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  1. Erick the Red: No Zero Days I've done a few of these challenges over the past few years, and had some pretty good successes. Also failed more than a couple times. This round I am starting slow and simple. Two clear-cut daily goals to solidify daily habits. I plan to check in daily or near-daily to update my progress, and maybe go over some details. I appreciate feedback and positive peer-pressure. 1. Hike outside at least one mile per day. I am glad to have a job, but working from home has meant that I sometimes go two or three days without stepping ou
  2. The core idea is a bit of shock treatment, making use of the New Year momentum while rapidly dropping the extra weight gained during this lockdown and the holidays. That should be January, then settling into less extreme and more sustainable measures come February. Workouts: Need something focused on rapid weight loss, so less strength training, more cardio. Since running or skip rope are out of the question due to winter and lockdown, HIIT will have to do instead. Darebee's 30 days of HIIT Advanced program ticks all those boxes, while providing a structured sequence and pretty short (but
  3. A little over a month ago, my sister almost died; having to be rushed to the hospital. It gave me flashbacks about how my mom died less than 2 years ago and the stuff that I said to her body before the coroners came to pick her up. When my mom was laying there, arm all cramped up because of gout from her terrible eating; I expressed a lot of things. But the most important thing was that I was going to do something that she never did: Love myself. My mom never cared about herself and her death was a big wake-up call. I was still in school so I had to finish that, and then clean
  4. Yes, this is the artist formerly known as Phoenix Burning returning after a rather extended absence. In our last episode, I was preparing for competition in the World Championships of Taekwondo. That never happened. I ended up getting seriously ill, having a surgery, and spending the next year and a half feeling sorry for myself, avoiding fitness, and eating my feelings. I am still in a place where my willpower is pretty beaten up (and largely being used by my latest adventure: grad school!), but I know I need to do something to get out of this funk and get back to my best self. In view o
  5. I don't really trust this new year. I'm not trying to punish it for what 2020 did, but I am trying to protect myself by preparing for the possibility that this year could be horrible. Absolutely horrible. Maybe wonderful at times, but... (squints in suspicion) I don't trust it yet. So I'm going to focus on exercising and eating healthy foods to keep me strong and healthy so I can enjoy all the beautiful moments that are going to happen like people sharing videos of their dogs, and new baby announcements, and the feeling of warm towels right out of the dryer, and the sound of quiet in the win
  6. Alright here I go, my first five weeks of 2021! Getting straight to the point, my 3 goals for this challenge are: 1. CONSISTENTLY consume 3L (96oz) of water each day. - I have already been doing this off and on. One time I had a one month streak! The goal here for me is consistency, habit, something I don't think about, I just do. - I believe getting enough water provides a natural cleanse and promotes weight loss which is something I'm also striving for. - I suffer with eczema, extremely dry skin, and inflammation and believe more water in my system may help with this - Curr
  7. Storm Bella raged through the night. In the morning, Mr and the Enting did a boundary walk to look for fallen trees and other damage. While I cleaned up our breakfast and got a fire going in the wood stove, I considered what a strange and eventful few weeks we’ve had since we been called to Owlshire. Boiler and fuel supply problems, an historical flood, unexpected severe allergies to sections of the house, leaks in buildings, now a major wind storm... all within the already surreal year that is 2020. But the year was turning, and we’d made it through midwinter in the Forest, and th
  8. It's been a while since I re-introduced myself. I'm Stronkey Kong (for now). Over the 7+ years I've been on the NF forums, I've previously been known as (from most to least recent) Chris Tarly, Brogo, Curl Brogo, and Darwin's Demon. The focus of most of my previous challenges has been some combination of gaining strength and losing weight. While I've got some benefits from strength training, my weight loss battle is mostly a losing battle full of frustrations. Recently I've been reading about Intuitive eating and Health at Every Size, and have been focusing health and being more a
  9. Fun fact: every time I take one of those "what class are you quizzes?" I get Sorcerer. I guess it makes sense - I'm one of those former gifted children and while I've never really excelled at physical activities, I'm not the worst person in the race. Sorcerer is a kind of nice fit for me. It plays on the idea that I spend a lot more time learning than I do exercising, learning comes easy to me, but I'm more capable of physical activities than, say, a Warlock. I'm jumping on the bandwagon, working on developing my D&D character and setting myself up to work towards hitting max
  10. This challenge will look very familiar to those who have been following me for a while, but I felt compelled to return to it because I felt very in my "true nature" during this challenge. There are only a few changes to the previous challenges to reflect more current methods for reaching my goals, but the essence of the challenge will remain the same: I have been wrestling with the urge to return to the LotR book series (again), so what better way to motivate me than to theme my challenge after LotR. As a way to bounce back from the challenges of 2020, I could use some inspiration
  11. When I started out with Nerd Fitness, I thought maybe I fit into the Adventurer guild based on my activities, but I picked the Rangers, well, mostly because I have imagined myself as a ranger of one kind or another for years. But after being there for a year, I realize that it was probably the right choice. I want to do all the things. Over the year, I’ve done some running, body weight workouts, rucking, kettlebell workouts, pull-ups, mobility workouts, and probably more that I’m not remembering. But right now, I need to focus, and it needs to be on Adventurer things. I’m in a mountaineering c
  12. Goals: 1. Eat breakfast at home daily This seems like it would be easy, but I live next to a Tim Horton's and I'm a weak bitch for iced capps. 2. 2 am bedtime As it stands I don't get enough sleep, I nap constantly and am always tired and if you check the timestamp on this post, it's a little around 4:30 am right now... 3. Yoga once a week I'm not as bendy as I used to be and it's making it harder to do things like tie my shoes, do my job and move in simple ways. Also, decent way to workout that doesn't really mess up my feet more than they alrea
  13. My challenges lately have been kind of disoriented and unfocused. I was looking for something I could use as a theme to orient them around (in hopes of making them more focused and more oriented towards long-term goals), and I noticed a lot of people really digging back into the gamification/RPG realm of NF. I decided I would give it a try again. When I first joined NF, I made a half-hearted attempt at gamification in my challenges and then gave up. Still nailing down how I want to deal with points/levels, but I have decided on a character to orient my challenges around. I came acr
  14. This oddysey of mine is all about finding the best version of myself. In order to do this i need to build some strength, do some speech therapy and do some walking. Goal 1: Strength In order to develop some basic muscle strength and get used to a routine i set a simple goal of doing a few excercises. 3 sets wide squats 3 sets of incline push ups Planking Reward, if i complete 80% i earn a strength point I didn't specify the reps because i mean to set a baseline at day 1, and build up everyday. Goal 2: Distance In order to get somewhere
  15. I’m the married parent of 3 and soon-to-be 4 kids. I’m an adventurer at heart. I love hiking, exploring, traveling, and other fun things with the family. Since shortly before joining Nerdfitness, my physical training is typically built around injury rehabilitation (which happens a bit more often due to autoimmune arthritis) and training to be able to travel, explore, and play with my family. I have a pretty effective Disney World training system, and try to ensure that at any point I’m strong enough to carry my whole family somewhere. That has become more difficult as the years go on but I ca
  16. Before one undertakes an adventure they are best advised to prepare for it. Not too much preparation though. Otherwise, where is the adventure? This challenge is all about preparing for my adventures in life. (No Pure, reaaaaally) While my Epic Quest for Adventure details both fitness/health related quests and non-fitness/health related quests I'm going to try and keep my challenges specific to fitness and health, though I'll still mention other things in these threads as well, they just won't be the subject of them. This challenge I will be working towards
  17. Here I go again, back after a long absense. Ever since I was finally able to binge-watch both seasons of The Mandalorian last month, (and I'm now watching them all again, just a bit slower this time), I've been enthralled by the whole 'this is the way' mantra of our hero. I've always considered myself a 'bounty hunter' in the line of Boba Fett, but now there's so much more information than just the few random scenes of a barely-there character in the original trilogy. So I've been trying to figure out what exactly is 'the Way' that will work best for me. - a method to help me wit
  18. Hi 😁 I'm back... again! The forums have changed a lot in my absence, it seems! My life has had a couple changes as well: - I've decided to switch from a PhD to a Master's, since I realized I wasn't enjoying myself very much, and - I finished all my coursework for said Master's and just have my final project left! I'll be starting that quite soon. It's just a paper, so hopefully nothing too stressful! (*knocks on every piece of wood in the house*) I've been on a Lord of the Rings kick lately, so in keeping with that and also my previous challenges' goals of
  19. New Year greetings to all, from your friendly neighborhood Tolkien-obsessive mythologist. Having survived the past quite strange and difficult year through sheer bloody-mindedness (augmented with some NF challenges, of course), I now find myself back in my own hobbit hole after much travel and adventure and toil. The start of the new year is bringing me all sorts of fresh beginning energy. In an effort to avoid squandering that energy, I am going to set myself a challenge of simplicity, routines, and quiet joys. A challenge of hobbitry, if you will, after a year requiring full-on wizardry
  20. Hello Friends! If you're new to my threads, feel free to check out my battle log for some backstory. It turns out being an infectious disease doctor in a global pandemic comes with a fair amount of stress and over-work. I'm trying to regroup and dig deeper into self care and healing. Goals: 1) Breathwork - I found a teacher named Eryn, who leads frequent courses on breathwork. I've been using this three part active breath to really help calm my nervous system and convince my body that it's safe. It's allowed me to do some deep processing of wounds that
  21. Stagnation is Death Annals of a Bladesinger A haunting melody weaves its way through the quiet forest. An alien in her homeland with a mind touched by the hand of darkness, the elven wizard hones her dangerous dance, ever vigilant, ever mindful. She practices her art not just for the protection of her people, but to soothe her tormented soul with the meditative, otherworldly whistle of bladesong. Journey to Bladesinger Master 2020 Stats: STR 10 || DEX 11 || CON 11 || INT 15 || WIS 16 || CHA 12 2020 Level: Bladesinger Apprentice Go
  22. YULETIDE GREETINGS TO ALL! This quote from last year's holiday challenge should serve well enough as my introduction. Naturally, like everyone else, I've struggled to hold on to who I really am in this nightmare year (which is why it was all just too much trouble to write another intro, to be honest). Once the plague cancelled pretty much most of Western civilization, my normal and regular travel, ballroom dancing, and hiking fell off quite precipitously, leaving me with nothing much to do but worry. I guess will add 'writer' to that list of self-definitions, though, as t
  23. I’m formerly Ann of Vries, often Adventurer and sometimes Ranger. In summary: a 41 year old American emigrated to the UK. Mum of Enting, a 2.5 year old agent of chaos. Kitchen witch, gamer (mostly LARP and TT RPGs), knitter/spinner, writer. On November 17th, my family (finally!) completed an Epic Master Quest—to move from central London to our woodland dream property. Now we’re settling into our new home—dubbed Owlshire—in a beautiful part of the Wye/Dean. The Challenge My goals for the challenge is transitioning from the moving/unpacking phase
  24. I loved reading Calvin and Hobbes as a kid and still do as an adult. A brief introduction: I'm Snarkyfishguts, an adventurer learning to stand still during this pandemic. My preferred pronouns are she/her, but will also accept they/them, but never he/him. I like cookies, unicorns, and corny puns/jokes. THE CHALLENGE 1. Set goals and action plan for 2021 and focus on what I'm actually willing to do vs making a beautiful plan that I will read over cookies from time to time and think "That's a nice looking plan. Who's gonna do THAT?" 2. Practice t
  25. The plan is simple. Nutrition Track calories and meals with MFP and/or journal (first 2 weeks) One fruit per day (0/21) Not rush eating and listen to what my body says Body Walk everyday. (0/21) Gym 3 times per week, starting this wednesday. (0/8) Mind Journal everyday. (0/21) Read 30' everyday (0/21) Soul Yoga, breathing, meditation everyday, at least 5', or a single mindful pose (0/21) Miscelanea Backup all my photos to googlephotos before losing that free real estate. (0.5/1) Start my blog, rambling about stuff, it's just
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