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Week 3: The Library

So your challenge for this week has 3 parts:

1. Pinpoint the quest in your journey that is giving you the most uphill (or one that you're struggling to achieve)

2. Search through NF (forums or articles) to find one that is able to offer some assistance

3. Apply it to your challenge (no collecting underpants here).

  1. So far the hardest thing for me to do is to make time for fitness.  I had a life before (a lot of it built around my family and work), and it's difficult for me to take time for working out and to take care of myself and eat well and get the sleep I need.  There's always something else that needs to be done!
  2. I found this article on NF about how we need to prioritize our health.
  3. I realized that it's a good thing to go to bed when I'm sleepy (or even before) and to take the time to work out.  These are all things my husband is constantly telling me, but I forget to speak up for and prioritize myself.   :)  

I actually really needed this today.  I've been sick for the last couple of days and didn't want at all to work out today, mostly because I felt like I needed to put that energy toward work instead.  But I remembered the importance of prioritizing myself and just did it, and now I'm glad I did.

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This article addresses a lot of the things that I stress out over. Too much information gathering, not enough doing. This is the point where I'm not seeing FANTASTIC RESULTS, and I think "I can do better! I can BE better!"  And I burn out. 

 

So I'm just going to stick with it. Doing the exercises that I enjoy, that challenge me and eating healthy. I'll write all my worries down in the morning in my worry book and then close the book and walk away from it. 

 

Blarg :)

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Mini Challenge 3 - Complete!

 

 

Mini Challenge 3: The Library

  1. Pinpoint the quest in your journey that is giving you the most trouble.
    The goal that is most difficult for me is number three - write three positive things in my journal every night.  I've been stopping and starting and falling off the wagon and getting back on again so many times this challenge, and I feel like crap about myself because of it. Why can't I followthrough? Why can't I stick with it? Why am I struggling to lose weight? Why is my body fighting me so much? It's really tough for me to find good things to say when so much has gone wrong. It's a lot easier to dwell on my faults and eat ice cream.
     
  2. Search through NF to find assistance.
    I found this blog post: Why Having to Start Over - Again - Is Great and this part of the forum: The Respawn Point.
     
  3. Apply what you've learned to your challenge (no collecting underpants here).
    I think respawning with easier challenge goals and a main quest that is more pressing was wise and that's something that I'll continue. I also like the idea of failing differently.  It struck me as... funny but also motivating.  Somehow, acknowledging that failure is going to happen (but not "this" way) gives me enough oomph to pull myself out of my funk and get going on the goals again.

[ Respawn Starts Here ]

 
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Gryph

Level 1 Recruit

 

STR: 2.00 - DEX: 0.78 -  STA: 1.00 - CON: 3.15 - WIS: 0.80 - CHA: 0.80

Gryph's First Challenge

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Well the two things that are hindering my progress the most are mild back pain and being completely unbalanced on ny arms. I've noticed that with my pull up work (just eccentrics for now ) I'm right over on one side, and on my pushups after 2-3 reps my bidybstarys twisting around as i think my left arm is doing more of the work.

Unfortunately I didn't have much luck with searching for weaker arm or unbalanced pushups in tapatalk but did find some good advice for lower back work. So I think I'll call this 'done' and start a new thread for strengthening one arm.

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Even i needed this mini challenge this week :) Ai the curse of week 3 :tongue:

Half Faerie (Sidhe) Scout | Black Belt Kitchen Ninja
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Catching up!  

 

Mini Quest #1 completed.

 

and

 

Mini Quest #2 completed (1 & 3) -  Following several folks, but actually chimed in on ButINEEDthatarm's and Alathel's threads because of writing-related side quests.  

 

Working on Quest #3...

Lomithiel


or just "Lom"


Lvl 0. Hobbit Recruit w/ Monk aspirations


**First Quest!**


"It is well known that a vital ingredient of success is not knowing that what you're attempting can't be done" - Terry Pratchett

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Mini-Challenge #3:

 
1. I tend to be pretty bad about procrastinating, not only with my workouts, but with things like tidying up my personal space, making appointments and phone calls, and with papers, stories, and homework that I've committed myself to doing. I'm going to go ahead and attribute this to my life quest.

2. I found this article to be very helpful, not just with advice to help with procrastination, but to help me look at the problem from a different angle. I'm only crippling myself, limiting myself from reaching my full potential by taking my body and my future any less than 100% seriously. I have big dreams, and big goals. I don't want to settle for average, but my soft flesh is too used to the comfort of easy living. Bonus: This, this and this article were also very useful and inspiring.
 
3. My challenges were mainly directed as being additions to my lifestyle, rather than being replacements for it. I need to identify the areas where I am procrastinating or living unhealthily, and change the source code to something better. My To-Do list should include dates and times, rather than being set for an indeterminate period of time in the future when I'm feeling motivated. I should have dedicated time every day towards improving myself and my environment. I also need to focus more on changing putting myself in the right context, and to identify distractions and put them in their proper place (if not completely out of my life, then at least behind the more important things).
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Alex Volkov, Level 2 ASSASSIN
STR |4.0| DEX |0.0| STA |4.0| CON |2.9| WIS |3.1| CHA |1.0|

Challenge #0

Main Quest: Build foundation for badassery. Focus on consistency and building new habits.

Goal #1: Complete all 15 Punisher Bodyweight Workout Days: (15/15) A+! (+1 STR)

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Goal #2: Avoid junk food for 30 days (29/30) 1 Failed Day to DateA (+0.9 CON)
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Goal #3: Complete all 15 run days and be able to sprint 150 300 yards without resting: (15/15) A+! (+1 STA)
100%
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Life Quest: Plan and execute move to the Swift Trucking Academy of Lewiston, ID. B- (+0.7 WIS)
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So... I started doing some digging on push-ups.  I've been at a loss on how to make progress with these so I figured I'd hit the virtual pavement and start to do some more research. 

 

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I had previously read just about every article NF had posted on push-ups so I needed some new material.  In the forums I found a link to a website called Neat Strength and an awesome article on push ups.  After reading that article I realized one of the things I wasn't focusing on while progressing through the different modifications was range of motion.  I don't belive I was hitting a true 90* angle with my elbows.  I'm rather chesty and I think that was throwing me off.  I would go down to just before my chest touched the ground.  Well... that wasn't nearly far enough, so now I'm focusing on my getting my nose to touch the ground (or until my chest stops me, either one....). 

 

So I went back to knee pushups during my last workout.  I did 3x10 with my nose touching the ground and it wasn't terribly difficult.  So I moved onto incline.  I did 1x10 and let's just say that was my issue..... Needless to say I felt those!  I was grunting through the last 4 or so.  My poor boyfriend thought I was dying lol!  So I will be continuing at the incline level making sure that I use my full ROM.  This probably means that I wont make it to my goal, but that's ok.  I knew it was an aggressive goal when I set it, so worse case scenario I carry it over into my next challenge. 

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Thist

Level 1 Human Assassin Warrior Ranger?

Take care of your body, it's the only place you have to live ~ Jim Rohn

Current Challenge

 

Push Up Progress: 0/7

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I've done week 1's SMART challenge, followed and supported and joined a group for the chronologically challenged. But I need someone to add to the thread on there because I can't find it through the search. Playing catch up as I joined late!

STR 8 | DEX 4 | STA 7 | CON 6 |  WIS 9.75 | CHA 10.5
Current challenge | Accountable to chronologically blessed

Progress bars below!

Feb 2016
Quest 1 - Misfit to 800 4 days out of 7

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Quest 2 - Mindfulness daily

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Quest 3 - Veg with every meal, 2 pints of water a day

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Life Goal - Self Care
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This is also linked in my signature. It was really helpful to do because I thought I'd trawled the boards a lot to find info until I came across the idea of breathing when you run! genius.

Week 3 challenge
So your challenge for this week has 3 parts:

1. Pinpoint the quest in your journey that is giving you the most uphill (or one that you're struggling to achieve)
Running. The last time I ran I was a stone lighter, it's hard work lugging that extra weight around. Especially in barefoot shoes as you are meant to glide rather than yomp. I do not have the physique to glide.
 

2. Search through NF (forums or articles) to find one that is able to offer some assistance
http://rebellion.ner...95-i-ran-today/ has some useful tips about breathing that I hadn't considered before. I'll read it again tomorrow so it sinks in.
 

3. Apply it to your challenge

I really hadn't considered breathing at all, other than running out of breath and feeling like I need to puke. This is really helpful stuff. Next run planned for Tuesday so I'm glad I've bookmarked that thread.

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STR 8 | DEX 4 | STA 7 | CON 6 |  WIS 9.75 | CHA 10.5
Current challenge | Accountable to chronologically blessed

Progress bars below!

Feb 2016
Quest 1 - Misfit to 800 4 days out of 7

0%
0%
Quest 2 - Mindfulness daily

0%
0%

Quest 3 - Veg with every meal, 2 pints of water a day

0%
0%
Life Goal - Self Care
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0%
 
 

 

 

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This is also linked in my signature. It was really helpful to do because I thought I'd trawled the boards a lot to find info until I came across the idea of breathing when you run! genius.

Week 3 challenge

So your challenge for this week has 3 parts:

1. Pinpoint the quest in your journey that is giving you the most uphill (or one that you're struggling to achieve)

Running. The last time I ran I was a stone lighter, it's hard work lugging that extra weight around. Especially in barefoot shoes as you are meant to glide rather than yomp. I do not have the physique to glide.

 

2. Search through NF (forums or articles) to find one that is able to offer some assistance

http://rebellion.ner...95-i-ran-today/ has some useful tips about breathing that I hadn't considered before. I'll read it again tomorrow so it sinks in.

 

3. Apply it to your challenge

I really hadn't considered breathing at all, other than running out of breath and feeling like I need to puke. This is really helpful stuff. Next run planned for Tuesday so I'm glad I've bookmarked that thread.

 

Thanks for the post! I read over that bit about breathing and realize that I've been doing the 2-2 without even thinking about it. Must be fairly natural for me. :)  Of course, I can't jog and converse at all, so I've still got some working to do. :P

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Assassin

**Challenges**

Current Challenge: Black Daiquiri is Wonder Woman

Battle Log: Black Daiquiri battles the pink robots

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Week 3 Challenge

  1. Pinpoint the quest in your journey that is giving you the most uphill (or one that you're struggling to achieve)

    Ugh. My struggle has been on being consistent with my water intake. (Hydration)

     

  2. Search through NF (forums or articles) to find one that is able to offer some assistance

    I found this great article (http://www.nerdfitne...bout-hydration/) that talks all about water and also adds a good bit of information about caffienated drinks (which is also my bane). 

     

  3. Apply it to your challenge (no collecting underpants here).

    As a result, I think I need to rework my challenge. When I have soda in the house, it’s typically Diet Dr Pepper (of the cherry vanilla variety because it’s the best) and I end up drinking it exclusively - well, if I’m sick or have gone for a run, I’ll drink orange juice or water. I’ve been trying to cut out so much soda, even though in the article it says that soda is still hydrating. It’s “diet†so I know it’s not super great for me. I’ve actually only had a glass or two of soda in the past week! Yay! But, I know there are days where I’m probably not replacing it well enough.

    Adding water flavoring has helped with water consumption, but (again with the exception of run days), drinking 8 glasses has been tough and I’m often left feeling sloshy.

    Anyone have a suggestion on an alternate way I can score increase in water/decrease in soda and find a healthy balance?

I posted this up on my challenge page, but figured I'd put it here too to see if anyone has any advice on how I can track a healthy balance of fluid intake. :)

Assassin

**Challenges**

Current Challenge: Black Daiquiri is Wonder Woman

Battle Log: Black Daiquiri battles the pink robots

Previous: 1514 | 13 | 12 | 11 | 10 | 9 | 8 | 76 | 5 | 4 | 321

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So... I started doing some digging on push-ups.  I've been at a loss on how to make progress with these so I figured I'd hit the virtual pavement and start to do some more research. 

What is it you are working towards? Are you trying to move forward in difficulty progressions? Or are you trying to increase your numbers?

If it's the latter, then you can try Runtastic push-ups app (there is a free version).

It slowly builds up your push-up numbers and counts your reps by you touching the screen with your nose as you lower yourself.

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Level - 3               Race - Vampire               Class - Assassin

STR 6 | DEX 7 | STA 5 | CON 4 | WIS 3 | CHA 6

 

Weight loss ( Highest weight 224lb / Current weight 186.0lb / Goal weight 175lb )

77.6%
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Battle log

Previous challenges = 2 , 1

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"What is it you are working towards? Are you trying to move forward in difficulty progressions? Or are you trying to increase your numbers?"

My goal is to be able to do 3x10 standard. At the start of this challenge I was doing 3x10 knee with very little difficulty. I'll for sure check out that app! I'm finding I work better when I pair technology w/ my workouts. It distracts me from obsessing over how much I have left to do!

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Thist

Level 1 Human Assassin Warrior Ranger?

Take care of your body, it's the only place you have to live ~ Jim Rohn

Current Challenge

 

Push Up Progress: 0/7

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Mini Challenge #3 complete.

Barbarian Assassin / Level 5

 

 

STR: 16.5 | DEX: 4.8 | STA: 8.9 | CON: 8.7 | WIS: 6.6 | CHA: 6.8

 

 

 

My Current Six Week Challenge - Jrosto - A Barbarian Cleans Up His Act

 

 

 

Previous Challenges - #1, #2, #3, #4

 

 

 

My NF Introduction Post : My MDA Journal : My MDA Phase 1 Success Story

 

 

 

Simple & Sinister Workout Log

 

 

 

Keep Calm and Send in the Penguins!

 

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Week 3: The Library

So we've gotten into the swing of things and we're going full steam ahead, but there's something tripping us up and we aren't quite sure how we go forward.  Do we just stop altogether or do we find a solution?

 

I vote for finding a solution.  NF is a forum with loads of resources at our disposal - there are hundreds of threads answering questions that we have and there are tons of fantastic articles written by Steve and the Crew that we can use to help us get over the hump. We can even join a NF bookclub.

 

Searching is so easy too. At the top of this page is a search bar.  You can type your request in there and it will find all related threads.  You can search by members, help files, calendar and galleries there too.  The other option is to search by tags.  If you have added tags to your thread, just click on one of them and you will find other threads that have similar tags listed in date order.  (Don't worry if you don't have tags, you can search through tags on any thread).

 

So your challenge for this week has 3 parts:

1. Pinpoint the quest in your journey that is giving you the most uphill (or one that you're struggling to achieve)

2. Search through NF (forums or articles) to find one that is able to offer some assistance

3. Apply it to your challenge (no collecting underpants here).

 

Example:

1.  I'm having a hard time sticking to a paleo diet because I can't find affordable recipes that I like. 

2.  I found this thread about how to diet on a budget and this recipe thread.

3. I followed the advice, sat down and made a meal plan, then put together a grocery list and went shopping. Surprisingly I was able to spend less than $20 on a week's worth of food and because the crockpot does all the cooking for me, I didn't even miss my workout.

 

For completing this challenge, you will get a stat point as per the quest you have identified (you can choose which attribute this should be) to be allocated at the end of the challenge.

 

1. The main problem I'm having is with the no white sugar/flour challenge. It's been quite difficult finding cheap alternatives to my current cupboard-stock.

2. Having identified the issue, I can solve a lot of the difficult with this.

3. Shopping time on Tuesday!  :onthego:

Level 1 Assassin Initiate


|0 STR|0 DEX|2 STA|3 CON|2 WIS|2 CHA|



"A city is well fortified which has a wall of men instead of brick." - Lycurgus of Sparta





Challenge 1, Goal 1: 6 weeks to 5K Uninterrupted run.


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Challenge 1, Goal 2: 2x20 minutes of meditation per day, 7 days a week.


77%
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Challenge 1, Goal 3: No white sugar or flour, 6 weeks.


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