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Introduction & Current Spec:

Hi! I'm 23, from the UK finishing up on Uni for preparing for big change in my life.
I've always been overweight, and this isn't my first time I've attempted for change, but I'm gonna make this third time count!

So far I've been going for over 3 months, and things have never worked so well for me pre-NF. I'm hoping to keep this momentum going to reach my life quest.

Starting Weight (from 05/01/14): 234.2lbs
Current Conditions: Asthma (Currently Better)

I've been on NF for over 3 months and have currently lost 30.5lbs and I hope to keep that up in order to fulfil my goals.

Picture Progress:
 

Starting: 

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Month 1:

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Month 2:

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Month 3:

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If anyone's interested, here's my weekly weight loss results from the very start:

 

13/10/2013 260.5lbs (-4)
20/10/2013 258.8lbs (-1.7)
27/10/2013 257.2lbs (-1.8)
03/11/2013 254.0lbs (-3.2) (=10.7)

 
10/11/2013 251.8lbs (-2.2)
17/11/2013 249.0lbs (-2.8)
24/11/2013 247.2lbs (-1.8)
01/12/2013 244.2lbs (-3) (=9.8)
 
08/12/2013 241.8lbs (-2.4) F: 35.9% W: 44.8%
15/12/2013 239.0lbs (-2.8)
22/12/2013 239.0lbs (0) F: 34.6%
29/12/2013 237.4lbs (-1.6) (=6.8)
 
05/01/2014 234.2lbs (-3.2lbs) F: 33.5%

 

Main Quest:

Reach the following Desired Spec:
Desired Weight: 175lbs (considered BMI range)
Desired Health: No/Controlled Asthma, Fit, In Routine
Fit into a suit purchased just under 5 years ago...

Missions:

1. Keeping up with my current routine that I've practiced here for over the past 3 months, which includes:

- Intermittent (food) fasting from 8pm to 3-5pm the following day.
- Drinking herbal teas
- Keeping up with Exercises
- Lenient on Sundays
- Measuring progress on Sundays
- Picture progress every month

 

2. Exercising @ Level 3 for 3 Days a weeks with 3 days of interval jogging 

3. Lose at least 10lbs at the end of the 6 week challenge...

Life Quest:

Tapping into my talents, making sure that every 6 days a week, I'm doing the utmost I can to ensuring that I can keep on top of work and creativity. I have to be focusing on my portfolio and website so I might as well have fun with it! (I've been dreading it for a while...) I will be trying new stuff too, so keep an eye out for new images and stuff.

My Motivation:

Wellbeing. Rid myself of potential illnesses, asthma. Feel great. Fitting in smaller size clothing would be a bonus!

FYI: I'll be continuing to update my daily battle log in conjunction to this as well.

 

P.S. I've finally got my head around the leveling system and will be posting this under my signature soon...

Thanks for reading! I'm happy to be an adventurer! :-D Let's go!

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Challenge Belt: (1)(2)(3)(4), (5), (6), (7), [WOOT](8), [TEMP HIATUS], (9)

 

Bodyweight Info: Starting: 264.5lbs, Current: 167.8lbs (NEUTRAL)

 

IronGlider v2.10, Adventurer Rank: Level 8

 

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06/01/14:

Success! A great day to start the challenge!

Fasting: Yep! Worked out well, did a standard 19hrs today. Broke the fast with a mocha (I was working in a cafe) and a banana.

Healthy Eating: Yep! Had soba noodles with some lentils, mixed vegetables and quorn pieces. Yum!

Exercise: Did over 5000 steps plus I had a 45mins workout session on Yourshape Fitness Evolved for the Kinect. I ran for the majority of that time and was really pushing it hard considering I was jogging on ths same spot lol.

Side Quest: Did a little bit of work for about 3hrs. I then spent some time organising all the stuff I have to do via evernote, and was organising my primary notes whilst I was at it.

Overal, great start to the day! My family is still here post holidays so im enjoying my time with them. Looking forward to reading other posts in the adventurers section :-)

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IntroductionBodyware: Fitness Journal

Challenge Belt: (1)(2)(3)(4), (5), (6), (7), [WOOT](8), [TEMP HIATUS], (9)

 

Bodyweight Info: Starting: 264.5lbs, Current: 167.8lbs (NEUTRAL)

 

IronGlider v2.10, Adventurer Rank: Level 8

 

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Introduction & Current Spec:

Hi! I'm 23, from the UK finishing up on Uni for preparing for big change in my life.

I've always been overweight, and this isn't my first time I've attempted for change, but I'm gonna make this third time count!

So far I've been going for over 3 months, and things have never worked so well for me pre-NF. I'm hoping to keep this momentum going to reach my life quest.

Starting Weight (from 05/01/14): 234.2lbs

Current Conditions: Asthma (Currently Better)

I've been on NF for over 3 months and have currently lost 30.5lbs and I hope to keep that up in order to fulfil my goals.

...

 

Cool. 30+lb lost. Congrats.

Have you done any diet change so far?

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Racquet wielding rock gnome: Ranger - L6 - STR: 13, DEX: 8, STA: 13.5, CON: 12, WIS: 14, CHA: 11

 

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition…
Stay hungry. Stay foolish.†– Steve Jobs, Stanford University, 2005
 
You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take. -- Wayne Gretzky
 

6Wks Challenges: #9, #8, #7, #6, #5#4#3, #2.5#2, #1

Match records MyFitnesspal Fitbit Runtastic Strava

 

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@Childofscorn Hi! :-) I've been doing it for just over 2 months, and it's been helping along splendidly! It's been a real benefit to my asthma and wellbeing especially. It's also one thing Ive done consistently 6x a week.

@TennisGeek So alongside Intermittent fasting, I only eat a very small amount when breaking my fast and then my main and only meal at dinner. I eat healthy and organic stuff, usually a carb like soba noodles or quinoa (because I'm vegetarian, I gotta stock up on more protein-rich carbs to even things out) protein from eggs and meat-free products like quorn alongaide mixed frozen vegetables.

07/01/14:

Fasting: YES! (Standard)

Healthy Eating: YES! (fruits and nuts when breaking fast. Egg noodles, quinoa omelette, mixed veg and quorn for dinner)

EXERCISE: YES!!!

NF Level 3, weights @ 15kg

Side Lunge: 16x2 without weights, 16x2 with weights

Overhead Dumbell Press: 16x4

Step Up with Kickback: 16x4

Plank: 1min

One arm Dumbell row: 25ps x4

Reverse Crunch: 25x4

Life Quest: Did a little work, but not enough really as im mindful that I've got to spend time with my brother and the rest of my family before they leave in 2 days time. Gonna be sad when they go, it's been a great holiday, but I'm positive that I've got something to get back to: my main quest :-)

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IntroductionBodyware: Fitness Journal

Challenge Belt: (1)(2)(3)(4), (5), (6), (7), [WOOT](8), [TEMP HIATUS], (9)

 

Bodyweight Info: Starting: 264.5lbs, Current: 167.8lbs (NEUTRAL)

 

IronGlider v2.10, Adventurer Rank: Level 8

 

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@TennisGeek So alongside Intermittent fasting, I only eat a very small amount when breaking my fast and then my main and only meal at dinner. I eat healthy and organic stuff, usually a carb like soba noodles or quinoa (because I'm vegetarian, I gotta stock up on more protein-rich carbs to even things out) protein from eggs and meat-free products like quorn alongaide mixed frozen vegetables.

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I found out recently that buckwheat is not a variation of wheat. It has no gluten at all.

Soba noodles sold in grocery stores around here all have wheat in it.

I grew up in Japan, but I didn't like soba that much. (Udon, my love.)

Most welll known (in Japan) is Ni hachi soba - 20% wheat / 80% buckwheat. It's hard to find 100% buckwheat soba.

 

You can buy 100% buckwheat soba from Amazon and specialty stores online.

 

Tofu/soy is luckily one of cheapest protein source. However, you need to understand it's downside as well.

I don't want to get rid of soy, even though I could avoid.

 

Eggs are always cheap and good protein source. 

How about whey protein? Do you use it?

Racquet wielding rock gnome: Ranger - L6 - STR: 13, DEX: 8, STA: 13.5, CON: 12, WIS: 14, CHA: 11

 

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition…
Stay hungry. Stay foolish.†– Steve Jobs, Stanford University, 2005
 
You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take. -- Wayne Gretzky
 

6Wks Challenges: #9, #8, #7, #6, #5#4#3, #2.5#2, #1

Match records MyFitnesspal Fitbit Runtastic Strava

 

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heheehe, I think Im the purist form of hybrid if there ever was one :D

Strength training has really turned on a spark in my head regarding fitness. Honestly, Im kind of enjoying it.

dont revoke my geek card because Im starting to enjoy getting up off my chair!

Current Challenge

 

Second Challenge

 First Challenge

 
Level 2 - Assassin in Training
STR 4 | DEX 2 | STA 3 | CON 1 | WIS 3 | CHA 1
 

800g of 12Kg down!

0.8%
0.8%
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Hi again Iron Glider - your before and after pics are fab! It's good you're continuing with the intermittent fasting again because it worked so well for you last time. And thanks for reminding me of YourShape, I totally forgot I had that. I must remember my Xbox can be for more than just pwning n00bs! I'll be following your progress again on this challenge. 

 

Go graduating Nerd Fitness class of December 2013!

I'm more than adequate. Leave Kanye out of this. 

Profile picture credit : NF's resident super artist - NinjaKitten

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heheehe, I think Im the purist form of hybrid if there ever was one :D

Strength training has really turned on a spark in my head regarding fitness. Honestly, Im kind of enjoying it.

dont revoke my geek card because Im starting to enjoy getting up off my chair!

 

You can keep your geek by keeping track of all the progress of workouts, weight, reps, sets.

Then produce graphs every possible way. Now, that's geeky.

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Racquet wielding rock gnome: Ranger - L6 - STR: 13, DEX: 8, STA: 13.5, CON: 12, WIS: 14, CHA: 11

 

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition…
Stay hungry. Stay foolish.†– Steve Jobs, Stanford University, 2005
 
You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take. -- Wayne Gretzky
 

6Wks Challenges: #9, #8, #7, #6, #5#4#3, #2.5#2, #1

Match records MyFitnesspal Fitbit Runtastic Strava

 

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@TennisGeek Hey! :-) Thanks for the wisdom! I've been buying 100% buckwheat from specialist stores, and so far it working out well for me! I have eggs too here and there, but I don't want to overdo them too much. I haven't tried much of tofu/soya in a while, I ought to. Also, I've tried to get into different types of protein shakes around 3 times, and every time I get painfully constipation despite having tons of fibre and water at the time. I think my body simply doesn't like the stuff :-( So I have to make ado without it...

 

@Miyuki Thanks man! + Awesome, that's great to hear about strength training. I'm really hoping to jumpstart into it when I'm ready for it, but that'll be a while i think, when I'm competent with the current level of exercises. I look forward to that day though... Also, I knight you to be a 100% proud through-and-through geek! I agree with @TennisGeek stat-tracking exercises makes me feel geeky and active! :-)

 

@Countless D'lf Thanks for the kind words! I'm gonna put ginger in more stuff, as it's meant to be good for my asthma, despite giving me a burning sensation when taking a leak! :-o

 

@Deftona How pleased I am to see you again my friend! :-) Glad to see we haven't separated ways, we're both adventurers yay! And yeah Yourshape is great I've been playing the 'Running around the world' jogging game daily! We should add each other to our xbox friends list so we can compete on challenges and calorie burning, because no one on my friends list plays yourshape :-( Again, great to hear from ya! ;-)

 

08/01/2013

 

Fasting: CHECK! (Standard 19hr)

 

Healthy Eating: CHECK! (Fruits and Nuts @ 4pm, and for dinner I had soba noodles with mixed vegetable curry, some chick peas and quorn pieces)

 

EXERCISE: CHECK! (40mins in Yourshape, 25mins interval jogging indoors)

 

Family members are gone now, so back to being productive for me :-( lol I've been slacking off my side quest for the past couple of days, been making the most of my time whilst my family were still here. Right... back to work!

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Challenge Belt: (1)(2)(3)(4), (5), (6), (7), [WOOT](8), [TEMP HIATUS], (9)

 

Bodyweight Info: Starting: 264.5lbs, Current: 167.8lbs (NEUTRAL)

 

IronGlider v2.10, Adventurer Rank: Level 8

 

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No nooooo! No more charts and graphs for me right now please!

Just spent yesterday doing planning for my team for the next 6 months.... With gantt charts! Arrrrr!

If i see another pie or scatter graph tomorrow i might just OD in my coffee (0_x)

I did actually track my work out i just did, will post in the morning.

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Current Challenge

 

Second Challenge

 First Challenge

 
Level 2 - Assassin in Training
STR 4 | DEX 2 | STA 3 | CON 1 | WIS 3 | CHA 1
 

800g of 12Kg down!

0.8%
0.8%
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@Miyuki Totally get ya, I only like monitoring certain things that are not to intrusive, I don't like having to record calorie information for everything I eat. In fact these days I just find myself living in evernote. Don't know what I would do if it shutdown...

09/01/2014:

Fasting: Yep! (Standard)

Healthy Eating: Yep! (Fruits and nuts for lunch and soba noodles with mixed veg curry and quorn for dinner)

EXERCISE: Continuing the path of NF level 3, with weights @15kg,

Jump Squat: 30x3

Bent Over DB Row: 20x3

Straight Leg Deadlift: 25x2, 30x1

Reverse Crunch: 25x3

Incline Push Ups: 20x1, 25x2

Hip Raises: 20x1, 25x2

Additional: Great day! Some progress on my side challenge too, sorting some of my resume out really...

10/01/2013:

Fasting: Yeah! (Standard)

Healthy Eating: Yeah, but lunch was questionable (for lunch I had peanuts, and I feel like I had a handful too much alongside my fruit. But I ended up having a smaller dinner, having chickpeas with mixed veg and quorn pieces)

EXERCISE: 35min interval jogging via Yourshape.

Additional: I'm not sure why, but I woke up feeling depressed today, I'm not sure why, despite things going swell, especially with my post-NF life. I've always set it so that on days Im not up for anything, I still do what I need to do. It's bizarre, but for the first time since I've started my new routine since over 3 months ago, I felt worry and the instinct of relapse. Again, I'm not sure why, I can breathe much better and I'm glad that for over a week I've had to wear a belt cause my jeans are too loose :-) Ah well at least today went well, tomorrow's a new day...

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IntroductionBodyware: Fitness Journal

Challenge Belt: (1)(2)(3)(4), (5), (6), (7), [WOOT](8), [TEMP HIATUS], (9)

 

Bodyweight Info: Starting: 264.5lbs, Current: 167.8lbs (NEUTRAL)

 

IronGlider v2.10, Adventurer Rank: Level 8

 

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11/01/2013:

Greetings adventurers!

Fasting: Sure did! (Extended, 22hr)

Healthy Eating: Yep! (Had some fruits and nuts at fast break and you guessed it, soba noodles with mixed vegetables and quorn pieces...and a little bit of chick peas to make things a little interesting :-D

EXERCISE: (Weights @15kg)

Warm Up

Side Lunge 20x4 w/ weights

Overhead Dumbell Press 17x4

Step Ups w/ Kickback 17x4

Plank 1minx4

One arm Dumbell row 25ps x4

Reverse Crunch 25x4

Looking forward to my lenient Sunday routine, I'm planning to make a healthy meat-free burger, which I haven't had since a Sunday 3 weeks prior.

Overral, happy with how this week's gone, Im be more thorough in tomorrow's Sunday Diagnostics (those who are new, every sunday I post how much weight ive lost, and every month I post body profile images and get a little reflective over the month.

Hope everybody else had a good start to the challenge :-)

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Challenge Belt: (1)(2)(3)(4), (5), (6), (7), [WOOT](8), [TEMP HIATUS], (9)

 

Bodyweight Info: Starting: 264.5lbs, Current: 167.8lbs (NEUTRAL)

 

IronGlider v2.10, Adventurer Rank: Level 8

 

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Sunday Diagnostics: 12/01/2014:

 

Greetings my fellow nerds! It's been a great week, and a great start to my second 6 week challenge! I really enjoy being a certified 'NF' adventurer! :-D

 

Okay, let's skip to the gravy (no pun intended!) this week with a lot of effort continuing from the preparation last week for the second challenge I am pleased to announce that I have lost approx. 2.8lbs, putting me at approx. 231.4lbs.

 

This weeks been pretty cool, I've stuck to the plan and the goals I've set for the challenge. For some random reason I felt really depressed on Sunday and I was getting random visions a relapse instinct, which was super weird because I've haven't felt like that ever since starting over 3 months ago. Before starting my post-NF lifestyle I written to myself (like Batman, I've always got to plan out the worst possible outcome before it's even happened!) that if I ever ever felt this way I would still continue doing what's necessary, even if I wasn't up for it.

 

But needless to say from the next day and after, I've felt better, like it never happened. With this feeling and the 0lb weight loss that occurred a few weeks ago @Xmas, I feel like a lot of what's going on is truly testing me to see if I break and if I relapse. Needless to say things are still going strong with the weight loss as you can see. 

 

The road map for the next few months are not looking easy, work wise. I've got to make sure that no matter what happens, stress will NEVER EVER COLLAPSE ME like it has done in the past. Fortunately for me now, I've come back strong since last summer, have lived and learned, and with the power of evernote to manage, NF to learn and confide, and the will to rid myself out of my asthma, it's gonna take a whole load of stress to architecturally destroy me from the inside and out now. 

 

And just like that, a brain-wave came to me last night. Fat wasn't always my enemy. nor was sugar. They were just henchmen of a much bigger hierarchy... STRESS!

 

I've got to battle any feeling that may come across. I've survived the wave of crunch-time work at Xmas, and now I've gotta survive more. But NF has allowed me to reboot and think things pro-actively rather than reactively.

 

Also (this was inspired by one of the other adventurers) I split my fasting/healthy eating/exercise/etc into quarterly chunks, so that I don't feel like everything is one big and long ultimate combo. So I can allow myself to disassociate Oct/Nov/Dec results and start anew for Jan/Feb/March as a means of distinguishing the times to make things seem less intimidating on me as well as access what's been achieved and then carry that forward.

 

And with that, like all good things that I've learnt, a deadline will be placed on when I expect to be at a normal BMI. I'm in no way treating this as actual deadline/target, but more like a milestone to ensure that I can do what I can before/after reaching it.

 

Without this, I don't wanna fall and be complacent, as I could see myself doing this esp. with exercise. And when people have a time-frame, they can allocate and measure and really makes things real. Just like work, without a deadline, you can do everything in your own pace willy nilly, and with it limitations come. And limitations my friends... is also a good thing.

 

So originally I felt like I wanted to be closer to my final goal by my Birthday (mid-June) but I'm going to stretch that to mid-August. And even if I don't meet it then for whatever reason, I'm going to extend it till I can meet it (as long as I can give it my all, what else matters right? I've got nothing else to abide by) even if it takes till 2020 to reach neutral BMI, as long as I've been doing what I've done already or better, I don't mind. But I also want to work with the data I've got and make things grounded. And I'm gonna ensure that I only think about this sorta stuff every month, cause otherwise it'll be intrusive, and the whole point of all this was to make it a life changing habit.

 

Anyways, looking forward to starting another week in my second challenge! You want me stress!?!?! Come gets some! :-)

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IntroductionBodyware: Fitness Journal

Challenge Belt: (1)(2)(3)(4), (5), (6), (7), [WOOT](8), [TEMP HIATUS], (9)

 

Bodyweight Info: Starting: 264.5lbs, Current: 167.8lbs (NEUTRAL)

 

IronGlider v2.10, Adventurer Rank: Level 8

 

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13/01/2014:

Fasting: Yay! (Standard)

Healthy Eating: Peanuts and fruits at 4pm and Soba noodles, lentils, mixed vegetables and quorn for dinner

EXERCISE: Interval Jogging for 25mins idle (without Yourshape FE)

Side Challenge: Had to obtain my references for the article which has now been published and am adding it and more to my cv/resume. Still been doing some work with it but once it's done i'll shift to my portfolio...

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IntroductionBodyware: Fitness Journal

Challenge Belt: (1)(2)(3)(4), (5), (6), (7), [WOOT](8), [TEMP HIATUS], (9)

 

Bodyweight Info: Starting: 264.5lbs, Current: 167.8lbs (NEUTRAL)

 

IronGlider v2.10, Adventurer Rank: Level 8

 

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mmm... what is 'quorn ' ?

GRATS on the article!!! :D

 

http://bunnyfreebutter.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/picture-002.jpg

 

Quorn is a type of 'meat-free' product for vegetarians sold in the UK with contain a lot of protein (depending on the type purchased) I buy different types and cycle through them in the week.

 

And thanks, it's really boosted my CV/resume in a huge huge way, I'm looking forward to reading it in Journals later this year...

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Challenge Belt: (1)(2)(3)(4), (5), (6), (7), [WOOT](8), [TEMP HIATUS], (9)

 

Bodyweight Info: Starting: 264.5lbs, Current: 167.8lbs (NEUTRAL)

 

IronGlider v2.10, Adventurer Rank: Level 8

 

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Ooooh!

Thank you :-)

I love veggies but im not vegetarian so i dont think i would have seen it in the shops here. Mind you, doubt it is even sold here....

And hey, how about a link to your article! Sharing is caring! Hehehe :D

 

Ah, I see. I only have a .pdf of my article as it won't be posted on the interwebs till late this year, and unfortunately I think I'll get in trouble if I put it on internet (as it hasn't hit magazines yet) it's only been certified at this point :-/

 

But I'll summarise it for you. It's a very long tech-y article on train safety, and what I did for 4 separate articles was provide a product designers perspective on how to make things intuitive and easily understandable for train drivers, because in the past it was mostly engineers who would have the final say on how things appear and work, and that is not necessary good for the driver. By implementing good design principles for train controls I can make things easier and comfortable for the driver, thus causing less potential accidents. 

 

Probably sounds lame I know, I hope I could even communicate that well XD but yeah, been working at this for a little while, so I'm happy all's done for it so I can continue with my main academic work.

 

Thanks for showing an interest though, appreciate it! :-)

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IntroductionBodyware: Fitness Journal

Challenge Belt: (1)(2)(3)(4), (5), (6), (7), [WOOT](8), [TEMP HIATUS], (9)

 

Bodyweight Info: Starting: 264.5lbs, Current: 167.8lbs (NEUTRAL)

 

IronGlider v2.10, Adventurer Rank: Level 8

 

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