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  2. sarakingdom

    Sara Kingdom Wears the Lilac

    Week 0 Day 6 "Do the job that's in front of you." Get groceries Clean for ten minutes Put away the dry dishes for ten minutes Dishes for ten minutes Take everything unidentifiable out of the freezer Trim houseplants Start setting up home irrigation system for houseplants Make dinner 1 Make dinner 2
  3. Adam_Backhouse

    Adam sneaks into the Warriors quietly.....

    ....this way maybe no one will notice. The recent round of challenges was my first and I loved the accountability and support. But there was a nice comfy newbie group for that! So now I will be brave and say that I am a warrior and I am training to be strong and powerful. I joined NF back in August and have enjoyed the support. It’s a great place to be. My main reason for joining was to try and bulk up with a bit of muscle (having tried in vain for 10 years). I put on a few kilos but life took over in January with the birth of my son. Definitely feel stronger and slightly more muscular than last summer but have also put on some fat. Some of the trousers are getting a bit tight! So this challenge will focus on trying to cut some fat back without losing the tiny bit of muscle I’ve worked so hard to gain! Challenge 1 - nutrition Track food every day and stay close to recommendation by MyFitnessPal 90% (2.8 days where I can miss this?!) of the time. I will check progress 2 weeks in and see if I need to adjust this to meet my goals. Challenge 2 - nutrition Keep an eye on protein intake. We are trying to eat a bit more vegetarian fare and have cut out meat 2 or 3 days a week now. I’ll probably need to supplement my diet with the odd protein shake. Challenge 3 - fitness I have a few days off coming up which makes working out a challenge (my gym is in the school I work at). I need to prioritise strength training. A - Minimum 2 x week barbell training B - Aim for 6 extra fitness sessions over the course of the challenge. C - Post a few form videos to get feedback (I guess there is somewhere on this forum for that - investigate this too!) Challenge 4 - life We moved to Germany a few years ago but work and socialise exclusively in English. (In other words, my German suuuuucks!) This will not be good for my kids’ language learning. It’s also not good that we are not integrating with locals. Make a start by gaining at least 200xp/week on Duolingo.
  4. Miaulin

    Salinger's twenty second challenge!

    *sends hugs* all i really have to offer on this subject is allllll the love and respect and well-wishings for you while you explore this!
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  6. Mae45

    Snarky Tests her “If I could”s

    Oh! that's not a bad idea. I might have to roam through my stuff to find some puzzle books. I think I also have some coloring books a friend gave me awhile back. That could also be another suggestion.
  7. Akura

    Akura collects XP in Orsterra

    Probably, yes. Right after brushing my teeth I do my morning movement routine. I think I can allocate a few minutes afterwards for breathing. But what I actually want is to do the exercises several times throughout the day. Guess I should try a timer that goes off every now and then... ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ophilia's Quest - Breathing: XP: Did a few breathing exercises, but not enough to be satisfied. Cyrus' Quest - Studying game dev: +1 XP: ||||| Worked more on my puzzle game AI. Took e much effort and time than I wanted to invest today... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Tressa's Quest - Budgeting: XP: || No money expenses means... what? If I have no opportunity to screw up, do I get a point for not screwing up...? Olberic's Quest - Working out: +1 XP: ||| Light workout plus running. Was quite winded during the run and my heart rate was pretty high overall. Primrose's Quest - Fiancée effort: XP: || ... Alfyn's Quest - Eating well: +1 XP: || Planned to eat 2003 kcal which I would have counted as a win anyway. But then my fiancée forgot to put spinach into the pasta we had for supper. So, below 2000 kcal! Therion's Quest - Guitar: +1 XP: |||| Trying to learn Hard to Concentrate form the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It's so gorram fast!!! H'annit's Quest - Moving: XP: || ... --------------------------- Week zero was okay. But I need to put more effort into my diet and my breathing exercises.
  8. Rookie

    Rookie Takes Aim

    Feeling inspired from a certain Flea, I picked up my Mari Kondo book and was reading it a bit then jumped into a clothing purge. Problem is I like a lot of my clothes lol. So I only was able to get rid of 1 bag full so far. And some of the stuff I'm getting rid of I actually do like but I'm giving everything to my friend first and I know she could use certain items. I told her whatever she doesn't want she can either try to sell or donate. As I was putting away my keep clothes I thinned them out a bit more. Mainly because I honestly don't have any bedroom storage. Between my boyfriend and I, we have 1 small dresser and a small closet. So frustrating.
  9. Rookie

    Wobbegong: A Creature of Habit

    Yesssssssss ... Usually the new episode is out today but this one isn't out until Wednesday ... Ugh.. the heck... Ugh lol
  10. Devout_Haruhiist

    Introduction and Questions

    Hi there! My name is Joe. I (obviously) just joined these forums and wanted to introduce myself. I am 30 years old and work an office job. I started working out (mostly strength training, have always been below average in strength and weight) maybe 3 years ago but only got more serious about it in the last few months. The first few years were more to build the habit of going to the gym. I normally work with a personal trainer and don't really have anyone else in my life to talk to about fitness successes and challenges, so I was hoping to find that here. I am notoriously bad at being active on forums or any kind of online social platform, but that is something I would also like to get better at. My biggest challenges are definitely nutrition (eating enough) and psychological struggles (e.g. having a self image of being weak and giving up on an exercise mentally before physically). This site looks really promising and I hope to find more motivation here as well as help others. There is a lot here though! Just looking through I probably saw at least 10 threads that said "read this first" and am very confused, haha. Any guidance would be appreciated. I already have a work out routine I like, so most of what I am looking for is a place for more interaction, accountability, and celebrating of each other's successes and progress. Thanks!
  11. zenLara

    New Rules - Deffy #51

    You've been summoned, oh mighty titty wizard. I patiently await to hear your wise voice.
  12. fleaball

    Flea Learns How to Human

    “Hey Dad, was [giant heavy thing in the cellar] always [in this clearly described position]? I think it moved so that might’ve been it.” ”It’s been like that for years! How did you not notice???” ”k. Never mind.” 15 minutes later... ”so I went down to the cellar and that thing did move but idk how.” Still waiting on that apology.
  13. SHINY & EXCITING NEW CHALLENGE INTRO:  Haven't managed to make a challenge stick much this year to date. Once-successful habits eroding. Healthy lifestyle, crumbling. New challenge cycle imminent, and therefore a righteous time to respawn... again. Thank goodness lifestyles can be treated like a video game, or I've got 3 of 9 cat lives left on the line, depending on your perspective. So last challenge, , was marginally successful by Rurik Harrgath standards, but subsequent attempts to reboot through that challenge-turned-Battle Log failed to launch, and I haven't been treated myself well since - or, again depending on your outlook, I've maybe been treating myself too well. Every time Sir Tanktimus the Valiant posts in any of the Nerd Fitness Facebook groups I frequent, a pang of guilt and disappointment compels me to post a challenge and I'm finally answering that call with a fresh start. I can't promise optimism overflowing with enthusiastic motivation or guaranteed success or even the shenanigans of old, but I can offer the inspiration behind a rough and tumble, been there & done that, devil-may-care comeback story that's been tempered by reality's rollercoaster. Starting weight baseline: 212 lbs [Dec 23/18] CrossFit Skill Metrics: CrossFit Levels HEMORRHAGING AWESOME ALL OVER THE DAMN PLACE "A delicate balancing act of fuel and activity." [+2 STR, DEX, STA, CON] The Mindful Art of Nutritional Alchemy™: ☐ 4 CrossFit classes per week: ☐☐☐☐ [Challenge Total: ☐☐☐☐] ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE "Dump Statting Charisma until I’m an Extrovert.” [+5 CHA] Engage in 4 sessions of exceptionally positive Self-Care per week: ☐☐☐☐ An Advanced Social Networking™ activity once weekly: ☐ New “Gymtroductions” completed: [Total: 0 ] A CHAOTIC APPROACH MAKES FOR SPECTACULAR RESULTS The Self-Improvement Junkie. [+2 WIS] Post a daily challenge update 3 of 7 days/week: ☐☐☐ Ongoing To-Do mini-quests… ☐ Read: [In Progress] Overkill by Ted Bell. ☐ Currency: [0g] Ongoing clutter purge for ??? and $$$. ☐ Sanctum: Finish concrete countertops. ☐ Sanctum: Paint laundry room. ☐ Sanctum: Baseboards in Den, Guest and Laundry rooms. CHALLENGE INSPIRATION: Relatively fresh from a Girl in the Spider's Web viewing which has me feeling the Ducati Spirit, in turn driving me down a rabbit hole that will hopefully see my lumbering, clunky Harley-Davidson 883 eventually replaced by either a Ducati Scrambler or preferably a BMW R nineT in the cosmic near future. That also calls to mind a video I once saw of retired CrossFit phenom Jason Khalipa speaking about turning your body's engine into a Ferrari, referencing an athlete's training for comfort exercising or working at that 80-90% of capacity without redlining and crashing. Just like my Harley-Davidson, I've become a little too lumbering & clunky myself lately, so instead of downshifting further we're dropping the clutch and dumping the throttle full into a new Sleek & Sexy 6th Gear to find that elusive mojo again. The barbarian who selfishly sold his soul as a mercenary, the mercenary who fell to the void and became a demon hunter, and the demon hunter who returned from the darkness to live like a scoundrel is back; a Raven tattoo is notably visible from beneath the sleeve of his Lululemon metal vent tech t-shirt - a symbol of foreboding darkness, but also absolute freedom on dark wings and wisdom beyond learned reality. Once more into the breach, dear friends. It's Magnificent Bastard™ dialed it up to Mother Fucker again... I hope.
  14. But I didn't eat them with moderation, I ate two thirds of a packet in one go. And I keep thinking about them now that they're gone :/
  15. fleaball

    Flea Learns How to Human

    Also I am too goddamn fat for it to be 85F right now.
  16. fleaball

    Flea Learns How to Human

    I had an absolutely miserable time trying to fall asleep, and then I was woken up early by some kind of massive bang/crash that sounded like it was right behind my head. The cats both reacted to it, my father heard it downstairs, it definitely came from inside the house. Except I looked everywhere and nothing is out of place. So that’s fun. I’ll get back to you all later. Have a ton of stuff to do now that I’m up.
  17. scalyfreak

    RedStone Holds the Door

    Wait. Does the split door mean two ovens? Because that is sooo worth it. Get that one. You can thank me later.
  18. sarakingdom

    Toshimi Battles the Weasels

    I'm really glad you buy-in from the hubby! That makes a big difference.
  19. Whisper

    Flea Learns How to Human

    I've been doing that to myself lately. I'm a worse packrat than I thought and when I was rushed out of my last place, full boxes of junk mail went with me! And sooooooo much sheet music! Purging it is good.
  20. sarakingdom

    Sara Kingdom Wears the Lilac

    Yep, I think it's a very different book without some basic understanding of the story and characters up till then. It's pretty oblique, even for people well up on their Discworld.
  21. Toshimi

    Toshimi Battles the Weasels

    so far this weekend is going great. Talked to Hubby about cleaning challenge on here, seems like he's on board. the 10 mins a day seems more manageable I think for both of us. I'm glad we have the extra day off this weekend to try and get ahead some. The rain we're supposed to get today will help us stay in doors and get things done. We got quite a bit done yesterday on finishing up one of the rooms in the house. I think with another 20 mins we'll have it done. Then I'm planning on getting our bedroom done as well (the last place we have boxes from the move at this point) For now enjoying tea and and relaxing before getting the day started
  22. Gibsorz

    Umm... Hi?

    Yes that sounds sensible. I would probably do the 3rd set to failure on the pull ups, then finish off with the negatives, instead of replacing the whole set with negatives. Limiting the first 2 to 5 also makes sense. If you are failing on every set (is completing 6, but tried for the 7th and couldn't) that is a pretty normal decrease in reps. Fitness, like honour, is never bestowed but earned through blood, sweat and sacrifice
  23. UnquietBones

    UnquietBones starts moving pebbles

    Last challenge went surprisingly well! I may not have posted to the forums as much as I would have liked, but I have found myself being a lot more mindful about what I'm doing and trying to unravel the reasons why I have the habits I do... and ways to change them. Which means this challenge is time to start moving again! I was looking at all the bodyweight exercises (from walking to weightlifting) and making plans... and thanks to the last challenge I was able to STOP and THINK. I am not at a point yet where I can do much of anything assassin-y. It's been a long road to get to the out-of-shape-ness that I am in now and I know I need to climb back up just as slowly. So I'm not committing to walking miles or doing exercises, I'm committing to housework. I'm committing to walking up and down stairs to do laundry and declutter. I'm committing to vacuuming and mopping. Carrying boxes and doing yardwork (sweeping, mowing, weeding, building/repairing, etc.). I'll be decluttering my house and my mind and my life and getting to the point where I can commit to 'real' exercise. Wax on. Wax off. In between, I'm also hoping to get out on some longer doggie walks (there a nice three-mile trail Bucket loves to go on) and other such adventuring, but that will be the exception, not the norm. I look forward to reading everyone else's adventures and being social during my Pomodoro breaks!
  24. Whisper

    Whisper Grows Up, Cuts the Crap and Learns to Sleep!

    Church is over and I am in a better place, but confronted by two competing facts. 1. I need a Sabbath 2. It is going to rain tomorrow, and I don't yet have the storage unit in a state where I can do all the work I need to do with everything inside of it. I am seriously burned out right now. I worked 6 10s week before last and spent all of last Sunday (after Church) shopping, cooking and cleaning. I worked 5 10s last week and spent yesterday moving furniture and sorting boxes. Rest is a real need right now. But then there is that damn rain. Normally I love rain. In fact, some variation of that is usually my work password. But we've been getting a lot of it lately, and I have to take boxes out of the storage unit to have enough space to sort through all the shit in there. So do I rest today and risk the rain tomorrow, or do I work today in the hope of reaching a point where rain isn't such a problem and I can keep working on it after work during the next week and try and rest some tomorrow?
  25. RedStone

    RedStone Holds the Door

    Well, things continue to snowball and I'm surprisingly calm about it all! Maybe all the extra hold time helped normalize it. We ordered the new bed yesterday and I'm hoping we can get the rooms painted before it's delivered, but whatever. Coolest thing is that thanks to the sales, I convinced Mr Red to get the platform that adjusts at the head and feet - everyone is joking about us getting the "old people" bed, but lets face it. It's good for anyone with a spine. It's too bad we tend to wait until we're in pain to take action against it! Appliances - we went to a few places this weekend and basically picked out what we want but don't feel comfortable pulling the trigger until we know for sure that we can run a gas line. Fortunately I was able to get an appointment before the sale ends! We're narrowed down to this oven and this one. Mr Red isn't convinced that the split door is worth the extra mazoola, and I can't seem to find any other differences between them. Please feel free to weigh in on one or the other! The fridge is pretty straight forward since we have a pretty strict (and small) space to deal with. Really the only reason to swap out what's there is to get all the appliances matching and add a bit to the resale value while we're doing reno anyway. If the gas line falls through for some reason we won't bother replacing either right now. I decided I want to plant a little something on closing day, along with our pizza and champagne plans, maybe a little sunflower or something if anyone has any ideas for bringing a little positive energy to the garden! (I'm really not into planting rocks or personalized stepping stones) I also ordered a little surprise for Mr Red - a little home security to watch over it before we officially move in
  26. Thanks Ghost! I'm pretty far off on them all. Bench I'm at 68kg Squat I haven't tested, I'm at least body weight 85kg. Pullups I'm at 6 Pushups 12 Sit ups 35 My run is 13 minutes. These are pretty much my base level of fitness, since I haven't hit the gym, or tracked any fitness activities with any regularity since 2012. I think the hardest one for me to reach will be the pushups goal. I don't think I've ever broken 40. I'm starting off slow, SL5x5 but going to add 10 lbs a workout until I reach struggle weights since I've got form down pat. Not going to pick up any tracked cardio or intensity until I've done 12 weeks of SL5x5. 12 weeks of that will give my muscles the experience they need to know we are back into lifting at which point hopefully I've met my 1RM goals. Then at the end of the summer, while maintaining my 1RM goals, I'll be able to work on my endurance. The most important thing for me will be building that habit. I don't want to overdo it with too much too soon. I've done that before and fell off the wagon within a month. I'm hoping that if I take it slow, and see progress from my eating habits, I will be able to form a lasting habit of wellness.
  27. PinkNinja

    Routine or Bust

    Not counting this holiday weekend, I've gotten much better about going to bed on time. I've stopped drinking caffeine after 5, and have reduced my caffeine intake throughout the day. I need to get off soda entirely again, but one step at a time. Working puzzles in bed at night has been nice. My sister was like "Ooh! THere's a logic puzzle app! You should get it" I had to explain to her that defeated the purpose. So she bought me a logic puzzle book. When I've worked most of it, I'm going to order that cool one. I haven't followed that routine exactly, but I do get ready for the next day and get ready for bed. Turtle is getting into the routine, too. When I start getting ready for bed, he runs to the door so I can put him out for a bit. I'm calling this a success. Finally!
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