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  1. I've been a little inactive here lately. The boys have their summer break, and for some reason they want and often need my attention a lot (J is 5 and A is 7 years old now, almost 6 and 8 ). And the time I do have left I have used doing my chores, some work, focusing on getting at least some exercise, tuning my diet and watching youtube :p But now SH (Super Husband for those who didn't know) is home for the last two weeks of their summer break giving me some more time to do the stuff I want to do. Like getting back on Nerd Fitness. I've been playing around with intermittend fasting and kcal counting since May, and I have lost 9 kg's since then. But now my weight loss seems to have stalled a litte, so back to the drawing table it is. My favorite youtubers have given me lots to think about and inspiration for this challenge. For those interested, these are the health and fitness channels I'm following right now: Miss Fit and Nerdy Thomas Delauer Jeff Nippard Grafity Transformation They all use science to explain why some stuff works and some doesn't. They are about health, not a quick fix, not just weight loss. And they all like fasting, but also believe that you should do what works for you. One other channel that I've been following okay, binge watching is Dog Vlog. It's a comedian and his service dog who are hilarious. The comedian got a stutter through an accident, but instead of letting it defeat him, he turned it into a strength. I love his mindset. Now the moment you've all been waiting for: my challenge goals! Main goal: Lose 3 kg before September 3rd while staying as strong and healthy as possible This will make me win my DietBet this month. I haven't lost one yet, and I'm not going to start now :p That said, my pre-game has been strong (the few days between bets when all bets are off, so to speak) and I've gained some weight every time. That's why I joined a transformer. I have to keep up the weight loss for 6 months to win (although I have to lose less weight for a transformer than a kickstarter). So how am I going to do this? Quest1: Food Eat 1200 kcal (40% deficit) each day I can go over by 800 kcal in an entire week. So for example 2 1600 kcal days or one 2000 kcal day (maintenance) I eat 3 meals a day. No snacks, except for the higher kcal days. Some days I will fast, but most days I won't, because eating this little makes me hungry and eating 3 times a day makes me less hungry and less likely to overeat. Yes this will suck, so I will add a diet break after September 3rd where I will eat maintenance for a week. This is proven (according to youtube) to help keep the weight off and to help stick to the plan. Quest2: Fitness There are less zumba and dance classes during the summer break But once they start again (in two weeks), I will go to all of them again. But for now it will be only 2, maybe 3 classes a week (two of them on Tuesday evening). I'm still following the Fitbit Coach program, but added a Darebee workout to increase upper body strength. Because I STILL CAN'T DO A SINGLE PUSH UP. And I'm really frustrated with that. I realize that cutting kcal won't allow me to gain much strength, but I will fight to at least keep the strength I have, and if I gain strength that will make me really happy Quest3: Don't be so hard on myself Even though I lost weight, I'm still overweight. Even though I have gained strength in the last years, I'm still not strong by any means. Even though I work hard, I still struggle to keep up with my chores and don't make a lot of money (barely any). But I'm not going to let this define me, I am not going to let this bring me down. I have persevered all those years and made positive changes, and I will continue to do so. Those brain weasels will be sorry they ever entered my head! So when I screw up, I'll take a step back, see what went wrong and learn from it. Let's do this!
  2. So here we are. Break week of August challenge. I have no idea what I am doing atm. Tapatalk is on the fritz so I am typing on my teeny tiny phone browser. Life is weird. I am weighing in Monday at 94.2kg. I have been in a plateau around 95kg for the last 7 months. I have been fighting myself, driving myself slowly crazier and crazier to a point where some part of me was seriously considering cutting calories severely for a month or so, just to get out of this rut. I. WILL. NOT. Though. It has taken years to get to that horrible start weight (103kg April 2015), it will take more than a month to get out of it. What good is starving myself, losing my gains, possibly even screwing up my relationship with food and eating... So the actual plan? Message to self - listen up missy: 1. Eat better. Eat whole foods as much as possible. Limit (but not banned) starchies (bread, pasta, rice, potatoes...). Eat high quality fats (within limits - it's okay, just don't go crazy). Eat meat consciously. Eat regularly, manage hunger, be smart about it all. 2. Drink your gorram water. 1l bare minimum, 2l is the actual goal! 3. Go to sleep at a decent hour, please! 4. It's summer, find something fun to do, enjoy life, please! 5. Keep doing the little things that improve quality of living in your habitat, girl, you know it's good for you. And lastly 6. Log. It. All. And. Stay. In. Touch. Mfp for food and exercise, and such. Hop on here to keep in touch about how things go overall. Go and check on your friends, too.
  3. Hello fellow rebels! I'm a bit new around here, been lurking for a little bit, and wanted to go ahead and make a place for my first 4 week Challenge. I recently had a bit of a wake-up call in my life, and am ready to lose weight and get fit. I want to get There (healthy), and never come back to the way I have been living my life. I have always been kinda overweight, but I am currently the heaviest I've ever been (well within obese) and I'm ready to change. I've made some half-assed attempts at weight loss in the past, but I intend to stick with this. This is for the rest of my life, not just til I lose some weight. I am still doing a little underpants collecting before the actual challenge starts, but this is what I am thinking for my challenges, they may change a little until it actually begins. I am thinking of having 1 diet challenge, 1 exercise challenge, 1 mental challenge, and 1 wild card. Quit Fast Food and Soda: I've been eating absolute garbage for the last couple years and I'm going back to eating good food, not just something greasy and salty that I put in my mouth because I'm bored. That said if a Jimmy Johns unwich is my lunch I'm not going to throw a fit. I'm just going to my every effort to eat the healthiest thing on the menu. As far as soda, I've been drinking way too many. It was not uncommon to drink 3-5 sodas a day. I am currently on 1 a day until I finish off this 2-Liter of Mtn Dew. I get migraines occasionally and I have had caffeine headaches trigger migraines in the past so the 2-liter is at attempt to ween myself off caffeine a little more gently. That is the only reason I'm not cold turkey quitting pop. OK so I'm cheating a little with 2 parts but here they are anyway Go for a 15 minute walk, at least 4 times a week: I recently moved to MT from AR but have been unable to enjoy it much because of my weight. The altitude has taken some getting used to as well. By walking more often (I also live on a mountain so my usual walk if 1/2 mile down, 1/2 mile back up) I'm hoping to better acclimate and just get in the habit of moving more. For most of the last 5 years or so I have led a very sedentary lifestyle. I want to break the inertia and become a body in motion, and I'm sure that my dog won't mind the extra walks either lol. Exercise minimum 3x a week (in addition to walks) and track results: This is just another case of hijacking the accountability of the challenge to help build a new habit. I am going to be doing the beginner body weight workout and I'll see how that goes. Meditate daily, minimum 3 minutes: I want to expand my knowledge and practice when it comes to meditation. I have only done a small amount of meditation in the past but have recently rediscovered it and found it to be a very helpful and powerful tool. I will also research better meditation techniques and attempt to implement them. I am focusing mostly on mindfulness meditation right now, but I plan to expand in the coming weeks, months and beyond. Brushing/Flossing Etc: I have had some problems with my dental hygiene in the past and I want to improve that. I am ashamed to say that I only brush my teeth about once a day right now. I want to make it a habit to brush 2x a day and to floss at least every other day, so i thought that this would be a good means of enforcing the habit until it becomes routine. Here is the slightly modified list for the official 4 week challenge: I welcome any feedback and am looking forward to the official challenge starting. I've already started all the above and have been including them for a few days now. I am eager to start my journey to a healthier me and I don't want to wait another day. There is a part of me that says to wait until the challenge starts, but the way I see it that is one week healthier I can be. I think I will start my data collection 7/1/2017 so I have a nice and easy 6-month time frame for measurement comparisons. Wish me luck and I wish all the other rebels out there good luck with their challenge! Thanks Bilbo, but I think I do need to get going out my door. Staying here hasn't been good for me. I Need to step out on that road, lose my feet, and just see where I might be swept off too. It's time to start MY adventure.
  4. I skipped last round of the challenge because... well, because. The previous challenge I had participated in, I had accepted that I'd be using crutches for at least another year (I already had nearly 9 months under my belt - plus two months from ACL surgery). Then I met a magic chiropractor the same day I had met with a surgeon to schedule foot reconstruction. The chiropractor made some tweaks and adjustments. If my leg hadn't been so atrophied from not being used I think I could've walked out of his office without crutches. However, I walked 2 miles two days later with my crutches slung over my shoulder on the return trip. It has been six weeks and I have very little pain (the pain is from days when I overdo things). My biggest problem now is holding myself back because I'm super excited to return to normal. I'm not exactly sure what happened. What exactly the chiropractor did so that I could walk without pain and swelling? His reply was I had damaged a part of my brain from a climbing accident I had 20 years ago and he was helping my brain remember that I had a left leg. It's a similar rehab used for people who have strokes. So with the second chance, I want to make sure that I live with more intentionality. That is what this round is about. I plan to: - Continue rebuilding my body. I'm currently doing an upper workout with dumbbells, pilates with a lower workout (I'm allowed to do 3 sets of 3-5 squats and lunges), something cardio (I can walk, bike, or run 40 minutes per day), yoga sessions on the floor or in a chair, and chair cardio. I don't have a set schedule but I'm trying to do weights a minimum of two times a week. Right now I base my exercise on how I feel pain-wise. I push my limits. - Remove pounds. Since my visit to the magic chiropractor, I have removed 5 pounds. I have 25 to go to return to my weight before my first ACL surgery. I don't want my weight to be my focus, but I can't ignore that it's a tangible goal I'm working on. I'd like to keep the trend of removing half a pound to one pound per week. My target weight is one that I felt the best at when I was in great shape (about four years ago). The goal for the end of the challenge is to be 2-4 pounds lighter. - Be intentional. My hubby and I had one of those arguments where we weren't fighting about the issue that triggered lost tempers but something deeper. Truth spilled out and I realized that I have to stop putting others' needs before my own. Putting myself last makes me a tough person to live with. With that in mind, mornings are mine to work at my novel or freelance writing projects, to read, to paint, to draw, to workout, to do whatever I want for me. The afternoons are for teaching my teens, working with clients, running family members around, doing errands, catching up with extended family members, preparing meals, etc. My intentional me time needs to happen 4-5 mornings a week. - Push my comfort zone. I got cozy in the life I created. I hadn't realized it until I faced losing another year to eighteen months to recovering from a surgery that didn't have guarantees of fixing the problem. There are so many things I hadn't done yet that I really wanted to do. Yes, they can be done with knee scooters and crutches but it becomes much harder. So with intention, my comfort zone needs to grow. Here are the things I plan to have done by the end of the challenge: Meet a stranger for coffee. Fill out Submit the paperwork for my family to get our passports. Reconnect with a long lost friend. (They aren't really lost, I just haven't spoken to a few of them for a year or more.) Fill out and submit my application for the church band. This one freaks me out because I want to sing for the band and I've haven't sung in front of people since I was 12 years-old. Pay cash for everything. (This will help accelerate the funds we're setting aside for our mega road trip to the Southwesterly states - NB, CO, UT, NV, CA, AZ, NM, and KS.) I haven't decided how frequently I want to post updates on the forum. I'm thinking I should try for at least 3 times a week. I've noticed when I don't check in regularly I feel disconnected from everyone. And, of course, I want to follow everyone more regularly too.
  5. This year is going to be all about losing weight for me. Last year i totally kicked ass by increasing my running performance. i went from being out of breath after 500meters to running a 19k with obstacles. I really proved my worth on that. This years focus will be all about losing weight and passing my second year at college. How am i planning to lose weight? The idea is to get my food straight and excercise. nothing special there. Everything will be monitored in a Kcal app from "Het voedingscentrum" My days will consist of something like this Breakfast A slice of bread with peanut butter and banana 2 slices of bread with cheese. For lunch i will bring veggies like tomatoes, carrots and cucumber paired with 2 slices of bread and some lean chicken cuts. The veggies can also be saved for a snack after lunch. For dinner i will make myself something like chicken with potoes (Or rice) with vegetables. The goal is to get around 1600-1800 kcal a day. This way my craving should be kept in check
  6. Terah kicks ass - Daredevil I've got the feeling I'm on the right track. So I'm going to continue what I was doing last challenge, but slightly more difficult And since I really enjoyed daredevil, this is going to be my theme this challenge Food Stay within 1600 kcal every day. And no food past dinner. Exercise 20 exercise days An exercise day is a day where I exercised for at least 30 minutes. This can be zumba, dancehall, strength training, biking, swimming (without kids) or something like this Learning 45 Spanish lessons completed Sexy Spreadsheet Reward 85% A colorful workout shirt. It occurred to me that I own only black workout shirts, so I'll add something more colorful 75% Bath oil 65% score Nice tea
  7. Mega Quest: My 2016 theme is "Opportunity favors the prepared." I'm in a better position to pursue a career opportunity when I maintain my network and resume and take time to build my skills. I'm in a better position to go on an amazing last-minute hiking trip if I'm already active and working on being fit. Sure, it's nice to dream about moving to Germany, but it's a lot more likely if I speak the language (classes started in January). And in general, luck seems more likely to come my way when I'm keeping myself happy, healthy, and fulfilled via self care and pursuing my interests. I want the abilities behind me to say yes when I want. And if the last few years are anything to go on, fortune does not seem to favor the person that spends hours everyday staring at her phone or the TV. I am planning on short monthly goals with overarching fitness/career/self-improvement and self care themes throughout the year. March is going to be all about incorporating activity in my daily routine. This was part of January's 'Back to Basics' goals and then February's 'Shore up on January's Weaknesses' goals, and I'm still blowing it, so that's all March is going to focus on. 1. Daily anything active. A jog, a walk, lifting, body weight circuit, foam rolling, yoga, 5 minutes of burpees in a conference room, sex that isn't missionary, I don't care. The point is to be intentional with it and be aware of how active/inactive I am in my normal daily life. 2. Weekly slight effort. Make it to the gym at least twice a week. This should be easy- I was going about 4x a week in January, but February brought a lot of travel, events, work busyness, and house guests. I think I'll be back at it 4x a week once my dad heads back home this Thursday and my sewing class takes a break after this week, but I'm changing around my work schedule this week and we'll see how that works. 3. Practically trying. Go on at least 2 hikes/active adventures this month. My last chance before Phoenix turns into an inferno hellscape until November. Actually, it was 87 today so I may have already missed my window. Northward I may go, Flagstaff Ho. Life Quests: Work is going to be busy so I'm reserving most of my energy for that. Keep studying German. Read the book club book (The Circle by Dave Eggers). Design a pattern for and make a messenger bag for sewing class. Other considerations: Anniversary this week so possible planned diet chaos. Probably at least one weekend trip. Eating habits remain decent, but tracking calories has been a total bust so I'm thinking of getting really boring and putting together a 'perfect day' menu and then eating it 5x a week. That leaves 2 days to give myself a break from the monotony and they can be my zag days in a zig-zag eating pattern. My work schedule is tentatively 6:30-14:30 now, so we'll see how that goes. Theoretically, it means I'm not going to work during peak traffic times and should give me back 5 hours a week I'm not sitting in my car contemplating hari kari. But I meet people at the gym at 19:00 most days, which cuts close to bedtime if I want 8 hours, and in another month I'll be doing the dog park that late too because it'll be too hot to do it earlier. So I'm toying with the idea of coming home, getting a full REM nap 1-2 hours, doing my evening stuff, then skating by on 6 hours or so sleep at night. I wonder if that'll keep me from sleep debt, as long as I'm not messing with REMs. Let the experiment begin. If you read this whole thing, you're an impressive beast.
  8. LEVEL 1 REBEL CHALLENGE (Jan 4-Jan 29): Diet Take one processed snack you have each day and replace it with a healthy protein, fruit, or vegetableSubstitute one sugary coffee drink per day for black coffee or tea. Complete the NF bodyweight workout at least 1x a weekLevel Up Your Life 5 minutes meditation daily From December 27th-now, I have been drinking chamomile tea and water instead of coffee which I limit to one cup per week. I am thinking of continuing this progress for the dates listed above. I am still working on substituting a processed snack for a fruit, but I have eaten more fruits daily starting with oranges and bannanas. I have been meditating for 20 minutes from December 28-now and am thinking of continuing it for the dates listed above. Meditation helps me calm my mind and also adds energy to my workout. I have started the NF bodyweight workout from December 29-now , but I need advice on diet tips and also on how to build muscle. I have a 21% body fat and want to have 15% body fat and learn how to be like the Assassin class.
  9. Hi ya'll, So, I'm new to NF! I am not sure which Guild I'll want to join yet (Assassins, maybe?), but I'm super excited. I've been stalking the forum for a couple of weeks, but I finally signed up today. About Me I am currently a BMI of 45, weight of 360. This is completely unacceptable. I'm very tall for a woman, and I've been told I "carry my weight well", but that's just not okay anymore. Goals: By 12/1, I want to be a BMI of 40, weight of 320. Of course, the world doesn't always work that way. So instead of focusing on that, I will have 3 behavior goals to help me achieve that! 1: Exercise for 3 hours a week. 2: Eat vegetarian 5 days a week. 3: No fast food (Coffee is okay). Here we go!
  10. My feet are not happy. they ´re shuffling along yelling "stop it, we´re injured!" all the g*ddamn time. the huge scar on my tummy is bitching: "i just got here, gimme a break!" my brain shouts: "eat them burgers!!! eat pizza, eat kebap, eat ...!!!" i can't seem to get the f*ck over it. looks like its time for me to SHUT THEM UP!... ! i will not hurt myself but i have the ok from my doc to ease into my workouts again ! GOAL A: Walk 70.000 steps /week. track with fitbit. GOAL B: create stretching routine during week 0 and stretch 3x /week for 15 minutes for the 6 weeks GOAL C: get back into lifting by doing steves bodyweight circuit 3x /week. improve every week just a little bit. track results. GOAL D: track your food daily on myfitnesspal and stay under the limit. 6 "jokers" allowed for the duration of the challenge. l
  11. Hey everyone, About me: First posting here, long time fitness/nutrition student and frequent athlete! I live/work in Denver, CO, and play tennis, throw discus, play video games, and chill out in my free time. I love playing tennis, but I know that my body fat and weight are seriously hindering my performance on the court after the 1st set, and I want to compete at a higher level and win local tournaments. I know there are an infinite number of resources about weight loss, but now that I've gotten the general principles down, I've run into some confusion given all the wild debating about nutrition and fitness, and I came to you rebels with the hope of helping me iron out a more solid workout and diet plan for myself. If there is something that I don't mention that will be helpful, or if I've brazenly violated a rule that I didn't read about, PLEASE LET ME KNOW! My stats: Gender: Male Weight: ~215 lbs. Height: 6'3.5" (I generally say 6'4" with shoes) Body Fat %: Assume 18-20% (Never had it measured, no idea how to without spending serious coin) Musculature: I've got a good volume of muscle all over under all this fat, and I want to *maintain it, not bulk up, while cutting fat* I can tell that I am really close to slimming as I can see great muscle definition when flexing, but it's so often hidden by a mushy layer of fat all over. Workout Schedule: Cyclic Day 1: Explosive leg workout (jumping bulgarian squats, box jumps, fast jumping jacks, etc.) Day 2: Upper Body (Pullups, bench presses, clapping pushups, bicep/tricep curls) Day 3: Run for 2 miles Day 4: Rest However, these are all morning-ish. In the evenings (say, 2-3x a week) I will either a) Throw the discus with my left arm, then practice serves with my right or Play a tennis match or hit Goals: Get to 15%-ish body fat, improve leg endurance/power and cardiovascular endurance (all for tennis) Diet: Calorie Intake: ?????? I've had calculators say 2100 BMR, others say 3000. I have no idea which way is up, down, or sideways, and it's frustrating the hell out of me for planning a deficit to lose weight! I can eat anywhere from 2200 to 3000, depending on how many carbs I chose to eat. Macro goals: <130g carbs, ???g Fat, ~150g protein (How much fat should I eat? I like to aim high, around 140g to stay up on calories) What I eat: Morning before work: 1 cup oatmeal, 1 large banana Throughout day at work: 2 cups tuna, some peanut butter, a protein powder+water drink after workout, bell pepper (still hunting for more foods to bring in and eat!) After work: 3 eggs, sausage or bacon, then it's a wild crapshoot as I'm out of ideas for the day This may be way too much info, but hopefully someone here can find the time/space to read this block of text and help a fellow athlete out!!!
  12. Hey, what's up Nerd Fitness squad? I first found this lovely website in August, but I have not yet undertaken a six week challenge. I figured now is as good a time as ever, so here I am! A little about me: I love singing, dancing, reading books, playing soccer, playing instruments, and learning about subjects that interest me, like history, other cultures and languages, and English. I love to help other people improve their lives, and I get a lot of personal enjoyment and fulfillment out of striving to better my health. A side result of my committment to living life to the fullest is that I love trying new things. So I'm really elated to be doing this challenge The main ways I like to stay healthy are by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, getting proteins and fats from nutritional sources, playing soccer, and attending dance class. I have dabbled in yoga. I typically do not enjoy running for the sake of running, but I'm not entirely opposed to it. I am drawn to a few different guilds: either Rangers' combination of strength and endurance or Scouts' expertise in stamina would be great for soccer, but Druids' sense of grace and poise would work well with my dancing (and, as I said, I've dabbled in yoga and enjoyed it). Then there are Assassins, which just sound awesome XD My quest for this six weeks is to lose 9 pounds. Goals: 1. Net 1200 calories every day for the duration of the challenge. -Track calories on My Fitness Pal. -Have 5 built-in "cheat days" where I can go over as long as I'm still tracking everything. 2. Work out 4-5 times a week, every week. -Go to every dance lesson and soccer practice -Supplement with work outs at home with blends of strength and cardio training 3. Get enough rest. -Get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep per night for the duration of the challenge. -Have some form of meditation every day (yoga, meditation, prayer, deep breathing) 4. Drink enough water. -Drink at least 6 cups a day for the duration of the challenge. -Keep a water bottle on hand during classes and mealtimes. Life Side Quest: Brush up on my Spanish! Goals: 1. Listen to more Spanish music -Listen to my Spanish playlist on shuffle in my car -Learn the lyrics to my favorite songs by heart 2. Read my old Spanish textbook -Make mental notes or flashcards of words I've forgotten -Practice working with tense changes I've forgotten -Do this 3-4 times a week 3. Use Duolingo -Every night before bed, get on and practice I'm pumped about this challenge!
  13. Introduction: Hey everyone! I'm a 5'5" 23 year old female from Canada, weighing in at 190 lbs as of today. I spend a significant amount of my time gaming or watching Netflix, and right now my current job has a lot of downtime in which we just sit around for the better part of the day. I want to continue to increase my confidence instead of sliding back into old, destructive habits. Main Quest: Drop 5 lbs (or more) by the end of this challenge. Quest 1: Maintain an 80/20 paleo diet 6-7 days per week. This does not imply some insane binge day, but say a sociable meal out that I wouldn't want to miss or stress about. A = 0-1 unhealthy (very carby/sugary) meals B = 2 unhealthy meals C = 3 unhealthy meals Quest 2: Carve out time at least 2 days per week dedicated to prepping and packaging food. The number one reason I don't eat well is because I wait until I'm so horribly hungry that I'll grab whatever is there, and then overeat. A = 2 days of food prep B = 1 day of food prep C = Last minute prep and cooking Quest 3: Beginner body weight workout 3+ times per week. This may not rapidly contribute to such a short term goal, but it's something I really really want to do regardless. A = 3 workouts B = 2 workouts C = 0 workouts Motivation: I've always been at my happiest when I'm leaner and being active. After getting into another bout of depression, bad eating habits and zero exercise, all I truly want is to feel comfortable in my own skin and get out more. I'll be taking measurements, and pictures along the way, which I'll likely post if I've been at all successful I'm not 100% sure of my grading scale, so any suggestions or advice would be MORE than welcomed!!
  14. I'm Going Home Hey guys! So last challenge I did pretty good, but went to extreme as far as working out and eating. It wasn't healthy at all. I am moving back in with my parents. This trip to Oklahoma shed some light as to what she really thought of me. And I can't take it anymore. My parents are happy I'll be moving back, as far as a room of my own....I don't know how that will work. The baby has the only room right now. Mom is talking about getting me signed up for CrossFit which I was excited about. Then my twin let me in on the secret, mom delayed on the bills to send my sis $500. So money is even tighter with my mom's spend happy ways. So no Crossfit for me. Brother in law is helping me find a job at the place he works at. I was excited about that to, but I still don't have a license I don't want my mom to drive me everywhere again. So gotta work even more to get everything set up and done. No excuses of I can't or anything. I get a wall in front of me I either tear it down, find a way over, or go under. Goal 1: Flexibility: Morning Yoga and extensive stretching everyday. Something I've been dragging my feet on for some time. But it will good for me! A: 7/7 B: 6/7 C: 5/7 D: 4/7 F: 5/7 or lower Goal 2: Spiritual: In order to survive the Marines I'll need all the help I can get, especially help from the Man. So I plan on doing a Bible study when I get home, but for now I'll read the bible on my phone. A: 7/7 B: 6/7 C: 5/7 D: 4/7 F: 3/7 or lower Goal 3: Diet and Exercise: Eat very clean as always, but this time make it a habit to eat 6x a day. Meals must be small and well portioned. Veggies, meat, and fruit only. And one "free" meal. Workout 6x a week to. A: Commit to 100%, B: Eat two free meals, miss one workout. C: Three free meals, miss two workouts. D: Four free meals, miss three workouts. F: Five free meals, miss four workouts. Life Goal: To Do List: I need to keep moving at my parent's house. I cannot give into old habits of lounging around on the computer all day. So I will make a to do list and finish it everyday. Just 5 things, easy to do throughout the day. And when it's done I can relax. Please feel free to critique! Before:
  15. Lola stopped, glancing around at her new surroundings. No, this was not like the place she'd left. The Adventurers were a strong community, sure, but they were no match for the agile group she saw before her. "Did I make the right choice?" Lola murmured under her breath. "Odd man out isn't the half of it." At 6'3", Lola was statuesque, sure, and her mind was quick and strong. Her hair was a shock of red, clashing against the sea-colored eyes that narrowed in careful thought. But her curves were enveloped in softness, cushioning the appearance of an otherwise rather hard woman. At 27, Lola was wry and not easily impressed, having seen the cruelty and instability of a world crawling with the undead. But it was the living that truly frightened her. It was men... The ones she didn't call "friend". Even in the Time Before, men hadn't exactly flocked to Lola's intimidating height and wit. So as the Amazon scanned the crew before her, she had little thought given to the idea of romance. But, what if she tried? Even just a touch? Current Quest: 6/10 - 7/20 - Becoming the Zombie Slayer MAIN QUEST: The New Girl: Begin My Journey of Weight Loss and Lose 20 Pounds Ultimate Quest: Survive the Zombie Apocalypse NECESSARY SKILLS STR: Fend off zombies with brawn STA: Outrun hordes for long distances DEX: Be agile and quick enough to cover rugged, varied terrain effortlessly CON: Have the supplies and means to bunker down and equip myself properly WIS: Be wicked smaht. Because zombies are dumb. CHA: Charm the pants off of handsome survivors. Steal their shit. Challenge Points Goal: 300 points 1: Be Strong: Body Weight + Free Weight Strength (+3 STR) Goal: 100 points ~ 5 minutes = 1 pt ------ 91-100:+3 ...65-90: 2+ ... 50-64: 1 + ... 20-49: +.5 ... >19: 0 2: Be Flexible: Stretch for at least 5 minutes every morning (+2 STA) Goal: 50 points ~ 5 minutes = 1 pt ------ 40-50:+2 ... 35-39 +1.5 ... 25-34: +1 ... 15-24: +.5 ... >14: 0 3. Be Fearless: Beginner's Parkour Practice (+3 DEX) Quadrupedal Gallop, Planks, Pushups, Jumps, Shoulder Rolls, Balance, Squats Goal: 100 points ~ 5 minutes = 1 pt ------ 91-100:+3 ...65-90: 2+ ... 50-64: 1 + ... 20-49: +.5 ... >19: 0 Life Quest: Be Vulnerable: Go on 5 Dates in the next 6 weeks (+2 CHA) Goal: 50 points ~ 1 Date = 10 points 5: +2 4: +1.5 3: +1 1-2: +.5 .
  16. Challenge 2 2014 Main Goal Lose 70 lbs 54.4 lbs. My Quest Lose 5.4 lbs. I want to get under 168 lbs (12 stones). Goals 1. Continue around 1200 calories daily. Add intermittent fasting 16/8. Only eat between 12-8pm. 2. Daily Convict Conditioning habit. 10am every day (except Saturdays). I will set an alarm. 3. Daily Cardio habit. Every day complete at least one of the following: The Walk Zombie Run, 5k Fitness Video. Life Quest Spend at least an hour every day working on my house. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- NB. My birthday is on the 21st, I plan for my birthday dinner to be a cheat meal. Not the whole day just the evening meal (it might also be slightly later than 8pm on that one day. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- My Motivation... I saw this and laugh / groaned because I have done it too many times! No more!
  17. Challenge #3 Ultimate Quest: Survive the Zombie Apocalypse Necessary skills: - STR: Fend off zombies with melee or hand-to-hand - STA: Outrun hordes for long distances - DEX: Be agile and quick enough to cover rugged, varied terrain effortlessly (parkour style) - CON: Have the supplies and wherewithall to bunker down and equip myself properly - WIS: Be wicked smaht. Because zombies are dumb. - CHA: Charm the pants off of handsome survivors. Steal their shit. Current Quest: 4/14 - 5/25 Main Quest: Complete a 5k in under 60 minutes (Color Me Rad 5k Run 4/27) Side Quests: Prepping for the 5k 1: Walk an average 30000 steps per week (+4 STA) A: 30k+ B: 27-29k C: 22k-26k D: 19k-21k F: 18k or under 2. Walk a minimum of 5 exercise miles per week (Steps don't count) (+4 CHA) A: 5+ B: 4+ C: 3+ D: 2+ Life Quest: Stick to my Mon/Tues, Thurs/Fri Paleo Food Plan (+2 WIS) A - Strictly Followed, no slips B- 1-2 Slips C - 3-4 Slips F - Off the Wagon Sunday will be my official check-in day, when I will grade myself for the week! I tried to streamline this plan a bit. Fewer things to track, and its scaled back a little more. I think I got overwhelmed with too many goals in the last challenge. I'm excited to participate in the Color Run in April!
  18. So great news on my health front! I have been periodically weighing myself. The last 6-week challenge I did not watch what I ate at all and ended up gaining weight from 208 up to 215. This was because I was not watching calories and was instead just gaining muscle and fat together. However this time by both watching my calories AND exercising regularly I have just weighed in at exactly 204 pounds meaning from the start of this 6-week challenge to now I have lost 11 pounds! and I look and feel fitter than I have in years!! Looking forward to seeing where this fitness regimen will take me over the next year!
  19. Hello again everyone! I’m in a much better position than in January, and I’m looking at improving even further this time round. I now weigh 74.5kg, or 11st 10 in old money, and based on how I look in photos, I’m doing a good job of losing fat and at least keeping muscle, maybe even building some. I still want to lose waistline, because I don’t want to buy too many new clothes when I know I’ve got some ready and waiting in the closet. In fact, I want to get to a more svelte size ready for buying new shiny clothes in the size I am under this sneaky fat. Train martial arts at least once every week. /6 I did a good job of setting good habits last challenge, but this one fell by the way side. Following some of Hugh’s advice, I will count practice on my own, as something is much better than nothing. Once per week is key, any additional time each week is a bonus. 2) Use Hairy Dieters meals two thirds of the time. The Hairy Bikers are TV cooks on British TV, and they're both big lads. They got so big that they had to lose major weight, and they created their own low-cal meals to help. And they're tasty. I will use their ideas, less the pastry (they like their tasty food A LOT), for as many meals as possible. The main adjustments will be adding more meat, so that goal three doesn't go wrong... 3) Train at least three times per week in school /18 This means I should be active at least four days in 7! I really enjoyed running with my fellow language teacher for the last challenge, and I like doing StrongLifts in the gym (I like picking things up, putting them down, picking them up again…) and it’s something I don’t want to fall by the way-side. To pass, I should be running once and doing SL twice, anything else is a bonus. Life goal - I don’t know at the moment! I need to save some cash ready for getting a new car, but I can handle that anyway. I've already got engagement to my girlfriend planned and nearly booked the indulgent trip to a hotel for it. I manage to read a fair bit. Job's going well. I play on games a bit (iPad and Wii). Does anyone have any ideas?! EDIT: Track food and activity accurately so that I, and others, can hold me accountable for my performance in the challenges. That's potentially out of 42 days. I will do this by making quick notes in Pages, before copying the info into this thread as and when I am on NF. I will also keep track of other activity to see if there's any time I could use better. I think this makes sense based on what I’m aiming for, any tips on what may work better? I’d really like to get back in my slinky 30†waist trousers and jeans!
  20. I am joining a 3 month "Biggest Loser Challenge" at work to lose the largest percentage of body weight. I only have 30-40 minutes a day on my lunchbreak to work out. Any suggestions? Brian
  21. RANDOM INFO Motivation (goals): Bodyweight: 67 kg | 148 lbs Height: 165 cm | 5'' 5' Photos: Instead of start telling you my past, I think I prefer starting again without looking back, so this is what I am RIGHT NOW and the new journey that I am going to start. I am an amalgam of different classes, but I am trying to focus on my spiritual side, so I think I am more druid now, but I like to lift weights - which makes me closer to warriors - and run - like a ranger/scout. My main problem is food. I don't know how to eat properly (healthy). On one hand, I am Buddhist, so I feel comfortable with a vegetarian diet, but on the other hand I think that paleolithic diet is a more "human" diet (according to our evolution as hominids). This is a huge dilemma for me. Also, I am human and I life on a western society, so I like bread, beer, coffee, dairy and sweets. This will be a long battle, I think, with an external enemy (the last "meals" I numbered) and an internal enemy (me and my dilemmas). So I've been thinking that the best I can do for the next couple of weeks is keep a journal with all my meals (the most precise that I could be) and, then, trying to make improvements over it. I think this is enough as an introduction. I will be grateful for your visits, comments and any kind of feedback.
  22. The last time I wore this suit was at my wedding. I am including my wedding picture. Bet you can't guess which one is which.... (Be nice) I actually think it fits better now. Even have the same tie.
  23. Greetings adventurer. It is good to see you. My name is BringTheRaine, and I am not from this realm. I come from a place that is very dark. This realm is known as The Nether, and it's a place full of negative energies. My people have long searched for a new realm that was full of light and forgiveness, and mustering all the power from their faith, they were able to send me here. It was fate that has brought us together this day. You see, I am on a journey - a quest if you will. The Nether has left me nearly powerless, and I am here to train and build myself into the champion of faith that my people need. My main quest is to build muscle, get stronger, and feel more powerful. The Nether is a powerful place, and spending my life in it has made my muscles grow weak and my body grow large. When I look at myself in the mirror, I see a doppleganger. It is not the person I know I can be inside. This is the power of the Nether. I aim to break this curse placed upon myself by the Nether, and return to preach the faith that there is a better way to live, and we don't have to be locked in the realm of eternal negativity. To do this, however, I have three missions I must complete. Those missions are: Explore my surroundings on a hike, to learn more about this realm, at least 3 different times per the sun's cycle (a week in your realm).Do not exceed an abundance of food in this realm, as is customary in my home. I have set a limit for myself and will not go over it (2400 calories, as you measure) each day.In order to explore I will need to sleep, so I will make sure to sleep at least a sunset cycle (6 hours in your realm) each night at the least.In addition to this, I have a small side quest that I am working on that doesn't directly relate with my physical quest. In my realm we are quick to spend our coin, and it often leaves us in dire situations. While here, I plan to set a financial budget, and learn to only spend what is necessary. If I can do this, I believe my future will be even brighter. Back in my realm I have a wife and a son. I don't want them to lead the same life I've had to. I want to experience a long and prosperous life with my son, and show him that there is a better way to live. I want to look in the mirror and be happy with the true reflection staring back at me. I want to learn to be positive and happy with myself and my life. This is my motivation. Thank you, adventurer, for taking the time to speak with me today. May the winds be at your back, and I hope we meet again soon.
  24. Okay. I sterted phase II of my weight loss journey by shaking things up. I switched from random weight lifting and lots of HIIT to 5 x 5. I switched from a low carb ketosis diet to paleo. I was nervous. not so much about the diet change, but gym time. I was spending 5 days a week in the gym, about 6 hrs. total at my peak. I am not a newbie on weight loss, having lost 79 lbs. in the first 24 weeks. I lost three lbs. this week, ate really good, and lost three pounds! Now I know it is just one week, but this is not just water loss. I only spent 1 1/2 hrs in the gym last week! I said when I started that I would be ok with 2 lbs a week, and I still will because I know I will be getting stronger.
  25. Hi Everyone, I've been trying desperately for years and years to lose the excess body fat on me, everytime I've tried I've made progress for 2 or 3 weeks then I turn back to junk food and gain back all the weight I've lost plus some more :-( Well now I want to put an end to that, I've been doing Starting Strength for the past year and weightlifting for the past 2 years or so. I've been dabbling with Intermittent Fasting since April (whilst still eating junk food so my results haven't been good at all). This is my battle log to help track my progress, keep myself accountable, and hopefully inspire others. My Goals Lose 10kg by Christmas Eve Not eat any junk food at all over the next 12 weeks Cut down on smoking, by Christmas to only 3 cigarettes/cigars per week Maintain or Increase my current lifts Go to Kickboxing once per week Go Weightlifting three times per week on non-consecutive days Stick to my diet plan Cut 10cm off stomach measurements Current Lifts(as of 2nd October 2013, all 3x5 except Deadlift is 1x5) Squat: 140kg Deadlift: 162.5kg Bench Press: 60kg Overhead Press: 60kg Power Cleans: 70kg Diet Some Leangains style intermittent fasting with a bit of paleo involved. I count my macros and try to hit that, so on a day I do weightlifting I'll eat 160g of Protein, 230g of Carbohydrates, and 55g of Fat, eating Protein from only lean sources of meat and having lots of fruit, veg, and whole grains like rice. On my days when I'm not weightlifting I'll eat 170g of Protein, 50g of Carbohydrates, and 75g of Fat. So I'll cut out Carbs except for fruit and veg, and eat fattier cuts of meat such of beef mince. On the days I go to Kickboxing I'll eat more carbs. Starting Stats and Measurements (2nd October 2013) Weight (kg): 87.0 Body Fat %: 25.5% Chest (cm): 104.1 Right Arm: 35.2 Left Arm: 34.3 2 inches above Belly Button: 99.1 Around Belly Button: 103.2 2 inches bellow Belly Button: 102.1 Hips: 99.6 Right Thigh: 62.5 Left Thigh: 62.0 For Pictures see below, so far I've only uploaded pictures from 2/10/13, but I aim to upload new ones every 4 to 6 weeks Thanks Everyone and Wish me Luck, Any Help or Advice would be appreciated!
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