it I will. Specific: Nails do not touch teeth. Measurable: Results will be documents on a custom Google docs Form and HabitRPG. Achievable: yes, I can do this. Relevant: This is going to be hard as heck, but I'll do the glove option even if I look ridiculous. Time-Bound: the duration of this challenge. Measurement: A = 0 times per day, B = Once per day, C = twice per day, D = three times per day, F = More than three times per day Reward: A = +2 CHA, B = +1.5 CHA, C = +1 CHA, D = +.5 CHA, F = 0 Motivation: I want to provide a better life for my partner. I can't do that if i'm this overweight.
  3. My Challenge Thread Hi, I'm Lena. I'm English, female, not actually a fox (sorry). I'm here now because I've started a new approach in life - 'Why not me?' Previously, I trundled through life thinking that health, a good body, an interesting job etc etc was just something that got magically awarded to random people, and if you weren't one of them, then tough. Luckily, I have realised that this is bollocks. So, here's to working hard and getting what you want! Main Quest My overarching goal at the moment is to lose my excess flab, tone up, and be capable of moving my body for more than 30 seconds without dying. Nothing too fancy, just the basic-looking female body that you see in science textbooks and stuff. (But with skin, obviously.) For me, that means... Losing about 28-35 pounds. I'm 5'6", and I currently weigh 11st (154lbs). A range of 8.5 to 9 stone (119-126lbs) is where I want to be. Toning up is more difficult to quantify, I suppose light muscle definition is what I'm aiming at? If anyone knows a way to measure this better, please help! Moving without dying, for me, means being being able to run a reasonable distance, or climb a flight of stairs easily, or play with my nephews and nieces without having to stop for rests. SMART Quests 1) Go to the gym 3 times a week, and do Couch to 5K on the treadmill. This will contribute towards the 'move without dying' goal. 2) Do the BBWW 3 times a week at home, on non-gym days. This will contribute towards the 'toning up' goal. 3) Stick to the diet plan I have carefully constructed, bought all the food for, and previously ignored. There can be 6 cheat meals, to allow for socialising and stuff, but that's all. This will contribute towards the 'losing weight' goal. Life Quests Stick to my work schedule. I'm self-employed and work from home, and it's all too easy to put work off for an hour/day/week when you're not accountable to anyone but yourself. Motivation If I don't do it now, it won't ever happen. This is the best time in my life for a major overhaul - I live alone, no partner or children. I can choose my own working hours. My health is reasonable. So, all the excuses I could possibly come up with don't really apply at the moment. I'm sick to death of thoughts that start 'if I were thinner'. It's horrible to know that you're not the best version of yourself, and the only person to blame for that is you. And on a shallower note, I have to be a bridesmaid in a year, and I don't want to be the fattest one...
  4. Yup, I'm back. Tried this a few years ago and didn't manage to stick to it. But this time, I have new motivation! I am getting married in June or October of next year and I want to start my new life on the right foot (plus look awesome in my wedding photos of course ). I am also starting a new job, closer to home, which means less time sitting in the drivers seat; a plus all the way around! I am a 30 year old female, non-smoker. On July 26, I weighed 187 lbs, at 4 ft' 9" tall. According to the BMI Charts, I should weight between 91 lbs. and 115 lbs. To me, this is unrealistic right now, so I'm going to shoot for a more reasonable 130 by my wedding. That's 57 lbs. It can be done! Main Quest(s): Reach 130 lbs by June 2016 Reach 150-155 lbs by January 2016 so I can go wedding dress shopping! Goals: I'm starting small this time. I'm not going to do something too demanding, because I want to be able to achieve all of my goals. Once I've gained confidence, I'll ramp up the intensity! 1) Drink more water: According to Slender Kitchen (link below) I should be drinking a minimum of 125 oz of water, daily. Which is basically, a gallon. I feel I will be making good progress if I manage this 5 days a week. http://www.slenderkitchen.com/how-to-calculate-how-much-water-you-should-drink-a-day/ 2) Use my activity monitor daily: Wear it and accomplish the fitness goal 4+ days a week; minimum activity goal 7 days a week. 3) Be in bed, lights out, no later than 10:30 on work nights, so I am well rested and have enough energy to accomplish the fitness goals! Life Quest: Keep my room clean, including making my bed daily. Other Facts about Keeta: *I teach 1st grade. I'm starting at a new school this year. *My interests include: music, reading, facebook, birding/bird watching, fiber arts, and....procrastinating *I am a diet pepsi and sugar addict. Future 6 wk goals(?): Reduce Diept pepsi to 20-24 oz daily, then 12 oz daily, then none; then work on sugar detox? Starting Measurements: Bust: 44 in. Waist: 48 in. Hips: 49 in. Arm: 14 in. Thigh: 29 in. Feel free to drop by and chat. Looking forward to a fresh start!
  5. Today was sort of a turning point for me, I realized that I've eaten half a box of oreos in a weekend that I have no self control. I feel slobbish and weak and tired and I want to change that. I have a lot of goals in mind but I don't want to overdo it. I like the idea of splitting these goals up into 6 week windows to help develop good habits one at a time. SO without further ado here is what I want to work on in the next 6 weeks. Main Quest: Lose 30lbs in time to be a bridesmaid in October Quest 1: Clean up my diet and eat healthier foods I tried counting calories, it's not for me, but if I eat better I won't have to count Measurement: Cut out the fast food to 4 meals a month totaling no more than $50, brownbag lunch for 4 days a week (I got a cute new bento box, gotta use it), the fifth day can be a fast food treat. Replace coffee with tea. Start meals from whole foods as much as possible. Quest 2: Start exercising more often, I want to start with 3 times a week at the gym for now Measurement: 3x/week at the gym, need to make a "gym pack" I can easily grab so my excuse can't be that I left the house unprepared. Overall I'd love to pick up a sport or a martial art but I'm still unsure of what. What to do at the gym? 30 minutes of cardio. Also get a friend to show me how to use the machines so I can work the muscle groups as well. This will conflict with the most stressful time in a student's life, finals, but I'm going for it anyway, starting out slow so I don't overpromise anything, and if it goes well then I'll be a bit more ambitious. I'm hoping these 6 week spurts plus documenting my progress will help me Rewards: I decided I wanted rewards to be based on weight milestones. Make it to 145lbs (lose 15lbs) buy that nerdy coffee mug I've had my eye on Make it to 130lbs (lose the 30bs I wanted) buy a new outfit from YesStyle (I love asian clothing but I'm too chubby for it right now)
  6. Well here I am again in the recruits because I was not very successful last time.. but this time I am here and ready for the challenge so bring it on! My main quest is to compete in a mud run and a triathlon Quest 1: Eat a real meal at least once a day. This year at school i will be staying in an apartment instead of on campus so i will have to really plan out meals because i tend to get forgetful Quest 2: I can only eat store bought dairy products once a week. I'm not supposed to eat dairy but I have been having a difficult time cutting it out so I figured I'd start slowly and still let myself eat homemade stuff since that isn't often. Quest 3: this has to do with leveling up my life as well at fitness. Create a regular sleeping schedule, my sleeping habits have been really irregular and i'd like to get that under control. So going to bed around the same time every night and getting 8hrs of sleep. I really tanked the last quest but now i know more about the quests and have more specific goals so i know I will be successful this time around.
  7. Hello! This is my first challenge, first thread, and only my second post. I've read a few of these and want to get on board ASAP! I've wasted enough time! Challenge 1: Stay Strong, Keep on Track Fitness Goals: Change it up! I am currently at more than three years of exercising every day, without a miss. I use a little app called Nexercise that rewards me for working out (real rewards, gift cards, raffle chances, donation options, etc.) and it is also a bit competitive with my "friends" online. (If you want to add me on the app to help keep you accountable, my email is [email protected]<script cf-hash='f9e31' type="text/javascript"> /* */</script>) My problem is that I take on fitness goals and easily become bored. I noticed that I can be pretty committed and accomplish my goals, but then I just fizzle out. So, here is how I will measure my goal each week: -Change my workout at least 3 times each week- don't get complacent! -Try new workouts- fear NOTHING! -Don't rely on others to motivate you to try something new- you can be an army of one! Grades: A= A new workout every day of the week. B= At least 5 different workouts during the week. C= Up to 3 different workouts in 7 days. D= 2 types of workouts in the week. F= Same old, same old, every darn day. Diet Goals: Resist temptation. Because of the emotional attachment I have to food, I need to work on resisting my habits of turning to comfort foods to make me feel differently than my current emotions. So for this first challenge, I need to work on my willpower and resist the temptation of the food binge. -Do not celebrate with food. -Just have 1- don't drink your calories! -Don't let others influence your decision to eat. Grades: A= Resist 6-7 days a week, with no more than 3 drinks in a week. B= Abstain 5 days a week, no more than 4 drinks that week. C= Stay strong 4 days this week, don't go nuts on cheat days. D= 2-3 days of resisting, some binges. F= Current pattern with no changes. Health Goals: Just what the doctor ordered. This should be obvious for most people, but we often make poor choices. So, I need to make good choices. -Eat fruits and veggies. -Drink at least 60 oz. water each day. -Wake up early to get a fresh start. -Sleep at least 7 hours each night. Grades: A= All of the above every day. B= 5 days a week. C= 3-4 days a week. D= 1-2 days a week. F= 0 days Challenges: I know myself, so here are some concerns I have about keeping to these goals: *Family trip to Puerto Rico next weekend- lots of food and beverage opportunities there. *Staying with my parents next week- my family loves to eat and doesn't make exercise a regular part of their day. *Emotional times- I know myself and this is a tough week. TMI *Instability- I've just moved to a new state, am looking for a new job, and I have no routine to keep me on track. I know that I rely on a lot of emotional crutches to make myself "feel" good, even if it's not the best choice for my current goals. I think I CAN! Let's DO this!
  8. Hello. My name is Wordforger, and I'm a "big-boned" orc lady who stands at 5'7" and and currently weighs 250 248 244 235 lbs. I'm 27 years old. I figure it's about time I stop simply sitting on the couch and dreaming about being a svelte She-Hulk instead of taking steps to make my dream a reality. Me as of 06/07/15: Me as of 06/28/15: Me as of 7/20/15: Main Quest: Slim down at least three pant sizes by this time next year and feel better and more energized in my day to day life. SMART Quests: Maintain my healthy eating habits. I committed to making meats, fruits, and vegetables into dietary staples last month. I just got sick of feeling tired and bloated from eating nothing but processed junk food. I still have the occasional processed food, but the vast majority of what I eat is some mix of meat and vegetable. I plan to make every meal feature meat and vegetables in some manner with fruits being the vast majority of my desserts. Breads, grains, pastas, and other refined carbs will be kept to a minimum. Dairy will be restricted to the occasional glass of milk and a sprinkling of extra sharp cheddar here and there. Yeah, I know that the site here advocates going full paleo, but I'd fail in my big picture goals if I got so hung up on details. My focus is going to be to eat more meats, fruits, and green vegetables and less refined carbs and overly sugary or salty stuff. I will be monitoring how well I do and rewarding XP and ability points based on my overall scores. How I will be monitoring and measuring these points is outlined here.Do the Beginner Body Weight Workout three times a week. I haven't done any real working out since I was pushed into taking some physical fitness classes in college. The best I felt was the semester I took a 4 day a week weight training class along with a two-day a week swimming class. The weight training class combined full body weight training circuits with cardio on off days and I absolutely loved it. Sadly, I am out of college now and have little time or willingness to drag myself to a gym every day. I hope that committing to doing some simple training at home will help me prove to myself that I DO have the time wherever I am.Challenge Goal: Be able to complete at least one full set of squats, lunges, and jumping jacks in the Beginner Body Weight Workout before the end of six weeks.Do 45 minutes to an hour of cardio exercise at least three times a week. This can take the form of going on a walk, playing Just Dance in the living room, or finding different ways to get the blood pumping while I work on housework.Life Quest: Keep the house clean. Cleanliness is next to godliness and if I want to whup butt like Athena then running trash circuits and scrubbing the tub out certainly couldn't hurt. Since it is now summer, I must find a way to replace the good bit of walking I do throughout the day as a teacher's aide. Going upstairs and down doing chores may do the trick. Perhaps if I set aside at least an hour each day to a particular chore then I can emulate my day workday a bit. Once the house is clean, I'll have less effort to expend once school starts up again. I will be rewarding myself XP based on what I do each day. This XP rewards system is outlined here.Motivation: I will feel better and more energized after I develop better life habits. No, there IS time to work out, even on days where I'm not feeling 100%. 50% is still better than 0%.Progress Reports: Week 1: In which our hero answers the call to adventure with enthusiasm.Week 2: In which our hero faces the road of trials.Week 3: In which our hero enters the belly of the whale.Week 4: In which our hero crosses the threshold to the underworld.Overall Progress: Quest 1: Maintaining healthy eating habits. 362/615 points. Quest 2: Beginner Body Workout 3x a week. 12/18 workouts. Quest 3: 45 minutes of Cardio 3x a week. 10/18 workouts. Life Quest: A clean house. 529.5 /714 XP Attributes: Strength: 2 Dexterity: 1 Stamina: 2 Constitution: 2 Wisdom: 2 Charisma: 1
  9. Hi All, This will be my first challenge. I would love some feedback on how it looks and/or ways that I can improve them. Year goal -- lose significant weight by changing diet and activity level and raising my self-worth 6 Week Challenge Goals Health Quest No sugar bingeing – No candy in the house, must go out to enjoy dessert Separate binging from having a little extra Grading my success every Sunday A = No Binging at all C = Binge only once F = Binge more than once Fitness Quests Swim twice per week – focus on getting to the pool time in pool flexible Grading my success every Sunday This will be Pass or Fail 3.) Morning Walks, every day -- weather permitting! Grading my success every Sunday A = Walk 7 days B = Walk 6 days C = Walk 5 Days D = Walk 4 Days F = Walk less than 4 days BONUS: finding an alternative activity for bad weather days (This will bump me up a letter grade) Life Quest 4.) Noticing My Vocabulary -- The internal voice that says, "I'll do it later." – a) Notice when I do it, what’s going on when I do it Track when I do it. Write it down. No Judgment
  10. Hi everyone, I'm DX, i'm addicted to plaid. I used to be a skinny-fat guy, now I'm just a fat-fat guy, and as of April 4th 2015 I was diagnosed with diabetes. When I got my diagnosis I was at 198 lbs at 5'8" and right now I'm hovering around 185. I really want to use my recent momentum of losing 13 lbs to slingshot myself forward but it's getting really hard without accountability partners. I was hoping a forum of my peers could help me out with that. My main quests in the 6 week period are to: maintain a healthy and reasonable 1.5lb/week weight loss for a total of 12 lbs lost (goal weight 173lbs) Attain a 5x a week workout consistency. So if I miss a day during the week, I can make up for it on the weekend. I’m aiming for consistency this first round and hopefully in the future incorporate specific strength and training goals. I also have a few side quests regarding regimenting my hygiene, incorporating meditation into my life more consistently, and keeping my spaces clean (I tend to be a clutter magnet) I LOVE spreadsheets, almost as much as I love plaid, so my routine can be found here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/19OMHptPVLB0Kgyd6E8j5c7b2pEe32ZGftAZKoZrufWQ/edit?usp=sharing My schedule is lifting 3x weekly, run on Tuesdays, and do power yoga on Wednesdays. I will be tracking my workouts using the Fitocracy app (my profile: https://www.fitocracy.com/profile/Plaiddict/?feed ) I also made a spreadsheet of my macros about what I’ll be eating weekly, here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1lcW9JmBDCvRCbAkYSyXfH_YWVeAfP0OMrVlPeSNFasA/edit?usp=sharing I keep my carbs very low because I need to control my blood sugar and with this diet I keep it under control. Also it’s very very easy for me to be consistent with this meal plan as I work a 9-5 desk-jockey job. I know that if I stick to my plan I will achieve my goals, but if I’m going it alone I know it’ll be a lot easier to fall off the wagon. Thanks for reading about me and good luck to everyone in the next 6 weeks!
  11. So I may not be clear on how this all works just yet, but I've always had success by stumbling forward. My first challenge is in my sig below. I am currently on Day 3. I have been successful in packing my lunch for work. Our cafeteria is staffed with legit chefs, and the food is restaurant quality (read: DELICIOUS!!!). So, part of my challenge is to bring my lunch to work for the 6 weeks in order to fill myself on nutritious foods that aren't chock full of sugar and processed carbs. Strength training is going well. I'm doing the Beginner Bodyweight Workout. I'm currently 6'1", 253 lbs. So, bodyweight workout is pretty significant. I made it through the first workout fairly easily. I did work up a good sweat and my heart rate was definitely elevated. I think I am going to ramp things up by adding another rep per exercise, per workout, in order to make things a bit more challenging. Running is my Achilles' heel, pun intended. Currently, I'm at my heaviest and, historically, when I've tried running, I am quick to develop shin splints and quit soon thereafter. After strength training on Day 1, I incorporated a stretching cooldown and discovered that my leg muscles are very tight, and not in a good way. Sitting on the floor with my feet tucked flat under me is a painful challenge. So I think that is a big contributing factor. I've been driving a desk for 13 years now, and my muscles have shortened as a result. Yesterday was Day 2, and I ran for the first time. It was a struggle! I'm using the C25K app from Zen Labs, and the notifications weren't working properly. All told, I still made it through a 30 minute workout with an average heart rate of ~152. I stretched when I got home and, boy, did that smart! I focused on stretching my calves and shins. It probably would have hurt less had I just doused myself in gasoline and set my legs on fire. After 30 minutes of stretching, though, my muscles definitely loosened up, and I'm not nearly as sore today as I normally would have been. So I think I'm onto something. If anyone here has any suggestions on heavy runners avoiding injury or how much discomfort is within the normal range, I have a virtual high five waiting for you! Oh and... cat .GIF!
  12. Introduction: Hello All!! I'm Lula, and this is my very first 6-Week Challenge! I am fairly new to Nerd Fitness, but I tend to want to jump right in to the battle, so here I am starting the 6 week challenge. I work in construction management, so that means I spend a lot of time at my computer with semi-frequent job site visits. But overall I haven't been the most active person over the last few years. I joined the rebellion because I wanted to make a lifestyle change, and it was the only program I could find with such a great community that actually supports a healthy lifestyle. My current Stats: Weight: 166.3lbs BF: 36.7% Main Quest: Drop a few dress sizes and ultimately weigh in around 125lbs. (I would love to wear a size Small t-shirt, and a size 2 jeans) Quest 1: Workout or be active everyday of the week. (ie. running, walking, gym workout, yoga...) Measurement: A = 6 days/week, B = 5 days/week, C = 4 days/week, D = 3 days/week, F = 2 days/week Reward: A = New workout clothes & shoes, B = New workout shoes, C = New workout clothes, Quest 2: Follow meal plan to a T (at least keep it clean and vegan) Measurement: A = 18 meals/week, B = 15 meals/week, C = 12 meals/week Reward: A = Try a vegan restaurant, B = whole foods treat, C = dairy queen (slush) Quest 3: Give up soda and coffee!! Measurement: A = 0/week; B = 3/week C = 7/week Reward: A = WINE! Life Quest: Get up on my first alarm! Measurement: A = 5 days/week, B = 3 days/week, C = 1 day/week Reward: A = sleep in weekend!, B = sleep in sunday! Motivation: I want to increase my self-image and not avoid making new friends because of the way I look.
  13. Avast, me hearties! “Life is like pillaging a trading vessel bound for Jamestown... Ya never know what you're gonna get.†Hello! My name's Guybrush Threepwood, and I want to be a pirate! I'm Felicity, mostly a video game addict (and only half joking here, I really spend way too much of my free time sitting on a couch). Otherwise I'm working as a caregiver at the moment. Unfortunately, most of my way too nice patients insist on feeding me snacks whenever I stop by. And if there is one thing I love more than games it is snacking. So this turned out as one of my quests. Just like trying to help one of the heavier patients get up recently made me realise that I need to improve on my strenght (a lot) or I'll ruin my back in no time - even with the right techniques. Main Quest: on a search for the fabled treasure of Big Whoop Lose 40lbs and improve strength (especially core strength). Quest 1 - Sword Fighting Work out three times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes. A = 3 workouts B = 2 workouts C = 1 workout F = None Quest 2 - "Shut up, or I'll eat you." Minimize snacks. A = Under 2 B = 2 C = 3 F = Over 3 Quest 3 - Grog Addicts Anonymous Drink at least 2 litre of water each day. (Also: reduce the amount of caffeinated drinks I consume along the way.) A = Over 2 L B = 2 L C = 1.5 L F = Under 1.5 litre Lemonhead's Life Side Quest Try out a new recipe once a week. I want to find new - ideally healthy - alternatives for my usual breakfast mostly. A = Done F = Failed Motivation?! My non-existant endurance in combination with too much weight really holds me back at times (or I use it as an excuse), even if I later regret not at least giving it a shot. Whether it is scuba diving, the next job interview or something completely different, I plan to change this. I am truly excited to start the first challenge with you all. I hope having this thread to update will force me (or shame me) into sticking with my plans for those 6 weeks at least. (And ass-kicking from you is quite welcome!) If not this then maybe the upcoming vacations (at the beach!) will. No perfect tan without getting at least slightly undressed. We'll see whether 'purrific' translates to horrific or terrific in the next six weeks I suppose.
  14. So I first started a challenge log a few challenges ago, and then just kinda failed. Since Steve threw out that post about starting again, I figured I'd do something, too! Starting Measurements: (to be measured on 6/8 for accuracy) Weight: 313.2 Goals: Short Term: Lose 5 pounds over challenge Longer Term: Lose 15 pounds by Sept. 18 Longerer Term: Lose 30 pounds by Dec 31 Ways to do this: 1: Take a walk, 20-30 minutes long, 3-4 times a week (18-24 total total). It doesn't matter when I do this - in the morning, evening, at lunch, etc. This is happening. I have a dog at my disposal, and access to a bike, so this should be doable. My plan is to do two walks at lunch during the work week, and one to two outside of that time each week. 2: Weekly weigh ins (six total). I have asked my wellness coordinator at work to let me use her scale to keep me on track for the challenge, and she said yes! Exciting times! I pledge to only weigh myself once a week around the same time each time (Mondays around 10AM). 3. Weekly food planning/meals.. Sundays are going to be my batch cooking day, it looks like, with meals to be frozen and enjoyed through the week. The actual planning of and shopping for said meals will be done on Saturday, and cooking done Sunday. Gives me a reason to dig out the crock pot! 4. At-home work out 3-4 days a week (18-24 times total) I have my choice between Richard Simmons' dancing DVDs, or some DDP Yoga, or Zumba. I figure that between the three of these, I can get some useful sweating on! I need to schedule these in my day planner, probably on days I don't walk or something. Tools at my disposal: Wellness coordinator at work (if you're reading this, hi, Jess!)BikeDogFood scalesOkay shoesThings I want: Home set of some dumbbells - can probably work without thisNewer shoes - would rather have good shoes for walks, but can manage (done!)tupperware - definitely need this (done!)compression shorts - could deal, would rather have this for biking/jogging. Grading: I guess I'll be using a regular grading chart to determine the grade I give myself for the challenge. This way, I can hold myself accountable, and I like grading scales. If I do something five of six times, that's an 83%. so a B. For the food one, I'm not sure how I'll grade that one. Maybe a little looser, or whether I ate according to my meal plan that day? Any ideas, folks? So: Walking: A = 16-18 days B = 14-16 C = 12-14 D = 10-12 In Progress = <10 days Weigh ins: A = 6 weigh ins B = 5 C = 4 D = 3 In Progress = <3 Workouts: A = 16-18 days B = 14-16 C = 12-14 D = 10-12 In Progress = <10 days Bonus points: Walking for 18+ days, getting measurements done mid-challenge, and working out 18+ days during the challenge. All about small steps! Okay. So that big novel was mostly so I can start breaking down what I want to do. If I have edits (not sure if I can edit these logs), I'll post them below so I can see clearly. EDITS: Okay, okay. I think I was a little unrealistic when planning my walking goals, haha, and I'm glad people pointed it out. Thanks for that. I think, knowing how lazy I can be and just not enthused about taking time out of my day, it will be something more like 3-4 times a week, rather than 7. That seems more realistic. I've also moved my shopping day to Saturday, after JMitch's comment on that. Also edited my grading scale for better clarity and some grace, rather than strictness. Everybody loves bonus points! Here goes for the planning stages! Collection of extra points from mini-challenges: +1 Wis for: Week 1 SMART Choices +1 Cha for: Week 2 Making Friends Pending +1 Wis for: Week 3 The LIbrary Allocated 6 points for: Week 4 Checking Your Starting Credits
  15. This is my 2nd challenge but I think I should stay in the recruit forum again for this challenge. With any luck I may have picked achievable goals this time. Main quest - Feel well rested, pain free and loose 9lbs. (i.e. Weigh 155) Quest #1 - sleep Goal - aim for 8 hours sleep per night but be able to get up by 6:30 to allow time to eat and if possible, exercise. (Currently sleeping 5-6 hours per night and waking up at least twice.) Quest #2 - nutrition - hydrate Goal - Drink at least 3 (750 ml) bottles of water per day. Quest #3- fitness / workout Goal - be able to do (any amount of) the modified versions of the bodyweight workout exercises (using inversion and physical therapy exercises as warm up and cool down) Life Side Quest - do dishes every day. Weight 164 Chest 44 Waist 38 Hips 43 Thighs 19 Motivation - Feel well and be pain free (Backstory : I have fibromyalgia and was hit by a truck last October, so I have to start somewhere.) Sent from my SPH-L710 using Tapatalk
  16. The swirling sand blew and whipped around the gnoll, his black-spotted rust mane fluttering in the breeze much like that of the long, thin scarlet bands that trailed from his wrists and ankles. The bands of a slave. A former slave. But he has now been set free, though bought at a terrible price that only seems all the more incredible and indescribable as he blinks back the glaring sun, beating down on him and the hot ground beneath his feet. Now, a warrior in the service to the most High and Mighty Warrior, he must go forth as a member of the Church Militant not out of obligation or fear, but of gratitude. What now, then? He looks over his shoulder to his family, the whelps, their mother and his two elders sheltered under a jet-black rock outcropping with similar bands around them fluttering in the shifting whispers of a wind. The desert is a cruel mistress and survival comes only to those that are brave and consistent. And consistency brings hope. And life. He is now who he was not before. Reborn. Renewed. Reformed. Grrralln of Three Scars shall be spoken no more...he has been given a new name. Reformer. But who is he? Why is he? What does it mean to be free, a new creation? *-*-*- I struggle greatly with "flavor of the moment syndrome"tm in that I pick up interesting hobbies, personally satisfying skills or deep interests only to drop them after a few days/weeks for the next shiny bauble. In order to combat this, routines must be established with accountability, trackability and desire to complete (don't break the chain!). I don't have specific goals for things like physical fitness as I want to first establish the routine of completing these tasks and then work towards specific goals. Therefore: Starting Stats Height: 6'4'' Weight: 194 lbs Measurements: TBD Main Goal: Create and Maintain 10 new activities All individual activities are weekly assessed with the following breakdown (with the "no/not" items inverted) and then averaged for the overall goal progression: 6-7 times a week: A (100%)4-5 times a week: B (75%)2-3 times a week: C (50%)0-1 times a week: F (0%)For weekday-only items items (indicated with an *), the grading is as follows: 5 times a week: A (100%)3-4 times a week: B (75%)2-3 times a week: C (50%)0-1 times a week: F (0%)Goal 1 (Spiritual/Mental): (+3 Wis / +1 Cha) (+2 Wis / +1 Cha) Quiet Time/PrayerScripture ReadingNot Snoozing the alarm clockTo read 3 booksPosting my results on the NF forumGoal 2 (Physical): (+2 Str / +2 Sta / +1 Con) (+2 Str / +1 Sta) Gym / Running *Goal 3 (Skills/Chores): (+3 Dex) (+2 Dex) Visiting the garden for weeding/harvesting/oversightDry Fire (rifle and/or sidearm)Goal 4 (Nutrition): (+2 Con / +1 Sta) (+1 Con / +1 Sta) No lunch desserts *No drinking during the week *Mini-Quest 1: SMART analysis+1 WIS (at six-week completion)COMPLETEMini-Quest 2: Signature and community engagement+1 CHA(at six-week completion)COMPLETEMini-Quest 3: Article research and application (sleep)+1 CON(at six-week completion)COMPLETEMini-Quest 4: Assign attribute points to quests, show percentage allocation and update signatureCOMPLETEMini-Quest 5: Post/share your favorite recipe in Campus Tours+1 CON (at six-week completion) COMPLETE Any feedback/support would be greatly appreciated! Also, a thanks to the character generator created by Nuala for the Gnoll suggestion.
  17. I'm a 36 year old Englishman, who has been living in the US for 3 years now. I was 213lb when I emigrated and many of the people I knew told me that I would put on lots of weight after moving. Instead I started watching what I ate and exercising and got down to 195lb. As time went on, my good habits fell and I started to gain all of my weight back and eventually got to the heaviest I had been, 224lb. I'm not sure what has clicked over in my brain, but recently I started to make some changes and actually move towards some of the goals I've had for a while. I've visited the site periodically for a couple of years, but decided to join in with the challenges here, hoping that it would provide me with a little boost of motivation when things get challenging. My long term goal is to weigh 175lb. I don't know why, but that has always been the weight that I thought would be right for me. Once I get there I may reassess and decide that I need to lose a little more, but for now I would 175 would be an achievement I would be proud of. Goal 1 - I have started using some fitness apps. I plan on using these apps all of the way through the six week challenge (and continue afterward). The results I want to attain at the end of the six weeks are: 50 consecutive push-ups, 10 consecutive pull-ups, 100 consecutive squats & 60 consecutive sit-ups. Goal 2 - To consume 1,814Kcal or less each day. I am not putting restrictions on myself when it comes to giving up certain foods or drinks. Goal 3 - Complete the 7 week stretching/strength course I have. I'll be doing week one before the start of the six week challenge, so I can finish it as the challenge ends.
  18. Even though I've been on the forums for a while and entered into a couple challenges before...I've never finished a challenge. That's why I'm posting in the recruit. Best way to get better is to break it down to the basics I'm going to be very aggressive on this challenge because of what it means if I fail completely. Basically I just got a ticket to Camp Nerd Fitness....if I don't meet some goals by then I'm not going. I'll have paid $900 for nothing. Soooooo basically I need to not waste that much money. So without further ado Goal 1: Lose 20lbs of weight. I know that weight goals are hard. Especially if you're working out and stuff that can be difficult to accomplish. And even more so 20lbs in 6 weeks??!! Am I crazy? Am I going to die? What's going to happen... Actually a long time ago I changed my diet and didn't start working out and lost 26lbs in 6 weeks. Long term goal: To be able to weigh myself on my scale at home. It tops out at 325. So I have 40lbs to lose in just over 17 weeks. That's when camp starts. If I fail to achieve this I won't go to camp (unless there's a legitimate reason why I have lost the weight. I'll address that when the time comes if necessary) Goal 2: Follow 80/20 protocol on diet. 80% of my calories will be from everything except dairy, legumes, and grains of any kind. 20% will encompass the rest. Basically keep track of my food and see if I have kept to that. Long term goal: Eat at fast food no more than once every pay day after the challenge is over. I get paid every two weeks and I think that's an acceptable amount of time to go between bad food. If I fail to do this I won't go to Camp. Goal 3: Figure out some type of money saving strategy that actually allows me to save money. I'm horrible with saving. Not in a "oh I have $300 I don't have any money" way but in a "oh I have 43 cents...what can I buy?" Way. Its very hard for me. Which also makes it hard for me to cook at home because I'm lazy and if I have some money then I'm more likely to spend it on food eating out than I am saving it. So by the end of the challenge I want to have a system in place that saves my money (automatic bank draft to another account doesn't really work for me. Since I have access to that as well) Long term goal: Have one of my Capitol one credit cards paid off. Obviously the one with higher balance will be the harder one to pay off...but it's currently the only one that I have that charges interest on it. So that's my goal. This challenge isn't a make or break challenge. It's just one I hope to accomplish in the next 17 weeks. So in conclusion also called TL;dr: Goal 1: lose 20lbs of body weight by the end of the challenge. Long term goal associated with this: lose 40lbs in 17 weeks...total of 2.35lbs per week. Goal 2: adhere to 80/20 diet. Track all calories to make it easier to be yelled at over the internet if I mess up. Long term associated with this: eat fast food only once per paycheck. Goal 3: figure out this money thing. I happen to make fairly good money and my bills are pretty low...so where does all my money go (hey that rhymed. Awesome). Long term: pay off a credit card. Preferably the one with highest balance as it's the one that charges the most.
  19. Intro: I'm 29, big 3-0 is in February! I had weight loss surgery in 2002, my parents decided that for me - I was 16. It was probably for the best but it was not my idea. And while I've kept of most of the weight, I still would like to lose another 100lbs or so. I'm an engineer that works in the field so fitness is important for my job. Climbing, going up stairs, getting into tight spaces like in my avatar. Dealing with low-level carbon monoxide poisoning - never a dull moment! Eventually I'd like to get back into camping,hiking, hunting- things I did back home but have not done much of since moving to the San Francisco area almost 6 years ago. And that's a shame because there's so many opportunities for hikes here. This is my first challenge so I hope I'm doing this right. I'm still figuring out points Main Quest: Lose 20lbs by Labor Day by exercising 3 times a week. A: 6 weeks of exercising 3x a weekB: 4-5 weeks 3x a week OR 18 total workoutsC:3-4 weeks 3x a week D: 2-3 weeks 3x a weekF: less than 2 weeks Quest 1: Take all my vitamins everyday! I have severe anemia and about 3 different other vitamin defincies. Currently doing maintenance blood and iron transfusions until things are not in "you may black out on a roof" mode. I hope by the end of the challenge I can stop the IV treatments. A: Take all vitamins every day.B: 80% or better completionC: 70% or better completionD:50% or better completionF: 50% or less Quest 2: Stick to the diet my nutritionist gave me. He made it simple:take your vitamins, 100g of protein a day, 3 cups of veggies and 2 cups of fruits. take your vitamins! Since Vitamins are part of Quest A: 90% or better: 100g of protein a day, 5 cups of veggies(3) and fruits(2)B: 80% or better completionC: 70% or better completionD:50% or better completionF: 50% or less Life Quest: Make a budget and stick to it. - I recently bought a house back home...plus I have my rent here. Luckily both are pretty low but I can no longer spend like a drunken sailor. With a proper budget, I can still have some fun, pay bills, and rebuild my savings. Motivation: The more fit I am - the better choices I have on projects to be assigned to at work. Also, feeling more comfortable in sexy dresses. I have pretty good self esteem but my boyfriend is a bouncer who likes to go night clubs on his nites off. I've been avoiding it since my recent re-gain and I've got a lot of IOUs to catch up on. ( one date we do something I like to do(I'm teaching him Dominion right now) or just stay home next date: we go out. It's what happens when a nerdy introvert and extrovert date)
  20. Hiya! My name's Krystal and I’m super-excited to be able to participate in this challenge, my first one since discovering the NF community. I’m new to the RPG side of things, but it sure looks like fun. I’m looking to lose some weight (5kg down so far, 12kg or so to go) and improve my health and fitness levels. I love reading books and generally lead a fairly sedentary life. If I was in a fantasy book, I’d probably be cast as a scribe or a librarian, and while that’s pretty cool, my heart’s yearning for something with a bit more….bounce… in it I have my challenge all written up (It’s also pinned to the noticeboard in my study for extra reminding), so here goes: Main Quest: To reach the weight of 73kg or less by the end of 2015. I will do this by increasing my general fitness, monitoring my caloric intake and making healthier food choices, and getting better quality sleep. SMART Quests: 1. Exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes, 4 x a week. I have been exercising 2-4 times a week, so this should be totally achievable. I'll be doing a weekly PT session, and then a combo of BBWW and interval cardio for the remaining three sessions. *EDIT- My fourth exercise session of the week may be any activity as long as I'm up and moving. Dancing, a steady walk, rollerskating, it all counts if I did it longer than 30 minutes 2. Track every calorie I consume, with a daily target of 1300. I can do this……I need to be mindful of cookies, sushi-binges and boredom eating. 3. Listen to my hypnosis tracks a minimum of 3 x a week. These improve my quality of sleep substantially, and there is no reason not to listen to them. None. Nada. Zip. Life Quest: 1. Spend a minimum of 10 minutes, 3 x a week, in the greenhouse. This is my sacred space. It’s important for me mentally to have time in here. It’s the place I de-funk, de-stress, and de-tox my mind. It needs to be a regular occurrence. Motivations: My motivations are all the different activities that I’d love to try, without having to worry that my weight and lack of fitness will hold me back from giving it a red hot go. I want to get the most I can out of these activities when I attempt them, as due to my location and budget, these are special occasions for me. So, I’m using them as motivations – things I can attempt once I make some headway with my health/fitness goals: Rockclimbing, Circus Camp, Skydiving, and Swordfighting are on the list, as are Trampolining, a Burlesque make-over/photoshoot, and getting back into Fresh Meat Roller Derby training. Thankyou all and best of luck to all the new Recruits!
  21. Conclusion / Results / Final Summary / Wrap-up Thing Intro: I am super happy to be setting up my first challenge and going to rock it! For way-more-info-than-you-want-to-read, see my intro linked in my signature. That also covers much of my motivation. Why 1up?: Remember how awesome the green mushrooms were in Mario? The thing I recently realized is you first have to find the right box to hit and then you have to chase the mushrooms. I totally here to chase my 1st mushroom after finding NF. Main Quest: (EDIT) - 6/9/15 from a 6-week goal to a long-term quest. Due to misunderstanding my Main Quest to have been a goal just for this challenge. Lose 60 lbs. from 1/1/15 to 1/1/16. (The heaviest I have weighed myself was 277 around New Year's). Alternatively, if I hit 16% body fat >217 lbs. I will still consider than a success. And if I do not hit my goal weight by my target date, I will revise at that time what my long-term goal is. My weight may have climbed a bit higher over January & February, but I gave up alcohol for Lent for 6 weeks which was end of Feb through all of March... that was a huge reduction in my caloric intake, so my weight probably dropped during that time. But I really did not start focusing on improving my health & life until early May 2015. As of the time of writing this, I am approximately 20% towards my goal. To make my goal I will need to lose just over 2 lbs. a weel (which I think is sustainable & I will be monitoring). (/EDIT) This Challenge: Goal 1: Completely remove junk food from my diet (no ice-cream, candy, soda, Cheetos, etc). Junk Foods: 3 Goal 2: Limit alcohol consumption to no more than once per week. Alcohol: 8 of 6 (1 extra time in week 5 & 6) Goal 3: Do the "Beginner Body Weight Workout" 3 days a week. Work-outs: 18/18 Life Side-quest: Get 8 hours of sleep a night. This will be a challenge for me because I like to game with my friends and that usually happens late at night. Sadly, 3/4 of my good friends live 2 hours away. Fails/Total - Time: 12/42 - 525m (avg of 44 minutes under-sleeping my 8 hr goal, 28.5% of the time) Mini's: #1 - SMART (+1 WIS) #2 - Friends (+1 CHA) #3 - Library (+1 STA) #4 - Allocate stats #5 - Recipe (+1 CON) #6 - Major Notes: Goal 1 is not a huge change for me, I only eat junk food 1-3 times a week, it is a small change to a zero-tolerance policy. Goal 2 I really like drinking, but this is not a huge change because a month ago I just completed 6 weeks w/o drinking. Goal 3 This will be the biggest change for me and my primary focus in my first challenge. These will be done M,W,F mornings before work (never done the morning workout thing before but I am totally committing to this right now). This will start off with only doing the BBWW 2 times through the routine. This week I am starting with doing the BBWW only 1 time through and it is hard, but I think I can up it to two times through. My goal is that by the end of 6 weeks (after 18 BBWW workouts) to be doing 3 sets and to have lost 10 lbs. Disclaimers: I have started tracking my weight. 2 weeks ago 271.4, this morning 265.4. I did not weigh myself in the week in between because I was on vacation. Also those 2 numbers are not a great comparison because this mornings was taken right after waking up (going to be my standard for weekly weighing) and the time 2 weeks ago was in the evening, after play 70 minutes of racquetball (so drinking a lot of water, etc). I know that I was over 275 back around Christmas. But I figure that 10 lbs is a reasonable goal b/c I have the weight to lose. That said, if I do not make it all the way to that goal I will not stress it. It is a target to aspire for (1.5 lbs a week). Goal 1 & 2 are targeting my diet. If I do not hit my goal, it could easily be that I may need to adjust my total caloric intake, but my goal for this first challenge is to simply put into affect several smaller changes to what I am eating. I am very intimidated by the idea of "Counting Calories". I also currently do not have a smart phone (I have had several people say, "It is really easy, you just need to download this or that app"). I may decide this is something I need to do in the future, but it is not my focus for today. Starting Stats: As of this morning, a week ahead of the challenge: Weight - 265.4 Height - 6'3" Waist (belt) - 43" Belly - 44" Chest - 44" Biceps - 15" (both about the same) Thighs - 25" (both about the same) Bodyfat (omron) - 30.7% Bodyfat (caliper) - N/A I have a google doc that my friend (BobbyBear) and I will be using to track our results. I plan to weigh myself every Monday morning and take bodyfat measurements. I will take a picture of myself & take my other measurements once a month (Last month's was on the 20th, I may just maintain that date, pictures posted in my battle log linked in sig). What a normal day used to look like: I usually get up ~7:30 to be at work by ~8:30. The first thing I did EVERY morning for most of my life is eat 1-2 bowls of cereal. Get out of work at 5:00pm, hang out with my wife until ~10pm (dinner, tv, games, etc). Then I get on the computer when she went to bed and game with my friends from 10-12, or 1am, or 2am. I function extremely well on 5-6 hours of sleep. I have upped my sleep to 7.5-8 hours a night for 2 weeks now and have noticed no major changes. However, today starts my "summer hours" at work (boss allowing me to flex my time), so I get up an hour earlier, get to work and hour earlier and come home at 4:00pm. I love this because I will sit out at the pool afterwork 2-3 days a week, weather in Detroit permitting. However, that means that in order to get in a short workout (I did 1 rep through the BBWW this morning after a 2-3 minute warmup, total of ~15m) I have to be up around 6:00am instead of 6:30am and I am adjusting that from 7:30am only a few weeks ago. I have only eaten cereal for breakfast once in the past 2 weeks as I have been slowly improving my diet. Stat Gain on Forums: June 11: Mini #1 +1 WIS June 18: Mini #2 +1 CHA June 26: Mini #3 +1 STA June 29: 3 weeks completed of challenge, 10 points with grading (STR 1, DEX 0, STA 1.25, CON 2.75, WIS 1.5, CHA 0.5) July 15: Mini #5 +1 CON July 18: Challenge complete, up to 5 points based on grading (G1: +1 CON, G2: +1 WIS, G3: +1 STR +1 STA, G4: +1 STA)
  22. The Lump knew she had a long way to go if she ever wanted to be a supermegafoxykickass Halfling Ranger Superhero instead of a slothly Hobbit non-adventurer (non-adventurer, because adventure takes effort and that's much too difficult for The Lump.) To get to the top of the mountain The Lump must make her way to the first checkpoint: FitBit Alley where she will find her first reward, a FitBit Surge! The Road to Get There: 1. Track all food intake (and potential food intake) INT 2. No buying lunch - exceptions being my Nan's birthday, if I'm out with friends and when work makes me go to Kalgoorlie. When in Kal I will only buy salads/Subway sandwiches or an actual meal (so, no junk food). CON 3. Exercise three times a week. It can only be a five minute session, but I must exercise. Does not include doing squats after using the bathroom at work. STR And the Life Goal... 1. Complete all my Module 2 assignments for my Diploma in Building & Construction (Management) course. INT Potential Pitfalls: 1. Well meaning boyfriend who keeps buying me food. Tell him to stop. 2. Parents who are supportive, but in words only. 3. Depression/anxiety/stress.... just keep swimming, just keep swimming.
  23. Hello kids and welcome to my eight 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 BBWW 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) New this challenge 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 and 7th 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. 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 what I have with her. Black Dog (figure in petefeet's dreams) = Depression & that insidious emotion called "Hope" Mickey the Cat (Mysterious Wizards Familiar?) = My cat named Mickey!
  24. Hey y'all! This is my first challenge at Nerd Fitness. I've been getting the emails for a couple months and decided that it was time to try a challenge. I'm 23 and graduated college with a degree in Environmental Science last year. I wasn't having any luck with finding a job and spent a lot of time lounging around my parents' house eating junk food. I've since moved out and gotten a job. Though it's not my ideal job, and it's not even in my field, that was the sort of kick in the butt I needed to start putting effort into my health and my life. My main quests is to lose ten pounds in three months, before starting to improve my strength and flexibility. I'm also pursuing a side quest to keep up writing momentum between National Novel Writing Month events. From my previous attempts to make changes in my life, I realize that the biggest thing I can do is make small changes and make myself accountable. I need to focus on building momentum and maintaining it for more than a couple weeks at a time. And I need people to know, so that I can't just back out when the going gets tough or I get bored. So with that in mind, here are my goals for this challenge: MY MAIN QUEST GOALS Eat at least one serving of vegetables and a significant vegetarian source of protein in each meal.Track food consumption in a diary to cut down on mindless snacking. This will also give me a baseline for improving on my calorie and nutrient intake.Do some kind of exercise for at least 15 minutes a day, at least three days a week. Find out what exercises I like and which ones just don't work for me.MY SIDE QUEST GOALS Write at least 500 words everyday.Spend at least one hour editing a completed project each week.In addition to the above goals, I will post a weekly update on my progress here.
  25. This is my first challenge, and because I know me I know I usually overdo it with goals. I will do great for the first 1-2 weeks and then I fizzle. So I am really trying to make these goals obtainable. I have also signed up for the Academy too :-) I have been off and on the fitness/healthy wagon and I really want to stick with it. I am around 155 lb., 5’7, size 12. I have lost about 25 lb from my heaviest weight. (of course yo-yoing like I do it took years.) Main Goal: Lose weight and feel comfortable in my body. Quests 1. Drink at least 24 oz. of water daily. Seeing as how my current water consumption is 0 oz., I will build my way up to the recommended amount A- 24+oz. B- 16-23 oz. C- 8-15 oz. F- <8 oz. 2. Eat healthy dinners at least 3 times per week. A- 3+ times B- 2 times C- 1 time F- 0 times 3. Complete at least 30 minutes of exercise 4 times per week. A- 30+minutes 4+ times B- 30 minutes 3 times C- 30 minutes 2 times F- anything less Life Quest: By the end of this 6 weeks will be the end of my Women’s Health NP clinical for the summer. I hope to make it through it and get at least a B. Motivation: To be a HAPPIER and HEALTHIER me! If anyone wants to message me or needs a buddy. Check me out!
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