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  1. Hello there, I'm Croaker. Lady and I are finally getting married next year. We set a date of October 1st. The problem here is I am carrying around too much weight especially around the middle. When Lady and I met and we fell in love I had a physical job working out side. Fast forward 5 years and I now work in a laboratory (go Croaker for leveling up in life.) The downside is I work in a Laboratory and get no physical exercise. So I have been ballooning from a nice 170 -180 to 230-240. I started fixing my diet back in January and have been doing pretty good at it. I dropped down to 217 just by eating better. The problem is I have hit a diet plateau so to speak. I could tweak my diet more but I am pretty happy with it as it is. I eat plenty of vegetables and some fruit. I eat lean meats like fish and chicken for lunch and dinner is usually vegetarian or has little meat in it. As for grains, I have celiac disease so those are fairly restricted as it is. I do eat granola in the morning and a serving of cookies as a snack. Other than that we are looking at rice and occasional gluten free baked goods. Like I said my diet is pretty good. As for exercise I have started doing the NFYoga. Other than that I have zero exercise in my life. In the past I have enjoyed doing body weight training and I did lift weights when I was in college(I hated lifting weights...) All of that being said "I want to look Sexy as F*CK" for my wedding photos next year. Lady is a professional model so she always looks good and puts a great deal of effort into that. She goes to the gym several times a week, walks everywhere and eats really well... unless she is on a candy binge. Just as importantly I want to look Sexy as F*CK for her. Yes, yes there are better reasons to improve my health and well being, but this is what has me motivated. I want her to be proud to be seen with me. I want to have people look at us and think what a nice couple they are, not how the hell did he get her? So, I am looking for what to do to exercise and kick up my weight loss and of course look Sexy as F*CK. Thanks for paying attention folks. Croaker. P.S. I am a 28 year old male 5'11" 217 pounds with full medical clearance from my doctor to physically do anything I want. My diet was worked on by a dietitian so any major changes will be run by her.
  2. A battle log, a b-log, blog: A Bringing Actual Thoughts To Life Entity on Living Online Grounds – of life, universe and everything (how I plan getting past the 42-mark). In other words a Respawn Project (but that doesn't sound like much fun to me). Somewhere in the deep archives of Nerdfitness there is a 2-3 year-old-introduction post. But since this is a story of new beginnings, I'll start rewriting a introduction: My tale started in 1990, about ten weeks early. When I was a kid I wanted to be a ballerina-artist-jockey-acrobat-composer-phototographer-martial-artist. But my body never handled excercice well, or anything else for that matter, and I probably still have the under-age record for pneumonia and bronchitis survival in Norway (which is were I'm from, by the way). Fast forward to spring 2014. Things got so bad I could barely think, let alone finish a degree at the University (or god forbid tell anyone I couldn't finish - the irony, I know). So eventually this somehow led to a coeliac diagnosis.Turns out I wasn't lazy, nor crazy, just malnourished . Bummer. And this is probably why body/mind had been screaming for as long as I can remember. So, this year I am turning 25. And I want a life. A life of joy, sparks, friends, connection, movement, art, and dancing-around-being-plain-silly. All the things I never got. Now is a good time as ever. And my goal for now is simple: not having 2015 as my worst year ever, and thus far it looks pretty bright. How I am doing this: 1) Avoiding evil gluten that is hiding bloody everywhere. 2) Finding new and old friends 3) Doing more of the things I love, but haven't done in ages because unlimited amounts of meh!. 4) Mapping other foods I must avoid for the time being, hoping to get them back into my life soon. 5) Making sure I get enough rest/sleep/down-time. 6) Practicing honesty, through nonvoilent communication. 7) Celebrating as many small wins as I possible can! 8) Working smarter, not more, with all-the-things-i-should-and-sometimes-love-doing 9) Exploring new things; food, interests, walks, games, gluten free beers and more. 10) And joining Nerdfitness, this time for real! This will be a place of jotting down, rambling and musing. Making notes to self about what works and does not. Perhaps not your usual battle log, but it will be mine:) In the long run I hope making it an entertaining read. Good luck on your journeys everyone!
  3. Hi everyone! A new challenge, a new beginning, brand new possibilities. The previous challenge really taught me how important it is to keep some basic fundations in place, for everything else to work properly. So this time around I'll keep my focus on the basic things that make me a kinder, healther, more functional human being. The recipie is simple: Write. Laugh. Play. Sit quietly. Think. Summer is here! For me it means one thing: packing up my dearest belongings and going off to my grandma's house. She's like the kindest person ever, who lets me live with her (for free) while I am working as a tourist guide at the town's museum. The main museum/tourist season starts a week into the challenge, so most of my days will be spent at the edge of the world (aka close to Russia and the North Atlantic Ocean) making waffels and talking about migration, fishing culture, and peat. There will be a lot of familiy everywhere, people I've not seen for a year etc, and there's the added stress of living in someone elses home over an extended period of time. This challenge is created with the intention of enchanting enjoyment in and of all this. And making myself take time off, because I know I'll be needing it.. Think and Sit quietly Ten mintutes of meditation everyday At least five minutes of deliberatly starring into the air, out the window, or whereever without guilt or distracting myself with [screens or people]. Gives three Sparklepoints each. Laugh and Play On one side this is a very physical goal of wanting to actually be able doing a whole 1.5 hour forrest yoga session. I can now do the one-hour classes I've got avilable (yays!), but the practice is very intense. And due to how my body works, really intense exercice usually makes me sick. So, I've got to be smart about this. do yoga every day (even five minutes in baddha konasana counts): three sparklepointsWalk/cycle everywheredo 1-hour forrest yoga classes at least three times a weekWaiting until week four with trying a full 1.5-hour class (if/when successs an instant 50-sparklepoint-bonus!)On the other side there is the little things. Like remembering to check in on my Ukulele and unicycle (so the last challenge won't be a total waste), and playing with dogs and eat icecream.Write Writing something everyday. Just something simple as To-do-lists, shopping-lists or a haiku is better than nothing. Ranting here is perfectly fine as well. The thing is, I'll spend the next year writing things, my MA theisis for instance, so I might as well make it a joyus habit now. It will make everything else easier later on. Gives three Sparklepoints each time done. Sidequest1: Foodtracking. Sooo, turns out I am underweight. After a resent dare, I despise bathroom weights thank you very much, I realized I am weighing the same now as I did as a teenager. And while being a fairly skinny teenager is ok, carrying those very same kilos as a 25-year-old gives me a BMI that is less than 17. That was a wake up call. Huge one. At least three times a week I'll track my food intake, making sure I am getting enough calories. I haven't desided on tracking method just yet. Gives three sparklepoints for each time done. Sidequest2: Cooking primal for grandma There might be recipies.... All quests somewhat relatemto the following goals for 2015 (quoted from my battle log) Good luck on your challenges everyone!
  4. Hello Everyone! I've tried over and over again to get healthy, fit, and happy. But Usually it lasts a few days, then I kind of slip into my old habits. Being in college, my life is pretty crazy but I know that is no excuse to be unhealthy and to make time to work out. Honestly, I'm basically writing this so I WILL follow through this time. I've started logging my food, watching my carb content and doing pushups, squats and wall sits when I have a few minutes to spare. Anyone have any suggestions for a crazy busy college student? I also have Celiac so that makes going Paleo a little easier, but all the gluten-free treats seem to be almost haunting me. Anyone have any advice? Thanks.
  5. When there is nothing left to burn, you have to set yourself on fire. Mellon, Hello friends! I am Nim, the little, the small, but by no means, the weak. I hail from Perth, Western Australia. At 23 years of age, I am almost finished my degree in Forensic Science. (For those who may know me as being nearly done from last years challenges, well the new budget proposed by the Aussie government really fluffed that up for me). I suffer from Celiac disease, it's plagued me for my entire life, but it really did it's number in the last few years. I've spent them being constantly ill, always tired, and forever struggling to manage my disease. I also suffer from Bipolar, which I was on antidepressants for 5 years, and from this (and my celiac), I gained about 20kg (44 pounds). I went from being 50kg to about 70kg. (110 pounds to 154 pounds). I am now a much happier person, and my bipolar is in my power, so I am looking to lose the weight that I gained. I have done 3 Nerd Fitness challenges now, and I had to stop doing them because I was unwell. In short, my celiac disease was unmanaged, and due to this, I was gaining alot of weight when I exercised. When I started the last challenge, I gained about 6 kilos in the first few weeks. I couldn't understand where I had gone wrong! So I did my research, and now here I am, ready to take on the challenge, and ready to try again. I think I have my disease in check now, and I can finally get on the road to losing weight. And now for brief lesson on human anatomy and Celiac Disease! Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease. I am very allergic to the protein known as gluten, which is found in wheat, rye, barley and oats. Celiac disease has a genetic disposition, meaning it is often hereditary. The genes associated with susceptibility are HLA DQ2 and HLA DQ8. Environmental factors can also play a role in unearthing allergens. Sometimes the disease can be triggered after pregnancy, childbirth, surgery, viral infection or severe emotional stress. For me, my disease went crazy after I stopped taking the antidepressants. How did I know I had Celiac? I was tired, food was making me ill. I always had heartburn, I felt sore and achy. I often experience (even now) this feeling of cold, numb, tingling in my hands and feet. I knew something was wrong, so I went and asked my doctor what he wanted to do. He suspected a food allergy, and I was tested for many things. The diagnosis of Celiac begins with blood tests used for the initial screening. Those with Celiac disease have higher than normal levels of certain antibodies in their blood. Doctors search for proteins that react against the body’s own cells or tissues in their blood, and will test for high levels of anti-tissue transglucatminase antibodies (tTGA) or anti-endomysium antibodies (AMA). Untreated, Celiac disease will lead to poor nutrition, and malabsorption of nutrients. Malabsorption is the interruption of delivery of pancreatic juice or bile to the small intestine, as well as a change in dynamics that could damage the intestinal mucosa. It is also suspected to lead to osteoporosis, infertility, miscarriage, depression and dental enamel defects. These effects can be severe or atypical, and they may even go undetected for years. Celiac disease is often misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome. Often in adults, other symptoms can be considered a prerequisite to Celiac. These include anaemia bloating and flatulence, diarrhea or constipation, fatigue, weakness and lethargy, and stomach cramps. In a normal, healthy human body, the lining of the Small Intestine (SI), which is also called the small bowel, is coated in millions of small worm-like protrusions known as villi. One of the functions of the cells on the villi is to breakdown and absorb nutrients in food. In those with celiac disease, the mucous, or lining of the SI is damaged from an intake of gluten. This results in the villi flattening, known as villous atrophy. The surface area of the small intestine, which enables the absorption of nutrients and minerals, is reduced considerably and this can lead to nutritional deficiencies. Villi also allow nutrients from food to be absorbed through the walls of the SI into the blood stream. Without healthy villi, a person will become malnourished, despite what food they ingest. In someone with Celiac disease, even if the patient is asymptomatic, damage to the small bowel can still occur, as there can be no correlation between symptoms and bowel damage. Therefore, Celiac disease is both a disease of malabsorption and an abnormal immune reaction to gluten. Inside the small intestine, the breakdown of gluten proteins interacts with the breakdown of molecules in the immune system in the GI tract. This forms a complex chain reaction, which results in T-Cells attacking the intestinal lining and causing damage. Those with Celiac Disease will remain sensitive to glutinous products their whole life, so in one sense there is no cure. A gluten free diet will allow the disease to be managed and kept conditioned, and is so far the only recognised treatment. A strict adherence to a gluten free diet will allow the lining of the small bowel to heal, and the symptoms to resolve. As long as this diet is adhered to, no complications should arise. The dedication to this diet must be life long. A person with Celiac disease should learn to read ingredients lists for hidden sources of gluten, often labeled Maltrodextin. To heal the bowel, it will take 3-6 months for a child, or up to seven years depending on the heal time of the small intestine. If you have any questions, you are more than welcome to ask them. I'm very open to talking about my disease, and also my bipolar. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current Stats Height: 159cm Weight: 80.4kg Waist: Hips: Bust: Body Fat: Body Muscle: (will be completed tomorrow) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Main Quest I wish to feel better about myself, both physically and mentally. This means to find inner peace with my demons, and to lose weight. I wish to wake up each day, and embrace the world I have been given, rather than to mourn the world I was not. Goal One: Om Nom Nom Grass I'll be giving up soft drinks except for very special occasions (no more than one glass a week in that case), and all junk food. By junk food, I mean 'take out', chips, candy etc, but I want to consume alot more fruit and vegetables then I am now. I am allowed dark chocolate/healthy desserts, but only in moderation. I'll be keeping a food diary because I tend to snack alot, and I'm hoping I can curb that. Im also limiting gluten free bread, as I feel I consume too much. Grading: A - Healthy eating, no soft drinks, B - Healthy eating, no soft drinks, C - Healthy eating, some soft drinks, D - Some healthy eating, softdrinks, snacking frequently F - Softdrinks, snacking, bad eating habits. Goal Two: And From Embers, a Fire is Born I will endeavour to work out at least 3 times a week by myself. (or with someone else if they'd like to join me) On the alternative days, I would like to incorporate yoga. A 30-60 minute session that will help me to stretch and flex. I will incorporate the Nerd Fitness playground workout, as I really enough that workout. Monday - Run/NF Tuesdays - Yoga Wednesdays - Run/NF Thursdays - Yoga Fridays - Run/Yoga Saturdays - Work, Yoga Sundays - Run/NF Grading: A - Attended a least 95% of all sessions. B - Attended a least 80% of all sessions. C - Attended a least 70% of all sessions. D - Attended a least 60% of all sessions. F - Attended a least 50% of all sessions. Goal Three: Glow Like a Worm I have had my doctors appointment earlier this week and have been given the green go for my vitamins. They were all over the place 6 months ago, and I've been taking supplements every day for 3 or 4 months now. The only thing I am lacking is my Vitamin D, which I dont absorb properly anyway, so I need to double my intake, and get that under control. So I continue taking my vitamins for now, and try to maintain. I'll also be trying to sleep better, arising at a better time, drinking more water. After these 6 weeks, I want to glow with health. Grading: A - Take vitamin every day, drink at least 1L of water, get out of bed earlier. (95%) *ie 6/7 days B - Take vitamin most every day, drink at least 1L of water, get out of bed earlier. (80%) *ie 5/7 days C - Take vitamin most every day, drink at least 1L of water, get out of bed earlier. (70%) *ie 4/7 days D - Take vitamin most every day, drink at least 1L of water, get out of bed earlier. (60%) *ie 3/7 days F - Take vitamin every other day, drink some water, sleep in alot (50%) *ie 2/7 days LIFE QUEST Get out more. I spend a fair amount of time cooped up because I study alot, but come by the second week of this challenge, all my exams will be over. So I plan to be a bit more social without having to spend money. Whether I take up a hobby, or just get out for a walk, I want to seize that day! Grading: A - Carpe Diem. DAY SEIZED B - Go out most days a week, even just for a little bit. Get those hobbies going! C - Go out most days a week, even just for a little bit. Achieve some hobbies D - Go out some days a week, even just for a little bit. F - Sit at home like the tiny winter squirrel I am, count my nuts and cry. I am hoping all these goals will enable me to lose weight, become more toned (jiggle jiggle), and to find an inner peace within myself, and allow me to control my emotions. Goal Weight (in no set time): 50-55kg. (110-121 pounds) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I am also completing this challenge with Radact (my partner) and Rachy87 (my best friend and future sister-in-law). Follow them and support them too!
  6. When I grow up I want to be a monk - gotta kick butt at this challenge first. Back story = 43 year old female, day job = science, play job = music (double bass), already love martial arts - I'm a 2nd Dan black belt in kickboxing/sport karate, and an orange belt in jujitsu, but my training is slightly more sporadic than I like and I have a life goal which is a bigee for me for this challenge. I've been hiding out in the nerdfitness academy for a while, and it now feels like time for a challenge. Big goal = get fighting fit What is fighting fit? 1) healthy I have coeliac disease (yippee!) so I have to completely avoid all gluten, this means a lot of food preparation and a lot of care when I eat food that I haven't prepared, and when I get it wrong I'm ill for about a fortnight, then ropey for longer, so I absolutely must avoid all of the gluten. And when I've made bad poor choices then the range of food that i can stomach drastically reduces. I want to feel that cooking healthy food is a tasty and delicious choice, and to help it feel like fun I have a food goal of trying one new recipe a week. Two grades for this as staying healthy is a huge goal at the moment: Gluten - complete avoidence = A, any consumption = Fail 6 new recipes = A, 5=B, 4=C ,<4=Fail 2) Fit Trained in martial arts i Kickboxing class is on a sunday ii Jujitsu classes are tuesday and thursday (hopefully there will be a grading in the next 6 weeks - if there is then my jujitsu goal is to pass my grading from orange to green belt) I will get to these classes and ideally have one or two consolidation sessions each week at home. Plus, I will cross train to improve my fitness, my flexibiltiy and my strength The cross training is: i yoga twice a week ii Body weight training three times a week (currently in a slightly modified level 2 of the Academy BW, in the 6 weeks, get to level 4) iii Running for CV fitness (treadmill running on the same days as the BW training, and a longer outdoor run in the weekend) Complicating getting fighting fit is that in the last 5 weeks I ended up eating gluten twice (oh the joys of cross contamination and bad food labelling) - so I'm feeling convalescent. I'll have to build up to a full load of exercise gently. Sliding scale for exercise (reflecting recovery from convalescence) week1) 40% of goal exercise = A week 2) 50 of goal exercise = A week 3) 2/3 of goal exercise = A weeks 4,5,6) I get a C grade for doing 1/2 of the exercise listed here, a B for 2/3 and an A for anything over 3/4. 3) Life goals Yep, that is plural, I'm aiming for two - the first I've been good at since november, the second I've been avoiding for years...... 1) Play that bass - can't have the play job without practise. Specifics = practise for more than 30 minutes, it can be jazz, it can be classical, it can be extended technique, it just has to happen. Fail = playing less than 50% of the days, C= 50% of days, B = 2/3, A > 3/4, amazing = every day. 2) Write that paper..... Evil paper for naisty ex-boss. The work almost broke me, then last time I worked on the paper coincided with a bad break up which involved emergency services (such a soap opera!), so I have a few issues with managing to finish this work. But I have to do it. So, I promise as part of my challenge to work on the paper three times a week (usually wednesday, saturday and sunday), each of these sessions has to be a minimum of an hours work. An A grade = getting a draft of the paper to naisty ex-boss. A B-grade = working on it three times a week and getting it close to passing on to n-e-b. A C-grade = managing most of the working on it sessions. I want to set up a couple of get out of jail free cards: 1)If I get a gig this takes over from all other goals - including training the morning after - so if I have a rehearsal, then next morning is a rest morning, and I get a pass slip wrt missing evening training, but not paper writing - the paper writing then needs to transfer to another day. 2) Gluten - worst case scenario is that I eat gluten during the challenge....... if this happens I'll have to do a complete re-boot. Usually the best I can do is no exercise in week 1, 3 very easy sessions (a 10 min out door walk, or 30 min v light yoga) in week 2 and then increase from there - so if I gluten, then I can still get a c- to c grade for the challenge if i get back into some exercise from 7 days after gluten. Wowser, I am going to need a complicated reward chart for this lot. But I already do most of it when I'm healthy - just not the paper writing in the evenings........... Any account-a-buddies out there for paper writing?
  7. [Nim-aera] The Paper Bag Princess -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Oh my, where to begin? You can call me Nim, and I'm 23 years old from Perth, Australia. Im almost a Forensic Technician. I have just over a year left from my 7 year course! I've suffered with depression since I was a child, and when I was 19, I was diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder. In search for a medication that would help me become more stable during the manias and depressive episodes, I gained about 25+ kg. I'd struggled alot with my body image before that, and I decided that being mentally stable was more important than being thin. Even so, the weight gain made me miserable and I had no self esteem. Im since off medication, and trying to find a more natural way to deal with my bipolar. Each day is a challenge in itself, and often I find myself in awful moods and I dont like the way it makes me treat those around me that I love dearly. I also want to stop feeling helpless all the time. I also have coeliac disease, and follow a strict gluten free diet. Eating gluten makes me very sick and its not pleasant at all. I've lost about 10kg since through diet and exercise, mostly cardio and yoga. Im still not happy with my weight, and Im not comfortable being in my body at all. I hope this 6 week challenge will put me on the path of being happier, healthier and feeling good about myself. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current Stats Height: 159cm Weight: 77.8kg Waist: 78.5cm Hips: 102cm Bust: 102cm Body Fat: 37.4% Body Muscle: (33.3%) Main Quest I wish to feel better about myself, both physically and mentally. This means to find inner peace with my demons, and to lose weight. I wish to wake up each day, and embrace the world I have been given, rather than to mourn the world I was not. Goal One: Om Nom Nom Grass I'll be giving up soft drinks except for very special occasions, and all junk food. If I didn't make it myself/couldn't have made it myself, I wont be eating it. Having celiac disease limits junk food intake on its own, but I want to consume alot more fruit and vegetables then I am now. I'll be keeping a food diary because I tend to snack alot, and during summer, if I snack it should be on fruit. Im also limiting gluten free bread, I feel I consume too much. Grading: A - Healthy eating, no softdrinks, eating plentiful fruit and vegetables B - Healthy eating, no softdrinks, eating some but not enough fruit and vegetables. C - Healthy eating, some softdrinks, eating a few fruit and vegetables D - Some healthy eating, softdrinks, snacking frequently, not enough f+v F - Softdrinks, snacking, bad eating habits. Goal Two: The Strength of A Raging Fire I will endeavour to work out at least 3 times a week by myself, these on a Monday, Friday and Saturday. (or with someone else if they'd like to join me) On the alternative days, I would like to incorporate yoga. A 30-60 minute session that will help me to stretch and flex. Monday - Run Tuesdays - Yoga Wednesdays - Thursdays - Yoga Fridays - Run Saturdays - Workout Sundays - Yoga Grading: A - Attended a least 95% of all sessions. B - Attended a least 80% of all sessions. C - Attended a least 70% of all sessions. D - Attended a least 60% of all sessions. F - Attended a least 50% of all sessions. Goal Three: The inside shall reflect the outside I have been completely gluten free for 8 months. Now you may ask, Nim? If you have had this your whole life, how come you've JUST gone gluten free? As I child, I was a really finicky eater (most likely due to the fact most everything hurt my tummy) and my mother put my complaints down to me being fussy, and I'll admit, I was very fussy. By 2009, I was very sick, malnourished, and slowly realising foods were making me ill but unsure which ones. I went to the doctor and received my diagnosis after many tests, I had celiac disease. Like a 19 year old teenage, I lived in denial. I ate gluten anyway and suffered through the tummy aches. It wasn't until last year I decided I needed to be serious, it started as tummy aches and slowly became the most sensitive allergy I had ever had. If I eat gluten now, even small amounts, Im throwing up within a few hours. It's like poison to my body. BUT TO THE MAIN POINT; I had been damaging my villi (small finger like projections in the small intestine that help in absorption of nutrients into the body), and I was malnourished and vitamin deficient. Im very lethargic and tired all the time, I dont sleep well and I feel so weak. I need to correct this asap. It takes 3 months for gluten to be rid completely from your body. I want to get my body back to being healthy, and to figure out what Im lacking so I can be vitamin happy again. So I will be taking vitamins (gluten free ones, yes a multivitamin can be a death pill for me If I dont watch out). I'll also be trying to sleep better, arising at a better time, drinking more water. After these 6 weeks, I want to glow with health. Grading: A - Take vitamin every day, drink at least 1L of water, get out of bed earlier. (95%) *ie 6/7 days B - Take vitamin most every day, drink at least 1L of water, get out of bed earlier. (80%) *ie 5/7 days C - Take vitamin most every day, drink at least 1L of water, get out of bed earlier. (70%) *ie 4/7 days D - Take vitamin most every day, drink at least 1L of water, get out of bed earlier. (60%) *ie 3/7 days F - Take vitamin every other day, drink some water, sleep in alot (50%) *ie 2/7 days LIFE QUEST Get out more. I spend a fair amount of time cooped up because I study alot, but come by the second week of this challenge, all my exams will be over. So I plan to be a bit more social without having to spend money. Whether I take up a hobby, or just get out for a walk, I want to seize that day! Grading: A - Carpe Diem. DAY SEIZED B - Go out most days a week, even just for a little bit. Get those hobbies going! C - Go out most days a week, even just for a little bit. Achieve some hobbies D - Go out some days a week, even just for a little bit. F - Sit at home like the tiny winter squirrel I am, count my nuts and cry. I am hoping all these goals will enable me to lose weight, become more toned (jiggle jiggle), and to find an inner peace within myself, and allow me to control my emotions.
  8. [Nim-aera] The Paper Bag Comes Off....And The Battle Armour Goes On. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Oh my, where to begin? You can call me Nim, and I'm 22 years old from Perth, Australia. Im almost a Forensic Technician. I have just over a year left from my 7 year course! I've suffered with depression since I was a child, and when I was 19, I was diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder. In search for a medication that would help me become more stable during the manias and depressive episodes, I gained about 25+ kg. I'd struggled alot with my body image before that, and I decided that being mentally stable was more important than being thin. Even so, the weight gain made me miserable and I had no self esteem. Im since off medication, and trying to find a more natural way to deal with my bipolar. Each day is a challenge in itself, and often I find myself in awful moods and I dont like the way it makes me treat those around me that I love dearly. I also want to stop feeling helpless all the time. I also have coeliac disease, and follow a strict gluten free diet. Eating gluten makes me very sick and its not pleasant at all. I've lost about 10kg since through diet and exercise, mostly cardio and yoga. Im still not happy with my weight, and Im not comfortable being in my body at all. I hope this 6 week challenge will put me on the path of being happier, healthier and feeling good about myself. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current Stats Height: 159cm Weight: 77.8kg Waist: 78.5cm Hips: 102cm Bust: 102cm Body Fat: 37.4% Body Muscle: (33.3% Main Quest The hot wind blew red grains of sand over my boots and I stared at it for a moment, watching the granules dance with each other over the leather. They seemed to meet and embrace for a second, only to flutter away again, letting the wind move them freely without fear or hesitation. Before me loomed a dark cave, and if I turned my ear slightly to the left and closed my eyes other sounds rose above the howl of the air. I could hear the slow, even breathing of a great creature, a monstrous creature. A creature so fearsome and powerful that it made my hands shake slightly and my chest rise and fall rapidly with impatience and hesitance. I knew the only way to become who I was meant to be, to finally achieve my destiny, my greatness, was to face that creature in the cave. I turned swiftly on my heels and walked away with haste, my paper dress crackling like fire as I moved swiftly over the red plain. I wasn't ready, not yet. I would come back soon, in 6 weeks, and see if the challenges I had lying ahead could turn me into the warrior I needed to be. The kind of warrior who didn't shake when standing before her destiny. The paper bag was coming off, and the battle armour was going on. I have already completed my first 6 week challenge (see here), and ready to attack my second. Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed. GK Chesterson Goal One: The Strength of A Raging Fire I know to defeat my dragons, to earn my armour, I will need to be strong. I will need to be light on my feel like a pebble skipping over a pond. I will need to be tall and unwavering in the face of danger. I will need to work harder than I have ever in my life, and to welcome every scar as a reminder that it is taking me to who I am to be. To do this, I will need to train. I am fortunate that other warriors will be there to aid me, to train with me, as they have their own dragons to slay. I will endeavour to work out at least 3 times a week by myself, these on a Monday, Friday and Saturday. (or with someone else if they'd like to join me) I also have a planned group workout session on Wednesday (The playground workout) once a week with friends, Radact, Rachy87 and Brentos. On the alternative days, I would like to incorporate yoga. A 30-60 minute session that will help me to stretch and flex. Its important to keep nimble when slaying dragons, they may be large but they can move fast if they need to. Monday - Run Tuesdays - Yoga Wednesdays - Playground workout Thursdays - Yoga Fridays - Run Saturdays - Workout Sundays - Yoga Grading: A - Attended a least 95% of all sessions. B - Attended a least 80% of all sessions. C - Attended a least 70% of all sessions. D - Attended a least 60% of all sessions. F - Attended a least 50% of all sessions. Goal Two: The Monsters Are Inside Of Us "Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win." Stephen King To defeat my dragons, I must be of sound mind, of pure heart. I must have faith in myself, in my capabilities. I have my own demons that I struggle with daily, and every now and again they become very difficult to deal with, and I feel like throwing the towel in. For background reference if you don't know me from the first challenge, I have Bipolar disorder. My mind is in chaos most of the time. Im trying to change that, slowly Im making a better way for myself. I want to do this not only for me, but for the amazing man I have in my life whom I am trying to be a better person for. I know it must pain him to see me sometimes, and not know how to fix the solution-less problems I am facing. I want to get to a point in my life where each day is not a struggle, but a joy. To do this, I need to clear my head. Im adding daily mediation of 15 mintues to my goals, as well as keeping a journal to help me control and maintain my thoughts, and to write down at least one positive thing a day, even something little. Even the smallest flowers start as seeds. Grading: A - Write most every day, mediate most every day. (95%) *ie 6/7 days B - Write every other day, mediate every other day. (80%) *ie 5/7 days C - Write a few times a week, mediate a few times a week. (70%) *ie 4/7 days D - Write a few times a week, mediate a few times a week. (60%) *ie 3/7 days F - Write every week, mediate every week. (50%) *ie 2/7 days Goal Three: You Only Get What You Give To defeat my dragons, a diet will need to be accorded to ensure I am giving my body the strength and power it needs to fight. I'll be giving up soft drinks all together, and all junk food. If I didn't make it myself/couldn't have made it myself, I wont be eating it. An example is that at uni they sell sushi, and I'll allow myself to buy some if theres no other option such as I didn't have time to make my lunch. It will be considered a last resort though and attribute to a lower grade. I also want to consume more water each day. Grading: A - Made all lunches, didn't consume any soft drinks. Drank 1L a day B - Consumed 1 soft drink, brought lunch once. Drank 1L a day C - Consumed 2 soft drinks, brought lunch more than 3 times. Drank >1L a day D - Consumed 3 soft drinks, brought lunch more than 4 times. Drank >500mL a day F - Consumed 5+ soft drinks, brought lunch once a week. Drank >500mL a day LIFE QUEST Attend all days at university, despite my mood that morning. I will not allow my bipolar to become an excuse. Quite often I have allowed myself to lie in bed and not get out simply because I couldn't physically force myself to. Im aware that completing this challenge is going to be the hardest one of all, as I cannot predict how I will feel each day. I know I have the support and love of 2 IRL friends also doing the challenge, and also my boyfriend, also participating in the challenge as Radact. I just have to learn to ask for help when I need it. I will also have a positive jar. Im going to write down one positive thing a day and stick it in that jar. When I am feeling less than spectacular, I will take a piece from the jar, and think it over, write a poem or a song or a sonnet or carve it into wood or anything that will force me to change my perspective and bitter thinking. I will also be sharing them with all of you. Grading: A - Attend all days at uni B - Attend all days at uni - one class missed. C - Attend all days at uni - two classes missed D - Attend all days at uni - three classes missed F - Attend all days at uni - missed four or more classes. I am hoping all these goals will enable me to lose weight, become more toned (jiggle jiggle), and to find an inner peace within myself, and allow me to control my emotions.
  9. Greetings Members of the Rebellion! I'm Anna, an almost 30-something from Texas, with a few health challenges that I'm hoping I can overcome in my quest to "level up" my life. I've already participated in one challenge (as a Druid - the challenge in June/July) and I was quite successful, but I never really became part of the bigger community, so I thought I would introduce myself. I have EDS-III (Hypermobility ) in a fairly mild presentation. Basically, I am SUPER BENDY. I am extremely flexible in almost all of my joints, and several of my joints sublux fairly frequently - which is to say I can partially dislocate my shoulders and hips, at will. This makes for weird party tricks where I gross everyone out, but I'm not supposed to do that because it's actually kind of bad for the joints. As well, this makes me both prone to injury and highly susceptible to joint pain and early onset arthritis. My fingers/elbows/knees also bend in weird directions and are fairly unstable. As a result, I have fairly significant joint pain that I am managing with my rheumatologist through pain meds, diet, and exercise. (And lots of sleep. I MUST sleep 8-9 hours a night or I am a mess!) Anyway - this pretty significantly reduces the exercises I'm allowed to do. I can only run intermittently, for short distances, on soft surfaces (like grass or a track), and my doctor prefers that I don't run at all. For cardio I'm allowed to walk, bike, and swim, but not do anything that would create impact on my joints. I'm also not allowed to do heavy barbell training because of the risk of dislocating something. My elbows bend 25-30 degrees in the wrong direction, which makes things like overhead presses really hard. What I CAN do is resistance training with my own bodyweight and exercise bands, and light barbell work (like dumbbell rows). I'm impacted differently day-to-day - some days are very hard, others are easy. Some days my hands are strong enough to open that jar of pickles, other days I just can't do it. This is very frustrating, and is part of my motivation to "level up" - I want to be strong and healthy, and more able to do things. This means building my muscle strength to make up for my joint weakness. For the last year I've been Walking to Mordor - right now I'm about 50 miles shy of Rivendell. I wear a pedometer (fitbit Zip) daily, and am trying to do things like walk a lap of the building every time I use the bathroom, or use a printer that's farther away, to increase my daily steps! This week I've started two things: Beginner's Bodyweight Workout - I can do two circuits. I'm lifting a bocce set instead of a dumbbell for the rows, but it works! (Completing this workout nets me 1 extra mile in my Walk)Moderate intensity interval training - walking quickly (3.5 mph pace) for 2 minutes, jog (2.5-3 mph pace) for 30-45 seconds. I'm on a concrete walking trail, so when I jog I move over into the grass. (This workout takes me about 2 miles to complete, but I just count the steps for this, no extra credit on my Walk)I have major IBS issues and celiac disease - so aside from occasional oatmeal or rice, I'm already grain-free! I'm moving towards a more paleo diet, though I am hard pressed to give up my daily yogurt, or milk in my tea (I've tried soy milk and almond milk, and while both are fine in coffee, in tea they are not my favorite). Also I love dark chocolate, so I'm loathe to give that up, even though I only eat it in small amounts (one square a day, max!) At 5'7'', I have a little bit of weight to lose (15 lbs ish) to be where I feel most comfortable (currently at 165, hoping to be at a strong and fit 150). IRL I'm a desk jockey working in the oil and gas industry (doing sales writing), a WoW gamer (Human Paladin/Troll Druid, mostly RP, a little bit of PVE raiding, though I'm a retired hardcore raider), an avid D&D player (currently a 3.5E Elf Ranger in one game, a 4E Dwarf Cleric in another), and the Chief Distributor of Gooshyfood for two cats (Max and Charlie). I also enjoy gardening and crafts, but my job and commute have made that less of a priority in my life lately. I am hoping with some support and community I can stick with this increased intensity of working out, get strong, and be better at life in general! Progress will be slow, since I recover slowly, but any progress is good progress. I am thinking about joining the current challenge, looking forward to the Rebel Women's Academy, and ready to kick life in the butt. I want my body to work WITH me, not AGAINST me, and I want to feel like it's my ally, not my enemy.
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