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  1. BRIEFING Hey everybody, I'm back! The infamous wedding took up too much of my time towards the end of my last challenge, and the start of the previous challenge here. By the time I started to get back into it the challenge was well underway and I opted not to jump in, though I know I should have. Anyway, for those wondering how I did with the "look awesome in a kilt for the wedding"..well... There it is... I did awesome! Of course since then I haven't done as awesome, so I totally get to play catch up again. Yay! MAIN CHALLENGE In April I'm going out to Celebration in Anaheim, California. Having recently spent 4 days at New York Comic Con and feeling completely wasted I want to get myself in better shape to be able to handle Celebration, especially since I'm hoping to be in costume there, and I wasn't at NYCC. So the plan is to get into shape where I won't be a mess of pain after Celebration. MOTIVATION The motivation is to feel awesome, and to get into the best shape I've ever been. Be able to deal with Celebration and get in shape to be a good role model for any future offspring that might come about from the marriage. SUB-QUESTS Quest 1 - I Am Groot: No Grains/Dairy [CON:3] I've fallen off the wagon since I was last here, and I need to get back on it. I'm going to get back to eating normally again. A: No Grains/Dairy all Six Weeks B: No Grains/Dairy for Five Weeks C: No Grains/Dairy for Four Weeks D: No Grains/Dairy for Three Weeks D: No Grains/Dairy > Three Weeks Quest 2 - I'm Star-Lord, Man.: Strength Exercise 2-3 times per week [STR:3|STA:2] Working towards getting back on the bandwagon again, need to re-start the exercise habit by trying to do something 2-3 times per week. A: 2-3x Per Week For All Six Weeks B: 2-3x Per Week For Five Weeks C: 2-3x Per Week for Four Weeks D: 2-3x Per Week for Three Weeks F: 2-3x Per Week for > Three Weeks Quest 3 - I Have Part of a Plan: Walk at least 15 Minutes 2-3 times per week [STA:3|CON: 2] Since conventions involve a lot of moving about and being on your feet for extended periods I figured I'd focus on something that'll increase my ability to be on my feet. A: 2-3x Per Week For All Six Weeks B: 2-3x Per Week For Five Weeks C: 2-3x Per Week for Four Weeks D: 2-3x Per Week for Three Weeks F: 2-3x Per Week for > Three Weeks SIDE QUEST Side Quest 1 - There's another name you might know me by: Work towards becoming OM of MMCC [WIS:2] In order to be an Official Member of the Mandalorian Mercs Costuming Club one needs to have a costume of Mandalorian Armor that meets their minimum requirements. I've been working on a costume for some time, and since I want to be in kit for Celebration this is something to focus on. A: Work on Kit 3x Per Week for Six Weeks B: Work on Kit 3x Per Week for Five Weeks C: Work on Kit 3x Per Week for Four Weeks D: Work on Kit 3x Per Week for Three Weeks F: Work on Kit 3x Per Week for > Three Weeks MEASUREMENTS Height: 68" Weight: 225lbs Waist: 44.25" Hips: 41.5" Chest: 42" Neck: 15.5" Thigh(Left): 23.5" Thigh(Right): 24" Bicep(Left): 13.5" Bicep(Right): 13.5" Body Fat: 34% Yup...back at the beginning again, time to really kick it into gear. MINI-QUESTS Mini-Quest 1 - Completed +1 CHA Mini-Quest 2 - Completed +1 WIS Mini-Quest 3 - Pending 11/24/2014 Mini-Quest 4 - Pending 12/01/2014 Mini-Quest 5 - Pending 12/08/2014 Mini-Quest 6 - Pending 12/15/2014 So here we are, I'm back... and I'm hoping to get back to where I was at when I left... though it might take me a bit.
  2. I know I wasn't here for the last challenge, but I'm back and I'm making sure Rogue Squadron is around this time. As always I'll be updating this post with a member list and a link to their challenge. Make sure to follow your own thread, this thread, and the thread's of other Rogue Squadron members. To sign up just head over here and put your name for our group, then post in here. Rogue Squadron has a facebook group that you can feel free to join, it's made up of a bunch of current and past members of Rogue Squadron. You can find it right here. Good Luck and remember to Stay On Target. MEMBERS Rogue Welkin - Guardians of the Kiltalaxy - RogueWelkin - Challenge X KingLeeroy - KingLeeroy XI - Project refuel Scoutsays - Scoutsays... That's What You Get...Challenge 8 JessOfAllTrades - [JessOfAllTrades] Soul-Searching-Self-Care Challenge SirHammerlock - Sir Hammerlock #11: Preparing to defeat the Iron Horde dhert - dhert Challenge 9 - "I go to seek a Great Perhaps"
  3. Rogue Squadron has returned yet again! As always members and their threads will be in this post. Open for all, and we pay no mind to those pithy member limits! Come one Come All! Continuing from last time we'll be trying to find ways to increase the in (this) thread engagement! As always make sure to follow this thread, your own thread, and the thread of the other Rogue's. So Let's Rock Rogues! MEMBER LIST! RogueWelkin: RogueWelkin vs the Kiltiverse Annie1120: Annie1120 - Me Versus Myself. Gingered: Gingered SirHammerlock: SirHammerlock #8: Budgeting is like loosing weight... Tateman: Tateman's Challenge #8: It's been a year already? Wovercast: Wovercast's Final Challenge ScoutSays: ScoutSays You Are the Only Exception... Challenge 5 KingLeeroy: KingLeeroy: Move On Up towards her 8th Challenge jofalltrades: [Jofalltrades] Don't Forget Challenge Shelyid: Where Shelyid defeats the Wagoner Primeval: Primeval Takes Pictures, Leave Footprints JohnnyShoes: JohnnyShoes hopes to redeem himself jlud007: Do, or do not... there is no try RESOURCES! Rogue Squadron Facebook Group
  4. Hey everybody Rogue Squadron's back! As always this post will be updated with members and their threads. Be sure to sign up on the sign-up sheet. We also have a Facebook Group, check it out! Usual tips apply, be sure to subscribe to this thread, to your own thread, and to the thread of other Rogue's. Hoping to do some challenges and Google Hangouts this time through. MEMBERS RogueWelkin - RogueWelkin References Kilts In A Clever Thread Name (Challenge 9) Annie1120 - Me vs Myself Part II ScoutSays - Scoutsays... ain't it fun... Living in the real world... Challenge 6 Wovercast - Wovercast Grinds it Out (Battlelog) jcsimmons2 - Time for a reboot [jcsimmons2] Annabelle - I'm going on an adventure! - Annabelle heads to Middle-Earth jofalltrades - Jofalltrades's Daily Log Suelk - My First Scouts Challenge JohnnyShoes - JohnnyShoes continues to redeem himself Tateman - Tateman's 9th Challenge: Time to head back to Spartan KingLeeroy - KingLeeroy's Resolve Face - Challenge 9 SirHammerLock - SirHammerlock #9: ORGANIZE! Gingered - gingered challenge #3: Build those arms, bro dhert - dhert challenge 7 - Rumors of My Demise were Grossly Exaggerated SugarRay - SugarRay's Climbing Challenge! geekilee - Viscura's power begins to grow Spockgrrl - Spockgrrl's search for peace jlud007 - Jluddy's second challenge - Adventure Awaits.....
  5. MAIN CHALLENGE As for the past few challenges, I've been saying "Look awesome in a Kilt for my wedding day" I'm going to say that's still the goal but I want to be more specific. I hope to hit around 180 lbs by the wedding date of 09/20/2014. It's been the same for the past few challenges, but this means a weight loss of 28 lbs in under two months, while some people have had that kind of loss I'm doubtful that it'll be legitimately possible, but I'm still going to try! (Healthily) MOTIVATION The motivation is the hope to see the looks and reactions of everyone when the see me in the best shape of my life standing up at the infamous altar. Not to mention the increase capability, improved emotional state, and other benefits from the healthier life. SUB-QUESTS Quest 1 - Calories Count: Eat at most between 1500-1600 Calories per day [CON:2 | WIS:2] I'm in a good place with the food I eat, trying to focus on keeping within a specific calorie range to focus on fat loss. A: Did Not Exceed 1600 Calories per day all Six Weeks B: Did Not Exceed 1600 Calories per day for Four Weeks C: Exceed 1600 Calories per day 2 days per week for Four Weeks D: Exceed 1600 Calories per day 3 days per week for Four Weeks D: Exceed 1600 Calories per day >3 days per week Quest 2 - Selective Sugars: Cut Down/Out Added Sugars [CON:2 | WIS: 2] The idea here is to focus on cutting out added sugars. Only natural sugars found in things like fruits, vegetables, and possibly honey when making food at home. Exceptions will be made for Cured Meats (such as Bacon). A: No Cheats For All Six Weeks B: 1 Cheat A Week For Four Weeks C: 2 Cheats a Week for Four Weeks D: 3 Cheats a Week for Four Weeks F: >3 Cheats a Week Quest 3 - Muscle Misc: Perform a Mix of Strength/Cardio Exercises at least 3x a week [STR: 2|STA:2] Continuing my attempts to get my exercise habit, want to make sure I add in walking in addition to the strength exercises A+: Exercise 3x a week for all 6 weeks B: Exercise 2x a week for 5 weeks C. Exercise 2x a week for 4 weeks D. Exercise 2x a week for 3 weeks F. Exercise 2x a week for >3 weeks SIDE QUEST Side Quest 1 - Work Wreckage: Spend at least 1 hour per workday on backlog [WIS: 1] I've allowed myself to gain a massive backlog of some of my duties at work, I intend to fully catch up and keep up during this challenge. Side Quest 2 - Frugal Finances: Track Income, Bills, and Spending every day [WIS: 2] Back to the budget this time, I had an awesome job last time, and with the impending wedding and recent move it's time to get back on top of this one again. MEASUREMENTS Height: 68" Weight: 208.5 Waist: 42" Hips: 40.25" Chest: 40.75" Neck: 15" Thigh(Left): 21" Thigh(Right): 22" Bicep(Left): 13" Bicep(Right): 13.25" Body Fat %: 32% Some of these numbers are a bit of a departure from the end of the last challenge. The waist measurement I didn't take as tightly as previously. I think I was taking the measurement too tightly and so I let it loosen up a little bit to give a more true picture of what's going on. I may have gained a little bit regardless, but not as much as this might suggest compared to the last one. MINI-QUESTS Mini-Quest 1 - Completed +1 STR Mini-Quest 2 - Completed +1 STA Mini-Quest 3 - Completed +1 CON Mini-Quest 4 - Completed +1 CHA Mini-Quest 5 - Missed Mini-Quest 6 - In Progress +1 DEX
  6. Greetings, I'm RogueWelkin. I've been doing the NF challenges for over a year now, currently in my ninth challenge. For the past several challenges I've been acting as an Ambassador to the Level 1's from the Adventurer's Guild. My goal is to help Level 1's find success regardless of where they want to go. If you want to find other Level 1's or get some support from myself feel free to join this guild. Make sure you sign up using the spreadsheet, so we can keep track. Also make sure you click on the "Follow this topic" link at the top to make sure you know when there's posts here. This post will be updated with members as they join. Looking forward to doing this challenge with you all! Good Luck! MEMBERS Ryoko - Ryoko's First Quest: In Honor of a Fallen Comrade Squiddog - squiddog: Healthy, consistently Spockgrrl - Spockgrrl's search for peace. SugarRay - SugarRay's Climbing Challenge! rmd - RMD's 1st NF Challenge sterre - Sterre slims down storms79 - [storms79] First Quest - The Cycle-Breaker säde - Säde's first challenge in her quest RoninSpirit - RoninSpirit Redux: Strike hard and true, crow. RotundRobin - RotundRobin: The Quest for Success GroZaV - Beaming Down to Earth - GroZaV on the Path to Better-ness Stephferbee - Stephferbee: Ready for the Rebellion Ashenmaster - [Ashenmaster] - Challenge Accepted Shae - [shae] Defeating the Procrastination Dragon sparkit - I forgot rule #2
  7. Not sure if The Woot Room is the best/right/most suitable place to put this. But in a way it felt right, at least more so than just making a post in my current challenge thread. Anyway, here's a look back at my first year of challenges here on Nerd Fitness. On May 30th, 2013 I decided to start off with a challenge. It definitely got modified a little bit during the time, but that was the beginnings. I had been a reader of the Nerd Fitness blog for many years, and had previously had some false starts that were inspired by the writings of Steve Kamb. I was definitely aware of the Challenges for a long while, but hesitated going into the community, I used a variety of different excuses some of which were based in my own introverted nature. I had tried various public displays of attempts to get healthy in the past, and they had all failed. I had even attempted to create an event similar to the NF challenges on another online community I was a part of. But having to run the whole thing and focus on my own goals caused me to burn out quickly. I don't recall the mindset I was in but I came across yet another post about the challenges from Steve, and that very day my challenge thread was created. That step created the most self-aware year I've had in my entire life. For the first challenge, I went all in, dragged in my prewife , as well as one of my good friends (who was recently featured on the NF Blog). I wanted to try to get as many people involved as possible, but I still planned to keep to myself. However one of the early mini-challenges was to reach out to other people, become social, join or create an accountabillibuddy team... since the ones that appealed to me appeared to be full, I decided to take the leap and created Rogue Squadron, which true to it's namesake is still going strong even with major shifts in the membership (although there's still a holdover or two from the original group). The first challenge included a lot of figuring out how to handle it, I tested out trying to add a story to the challenge, and that ended up falling flat for me, than I looked into possibly creating a thematic trend that I'd try to keep up with for several challenges, but ended up adding nothing to the challenge for me. Looking at the ending of this first challenge it looks like things were going awesome. I aced all my challenges, I lost four pounds, many inches in some areas, my Body Fat % went down by 4%. It was brilliant, at least on the surface. In truth it wasn't nearly as great, I had been fluctuating up and down the whole challenge, not making amazing progress. I'm sure many things were inconsistent. Furthermore I wasn't honest, I cheated, I adjusted things to claim I fully performed the challenge when the truth was I hadn't. I didn't earn the scores I gave myself, didn't complete everything to the full level that I said I did. I failed to truly learn much from the first challenge. I jumped in pretty heavy, patted myself on my back at the progress I made, cheated myself out of valuable learning experiences and the truth about where I was at. Took the psychological boost of all those high scores and moved on. Between my first and second challenge the challenges had a bit of a change. The Level 1 group was introduced and the way the individual challenges were created were changed, thusly I had to look a bit harder at my gameplan heading in for it. Challenge 2 proved to be my learning experience. I started off trying to keep up with everything, but eventually I started to slide a little bit, at first I thought by altering my own statements of my challenge I could make things work, by cheating myself out of the goals I had initially set. Eventually I got to a point where I couldn't lie to myself anymore, I had to admit that things weren't at the level I was pretending they were. While I did excellent with some areas (Like Cold Showers!) I did poorly with the others. There was some slight improvements during this challenge, but the most important aspect is I started learning about the truths about what I was capable of, but I was allowing myself to be impacted negatively by it, viewing it all as bad things instead of welcoming the failures as merely tools to learn by. I was debating if this should be my final challenge or not, but thankfully the debate was relatively short lived and seeing the support of the folks in the community helped me to come back for more. The start of Challenge 3 had me in an odd spot, I had backpedaled a bit in the measurements department from where I ended the previous challenge. But I was still here, I was trying to refocus, find that place where I could go. I returned to a few goals from the second challenge, toning some down, and trying to move forward. My friend and my prewife dropped out of the challenges and I no longer had their support on the forums, and the overall support I saw was lower than usual, perhaps I wasn't going out and being as supportive as I had been previously, but whatever the cause I was missing a bit. I ended up going up and down each week was a struggle to do some of the challenges, and some of them I just rushed in towards the end, but I managed to do decent enough scores, and for the most part earned them. I know that about halfway through the challenge I was about ready to give it up, but one of the mini-challenges for the Adventurers was to shift your weekly update around and look at it in a positive way only. Having done that it had altered my entire opinion on the previous week and helped bolster me through to the end of the challenge. Challenge 4 is when I finally started to step away from the thematic elements a bit and decided to focus on the challenges themselves more when setting it up. My between challenge period had hurt me yet again, it's a period that I'm still struggling with even now. But I came in with a positive outlook for the challenge. It was built upon the previous challenge and tried to continue forward. I actually had a wealth of support during the challenge...at least while I was still posting, but I found myself moving in the opposite direction. I became overwhelmed with everything I was doing. The challenge proved a mixxed bag and I had decent parts and parts I outright failed. I didn't want to come back...I felt I had started to fail myself, I had been sick, and I hadn't been posting. I was all set to skip the next challenge. I ended up perusing the forums for the new challenge and people were asking after me in the Rogue Squadron forums created by others inspired me to jump in and create Challenge 5. During this challenge I ended up stopping my measurements and tracking for a while, and continued on with the various things I was hoping for. I had decided to really focus this time, and didn't do a side quest. It wasn't the best results, but it ended up being a decent following. My diet was still proving difficult, and my exercise was proving problematic I still ended up with decent results. In the end I wasn't super happy with the results, but they were enough and I started to realize that the learning experience was the important part, building upon what had come before. With Challenge 6 I finally nailed down a specific main goal, brought back a side quest to focus on a major part of problems that were causing me depression (financial woes...whee!) I brought back my measurements and realized I had jumped back up nearby the starting weight...but saw much lower measurements, my assumption was that it was just errant scale numbers, especially when the end of the first week had measurements that were fairly close, but 5 lbs lighter. I'd end up staying at roughly the same numbers through the challenge, at least when I recorded. I tried doing daily updates for a while, but ended up dropping off, it's something that just doesn't fully work for me throughout the whole challenge. At the end I was still struggling with my diet and exercise, and I was trying to figure out ways to continue from there... This of course brings us to Challenge 7, the final challenge of the yearlong period. I had been taking the lessons learned from previous challenges and building upon them. I finally aced my diet, I just barely managed to ace my exercise...I aced almost everything, there was one B in there (for a secondary diet goal) that did throw me into a bit of a down bit, the end of the challenge planted me on a bit of a plateau, but overall it turned out to be the best challenge I had here. I was honest to myself, I did well and it was built upon the work from the previous six challenges, and it felt awesome. Of course I'm sticking around for now. my thread for Challenge 8 is already up, and it's completely built upon past challenges. I'm bringing back the cold shower from Challenge 2, finally moving forward with the main diet challenge, going back to the exercise routines from my earliest challenges and bringing back the no-snacks from Challenge 6. Overall I'm hoping that it'll be an even better challenge than #7! Now I spent a lot of time going up and down, but let's take a look at my numbers. START: (Challenge 1 Start) Height: 68" Weight: 226 lbs Waist: 47.25" Hips: 42.5" Chest: 45" Neck: 17" Thigh(Left): 22.5" Thigh(Right): 22.5" Bicep(Left): 14" Bicept(Right): 14" Body Fat %: 36% It's also worth noting that at the time I was wearing size 44 waist pants, but they were the ones with the elastic band, so who knows what size they went out to, and they were generally tightish. End of Year: (Challenge 7 End) Height: 68" Weight: 213 lbs Waist: 39" Hips: 40" Chest: 40" Neck: 15" Thigh(Left): 22" Thigh(Right): 22" Bicep(Left): 13" Bicep(Right): 13.24" Body Fat %: 27% I currently have one pair of pants that fit, because I went out and purchased a single pair because I was getting tired of the ones I had slipping, and they're a size 38 waist. Also since I'm focusing on weight loss, but also gaining some muscle strength I'm not to worried about the measurements for my thighs and biceps. Not all of the measurements are at their lowest, but there's definite progress over the year, and that's awesome. I'll probably take some pictures for my initial measurements for the new challenge, and if everyone is interested I can post up the starting ones from the first challenge and the new ones up here as well. So that's my first year here, a year of mostly plateauing, learning, and slow progress...but it helped me get focused, figure out some paths, and start getting into a better mindset, and for all that...it's definitely a win. UPDATE: Here's the promised pictures for y'all. Old on left, new on Right
  8. Hello Everybody! Here I am with Challenge number 8! I'm thinking of trying out something new with my scoring this time through, so let's check it out. MAIN CHALLENGE As for the past few challenges, I've been saying "Look awesome in a Kilt for my wedding day" I'm going to say that's still the goal but I want to be more specific. I hope to hit around 180 lbs by the wedding date of 09/20/2014. That's a weight loss of around 40 lbs, might be a bit much so I won't be devastated if I don't reach it, but that's the dream. (Copypasta is my friend...80P) MOTIVATION The motivation is the hope to see the looks and reactions of everyone when the see me in the best shape of my life standing up at the infamous altar. Not to mention the increase capability, improved emotional state, and other benefits from the healthier life. SUB-QUESTS Quest 1 - Dietary Destruction!: Avoid Cereal Grains, Dairy, and Potatoes (sweet/regular) [CON:4] Upgraded From the last challenge to include the potatoes, time to own it again. A+: No Cheats For All Six Weeks (Bonus 1 CON) A: 1 Cheat A Week For Four Weeks B: 2 Cheats a Week for Four Weeks C: 3 Cheats a Week for Four Weeks D: 3 Cheats a Week for Six Weeks F: >3 Cheats a Week Quest 2 - Sack the Snacks: Cut out the snacking again [CON:2] I cut out snacking in challenge 5, but allowed it back in 6. I think it's a big part of my current plateau, hoping that cutting them out will help going forward. A+: No Cheats For All Six Weeks (Bonus 1 CON) A: 1 Cheat A Week For Four Weeks B: 2 Cheats a Week for Four Weeks C: 3 Cheats a Week for Four Weeks D: 3 Cheats a Week for Six Weeks F: >3 Cheats a Week Quest 3 - Bodyweight Bonanza: Perform NF's Beginner Bodyweight Workout Routine at least 2x a week [STR: 2|STA:1] Continuing my attempts to get my exercise habit, heading back the beginner bodyweight routine that I tried many many challenges ago, hopefully it'll stick this time. A+: Exercise 3x a week for all 6 weeks (Bonus 1 STA) A: Exercise 2x a week for all 6 weeks B: Exercise 2x a week for 5 weeks C. Exercise 2x a week for 4 weeks D. Exercise 2x a week for 3 weeks F. Exercise 2x a week for >3 weeks SIDE QUEST Side Quest - Shivering Showers: Complete Cold Shower 30 Day Challenge [CON: 2] Attempt to do the 30 Day Cold Shower Challenge again, this has a few things behind it, and I did this successfully a few challenges ago, now I plan to make a return. A+: Cold Shower every day all 6 Weeks (Bonus 1 STA) A: Completed 30 Day Challenge B: 25 Days of Challenge Completed C. 20 Days of Challenge Completed D. 15 Days of Challenge Completed F. <15 Days of Challenge Completed MEASUREMENTS Red - Up | Green - Down | Blue - Same (vs end of last challenge) Height: 68" Weight: 212 lbs Waist: 40" Hips: 39.75" Chest: 40" Neck: 15" Thigh(Left): 22.25" Thigh(Right): 21.5" Bicep(Left): 12.75" Bicep(Right): 13.25" Body Fat %: 29% At first I was surprised that my weight had actually gone down between challenges, but after taking the measurements and thinking about it I figured that it's likely just muscle loss that helped me cut down the weight from the end of the last challenge, especially since the waist measurement is up an inch. As you can see I've opted to try something else for the start of this challenge, I usually let each challenge be it's own separate thing, generally unconnected to the previous, but now I want to compare directly to the previous one for the measurements, or at least view it as a continuation from there. So I've opted to add in the coloring to help track that. Also, sorry about the images...I had some settings a bit off on the camera, and it used a flash (which it hasn't done for this photos previously). MINI-QUESTS Mini-Quest #1: Distractia - Completed +1 WIS Mini-Quest #2: Distractia's Casino - Completed +1 DEX Mini-Quest #3: Distractia's Sneak Attack - Completed +1 CHA Mini-Quest #4: Fight Distraction - Completed +1 STR Mini-Quest #5: We're all Liars - Completed +1 WIS Mini-Quest #6: Slay Distractia - Completed +1 CON Bonus Mini-Quest: Looking Back - Completed +1 WIS So there we are, my current challenge, let me know your thoughts about the idea of bonus points and such (still sticking within the 15 points so I'm not giving myself extra), we'll see how it pans out!
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    I can't believe it's already time to start challenge #2! I am super excited to join the warriors for the first time. Hi guys! Motivation Reduce/prevent injury, get stronger, be a woman worthy of being part of the Whedonverse. I gave a more detailed version of my background in my first challenge. Goal #1: Get stronger - strength train 3x/week I did 2x/week on my last challenge consistently, and with my schedule changing this summer, I am going to push to 3x/week for this challenge. I just switched from NRoLW to (more or less) Starting Strength. Goal #2: Flexibility - do 20 min./day of stretching/yoga/tai chi I'm bringing this one back because I struggled last time to do this every day and this is super good for me between old injuries, lifting, and having a job where I'm at a computer all day. Goal #3: More Veggies! - Eat 3 servings of veggies every day This is something I've done in the past, but I feel like I have not done this well lately, and having it written down as part of the challenge will be a good motivator. Side Quest #1: Tackle procrastination! - Clean up my email inbox My email inbox is super out of control. I need to manage this. From June 6th to the end of the challenge, I will have no new emails in my inbox. In other words, inbox zero during the challenge (not for emails in my inbox pre-challenge). Side Quest #2: Hydration - Drink water in the morning This is another habit I fell out of - drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning before anything else. It's just a super healthy way to start your day! I'm still figuring out how exactly to grade... more on that later. Also, I am going overlanding the week surrounding the 4th of July, so I will adjust for being gone that week. We will get lots of hiking in so that will count for my workouts that week.
  10. Hey all, Rogue Squadron is back yet again. As Always this post will be updated with members and links to their current challenges. Rogue Squadron is mostly about showing support for our members (and non-members) out on their own topics, but we're always open for conversation in here as well. As always make sure you follow this topic, your topic, and the topics of each of our members in order to get the most out of the group. Good Luck this challenge! MEMBER LIST Rogue Welkin: Kilty Kilty Om Nom Nom - RogueWelkin Challenge 7 Wovercast: Wovercast Breaks Down the Macros Mangostrike: A New Hope, Mangostrike's Back Viriana: Virana: CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! JohnnyShoes: JohnneyShoes knew he shoulda taken that left at Albuquerque SirHammerlock: Sir Hammerlock #7: Concentrating on the important things? ScoutSays: ScoutSays Operation: Lost the Weight - Challenge 4 Part Deux Jofalltrades: Jofalltrades Gets Ready for 28 and Graduation Cookie351: Cookie picks her sword back up and says "Not Today" KingLeeroy: KingLeeroy - Climbing to towers for Challenge 7 Sandylion: Sandylion strikes back Tateman: Tateman Challenge #7: Taking it 14 days at a time Gingered: First Challenge: Get Stronger! [insert nerdy reference here-Gingered] AxiosAdept: Do or do not, there is no try Annie1120: Annie1120 - Fell off the ram, stumbled a bit, time to get back on it. Edit 2 (placed before the first because...reasons): Hey guys, I created a facebook group for any members of Rogue Squadron to join, past and present! It's set so that only members can see posts (but anyone can see the group or members, I should be able to change that if desired). Find it here! Edit: A nice FAQ for anyone that wants one. How do I join Rogue Squadron? Well that's easy. Make sure you head over to the accountibillibuddies spreadsheet and put your name in for Rogue Squadron (if it doesn't go to the right page, we're in the cross guild area these days). Post in this topic saying you want to be a rogue and make sure to include a link to your topic, then go through the topics of the other members and post on them. Fun times! Who can join Rogue Squadron? Anyone, really...anyone. We'll welcome you if you're a Level 1 Rebel or in any of the other class guilds, even if you're sitting out this challenge you can feel free to participate. Beyond that we don't even care what part of the world you're in, I can immediately think of having people all over the US, in Scotland, and Germany so we're open to all comers (just try to keep the topics in English, some of us suck at languages 80P) How many people can join Rogue Squadron? We don't keep strict on the number, if you want to join Rogue Squadron, feel free to join Rogue Squadron regardless how many are already here. How active is Rogue Squadron? Rogue Squadron varies in participation in this topic from challenge to challenge, we mostly focus on heading out to the individual challenges and showing our support there, but if you have questions or other concerns feel free to post them here, we're always willing to chat up here. Sometimes we'll even have a Google Hangout if there's interest. I have a question you didn't answer! Sorry! I tried to get as many as I could here, but if you've got a question...ask it in the topic and someone here will answer it, and if you think it deserves a spot up here, let me know and I'll put it in this post!
  11. Greetings everybody! RogueWelkin's back for his seventh foray into the Adventurers! Now to stop freaking you all out he'll stop referring to himself in the third person! So after the events of last challenge I decided that this one will be focused on dietary goals, since I didn't ace my Path to Paleo that'll be coming back this time. But I think focusing solely on dietary challenges will help get me to my main goal and get me past the slump I've been in the past few challenges, then the challenge after this can probably be more focused on exercise. MAIN CHALLENGE As for the past few challenges, I've been saying "Look awesome in a Kilt for my wedding day" I'm going to say that's still the goal but I want to be more specific. I hope to hit around 180 lbs by the wedding date of 09/20/2014. That's a weight loss of around 40 lbs, might be a bit much so I won't be devastated if I don't reach it, but that's the dream. (Yes I was lazy and just left this the same as last time...same with my motivation too!) MOTIVATION The motivation is the hope to see the looks and reactions of everyone when the see me in the best shape of my life standing up at the infamous altar. Not to mention the increase capability, improved emotional state, and other benefits from the healthier life. SUB-QUESTS Quest 1 - Path to Paleo: Avoid Cereal Grains and Dairy [CON:5] Carried over from the previous two challenges, I'm sticking with this until I can manage an A rating. A: No Cheats For All Six Weeks B: 1 Cheat A Week For Four Weeks C: 2 Cheats a Week for Four Weeks D: 3 Cheats a Week for Six Weeks F: >3 Cheats a Week Quest 2 - Potato Potahto: Say goodbye to Potatoes, Sweet variety as well [CON:3] So I didn't lose much over the past challenge, after the first week I lost about 5 lbs, then the second week I lost 1 lbs, then I gained that one pound back and it stayed. I think a heavy leaning on potatoes in my meals this challenge created this, so this time I'm trying to cut them out. A: No Cheats For All Six Weeks B: 1 Cheat A Week For Four Weeks C: 2 Cheats a Week for Four Weeks D: 3 Cheats a Week for Six Weeks F: >3 Cheats a Week Quest 3 - Decaffeinated: Cut out the caffeine [CON: 2|STA:2] One of the other major issues in my last challenge was a return to caffeinated beverages after a long period of time, I had them cut out completely previous, but a lot entered into my apartment because of parties, and left via my mouth. Cutting them out should help move forward. (Yes, Stamina...cutting out the caffeine seems to let me have more energy throughout the day without a major crash in the middle) A: No Cheats For All Six Weeks B: 1 Cheat A Week For Four Weeks C: 2 Cheats a Week for Four Weeks D: 3 Cheats a Week for Six Weeks F: >3 Cheats a Week SIDE QUEST Side Quest - Keep up the Exercise Habit: Find an exercise regimen I'll enjoy enough to have less issues performing it during the week. [STR: 2|STA:1] I've been having motivation issues performing exercises 3 times a week, I managed it mostly last time, but it was a fight each time. I need to either find a place,time,outfit, or exercise(s) to help keep this going each week. A: Exercise 3x a week for all 6 weeks B: Exercise 3x a week for 5 weeks C. Exercise 3x a week for 4 weeks D. Exercise 3x a week for 3 weeks F. Exercise 3x a week for >3 weeks MEASUREMENTS Height: 68" Weight: 219 lbs Waist: 41.75" Hips: 41" Chest: 41" Neck: 15.25" Thigh(Left): 22.75" Thigh(Right): 22.25" Bicep(Left): 12.75" Bicep(Right): 13.25" BF%: 31% % of Weight Lost Towards Goal: 13.33% MINI-QUESTS Mini Quest 0: The Prequel - Completed +1 WIS Mini-Quest 1: R2-D2 and C-3P0 - Completed +1 CHA Mini-Quest 2: Han Solo and Chewbacca - Completed +1 STA Mini-Quest 3: Yoda - Completed +1 WIS Mini-Quest 4: Jabba the Hutt - Completed +1 STA Mini-Quest 5: Be Brave - Completed +1 WIS Mini-Quest 6: Climb Out - Completed +1 CHA There we are, time to try get that Kilted me looking awesome.
  12. Rogue Squadron's back for another round of diverse support! This is the group's Sixth Challenge and we've got several regular members that are always willing to help support anyone. Feel free to come here for support even if you're not a member of the group, especially First Timers. Memberlist: (Updated as new members are added) RogueWelkin - Kiltercise - RogueWelkin Challenge VI SirHammerlock - SirHammerlock #6: Back to kick some tail JohnnyShoes - Can JohnnyShoes become a hero? Tateman - Tateman's 6th Challenge: One more step to a better me Wovercast - Wovercast is a Ranger after all Scoutsays - Scoutsays sugar is toxic... think on this and write about it - Challenge #4 Cookie351 - Cookie spins about on a pole while waving a sword in the hope of becoming smaller KingLeeroy - Kingleeroy's Castle of Grind, Foundation of Fitness part 2 Viriana - Viriana has a Plan! Chasely - Those last few, several, okay - more than several, pounds are a tough nut to crack Zarklin - Zarklin's 2nd Challenge - The Journey Continues dhert - "Might doesn't make right. Might makes reality." - dhert Challenge 6 Fultonator - Fultonator Swings into Spring
  13. Howdy all, it's your favorite future kilted groom all up in the hizouse! Obviously I haven't gotten any cooler during the challenges, but that's just all part of my charm. This time around will be continuing to attempt to build habits, tightening the belt, and getting myself focused. I'm going to try to be more strict this time around. I'm starting to run low on time and I need to start getting actual results going on, well...I got some results from the last challenge. I definitely feel stronger and notice more musculature, but I've not done much in the weight loss department...only having gone down three or four pounds during the last challenge...and that was only at the very end. I'm hoping to speed up my results this time. I also intend to return to the measurement tracking and picture taking this challenge, so keep on the lookout for this post getting updated on the 23rd with that information. I might refine these challenges within that time frame as well... we'll see. MAIN CHALLENGE As for the past few challenges, I've been saying "Look awesome in a Kilt for my wedding day" I'm going to say that's still the goal but I want to be more specific. I hope to hit around 180 lbs by the wedding date of 09/20/2014. That's a weight loss of around 40 lbs, might be a bit much so I won't be devastated if I don't reach it, but that's the dream. MOTIVATION The motivation is the hope to see the looks and reactions of everyone when the see me in the best shape of my life standing up at the infamous altar. Not to mention the increase capability, improved emotional state, and other benefits from the healthier life. SUB-QUESTS Quest 1 - Path to Paleo: Avoid Cereal Grains and Dairy [CON:5] Carried over from the previous two challenges, I'm sticking with this until I can manage an A rating. A: No Cheats For All Six Weeks B: 1 Cheat A Week For Four Weeks C: 2 Cheats a Week for Four Weeks D: 3 Cheats a Week for Six Weeks F: >3 Cheats a Week Quest 2 - Snackless Living: Cut out snacking between meals [CON:2] One of the issues of the failure to lose weight was likely due to the amount of snacking I did between my main meals. I hope to resolve this and focus on weight loss by cutting out snacking all together. A: No Cheats For All Six Weeks B: 1 Cheat A Week For Four Weeks C: 2 Cheats a Week for Four Weeks D: 3 Cheats a Week for Six Weeks F: >3 Cheats a Week Quest 3 - Work it Out: 3x Exercises 3x a week [STR:3|STA:2] Even though I didn't quite ace the last one, I was close enough that I thought I could upgrade this to add in additional exercise. The aim is to do at least 3 exercises at least 3 times a week. A: Perform Exercises 3x a Week All Six Weeks B: Perform Exercises 3x a Week For Four Weeks C: Perform Exercises 2x a Week All Six Weeks D: Perform Exercises 2x A Week For Four Weeks F: Perform Exercises <2x A Week For Four Weeks SIDE QUEST Side Quest - All About the Benjamins: Create and Stick to a Budget [WIS:3] Financial woes have proved to be a major source of stress and frustration, and I worry that it will eventually cause issues within my upcoming marriage as well. For now I have a habit of living paycheck to paycheck, and doing a poor job of it with an ever increasing regularity of overdrafts thus causing me to lose even more money. This is a situation that needs to stop, and in order to do that I'll need to create a budget and stick with it. Game plan is create budget during first week, and then stick with it for the following 5 weeks. A: Create Budget in Week #1 and stick to it for 5-6 Weeks B: Create Budget in Week #1 and stick to it for 4 Weeks C. Create Budget in Week #1/2 and stick to it for 3-4 Weeks D. Create Budget after Week #2 and stick to it for 3 Weeks F. Do not create budget, or stick to created budget for <3 Weeks MEASUREMENTS Weight: 225 lbs Waist: 43.25" Hips: 42" Chest: 42" Neck: 15.5" Thigh(Left): 21.75" Thigh(Right): 23.75" Bicep(Left): 13.5" Bicep(Right): 13.5" Body Fat %: 33% Photos: MINI-QUESTS Mini-Quest 1- The Dietician is Back! - Completed +1 CON Mini-Quest 2 - The Latest Plot - Completed +1 CON Mini-Quest 3 - Be Brave - Completed+1 STR Mini-Quest 4 - Stop, Collaborate, and Eat Some - Completed +1 CON & Belt of Dietary Willpower Mini-Quest 5 - Run! Run for the Hills! - Completed +1 STA Mini-Quest 6 - We RAKNominate You! - Completed +1 CHA So here we go, time to try to kick some kilted ass.
  14. Formerly mild mannered Johnny Shoes has decided that he wants to go into all out beast mode and transform into a superhero. It will not be an easy quest What does being a superhero mean to JohnnyShoes? It means being an inspiration to others, shining a light into the darkest parts of people's lives and providing them with hope and guidance. With his Jedi counsel and the support of his classmates, friends, and community, Johnny Shoes' goal is to see something that he hasn't seen in a very long time: The number 2 as the first number on his scale, the time scale? By my 35th birthday. Current weight: 365 Goal weight: 299 Start Date: 2-24-14 Goal Date: 6-12-14 A break down of the numbers: 15 weeks until my 35th birthday. That equals 4.4 lbs per week until Birthday. Is this achievable? I believe so. Here is how the next six weeks of my life will bring me closer to my goal of becoming a superhero. GOAL ONE: 2200 calories a day of delicious and nutritious foods. My current school and work schedule allow me Sunday and Monday to prep meals for the week. I will fill my lunch bag with things that give me calories, vitamins, minerals, and health. There will be days in which I will make the decision to eat food with friends, I will eat as cleanly and healthfully as possible on those occasions. +1 con +2 wis +1 cha tracked by % days achieved GOAL TWO: Burn 750 calories a day through movement. The loseit! app has a tracker of how many calories I burn in activities. I will NOT count regular walks to class or cleaning the house. It must be calories that I intend to burn above what my BMR dictates. +2 sta +2 str tracked by % days achieved GOAL THREE: Drink water. I have to learn to love water again. I hope to drink 144 oz of water per day. This will flush my system and keep me happy and cramp free. +1 wis (get it...wizz..pee..water?) LIFE QUEST: Convince 1 person a week to change their lifestyles to a more healthy one. I want to use my drive and determination to inspire people to become more healthy. I love all my friends and colleagues as I do my family. I want them to be around for a very long time. +1 cha +1 wis SIDE QUEST: Increase my yoga move catalog. Just going to try out some new poses and hold them for longer. This will feed into my second goal of burning calories. +2 dex +2 cha This calorie cut back and burn takes about 12,250 calories off my body per week. This is an intrinsic weight loss of around 3lbs per week. This is below my goal, but I intend on pushing it up in the next two challenges. I also believe that my body will get my metabolism jump-started and I will shed the weight like crazy at first. My motivation is complex. I have been fat for my entire life. I remember shopping for "Husky" pants when I was going into 2nd grade. I've played sports, and enjoyed them, but after high school they just went away. Food has always been a celebration and a comfort for me. Whatever pain or joy I experienced I would consume food to bury it. This has to stop. I need to eat right. Do, or do not, there is no try. I have to go on a 5 week field camp where I climb hills and cliffs and take geologic measurements. That will happen in June of 2015. I don't want to die or make a fool of myself there. I'd like a girl's first impression of me to be independent of the weight, but to focus on my smile (which is amazing). I want to take the stairs, I want to walk to the park, I want to enjoy the things I enjoy to the fullest. There is always the chance of failure, shit happens, but I will continue on my path. Even if I don't hit 299 on 6-12-2014 I will be a better person and feel better about myself for the journey that is taking me there. This first challenge back may not seem like full on beast mode, but if you remember...it took Goku like 13 episodes to get his spirit bomb charged, it's going to take me awhile to get going. I attached a picture of me that was taken on 2-20-14 as my "Day 1" Let's see how "Day 42" looks... the superhero training begins...now.
  15. Howdy all, fourth challenge incoming. Decided to jump away from the "Journey of a Moisture Farmer" thread, and just start basing it off of movie titles for fun, that said there won't be much theme in the challenge itself. Main Quest Get into Healthy Shape by Wedding to look good in a Kilt Motivation To feel good about myself, gain self-confidence, and finally become the awesome person that lays within. Sub-Quests Perform at least 2 Different Exercises at least 3x a Week [STR:3|STA:2] Grading: A: Perform Exercises 3x a Week All Six Weeks B: Perform Exercises 3x a Week For Four Weeks C: Perform Exercises 2x a Week All Six Weeks D: Perform Exercises 2x A Week For Four Weeks F: Perform Exercises <2x A Week For Four Weeks ​​Take the next step towards Paleo by removing cereal grains, ice cream, and cheese from Diet. [CON:4] Grading: A: No Cheats For All Six Weeks B: 1 Cheat A Week For Four Weeks C: 2 Cheats a Week for Four Weeks D: 3 Cheats a Week for Six Weeks F: >3 Cheats a Week Exception: Cake Testing at Bakery meeting on 11/12/2013 for Wedding. Continue Tracking All Exercise and Food Intake [WIS:3] Grading: A: Track all Exercise and Food Intake B: Miss one meal/exercise session of tracking C: Miss three meals/exercise sessions of tracking D: Miss an entire day of tracking F: Miss >3/a Day's worth of Tracking Exception: 0 Calorie Beverages do not require tracking. Life Quest Complete at least one course of Cisco Certifiaction Training [WIS:3] Grading: A: Complete Course B: Complete 75% of course C: Complete 50% of course D: Complete 25% of Course F: Complete < 25% of Course Starting Stats (will be updated on Sunday 11/10/2013) Height: 68" Weight: 222 lbs Waist: 41.75" Hips: 41" Chest: 41" Neck: 15.5" Thigh(Left): 22" Thigh(Right): 23.5" Bicep(Left): 13.25" Bicep(Right): 13.5" BF%: 30% For those that are curious, here's the measurements for where I stopped last challenge... Weight: 219 lbs Waist: 40.875" Hips: 40.5" Chest: 40.5" Neck: 15.375" Thigh(Left): 23" Thigh(Right): 23.5" Bicep(Left): 13.375" Bicep(Right): 13.5" BF%: 29% So my semi-poor care of myself over the past two weeks (sometimes eating grains and ice cream once a few times and no exercise) has caused some backtracking, but nothing I haven't seen happen during a challenge either, so I should hopefully be able to get back to where I was relatively quickly and get back on track. Mini-Quests Mini-Quest #1 - Clean Out - Completed +1 WIS Mini-Quest #2 - Enjoy and Destroy - Completed +1 WIS
  16. Hey everybody, Rogue Squadron is back in action. As always member list will be placed here in the OP, and be regularly updated as we gain members. Members: RogueWelkin: RogueWelkin: Episode IV - A New Hope KingLeeroy: KingLeeroy's Castle of Grind, Challenge 4. Wovercast: Wovercast Survives the Holiday Gauntlet Tateman: Tateman's Challenge #4 - "Run, Fatboy, Run... To Spartan Race!" SirHammerlock: Hammerlock's fourth time JohnnyShoes: Johnny Shoes can do all the things!! BruceHeat: Bruce is going to hit those numbers challenge! Kort: Kort's Conquering of the Never Ending Wedding Season Don't forget to follow this topic as well as your own topic and those of the other Rogue Squadron members. 80D
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