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  1. 18 points
    Today is a good day. Sleep was great in the new house. This is all out of order but today we: set up the kitchen, did work in the master bedroom, got blinds exchanged, and I moved things to make room for other things so I can set up the office. The water softener people came out for an install but have to come back tomorrow. It's complicated to explain and I'm on mobile, but nothing bad, just technical. The handyman came back to finish installing blinds. One issue, the handle in our tub/shower is weird; I'm gonna replace it. That led to looking up how to do it on YouTube. That led to the realization I am handier than I thought and an increase in DIY self confidence. Not going to change that fixture yet, but I know I can do it.
  2. 11 points
    Welcome good friends, to my own spin on a much-enjoyed PvP of old. That's right. It's the Darebee's Daily Dare PvP... Lord of the Rings Edition! The challenge itself is simple. Everyday, Darebee post a Daily Dare. There are usually two levels of difficulty – normal and Extra Credit, which usually means getting the exercise done in one set. For the purposes of this challenge, completing the dare earns 1 point. Completing the Extra Credit earns 1 more point, for a maximum of 2 points. Sometimes, there is such a thing as Extra Extra Credit. That’s cool, if you get this, let us know and we can all cheer your success. Sometimes, the Dare might be beyond your ability, and that’s cool too. Modify if you need to. We won’t judge, we’ll be proud. Neither Extra Extra Credit or modified Dares earn any points, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bother trying. Not that you wouldn’t not try anyway, right. I mean, we’re Rebels, after all. This is a personal challenge, the PvP is just for fun. Post how you modified a Dare and be proud of it. Seriously. Sign up and keep track of the Dares in this Spreadsheet (I hope it’s okay to emulate the work of my noble predecessors and reuse their spreadsheet format) Anyway, at the end of the challenge, the person with the most points is traditionally called the Daredevil. However, as I’m mixing things up and throwing in some good old Lord of the Rings theming into this, this time the leader is crowned Blessed by Aragorn Himself. Now, is that not an incentive? Also, I’m throwing in a title for the person who has to modify the most workouts. They shall be known as The Wizard’s Apprentice. This is no bad thing, to be under Gandalf’s wise tutelage! In addition, there is usually a Titanium through to Bronze tier system for points. 60 points, meaning that for each day of this 30 day challenge you complete both the dare and the extra credit, was Titanium. But we know of a metal much more precious, don’t we? For this challenge, the tiers are: Mithril – 60 points (30 days + 30 EC) Not all that glitters is Gold – 45 points Silver like the Silverlode – 30 points Forged in of the Iron Hills – 15 points Custom - A custom goal of your choice, but your specific target must be stated in the spreadsheet. Enjoy and Good Luck. This challenge will run for 30 days, so not quite in keeping with the challenges. Apologies for this. It runs from Thursday 11th July to Friday 9th August.
  3. 11 points
    Thanks brother! I just realized I haven't been following you this challenge. I need to head over and see what you are up to these days I'm trying to head him in that direction, but we'll see how much of it sticks by the end of the teenage years. or maybe I am just turning into one of those obnoxious parents Thanks! ----------------------------- Yesterday I switched things up and went to the gym. I guess everything is off by one day this week. I had to wait for the squat rack again, but not too long so I started with curls. Curls, squats, OHP, and bench all went fine, bu doing bench last meant I had to go a little lighter than when I do them first. For deadlifts (I am going to start calling the machine deads "truck lifts" just to differentiate) I went with the same weight as last week, and did 3 sets trying out a different grip each time. Double overhand first and with this grip 100kgs seems to be just the right weight. For the other 2 sets I tried switch grip but alternated which hand was the over hand. I don't think it made a difference which hand was over, but it was pretty clear that the lifts went up much easier with the mixed grip. I probably could have gone up another 10kgs or so. For "trucks", I hit a new PR: 180kgs! That's 8 plates I tried this weight 2 weeks ago and couldn't do it, so I was stoked that this time I was able to get a full 5 reps at that weight. For pullups, I do regular CTB->neutral grip front lever pulls->Chinups->Ninja Pullups (rotate between pronated, neutral, supinated and back at the top of each rep)->regular CTB Workout details were: DB Curls: 12 14, 14, 14, 14 Squats: 70, 80, 85, 85, 80 OHP: 30, 35, 40, 35, 35 Trucks: 160, 170, 170, 180, 170 Bench: 60, 55, 50, 50, 50 Deads: 100, 100, 100 LPD: 20, 20, 20, 20, 20 BB Rows: 50, 55, 55, 55, 55 Pullups: 5x5 After I got back, I did my Pike module for MyFlex and then in the afternoon I played hot wheels with Ghostlet (He had a bunch of cars race around a track while I was the announcer) Dinner was chicken & green peppers again
  4. 11 points
    Those guys don't have a former master plumber for a dad. He can't see as well as he used to, but he still knows what he's doing, and even if I do all the work he can still keep me from attaching the flux capacitor directly into the plasma feed from the warp core and running it through the Heisenberg compensators instead of the structural integrity field. Welcome back!
  5. 11 points
    Yesterday I spent a good deal of the day sorting photos. I had about 10 years worth of photos. I had a drawer full of photos, a file box and another small box of photos. I was really daunted at first by the amount of photos. Tempted to just shove them back in the drawer and make my son deal with them in 40 years when I die. Decided to just start sorting, tossing photos that were no good, duplicates, or that didn't bring me joy. Turned out a lot of the photos I already had put in other scrapbooks (saved the duplicate because....?) Or just had duplicates of a lot of photos. So I narrowed the piles down a bunch just by doing that. Today I am going to try and sort by year. Some may just be guesses, because I apparently didn't believe in labellling. I do know why Mari Kondo has you start with non sentimental things first and then go to sentimental. If I had done the photos first, it would have been harder for me to dump them (as evidenced by my previous saving of duplicates that I had already put in books) Now I have the mindset " I want to save the best photos so that we will have a book to look at that will bring us joy" Also looking at the photos , I realize how much weight I've lost, and how much healthier I look. Which is great, and makes me proud. The downside is, at the time I didn't realize I was gaining weight. And we really were eating pretty healthy. Which is some of why I am afraid I am going to gain weight. I'm worried that if I don't keep an eye on it, that I will gain weight. However, I wasn't ner as active then. And there probably is a balance between not paying attention and fussing if I gain two pounds. Also, all my clothes fit, so if I gain weight , I know it( I like these dear diary conversations, they help me work it all out) Also worked out yesterday. Changed my ring workout to superset instead of circuit.Crow practice, and went for a walk My workout now looks like this All on the rings negative ring pull ups knee push up dips tuck hold reverse row top position hold
  6. 10 points
    Went to the park this morning to work on muscleups and handstands, but muscleups were just not happening. Could be because I slept too late last night or aybe it was just a low energy day, but I didn't feel like pushing it, so I did gymnastics stuff instead. I worked mostly glide kips and giants, but pretty much some of everything (including some non-gymnastics stuff like bar hops). Handstand were still good, so I guess consistency probably does help after all When I got home I did my hip extension module for MyFlex and then screwed around on Diablo until Ghostlet got back from School. They got their finals results today and Ghostlet killed it: 98% on all three of his big tests (English, Chinese and Math), which were the lowest scores for any of his finals. I'm pretty darn proud of him. IN the afternoon Ghostlet's friend came over so we all three played Diablo together until he had to go home. Dinner was Enchiladas (using this enchilada sauce) but I probably should have replaced the chili powder with taco seasoning, because it came out way too spicy for Ghostlet.
  7. 9 points
    I've been struggling to keep up with things recently. I've got a lot on my mind and my personal life has been turned upside down somewhat. Mentally I'm all over the place and my physical body is suffering from the fallout. I know I'm late but I'm not going to let that stop me. I want to keep this simple but things are somewhat complicated by an Ultra Marathon next weekend followed by a short camping trip in the Lake District. So with that in mind my goal is simply going to be: Track Food for days that I'm not on vacation. That's it. I'm going to be doing some running but with a 50k race right on the horizon and with me not knowing how I'm going to feel after running it I am giong to play that very much by ear!
  8. 8 points
    Wednesday Update A while ago, myself and SBF decided to schedule in our yearly lido trip when it is quiet before the kids finish school for the summer holidays so she booked yesterday off work and off we went. Only the problem with doing that is you have to rely on the weather forecast to tell you when the nice day is going to be and just hope for the best. It rarely works, and yesterday was no different and that, friends, is how we found ourselves freezing our titties off in an outdoor pool on the greyest day ever. Allegedly the weather was 23 degrees but I call massive shenanigans on that. We managed to stand it for an hour, telling ourselves "It's fine, we'll get acclimatised to the temperature of the water and then it won't feel so cold" and then the wind started so we got out and spent around another hour in the hot shower reflecting on our terrible life choices. Because we'd driven so far for this dubious pleasure (Worcestershire, not Cannes) we decided we're middle aged enough to desperately want to go to the garden centre so that's what we did. The garden centre is freaking huge and it has a cookware shop and a fancy farmers market in it. We browsed for summer houses and I finally bought a banana tree (not the fruit plant, one of those metal things you hang bananas from. I have had desperate burning desire for a banana tree for so long, don't ask, I don't know) and I bought a lot of lovely flowers. Ms P left us a lot of pots filled with shrubs and some lovely pots filled with things that are very clearly dead so I wanted to bring in some colour. I bought two different kinds of rose bushes, some orange mystic dahlias (their name, not mine although my name for them would be the same because that name is so metal) some other dahlias, some other flowers I can't remember and a chilli plant. I am going to do the planting this morning. We got home and I didn't want dinner so TH made himself something and we watched some Glasto sets and we loved these ones, even though neither were our preferred type of music. Nourish Oh, terrible. Breakfast was McDonald's. Lunch was a waffle with gelato I shared with SBF and I had a snack of a scotch egg for dinner. Not a single vegetable, no wonder I have scurvy now. (I don't really). Relate Eh, nothing for this really. Nothing I can count I don't think.
  9. 8 points
    Today is a good day. We got the water softener installed, set up the living room, cleaned some at the old place (big clean and hopefully turning in the keys tomorrow) and went to the monthly Wednesday service at church.
  10. 8 points
    Yesterday: pushup practice (still 6/100), 2 min plank (26/60), Mobility (1/3 for the week). Normal 5 mile run. Left work early to go to the beach with a friend. We ended up hanging out after and having some wine. Didn't track calories. Probably went over, but it was worth it. Today: Had to drag my butt out of bed (post wine-drinking last night...not that much, but still felt it) and do a long track workout ("Yasso 800's" 10x800 with 400 recovery. The 800 time in minutes and seconds is supposed to be the same as your marathon goal time in hours and minutes). I've never made it through the full 10 repeats before, but I did today. Haven't done any other challenge stuff yet today, but I plan to do a bit more before bed. Went over my daily goal by 3 calories! grrr...it was just because I didn't do the math until after I had already eaten. No big deal and actually good in a way...it means I'll pay more attention the next couple of days. Tomorrow: Coach tells me to ride the darned bike trainer. Not my fave. That reminds me, I can "cheat" and do less biking if I run to and from the gym (about a mile each way). That seems less sucky.
  11. 8 points
    It was pretty charming lol one of the most interesting things was how they adapted teen life issues from 2004 to present day social media junk. The set was also predominantly a large curved smart wall that at first I thought was kind of a cheap solution, but they did some really cool things with it! And everytime the stage lights went pink, it was really really surprisingly sinister. Considering it's a stage adaptation of a popular movie... it was fun And I got a cool booze sippy cup for future park picnics. The only real reason to see theater. Hahaha that's ok! I'm all for the honesty - I basically had to convince a friend yesterday that he wasn't going to be helpful lol heyo, that's why market research works! Heart you so, as always. I'll try to pop over to the Rangers and see what the haps is if I can get my head out of the sand for 2 mins <3 <3 <3 Funny you should say it that way - the letter was clearly written for the very many teenage counselors and college aged staff that comes on board for the summer, and I know I shouldn't take it personally, but big boss should realize that if he wants to keep people like me on staff, he needs to make a place for us too. I've never felt less welcome there and honestly, that bodes very well for my next moves. It's so much harder to leave when you're comfortable! _____ Welp, everything is officially insane. (if it wasn't before). I can't super guarantee my involvement on my thread here on out, but who knows, maybe it'll help keep me inline. The floors are scheduled to be completetly finished by a week from this Friday (meaning it probably won't be done until that Saturday, assumingly), and then we have a week and a half before end of month = out of the house. I tried to push for another 2 weeks at the rental, which Mr Red clearly didn't want. And he's right. (I found at later this is something he worked out in therapy, no wonder it was such a good move!) We clearly need a set deadline. I know I do. It's all very daunting, but it's gonna happen. We sat down last night (on our 13th wedding anniversary) to discuss a more viable schedule, and the next week and a half is mostly packing prep, purging and the last of what we can carry ourselves, in a sedan, that does not interfere with the flooring of the first floor. I no longer think I will make my July book deadline... but I will try!
  12. 8 points
    The door opens, and a Ranger appears in the doorway. Her hair is shorter than it was, her face drawn and tired. It has been a while since she has been fully rested, that's for sure. Self conscious, aware that it has been too long and she has been inconsistently here at best, she makes her way to the fire, nodding to those she knows, old friends that greet her with smiles and 'welcome back!'. She clears her throat, turning her back to the warm glow to face the throng. "My friends, I have been away from you for too long. I have not any victorious tales to tell, only memories of dark times. I am fighting a war, my friends, that tests my strength daily. But I am back, and I have a plan. A normal challenge is not for me, not yet. But I will be here. I want to get to know you all again, be there as I once was. I'll be around, resting, gathering my strength. Oh, and I have a little something extra." The ranger, known to many there as Rhovaniel, paused to clear her throat. "Long ago, it was our fine tradition to hold a competition. A dare, completed each day, for points and glory. Yes, my friends. I have been so bold as to resurrect that tradition. The new Darebee Daily Dare PvP is here. With a little extra theming.... All are welcome, across all guilds. @Tanktimus the Encourager, do I have your permission, Ranger Chaplain, to send runners to other guilds and invite them? It starts tomorrow ( I don't know if they'd appreciate me spamming all the guilds' respective enclaves)
  13. 8 points
    Tuesday Update I am quite sure yesterday was a day too. Not much happened although I did find something out that made me think I might want to start looking elsewhere, workwise. We'll see how this plays out. I had a load of clothes delivered to work so I picked those up yesterday. I can't stop spending money which is very unlike me. But I have come to the realisation that this isn't a bad thing and I refuse to feel guilty about it. It's my money, I am not getting into debt for it and I haven't properly splurged on clothes in so long, I am really examining this guilt I am feeling about everything and I think it's tied up in body confidence. I always told myself I couldn't splurge on clothes until I was at a certain weight because it would just be a waste and this is not in line with the pretty healthy body image I actually have. I don't have to reach a certain weight to buy clothes that I look and feel good in. A certain weight does not make me more deserving of "things". This has been a revelation, as has accepting my body for how it is. Yeah, I'm a little chunkier than I'd ideally like in places but also my big hips help me rock high waisted dresses and my chunky thighs make my legs strong to headscissor my enemies. I refuse to buy into the body shame that seems to just come with being a woman in the world today. As well as the clothes I splurged on I also had to buy a new bra which I do feel guilty about because I definitely need to stop buying these because I have about 50 lingerie sets, in my cup size they are very expensive and this is a waste of money. But you know how the normal way to do things is to buy a dress and then buy underwear solutions to go under it? Well actually I tried on a bra that made my rumba-bazumbas look so good I had to buy a dress with a low enough neckline to really do it justice, but I bought the bra in pink and the dress I found was a black lacy number so I when I tried the dress on and decided to keep it, I had to buy the bra in black too. But this is going to be a focus - no more bras until November unless they are part of Booby Prizes. I am not going to limit my clothes buying, I am really enjoying exploring fashion right now as may be apparent from the sudden increase in "What I Wore Today" posts on my Instagram. I haven't felt this excited about adorning myself since my teenage years I swung by my parents on the way home to collect yet more shopping packages (no guilt, fuck the police) and I modelled my new clothes for TH (he was a very big fan of the low neckline dress and said some very inappropriate things, it was great), ate dinner and watched more Glasto sets but all the ones we watched last night were very disappointing. I started off a big batch of yoghurt and had to stay up late for it to cool down enough which I found very irritating. Today should be a good day although for some reason I did just call TH Dave. That is not his name. Nourish Food wise, less good. I need to focus on this from tomorrow onwards. I fasted until lunch which was a roasted quinoa salad, dinner was butter chicken and the sides from the day before. We had a Pink Jammie for afterwards and I snacked on a little bit of chocolate and some cashews. Relate Eh, not really actually. Not many opportunities but that isn't an excuse, I need to be seeking out and creating the opportunities. Do better Deffy. Do better.
  14. 7 points
    *whispers* they're actually called "hashtag" (the left one) and "blessed" (the right one)
  15. 7 points
    This morning at Cfit I got my first ever DNF (Did Not Finish) for a workout. The workout was 5 rounds of 21 deadlifts and 12 push presses. I've been having some trouble with deadlift form lately where my lower back fires up, but I haven't been able to pinpoint the problem. My form doesn't look obviously wrong, so we're not 100% sure what it's coming from. CK thinks I'm probably not bracing correctly when I pick up the bar. ANYWAY - my back started aching around round 2, just a bit. We tried a few different things, like putting down some plates and resting the barbell on it to "raise the floor" closer to me, but it just kept intensifying. I struggled through round 4 before finally saying I shouldn't keep doing more. We were going to sub front squats for the deadlifts for the last round, but my that point I felt my back in those too so we called it. Sighh. It's never gotten that bad before, but this did involve 105 total deadlifts, even if they were light. When I finally figure out what's causing this problem with my back, I'm going to be AMAZING at deadlifts. Week 2 Monday - Wednesday Update (Whoops) Uhhhhh. Oh right, goals! Food - I cooked some GARLIC FRIED RICE, roasted some asparagus, and bought a rotisserie chicken for my "make something delicious" goal. We ran out of those things really fast so I've been doing a lot of eating out since then. We also bought cookies at Costco so I've eaten approximately 500 of those. I'm still struggling to figure out prepping a reasonable amount of something delicious instead of over- or under-prepping. The PN program also officially ended so I might be less vigilant without their daily lessons. I think I want to do PN again, but a short break will be good first to figure out how to be vigilant about this stuff on my own. Pullups - I did pullup work only once this week so far after Cfit. I meant to do it today, but I was distracted by the whole DNF thing and ended up just rolling out my back instead. Since that week I did 6 workouts in a row, I just...keep going in? I haven't figured out how many days/what schedule I want to be doing now, so I've been defaulting to just going every morning. I'll probably go in Friday and then call it a week with the 5 workouts. I should probably do Mon/Tues and Thurs/Fri to space things out, but this challenge is about doing what I want and right now that seems to be going in all the time so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I started Japanese 201 on Tuesday! So far so good. I fell behind on some of the vocab/kanji at the end of 104 and totally planned to catch up during the two weeks between semesters....but instead I did nothing. So I have some bonus vocab to work on. Walking - I've walked to/from the metro on my way to Japanese on Tuesday, and walked to the library on Wednesday. We had a crazy downpour with tons of flood warnings and phone alerts on Monday, so I didn't walk, but that's excused. Week 1 Summary (Whoops) Walking - According to my phone I walked Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday (5/7). I'm not sure my phone's a reliable narrator but I'll go with that because I don't remember. Food - Last week was ratatouille and salmon, then something else later in the week that I've already forgotten. I need to work on my mid-week game if I'm going to do meal prep this way. Pullups - I think I only did them once? Other Stuff - I went to a yoga class called "slow, stretchy, delicious" which I've been to before and always really enjoy. I also did a NF yoga video at home.
  16. 7 points
    Yesterday and Today: Mickey: 3 + 2 = 5 Yesterday I both my morning warmup and evening stretch. I woke up late and rushed out the door, then just forgot in the evening. Today I attemped my 'Workout B' consisting of Chinups and Front squats and crunches or something. I did 3 negative chinups, then when I attempted the first work set of front squats at 135# I couldn't clean the bar to position. I then did one set of 3 @ 115#. Cleaning that made me tipsy so I called it a day. Cleaning 135#, let alone 115# should have been a breeze. I do not have the power I did before keto. And, my recovery is super slow and shitty. I am going to attempt my third workout, press and rows and see how that goes. Then this weekend I'm going to plan out a targeted ketogenic diet protocol (small dose of carbs before and after workouts). Adrian: 4 + 2 = 6 Getting myself to play guitar is not hard. Paulie: 4 + 0 = 4 There's not anything on my (non-existent) to-do list right now. On Sunday morning I promised to go to church with my Mom. I'm not into it but I promised her I'd go as a Mother's Day present kind of thing.
  17. 7 points
    Wait, you only work out naked part of the time? Am I doing it wrong?
  18. 7 points
    Well I fell into it a little yesterday, I got a case of finish everything in sight mania. But I compensated well and truly by doing nothing today. We had a lunch barbecue thing and people were shouting for cookies, a request I’m more than happy to oblige to. I went into the office really early to bake and to handstand but all the butter turned out to be old so I asked a colleague to buy some on his way in. However he came in much later than expected so I ended handstanding ALL morning, then baking post morning coffee chats. Then it was already time for the barbecue which was on this little island. We swam, we ate, we enjoyed what might be the first and last summer day of the year. My boss’s wife from Afghanistan had made this awesome super garlicky lamb and I ate sooo much of it. As we left a few of us decided to save on ferry cost by swimming back to the shore haha. It was great. It was such a nice day so I ended up taking a long walk home as well and after that I was absolutely pooped. In the good super content kinda way.
  19. 7 points
    A lot of catching up to do! Saturday: Crossfit 3/3 We did a team of 3 workout: 120, 90, 70, 50, 30, 10 Bike/Row cals Goblet Squats Burpees For those that don't know what sort of fresh hell that is, that means, in our trio we had to do 120 cals on the bike or rower, followed by 120 goblet squats and then 120 burpees and then do it all again with 90 reps and so on. We broke the reps down into 15 per person and had a good pace going, but we hit the time cap on the burpees on the 90 rep range. The coach admitted she has purposely set the ranges too high to stop people burning through them and finishing before the time cap, so that made us feel a little better about it! We all got a good sweat on and that's all that matters. In the afternoon we went climbing with Stu's friend. His friend brought his girlfriend along who had never climbed before and everyone had a good time. We're going to try to do that a bit more often as we don't go nearly as much as we used to. Sunday: Bulletproof Shoulders 2/2 Running: Nope We went to see Spiderman Far From Home in the morning and then went food shopping. By the time that was all done I didn't want to run, so I did my shoulder program and chilled out. Shoulder Exercises So the program is ramping up slightly to include some strength work. I had to improvise with the KB press as I didn't have one. So I used one of my 5kg plates. They are the type that have grip handles so I held this with the weight overhead (if that makes sense?). It was OK, but not the same as a KB, it was also too light. So I decided to bite the bullet and brought an 8kg kettlebell. Tuesday: Crossfit 1/3 This session started off well and then suddenly became one of the worst WODS I've ever done. The strength was deadlifts, which of course, are awesome. So I was happy as larry for the first part. Then the WOD started: Buy in 800m run - straight into: 3 RFT 20 thrusters 20 bar over burpees 20 toes to bar I switched to front squat instead of thrusters. The run was awful, I've been suffering with really bad hey fever the last week or so and doing the run was hell. I struggled to breathe and my sinuses felt so sore. The front squats were fine, the burpees were their usual level of hell, but the toe-to-bar............ I felt like I was going to have a complete melt down over them. Sometimes I can get the movement for T2B right and it just clicks. Other times, like last night, I end up swinging wildly on the bar unable to kick my legs up (I can't do T2B - the way it's scaled in our box is, you pick a point on the wall opposite and you make sure you reach that point with your feet on every rep). The coach ended up coming over and giving me some pointers, which did help, but the stress meant my anxiety was high and it took a lot of mental strength not to give up. I didn't give up though, I carried on until the time cap and died a little on the floor before going home. When I got home, I jumped in a cold shower, sat on the floor and questioned why the hell I put myself through this! I had a funny interaction with Hubs about it afterwards though. Spoilered below I really should run tonight. The only thing putting me off is the pollen level right now. It's still pretty high and I feel really blocked up right now. The medication isn't doing very much so I might have to go to the doctors and see if they can prescribe something stronger than the over the counter stuff.
  20. 7 points
    @Wobbegong what I love about rebels is that I can try things without committing to a full 4 weeks. I can be vague but still work towards something. And I don't feel super judged if I mess up .. I feel support and know my rebels are cheering for me. I think a cool rebel challenge thing would be focused around trying things. I saw a PvP which was essentially "dares". A few examples were "Vlog about something and post it", "paint a portrait of your breakfast", "learn a phrase in a new language and post a sound clip". Just totally random things like that. We could add in exercise or food ones too .. like make a healthy meal which incorporates a fruit or veggie you've never tried. Find a yoga pose you haven't done before and try it. Would anyone else think that's cool?
  21. 7 points
    I guess I should introduce myself over here..... I've been here of and on for a couple of years. My job as an IT Consultant has me all over (sometimes LITERALLY all over North America). At the moment travel has "cooled" a bit as my company transitions AGAIN - this time to giving more project work to partners. It's weird to look at my work calendar forecast and not see time booked to clients for the next 2 months - so it's been a transition for me. I've also only gone on a few trips - which is - odd as someone that's been Platinum on Delta and Diamond at Hilton for a few years Since routines are almost non-existent - because my schedule is so scattered - Rebels is where I've lived as I work on my life stuff - which DOES include working on getting healthier. I've found I have to do things a little bit at a time......
  22. 6 points
    Last challenges weren't the greatest. Motivation was getting away from me in the last weeks for the powerlifting event. After the event itself i just kinda let go of everything, so my weight is a bit up, but not much, which is not a bad starting point. I also started to go back to CF, which made me realize my conditioning is not that great anymore, which figures after focusing on a few heavy lifts per workout for the first six months of this year. Also budget is a bit tight at the moment, but i did manage to prioritize coughing up dough for a new Goal. Which really is a bit terrifying, this time not because it's a new thing, but because it's something i already know. I'm attending the Rat Race Dirty Weekend in 2020 again (20 miles / 200 obstacle OCR). Which is a bit terrifying as i already did it in 2018, and.it.kicked.my.butt! So i know i have to prepare better (physically and mentally). Which is why i already started training for it. It scares me that much of having to run again. But, as i mentioned, budget is tight so i'm not sure if i will keep up going to CF as (even though it's not an expensive box at all) it is a substantial cost. I'm thinking about doing some lifting at home, focusing upper body work. Yesterday i did my first running workout of this year. Which went better than i anticipated. I did some on and off running for the most of the last decade, so i know a bit how i perform at every stage of a prep. I was aiming for a low 6min./K i ended up doing a 5:47/K average 5K run with no walking. Which is a pretty good start. And i'm looking forward to working with my own running PT @jonfirestar after i'm back from my motorcycle holiday in Italy (next week). But knowing how savage he can be i thought it would be a good idea to get a headstart on things. I also want to keep kcal low, but it's not easy, with all the social events, BBQ, and beer that's being drunk around me... On the other hand, the wife is getting a bit more enthusiastic in a better lifestyle, which helps with the quality of dinner. And i really want to make an effort when my vacation starts at home (3 whole weeks after the motorcycle trip), which leaves me with plenty of time to workout. Just a kickstart to get back into shape. So this challenge i'm not setting goals, i just want to drop in every once in a while to update what i have done. Hence the fazing in, fazing out, cause to be honest, if things keep on going like they did the last few months i will just occasionally pop in here.
  23. 6 points
    Water softeners. The thing that requires you to carry 40+ bags of Morton salt into your basement every few months and show off those sexy stronk-girl muscles. They do stuff for water too I hear. So glad to hear that you are settling in and loving everything.
  24. 6 points
    Awesome! Just remember that on YouTube they don't show that you have the wrong wrench and that the years of accumulated gunk means that the new one won't actually fit... so you have to find some way to ream it out without damaging the pipes that you can't easily replace... and now the pipe is weirdly offset... and the first time you do it, even following explicit instructions, you will install it upside down... how do I know this? Experience, my friend.
  25. 6 points
    Your Ghostlet is turning into one of those obnoxious people that are great at everything.