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  1. Hey there, hi there, ho there! I'm Afaenia - relocated to the semi-countryside in Japan in February 2014 and after lurking on Nerd Fitness for considerably longer than that, it's time to do what has to be done and face full life consequences. I teach Englsh in an immersion style school so the majority of my day is singing, dancing, yelling and running which ends at 7pm or 8pm, depending on the day... I bike to and from 90% of the places I need to go, because hey, it's free!!. Main Quest: Lose 10kg! If I lose ~0.5kg per week, that should roughly amount to 10 weeks, so let's call it 12. 10kg - 12 weeks. Quest 1: Complete the Beginner 5k workout on Runkeeper. A = no skips! B = 25 workouts complete, C = 22 workouts complete Quest 2: Make lunch myself on work days. No instant meals! I have plenty of time, and the facilities. A = 30 days, B = 25 days, C = 20 days Quest 3: Get at least 2 fruits or vegetables in every meal - Japan is crazy about seasonal produce! A = 42 days, B = 36 days, C = 30 days Life Quest: Study Japanese for 45 minutes every day. I live there, but speak my native tongue 6 out of 7 days a week. It's frustrating in daily life, my social life is suffering, and I have a test coming up! A = 42 days; B = 36 days, C = 30 days Motivation: I'm absolutely sick of all the children at work grabbing my stomach or legs, or prodding and squishing me! I want to improve my fitness levels, and treat my body the way it deserves to be treated. It's worked hard the last 26 years, and now it's time for me to repay the favour. Ooh, this is scary! Let's go!
  2. Hi all! I'm Anna Maria, and I'm super excited for my first challenge! Keeping things simple the first time around. I'd love to hear any suggestions/comments you guys have! (Yes, some of my goals have 2 separate grades. I don't know how to amend that.) Main Goal: Adventure! I want to be able to drop what I'm doing and go on any sort of adventure (an extremely strenuous hike, swimming in the ocean, taking the stairs to the top of the Eiffel Tower, etc.) without worrying that I will injure myself specifically as a result of being out of shape. Let's make it quantifiable, though-- I want to hike Half Dome at Yosemite before the end of 2016. Goal 1: Eat I'm not always 100% great about feeding myself. Time for baby steps. For the next 6 weeks, I will eat at least 1 serving of vegetables and 1 serving of protein with each meal, and limit dessert to 2x/week. A= at least 90% of meals have protein + veggies, B= 80%, C= 70%, D= 60%, F= <60%A= 12 or fewer desserts in 6 weeks, B < 14, C < 16, D < 18, F > 18Goal 2: Move Do this 7-minute workout 6 days a week to build a (very) baseline level of strength and stamina and get in the habit of exercising regularly. A= 36/36 days, B= 32/36, C=28/36, D=24/36, F < 24Goal 3: Explore Go on a hike every weekend! I live less than 30 minutes away from at least 3 nice, short (< 3mi) trails, so I have no excuse! Brownie points for longer trails! A= 6/6, B=5/6, C=4/6, D=3/6, F < 2Add a + to the grade if one of the trails was > 3mi longSide Goal: Write November is NaNoWriMo, and I'm participating! I also have an application to a short fiction workshop due on December 11th, and I'd like to write a new story for it. So the goal here is to finish NaNo in November, and write + edit a short story in December. A= 50,000 words! (complete NaNo), B= 40,000+ words, C= 35,000+, D= 30,000+, F < 30,000A= write + edit story, get feedback, edit again; B= write, get feedback, edit; C= write, edit; F= no story :-(Ooookay, that's all! Thanks for reading & I'm excited to meet you all :-)
  3. Introduction: Hi, I am UncleHuggyBear and this is my first challenge. I like to ride bikes, however I’m overweight at about 198 lbs and not very well conditioned and going up hills is quite a challenge for me. I’ve joined the rebellion because I want to really change my lifestyle against the Empire of lethargy and laziness in order to ultimately ride a metric and then imperial century on my bike. This isn't my first go around with doing a challenge, but I was in a very bad place mentally about 2.5 years ago and I wasn't having any fun. It didn't help that I was about 1200 miles from my friends and family. I'm in a much better place and I'm finally getting on track with my life again after a long road. Main Quest: Lose 20lbs by the end of the challenge. Quest 1: Body weight fitness exercises three times a week. I’m currently not doing any type of exercises which has caused me to gain weight and not allowed me to gain the strength I desire to ride up and down hills on my bike. Measurement will be done by percentage of days done doing the routine compared to total days scheduled for routine. Measurement: A = 90% B = 70% C = 50% D = 25% F < 25% Reward: A = +3 STR B = +2 STR C = +1 STR D = +.5 STR F = 0 STR Quest 2: Cardio three times a week. Depending on the weather and day of the week, I will be riding trails, using my trainer, or doing road biking. This will be tracked through use of the Strava app & website. Minimum of 30 minutes on the trainer and a minimum of 15 miles per trail/road ride. Again, measurement will be done by percentage of days done biking compared to total days scheduled for biking. Measurement: A = 90% B = 70% C = 50% D = 25% F < 25% Reward: A = +3 STA/DEX B = +2 STR/DEX C = +1 STR/DEX D = +.5 STR/DEX F = 0 STR/DEX Quest 3: Paleo for 85% of my meals. Currently, I’m not following any type of meal plan and eating whatever is in front of me or whatever I have a craving for at that time. I will be creating a weekly meal plan on Sunday of every week which will allow me to go grocery shopping. I will also be making all of my lunches for the upcoming week on Sunday which will allow me to ensure I am meeting my 85% paleo goal. I'm setting my goal for 85% as this will allow me to have a moment of weakness and also allow me to indulge in some non-Paleo Thanksgiving goodness. This will be tracked using either an App on my phone or via food log which will be documented either on my blog or on this thread. Same type of measurement as the other challenges, all percentage based. Measurement: A = 85% B = 70% C = 50% D = 25% F < 25% Reward: A = +3 CON B = +2 CON C = +1 CON D = +.5 CON F = 0 CON Life Quest: Open Education website to learn VBA and apply it to my job. I will also be updating my blog at least twice a week. This will be measured by completion of the course as well as total updates to my blog. Measurement: A = 90% B = 70% C = 50% F >= 25% Reward: A = +2 WIS/+1 CHA B = +1 WIS/+.5 CHA C = +.5 WIS/+0 CHA F = +0 WIS/+0 CHA Motivation: I want to look good, have a renewed sense of confidence, and be comfortable taking my shirt off. I’m tired of setting goals and not accomplishing the goals. I also want to be able to go riding with some of my friends that are much stronger bikers than I am currently. Edit: Said something twice in the 'Life Quest' section.
  4. Name: Alphaprotagonist Status: Cosplayer Gender: Girl Age: 22 Height: 5'2 Weight:143 Interests: I like hiking, urban exploring, and just generally finding new places to be. I've also recently taken up running and yoga in the hopes of having a more holistic approach to my health. Talk to me about Star Trek, conventions, cosplay, or anything else that tickles your fancy. If hiking or camping is your thing, I'd love to hear more. Looking for a squad? Tell me your goals and we'll see if we line up. Regardless, let's be friends! Main Quest: I've never run a 5k before, and I'm hoping to be able to jog one all the way through without stopping by the end of this challenge! (no matter how slow I go) Quests: Quest 1: Get Strong! - Strength training at least 2x a week (A > 2x a week - B = 2x a week - C = 1x a week) Reward: Massage Quest 2: Get Fast! - Run/walk at least 5 miles a week (A > 5 miles - B: 3-4 - C > 2-3 miles) Reward: Manicure/Pedicure Quest 3: Get Consistent! - Eat at least one vegetable a day (A > 7 - B: 4-6 - C: 2-3) Reward: Lush Shopping Trip Life Quest: Sparkling Smile: Brush Twice a day and floss once (A: Brush twice floss once - B: Brush once floss once - C: Brush once) Reward: Teeth whitening strips Motivation: I'm technically 'in my prime', and I want to take full advantage of that to create habits I can have for life while it's still pretty easy.
  5. Heyo! First time here and I'm super excited! I'm a runner by nature, but want to get better at putting all the fitness pieces in order, not just running. In the past I've either managed to succeed at running and forego strength training, or vise versa. Diet can be a little wishy-washy too But I feel like I'm doing pretty well at these things individually, I just need to get them all working together. So for this challenge the overarching theme will be: Putting the Pieces Together! My goals are as follows: 1) Train to Be a Better Runner. - Follow the Training Plan That means following the plan as I taper for a race on November 7th, and then hopping on the new plan my coach set up for me starting November 14th. I've hired somebody to help me reach my running goals, so no more second guessing my training and randomly switching plans. My coach will do the hard part of putting the training schedule together, I just have to show up, hold on and run. I know this plan is going to be really challenging for me, so I don't want to get in the habit of skipping days and thinking I'll make them up later. If I don't do the prescribed workout for that day, I have to do some cardio for the duration that I would have run. No excuses! Points - 2 for every workout during the week. (12 possible weekly) During my taper for the next few weeks that includes mobility and foam rolling days as I'm doing substantially fewer workouts right now. 2) Lift to Be a Better Runner. - Strength Train (any kind) 20mins 3x weekly. I have a really hard time nailing both strength and running. It feels like if I go too hard at one, I can't do the other. Ultimately I want to be a strong runner, not a lifter who happens to run. As such I'm relegating strength training to a little bit of a back burner spot. Instead of super structured workouts I'm going to view any strength training session of 20+ mins a win. I'm primarily going to focus on body weight stuff and some occasional kettle bells and dumbbell work especially on lower body, which will allow me to complete workouts at home. Points - 3x points for every session (9 possible weekly) 3) Eat (or not) To Be a Better Runner - Intermittent Fasting - Twice Weekly. A lighter runner, is almost always going to be a faster runner. I've know this forever, and yet I'm still sitting here at 5ft 4in, 164lbs, and roughly 30% body fat. My ultimate goal will be to get into the 20% bf range at around 140 (would be my guess). But for this challenge I'm aiming to hit sub 160. I'll be doing this by practicing two 20-24hr fasts every week. I tried fasting after reading about it on NF a while back and realized it really worked for me. Then I got lazy... and regained some weight. But now I'm back on it! I'll be weighing in every few days to see how the weight loss is coming. Points - 4x points for each full fast (8 possible weekly) 4) Personal Goal - Look Like You Care Seriously. This one is really personal, and really hard for me (for some reason). Basically I've just had a chat with my boss about how I'm super talented and good at my job (all very nice to hear) but that I tend to shoot myself in the foot because people think I don't care or I'm apathetic towards their projects. This is not a good thing to be told. I work in a creative field and being personable is actually quite important to your success (as I'm slowly learning). The problem is that I'm naturally really shy, and I don't like wearing my heart on my sleeve. I'm really reserved inherently, but I'm also really passionate about my job and am willing to work a ton of over time to get these projects done. So it was really discouraging when I was told today that people perceive me as somebody who does't really engage or care. So this goal is a little nebulous and unformed, but it's something that I want to start working towards. Sort of a fake it 'til you make it kind of approach. If anybody has tips on this one, I'm all ears. Points - No points for this one, but daily effort.
  6. Hello! So this is my first challenge, so tell me if I'm doing it wrong... _______________________________________________________ From my Intro Post: A bit about me: My name is Beth; I am 33 in November; I am an American living in Australia, and I am a SAHM with a soon to be 4 yo and triplets that just turned two. I am currently 87.9 kg on Day 1, with some fused vertebrae from a car accident ages ago and some military service, and a deep seated need to do this right this time, despite the fact that I have been a 'bare minimum' type of person my whole life. Why I'm doing this: I'm doing this because I'm tired of using my current life (a billion kids and no sleep) as a reason not to like myself. I want to feel attractive, be proud of what my body can do, and when my kids say they want to be like me, I want that to be a good thing. _______________________________________________________ I joined right in the middle of the last 6-week Challenge, so I am super excited to finally start this one! My Main Quest: I know that wieght is not the be-all, end-all, but I need to drop a few kg to make my knees and joints less prone to injury. So my quest is to lose 6 kg in the 6-week Challenge. However, I want to do it in a way that improves my life in the long run... more activity, better nutrition! Part 1 - I want to consume NO LIQUID CALORIES for 5 days out of every week. I've already cut soda, and cut milk out of my coffees, but no alchohol, no juice... I really need to focus on water intake. Part 2 - I want to start running... so 3 times a week, I'm going to run... it doesn't really matter how long, as long as I give it an honest go, but I have downloaded Zombies, Run! so that will be fun. Part 3 - I want to branch out and try one new class every week. I am trying Zumba next week, and rock wall climbing the one after... I'm also thinking a martial arts, a yoga, and a sword fighting... I have to see what's available and plan ahead. My Side Quest: I have so many things hanging out around the place that need to be put together or built. So, that is my side goal. I am going to build the trampoline for the kids, the new bike for my son, the brand new kitchen that is going in, and the new garden beds out back. IF i finish those too early in the challenge, I will move on to all the crafting projects I have half started and dying slow, stifled deaths. Wish me luck! I'm a recruit because this is my first challenge, but once I'm seeing some results I am looking at the Assassins Guild
  7. The Curious Cat Chronicles: Chapter One The door swung closed behind her as she stepped outside. Her eyes squinted in the sudden sunlight, and she brought her hand to her face to shade them. Too long spent indoors, Cat thought to herself. She stretched out neglected muscles, felt the tension in her neck and back releasing in percussive unison. Too long spent on dusty papers… Months she had spent nursing old wounds, and looking for answers – but finally, when Cat had all but given up hope, the call came. It was time. There was a long road ahead, and she was not even close to ready to being ready for what was at the end of it. But for now all she had to do was put one foot in front of the other... The Main Quest The main quest for the ever Curious Cat is to enter the Oxfam Trailwalker event in 2016. Held from the 2-4th of September, this is a fundraising uberwalk of 100km to be completed in less than 48 hours, in teams of 4. (More information - https://trailwalker.oxfam.org.au/sydney/) But there's a long way and a lot of ground to cover before being ready for that. Not to mention convincing three other people to be crazy enough to complete it with her. Challenge 1 The first challenge is simply to walk - it's the only way to get where she needs to go. Over the course of the next six weeks, the Curious Cat will walk half a million steps - an average of about twelve thousand a day A - 100% - 500,000+ steps B - 75% - 375,000+ steps C - 50% - 250,000+ steps D - 25% - 125,000+ steps F - 0% - 0+ steps Challenge 2 But sometimes the Curious Cat might need to move faster than a walk - either to escape from danger, or to help her friends. For this, she must be learn to run great distances. For this challenge, she will complete the first 6 weeks of the C25K program, which means a running session 3 times a week. Dante, her long legged canine companion, will also come along for the ride on this challenge. A - 100% - 18+ sessions B - 75% - 14+ sessions C - 50% - 9+ sessions D - 25% -5+ sessions F - 0% - less than 5 sessions Challenge 3 Sometimes, though, running is not an option, and she must stand and fight. For that she must practice her combat techniques, and build up strength. For this challenge, she will do a session of strength and/or combat training 5 times a week. This will include sessions of body-weight, free-weights, archery or sword fighting. A - 100% - 30+ sessions B - 75% - 23+ sessions C - 50% - 15+ sessions D - 25% -8+ sessions F - 0% - less than 8 sessions BONUS Life Challenge But training her body is not enough on its own. The Curious Cat must also broaden her mind if she is to have any chance of defeating what the journey throws at her. For this bonus life challenge, she will read 2 books a week. A - 100% - 12+ books B - 75% - 9+ books C - 50% - 6+ books D - 25% -3+ books F - 0% - less than 3 books
  8. About me: I started biking for transportation over a year ago and I have recently decided I want to step it up and start training for a triathlon. I am a full time student, and I am taking karate classes, so I am rather short on time. I go to karate every day, but I would like to I recently lost 25 lb because of karate, but I'm trying to get down another 5 lb to obtain a "healthy" weight, although I'm really more interested in gaining muscle. Main Quest: Prepare for Sprint Triathlon in Spring 2016 -Run (5k, 3.2mi), Swim (750m, 827yds), Bike (20km, 12mi) Prepare for 10k (6.2mi) in September 2016 Maintain Study Habits To achieve these Quests: Fitness Quest Strength training 3X Extra karate 2X Biking 4X Increase distance by 10% Running 3X Follow Couch to 5k plan Swim 1X RANDOM FUN STUFF 2x Experiment with a new goal every week Diet Quest Actually cook a big good meal every week and save leftovers Make over 2/3 of meals healthy Minimize Snacking Experiment with new diet goal every week Keep record of everything consumed
  9. As the subject says, this is my first challenge. I started NF about 2 weeks ago. Twice in the past I have gotten into pretty good shape (including finishing a few 100 mile cycling rides a few years ago) and have then been derailed with injuries. Right now I have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes that can be directly related to being very overweight. Hopefully this time I am ready to stay on the course regardless of what is thrown at me. Since I am at the beginning of my questing, my goals are about fundamentals. 1: Average 2 pounds a week of weight loss during the six week challenge. Long ago I learned that weight loss is not linear and that within saying "2 pounds a week" lies madness. I'll track and publish my progress each week (including a weigh in on Monday), but the goal is 12 or more by 10/25. 2: Consume less than 14,700 calories a week. (2100 calories a day.) Late night eating is my weakness, and before this challenge ends the Mets will probably be playing the Dodgers in LA in the playoffs. This means late night baseball. It's going to be tough. I need something to keep me on track, like having to report to a bunch of strangers each week. 3. No missed workouts. Period. Side Quest: I've been keeping up a pretty good pace of reading one or more new books a week. I want to keep that streak going through October.
  10. So I signed up for the wipe out run that will be taking place here in Sacramento on September 5. My main goal for my first 6week challenge is to compete and only stop to catch my breath only four times throughout the race. To do that these are the goals I need to meet: Lose 20lbs by September 4 |STR + 3 Not really necessary but it will help me be healthier and in better shape overall for the run. I will work out for at least four days a week. Alternating between light and heavy workouts. A= 22 days B= 16 days C= 11 days D= 5 days F= 0 days Cut soda's out of my diet for 6 weeks |CON + 3 I say I don't drink a lot of sodas but three sodas a week adds up. so I will swap with water A= 0 sodas B= 3 sodas C= 6 sodas D= 9 sodas F= 12 sodas Run one mile each week for six weeks | STA + 3 yes I realized this goes past my event date but I don't care. I shall achieve becoming an assassin/scout/adventurer hybrid. To build up to this I need to practice everyday, or at least 5 days a week. A= 6 miles B= 5 miles C= 4 miles D= 3 miles F= 2 miles As a life goal, one thing I'm doing is trying to write a book, so as practice I'm currently writing stories on a fiction site. My goal is to write one chapter each week. Chapter written a week | WIS + 1 A= 6 B= 5 C= 4 D= 3 F= 2
  11. Hi, I'm Joe. I can't wait to have goals! Goal #1 Eat fewer carbs. This will be tricky since I don't have a quantitative handle on the amount of carbs I eat now (yes, I know, I should track them...consider it done), but in general I want to cut it down since my triglycerides are through the roof and I'm told they are driven by carbs. Goal #2 Run three times a week. I normally get out for two 5Ks, so this will involve more road work, most likely over the weekend. Goal #3 Lift weights twice a week. By lift weights I mean visit the gym at work and hit the strength machines as much as possible in my lunch hour, or if I'm home, lift free weights and do core strength exercises, especially for the lower back, which tends to give me serious trouble if I ignore it. Wow, I feel like I accomplished something already!
  12. Introduction: Hi all! I've been reading NF for a long time (really, since it was new!), but I never joined the rebellion before. I don't know, I guess I never felt the need, but I've been feeling kind of frustrated with the grad student life lately, and well, wanted to level up somewhere else. Also, I've gained a few pounds and would like to lose them :-) I'm pretty active. When I have class, I bike to school most days (unless it's raining or over 95°F). Since I'm not in school for three more weeks though, I haven't been biking since summer school ended 7/31. I feel kind of silly joining, but this years been sort of a fitness bust for me compared to the last couple years. Nutrition goes out the window when I'm stressing school though :-( Main Quest: Live the "triathlon lifestyle" (swim bike run or strength train regularly & eat right). (yeah, after my first challenge, I'll probably be a scout) Quest 1: Strength train 2x a week. (Preferably "Barbell Battalion"). I've been doing good at this for the last two weeks, but I'd like to make it last. :-) This means I use weights, I track weights, reps and exercises, and try to either lift heavier/do more reps. Measurement: A = 12x B = 9X C = 6X Reward: A = +3 STR, B = +2STR, C = +1STR Quest 2: Swim OR Bike OR Run 3x/week (SBR are all weighted equally for my current non-plan goals). This might total 18, but I only want to count up to 3x/week for goal... it's about consistency, not doing 18 days in a row and nothing for the rest of the six weeks. Measurement: A = 3x/week, B = 2x/week, C = 1x/week Reward: A = +3STA, +1DEX B = +2STA, C = +1STA Quest 3: Eat out less. Specifically, I want to eat out no more than 2x/week. My husband and I eat out way too much! Seriously, it's like... meh, I don't want to cook. KFC? Carl's Junior? Also, my family doesn't like doing birthday's etc at people's houses, that "has to be going out" so... I know I can't hit 0 for the quest as a whole, but I'd like to reduce this a lot. (according to Mint.com & some arithmetic, we've eaten out an average of 24 meals for the past six months... 140 transactions that were food and dining, but not groceries divided by six months, but I know we've eaten out with cash too, so it's probably more...) Measurement: A = 12 times eating out (2x/week), ; B = 15 times, C = 18 times Reward: A = +3 CONS, +1 WIS B = +2CONS, C =+1CONS Life Quest: Write 1,000 words 5 days/week on my novel. Measurement: A = 30 days B = 25 days C = 15 days Reward: A = +3 WIS, B = +2WIS, C = +1WIS Motivation: I don't like that health has come in last for the past six months or so and I'd like to change that. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Please ignore my cheat sheet :-) Strength (STR) - physical strengthDexterity (DEX) - agility and speedStamina (STA) - Endurance and EnergyConstitution (CON) - ability to resist damage and diseaseWisdom (WIS) - intuition and sense of things around himselfCharisma (CHA) - force of personality and physical attractiveness
  13. Greetings fellow recruits! I'm a 45 year old husband and father of 4 who has spent the last 25 years (unsuccessfully) battling my weight. My job (college professor and department chair) lends itself to a lot of sitting, late nights, and grabbing food on the go. Earlier this summer, I realized that I had gone from being frustrated about my weight to sad and resigned. This terrified me. After knee surgery on June 30 and the 4th of July weekend, I weighed myself on July 5 to find that I weighed more than I ever had. This moved me from sad, resigned, and scared to angry and determined. Since July 5, I have dropped 14 lbs and have made some significant shifts in the way I eat. I'm at a point in my knee rehab where I can begin to bring exercise back into my life, so this challenge is about that. Main quest: Lose 80 lbs by July 1, 2016 Goals for this challenge: Bike 100 miles (5-6 per trip, 3 times a week) by September 6 A: 100-90 B: 89-80 C: 79-70 D: 69-60 F: is not an option Walk 25 miles (1-2 per trip 3 times a week) by September 6 A: 25-23 B: 22-20 C: 19-17 D: 16-14 F: is not an option Start body weight workouts by Week 3 (depending on knee recovery) and complete 3 per week through September 6 (12 workouts). A: 12-11 B: 10-9 C: 8-7 D: 6-5 F: is not an optionLife quest: Complete and submit a research article for publication by September 6 Motivations I want to dance with my wife on our 60th anniversary (37 years to go!). I want to see my grandkids off to college (none of these, yet). I want to travel the world without worrying if I will fit in the airplane seat or if my seat belt on the bus will latch (both issues I've experienced in travels). Game on.
  14. Hello all, After running a half marathon last year I started gaining weight, lots of it. A lack of exercise combined with a stressful year (which resulted in lots of eating) wasn't the perfect combination. I have recently started to make some small changes to balance out my life better and these challenges seem the perfect way to stay motivated. My main motivation is that I want to feel healthy in my own body again. I don't want my body to slow me down and make me tired when there is still so much to do and see! Since my eating pattern is a major issue for me, I have dedicated two quests in my first challenge to this. The third one will be about slowly building up an exercise routine again. Main quest: loose 25 kg (or 55 lbs) within the next twelve months. Quest 1: Eat a healthy afternoon snack so I stop eating, or binging on, unhealthier snacks before dinner. Measurement: A = 42 days, B = 36 days, C = 30 days Reward: A = CON +3, CHA +2, B = CON +2, CHA +1, C = CON +1 Quest 2: Do not eat or snack after 9PM Measurement: A = 42 days, B = 36 days, C = 30 days Reward: A = CON +2, WIS +2, B = CON +1, WIS +1, C = CON +1 Quest 3: Exercise at least three times a week for thirty minutes Measurement: A = 18 times, B = 17 times, C = 16 times Reward: A = DEX + 2, STA +2, B = Dex +1, STA +1, C = STA +1 Life quest: No screens one hour before going to sleep Measurement: A = 42 days, B = 36 days, C = 30 days Reward: A = +2 CHA, B = +1 CHA, C = +0.5 CHA Good luck everyone with their quests!
  15. My intro is up in the Rebel Intro forum here but in short. I just started with the beginning bodyweight routine on Monday. And here is my log so you know where I started. Goal - I want to be able to hike all around the Giant's Causeway in Ireland next year (sometime in the 2nd half of 2016) without falling and busting my ass. I busted it once. I wound up in the ER. Nothing was broken but do you know how hard it is to sit when you have a deep tissue bruise on your ass the size of a dinner plate?! Destination Link: http://www.discoveringireland.com/vacations/the-giants-causeway/#overview Average length of a visit is estimated to be 2 hours. That's a lot of time on my feet and moving up/down some serious hills. Other photos showed hills you would climb like stairs as well. My goal is to go next year and not be crippled afterwards so I'm thinking I need to get used to being on my feet for long periods of time, moving up and down hills easily, and moving up and down stairs easily. I can't seem to come up with SMART goals for the walking up and down hills part or the stairs part. Other than actually walking up and down hills and stairs, are there any other exercises I can do to help strengthen my legs? Are there any exercises in general I should be doing to help with all the moving around? I walk at least 10 minutes every day though last night, I achieved my first mile. Since this is my very first challenge and I don't yet what I'm capable of achieving in a given period of time, I thought one goal for this challenge would be to comfortably walk 6 miles. That means not be a panting red-faced mess when I finish the walk or be crippled sore the next day. That's all I came up with though. Yoga maybe for mobility? That's actually something I want to do so that could be one of those side quests - to sign up for a yoga class. EDIT: Adding in challenge EDIT #2: Details! EDIT #3: Removing workout. Had the wrong one written down but the goal is the same, do it 3 times a week. EDIT #4: Changed up the days I'm doing stuff in order to accommodate possible yoga days Main Quest: Be in good shape for trip to Ireland next year (see above) Quest 1: Bodyweight Brigade workout 3x a week (Mon/Wed/Fri) The goal here is to just do the workout 3x a week. If I do more reps, bonus!Quest 2: Walk 3x a week (Tue/Thu/Sat) Starting at 20 minutes (roughly a mile for me) and increasing by 5 minutes every week, which should put me at walking for 45 minutes in Week 6 (roughly 2 miles).Quest 3: Drink 3L of water every day I have been terrible at this. The idea is that by making it a reportable goal, I will actually buckle down and pay attention to the amount of water I'm drinking.Life Quest: Sign up for a yoga class and then actually go
  16. Hello! First off, I hope you're having a great day! To learn more about me and why I'm here check this out: My Life Story/Intro can be found here! If you like me, Here is my Battlelog! Main Quest: To weigh 155lbs (Currently about 50lbs) SMRT Quests: 1. Bike to work 3 times per week 2. Do 1 Strength training and 1 yoga class/week 3. Food Prep over the weekend for Monday-Friday (food prep on Monday August 3rd for that week due to holiday) Scoring: BIKE: A - 18+ bike rides completed B - 15 bike rides completed C - 12 bike rides completed D - 9 bike rides completed E - 6 bike rides completed F - <6 Bike Rides completed STRENGTH/FOODPREP: A - 6 completed B - 5 completed C - 4 completed D - 3 completed E - 2 completed F - <1 completed LIFE Quest: Keep the Kitchen Clean during this challenge! I don't really pick up after myself, so here's my effort! My hubby and I have a deal to clean the kitchen on specific days. We alternate days and each have 3 days of cleaning. Scoring: A - 18+ Days Cleaned B - 17 Days Cleaned C - 16 Days Cleaned D - 14 Days Cleaned E - 12 Days Cleaned F - 10 Days Cleaned My Motivation: I want to remember what it feels like to be proud of myself. To stand tall on top of a mountain and go 'Yeah - that's right, This is me!'. I also want to be as fit as I can be before I enter into the next chapter of motherhood. Kind of like prepping my body for 9 months of chaos Attribute points: I will look into this in my next challenge after I can create my character. I'm just having a hard time grasping everything - Once I figure this out I'll update it Challenges: - I have a bad knee. It is much better now but still a bad knee - I have little to no time between husband, puppy, full time job, and wedding/general photography!
  17. Hi – I’m Alocin. This is my second go at a challenge – I abandoned one last year while I had some horrible, no-good, very-bad health issues. My backstory is that I lost almost 25 kilos (approx 55 pounds) in 2013-14, through getting a handle on eating better and portion sizes, getting back into swimming, taking up yoga and starting to run (C25K). I was in a really good place for a long time, and was on the cusp of getting down into a healthy weight range for the first time since my late teens/early 20s. Then, about a year ago, I was diagnosed with severe depression and anxiety, as well as regularly working 12-15 hour days. I was at such a low point, and so snarled up in my head, that exercising only made things worse. I had panic attacks in the pool, out running and, most embarrassingly, in yoga class. So, I stopped. And started comfort-eating. However, I have since made a lot of other changes to get better. I got medical help and I changed jobs. But, I’ve regained almost all the weight I lost, I’m back in the ‘obese’ BMI category, I can’t fit into most of my clothes (I got rid of almost all my plus-size stuff!), and my immune system has tanked – I have had every single cold and flu bug going around this year. So, now life is on track, my main quest is to re-establish good, sustainable health and fitness habits. My motivation is a sailing trip in south east Asia in late November. I want to be fit enough to feel unselfconscious about participating in activities like paddleboarding, hiking, snorkelling and helping sail the yacht (as well as being able to easily get on and off the damn thing!) without worrying about being the fat, out-of-breath lady on board. Quest 1: Improve my food intake by (1) tracking calories on MyFitnessPal (2) only eating out/getting takeaway when socialising and making better food choices when doing so. (Defining ‘better food choices’: no takeaway pizza, no McDonalds, no Oportos or similar, no cheese or chocolate pig outs. Limited, planned and accounted-for ‘treats’, eg a piece of birthday cake, are ok, as is limited, planned and accounted-for alcohol consumption, eg an occasional glass of wine with dinner.) Measurement: Calorie tracking: A = hit calorie target every week B = hit calorie target four weeks out of six C = hit calorie target three weeks out of six D = hit calorie target two weeks or fewer out of six Better food choices: A = no fast food/pig outs B = fast food/pig out once per week C = fast food/pig outs twice per week D = fast food/pig outs three or more times per week I’ll score calorie tracking overall at the end of the challenge, and the better food choices per week, then I’ll average the two for the end result. Quest 2: Re-establish my exercise habits by (1) completing a 30 days of yoga challenge (2) doing 3 x C25K sessions per week (3) 30 mins of laps in the pool 2 x per week. Measurement: Yoga: A = 30 consecutive days completed B = 25 consecutive days completed C = 20 consecutive days completed D = fewer than 20 consecutive days completed Running: A = all sessions completed B = 2 x sessions completed and/or 3 sessions with any incomplete C = 1 x session completed and or 2 sessions with any incomplete D = no complete sessions Swimming: A = 2 sessions completed B = 1 session completed and/or 2 sessions with any incomplete C = 1 incomplete session D = no pool visits Yoga score overall, running and swimming per week, then I’ll average them all together at the end. Quest 3: Improve sleeping habits by being tucked up in bed by 10pm Sunday-Thursday, no TV/Netflix in the bedroom, plus eye-mask. Measurement: A = Five nights B = Four nights C = Three nights D = Two nights or less Life quest: Throw more dinner parties/lunches for friends at my place. Being connected to my social network is important for my wellbeing. Plus, I’ll clean my house when they come round – and I can control the menu. Measurement: A = three times B = twice C = once D = none. Concerns/challenges: I’m booked in for a weekend away with friends who are major food and wine connoisseurs in the middle of the challenge. I need to put a plan in place for how to handle that weekend both score-wise and so it doesn’t throw me off track. Additionally, I’ve also been really unwell with colds/flu this year, and it’s smack-bang in the middle of flu season. I need to decide how I’m going to deal with scoring if I get sick mid-challenge. Rewards: I’m not an RPG/gamer person – my nerdery is more the books and politics variety, so the points make no sense to me but, I’m going to appeal to my fashionista side. A: That really super-duper expensive handbag I’ve been eyeing off for months. (I figure the $$ saved on junk food will help towards this!) B: A new work suit. (Even with a B, I think I may shift down a size. If not, I need work clothes!) C: A new pair of shoes. D: Nada.
  18. Good evening fellow recruits, A little about me: 49 yo F, 5'6" (167cm), 156 pounds (71kg), attorney, mother of a teenager, owned by two cats and a very confused dog. I joined the Rebellion a couple weeks ago to jumpstart my weight loss and fitness efforts. My main goals over the next few months are to lose 10 (ok, 11) pounds before my birthday (December) and to try to PR at a half-marathon on October 31. My quests toward these goals, over the next 6 weeks, are: 1. Track my eating and drinking (all beverages, caloric and not, alcoholic and not) daily. I have the MyFitnessPal app on my phone. I will use MFP to track. I note that I do far better with my eating when I'm tracking; when I don't track is when I get sloppy with my eating. A = track every day (42 days) B = track at least 32 days C = track at least 21 days D = track at least 11 days F = track <11 days 2. Run four times a week, with one run being hill work or speedwork and one run being my long run. A = 24 total runs, including 6 hill/speedwork and 6 long run B = at least 18 total runs; at least 5 hill/speedwork and at least 5 long run C = at least 12 total runs; at least 3 hill/speedwork and at least 3 long run D = at least 6 total runs; at least 2 hill/speedwork and at least 2 long run F = <6 total runs OR <2 hill/speedwork OR <2 long run 3. Get into a strength training schedule on my non-running days. My quest is to strength train three times weekly. I am starting with the Beginner Bodyweight workout. After three weeks, I will re-evaluate to see whether it is time to move up to a more challenging strength workout. A = 18 strength training workouts B = at least 14 C = at least 9 D = at least 5 F = <5 My life quest for these six weeks is to engage in a morning meditation daily. A = every day (42 days) B = at least 32 days C = at least 21 days D = at least 11 days F = <11 days Motivation: I feel better physically and emotionally when I work out regularly and don't overeat. My moods are better when I run regularly. My joints feel better when I strength train regularly. I want to be strong and healthy as I turn 50 and beyond.
  19. Hi all! I'm Emma. I'm a uni student who looooves music, TV shows and movies (too much), and playing WoW with the husband. Fitness and healthy eating habits were never a priority for me or my family growing up; DH has been trying to encourage me to be healthier for a while, but it has taken me a few years to find my own reasons for wanting to make some changes to my lifestyle. I joined NF for motivation/encouragement - DH and I will both be finishing school in the next few years, and plan to move home and settle down. We both want kids, and I am worried that my current state of fitness or lack thereof will make pregnancy and raising kids a lot more difficult. Apparently, kids have a lot of energy. I also want to teach my future children by example that eating right and exercising is really important. So...I'm starting now. Here goes! Main Quest I would love to eventually participate in a triathlon at some point in my life, but I'm going to start by working up to a 5K run in November. I am going to accomplish this by: 1) Being in bed, lights out, trying to sleep by 10:30 every night. This will allow me to get up earlier and have the time to exercise, meal plan, etc. This means I will have to be done dishes, tidying, and morning prep by 10pm. Dishes must be started by 9:00!! I am going to create some sort of calendar to put a check mark on the days when I do this, and keep it on my bedside table. 2) Stick with a walk/run program for the full 6 weeks. I've been trying to do this forever, and I'd like to actually accomplish it! The one I've picked is a 13-week program, but I think the Challenge will be helpful in setting me on a course for success. I will run Monday, Thursday and Saturday mornings at 8am, and I've already added this to my Google calendar. I usually stretch on either end on my run, so on alternate days, I will continue to stretch. Maybe I'll even watch some videos and learn a few new stretches... 3) I am already registered with the MyFitnessPal app, so I'm going to continue logging my calories on there and actually complete the entries at the end of the day so the app can track my progress. I want to stay within the calorie limits, and make sure I meet my calcium goals each day (lactose intolerance makes that hard sometimes). I will accomplish this by only eating dessert once per week, and limiting my snacking to a small, healthy snack like almonds, fruit or (lactose-free) yogurt once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Side Quest I want to level up my spiritual life, too, so I've finally got my hands on a book I want to read. It's pretty long, and I have to read it slowly to absorb the information, so I would like to be halfway through it in 6 weeks (done chapter 7). I will accomplish this by emailing my mentor with my progress (I'm going to share this post with her, too, which will also help with accountability) and reading it for 20 minutes a day. This shouldn't be hard to do because I'm so excited to read it! Thanks for reading. I hope you all reach your goals, too!
  20. Introduction: Hi everyone! I'm Riadho. I'm 25, 175lbs, and 5' 7". I manage a movie theatre, so it's not the best job for inspiring fitness. I love reading books and comics. I'm a little music obsessed. I also like to knit. As far a physical activities, I'm a big fan of hiking, geocaching, biking, and geocaching. I'm trying to change my body and want to be able to keep up with my athletic boyfriend and our dog....and to prove to myself that I can do this! Main Quest: Drop to 14% body fat by the end of the year Quest 1: Practice yoga every single day (I'm lacking in flexibility). Measurement: A= Every Day, B= At least 30 days C- At least 20 Days Reward: A= +3 STA, +2 STR +1 CHA B= +2STA +1 CON C= +1 STA Quest 2: No more fast food! Measurement: A = 0 fast food, B = 1 meal of fast food per week C = 2 meals per week Reward: A = +3 CON, B = +2CON, C = +1 CON Quest 3: Complete 1 work out (or equivalent activity - ie. hiking, kayaking, etc) 4-5 times a week. Measurement: A = 4-5 times; B = 3 times C = 1-2 times a week Reward: A = +3 STR, +2 DEX +2 CHA, B = +2 STR, +1 DEX, C = +1STR Life Quest: Read for at least one hour every single day. Measurement: A = 42 days, B = 36 days, C = 30 days Reward: A = +2 WIS +1 CHA, B = +1 WIS, C = +0.5 WIS Motivation: As I said before, I want to be able to keep up with my boyfriend and my dog (and also my friends). I've become inflexible and easily winded. I want to be able to be a superhero to those I know (plus being attractive never hurt anyone)
  21. Hi there. This is my first challenge. I like to write. In fact, I do it for a living. Writing is difficult to do when you aren’t sitting, so I sit most of the day. I weigh a whopping 279 lbs. and I am not 7 feet tall (5'7"). Last week I realized, though I don’t go out near as often as I did in my early 30s, I still drink too damn much for my off work activity. I’ve already spent a week detoxing. No alcohol and eating only whole foods. And it has been fricking amazing! I wake up like a champ raring to go. So I see it – I see where I want to go. I was never a large person until I hit 21 and work happy hours became a thing. And eating crap late after a night of carousing became a thing. I gave up running, biking, skiing… so I could hang out with friends and shoot the shit. When I was 14 I dreamt of exciting adventures and new lands to discover. My 14 year old self would kick my ass if she saw me now. And it is her that motivates me. I want to take it back to 14. Main Quest: Run a half marathon by spring 2016 Quest 1: Complete six weeks of the Couch to 5k program. I understand that in my under-exercised state I may need to repeat some sessions, but for the next six weeks I will follow the instructions as far as I can. Quest 2: Eat whole foods every day with 95% accuracy. I realize that I may need to compromise at times given the environment I am in with work and family obligations, but so long as I stay committed to the plan, I will recover and keep on track. Alcohol is not a whole food! Quest 3: Be able to complete 10 actual, real, full push-ups by the end of the challenge. I will use the resources on NF to guide me in proper approach. Life Quest: Gain basic French understanding in time for my trip to France on Thanksgiving. I will use Duolingo daily lessons and speak with my French friends on a weekly basis to further understanding. Motivation: I want to run and raft and bike and play with my niece and nephew and brothers and dad. Right now I'm like the roly poly aunt that heaves and weaves behind the fun. Enough! Taking back my life!
  22. Introduction: Hello, I'm Tael and this is my first challenge. I really enjoy the outdoors and want to go hiking/camping more often, but my endurance is almost nothing. I used to be more active in college, but since then have gotten more used to the sedentary lifestyle of working as a tutor and sitting down with kids for long periods of time. I joined the rebellion because I would really like to get out and explore forest/mountain trails. I'm pumped up about working out alongside a group of people holding me to my goals! Main Quest: Lose 50lbs by December I currently weigh 243 lbs at 6'0". I gained roughly 30 lbs. since I graduated college and I am ready to get back into gear. Quest 1: Walk/Jog/Run 7 Miles a Week Honestly, my dog has definitely made me more active, but I'm going to actually go on longer walks/runs than just walking to the dog park a 1/4 mile down the road Measurement: A = 7 mi/wk, B = 5 mi/wk, C = 3 mi/wk, Reward: A = +3 STA, B = +2 STA, C = +1 STA Quest 2: Get into a Cycle of Working Out I always hear that in order for something to become a habit, you need to do it over and over again. I really want to make working out something that comes more naturally than Netflix or Sma4h. I plan on starting with the Angry Birds Workout for this challenge and reach level 3 for each workout. I just printed out the Excel sheet so that will be my tracker! MWF will be my workout days. Measurement: A = Lvl 3, B = Lvl 2, C = Lvl 1 Reward: A = +3 STR, B = +2 STR, C = +1 STR Quest 3: Paleo Power In college, a group of friends and I would go on Paleo and Whole30 challeges and motivate each other. I saw the best results while doing Whole30 so I would like to get back into the rhythm of Paleo. I just need recipes...so any recommendations are welcome!! I plan to ease into paleo by eating at least 10 paleo meals for the first week, then go full paleo the rest of the time. If all goes well, I will end on total paleo Measurement: A = Full Paleo - 5 wks; B = Mess up 2-5 times, C = Mess up 6-10 times Reward: A = +3 WIS, +2 CON, B = +2WIS, +1 CON, C = +1WIS Life Quest: Read More, Play More I am currently on a GoodReads Challenge to read 35 books this year. I'm currently on book 13 so I'm hoping to make more progress during this challenge. Also, I used to jam out on my Saxophone with a group of friends and I would like to pick that back up...and possibly play at an open mic night. Who knows?! Measurement: A = 5 books - Open Mic Night, B = 3 books - Play consistently with group, C = 1 book - Play 1 scale Reward: A = +2 WIS, +3 CHA, B = +1 WIS, +2 CHA, C = +1 CHA Motivation: I want to climb mountains, hike forests, and camp out in the wilderness and not worry about dying after 20 minutes. I want to meet that special someone who loves the things I do and wants to go on an adventure with me. I want to feel good about myself and not worry if people are looking at my gut, cinnamon rolls, or man boobs. Most importantly, I want to LGN!
  23. Main goal: Over the next year, I'm going to lose 50lbs, be able to run a 5k in 30 minutes, and greatly increase my flexibility and strength. And I want to be able to do a pull up. Oh and I want to get good with a longbow, but I won't own one til probably Christmas. I have some experience through an archery class but I want to increase my speed and accuracy. Challenge goals: workout 5 days a week (swimming, running, climbing, yoga and/or zumba class); cut out meat, dairy, and soda; go on at least 1 hiking trip. Life goals: help clean the house, dedicate time to taking care of myself mentally. I'm not sure how the point assignation works, but I think I'd start out at the 10 points and remove a point every time I miss one of my challenge goals. Can I give myself bonus points? If so, right now I can only run 2 miles but if I can either run 3 or shave 8 minutes off of my two Mike run time I want to give myself bonus points. Did I miss anything in this initial post? I'm working my way up to being an assassin but I'm definitely not there yet.
  24. Main quest: Get ready for travelling and volunteering overseas in less than two years' time. Ideally this involves losing 30kg, running a 5k race, and lifting heavy things on a regular basis. Going to focus on running right now because I like it, there's very little prep (no excuses) and the most important thing right now is momentum, but I consider strength to be a priority overall. 6-week challenge goals: 1. Run with Zombies, Run! 3 days a week Approximately 30min per episode. Possibility this will aggravate an old injury - if so, I will switch to bike riding or bodyweight strength exercises. May need to take extra 2 day breaks without losing grades to avoid injury or when goal number 3 has kicked my ass. A: Average 0 days missed per week B: Average 1 or less days missed per week C: Average 2 or less days missed per week F: Average more than 2 days missed per week Edit: Out of curiosity I started measuring how long I can run without stopping during the middle of a session, so I'll be doing this to track progress but it won't affect grades. 2. Stick to my paleo-LCHF diet and limit calories. Not going to set a specific weight loss goal because it's frustrating when I stick to it and don't see the predicted loss. The main thing is to make it enjoyable and sustainable in the long run, and the losses will come in their own time. Not sure how to grade this as I don't need to log my food every day - once I have my meals portioned out I can count it in my head well enough. 3. A longer walk once a week in a nature area 2h+, preferably take supplies and stay out most of the day if time permits. If it's too wet the walk can be made up the next week. If car troubles/lack of time, a nearby nature reserve will do. A: 6 walks B: 4-5 walks C: 3 walks F: 2 walks or less Life goal Study German once a week, minimum 45 minutes, Duolingo or from a textbook (or both). A: 6 sessions B: 4-5 sessions C: 3 sessions F: 2 sessions or less Motivation: These are all working towards a major travel plan which requires fitness, and two years is by no means a long time to achieve it. However I also find I'm best motivated by positivity, by thinking about how fun it's going to be to be able to move more freely and see progress in strength. Eta: I may be in a bad place fitness-wise and I can count the things in my genes and life that have contributed to that, but I've also been blessed with working legs, lungs, joints and nerves, which some people with disabilities don't have, so I'm going to do everything I can to make good use of them. Reward: Buying myself some Zombies, Run! merch. Maybe getting a gym membership at the university gym for next semester, depending on whether I'm bored with homegrown exercise and how many cobwebs are in my bank account. Let's do this! Week 1: 3/3 runs; starting 136kg; hike 2.5h; Timed runs 1:00, 1:15. German done. Week 2: 3/3 runs, starting 135.6kg; hike 2.5h; Timed runs 0:55, 1:10, 1:15. German done. Week 3: 3/3 runs, starting 135.9kg; caught up 5km hike; intervals 30/2:30. German missed. Week 4: 3/3 runs, starting 135.4kg, hike 5km; intervals 30/2:30. Week 5: 2/3 runs, starting 135.2kg, hike 10km; intervals 30/2:30. German done. Week 6: 2/3 runs, starting 134.4kg, hike 5km; intervals 30/2:30. German missed. Final weight: 134.2kg
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