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  1. I apologize if this is the wrong forum. I can't seem to find the right one. I don't know what it is with me. I have these extreme ups and downs. A few small accomplishments and I'm on top of the world, a small failure and I hate the world. I hate myself. I'm just crashing. I had a pretty good week, from Sunday to Thursday, then it just went to hell. I feel like jumping into the darkness and laziness again. My big failure was that I decided to give up most meat, bread, and processed sugar items, but, as soon as my brother came 'round, I started eating crap again. Like, prob
  2. Doing my best. I know what to do, I know how to do it, I just have to do it. Every day I want to look back on the day and know that I've done well. 1. I am going to be a better human. 2. I am going to be a more productive person. 3. I am going to be a stronger person. 4. I am going to be a better knifemaker. Carry on.
  3. Back for another challenge! I feel like this month, I'll be advancing in some ways, and going backward in others, but it should all be helpful! 1. Clean up my drinking! I was doing well with cutting soda this earlier this year, but as soon as I dropped it from my challenge goals, I lost sight of it. For this month, I will only drink soda at work, or in a mixed drink at a social gathering. I have maintained my (not listed as of yet) goal of only drinking alcohol in social settings. This month I am making it official. The last couple weeks my depression has started
  4. I've been struggling to be okay lately. I've been under a lot of stress and struggling with anxiety and depression, but I've been trying to learn about myself and what makes me happy and makes me feel worthwhile. I'm going to try and keep it simple, and remind myself that the goal isn't weight loss, it's just trying to feel okay. I want this challenge to be very, very easy to stick with, so all the active pieces combined are going to take 1 hour or less per day. Excluding sleeping, because that would be crazy. Main Quest: Reduce anxiety and depression. Learn what causes
  5. Figured I'd start one of these so I can ramble on and on and have some accountability to boot. My primary goal for this year is weight loss and mindfulness. I want to be good to myself. I'm unsure if I'm aiming low or high, but I'm making 199 by 1/1/16 my goal for the year. That's 60 lbs. 5 lbs a month... I think that's doable. Especially at first, I'm mainly going to work to accomplish this by rehauling the way I eat and drink. The past few months in particular I allowed myself to stress eat like crazy - donuts, cookies, candy, all sorts of sugary badness. My soda and alcohol int
  6. So I'm gonna try and make this a bit simpler. I think I will be better off focusing on a couple of things and doing them well, really making them habits, and then evaluating how I did at the end of the challenge and going from there. This is basically me telling myself to SIMPLIFY MY CHALLENGES I've been re-watching Avatar: The Last Airbender (and also The Legend of Korra). Mostly, I've been listening to Uncle Iroh. So this challenge is about connecting/listening to my inner Iroh and using the wisdom I've earned. I'm asking myself the things that add the most value to my life and making t
  7. I've been struggling to be okay lately. I've been under a lot of stress and struggling with anxiety and depression, but I've been trying to learn about myself and what makes me happy and makes me feel worthwhile. I'm going to try and keep it simple, and remind myself that the goal isn't weight loss, it's just trying to feel okay. I want this challenge to be very, very easy to stick with, so all the active pieces combined are going to take 1 hour or less per day. Excluding sleeping, because that would be crazy. Main Quest: Reduce anxiety and depression. Learn what causes
  8. For successfully completing my Feb challenge, my reward was changing my NF name to something awesome. I chose MichiruSedai because it represents two of my big fandoms: Sailor Moon (anime) and Wheel of Time (books). I like it! For this month, I'm going to try and challenge myself a bit more. Nutrition goal: Cook one new recipe per week I was just gifted two awesome cookbooks for my birthday today! So between these new resources, and of course the interwebs, I can add some new tasty dishes to my normal rotation, and put a little adventure into the kitchen!
  9. Just from this partial-week... Limiting screen-time at my mother's house was easy because when I got bored, there were other things to do. It was her house, so helping to tidy was a definite case of "pull your gloves on and do this." Or there were clean-enough areas to work on fun projects half of the time. (Having a puzzle-area set up was nice. I got a cheap canvas kit mostly-painted. I built one of my dragonfly kits and left it there for her to turn into wall-art.)Here, I'm not sure what to do first, and retreat into the computer to get away from not having the room to enjoy kits. I thi
  10. And on 2 March 2013 I started this fitness journey thing when I went jogging one Tuesday afternoon in my work clothes and some tatty shoes. There has been lots of ups and downs, but mostly ups. Last year I posted this: This year I am posting this: I have gained weight, but it has been stable for the last six months. But the biggest changes the past year has been on the inside. I've been battling depression and anxiety now for many years, and I am getting better at coping with life. I am getting good at checking the boxes every day.
  11. Anyone have any suggestions on how to combat emotional eating?
  12. This challenge will be themed around the genius of "The Meaning of Liff": a book of definitions written by Douglas Adams and John Lloyd. I'll share with you some of my favourite definitions as they come up. I had a bit of a miserable end to my last challenge. No real reason (other than some major insensitivity from a couple of people who ought to know better) but suspect it was largely hormonal. That said, I was also injured and couldn't squat or deadlift for almost half the challenge without causing myself a lot of pain. It seems to have been comparatively minor but still not sure what
  13. Last challenge kinda ended with a fizzle. There were (are) legitimate reasons for this but I think it also means it's time to simplify my goals....and get schwifty Rick and Morty is the story of an (absolutely) mad scientist (Rick) and his grandson (Morty) as they galavant around the dimensions causing havoc. It's also about family, life not working out the way you imagined, taking risks, and not caring what anyone else thinks. Now...lets get to the actual goals: Goal 1: Get Schwifty Some times life is tough. And I get lost. But meditation brings me back into
  14. Over the course of this challenge, I will power myself up from typical woman msblt82, to super-powered awesome Sailor Neptune! At then end of my challenge, assuming I succeed, I will change my forums name from msblt82 to something cool aND Sailor Neptune-y NEPTUNE PLANET POWER! 1. Eat a veggie with lunch & dinner every day: +1 Str +1 Wis *Week one: 100% *Week two: 100% *Week three: 100% *Week four: 100% DEEP SUBMERGE! 2. No soda after work: +2 Con +1 Wis *Week one: 100% *Week two: 100% *Week three: 100% *Week four: 100% NEPTUNE CRYSTAL POWER! 3.
  15. Minna

    Minna's back.

    I haven't been active here in a year, but I want to change that. My last challenges with the Rebels and Adventurers focused on my lifelong battle with depression, which nearly ate me alive in 2014. Since then, I've achieved the goal of going back to work (a massively amazing thing that still astonishes me) and am more or less keeping the wolf at bay. I'm 44, and between medication changes and a too-sedentary lifestyle, I have gained weight, lost strength and am feeling older than I want to. Ultimately, I'd like to lose the 40 pounds that have crept up on me over the years, as well as get to
  16. What? Two challenges in a row? Jeez. I realize I didn't do a lot of updating over the last challenge, and really no visiting of anyone else's threads. For me, NF is a very all-or-nothing thing. I used to spend all day on here, updating, reading, encouraging, playing in chat, etc. And then it got to be too much (well, Mr Mir felt it was too much because I wasn't spending any time with him). So, in my way of doing things, the NF switch got flipped to Off. I'm still not sure what an appropriate amount of time looks like. I miss interacting with nerds; I miss talking to the people that have enco
  17. The end of last year was both exciting and depressing. Exciting because I took part in my first international powerlifting championships and depressing because I had a severely disappointing result. Now I need to move on. I need to grab my towel and have a few beers before the jump into hyperspace. Hold onto my (hot yoga) towel Yoga keeps me sane. This goal is short and simple - do yoga at least twice a week, ideally three times. A - 12 classes or 45+ minute sessions during the challenge B - 8 classes or 45+ minute sessions... C - 4 classes or 45+ minute sessions... F - No yoga
  18. ♩Cause.....we're.... ANIMANIACS ♩♬ ♬ And we're zany to the max ♬ :D :D and one of my favorite Animaniac's songs: Hello all! 2016 is our year . I'm starting this year with a nostalgic favorite cartoon (because....cartoons ). I'll be returning to the combo system but with simplified categories! AND (DUN DUN DUN) I'm also adding a weekly PvP element (villain face off) each week based on who signs up (props to Lady Shello for this awesome format tweak!). The combo system means I do at least one thing from each list per day, and I get extra poi
  19. Gimeniux's: Take Six - A new Start Hey, remember me? I'm that girl who was getting back on track, who said she was going to make it, the one who was so close to her goal, who lost almost 13% of fat, almost 20 pounds of pure fat after a two year journey. Yes, that's me, but i'm also that girl who failed not once, not twice, but so many times i don't want to count anymore. And today i'm almost back to where i started, i haven't weight so much ever, 155lb (70kg), that's just 1lb away from being overweight. Although i have 26% of body fat, so i'm more muscle than fat, still, i'm totally
  20. Ic abiede thu gegretan! I bid you greetings to my Epic Quest Thread. Here I will blend my faith [Heathenry] with my desire to be healthy and any research that I have done regarding fitness for a forty year old male. Like most of my threads this will be peppered with Old English [OE], some Old Norse [ON] and other languages that relate to my ancestors whom worshipped the Gods generally known as the Aesir and Vanir. Now my in thread title, Thom Asolcen translates as Thom the sluggish, idle, indifferent, dissolute. Basically Thom the Slacker, [by the way OE for slack is 'sleac']. This cover
  21. Hey all! I'm Huntress. I used to hang around these parts back in 2013, when I was lifting, obstacle racing and eating clean. Since that time, I fell out of lifting, into indoor rockclimbing, into roller derby and most recently... into being a couch potato. If I look at my old progress pics, I've pretty much gone back to square one. I'm here again to turn that around. And although slimming down is nice - I can't deny it - it's not my primary motivation. What motivates me is my desire to have a body that can do cool stuff, whether that's a heavy deadlift or delivering an epic roller derby hit.
  22. Challenge number the umphteenth. I am batting on a good wicket. Things are improving, even if it is slowly. My weight and eating habits are under control. I do some exercise every day. I meditate every day. But everything for me is a bit wishy-washy, I do not have any hard rules. James Clear talks about Bright-Line rules, so for this challenge: - I do the important things first. Challenge stuff that happens late at night is Wrong - Mondays and Wednesdays are input-deprivation days. I've done a week, and completely relapsed, so this is important. 1. Be kind and grateful My ongo
  23. So I have soft goals of getting the house clean enough to really live in and limiting screen time. Right now, I'm spending all of my time uselessly wandering the internet because I can't stand being here, but the feeling intensifies after I've been somewhere and come back. Some of the decluttering and organizing is up to hubby, so I'm not going for a firm milestone in progress. What I do want to do is really documenting how much effort I'm putting into what I can do and post it on tumblr. Password is: ilovenerds The old stuff really shows how the house has been worse. The text part of
  24. Rewind to Summer 2014, when I was last fairly active and on track here at Nerd Fitness, feeling happy and on track, getting strong and loving my strength training regime... and then, due to a $hytestorm combination of factors, it all fell apart. Lots of things went from bad to worse and everything unravelled... fitness, healthy eating, taking care of myself emotionally. It was rough. I lost the muscle, gained some fat, and generally gave up. Ouch! Life hits hard sometimes. I've been watching the NF 6-week challenge bandwagons gallop past over the last year and a bit, feeling a bit sorr
  25. Greetings Nerds, I joined about a year ago and was mildly successful. I've had a long tough year and I'm having trouble getting back on the train. Through family genetics I was found to have a BRCA 1 gene mutation and with my family history I was given a 68% chance of getting ovarian cancer and a 92% chance of getting breast cancer. I'm very pro-active so in the last year I've had a full hysterectomy and double mastectomy AND my reconstruction. I didn't want to live the rest of my life (I'm 39) looking over my shoulder because with those odds it's not "IF" I would get cancer, but "WHEN."
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