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  1. I'm searching for a Theme no no not a silly topic theme for this challenge but a theME ... I'll just let CPG Grey explain as it is his idea afterall So here I am - I've got the Oakland Marathon on March 20, 2022 - so that's consuming the first quarter of the new year (plus or minus a week) I even picked up a couple of fancy journals the lower one with the stickers is my currently journal So THEME what will be mine for 2022? A Year of Joy A Year of Self A Year of Exploration so many options! I shall ponder and update this as I come to a conclusion
  2. Hello, this is One Dank Medic, ....or at least, that's what I hope to become. Like him Or him But will probably end up like him at best I am a 22-year-old female, recent college graduate and working as a Lab Technician is an urgent care. My main life goal is to become an excellent physician and live life to its fullest. I found Nerdfitness about a year or so ago loved the concept. The idea of making your life into a game/adventure/quest was a childhood dream of mine! I also am nerdy ad love video games (LoZ is my favorite!) I am looking to finally maintain a healthy lifestyle. Ever since I was 16 I have yo-yo-ed on so many crash diets and never have been able to sustain any weight loss. Sugar is my kryptonite, and other than working a 12-hour shift, I don't do much exercise (And wouldn't you know people bring sugar to work EVERY DARN DAY). Exercise has never been a priority for me, except lately I have been developing anxiety and its only been getting worse. I know exercise will be able to help me manage that, so I need to formulate a plan that I will stick with. I appreciate any advice on how to fit in an exercise schedule on a tight time budget! I am looking to improve my life. I moved out on my own about 6 months ago (one goal made!), but I still don't lead much of a life. After class/study or work I just go home and scroll on the internet/ watch Netflix until I fall asleep. That's no way to live, not what I think how a rebel should live. As I start this quest of life I would like to build it into a full and active life (once I get to med school though, that's going to have to be compromised). I have one other goal that I will be tracking: my grades. While I am pre-med, my grades are low. I have been fighting for the past 2 years to build my GPA and still fighting. I am going to be tracking my study hours and habits to make me a better student! I humbly ask for your gracious support, I will in return to my best to support this community!
  3. I'm back. My big challenge for this month: my father is getting surgery later this month, and like me he won't take it easy when his pain is fully controlled unless ppl make him and my mom isn't physically able to do a lot of the stuff he would try to do and destroy himself attempting so to keep him from doing it she would try and probably hurt herself so I have decided to visit for a week to at least be around until his opiates run out and his body is acting as the limiter of his impulsiveness (I get it from him). I am able to do most of the stuff he could hurt himself trying to do and my sibling and their spouse live close enough to handle taking the hay in, which I can't do if I want to be able to breathe. My goal there is to basically take a load off my mother at least until my father is recovered enough to be a bit more self sufficient and on less heavy duty drugs so he doesn't get over confident. On the health front: I currently working out 5-6x per week, goal is to continue that and also try to break this dang plateau (I have been at 27lbs lost for almost 8 weeks now).
  4. *emerges from a secretive cave beneath a mysterious mountain a week late, as is per the norm lately~* OHO~ Crap guys it sure has been a while huh. HELLO HI GREETINGS! Jeez, where do I even start now?? Okokok, TL;DR version RQ - Last August I uprooted my entire life in North Carolina to move back home to Massachusetts. It’s been a long and, at times, heavy adjustment period as Literally Every Aspect of My Life Was Different. It’s been almost a year since the move and I feel like I’m finally at a point where I’ve settled into a comfy work/life balance - I’ve been at my job for 6 months now and I ABSOLUTELY love it, like, I just, there are no words for how happy I am to work where I do. I love being back home in New England, my sleep schedule is FINALLY regulated so I’m not all strung out, I’m able to integrate my job and my commute with getting to the gym and getting outside and doing things and still being able to lead my XIV FC events and have fun and be social without stretching myself too thin and it’s just. GREAT. V. v. great. So this is the part where I try to slowly add one more plate to my balancing act, and it’s returning to have a presence here. While I won’t be nearly as active as I used to be - work is SUPER strict about internetting on the clock - which I don’t mind at all but it’s v. different from my previous job where I was Around All The Time. I want to do my best to post when I can on my lunchtimes and on weekends, so I guess I’ll just..... Do my best?? Very Simple Goals: Gym, 2-3 times a week. I’ve been doing this! Go team!! Planet Fitness is really my only option and I’m discovering it’s really not the worst, but there sure are some Characters up in there. Keep batch-cooking meals. I’ve been doing this too! It’s definitely made a difference nutritionally and also FINANCIALLY. My weight/comp sure isn’t where it was when I was powerlifting, but frankly I could give a fuck because I am actively living my best life right now so, YOLO~ Keep posting here, and tackle life as it comes. And start checking in on everyone else more too! I MISS Y’ALL!! I want to know what’s going on in your lives so I’m going to do my best to carve out time for posting. I have lots to talk about - buying a new car soon! - visiting the New England coast for a week before Halloween with The Boy! - finally getting the tattoo I’ve wanted for ages! - I’m growing tomatoes in the backyard! - Finnegan related shenanigans! - and of course, the 3976 video games I’m playing........ OKAY here's to keeping up and LIVING OUR BEST LIVES WOOOOOO PARTY TIME Y'ALL LET'SGO~ ~ ~ ~
  5. Well, last challenge had one win, several losses. I'm pretty okay with that. This cycle: maintain, 3 workouts a week. Bonus - add an extra. I'm reaching the misery equilibrium where being sore is normal. I'm starting to recover well enough to push harder or add another workout. Tai Chi - time to go introduce myself. It seems like the norm is to find people face to face - phone calls and texts are not going to work. Oh well, adventure time! Goal is to make first contact and start classes! Food prep - once more unto the breach dear Nerds! Eat more meals I cook than I don't - simple challenge, but oddly difficult. Life - I have a major life choice coming up with no clear right answers., I'm basically at the stage in my career where I have a lot of "chose your own adventure" options. I have one, maybe two assignments left until I retire and start another career. I think I'll keep following my own star, but I don't even know which options are open right now. By most standards, I've been successful but I'll always feel that one more thing, just out of reach, needs to be done. This is the last or second to the last roll of the dice and I want to make it a good one. More to follow. - Murphy's Roommate
  6. If you have been following me for a while, my usual challenges carry over and are implied. I'm in the midst of another Soulcon challenge, but for my challenge posts I want to try something different this time. This challenge is themed from an album trilogy titled One Wild Life by one of my favorite bands, Gungor. The albums are named Soul, Spirit, and Body, so that is what each section of my challenge will be titled. Soul: Pray every morning upon waking Daily scripture study and devotional reading Integrate prayer throughout the day Continue to work through the Soulcon spiritual challenges Spirit: Begin each challenge post by sharing, meditating/reflecting on the lyrics of a song from the Gungor One Wild Life trilogy. Meditate every day for at least 20 minutes. Sit still in silence every day for at least 5 minutes. Be the first to greet people when I encounter them (inspired by Gabby Reece: "I always say 'go first'....That means if I'm checking out at the store, I say hello first. If I'm coming across somebody and make eye contact, I'll smile first. I wish people would experiment with that in their lives a little bit: Be first because - not all times, but most times- it comes in your favor. The response is pretty amazing.") Start a Gratitude Journal: List at least three things I am grateful for every day. Less talking, more curious listening (and eye contact). Write a "Thank You" letter or send a "Thank You" message once/week to someone who deserves it. Call mother every day. Hug and kiss queen and princesses before leaving for work. Spend time alone every day with queen (unless impossible due to work, etc.). Body: Do at least 50 burpees/day. Do at least 50 push-ups or dips/day. Continue to work through Soulcon physical challenges Primal/MovNat workout at least 3 days/week. Hike or trail run once/week. Intermittent fasting to help with weight loss/muscle building Spend at least 30 minutes/day outside. Get to bed before 10:30 pm.
  7. No story this time. This is just for me. For the past few challenges, I would push myself to do something, and I would simply let it slide and fail at doing them due to Life/Excuses. Then at work, someone said something that resonated with me. "You're so boring, being so serious all of the time." And quite honestly, she was right. I had forgotten how to have fun in life and in NF and Rule #32 in Zombieland "Enjoy the little things." So I'm not going to hold my exercising in such a high priority that if I slip my entire progress is ruined. I'm simply going to move and train and push only when it feels right. And I'm going to (re-)learn how to enjoy my progress, and not worry to the point where as it was pointed out to me, I become so serious all of the time. My routine will still be the same. Push-ups, Planks, Side-to-side Lunges, Regular Lunges, BW Squats, and shadowboxing. But the goal this time is simply to Enjoy it.
  8. Lincoln's Log Stardate [-4] 94678.5 I've been meaning to keep a "blog" for some time, and while this isn't really the same, it serves the same purpose. As of today, I have had net success in my efforts to get fit and stay healthy. I currently sit at a net weight loss of 45 lbs, yet I still have a ways to go. My goal is to weigh approximately 220 lbs with a body fat percentage below 18% by the time my younger brother Curtis (name changed for security reasons) marries his no girlfriend. He intends to do so within the next three years. In the past, I've had success with counting calories. As such, I am retaining the practice. Not as a rule book to live by, but more that I think better in terms of numbers and like to keep track of things. Makes them easier for me to visualize. In the more "actual" dietary progress, I have again met relative success. I have completely cut sodas and other liquid calories from my diet, and feel perfectly satisfied with water. This coming down from an all time high of eight sodas every day, I consider it an accomplishment. I am also experimenting with more interesting ways to prepare vegetables. I have discovered a particular liking for romaine lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, and green bell peppers. All of these I prefer raw, though I have found that baking carrots with olive oil, salt, and pepper yields a flavor and consistency similar to that of sweet potato fries. Over time, I have also noticed my former love of beef to be dwindling. I'm not very keen on the taste and I've found the sheer density of the meat to be uncomfortable. Currently, most of my protein comes from poultry, pork, and fish. Exercise is the most difficult part for me. Every morning, I've gotten into the habit of taking a 30 minute walk around my neighborhood at 0530, but getting into the habit of exercising during the day has so far eluded me. My intention was to strength train on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays, as these are the four days each week that I have the most free time. Again, the habit is the hard part. I have a full schedule with work and school. Energy levels throughout the day are low. I'll work on a remedy for this. Anyway, good first log entry. End of log.
  9. Hey thank you for looking in my Daily Battle Log Things you are going to see me post in this log: Daily journal; Workout/skill log; Xbox/PS gaming log; Anime/TV/movie log; Streaming; etc.. Old posts will be edited.
  10. RES

    RES The Return

    The Bitch is Back! As some of you may be aware, I am an accountant for a minor league baseball team. This is my first year and I discovered that until you find your 'sweet spot' it can be a bit difficult to balance everything. I also discovered baseball puns amuse me, so get used to them Now that season is over I can get back into the swing of things around here, next season I will likely go back to using the battle log format and work on maintaining some accountability...but right now I need to work on a few things! So the off season I will be doing challenges! My eating has really suffered...after being Paleo/Keto for over three years I had gotten to a point I didn't think about it, but an unsupportive spouse and the nature of my job made this difficult. It's only been the last month that I've really fallen off the wagon but I want to get back on it before I'm too far gone. I've also gotten some test results back recently and I think it could help. Because I hate being vague...about three months ago my Nurse Practitioner did an entire workup because I was feeling excessively drained and tired, the only thing that was abnormal was my liver enzymes were high and vitamin D was low...she said lets retest in three months, so we did. I got a call on Friday from her nurse saying they were still high "but not as bad" I asked what this meant and she said I needed to talk to my GP about it, I said I don't have one, she said "oh, well we can retest next year if you want" I said that didn't answer my question...nothing I've found makes this sound like something that "happens then clears up" so I'm a bit concerned...especially since I have RA and nerve damage in my neck after a car wreck seven years ago, I don't take prescription meds but have ingested a fair share of Naproxin...that and RA can both be a cause of this from my understanding. I haven't been going to the gym...going in at 8:30 and getting home at midnight on gamedays makes that hard. On non-gamedays I generally tried to catch up on sleep, meal prep, and other things that I needed to do, I want to get back to that. I haven't been on Nerd Fitness...no good excuse really since I manage to find time get on Facebook, I could just as easily come here....over there just lends it self to mindless scrolling and feeling brain cells dying off... So, challenge is as follows: Gym 3x/week Food 5x/week, would be 7 but let's be realistic, if I don't see progress I'll make it stricter Nerd Fitness 3x/week posting something/somewhere doesn't have to be my own thread, hopefully this will become a daily habit again. Tracking spreadsheet is in the signature Monday and Tuesday I will be out of town at the offsite for work, we review what happened, what can be improved, etc...nice down time with co-workers...problem is I need to do a presentation on Monday that recaps my department and no I have not started this, nor am I looking forward to it...speeches and presentations are not my thing
  11. **Idea totally inspired by Cataleya - Roadmap. ***New PS4 Icon edited by Niilack on Reddit. Thank you! Could not find that image anywhere! I am a gamer who loves to Platinum games. =^_^= If you've seen any of my monthly challenges, this is abundantly clear. I loved @Cataleya's idea of a Roadmap so much, that I decided to make this year like a game that I need to play through and platinum. There will be bronze trophies, silver, gold, and the beautiful Platinum. Horizon Zero Dawn is the title because it's the game I am most looking forward too this year. *I hope it's not a disappointment* EDIT: It was not a disappointment!! Yay! ROAD MAP Overview: Estimated trophy difficulty: Personal Estimate: 10/10 (Platinum Difficulty Rating) Offline trophies: 26 (13, 7, 5, 1) Online trophies: 0 Approximate amount of time to platinum: 365 Days (Estimated Time to Platinum) Minimum number of playthroughs: 1 Number of missable trophies: All of them since there is a time limit on this game. Glitched trophies: 3 District 12, I Volunteer As Tribute, No Hacks Required Does difficulty affect trophies?: N/A Do trophies stack?: Yes. Do cheat codes disable trophies?: N/A Introduction: This game is going to be rough. It's about improving your eating habits, flexibility, knowledge, cooking skills, career, gaming, and weight/strength. There are no cheats available and the difficulty is set. Once you unlock a trophy, the image will appear that way we all can follow along and keep track of how you're doing. Updates, Patches, DLCs Warning: This game is continually updating, patching, and sometimes unexpected DLC is added. So I will keep this guide as updated as possible by editing this post and labeling accordingly. Thank you for being patient. Step One: Play through the monthly challenges. Completing and passing those should lead in quite nicely into achieving the other trophies. Trophy Guide: Nerd Fighter You finished the year and met all of your goals! Complete and earn all of the trophies Is This Easy Mode? Platinum/Play Through 6 Games on the PS3. Heavy Rain, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Red Dead Redemption, The Last of Us (can be done with remastered version on the PS4), Uncharted 1-3 (Can be done with the remastered version on PS4), LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (can be done with the PS4 version) and Fairytale Fights are some options right now. Game options could change with an upcoming patch. Lilmissbri's Update (Jan 18): I have platinum-ed 2/6 (Heavy Rain and Harry Potter) games here so far. Good Progress! Progress Update (Jan 27): Beyond: Two Souls is completed and platinum is obtained. Progress Update (Feb 11): LEGO Marvel Super Heroes plat is obtained! Progress Update (Jan 27): The Last of Us is finally platinum-ed. No Hacks Required! Play through Horizon Zero Dawn, Borderlands, Fallout 4, and The Witcher 3. This trophy is glitched. When one does not like of the games fundamentally, then it doesn't seem to affect obtaining the trophy. As long as the player throughly tries. Odd. Progress Update (Apr 10): I have platinized Horizon Zero Dawn! Huzzah!! Are You Even Trying? Platinum Rise of the Tomb Raider and Ether One on the PS4. - Unlocked February 17th This is time consuming, but completely doable. Progress Update (Jan 18): I have finished RotTR. Just need to work on LEGO. PATCH UPDATE (Feb 14): Patch came through and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes no longer qualifies for this trophy. Need to Platinum Ether One. You can still use LEGO towards Is This Easy Mode? Progress Update (Feb 17): Ether One has been platinumed. I Read About It In Hogwarts, A History Read 12 books. - Earned September 10th They can be any book; however you have to include Lord of Shadows which will be available DLC at the end of May. However, you must read Self-Management for Actors, Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography, Heir of Fire, The Bane Chronicles, and Phantom to complete other trophies. So you might as well read them and they count towards this trophy. Progress Update: I finished Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (May) | Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Jun) | Lord of Shadows (Jun) | Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (July) Don't You Two Read? Read 6 books. - Earned May 22nd Pick up 6 books either at the apt., buy them online, or buy them at the store. However you get them, read them! Progress Update: I finished Scrappy Little Nobody (Mar) | Phantom (Apr) | Queen of Shadows (May) Books! And Cleverness! Read 3 books. - Obtained February 16th Just do it. Progress Update: I finished Heir of Fire (Jan) | The Bane Chronicles (Feb) | Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography (Feb) Black Swan Assassin Achieve the Splits. Stretching consistently and often will help towards this trophy. Heya, Sugar Get down to 18% body fat. This is a very difficult trophy to get. BUT, is completely doable within the time frame. Just continue to focus on the monthly challenges and this should pop without even trying, but lots of sweat. Progress Update: 21.3% body fat (Feb. 8th) Progress Update: 20.3% body fat (Mar. 15th) Progress Update: 18.4% body fat (Apr. 18th) Progress Update: 20.3% body fat (May 24th) AS IF! Clean out and update your closet. Take a month to really focus on this. Get rid of old clothes, put stuff aside to update, and upgrade your closet. The biggest priority are pretty of outfits that are business casual for work/auditions. District 12 Do not drink soda/alcohol for 6 months. - Unlocked July 1st There is a glitch for this trophy. Drinking soda/alcohol on special occasions or at restaurants don't seem to count; however, I would try to keep away if you can. Just in case. Progress Update (Jan): Just drank water and tea all month. Oh and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. Progress Update (Feb): Lots of water, tea, and coffee. Some alcohol, but it was in celebration of a gig or anniversary. Progress Update (Mar): Definitely some if-y moments of Costco lunches involving soda and stressful days with some alcohol, but overall still just coffee, water, and tea! Progress Update (Apr): All good! Progress Update (May): Continuing my streak! I have really not a taste for soda and alcohol much anymore. Except for when it's paired with a delicious Italian dinner or that sweet In-and-Out burger. Progress Update (Jun): I did it! The Fools Who Dream Earn your first official gig. - Unlocked January 27th There are a couple different ways this can be obtained. Voices.com, CastingCall.Club, through an agent, through connections, etc. One Ring To Rule Them All Get your ring fixed. Though there is transportation, decisions, and some money involved. Therefore it takes some time to arrange. Take a month to focus on this alone and get your ring fixed. It's rather easy, just time consuming. One Ring To Find Them Get your ring cleaned. - Unlocked May something or other. Fairly simple. Just go to the store and get it cleaned. Timeline on this is it has to be done by the end of May or else you don't get the trophy and your warranty breaks. I Wanna Take a Bath In That Sauce Learn 12 new recipes that are tasty and include veggies either as a side or takes up 2/3s of the meal. Just try out new things. I've found the best thing to do is search the internet for easy recipes and just try to make them. This one is kinda hit or miss, but it's the best thing to do. Progress Update: Cheesy Hasselback Zuccini Pizzas (2/6) | One-Pan Chicken & Roasted Veggies (2/8) | Taco Casserole (2/15) | One Pan Healthy Italian Sausage & Veggies (2/18) Progress Update: Beef Stuffed Zucchini Boats (3/15) Progress Update: Green Smoothie with Banana and PB (5/4) | Tomato Spinach Chicken Spaghetti (5/4) | Lemon Chicken with Veggies (5/10) Progress Update: Paleo Pizza Potato Skins (7/20) | Fried Eggs with Roasted Tomatoes and Mushrooms (7/21) | Paleo Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Apples (7/25) Progress Update: Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta (Oct) City of Stars Finish and submit your application for a scholarship. - Earned March 7th, 2017 This isn't that hard. At all. Just take it one step at a time. Record your audio and then edit. If you're happy with it. Look over the written portion again for spelling mistakes and grammar issues. Does it still sound like you? If yes, then send and the trophy pops! Azarath Metrion Zinthos Complete 20 yoga workouts. Head to YouTube and find some yoga workouts around 20 minutes long. The length counts. Any shorter and it may not count towards the trophy. Progress Update: I did two yoga routines in Mar/Apr. Progress Update: I did seven yoga routines in Apr/May. Progress Update: I did two yoga routines in July. Progress Update: I did eight yoga routines in September. You Can Brush My Hair Get your hair cut and colored. - Earned Feb. 23rd 2017 In the beginning of this year, your hair looks ratty, very long, and needs to get done. Make an appointment, get it done, and look/feel great! It Is So Choice Pay for your car registration on time. - Unlocked April 4th 2017 This time you have to get your car SMOG-ed so set an appointment and get it done! X-men Evolution Finish the 1st challenge of the year with a passing grade. - Unlocked February 4th Play through normally and complete the first challenge. Should be simple Lvl 1 stuff. The World Could Always Use More Heroes! Finish the 2nd challenge of the year with a passing grade. - Unlocked March 11th Play through normally and complete the challenge. Lilmissbri the Robot Slayer Finish the 3rd challenge of the year with a passing grade. - Unlocked April 15th 2017 Play through normally and complete the challenge. Endured and Survived Finish the 4th challenge of the year with a passing grade. - Unlocked May 20th 2017 Play through normally and complete the challenge. Looking Better in Black... Since 1234 Finish the 5th challenge of the year with a passing grade. - Unlocked Jun 25th 2017 Play through normally and complete the challenge. Mischief Managed Finish the 6th challenge of the year with a passing grade. Play through normally and complete the challenge. You Win or You Die Finish the 7th challenge of the year with a passing grade. - Earned September 8th Play through normally and complete the challenge. Hidden Trophy Finish the 8th challenge of the year with a passing grade. Play through normally and complete the challenge.
  12. I know I want this challenge to be about summer and getting more in touch with my primal self (this includes movements, diet, rest, etc.) as well as my spiritual self. I'll get my goals figured out and add them in later. For now... an infographic to serve as the rough draft of my challenge:
  13. Rolling Stoney changes her shape This challenge is all about change for me. 2017 was going to be a big year, but it happened in a way I didn't quite expect. My plan was to cross-train hard, eat well, do the derby, work hard, buy a house... but literally none of those things happened. I broke my ankle. Derby, cross training, working, and being able to cook my own food all went out the window. My partner got made redundant so our house loan got canned. And my boss is selling her cafe so I may not even have a job in a few months. But as of last month I can walk without a limp again and I'm so close to getting back to derby training that I can at least throw most of my focus that way and still feel like I am moving forwards in life. My long term goals look like this; Walk again sans limp. completed 23/3 Be cleared to skate again. (planned 19/4) Skate a whole 3hr training session. (planned early May) Re-Pass my Minimum Skills. (planned June) Play a full Roller Derby Bout. (planned August) Find a new job. My goals this challenge are focussed on adapting to the change that I'm currently experiencing in many parts of life while still trying to complete my current long-term goals. I need to prepare my physical form for my triumphant return to roller derby by cross-training what I can and eating well to fuel said training increase. So going to the gym is a thing. Between working and training I burn energy like a wildfire so I need to prep food accordingly so I don't eat like shit at work when I can't be fucked getting something rounded and healthy. I need to prepare my resume and a portfolio for if or when my job goes kaput so I am ready to attempt to jump into a new job. As a teenager and an adult I've always been a design oriented person and I loved jewellery design. There are two in-house jewellery studios in town that I aim to approach for training and hopefully a job, but I can't do that without a portfolio. And finally I need to keep myself accountable and organised so I'm trying out this whole bullet journal thingo. It's working good, even if mine aren't pretty like the ones on instagram. Change of Body Gym 3x week. (Lower body, Upper body, Core, Cardio & Yoga) I had great plans at the start of the year to continue the cross-training I had been doing in my derby off-season, but that plan got de-railed after I broke my ankle. After 3 months of being immobile I have to start back at the start, but that's okay. I have a gym membership and a plan. I had to split my workouts into upper, lower and core because I was spending too long at once at the gym and it made me reluctant to go more then once a week. My lower body workout it pretty short right now because of my limited ankle strength and mobility, but I need the habit to be there. Yoga can be done at home. Change of Job Work on jewellery/design portfolio, post daily My job is on tenterhooks right now. Potentially my boss may sell her business and the new owners may or may not keep me on. With that and my partner's recent redundancy I have found myself needing a change. After having 3 months off work I realise that hospitality is no longer what I want to do. I cannot do the work for so little thanks anymore. Back in school I was really passionate with design and specifically designing and making jewellery. I don't know what it was about melting bits of metal together but I loved it. There are no jobs available right now but I plan on getting together a portfolio of sorts and approaching the two local studios in town and seeing about a job. I figure I can't do that without some substance so I'm going to use this month to work on some designs. I will post the designs as evidence. If I happen to not want to draw jewellery specifically I can draw anything else and it still counts. Change of Food Meal prep 1x weekly Meal prepping healthy meals was another thing I was getting really good at before I broke my ankle, and sticking to the food I planned to eat was also working really well for my energy levels. When I broke I wasn't totally in control of what I could eat and as I didn't have to leave the house I just ate what I could carry with one hand. Going back to exercising and work means I need all the energy I can get and I can't keep grazing on whatever I can find at work because it inevitably ends up being cake or pancakes or just coffee. It makes me sluggish and bloated and I am perfectly capable of prepping food to take with me. Change of Habit Bullet Journal Daily I'm testing out the whole bullet journal thing, and I think so far it's working for me. While I do tend to drool over the beautiful instagram ones, I don't have the handwriting or the patience or the funds to pay for all the beautiful stickers and many pens to make it beautiful. Thankfully it's also a functional thing so I'm going with that. I'll work on my penmanship later. I need to update my journal every day and use it for anything I can think of. Adding in to-do jobs, writing down my gym sessions, planning meal prep... So far it's working really well for everything and I want to continue feeling organised. It's something I've struggled with my whole life.
  14. This are mostly personal musings, but it'll help me hold myself accountable by writing in daily. The more focused I am on my goals, the more likely they'll come to fruition. Current Stats: Female | 26 | 230 lbs. Class: Rebel | Level: 2 Fitness Goals: Mon: at home workout | Tues-Thurs: 30 minute gym workout | Fri: at home workout | Sat: rest | Sunday: 15 minute outdoor walk Diet Goals: Reduce soda to one a day | Reduce carbs by 50% | Drink more water Life Goals: Practice Spanish 15 minutes a day - 5 days a week | Social interaction at minimum once a week Cosplay Goals: Complete Kate Bishop's Hawkeye uniform by the end of January That's not too hard... but it is a lot. I'll be taking baby steps so as to not trip into failure as I have done so in the past. So far in 2017, I've kept up a 2 nights a week at the gym goal. I've had an average of 1-3 social hang outs a week, and Hawkeye is halfway done. I'll most likely do daily reports the following day, since I have most free time when I'm in my office. (I work real estate management.) It's unlikely for me to update on the weekends, because I try to not touch my computer for fear of distracting myself from more important projects (cosplay work or cleaning house.) My past is riddled with bad computer addiction (spending 10+ hours a day online playing WOW or useless internet surfing) and so I've reduced my computer usage by 90% outside of work. My phone usage still trips me up, but nowhere near as bad. But yeah. Here goes it. Monday's Battle Log 1/23/2017 Breakfast: Cereal Lunch: Chicken and green bean stir fry, soda Snacks: Beef Jerky, 3 cups of orange juice, 1 cup coffee Dinner: 2 mini hamburgers with cheese, onion, lettuce. I waited for about 40 minutes and was still starving, so I ate a bowl of cereal. Exercise: 20 minutes walking on property and up and down staircases Pros: Weighed myself and saw that I have lost 2.5 lbs. since my last weigh in, felt incredibly motivated despite the lack of energy Cons: Sleeping horribly, consistently hungry - even shortly after eating, drank a soda because of time constraints, didn't follow the strength training email from NF because I was so exhausted and went straight to bed after work, disregarded the reminder from Duolingo and forgot all about my Spanish lesson End Result: obviously more cons than pros. I'm eating healthier and making better choices (even denying the free biscuits and doughnuts offered at work) but I'm not used to feeling non-stop hungry. I've tried chewing gum as a substitute, but my resolve is only so strong. Munching on peanuts and beef jerky helps... but only for maybe 20 minutes till I feel hungry again. Besides the hungry struggle, it's also incredibly difficult to stock the pantry with healthy food options when my budget is so minimal. After paying bills, I have maybe $200 left to cover groceries, cosplay supplies, and any other needs that pop up. Being poor is really cramping my style. I'm working with what I have.
  15. Brutal Bears Tanks Diablo Intro: Keep Your Footing -Track meals/calories every day and stay on top of Rising Heroes Keep the Sword and Board Strong -Lift 3x a week and do PLP daily Battle Cry and Pull Aggro -Practice Language Every day and Keep up the Apollo Philosophy daily posts Dodge attacks -Run Twice a Week Keep Threat Up -Support your NF peeps, stay up on here, and try to find time to help on other peoples Reward: Armstrong's Family Tunic Begging Weight: 198.6 Pic:
  16. This will be my first challenge, so I want to be careful with overwhelming myself... but I find that I work better under pressure and if I find that I have to hold myself accountable to other people. So here's to kicking ass in the next 4 weeks! FOUR WEEK CHALLENGE: FEB 12 – MARCH 11 Diet Drink one glass of water a day NO SODA Reduce sweets/carbs consumption by 50% Fitness 2 hour hike once a week Strength training once a week 30 minute gym exercise 3 times a week Life Wake up early. Must be out of bed by 7:00 AM Whiten teeth with extra flossing and whitening toothpaste. (No more whitening strips!) Study Spanish (via Duolingo) for 20 minutes a day whenever in the office. Have a family meal once a week Put away $15 every paycheck into London savings Cosplay Finish Kate Bishop Finish Codex Attend one DCM League Event Update instagram once a day! So far I've been working up to this game plan, and have kept up with 2 gym workouts a week and one soda a week. I've already drastically reduced carbs/sugar from my normal diet and intend to continue that pattern. I'm horrible at waking up early, which will prove to be a challenge of its own but will be necessary to start the day on a better foot and accomplish everything I want. My biggest concerns at completing the goals I set for myself will be the London Savings and finishing Codex, because of my limited finances. This is why it's called a challenge... and I will do my best!
  17. I have to admit, my willpower sucks. It takes a lot of effort to make even tiny changes in my life, even if it really makes me feel better. I often feel like my brain and body are not on the same page. One feels productive while the other is exhausted. Such is my battle with chronic depression. Depression is often misunderstood, even by us depressed folks. However, I have come to realise that even when I am not obviously having a down day, the depression takes the form of NO MOTIVATION WHATSOEVER. It's not just the willpower to workout or eat healthily that's gone, it's struggling to leave my bed and eat anything at all. Today was one of those days. I call these "Duvet Days". I'm writing this just because I need to do something productive with my day, and complaining online about my unproductivity seems like the perfect place to start. I know some of you guys might relate to this, and to you I say: Take duvet days if you need them, don't beat yourself up over one missed workout, but don't let the low motivation rule your life. I have come to realize that while it is comfy, life in bed gets really boring...
  18. 'Tis the season for a new challenge! Yay.... I think. I'm saving my Swords of Power challenge for January/February when I will have maybe come up with a way to assign attributes that aren't all purely mental and habit control (ex: "avoid the influence of Mindsword/Skulltwister by not even looking at memes or Netflix or Crunchyroll or <insert long list of distractors>", "do not sit at home doing nothing for all of break like you're possessed by Soulcutter", etc etc). Anyway, what better way to theme at this time of the year than through Christmas celebration! (awkward fragment is awkward lol) Note: still a draft. "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear." Practice clarinet and accumulate at least 10 points per week -2 points for no or insignificant practice 0 points for significant practice less than an hour in duration +2 points for the first hour in a day +1 point per each additional half hour +1 for singing practice "The four food groups are candy, candy canes, candy corn, and syrup." make good choices in food so I can make all the bad choices when Christmas cookies and candy roll out. Goal: average 2 points per day He's making a list, checking it twice Basically making sure I stay on top of academics into the Finals season and through winter break. I'm taking Bio 2 next semester but it's been 6-and-a-half years since I had AP Bio so woot. Going to keep working on Japanese as well. All the tacky Christmas clothing! Tacky Christmas socks Flexibility exercises for splits. EVERYDAY. Following advice from 30 Days & Stretches to Splits with supplementary material from GMB Fitness (both links I found here on NFR) Tacky Christmas sweater 100 Push-ups challenge starting on week 1 column 1 Tacky Christmas hat At the moment, this just encompasses all the other physical activity I might do. He knows when you are sleeping, he knows when you're awake Sleep! I've been doing better with the sleeping part. Now I just need to do better on the awake-time time management without sacrificing sleep (oops). Happy Birthday Jesus Daily reading the Bible in preparation for Christmas. Even if it's just 5 minutes. Church.... kind of counts? So 8 possible pts /wk I'm running out of list related metaphors. I need to post a log (or at least a point distribution) here every week. I'm going to make it so that if I don't post my weekly log, all of my positive logging points negate. I also need to update my spreadsheet daily (so I don't forget details). I'm not 100% sure yet but I think this week is going to overlap both the end of my SU challenge (because the infrastructure is already there in that spreadsheet) and the beginning of this challenge. I'm still going over some ideas with regard to point distribution, category weights, and adjustments so that negative points just zero out instead of bleeding into other categories. I might use a combination. Reward system (likely related to presents under the Christmas tree) forthcoming.
  19. Well, shit. Seems like I'm in good company these days and pretty much everyone across the board is buckling down -- either by doubling down on habits they've been building over the last few challenges, re-committing themselves to paths of action long abandoned, or by digging deep and getting back to basics. For this challenge, I'm planning a hybrid of double-down and back-to-basics - because let's face it, even when I'm doing a simple challenge I've got #Rangerbrain and can't pick just one thing. I want them all. Omfg. Best. Thing. Evar. Spoiler: NSFW hoard but BWHAHAHAHA Hmmmm ... I *may* even get back to obnoxious picture posting, if I can find a good workthrough with Tapatalk ... I miss Skeletor. Ok. Back to the goals. GOAL THE FIRST Work out. As always. Buuuuutttttt ... Since I've been a slackass since midway through class (*cough* May *cough*) and have yet to kick my ass into any sort of sustainable schedule, I'm going to go back to the fundamentals and pick something I know works -- a program involving videos. Specifically, a HasFit program that takes 15 - 40 minutes to complete, uses mainly bodyweight + the weights I have in my hallway (or the weights available at the gym), and I don't even have to change into "workout clothes" to do if I can't drag my lazy ass to the gym. And since I have adult-onset ADD, I'm supplementing that program with 2x a week yoga + some sort of working toward handstands. Because I'm so very plugged into the Nerd Hive Mind. This is how that's going to shake out: Here's the program I'll be doing. It's the HasFit Hero 90. I've done it before and I liked it. I'm doing it again, with modifications to fit my schedule. Workouts will be done M - F with weekends off. Weekends will include lots of walking per usual, and hopefully a few other activities (like archery or climbing or silks) when I get the cash to make that happen. Yoga class is Wednesday; I'll throw another day in on Monday to give myself a nice stretchy base for the week. Alternates: I have a couple kettelbell routines I can pull out on days I can't fathom videoing. If all else fails: ruck. No more sitting on the couch and whining about it. GOAL THE SECOND Macros. I love my macros and they work for me. Buuuuutttt ... the DH has been wanting to give keto another try, and I'm throwing myself into it alongside him. I need something to kickstart a little weight loss as we go into the 'fat for winter' season, and having a month with strict guidelines generally does that for me. I'll be treating this like a Whole 30 and will be reporting daily on my food intake (with pics) and will be posting weekly wrapups on my blog. I have a big long keto post that sheds more detail into these new macros, and a shiny new spreadsheet to help me track (I'll still use MFP, but mostly for data format consistency). I also need to get that damn spreadsheet done - if all else fails; end-of-year plan. GOAL THE THIRD Other Shit. This one is staying the same. Get. A. Job. How? Apply for 10+ jobs a week. Follow up with at least half of them the next week. Continue interviewing my damn heart out. Go to networking events - I'm not quantifying how many per week; over 2 a month and under 4 per week so I don't burn out again. Attempt to become someone who meets people for coffee dates. What else? Little projects. I need to work on the front-end site/wireframing/UI/UX workup for the "free company" (i.e. the unfunded startup I work with) - let's rename them to "the Gs" for simplicity's sake. I need to practice other coding - there's a ReactJS course I signed up for and should really take. And I want to give back to the community. I need to either be contributing to opensource projects or documentation - something. Or volunteer as a tutor. Anything else that will help me hit the paycheck goal? I need to find a way to get some small freelancing gigs to start generating some income. It's been long enough. And that's it. Three main goals - the same goals I've had for months - just in a slightly different format. And with hopefully more enthusiasm.
  20. I need to work on balance. In more ways than one. My personal physical ability to balance is something I enjoy working on. I even still do balance drills while I stand in line at the pharmacy and my boss just commented on the fact that I was on one foot almost the entire time I taught our active shooter class.(that was an accident) Working on my physical balance is something I already know I enjoy, so that will help me stick to it. This also fits in nicely with my hand stand goals. I also need to work on life and mental balance. I tend to gravitate towards being an all or nothing type person, especially when I'm cranky. If I can't clean the WHOLE closet right now, why bother? If I can't kayak the WHOLE day, why even go to the marina? (you know, the one that is less than a mile from my house, I have keys to, and can use theirs for free if I don't want to haul mine. I really have no excuse.) If I can't eat the WHOLE pan of brownies, why are they in my house? The really annoying thing is when I'm like that, I get nothing done, and that puts me in a worse mood, which only contributes to the all or nothingness. I had gotten better, I thought, but I realized that has been part of my problem lately. The attitude, not the brownies. I haven't had a brownie in forever. Which makes me sad. I should fix that, but when with my family, so that I only get 1. In order to prevent my all or nothing attitude from ruining my days and keeping my house screwed up, I'm going to make some rules for my evenings. 20 minutes of cleaning/organizing non-daily things- this means not laundry, not dishes, but overall unpacking, set up my house kind of stuff, it doesn't matter what room, but I am going to actually set a timer and work for 20 minutes 20 minutes of daily, normal chore type stuff- so like sweeping, dishes, laundry, wiping off the stove, etc. Eventually, I'll be done with the first one. Then once every week or two do an organization upkeep of 15-20 minutes. I also realized that I need to plan my workouts better. This sounds like a total no brainer, but I need to plan them with fun things in mind and taking my work schedule into consideration. Instead of being annoyed that I can't go kayak when I'm on call, I need to schedule my month so that I go kayaking on a day I'm not on call. The on call system here is very different than my old park, so it still bothers me that I can't LEAVE MY HOUSE while I'm on call. Not even if I'm still in the park. At Mount Magazine, we just couldn't leave the park, but we had a 24/7 front desk. Here, they close at 5 and the phone is forwarded to our house. I'm working on changing it here. I requested and received a park cell phone; that should help. It has better service than MY phone. I have my slackline. It's still in the box it came in. I've come close to opening it, but haven't.I did make it to the two trees I was going to use, once. I did watch the included DVD. I need to set it up and use it. I need to schedule those days, too. I'm also considering enlisting my dad and grandpa in helping me come up with way to set up my line semi permanently in the backyard, I think. Though my house is extremely visible to park guests, so I need to think on that some more. I do think we need a low balance beam near the playground though. Anyway, I have lots of thoughts on the playground area but that is not for here. I also need to remember to do what I love. Creating things makes me feel productive like nothing else I do. Whether it's weaving, building, sewing, or whatever, I enjoy creating something. I need to set more time aside to do that. I may make it part of my mandated time, but I think that once I start getting back to it, I'll do it more frequently without the set time. I have some ideas, but I'm not sure yet how exactly I want to set up these goals to make them SMART. I'm going to think on that some tonight. After my 40 mandated minutes and my workout. If the cell phone fairy is kind, I'll add that tonight at home. I'm going to stick with the same goal categories for a few challenges. I have been all over the place, and haven't done well. Lose Weight 1. Stick to my academy workouts, 2x a week, and handstand stuff for at least 5 minutes every day that I am home. By the end of the challenge, I'd like to be able to complete 1A all the way through. I can only do 2 rounds of it right now, with less than 10 knee pushups. 1B isn't really a problem. 2. Log my food in mfp. Don't be over 1450 calories a day. Don't be under 1200. Eat back 1/4 of what I burn. At least. When I can't log it in mfp because of service, write it down, count it, and add it later. Don't miss logging more than 1 meal a week. Balance & Feats 3. Do the foot & wrist mobility mini yoga sessions 2x per week and do full yoga at least 1x per week. (&Handstand 5 minutes a day.) 4. Slackline, 1x per week Keeping Me Sane 5. Stick to my 20 organizing/20 cleaning every day that I am home all day. 6. Dedicate 20 minutes a day to either reading or creating something. Zero Week: 29 Oct 16- Batcave is good to go! My house is stressing me out. When I go to do something relaxing, i feel guilty because I should work on my house. I'm tired and want to relax cause I've been working. I have had to leave lots for training (and ok, I ran away last week to camp, but it was actually work related. I was researching disc golf courses because we will hopefully get one. That's my story anyway.), and I just never finished moving in. Part of the problem is the size of my house. It's not tiny, but the size is distributed differently. My old house had a HUGE kitchen and living room but smaller bedrooms. My new house has a smaller living room and really limited kitchen. In my old house, the kitchen was the center of everything. I made soap, baked, dyed yarn, all sorts of things in the kitchen, and did lots in the dining room that was technically still the kitchen. Here, I just stopped unpacking because I haven't figured out how to organize and put stuff and I'm tired of getting rid of things I like! I love my porch though. It goes all the way across the front of the house and is screened in. But right now, it has boxes of kitchen stuff sitting on it. And things I need to throw away, and you get the idea. Basically, I'm going to improve my batcave. I'm going to get my kitchen in line, my porch taken care, and then turn the extra room into a workout/relax space.
  21. July/August Challenge A Civil War has turned everything upside down. It is a time full of upheavals and changes. The heroes of our world have left their old paths to remain the protectors we need.... I too have left my old path and am seeking a new one. But I'm still in the grey jungle in between them. I need to complete the transition this challenge.The time-table is somewhat clearer now, but can still change to a certain degree. I most likely won't move before the end of August and maybe even a month later. Depending on how the appartment and job hunting goes. My fitness goals are ongoing as well. And actually relate to my life change. If I get into my first choice programme in the first round I need to get a medical examination (saying I am able to do exercise) before the end of July to make the enrollment deadline. While I am confident in my body to pass such an examination (including such tests as blood pressure, heart rate, EKG, pulmonary function) I'd like to be in the best possible condition for it. Goal 1 - Strength Ketllebell + Bodyweight workouts for 4 times a week Goal 2 - Endurance Kettlebell swings, snatches or bodyweight based endurance work for 5-6 times a week Goal 3 - Nutrition Meals are for eating, in between time is not. Just keep it simple again. Goal 4 - Life Change Appartment and Job search
  22. Play Time is Over. It's time to stop screwing around and start acting like an adult on a consistent basis, and kicking ass like I've done before, and I know I'm capable of doing again. Since January of this year I've been... inconsistent at best. I could make a few excuses(psychological recovery from a breakup, work being super busy, overtraining myself into a bit of Achilles tendinitis), but ultimately that's pretty irrelevant to this topic/challenge. The point is, the stuff that sidetracked me in the first half of this year is for all practical purposes behind me, so I need to stop making excuses and start kicking ass again. That's not to say that I've been awful, but I've been performing at a level below what I'm capable of - I've made little/no progress on my thesis, my performance at work has been... good be most people's standards, but below what I know I can do, I've regressed on my running(the tendinitis is a legitimate excuse in this case, but I'm over it now), and my nutrition has been off, such that I'm probably about 8-10 lbs above where I want to be in terms of racing weight - I'm training for a half marathon in October, and each pound is worth a couple seconds per mile, or nearly a half minute in the final time. At any rate, the goals for this challenge are all about discipline. I know what I need to do, I just need to do it, and not come up with ways of sidetracking myself. On the bright side, I just got back from a vacation in Colorado, so I'm mentally recharged and ready to attack this. So, the goals: 1. Track nutrition and control calories: This means tracking calories in, activity, and weight on a daily basis, starting tomorrow morning. The goal here is to drop 1-2 pounds per week; this means somewhere around 2300ish calories per day(I burn 3000 or so depending on activity level; this may increase as I ramp training for my half marathon). I may need to pause my weight loss/refeed after this challenge since I'm still relatively lean and I don't have a ton to lose, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. Goal is to drop 4-5 lbs this challenge, and to be accountable by tracking intake and activity on a daily basis. This also means posting here on a daily basis to log and keep myself accountable. 1b. Alcohol only on weekends, or special occasions(e.g. we're having a going away party for one of my coworkers this week) 2. Respect my bedtime. This means no later than 10-10:30 on weeknights, or 9:30-10 if I'm going to try hitting the gym the next morning. The goal is a minimum of 7 hours of sleep every night, preferably closer to 8. Again, posting for accountability. 3. Work on the damn thesis. If there's one thing I've sucked at over the past few months, it's this. The simple rule is this: Minimum of 1 hour of work on the thesis (or PE Exam preparation, if I decide to do that again) in the evening prior to doing computer games or other nonproductive activity, goal of 2 hours per day minimum on weeks, and 10 hours total per week. Again, posting for accountability. 4. Do the training. This means ~3x/week lifting, ~4x/week running. May modify as time goes by, but my general M.O. is not to schedule off days, but to let them sort of happen organically if something comes up(i.e. having to stay late at work, social events, etc.). This also means I may end up training more in the morning when I know I have conflicts. Once again, posting for accountability. 5. Get my "What I want my life to look like, and how I'm going to achieve that" list/objectives in writing. I think I know the answers to this for the most part, but I really need to make it concrete to remind myself what I'm working on, and to begin setting my sights on what I want to do past my thesis. 6. Keep my house clean. The whole "act like an adult" thing, you know. This means at least one "check" per week, with basic vacuuming/mopping/dusting/kitchen cleaning should there be a need.
  23. So, last 6 weeks have been a bit of a revelation. After a fairly brutal first 2 - 2 1/2 months of the year during which running was about my only source of respite from an otherwise challenging time in my life, things started to click. I embraced the pain and fed my body a steady stream of 6x800 meter interval workouts and tempo runs. My training paces started falling. On a whim, I decided to enter a 5k in mid-March, and decided "what the hell, I'm just going to go hard and see what happens." What happened was a PR, and my first 5k under 21 minutes ever. This all helped build positive momentum in my life. While my life right now looks quite a bit different than I expected it to 4 months ago, Everything is pretty good now, after more or less being blindsided and knocked off my feet in the first couple months of this year. I had run a sub-7 minute pace over reasonable distances exactly once prior to this year, back in June of 2014. Now,I've done it 5 times in the past 6 weeks(6 if you count both halves of a 10k separately!), including multiple times in a single day. I'm now training in the low to mid 7 minute range, where I was in the low 8's the first couple months of this year. What I'm doing is working, and it feels good. Therefore, this challenge is all about the speed. But I'm still training like a ranger and keeping the strength work, so I'm still here. Scouts are welcome to chase me if they want to. Put the hammer down, hard and often It's spring, and that means one thing: It's time for group speed workouts at the local track. This is an incredibly motivating thing - as not only are intervals a lot more fun/suck a whole lot less when you're with a good group of people, but there are some folks in the group who can outright fly, to the point where I'm actually doing most of the chasing. It's a great opportunity to work on becoming faster with more accomplished runners. Goal: Interval work 2x/week - track workout, plus one session on my own. Typically long intervals(800m+), as those seem to be giving me the most bang for the buck right now. Take care of your legs, and they'll take care of you I recently got some new running shoes, because my old ones were getting old. Unfortunately, as shoe companies are wont to do, they retired my beloved New Balance 890's, and there isn't a 1-for-1 replacement. I got a new pair of running shoes(New Balance Vazees), and while they're fast and light, I'm not convinced that they're right for me, as my feet feel a bit beaten up after a few runs in them. My body's ability to sustain my training regimen is the only thing between me and a whole lot more speed, so I need to figure out what footwear is going to work for me, and take care of my body. Goal: Figure out what I'm doing with my shoes - either stick with the new shoes, or get a pair of more cushioning shoes as my everyday runners, and save the speed shoes for when I actually need to be fast Oh, and do the damn stretches/mobility work. Because if I get hurt due to my lack of flexibility, I'll have no one to blame but myself. Speed isn't just made on the track, it's made in the kitchen, and in bed! I may have intentionally made that last part a little dirty. You're welcome. Goals here are basically the same as last challenge, but without the suck: 7-8 hours of sleep a night, limit alcohol on weeknights, and ultimately drop a few pounds(I'm 190ish now, would like to hit 185-186 by the end of the challenge) Run. Fast. I have 3 races planned for this challenge(including the day before the challenge officially starts) May 7: 5k. Goal Pace: 6:30. (Really, I want to stay in striking distance of a 20-minute 5k here, and see if I can kick my way to sub-20 with a good finish) May 24: 3.5 miles. Goal Pace: 6:34. (~23:00) May 28: 8k. Goal Pace: 6:45/mi (~33:30) All of these are going to hurt, but are probably on the edge of attainability. Main challenge with the first race will be the course; main challenge with the second will be huge crowds(need to not get caught in a mob at the start). The third one is home turf for me - I just need to train and stay healthy. Goal pace may shift depending on how I progress over the next few weeks, but these goal paces represent about a 10-second/mile improvement over what I ran in mid-April.
  24. This is a walking PvP that will be running until the end of the next challenge in April 2016 (approx 7 weeks total). This is a bit longer than usual so you have plenty of time for a stretch goal! 5 levels: Titanium - 128 km's (80 miles) Gold - 96 km's (60 miles) Silver - 64 km's (40 miles) Bronze - 32 km's (20 miles) Copper - 19 km's (12 miles) PVP Rules 1. Pick a level above that will stretch you but you think you can make. During the challenge walk that many km's in 4 weeks (7 weeks this time!). 2. Sign up in this sheet and track your km/miles during the challenge. 3. Specify after your name either (walking) or (pedometer) depending on if you will be tracking either just specific "I'm going for a walk" distances (walking) or I will track steps by wearing a pedometer/fitbit/etc. (pedometer). It's easier to get more mileage using a pedometer so we want to keep you accountable to hit those higher medals 4. Any amusing walking gifs are most welcome Anyone is welcome to join in from any guild, including recruits
  25. I am totally stealing this from another lovely Nerd (Hi Leimanu) and wandering from the usual tracking, lifting BS, that have been in my Challenges forever. This is just for fun! Still logging workouts and other warblings and generally hanging out in the Warriors.
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