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  1. So here I go again. Wow, it's been a long time. I'll summarize some major life changes: Getting close to a one year anniversary with my girlfriend! Over a year at my IT job Been off my medicine (depression, anxiety) for over a year So now that the good is out of the way, on to the less good. I got really out of shape again. After a photography-related accident, (fell off a cliff) I could not walk for 6 months. Needless to say, health and mental outlook suffered. I've been walking again since January, so time to respawn, reload, and destroy this challenge. 2019 Master Quests Lose 63 lbs. Eat Better Be Active Get Out of Debt Review/reduce spending Organize debts Contact creditors regarding settlements Become Much Better At Magic Education Practice Become A Much Better Vocalist Education Practice Perform a magic show Practice favorite effects till perfect Build a cohesive routine Research volunteer opportunities Build my photography business Do a few TFP photo shoots to build buzz Consistent marketing Prospective client engagement Whew! That's a lot of quests! I should probably just buy a quart of pralines and cream, a 2 liter of mountain dew and watch 14 hours of youtube videos right? #$CK NO! Let's break this *$%^ down into manageable pieces: S.M.A.R.T. Goals: Drink no more than one 21 once soda a week during the challenge (date night, movie, etc) Maintain 90% or better daily calorie goals Hit 5000 steps a day (average) Perform magic set for one open mic night
  2. The second half of 2018 was all kind of crazy for me, good crazy though. I tried to keep up with simple challenges but that didn’t work. Between frustrations at work, making the decision to look for another job, interviewing, getting a new job, learning the new job, getting promoted and learning another new job, I was emotionally exhausted. I barely kept myself functioning. While I still have an incredibly hard upcoming 2019, I think I might be at a point where I can focus on myself outside of work. Also as a note, I did a pretty fantastic job keeping my weight down and not eating my emotions back to where I started in 2018. The following Home, Health, and Financial sections will be the foundation for all my goals and challenges for 2019. I’ll break that down after the last section. HOME One of the biggest areas in my life that cause me to relapse into old habits is the chaos that is called my home. I jokingly say that my house looks like I’m losing a game of Jumanji. Each year I make an effort to get on a cleaning schedule or organize the disaster I live in. Every year it starts out well then things start to snowball and accumulate, bringing me crashing down and curling up on the sofa to watch Netflix. I'm looking at you, Michael Scott! I decided to read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. For years I’ve wanted to read this book but had anxiety just thinking about it. Well, I had lots of quiet data entering time at work so I downloaded the audiobook and that helped me start and finish the book. Just thinking about how she describes the process still makes me uneasy but I think I need that. I just have too much stuff I never touch and the clutter is driving me insane. Marie Kondo says it can take 6 months to a year to fully tidy up and I think I’ve broken down her categories pretty good so I can hit my goal of December 31, 2019. Bonus, Marie Kondo's Netflix show starts on January 1st. I'll try to incorporate that into my goal somehow. HEALTH I can’t ignore health so of course, it has its own section. My health section covers exercise and nutrition. 2018 was a year of slacking when it came to exercise. I don’t remember the last time I went to the gym or did a routine workout. I could check but I honestly don't care...I don’t have a specific end goal for workouts in mind but one big goal is doing the Christmas Rush 5k in December. I have no excuse for not doing it since it’s in my town and only a 5k. Nutrition was not horrible but it can always be better. I want to get back in the habit of not drinking my calories, I want to make sure I’m making my lunches for work and it’s always good to get more veggies! FINANCIAL Who doesn’t want financial freedom? With my new job and new salary, I have a real chance to pay off my debt and start working on my retirement. I took some time and did a rough draft of my budget, plus snowball payments on each of my debts and did my budget out until I had no more debt. According to my math, I can pay off everything, including my townhouse, by my 40th birthday. With a pretty aggressive budget plan, it is doable. The budget does not include potential income increases and increased bills but it’s a great place to start. 2019 MONTHLY CHALLENGE BREAKDOWN I’ll follow the challenge dates but all my goals start on Day 1 of the month and end on either the 28th, 30th, or 31st of the challenge months. Some challenges will have 2 different sets of goals, I’m ok with that. I’ve found that not starting on the 1st can stress me out and I want to do as much to avoid that as possible. Plus it’s easier for me to keep track that way.
  3. Greetings from Arcelas the n00b! If you are reading this right now, it means I have successfully posted it. 2018 (The year we all become murlocs) Quests 4 Week Challenge Quests: Quest Line: Lose 59 lbs. Hit my daily step goal of 10000 steps. 5000 the first week, then add 1666.66 (repeating of course) steps each week until 10000 is reached Quest Line: Get Out of Debt Cook as many meals on Saturday and Sunday as possible to reduce dining out spending by 50% (dropping from $220/mo to $110/mo) Quest Line: Become Much Better At Magic Read Royal Road to Card Magic: Chapter One and watch the accompanying videos Quest Line: Become A Much Better Vocalist Complete KTVA Streaming Lessons Vol 1 and practice 30 minutes a day 3 days a week OK Rebels. Let's do this!
  4. Epic 2017 Quest - Cleaning up the mess I made in my life up until this point. I will be breaking down my big quests, into little achievable habits and goals for my 4-week challenges, which will eventually accumulate into making a dent in the big quest! Quest One Name: A Lannister always pays his debts I owe £2000 on my credit card, I currently do not work and have little money to throw at this. This quest may take me longer than 1 year however, I can still make a dent in this by doing the following as part of my challenge: 1) Set aside a little extra per month Track all spending in cash book (including groceries! keep receipts,) Withdraw set amount to prevent spending it Carry a water bottle to prevent drink buying whilst outdoors, piggy bank the cost of drink that would have been purchased. Quest Two Name: Tailwind Upping the fitness levels and getting moving 1) Weekly Workout x 3 minimum - I use Fitstar and Sworkit apps set "plans" 2) Fitbit Minimum steps - currently at 5k, do this daily! 3) Stick to 1500 cal diet Do not weigh every day! Quest Three Name: Mind how you go My psychologist is setting me weekly "mini quests", my goal is to actually do them instead of shoving my sheets of paper to the side :s Mini-quest 1 - Get present: Notice when emotions / moods are taking over and use grounding techniques to pull back and observe.
  5. My Mission: To create a maintainable fitness plan and get back to my pre-summer weight of 145. Summer is full of fun, beer festivals, and food. I have been able to stay within about 5-7 pounds of my goal weight (which I achieved back in May), but I’d like to quit making excuses and make fitness a habit again, rather than relying on my revved up metabolism to keep me in check. Kaio-Ken… TIMES TEN! (Goal 1) Workout 5x per week for 30 minutes or more. This worked out really well in my last challenge, so I am doing it again. Instead of feeling pigeon holed in one program, having the ability to realize it’s gorgeous out and I’d rather go for a bike ride is important to me staying on track. It brings the enjoyment back to fitness again. And that will keep me stable much longer than feeling trapped by constraints. I would like to work toward a balance of cardio and weights while training for a 10 mile in October. It’s Over 9000! (Life Quest) Continue paying off credit card debt and saving for the future. With plans for baby on the horizon, this is getting even more serious and more important. Goals this go around will be: - Pay $100 off on both credit cards per month ($100 a pay period to one card, and then $100 to the other the next pay period). - Put $100 per pay period into a savings account - Cut back $150 allowance per paycheck to $100 and LIVE WITHIN THAT RANGE. It’s okay to say no. You’re so totally allocated right now. Get used to it. KAKAROOOOOOT!!!!! (Goal 2) Core work 3x per week You've got to have a strong core to do all the yelling Vegeta does... And I need a strong core because I don't really have one. I plan to try to get 10 Min Abs in 3x per week, or supplement with other core workouts. Eternal Dragon, by your name, I summon you forth, Shenron (Side Quest) One Cleaning Project a Week I can’t gather Dragon Balls and wish my house clean. Believe me, I've tried. I’m starting a list of projects I will work on throughout each week to slowly chip away at all the projects I need to take care of that have been driving me NUTS. Take garage sale labels off of four boxes of books to bring them to Half Price Books for resale. Finish revamping and organizing the craft room. Take donation boxes in the garage to Good Will Organize brewing kit (under stairwell and in sunroom) Clean the freaking master bedroom already! Complete ALL laundry in the laundry room and put it all away. Buu Turn You Into CANDY! (Goal 3) Eat out only once per week and stay as clean as humanly possible. I realize I can’t eat clean 100% of the time, and that some restaurants are pretty clean as is. I want to be as aware of what I choose to put in my body as possible. My goal remains the same from last challenge -- one meal out per week.
  6. I just took my tax refund, along with a bunch of other money I've been saving up, and paid off an $8,360 student loan with a 7.75% interest rate! This saves me $5015.38 in interest payments. Now, I've got another 10 loans to pay off, but this was a big chunk of what I had remaining and lowers my minimum monthly payment by $83.21! I'm very excited and felt the need to let it out.
  7. Unidentified distress beacon has been tracked to a derelict space vessel in orbit above Tallon IV. MAIN MISSION To create and enforce good habits that will help me reach success in my life and in my profession. FRIGATE ORPHEON This mission will focus on preparing to assault my strength/flexibility goals (pullups, deadlifts and various pole tricks), assaulting my diet and keeping sane while preparing for the holidays and the release of a new xpac (WoW). We'll be following Samus Aran (of Metroid fame) as she explores what's left of the Space Pirate Frigate Orpheon above Tallon IV during this challenge. Scan Space Pirate Logs Boss: Parasite Queen Escape! Gold Quest / Varia Suit Malfunction SCAN SPACE PIRATE LOGS +2 WIS Read Starting Strength (400 pages) Prepare Log to track progress (for SS and for measurements/etc) Removed I'm at the point in my pole classes where I feel like I'm not getting stronger as fast as I would like. Or in other words, I'm impatient. However I want to read the book first to understand what the heck I'm doing and why. BOSS : PARASITE QUEEN +4 CON +1 STA 4 days/week No Grains Track Carb Intake Last challenge I read The Primal Blueprint. I'm not sure I can delve in 100% living where I do (my family loves their breads and constantly buys some. This isn't a problem when I live on my own with the exception of take out). So there are only 3 days a week where I can have grains. The other four are no grain days. The second part is not graded, but I'd like to track my carb intake to see the difference between grain/no grain days and see if I can keep it in the PB range automatically after. I believe a mostly primal diet can only benefit me after the experiments I did last challenge with eating. ESCAPE! +3 DEX +2 CON Splits 2x/week Removed Theraputty/Wrist stretches 5x/week (bumped from 3 on Week 3) Massage Roller/Ball 2x/week Removed We're not practicing splits as much in class (probably because we don't have enough time before next class) so I'm taking maters into my own hands. Cannon. Whatever. Speaking of hands, my wrists, fingers and forearms on BOTH arms are not too pleased with me. Right hand is normal with drawing and gaming. Not both. So I bought some theraputty (thank you for mentioning them sylph!) so let's escape this situation. GOLD QUEST / VARIA SUIT MALFUNCTION +2 CHA +1 WIS Pay off last 2% of Gold Quest Completed Dec 9th Make Gifts Pretty self explanatory. Pay off the rest of the Gold Quest and make gifts for the holidays. Samus does lose her upgrades and Varia Suit as she's escaping Frigate Orpheon, my equivalents are simply the gifts I'll be making MOTIVATION To feel better, more energetic and stronger. To lose weight to make learning new moves easier and fit in my old clothes. To help control my crohn's. To stop collecting underpants and ACT on my dreams. To enjoy life and keep momentum!
  8. Little late off the starting block; but here it goes. Main Quest: Lose 10lb in five weeks! Mission #1: Beat the Treats! Acknowledge I’m eating emotionally, and just stop it; worst case, eat a whole bag of carrots instead of a whole package of mini-cupcakes. This is one thing I’ve always had a hard time with; treat consumption. This can be everything from a cookie, to a FiberOne bar, to even just a spoonful (or five) of peanut butter when I’m getting’ all emotional in my head. I’m admittedly an emotional eater. If stress rears its’ ugly head, well, my mouth devours all. I will not completely negate having a treat now and again; it is all about control. A = No binges. +2 CON +2 WIS B = 1 binge. C = 2 binges D = 3 binges F = 4+ Mission #2: Keep working out. Not much of an explanation here. Try and work out at least 30 minutes each day. This would translate into 17.5 total hours within a five week time period. Breaking it down? 17.5 hours = A +2 STR +2 STA +2 DEX 15.5 hours but less than 17.5 hours = B 13.5 hours but less than 15.5 hours = C 11.5 hours but less than 13.5 = D 11.5 and less = F Mission #3: Keep logging what I eat. I thought this worked very well for me last Challenge; and I need to keep it up. Continue to log what I eat daily, no breaks! A = 35 days +2 WIS, +1 CON B = 33 days C = 31 days D = 29 days F= Less than 29 days. Life Goal: Pay off $700 on my card to make room for heating oil this season. This is not only a goal, but a requirement to some regards. Living in Duluth MN, winter stinks for heating; while I have room on my card to just ‘do it’, I need to not let my card get any larger in case of emergencies. +1 CHA +1 WIS Pretty straight forward; little fluff this time around; but need to get this posted as I’m a week late!
  9. Nourishing Mind, Body and Soul Mind WIS +5 (1 each) Read or knit daily 40-49 A; 35-39 B; 30-34 C; 25-29 D; 0-24 F I signed up for 100 books to read for the Goodreads 2014 challenge. It was kind of on a whim, but it will push me. I am not really going to be hurt if I don’t make this, but I have noticed that when I make more time for reading or knitting that I am more calm and centered overall, so this is a good way to relax and reward my mind. Pay on one debt item a week 6-7 A; 5 B; 4 C; 3 D; 0-2 F Financial worry is soul-crushing. I recently read a report on the effects of poverty sapping nearly an entire standard deviation from a person’s intelligence, and I can completely believe that. While my children and I aren’t living in poverty as yet, I do worry, and I would like the mental peace that comes from knowing I am taking care of us. Two classes a week 12-14 A; 10 B; 8 C; 6 D; 0-5 F I’m enrolled in the paralegal program at a nearby university. Attending class is the single most important factor in ensuring my success and retention of the information. Homework weekly 12-14 A; 10 B; 8 C; 6 D; 0-5 F I have to make the time and priority to complete my homework for the classes. Currently I have a 4.0, and I would like to maintain it. Weekly (probably Monday) cleaning 6-7 A; 5 B; 4 C; 3 D; 0-2 F This might seem odd as a Mind piece, but keeping my home clean is more about remembering to do it than anything else, and thinking about how it can best be supported so that when I find the time to do the chores they are as simple as possible. Body DEX +5 Water 2L/day 2L A; 1.5-1.99L B; 1.0-1.49L C; .50-.99L D; 0-.49L F Walk 5000 steps daily 4500-5000 A; 4000-4499 B; 3500-3999 C; 3000-3499 D; 0-2999 F I was tempted to increase this, but then I looked back at the last six weeks and realized that I worked like a dog to get to this point, and it would be a real success if I were able to maintain it. So five thousand it is, and we’ll see where that gets me. Abs of Doom Daily (with a rest day every fourth day) 40-49 A; 35-39 B; 30-34 C; 25-29 D; 0-24 F Last challenge I was doing the 30 Day Abs Challenge and once I got about halfway through it I was completely wiped out, and had hit my limit. It’s ok to have limits. That doesn’t mean I should quit or give up, it means I should stay at the limit level and keep at it until it’s not the limit any more. So here’s to that. I’ll keep a track of what I do, but I’m allowed to repeat the number that I do each day. It doesn’t have to be more than yesterday all the time. In fact, it doesn’t even have to be as many as the day before. It simply has to be. Nightly sleep 40-49 A; 35-39 B; 30-34 C; 25-29 D I need to take care of myself by making certain I'm getting enough rest. If I'm worn out and exhausted, I can't be a good student / parent / friend. I need to be in bed no later than midnight, with 11 p.m. preferred. I am hoping the meditation routine will dovetail with this. Nightly Floss Routine 40-49 A; 35-39 B; 30-34 C; 25-29 D; 0-24 F Soul CHA +5 Daily mindfulness from Living Your Yoga 40-49 A; 35-39 B; 30-34 C; 25-29 D; 0-24 F Dishes Daily (usually at night before we go to bed) 40-49 A; 35-39 B; 30-34 C; 25-29 D; 0-24 F Daily quiet time (probably after yoga) 40-49 A; 35-39 B; 30-34 C; 25-29 D; 0-24 F Weekly cooking (probably Wednesday) 6-7 A; 5 B; 4 C; 3 D; 0-2 F Nightly Meditation 40-49 A; 35-39 B; 30-34 C; 25-29 D; 0-24 F Bonus: Mind, Body & Soul -- Spa Day & hot oil treatment for my hair: +1 to everything. Weekly article on food and home 6 A; 5 B; 4 C; 3 D; 0-2 F +2 WIS Private goal: + to everything 1008-1000 +5; 750-999 +4; 500-749 +3; 250-499 +2; 100 - 249 +1
  10. I need to lose fat, gain muscle and finish killing DEBT!!! SO MUCH PROGRESS on the debt in my last challenge! by the way, Wolf = debt (in case you missed my last cheesy challenge). There is a LOT for me to do over the next year, and I need a foundation of sleep, which is my primary focus 1) Sleep 9pm to 4am... main goal is to get more than 6 hours of sleep per night (I know, I need MORE than that, but 6 would be HUGE progress for me). Points to earn - CON: +4 and STA +1 because I will reduce cortisol and increase recovery 2) GET THOSE DOUBLEUNDERS - I tried that last challenge, but got derailed. Also, there is something in my brain that is CONVINCED that I can't do doubleunders until I lose fat... this is false (though weight-loss will help), and I should totally be able to get 10 consecutive doubleunders in the next 6 weeks. Points to earn - DEX +3 STR +1 3) Get fat back on the retreat - drop 2" off the belly diameter - eat clean and under 2k calories (with some extra on WOD days) - Eat To Perform methods plus Paleo with 80%+ compliance tracked in Myfitnesspal... and please don't give me grief on the 80% compliance - progress, not perfection. Points to earn - CHA +3 4) LIFE: Kill the last two wolves at the door (how appropriate - bacon = pig, and wolf... piggies, etc. - you get it, right?). So, I post the Radiohead video again until the debt is gone (and fat is on the run - fat-loss being another wolf)... and finish the book on grace (from last challenge). Points to earn - WIS +3 ... and I would add +100 to peace of mind. I'm a little excited this time... a little less pissed off, and a little more excited. Ready go...
  11. I'll start off with clarifying that I did attempt a 6-week challenge a few months ago. Unfortunately, I found myself focusing more on my academics at the time as opposed to my fitness and debt goals. Since then, there has still been some improvement in my strength, but sadly my debt situation elevated slightly. I find the biggest problem with my debt goal was that I basically assumed that I could spend 6 weeks with very minimal spending... that backfired after 2 weeks! I figured that now that summer is here, I should try again from scratch and not to dwell on the past. For this challenge, I wanted to keep it relatively simple. I've been able to run 10k twice in the past year, but it's been quite a while since both runs. For pushups, I came close to 50 about two months ago, reaching 43 consecutive pushups and I've reached 5 pullups around that same time. I'm also currently saving up my money to pay off the debt. I currently have about $150 saved up. Therefore, I'm quite confident that I will be capable of achieving all these goals in the 6 weeks provided. This is turn will hopefully motivate me to set higher goals and to carry on with the 6-week challenges in the future. Below are my goals, the attributes assigned, and how I will be grading each achievement. A failure (F) means that there was not improvement to my current status. Run 10k (STA 5) A (10k+), B (9k), C (8k), D (7k), E (6k), F(5k) I will incorporate running in my workouts by having a warmup run (2-3k) before weight training days and having specific days for improving my max distance. I found a nice program from ExRx.Net outlining some good programs for 5k/10k running goals. 50 Pushups (STR 3, STA 1) A (50+), B (47), C (44), D (41), E (38), F(35) I plan on mixing bodyweight pushups, weighted pushups, and bench press in order to improve my pushups. Core training will also be included so that my body could hold the position for however long it takes to complete 50 pushups. My ultimate goal in pushups will be to eventually reach 100, but not necessarily through the 100 pushup program. 10 Pullups (STR 3) A (10+), B (8-9), C (7), D (5-6), E (4), F(2-3) I will be following the 20 pullup plan, starting at Week "-1" considering that I could only complete between 2-3 pullups. I will also be doing rows and lat pulldowns on my chest/back day to help increase my strength. Pay $500 toward Debt (WIS 3) A ($500+), B ($400), C ($300), D ($200), E ($100), F($0) Since I am now on summer training at a different unit, I no longer have to pay for accommodations and food for the next 2-3 months. Therefore, I will have some extra money to save up to finally pay off my debt. Although $500 is not all I must pay, it is the most practical amount I can pay off in the next 6 weeks without overdoing it and without having to risk using my card for any surprise expenses. I'll be updating as much as possible in order to maintain my momentum throughout the following 6 weeks. KCCO, Plantem
  12. First of all, I don't speak Spanish, yet, that'll be a goal eventually. This is my first time participating in the 6 week challenge, and it couldn't have come at a better time. I'm currently applying for a position at my college that will challenge me both physically and mentally. It's like frosh week, except it's 5 weeks, and there's no partying, it's simply beasting the freshman (it's a military academy). For this position, I need to write the most exceptional brag sheet. Currently, I need to work on my fitness in order to get in, so here we go. Goal 1: Do 60 consecutive push-ups (+3 Str, +1 STA) My current push-up count is around 30-35 push-ups. The minimum standard to pass the college fitness test is 28, while the "maximum" is about 80. Therefore, there's definitely some room for improvement if I want to achieve a higher score. I've been looking into push up workouts such as the 100 push-up challenge, but I haven't had much success with that system. I was thinking about merely doing my max reps each morning before doing anything else, but I'm unsure as to whether that would be overtraining or not. Goal 2: Cut out high-sugar deserts (+3 CON) For Lent, I've already stopped eating wheat products, and I've been maintaining that for the past 2 weeks, even when I went home for a week off (they love wheat products). I've already begun slowly cutting down on high-sugar products, with the occasional slip with a desert or a chocolate bar here and there. I think it's time to cut it out entirely. Once I adapt to this after 6 weeks, I won't mind the occasional "treat-yo'self" desert, but for now the focus will be living without it long enough to make it a habit. I'd say that compared to about 2 years ago, my desert consumption has dropped to about 10-15% what I used to eat. My goal is to reduce that percentage to 0%, thus cutting all deserts from my diet. Goal 3: Do full back squats without heel support (+2 STR, +2 DEX, +1 STA) To be honest, I have pretty terrible mobility. The shoulders, thoracic spine, and the hips are by far the worst of the bunch. Mobility is one of those things I ignored for the longest time, especially during my teen years; now I regret not improving it. When I do back squats, I need a board or some weights in order to raise my heels so that I can lower myself as much as possible. I read that it's not bad, but that I need to increase my mobility. At the moment, I use a 1.5 inch board to support my heels. I plan on decreasing the height by one quarter inch a week, which coincidentally means I should not need any supports by the sixth week. I'm following a modified Stronglifts 5x5 workout, so I do squats 3 times a week. Goal 4: Pay off my credit card (+1 CON, +1 WIS, +1 CHA) One of my biggest problems for the past few months was paying off my credit card that I abused during my freshman year (not on alcohol of course...). Since about October, I've already payed off about $700. I now have $300 left to pay off and enough income to pay it off in 6 weeks provided I cut my expenses, which I have been doing pretty well. This overbearing debt has been a burden for too long, dragging me down and robbing me of doing what I want to do with my life, such as starting to do some rock-climbing, and flying. The closer I get to zero, the more excited I get to finally get this out of the way. Not only that, but I'm getting used to living with little spending money, so it'll make it much easier to save up for trips in the future. If you have any suggestions, especially regarding the push-ups, squats, or attribute points distribution, I am all ears. Merci beaucoup! (As opposed to Spanish, I can speak French) - Plantem, TDV EDIT: Thanks to Laureleye, I updated my Goal #2 in order to follow the SMART system. EDIT2: Accidentally called Laureleye Renegade... Now it's fixed and I hopefully won't make that mistake again.
  13. By mid-winter, snow covered most of the ground; the flat gleam of white crystals was only broken by the wide black rivers of black rock along which the metal beasts hunted during the day. Any hope of a feast of grain-based grub or sugar-laden mush had long ago diminished with the onset of the frozen season. For Lydieboo, the only hope was to hunt, and hunt well; to feed and strengthen herself against the inevitable attack by starving bears or, worse, the voracious yeti. Only through her prowess against her prey of small furry creatures vegetables, and by learning to escape up a snow-laden pine tree or icy rock face, could she survive until the warmth returned to her mountainous homeland... The Challenge: Lydieboo the Barbarian has gotten complaisant and chubby during her long lifetime of 33 years, but the winter has made her a prime target for carnivores and size-14 clothing. To survive in the competitive Rocky Mountain winter, she must lose the extra fat she has gained and learn to effectively escape from predators that will eat her alive (or make her look really awful in a rabbitskin bikini), as well as continue to feed herself and keep up her strength the most efficient way possible. The Tasks: 1. Sustenance. I will go Whole30 for the first 30 days of this challenge. No cheating. After that time, I will stay Paleo, but will allow a non-paleo treat occasionally (read as: no more than 1 time every 3 days). A perfect grade will get me +2 CON/+1 WIS; a "B" grade - 1 slip-up or less per week - will get me +1 CON/+0.5 Wis, anything else will result in no points. 2. Shed the Skin. I will do some form of cardio intervals 2+ times per week. This can be anything: running fartleks, sprints, stationary bike sprints...um...other things I can't think of. An average of 3 times a week (with no more allowed than 4 in a one-week period) will get me +2 DEX/+1 CHA, an average of 2 times a week (at least 1 every week, no more than 3 counting in any given week) will get me +1 DEX, anything less than that is no points. 3. Escape! I will climb and/or do strength training (ie. BBW 3 circuits minimum) 3+ times per week. There is no leeway on this one, it must be 3 times in a week or it doesn't count. Achieving this goal gets me +2 STR/+1 STA. No Partial Credit. 4. LIFE GOAL: Slay the Yeti: Pay total $2,000 combined on Emergency Fund and Sallie Mae over the course of 6 weeks. +1 WIS. No partial credit. (May have to reduce due to inconsistent bonus schedule, but if I can pay $1,781 it will still be a huge win for me.) Week 1 Update Strength: 3/3 Intervals: 2/2 Whole30: 99.9% (Stuck my finger in some honey last night after not eating any fruit for a day and a half. I'm still counting this as a solid win. Yes, my pants are looser this morning.) Yeti: $337.56. $120.64 pending...need to get to UPS to make a deposit. 10/10 so far.
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