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  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwITzNACKIQ All lessons learned from last challenge, I believe it is time for some more epic things to happen. My summer course is almost done and I'm basically taking a "month off" from everything until school starts up back again in September. That being said, courage wolf is back! The Quest: Be Like a Beast. Main quest is to lower my body fat percentage, 2-3%. (I'll use progress pics, won't necessarily post them.) I've decided I'd be happier cutting fat before going for muscle gains first - although who's to say that won't happen along the way, but this is my focus this challenge - and so diet will be strict. I just need to keep my routine... that means getting back into Muay Thai and being careful so I don't have to stop again. Be Hungry like the WolfEat PrimalIncrease vegetable intake, less dairy (for everytime I eat dairy, must also consume 2 servings of veggies.)Stop skipping meals (I've been getting distracted from eating way too often), eat moar! Be Fierce like the WolfAttend Muay Thai 3-4x a weekSide-quest: Learn and memorize how to properly wrap hands (I'm awful at this, at the moment)Do body weight circuits in between, 1-2x a week Be Supple like the WolfWobble board exercises and calf raises every day for 10-20 minutesSide-quest: Be able to perform one-legged squat on the wobble board by the end of 6 weeksIf in pain... stretch, ice, compress and rest instead Rise like the WolfWake up earlier more often (No more sleeping in til noon... Aim to get up at 10AM at the latest)Get ready for the day before anything elseIncludes showering, eating, making bed, etc. Why? To become strongerRaise self-confidence a little moreTo not disappoint those who support meTo see the looks on the faces of those who don't
  2. It's been crazy here since it happened. I knew they would come eventually, but I still wasn't fully prepared. My family are spread across the country - they know the procedures, what to do, how to survive. They're waiting for me, and I have to get there. But they are everywhere... Goals: LIFT! You're at a dead end. Zombies are closing in from every side. Your only way out is over the fence behind you, can you make it? 3x chin-ups by the end of the challenge. Still can't manage pullups, but can do 1x almost-chin on a good day, so I'll start there instead of with the unreasonable goal of pullups. Progression! +2 STR MOVE! You're moving down a hallway littered with debris. You can hear the zombies throughout the building, but they can't hear you. Will you get out without making a noise? Still working on coordination and balance, kickboxing has improved it enough that they offered me the upgrade to leadership, which brings access to "flow" classes (stringing loads of movements together in a damned sexy way, requiring coordination, balance and skill.) They only have them twice a month, so I'll aim for two but don't know if it's easily feasible, so: Take at least one flow class. +2 DEX RIDE! Your family lives 200 miles across the country. The roadways all look like the M25 at rush hour, you couldn't get a car through if you tried - the bike is your only available option for now. Can you get there? London to Brighton bike ride is on the 16th June, and I've met my fundraising target, which means I have to suit up. My goal? Complete L2B in full zombie attire. +2 STA - Completed 16/06/2013 EAT! You're running as hard as you can. A pack of slavering zombies is hot on your heels. You're starving and your legs are on fire, you just don't have the energy. Will you make it? I've not been eating enough, easily 1000 calories under maintenance on most days and that doesn't include exercise. Now trying to eat minimum 2000 net calories a day as per MyFitnessPal - no cake/chocolate/crisps to bump the numbers. +3 CON STRETCH! You've been camped out for days, planning your next move. A crash and a groan to the north indicates the imminent arrival of zombies. You run, but your muscles seize and cramp. How far will you get? Every Monday I struggle with the first 20mins of my commute. My legs/hips are tight and miserable, because I don't do much over the weekend. I'm aiming to stretch 20mins per day on weekends to prevent these Monday cycling blues. +1 WIS WARPAINT! Killing zombies and looking good doing it? This is my goal. Do the makeup thing. There's a payday just gone, and a payday smack in the middle of this challenge. There's no real excuse. +3 CHA - Am a pretty princess 03/07/2013 Bonus goals: SHOOT! Zombies surround you, there's one way out: straight through the middle. Take out as many as you can and run! But how good is your aim? Take a shooting class. No real excuses, as the shop my dad runs does lessons out the back. I've wanted to do this forever, but keep putting it off. Maybe I'll be more accountable this time. +1 DEX SAVE! Money is useless now, but it would've bought the provisions you needed before. Why didn't you try harder? £1,500 £1,000 in a savings account by the end of the challenge. There's £1,300 in there now, but that will probably decrease a little as the month happens, then jump again as paydays happen. Edit: It just dawned on me how unrealistic it is to say £1,500 when my partners birthday is at the beginning of July and I love spending money on him, so I've dropped target a little +1 WIS Current stats: Weight: 147lbBust: 33"Waist: 26"Hips: 35"Thigh: 21.5" Deadlift: 70kgBench: 45kgOverhead press: 32.5kgChin-up: 1x 3/4ish Week #1 will already be a bit of a write-off, as my exams are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, making the weekend a two-day bender, but I'm going to do my best to do the eating thing from the start. Fingers crossed.
  3. ... So I've decided I want to be like a wolf. Not a werewolf. A real wolf. And not just any wolf. Courage wolf. He is fearless, intimidating, badass and can do the impossible... and for someone introverted like me, this seems like the perfect inspiration. (If you look at my avatar, you can see a resemblance.) This challenge is going to be going further out of my comfort zone so that I can achieve what I want and not be held back by the silly little details and anxieties that I let get in the way. I just returned from an amazing 2 week eurotrip, where although I walked a ton, I ate very unhealthy, non-paleo foods every day, my water intake faltered hard and I haven't exercised since I left. I also still don't have a summer job lined up. So I think you can agree when I say, it's time to get serious. 1. Eat Paleo I'm keeping it loose again, however, I'm not going to list any exceptions this time. If I fall, I fall, but I won't feel guilty about it anymore. I know what I want from this challenge and I'll stay true to myself. Every challenge, I slip, but here's what's different this time. None of my friends here, save one or two, at home know that I've been trying paleo. I've been too shy to tell them because I know the responses I'm going to get and I know they're going to judge and not understand it, which is why I just never said anything and gave in to treats and drinking in the past. There we go. If one of those occasions come up, I will explain what I'm doing, I will stand up for myself and I won't give in to silly treats unless I really want to and I believe it's worth it. Friends will have no choice but to deal with it. 2. Fix Ankles Day I left for my trip, I got orthotics. And OH. MY. GOD. They've helped. I got ankle pains once over my entire trip, and that was after a lot of excessive walking so it was expected. It's an improvement... but now to exercise and do some mobility work. Perhaps 30lbs is excessive for just around my ankles... but I have been told that I need to build strength around my ankles and learn to stabilize them. I'm going to get a wobble board and exercise on it at least 4 minutes a day according to the progressive schedule below, followed by at least 10 minutes of mobility work and icing as needed. Week 1 & 2: 4 minutes, both feet planted, once a dayWeek 3 & 4: 2 minutes per ankle, one leg at a time, once a dayWeek 5 & 6: 2 minutes per ankle, one leg at a time, twice a day 3. Join Kickboxing (or something) I miss it, I came up with tons of excuses not to find a new place to go to when really I'm just shy to try somewhere fresh. Don't get me wrong, Muay Thai still intimidates me, but as a monk, it's time to man up. Goal is to join kickboxing, or some other activity, (but it will probably stay as Muay Thai) and get a free trial by the end of the first week. And when I do join, goal is to attend at least 3 classes a week. 4. Get a Summer Job I keep getting down how I still haven't found anything yet, but again, I could always try harder. More applications, more interviews, more nagging the hell out of everyone to hire me. If I don't try, it won't happen. After all, I've got nothing to lose. Before the end of the challenge, (hopefully within the first couple weeks), I need some sort of work. Even if it's just volunteer work, it'd be better than nothing but uh... I do need the money. --- Also, another thing with this challenge. I'm actually taking progress photos this time... and keeping them instead of going "eh, I'm not gonna change much this challenge anyway" and deleting them. I still won't post them, because that's even more out of the comfort zone than I want to go this time around, but again, it's progress. That being said... You heard him, monks. Time to kick ass and make courage wolf proud. Who's with me?
  4. Hello, I'm Betty Krypton, currently teaching abroad in South Korea and trying to get back on track with my life. The last year has been super hectic, and that has come with a 30+ lb gain and an avalanche of other issues. I've been trying to do too many things at once, and I finally had that moment where I realized I need to take small steps to a better me. My Three Goals the next six weeks: 1. Exercise 5 days a week M-F I will workout as soon as I wake up. That will get me going for the rest of the day and allow me to unwind when I come home after screaming--erm-teaching English to Korean kids all day. 2. Plan out food for the day, then stick to it. I will write up a meal plan each week, then shop according to it, that way there are no unnecessary foods that may derail me. I will also learn to say 'no' to well meaning coworkers and students who try to feed me (it happens more often than I'd like) 3. Get 8 hours of sleep a night. Lastly, I will have a bedtime routine that will begin 30 minutes before I intend to be asleep. That will signal my body to get off the internet, disconnect from everything, and sleep, dammit. I have a stressful job and am also doing my Master's degree, which leads to moments where I zone out, take comfort in food, and pretty much run on zombie mode instead of taking care of myself. I'm also involved in roller derby. In South Korea I'm not as actively involved, but I want to get back into fighting trim for when I return stateside. To be a good player, i need to have strength, flexibility, and endurance. I love doing violent things (My favorite fighting game series is Guilty Gear), quite honestly, so Roller Derby, Kickboxing, and other forms of athletic violence make me happy. I hope that I can get positive support as I shift gears and start being Betty Krypton, menace of the track and all star on 8 wheels. P.S. This is my first time-erm-challenge. I'm a little nervous.
  5. High all, so my story is that I was making great guns on strength / fitness / fatloss with barbells and kettlebells until about 4 months ago when I got a nasty shoulder injury (not a a result of the training I hasten to add). Now my doctor & physio have given me a clean bill of health I am ready to get back into it. Now, wanting a fresh start, I tried some new things, Hot Yoga (most challenging 90 minutes of my life!), Running (Booooooring, no thanks), Swimming (ok, but still quite dull) and Kickboxing (most fun I have had in ages!) I was really only just starting with the barbell lifts (got up to 80kg Squat, 60kg Bench, 45kg Press and 95kg Deadlift) when my injury hit. I Had a quick test yesterday and I have lost a fair amout of strength (managed 50kg Squat, 45kg Bench, 40kg Press and 85kg Deadlift) during my recovery. I have put a little padding back around my belly but mostly I have managed to keep my diet in check and am not to worried about the diet side as I know what I am doing there. Basically I want to work on strength with the barbell and start training in the Kickboxing simultaneously (hopefully allowing the two to assist each other). Note, I am a complete beginner to the kickboxing. How would I program this effectively? I was thinking working on the powerlifts twice a week (basic 5 x 5 program) along with Kickboxing twice a week (or 3 times if I am feeling a bit fruity). Or would It be best to do just one for a few weeks / months, then add the other once I am used to it. Or something completely different? Answers on a postcard please... Stats: Male, 32, 175cm (5'9) and 85kg (190lbs) Main Goals: Strength, kickboxing prowess. Secondary Goals: Some Fat loss
  6. As a kickboxer through high school, I'm used to injuries getting shaken off. Strapped and pushed through at worst. So I'm at a loss as to what I'm meant to do when I can't shake a pain. I've been having tendonitis/plantar fascitis in my left foot and chronic lower back pain for about 6 months now and rest is not making it any better. The foot just threw in the towel one day while I was walking around - hadn't been jogging or anything, had just moved interstate and was on a hiatus from working out. I pulled something in my back lifting one day - jumped in too deep too quick - and it has been recurring more frequently until it became a daily nuisance. After having to quit my waitressing job (I could barely hobble home after a double shift) I need to get back into a functioning state to start my course, which is 90% physical. I'm at a complete loss. Help me Nerd Fitness! Any similar stories? Is this something I should work through and will go away with more strengthening exercises? The doctor just sent me trotting off for x-rays, but I think the pain would be far worse if it was bone related. Right now both conditions seem to compound when under pressure.
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