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  1. So time to try again. As I figured out a lot of times before I need to keep this simple in the start. so Week 1 is a warmup and then its a 3 week challenge 1: Successful defend the thesis so I can get my bachelor of physiotherapy. 2: be active in here at least 3out of 7 days pr week in the assassin guild 3: sort and upload at least 5 india pictures pr week in the last 3 weeks of this challenge 4: Hangdstand - accumulate 5 minutes each of hanging and handstanding every day for the remaining of this challenge. @@mu ill try to make you proud
  2. this will be a lot more updated over the days. Goal 1: Allocate time and use it wisely writing on my thesis. Goal 2: at least 2 muscle up, and 2 focused handstand training pr week. Goal 3: Get my habit back of daily meditation, pranayama and arm balance work. 5 minute of each pr day is enough, more is better Goal 4: Get rid of at least one thing that clutters a day on average.
  3. This challenge is going to be split up into two mini-challenges. I will be finishing and defending my masters thesis in the middle week of February, so I don't want to overschedule my time while that's going on, but I also don't want to underschedule once it's done and become a lazy butt. So, finish strong part 1 goals: Finish and defend the thesis: This is pretty obvious, and absolute #1 priority. Languages: I have gotten out of this habit. I will do 5 minutes of Japanese on lunch, and if I don't have to do thesis work, I will do 5 minutes of French or Russian when I get home, before dinner. Handstands: I need to get moving on the life goal, and handstands don't fit into my current workout. I will do 5 minutes of handstand practice when I get home, before dinner. That's it, simple and easy, grand total of 15 minutes per day. I would also like to increase my time off the computer, so bonus points for reading a real book instead of putzing around online when I'm not working on the thesis. I got this.
  4. This is basically a continuation of the last challenge, because not much has changed. My main focus in life right now is finishing and defending my thesis in February. Since that doesn't leave a whole lot of time for anything else, I just want to make sure I don't backslide and lose the progress I made over the past years. So, here are my goals: Goals: Flexibility: Finish off 30 days to splits (link). I'm on Day 23, so this should be finished by the end of week 1 at the latest. No followup. Strength: Finish PT (rotator cuff tear), discuss what to keep, moving forward. Keep at it. Cardio: Currently can run 40% of a 2-mile workout on the treadmill. Keep at it. Parkour: Once a week; keep at it. Diet: Stay within macros and calories; keep at it. Languages: At least once a week per language; keep at it. Thesis: Don't screw this up. Attitude: Don't get wound up; keep at it. The only changes are in the fist two. The flexibility challenge was interesting, but I think it puts too much focus on the hamstrings. I will keep a few of the stretches but I was making measurable progress with my typical stretch routine, so once it's done, it's done. I'll be finishing up PT for the torn rotator cuff this month; since the tear is manageable, I won't be doing surgery, but that means I need a solid plan on how to keep the shoulder strengthened for the rest of my life. I will discuss this with the PT lady, and continue doing it at home. I had a revelation at parkour this past weekend: the weight and cardio I do at home really is aimed at doing well in parkour (and life in general, but parkour is more measurable). I've been pondering how to add core and lower body weight stuff into the upper-body PT routine, but I'm not sure that weight training is the right answer. I have no problems climbing up and down, balancing, or landing properly in parkour - where I need to improve is jumping power. The vaults I can do are ok, but too low to confidently move to the next ones. Rather than struggling with more weight stuff, then, I'm going to add jumps: for now, just precision jumps and calf raises. If this seems to be helping, I will add more next challenge. In the meantime, sorry for the lack of theme,but here's my life in a comic. Can't wait for the thesis to be done.
  5. In the previous challenge I did the 3 week superhero challenge during my nf challenge. The superhero challenge requires you to check in daily on the website and log your water intake, diet, and exercise. During those weeks, I met my nf goals perfectly. After those weeks ended, I didn’t do so well. Moral of the story: accountability is HUGE!! it keeps you focused on the goal and is something I need to do more of – sooo that’s the plan for this challenge: GOALS: Log food intake and exercise DAILYDoesn’t matter what food I eat this challenge, as long as I log it. When I give myself food restrictions, I set myself up for failure (aka last 2 challenges). So everything is possible this time around. Also, to keep myself moving in the healthy direction, I want to reward myself for turning down temptations. So every time I’m tempted and choose not to indulge, I’ll put 50 cents in a jar for some new workout shorts/tank. At the end of this challenge, I’ll hopefully be able to go shopping! I will also log my exercise daily. Not so much because I need motivation and accountability, but more so I can measure my progress. I typically do HIIT and running for my workouts so logging my times daily, will be a good way to measure my progress. Continue to improve my 5k timeAt the end of the last challenge, I cut it to 29:35. Last challenge I also discovered that I can reasonably cut off 15-30 seconds a week. So this time around my goals is to reach 26:30 - 28:00 minute 5K. To reach this goal I plan to run a 5K 1-2 days per week and do shorter runs or sprints 3-4 days per week. I’ll do some HIIT strength training this challenge as well. I’m aiming to exercise 4-6 times per week. Side Note: I’m running a Turkey Trot 5k on Thanksgiving so I want to cut my time as much as possible before then. Also, I want to beat at least one of my 2 sisters in that race! Probably not both though cuz one’s a crossfit beast. Stay caught up on schoolwork and make progress on my thesis weeklyUp to now, the semester hasn’t been too daunting, but that is quickly changing. I slacked a lot on my thesis earlier this semester since I didn’t really have any deadlines and now I’m starting to face the consequences as December4th is quickly approaching. Technically, it’s not due till April, but I need to be at a good point by December because I also have to do a final design project next semester. Doing both of those in one semester is a recipe for disaster, so gotta be proactive now.
  6. Hiiiii! I'm going to say right away that I didn't do totally awesome my first two challenges - but if I combine the things I did achieve in them, they add up to approximately one whole successful challenge...so here I am! I'm traveling for the next three weeks, so I can't commit to anything super ambitious, but I still want to aim for things that I can achieve even with the uncertainty and upended schedules of traveling. Some of these goals may be modified for the second three weeks when I'm back home. 1. Go for a run at least three times a week. I'm thinking about probably running a half on September 20th, so I have to get my butt back in gear. 2. Drink at least four glasses of water a day. I haven't been very good about water lately, and hydration is even more important while traveling. 3. Eat at least three servings of vegetables a day. Guys...I'm going to eat a lot of not-totally-healthy stuff over the next few weeks. I've missed a lot of food from the US, and I can't deny that I'm going to satisfy some of those cravings. Still, I'm going to shoot for at least three vegetables a day to make sure I still get some actual vitamins in and maybe have a little less room in my stomach for the so-good-but-so-bad stuff. 4 (life 1). No screens after 9 p.m. whenever possible. I need to work on my sleep hygiene, and I'll be starting work earlier and therefore need to go to bed (and actually fall asleep) earlier while I'm back in the US. I added "whenever possible" because I'm not going to say no to a movie night with friends or family, and I have a work event the first week of August that could definitely involve screens after 9. 5 (life 2). Work on my thesis for at least half an hour each day. This one has been rough my first two challenges, so for now, at least, I'm trying to make the bar to success so low that there's no good reason for not achieving it. Half an hour?!? That's nothing! Okay! Let's doooooooo this!
  7. Long story short, my first challenge fell apart a little. And this one is starting a little late. But that's okay! Still hoping to get going on making more people at some point in the not-too-distant future, but it's temporarily postponed because of figuring out some health stuff and also some scheduling stuff. In the meantime, I need to do something about me. I've been feeling kind of gross and unhealthy for a while, and I need to fix that, for me (better health and more self-confidence are always good things - especially because losing weight should help with the potential health stuff I might have to deal with), for my boyfriend (feeling gross does not make me very excited about participating in activities that could lead to making more people...let's just put it that way!), and for the future people we might make. Also, I started a new job a few weeks ago! I'm really enjoying it, and my coworkers are all awesome (I work from home, but, you know, Slack). This means I have less time and flexibility but more of a routine and a little more get-up-and-go (being productive and earning money is a little more inspiring than facebooking all day). With that in mind, my goals have to be a little more toned down and changed from the last challenge, but I'm hoping that also means they'll be more achievable. Main goal: Feel less gross and unhealthy. Fit into my clothes better. Be more active and have more energy. This is pretty subjective - I'm not going to keep a close eye on the scale (especially since the cat somehow broke it and now we have to get out a board and put it on the scale frame every time we want to use it) and I just never got into taking measurements. But I know when I feel more or less comfortable and happy with myself - and when I'm not bulging out of the top of my pants! 1. Run three times a week. For now I'm mostly going to stick to three-mile runs, generally on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday. 2. One hundred kettlebell swings three times a week. This is partly for getting some dynamic weights in and partly for getting up from my desk throughout the day. I'd like to get up from my desk about once an hour to do ten swings at a time on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I might also try to do some on running days (I should still get up from my desk on those days, after all) and/or bump up the numbers as the challenge goes on, but this is my baseline for now. 3. Intermittent fasting + slow carb until dinner on weekdays. I've done both of these with some success in the past. I know that I can't commit to doing them all day every day for various reasons, but during the workday it's definitely doable, and I'm going to mostly eat reasonably the rest of the week, too. Life goal: Work on my master's thesis - hopefully even finish it! Yes, this still. My advisors and I (and everyone I complain to about it) are all sick of this dragging on, and I'm going back to the US in late July for work and to visit family and friends, and I'd really really really like to have this off my plate by then. So...I'm shooting for at least ten hours a week here - preferably at least one hour on weekdays and then some more time on the weekends. I'm not going to grade myself every day (it was kind of a bummer to see all those F's for my thesis goal in my last challenge...), but I'm going to try to post almost every day and then at the end of the week take a look back and see how I did. Okay! It's time! P.S. I don't think overweight = gross or anything. I'm just referring to how I currently feel in my own skin!
  8. Could also be titled: "Naxius gets more INT...again." This is not my official challenge thread, just something for the time in between. I figure that it's best to stay on top of things (at least a little) to avoid slacking on the habits I've acquired last challenge, and to get some more things out of the way so that they won't be stress-bombs and brain clutter during the next challenge. Continue doing: - 1 coffee per day, max - Hydrate a lot - Have salads/vegetables a lot Make the following habits, too: - Do Lumosity Raindrops (3 or more games per day) - 5 mins of mindfulness For Lumosity and mindfulness, the main enemy seems to be procrastination. I'll be all like "oh, it's quick to do this, so I'll just do it later" and then later comes and I'm too tired to do anything. If I can do these two earlier in the day, it would probably be better. TO DO ABSOLUTELY: - DEFEND THESIS - There was something else that I was supposed to do that was very important. I was thinking about it all morning but as soon as I went to write it down I forgot what it was. I'll remember it later. I think it had something to do with that Coursera finance class I signed up for. Thesis defense plan: 1. Finish PowerPoint slides and the "KNOW ALL THESE THINGS" list 2. Actually study/know all the things and reaction mechanisms from the list in #1 3. Cram material from previous classes as much as possible
  9. Hello! I can ramble sometimes, so I'll try to get right to the point here: my boyfriend and I are about to start the whole babymaking thing, and I want to be as healthy as possible in order to provide a good environment for our potential future human. I'm not particularly unhealthy at the moment, but I could certainly stand to lose some weight and eat a bit better, and I've been slacking on exercise lately. [Disclaimer: I'm sure you all get it, but just in case, please don't be offended by my calling babies-to-be parasites. I mean, they *do* live off their mothers' life forces...but they're adorable, so I'm okay with it.] Quest 1 Get in at least 30 minutes of movement every day. Ideally this will break down to 3 days of running, 2 days of walking, and 2 days of yoga, but for now the important thing is actually getting off my butt and preferably getting out of the house. (I work at home, so it's easy to This is really for each day, so if I do one hour one day, that doesn't matter - I still need to get 30 minutes in the next day. It's also pretty much all or nothing, because I'n not likely to go outside for just 15 minutes, anyway. By the time I get out there, I might as well stick it out for the full 30 minutes. So the grading for each day is as follows: 30 minutes: A for the day < 30 minutes: F for the day Quest 2 Make a weekly meal plan and shop/prep on the weekend. I know a lot of my questionable food choices are because of not having enough healthy food at home and/or not wanting to cook every day. Planning and prepping ahead of time should help me eat better. If I make some kind of breakfast dish and soup on the weekend, then my breakfast and lunch should be pretty much set for the week, for example. I'd like to shoot for at least semi slow carb, particularly for breakfast and lunch, but will not be strict about it for dinner, especially because my boyfriend does a lot of the cooking and isn't very interested in the idea. (Starting next week, since I'm a bit late, but I'll try to do a partial meal plan this week, anyway.) accomplished: A for the week not accomplished: F for the week Quest 3 Eat at least 3 vegetables (preferably 3 different ones, but it's not required) and 1 fruit per day. Green leafy vegetables are especially good! This quest relies quite a bit on the previous one. 3 v + 1 f: A for the day 2 v + 1 f: B for the day 2 v: C for the day 1 v: D for the day anything else (including 0 v + 1 f): F for the day Life quest All my friends and family are sick of me talking about how I need to finish my master's thesis. I'm close enough to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but I'm finding it hard to just sit down and deal with it and have been procrastinating far too much. My goal is at least 3 hours of truly thesis-focused work each weekday, which might sound like a lot, but this is really hanging over me and I also don't have a lot of actual work right now because I haven't been actively looking for clients while in school. I need to finish this so I can get the weight off my shoulders and have time to get more freelancing work and/or look for a full-time job (the future human is also a big motivator for that). I absolutely want to be DONE with my thesis by the time this callenge ends, and I really think that's doable as long as I put in the work. 3 hours: A for the day 2 hours: B for the day 1 hour: D for the day < 1 hour: F for the day each 1 hour on a weekend day: bonus points (still have to figure out exactly how to calculate those in to the final score) Okay! Let's do this!
  10. Hey! So I'm really new on here, but I was curious if anyone else is dealing with graduate school woes? Has anyone else been through it? I'm writing my Masters thesis at a university in Taiwan and I never realized how awfully isolating it would be. Not only is it hard to make friends in school because everyone else has a job/family/bf/gf/life, but the social life is non-existent. No one seems to care about anything other than their research papers. Not that I can blame them. It's the axe hanging over all of our heads and our advisers are holding it. This loneliness is all-consuming though. It also sucks because I'm at home almost everyday writing and researching my paper. It makes me feel lazy and useless. It's not like I enjoy looking at the same paper everyday, but I have deadlines to meet. I suppose the worst part of graduate school is the lack of purpose everyone feels. No one knows why they are there, no one is that passionate about their topic, no one knows what they are doing and no one knows what they will do with their Masters degree afterwards. Of course I'm speaking as a student who is in Taiwan, but I'm fairly sure the US is quite similar. Life gets better after grad school right? It gets more rewarding? Have to ask because It's just been one of those days for me, ya know?
  11. I won't bother with the txtwall introduction. Long story short, I want to become a Wizard, I multiclass, and I recently got this book and I've wanted to become a mentalist since then, which is probably the RL equivalent to being a Wizard. Unfortunately, I don't have the mental abilities required to accomplish this...yet! So I am developing them here. Druids, Wizards, we all meditate, right? My last challenge turned out to be a fail halfway through. I was going for confidence, which is one of the most important characteristics to have if one wants to become a mentalist. Mine happened to be sitting at 1/10. The problem with goals related to confidence is that, well...they're sort of hard to measure, which was probably my biggest goal-setting mistake last time. What if I set goals that are indirectly related to confidence, instead? One of the main things that make me burn up with shame in social situations is my speaking ability...or lack thereof. If I improve this, I'll become more confident, and have an easier time getting a job. Double win. Main (life) goal: becoming a mentalist. I also need to become better at meditating and focusing to accomplish this, so some of the goals from the last challenge are still present. Especially since the last challenge didn't really count anyway ;P 1.1: Meditation: pass/fail. I usually go to the gym at 6:30, get back around 7:50, and then leave for school/work around 9:00. Everyone in the house is (usually) still asleep during that time, so I WILL USE THAT TIME TO DO MY MEDITATION. During the last two challenges in which meditation was a goal, I was often interrupted by family members, or unable to focus do excessive noise. This is going to stop. Also, how does one pick a mantra? "Om" just doesn't seem to be doing it for me. 1.2: Lumosity: pass/fail. Self-explanatory. I should also focus on the attention and problem-solving exercises. Especially the latter, because it's my weakest area right now 1.3: Nax speaks! I loathe the sound of my voice, and the way in which I often mispronounce words, mumble excessively, and fail to enunciate. I used to be in the campus ToastMasters club, an organization dedicated to helping people become better speakers and leaders. It was really fun...until I got on the exec and the club fell apart, but that's another story for another time. Anyway, for a while it seemed that my speaking abilities were improving, and it felt great. This was about 3 years ago, though, and while there are other ToastMasters clubs in the city, I currently lack the time and money to rejoin. I do, however, still have the beginner's manuals... 1.3.1: Perform speaking exercises from the TM beginner's manual...which I just realized I can't find. I'll find it before the challenge begins. Pass/fail. 1.3.2: Record myself speaking on webcam once per week, and post it. The fear of looking retarded on the Internet will hold me accountable for quest 1.3.1. Pass/fail. Life quest: Finish my thesis...or find a job I enjoy. I have no idea how to accomplish this yet. I just know it will have to be broken down into more manageable goals. I'll do this before the 24th. I'm also adding some side quests that won't be graded. These are habits that I (mostly) developed in previous challenges and that I want to keep improving. At the very least, I don't want these habits to go away, so seeing them here every day will hopefully be helpful. 3.1: Reduce nuts/trail mix intake 3.2: Increase vegetable intake 3.3: "Win" the staring contest 3.4: Don't pick at face 3.5: Alcohol on 2 days per week, ONLY
  12. Third Challenge [ November 11th – December 22th ] Endangered Initiation Part II Actually started this on on Monday, November 4th. So, this challenge will last 7 weeks for me, with the first (unofficial week) being known as Week 0. Where I came from... Where I went after this... BACKGROUND STORY The two old Jedi stood on the high gallery and looked down on the training younglings in the great hall. “He has made some respectable progress, I give you that, Grand Master! But there are still weaknesses in him, that will prevent him from passing the Initiate Trialsâ€, the Jedi Seer said in a low voice. “Know that I do, but point out those to him I will later today! Assume they will be fixed, what do you think?†“Hard to see, even his near future is.... Even if he passes, many masters will refrain from taking him on as a padawan because of his past and the long time he took to face the trials. But some may and then I daresay he will pass his Jedi Trials, as well eventually, and become a knight!†The Jedi Seer looked sternly into the contemplating face of the Grand Master, before he added: “Success and failure are strangely intertwined in his fate, he may become one of the greatest or worst of our order, or maybe even no member at all! †The Grand Master sighed: “So, not only my sight is clouded here, but the force itself refuses to reveal his destiny.... Nonetheless, thank you for your help! Continue to specially guide this one, I will, until the trials or thereafter, when his path will be apparent.†--------- “Of course, you can speak to him, Grand Master!†The lightsaber instructor bowed low, before she shouted into the hall: “Waldgeist, you're practice is cancelled, you have a visitor!†The practicing younglings stopped at once and one of them left the circle to join the Master, calm on the outside, but bursting with agitation on the inside. “So, William Waldgeist, some time it has been, since the last talk, that we had. Fare how did you?†“I'm goo..., I mean, I have improved. But....†“Wondering wether it is enough you do?! This feeling memorize well, youngling, for you will need it all your life to push past the limits others and you yourself will impose on you!†Slowly the Grand Master walked around William, watching him carefully. “But, your thoughts now are focused on the trials, as well they should be! Spoken with your teachers and observed you myself I have. Improved you have enough, that the Council will order your trials somewhere in the next 6 monthsâ€, the Grand Master said in a clear voice, concealing the discussions that had led to this result. Many of the other members of the High Council had been of the mind, that William would maybe never been ready for the initiate trials and should be handed over to the responsibiliy of the Reassignment Council to become part of the Jedi Service Corps immediately. His diplomatic skills and the weight of his word as Grand Master and Master of the Order were the only things that had prevented this decision. But the price has been to fix the date of the trials in the next months, knowing that the time for preparation may not be enough. “I'm ready?â€, he asked with overboarding joy. The old Jedi cautioned him: “You can be, by then. But only if on the path you are now on you stay and focus even more on your goals!†“I will, Master!â€, the proud initatie said and bowed. “More there is, though..... Some flaws remain, made even more obvious by your improvement. All of them we cannot fix in the time you have left, but on the most important we have to focus on!†The Grand Master threw away his crane in a swift motion and without ever breaking eye contact with the youngling stood on his hands. “Both feet on the ground may work as a metaphor but for the movements of a Jedi it is not enough. Become a circus acrobat you will not by the time you're trials happen, but certain basics you will need. Know that you've failed here before and that this is something many a initiates struggle with, I do, but conquer this fear soon, you must!†The initiate wasn't surprised, he'd actually expected a pointer here and had already started to make plans, that would lead to improvement. “More flexible you've become, but still a major problem this remains, so concentrate especially on this as well! Shoulders and wrist are indispensable parts of you body, focus on them, you must!†MAIN QUEST – Mastering the Pillar of Self-Discipline (=Leaning Up/Body Recomp/Functional Body) GOAL I – Kill the dead weight (+2CHA / +1CON) “A Jedi with the force he flows like a leave, not a dead rock he is, blocking its current!†Basically this is a continuation of the last challenge(s), dropping fat by dietary means while not loosing (too much) muscle on the way. My usual nutrition (by now) is almost completely paleo, that's my base line and starting point. I'm also used to up to two 24 h IF sessions a week, but not gonna use them much this challenge I think. Aaaand last challenge I managed to half my sugar intake from about 120 g a day to about 60 g (take that sugar demon, hah!). If you look down, you'll see I'm about drastically reduce my sugar (all carbs actually) intake again and right from the beginning instead of slowly over time. Abtacha pointed me towards the carbnite concept/ketolysis in general, and I searched around for them and similar ideas in the depths of the internet. Long story short, I constructed/calculated the following macros for my personal use/need on (non-)training days, as well as more general guidelines for the refeed day/carbnite window. Since getting enough veggies(/fruits) in with that concept might be a little hard, I'll also be monitoring these. Goal is therefore to hit these macros with a margin of error of +/-5%. Revised after Week 1 Non-workout day: Workout day: Carbnite: Calories 1.685 2.055 3.600 PROT (g) 120 135-150 130 FAT (g) 125 155 60 CARBS (g) <30 <30 630 Veggies/Fruits 5 portions a day 5 portions a day 5 portions a day Grading: A – Hit macros on 36/49 days B – Hit macros on 34/49 days C – Hit macros on 30/49 days D – Hit macros on 26/49 days F – Anything less than D GOAL II – Body Control (+2STR / +1DEX / + 1STA) “Without control over his own body and mind, to be a Jedi is impossible!†Also a summarized continuation of my workout goals from last challenge. That includes Calisthenics, Gym, Karate each twice a week. Grading: A+ – A conditions plus passing green belt examinations in december A – Working out at least 13 times in each category B – Working out at least 12 times in each category C – Working out at least 10 times in each category D – Working out at least 8 times in each category F – Anything less than D conditions GOAL III – Weakness Elimination (+2DEX / +1CON / +1STR) “Mind what you've learned, save you it can from failure at the trials ahead of you!†A couple of things, that I lack or need/want to work on, as I noticed during the last challenge. A general part of this is my flexibility/mobility, bodypart-wise the focus is on shoulders and wrists and last but not least skills-wise acrobatics basics (really basic stuff like falling and rolling, but also the first steps towards the handstand) To tackle those weaknesses I want to incorporate them into my nightly routine, which worked out pretty good last challenge. Now I'll just have to invest 15 (or 20) minutes instead of 5, which should be still manageable. Nightly Routine: Karate (Kata, Stances, Kicks) Rolls (Parkour, Forward, Backwards) Handstand Progression Stretching (Hand-to-toes, ….) Shoulder/Wrist mobility Grading: A+ – A conditions plus wall handstand for about 30 seconds A – 7/7 days a week - 40/49 in total B – 6/7 days a week - 36/49 in total C – 5/7 days a week - 30/49 in total D – 4/7 days a week - 24/49 in total F – anything less than D LIFE QUESTS – Mastering the Pillar of Knowledge (=study/research/write) “A true Jedi is not fooled by informations other give him, he seeks knowledge out himself!†Grading for those will all be the same. One point a day if I actually did something, partial points possible, but higher bar than last time: A – 6/7 days a week - 36/49 in total C – 5/7 days a week - 30/49 in total F – anything less Thesis Finish Quest (+2WIS) Nothing new here as well. Just a closer deadline..... While the survey is running, I need to write extensively on all the chapters not dependend on the survey results, e.g. theory and methodology. After the survey's finished, the time for analysis and interpretation has come. Psy Class Mini Quest (+1WIS) 15 Minutes a day investment for either developmental or personality psychology/diagnostics. Be it reading a chapter, watching an online lecture, summarizing either one, making study cards etc. I want to be able to kick those exams' asses in March, so gotta prepare now! Oral Exam Prep Mini Quest (+1WIS) After I submitted my MA thesis, the oral exams will be the next dragons to battle in order to graduate. For the moment only two things to do here: 1) finding topics (and get them approved, but that is already done for 2/4 professors) and collect relevant literature, and 2) prepare 60 pages of original Japanese literature, learning new vocabulary, new kanji including reading and maybe even some higher grammar (that I don't know yet or forgot because of not using it). 15 minutes a day should be attainable, as well, I think.
  13. Hello fellow rebellion armies, I'm a skinny-fat Southeast Asian dude weighted at a whooping 60kg and 167cm tall. On level 50, I'd want to be able to be present at any point on earth within 24 hours of prior notice. But that's a really long way to go. Right now I just want to build muscles, lose fats, and take control of my life. On my first challenge, I was able to gain 4.5kg by consuming 2500kcal every day (before joining the rebellion I was only 55kg). However, as I'm still not rich enough to buy "clean food", I managed to get those calories by eating a lot of stuff, even junk foods. I did consume protein shake and managed to increase my daily dose of protein. Those, with a HIIT training using 7 Minute Workout program, I got some newbie muscle gains (mostly just on biceps and triceps, also some increase on the chest and thigh if I stare at my body at the mirror long enough). HOWEVER.. My belly is getting bigger (fatter) faster than the muscles I gained from exercising. I mean, dude, I didn't want any of this. So, in this challenge, I want to focus on losing these belly fats, and to gain even more muscles by doing harder exercise (I'm not in a hurry to build huge muscles, no, not yet, maybe not ever). Current Objective: Keep getting fitter, happier, and leaner. Goal 1: On the 27th of October, I wanna be able to see some abs on my tummy. Meaning, cutting to 10-12% body fats, but I don't have the tool to measure that accurately, so if abs can be seen, even just a little bit, that's a success. Goal 2: Do a customized Advanced Body Workout 3 times a week. Increasing the difficulty as needed. Goal 3: Wake up at 7am every day. Once I able to do this 7 times in a row, try to sleep for at least 8 hours a day, which is important for muscle recovery. Current Life Goal: Because I'm on my final year of a college degree, at the end of this 6 week challenge, I would like my thesis proposal to have been accepted by my professor. That's it! Let's go!
  14. So, hi y'all! This is, how the title already says, my second try to do a full challenge. I had to stop doing my part-challenge last time because I went on an internship in this small cute hospital with no internet access whatsoever. About me: I am 21 years old, weigh 138 pounds, am 5"1. I fear I am rather hobbitlikem but I like elves more. I've started seriously taking care of my health after my BMI reached the frightening 29,9 and I weighted 164 pounds. I am in 3rd year in medical school, which I think is alone enough to classify me as a huge nerd. I am also a huge fan of Lord of the Rings. And Harry Potter. Star Wars and Marvel is okay as well, Star Trek too... but it's not my main area of focus, so to say. I like reading and writing and learning languages, but don't have any time now for that . But I speak 5 languages. or 4 and half so to say, because I can't actually say that I speak french. It is more like a slow and painful stammering. My goal weight ist actually 110 pounds. In November I reached the awesome 127 pounds, but since then I gained more than 10 pounds back due to my weakness of..what is food. I did good for a year, but then I started again getting more and more in temptation. And then there were christmas, then I got the flu, then I had finals'week, I had vacation and then I injured my food and had to use crutches for a month, and another vacation, and and and - all excuses. 6 of those pounds I gained last two weeks, so I hope that those fat cells are still a bit loose and I will lose them quickly. I log my food on loseit.com, and did Atkins/ Paleo for half a year with good results. I don't want to do Atkins again, because it is a bit too extreme, but i do want to cut out carbs again now and do more paleo. (Or primal? No idea what's the difference...) Anyway, cut out sugar and grains and eat less dairy. I feel that my motivation is waining, and I hope that nerdfitness will get be that little extra. Sports... I do everything, but for now I'd like to focus on the fitness mix classes (calisthenics-cardio-weightlifting mix) and jogging. I still can't jog the same way as before due to my poor feet, but I have started doing Couch-to-10K programm in order to get back where I was. So, my goals: 1) Do three times per week sport and at least three hours. Extra point if I do 4 times/week and 5 hours. + 2 STR, +3 DEX, + 1 STA (Bonus + 1 CHA) 2) Do lowcarb paleo. Cut out all grains and sugar, eat a lot of veggies and protein and healthy fats and some fruit. + 3 CON 3) Log everything I eat and not go over my daily calories on loseit.com (They are about 1400 at the moment) + 3 CON 4) Life goal: Read through at least three 3 scientific articles for my research thesis and have a meeting with my professor. +1 WIS, + 1 CHA My stats: Level 1 Strength: 1 Dexterity: 1 Constitution: 2 Stamina: 2 Wisdom: 5 Charisma: 4 Elven Adventurer - Level 1 STR: 1 | DEX: 1 | CON: 2 | STA:2 | WIS: 5 | CHA: 4
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