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  1. Ok season 1 of the Wheel of Time series was terribly disappointing, but I still love WoT and some of it was certainly enjoyable. Every new challenge I also end up thinking about character building and how that seems hard to me since I've got kids, they're such an integral part of who I am now that any character building that does not include them does not work for me. I toyed with the idea of a retired adventurer settling down but no because I'm certainly not done having adventures. Main parent roles in fantasy are parents of the chosen one or random people getting trampled by the resident evil, also not that attractive but a (warrior) mom trying to build a good place to live, community, trying to take care of everyone, enjoy life and prep for the worst- that sounds good, that fits. So basically this is going to be a very adulting oriented challenge? Run while you still can A. Build a home Cozy and clean home with things organised to help us succeed at our goals, a returning goal of mine. Have made some progress, would like to continue with some more routine building. adapt the zone system from flylady to our home write down the areas and accompanying tasks on our kitchen whiteboard every week before the end of the challenge have an extra bookshelf made in the kitchen B. Nightly vigilance We still wake up at least once a night, sometimes more, so going to bed on time is quite essential to my well being and my well being is quite essential to this village building thing. Have had this goal many times and it's hard. I'm inspired by atomic habits to try again but I'm not sure about what would be a good cue for it and also I'm very resistant x) Let's try this; Aim to be in bed between 22:00 and 23:00 Set an alarm at 22:20, when alarm goes off (option to snooze once) go brush my teeth and the rest of my bed routine Aim to go to bed after that, but retain the option of going back downstairs C. Communal fires and stew I've been wanting to lose the last 8kg I've gained during my two pregnancies, and I've sat down and looked at why- because it's definitely not vanity. Part of it is wanting to see if I could, feeling like I should- as a dietician and coach. Part of it is wanting to make good first impressions, wanting to feel more like an athlete, and just a little sprinkle of wanting to look more badass.. or does that count as vanity? I don't know. Anyway, I had this inspiration to use the experience as a teaching/learning moment. If I were my own client, how would I go about it if I had all the time in the world? Let's find out. explore what part of my habits would be the most beneficial to change (effort/reward ratio) pick one or two things to start working on document
  2. Trying something new! Hope y’all like it!
  3. shy

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    I can't believe I'm still here!! Wow! I didn't give up, I completed my first challenge, and I'm actually proud of myself! So.. hey! I'm Dawn aka Shy.. I'm super shy. My first challenge goals were... Exercise every single day. (Week two of January and I've managed this since the 3rd. W00t.) Drink more water. Eliminate Caffeine. Work up the courage to go for a walk or go to the apartment gym. (Super scary for cowardly me!) Here are my Feb-Mar goals.... Main Goal I should say "lose all this excess weight" but I'm going to say TRY to lose 15lbs by the end of April for a start. Here's what I'm thinking for the Feb-Mar challenge... Smart Goals Exercise every single day (Again?! Yesss... because I can.) Keep track of my calories (Aiming for around 1550 or so. Might adjust later.) Stop going to bed with dishes in the sink (I HATE that I keep doing this!) Try to get any amount of dishes done before bed! (No joke, this has been my most difficult challenge.) I might add another goal later but, if I'm honest, I've got some stress on me at the moment and I think that's enough for right now. I've already started counting my calories on Cronometer. Believe it or not my most difficult goal might be number 3. I'm SO tired every single day I usually fall asleep holding my daughter on the sofa after dinner. (I'm not proud of this.) I need to make the next day less stressful for myself and do future me a favor and get the kitchen clean. (I feel more stressed when things are messy, which they usually are.) As much as I'd like to add "get under 220" or "do x number of crunches", etc. I think this is a reasonable goal set for me. Good luck on YOUR challenges!!! I can't wait to see all of you meet your goals!!
  4. Hi all, The goal of this thread is to show myself and others that just because you have a family doesn’t mean you have to be unhappy with your fitness and how your clothes fit. I have some goals for myself in 2018 and if I meet all of them I get to spend some money on myself for something I wouldnt normally spend money on. I haven’t decided quite yet so I’ll keep quiet for now, but they are awesome! Here are my goals ~ run 5 miles without stopping(not on a treadmill) ~10 body weight pull-ups ~deadlift my body weight ~have my waist 30”or under (or a four pack) ~weigh less than 160 ~ hold a handstand for 1 min (no wall) looking forward to documenting this journey.
  5. Hi everyone! Many.....MANY years ago I used to do ballroom dancing. Life made this difficult and I haven't danced in a long time. My beautiful 4yo daughter started dancing earlier this year and I am so jealous! I've decided when i reach my goals I'm going to start dancing again. SO goals are all about getting energy and confidence! Keeping it super simple Goal 1: beginners body weight workout every 3 days. Shiftwork and kids means I don't recover as quick as I'd like. every 3 days is manageable without hurting myself or giving up from exhaustion Goal 2: Improve my sleep by not taking my phone to bed and turning off electronics half an hour before bed. Goal 3: Take my lunch/dinner to work with me every day. Pretty simple but pretty necessary! Goal 4: Track all my spending and create a budget by the end of the challenge (next time I'll try and stick to it ha ha) I'm also a bit of a hippie so am attempting plastic free July!
  6. Overall Goals -destroy fat & build muscle -eat healthier to be a better role model for the munchkin Battle Log Initial Check In Stats: Height 5'2" Age: 29 Weight: 123lbs Left Bicep: 11" Right Bicep:11.5" Chest:28" Waist: 27" Hips:37.5" Left Thigh:20" Right Thigh:20.5" Left Calf:13" Right Calf:13.5" Plan of Attack 3 days on 1 day off Alternating Run Days & Bodyweight Work Out days No Soda at home Eat out <2 a week Will re-evaluate monthly and adjust as needed
  7. This challenge I'm going to focus on 3 things: 1. Treat myself like a 3 year old: I need sleep or I get cranky (sleep routine 2 pts) Sometimes nap to prevent sickness(15 minutes bonus 2 pts) Don't get too hungry Or I get moody (Eat wholesome food 2 pts) Not too much sugar or I will be too hyper to focus (No sugar or cream 4 pts)<---- I'm drinking way to much Early Grey with honey and cream or my new favorite, Whipped cream, sugar packet and espresso.... delicious, but not every day Butternut! Me Time or I'm not a happy camper and I don't share (Meditate 5 minutes, listen to podcast, 10 minute reading 2 pts) Play with other kids (20 minutes a day with my kids ATLEAST!! 2 pts) 2. Out Do Josh (Josh is a young guy I work with that is always talking about how much he benched pressed, doing pull ups on the trim of the door, and does biceps curls in the stock room. We treat each other like brother and sister, so I have the need to be better then him and plus shove it in his face that I can do it too will be magical) Practice 1-2 Pull/chin ups (when ever I work out 2 pts) 10-15 minute muscle building 3 times a week (5 pts each session) One HIIT session (10 pts) 3. Get Organized (These are things that once I do I get the whole points) Organize a kitchen cupboard a week (10 pts for every week) Get the peg board on wall for bills (20 pts) Post Calendar on wall (10 pts) Keep my night stand clean (30 pts) Get a gym membership (20 pts) Journal about my day at work in car daily (2 pts for each entry) Extra Credit Check Nerd Fitness goals in the morning before work to add up points (1 pt. for everyday) Get on bike Trainer every Sunday (10 points) Stretch video (2 pts for whenever I do it) Work is crazy, but I need to create a balance and focus on my life more. Seems like I a lot, but if I stay focused I'm going to be so much happier. I'm starting this tomorrow 10/26 and ending it 11/26 My Reward if I am at 80% or more at the end of this challenge is: a full day at the health center with a pool, gym, and sauna and a Steak dinner... mmmmmmm. This is for my copy and paste, please ignore: 1. 3 year old (Daily) Sleep (2 pts) Nap (Bonus) (2 pts) Wholesome food (2 pts) Not too much sugar (4 pts) Me time (2 pts) Play time (2 pts) Daily points /12 Weekly total /84 Monthly total /336 2. Out Do Josh (Weekly) Chin up (2 pts) Body building x3 (5 pts) HIIT x1 (10 pts) Weekly points /17 Monthly Total /68 3. Get Organized (Monthly) Cross out when done Weekly Cupboard (10pts per week) Peg Board (20 pts) Post Calendar (10 pts) Finish Budget (20 pts) Gym (20 pts) Friday Check Balance (10 pts each Friday) Monthly total /150 Extra Credit Daily NerdFitness (1 pt.) Sunday Bike (10 pts) Stretch video (2 pts) Weekly Total /19 Monthly total /76
  8. WOOO! Survived the last challenge! But onwards to better and brighter things! Diet: While continuing meal plans for dinners I want to increase the amount of plants I eat. The goal is to switch out snacks for fruit. 2 serves of fruit a day. Exercise: Continue with body weight x3 a week and yoga x3 a week. I strugggled to keep up last time but am hopeful I'll do better with the aim of finishing the 3 sets! Life: ugh, where do i start? I'm thinking sleep. So no taking my phone to bed. No screens. Plug my phone in with my alarm on the other side of the room. BONUS: I'm going to do a christmas advent with my kids (mostly the 4yo) showing Jesus love every day for 24 days. Big things like buying toys for other children to just writting nice letters to missionaries. Hoping I can fit it in! Again baby steps but important foundations. It's hard with 2 kids and shift work but then I signed up for this life. My husband was very supportive last time which made such a difference.
  9. Well, here goes. This could turn into a very long story so I will try to spare you all my usual rambling as much as I can. Currently I am 28 going on 29 years old, 5'6" and weigh 222lbs. I am a mom of two boys who I had when I was 20 and 21 and for a majority of the last 7 years was a single mom. I was very skinny my entire young life. I know what you're thinking- I am going to blame the kids on this one, but no, sadly, this is all my doing. I actually lost quite a bit of weight after having them, I'd say kickstarted by breast feeding and aided by a 21-22 year old's metabolism. Until I hit about 23, I slowly started to pack on the weight. I'm not going to sugar coat it (I might eat it, har har har,) I have always had a horrible body image that I can't really even understand or explain. At 17 years old, 115lbs, 5'6" I thought I was disgusting and that I just wasn't as good looking, skinny or whatever, as all the other girls around me. I know, I want to slap 2005 me, too. Over the years there have been many times where I have said, that's it, I've had enough, I am going to lose the weight, and it just never stuck. Worse, I kept gaining weight instead. I was in a relationship with a very shallow person for a few years where I was made to feel even worse about myself behind the guise of just wanting me to be healthy (not just in my head- he would slip up rude comments about being embarrassed and such now and then,) which just made my self image that much worse. Looking back, I wasn't even really an unhealthy weight then. Actually, I think to get even within +/-10 lbs of that weight would be a good healthy weight for me, but I digress. After that relationship ended I took a very long hiatus to really figure out what it is that I want from life, a partner, myself etc. I ended up meeting a great guy who truly does love me every bit of how I am, something I always knew I wanted. During the years I was diagnosed with a thyroid disorder called Hashimoto's which for those of you who don't know, is an autoimmune disease where your body is attacking your thyroid like it is a foreign body. It's different from just regular hypothyroidism because you really have to treat the antibodies more-so than your thyroid itself. I have been reading for years that there is a strong link between Hashi's and gluten, and that going gluten free has helped tons of people feel better. I guess I just knew how difficult it is, so I always just ignored it. I had done crossfit and paleo for a few months and it was so hard to adjust, and I honestly did get discouraged when I was actually gaining weight, even though I am sure it was probably because of muscle gain and I still wasn't watching my portions. I always thought that someday I would have this huge epiphany, some life defining moment where I would go enough is enough and trumpets blaring declare to make a change and stick to it and never look back. Well, it didn't really happen that way. I just kind of over the last few months have realized how much one thing can effect the other and owned up to the fact that a lot of my issues I am having are a domino effect of my horrible relationship with food. It also helps to know that whether I lose the weight or not is not a proviso of the love the person I am with has for me. I can truly feel like I am actually doing this for me this time and because I know I will feel better physically, rather than to increase my worth. I started changing my eating habits officially on 6/26. I am watching what I eat and how much of it, mostly paleo and all gluten free. I had stopped drinking soda, a big one for me, about 3 months ago. I gave up my daily 12oz sugar loaded red bull that I thought I couldn't live without on 6/23. Can't say I really miss it. I have been trying to be more active just in my daily life by walking more but I need to start stepping that up too. My plan right now has been to plan ahead my meals on Sunday and pre-cook what I can. Then I want to start walking or biking after or before dinner with the kids. I plan to get back into the gym too, but probably just a few days a week starting out because I would really like to just add back in things I enjoy that keep me active such as kayaking and tennis. I was always very active and I know just getting back into those things will give me a good boost. I am currently down 6lbs in just over a week. Anyway, I know I said I would try to keep it short but I promise you it could have been much longer. Hoping that I can keep my head in the right place and stick around for a bit!
  10. Hello! I am Jen from Canada. There is snow falling outside my window right now. I am a Stay At Home mom to three kids, and I recently started homeschooling one of them (another story for another time). I am a former graduate of Weight Watchers and am an on again/off again runner. I need help. I have lost this weight twice before. Once, after gaining the Freshman 30 in nursing school (oh yeah, I was a Practical Nurse for 10 years) and then again after the birth of my second child. How do you find the motivation to do it all over again? I turned 40 this year and I have really noticed how much more my body likes to hold on to the extra weight now than when I was in my late 20s and doing this for the first time. I am also having trouble finding time to exercise now that I homeschooling. How am I starting right now? Tracking food on My Fitness Pal, and I am trying to work in walks again to get my cardio back up to where I might be able to start running again. I have to be very careful with how hard I push myself with cardio as I have exercise-induced asthma, but I can't use it as an excuse. My asthma gets better the fitter I get and I know it. I also need to work on going to bed instead of staying up to eat. Hey, this is NerdFitness. I bet you would like to know how nerdy I am. Well, I am a proud Hufflepuff, Picard is my captain, and we are teaching our children Han shot first. I love Doctor Who (#9 and #13 are my Doctors). We taught our oldest son to read by teaching him to play Magic:The Gathering. I love playing any board game but Settlers of Catan. I went into labour with our first child at a gaming convention. I am a level 5 Human Ranger in Pathfinder, but I also have a lower-level Dwarven Druid who is fun to play. I would play Skyrim all day long if I could. As you can guess from my screen name, I love to knit. I have knit many Jayne Hats for fellow nerdy friends. I also haven't met a British Costume Drama I didn't like, but I don't know how nerdy that is. I am about to start an Outlander-themed mystery knit along today.
  11. She knows. She knows it's time for change. Not a new change but an old change, a change to what she was so many years ago. It's true that she cannot be that person again, too much has happened for that, but she can take the joys and triumphs from the past and forge a future that is as bright as she hopes. Not just for her but for the ones she loves. The story so far: Tiffany has been a nurse for 8 years. Although she has always been a bigger person, Tiffany used to move her body quite a lot. However after having children and experiencing a great amount of loss she has become very disconnected from her body. It became secondary to getting through the days. Tiffany has been trying to lose weight and get fitter but it always ended in something going horribly wrong. However recently she had a revelation. There is absolutely nothing wrong with her body. She is fat. But she is also medium height, blonde and has hazel eyes. None of that can dictate how she feels or what she is capable of. Her body is worthy of love and respect just as it is. This also lead her to really think about what her body enjoys doing and surprisingly the last time she felt really happy moving her body was when she was running (this was before her eldest was conceived!). So it's time to run again! Where we are at right now:Tiffany is a 27 yo nurse who is happily married (well as happy as one can be :P) with a strong willed 3 year old and a chilled out 6 month old. Also Barry the lazy and lovable older dog. They all live in a sweet home in the western side of Melbourne (Australia). Working a 9-5 for the next 3 months. Two kids to feed. One husband to not kill. Base fitness ZERO. Studying ministry and theology. The plan: Become a scout! (no one is more surprised about this than me!) Goal One: Get physically prepared Do the first 4 weeks of C25K app (3 runs a week) Yoga another 3 times a week. YWA has a few runners yoga videos! Goal Two: Nourish my body Meal plan every week Drink more tea Goal Three: Live my life Get assignments done on time Read to the kids every day Feeling prepared like never before the looks towards the future. Not far, a mere few weeks, but there is change. Small change, slow change, change that is rock solid in foundation. She can do this. Not only can she do this but she wants to. Freedom from doubt and fear are in her future, she just has to grasp it. Post script: I am only measuring the actions not the results with very good reason. If I do this and lose no weight I will be happy. Losing weight will not make me happy but caring for myself will. If I focus on a scale or a waist measurement or BMI than I am looking for a way to tell myself I'm not good enough or I am not worthwhile. If I focus on the things I am doing (running, saving money, spending time with my kids) than I am looking at how awesome I am which leads me to be a healthier person physically and mentally.
  12. I hope this is the right place to post this: I am MissLyssa. I want to be Super Mom Super Mom, to me, is a mom that can take care of the usual business (kids, work, house, etc) and still take care of herself adequately. I do pretty well at the Super Mom business, but I need some improvement. I have decided that I am not yet ready for a 6 week challenge, but I am ready for small changes. I had a baby 3 months ago and have a 4 year old as well. My main goal for the moment is to get down to 160 pounds by April. That's about 2 pounds down per week as I currently weigh about 197. This number is not set in stone though since I would rather weight 150 pound and be strong then to weigh 130 and have no muscle. My plan in short: Paleo for breakfast and lunch. Dinner is not always my choice, so I can be lenient here. Beginner Body Weight Workout: Monday, Wednesday, Friday Intervals: Tuesday and Thursday I will use this thread to keep track of my progress. If anyone has advice etc, it'd be appreciated. THANKS! ~MissLyssa
  13. Main Quest: To get ready to train for competing in my first powerlifting competition in 2017 My name is Rachael, I'm 28 and I have three children. I started weightlifting heavy about 3 months before I got pregnant with my second child. What a difference in that pregnancy! We then decided to have a third child right away and so with just a bit of kettlebell training I went through a third pregnancy 9 months after the last - I definitely noticed that hitting me harder than any. My youngest is over 1 year old now and I don't plan on having any more so I'm ready to get serious about training for powerlifting. I'm a long way off but my first goal is to get back to the 75kg 1RM deadlift I hit right before my second pregnancy. I am also interested in just being active each day so on my non-lifting days I am doing things I enjoy like swimming and running (30 min max) while staying in my aerobic zone to help with heart health without burning too many calories as I get skinny really fast if I'm not careful. I am currently 50kg, with a weird loose belly, but I used to be around 47-49kg. I do not have a weight aim as I'm naturally a very slim person so I'm ok where I am. I think I should be able to add on about 5kg per week to my deadlift at the moment, starting at 30kg x 8. If I can get up to 60kg x 8 that should equate to a 75kg 1RM and then I'll give it a go. For my squat, I'm currently working on form and doing goblet squats with just 8kg. I have a 12kg and 16kg kettlebell at home so I hope to be at a set of 12 x 16kg by the end of this challenge. It's not much but I don't have access to a squat rack or spotter right now. Bench press: I need to work on my core a lot after these last two pregnancies as I still have some muscle separation going on. My goal right now is to work on my push ups and graduate up from knee pushups. After that I'll try and work on floor press while finding a solution to my lack of a spotter at the gym/rack at home. Fitness: 1. Deadlift 3x6 34kg 2. Squat 12 x 12kg 3. 3x3 regular (non-knees) pushups Level up your life: 1. Go to sleep before 11:30 each day Looking forward to doing this with you all!
  14. Introduction: Hi! I am Tina and I just found NF. I am really excited to do this first 6 week challenge and hope to share some great support here! I am married, a mom to an active 11 year old and we live in Oregon USA. I really enjoy walks, biking, hiking, and camping but these are very hard for me because I am overweight and out of shape. I also have high blood pressure that I would like to lower and be off medication. I was recently laid off from a job I had for many years (software company) so this has been an interesting life change. I lost some initial weight because I was not sitting at a desk all day. And I have had the chance to enjoy a wonderful summer with my kid and lot's of outdoor time. But it's time to look for work now and see what new adventures come my way. Main Quest: Lose 50 pounds of fat, gain strength and endurance ( I don't have a time goal for this) Quest 1: Workouts: Walk 20 minutes 5 days a week. Strength workout 2 days a week. Quest 2: Diet: Log food at MyFitnessPal and stay under my calorie limit 5 days a week. Quest 3: Mind/Body connection: Explore meditation, yoga, tai chi or qigong 2 times a week. Life Quest: Get a great new job! Motivation: To be more active with my kid! To enjoy outdoor activities like long hikes and family bicycle rides. To be healthy for a trip to Scotland in 3 years. To enjoy more clothing choices in regular sizes not plus size.
  15. (I'm starting my battle log over now that I know myself and the rebellion better.) I seriously need to ditch a bunch of this fat I'm carrying. It makes wardrobe management a daily difficulty. I also want to have more fun, and that's just easier in a stronger, more energetic body! I want to always be up for a race or a dance party with my kids! Also, I struggle with mental health (my diagnoses are chronic major depression and borderline personality disorder.) Also also, I moved halfway across the country a few years ago to be near my in-laws, and I still haven't made many friends or found much to love about my new home. So... My progress goes in fits and starts, and it's often two steps forward, one step back. Goals! Weigh 175 pounds (starting at 235 pounds on 1/1/15) Do a standard pushup Do a standard pull up Learn archery Make miso (in progress) Make Moroccan fermented lemons Knit something that's not a rectangle (in progress) Crochet an afghan (in progress) Knit or crochet a sweater Write a novel (in progress) Take my kids to the Oregon coast (done June 2015) Visit Maine Visit the Mediterranean coast of Spain, France and Italy
  16. Last challenge, I took a detour from completely focusing on diet and weight loss. I slayed some demons and fixed up some life issues and now I am absolutely brimming with confidence! But. This challenge is gonna be boring. (I will keep talking about food, though!) I have an amazing trip planned for June! We--myself, my Mr. and our cubs--are heading back to Oregon for a week! And, since I will be seeing friends and family who haven't seen me in years, I'm solidly motivated to keep losing weight. But, with this impending trip *and* gardening and spring cleaning seasons gearing up, I also have less time and head space free... So. Boring ol' stick-to-the-diet challenge. (The diet I am using is Tim Ferris's Slow Carb Diet. The basic idea is: for six days a week, I stick to meat/fish/eggs, legumes, and veggies. I have one off-diet day each week. It's proven to be a darned effective diet since I quit drinking so much wine.) Here's what I'm going to do: PLAN: Each grocery shopping day (usually Wednesday,) make sure I'm getting ingredients for 6 slow-carb-friendly dinners and lunches. (Breakfast is always just eggs.) EAT AND DRINK: Just keep doing the diet that I know works. Especially: NO ALCOHOL ON DIET DAYS!!! REPORT: Log my food here, so I'll be less likely to eat counterproductive things because I won't want to have to tell you guys about them. My weight tracking is pretty vague... I have an old bathroom scale that was here when we moved in. I weighed about 175 pounds before my cubs came along, 240 when I joined NF, and 235 at the beginning of 2015. Right now I'm a couple of pounds over 225. My main quest for 2015 is to get under 200. Motivated bear is motivated:
  17. I am a brand new character here at NF, and a little late off the starting block, it seems. A little about me: I'm a mom to a very active and curious 2 year old. I am a full-time student, finally going to college again after a 13 year "break". I am a voracious reader and gamer, but I have cut down on that since my child's birth. For this, my first challenge, I set the goals at novice level. Main goal is to lose 5 lbs and 2 inches from my waist. Starting at 191.2 and 41.5, respectively. Sub-goals: •Track my food in Myfitnesspal at least 5 days out of the week. •Workout on Tuesdays and Thursdays at least twice a week. •Drink 60 oz. of water a day. I am sure these are realistic goals and I'm looking forward to how much better I'll feel after completion. Update to add starting weight and waist measurements. Updated to alter workout goal.
  18. What a week it has been! I'm glad to be back and I'm really, really excited for this challenge. Although... I have realized there's more I need to do before this weight will come off. I mean, technically, I have lost weight since I joined NF, but I sure hope I can get to where I'm losing more than 5 pounds a year... But first, I need to quit drinking so many calories. Which leads to: I need to learn how to relax, reward myself, comfort myself, nurture myself, have fun, celebrate good times, deal with bad times... without reaching for a wine bottle. It's been hard since I moved here, but I've been here for 3 1/2 years now, and it's time to figure out how to live. Here. Healthily. It's not lost on me that this is the challenge that will move us (or most of us... or some of us, anyway...) from winter to spring. Right now, I only have a couple of plants started, but by the end of the challenge I'll pretty much have the whole garden planted. It's a good time to prepare for a season of growth. To level up this challenge, here's what I need to do: 1. HARDHAT CHALLENGE!!! Yes! I am going 30 days without wine! (I actually started on the 17th. Sorry I didn't say anything. This week was turmoilriffic and I was being a bear. If I had tried to tell you guys about it, all you would have heard was GRRRR.) 2. FIX UP THE BAT BEAR CAVE! Specifically: - (Re)organize my spices. Mix up the blends I'm out of. - Get my loose recipes organized into a binder. - Go through the loose recipes and things saved online and figure out a. what I'm never going to actually try and b. what I should try now-ish because it would be a good fit for my slow carb diet. - Create lists of recipes I know I and my family like, and recipes I want to try. - Try at least 4 new recipes (that work with the slow carb diet.) - Get at least 2 slow cooker dinners bagged up and in the freezer. 3. ...BUT ALSO, GET OUT OF THE CAVE ONCE IN AWHILE! - Learn to use the mass transit here. Specifically, ride the bus twice. Once has to be by myself or just with the kids. - Initiate 4 social events... I don't mean big event events... I just mean, it has to be my idea to hang out with someone. Else. Someone who lives outside the cave. I started on this a bit last challenge, and I need to keep this ball rolling! 4. BREATHE... I wasn't sure how to write this into the challenge, but I do not want to let it slide! I used to do breathing and relaxation exercises regularly, but I've gotten out of the habit as I've been using wine to relax. Time to switch back. So, at bedtime, and when I feel tense or anxious, I'm going to breathe and consciously relax my muscles. Tied in with this is, well, figuring out how to do all the other things I've been using wine to do. The past few days have gone very, very well. When I find myself thinking that I'd like a drink, I figure out why, and then I figure out what I'm actually going to do. Accomplish a task? Sit and read? Hang out with my kids? Send my husband a smiley text? I look forward to seeing what this challenge brings
  19. Hello! I'm a mum to two little ones- a toddler and an almost 1 year old! It's too soon to completely lose all of the baby weight (at least 20 more lbs!) by the end of the challenge, but I want to get a boost of motivation. My topic is kind of a joke...but really....I don't want Baby Big Boy to turn 2 (in 2016) and for me to still have some of the baby weight! I have been working out for about two months or so, but want to be more consistent- and I need to work on being more active throughout the day. And then there's that major sweet tooth! I cook pretty healthily (if i may say so...!) but my downfall is portion sizes and a mad urge for sweeties! So, my goals: MAIN QUEST: Lose 25 lbs (all of Big Boy's baby weight!) 1) strength train 3x week 2) Eat 3 (or more) servings of veggies/day 3) When there are two forks in the road, choose the more active one! (e.g. walk to a nearby park instead of driving, play with my kids instead of sitting and watching, stand while reading my iPad, etc.) --- other random goal: to meditate/have a morning devotional for 5 minutes everyday to start the day off right! My main motivation: to be able to keep up with/outpace my kids as they grow older (I'm sure they'll get faster once they're no longer toddlers!), and to be healthy into old age for my husband (both of our parents have major health issues). Bonus motivation: I love to sew, and if I'm smaller, I'll need less fabric when I sew my own clothes! I already have some nice fabric to use, but I'd like to be a smaller size before cutting into it. Thanks for reading, and I'm looking forward to doing this Challenge with you all!
  20. Ho! Fellow Rangers! I've been a member of NF since last February, but a move and nursing school haven't help me reach my fitness goals. I finally decided those are not the best of excuses and so here I am! This is my first official challenge but I've done many of this type of thing with other groups/people and I LOVE THEM. They are infinitely invaluable to me. I chose Ranger because I feel like a "jack of all trades, master of none" applies to my life in general. Background: I'm a 34 yr old, mom of 5--used to be farmer/homesteader but decided to put that on pause while I get my nursing degree (BSN) wo moved to town last April. I was pretty fit and at a good weight IMO in January 2012. I weighed in at 148 and was the smallest size-wise that I had been since high school, which was a size 8. I had completed my first (and so far ONLY) Sprint Triathlon and was loving life. I decided to start back to college and pursue a nursing career. With the shock of working 25 hrs a week, 5 kids, a farm and full time college, I put my fitness on the back burner. Within about a year I gained 20 pounds. When I finally decided to try to get it off, it wouldn't work. I had blood tests done and tried to figure out something because with the exercising and clean diet, I should be losing weight. It had always worked that way for me before. I spent the next year trying to figure out what was going on with me and no dr. could help. My chiropractor didn't have much better for me try and I gained another 10 pounds even while exercising and dieting (mostly paleo or Whole 30 type). I finally decided to have my IUD removed because it was the only thing I had in/on my body that was artificial. I don't have any prescription meds or anything else. So--I pulled the IUD in July, did a Whole30 in Sept/Oct and lost 12 pounds. Started at 181 and ended at 169. I gained a couple back after ending my Whole30 but I am here starting at 171 pounds. I don't know what helped, maybe not the IUD at all, BUT something is. Maybe it's just mental. SO now to my GOALS-- MAIN GOALS--Lose 25 pounds by my 35th birthday--May 15, 2015---Run a 5K by that time also (without stopping)---just get stronger and see some more muscle definition in my arms and legs. These are my overall goals to get to my goal of 148 pounds and also that it coincides with a consistent workout routine. 1) Goal for this 6 weeks to lose weight: is to complete a Whole 30 (I'm on day 4) and drink 100 oz. of water a day. 2) Registered for a 5k by Feb 15--the end of this challenge. To do this I plan to run 3x a week for at least 30 minutes. Working up to all running time. 3)Increase my weight lifting/strength training by lifting 4x a week for the challenge, doing 50 pushups and 100 bodyweight squats a day during the challenge. Side Quest for me is to meditate/pray/study scripture every day. I have slacked on this while in nursing school and want to fix it!!! I'm ready... let's do this, bring it on, no pain no gain, etc. etc. etc.
  21. Started Paleo over 1 week ago & Loving every minute of it, Might have even been born to be cave-woman!. I own 3 kids and 2 step kids, a full time job and a hubby that works on nights, so I'm a busy woman, but I've got the basics down, but I want to be better in everything I do. . Main Quest To lose 30lbs and fit into a size 6 jean.( currently @ 150 and a size 8-10) Three Specific Tasks Only weight myself 1x a week and start taking measurements.( and be happier with the measurements than the number on the scale) Complete 30min of workout (cross fit, weight lifting, walking, ect..) daily. Track my diet in MyFitnessPal. Life Quest Pay off my Car!!! My Motivation My 13 yr old is almost as strong as me.. LOL I can't let that happen. I have a pair of size 5 jeans that I sure would like to wear again some day. Here they are: I want to be as happy with myself now as I was before I had 3 kids. I want to have other people ask me " how did you do it"?. I want to be a good example of what can be accomplished when you push yourself, for my kiddos.
  22. Well, I'm old. I have never struggled with weight, activity levels, paunchy middle, etc. I had children later in life and so my shape has spread out, quite a bit. I am here to get a bit of spring back in my step. A bit late to the party but here I am! Quest 1: CARDIO at least 3 days a week, EVERY WEEK(FOR 45 MINUTES). I was regularly attending a kickboxing class and my cardio was better than it probably has been in many many years. I have started a stay at home job and the hours at class don't work for me so I didn't substitute. I just dropped it. Quest 2: No dairy and limited carbs I just feel better with no dairy and limited carbs, keeps my bloated old lady belly to a minimum. Quest 3: I'd love to be able to jog a whole mile without stopping. Runners leave me in awe.... I've done a couple of 5K fun runs and I did a kinda jog/walk combo. I would love to be able to jog even ONE WHOLE mile without stopping. Glad to be here!! Thanks for reading..........
  23. Probably the nerdiest thing about me is that I LOVE to watch anime. Probably the thing that I DO most often is MOM stuff. (in fact I am giving my daughter a bath right now!!.. well she is playing with toys in the bath.. I am sitting on the toilet next to her typing.) I'd like to find other people who are dealing with marriage, kids, keeping up with nerdy past-times AND trying to get healthy (in whatever way you choose). Because if we are honest with ourselves our first priority is NOT fitness (what?!!). It is probably our families, but we can STILL do it!! It is difficult, but not impossible. There are days where you meet all of your goals, YES!!! There are days where you barely make it out covered in finger paint and poop, Noooo! So we... We who battle everyday to keep fitness in the mix. We who finally get the kids to bed and instead of collapsing on the couch choose to do push-ups or a work-out DVD... We can do it!! Who is with me?? If you are participating in the 6 week challenge please let me know!
  24. Hi to all, I have a confession to make. The last time I tried to do one of these challenges I fell flat on my face and had a pile of snow trap me in the house for almost a month (not completely a metaphor). Anyways I am swallowing my pride and coming back after a long hiatus to try it again. Here are my goals: 1) get up at six o'clock every morning and do 30 min of yoga followed by 15 min of prayer and meditation before everyone gets going for the day. 2)walk, swim, run, hike, or play an active game(tag, ultimate Frisbee, basket ball, e.g.) for a minimum of 30 min a day outside of work 3) spend at least one hour outside with my family 2-3 days a week. These goals aren't exactly hard core but I believe they are the first step to maintaining a healthy lifestyle for my entire family.
  25. ã¿ã‚“ãªã•ã‚“ã€ã“ã‚“ã«ã¡ã¯ï¼ I'm a 28 year old mom of two who's still carrying around that baby weight, hovering right around 160 pounds with little to no muscle strength. We live in Japan right now, the land of effortlessly thin people, and after the third person in two weeks asked me if I'm pregnant (and rubbed my stomach!!), I decided to jump back on the wagon. I was heading to all the normal websites, full of hot jocks with the bodies of the Schwarzenegger, when I randomly decided to search for body weight exercises. And fate did arrange for us to meet. Nerd Fitness was one of my top results, and it was love at first sight. I can do this without trying to join a Japanese gym? I can do what I enjoy and leave what I don't? Steve is a Boston fan? The site is run by nerds so it actually looks good? Normal people can get fit, too? I'm all in. But not in my typical gung-ho-two-week-blast-before-failure-way. After spending hours in the depths of the site, I feel genuinely prepared to make a life change, one small quest at a time, for good. How exciting is that? A little about me: The Elder Scrolls are my game of choice. I never thought I liked video games until my husband begged convinced me to buy a PS3 and Elder Scrolls. Come to think of it, that's about the time I gained all that weight...I grew up thinking that milkshakes were a normal part of everyone's balanced breakfast.I've lived in Japan for a total of 2 years and 9 months now. My youngest was born here. I love it.Chocolate is my downfall.I asked my 5 year old daughter what she would do if she ever got lost. She told me, "I would call to the Gundam and I would hop inside him so he could bring me back to you." Winning.
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