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About RisenPhoenix

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    Wielder of Esperacchius
  • Birthday 11/19/86


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  1. Kyellan Fights the Hollowing

    Suddenly my last week or so makes so much more sense, O Twin o' Mine....
  2. Workout for myself and my girlfriend

    Honestly, men and women aren't THAT drastically different in the grand scheme of things, at least in terms of strength training and general nutrition rules. I mean, yes, women will take longer to build muscle (since testosterone plays a goodly size role and women just have less of it), and would be eating less calories in general, but she'd still see progress if she was doing any structured strength program and eating relatively well with a hefty chunk of protein. So really, if she's into lifting and losing weight, the "Pick up heavy things, eat less, and have lots of protein" rules still apply. Just remember that at some point the Strength Gains VS Weight Loss balance will come into play and she/you will have to pick one side or the other for significant progress. (I mean, recomposition is a thing, but it's a longer, slower process that requires a lot of attention to detail which you mostly need to puzzle out yourself or with a trainer.)
  3. RisenPhoenix Starts to Burn in the New Year

    Annnnnnd I didn't go to class tonight, because I just felt like crap. And tonight isn't looking likely. And tomorrow's NP is unlikely (which sucks, because we HAVE clear Stairs, and the weather will screw it up again next week). My cough and throat is just really being annoying, and I should do the mature, responsible adult thing to recover. That's dumb. *grump*
  4. Curbing Those Midnight Snacks

    You said you've tried water before bed, but why not water when you wake up and eat as well? Alternatively, have really healthy snacks primed and ready to go before you go to bed. But really, if you're eating at weird hours, you're training your body to crave food at those strange hours. Try shrinking the snacks, making them less calorically dense, hiding the "good snacks" for you. But ultimately it's going to be brought down to saving some willpower during the day to combat the night time cravings.
  5. RisenPhoenix Starts to Burn in the New Year

    Right, so last week was a thing. It happened. Ended up doing only one class on Thursday as well, and another single class on Saturday. So only 4 classes this week. Not a big deal. My largest concern/thing to note is that if I want to do Iaido in the future, I need to be up, out the door, and at the dojo at 8:30 for class at 9am sharp on Saturday mornings. It's honestly the largest hurdle I have to starting Iaido - not because it's early, but because Saturday is frequently the only day I get to truly rest and sleep in without worrying about rushing around. I might be able to eventually train myself to make my sleep in day Sunday, but.... it's just tricky. Habit building being all complicated by requiring you to do it or what not. Also in a twist, I was pretty damn social this weekend. So my calorie budget was blown waaaaaay over. Saturday I went to my cousin's for a game night while some sportsball was on the TV in the background for those who wanted to see it. She didn't expect me to show up, so she was surprised/confused/excited when I did. I was only going to stay for a couple hours, and then didn't leave until after midnight. >.> <.< . We played a game that was like Cards Against Humanity, but instead of the judge drawing a card that people had to answer, the judge drew and ACCENT that people had to use to read a phrase from their hand. Personally, my favorite one I did was "Bless me Father, for I have sinned - but enough about me." Spoken like Christian Bale's Batman. That one won me that particular round. That said, a whole bunch of delicious food was staring me in the face, which I definitely partook in. It was great. Sunday I did two hours of aikido, and then went to TinMan's place and we had our not-really-usually-scheduled Scary Videogame Night and dinner. Hung out with him and his girlfriend for a couple hours, eating snacks and a really tasty coconut lime skillet chicken for dinner. Oh, and finally beating Amnesia: Dark Descent. Like, 9 months after we started playing it. Whoops. Kind of underwhelming and more of a relief to finish it. Now we need to figure out the next game. We are thinking not scary this time, possibly The Last Guardian. Today I plan on doing a class of aikido, but I also feel like crap. My throat is super sore and I can barely talk, so I may give it a rest a bit and see how I feel tomorrow morning. Stupid sickness. Hopefully I don't have to talk a bunch today at work....
  6. The Courtyard (Monk's General Chat)

    What Kishi said. Needed but not any opinions I can give. (Partially because aikido doesn't really need them - groin hits happen, but rarely. Though hip throws sometimes get uncomfortably close....)
  7. The Courtyard (Monk's General Chat)

    Ladies and Gentleman and Everything Else Under the Sun! Challenge starts January First! Unless you are totally unprepared, in which case it starts January 8th! Either way, write 'em up, and babble about random amazing holiday gifts here. Personally, I'm excited to use my Death Star waffle iron on New Year's Day.
  8. RisenPhoenix Starts to Burn in the New Year

    I was trying to find a good theme. But I think I'll take the easy route for now, and go with my name sake. And some Harry Potter. I wrote some venting stuff. It wasn't very good. So let's cut to my big 2018 goals: Blackbelt Prep Iaido Prep Get down to 15% body fat I need to build back up a whole lot of habits that have fallen to the wayside the last couple weeks/months. I also haven't done much physical activity in December, with the official start of the 'new' job and the travel prep and traveling. So slow and steady is how this is going to go, until I build back up to where I'm comfortable. That said, I DO need to keep in mind the whole "schedule free time" thing. I don't want to end up exhausted and stressed by all the 'fun' stuff I'm supposed to be doing. And so, we begin. 1) Return to the Count: Count all the calories, 2400 calories per day (taking into account physical activity) I do really well calorie counting. It honestly is the best way for me to both lose weight, and maintain weight. So I'm going to log all the food in MFP, like the olden days. Unlike the olden days, I'm going to be actually taking into account my physical activities. Honestly, it won't be much, because I stopped lifting months ago to give myself some more sleep time. Maybe the lifting will make a come back, maybe it won't, but either way no lifting will likely happen in January for me. Also, some additional stuffs: Nothing but fruit and nuts from the work snack stashes will be allowed. Also the lifesaver mints. Which definitely have calories. Might actually empower the receptionist to knock my hand away from the candy dish.... But I should be able to get some decent calorie cutting by not eating all the things at work. 2) Aikido Archive - Document 5 techniques a week in name, one a week in video format I have seriously been slacking on this project since I decided to do it. By which I mean I wrote up the base document and haven't filled in a damn thing. So I need to start working on that. I should be able to get through the 5th to 2nd kyu exams pretty easily, and I can actually put our testing video into the document at this point, at least until I get the techniques individually recorded. 3) Class Time - 5 Hours of aikido a week Like, seriously. How is this not expected at this point. I'm aiming right now for QUALITY hours on the mat, more than quantity. I plan on testing the end of 2018 or the beginning for 2019, and I will have more than enough hours by then. I don't need more hours, I need more brains on the mat. I need to start playing again a bit more, I need to embrace the fact that I suck, and I need to find ways around it. Eventually I also want to start attending classes at Harvard Aikikai (at least once in a while) and New England Aikikai. Both because the different instruction will help, and also it'll be good for helping mend the relationships between the dojo's current generation. Even if the older generation can't play nicely due to the history behind everything. 4) Find an easy, short mobility routine for ankles. Perform in the morning. I've come to the conclusion that my ankles are my biggest limiting factor in aikido these days. My knees bend easily enough, but my ankle lock out a bit sooner than I would like, which makes lowering my center while maintaining my posture a bit more tricky. This likely also contributes to my hatred of squats. In any case, I'd like to get my mornings started with some mobility work, so maybe things will get a bit better on that front. 5) Extra Credit Adulting: Tidy up the Pantry Purge old/unworn clothing Put the clothing away Fix the Oven and/or call the landlord to replace over Find two new recipes to try Host a house Game night That should cover it for the first couple of weeks. I need to get my head back in the game. At least this time I have stable employment. What an odd feeling that is. Hopefully it helps give me an anchor for the coming year.