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  1. Disclaimer: This has been a hell of a year!! Plus, keeping it positive here This is going to be a respawn of Intergalactic (and sometimes inter-dimensional) proportions I have been on a roller coaster of a year and with 40 right around the corner, it's time to really get back on the ball and get myself in shape in all ways. This is something I really need to commit to in a major way. So, without further ado (and with more fleshed out details coming very shortly), here comes the challenge!!! This challenge (and for several more to come afterwards) will be themed Star Trek (Next Generation and beyond). Why? Mostly because I've figured out my answer to the whole Star Wars/Star Trek debate and yes, the winner is Star Trek for so many reasons. So, with a definite rewatch of ALL of TNG, DS9 and Voyager (maybe Enterprise but I've seen it recently enough), we are going to start this one with becoming the embodiment of our favorite acting ensign of the 1701-D, Wesley Crusher. He learned much of what he knows and believes in because of the positive role models he had so what I will do is try to embody some of the traits that they have including: Being Stronger like Worf! Worf, even in his earliest days aboard the Enterprise, was very stalwart and strong learning what he could of the ship as a junior officer then to his promotion to Chief of Security. Pushing his boundaries, becoming better than he was before, usually with his calestetics programs on the Holodeck. In that respect, I need to make sure that I am making myself stronger. Less physically frail, less weak in the knees (literally), and able to do more on a day to day basis. So straight up, what I need to do is take just 10-15 minutes daily to do some kind of activity. Initially I'm looking to do things that will focus on the arms and core. Daily, I can do it!! Being Smarter like Data! Data, oh my wonderful mechanical man!! He was smart clearly due to his positronic brain and being an android though new experiences were always some of the best teachers. This plan will focus on getting back into reading and not of the fictional variety. Technical magazines, non-fiction of various subjects (history, technology), that is what I will delve into with this goal. I plan to find a book to read through the entire challenge and magazines as I can but at least one a week. Being Emotional Braver like Troi! Troi has always worn her emotions on her sleeve considering that she feels the emotions of just about anyone and anything out there being a Betazoid. Even in the throws of some of the most terrifying adversaries and entities she has been stronger than the largest Klingon and braver than the most daring Starfleet officer. I have had quite the emotionally baffling year so my goal is to be more aware of my emotions, my feelings, and my effect on others in my life. In a more concrete way, I will show my gratitude on here in the form of a devotion to someone or something that has been transformative for myself, whether it be something that I've done within the year or more recently (needless to say, especially to my friends here, we've got a lot of catching up to do). The challenge starts today, ENGAGE!!!
  2. Hey Everyone! I'm super new to Nerd Fitness - just came across the site yesterday! Fell in love with it immediately and decided the Rebellion found me just in time. Here's a little bit about myself. Make me your friend if anything in here jives with ya! Me and my chub: I've been overweight since I was 16. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism after 8 months of significant weight gain and presumed I was doomed (insert pity party here). Even though I was a dancer, I ate like crap, which was re-inforced by my parents habits, and never lost weight, just slowly put more on. In college I was very active but my eating and newly added drinking habits did not help the situation. I peaked at 160 lbs, which is a LOT on my 5'2" frame. I entered graduate school determined to make a change. In 2009 I lost 23 lbs over 8 months, finally getting back into the upper end of the healthy range, and managed to keep it off for almost 2 years! I even ran a half-marathon. Then came 3rd year of med school. All the good eating habits and exercising went out the door in an attempt to survive the crazy hours and studying. I re-gained most of the weight I had lost AND I injured my ankle when I restarted running a year ago since I completely deconditioned over the 12 months. Now one year later, I'm 10 pounds above a healthy BMI, not completely recovered from my injury, still not eating well even though I know what I should be doing, still not back into a regular exercise regimen, and about to start my residency training in 3 weeks. FML. Nerd qualifications: So I'm not a traditional video-game playing nerd. Sorry . I've always seen the appeal but never got into it. BUT I have both a MD and a PhD, have seen every episode of TNG, have seen all the StarWars, love Firefly and MythBusters, have made model rockets for fun, have read a decent amount of sci fi novels, have been known to snort when excited... and so forth. Goals: Use the Rebellion to get on and stay on track during my residency training!Finally get down to a healthy weight and get chiseled so it's easier to maintain.Change my eating and exercise habits for good so I don't have to work to stay healthy, it just becomes the routine.Set an example for my patients. If I can do it working ~80 hrs/wk, anyone can. Well, maybe not a surgery resident or an associate in a high-end law firm but you get the idea.Embrace my inner Nerd and kick some a$$.~Sruthi
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