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  1. Hi NF! So, I was a regular way back in 2012-2013 but have since moved on to other fitness paths. But then I got an email about this great deal for the academy and guess what, I'm back! I'm now 29 (almost 30) and mom to a GREAT 17 month old boy (whom we named after a character from the Dune series. Talk about nerdy!). Unfortunately, I now have diastasis recti (BOO!!!) which means my core strength is not what it used to be AND I have to be really careful about certain exercises (no more crunches ever, but not sad about that Anything front loading that puts too much pressure on my stomach has to be built towards very, very slowly. Which is frustrating! I want to do my planks and push-ups again!). As a mom I'm way more tired, have less time to exercise (yay for 20 minute strength workouts!) and oh, I'm also still breastfeeding my son (go super mom!) and I can't really keep up with my calorie needs. I'm still pretty active in general, too - cycle to and from work 20-minutes each way twice a week, and lots more cycling as we don't have a car (or license). Lots of walking and chores etc. In any case, I'm looking forward to jumping back in, both here and with the academy materials. I still love being fit and nerdy things, so I have a feeling I'll fit right (back) in. Any familiar faces around?
  2. I've you're interested and can be bothered (imo, it's not that much work and gives you SO much insight in your cycle) have a look at 'Taking charge of your fertility'. It's a book about the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM for short, it's different from the Rhythm Method, don't worry!) which can be used to either get pregnant or avoid pregnancy naturally. I use an app called Kindara to keep track of my cycle and just read the book this week, too. It's SO interesting and makes me happier with my body in general (unexpected side effect there!). Just exercising/lifting in and of itself should not be an issue with trying to get pregnant. It MAY however lengthen your cycles if you exercise a lot, and very intense. FAM also lets you know if and when you ovulate (by taking your temperature each morning). In your situation I'd mostly be interested to know if you're ovulating (because excessive exercise can stop women ovulating) and... clearly it's good to know when your most fertile days are, to make sure you're making your chances as big as possible. --- Lots of good luck! If you want more info feel free to ask, but their might very well be more knowledgeable people on here
  3. Thanks for your reply. Yup! I LOVE my new workout. It's shorter than the last, and feels even shorter than it is. It's all just super involved - now do this, give it your all (except for the back extensions) and BAM be epic! I haven't had bad DOMS (and those were very manageable) after the first workout. Bench is now up to 27.5 reliably (just need to get the last set up to 10, I got 7 or 8 reps yesterday) and squat to 35. Seems low for squat (or to me it does), but I GET really/proper low nowadays So I'm happy. Meds seem ok so far... Hubby told me I'm all over the place today (no crying though, so yay) and I've been feeling crazy hot even though the weather isn't really all that warm. Sleep... ugh. Sleep... Falling asleep is difficult right now and then getting up is also a challenge. Hot sweaty nights. At the very least that's partially due to the lowered dose. And sometimes the dizziness/spaciness can really get me, too. But it doesn't last all day. So really? So far? If things don't get worse I'm sure I'll be feeling back to normal again in no time. Then again... I know how tricky this stuff is and that it can takes quite some time for your brain to get used to a lower dose again, so I'm expecting at least a week or so in the near future of just being quite down. Hope it won't happen, but better to expect it just in case ^^; On the other hand: I've also been quite productive over the last few days So that's a definite win!
  4. Oh boy. Sorry guys. Guess I did the disappearing thing again. End of challenge update: I kept up the working out two days a week I'm also eating healthier (wootwoot). I got a new gym programme on Monday, did that twice this week and it's pretty brutal (especially on my core). It has bench, squats, lat pull downs (I think), knee tuck, 'superman' (plank, lift right arm/left leg - switch) and back hyperextensions. Sounds easy? Try it. Gosh Definitely had some decent DOMS this week, but the good kind (not the 'I can't walk at all! kind). Other than that? Today is my first day at reducing my dose of anti depressants yet again. I went from 20 mg (was at 40 for a while) to 10. Which is quite the jump, but I HATE dealing with the liquid/drop version of the meds, so after discussing with my shrink we decided to just go for it. I'm expecting quite some withdrawal symptoms... but I have several weeks off before work starts again, so it IS a good time to try this. Still scary, though... Yes. Scary. But a step in the right direction. Next challenge? I'll sit it out, and keep focussing on getting to the gym twice a week and eating better.
  5. I used to be stuck at 62/63. Like, literally stuck. Even during the month nothing would change. Anyway, I'm back at 64 (from 66, so I guess there must've been some water weight involved) and that's close enough to my normal to not be worried --- Healthy eating: Been drinking an extra glass of water in the morning (before my first cup of tea). I think I did this back in my third or so challenge as well... Still not a habit Attempting not to graze all day long, so far pretty successful. Also... HUGE WIN: Yesterday I really, really attempted to eat slower (I ... am a monster. I usually finish my plate before hubby is HALF DONE!). Anyway, yesterday evening? It was the other way around I don't think I've felt so proud of myself for a long time. Gym stuff Woot, got to the gym today and did my 'usual' programme. I've also made an appointment for a new programme after my holiday (going to Denmark in a bit over a week!). July 13th I'll get my new programme. It was rather difficult, I did (mostly) the same weights as last week and pff, quite difficult... quite. But I made it
  6. Headache did eventually go away, but I never managed to do a proper workout last week. Anyway, no use in bawling about that. Today I made it to the gym and joined the Intens lesson. 2 round of 8 exercises, 50 seconds on, 10 seconds off. Intense circuit training. I struggled through most of the second round, but I did it! Woot! Also, it seems like I mysteriously gained about 3 kilos over the last 1 1/2 months. Seems a bit outrageous (yes, I know not to trust the scale too much, but it's been consistently going up a bit every time). Makes me nervous. Especially as I've not been eating more, at all... :/
  7. Ugh, I'm almost angry Yesterday I had a busy day, so today was going to be gym time. I woke up with a headache (same story last week Thursday ugh.) and even a paracetamol didn't help one bit. I also have to go clean (my voluntary job, love it) but I'm feeling sick as well as still having the headache. Last week I cancelled because of the headache, really hope I won't have to cancel today. Anyway, if gym still happens this week it has to be tonight or tomorrow morning, but I really doubt it... Headaches like these usually last (if sleeping for a bit and a paracetamol doesn't help, it's just a waiting game) and tomorrow morning I'd have to be realllly early to make it to the gym. I'll be at my parents' place this weekend, so I might just have to figure out an alternative this week.
  8. Fooood pictures (fffuuuuuu huge, be warned): Contents? Iceberg lettuce, snack tomatoes, snack bell peppers, 1 apple, 1/4 cucumber, pieces of père Joseph cheese, pumpkin seeds and the sausage... If I'm not forgetting about anything
  9. Today's workout: ---- 10 minutes cycling to gym 5 minutes epilitical Bench: 3 x 8 @ 27.5 kgs Dumbbell rows: 3 x 10 @ 12 kgs (each earm) back Hyperextensions with 7.5 kgs extra: 3 x 12 Squats: warming up: 3 x without bar, 3 x bar, 3 x 25 kgs then 3 x 10 @ 30 kgs Leg raises 3 x 15 5 minutes epilitical, some stretches and cycling home after a well-deserved shower
  10. I might take some photos if I remember --- Week 2... I'm still sore from Saturday's workout (just from the push-ups, haven't done any in a while) and I feel very sluggish and tired today. I have a meeting at 15.00, my aim is to get a workout at the gym in before that appointment. I don't feel like it, but hey I hope that when I get to the gym that'll be different. It's going to happen, that's all I know Haha. This is what challenges are for, hm?
  11. Yes! Usually it's either a few hours (I feel it coming on, take a nap and the headache will be gone). If that's not possible I usually have to take a paracetamol or two, sleep and hope it'll be over in the morning Very rarely does it last any longer, although sometimes I wake up with a migraine starting Bah. Always inconvenient. Saturday bonus: Yesterday I wanted to either A) go to church (special prayer/music night, pretty cool) or go to the gym. I went with A because that's something that happens only 6 times a year. This morning? I was up late, it was raining, and the gym's only open until 15.00 or 16.00 on a Saturday.. So I did a 'mini' workout at home: 3 x 12 dumbbell rows @ 10.5 kgs (weighed myself without, then with dumbbell Guess without any plates it's 2.5, hence getting 10.5 instead of 10. Which is good, because it´s progress'. 1 x 20 lunges (forwards, then backwards (so they're like double lunges, I guess) 10 each leg) 2 x 10 lunges (forwards, then backwards)... the 20 total was a bit much 3 x 12 push-ups Was definitely enough to get me very sweaty Food choices Decided to get freshly roasted nuts at the market for a snack, also plundered the fruit and veggie stand (woot loot included: 2 avocados, 1 iceberg lettuce, 1 cucumber, 1/2 kilogram of cherries, 1 melon, 1 cauliflower, bunch of snack tomatoes, snack bell peppers). Tomorrow will be awesome-huge-meal-salad day ^^ (I'm SO happy my rather fussy-eater husband really likes meal salads. So tasty, versatile and healthy!).
  12. Maybe (probably, hehe). To be honest I've just been following the gym's advice for this round, partially because lazy, and partially because I was curious what it'd be like. It's a different experience for sure, but I feel like I can practice some discipline (actually going for those last 2-3 reps if I can, but think I can't). I'll probably do lower rep counts once I change my programme (which should be soon). ------- Update: Got a migraine on Thursday, blah. Which meant that I didn't go cleaning at the church (3 hours of cleaning is like a decent workout I tell you!). Shame. Food choices: Second drink @ restaurant was water. I had chicken with 'raapstelen' yesterday instead of pizza.
  13. Thanks everyone <3 always great to see familiar (and new) faces and get some encouragement! Day 2 & 3: Day two healthy food choices: Adding an extra egg to my salad (I need some (extra) protein), meal salad for dinner. Day three: Workout: Similar to the other one, but squats instead of lunges and no planks. I did 3 x 10 @ 25 kgs for the squats. I've been practicing Grok squats lately so it's really quite easy to go super deep Proud of this. Weight will come, eventually, but need to get form and depth uber-awesome as a first priority. Healthy food choices: 1 so far, hard boiled egg as a snack after the work out.
  14. Thanks all! Kind of reluctant to specify, haha... kind of joking, but not really. I've lost quite a bit of progress since last year and am only very slowly making some new progress. :/ Life happened, I guess... Anyway, today's workout (I've been doing this programme for 4 weeks now, sometimes only doing it once a week... I asked the gym for a programme to mostly just keep active and do exercise I enjoy doing - such as the bench press). Warming up (cycling to gym + 5 minutes on the epiliptical). Bench press: Warm up (3 reps @ 22.5 kgs) 3 x 10 @ 25 kgs Dumbbell row (10 kgs) 3 sets of 12 (/arm) Back hyperextension (BW + 2.5 kgs - first time I added extra weight). 3 sets of 13 or 15 (can't remember which number, heh) Lunges, 7 kgs/arm, 3 sets of 22 (so 11/leg) Leg raises 3 x 15 Plank 3 x 40 seconds --- 4 minutes (got lazy) on the epiliptical and stretching after. So yeah, that's it! I've climbed back up to the 25 kg bench press over the last few weeks (was quite glad to I could just jump back in without too much effort with just the bar, tbh) and the lunges are going better now (fewer knee problems than before, very doable now). I think next programme switch I'll add squats back in, starting at 30 or 35 kgs... ( Seriously, squats just seemed to be getting worse every single time, mostly tightness on the inside of my upper legs, just like they don't want to bend properly, bleh). Anyway, so far so good - no issues with my shoulder/back and at least I'm going to the gym and not just doing Zumba
  15. Welcome back! I'm also back from hiding (ehh, more like just not caring :/). Good luck on this challenge!
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