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I will be spending a week and a half travelling this month, "camping" (in a cabin) at Free Spirit Gathering  in Maryland. Given that, I am keeping things simple. 

 

Food: same as last challenge. Two big meat+veg meals per day. Any other meals/snacks in addition to that are fine. Eat when hungry. Don't be neurotic about it. 

Fitness: strenuous and/or skilled full body activitied, for a cumulative 10 minutes a day. 

Health: a cumulative 10 minutes each day of some kind of mental health or general well-being promoting activity, aside from exercise. 

Life: same as last challenge. Make task list every evening and use the list during the day. 

Making the list every evening is 80% solid habit. So for this month -

  • Half credit each day for for USING THE LIST: Before moving on to a new task, check the list. If I get a new task, or think of one, add it to the list. Don't do tasks not on the list. Don't do low-priority items before high-priority ones, unless there is a really good reason.
  • Half credit for RESTRICTING RECREATIONAL COMPUTER TIME until the key tasks are done. I don't have a strategy or hard limit on this yet. I'm still working on it. So I get credit if I actively used any plausible strategy to attempt to limit getting sidetracked by Nerd Fitness, Faceboook, email, etc. No credit for strategies that are known to be unreliable or ineffective, regardless of how well-intentioned or confident I am, or even if (wonder of wonders) they actually worked. 

Assassin's Mini: full participation, details to be determined once we know what it is. 

 

Scoring is the same as last challenge. Each day is scored as full or half credit. For each week,  A=6/7, B=5/7, C=4/7, D=3/7. Epic Quest points are 20 each for at least a B average in a category, 10 for a C, 5 for a D. 

 

PREVIOUS CHALLENGES:
1. Weasel Gets Things Done Nov-Dec 2015
Eat more protein, veggies, and whole grains (B+). Sleep Routine (A). "Primal Fitness Blueprint" (A++). Laundry! (A++). Order of the Stick (Success!)
2. Return of the Weasel : Consistency! Jan 2016
Handstands (A), Kettlebells - Pavel's "Simple & Sinister" (A-), Daily Routine (A), Ukulele! (C ) Assasnins Mini - Portal Experiments
3. Weasel Takes this Show on the Road! Feb 2016
Continue Simple & Sinister kettlebell routine. (D. Injury.) Track sleep schedule (A). Make a diet plan (A). Write on spirituality blog. (F) Assassins Mini - Jedi v Sith part 1

4. Sith-Weasel's Road Trip Continues Mach 2016

Daily fitness activity (D) Responsible Adult Meals (A++), Hydration (C ), Tasks & Check-in (D). (Travel is hard on routines!) Assassins Mini - Jedi v Sith part 2

5. Weasel Keeps it Simple & Something April 2015

Kettlebelling (F) Healthy Meals (B-) Help partner (C) Task List (B-) Assassins Mini - Final Fantasy

6. Eat When Hungry, etc. May 2016

Eat when hungry. (A) Sleep when tired. (C-) Move every morning. (C) Work when Work needs Doing. (A+) Assassins Mini - Heros & Villans (C+)

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I'll keep a list here of what activities count or do not count as fitness or general health activities, so I don't get lazy and decide that taking a crap counts as a core workout. (This is why they call me a weasel.)

 

Fitness- strenuous and/or skilled FULL BODY activities. 

Jogging (at least a 50/50 run/walk ratio)

Any strength training

MovNat drills, any climbing or balancing work

Serious yoga - focus, breathing, etc.

Any kettlebelling at all, including non-strenuous drills.

Hauling heavy things around.

 

These do not count as strenuous or skilled activities:

Walking, even through rough trails/etc.

passive stretching or lazy yoga or general mobility drills.

spackling or other general construction 

Assembling obstacles or other fitness equipment.

 

Health: any high-quality mental health or general well-being promoting activity, aside from exercise.

Stretching, meditation, violin practice, prayer, massage, time in the woods, sex.

Qi gong, tai chi, etc.

cleaning/improving my room (but not the rest of the house)

 

I'm not counting as "Health" activities:

general chores, studying, computer games, logic puzzles, reading, socializing, or any routine ADLs. 

cooking, eating, etc

 

Also! Watching youtube videos about an activity, compiling notes, tracking, etc. does not count as doing that activity.

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Week zero is a rest-and-reset week. Not a "eat like an asshole and lay around like a slug" week, but a week to get a sense of my intrinsic motivation for healthy behaviors. Eat reasonably healthy, and stay active,  but no specific goals aside from the always mandatory daily task list. 

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Just now, Darth Yoga said:

Week zero is a rest-and-reset week. Not a "eat like an asshole and lay around like a slug" week, but a week to get a sense of my intrinsic motivation for healthy behaviors. Eat reasonably healthy, and stay active,  but no specific goals aside from the always mandatory daily task list. 

 

I don't know why, but this made me laugh and laugh. You know those assholes. They just can't stop eating.

 

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Travel plans! 

My partner, Raven Kaldera, is running a bunch of classes and rituals at the Free Spirit Gathering in Maryland, and I am teaching morning yoga. I  am a big fan of minimalist camping, but this'll be the complete opposite. Beds, showers, electricity, etc. While we don't need a tent to sleep in, with Raven's weird diet he can't eat at the camp kitchen, so we'll be bringing a ridiculously elaborate kitchen setup. (Okay, moderate by SCA or Burning Man standards, but ridiculous for pretty much anyone else.) That'll be a bit of a hassle, but the camp has a small, semi-abandoned rope obstacle course out in the woods, and I am looking forward to that. 

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I also just saw that your forum title is "Legitimate Data Point" and I am literally dying.

 

Literally. Call the paramedics.

 

lol jk simmons j jonah jameson memes amused

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1 hour ago, Pavowski said:

I also just saw that your forum title is "Legitimate Data Point" and I am literally dying.

 

Literally. Call the paramedics.

 

lol jk simmons j jonah jameson memes amused

 

That came around about 2 challenges ago now? Possibly more, and it makes me giggle when I see it :P This is what happens when you get noticed by the GLs

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Following along again! :) 

 

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1 hour ago, Jonesy said:

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It has been ages since I have gone camping for real, which is ridiculous, because I have tons of opportunities. I even made myself a little lightweight camping hammock with a bug net. 

 

It has been on my mind, because I just randomly came across some wilderness camping videos that unexpectedly are starring a friend/colleague of my partner. (I was like, "HEY! I recognize her!! OMG!") So I was watching them, mostly because it has been ages since we've seen her, and I wanted to catch up on what she's doing, but it definitely got me thinking about why I haven't been camping in so long. She's the sort who runs ultramarathons in the alps, and sleeps in a little pile of leaves under a tiny rain fly.

 

Meanwhile, last time I went camping with Raven in any kind of a tent, we brought a queen sized futon and a bed frame. At least with Raven's new ultra-low-carb diet, I won't be bringing the bread machine.

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Also - SUPER EXCITING NEWS!!

 

Raven has agreed I can sign up for a Nerd Fitness Academy membership, on the condition that during the 60 day money-back trial period, I seriously evaluate whether this is going to provide something of real value that I can't do on my own.

 

Honestly, I'm not sure it is a good fit for me, but after Steve's latest announcement, I am super curious about it. I have to at least check it out and give it a try, even it if turns out to be not my thing. I have sort of mixed feelings about being told exactly what i should do.

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3 minutes ago, Darth Yoga said:

Meanwhile, last time I went camping with Raven in any kind of a tent, we brought a queen sized futon and a bed frame. At least with Raven's new ultra-low-carb diet, I won't be bringing the bread machine.

 

Haha sounds like my kind of camping! I love the idea of camping like your friend but I could never do it. 

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3 hours ago, Darth Yoga said:

Raven has agreed I can sign up for a Nerd Fitness Academy membership, on the condition that during the 60 day money-back trial period, I seriously evaluate whether this is going to provide something of real value that I can't do on my own.

 

Okay, that was a short experiment. I signed up. I checked out all the workouts and the boss battles and the diet goals and so forth. They've done an awesome job with it, but it is definitely not for me. I'm already as far into the diet progression as I have any interest in being, and I'm not interested in doing paleo or low carb. I love their benchmarking system, but I tested into the second highest workout level without much effort. Mostly I spent two hours checking off boxes, saying, "Yup, been doing that for a long while now. Yup, don't do that anymore." etc. 

 

It is all very well set up, but more of a newbie thing, and besides, I think I just prefer setting my own goals. But for a newbie who was lost as to what to do? If they are at all interested in gamification, this would be the best $100 investment I can think of that they could make in their health.

 

But I wanted to evaluate it first hand. I have satisfied my curiosity. I've made a note of what their diet levels and boss battles are, in case I'm ever curious again, but I don't anticipate it. I'm just going to keep plugging away at what I am doing.

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How easy is it to get your money back?

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Was just having a conversation about this earlier today and wondered exactly all of this. I'm not exactly at beginner level but was just so on the fence. Think now I'll possibly just stick to the forums and challenges as they've worked really well [emoji2]

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Wondering the same thing!

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I think The NF Academy does an awesome job at what it does. It just isn't a good fit for me personally. I can think of some folks I know who it'd be a great fit for though, and I'll probably suggest it to them, the next time they express any readiness to make some positive changes in their health.

 

Their diet progression is actually extremely well done if you want to go in a paleo-ish direction. But I'm not, and my diet is already pretty damn clean 80% of the time. That just isn't a direction I am interested in going. And besides, my food goals have to be things I WILL eat, not things I WON'T eat, or I just won't eat. Also, lots of recipes and basic food prep information. (I can cook. I just don't like to.)

 

The Academy would also would be great for someone who needs some prompting to get out and explore what kind of physical activities appeal to them, who is stuck on thinking the only thing they can do to get fit is loathsome cardio and weight machines. There is a lot of trying new things, and expanding your concept of "exercise" to find activities you actually enjoy. 

 

It provides a LOT of information and hand-holding for the basic processes of habit change and goal setting. That is awesome. I am so thrilled they have that, because it is a component that gets ignored in pretty much every other fitness/diet program. But I'm pretty much all set there. 

 

For the workouts, to give a sense of difficulty level - I said yes to all but one of the questions on their initial fitness benchmarks quiz. I placed in level 6 out of 7, because I can do 10 consecutive lunges, 1 pistol, 3 pushups, and 3 chinups, and I have tried using dumbbells, barbells, and kettlebells. 

 

The workouts they had seemed good, with both bodyweight and gym options, but it is very much for someone who wants to be given a very clear plan they can follow step by step. That isn't me. 

 

As far as I know, to cancel you just have to email them and ask. I'll let you know if there is any hassle with it, but that would really surprise me.

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Thanks for the in depth info! It sounds so appealing but I feel I would (surprisingly) not be the best candidate. They did make a point to say it was geared to basically tell you exactly what to do every step of the way, which in itself is pretty appealing to me when I am near too busy to make my own scheduled plan (still no clue what I'll be doing after my 12 week recovery workouts are done), but I'm still always so leery of dedicating the money to it cause I'm hard headed and $100 is $100 lol. Kudos though to being able to look at it and say "hey, I have outpaced this!"

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In other news - after slogging through low-grade chemical depression (and occasionally not-so-low grade) for the past two months, I woke up yesterday, and felt normal again. I feel fine. Not depressed at all. Likewise today. WTF brain chemicals!? It is so frustrating, because part of me still holds on to the idea that the depression is due primarily to psychological factors, or it is just my temperament, or my life is just really stressful. Something. But it comes and goes, seemingly at random. I can't think of a single thing that changed between Monday and Tuesday. Usually it is more gradual than that. On Monday I was discussing plans with my partner for how I am going to cope with our upcoming trip if the depression gets worse. On Tuesday I am fine. I've got plenty of energy. Normal tasks aren't a crushing grind. Plans for the future aren't veiled in despair.

 

Okay then. Just roll with it. It is like the weather.

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Following!! I could just copy the first few posts of this and make them my own challenge (except I'm not going "camping", though it sounds really nice). I like how seemingly simple you've set up your goals but ther's still lot sof wiggle room for when life happens. Not too much wiggle room, though ;)

 

On 7.6.2016 at 2:42 PM, Darth Yoga said:

Also! Watching youtube videos about an activity, compiling notes, tracking, etc. does not count as doing that activity.

 

On 7.6.2016 at 2:42 PM, Darth Yoga said:

Week zero is a rest-and-reset week. Not a "eat like an asshole and lay around like a slug" week, but a week to get a sense of my intrinsic motivation for healthy behaviors. Eat reasonably healthy, and stay active,  but no specific goals aside from the always mandatory daily task list. 

That's totally me :D

 

On 7.6.2016 at 8:55 PM, Darth Yoga said:

Also - SUPER EXCITING NEWS!!

 

Raven has agreed I can sign up for a Nerd Fitness Academy membership, on the condition that during the 60 day money-back trial period, I seriously evaluate whether this is going to provide something of real value that I can't do on my own.

 

Honestly, I'm not sure it is a good fit for me, but after Steve's latest announcement, I am super curious about it. I have to at least check it out and give it a try, even it if turns out to be not my thing. I have sort of mixed feelings about being told exactly what i should do.

And one more thing we have in common - I just signed up, too. I don't have access yet, though. I'm glad that unsubscribing is so easy. I'm not worried that I'll have outgrown their program (congrats, btw!) but that it won't be adaptable enough for me. There's several things I don't want to / can not do (due to weak knees and weak doorframes) so I'm not sure how much I could benefit from their workouts. I'm really interested in their quest system though. I've tried creating my own (via habitica and stuff like that) but always feel that I don't take it seriously enough if I've set it up for myself. Don't know, my brain is weird like that. Having a list of new things to try and challenge myself with sounds like a good plan. We'll see.

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New sandals! 

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I hate wearing shoes, in general, but I don't like getting stabbed in the feet either. The path out into my woods is gravel in places, and ouch, my bare feet can't handle much of that. My quest for minimalist shoes has been going on for some time. My criteria:

  • Not too expensive. 
  • Not goofy looking - nothing that random people are going to constantly ask me about!
  • Moderately good traction. No worse than average sneakers.
  • Thin sole with good ground feel. Little or no padding, zero drop, just a little protection from stabby things
  • Don't interfere with movement, fall off, get caught on stuff, slip when twisting on the balls of my feet, etc.
  • Comfortable overall.
  • No knots/buckles/straps that seriously dig into the tops/sides of my feet when kneeling or sitting on the ground
  • Good durability
  • do not crush or restrict my toes
  • easy to slip on and off

For the summer, I wanted sandals. I've made my own, with limited success, and my latest attempt is this kit from Xero Shoes. My partner bought them for me, under the condition that I lace them with leather thong, rather than "ugly ass nylon cord". I got the thicker soles, in the hopes they would look substantial enough to pass as normal sandals at casual professional stuff. (While they are actually extremely sturdy, in pictures they looked kind of flimsy, like disposable spa flip-flops.) Anyway, I laced them extra fancy, as shown, and my partner says they are "very cute" and I can wear them when I work at events with him. YAY! (With the nylon cord, it was "Oh god no. Put on some real shoes!") This was the kit:

 

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The kit was $30, and arrived in three days. They are a good deal stiffer and heavier than I thought. Still flexible, and about 5oz for the pair, but I was expecting them to be much floppier. No worries about them looking flimsy, and in hindsight, I probably could have gotten the thinner ones. (Not 100% sure though, so these were still a good call.) 

 

They are unfortunately way too wide for my feet, so I've trimmed almost half an inch off the front part of the outside edge, but clearly I need to trim them more. (Narrow feet!) When I've made my own in this style, with thinner material, the sides bend up to hug the foot. The material on these is stiff enough that they stay pretty flat, so I'm going to have to cut close to half an inch off the entire outside edge (and at least a quarter inch off the front) and punch a new hole. As they are now, the extra width lets them slip around too much, even when tied uncomfortably tightly, and the extra sole sticking out the sides gets hung up on things. 

 

The material is VERY DURABLE - they say they are "guaranteed for 5000 miles" - but that means they are a bitch to cut, and even harder to sand the edge smooth. (I asked customer service - they said they use a belt sander. Thankfully, I have one.) I'm probably fussier than necessary about making them nice and smooth, but I really don't want them to look too obviously homemade.

 

There are endless ways to lace huaraches, but many of them involve a knot right on top of the foot, which makes it ridiculously uncomfortable for me to sit on my heels. That is a deal-breaker for me. I also needed something that made them look more like sandals and less like flip flops. The leather thong is higher traction than nylon cord, and the woven bit stays far enough forward of the highest part of my foot that it doesn't dig in when I sit on my heels. Not as comfortable as the nylon cord, but I think once I get them cut to the right size and adjust the tension, they will be fairly comfortable and secure enough for trail running and so forth.

 

I do kind of want a pair of the thinner soles, to lace more simply with "ugly" nylon cord. Maybe next summer.

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I love the way you laced them up, your partner is right, very cute. :) 

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Now I have to ask my hubby if I can I get my own pair of these? LOL

I live in my vibrams in the summer but sometimes I don't event want that much on my feet. And barefoot leads to grubby feet and stabbed bits.

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