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I am a nerd. Not quite the stereotypical braces, pocket-protector, and coke-bottle glasses (though I was only saved from the latter by being allowed to get contact lenses at 13 years old), but a nerd through-and-through. Think Hermione (sorry, Hermione Gainser), or Amy Farafowler, and that is me – broad knowledge base and the urge to share it with whoever asks, and sometimes those who don’t ask. Whenever I learn something, I LEARN it. I also see learning as an interesting experience. When I get bored, I have been known to read whatever I can get my hands on (including cereal boxes and instruction manuals), or learn (or at least attempt to learn) some new skill (I do not always stick with it, though). I am fairly confident that I can learn just about anything I would need to use. Though the process is sometimes frustrating, I usually get to the level of knowledge I need.

 

Sounds great, right? Somehow, though, I have gotten the idea over the years that there is something wrong with these (and other) ingredients of who I am. I have spent most of my life feeling very different from the people around me –a feeling which was exacerbated by choosing a non-academic major in college. Those of you who followed my last challenge already know this, but I have decided it is time to tackle this head on. It is time to (re)discover how awesome nerds are!

 

Goal 1: Nerds are Awesome! (+2 WIS, +2 CHA)

At least 5 days per week, post something awesome about myself or about nerds in general. This can be text, pictures, videos, whatever.

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Goal 2: Nerds like numbers and tracking (+3 STR)

Track (and show improvement) in 5 basic exercises, plus handstands. At least once a week, test myself and log the result in 5 basic exercises (pushups, overhand rows, split squats, V-ups and arm-leg raises) and handstands. :) Because of the busy time of year, I am not requiring a set number of workouts each week, just to track once a week and see progress.

 

Goal 3: Nerds like science (Fractal endurance training & flexibility) (+3 STA, +2 DEX)
I really want to improve my endurance, but I have a hard time convincing myself that I have time to do a longer workout. So I am going to trick myself. :pride:  I will climb up and down our driveway on the following schedule, at least 5 days per week:

Weekly – begin with 1 time up and down the driveway, increasing one time each week until week 6 is 6 times up and down

Daily – Day 1 of each week, I climb the driveway once during the day. Each day, I add one time during the day that I go up and down the driveway that many times.

As an example, on week 2, day 4, I will go up and down the driveway twice, at 4 separate times during the day. This formula isn’t really a fractal, but it reminds me of fractals (which I think are enormously cool) so that is what I am calling it.

I will also do stretches or yoga at least 5 times a week.

 

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Life Quest Goal: Nerds Rule the World by sharing knowledge they love with others (+2 CON, +1 CHA)

I am finally, after taking a break for about 7 years, beginning to teach childbirth classes again. This goal involves making the progress I need to make so that I feel confident and prepared (and have enough couples) before my first scheduled class begins on August 21 (and continuing for the weekly sessions after that). To make this happen, I will need to spend a minimum of 5 hours a week on my website, marketing, and designing class content (cumulative, not each).

 

 

I hope you will join me on the journey!

 

(Edited - forgot to add stat points and handstands!)

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Week 1, Day 1

In spite of not having posted my challenge yet, I did actually start yesterday. :)

 

Baseline test for exercises:

V-ups (to failure): 8

Arm/leg raise (to boredom): 15

Split Squat (to failure): 10 per leg

Floor pushups (to failure): 8

Overhand rows, legs perpendicular to ground (to failure): 6

 

Driveway Fractals:

Walked up and down once

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nerds ARE awesome - and ERGO, you are too. but we knew that. :)

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mermaid ninja assassin. on a motorcycle. with swords. and knitting needles. and kittens.

 

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Math is Magic in itself!  How long is this driveway? Or how steep?  I am picturing quarter mile with 100m incline :) @elsfaire of the high road!

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Wizard of Balance - Assassin Level 1

STR(3), DEX(2), STA(3), CON(2), WIS(3), CHA(2)

"If it is important to you, you will find a way ... if not, you will find an excuse" - (I don't recall whose quote this is, but I love it!)

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Week 1, Day 2

Quick update on today before bed. :)

Goal 1: Nerds are Awesome

I did a meditation this morning when I needed it. :)

(and see below)

Goal 2: Nerds like numbers and tracking

Recovery

Goal 3: Nerds like science (Fractal endurance training & flexibility)

Walked up and down the driveway once, three separate times today

AND hubby and I walked part of the neighborhood :)

I WILL do yoga tonight, too. :)

Life Quest:

Worked on updating my website with my class information tonight, and got my first call from a potential student. :)

Aaaaaaand an awesome nerd post:

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Nerds for the win!!

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The Wolverine - Level 5 // BER  6.5 // HEA  4 // STR  4.4 // STA  3 // DEX  4 // CON  4 // WIS  4.75 // CHA  1

He who conquers others is strong; he who conquers himself is mighty.

Adventures don't start until you get into the forest.

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I dig day 2 ... what's in store for day 3?

Half-Ork Scout Leader
Running PRs : 5K 24m16s | 10K 53m32s | 15K 1h18m09s | Half Marathon 2h1m44s | Marathon 4h42m2s 
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Math is Magic in itself!  How long is this driveway? Or how steep?  I am picturing quarter mile with 100m incline :) @elsfaire of the high road!

Not quite that long! I am nerdy enough that I went ahead and calculated it today (I had to resist doing it last night). :)

 

Driveway distance from perpendicular with corner of the house to the curb at the cul-de-sac: about 215 ft/64.4 meters (I used Endomondo and it only gave 100ths of a mile, so I estimated the calculation. I could have actually measured it, but was being lazy).

Change in elevation: 90 ft/27.4 m

Grade: 24.7%

 

Not a huge driveway, but the sad part is that I get winded walking up it. I hate that, so I am changing it. I have walked up and down it 3 times today already. I wanted to get done before it gets hot.

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Change in elevation: 90 ft/27.4 m

Grade: 24.7%

Sounds like one heck of a hill ... you'll be doing hill sprints up it soon enough :)

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Half-Ork Scout Leader
Running PRs : 5K 24m16s | 10K 53m32s | 15K 1h18m09s | Half Marathon 2h1m44s | Marathon 4h42m2s 
Past Challenges #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13  #14 #15 #16 #17 #18 #19 #20 #21 #22
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Current Challenge : #37 Strickland5 is still here

Scout of the Week - Week 6 of Challenge #42
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Nice work @elsfaire, that is an impressive driveway!  Kudo's to you for your driveway fractals :positive:

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Wizard of Balance - Assassin Level 1

STR(3), DEX(2), STA(3), CON(2), WIS(3), CHA(2)

"If it is important to you, you will find a way ... if not, you will find an excuse" - (I don't recall whose quote this is, but I love it!)

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Week 1, Day 3


Goal 1: Nerds are Awesome
Positivity accountabilibuddy group posting (works for this goal, too)

One aspect of my body that's awesome at the moment: My belly has gotten flatter again.
    One aspect of my food today that was awesome: I ate a bowl of watermelon and blueberries this morning before my heavier breakfast.
    One good decision I made today: Decided to delay the start date of my classes to give more time to get students.
(and see below)

Goal 2: Nerds like numbers and tracking
Uh, kind of missed it.

Goal 3: Nerds like science (Fractal endurance training & flexibility)
Walked up and down the driveway once, three separate times today (on schedule)


I WILL do yoga tonight, too. :)

Life Quest:
Went to a "Mommy mingler" at the midwifery practice where I will be teaching, and spoke with some pregnancy moms and some other childbirth professionals. I also worked a bit on updating my website with my class information.  :)

Aaaaaaand an awesome nerd post for the day

(well, maybe it is not a nerd post, but IMHO it is an awesome thing, and the quote is from a nerd, so there. ;)

Jobs-RIP-sent-iphone-someecards.png

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I finally read everything :). I'm almost the same kind of nerd you are, with the only difference that I've actually studied math in college :). I read a lot of random information, and tend to correct people even when it's not relevant. It's an annoying habit of mine, but otherwise being a nerd is awesome! Also, I don't feel obliged to shave my legs ^^.

 

Good job on the first few days, I hope that your classes will be a great success :D.

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I finally read everything :). I'm almost the same kind of nerd you are, with the only difference that I've actually studied math in college :). I read a lot of random information, and tend to correct people even when it's not relevant. It's an annoying habit of mine, but otherwise being a nerd is awesome! Also, I don't feel obliged to shave my legs ^^.

 

Good job on the first few days, I hope that your classes will be a great success :D.

 

I'm envious of your self-confidence. I don't like shaving my legs (hair removal, in general), but I feel these social pressure upon me and I end up doing it. Apart from that, I like when somebody corrects me - one always learns something new.

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Level 4

10 WIS | 2 STR | 2 STA | 2 CON | 5 CHA | 1 DEX

battle logepic quest

The Stoic Path of Virtue: #1 | #2 | #3

Current challenge: Don't break the challenge

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Life Quest:

Went to a "Mommy mingler" at the midwifery practice where I will be teaching, and spoke with some pregnancy moms and some other childbirth professionals. I also worked a bit on updating my website with my class information.  :)

Aaaaaaand an awesome nerd post for the day

(well, maybe it is not a nerd post, but IMHO it is an awesome thing, and the quote is from a nerd, so there. ;)

Jobs-RIP-sent-iphone-someecards.png

 

Notice my sig? Apple and its influence is all over my life.

I wrote software for Mac a few times too.

 

BTW, where is "your website"?

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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I shave in the summer (well, my calves, anyway. Thigh hair is thin enough to escape notice), but when I start wearing pants regularly in the middle of fall, I stop. That lets me not feel self-conscious, but not waste time with something I really don't believe in for a good part of the year. I believe in being more 'natural' in how I treat my body when possible, but I have to balance that with modern conveniences and social conventions.

I was actually a music major in college (go figure!). My chosen nerddom now is healthy pregnancy and birth, and a bit of parenting. I am trying to re-teach American women to have healthy lifestyles. :)

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My chosen nerddom now is healthy pregnancy and birth, and a bit of parenting. I am trying to re-teach American women to have healthy lifestyles. :)

 

That's an admirable quest! I really hope you'll be successful in it as well! :)

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Level 4 Half-Elf Assassin

(that dabbles with the scouts)

Tumblr | Blog | Epic quest

 

"There is no such thing as perfection. The world itself is imperfect; that's what makes it so beautiful."

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There's something to say for encountering mainly male nerds in daily life, they really don't care if I shave my legs or not. Usually, it's the critique of other women that makes me feel self-concious. Most of my female friends also don't shave :).

 

I love your quest to teach a healthy lifestyle to pregnant women :). When you're used to it, a healthy lifestyle doesn't "rob" you of anything, and it makes life so much more comfortable :).

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I reeeeaaally love your fractal goal. It makes totally sense to me!

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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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