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Fire Fit in 40 Weeks continues, with essentially the same structure as last challenge. But, I am making it more streamlined and simpler to track by using a spread sheet.

 

What!? I know that doesn't sound so monumental, but I have been "going to do that" for two challenges now. This time it happens. It has to, because I have so much to do that it is the only way I can see to track everything.

 

Boring, stupid, old spreadsheet.

 

However, what would my thread be without the ShadowLion Fire Science Show and Extravaganza?

 

Truck Porn Tuesday will continue, along with some new features to keep me reviewing my fire science and producing more fire-related entertainment for your enjoyment and edification!

 

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And, expect to see more on "Fight the Fire," the wildfire strategy and simulation app that came out of the recent Startup Weekend I participated in, and will be continuing to develop with my team. Your feedback last challenge has already had an impact on something that I hope will save lives through educating tens of thousands of people about wildland fires and fire safety in a fun and entertaining way.

 

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Not only will I have to keep whipping this 55 year-old body back into shape in order to accomplish my MAIN QUEST of returning to Wildfire Academy in March of 2015 and emerging recertified as a wildland firefighter, I must also become a master of space, time, energy, attention, and money management. This challenge I will focus on Space. I will get my living environment optimized for greater efficiency and effectiveness, to support my main quest.

 

Why?

 

Right now, this is the scene about five miles away from my mom's place and the piece of property I own...

 

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This is what I want to be doing next summer...

 

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There are just some things you can't explain.

Things that go deeper than words,

That may appear unrealistic, foolish, even dangerous to others.

But if it is your quest, your destiny, you must pursue it.

Or forever wonder what might have been...

 

 

Motivation
My motivation is simple: I want to fight fires again.

 

To that end, my current Main Quest encompasses a 40 week program to get me "fire fit" - physically, mentally and spiritually - and ends in my attending the Arizona Wildfire Academy in mid-March of 2015 ready to pass my Work Capacity Test, so that I can re-qualify as a wildland firefighter. I plan to be ready to go for wildfire season 2015 in the southwest U.S on either a Type 2 hand crew or, most likely, a wildland engine crew. Additional details in my Battle Log.

 

 

The below was finalized July 31, 2014

 

As Chris-TIen Jinn helpfully pointed out, there is great value in leveraging my vision of where I want to be to help me focus on what I need to be and do now. I can utilize the power in my past knowledge, experience, and associations to overcome my current doubts, fears, and deficits.

 

Thus, I have reworked some of my goals to better reflect the fact that I already know where I want to be, literally and figuratively, in March of 2015 and what it takes to get there. The obstacles I need most to overcome are within my own mind. As in martial arts, where the mind goes, the body follows...

 

 

Work Out Like a Firefighter  STA-3, STR-2

This challenge overlaps Weeks 9 - 14 of my "Forty Weeks to Fire Fit" program, subsequently referred to as "40W2FF."

 

I have backed off of my gradual program of building heat tolerance for exercising outdoors in the high temperatures of a Phoenix, AZ summer, realizing that a higher priority task right now, and crucial to my safety, is to lose more weight. Last challenge, I was in danger of falling off my program simply because the heat and humidity that comes with the summer monsoon was stressing my body and my mind.

 

I was finding it extremely difficult to keep a consistent exercise program going without being wiped out for the rest of the day or grumpy and snappish because I was dreading going out in the heat. I reevaluated my main quest. Was this an indication that my overall goal was wrong (I will have plenty of heat to deal with out on a fireline!) or that there was something with my plan that needed fixing? I knew that I could handle the heat before, what was different now? I was carrying an extra 40 pounds, and was out of shape. So, I switched up my endurance program to less outdoor walking and jogging, and more exercise bicycling.

 

The bonus of that approach has been that I have started losing weight again. Odd, but I can have the same metabolic cost walking or biking, but I seem to lose weight more easily with the biking. Go figure - I will go with what works.

 

I will work in activities from the Rangers mini-challenges here and can count them towards my totals, so as to avoid injury or overuse, which has been an issue for me the last couple of challenges.

 

Endurance (STA-3) __/18
For wildland fire suppression, endurance is the primary focus, as opposed to the sheer strength demanded by structural firefighting. Weeks 1 - 6 of Endurance, Phase 2 of 40W2FF coincide with this challenge. 2-4 workouts per week, of varying intensities as per my periodization schedule.

 

Phase 2 Begins - Weeks 1 - 6 of a 16 week program of successively faster and longer intervals. Success at the end of 16 weeks will be having increased to continuous jogging for a distance of 5K, with an average heart rate of 145 or below, and a peak HR under 155. Goal time: < 40 minutes

 

This six week challenge will be a combination of exercise biking, brisk walking/hiking when I am in the high country, swimming, and jump-roping to build my stamina for returning to outdoor workouts of walk/jog intervals during the next challenge. So I can start hiking once the weather cools down a bit...

 

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Strength (STR-2)  __/18, __/1,000

I completed the Phase 0, a pre-conditioning program and entered the first phase of a two phase body weight strength program last challenge. These are timed to reach my goal of starting the Hotshot Strength program (Phase 3) at Week 29 of my 40 week program. Weeks 5 - 10 of Phase 1 coincides with this challenge. 3x per week.

 

Phase 1 Strength (STR-1) - 12 week assisted exercise program of  knee-pushups; assisted pull-ups, grip hangs and rows; modified dips; lunges and variations. Additionally - squats, planks, sit-ups, burpees and variations. This will kick things up a notch and prepare me for an increased focus on strength training in Phase 2.

 

1,000 Burpees (STR-1) - Just what it says. :) This should get me past the knee-pushup barrier, with the bonus of enhancing my endurance, as well. If I get bored, or feel I need to supplement/complement my other exercises, I can add in variations to the standard burpees.

 

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Eat Like a Firefighter  CON-2

I will fuel my body with high-quality, nutrient dense foods with an eye to maintaining endurance and muscle, while trimming off excess weight.

 

Body Composition Mission (CON-2)

My 40 week end goal is a bodyweight of ~150#, +/-5# as long as my body fat % is at 20% or less using the U.S. Navy Body Fat Calculator. This tends to be a little under actual, so a DEXA scan would be even better, acceptable BF% < 24%. Goal for this challenge is to drop my BF% by at least 3 percentage points, to 33% or less. This will be from a combination of fat loss (primarily) and lean mass gain.

 

(The following was calculated using US Navy Body Fat Calculator, it is an estimate. I think the calculator is somewhat overestimating my recent fat loss/lean muscle gain, but that it will all even out by the time I reach my goal weight.)

 

Current Body Composition - 07/28/2014

Total Mass: 188 lbs.

Lean Mass: 120 lbs.

Fat Mass: 68 lbs.

BF% = 36%

Waist = 36"

Hips = 43"

Neck = 16"

Height: 5'6 3/4"

 

When Joined Nerd Fitness - 05/31/2013

Total Mass: 206 lbs.

Lean Mass: 107 lbs.

Fat Mass: 99 lbs.

BF% = 48%

Waist = 42"

Hips = 46"

Neck = 16"

Height: 5'5 3/4"

 

GOAL - 03/08/2015

Total Mass: 150 lbs.

Lean Mass: 120 lbs.

Fat Mass: 30 lbs.

BF% = 20%

Waist = 27"

Hips = 37"

Neck = 14"

Height: 5'6 3/4"

 

Non-graded extras

Achieve another 42 days of my 365 total on the No Soda PVP.

 

Research nutrition, macros in particular, so I can match my diet better to the phases of my training.

I want to experiment with at least one day per week of vegetarian eating and play with various combinations of macros to see how my body responds at different points in my training. Ideally, I will figure out an eating plan that will be useful as the intensity of my endurance and strength training increases. I want to read the "Engine 2 Diet."

 

 

Recover Like a Firefighter WIS- 2, CHA-1

Recovery or "Rehab" is planned into the management of every incident. You can't expect human beings to work hard under trying conditions without providing for adequate rest and recovery time.

 

As it was last challenge, this may well be the hardest part of my challenge. I need to change my habit of staying up late to work or research or write or whatever until the wee hours of the morning and then turnaround and be up at 6:30 or 7 am. I regularly get by on just 4 or 5 hours of sleep a night during the week, then crash on the weekends. I did well the first four weeks of the last challenge on rest, but have struggled with it since, particularly with sleep.

 

Yes, I need to change this. I also know the changes that are coming in mine and my partner's work schedules. I don't think I can enforce the kind of program I had last challenge, so I am going to try a softer approach. For this challenge I will track, observe, and experiment as part of an ungraded sleep goal. I will focus my recovery efforts on stress reduction, resiliency, and better time management, in preparation for sleep to be a bigger focus next time.

 

Rest, Recovery and Resilience (WIS-2, CHA-1)
Adequate rest and recovery are critical to my success, as are providing for good time management, stress control and resiliency.

 

Rest/Recovery (WIS-1)

Two cheat meals and one indulgent treat per week are not only allowed, they are encouraged. I am required to take at least one full day off of exercise per week, two if showing signs of undue fatigue or of developing any injury. (Situational Awareness applies to one's body, too!)

 

Ungraded Extra as preparation/trial run for next challenge

Curfew/Bedtime/Lights Out - These are not synonymous. Curfew means I must "be in the house." Screens connected to the outside world must be turned off. Bedtime means actually in bed, but I may read, journal, meditate, or pray until lights out. Lights out - Dark, quiet, eyes shut, and brain powered down. Curfew is one hour before Lights Out. Bedtime can be any time between Curfew and Lights Out.

Curfew - Midnight

Bedtime - 0030.

Lights Out - 0100

Wake Up Time - 8 am

Naps are fine, if needed

 

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Resilience (WIS-1, CHA-1)

(Attitude and Stress Management/Personal Space Rehabilitation)

To stay positive and not succumb to my depressive tendencies, or my doubts or fears about what I am attempting, I must cultivate inner strength and resilience. To stay peaceful and calm in the midst of great change and effort, I will manage my schedule and environment for enhanced productivity and streamlined maintenance. I will utilize the fantastic support network that is Nerd Fitness by actively participating in my guild, my accountabilibuddy groups and my PVPs. (Linked in my signature.)

 

At least 15 minutes per day of meditation and/or journaling/sketchnoting/mandala or other drawing/visual journaling method (WIS-1)

 

At least one half-hour per day (on average) of decluttering and improving my personal space. This beyond my daily 15 minute clutter patrol and regular household tasks. I am losing precious time dealing with clutter and maintaining things I don't need or no longer use. I know better than to carry unneeded gear in my pack or on my truck. It wastes time and energy. I need to treat my living space the same way. Have less, to do less, to be more.

 

Space, the final frontier...

 

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(Thank you, AnnieP!)

 

 

Play Like a Firefighter DEX- 1, CHA-3

Firefighters work hard and play hard. You learn to take the fragility of life seriously, yet in stride. You learn what is important, and that tomorrows are not a given. Those dreams that you carry around in your head, they need to happen sooner, rather than later.

 

Lately, I have been telling a lot of other people that they need to have more fun in their life. I need to take my own good advice...

 

Make working out more fun...

 

Make eating more fun...

 

Make rest and recovering more fun and my daily life more fun...

 

Create more, relax more,

 

 

Tai Chi and Other Fun Physical Activities (DEX-1)

At least once per week. Tai Chi Saber, belly dance, whatever, as long as it is fun!

 

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Create Something (CHA-1)

At least once per week. With the Renaissance Rebels!

 

Continue Creating the "Fight the Fire App" (CHA-2)

Ultimate Nerd Cred. Take the iOS programming course...once per week.

 

 

Document Like a Firefighter - Stupid Simple Spreadsheet WIS- 1 DONE 7/31/2014

If it isn't documented, it didn't happen! That is a common saying in fire and EMS. I need streamline my documentation and I have been procrastinating. No more!

The Stupid Simple Spreadsheet MUST be done by Midnight, July 31, 2014 = 1 Point WIS.

 

Spreadsheet Done, Posted, Shared @ 2358 MST, July 31, 2014 Yay! I got my Stat Point! (Just barely!)

 

All of my activities for this challenge are quite simple to determine on a day-to-day basis: "Was X scheduled for today? Did I do X today?" Yes or no. I will log my progress in my challenge spreadsheet. Each goal will be graded with the standard A, B, C, D, or F system using the usual percentages, and points awarded accordingly.

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All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity:

but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

~T. E. Lawrence

 

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands,

flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. 
~John Muir

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All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity:

but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

~T. E. Lawrence

 

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands,

flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. 
~John Muir

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This will be awesome!

I don't see why it should be "boring" that you do a similar challenge like before? You still have a fixed goal and you swaped in something new....

 

So, this will be new and fun!

 

I use google docs spread sheets, they are clean and easy to track, too.

I adopted a format from someone in the forum ( sry forgotten by whom) and really like it.

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Katastrophenkatzchen - Progress, not Perfection!

Race: Troll | Class : one ambitious  Druid-kitty

Level: 2 | STR 1 | DEX 2 | STA 1 | CON 2 | WIS 2 | CHA 2

Challenges: 0,5, 1, 2 , Babysteps

Spoiler

 

(137/180 days) 26/9/14

76.1%
76.1%

No alcohol (12/42) 26/9/14

28%
28%

 

Start: 194 lbs, Final Goal: 154 lbs, Next Goal: 190 lbs / Current: 194.9 lbs (15. Sept. 2014)

-1%
-1%

 

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Subbed!!

 

I've found Google spreadsheets the easy way to go for tracking challenges .... and it's so flexible.  

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Some sort of Jedi .....

We are better than we know, if we can be made to see it, [then] for the rest of our lives, we'll be unwilling to settle for less.  

Current Challenge: Return of the Persistent Priestess

Past Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35. 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42

"No, I'm from Iowa.  I only work in outer space." -- James T. Kirk

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Spreadsheets are the coolest!!!

 

Getting your space organized will definitely help you focus on time, energy, attention, and money management in the future.  I have a hard time getting anything done when there is no space in my space.

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. I am Elder . Woosah . Sunshine . Plants . Fur babies . New book smell . Cinnamon . Pepperoni Pizza .

 

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Hi, everyone! I'm so looking forward to this challenge!

 

This will be awesome!

I don't see why it should be "boring" that you do a similar challenge like before? You still have a fixed goal and you swaped in something new....

 

So, this will be new and fun!

 

I use google docs spread sheets, they are clean and easy to track, too.

I adopted a format from someone in the forum ( sry forgotten by whom) and really like it.

 

Boring is the attitude part I need to work on to get my spreadsheet finished - I really like spreadsheets once they are done! I get way too caught up in nitpicky details and procrastinate in the construction phase. So, my plan is to use some of that lean methodology that I learned in Startup Weekend and iterate, iterate, iterate. It doesn't have to be perfect, just usable...

 

 

Subbed!!

 

I've found Google spreadsheets the easy way to go for tracking challenges .... and it's so flexible.  

 

Google Sheets is great. I just need to get my butt in gear and complete the one I have started!

 

 

 

MOAR FIRE TRUCKS

 

 

Oh, yes. There will be MOAR FIRE TRUCKS!

 

 

Spreadsheets are the coolest!!!

 

Getting your space organized will definitely help you focus on time, energy, attention, and money management in the future.  I have a hard time getting anything done when there is no space in my space.

 

I've been hitting that wall of frustration and finding myself wasting precious time because I've let filing slide and clutter build up. Then I tell myself, "I don't have time to clean that up right now!"

 

I have come to the conclusion that I do not have time to NOT clean it up. NOW!

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All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity:

but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

~T. E. Lawrence

 

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands,

flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. 
~John Muir

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Awesome! Trucks, fires, decluttering? That's all well and good, but you had me at "spreadsheet". I have an unhealthy affection for spreadsheets.

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Level 0 Air Nomad Assassin
STR: 0 STA: 0 DEX: 0 CON: 0 WIS: 0 CHA: 0

Current Challenge: [Url= http://rebellion.nerdfitness.com/index.php?/topic/80570-phayze-accepts-an-apprenticeship-as-an-airbender-respawn/]Apprentice Airbender![/url]

Check Out My LEGO Stuff on Flickr!
"The next golden age of human achievement begins here and now" -Neil Degrasse Tyson, Cosmos

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Awesome! Trucks, fires, decluttering? That's all well and good, but you had me at "spreadsheet". I have an unhealthy affection for spreadsheets.

 

Hey, Phayze! It was your challenge thread that tipped the scales for me to pick my Space decluttering goal, and to alliterate my Challenge thread's name!

 

I have great affection for spreadsheets, too, but for the ones that other people have constructed! :)

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity:

but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

~T. E. Lawrence

 

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands,

flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. 
~John Muir

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Well then, I'm pleased to have been of service! ^_^

You're missing out. The true joy of the spreadsheet is obsessively tweaking each column width, adjusting every formula, and finding just the right font to make all the cells sing like an Italian boys' choir. *sigh* Such poetry...

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Level 0 Air Nomad Assassin
STR: 0 STA: 0 DEX: 0 CON: 0 WIS: 0 CHA: 0

Current Challenge: [Url= http://rebellion.nerdfitness.com/index.php?/topic/80570-phayze-accepts-an-apprenticeship-as-an-airbender-respawn/]Apprentice Airbender![/url]

Check Out My LEGO Stuff on Flickr!
"The next golden age of human achievement begins here and now" -Neil Degrasse Tyson, Cosmos

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I have an unhealthy love for spreadsheets, too. But I work for a government department that has rather a lot to do with statistics, so it makes sense.

 

I love macros, because you put one figure in one cell, and it makes a whole bunch of other things happen LIKE MAGIC.

 

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Valkyrie Assassin/Adventurer

Epic Quest

Current Challenge:

Previous Challenges: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th

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enterprise.jpg Space, the final frontier...

 

*cough*  Sorry about that. :D

 

Subbed for the firetrucks!!!

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AnnieP (respawned)

Starting over Newbie (second time's the charm)

 

"Never be satisfied with anything less than absolute perfection! ...said no sane person ever." -- Spark

"And my cheese monster will never be satisfied by cheddar, only the cheese of accomplishment." -- Ze Frank, An Invocation for Beginnings(NSFW)

 

Current Challenge: Finding Her Joy Again;  Previous Challenge: Here We Go Again

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Here to cheer you along!

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HappyCat

Race: Khajit Herder Class: Adventurer

 

HappyCat's Battle Log

Current Challenge: HappyCat Takes It Up A Notch 

Past Challenges: 1 2   

Accountablilibuddies:  Walking to Mordor and Back Again

 

Where else to find me: My Fitness Pal  Fitbit Habitica

 

My life is basically a whole pile of 'It seemed like a good idea at the time' thrown together

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Awesome challenge, and I'm so pleased that your team will keep working on the app!!

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Some sort of Jedi .....

We are better than we know, if we can be made to see it, [then] for the rest of our lives, we'll be unwilling to settle for less.  

Current Challenge: Return of the Persistent Priestess

Past Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35. 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42

"No, I'm from Iowa.  I only work in outer space." -- James T. Kirk

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Well then, I'm pleased to have been of service! ^_^

You're missing out. The true joy of the spreadsheet is obsessively tweaking each column width, adjusting every formula, and finding just the right font to make all the cells sing like an Italian boys' choir. *sigh* Such poetry...

 

I guess I have to come clean on my disordered relationship to spreadsheets.

 

I do have some understanding of the poetry, however I am so obsessive over those details that I just keep tweaking, and tweaking, and tweaking. I lose sight of the forest in my focus on the trees and never finish the dang thing. I have three or four "almost there" spreadsheets at this point and I am trying to force myself to just get one usable one up and functioning by July 28th.

 

A positive application of peer pressure...

 

 

I have an unhealthy love for spreadsheets, too. But I work for a government department that has rather a lot to do with statistics, so it makes sense.

 

I love macros, because you put one figure in one cell, and it makes a whole bunch of other things happen LIKE MAGIC.

 

its-magic-shia-labeouf-gif.gif

 

 

Totally forgot to mention I'm stalking you like a stalking thing, because you're awesome and want to fight fires which makes you even AWESOMER.

 

I must learn more of this magic which you call "macros."

 

It may make me certifiable, given my age!

 

 

enterprise.jpg Space, the final frontier...

 

*cough*  Sorry about that. :D

 

Subbed for the firetrucks!!!

 

Oh, the sweet  beginnings of my nerddom! I am so old that I watched the original Star Trek when it first aired...in my jammies with feet in them and everything. It was the highlight of my week!

 

Bwahahaha, I was a bonafide nerd before most of you were even born!

 

Yes! Moar Firetrucks!

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All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity:

but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

~T. E. Lawrence

 

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands,

flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. 
~John Muir

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Here to cheer you along!

 

Thanks, Mommawolfie! And I am cheering for you to have lots of fun this challenge!

 

Yay spreadsheets! You know you're surrounded by nerds when everybody gets excited about this  :pride: Woah you're training to be a real-life superhero!  :rapture:

 

Only on NerdFitness!

 

Awesome challenge, and I'm so pleased that your team will keep working on the app!!

 

I'm really excited about it! The challenge, and the app! The devs have made so much progress on it this week. It has improved by orders of magnitude in terms of the quality of game play and the look and feel. They've done a ton of work on the backend, too, to clean up the code and streamline things.

 

We had a Skype meeting Wednesday night and starting nailing down the next steps in promotion, as well. That is going to be awesome, because it is going to make me get out there and revive a lot of old fire contacts that I have let slip out of my embarrassment at being so out of shape and my sadness over not being able to do the work I love any more.

 

Now, I can't continue to hide out and I am sure that most of my old buds will be very supportive and encouraging. Plus, it is going to be fun to go back with something cool that they can use for education and prevention work. I can give back and will most likely get hugs, "Where the Hell you been, Lieutenant?"s and a few well-earned kicks in the butt from old instructors for not keeping in touch. Happy days!

 

Subbed!

 

Hiya, Kobnach! Good to see you!

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All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity:

but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

~T. E. Lawrence

 

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands,

flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. 
~John Muir

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We had a Skype meeting Wednesday night and starting nailing down the next steps in promotion, as well. That is going to be awesome, because it is going to make me get out there and revive a lot of old fire contacts that I have let slip out of my embarrassment at being so out of shape and my sadness over not being able to do the work I love any more.

 

Now, I can't continue to hide out and I am sure that most of my old buds will be very supportive and encouraging. Plus, it is going to be fun to go back with something cool that they can use for education and prevention work. I can give back and will most likely get hugs, "Where the Hell you been, Lieutenant?"s and a few well-earned kicks in the butt from old instructors for not keeping in touch. Happy days!

 

 

Excellent - it could have a great, positive effect on your fitness activities to be around other firefighters and old friends.  The important piece is your self-talk and how you frame the disconnect between your old self and your current body.  Keep telling yourself you're going back and be positive.  Remember how firefighters eat and workout to be successful, and that's what YOU do. 

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Some sort of Jedi .....

We are better than we know, if we can be made to see it, [then] for the rest of our lives, we'll be unwilling to settle for less.  

Current Challenge: Return of the Persistent Priestess

Past Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35. 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42

"No, I'm from Iowa.  I only work in outer space." -- James T. Kirk

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Macros might be a bit much for what you're spreadsheet-ing, but formulas are worth learning because they make stuff so much faster. I just went through the help doco until I learnt the most useful ones :-)

All spelling mistakes are auto correct's fault, especially the dirty ones. Sent from Tapatalk.

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Valkyrie Assassin/Adventurer

Epic Quest

Current Challenge:

Previous Challenges: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th

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Wow, you my friend, are a real-life superhero and badass. I am subbing until the end of time!

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Level  2 Gnome -who wants to be a Mermaid- Ranger


STR 5 | DEX | STA 4 | CON 3 | WIS 1 | CHA 1


Challenges:  1 |  Current Challenge: Arya Sapphire and the Majora's Mask


''Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition.'' - Alan Alda

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Excellent - it could have a great, positive effect on your fitness activities to be around other firefighters and old friends.  The important piece is your self-talk and how you frame the disconnect between your old self and your current body.  Keep telling yourself you're going back and be positive.  Remember how firefighters eat and workout to be successful, and that's what YOU do. 

 

Thanks, Chris-Tien. I'm keeping my sights firmly on where I am going, while at the same time rooting out the old negativity. It's funny how the app project is really showing me where I need to focus on my challenge and throughout my 40 Weeks to Fire Fit!

 

Your advice just gave me a good idea on how to write up my nutrition goal - cool!

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All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity:

but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

~T. E. Lawrence

 

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands,

flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. 
~John Muir

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Macros might be a bit much for what you're spreadsheet-ing, but formulas are worth learning because they make stuff so much faster. I just went through the help doco until I learnt the most useful ones :-)

All spelling mistakes are auto correct's fault, especially the dirty ones. Sent from Tapatalk.

 

Probably, but the magic of macros does sound like fun.

 

Wow, you my friend, are a real-life superhero and badass. I am subbing until the end of time!

 

Welcome to my little, fire-obsessed corner of Nerd Fitness!

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All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity:

but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

~T. E. Lawrence

 

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands,

flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. 
~John Muir

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