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  1. ...on Asgard Yes it’s another Loki themed challenge. I have so many gifs I didn’t get to use lol. Last challenge I didn’t do so great in some of my goals, and even the one that I smashed, I’m not content to let it stagnate. So much of this challenge will be carried over, with adjustments to my methods. 1. Training grounds Loki isn’t only proficient in daggers. I'm itching to get back to some staff work, but I also haven’t lost a microt of my love for knives, and I’m stoked about my new bow. Having goals in all of these areas would be too much to focus on, so I’m making one simple overarching goal that contains them all. Goal: a collective three hours per week weapons/props work 2. Learning halls This is a two parter. For the first week of the challenge I’ll be attending an intensive 6 day course. Zero week I’ll be studying for it, and although I usually don’t count zero week, I’ll be tracking how much I study to keep me on track. Then week one, the class itself is going to count for this. I have lots of books that have been sitting on my shelf begging for my attention and I’ve been neglecting them due to making myself too busy. I know I’ll be a happier person if I get reading back in my regular habits. Also, NaNoWriMo will be starting and I’ll be half-heartedly participating in that (not pushing for the 1200/day, but ramping up the volume and putting some effort into it) After the class is over, the goal will be: read or write 1 thing per day. I’ll post a snipit of what I wrote, and try to share something I learned from what I read, if I learned something. 3. Harness my powers I will do the friggin mindfulness!! I remain dedicated to making this a daily habit. If I have NOT done it when I post my daily update, I will take ten minutes to do it BEFORE I post. This is the new rule. Everyone is allowed one free swing at me if I don't do this. Pinned to the first page for easy location, the table of code names for the people in my life: That being said,
  2. Hello everyone, here I am rocking up late YET AGAIN to another challenge, to post YET ANOTHER thread which I am as likely to ignore as anything else, but whatever. Even if nobody reads this, typing it all out is a valuable exercise for me, even if all it does is provide a bit of narrative structure to the spreadsheet that actually does the tracking GUYS IT'S ALMOST NOVEMBER AND I AM KIND OF PANICKING BECAUSE I HAVE NO [BLEEP]ING CLUE WHAT I'M GOING TO DO FOR NANOWRIMO THIS YEAR I mean, that's not really all that unusual (I often sit down on November 1st and start typing and that's the first I see of the story) but it is not usual for me to be anxious about it. I think it's probably just the unending stress of these really crazy times (and even discounting the pandemic times are unusually crazy, even in my crazy life). So, anyway, I intend to ease back a little on the challenge front to give myself space for NaNo exploration this month. Last challenge was considerably more successful than my lack of updates indicated. I squeaked out passing grades every week -- which hasn't happened in quite a while, to be honest -- and I also got to go on a proper Adventure™ up at Great Western War during Week Four (an SCA event -- see this post for pictures of me in armor and a link to cool drone footage of a battle). I'm feeling okay about my trajectory right now. I don't want to lose any momentum, even if I am restructuring things a little, so I'm going to try and keep a steady state as much as I can. Spoiler for the plan: So, that's the challenge. Long and overwritten as always, and late as usual, but it's better to have one up than not. Here we go!
  3. Every time I fail a Nerd Fitness challenge, it's because I've forgotten about it in the happy chaos that is my life. So, time to fix that! Goal #1 - Find a tracking method : I have bought an Arc planner and a hole punch so I make my own sheets. I will be experimenting with various bullet journaling layouts, both for daily/weekly/monthly/yearly tracking, but with a focus on finding an easy habit tracker that will nudge me to remember my daily goals. Goal #2 - Go Doggie Walking! : I have a working car now and the weather is decent, so time to make sure I get Bucket out to the park! Unfortunately the park opens and closes with the sun, so I may have to check in with work and see if they are okay with my taking a long lunch in order to make it work on the weekdays. But at the minimum I want to take him out at least once on the weekend. Goal #3 - ALL THE STAIRS : My knees do not love the stairs... and the only way they will get better is if I practice. The basement and second floor also need cleaning/decluttering, so I figure I'll make a goal to do at least one 'extra' set of stairs a day. Sidequests: - I need to go through all my clothes and donate things I no longer need or that no longer fit. I'm to the point where I have to buy new jeans and working remotely means I don't need a full set of 'work' clothes... so lots of things to donate to Goodwill! - NaNoWriMo prep and NaNoWriMo : write ALL the words! (Actually this goal is more 'go to ALL the virtual write-ins!' and me being more social) - It looks like work is going to be less work for the near future, so I need to sit down and plan out things to code/learn on my own. My development team is losing members, so in theory there will be more work for me to do, but if not-- time to hit the books! - Poke around at coming up with some sort of 'these things need to be cleaned every X days' layout for the various areas of the house. I'm very haphazard right now and it would be nice to be a little more organized about it. - Focus on making more art/writing so I can hit my goal of breaking even this year with the creative microbusiness! - Continue to work on hasing out my 2022 plans (and future NF goals!)
  4. So I was roaming the barren, arid cultural wasteland... Wait... Perhaps I'd better introduce myself. Hello. I hope you don't mind me appearing like this in the middle of a challenge and in a different group. I am a former Scout from the UK. I can go away if you like but I hope you won't. I will try and behave myself. So anyway I was roaming the barren, arid cultural wasteland aka Twitter when I encountered an old friend and comrade-in-arms from back in the day, @fearless 2.0, who took pity on my dilapidated state and suggested I return to nerd fitness in search of my lost mojo. In the next 4 weeks I commit to... 1 Move once a day - running, substantial walking, combat or bodyweight exercise in the home, whatever, preferably with family 2 NaNoWriMo - I can't do a full novel but I will write a short story in Portuguese over the course of a month. It probably won't be very good but it'll push the boundaries of the language I'm learning. 3 Eat better - paleoish, no booze And as a bonus, since we are starting a month of lockdown here in the UK soon, come up with a routine I can follow to give a bit of structure to my day. I kind of have one of these already, which I've been following since March but it's got a bit vague and I need to just prune it and refocus.
  5. NEW GOALS (version1.0) I start my new challenge tomorrow, because Ive achieved what I wanted during the last weeks. And I cant wait for the new forums to open. fearless: the "spicy writer" challenge starting 10/14 and ending on November 30th. I will write/research daily. I will participate in NANOWRIMO 2020 as a rebel ( details and numbers of words to follow ) I will go to Cross Fit 2 or 3 times a week ( 1 session of cleaning included ) I will stretch/ foam roll / do PT after each Crossfit day (details to be determined) I will try out new spices while cooking ( influenced by the blog. have bought asian and Mexican spices and want to create new go to meals with them) let the new round begin!
  6. Hello nerds! I'm annyshay! Here are my goals for the next 6 weeks... Pass my boards Win NaNoWriMo Go Deeper with Health Coaching There's been a lot of upheaval in my life in the recent past from moving across country to the death of my Grandpa to a lot of traveling, but things are starting to mellow out just in time for... my boards and NaNoWriMo. Hehe. That's right, within the span of this challenge, I will be taking two sets of medical boards and trying to write 50,000 words in one month. So, I want to try to lean on my community here a little bit harder instead of just phoning in my updates. So, I have overarching goals and will give narrative reports within those about what's going on for me at the moment. I hope to continue to post consistently and wander among other nerds threads a bit more than I have been doing lately. We'll see how it goes, and everything is open to tweaking as necessary to help support my goals. Sound good? Let's do this thing!
  7. I'm doing NaNoWriMo... National Novel Writing Month. I decided to do this two days ago so I'm kinda pantsing it. Right now I'm fleshing out an idea I've been tinkering with in my brain for months, maybe years. It's going well. Then 12 am Nov 1 I start writing like mad to produce 50,000 words before 12 am Dec. 1. All those who accomplish that goal.... WIN! This adventure takes place in the Southcoast Cities where a disgraced 'wizard' flees his home country seeking allies to aid in thwarting the imperialistic ambitions of the increasingly corrupt Astral Governance. Goal 1, Win NaNoWriMo 1) Pre Nano -- novel prep and practice and refine keeping a daily writing schedule. 2) NaNo -- just write. Keep track of word counts, and just get to 11,667 words each week. Goal 2, Fucking Don't Die 1) Do one thing each day that is not NaNo, but also isn't dying. Like, get a chore done, or do something fun during a break. 2) Also, work a min. 45 hours per week. Writing isn't paying the bills... yet.
  8. ***I stayed at Level 28 because I didn’t complete my #28 challenge. Main Quest To live a healthy and balanced life by exercising and trying to eat healthy. My Motivation I've successfully dropped weight by counting calories so my diet will mostly be staying the same with 1200 calories per day M-F and then blow meals on the weekends. I've managed to put on some muscle in an effort to become stronger by weightlifting and I’ve discovered that I love lifting heavy things! I’ve fallen out of what was my normal exercise routine so I’m getting back into because I need the gym again as my annual physical is November 16th. Since it’s been awhile, I’m going back to the basics by walking and doing easier weights to start with. And for this challenge, I’m doing a duel-theme: Halloween (my favorite holiday!) and NaNoWriMo. Smaller Quests 1. “Who’s Hunting Whom?” -Van Helsing = Walking I’m getting back into exercising slowly, but I know from past experience that walking can be a great workout. And Van Helsing does a lot of walking while tracking creatures across Transylvania. I plan on walking in the mornings before work and then on alternate non-weightlifting days at the gym over my lunch break. Scoring: x/30 miles in 4 weeks (7.5 miles per week) Reward: +3 CON & +3 DEX 2. “Stay Fit, Keep Sharp, Make Good Decisions” -Ghostbusters 2 = Weightlifting It’s been awhile since I had a weightlifting routine, so it’s time to get back to lifting all the heavy things! I’ve missed it, so it’s time to reset and lift stuff again. I like it, it makes me feel better about myself and it’s got practical, real-world purposes. A Ghostbuster has to be lite on their feet and in shape to haul around those heavy proton packs. I want to achieve the following: Bench press: 55lbs → 75lbs Squat: 45lbs → 65lbs Barbell curl: 15lbs → 25lbs Deadlift: 60lbs → 80lbs Pullups: 2 → 5 Scoring: /5 Reward: +3 STR & +3 CHA 3. “I Put A Spell On You” -Hocus Pocus = NaNoWriMo I’ve participated in five NaNoWriMo’s and won twice now. While NaNo only starts on November 1st, this challenge only goes part-way through November, so I will continue this miniquest until November 30th. I’m hoping it will motivate me to work towards win #3! And hopefully, if I win, my new story will put a spell on readers! Scoring: /3 Reward: +3 STA (+1 for every 16,666 words written through November 30th)
  9. Hey, y'all! Hi. I think (knocks frantically on wood) that we are, for the moment, kind of over it with the destructive weather events and significant life stressors. Post-lightning-strike, post-Florence, post-Michael situation: We have considerable damage to the house, more than we realized at first, but it is livable and fixable and our homeowner's insurance company helped us as much as they could as quickly as possible. With everyone else in the region so devastated, many much more than us, and then Florida needing even more critical help just a few weeks later, I have absolutely zero complaints about how well we were treated. The claim is now resolved, and repairs start next week. On top of the home repair sitch, we are implementing a new curriculum in one of the schools I manage, which effectively triples my workload. And the hubs and I had to move out of the master bedroom - so we are living in the guest room, most of my clothes are in the Hobbit Hole, but all my shower/skincare/makeup stuff is still in the Master Bath ... my routines are a bit disrupted. NaNoWriMo is less than two weeks away and I'm a Municipal Liaison again this year. I have not been to the gym in ... I don't exactly remember how long. I went once since Florence. Couple weeks ago. And my digestion isn't working right. Common stress response for me, but it means that my foodz consumption has been, kind of, a lot of chicken broth, saltine crackers, and "now I'm feeling sorry for myself so I'll deal with the bloated discomfort" junk food. So - for this challenge, I'm gonna need to lean back into the basics. Eat decent food, pick up some iron, manage my stress, learn how to sleep. Food Track The Foods. I did that thing where you get your nutrition completely dialed in and it's all working great and you think "yay, now I don't have to worry about that anymore" ... has that ever worked for anyone? Not me! The wheels have completely fallen off. And I don't know if it is stress, or an actual medical thing, or what (I have a doctor's appointment next month) but lately I have been feeling very bloated and sometimes mildly nauseated after eating. So tracking should 1) help me be more conscious of what I am putting in my face and whether it is nourishing me or just temp-fixing a boredom or self-pity problem, and 2) help me pinpoint if I feel worse after particular foods or food types Input Power Challenge Goal: Track every bite through challenge period. I use MFP. Accountability post here at least 3x/week. Input Power Victory Threshold: Complete tracking at least 24 of the 28 challenge days. Input Power Loot: The Adventures of Tom Bombadil Workout I started off Hurricane Florence with a resolve to at least keep up with 3x/weekly home workouts (suspension trainer/bodyweight work). That lasted through the first week. The stress, the fatigue, the week without power (sleeping without no air conditioning when you are not acclimated is no joke, y'all), the constant vigilance against looters - frankly fitness was a low priority. I did do a fair bit of physical labor - fence repairs, tree cutting, and debris hauling mostly - but it was sporadic. And now that I'm back to my mostly sedentary desk job, I have to pretty much start from scratch to re-establish the habit. I am not quite dumb enough to just jump back into my previous programming. Y'know, lest I die. Also, new curriculum implementation = seriously limited gym time. I'm starting back close where I was five years ago as a complete beginner, with Nia Shanks' "Minimalist 3x3" program. It's a ten-week program, all large compound movements, 3 exercises per workout (basically a Push/Pull/Legs scheme.) Focus - get in the gym and out of the gym in under an hour while building up basic strength in the main lifts. Increase Hard Drive Capacity Challenge Goal: Actually go to the gym and do the thing three days a week for all four weeks. Post here for accountability. HD Capacity Victory Threshold: Complete 10 of 12 scheduled workouts. HD Capacity Loot: Rings , so I can transition back into the NF Rings program that I had just begun to play with before le hurricane. Sleep I am a lifelong insomniac, but there are things that help. If I do them. Hubs and I are setting up our regular mattress in the Hobbit Hole so I have a place to retreat to on my sleepless nights. Whether he is snoring, or I just can't shut down the brain, it helps if I can move to another room. Headspace just added a huge pile of "Sleepcasts" - basically guided imagery sleep meditations - that have helped a lot. My big problem now, new since the hurricane, is just not putting myself in bed and turning out the lights when I should. Being a NaNo ML has compounded the problem. I get caught up in reading - or sending - "just one more" e-mail or forum post or ... well, y'all know how that goes. Power Conservation Mode Challenge Goal: In bed with lights out by nine every night. Power Conservation Mode Victory Threshold: 23 of the 28 challenge days Power Conservation Mode Loot: A new shade of fountain pen ink OGSiP (Other Goals Still in Progress) Having power and internet out for so long broke my streaks on Duolingo, YouVersion Bible, Headspace, and 4theWords. Insane situations with unexpected home repair expenses and travel have thrown our EveryDollar budget tracking and meal planning habits into chaos. Sad Gemma is sad. But we are rebuilding. Current status: YouVersion: 3 Duolingo: 30 Headspace: 30 4tW: 29 EveryDollar budget and meal planning: having a (belated) midmonth budget and meal planning meeting with the hubs tonight to try to limit October's damage so we can be back on point for November. Peripherals Challenge Goal: Just keep all that going. I'm not setting a victory threshold or loot for this, because I'm so attached to watching streak numbers go up I don't need an external reward. But the last day of this challenge coincides with my birthday (52 is the new 25, if you hadn't heard). Happy birthday to me = once we move back into our bedroom I am making the trip to Ikea to buy my Hobbit Hole bookcases!
  10. Druids rock! Last challenge I rediscovered how much I enjoyed Tai Chi, discovered that ending showers cold is awesome, and generally enjoyed doing something different. This go around - Maintain Tai Chi 2 to 4x a week, schedule depending. My job has suddenly added a lot of travel, with vastly more on the horizon. Maintain ending showers cold. It really seems to fire up my day, and I like that. Add - practice Tai Chi (moving meditation and standing meditation) on days where I can't make or don't have class. Add - ice exposure. I dropped out the ice baths last challenge, have to get going on those this evolution. Add - running. I need to get my run times and weight back to reasonable numbers. Tomorrow I need to see what my mile time actually is now. Nanowrimo. Challenge- accepted! This should be an epic challenge. I have some huge life changes on the horizon - this is all prep for it, one way or another. - Murphy's Roommate
  11. Autumn Adventures Apologies in advance to any friends on the other side of the equator. It's finally starting to feel like autumn around where I'm at and my enthusiasm for this time of year is huge. Autumn is by far my favorite season. The leaves start changing colors and turning the landscape into fiery awesomeness. Some of my favorite produces are in season again (broccoli, apples, various squashes, brussels sprouts, kale). The days start getting crisp and cool - perfect for hiking in the morning and coming home to a nice cup of hot tea. (Hopefully the temps actually spend some time in fall and don't go straight from summer to winter.... the weather this year is weird...) And I also love how the creative community just explodes in enthusiasm for month-long awesomeness such as Inktober and NaNoWriMo. This challenge is themed to keep me on track with good habits, while also allowing myself to have fun indulging in some creative hobbies. So last challenge.... was all about floundering around and trying to figure out long-term goals. I do have some details kicking around inside my head - but I want to work a bit more on turning those vague impressions into words that make sense outside my own head. This challenge.... I want to continue with some good habits that I started earlier this year - and kind of got stuck in the mud with around early July - and prioritize them against my enthusiasm for the ongoing creative stuffs. Goals: Drink at least 2 Liters of water daily (ongoing since January) 5 a day fruits and vegetables (extra incentive - $2 for every day I hit this goal towards something cool - maybe a fountain pen?? or a bonsai tree??) Take time to explore outside - at least 2 adventures in nature / week Finish Inktober strong Start NaNoWriMo strong
  12. Okay for accountability sake, I'm just posting here. To let myself know I will reward myself with writing my challenge out, when I turn in my letter to help get emergency funds. Writing to people gives me anxiety, and this challenge will be about different parts of writing. So accountability to get this letter turned in within the next 24 hours would be appreciated. (Finished much later than I wished, but at least have it done now and will reap the rewards). (Also returned to Adventurers, after I had a realization during one of my hikes. I have an incentive to help keep being mindful and taking care of myself when I have adventures to look forward to. No matter how big or small they may be....) Week 2 goals: Daily:(Goal is 7/7 each) -Write my to do list daily in my bullet journal (Life Skills) -Track emotions/skills/urges in bullet journal section (Mental Health) -Write 444 words daily (both nonfiction and fiction) (Hobby Skill) This week's goals: -write a quick rpg snipit to add to my challenge... (Due by I have ideas laid out, just need to put them together now) (Due by October 30th) (Hobby Skill) -Move to new apartment (due by November 1st or 2nd) (Base Lvl Up) -Finish/Turn-in application for major change: (Due October 30th) (Career) -Finish categorizing my bullet journal to new section (Due November 4th) (Life Skills) -Study 15 mins x5 of IT (Due November 4th) (Career) -Study 15 mins x5 of RPLS (Due November 4th) (Career) -Do 30 mins x5 of IT Lab work (Due November 4th)(Career) -Return Rental on Time by 5 pm Halloween (Life Skills)
  13. So, there I was, promising myself that I wouldn't overcommit, wouldn't take on too much at once, wouldn't, y'know, lose my everlovin' mind trying to do everything all the time ... I even sat out last challenge, because I just had TOO MUCH going on. I did manage to *finally* certify as an instructor for the class I most want to be able to teach, so that's cool. And I've taken the first preliminary steps towards starting my own business, which is a vaguely dragonesque thing to do (in the sense of "super-scary but kinda groovy at the same time.") But some of my previous good habits fell off by the wayside. I had my nutrition super-mega-locked-on, I thought, so I quit worrying about it ... and now there's bodyfat in places that much of the bodyfat had previously left. I broke my 200+ day meditation streak on Headspace. And somewhere along the way I completely stopped prayer journalling, even though I found it valuable and was really enjoying it. Oh, yeah, and, this challenge runs halfway smack-dab into the middle of National Novel Writing Month. Of which I got suckered into being a volunteer for this year, instead of just a participant (see above re: overcommitting, taking on too much, etc.) So officially a terrible idea for me to get too ambitious about anything else, challenge-wise, lest I sail right off the edge of the map. On that same NaNoWriMo note - I just don't hardly ever write anymore. I get so caught up in the myriad things I like that I put off doing the thing I love. That's why NaNovember is so important to me - at least once a year I make writing my #1 priority. Start/reboot: Track The Macros! /28 Prayer journal /28 Write 2k words/day /28 Keep on keepin' on with: weight training 3 days/week with Starting Strength coach /12 maintain mediation streak (Headspace - currently back up to 50 days) /28 maintain French practice streak (Duolingo - currently at 86 days) /28
  14. I actually did the planning worksheet this time. Who am I, and what have I done with my impulsive hot mess self? Here's the fire plan sketch... Guardian: Increase weight on squat and deadlifts at least weekly. I've had a few "resets" recently to check form. I want a consistent four weeks of increase. Sometimes I tend to wimp out - especially on squatting - because I get scared. If 65# feels so heavy I'm scared to go to depth, I will make excuses and not even try 70#, even if Coach tells me I'm strong enough. Yeah. It feels heavy. So? Pick it up anyways. Big Girl: Diligently hit protein targets every. single. day. It is a pain in the heiney to track my macros every single day, but it is making a big difference in my strength, recovery, and firmitude of bicep. I struggle the most with getting in my target 110g of protein every day, so for the duration of the challenge I want to be very intentional about putting a bare minimum of 100g in my face every day. Yeah, even if that means I have to choke down an Exo bar or make a second protein shake before bedtime. You have to EAT if you want to grow up big and strong, right? Junkyard Dog: No Junk Food for 30 days. This is from the NF Academy nutrition quests, and I almost checked it off without thinking about it when I first saw it, because I hardly ever eat junk food. I didn't let myself, though, because I had not specifically tracked or paid attention to whether "hardly ever" actually equalled a certain number of days. Well, today I got out of class late and starving, stopped at the grocery on the way home for butter (mmmmmm.... butter....) and somehow in the checkout line the evil hangry imp that I had not seen or heard from in I don't know how long got a candy bar and an orange soda pop onto the checkout belt, into the bag, and into my belly with almost no protest from the brain part of my brain. So now I'm going to hold myself publicly accountable before I award myself that check mark and 75 points! Chronicler. Complete the exercises in the Structuring Your Novel Workbook during July Camp NaNoWriMo. I am an aspiring writer. Not sure if I've mentioned that anywhere except the NaNoWriMo thread, but I am a long time fangirl/participant/devotee of National Novel Writing Month. Usually I "pants" (as in, write by the seat of my pants, just fling words at the paper and let the story go wherever it will, making a disorganized mess of plot devices and rabbit trails that ends up way too daunting to revise and edit) but this year I am trying a more disciplined approach that might actually lead to a coherent, workable novel draft. Maybe. I hope. Worth a shot. I'll be starting this one early, because these 30 writing exercises are my goal for the upcoming Camp NaNoWriMo which runs the calendar month of July.
  15. Today I invented a new thing. National Nerd Fitness Month. Unofficial, of course. But I've declared November to be that month so that it coincides perfectly with National Novel Writers Month. If I'm going to be doing NaNoWriMo, then I really NEED some NaNeFiMo at the same time. If I'm going to be BIC-HOK-TAMing all month... (that stands for Butt In Chair - Hands On Keyboard - Typing Away Madly)... then I'm going to need to make sure I eat right while I'm at it, and get enough exercise to boot! I know that November 1 - 30 is not the parameters for this challenge, but it's close enough. So before November 1st I'll be posting my goals, and I'll be carrying them through the whole month. Stay tuned!
  16. I've been at NF for 20 weeks. I've logged my food every day, levelled from Academy workouts L1 to L2, and I've made very small changes, moved backwards in eating and haven't dared take a progress shot since week 12. In short, it's National Novel Writing Month on Nov 1st, and my only real aim is not to give up on everything 'fitness-related' while I crank out words. KISS: or WMMW, as it turns out... :: Workout 7x a fortnight :: Mindful eating via questioning if I really want this :: Meditate once a week :: Write fiction The aim is to write (on average) 1,667 words a day. Hoping to catch up at weekends. I've also had to book an eye test because I'm experiencing horrific tension headaches which impact everything I do. Trying to check eyes and teeth before speaking to a doctor.
  17. This challenge is divided into five categories: Mind, Fuel, Training, Home, and Spark. Each day I'll get a percentage grade in each category, along with a daily percentage and rank. I'll also get a weekly percentage and rank. And of course at the end I'll get my challenge percentage and rank. I use a spreadsheet to track all of this. Mind This category covers mindfulness, and well as scheduling. I want to practice mindfulness with eating, posture, and just in general really. As for scheduling, this covers things like workouts and writing sessions. I do better at these when I set aside a time with a little game plan. But as my work schedule varies a lot, I can't schedule everything at the beginning of the challenge, just one week at a time. This will be graded based on how much effort I put into it. Fuel This covers food tracking. I'll be using one of the vegetarian food guide pyramids, and track portions of the food groups. I'll be adding one food group per week to track. So for zero week, I'll be tracking fruit. Week one I'll add veggies. Week two will be proteins. For week three I'll add grains. And week four will be fats. This will be graded based on how close I get to the correct number of portions.Too little or too much will give me a lower grade. This challenge, I'll be aiming for maintenance levels. And we'll see how close to maintenance it actually is. Training I've just started the C25K training program, using the C to 5k trainer app. So I'll try for jogging with the app 3x a week. And I might have a few runs with the Zombies Run app. That depends on when I get new headphones. Aside from jogging, I'll also be working on progressing towards pull-ups and handstands. Plus a few bodyweight workouts along with trying to be more on top of stretching. I might also throw a hike in there somewhere. This will be graded based on effort. Home My apartment is a mess and I really need to fix that. So this will cover daily chores, plus a large project. This challenge, the large project will be sorting through clothes: keep, donate, or trash. And then following through on the donate and trash portions. This will be graded on effort. Spark And this is the NaNoWriMo portion of the challenge. For the rest of October, I'll be graded on effort made towards prepping. Then once NaNoWriMo starts, I'll be graded on how many words I write in a day. My goal is 1800 words a day. That should give me a good buffer. I may add in bonuses and penalties later. Also, any points I earn during zero week are extra points.
  18. Friends! On the last episode, I was on Arrakis, undergoing a whole lot of training. Now....I don't have a theme so I'm not sure where we are. Tomorrow I start a new job, and Tuesday is the start of NaNoWriMo. Never one to shy from an overly ambitious idea, I'm planning to do both. Quest 1 (nutrition): Read the NF Nutrition Module. Last month I got through the Mindset module (from my July 15 respawn). Now it's time to put the Nutrition module to bed and get through that. I tried to implement everything in the Mindset module as I went, which doesn't really work (since some items take weeks). So I'm going to read through the Nutrition module more quickly and then try to implement a few of the quests. Quest 2 (nutrition): Eat a side of fruits/veggies with lunch 5x/week. Last month I did 3 times a week with no trouble. Now I'm going to be packing lunches--I think I'll be able to get this done. Quest 3 (fitness): Do 3 bodyweight workouts per week. I've been on level 3 of the NF Academy for at least a month now, but....I don't have a pull-up bar so when I do the boss battle, I'm way behind on the bar hang and the assisted pull-ups and can't level up. That said, I've pretty much doubled my reps on all the exercises and the workout is starting to take a while (plus it is a little boring). I'm going to do some looking into my finances and see if I can afford to get a pull-up bar and some rings that I can use in my apartment. I will stick with level 3 for the next two weeks just so I don't add something new into an already chaotic transition, but after that I think I will go to level 4 regardless. Life Quest: Check in on my writing progress every day. I have lightly committed to NaNo this year, under the belief that writing SOMETHING is better than nothing; that said, I don't want to fail and feel bad about myself, then spiral into sadness and self-doubt. I have daily writing check-in sheets that I will use, even on days I don't write anything else--just so I can have a record of what was an obstacle and what helped me succeed. Mindset Quest: Sleep at least 8 hours every night. I'm one of those unlucky souls who do best with 8-9 hours of sleep a night. So, I need to make sure that's happening this month. Particular challenges I haven't had a "standard" (40 hr/wk, outside the home) job in about 4 years. I haven't had a commute in about four years. I haven't had colleagues in about four years. So this new job is going to be a HUGE lifestyle change. Last time I had an office job, I was generally under-rested, eating badly, cranky af, inactive and unhappy. As I've worked for myself, I've gotten really good at watching my mood and energy, taking care of myself and generally being a happy, healthy human. I'm worried that I will slip back, but I also have a lot more tools and skills at my disposal to keep my momentum up. And I'm sure I don't need to talk about how silly it is to try to start a big creative project when I'm starting a new job. But here we are. Overall, the priority list over the next month goes: Sleep & workouts Work Writing So, if I don't get all my writing done, but I feel great about priorities 1 & 2, great! Onward, into battle!
  19. Welcome to the National Novel Writing Month (or simply, NaNoWriMo) accountabilibuddy group! A little background for the uninitiated. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words during the month of November. It's a fun, challenging, one of a kind experience. It is also a tool for learning to ignore the editor on your shoulder. You know, the one that tells you to go back and rewrite the same sentence a dozen times. It might help to think of what comes out of this month as a pre-first draft, or zero draft. Yes, it will be a mess. But every novel, short story, play, script, started life as a mess. And with a lot of work and love, if you so desire, you can turn it into something publishable. Whether or not NaNoWriMo is part of your challenge, or you even have a challenge, if you're writing for NaNoWriMo (or even just thinking about it) this group is for you. Welcome! Links: NaNoWriMo Official Website
  20. This will be my Sixth Year of NaNoWriMo! And hopefully 4th year of winning NaNoWriMo! (Also. My username is: LovelyMoon on the NaNo site!) This is also the first year I will not only be keeping up NF, but also be starting a new job! Boom! Other words maintaining a full Adult life schedule while adding in 2 whole things within 2 weeks.... And from the signs of last week this will be also managing my depression/anxiety heavily... Main goal for the whole challenge, remind myself I'm awesomely RESILENT by surviving and keeping up with my challenge (let's see if I can keep my challenges the same this entire month). I personally haven't really had a week zero when the forum had a week zero, but going to try to make this a week of getting things ready as life stuff change things up. I'm going to try to take @Koaladle tip by having charts for stickers around, NaNo will be having their whole "watch the chart progress" so I will need to have everything around for the entire challenge and easily able to get to (and having my stickers ready to go). I don't really have any reward ideas yet, but unlike last challenge I'm just taking a step back from streaking. I will start up with a lot of goal charts though, there has been many things I've been working on but are far from sticking. Visual cues, but taking what I do get done, done! Main Overall goals:(From Highest to Lowest) Personal Maintenance with New Life changes - Keep Good Habits to help maintain Anxiety and Keep Depression Low Staying Acitve on NF - Staying Active with Fellow Members Win NaNo while Also Maintaining a whole New life Schedule! (never done before, without job performance or grades dropping) Losing enough inches around, so I can fit in my size 18 jeans with no problem by school starting in January! (A whole lot of other goals, but these are the goals I want to comeback to weekly and see my progress).
  21. tei_

    Tei is back!

    (WHOOPS, posted this in the main Challenge forum instead of the Assassin one. Here it is in the correct place!) Oh hi forum! In the time since I saw you last I moved, started 2 new jobs (one of which is coaching gymnastics!), started using myfitnesspal, joined a climbing gym, and switched from kinda Stronglifts to doing 5/3/1. November is also a ridiculously busy month for me... also, I'm gonna try to do nanowrimo. Seems like a great time to do a Challenge! 1. Food Goal is 6/7 days "winning," aka coming in at or under calories and hitting protein. 2. Gymnastics My new motto is EVERY EVENT, EVERY PRACTICE! I have a tendency to hang around working on the same stuff long after it's ceased to be productive, both preventing my progress on the skill I'm working on and stealing time from other events, which is significant since most of my practices are only either 1 1/2 or 2 hours, once or twice a week. Beam and vault are vastly underrepresented in my training at the moment. So, every practice I have to spend at least 15 min on every event. Beyond that the time can be distributed however I want. 3. Sleep My sleep patterns have actually been getting better! I think this is largely due to now living with my partner, who while is definitely not going to tell me go to bed (and usually goes to sleep later than I do), is another human in the house who notices if I am awake or asleep so provides some accountability in my mind not to do the "oh whoops, I was just going to check my email before bed and now it's 3 AM and I've been on reddit for five hours" thing. My goal is to get 8 hours of sleep 6/7 days/week! I will need it 4. Writing Okay, maybe this one is cheating because it's for another challenge-type thing-- but yeah, NaNoWriMo, write 1667 words a day! I would also like to go to at least one meetup a week, although that might get tricky with travelling. ALSO I am gonna try to not drop off the face of the earth here and keep reading and commenting on all of your awesome challenges! Off to subscribe to some rad Assassin challenge threads
  22. Steven Universe Challenge Steven Universe is about a group of Gemstone based beings who save the world, and notably ALL Gems are female (well technically they are a uni-gendered race that uses female pronouns ). GIRL POWER! The show has a couple of main themes: the power of compassion and the necessity of strong, trusting relationships. I love the show for the amazing characters, beautiful animation, fun and catchy songs, and hilarity ("my mind is the internet, I know every continuity mistake ever made on television"). Awesome characters I wasn't able to fit into this challenge include: Connie Maheswaren (nerd girl extraordinare turned sword fighter!), the whole Pizza family (especially Nana Pizza!), Buck Dewey, Sour Cream, Onion (yes he's Sour Cream's half-brother ) Ronaldo the consiracy theorist ("keep Beach City weird!"), Peridot, Lion (the only non-anthropomorphized animal I've ever seen in a cartoon), Lars and Sadie.... I could keep going but I won't Not all of the song videos display but I highly recommend watching them because 1. they're awesome and genuinely great songs and 2. because each song is linked to the challenge goal of the character who sings it Be Kind is the overarching goal, much like Steven’s approach to life. Compassion to all, including (especially) myself. Steven: “Be Wherever You Are†aka Self Care Steven is a sweet, kindhearted boy who shows compassion to everyone and loves himself. His Gem weapon is his shield, representing his desire to protect those he loves. Steven Tasks Greg Universe: “Have a Little Faith in Me†aka Creative Quests Greg may be the best character on Steven Universe. A former wanna-be rockstar who fell in love with a huge pink alien lady (seriously Rose Quartz is like 8 feet tall) and then raised his son on his own (Rose gave up her physical form to give birth to Steven.....). He's an amazing dad, he's super relaxed (for the most part) and: "When you're a one-man band you got to know do it all: lyrics, graphic design, forum moderation..." -Greg Universe “Don't focus so much on talent, Steven. Making art is all about communication. A piece of art is a conversation. Every choice you make, is a statement. Don't worry about labels, or conforming to a standard. Just be true to yourself, and people will appreciate your honesty.†-Dogcopter https://soundcloud.com/aivisura/steven-universe-wailing-stone?in=aivisura/sets/steven-universe Greg Tasks Amethyst: “On the Run†aka Food and Exercise Amethyst is the most intuitive and impulsive of the gems. From masquerading as a wrestler (Tiger Millionare is the best early episode IMO) to her obsession with food, Amethyst is the most human of the Gems since she was "born" and raised on Earth. https://soundcloud.com/jeff-liu/on-the-run-official-version Amethyst Tasks Pearl: “Strong in the Real Way†aka Exercise my Brain The brains of the Crystal Gems, Pearl is insecure but super smart. She's strong in her own way. She wasn't made to fight or even be the amazing technician she is but she trained herself to be useful to the team and become more than she was "programmed" to be. Pearl Tasks Garnet: “Stronger than You†aka Calm Voiced by Estelle (yes "American Boy" Estelle) Garnet is the leader of the Crystal Gems. She's strong, doesn't put up with anyone's shit, and she's supremely confident in herself and her abilities. But she also believes in her teammates just as much. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDpCzvMmbSA Garnet Tasks More great songs: "What Can I Do"- Greg Universe Ft. Rose Quartz and the Crystal Gems "Do It For Her" -Pearl and Connie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpMSwgPKWd4 "Like a Comet" -Greg Universe (this song is so great and young Greg rocks it!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01-n-KVZta0 "Haven't You Noticed (I'm a Star)"- Sung by the amazing Olivia Olsen (aka Marceline from Adventure TIme) https://soundcloud.com/aivisura/steven-universe-havent-you-noticed-im-a-star-rebecca-sugar Types of Combos: Points will be accumulated by creating combos. I need to do 7 combos per week [dungeon explanation here] Beginner: Gem Glow = 1 thing from each list +500 points Basic: Bubble = 1 thing from each list + 3 extra from any list +800 points Intermediate: Amethyst's Whip = two things from each list OR Shapeshifting= one thing from each list and 5 from any list +1000 points Seasoned: Rose’s Sword = two things from each list + 3 extra from any list OR Laser Light Cannon= one from each list and 8 other items +1300 points Experienced: Healing Spit = 3 things from each list OR Pearl’s Spear= 2 things from every list + 5 things from any list OR Mr. Universe Shirt =1 thing from every list and 10 from any list +1500 points Advanced: Rose’s Shield = 3 things from each list + 3 extra from any list OR Greg's Van= 1 from each list and 12 from any list +1800 points Expert: Fusion = 4 things from each list OR Garnet’s Gauntlets= 3 things from each list and 5 from any list OR Quartizine Trio= 2 things from each list and 10 from any list OR Lion's Mane= 1 from each list and 20 from any list +2000 points Dungeons! ~UnDEr CoNSTrUcTiOn~ Goal of at least 7000 points per week, some days can/will be higher than others, every 300 extra points means I get a bag of Fry Bits. [still figuring out what the Fry Bits do] Dungeon 1: Roses Room (Week 1) Activate the door and enter Rose's Room in the Temple BOSS FIGHT: Mirror Gem/Ocean Gem (Week 2) Get enough points to release Lapis, then save the ocean! Dungeon 2: The Message (Week 3) Decode Lapis’s message BOSS FIGHT: The Return/ Jail Break (Week 4) Escape Space Jail Dungeon 3: Sworn to the Sword (Week 5) Learn to Sword fight BOSS FIGHT: Catch and Release (Week 6) Capture Peridot
  23. Welcome to the Strength, Nutrition, Adulting, and Creativity to Kickass (SNACK) Challenge! This is my third challenge on Nerd Fitness, and my first with the Assassins. I think that fitness should be functional (fun helps too), and that the best equipment I can use is my body (ignore that it's also the only equipment that I have access to). I recently finished losing the excess weight I was looking to get rid of. Now I want to focus on getting stronger. And hopefully my body fat percentage will go down as a side effect. (I'll post measurements at the start of the challenge.) Main Quest: Complete 10 push-ups in a row in good form. Currently, I can't do any push-ups. Not a proper push-up anyway. It's a bit embarrassing really. I want to be stronger all around, but I think this is a good measurable goal to start with. A lot more measurable than "kickass in life". And hopefully I'll get there sooner rather than later. Strength Goals 1. Complete a workout two days a week. Can be any kind of workout (that I can do at home without any equipment). I've been doing the Beginner Bodyweight Circuit, but I want to try different things. I like bodyweight exercises, but I'm getting bored with the same routine every time. I may throw in some yoga and other things. +3 points (what attribute(s) depends on the type of workouts that I do). 2. Push-up routine three days a week. Can be incorporated into workout or done separately. I'm still putting together the actual routine. Suggestions can be made here: Push-up progression routine?. +3 STR Nutrition Goals 3. 100g of protein, 5 days a week. This is more than what I get now, without being too intimidating of a goal. +3 CON 4. Veggies and fruit twice a day, 5 days a week. I've been a bad vegetarian lately in that I haven't been eating enough veggies and fruit on a daily basis. This ought to be a fairly easy goal, and this is more trying to make a habit out of it. +1 CON Adulting Goal 5. Unpack 2 large boxes or 3 small boxes a day (Nov 2 - 16). We moved at the end of August, and the majority of our belongings are still packed away in boxes. "Where is X?" "In a box..." "..." My wife's birthday is in November, and she has friends now so we get to throw an actual birthday party (hopefully)! But boxes occupy half the living room and kitchen. They need to be taken care of before the party. After the boxes are taken care of, this goal will become keeping the apartment clean and organized. You don't want to know how bad we are at this. Details to be figured out later. +2 ??? (I have no clue what attribute this would best fit. Ideas?) Creativity Goal 6. It's NaNoWriMo time! 1666 words a day (Nov 1 - 30). It's complicated, but I used to love writing. It was my job and life. Things happened and I haven't been able to write since. I miss that side of me, and I hope that by trying NaNo again I can get in touch with it. Link to my NaNo profile here: Zeroh13. +3 CHA Kickass Once I've completed this challenge, I'll be once step closer to having a kickass body/mind.
  24. Surakha

    Noor: Reground

    Hello Druids! My name is Noor and I am a halfling assassin who was cursed into the form of a stone giant by fae magic. If you take a look at past challenges, there are many bits and pieces of story there cataloging my quest to regain control of my body and mind from this curse, which is a metaphor for mental illness, hormonal imbalance, and the stresses and struggles of being a fat pansexual genderqueer professional in modern America. I come to the druids because I am seeking balance and centering after months of rapid change and high stress. I am in the process of completing my doctorate in psychology and my internship year is the first time I have been working full time since I left the workforce 5 years ago. I am also commuting over an hour each way, so taking care of my body and finding work-life balance has to be a huge priority. so yeah, that's me, doing my best to live a values-driven life in a mad and mixed up hectic world. ​ Goal 1: Yoga and Stretching. My body has become stiff, calcified by the necessary evils of a commuter's life. I have worked and worked over my time at NF to build exercise into my routine and pretty much every challenge I have gotten hurt, or aggravated my back. Instead, I am holding off until I can get in to see a physical therapist and build a routine under supervision. Instead, I am going ot focus on flexibility and core strength through low or no impact exercises and regular stretching. My goal is to do 15 minutes of core strength work 3 days/week, and at least 10 minutes of yoga every day. CORE (+3 STR) 15 or more days; (+2STR) 12 or more days; (+1 STR) 6 or more days YOGA (+3 DEX) 35 or more days; (+2DEX) 28 or more days; (+1DEX) 14 or more days Goal 2: Diet and Nutrition. I want to lose weight. I am tired of carrying this burden and I want to have a long healthy life. I can't really articulate my long and complicated relationship with food here, but it suffices to say I have an eating disorder that I have fought with since college and one of the best ways for me to manage food is to focus on eating appropriate quantities of healthy food that I enjoy. In my case that means generally a higher protein PaleoPrimal plan. IN order to make sure I am consistently eating the right amounts of food and staying in balance there, I will track food daily. TRACKING (+3 CON) 35 or more days; (+2 CON) 28 or more days; (+1CON) 14 or more days Goal 3: Sleep. My sleep cycle is getting dysregulated and I am not prioritizing my wellbeing over video games, media and social time. I have a long commute to work every day and I have to be up at 5am. That means bedtime is at 10 PM. That's lights out, in bed dozing off at 10pm. I get a break on weekends, no curfew on gaming nights, and shoot for midnight on the non-gaming day BED ON TIME (+3 STA) 27 or more days; (+2 STA) 20 or more days; (+1STA) 10 or more days Goal 4: Writing. I am completing NaNoWriMo this month. I have been struggling to prioritize creative things and to give myself more outlets in my life to be imaginative as I find that to be very renewing and important for my self care. I have always wanted to be a writer since I was little and have written tons of short stories, poems nad even longer pieces but never managed to complete a novel. Hopefully this will push me to do so. I am making a goal to write for at least 15 minutes a day. NaNoWriMo (+3 WIS) 35 or more days; (+2 WIS) 28 or more days; (+1WIS) 14 or more days
  25. Main Quest To improve my squat and deadlift. Specifically to squat 227x5 and deadlift 247x5. Background After finishing my 99 miler, I feel kind of blah about fitness goals. Understandable, but it has been almost three months now so time to move on to new and exciting fitness goals. My main quest may not seem very scoutly, but runs are much nicer as the legs get stronger. I will work on my upper body too, but that just comes along for the ride and not my main motivation when lifting. So my goals for this challenge are simple. Fitness wise I want to lift, keep up running (both for fitness and a calming) and get some yoga in too (mostly for calming). Diet wise I am going back to 3 primal meals with only planned indulgences. And my first attempt at a novel (NaNoWriMo!). Goals +4 STR: 18 lifting workouts +2 STA: 18 runs, bikes, or stair workouts +2 DEX: 6 yoga +4 CON: 3 primal meals, indulgences only if planned +3 WIS: 50000 words Stats LVL: 24, FAILS: 3, STR: 39.25, DEX: 36.5, STA: 57.5, CON: 28.25, WIS: 22, CHA: 17.75
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