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  2. Mad Hatter

    Mad Hatter retreats

    So everything's falling apart a little because I HAVE to finish this work thing by Friday, partly because I promised, but mostly for my own sanity! I've been working a lot, past my old curfew and when I've been working so much it's so easy to slip into the temptation of garbage entertainment. I really hate it.
  3. Harriet

    Harriet Presses the Advantage

    Meditated, ate mindfully. Checked with myself whether I was hungry. It has meant putting stuff in the fridge for later or throwing it out. Why does cleaning the plate feel like such an urgent necessity? I just hate putting amounts of leftovers in the fridge that are too small for anything, really. I guess that means some of my serving sizes are about 20% too big. Deadlifts at 75kg (80%) for 25 total reps. Got these in four sets woo OHP at 22.5kg (65%) for 45 total reps. Wow... I needed six sets to get through these DB bench 12.5kg Lat pull-downs 27.5kg Leg lifts and BW glute bridges
  4. Mad Hatter

    Mad Hatter retreats

    Thanks! While I think reducing low-quality distractions is great, it's a scary thing when in a funk and I feel like it could really go either way in terms of results... Maybe setting aside a portion of distraction free time would be more helpful in order to sleep better but without all the feels punching you square in the face? Ahh it's awesome you tried the grayscale thing too! But yeah, I reached the same conclusions. Indeed! After a few days without the challenge, I'm beginning to wonder if it's not better to have these strict rules as a default, but allowing myself to break them ever so often, rather than the other way around... Not sure yet, it's all confused now because of this stupid work deadline thing and I've been working rather a lot the past few days. Absolutely, I think for me it's probably even more beneficial. But I dunno - lots of people swear by it! And at least it's quick, drawing or walking takes a lot of time, so it's probably still worth doing on busy days. Absolutely! I just wish I had your energy levels. I feel like that's more of a limiting factor. Maybe it's your naps... Exactly. Small doses can be great, but it gets too much very quickly. Thanks so much! I'm so happy I stuck with it! I'm glad. To be fair, except for a very few times, it wasn't actually very difficult. I honestly think I'd struggle a lot more with less restrictive rules! For example I've tried website blockers and timers, but all it does is annoys me and makes me want to find ways of hacking them. It was much easier to say no when it wasn't an option at all.
  5. WhiteGhost

    Sara Kingdom's All's Fallow Eve Challenge

    I am going to have to agree with that Tanktimus fellow over there. The writing going on here is phenomenal
  6. Urgan


    So...the takeaway from this week is spontaneous changes to dojo schedule are tantamount to cancellations. It's always a good day when you aren't as pin-able as the black belt assumes. Often I'm just as surprised as they are when this happens.
  7. TGP

    aramis doesn't know what to (yet)

    following for sure
  8. TGP

    Salinger's twenty sixth challenge!

    I understand one step at a time, right? you've got to collect up money so you can make the leap. surely Jess knows that doing it together means more money available etc for the leap. the trick is now, you guys gotta have a little patience. your in this squeeze at least partially cuz your out of money. you need time to collect it up. i'm glad that your still in good terms with stu, but you can't just MOVE! friend or not, he's got to give you time. legally you have rights to 84 days. Do eat. I don't think its as bad as you think. ---- I also don't think you should go in with a random person. that seems too risky. IMHO. ---- try NOT to worry about the reassessment; make it clear Why you need benefits NOW- you just spent two days crying and very very stressed. Rule#1 you gotta survive (and NOT self harm yourself) Rule#2 One problem at a time. (not every worry is a current problem)... big problem? don't look far ahead. it doesn't help. some things may happen but other better things will too.... Question: when does the reassessment happen?
  9. Kishi


    So, turned out Coach planned to be back in town, but wasn't actually. His travel arrangements screwed up and he wasn't able to make it. So I went and rolled at the other place instead. It was good stuff. More work on triangle and arm bar. Rolled with a bunch of different bodies and different ranks, and no two people felt the same. Tapped one, got tapped a bunch of times, but also pulled some stuff off that surprised people, including a sweep on a wide-based blue belt who outweighs me by, like, a lot, which he really didn't see coming. Kickboxing also went well. Stopped trying to time things and decided to just get in and dance, and that turned out to be way better as far as strategy goes. Strength work followed all that. The deload week appears to have done me good. Generally, I do a lot of focus on lift tempo - 3 seconds down, 1 second up - as well as more reps. I dropped both of those for the deload, but coming back I felt strong and explosive. Finisher was one-armed KB swing ladders, because that's the only way I can figure for such programming to make sense. And this wound up awesome; even with the 16, I found myself swinging to the point where I actually picked up a runner's cramp. That's never happened before. It was interesting. Anyway, beyond that, I finally got to shave my head and I feel good and clean today. Tonight is a rest night; I'm out to take in a show with my friends and for the most part I'm just giving myself a break. I think it's gonna be fun.
  10. You can do this. One day at a time!!!
  11. Discipline has been my word for 2019. So far, so good with strength training & cardio. 5 Week Challenge will be working on recomp by dialing in my nutrition more closely as that has been my biggest road block. I do well then crash. 5 WEEK CHALLENGE Measurement Goal: Go down 1" in abs & thighs (for me these are direct indicators of progression - I threw out my scale) Nutrition Targets: Hit protein macro's every day Get 3 cups of veggies every day Hit 1400-1450 calories per day Workout Targets: Tactical barbell strength training 3x per week (continue) TB cardio 3x per week (continue) Arm workout 3x per week (target floppy arms with direct work)
  12. raptron

    Raptron Reaps Rewards

    Omg, yes that too! It's so awfullll!
  13. Mortimer

    Mortimer's battle logs.

    Dinner was ahhh..ooops. Taiwan KFC. I think it tastes better then SG KFC. Paper wrapped chicken with 4 grape tomatoes and 2 pieces of young corn Regular fries Black tea One egg tart One egg tart with mochi and brown sugar One orange Popcorn chicken
  14. Tanktimus the Encourager

    Novaurora practices S.I.M.P.L.I.C.I.T.Y.

    That stinks. I hope everything works out.
  15. Mad Hatter

    Raptron Reaps Rewards

    This is EXACTLY why I don’t like rope climbing! Either that or that an alien parasite is trying to claw its way out of my forearm!
  16. WhiteGhost

    Should [DarK_RaideR] roll the dice or roll in the mud?

    This gives me the sads, I have really enjoyed following NGW. As for location, I think something European would be best, it allows for a much wider diversity of wrestler nationalities (which helps to keep them differentiated). Hard to pick favorites and targets of hate if you can't keep them apart. I agree with Tank that the style of NGW is much more engaging than the comedy Lucha bit you tried earlier.
  17. raptron

    Elennare Gets Spooky

    Aw, it looks great!
  18. Tanktimus the Encourager

    Should [DarK_RaideR] roll the dice or roll in the mud?

    I never get tired of Vidmar being hit with his own bottle!
  19. Ignimbrite

    Ignimbrite smash

    Didn't expect to be tested so soon. 3.10am, just got home from a house fire. I was late so just ancillary but that's ok- the curse is broken. Just need to sort my routine now, get moving faster. And now I need to try sleep (rereading two towers, good timing should help)
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  21. Salinger

    Salinger's twenty sixth challenge!

    Hi it’s 3:20pm - I drove to the vets and got Jackson’s flea stuff. Will give it him later. Now I’m back in bed. But at least I got something done?! Duno what to do really. Lying in bed crying on and off. Jess (my friend) is now wondering if she can afford deposit and months rent upfront to move ... so I may have to look alone, and meet some random person im stressing cos I will have to be reassessed for benefits once I do move . And it can take ages and I’ll be without income whilst that happens?! what then? I NEED DESPERATELY the arts funding... im kind of hungry. Barely eaten. I’ll try to cook something in a bit. x
  22. raptron

    Raptron Reaps Rewards

    Glad you're all here! ZERO WEEK THINGS!!! Day 0.2 I thought I had decided to run a work capacity building/slightly hypertrophy focused program, so I did the first workout of that, which had sets of 8 and my golly, my capacity is so bad right now. I was heaving like I just went on a 5 mile jog after the squat sets of 8, lol. Squats: 8 x 235#, 6 x 225#, 6 x 215#, 8 x 215# Bench (paused): 4 x 8 x 105# Curls: 4 x 16 x 15# (oh god) Skull crushers: 4 x 16 x 10# (owww) Dips: 4 x 8 I think I've mentioned before that I don't enjoy muscle pump, and I, actually, HATEEEE IT. I think it's a body horror thing. I get convinced my skin is going to peel open and reveal like some kind of gooey secret skin I didn't know I had because I've just been in a human shell this whole time and now I'm breaking free. Basically, I shouldn't be doing a hypertrophy program...hahaha. After this workout, I found a different option I'm going to try instead after adjusting/corrupting to fit my preferred workout week set-up of having bench and squats on the same day instead of individual days for each. When I got home, I watched some Fleabag (love), journaled, and accidentally got into a dumb internet argument with some friends so I was up later than I meant to. I fell asleep quickly, but for some reason the last few days, I keep waking up around 5:30 AM and have trouble falling back asleep. I manage it eventually, but it's weird and I don't like it. The last two nights got warmer overnight instead of cooler so that could be part of it? Maybe I just need to get back into going hard at the gym and the sleep will follow. I slept like a rock after deadlifts on Sunday, lol. Gymnastics: choreo 1/2, floor routine 1/1, bhs on beam 1/2, vault 0/3 Conditioning: 0/1 Balancing: 0/2 Jobs: 2/5 ANYWAY. This zero week's plan: W - I forgot gym clothes so rest I guess? + D&D Th - Lift + gymnastics team selection meeting to set new guidelines for picking the A and B teams for Nationals (there has been a lot of drama and we've realized our old system is flawed, so the board is taking proposals for a new system) F - beginner pole class! + either a date or a very small Halloween party? or maybe one than the other? idk S - gymnastics + halloween thing at the lifting gym + THE BIG ANNUAL HALLOWEEN BASEMENT PARTY I LOVE EVERY YEAR S - seeing my friend's Addams Family show + napping almost definitely I need to figure out a casual/easy costume for Saturday during the day. Sat night, my besties and I are being Urusla and her eels. I'm being Jetsam.
  23. WhiteGhost

    WhiteGhost is a Ninjary Waiting to Happen

    She made me think of you You say that like they are mutually exclusive KORRA!!!!!!! So great to see you around again. Welcome back Ah, I like that idea. My shadow ninja. Totally Today started out with a trip to the park and I was able to work on all of my stuff. I took a video of a muscle up progression I invented and am sharing it here for @Hazard. I usually try and do 5 of each (left->right->both) but I couldn't get through them all in one go. (+.05) When I got back, I did the straddle module for MyFlex even though I really didn't want to. It is sooooo hard, and I really don't enjoy it. I did it anyway, so I am taking the points for it. (+.025) The young men from church picked learning to cook as a personal development goal, so they all came over to my place in the evening and I taught them the basics of cooking Chinese food. As part of the lesson I walked them through the making of the Chicken & Green Pepper dish Ghostlet loves so much. I didn't use anything from the freezer (in fact I added more to the freezer because I bought extra chicken) so no constitution points for this. I can claim some wisdom points for it though. (+.025) Today's proverb is 秋高气爽 (Qiu Gao Qi Shuang) which means crisp clear autumn weather. (+.03)
  24. Mad Hatter

    Waanie finishes her PhD

    PhD students are definitely some of the most stubborn/masochistic people in existence. I wish my negativity monsters were this cute.
  25. Athaclena

    Athaclena - 800th Verse Same As..... you get the picture

    Managed to get a walk in this morning. HUZZAH!
  26. Mad Hatter

    WhiteGhost is a Ninjary Waiting to Happen

    Hahaha this chick is great.
  27. NeverThatBored

    Flea has no idea what's going on

    I'd say it's pretty much always worth a discussion. I once got a really good job offer out of a LinkedIn message like this, and the entire time I was interviewing, I was like "I really don't know if I have the right experience for what you're looking for." Worst case, you talk to him and decide it isn't a good fit.
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