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  1. It's that time of year here in MN! This time of year has been the hardest, with or without school. Last year, it whizzed by with little problem (except for my dad passing away, that was a whole other thing). I was able to get through it with my support and my own car. Just need to a little grinding with my goals and tracking. The Long Dark Game By the end of the challenge, the winds of Spring will be coming (even if snow does stick around through March). While also getting through Spring break. Now with my Dad's death anniversary (March 9th) coming up(dark memories surfacing) and me working on narrowing down on my goals i want to work in the next 38 Challenges here's what I came up with: Main: (Life) Meditate/Journal Daily (Hoping to get 30 this challenge) One Pomodoro of Schoolwork each day (on my own) (Hoping to do 30) YNAB Side : Nutrition - A daily Green Shake (the one thing that stabalizes my blood sugar and helps bring me a better idea with food). Fitness - Tracking walking through GoogleFit on phone (Walking to Mordor?) Reward If I update with weekly counts of each (better if I update daily), I'll get this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0779SKCXW/ref=cm_sw_r_fm_apa_i_zodpEb6X1GH5P (A cheaper tracker). I've been wanting a fitbit since before NF, but I'm worried I'll get bored or break it. This one I found through a friend that is half price of the kids fitbit. FIgured it will be the trial one before I buy brand name. Since any tracker connecting to my phone will make it easier to track, since many times I have to let my phone charge when I get home. Again big on tracking and finding my way through the grind. This is my survival. I have this semester and Fall before I do my internship next year. School work is my daily job outside of my two jobs. Priortizing it for the next few months will help! My wolf fights is daily with school to get those points I need. Wish I had more brain space... but a cool way to kind of theme it. Also will be looking up my old challenges... maybe have a write up. Curious on how others are doing it. 4.5 years probably not going to find a whole lot.
  2. Truthfully, It's been a more than a couple years since I've been on this website, so "soft reset" might be too generous of a term. Still, I'm the same person with the same issues---now I'm just working with different stats. I was at a big university, but struggling with my mental health a lot, so I'm at a community college for now. I've lost a lot of the healthy habits I built, and being at back at home now has made me less motivated in my physical health. Right now I'm planning to focus most on water intake and calorie tracking using MFP. I'm hoping this time around I can work on the right kind of mentality to achieve my goals!
  3. Hello all, my name is Fluffy_Shark (or Fluffy for short) and this is probably my third time respawning. I am 22 years old. I struggle with depression and anxiety and currently go to school full-time while working part-time. Lately my stress has been through the roof and I've resorted to eating copious amounts of sugar, and drowning myself in the internet, all trying to escape from my stressful world. I have never liked how I look and I have always felt weak and unfit. I haven't worked out in nearly 4 months and I'm sick and tired of it. I have so many things I want to accomplish in life but I barely have the energy to get through the day. Even keeping my home clean, and general adulting tasks seem nearly impossible to complete some days. I am also extremely socially awkward, sometimes even hanging around my friends is tough. I am a negative person and get upset or jealous when others are happy around me, I really dislike this part about myself. I do this because I don't feel like I'm ever enough, I never feel like I'm doing enough. Despite everything going on in my life, I desperately want to incorporate fitness back into my routine. I was happier and had more confidence when i was doing that. I also want to make a more consistent effort to focus on my mental health. I know I need to get a counsellor and I will be booking an appointment with my school's councillor. Outside of that however I want to start reading Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy again. I also want to practice my art skills everyday to get into a competitive design program. So my goals right now are as follows: Physical Health: Complete 2 NF workouts a week for a month Eat 1 serving of veggies a day for a month Limit myself to 1 sugary treat a day (I currently eat 1-5 so this is a challenge for me) Mental Health: Read Feeling Good for 10 min-1 hour a day Art Skills: Practice drawing for 10 min-1 hour a day My actions to make it happen: Physical Health Workouts: write workout in bullet journal schedule for that specific day 1 week in advance, pack gym bag with needed materials and put it on my bed (so I will see it and think twice before just mindlessly reclining on my bed). Progress will be tracked on here, bullet journal, and StickK (There will be a $10 penalty for every workout missed OR rescheduled) Food: Write a veggie to eat that day in bullet journal schedule, make sure I buy lots of veggies on my shopping trips Treats: Keep track of treats consumed in bullet journal and here, for every extra treat, there will be a $2 penalty, always have some kind of healthy snack with me like trail mix Mental Health Place book on bed and track progress on here and in bullet journal Art Skills I have already informed my friend to keep me accountable of this but i will also record my progress in my bullet journal, StickK, and here ($5 penalty on every day missed), Placing sketchbook and medium to use that day on bed Hopefully this new system works. I tried to change too much all at once initially but I think this is manageable. My physical health, my mental health, and my art skills are my biggest priorites right now aside from work and school. Wish me luck!
  4. Okay for accountability sake, I'm just posting here. To let myself know I will reward myself with writing my challenge out, when I turn in my letter to help get emergency funds. Writing to people gives me anxiety, and this challenge will be about different parts of writing. So accountability to get this letter turned in within the next 24 hours would be appreciated. (Finished much later than I wished, but at least have it done now and will reap the rewards). (Also returned to Adventurers, after I had a realization during one of my hikes. I have an incentive to help keep being mindful and taking care of myself when I have adventures to look forward to. No matter how big or small they may be....) Week 2 goals: Daily:(Goal is 7/7 each) -Write my to do list daily in my bullet journal (Life Skills) -Track emotions/skills/urges in bullet journal section (Mental Health) -Write 444 words daily (both nonfiction and fiction) (Hobby Skill) This week's goals: -write a quick rpg snipit to add to my challenge... (Due by I have ideas laid out, just need to put them together now) (Due by October 30th) (Hobby Skill) -Move to new apartment (due by November 1st or 2nd) (Base Lvl Up) -Finish/Turn-in application for major change: (Due October 30th) (Career) -Finish categorizing my bullet journal to new section (Due November 4th) (Life Skills) -Study 15 mins x5 of IT (Due November 4th) (Career) -Study 15 mins x5 of RPLS (Due November 4th) (Career) -Do 30 mins x5 of IT Lab work (Due November 4th)(Career) -Return Rental on Time by 5 pm Halloween (Life Skills)
  5. Thank you @Leigh for making sure I get on the right thread within 24 hours.... Whoops. *copy and paste* Back with the Druids after my respawn, since a lot of my goals revolve around being mindful while doing them. Along with things that keep me happy is getting outdoors… So I figured out when I respawned giving myself $1 for hitting goals that are a tad difficult has been working. Only way to keep this up though is keeping my budget to what I can live off of and side extra money, and helping to maintain myself. Main goals: - Daily DBT Dairy Card (Dialectical behavior therapy): For my therapy to checkoff the skills I use and emotions for that day. -Side goal: Will make a page in my bullet journal across from my weekly challenge page. I can make these in the beginning of the challenge but they had to be made (found it makes tracking tens times easier, even though it takes 30 mins to make the page). (2 of 4 pages are filled so far for this challenge (9/20)) 2. - “Learn to Feed Myself” -Sticking to a weekly food budget (with a grocery list), grocery shopping once a week for my main stables, writing down my main stables for the week. I learned I need to figure out how to feed myself no matter what my mood or life is at- based on this video. -Daily Bonus if I don’t buy any extra food (mainly convenient food) with reward money (basically the extra calories I want but don’t need). The exception to this rule is finding out I miscalculated on food to have at home or cooking a healthy meal with reward money (buying ingredients for making a meal to get enough calories) or stocking up on cheaper food options. -Extra bonus: Writing a list of wants and a list for needs in bullet journal. Pretty much able to break down items on paper for an extra step. Along with me remembering what I need when I do go shopping… (Become more aware of my actual budget). 3. 20 mins of Base maintenance: Picking up my apartment for 20 mins each day, can help keep my apartment from turning into pure chaos… (A fact that I questionably avoid with ninja like moves). 4. Keeping the darkness away… Hiking 3 times a week. Writing 444 words of creativity on 4thewords (attempting every day). These two things are my biggest boosters on raising my light magic that helps keep the darkness away (But like any good goals I resist). (I will be tracking each as their own, for a $1 each day.) "Screens off" (when I get home in the evening and kept off until I'm ready for the next day, or at the next location). ($1 reward for each morning and evening) 5. Work on homework during the weekdays – Every 1 hour of productive study is a $1… My goal is 10 hours, but working on it a bit every day is better than nothing. I get a a free $1 if I study at least 30 mins that day. 6. Fake it till I Make it – I’m waking up new emotions, and trying new things. Which means ordinary things for every day be even more difficult to do. From showing up to work on time and actually working at work. or staying positive when its tough I’ll give myself a point. (This is very broad but I’ll note as I go on.) (Right now I'll stick to work for the main goal to help define, else all the other goals fit in the Weekly Side goals). Weekly side goals (here I put all the goals I need to get on a weekly basis or doing for trial to be a main goal, all will have deadlines I have to report back to). Or these are also my monthly challenges. Or part of bigger challenges but challenges I’ve broken down to duckling steps. (This is combined a bit to Fake it till I Make it- lots of these goals I have a bit anxiety around and avoid until I must do it... If I don't do by myself my "negative" is asking for help from a professional) Week One: Sept. 17th – 23rd Week Two: Sept. 24th – Sept. 30th: -turn in Presentation on time, and have practiced for Presentation at least 3 times (3 different days) -figure out how to celebrate brother’s birthday (with cake and special candle) (yes I need a reminder, sadly my brother can fall into the cracks if I'm not careful) Week 3: October 1st – 7th Week 4: October 8th – 14th -MRPA conference (Tuesday-Friday) (monthly social adventure) Note: Yup, lot’s of money points. However, when I’m taking out my extra spending and relooking at my needs (whole control over my impulse shopping). It’s pretty much having me work on being more mindful on my money, instead of spending a ton of money on extra unneeded items and extra calories that make my life worst. Rewards won so far: Week 1: $5 towards school treat money.... (Earned!) $10 random chipotle money... (earned!) $2 amazing cinnamon roll.... (earned!) $25 club fee for the year (earned) $12 burger money, it was worth it.... (on deck)
  6. Hello all! so I have school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1p to 7:45p and work 4 days a week, basically every day I'm not in class I'm working. I work from 3a to 11:30a or from 5a to 1:30p depending on the shift. The YMCA in my area is offering a climbing class on Monday from 4 to 5p, pilates from 5:30 to 6:30 and the one I'm most excited about is kickboxing on fridays from 4:15 to 5:15p. I'm not sure about the Pilates class but I might as well try it out, if not I can lift weights, which is what I'm thinking about doing either before or after each class. Though that might be too much I'm not sure. I also bike everywhere since it's better for you and I can't afford a car, from my house the community college is about 2 miles and work is about 4 miles. The YMCA is in the next town over but my brother works out there already so we would carpool. Anyway what do you guys think? Love any feedback! Thank you for reading!
  7. Hey, all! A new area of the NF forums I'm going to make my new main base! I had about a six-week break from the forums after having tried Heroes Rising. To see if it could help me sort out a new direction for goals. Found out that it wasn't a right fit for me right now. Learning how to juggle school, work, and extra stuff that can quickly fill it up too quickly while keeping on the upside of mental health. I've been very thankful for this site on teaching me on how to write out a plan and goals in a structure that do work for me. Finally seeing the foundation I made all of 2016 on this site. But as I noticed last year, my struggles fo starting, doing, and finishing any types of projects have been my weakness. Or at least very weak while not making myself sick with anxiety and depression... So for the of this forum. Is not just for "healthy habits" but for the ability of me able to think of a project, and follow the plan that I can make from start to finish. A biggie since I'm changing different parts of my life a bit. Okay now on to catch up time! What have I been up to the past 6 weeks? Spoilered, because it just isn't short. And my lack of attention span to add pics. So much writing in two hours... Needed to share it with you people! While also needing to get back in the loop of the site. 2 full hours of having something qualified to not call "procrastination" from finishing on putting away my laundry. Will now carry on. Tomorrow need to show up at work on time, do my job (smile while I'm at it), get home and work on a late paper while doing other things. NF goals: Get caught up with one friend and return here. Added on May 4, 2017 - Challenge Log (because all the cool cats do it) (a work in progress) -2015- -2016- -2017- May 22- Start of my RP Challenge
  8. I'm on my first year of college, and really struggling with eating healthy (and properly portioned!) food. No kitchen, a dining hall that's only open at certain times, and a menu that I can't control is leaving me floundering. Anyone have tips from their college days?
  9. Hi, I had my very first challenge last month and managed to get really sick during the final week. I still did pretty well overall, but hopefully I can do a little better this month. I’m starting my last semester of college on January 9th so I need to factor that in to this and the next three challenges. Me: I’m a 38 year old female with about 10 more pounds to lose to get to my goal weight. I also really need to improve my fitness and rebuild strength lost due to serious problems with my Crohn’s disease. Diet Goals: 1. Log all food for the month in MFP. 2. Reduce trend weight by 1.5 pounds for the month. 3. Eat at least 50 grams of protein 5 or more days each week. (I know that’s low, but it’s still an improvement) Fitness Goals: 4. Continue my bodyweight strength program (3 days per week). 5. Go walking for at least 5 minutes every day. Life Goals: 6. Use the accountability group “Monkey Tamers United” to combat my procrastination. 7. Attend ALL my class sessions this month (Excluding legitimate reasons). 8. Lights off by midnight every day on week 1, & 10 minutes earlier each subsequent week. Good luck to everyone on their challenges!
  10. Hi guys I am currently in my fourth year of uni and I am struggling to find the energy for both my workouts and my learning. My goal is to loose a bit of weight (currently 73/74kg, would like to get under 70kg) and tighten up a few areas. Atm I am going to uni in the mornings and hitting the gym in the afternoon/evening (3x a week) and I am loosely tracking my macros. The past couple of gym session though I have experienced feeling "flat" around half way through my workout or being so tired when I get home that I take around a long nap, neither of which are good considering the amount of time I would like to spend doing homework in the evenings. I do not experience the "flat" feeling if I go to the gym in the mornings, but I simply do not have time for a morning session monday-friday. I allways eat a lunch/breakfast before training and (although I do not consider myself paleo) I do eat very clean with my lunches often containing things such as chicken, rice, salmon, ryebread, cottage cheese aso. Does anybody have any experiences, ideas or even food suggestions?
  11. Hi Rangers! I'm Sky Elvenword and I am here with an invitation! As part of my first Rebel challenge, I created a backstory for my character, in which she discovers her true identity as the daughter of two visionary scholars who died trying to bring enlightenment to a backward people. She joins a group of Rangers who also happen to be students or scholars; and together they are going back to the savage borderlands and try again to bring education and progress to these people (actually hobbits). I was thinking about this story last night at 1AM, and I started wondering if any of my fellow college / university / graduate students here on NF would be interested in forming a loosely coalesced "Scholar Ranger Corps". I have no expectations that this would involve any extra duties or challenges; but we could put it in our signature lines if we liked, and have a thread in each challenge where we supported each other's quests to pursue health/fitness and academic achievement at the same time. Eventually we could figure out a way to work this into our challenges if people were interested. What do you think? Would anyone like to create a Scholar Ranger Corps?
  12. Hello again. I took a break from the adventurers last challenge and adventurers over to the druids. But I found myself doing more wandering than meditating (or levitating.) So here I am. Back again. I'm not one for introductions, but your more than welcome to go through my past challenges/intros in my signature links below. For the next eight to ten-ish weeks I'll be working towards the end game in my ir quest. Graduating college. My goals will be more towards productivity that progress me towards walking the stage. The rest of this challenge will be me working towards finishing this semester. This one raps up a few weeks before finals start. I've got a few more assignments left before then and I want to see how quickly I can get them done before the next challenge starts. [Edit: I'm dropping all the app goals] Staying Hydrated - Drink 100oz per day (try not to kill your plant) Trekking the Distance - take 10,000 steps per day (discover new planets) Study Time- study 40hrs per week (perform 80 pomodoros) Staying Ahead - stay at least one week ahead of all assignments Distractions - limit time on computer and iphone to x hrs
  13. Eating drink 90 oz of water a day eat 1600 calories a day Training strength training x3 per week hiking x2 per week Studying 8 pomodoros a day? (minus weekends) 40 pomodoros a week? Rewards: 80% 70% some socks 60% Tea
  14. SECOND VERSE SAME AS THE FIRST! 1. Do physical therapy 2. Eat gluten free 3. Write good things BONUS - Do things THUMBS UP.
  15. Hello rebels! I did things a little backwards and posted in the challenge section because I was so excited to participate. Then I realized I never even introduced myself, D'oh! But better late than never. I stared at the empty box to type for a while till I could calm the tidal wave of anxiety and now here I am posting again! I'm Syd, 22 years old, female. I get self conscious very easily, (even when posting on the internet!) so one of my major goals is to work on my self confidence.Seriously I took voice lessons for 8+ years and still have never sung for my parents (lol but also ) I'm not happy with the way I'm living my life. I want to be a proactive rather than a reactive person. This site and community seems like a great way to get there! I'm a college student interuptus, I've been on medical leave for two years sorting out my emotional biz and I only have my senior year left. Currently working on the paper work to return in the fall (ugh paper work). Living at home made it easy to pack on pounds. I went from my lowest weight (105lbs) to my highest (138 lbs) in like....4-6 months. Too much Talenti gelato. I'm the opposite of most college students, I actually lose weight when I go to school because I walk everywhere. I really need to focus on cleaning up my diet. I can barely go a day without chocolate...haha. But true. I've been doing a little yoga + meditation and I'd really like to get into that more. I've found mindfulness extremely helpful for dealing with depression+ anxiety + ADD and want to continue to learn. I isolate myself from others because I feel worthless so I hope the friendly vibe here will help. I have a sizable collection of vintage dresses/clothing that I want to fit into again. I love reading. My room has books piled on every surface. One of my long term goals for this site is to start running. ALL THE GOALS. But really I know (from experience) that one small change at a time works best, even if it's had to convince my inner enthusiasm that's the case. I started my fitness journey last year when my mom got certified in weight training and pilates. I'm lucky that she trains me for free (2x pilates, 1x weights per week). I went from completely sedentary (and proud of it) to exercising 3x per week. But I want to work on self-guided working out so I can keep it up at school/the rest of my life. Wow that got long. So final notes: any Adventure Time/Steven Universe/Gravity Falls fans hit me up (those are my current 3 favorite shows) and also here is a picture of my adorable kitty because kitties are the best ice-breaker. My username comes from the funny little sideways hops she (Nico aka"Bean") makes when she wants to play. I call them her spooky feet. -Syd
  16. Although technically this is my... fifth challenge. I guess I just wanted to throw a Doctor Who reference in there what with the Regeneration and all. Second verse same as the first! 1. DO PHYSICAL THERAPY 2. EAT GLUTEN FREE 3. WRITE GOOD THINGS
  17. Hi everyone! I'm currently in my last year of university and doing exchange in a foreign Asian country. I've never had Freshman 15, and I was thankful to have a fast metabolism. Now, it doesn't seem to be that way as I find that I'm constantly exploring the world and all the various cheap, yummy food that the world has to offer. It's difficult to commit to a gym or get a trainer as I'm always going here and there. I found this community, also the challenges and I really hope that I can learn from you all! I'll be joining in the challenge starting this Monday. Best, xosaliiixo (I figured that I would just use my old, but childish username here..no shame lol)
  18. Greetings fellow rebels! This is Korranation signing on for another challenge. I know it's the new year, and the first challenge of the year, but I'm not gonna get in the hype of resolutions. Although... hypothetically speaking if I were to make a resolution it would be to take my dog for a walk everyday. Goodness knows we both need it. For those of you who don't know me here's a lil background:I'm a college student living at home with the folks. I live with my dad (The Fatherlord), sis (mini me), stepmother (Maleficent) and stepsister (Lilith). I've switched majors a few times and finally decided to settle with multidisciplinary studies since it's more diverse and rounded than most degrees. A lot has happened during my time at college. I've gotten in a car accident that put me behind a year, my grandmother passes away last year and I've been taking care of my grandpa (Iroh) since then. A few months ago I got a job and that's helped me manage my time better. Still dealing balancing school, work, and family has caused me to put healthy choices (like good food and exercise) on the back burner. My main quest is to lose 50 pounds before next year or lose x amount of inches so I can steal borrow my mini me's clothes. I've got some good motivation pulling me on this challenge. I'm hoping to have more energy, get outside more, give my family a healthier life (cooking and having them cook), and one day looking in the mirror with pride (and admiring a six pack instead of a muffin top).~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Goal 1 Cooking with Asami (+3 CON) CHALLENGE: cook dinner x5 per week at home CHALLENGE: bring home cooked lunches to work STAT: 3 (A=3, B=2, C=1) Goal 2 Walking with Naga (+3 STA) CHALLENGE: walk the doge x5 per week STAT: 3 (A=3, B=2, C=1) Goal 3 Traveling with Spirits (+3 CON) CHALLENGE: go hiking at least once per week (or on day off) STAT: 3 (A=3, B=2, C=1) Side Quest Avatar Level Up (+3 WIS, +3 CHA) CHALLENGE: get a newer job CHALLENGE: find four geocaches STAT: 3 (A=3, B=2, C=1) [Edit]: for the life goal the first challenge is to find a better reliable job so I can have more consistent hours, have more income to pay off student loans or at the very least save up so I can move out after graduation, and have small benefits like dental. The second life goal is more for fun.
  19. I've been a member of nerdfitness for a while and have decided to get in the bandwagon and announce my daily log to assassinate kill all the things. That's right. I'm here to conquer. And to tell my tale of triumph and defeat to all (who care to listen.) What to expect during my battles of valor: sarcasm, gifs, videosdaily log of current six week challengepictures of not mehappy postssad postsstories of levling up or just how "how I battle with my exercise"random noob questions. But they'll go away after the quest for answers/enlightenment is done Goals: lose 50 lbs.(Thanks college and stress for giving that to me.)study a lot.I'm majoring in accounting. and it might not sound hard but I recently switched majors which is making things a little more difficult.exerciseget into the habit of itI'm starting off with Dance Central 2 and zumba on the xbox but I'll work my way to other exercisestry new exercisesstart off with small 7 minute strength training exercisesdo the BBWW workout confession: I tried the 20min hotel workout my first time here and was sore for a week (serious case of DOMS. and kinda pulled a back muscle, so I was out for another two weeks after that)kill conquer the 20 min hotel workoutschedulinggetting into a better routine for everything is better for, well, everything. this inclides getting into a better:sleep schedulestudy scheduleworkout schedulereading schedulefandom watching scheduleetc.A little bit about me: Female Age: 22 Height: 5'5 Current Weight: 197 lbs Goal Weight: 140~150ish (I shall shout my small steps to this goal with gifs, videos, constant trips to the woot room, and lots of sarcasm) Fears: public speaking and over socialization. guess you can chalk that up to social anxiety. (but online no one knows that. and no one knows you're a cat) Likes: dogs, puppies, fluffy things, shiny things, reading, writing, fandoms, tea, D&D, gaming, music, distractions, chocolates, gummies, food, fruits Current Gaming addiction:online mmo called "Terra." I've been playing as a beserker since its so easy to lvl up with some time and a little bit of grinding
  20. Long time lurker, sporadic participant and dedicated student. I have tried doing the challenges, but the timing never works out for me, so I am going to give this daily log thing a crack. My goal: Do a pull up. Then do some more. And get stronger and lose a little weight (goal is to lower bf%). Stats: Female 150 lbs 5' 3" 21 yr Chest - 38" Waist - 31" Hips - 40" former athlete Approach: 1. Bodyweight training 2. Karate 3. Active Rest Days 4. No binge eating! My diet is pretty clean, so I need to focus on energy in/out. It's the student stress life that really gets to me and makes me just eat loads of food at 10 pm. I will not go full paleo, but I do have my own kitchen and plan on making pretty much all my meals. So far, I have followed a MWF bw schedule with Karate TR and active rest on SaSu for the entirety of August (from sedentary). Using startbodyweight.com I will basically follow that schedule. I am switching to a split schedule in September so I can do more exercises for bw. This is my schedule this week: M- 6/6/6 split squat, 30s/30s/30s alt. lunges, 6/5/5 pushups, 4/4/4 inv. body row, 45s/45s/45s plank T- Karate, W- 7/6/6 split squat, 40s/30s/30s alt. lunges, 6/6/5 pushups, 5/4/4 inv. body row, 45s/45s/45s plank R- Karate Skipped b/c of sprained ankle F- 7/7/6 split squat, 40s/40s/30s alt. lunges, 6/6/6 pushups, 5/5/4 inv. body row, 45s/45s/45s plank Sa- active rest Su- low intensity bike ride to campus (~2mi) This is currently a mix of the bw guidelines from the NF blog and the startbodyweight program, but as I said I will be switching things up to go full startbodyweight in September. Not too sure what will be daily in this log, maybe food? I have problems finding cheap/no time recipes so maybe that will be my daily approach. Edit to add some info I might have left out: Yes I have goals to get stronger and lose weight, but I know they don't always work at the same time, so I want to lose the weight first.
  21. Hello, as stated above, I will continue my training, which is basically following the startbodyweight.com progressions. I will mostly update in my daily log, but I have run into complications of schoolwork taking up a lot of my time, so I may not update as often as I would like. I'll try to update weekly with the workouts for the week, but no promises. I practice Karate, as you will see this in my training, but I came to assassins because I, well, "want it all." Assassins sounded like the more logical choice for me as an individual. Last challenge, I realized I was confused about what I need to be doing. While I would like to lose weight, I also want to be stronger and it is difficult for me to do both at once. To simplify things (and so I don't starve) I will be focussing on strength. I already eat healthily, so it is difficult for me to modify my diet further. Additionally, I would prefer not to worry about food while I am trying to earn a ugrad degree. It creates too much stress. My goals: 1. Do the bodyweight workouts 3x a week. The workouts will be listed in my daily log. Upon completion, +5 Brawn/Strength 2. Run at least twice a week, as listed in the daily log. Upon completion, +3 Willpower/Endurance, +2 Agility/Dexterity 3. Go to Karate practice twice a week. Upon completion, +2 Brawn/Strength 4. Hike or take a walk on off days (sat/sun). Upon completion, +2 Cunning/Wisdom A note on my attributes: I prefer using the Star Wars rpg attributes because I am more familiar and it makes more sense to me. Also, the attribute points are for fun. The point is that I am improving my life. Thank you for taking the time to read my forum, I look forward to this challenge. - Sparkit
  22. This is my seventh challenge here on NF. I've learned a lot since then, am still learning now, and hope to continue learning about health, fitness, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle/goals. A little bit about me: I'm a college student living at home with the folks. I thought about being an engineer, but that didn't work out. I got into a car accident a few years ago and that set me back a few semesters. I tried being an accountant but wasn't good enough for the college of business. My grandmother passed away last year. I was so busy taking care of my grandpa and the rest of the family that I neglected my classes and it hurt my gpa. So I'm floating on a mulitdisciplinary degree that doesn't do much (unless I can sell it) for any career. I live with my dad (The Fatherlord), sis (mini me). I'm also stuck with my stepmother (Maleficent) and stepsister (Lilith) whose goal in life is to make my life hard. Most of my friends call me cinderella bc of this. All the stress of changing majors dealing with accidents and losses, and toxic people has lead me to put on 30 lbs. I've been here on NF for most of this grief. I've had to learn the hard way how to build a successful challenge, but I'm getting better. I hope to lose this weight that the stress that has caused it. my main goals are to: Get back to a healthy weighteat clean and healthyget enough sleepfeel great about exercising and do it continually graduate with a degree in accountingsave up enough to get my own apartment But enough serious talk, lets move on to the fun! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Main Quest Big Trouble in Little Republic City Being the avatar has been pretty laid back so far. I've mastered all the elements except air. Because of that I'm heading to Republic City to learn it from Tenzin, Aangs son. Air bending is not the most fun thing to do, so I'm doing some pro-bending on the side (Tenzin doesn't have to know about that.) Air temple food isn't that great either, but the water tribe food Republic city is amazing. You can't bend on an empty stomach anyways. I heard you shouldn't water bend until at least forty five minutes after eating, but that's an old myth. Goal 1 Airbending Training (+3 DEX, +3 STR) I've got one last element to tackle if I want to get this avatar thing down, how hard can air bending be? CHALLENGE: workout x2 per week CHALLENGE: yoga/meditation x2 per week STAT: 3 (A=3, B=2, C=1) Goal 2 An Avatar's Appetite (+3 CON) You can't save the world on an empty stomach, so why not stop by the nearest restaurant in Republic City for some Water tribe cuisine? CHALLENGE: calorie limit of 1,600 per day CHALLENGE: eat +100 g of protein per day STAT: 3 (A=3, B=2, C=1) Goal 3 Being the Pro-bending Champion (+3 STA) Pro-bending is great! And I can finally do some bending that I'm good at and kick butt while doing it. CHALLENGE: 100 oz water per day CHALLENGE: go to bed no later than 11pm STAT: 3 (A=3, B=2, C=1) Side Quest Looking for Answers (+3 WIS) Something's not quite right in Republic City, and Tarrlok is not telling me everything either. Better start brushing up on my research and find my own answers. CHALLENGE: 100% on all note card subjects everyday CHALLENGE: read school book/ do homework 30 minutes everyday STAT: 3 (A=3, B=2, C=1) Measurements: Neck: 15.75 Chest: 43.00 Waist: 36.25 Hips: 45.75 Thigh: R: 25.00 L: 25.00 Calf: R: 16.50 L: 16.50 Bicep: R: 15.00 L: 15.00 Weight: 198
  23. Browsing the NF articles fills you with determination... Hello! I've been flitting through NF articles for quite sometime, but now that I'm finally 18 and in college I figured its time to actively join the community! About Me: I'm a hobbit sized lady (ok maybe a little taller, I'm 5'0 ft) with hobbit sized eating habits. Thats probably my biggest problem, over eating! Anyway, I am well established as a cat obsessed young lady in my California hometown and have been known to partake in a varied form of nerdy activities most of which is anime and gaming. If LilLionLamb is too much of a hardship to type, I can go by Lil'Lion or just Lion. Whatever floats your boat Goals and Other Stuff With my incessant snacking I'm really trying to cut down on the unhealthy things I put in my body. Thanks to some previous NF inspired habit making I've been off soda for 6 months! I still indulge in sugary beverages (Passion Milk Tea Boba) but far less often than I used to. While diet is super important its been really hard to do my first year of college. The dining hall foods aren't so helpful towards a paleo transition and I can only eat so many salads within a week.... What I really want to focus on most of all is making some headway in weight loss and strength training. I weigh156 lbs and my goal is 130lbs. I used to be very active, but in the last couple years I've really become quite the couch potato. I want to learn to use the gym the right way and get passed my intimidation of other gym goers (seriously why is everyone here so fit?!?!) I want to be someone who is tiny but mighty! I'm really excited to do some lifting and be as buff as, like, Korra. No more asking anyone to open a jar for me or lift a heavy box! (unless it has to go in a tall place, because thats what tall people are for) I also want to be someone who can run longer distance. I've always been pretty slow, but endurance really matters to me. I've participated in a few obstacle course races, and I want my fitness goals to include participation and completion of the Spartan Sprint and the Spartan Beast where I can jog the whole thing.
  24. Introduction: Heyo! I'm Kati and this is my first challenge. I really like active stuff outdoors - I live in the PNW, it's pretty hard not to. Hiking, mountain biking, snowboarding, swimming, kayaking...anything outside I am extremely happy about. Unfortunately, I am a lazy college student, so it's pretty hard for me to motivate myself to do things that aren't either sleeping or watching TV. I also am way out of shape (thanks summertime) and struggle to complete any sort of physical activity. I'm high anxiety which makes it worse - if I feel like I'm dying, I go into full blown panic. So that's fun. I joined the rebellion to try to a) have some accountability and actually have fun being active! Everything is more fun if you pretend you're in a video game. Main Quest: Become more athletic and get to a healthier BMI Quest 1: Drink at least 2 litres of water a day. I always feel remarkably better when I'm hydrated, but I'm pretty horrible at drinking water. Measurement: A = at least 14 litres per week for 6 weeks; B = at least 7 L/wk for 6 wk; C = less than 7 L/wk for 6 wk Rewards: A = +3 CON; B = +2 CON; C = +1 CON Quest 2: Do some form of moderate/vigorous exercise for an hour, three times a week. I suck at moving. Horribly. Measurement: A = at least 3 hrs/wk for 6 wk; B = at least 2 hrs/wk for 6 wk; C = an hour or less per week for 6 wk Rewards: A = +3 STA; B = +2 STA; C= +1 STA Quest 3: Some form of fresh veggies and fruits for two meals per day. It's college. Meal plans suck and I gotta make the best of it. Measurement: A = Fresh veg/fruit at 2 meals, 42 days; B = Fresh veg/fruit at 2 meals, 36 days; C = Fresh veg/fruit at 2 meals, 30 days Rewards: A = +3 CON, +2 STA; B = +2 CON, +1 STA; C = +1 CON Life Quest: Save $15 per week. Again, college. I am broke. Like, real broke. $15 per week isn't gonna be a huge difference, but it's a start. Every bit counts. Measurement: A = $90 by end of 6 wks; B = $60 by end of 6 wks; C = $30 by end of 6 wks Rewards: A = +2 WIS; B = +1 WIS; C = +0.5 WIS Motivation: I want to feel good again. I'm so high anxiety and spend so much time doing nothing that I feel sick on some level pretty much all the time, and don't have a lot of confidence. Getting that back would be rad, and health is such a big thing towards how I feel. Also I am considering majoring in Exercise Science and it'd be very ironic if I were to graduate with that degree in the shape I'm in. PS I Have no idea if I did the attribute points right I am very confused and not very good at mental math so
  25. Hey there! I thought I'd come over from the Assassins and play here for a while. I may not post too much this challenge, as I'm in the throes of a new college semester on top of the rest of life (work, kids, et cetera), but I wanted to play anyway. My challenge this time is pretty plain and to the point. I've found something that's working for weight loss, so my challenge is to stick with it in the middle of life. This challenge I want to walk 2 miles at least 5 times a week and to eat fairly low carb (avoiding most of the whites). Just for fun I'll throw in a Life Quest of doing something creative each week, which should be fairly easy, given that one of my classes is a drawing class. So: Walk 2 miles: 3.3%3.3% 1/30 and low carb eating: 0%0% 0/30 something creative: 0%0% 0/6
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