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  1. Name's Charlie. I have 9 years of MMA (mixed martial arts) up my sleeve, but since an injury last year I've had to stop. I'd love to get back to the level of fitness I was at and maybe get a little better at other things too, like running which I avoided like the plague, oops. On my rest days, I hope to dedicate myself to yoga to increase flexibility and balance. An example week may be Monday - running Tuesday - Upper body strength training Wednesday - Interval training (running) Thursday - Core strength training Friday - running Saturday - Lower body strength training Sunday - Yoga Main goal To run 5k Missions Run at least 3 times a week Eat Paleo as much as possible Strength train every other day (Sundays off) Side quests Do at least 1 proper pull up Drink more water Life quest Stop procrastinating and finish my Uni application
  2. This is my first challange. I'd really like to be training for a half marathon right now, but due to a foot injury I've had to stop nearly all work outs for the last 3 months , So I'm going to take it slow and build core strenght while NOT injuring myself. 1) My main quest will be building muscle, while learning about weight lifting. Sub Goal 1) Build up to weight lifting 3 time a week.Sub Goal 2) Track each one of my work outs on on paper so i can see my progress.Sub Goal 3) Take a class at my gym at least once a week. 2) SIDE QUEST: Reasurch cash envelop budgeting system.3) DECLARE YOUR MOTIVATION: Take my little guy jogging this summer.
  3. Introduction: Hi, I'm Deborah and I'm an aspiring Scout. I am a computer programmer by trade but am currently looking after my 4 month old son, Jellybean, fulltime. I haven't focused on fitness since I got pregnant, but I miss running and am keen to get active and fit again. I previously attempted a NF challenge but ended up losing focus and not completing it. This time, I have signed up for Nerd Fitness Academy as well and I'm going to make real lasting changes in my life. Main Quest: I want to run a half marathon by the end of August next year. I really enjoy running and have previously run the 10k and 14k distances and would like to challenge myself to run it in a good time as well. I'm considering doing a trail version, and there are two possibilities in the local area in August next year. Quest 1 - Workout (+4 STR): Complete 3 training sessions of the Nerd Fitness Academy Bodyweight Brigade workouts (currently on my 3rd week of Level 1). I want to build up my strength this year before starting to run next year.Quest 2- Diet (+3 CON): Drink at least 3 litres of water every day to teach myself a new normal. This will improve my diet by default as it will stop my hungry/thirsty ravenous snacking.Quest 3 - Sleep (+2 STA +2 CON): Head to bed by 10pm five nights per week. If I stay up later gaming, I pay the price when my son, Jellybean, wakes up to feed.Life Quest - Get Crafty Creative (+2 WIS): I will start to get back on track with my hobbies by either sewing or crocheting on two evenings per week. Before having Jellybean, I was using these hobbies to relax, but since he was born, I've been a bit too absorbed with playing games to relax (currently Skyrim).I will start to get back on track with non-gaming/Skyrim related hobbies by doing something creative for at least ten minutes for 2 days per week. This includes but is not limited to sewing, crocheting, drawing, playing music, etc.GradingA: 6 weeks, B: 5 weeks, C: 4 weeks Bonus Quest - Thank You (+1 CHA +1 WIS): So... I got married... just over 2 years ago... I have the blank thank you cards sitting under my bed (took me a year to order them).. but have been procrastinating because I don't want to write the wrong thing in them so it's easier to not write them at all. I WILL gradually fill them out over the course of this challenge and mail them out.​Grading A: Done, F: Not Done Motivation: I want to be an 'active' and 'disciplined' person who is known for completing things that I start, as well as I want to be a healthy role model for my son. Rewards: Rewards are stacking, meaning I get the A, B, and C rewards if I get to an A grade, the B and C rewards for B grade, and just the C reward for C grade. And if I don't send out those thank you cards, the F grade negates ALL rewards. Rewards are as follows: A overall: Earrings! Purchase a nice set of silver earrings (I want this!)B overall: Book: Purchase a book (I'm currently thinking of getting the new Ben Collins driving book)C overall: Bra: Purchase a sports bra that fits me (I MUST achieve this reward so I can start running next year = mega motivation)F overall: Go directly to Jail and do not collect ANY rewards. Note: I might rethink my grading over the next week as I'm not sure how well it will work.
  4. Hello you. I'm doing my first-ever 6-week challenge to get myself on the path towards a better, less fluffy version of myself. Who am I? I'm Ares Pandora. Duh. More seriously, I am an English teacher in South Korea who is sick and tired of being sick and tired. Main Quest To jump-start a new way of life by getting under 80kgs. Goals 1. I will stick to my workout schedule: three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. (STR:4|STA:2) Grading: A = 18 B = 12-17 C = 7-12 D = 1-6 F = 0 2. I will not drink beer, as it is counter-productive and carb-y. This one is going to be a tough one, as I really enjoy beer. However, I realize that I can not outrun my fork....or pint glass. (CHA:2|CON:2) Grading: A = 0 B = 1-3 C = 4-6 D = 6-9 F = 10+ 3. I will eat real food, and thus go without takeout/fast food. (CON:2) Grading: A = 0 B = 1-3 C = 3-6 D = 6-9 F= 10+ Life Quest: Get back into good study habits by studying Korean for at least 30 minutes every day without distraction. (WIS:4) Motivation There’s this thing that happens every time I sit down. My stomach pushes over the limit of my pants and hangs out for the world to see. I hate it and if I don't change my ways now, it's only going to get worse. +1 WIS and +1 CHA for mini-quests.
  5. Main Quest: To "Travel" 75 miles before DEC 10. My character is from a small town and was given a gold coin to rush the message to a city far away... 3 Goals: 'Travel' an average of 3 miles a day per week. Run, Walk, Swim... No bikes though! Do one body weight workout a week to simulate lifting, climbing, and other various obstacles one might encounter on the road. Work out on various inclines at least once a week. It shouldn't just be a flat land... The trails are never just easy walks, but often up hills and mountains. Life Quest: Become more organized. My pack in life is cluttered...it makes for inefficient travels and often drains me more than I care to admit. My Motivation: To become more fit. I've started this road on a half-challenge (came in late) last time. This time I plan to follow-through and increase my endurance and overall strength. I've got a long way to go still. That and deliver my message so I can earn my gold coin. Wish me luck. I've got a long road to travel!
  6. Yay, here's my first Six Week Challenge! I've been interested in the process of becoming a superhero since I got more into the Marvel universe after the Avengers movie dropped. And, with a few exceptions, the superheroes I love most are those without superpowers to speak of. Just regular people who have become extraordinary, like Hawkeye, Black Widow, and Robin. I'm not thinking of taking up vigilante justice or anything, but the thought of being able to do just about anything I want to do is pretty enticing. Having the strength and mobility to get any job done would be pretty awesome. So that's my really, really big eventual goal. But I've take it down a notch for these first quests. Main Quest: In about 2-3 years, my uncle wants to take a group of 14 people to Finland to participate in the Sulkavan Suursoudut, which is some sort of 70km, two-day rowing adventure. I've been interested in Finland for a while (they put out some killer music over there), so I'm excited to get over there! Quest 1: Do beginner bodyweight circuit 2-3 times per week. I'm going to need full body strength for rowing, so I need to start somewhere. Quest 2: Do a stretch routine in the mornings when I get up, at least 3 times per week. I find I feel better, more alert, and experience fewer lower back pains when I stretch in the mornings. (And still I usually don't. Go figure.) Life Quest: Do the dishes. At work, put all dishes in the dishwasher as they are created. At home, put all dishes in the dishwasher as they are created. Empty the dishwasher as soon as it is done. Hand wash the rest of the dishes at least once a week. Motivation: Clint Barton. Seriously. Well, him and the others mentioned above. Becoming a superhero. Slowly watching myself be able to take on greater things. Slow is hard, but this six week challenge, where I have this thread and other people watching me, should be a really helpful start and a good way to really dig into the process of becoming a superhero, instead of sitting on the sidelines and saying, "Man, I wish I could do that." So that's me!
  7. Hoooookay, welp, hey folks. Ready to get crackalacking on this six week challenge or what? Lift some weights, run some miles, crawl through the Fade, beat the snot out of some templars...oh wait, oops. XD Ah, so I'm a newbie and not exactly 100% I'm posting this right but hey gotta start somewhere, right? So without further ado, name's Jaz. The Xiao Long is a RWBY reference (YangFTW), so if you ever want a RWBY geekout, call me. I'm one of those start up the fitness life, get busy with life and then fall off the wagon - no more! I'm a cosplayer, looking good in the outfits I work my ass off in sewing is like a no-brainer! I work at Wendy's, two hours on a public transit, a thirty minute walk/ten minute bike ride between getting off of the train and getting to work, along with work. Oh, wait, am I rambling and getting off topic yet? Still with me? Good! Main Quest: To look awesome when I whip out my Yang Xiao Long and Captain Isabela (DRAGON AGE FTW) cosplays. So make my body as awesome as possible. Quest Numbah 1: Live and breathe Paleo. At least for the next six weeks. I hear a lot about it from the tracuers I run into, and it seems like a solid health theory...soooo transition transition! A: Paleo it up for at 95% of the challenge. B: Live the Paleo for 70% of the challenge. C: At least 50% of Paleo diet during this whole challenge. Quest Numbah 2: ZOMBIES! RUN! Soooo I bought the 5k training app for Zombies Run, and I do it kinda well...very rarely. Sooo I'm gonna change that up and really get into staying on top of this. A: Follow the Zombies! Run! schedule to a T for the entirety of the challenge. B: Only skipped one or two runs. C: Missed out on a whole week, devoured by zombies, Runner 5 down... Quest Numbah 3: Sleep. I find it very hard to both fall asleep and then get the proper amount of rest. I either undersleep or normally oversleep, getting up is such a pain and I've been getting terribly late starts on my day. And sleep's a big deal when it comes to fitness! So...8 hours of sleep has always been the ideal number, y'know? A: 100%, getting the right amount of sleep, around the same times. B: 80% getting all my Zzz's in, more or less. C: 65% passing out properly. Life Quest: Finish my Isabela and Yang cosplays in time for my next con! Motivation: To be an even better person than when I started. Oh, and just be a really really awesome Izzy and properly represent a BioWare femme fatale. Ah, I hope I did that right...welp, wish me luck, folks! AND YOU GUYS STAY AWESOME AND GOOD LUCK ON YOUR QUESTS AS WELL.
  8. Hi, my name is Lee and I started my quest back towards long term health on May 12, 2014 when I realized that I needed to reform a lot of aspects of my life to be the father I wanted to be. Since then I've started eating paleo, commuting via bike, playing Ultimate Frisbee consistently again, disc golfing when I can, and spending more time hiking and taking our dog for walks. I've lost 50 lbs, put on some muscle, improved my athletic performance, and feel better than I ever have. You can read more details on my past if you wish; I'm pretty sure that's not really violating the spirit of Rule 1. I've been reading all of the blog posts here since then, a lot of old ones, and some forum posts, but am ready to get more involved. I actually would have done the last challenge but my daughter was born the day it started and I was a bit preoccupied. Main Quest: Dropping another 10 lbs of fat while adding more muscle 90%90% I really have no way to measure this, but I'm down 6 pounds and have some measurable strength gains and visual muscle gains, so presumably some additional muscle. Let's call it 90% Stat boost totals: 2 Cha, 3 Con, 2 Dex, 3 Sta, 3 Str, 1 Wis Goal 1: Improve mile time - Deciding to work Mark Sisson's 1 mile challenge in as a goal here. I basically hate running unless I'm aiming to catch a frisbee at the end of that run, but going to use it as a measurement. Week one will actually be doing a 1 mile run a couple times to establish a baseline, then I'll do another timed run each week. Aiming to shave about 10% off, though no idea if that's a realistic number. 100%100% Down from 8 minutes to 6:51Stats granted: 1 Dex, 2 Sta, 1 Str Goal 2: Move some distance every day - This is actually kind of funny because currently I commute via bike except if I'm going to play Ultimate that day (and drive there right from work), but the challenge to my willpower will be continuing to move every day after I start my new job in 2 weeks, working from home where nothing is making me get out and move. Hopefully these 6 weeks will make that habit stick. I imagine my dog will be thrilled by the idea. 100%100% Didn't miss a day Stats granted: 2 Con, 1 Sta Goal 3: 10 pull-ups. I'm up to 4 now, having plateaued for quite a while now due to falling out of the habit of my 2-3 times a week NF Advanced Bodyweight workout when my daughter was born and I was just too exhausted to even think about working out for a long time. 100%100% Made it to 10Stats granted: 1 Cha, 1 Dex, 2 Str Life Quest: Manage chronic stress better. I'm already quitting my job for a much better one that will definitely make me a happier person and cut down on my biggest source of stress. The new job will be a lot of work too, but it will be work towards a goal that matters to me and with the ability to solve the problems I face. Along with that I plan to actually take time to relax, get back to reading again, and cut back on caffeine. Stats granted: 1 Cha, 1 Wis, 1 Con Motivation:
  9. Hi guys, My first NF challenge, Im a little nervous since A- Christmas is coming and weather is getting bad B- Exams and Assignments coming up for college So I can see motivation being difficult, so Ill just have to be strict with myself So here are my challenges: Main Quest: Run 10km! I've always been a crap runner, very slow and lack of stamina So I want to be able to run as long as I want and not stop! I doubt Ill get to 10km in 6 weeks without stopping. I will set my goal for this 6 week challenge to be 7km. A= 7km B= 6km C= 5km Side Quests: So my main quest deals with endurance and speed! My other challenge will cover other aspects: 1) Strength: I would like to try parkour and gymnastics more during the year. I need to build my strength for that. So I will complete a Bodyweight workout 3 times per week. And Handstand practice with each workout. A= 6 weeks B= 5 weeks C= 4 weeks 2) Creativity: Write something 4 days per week! I lost the habit of writing with my life becoming more hectic A= 6 weeks B= 5 weeks C= 4 weeks 3) Wisdom: I need to focus on my studies so I aim to get a 2.1 in all exams this semester! Im nervous but its good nerves! I'm pumped to start! So in summary 1) Run 7km 2) Body weight workout 3 times a week 3) Write 4 days a week 4) Get 2.1 grade in exams
  10. About me: In this past year, I've discovered something about myself; I like being fit which is not something i thought i would ever say. I had spent years trying different things, and I worked out regularly, but nothing really stuck and I stayed fluffy and plagued by migraines and other issues; but after much searching, I found a gym that clicked for me. They give out a lot of high fives and don't care about the numbers on scale; it is more about form and function over pain and muscle fatigue. I have never been stronger and...Knock on wood... my migraines have been better. I really want to push myself to try things I never thought I could. This year I did a sprint triathlon and a few 5k mud runs. I'm not looking to win any races; I'm just trying to beat the negativity that can creep up on me, and to see what I can accomplish without a scale (i have a history of eating disorders so scales and I do not always get along). I'm finding that my confidence is tied more to what I can do, and less to how much I weigh. Main Quest: Run a 1/2 marathon in December After I did the triathlon, I thought "what is next?" and signed up for a 1/2 marathon; it may have been more the I can chew. Quest 1: run 3 times a week; one of those has to be over 9 miles. Quest 2: weight train 2 times a week. Quest 3: swim once a week. Life quest: Spend 6 hours a week in the studio or doing art related work Motivation: To feel healthy and to feel like a badass.
  11. Hello all! I am here for my first challenge. I am ready for a change. I have been lurking for a few weeks and love the awesome, supportive vibe around here! I am going all in. Like many, I have lost and gained hundreds of pounds, but have always struggled with maintaining these healthy habits. I believe the paleo diet is a great way to go and am excited to start. I have always been active, but over the summer broke my clavicle mountain biking and had to have surgery. This led to my excuse for complete couch potato world. Anyway, I am healed up and I am ready to move and change! I am more interested in gaining my health back than I am in changing the number on the scale. Main quest To gain optimal health in order to be most effective in the career I want Side quests 1. Run/walk 3 times a week- I was running regularly last year and enjoyed it immensely. I need to get back into it slowly to avoid injury Yoga 2 times a week- I want to regain strength and flexibilty A-5 times a week, B-4 times a week, C-3 times a week, D-1-2 times a week, F-0 times a week 2. Aim for a paleo lifestyle, but strictly record my food every day. This accountability helps me tremendously A-7 days a week, B-5-6 times a week, C- 3 times a week, D 2 times a week, F-1 time a week 3. Drink 8 glasses of water every day and no soda. I have decreased significantly, but it needs to be gone! A-7 days, B-5-6 times a week, C-3 times a week, D-2 times a week, F- 1 day a week Lifequest Meditate daily. I have let go of this practice and it needs to return for mental and physical health I look forward to getting to know all of you. I am looking to support and be supported. Can't wait!
  12. I hope I did this right: Introduction: Hi all. I'm Aimee and this is my first challenge as well as my first post in the forums. I have been struggling with my weight all my life. I used to be really active in high school with volleyball, water polo and swimming, although my diet was atrocious. I got it together for a short time my senior year and slimmed down to my lowest weight of 145 lbs. I'm 5'2" so for me it was good but my ideal weight is 130 lbs, most of that muscle. Fast forward 12 years and I'm now sitting at a lethargic 240 lbs. I'm pre-diabetic, have high cholesterol and am a prime candidate for gout. Now that I found Nerd Fitness I feel like I have hope. I am a gamer at heart and I run and play D&D games and RPG's are my favorite video game genre. I can't wait to be my own character. I'm in my last year of my bachelors program for Environmental Science and the pressure is on. MAIN QUEST: To loose 110 lbs and be able to enjoy hiking again. Quest 1: Build Endurance - Interval Training (Swimming) I will go to the gym 2 times a week to do 6 consecutive sets of 25 Free sprint and 100 Free slow swim with a 200 warm up/ cool down. A : 2 X week complete all 6 sets B : 2 X week complete 5 or 4 sets C : 1 X week complete all 6 sets or 2 X week complete 3 sets D : 1 X week complete 5 or 4 sets F : anything less than above Quest 2: Build Strength - Body Weight Work Out I will do the Beginners Body Weight Work Out: 2 complete circuits 2 times a week with a warm up and stretching cool down. A : 2 X week complete both circuits B : 2 X week complete one circuit C : 1 X week complete both circuits D : 1 X week complete one circuit F : 0 X week Quest 3: Nutrition - No Soda I will no drink soda and if I must drink something it has to be diet. A : no soda B : 1 diet soda X week C : 2 diet soda X week D : 1 regular soda X week F : anything more than above Quest 4: Build Habits - 10 minute walk I will walk for 10 consecutive minutes 3 X a week on the days that I am not doing my workouts. A : 3 X week B : 2 X week C : 1 X week F : 0 X week Life Quest: Turn in all of my assignments on time for the rest of the semester which ends on December 15th. A : All assignments on time B : 1-2 assignments late C : 3 assignments late D : 4 assignments late F : 5 of more assignments late MOTIVATION: I'm done feeling weak and slow and constantly tiered. I want to be active and I want to be able to keep up. I went on a class trip last weekend and was left behind on a hike because I couldn't keep up with the group. I never want to feel that shame again. I also don't want to suffer any of the impending illnesses or die at an early age because I couldn't get it together. So let this be the first challenge on many more to come.
  13. Hey there! My name's Kathryn. I'm a licensed massage therapist who loves her job, and I'll be going to college in the fall of '15 to pursue a physical therapist degree. I'm starting off fairly healthy, and definitely with no weight loss goals, but I want to really explore being active and feeling strong in my body. It's something I didn't get much of when I was younger - I played two years of rec basketball and that was it, folks - so I'm excited to see what I'm actually capable of, and capable of enjoying. I always hated running, so I made a loose goal earlier this year to run a 5k. Well, six months later I did, and it prompted me to go 'Hey, that wasn't actually that terrible. Now that I'm less awful at running, I even enjoy it. Why stop there?' So my goal right now is to run a 10k. I think this is actually achievable for me in six weeks, so here I go! (I will be keeping pictures of myself to compare for Before and After, and I may or may not upload them here to share. Since I don't see myself losing noticeable weight (I'm 5'6" and 124 lbs) I'm way more interested in body fat vs muscle!) Main Quest The infamous 10k! Starting at a 5k level. Quest 1 The obvious part! Go running at least 3x a week, and increase my longest run every week by at least .5 miles. The bare minimum here will ensure I meet my goal of 6 miles/10k, and hopefully I can go further or hit that goal early! We'll see. I'm not doing the attributes, but grades here are: A = 3x/week+ (with one week allowed to go below) AND hit or exceeded 10k, B = missed 2 weeks' goals OR only got to 5 miles+, C = missed 3+ weeks' goals OR only got to 4 miles Quest 2 The sustainability part! To stay healthy and fueled, I need to work on my sleeping habits, which have been seriously slipping and effecting my life. I'm going to figure out a reasonable amount of sleep for me and stick with it. I'll begin with going to bed no later than 10pm, and adjust from there based on how I feel when I wake up. A = 6-7 days/week, B = 5 days/week, C = 4 days Quest 3 Keeping myself injury free! I have old, minor ankle injuries that have grown out of proportion and seriously impeded my range of motion over the years, all because I've never successfully made stretching a habit. I want to get more flexible and keep myself from having ankle pain as I continue adding mileage to my runs. My goal will be at least 10 minutes of stretching 5x/week, with one session required after every run, as well as extra stretching throughout the week. A = 10 mins 5x/week (allowing 4 missed sessions total), B = missing 5-7 sessions, C = missing 8-10 sessions Doing this will help my self-confidence and self-esteem, and give me a wider range of events to pick from for races. Mostly, I just want to prove that I am capable of setting a goal like this and meeting it - completing 3 miles on my own for the first time, after a life of never running a mile without walking breaks, was an amazing feeling. I want to enjoy that again, and explore being an active person!
  14. Looking forward to see how this works! Interesting concept My main goal: Get down to 141 lbs (8 lbs) on my way to 135. with the mini goals of Walking 3 out of 5 days at lunch for 30 minutes each (my Fitbit wil help me there!) Jog 3 days out of 7 (I'm stuck on 2 days) Increase my distance from 2-3 miles to 5 miles (eventually I want to do a half marathon) Motivation: I want to be a healthy 51 year old so I am in as good a shape as I can be as I continue to get older so I am less prone to ailments of the aging.
  15. Name: MasterContender Age: 22 Height: 160cm Weight: ~200lbs maxed at 220 Gender: Unknown Race: Unknown; Shows Bugbear attributes Location: Indeterminate; last seen razing villages and kicking a** in the mountains of Nepal Occupation: Unemployed college graduate- aka English Major Should you come across MasterContender, regard them as extremely dangerous. It has been known to have the ability to shapeshift and is trained in hand to hand combat. Rebellion Game Sheet Motivation I am joining the rebellion because I want to enjoy my body in its prime. These are the best years of my life. I want to spend them fit and strong and active. I want to go shopping with my friends without feeling self-conscious. I want to buy bras from Victoria’s Secret instead of Lane Bryant. I want to be stronger and more agile. I want to be strong enough to climb trees, buildings, and jungle gyms. I want to lift my own body weight over obstacles. I want to run without getting winded. I want to set a good example for my sisters and my mom. I want my athletic spirit to have an athletic body to live in. I want to see all the amazing things I know my body can do with proper care. I want to respect my body by strengthening and nourishing it properly. There is no difference between eating a box of donuts in one sitting and having a cigarette, and I’m crazy for convincing myself otherwise. Main Quest: Run 5k in Spring 2015Sub Quests Meet at least 45% of daily water goal 3x a weekUse “Water Your Body†application to log and trackIncrease running distanceProgress to week 3 of Couch to 5k programEat a balanced plant based breakfast and lunch 3x a weekLog meals using My Fit Pal or Noom for accountabilityLife Quest Learn to parallel park safely, efficiently, and with confidence!Fitness Side Quest Find a plant based milk alternative
  16. Introduction: A little late to the game, but I'd like to see this through. I was naturally skinny when I was younger, but could never really put on muscle. Shortly after I quit smoking I gained close to 18 lbs of fat. Then shortly after starting my third decade of living, I gained about 20 more. I have picked up running, and find I absolutely love it, and can get into yoga every now and then as well. I've always wanted to be more enthusiastic about my fitness, but always feel like I get so bombarded with contradictory information about what I should be doing, that I tend to fizzle back down to a mild simmer of activity. Nerd Fitness seems like a fun way to go about things, and even if I can't find exactly how to become the studly, studly man that I would like to be, I can have fun becoming more fit. And besides, who doesn't need a little more rpg in their life. My Main Quest: To lose the 18 lbs My goals to reach that quest: Eat 2 servings of fruit and 3 servings of vegetables per day: Abs start in the kitchen, right? This one will be difficult merely for the fact that I don't really know how to eat vegetables. Sounds strange, but I just learned how to cut a cauliflower up last week. To run a half marathon: This one will be fairly easy, I think. I currently run short distances well, but find I top out at about 8 miles. Adding that 5 miles and increasing my intensity for my shorter runs should take off some extra calories throughout the week. To do 100 pushups in a row: I hate, hate, hate the weight room, at this point but mostly because I feel I have no idea what I'm doing. Personal trainers cost more than I can afford, and I don't want to injure myself doing something wrong. I'm also at an age where my fitness friends have reached levels far beyond where I can start, so I would just slow them down as a gym buddy. Body weight routines are doable, and I've always wanted to hit the 100 push-up challenge (think American Psycho). Life Side Quest: to draw/paint 5 portraits using digital media. I'm not the best artist, but I have some ability, and I want to see what I can do with digital means. My motivation: I have plastered a couple in appropriate areas "To know that I'm working to be the best version of me I can achieve" is by the computer, "To release all those happy endorphins" by the mirror, and "to look good naked" by the fridge.
  17. Hello everyone! Let's get our fit on~ I just found this community this weekend. Perfect timing, yea? I'm still on the fence about what class I want to be; I am debating between Druid and Assassin. Completely different, right? Main Quest: To fit into a size 12 dress. Subgoal 1: Run at least 3K 3 times a week Grades: A - Run 3 times a week B - Ran twice a week C - Ran once a week D - Didn't run at all. Subgoal 2: Do yoga 3 times a week Grades: A- did 3 times a week B - Did twice a week C - did once a week D - Didn't at all Subgoal 3: do 5 mins of abs a day Grades: A - Did 7 days B - Did 5-6 days C - Did 3-4 Days D - 1-2 Days E - Didn't do Life Quest: - Pass my 3 teacher certification tests after the 6 week challenge. Reward: I can wear the dress I bought in July in Norway for my birthday in January! Motivation: I will beat the blerch!
  18. I'm not used to forum posting so for the time being I'm just going to be concise. Main QuestTo run a 5k without stopping(To be able to run forever like most characters in games) Small GoalsTo run daily (around my college)To sleep 8 hours daily (this will be hard to do)To drink 5 glasses of water dailyLife QuestConvey feelings to girl and ask said girl out (Mission complete even if feelings are not mutual)Diet/Fitness Side QuestCut out all foods with high levels of sodiumMini QuestsWeek 1 - SMART ( Will make a secondary post later about this) Motivation I want to be a guardian. What I mean by that is, I want to be able to protect what is directly important to me. My life, people important to me, etc. I figure though I hold the desire to protect and defend strongly, ideals aren't enough. I need to use this drive to create action to improve myself so that if and when a situation comes down to it, I'll be more able to help myself and others through physical capability. With time, I hope that I can improve greatly myself what I believe to be the five states to a person. Those to me are Physical, Mental, Social, Spiritual, and Financial. Extra Goal - Pay Subscription Fee (If I'm not supposed to be here because I haven't, that's fine.) Nice to be here and nice to meet you all.
  19. Introductions: Full name Xantall of the Farwood but you can just call me Farwood. This is actually the third time I’ve tried the 6 week challenge. I’m disappointed in myself about those failures. Yet they will not be forgotten. Those failures have given me an understanding of what I actually have trouble with and how to work around them. In truth it sound simple but I want to run. I have been overweight my whole life and have never been able to achieve more than a long steady jog on the basketball court or a quick sprint across the tennis court. So out of everything I will feel great to be in better shape and healthier but it will mean nothing to me if I can’t run. I’ve put running on a pedestal and I’m just tired of being a little kid staring up at it. I’m gonna get a ladder. Main Quest: Lose weight and inches to fit into a size 20 jean. Quest 1: Go on a 30 min walk at least 4 times a week Grade: A = 4 or more times a week, B = 3 times a week C = 2 time a week Reward: A = +3 STA B = +2 STA C = +1 STA Quest 2: Drink less than 2 sodas a week Grade: A = 2 or less times a week, B = 3 times a week, C = Fail Reward: A = +3 CON B = +2 CON Quest 3: Train at Island Park 4 days a week (A mix of agility and endurance exercises) Grade: A = 4 or more times a week, B = 3 times a week, C = 2 times a week Reward: A = +3 DEX, B = +2 DEX, C = +1 DEX Life Quest: Get a chapter done a week for my book Grade: A = 6 chapters, B = 5 chapters , C = 4 chapters Reward: A = +3 WIS, B = +2 WIS, C = +1 WIS
  20. 1) Drop sizes - Need to get back down out of plus size land. I’ve been flirting too much with going up in sizes 2) Keep a freakin’ habit going for once in your life. - Swimming about 4 times a week this semester needs to keep going. Keep some form of cardio going at least 4 times a week. Lift twice a week. 3) Save for wedding - Save $50 a week for the wedding in order to pay for everything we are planning for. 4) Level up food and water game a. Choose better breakfasts b. Continue prepping lunches 5) Try to pass this semester and spring semester and keep up my GPA. 6) Figure out how to forum.
  21. Ok, so to begin at the very beginning for its a very good place to start. I started going to the gym a year ago, and started jogging/running this fall when the weather was nice, but I have hit a plateau. So, Geronimo! Main Quest Be ready for first 5k of the Spring (March-ish?) 1. Run on the tread mill at 13min/mile for 3 miles- 3 days a week a. level up time and distance as able b. three sets of two circuits after cardio 2. Cut the junk food at the office 3. Yoga on Sunday mornings I think I put this in the wrong place the first time through? Sorry guys!
  22. Main Quest: Hold a 9 minutes per mile pace for 3 miles — just want to set a personal best and give myself a confidence boost. Why? I see the accomplishment of my Main Quest as a little piece to a big picture change in my life that I am working towards so it’s not really my “Main Quest†but it is a realistic 6 chunk of my bigger picture "Main Quest." I am practicing following through with goals, and focusing on efficiently working towards changing myself into a stronger and more resiliantperson, both physically and mentally. This is my way of planting positive energy into my life and healing old wounds. It’s time to move forward and live. Cross train:​+ 3 days a week of alternative workouts warm up 5 minutes Circuit 1 x3: 20 body weight squats 10 push ups 20 lunges 10 dumbbell row 30 second plank 30 jumping jacks cool down 5 minutes Stay hydrated: This one is a big deal, I am definitely not drinking enough water and want to battle the feeling of drained energy. + Drink glass of ice water first thing in the morning + Drink a glass of water before coffee or tea + Drink a glass of water before each meal 9 Minute Mile + 1x per week: slow and steady long run 4-6 miles ***** Motivational runs, because running longer distances has it’s positive impact on my mood. *****+ 2x per week: 2 mile run + ONE of the two runs for the week: Use B.A.’s recommended interval training technique: all out for 60 seconds : breath-catching jog for 30 seconds rinse, repeat for distance goal For the other, focus on pushing for a steady 9 minute mile pace. ***** Cutting myself some slack here due to P.I.T.A. health problems. As long as I get 2 miles in for each day I do this, I’m good with it. I’m not going to force myself to run 2 miles at a 9 minute pace together if my body just says no. If this happens, I promise to not be hard on myself and adjust accordingly for the challenge #2. ***** + 1x per week: run how the heck I feel like running ***** This one is a motivational run to keep me from burning out and getting fed up. The point is to still love to run. ***** SIDE QUEST: Reach out of my extreme introvert bubble and try to shake off some of my hermit behavior. Success will be measured by planting the seed for 1 new friendship every 2 weeks. Contact info plus one planned face-to-face interaction per person is what the goal is here.
  23. BelleRose’s First Challenge I used to swim a lot but over the years it’s become less frequent. I want to get back into it because it always made me feel happy as well as healthy. Main Quest By the last end of this challenge I will consistently swim at least 3 kilometres over a week Goal 1. Diet – lay the ground work of eating healthier. Over the last few years my diet has been terrible so I want to bring it back to being more balanced. During this challenge I will aim to eat 2 pieces of fruit a day and to eat healthy home cooked meals 5 out of 7 days. Goal 2. Daily exercise – increase the amount of daily physical activity. Being a master’s student, I spend a lot of my time sitting down studying. I want to increase by daily activity in small increments to help build up the strength and stamina I’ll need to achieve my main quest. For this challenge I will do 30 minutes of dedicated physical exercise such as walking, swimming or beginners core work. Goal 3. Will Power – pick a small task that easily gets over looked and stick to it. I feel that in order to really benefit from this challenge I needed to add in something related but not directly linked to my exercise and diet gaols. For this challenge I’ll wipe down my kitchen every night before I go to bed. It’s something quick and easy but often difficult to do it consistently.
  24. Hello fellow Nerdfighters. (Sorry for my English in advance, it's not my native language) I've been lurking around this place for almost a year now and i finally decided to join in. Although i have made (for my standards) incredible changes this last year, i feel like there is more room for improvement; time to be more awsome every year! I'm a student from Holland, 21 years old, and since i found NerdFitness i've been upgrading my life significantly. I am 186 cm long (6ft1) and i weigh around 84kg (185 lbs). So this summer i decided i wanted to run a Half Marathon. A friend of mine pushed me and finally i signed up..... The 11th of January i will run the Half Marathon. But before October i've never ran more than 2 miles. But in 40 days, i managed to go up from 2 miles to 10k (6.2 Miles). But there is still a long road ahead of me! Main Quest: Run the Half Marathon (But at the end of the challenge my main goal is to run 15k, 9.32 miles) Mission 1: Run 3 times a week. Two times 10k, one time Interval. 3 times= A, 2 times= B, 1 times=C, 0 times= F Mission 2: Lose Weight. At this moment i am 84kg (185 lbs). I would like to drop to around 78kg (172 lbs) while maintaining muscle mass. My plan is to go full paleo + intermitting fasting. The less you weigh, the less pressure there will be on my achilles heel, which is my "achilles heel" Lose 6 kg= A, Lose 4 kg= B, Lose 2 kg= C, Lose Nothing or Gain weight= F Mission 3: Work on my pull ups. Back excercise is pretty important for the long run, so i'd like to improve that. My goal, which i set one year ago when i joined the rebellion, is to do 15 pull ups (3x5). At this moment im doing 4-3-3. I've made huge progress: Time to finish it! (3x5)= A, (3x4)= B, Anything else=D Sidequest (Non Fitness/Diet related): Getting all my study points this semester. Sidequest (Fitness related) Bench press my bodyweight, 185 lbs (5x5). Currently i am at 143 lbs (5x5). Motivation I guess just like every1 else here: Be a better version of yourself every. single. day.
  25. This is my first 6- Week Challenge. I finally realized that I am only 32 years old and was sedentary. I was working at my desk all day and coming home and lounging all evening. I started to hurt and I'm too young to have aches and pains. I stumbled across Nerd Fitness because I was looking for a walking challenge to get me out of the house and my search found the Walking to Mordor post (I'll be in the Midgewater Marshes in a few miles). For my first quest, I want to take the jump from walking, which I've been doing regularly for about two months (and feeling so much better BTW), to running. My husband should be running and I'd like to go with him so we can exercise together. I'm going to work up to a 5 minute warm up, 20 minute jog, 5 minute cool down. My three missions are to do "Pilates for Runners" (an audiobook work out) 2 times a week, do walk/jog intervals for at least 30 minutes 3 times a week, and support my fitness by making sure I eat a non-starchy vegetable or fruit with every meal or substantial snack. I can't wait until I can do a normal jogging cardio workout without dying!
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