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  1. My mother died in October (at age 85). My daughter got married in October, and she and her new husband are starting to talk about having kids. This has prompted some new soul searching on my part - and some thinking about what I want to accomplish in my life. And some thinking about what I want to BE as a grandma. (Disclaimer - my daughter is not yet pregnant and doesn't plan to have kids for 2 years, which gives me time to lose 40 pounds .....) I was a "cool mom." My daughter looks back on her childhood with fondness - at horseback riding and rock climbing and hockey and soccer and cheerleading and theater and Girl Scouts and videogames - and appreciates how she had freedom and support (I was involved in everything but cheer) to do a lot of different things. That kinda ended when she went to college and I began to slide into habits of an empty nester. I gradually started to internalize the messages that say "you shouldn't be doing that" or "you shouldn't dress like that now that you're over 40/50/60/whatever." Truth is, I want to have FUN and BE FUN. I want to be the grandma that shows my grandkids how to do cartwheels and handstands. Takes them rock climbing. Knows the names of all the constellations and birds .... and who will dig for worms, go swimming, take them hiking, and can help them find well-hidden geocaches. I don't want to be like all of the grandmas in my family (who are, unfortunately, sedentary lumps perched on top of atrophied, skinny legs) who sit around doing needlecraft, or bake a lot of unhealthy foods, or sit in front of TV or computer. I want to beat the expectations of my family and avoid the stereotypes of what a middle-aged woman does and how she dresses and acts. Specific goals will evolve over time, but .... there's the current list!!! Fitness Lose weight and gain muscle (127 lbs and 21% BF by May 2017 - when my daughter will graduate with her Ph.D.) Do a chin up unassisted (again) Do a crow pose Do a handstand Travel Go to Greece Go to Rome Go to London Do the Unexpected Blackbelt in karate Do a Zombies Run Do the ZR Virtual Race Volunteer as a zombie at a Zombie Run Do a bubble run Do a color run Do an obstacle course run Do a 5K Do a 10K Do a half-marathon Bike to work (at least during decent weather ....) Keep Learning Master's Degree Doctorate Learn modern Greek Get my Personal Trainer Certification Defeat the Fashion Police Wear tights and a tunic Wear tights with a skirt
  2. Hi! I'm normally over at the Assassins, but due to being off for a while I need to get my general fitness back up to snuffs - and since that's kinda your guy's specialty I'm hopping guilds, from being over at the Rebels to kinda try to figure my stuff back out. Last challenge went fairly well for the most part, but I still have a ways to go on most of the same general lines - either a leveled up version, or the same with better consistency. Namely the running... (Any and all advice from anyone with experience getting stiff joints to cooperate and work again without whining - HALP!) Main Quest : reclaiming the health bar (again) : losing 80lbs to get back to a healthy weight - I'm currently 5'5, and 220 lbs; getting my mental health back under control between ADHD, anxiety and general stress; and trying to get my strength and flexibility back so my body doesn't constantly feel like it's falling apart. Sidequest 1 : Running from the Zoms - Running 3 days/ week, with the help of Zombies, Run! This one's basically just cut and paste from my last challenge over with the Rebels, since long story short I only got half of the runs done last challenge. I also want to track my endurance through this challenge, so I'll be taking a measurement of my single-wind endurance hopefully tomorrow to get a baseline and do the same thing at the end of the challenge, hopefully I'll be able to run a fair bit longer in one spurt by the end of the challenge. Sidequest 2 : Fueling the Fear - Still working on tracking my food and cooking rather than rushing out 'cause I forgot to have something readily available. This is getting a level up from last time: I'm aiming to get 6 days tracked on LifeSum per week and keep at least 5 of those close/just under my recommended cals on the app, and having a set time to make meals ahead for the week - probably monday after work. Sidequest 3 : Mobilization - It seems like every time my chiropractor puts one thing back in, something else decides to start hurting. He's been giving me some stretches to help with those that were in my last challenge and I did so-so on, but I'm going to add something that does a stretch and strength component to try to get my body to start working together again. Hopefully. I'm not sure if I'll do better with a pilates or yoga regimen, so I'm going to leave those open (or if anyone with more experience has another suggestion...) and say i don't care which one happens, so long as one of them happens 3 times per week. Preferably on the days I don't run. (stretches as normal will still be taking place around runs as well, these are just another level to that) Lifequest : I got a lot farther with organization last challenge, so that's taking a step farther - I need to make sure more of the things on my to-do list in my bujo get done, so keeping up in there daily is going to be part of this, as well as scheduling in there times to get pieces of my apartment organized - and getting them done. Hopefully that's not too big of a bite to take; I'm not planning to get the whole apartment spic and span, just getting parts done one at a time (not counting things that need re-done with some semblance of regularity like vacuuming or mopping)
  3. Jon Firestar: Challenge of the Living Dead On an inconspicuous day near the end of 2017 the dead started to rise from their graves. Nobody could explain why they had risen. Was it a disease, the effect of nuclear radiation or was hell simply too full? Whatever the answer to the question the human race wasn't prepared for their own dead to rise up. Within weeks civilization had collapsed with disparate bands of survivors eking out an existence in the wilds trying to keep away from the hordes of walking dead! Welcome to the Halloween challenge! I love zombie movies so that is going to be the theme for this one. With survival of the zombie apocalypse at stake there is a lot of work to be done! Rule #1. Cardio In order to keep abreast of the zombie masses one needs a good cardio engine! You need to keep running to keep ahead of the zombies. Outdistance the Zombies: The walking dead do not get tired. One must be able to keep ahead of them over large distances to keep the advantage! Simple milage goal of 150 miles in the next 5 weeks. This is worked out from the intended milage over the following few weeks. Who Thought Fast Zombies were a good idea!? It turns out that slow lumbering zombies are not the only threat! Someone also had to go ahead and develop fast zombies. Got to run fast to outrun a fast zombie! Two Quality Speed workouts per week! (Tuesday and Thursday) So my running plan hasn't really changed for a number of months. I'm starting to ramp up the milage again but that will be done very slowly from now until the new year. I'm going to be starting a dedicated marathon plan in January but until then I'll keep up with my current cycle because it is working quite nicely. Strong Enough To Battle the Horde! In order to survive sometimes one must battle the zombie horde. If you are strong and well conditioned that fight will go a lot better for you! I'm back into the gym after nursing a shoulder injury though my Spartan Race. The shoulder feels good and so I'm now I'm going to be rolling back into the Juggernaut Strength Program: Juggernaut 2 days per week (Monday and Wednesday) With my goal of running more, bigger and better OCR races I also want to focus on movements and exercises that will aid me directly in that goal. OCR conditioning workout once per week (Friday) Short OCR focused Tabata workouts during my other strength days. Supplies! Getting food during the zombie apocalypse is a challenging and dangerous endeavour! In order to maintain the strength and cardio strength one needs to scour the land for the best and most nutritious food available! Eat 2600-2700 calories per day. Record everything on MFP, record and post for accountability I'm trying to knuckle down and get on top of my eating. This one is really self explanatory but very important. The most important part is that I want to make sure I record and state all the things to try and maintain accountability! Handle the Fallout! There are two races in this challenge. At the end of Week 0 is the Maverick Trail Race. This is a local 15K Trail race and should be lots of fun The Second at the end of Week 3 and is Nuclear Fallout, a 7K OCR. That also should be a lot of fun to tackle. I'm looking forward to both but I've got no intention of going hard on either. I'm looking to have fun and enjoy the company of a few of the most awesome Rangers in the UK.
  4. Poked my head in at the respawn point a bit over a week ago, and have started tracking again pre-challenge, but the past few months have been... less than glorious. I've lost all of the progress I had made, and now need to reclaim those levels. So now that I've rather fallen off a cliff and faceplanted, I'm trying to stand back up, brush off the dust, and start climbing back up again. Before the mindless hoard catches me on the ground Main Quest : reclaiming the health bar (again) : losing 80lbs to get back to a healthy weight - I'm currently 5'5, and 220 lbs; getting my mental health back under control between ADHD, anxiety and general stress; and trying to get my strength and flexibility back so my body doesn't constantly feel like it's falling apart. Sidequest 1 : Running from the Zoms - Running 3 days/ week, with the help of Zombies, Run! I can't currently sustain a full half-hour run, but I'm running more of it than I was 3 weeks ago, so yay that's a start. Sidequest 2 : Tracking down food - Working on making sure I track my food most days of the week (sundays are slightly tricky on this, but I've gotten this started back up the last few weeks and it's becoming more reliable... slowly), and getting more food planned ahead so I'm not constantly running out to McD's or Taco Bell 'cause I don't have anything ready to eat available. Sidequest 3 : Mobilization - a LOT of my flexibility is gone, and my joints are really starting to hate me. Sitting on the floor hurts, and finding a comfortable position in any chair is getting harder. Part of that may just be that I'm getting old (I'm 28), but I'm pretty sure that poor muscle and joint care are part of it too - so stretches recommended by my chiropractor and shoulder band exercises are going into my "daily" column - this is the aspect I've been having the hardest time implementing on a daily basis. Lifequest : Organi... Orgami... being able to find stuff. 'Cause ADD and organization are the best frenemies of all time, I've always had a difficult maintaining a level of organization - which sadly, I need to some degree, or I can't keep my own thoughts in order, let alone get anything done. Right now I started using a bullet journal to try to get everything schedule- and note-wise somewhere that I can find them, and have been slowly wrestling with the hoard known as "my bedroom" and getting it sorted (I may have chucked several bags of useless or old crap last week) but it's still and upward battle against entropy in both cases. So having my room cleaned will be something I'm working on a lot on weekends and some nights after work, and continue using the BuJo steadily and keeping track of my tasks and notes are going to be pretty big things I'll be trying to do daily. I'll try to keep up on here at least 2-3x/week to give myself some external accountability, since it's nearly impossible to keep up with my IRL accountability buddy due to different schedules, and her also struggling to get her to do list done
  5. Howdy Rangers! This will be my third challenge with the Rangers. For those of you who didn't follow my first challenge, this challenge will be written a little differently than most. The majority of the posts in this challenge comprise a story, written in-character by Ranger Five. In character posts will be in green. These posts make up the story. I'll be writing about a zombie apocalypse setting, with a lot of inspiration from Zombies, Run! the app, but my own plotline. So don't worry about spoilers outside the first mission. If I've done my job, you won't be able to tell what's from the app and what's not unless you go through the app's story yourself. Most of what I use from Zombies, Run! will be characters and the basic premise, not the story itself.The story began in Chapter 1: Rebel Five Outruns Zombies, continued in Chapter 2: Rebel Five Seeks Answers, and this is the third chapter. However, the previous challenges have a lot of words in them, so for people who weren't following along with it, I've written the story so far for you.The Story So Far: Cast of Characters: Ranger Five: Our protagonist. Hails from Mullins Military Base. Major de Santa: Leader of Abel Township. Samuel Yao: Radio operator. Runner Seven: Head of Runners. Ranger Nine: Head of Rangers. Monk Two: Head of Monks. Has been giving Five fighting lessons. Emily: Head of IT. Janine Myers: Formerly Abel's doctor. Turned traitor at the end of Chapter 2. Currently at large. Louis: Works for Janine's mysterious employer or colleague. Henchman. Now that we know the narrative, let's look at the goals for this month: Goal 1: Lift weights at the gym up to thrice per week, using the Stronglifts program. (Exception in Week 1, where I can only make it to the gym once) Minimum: 6 workouts. Solid: 8 workouts. Great: 9 workouts. Excellent: 10 workouts. Goal 2: Run up to three times per week. Minimum: 6 runs. Solid: 8 runs. Great: 10 runs. Excellent: 12 runs. Nothing new here. I'm dialing my running back to thrice a week to prevent further injury. I'll run 5 km thrice a week (two slow, one fast) for Week 0-2, then I'll up the slow runs to 6 km for the remainder of the challenge. Goal 1 remains unchanged except for my scheduling issue; why mess with something that's working. Goal 3: Stretch up to three times per week. Minimum: 6 sessions. Solid: 8 sessions. Great: 10 sessions. Excellent: 12 sessions. I've been neglecting my stretching recently, and there's no excuse for that. If I can't do it at the gym due to time constraints, I can do it before I run, after I run, or at any other point in the day. Three sessions a week is a good start. Goal 4: Write up to three story posts per week. Minimum: 6 posts. Solid: 8 posts. Great: 10 posts. Excellent: 12 posts. Due to my injury, I got out of the habit of a solid Tues/Thurs/Sat schedule for writing story posts last challenge. I'd like to get back to it; there's quite a bit I'd like to write about this month. The plot's continuing to heat up, so I need to keep the posts coming! Scoring system: Minimum = 1 point. Solid = 2 points. Great = 3 points. Excellent = 4 points. 8 points or higher, all minimums met: Minor reward, worth up to $30. 12 points or higher, all minimums met: Major reward, worth up to $100. The first story post, explaining Chapter 3's title, should be up tomorrow.
  6. Last we left Red, He had just defeated the undead Samurai, and continues on his path towards the Temple of the Lich "Man, this pathway is taking forever! I shoulda made a left at Albuquerque! HA HA HA!" Looking around he noticed that there was no one to hear his joke, "... Oh right." As he pressed on, He heard something faint. He stopped to listen. "Huh, guess I imagined it." "Grrrggghh..." "There it is again! OK, there's something definitely out there!" Red looks around and sees a Zombie moving towards him, "Huh, that's odd." He quickly dispatched it, without a second thought. "Heh, is that the best you can do?!" He arrogantly shouts towards no one. Before he can take another step, another zombie rises from the dirt. Then another, and another, and another, and another! In a manner of minutes, an entire horde of Zombies are surrounding Red! Running out of space, he immediately comes up with a plan "OK, so Zombies are uhhh... slow! Slow swings, meaning openings! Openings in their attacks means I can attack back! Got it!" Sliprope Training: "Zombies always swing towards the head, so if I can learn to dodge that swing and attack afterwards I'll survive!" - Using one of my handwraps, I've managed to set up an interesting twist on the shadowboxing aspect of my workout. I will do 3 rounds of Sliprope training: Round 1: pure movement Round 2: Step-1-2 Punch combo, Step-1-2 Punch combo, Rinse and Repeat Round 3: Step-1-4 Punch Combo, Step-1-4 Punch combo, Basically, two swings with the same arm: one cross/jab, the other uppercut/stomach shot Side-to-Side Pushups: "I've gotta make some room before I get overtaken here!" - Keeping up with increasing the difficulty of my exercises, I'm now adding Side-to-side Push-ups to my routine. I only count 1 rep after going right to left, and left back to right. Less Xombox, More NF: "I can't let myself become a zombie! I have to fight that temptation to give in!" - I just recently bought myself an Xbox One Slim, and I REALLY like it, but I can't let it get in the way of my health and seeing you lovely nerds here! So only AFTER seeing all of the threads that I follow, and my exercises, will I allow myself time to play Xbox. 5 Minutes to Play: Another attempt to get myself to practice the guitar, except this time, starting small, 5 minutes of practice for 3 days (2 of the days will be on my days off, and the 3rd will be on a work day)
  7. Hi folks, I'm another lapsed NF participant jumping back into the fray! Last time I struggled to stay on top of things, but now I'm feeling confident with a good set of achievable goals and a decent battle plan for overcoming expected obstacles. Diet: No more than one proper cuppa (that is, extra strong with milk and three sugars) per day. The ultimate goal here is to reduce my overall love/need for sugar by learning to enjoy less sugary drinks until my go-to cuppa seems just unpleasantly sweet. Track meals every day. Something I've struggled with in the past due to forgetfulness. The plan is to keep my tracking book in the car so I have to update it before I can go anywhere. Fitness: Don't skip a day! I alternate doing academy workouts with missions on Zombies Run. I've have failed this in the past due to my irregular work schedule and just plain forgetfulness, so I will overcome by planning ahead the best time to do my fitness for the day and then ACTUALLY doing it at that time. Complete at least one academy quest every week. I just love ticking off those quests! I've got a lot of minor ones I could easily cross off if I just concentrated on them properly rather than trying to do half a dozen at a time. Life: Daily tidy-up of my side of the bedroom. I tend to just let things get messy and do a big tidy-up when it got out of hand. It was fine when I had a whole bedroom to myself, but since moving in with my darling boyfriend I have less space to make a mess in, so even a small mess is very annoying! Good luck everyone
  8. Greetings, Runner 5! Grab a seat, have a meal, take a load off! No zoms here! Welcome to the support group for all Runners 5. There are a lot of us, and a lot of first time challengers doing Zombies 5k. So let's support each other. Ask each other questions -- Maybe about that W2D2 glitch? All runners welcome here!! (Credit goes to Traxex for this introduction post)
  9. Out of Character Post - Introduction Hi Rangers! This'll be my first challenge with the Rangers, and my second challenge overall. This challenge is going to be a written a little differently from most, so let's get right into it. The first thing about this challenge that's worth noting is that I'll be writing most of the posts in character. In character posts will be in green. Once a week or so, I'll be writing an out-of-character recap of the week, but outside that, I'll be letting Rebel Five take over. Fellow Rangers and anyone else reading are free to respond in or out of character. In character, this thread is Rebel Five's personal blog, and all out of character posts, including this one, don't exist. Your character can be anywhere from inside Abel Township (the main setting of the Rebel Five series) to halfway across the world; it doesn't bother me. As long as it doesn't directly contradict anything written down, it'll work out. Naturally, Rebel Five won't reply to OOC posts. But I might; you can call me Jay if you need to differentiate Jay the writer from Rebel Five the character. So I'm writing in character; but what will I be writing about? I'll be writing about a zombie apocalypse setting, with a lot of inspiration from Zombies, Run! the app, but my own plotline. So don't worry about spoilers outside the first mission. If I've done my job, you won't be able to tell what's from the app and what's not unless you go through the app's story yourself. Most of what I use from Zombies, Run! will be characters and the basic premise, not the story itself. Eighteen months ago, the world was overrun by a zombie plague. The plague came in two forms; airborne, and fluid-borne. Fortunately, a small amount of the population was immune to the airborne form of the virus, which spread across humanity with terrifying speed. Civilisation crumbled, society fell apart, and those who were left tried to scrabble together some sort of plan from the wreckage. Rebel Five, a soldier in the Australian army, has spent this time in Mullins military base. Being comprised largely of young, healthy people, Mullins had more people immune to the airborne virus than most, and they were able to contain the infected, removing them from the base and sending them out into the ruins. It was a dreadful time, but because of these decisions, Mullins was able to survive. It has ample supplies, since it was designed to cater to ten times the number of soldiers who now live there, but there aren't enough soldiers and bullets to make any sort of attempt at reclaiming the wilderness, or a large-scale attempt at fighting back. Rebel Five, like most of the soldiers, has done very little except exist over the last eighteen months. This is about to change. For those of you who've played Zombies Run, you know what happens next. For those of you who haven't; don't worry. As mentioned earlier, the first mission will be pretty thoroughly spoiled, but other than that, you should be right. If you're planning to go through the app someday and can't bear any spoilers at all, turn back. Alternatively, you could go download the free app, and play through the first mission! It's quite the gripping tale, if I say so myself. Goals: My goals and Rebel Five's goals are the same, though Rebel Five will have some in-character substitutions. These will be mentioned in the story by the time the challenge kicks off. Goal 1: Lift weights at the gym up to thrice per week, using the Stronglifts program. Minimum: 6 workouts. Solid: 8 workouts. Great: 10 workouts. Excellent: 12 workouts. Goal 2: Run up to thrice per week with Zombies, Run! Minimum: 6 runs. Solid: 8 runs. Great: 10 runs. Excellent: 12 runs. Goal 3: Keep up with my uni schedule. Minimum and above: All assignments done on time. Solid: All work done by the end of the challenge. Great: All work done at the end of each week. Excellent: All work done at the end of each day. (1 off day per week permitted) Meet at least "Solid" on all three standards: Some well-fitting shorts, usable for running. As above, plus two "Great" or one "Excellent": My choice of a heart rate monitor or a set of fractional plates. Currently I've just started Stronglifts, and I'm running 4 km (2.5 miles) 3 times a week. My best time is 5:11 min/km, setting me up for about a 26-minute 5k time if Zombies Run is accurate. I'll be checking for accuracy within the next week before the challenge begins, running a road that I know is about 4.88 km (3.05 miles). I live at house number 244, and in more rural areas, 1 number = 10 meters, so emergency services can find houses easily. So if Zombies Run says the run's between 4.8 and 5 km, that's accurate enough to go by until I do an actual race in November. Uni-wise, I'm studying Computer Science, and just entering my second year. Well, that's enough about me for now; let's let Rebel Five take over!
  10. ZOMBIES ATE MY RANGERS CHALLENGE! For those that do not know, this was an amazing game originally for the SNES system in which you would adventure through levels 1 or 2 players and gain items/weapons while attempting to save your neighbors. You could die by losing health or by losing all 10 neighbors. I loved playing it as a kid and really need to put it on my retro pie when I get a chance. So I will start with 10 lucky Neighbors/Rangers to be saving. Neighbors: @raptron @Tanktimus the Encourager @DJtrippyT @Jarric @Lifter5 @WorldSparrow @Rinna @Artemis1 @sozzielou @Rurik Harrgath @Thom Ulfhedinn @Sloth the Enduring @Xena @mr_willes @maegs @Rebel Five @bker1370 How Rangers die, simple, I miss doing things I am supposed to be doing in my training and life. Groupings: pills/stretching - miss either each day 2 dead Rangers. lifts/pulls/workouts - miss any each day 1 dead Ranger. low carb/no drinking/correct calories - mess each day and 1 dead Ranger. daily habits - more than 2 missed 1 dead Ranger. So pretty much if I miss a day of taking my pills or stretching, I kill two of you guys. I made this one so harsh because it is so simple to do, there is really no reason to miss a day. Missing a workout, pull ups, lifting etc. One of you are zombie food. This is pretty simple to understand. Injuries will be given special treatment, excuses will not. Caloric intake. I need to lower my carbs to less than 100 per day(some special considerations may apply, not excuses). Absolutely no alcohol unless I am at a special event, and then keep it low calorie/low carb. My calorie limit is 2,600 per day, super heavy training days it may be slightly pushed up, but is not an excuse to go to 7k calories. Any of these messed up in a day results in a dead Ranger. My daily habits are pretty simple, things I should be doing any ways. I can miss up to 2 a day, special considerations when I have things like work all day then a late hockey game I go straight to. More than 2 missed in a day though and one of you guys die. Chores: none - 1 dead Pretty much get at least one thing off my chore list done per day at least. If I fail without a seriously legit reason then one of you die. How to earn bonus Ranger: 3 days of all dailies - 1 bonus Ranger 5 days of lift/pull/workout - 1 bonus Ranger 5 days of pills/stretching - 1 bonus Ranger I can earn up to a max of 20 Rangers. Bonus items: 5 guys cheeseburger 5 guys cheeseburger Chipotle bowl(no rice/wrap) Thai bowl(no rice, 4 buddies) Chipotle bowl(no rice/wrap) Thai bowl(no rice, 4 buddies) wings(3 wings) wings(3 wings) Wegmans Pizza slice Wegmans Pizza slice Pretty much for each bonus item task completed I roll a D10 and get the coresponding item. All food bonuses must fit inside of the intake criteria for the day(calories/carbs). Bonus items disappear once received and a reroll will be added to their slot. Bonus item tasks: Notch all posts on deck Finish all beams Finish framing Finish setting up filter Finish setting up 12 gallon Finish building 75 gallon stand Clean entire Nerd Room Organize minis Organize an entire set of MTG 7 days of healthy intake 7 days of exercise 7 days of stretching/pills SUPER MEGA BONUSES: Finish with X Rangers: 20 neighbors: Rib Eye/Shrimp and a nice low carb side, then go ruck 5 miles with 20lbs 15-19 neighbors: Go buy a new fishing rod/reel 10-15 neighbors: Have a nice dinner out wherever you want 9: Not amazing, Buy something small fish tank related 8: Not too good, open 2 magic boosters 7: Average, you get nothing < 7: You suck, go RUCK 10 miles At 30 lbs That is it, hopefully I can keep everyone alive!
  11. Winter The apocalypse is coming. When? It is hard to say. I must prepare now as my survival is at stake. Over the next four weeks, I will begin my preparations. It is my goal to focus on speed, strength, and maintaining my sanity while I wrap up a few loose ends. Fortunately, I have been provided an additional week to adjust to my new training regimen. I will call this time of adjustment Week 0. I will record my training plan here so that I may revisit it to maintain focus when distractions work to impede my progress. May these messages act as a reminder to others that you must begin now. You must prepare for what is to come because it is coming whether or not you are ready. Training for the Apocalypse Goals Speed I have been working with the town of Abel over the past two weeks. They are training me so that I may replace the work of the old Runner 5 without meeting the same unfortunate fate. I have not yet missed a session with the doctor nor do I intend to do so. Goal #1: Continue with Zombies! Run C25K program. [Success = Continuing with program with no more than 2 days between sessions] Strength I am a student of NF Academy. As a member of The Academy, I am provided with strength training drills. I had a successful several weeks of completing the exercises as described, but I have let my schedule slip. In order to learn from the masters, I must follow their advice. Goal #2: Continue with the Nerd Fitness Academy training routine and advance to level 3 [Success = 3 days per week of bodyweight training and advancement to level 3 before the end of this training season.] Zombies do not limit their chases to level ground. I need to prepare for the possibility of being chased in stairwells. Goal #3: When leaving work, take the stairs down. Once a week, walk to work. Once a week, climb the stairs. [Success= Never taking an elevator down. Walking and taking the stair up once per week]. Sanity A nearby temple of Tibetan Buddhist monks have opened their walls to the public. There is a lot that I can learn from these wise men. As their student, I will learn to be mindful of my surroundings and to calm my mind. Goal #4: Once per week, visit the Kadampa center for a teaching or meditation. [Success = Going to the center once per week] A strong mind is a rested mind. I very much enjoy my time in bed, however that time can be better spent. As a former sleep professional, I will use my knowledge to ensure better sleep habits and develop a strong routine. I should appreciate the time that I have to sleep now. Who knows how long it will last? Goal #5: Wake up at 7am every morning in order to develop a good sleep routine. [Success = Beginning week 1, wake up by 7am every morning] Loose Ends There are things that I want to accomplish before the zombies come. Things that I have put off until now. Goal #6: Complete the following tasks. 1) “What inspires you?” 2) “Try a Nerd Fitness recipe” 3) “Break down those goals” 4) “Start your Epic Quest” 5) “Gimme the Loot” 6) “Customize your Batcave” 7) Make NF Character useful (and public) 8) Determine primary guild of choice 9) Complete Music in My Mind training materials 10) To be determined [Success = Completing above 10 tasks before the end of the challenge] Training begins now. Good luck and god speed. jessebel
  12. Author's Note: There are a few spoilers for the first mission of Zombies, Run! in this challenge. After that though, I'm taking a lot of liberty with the setting of Abel Township, and making it my own. Think of it as AU fanfiction of Zombies, Run. There shouldn't be any problems with spoilers beyond the first mission, since the setting will be different enough that there'll be no telling which plot points are from the game or not, so any plot points should still come as a surprise. Dear Reader, The name's Rebel Five, apparently. The people of Abel Township call me Rebel because I've yet to pick an area of expertise, and Five because I took over for the old Five; Runner Five. How did that happen, you ask? Maybe I should start at the beginning. I was sent in from Mullins Military Base on a supply run, where I've basically bummed around living on MRE's for the last year and a half like everyone else there. We've got enough forces that we're not in any danger, but not enough to actually make a difference. It was pretty boring right up until our chopper got shot down. I know, right? Who could, or would, shoot down a chopper in this day and age? The zoms are the enemy, we're all in this together. Should be, anyway; in reality it tends to be every settlement for itself. Even so, we don't attack each other. It's just not done. Lack of co-operation is not aggression. Until now. I'm not sure why I'm writing this post, especially since the network's barely functional these days. I found this laptop in Runner Five's old place. That's where they put me, since I replaced the old Runner Five. I tell you, Five must have been one hell of a runner to be given something as valuable as this. I don't think the higher-ups remembered to grab it before they put me in here. I'm not going to be correcting them, either. It even has the internet. It's pretty awful these days though. Samuel, our radio operator, says it'll probably take hours just to send this. I think I'll use you to keep track of my goals. That's something my sergeant always tried to drill into us. It's easy to get into a survival mindset, where you're just trying to tread water and maintain ground. The problem is, if you do that, you end each day no better than when you started, and when something goes wrong, you can't make that ground back. Or you get deeper into the water, or something. I never paid much attention, but now that I'm on my own, it seems comforting to at least hope there's someone out there who's got it all figured out, and piggyback off what they said. To be honest, she was probably treading water just as much as the rest of us, but let's just keep that between us, shall we? So, how can I make sure I'm not just treading water? Fortunately, Abel's given me a list of standards to work towards. Everyone contributes here. I'd bet my laptop that whoever's in charge here, or whoever calls the shots in this area, was military once. It all feels somewhat familiar. Almost like home. Goal One: Strength train with gymnastics rings. "Why don't we have any free weights here?" "Well, Five, why don't you go get some for us? There's an old gym about eight k's from here. Barely touched. Just go grab one of those 20 kilo barbells and run it back past the zoms. Then when you get killed, maybe the new Rebel Five won't ask stupid questions." - Ranger Nine. (He's not the friendliest, but he's pretty jacked, so maybe these rings are useful after all.) Standards - Minimum: 6 workouts. Solid: 8 workouts. Great: 10 workouts. Excellent: 12 workouts. Goal Two: Go on supply runs, at least 3 km each. "Everybody runs here, Five. Unless you're disabled, or crucial to the continued running of the township, you run. Without supplies, Abel Township's dead in the water. Runners are just the specialists, who do the dangerous missions. Everyone else does supply runs or training exercises." - Runner Seven. (Head of runners. Unofficially, he claims.) Standards - Minimum: 6 runs. Solid: 8 runs. Great: 10 runs. Excellent: 12 runs. Goal Three: Work on programming for an hour each day, starting next week. "So, Five, I heard you're good with computers. Is there any chance you could go on over to the old computer lab? Well, it has four computers in it, does that count as a lab? I'm not sure...anyway, it'd just be great of you if you could give it a look. Our head of IT, Emily, says that they're getting some parts shipped in sometime this week and could use some help with something when they get here. Wait, can you be a head of IT if there's nobody under you?" - Samuel. (Radio operator. Chatty bloke, but I like him.) Standards: - Minimum: 9 days. Solid: 12 days. Great: 15 days. Excellent: 18 days. "All that said, Five, do right by us, and we'll do right by you. We keep the best stuff we find for our most hard working people. And we don't just hoard it for the fastest or the strongest either. It's all based on your personalised standards. Anyone who does their job well gets some of the entertainment we work so hard to find. Exceed expectations, and you'll get some of the stuff we find that make us better at our jobs." - Runner Seven. Meet at least "Solid" on all three standards. Reward: Access to a game from Abel's collection. As above, plus meet "Great" on two standards, or "Excellent" on one. Reward: A pair of specialised running shoes. So that's basically my plan for the month. Run, train, learn my way around Abel Township and the surrounding area. I don't think Mullins is going to send a chopper for me any time soon. I sure as hell wouldn't, if I were in their shoes. At the very least, until the route can be confirmed safe again, there's no way home. It's over forty k's from here...no way could I run that far, fast enough to evade the zoms. I don't know if anyone here could. Runner Seven says they're relentless, and some of them can be very fast. But even the slow ones never get slower. They just keep chasing you down, mile after mile, until you drop. And 40 kilometers is a long, long way. Rebel Five, signing out. Author's Note: I've decided to mess around with doing some posts in character, and some posts out of character. The whole thing'll be explained out of character in the next post.
  13. Welcome Fellow Survivors! The road so far: You can read the full story in all it's typo glory here. (I swear I will get around to editing it some day...) When Captain Lars (Call Sign: Sparrow) was invited to take place in 'Project Hometown', he never thought he would be activated. After all, it was a contingency, and contingencies don't happen. At least not to this degree. Project Hometown is a federal program in place to insure continuity of the US Government in the eyes of the survivors of any catastrophe. Each of the continental states were given a coordinator, like Captain Lars, and a number of pre-positioned supply bunkers, to help maintain stability after a nation wide disaster. However, not even in their darkest thoughts did they see something like the FURY bacteria, which quickly infected the majority of the United States. The bacteria eats away at your mind, causing you to loose most higher functions and often become a violent sociopath with zero regard toward self preservation. As the bacteria burns it's self out, your mind is left a shell of it's former self. So far the infected have shown tendencies to hunt in packs, use simple tools, and even stalk their prey like a wild animal. Our heroes fear how else they might adapt and evolve. When Captain Lars excited his bunker he soon met @Rurik Harrgath, and they quickly because comrades in the battle against the infect. When faced with a horde of infected, they feared their doom but were saved by @Wild Wolf and the 113th Cavalry from the Iowa National Guard. While Lars was first glad to have military assistance in his mission, he quickly discovered (with the help of @Raxie) the commander of the cavalry unit might not have the protection of civilian survivors at the top of his priority list. On top of all this, Lars has a nagging thought in the back of his head. The coordinators were intended to be autonomous and equal to each other, but at the last second the coordinator of Colorado was promoted to Major and placed in charge. To make things worse, the highest known politician in the line of succession, is also in Colorado. With all this in mind, Lars wants to get the supplies out of as many bunkers as quickly as possible - in chase Acting President Briggs decides to change the plan. It is much too easy to save yourself and you friends at the cost of people you don't know. In an effort to gain the cavalries' cooperation, Captain Lars and his team conducted recon on the small town of Kingsley, IA to investigate a strong hold of survivors led by @Geek On Fire. Lars discovered that while they had exploited refugees passing through, they felt that it had only been done out of self preservation. It is difficult to draw the line between altruism and pragmatism, and Lars doesn't yet know where The Geek falls, but for now they have become uneasy allies in the fight for survival against the infected. Source Material: Based in the world of the book "The Remaining" Want to be part of the story? Join Here! The Rules: I follow in the foot steps of the greats before me in believe of the connection between the body, the mind, and the soul. I call these The Soldier, The Scholar, and The Sage. For the duration of the challenge I will have primary goals based in these categories. On top of that, the participants of the story will have two bonus quests from each category each week. They can be done within three days (72 hours) of their posting. The Soldier will be posted in RED. The Scholar will be posted in WHITE.(ish) The Sage will be posted in BLUE. Our success (or failure... but that won't happen...) will be judged in 'survivors'. We are starting with 50 survivors in Kingsley. My weekly performance in the primary challenge will net us +/- 5 survivors. Our performance in the bonus quests will net us +/- 1 survivor each. Performance in the ranger miniquest, or any other PvP/PvE Co-Op missions will also net us +/-1 survivor. Lastly, my completion of the 'big three' items on my to-do list will net us +/- 1/3 a survivor. I know what you are thinking... one third a survivor!? How gruesome! But hey - math and stuff, ok? If I do something especially note worthy, it will be deemed 'above the line' and give us +2 survivors. If I do something despicable and shame worthy, it will be deemed 'below the line' and cost us -2 survivors. Main Challenge: The Soldier: I will conduct strength training for at least 30 minutes three times a week. I will conduct cardio training for at least 30 minutes three times a week. I will experiment with healthy cooking once the first week, twice the second week, ect. The Scholar: I will study for 60 minutes four times a week. The Sage: I will meditate for at least 10 minutes six times a week. Conclusion: My last challenge was done in full on fake it 'till you make it mode. Hence the typos in the story, and all that. So get ready for me to take it up a level! Maximum Effort! .
  14. Brutal Bears Survives the Zombie Apocalypse Prologue: So, I am coming over the rangers for the first time; I never thought I would be here! I have traditionally been a warrior, but life has been difficult. I work 70+ hours a week managing a drug treatment center (and my cell is the emergency line), I'm a full time college student, and I don't get much "free time". I have recently had a lot of fun jogging, because I just love to get outside and sometimes I just can't get to the gym. I think I would like to try some unconventional training, like mace training at some point; but, this challenge is just to stay balanced and keep things fun. I would like to make a zombie survival challenge based of the great app "Zombies, run" this time and see what happens... so Rules: If the health of Abel hits 0 I lose. I will roll a D20 each day for damage and various workouts help heal build up the town. Health can not exceed 25 The Goal: Survive 5 weeks of the Zombie Apocalypse Abel Township Health (19/30) Missions
  15. We open on our hero, JulietKitsch, battling a voracious horde of demons. She has fought such creatures before - but now, her life depends on it... About Me: Very tall, very plus size. I have had (moderate) success in weight loss before, but nothing has ever stuck. I'm dangerously close to hitting a new high weight, which would put me at 200 pounds to lose. That's pretty scary to me. I just celebrated my 29th birthday, and I'm about to cross into a threshold where the weight will be even more difficult to lose. The time is now. Strengths: Funny, smart, dedicated to everything but her health, caring. Good dancer. Weaknesses: Fast food. Fast food. Um, fast food. Challenge #1 - Getting Started 2/9 - 2-28 Level One Rebel STR 0 :: DEX 0 :: STA 0 :: CON 2 :: WIS 0 :: CHA 0 Main Quest: I want to be a mother. Right now, I am not in a place financially or health-wise to do so. I will be a single parent, so I need to be financially secure before caring for a child. Main Financial Goals: 1) Live in a 2 bedroom condo or apartment 2) Have $10,000 in liquid savings 3) Be credit card debt free Main Health Goals: 1) Run a 5k 2) Lose 100 pounds 3) Break my fast food habit (3 months fast food free) Main Life Goals: 1) Keep my apartment clean (3 months straight) 2) Achieve tenure at a teaching job 3) Become a foster parent (probably providing respite / short term homes) 4) Be ready to have a child (pregnancy or adoption) Challenge Goals: I am starting simple, especially since this is such a short challenge AND I'm joining late. Me: I'm the type of person who has trouble organizing myself and making healthy choices. +1 CON 30 XP :: Financial Goal: I will eat lunch at school (school: salad bar or turkey sandwich, or bring from home) in order to save money and eat healthier. +1 STR 50 XP :: Health Goal: I will work out at least 1x a week in order to improve my strength and develop a healthy routine. +1 CHA 20 XP :: Life Goal: I will spend 5 minutes organizing my desk area every day in order to create more organization at work. +1 STA 20 XP :: Health Goal: When I walk the dogs, I will walk them down to end of the road and back in order to increase my steps and health. + 1 WIS / 50 XP:: Lent: By the end of this challenge, I will have achieved 7 consecutive days of no fast food.
  16. Journal Entry: 1/04/2016 The outbreak was quick. People got sick before they really even knew what happened. Military bases were hit first, all that the governments could figure was that the zombie apocalypse was brought on by biological warfare. It was all very hush-hush; if you weren't in the brass then there was no way that you could know what would happen. Civilians who lived outside of the base were the ones who felt the worst of it. It only took a week before something bit me. --- Hello, lovelies! I'm back from a long, long hiatus and I'm ready to get back into the swing of things. New year, way to start fresh, right? I figured out how much I missed the Nerd Fitness community and, while having a huge conversation with the girlfriend, recommended the forums to her. So! It seemed a little silly for me to not do something that I very clearly love that does not take up terribly much of my time. The premise of my story arc for this challenge has to do with the lovely zombie game that I played with Eskcanta the last time that I did this. Basically, I am running this story like it is part of the zombie apocalypse. The new year started off in your standard biological warfare setting and the virus has spread throughout the area. The various challenges and goals will all be framed through this lens and will have a surviving the outbreak feeling. I am taking a brief step away from the standard high fantasy writing that I did in Phoenix Ascendant, though rest assured! I may post some fun stuff for my badass Dwarven Cleric/Adventurer self. It will just be bonus content. And now! The goals: Fitness Goal: Persistence Predator: Walk for 30 minutes every day I recently took a look at the ol' phone-based pedometer and found out that I do not do anything that even remotely resembles walking. Being outside in the sunshine makes me feel good, plus actually walking around really makes you feel like you accomplished something. (Even if that something is walking down your block and then walking back.) PASS: A: All week (7 days) B: 5x-6x per week C: 3x-4x per week D: 1x-2x per week FAIL: No walking whatsoever. None. Zilch. Nada Lifestyle Goal: People = meaty water bottles: drink 32 oz water daily Okay, so water consumption is a big deal for me. When I stopped working in the office (which was both good and bad. My hair stopped falling out though! Yay me?) I stopped drinking as much water because I stopped drinking water when I was bored. So, I find that I spend my day in a near constant state of dehydrated. I gotta be nice to my innards. PASS: A: Drink 32 oz water per day B: Drink 31-24 oz per day C: Drink 23-16 oz per day D: Drink 15-1 oz per day FAIL: Jeez, did you even drink water today? No water is a complete fail Lifestyle Goal: Better than brains: Cook 4 meals at home per week Has anyone been going through their budget before and found that they spend insane amounts of money on eating out? I do. Well, I did. I don't anymore because I'm a liiiiiittle broke right now. My at-home cooking has consisted of frozen pizzas and pudding (so... so much pudding o_o). Do you know how many calories are in an entire box of pudding? Do you know how easy it is to eat an entire box of pudding? In order to survive my brokeness with my waistline intact, I've concluded I want to start cooking. PASS: A: Cook 4 meals at home per week B: Cook 3 meals at home per week C: Cook 2 meals at home per week D: Cook 1 meal at home per week FAIL: No meals at home? Seriously? Not even a frozen pizza? caveat: If I am making a pre-made meal (like a microwave dinner or a frozen pizza) that counts as 1/4th of a meal. It fulfills the actual letter of the challenge, but not the spirit of the challenge. Personal Development Goal: Survivor Story: Journal every night There is a lot of therapeudic benefit to journalling. It helps you get your feelings out and sometimes you need to work through what you are thinking and feeling on paper. While this is great and allows me to talk to my friends, there is also a benefit to having something personal that is just for yourself. I have so many cool journals that I love that I would love to actually get some use out of. So hopeful to actually get down to the business of writing and processing. PASS: A: All week (7 days) B: 5x-6x per week C: 3x-4x per week D: 1x-2x per week FAIL: Not a single entry this week, sadness. REWARD SYSTEM: Just like in school, we are grading this on the 4.0 system. No challenge has more weight than the other, so we are going to be working on the cumulative GPA on this. I'm also going to give myself a stat upgrade at the end of this challenge, but the upgrade will be listed later because I don't know what will be worth what. 4.00: CONGRATS! You busted tail and can now go buy the big fancy FitBit you had your eye since the room mate got one. Equivalent to $100. 3.50-3.99: Cash reward of $75 bucks to do with as you see fit. Maaaaybe put it away for vacation? Maybe buy some more books? Who knows what you can do, but it's aaaall yours 3.49-3.00: Cash reward of $60 bucks to do with as you see fit. 2.99-2.50: Okay homegirl, you tried. Cash reward of $50 to do with as you see fit. 2.49-2.00: You gave it a good try! Cash reward of $30 + $20 of fancy food items 1.99-1.00: Just the $20 in fancy food items. You tried a little, but you really didn't give it a good faith effort. 0.99-0.00: You... uh... get a ribbon for participation?
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