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  1. Hi all. Callanthae here. I had a previous account on Nerd Fitness a long time ago, so I decided to skip the Level 1 Challenge and come straight to the Rangers. My challenge doesn't really have a theme, but it does have an inspiration. My favourite anime of all time, the reason I got into tennis, Baby Steps. For those who haven't seen it, Baby Steps is a tennis anime. What makes it so fantastic in my opinion is a host of factors: - Maruo Eiichiro, the protagonist, doesn't have impossible skills. He starts out as a complete beginner to the sport. While his eyesight and his studious nature are
  2. I'm improving... Only about a week and a half late this challenge. I had an elaborate, old style Shadowlion challenge nearly ready to post at the end of the zero week, then realized that it just didn't fit the current reality. The work crazy hit and, well, here we are. This challenge is focused on continuing what was working from the last one, and adding just a little bit more. I will also do some theming, as I have time. That should help fill in some of the gaps in my challenge history over the past few months, as a way to gain some perspective for myself and in the hope that th
  3. Keeping it very simple. From March 3 - 11, I will lay the groundwork for the next challenge by: Daily - Track all food intake in a food diary to use in setting next challenge's food goal Daily - Take a walk, preferably for at least 15 minutes. May be combined with #3, if necessary, to defuse excuses, rationalizations, or other extraneous, self-defeating B.S. Daily - Spend at least 15 minutes daily outdoors and enjoy the sunshine. (Or whatever weather... It's Phoenix, Arizona, after all.) May be combined with #2, same reasoning as above. Complete three or mo
  4. BackStory: Hello, again my fellow Rangers! I've not been around at all this year despite multiple failed attempts. Truthfully this has been one of the most trying times in my life I have ever experienced. Within this past year, I've moved to a different city, put final preparations on my associate's degree, and had the most severe family problems. To top things off, I've been in a terrible haze of depression these last six months that I am only now starting to come out of. Since finally regaining a moment of clarity this month, I realized that depression had been my main foe all along whe
  5. SPARTAN RISING So cast off whatever fears arise at the armoured legions they’ll muster before you, hedge yourselves round with hollow shields, and learn to love death’s ink black shadow as much as you love the light of dawn. Arete - Tyrtaeus of Sparta (sometime between 650-37BC) “This is not a disaster, this is an origin story.” - a surprisingly reassuring thing to tell the mirror every day Adversity builds character, or so the cliche goes, and right now I’m facing a mountain of it. Living below the poverty line ha
  6. Overview\A bit about me I'm an IT Consultant (yes - lots of travel at times) who has been at least a bit overweight most of my life (ok, a few years in HS\College I probably wasn't - but was surrounded by skinny people and felt I was). I'm essentially a mesomorph - I will NEVER be "skinny". I can only hope for a muscular\athletic build. You know the 5' Mexican Olympic gymnast that was dubbed "fat" at 99 pounds? That was me in HS. I don't ever expect to see 99 pounds again - but an athletic 130/140 I could totally live with. And yes - I was 99 - 115 pounds and "fat" through college.
  7. Here we go, next challenge in the making! I'm picking up where I left off last week, working on some basic struggles that I faced in the last 4WC challenge: 1.) Tracking progess. I would forget to log my daily progress and within two or three days I would have no idea how I was doing anymore. 2.) Lack of structure and focus throughout my day. I'm stuck in a funky phase of transition, having just finished school and looking for a job. One of the challenges is staying focused and eliminating distractions (yes facebook, I'm talking about you). It doesn't help t
  8. Instead of challenges I'm switching to this method for a bit. That way I can have some kind of accountability and still be part of the forums. I have a respawn post I made if u want a back story. So let's just jump right in. Today I had coffee, heavy cream but no sugar. Keeping sugar out of my coffee is ONE good thing I have stuck with. As a hungry as I am now, I am fighting the urge for fast food and just eat the healthier lunch I brought. And I had a delicious breakfast of pecans, banana, and cottage cheese. Better than the sausage and biscuit I've been craving. A few good things today.
  9. Introduction: Hello! I'm Traaki, and this is my first challenge! Hooray! I joined Nerd Fitness Academy last week. I am a life-long dancer who has also dabbled in martial arts and barefoot running. I like activities that occupy my mind as well as my body (which is why I like dance classes) but I have a lot of history/baggage around dancing, which means I can talk myself out of class in the blink of an eye. I've gotten out of shape and want to feel more confident and powerful in my body again, so that's why I joined the rebellion. Main Quest: Lose 10 lbs by the end of the challenge. Que
  10. This is a log of the things I am doing, to try to get myself to do anything. Depression: being pretty well treated at this point with therapy and meds, but always up for reevaluation. Exercise: other than what I do at work (standing, intense breath work) and walking to the subway (20 mins/day total), basically nil. This needs investigating. Yoga: abandoned after scary-seeming-though-ultimately-benign-thank-god health issues last year. Still problematic because of head and neck things. This needs to be restarted in some way that is healthy for my body. Other relevant items: meditation and m
  11. The things about rocks is, they aren't really that fast. They just sit there, unchanging, steady, strong. Those are all words that served me well for a while. I needed to be steady, strong, and constant. It does get boring, though. And lonely. On the other hand, changing a rock can be pretty difficult. I'm thinking the approach should be less strip mining and more sculpting. We'll take things slow. Really slow. My Goals: 1) Get up and move most days of the week. Just a little. 2) Meal Prep once a week. 3) Post progress every day. And that's it. Goal 1: Move I get up early and
  12. Introduction: I'm Tyolka, and I've lived too long ignoring my own health to cram my schedule with things for other people. I want to take care of myself WHILE trying to take care of other people so I can help take care of other people better. Though I consider myself an assassin, circumstances in life (and time flying by so flippin' fast!) have turned me into the inevitable blob. Becoming this blob has made life harder, quality of life is beginning to deteriorate, and I've recently found out it's the reason I haven't been able to have kids. So it's time to change it all. I'm 37, goin
  13. So here I am. Previous to this attempt, I have failed to complete any other challenge I started. After a few days of getting my thoughts together, I've decided to approach my goals differently. Posting from mobile, I'm mostly getting my quest down and will edit the rest of the information in when I get home from work. MAIN QUEST: Shadow Manifestation lvl 1. In order to defeat one's enemies, they must be identified. Shadows are never truly destroyed, but they can be lived with. Once you identify and understand what drives your shadow - it can be forged into something greater. 1.) Keep a food
  14. I've started two challenges and am yet to finish one. This time around, I'm going for the smallest of baby steps to keep me on track to getting fitter and eating healthier. Step one: walk to mordor! Walk one kilometre every day. That's it. One measly km. every day. I'm tracking this on runkeeper, where I have a goal set up with 2,846 km—the distance to Mordor and back, from the Shire. ATTRIBUTE POINTS: STA 3 CON 1 Step two: yoga every damn day I want to get as flexible as I was when I was younger. Well, not quite. I want to be better than I was then. I want to be able to do a proper handst
  15. As part of my challenge I have been cutting out gluten from my diet. i haven't been eating healthy I decided to start with baby steps and just focus on cutting out the gluten. It has been a week and a half and this morning when I put my belt on I was able to tighten it TWO NOTCHES!!! That's a crazy amount of bloating! As a plus my boyfriend is becoming more aware of what has gluten in it and last night he wanted to get a frozen pie at the grocery store and tried to find one with out gluten (there weren't any) and then decided that "If you can't eat it I figure I shouldn't eat it either."!! T
  16. Will work out a nicer title in time. Trying to lose weight - ideally, 10kgs - in time for my half - which is 13 weeks away - (and in time for my birthday in April). Starting stats: Height 1.69 m Weight 75kg Waist 72.5cm Belly 74.5cm Chest 90cm Hips 101.5cm Neck 34.5cm According to army body fat calculator I have 27%BF, ideally I'd like to lose 5%. I don't want to just recomp however - I did that last year - but that's not enough for me, I'd like to lose volume. Rules: - stay below 1400 kcals/day (track) - 98% low-carb paleo (with one cup of milk a day and allowing some condiments like
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