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  1. My mother died in October (at age 85). My daughter got married in October, and she and her new husband are starting to talk about having kids. This has prompted some new soul searching on my part - and some thinking about what I want to accomplish in my life. And some thinking about what I want to BE as a grandma. (Disclaimer - my daughter is not yet pregnant and doesn't plan to have kids for 2 years, which gives me time to lose 40 pounds .....) I was a "cool mom." My daughter looks back on her childhood with fondness - at horseback riding and rock climbing and hockey and soccer and cheerleading and theater and Girl Scouts and videogames - and appreciates how she had freedom and support (I was involved in everything but cheer) to do a lot of different things. That kinda ended when she went to college and I began to slide into habits of an empty nester. I gradually started to internalize the messages that say "you shouldn't be doing that" or "you shouldn't dress like that now that you're over 40/50/60/whatever." Truth is, I want to have FUN and BE FUN. I want to be the grandma that shows my grandkids how to do cartwheels and handstands. Takes them rock climbing. Knows the names of all the constellations and birds .... and who will dig for worms, go swimming, take them hiking, and can help them find well-hidden geocaches. I don't want to be like all of the grandmas in my family (who are, unfortunately, sedentary lumps perched on top of atrophied, skinny legs) who sit around doing needlecraft, or bake a lot of unhealthy foods, or sit in front of TV or computer. I want to beat the expectations of my family and avoid the stereotypes of what a middle-aged woman does and how she dresses and acts. Specific goals will evolve over time, but .... there's the current list!!! Fitness Lose weight and gain muscle (127 lbs and 21% BF by May 2017 - when my daughter will graduate with her Ph.D.) Do a chin up unassisted (again) Do a crow pose Do a handstand Travel Go to Greece Go to Rome Go to London Do the Unexpected Blackbelt in karate Do a Zombies Run Do the ZR Virtual Race Volunteer as a zombie at a Zombie Run Do a bubble run Do a color run Do an obstacle course run Do a 5K Do a 10K Do a half-marathon Bike to work (at least during decent weather ....) Keep Learning Master's Degree Doctorate Learn modern Greek Get my Personal Trainer Certification Defeat the Fashion Police Wear tights and a tunic Wear tights with a skirt
  2. so more or less in time this time! this challenge will be done on 4 different fun activities 1: Poi 2: Juggling 3: Contact Juggling 4: Handbalancing. The plan is to shoot progress videos on the different things following each sunday, if everything goes as planned .
  3. Hello everyone! I'm going to do an extended summer challenge in this thread that will run for roughly 7 weeks. This will include prep week, the four week challenge, and the two week summer vacation that the nerd fitness forums have planned. It feels a bit nostalgic for the old days of nerd fitness when we did six week challenges on these forums. I'm a thirty something single woman with a cat named Dragon. There's a lot going on in my life currently in terms of my mental health and recovery, and it can all feel pretty intense and heavy. I've decided to make my next challenged centered on something that I can always use more of in my life... PLAY! I don't intend to have any rigid goals, but will post regularly with my experiences and experiments in several domains of life. More may open up as we go along, but currently I'm thinking about these areas. Annyshay plays with her movement, food, friends, and imagination. Music, gifs, and other shenanigans as well as really intense and/or nerdy discussion is always encouraged and appreciated. Let's play!
  4. I've been reading on some of the meet ups and seeing how much fun everyone has been having and then I realized that there hasn't been one in maine(least not that I have seen). Well this need sto be fixed now that we mainers are FINALLY coming out of our winter slumber. So what do you say Nerds? Shall we change this injustice of leaving the Mainers out?
  5. Sometimes puns can be a little corny but, after a while, they can be amaizeing! Just have some pun!
  6. GREETINGS REBELLION!!I am Wraiven but those whom know me well call me Mitch Jnr. I have been working on leveling up my life and developed my quest log in a way to grow, not only for me but for the benefit of those all over the world. Since I can remember I have always been a very giving person and gathered joy from tasks that not only helped me be a better man, but also to help others grow too. Since my Father (Mitch Snr) passed away started really struggling with depression and anxiety in recent years and it's truly effected my growth and attitude towards what I always believed of myself. It could be chemical or it could just be my mind trying to avoid the pain of failing... But that's not gonna happen! Since joining the Rebellion I decided to dedicate a whole year to trying to change some lives and it's really had an Impact on me too.17 has always been my favourite number soooo I decided in 2017 I was going to do a Charity Challenge called 'Songs and Smiles' to help raise funds for Kids with Cancer, Mental Illness and Poverty/Famine. This requires me to do a song a day to bring smiles and provoke thought/nostalgia every single day and then people could share and possibly donate if they could. A simple premise but alot of people seem to like it. So far we have raised over $5000 and had 250,000 views on Youtube.My Dad always wanted to help kids with cancer because when he had it he always beleived he had lived and they deserved a chance to aswell, so I am doing this all in his memory and I hope all of the rebellion can join me too and become a SMILE SAVIOUR!DONATE: http://bit.ly/2iRw2vO GOFUNDME: http://bit.ly/2jXoQ5f FACEBOOK: http://bit.ly/2hFp6UY TWITTER: @MitchJnrMass <3 Mitch Jnr
  7. GREETINGS REBELLION!! I am Wraiven but those whom know me well call me Mitch Jnr. I have been working on leveling up my life and developed my quest log in a way to grow, not only for me but for the benefit of those all over the world. Since I can remember I have always been a very giving person and gathered joy from tasks that not only helped me be a better man, but also to help others grow too. Since my Father (Mitch Snr) passed away started really struggling with depression and anxiety in recent years and it's truly effected my growth and attitude towards what I always believed of myself. It could be chemical or it could just be my mind trying to avoid the pain of failing... But that's not gonna happen! Since joining the Rebellion I decided to dedicate a whole year to trying to change some lives and it's really had an Impact on me too. 17 has always been my favourite number soooo I decided in 2017 I was going to do a Charity Challenge called 'Songs and Smiles' to help raise funds for Kids with Cancer, Mental Illness and Poverty/Famine. This requires me to do a song a day to bring smiles and provoke thought/nostalgia every single day and then people could share and possibly donate if they could. A simple premise but alot of people seem to like it. So far we have raised over $5000 and had 250,000 views on Youtube. My Dad always wanted to help kids with cancer because when he had it he always beleived he had lived and they deserved a chance to aswell, so I am doing this all in his memory and I hope all of the rebellion can join me too and become a SMILE SAVIOUR! DONATE: http://bit.ly/2iRw2vO GOFUNDME: http://bit.ly/2jXoQ5f FACEBOOK: http://bit.ly/2hFp6UY TWITTER: @MitchJnr Mass <3 Mitch Jnr
  8. It's still largely the same things remixed, but that's what I still need to work on. The Titan Challenge approaches! Prepare for it: Run 1/week at least Strength train 2/week at least Plan what to take Running sneakers what clothes? gloves cell phone case?? Would love to take it for pictures - but water obstacles? Sun block bug spray And the big one: the Period Problem. I will probably be mulling over this one a fair bit this challenge as I am due to be on the worst day of it during the race. Because of course. So if anyone is bothered by this sort of talk, be warned. I will not be spoiler tagging it. Sleep FFS Have food and everything ready at least an hour before time to sleep - except Wednesday Game night, try and have done in advance in bed by midnight, pref earlier Try to be active enough that I'm tired. I've been pacing a lot at night recently. Take inhalers at 9 pm, at least until the allergen levels settle down Have fun, run Alternity At least 3 days/week do something fun. Be it reading, video games, guitar, working on my Alternity game, watching something, whatever. So long as I enjoy it and it's not something I have to do, it counts. Still figuring out the mechanics for new Alternity, but I'm fairly happy with them so far. Ran a first session last Wednesday. It is nice to be back to GMing, even if it's pre-fab stuff right now. Just started re-reading Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I haven't read it in at least 15 years. Needs to be fixed. Dragon Age: Inquistion and Mass Effect now work on my PC, FFXIV: Stormblood Expansion is due out in a few weeks. Remember that I'm moving soon Declutter or clean a thing 1/week Please enjoy a Lego verison of When The World Breaks Down.
  9. Given: that things are super busy for me. My dad is still in the hospital 3 1/2 hours away from me. His NY house needs to be cleared out because they sold it, and my sibs and I are helping out (closing date late april / early may). work is work and I get uptight about it because my husband is a full time student this semester and I feel strongly that I canNOT mess up. oh and also, a tree fell on my house last challenge and we are coordinating with repair people to fix a tiny hole in the roof (BTW WE WERE SO LUCKY) and a window and some other stuff. Basically, I'm jumping and reacting to needs, and uncertainty is the only certain thing. Given: That I always do better with fitness and junk when I'm here and hanging out with you amazing peeps. Given: my 40th birthday is on April 15th! Given: Something started to work again for me last challenge. I got back into the gym, and my weight started to dip down. AND, I was being active because it was the right and desired *choice,* not because I am totally freaked out about my weight or about "catching" congestive heart failure. THEREFORE: This challenge I need to just have fun, don't let it stress me out (further), but stick to plan. but what is plan...? Goal 1: Show up and Be Friends This means: post daily, as best as I can. even if it's just house and cat pictures. BECAUSE I HEART YOU AND YOU ARE GOOD FOR ME. Goal 2: Don't Mess With a Good Thing Keep doing what I was doing last challenge, which is to say: aim for some kind of exercise or movement 5-6 days a week on purpose. Keep tracking food, and aim to not eat back exercise calories. I'm not going to track photos, or measurements, or anything. I know they're good to do. They're not fun and not my first priority, though, so I am not going to stress this challenge. Goal 3: HAVE FUN, you dinglebat! Things that are fun: * Knit - I still haven't freakin' finished my xmas knitting. what. * bake bread - it turns out I am deriving a great deal of personal satisfaction and feelings of accomplishment from baking sourdough bread. * Take days off before my bday and build adirondack chairs. * plan a beautiful yard and buy seeds and start seeds so they will grow in the yard. IT TURNS OUT that the starting date for seeds in my area is around the days that I'm taking off, too! * track things in my hobobujo, because it's calming and fun and dorky. * also, whatever else I want to do. because: Oh and PS. I am probs going to start this challenge ONE DAY EARLY so which is to say SATURDAY START because *see earlier "I do what I want" statement.*
  10. Welcome do Dungeons and Dragons, the Doodlie version. Everyone is welcome to participate By participating you DON'T become a Doodlie, it's just that this game in this form has been invented by the doodlies. A short recap of how we play You start by copying the character sheet and fill it in (see rule book for details on this). After this you put a link to it in your signature, and put the link on the sign in sheet. The name of your character is the same as your name on the forums! This makes it so much easier for the DM's You've got 4 primary abilities. You can level these up infinitive by doing stuff in real life like doing cardio, strength training, meditate or learn stuff. Besides that you've got extra ability's you can choose to your liking, to shape your character. By choosing a specific race or class you gain bonuses for certain abilities, but you're not limited to them. The DM (doodlie master) tells a story. You tell the DM how you wish to react to the circumstances the DM described. He or she will determine, by rolling a dice and comparing the result with the ability that's applicable in that situation, if you're successful or not. For example: You wish to talk to a cute guy in a bar. Since you're a beautiful elf, the DM decides this shouldn't be too hard for you, so she uses a D4 (a dice with 4 sides). (Or the DM decides that this is very hard since you're an ugly ogre and she uses a D100 (a dice with 100 sides)). She looks at your psyche level, say you're level 3. With the D4 you'll succeed by a roll of 2, 3 or 4. (With the D100 by 98, 99 or 100.) The DM rolls the D4 and you get a 3. The cute guy is willing to talk to you. Say you roll a 4, since that is the highest role the cute guy comes to you and tells you everything you wan to know. Or you get a 1, and the cute guy slaps you in the face and leaves. We play from December 5th until December 31st If you want you can post a short introduction in this thread. If you have any questions, let me know. Links Rule book Character Sheet (copy it and fill it out, don't forget to alter the share settings so everyone can see it) Sign in sheet
  11. Okay, so those of you who have been following my challenges know that I've not had the best time of things of late. Between illness and misfortune, I'm still sitting at a much lower total than I'd like and feeling kinda down because I don't really have a coach who bucks me up when things are going badly. Things might turn around after this weekend but just feeling resigned to getting there and making a total rather than setting the world on fire. Anyway, as an antidote to this, I have decided that the next challenge needs to be about having fun! I don't have a coach after the weekend, so either I'll be on my own or I'll be starting up with a new coach. Either way, I need to let loose a bit. So... Here are the goals! Eat, Drink and Be Merry NO food tracking. Weight tracking is allowable (and I'll log it as usual) but food will not be measured or judged. I need to have a bit of fun! Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Make time to go and have fun with friends. I would like to do the following this month: Go skating at an outdoor rink (and I'm dragging @TeeCam with me) Go for mulled wine at the markets Eat one of the gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches that I've been lusting after Arrange a girls lifting meet-up Attend my friend's Squats, Cake and Gin party Arrange a local Nerd-Up See Star Wars: Rogue One See Fantastic Beasts Eat mince pies Progress through World of Final Fantasy Push It I mean go harder... Nah, I want to get a bench PB so, even if I don't get it in competition, I'm going to go for an over 80kg bench at some point this month. Spin, Spin, Spin Get back to pole dancing at least once and clear out the spare room so I can get my own pole to practice. I've missed pole for ages so I really want to get back to doing that!
  12. Lucky Fire Dragon's Daily Spin So I've been away for a while and it was all for good reasons - being on holiday, getting back into good work rhythm, spending plenty of time with kids for school and fun, rearranging the house and uncluttering a LOT, catching up work projects that I've been wanting to do for 2 years and never got around to,... all good things, so I feel it was healthy priority setting and am very glad I did. I missed you guys as you have become part of my larger family, too, of course, but I knew getting back on here would mean less time for the people around me here and for those past few months I soaked up that time like the sunshine on a beach and they did too. Now I feel those habits and relationships are wonderfully steady and will see how to be back here AND have all the delicious time with my family as well There has to be a way!! Am super excited to catch up on your adventures that I missed, yayyyyyy As you can probably guess, the one thing coming short over all those goodies was my fitness Well, I did go for many walks, and after gaining a few kilos over summer (went from 64 to nearly 68 ) I meticulously counted calories for a month to remind my body what a deficit feels like, what enough feels like and what eating more than I burn feels like... that was super interesting. I'm back to 65 now, some days 64 and would love to get it down to 62 kg (less to lift on pole ) and also it's finally time to get some muscle back on. Talking about pole... sigh... 6 weeks holiday break were shocking there. Training only 3 times over the last two months did not improve this either plus I was too lazy for any push ups, pull ups, sit ups, yoga, ... you name it. Getting up early is the only "up" activity I have been successful on over the last few months. Sooooooooooooo It's time to get up on the pole again!!! For real I was pondering for a loooooooooong time (sneaky way of procrastination, planning instead of doing ): Should I rather do some hardcore, "proper" workouts 3x / week? Or should I do a little bit every day? Like 10 push ups, sit ups, etc daily? What about daily yoga? What about starting on weights for quicker strength gain to get back in shape? But then what about coordination on the pole? Aaaaaaaaaaargh Was driving myself a bit mad on this So now I have decided for daily small steps on pole Consistency and fun will be my mantras. I don't need to cover every main muscle every day, I don't need to train progressively, I just need to get up there and DO EEEEEEEEET Here's the plan: - Train for 15 min daily on the pole, with warm-up and cool-down it will be 30 min, that should be totally doable - Train one spin, one form of climbing and one pretty pose to hold each time - only day off is Fridays as they are super busy days and I also have pole class Thursday nights anyway Listed below are all the spins, holds and climbs I have learned so far. I will let a dice decide which ones are due that day and then tick them off here. Aiming to do as many of them as I can over the next 4 weeks, ones I've done won't come again unless in a combo for spicing things up. I really want to start small here, not aim for perfection but rather diversity and consistency. Does that make any sense? Not sure right now @SymphonicDanif you see any similarities to any of your past challenges (like lists and letting a dice decide) they are purely coincidental.... kidding, of course! I loved that so much in your challenges, I've always wanted to give it a try and here I go. THANK YOU Oh and I'll try to capture the various results on camera to link to each move for extra accountability. And maybe explanation of the names... but please don't assume I'm doing them perfectly, because I probably don't!! Instagram would be best for this purpose, right? Am very inexperienced on that. Any suggestions? So here is my list: CLIMBS (will have to be done twice as I don't have 24 different ones) beginner standard both legs (don't have a better name for it) fireman climb 3/4 turn fireman climb full turn fireman climb 1 1/4 turn leg switch on second climb leg switch on second climb with turn other moves that get me up the pole swing mount from squatting swing mount from standing headstand crunch up caterpillar from floor caterpillar on pole (both those don't take me up really, but maybe will one day ) SPINS front hook front hook long leg back spin back spin long leg front spin horizontal plié spin fan kick 1/2 turn fan kick full turn front chair front chair long leg back chair back chair long leg baby spin attitude spin baby spin long leg attitude horizontal attitude horizontal long leg fireman spin attitude dismount 3/4 turn attitude dismount full turn attitude dismount 1 1/4 turn long leg from floor (no idea what it's called) pirouette ??? HOLDS standing cross cross relax (wilting flower?? dead something? It's got some proper name ) cross long leg seat seat relax fireman supergirl superman inverted cross attitude headstand headstand splits headstand baby angel handstand handstand baby angel rainbow sun wheel overhead hold with legs lifted pull up hold pencil forearm hold pencil forearm hold one knee hooked seat next to pole knee hook with long leg that I have no name for inverted v Motivation: Getting my strong and sexy back on, having lots of fun again on the pole and feeling gooooooooooood Isn't that what we always ultimately do it for? I'll try to incorporate this part into training already - please shout at me when I seem to forget and go for tense ambition instead Thank you for sharing my journey with me, I'll do my best to cheer you on in return Let's go have some FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUN
  13. Hi All! Xena here....posting this a little late, but wanted to get it in. Because time is short, I copied most of the text from last time.... Round 6 of our PVP using the Daily Dares at Darebee.com has begun! All are welcome. Every day, they post a bodyweight exercise challenge no equipment needed, every day. Sometimes they're easy, sometimes they're not. Every day there are two levels of difficulty. 1) just get it done, over the course of the day, and 2) Extra Credit (EC,) which usually means all in one shot. Either do one or the other. You get either 1 or 2 points per day, no more. Miss the day (in your time zone) and you miss the points. Need a variation? Not a problem, but no points for you. This is an open PVP, so anyone can join at any time. It's a great way to try out a bunch of different bodyweight exercises, and after 2 times through, I've personally found a bunch of new exercises based on what's been really hard. If you decide to join, declare what rank you're aiming for and sign up on this spreadsheet. Then, just keep track of how many dares you complete throughout the challenge. If you're not sure about what counts for the dare or extra credit, post here and we'll rule by what seems to make sense to the most of us. Some days you might not be able to do an exercise, and that's ok! If you like, try modifying or scaling the dare to something you can do. I've added a new column where you can keep track of dares you've modified and completed. The modified dares don't "count' toward "official" totals, but we can still reward you with creative titles if you like. The person with the most points at the end of the challenge will be declared the Daredevil! (other titles are available, inquire within.) Leaderboard Round 5: Zeroh (48 points) Round 4: Rocketbikeninja (62 points) Round 3 (Tie): Rocketbikeninja and mom2sjm (64 points) Round 2: Rocketbikeninja (67 points) - May 2016 Challenge Round 1: Geek On Fire (53 points) - April 2016 Challenge Ranks Titanium: 60 points (30 days of dares + 30 days of extra credit) Gold: 45 points Silver: 30 points Bronze: 15 points Custom: A custom goal of your choice. Just make sure to state your specific target in the spreadsheet. We're starting the PVP in Week 0, but you should be able to achieve all but the highest of these ranks even if you don't join us until Week 1.
  14. "It is time to stop lurking" - Tippeh, 6/9/16 at 9:53pm Well okay I said that a few times before but this time, I mean it I'm tired of being tired. I'm tired of recording my "progress" on scraps of paper I end up losing anyways. I'm tired of starting over multiple times and being just as confused as before. I used to do full body HIIT workouts mainly doing calisthenics 2-3 times a week during the start of my college years and I remember just how AMAZING I felt and looked everyday. Then family issues, changing majors, not eating enough, and life happened. Therefore I fell of that luxurious wagon. So it is time! In fact what really helps is that my fiancee will be gone for most of the week for the next 2 months on business so that leaves less temptation for me to eat out/grab fast food with her. Therefore I'm hoping to establish a pretty solid habit of eating clean and working out regularly before I start my last semester of school this fall (will still miss you hunny!) Long-term Goals: To bulid a habit of working out 3 times a week (minimum) To eliminate processed foods out of my overall diet and instead fuel myself with wholesome foods To feel more energized and full of life for every waking moment To be stronger, especially in my upper body and hamstrings To someday be able to squat double my bodyweight To someday be able to do 10 pullups with relative ease Lastly when I succeed at the above, I know I will look much more lean, "toned", and strong. So my last goal is to look aesthetically awesome! Like Wonder Woman awesome! Short-term Goals (now until Sept. 1): Go to the gym 4-6 times a week Lower body twice a week Upper body twice a week HIIT 1-2 times a week Have 3 meals and 2-3 snacks everyday. No counting calories, just going to listen to my body when its hungry and when its satisfied Rotate between chicken, beef, pork, and fish for variety For example have chicken every other lunch and pork chops on the alternate days, etc. 1-2 servings of veggies per meal (whatever is in my fridge) 1 serving fruit per meal Fruits and nuts for snacks Be able to squat 100 pounds comfortably (hopefully more but we'll see!) Be able to 2 pull ups Be able to do 20 pushups in 1 minute Get a part time summer job (hopefully Rita's will call me in the next few days)! Wow it is cool seeing my goals written out so neatly. In a way, I hope it's not too much, too soon for me but I have a feeling it'll be okay. I'm definitely open to your guys' thoughts and tips though. Otherwise, creep away
  15. Quick intro! I'm karinajean, 38, live in NY state, commute to NJ about an hour each way (so lots of time in the car). I joined the NFA in October 2013 and over the last 2 years I've gone from 206 to around 180. I practice tae kwon do several times a week, take weapons and boxing classes in addition, and have an overarching fitness goal of doing good form push- and pull-ups. I have a crazy mean (yet super sweet) cat and live with my husband full time and my stepdudes 1/2 time. I motorcycle, knit and spin, and am endlessly ignoring how messy the house is. I'm an ASSASSIN because I like doing all the things, and because I want to be able to do push-ups and pull-ups -- these seem like very efficient movements that will exercise my upper body and core, and if I can do those and run and do martial arts (NINJA) I will feel totally strong and fit and capable. The MERMAID comes in because I saw it in a dream when I was a very young child and I believe it. And! it's my 39th birthday on April 15! challenge backstory! I've been here at NF for just about 2 years (nerdiversary on april 14th!) and lately I've been working on my SHOWING UP. I'm trying to believe that my baseline level of activity is actually worthy of being considered ACTIVITY (can you believe I have imposter syndrome around this?) and that I just need to show up and keep on keepin' on to stay healthy, happy, and fit. Goals! Goal 1: keep eating and tracking I still don't have hazard-quality information about how my body uses food. Honestly, I may NEVER have hazard-quality information about how my body uses food... but I want to grow the karinajean database of information. but! I need to add to this. progress status photos and measurements on a weekly basis, please. Goal 2: keep using my calendar tracking system and keep doing the things and telling you about them. I like this calendar tracking plan. it works for me pretty nicely. Goal 3: Show up and have fun! it's spring, y'all! I need to just show up and have fun! like, here, in my back yard, at my birthday party, on the weekends, in the library with a candlestick (oh wait).... Larger items to pay attention to: * having a birthday party with hula hoop instructor on APRIL 16. * 4th degree black belt test still tentatively scheduled for MAY * currently training for a 10K to be run on MAY 15 * it's spring and my yard is a mess and I need to BUY AND PLANT SOME BIG TREES * I need to get my attic dry-walled. it's a big deal and is going to be a huge pain (because there's currently things in it) but it is TIME. you know what will be fun? when this is OVER. * oh, and my motorcycle! we got the tarp off of them last night (thanks strong winds) and I need to FIX THE THROTTLE CABLE and RIDE IT EVERYWHERE.
  16. Goal: Do fun things daily, minimum of 3 fun things. 4-5-6 if you can and want to. Chat about it here in the thread when I feel like it. Weekly summary of all the fun things. Fun things: micro bio-hacking - black coffee only, a.m. fasting, fasting walk/exercise GMB Elements - being a bear, monkey, frog... need I explain why this is fun? stretching/flexibility - feels good and helps the back, win! dance - just one songs worth will do, because FUN! reading - especially something funny, laughing = good yoga/hand balancing - surely I don't need to explain... walking - It's spring, get out there! anything else that makes you smile Heh, one goal.
  17. 2016 Road Map These are my big goals for the next year, there is a lot I want to accomplish so I reserve the right to alter them as life happens Mental Health Live In the Moment- take things second by second day by day maintain good habits Meditation at least 5x per week, preferably daily Inspiration Gratitude Positive Self Talk falling in love with myself Physical Health Exercise Pilates 2x per week Lifting 2-3x per week walking- as active rest yoga? Eat your Freggies Sleep Water Creative Health: Writing write another book this year (Camp NaNo) finish second draft of 2014 Nano by april (Editing from Jan-March) finish third draft by june (March-May) finish 2015 Nano (May-June) Drawing 1 per challenge Music Write an EP 3-4 songs I like Become proficient at guitar, this means: able to play songs change chords well know all the notes on the frets Return to School: Financial Aid for School tax returns (by april priority deadline) fafsa (by april priority deadline) CSS profile (by april priority deadline) Finalize return to Wes (May-June) email dean email advisor pick classes Learning: Read 20 new books this year Take 3 coursera courses to get used to studying and classes again Fluency in French?
  18. Thank you for that killer title, def <3 ** Time for Shepherd Fox to continue her journey towards becoming an international super spy! After an action-packed field mission, she’s been granted a few weeks working in the office. Wait, what? An office? â€You’re not ready for field workâ€, says B, the chief of ZOOm, the international intelligence agency. â€You’ve got what it takes, but you can’t control yourself.†â€What do you mean? I think I did OK!†â€You left those baby cows to manage themselves, and totally lost yourself and your focus. Your report mostly consisted of pictures of some Crab’s butt (clothed, thankfully), and you referred to yourself as ’Mrs. Crab’ four times, and two times you misspelled your own name. ANDâ€, B raises her voice as Fox tries to protest, â€you need to learn how to control your enthusiasm. You’ve got everything you need, but you don’t know how to use it.†â€Those pictures are art.†â€Fox.†â€Come on, those baby cows knew Cow Fu and could handle themselves. The situation turned out OK.†â€You can’t count every cow to know Cow Fu, Fox. Leaving the baby cows to manage themselves wasn’t part of your mission.†B sighs. â€I need to know that I can trust you. Do you trust me, Fox?†Fox looks at B, astonished, and quickly answers: â€Absolutely.†She absolutely trusts her boss, who seemed to get wiser and wiser every year. Even the thought of B thinking otherwise is horrifying. â€Good. You can trust me: this office work is going to do you good. Your immune system is low after running after that Crab butt, Fox. It’s not good. But you’ll be back in field in no timeâ€, B says, and takes out a file. â€Any details, chief?†Fox asks, feeling anxious. B opens the file. â€You’ll be situated in the city of Pawnee, Indiana. Your boss will be Ron Swanson, the department director of Parks and Recreation…†â€PARKS AND RECREATION?†â€It will do you good, Fox. Your boss will be Ron Swanson, and your job will be supervised by Leslie Knope. You’ll get the details of your job upon arrival. Any questions?†Shepherd Fox suppresses a sigh. â€When do I start?†** https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWOZVz9OVnk Working in Parks and Recreations means that Shepherd Fox needs to change her way of seeing things: working hard will get you to your dreams. But working hard doesn't mean that you can't have any fun! #1: What would Leslie do? Leslie Knope is among the hardest working people on the planet - and she is a genuinely lovely human being, who takes care of her own. She has a lot of qualities that the Fox could adapt! - plan studies ahead every week - set up two goals you need to achieve daily - Sunday will preferably be a day for painting! - every day, write down what motivates you to keep going! #2: Bad feelings make me sweaty. A low immune system needs to be taken care of with gentle exercise that boosts your mood - yoga, dancing, shadow boxing... Whatever makes you feel good! Since the flu still has a strong hold of Fox, there will initially be no minimum requirements here. If you can dance for one song every day and enjoy yourself, great! We'll modify this goal as your health gets better. #3: Meditation is, literally, the best! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOpbzssFyPw Anxiety disorder is making Shepherd Fox anxious. Meditation has proven to be a powerful maintenance tool for this interesting structure in her brain. - meditate 20-30 minutes every morning - meditate 15 minutes every day when you come home from your studies. #4: Treat Yo’ Self! It's a cold world, and winter is coming. This is challenging for a fox, who's prone to SAD and other bad vibes. So, every day, after accomplishing set goals (see #1), she will treat herself. Activities could be something as follows: - watch a movie - massage yo' self with lavender oil - give your feet a herbal bath - try a new food recipe ** Shepherd Fox is shown to her table. There's a laptop, and a mug with the department's logo. "Welcome to Parks and Recreation", says Ron Swanson. "If you need anything, I'll be in my office. The door will be locked, so you'll have to make an appointment with my secretary April or go talk with Leslie. She's in her office, too, and her door will be open." He nods, and walks away. Fox sets down her backbag, and sits down. Office work. Here we go.
  19. Hey there! This is my first 6 week challenge. I started week plans by myself from time to time, but I never sticked to it after the first motivation is gone. So, I (at least hope to) learn from the past and now focus on smaller, more reasonable goals. I will write down what I did the other day so I know if I slept or not! Goal number 1: Better sleep To archieve this, I want to stay away from my mobile, my xbox and my computer - devices that send out blue light - the hour before I go to bed. Since I am going to bed at 10pm to get my 8 hours of sleep, I need to stop at 9pm. In the free time I can paint, draw, read and exercise. Turn off devices at 9pm and fo to sleep at 10pm (On Sunday, Monday- Thursday. I want to try it out on weekends too (too not use devices), but I can sleep longer so I dont need to be in bed at 10pm ) Goal number 2: Habit of training I want to build a habit of training. I am starting a calisthenics bodywheight routine (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVlF6U0eZEw). At the moment, I am not sure what will be better for me, either do a split and work on my upper body on day one + stretching of my upper body and work ony my lower body + core + stretching on day 2 OR do the full routine on day one and do a stretch routine on day 2. I dont know if the first version will give me enough rest between the workouts, but I like the idea more since I am constantly building the habit to workout. In the best case, I can workout at 9pm and then do something else, but I dont know how it will influence my sleep. a) Train 6 days a week (or more) - If I cant do a full routine, I will do a back up short workout (and mention it here) b)Workout 3 days a week and stretch on 3 days a week EDIT: Handstands all the way There was a time where I trained the handstand a lot, but at the moment I can't do it anymore. But I really like the handstand, so I am starting again at point one and do them against a wall, trying to get a straight form before I try them without help ( that was my biggest problem before). I want to do ~5min of Handstand training every day. Do ~5mins of handstand training every day Goal number 3: Milk every day: In order to gain weight, I want to drink more milk. I read the GOMAD diet and liked the idea. But because of my purse and my stomach I will start with 2 L a day to see how it goes. Unoffical goals: These are goals I want to archieve at one point, but I know myself, and focusing on too much will throw me back. So I will try to do these but I can cut them back if I dont have time/energy/money/fun - Eat more - Participate in a martial arts course or breakdance course - Do more parkour videos Thanks for reading! More details + rewards will follow(hopefully) in the next days since it is already 9:30pm and I still want to workout ~ Gurkour EDIT (07.11.2015): I was sick so the challenge starts today
  20. Alright, Rangers! We've been talking about this and dreaming about this. Now's the time to start doing this! Not much in the way of rules or categories yet. I'm figuring that, as we usually do, we will come to working consensus via discussions in the thread. Post pictures, talk trash, put up links to resources and most of all - HAVE FUN!
  21. (Spoiler: I hate math!) Friends, Rebels, countrymen! WELCOME!! This is my seventh challenge here at Nerd Fitness! As usual, per a Shaarawy Style Challenge each one in 2015 is deliciously nerdily themed with something I love. Adventure Time is simultaneously the silliest/stupidest/weirdest/most AWESOME cartoon I have seen in a long time. Holy crap. It’s also a really smart show that’s a lot of fun and I’m unabashedly addicted to binging it on Netflix on weeknights. I think my recurring favorite character is Jake but I also like that weirdo Lemongrabs and Neptr (so underrated) and CAKE, we need more Fionna and Cake episodes plz~ Ok, sorry. Anyway. My last challenge was particularly taxing and grueling and hard on me, which is very ironic because I specifically made that challenge to be a little more chill than my usuals. Unfortunately my nutrition snuck up on me in a BIG way, and it wasn’t even part of my challenge, so it felt like I was doing two challenges at once and barely treading water. So for this 6 weeks I’m allowing myself to have a little fun (while still working hard!) as I step back, regroup, and do things The Right Way. Iiiit’s ADVENTURE TIME!!!! Quest 1 - FINN (STA+3 STR+2) Gonna destroy some lifting, destroy some PR’s, and NOT destroy myself because that’s not Finn-like, like, at all. Gotta be STRONG to be a good adventurer! (Aside: Know who else is strong? SUSAN STRONG!!!! When she’s not eating the Candy Kingdom. Ahem, anyway.) In my previous challenge I started doing SL5x5. It was pretty physically taxing on me, but I LOVE lifting with barbells. I also missed having a day to do non-barbell stuff - skullcrushers, lat pulldowns, hammer curls, w/e. Or even take a day off and try out a Zumba or kickboxing workout? Yeah!! Right now feel I need to progress a little slower while also keeping mindful of other important things (see next quest), so for this I’m committing to three lifting days - at least two SL sessions, with one session for auxiliaries/others. And if I feel like doing three SL sessions, rock on, but I want to give myself the option to mix it up a little bit this time. Also, this quest is gonna have a LITTLE BIT OF A BYE, (of course because why should anything be easy) because... at the end of Week 1 I’ll be getting a tattoo on my back that’ll limit my heavy lifting abilities for about ~2 weeks. I’m not allowed to work those muscles or sling a barbell over my back or get ridonkulously sweaty, because I’ll essentially have a very pretty open wound that’s healing, and I’m paying a lotta beans for this... so obvs, safety first! I’ll take things day by day as it gets to the end of the two weeks but for the first week I’ll be subbing in three leg/lower body workouts to keep myself going, and the second week will be more play by ear. WOO! Weekly Grading A - 2 days of SL, one day of either SL or aux workout. B - 2 days of SL, no days of aux workout. F - Dude what are you doing, get it together. Quest 2 - PRINCESS BUBBLEGUM (WIS+2 CON+2) Nutrition snuck up on me like a TRAIN in my last challenge. (I don’t know how a train sneaks up on anyone but let’s just go with it, shall we?) I hadn’t realized that lifting heavy = eating heavy (I mean, DUH?) and it really threw me for a loop. It almost felt like I was doing two challenges because it was so intensive, and I had a lot of fatigue days where I was just trying to figure out what was going on and make it through the day to collapse on the couch at home. So this time I’m going to really focus on what I feed myself and make it an ACTUAL QUEST so I get some kind of credit for all of this hard work. I need to be like Peebs and NOT fall asleep on a pizza slice (nomnom), but get this FOOD SCIENCE working so I can be at my best! And I mean, come on, who’s better at calculating numbers than PB?? Right now my macros are as follows: Calories 1900 Carbs 238 Fats 53 Protein 119 I’m reserving the right to tweak as I go along as I find what works best for me, but as I do I’ll update them and do my best to come within 100g of my calorie count, and 20g of other macros. Weekly Grading A - 7 days of macros hit. B - 6 days of macros hit. C - 5 days of macros hit. F - 4 or less days. Fooding FAIL. Quest 3 - JAKE (WIS+3) I love you Jake, I really do. I’m especially jealous of your BIG LIVEEERRR but I’m not a magic dog so I don’t have that kind of cool. Okay, I’m REALLY ready to hit this one hard. With no foreseeable holidays or drinkworthy events on the horizon for this challenge, I’m ready to experiment with drinking LOTS less than I’m used to and seeing what it does to my abdominal measurements and photos. SO READY. Due to the nature of this quest it is pass or fail weekly only. ONLY. Weekly Grading A - 1 alcoholic drink per week. F - More than 1 alcoholic drink per week. Lush. LQ - LUMPY SPACE PRINCESS (CHA+3) My LQ this time around is about literally remembering to have fun EVERY DAY, and that no matter what life throws at you or how crazy things get, there’s always something to CELEBRATE!! And, uhm, LSP is the gal that TOTALLY knows how to lumpin’ jam. (She's also FRESH TO DEATH. Yaaaaass.) Each week, with the help of the Weird Holiday database ( http://www.weirdholiday.com/ ) I’m going to pick a day and find something to celebrate. I’ll report back here with the day and event (i.e. July 15th is National Gummi Worms day, YEAH) and how I rocked it out, preferably with photos or artwork or something, pertaining to the event. ( edit - use this one for august, it's way better -- http://www.gone-ta-pott.com/AugustCalendar.html ) Stupidly enough I’m really looking forward to this. Weekly Grading A - Celebrated once per week. F - Did nothing, sheesh. Lame. Phew. All right Rebels, let's keep going strong through SUMMERTIME and have some BOMBASTIC FUN together!!!
  22. Expectations of Self Challenges abound in this area of my life I call self-motivation, and they do so often without confrontation from me. That ends. It starts being different today. I'm not gonna lift 50 pounds more on the bench, if I don't show up. If I don't push hard when I am there. If I don't push, I will not progress. If I don't progress, I don't get where I WANT to go. Not letting myself get to where I want to go? That needs to end. DO IT NOW It's one of the first articles Steve wrote that really resonated with me. So, I'm pulling it out of the archives and dusting it off. Because doing has become harder than anything else. I have excuses. I have injuries. I have problems. I have... name it and it has or will happen in my life. But these stressors don't disappear after I'm at my goal weight and I'm trail running like a werewolf! There's no going around them or pretending that they don't affect me. If they didn't affect me, I wouldn't be disabled! That's the very definition I depended on to keep away from change and people. Yet, it's exactly what I hate, but I NEED to come to terms with it if I'm going to progress closer to what I want. There is no shame in being broken somehow. I didn't break me. I do, however, need to mend me. The darkness will always be close by. One or two mishaps or unfortunate happenings and I'm in that cloud of misery, hoping for miracles instead of searching for ways out. I have decades of experience and well-grooved habits in those clouds. I have little more than 3 years of life outside the clouds. I'm not going to be perfect any time soon, even if it were actually possible. I am as beautifully flawed as anyone else. If I can see their beauty in their mess, than there's hope I can do the same with me. And there's evidence already that I can see it and I am able to grow from it and succeed at things that I want in my life. I'm a level 14 Lycan Archer Scout. I have earned experience points, my STATS have improved, because I've been doing the work. I have stalled in the last 6 months. Okay, so what?! If I knock myself down for stalling, I'm just going back to that self-hating talk that keeps me from my joys in life. I am going to stall, my body will get to a place when it needs to find a non-moving equilibrium. It's what it needs to find the new status-quo. To understand that this is the new normal. This is what it feels like to be over 80 pounds lighter. This is what it feels like to be able to hike and run through the park just to get to the other side to get my car that I'm lending. If fact, I did that just this past Wednesday morning and then decided I didn't need the car at all. I did my errands and walked back. I was tired as fuck, but I was happy. I logged over 18,000 steps that day! I could not have done that 3 years ago. More so, I wouldn't have wanted to do it. Times they are a changin' I have had 6 months of no real progress in eating, exercising, and self care (minus the guitar!). It's time to talk to my body, make sure it sees and feels the present, in the moment, me and is ready to move on. That could take 1 ritual or 4, doesn't matter. It will happen and I will be moving toward my goals with a stronger sense of self and more energy and motivation to put toward the changes I want. Let's get to it then, shall we? Goal # 1 -- Water, Water, Water I expect myself to consume 8 cups of water each day. I will be satisfied with 6 cups for the first half of the challenge. I will be satisfied with 7 cups for the second half of the challenge. STAT bonus +2 STA and +1 CON (grading -- avg of 6 - 6.9 = C, avg. of 7 - 7.9 = B, avg of 8+ = A) Goal #2 -- COOK, COOK, COOK EDIT!!! Cook or prepare at home. These are decent foods, not candy/pizza, or all carbs! I expect to cook/prepare my own meals 3 times per day, six days a week. I will be satisfied with 1 meal per day for the first half of the challenge. I will be satisfied with 2 meals per day for the second half of the challenge. STAT bonus +2 CON and +1 STR (grading -- avg of 1 - 1.9 = C, avg. of 2 - 2.9 = B, avg of 3 = A) Goal #3 -- RUN, HIKE, WALK I expect to be active everyday for at least 45 minutes. I will be satisfied with 25 minutes for the first half of the challenge. I will be satisfied with 35 minutes for the second half of the challenge. STAT bonus +2 STR and +3 DEX (grading -- avg of 25 mins = C, avg. of 35 mins = B, avg of 45 mins = A) Goal #4 -- WASH, SCRUB, RINSE I expect to indulge in self care spa activities at least 4 times per week. I will be satisfied with 2 times for the first half of the challenge. I will be satisfied with 3 times for the second half of the challenge. STAT bonus +2 CHR (grading -- avg of 2 = C, avg. of 3 = B, avg of 4+ = A) Goal #5 -- TRACK, TRACK, TRACK I expect to track, in a spreadie, every item of food, every spa activity, every exercise, and every drop of water. I will be satisfied with 75% completion for the first half of the challenge. I will be satisfied with 85% completion for the second half of the challenge. STAT bonus +2 WIS (grading -- avg of 75% = C, avg. of 85% = B, avg of 100% = A) There we have it. Challenge number ?? ready to go!! Wish me luck, light a fire under my ass, and understand and support me as you always do. Thank you, NerdFitness. Theme:: RANDOM ACTS OF SILLINESS, WISE WORDS, and PUBLISHING PRIOR SUCCESSES Add as you like: gifs and pictures highly encouraged!
  23. I want to play kids games again. I used to rock at hide and seek because no one looks up. :-) What kind of games did you play? Are there any groups that get to gether just to play? I've only ever seen adults playing orginized sports with equipment and tons of rules.
  24. Hi, this is my first time on the boards and I'm excited to meet like minded, motivating and positive new peeps. I started my fitness quest after I realized that if I didn't change my ways, my parents were going to have to bury me. I was an uncontrolled diabetic [A1c = 9.2], on insulin and about 3 other meds, using a c-pap at night because my weight was crushing me and cutting off my breathing. I would be so winded after 1 salsa dance that my legs would give out. I was 5'6" and ~252 lbs [114.3 kg]. I am currently going to a supervised diet plan that encompasses not just weight loss but they have behaviorist, exercise physiologist, as well as medical doctors to help you adjust your plan. I've also changed my diet to paleo and am loving it. I never realized that I was allergic to SOY and legumes. As soon as I cut them out of my diet - my skin cleared up and I lost ~7 inches off my abdomen. I reached my weight goal of 165 lbs [74.8 kg]. my A1c = 5, which means I'm totally off all of my insulin and only on 1 tablet of medication [my vitamins now out number my medications] But now I feel the "hard part" begins -- meal planning, budgeting, and coming to terms with my new body. Sometimes I feel like a baby giraffe -- gawky and awkward. My goal is to be able to dance all night. I love to dance salsa and am learning West Coast Swing. There are many workshops were you take classes all day and then open dancing from 9 pm to 4 am. I'd like to be able to do that. So, I think endurance strength training (with bodyweight) and vinyansa yoga intrigues me. I'm also considering taking a kinesiology class(es) about movement in general and nutrition to bulk up my mental muscles too. I'd also like to participate in the next challenge but not sure what guild to choose, any suggestions? Thanks for listening/reading.
  25. Crouching in a small cupboard, where Ocelot had flung herself to evade detection, it was hard not to groan aloud: her entire body ached with the tension. Her thumbs rubbed against the newly formed calluses on her palms in futile distraction. She could hear the guards’ conversation - snatched words, at least. They were wondering aloud about the identity of the assassin who had been haunting the fortress for over two months now. Imagine if they knew it was the new maidservant to blame, the small red-haired girl who looked as if butter wouldn’t melt, who concealed her powerful weapon-skilled arms under a brown cloak and kept her sharp eyes turned downwards to hide their rebellious flashes. Hours had passed - they must have, for her counting of breaths had lost itself at over a thousand. She had lost all sense of time and place. But in the darkness, in the solitude and forgottenness, a plan was beginning to form. Goal One: Ascending She would escape using her best skill - her small size and relative strength, meaning she could climb to freedom. For this goal I’m going to go on climbing based adventures! An adventure counts if I climb something to a significant height (rock, tree, hill, mountain, building, etc) and I get photographic evidence. I need to learn to use my climbing harness and I need to get into positions from which I can hang my new rings. Time to put those pull-up muscles to action. 0-6 climbing adventures: 0 points 7-12 climbing adventures: 1 STR, 1 DEX 13-18 climbing adventures: 2 STR, 2 DEX 19+ climbing adventures: 3 STR, 3 DEX Goal Two: Dragon Taming And at the top of the tallest tower, who knew what she would find… except that she’d seen it through her window: a huge, burnt umber scaled beast, with long black tail and huge black wings… a creature she could only hope to tame with patience, time - and plenty of tempting morsels of food. My dragon (aka, my horse) has been out to grass all winter and its about time I started his spring-grass fitness regime again… For this goal I need to go on a ride or do groundwork with him for at least 20 minutes building both our muscles up to some good long rides. 0-6 taming sessions: 0 points 7-12 taming sessions: 1 STA 13-18 taming sessions: 2 STA 19+ taming sessions: 3 STA Goal Three: Feeding the Fires of the Mind Then, with pure exhilaration they would take flight - but would she find the endurance to turn around and continue the battle for the Castle of Consistency, or exalting in freedom, leave it behind for more varied and unpredictable lands? This is a strange goal I’m afraid. I’ve been reading about neurotransmitters and their role in improving mood and emotional wellbeing. Interestingly, even if vital proteins are in the bloodstream, apparently its no use to the brain unless given a hit of carbs in the evening to enable the uptake of neurotransmitters like serotonin etc. Having also read some interesting analysis by various authors regarding nutrient timing for muscle growth, I’m doubly interested in shuffling things around a bit. My idea is to save all simple carbs until after 6pm, or at least 1 hour after a protein based meal. I’m still going to eat the same way - ie, mostly chocolate - just change the timing and see what happens. So, a day will count as successful diet wise if I: Get enough protein pre 6pm Save simple carbs for after 6pm Drink 2 litres of water Eat fruit and veg Track everything on MFP Seems simple enough except for the timing thing which might require some mental endurance! So, we’ll see... 0-25% of days successful: 0 points 25-50% days successful: 1 CON 50-75% days successful: 2 CON 75%+ days successful: 3 CON Life Goal: Translating dreams to reality Adventures with art! Another goal all about having fun. (Are we sensing a theme?) I’m determined to rekindle my drawing habit, and find some new enthusiasm for the illustration work which I’m pretty sure is my calling in life. (Not gonna quit the day job though. Yet) This goal is simple: go on art adventures! This means at least 20 minutes, preferably more of drawing in an unusual/public/awesome place. At least one sketch per adventure must be from life and be posted here. 0-6 artistic adventures: 0 points 7-12 artistic adventures: 1 CHA 13-18 artistic adventures: 2 CHA 19+ artistic adventures: 3 CHA Mini Challenges: Game of Pwns I'm in House Baratheon!
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