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  1. Grandkai joins the Ranger Campfire I've been a Assassin for most of my NF Rebellion journey and with my current goals i thought it was a nice chance to see how the Rangers are. Let me give a quick introduction to who i am: Dutch guy from the Netherlands and i've been a few years now on the NF Rebellion forums. Did a bunch of challenges, had a break and been back for a few challenges now. I like reading, playing games and 100% them on Xbox. Lets get to the goals: Strength training 2-3x a week Since i started going back to the gym i have a LOT better focus & comitment to staying fit. I'll be doing Stronglifts 3x5 with Dips & Chin-ups added. I have a goal of hitting BW Shoulder press before switching to a new program (current BW is 87kg and my 3x5 right now is 50kg, so long way to go ) Run 1-2 times a week for 3-5 km I used to be a regular runner but after a 10K run last year i stopped, decided after the race to take a week break and after that i didnt run at all. The weather here in the Netherlands is oke right now, decent temperature and a bit cloudy but not so much rain. I have a few nice paths to run near my house so i got enough choices to run. Eat healthier Last challenge i payed more attention to sugars and drinking water. This challenge i want to improve it a bit more. This challenge i'm going to track every meal/drink/snack i consume, Drink 2 liters of water everyday, eat more fruits or consume them as a drink. 100% Gaming hobby In my free time i like to spend a few hours everyday working on getting all the achievements for games i own. With Borderlands 3 coming out in roughly 3 months i'm going to play through the first 3 games (Borderlands 1 & 2 and the Pre-Sequel) and try to 100% them. For the moment without all the included DLC's cause those also add 40-50 hours each and i dont have the time to do all of those aswell. So thats my challenge and i'm curious to see how the Rangers are.
  2. What's a 260 lbs warrior to do? Cut the bullshit and stop being an asshole No more gluten free, paleo, eat only this, don't eat that... just don't eat like an asshole. No more half-assed, unplanned workouts or making excuses to get out of them... just don't work out like an asshole. No more not working and complaining about money problems... stop being a lazy asshole, and stop spending money like an asshole. The big thing is I'm prioritizing getting more hours at work so I can not be stiffing bills and better yet saving up. I also want to get myself back to lifting regularly and properly. And frankly playing video games is the best way to unwind. So I'm going to "invest" some of this money into a gaming console so I can veg out and unwind at the end of long days, and while I wait for muscles to rebuild themselves. Then saving up so I can maybe "buy" a house in the next year or two. So nerds... any thoughts on gaming consoles, games? Goal 1: Don't eat like an asshole Assholes: Eat the whole pizza in one sitting. Go an entire day without eating any fruit or vegetables. Drink more than 2 beers by themselves for no reason. Never say no to a dessert/sweet. Do not prepare meals and wind up getting fast food when they end up getting hungry even though there is healthy food in the goddamn fridge. Do all of this shit in a single day sometimes. Non-Assholes: Can stop eating pizza after two or three slices. Will not only include fruits and vegetables in their diets, but make them a priority. Drink no more than two beers, better yet only one beer, or save this treat for social occasions. Refrain from desserts/sweets until a goal deserving of such a reward has been accomplished. Prepare healthy meals in advance, and always prefer the healthy foods that are available. Do not let one slip up snowball into a pile of fuck-it-itis. Goal 2: Don't Exercise Like an Asshole Assholes: Have no specific goals Don't follow programs and allow fuck-around-itis to rule their exercise time Make excuses to skip workouts Pay for gym memberships, but never go to the gym regularly Non-Assholes: Set goals, and choose lifts that help them meet those goals Program their lifts and exercise routines sensibly Stick to their Programs and workout as scheduled Either use their gym membership or cancel it (I'm going to cancel, cuz I have the equipment I need at home) Goal 3: Don't be a lazy asshole Assholes: Hit the snooze button five times, then reset their alarm an hour later then hit the snooze button five more times before finally getting up two hours after they set their alarm to go off originally. Find excuses to leave work early, or not work the extra OT hours that pay. Non-Assholes: Get the fuck out of bed the first time the alarm goes off at 4 am so they can get to work around 5 am and put in a full day. Keep working until they've maxed out for the day or hit at least 50 hours for the week. Goal 4: Don't spend your hard earned money like an asshole Assholes: Waste money on junk food and booze. Make impulse buys based on spur of the moment interests and don't shop around for ways to save money. Don't budget. Don't save. Non-assholes: Refrain from spending money on junk food and booze. Take time to consider what they are buying, why they are buying it, and finding the best price. Always check their budget. Always save at least a little.
  3. Goals: Fitness: Workout 3x a week using the Startbodyweight Routine Health: Drink 2 liters of water everyday & 1 apple and ~100 grams of strawberries every day. Hobby: 100% Rayman Origins & start with 100% Darksiders Warmastered. Social: update atleast every 2-3 days here on the forums and comment on 1-2 other challenges. Skill: Practice Juggling & German language So last challenge i made a decent start with getting back into shape. Above are a few stuff i want to do during this challenge. Lets explain a bit more about the goals: Fitness: at the end of the last challenge i started again with SBR (StartBodyweight Routine) and i want to continue it in this one. Get that difficulty in again. Health: I want to drink more water, most days i barely drank any fluids or it was some soda/energy drinks. I want to eat more fruit, so an apple during work and the strawberries with breakfast or as a snack. Hobby: Started last month with Rayman Origins and got far but didnt have a moment specific to play it. I'm gonna play it on 1 day for a few hours at a time where i know i have time and wont be distracted. After Rayman is done i'm gonna start with Darksiders Warmastered. Social: Last challenge i didnt update a lot and i think this also made it hard to keep track of my goals. And because i didnt focus on my own i didnt comment/support others with their goals. So this time id'm gonna update my own a bit more and support other more. Skill: havent practiced a skill in a long time. I have a few juggling balls and i want to practice juggling again because its fun and kewl to do. German language is one that i'm on/off constantly, but i want to get good with it because my brother lives in Germany and if i come to him i want to be able to speak with his german friends/colleagues and not having him to translate. My father has a whole college book on how to practice German and hopefully i can borrow this from him. Oke, those are my goals and i'm gonna do "more" my best to do all of it.
  4. LIFE GOALS: Complete commissioned projects by deadline. Balance Discord/Twitch and the rest of my life. Take a break on Sundays. HEALTH GOALS: 3 bottles of Water a day. Izuku's Gym Workout at 8am - MWF 2.5 mile run3x10 one arm bendt over rows3x10 lunges each leg3x10 kickbacks3x10 shoulder raises side/front3x50 squats3x50 pushups3x15 biceps curl This is the routine I want to get to, but it'll take time before I'm doing everything. GAMING GOALS: Red Dead Redemption Platinum
  5. Grandkai's doing Assassin Stuff (part 2/2) Previous challenge had its good and bad things so i'm stopping with the bad and continue with the good from my last challenge. I'm gonna try and finished this last challenge of the year strong. Quest 1: Increase Agility "Assassins spend most of their time training with functional body weight exercises as that’s usually the only thing they need to lift." - Startbodyweight Routine 3 times a week; - Handstand Training every day for 5-10 minutes (alternate between handstand & headstand) Quest 2: Increase Stamina "They have solid endurance as well, allowing them to progress through an obstacle-filled environment without breaking a sweat." - Run outside 5-10 km 3x a week Quest 3: Improve Body "Fearless, calculated, and efficient, Assassins have low body fat percentages because extra weight could mean the difference between life and death on a mission." - No ordering food - Multivitamin, Omega 3 & Apple in the morning - Protein Shake & Apple after workouts - 2 Liters of water everyday Quest 4: Relaxation - 100% Rayman Origins on Xbox - Read 30 minutes after waking up and 30 minutes before going to bed So these are my quest's for this last challenge of 2017. A bit of my previous challenge with some new things. I'm gonna do my best to post every day on this challenge forum, even if its just an emoticon.
  6. Grandkai's doing Assassin stuff (part 1/2) Previous challenge didn't go so well, but giving it another shot so here are my BIG goals for the last 2 months of this year. BIG Goal 1: Do a Handstand; - Everyday #5 Minute Flow - Everyday Headstand training & progress to Handstand - 3x a week Startbodyweight Routine to build strength. BIG Goal 2: Do a Split; - Do the Darebee "Splits in 30 Days" challenge -1x a week Yoga class - Everyday 30/30 challenge by Ido Portal BIG Goal 3: Reduce Unhealthy foods; - Block Food Ordering websites. - NO more quick trips to the store after work for unhealthy foods. - Buy protein bars/powder to supplement nutrition. Side Goal: 100% Rayman Origins on Xbox
  7. Hey thank you for looking in my Daily Battle Log Things you are going to see me post in this log: Daily journal; Workout/skill log; Xbox/PS gaming log; Anime/TV/movie log; Streaming; etc.. Old posts will be edited.
  8. FATE / STARPUCK : ZERO The last few challenges have seen a change in how I see myself, and how I approach life, fitness and food. A GOOD change! I'm also fresh off of ACEN and my anime floon is high, so this seemed a fitting time to delve back into some anime themed challenges. TRAIN LIKE SHIROU Shirou got dragged into a war he wasn't even aware of, but chose to stand up for his ideals nonetheless. If he had any hope of surviving, let alone being a hero of justice, it meant he had to work hard and gain some combat skills. He also had to rest after exerting himself too much, because a mage without mana, meant a weaker servant! ACTIVITY GOALS: 6x / week Like before, this can be any type of intentional activity, though I want to make sure at least 2x a week it is strength training. Starting in June, I will have the potential for up to 3x hockey / week though I will probably opt out of that. I may end up doing 2x a week for the whole month, depending on when Coed games line up. LEGITIMATE REST DAY 1x / week When summer whips up, I can sometimes get into a streak of having zero rest days. I'm not suggesting I sit and do nothing, but one day per week must NOT have any "real" training. Leisure hikes, bikes or walks are okay. But once every seven days, there must be no run or hockey or weight training. PRACTICE LIKE RIN Rin was born and raised to be a mage, to become the heir of her family's legacy. While she is a compete magus when we see her, it was a long, hard process for her to gain that level of skill. She studied and practiced throughout her childhood, and pushed her boundaries endlessly. ART GOALS 4x / week I should really be pushing to start implementing tutorials, or skills practice. I have made a lot of progress, but I think the next wave of improvement will only come if I start LEARNING things. The reason I am not changing this goal to reflect that need, is because I don't see it as strongly feasible during the summer months when I get uber busy. So for now, keep up the routine and practice. D&D PREP WORK 1x / week My game is going well enough and I am actually enjoying life as a GM. I do want to get better, so I need to make sure I am investing time every week into either prepping my specific game, or reading rules books, watching tips, etc. COSTUME WORK 3x / challenge My brother and nephew will be going with me to Comic Con in August. I have a really good start to a Rebel Legion worthy Jedi uniform, but I am unhappy with how it fits, and the lack of colors. I have material for a new Obi / Tabard set, but no sewing skills. In order not to get rushed last minute with this endeavor, I need to start doing this now. I will practice on crap material, until I am comfy enough to sew the tabards an obi in the new color. CONQUER MY ARCHER "If you cannot defeat your enemy with the weapon you do have, then imagine one with which you could." Archer is ... a complicated character, and I will not go too much into it in case this is on your list to watch. (Recommended!) This goal is about defeating my own biggest nay-sayer... AKA, ME! AFFIRMATIONS 7x / week Daily affirmations in journal. My 'wake up' routine. I want to start expanding what's written in them now, talking myself up more and ... most importantly, start working on developing some courage. PUCK LOVE, BOLD EDITION 1x / week One RANDOM picture per week, posted with complimentary self talk. IE. No taking pics that I look at and go, "Gee that's my good side." Snap pic, post, talk nice. BEYOND THE BOUNDARY 3x / challenge Engage in an activity that is decidedly beyond my routine comfort zone. Do it without backing out. I will need some advice and suggestions on this one for ideas! EAT TO PERFORM 7x / week Not the ACTUAL program, but I am aiming to up my calories to no MORE than a 500 calorie deficit per day, and may in fact, aim for something closer to a 250 calorie/day deficit. I want to add good, healthful calories to the mix, so it may also turn into a bit of a cooking challenge. I'll have the house (and thus the kitchen) to myself for part of it, so it will be a real test. The goal will be to eat 1800 calories per day on a normal activity day, 2400 calories on a hockey day, and 1700 calories on a rest day. KEEP UP NIGHTLY REGIME 7x / week Not a solid habit yet. Must keep this on the list until it's set in stone. ODDS AND ENDS - Buy tickets for Wizard World - Plan August trip. - Research new bike. - Buy new bike for August trip. - Clean out closet. - Go through clothes, recycle, toss, etc. - Finish leather pouch for Jedi costume (requires a snap install) - Research suburban Improv Class * - Clean up PC, files, pics, etc. Alright, it looks like a lot on the plate, but it's really mostly the same as last time with a few new twists. Also, most of it can be done first thing in the morning, or during my already established routine. I'm riding high on the coattails of last challenge, so let's do this! "I am the bone of my sword. Steel is my body, and fire is my blood..."
  9. I picked this theme (not because of the TV show) but because the newest addition to this world is coming out the 23rd! I cannot wait to read it. Eeeeew! This is a book series which is very complicated, long, and was written/published out of order! So for more information on that. You can read in the second message if you're interested in the book series. Create a Different Path "She thought of it, and her stele began to move the way a dancer begins to move when the music starts." Goal: Create a 4 hour work day, finish my first original video, read a chapter of Harry Potter every night, and name my target buyers. (5 points) Bonus: For completion or extra hours of work. Train to Become Stronger "Shadowhunters: Looking Better in Black Than the Widows of Our Enemies Since 1234." Goal: Keep on progressing MWF (5 points) LINK Bonus: For leveling up Hunt the Demons "Nobody calls me 'blondie' and keeps their kneecaps." Goal: Stretch M-F (5 points) Bonus: For leveling up Learn New Things "Mark, looking beatific, took the dispenser of maple syrup off the table and upended it over his strawberries. He picked one up and put it in his mouth, stem and all." Goal: Learn and make 4 new healthy recipes. Bonus: If I eat a veggie, fruit, and only when I'm hungry. Listen to a Higher Power “No one is ever the villain of their own story.” Goal: Listen to each week's Church sermon. (10 points) Bonus: Extra reading, conversations with God, or copious notes. Read with Passion "It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them." Goal: Finish Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas and Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. (%) Thrill of the Game “The nod means 'I am a badass, and I recognise that you too, are a badass.” Goal: Work towards TLoU Plat and play through Borderlands (%) _.-*-._.-*-._ Trophy Goals: Azarath Metrion Zinthos | Don't You Two Read? | Better in Black Since 1234 *Art by Cassandra Jean on Tumblr
  10. With the upcoming release of the Fate/Apocrypha anime i decided to go with a Fate Stay Night/Fate Grand Order theme. In short this is a anime/game where Heroic Spirits from histroy/mythology fight for a Holy Grail that will make any wish a person has come true. The show/game has 7 different classes and i have those sorted with the goals i have for this challenge. Saber: Train my body I am going to continue with my Startbodyweight Routine on MWF and on the off-days i will GtG (Greave the Groove) on my Pistol Squats and Archer Pull-ups to get better with them. With the goal of doing 10 reps on the off days. Start Bodyweight Routine on Monday, Wednesday & Friday [3x a week] = __/3 = __/21 Greave the Groove on Pistol Squats & Archer Pull-ups, 2 reps everytime i am in my hall-way - Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday/Sunday [3x a week] = __/3 = __/21 Archer/Lancer: Improve Endurance Last challenge i made a great start again with running and i noticed good improvements, for this challenge i am going to run 3x a week. On week days a run of 3,5 - 4 km and in the weekend go for a 5K run. Each time trying to run longer and with fewer breaks. Run 3,5-4 km on Tuesday & Thursday [2 times a week] = __/2 = __/8 Run 5K on Saturday/Sunday [once a week] = __/1 = __/4 Assassin I am going to continue my Headstand Training and my daily #5 Minute Flow. I saw nice improvements with my Headstand Training ending the last challenge with a hold time of almost 2 minutes. Everyday i am going to start the day with my #5 Minute Flow and on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday/Sunday i am going to hold the headstand. #5 Minute Flow [Every day] = __/7 = __/28 Headstand Training [3x a week] = __/3 = __/21 Caster In the past i used to do a little bit of Duolingo to learn a new language but i always half-assed it, this challenge i'm going to up the ante by practicing German & Swedish. I am also going to read 3 light novels of Spice and Wolf volumes 6,7 & 8. And cook atleast 4 new easy recipes from "15 Minutes Paleo". Duolingo German & Swedish [Every day] = __/7 = __/28 Spice & Wolf Volume 6,7,8 [Read all 3] = __/3 Cook 4 new recipes from "15 Minute Paleo" = __/4 Rider/Berserker: 100% Gaming Darksiders I didnt quite finish Bioshock Infinite in the last challenge so im putting it on hold for now. For this challenge i am going to 100% complete Darksiders Darksiders [Every day atleast a hour] = __/7 = __/28 Ruler: Support Besides to the people i regularly follow i am also going to follow 3 other Rebels and encourage them all 5 days a week. And update everyday on my own progress. Follow & encourage 3 other rebels [5x a week] = __/5 = __/20 Update own progress [7x a week] = __/7 = __/28 Master: Other Didnt really know where to put these goals so i decided to put them in other. These goals are mostly orientated towards my daily habits. Like cleaning and tracking my food (for the first time). Use my Pomodoro system to clean my apartment every day [7x a week] = __/7 = __/28 Track my week days food with MFP [5x a week] = __/7 = __/28 The next post i will explain a bit about the Fate Universe. How it started, what shows/games there are and the best watch order and upcoming movies/shows. And each day i will explain a bit about a Servant class with a bit of History of the Heroic Spirit i picked for that week.
  11. Grandkai: Making minor Updates This challenge i am going to focus on improving/updating certain aspects of my life to make it a bit better & healthier. Goal 1: Strength & Skills [Max points: 42] - Startbodyweight Routine 3x a week - Learn/Practice the "Headstand" every day with the help of Beastskills.com tutorials Last challenge i had great progress with everything. And i am so happy with the program i am going to continue with it this challenge. Goal 2: Cardio [Max points: 8] - Run or perform a HIIT workout 2x a week. Last challenge i dropped the ball on this one. Was hoping to run with a nice Spring sun but that wasnt happening. So this time i have 2 back-up HIIT workouts from Darebee which ill do instead if i cant run outside. Goal 3: Nutrition [Max Points: 94] (Im going to count every day with out drinking soda & ordering food) - No more soda at home or work. Only if i go out (which basically never happens), or when i am at my parents. - Drink 2 Liters of water everyday. - Make 1 smoothie every week. - No more ordering food No more soda, i used to buy a 1,5liter bottle of coca cola when i ordered some food. And i would almost drink it empty the same night. That cant be good for you. I used to order food 2-3 times a week, not a whole lot but i want to save that money and eat the meals i prepared for myself. Smoothies are something i want to try out, so 1 each week to try it out and see how easy it is to make. Goal 4: 100% Gaming [Max points: 17] (All the achievements i need for both games) - Finish Halo CE Anniversary - Finish Bioshock Infinite I started with Halo CE last challenge and just didnt finish it, am about 8 achievements short and those arent really hard to finish. I had Bioshock Infinite already 100% but then DLC came out and i had more work to do. SO i hope to finish as much of those achievements as well. For this challenge i am going to use a point system. I am going to aim to get 90% of the points on each goal. I was thinking of doing something like i did a few challenges back where i got a figure to motivate me even more. I have one in mind but my IKEA DETOLF is getting kinda full. And i know i need to get a new one with all the pre-orders i have for the rest of the year.....i will think this one over.
  12. My last few challenges have resulted in small, incremental improvements. Keeping those improvements, and adding in some fun, seems like a good quest. I have come down with a good gaming group. The DM has done most of the hosting, and my house is finally in order to help shoulder some of that load. But, I need a gaming table. A proper table to leverage existing furniture, look decent in company, not cost a fortune, and not cost me fingers. I like power tools, and have barely avoided this... Thus the challenge: Maintain anti-entropy efforts. Maintain food diary. Maintain dog walks. Add: Design and build a gaming table. Add: No collateral damage. Power tools require extra adulting. Pics as things happen. Anyone with suggestions for a good knee height table (a design parameter is dual use as a coffee table) is welcome to chime in! - Murphy's Roommate
  13. Grandkai Lives for the Creed Goal 1: Practical Strength Last challenge i did the 30 Days of Gravity which gave a good basis for bodyweight training. For this challenge i am going to do the StartBodyweight Routine. On MWF i will do a workout based on 7 different movements (Squat, Pull-up, Handstand Push-up, Leg Raise, Push-up/Dips, Horizontal Pulls & Planks). It has a nice progression system with new movements. (you can check it out here: http://www.startbodyweight.com/2014/01/basic-routine-infographic-poster.html). Goal 2: Move Like a Assassin Assassins need to be quick & nimble and dont need to have a strain on a bodypart after a fight. So i am doing the "Blogilates Split/Stretch" routine. Everyday i will be stretching my lower body and with it progress to doing a full split. I did some splits in the last challenge and i was really impressed how flexible my legs could be (the max distance i could get my feet from each other was 190cm, which is 5cm more than my owh height ). Goal 3: Responsibility A assassin need to responsible for his body, he cant tear up his body and hope the next day it will be oke. So im going to take responsibility and fuel my body properly by eating 1 Apple everyday and drink at least 2 Liters of Water and no more soda's. Full Synchronization: 100% Completion Assassins Creed 1 Last challenge i worked to complete Bioshock to 100%, with my challenge being Assassins Creed styled what better game to complete than the original Assassins Creed. Right now i am at 66% completion, i started a new game and will be playing every day at least a hour to get all the achievements. Summary: Goal 1: StartBodyweight routine on MWF Goal 2: Blogilates every day Goal 3: 1 Apple & 2 liter Water everyday Full Sync: 100% completion Assassins Creed 1 And remember Assassins: Perhaps a good life motto to follow......
  14. *So what if I've done this challenge before, I failed last time so I wanna succeed this time! This month, I want to keep it simple but add on to what I had last month. This is going to be rough BUT I can do this!! Plus, these challenges are working towards my goals/trophies I have set out for myself in my Roadmap. - D.Va Gaming - Goal: Platinum LEGO Marvel Superheroes and play through Fallout 4 - Lúcio Positivity - Goal: Complete the challenge. Stay positive and focus on the good things - Zarya Strength - Goal: Workout MWF and keep track of progress HERE (Highly inspired/stolen from Otterbyte) - Ana Career - Goal: Audition, email, read about career M-F - Mercy Nutrition - Goal: Eat 1 veggie side or 2/3 of meal and 1 fruit each day - Mei Read - Goal: Complete The Bane Chronicals this month - Widowmaker Flexibility - Goal: Stretch for the splits M-F _.-*-._.-*-._ - Trophy Goals This Month - City of Stars | Are You Even Trying? | The World Could Always Use More Heroes!
  15. Grandkai Getting his Groove back Last challenge didnt really end well for me. I had some stuff i wanted to do then but i just didnt get through it with work being a pain in my ass. And of course the holidays. This challenge im going to focus on a few goals: 1) Life: Get back on schedule; 2) Fitness: Start a bodyweight program 3) Nutrition: Cook something new on Saturday 4) Hobby: Complete a game 100% Goal 1: Life, Get back on schedule I made a schedule for every week depending on the type of shift i have. And i have put those tasks into a Habatica account where i will keep track of once that i completed. Goal 2: Fitness, Start a bodyweight program Last challenge i decided to do something as a workout but in the end it didnt really feel good. So i decided to start a bodyweight program from Darebee again. Ill be performing the 30 Days of Gravity workout during the challenge. With a few small changes. Goal 3: Nutrition, Cook something new on Saturday To get healthy isnt something that just happens over night so to slowly eas myself into it im going to cook something new (mostly paleo) every saturday and switch it out for something that i used to eat every week. Goal 4: Hobby, complete a game 100% I have about 118 games and only 9 games completed at 100%. So for this month im going to complete atleast 1 game to 100% and the game i choose was: Everyday im going to play a bit to get further with the game and to get all those achievements.
  16. Team RWBY can only have 4 members (so they kicked me out) and the Overwatch team was way too demanding (so I left). I've been feeling like a teenager with no direction and extreme laziness, so maybe training with a bunch of teenagers will be better for me this month. Beast Boy - Health At dinner, half of the plate consists of veggies. (Weekdays) Bonus Points: Snack on fruit instead of Cheez-itz Link for tracking progress. Robin - Agility Stretch for the splits (both legs) everyday, except Friday and Sunday Raven - Thought Read for at least 30 mins a day. Spend at least 15 mins with the Word. (MWFSu) Starfire - Strength Workout out the first tier of Periodic Table of Bodyweight Exercises (MWSa) Terra - Redemption Get my shit together by auditioning more (at least 3 jobs a week), work harder (have set schedule), and learn balance between YT and VA Cyborg - Gaming Continue to get rings cap in DragonVale. Reach lvl 100 in Overwatch. 100% Rocket League. Keep tabs with on my Twitch or YouTube channels
  17. I have been playing a lot of Overwatch lately and can't stop thinking/dreaming about it. SO... Let's make it my themed challenge this month! D.Va - Gaming 100% Uncharted 4 and Collect the 5 dragons in DragonVale Genji - Agility Practice yoga on off days and stretch until splits (front ways, both legs) are obtained Symmetra - Knowledge Read 30 mins a day and finish two books this challenge Zarya - Strength Green Arrow workout MWSa and Handstand progression everyday Lucio - Music Learn all the words to a tough song. Mercy - Spirit Read at least one chapter of the Bible a week and continue to go to church every Sunday Winston - Health Have one side of fruit or veggies with lunch and dinner Well that's it! I may have bitten off way more than I can chew.... but oh well. Live and Learn. Here's to my second EVER 4-Week Challenge.
  18. Quest 0 - Hoard of the Dragon Queen I've been letting work get in the way of my workouts ... I'm frozen! (see how I made that work?) before week 1 I'm going to do at least 2 runs and a kettle bell workout! Quest 1 - The Rise of Tiamat Stretching! Everyday I'm going to do 10 minutes of stretching! A: 28 Days of stretching! (Wis +3) B: 20-27 Days of stretching! (Wis +2) F: <19 Days of stretching! Quest 2 - Princes of the Apocalypse Movement and mobility! 6 days a week I'm going to do some running/jogging. This could be long distance running + sprinting + hill work etc. A: 24 Days! (Dex +2, Con +2) B: 23-20 Days! (Dex+1 Con +1) F: <19 Days! Quest 3 - Out of the Abyss Tuesday+Thursday Kettlebell beast mode! A: 8 Days of Kettlebells (Str+3, Sta+2) B: 4-7 Days of Kettlebells (Str+2, Sta +2) F <3 Days of Kettlebells Quest 4 - Curse of Strahd I've been letting myself mope about and not be as social or out going as I should. Plus my photography has suffered from lack of doing it.
  19. It's time. IT'S TIME. For what, you may not have asked- BUT I'LL ANSWER ANYWAY! IT'S TIME... to get strong. Powerful. Bad. Ass. Becoming a certified and recognized badass takes time and effort, of course. The first of which I have in spades. The second.. ehh. [i'm lazy] A Bit About Me: I'm a 5'9 1/2, about 145 pound 18 year old girl who is currently attending college.I'm currently taking karate at my college [going on 6 months now!] and will continue after my classes are over.My Goals For This Challenge: Taking My Medicine Daily - It looks gross and tastes gross, but damn if it doesn't do well for my mental health.Water World - Drinking exclusively water. Liquid calories are no bueno.1 Minute Horse Stance - This is mainly to strengthen my knees; I've always had joint problems, so this SHOULD help. Any other suggestions would be welcome!Current Badass Level: Kitten. I have claws but no idea how to use them- Suck. This challenge is mainly to show myself that I CAN stick with something. There aren't any fitness-specific goals, only because of my Karate classes twice a week, which don't necessitate a goal at the moment. 3 is also a nice number.
  20. I have a tendency to want to restart everything once I screw up, fall behind, or space out on it. I've certainly done that over the summer this year in regard to my challenges and overall health and fitness goals. It's about this point that I would usually want to pull the plug, find new gadgets and gizmos and start over. Not this time my friends. This time I am going to continue with the characters I have, at the level they are, and keep playing. The great thing about NF (okay one of the many great things about it) is that I can look back at past challenges to see where I had my most success and what I was doing to attain it! So I did that! And... I also wrote down all the stuff that's on my mind that I want to do. Then I plotted it out on a calendar. How do I know that my best bod history was basically between April and August of 2013? I found this pic of me. In a box. And I love it!!! As far as I can tell by past NF notes and updates, I was around 142 here. But that's a sharp looking 142. (I haven't weighed myself in a while, but I think I am around 147, so not far off number wise, but way different shape wise.) I was able to look back and figure out what I was doing at this point. Running 3x a week. Strength training 3x a week. Eating really, really clean. So now I know what pieces need to be in this puzzle, it was just a matter of arranging them. Ok, and adding in things like, hockey, yoga, drawing, gaming, and other things. I also can take past experience to know that, I will NOT get a strength workout in on the weekends. Just never happens. I DO tend to be otherwise active on the weekends though, so no worries. Hockey season is starting up again, so I will have hockey at least once a week, sometimes three times a week. Taking that all into consideration, the plan of attack is this: Strength Train M-W-F (3x/week) Run T-Th (2x/week) Yoga T-Sa (2x/week) Draw M-Sa (2x/week) Hockey W-F/Sa/Su (1-3x/week) Gaming Th-Su (2x/week) Bible Study W (1x/week) Yes, yes it seems like a lot! But the strength training and running is always done at work, on my lunch hour. So the drawing, yoga, hockey and gaming will be my evening activities. If I go into it just knowing that on certain days, I do certain things, it takes some of the brain work away. I am also going to track my food, especially as I may cut out some of the processed grains and breads again. Last time I did that, I lost a lot of weight, but I also think I was eating far too little. I have a vacation that starts on, and lasts through all of week four, so that is going to be really hard. I think I'll just do my best, enjoy the trip, and not worry about it. I also need to think up a way on how to organize and track, and ... oh snap! I forgot about the other goal, lol. Back to budgeting. And with the idea of putting $300/month, physically, into the savings account. Alright, the morning is getting away from me, but I wanted to get this posted before I lost track of my thoughts. TL;DR GOALS SUMMARY Strength Train 3x/week Run 2x/week Yoga 2x/week Draw 2x/week Eat Clean/Track 6x/week Budget $75/week into savings. I'll spew brain vomit on this thread more later. I need fooooooood.
  21. Just hit level 7 and I think it is time to incorporate some Titansgrave and Critical Role into a challenge so let's do this! Titansgrave is Wil Wheaton's RPG show on Geek & Sundry, and Critical Role is a D&D game run and played by voice actors (also on Geek &Sundry). I enjoy them both as they tell cool stories and entertain me ... plus make me want to play/run more games! Quest 1 - Umm ... I just rolled a 1. Seems I've still got some hip/knee issues going on ... to fight this I'm going to incorporate more stretching into my daily activities. So 3 time a week I'm going to spend 15+ minutes stretching 3 / week = A 2 / week = B 1 / week = C 0 / week = F Quest 2 - I am the storm's fury! This is all about speed work. Once a week I'm going to do do a fartlek - aka speed work. A sample of a fartlek is something like this sprint all out from one light pole to the next, jog to the corner, give a medium effort for a couple blocks, jog between four light poles and sprint to a stop sign, and so on, for a set total time or distance. For me I'll try to add these sort of variables into a 4-5 mile run on Monday I'm looking to do 6 (aka 1 per week) so scoring is easy enough 6 = A 5 = B 4 = C 3-0 = F Quest 3 - I Encourage Violence No literally! Geez guys! Feels like I'm losing some of my muscle gains so I'm going to incorporate a work day workout. Whenever I go to the bathroom I'll do 1 set of 10 of a body weight exercise. Exercises will rotate between bathroom visits so muscles not to get overly fatigued and allow for variety. Thinking Pushup / Squat / Dips / 30 second plank Life Quest - Five Gold and a party I've been itching to write a RPG adventure so I'm going to use this challenge to do just that! Not sure what the setting or system will be but that'll be part of the process and what I have to figure out! This is all or nothing ... so yeah good times! I'll be doing this in a google doc which I'll link once I've started and occasionally post snippets here for those who don't want to look at the doc.
  22. Update: I loved the idea of making a spreadsheet to track goals: here's mine. Main Quest: Beat agoraphobia & depression. Q1: 20 good form push-ups. (+1 STR) I used to be able to do 46. Now I can barely do 1. Despite having been in the military, I was never an athlete or a tough chick, but repetition helped get me from the arm strength of a flea... I couldn't do a single push-up on my knees, to almost 50 real push-ups on a graded exercise test with a 2-minute time limit. Since my injury and my depression, and now that I'm doing a regular desk job where being in shape isn't a requirement, I haven't made an effort to work out in six months. I did my first push-up in months this morning. It was rough. My middle sagged, I almost couldn't get back to the start position. I don't have a gym membership or free weights, but I plan on practicing push-ups, arm circles and some planks -- anything plyometric basically. Maybe I'll even start getting back my four-pack of yore. Update: I think I psyched myself out during that first bad push-up yesterday. Maybe I just forgot what it feels like to use my muscles. Today (July 22, still 5 days before challenge start) I did a set of 5 not-terrible push-ups. I'm not going to update my goal to make it harder, because I don't want to discourage myself with unreasonable difficulty. However, I'm going to put a longer term counter in my signature to keep track of how close I am to getting back to 50 push-ups. A = > 20. (I was always told that As are not for meeting the expectation, they're for going beyond it!) B = 20 C = 13 Fail: anything less Q2: No alcohol (+1 CON) I'm prone to a lot of anxiety and depression and I've never had any luck with the many anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, anti-have-any-feelings drugs prescribed to me. Individual therapy, group therapy, hospitalization also did basically nothing for me. Now I'm living alone for the first time in my life, in a city where I don't know anyone. And I self-medicate. Out of all the modern miracles of pharmacology, alcohol works better than anything at making me feel less awful about life. With my severe agoraphobia, I don't even like leaving my apartment. Going to the store to buy alcohol actually provides one of the few motivating reasons I step out the front door. Unfortunately, alcohol also upsets my sleep cycle, makes time disappear unproductively, and robs me from actually working on meaningful goals. It has a ton of calories and is one of the factors that my weight crept from a pants size 6 to not-fitting-into-an-8. And more than that: it shouldn't be the only reason I can find to leave the house. A lot of my other nutritional goals hinge on this one. If I pour empty calories down my throat every evening, why bother eating healthy during the day? I use that to rationalize buying sweets, salt-filled freezer meals, and so forth at the grocery store. Sure, I'll also pick up carrots and fruit and salad greens... and then never eat them. I have a feeling that cutting out alcohol is the linchpin to the rest of my nutritional goals, and some other life goals. A = totally dry. B = slipped once or twice. C = slipped three or four times. Fail: anything more Q3: Banish videogames, movies and TV. (+1 WIS)You can argue that this isn't a nutrition or fitness goal, but I have to strongly disagree. Gaming and TV-watching eats up the time that I would otherwise use to be more mentally and physically active. It is an opiate to me. I also tend to eat unhealthy snacks while gaming more than any other time. I have difficulty taking breaks and will ignore the physical world as long as possible as long as I have a game to play. To begin, I cancelled my Netflix subscription. Now, it's not really enough for me to say, "Don't play games" as my goal. I also need to strongly dissuade myself from purchasing them to begin with, and uninstall the ones I have. It's harder to get back into a game if all my save files are deleted and the game isn't on my computer at all. I will uninstall the Origin and Steam platforms, and all games associated with them. I suspect this will have more tangible positive results during the 6-week challenge than if I just plugged in another numerical goal, like, "Oh, do 100 sit-ups" or something. Freeing up large blocks of time that I spend on gaming is objectively the best way to get myself re-involved in the real world. I will not be getting rid of audio books and educational podcasts. If I see a movie in theaters, I will make an exception to the "no movies." I'm just targeting the vast library of shows I have at my disposal with iTunes, Amazon, Netflix and Hulu. Out of all of my quests, this one will be the most difficult, and honestly I'm not quite sure what to expect as the result. Who am I without games and shows? What will I fill my time with? Will my depression worsen or will I become super-productive? A = absolutely no gaming, no movies, no TV. B = slipped once or twice. C = slipped three or four times. Fail: anything more Life (Side) Quest: Go outside every day. (+1 STA) If I'm ever going to be comfortable enough to drive again and minimize my anxiety at leaving home, the first step is just to get out my front door every day. Because I work from home, I can easily go for 2 - 3 day stretches where I don't leave the house. Eventually I'll have to take care of basic things... take out the trash, get the mail, go to the store, go to the laundry room. But the more I stay inside, the worse my agoraphobia gets. It doesn't even feel like a "fear," usually it just feels like... a sort of grey miasma that closes me into my little cell. I say there's nothing to do outside, nowhere to go, no one to meet. I pull down the blinds. I'm not very relaxed when I do go out, sometimes just walking down the street is stressful. Grocery shopping is stressful. In the past few weeks I have pushed myself to do things like take long walks, ride the bus, get a library card, explore a couple new restaurants, even go sailing. However, these events are isolated. The vast majority of the time, I'm locked in my apartment. This is punctuated with short spurts of excursion where I'll strategically take care of several errands at once so that I can go home again. It makes it SEEM like I'm very active when I say I found a great new taco place, scouted out a cool bookstore and a bead shop and walked around the park, went to the post office, etc. But chances are I did all those things back-to-back and won't leave home again for days. Of course it's not enough just to stand on my porch and turn around and go back in every day. That's not healthy progress. But if all I do is walk around the block or go sit in a cafe for a half hour with my laptop, that's a good start. I considered having a more detailed plan about Where To Go every day, but I would like to expand my ability to follow spontaneous decisions rather than fulfill a predetermined task list. The goal is to feel more relaxed, not more regimented. A = 100%, established new walking routines and reasons to get out. B = Got out 6 days a week. C = Got out 5 days a week. Fail: anything less. Motivation: I've never lived alone before, and I think subconsciously I knew I needed to be alone to bring out the worst parts of my agoraphobia and depression, to meet them head on and handle them myself, without depending on the people I love most as my crutches. A lot of days feel brutal and lonely. But I also can't help but feel this could be the best opportunity I've given myself: finding out who I am, really, at the bottom of everything. And who I am right now isn't pretty. It turns out I'm terrified, weak, unhealthy and sad. But there it is. I am finally seeing myself as I am. Edit: I took some "Before" pics although I feel shy about sharing them right now. None of my quests are specifically weight-related during this challenge, but I have a feeling that I will start losing a few pounds here and there with a different lifestyle. Right now I'm about 148 lbs., and my happy weight is in the 113 - 125 pounds range. Intended Starting Stats if all is going well at week 3: STR: 1 DEX: 1 STA: 1 CON: 2 WIS: 3 CHA: 2
  23. Hey! Midwest nerds! Anyone going to GenCon? I want to get a meet up planned, anyone interested? I've stared a facebook group. You can see it here:https://www.facebook...09885902441216/ Can't wait to see you all!
  24. Hello everyone. I'm a 22 year old mexican man. Just like many posters in here, I'm new to the NF forums and I want to level up my life! My stats: I have a skinny body with a low fat index. I look like an 18 year old. I weigh about 60 kg (120 lbs) and have a height of 1.70 meters (5 ft, 7 in). My best body weigh is 62 kg (130 lbs) from five years ago. A little about my past: I used to be a cardio addict five years ago. I trained MMA and Kung Fu as my main activities. I also jogged around my house and would run on 5k tracks. I was pretty agile, but I was never willing to build muscle. College and work made sure I end that lifestyle. I became really negative about workout activities. I would give up at the first sign of struggle, weather change, or slight sickness. I started to sink most of my free time into excesive, pointless gaming. This contrasted with my previous grandmaster rank on StarCraft II. I also started to eat poorly and drink excessively. Eventually, I started to notice my health started to deteriorate. I was tired most of the time. Through a miracle, I found someone special a couple of years ago. My girlfriend is a fantastic, charismatic lady. I want to be there for her and look like the man she deserves. I know I should think about my own sake; but thinking about her feels more like a primal motivation to me. Who I am now: Ever since I met her I've been trying to improve my condition, but my life feels like a rollercoaster. College and work are still my catalyst for relapse (where I return to a terrible life style). Right now I'm stable (still recovering from a fall), but I need support to stay there. My RL friends are in a similar condition. It is hard to support each other. What I'm doing: I could vent a little bit more about my hardships, but that would be sort of pointless. Instead, I would like to mention what worked best for me this last year. Crossfit training and a paleo based diet really had me going for a couple of months. I had friends who shared my workout schedule, and a strict workflow control. I would like to return to those means to achieve my goals. From what I have read in NF, I believe this community has everything I need. I believe I can make it, and when I do I want to help others around me.
  25. I always hated rezzing from the graveyard. The loss in durability, et cetera, made it where basically, if you rez at the Spirit Healer, you may as well just hearth right there and get your stuff fixed and then have to run all the way back where you were.... But that's what I'm doing. I'm rezzing at the graveyard and Hearthing, because basically, I have to start all. Flipping. Over. Back to modified Primal. Back to walking so I can get up enough gumption to start my Zombies, Run! over. Back to trying to figure out whether bodyweight or my Total Gym is better for me on any given day. I hate this. But I hate being 252 pounds even more. *sigh* On a good note, I am looking around, checking the AH for new gear -- picked up a George Foreman grill and a food processor for a lovely pair of prices at the after Christmas sales, and I've ordered DDP Yoga. Didn't see the steamer I wanted, but that's okay, too. I'll order it from Amazon if I have to. And the new house has a built-in microwave above the stove, so that's a plus. Though I will have to play with the cooking times on those frozen veggies...tonight's were -- wilted. To say the least. No idea what I'll do for the challenge -- I may sit this first one out, just to try to get things on track without pressure. So, time to hearth. *green light surrounds me as my hands kind of wave around, then pop out of sight*
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