Ornata Posted November 10, 2014 Report Share Posted November 10, 2014 Hello! I'm Ornata, and I've always secretly wanted to be a badass. Whatever that means for me. I'm not a very intimidating person. I'm a small young woman trying to find success in a field that's largely dominated by scruffy mountain men (natural resources, or at least in my region). People have described me as quiet and polite. I would describe myself as way too cautious, way too concerned about how I present myself to people. Despite myself, I tend to gravitate toward fiction wherein world-weary, roughneck characters go around being awesome in some gritty setting and don't give a crap about the rules. Until Nerd Fitness started my descent into the rabbit hole that is personal development, it never occurred to me that I could actually, you know, work toward doing the stuff I've wanted to do for years? I guess I was just stuck in this idea that I'm a completely unchanging entity. Like I'd need to settle with adapting to my own weaknesses. I know I can't change my personality. I definitely don't want to become some kind of misanthropic badass with scars on her face and a killer glare. But I don't want my own labels for myself to hold me back or prevent me from experiencing the things I've always wanted to try. Having all these experiences and more might not turn me into the traditional idea of a badass, but maybe I'll have my own unique flavor without forcing myself to change my identity. I don't know. This is a long introduction already and I'm starting to ramble. Ornata Gets Rougher Around the Edges This Battle Log is my way of tracking my progress not only in fitness, but life as well. TMI inbound: as a kid I struggled with social anxiety and fear of crowds. Even nowadays I have a tendency to settle into tedious routine just through force of habit or clinging to the familiar, even though I know I'm happier when I'm frequently pushing the limits of what I think is comfortable. Fitness-wise, I prefer bodyweight exercises. I follow the program that can be found on startbodyweight.com, with modifications to account for some lack of equipment. I'm also trying Steve Kamb's program for push-ups since I've been having some serious issues getting better at push-ups. I am focusing on improving upper body strength, flexibility, balance and grip strength. I'm also easing into dietary changes so I can lose body fat. My ultimate goal is to get to 23-25% body fat. My 6-Week Challenges include:Ornata, Loosen Up! - Flexibility, bodyweight exercises Ornata Thrives in the Darkness - Upper body strength, portion control, cold toleranceNow that introductions are over with, it's time to jump right into things. 1 Quote Level 2 Mountain Elf 4 STR | 5 DEX | 1 STA | 0 CON | 4 WIS | 2 CHA Battle Log | Epic Quest Current Challenge: Ornata Thrives in the Darkness Past Challenges: 1 Accountabilibuddies: CutLasses | NaNo Nerds "In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer." - Albert Camus Link to comment
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