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  1. Alright World. This log will be here to (ideally) maintain my convictions and keep track of my triumphs and setbacks. “It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.†― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings I'm sure this quote is elsewhere on these forums but I really love it as it can mean so much with regards to embarking on any journey. I think it can also have positive insinuation about where the world can take you. I am excited about this quest! For me this is to lose weight, gain strength and have an awesome adventure along the way! I have recently started (although a couple weeks late) the six week challenge. I am on my second week now but have only today taken some body measurements. I'm a little embarrassed to post these but I know it will just give me more reason to be proud when I improve on these numbers. Height: 5'5 Bust: 44" Waist: 40.5" Hips: 45" Bicep: 13" Thigh: 23" I don't have any exact weight since I have no scale currently but I estimate I am somewhere in the 170s. My main goal for my current challenge is to lose weight. I'd like to lose a pants size by the time this challenge is finished. My three missions are: 1) Do 3 workouts a week! I have decided to commit to the bbww. 2) walk to and from work every day! 3) No more than 3 fancy coffees a week. So! My first week was a success! I did 3 full beginner body weight workouts! I did 3 full circuits. 20 squats 10 push-ups (right now I am doing wuss ones from the knees) 20 lunges 10 dumbbell rows (each side) 15 sec plank 30 jumping jacks All of this x 3. With 2 min between circuits. I think these circuits have been a great way for me to start working out. I definitely have gained a sense of how out of shape I am but I can also already feel a little bit of progress. I also succeeded in walking to and from work 4 days and only had 2 macchiatos. So week one I gave myself an A for a grade. Yesterday was the first day of week 2. I am adding a modified version of Steves dynamic warmup routine. Before I begin my bbww I have added this routine. 30 jumping jacks 10 squats 5 lunges - each leg 10 hip extensions 5 hip rotations - each leg 5 forward leg swing - each leg 5 side leg swings - each leg 10 elevated push-ups 10 spider-man steps - each leg 10 arm swings 10 shoulder rotations So today I did this routine and then my 3 circuit body weight workout. Yay! I also walked to and from work yesterday. These are my first steps out my font door, but I think I am on the right road. Oh and as a side note, since I am still new to this and finding my footing I am identifying as an adventurer but I think in the future I will be aiming to join the rangers.
  2. Water, Earth, Fire, Air. Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony. Then everything changed when the fire nation attacked. Only the Avatar, master of all four elements could stop them. I must master all four elements to become Avatar, to become the master of my body! I'm very excited about the progress I've been making so far and want to keep it going. My Main Goal: still working towards a US size 10 jean but ultimately surpassing this goal is in the books. Officially becoming the Avatar may take a little more than being a smaller size so I am also really focusing on building strength as well. Going for that whole harmony thing. Of course one step at a time. My missions! 1) Book of Water- Upgrade my Diet! I plan to upgrade my diet 3 times using the NerdFitness Diet as a guide. Obviously I am starting at level one and have the potential to upgrade three times during this challenge. Ideally ending at level four. Each level up requires two weeks and each upgrade requires something different. I haven't focused too much on my diet during my last challenge as I have already drastically cleaned up my eating before beginning here at NF but each level of this challenge will help me to be more mindful and healthy in my eating habits. (Grading will be every two weeks as Pass/Fail. At the end of the challenge I will grade the overall progress. Still lvl 1 = FAILED/ lvl 2 = C/ lvl 3 = B/ lvl 4 = A) {Tough to allocate points because there is much that goes into this goal. Many different things going into it. 2 CON, 2 WIS} 2)Book of Earth- Daily Stair Mastery! This may be a big challenge since I live on the 8th floor but I plan to take the stairs instead on the elevator every time from now on! On average I use the elevator in my apt 12-16 times a week. Gonna master the stairs here instead. (Grading will be weekly. 100% use =A/ 90% use =B/ 80% use =C/ 70% use = D/ 60% or less = FAILED) {1 STR, 1 DEX, 2 STA} 3)Book of Fire- Do 3x body weight workouts per week! Last challenge I did the BBWW three times weekly. This week I will adding some variety by using the body weight brigade workouts. Also using my personal warm up and cool down routines. As I complete these I will be upgrading through brigade workouts to further challenge myself. (Grading will be weekly. 3x = A/ 2x = B/ 1x = C/ 0x = FAILED) {2 STR, 2 STA} My life Quest: Air- the air benders were nomads. Perfect for my travel planning goal. In a few months I'll be touring a few places I haven't been to yet Aus but have been procrastinating my planning. I love reading and seeing pics of the sites but I will be travelling on a budget with 2 others so this needs to be planned out properly! I need to get to the details too. {3 WIS} I have also taken new measurements and pictures for myself. My current stats: Bust: 43" Waist: 38" Hips: 43" Thighs L: 23" R: 22" Biceps L:13" R:12.5" Although my airbending skills are great, I still have a lot to learn before I'm ready to save anyone. but I believe, I can save the world! EDIT: This is obviously also my first challenge in The Adventurers Guild and if any of you have any tips or suggestions I would love to hear them!
  3. Alright I know I'm a bit late to the party but to help keep myself accountable and motivated I decided to jump right into a challenge! I am only 5'5, I have always been a bit overweight but after starting college (and all the binge drinking, junk eating and bad sleep cycles that come with it) I started gaining weight slowly enough not to notice until a couple of years ago I hit my peak weight of 179lbs. I decided to do something about it, starting playing wii-fit and actually cut out pop cold turkey, setting myself a goal of a month of nothing but water. This actually helped so much. I used to drink so much soda because I could have as much for free as I wanted at work but I still drink very little compared to before then so I say that I officially kicked that habit. I eventually dropped about 20lbs! But then hit a plateau, life got in the way and eventually I gained most of the weight back. Now I am determined to try again and make working out more seriously a habit! Main Quest: I want to drop some weight. Hoping for at least 10 pounds but I don't have a scale and will try to shoot for dropping a jean size or two. I am usually a 12/14 so fitting into a 10 would be awesome! Goals: 1) do body weight workouts at least 3 times a week! 2) walk to and from work every day! 3) Cut back on fancy coffees! 3 max per week. Life Quest: I am about to start a new job and I will have to learn a few new skills. It may sound vague but I really want to rock this job and learn lots of new things, one of them being really rock an espresso machine. Motivation: I feel kind of lame emphasizing outer beauty and all that jazz but my motivation for my training the year will be to really look bangin in my bikini. I have always been pretty confident and have always tried to ignore the opinions of other people so even though I may be a bigger girl I still rock a bikini at the beach. However I saw a picture of myself in my swimsuit from last year aaaaand decided you know there is room for improvement, so in a few months when I go back to the beach I just want to feel like I am rocking that suit.
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