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Next 28 Day Challenge - January 31st! - SQUAD SIGNUP

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Calling all rebels! Calling all rebels!

For those of you who didn't know, we do a little challenge here every month - where you pick 2-3 fitness goals and 1 level up your life goal and post all about our challenges/successes throughout the month.

Want in? Of course you do. And it's your lucky day!

The next challenge will run from January 31st - February 28th.

I will be opening up the forum for you to post your individual threads later today. This will include a thread with the full rules and details in it and alll of that fun stuff.

(newbies - these are the rules for the previous one. the rules for this one will be strikingly similar)

But for now! We're trying to get a head start on squad organization (and general organization of everything :) ) so that when you come in on Monday you already have a squad ready to go!

A little more information about squads:

*Squads will be groups of five with similar interests/backgrounds/goals.

*If you do not post for more than a week, you will be considered a defunct member of your squad.

*Squads with less than four active members will be combined as we see fit :)

*So because of this new 'defunct member' status (we really just don't want there to be two really active members and three members who post once a week!) - you can decide if you want on a squad or not.

*The benefit of being on a squad is that it gives you a smaller group of people to actively follow and support/receive support from.

*Also, just because someone is not on your squad doesn't mean you can't support them, offer them advice, etc. - I follow a bunch of you who haven't been on a squad with me in months, and will probably start following a few of you who aren't on my squad.:)

*depending on time and all of that, we may even have squad challenges and squadvssquad challenges.

SO.

Will everyone who plans on participating please reply to this thread and include the following information (and don't worry, I'll go first, so no need to be scared!):

Name:

200 points for getting this right

Brief overview of goals:

if you don’t know specific goals yet, an overview is fine. For those of you who haven't done this before - 2-3 fitness related/1 level up your life related.

Remember to read this before setting goals:

http://nerdfitness.com/community/showthread.php?1406-Goal-Setting-A-Quick-How-To

Class:

Read the article Real Life Role-Playing: What is Your Profession (found here:http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2010/05/10/real-life-role-playing-what-is-your-profession/) and pick a profession. Please, insofar as is possible, stay within Steve’s definitions, so we don’t have to try to decide if “berserkers” belong with warriors or rangers.

NOTE: You need a base class, for teams and such, but can multi-class all you want. Just because I'm a ranger doesn't mean I can't work on my druid yoga skills https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/UCzn2EW7LNSF-HhR-hpxQMcte6yrh9nH_31mfGLvHsKQMwqkNdQ9QgaGemDiOFm519TdzFpFKuwbgqHQ_XucEdFviptktxkhT_zVD9FnIP6ThYeeusg

If you follow a specific way of eating:

paleo, slow carb, fast carb, weight watchers, the zone - dont care what it is or where it came from, just mention it

Any other piece of information you think would be useful for team creation:

like if you’re following the Rebel Fitness Guide, are sweet on powerlifting, don’t have a gym, or if you don’t want to be anywhere near a team that i’m involved in because you’re afraid i’ll make you do thousands of burpees.

If you want to be part of a team or if you want to work alone:

while one of the bases of the rules of the rebellion is that we’re all in this together, and we’re here to support each other, we know that some of you want to work alone. so just let us know so we won’t place you on a squad.

Aaaaaaaaaand I think that's all for now! More later! Edited by spezzy

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Name:

Spezzy!

Brief overview of goals:

-Harder (lets start cutting some of the fat that i've gained over the past few months.)

-Better (probably cleaning/organizing related life goals)

-Faster (Sprinting. Because I hate running, so lets get it done as quickly as possible.)

-Stronger (it's about time i hit 2xbw on my deadlifts, don't you think?)

Class:

Ranger

If you follow a specific way of eating:

paleo ftw!

Any other piece of information you think would be useful for team creation:

i don't want to be on spezzy's team. oh, wait. shit.

so for real:

<3 burpees, <3 barbells, just starting with kettlebells.

If you want to be part of a team or if you want to work alone:

squad squad squad!

See, that was easy! Now your turn! :)

Edited by spezzy

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name:

sumdawgtwigg

Brief overview of goals:

-Cut out all soft drinks

-donate all my junk to salvation army

-lift more often

-eat less processed foods

Class:

I'm thinking scout fits me best!

If you follow a specific way of eating:

Moderation

Any other piece of information you think would be useful for team creation:

None :D

If you want to be part of a team or if you want to work alone:

alone this time!

Edited by sumdawgtwigg

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Name:

DarkBog The destroyer of light and happiness. But you can call me CokeCanNinja

Brief overview of goals:

Fitness goal 1: Do some type of workout at least 5 days a week

Fitness goal 2: Start the C25k plan

Fitness goal 3: Start the 7 weeks to 50 pullups plan

Diet goal: Eat Paleo at least 75% of the time

Life goal: Finish cleaning/straightening up my room

Life goal 2: Finish my Governor's school application.

Class:

Ranger/warrior primarily, druid/assassin secondly

If you follow a specific way of eating:

I'm trying to eat as Paleo as possible

Any other piece of information you think would be useful for team creation:

I don't want to be on Spezzys team either. She's ewwy. I'm just kidding, she seems almost cool.

so for real:

Bust my ass getting fit!!!!

If you want to be part of a team or if you want to work alone:

I don't really care, I'd like being on squad a little more through.

Edited by CokeCanNinja

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okay, I'm in...

Name: Raincloak

Goals: oh, what the hell, we'll aim high. Note that as of right now, I work out approximately as often as I remember and can motivate myself to (not much).

- 2 cardio workouts/week

- 2 body weight workouts/week

- 4 10-minute "quiet time" (meditation/prayer) sessions per week

- learn to cook 4 new veggie dishes (that's one per week)

- get all my schoolwork done on time (hahahaha yeah right)

- get Steve to have coffee with me before he leaves town

Class: Oh, we'll call it Ranger/Scout for now I suppose.

Food: Kosher (sorta; it's complicated).

I guess we'll give squad a try, since being alone sounds boring.

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Name:

Shadawyn

Brief overview of goals:

Walk 5 days a week, min. 2 miles each.

Complete 3 "urban hikes" (5+ miles).

Complete outline for writing project.

Class:

Druid seems closest.

If you follow a specific way of eating:

I'm a pescatarian, for what it's worth.

If you want to be part of a team or if you want to work alone:

Squad.

Edited by Shadawyn
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Name:

ArmyMBM

Brief overview of goals:

-Get below 220 Pounds (228 this morning, down 12 since December)

-One Arm Push-Up

-Pistol Squat

Life Goal

-Clean up my area in the house, long time coming.

Class:

Ranger I guess, even though I'm concentrating on Strength here, I'm gonna do a good amount of cardio to cut weight.

If you follow a specific way of eating:

If I know the food is bad, I do the Progressive Eating thing I made up. I think I might do that every day to cut weight.

Any other piece of information you think would be useful for team creation:

-----

If you want to be part of a team or if you want to work alone:

I'll go alone this time.

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Name:

Theta

Brief overview of goals:

-Start up C25K again

-Some combination of workouts 3x a week (2x at gym, 1x at home, etc)

-Go down one or more waist sizes (36 to 34, maybe 32) [Male, btw]

-Finish two of my small programming projects

-1 Blog post a week

-Start online portfolio

-Be more social, dammit!

Class:

Ranger

If you follow a specific way of eating:

Moderation

If you want to be part of a team or if you want to work alone:

I'm fairly antisocial, and as one of my goals is to be more social, I suppose being on a squad would be a good idea!

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Name:

Clawed_bear or Jake.

Goals:

Lose weight

Lift lots of kettlebells

Build endurance

Get rid of junk in the house

Class:

I'm thinking ranger, since my long term goals fit that class better than the warrior.

While I like lifting weights, I need to train for endurance and fat loss, not just strength.

*edit* I chose ranger...

If you follow a specific way of eating:

80/20 Primal w/ epic cheat day and intermittent fasting

Any other piece of information you think would be useful for team creation:

Gyms are evil, the outdoors and kettlebells rock!

If you want to be part of a team or if you want to work alone:

It seems like everyone has issues being on Spezzy's squad, but I'll volunteer. I can't do burpees yet, but give me a couple months...

Edited by Clawed_Bear

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Name:

Knightwatch, or KW

Brief overview of goals:

Same as last challenge, as I largely crashed and burned. Redo!

- bench 225 x 10

- squat 225 x 10

- 10 consecutive pullups

- run a mile

- lose 5 pounds

Class:

Ranger

If you follow a specific way of eating:

Less crap. I'll probably try working in some intermittent fasting

Any other piece of information you think would be useful for team creation:

I do a mix of Crossfit workouts when I can, and barbell-based strength workouts when CF ain't happening with my schedule. No expert, but know a decent amount about each. Ask away. I also play around with kettlebells some. I'm also working truly obscene hours so far in 2011. I might vanish for a few days here and there, but I'll be reading along.

If you want to be part of a team or if you want to work alone:

squad! Keep me honest, peoples.

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Name:

nightlight

Brief overview of goals:

fitness:

go to gym 3x per week

-- sub goal go to the fitness center on my upcoming cruise on the 3 days we are completely at sea

do 1 c2k5 workout per week

-- do week 3 and 4 for two weeks each

diet:

go more paleo

-- keep working on cutting out carbs (with the exception of fruit)

life:

get rid of crap/sell stuff i don't need

Class:

Ranger

If you follow a specific way of eating:

trying to go paleo + fruit + dairy.

Any other piece of information you think would be useful for team creation:

following the rebel fitness guide!

If you want to be part of a team or if you want to work alone:

SQUAD!

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Name:

Deathstalker

Brief overview of goals:

- to drink at least 6 glasses of water per day

- to walk at least 10k of steps per day and to use a pedometer to make sure I do so (possibly go on walks in the evening to make sure I get the full amount)

- to plan meals weekly and avoid buying any food at school

- to read at least 30 minutes every day

Class:

Ranger (seems the closest to what I would like to be)

If you follow a specific way of eating:

I try to avoid processed foods and not overeat.

If you want to be part of a team or if you want to work alone:

I would prefer to go alone this first time.

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Name:

werwolf

Goals:

Continue to lose weight

Increase from 12 to 15 reps a set

Attempt proper push-ups

Get more sleep

Class:

I suppose I'm a big beefy Warrior (although wouldn't I love to be a lithe Druid someday)

Eating:

Omnivore

Other Info:

Yoga, multiple types of cardio classes, and strength training with hand weights, BOSU, and ball.

Team or Alone:

I'm a lone little werwolf. ;) (This time anyway.)

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Name:

Mad Sci

Brief overview of goals:

-Cut the Cola

-Cut the Crap (no fast food)

-Cut the Excuses (gym at least 3/week)

-Cut the Debt (make some major payments on the credit card)

Class:

Warrior... who can run to the fight

Eating:

trying to be less awful

I'm just starting to get into a workout routine and still have a lot of difficulty figuring out what I'm doing.

Squad to keep me more involved .

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Name:

Deadpool, but you can call me RCarper, but I ain't your daddy's type of superhero!

Brief overview of goals:

-Consistent (Low Carbs, maintaining a 5x/week workout, I'd valso like to paint a platoon a week of FoW minis (there will be pictures))

-Better (Gotta follow spezzy's dream of being a bit more cleaned up and able to find stuff, both at home and in the office, plus added flexibility would rock)

-Faster (I WANT TO GO FASTER!!! Right now on a hamster wheel (treadmill) I top out at 4.5, I believe I can add a mile faster onto that)

-Stronger (My legs are tough, I want my arms and shoulders stronger for reasons of fun infamy later)

-Smarter (I want to read Cordain's book, a book on Rhetoric, and I'm being asked to read an A.W. Tozer book)

Class:

Assassin, but of course..I'm the Merc with a Mouth, the Assassin of Elan :D

If you follow a specific way of eating:

paleo - Cause damn it I like the taste! It even comes in unleaded.

Any other piece of information you think would be useful for team creation:

Whoever has me on their team, we're going to fight and claw for every friggen yard and keep the chains moving right around lethargic and fat's neck.

so for real:

On top of machine training, I do some kickboxing (JKD, WC, etc) and practicing stick work for an upcoming seminar

If you want to be part of a team or if you want to work alone:

Heh, you know Deadpool....where's the humor and fun w/out a team up! SQUAD ME!

Edited by rcarper

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Name:

Lowenna

Brief overview of goals:

Fitness Goals:

Run/Jog 5k. This one is crazy ambitious.

Do 20 burpees a day for one week. I hate burpees, I hate loathe and despise them, they are going to kill me, but if I can do this I can do anything.

Go to a climbing wall and climb. This is a psychological barrier really, I want to start climbing, but because I'm quite squashy and climbers are all skinny I feeling very shy about my first visit to a wall.

Diet Goal:

Eat no white bread for the duration of the challenge

Life Goal:

Finish the heap of sewing which has been sitting in the corner of my room for months

Class:

I'm just starting out really, so my current class is 'Sit Around Doing Nothing', but I'm aiming for Assassin.

If you follow a specific way of eating:

I'm vegetarian and very fussy, my diet is currently pretty terrible but I'm slowly improving it. I think that Paleo sounds like a really good idea, but I'm not sure how well it would work for a veggie, but I'm definitely trying to move towards a diet with very little processed food in it.

Any other piece of information you think would be useful for team creation:

Just starting out, may need occasional kicking

If you want to be part of a team or if you want to work alone:

Squad!

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Name: Kalissa

Brief overview of goals:

Fitness: Strength training 3 days a week, karate at least 3 days a week, swimming at least 2 days a week, running at least 2 days a week, rock climbing at least 1 day a week; more is better, but I want each workout to count and not just be going through the motions

Diet: Keep track of everything I eat

Life: uh.... not sure yet. something to do with class and research, probably.

Class: Monk!

If you follow a specific way of eating: nope

Any other piece of information you think would be useful for team creation: I love barbells. And I hate cardio machines.

If you want to be part of a team or if you want to work alone: Squad, please!!

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Name:

Martinpanduh

Brief overview of goals:

- Continue my StrongLifts 5x5 Program. At current standing, I am at 145 + bar Squat and 170 + bar Deadlift etc. Basically I just want to hit the bar I set last challenge of not missing a single 5x5 session (3 times a week) in the next 28 days.

- Increase cardio capacity

- Increase proficiency in body weight exercises

- The inevitable, lost some weight and eat healthier (more details in my post)

Class:

Ranger

If you follow a specific way of eating:

95% Paleo bebe.

Any other piece of information you think would be useful for team creation:

I like eggs? HAHAHA /stupid

If you want to be part of a team or if you want to work alone:

Squad me up!

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Name:

Dawsy! Where are my 200 points!?

Brief overview of goals:

1. Get back to where I left off at the end of the December Challenge

2. Score a PB in all my major weight training areas

3. Burpees!!! I used to be able to do a 1 to 10 burpee pyramid...let's see if we can get back to this again, shall we?

4. Have a chat with Steve while he's in Sydney

Class:

Warrior!!

If you follow a specific way of eating:

Just trying to be good...following the "Eat less bread/coke/sugar" diet

Any other piece of information you think would be useful for team creation:

I'm on the comeback after baby number 2 entered the picture, so I'm a bit time poor...let's see what we can do in the spare 15 minutes a week I can muster!

If you want to be part of a team or if you want to work alone:

Team (preferrably the winning one!) Squad me up, baby!

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Name:

Gem

Brief overview of goals:

*Remain consistent in my new patterns throughout the month. This is the ultimate goal.

*Continue c25k (I am on wk 3)

*Continue 200 squats program

*Continue progression to do proper pushups

*Continue keeping food diary and stick with avoidance of grains

*Finish and file my state and federal tax returns

*Make two blog entries on my small business site (www.SunshineForDinner.com if any of you want to take a look)

*Prep outdoor space for (dreaded/longed for) addition to our house

Class:

Druid

If you follow a specific way of eating:

Cutting grain based carbs and counting calories. Looking for fat reduction. My own farm raised pork, chicken, eggs, veggies (soon goat milk Yay! yogurt, cheese Yay!) is the backbone of my diet.

Any other piece of information you think would be useful for team creation:

Go Druids! But, I wouldn't mind being part of a squad with some other c25k'ers because I see that a few have signed up for the challenge and that is really my focus this month. However the numbers for squads work out, I am flexible.

If you want to be part of a team or if you want to work alone:

See above.

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Plex or Plexy or Plexicus Maximus (for roman battles!)

Brief overview of goals:

-Hit gym consistently. This means 2+ Strength style work outs (upper body plus squats and cardio) and 2+ Core style workouts (everything that is sad for my abs and cardio) per week. (Being defined as Sunday thru Sat)

-Keep my room clean (mostly laundry laundry laundry)

-Start getting into the habit of paleo the first week (fall off the wagon first weekend because its a friends wedding... and we all know what open bar means) and actually stick to paleo (mostly ) final 3 weeks

-Try to do 'man-makers' (a particular type of burpee that is quite possibly soul sucking) x20 3 times a week.

Class:

Ranger

(with some hopeful assasin skill building parts)

If you follow a specific way of eating:

Going to try to switch from mostly a whole grains / wheat diet a much better paleo diet. If I can quit smoking, I can quit sugar (except for fruit, cuz its delicious!)

Any other piece of information you think would be useful for team creation:

Put me on Spezzy's team. I dare you. I even created a twitter account specifically for everyone here to stalk me (NFPlex).

If you want to be part of a team or if you want to work alone:

To quote spezzy "squad squad squad!"

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Name:

realJWade

Brief overview of goals:

Overarching goal: Begin a workout log in the workout log forum here and post daily.

Strength/Endurance: Complete 16 unique workouts over the 28 day challenge, on an approximate 2 on 1 off schedule.

Dexterity: Learn a new skill. I'm thinking juggling.

Constitution: Consume less than 100g of carbs, less than 35g of sugar, and more than 180g of protein daily. Lose 2 inches on my waist and end the month under 200 lbs.

In about a week and a half it will be 6 weeks since my injury, and if I am pain free, I can begin light rehabilitation, meaning I can start walking the greenbelt with my dog again, who assures me that if I don't get her out of the house she will devour every soft, stuffing filled object she can find. So, starting next Wednesday, I will walk one lap around the greenbelt every day, for a total of 3.2 miles (from my front door back to my front door). This currently (or pre-injury) took me about 55 minutes. I'd like to do it in 50 by the end of the month.

Life: We all know that special attention must be paid to the food we consume if we want to be healthy and happy. But not everyone pays that kind of detail to the information they consume, and we are so constantly bombarded by stimuli that it's easy to develop metaphorical blinders, and just stop processing information. I'm going to start a blog where I make at least one small observation about every piece of media I consume. I don't do this because I think it will be particularly interesting to read (sorry potential viewers) but because I have, since graduating from college, developed the habit of not really thinking. My brain just shut off at some point, and I want to reboot it. This is an exercise that will force me to think about everything I read, watch, or listen to (within reason, meaning everything that bears thinking about).

More Life: Write a short story. A complete, finished begin to end short story. Not an outline, or a rough draft, or a piece of a whole. A bloody short story. Min 15 pages.

OMFG: Finish my character sheet and update it weekly. Break the barrier to level 6.

Class:

Ranger

If you follow a specific way of eating:

Everything! However, my goals this month will require strict Paleo-like eating habits.

Any other piece of information you think would be useful for team creation:

I live in Texas. Are there enough Texans to have our own squad yet?

If you want to be part of a team or if you want to work alone:

The Prince of Shapier never could have defeated the Demon of Tarna without his friends at his back. So, uh, squad please.

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Name: Yvonne

Brief overview of goals: Consistency!

- Workout 3x a week and attend kickboxing 1x per week

- Eat Paleo 80% of the time

- Put real effort into my portfolio

Class: Ranger

If you follow a specific way of eating: Newbie to Paleo!

Any other piece of information you think would be useful for team creation: I play well with others?

If you want to be part of a team or if you want to work alone: SQUAD!

Link Love: My challenge thread

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