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  1. Hello whoever is reading this, thank you for taking the time! I'm a 31yo woman and new to the world of Nerd Fitness, however not new to nutrition/dieting/etc Brief backstory - I suffered a catastrophic work injury in 2012 and another in 2015 (I've since left that workplace!) - The first was to my back, and the second to my right knee, requiring surgery. The cumulative effect over the past two years has led to a very significant increase in weight, and I've been doing what I can to manage my diet (I have self-assessed myself at somewhere between Level 6 and Level 7) to lessen the weight increase/hopefully instigate a decrease. I exercise anywhere from 40 to 90 minutes, 5-6 days a week, mostly in the form of hiking as my back and knee can manage. Due to injuries I haven't yet found a way to incorporate weight-bearing into my exercise regime. I'm not having any luck shifting the weight that I've put on - Nothing is showing up in my blood tests to indicate a reason why I my body isn't shedding it, but generally my daily caloric intake would be between 1200 and 1800, and I've been the same weight for over 6 months (after steadily climbing beforehand). If I could get some feedback on whether or not the NF program might suit my needs I would greatly appreciate it - Short of undergoing a weight management surgery I really don't know what to do, and I'm not sure even that would work as I don't eat very much to begin with. Thanks again for your time, any thoughts/advice are appreciated and welcome.
  2. Howdy, My name is Emrys. I'm a 27 year old rebel and brand new to the world of weightlifting. I've spent a long time playing the on-again-off-again game with working out and I want to make it stick this time. I've finally accepted that I absolutely loathe cardio and prefer to get down with strength training. I found NF through furious Google searches and joined because I'm looking to add some structure, get more committed to my fitness, see some gains, and make some friends! First 4 WEEK CHALLENGE: GOAL 1: Diet. I'm a big time snacker so I'm trying to cut down my snacking to no more than 200 of my 1200-1400 daily calorie intake. GOAL 2: Fitness. My job is 90% sedentary so getting moving is tough. I'm a walker but I want to do more. I'm trying to get to the gym at least 1x week. GOAL 3: Language: I've recently decided to get serious about re-learning Spanish. I purchased the Rosetta Stone program and want to do at least 5 activities on the app daily. LEVEL UP MY LIFE: Debt. I have one student loan in repayment (the rest thankfully in forbearance) and want it gone by the end of 2018. I plan to pay at least $100 on it every non-rent pay week. Side note: I'm also hoping to make friends and meet some folks in meatspace so please say hi! Emrys out!
  3. DrFeelgood - Starting Over

    When the job went wrong...well you probably know the rest. And wrong it has gone. Those of you following probably have a good picture of what's up. I just haven't been myself lately, at least not the good version of myself. I've let things get so far out of my control that I feel like a passenger in my own life. It's time to start taking the reins again. But after several crash-and-burn efforts I've decided to simplify this challenge to just the two most effective things I can do to start putting my fitness back on the right track: I'm going to eat, and I'm going to sleep. I've developed some terrible patterns and habits in these two areas, so this challenge needs to be a step toward bringing those back in line with what I want my life to be. My hope is that I can rebalance myself physically and start a cascade of improvements in other areas as well. Obviously there's a little more to it than that, but my SMART goals are to simply direct my nutrition in a way that promotes fat loss and to pursue sleep as a means to improve my overall well-being. For the first goal my specific measurement will simply be calorie intake, but I'm also going to be careful about the quality of those calories. Counting works for me, and I want the structure of a programmed daily target. For the second goal my specific measurement will be to log each night's actual bedtime. Again, I think the structure of daily targets will help me regain better sleep habits. For the first time in quite a while I have a spreadsheet to track my progress, and I'm actually excited about it instead of daunted by the prospect. I'm sure life (to say nothing of my current disposition) will take a giant steaming dump all over this challenge at some point, but when that happens I'm counting on y'all to hold me accountable and help me stay the course. Vizzini is dead. I'm going to go find the Man in Black.
  4. Original by Sidsel B on DA ABOUT ME: I am a 36 year old genderqueer person who lives in the Chicago suburbs. I am a clinical psychologist who loves fantasy novels, table top role playing games, and fiber crafts. I used to be extremely active, but between schooling and working, the active hobbies have fallen by the wayside. We are currently house hunting and looking to move back into Chicago, so I will be transitioning to public transportation for commuting. I need to be able to move my body and do so with confidence and without hurting myself. I also miss cute clothes and having a style that better matches my gender. It is really hard to find stylish clothing when you are fat that is not hyper feminine. So yeah, that's me, taking a crack at being accountable. 4 WEEK CHALLENGE: GOAL 1: Diet. I am going to resume eating at my low-carb macros, tracking on Myfittnesspal. I will have 50g of carbs or less 6/7 days with one day off since we rotate food responsibilities on game days and I can't control the options. I will log food and count calories all 7 days. GOAL 2: Fasting. I plan to do 2 24 hour fasts weekly on Monday and Friday. Since I did not fast today, I will make it up by doing it tomorrow. For this month I am allowed 3 cups of coffee on fast days, one of which can be bulletproof, plus 2 cups of broth if I feel like I need it. Unlimited water. GOAL 3: Movement. I plan to walk for 10 minutes 5 days a week. If it is too rainy, I can substitute with rowing on my rowing machine. I always overdo cardio and end up hurting myself or killing my motivation, so I am going to stick to super slow build up. LEVEL UP MY LIFE: Work. I am starting anew job next week and I am feeling very nervous. Plus, I have not worked with adults regularly for over 2 years. To help with this and improve my competency I am going to work through the Learning ACT workbook throughout the challenge. Because a lot of the content is review for me, I am assigning myself multiple chapters a week. I only have 2 hourly clients out of a planned 25, so I will have plenty of down time for personal enrichment. I'm shooting for 2 - 3 chapters a week, finishing all 11 by end of challenge.
  5. Rookies Respawn

    Rookies Respawn Ohhh yah its time~ It has been awhile since I have come around to NF but here I am <3 And it is about damn time! MAIN GOAL FOR THIS CHALLENGE: Lose 5lbs ‘︿’ > CONTROL THE NOMS: Eat 500 calories under TDEE Perfect week = 3 points 5-6x / week = 2 points 3-4x / week = 1 point > HYDRATE FOOL: Drink 3L of water every day Perfect week = 3 points 5-6x / week = 2 points 3-4x / week = 1 point > SHAKE DAT BOOTY: Move at least 10 minutes a day (walk, jog, crawl, dance, ride) Perfect week = 3 points 5-6x / week = 2 points 3-4x / week = 1 point LIFE QUEST > JAWS: Floss dem teethies daily Perfect week = 2 points 4-6x / week = 1 points > $$$ : Save monthly amount + pay off visa Yes = 1 points Weekly Grading 11 points = A++++ You are queen of the world <3 7-10 points = A.... YAS get it gurl 4-6 points = B... Cool cool cool... do better 2-3 points = C... •_•) who dis? new phone 0-1 points = F... YOU'VE BEEN KILLED: 10 seconds until respawn
  6. Tateman tries to survive June

    I'm back again! This last month has been a real test. My wife was laid off (with severance), and we got notice from the landlord that he wants to move back into the house. So we have to be out before July 1st. I also hurt my ankle, so I had to stop walking and running. All this really did a number on anxiety and some depression kicking in. Overall just extremely stressful. So we made some plans, and just started getting through this one step at a time. June is going to be extremely busy. We have to move by the 30th. We have family coming into town for my oldest son's graduation party. Wife hopefully starts a new job. The 22nd to the 24th I will be near Los Angeles to bowl in a tournament. 6+ hour drive. Now today, we got a place. Unfortunately, it is an apartment. So we loose a lot of storage space. So downsizing we go. This challenge will be stressful, and so busy. Let's get in some goals. Last challenge I did not make it to twotopia, but I am pulling into the driveway I am 306 today, so almost there. Maybe I get there before the start of week 1. Most likely, I hit it during this challenge. Goal#1 - Yup, keep up with the Keto Keto has been doing so well for me, I need to continue it. Hopefully, between the two places, I can keep keto. Then of course I have the bowling tournament to figure out how I stay in Keto there. I could always just drop keto for those days, but I think I would rather try to challenge myself to stay keto there. My Intermittent fasting has been a bit all over the place. During the challenge, I am not going to focus on IF. I will try to maintain it when I can. With moving at all different times though, I don't want it to be a factor if I need to eat. I will track my water, and attempt hit hit close to my macros. 1 point for each day tracked food and water (MFP). 7 points total per week. Goal#2 - Sleep Sleep returns for another challenge. I get it nailed down, then I get right off schedule. Here I am at 11:44 pm typing this up, instead of winding down for rest. I will be needing good sleep with all the work that needs to be done here. Since I seem to struggle with this one, I think I will increase points to make me really focus. 3 points for computer off by 11-11:15 pm ( I usually gave myself a little window), 3 points for reading started right after. Off to bed by 12-12:15 am. 6 points per day, 42 points per week. Goal#3 The downsize and move I don't really know how to do this one as a goal. It has to happen, it is just trying to organize it I suppose. My basic goal will be to make it though my checklist. Go through clothes. Donate, and throw out as needed Go through computer equipment. Sell, and ewaste thing things I don't need Clean up the back yard. We had some cans back there in bags that opened up and spread everywhere. I need to pick them up Fill the roll off bin. Over Memorial day weekend, we are getting a dumpster delivered. Time to trash, donate, sell a bunch of items in the garage and house Setup new beds at the new place. To save some space, we have new beds frames for the kids. pack up items to be moved (dvds, toys, etc) Contact moving companies. I am tired of moving furniture all these years. Worth it to pay someone else to deal with it. Get gardener to come clean up the yard as needed Get the house cleaned after we move out switch out the shower heads re box pictures. order boxes for comics sell off old bowling items, or trash/donate them if I can map out how furniture will go in the new place (already started this a bit) See if my sister wants my mothers crystal Figure out what to do with furniture we can't take with us. Figure out how internet access will be in the new place for my older son's room and house in general. (wifi, powerline networking is used now) Move smaller items/boxes we can pack up now. Movers can get the big items There might be more added, but that is all I can thing of right now. This is more of a pass/fail goal. I will pass, because I have too No points. Goal#4 - Register for school I was going to skip a life goal, but I figured I would toss it in here anyway. I won't have time to do any summer classes, but I should be able to get registered for fall classes. I want to start getting certificates at least. Then I can start getting back out there in the work force too. So I just need to apply, then try to do whatever I need to get done. Placement or whatever. Maybe talk to a councilor to see if I should try getting an AA degree or something. No points here as well. It is more of a pass/fail situation Measurements - Week 1 / End of Challenge (will take morning of the 28th) Neck - 20.00 in / Chest - 51.29 in / Waist at belly button - 55.15 in / Bicep (L) - 16.22 in / Bicep (R) - 15.82 in / Forearm (L) - 12.95 in / Forearm (R) - 12.95 in / Thigh (L) - 28.11 in / Thigh (R) - 26.96 in / Weight - 305.7 lbs / Weekly points Week 1 (05/28 - 06/03) - 29.5/49 points 60% D Week 2 (06/04 - 06/10) - 35.5/49 points - 72% C Week 3 (06/11 - 06/17) - 0/49 points Week 4 (06/18 - 06/24) - 0/49 points So that is my challenge. Easy on the surface, harder because of the whole move situation.
  7. Elennare Makes the Cut

    Super simple challenge this time. I might come back and try to add some sort of story to go with it, but for now I just want to get this written, so keeping it basic. I've been killing it the last couple challenges, and have finally started making some progress with the weight loss again. I'm ready to step it up, though, and right now is as close to perfect as I'm going to get, timing wise. It's pre-vacations, it's the off-season for derby, and I have my office's exercise challenge going to give me some extra motivation to keep moving. Goals: eat less, move more. I'm not trying to improve my fitness or performance right now, other than the side effect of both of those will be easier when I'm not hauling around extra fat, I am just trying to get rid of said extra fat. Calories: 0/35 I'm using My Fitness Pal to track. It's set for losing 2lbs/week, and is synced with my tracker, so as long as I stay within the goal it spits out, I'm good. I will try to avoid grains and empty calories, because I can eat more food if it's lots of veggies, but I'm not going to stress that too much. Steps: 0/35 Once again, I'm aiming for the top prize for the work challenge, even if it's only $75 this year instead of $100. To get it, I need 13,000 steps/day from a combination of actual steps walked and any exercise I did converted into steps via a MET chart they supply. They calculate it based on total steps, so if I miss the target one day I can make up for on other days. Which is good, because I'm currently a bit behind. For the purposes of this challenge, though, I'm only going to count days I hit the goal. As you can tell, I'm starting today and counting zero week in my challenge totals. Ready? Go!
  8. The Hero's Journey

    I recently discovered Darebee.com for fitness routines. Last challenge, I tried Athena's Playbook which was a nice change from my usual workouts. This time though, I'm upping the anti by trying the Hero's Journey workout. A friend of mine picked this one since he tried Athena with me. He's not a member here though, so I thought maybe others might want to join us in our quest to become heroes. The Hero's Journey has elements of RPG in it and is geared towards weight loss, streamline and tone with a difficulty of 3/5. It is also a double challenge at 60 days long, so it's going to be hard! If you choose to join, you are committing to working towards your Hero's Journey for 60 days. Go to the website and download the PDF and then we'll get started on Monday with this challenge. Offer support to your fellow heroes here and be relentless towards your goals: become a true hero! We will be dedicated and we will succeed, or die trying! Rules 1. Follow this thread and other members' threads by clicking the red 'follow this topic' button at the top right of your screen. 2. Post a short introduction about yourself, what your challenge is all about and how it you plan to accomplish your own Hero's Journey. I will then add you to the list below, along with a link to your challenge. 3. Discuss the highs and lows of your personal Hero's Journey. 4. Support fellow heroes here as they struggle and succeed along with you. Members 1. Elinox = Elinox Gets More Crazy 2. Hazard = Hazard Rebirth: The Second Evolution 3. White Ghost = The Arruvia Conspiracy - Downshifting 4. Jacey = Jacey's Serious This Time 5. BullyIdol = Bully Answers the Call 6. 7.
  9. Elinox Gets More Crazy

    Main Quest To live a healthy and balanced life by exercising and trying to eat healthy. My Motivation I've successfully dropped weight by counting calories so my diet will mostly be staying the same with 1200 calories per day M-F and then blow meals on the weekends. I enjoy doing themed workouts and for this challenge it will be in honor of Harley Quinn. I’m doing another Darebee fitness routine, this one 60 days, and specifically the Hero’s Journey workout. I chose the hammer as my hero’s weapon and since she wields one (okay, technically it’s a mallet) I’m dedicating this challenge to Harley. Because this is going to be a 60-day long challenge for me, with exercises from the Hero’s Journey done every single day, I’m going a little lighter than normal for my smaller quests. Take it away Harl! Smaller Quests 1. “We're bad guys. It's what we do.” - Harley Quinn, Suicide Squad Hero’s Journey = weight loss, streamline & tone I liked following Athena’s Playbook from Darebee last challenge, so I’m back at it again with a double challenge of 60 days. This time, I want to amp it up and focus more on weight loss and toning. Harley Quinn is an accomplished acrobat and is very athletic. Match that up with her being psychotic and actually batshit crazy and you’ve got a character who does whatever the hell she wants just because she wants to. I’ve had luck in the past with just doing stuff because I wanted to see if I could, so hopefully, with this double challenge and another challenging routine from Darebee, I’ll be able to succeed. Just to see if I can. I’m likely crazy... Since this is a double challenge for me, I’m adding points to both DEX and STA if I complete it successfully. Scoring: x/60 days Reward: +5 to DEX & +4 to STA 2. “Puddin’!” - Harley Quinn, Suicide Squad Several challenges ago, I added in fruits and/or veggies to my daily diet. I liked having fruit and veggies that I didn’t actually count calorie-wise so I’d like to incorporate that again for this challenge. I want to aim to eat a fruit or vegetable once per day during the week. Because Harley is so agile, I imagine she eats healthy foods. She’s got to keep in shape for her puddin’ after all! x/40 days Reward: +3 to CON & +3 to CHA
  10. 23 lbs down!

    Just broke out my skinny jeans today! I'm back down to the size I was when I fell off the wagon last year after a death in the family and loads of stress, and getting here this time has been much easier and more fun with NF. I still have a long way to go toward my long-term goal, but this victory feels awesome. Plus I tried on a dress today and didn't hate it. I have hated myself in dresses for decades. I didn't buy it because I didn't LOVE it. Still, I feel like it was real progress!
  11. Hi everyone. I had another UN on here called GeminiDragon??? But I forgot it. So I am starting fresh. Which is actually a good thing, because I am starting fresh with my life as well. I had some losses in my life, family members passing, stress from a new job and issues with my marriage. I have finally centered myself and put my priorities in order. I am here to do the following: Eat better Exercise more Find a buddy or buddies to hold me accountable Learn to love myself Update my status once a week here on NF Fitness wise, I want to accomplish the following: Close the rings on my Apple Watch 5 days of the week Meet my Calorie and Macro goals on my Lose It! App daily Lose 100 lbs. I was brought back to NF because I feel like I need a support group. I tried to go this solo and that burned, badly. If you would like a buddy for your fitness goals, just reach out :-) Status: 326 lbs 64" waist Calories: 1,750 https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-many-calories-per-day and https://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/macronutcal.htm Protein: 239g https://www.womenshealthmag.com/food/should-you-double-up-on-protein-to-lose-weight Water in-take: 164 fl oz
  12. Hi folks, I have been in and out of the NF community for several years. Most recently, I hopped in to a challenge to shake me out of my lethargic state of self-loathing (see below), so if you want more details of how I reached this state of being and some of my ongoing battles, then feel free to check out my last challenge link. It was difficult, but it definitely did the trick and I'm ready to move forward in my journey back toward being a full-fledged demon monkey. Swinging through the trees with the greatest of ease is where I belong and where I am most happy, but winter weather in the UK means that there's only about half of the year that is suitable for climbing. I'm also soft and cuddly at the moment, so I'm not in a fit state to be more than a few feet off the ground. But, all journeys start with the first step, and with the cobwebs dusted off I'm ready to move forward. I've chosen to start a daily battle log rather than keep up with the challenges as I find them a bit more stressful than is entirely healthy for me. I want this to be more of a journal and reflection point for my progress, and if other folk want to follow along and contribute then Welcome!
  13. Berserker log

    Hey all So after a fair amount of lurking the forum I've decided to try and keep up a log. So, I'm 31. Weigh 106kg and am looking to drop fat while maintaining (building if I'm extremely lucky) muscle. I have no idea of bodyfat % but I'll see how I go with posting and may throw up some progress shots. I'm sure someone will have a much better idea than I do. The backstory is I haven't lifted for 5-6 years, but when I did I was damn strong. Unless anyone is curious I don't think the numbers are that important, and besides that, they just make me sad to look at now. Current Program: 5/3/1 BBB Current Lifts (Haven't truly tested my 1RM): Squat: 95kg 130kg 135kg Deadlift: 110kg 140kg 150kg Bench: 75kg 95kg OH Press: 55kg 62.5kg 65kg Diet (As of 18/9/17) Ketogenic 2000-2200cals < 50g Carbs a day Goals: Drop 10kg by end of the year (ish. This can happen much sooner, or on the date. First goal is to weigh less than 100kg Feel free to drop a line and let me know what I'm doing wrong, or suggestions and such. I'm going to try and get in all my workouts and the odd random thought, rant about whatever I'm watching on TV, meme. We'll see how things go.