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  1. Annyshay always knew she was a hobbit. She was born in a sleepy farming town of the Shire. As a young hobbit, she worked the land with her family. Her nose was often firmly wedged in a book, and she fancied herself quite the scholar. When turmoil split her family asunder, she began her apprenticeship and long quest to live a good life. For years, Annyshay found her hobbit-y nature at odds with her training and quest. The confused hobbit struggled through periods of being “good” and keeping perfectionistic track of everything she did. Inevitably, she would lose momentum and return to the joy of second breakfast, elevensies, and her hobbit hole. Somehow, she managed to lose herself amidst all the stress, processed food, sedentary habits, and self-doubt. This was not the good life that she dreamed of all those years ago on the farm. One day, Annyshay was cleaning out a trunk, when she found an old scroll with “For the Rebellion!” on its seal. Filled with curiosity, she brought the scroll to her favorite reading chair, so that she could investigate the matter fully whenever she had a chance. When Annyshay eventually cracked the seal of the scroll, she found it was more than she imagined – a device that allowed her to interact with countless Rebels questing to improve their lives. Although she was cautious at first, the support and tales of these Rebels convinced her to join them. Annyshay learned from her fellow Rebels that she was a Hylian Hero and her life was about so much more than safety, comfort, and control. Annyshay has set out on an adventure to become the Hero she was born to be - resilient and radiant, so that she reflects God among the nations! Herein lies the Legend of Annyshay. The Legend of Annyshay, like so many heroic tales is not exactly linear. She has been adventuring with the rebellion since 2012 - as a hobbit, superhero, bender, and of course Link. Her quests have led her on many twists and turns, as you can see if you desire to wade through the Tales of Yore below. In September 2016, Annyshay was called to join a deeper Adventure at Camp Nerd Fitness. In the mountains of Clayton, Georgia, she was convinced well and truly by the Wizards and Headmasters that she is a Hero. Inspired by the stories of Atollo, Tyrus, Havok, Rheno, and Volo, as well as the countless rebels she met in real life, Annyshay returned with Character, Ability, Mind, and Purpose in order to stand against the darkness. Annyshay will fully embody and manifest herself as the Hero of Light.
  2. Annyshay... Wake up... Annyshay, the chosen one... I am Rauru, one of the ancient sages who built the Temple of Time to protect the entrance to the Sacred Realm... This is the Chamber of Sages, inside the Temple of Light... The Temple of Light, situated in the very center of the Sacred Realm, is the last stronghold against the Ganondorf's evil forces.
  3. Annyshay stumbles into her home and lets her pack fall heavily to the ground. Dragon greets her with his usual warmth and demands to be fed. Once Dragon's needs are attended to, Annyshay sheds her cloak and boots. She sinks into her well-worn chair and reaches for the scroll emblazoned with "For the Rebellion!" She sighs as some scenes from the last few weeks flash in front of her eyes - political unrest, friends consumed by despair, and harsh words that cannot be unsaid. The flashes of memory threaten to fill her mind with regret and worry, but Dragon jumps onto her lap and tries to insert his muzzle between her hand and the scroll. This movement reminds Annyshay of her intention, so she repositions Dragon and opens the scroll. She moves past her brooding to share these moments with her friends in the Rebellion. As always, the scroll lets her share in the struggles and victories of her fellow rebels. An all-too-familiar thought comes to her - you will never change. Annyshay notes the thought and renews her commitment to be the author and editor of her own legend (follow the link to my battle log and backstory), instead of heeding the thoughts that have so often overpowered her. She scratches Dragon's chin, takes up her quill, and begins to write... Quest the first - Post Daily on NF My rebels are my tribe. I value all of your kind words and love. Whenever I stay away from NF, I cut off my support system. That's the worst plan. Time to re-establish the habit of showing up here each day. Quest the second - Journal about Eating Nutrition is a big challenge for me, as my body composition currently shows. This is largely rooted in emotional eating driven by chronic stress. No diet or habit tweaks will complete this boss battle if I am not willing to examine myself without judgment and address my boss battle's root causes. Quest the third - Mindful Moments I'm stealing this from Headmaster Amy Clover of Strong Inside Out. Basically, I take a moment before any eating to check in with myself. Quest the fourth - Choose Love Cynicism and bitterness are natural responses to the challenges we rebels face, but with Jesus' help I will choose to act out of love. Love will be my modus operandi and will inform my choices instead of fear, anger, or despair.
  4. It's time for a new challenge! During the last challenge, I put up the Foxy Business, and the company's kicked off pretty nicely. I learned new things, and it's time to modify the business strategy! Where are we now? I've dealt with a bunch of emotional baggage, and I'm in a better place than two months ago. My stress levels have been very low for many weeks, and I'm noticing a huge change in my energy levels! I don't know how much I weigh, currently, but I'm taking a break from calorie counting and the scale during this challenge. Usually, when I hit 70 kg, my motivation drops - so, if I don't know the number on the scale, I'm only going to have to keep doing my best Where are we going? Towards stronger, healthier, happier me, and beautiful booties. I sometimes have a feeling that my life is pointless, but I now do my very best to see life as a wonderful possibility that's given to me, and I believe that being as healthy as I can will give me more possibilities to do what I want. That's where I'm going! Goal 1: Mental Training The biggest part of my weight loss journey. Every morning, I will dedicate at least 5 minutes to focus on the day ahead of me and visualize the way I want to act in certain situations (such as unexpected treats, not snacking). I'm just going to sit down, close my eyes, and go through a list of things I want to do. Some sort of purposeful meditation, if you will. Goal 2: Nutrition During the last challenge I realized that adding more protein in my diet keeps me filled longer and holds my energy levels high. During this challenge, I will focus on adding protein to my diet, and follow three simple guidelines: no snacking eat mindfully; focus on portion sizes one daily snack allowed, and one bigger treat every week That's it. No calorie-counting, just these three guidelines. ** As you can see, I have two main goals/business strategies in this challenge. In addition, I will do a kettlebell + bodyweight training WO twice a week (didn't make this a goal in case I get sick). DA WORKOUT PLAN (DISCLAIMER: I made up these workouts myself. I'm not a health or fitness professional, and if oyu want to try either of these workouts, you do it at your own risk. Thanks!) I'm gonna do two workouts every week: workout A and workout B. They are circuit workouts that combine kettlebells and strength training exercises. Each workout consists of three rounds. One round lasts 9 minutes: (2 min kettlebell + 1 min strength training) x 3 with 2 minutes of rest between rounds. This means that one workout takes me exactly 31 minutes, plus warm-up and cool-down. Each round has two exercises, A (2 min) and B (1 min). I do these two exercises three times without breaks, which means that one round lasts 9 minutes. WORKOUT A ROUND 1 A: 2 min kettlebell swings B: 10 push-ups AB x 3 ROUND 2 A: 2 min snatches B: 20 deadlifts AB x 3 ROUND 3 A: "stopped" figure-8 B: 20 mountain climbers AB x 3 WORKOUT B ROUND 1 A: 2 min kettlebell swing B: 15 squats AB x 3 ROUND 2 A: 2 min "stopped" figure-8 B: 16 single-leg deadlifts AB x 3 ROUND 3 A: 2 min kettlebell swing B: 30 second plank * AB x 3 *hold the last one as long as you can (DISCLAIMER: I made up these workouts myself. I'm not a health or fitness professional, and if oyu want to try either of these workouts, you do it at your own risk. Thanks!) Let's get this challenge going!
  5. Welcome friends and visitors! My name is annyshay (Shannon IRL for new Camp Nerd Fitness - CNF - friends). I'm a thirty-something single physician currently subspecializing in Infectious Disease (aka germs and how to kill them) for children and adults in Minneapolis. I joined the Rebellion in 2012 and have been leveling up in various ways since then. Work and depression recently conspired to undo much of my progress related to body composition, but these forces of darkness could not undo my Fellowship of Rebels or the mental and emotional progress that I made over the last 4 years. I respawned in June 2016 and have continued to struggle with stress, cookies, and staying active. Luckily, I'm returning from the MAGIC of CAMP NF with renewed Character, Ability, Mind, and Purpose. I have many celebrations, stories, and lessons to share along with boatloads of gratitude for this amazing community, but the specifics will have to wait until I catch up more on sleep. Never the less, out of these experiences I've chosen to rebuild my foundational habits in line with my quests and eventual Level 50. Also, I plan to process and repackage my CNF experience in order to share as much as possible with all y'all. Plus, it's not annyshay's thread without bonus rambles! Main Quest (see Battle Log link in signature for more details) - Visit the Southern Water Tribe Joint Movements I was able to attend "Moving with Longevity" with Jonathan Mead on 2 of 3 mornings at CNF. This meditative movement through the full rang of motion of my joints was revealing and liberating. Basic mobility is a foundation I want to lay for decades of future healthy movement. I plan to complete this series every morning immediately after my morning bathroom visit and before my shower and breakfast. Journal Amy Clover is an amazing Jedi that I plan to add to my Jedi Counsel after attending two classes with her - "Rising Above Emotional Eating" and "Create Your Hero Toolkit". She reminded me of the power of journaling and encouraged me to use it as a tool for approaching those times when I am no longer hungry but want to eat. It's a way to identify the real, raw needs that I am trying to palliate with food. No screens One CNF quest (there were MANY) was to remove one obstacle that doesn't support my journey. This is a clear choice for me, since screens in the bedroom only lead to disordered sleep. Busy, stressed, badass Shannon needs excellent sleep. Simple and hard. I'll be aiming to post every day even if things get nuts at work. I know you've all got my back, and I can't wait to jump back into the challenges together!
  6. I have a fairly strong mental image of what a "treat" is. I'm sure you have a similar one. My current paradigm of a what a "treat" is does not serve my ultimate goals. The hope this challenge is to replace my mental image of a Hobbit Treat with THIS... NOT THIS... Main Quest - Be awesome (resilient and radiant), so that I can love and serve others. I've been with NF a long, long time through ups and downs. Many of you have walked with me through them, and I appreciate your support and friendship more than I can say. The Rebellion is my fellowship and I would not still be walking the path to awesome without you. I continue to struggle with healthy food choices, self love, and consistency especially when my work gets stressful (frequently); but I am slowly noticing that my mind, body, and habits are changing for the better. I am in this for the long haul, so I will continue my slow and (not always) steady progress. You are more than welcome to join me! Goals to come. Much like a Wizard, my goals arrive precisely when they mean to. ********************************************************************************************************************* Did you see the Assassin's mini? No? It's amazing. Go check it out. No seriously, go. This is exactly why I love my guild (and GLs!!!) so much. We push each other on to greatness. I was stalling on my goals, but I picked my superpowers for the mini with ease. Now my identity has become clear. I am Mystique, the leader of the Brotherhood of Mutants! So, here are my goals superpowers unabashedly lifted directly from the mini... Shapeshifting = "Want to change your shape at will like Mystique? Those training their Shapeshifting skills are training their mobility and flexibility. Standard mobility training falls here, along with yoga, contortion training, and even dance. " - GMB Elements - yoga - Lindy class Regeneration = " Want to regenerate your health effortlessly like Deadpool? We all know the secret to health lies in the kitchen... Those focusing on Regeneration will focus on cooking healthful, nutritious meals for themselves (and maybe their friends and families!). If you're looking to cook more, commit to batch cooking, try new vegetables... this is your chance to do so." - veggies - batch cooking - taking lunch to work Super Intelligence = " Want to be brilliant like Mister Fantastic? Those seeking Super Intelligence will engage in a variety of mental pursuits. Maybe you're trying to meditate, or read more, or balance your budget, or even use Duolingo regularly. There are many ways to be super intelligent - choose the one relevant to YOU! " - meditation - Headspace - reading (either for work or pleasure) Bonus - Treats - rambles about my attempts to shift my mindset here - photos of ways I have treated myself - reports on the ongoing war against the sugar dragon (aka, cookies)
  7. Welcome to my new home! After two years of NF challenges I decided to try something different. I am currently at a point in my life where daily movement practice isn't much of a challenge (as long as I'm not on vacation or sick, that is...), and I have found things that I actually like to do. I have become a fan of the GMB courses and have just finished 7 weeks of Elements. I may take the rest of this week "off" while I'm trying to get rid of the remnants of a cold and a crick in the neck, while I decide where to go from here. My options are: Another round of Elements (7 weeks, mostly Bear, Frogger, Monkey) - where the challenge is not the basic execution of the movements, but I'm kind of beat after two minutes of those. Another round of Vitamin (4 weeks, focus on a different movement each day) - a lot of fun, though some intimidating stuff along the way. Another go at Floor 1 (13 weeks minimum, probably longer, because I may not be ready to advance to the next phase after the suggested time frame) - I got stuck on my first try and didn't finish. May be worth another shot to see how far I can get now.Aside from that I like to follow the monthly "challenges" GMB proposes (if I can). For July it was working on the bridge. I don't know if I can actually do another bridge before the month is over, thanks to the pinched neck/shoulder thingy, but I have already learned a lot and have made progress, so even if I may not be able to finish officially, it was definitely worth doing it! I also love attending the strength training class working with kettlebells, bodyweight and occasionally barbells, though I haven't been able to attend as often as I would like. Ditto on the yoga class - but since the only class I can usually make it to is one for "deep" stretches, it's kind of couterproductive for my goal of getting my hypermobile joints more stable (and not even more overstretched and wobbly). But I really like the teacher, and I hope I can figure something out. Another big thing affecting my overall health and well-being is my ongoing battle with Sugar Monsters and Emo Monsters. Even after two years on NF I am far from done with this. I'm dealing better with it than I used to, but there's still lots of room for improvement. And for my mental health, let's not forget Rosie-the-pony and all the fun and crazy things we do together. I'm very happy to have her in my life!
  8. Instead of challenges I'm switching to this method for a bit. That way I can have some kind of accountability and still be part of the forums. I have a respawn post I made if u want a back story. So let's just jump right in. Today I had coffee, heavy cream but no sugar. Keeping sugar out of my coffee is ONE good thing I have stuck with. As a hungry as I am now, I am fighting the urge for fast food and just eat the healthier lunch I brought. And I had a delicious breakfast of pecans, banana, and cottage cheese. Better than the sausage and biscuit I've been craving. A few good things today.
  9. Hi Rebels! Ensi here I'm a 23-year-old Rebel from Finland. I've been around for a couple of years, done a few challenges and found a place among wonderful people. Right now I'm very busy with my studies, so instead of participating in the next NF challenge, I'm going to put up a battle log... Which you're reading right now! I like to keep things simple and short, so here's what I do: - The Sweetest Day of the Week I'm a bit of a chocolate addict. I've been working on it since last summer, and I've reached a level where I can deal with having a small portion of chocolate daily (2 pieces) and a little bigger portion once a week - so, deploy The Sweetest Day of the Week! I can have some extra chocolate on Saturdays. I used to eat about 50-150 g of chocolate daily, but currently I can go a whole day without it: even though I might want to buy some chocolate, I just don't. It's been a slow progress, but what's my rush? - Dairy, nuts, caffeine ... are something that I need to consume with moderation. I avoid buying these at home, but none of these foods are as problematic as chocolate. All in all, I'm trying to eat as paleo-ish as possible, but I don't sweat about it too much. Portion size control is much more important for me! - Exercise Three times a week until I sweat like a pig and feel like a fox. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aN7lt0CYwHg I love going to gym, doing kettlebell workouts and walking/jogging. Where am I now? Since last summer I've lost 6 kg/13 lbs. Doesn't maybe sound all that much, but I have PCOS and I'm studying hard. I'm currently at 83 kg/182 lbs, and I'm aiming for 75 kg/165 lbs. I'm 170cm/5 feet 7 inches tall. I had a massive break-down a couple of years ago, and I've made a very slow recovery. I gained 10 kg/22 lbs while the break-down, and it's been difficult to lose it again while recovering. I'm starting to be ok again, though, and I'm making small changes in my life in order to lose weight and get fit D8< Nevertheless, I'm doing my very best to maintain a positive, forgiving attitude towards myself, the lack of which led to my break-down. So, here you will find positive and happy stuff!! Unless I'm not feeling positive and happy... In which case you will find a lot of animal gifs! Enough talk for now. Let's fight!
  10. Sometimes it's important to refocus and respawn... I've chosen to respond to a lot of the chaos and sadness in my life with anger. It's not going the way I would like... It's time to recommit myself to mindfulness.
  11. Rebel's log Challenge Date: 2/7/16 Today was a miracle. I was supposed to get together w/a cousin at a fast food place today. We set this meeting up a week ago. I went through the whole week thinking i was going to go over my allowed quota but this morning she called to cancel. A blessing in disguise i suppose. But went through a litany of emotions afterwards. Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers is more powerful than i thought. I took a fellow rebel's advice and just had a glass of water to take the edge off. Seemed to help. Another fellow rebel, Fleaball made me realize, i may be failing so much because i don't have a baseline or maybe trying to do too much. Must create base line for this month. I'll work on it and be back later once i have it together
  12. Anyone have any suggestions on how to combat emotional eating?
  13. Hello everyone I've been an assassin for my last several challenges, but I am here to work on getting a steady diet of iron in my workouts. Main Quest: I'm getting married in July and I would like to fit into my wedding dress. Steady relationship weight and the holidays have not been kind to me and I need to get into some sustainable habits that will allow me to hopefully drop some body fat before the big day. I think 20 lbs is not unreasonable. Quest 1: Go to the gym & lift weights 3x a week. I have some trainer appointments to use up, and then my fiancee and I are doing Stronglifts 5x5 on the other days. The plan is Monday, Wednesday, & Saturday and we've done pretty well the past 2 weeks so far. Quest 2: Track food. I'm aiming to track every day, because I overeat when I'm not keeping track of what I eat. The focus this month is on compliance only, not calories or macros. Quest 3: Find and record at least 10 comforting activities that I can do whenever I feel sad or stressed out. I am the world's worst emotional eater, and I need non-food alternatives to big macs that I will be willing and able to substitute when I feel sad or lonely or anxious. LUYL: I have one class left in my grad school program, and it ends on January 31st. If I can get through it, I will be done with my MS. That is all I want for this month.
  14. Hey Monks and Monk-ettes! (and any non-monk fellow rebels who grace us with their presence). I took off on my own last challenge but I’m back for some of that motivation and encouragement that only Nerd Fitness can give! During my last challenge, I learned that I tend to run into a lot of trouble when I focus on on NOT doing things - when I set hard limits on the amount of food I eat or tell myself that I will not eat this certain food. I do much better when I focus on adding healthy things rather than subtracting unhealthy things. When I’m doing the things that keep me healthy and happy, avoiding the harmful things seems to come easier So with that in mind, onto the challenge! Challenge Objective: Master my habits and remove the destructive ones. Goal #1) Relax the right way. My relationship with leisure time is not good. I tend to overdo it. Watching a half hour show tends to lead to watching a few hours of TV while absently snacking on whatever food I have lying around and making myself sick-full. This is a pretty destructive habit. I want to develop some healthy habits around my leisure time so my relaxing actually re-energizes me instead of making me feel like a lump. Eat all food while reading or doing nothing. Not in front of a screen or listening to an audiobook. Goal #2) Dealing with Emotions. As mentioned above, I tend to abuse leisure activities. I often use food, TV, and games to deal with boredom, stress, anxiety, etc. I want to learn to deal with unpleasant feelings in a healthy way. Keep an Emotional Coping Journal for 6-weeks. Track unpleasant feelings, what caused them, how I dealt with them. Try to deal with them in alternative ways (like meditation, exercise, going for a walk) as challenge progresses. Journal can be viewed here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1LAydFBrXL3UBTyLi2MeTyo2EfCwsPhMBnaABYLKwzaA/edit?usp=sharing Goal #3) Energy Conservation. To ensure that I have enough energy and willpower to pursue my goals, I’ll go to bed by 10:30 on weekdays, 11:00 on weekends with 8 minutes of meditation right before bed. There will be nights where social events may keep me up later, but outside of these exceptions, I’ll get to bed on time. On nights where social events keep me up, I’ll go right to bed afterward. Side Quest) Find a New Job. I’ve been feeling “meh†about my current job for months now. Not really learning anything new or progressing. I think it’s time to start on a new venture.
  15. Posting this fashionably late, as always. This dragon will be the death of me! I am coming into this challenge with very little to almost no motivation at all. I thought about skipping it but then I would feel much worse in the long run. I have relapsed completely on my morning routine since the last challenge but I want to pick it up again. Quests 1. Practice mindful eating habits. No eating while standing, continue to not eat while gaming or watching tv. Focus on the food and nothing else for at least one meal a day. WIS + 3, WIL + 2 2. Track my food intake using FatSecret I have always been more successful when I keep track of what I have eaten. Also helps put into perspective just how much I am eating. WIS + 3 3. Yoga & Walking (One or the other, or maybe both, 5 times a week). Preferably mornings. STA +1, DEX +1 Ready to begin my Walk to MORDOR challenge! Life challenge Work on cosplay pieces at least 5 days a week. (no time limit, at least SOMETHING). Tracking and Accountability Progress Calendar Walkers PVP. Walk to Mordor progress in Signature. Mindful Eating FTW!
  16. I think it's been a whole year since I last did a challenge here. I've been working on my diet and lifestyle since then and made very steady but continuous progress - including losing 18 pounds in weight - I've gone from overweight to a healthy weight. Now it's time to consolidate and maybe even punch it up. My life goal - to be a good role model for my son in having a healthy lifestyle. I want to be the sort of mum who joins in all of the beach cricket games and the soccer games in the park, and who models a healthy relationship with food and exercise. And I just want to enjoy it all. Like the Tenth Doctor says: "State your name, rank and intention." "The Doctor, doctor, fun." Goal One for this challenge - Conscious Eating Before I eat, every time, I want to check in with myself for 60 seconds. Identify whether I'm hungry, how hungry I really am on a scale of 1-10, and what emotion I'm feeling, if any. Then eat at a table without TV and chew my food properly before swallowing. I have made a lot of progress with my eating - haven't binged in over a year I'm slowly retraining myself to eat when I'm hungry - and to identify what that actually feels like - and to move on from guilt and anxiety around food. I'm learning the whole thing from scratch. Measuring my progress: Every time I remember to 'check in' before eating I score one point in my little challenge notebook. Scoring: A - 21 points or more in a week B - 15-21 points in a week C - 10-15 points in a week Goal Two for this challenge - Scheduled Exercise With my crazy and changeable diary it's difficult to get into a routine of exercise. For this challenge at the beginning of each week I will figure out where I can fit in some exercise, put it in my diary and stick to it, the same way I would stick to a commitment made to my job or my family. Some weeks I'll be able to do quite a bit. Sometimes it will be more limited. So the challenge isn't how much exercise I'll do, it's that I will plan to do it and then follow through on my plan. I have a tendency to keep my commitments to everyone else but not so much to myself. Measuring my progress: I'll write my planned exercise on this thread and in my challenge notebook and work diary and check it off when I do it Scoring: A - did everything I scheduled B - did most of the exercise I scheduled and did my best C - did at least half of the exercise that I scheduled Extra credit - Sports Day It's my son's sports day during the challenge. There's a mother's race which I have never joined in with - partly because of being embarrassed about my weight and partly just social anxiety. I might run it this year. Maybe. <gulp> That would be a big deal for me. Goal Three for this challenge - Water I need to drink more water and cut down on tea and diet sodas. Scoring: A - average 8 glasses of water per day across the week B - average 5 glasses of water per day across the week C - average 4 glasses of water per day across the week My 'Level Up' life challenge - Eliminate the Negative A six week news/negativity fast - no reading internet news sites, no following clickbait links, no forums (apart from this challenge and one other supportive place I hang out online). Limiting social media, videos and TV to short bursts outside of work hours and family time - and even then keeping it very limited and choosing mostly positive things to watch - e.g. comedy rather than serial killer drama, or documentary on healthy eating rather than on the plight of refugees. Oh, this will be hard! It's only for the six weeks, not a permanent change. Kind of an experiment. I'd like to see whether my state of mind changes. Maybe it won't - but I'll only have missed out on 6 weeks - I'm sure I'll be able to catch up on how everything is going to hell in a handbasket later Difficulties - There may be trouble ahead I'm actually away for a business trip when the challenge starts. I won't have the chance to get online until Wednesday 10th. And it's a busy six weeks ahead for me. I have family coming from overseas to visit, a challenging time ahead at work, and lots of events at my son's school. It will be tricky to carve out a little time for myself to exercise and to eat properly rather than on the run. I'm acknowledging now that I need to plan my challenge around all these things rather than give up. So since I'll be away for my first week - here's my... Exercise schedule for Week One - Average 10,000 steps per day on my pedometer across the week and swim 15 laps in the morning on Friday 12th June. Looking forward to checking out other people's challenge threads. Allons-y!
  17. My main quest currently is to regain a healthy state, as an individual who cares for herself by eating nourishing food, exercising daily, managing stress, and taking time to relax and reflect. One indicator of reaching my goal, this healthy state, will be maintaining a healthy BMI. My BMI is currently 41.7 and it should be no higher than 24.9. There is a long road between where I stand today and where I want to be. But I’ve overcome far greater challenges in my past, and by taking one step at a time, I will complete my quest. Until the next challenge begins, I will start with some teeny, tiny goals. They’re enough to get my feet wet and to motivate me daily to continue. Eat one serving of plain fruit in the evening. My main difficulty with emotional eating is late-night snacking. Adding one healthy snack that I consciously eat in the evening, will be the first step in eliminating this habit. As I mainly struggle with sweets, I will add a sweet fruit.5 minutes of meditation daily. I need to reconnect with my body and notice what it is telling me. I’ve ignored my body’s messages, out of necessity, for long enough. It’s time to tune back in. 5 minutes may be all that I can stand for now.Complete my morning pages. I’m not entirely sure that I’m up to writing all 3 pages, so for now I’ll just set a goal to write every day. Even if it’s half a page or one sentence, it will help me to get back in tune with my thoughts and help me to reflect. I have always found journaling to be very helpful in the healing process.Move with intention every day. I use a Jawbone Up and usually move about 8,000 steps daily in the course of my daily commute and activities. I consider that incidental movement and it won’t count. I’d like to have some extra movement every day, whether it be time spent on my yoga mat, completing a posture (even savasana, though I hope I’m able to attempt more than that), or taking a stroll by the river.There is plenty of time for intensity. For now, it’s all about taking first steps. These feel like reasonable, attainable goals. Anything more and I would definitely get overwhelmed, but I know it's just a matter of time before I start reaching for bigger and harder goals with the rest of you!
  18. Hi everyone! I'm Ensi, a 23-year-old Rebel from Finland. This is my third challenge since my Reboot and I'm very excited to start another challenge! What you'll find here: · hormone friendly eating (I have PCOS) · dealing with emotional eating (mostly due to boredom or stress) · chocoholism · strength training at home and gym · fangirling · studying! "Sisu" in Finnish basically means "to not give in when faced with difficulties, to exceed oneself". I'm going to keep a positive attitude and see where that takes me! The Sweetest Day of the Week is something I'm going to keep from my previous challenges. I'm allowed to have one small portion of chocolate daily, and on Saturdays I can have whatever I want. This is simple, removes the guilt from eating sweets, and I don't feel like I'm deprived of anything. Even though I can have anything I want on Saturdays, usually I don't even want all that much. GOAAAALS: #1 Develop Mindfulness Skills My life is very busy and hectic at the moment: a lot of studies, assignments and essays. Combined with my general anxiety and the SAD season, I need to find techniques to keep myself a happy little Rebel. So, every day I’m going to do something fun! I also have the bad habit of staying up late and surfing online. I’m going to cut down the time I spend on the computer and try to go to the bed by 10.30 PM, read a book and sleep well. - spend 20 minutes daily doing something calm and enjoyable: drawing, stretching, listening to music etc. - no computer after 10 PM #2 Mind Your Chocolate Milk, Numbnuts! This goal is all about cutting down on my dairy, chocolate and nut consumption. To put it simply, I can have one portion of each daily, but not more. I’m also going to opt for goat cheese for dairy, when possible. #3 Get Moving I’m a bit worried with this goal already (almost wrote â€goatâ€). I’m almost back in health, but the flu and pneumonia I had have made me a bit paranoid with exercising. I don’t know how to set up this goal, but it’s important that the exercise isn’t too rough: I’m not training for any competitions or such, I’m simply aiming to boost my immune system and have energy through the dark autumn. I’m going to aim for three workouts every week. To keep things simple, they can be any exercise I want. I’m also walking a lot daily. ** I'm assigning attribute points a bit later Have a great challenge, everyone!
  19. Here is my respawn story: I start everything with good intentions, I have an idea, it's not unrealistic but it's never easy. I make a plan and then I fall off. and then the shame and guilt sets in and I want to hide under a rock to avoid dealing with the people I so proudly told my goals and now I have to tell them I fell off the wagon. Now this time I made a huge goal and told people, and now I am super embarrassed, (if you have been following my challenges then you'll know this already) I want to join the Royal Canadian Mountain Police. Whoot! but I need to get in shape, because well it's difficult to be a cop and be overweight... So here's what happened: My husband has been working nights, and my roommate is super sabotaging, so besides the wonderful people here, I am doing this alone. I really don't want to eat by myself anymore, it gets lonely. I am really really lonely. So I start to emotional eat because I miss my husband and my friends are not very supportive. I just have been finding any excuse to crawl under the blankets and watch Gillmore Girls. I also has injured myself 2 weeks ago and did minimal workouts as I could not do anything more than that, but then when it came time to get back into it, I just didn't do it. So.. repawning in 3..2...1 I need to get my rear in gear because I hate my job and all the drama bullshit that comes with it. I want to be that lady that goes to the opera and attends fancy wine tastings ( I love that crap) but I also want to be the lady who kicks bad guy butt and arrests them! I noticed my weight loss in a physical way earlier this week and it was jaw dropping (I may have gained it all back this week, or at least some of it) I knew I had lost the lbs, but I couldn't SEE the difference, until this past Monday. I couldn't believe how good I felt and I let that feeling go. I need to get back on the train and stop eating out and go back to the gym, I always felt amazing. My problems are emotional, not physical. So I need to deal with the emotions, instead of bottling it up and then binge eating a tub of ice cream while I cry. I started my respawn by finally sharing my dream with my family and was overjoyed that they took it quite well, and have been thus far, very encouraging. I also have made plans to meet up with friends (no negative friends and no fitness brought into it so that they can't say boo), I think this will help alleviate how lonely I feel. I also need to start being active again when I do see hubby twice a week so that it doesn't start the trend of not doing anything all week too, back to the dog park and I will just have to bundle up against the cold.
  20. Hi y'all! I am starting this as a daily thread to encourage myself and anyone else who wants to show more love to their bodies and/or improve their relationship with food. How It Works:Every day, you find the thread (click "follow this thread" the red button on the top right of the thread page) and post one or more positive comments about your body and/or a positive thing involving your relationship with food. Who Can Participate: Anyone, regardless of level or guild, from the day you join the Rebellion until the day you leave us. What Else Do I Need To Know: There may be levels added for consistent participation in the future, and everything will be decided by group consensus. Feel free to make suggestions, ask questions, laugh, joke, have fun, support eachother and anything else positive. Keep the judgement and negativity elsewhere. I am really excited about doing this and I hope that you decide to love your body and improve your relationship with food along with me
  21. Main Quest – Become Resilient People have accused me of becoming “consistent†over the last challenge. Sadly, this remains a struggle for me. Over the last few years, I’ve learned what works to keep me happy and healthy. Far too often, I wander astray because I “deserve some time off†or want to pursue some shiny new method or goal. Time to develop persistence and focus like Batman. Time to bounce back from setbacks even stronger and wiser. Time to become resilient. (BTW, grading = >90% - A 75-89% - B 50-74% - C <49% - F) 1) The Training is Nothing! The Will is Everything! The Will to Act! [+5 STA] Doucard is right. The will to act is how I will continue my daily training, including: - pray and read the Bible - prepare food - play outside (walk, BWW three times per week) - post on NF - pause (meditate) - plan for tomorrow This is the big goal for this challenge - consistent will to develop a healthy, happy Batperson. 2) Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves back up. [+3 DEX] Because sometimes falling is the only way forward, at least 3 times per week, I will develop the following skills… - chin/pull up negatives - bailing from handstands - parkour rolls 3) I synthesized an antidote. [+3 CON] I will counteract fear toxin (candy, junk food, baked stuff, work cafeteria “foodâ€, and other forms of emotional eating) with new antidotes. Some ideas (feel free to suggest more)… - drink tea - walk - listen to a song on my iPod - meditate - find a joke on the internet - animal pictures - read inspiring quotes - five deep breaths Side Quest – I am the Night! [+2 CHA] For the last 2/3rds of the challenge, I’m going to be working a super wonky schedule – 16 hour overnight shifts every other night. I have enough trouble shifting my schedule, but this looks to be playing sleep on expert difficulty. Here’s my plan to maximize the sleep that I can get, but expect adjustments - while on days sleep 9pm-6am - while on nights sleep – 9am-3pm - nap sometime between 1-4am or sleep later on non-working days - yellow glasses - magnesium? Life Quest – Build the Batcave [+2 WIS] My house and laptop are crammed to bursting with too much stuff. I will spend at least 15 minutes per day to declutter, organize, clean, or otherwise improve my physical and digital batcave.
  22. Alrighty, then! The past weeks have shown me that when life gets busy, some things just don't work on auto-pilot yet. Like keeping the Sugar Monster in check. Or taking care of myself. Since things will still be quite busy for me in the immediate future, I'll keep the first two goals from the last challenge: 1. Keep the Sugar Monster at bay +2 CON +2 WIS Again I'll aim for 21 out of 42 days without any added sugar / sweets / candy / cake / desserts... As before, fruit and reasonable amounts of honey or maple syrup are allowed. 2. Keep moving +2 STA +2 DEX My KB class will continue until the end of August, so for the time being I aim for 4 exercise points / week: 2 KB classes + 1 yoga class + 1 x practice at home. If the Drill Master decides to really make me work, as he sometimes does, I'll count that too. 3. Get Rosie in better shape +2 WIS +2 CHA And since I'll still be taking care of Rosie, I want to make sure that I spend some quality time with her and not just do her room service. I'd like us to have a little fun together, and maybe even up her current fitness level a little. She is overweight (not sure how much I can change that over the next six weeks), has not much stamina (why would she - before she came to stay with us she had pretty much a quite extended vacation...) and is used to bad posture. So I'd like to work with her at least a bit on both posture and on elevating her fitness level a bit. Depending on external factors (such as weather, horse fly season etc.) I'd like to work with her at least once a week on stamina (lunge line, walks) and once a week on mobility and posture (ground work / work in hand, stretches etc.). But since this is heavily influenced by factors I can't control, I won't grade this goal. I aim for 6 fitness sessions plus 6 posture sessions, but I won't beat myself up if we don't reach that goal for reasons other than my laziness. 4. Keep that old brain working +2 WIS +1 CHA For a while now I've been wanting to brush up my French - which I haven't really used since High School. Which is a looong time ago now, and also seems like a galaxy far, far away. I'd like to make things as easy as possible for this, so I've decided on reading a book we read back then in school. Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Ash said she'd be so kind to keep me company with this project. I hope we can fit those 27 short chapters somewhere in these 6 weeks. I'll be reading the German version side by side with the French, in the hope that I won't need to look up every other word and thus take forever reading it... More on grades and stuff will follow later. In the meantime: ALLONS-Y! And of course... WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK I AM???!!!
  23. I literally just discovered this app. Its for tracking your eating and your feeling about said meals in order to assist with recovery. I also suspect that it could help emotional eaters as well. I'm so happy a thing like this exists that I could cry. Here's the thing: http://agent-hardass.tumblr.com/post/74572671447/recovery-record-is-the-smart-companion-for
  24. Hello all, I'm new around here. I am getting married in 3.5 months and my fiancée and I are both using the app Lose It! to track calories. It is working well, but about once a week my rebellious streak kicks in and I give in. This usually happens when I have a lot of job related stress. It feels like I'm an animal in a cage that is trying to break free. To me overeating junk and throwing caution to the wind is my mind's idea of how to be "free." Yes, I know that doesn't make logical sense but it is how things work in my mind. Two days ago I ate double my daily allotment for calories. I was triggered by accumulated stress at my job, and the straw that broke the camel's back was an unusually heavy traffic jam. This can also be triggered by loneliness. The problem is, once I fall off the wagon, I want to give up. It feels too difficult because it is almost impossible to control my cravings when I am stressed. During the rest of the time I do well and I successfully track my calories and I lose weight, but I am frequently discouraged by the times I lose control and I want to give up on everything and just eat ice cream and cookies. If you have any successful suggestions for overcoming this problem, I would really appreciate it.
  25. Hello all, I'm new around here. I am getting married in 3.5 months and my fiancée and I are both using the app Lose It! to track calories. It is working well, but about once a week my rebellious streak kicks in and I give in. This usually happens when I have a lot of job related stress. It feels like I'm an animal in a cage that is trying to break free. To me overeating junk and throwing caution to the wind is my mind's idea of how to be "free." Yes, I know that doesn't make logical sense but it is how things work in my mind. Two days ago I ate double my daily allotment for calories. I was triggered by accumulated stress at my job, and the straw that broke the camel's back was an unusually heavy traffic jam. The problem is, once I fall off the wagon, I want to give up. It feels too difficult because it is almost impossible to control my cravings when I am stressed. During the rest of the time I do well and I successfully track my calories and I lose weight, but I am frequently discouraged by the times I lose control and I want to give up on everything and just eat ice cream and cookies. If you have any successful suggestions for overcoming this problem, I would really appreciate it.
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