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skatrek's quest for physical & spiritual fitness


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Introduction

  • Trying this out again, last time I posted once then gave up! :(
  • I'm a physician-scientist & can usually find some reason I'm "too busy" to eat well or exercise (like being up for 24 hours!)
  • When I was growing up, I was "husky" and was never very physically fit and have typically had an unhealthy relationship with food (it's a "reward" & I can blow through a box of Cheez-It's by the end of a Big Bang Theory episode!)
  • I've weighed as much as 203lb and was down to 168lb many years ago (thanks elliptical!) but am now about 190lb

Motivation

  • I've had a whole lot of life changes recently and am on a quest to make myself "better" both for myself & for a girl I'm seeing :). I'm 30 years old & although that's not "old," I want to make sure I live the rest of my life
  • Teddy Roosevelt's "Man in the Arena" quote (in my signature) is the underlying motivation in my life right now - I'm tired of hiding & saying "I'll do it later" & being complacent!!!!

Main quest

  • To improve physical fitness: to get back to a middling-BMI (170lb = 23.1) by the middle of the year (like three to four six-week challenges?)
    • Workout 5 days a week: alternate the "Beginner Bodyweight Workout" here on NF with a Namaste Yoga (only 22 minutes!) workout
      • Grading: A = 30+ workouts, B = 18-29 workouts, C = 12-17 workouts, F = <12 workouts
    • Eat less: net 1830 calories a day (per MyFitnessPal to lose 1.5lb/week)
      • Grading based on average number of calories/day over the 6 week period: A = on target, B = 2080 calories/day (per MFP to lose 1 lb/week), C = 2330 calories/day (per MFP to lose 0.5 lb/week), F = >2580 calories/day (per MFP to maintain current weight)
      • Try to cook more (I'm already a pretty good cook if I do say so myself!) - one-dish pasta dishes are usually my go to (I know I know, but I can't commit to doing Paleo - it feels like too big of a change... maybe one day) and this way I can also avoid processed, artificial food!
      • A big help towards achieveing this is to not eat anything after dinner - snacking in bed while reading is a no-no & "easy" way to cut down on calories!

Life Side Quests

  • To improve spiritual fitness: grow closer to God & incorporate faith into my life
    • I've been going to weekly mass for a few months and want to continue that
    • Continue nightly prayers & saying grace at dinnertime
    • Work through The Purpose-Driven Life - it's a 40 day journey which fits nicely into a 6-week challenge
  • To keep a clean home
    • I've been pretty good about doing a top-to-bottom cleaning every two weeks, but certainly need to do better than that...
    • It can only help my social calendar & with two cats, it's necessary!
    • Clean all the rooms on a weekly basis: two bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom, living room, dining room - maybe one a day? Or vacuum/dust on one day then mop on another, tackle bathroom on its own day? I'll figure this out as I go...
    • Plus cleaning counts as cardio! (the harder you work, the faster it goes!)

My username comes from my former obsession with ska (which I am now over) and Star Trek (which I still get excited about)

Atrribute point allocation pending...

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"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

-Teddy Roosevelt

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Okay, here we go - I've done yoga 2 of the last 3 days, was under calories today (but none of the days before :(), cleaned the house yesterday, and went to church this morning (5 in a row so far). Off to a good start, but 42 days to go!

 

Also, I should've put something in about social calendar & events (an ongoing problem for MUCH longer than 42 days)... argh, there's never enough time!!!

 

Made a spreadsheet with conditional formatting so I can tell at a glance how it's going... I'll try to post when there's actually something to look at!

Level 0 // Adventurer // Current Challenge

 

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

-Teddy Roosevelt

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Hi there!!

 

I’m Chris-Tien Jinn, an ambassador for the Assassin Guild. Despite the name, we are a VERY friendly guild, filled with people who enjoy a wide variety of activities and fitness goals!

 

For more information about the guild, stop by the Info & Announcements thread.  Also, check out the Assassin's Phonebook, which lists the names of people who are working on various aspects of fitness and life changes.  This is a great place to connect with someone who is working on goals similar to yours.  Don't be shy about following them or sending a message if you have questions!!!   

 

You can also stop by the Assassin's Den - a general chat thread in the guild forum – and introduce yourself.  You can always ask questions there, but I warn you that we tend to be pretty silly there and love to post gifs …. especially of cute animals!!

 

If you ever have any questions or need help with anything, let me know.  You can grab my attention by using the quote button at the bottom right corner of any of my posts.  I have the forum setting turned on to alert me when somebody quotes me using that button, so it's a quick easy way to let me know you're talking to me. You can also get in touch with me by posting on my own challenge topic or by using the forum private messenger system (the envelope button at the very top right of the screen).

 

Someone from the Assassin's Guild will stop by every week to check on your progress, but don't be a stranger!!  The most successful people around here reach out and get support from others - novices and veterans alike!  A great place to meet up with other (new) Assassins is in the Assassin Initiates Accountabilities Group   - stop by when you have a chance!!

Level 63 Human ... Oath of Ancients Paladin

"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."  - Kurt Hahn

STR: 14 | DEX: 14| CON: 17 | INT: 17 | WIS: 17 | CHA: 14

 

The SIde Tracked Quest (rough draft)

 

 

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Hi :) I'm Bekah and I am the Druid Ambassador. I see your goals seem rather Druidic and we would love to have you after you are ready to join a Guild.

It looks like you are off to a great start so far :) Have you noticed any changes in your body with all this new stuff yet?

If you need anything, I am subscribimg to your thread so just ask me and I will be here. Feel free to stop by the Druid's Guild and say hi too if you feel up to it :) We have great people...well all the Nerds here are great really!

Druid Assassin Halfling

:) Druid  :)

Level 16, Current Quest: Bekah Returns

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Your life does not get better by chance. It gets better by change.

- Jim Rohn

 

 

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Hey Chris & Bekah, thanks for the invitation! I think the Druids sound like a good fit for me - but I haven't really noticed any changes yet. I've been reasonably flexible and had some really good in-person yoga teaching in college so I think my technique has a good foundation. Most of my practice involves DVDs these days though!

 

Did yoga again today (it's "easier" than the BBWW from my prior experience, pushups are my downfall!)... as far as diet goes, I had salad for lunch... funny story, the grocery store was OUT of everything except like 5 packs of spring mix yesterday, seems like others have the same idea for the New Year? ;) Unfortunately, alcohol is clearly a trigger for me since the glass of wine I had lowered my inhibitions just enough to break into a box of cookies I have leftover from Christmas :-/ I did stop myself though instead of just eating the whole box!

 

And the public / accountability part of this challenge is helpful since marking "no" to exercise or going "over" calories was sooooo tempting but I knew I'd have to come here & write about it... so I thank this community!

Level 0 // Adventurer // Current Challenge

 

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

-Teddy Roosevelt

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The challenge is almost over and we haven't seen you in awhile - but I hope you're just too busy rocking it out there to post.  Remember - you don't have to be perfect, just a little bit better than the you of yesterday.  Hope you'll be back soon to wrap up with us!

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