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  2. Come randori meeeee!!!!
  3. Hullo! *hugs* I really like that you give yourself progressions. Like being at work by 9:15 for a while then going to 9:00. That's really smart. I think of progressions for exercise, but little for everyday activities. I have to go rethink my life nao! p.s. female training camp sounds fun! I vote pro!
  4. A month long menu??? I'm impressed! You may be busy, but this is the way to keep your shit together! So much excitement coming your way! You had me at wine tasting. I think the sleep challenge you tacked on the end is super smart. If there is one way to keep your momentum during all you have going on, it's to get a healthy amount of sleep. But yes! Only 4 weeks! You got this!
  5. Heck yes small goals create momentum! Sounds like a good challenge! The boring stuff will go away with the small goals. You'll get to doing the fun stuff soon!
  6. Damn. That song in mah head nao. Jasmine grows on trees..../snicker you! *hugs*
  7. Hulllo!!! *hugs* When is your nidan test?
  8. Oh, Hey There. Sorry this is so short! I usually fill my thread up with crazy gifs and extravagant challenges. This time I have 1 focus: My testing. I test for 5th Dan the second weekend of April! EEEEPPPP!!! Things I need to do to get myself ready: 1. For the love of all that is holy, Eat right. Loosing some poundage always helps my kicks be faster and look better. I literally need to get light on my feet. Eat at slight deficit. Need to maintain caloric intake for exertion, but also loose some poundage. Eating slightly below maintenance and upping exertionTRACK calories on MFP. I get in and out of this habit, but I ALWAYS do better when I track.ONE re-feed per week. NOT a cheat day. Though I won't be AS strict. Just more good calories. 2. Train, Train, Train...Train a Foooool. 5x week. This may seem like a lot with work and classes, but I often times have 2 workouts on my days off: 1 personal one, and then the advanced class at night. So 5 a week is still not going overboard.Focus on Patterns, Kick drills, HIIT drills, slow kicksFiure out specialty break routine by mid March 3. Puppeh Run One 2 mile Puppeh run/weekMy poor puppeh has been neglected. I stopped long distance running last month because I decided the tightness of my IT band, hamstrings, and calves were from this long distance running and were hindering my kicks. Yes, my legs were tired after long runs, but I have a theory it is the cause of some loss in leg strength. So I decided to stop running for a while to see what kind of impact that would make on my kicks and leg control. Now my poor puppeh doesn't go on near as many runs! (She is spoiled and likes walks, but would really rather run) So I decided that a 2 mile run once a week would still make puppeh happy, but not impede too much on what I am trying to accomplish with my kicks. 4. Cheat Jar $1-5 for bad food depending on severity$5 for days I do not track on MFP Money will be used for something on my testing day. Maybe a cupcake! So that is all nerds. Boring but I'm here and trying.
  9. Dude! You are KILLING it!!! I just caught up. *Whew* Your BJJ discriptions sound so FUN! It sucks having a poor partner, though. Don't feel bad, there are plenty of people that are awesome as a person but bad as a partner. They don't even have to be bad at the art....just different work ethic or body sizes can make for terrible training combination. Sometimes you just don't have a choice and that sucks. But yay for reminding them about the Intermediate! Also that run-fall was AWESOME!...Break-falls for the win. IMO, you were trying hard enough if you kept you balance the ENTIRE way And I didn't know you were trying to get preggo! (That is what is happening, right? I might have missed something since I've been out a couple of challenges >.>) That's awesome! It's a weird concept for me: My entire life has been OMG DONT GET PREGNANT!!! Now I have a ton of friend that are TRYING, but can't. So weird. Bodies are weird. (Spoken by a true medical professional). But yay, I'm rooting for you! Miss your face!
  10. ^This. Something Something the journey is the best part something something. Also, dropping to 3-4 classes instead of 5-7 isn't too bad: as long as what you replace them with makes you equally happy. If learning photography and/or blacksmithing is something that is going to have you walk away feeling more enlightened and accomplished, I'd say that's worth missing a class or 2 a week. I think you worry about cutting classes more for your frame of mind than for your fitness/blackbelt goals. Training 3-4 days a week is still good for ambitions of black belt. Maybe it will take a teensy weensy bit longer, but not much. I think your worry is more the fact that you get your daily happiness from Aikido; especially now that your job sucks so awfully. But who's so say this potential sense of enlightenment and accomplishment you gain from these new classes wouldn't get you the same thing? Especially if it's something you've wanted to do for a while. Consider the extra money an investment in your happiness. (Not in a selfish way that's an excuse anyone could use to buy whatever they want, but in the practical sense of just keeping your sanity by having something in your life to look forward to.) Just a thought. Maybe look at potential fees, times, locations of these things you want to do to sort out the practicality of it first? You never know, you may find some good networking in there while you're at it.
  11. *drools at chocolate cake with french buttercream frosting* mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm................................ I'm so glad the steroid shots have helped with the pain so far! I hope it lasts a long while! And I must say, Elf sounds like an awesome house mate! I wouldn't mind getting myself an Elf! Also, it's weird for me to see shoveling as a daily/weekly chore. That's something I never even think of. And something I've only done ONCE ever in my life and it was to make a labyrinth in the BF's backyard. Ahhhhhh....that was a fun day
  12. Also, 7Foot, I DO want to hold a bag for you! I want to hold a bag for you somewhere where there is padding on the walls behind me! Then I can see how far you can launch me!!!!!
  13. Not going to lie. It's hard on vacation, but I'm determined to NOT owe myself $15 in my cheat jar like last week. >.<
  14. Dorkface. I wasn't saying NO power in lead leg. Just like in boxing, you can knock someone out with a lead jab. But I don't LEAD with the rear. When fighting side or half facing, you have a rear leg and unless I'm doing a switch or a kick transfer, I'm not going to lead with the back leg. Unless I KNOW I have time.
  15. LATE UPDATE!!!!! (Sorry, nerds. Been on vacation!) Sunday was work again and more eating crap. Fail. So lat week was 4 days awesome and 3 days crap. I see a trend of work days being crap and what Mistr pointed out about sleep and starting too hard. This week: Monday: Gym workout: Working on straight cardio with muscle confusion: 10 min run treadmill 10 min footwork (shuffle skips) on treadmill 10 min row on rowing machine (set to 10 resistance) 15 min stair climber while mixing levels 10 min footwork drills on treadmill stretch Went to TKD for personal workout in middle of day: 3 sets of: 25 slow side facing kick combos, 20 slow front facing kick combos, 25 knee push ups 3 sets of 2 min jumprope, 1 min weighted punches, 1 min 180 degree side kicks, 30 sec knees rt, 30 sec knees lt (some breaks in between, but I tried to keep going because I need to HIIT more Rested mid day and did adulting TKD at night: advanced class. We worked on speed kicking drills and pattern drills Tuesday: Gym Workout: 4 sets of: 25 curtsy squats 1 min jump rope 25 knee push ups 25 bicycle sit ups Then 4 sets of: 20 weighted squats (10# DB) 20 weighted knees strikes rt (1 10# db in hand) 20 weighted knee strikes lt 20 weighted rows rt (20# db) 20 weighted rows lt OMG SORE This was light weight but I haven't done a circuit like this in a while so OW. Then I packed and got on a plane for VACATION!!!! I did really well eating for both of these days. The adulting was good, I finished my laundry early which made packing really fast. My adulting list in fairly small this week because a) I got so much done last week, and b ) I'm on vacation until next Wednesday! Wednesday: REST DAY I did absolutely nothing. YOU HEAR THAT MISTR???? NOTHING!!!! okokok. So it wasn't of my own volition. >.> I found this kickboxing gym RIGHT DOWN THE STREET from where I am staying in Boston. I called them and they had a Groupon deal to get 5 workouts and boxing gloves for $30!!! THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR!!!!!! And it's so close!!! I wish I had found it sooner with how often I'm up here! So I called them and signed up, but the dude on the phone (His name was Ninja. I shit you not.) told me the class times and I told him I'd be there at 630pm for that night's class. YAY KICKY PUNCHY THINGS!!!!! Soooo.... I looked forward to it ALLLLLLL day, and when I got there at 6:15 to sign up and stretch a bit, there was already a class going on. Whhhaaaaa? So the instructor FINALLY came over to acknowledge me and he said "oh sorry, this class started a 6pm. Would you like me to give you a call after class and set you up for tomorrow?" WHAT????? WHAAAAATTTT????? I was so pissed. Not at him really. Just pissed because I was looking forward to it all day to be rejected at the door. I went home in my workout clothes and sulked for about 3 hours Yeah. I'm a stubborn baby when I have my mind set on something. It wasn't pretty. But it turns out, "Ninja" wasn't the guy who teaches those classes, so I couldn't be mad at the instructor. Ninja (the owner) just didn't know his times very well. They are slightly different everyday so I was an honest mistake. Also, if I were teaching, I wouldn't stop a whole class of paying customers to sign up a newb who may or may not have experience with anything. As much as I'd hate to ignore them, I have an hour to get people crying sweating and it's not fair to them to wait because someone came in 15 min late. Also, I would need for them to sigh a waiver beforehand so it's not like I could have just let someone come do high intensity stuff and risk them blowing a knee or something trying to push too hard. Nahhh, as pissed as I was, once I put myself in his shoes, I probably would have done the same thing. Just maybe explained it a bit before walking off. So I decided to just come back Thursday instead. So....Rest Day. BAM!! (heeheee) Thursday (so far) I took the kickboxing class this morning and it was everything I though it would be! :D There was a little more bodyweight stuff than punching/kicking, but I was ok with it because it was intense. The class started with warm ups including high knees, walking lunges, and jogging around the mat. At one point we were told to sprint and if you tapped the person in front of you, they had to do 10 burpees. Then this bitch behind me with fucking ENTISH legs caught me on 2 bounds. But I was happy to do burpees because workout that's not running! We did a bunch of kick/punch combos that he timed for about a minute each. It was a little weird because there was a lot of rear leg kicking and I dont tend to do those as much. Kicking is a lot like punching: you want to have your lead leg be your fast jab, then follow up with your rear for power. He did a lot of punch-punch-rear kick stuff. In an actual sparring match I would see you back leg coming a mile away. Its like leading with you rear arm in a boxing match - you're never going to hit them once they see your shoulder move. The jab sets you up for the rear. Same for legs. After that, there was a lot of multiple punches, some squat kicks (love those!), and some burpee kicks (liked those a lot!). There were short water breaks, but not long enough for the heart rate to come down too much. All in all I was super stoked to have ANYTHING puchykicky, so I was very happy with it. The only problem is the $30 dollar deal is a one time thing, so this visit will be AWESOME, but it's too expensive to do again. I would have to pay a monthly fee, buy bulk classes for a hefty fee, or a $25 drop in per class fee and that's steep. So this vacation is taken care of with my 5 classes. Next time, not so sure. :/ WHY IS EVERYTHING SO EXPENNNSSIIIIVVVVEEEEE????? Sigh. Oh well. I can be happy for the now time. Yay kickboxing!!! (Sorry for the long post. This is what i get for not updating for 4 days >.<) I did really well tracking
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