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  1. "Just another day scraping by. Toiling, making what little coin there is to be had. I can't keep doing this. It's a waste of everything I'm capable of." "Tomorrow is another day, and another opportunity to take what's mine. To grab destiny by the throat and demand my chance." "Tomorrow is another day.." *Worked for six hours filling up a 60 yard dumpster with the left behind furniture and trash from and eviction. *Counting this for my daily body weight work-out. *Attempting to procure the supplies to make my own set of lock-picks.
  2. Hello, all! I'd been posting over in Level 1, and then Starsapart helpfully informed me of this forum, too! My personal quest for this challenge: My major goal is get into a size 12, comfortably. My quests: 1, Do a body strength circuit workout 3x/week. 2, No more sugar! (fruit is ok, and I'm going to start out allowing myself one cheat day/week. I'll judge the cheat day's effect on morale and adjust accordingly.) 3, get hydrated! Drink 2.5 - 3 24oz bottles of water every day. Also, I have several food allergies, of varying intensity, and I tend to cheat on those that aren't so bad. But I know my body would be better off without the constant drain on my immune system, so I will NOT eat anything I know I am allergic to! (You wouldn't think that would be so hard!) I actually started on this plan the Fri before this challenge officially began. The cheat day combined with my overall motivation (None of my pants fit!) has so far been helping with the no sugar, as I tell myself, "you can have that on Friday" or whichever day is the cheat day this week. Cheat day was yesterday (Friday) this week and it actually went really well. I chose Fri for the week because I was going to a music festival and meeting friends for Mexican that night and I wanted a margarita! I held firm on the allergy quest, though - that restaurant fries in peanut oil and I usually cave and have some chips, but not last night! Otherwise it went really well! Started with a bike ride to an art supply fire sale (unfortunately because they'd actually had a fire) and to a plant nursery. Came home, did my scheduled workout and dug in all the plants and had lunch -- 2pm before I even thought about the "cheating" part of my day! Not that I didn't take advantage once I went out! Keeping up with the water drinking, too. I've decided I need to drink 4 bottles on workout days -- because I tend to drink a whole one during/immediately after the workout just to replace the sweat. It still takes a lot of thought. "Drink your water, Jen" Thanks for the community, everyone!
  3. Hey guys, My name is Erin and I'm in Melbourne, Australia. I am 22 years old and have, in the past few years, gone on a bit of a roller coaster in my health/fitness life. I've tried a lot of things and fallen off many many wagons. I'm currently trying to convince myself that slower is better, that every healthy choice helps, and that consistence and persistence are key. I would love to have a buddy I can text with my tiny milestones (I didn't eat a cupcake today! I went to sleep on time last night! I just walked an extra tram stop!) and who can text me back with encouragements and rallying cries to help me when I'm feeling down or losing my determination. I would love to do the same for someone else in a similar situation, and would love someone in Australia so I can text you for free (I have a limited budget as I am a student and work in hospitality) Help me!
  4. Welcome new rebels, and congratulations on deciding on making a change for the better! For those just starting out, I would like to invite you to sign up for The Taverneers, a league of hoopy froods who always know where their towels are. By signing up for this group, you are consenting to allowing me and other group members to harass you with posts and IMs in attempt to ensure you follow through with the challenge you set for yourself! The Taverneers formed last challenge consisting exclusively of level 1 rebels. We provided a great deal of support to each other during those times when we each felt it wasn't really worth it. Though I would like to see a fresh group of level 1s, I am sure Taverneers past will stop by to give their encouragement as well! Members Gamaryn - Level 1 Quest, Ready to begin! Linsanity - First Challenge! BalianIronguard - A Half Orc Ranger level dipping into Assassin/Monk you say? jbristooconnor - The beginning... roseofnoonvale - Rose's Take 2 - Concerning Habits Jujuba - Starting with Yoga WestCoastKnight - Kicking (you know) Musuku - Noob to Assassin Disclaimer: This group may come with homework.
  5. Update: We are full! However, if you are interested, I may expand this trial idea next challenge so let me know if you are interested! Basic idea: Mario Kart chaotic items and racetracks + bodyweight exercises to earn points. Every bodyweight exercise is worth a point. Pushups, pullups, burpees, lunges, and squats are the main ones(any mix of these work). If you can't do those, then .5 point can be for doing something like incline or knee pushups. Burpees are 2 points because they're a pushup + squat together. Each week is a new racetrack. Whoever has the most points at the end of the week wins the race. Everyone starts at 0 the next week, so it's totally possible to 'win' even though you had a sick week or a small injury or something. It also means on week one, you shouldn't do 400 pushups and hurt yourself. It's about pacing and every week is a clean slate. To keep things interesting and have people that are varying in fitness and a sense of chaos; there will be mario kart items that adjust the points. On Wednesday, everyone hits an item box and the item is picked at random. People higher in the lead get less useful items, people in lower place get more powerful items, just like in the game. Items: Green Shell - 50/50 chance to hit someone next to you and they lose 10 points. (I will flip a coin.) Banana Peel - Thrown on the ground. There is a % chance to hit ANYONE and lose 10 point. (I'll make a roulette wheel.) Red Shell - Has a 100% chance to hit someone near your rank for 20 points. (You tell me who you want to hit.) Invincibility Star - All points you get will count DOUBLE and you are immune to being hit by items. Spiny Blue Shell - Hits whoever is in first place and they lose 40 points. Mushroom - Speed boost! Rocket forward with +30 points. Google Document to help track the #s and make it all nice and neat: https://docs.google.com/a/my.uri.edu/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Aiv-aMyHwRQKdGpuNDB2V2N1REhvLWtObnFod1hkbkE&usp=sharing#gid=14 On Wednesday, that's also where I'll spin a roulette wheel and see who gets what items. I'll put it next to your name. I'll do a strikeout once you use it. Here are your racers! Follow each other to keep each other accountable! 1 Teros @ Shy Guy 2 Phytomancer @ Wario 3 Quirkydm @ Waluigi 4 Elastigirl @ Peach 5 Maidofrus @ Toad 6 Sjard @ Donkey Kong 7 The Swedish Ninja @ Bowser 8 Shadowmeldfs @ Yoshi 9 AegonVI @ Luigi 10 My little pony @ Koopa Troopa
  6. NEVER AFRAID OF WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS! NEVER REGRETFUL OF THE PRESENT! THAT'S WHO WE ARE! TOO BIG TO BE JUST THE GURREN BRIGADE NOW! WE'VE GROWN INTO SOMETHING BIGGER, GREATER! THE DAI-GURREN BRIGADE!! WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK WE ARE!?!!! Hello!!! My name is AshPS, and this is Challenge number 6 for me. I am currently Leader of the most awesome group of people who quite literally CRUSHED the last challenge into dust! The name has changed slightly from the Gurren Brigade (originally) to the Dai-Gurren dan (Dan=Brigade)!! (Dai means "Great" or "Huge") and hence so have we. To my immense pleasure this group has now grown into a GREAT, HUGE gathering of some of the most fearless and awesome people on the NF forums and I WELCOME any and all who would like to join ranks and add their strength and support! Please consider us your friends and comrades on this Quest! Motivational Quote: "The tomorrow we're trying to reach is...not a tomorrow you've decided on! We...by ourselves...choose our tomorrow from the infinite universe! We will fight through it. We will fight through it and make our own tomorrow! We'll show you we can do it!" - Simon (TTGL - Episode 26) Introducing The Dai- Gurren Brigade: AshPS: Back To Basics swampling: The swampling #6: Here Be Sugar Monsters. Again. Pesky Little Buggers... PhD: PhDifferent: Takes It One Step At A Time Tearose: Tea's Target Practice Will: The Legend of Will 4:A Journey Between Worlds Yeti: iatetheyeti mixes it up Lullaby: Lullaby88's Path To Self -Love DWD: Legend of Nine Leimanu: Leimanu's 6-Wk Challenge Monks: formymonkey: I Will Complete This Challenge M: The 13th Letter is on Probation Courier: Courier 6, More Structure Please! CheesyFeline: Becoming Better All Around magma169: Break Away kiwi: Bluekiwi attacks the sugar monster...again! wesb: 1898: 3-2-4: The Comeback Trail Vixen: Vixen's battle Log gsethi: The Forest of Doom Next?............. (sign up HERE)
  7. Howdy, I'm Newcomb, pronounced the same as Duke Nukem (matter-of-fact, some folks at work have taken to calling me "Duke"). I was pretty into sports through high school, but then through junior college and the start of my career and marriage, I let myself go. A few years in and I found my self the archetypal fat nerd: sleep in, no breakfast, drive the less than half-mile to work, sit at the desk all day, Coke(a-cola) break in the morning, fast food for lunch, vending machine break in the afternoon, head home, takeaway and a Coke for dinner, then Coke and snacks in front of the TV or computer until midnight (or later). Then I went back to school to finish my bachelor's; and by the time I graduated, I was up to 300lbs (I'm 5'8"). One day, I was out and about helping my mom shop for a new laptop, and I couldn't read the signs at the end of the aisles (I normally have "perfect" vision), I had been pretty thirsty most of the week, but all the Coke wasn't helping (It's liquid, right?, Idiot past-Newcomb). My mom had me recount some other symptoms (she's a nurse), and when we got to her place she had me take a blood glucose test. I got a high score over 300mg/dl, so we went on down to the hospital and got me an IV drip for my severe dehydration, as well as a brand-spanking new diagnosis of diabetes, achievement unlocked . That was 2011, and it was a wake-up call. With some help from my doc, I started counting calories with MyPlate, and doing the Couch to 5k. I remembered weights from high school, and I tried to get back into it with some bodybuilding routines a buddy of mine referred to me. I had a lot of progress that year, I got down to 250, got my blood glucose back to "normal" levels, and off the medication. Then I found Stronglifts 5x5, and started alternating that with running. I also found Nerd Fitness in that time and I really liked the advice and testimonies. I got down to 230 by 2013... and I've kinda sat there ever since. Now, from 2011 to 2013, we bought a house, had two kids, I finished a degree, we bought a second house (renting out the other) and just this year I went back to school to finish off some requirements for the CPA exam. My wife started working weekends so we didn't have to do daycare, and my life is very busy. I've made a dedicated effort the pasts few months to get back into it, back on (a modified) Stronglifts, running (I completed a local 12k in 1:20 last weekend), and trying to nail down my nutrition. Despite some pretty decent milestones, I'm just not feeling it. My weight is still sitting at 230 and my waist still hovers around 43", where it has held for the last year. My goal is to get under 200 by the end of the year, but that was my goal last year as well. I have working out down; I get up at 05:45, and start working out at 06:00. I'm not doing so hot on the sleep, I'm trying to be in bed by 22:00, but there's always "just one more episode", or some other link to follow. My nutrition also suffers. Breakfast is good; I bake a bunch of bacon-wrapped mini-omelettes for the week (inspired by a NF Article), lunch is usually good; I pre-grilll a bunch of chicken breasts and then have a bag of frozen Normandy veggies from Costco. What gets me is when at work, sometimes I get called away to eat out. I could make the effort to say no, make healthy-ish choices, or control portions, but I tend not to. Dinner is similar, sometimes my wife makes something good, and I eat too much, sometimes she's makes something not so good (for me) and I eat too much, sometimes we get takeaway, and I eat too much (there's a pattern here... I can sense it). To counteract, I've started a kind of PLP routine after the kids go down, but really I just need to get the eating under control. I mean, that's 80% of the battle (per Rule #4), and even if not working out, I could still have hit my goal if my nutrition was under control. I think I'm just looking for motivation and accountability; but I don't know how dedicated I can be to the community; I may get too busy, or I may get too engrossed. I've had to pull myself away from online communities before, particularly gaming; because I'd become pretty... obsessive (not like creeping on people or anything, just always on and putting off more pressing matters). I'm also in my second year of recovery from WoW, and that's quite a demon to tame. Speaking of too much time on something... That's me, glad to be here! Battle log here
  8. Hi there folks, I'm Christine, I'm almost 38. I'm 5' 11'', about 280 lbs. Work at home mom, with a 10 year old with severe autism, and an almost 2 year old. Stress makes me crave sugar. Sugar makes me calm. Sugar is also killing me as I have diabetes. I need to be around for my children as long as I possibly can, and there's still a lot of the world I want to see. Been eating paleo/primal for 2 weeks. Getting into the part where I start craving like crazy. If I can get through the next two weeks, I'll be golden until any huge life events interfere and make me stress out again. I'm here to try and carry me through the rough patches. Two weeks ago, my blood sugars in the morning were 160, 165. This morning, it was 96, and I've dropped my insulin by 10 units. That's pretty fucking amazing for two weeks. No idea about weight loss - don't care. Just want to stop drilling holes in my kidneys. I've restarted my fitbit, average is about 6000 steps a day. Done the body weight beginner workout (at least as much as I can), every other day for the last week. So, 5/6/14 - Fasting blood sugar -96 Exercise - 6179 steps Beginner body weight workout 2 reps finished of: 20 squats, 12 pathetic half pushups, 10 pathetic lunges, 15 lifts of 15 lbs kettlebell on each arm, 15 sec plank 30 jumping jacks in which i jiggle and pant and my toddler laughs like crazy Food cheating - 8 fries fries at lunch, 1/2 elmo cracker, too many random grapes
  9. I'll try to get this to the point where I'm posting daily, but this first post is almost overdue enough to call it a weekly retrospective. MONDAY Exercise Goal: StrongLifts workout A - my first! Squats - 5x5 @ 45lbs Bench Press - 2x5 @ 45lbs Barbell Row - 4x5 @45lbs Jog/Walk on treadmill - 15 minutes/1mi Food Goal: Total Intake: 1759cal - 96 over goal of 1663 Fats: 60g - 11g under goal of 71g Protein: 73g - 87g under goal of 160g Carbs: 140g - 42g over goal of 98g Fiber: 31g - 1g under goal of 32-40g Thoughts: Sooo I suck at the bench press. I'd like to blame it on my bum shoulder, but in reality I know it's just because I've probably never used my chest muscles for anything more than supporting my boobs. (Not that that's not a task in and of itself, right ladies?) Barbell row was almost a complete success, so I'm confident that when it comes time for the next set (Saturday!) I'll do the whole 5x5. Squats felt easy at the time, but my legs were sooooo stiff the next day! Food.... ouch. I won't be too harsh on myself because it's day one, but I REALLY need to get more protein - I hit less than half my macro today! TUESDAY Exercise Goal: Not met. Missed yoga because food shopping took longer than I thought it was going to and I would have been 25-30 mins late to class, which is not cool. Food Goal: Total Intake: 1149cal - 514cal under goal Fats: 29g - 42g under goal Protein: 69g - 91g under goal Carbs: 86g - 12g under goal Fiber: 11g - 21g under goal Thoughts: This was my day off, which means I spent half the day lounging in bed, sleeping late and catching up on paying bills, reading things, etc. Days like this I actually forget to eat, which is pretty much what happened. I didn't get up and do anything, so I didn't eat. Once I finally got up, I went food shopping and that was a success, because I got zero junk food, all healthy proteins and veggies, but it was hard to catch up on my eating - I can't force myself to eat if I'm just not hungry. I tried to have 2 pieces of chicken with dinner and everything, and I just could NOT manage to finish. I did have another small victory though, because Tuesday night is Bar Trivia night, and not only did I avoid the temptation of greasy pizza (my favorite), but I kept my alcohol intake down to 2 beers. We won, because all false modesty aside, I am a trivia savant. (No really, my family stopped agreeing to play Trivial Pursuit with me by the time I hit puberty) WEDNESDAY Exercise Goal: Stronglifts Workout B Squats: 3x5 @ 45lbs, 2x5 @ 50lbs OHP: 3x5 @ 45lbs Deadlift: 1x5 @ 70lbs Food Goal: Total Intake: 1709 cal - 46cal over goal Fats: 87g - 16g over goal Protein: 112g - 48g under goal Carbs: 137g - 39g over goal Fiber: 30g - 2g under goal Thoughts: Realized I was reading directions wrong initially, and that for deadlifts it's 1x5, not 5x5. So I adjusted the weight accordingly. Increased weight for my squats about halfway through, since my legs were still sore I didn't want to hurt myself. Barely sore at all today though, so I'll definitely up the lbs next workout! Food wise this is probably my best day so far, but I'm still struggling to get enough protein and reduce my carbs. Learned that the secret to hitting my Fats macro is to just eat nuts to make up the difference, haha. Bought almonds, macadamias and walnuts while I was food shopping, so I shouldn't run out for a while! Now that I've caught up a bit, it's a relief! I'll put today's entry in a separate post since this was a lot of info in one go. What I really could use some advice on is how to up my protein intake! I do have Muscle Milk shake powder that I have after workouts, and Met-Rx bars here and there, but my problem is that they're also a lot of carbs, so when I'm already going over for that macro I need alternatives. Also, I do like meat, but I can't eat a ton of it or I get a little sick. Ideas? Suggestions?
  10. Welcome to THE accountability team for Arrow fans. This is currently an Assassins team (but that might change). We're here to keep each other from FAILING THIS CITY. Yes. That just happened. Headquarters: We train together at an undisclosed location, located centrally in the Glades. We have everything that you need to train for anything you'll run into in Starling. We just made an addition of some closet-sized rooms with cots, for visiting vigilantes. Roster: Pathfinder (AKA "Volk") - "For ten years I was stranded on an (annoyingly allegorical) island with only one goal - survive. Now I will fulfill a promise I made to myself - to live a life I can be proud of and never look back. To do this, I must become someone else. I must become something else." Happienumber (AKA "Ravеи") - "Upon running away from a violent family at home, I was immediately recruited into a secret inteligence organization. After spending the rest of my teenage years in training, I discovered that the organization I thought I was working for was in fact a corrupted criminal ring. I abandoned my training and have been laying low, on the run from the ring's assassins. But now I know I must return to training, this time with the right side, if I am ever going to bring the ring to justice. " Cmhutch (AKA "the Nightengale") - No super powers here, but I've always had a knack for blending in, for moving about unseen or unnoticed. Thanks to that, I learn a lot--especially from the kinds of people, both good and bad, who like to keep their activities secret (how do you think I found Team Arrow?). Now I want to do more than just recon, though. I want to take action. And to be able to do that, I need to train. That's why I'm here. FiOWNya (AKA "Dauntless") - Backstory Placeholder Assignments: We need to take care of some business around Starling City. Pairing off is the best way to do this. We'll each work two names. Glades Patrol, Shift I Volk and Nightengale patrol the first shift. There's a lot going on in the Glades after the Earthquake, and someone needs to step in to clean it up. So we'll have two shifts of patrols. Glades Patrol, Shift II Dauntless and Ravеи patrol the second shift, pairing strength and parkour again. We'll see what bads you run into. Get a Line into the Police Station Nightengale and Dauntless need to use their flexibility skills to fit through a small window in the police station to get a line into their databases. They know we're hacking them now and it's getting harder to access the information we need. Get a Lead on Deadshot Ravеи and Volk need to talk to the Bratva to see if they can get another lead on Deadshot. This means Ravеи needs to keep up with her Russian to pass this mission, and Volk needs to brush up her people skills.
  11. 6 week goal summary: 1. drop one dress size 2. eat paleo with one cheat meal a week 3. do a set of three chin ups 4. do the beginner body weight workout 2x a week (3 sets) 5. do a set of 3 one minute sprints 2x a week today's sustenance: breakfast-- nitrate free chicken sausage and half a cucumber lunch--cheat meal (curry chicken with plantains) snack- granny smith apple + almonds dinner--turkey sausage with spinach, grape tomatoes, and 1/2 sweet potato workout: one and 1/2 sets of body weight workout with 5 minute warm up and 5 minute cool down/stretch Need to get away from almond snacking as they have too many calories.
  12. A new challenge! Allow me to begin with a brief update on my life. Last time I wrote to you it was on the eve of a job interview. It was a promising position in my city's Hebrew Social and Sports Club where they have a primary school. It was an opportunity to stay doing what I love (teaching) with great benefits and a very attractive paycheck. It was almost perfect for me and I really really wanted it. I say almost because the school is far from where I live and that implied a deadly commute and a whole new routine. The good news is that I got the job =D but I had to change my whole lifestyle around this new position. My workout, my fasting, my sleep, my study habits... all affected by this new routine. I felt like I was suddenly hurtled into chaos. The fact that I'm starting this thread two days late it's proof enough that keeping up with my healthy habits it's going to be a challenge. So I decided to follow the advice of "an old hag who talks too much" from one of my favorite videogames: Flemeth from Dragon Age. "Hurtled into chaos, you fight... and the world will shake before you." The Challenge is to make sure I stay in track with my healthy habits in spite of the chaos of my new routine. Diet and Fitness Goals Uno: I will keep tracking what I eat and make sure I fast (16-8) on weekdays. Now that I am a productive member of society have a regular paycheck, I can afford healthier food, but with money also comes the possibility to buy and eat whatever I feel like. So I want to make sure I don't fall prey of my anxiety attacks and eat whatever is at hand instead of a healthy choice. Dos: I will follow my workout routine and make sure I train Ninjutsu at least twice a week. My workout routine also changed entirely. I can only workout an hour or two before bedtime and I'm usually low on willpower by then, so it's going to be a challenge to remain on track. Also, mid-challenge I'm traveling to start training for the black belt with my shihan sensei and I want to show him that I'm prepared and ready and not at all rusty and dusty. Tres: I will take care of my willpower levels and make sure I do several things through the day to refresh my mood and willpower. We already know the importance of willpower and I believe without taking care of it, I'm going to fail. So I want to make sure I use these "power-ups" to stay with energy, calmed and with a healthy mood all day. For me, it means Respect my Sleep Routine (Lights off at 10pm - Waking up at 4:00am, Brief nap sometime during the day).Keep a constant practice of yoga and meditation.Remain accountable and share my progress on Nerd Fitness.Keep a tidy, organized and clean environment. (I'm crazy like that). Life Goal Catorce! I will read my assigned readings and make sure I study at least 2 hours every day. After I've returned from the school, all I want to do is sit down and play videogames or watch TV until It's bedtime and my grades and studies are suffering. So this will be also very hard. If I accomplish these things, I can look forward to try new things and to make serious progress in my healthy lifestyle, in my job and in my studies and eventually earn the title of Champion of Kirwall. “There are men who struggle against destiny, and yet achieve only an early grave. There are men who flee destiny, only to have it swallow them whole. And there are men who embrace destiny, and do not show their fear. These are the ones that change the world forever.” ―Flemeth
  13. My Fellow NF Members/Rangers, This will be my first challenge as a NF Member and the first step for me in a long time to improve my fitness and over all health. MAIN GOAL: Start Healthy Habits- Kick Start Weight Loss. I'm using these first 6 week challenge to start healthy habits that in the past I have failed to solidify. This will give me the foundation to finally solidify the steps I need to take to loose weight and become a fit person. These habits include but are not limited to Regular Exercise, Better Eating Habits, Being Accountable by reporting to NF on my Battle Log. QUEST 1: Start P90X3 Classic Cycle on January 6th. This is a 6 Exercise Schedule that includes strength and cardo. In the past I tried P90X 1 which had long workouts, average 58 minutes. I had some success in loosing weight but would fall off the bandwagon due to my odd work schedule as a Cinematographer for Indie Film. This new version is 30 minutes only leaving me no excuse. I typically faltered 3 weeks in, this 6 week Challenge will force me to get 1/2 way through the 90 day schedule which will set up the habit and drive to continue all the way through the full 90 days. QUEST 2: Reduce Unhealthy Snacking/Soda Drinking. I will cut my Soda Intake to 1 A Day, replacing my cravings for it with Tea with a small amount of honey. I will vow to reach for healthy snacks- Fruit, Vegetables, etc instead of Cookies and Snack Cakes. My ultimate goal is to follow a Paleo like diet but I'm realistic to the fact that an instant change will lead to failure. I might slowly walk towards this goal. QUEST 3: Accountability: I will Report my Exercise and Eating Habits- Both Failures and Successes to NF via this and my battle log at least every other day. In the past I would hide my attempts to loose weight and get fit and that allowed me to make excuses to not do it. LIFE GOAL: Make Time Daily to do Zazen. I sit Zazen regularly from time to time and I feel more focused and relaxed when I do so. I need to make an effort to do it daily and keep myself in balance.
  14. Here we go. If you are insulted by bad language or bad English grammar, be warned. I haven't figured out how things go. I'm not used to be "buddies". Well, let's see. It's too late to be smart.
  15. I'm know I'm late to the 6 Week Challenge party, but as Steve said "Start today!" Background: I'm a new mom that is trying to get back in shape. When I was in high school, I was thin and did a lot of sports. All that changed when I graduated from college and had to move back in with my family. A year of mom's home cooking, a sedentary desk job, and too many MMORPG's took their toll. Eventually I got talked into joining my local Roller Derby team and got moving again. I made great progress and was a pretty good player, but then I decided to take some classes at my local community college to possibly help improve my job prospects. I had to quit roller derby but knew I would come back as soon as I completed my classes. Of course, life likes to throw the occasional curve ball and just as I was planning on returning to derby, my husband and I found out I was pregnant. I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl about 10 months ago but have sadly had trouble motivating myself to get moving again. I recently returned to Roller Derby, but I'm worried that I won't be able to keep momentum. And so I have journeyed and found myself here, hoping that willpower and motivation of my fellow nerds will help make me successful. Stats: Age: 31 Ht: 5' 3" Wt: 170 lb Arm: 12" Waist: 40" Thigh: 27" Main Quest: -Defeat 5 Adipose (Lose 5 lbs) Missions: - Increase cooking skill to Apprentice Level (Cook 3 healthy meals/week) - Battle the tribe of She-Orcs twice a week (Attend 2 roller derby practices/week) - Choose and fight one additional battle per week: Gym Demon, Wheel Monster, or Evil Twin (go to the gym, ride stationary bike, BBWW) Motivations: Getting and staying healthy for my baby daughter. Loving my body the way that I used to. What I'm really needing is a team off ass-kickers to help keep me on my path. I respond well to small amounts of guilt and knowing that someone is looking over my shoulder helps keep me focused. I know I need to start small and be consistent. Newbie Mistakes I suffer from: Overeager Beaver Accountability Slacker Emotional Rationalizer "I'm too busy" Liar Help me, Nerd Fitness. You're my only hope!
  16. Last month I turned 30. I was not looking forward to it; I thought it meant that I was running out of time to do everything I wanted to and that it was the start of a massive countdown to when I was going to have to have kids (or not) and blah blah blah. I think I set up a self-fulfilling prophecy there with those negative expectations, even though I had a plan for all the great things I was going to to do and awesome new habits I would start and all of that. Well, I didn't have a real tracking/accountability system aside from the blog I started, which I haven't even been brave enough to share with my friends and family. So, super useful. Also, I got hit with all sorts of surprise obstacles: An old injury came back with a vengeanceWork got really difficult and really stressful with plenty of overtimeI wasn't paid on time and had to get by on a few dollars a day for a couple of weeks (welcome to Kazakhstan)I found out my on and off ex started dating someone (just a month before I was supposed to go see him in America)I had to move to a new apartment because mine had so many problems (landlords in Kstan are pretty useless)So basically lots of great excuses for all those great plans to go right out the window. Three weeks later I don't think I've made any solid progress at all on any of my goals. I guess now that my new apartment and job are a bit more settled, I've accepted the situation with my ex, and I've been paid, I can hit the reset button. So after one last cheat day yesterday where I put all of my last negative feelings into that red wine and dark chocolate, I'm ready to start over today. I don't know if anyone reads other people's logs here, but if you do and want to send an encouraging comment that would be amazing. I'd love to meet someone who needs an accountability partner or just wants to swap messages from time to time. I seem to be the only Rebel in Kazakhstan. If you have any interest in reading about how I'm coping with turning 30 (I REALLY DON'T WANT TO BE 30, but I'm working on it), living/working in Kazakhstan, or other very random things here's my blog: http://30isthenewwhatever.wordpress.com (Hasn't been updated this week--oops) Okay, here we go.
  17. Hello everyone! My name is Amanda! I am from a big town in Rhode Island. I am currently 225 pounds, roughly 80 pounds overweight for my height. Between a neurological condition, going to college and working in a fast food restaurant I have made unhealthy decisions that have led me to where I am. My biggest struggles are making the right eating decisions and holding myself accountable. I am a chronic justifier, but no longer! Today is the second day since I have made the decision to make myself even more awesome. I am particular interested in the Paleo Diet (who doesn't want to be able to eat whenever they want?) and strenth training, so I must be a Ranger! After poking around on NerdFitness for a couple of days, I am ready to do whatever it takes to get comfortable in my own body. I joined the community because I need help holding myself accountable for the choices I make when eating and exercising. I am looking forward to this experience!
  18. Hello there! This is my first challenge and I will try my best to slay all the little-but-numerous enemies of the Holidays! Today is 25th but never mind, I happen to have an account of what I've done since the 23rd Dec. My plans are basically: Since I have LOTS of free time, I'm hitting the gym everyday possible. When not possible I'll jog or ride my bikeI will practice moderation in my meals and won't drink alcoholSleep my 8/9 hours starting at 11 p.mTry to convince my family that I'm not THAT crazy. Maybe I'm lucky enough and I can persuade my dad to eat healthy. He should try, honestly...I weighed 155 lb the 23rd, let's see what happens! I will post what I did on Monday and Tuesday in a couple of minutes. Some of the stuff I ate may be in Spanish, but feel free to ask whatever you want. English is not my mother tongue and I had to learn every exercise name in both languages... Kinda a pain in the a**
  19. I am brand new to Rebellion challenges, but not so new to life (52 and counting LOL). I began a lifestyle change in diet last year by eating paleo, and also began focused excersizing using Mark Lauren's YAYOG (You Are Your Own Gym). I have had some success with both, but also have had stretches where I fell off the wagon with both. I recently (the last few weeks) began earnestly following both regimens again as well as beginning a 21 Day Sugar Detox, and believe that the Rebellion Challenge will be a way of not losing focus, as I will have people who I hope to rely in holding me accountable to my goals. I am shamelessly borrowing a format to post my goals which IndianaEddie borrowed from another Nerd Fitness member...so here it is: Main Quest: My quest is to replace my body fat with muscle; I have gotten my weight down to what I believe is optimum for me (having gone from 205 lbs to 175 lbs since last year), and now want to replace the fat that stubbornly still holds a claim to my waist area with muscle in all other areas, thus increasing my body strength. Motivation: My motivation is to make my life much more enjoyable, as well as creating a better chance of being around and an active part in my kid's and grandkid's lives...for a long time . Sub-Quest: 1. Begin and maintain Mark Lauren's YAYOG Basic Ten week excersize program - set up for 4 times a week. 2. Finish 21 Day Sugar Detox and continue with 100% Paleo lifestyle Life Quest: Being a Christian, I want to spend more time in reading the Bible and time with God so that I may better order my life, increasing enjoyment of life, and lessening stress. Stats: 11/13/2013 Height: 6' Weight: 175 lbs Waist: 36" Chest: 40.5" Neck: 16.5" Thigh(Left): 22.5" Thigh(Right): 22.5" Bicep(Left): 13.5" Bicep(Right): 13.5" BF%: 18% (By Internet calculator - plan to have my Dr do it next checkup...but it's a starting point.) Will accept any suggestions, and any help with accountability...the quest begins This is me before beginning Paleo and Body Weight training last year. This is me a few days ago after falling off the wagon for a few months, and restarting my new lifestyle again just a few weeks ago.
  20. PrincessLeia (Had to do it, it's my namesake ) Main Goal/Quest: Weight Loss and Health Achievement (Short Term weight loss specific goal fit back into size 12) Paleo Focused Diet 80/20 (with beans) Power Yoga 2x weekBeginner Body Weight/Treadmill 3x weekLife Quest: ​Moving more towards a minimalist lifestyle. Our family has too much stuff and it's time to cleanse and remove the extra stress of constant mess and a chaotic life. Thank you all for the future support, can't wait to help how I can. P.S. I actually have a ton of health food/holistic treatment knowledge so if anyone needs suggestions
  21. New challenge, new name, hopefully some new friends! I don't know about you all, but I am super excited to kick some serious butt in the next six weeks. If I start to forget that, I will require a swift kick in the aforementioned backside, and you better believe I'll be doing the same for you Good luck to everyone, hopefully we can be a bit more active as a group than last time.. (I'm thinking maybe some unofficial mini-challenges, perhaps?) Now, GO!
  22. This is my first challenge and post on nerd fitness. I have resolved to correct some of my personal issues with fitness by creating some accountability in my quest to be better. My only real goal is to exemplify the definition of leaning, which is a change in behavior based on experience. In my case, I have lead a life of ample opportunity, but have yet to seek out or accept any true "behavioral change" in my life. I have learned to admit that I am a true product of newtonian physics. I am a body that is most comfortable and whose state is normally at rest. I require motivation (an outside force) to achieve motion and only the strictest of disciplined environments to maintain it. This challenge will help me create the kind of behavioral change that is required for that discipline to take hold over a lifetime. My motivation is a post from a Facebook webpage of all things. Its from SealofHonor, which endeavors to remember our fallen brothers and sisters on a day to day basis. They posted the photo you see below with the caption, "Your Excuse is Invalid" https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151829989229769&set=pb.182249954768.-2207520000.1379944460.&type=3&theater As you can see, it made an impact on me. I am a soldier and an aviator. I owe the person to the right,left, and in front of me a life with out excuses. My name is Dallas Knox and this is my Challenge.
  23. LEVEL 0: Inaugural Battle Log Entry achieved! We need badges for this stuff, lol. Started the Angry Birds workout after a 15-minute warm up walk/jog earlier this morning (around 12-midnight) at 24-hour fitness. Though I've read Steve's email articles about being able to do all natural, gym-free workouts at the park, it just doesn't sound like a good idea after getting off of work at 1AM. I also have to be courteous about any Zumba/kinect/P90X workouts at night since I live in a small apartment complex. I may consider morning workouts, but I am nocturnal and usually don't go to bed until 5AM. This is open for alteration in time too... I did happen to see a list of morning classes, which would give me motivation to get out and lock into "zombie" mode since all I'd have to do is get out of the car and follow whatever the instructor is saying in class. EXCUSES, EXCUSES: If I get these out here, then someone will be able to chime in on how to make it so they're not excuses. I'm currently on a swing shift (M-F, 3PM-11:30PM) and have a lot of new hires, so training is amounting to overtime past midnight. Thursdays, I clock in at work at 9:30AM because I do choir stuff with the spouse at 7PM. Every other month, I'm also interning at the lab in the effort to earn my CA MLT licensure (so in October and December, I will be doing 16-hour shifts... I do not how how to fit working out without short circuiting myself during these months). The plan: continue the every-other-day Angry Birds Workout. In between, do light cardio/swim/something at the gym to get the most out of the membership. Just being able to set a routine will be good enough for now. I don't want to mention any more on the plans, other than to log what I did every day. In conclusion, the objectives are: Continue the every-other-day Angry Birds Workout until I 3-star the last levels. I am using the spreadsheet listed on Steve's blog entry. Go to the gym on a daily basis, even if it's only for 30-minutes. My form of keeping on track is to use the Yelp check-in: quiktekk.yelp.comThey say it takes 40 days to change a habit. Once I'm able to perform these two goals successfully for 40 days, I will move onto Level 1 and update the objectives (if necessary). For all I know, I might still be struggling to complete these in October (especially with the internship).
  24. I don't know how many "Hi, my name is Vanessa, and I'm new here" posts I've filled out. With some grit, this will hopefully be the last one, since I plan on sticking to getting and staying healthy. I've been battling the whole weight loss thing for awhile now, and like many of us here, started some program, only to bail out at the site of the first obstacle or interruption. This is extremely frustrating, since I seriously considered military life in high school, was awarded a 4-year army scholarship after graduation, had spent a year training with Army ROTC's Ranger Challenge team, was given 2-months time to meet the height/weight/BMI cutoff, only to lose out due to a tape test. I think this is the first time I've readily admitted it. I am horrible at sticking to any routine and am lucky to just make it to work everyday. Sad, I know. We just recently had a heath and fitness screening at work (note: I work in a lab and am on my feet/briskly walking around instruments for 9-11 hours for 5-6 days of the week). After getting the results, I realize that I haven't improved much from last year and am in need of help in just leading a more active lifestyle. Here's my stats from Friday (8/30/13) with the optimal goals set by Provant - the health screening people: Measurement / My Results / Optimal Score Total Cholesterol / 125 / <200 mg/dL HDL Cholesterol / 56 / >60 mg/dL TC/HDL Ratio / 2.2 / <3.5 LDL Cholesterol / 58 / <130 mg/dL Triglycerides / 56 / <150 mg/dL Glucose / 87 / <100 mg/dL fasting Blood Pressure / 132/86 / <120/80 mm Hg Body Fat Percent / 34.8% / 21-32.9% for F/20-39y.o. BMI / 32.7 kg/m2 / 18.5-24.9 kg/m2 Waist Circumference / 37 in. / <35 for women Hb A1c (diabetes screen) / 5.3% / <5.7% I'm not far off, but honestly, I know I could be more fit than what our insurance premiums dictate. My goal is to be able to complete a half marathon before I'm 26 (giving me a little under 13 months until my next birthday), and a dream goal of participating in a triathalon before I turn 30. Unfortunately, there's no Couch-2-Triathalon app. Hopefully, working towards these goals eliminates fixating on numbers above. For starters, I recently sprinted/jogged/walking the Color in Motion 5K two weeks ago in San Diego... in Vibrams! I'd like to get that same "YEEAAHH! I COMPLETED SOMETHING!" feeling again and again. As for things I bring to the NF table: I enjoy sharing my day and listening to others share theirs... I'm extremely talkative on the interwebs, but in real life am quiet and enjoy listening to people. This often is mistaken for being anti-social... it's just my inner nerd being introverted, 'sall! I'm open minded to the point of being gullible sometimes, but this makes for a fun workout partner that likes focusing on the goal without judging. Anywho, now to start sifting through the boards and finding the "starting line"... let me know where I should go first!
  25. Hey guys! I'm looking for a person, or group for motivation and accountability. Just so you know where I'm starting from and if your goals align with mine here is my starting point: - 21 year old female - Looking to lose 30lbs - Trying to eat healthier Online groups are great, but if you are from CA,Ontario in the GTA let me know!
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