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  1. Better late than never! After reading the website, articles, watching some of the vids.. I think I am convinced I want to jump into being a part of this community... I figured what better way to start than by entering a 4 week Challenge! So here goes! I wrote my big 2017 goals already, here are the ones relative to fitness and what I am going to be working on this month. 2017 Quests.. - Finish Montreal 1/2 marathon Sep 24th, 2017 - Accomplish 3 sets of 8 unassisted pull ups (currently at 0, actually a little less. I added this today) - Lose 50lbs (currently 229lbs) and bring down body fat to 25% or less by dec 2017 - Eliminate bad debt For this 4 week challenge: Q1 - Run 3x a week min 15km/week. BONUS points if I run over 20km, TRIPLE point score if I hit 25km in a week I am a slow runner but have been running regularly since Jan 2016. Besides the forced hiatus in Aug and Sep. Right now I am not following a specific training plan besides making sure I get out there a few times a week. At the end of Jan I start a specific 10K training plan that will bring me through a few organized 5K races and then a 10K race in june and then a plan to get me to the 1/2 marathon in Sep. I would like to get a 10K distance done in Jan though if I feel up to it at the end of the month. No specific time goal, just distance. Q2 - Strength train 2x a week I should mention I have NEVER done any strength training before. I am signed up to a gym to get access to a treadmill for running when its just too fraking cold outside so I have access to weights. I went today, not to run, to actually play with weights and machines and really enjoyed myself. Still feel it in my chest. So learning what to do while I am in the gym is a big part of this goal! I plan to use this guide: https://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/do-a-pull-up/ and this guide https://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/strength-training-101/ to figure out what to do. I am open to suggestions! Q3 - Eliminate bread and pasta from diet This has worked for me in the past. I know I will need to get way more specific in my eating habits to lose a pound a week. But for now, this is where I plan to start. Q4 - Look over budget and eliminate an expense and put that money towards bad debt payment. Bla bla.. think smart money.. bla bla.. I know what to do.. Just need to DO IT! OK.. I think I have it all there... I'll post an update on my Monday run and today's gym workout as the first comment.. Actually.. here it is..why make a comment.. Monday Running - 47 min treadmill 5min warm up 3km jog @ ~8min/km 5min walk 8min hike (walk with 6 incline) 5min coll down Tuesday Strength training (I did not write down the weight I used, I'm learning) What do you guys use to track this? 15 Min Cycling 2x10 Leg press 1x10, 1x8, leg curls 2x8 Wide bar pull down 2x8 butterfly machine 2x8 rope pushdown 1x10 machine shoulder press 2x8 dumbbell shoulder press (10lbs each) 2x8 assisted pull up (50kg counter weight) 2x8 assisted dips (same machine, same counter weights) Off to bed to get my run in tomorrow morning!
  2. So okay, hello there... I am just going to do this and then run and hide in the corner My name is PrincessSasiii or Sasiii for short. I am a 23 year old from Germany that spends way to many behind a book, behind her laptop screen spending hours opon hours writing fan fiction and dreamong of a better life. Dreaming of a healthier, skinnier, happier and more confident me. Other then that I like to play on my XBox and spend hours binge-watching about 100 series at the same time. But I am done with that. I don't want to write about that goregous, happy confident self that I dreamed up anymore - I want to become her. And I know that I have been a million times always failing, always getting set back but I am determined to just DO it this time. And I really hope that this site and the board are going to help me by changing myself step by step and this time keep up with it. So if anyone thinks this sounds interesting or just wants to chat I would be happy to Love Sasiii (sorry for any spelling mistakes)
  3. Hey, y'all! I'm brand new, as you can tell by my post count, and this is my first challenge. Main Quest: To Stop Feeling So Ill and Crippled I have a lot of damage to my spine and joints, as well as to one arm, courtesy of Uncle Sam. I've also been dealing with a chronic disease and also an extended bout of mono (even though I'm ridiculously old for it), so I've been feeling run down. I've used all this as an excuse to let my health and fitness go. Goals: Get to the gym three times a week Bring my own lunch to work (and stop eating out so much!) Get my recommended seven to eight hours of sleep The sleep is going to be the hardest of the three, I think. Going to try to leverage the time change to trick myself into going to sleep at a reasonable hour. Try to form a new habit.
  4. Introduction: Hi, my name is Jeremy Boyum. I've already done an introduction here but I will summarize and expand a little. I work at Dell as my profession but have an aspiring career as a touring musician in my band Shadow of Whales and running a music news site Anchor Music news. I have a wife and step son I adore a lot. I didn't have any special doctors visit that brought me here and I am not visibly unhealthy. However, I've never had a healthy eating habit (EVER) and fitness has been seldom at best. (I think my longest running routine was in my sophomore year at high school for like maybe a month?) I am very serious about working my way to being full-time in the music industry and want to live for as long as possible so as to spend as much time with my family as I can before I leave this world. All of the men in my family at some point in their twenties started exponentially gaining weight and I'm afraid of getting to that point. It hit me about a month ago that it was time. It was time to start acting like an adult with my fitness and health and diet, and stop making excuses. To be a touring musician, I'm going to need to be healthy and fit if I want to keep jumping and running around on stage the way I love to. (And if I want to keep myself from injury) I discovered Nerd Fitness late last year and really dug in in the last couple months. I've been reading about the six week challenges here for weeks now and I'm so pumped that I'm finally getting to start my own. As suggested I've started changing habits slowly as I'm prone to being to eager to take everything on at once so I'm taking small steps. Looking to be pretty well rounded with a focus on Strength and Stamina so I'm thinking I will likely end up in the Ranger class, however, the Assassin class looks hella fun and I've always loved the idea of free running. Main Quest: Obtain/Maintain Healthy/Fit Lifestyle with both my diet and fitness Quest 1: Run 10 minutes (outside), 5 days a week. Right now I'm on a ten minute routine that takes me about 1.2 miles around my neighborhood. My goal is to be able to do this without taking any breaks. I normally take one. If I reach that goal I'm assuming it will take me less than ten minutes which is why I put a ten minute goal instead of 1.2 mile goal) I really want to make sure I'm able to be consistent with this before adding on to it too much. Best I've done is 3 days a week but I want to get it consistent Monday-Friday. Measurement: A = 10 min for 30 days, B = 10min, 25 days, C = 10min, 20 days Reward: A = +3 STA, +2 STR, B = +2 STA, +1 STR, C = +1 STA Quest 2: Drink no soda for the whole challenge. My first step was to drink only one cup of coffee a day. Right now I do that with an occasional soda near the end of the day. (between 1-3 times a week) I want to take soda out completely. Next six week challenge will be to eliminate caffeine completely Measurement: A = 0 sodas, B = 1-6 sodas, C = 7-12 sodas Reward: A = +3 CON, B = +2CON, C = +1 CON Quest 3: Ab Circuit workout 3 times a week. This is the goal I'm worried about. Like I said above I don't want to add too much too soon, I really want to make sure I make habits that change for good. My wife gets off work at 6 and I get off at 5. So normally, I do my run right when I get home. This should leave me plenty of time to do a small workout every other day. But I'm worried about being able to be 100% consistent with it. They don't call it a challenge for no reason though. Workout is: 30 leg lifts 30 knee lifts 30 knee lifts + crunches 15 bicycle kicks 15 v-sit ups 30 second plank Probably not the hardest workout in the world but I've done it twice now and I am wiped by the end... Beginners Body Weight Workout 3 times a week. I changed this due to suggestions below. I'm liking it better... I think haha. I like that is more well rounded than the ab circuit I started with. 20 body weight squats 15 push ups 20 walking lunges 10 dumbbell rows 30 second plank 30 Jumping Jacks Measurement: A = 18 workouts; B = 15-17 workouts C = 14 or below Reward: A = +3 STR, +2 STA, B = +2 STR, +1 STA, C = +1STR Life Quest: Finish a book on marketing in the music industry or financial planning within the six weeks. (I suck at sticking to reading unless it's online articles or comic books so this one will also be a challenge) Measurement: Pass or Fail Reward: PASS = +2 WIS, FAIL = Nothing Motivation: I kind of already said. But I want to be in best shape so I can be better ready for my aspring career but also to ensure I live a long life. I know this change will be good for me and I think I'm really ready to do it. I know the challenges seem small and honestly I feel like I'm not doing enough but I know it's a challenge for me to stay committed and consistent, what I'm aiming to change is my habits and I will SLOWLY add on to this as I master each habit change. I want these changes to be permanent.
  5. TheGC

    TheGC gearing up

    This is my first challenge, I decided to undertake this challenge to eat healthier to boost my self confidence and also to lose 1lb per week. First Goal: I will exercise at least one hour a week with cardio and weight exercises. Second Goal: I will only have 2 cans of fizzy drink a week sticking to cordial/water the rest of the time. Third Goal: To eat one home cooked meal a week using fresh vegetables not frozen ones and I am also not going to have microwaveable meals. http://rebellion.nerdfitness.com/index.php?/topic/59219-thegc-gearing-up/?p=1332090
  6. Alright, so I've only attempted one other challenge and that I never actually completed. So while I stayed true to my goals thoughout most of the challenge, I am not counting it as successful because I never completed that final week. Life got too lifey and I was off of NF for a while. I've been busy. Things have been happening. I've faced much I've not wanted to recently, been brought down by it all, and I crave a fresh start. I am setting my goals this challenge to pull through and find myself in a better place at the end of this 6 weeks. I will build my strength through bodyweight training. I will relieve myself of that which is holding me down. I will start over. MAIN QUEST: Since I'm struggling with long term goals at the moment, my quest (unless I come up with something more long-term during the challenge) is to consistently stick with the Angry Birds (AB) workout for the full 6 weeks of the challenge. My breakout goals will be more milestones I am aiming to achieve within the AB workout. Particular areas that I am seeking growth in. The workouts themselves will be logged in my battle log in detail. Here I will comment specifically on the progress made toward these specific goals. Goal 1: Push-ups. Currently in the AB workout push-ups section, I just achieved 2 stars on level 1. For level 1 I am doing incline push-ups (using my kitchen counter). For this challenge, I want to complete level 1 with three stars. Stretch goal: complete 10 proper, on the floor push-ups. Goal 2: Pull ups. Currently on the back exercises I am on level 2 doing inverted rows using my dining table. I've just achieved 1 star (finally completed a total of 20 between 4 sets!). In this 6 weeks, I want to graduate to level 3. I know I will be at level 3 for a while when I get there since that will mean trying to do actual pull ups. So I just want to get there. Goal 3: Timing. I need to do better at getting to bed at a consistent time so that I can get up at a more consistent time. I am fighting lack of daylight since the sun does not rise for an hour after my alarm goes off, but I need to be more consistent about actually getting up when it goes off, workout day or not. If I can make this a better habit, I will not only have more time to have more calm mornings on non workout days, but I will have more time to stretch and shower before getting ready for work on workout mornings. Which will certainly be good for both my soreness and my not running late for work. LIFE QUEST: Lighten the load. As much as I love him, in some ways I am too much like my father. The most prominent characteristic I am thinking of right now that is holding me back is his tendency to keep everything. "You never know when it might come in handy." Famous last words. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not in hoarder territory. But I do have a lot of "stuff" that I don't need or use. Or even remember that I have because it has been in a box under the bed or in the closet for a few years. Like I don't need to keep the box from my broken iron. I don't need to keep my physics tests from 10 years ago. And I certainly don't need to keep my old frisbee bag that is broken. To combat this? Each week of this challenge I need to face either 1 box from under the bed or 1 shelf in the closet. Things are to get organized so that I know what I am keeping and everything else either goes in trash, recycling, or a donation box. Purging my way through this weight will help lighten the load. At the end of this challenge, I want to have built better habits, gotten stronger, and lightened my load so that I feel fresh and ready to move forward. My motivation? (written on the white board next to my desk) "Be stronger. Be happier with MYSELF and WHO I AM so I can MOVE ON." I'm ready for a change. Let's DO THIS.
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