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  1. mediaguy99

    Mediaguy99 Rangers Off Into the Sunset

    This is a start for my next challenge. Here is the draft of the goals, to be edited and finalized by Monday July 2: 1. Ride off into the sunset: 4x/week, should include a mountain bike ride, road ride, and some running. Mix it up as needed. One point each, out of four but up to five (yes, that's a bonus point) (x/16 + 4) 2. Hit the weights: Two bodyweight or "actual" weight workouts per week. One point each, out of two. (x/8) 3. Reach for it: Yes, two 30 minute or longer stretching sessions, with or without the foam roller. Can be a yoga class. One point each, out of two. (x/8) 4. A "stretch" goal: Hamstring, calf, quad, and glute stretches after every actual workout. Doesn't have to take more than five minutes. One point each, up to five, but out of four (another bonus opportunity) (x/16 + 4) 5. Don't eat like a big jerk: No more than one sweet thing a day. Minus one point for every incidence of "eating like a big jerk." Honesty is encouraged. One-half bonus point per day for biking to work on workout days, up to two points per week. (+8) Maximum points per week: 12; up to 16 with bonus points. There is nothing I am more dissatisfied with in my overall fitness level than my level of flexibility. I've tried really hard to be flexible and stretched and stretched and stretched and seen little progress. Unfortunately the past 6-12 months, since I quit aerial dance, has seen me generally forget about stretching altogether. It's a little defeatist, but I know I'm not going to make any vast gains in my flexibility during this challenge. However, I do think that I can at least start incorporating it into my overall workouts. The other thing I'm still going to focus on, but not exactly focus on, is my sugar intake. I've been pretty obsessed with it for the past few months. That's provoked a kind of "feast or famine" response in my psyche. And that doesn't feel great. Am going to try and just be a little more mindful of what I'm eating and why.
  2. This challenge starts with vacation. Aaaaaaaaand it's summer, which where I live apparently means the sun tries to bake you alive and every schedule you thought was reliable is really not since a huge chunk of the population goes to wherever they call home. Dicks. 1 Soooooo ... this month, I'll be attempting yet again to get back on the macro bandwagon: 1286 - 1686 Calories 62g protein Under 80g carbs Under 100g fats 2 Continuing on rebuilding my yoga practice 2-3 times a week + adding in 1 other day of SOMETHING. SUPER NO PRESSURE HERE - NOTHING TO REBEL AGAINST. And while I'm on vacation, DH has asked that I find a bodyweight something we can do together so he doesn't lose all his gainz in motivation (and I get some). I've screenshot Steve's hotel room workout, and we will be doing that. 3 Keeping up with the shit that makes me happy and adds meaning to my life: i.e. creative social media shit - and I should really practice my Arabic - and keeping up with my friends - and cooking shit that inspires me - also busting out the "real" camera.
  3. Akura

    Akura writes things down

    During this challenge is really, really should finish my dissertation. Just considering the text itself, I'm maybe halfway through. But there's still alot of images to produce, applications to program and data to analyse. But this should definitely be the main focus of the next weeks. Apart from that: Exercising went well the last challenge, but my diet was... questionable. But because I don't want to focus on anything else in particular, I won't for anything during this challenge: I will simply write down what I did. Except for my year-spanning running goal. Putting Everything into categories... PHD Track number of pages written for my dissertation. Track other things done for the dissertation like programming. Pretty much self-explanatory and straight-forward. Currently I'm at 138 pages and my two central theory chapters aren't done yet. And the introduction is also relatively long and important. I guess, accouting for everything, I need another 100 pages... Movement Track number of workouts per week. Track number of (additional) Yoga per week. Go running 33 times until December. Track number of steps made per day. I try to workout three times per week; callisthenics with some kettlebell exercises. I also bought a door anchor for my TRX straps and will experiment with them. As I still have some back problems I'll try to do Yoga on my rest days. As this didn't went that well last challenge, I'll try to do a shorter routine. I planned to go running 42 times until December and I went nine times in the last five weeks. So, I'm on track. Last challenge I walked about 9000 steps per days. Let's see whether I can increase that to 10000. But I won't stress myself over these numbers. Diet Track number of calories. Track number of carbs. My weight goes up, my bodyfat percentage goes down. Let's observe what I eat and things change. Low-carb and/or intermittent fasting always worked well for me. But the last few week I've been pretty hungry all day long. Maybe it's the increase in workout volume and intensity. Be as it may, let's collect some data. I track these numbers (and others) in a spreadsheet. Not sure whether I'll write them down here, too, or whether I just do tally marks to check for doing it... Hobbies Track number of times practising the guitar each week. Track number of video games, audiobooks and books finished. Playing the guitar is very relaxing for me, but in the last few weeks I was so busy that I wasn't really in the mood. But right now I don't even miss it too much. Playing video games and listening to audiobooks (while being on the move) are more or less my only hobbies right now. I want to read many, many books, too, so I'll just track what I consume this challenge. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The biggest challenge overall will be to remember that this challenge will last six weeks for me. So... Let's start writing!!!
  4. Bearlee

    Bearlee is ...

    I recently had my 44th birthday and I recently realized that my mindset since the beginning of the year has changed for the better. I’m wasn’t sure what it was until I listened to The Tim Ferriss Show Podcast featuring Terry Crews. He explained what I had been thinking since the beginning of the year, you say what you are and your mind finds ways to make it true. Since the beginning of the year I’ve been saying “I am a yogi” and I’ve made more progress in four weeks than I did the entire of last year because of that one simple statement. I’ve been thinking about how to improve moves and to hold them longer, how to get more sessions in, and do them for longer. I even have a plan laid out for the year where my yoga sessions are broken out into 4 thirteen week sessions. So I’m using that simple phrase “I am” and then finding ways to make it true. At the same time I think it will also help me set my priorities. I’m thinking more about what I want to do and I am surprised by things I’m not saying also. Never once have I thought “I would like to watch more TV” or “I would like to eat out more”. So with this simple premise I’m starting to lay out my plan for the year with gradual increments. So without further ado: Bearlee is ... a Yogi! On January 2nd I started DDPYoga and have so far finished 4 weeks. When I made the decision in mid-January that this year I’m a yogi, my mind has been more focused on the task. I’ve added more yoga sessions, I’ve performed the moves better, and I’ve been doing longer sessions. The program is broken up into 13 week sessions which is perfect becuase the 4th 13 week session will end on December 30th. As of now I’m working through Beginner 2.0. On April 1st I’ll move onto Intermediate 1.0. Then on July 1st to Intermediate 2.0. And Finally on September 30th/October 1st onto Advanced 1.0. As I advance in the program I’ll be able to expand my workout base that I can chose from to add extra sessions. For example, currently I’ve recently added Fat Burner 2.0 which means that now I can also use Fat Burner 1.0 along with the easier sessions of Engergy 1.0 and 2.0. Next with be Below the Belt 2.0 which with unlock Below the Belt 1.0 also along with the four previously stated workouts. I can also add “live” workout sessions that are on the same level that I’m currently on meaning the beginner “live” workouts. “Live” means workouts that were live but are now recorded to be played back later. Bearlee is ... a Cook! I also have a goal of cooking more this year. Then people that seem to have the most success with weight management seem to be people that cook. Plus I want to make more meals for my kids that are healthier. So what does a cook do? They get a recipe, gather the ingredients, and cook. Seems simple but I haven’t been doing it. My goal was to cook something new every week and have 52 new recipes by the end of the year, but so far I’ve only cooked one new meal. So I’m modifying this goal to a new recipe every other week with 26 new recipes by the end of the year. I’ve found two books that I really like. The first is called the Ultimate Soup Book and the second is called Kitchen Counter Cooking School. I like the idea of learning to make soups because they are usually nutritious and hopefully easy to make. So the first part of my learning to cook willl be soups. But the other book breaks down cooking into really easy and understandable cooking skills. For. Example to make an alfredo sauce take two cups of heavy cream and reduce to sauce consistency and add herbs you like then add pasta and that’s it. Things I want to learn cook: Omelets (I cook fantastic scrambled eggs but not omelets) Scallops Steak cooked well How to cook hamburger correctly. I also have an issue where when I start something that I want to go and buy all the gadgets for that hobby. For example I would like to buy a food processor, an instant pot, immersion blender, grill, new cook wear, expensive knives, and so on. I’m going to hold off on that stuff until I use what I have properly. That is also why I want to start with soups since I have a pot. Bearlee is ... an Amateur Astronomer! Since the Great American Eclipse (that I missed due to weather) I’ve been obsessed with space. I caught the final days of Cassini before it plunged into Saturn and have read some of the fantastic things it’s done. I’ve been learning tons about our solar system and just how neat it is. I’m surprised by the number of space missions going on that I never knew about before: New Horizons, Osiris Rex, and Juno. I’ve been learning about what looks like the new space age happening right now with private companies getting into the space business, specifically SpaceX. The number of exoplanets that are being discovered is astonishing. Just so much to learn and be fascinated by. Since the eclipse I’ve visited my local astronomy club and viewed Saturn and the Moon through their telescopes. I visited my local planetarium and watched their “What’s in the sky this season” show. I joined the Planetary Society that was founded by Carl Sagan and is now headed by Bill Nye. And I’ve done some observations in the sky like on New Year’s Day super Moon and plan to watch January 31st’s Super Harvest Blue Moon Lunar Eclipse. This is also another hobby where I want to go out and buy the best telescope and laptop to view and photograph the night sky. But first there are other things that I will do. View a meteor shower Learn the constellations and be able to identify them in the night sky Learn the classification system for identifying objects Read at least one astronomy paper a week to learn more in depth about a topic Continue listening to astronomy Podcasts For now these will be my focus. I have other things I want to add to this list but I don’t want to overwhelm myself. If I can nail these down I’ll be off to a great start in 2018. And if I only get these down but do them really well I think it would still be a good 2018.
  5. Hello All! I am Priscillia (Prissy if you want) and I used to do the NF challenges way back in 2014 and stopped sometime around when they went from 6 weeks to 4 weeks in 2016. This was mostly due to changes with my job (was let go and had a few months before new job in a completely different position/domain) and wanting to concentrate on the new path my career was taking me. Now I did keep up a lot of the things I had learned and built on during my NF times. However, I became more sedentary due to working from home AND I had a very bad time with some medication, which we stopped in Nov 2016 but took a year to get out of your system. This caused some problems to aggravate severely, as well as not letting me lose any weight or build muscle (we're talking a consistent 7hrs a week of yoga/pole/bootcamp) with me only gaining weight even when in proper caloric range. It was frustrating and once my performance in April 2017 was over, I kinda petered off... (also because I was doing 2 contracts at once at that point) Then came moving in October (sept was packing) and then at the same time we doubled my output at work and that lasted till Jan/Feb this year... so all those lovely habits I had built up previously? Gone xD Something had to give (and I'm still super happy with what I've accomplished, just not with my health taking the hit). So Guess Who's Back! Back Again! I just want to slowly start building back to where I was (and get my weight down). But most importantly, I want to build a consistent schedule. I used to be the type to say no-can-do it's gym day (not anymore :/ ). I want that girl back! Walk 5x/week Yoga/Roller 3x/week Daily Food Log via MFP or Book As for my Life goal... I'm having a hard time choosing between trying to bullet journal (I've failed before, but found someone who seems to do something I'm interested in), make extra cash (not from my regular job) or make a youtube video. All would help me in some form, I just don't know what to do first? (also, I think I forgot how to embed gifs... HA) MOTIVATION To feel better, more energetic and stronger. To reach that image of future me that I CAN SEE AND PRACTICALLY TASTE. To be ME. The best me EVER.
  6. The title of this post is quote from my D&D character Noor VonClaven. She is a Halfling Rjundrst, which is a type of wizard assassin. Noor is a strong believer in decisive action and using your emotions to fuel what you think is right. Lately, I have spent too much time wallowing in my emotions and struggling to find useful outlets for my stress and frustration and sadness with the world. This month I am going to take a page out of Noor's book and channel all my confusion, stress and worry into power, strength, and activism. GOAL 1: FOOD: I am going to stick with my food plan from the last challenge. I will do 24 hour fasts on Monday and Friday, with a 50g of carb limit all week and cheat days on Saturday when we have game night and take turns cooking. GOAL 2: EXERCISE: For this challenge and the one to follow it I will be completing an 8 week beginner rowing program from Breaking Muscle. I rowed in the team in high school and I have a home rowing machine that I bought to use in college. Might as well take advantage. Plus rowing is a fantastic all around body exercise. Due to time constraints and my physical limitations I am changing this to 30 minute s a day of rowing or cross training to build me up to the point where I can row a split time under 5 minutes. GOAL 3: MEDITATION: I have been neglecting my own inner world and meditation routines for far too long. I sell meditation to clients and friends all the time, but I never take the time for it myself Especially with my plans to learn hypnosis and get certified, I need to be comfortable, conversant and connected to meditation practices. I will use the Calm app and do the 7 days of calm, followed by the 21 days of calm to equal 4 weeks of daily mediation. LEVEL UP MY LIFE: ACT: I need to keep doing professional development. I will complete one chapter of Learning ACT each week to move me towards the type of therapist I want to be.
  7. MaD MaLKaV

    [MaD MaLKaV] is still gyming it

    1) Go to the gym and lift some weights (+1 STR per day, aiming for 3 days a week) 2) Count calories in MyFitnessPal on phone. Target at least 2740 calories/day. (+1 CON) 3) Meditate every day for 15 minutes. If I don't do it in the morning, then do it before bed. Everyday; including weekends. (+3 WIS) 4) Spend 30 minutes reading from the Great Books of the Western World (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Books_of_the_Western_World). (+3 WIS) 5) Floss my teeth. (+1 CHA) 6) Shave every day (+1 CHA). I currently shave every third day. Would be nice to stay clean shaven. 7) Brush my teeth at night (+1 CHA). Dentist recommended. I currently brush (and floss) in the morning. 8) Avoid caffeine. Drink water instead of coffee. (+1 CON) # Extra Credit 9) Wake up every weekday morning by 5 AM. Moving this back to extra credit for now. (+5 CON [1 per day, up to +7 if I did it on weekends, but I’m not planning on weekends]) 10) Do yoga every weekday (easiest when I get up early, but I might like doing it in gym from 7 pm-8 pm also. Will definitely try that this month). YogaWithAdrienne or some other yoga is fine. I recently got a new Insight Yoga DVD for myself for my birthday. (+5 DEX [1 per day, up to +7 really if I did weekends, but I'm not planning on weekends]) 11) Go to the gym and do cardio (walk at 3mph or higher, or stationary cycle) for 30 minutes (+1 END per day, aiming for 3 days a week). Building up to C25K goal and burning calories. I’m not requiring the minimum speed on weekends, when I like to take slower walks with my family. Those will count too. But when I’m in the gym on Tues/Thurs, I’ll expect a minimum speed. # Future goals 12) No candy from basket (+1 CON). Not now, the candy basket hasn't been filled lately, so this would be a gimme. 13) Couch 2 5K. I'm totally not a runner, but maybe I could become one.?. A basic level of endurance is a helpful prerequisite to most other physical activity. (+6 END [2 per day for up to three days a week]). Keeping this around. It’s warmer now. But just walking on the treadmill is beating me up pretty good right now. Classics read so far: Homer [Iliad, the Odyssey], Edith Hamilton [Mythology], Aeschylus [All Complete Works], Sophocles [All Complete Works], Euripides [All Complete Works], The Portable Greek Historians (with selections from Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, and Polybius), Marcus Aurelius [Meditations], Pierre Hadot [The Inner Citadel], Dante [The Divine Comedy], Milton [Paradise Lost], Bertrand Russell [A History of Western Philosophy, An Analysis of Mind, The Conquest of Happiness, Our Knowledge of the External World as a Field for Scientific Method in Philosophy, The Problems of Philosophy, Why I Am Not a Christian] Currently reading: Bertrand Russell [Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy] Current Weight: 210.6 Pounds lost last challenge: -22.4
  8. Mal: I had a good day. Simon: You had the Alliance on you, criminals and savages... Half the people on the ship have been shot or wounded including yourself, and you're harboring known fugitives. Mal: Well, we're still flying. Simon: That's not much. Mal: It's enough. The last two months have been interesting, to say the least. But I'm still here, I'm still flying, and I'm still feeling relatively positive. This will be a very KISS challenge. Due to the last two months, I've gained a bit of weight (comfort eating; less movement). My body is also feeling really stiff and weak. I potentially have 2-ish months before any further treatment, and it's time to fix things rather than wallow in it. Goals: 1. Stop eating like an asshole I'm not going to make a bunch of little rules behind eating, since I then tend to use the letter of the law to circumvent the spirit of the law. I know how to be a healthy eater. I just need to do it. No more excuses. No more comfort eating. 2. Follow the plan -Saturday: parkour and silks class -2 times/week: a more intense yoga class or some sort of strength training. Ease into things rather than overdoing. -3 times/week: flexibility and recovery yoga. -Every day, weather permitting: walk at least 2 miles or go swimming. 3. Keep my crazy under control: I just started weaning off of my current anti-anxiety med, and today I also started Tamoxifen. Tamoxifen apparently doesn't play nicely with SSRIs. So, over the course of this challenge, I get to deal with the side effects of no longer being on a med that was working, as well as starting with something that will completely muck up my hormone levels. Maybe it will all be fine.. Maybe I'll be a complete basket case. The plan is to do everything I can to help promote my mental wellbeing. I will take time for myself as needed. I will do yoga or meditation as needed. I'll avoid Dr. Google. I'll stick with healthy sleep practices, like getting off of the electronics, reading, herbal tea, etc. If needed, there is another anxiety med I can try with the tamoxifen. Misc: -Work on the core. My core is too weak for some of the silks moves. -Plan cool vacations.... because there's nothing like confronting your mortality to make you want to bucket list the shit out of stuff. It's also good for my mental health to be able to plan fun future things. -Try to be more present on NF. For obvious reasons, my last two challenges have been pretty self-absorbed. But, I don't need to be that way this time around.
  9. Heidi

    Heidi: Believe

    The last challenge was about watching the wheels come off, as I knew they would. So this challenge is about walking the new path, finding peace in the solitude and listening for the inspiration in the quiet. It is the darkness that makes the light shine so brightly. I have much on my plate for school this challenge. I just met with my new writing workshop adviser, and after exchanging several heartfelt emails, I decided to look up what she has written. It turns out she's on my Read Real Soon list. I have bumped the book ahead of a few others in the stack. Overall, I'm tickled to be working with Dombek, and I was before I looked her up. To know that she shares my love of Madeleine L'Engle and Ursula K. LeGuin just makes it all that much better. I can't wait to read more about how our cultural phenomenon of calling everyone selfish is more about our own perspectives than an epidemic of personality disorder. I'm taking some big leaps spiritually as well, offering to volunteer, putting together programs for volunteer efforts and the like. I keep applying for jobs, of course, but this has been going on forever and is demoralizing. I'm looking forward to being of use in one way or another. Think good thoughts for me. My first library classes begin on June 7, and the first manuscript to Kristin is due June 24, just before the challenge ends. I have some reading to do before then and some response papers to write. I also have the TMWW to attend, possibly. I'm waiting on word about the scholarship. On the family front, the lack of communication and the active exclusion is getting very old and wearing me out emotionally. I would love to have better solution for this but I don't yet. Yet. Keep watching this space. In the meantime, Vivian and I love love love going to the river. I have new water shoes for both of us on the way. Sunscreen is my next purchase, and we are looking forward to the holiday weekend coming up. On the schedule is a play, a trip to our favorite toy store, a couple Serious Surprises, gardening, river wallowing, and board games, as well as cooking (she has specifically requested that we make cole slaw together, and was flout out amazed that I knew how to make it. Ah, the joys of maturity.) I have joined Heroes Rise for the month, mostly to see what it's about but also because my motivation could use some back-to-basics inspiration. I'm Heidi there, too, so look me up if you're around. Good grief, but the challenges are slipping by me quickly this calendar year. Anyway, the elements of this round are a focus on believing in myself and in the universe, letting myself walk in the knowledge that the universe loves me and wants me to be happy and that all will be right with the world. It's harder than it sounds. Dates & Details May 20-26 - introduction to new instructor May 20-26 put together program details, scout a place for the programs, follow up with non-profits May 27 Charlotte's Web - Roanoke Children's Theatre May 29 Interview June 2 Yoga on the Mountain June 7 Library School begins - gather syllabi and plan time around assignments Monday - Women's Meeting Tuesday - Yoga @ Park Wednesday - Yoga @ Mansion Thursday - Katrina Thursday - Violin with Vivian Friday Yoga @ Park Sunday Friends Meeting
  10. Laghail

    Laghail Writes Shit Down

    Writing, it's slightly better than talking. I mean, you can backspace terrible ideas, or even edit things on social media to lower the aggregate racist levels of the original post. And considering we as a species started off writing with pictographs in the desert, we've come a long way since with our sophisticated sexting and urban dictionary and fake news. I mean, I hardly ever feel like I want to burn all of human writing and culture in a cleansing apocalypse. Good thing the apocalyptic genre of literature hasn't resurfaced as a major theme in modern television or fiction; that could signal that human culture is going through a stressful time of change that is scary and painful for everyone involved, not to mention fatal for many. That would be awkward. So this challenge I'm focusing on writing down stuffs. Literally writing things down, like journaling more consistently (at all, journaling at all), and tracking calories. My diet is fairly consistent, but MFP is the first thing I drop when mental health gets shaky. If I manage a 30 day streak in the categories below, imma reward myself with a $20 etsy order. I have a similar sized one ready to go in the next week or so, but that's all supplies for clients; this reward will just be for whatever whim strikes me. Not exactly sure what I'll want by the end of the month, but something like this is hella sexy. Journaling Daily. I'll post a word count, maybe even some good bits if they're repeatable, but don't count on it. No assigned word count, but I'll track how much. Someone should yell at me if the word count stays low triple digits, but writing on the reg is more the focus than writing a daily novel. MFP I can retroactively log a day, this doesn't need to be WWIII. I'll post kcal and macros, but tracking at all is what gives me a checkmark. Hippy Rumspringa This is the most fluid goal. I got a moderately long list of hippy stuff that I'm recognizing is possibly important to me, but I'm not sure how to be regimented about exploring things as a free spirit. Paradoxes yo. For starters, this category gets a daily check if I do any one music thingy (rattles, drums, stav and tein, kalimba) daily, and any one meditation thingy (harner, mindfulness, energy work, mala) daily.