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Hi, I'm Koaladle and this is my first challenge! I enjoy ballroom dance and bike riding and used to spend all my spare time biking to dance lessons. Many adventures later, I am the family homemaker. It's been a weird adjustment, but I've decided to see this change as a fortuitous opportunity to become the active person I was before I gained the Spousal Sixty. I have a few advantages: I am in charge of groceries, my dog loves walks, and my handsome husband will eat whatever I cook, even the experiments gone wrong.


 


Main Quest:  Lose 65 pounds by June 2016


 


Quest 1: Walk Heimdall for at least 30 minutes twice a day.


 


Measurement: A = 2520 minutes in 42 days; B = 1,050 minutes in 42 days; C = 800 minutes in 42 days


Reward: A = +3 STA, +2 STR; B = +2 STA +1 STR; C = +1 STA


 


Quest 2: Drink three liters of water every day.


Measurement: A =126 liters of water in 42 days; B = 105 liters of water in 42 days;  C = 84 liters of water in 42 days


Reward: A = +3 CON; B = +2 CON; C = +1 CON


 


Quest 3: Eat veggies twice a day.


Measurement: A = 2 veggies, 42 days;  days; B = 2 veggies, 36 days, C = 2 veggies, 30 days


Reward: A = +3 WIS, +2 CON, B = +2 WIS, +1 CON, C = +1 WIS


 


Motivation:  I want to be fit so I can start a family farm (the natural combination of a hippie and a cheapskate). I need to get used to moving all day, eating whole foods, and staying hydrated to make this possible. 


 


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Hi, I'm Koaladle and this is my first challenge! I enjoy ballroom dance and bike riding and used to spend all my spare time biking to dance lessons. Many adventures later, I've recently become the family homemaker. It's been a weird adjustment, but I've decided to see this change as a fortuitous opportunity to become the active person I was before I gained the Spousal Sixty. I have a few advantages: I am in charge of groceries, my dog loves walks, and my handsome husband will eat whatever I cook, even the experiments gone wrong.

 

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Main Quest:  Lose 65 pounds by June 2016

 

Quest 1: Walk/jog with Heimdall (American Bulldog) for at least 30 minutes twice a day.

Measurement: A = 2520 minutes in 42 days; B = 1,050 minutes in 42 days; C = 800 minutes in 42 days

Reward: A = +3 STA, +2 STR; B = +2 STA +1 STR; C = +1 STA

 

Quest 2: Drink three liters of water every day.

Measurement: A =126 liters of water in 42 days; B = 105 liters of water in 42 days;  C = 84 liters of water in 42 days

Reward: A = +3 CON; B = +2 CON; C = +1 CON

 

Quest 3: Eat veggies twice a day.

Measurement: A = 2 veggies, 42 days;  days; B = 2 veggies, 36 days, C = 2 veggies, 30 days

Reward: A = +3 WIS, +2 CON, B = +2 WIS, +1 CON, C = +1 WIS

 

Motivation:  I want to be fit so I can start a family farm (the natural combination of a hippie and a cheapskate). I need to get used to moving all day, eating whole foods, and staying hydrated to make this possible. 

 

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You might do well to ask a moderator to move your post to the Level 1 Recruits.  You will meet a lot of other people who are also starting out on the NF boards and the mini-Challenges will be geared towards finding your way around and meeting people.  Since you already know you want to be a Scout, you can pop in their Tavern and say hi to everybody and tell them you just posted your first Challenge and you want to become a Scout.  I am sure some of them will stop by and check out what you are doing.

 

Good luck and enjoy!

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i had a little chuckle at your post.  I totally love how your personality shines through for me :)

 

You might notice that someone has added a tag to your post.  This is not to box you into a corner but rather because your goals or lifestyle have links to the guild you've been tagged and we'd like to bring you to the attention of one of their guild ambassadors. These ambassadors will be able to offer you advice, encouragement and support on your goals.  You don't even have to wait around for them to come introduce themselves to you, you are more than welcome to pop into the Adventurers' board and introduce yourself to the guildies there. I am also around to answer any questions that you might have so do not hesitate to PM me.

 

Good Luck with your challenge

AB xx

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I wasn't expecting this many replies! I'm not going to lie, that is immeasurably encouraging. I haven't participated in a forum since Gaia Online over a decade ago, so I was nervous coming back into the regular internet environment. Thanks, guys. :-)

 

 

I'm so glad I'm not the only one who fails miserably at making zucchini chips ^.^ Good luck!

 

I feel compelled to inform you I've not specifically failed at zucchini chips, but instead used the powers of Google to display a general cooking fail. My worst one yet was the Suspicious Cookie Fraud, wherein I attempted to bake peanut butter cookies consisting of peanut butter, eggs, and sugar. Heimdall was a big fan and Husband didn't complain, but there is no way I'm falling for that one again.

 

Your dog is named Heimdall? That's awesome!

 

Handsome Husband chose the pantheon, and I picked the name because there is no way I'm allowing the most likely culprit of slipper chewing to be named Floki, Loki, or Vidarr. 

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I wasn't expecting this many replies! I'm not going to lie, that is immeasurably encouraging. I haven't participated in a forum since Gaia Online over a decade ago, so I was nervous coming back into the regular internet environment. Thanks, guys. :-)

You get used to that here... It's one of the many things I love about this place.

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PROGRESS SO FAR:

 

Two days ago, before I signed up: I discovered NerdFitness while looking for an answer to why steamed brussel sprouts smell like urine. One of the articles I read was about how to start introducing veggies into your life. 

 

http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2014/09/04/vegetable-haters-how-to-start-eating-vegetables/

 

As I wondered the site, I was appalled that such a place existed; these folks spoke in a code I thought only existed within marching bands and the tech industry. I found myself learning, laughing, and relating to the success stories posted. I found the forum and discovered that within this Nerdy Health Wonderland, there were support systems. I could participate in a relatively noncompetitive environment, and other internet travelers would care that when I succeeded.

 

Intriguing.

 

I had to go grocery shopping that day. Inspired by a website dedicated to Nerds helping other Nerds get healthy, I decided to use a recipe I found (carrot fries, officially determined a repeat dinner side); I also took a look at was on the shopping list and made some tweaks. Inspired by the life changing results of the Nerds, I slung my trusty seabag and my 3 liter Camelbak over my shoulders and headed to the grocery store a mile away. The walk there was fabulous! The scenery is lovely and it isn't a street that's so busy that I spend the walk jumping out of the way of texting drivers. I did the shopping, packed the veggies and meat in the seabag, and immediately regretted everything.

 

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I thought that I had cut down on the groceries enough that carrying it back wouldn't have been an issue, but alas! The seabag was about 40 pounds of nutrition and despair. The potatoes, carrots, and meat alone already hit 18 pounds, let alone the gallon of milk, spaghetti squash, zucchinis, onions and tomatoes. Did you know these veggies weigh something? I apparently didn't. Fortunately, I was a mile away from home, Handsome Husband was at work, and Heimdall doesn't drive. I was faced with my favorite kind of dilemma, and in fact the only one that constantly produces results: taking a time out in the box of shame or Hulking my way out.

 

 

Don't think I didn't consider it.

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I totally considered it.

 

 

So I put one foot in front of the other, become acutely aware of every hill, curb, and extra second standing at the crosswalk. To add to the debacle, I still had my Camelbak to carry, still mostly full of water and almost the size of the old Jansport I used to have in junior high (it looks ridiculous, but that's the reason I picked that one: it's in regs, and there was zero chance of it getting "acquired" by a shipmate). I did finally make it back home, with the added experience necessary to earn this little nugget of common sense: if you're going to grocery shop on foot, make two trips. I did finally drink all that water, by the way, AND I ate my veggies.

 

Yesterday: Due to inclement weather, I was unable to escort Heimdall to his various territory markings. To make up for the lack of walking, we played inside and I did some yoga. For lunch, I consumed leftovers (veggies included) and dinner was a frozen pizza as per Handsome Husband's request. I talked to him over dinner about Nerd Fitness; initially he thought it was silly, but this changes!

 

Tuh-day: I got one 25 minute walk with Heimdall, and realized that my dog has a bad case of the Dugs.

 

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Whether it's the pee from his nemesis, the terrier that pees in front of our porch while staring at an increasingly distressed Heimdall, or a jogger across the street or kids on bikes orpeopleorOHMYGOODNESSOHMYGOODNESSATREEATREEATREEIHAVETOSNIFFIHAVETOPEEIHAVENOMOREPEEIHAVEOTSNIFF, Heimdall has a knack of getting right under my feet, getting his legs tangled in the leash, and darting around to sniff all the sniffs. An unexpected element to my quests will be properly training Heimdall to heel and walk pretty. He is an important element of my motivation--if I won't go on these walks for me, I'll do it for him. Our walk came five minutes short of the goal, but I'm warming up to the challenges and will do better tomorrow. 

 

After all, Heimdall deserves my best effort.

 

When I got home, HH decided he was SO HUNGRY and needed to eat RIGHT THEN. Unfortunately, I need an hour heads up to get dinner started so I wasn't able to cook. Instead of roasted asparagus, baked potatoes, and steak we got sushi from down the street. Considering the other options around us, that was by far the healthiest. I had clear soup to start, and quit eating when I was satisfied. Water consumption was underwhelming today; I have all the tools to make this possible, so I need to just do it.

 

Gotta make Shia proud

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Oh, and HH had to use my laptop to check up on an Elite Dangerous thread, and he was pleasantly surprised that his initial impression of Nerd Fitness was incomplete; it may be a little silly, but the silly is based in the tenents of Nerddom: to include, to seek out comrades, and to support fellow Nerds.

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First... hell of a start...

 

Second, there's nothing better than trial by fire to let you know what you can do.

 

Third, awesome that HH isn't completely against it this early, that'll help out a lot.

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My hubby found NF when looking up info on sprinting.  Got me reading it and here I am.  LOL  There are so many great articles.  Good starting points to sort out what works for you and they are a fun read.  Iron and the Soul is an excellent read by Henry Rollins.

 

Still do not like brussel sprouts.  I dreamed once I loved them.  Made the spouse buy them.  Not a good experience!  

 

We have one car which he needs.  I want to go somewhere it involves a bike, walking, or running.  Nothing makes me feel like a badass more than a run home from work with a backpack.  Even when the car is available I am always trying to get the family to walk.  Usually it ends up just me but that is okay.  I like being out and moving...whimps!

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First... hell of a start...

 

Second, there's nothing better than trial by fire to let you know what you can do.

 

Third, awesome that HH isn't completely against it this early, that'll help out a lot.

 

1) Aww, thanks! I've been very inspired by the other members--thus the Great Grocery Disaster of Last Week.

2) AGREED. I'm most proud of those successes where I have been while fighting the odds.

3) He is more supportive of me than anyone in the world, but I've been crying wolf about fitness for the couple of years as I've been gaining weight. Seeing my goals written out and watching me work to attain them may be much of the reason he's turned his head. It used to be his chore to walk Heimdall, and out of nowhere I've taken that over for him. He actually commented last night that he was seeing improvement between the two of us. Heimdall is my furst (hahahahahahaha, keeping that typo) dog, and I've had to adjust to the demands of pet ownership. The loss of independence was a bigger hit than I expected. 

 

 

Still do not like brussel sprouts.  I dreamed once I loved them.  Made the spouse buy them.  Not a good experience!  

 

We have one car which he needs.  I want to go somewhere it involves a bike, walking, or running.  Nothing makes me feel like a badass more than a run home from work with a backpack.  Even when the car is available I am always trying to get the family to walk.  Usually it ends up just me but that is okay.  I like being out and moving...whimps!

 

The brassicas family in general make me SO GRUMPY. While I was growing up, steamed veggies were a regular, but I did eat some veggies raw. I'll take my fiberous vegetation raw or roasted, but I'll book it if they're steamed.

 

I would like to downgrade to the one car, but HH feels much more comfortable knowing that if there's an emergency, I'm not limited to as far as I can pedal. I can't argue that logic, especially in hurricane country, so my poor Jeep sits in the parking lot for the most part. However, she is decked out with Star Wars windshield cover and floor mats, so while she may not travel much she always looks good. 

 

And now, 

 

UPDATE

 

Poor, poor Heimdall is saturated with mosquito bites! I have the one on my ankle, but my buddy has them all over his face and legs. It's bad enough that I'm going to take him to the vet once they open. He's been remarkably responsive when I tell him to stop scratching, but he's going to need a lot of close attention while he heals up. I thought it had gotten cool enough that it wouldn't be a problem, but the 15 bumps on his cheeks prove otherwise. I'll keep my quests, but I may not be able to bring Heimdall for a couple of weeks while Florida shifts into the other season; when he does come with me, it'll have to be in the middle of the day to limit mosquito exposure. American Bulldogs have notoriously sensitive skin as well as a thin coat. :,-(

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Hello fellow hippie! We both used pokemon phrases in our titles XD *high fives*

 

The family farm idea sounds BRILLIANT! I currently work at a preschool on a farm and I am tempted to start my own some day. Farms are the best!

 

Good luck with your quest! It sounds like you are prepared for the journey ahead. Hippies unite!

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Ballroom dance is awesome! International? American? Favorite Dance? ALL THE QUESTIONS! (competed at one point of my life)

 

It sounds like you've had a challenging start, but awesome results from it! Keep it up! I look forward to reading as the challenge goes on!

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Ballroom dance is awesome! International? American? Favorite Dance? ALL THE QUESTIONS! (competed at one point of my life)

 

I was NOWHERE near competitive, but I was enthusiastic! Right before I deployed, I performed a Viennese Waltz to Mumford and Sons "Not With Haste", but I also loved salsa, rumba, and foxtrot. Viennese waltz made my feel like a pretty, pretty princess because of all the spinning in my favorite twirly dress. Seriously, the skirt can spin parallel to the floor. Shorts are a non-negotiable addition.

 

Poor guy!  Great that you will still get out.  

 

...and this leads me to an

 

UPDATE

 

Today started about five hours before my day normally does. I woke up to Heimdall taking over the bed and shifting relentlessly. I couldn't get back to sleep, so I just got up, made coffee, and started reading a book on my kindle. It didn't take long for Heimdall long to discover I was available for cuddles; that's when I saw it. My poor buddy was covered in bug bites. I called the vet once they opened, got the first appointment available, and headed out with Ben. As it turns out, he didn't just have itchy bug bites; there were enough that he started having an allergic reaction as well, and the vet said he may have been headed for anaphylactic shock if we had continued with long walks untreated. 

 

(Cue panic)

 

My only consolation is that the vet said I'd been responsible for monitoring his condition and taking him in the morning I saw the issue. Still, I felt horribly guilty for putting Heimdall in a position where he could have gotten really sick. Heimdall was a trooper the whole time; he's not afraid of the vet, he wasn't scratching, and he has since been taking his meds with zero issues. He's going to be on bed rest for two weeks with Benadryl to ensure the swelling stays down. I'm going to modify my quests for an hour of working out each day, which will likely take place in the morning before Handsome Husband and Heimdall wake up. That way, I can keep an eye on him while HH is at work and make sure he's not developing any other symptoms. 

 

After a distressful morning, we headed home where we went back to our normal weekend activities (HH's work schedule is weird--today is Sunday for us) of computing. Heimdall was either in my lap, or in the gigantic cardboard box that formerly contained two new monitors.

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Anyway, the two of us eventually just took a nap. By the time I woke up, it was magically time for dinner; I'd missed lunch entirely. HH was ABSOLUTELY DYING OF HUNGER (UUUUGHHHHH) and offered delivery pizza with cinnamon twists as a yummy treat to end a ruff day.

 

I declined pizza and cinnamon twists, folks. That is literally the first time in my life.

 

I insisted on roasted zucchini and carrots with steak, some potatoes, and cucumbers over this. Progress!

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It may sound silly, but that was the point the day turned around. I quit beating myself up; Heimdall was going to be fine, had already recovered from the swelling, and was happily snoozing on his bed in his box fort. I got myself together, started chopping veggies (and a cucumber) and decided to make the best of what was left of the day. I made up for the missed veggies at lunch, started drinking my water, and had a really nice dinner with my lurve. Once we'd finished eating and cleaned up the kitchen, I got my shoes on and headed to the complex gym.

 

 

Before I carry on, I need you to understand that being in a gym with other people freaks me out in a very serious way, especially if I'm surrounded by a bunch of guys (I'm working on it). I actually enjoy being active, but it generally requires leaving the security of my cozy, little apartment. Tonight, I put my anxiety aside and went in anyway. Granted, I was still hugely uncomfortable working out around strangers--but I did 20 minutes on the elliptical (this particular one is actually really difficult, even at low settings), and took a 20 minute walk on the treadmill (3.4 speed with incline on 4). I have also consumed more than three liters of water today.

 

To, to sum up: 

 

QUEST 1 (Modified): 20 minutes short of 60 minute daily goal

QUEST 2: SUCCESS

QUEST 3: SUCCESS

 

...but most importantly, I was in a gym with people and was the last to leave.

 

 

I think the Captain would approve.

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I'm starting to feel very confident about starting for realsies on Monday. HH has been impressed by my effort (especially saying no to takeout), and continues to be supportive. We've agreed that when I complete my challenges, I can have IRL rewards as well--those are to be determined. :-)

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So excited to see another ballroom dancer here, plus you have some similar quests along the way, getting veggies in and more walking, though I don't think my cats will cooperate like Heimdall.  My experiences with my cats on a leash lead me to need a margarita, a big one.  

 

I've been to Florida (Jupiter/West Palm) but I'm here in sunny and warm Northern Ca, so while the winter is raging with snow and cold, I'll probably be complaining it's not even Fall weather (mid 80's today).  

 

But people do seem friendly on here and gasp, a sense of humor, so needed sometimes with lifestyle changes, new recipes and life in general. :)

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That was amazing to read!  So proud of you.  Glad Heimdall is going to be fine.  So him having so many bites forced you to either give up or rework things and move outside your comfort zone.  Way to go!  I feel the same way at the gym.  I feel okay on the dreadmill now and the elliptical but when I do weights I am so intimidated to do it at a gym.  I can go to my happy place on those machine but when grabbing weights I am constantly stressed at others being around.  I have to remind myself they are there for a workout too and not to watch me.  LOL  

 

Way to save the day with dinner too.  Your dinner sounds more satisfying and delicious.  Pizza is filling but not as satisfying in my opinion.  We make it homemade weekly (kiddos choice) and it is best when we use things like chicken on it...then that ends up being satisfying.  

 

Despite being tired and stressed you pulled it off!  Set a good example, jumped outside your comfort zone, and got it done!

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So excited to see another ballroom dancer here, plus you have some similar quests along the way, getting veggies in and more walking, though I don't think my cats will cooperate like Heimdall.  My experiences with my cats on a leash lead me to need a margarita, a big one.  

 

I've been to Florida (Jupiter/West Palm) but I'm here in sunny and warm Northern Ca, so while the winter is raging with snow and cold, I'll probably be complaining it's not even Fall weather (mid 80's today).  

 

But people do seem friendly on here and gasp, a sense of humor, so needed sometimes with lifestyle changes, new recipes and life in general. :)

 

Cat walking is hereby strictly forbidden. 

 

I grew up in San Jose! I know a thing or two about California. :-) 

 

Oh, humor is my saving grace. If I don't include humor into the mix I can get depressed REALLY quickly.

 

 

That was amazing to read!  So proud of you.  Glad Heimdall is going to be fine.  So him having so many bites forced you to either give up or rework things and move outside your comfort zone.  Way to go!  I feel the same way at the gym.  I feel okay on the dreadmill now and the elliptical but when I do weights I am so intimidated to do it at a gym.  I can go to my happy place on those machine but when grabbing weights I am constantly stressed at others being around.  I have to remind myself they are there for a workout too and not to watch me. 

 

Despite being tired and stressed you pulled it off!  Set a good example, jumped outside your comfort zone, and got it done!

 

Even though I didn't make my time goal, I totally agree with you--reworking instead of giving up was still a big win. I, too, go to my Happy Place while on the machines but get intimidated with the weights. The ladies in the gym last night were terrifyingly fit but I think I'm going to make a point tonight to go again. My side-quest: pick up heavy things, put them back down. I have a routine I used during deployment that is super-effective, so I'll either complete that or max out, depending how out of shape I've gotten.

 

SIDE QUEST 1: Deployment Workout, Day 1

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Ballroom dance is awesome! International? American? Favorite Dance? ALL THE QUESTIONS! (competed at one point of my life)

 

It sounds like you've had a challenging start, but awesome results from it! Keep it up! I look forward to reading as the challenge goes on!

 

My favorite was Viennese waltz (the elbow length gloves, sparkly jewelry, spins, other princessey attributes), but I learned rumba, salsa, foxtrot (ugh, love it so much), and a wee bit of polka--which is surprisingly exhausting! I was nowhere near competition level but I LOVED it. I'm American, by the way. I'm not sure if you were talking about a form of dance or my nationality. O.o

 

I quit dancing because the lessons are super expensive and I was getting married. Weddings, even when done with care to thrift, are a dastardly expensive party. 

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