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  1. Congratulations on the excellent progress Keep it up!
  2. Sorry to hear about the sore feet stopping you from walking. I like your idea of starting weight lifting again. That way when you have sore feet, you just do upper body stuff instead Counting calories is definitely tedious but it does work! Catching up post lockdown ending sounds good There is a great walk around Narrabeen lake ~8km.
  3. Any updates? Have you done the 5K yet? I saw on the website you could choose any date in September to do the run. I hope you haven't fallen off the wagon too much! Hopefully I'm just reading too much into you not posting for a while
  4. Snapping your Achilles tends to be much more common from a sudden increase in force. The stereotypical thing is a middle aged guy trying to get back into soccer/squash/tennis/basketball. Basically something that has lots of sudden stops and starts, and wants you to explode/accelerate into action. They try a sudden acceleration, but their deconditioned Achilles can no longer withstand the force and snaps on their first day back to the sport. Steady pace running is much less likely to cause an Achilles tendon rupture. If anything, the constant low level force will cause your Achilles to become stronger so you can more safely return to more explosive activities (in a gradual fashion). In summary: I would only stop running because you are worried about your Achilles, if you are constantly getting Achilles pain that is being exacerbated by running. Don't lose motivation. Keep up the C25K practice!
  5. Hey man, well done! Back into double digits is a great milestone. Doing well on your C25K progress. Jet ski = fun + good exercise. Physical tasks = get stuff done + good exercise. Keep it up!
  6. Good luck with the challenge mate! Keep those regular updates coming (preferably with good news on the exercise/nutrition front :))
  7. Sub 100kg again Good start to the challenge! Keep it up!
  8. Happy New Year mate! If I remember correctly, Dawsy is just far enough West to be considered out of the northern beaches area. I can go to work now as im considered an essential worker. Doing a bush walk or another outdoorsy exercise/activity sounds like a great idea!
  9. o/ Hey Endor! Good luck with the challenge! I'm stuck in lockdown in the northern beaches at present, but after that finally finishes it would be great to catch up sometime
  10. Day 2 Think positive - i was just plain feeling better about things yesterday Exercise - 3x10 chin ups, 2x10 push ups, 10 squats (this probably shows my preference of training is pull push legs) Limit WoW - i did lots of work at home and worked WoW around that.... and then did a Gnomer run at night
  11. I tried to fight off my work buddy telling me to come back... but I was weak! --- Day 1 - success! (thanks to some low achievable goals) Think positive - just that small 5 mins has given me a much better mood already! Exercise - 10 chin ups, 10 push ups, 10 squats. Limit WoW - err... I played less than I wanted to I will push harder on day 2!
  12. I have been procrastinating about starting a thread... maybe waiting till a fresh challenge starts... but I decided this morning to just start with some easy simple no frills goals. Starting now! (1) Spend at least 5 mins a day reflecting, and trying to think positively (2) Do some exercise everyday and document it in this thread (3) Don't let WoW Classic take up too much time! And... go!
  13. Ugh... another crash and burn on the exercise front. So my wife was readmitted to hospital. This time she was not allowed to have our one year old stay with her. So I became a single parent with a 4 year old and 1 year old, plus needing to visit and support the wife. Positives: I can say that everyone is still alive. Negatives: Sometimes it is difficult to get time to go to the toilet/use the shower/insert previously taken for granted activity here. Let alone do my work to keep earning an income. And exercise just went straight down the drain. I have managed to keep some basics up. 50 push ups while waiting for the shower water to warm up doesn't waste much time. 50 lunges with the 1 year old on my shoulders keeps him entertained (unless the 4yo gets jealous). I have managed to work out some efficiencies which has made single parenting easier over time. But it went from 'only just surviving' to 'very tough'. I'm not sure what to do for another challenge. Or even if I should try. If I do I should definitely keep the goals very modest.
  14. DAY 4 Sun 26.8 LEGS Lunges 50 CORE Sit ups 50 PULL Chin ups - rest PUSH Push ups 50, Dips STRETCH Glutes 50s ea side DAY 5 Mon 27.8 Rest I was feeling a bit sore on day 4 so cut down the load. But then being more sore on day 5 (and after a long day at work) I was more than happy to have a complete rest day.
  15. Oh no... you hurt your finger too! I will have to catch up on your thread to find out the details! Just to the local ski resort (Thredbo) for a vacation. Compared to US skiing options, there is no comparison... Australia is NOT a snow destination. But it is relatively easy to travel to for a first family foray into snow related activities ---- DAY 3 Sat 25.8 LEGS Squats 40, Lunges 40 CORE Sit ups 40, Ab Roller 10 PULL Chin ups 18, Pull ups 13 PUSH Push ups 40, Dips 18 STRETCH Glutes 40s ea side, Hamstrings 40s ea side I was starting to feel some soreness today. Also I still haven't 100% recovered from some possible mild gastro - so some of the exercises are making my stomach feel pretty queasy. I might go easy tomorrow depending on how it feels when I wake up.
  16. Yuen

    Hufflepuff this

    I'm sorry to hear about your friend However on a much happier note... you have some very impressive skills in your videos!
  17. Day 1 did not cause much soreness. So day 2 was slightly less cautious. DAY 2 Fri 24.8 LEGS Squats 30, Lunges 30 CORE Sit ups 30, Ab Roller 10 PULL Chin ups 17, Pull ups 12 PUSH Push ups 30, Dips 17 STRETCH Glutes 30s ea side, Hamstrings 30s ea side Also, I feel significantly happier just from getting back into some exercise again!
  18. DAY 1 Thu 23.8 LEGS Squats 20 CORE Sit ups 20 (pretending that I'm lying in the snow, then sitting up to tighten/loosen my bindings) PULL Pull ups 16 (20 seemed too hard today) PUSH Push ups 20 STRETCH Glutes 20s ea
  19. So my last challenge fizzled out pretty badly. There were multiple reasons... My wife was readmitted to hospital for about 2.5 weeks. One of my favourite aunties died of metastatic lung cancer. An 80 year old who shouldn't still be driving T boned my new car when he didn't stop/look when coming out of a driveway. I ruptured a finger pulley whilst at the climbing gym. I watched as a really nice and hard working work colleague was bullied by her boss. I finally acted in her defense when things got so out of control that even in my fatigue induced state I couldn't stand it any longer. Not only did my previous challenge flexibility and climbing goals go right down the drain... but for the first time in 5 years I got hit by so many negative situations simultaneously that I even started to fall below my 5 minute/day minimum fitness maintenance. However a quick phone message/chat with @Endor today perked me up a bit. And just in time to regain some fitness prior to our first family ski/snowboard trip. I have 10 days before we leave for the snow (A 5 hour drive with a 4yo and 1yo in the car. Hmm...) I will start light today... and then progressively pack it on as my body/recovery allows.
  20. A bit late but.... huge congratulations The first of many I'm sure
  21. The last 2 days weren't so great on the exercise front. I was helping get things ready for my wife's readmission into hospital, I had to finalise the car before I got locked out of making any changes, and also my neck was kind of hurting from a long morning of leaning over at work on Saturday. I only did 2 sets over 2 days. And they were light and mostly aimed at relaxing my sore muscles rather than pushing anything. Today the wife was readmitted without too much stress. I miss her already. Will probably visit with the 3yo daughter tomorrow. Also today the car has had its final changes and is now completely locked in. It is going to be a long wait till March next year! Now that everything is locked in, further research is pointless, and will only serve to make waiting for the car harder. I'm going to try to change my goal to: (4) I will spend no more than 10 mins a day week on car emails/forums/stuff. I was going to make it zero.... but I'm pretty sure I would break that. Oh... and 3 sets of exercise done today. The neck/upper traps feel fully recovered.
  22. 3 sets done. Kept everything very light as my left upper traps were annoyingly stiff and painful due to an extended time period leaning over at work this am. I've gone way over 10mins on car stuff, but it is acceptable as I have less than a week to make final changes to the options, and I want to be sure since so much time and money is invested. Also i feel like my overall theme for this challenge is a resounding success - ie exercise is no longer a 'chore' that I must complete, and is instead fun again
  23. 3 sets done. Exercise-wise I'm in quite a good headspace atm Car-wise, my dealer has been off for over a week, and the last email he sent was last Friday saying that there was approximately 2 weeks left to modify the order. Getting a bit antsy I can't make my final option modifications. Supposedly he is back on Tuesday. Hopefully that is enough time to make the changes.
  24. Hi there karinajean! It was great to hear about your fitness gains equalling motorcycle hp gains (11%!) Funnily enough, I read that exact article you linked during my car performance research phase. Except it had the opposite effect and totally triggered my obsessiveness . Since I don't want to lose any body weight, I started thinking about the weight saving options on the car! Light weight bucket seats, ceramic brakes ($18k option!), finding aftermarket super light weight forged racing wheels. Then I started thinking about upgrading the horsepower and buying the larger engine variant . It took me a couple of days of research before I realised I was being an idiot. The base model car's power to weight ratio and handling was already complete overkill for public roads (although a motorcycle 1/10 the price would still kick its butt in acceleration ). All of my research was only relevant if I wanted to take the car to the track.... so I could forget about cars and do exercise instead right? Nope. I'm an idiot. I changed focus and stopped looking at performance options and I transferred my obsessiveness to making the car as luxurious/comfortable as possible (and also look pretty :)). --- I've currently done 6 sets today, and I look like I will be completing 9 by the end of the day. I'm close to finalising everything with the dealer so a couple more emails and signatures and that will be it.
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