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Hello All.

 

I've been unathletic and overweight for most of my life. In January of last year I was 5'10" and 256 lbs. I realized I needed to make a change in my life. I started a combination of weight and cardio exercise and ate better. There wasn't a real plan, just a general lifestyle change. Now I'm at 228 lbs and I'm a lot stronger, but I need to get better. My overall goals are to get below 200 lbs and improve my endurance.

 

Main Quest: Get below 200 lbs by the end of August

 

Quest 1: Workout 3 times a week. I have mostly been doing strength training with a bit of cardio but I've plateued on that. I will be doing the Spartacus Workout 3-4 times a week. I will do this for 6 weeks. I will measure this goal by the number of circuits I can complete (right now I can only do 1). My goal is to be able to complete three circuits in a row.

  • If I can still only do 1 circuit= 0 points
  • If I can do 2 circuits = +1 STR, +2 STA
  • If I can do 3 circuits = +2 STR, +3 STA

 

Quest 2: Avoid emotional eating. Yes I'm a guy, but I stress out plenty (I'm working at an engineering firm and in my second to last semester of electrical engineering. It's tough sometimes :) )  and when I stress out I either drink beer or eat junk food. My goal is to limit beer or junk food to once a week, and then only in moderate amounts. I will do this for six weeks.

  • If I fulfill this goal for only 1 week our of 6, 0 points
  • If I fulfill this goal for 2-4 weeks, +1 WIS, +2 CON
  • All 6 weeks, +2 WIS, +3 CON

 

Quest 3: Log my food religiously. I've been pretty up and down on this, but I know that the key to succes is consistency. My goal is to log ALL of my food, every single day, for at least six weeks.

  • 50% of challenge days or less = 0 points
  • 50-75% of challenge days = +1 WIS, +1 CHA
  • 75-100 % of challenge days = +1 WIS, +2 CHA

 

Life Quest: For the next six weeks I will read and finish 1 book not related to my job or school. This will have the added benefit of cutting down my Youtube and Amazaon Prime TV watching.

  • 50% of challenge days or less = 0 points
  • 50-75% of challenge days = +1 WIS, +1 CHA
  • 75-100 % of challenge days = +2 WIS, +2 CHA

 

Motivation: For the same reason I chose engineering and not English. To do the hard thing, rather than take the easy way out:

 

"We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."---JFK

 

Edited to add points.

TheMadEngineer the level 0 Human
 

My first challenge is here!

 

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"We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."---JFK

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So I've spent a little time looking at other challenges. Should I create some kind of epic story around my quest? Do I have to pick a class or species yet? I really don't know what I'd fit in to so I was holding off on that. Am I supposed to update my challenge thread? If so is it daily, weekly? Does it matter? Thanks to anoyone who replies.

TheMadEngineer the level 0 Human
 

My first challenge is here!

 

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"We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."---JFK

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Greetings fellow Recruit!

 

You don't need to create any kind of story or anything. You can be creative with your challenge or not it's entirely for fun. It looks like you've got the structure down fine. I'd maybe include some rewards for yourself and a way to measure how well you're doing on each quest. If you're feeling adventerous go check out the Campus Tours thread stickied at the top of this subforum for links to the weekly mini quests and complete/post your answers to the week 1 quest here.

 

Also you don't have to join a guild or create an rpg character or anything right away. I plan on joining a guild maybe at the end of my challenge depending on how it goes but I think as a recruit it's good not to get caught up on all the extra stuff and instead focus on your goals and the true purpose of the challenge.

 

Also update the thread as little or as much as you like. This is your challenge but with these types of things, usually the more you put in the more you get out. Good luck with your challenge! I've followed your post so if you need any encouragement or have more questions just post another reply here and I'll try to help as best I can. I'm still a newbie to the NF boards too.

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Greetings fellow Recruit!

 

You don't need to create any kind of story or anything. You can be creative with your challenge or not it's entirely for fun. It looks like you've got the structure down fine. I'd maybe include some rewards for yourself and a way to measure how well you're doing on each quest. If you're feeling adventerous go check out the Campus Tours thread stickied at the top of this subforum for links to the weekly mini quests and complete/post your answers to the week 1 quest here.

 

Also you don't have to join a guild or create an rpg character or anything right away. I plan on joining a guild maybe at the end of my challenge depending on how it goes but I think as a recruit it's good not to get caught up on all the extra stuff and instead focus on your goals and the true purpose of the challenge.

 

Also update the thread as little or as much as you like. This is your challenge but with these types of things, usually the more you put in the more you get out. Good luck with your challenge! I've followed your post so if you need any encouragement or have more questions just post another reply here and I'll try to help as best I can. I'm still a newbie to the NF boards too.

 

Thank you very much!

TheMadEngineer the level 0 Human
 

My first challenge is here!

 

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"We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."---JFK

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Mini Quest #1

 

  1. Is your overall quest achievable (over a short or long period of time)?  Is it reasonable? Yes, in the time allotted, although not over the next six weeks.

  2. Do your 3 quests all build towards your main quest in little ways, or are you taking on too much? Do your quests have sub-quests or is it just one thing to focus on? Yes, and no.

  3. Are your main goals realistic? Can you scale them to smaller steps to fit your life better, even if it will make it take a little longer to achieve them? I think so.

  4. Are your goals able to be measured and tracked?  What will you use to track them? My Fitness Pal for food, Fitocracy for workouts, Rewire app for Life Quest

  5. How are you grading your goals?  Are they pass/fail (“every dayâ€, “not even once over the six weeksâ€)?  Is there a reward for the effort, or are you only grading yourself on whether or not you “lose the weight†or “run the distanceâ€? I think my grading system is fairly robust.

  6. What is your plan for continuing/altering/grading those goals if you become ill or injured? I'll scale down, i.e. add more rewards points to the intermediate goals.

  7. Did you take into consideration any special occasions (Labour Day, Independence Day, birthdays, anniversaries, etc) that may occur during the challenge?  What modifications do you need to build into your goals for those? Only big occasion is a wedding, and I plan to workout while on the road for that and eat healthy food.

  8. Do any of your main goals conflict with each other? Will one goal make it hard to do another? No

  9. Do you already have the time in your schedule to actually complete the goals you’ve set?  If not, what are you planning to do to make time for them? Yes I do have time as long as I'm not lazy :)

  10. Are you trying to build multiple habits, or is all your energy focused on your main quest? All habits support main quest.

TheMadEngineer the level 0 Human
 

My first challenge is here!

 

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"We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."---JFK

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Well my first day (yesterday) went pretty well! Even with a 2 hour thermodynamics test at 7:30 PM I was able to stay under my caloric goal, and fulfill my other quests.

 

BTW, does anyone know how to add tags to posts? Can't seem to figure that out....thanks.

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TheMadEngineer the level 0 Human
 

My first challenge is here!

 

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"We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."---JFK

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Quest 3: Log my food religiously. I've been pretty up and down on this, but I know that the key to succes is consistency. My goal is to log ALL of my food, every single day, for at least six weeks.

  • 50% of challenge days or less = 0 points
  • 50-75% of challenge days = +1 WIS, +2 CHA
  • 75-100 % of challenge days = +1 WIS, +2 CHA

 

 

I'm another nerdy engineer.  In the above, did you mean that if you only complete the quest 51% of the time, you get just as many points as if you complete it 100% of the time or was there a typo.

 

So I've spent a little time looking at other challenges. Should I create some kind of epic story around my quest? Do I have to pick a class or species yet? I really don't know what I'd fit in to so I was holding off on that. Am I supposed to update my challenge thread? If so is it daily, weekly? Does it matter? Thanks to anoyone who replies.

My battle logs are positively boring (unless you think of flowcharts as being creative and exciting).  You can be epic or not depending on your style.

Current Challenge 

 

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
Diet is 80% of losing weight, exercise is 80% of motivation.

The only thing I am 100% sure of is my ability to be wrong.

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I'm another nerdy engineer.  In the above, did you mean that if you only complete the quest 51% of the time, you get just as many points as if you complete it 100% of the time or was there a typo.

 

My battle logs are positively boring (unless you think of flowcharts as being creative and exciting).  You can be epic or not depending on your style.

Thank you for pointing out the error.

TheMadEngineer the level 0 Human
 

My first challenge is here!

 

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"We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."---JFK

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I don't have much to add about your challenge except congrats on hitting your goals yesterday :)

 

What I really want to say is that I like your quote - that type of national drive for advancement and discovery is hard to find in the last 20 years. On a related topic, what type of engineering student are you? Just electrical or...? 

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STR 0 | DEX 0 | STA 0 | CON  | WIS 0 | CHA 0


 


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I don't have much to add about your challenge except congrats on hitting your goals yesterday :)

 

What I really want to say is that I like your quote - that type of national drive for advancement and discovery is hard to find in the last 20 years. On a related topic, what type of engineering student are you? Just electrical or...? 

 Thank you!

 

No, just electrical. My current focus at school is on communications and signal processing, however my job focuses on control systems. I will be graduating in December of this year.

 

I love the Kennedy quote because it speaks to my own desire to do the hard things in life. I went to high school with a lot of people who didn't have any drive to do anything hard, or special, or out of the ordinary. I like to go against the grain. I took on the one school subject that was really hard for me-math-and made it my life. Now I'm getting my body-which has always been out of shape-and making it better.

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TheMadEngineer the level 0 Human
 

My first challenge is here!

 

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"We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."---JFK

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Well, so far so good! I've gotten two workouts in this week, and I've been staying below my caloric goal. It helps that I walk about 4 miles a day on average between my job and school. I use a pedometer app on my phone to figure out the calories burned. I'm using IIFYM's "aggressive" plan, which means my goal is 2228 cal/day. I usually burn about 300-400 calories walking, of which I add all but 100 to My Fitness Pal. I do not add my workouts as calories burned. Does that make my caloric goal too high? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.

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TheMadEngineer the level 0 Human
 

My first challenge is here!

 

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"We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."---JFK

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Whoo go engineering!  I'm in CompE, and I feel ya about it being tough but totally rewarding.

 

Agreed on the emotional eating.  It's a thing that happens, and it can be really tough to kick.  Good luck with that and the rest of your goals!!

Thank you! I'm now following your quest thread.

TheMadEngineer the level 0 Human
 

My first challenge is here!

 

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5%

 

"We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."---JFK

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Hello,

 

Though I tend towards emotional non-eating, I can definitely feel you there. Do you use any hacks to manage this? (Bc personally, I've found that sometimes I can't rly manage without hacks like taking soups as drinks or adding various seeds/raisins to the meals to up the nutritional value.)

 

Being surrounded by people without a drive similar to yours also sounds awkwardly familiar - so, how is it now, for you? Have you got some people around with whom you can sympathize, and push each other towards getting better in the field? Has getting into the field helped you with finding those sorts of people?

Trix, back in town, Chaotic Neutral superhero wannabe

 

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STR 0|DEX 0|STA 0|CON 1|WIS 1|CHA 0

 

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Hello,

 

Though I tend towards emotional non-eating, I can definitely feel you there. Do you use any hacks to manage this? (Bc personally, I've found that sometimes I can't rly manage without hacks like taking soups as drinks or adding various seeds/raisins to the meals to up the nutritional value.)

 

Being surrounded by people without a drive similar to yours also sounds awkwardly familiar - so, how is it now, for you? Have you got some people around with whom you can sympathize, and push each other towards getting better in the field? Has getting into the field helped you with finding those sorts of people?

 

Oh yeah, it's good now. I work for a small systems integration company which treats me really well, and I go to a fairly well-ranked engineering school. I've had some really good professors who've been able to bring the best out of me, and I've worked with some very smart and driven people.

TheMadEngineer the level 0 Human
 

My first challenge is here!

 

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"We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."---JFK

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