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  1. I just read "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg. Excellent insights from scientific research on the subject of habits and how to make them and how to break them. I need to start some new habits. I actually already started so the challenge will be to continue them until they are an automatic habit. 1- Don't eat in my office or bedroom. 2- 1 hr morning meditation, seven days a week 3- Work on memorizing basic witch stuff from my first and second Alexandrian coven class. (Yup, I wanna be a witch.) That's about it.
  2. Hey all! This isn't my first challenge ever, but it's my first challenge in years so rather than trying to pick up where I was I'm starting from basically level 1 and working my way back. I'm a med student who got pretty depressed first year of med school and is now trying to get healthy so that 1. I don't feel like a hypocrite and 2. I can encourage healthy behavior change in patients when necessary. When I got depressed I gained about 40 pounds, of which I have lost 10 so far. I also stopped cooking, stopped working out and stopped talking to people. I've started fighting back, and am hopin
  3. 2nd Rule of the Rebellion: When you join, you're in for life. I've been on the forums for a while now, but I keep fading away and coming back. That's pretty indicative of how my habits have been going as well; only sticking with a few things for a while, then falling back into old ones. The only discernible progress that I have made has been how much I have learned about myself; what works for me, what doesn't work for me, where my biggest struggles are. That's great progress to have, at least for me. Recently, I've realized that I will soon be turning 30 (will turn 28 in December this yea
  4. **TL;DR @ bottom** Back at it again. I missed a couple challenges, so it's time to get going again. This time, I just want to reinforce some of the good habits I started to develop, specifically with eating and exercise. A year ago, I made a goal to lose 35lbs (from 215 to 180). Going to woot it up and say that not only did I meet that goal, I have also been maintaining it over the last couple months. My new goal is to go beyond my expectations and reach a target weight of 165lbs, something I haven't been since high school. So I am going to tighten up my routine and re-focus back onto the
  5. Survival of all or none My second challenge overall. I am not aiming to do any fancy leaps this 6WC - but still it seems I'm unable to slim down this huge list of mine. On top of that comes that I overdid things last challenge and had a painful experience with my shoulders, slowing me down on that end, which -in a way- is a blessing. QUEST#1 Do one thing at a time aka Hack down Ze List of Doom In August starts the new application phase for the 2016 apprenticeships. I have a heap of hurdles to clear until then so getting the list of doom under control is the major thing for this challen
  6. Na regen komt zonneschijn, after darkness comes light! Hi, I'm KB Girl. Lamest name ever, but it's appropriate because my main quest is still competitive kettlebell lifting, with during this challenge the dutch national championships (July 5th)! My bestest set with the 24kg bell; https://youtu.be/gggR0Rlsycg Besides trying to be an athlete, i'm also a trainer/coach, gym owner, just opened my own dietitian practice, got a job on the side to pay the bills and i'm still jumping through the last of the uni's hoops so I can get my diploma. Needless to say i'm completely overwhelmed, spre
  7. 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 ha
  8. Hey, So I am new to this neck of the woods. Usually sit in the Ranger category as I am trying to be a Warrior and Scout hybrid, but decided this round that I wanted to focus on getting stronger instead of trying to do everything at once! So here goes: Overall Goal: For those who have not seen me around in other parts. Here is the big scary monstrous goal. My reason for trekking to Mordor.. I want be a kick ass babe (Black Widow is my poster girl), strong and independent. but more so I want to be a police officer (or invisible superhero as I like to think of them). I have always had
  9. Aside from work in the gym, when was the last time you guys invested in yourselves? Like, when did you last buy a tool or a course to learn a skill? When was the last time you took somebody farther ahead on your career path out for coffee and some advice? I try to ask myself this question a lot - if it's been too long since I really invested in myself, I start to kind of slide a little bit. Thoughts?
  10. Hello Adventurers! I am Not So Nerdy Nerd. This is my first challenge with you lovely group of people. I did my first challenge with the recruits, it was....a learning experience. I did not accomplish any of the goals I set out for myself, but I did learn a lot about me, and FINALLY learned and understood macros, and planning nutrition around them. So I would call it a success. Anyways...I first said I was going to loose weight about 25 lbs ago. I have been half heartedly trying to do so without any progress for several years. Last year, I set myself a goal that by the time I hit my 25th
  11. O.K., here goes... Today I have become a person who no longer reads romance novels. That's it, in black and white for everyone to see. Please don't laugh... I suppose I should give some background info. There are a few different tangents that will help clarify where I'm coming from. First of all, I love reading, always have, always will. I started voraciously reading when I was about 10 years old. It started with classic young adult series: the Borrowers, the Black Stalion Series, all the Nancy Drews.... It morphed into sci-fi/fantasy in middle school. Piers Anthony, Anne McCaffrey, Michae
  12. ASSASSINS CHALLENGE #4 This time round, it's a boss fight. It's time for me to put to use the progress I've made so far, and show my strength! The time for practice is over! There are a million things I want to get done, and I could wander Cocoon forever picking off one Cie'th at a time, but I fought through a whole squad of them last challenge round to get to this point. I came this far for a reason, now it's time to get the job done. Here's what I learned over my last few challenges: If I split my goals, I do great on the first, good on the second, and fail the third. I need a sin
  13. Welcome! After a long rest following my journey of stumbling blindly through the Hanging Edge, and restoring my HP during the last challenge, it's time for me to negotiate the Pulse Vestige. I know what's waiting at the end - A GREAT BIG BOSS BATTLE, Fal'cie Anima. So I'd better be ready. That's what this challenge is about - taking on one enemy at a time, refining my paradigms, and stocking up on supplies. Would you just look at the size of the place. That's a whole lot of cie'th to take down. Since I'm not long out of the tutorial level, I'll need to remember to keep healing paradigms
  14. So here I am now. Boot camp, in a way. Finding a peasant to give me that "kill 10 rats" quest... look around, get my feet wet. I am a 31 year old, mother of two, turned adventurer... not adventurer, but you know... on the way to Level 1 and chosing a direction. I dance twice in three weeks (husband does shift work and no funds for external babysitter). Oriental bellydancing. Great fun. But I want more. So, changing a lot of things a bit too fast, as usual, here are my goals for this first challenge: Grow habits out of bright ideas: STRENGTH & CONSTITUTION & STAMINA Do either th
  15. My last challenge was a mixed bag and a learning experience. I started strongly in all areas and then lost track. For my exercise goal - life got in the way a bit. For my habit goal – I didn’t get to it being a habit and then lost it altogether For my Food goal – I started brightly, but due to the way I had step-up the challenge I changed direction after 2 weeks and lost touch with the goal. For my inertia goal – inertia got the better of me for the most part but I managed to take a couple of baby steps. My challenge this time around is basically the same as the last challeng
  16. Ok, so maybe quoting the Inferno is overdoing it. I'm not yet at the edge of hell. But I'm getting older now and have found that if I want to do all the fun stuff I used to do, or do the fun things I haven't tried yet, I have to start putting in some work to take care of myself. I'm new to the forums but have been reading the NF blog for a while. So for a short introduction, I'm a man in my mid-30's living somewhere between the mountains and the river in a land they call Texas. During my 20's, I never had to put in much work to stay in decent shape. My workouts and other activities were spor
  17. Better late than never. I'm in a funk, and have barely lifted in the last month, so this is a 'just get started and see what happens' challenge. Inspired by Peelout, I'm going to work on some habits, and try to update every day. Weigh daily - started 4/7 (pretty consistent for the last several years, but when I stop doing it regularly, I inevitably gain. Doesn't always keep me on track, but it helps.) Floss daily - started 4/13 (been working at this for a long time, but never really committed to EverySingleDay.) Touch the Iron - started 4/1
  18. Quest: Embark on Healthy Habits Current Weight: 209.8 Grade Scale: Week 1: 3 cheats Week 2: 2 cheats Week 3: 2 cheats Week 4: 1 cheats Week 5: 1 cheats Week 6: 0 cheats Goal #1: 8 Hours of Sleep Per Day Stats: Stats: +1 STA, +2 CON, +2 CHA Goal #2: Embrace a Workout Schedule This year I am signing up for my first half marathon. It won't be until September 6th for my birthday. But I want to start training for it and start building up my body. My current workout schedule is iffy. I had a trainer for 3 great years but I can't afford it financially. I ended up going to a cheaper gym, Fitne
  19. Hey Rebels! It's been a while since I participated in a 6-week Challenge, but I know how important the support of others is when trying to accomplish something difficult. For this challenge, I'll be mostly focusing on building good habits that will help me sustain healthy eating and make future goals easier. Now then, the challenge! Main Quest: Lose Excess Body Fat. Specifically, get a Flat Stomach. Why: 2 reasons. 1) So I can look in the mirror with pride. 2) It's something I've never been able to do. No matter how athletic I was, my body never looked like a fit person's body. I fee
  20. I took the last challenge off as I was finally home after being gone for 12 weeks, and in a new house to boot, so I was just focusing on getting back into the swing of things, and work was crazy busy, yadda, yadda, et cetera, et cetera. But now I feel somewhat refreshed and ready to tackle another challenge. My focus for this challenge is organization. The office supply section is my favorite place of any store that has an office supply section (unless it's a bookstore). I need to re-establish evening routines for myself and the kids; my middle schooler (for one more semester) really needs o
  21. Ok, so the last few months have been interesting. First off there was CampNF. Seriously some of the best fun I have ever had. I'm going next year, don't care how it happens. Work decided I was needed to go share my awesomeness and train another facility for 4 weeks. This was at the same time as camp and a family wedding I was participating in. HOLY BUSY BATMAN. That was a lot of flights and packing/unpacking and just generally no time for being at home. I'm happy to be home, I'm happy to be back on my normal schedule, and I'm super excited to start a new challenge. Bring it on. I just cele
  22. This is for all the folks on Nerd Fitness who are also on HabitRPG so we can get together to talk about the program and maybe form parties. http://habitrpg.com for those who have no idea what I'm talking about and want to know about the game.
  23. Because butts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qmkn59N5SDg I need some cheering up, and skipped a challenge because I moved back to Hometown, in the Land of No Opportunities. Since butts soothe any kind of trouble, butt-challenge. At least I can control the butt-ness of my situation. Goals! 1: Learn to cook again. I'm back home and there is a kitchen and I need to learn to use it again and make something that is not an omelet, so I can grow into a stronger version of myself. To try one new meal per week is enough, really. I'll select recipes I'd want to make often (so very quick/lazy ones)
  24. This challenge I'm getting in the groove. To me the groove is all about routines that make me feel awesome, like working out, yoga, and flossing. It's also about just being happy. Also maybe because I can't dance so I live in awe of every SYTYCD contestant and Step Up star -- their talent and fitness level. This challenge may be an excuse to watch allll the dance movies as inspiration! Last challenge went well for me; I fell off the metrics wagon but the overall high protein-lower carb moderate-quantity eating tendencies stuck and I lost a few pounds (and a pants size!). Right now I'm def
  25. My old nemeses have been getting the better of me this past few weeks. Ice Cream, too much time in front of screens, masturbation - those three always seem to hang out together and when they gang up, it can be a bit much for this Adventurer. But, he's not giving up! The past few weeks haven't been terrible, but I've definitely been stagnating and not moving forward in fitness or enjoyment of life. I'm still hitting my workouts, but poor diet choices lead to poor workouts and I haven't been seeing much progress lately. And it's hard to feel like a hero when you're chomping down on your 2nd
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