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  1. Becoming a Norse Warrior - LEVEL 1 (part 2) “I’m not afraid I’m not alone I feel in my veins Desire rage I’m awoken, I’m awoken Night of the warriors I’m awoken, I’m awoken Everything inside me I’m awoken, I’m awoken Theory of madness I’m awoken, I’m awoken This is my final stand” Becoming a Norse Warrior - LEVEL 1 Welcome to the next level of my challenge! Technically it stays the same, I am just gonna continue what I was doing previously. I am gonna report about my progress casually and post some motivational stuff and music too. If you support me, I’ll try my best to return the favour. Let’s unite our powers! I am gonna level up on the path of a warrior. These are the values of the Vikings’ Code of Values I am gonna pursuit and how I am gonna do it: 1. Strength “It takes a certain kind of warrior to be able to row for hundreds of miles on the open seas and then go raiding for riches. Raw power is necessary, along with endurance and functional strength. Having a physical presence and mental fortitude was essential in surviving.” Strength: -Full body home workout with dumbbells 3 kg 2 times a week, cardio 1-2 times a week - abs exercise (10 min) - Do exercise to strengthen the joints every day (was injured recently, need to prevent future disasters) (10 min) -Eat garlic every day (if anyone has any advice about other effective ways to boost the immune system, let me know) 2. Discipline “Discipline, again as part of a total way of life, refers to self-discipline. If one is going to live by ones own standards, they are responsible for and must be willing to control your own actions. “ Always do what is planned unless seriously sick or unwell. Never slack off - especially studying. Study every day for at least half an hour and more on the weekend. 3. Courage The Vikings were known for their courage and bravery in battle. Courage actually applied to every part of ones life. It take courage to do what you know is right, especially when those around you disagree with your point of view.” Do at least one thing that scares you. 4. Self-Reliance “Warriors are by nature independent beings, they strive to ensure that they don’t have to depend on others for their survival. Indeed family was at the center of Viking life. A Viking is responsible for taking care of himself and his family; this is his first and foremost duty in life. Being frugal and prepared for hardship, as with a long upcoming winter, was an important part of being self-reliant.” Don’t spend more than 1000 yuan (it is 156 American dollars) for personal expenses every month. Save the rest for future adventures and possible hardships. 5. Stay in tune with the gods “The Vikings had a deep connection to nature, to the Earth and the phases of the moon, and Norse spirituality has many similarities with shamanism around the world.” Turn off your phone for two hours a day (on the weekend). Admire the nature. Connect with it and search for that feral feeling deep within. Reach to your roots, to the roots of humanity.
  2. “Ships on vigor of the waves are skimming Barren summits to the verdant plains Each horizon is a new beginning Rise and reign Far from the Fjords and the ice cold currents Ravens soar over new frontiers Songs and sagas of a fate determined Shields and spears (...) Fires are rising and the bells are ringing Glory take us into Odin's halls Golden glimmer and the sound of singing Asgard's call”* My fellow rebels, welcome to my new challenge! I am gonna report about my progress weekly and post some motivational stuff and music too. If you support me, I’ll try my best to return the favour. Let’s unite our powers! I am gonna level up on the path of a warrior. These are the values of the Vikings’ Code of Values I am gonna pursuit and how I am gonna do it: 1. Strength “It takes a certain kind of warrior to be able to row for hundreds of miles on the open seas and then go raiding for riches. Raw power is necessary, along with endurance and functional strength. Having a physical presence and mental fortitude was essential in surviving.” Strength: My ultimate goal is to become as strong as I can. This month there are only two weeks left of this challenge and I am both sick and injured, so I am gonna include some basics: - learn the proper technique of basic movements of strength training - do what you can without compromising your health - Do exercise to strengthen the joints every day (was injured recently, need to prevent future disasters) (10 min) -Eat garlic every day (if anyone has any advice about other effective ways to boost the immune system, let me know) 2. Discipline “Discipline, again as part of a total way of life, refers to self-discipline. If one is going to live by ones own standards, they are responsible for and must be willing to control your own actions. “ Always do what is planned unless seriously sick or unwell. Never slack off - especially studying. Study every day for at least half an hour (I work 9 h a day, so not that much free time) and more on the weekend. 3. Courage The Vikings were known for their courage and bravery in battle. Courage actually applied to every part of ones life. It take courage to do what you know is right, especially when those around you disagree with your point of view.” Do at least one thing that scares you. 4. Self-Reliance “Warriors are by nature independent beings, they strive to ensure that they don’t have to depend on others for their survival. Indeed family was at the center of Viking life. A Viking is responsible for taking care of himself and his family; this is his first and foremost duty in life. Being frugal and prepared for hardship, as with a long upcoming winter, was an important part of being self-reliant.” Don’t spend more than 1000 yuan (it is 156 American dollars) for personal expenses every month. Save the rest for future adventures and possible hardships. 5. Stay in tune with the gods “The Vikings had a deep connection to nature, to the Earth and the phases of the moon, and Norse spirituality has many similarities with shamanism around the world.” Turn off your phone for two hours a day (on the weekend). Admire the nature. Connect with it and search for that feral feeling deep within. Reach to your roots, to the roots of humanity. *the lyrics at the beginning comes from “Valhalla Calling” by Miracle of Sound. It is my battle hymn!
  3. Hello all, and welcome to my little corner of chaos. As those of you who were following along last challenge know, I a new job, which I am starting tomorrow, and I have just recently returned to working out after a mild back injury (yay!). That being said, I am stripping my usual challenge wayyyyy back, because I am going to be BUSY. I have some busy weekends coming up, a lot of catching up to do with my new job (using a system I have not used before), and I have a personal training certification exam in mid-November. So, those will be where most of my focus goes. Someday I will learn not to overbook things so much, but this round is not that time The rest will be aimed at slowly working back into my fitness routine and trying to maintain the few threads of sanity I have left. Bladesinger - Martial Arts, Stamina, Bodyweight Training - (STR) Strength and Agility: Bodyweight workouts 2x/week with focus on joint stability and muscle endurance - (DEX) Balance and Coordination: Stretching 2x/week with focus on flexibility and range of motion - (CON) Stamina: 15min+ walks 3x/week with focus on improving cardiorespiratory endurance Bladesinger - Mental, Intellectual, and Career - (INT) Intelligence: study for Nov. Personal Training exam - through Nov 13 - (CHA) Charisma: TBD training for work
  4. Last we left Red1263, he resumed his training under Orthos. During his time under the pollen of the Mendacium flower, he discovered that he was missing a part of himself. He once strove to complete the crystal shard that he still possesses, but that journey had been left unfulfilled due to the random direction Life had taken him... "OI! Get back to work!" Orthos bellowed. "Time is starting to run out! And you're nowhere near ready for the test!" Red1263 looked puzzled. "Test? What test? You mean this isn't the test?!" "Of course not, boy!" Orthos gaffaws. "I just needed someone to clean up around here, and you just happened to show up!" "Now, now, don't get your chainmail all bunched up! The real test is actually 3 parts and each part is more difficult than the last. But you'll be in Pros' trail by then. So you still have time. But you'll fail unless you don't pick up the pace!" Frustrated, Red1263 yelled back, "What are you talking about? Who's Pros? And if this isn't preparing me for the test, then why am I doing this? Why are you wasting my time!?" Upon hearing this Orthos got unusually quiet. "Do you think you are 'wasting your time' here, boy?" Red1263 was taken aback by this question, "I-- well-- No--" Orthos, with the same solemn tone continued, "Every experience, whether good or bad, is just that: Experience. You have no idea what lessons are being learned without your knowing, and what will help you in your journey in the future. Stop rushing recklessly into the future and focus on where you are now. Be present and you will see that all of this is meant to help you grow." Red1263 stood there, surprized at the sudden wisdom coming from Orthos (whom at this point, Red1263 thought was drunk this whole time). "I... I... I'm sorry. You're right. I've been a Jerk and--" "Oh psshhhh! Don't look so surprized! I meant what I said. But you can either stand there and waste time being a jerk, OR you can continue to hustle and move forward. So what'll it be?" Red1263, smiled and let out a defeated chuckle, "Heh heh, Move forward." So this year, I'm going to dedicate the following challenges to checking things off a list that I've always wanted to. The items are in no order, nor do they really relate to each other, but I'll probably build a challenge theme around them (who am I kidding? Of course I will ). So for now, my goals for this challenge is the following: Continue the routine I made from the last challenge Spend 30 mins studying/Reading Orthotics 4 times a week Get to bed at 11pm every night As for that list, here it is in no particular order: Build my brother a Destiny 2 Lamp Learn how to do a Handstand Play 1 song on the acoustic guitar Clean up the Christmas Decorations and finish setting up my apartment (hang things up, plus some other few things that need to be organized) Re-introduce Pull-ups into my routine Build a shelving unit next to my Desk
  5. Hello nerds! I'm annyshay! Here are my goals for the next 6 weeks... Pass my boards Win NaNoWriMo Go Deeper with Health Coaching There's been a lot of upheaval in my life in the recent past from moving across country to the death of my Grandpa to a lot of traveling, but things are starting to mellow out just in time for... my boards and NaNoWriMo. Hehe. That's right, within the span of this challenge, I will be taking two sets of medical boards and trying to write 50,000 words in one month. So, I want to try to lean on my community here a little bit harder instead of just phoning in my updates. So, I have overarching goals and will give narrative reports within those about what's going on for me at the moment. I hope to continue to post consistently and wander among other nerds threads a bit more than I have been doing lately. We'll see how it goes, and everything is open to tweaking as necessary to help support my goals. Sound good? Let's do this thing!
  6. After succeeding in a respawn challenge, Skywalker is determined to make this reboot last. It won't be easy, as one more intensive course week and several due dates for writing assignments are awaiting. So, the challenge will be realistic and simple. Keep successfully doing what works, and keep working on that which wasn't successfully done in the previous challenge. AND I'm adding a study-related one, just in case. Subquest 1: start the day with devotions (Scripture study, meditation and prayer) -> 1 WIS + 1 CHA Subquest 2: do at least >7000 steps/day -> 1 STA Subquest 3: completely cut all unintentional time on the internet (entertainment, news, social media, etc.) and spend it on research/writing instead -> 1 WIS Subquest 4: go to sleep before midnight -> 2 CON Subquest 5: run at least 2x/week (1x long run + 1x tempo run) -> 1 STA + 1 DEX Subquest 6: lift 2x/week -> 2 STR So... I'm ready to step into the larger world once again.
  7. Hey all! Did ya miss me? It's been kinda nuts over here. The 15th was massively important: my graduate school application was due on the 15th, a unit plan I put together for a $150 grant was due on the 15th, I had another application for a $250 grant to an academic conference due on the 15th...everything seemed to be hitting on Monday. But now it's all over! Done with! Completed! I'm freeeeeeeeeeeee! ...okay, fine. I'm free except for catching up in my Spanish class, which I've been doing the minimum for in order to get everything else done. And tying to pass the Spanish Praxis, which is coming up at the end of November. And then applying for (and hopefully getting!) a new job. And maybe getting into graduate school/fulfilling grant obligations. But those are only small things...right?? (hahahahaha no. But at least it's a little more focused?) My Quests! Spanish - Speaking and Listening I need to practice both of these skills, especially at speed. I can earn points for any of the following activities: participating in class, completing listening homework, having a tutoring session, listening to YouTube or other Spanish-language media, having conversations with my husband/students, or going to the local conversation group (which isn't very likely, but is technically a possibility). I will earn 1 point per each time I engage in one of those activities per day, defined as a half hour intense practice session and/or participating at all in easier practices. For example, I can earn 2 points for an hour of direct 1-on-1 tutoring (which is 99% just having a conversation in Spanish) but only earn 1 point for participating in my 3 hour traditional class since it's "diffused" through vaguely 15-20 students. Goal: at least 35 points Grading: 33-35 points = A 31-32 points = B 29-30 points = C 27-28 points = D 26 points or less = F Spanish - Reading and Writing Okay, I know that yellow is kinda hard to see, but I have a strong association between Spain and the color yellow, so...oh well. This is also a very big and important quest! Reading tends to be my best skill, but I know I have a way to go before I'm truly ready for the Praxis...plus all the writing, of course. I can earn points for: possibly participating in class if we're doing reading/writing activities (not as frequent), completing reading/writing homework, practicing writing on Lang-8, e-mailing or texting my husband in Spanish, or reading my own selection of passages found in books or on the Internet. I will earn 1 point per practice, defined as 400 words for writing or 800 words of reading or just general participation if it's not easily counted for whatever reason (such as in class). Goal: at least 35 points Grading: 33-35 points = A 31-32 points = B 29-30 points = C 27-28 points = D 26 points or less = F Spanish - Vocabulary, Grammar, and Culture These are the foundational skills that can be overlooked when you have an eye on a test like the Praxis, but they're one of the best ways to support the first two Spanish quests. I also need both a broader and deeper cultural knowledge for the culture section of the Praxis! I can earn points for: vocabulary practice/quizzes, grammar practice/quizzes, and cultural readings/listenings. All of those include homework from my traditional class as well as things I find/do on my own, either in general or to support/as part of the other two Spanish quests. I will earn 1 point per reading/listening or for half an hour of vocab or grammar practice. Goal: at least 35 points Grading: 33-35 points = A 31-32 points = B 29-30 points = C 27-28 points = D 26 points or less = F Fitness/Health - Nutrition Much like before...sugar is my heath nemesis. I'm a very emotional eater with no other solid coping strategies, and I'm extremely prone to using sugar as a crutch for energy, alertness/awakeness, and stress relief. I'm not going to try to solid this in a single challenge, especially with everything else going on, but I'm finally back to a point where I feel like I can and should be doing *better*, at least. I'm going to use the same points system, but in reverse: I lose a point for every sugary snack or drink consumed between right now and the end of this challenge. Goal: don't go into negative points Grading: using 35 points or less = A using 36-37 points = B using 38-39 points = C using 40-41 points = D using 42 points or more = F
  8. Yes I stole my title from the name of my favourite game currently, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (I have 400+ hours in it and I still suck). BUT WHAT IS LIFE, IF NOT A BATTLE? Ahem. Okay. Enough of the dramatics. Settle in because this will be a large post. I sat down yesterday/earlier today and wrote out what I wanted to be doing in 2018 and onward. Here's the list: Finish Cert IV in Programming Follow Barefoot Investor plans Follow No Shopping plans Be outside more Read more Write regularly Lift regularly Do yoga/stretching Provide constructive reviews Move more Be more present Find my Tribe Work on Epic Quest Items Move forward with my career From this list I've decided to work on the following goals for this challenge: Finish Cert IV in Programming Follow Barefoot Investor plans Follow No Shopping plans Lift regularly Let's discuss, shall we? FINISH CERT IV IN PROGRAMMING Well, I'm not going to be able to complete this during the challenge. It's a long course that I'm finding isn't engaging me AT ALL. But I paid nearly $4k for it (I'm still paying that off) and I need to start working on it again. So the step in relation to this goal is: 1. Spend 5 minutes every day working on my Cert IV in Programming Why just five minutes, I hear you ask? Well, it was something Bean Sidhe mentioned that really struck a chord with me. You see, my mind freaks out at the thought of having to find a large amount of time to do something. But five minutes? Five minutes is easy. To ensure I complete it, I've stuck a sticky note on my monitor to remind me. FOLLOW BAREFOOT INVESTOR PLANS My sister lent me her copy of The Barefoot Investor and I've had a read through and think it will work really well for me. I've had to adjust the percentages that he recommends but my weekly budget should look like: Daily Expenses - 70% Smile (money for long-term pleasure buying) - 7.5% Splurge (money for short-term pleasure buying) - 7.5% Fire Extinguisher (use this towards debts) - 15% You're also meant to set aside $2,000 for your Mojo account (which is what you use in emergency situations like job loss, unforeseen medical expenses). I still need to find the money for this. My steps for this goal is: 2. Change my bank account details with work to my new accounts 3. Stick to the percentages 4. Save Fire Extinguisher in my Smile account for the five weeks then make an additional payment towards my student debt 5. Organise all items I'm putting up for sale - picture/catalogue as required (the money from this will go to my Mojo account FOLLOW NO SHOPPING PLANS This idea comes from Cait Flanders' blog where she spent two years without shopping (except for necessities and items on a pre-approved list). As someone who hoards things as badly as a dragon which just causes her stress and anxiety, this is something I'd like to do. However there are a few differences between Cait and myself. Namely, I'm a homeowner and she isn't. So now that I've told you I'm not buying things, here is everything I'll be buying in 2018+ The Essentials Groceries Gardening Supplies Toiletries Cleaning products Gifts Business expenses Education endeavours Travel/adventures Items on my pre-approved shopping list Pre-Approved Shopping List (it's a long one) Dog door Installation Computer chair Aircon installation Standing desk Garden remodel Dishwasher installation Outdoor table & chairs Shelf system to cover bathroom window New Samsung dvd remote Car service/parts replacement Door makeover items - incl. handle Bicycle & helmet What I WONT Be Buying Clothes (unless I lose weight and have nothing to wear) Shoes & accessories Books and magazines Household items Electronics & appliances Takeout food Desserts (I can however buy ingredients to make a dessert, just can't bring home pre-made ones) Alcohol (unless in a social gathering) DVDs & games The exception is that if anything I own breaks, I can buy a replacement for it. The step for this goal is pretty much: 6. Follow the No Shopping Plans LIFT REGULARLY Figured as this is a fitness forum I should probably have one active goal. I miss lifting. But it's getting me to lift that is the sticking point. So, much like the study step: 7. Spend 5 minutes lifting every day Okay, I'm gonna go have a lie down now.
  9. Hey guys, I decided to post my challenge in the rebelgroup because I really don't belong anywhere else. I should do more yoga (or another form of stretching - according to my doctor) but I'm really not up to that so I see if it will be possible to add it in there. Goal 1: I want to lift weights again. Not heavy (because I can't) but at I want to do somethign every day. More like a bodybuilding approach but only bodyweight and dumbbell exercices. The Buff Dudes have a whole Home Workout Routine for every bodypart which sounds really interesting. I really want to get more muscle. The last month I have done some shoulder, back and chest workouts and I can feel and see that my chest is already bigger from only three workouts. Goal 2: I want to take the intermitten fasting tot he next level, I've asked my doctor for advice on waterfasting. I now all the risks and signs that I should stop etc. I can start with 4 24h fasts (1/week) and then I will discuss this with him and see if I can take it a step further. He thinks it's nto a bad thing to doo, certainly because I'm overweight. Goal 3: Walking! I just need a way to find out how to walk more. AI need a walking program, sounds stupid but it is just a disadvantage of the handicap. (Any advice on this is welcome) Goal 4: Studying. Every. Day. (exam period..... uuuuuuuuuurghhh) Goal 5: Painting. Every. Day. i first wanted to make this making a painting every day but that was a bit to hardcore. My works also need some quality as well. That being said: I have an instagram for my artwork only, check it out: https://www.instagram.com/tsjebbevandamme/
  10. Quest 1: Something with Food. Not sure how the food one is going to shape up as of yet, but need to do something with it. Might be tracking at least a few days a week. Might be trying to add/avoid certain things. will update before the challenge starts Quest 2: Go to Kung Fu Class twice a week, and practice Kung Fu at least 1 night a week outside of class Vampires slayed (0/12) I know it doesn't seem like much, but it's more than I'm doing now. Focusing on forms, and writing out animal techniques in my notebook. Quest 3: Study & Read. at least 30 mins a night during the week before any TV or playing on the computer Vampires slayed (0/20) Studying is going to take the priority, but super easy class so I'm adding in some reading too. I will do 30 mins of studying or reading every night before the TV or computer (other than for school work) goes on. Heard an interesting tidbit the other day on how easy it would be for most people to read 100 books a year if they gave up TV and internet time. I'm a little behind, but I want to read 52 books this year. I have to finish a book instead of read an entire book because right now I'm in the middle of 3 different books. One I should be able to finish before the challenge really starts, but I want to get the other 2 read too. Read so far in 2017: Deaths Dancer Cheating Death The Gender Game The Gender Secret The Gender Lie The Gender War Currently reading: Crucial Conversations, Switzler, Grenny, Patterson, McMillan Millionaire Next Door, Stanley The One thing Upcoming books (or at least possible ones): 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Covey The woman on the Orient Express, Ashford The One Thing, Keller & Papasan The Tattered Banner, Hamilton War Shadows, Wilson, Andrews (just pre ordered, released on Feb 21st) Demon battles: (0/4) These are some extra things that should be done during the next 4ish weeks. but are not necessary to the challenges. Make dentist appointment Clean garage File the box of papers Go through/organize books
  11. Happy 2017, everyone! A new year is upon us and I have made a list of my 2017 goals, which you can find on my mostly dormant battle log. I've decided to call 2017 "The Year of Fitness" (yes, capitalization is needed!). That means that fitness will always be my first/main goal for each challenge. Also, a little about me: I found NF in April/May 2016 by reading Steve's book I've been doing challenges since June last year Last year I found a purpose for my life: becoming a nomad, aka go long term traveling. I am still setting this up. I have a house to sell, stuff to cull, things to do, and people to tell. This is generally my second focus/goal of each challenge I'm a writer (fiction) by profession and have two short stories coming out in anthologies in March and May (all the pubs for this year that I know about so far, hoping for more sales!) I'm Swedish, but speak English fluently if that wasn't evident Eeeeh... That is enough. You can find links to my original introduction post and other important forum threads in my signature. Onward to discussing goals and such for this challenge! ~*~*~*~*~*~ The priority shift this challenge is that Studying will take priority over Becoming Nomadic stuff. This is because I have such a mountain of study stuff. My main objective is to work on not getting overwhelmed with the study stuff I have to do. I've had similar work loads in the past and gotten completely burned out by it. I've worked on energy and emotion management since then though and hope I can stay emotionally stable and keep from getting exhausted. Basically I want to skip this stage (ignore the text): Fitness I'll have two goals here. For me, fitness is both movement and nutrition/eating/dieting (as in what I eat, not going on a diet). Main goal is to walk with a step goal each day. I did 4500 steps the last week of the previous challenge, and I will keep with that goal and maybe raise it to 5000 steps during the challenge depending on if I keep my current walking streak of 6 days in a row and hopefully counting. Second goal is to not buy any soda. During Christmas in Sweden, we have this awesome soda called julmust. And while I've mostly quit drinking soda, I've been drinking quite a bit of julmust and I've let myself drink more soda or soda-like (non-alcoholic cider) than I've meant to. But I set the goal as not buying, because I want to finish what I have at home over the next week or so. Basically, not buying means I will not buy any more soda either to take home or at restaurants and I've set a tentative "end" date of my birthday. Not saying I'll suddenly drink soda after that, but if the habit of not buying is established by then, I don't have to keep tracking it. I will have an exception to buying if I find a new interesting one to try. I like trying new things. You might also have noticed I said I won't buy, but nothing about drinking. Basically, I mean that if someone offers me soda and it would be too impolite to say no or just too much trouble to say no, it is alright to drink it. Plus I can finish what I have in my fridge without guilt. Another exception is if I can't get water, not sure this would be the case any time, but I thought I'd mention it. Sometimes I want flavor to what I drink, and in that case I will focus on adding lemon/lime juice to the water (or finishing off what I already have). Occasionally I'll get flavored fizzy water because I want the bubbles. I will also not buy/drink much cider (that is about the only alcohol I buy for myself and even that is rarely) because it is almost like soda. So much writing about the secondary goal, lol. But it needed more explaining. Studying Okay, so here is the list of workshops/courses I will be working on this challenge: Last four stories for upcoming Anthology in-person workshop (Feb/Mar). This means I write and submit one short story per week to a specific theme I learn on Mondays. (I can't talk about the themes or the stories because I don't know if anyone else who is going will read this, part of the rules for the workshop.) Last two weeks of Writing Mysteries online workshop. This means ca 7 videos (ca 5-7 mins) to watch and take notes to per week, plus one assignment. First five weeks of Character Development online workshop (then one last week after this challenge). This means ca 7 videos (ca 5-7 mins) to watch per week, plus one assignment per week. Nourish Yourself course with Kate Marolt (Camp NF headmaster and yoga teacher in NF Yoga). I don't know everything this course entails, so I'll just create objectives as I figure it out. (Btw, you'll notice Kate will pop up quite a bit in my challenges. She's become one of my mentors, teaching me about emotional stability and techniques to feel better. Also, I'm going to her Costa Rica retreat in May this year, because COSTA RICA and KATE and AMY CLOVER (Camp NF headmaster).) So four different workshops/courses I'm working on, all of them have weekly objectives of different kinds. Actually, I think Nourish Yourself will have daily objectives starting on January 8. Basically a lot of different stuff. And this doesn't count the one off stuff I have. I have one of those on Jan 14. Becoming Nomadic So this one is taking a backseat this challenge. Or is it? The last couple of challenges, I've been working more or less daily to advance towards the date when I'm free to go. I've been reading and researching, checking off some to dos and started the ball rolling in some areas. During this challenge I will however start tackling a very important beast. I will start to go through my possessions and choose: sell (if I get off my butt and do it), charity, trash or keep. I need to downsize as small as possible and then probably halve what I try to keep. Basically right now, I'm looking at storing a couple of boxes with my parents (if they agree) and some books (perhaps a box or two) with a friend (she's agreed because I've asked). I also get to keep anything I plan to carry around with me (duh). So I will start this. I expect it to be tough at times. So I've set the goal low. Each day, starting from Week 1, I will take one item and decide what to do with it. This means even if I've forgotten or avoided all day, I can do it right before I sleep. Zero Week will be different though. I have some leftover tasks I want to get done, and I have some prep tasks to tackle the culling/decluttering/clearing/whatever-the-f*ck-to-call-it (yes, I occasionally swear). The culling will be a tough task, at least with some items. ~*~*~*~*~*~ The next post will hold weekly reports. Basically putting my exact objectives for each week and being able to use them for reporting my progress. Also, this challenge will start already in Zero Week, because so much stuff. I will strive to update daily, because I follow through the best then. I'm also striving to add in more gifs and pictures (I like when others do it, so I guess I can too to entertain others). Another striving will be to not only read and like (to show I've read), but actually post more in other people's challenge; it isn't that I haven't been posting, but I want to do more of it.
  12. ASA POND, HBIC We have the heroes of the world and then we have the saviors: Basically, I just want to embody them and own it.
  13. So I've been on here before, and every time I'm on here I improve myself. And then something happens (I find excuses) and I drift away from here - broke my foot & got depressed, then moved to Florida & got busy. And once again I find myself back at the beginning of my quest. So I'm respawning at level 1, and I'm really hoping that you guys will be able to help me push on through to get some progress going again. (Really, though, I do markedly better when I actually get some response on here then when I get crickets... so please excuse me for being needy and help me out by dropping in on this thread lots!! I will try to keep it fun with lots and lots of gifs. The theme is Lion King. You're welcome.) Main Quest - Lose weight - 4 lb minimum I have really let myself go here with excuses... "Oh, my schedule is too early these days to go running anymore." "Oh, I forgot to prep my food over the weekend... just gonna have to order delivery all week." "Oh, I blew my knee out, better sit on my ass and stuff my face to feel better." And now I'm MASSIVE. It's really embarrassing and I'm very over it. I would like my clothes to fit again, thank you very much. So I need to drop the pounds. The minimum is four pounds. One pound a week is hardly a stretch, after all, but I'd like to lose more. I'm not setting my goal any higher, though, because I have a history of trying to do too much to soon, and burning out. Goals 1. Be Prepared - Do all meal planning Friday, shopping Saturday, and prepping on Sunday. 2. What's on the menu? - Eat only the food prepared. NO MORE DELIVERY. AT ALL. NONE. 3. Move it! - Walk for at least 15 minutes a day. Life Quest Professional development. 1 point for each chapter I finish in the psychology of success book I'm reading or 2 points for each section I finish in my CPCU text. I want to take the next CPCU exam before the year is out, and I don't have lots of time left to do that. Measurements Height: 5'9" Weight: 205 lbs T-T Waist: 33.5" Hips: 46.5" Thigh: 29" (I'll need to measure myself before the challenge starts) Grading Each goal will be graded weekly & be worth 1/3 of that week's total grade. Life Points are unlimited extra credit that can be added to my final score! My final grade will be the average of all four weeks plus my Life Goal extra credit. I need to make at least a B (80%) to pass the challenge. Be Prepared - 7 points total - 2 for each workday meal that I prep on Sunday (gotta do the whole week on Sunday), 1 for planning everything each Friday. What's on the Menu? - I know this goal seems redundant after the first one, but it's not been unheard of for me to have food prepped in the fridge and still find a way to eat trash. So this is extra incentive to not take the points for prepping the food and then just not eating it. I'm going to grade this one a bit backwards too. Rather than earning points as the week goes on, I'll start with full points and try to keep them all. I start with 14 points (lunch & dinner every day. I'm not worried about breakfast). Each time I eat "off-menu", I lose a point. Move it! - So normally this is where I would put something about doing aerials/pole, bodyweight exercises, or running. But instead I'm settling for a 15 minute walk each day. Each day will be one point, so 7 points total. 'Why Jaybird? That won't make a big difference!' Well, first of all, my knee is still kinda kaput. With the help of my brace, I should be able to get back to more intensive exercise in the next couple weeks, but for now? Walking is just about it, and at least I won't be sitting on the couch. Second of all, putting pole as a measurable goal is really a cop out, cus I love going to class and don't need to reward myself with points for going. It's cheating, really. Third and finally, walking 'just' 15 minutes a day may be small and more or less inconsequential, but it adds up. Especially since the 15 is just my minimum. I've got a treadmill desk, and I can easy put in a couple hours playing World of Warcraft, if I have the incentive (points!) to do that instead of lounge on the couch watching Netflix. Exceptions - If I get REALLY sick, I can be exempt. But I have to be SUPER DUPER sick. So sick that I can't even walk for 15 minutes or do a little bit of cooking. I seriously doubt I'll get that sick. *knocks on wood* Motivation Besides the outright self-loathing that is quickly developing from the massive amount of fat on me right now, I've also got some material motivations for the challenge! Passing the challenge earns me a new pair of bangarang leggings. I'm thinking the Sylvanas ones! Losing more than 4 pounds earns me grip gloves for pole. Tracker Be Prepared What's on the Menu? Move it! Prof. Dev. Total Week 1: 7/7 10/14 7/7 1/0 25/28(89%) Week 2: 3/7 9/14 4/7 0/0 16/28(57%) Week 3: 7/7 11/14 4/7 0/0 22/28(79%) Week 4: 0/7 14/14 0/7 0/0 14/28
  14. Since 1849, Kingsman Tailors have clothed the world's most powerful individuals. In 1919, a great number of them had lost their heirs to World War I. That meant a lot of money going uninherited. And a lot of powerful men with the desire to preserve peace and protect life. Our founders realized that they could channel that wealth and influence for the greater good. And so began our adventure. An independent international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion. Without the politics and bureaucracy that undermine the intelligence of government-run spy organisations. A suit is the modern gentleman's armour. And the Kingsman agents are the new knights. Last I left you, I was injured and being sent on a recon mission for a week. It was a successful mission where much of the time was spent poolside drinking drinks out of pineapples. I'll have to thank Merlin somehow. Coming back was less fun as it was to a mess of work left undone. Things need to change. I am prepared to adapt and I shall transform. It is time to become a Kingsman. As my goals haven't changed much from last challenge, I shall refresh your memory and add a few edits as well: There are multiple parts to becoming a spy: etiquette, work ethic, intelligence gathering, and physical ability. Manners Maketh Man: It is time to start putting my training to work. I got some time in last week at a Gala but need to up my networking game. (2 networking/social events for the challenge) Take the Initiative: Some missions will require work that is... unsavory and comes with lots of paperwork. Paperwork is dull but necessary. Just because it isn't fun and glamorous doesn't mean you don't have to do it. Focus on getting work accomplished, even if it isn't enjoyable. Moving forward can only happen if you have the right skills to back it up. Intelligence Gathering: Study up - Language and LSAT. (5 days a week) Physical Ability: Hand to hand, running from explosions, keeping your head when in pain. All three (and more) are skills needed to become a Kingsman agent. These can be learned through proper training and focus, but all require a level of physical ability beyond the norm. Build the body and the skills will develop. (5 days a week) Let the training continue.
  15. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ~ Intro ~ *Third time editing this hoLy c r o w * What's Going On: We have one more possible help for the Bad FeelingsTM, but don't get to order until early October. I'm really hoping that it works. But this Challenge won't be about that. This Challenge is about trying to get better at living with the Bad FeelingsTM and managing them. Which I've been trying to do pretty much all year and so far, not so much. But I'm trying again because I understand there's a chance they might not ever go away, and I need to be able to function. So I'm re-visiting what I know helps a bit, and also giving some new things a try. The main goal is to hang on and be productive instead of floating in this interim of waiting for potential solutions. There's also heckofalot of school stuff right now. Which is added stress that won't dissipate until it's done, so I really do have to at least manage well enough to actually get some effective studying done. Um...it's basically guaranteed there will be a lot of back-and-forth in this thread from reasonably cheerful to mega-angst to "I-don't-want-to-be-here" and all that...I try to refrain from posting that stuff but sometimes it feels better to tell someone...still, will be trying to manage that better too now the Challenge has officially begun. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ~ Set-Up ~ Okay, one of the shows I've recently been sucked into is Voltron: Legendary Defender. A friend watched it with serious enthusiasm, but I thought it sounded corny and stupid even if the fanart she was posting was fabulous. Then an acquaintance started to watch it and complained for the first half or so of the series, but then her tone changed and before long she was really into this show an just completely won-over. So I watched it with my brother and we thoroughly enjoyed it, even if there was a nasty cliffhanger. Several weeks later, I'm being buried under plot ideas for fanfictions. Thought I had avoided that, but no such luck. Anyway, in Voltron, you've got your villain, Sendak, who takes over basically the entire universe and proceeds to rule for 10,000 years. After a certain point, all resistance stops and he's just left to do his thing. Then these five adorable Earth children rescue a guy who just got back from having been abducted by aliens, find a gigantic blue robot-lion, wind up on a foreign planet, find four more giant robot lions, and become the main resisting force against the villain and his army of really cute but also hideously evil minions. So we've got teenagers piloting colorful cats around space while they fight evil purple koala-cats. Sounds intense, right? These kids are called Paladins and, for the next four weeks at least, that's my class, too. Each Paladin has different skills, flaws, strengths, weaknesses...they also each have their own Lion that they can operate independently, as well as a unique weapon. The coolest thing, though, is when they form Voltron. It takes all five of them to do that, so if even one is missing, or out of sync with the others, it's just not happening. Similarly, it's going to take all of my goals working together to make any real, solid progress. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ~ The Challenge ~ Each week, there will be a new Villain to fight, each one stronger than the last. For every Task I complete, I earn Attack Points, which lower enemy Health. In turn, failure to complete Tasks earns Attack Points for the enemy, lowering my Health Points. There are also Bonuses to be unlocked, which will come especially handy in later Battles. Scoring: Task Completed = +1 AP Task Failed = -1HP Combo - two or more Paladins' full Task Lists completed. = +5AP per Paladin Form Voltron - all tasks complete. +25AP Bayard Bonus - Paladin's Bonus Task Completed. = +10AP Coran Bonus Quest - +10HP. Can be stacked. Paladin's HP are tallied independently. Voltron's is their cumulative total. HP does not reset between Battles, but may be recovered through Bonus Tasks. If a Paladin reaches 0HP, they are Unconscious until the next day, and a -5AP penalty is incurred. If all Paladins lose consciousness, Voltron falls and the Overall Challenge Score goes down. Downtime: Even Paladins of Voltron can't always be fighting Battles! Saturdays and Sundays are Permitted Rest Days. All non-essential Tasks are optional. There are Five Permissible Days of Weekday Leave which can be used at any time, but not consecutively. If by some miracle an enemy is defeated early, Idk man didn't plan for that. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ~ Goals ~ Keith: The Red Paladin. Guardian of the Spirit of Fire. Said to fight like a Galra Soldier, his Primary Trait is his skill in battle, and the fierce conditioning required. He will represent the 'Body' quests: Walk two miles Workout 100 oz water Track food Do not cause injury Bayard Bonus: Run One Mile Pidge: The Green Paladin. Guardian of the Spirit of Forest. Pidge's Defining Trait is her intellect, particularly concerning her affinity for all things technical. She will represent 'Mind' Quests. Study Math Study French Study Spanish Study Italian Study Code Bayard Bonus: Memorize Times Tables Lance: The Blue Paladin.Guardian of the Spirit of Water. *info* 'Spirit' Quests. Plot/Write One Story Plot/Write One Fanfic Practice Hobby Journal Yoga Bayard Bonus: Organize Writing Life Hunk: The Gold Paladin. Guardian of the Spirit of Land. *info* 'Soul' Quests. 5 Bible Chapters Time in Prayer Keep up with Friends Read "Do Hard Things" Practice ASL Bayard Bonus: Complete new SaltLight Routine. Shiro: *Image Later* Week One: Reading Challenge Week Two: Improve Handwriting Week Three: Improve Posture Week Four: Positivity Challenge Coran Bonus: Clean Bedroom Clean Kitchen Clean Bathroom _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ *Will finish later because I really need to get to work and also find some food*
  16. This is Harry Hart (aka: Galahad): He's a member of the not so secret service called the Kingsman and he's recruited me to join their ranks. But first - I have to make it through training. This is where we will be training: The rest of my group are pompous arses so we won't talk about them. There are multiple parts to becoming a spy: etiquette, work ethic, intelligence gathering, and physical ability. Manners Maketh Man: Luckily, I was actually required to take etiquette classes when I was young, so I don't need much in the way of this. Take the Initiative: Some missions will require work that is... unsavory and comes with lots of paperwork. Paperwork is dull but necessary. Just because it isn't fun and glamorous doesn't mean you don't have to do it. Focus on getting work accomplished, even if it isn't enjoyable. Moving forward can only happen if you have the right skills to back it up. Intelligence Gathering: Study up. Physical Ability: Hand to hand, running from explosions, keeping your head when in pain. All three (and more) are skills needed to become a Kingsman agent. These can be learned through proper training and focus, but all require a level of physical ability beyond the norm. Build the body and the skills will develop. Let the training commence.
  17. On May 20 I have a big exam that covers the first two years of medical school. As such I thought an appropriate theme for this challenge would be to tackle the major body systems that I'm going to be studying anyway! Cardio-pulmonary: Jog/bike for 30 min 2x per week Musculoskeletal: Do a body weight workout 3x per week Gastrointestinal: Eat a paleo(ish) diet with 4 variances allowed (either a meal or a normal sized serving of a treat) Neurological: Study for my test at least 30 min 6 days a week I'm hoping to work in a bit more cardio on my off-days for body weight workout. I'm also hoping the paleo diet with variances will help me change my attitude towards food so I'm not eating well some days and pigging out others.
  18. Hello again. I took a break from the adventurers last challenge and adventurers over to the druids. But I found myself doing more wandering than meditating (or levitating.) So here I am. Back again. I'm not one for introductions, but your more than welcome to go through my past challenges/intros in my signature links below. For the next eight to ten-ish weeks I'll be working towards the end game in my ir quest. Graduating college. My goals will be more towards productivity that progress me towards walking the stage. The rest of this challenge will be me working towards finishing this semester. This one raps up a few weeks before finals start. I've got a few more assignments left before then and I want to see how quickly I can get them done before the next challenge starts. [Edit: I'm dropping all the app goals] Staying Hydrated - Drink 100oz per day (try not to kill your plant) Trekking the Distance - take 10,000 steps per day (discover new planets) Study Time- study 40hrs per week (perform 80 pomodoros) Staying Ahead - stay at least one week ahead of all assignments Distractions - limit time on computer and iphone to x hrs
  19. Hi Rebels! Ensi here I'm a 23-year-old Rebel from Finland. I've been around for a couple of years, done a few challenges and found a place among wonderful people. Right now I'm very busy with my studies, so instead of participating in the next NF challenge, I'm going to put up a battle log... Which you're reading right now! I like to keep things simple and short, so here's what I do: - The Sweetest Day of the Week I'm a bit of a chocolate addict. I've been working on it since last summer, and I've reached a level where I can deal with having a small portion of chocolate daily (2 pieces) and a little bigger portion once a week - so, deploy The Sweetest Day of the Week! I can have some extra chocolate on Saturdays. I used to eat about 50-150 g of chocolate daily, but currently I can go a whole day without it: even though I might want to buy some chocolate, I just don't. It's been a slow progress, but what's my rush? - Dairy, nuts, caffeine ... are something that I need to consume with moderation. I avoid buying these at home, but none of these foods are as problematic as chocolate. All in all, I'm trying to eat as paleo-ish as possible, but I don't sweat about it too much. Portion size control is much more important for me! - Exercise Three times a week until I sweat like a pig and feel like a fox. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aN7lt0CYwHg I love going to gym, doing kettlebell workouts and walking/jogging. Where am I now? Since last summer I've lost 6 kg/13 lbs. Doesn't maybe sound all that much, but I have PCOS and I'm studying hard. I'm currently at 83 kg/182 lbs, and I'm aiming for 75 kg/165 lbs. I'm 170cm/5 feet 7 inches tall. I had a massive break-down a couple of years ago, and I've made a very slow recovery. I gained 10 kg/22 lbs while the break-down, and it's been difficult to lose it again while recovering. I'm starting to be ok again, though, and I'm making small changes in my life in order to lose weight and get fit D8< Nevertheless, I'm doing my very best to maintain a positive, forgiving attitude towards myself, the lack of which led to my break-down. So, here you will find positive and happy stuff!! Unless I'm not feeling positive and happy... In which case you will find a lot of animal gifs! Enough talk for now. Let's fight!
  20. I feel like I've been drifting for quite awhile now. Keeping it simple to 2 things, so I can focus on them. Everything else I know I should be doing not going to take up challenge space for it right now. so taking inspiration from some of my new favorite shows over the next few challenges. This challenge- Lian Yu. Train 30 mins daily- this can take many forms. Stretching, core work, strength work, cardio, , practicing forms. Have quite time/meditation at least 5 mins at least 3 days a week
  21. I've been a member of nerdfitness for a while and have decided to get in the bandwagon and announce my daily log to assassinate kill all the things. That's right. I'm here to conquer. And to tell my tale of triumph and defeat to all (who care to listen.) What to expect during my battles of valor: sarcasm, gifs, videosdaily log of current six week challengepictures of not mehappy postssad postsstories of levling up or just how "how I battle with my exercise"random noob questions. But they'll go away after the quest for answers/enlightenment is done Goals: lose 50 lbs.(Thanks college and stress for giving that to me.)study a lot.I'm majoring in accounting. and it might not sound hard but I recently switched majors which is making things a little more difficult.exerciseget into the habit of itI'm starting off with Dance Central 2 and zumba on the xbox but I'll work my way to other exercisestry new exercisesstart off with small 7 minute strength training exercisesdo the BBWW workout confession: I tried the 20min hotel workout my first time here and was sore for a week (serious case of DOMS. and kinda pulled a back muscle, so I was out for another two weeks after that)kill conquer the 20 min hotel workoutschedulinggetting into a better routine for everything is better for, well, everything. this inclides getting into a better:sleep schedulestudy scheduleworkout schedulereading schedulefandom watching scheduleetc.A little bit about me: Female Age: 22 Height: 5'5 Current Weight: 197 lbs Goal Weight: 140~150ish (I shall shout my small steps to this goal with gifs, videos, constant trips to the woot room, and lots of sarcasm) Fears: public speaking and over socialization. guess you can chalk that up to social anxiety. (but online no one knows that. and no one knows you're a cat) Likes: dogs, puppies, fluffy things, shiny things, reading, writing, fandoms, tea, D&D, gaming, music, distractions, chocolates, gummies, food, fruits Current Gaming addiction:online mmo called "Terra." I've been playing as a beserker since its so easy to lvl up with some time and a little bit of grinding
  22. Neva

    nvm

    I completely fell behind, and stuff IRL is changing.
  23. Inspired by the recent Nerd Fitness article "Want Results? Be like Groot. I am Groot." The past couple of months with Nerd Fitness has been life changing. In just a few weeks I have accomplish more than I have in years of trying to lose weight and be strong. I do not want to become stagnant, but what I have been doing has worked. So I am going to keep on keeping on and continue with some of my quests from previous challenges. I AM STRONG Q1: Do Bodyweight Work Out 3 times per week. Measurement: A) 6 weeks; 5-4 weeks; C) 3 weeks Reward: A) 3 STR & 2 STA; 2 STR & 1 STA C) 1 STR I AM AGILE Q2: Juggle for 20 minutes 3 times per week Measurement: A) 6 weeks; 5-4 weeks; C) 3 weeks Reward: A) 3 DEX; 2 DEX; C) 1 DEX I AM HEALTHY Q3: Go outside for at least 10 minutes 5 times per week Measurement: A) 6 weeks; 5-4 weeks; C) 3 weeks Reward: A) 4 CON; 3 CON; C) 2 CON I AM WISE LQ: Skill advancement: 30 mins studying 3 times per week Measurement: A) 6 weeks; 5-4 weeks; C) 3 weeks Reward: A) 3 WIS; 2 WIS; C) 1 WIS
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