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  1. Hi everyone, My name is Ange and I'm an adventurer with some inklings to be a warrior, but as I'm an overweight and unfit full time cook who hasn't lifted weights in months if not years, I have a long way to go. I also want to be a regular runner and even have the goal of the Great Wall of China half-marathon in May to work towards, but I still need the kick in the butt that I'm hoping this six week challenge will bring. My three goals are meant to be easy as one-two-three: Eat only vegetarian stuff for one day a week. Go to the gym (either a group fitness class or a weights session) two
  2. Hello, all! I'm Sarah. I'm 37 and make my living as a project manager for an IT consultancy company in the Midwest. I've been poking around the NF site for about two weeks now and decided it's time to jump in. I'm not new to fitness. I played organized sports in high school and ran triathlons and half-marathons in my twenties. Over the past eight years, I've been training in Okinawan karate and now hold a third-degree black belt. I recently graduated with my MBA. The stress of working full time and attending business school led to extra weight. Karate kept me sane, but I wasn't able to t
  3. Hey everyone!, I just recently joined the rebellion... to be more precise on Monday... i saw this site on lifehacker (or was it gizmodo?), and immediately got hooked to the idea behind it. So far, it's been going well... Since i was almost all out of food at my house, this time i just bought good stuff... lots of frozen veggies, lots of fresh vegetables, some natural chicken fajitas, a couple of salmon filets and ground beef (lean 94/6)... no sweets, no sodas, no cookies, no sugars. bam! So far i've been doing the Level 1 Rookie excersises, i've done Workout A and B so far, and in-betwe
  4. Hello and salutations to whoever reads these things! To follow the old cliche, I never know that to write in these self-summaries. I'm excited to see what life brings. Sometimes I'm afraid I'm turning into a hipster. I can hit a hackey sack about 3 times before it hits the ground or my face, and I have been known to dance with the mop when I'm cleaning the kitchen. It turns out mops are only slightly worse at dancing than I am. I have a rather massive collection of novelty T-shirts. Like, around a hundred. Paradoxically, I own like 5 pairs of pants and one pair of shoes. My eventual goal is
  5. Hey everyone! My name is Jeff, but I usually go by Draconys. I just joined the boards here after lurking around Nerdfitness.com for the last week and a half or so. Let me give you some history: March 2004, I weighed in at 555lbs. It was an effort to make it from my house to my car. I didn't think I'd live to see my next birthday, which was in April. So I underwent Roux-n-y Gastric Bypass surgery. If only it had been as simple as that. After the surgery, I got down to 260lbs, and thought I was doing great. I was very lightly active, as I still had some problems with my
  6. Hey y'all, (Yes I'm from the South). This is my go at entering the forum. Never been much a chatboard/forum person, but the more time passes, the more I realize that the right people are awesome to be around. Especially NF Rebels. So excited to hear from fellow Rebels and to help other Rebels exceed their goals! I'm a senior at University of Tennessee studying Economics. Personally I'm reserved but can be goofy from time to time. I'm a business, productivity, and self-help nerd. Love the stuff. Listen to HBR podcasts and the like walking to classes. When 2013 rolled around I took
  7. Hey y'all, Found NF about a week ago, and am motivated! I'm a 39-year old (5'9" 250 lb.) store clerk in NC, and I'm looking to lose some bodyfat! I've sorta drifted in and out of a Primal diet (along with IF) for a couple of years, but have lacked motivation/willpower to carry it all the way . I've had some experience with weight loss through rapid, drastic change (military, living to India), but that change has been forced upon me - I can't manufacture the change on my own. So I'll step back a bit, gradually change and create some new habits! My short-term eating goals: - Only 1 meal
  8. So, I've been squatting on doing this introduction for a week. I'm launching myself out there now.(this may or may not be long...who knows.Apologies in advance if it is).This gets quite personal...just saying Heyo, I'm Xavier, 25 and from upstate New York. I've been struggling with weight since a kid, but not in the same sense. My arms and legs have been on the smaller side, but not stickly. I have horrible asthma and I was put on steriods to help with it. I blew up quickly in my torso area and can't seem to get rid of it. In about 10th grade in high school I was sic of it and stopped sodas,
  9. .intro Salvete omnes! I've been lurking around here long enough and have decided I ought to take the next step forward and actually introduce my otherwise shady self. I'm Beth, a 20-year-old female college student living in the good ol' southern US. I'm studying statistics and computer science (any other analytics nerds out there?) and work part-time for a large software development company. Fitness has always been a hobby of mine, but up until late I've always struggled with the diet and strength aspects. Going to the gym has never been a problem for me; in fact, I rather enjoy it. But it
  10. Hey All, This is my first post ever to NF, so this is pretty exciting to me. I came across NF a few weeks ago and after reading a lot of articles, I found this challenge and thought, what better way to put all this info into action than participating in this challenge!? About me: 27 year old female, appx 150 lbs, 5'8" Starting point: Did Angry Birds Workout for the first time yesterday and was able to get to Level 2 on the first try on all things except pushups ((need more upper body strength)) I've always been pretty conscious about staying fit and eating well, but I usually let it s
  11. I'm a final semester M.A. student living in the DC area, studying International Affairs (democracy issues in sub-Saharan Africa, specifically), working my way through the tail-end of my academic career and simultaneously planning my wedding to the love of my life. Two weeks after graduation. While I'd be lying if I said that "looking good in my dress" isn't an underlying factor in what finally kicked me in the pants to do something, I would say that it's not the only one. I'm more concerned with starting the habits that will sustain me for a lifetime, get fit (not necessarily "skinny" or the M
  12. Hey, fellow nerds. My name is Bob I live in lovely Lebanon, Ohio. I'm 38 and a software engineer though my roots are in server administration and ops. Back around the end of 2008/the start of 2009 I found my self weighing 315 lbs and feeling terrible. It was hard to walk up a few flights of steps or jog a couple hundred feet. I made some drastic changes and got down to 177/180 are with about 12% body fat. I go into some more detail here: http://www.robertkaucher.com/blog/2013/1/13/ygsiu8zscnuytrt6tdjnyrc63n65bm
  13. Hey all. I discovered and did some reading and on Nerd Fitness for about a month or two last year. I was inspired and tried to change my diet around to be more paleo, but without any help or peers who understood the process it failed miserably after just a few weeks. It bummed me out and I felt guilty about it, even though there's no shame in falling off the horse. Now I'm deciding to follow the Rules of the Rebellion and join for life. I'm in. I know that if I try to stay out of where other people can see me and affect me this isn't going to take. I'm 22, my name's Tim. I weigh 220 lbs,
  14. Hi, I always think about food, about how I want to be and how I want to get there. I've been doing this for years. I'm sick of it. By the time I reach a quarter century in this world, I want to physically be where I imagine myself in my mind. So, my 3 diet/fitness goals are.... 1. Go Paleo except for one unit each day of grains (a delicate digestive system has been telling me to ease into it little by little) 2. Do at least 10 minutes of exercise each day (I'm aiming for conistency not quantity). I will aim for at least 2 weights circuits each week. 3. I will have the ability to do 10
  15. Hello, fellow NF rebels! I'm a Level 1 Assassin, a woman from the Wild Elven race http://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/SRD:Elves,_Wild_(Race) w/ 4 Wisdom, 3 Constitution, 2 Charisma, 3 Dexterity, 2 Strength, 1 Stamina. Location: midwest USA Age: 30 Nerd-type(s): Bookworm! Math! Science! Learning! Introverted! Nature lover! Brief background: I was a major tomboy growing up till I got mononucleosis during 7th & 8th grades and could only eat and sleep. Put on some weight then, have fluctuated slightly around that weight since but have never been fit since then. I lost conditioning and agility a
  16. Origin Story: On a small inland coastline, tucked in between a sprawling dark forest and miles of open water, was the bustling town I called my home. Raised to be an inquisitive lass by a Merchant and Healer, I grew up traveling across the land and learning to aid others, to the point that it became part of who I am. Not long into childhood, the joys of exotic foods and ancient tomes made themselves known, and frequency of my adventures decreased. It seemed the more knowledge I acquired, the more my figure acquired. Fast forward to the cusp of adulthood; standing at only five-six of feet,
  17. Hello everyone I'm Victoria (or Vicki if you prefer; I don't mind either) from New Hampshire; I'll be 27 in a few weeks, I'm married with an almost seven-year-old son, and I'm a college student who cashiers on the weekends, while partaking in far too many hobbies in between. I'm just a plain old liberal arts student at my local community college right now, but I'm planning to transfer to UMass Lowell next year to pursue a degree in applied mathematics (For math nerds: yup, that's where the "torus" in the username came from. To be honest, I'm nowhere near studying topography yet, I just think
  18. Hello World! This being Nerd Fitness, I figured I'd start my introduction with everyone's favorite "first computer program." I used to write code in college, until it consumed my life and I began to abhor it. I still have lots of "coder" friends working for super nerdy companies. I, on the other hand, jumped ship before finishing my engineering degree to pursue finance (just like many other failed engineers before me). Nevertheless, I am a nerd through and through. I love statistics and analyzing numbers. I am also a big video game fan, but more so of classic NES games than WoW and RPGs.
  19. Greetings & Salutations. I'm Sevryn. I have tried to lose weight... I don't know, a lot! Each time I'd have some minor success but something would derail me and I'd gain it all back. I've been heavy my entire life. Last month I turned 36. Only five years until the age my mom was when she passed. She died of cancer, a brain tumor that spread from her lungs due to smoking. If, at 36, had someone told her "Hey, seriously, this will kill you." Would she have stopped? I don't know. But the idea that I might have less than five years now? That's a little scary. I intend to make it to the end bos
  20. I grew up the chubby kid and then became the fattest kid in my high school and this continued into college. I had seen friends lose weight before but never believed I could do it (self-confidence was never a main attribute). But then a little over 2 years ago I started a weight loss/fitness regimen with the help of my physician. I walked into the doctors office in November of '10 and weighed in at a whopping 347 pounds and I broke down. I saw my own mortality that day along with the extremely realistic fear that I wouldn't see the age of 30 (I was 24) and over those next 12 months, through som
  21. Well, it's been a long time in coming, but I am finally going to buckle down and get into shape. Got out of the Army in 2001 and have put on almost 70 lbs since. I've got lots of reasons excuses for why I've gotten to this point, but that's all in the past, right? I want to be sure to be around for my kids and family, so need to get started. I've actually started out on the Pooch to 5K, which is similar to the Couch-to-5K, but includes your dog. My dog has gotten a little bit overweight over the past year as well - has had seizures, so is on medication that makes here lethargic and hungry. S
  22. Hey Rebellion! This is Peter from FringeSport- you may remember Fringe from the gym rings that Steve mentioned in his playground workout article. Anyway, I hit some solid fitness goals for myself last year and I dig NF, so I thought I'd join the forums and use them as an accountability tool to hit my goals for this year. Brief background on me- I have been chubby to fat my whole life, and until I found running and later, CrossFit, my younger brothers could always kick my butt in sports. I played soccer in HS, but never made the team, and I played rugby for Texas in college, but without dis
  23. Welcome everybody - big or small, old or young, boy or lass, elf or orc, etc Finally! Rises from the ashes, new Ent is born from the earth. Another addition to this fine Rebellion. I want to talk about so many things about me, but who will read all that? After all I am just another Rebel, not different than any others newbies. So instead of writing whole essay here, I will let myself answer 10 MOST IMPORTANT questions about me and so you will have general idea of what kind of ENT I am. 1. Panczo you are so awesome, are you single? Nope, sorry… … hello? Next question? 2. I see
  24. Hello everyone. I have been reading Steve's blog for almost a year. In fact I have been reading a lot of information about the most effective way to lose weight and feel better. I got started with the 4 Hour Body. That lead me to the Primal Blueprint. I have been mostly Primal for over a year, and when doing what I know is best for me, I feel great. Afternoon slump? Gone. IBS? Cured. And like most people around here, my main motivation was weight loss. I started at 220 lbs with a goal of 170. At my best I got down to 180, but then I got cocky. It was so easy that I didn't think I needed to be
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