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  1. Hi! I’m Ingagr and once again at respawn point (ouch!) I got back to practicing taekwondo in july 2020, started caring for my meals (again, once again) by the start of january 2021 and now I believe am ready to get back to the Rebellion. My goals for this challenge are: 1) Weight loss: 7,5 kg. To achieve this I will focus on caring about my meals, performing 2-3 NF begginers bodyweight training per week, going to bed not so late and practicing taekwondo 2-3 per week. 2) Learn/Practice Taekwondo’s 5th form: Taeguk O Jang. I will attempt to practice i
  2. Hello to everyone! I'm Ingagr, just turned 38 and been overweighted for 15 years. Back then I used to play rugby, strenght train and low speed medium distance running for cardio three times a week. I got married, a degree in forestry engineering, a house, a couple of dogs and a small pack of cats. I quit all my sporty activities, settle down as sedentary and started gaining weight. One good new: four years ago I managed to quit smoking. Now I feel I can move forward and begin training and building healthy habits. So I sign up at a gym (functional, bodyweight train, strength train and cardio mo
  3. September 15-16, I will be driving up to Connect-i-cut for "First Look", which is a training session to demonstrate skill, coachability, attitude, etc. for eligibility to train with Team USA and compete in the 2019 Unified Taekwondo World Championships. If I am accepted after First Look, I am automatically qualified to compete as an individual and to train with the team all year. Final decisions on who will be on the roster for team events will be in July 2019. So, First Look is the first step. Goal#1: Still don't be stupid I am off rest for my planar fasciitis as o
  4. Greetings! I am back for another attempt at maintaining a public challenge log! I just completed my first belt testing. I was well prepared and passed even though I did not perform as well as I would have liked. It was the most nerve racking 90 seconds of my 30s. I do not get my belt until next week at an awards ceremony, but I was not asked to repeat anything which means I did well enough. I have another testing of sorts coming up this week. I have applied for a post-professional fellowship at the VA hospital in my city and have an interview on Wednesday.
  5. Today, I signed up for traditional taekwondo classes at a local establishment that comes highly recommended by a friend who has been practicing for a few decades now. I have been taking a class here and there to experience a variety of martial arts and have decided upon taekwondo as a primary school for two not very great reasons: 1) Pricing: There was a really excellent deal for the summer months and competitive pricing thereafter 2) A friend: I have a very knowledgeable friend who is able to help me along and who once taught at this particular place The reason I chose
  6. in the spirit of SAY WHAT YOU WANT AND GET WHAT YOU NEED I took a hard look at my feelings right now and realized a few things: 1. I feel like I'm in a holding pattern. I'm not sure what I'm waiting for - january, when my husband is not at school on tuesdays and thursdays and I can try to do bigger weights at the dojo? the holidays so I can figure out if I'm going to gain weight again like I did last time? 2. I'm bummed that I gained weight last year over the holidays and held onto it all year. I mean, I'm bummed that 2 years ago I gained weight after the holidays and got out
  7. Given: that things are super busy for me. My dad is still in the hospital 3 1/2 hours away from me. His NY house needs to be cleared out because they sold it, and my sibs and I are helping out (closing date late april / early may). work is work and I get uptight about it because my husband is a full time student this semester and I feel strongly that I canNOT mess up. oh and also, a tree fell on my house last challenge and we are coordinating with repair people to fix a tiny hole in the roof (BTW WE WERE SO LUCKY) and a window and some other stuff. Basically, I'm jumping and reacting to needs,
  8. Hello! I'm a new assassin, so let me introduce myself! This is my 7th challenge overall and before, I was posting in rebels, because I was still deciding what my workout style/class was. I play volleyball and I just started taking Tae Kwon Do. When I workout on my own, it's usually a mix of short (1-3 mile) runs and bodyweight exercises (plyos). I'm always mixing up the way that I work out (I get bored easily), but I thought the Assassin way was most my style. At the end of last year, I was working on a research paper, studying for the GRE test, and applying to Master's programs
  9. Technically, my birthday is on Wednesday, but in the interest of convenience, I celebrated it with my loved ones this past Sunday. It is a reflection on my personality that it was a costume party (I was an elf) and my gifts were a Fitbit and a set of sparring gear. *Side note: I am so happy to get my own set of gear. I have been using the dojang's very, very used gear for sparring, and I hated it. Anyway, my Fitbit (and accompanying app) has a wide range of features that I will be using this challenge to get a bit more fit. Without further ado, the goals (with accompanying
  10. Top Ten Most Wanted fugitive Raymond "Red" Reddington has surrendered to the FBI. He is willing to deliver up his own "Blacklist" of dangerous criminals, but with one caveat: he will only work with me. Accepting this deal could make my career and teach me a lot I don't know about myself. Or it could destroy me. One thing is for certain: Everything will change. First Target: Anslo Garrick (No. 16) Anslo and his elite team have made it their mission to extract Red from the FBI black site. They are well trained, well armed, and well informed.
  11. So, I dropped off the face of the Earth 8-9 months ago. While I have had some grand adventures (archery lessons, rock climbing, mud runs, and joining a dojang), I have kind of lacked focus, and definitely missed you Rebels. Anywho, not sure how challenging a challenge this is going to be, especially signing up a week late, but I want to ease back into things and get back on track. Goals! I has them! Taekwondo I finally joined a dojang in June, fulfilling a lifelong desire to study martial arts. I just picked up yellow belt (8th gup) last week, so I h
  12. For the last several months I've been thinking that my belly is not quite what I want it to be. For the last several months I've been trying not to focus too much on diet, because it's really important to me that I don't feel like I have to diet for the rest of my life. at some time I want to make sure that I can eat normally while maintaining. Last 2 challenges I bumped my food intake to about 2000 cal/day, with the hope that my metabolism wasn't totally screwed up, and I would say it's not, it seems to be ok. with all that understood: This challenge here is m
  13. April was a gorgeous month full of birthday parties and CAKE. * actual photo of jello dishes and cake from my birthday party* I mean, cake was not the wrong thing to do in April. I had a birthday, and Seventeen had a birthday. there were office cakes and office sandwiches. all that said I got a boatload of things done and possibly? maybe? did ok on the food and fitness front? May needs to be a little more protein involved, and a little less eat all the cake I can find involved. so, fewer cakes unless they're brilliant and amazing. beer, y
  14. Hello Everyone, Does anyone have a kick-ass stretching routine for the hamstrings/calves? Right now I can barely touch the middle of my shins while standing and can only touch just below my knees while sitting on the ground. Forget trying to open the legs in the sitting position and touch the ground. This is making certain TKD kicks difficult. @Teirin led me to @Cheechoe 's hip stretching routine and it is helping.
  15. I feel like all I got sometimes is showing up, and right now I can't even do that? but. I'm just going to keep trying. for serious. I need to bring this down an even further notch from my super not-a-lot-of-notches of last challenge. I'm really trying. Goal 1: figure out if I'm sabotaging my progress by eating more and drinking beers. This one sounds a little silly, but for real, I would like to increase my calories. End of last challenge I noticed my weight was up a tick. but I also wasn't exercising much. so, keep doing the more eating thing, but add in the more exercising thing. figure it
  16. Taekwondo is a relatively new martial art from Korea. There are five main Korean dojang, and after the Japanese occupation of Korea, a council was formed to try to unify the schools in 1955. It was then that the term Taekwondo was coined. Tae = Hand or fist Kwon = Foot or kicking Do = Style or way. I have heard of three federations of Taekwondo. WTF - World Taekwondo Federation (Olympic Taekwondo) ITF - International Taekwondo Federation ATA - American Taekwondo Association Taekwondo has a strong emphasis on kicking. The theory behind this is that the legs are the largest of the
  17. Hi there! New-ish to Nerd Fitness and making a proper go of it for 2016. I'm half Warrior, half monk class-wise as I am loving heavy lifting, but have done martial arts for years. Which brings me to the point of the post... I've done traditional Tae Kwon Do (to black belt level) but I'm looking for a new club, having moved away from my old one. I figured it was time to maybe switch up disciplines so- any recommendations? Aikido has intrigued me so far, as well as Jeet Kune Do, but I'm just wondering if anyone has had experience with switching up martial arts? Thanks!
  18. I'm not sure on goals yet, so I will edit later. BUT FIRST. YOU GUYS DID YOU WATCH ONE PUNCH MAN? because it is kind of the best thing ever. so for my training, I'm kind of going to mimic Saitama. Kind of. I mean, this sort of describes my REGULAR fitness routine, right? Quick intro! I'm karinajean, 38, live in NY state, commute to NJ about an hour each way (so lots of time in the car). I joined the NFA in October 2013 and over the last 2 years I’ve gone from 206 to around 180. I practice tae kwon do several times a week, take weapons and boxing classes in addition, and have an ov
  19. Greetings fellow Warriors, allow me to join your mighty challenge: 1. Diet – working on my phase 2 weight loss goal to reach 210 pounds, want to loss fat and preserve muscle. For this challenge, I want to lose 5 pounds and reach 230, current weight is 235. I will do so by following the Primal diet with 1 reasonable and planned cheat meal a week along with my other 2 fitness portions. 2. Fitness – a big part of my weight loss/fitness journey has been walking (not very Warrior like, but gotta get from battle to battle somehow and not a high enough level yet to afford a War Horse). Fo
  20. Quick intro! I'm karinajean, 38, live in NY state, commute to NJ about an hour each way (so lots of time in the car). I practice tae kwon do several times a week, take weapons and boxing classes in addition, and am trying super hard to do really good form push- and pull-ups this year. I have a crazy mean (yet super sweet) cat and live with my husband full time and my stepdudes 1/2 time. I motorcycle, knit and spin, and am endlessly ignoring how messy the house is. I'm an assassin because I like doing all the things, and because I want to be able to do push-ups and pull-ups -- if I can do those
  21. things I learned last challenge: * I need to refresh on the bodyweight stuff. running is an easy exercise for me but I *know* that I can't overcardio myself, I need strength. my body is great at building muscles, I need to help it to succeed. * I am not very diligent at doing my -UPs practice, and if I really want to get to a pull-up in 2015 I need to crack down. * apparently I really can exercise 2-3x a week and eat at 1800 calories (ish) and I will lose weight. that's good news for the future! I'm glad that maintenance is higher than 1800 calories. * that thing where I kept doing tae kw
  22. OUR HERO HAS VANQUISHED THE COLD HARSH WINTER. it's definitely spring. the garden needs gardening and the motorcycle is on the road. and with the changes in season comes a simultaneous CHANGE IN BUSINESS LEVEL. y'all, I'm so glad that the snow is gone but I am starting to feel very threatened by the spring. like, there is SO MUCH GARDENING TO DO. DOES OUR LAWNMOWER EVEN WORK? I am so busy! so I am setting up the most boring challenge ever and you will all just have to keep in mind: all the sparkles come from ME. I have no fancy pictures, I have no flashy gifs. I HAVE NO SHOWER RIGHT NO
  23. So I have been gone from actively participating in the Nerd Fitness Forums for about a year. Things got tricky with tennis elbow and life in general. Now things are on the mend and it is time to get back into the swing of things, and time to move from Adventurers to Monk. In late 2014 my wife, my son and I started doing taekwondo. So monk makes the most sense. Main Quest: Defeat the Villain Within: Loose weight and be Be healthy Following the trend of SevenFootGeek I will theme around Dungeons and Dragons, but more the 5th edition. In that version you have proficiencies that can be acquired an
  24. I’m currently in the middle of Les Mills COMBAT as a sort of overview before joining a local MMA guy with my hubby. Taekwondo, Capoera, Jujitsu, boxing… lots of different things. My biggest points of weakness are uppercuts (particularly continuous ones), and roundhouse kicks. I just… can’t figure out how my body is supposed to feel while doing them. Form is SUPER important to me, so I just always want to make sure I’m capturing the move the way it should be done to prevent injury and get the most benefit from it. Anyone with any personal pointers they’d care to share?
  25. Whilst I probably need to put in a backstory to explain my absence, that can wait... The inspiration has struck! I have always wanted to be Wonder Woman (or something like that...) but when I try to apply this to my health and fitness Epic Quest, it just doesn't work. I am not an Amazon princess. I likes the make Optimus Prime proud post, and took inspiration from the little by little change idea, but I am not an Autobot. I thought with my craptastic body, I could be Ironman and build better armour, a better life around my limitations... but I only wish I was a genius, billionaire playboy. So
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