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  1. 3 points
    Week 2 Friday-Sunday Update So, my arm's effed up. There's a big ol' lump where it hurts and many everyday activities like brushing my teeth and typing are really uncomfortable. T___T My bf thinks it's probably some sort of repetitive stress injury, which is as plausible as anything else. I am annoyed. I have my annual check-up today so I'll ask about it, but knowing doctors they'll just say to rest and see if it still hurts in a couple of weeks. Friday ANYWHO - I went to Crossfit on Friday anyway. CK is always adamant that we should go in even if something hurts because she can always modify the workout, so I put that to the test and it was fine. I'm glad I went in. Weirdly, a lot of Crossfit movements aren't bothering my arm at all even though so many basic activities are giving me trouble. (I had to ask my bf to help me cut a friggin' sweet potato!) On Friday I was fine rowing and doing KB swings, and on Monday I was fine doing barbell thrusters. It seems to be a rotation thing - rotating my wrist to jump rope was uncomfortable so I had to sub that for a different movement. I did Cfit after work, so I went on a morning walk (I seem to be cursed to wake up early now no matter what) I also got an intense craving for salad, so I made a tasty chopped Thai salad for lunch and I have plenty of it leftover for meals the next few days. Saturday I woke up early so I walked to a coffee shop and did Japanese homework for over 2 hours, which was really nice. Then we went to eat dim sum and walk/hike around a lake (non-goal goal from my first post - woo!). There were so many cute dogs playing in the water~~~ I made a quesadilla filling as my tasty meal prep goal for the week. With the cheese it's not the healthiest meal ever, but if I have it with a side of veggies I think it's not so terrible. I've really been enjoying making recipes from the Budget Bytes blog lately. @fleaball - you might like this one! There's very little prep involved. Sunday I dragged myself on a walk and read outside for a little bit even though I was feeling lazy. I'm reading a book called Space Opera, which is a Sci-Fi comedy about humanity's first contact with aliens. Instead of war, we have to compete in an intergalactic battle of the bands to prove our right to exist as a species. Week 2 Summary I walked 6/7 days and day #7 was a crazy storm day so I get full marks! I only did pullup work once...I keep meaning to do it more, but I'm not making it happen. On any day we don't have pullup work in the WOD & I don't have to rush off for a meeting, I should be doing it. I did one yoga video and stretching/mobility several times. Meal prepped well for a couple of days but not enough, which hurt me later in the week In terms of the overall "laundry" theme for the challenge, I think I'm doing ok. I spent a lot of time on hobbies like Crossfit and Japanese and playing the uke (until I INJURED MYSELF). I got outside to explore a new place. I read. I did some necessary life tasks. I noticed I was putting pressure on myself when I didn't have any energy on Sunday, and I finally had to lecture my brain that it's ok if I want to spend the day chilling and watching TV or internetting. It's weird because the pressure isn't to "be productive" in a traditional way - my brain knows I'd nip that in the bud right away. So it tries to trick me - the pressure is to do SOMETHING even if it's video games...but I didn't feel like doing that either so it's still made up/unnecessary pressure and I'm not here for that.
  2. 2 points
    Agreed! You are still here! Thats a victory! I’m glad you’re surviving!
  3. 2 points
    Weekly Update Food took a bit of a nosedive and I'm not really sure why. My appetite hasn't been great but at the same time I have been starving a lot of the time. I dunno, maybe it was a sharkweek kind of thing. I got some pizza list items struck off and I have abandoned one since finding out Sugru is not foodsafe. I will buy some different jars for my dried goods but this will be for later. Still no working out but my breathing is still not good. Walking too briskly is making me cough still so I have no hope of getting really sweaty and going balls to the wall in the gym and I really really want to. Relate has been fine, I have been prioritising the people I want to prioritise and not just having sex with them. A lot of them will thank me for that. I won the Diva's Hardcore Defend Anytime Anywhere Title back from TH in what was my highlight of the week. I was taking a victory photo for Instagram with the belt last night as he was coming up the stairs. He asked me what I was doing, so I told him, and a few seconds later, Stone Cold's music hits and he comes running into the room, grabs the belt off me and crowns me with it but he didn't attempt to pin me. He's just keeping me on my toes... A decidedly "eh....." week.
  4. 2 points
    Sunday Update A day, yet again. I was working but it was actually fun. After work I went to my mom and dad's for a roast and TH met me there. We watched the end of the cricket and oh my gosh, it doesn't matter what the sport is, being an England fan is stressful af. We got home and watched more Glastonbury sets. Both sets were much more my kind of music (dancehall vibes) but TH really enjoyed them. Maybe because of my dancing. I like to think because of my dancing. Nourish I didn't fast again, but had quiche and breakfast biscuits for breakfast, a cheese and salami cob for lunch and a chicken roast for dinner. We got home and ate a few shortbread biscuits. Not the best day, calorie wise but who cares. Relate We didn't have much to talk about so we had sex instead. To clarify, this was with TH.
  5. 2 points
    Good for you. You advocated for yourself and asked for something more doable, that is very good. You also said no to meeting after church and offered them some alternatives, that is also very good. You say you have a hard time saying no, and I believe you. I also want to point out what you did say on your behalf is from the same skillset as outright saying no, so you are growing into this and have obviously made progress. Someone very unhealthy wouldn't have said anything at all and driven themselves to a breakdown.
  6. 2 points
    Yep, I know and loathe have a complicated and vaguely negative relationship with my 2 self, and this is definitely her. I can't quite bring myself to say "no" altogether to either option; but since the thought of teaching children was terrifying me so badly anyway, I emailed the ladies in charge of VBS and asked if they could move me to a less important job that won't throw everything off if I show up late on those days. They wrote back and asked if we could talk about it after church tomorrow, but I am taking a self-care day tomorrow because I am completely exhausted, physically, mentally, and emotionally. So I promised I would either talk to them on the phone or that they could come by my house in the afternoon if they liked. Today was tiring but good - I got to bed late last night because my neighbor apparently had a gas leak in their apartment, but they wouldn't answer the door when the maintenance guys showed up to try to find and fix it; so I stayed up listening while they knocked, used the loudly beeping detector, went up and down the stairs, knocked, and so on until nearly 1AM. I don't know how they fixed the leak, but it involved loud drilling / screwing something, and it went away just after midnight. I worked for 6 hours at a work event this morning, which went well; then despite being tired and having bad cramps this afternoon, I vacuumed the house, cleaned the bathroom, and went to the grocery store. I needed rest, but I did it on purpose so I could stay home all day tomorrow and not have to get out if I don't want to. Tomorrow I am doing a rare thing and skipping church so I can stay home all day and rest. I'm planning to sleep in, then have some coffee and do some quiet Bible study first thing when I get up, and possibly go for a walk in the afternoon, if the weather is nice. If it isn't, I'm going to stay inside and do some crochet and avoid screens. I'm really excited about tomorrow. I also need to do some prep for the week ahead, but I'm putting that off until later in the afternoon. Time for sleeps!!
  7. 2 points
    Thanks. NF is amazing. Part of the reason I am able to work it out before people even post is because people have posted so many encouraging things, that now I am able to internalize them and say them when I am struggling .
  8. 2 points
    Wednesday - Absolutely nothing! My hey fever got so bad mid week that I've been taking Nytol so I could get a decent nights sleep! I didn't want to try running outside and I don't have access to a dreadmill, so the run got skipped. I also didn't do my shoulder rehab on Wednesday, but I did do it the following day. Thursday Bulletproof Shoulders: 1/2 The sleeping pill was a little too effective and I woke up 10 minutes before I was due to start work! Thankfully it was a work from home day so I only had to put some sweatpants on and switch on the laptop! I did my shoulder program during my lunch-break. It wasn't too complicated this session, just a lot of deadhanging, pass-throughs and upside down kettlebell strict presses. Crossfit 2/3 When I walked in, everyone was talking about how horrendous Tuesday's workout was. So I wasn't the only one that was dying on my arse that day! Strength was back loaded step up lunges (barbell on back, step up onto a stack of plates and lunge. I really hate these as the lack of mobility in my glutes makes them difficult. My quads were burning by the end. The WOD was fun, we went through some technique work for double unders and pistol squat scales and then went straight into the workout: 27-21-15 pistol squats 21-15-9 chest to bar - or double the amount ring rows 50 double or 100 single unders so for me, that went, 27 assisted pistols, 42 ring rows, 100 single unders and so on. It wasn't a gassy workout like Tuesday and the time cap was a generous 18 minutes. I finished in 13 something (I took a pic of the board but cut off the bit with the times) I really think I need to practice double unders more often. I'm really good at skipping and my jump is high enough for me to do the penguin claps. I just need to get better at spinning the rope quicker and getting that 'flick' with my wrists. I think I might look at hanging around for a few minutes after the wods and practicing them.
  9. 2 points
    As of August 1st I have a place! So very beyond stoked.
  10. 2 points
    HI GUYS!!!!! I had the most amazing trip home EVAH and I feel so happy and loved and utterly exhausted and it was marvelous. But I missed you guys!! I spent every possible minute with IRL friends and family and didn't open a computer once, except to do some remote work on Tuesday. That was a good decision, but I still missed you. Sky, did you track your food today?: Today I am back to tracking, but I intentionally did not track my food while I was at home. For one thing, I just didn't want to be bothered with the fiddly details of parsing out ingredients and such. But for another, I really wanted to enjoy eating and talking and having fun with my family, without worrying about my weight or calories. It was a good decision. That said, today I'm back to tracking, and I also went back to review my other goals as well. I haven't cooked this week because I was home, and tonight I ordered dinner out because Lily had a huge personal success today and I wanted to celebrate with her (and restaurant food is her favorite thing in the world). I will cook tomorrow. I had a bit of a crisis this evening because I knew I needed to exercise, but my inner perfectionist freaked out because it was thinking about how I used to be able to row 15 minutes without stopping and crank out dozens of reps on the weight machines and so on and so forth, and only having the energy to do a 20-minute yoga video seemed wimpy and lame. Still, I did it, and it felt good, as always. I figured that sitting on my duff wasn't going to fix my feeling wimpy and lame, but doing even a short yoga video would move me slightly away from that direction. I'm finishing WarGames and answering one more Facebook message, and then headed for bed - I'm still recovering from my trip, and I am trying to stock up on sleep because I accidentally volunteered for an event this weekend that will force me to get up early on Saturday instead of sleep in, like I have been excitedly planning to do. Oh well, it's good experience and I will survive. I'm glad to be back!! That was a lot of days to be gone! <3
  11. 1 point
    Update I'm alive. I'm also severely sunburned. So I'm currently not sure how much of an update you are going to get versus a ramble. Thursday, my flight got cancelled due to weather. There was a later flight, but the airline wasn't hopeful it would get there as there were bands of weather coming through the area all evening. So I did what any self-respecting road warrior would do - rented a car and drove home. I would have potentially stayed an extra day, but I had to have my car at the dealership at 7:45 to get that taken care of before we left for the weekend. My husband and MIL rode down to the airport and picked up my car, which made the night only last until midnight instead of like 4. Friday, we left pretty early. I had to get my oil changed, we did some last minute shopping, then got on the road before lunch. That got us to camp by 2:30 ish, where we set up the tent and all of our stuff for the weekend. It was pretty fun to get to hang out with the paintball guys, most of them are really awesome and I have a great time with them. It was also nice because of the team set up now. Previously, all of the crazy drinking / partying that goes along with a paintball weekend happened at or near our camp. This year, the guys who wanted to do that went to other camps and our camp was just a chill one. Considering I had early mornings every day, I definitely appreciated being able to sleep at like 10 pm. Saturday, I ran the Palmerton Super. I also died on that mountain (it's okay, I got better). Just some history for anyone new: a few years ago (maybe two) I had set up to run my Trifecta. I did the Ohio Beast, the DC Sprint, and all I had left was the Super. I DNF'd. Back in those days, Palmerton was a Norm course. Norm could make a pro racer weep and my out-of-shape butt was no match for his special kind of BDSM. Now, to be fair, whomever is still designing the Palmerton course is also very twisted, but I finally have a good enough baseline to not die. The first mile was almost all up hill, then came the sandbag carry. Mile 4 was also uphill, with Mile 5 being the exact same grade downhill. Also, Spartan miles are not real miles as most people's GPS showed at least 9 miles (versus the 8 we were promised). But I finished. And I finished with a faster per mile time than I have had on any Spartan ever (and I basically cut my per mile time in half since my first Sprint at Palmerton) so training is starting to pay off. I'm getting better at obstacles, but definitely need to work on upper body / grip strength (although I did finally complete a set of monkey bars AND the Z-walls - usually I fall off at the outside transition). I will say, the barbed wire crawl this year was the best I've ever done. On Saturday, you could penguin slide down the first half and it was ridiculously amazing. I was back at camp fairly early, so I got to hang out with everyone while paintball was finishing through the day. Sunday, I woke up, looked at my volunteer stuff, and started to panic because it said I had to be there at 7 am, not 8 - which is what I thought. Apparently, I didn't have to be there until 8, so I just ended up being pretty early. Volunteering for the kids stuff was kind of a crap show though. A few of us were pretty pissed off at the way it was handled (hey, lets not rotate people to get everyone out of the sun for a bit and forget to bring water to the volunteers). This is where most of my sunburn occurred. However, the last two hours ended up being pretty chill as we were a quick team and ended up with lots of downtime in the shade. I got back to camp, where my husband had everything broken down, and we were on the road around 5. We got home around 7:30, got food and showers and then it was an early bedtime! I decided to take a sick day today (Monday). Mainly due to the sunburn. I'm actually not horribly sore from the race and I think some yoga will take care of anything remaining. I have a blister on my one heel that isn't very pretty at the moment and I'm going to lose a toenail (I told my husband I need different shoes for longer races, but the toenail issue was due to a really REALLY hard stubbing on a rock. I literally can tell you when it happened). I did wear sunscreen, but did not apply regularly enough to counteract my time in the sun. I've got a spot at my hairline and on ONE shoulder I'm watching because of how bad it is, but other than that, I'm just super tan now. I'm definitely drinking extra water / gatorade to help. Now I've got a decision to make. I originally signed up for the WV Beast, which would be another redemption race (this occurs at the end of August). TBH, I'm not sure if I'm prepared enough to take it on, particularly as it's another Mountain Series race. I could potentially do the Florida Beast in December instead. Thoughts?
  12. 1 point
    WOOT! I saw you that on strava too! it was a great really well down race. with the flyby I saw the mixup. that was unfortunate. but Still ; as you say, you've learned and can zero in on the proper technique. I don't have lots of experiences of races... but I've done my big Hiking challenge 4 times! I only got to the very furthest 100miles this year. last year particularly, I DNF'd it. so I very familiar with having things happen that did NOT happen in training; and that will done better the next time.
  13. 1 point
    Week 3 Briefing The Plan (now with corrected math!) 0/1 day of 150+ minutes. 0/2 days of 100+ min.  0/3 days of 40+ Min.  0/1 day rest (if needed). I’m a little leery of that top day, it’s hard to rack up much more than I did last week without making the entire day about it. But I’m going to give it a try. I got a Boss Battle to face in a couple of weeks! Weight loss creeps downward. My current average weight is 1.5lbs below where it was when I started. I’m a fan of slow, sustainable loss so I’m pleased with this result. (The irony? We’re looking to try for a 2nd Enting, so... kind of backwards progress.)
  14. 1 point
    Hope you enjoyed your Sunday Sky xx
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  16. 1 point
    Throw out your Gatorade. Why drink something you don’t like, plus they changed the formula (it’s sweeter and fewer electrolytes) so it’s not even useful anymore. I’ve had really good luck with https://www.skratchlabs.com during racing and if it’s my big race https://osmonutrition.com/product/preload-hydration/ during the couple days leading up to it. You might recall I used to get terrible cramps, but they haven’t been an issue since I switched from Gatorade to Skratch. But it has fewer calories so you have to eat more. ETA if you order through the website the code sydandmackey will get you 15% off.
  17. 1 point
    Friday: Made a dumb time/math mistake and didn't leave enough time to do my full planned run. Ran 3 milies. It was REALLY hot, so I wasn't sorry to cut it short. Made up for it a little by doing Ab Ripper. Sat: Did the five miles left over from Friday. It was unpleasantly hot. Today: Hot and humid. Did an unpleasant 14 miles, mostly on trail. Had to walk a lot, but put in the planned amount of time. I don't acclimate well to heat, so the summer is always a slog for me. I know that I have to train hard in July/Aug to be able to run well in Oct/Nov. Week 2 and Challenge update: I'm still planning to do more today, but am posting now. Still hope to do plank, pushups, Daily Dare and mobility, but I'm tired from running...so maybe later. Still optimistic about meeting my calorie goal, but I was really hungry after running...so we'll see. 37.3 miles this week, bringing me to 73.6. This one should be no problem. So far up to 32.25 minutes plus two Ab Ripper sessions. Will see if I can finish this goal by the end of the challenge...maybe, but it will be tight. 11 days so far. Likely was under goal yesterday, but had dinner at a friend's house, so it's hard to tell. I've been slowly but steadily losing weight since I started this last challenge. 2/3 so far this week. If I do this today, it will bring me to 3/3 weeks of the challenge. I've gotten 9 so far this week. Counting the one from last challenge, that brings me to 13/100. Some of you might remember that reaching this goal earns me the reward of replacing my decrepit coffee maker. My cousin is getting married in September. I was looking at the registry and couldn't resist buying her a coffeemaker. Someone should have a working coffeemaker!! Still need to sort out my will. It will just take a bit of time. My computer died, so I need to start over. Not a big deal, just need to make time and do it. This week will be a normal week for me. Next week, I'll be traveling. I'll be able to keep up with most stuff, but my running mileage will be shorter, and I won't try to track calories.
  18. 1 point
    I did quite a lot of reading on vitamin D deficiency today. I'm suspecting this might be a contributer to my mood (which is 85% back to normal). I had forgotten i used to suffer with S.A.D. in winter when i lived in the UK (16 yrs ago now) and treated it with UV beds. Went to the pharmacy and started taking vit D and Magnesium supps today, may take a month or 2 to build up but we'll see if it helps... Sent from my SM-G965F using Tapatalk
  19. 1 point
    Strength Day 1x10 KB Complex 3x5 trap bar deadlift 190#, 210#, 215# 3x5 bench press 115#, 125#, 130# 1x10 preacher curl 40# Good workout. Dropped the volume from last week since I was beat up for days last time.
  20. 1 point
    happy hour was good! A former colleague happened to be in town and she tagged along, which was great True, true. lettuce, spinach and broccoli have to count for something. I have a very loose definition of 'salad' so I will say yes. Neck is back up to normal ROM, hooray! Salad Club goal for the day achieved! Another "do something" type workout is on the docket for the evening.
  21. 1 point
    Today my son in law (or will be when he marries my daughter) had a graduation ceremony. He is now finished his training to be a prison guard. Bec went to the ceremony, and as it was in Junee (halfway between Wagga and Coota) I drove out to watch the kids. I took them to the Junee Roundhouse Railway Museum. The kids loved it. I even had Jay with me. She was polite and nice to me. Lots of walking around. Climbing stairs to get into carriages and having fun taking photos. Mostly on my Emmy's phone. Got a couple on mine. I even got one of Elaina's Ginny Weasley doll in one of the carriages. Sent from my CPH1725 using Tapatalk
  22. 1 point
    Had friends over to work on scrapbooking. I put tons of pictures into my photo album. My goal is to have them all in this week. This makes me feel so good. I had photos from the year 2000 that I had not done anything with. After my friends left, I put on my weighted vest and went for a walk. Then I came home and did crow practice, kb swing, kb Turkish Get Ups and finished with walking lunges. Then I had some gluten free dairy free pizza for dinner. I also had some celery stick. Truth, I feel a bit overfull. It is so hard to stop with pizza! But it is a nice treat on occasion
  23. 1 point
    Thanks As far as being active, well I can use that sometimes as an excuse to overeat, but for the most part, I think I'm fine. But you are right, I am paying attention, so it isn't going to happen. And I am way more active than I used to be.
  24. 1 point
    In my house, no project is complete until someone cries (me) and someone bleeds (usually my husband, occasionally me as well).
  25. 1 point
    Just a quickie: no spectacular achievements to note, but I am very excited because I will be picking my son up from the airport in less than twelve hours and I haven't seen him in three weeks!!!