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  1. 30 points
    *Middle Aged Man in Lycra It’s time to get some miles in. I’ll also be doing this kettlebell endurance program in a last ditch effort to be prepared for the racing season.
  2. 27 points
    In my last challenge I realized I was kind of cruising along. Then I compared my "just cruising/phoning it in" activity to my pre NF days and realized what I am doing now is far beyond my abilities back when I was doing no workouts. I'm going to keep grinding, and then suddenly look up and realize I've made tons of progress. I don't know when that's going to happen, but I want to be ready for it. Chopping down a tree with an ax is very similar. No one single swing of the ax does much. In fact, 10 or 15 swings together may not seem to make a difference. However, at some point one more swing brings the whole tree down. I'm at the point in the middle, where each swing seems to accomplish very little. However, as I often say success is the accumulation of the consequences of good choices over time. I'm going to keep piling up those good choices. Therefore: I lift twice a week. I'm using the juggernaut program for Bench, Squat, Deadlifts, Overhead Press, and Lateral Pull downs. I do some body weight stuff to warm up (push ups, sit ups, working on being able to do a pull up, using a roman chair to work my back) and do Bench and squat on one day and the other three on the other day. I do Yoga. 1 to 3 times a week. I walk. 1 to 3 times a week. I also do laundry. I eat when I'm hungry and stop when I'm full. I'm still working on that second half. This is the TLDR of Intuitive Eating which has become very helpful for me. These comprise the foundation on which the physical aspect of my awesome is built. From these I will not waver. In these I will grow. I am Tanktimus. I am the Ranger Chaplain. and Rangers Gonna Ranger. Also, here are some gifs because what's a new challenge initial post without them?
  3. 18 points
    Today is a good day. Did another homebrew Yoga session. I cooked some chicken thighs with avocado oil, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, oregano and lime juice. I removed the chicken and added baby bok choy, a red bell pepper chopped and a chopped red onion and cooked further, adding a little more salt, pepper and lime juice. I put the chicken back in and added some mayo. It was really good.
  4. 16 points
    Getting Dirty in May I racked my brain for a theme but came up short. So I'm just gonna say it as it is. This challenge is about getting muddy, getting dirty and getting filthy and, hopefully, not dying in the meantime. So here is what is coming up this time round: Tough Mudder!! On Week 1 We have Tough Mudder. My team consists of the totally badass @Rhovaniel and I think we are both quite keen to tear up the course. But Tough Mudder is the Warmup because coming up on Week 3 we've got the 'biggest obstacle course race in the world' Rat Race Dirty Weekend! You might have heard a few of the Rangers talking about this one recently. It's been in the work for a whole year and will become an epic Ranger Meetup. OCR, beer festival, camping trip and after party with some of the finest Ranger's in the guild this side of the pond in attendance. We've got @Mr_Willes, @Rhovaniel, @Jarric, @iatetheyeti, @Charlie_Quinn and myself. This one event promises to be a massive heap of fun and excitement. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that I'm very, very excited about this race. To Round Things out Week 4 as a 'recovery' run. Nuclear Rush (incase you don't know, the magnificent flying ass on the right hand side is me) If I'm honest, this race is just insanity. I'm only doing it so that I don't end up running a hard 10k road race instead. It'll be interesting to see how my body copes with it. So as you can see I've got a lot of stuff coming up and a lot of it is going to beat me up and leave me staggering around. Because of this I'm going to take a break from my own convention and not promise a damned thing in regards to workouts. Instead this challenge is all about recovery. I'm going to try to maintain 4 runs a week because I still have a marathon coming up in the summer but I will skip runs if needed after Tough Mudder if I feel like I need the recovery time. I'm pretty stubborn about that so don't expect many skipped runs. I'm going to try to lift 4 times a week but I will skip sessions if I need to before and After Tough Mudder. My aim would be to do at least 2 per week but I'm very much playing it all by ear. So here are my actual goals Update Every Day Update the forum every day. Report on workouts, recovery and calorie intake for each given day. That'll simply help me from taking this challenge as an excuse to go haywire. Obviously there probably won't be much updating on the days that we're camping at RRDW. Do Something for Recovery Every Day There are no hard rules here. It can be anything. Stretching, yoga, a bath, meditation and even swapping out a run for a walk because I ran 20 miles the Saturday before. Just something to keep me mindful about recovery and report on what I'm doing. The idea is to make me actively focus on it a bit. That's it. I'm really excited for this challenge even if I'm being very nebulous about the whole thing.
  5. 16 points
    It felt like slow motion at the time... Today is a good day. I did more yoga. Gonna do Yoga again tomorrow and see the chiropractor, then get back to lifting next week. Our meal today was rice (1 c rice, 2 c water, salt, pepper, oregano, a little garlic powder and 1 tbsp butter, brought to a boil then covered, turned to low and let cook for 15 minutes) with tuna steaks (salt and pepper each side, cook in a little oil, 5 min per side) and topped with the following: a chopped avocado, a peeled and sectioned navel orange, a few sliced radishes, some chopped fresh parsley, garlic powder, salt, pepper and olive oil.
  6. 14 points
    I think the tub from the video I posted was way too much effort. Today is a good day. Spent it all with Sra. Tanque. This is what I made for dinner! Stuffed pork tenderloin with roasted plantains. Cut a pork tenderloin almost in half. Line the inside with ham slices, then pickles, then undressed angelhair coleslaw. Tie with kitchen twine. Brown in coconut oil, then transfer to a greased pan and bake at 400 F for 20 minutes.On the plantains, peel and cut into one inch slices. Toss on parchment paper in 3 tbsp melted coconut oil and dress with allspice. Bake for 25 minutes flipping halfway. To get the timing right put the plantains in first and spend five minutes browning the pork, then put the pork in. If the pans are too big to go next to each other put the plantains higher. The dressing is 3 tbsp mustard, 2 tbsp honey and .5 tbsp rice vinegar. It paired really well with a Shiner Golden Ale. It was crisp and smooth with an excellent finish.
  7. 14 points
    4/19/18 Thursday Yesterday the slothlings were playing ninja and Slothgirl got hurt and scared. She was crying and ran to her room and slammed the door. Mrs. Sloth ran after her trying to make her feel better as Slothgirl was pushing her away yelling "get away from me!" I tried to explain that she is a weird hermit like me and it'd be best to give her space, but Mrs. Sloth's brain couldn't comprehend that possibility. #extrovertissues. I retrieved the war rig from where I parked it during all the plowing. The driver's side mirror was smashed. I assume because the roads were so narrow. I got the bill from my heart attack anxiety attack. My out-of-pocket is about the same as a race-worthy mountain bike. Next time my chest is about to burst I'm gonna go buy a new bike and hope for the best. The good thing is I won't have to worry about crashing my bike this summer because I'll hit my maximum soon. Anyway, it's all good. Slothgirl and the missus understand each other a little better, I had a roll of duck tape for the mirror, I have enough in savings to cover the bill, and modern medicine is helping my brain. My back is finally loosening up after the shovelingpalooza festival. I started the Serious Endurance program. I did the mobility/warm up. 12X10 KB swings at 20kg EMOM. My back was pretty tight by the end. I skipped the optional get-ups. Tonight I'll ride the trainer. I'd like to ride outside, but the roads will be freezing after they've been melting all day. I'll prolly watch Mad Max2 for the millionth time.
  8. 14 points
    They were amazing. Also, while you are allowed on my lawn, Cybermen must wait on the sidewalk. Physical attributes aside, I assume you'd be the one in the wheelbarrow. I'm glad to see you back! A good thought. Mr. Willes is used to the cold with all those cold showers he loves taking. Have you tried wearing high heeled clogs? I'm sure that will come in handy when your competition for Wolfie finally comes to violence. I'm sure his imagination supplies his needs. I look forward to seeing you again. You mean you've been trying to be subtle this whole time? Was he gone The thought of Willes embarrassed is hard to picture. Today is a good day. I took it easy and slept late on purpose to catch up on some sleep. I did yoga again today and my right leg feels like it is improving. The real debate is going to be whether I lift tomorrow or do Yoga again to rest it up. Some of the reason for daily Yoga was I didn't want to do anything else. I may have accidentaly made the right decision as it seems to be helping alleviate the jankiness of my right hip.
  9. 13 points
    I've been racking my brain for a challenge theme but I've got nothin' except LIZARDS. Specifically mine. I mean, all lizards are cool tho'. They are v. happy and bring a heckin' JOY to the world!!!!!! And also quite STRONK AND FIERCE >:[[[[[ I also play a big ol' lizard in FFXIV - YOU KNOW, THAT GAME I OFTEN HONK ABOUT - here is his current look of rocking a springtime festival skirt and WIELDING AN ENORMOUS AXE 'cause he's quite fabulous and that's how we do. Full of MAJESTY I TELL YA'~ A - ny - way. Oh yeah. My challenge. My last challenge was all about staying afloat, and I'm really proud of myself 'cause I nailed it. I'm managing my stress and my emotions better, and because of that I've been able to slowly get back into a workout routine without burning myself out, which in turn helps me manage my stress and emotions better, etc.! (A good cycle~) Work is still a big question mark right now; I've quietly put that on the backburner for now as not to overload myself and send myself spiraling back to square one - one thing at a time. We've still got a fair bit going on with putting the house on the market next month, but I've powered through a lot and things seem to be much more manageable than they were. This challenge I actually have some ACTUAL TRACKABLE GOALS instead of me just babbling about Twitch streaming and dragging myself out of bed in the morning WHOA WAIT SHUT THE FRONT DOOR I know, right? Look out, here they are: 1. Gym. GO. At least twice a week. Possibly more depending on day-to-day fatigue and soreness levels. DON'T PUSH YOURSELF. But don't die either, v. important. Getting back into a routine slowly but surely first is crucial. 2. Log What You Lift I haven't been doing this for... uh, quite some time, and I think it's about time I slowly start re-tracking my gains. In a way I feel like I've circled back around to the start of my lifting days which is kinda cool because I've got my enthusiasm back, but kinda also like HEY I'VE BEEN HERE. At least I know what I'm doing now, yeah? Right now while I'm eyeing two workout days I'll split them into legs & general upper body/shoulders/arms, and if I hit three I'll toss a bench/back/row day in there. 3. Talk About Food Well, I guess, if I HAVE to. (That's sarcasm.) I'm not at a point where daily MFP tracking would be viable (to be fair I much prefer eating intuitively right now), but I HAVE found out over the past couple of weeks that posting my meals/snacks in my thread at the start of the week has really kept me on track with eating well and sustaining myself. So I'm gonna keep doing that! Somehow seeing it on the screen solidifies all my good choices in my brain. I'm startin' in zero week, y'all. LET'S GOOOOO~~
  10. 13 points
    I have a long race at the end of zero week and then a very long race at the end of week 3. All my running will be about managing the recovery while maintaining some training effort and then recovering again. Makes for a weird challenge. So rather than making weird running and cross-training goals, I decided to think of some small changes that might support these bigger training efforts. I'm pretty excited about this. They are useful things to work on that are realistic within this time frame. The short version: three tasks and two goals: Task 1: Read deskbound and figure out what, if anything, I want to try to change. Task 2: Find a training app I like and commit to using it. Task 3: Fix my Garmin or replace it. Goal 1: Re-establish morning routine. Success each week is 16/20 points. Goal 2: Yoga class or gym after work twice per week. That's the graded part. The real goal is to figure out how to make this feel like less of a grind. Bonus: Download a new I-tunes song for 10 days within calorie goals (don’t need to be consecutive). The long version: Task 1. Mobility: Read Deskbound and go from there. I think my mobility has been getting progressively worse despite fairly consistent yoga and stretching over the years. Likely a lot of causes: running, sedentary life when not running and age. I would like to try something different to address it. I’ve considered a few books, some more related to running and some less so. I’ve been a little resistant to this book in particular (I'm not sure I like the idea of a standing desk, and I've heard the tone of the whole book is a little preachy), but decided to give it a try. My initial thought is that I would like to do something about the way I sit when I’m at home. I spend a fair bit of time on my couch with the computer in my lap. I think this is likely even worse that sitting in my office chair at my desk during work hours. I think there are likely some ways to sit on the floor, perhaps with the computer on the coffee table or something. Anyway, it’s hard to know exactly what I’ll get out of the book until I actually read it, so the initial goal here is just to read the book. Task 2. Running: Make Tech work for me (commit to a training app) I was in a really good training groove last spring, and I’m not there right now. There are several reasons for that, but I think part of them is that I’ve lost a couple elements of structure and motivation. I had a really cool training app that I liked. They stopped supporting it, and eventually I couldn’t use it anymore. So I’ll do the research to find a training app I like and then commit to using it. Task 3: Running: Make tech work for me part 2: (deal with my semi-broken Garmin) My Garmin won’t link with the computer anymore. It was fun and motivating to see all the pace stats and I miss them. This model of Garmin has always been problematic. I fixed it once before with a hard reset, but last time I tried it, it didn’t help. So I’ll deal with the Garmin situation…fix it, get it repaired/replace by the company, or buy something that works. Goal 1: Manage my time: Get back on morning schedule Work has been going really well lately. So well that it’s fun and exciting to put more effort into it. But my training is suffering a bit. I want to reign this in now because work tends to get even busier in the summer. I need to establish my schedule, which will help me in setting boundaries and maintaining balance. I came up with a great morning routine a couple challenges ago. I fell off it while travelin and didn’t get back on. There are 5 parts (prep lunch and coffee maker at night, get out of bed by 6:30, start running by 7:15, do 3 post-run stretches, do 5 small house chores). Do this….up to 5 pts per weekday, success is 16 points per week. Goal 2: Manage my time part 2: Figure out how to make afternoon exercise work for me. Two problems with afternoon exercise. One is that I sometimes have a hard time stepping away from work and am tired at the end of the day. The other is sometimes I’m really hungry and have a hard time making myself exercise. I haven’t quite figured out how to attack this one. The goal will be to get to the gym or an actual yoga class at least two weeknights per week. I think one thing that will help will be to actually write it into my schedule, including time to sort of wrap up and wind down at the end of the day. I think making sure to drink enough water and maybe have an afternoon snack will also help. Bonus: Calorie tracking (10 days below 2300 = 1 itunes song; days needn’t be consecutive) My weight is ok, but a couple pounds over what I would like. I lose weight steadily at 2000 but am constantly hungry. 2300 is closer to a maintenance weight. Just the act of tracking (even if it isn’t every day) helps remind me of appropriate portion sizes and encourage better decisions. I’m oddly motivated by a reward of $1.29. I’m trying a new approach of just accumulating 10 days at target level. I need some new songs on my play list!
  11. 13 points
    If, sometime in it's life, the cow had the concept of a grill explained to it I consider that sufficient cook time. You're welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'm sure it went well with the jicama salad. Have you ever tried shredding the jicama instead of dicing it? It makes a whole new texture and seems to taste better to me. Today is a good day. For lunch I made carrot salad (julienned carrots if you don't want to shred them) raisins, lemon juice, honey, olive oil, salt and pepper, mix and chill. If you added too much lemon juice like I did add more honey (and maybe even some sugar). The entree was ground beef, sliced zuchinni and chopped onion. I cooked the beef with salt, pepper, and garlic powder and removed. I cooked the vegetables in the fat from the beef, adding the same ingredients. I added the beef back in with 6 oz tomato paste and a generous amount of red wine vinegar. It was really good. Some thoughts going in to week 1. I've gained weight, some new clothes would be better than squeezing into old ones. It would help to be mindful about drinking enough water. Gum at work is a good idea. Taking the stairs at work more often is a good idea.
  12. 12 points
    Good Morning Beautiful People... I'm back for another tasty challenge and I'm hungry for success! Last challenge was the first decent challenge I've done since 2018 started. I actually kept track of my goals and earned me a level-up to good ole #2 . My mental/spiritual game is strong but my physical game is like little kid tee-ball....it's just not fun to watch. As I continue my "Savage Streaks" on my YouVersion Bible app (I'm up to 79-days in a row with 11 perfect weeks), I want to fortify my "skinny" frame into something on the scale of adamantine. I'm going to manage my time better for starters. My AM workouts are limited because of when I need to be at work, so, I'm going to be moving most of my WOD's to the comforts of my home/living room. That way, I don't have to account for drive time to and from the gym. That means, that'll use the equipment that I have; KB's, battle mace, Indian Clubs and my own sexy bod. Calisthenics and functional training will play a major role this challenge. ALSO... I'm teaming up with the uber talented and sexy Aussie, @Yasha92 to help keep me accountable...because Lord knows I need it. AND... AND...My lovely and jaw droppingly beautiful wife @PrincessMononoke will be coming back to the boards to get her foruming on! We'll both be keeping each other in line as I work to keep her motivated to work on her grind. She's fired up and ready to go! I'm excited about the potential of this challenge, so, won't you join me for a deliciously good time?? Goal 1: Farmer (Walks) in the Dell One of the most torturous, grip draining, core-blasting moves known in the world of fitness. Grab 2 heavy DB's and walk 100 feet and you have yourself a killer workout finisher! I'm making farmer walks an integral part of my challenge and will commit to adding this "fun" exercise at least 1x each week as a WOD finisher. Possible earned points: +3 STR, +1 END Goal 2: No More Cookies! I've been obsessed with these chocolate chip almond cookies we've been making the last 2 months. I've eaten more of these than I have vegetables, and that's not exaggerating lol. Granted, they are a healthier alternative to other cookies, I want to cut these out for this challenge. This is a simple "pass or fail" goal. Possible earned points: +4 CON Goal 3: Strum thy Chords So, Heather bought me a nice acoustic guitar a couple weeks ago...and I've yet to really mess with it. I want to put in some serious practice time learning some of the basic chords and "get gud" over the course of the challenge. Heather says 30 min a day would be a great start so I'll shoot for 30 min a day, 3-4 times a week. We have stuff come up randomly all the time and I think getting in a minimum of 3 days is a solid start. Who knows, I could end up 7-days a week over the course of the entire challenge. That would be the most ideal but I'm gonna give myself some grace. I'm also going to try and record a short video of what I've learned at the end of the challenge to share with you all . Possible earned points: +3 DEX, +1 CHA Goal 4: Dealing with Abibliophobia I don't have a fear of running out of things to read aka abibliophobia, but I do have a crap ton of things TO read right now. Priority #1 is Reading through the "The IVP Intro to the Bible" and dissecting the Good Book through the eyes of a n00b and discussing things with my good pal, @Tanktimus the Encourager. Priority #2 is finishing Sun Stand Still. I'm over halfway done with SSS and will move onto another Steven Furtick book after that. Possible earned points: +3 WIS NOICE! I'm excited about my goals this challenge Hopefully I can fulfill my ambassadorial duties better too. I've truly stunk it up in that department. I end this post with a quote: "Perception is your ultimate reality; even if it's not the ultimate truth. Your reality dictates your actions"- Mike Todd, Senior Pastor at Transformation Church in Tulsa, OK Wolf
  13. 12 points
    ...because it’s high time I stole robbed something back from @WhiteGhost So last time I got serious about sticking to the Zone diet and to the surprise of nobody, got some solid results as far as weight loss goes. I had not told the SRLF, merely regulated my own meals but it must have rubbed off her, because a couple of days ago she downloaded a macro-counting app on her phone and has been experimenting with it since. In response, I got the app as well to check it out and it’s pretty handy. Kinda like My Fitness Pal, but built around Greek, not US food items. This means I’m getting back to food logging and macro counting, with the added benefit of going multiplayer to assist the SRLF. The other big news I’ve been a little restless about my workouts. Not sure if the atmosphere at the box has changed or I’m seeing things I wasn’t seeing due to my initial rush of enthusiasm, bottom line is I get the feeling that negatives (distance to and from the box, leaving work earlier, juggling scheduling with the SRLF etc) now outweigh the positives. That’s before taking into account stuff like whether I’m able to take advantage of all the specialized classes on offer and in turn, whether I’m getting my money’s worth given my personal wiggle room. I’m not doing a theme per se, but since I’ve gotten TEW2016 to run on my laptop again, I’d like to return to a wrestling narrative. That old NGW thing has completely lost steam by now, I’m not sure anyone can continue reading updates even if I did manage to find where I’d left off and what I wanted to do. Instead, I’m doing a new one using the in-game character of Dark Raider that I stumbled upon during that previous NGW playthrough. Since the character’s a Japanese wrestler who ended up making a career in Mexico, I’m basing it there so bring on the lucha libre insanity! Challenge duration: April 17 to May 20 (visiting the UK from April 30 to May 7) Record and Report: Daily logging of food items on the app. Report calorie and macronutrient result here Ranger Restlessness: Look up alternative workout locations and try out as many as possible. Rasslin’: Pretty self-explanatory, if you've been paying attention
  14. 12 points
    I'm back! This is a no frills challenge. I haven't the energy or time yet to devote to themes or narrative. But I'm here, and I'll do my best to keep up! Stepping back was probably what I needed, but I missed you guys! I'm back, and I'm ready to jump back into the swing of the challenges. The mental stuff... yeah, that may crop up in this thread but I'm trying to focus on more positive things as well. Anyway, onto the goals! I have ALOT happening in the next couple weeks. TM with @jonfirestar next weekend, Rat Race with a host of awesome nerds on the 12th May, Pen y Fan (24km there and back again journey) the week after.... and a trip up to the Peaks on the 4th for a couple days (therapy... finally summoned the courage to get a professional to help with the stuff in my head). To prepare for this, my training schedule is also looking fairly busy. I signed up to BreakPoint's Prime Evolution programme. 12 weeks with Mind, Body (workouts) and Nutrition (clean eating) elements. I love it so far, and following this forms the bulk of my goals. But I am also doing BMF 2 - 3 times a week (2 on the weeks I have stuff on at the weekend). Goals: 1. Follow the Prime Evolution Body section 7/7 This consists of 6 workouts a week, plus a rest day. Sounds intense, but 2 of these workouts are 'mobility days', mostly yoga type movements. Each workout is 20 minutes long, plus a 6 minute warm up and 6 minute cool down. 2. Follow the Prime Evolution Mind section 7/7 Sounds corny, but I think this will be the most important part of the programme. It's about reconfirming to yourself your goals, forging discipline, learning breathing techniques, visualization, etc. It's about changing your approach to more positive ways of thinking. 3. Follow the Prime Evolution Nutrition section 7/7 This one is self-explanatory. No junk, no refined sugar, no processed foods. This requires me cooking more, but so long as meal prep happens, this shouldn't be an issue. Also, warmer weather means my brain is less resistant to the idea of salads for lunch. Each of these sections earns me one point a day, so a maximum of 3 a day or 21 a week. My goal is to hit 21-20 points. (I will sometimes sacrifice a point for a cheat meal!) I could add BMF as a goal, but if I can go, I do go, so I shouldn't need the prodding. Also, my attendance will get a little more choppy, with the races, events and other stuff filling up my weekends.
  15. 12 points
    I want to make this challenge short and sweet. And i'll just see what interesting things come along the line. It's 25 days out till i leave for RRDW. I want to track my calories, i want to do as much running as possible. And i want to get back at the boards. The no goals part of the challenge is the fact that i already know what i have to do. I don't need a specific goal. I just have to do freakin thing! Just register everything in MFP, just put my running shoes on and go, just make sure i check in here cause y'all keep me accountable. The problem with a big fancy challenge is that it after the first week it starts to feel like a chore. @Tanktimus the Encourager hit the nail on the head: And quite like Tanktimus has it's no-fuss-just-get-them-done-challenges this is my version: So without further ado i present to you the goals of my "has no goals"-challenge: Goal 1: MFP with no goal Goal 2: Running without a goal Goal 3: Accountability I'm starting this week (week-0 if i'm not mistaking) cause i want to get everything going ASAP. I had a proper 0-week last week when i was on holiday. Some days my check in will be short and sweet, and some days my check in could be a small novel. ### Check in format ### T-minus: 25 MFP KCAL: MFP Macros: Running today: Running total: Check in AMAP: ### Check in format ###
  16. 12 points
    "Merry, Merry," Annyshay shook him gently. She was on the edge of throwing the remnants of his own ale in his face, but he shook his head and seemed to snap out of it. "I'm not ready to talk about them yet," Merry breathed. Annyshay had never seen Merry scared. Ever. She was quite inclined to trust his judgment here as ever, "whatever you say, cousin. Drink your ale." "Yes, quite." After a few more swigs on both sides, Merry's face lit up a bit. "You may have noticed some... changes, since our return," he began by way of introduction. Annyshay was noncommittal in her response, "mmmhmmm." "Well, I imagine the four of us riding in on ponies in armor covered in insignia and other marks not before seen in the Shire was quite the spectacle," Merry continued to fish for a reaction, but Annyshay just held his gaze. "In any case, I'm sure it was obvious pretty quickly that Pippin and I were the only two hobbits of our party that had grown taller in addition to thinner." "My first thought was certainly that you all needed at least a week of home cooking before you would be fit for pleasant company. Your bones were sticking out all over the place!" "Surely you noticed that I grew," Merry threatened a pout, "me and Pippin that is?" "It may have crossed a few people's lips, aye" Annyshay conceded. "Well that is as good a story as any to show how different things can be outside of the Shire," Merry prattled onwards. "Indeed if I manage to tell it right it should come back around to the ash and my concerns that something is amiss in the Old Forest." Annyshay took a noisy slurp from the end of her pint. Merry, ever the good host returned to the barman to get a half pint for each of them. Annyshay raised her smaller glass and Merry reciprocated the gesture before taking a large swig and settling himself in to spin a good yarn. "You see, Annyshay," Merry continued to preamble, "this story is all to do with Ents." "Ents?" Annyshay assumed that Merry's thinner frame made it more difficult for him to hold his ale however tall he may have grown. "What in Middle Earth is Ents?" "First off," Merry put down his glass and became his old self for a moment. He was clearly confident in whatever story he was about to unfold and thought that it was something Annyshay best pay attention to. His whole appearance reminded her of many previous lectures. "An Ent is a who, not a what." "A who?" Annyshay nearly choked on her beer. "Now you're really pulling my leg." "By the Master's wine cellars," Merry responded solemnly, "there are many creatures you've not heard of here even from Bree." Annyshay just stared at him, unsure what to ask next to get to the meat of the tale. "Yes, Ents," Merry pressed on fortified with more ale. "Ents are the Shepherds of the Trees. Probably the oldest creatures in Middle Earth, except maybe Tom." "Is Tom a what then?" Annyshay scoffed. "Your ale's gone to your head Merry. Talking nonsense, you are." "No no no," Merry waved her protests away. "Just listen to me. All will become clear in due course." "Well, you're stringing me along something awful," Annyshay protested. "Get on to the tale, ya scamp!" "A skeptical audience, I see. Well, all the better," Merry took a bit more liquid sustenance before he finally got down to business. "To really understand this story, you must be patient, cousin. There's a lot you have to learn Annyshay - concerning Ents."
  17. 11 points
    so, the Next challenge has been formed? wow. anyways. This will be a REALLY important challenge to me, so I might as well get an early post started. If you haven't heard (what Rock Have you been hiding under, anyways?!) I will be doing the Alleghany 100 Hiking Challenge June 8-10, 2018. the challenge is to Hike 97.2 miles on a rugged forest trail between 6pm June 8 to 8pm June 10. ----- as it stands today, I'm at a 6month High point and am feeling good about the whole thing. I don't think I can be Absolutely conditioned for it (see my battle log) but I think I can do many neccesary important things during Training that will help make this possible ( even if feel uncomfortable esp towards the end ). My 74 year Dad is going to try to join me and walk with me; but he's got less certainly of finishing and frequently points out his less-than-hoped for training. This is ok, though. its a LONG , long ways. its Longer than even That. no! its longer than Even THAT!!! lol I suppose, the best deal is to just make a MIGHTY EFFORT and trust to FATE, LUCK, or whatever you call it. myself I will rate my weeks by... Hiking* mileage/time spent. with 6 different achievements possible (bronze, silver/plantinum, gold/paladium, and Diamond) Number of additional exercising events. and stated in Grade form (C,B,A, & A+) *(technically Hiking, walking, and running all count for this purpose.)
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    Honestly, I don't have much of theme. Just sorta doing my thing. Which this time happens to be like this Goal 1 : Morning Routine Read Bible, clear kitchen, eat breakfast What's NOT happening this time; There is no time table, I've been trying to make it a habit to start at a certain time for over a year. Tried bribes, and punishments. I do it for a while, and then I just resent having to do it. I have made a great habit of getting stuff done before I sit down though. So, at lest for this month, I'm going to be happy with that. I'm going to start my day when I start it. I'm hoping that on days I'm busy I will get moving quickly, by allowing myself to take it a bit slower on days I'm less busy. Stat points 4 Stamina Goal 2: Mindful Eating I've been working at this as a soft goal, but I'd like some accountability. Right now what I am working on is to slow down my eating. So during dinner, purposefully placing my fork down between bites. I can do this at other meals times too, but I want to really make it a habit during dinner. Right now I am working on maintaining my weight, and eating slowly helps me be more aware of when I am full. 6 points Wisdom Goal 3: Work on my long term goals; scrapbooking, and home remodeling and post at least weekly in my accountabilibuddy group 4 points CON other stuff: I am doing Rings 1 program from GMB. It's a 3 day a week program.They also have an optional leg program to do on my off days. I'll do those as time and enrgy allows. I'm also following GMB"s Focused Flexibility plan. It's spring, so hopefully that means more outdoor time, and more geocaching. I use MFP. I find it keeps me accountable. But I don't have a goal for it. If I don't feel like doing it one day, or several days, that is fine.
  19. 11 points
    Hey ya'll I am back! I took a break from the last challenge to get my bearings and head game right. It was starting to feel like a chore to update and stressing me out a bit. I DON'T WANT THAT! I love this community and the support so much. SoooOOooo this challenge i'm not doing a theme and not over stressing myself with the typical challenge format. I am just gonna do my own thing and keep it manageable. I confess I always felt the need to have some fun and elaborate challenge because of how awesome and creative @Wolfpool's are, but I am really not as creative or imaginative as him and its starts to stress me out and then I don't post. However, that is Wolf (and one of many reasons why I love him) and I am me and I need to do it my way and not his. (None of this is his doing either, I am my own worst enemy) So for this challenge I am doing NOT a challenge. 1. Don't get pregnant So as most of you already know me and Wolfie are coming down from our 2nd, 2nd trimester loss in the last 6 months. Needless to say it has been trying and emotional. SO my 1st goal is to take it easy. Do we still want to have a baby-Yes x1000, However, our best chance at success is to give my body time to heal and get myself in the best health of my life. We are both very fertile. Which is a good thing I am not complaining. Just when you practice NFP (Natural family planning) it can get a little tricky. So goal #1 is to stay on top of my cycle, learn to say no (this is for myself not Wolf) and be patient so we can wait the Midwife recommended time. Which is 3 cycles - 3months. Ugh 2. Get back to healthy I have totally lost all my health points in the last 4 weeks. Its not terrible, but its defiantly not where it was. I have been emotionally eating and drinking badly the last 4 weeks. BUT NO MORE! We are getting back to JERF (Just Eat Real Food). I need to cut out all these carbs. No more eating out, and no more beer and soda. Back to Water and Kombucha only. 3. Take your damn pills I wanna get back to taking my supplements daily. I feel tons better when I do. I also wanna do a good detox so ANY SUGGESTIONS? 4. Fit like Wolf @Wolfpool Knows what needs to go here better then I. So leave this open for him to give me a good starting work out regiment to get fit and sexy. 5. Take care of business I have a business. I am A LuLaRoe Retailer. I am not surprised if some of y'all don't know this because I have been slacking hard at this. I love this business! Just with everything that has been going on the last few months I have totally gotten out of the habit of going live or posting outfits and such. I did have a in-person event on Friday night that went really well. I have good stuff, I love doing it. I just need to get back into it. So for this goal I wanna do 3 IPA's(Income producing activities) with my business a week. That can consist of going live, posting outfits or posting inventory to albums. We need this business. I need to stop making excuses and get back at it. If you could help keep me accountable to this I would appreciate it! Here is my group link -LuLaRoe Heather Bell Time to get to work!
  20. 11 points
    Went very good! I'm prepped for RRDW!
  21. 11 points
    I got Mahi Mahi for next week. I have chaplained so long that I haven't preached a sermon in a church on Sunday Morning for a decade. Welcome! Come in to the light! Yesterday was a good day. I didn't work out but did get to the Chiropractor. I feel good enough to lift next week. I'll only lift once and stick with Yoga and walking the rest of the week. Dont' want to over do it too soon.
  22. 11 points
    Cheetah saunters into the Guildhall Workshop (Guildshop?) with a beat up old toolbox in one hand. He walks around the build table, looking things over, poking at the device now and then. He pauses to read a set of gauges that are flirting with the bottom of the yellow arc, and mutters under his breath. He walks to the side of the room and finds an empty workbench. He sets his toolbox on the bench, pops open it's latch, and opens the lid. He begins to pull out tools, laying them out on the table; he rummages in the box and takes out a number of spare parts with hoses and wire bundles hanging off of them. At one point he reaches into the box up to his shoulder (it appears to be bigger on the inside), and with a smile draws out a very shiny 5-pound hand sledge. Inscribed on the hammer's head is the name, "VERA". He turns toward the machine and grins. "Let's dance."
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  24. 10 points
    Ok so I wasn't going to do a challenge this time around because for some reason I am drowning in ennui but I figured what's better to pull you out of your funk than a bunch a hyped up nerds? Nothin'. That's what. So instead of shrinking into the skirting board I am going to keep plugging away at my shit and keep trying to get better every day. I might have a lot more on come the end of the challenge but whatevs, I'm prepared. Let's get to it. Goal One - H Y D R A T I O N This goal has gone right down the crapper recently. I am great drinking water during my workouts and it's all I keep on me at work but actually remembering to drink it at work proves challenging. I mostly drink squash at home (albeit ridiculously weak it might as well be water) but that is not good enough. I want to drink two litres of actual water each day. I can drink other stuff as well (ales with dinner is becoming a very welcome habit) but I need 2 litres a day of warterrrrr. Goal Two - Something to do with nutrition. Ok so I haven't totally figured this one out yet because I find it hard to balance eating lots of freggies with fasting because sometimes I only eat one meal a day and it's pretty hard to cram 5 a day into that bullshit. I also need to eat calorie/fat dense stuff and make sure I don't, like, die of malnutrition or something (lol at the fat girl dying of malnutrition) but I think I just need to make sure I am not eating like a dickhead and balancing this with my energy needs and also my whims because food is life and I am a very big fan of it's work. Goal Three - BOOTY TRAINING BUTT CLUB YAY EXPLOSIONS! Ok so here's the deal. Every day I am going to post a song from my booty training playlist, along with a booty training exercise and I am going to do the exercise for the whole of the song. Anyone can join in if they want to, and you can have as many rests during the song as you need, take it at your own pace. Post on here with how many reps you got and I will do the same. But first, a disclaimer: I am not a personal trainer. I don't know how to train butts that aren't my own and I only really half know that because I have been trying and failing at this pursuit for about two years now. I will not be held responsible for any injuries incurred or any pregnancies that might happen as a direct result of this pursuit. Don't blame me when ya all sexy and looking like a snack. New challenge, Let's gooooooooooo! (but yeah this was a spur of the moment I-decided-to-actually-do-this-on-the-bus-on-my-way-home kinda thing so I reserve the right to change any and all of this challenge ('cept the butt stuff) before the official start date. I have no idea what I'm doing.)
  25. 10 points
    Wonder Woman Teams Up Anew Diana gave the men around her a friendly smile as she entered the room. Everyone on their small team (The Justice League) were there: Bruce Wayne, the unofficial leader, also known as Batman, Clark Kent (Superman), Arthur Curry (Aquaman), Barry Alan (The Flash), and Victor Stone (Cyborg). Alfred was probably somewhere in the new headquarters’ computer room, sorting through tech., getting everything set up, making sure Bruce’s every whim is taken care of. Now that they were through the aftermath of Darkseid’s attack, they had to focus on plans to protect Earth in the future. There had been another huge battle waged in the cold north, in Sokovia, but by another group altogether, The Avengers. It was against a robot-alien-techno-thing that had gone rogue, if she understood the file that was passed on to her. Bruce has been talking of joining up with this group, to spread their resources more evenly over Earth. Seeing as Superman has been helping them incognito at times anyway, and Thor, a very distant relation of hers apparently (small world or galaxy, rather, isn’t it?), is going away indefinitely, it could work. They will háve to work together for Earth to survive, she corrected herself. The short and long of it is though, they have a whole Earth to cover, limited people with “special” powers and a lot of people who have to be trained in a very short space of time. Because the big war wás coming. Something about Infinity Stones. Diana concentrated on the rest of Bruce’s explanation. “So as it stands, I need to stay near Gotham, in reach of Alfred and Victor, who will be sprucing up our computer systems with outside help from Wakanda. Barry will stay here for further training and he has a new job to attend to during the day.” Bruce lifted an eyebrow in Barry’s direction, and was greeted with a big goofy smile. “Arthur and Clark will head up the underwater team looking for more para-demon lairs, as well as assisting with the training of the Atlanteans.” Bruce went on. That left her, she realised. She would have to go to the other team and help with training. She nodded with a small sigh. “The Avengers are hoping to train small groups of elite fighters who will help protect the world against terrorists, war criminals, bio-tech, and at times, aliens. But mostly elite human-, or enhanced human enemies to start with.” Bruce explained further. Nothing they didn’t already know. Diana and Steve will be heading up the training of these elite small groups. “Wakanda’s leader, T’Challa (Black Panther), has agreed to create a hidden training facility on his land in East Africa. The training will be overseen by Captain Steven Brandt Rogers, super soldier. The superhuman serum that enhanced Captain America's physical attributes also improved his mental faculties—such as cognition, perception, balance, aim, and reflexes—to near genius-level. He is just as lethal with his shield, as our Diana is with hers.” Bruce said with a slight smile. Bruce went on to explain in more detail to her, how similar their fighting styles were, pointed out some of the differences, and then emphasized that, as Captain Rogers came from a military background, he could also shoot extremely well. As their future missions will be focusing more on fighting terrorists, and enhanced-human enemies, Steve will be helping Diana further with her shooting skills. They will be training together, and train the newbs as well. Diana had a week in which she got everything ready, and left on one of Bruce’s private jet’s for Wakanda. She loved Africa. In fact she was there only a couple of months ago while recuperating from a vicious mental and physical attack. It is the ideal place to recharge your batteries, for there is a good reason they say the continent runs on “Africa-time”. People do not seem to hurry, and appointments are sometimes more a suggestion of time to meet, than a fact. The same could of course not be said of big cities, where everything ran around money and time. It was the exquisite rural vistas that drew her, and helped her heal. Then again, with what was waiting on them, and the background of T’Challa and his technologically super-advanced state, she doubted they ran on “Africa-time”. Wakanda itself was a smallish country, with villages, or settlements, in various nooks and crannies of the plato, which was itself on the side of a mountain. It lay on different levels each only reachable by huge swaying, roundabout rope bridges, marvels of engineering itself, other than the very small, dangerous air field of Wakanda. To the north was a huge mountain peak; the biggest desert lake in Africa was to the south, and inescapable cliffs to both the west and east. From the main lake ran three rivers, two of which surrounded Wakanda as well. It was near impenetrable, if you didn’t know your stuff. The settlements seemed to be randomly placed, but in actual fact was in strategic defensive positions with regards to the country, and the Vibranium they were protecting. The capital (Birnin Zana, also known locally as the Golden City) was on the banks of Lake Turkana, seemingly just another African city, but upon closer inspection the touch of technology could be seen everywhere. It was the most technologically advanced country in the world, despite its size. Due to it being cloaked, it can’t easily be detected. Diana gasped at the profusely growing plants everywhere. Even the farmland had to be maintained every day to stop the plants from taking back the space. As such she knew that her main diet for the next couple of months would be meat, vegetables and fruit. Very little starch (gluten specifically) based foods such as bread, rice, and pasta, and very little to no sweets, she told herself. The one “weak” point she had being chocolate, specifically Belgian, but in general any chocolate. The stash she brought along would have to last her this whole time. She was taken directly to the new training facility close to Warrior Falls, and the hive of activity continued non-stop as she was helped out of the Jeep. All around the sound of building, metal scraping, hammers hitting nails, the grunts and moans of hard labour permeated the air. “This way, please ma’am.” the soldier beckoned. “I am to take you to your room to deposit your bags, and then take you to Captain Rogers and King T’Challa” he continued nervously. He wasn’t prepared to meet such a lady. She had an air of regality about her, even though her demeanour was that of any normal person. They were told she was a female soldier, a fighter. She didn’t look like one. He lead her into a wood and grass building, seemingly no bigger than a three room house from the outside. They entered through a doorway with an invisible force field, which she of course could detect with no problem. Inside, the cool, plastered walls belied its humble outside appearance. The hum and vibrations of technology filled the air. Vibranium driven machines were running full steam, so to speak. She was lead down a long flight of spiralling stairs, along a winding passage with various doors leading off it. Beautiful tapestries depicting the everyday life of Wakandan people, were on display on the passage walls. They stopped in front of a nondescript door which the soldier opened for her. “Your quarters ma’am. This is a small lounge, with your room and private bathroom through those doors respectively. Meals are served three times a day in the dining room at the end of this passage, and you are welcome to help yourself to something in the kitchen off the dining room at other times. If you could please place your hand here,” and he motioned to a lighted rectangle next to the door. She felt a small prick on her thumb, and only just stopped herself from punching the rectangle. “Your bio-print is now registered with the system, and I’ll set it so only you have access to your quarters.” Diana looked on in amazement. She wasn’t quite comfortable knowing she was underground and surrounded by this much technology, but the room felt comfortable and airy with various lights shining out of niches in the walls. In the corner of the lounge was a small kitchenette, and she quickly peeked into her room when her bags were carried in. She will be most comfortable here. “We better not keep the gentlemen waiting any longer,” Diana said and turned to the soldier with a smile as he lead her out of her rooms. They went down one more flight of stairs, and her guide named the rooms as they passed them. The doors were not marked in any way as far as she could see. “Armoury or 'The Toy Store' as we call it” he explained with a huge grin on his boyish face. “Gun range, safety equipment, medical equipment, training rooms, exercise rooms, weights, bathrooms here and here, massage rooms, computer and tech.room for surveillance, offices for you and the Captain, and then the two boardrooms. One big, one small. The small one is where we are headed. And another large dining room at the end of the passage so you don’t have to go back upstairs for lunch.” He opened the door for her and blushed profusely as she smiled and thanked him, which stopped his nervous babble. Diana took a deep breath and turned to meet the two men in the room. She couldn’t stop the small involuntary gasp when she came face-to-face with Captain Steven Brandt Rogers. This is indeed going to be an interesting time. ----000---- Mental Health: First 15 bible study weekday mornings. Sleep: lights off by 21h45. Water/Rooibos: >= 750ml/day. Prize: For every 5 days (all three goals), I can buy an Aloe cooldrink/water at that time. Physical Health: Morning exercises (Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays - BW & other strength). (PASS: 10 days) Afternoon exercises (at least 3x/week, one long (4km) and two short (2km) walks). (PASS: 10 days) Gluten-based food OR starches, and chocolate once a week each, only. (More than that --> 10x burpees/each portion). No prize (well the prize for staying away from starches and chocolates are NO burpees! That's a win however way you see it.) FA Training: Dry fire practice mornings (Tuesdays, Thursdays). (PASS: 6 days) EDC at least 3x/week. (PASS: 10 days) Prize: AIWB holster for my belly band - no clip, slip into space but should hold form. Finances: Report to King T’Challa on March budget for training, or in Elize terminology: finish up to March finances on the spreadsheet. PS: still to add prizes, but this round I will focus more on dry fire training and edc-ing. Exercises are of course important, but they are basically continuing from last challenge with only small changes. I only have 6 weeks left till the Waterra OCR which Brandt (hubby) and I will take part in together. For those who don't know me, and haven't guessed as yet, I tend to ramble a lot about my daily life, my hubby and kids in my challenges and at times this becomes something of a "Dear Diary" monologue. I'm just mentioning that here, because I know that is not everyone's cup of tea.
  26. 10 points
    So I had this brilliant climbing specific challenge planned for the past 3 weeks (shhh I know) but then I woke up today feeling about 80 years old and decided it's probably not the best idea. On one hand I don't know a single climber that doesn't feel half broken most of the time, but on the other hand I feel I should at least try to do something about it. Before my body decides for me. Because apparently right after you turn 32 you become a responsible adult. Or something. Actually some of the stuff I wanted to do anyway, but instead of phrasing it as a get super strong goal I'm rephrasing it to a take care of myself goal. Much less exciting, I know... Fix my aches and niggles Over the course of the challenge I want to collect 50 Recovery Points spread over all my aches and niggles, 1 MP per exercise/treatment. This is going to be an embarrassing list. Unless you're a climber and then it's a pretty run-of-the-mill list haha. Fingers - this is the one that worries me the most. This morning I struggled with things like tying my shoe laces. (It's much better now though!) Stuff I can try are finger curls, ice baths, voodoo flossing, massage, theraputty. No, climbing less is not included in this list, there are limits to adultiness. Shoulder and elbows - these are not toooo bad, but need regular peanutting. Hamstring - also not too bad but 1) I want to nip it in the bud as it's a recurring niggle and 2) strengthening my hammies will sneakily my heel hooks stronger. Fix by doing hamstring curls, knee hangs, single left deadlifts, peanutting. Knee - the inside of my knee is being stupid, probably from falling down and jumping onto the appalling climbing mats a lot, and it's not going away on its own. I've never had this before but conveniently enough GMB just released a fixing niggly knees guide so I'm going to use that as my starting point. This also has the very sneaky secondary motive of making my legs stronger for climbing. Maintenance This is leftover stuff from the last challenge that I semi-failed at but I want to keep in the challenge so I won't slack too much. Abs 20 MP Backbends 20 MP Pull-ups 15 MP Adulting Pt 1: Get Shit Done Deal with stuff that I've been procrastinating since forever. Like a year for the worst things. Here's the list in no particular order. Pt 2: Squeaky clean Might as well squeeze ALL the responsible adulting things into this challenge. Because if I get it over and done with I won't have to deal with it for the rest of the year. That's how it works right? This second part is about keeping my flat clean, for some reason it's been a constant battle lately. The strategy is if it takes less than five minutes do it now. The grading is per day, from a scale of 1-5 how embarrassing would the state of my flat be if someone came over unannounced. But don't worry my friends, there's still hope! @lucky fire dragon and I are going to do a pole PvP (TBA) which should be super fun and very non-adulty!
  27. 10 points
    Main Goal In October of this year, I'll be competing in the 2018 OCR World Championships. I qualified as an age group competitor twice during the 2017 season and raced in a group of similarly grey-bearded men. I will travel to the UK to participate and will run as a journeyman if necessary, but it's my goal to qualify to race against other 50-and-over men again. This time, I don't want to be happy to be there, I want to finish closer to the middle of the pack than the back, and I'd like to leave with something more than just a finisher medal and a tee shirt: I want to finish with 100% obstacle completion. If I do this, I will get to keep my band. A bunch of my friends kept theirs last year. At the end of the last challenge cycle, I ran a qualifying event and did not place well. I got pretty down about it. While it was a wake-up call regarding my training, it was also a wake-up call to re-focus my mindset and my attitude. I needed to be reminded that I do this for FUN. This is about a mile and less than 15 minutes into the race. Does this man look like he's having fun? This man is 8.2 miles and eight hours into the same race. Does this man look like he's having fun? Kacey spent the whole race, including the double-hill bucket carry, smiling. He also was quoted as saying, while standing in a puddle, "You better be careful here, the mud's up to my waist!" and laughing. I ENJOY obstacle racing. I'm going to spend this cycle putting in the work while changing my mindset and enjoying the process. I need to choose the path to the Light Side, where there is joy in the process. This is where I say "I know what it takes to get where I want to be" and put my goals in. I do know what it takes. If I had any self-discipline, I could run a Battle Log, because these things don't change, but I have the self-discipline of a teenager on a Red Bull drip and the attention span to match, so Challenge Thread it is. If you've been around for any of my challenges you know what's coming: Goal: Speed I have gone from "I'm not a runner" to "I enjoy trail running." The problem is, our trails have been frozen since November and the cold aggravates my psoriatic arthritis. We should have had a thaw in March, but it's now mid-April and IT'S STILL SNOWING. I'll get in most of my work on the Dreadmill with some scheduled trail runs while things are I'm still building up my mileage from a winter of slacking, but I have a running plan that works. Consistency will get me there. Plan: Run a minimum of 3x per week, including 3-mile VO2 max interval training, 3-4 mile lactate threshold training, and weekend long run. Goal: Strength I enjoy weight training. I need to supplement this with boot-camp style bodyweight and high-rep, low-weight training, and pull-ups. This will help with obstacle proficiency and efficiency. There will be white boards. Plan: Boot Camp Monday, Wednesday, and Saturdays when I don't have a scheduled race or trail run. Weight training Tuesday and Thursday. 400 pull-ups during the course of the challenge. Goal: Skill While raw strength will help with some obstacles, it's not going to help me through a ninja-style rig or on Pegatron or obstacles where there are specific skills involved. I have a gym membership to Obstacle Academy for this. Plan: Weekly Friday obstacle workout at Obstacle Academy. Have a specific training plan every time instead of just going in and goofing around on the toys. Goal: Sustenance I lost a bunch of weight five years ago by tracking my nutritional macros and I've kept it off by doing the same. I've occasionally dropped five to ten pounds in between that has not stayed off because when I'm not tracking macros, I eat junk. I've stuck to my macros pretty well over the last challenge cycle and my race jersey is fitting pretty well right now, but I'd like to look AMAZING when my home race in June rolls around. Plan: Log my food daily. Stick to my macros. Goal: Sanity This is my self-care non-goal. I'm chronically over-scheduled and currently don't have an out for this. Work is a hot mess and I'm along for the ride. Aside from Yoga on Mondays when it fits my schedule, this is not a quantifyable, SMART goal, but it's on the list to remind me to spend some time in self-care daily. Starting Line I Race. I do it because I enjoy it. A bad day on an obstacle course is still the happiest day of my week. I've got two trail "races" on the docket this cycle to ensure that I am getting in my weekend long runs. There's also one obstacle mud run at the end of this cycle: Muddy Warrior Run, May 19 This is NOT an OCRWC qualifier, so it is going to be more of a fun run than a competitive race for me. It looks like fun. I'm going to go race happy that day. Time to choose your path, Jedi.
  28. 10 points
    They don't appear to be having a good time... Thanks! For sure, it doesn't have to be fancy, just good ingredients used properly. Today is a good day. I went for a walk, about 3.25 miles. I cooked some mahi-mahi filets, and served them with veggie-rice. I made rice like normal, then dumped in 2 chopped roma tomatoes and a bag of stir-fry veggies (in this case broccoli, carrots and snow peas. I also made a sauce with some cubed pinapple, ginger powder, lemon pepper and coconut aminos. I blended it all together, then put most of it in with the rice and mixed it, and used a little bit to top the fish.
  29. 10 points
    Pics!!! Neiman and I at Chick-fil-A before day 1 of Summit. Twin Sandwich! Weston, Neiman and I. The party is about to start!! #balconyseats Charles, Weston and I. Craig Groeshel bringing the thunder for Session 1! #RunYourOwnRace Meeting one of my heroes, Pastor Mike Todd! Mike signed my “Secret Stash” book that I keep in my back pocket. It contains bible verses. I just recently wrote his definition of grace from listening to his Grace like a Flood series. It wasn’t an accident I had that in there Met a great group of guys at Summit. From left to right: Neiman, Weston, Tyler, Josh, Seth(behind me), me, and Connor. We have a running group Txt since conference for accountability Dinner before the last session of night 2. Cheesecake Factory Skinnylicious chicken tacos with pickled veggies... and those veggies were da BOMB! Dinner photo with the guys! Otter wax to help clean my swanky Marciante Chelsea boots + a cleaning brush. They are based out of Grapevine, TX and they had a little shop set up at conference! Paleo chicken stir fry on cauliflower rice. Last nights dinner. Yummy, evil cookies! Wolf Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  30. 10 points
    Feeling very grateful right now. I just want to thank everyone on NF who has been so supportive. I just posted a note on a gal who was just starting out on her journey, and I shared a bit about how I started. Sometimes I get so impatient, it is really good to go back and think of what I was like. I couldn't do the bodyweight circuit, I couldn't do jumping jacks, because it hurt my ankles and back. II was so sedentary. Being here, and having you guys encourage me has meant so much to me on this journey. Thanks.
  31. 10 points
    Week 1: This weekend was great. A long walk on Saturday, friends over to visit and play games, and Sunday was dance lessons. We worked a bunch on the waltz, and how to have good posture and hold your body correctly. Monday;Spring is here! Sunny and warm, and supposed to be that way all week. Did my morning routine. New this challenge is that I don't have a designated start time. I've been battling this one all year, I've made progress, but I still just feel like I always want to rebel against it. So this month, I'm just seeing what happens if I don't do it. Today I started my workout at 10. After my workout, I knew I had stuff to do , so I did things. Went outside and weeded. Planned meals for this week. Mr. I and I went on a walk this evening. Flowers are blooming everywhere. This is a copy and paste from my training log on GMB: Gorgeous, sunny and even warm day. Did my ring workout. After I finish typing this, I’m going to stretch and do a couple of FF stretches in the sun. I’ve been so tired by the end of my workouts. I decided I needed to ease up a bit. I don’t want to injure myself. So today I finished each rep set when I felt like I could do one more, instead of going to failure. I’m tired now, but not worn out, if that makes sense. I’m a bit bummed that I’m not doing as many reps as the workout suggests, but I am using good form, and fact is I’m 50+ years old, not 20 something, and that is a different. And I’m not in a race, nor trying to get on the Olympic team. (: Doing Week 2 Day 5 Reverse rows (I did sit back since it really is week 3) 5,5,4,4,3 assisted pull up 6,5,5,5,5 reverse pull ups 4,4,3,3,3 – jump to inverted hang- worked on staying in hang position a moment, straight arm going down, and slowing descent, I do tucked
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    This is probably the most reasonable thing to do. We are on waving terms with all of our neighbors, but that is about it. I got my diploma this week!
  33. 10 points
    Saturday 21st April We went for a viewing on a house yesterday morning. It has a lot of possibility but it needs a great deal of work. Having said that, it's right at the lower end of our budget so we'll have the money to get it just how we want it, but I am questioning if I have the inclination. I know I shouldn't be so lazy, this shit is important. After the viewing we went for a walk around my old neighbourhood and sat on my favourite spot which is a grassy hill with a lovely church on it, and TH ate chips and we discussed our options. It was a lovely sunny day which made everything better. Then we went to my parent's house and caught up with them and I picked up my new elliptical runner (my current one cracked) and when we got home we changed that and I drank kombucha. Then I wasted some time putting off my workout which is what always happens when I don't just get it done first thing in the morning. Eventually I got round to it, then made dinner which was smoky chorizo pasta and garlic bread. TH watched Forest and I lay on the floor listening to music, watching the cat run around the garden and drinking some Brewdog beers. It was a lovely summer night. Life is good.
  34. 10 points
    Day 0.4 Hands-free gymnastics was the only thing on the menu at practice. I did a looong stretching session, partly because I was pretty sore from lifting but also just to brainstorm what to work on. I warmed up with side aerials and leaps + jumps on floor. Pondered briefly whether I could do punch front tucks and pikes before trying a few -- it's been a couple of years, honestly. I exclusively do them out of front handsprings because too many punch fronts give me shin splints, haha. After that, I worked on front layouts and attempted some front fulls on the tumble trak (TT -- it's a long trampoline basically) for a while. The fulls were shaky. My arms are doing all sorts of weird things and I haven't used the TT in a while so it was hard to get my timing right again. Then a buuunch of standing back tucks and standing front tucks onto the soft resi mat. On beam, I did a whole bunch of full turns, switch leaps, and split jumps. The end of practice was splits stretching and pancake stretching for 15 minutes or so with the crew. Pretty productive, actually. I think while I am hands-free, I'll focus on: -front fulls -punch front layouts -connecting front pike + front tuck on the TT -front aerials -STANDING side aerials instead of the silly hurdle I do into them -standing back tucks -standing front tucks -back layout stepout on the TT and onto the resi with panel mats -ALL THE LEAPS and all the splits stretching -butterfly kicks/twist things?! Homework: 1/3 lifting, 1/4 PT Bagged lunch: 2/2 days tracked (2018 kcal | 129g protein), 0 weigh-ins Shut up and drive: 0/4 driving practices, road test not scheduled Slobbishness: 2/5 flossing, 1/4 face moisturizer, 0/1 callus maintenance Friday - lifting! Saturday - more hands-free gymnastics + driving practice + watch Bruins game 5~ Sunday - much-needed spring cleaning at home, probably no workout
  35. 10 points
    Ok friends. My life got busy this week and I was still digging out from last week's busy. So, I took a real zero week for possibly the first time. Hehe. Partly this is because I've been trying to think of ways to focus my next challenge. Goals and metrics are kind of triggery for me at this point, so I think I'm going to find some new habits to experiment with. Hopefully that will help me build on this more intuitive foundation without letting my old habits of perfectionism and all-or-nothing shenanigans slip back in. Also, Ents. Hooooopefully Minnesota will move out of winter during this challenge, so I'm planning on getting outdoors more as well. My work responsibilities should be returning to normal levels in the near future. *fingers crossed* I do have a local conference this weekend. I am part of our school's jeopardy team (ACK, not my choice but they needed me!), so I hope my anxiety won't ruin the learning. Enough preamble! Entish Experiments Don't Go Treeish - Treebeard explained to Merry and Pippin in The Two Towers that many of the Ents and Huorns had been going treeish, meaning they no longer moved and lost their voices. This long winter has been hard on my movement habits, so it's time to get moving again. I want to do something every day - walks, yoga, workouts, whatever. Ent Draughts - Drink more water. - Play with how to cook and meal prep in an intuitive eating framework. Don't Be Hasty - Continue to work on all my good mental health habits. There's no reason to rush past my feelings or thoughts when there's plenty of time. Expect more rambles this challenge, after all...
  36. 10 points
    Tell people on NF about nutrition, weight loss and changing gyms, nobody bats an eyelash Tell them wrasslin's back and everyone losea their minds. Never change, friends <3 First of all, that gif is GLORIOUS. Second, left to right are (top row) Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, Macho Man Randy Savage, Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Mr. Perfect Kurt Henning. Bottom row, Andre the Giant, Brutus the Barber Beefcake, Ravishing Rick Rude, The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase and Bret The Hitman Hart. Legends, every one of them. Also dead before their time, most of them, which is sad.
  37. 9 points
    WARNING: This challenge will have no real goals. It'll just be a lot of blathering. I'm not in a position for goals right now. On March 19, the radiologist thought that something didn't look quite right on my routine, screening mammogram. So, she called me back for another one as well as an ultrasound. One biopsy later, and I was diagnosed with IDC breast cancer. Over the last month, I've gone through 2 mammograms, an ultrasound, an ultrasound guided biopsy, a breast MRI, a CT scan, a lymph node biopsy, a bone scan, an upper arm MRI, an arm X-ray, a visit to the surgical oncologist, a visit to the plastic surgeon, a class at the hospital, and ultimately a bilateral mastectomy. So yeah. As Jayne would say, I took that stick. And, well, I took it. And I guess that's something. All of that being said, everything is considered to be 100% curable, so I don't want anyone worrying about me too much. It was caught relatively early, and it has the best combination of hormonal receptors that you can possibly have for breast cancer. Here I am 2 days before surgery And here I am after surgery. TMI warning.. Things are very tender, but I actually feel pretty good. I'm only using the oxycodone at night, and I'm fine with just tylenol and ibuprofen during the day. The big problem is that I'm currently a T-Rex, meaning I can't raise my arms or use them much. Rather than worrying that a T-Rex can't parkour (or do yoga, pull ups, silks, push ups, etc.), instead I'll focus on what a T-Rex can do. T-Rex can take walks, read books, do physical therapy exercises, paint miniatures, (eventually) play the piano, relax, and heal. So, that's what I will do. On Friday, I should get the pathology report, at which point I'll know if they need to go back in and harvest more lymph nodes. I'll also have a slightly better idea if I'll end up doing chemo. While I really hope they don't need to take more lymph nodes, since that would greatly increase my risk of lymphedema, I'll just deal with whatever happens. I'm feeling pretty positive about everything, have a ton of support, and I'm ready to tackle all of this head-on! I am a little weirded out that Rurik and I seem to be cosmically linked, but the universe works in weird ways.
  38. 9 points
    I’ve been with NF for years. I’ve done a few challenges. I belong to the NF academy. I know what I need to do and why it needs to be done. This challenge is about no more excuses and getting shit done. It starts now! I have gained some wisdom over the years, how about I use it to do what I know I need to be doing? Focus on food – I typically eat good food. I just tend to eat too much and when stressed/bored, I make poor choices. I know this, so I will strive to be kinder to myself these days. I will keep choosing smaller portions (which I have been doing with great success in the last few weeks!) and finding alternative outlets for my stress/boredom eating. Exercise for me – I like to exercise. I love BJJ class (most days!). I love feeling strong. I love hiking in my mountains. I miss yoga. So I will keep going to my classes BJJ and strength/conditioning at the gym. I will take more hikes right out of my backdoor. And I will keep trying to find something to help me trigger yoga practices… I need to find a trigger (something that happens often enough that I can associate it with yoga practice… sort of pavlovian in nature) that cues me into practicing yoga/mobility. De-cluttering then hygge - My house and yard are cluttered messes. They have suffered from about two years of neglect. My garden has been infiltrated by gophers and needs to be rebuilt. My craft room has collected so much junk the family refers to it as the crap room. My closet is overflowing with clothes I don’t love. My home isn’t comfortable because there is just too much stuff. I have so many things I want to do at home and I will do some of them. I will have to pick and choose where I focus because I run the risk of becoming overwhelmed by the enormity of the whole cluttered mess. So I will pick and choose places to make improvements but I will not run away and hide in a book when there is so much that I can do in my spare time. Support the family – This is a given for me. And right now everyone is fairly healthy with some routine building to round out all of the medical stuff that we have dealt with over the past year or so… I will be as supportive as possible with out losing myself. Happiness and gratitude – The practice of gratitude has always helped when things got rough. It stands to reason that its impact when things are going well should be amazing! I will do my best to be grateful for everything. The internal self-talk voice in my head will only speak to me in a positive manner, it should be the voice of my best friend and most positive advocate ever. I will foster and encourage all things positive, useful and beautiful in my life. What I will NOT be doing: I hate tracking because when I have to change plans on the fly, tracking goes out the window. I won’t set myself up for failure by creating any specific goals for forcing myself to track stuff. I will not let little mistakes set me up for larger failures. I will not allow any nasty voices of negative self-talk invade my soul. I will not loose myself in books to avoid the stress of life. But how will assess success at the end of my challenge you ask? I will redo my body measurements at the end of this challenge. I strive for smaller numbers but in the end they are just numbers, they don't define me. I will also assess my progress around the house by how much I have improved the hygge of my home (it is subjective but only my opinion matters). I will take stock of the happiness and peace that I find in my soul to see how I am doing with the family, happiness and gratitude. Those things are measurement enough.
  39. 9 points
    Okay Guys and Gals, buckle up, because Sylvaa is going to be doing a brain dump. Last challenge was pretty much a bust, what with trying to finish off my MBA and having a metric crapton of work to do (ahh, deadlines, how I will never miss you). So now I feel kind of .... lost? on where to go next. My MBA was a huge deal (spoiler with all kinds of feels): Now I'm at the point that I don't know what to do. Like, I've put forth so much time and energy to not be a statistic that now that I've made it, I'm floundering. I've truly had this unwavering purpose for half my life and now that it's kind of over with, I'm not sure what to do. I've also truly been struggling with loneliness, which has manifested as additional hermit-like behavior, both here and in my every day life. I mean, this is kind of one of those things that I usually struggle with, however it seems like it's been overly difficult recently: Finally, I'm getting no home support in terms of being healthier. Which probably wouldn't be so bad if I counteracted it with ... you know, friends. So this challenge is truly going to be about getting myself together and figuring out what is next for me.
  40. 9 points
    It was soooo good. I imagine it's easier to find in Texas than New England. Today is a good day. I did a bodyweight workout. I also cooked lamb loin chops (Himalayan Pink Salt, Pepper and olive oil, cook 5 min per side in a pan at medium high) and served them with an orange kale salad (two navel oranges peeled and sectioned, 5 oz baby kale, 1/2 an onion chopped, toss with apple cider vinegar, olive oil and mustard). For being so simple it tasted INCREDIBLE.
  41. 9 points
    Dang! A trip to Israel would be SCHAWEET! But I can settle for those awesome images for the time being . Preciate ya, Tank! LOL! I hate to disappoint said "friend" but there were no shirtless pics this time. HA! Thank you so much, Skygirl! That is an amazing shirt! I need to add that to my collection! Preciate that Matt! The cookie goal is gonna be tough. I realized when I said "No Cookies" I was talking about ALL cookies, not just the amazing almond chocolate chip ones that Heather and I make... ...I'm doing OK now, but I need some help as we get deeper into the challenge, lol! I'm excited about learning guitar and starting my musical journey. I've been playing air guitar for most of my life so I at least have the body placement down for where my hands go, haha. And I've bought so many books recently that I really just need to sit down and read them and soak up all the incite they radiate with. I REALLY want to finish Sun Stand Still this challenge and start on a new one of Pastor Steven's books. It'll probably be "Unqualified" It was AMAZING! I feel more on fire for the Lord than I did before it started! Silverballs, you know me so well! Hi Jack! Glad to have ya! Take a seat and enjoy yourself, my friend, cuz it's gonna be a fun 4-weeks!! Lol, you're a goober, babe. Let me cookie-detox for another couple weeks and THEN post some ab pics, haha. Men's Conference was absolutely amazing, you guys! I have pics to update with, which I'll do on a separate post, but the Spirit of God was abundant and I took away so much wisdom from those 2 days! I got to meet one of my pastor heroes, Mike Todd from Transformation Church out in Tulsa, OK. I also went to his breakout session on Friday and recorded the whole 53 min sermon he preached on "Recharging your Batteries". Ironically enough, recording that killed my phone battery. AAAAAnd, just putting this out there but as I was typing this, Mike retweeted my post with the picture of us, lol! WOOT WOOT! The rest of the weekend went well. It was nice just chillin with the fam. We finished the new "Lost in Space" series on Netflix and we all really enjoyed it! Saturday night we went to church but I didn't get to stay in service long because Jamison got upset in the nursery. Speaking of, J started walking this weekend! He's been ALMOST there the last few weeks but was cruising around all weekend long! I think I counted like 15 steps for his longest stint as an upright little boy ! He'll be 11 months 5/1 so he's walking early like Declan. Since tickets for Deadpool 2 were available to buy this weekend, I went ahead and got Heather and I a pair to enjoy a fun filled date night with the Merc with a Mouth, himself. WOOT WOOT! Soooooo excited for that! And this Friday we're seeing Avengers Infinity War!! WOOT WOOT! Sunday was a super chill day with some Elevation Church live, laundry and letting @PrincessMononoke take a long nap . And yes, @Tanktimus the Encourager, I did the laundry and YES I am thanking you for it . I read some of the IVP Intro to the Bible yesterday and practiced guitar for a little over 30 min. I didn't workout this morning, I'm gonna go Tuesday-Friday this week, with farmer walks scheduled for tomorrow. More guitar practice tonight and "Sun Stand Still". I don't want to rush through the IVP Intro to the Bible because I'm dissecting each page like an in-depth study guide, but I do, however, want to finish SSS in the next week. I brought an avocado + 4 hard boiled eggs for my snack/breakfast (which I ate around 1130 today) and then I have 2 honey roasted turkey, black forest ham, and monterey jack cheese sandwiches on good bread (Dave's Killer Bread) with Heather's homemade avocado oil mayo and store bought dijon mustard. YUM! Wolf
  42. 9 points
    Don't Go Treeish - danced to a few songs throwing in some basic kickboxing moves Ent Draughts - 1L plus of water - made my simple go to meal of the moment for dinner pork roast (heating up leftovers), fries, broccoli with butter and salt Don't Be Hasty - Luther's morning blessing (cross, Lord's prayer, Apostle's Creed) - church, I missed everybody when our service was closed during the blizzard last week - nap - long meditation - call with my mom - journaling
  43. 9 points
    Yeah, I didn't know this was a "thing" until I signed up for a 30-day running challenge. Once I was committed to the schedule, my brain stopped arguing and it got a lot easier. Running on the brain I think. Zero week update Well...my race yesterday did not remotely go as planned. I was using it as a supported training run, and was very open to the possibility of dropping out after 20 miles. Instead I dropped out around 14. I had a lot of things going on, but I think the biggest problem was shoe choice. I picked a pair because they were best-suited for mud. They are also a bit big on my, but I've worn them several times for shorter things. I don't think I'd worn them for a run this far before. My feet were sliding a bit, after a while my foot started cramping (I'm assuming I was somehow bracing to keep my feet in position within the shoes), and I stumbled several times, actually falling once (but not injuring myself). It was a disappointing run. The shoe thing is no biggie...good to at least know these won't work for long runs. But I"m also concerned about my overall fitness. In the big picture, I can fix that. In the short term, it doesn't help my confidence for my next endurance run. Challenge-related stuff: 3 tasks and 2 goals Task 1: Read Deskbound. This is going way better than I expected. I've been sitting on the floor for a while each day. I'm mostly using a yoga block. Otherwise I find myself looking for something to lean back against. Task 2: Work on the Garmin...haven't started b/c my internet was out all weekend. It's fixed now, so maybe I'll work on this. Task 3: Running app. I'm testing out the Asics app. Last week I've learned some of the ways that it's inflexible...it assigns workouts to specific days. It lets you move them around to other days, but I don't think it will let you do that retroactively. Still figuring this thing out. Goal 1: Exercise after work 2x per week (and figure out how to make this less of a fight). Went to the gym once and giving myself a pass for working out at home after yoga was cancelled. Started my "excuse log" to try to figure out my triggers. This week I'll try planning ahead and being more rigid with sticking to it. The other thing I'm noticing is that I like to spread this out in the week (Mon/Thurs), but people often want to do social things later in the week. If I skip working out to go out with friends later in the week, it's harder to fit in a make-up. So I'm going to try yoga on Monday and the gym on Tuesday. This isn't 100% ideal for training, but if I stick to it, it's better than nothing. Goal 2: Morning routine. I'm getting back into the swing of this. It's really just a case of getting organized and then taking the time to do these things for myself. p.s. Anyone remember B#2 (bachelor number 2)? He was away for several months. We were on kind of shaky ground before he left, but I had already agreed to take care of his goldfish. [deleted random ranting]. Today he picked up the fish, and I did not encourage him to call me again. Maybe B#3 is out there somewhere...
  44. 9 points
    So... I decided I'm gonna list for myself the people I'm following this challenge. It's easy to lose track when life kicks in, and then I end up aimlessly roaming the forums without sense of time. As much as I'd like to follow and read everyone's threads, last challenge showed me that can be a problem - and since my two-jobs-two-kids-lay-ministry life will be even busier during the next 4 weeks than the previous ones (end of the school year getting even closer, several trips, the race, etc.), I gotta take measures to maximize the efficiency of spending time on NF. Don't want to fail my subquests (mainly loose my sleep!:) or life duties because of badly managing my time on NF. I'm sorry for the names that won't be here - I respect you all, guys, I really do - I just don't want to say lightly 'I'm following' and then actually not follow. Not that I will decidedly ignore anyone else - I'm gonna roam to anyone's thread from time to time - but what I won't do is make any empty promises. Therefore, the magnificent 12 I'm following this challenge (most of you know why or will know soon) are: @Siuken, @TGP, @Salinger, @SkyGirl, @jonfirestar, @Xena, @Seraphina, @Maigahane, @mediaguy99, @Wolfpool, @EricMN, @Chris-Tien Jinn
  45. 9 points
    Crops for everyone! I knooow. It's definitely UNEXPECTED, but I haven't done it in a long time. I'm curious where things are landing lately. My approach of "eh, let's eat more veggies... maybe?" hasn't done anything for my body comp over the last few months. I'm a bit too busy right now to want to commit to a real meal prep plan or goal, so maybe going by the numbers will start to encourage more cooking at home. It's roundabout, but I'd be happy if I start saving some of that $$$ and maybe some kcals while I'm at it. I'm using a tracking app that tries to figure out your micronutrients and makes suggestions for foods you can do to catch up on those, so I think that kind of approach will encourage healthful behaviors as well. If I stay nice and sane, I might do it for a full 8 weeks? Little mini cut into summer. If I get weird about it or decide it's not really what I want to be doing, back to Salad Club it is. Welcome. <333 THREE TIMES A DAY?!??! Oh boy. Yeah, I'll take my baby steps for now. Ahahah, thank you guys. After we competed on Friday, I took Saturday - Tuesday as REST DAYS. Yes, me! Resting. There was still plenty of walking around and a good deal of dancing, but no formal workouts. NOT A ONE. Monday was the marathon in Boston, so we did some spectating but the weather was atrocious. One of my favorite bartenders is leaving us for the pastoral paradise of Portland, Maine after this weekend, so we visited him on Monday night and of course were there until closing, oops. Tuesday, I went grocery shopping, made dinner, and took a very important nap. But here we are, ZERO WEEK UPDATES. Day 0.3 My shoulder is not quite playing with the team during bench press, but squats felt great. Plus abs and glutes and just being in the gym was fun and good after 4 days off. Homework: 1/3 lifting, 0/4 PT Bagged lunch: 1/1 days tracked (2024 kcal | 132g protein <-- maybe I'll track my average here?), 0 weigh-ins Shut up and drive: 0/4 driving lessons, road test not scheduled Slobbishness: 1/5 flossing, 0/4 face moisturizer, 0/1 callus maintenance I went to physical therapy this morning and she did a lot of heating and soft tissue work to get us started. My exercises were a ton of face-down lying with my arms out, pulling them up with straight arms and trying to just use between my shoulders and NOT my upper traps -- lol whaaat? but upper traps pls. I did a lot of variations of that. Then she had me do a lot of very light rows on the bad side while lying down with the same idea of just trying to pull between my shoulder blade. Plus then this other row variation where you swing it out like a reverse fly kind of? They were hard. This week my PT homework is some thoracic stretching and not doing gymnastics skills with a lot of power transfer through the hands. Laaame. However, she didn't put on any lifting restrictions, so I'll keep at it! I'm still a bit blue about the whole shoulder sitch, so I did some retail therapy:
  46. 9 points
    Yessir, I am! With the little time I have to read, I do enjoy sitting down with it and learning more about the Good Book. From a breakdown perspective, it's quite interesting. I would love to visit Jerusalem one day and possibly see them in-person....if that's even a thing? I like what you did there, lol! I have frequently called my undies "under the butt nut hut" so that meme speaks to me I kinda of just leave my shoulders where they are when I farmer walk. Basically, just stabilize them so they are't sagging, but you could easily shrug them for added trap burn if you wanted. Stabilize your shoulders and brace your core. Farmer walks are GREAT for building your core muscles Update: Goal 1: N/A-No farmer walks today Goal 2: No Cookies- 3/3! The only way I'm failing this goal is if I get tricked into eating them. I'm feeling good about this one. Goal 3: No guitar practice-we got home late from Church and didn't have 30 min to designate practice time. Heck, I didn't have 5 min. These next two days are going to be very busy with conference so I doubt I'll have time for it then, too. I'll make up some time this weekend. Goal 4: No reading either. Busy day yesterday and since I've been working through my lunch all week to make up for leaving early today, it's been nigh impossible to read while I'm at work. And we got home late last night so time there either. One would say this was a FAIL day, but I disagree. When you're strapped for time and a lot of things being out of your control, there's not much you can do. I'm not worried though. This is just Zero Week and I'm using this time to balance everything out before the challenge starts I'm off work at 1:30 today and off tomorrow.... I'm SO EXCITED about Men's Conference! I'll have a plethora of pics to update with over the next two days so be on the lookout for that Wolf
  47. 9 points
    0.W-R This week is rapidly devolving away from my challenge goals - I'm pretty glad it's Zero Week right now to be honest. Yesterday I came home from work late, immediately lifted, didn't have time to fit in the MWOD beforehand because I had to immediately head off to a volunteer meeting, which right afterwards I went to dance. The dance was actually an optional practice session that I didn't really HAVE TO go to... but I was feeling a little stressed about work because I got put onto a temporary special project that is super interesting but is taking ALL OF MY TIME, working late, etc, sitting through 7-9 hours a day of working meetings, etc... so I really needed to burn some stress with dance and I did and it was lovely. But by the time I got home it was 930 which is my bed time, but then I cleaned a bit since we are having guests today so I missed my bed time goal. Today I am definitely suffering for it (I'm SO TIRED) but honestly I'm so glad I got all the things in! Old Raxie would have definitely not lifted and pushed it off again, just gone to the volunteer meeting, probably drank at the volunteer meeting, and not dealt with my stress at all, but still managed to go to bed late from watching TV when I got home or something. It's really just a lack of time in the day for me right now, not a me sitting around wasting time (which I used to do all the time, like, even within the last year or so). I still haven't eaten out and have been eating all my delicious batch cooked meals though so that's a super positive as well! I'm considering this week a success so far. The only thing I can't catch up on is MWOD because I tied that to lifting and I already did a lifting session without it, but I'll get it in the second lifting session Sunday and still 50% that goal which is just fine with me. Tonight I've got my dance team rehearsal and then am hanging out with a friend visiting from out of town! Will probably eat out but that's an acceptable Reason for me so it's fine. Batch Cooked Meals: 10/6 Times Eaten Out: 0 Meditation Sessions: 1/3 Gone to sleep on time: 2/7 Woken up on weekends: 0/2 MWOD: 0/2 Unbreakable Feet: 0/3 Color Coding: Blue = Complete Green = On track to be complete with active progress being made Yellow = Behind but can still technically be completed Orange = Not possible to 100% but still can finish with (or is finished with) more than 66% complete Red = Not completed/Impossible to complete
  48. 8 points
    Hello! I've just moved to Japan and am now settled enough now to return to Nerd Fitness. I've missed you all and I'm glad to be back! Sakamichi is the Japanese word for steep roads (literally "hill street"), and my new town has more than a few. As it turns out, the town is basically on a gently sloping cliffside, a tiny strip of barely livable land between a mountain and the ocean. Everything here is straight up and down. Feels just like home! I only just arrived in Japan about a week and a half ago but already the context presents significant changes to my former standards of eating and moving. Therefore, this challenge I'm not going to give myself any health or fitness related goals except one: pay attention. I don't need to make sure to exercise a certain number of times a week or eat salads every day, but just notice what I'm doing and what I'm not doing and what's different and what's the same and what, if anything, is changing as a result. (For example, my skin has mysteriously cleared up and become very soft since my arrival. A welcome but baffling new thing. Bath steam? Soy products? Rice magic? No idea.) So, in order to set myself up for future success, I will spend this challenge re-establishing a baseline. I will pay attention to: What I am eating and how much (food composition and portion size) When I am sitting and when I am not, and what I am doing when I am not sitting (phrased this way because my life used to be "go for a run and then lounge in bed all day" and is now very little sitting) What I am doing with my time, what I want to be doing with my time, and if the two match (if not, why) The environmental factors that are notably different and the factors that are, for all intents and purposes, the same Some of these things will require daily check-ins, and some are more general trends, but I have an opportunity here to design my life however I want and being mindful of all of these things now will hopefully help me take advantage and make some good changes. Wish me luck and please feel free to ask any questions that occur to you!
  49. 8 points
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  50. 8 points
    Week 0, Tuesday! I'm on call this week. It happens about once a month. Last night I received a call at quarter to one in the morning It is really not fun to be woken up not four hours after you go to sleep but it was a major incident. I got back to bed after 3am and switched off my alarm and went back to sleep. It took me a little while to drop back off but not an extreme amount of time. I didn't sleep particularly well. I was a little uptight and after 5am my body and mind were sure I was supposed to be awake so I got up at 7am. Now I could have just gone in to work but I was excused from having to turn up until 11am due to the hours I'd worked overnight so I decided I'd use the time to get in the run that I'd slept through. It would have been very easy for me to blow off the run and I was tempted. The run today is hands down the hardest running workout I've done and I'm just beginning my program! 7.5 miles (I misjudged the distance here I was aiming for 6 miles) At 3 miles in I did the hill repeat workout: 2 mins at effort 2 (easy) 2 mins at effort 3 (tempo) 2 mins at effort 4 (all out, which turned out to be threshold although I did tip into anaerobic zones for some sections) Rest 1 min and repeat 3 times. That turned into a pretty gnarly workout but the differing paces made it much easier to keep up the effort over the 9 repeats. I was pretty thankful when I ran the last one. It did put me in mind that if anything is going to train me better for a mountain marathon I think these workouts fit the bill. Upon uploading the run I found myself quite impressed with my times. Given the hill repeats and recovery walks. I might be getting fitter The run, coupled with yesterday's squats, left me pretty sore this afternoon. I really hope it's going to calm down a little by tomorrow. After the run I headed into work where we spent the rest of the day trying to figure out wtf happened. There were cookies at work today but I'm feeling dialed in with my eating at the moment and I wasn't really tempted. A little, but not seriously. I know that some people will disagree with this approach but I've moved the bulk of my calories to the beginning of the day. The single most calorific meal I'm eating right now is breakfast. Although I'm very much a morning person and it sort of just feels right when I do it this way (I also think it might help with recovery a bit, at least during training) even if psychologically I still want my main meal in the evening. After work in the evening I broke out the foam roller and pain stick and went to work on my back and thighs. I have some mid-upper back issues that I've suffered with since I was a kid that can be completely mitigated with a foam roller so long as I'm somewhat diligent about it. This counts as my recovery work for the day though I don't find that rolling helps one iota with DOMS.