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  1. Hi All, A long while back I started my NF journey with the Monks. I took some time off of the forums and have bounced around between the different guilds and have found my way back here. Originally the family and I were attending classes at a Kajukenbo dojo but ended up stopping because it didn't fit into our schedule (Getting off work, driving a half hour home, pick up the miniBrowncoat, half hour back to the dojo, hour for class, half hour home plus homework, cooking, household chores, led to burnout right quick). I do miss the activity though, and the miniBrowncoat has been asking if he can go to karate class again. I have a lead on an instructor who lives in our town and would eliminate the driving back and forth. I'm hoping that he will work out and that he also teaches adult classes... And on to the goals Longterm Goal: Weigh less than 180 pounds. Right now I'm weighing in at 250, I want to get healthy to make sure that I can enjoy life with my family. That is the big goal, the short-term goal right now is to hit 240 by the end of the challenge. How to do this: *Fix the eating. I need to get my diet under control. Last challenge I had the goal of starting a Whole30 reset, but that didn't happen. The house wasn't set up enough to make it feasible. Eventually I will do one of these, but for now I'm going to try and focus on cleaner eating. I don't have to be perfect, but I do want to be better. I have the tendency to avoid fruits and vegetables. Eat at least 1 serving of fruit and 2 servings of vegetables each day. Use IF (16/8) at least 5 days a week. Stretch goal: Start tracking what I am eating using MyFitnessPal. This doesn't have to be a long term commitment, but I think it will help me be more mindful of what I am eating and reset my notions of what a normal size meal should be. Move more. I know that food is the main ingredient to losing weight, but being fit and capable is also important. Simple and Sinister 5 times a week. I am finally starting to use the kettlebell again. I started for awhile back in spring, but pushing too fast led to bursitis in my shoulder. I'm starting S&S again, but really trying to ease into it. Right now I am up to 70/100 swings (adding a set of 10 each week) and doing 1 getup on each side. I've also added armbars into the warmup to try and prehab my shoulders. Stretch Goal: Find a place to hang my gymnastic rings. I've got them but haven't used them. I tried hanging them off of my doorway pullup bar but kept slamming my knuckles into the door frame or banging my head into the pullup bar. Adulting. Get the house cleaned. We never really recovered getting the house clean since we got an evacuation notice for the wildfires this summer (we didn't actually have to evacuate, but it was a hectic 2 hours thinking we would have to and ransacking/pillaging the house and loading it into the car). Pick one chore to finish the next day. Actually do it. Totally stealing this concept from Machete. Donate stuff. We have two big boxes to donate of old clothes/toys/stuff that we don't think we can sell. Get it out of the house! Schedule shredding service. Lots of paperwork that has moved with us that needs to be shredded. Find a shredding service that will come to the house and get rid of it for us. Stretch Goal: Start selling stuff. Need to get crap out of the house. Any cash that comes of it is a bonus.
  2. Trying to think what my theme should be, I was drawing a blank, except for the notion that I've spent a whole year trying to accomplish stuff and create some new habits, but I haven't accomplished much of my resolutions that I set at the beginning of 2016, and I still have lots of crappy habits that haven't been broken. I wanted to keep this simple, but as I was working through my goals this evening I inadvertently stumbled upon a theme of sorts. And since we had our first good snow today, it seems fitting to just go with FROZEN. My Goals LET IT GO! - At the beginning of the year I had wanted to throw away or give away 2016 things. I lost count, but I know my numbers aren't anywhere near that. So my bounty will be $1 for every ten items I give away or trash (that aren't already explicitly trash). SLEEP! - I have a bad habit of going to bed late, which leads to getting up late, which leads to getting to work late, which leads to me spending way too much to park close to my building so I can get through the door something close to on-time. So this bad habit needs to be broken. $1 for every work night that I have the lights out by 11:30. Work out! - I was doing the gym thing pretty regularly after I joined back in August. But my cold in November threw me off kilter and I really need to re-new my commitment on working out regularly, and that includes getting back to climbing again as well. $2 for every day I spend an hour at the gym. Follow the Program! - I WANT to stuff chocolate in my face, but I really need to go back to counting points, at least until the end of the year, so i can bet a better handle on what I'm eating. $1 for every day that I track ALL my food consumed, including the chocolate. There's no bonus stuff. I'm gonna focus on these, and I'm giving myself a 10 minute extension tonight on the sleep thing, just cuz it took me that long to find the right gif for the 'work out' portion of the challenge. Good night!
  3. It still feels like everything is moving so fast! Hard to keep up with making my challenges! However I am doing my best to kickass and bring myself into good habits, good routines and of course, good on leveling up! NOTHING CAN'T STOP THE UNSTOPPABLE FORCE OF UNSTOPPABLE AWESOMENESS THAT I AM!!! I began studying in the way of awesome heroics over a year and a half ago and introduce myself to my class in From Lurker to (Newb) Rebel! Not only that, but I often keep detailed reports and status on the villains that plague my journey to fitness and my progress towards becoming a professional hero in BlackTezca's Daily Battle Towards Feline Greatness. The latest battle I have faced was challenging and filled with foes that dare stand in the path of justice, a battle that I have titled BlackTezca's 13th Trial: An Artsy Geeky Amazon PUNCHES THIS CHALLENGE IN THE FACE!!!! And I have kicked that challenge in the ass and now have moved forward and his the next level of PLUS ULTRA in my very Hero Academia challenge!! As you may have guessed (or bit smacked in the face with), I have chosen My Hero Academia as the theme of the challenge! I know there have been a bit of a deluge of super hero shows and movies, but I can never get really burnt out or tired of it due to the love I have for such genres and topics. While One Punch Man is a bit of a loving parody and homage to the all powerful hero, it's clear that the world is mostly inhabited with normal human beings and a very special few with powers (or money) go through a intense process to become a pro. Hero Academia has a major difference; everyone else has some kind of powers. Instead of mutants being rare, being quirkless is a rarity, not just a rarity, but also seen as a disability. Sure, to be a pro hero, you need to have dedication and somewhat useful powers (as well as wanting to be a hero and the best heroes tend to have the best powers), but everyone has powers. Everyone can become a hero with enough dedication...unless you're quirkless. Not that it would stop Batman. Or the main hero, Izuku Midoriya, who doesn't have money and a name as an advantage. He has everything else, dedication, intelligence and the most important trait of being hero...the one thing all the best heroes, that the BEST hero, All Might has... His first instinct is to help. Even if it terrifies him, if someone is in trouble, he can't just sit there. He runs into danger, even knowing that it could kill or injure him. That is one of the first lessons of Hero Academia; true heroes have the innate need to help. Which I think is very important for all of us. If I have the will, the need, to succeed, to level up, to follow my main quest; then I can achieve it, no matter what the odds. And we all know what my main quest is... My Main Quest to be as POWERFUL and BATTLE READY as Wonder Woman Now that we have the introduction out of the way, let go to the quests! Each one inspired by the awesome characters in My Hero Academia and cover more smaller things I need to build up on in my life! Izuku Midoriya has the dedication study AND work out to be a hero! Details: Keeping things simple here! Izuku had a to pretty much transform his buddy to handle heroics as well as a very awesome gift. My body is transforming, but for different reasons and having a lot of workouts is getting tough again. However, I want to stay with good habits, so I'm just gonna make sure to get 4 to 5 days of workouts in! Similar to a previous challenge, but also making sure I don't go over FIVE days of workouts cause recovery time is now...very, very important. Contingencies: Sickness and travel pretty much. However considering the flexibility here, I should be able to do something! Walking, yoga, etc! Tracking: I'll be tracking the workouts using MyFitnessPal ( username BlackTezca ) and this lovely thread will be updated as well. Grading: A for working out 4 to 5 times a week (ONLY) - 25 pts ( 2 Sta 2 Dex 2 Str ) B for working out 2 to 3 times a week - 20 pts ( 1 Sta 1 Dex 2 Str ) F for all else Ochako Uraraka needs to stay down to Earth Details: A adorable student hero who easily becomes Izuku friend (and love interest), Ochako has the power to alter her own gravity as well as that of objects or other people. She is kind-hearted, sweet, and becomes a hero to not only do good, but also support her family and not end up in the same career and culture they are in. I have done that as well, but would like to come back to my roots a bit using DuoLingo to practice Spanish just a little bit a day. Contingencies: None really. Just need internet!Tracking: Tracking to be done here and on the DuoLingo app!Grading: A for 10 minutes (about 2 lessons) for 25 to 28 days - 20 exp ( 1 Wis 2 Cha )B for 10 minutes (about 2 lessons) for 22 to 24 days - 15 exp ( 2 Cha ) C for 10 minutes (about 2 lessons) for 19 to 21 days - 10 exp ( 1 Cha ) F for all else All Might is the BEST HERO THERE IS...and needs to take better care of himself! Details: All Might is...awesome. He is the best. What I love about him is that he is essentially the CLASSIC western super hero. All Might is Golden Age Superman, Captain America, those strictly good heroes with awesome powers from my fathers' or even grandfathers' youth. He truly has a heart of gold and well deserves the title of the TOP hero. EVER. Unfortunately, a horrible battle with a villain has left him with a severe condition that he has yet to fully accept, causing him to push his body to PLUS ULTRA levels and beyond when he shouldn't. Though this could be switch with Izuku quest, since All Might is focusing on what to do best for myself, I'm using this quest as a reminder to take some very important vitamins to keep myself and the clone healthy and not to forget. Or else I may face a severe condition (or not...just craving a ton of calcium). I need to keep up my Calcium and Pre-natal vitamin intake! Contingencies: Well...I need to refill the prescription as well as make sure I bring vitamins on trips so I don't forget them.Tracking: Tracking to be done here pretty much and MyFitnessPal ( username BlackTezca ) using the notes sectionGrading: A for Calcium + Prenatal for 25 to 28 days - 20 exp ( 3 Con )B for Calcium + Prenatal for 22 to 24 days - 15 exp ( 2 Con ) C for Calcium + Prenatal for 19 to 21 days - 10 exp ( 1 Con ) F for all else Katsuki Bakugō really needs to think outside of the box and be more chill Details: Bakugo is in fact a talented young man with an impressive quirk. He is dedicated to his ambition and wants to be the best. Not only but he does work towards it; get the best grades to go to the best school and train under the best teachers to become the best. He has one tiny teeny problem...he's a raging asshole. The issue is that while I firmly believe ambition is not evil, he also believes he is the best. Being told by teachers, friends, parents how awesome he is. It gave him blinders to his flaws. Luckily for him is that one he realized that no, no no, he's not the best (yet) and really needs to stop raging and calm down, is when he finally starts to act like the hero he desperately wants to be. How he ties to this quest is loosely, but one of things I have been noting is the putting of something to barely spend time on something else, even though I find both relaxing. I am talented in the skill in a few ways but I am also letting rot a bit. Also my hubs has been poking and prodding me to get to doing some model painting and I desperately want to do art as well. So Bakugo, as unlikely as he is, is my art quest! Contingencies: The usual! Friends being in town, going on possible trips else where, etc. Need to focus on painting! Tracking: I have an art Tumblr and I also have DeviantArt (WATCH ME FOR ACCOUNTABILITY). I shall use those and this thread to keep track. Grading: A for Arting (model painting mostly) at least 30 minutes 4 to 5 days a week - 20 exp ( 2 Wis 1 Cha )B for Arting (model painting mostly) at least 30 minutes 2 to 3 days a week - 15 exp ( 1 Wis 1 Cha) F for all else Tenya Iida is the ever vigilant, ever studious, ever dependable hero! Details: Though it's Fall now, there is still always time to clean and do chores!...Ugh. However, Iida is an awesome student hero who's a stickler for rules and because of that and his speed, is the one of the most dependable in a sticky situation. Since the clone will be arriving sometime, I think it times to build good house chore habits. Nothing too long and nothing too hard, just doing one chore, five days a week. Cleaning after animals, vacuuming, dishes, and taking out trash all count! And I'm giving myself two days of a break a week! Still this must be done! Contingencies: Nothing really except for when I am not home. So I'll have to give allowances for any trips that take more than 2 days.Tracking: Tracking to be done here pretty much! Unless there is a cool other app for chores Grading: A for one chore 5 to 7 days a week - 15 exp ( 1 Wis 1 Sta )B for one chore 3 to 4 days a week - 10 exp ( 1 Wis ) F for all else That is it for the quest! Now time for a super embarassing awesome gif photo of my growing symbiotic lifeform muscles!! Holy crap this was a large file so I had to put it up elsewhere to link it for this challenge!! Oh man the clone habitat has grown! But my arms are looking good :D. The stage is set! The photos are up and now its' time to become a hero! Or at least do things I should be doing more of and leveling up my life!! I hope ya'll have as much with your challenges as I hope to have with this one! Go become heroes everyone!! PLUS ULTRA!!! *** ***Awesome Summaries Index*** Week 1 Summary Week 2 Summary Week 3 Summary Week 4 Summary Challenge Summary
  4. Hello! I’ve been over at the NF Women’s Academy since October (Yay beta group!) and have decided to come over here and complete a challenge. It will be a challenge in itself keeping up with my battle log over there and the challenge over here but I know it will be worth it. I have started most of these goals at the beginning of March so it will just be a matter of becoming more disciplined with completing them. I am going to have three main quests over the next 5 ½ months. · Conquer the Fort Mud Run (July 12) · CAMP NERD FITNESS!!!!!!! (Sept 18) · Super Spartan Race (Sept 26) · Move to New Zealand (Oct 1) YES!!! For this challenge (and next challenge) I will be focusing on the Conquer the Fort Mud Run. Preparing for this race will tie in to preparing for the Super Spartan. As for the third quest, I will be working on it in the background for this challenge and slowly bringing it to the forefront as the months pass. So back to Preparing To Conquer The Fort! Mission 1: Get Stronger. · Weight train 4x per week · Finish Academy Barbell Battalion levels 1&2 and start level 3 · M/W/F/Sa · Each workout completed has a $1 reward! I have a super duper workout/life journal that I created and it has basically every day planned for the next 5 ½ months. I workout in the mornings, M/W/F at 6am and on Saturdays at 8am. I am really loving the barbell workouts they are so much fun and different from the dumbbell workouts I was doing from October to March. Mission 2: Get Faster. · Run 4x per week · Progress from run/walk intervals to a steady 6km run · M/W/F & Sa or Su · Each run completed has a $1 reward! I have been going to the gym after work and doing about 5km of run/walk intervals. I am up to walking 2 minutes and running 7 minutes. I am hoping that in the next week or so most of the snow around here melts, so I can move from the treadmill to trail running. Once I can trail run I can also bring my dog with me! Mission 3: Get Better. · Handstand practice 4x per week at least 10 minutes each session. · Progress from no handstands to tripod/headstands and eventually somewhere down the line handstands · Tu/Thu/Sa/Su · Each practice session has a $1 reward! Handstands are just plain cool. They also help with core strength and balance which is also cool. I haven’t started my handstand practice yet so I am completely new to this one. I chose Tuesdays and Thursdays because I do not have a lot to do on those days but any day of the week is ok really as long as I get 4 sessions in. Mission 4: Get Cleaner….? · Mid-week clean 1x per week · This includes dishes, sweeping the floor, and at least 1 load of laundry on Wednesday or Thursday · Each week complete has a $1 reward! I do a good house clean on the weekend but during the week my house becomes quite the mess. Now that it is spring and things are wet and muddy it transfers to me and my dog. My dog sheds year round so there is always tons of hair….I shed year round too. I do loads of food prep Sundays and if I don’t do dishes during the week there is a GIANT pile to do at the end of the week. In order to be able to have clean workout clothes for Saturdays and nice clothes for the weekend I need to do some laundry during the week also. If I do not I am in old raggedy clothes to do my groceries and I am trying to get away from that habit. I have chosen to give myself $1 rewards for each successful goal I achieve. I have a total of $78 in rewards that I can get over the course of this challenge. At the end, I get to spend it on super fun stuff! Probably more workout clothes. If I do not complete something, I am giving the money to my sister. This won’t be happening though, no way! So that’s it for now I think. Super excited to finally be back here to complete a challenge. I cannot wait to get to know some of you too!
  5. After much tweaking and chitchat, I do believe this is the final product. (Actual challenge Day 1 starts a few pages in, somewhere between post 45 and 55) Level 50 My Level 50 is vague--at 33 years old, I'm starting to see other people (not much older than I am) start to complain about how they are too old for this or that, or they've taken such poor care of themselves over time that their bodies are just breaking down. I don't want to be those people...even 30 years from now, I want my body to be well-cared for, fit, and capable of doing what I want it to do. Fitness, yo! (+1 DEX, +1 STR, +1 CON) 3 x week weights (dropping this down one time/week. 6 x week was wearing on me and was no longer feeling sustainable) 1 x week silks class 1 x week ballet conditioning class Extra credit for runs. I've been doing REALLY well on the workout consistency, but (as described below) ONLY because I knew if I didn't, I'd have to come back here and tell you all what a slacker I was (what did I do yesterday as soon as I didn't have to report in? Took a rest day. Granted I needed it from a crappy night's sleep, but still). So, this will remain a goal, but I'll make it worth fewer stat points than last time. Running has fallen to the back burner, but I'm okay with that. If I do manage to spend some time in Abel Township, I'll call it a bonus. With 6 workouts/week already spoken for, running will show an outstanding force of will. *Note to self: for purposes of this challenge, shoveling snow will NOT count toward workouts. Where'd my muscles go? (+1 WIS, +3 CON) Leaning out for vacation is going well, but I'm worried (probably too late!) about my muscle mass (and drooping ass ). Later will come a bulk. For now, protein is the target. Current bodyweight: 112.5 lbs (7 day running average: 113.2) Goal: Avg 100g of protein/day Drink like a... what's the opposite of fish? (+1 CON, +2 CHA) Time to reduce the alcohol intake. It's getting a bit excessive (as in, an every night thing, rather than an occasional thing). I have no problem with drinking, I just don't want to do it so often. I'll cap this at 4 drinks/week, however I want to space them out. I think this'll give me enough flexibility to have a drink with dinner, or a beer on the weekends and not stress. Good starting point. Lean, mean, cleaning machine (+3 CHA, +2 WIS) Let's get a handle on the filth, shall we? No current cleaning routine is in place (aside from laundry, since I'm averse to going to work unclothed) and it's really starting to show. The "furious cleaning once the tipping point is reached or when people are coming over" style of house cleaning only takes you so far and the rest of the time, we're living in a house of skank. Let's start small, though, eh? Challenging is one thing, overwhelming is another thing entirely. Daily: Load/unload the dishwasher, keeping the countertops clear of unwashed dishes. Scoop the cat litter. Just because I may not smell it anymore, doesn't mean that other people can't. Ew. Weekly: Dust mop and/or vacuum (appropriate to the surface). With cats comes cat hair. There's lots of it in my house. Decreasing the sheer mass of said hair will likely improve the air quality for everyone involved. Set the trash out to get picked up. This one should really go without saying, but... Trash day is Friday. SO MANY times I've been getting ready for work in the morning and heard the truck go by without having set out the trash. So it sits in the garage for an extra week. Ew, again.
  6. Now that we are starting to develop some good habits let's keep it up. This PVP is for all those who want to follow the Flylady routine http://www.flylady.net/. It is open to anyone. This time, if you want try adding in the house blessing for points! I have changed the rules a bit so read below; 1) Commit to doing the Flylady tasks, or subbing in your own 15 minute task, if that works better for you. 2) Tasks must be completed within the assigned week 3)You must post updates with points at least once a week 4) Total possible points 5 points for missions 2 for house blessing= 7 points a week challenge total is 42 points 5)Incentive: this time it is your decision. When you sign up on the PVP, pick a total point you are going to work for. Then pick a negative to give yourself if you don't make it (I'll do 50 burpees in a day)OR a positive if you do(buy my favorite tea) Did I forget anything?
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