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  1. Between wedding prep, conventions, and honeymoon, my hiatus went a little longer than I had planned. But with a new challenging starting, it's a good time to hop back in and see if I've gotten any worse at this "healthy living" thing. So after a couple months of eating whatever I wanted whenever I felt like it, I officially broke all previous records and weighed in at my heaviest ever (180lb). After a week of being more conscious of my decisions and skipping snacks unless I was legitimately hungry, I'm down half a pound, so I don't actually need to make major changes to cut the weight. In the spirit of Small, Sustainable Changes, my goals for this challenge are just to maintain that habit and work on finding a fun fitness activity I can do a couple times a week. I'm currently eyeing HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts), since I just got a custom practice sword as a prop for my wedding. I haven't had any luck finding greatsword tutorials though, and don't want to jump on a paid plan until I know it's something I'll stick with, so I may end up using the longsword from my Aragorn cosplay instead.
  2. I'm really bad at challenges right now, but I'm going to keep trying until it sticks again. This time around I'm just going to accept that it isn't my current priority, so I'll be playing fast and loose with the format just to get some momentum going. My wedding is now 45 days out, scheduled for the middle of next challenge cycle. All the big stuff is done, but we're still making decorations and finalizing plans. So that's my priority right now. My current to do list: -Finish head table backdrop -Finish reception outfit (R2-D2 vest) -Finish ringbearer outfit -Receive and detail groomsman gifts (swords) -Finish (sand/polish) resin table decorations -(If time allows) add eyeballs to giant sunflowers for aisle runners -Pre-buy drinks during normal shopping runs I'm also going to be trying to get back into good eating and exercise habits, but I'll be easing into it as energy and willpower allows. I did breakdown and redownload MyFitnessPal, so I'll be making an attempt to track my calories. I'm not really following a calorie goal yet, but I know that tracking will make me cut back anyway. I'm also back in the office full-time, which means I can get paid to workout again, and with some coordination do so on my way home. That removes a couple barriers I've been struggling with while teleworking, but I still have to actually do the thing. Pictures to come as I remember.
  3. Continuing the ongoing theme from my favorite webcomic (it ran for 20 years, the art gets better, the characters and story are good throughout) the 70 Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries. I'll be using selected Maxims to explain my goals and keep things entertaining. I don't expect to get to all of them, and may reuse some of the more applicable ones. But they all have their own wisdom. So turns out this whole "return to normal" thing everyone's trying to pull right now is Hell if you're an extreme introvert. All of my energy and willpower is getting used relearning how to deal with people on a regular basis, and I don't like it. Hopefully, some more time here will help me prioritize the things that actually help me feel better over low-energy distractions. And because it's taken me a day to get this much written, I'm going to add actual goals later. For now, I'm just going to focus on being more active on the forums.
  4. Continuing the ongoing theme from my favorite webcomic (it ran for 20 years, the art gets better, the characters and story are good throughout) the 70 Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries. I'll be using selected Maxims to explain my goals and keep things entertaining. I don't expect to get to all of them, and may reuse some of the more applicable ones. But they all have their own wisdom. Last challenge was a bit of a kick in the teeth. I picked some seemingly reasonable goals to build on the momentum I had built since the beginning of the year and everything was looking good. Then week one, life threw a couple wrenches in the plan and my mind went "oh, you thought that was momentum? Nope, that was all willpower!" I rolled back to my previous goals, but had very little extra energy for talking about it, so my challenge thread didn't see much activity. I'm hoping I have a handle on things again, and will be taking smaller steps with my goals, mostly continuing the progress I managed towards the end of last challenge. Maxim 47: Don't Expect the Enemy to Cooperate in the Creation of Your Dream Engagement. My plan last challenge did not go well. My intentions fell apart week one and it took most of the challenge to restart where I had been prior to the change. That said, I'm still seeing progress (back up to sets of 4 pullups from the 2 I started the year with). So I'm going to stick with my "randomly do something most days" plan for now. At some point, my life should get organized enough to have a dedicated workout time, but I'm not there yet and trying to force it is a proven recipe for disaster. Maxim 50: If It Only Works in Exactly the Way the Manufacturer Intended, It Is Defective. My waist cutting goal has been another point of frustration. I didn't stick with it as well as intended at the beginning of last challenge, but I was still eating better than last year. Yet somehow I was stuck at 36-1/4in for all of last month. Then I do my weigh-in this morning and I've suddenly dropped 3/4 of an inch without changing anything. I'm still behind on my overall goal (30in waist by mid-August for my wedding), but apparently none of this can be predicted, so I'm just going to keep at it and see how things go. Maxim 24: Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable from a Big Gun. I still have a laundry list of projects to finish, but they all got sidetracked last month when my fiancee decided to sign us up for our first vendor event with less than a month notice. The only thing on my list from last challenge I finished was her storage cabinets, then the rest of the time was spent figuring out things we could make quickly to sell during a local BBQ festival. Pictures are on our FB page, if anyone's interested. But we did that last weekend, and seemed to do pretty well (covered the event fees and paid for ~1/2 of our booth supplies [tent, tables, displays, etc]) and the next one on our radar isn't until May. So I need to get back to my own projects and get some of them done before I have to start working on fair stuff again. Top priorities are: -Finish miniature painting (circle stones and lizardman tribe) -Work on my wedding outfit (shirt and tabard are done, need to start on pants) -Figure out base for the wedding bouquets (attaching a flower holder to a sonic screwdriver) -Build a storage shelf for our fair stuff (totes, tables, tent, etc) to keep it out of the way between events -Finish installing my wire rack "weapon wall" and move all of our cosplay weapons onto it And my obligatory plug for the new Artificer's Crafthall over in the adventuring parties, where you can see updates for some of my, and others, projects.
  5. Intro: Hazard is presently a 43 years-old, 5'9" and 219 lbs male. (That's 174 cm and 99 kg for you metric folk). Epic Quest: Conquer the muscleup on Gymnastics Rings This is how it's done, yeah? In my last NF Challenge I... Current Quests to progress me along my Epic Quest: My goals for this NF Challenge are improvement on... Basic Support Hold on Rings Full Flexhang on Rings Testing: My starting numbers are... Rings Support Hold: 25 seconds Rings Full Flexhang: 24 seconds The Goals: Any amount of improvement is acceptable. Being better next month than I am this month is success. The Strategy: I have an already well-established personalized fitness routine using an 8-day split rotation. I'm going to try training the Support Hold and the Flexhang each 1 time per my 8-day training "week". Or roughly 5 times each during this NF Challenge period.
  6. Continuing the ongoing theme from my favorite webcomic (it ran for 20 years, the art gets better, the characters and story are good throughout) the 70 Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries. I'll be using selected Maxims to explain my goals and keep things entertaining. I don't expect to get to all of them, and may reuse some of the more applicable ones. But they all have their own wisdom. Maxim 63: The Brass knows how to do it by knowing Who can do it. I'm ready to try regular workouts again, and while I know I'll eventually want my own program, there's no reason to reinvent the wheel. So I'll be starting with a simplified version of the Start Bodyweight program just using the pushup, pullup, and squat progressions. My goal is to workout Tues/Thurs/Sun, so I can't use my Friday and Saturday gaming as an excuse. Maxim 7: If the Food is Good Enough the grunts will Stop Complaining about the incoming fire. I only got half of my waist loss goal last challenge (1/8" per week instead of 1/4"), so I'm going to try paying more attention to what and how much I'm eating. I'm still avoiding any kind of tracking or calorie counting, since those are NOT long-term solutions for my life. But I can start making better choices more in line with how I was eating before I gained all this weight. By the end of this challenge, I'd like to consistently be drinking 6-8 cups of water a day and eating some kind of veggie at least 5 days a week. Maxim 39: There is a Difference between "Spare" Parts and "Extra" Parts. Continuing my quest to actually finish some of my projects. My current priorities are: -Work on attic insulation (maybe, if I can find a weekend morning that's cool enough to be up there) -Finish the storage cabinets I started last challenge (waiting on good weather to poly them) -Finish the dragon egg box (still figuring out the lining) -Finish miniature painting (circle stones and lizardman tribe) -Work on my wedding outfit (tabard is done, shirt needs buttons, need to decide on pants) -Work on my dragonman (might switch to a tiefling?) knight armor (custom character that may become a Charizard in one rendition) and my Mad Max/Nintendo mashup Diddy Kong jetpack And my obligatory plug for the new Artificer's Crafthall over in the adventuring parties, where you can see updates for some of my, and others, projects.
  7. I've decided to start off the new year with an ongoing theme from my favorite webcomic (it ran for 20 years, the art gets better, the characters and story are good throughout😞 the 70 Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries. I'll be using selected Maxims to explain my goals and keep things entertaining. I don't expect to get to all of them, and may reuse some of the more applicable ones. But they all have their own wisdom. Maxim 1: Pillage, then Burn. For my context, this means doing things in the right order, not getting bored or frustrated and skipping ahead. I'm back at the beginnings of habit building, so I need to stick to that. Do something that gets me moving and active at least once a day and watch my eating/snacking. Next steps will come later. Maxim 14: "Mad Science" means never stopping to ask "what's the Worst Thing that could happen?" For anyone new to my challenges, I always have a couple dozen projects in various stages of "I'll get back to it later" that I swap between as interest and energy allow. This goal is going to focus on actually finishing some of them, and cleaning up afterwards so I can get to other, more important ones. The specific Maxim is only peripherally related, so I'll probably keep the goal but change the Maxim in later challenges. My current priorities are: -Work on attic insulation while I'm on vacation next week and it's actually cool enough out to be in the attic (yay, Florida!) -Finish fixing the fiancee's treasure box that I broke a year ago -Finish my current woodworking projects (dragon egg box and ribbon/tulle racks) -Finish miniature painting (circle stones and lizardman tribe) -Work on my wedding outfit (finish the shirt and tabard, decide on pants) -Work on my dragonman knight armor (custom character that may become a Charizard in one rendition) and my Mad Max/Nintendo mashup Diddy Kong jetpack Maxim 70: Failure isn't an Option. It's Mandatory. The Option is whether or not to let Failure Be the Last Thing You Do. This is my favorite of the Maxims, for many reasons. In the current context, it's a reminder to keep working even when I make mistakes or things go wrong. So I need to quit kicking myself for falling off the fitness wagon, and focus on my current goal: getting into shape so I can be the best version of myself for my fiancee, and move comfortably in costume when conventions start up again. Well I think that does it for now. Obligatory plug for the new Artificer's Crafthall over in the adventuring parties. I'll post an update when I figure out what I'm forgetting.
  8. Intro: Hazard is presently a 43 years-old, 5'9" and 214 lbs male. (That's 174 cm and 97 kg for you metric folk). Epic Quest: Conquer the muscleup on Gymnastics Rings Current Quests to Get Me There: My goals for this NF Challenge are improvement on... Basic Support Hold on Rings Deadhang on Rings Testing: My starting numbers are... Rings Support Hold: 3 seconds Rings Deadhang: 26 seconds The Goals: Any amount of improvement is acceptable. Being better next month than I am this month is success. That being said, I'm expecting to break 1 minute on the ring deadhangs fairly quickly and move up the skilltree to training full flexed hangs during this challenge. My basic support holds, on the other hand, are starting at a very low time and need a lot of improvement to reach 1 minute, so I'm expecting to be training basic support holds throughout this entire challenge, while hoping they reach a minute by this challenge's end. The Strategy: I have an already well-established personalized fitness routine using an 8-day split rotation. I'm going to try training the Rings Basic Support Hold and the Rings Deadhang each 2 times per my 8-day training "week". Or roughly 10 times each during this NF Challenge period.
  9. I feel like 2020 was rather disorienting for everyone - like it just went and ... Yeah black eyes ... that's how 2020 felt. Wait ... not black eyes!!! uh ... oh ... Yes this will be a Supernatural themed challenge ... cause I'm rewatching the whole series ! Quest 1 - It's not the years, it's the mileage As always the main focus for me is running (comes with being a scout) Currently we are cruising at 5 and 6 miles during the church of the long run I'm looking to hit double digits on long run by the end of this challenge! Quest 2 - I'm trying to survive. Now let's be honest I'm NOT going to look like Sammie at the end of this but gotta start somewhere Now is the time to stop making excuses and getting back into body weight workouts! GOAL - 3 body weight workouts per week! Quest 3 - Bring me (no) Pie! With the shelter in place going on, the food stuffs have gotten a bit crazy - time to clean things up and stop eating so much pie Looking to limit myself to 1 sweet treat a day and up my fruit / veg intact with 3-4 snacks of them per day. Quest 4 - Learn the Lore Always keep reading! I've not found a new book yet but I'm on the hunt ... as it were. Let's see where the road leads us
  10. Welcome to the last full challenge of 2019! Push play on that youtube music video, and let's get some ***hype*** up in here!!! OVER-FAT UNDER-MUSCLED RECREATIONAL BODYBUILDER & KING OF THE NOOBS 5'9" ____________ 174 cm 196 lbs __________ 89 kg Primary Stat: Endurance/Stamina/Constitution About Me My Muggle name is Chris. I'm a 42 year old full-time father happily at home taking care of my 3 year old daughter. It's the best job ever! There's no pay, but the benefit package is adorable and calls me Daddy. <3 I'm also not new to Nerd Fitness. If you're a Level 1, then I'm your Guild Leader. I've been around NF for going on 6 years now, and I've been a Guild Leader almost that entire time. I'm a resource. I'm here to help you. So make use of me. My Current Training Rotation EVERY DAY ~40 minutes Elliptical ~20 minutes Cable Rowing CHEST day incline widegrip bench press cable crossover normal bench press LEGS day squats weighted lunges calf raises BACK day widegrip lat pulldowns straight-arm pulldowns landmine rows ABS day landmine twists SHOULDERS day overhead press cable laterals cable facepulls LEGS day deadlifts romanian deadlifts calf raises ARMS day EZ curls reverse grip pushdowns DB curls cable curls Hit that Follow button for my challenge thread! And remember...
  11. Welcome to my challenge! I'm not new to Nerd Fitness. If you're a Level 1, then I'm your Guild Leader. My challenge thread is posted in this Level 1 subforum to serve as an example of a way to format and organize a challenge, in the hopes that seeing how I do it might help give you ideas for your own. About Me My Muggle name is Chris. I'm a 41 yr old semi-retired guy happily at home being the primary caregiver for my 3 yrs old daughter. Which is the Best Job Ever! There's no pay, but the benefit package is adorable and calls me "Daddy." Most of my time each day is invested with her. As such, I've taken inspiration from Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's early morning workouts, by building the habit of waking up in the early morning (a couple of hours before my daughter normally wakes up) so that I can ensure I get my exercise done each day. My Main Quest for this challenge is to... Get my bodyweight below 180 lbs. As of the end of the the previous challenge (yesterday), I weigh roughly 188 lbs. So we're going for a drop of 8 lbs over the next 5 weeks. My Support Quests that will help me reach that goal are to... Complete daily cardio. At least 500 calories burned via cardio each day. Restrict calories. My diet will vary from day to day, but I'll be trying to eat in the vicinity of 2000 calories. Protein will stay high. Train like The Rock. Inspired by -- but not identical to -- Dwayne Johnson's typical exercise routines, I'm doing a bodypart split schedule with relatively high exercise volume. I created an 8-day rotation for myself: DAY 1: chest DAY 2: legs [quads focus] DAY 3: upperbody pull / back DAY 4: rest (cardio only) DAY 5: shoulders DAY 6: legs [hamstrings/glutes focus] DAY 7: arms & abs DAY 8: rest (cardio only) repeat Thank you for reading. I'd be delighted if you continued to visit my challenge thread, and kept me company throughout this month as I continue along my journey. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to post them. Your comments are appreciated, and your questions are welcome.
  12. Welcome to my challenge thread. I'm not new to Nerd Fitness. If you're a Level 1, then I'm your Guild Leader. My 4-week challenge thread is posted in this Level 1 subforum as an example, in the hope that you seeing how I format and organize my challenge might help give you ideas for your own. About Me My Muggle name is Chris. I'm a 41 yr old semi-retired guy happily at home being the primary caregiver for my 3 yrs old daughter. Which is the Best. Job. Ever. The pay is non-existent, but the benefit package is fantastic and calls me "Daddy." For the first part of this year, my main fitness drive was weightloss. I dropped 19+ lbs in January's challenge. I dropped another 7+ lbs in the February-March challenge. Then illness struck during the March-April challenge. After it passed, I ended up kind of spinning my wheels. I'm not the type of person who likes getting stuck. I recognized that I simply didn't feel like being hungry anymore at that time. So dieting down was out the window for a month. Instead, I shifted gears and spent the previous challenge month learning to eat and train like The Rock! It was fun. It was enlightening. Then I vacationed in Florida for a week and put on 7 lbs of fat. I'm mentally ready to do a cut again, so I'm shifting gears back to doing that. I have a longterm goal of significantly trimming down this year, and the first couple of weeks of this challenge will be dedicated to making strong progress toward that longterm goal. My Main Quest for this challenge is to... Get my bodyweight below 185 lbs. My weight as of this morning was 197.2 lbs. I don't like dieting for long periods. It makes me feel blah. I'm very good at losing weight quickly. Get in, cut hard, get out. My intention this challenge is to get below 185 as fast as reasonably possible. Ideally in 2 weeks of cutting, but, realistically, it'll probably be more like 3-and-a-half weeks. Then I'll bring my calories back up to maintenance level, or maybe just a little above maintenance, and chill there for the rest of the challenge so my hormones can stabilize before cutting again. My Support Quests for this challenge are to... Complete daily cardio. At least 500 calories burned via cardio each day. Restrict calories. My diet will probably vary from day to day, but I'll be trying to eat somewhere in the vicinity of 2000 calorie intake by restricting my fats and carbs. Protein will stay high. Train like The Rock. Following on the heels of my previous Challenge, I'll be sticking with a high volume bodypart split. This is still very much an experiment for me, so I may make changes to it on-the-fly over the next few weeks. But for now my plan is to do an 8 day rotation: DAY 1: upperbody push (chest focus) DAY 2: legs DAY 3: upperbody pull DAY 4: rest (cardio only) DAY 5: upperbody push (shoulders focus) DAY 6: legs DAY 7: arms & abs DAY 8: rest (cardio only) repeat Thank you for reading. I'd be delighted if you continued to visit my challenge thread, and kept me company throughout this month as I continue along my journey. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to post them. Your comments are appreciated, and your questions are welcome.
  13. Welcome to my challenge thread. I'm not new to Nerd Fitness. If you're a Level 1, then I'm your Guild Leader. My 4-week challenge thread is posted in this Level 1 subforum as an example, in the hope that you seeing how I format and organize my challenge might help give you ideas for your own. About Me My Muggle name is Chris. I'm a 41 yr old semi-retired guy happily at home being the primary caregiver for my almost-3 yrs old daughter. Which is the Best. Job. Ever. The pay is non-existent, but the benefit package is fantastic and calls me "Daddy." For the past few months my main fitness drive has been weightloss. I dropped 19+ lbs in January's challenge. I dropped another 7+ lbs in the February-March challenge. Then illness struck during the March-April challenge. After it passed, I ended up kind of spinning my wheels. I'm not the type of person who likes getting stuck. I recognized that I simply don't feel like being hungry right now. So dieting down via low calories is out the window for the time being. Instead, I'm going to shift gears and spend some time eating well and working hard. My Main Quest presently is to... Eat and Train like "The Rock" My Support Quests for this challenge are to... Cardio like The Rock. 45 minutes to 1 hour a day on my treadmill and/or exercise bike. Lift like The Rock. Info for his typical workout routines is all over the internet. I'll post my daily training anyway, for public accountability, so you'll see the exercises in my daily updates. Eat like The Rock. A couple of provisos here. DJ is 6'5" and 260 lbs. I'm significantly smaller at 5'9" and under 200. I'll be eating like the Rock, but not identical to him. I'll have big meals like he does, but I won't eat after a meal until I'm hungry again. I'm not going to force-feed myself if I'm not hungry. That would just lead to me being uncomfortable and pukey. So while my meals may be big, I'll probably eat fewer meals per day than he does. I'm not setting a number on that. I'll be listening to my body. When it's hungry, I'll eat. When it isn't, I won't. Secondly, I'm not rich. I'm substituting a few things in the Rock's diet to bring the cost of his food down into my affordability range. Instead of pricey fish, I'll be relying on good ol' cheap chicken breast. And when I have steak, I'll be using cheaper cuts like Eye of Round. With regard to exercise, I don't have access to all the equipment that he has. But I want to keep the overall work volume in the gym the same as he does. So when he's got exercises that require equipment that I don't have, I'll be doing my best to sub in similar exercises. If you got this far, thank you very much for reading. I'd be delighted if you continued to visit my challenge thread, and kept me company throughout this month as I continue along my journey. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to post them. Your comments are appreciated, and your questions are welcome.
  14. Welcome to my Challenge thread. I'm not new to NF. If you're a Level 1, then I'm your Guild Leader. My 4 Week Challenge is posted in this Level 1 subforum in the hope that you seeing how I format and organize my Challenge might help give you ideas for your own. What I hope you'll take away from reading my Challenge is how straight-forward my Main Quest is, and how my Support Quests are directly aimed at helping me make progress on my Main Quest. There's great power in simplicity. My Main Quest presently is to... Drop bodyfat. At least 1 lb per week. My Support Quests for this challenge Eat 2400 calories daily. (I'm tracking via MyFitnessPal). Burn off calories jogging for an hour, 6 days per week. Quest Note: In this challenge I'm trying to eat as many calories as I can get away with eating -- while still losing at least 1 lb per week on average. I'll be adjusting my calorie allowance every two weeks (down or up), if needed, based on my rate of weightloss. (Optional, Side Quest) As a side quest, I may start doing some strength training again. But it's optional, and not a priority. If I do it, it'll come after I get my jogging done for the day. About Me My Muggle name is Chris. I'm a 41 yr old sort-of-retired guy happily at home being the primary caregiver for my two-and-three-quarters year old daughter. Which is the Best. Job. Ever. The pay is non-existent, but the benefit package is fantastic and calls me "Daddy." Which is the most awesome word that's ever been invented, and if you disagree, then dishonor on your cow. My recent(ish) fitness journey: For eight months, I did a Walk to Mordor, walking the 1700+ miles it's estimated Frodo and Sam walked from Hobbiton to Mt. Doom. It started off slow, just a couple of miles a day, but as my feet toughened up all Hobbity-like I was able to put in more and more daily distance. That Walk to Mordor became the foundation upon which I've been building up to what I'm doing now. My daughter still slept most of the day back during my Walk to Mordor, which gave me a lot of time to walk. But as she's gotten older, she sleeps less during the day. When she's awake, my focus is on her. Which means as she's gotten older, I've had less and less time for exercising. In order to keep getting those wonderful calorie-burning miles done with less time, I've had to do them faster. To do that, I had to start doing some jogging, and so I transitioned from doing only walking to doing jog/walk intervals. I use an iPad to watch videos while on my treadmill, which keeps me from getting bored. For the last couple of months, I've also entertained myself by doing curls and overhead presses with dumbbells during the walk intervals. Which made me kinda feel like I'm in an action video game, doing my 'attack moves' while on the go. When I first started doing jog/walk intervals, my only intention was to get to the point where I could jog a 5k every day. But jogging was hard! I couldn't jog for very far. And when I did jog, I got out of breath quickly. Plus, it made me sore (my poor knees, ankles, and foot arches!). I kept working at it though, and got to the point where I could do a jog/walk 5k nearly every day. I would jog a little distance, then walk that same distance. Over and over until I finished. I still wanted more though. I wanted to be able to jog the full 5k distance without walking any. In fact, I wanted to be able to jog further than a 5k. I wanted a 5k distance to feel easy, so that I wouldn't have to worry about whether I could complete 5k distance, but instead I'd know I could complete the distance and could focus on getting faster at it. To make a 5k feel easy, I decided to improve my conditioning -- by pushing myself to go further with my jog/walk intervals. Even if I had to do the longer distance at a slower pace. I went from doing jogged/walked 5ks nearly every day, to challenging myself to do jogged/walked 10ks nearly every day. And that quickly turned into me pushing myself even harder, so that I was doing 10 miles (16k) nearly every day. Then, at the beginning of last challenge, I thought to myself... if I'm doing 10 miles regularly, well, that's ooonly 3-ish miles away from a half-Marathon. Could I.... possibly.... maybe...... do half-Marathons every day?!? The thought excited me! And scared me. I had this thought rolling around in my head for several days. Did I really want to try it? I wasn't sure that I could pull it off. 13.1 miles (21.1 km) seemed like such a long distance. People spend time training just to do a half-Marathon once, and here I was thinking about trying to do it every, single, day? That's insane!! So, of course, I did it. Because that's how I roll. *thuglife*. During last challenge, I completed 25 half-Marathons. Not only that, but on one of those days, without taking a single walking step, I actually jogged a complete half-Marathon! Something I've never done before in my life. Achievement Unlocked! But. But, but, but. Doing that much distance takes me a lot of time. I'm slow at it. I was having to wake up very, very early in the morning in order to get all those miles done before my daughter woke up. I was persistently sleep-deprived during last challenge, living off only 5-6 hours of sleep most nights. That was fine for a short-term challenge. But it couldn't continue. I knew I had to make some changes so that I could get better sleep. And, I remembered why I started increasing the distance in the first place. It was just to improve my conditioning. To make jogging a short distance feel easier. I had succeeded. The job I set out to do, was done. It was time to get back to the point of it all. I've had a couple of good months of weightloss. Between the 19+ lbs (8.6+ kg) I lost in January, and the 7+ lbs (3.2+ kg) I lost in February, I've had a fast start to this big "Cut". I'm actually several months ahead of where I expected to be. So it's time to chill a bit, and let my cut settle into something that will be sustainable for the months to come. That's where my Quest goals for this month's challenge come into play. If you got this far, thank you very much for reading. I'd be delighted if you continued to visit my challenge thread, and kept me company throughout this month as I continue along my journey. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to post them. Your comments are appreciated, and your questions are welcome.
  15. Welcome to my Challenge thread. I'm not new to NF. If you're a Level 1, then I'm your Guild Leader. My 4 Week Challenge is posted in this Level 1 subforum in the hope that seeing how I format and organize my Challenge might help give you ideas for your own. What I hope you'll take away from reading my Challenge is how straight-forward my Main Quest is, and how my Support Quests are directly aimed at helping me make progress on my Main Quest. There's great power in simplicity. My Main Quest presently is to... Drop bodyfat. At least 1 lb per week. My Support Quests for this challenge Keep getting on the treadmill daily. For a minimum half-marathon (13.1 miles, 21.1 km) every day. Eat no more than 1800 calories daily. (I'm tracking via MyFitnessPal). About Me My Muggle name is Chris. I'm a 41 yr old sort-of-retired guy happily at home being the primary caregiver for my two-and-three-quarters year old daughter. Which is the Best. Job. Ever. The pay is non-existent, but the benefit package is fantastic and calls me "Daddy." Which is the most awesome word that's ever been invented, and if you disagree, then dishonor on your cow. My recent(ish) fitness journey: For eight months, I did a Walk to Mordor, walking the 1700+ miles it's estimated Frodo and Sam walked from Hobbiton to Mt. Doom. It started off slow, just a couple of miles a day, but as my feet toughened up all Hobbity-like I was able to put in more and more daily distance. That Walk to Mordor became the foundation upon which I've been building up to what I'm doing now. My daughter still slept most of the day back during my Walk to Mordor, which gave me a lot of time to walk. But as she's gotten older, she sleeps less during the day. When she's awake, my focus is on her. Which means as she's gotten older, I've had less and less time for exercising. In order to get those wonderful calorie-burning miles done with less time, I've had to do them faster. To do that, I transitioned from walking to doing jog/walk intervals. I use an iPad to watch videos while on my treadmill, which keeps me from getting bored. I also entertain myself by doing curls and overhead presses with dumbbells during the walk intervals. Which makes me kinda feel like I'm in an action video game, doing my 'attack moves' while on the go. Keeping the nerd in Nerd Fitness.  Any questions?
  16. Welcome to my 4 Week Challenge thread. I'm not new to NF. If you're a Level 1, then I'm your Guild Leader. My 4 Week Challenge is posted in this Level 1 subforum in the hope that you seeing how I format and organize my Challenge might help give you ideas for your own. My Main Quest presently is to... Drop bodyweight. At least 1 lb per week. My Support Quests for this challenge Keep getting on the treadmill daily. 5k minimum distance. Eat no more than 1800 calories daily. (I'm tracking via MyFitnessPal). About Me My Muggle name is Chris. I'm a 41 yr old sort-of-retired guy happily at home being the primary caregiver for my daughter. Which is the Best. Job. Ever. The pay is non-existent, but the benefit package is fantastic and calls me "Daddy." Which is the most awesome word that's ever been invented, and if you disagree, then dishonor on your cow. In my recent-ish fitness history ---> from August 2017 through April 2018 I completed a Walk to Mordor. Eight straight months of daily walking, during which I covered the 1700+ miles that it's estimated Frodo and Sam walked from Hobbiton to Mt. Doom. It started off slow, but as my feet toughened up all Hobbity-like I was able to put in more and more miles per day. My daughter still slept most of the day back then, which gave me a lot of time to walk. But as she's gotten older, she sleeps less during the day. When she's awake, my focus is on her. Which means as she's gotten older, I've had less and less time for exercising. In order to get those wonderful calorie-burning miles done with less time, I've had to do them faster. To do that, I started jogging some. My time on the treadmill is split into jogging/walking intervals. I always have my ipad on the treadmill's shelf in front of me. Usually watching music videos on Youtube. The music helps keep my energy up and keep me from getting bored. I also entertain myself further during the walk intervals by doing dumbbell curls and dumbbell overhead presses. Which makes me kinda feel like I'm in an action-oriented video game, doing my 'moves' on the go. Keeping the nerd in Nerd Fitness.
  17. Welcome to my 4 Week Challenge thread. I'm not new to NF. If you're a Level 1, then I'm your Guild Leader. My 4 Week Challenge is posted in this Level 1 forum in the hope that you seeing how I format and organize my Challenge might help give you ideas for your own. My Main Quest presently is to... Re-establish consistency in my exercise and diet lifestyle. The Reason: I got sick. I needed to sleep longer and eat differently so my body could effectively fight the illness and recover. I did so. But then I kept on sleeping longer and eating in a way that's detrimental to my lifestyle goals and longer-term goals even after the illness passed. Booo. Naughty Hazard. I'm fixing that now. My Support Quests for this challenge Keep my alarm turned on for mornings, get my butt out of bed when it goes off, and get on the treadmill. I can take a day off each week if I want to. I don't have to. But I can, if I want. Cover 5 km (3.1 miles) per day on the treadmill. Minimum. This minimum is to ensure I don't let myself get on the treadmill for like - a lap - and then hop off again. My "Level" has advanced beyond that. At my present Level, doing less than 5k a day is just me being lazy. Plus, the treadmill is my primary method of burning extra calories. More distance is better. So while my quest minimum is 5k a day, I'll actually be aiming for 10k (6.2 miles) a day. Stick to my diet lifestyle plan: 4-6 oz of meat at every meal. serving of fibrous veggie at every meal 100-150 calories of mostly carby food allowed at each meal. If I still want it after eating the meat and veggie. About Me My Muggle name is Chris. I'm a 41 yr old sort-of-retired guy happily at home being the primary caregiver for my daughter. Which is the Best. Job. Ever. The pay is non-existent, but the benefit package is fantastic and calls me "Daddy." Which I firmly believe is the most awesome word that's ever been invented, and if you disagree, then dishonor on your cow. Anyway, for my recent-ish fitness history ----> from August 2017 through April 2018 I completed a Walk to Mordor. Which involved 8 straight months of daily walking, during which I covered the 1700+ miles that it's estimated Frodo and Sam walked from Hobbiton to Mt. Doom. It started off slow, but as my feet toughened up all Hobbity-like I was able to put in more and more miles per day. By the end of the journey, I was averaging 7 miles of walking per day. And by the end, I had dropped 20 lbs and several inches off my waist. By then my daughter was transitioning from Infant to Toddler, and so sleeping less and less during the day. Thus needing more of my time/attention, which I happily wanted to give to her. So while I wanted to keep putting in the calorie-burning miles from day to day, I decided I needed to get those miles done somewhat faster, to free up more of my time. Which meant I needed to be jogging, not just walking. That's the simplified origin of my treadmill quests. There's a lot more to my fitness history than this. But this is enough for a short intro. If you stick around Nerd Fitness, you can get to know me more over time.
  18. Hi! Hello! How's it going?! I haven't been around much lately but here I am, back and ready to kick back...side. Not kick back. That's relaxing. Hard work, Wobbe. Focus. It's been a while since I did a challenge, and even longer since I did a serious one with real goals, but I'm kind of in the perfect place to start one right now so let's go for it! I will conveniently overlook the fact that my life will not be quite so NF accommodating later in the challenge for now. Here's a not-so-quick overview of my life as it currently relates to my health goals for those who are interested. On to the good stuff! CHALLENGE CRITERIA: Nutrition - Meal Planning That means figure out what meals I'm going to be responsible for in the upcoming week and plan out what to eat. Leave room for inevitable gift vegetables. This also ties into budget, because I basically only spend money on food and I currently spend too much on vegetables I forget to eat and take-out when I don't want to cook. So. Meal planning. Plan weekly meals IN WRITING 1x/week Source ingredients 1-2x/week Exercise - Flexibility and Strength Morning wrist strengthening and apartment crawl 5x/week Evening bodyweight OR walk AND stretch 5x/week Lifestyle - Reduce Waste Time "Waste time" is time that is spent doing things that don't help me. Sleep is not waste time. Unwinding after work in front of the TV is not waste time (but watching an extra episode on Netflix because "eh, I guess it started already, so I might as well" is). Scrolling through Facebook in the morning when there are no new stories because everyone I know is asleep and I really need to be getting ready for my day is waste time. Stop doing that. Lately when I feel like I have "nothing to do" usually the issue is just that I don't remember all of the amazing things I could be doing, and I end up wasting my time. So! No Internet before work (5x/week) Make a list of Things You Can Do in Your Free Time and post it somewhere visible (1x/challenge, update as needed)
  19. Hello Rebels! I'm back(? never left) and ready to go after a new challenge! Who's with me?! A quick bio for those of you who don't know me: Now on to the fun part! My goals this challenge period. I have some. Eating: In addition to last challenge's continuing goals of visiting the grocery store once per week and making 4/5 weekday breakfasts for myself, this period I'm doing a kind of weird flax challenge. One tbsp freshly ground flaxseed 4/5 weekdays. Let's just see how it goes. Eating2: Second goal is "do not buy food I know is crap." I can still eat it if someone gives it to me, but I can't bring more into my life on purpose. Yoga: I am still working on my C25K program, but I am adding a yoga practice because I am stiiiiiiff and it's terrible. So: on C25K mornings, do AT LEAST ONE Sun Salutation. On other mornings, as lengthy a yoga program as desired of no shorter than 10 minutes. Goal is six days a week, but seven is of course preferable. I also have an hourly alarm set reminding me to get up and either stretch or walk around for five minutes. FSF: Finish Shit February is a LUYL challenge designed to incentivize finishing ongoing projects in the month of February. I am not aiming to finish something every day because that would be ridiculous, but here is an incomplete list of some of the projects I am working on this month: Paint By Numbers Rebel Minis -- prepare at least three Nonfiction -- I have a one book per month goal this year AMTRAK Trip (plan it, don't actually go) Fanfiction -- I have a couple ongoing projects but there's one in particular I really want to finish That should be enough to keep me busy. Here we go!
  20. I hope everyone had an awesome holiday. This was a tough one for me personally because it was our first without Papaw. But it ended up being drama-free, and I was surprised to find myself less concerned about gifts and money and instead enjoying time with family and friends. My challenge set-up this time may be edited later as ideas/problems/concerns arise. I plan to continue certain daily habits, such as early rising, prayer, getting outside/earthing/stretching in the morning, Bible study, etc. but they probably won't be mentioned in the challenge goals below. As promised, this challenge will be LOTR themed, focusing mostly on the book series (but with plenty of gifs, pics, vids, memes, etc. from all sources). Each goal is named after a poem/song from the Lord of the Rings book series. Quest 1: The Road Goes Ever On (Walking/Hiking) walk at least 10,000 steps per day at least one 30 minute mindful/adventure walk per day at least one 30 minute hike per week Quest 2: The Riddle of Strider (Strength/Fitness/Nutrition) at least 3 bodyweight/Spartan/HIIT style strength workouts per week at least 1 day per week of 4 all-out 80+ yard sprints (with 10 second rests between each) at least 2 5ks per week (aim for every Saturday and Wednesday) eat whole food/Paleo as often as possible (aim for 2/3 meals per day) intermittent fasting at least 5 days per week (not eating before 11:00am) drink at least 64oz of water per day every day Quest 3: I Sit Beside the Fire and Think (Meditation/Mindfulness/Study) meditate at least 20 minutes every day read at least 20 minutes every day (Bible and LOTR, of course) at least 1 outdoor ("beside the fire") meditation per week (Fri, Sat, or Sun?) at least one language session/lesson using Duolingo Quest 4: Song of Beren and Luthien (Love/Affection) at least 30 minutes uninterrupted time per day with my queen at least 1 "date night" per week with my queen (don't be picky about this; the key is to spend time alone together) speak the top love languages of my queen (acts of service, quality time, and words of affirmation) to bed with my queen every night, even if this means moving princess Arabella to another bed (see past challenges)
  21. Hello! I’m Wobbegong. For anyone who doesn’t know me, a short bio: For everyone visiting my challenge, welcome! Things tend to move quickly around here, but please feel free to skip over content you don’t want to deal with and just say hello or ask any questions you might have. I’m friendly, I promise. I want to do a really laid-back challenge this time. (Do I say that every time? Whoops.) Mostly because this period I want to focus on running the Mini and on my Battle Log. I still want to do a challenge, though, because when I don’t I tend to fall off the face of the earth. So: 1. Exercise: Hike the open space 5x/week. Run up there at least 3 of the 5 times. This goal is really more about getting out of the house and spending some time outside, but running is great for me and really helps me clear my head and build up some resistance to at-home nonsense, so run regularly. But every now and again I go up there and I’m like “I really just want to walk around today tho?” so that will also be allowed. 2. Nutrition: No second serving at dinner. I used this goal in the past with tremendous success and I have no idea why I stopped doing it. I tend to eat pretty healthy but just too much, so this is back on the roster. Let’s see how it goes. Extra servings does not include mopping up leftover salad, should there be any. 3. Socialize: Post in at least five forum threads per day, 6x/week. Hang out with people in person (not including immediate family) at least once per week. This includes hanging out with friends and larger family events, but not “dealing with strangers” situations like going to the grocery store. There are other things I want to work on, like bodyweight skills and measurements and painting and video gaming and many, many more, and I have permission to do those things too, but they are not going to factor into the challenge one way or another. Obligatory ocean gif:
  22. Hi everyone! GL Wobbegong here. For those of you who don't know me (and maybe even a few who do) here's a quick bio. Please feel free to ask me anything you're curious about, whether it's about me or Nerd Fitness. My threads can move quickly, but feel free to skip everything if you just want to say hello. I'm friendly and I promise I don't bite! If you're feeling very shy and would rather talk to me privately, I'm always available to you by PM. If you want my attention elsewhere about the forums, you're welcome to tag me @Wobbegong. You can also get my attention @Sharkface if you want, although it will take slightly longer for me to respond. BIO: Last challenge was a pretty fantastic success in some ways, but in others I treated myself really badly for the whole month, so it's time to learn from my history and improve. This time, that means exercise is seriously a must! But also that I shouldn't push too hard on that front, because having a lot of life-goal challenges seems to be pretty good for me. So without further ado: Exercise: GMB Elements. This is a two-part daily goal: the first part is watching the next day's exercise videos the day before, and the second part is actually doing the routine. Nerd: Finish Crisis Core transcript. This is a big project that has taken a while but if I stay on it I should be able to finish by the end of the challenge period. Write: Write fiction every week. I'm still participating in a weekly fic exchange and that's good, but I'd also like to use this challenge to write out at least one full mini and hopefully two or three for future use. In addition to those goals, I have some daily/weekly habits I'd like to work on and some one-and-done tasks (listed in a different post below) I'd like to cross off my list this challenge. During zero week I'll be practicing my habits to see if it's a good idea to pursue them all at once and also coming up with a way to track them. Habits: THEME: I'm gonna make it my goal to post an ocean-themed gif with every challenge update. Because I love the ocean and there are so many great gifs out there and a challenge is always more fun with a theme. Everyone else is also welcome to post ocean gifs. Shark gifs in particular are always very welcome, but I have yet to meet ocean fauna I don't love. See ya later!
  23. I am certain my goals and this challenge will transform as I go along, but that's totally okay with me. I need flexibility and I need fun. As many of you know, I lost my grandfather during the last challenge, and it has been tough. I am reaching, like trying to connect with my memories of him, and since so many of them include me as a child, I feel this strange sort of regression back to childhood, to when things were simpler (not easier, just simpler). So, in order to make things simpler, I'm sticking to the usual: finding interesting and pleasurable ways to move my body and enjoying time in nature. But because Season 2 of Stranger Things comes out in just a few weeks, I have decided to fill my challenge posts with Stranger Things! Soulcon and Spartan: See my previous post here for more information, but basically I continue to eat fresh whole foods, drink lots of water, do a lot of bodyweight exercises, pray and read scripture often, and complete some daily challenges (physical, mental, and spiritual). School: Continue to complete work for Masters Degree. Check Blackboard daily for due dates, grades, comments, etc. Stranger Things: Read, watch, listen to, and play as many influences on the series Stranger Things as possible (which means lots of Stephen King, Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, and other horror/sci-fi movies and shows, as well as a killer 80's soundtrack and some D&D).
  24. For those that don't know me, introduction: Much of this challenge is intertwined with Samhain, which is the biggest holiday of the year for me. This time, I'm keeping things simple. My goals are similar to what I did last challenge, but with a few tweaks, and with a different motivation behind the goals. (1) Eat like a king keep a food log everyday eat a real breakfast, starting with three times a week in zero week, and then adding a day each week to build up to everyday cut back on sweets (with the exception of the week Samhain is in), sweets this challenge < sweets last challenge (2) Be still in nature grounding, which is pretty similar to mindfulness, once a week (it will typically coincide with a hike) (3) The start of something big Each Sunday, check for compelling job posts If one is found, actively work on the application for at least 30 minutes each day with the aim of submitting the application by the end of the week If one is not found, actively work on photography business for at least 30 minutes each day, with the aim of completing phase 1 (write the business plan) by Samhain Bonus goal: have fun (purposefully vague) Tracking is going to be some combination of bullet journal and spreadsheet. I'm still working on that part. And I'll post the food logs in this thread.
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