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  1. I've got to have someplace to hold myself accountable when I'm not running a challenge thread. Primary contents here: Nutrition tracking Workout tracking (usually photos of whiteboards) Run tracking And the periodic race report.
  2. So I've been on hiatus for most of a year for a variety of reasons (good and bad). But it's time for a respawn, so I'm reaching out again to the support networks I have (the forums here, Connect on the WeightWatchers app, etc) to try and maintain accountability and get regular feedback on things. Yet to do: re-write my Life at Level 50 mission statement/goals (Work changed, and with it, the driving need to drown my frustrations in food and shopping). The previous battle log is here, if anyone wants to visit the unpleasant swamp of the past: https://rebellion.nerdfitness.com/index.php?/topic/83812-tokidoki-kittys-daily-log/ Going forward: - If not a daily log, at least a weekly one - Revisit and refine my goals regularly (and set them up in smaller, manageable pieces) - Improve my productivity habits / reduce my procrastination habits -- this goes for both work and home. - Address, treat/mitigate my physical pains (through diet, exercise, etc). - Financial success (large savings account) and freedom (no more credit card debt/recurring balance carryovers) - I want to go to Japan and spend a lot of time on experiences and shopping for tea and kimono equipment that I can't get in the States. Need money to do that. :/
  3. Hello, Rebels! I started a Daily Battle Log a few months ago but after I got back into the 5 week challenges it felt like I was posting the same thing in both threads, which seemed unnecessary. So my Battle Log has gone dormant even though I continue to make fairly steady progress on my goals. I'd like to resurrect it for 2021 because I like the idea of having one thread that encompasses my progress for the year, but I'm also excited about the challenges and it still seems like there's going to be a lot of duplicate posts. So for those of you who maintain a Daily Battle Log and participate in challenges, how do you balance it? Just looking for ideas as I plan out my goals and the best way to track them next year. Thanks for any suggestions!
  4. Ugh. I hate doing this respawning thing. But I really need this to change my mindset. I joined the NF Forums last January 2016, doing everyone's hype of new year's resolutions. I discovered NF last 2014, and since then. I am always looking forward to Steve's emails. I did some workouts in between these years but I didn't stick to any routine. It is not until December 2015 that I decided to commit to leveling up my life by signing up to the Academy. Last January when I signed up in the forums, I did a challenge thread and did some planning and 'questing'. Unfortunately, I was derailed because my phone broke, which is where I keep all my progress, and in addition, I became busy with thesis and graduation. The following months was spent to stress and school activities. When June came, I did my first respawn point, which is my second attempt on this journey. And lo and behold, I was making progress! I was very happy with the result of the challenge, plus I get to (meet) and follow awesome people in the forums! As I graduated this year, some major changes are going on with myself: from being a student to being unemployed, seeking employment and a change of environment. By the end of the June 4WC, I was completing requirements for a college I was aiming for, on which I figured I'll be very preoccupied. At first I decided not to join the July 4WC, but I did a challenge thread anyway, and abandoned it a week later. There is this college I was aiming to be admitted. They have a program where you do your internship in Japan. And going to Japan is one of my goals! I was really excited for this opportunity. But my journey was met by challenges. First, I went for an initial interview last April, but I was rejected because of my height ( I was too puny for them ). I was upset. Just for my height?! I couldn't even do anything because I couldn't magically make my legs longer. And so I tried to move on from it. By the end of June, I was contacted by the college that they adjusted their height preference and I was in. I was not expecting this. Here I am moving on, and they are coming like a wrecking ball making me uncertain on what to do again. Should I try this again on a thing which refused me once? I didn't yet forget the rejection I felt back then. What if there'll be another problem that I can't even solve? Even with all these uncertainties, my desire to go to Japan was more greater than my fears. So I processed the documents they needed. My biggest obstacle in processing my requirements was that they needed my TOR and diploma from school, which I can't claim yet because I need to complete our thesis. There are two schedules for admission on their college for the month of July: 11th and 22nd. I was aiming for the two dates but I didn't get to complete our thesis until August. Consequently, I always reschedule and settled for the next batch: August 22nd. It was going smoothly until the day of MOA (Memorandum of Agreement) signing arrived. It was the last step for my confirmation to the admission on their college. I signed the documents and all, until they reviewed my requirements. You see, I need to have corrections on my birth certificate. To do this, it needs a supplemental report from the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) where I was born. The problem? There is no LCR officer since OCTOBER 2015. We inquired as to why and how an important position is vacant for a long time. But the local government was telling us that nobody was qualified for the position and until now, they are searching for one. So, no supplemental report for me, therefore, my admission was cancelled. I was devastated. I was looking forward to everything. I was ready for the change in my lifestyle and environment from this major change in my life. I even turn down other opportunities because of this. But just because of something I'm in no control of, everything vanishes. That's why I need to move on and start anew. So here I am, moving on, restarting almost everything; my second respawn, my third attempt on making myself better everyday.
  5. Hello fellow rebels! I'm a 26 year old software engineer that needs to take back control of her physical and mental health. This is the log where I'm going to keep track of my food and activity, as well as possibly flesh out my Epic Quest goals. I joined the NF Academy last week and I've realized that there's no way I'm going to get through it without holding myself accountable. This seems like the perfect place to do it. I recently quit smoking and that has been going super well. That's a great first step toward taking charge over my physical wellbeing. There are a few missions in the NF Academy that ask you to share things, so I'll be doing that here as well. BEGINNING MEASUREMENTS (9/16) I'm not proud of these, but it's important to have a starting benchmark, right? Weight - 296 lbs Chest 51.5 Stomach @ navel 50 Ribcage under bust 42 Hips 58 Arms L 15.5 R 16.5 Thigh L 31 R 30 Calf L 19 R 18 Neck 16 BIG WHY One of the mindset module quests in the NF Academy is determining your "big why" for doing things. What's going to keep you going after the initial excitement of starting a new routine wears off? - I'm sick of feeling like I'm not at home in my own body. - I feel like I've gotten caught in the classic nerd trap of creating a false dichotomy between a "life of the body" and a "life of the mind." I can't have a healthy mind without a healthy body and I need to start taking care of all of the pieces of myself. I'm smarter than the way I've been treating myself. - Shopping for clothes is a nightmare and bras in my size are suuuuuper expensive. - I want to feel confident and awesome next time I give a talk at a technical conference. - I know that I am strong and capable. I need to start acting like it. DAILY LOG - MONDAY 9/19 Breakfast - Leek and parmesan puff from Argo tea - Large iced chai from Argo tea Lunch - Wow Bao Thai broth soup - Wow Bao veggie bowl with lettuce cups - Diet Coke - Applewood smoked bacon jerky Snack - Chobani hazelnut chocolate yogurt - Mango La Croix - Maple bacon jerky Dinner - Vegetable beef soup - 8 squares of 85% cacao dark chocolate 8+ cups of water? yes Activity - Went on a 15 minute walk - started listening to Audible special edition of Dracula DAILY LOG - TUESDAY 9/20 Breakfast - 2 Coldbrew coffees - Chobani hazelnut/chocolate yogurt Lunch - Large hot and sour soup - Diet coke Snack - Chobani hazlenut/chocolate yogurt - 1 large kiwi Dinner - Beef vegetable soup - Veggie & cheese mix (2 celery stalks, 2/3 yellow bell pepper, 1 avocado, 2 small slices of brie, 2 small slices of camembert) - 2 coconut La Croix 8+ glasses of water? yes Activity - 20 minute walk while listening to Dracula
  6. Look who decided to show her face again. *bullies laughing evilly and cracking their knuckles* (jk) So long story short, I got wracked with guilt the other day because my dad kept falling and we couldn't get him up and I am like the most useless thing ever when it comes to strength and stuff. My dad is in a wheelchair now but still stands up to do some things like putting on a belt (I'm going to convince him to switch to suspenders) or going to the bathroom or switching between chairs. But he still falls and we're powerless to help him and too stubborn to call for help (because we'll end up relying on it and calling for help multiple times every day and things won't get better and that can very easily breed resentment which we don't want). So I'm back here to get strong. Because my mom won't do it so I have to. The goal is to complete a bodyweight circuit three times a week, ideally MWF, with progressive overload. I'll be tracking exercise type/variation and number of reps. I'm starting with mastering the NF beginner bodyweight circuit (with NF beginner dynamic warm-up and some stretching to cool down) but I'd like some ideas on how to vary the routine some so I don't get bored (which is something I'm very prone to). I have access to a gym but I'd rather not use it for this challenge as I haven't paid for the membership. I have three sets of dumbbells (3 lb, 5 lb, 10 lb) and a fat kitty who is willing to be used as a small barbell in exchange for cuddles and food. Additionally, I need to keep track of nutrition and how much I eat so I can make sure I'm eating enough to sustain this level of activity. I tend to undereat in general and also my sweet tooth is a bit out of control lately (I am a sucker for anything with rainbow sprinkles). I'm not worried about my weight at this time (although I'd like to stay the same pants size - ugh clothes shopping). I already have a food log (I use this to track what foods might be triggering my IBS-like symptoms) but I'd like to be more specific and also I'm lazy. ClarinetFest 2019 is at the end of July, plus two concerts around it, and my playing chops are not up to speed. Practice clarinet 2.5 hours this week (add 30 minutes for each of the following weeks). Finally, I need to read more. My 2019 reading list looks like it will soon be graduating to my 2020 reading list. Read 500 pages of leisure reading (i.e. textbook reading doesn't count). I may or may not theme this challenge. I could bring back Steven Universe or do something themed toward the fanfic I'm supposed to be co-authoring (but then I'd be spoiling~!). And I'll put up a spreadsheet soonish.
  7. Lifting and eating. Eating and Lifting. Maybe running. Definitely eating. I will also be updating the day's post as it happens, instead of at the end of the day.
  8. So I am going over the things that I want to improve upon this year, and it seems I can't just stick with something which is what I really need to improve but I am going to take a new approach and just focus on small fixes. Things I want to improve: 1. Overall Fitness and Health 2. My ability to be ladylike 3. My savings and budget 4. My organization/home This challenge I am going to focus mostly on 1 and 3 with a small bit of two rolled in. This challenge I will not buy any crap on amazon/online, no clothes, no projects, no STUFF. This will help me get my CC's paid down because while I am fine financially I could be better. This challenge I will track my calorie intake and protein with a goal of 1500-1700 calories total and 130 grams of protein daily. If I have a super intense day I can add an extra 200 calories of carbs, but the work must be accounted for as well. *March 7th and 8th are freebie days because hockey game/mini getaway. - This may also change up after 2 weeks if I need to add/subtract based on weight loss and calories burned on average. This challenge I will take a decent walk or hop on my max trainer every single day. I am more than welcome to have other workouts, but I also tend to get super hungry when I train hard and I am trying to stay away from that monster. On Feb 27th I have a "Buns and Braids" class to help with my ladylike goal, once this is complete I will practice what I have learned 3 days a week. It's a bit far into the challenge to be a steady goal but I did want to write it down. Extra Credit: Post 5 things on Poshmark for sale, all proceeds of my sales will go toward CC/Other debt. *will flash this challenge up a bit once I get home and can hunt for gifs *FIXED
  9. As dust gets swept away by footsteps of the newly arrived, a few pick pen and ink to dribble on recent developments. Many have perished on this path, many might never attempt it. “A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war: wide-awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. Going to knowledge or going to war in any other manner is a mistake, and whoever makes it might never live to regret it†-- Carlos Castañeda, The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge You have accessed Aeri's battle log, and are welcome to give input or press for oath keeping. Much love, - Aeri
  10. Tomorrow is my monthly measurement day. So we can have a base line for comparison I am going to share my measurements from the beginning of November. Weight = 118kg Bodyfat % = 36.44 Bodyfat Weight = 43kg Lean body weight =75kg Neck = 45cm Chest = 129cm Waist = 127cm Hips = 116cm Thigh = 61cm Bicep = 35cm Tomorrow we will see what changes occur with my old lifestyle activities. Then each month we will see what the new changes will be wrought upon my flesh as I transform into the Lycan Ranger.
  11. So this year ended with the most difficult life situation I have ever experienced. My SO and I experienced a loss that has no words, and this is my best effort to move through the feelings I am dealing with while also trying to look ahead. This week has strictly been about physically resting, doc and boyfriends orders. The SO even came home a couple hours after getting to work on Tuesday to make sure I sat on my ass, which I am terrible at, but I realized my current limitation and am taking them seriously. The plan is to move back into things slowly, starting with walking every day next week near the house. This may just be 10 min at first, it all depends on if I feel weak or not since I really don't know how my body is going to react. After Wednesday I will be re-assessing the situation and adding/subtracting based on how my body does. Weekly Overview: Monday - Made it home from the hospital, still very week from blood loss and cold is still bad. Tuesday - Quite weak, taking out the trash increased heart rate substantially, sat on my ass afterwards like I should have, cold is still kicking my ass as well. Slept in until around 7/7:30 am, had several grief episodes throughout the day, some quite intense. Wednesday - Cried a lot when I woke up, but talked with friends/family and literally cried on the SO's shoulder when he got home from work and felt a bit better. Slept in again until about 7:30, got a few small things done around the house but still winded/light headed if I get up too quickly or move around too much in one sitting. Cold is getting better, and I'm not as sore overall. Thursday - Cold is finally subsiding, and it's the last day of my antibiotics. Only took cold medicine before bed, and pain meds twice today. Still a bit lightheaded when I get up too quickly but I was able to put up the Christmas lights on the front of the house. I stayed in bed very late this morning, getting up around 8:30 am, and laid down when I planned to go to the store and cried. Didn't make it to the store like I was supposed to. Starting to have thoughts on a career change/other bigger life changes. I know some of this is comes with trauma so I am going to sit on these for a while at least before I really start acting on anything. Today (Friday) - Cold is almost gone, still stuffed up with a bit of a dry feeling in my throat/cough. Tonsils are not nearly as swollen from the anesthesia which is helping as well, but still on anti inflammatory (and Popsicle's) /pain meds to help with that and my other pain. Got up right away this morning (6:00 am). Teared up when I woke up again, the mornings and when I am not busy seem to be the worst times for this. Going to hit up the grocery store today and do a bit more light cleaning. I put on my fitbit for the first time since this whole thing started, going to start tracking my heart rate more closely. Weighed in at 180.8 this morning as well.
  12. Hi All, Baloo here. I joined the NF Academy 16 months ago, went through all the mindset and nutrition modules, everything made a lot of sense, printed the nutrition cheat sheet, put it on my fridge, ... and gained 6kg of fat. So, MAYBE, that was the best start ever... I got inspired by @Balthazar77 on the Facebook forum to create an account on the forums and to respawn. What I'm looking for mostly is accountability so anyone willing to help out is appreciated. So a little bit of background story: I'm 30+ years old, live in Belgium. I have a chronic disease and as a result, I am in pain 24/7 (mostly upper back pain). It's something that comes with its own set of physical and mental challenges (mainly willpower and physical exercise) but I don't want to use it as an excuse or something to hide behind. I may be dealt the card to play life on hard mode, but I'll be playing none the less. So my starting point now is I'm 89kg and my waist is 102cm. My goal is to lose 15kg and I'd like to be fitter as well. Of course, I have 2 difficult days ahead of me, but I'm going to start with my new lifestyle step by step starting today (if only to be able to pretend it wasn't a new year's resolution). Wish me luck and thanks in advance for accepting me in the family. Baloo
  13. My primary goal right now is to lose some fat by improving the quality and decreasing the quantity of what I eat. To that end, I need to do some general food logging right now, to establish a baseline for what a "normal" amount of food is. I've calculated that my maintenance calories are about 1700/day right now. That's my goal for the next week or two, to get used to the amount. Previously, I'd assumed that maintenance was about 2000, but I've been doing a very slapdash sort of calculation for the last few weeks to keep myself around 2000 cals, and not seen any weight loss - in fact, a slight gain. If 1700 is correct, that would make sense. I also need to increase my water intake, as I'm perpetually thirsty, and it gives me a headache. Living in the Los Angeles heat, it's important to stay hydrated... ETA: I didn't weigh myself right away, but I'm taking a guess that my starting weight is about 244 lbs. (Averaging the weighing I did a few weeks ago with the one from a few days after I started logging, which was actually about 4 lbs lighter.) Goal for this week: 1700/day 7/23 almond butter cookie (190 cal) cup of coffee w/creamer and splenda (~50 cal) ~4 cups of kimchee rice with egg (600 cal?) Tangerine La Croix Diet Coke snack crackers (150 cal) salmon + bok choi + rice (~650 cal) total: 1640 water: ~30oz (total liquid intake: ~58oz)
  14. I've been decently successful in achieving my fitness goals up to this point. But I thought I should post my battle log since all the cool kids are doing it. Character Backstory Back in 2009, I started trying to lose weight and eventually shed 68 pounds at my lowest (I've since gained some back, hopefully some of which is muscle!). After starting to consciously become healthier by altering my diet with 1200 calories per day, I slowly added in exercise. Over the course of the next several years I added more exercise into my routine and now I'm at a point where I'm trying to become stronger by weightlifting. And I'm surprised by how much I enjoy that! I'm a member at a local gym with my membership set to expire next month and no intentions of letting that membership lapse! I'm going to be joining a different gym which focuses more on weightlifting rather than general fitness like my current gym is. Currently, I go to the gym about 3-4 times per week. Half the days are spent with something cardio-related: walking, biking or swimming and half the days are devoted to lifting weights: bench press, curls, deadlift, squats, etc. Notes: reps X weights Here's a breakdown of where I started 11/5/13: And where I'm currently at as of 2/11/14: Tuesdays Tuesdays Bench Press: 10X50 Bench Press: 9X70 Tricep Overhead (cable): 9X30 Tricep Overhead (cable): 9X50 Seated Lateral Raise: 8X10 Seated Lateral Raise: 6X12 Pull Over: 10X20 Pull Over: 9X35 Dips: 10X70 Dips: 9X25 Pull-ups (assisted): 8X65 Pull-ups (assisted): 7X45 Arnold Press: 8X10 Arnold Press: 6X15 Situps: 10 Situps: 15 with ball twist Fridays Fridays Seated Alternating Front Raise: 8X10 Seated Alternating Front Raise: 7X10 Calf Raises: 13X45 Calf Raises: 7X100 Dumbbell Curl: 10X40 (EZ bar curl) Dumbbell Curl (barbell style): 6X25 Hammer Curl: 10X15 Hammer Curl: 7X20 Squat: 10 (just practicing sitting correctly) Squat: 9X90 (machine) Deadlift: 10X55 Deadlift: 9X75 Dumbbell Rows: 10X20 Dumbbell Rows: 7X40 I'm going to continue to up my weights in the hopes of getting stronger. So, Battle On Eli!
  15. So after meeting a few nerds IRL and not having a daily battle log, then finishing my six week challenge that I loved getting feedback on I've decided to create a battle log. I'm opening up with a long term goal: the Providence, RI marathon on May 1st (Link). It'll be my first marathon. I ran into a little trouble with my half marathon (Wicked half Marathon in Salem, MA) in October, but I said that if I ran it under one and a half hours I'd do a full marathon in the spring. I managed 1:25 even though I was walking/limping for about a mile. This tells me two things. One, holy crap I'm way faster over distance than I thought. Two, I've done something(s) horribly, stupidly wrong. My leg cramped up and my knee didn't feel right for weeks after. It would feel fine walking, but would hurt after I ran for about a mile of running or hitting a hill. I started running too soon after the half marathon (about a week) and lifting too soon (less than a week). I obviously out-paced myself (I was late getting there and couldn't help trying to "make up" time even though I was running my own timer). And I kind of, sort of, didn't warm up that well. Or possibly at all. Depending entirely on your definition. So, to try and avoid injury and to try and maintain a good pace I am if anything over-planning. Being an accountant my natural response to virtually all stimuli is to make a spreadsheet. So I did (link). One tab with my mileage (I track Km from working on 10 and 5k goals), and one tab with my lifting regiment. I've altered 2 things from my half marathon plan: I've stretched the mileage buildup more slowly (18 weeks) and I'm tapering a little more. I start training on the 28th so if anyone has suggestions, notes, criticism, encouragement, knitting patterns, tips, tricks, or knows a good bar in Providence near the race. If anyone's coming: I'm not registering until after Xmas, so we can team up. Also, I don't own a car so I'll pay for gas for a ride. There are those I suspect of coming.
  16. Time for a re-spawn! I've started with NF academy from square one and this time I won't get distracted after week 3! I'm setting a target to hit. My goals are simple: Body Lose 10 lbs Mind Create a storyboard portfolio Spirit Create, and stick to, an evening and morning routine that works for me Learn to mediate, practice daily I'm taking it slow this time, following the NF academy weekly missions, starting from week 1. Week 1 Review:
  17. To begin this Battle Log I would like to note that the last few days have been amazing on here. Upon joining I have been so thankful to find like minded folks and so much support from a community. This is exactly what I've been needing. To begin my Day 1 of "Birth of a Legend". We, as in my girls and I, have been very productive. They got up, had breakfast and we went to get groceries. While procuring the vittles for my humble hovel, we ran into a few friends and chatted them up which is a pretty big deal. After we got back home they stayed on their daily routine and went to sleep. I kept focus and began to slay laundry and any pile of random things I found and kept working on gaining control of my life/ home/ everything. So far, so good. I will try to post as often as I can on here to remain accountable to my quest and the community. Thanks to whoever reads this.
  18. I'm Vaereyes. I'm a rugby playing, roller derby flailin', veteran on the rocks with a twist of LGBTQ+ and a dash of Leather. (Sarcasm available free of charge.) This is my first battle log. There will be gifs of things I find funny, adult themes and no holds barred honesty that comes from a brusque upbringing. Below is my judgmental as fuck face. I just completed my first 4 week challenge, and gained some good takeaways about myself. I'm suiting up to do the second challenge as well. (For those of you who like Warehouse 13, my challenges are artifact themed.) Accountability is a fun and important process for me, as I thrive on to do lists, accountability and having a record of the 5W's & an H. I know that for me personally, unless it's cutting something out I shouldn't have (cigarettes or energy drinks) that drastic actions don't take. My daily battle log, for today: 1) I actually woke up within an hour of my first alarm going off! I have three cats, and my partner's alarm goes off at 7 a.m. He wakes up to feed them, but I always sleep in. This means my morning aren't leisurely, and I often do simple tasks on the way to work. Since he's visiting his sister this weekend, I have that responsibility. Nothing like three cats yelling at you, biting you, crawling on your head and getting tossed like shotputs to force you up. (Thanks dicks.) 2) I started logging my food in MyFitnessPal in an effort to figure out what the hell I'm doing wrong food wise. After gaining 12.2 lbs in the past two months I've realized that I'm above my preferred weight range. To figure out what the deuce happened, I've vowed to log my caloric consumption for the next month without changing my habits too drastically. I'm going to try to stick to the 1890 daily goal, but I'm not going to eat differently. This is to establish my baseline, not figure out what I need to change. Everyone knows you have a session 0 campaign in D&D, THEN you bring out the kobolds at session 1. 3) I began consciously drinking more water, starting today. Side effects: I get up from my desk every hour... So there's that? 4/5) I didn't listen to laziness tonight, and went rollerskating with friends! I am my own worst enabler when it comes to breaking engagements, and tonight I knew I'd be disappointing three people if I didn't show up to an event I planned. So I grabbed my skates, and drove down to the skate palace for adult skate night. The music was damn good, the people were ridiculously talented (and attractive), and I skated for an hour! Guilt and nagging are really good motivators for me personally. I think this will a place to reflect on what went right, what went wrong and what can be improved on. The idea of doing a battle log EVERY day is daunting, but I will make a point to update my soft and hard copies when I do things. If you giggled at that last line, I see you. Bardadin out.
  19. Hey! My names Blethan, and unfortunely you've wandered into what is likely to be a sea of my ramblings. I was a NF member many moons ago, but unfortunately the real world hit me hard after graduating Uni, and things have started slip. So now I'm back! GOAL UPDATE 22.10.17: Look Good! Lose 8lbs. -I've calculated that I currently have a body fat percentage of 27%. I would like this to drop to 21 % (I'm pretty new to this, so let me know if this is ridiculous). With these percentages I'm currently carrying 37.5 lbs of fat and need to lose 8.3 lbs of fat to reach this goal. To do this I need to; -Eat healthy, cut down junk food, cake, over-eating -Get exercising, increase my cardio workouts -Start strength training Feel good! Get my sh*t together. To do this I need; -A system of scheduling that works for me -Daily reading / meditating -Keep my house clean and uncluttered. Get Proud, Productive and Creative! Create Portfolio -I want to create a storyboarding and concept art portfolio to further my career. I have a fair base of work behind me in animation, but I want to explore opportunities in a new direction. To do this I need to; -Complete storyboarding course -Create 2 storyboards (one short animation, one scenes from a longer script) -Complete x2 commissions a month I want to look good. I want to feel good. I want to be proud, productive and creative! So, read my ramblings, or not, or just say hi, or answer some of the random questions that I'm bound to ask, and I'll be very VERY grateful!
  20. ERUDITE CHRONICLES Intro For 300 year the great demon queen Isidore bled the people dry of every resource imaginable. Through the malignant hubris of the ancient magi she was summoned through the hell gates using an ancient talisman. The relic had been passed down through time immemorial. Isidore fed off the energy blood sacrifices of each mage and grew more powerful by the day. The magi used her power and influence over the hell beasts to inflict devastation on the various towns and factions. With every village consumed she grew stronger and more viscous, yet her greed made her restless. It was inevitable that she would one day consume even the seven magi. One night she lured the keeper of the talisman into her chambers under the great volcanic mountain. She consumed his energy before casting him into the magma and claiming the talisman for herself. The people sensing the impending hordes, gathered together and assembled great machines to battle the evil queen. The towns were fitted with immense power grids and every technology imaginable was used to develop ways of combating the onslaught. The factions fought valiantly but only managed to wall themselves into their own territories while Isidore consumed the surrounding lands. The factions would have never guessed that the very technology that was saving them was also integrated with Isidore herself. The queen, after learning how to wield the great talisman began fusing herself with the vast power grid that flowed through Phalon like the veins on a rotting corpse. Beast by beast and inch by inch she became one with the city's energy and the very earth itself. Her infectious influence spread until she consumed every capsule of power. Isidore became lustful for greater amounts of energy. The factions were forced to offer up taxes of their own bio-fuel in the form of capsules. Each month to prevent the endless waves of beasts destroying the barricades the capsules were collected and brought back to the queen’s lair. Energy stores and upload centers littered the land as man, woman and child offered up the very energy keeping them alive to feed the queen's insatiable hunger. The queen enforced her rule by outfitting each citizen with small screens in their arms. The screens managed and tracked their total KiloJoules. The kJ screens also served as a leach on the central nervous system and a storage container for the kJs. It did not take long before this bio-energy became the binding currency of the land. Capsules were used at each up-link center to condense kJs into tradable portions. Greed and addiction soon took hold of the major factions as they fought over energy stores and even resorted to capturing and enslaving each other for energy farming. Each person could only accumulate 50kJ a day. The wealthiest of owners resorted to kJ mining from hundreds of citizens. They traded their kJ for various virtual upgrades and chemical concoctions to numb the reality of living inside their concrete cages. The world grew darker by the day and the old legends of Kaaros the savior of Phalos faded from memory. The children no longer learned of how he saved the old world and only saw them as fairy tales. All except the long line of Erudites in the forest village of Kama. The villagers of Kama rebelled against the cyber city as they tried to live closer to the earth. Only simple machines were used because of the queen’s power over electronics. The Erudites resembled the witch doctors of old and were kept on the fringes of the village. Each generation bore an enchantress who guarded the sacred knowledge of the ancient legends. Through the influence of Isidore and the state of the world soon even the Erudites were regarded as superstitious fools. The Erudite lineage has dwindled to only one girl serving as the village medic and archanic mechanic. She alone knew of the hero, she alone held the keys to saving Phalon and returning peace to the land….
  21. Hello All! So a bit of background to start things off. I have been lifting consistently for a bit over 2 years now. Last year I trained for and competed in my first strong woman competition, and I managed to walk away with a couple first place event medals and a 2nd place overall. I loved lifting heavy but it seems to have some not so great side effects for me. Once I started with a trainer specifically for powerlifting/strongman I kind of blew up from 164 to 193 (currently around 185-188). Now my measurements weren't up as far as I worried so I know some of it was in fact muscle gain but some was straight up me eating all of the things. I've also started having some joint pain and I am not a spring chick anymore, my current trainer said it was part of being an athlete... This mindset is not something I can run with. So I have decided to try out a new coach starting in July and this is going to chronicle my new journey. I will be tracking macros, measurements, lift videos, and workout's here, and an FYI there may be progress pictures in here of me in a sports bra and full coverage underwear, short shorts or a bathing suit bottom but that is TBD after they are taken, lol.
  22. Hello all! I'm RuthixCube, and I'd like to welcome you to my Battle Log! :] About me: I'm 26, Massachusetts born and raised, and am mostly a homebody. I have a wide array of interests: cars, motorcycles, vintage trucks and classic muscle, pin up culture and fashion, pretty much anything to do with the 1920s/40s/50s, video games (XBOX/PS4/PC/3DS), cooking, tattoos/piercings, urban exploring (or exploring in general), Formula 1, traveling, antiques, crochet, special effects make-up, and I'm sure a handful of other things I'm too tired to remember. In April, I joined a Roller Derby league, which is the best thing I could have done for myself. It's given me a sense of community, regular exercise, and a hobby (all of which I was lacking). As of tomorrow, I will officially be a level 2 skater in my league - this means I'm one level away from being a scrimmagable player (YAY!). I'm also pretty big into cooking - always trying new recipes and planning my meals for the week. Baking is my favourite, but I've curbed that back quite a bit since eating more healthy. Since June of 2014, I've been dealing with stomach problems that have yet to be diagnosed. There are a handful of foods that I have figured out aggravate it - almonds, broccoli, caffeine, and apples for certain, tomatoes occasionally. I'm also mildly lactose intolerant (I figured I'd mention this now, as it will probably come up in my thread somewhere down the road). My NF Journey: I've been a member of the Rebellion and the Women's Academy since October 2014, but I honestly haven't done much with it. I tried the forums in the beginning and found them too confusing; as is my usual nature, I gave up on them quickly. In February/March I discovered the Women's NFA Facebook group, which has been of some help, but it hasn't kept me accountable. Now that the Academy forums have closed, I've heard so much from other members of how the community has helped them on their fitness journey, and I wished it was something I had given a second chance. I'm not the type of person who can keep at things on her own - I need that support from people who understand my struggles, and that kick in the ass that only other Rebels can give I'm also incredibly excited/nervous to make friends with people who have similar nerdy interests. All in all, I'm working towards finding myself, pushing my limits, and becoming the best me that I can be both physically and mentally in my NF journey. I'm going to end it here for tonight. I'll list my goals and some other things in my next post. Night! -Cube Check the next post for updated info!
  23. BlackTezca's 2017 BATTLE LOG It's a new year, a time of rebirth, a time to wipe the slate clean and start a new. Thus for this 2017 year, I have made a new battle log with Death and Rebirth being a bit of a theme and who else to start in it than Sailor Saturn? She has been through so much in every incarnation; killed in an tragic lab accident, brought back either as a cyborg or with incredibly weak and ill, shunned by everyone accept for one person, hunted down as a messiah of death, her body inhabited by parasitic alien monster, then right after gaining such incredible power, she sacrifices herself fighting an eldritch abomination before coming back a new. A few of us, including myself, need this fresh start. Last year put me, family, friends, a few of us rebels through the ringer. We have stumbled, we have crashed, we have hit rock bottom, or things seem to have been going so well only to go so very wrong. It is a new time to start a bit fresh, rebuild good habits, focus on us and our health and just have a much better time going at it. For me, this battle log will be used to chronicle quest ideas, habits I am rebuilding, new habits I am starting, so on and so forth. Time to get back to work with this new log and with these new 2017 challenges. Let's get started! Let's make 2017 a blast!!
  24. Leia Cruz here...middle aged bad ass in training. Just found out about these Battle Logs, so starting mine. I want to track weight loss in 2 ways, scale weight and waist size. I also want to track fitness goals here. I track food on Lose It, steps on Fitbit, and Posting stats and beginning photos: Weight (measured at dr. office, not at home) 193.4 lbs Waist: 41 inches Push ups: 10 on knees Plank: 15 sec on toes
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