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  1. Here we are again... I was all over the place trying to come up for goals for this challenge, trying to find ways to push the goals just a little further. Should I award points? Have a reward? Should I follow some work out schedule? What's the right amount of this or that. I realized that in the end it really just comes down to doing more of the good stuff and less of the bad stuff. So that's what I'll try to do. Eat LESS! At least eat at a deficit, consistently even. I log my food on Noom. My goal varies based on activity levels. It's set at around 1600 calories, give or take. The goal is to just stick to it and stick to it consistently so those bad days don't undo the good days. Fast MORE! Fasting has always helped me before. It helps stick to my deficit and any other health benefits are a bonus. And it makes life easier. My goal is to fast about 14 hours (or more). Move MORE! I haven't been great about keeping up with fitness goals. But I just need to move more. Ideally, I'd do some intentional fitness at least 5 days a week and at least 2 of those would be strength focused. It doesn't always have to be intense. A leisurely walk around the neighborhood or yoga would count too. That's basically it. I'll also track food quality and try to eat MORE healthy foods and eat LESS unhealthy or processed foods but I'm trying to just keep things simply this time around.
  2. I am not really doing anything differently this time; I'm just sticking to what works. Except it hasn't been working, but only because life has been busy and getting in the way. This challenge happens to run during a break in travel. I jsut got back from a trip to my brother's and the challenge ends right as I leave for the Minnesota State Fair. There are few planned things that get in the way of my goals in between so I'm hoping to buckle down and gain some ground, and lose more than a few pounds on the way. But it occurred to me that I often try to hit all my goals and sometimes they end up conflicting. Eat more green category foods or eat more freggies but stay within a deficit. So I've set some priorities... I've listed out all the usual goals and prioritized them by the ones that I think have the greatest impact on losing fat and getting healthier. And since I'm buckling down this challenge why not assign points to them? I will run my challenge weeks Friday - Thursday with the exception of a mini week 0. There are a total of 75 points per week. I'll track points and my reward, or punishment, will just be posting the percent of total points earned. Priority #1 - Eat at a Deficit. I could focus on every other goal but not eat at a deficit and won't lose any weight. If I did only this and none of the others I'm betting I would. 5 points a day for a deficit. I may tweak the calorie target during the challenge but not for the purposes of meeting this goal. I set my calorie target on the Noom app. Its a 10 point scale between tortoise and hare. For week zero I'll set it at 2, but it'll end up around 5 or 6 for the challenge. Priority #2 - Do Some F*cking Cardio The impact of fitnessing is obvious. I have the hardest time getting cardio in because I enjoy strength training more. So I've made cardio a higher priority. Also using the Noom app, it puts half of my exercise calories into my daily calorie allotment. I don't always use them but they are there if I need them. 4 points a session, including intentional cardio or some functional fitnessing. The goal is 3 times a week. Priority #3 - Strength Training For now this is mostly bodyweight or kettlebells and the goal is to bundle it with the cardio at least 2 times a week. 3 points a session. Priority #4 - Eat Good Food Putting a focus on eating higher quality foods makes it easier to stay within a deficit and is just better overall. I log food on Noom and it sorts foods into green, yellow, and red foods. The goal is to keep green foods above 25% and red foods under 50%. 2 points per day, 1 for each goal. 1 bonus point available for keeping green foods above 30% AND red foods 45% or below. Priority #5 - Freggies This is a separate goal from eating good food. The Noom app focuses a lot on whole grains and low fat dairy. It seems to be effective if I have plenty of Noom green foods but not as many freggies but freggies are good too. But it's not a big deal if I don't hit this all the time. 1 point a day for eating 4 servings of freggies. Priority #6 - Intermittent Fasting I'd like to get to fasting at least 14 hours a day but I'm also listening to my body and eating when I'm hungry. I'm slowly retraining myself to break my fast later in the day. 1 point a week for the average time to break fast is at least a minute later than the week before. Week 0 points - 18/40 Deficit - 🏆 ☠️ 🏆 ☠️ Cardio - ⚙️ ⚙️ ⚙️ ☠️ Strength - ⚙️ ⚙️ ⚙️☠️ Green - ☠️ ☠️ 🏆 ☠️ Red - ☠️ 🏆 🏆 🏆 Freggies - ☠️ ☠️ 🏆 🏆 Week 1 points - 72/75 Deficit - 🏆 🏆 🏆 🏆 🏆 🏆 🏆 Cardio - 🏆 ⚙️ ⚙️ ⚙️ 🏆 🏆 ⚙️ Strength - 🏆 ⚙️ ⚙️ ⚙️⚙️ ⚙️ ☠️ Green - ☠️ ☠️ 🏆 ⭐ ⭐ 🏆 ⭐ Red - 🏆 🏆 🏆 ⭐ ⭐ ☠️ ⭐ Freggies - 🏆 🏆 🏆 🏆 🏆 🏆 🏆 Week 2 points - 60/75 Deficit - 🏆 🏆 🏆 ⚔️ 🏆 ☠️ 🏆 Cardio - ⚙️ ⚙️ 🏆 ⚙️ ⚙️ ☠️ 🏆 Strength - 🏆 ⚙️ ⚙️ ⚙️⚙️ ⚙️ 🏆 Green - 🏆 ☠️ ☠️⭐ ⭐ 🏆 🏆 Red - ⭐ ☠️ ☠️⭐ ⭐ 🏆 ⭐ Freggies - 🏆 ☠️ ☠️ ☠️🏆 🏆 🏆 Week 3 points - 51/75 Deficit - ☠️ 🏆 🏆 ☠️ 🏆 🏆 🏆 Cardio - 🏆 🏆 ⚙️ ⚙️ ⚙️⚙️ 🏆 Strength - ⚙️ 🏆 ⚙️ ⚙️ ⚙️ 🏆 ⚙️ Green - ☠️ ☠️ ☠️☠️ ☠️ ☠️ ☠️ Red - ☠️ ☠️ 🏆 ☠️ 🏆 ☠️ ☠️ Freggies - 🏆 🏆 🏆 🏆 🏆 ☠️ 🏆 Week 4 points - 28/75 Deficit - ☠️ 🏆 ☠️ ☠️ 🏆 🏆 ☠️ Cardio - ⚙️ ⚙️ ⚙️ ⚙️ ☠️🏆 ☠️ Strength - ⚙️ ⚙️ ⚙️⚙️ ⚙️ 🏆 ☠️ Green - ☠️ ☠️☠️ ☠️ ⭐☠️ ☠️ Red - ☠️ ☠️⭐ ☠️ 🏆 ☠️ ☠️ Freggies - 🏆 🏆 ☠️ ☠️ 🏆☠️ ☠️ Week 5 points - 33/75 Deficit - ☠️ 🏆 🏆 ☠️ 🏆 🏆 🏆 Cardio - ⚙️ ⚙️ ⚙️ ⚙️ ☠️🏆 ☠️ Strength - ⚙️ ⚙️ ⚙️⚙️ ⚙️ ☠️ ☠️ Green - ☠️ ☠️ ☠️ ☠️ ☠️☠️ 🏆 Red - ☠️ ☠️ ☠️ ☠️ ⭐☠️ ☠️ Freggies - ☠️ ☠️ ☠️ ☠️ ☠️☠️ 🏆
  3. I have a few trips planned during this challenge. Overall I'll end up visiting 5 states, 7 if you count the 2 additional that I'll be driving through. Half of the challenge will be busy with all the travel and with travel comes difficulties sticking to goals. So why not just plan the challenge around the travel? I'll be traveling with my kids for our annual family vacation, this year to the east coast, over the week of the 4th of July. We'll visit North and South Carolina and Georgia. The weekend after we return I'm spending a long weekend in Kansas City with my college besties. Then the final weekend of the challenge I'll be driving up to my brother's in North Dakota to drop Peach there for her summer visit. Welcome to my Wanderlust challenge. During the challenge I'll document my travels and post a picture of the day. When I'm not traveling I'll just post a picture of something that relates to my goals or other activities that keep me busy. It might be food or workout related or maybe just something that makes me happy. And for the actual goals: There's nothing much new here. I'll be trying to do much of the same, meal planning, eating freggies, using Noom's food color categories, and trying to get 3 fitness activities in a week, travel dependent. But this challenge marks the end of one quarter and the beginning of another. According to my 2021 Roadmap (posted in my Battle Log) it's time to introduce some strength training to the mix and some new projects around my castle. Weight In my roadmap I expected to finish this quarter at 240. I'm starting this challenge at 248.8 so 240 isn't about to happen that quickly. Since this is a travel challenge, I'm just planning to make whatever progress I can make before traveling and then just maintaining from there. Nutrition In addition to the usual tactics I'd like to get back to IF. 14 hour fasts were my sweet spot previously, never really making 16 hours work comfortably. I haven't been able to get back to the habit unless I sleep in. Although I would love to just sleep in every day, it's hardly practical. This year is all about baby steps so I'm just going to use this challenge to focus on slowly moving breakfast later, ideally right into lunchtime, even if it's only 5 minutes later than the day before. That should get me in a place for next challenge. Fitness It's time to start adding some strength training to my routine. Since I'm traveling so much this challenge my fitness goals will already be under strain and since this is the year of babysteps, I'll just start by bundling some bodyweight reps to the end of my existing fitness activities. It doesn't matter how much, maybe just a plank or some squats after a walk. Personal The goal here is the same but I am definitely in a period of transition. My goal is to take advantage of opportunities for quality time with family and the people that are important to me. Qbert is working at camp for the duration of this challenge. He returns home just after the challenge ends but will be off to college in a couple weeks. I'll spend the time I can with him but focus on Peach. DDG and I are also trying to create as many opportunities for his boys to come hang out here too to prepare for when DDG moves in. Castle I still have not completed my quarter 2 projects around the home. I do have the projects for quarter 3 lined up but there won't be any time this challenge to start them. I'll just focus on finishing the ones going. The project that needs to get done is finish organizing the garage. Some work got done but the tools and workbench is still a mess. The declutter project was going through all the stuff from when kids were little that was in storage. Clothes and blankets is done, and Peach's school work and papers are done. I only need to finish going through Qbert's. The project that I really want to get done is painting the game room. The closet got done in the first quarter and I'm excited to get the rest of the room painted.
  4. "What's the smallest task I could do to still feel like I'm doing something for this goal?" -@NeverThatBored "I'm going to have Present Qbert do things now instead of saving them for Future Qbert to make my life easier" -Qbert My goals haven't really changed but I'm going to try framing this challenge differently. I know the things I need to do daily to reach my goals but sometimes life just gets in the way of meeting the goals all the time. Meeting every goal every day just isn't practical but there's no good place to draw the line. It's more important to make sure every day I'm doing what I can to move towards my goals. All I can do is focus on today and make the best choices in each situation. As long as I am focusing on making the best choices, future Shello will get closer and closer to where I want to be. Target: The target is to lose as much weight (fat) as possible and be as mobile and capable as possible but also balancing a quality personal and home life. For this challenge, I'm hoping to get under 245 pounds. GOALS: Fitness The plan is to get at least 3 fitness activities done a week with an emphasis on walking. I have tools in my toolbox to help me reach these goals; long walks around the lake, short neighborhood walks, Youtube vidoes, yardwork and other functional fitness activities, also rest and recovery. Nutrition Eat high quality food under calorie target. I'm going to try decreasing the calorie limit for the challenge so I'm ok going over by a little. Toolbox: Eat 4 freggies daily, logging food on Noom, Noom food categories and red/green ratio, meal planning Personal The focus here is on quality time with the people important to me and also making sure my kids are getting the stuff done they need to. Toolbox: being available for quality time when the kids are home, hanging out with DDG when we have time, setting aside personal time for myself, coaching the kids, and will resort to nagging. Home I have a few projects to work on for this quarter. I've got kids old art work and clothes to sort through, the game room to paint, and the garage needs organizing. The first and last tasks should preferably be done by Qbert's graduation party at the end of the month. Toolbox: No tasks is too small. Do something.
  5. Last challenge was a resounding success. The goals worked really well and I'm ready to build from them. I also need a break from the rigidity of points so this challenge just sets some guideposts that will continue to guide me on my way. This challenge focuses on the same pillars from my 2021 Roadmap posted in my battle log (link on the left if you're interested). I know it looks like a lot but it's not really that much more than last challenge. I'm going to try something different with the schedule for this challenge. I like to start on Mondays. Monday is the day you start new things. But my life is lived Friday - Friday. Friday is the day the kids come to my house and we start our week together and it's the day they go to their dad's and I start the week without them. My habits and meal planning is done on that schedule. So I decided to try running my challenge that way too. I'm going to coast through zero week and then start next Monday. Week 1 will be M - F. Then Friday I'll start my next weeks. Weight Pillar I've set milestones in my roadmap for weight loss. They aren't strict goals because you can actually control that?! My goal for quarter 1 was to hit 249, or at least just under 250. I'm starting this challenge at 255.2 and the end of the quarter is in 9 days. That milestone won't happen but I'm not far behind. I'd be happy to hit the 249 by the end of this challenge. Nutrition Pillar I'm building off from previous habits and working to improve some bad habits. Here are some guideposts that will help develop these habits. 4 freggies a day. This has served me well. It makes less room for unhealthy snacks. Eat at a deficit. There is a deficit built into my Noom app. I don't know what the number is. I have it set to 1 point past halfway between turtle and hare. I just want to keep under that. Any deficit I report is relative to the target Noom gives me. 500 calorie guide (green). I log my food on Noom. Noom has food categorized into colors. Green, yellow, red. They recommend a ratio of 30/45/25. I used the 30% guide for green foods as a goal last challenge and it worked well. For a 1600 calorie target, that's 480. I use 500 as a general guide when meal planning. if I hit 500 calories in green foods, it's a good day. 500 calorie guide (red). I started noticing that I have a lot of red foods and few yellow foods. 25% of a 1600 calorie day is only 400. I easily hit between 800 and 1100 daily, though I have had some really good days near 400. My average for last challenge was 813. Hitting 400 seems like a stretch. I'd like to use this challenge to find some replacements to reduce red foods and try to stay near or under 500 calories. Noom Daily Topics. I'm paying for Noom. I use it daily to log my foods and track weight. But there are daily lessons and I'm no longer really paying attention to them. I'll either skip them entirely or just swipe through them without really thinking about them. I'll select 1 topic weekly that I find interesting and post my thoughts about it. Fitness Pillar This challenge sees the move to quarter 2. This is the time I planned to increase my activity level and get some walking in. I am completely ready to start this. Here are the guideposts for this challenge's fitness. 3 workouts a week. Walking plays an important role here but isn't absolutely necessary. Any intentional fitness counts. I'm tentatively thinking a workout on the weekend and then Tuesdays and Thursdays but whenever they happen works. With the different schedule this should still end up being 15 workouts. Increased intensity. The weeks that DDG is over I plan for a long walk over the weekend, then a short neighborhood walk during the week and any fitness on another night. It could certainly be a walk but I don't want to be tied to it. The week the kids are home, I'll go for a walk on the weekend and then any fitness I get to during the week, walks or otherwise. In the end I'm hoping to get 2 long walks, 5 short walks, and 8 any fitness workouts. Personal Relationship Pillar These are all challenge long guides, nothing that needs to happen daily or weekly. College. The end of this challenge is decision time. This is less of a guidepost and more of an actual deadline. The earlier the better. Family Vacation. The kids and I have agreed on a destination for vacation over the week of the 4th of July. I want to get the basics planned so I can get things booked. DDGs kids. DDG and I stay very aware of making sure each of us has time to dedicate to our own kids, but we also need to foster relationships with each other's kids. I will keep my eyes open for opportunities to invite DDG's kids over to get used to being around my place and me. Home Pillar Things get dicey here. RangerBrain does not just effect fitness goals. This is why I set up my roadmap this way in the first place. Also, These are not projects to be completed during this challenge, just projects that will be going on at the time that need my attention. Complete 1 need. OK, there are really 2 but they both NEED to get done. The carpet in the hallway and stairs needs to get replaced with laminate. This was originally just something I wanted to do but the cats have been shredding the carpet at my bedroom door as they try to get in to remind me to feed them every morning. I am also scheduled to teach 2 classes over the summer, both online. I took a course in the fall about best practices for teaching online courses so now I have some changes I want to make. I need to record a bunch of mini lectures. They don't all have to be done during this challenge but I need to start. Declutter 1 space. Ok, there are 2 here also but I can't find a way to avoid it. I have several totes of pictures and artwork from when the kids were little. They came out of the game room closet and now I need to bring the volume down. Plus Qbert graduates and he'll want some stuff displayed. But the garage workbench is in a sad state and it's making it difficult to get other projects done. Now that the weather is warming up it's time to organize it. Complete 1 want. OK, I know. There are 2 here also. Now that the game room closet is (just about) completed, I want to finish the rest of the room. It's getting painted (it still has the Harry Potter fake castle brick paint work I did when it was Qbert's room) and new decorations. But it's also spring and I want to get some stuff done in the gardens before it gets too hot. Ok wow. This looks overly complicated. Trust me it's not. My spreadsheet is quite simple, you just got the word vomit version from my brain. tl; dr - I'll log foods, eat at a deifict, and work on fine tuning the ratio of red/yellow/green. And I'll go for walks. Then hang with the kids and do some projects around the house.
  6. One challenge completed for the year and I'm feeling my mojo back again. I've learned not to take my mojo for granted so I'm going to run with it as long as I can. For this challenge I'm taking the points to a new level and using them to earn badges! The two main pillars of my 2021 Roadmap are fitness and General Health (essentially nutrition) and the core of the challenge but as always, this is balanced out with some life goals. General Health Goals If you've followed any of my recent challenges you know I've recently joined Noom and this has informed my goals. None of the old habits seemed to work for me anymore so I was using Noom to kickstart some new ones. So far, the things that have really worked for me and contributed directly to my weight loss goals are eating more freggies, sticking to my calorie limit, and increasing the volume of foods Noom considers 'green' foods. So 1 point a day for the following 3 goals: Eat at least 4 freggies daily finish the day with a deficit (all foods must be logged) 30% of calories from green foods Another habit that helps but I am terrible at it is hydration. I have mostly given up on focusing on it and creating the habit, but in the even that I manage at least 48oz of water in a day I'll award a bonus point to be used towards badges. 3 possible points a day beginning Week 1 for a total possible points 105. I'll earn badges along the way for hitting point milestones @35 points - Freggy Slayer Badge @50 points - Getting Your Life Together Badge @75 points - Nutrition Rockstar Badge @100 points - You are Undefeatable Badge Fitness Goals The focus is still on setting aside the time for fitness, but now with a goal in mind. Intensity is not important yet. I just want to set aside time to fitness for at least 15 minutes 3 times a week. 1 point for every 15 minutes (additional points awarded for consecutive 15 minutes of activity). @5 points - Get Your Sweat On Badge @10 points - Workout Killer Badge @15 points - Fitness Rockstar @18 points - Hot Damn! You're a Beast Badge Weight Loss Goal The whole point of the previous goals is to hit this goal but this goal is not graded. I have a goal in my Roadmap to get under 250 by the end of the 1st quarter. I'm not entirely sure that's feasible. This challenge ends just 10 days before the end of the quarter. However, I have joined the 10lbs in 10 weeks Weight Loss PVP. My goal for that is to hit 255.8 by 3/15. Hitting 255 by the end of this challenge seems reasonable. No points are award here but there'll be a badge when I hit 260 and another hitting 255. @260 - Back on the Saddle Badge @255 - Throwing out those Saddle Bags Badge Personal Goals Personal goals are about the same this time around. Family Fun night never happened last challenge but I'm perfectly happy getting quality time with each of my kids at separate times and together time is even better but it has to happen naturally. Trying to force these kids to hang out together on a schedule is like training cats. No points are awarded but I'll savor the time and award badges accordingly. We should also be hearing from the rest of Qberts college applications this month. He needs lots of redirecting to get him to check on these and on scholarships. Both kids need redirecting to get their homework caught up. Home Goals I'm making my way through the projects for this quarter, one that needed to get done, one that I wanted to get done, and declutter one space. The basement closet needed to get done and mostly got completed last challenge. The game room closet needed decluttering and it mostly got done too although that evolved into a better organizational plan (and some painting) that should get done this challenge. I still want to get the master bedroom painted and is still on the list but I'm diverting all my energy on the previous projects. I'll award badges as I hit milestones along the way. I don't know what those milestones are yet but I'll know them when I do them. Caveats and Disclaimers Week zero will be a trial week. I'll award points but bank them to use during the rest of the challenge as needed. I don't need any extra pressure over Week 0. Week three is Spring break for the kids. Qbert didn't get to visit most of the colleges he applied to due to Covid. We are considering making a single trip to a school he didn't see if he gets accepted and the scholarships make it a reasonable choice. If I end up traveling during that week, I'll apply a 1.5 point multiplier as a travel bonus. Hitting goals is so much more difficult on the road. Rewards I suck at creating rewards, If it's something I really want I'll end up getting or doing it anyway. If it's something I can wait and only do if I earn it, then I probably don't want it as badly so it's not that motivating. I've decided to rewards my self with $1 per point to spend on myself at the end of the challenge. My Noom coach suggested I make a list of things I'd like but don't tend to buy for myself. I'll work on that list over the next few weeks and then hopefully use it for some reward. Regardless, I will reward myself with some guilt free purchases at the end of this challenge. Badges Earned Fitness Goals Get Your Sweat On Workout Killer Badge Weight Loss Goal Back in the Saddle Getting Your Life Together Badge Personal Goals Home Goals Miscellaneous Defeated Environmental Temptations Like a Champ! (2/11)
  7. LadyShello's 2018 Roadmap It is that time of year again to take stock of accomplishments and set out some goals for the coming year. I've recently been looking back, not just over the current year, but my entire NF history and taking stock of my successes and failures. Ever since discovering the jewel that is NF, my goal has been to lose weight and to become a stronger, better version of who I was. I started off with great successes, losing 50 pounds in the first 6 months, 24 in the following year. Success is not linear and I started gaining weight back in 2016, got depressed and continued to gain back 40 pounds. I did start lifting that year and had a few other successes. I'm sure there is some correlation there but I assure you, I did not see a 40 pound increase in gainz. 2017 was supposed to be the year I turned the tables and got back to where I was. I was the fittest I had ever been by the end of Nov 15 and that's where I want to be again, but even better. 2017 wasn't quite what I had planned but overall it was pretty successful. You can see that Roadmap here as well as my review of the year. I am not any closer to my physical fittest but my mind is in a better place and I at least kept from getting any more UNfit. With that in mind, I've done some mind mapping and prepared my goals for 2018. Ranger brain was definitely a factor here so I decided to stick with that theme and embrace it. Rangering This is focused mainly on physical fitness. Weight certainly plays a role here but I've decided to downplay it and focus more on what I want to be when I grow up. One of the secrets to my success back in the beginning was focusing on being able to do new things I never thought I would be capable. Being bitter about weight gain and focusing on that is not helpful. These goals fit into the following categories. Strength - No brainer. Work here will likely be from lifting, hammering, and kettlebell work. My brain still lists this first because I enjoy these activities more, but it isn't necessarily the priority for 2018. I want to be strong enough to be able to do some heavy carries at a HammerRace. Progress in this category is pretty easy to gauge. Cardio - I hate cardio. But I hate being limited by my lack of cardio endurance even more. So this is definitely a priority for the year. I haven't discovered the magic potion for cardio perfection yet but I will work developing a smart cardio plan. In the meantime, given my complete lack of endurance, I can just focus on getting as much cardio as possible. It will all likely lead to improvement. Work will focus on running, rucking, interval work, HIIT, and some rowing. I want to be able to get up stairs unwinded, run a 5K, and basically not die in a HammerRace. Progress here will be gauged in time and/or distance as well as personal perception of exertion required for normal tasks. Agility - I am tired of lugging my body around. It keeps getting in the way and keeps me from being able to do things I want to do. Weight loss is certainly part of this goal but so are other activities like climbing, yoga, and Shovelglove - basically anything that makes it easier for me to move around. I want to be able to do that elusive pull up, get to Onederland, and climb over a wall in a HammerRace. I'm not sure how to gauge progress. Weight will be part of it but it will not be the only source of measurement. I was thinking I should come up with some workout or set of obstacle tasks to repeat during the year. More to come on this. Preparedness - This isn't necessarily a physical fitness goal but it certainly seems rangerly. I want to be more prepared for anything that happens. Certainly the apocolypse falls into this category, but so does plenty of other more likely events. I want to be prepared to defend myself and help defend my family, and also be prepared for basic survival. I've been teasing about creating a go bag for a couple of years and it just hasn't come together. I want to do more backpacking with the family so I could be better at starting fires and emergency preparedness. I also would like to own a handgun at some point, but even if that never happens, I want to be comfortable with one. I'd like to spend some time at the gun range. A local one also has some other self defense classes in tandem with shooting skills and learning to care for a weapon. I want to be prepared with a go bag, have a plan, learn to shoot a gun effectively, and be better at starting a fire. Progress is basically pass/fail. Domestic Rangering This is for all the things in the home that make my life better. Cooking helps with my other rangering goals and having a tidy and uncluttered home helps my mental state and time management. Cooking - I batch cook most weeks however, I have been getting bored not only with my current list of meals but it's getting tougher to get through the week on the same batch cooked meals. There are some meals that I just don't make because they aren't compliant and I'm not willing to commit to working around it every day that week but then I find I crave them more. I can't imagine life without batch cooking but it needs some tweaks to keep life interesting. I want my compliant meals to be more compliant, have more go to meals for both winter and summer, find ways to incorporate less compliant meals, and also have healthier snacks around for the kids. I'm not sure how to measure progress here. Perhaps I just need to try at least 1 new recipe each challenge and keep the successful ones in the rotation. Home Improvement - We've got a list of home improvement projects that we are hoping to get done this year. Along with completing these, we are decluttering as we go. I want to have a uncluttered home, all projects completed, and proper storage for what doesn't get purged. This is pass/fail. Tidy - As a family we really struggle to keep the house tidy. We can clean rooms, put stuff away, and even have some schedules for chore rotations for the kids but we just can't seem to do this all at once. I've tried FlyLady in the past with limited success. I really like her philosphy to keeping a tidy house but it seems her routines work better for people who are home more. I still find I get overwhelmed following her plan. I think my problem is trying to use her system the way she uses it. I want to adapt the FlyLady plan to my own needs and schedule in order to have a home that is company ready at all times. I imagine there will be a lot of failures along the way so progress is measured in continuing to keep this a priority and working on some plan and addressing weaknesses until something works. Pass/Fail but partail credit allowed. Relationship Rangering This is an ongoing process to be a better me and to be more present with those people important to me. Self - I've started meeting with a counsellor and I'm working on my own negative self talk and my nasty inner critic. I just need to keep doing this and incorporate some positivity and acceptance into my challenges. I want to be confident, assertive, recognize and stop negative thought processes, and learn to set emotional boundaries. Wife - I've also started some couples counselling to work through some issues that keep popping up. I want to continue therapy, set aside more quality time, develop some shared interests, and work on better communication. Mother - My job as a mother is ever evolving and I always feel like I am a few chapters behind. My kids are growing up fast. Quality time takes more work and so does teaching them values for their own ever evolving worlds. I want to set aside more quality time with my children, work on more consistent discipline to meet their growing responsibilities, and develop some house rules for more structure. Financial Rangering This is an extension from my 2017 goal to improve finances. We started using YNAB and I now have an entire year's worth of spending data. Even though the goal was for 2017 to be a year of austerity and we did cut some spending we still overspent a lot. Now we have better data and a better budget so the goal now is to stick to it. Budget - I haven't been getting the fullest potential from YNAB. I am still chasing money and covering my overspending instead of using the data to spend what I already have. This requires either entering spending in immediately or checking into the app regularly and ensuring that we have the right data to know what we have to spend. I want to be smarter about spending for a more financially secure present. Savings - We are only 4 years away from sending our first kid to college. We have some money set aside but nowhere near enough. We've developed a plan but we have trouble sticking to it when we overspend. We are also really good at taking money from savings to cover overspending and this needs to be reversed. I want to replenish the savings account and stick to our college savings plan for a more financially secure future. 2018.1
  8. I recently followed someone else's lead and made a plan for 2016. These are the goals I want to accomplish during the year. They are intentionally not SMART goals. All of my challenges in 2016 will be aiming for the goals laid out here by setting smaller SMART goals along the way. This will serve as a dedicated place to keep track of my progress. So here are my goals for 2016 Or you can jump right into 2017 1. Get weight under 200, even better 180, or bf under 25% a. Stabilize meals. I've gotten into the habit again of weekly variances. They tend to be big variances that undo all the work I've done and I end up trying to outrun my fork. I need to incorporate smaller variances more often rather than have big variances. Other than birthday dinners and a few holiday dinners, I would rather be evenkeel with eating b. Follow macros but adjust as needed to fit fitness plan 2. Badassery. It's time to level up again. a. Conditioning. There are three events in 2016 that I will be specifically training for. 1. GoRuck in July 2. 5K in August 3. HammerRace in October. b. Strength. I need to make this a priority. It will help me lose the rest of the fat, reach BAMF level, and help prepare for my events. 1. Start some lifting with the barbell. I've put it off too long and let my anxiety increase. 2. Work on pushups. I can barely do a regular pushup. I want to move from incline pushups to real pushups and be able to do a least a set of 25. 3. Pullups. I would feel pretty badass if I could do a single pull up by the end of the year. 3. Be the Best Me a. Read more. Fiction, non-fiction, classics, anything. b. Keep a clean house, routinely. c. Be anti-fragile. Be Smart, don't get injured. Don't forget the stretchy bits. d. Balance - basically mentally anti-fragile. relax, be kind to myself and others, be positive, and be productive. This to this to this
  9. Since a short while i have been rewatching Arrow on Netflix and refound one of the most inspirational Rangers out there. Oliver Queen AKA the Arrow. This guy trained himself to be one of the most brutal survival machines out there. In order to get myself on the same path i will have 3 main goals. Goal 1: Nutrition. The base for any endeavor in either gaining or losing can be found in nutrition. My goal is to Lose weight. In order to do this i will Use a foodtracker and a prerequisite trainingsplan on there in order to keep my KCAL consumption on the right place. Goal 2: Excercise To boost my weightloss and train my endurance and strength. I will excercise a minimum of 4 times a week. 2 times running 2 times lifting at the gym. 5 would be the optimal ammount right now and to this i would add 1 more running day, this is dependent on my personal life and school. Goal 3: The Connections The Arrow has connections everywhere and friens helping him. Nerd Fitness will be my connections. I want to get more involved in the community. I will do this by joining the ranger guild hall chat and the ranger challenge this week.
  10. Terah kicks ass - Daredevil I've got the feeling I'm on the right track. So I'm going to continue what I was doing last challenge, but slightly more difficult And since I really enjoyed daredevil, this is going to be my theme this challenge Food Stay within 1600 kcal every day. And no food past dinner. Exercise 20 exercise days An exercise day is a day where I exercised for at least 30 minutes. This can be zumba, dancehall, strength training, biking, swimming (without kids) or something like this Learning 45 Spanish lessons completed Sexy Spreadsheet Reward 85% A colorful workout shirt. It occurred to me that I own only black workout shirts, so I'll add something more colorful 75% Bath oil 65% score Nice tea
  11. Subtitlted: Wonder Woman battles the Dark Playground and the Clutter that attempts to control her life Since joining NF I’ve been able to take control of my food choices and my fitness. I obviously still struggle with these but I have come a long way in building good habits. I've lost 80 pounds since joining and started doing new activities that I never would have dreamed of before. Life is getting pretty awesome. But now that I have accomplished so much and have a different mindset in those areas, there are some other negative habits I am ready to tackle. Boring Backstory Present Day: So I found this article on Briniel’s last challenge. The way it portrays procrastination is really helpful in visualizing and tackling this bad habit. I spend too much time in the Dark Playground and never focus on the work in the Dark Woods. I should be able to get more done and have more time to actually enjoy my free time in the Happy Playground. using this metaphor really helps me visualize the enemy and work on this habit. Tied up with this habit of procrastination is my tendency to create clutter and then procrastinate its demise. Tackling these habits also aligns with my 2016 roadmap. Battling procrastination will not only help me be more productive but it should allow for more actual free time to do some of the epic quests things I never seem to have time for. My other goals aren’t really changing. Eat. Lift. Ruck. Sleep. Fight Villains. Repeat. Bulletproof Bracelets Macros. Calories under 1600, at least 100g protein, preferably 120g carbs or less but this is not as strict. All subject to change. And change it has. I'm going to use this challenge to try and unlock my macros for optimal performance. Attempt #1: Stay at 1600 calories except for recovery days. Recovery days will be 1700 calories. Also, per trainer, use all the calories. If I have calories leftover at the end of the day, use them...but use them well. Amazonian Strength Lift 3 days a week (and whatever else the trainer throws at me) Lasso of Truth Ruck 3 days a week, still no distance or time requirement. Just get out there. Tiara Battle the Dark Playground. I identify so much with this article on procrastination. My biggest issues are either just putting things off that have to get done until the Panic Monster comes out or I ‘multitask’ by doing some of my work with the TV on in the background or pretend that I can play Sims at the same time. Each week I'll make a To-Do list for each category in my Passion Planner and prioritize. I know I can’t just jump in and be productive all the time so my goal will be to spend at least 5 tomatoes a week on my to-do list items without distractions. The goal here is to train the instant gratification monkey to behave with little time-outs in the Dark Woods so i can get some work done. The Dark Playground Based on my 2016 roadmap these are the items that I need to spend more time on: · Reading - I have not yet selected a book for this challenge... · Keeping the house tidy (Fly Lady) · KonMari – This challenge’s focus is books. (I’m a little frightened) · Being productive o Being prepared for class o Boy Scout treasurer duties o Personal paperwork and tasks o Being less distracted at work Some rules and exceptions: Villain Face-Off Battle Since my fitness and diet goals are pretty consistent there will be a heavy emphasis on productivity. As in the past, each villain has 2 categories of goals that are required to defeat them. Other NF rebels sign up to represent a villain. Each week, I’ll randomly select a villain and both myself and the villain will select a goal in each category. Highest score or closest to 100% wins the Face-Off. I award myself 1 stat point for every win (or draw) representing the skill that best matches the goal category. This challenge’s villains: Pick Your Own Villain!!! In order to sign up, please select a DC villain and sign up with your name and your villain’s name on the sign up sheet. Posting your own villain pic is optional. Please limit yourself to existing villains, thanks. Also, select your categories.. At least 1 category must be Epic Quest or General Health. For the second goal you can also select from Food, Strength, or Conditioning. We will each pick our own goals, but the villain picks the category. Wonder Woman does not get to pick her villain’s strengths so she must be able to defeat whatever presents itself.
  12. 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
  13. This challenge is really just a continuation of the previous challenge, a little fine tuned. Nothing fancy. Main Quest: My main quest is spelled out in my roadmap for 2016. It encompasses my goals for 2016. All my challenges for this year will be geared toward getting me closer to those goals. This challenge's goals - simple and straightforward: Bulletproof Bracelets Manage food intake. This means stay within macros - 1600 calories, carbs less than 120g, protein at least 100g. Preferably, I'd like to leave some calories at the end of the day, 100-150 but I'll just be mindful of what I need. Balance this with allowing occasional small variances for sanity's sake. Amazonian Strength Strength training 3 times a week. Probably Wednesday, Friday, Sunday. No exceptions. Lasso of Truth Rucking 3 times a week. No distance requirement, just get out there. Probably Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. Tiara Yoga/stretching on rest day, once a week - Monday Work on FlyLady routines KonMari wardrobe Read Steve's book Villain Face-Off Battle Wonder Woman still has villains that need to be defeated. I'll be continuing with the same villain sign up sheet from last challenge. Each villain is represented by another NF rebel. In order to win the battle against the villain, I will need to declare 2 additional goals from the 4 goal categories above and compete against the supervillain’s own goals. I will declare my goals at the beginning of the week once the villain is selected and challenge my fellow rebel to set their goals. Highest score or closest to 100% wins the Face-Off. 1 stat point awarded for every Wonder Woman win and whichever skill best matches the goal category. I’ll be posting the villain sign up sheet shortly so if you are interested in a Face-off battle, stay tuned.
  14. Main Quest: My main quest has taken on a new form. After the end of the previous challenge, I made a roadmap for 2016. It encompasses my goals for 2016. All my challenges for this year will be geared toward getting me closer to those goals. This is the first challenge of the year and it follows a fairly undisciplined winter break. I need to get on some solid footing during this challenge. Luckily, the challenge is only 26 days long so I don't really feel like I am 'wasting' a challenge. The format for the last challenge worked really well for me. And I have found my spirit animal in Wonder Woman so I will be continuing the same format. The following will serve as my foundational goals. Not all of them are graded. In addition, each week I will Face-Off against a villain, represented by another rebel where I will declare additional goals that push me beyond the foundations. Bulletproof Bracelets These serve as a defense for both Wonder Woman and her foes. In order to keep them in working order I need to stay within the ‘sweet spot’ under 1600 calories. I also need to manage variances better. I struggled with this for all of last year. I think the key is to allow for more variances but to keep them small. This might take some experimentation. 1 small variance per week that doesn't undo any progress for that week would not be a problem. I just need to figure out where the line between a small variance and a big variance is. There is 1 exception for LordShello's birthday during this challenge. Amazonian Strength She’s an Amazonian princess for crying out loud. It's time to step up here and channel that Amazonian strength. I want to start StrongLifts but I am not ready to commit to running to the gym three times a week. I've grown accustomed to doing my workouts at home and I think this will be a tough transition. For my strength foundation I need to at least do 3 strength workouts a week. I have primarily been doing Shovelglove at home but this should be more of a warmup to some other workout. I'm going to set up a session with my trainer to get started on lifting. We've worked out a schedule that should allow me to go to the gym on Wed, Fridays, and Sundays. I would love for the 3 workouts a week to be at the gym with some pushups for a warmup. That would get me an A but at least doing something at home would get me a C Lasso of Truth This was how Wonder Woman got shit done. For this goal I will work on conditioning. I have some races to train for this year. I had trouble keeping up with this once winter started. I've got some new gear to test out now. For a foundation I want to get out and do some cardio or endurance training 3 days a week. This will balance out with the 3 days of strength training and give me 1 rest day. At a minimum, I want to ruck the route by my house. Doing this 3 times a week would get my just over 5 miles. It's not a ton but I'll use the Face Off goals to push this even further. Tiara Did I mention Wonder Woman was a princess? Princesses have to be the best they can be and I have a list of things I want to improve on. There are two many goals on my roadmap to accomplish in one challenge so I've had to edit my RangerBrain a little here. For this challenge I want to focus on the following goals: Read the Konmari book on tidying up. This will get me started on the tidy and organized house goal and the reading goal. It might even help with getting enough sleepTry FlyLady again. I liked the program last time but I had a hard time making it fit my lifestyle. I want to give it another try and not be afraid to modify it to fit my needs. Even doing something it better than nothing. Stretching and foam rolling. If I am going to increase my strength workouts let's try not to get too sore or injured. Just do it. Villain Face-Off Battle Last challenge Wonder Woman battled many of her villains. Now she is ready to take on more. This time she'll be helping out the Justice League battle theirs. This challenge's Face-Offs will feature The Injustice League Villains. Each Sunday Wonder Woman will encounter a randomly selected villain by a roll of the dice. Each villain is represented by another NF rebel. In order to win the battle against the villain, I will need to declare 2 additional goals from the 4 goal categories above and compete against the supervillain’s own goals. I will declare my goals at the beginning of the week once the villain is selected and challenge my fellow rebel to set their goals. Highest score or closest to 100% wins the Face-Off. 1 stat point awarded for every Wonder Woman win and whichever skill best matches the goal category. I’ll be posting the villain sign up sheet shortly so if you are interested in a Face-off battle, stay tuned.
  15. Terah

    Terah - Let it go

    Challenge 9 Ready to ace this challenge! Food Stick to the No S diet. Get at least 4 500 Kcal days. strength Strength training twice a week. Konmari Konmari all the things! (for 30 min a week) Learning Spent 4 hours on the history course in the kahn academy and learning Spanish on dualingo.
  16. Hello Rangers! Pleased to meet you. For this Challenge, I'm storing my adventuring gear in the closet and donning an all new Ranger suit. Time to get my head out of the clouds, stop fiddling about and get some structure going. In this first challenge of 2016, I must re find the force, find the drive, my motivation, to resist temptation, to improve myself every day, to be fitter/healthier/hotter once again! Reasons for a Star Wars theme: 1. For obvious reasons (being the new film) 2. For obvious reasons (re-binge-watching all films, being all starry-eyed and re-inspired, recognising the goodness and the Be A Hero Every Day and the resisting the temptations of the Dark Side and the Desire to Be Good and so on and so forth). 1. Training the Jedi mind Plan! Study! Learn! My long time dream is starting next week: I'm doing my Masters at University, starting 4th of January. Hoping the force is with me, I will try work as hard as I possibly can to achieve good grades and learn as much as there is to learn. Tracking this is easy: I have a bunch of articles to read before every lecture. 2. Crossing Jakku Run like Rey! 3. Eliminate temptations to the Dark Side Splitting this up. In week I, I will define my weaknesses. In week II, I shall pay attention to my feelings, created when the Dark Side pulls me to my temptations. I shall resist temptations and be mindful about them. In week III and IV, I keep this going. To resist temptations, I will use the mindfulness cycle whenever I open a cupboard, looking for a tasty-but-not-healthy snack. In week I, I will answer these questions: MINDFULNESS CYCLE GOAL TRACKING: WEEK I WEEK II WEEK III WEEK IV MTFBWY.
  17. My overall goal is weight loss (130 to go), but this challenge I want to work on strengthening my functional fitness. I slacked off over the holidays, and will be renewing my commitment. Tired and trite, but I'm not making resolutions. I'm making small changes and habits. 1. Exercise 10 minutes 5/7 2. Practice 10 mins of French 5/7 3. Eat 5 fruits & veggies a day 5/7 Life: 100 words written/edited 5/7 Perkele party overhaul. Time to start smaller
  18. Sorry - This PVP is for Doodlie Accountibility Group only A three week break is upon us and Doodlies never forsake Doodlies. Let us come together and support each other through this time by Facing Off and destroying one another. *cough* *cough*. I mean, let us support each other in a friendly competition... The Face Off will work like this - 1. Sign up here 2. Each Sunday I will randomly pair up those participating for the week. I will also randomly draw one of our previous Doodlie challenges. 3. Each player will design 2 personal goals of their own to be measured in percentage. 4. Keep track of your scores on the sign up sheet. 5. The winner for each Face off is determined by combining the three scores for an overall percentage. We'll keep track of wins and losses. 6. Each Sunday I will redraw for a new Face-Off. You will battle a different person each week.
  19. This challenge I’m going to DANCE! My first 5 challenges I was trying different stuff, trying to find out what I wanted from NerdFitness. Last challenge I decided to change my goals every week to move slowly to where I wanted to be. And I made it fun by adding a story element. Now I’m getting very close to the path I want to walk. So no more wandering around, it’s time to take matters into my own hands and go for it! I got inspired by this article: http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2012/07/16/life-is-a-game/ Besides that, I love the changing my goals every week. My overall goal will be: To be like a dancer I have no intention in becoming a professional dancer, but I would love to be like one. To me that is: to be fit, slim, strong and agile I’ll change my goals every week. This time I will pick a different dance movie each week to inspire me. To win the weekly dance off I have to gain at least 250 points. They will be divided between: Nutrition > 100 points Exercise > 100 Points Home > 50 points Work > 50 points Nutrition goal: clean up my diet even further Exercise goal: Get stronger, get fitter, get in shape Home: KM all the things! Work: Do the things that must be done and make some money Every week I win the dance off I can pick a reward from this list (each reward can be used multiple times): - Get an addition for my home gym - Get a massage - Get new bad oil - Take a bubble bath
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