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  • Birthday 11/26/1987

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  1. Hah, that's awesome. I don't watch much TV, but maybe I'll steal that idea for the next presidental election debate. I saw roughly 16 different drinking games for the last one.
  2. So yesterday I did my first "Endurance WOD" at my CrossFit gym: "10 rounds for time of: 10 Burpees 100 m Sprint Rest 1:1" This plus we had to jog from the gym to the outdoor track (which wasn't terribly far, about 3/4 mile), do some dynamic warmups/agility drills, and jog back afterwards. A lot of people said it reminded them of workouts they would do when they were on the football/soccer/etc team back in the day. Um...I was basically destroyed haha. Running is a huge weakness of mine and it definitely showed. I could only end up doing 8 of the rounds, and ended up walking the last half
  3. Thanks! And of course I promptly disappear again, because that's what I do. I'm worse than Aang... First week and a half has mostly gone pretty well. Summary of how I've been doing on my goals so far: Work out at least four times a week. Last week hit the gym four times. This week it's looking like only three though, because I did a workout that I probably shouldn't have tried and re-aggravated my back (though not NEARLY as bad as the first time, it's almost back to where I was before) so I took a couple of days off. Not quite ready to get back to deadlifts apparently, at least not with mu
  4. I'm having a similar thing and it's frustrating as all get out. Though what I can't do are (back) squats with any real weight. Front squats feel fine though, so that's my sub. Deadlifts are okay at low-ish weights and reps, but I'm probably going to give them (as well as the back squats) a miss for a couple more months still. In the meantime I'm trying to focus on things to help me with my hilariously low core strength and finicky squatting mechanics, both of which I think contributed to my problems. Lots of stretching, planking, and third-world squatting in my future. It sucks, but permanen
  5. Thanks! Thursday isn't actually particularly more intense though. It's just a normal CrossFit class followed by an "Active Recovery" class which is basically just stretching and mobility work. It's actually pretty relaxing! Except for the lacrosse ball/foam rolling stuff. Ow.
  6. True. But I've always felt that it doesn't have quite the same ring to it. Also thanks ColoQ.
  7. I'm Hispanic--my dad was born in the Dominican Republic and my mom was born in NYC to a Puerto Rican and a Colombian--but was not taught Spanish as a kid. So for me, I'd have to say learning Spanish in 11th and 12th grade and becoming more or less fluent (my accent is a little off in some places and I can have trouble with very fast or dialect-heavy speech, so it's not perfect). This helped me re-connect with my culture much better, including being able to talk to my grandmother and being able to explore Spanish-speaking countries on my own, which was pretty life-changing.
  8. Hah, love the succubus imagery. As for bisexual men, I've been told we don't actually exist, so I'd probably--- *vanishes from existence* ETA: Didn't see ColoQ's post. I feel much less clever now.
  9. I hear you with the lunches. I have that problem at work. Not only is it often less healthy, but it gets expensive buying lunch every day....especially when you work in Manhattan. I wish I had thought of decluttering as a life goal. My place looks like a tornado went through it. It's horrendous.
  10. Hello all! So, this isn't actually my first challenge. I used to post here sporadically a couple of years ago, but I'm terrible at forums so I disappeared. Since then, I sort of fell off the fitness wagon (not helped by overdoing it and messing up my back a little), but now I've climbed back on it, and decided to try posting here again. I love the community and attitude here but I am terrible at forums...I always lose track of threads and then wander off. Taking another swing at it, and because it's been so long I'm treating this as if it were my first challenge. Here's to new beginnings!
  11. Thanks. It was...an experience. For those who don't know what Fran is, it's 21-15-9 reps of thrusters (front squat --> push press) and pull-ups for time. The thrusters are prescribed at 95 pounds...I did 65 pounds, and of course had assistance bands for the pull-ups. Still took me 9:41...but hey, I lived! Also, I'm famous! And reppin' Nerd Fitness, even, on Monday's workout page on my box's website. http://www.crossfitnyc.com/2013/10/20/monday-131021/
  12. I LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE!!!!!! Ahem, anyway. I feel bad for having basically disappeared from the boards for a while. Like I said, I'm terrible with forums. BUT the good news is that while I've been away, I've been pretty dang successful with 3 out of my 4 goals. Been working out four times per week consistently and diet has been very on point. What's more, I've been cooking for myself almost every day as well, so my food expenditures have dropped consistently. With one exception (this past Tuesday) I've also done well with the drinking. Whooo! Python has kind of fallen by t
  13. Sleep is certifiably amazing. To think that I wasted all those opportunities to sleep when I was younger and had the time.......
  14. Dang, missed the shirt. Guess that's what I get for disappearing from the forum for several days. Also, I caught myself sorta self-censoring by saying "gorram." And my friend thought it was awesome. I have good friends.
  15. Whoa, haven't posted on here in a while. Gotta head to bed, but quick summary: 1.) Karaoke was fun, in that I always enjoy watching people perform. But it sucked in that it took them so long to call me up to sing (talking 2 hours here) that I ended up giving up and going home. I drank more than I wanted to, but not quite as much as I often end up doing. Giving myself a "C" for the night. 2.) Did a speedy review of some of the super-basic Python stuff. Even got myself a notebook! 3.) Eating has been pretty on point this week and I once again made it to the gym/CrossFit 4 times! 4.) Wit
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