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  1. Hey there, I'm The Dungeon Crawler and this is my first time posting here (long time lurker, first time poster) and my primary goal for this challenge is to reduce my Body Fat Percentage by 5-10%. I plan on doing this by adhering to my exercise plan, conforming to the Paleo Diet, and waking up earlier every day. My side quest is to write 700 words a day so I can be at least half way through my first novella. My motivation? I want to be able to look into the mirror without thinking "Wow... How pathetic..." Anyway, I'd appreciate any motivation and advice you guys can give me. Thanks for reading this.
  2. Third Challenge here on the forums first with the Assassins. The reason for the titlle is that Rock Lee is my favorite Naruto character and I find his story extremely inspiring.Now on to the goals Goal One A Shinobe has to be physically fit in order to carry out his missions. For this constent training is required. My goal for this challenge is to do something active every day exept Sundays. This can range from something as simple as a walk to a knock down drag out multi hour workout. Some sub goals I would like to reach are Three strength workouts each week with a focas on body weight Three cardio workouts per week Atleast one hour of martial arts practice per week Be able to do one arm pushups by the end of the challenge Be able to do one of my favorite bodyweight circuits 10 times through with no rest Be able to run for 20 minutes straight. Goal Two It is never known what a mission will entitle thus one must train for great muscular endurance as well as strength. This goal is to try to do 500 reps of a bodyweight exercise in a single workout over the fewest sets possible. The rough schedule for this is Week One. Squats Week Two. Pushups Week Three. Situps Week Four. Bench Dips(My triceps are my weakest body part thus I'm training them here) Week Five. Lunges(My triceps are followed closely by my legs) Week Six. Pullups(These are last because I have the most work to do on them) Goal Three With all the training and fighting a ninja needs to make sure his body is properly fueled. I'm going to try counting calories and hopefully be a bit more consistent with my eating habits since in my last challenge I would eat anywhere from 500(I forget to eat if I'm wrapped up in something) to probably over 10,000(It was my grandparants anniversary, we took them out to Golden Corral). Life Goal It's imperative that one be able to blend in and communicate wherever one may be. Learn two new words in Spanish every day. So thats my Rock Lee challenge. I'll post scoring and all later including a rough schedule. I've decided that if I score 90% or higher on all goals that I'll change my name on the forum since I've had some people tell me that my current one is hard to pronounce.
  3. Ferngirl

    Flying Again

    Hello, all! This is my second six-week challenge. My first one was the time before last. Except I only got through about half of it because I got sick XP And then when the next one started, I realized far too late when it started and never got myself to jump in late. But now I'm here at the beginning again! So, basic background info. I'm healthy, and pretty strong, but I would like to get rid of some extra weight. I think I can aim to lose between 5 and 10 ponds during this six-week challenge. I'll try to keep a sort of record of what I eat and my exercise and such. I'm going to use the same three steps as my first challenge. 1. Less sugar. This is a problem I've been trying to work on. I want to stop snacking on sugary stuff throughout the day, and eat less for dessert. I'm going to allow myself 1 piece of candy during the day, and then 1 dessert (though I may do that backwards, depending on circumstances). 2. More veggies. I like veggies, and there are plenty of ways in which I'd be happy to eat a lot of them. But sometimes I just don't... So I want to eat veggies with every lunch and dinner (or an extra lot during one meal, if I have to miss one). 3. Be more active. I'm fairly active already, and pretty strong. But some days I completely forget to do some kind of exercise (or I make some excuse not to do it). So this time, I want to do some form of exercise at least six days out of the week. I'm getting pretty good at running and biking, and I'll also do some body-weight workouts from this site (and possible try a few of their other workouts). I would like to get better at push-ups and pull-ups. As my extra goal, I want to write some every day. At least a paragraph, but I can sometimes do an entire chapter in an evening. (It's a story I'm writing as my graduate project - I'm actually editing. My first draft is done, so I'm mostly re-writing everything). Good luck, all!
  4. Main quest I just got my very first pokémon. But we've got much training to do before we're ready for the road ahead. So lets get ready! To become all-around healthier so that I can direct my focus towards something more specific next time Quest 1; Feeding my new Fennekin Drink 2L of water daily A. Average of 7 days a week (by end of challenge) B. Average of 6 days a week C. Average of 5 days a week Quest 2; Winding down after a hard day of training Yoga 6 times a week A. Average of 6+ times a week B. Average of 5 times a week C Average of 4 times a week Quest 3; Pokémon league, here we come! Weight training 5 times a week A. Average of 5+ times a week B. Average of 4 times a week C. Average of 3 times a week
  5. Off to the second challenge we are. And this time I decided to join up with the assassins! Hello, my fellow assassins and everyone else of course who wanders into this thread So, what is my main goal this time? I have not yet given up on losing bodyfat and gaining muscle/strenght. But I think this challenges goal could be better summarized with just improving myself on a general basis. Yeah, I know that this is very vague and that i really shouldn't be that vague. It's the journey that matters though and not the goal. The interesting part is going through the story and taking a bit of time for some sidequests, just enjoying the story and the world building, yes? Sometimes as a bit of a lone wanderer, sometimes with companions. Okay, Okay. So, what are my goals then? Flexible: Last challenge I starting training three times a week and also took up dancing (namely Jazz dance and ballet) Especially ballet and deadlifts showed me that I lack in flexibility and Squats and also ballet showed me that I could also improve on my ballance. So this challenge I want to do stretches every day and work on my balance every other day that is not a training day. Swift Leaner: The start of the challenge (Monday, June the 8th) is my 27th birthday. Only three more years till 30. What happens at thirty? Well I promised myself some years ago that by age thirty I wanted to have traveled to Japan, to see the various cities, taste the food and just witness the culture and everything. But I wouldn't dare go there without speaking the language well enough to find my way around. And by that I mean, that I really want to get proficient enough to talk to people, watch the news, maybe read something in a newspaper. In the span of three years. Starting today. Well, I actually already started some time before but fell off the wagon, and now I restarted and managed to learn the Hiragana so far , a few basic vocabulary and the first of the Katakana. Sooo. How will I go about this? Minimum of 15 minutes of japanese learning every day? (it will be more if I'm in it but 15 minutes seems unthreatening) and every week I want to try to find a native speaker and talk to them for a bit in exchange for speaking german or english to them. This will also force me to be sociable and overcome my fear of being awkward. Living Anatomy: I'm terrible. I'm a learned graphic designer who after her graduation just dropped everything because I felt so worn out and now I'm afraid to get back in again. The thing is, I do love it, but now I'm working in a bakery and as a waitress which helps me pay my bills of course but I hate it. So my goal here is to do something to get back into graphic design, build a portfolio I can be happy with (that's hard for me) and to apply for jobs in that field. That means: At least three days a week, spending the afternoon on graphic design and drawing in general. Illustration, Web design, folders, posters, logos, packaging. My old goals of eating well, sleeping well, and training regularly stay. Wait, didn't I want to simplify? Anyway. To keep me accountable on the food front, I made an Instagram account where I will post my daily food. I'm not allowed to eat anything that I don't take a picture of and put it on there. If someone wants to follow me there, I would really be overjoyed. So, let's start this. If you got any tips for me on any of my challenges, you are very welcome to share.
  6. Main quest: to get better at crossfit. I know this is super general because crossfit covers basically everything, but I want to improve in all aspects of my fitness And the title is just because I think Princess Leia is super BA and cool plus she's a Jedi soooo Goal 1: Drink 2 water bottles everyday (+2 CON, +1 DEX) A: 72+ total (36+ days total) B: 60-71 total (30-35 days total) C: 48-59 total (24-29 days total) D: 36-47 total (21-23 days total) F: 35 or fewer (fewer than 20 days total) For some reason I have so much trouble drinking enough water. My boyfriend always says he has no idea how I don't just die of dehydration because I'm basically chronically dehydrated. Sooooo more H2O! 115.3%; background-image: -webkit-gradient(linear, 0 0, 100% 100%, color-stop(.25, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2)), color-stop(.25, transparent), color-stop(.5, transparent), color-stop(.5, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2)), color-stop(.75, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2)), color-stop(.75, transparent), to(transparent) ); background-image: -webkit-linear-gradient( -45deg, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2) 25%, transparent 25%, transparent 50%, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2) 50%, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2) 75%, transparent 75%, transparent ); background-image: -moz-linear-gradient( -45deg, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2) 25%, transparent 25%, transparent 50%, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2) 50%, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2) 75%, transparent 75%, transparent ); background-image: -ms-linear-gradient( -45deg, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2) 25%, transparent 25%, transparent 50%, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2) 50%, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2) 75%, transparent 75%, transparent ); background-image: -o-linear-gradient( -45deg, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2) 25%, transparent 25%, transparent 50%, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2) 50%, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2) 75%, transparent 75%, transparent ); -webkit-background-size: 23px 23px; -moz-background-size: 23px 23px; background-size: 23px 23px; border-radius: 4px;">115.3% Water goal 83/72+ Goal 2: Get 7.5-9 hours of sleep (+4 STA) A: 6-7 days/week (36+ days total) B: 5 days/week (30-35 days total) C: 4 days/week (24-29 days total) D: 3 days/week (21-23 days total) F: 2 or fewer days/week (fewer than 20 days total) My sleeping schedule got really messed up during school. I could never go to bed early enough because my roommates would either give me crap for it or be super loud and wake me up, or my roommate would be in our room doing homework until 1 in the morning with the lights on and it gave me anxiety to try and sleep with her doing stuff. And I had an 8:30 class every day. It was wonderful only getting 6 hours of sleep every night. Also, to clarify (more for my own benefit,) naps do count. I feel like I'm cheating if I don't point that out. Also, I did adjust this from 8 hours to a range just because it's hard to get exactly 8 hours of sleep, and I'm trying to wake up when my body wants to wake up, not when I feel like I should. 113.9%113.9% Sleep goal 41/36+ Goal 3: Strength train 3 days a week (+4 STR, +2 CHA) A: 3+ days/week (18+ days total) B: 2/wk (12-17 days total) C: 1/wk (6-11 days total) F: 0/wk (0-5 days total) Honestly this shouldn't be much of a problem for me. I absolutely LOVEEEE lifting. I just got out of the habit of it during the school year. 105.6%; background-image: -webkit-gradient(linear, 0 0, 100% 100%, color-stop(.25, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2)), color-stop(.25, transparent), color-stop(.5, transparent), color-stop(.5, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2)), color-stop(.75, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2)), color-stop(.75, transparent), to(transparent) ); background-image: -webkit-linear-gradient( -45deg, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2) 25%, transparent 25%, transparent 50%, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2) 50%, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2) 75%, transparent 75%, transparent ); background-image: -moz-linear-gradient( -45deg, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2) 25%, transparent 25%, transparent 50%, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2) 50%, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2) 75%, transparent 75%, transparent ); background-image: -ms-linear-gradient( -45deg, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2) 25%, transparent 25%, transparent 50%, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2) 50%, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2) 75%, transparent 75%, transparent ); background-image: -o-linear-gradient( -45deg, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2) 25%, transparent 25%, transparent 50%, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2) 50%, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2) 75%, transparent 75%, transparent ); -webkit-background-size: 23px 23px; -moz-background-size: 23px 23px; background-size: 23px 23px; border-radius: 4px;">105.6% Strength goal 19/18+ Goal 4 (life quest): meditate or do yoga 5+ minutes everyday (+2 WIS) A: 6-7 days/week B: 5 days/week C: 3-4 days/week D: 2 days/week F: 0-1 days/week I have really, really bad anxiety. It started this school year, and I'm assuming it was onset by the stress of a new place and not having any friends or fitting in at all. I know that meditation and yoga are supposed to help anxiety, so let's hope that this is a step in the right direction! 100%; background-image: -webkit-gradient(linear, 0 0, 100% 100%, color-stop(.25, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2)), color-stop(.25, transparent), color-stop(.5, transparent), color-stop(.5, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2)), color-stop(.75, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2)), color-stop(.75, transparent), to(transparent) ); background-image: -webkit-linear-gradient( -45deg, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2) 25%, transparent 25%, transparent 50%, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2) 50%, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2) 75%, transparent 75%, transparent ); background-image: -moz-linear-gradient( -45deg, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2) 25%, transparent 25%, transparent 50%, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2) 50%, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2) 75%, transparent 75%, transparent ); background-image: -ms-linear-gradient( -45deg, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2) 25%, transparent 25%, transparent 50%, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2) 50%, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2) 75%, transparent 75%, transparent ); background-image: -o-linear-gradient( -45deg, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2) 25%, transparent 25%, transparent 50%, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2) 50%, rgba(0, 0, 0, .2) 75%, transparent 75%, transparent ); -webkit-background-size: 23px 23px; -moz-background-size: 23px 23px; background-size: 23px 23px; border-radius: 4px;">100% Life quest 36/36+ If you've looked at this and you came back and were like "Wait what the heck? She had five goals!" Let me explain. I decided to not make drinking less soda an official goal because I didn't want the stress of five new goals. However, I am still going to try to drink less soda, I just won't base an entire challenge on it yet! Mini quests #1: Completed (+1 WIS) #2: Completed (+1 CHA) #3: Completed (+1 STA) #4: Completed #5: DNF #6: DNF
  7. Greetings and Salutations; I am JR, and I am very excited to be part of this 6 Week Challenge. A 6 week challenge seems like an awesome idea. It's not too long so people get board and fall out, yet it is long enough that participants can achieve pretty significant goals. I am glad I found Nerd Fitness, and ready to meet this challenge. A bit about me. Last May I was an obese man, not just overweight but pretty fat. I was also pretty sick. I had an incurable lung disease called Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF), and it was killing me. I was on oxygen 24/7, and high flow oxygen whenever I exerted myself. My disease was progressing rapidly and my only real hope at life was a lung transplant. Only problem was I was too fat to get on the transplant list. So on May 5th of last year I started following the Primal Blueprint. By October I had lost enough weight to be evaluated by the transplant team, and I was listed in November. On December 31st we received the call to come into the hospital, and early January 1st I received a bilateral lung transplant. I am still following the Primal Blueprint and am recovering from the procedure very nicely. The transplant team is very impressed with my progress. I do still have some physical limitations to what exercises I can do. It takes a while for the chest to fully heal from the procedure. They split the chest and open you up like a clam shell. I have been released for most exercises, but I can not yet start on pull ups, but a pull up is my major quest so dumbbell rows will work for now Main Quest for 2015: Do a pull up all the way to my transplant scar. Main Quest for This Six Week Challenge: Do three full sets, in good form, of the Nerd Fitness Beginner Body Weight Workout. SMART Quests: 1. NF Body Weight Workout: Perform this workout three times per week. Maintain good form and increase reps each time. Submit a video of my squats and lunges to the Form Check Forum by 6/15. Grading my success by the end of the six weeks. A = Complete 3 full, and in good form, sets of the workout. C = Complete 2 full, and in good form, sets of the workout. F = Completing less than 2 full sets. Beginner Squat Challenge: Complete the MyFitnessPal 28 Day Squat Challenge. Grading my success by the end of the six weeks. A = 100% participation with 100% effort. B = 90% participation with 100% effort C = 80% participation with 100% effort F= less than 80% participation 30 Day Plank Challenge: Complete the MyFItnessPal 30 Day Plank Challenge. Grading my success by the end of the six weeks. A = 100% participation with 100% effort. B = 90% participation with 100% effort C = 80% participation with 100% effort F= less than 80% participation Life Quest: I would really like to develop a body worthy of a "Vanity Pic". That would be pretty awesome. I also want to help people with IPF learn about how nutrition and exercise can improve their symptoms and help them to prepare for transplant. Reward for Successful Completion of This Challenge: When I achieve three A's during this challenge, I will join my Sweetie for a couples massage. It has been years since I've had a good massage.
  8. Rioghain takes a deep breath and fingers the Blood Opal jewel which hangs around her neck encased in an elaborate and time-darkened silver frame, attempting to center herself in preparation for the start of her training. She still finds it difficult to believe she is even here, on the steps outside the hall of one of the oldest Blood courts in Askavi Terreille. A world away from her home in Chaillot, she knows only an inkling of what her older brother had to sacrifice to secure her a place in this court and its training program to strengthen her mind and body before making her Offering to the Darkness and descending to her true jewel rank. She knows little of the world outside of Beldon Mor, but the creeping suspicion that he has put himself in grave danger for this opportunity is enough to push her not to waste it. She will do everything asked of her because she must, for him. She opens her eyes again to the world outside the front door to the court's home palace and wipes away one tear brought to her by thoughts of her brother. It will be the last one spared here. Today is the first day of the rest of her life. Six weeks from now, if she has completed the tasks set to her by her new mentor, Rhaegar Yaslana, she will make the Offering and find out where she will stand in the ranking of the Blood for the rest of her time in this Realm and the next. It has long been thought that no amount of training or meditation could change the true potential of one's Blood rank, but in the years since the return of Witch, Queen of the Blood, this notion has been challenged, and Rioghain's older brother subscribes to the belief that potential can be manipulated--enough to stake his life on a chance for her to better hers. Rioghain's people are round of face, soft of edge and curve, and historically known for their lighter jewels--being Blood Opal by birth already makes Rioghain one of the darkest-jeweled of her race alive. Eyrians--the home race of Askavi--are quite the opposite. Their bodies and minds are sharp, fast, and flexible, and they lean toward the darker jewels by birthright and by Offering. This is why Rioghain is here. She will make a better life for herself than what was left when Witch's witch storm destroyed the corrupt Blood of Beldon Mor, including her parents. She will create a new legacy for her family that is not tainted by the horrifying revelations that came from the storm. She will train with the Eyrians until she is something new--something strong, sharp, and agile--and she will start today. She sets her jaw and descends the grand staircase to join the ranks of her new family. Challenge One (7/28/2015 - 9/8/2015) Part 1: Eyrians are sharp-witted and, though there is nothing they love more than to fly, they are emotionally grounded. I will complete one 30-day yoga challenge within six weeks. Hopefully consecutively, but the ultimate goal is just to keep it within six weeks. Part 2: Eyrians are hunters and gatherers. I will subscribe to a Paleo food diet a minimum of six days per week. Part 3: Eyrians recognize the importance of leisure and recreation in moderation. I will go from drinking beer several times a week to limiting my alcohol consumption to red wine and clear liquor and only two days per week. Part 4: The training program for young Eryians includes intensive strength-building to prepare their bodies for flight. I will perform a minimum of three NFA workouts per week. Part 5: An Eyrian knows that focus and concentration are what keeps them in the air. I will meditate for between 2 and 30 minutes every day.
  9. First thing first thanks for reading. It really helps to have accountability. Second challenge here at the Rebellion so I figure I should do a better job of it. I didn't do as well as I wanted on the last one and I didn't workout at all in the weeks in between so I'm not where I want to be right now. I'm going to be working out either more or less depending on how it goes. First goal. 2 strength training workouts per week. 3 STR Second goal. 2 cardio workouts per week. 3 STA 1 DEX Third goal. 2 martial arts training sessions per week. 1 STR 1 STA 3 DEX Life goal. Practice guitar 1 hour per week. 1 WIS 2 CHA I wanted to do a themed challenge but I can't post pictures and if you can't do that what's the point?
  10. Ok, I'll be honest, the title is pure click-bait... This is my first 6 week challenge on here, so here goes: Main Quest Run a Marathon A friend and I (slightly drunkenly) put our names into the ballot for the London Marathon next year. We won't find out until October if we're successful, however as a backup plan we've identified a marathon in Poland around the same time, with the agreement that if we don't get London we'll do Lodz. I'm currently a 5k in ~28min runner, and the furthest I've run in a race was a 10k off road event a few years ago. Obviously I can't just turn up on the day and wing it, so it'll take some quite sizeable changes to my training and lifestyle, which segues nicely onto... Side-Quests As this is my first 6 week quest, these are going to be more about getting myself set up for the long haul. I won't be tracking measurements, or aiming for set results, it's more about getting myself into the right frame of mind for the journey ahead. Replace Coffee with Water Coffee to me is like the One Ring to Bilbo in LotR. It's always there tempting me, and I'm not strong enough to leave it in my pocket. And trying to give it up usually turns me into the snarling creature that Frodo sees when Bilbo is forced to hand it over. It also affects my training quite significantly, I find that regardless of how much I have and what time of day, if there's caffeine in my system I'll struggle to fall asleep, which then affects my exercise and diet choices. But it's so damn good. Prepare lunches every day, including weekends I'm quite bad at just nipping to the local shops/supermarket, and picking up a meal deal rather than preparing and taking lunch to work. I'm actually worse at weekends, despite having plenty of free time. Long term I'm planning on cleaning up my diet completely, but in the spirit of taking small steps I'll start here. Complete Richard Hittleman's 28 Day Yoga course I tend to suffer with cramp in my calf muscles quite frequently, even after a good stretch before and after exercise. I've started this course before but didn't see it through, life got in the way at around day 6 (even after 6 days I felt amazing, anyone looking to get into Yoga should definitely look up this book), so this time I'll get to the end. The book apparently has a section on setting your own routine after you complete the course, if I finish in plenty of time I'll either do this or simply start the course again! Life Quest Play More Guitar I'd like to play the guitar better, and the only way I'll do that is by practising. I tend to play for a few hours in a block, which is fun but doesn't help with progression. Ideally I'd find 30 mins a day to practise, rather than 3 hours at a weekend. With gym, food prep, work, sleep etc. it can be a pain to fit it in, and if I'm not in the mood then my fingers don't co-operate. This might be a step too far, I've tried to force this in the past and failed, but maybe putting it here will motivate me? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- So there we go, that's my next 6 weeks planned out. I'll no doubt slip and stumble along the way, but I'll try and be as honest as I can (I'm drinking coffee whilst typing this...). Oh, and I'm off on holiday for a week from tomorrow, so it'll be a real shock to the system when I return!
  11. The title comes from my response when a co-worker asked me why I was trying to get into shape. Without really thinking about it I said, "Bears." Now I feel a responsibility to follow through on my answer, at least for my first challenge. So: Main Quest: Get into shape, in order to defeat bears (including both social and physical combat) Quest 1: Outrun a bear. I will settle for: run twice a week, including one timed 5k per. My co-worker has autism, and there's a 5k in his name each year. I'd like to get my time under 21:00. a: 12 runs b: 10 c: 8 Quest 2: Lift a bear. Depends on the species, I suppose. I will lift twice a week, the following four lifts: overhead press, bench press, squat, and deadlft. My goal is to increase my one rep maximum by 5% for each of these. I have stalled out in this area, and will be trying a periodic series to start gaining again. a: 5% b: 3% c: any gain at all. Quest 3: Outfight a bear. Starting slow here! My kicks are weak and I can scarcely get them above solar plexus height. I will practice my kicks twice a week, focusing on increasing my strength and flexibility. I'll focusing on front kick, side kick, roundhouse, and back kick. If I get fancy and throw in some others, that's awesome, but first things first. My goal is head height with each, with genuine force behind the kick. a: 12 practices b: 10 c: 8 Life quest: Meet some non-bear people. I want to use my twenty seconds to try out some schools around town, with actual other people in them. In all seriousness, this is the scariest part of the challenge for me. Like, I would have to consider it for some time if offered the choice between meeting new people and fighting a smallish bear. Taking my cue from BlackTezca's monk challenge, I will be trying out some schools in the next six weeks. My goals for this are modest--like I said, this part is way outside my comfort zone. a: 3 schools tried b: 2 c: 1 I'll be starting a battle log on the 7th. Cheers!
  12. Hello! I'm a new Recruit. I'm interested in Ranger, Druid, and Scout professions, but since I can't decide I'm going to settle for Adventurer for now. :-) Specifically, my favorite fitness activities are: bodyweight strength training, yoga, running, hiking, bicycling, and brewing beer (shhh). I recently graduated from grad school, which took a toll on my health (mental, physical, spiritual), so now I'm on a quest to Level Up all those areas of my life I've been neglecting (for the sake of academic levelling up). I think I'm supposed to wait to post this until the next challenge begins, 5/24/15 (??), but I guess since I started two weeks ago, maybe it's okay if I post this now? Anyway my first posted challenge is: * Fitness: continue You Are Your Own Gym 10-week bodyweight strength-building program, 4x week. (I'm currently on week 2.) * Nutrition: eat healthier! be mindful of what I eat, focus on making good choices and small victories. I'm not setting specific food goals this round, except to not eat fast food 4x week. This should be an easy goal since I'm not on campus pounding out papers every day, and I have the time/inclination to cook. I've started tracking what I eat on MFP to help me pay closer attention (and because I love data tracking). * Life: apply for full-time jobs, and hopefully get one. (I'm currently working a part-time internship.)
  13. Hi, so I'm going to start off by saying I have no idea what I'm doing. Seriously, I first posted this in the wrong challenge section (thanks so much to the kind soul who pointed that out to me, I might've gone forever without noticing). I've never joined or posted in any forum before, ever, not just on Nerd Fitness. However, change is good, so I'm trying, even if I am starting late. Since I'm new, I'm just going to break this down into parts. Intro: Right, so, my name is Rose, I'm 23 and in college, but I work on the weekends. I live in Thailand, but I don't speak and am not Thai. I'm about 157 cm, and 50 kilos. I recently gained 6 kilos in one year, which is a lot for me, considering my height and size. I do exercise sporadically, and I sort of like running and yoga. Ah, I don't have any cooking implements except for a cutting board, knives, and a water heater for noodles and stuff, and I really cannot and for that matter do not want to cook. There's a lot of food around though, so that's not really a problem. There's even a sort of market a 5 minute walk down. I do occasionally do salads sometimes, because that doesn't require actual cooking. I once even got creative and used the hot water from the water heater to boil pasta. Right, so next is goals. My main quest would be just being more healthy I guess. I don't just won't to lose weight, I also want to be fit, to be able to do pullups or pushups or run for a while, etc. Overall betterment, so stronger, more endurance, more flexibility, and so on. So my three specific goals are: 1. Exercise 5 times a week for 30 min, preferably Running 3 times a week and Yoga or some other exercise 2 times a week, but if I don't feel well I may go with something easier in the beginning. Also 20 pushups (in whatever form or number of sets I can do) a day. 2. Eat under 1200 calories 5 days a week (preferably healthy food, but I'll try to work up to that, for now, whatever) 3. Get 7-8 hours of sleep a day, can be in the form of naps. (I normally average around 6 hours, currently) Life side quest would be to stay on top of school and work, but that's going to happen anyway, because it can't not. So, budgeting would be best. Stay under 15k per month. For picking a guild, I'm automatically in Recruit, I think. For my miniquest: Is your overall quest achievable (over a short or long period of time)? Is it reasonable? (Yes) Do your 3 quests all build towards your main quest in little ways, or are you taking on too much? Do your quests have sub-quests or is it just one thing to focus on? (Build towards the main, not certain what subquests are, but I don't think so?) Are your main goals realistic? Can you scale them to smaller steps to fit your life better, even if it will make it take a little longer to achieve them? (Yes, I can run at college, do yoga in the mornings, and there's plenty of food around. Getting enough sleep might be a problem, but I'll figure it out) Are your goals able to be measured and tracked? What will you use to track them? (Whether or not I did them) How are you grading your goals? Are they pass/fail (“every dayâ€, “not even once over the six weeksâ€)? Is there a reward for the effort, or are you only grading yourself on whether or not you “lose the weight†or “run the distanceâ€? (Pass/fail, save 100B for every day I meet my calorie goal, but running and yoga are kind of their own rewards and so is sleep) What is your plan for continuing/altering/grading those goals if you become ill or injured? (Ah, just stop and then pick it back up when I'm well again. Not going to beat myself up if something happens, but I've run and done yoga before, so I don't think I'll cause injuries) Did you take into consideration any special occasions (Labour Day, Independence Day, birthdays, anniversaries, etc) that may occur during the challenge? What modifications do you need to build into your goals for those? (End of the challenge coincides with Final exams, but 30 min a day isn't a big deal, so I don't think I'll need to make a change) Do any of your main goals conflict with each other? Will one goal make it hard to do another? (Yeah, exercise will cut into sleeping time, since I'll need to do the yoga when I first wake up, but it's fine, I can nap) Do you already have the time in your schedule to actually complete the goals you’ve set? If not, what are you planning to do to make time for them? (Maybe. 30 minutes isn't a lot of time, so I should have enough. The sleeping might be a problem because of my school and work and I'm sort of a night owl, but I'll try not to read or be on the internet so much and that should free up some time) Are you trying to build multiple habits, or is all your energy focused on your main quest? (multiple, in terms of food, exercise and sleep. But the main quest is overall health and betterment, so they all work towards that) 1200 calorie goal 88%88% 30 minutes of exercise 100%100% 7-8 hours of sleep 88%88% Ahmwahahahaha, I've made a progress bar. Awesome. Now if only I could find out how to properly label it....
  14. Hi. So this is the first challenge I'm going to partake in. I'm Achillessehne or Denise and I'm looking forward to the next six weeks and what I will achieve in that time. Background I'm a Larper who is currently not too happy with her strenght, flexibility and admittedly also looks. There is quite a bit of fat especially around the hips and upper thighs that I'd rather be rid off. Also I want to build some strenght and muscle for practical and aestethic reasons. On my own I'm quick to start but also to end things which is why I want to join the nerdfitness 6-week challenge. Main Quest My current mainquest is to lose a bit of bodyfat so I'm happy with my figure and can start to build muscle. The ideal I have would be for me to have lost fat and gained a bit of muscle by September, but I don't if that is realistic and every bit towards the goal would already make me happy. And this is the first step. Quests 1. Paleo Generally I'm not very fond of diets and prefer to change the way I eat permanently. I love cooking and new recipes and Paleo sounds appealing to me. Longterm I want to have a less strict form of paleo that includes rice, oats, cheese and natto. For the next six weeks I'm attempting to eat a stricter form of Paleo at least 5-6 days a week with more days being better as I'm attempting to lose bodyfat. I also want to control my portions by writing down the amount of food I consume each day. 2. Hydrate Staying hydrated is something I still have problems with. On some days in my past I barely managed a quarter litre of water a day or only started drinking slightly after noon. Not having had breakfast of course didn't help with that. So hydrating is definitely something I've got to work on. Meaning every day at least 2l of water, starting my day with a glass of it. 3. Train I'm going to the gym three days a week (M, W, F) with a focus on strenght training. And on Wednesdays in the evening I'm taking musical jazz dance classes. I want to keep this up and will post my training in my updates. (it's currently mainly back focused with squats) What I wish for my squats is to be more selfassured with them when it comes to form. So practise my form until I don't have to worry as much about it as I do now. Life-Goal: Since I tend to procrastinate on working on my planning for Larp I want to for once start early on the clothes for next Septembers event so I won't have to stress myself on it three days before the event. So my goal here would be to finish at the very least my characters skirt and top. (I will have to plan a blouse at some point too) That way I will have a bit out of the way there. Motivation: I want to be healty and look appealing to myself, and I also want to at some point play my amazon character convincingly for which I need a certain self-confidence and image I'm hoping to achieve . (also nice muscular arms would be nice.) At some point I might be interested in even more dancing and dance classes (ballet and step in particular)
  15. Hello! I am new to nerd fitness - well, I have been reading the website and receiving the emails for a while without ever committing to anything. But finals are done and I am done with excuses for being lazy. My Goals for the Next Six Weeks: 1.) To be active everyday! This may include yoga, walking, biking, going to the gym, swimming, etc. 2.) to eat a vegetable everyday! (I just really dislike vegetables) My Goals for the Year: 1.) To be happy and healthy - cheesy, I know. 2.) to lose 10 lbs - however, if i gain muscle mass and gain weight, that is okay, too.
  16. Hi all, I have been receiving the Nerd Fitness blog updates for a while now, but never really wanted to get actively involved until now! I have recently started working out at the gym again. In the past 5-6 years I have always been active, mostly in the gym, doing all sorts of workouts. I even exercised with a personal trainer for a while. However, as life goes, in April of last year, my husband and I have started bulding a house. That lasted for 6 months and then we moved in (huraaaaay:). The nex logical step was decorating and where I come from, receiving people in my home who came to see the new place we live in. Then we officialy got married and then another round of family celebrations. So now, after everything is settled and calm I have decided to dedicate some time to myself again. I must emphasize that I come from the Balkans (specifically a country called Montenegro) so some of the things mentioned in the blogs are just not doable for me but I will do my best. I have decided to try the six week challenge. Can anyone help me with the structure of these trainiings particularly in terms of how often do I need to exercise to reach my goals, and which exercises are best to reach my goals. General Goal Get a tighter body!! - I am not overweight, my current weight is 54kg but there are places on my body I would to be tigher. Specific goals 1. Lose 2 kg - I always think I look better when by weight is down 2. Lose as much cellulite as possible 3. Plan 90% of my meals - I do this but maybe every other day which is not enough I think. 4. Avoid sugar completely - apart from natural sugars in fruit - I know for a fact than more than 2 small pieces of dark chocolate upset mz stomach but I still eat it - talk about addiction ) In terms of some other goals Be less stressed or become calmer
  17. Hi I'm Anna, I've been reading NF blogs since December-ish. They have been super inspirational and motivating for me. I've finally decided to step it up a notch and participate in a 6 week challenge. Main Quest: I want to have more energy and feel healthier Quest 1: Attend fitness bootcamp 3 times a week consistently. I have been going to the bootcamp for over a year but have really slacked off lately Quest 2: Plan and make simple, healthy meals including lunch to take to work Quest 3: Build a greenhouse frame for my vegetable garden and add in some more plants Life Quest: I would love to have an artist/vendor table at a con but its a pretty big plunge to apply and gather all the supplies to make it happen but I need to step out of my comfort zone if I'm going to make it happen. So my life quest will be to apply for a table at one or more conventions between now and when the challenge ends. Let's do this!
  18. Six week challenge for Feb. 23rd - Apr. 5th Main Quest: Eat healthy 90% of the time and drop to >10% body fat. Fitness Plan: Monday - "Push" workout + cardio Tuesday - Cardio Wednesday - "Pull" worjout + cardio Thursday - Cardio Friday - "Legs & Abs" workout + cardio Saturday - Cardio Sunday - Rest Nutrition Plan: 90% healthy eating Two cheat meals a week max Challenge #1 - Lift weights three times a week. - Reward = +1 STR Challenge #2 - Do cardio six times a week. - Reward = +1 STA Challenge #3 - Eat healthy 90% of the time, two cheat meals a week. - Reward = +1 CON Life Challenge - Show up to work five minutes early everyday. - Reward = Job Security... and +1 WIS I've read some back and forth that since this is my first challenge that maybe I shouldn't jump straight into a class thread, but I've spent the last three weeks trying to make these things a habit so it seemed appropriate to just go for it. Three weeks in I'll hit level one and gain 10 attribute points, after the end of the challenge I'll hit level two and collect any rewards earned above. My goals are straight forward but I think if I can stick with them they will be effective.
  19. I have decided to finally level up and accept a six week challenge! This is my very first challenge and I'm stoked to actually be starting this new chapter in my life. I am a 26 yr. old @ 5'3 and 198 lbs and I feel completely unhealthy. My highest weight had been 237 lbs and my lowest weight was 157 lbs. I told myself I'd never go back to being at my highest weight again and when I started climbing back up towards that number reaching 212 lbs I just stopped and said "That's enough I deserve better than this" I was stating to get headaches, fatigue, and depressed since I felt uncomfortable in my clothes again. So I decided to regain the control over my body instead of having it control me. I've lost 14 lbs. since the beginning of the year by cleaning up my diet. I'm ready to take my health and fitness lifestyle to the next level so here's my plan of attack: MAIN QUEST: Gain strength and improve my overall health (I'm hoping to be able to do some deadlifts and squats with a barbell by the end of the year!) 1st Quest: Train Mean! Do Steve's BBWW 3X/week to gain body strength and interval training on the treadmill 2X/week for endurance 2nd Quest: Drink more water! I've been slacking so bad in this department. I bought a new water bottle that equals 8 glasses of water and my goal is to finish it each day. 3rd Quest: Learn how to prep clean meals! I've already cleaned up my diet quite a bit, but I need to focus on prepping my meals and snacks so I have no excuses to grab something that's not so healthy just because it's quick and easy. So there it is. My very first challenge! I'm so excited to start this new journey and see where it will lead me. I'll be checking in to give progress reports a few times a week. If anyone has tips, advice, recipes for clean eating or anything I'd really like to hear from you Cheers!
  20. Hello, I’m Tami and this is my first challenge! Over the past couple of years I’ve been consistently adding on the pounds. Currently, I weigh 25 pounds over my ‘normal weight.’ I lack motivation to do anything. Usually start off great with most things and lose steam mid-way! This time I am really going to try to accomplish something (six week challenge) with results (losing 5 pounds)! I like the idea of ‘accountability’ and hoping this will help me stay on track and focus on what I want to achieve. Main Quest To lose 10 lbs by the end of the six week challenge. My Plan to do this is: Do the Beginners Body Workout (Mon-Wed-Friday) Do 15-30 mins yoga (Tue-Thu) Swim or Surf (Sat & Sun) Practice hooping daily 10-15 minutesSide Quests: Side quest #1: Track what I eat – keep a food log, starting with the six week challenge Side quest #2: Learn how to hoop. I’ve always wanted to learn to hoop and finally got around to buying one yesterday! Motivation I’m finally tired of feeling tired & being lazy I want to look & feel good, get strong, fit and more active!
  21. Hello, I’m Tami and this is my first challenge! Over the past couple of years I’ve been consistently adding on the pounds. Currently, I weigh 25 pounds over my ‘normal weight.’ I lack motivation to do anything. Usually start off great with most things and lose steam mid-way! This time I am really going to try to accomplish something (six week challenge) with results (losing 5 pounds)! I like the idea of ‘accountability’ and hoping this will help me stay on track and focus on what I want to achieve. Main Quest To lose 10 lbs by the end of the six week challenge. My Plan to do this is: Do the Beginners Body Workout (Mon-Wed-Friday) Do 15-30 mins yoga (Tue-Thu) Swim or Surf (Sat & Sun) Practice hooping daily 10-15 minutesSide Quests: Side quest #1: Track what I eat – keep a food log, starting with the six week challenge Side quest #2: Learn how to hoop. I’ve always wanted to learn to hoop and finally got around to buying one yesterday! Motivation I’m finally tired of feeling tired & being lazy I want to look & feel good, get strong, fit and more active!
  22. I'm moving this here because I think I posted in the last challenges board. Oops. Main Quest To get stronger while building muscle and losing fat. Support Quests Follow Stronglifts 5x5 every week (three workouts weekly). Get eight hours of sleep every night. Eat quality calories following the Paleo lifestyle Life Quest Try approaching more problems by finding solutions and not excuses. Fitness Side Quest Incorporate yoga and meditation into my routine to promote mental wellness. Motivation This has always been my struggle to find, but this is my best shot. I want to be both physically and mentally health so that I can overcome ANY challenge that comes my way. Whether that is climbing a mountain, raising a family, etc.
  23. Let's see if I can get this.... Introduction: Hey! Where do I start? I'm 18 years old and I discovered Nerd Fitness three weeks ago. I signed up for the free emails and have honestly had a terrible beginning at leveling up my life. Today I noticed the fact that the new article up mentioned the six week challenge and I thought "What the heck...why not?" Why shouldn't I try again?!? So here I am...trying again. My username has a lot of meaning to it because that's who I want to be. Ever since I was in third grade, I've had the dream of living as Rowan, the champion of a billion worlds and a powerful princess. As Rowan, I can defeat all foes and laugh in the face of evil. So since I haven't quite found the key to getting to my highly preferred universe...I've decided literally right now while writing this thing that I better start now! This is the first time I've ever gone on the forums, so any help at all would be incredibly appreciated!! Like is this even where I'm suppose to introduce myself normally? So so confused... Also since I can't join the Academy quite yet (can't afford it :/) can I use the whole stat point thing? Not that I understand how to do that...well what'ere, I'll give myself RL rewards till I get it Holy crap thank you so much for even reading this far... Main Quest: Lose 10 lb, be able to do 50 proper pushups, squats, and a two minute plank (so get stronger...) BE FIT GET STRONGER BOOYAH! Quest 1: Drink two cups of water a day BESIDES what I drink for meals, I'm known for getting dehydrated... Measurement: 10 point grading system, depending on daily accomplishment each week. Reward: Uhhhhh if I actually get an average 95%+ I'll buy myself a Doctor Who merch... Quest 2: Work out four times a week for 20 min (the consecutive days being a different style workout) Measurement: 100%- = 4 that week; ~90% = 3 that week; ~80% = 2 that week; and so forth. Reward: Ehhh...anime merch...yeah.... Quest 3: Limit of 1 sweet a day...yeah this one is gonna be a problem!! Measurement: 100% = Success; 2 point deduction for each failure through that week. Reward: Suggestions? I guess I don't actually need one... Life Quest: My main goal is to become a more active, confidant person happy with my life. One quest will be practice every day for my speech competition piece and also to do my art competition pieces at least every three days. I need to have a strong drive to do 120%, especially in speech, because first I need to get through auditions, then state comp., then Nationals! Oh and practice my music... Another quest I want to give myself is that every day, I'll do something I CURRENTLY wouldn't normally do. Such as practice learning Japanese, clean my room, write in my journal, draw a picture, SOMETHING active!! I honestly don't have a lot of ideas for this one, so if anyone has a suggestion that will always be cool Motivation: I REALLY want to level up my life, its very important to me actually. For years I've had it in my head to be Rowan and have a fantastic life, and I get depressed sometimes that I don't. I always get bogged down by my seemingly incurable disease of procrastination and no motivation in my life. Well, this is my declaration of war. THE END ps. yeah I talk in cool language...deal with it.
  24. Challenge Continues: Main Quest: Superhero Skills/Strength/Conditioning. Quest 2.1: SKILL (Monk) Combatives training BJJ/MACP (graded on three classes a week or 1 hour of solo training if a class missed for some reason (Tai Tsabaki, Capoera, Striking Drills) Reward: (STR/DEX/STA/CON), max 1pt each if A, A=minimum weekly for six weeks. Quest 2.2: STRENGTH (Ranger/Warrior)-Get strong and flexible (Graded on at least 3sets to negatives of each major muscle group at least once a week, stretching and primal movement with each workout) Reward: (STR/CON), max 1pt each if A, A=minimum weekly for six weeks. Quest 2.3: CONDITIONING (Ranger/Assassin/Scout)-Endurance and Movement(Graded on at least one of the following per week: 10x50m runs, 20 minutes parkour drills or 1 hour parkour flow, 5k run, 1000m swim,12 mile bike/ruck) Reward: (DEX/STA), max 1pt each if A, A=minimum weekly for six weeks. Ungraded Quest 2.4: Adventurer: One hour practical/tactical airsoft per week. Ungraded Quest 2.5: Druid: Tai Tsabaki or Capoara or Primitive Movement and Stretching before/after every workout. Ungraded Quest 2.6: Druid: Mindfull Eating Life Quest: Spend time with my kids outside the house doing what THEY want to do. (at least two hours per week)
  25. Hello! This isn't my first challenge (though it is my first as an Assassin) but I failed miserably on my last one and disappeared for a while. Now I am respawning and getting back in the game! I've been doing pole dance classes for over a year now and I've really plateaued when it comes to improving even though I still love it. I got my own pole for Christmas which is going up as soon as I move to a place that has room for it (hopefully by March). In the meantime I need to get to classes more often to make sure I'm building those muscles and practicing. I have climbed to the ceiling on the pole before but I've gained weight and lost muscle since then and I want to get that ability back. Do to the fact that I don't go into work until 2pm my sleep schedule has gotten really screwed up which is why I am giving myself a bedtime and wake up time for weekdays. Fitness Goals for the Challenge: 1. Go to at least 2 pole classes a week. More would be great if my schedule and level of bruises can take it, but I need to go to at least 2. 2. Fireman Climb all the way to the ceiling in pole class. 3. Head to bed no later than 11:30pm on weekdays and get up no later than 9:30am. Life Side Quest: Enter Writing Contest. There are three to choose from and I haven't picked one yet, but I want to enter at least one contest. I have so many more things I could add but I will save those for the next challenge.
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