Fitocracy Catch-All

I think I'll be one of the hordes of people returning to this after New Years.

I'm realizing that being away from exercise has completely messed up my sleeping schedule. I'm naturally a night owl, but when I was working out regularly this summer I tended to go to bed and get in to work at a reasonable hour. Things have been slipping later and later. While that's been great for my gaming time, it's not been so good for my mental health and productivity. That's motivation enough to get back on the horse as soon as possible and stay on for a while.

Interesting fact I just discovered. Shovelling is an activity on Fitocracy.

I've just kicked off the New Years Resolution Accountability Challenge for Team GWJ on Fitocracy.

You've got a week and a bit to sign up. The challenge runs for a month, from Jan 14 thru Valentines Day. Take your holiday flab and turn it into Valentines' sexy!

Jonman wrote:

I've just kicked off the New Years Resolution Accountability Challenge for Team GWJ on Fitocracy.

You've got a week and a bit to sign up. The challenge runs for a month, from Jan 14 thru Valentines Day. Take your holiday flab and turn it into Valentines' sexy!

Joined! Thanks for setting this up, it'll be fun!

Jonman wrote:

I've just kicked off the New Years Resolution Accountability Challenge for Team GWJ on Fitocracy.

You've got a week and a bit to sign up. The challenge runs for a month, from Jan 14 thru Valentines Day. Take your holiday flab and turn it into Valentines' sexy!

Nice one. I'm in.

Jonman wrote:

I've just kicked off the New Years Resolution Accountability Challenge for Team GWJ on Fitocracy.

You've got a week and a bit to sign up. The challenge runs for a month, from Jan 14 thru Valentines Day. Take your holiday flab and turn it into Valentines' sexy!

I'm in too! All this physicality at work is making returning to 'other' forms of exertion a reality.

For someone who had all but given up on 'moving in any other way other than functional' after my motorcycle accident 5 years ago, you guys, this thread, and that app have given me the motivation and focus I needed to try and take it 'up a notch'.

Time to set up my sit-up bench, and attempt the 100 push-up challenge too. Might do it in 5 lots of 20 so I can get my eldest to count them out for me. She starts pre-school in a little over a month, and needs to work on her rote learned 1->20. Motivation for me, practice for her. Winning all 'round. /tigerblood

Just joined. I know you are all going to be very far ahead of me, but that's what getting back into shape after a baby (and c-section) in mid-October means. You know what sucks? Having been in outstanding shape through my 30's, and having to regain it after 2 babies in my mid-40's. Still, this will be a great motivator.

concentric wrote:

Just joined. I know you are all going to be very far ahead of me, but that's what getting back into shape after a baby (and c-section) in mid-October means. You know what sucks? Having been in outstanding shape through my 30's, and having to regain it after 2 babies in my mid-40's. Still, this will be a great motivator.

Straight into Jonman's challenge too...nice!

Ugh, I no longer have the choice to wait for the Android app. I have become a disgusting fat body who can't even fit into his normal dress pants. I tried to knock out some pull-ups in an attempt too make myself feel better and I could only knock out a few (a sad decline from the days when the goal was always 20 dead hangs).

Joined the group and the challenge.

I just went through the GWJ list and friended familiar names/avatars. I'm Oso there as well, so add me as a friend if you'd like.

I'm in for the challenge. I am hoping to be over my stupid bronchitis before the 14th, as breathing is helpful when exercising.

I've already decided that it would be wise to skip the downhill skiing with the kids' ski club tomorrow, but I think I will attempt a walk on the treadmill and see if I can do it without having to stop to hack up a lung.

CannibalCrowley wrote:

Ugh, I no longer have the choice to wait for the Android app. I have become a disgusting fat body who can't even fit into his normal dress pants. I tried to knock out some pull-ups in an attempt too make myself feel better and I could only knock out a few (a sad decline from the days when the goal was always 20 dead hangs).

Joined the group and the challenge.

Welcome! The app is totally unnecessary. I just bring a notebook and log things later. And if you're able to do a pull-up then you're way ahead of a lot of people when they first join up. Just put in the work and good things will happen.

gravity wrote:
CannibalCrowley wrote:

Ugh, I no longer have the choice to wait for the Android app. I have become a disgusting fat body who can't even fit into his normal dress pants. I tried to knock out some pull-ups in an attempt too make myself feel better and I could only knock out a few (a sad decline from the days when the goal was always 20 dead hangs).

Joined the group and the challenge.

Welcome! The app is totally unnecessary. I just bring a notebook and log things later. And if you're able to do a pull-up then you're way ahead of a lot of people when they first join up. Just put in the work and good things will happen.

Our only internet access at home is through our phones, so an app is highly desirable for me. Especially since their site doesn't always play nice with Opera Mini or Dolphin.

The Android app has arrived. Currently waiting for it to download and install so I have no opinion on it other than it can't be worse than the mobile site.

I'm back on the horse again, though it's going to be a slow go for a bit. I'm recovering from skin excisions and biopsies on my back so all I can do is walk for now.

I too, am back on the horse this week. Man... you take a few months away from climbing and it's like rebuilding from scratch. My finger and forearm strength is gone, so I don't feel as comfy hanging off the wall, and the skin on my hands is sensitive again, so it hurts to hold on after a half hour. Must climb more and log more points!

I'm becoming less and less of a fan of the current scoring system.
1. There are a bunch of very-close-to-exploits that aren't getting fixed. The BPM/interval one seems to be the worst right now. It makes a 25m sprint score more than 500 push ups.
2. It takes no account of how tough something is for you personally to do. So, the motivation is to do things that you're good at, not things that are difficult, which is probably where you need to do the work. e.g. I can score lots more points by doing runs that are fairly easy from me than by doing weights/stretching/swimming/cycling, which are the areas where I need to do the work, and could use some extra motivation.

Cod wrote:

I'm becoming less and less of a fan of the current scoring system.
1. There are a bunch of very-close-to-exploits that aren't getting fixed. The BPM/interval one seems to be the worst right now. It makes a 25m sprint score more than 500 push ups.
2. It takes no account of how tough something is for you personally to do. So, the motivation is to do things that you're good at, not things that are difficult, which is probably where you need to do the work. e.g. I can score lots more points by doing runs that are fairly easy from me than by doing weights/stretching/swimming/cycling, which are the areas where I need to do the work, and could use some extra motivation.

The area that it's most broken is actually lifting. Yeah - there are lots of points for sprints (btw - sprint training is TOUGH) - but heavy weights are just obscene.

Just joined!

540 points for my first workout. Phew!

karmajay wrote:

540 points for my first workout. Phew!

Where the hell is the "Give Props" button here?

Gentle reminder kids - the NY Resolution Accountability Challenge kicks off on the 14th. You have a couple days to get in on it. Join the GWJ group on Fitocracy and clicky-clicky!

Ho boy. Hopefully I don't drop the ball on this. I doubt I'll win, but I want to focus on my own personal consistency.

Yeah I'm not going to be anywhere near "winning" but I hope it will get me back in the habit of logging activities every day or so.

Superbeard wrote:

Ho boy. Hopefully I don't drop the ball on this. I doubt I'll win, but I want to focus on my own personal consistency.

My experience is that it's rarely about winning, largely because you have no control over how many points the other people are scoring. If there's someone who's a big burly guy who's lifting hundreds of pounds of iron, while you're a runner, then you're immediately at a points-disadvantage simply by virtue of the intricacies of the scoring system. You'd have to dedicate much more time to running to score the same points as, lets say Miashara or EvilHomer, (who are the two big lifters of the GWJ gang that spring to mind).

That said, I've found that it's another little bump up to your motivation to maintain consistency, and that's pure fried gold.

And we all know fried gold is better than baked gold, no matter what the ads say.

clover wrote:

And we all know fried gold is better than baked gold, no matter what the ads say.

Not if you're trying to get fit, sadly.

Miashara wrote:
clover wrote:

And we all know fried gold is better than baked gold, no matter what the ads say.

Not if you're trying to get fit, sadly.

I dunno man, a gold-heavy diet would probably result in significant weight-loss

Jonman wrote:
Miashara wrote:
clover wrote:

And we all know fried gold is better than baked gold, no matter what the ads say.

Not if you're trying to get fit, sadly.

I dunno man, a gold-heavy diet would probably result in significant weight-loss :o

This is one of those times getting fit and significant weight loss are not synonymous.