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Nerd Fitness Academy!

So I did it. I joined the Nerd Fitness Academy! It was $99 for a lifetime membership, with a lifetime money-back guarantee. I've been a huge fan of Nerd Fitness for a long time now and I feel like this is a good step to get back on track, and it's ONE fee, instead of a monthly/yearly charge like others (Weight Watchers was pricey, but it worked for a short time - I have a problem with food=points systems, though. Not to mention, their food wins for World's Most Vile Chemical Shitstorm). Anyway, I'll probably be a walking billboard for Nerd Fitness, until I find its "Too Good to be True" part.

The way it works is this (and let me know if the photo doesn't show up; I'm hotlinking the image from their site):

You set up your username and Class (I'm a Warrior - heavyweight training, but there is also Ranger - crossfit, Scout - endurance, and Assassin - agility). You complete quests in 6 categories (general, academy, and the four classes, gaining extra xp within your own class). There's also mindset, nutrition, and general fitness side-quests. And a lot more (the link above has all the specs, including a video overview).

So one of my first quests, a mindset side quest, is to write a deep-seeded reason on why I dropped the money to do this. My reasons are pretty shallow.

I used to fit into these gorgeous 60s style dresses, and I could climb stairs without getting grossed out by the grinding sound of my knees (I'm 32 and my knees are shot, and it's not just because I had a few accidents in my youth). I am floating around the weight of 230lbs, and want to be back down to my adult-thinnest (160 - which, back then, I still thought was too fat, but I'm begging for that again). I was able to confidently wear a gold bikini when I played Rocky in the Rochester cast of Rocky Horror Picture Show - the fact that I sometimes borrowed a bikini from the sexiest member of the cast, and fit into it well, had me beaming with much-needed confidence. Now I wear long sleeves in the summer to hide my fat arms, I have developed under-rolls rashes and sweat, and I am sick of all my favourite dresses gathering moths in the closet (or being given away). And I am sick of plus-sized clothing models looking like they're wearing high-class garbage bags and tents. I sew, and I can't find any decent fatty-boom-batty patterns that show off my good curves.

I also want to turn some specific heads. I wasn't this big when I met a lot of my more recent friends and sweethearts (or the older ones, of course), and it seems like they used to look at me more fondly back then than they do now. I want that back. I want to feel attractive to other people, not just to myself. I don't feel unattractive when I look at myself in the mirror (unless I'm sitting in a particularly unflattering way) or when I am just out and about, or look at myself without a mirror, but when I see photos of myself, oh god why! Only two people have ever taken flattering photos of me in my whole life (myself and Voltaire). I want to be as pretty as I feel when I'm not seeing photos or video of myself.

And I really want to be able to do a pull-up, a hand-stand, climb a rope, and beat just one person in arm-wrestling! I have an embarrassing lack of arm strength, and of course, they're all jiggly-jiggly, which I also wish to fix.

I'm also hoping some extra-personal physical ailments that have deformed bits of me will be lessened when I lose enough weight, especially sagging bits, cysts, and even my endometriosis, which won't be fixed with exercise, but might be lessened.

So that's my origins story. I'm going to post my official BEFORE pictures/measurements in an edit to this post later, because many of you will have already breezed past this entry by the time I do that, hahaha!!

(also doing this has gotten me +25xp)


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Aug. 14th, 2014 06:14 pm (UTC)
Kudos for doing something ... i just can't be arsed anymore.
Aug. 15th, 2014 05:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah, I have a feeling it's going to be a mighty slow process for me, defeating the laziness of not giving a damn half the time ;)
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Aug. 15th, 2014 05:51 pm (UTC)
I'm your hero?? Just for playing Rocky ? You're so sweet! *blush* ^_^

The whole site is filled with amazing info, and really, signing up just gives you access to the game and a few extra perks not included in the general site. The plain NerdFitness (dot com) site outside the Academy is fantastic and I picked up most of my healthy habits and recipes just by perusing the site/blog, and getting the newsletter.
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Aug. 15th, 2014 12:23 am (UTC)
Ahhh this motivated me so much!
Definitely kill it! :D Get back to how you wanna be!!
Aug. 15th, 2014 05:51 pm (UTC)
I'm gonna! I hope it'll be fun :D
Aug. 15th, 2014 02:52 pm (UTC)
Wow, that looks like a fun way to do it! GOOD LUCK! It's hard, but it's totally worth doing.
Aug. 15th, 2014 05:59 pm (UTC)
It's getting rid of bread and pasta that kills me (but I'm also gluten intolerant, so it's keeping those that kills me too).
Aug. 15th, 2014 06:05 pm (UTC)
Have you tried rice cakes? While they're not bread, they do the trick for me. I have peanut butter on one for breakfast and a little meat on one for lunch.
Aug. 15th, 2014 07:56 pm (UTC)
I do like rice cakes, but I like cooked rice for breakfast better ;)
I have a half-cup (or a quarter cup) of cooked Jasmine rice with eggs for breakfast (when I have time). Or a protein peanut butter banana shake :D
Aug. 15th, 2014 10:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, rice for breakfast sounds good! I might have to try that sometime.
Aug. 15th, 2014 05:14 pm (UTC)
I think those are all good reasons for doing this! I'm actually liking this idea - I bought a fitbit which gets me super motivated and I used to use Fitocracy (fell off the bandwagon there, whoops), but this looks cool. I might have to look into it.

Looking forward to reading about your journey!
Aug. 15th, 2014 06:00 pm (UTC)
I keep meaning to check out Fitocracy!
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