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  1. Haha, I suppose it does sound silly to the unfamiliar. I'm doing fairly well, all things considered. I'm glad you enjoyed them. It's fun to play around with new movements.
  2. I can vouch for the joys of a whole chicken as well. If you have a slow cooker, it's incredibly simple. I put an onion and 3 cloves of garlic inside, and season the top with various spices, but usually just salt and pepper. I don't bother to mess with the skin or anything besides pulling out the bag of innards. It takes all of about 5 minutes to prep, and after 4 hours on high, it's ready to be devoured. This is when I remove the skin. I usually save the bones which I then use to make a broth overnight. This is the recipe I started with.
  3. Great video! Sorry to hear your shoulder is irritated. It's probably not a bad idea to transition back to maintenance as you heal. As you've discovered, a calorie deficit is a recovery deficit.
  4. I think people who say it isn't a strength issue are the ones who were already strong enough to begin with. It's kind of like people saying the hollow body hold is easy, which is only true when you are strong. As for kick ups, this video from Carl really helped me. There are several more parts after this: When you first start out, it will feel like you are flinging yourself up the wall. Eventually, you will learn how to use your core to assist the leg lift, and you can kick up more gracefully. This helps prevent that momentum issue Nymeria was referring to.
  5. 6.2 Bear crawl backwards Cossack duck walk Traveling sit through Pistol practice Rows, dips 6.3 Lateral inchworm Reverse shrimp Duck walk 180 Handstand practice L sits
  6. Haha, thanks! The baby croc is similar to a reptile crawl, though you move the limbs on the same side together, rather than alternating. For the inchworm, you begin standing and walk your hands out into a plank. Hop your feet towards your hands slowly until you reach pike. If you have plenty of room, you can walk your hands back out again, and continue through the sequence. I like to inch down the hallway, and then return to the start backwards. If you like an extra challenge, you can walk your hands to the extended plank each time. Thanks! I'm hanging in there.
  7. Oh, jj. I'm sorry things aren't going well right now. Hope you heal soon!
  8. So nice to catch up with you! And I appreciate the heads-up that you weren't actually fighting. What kind of nutrition advice are you looking for? Do you have a particular goal now? Waldo and Donar have some great tips for those that want to get into the details of it all. If you are looking for something low-stress, Nia Shanks has tons of great articles, and while they may seem geared toward women, the advice is solid. If you need a man's perspective, I like Nate Miyaki.
  9. It's not cheating when you set yourself up for success. Is my bulk cooking cheating my way to eating better? You are doing so great!
  10. Wow, you've accomplished so much this challenge! I'm looking forward to your compilation video. I hope you are feeling better.
  11. 6.1 Baby croc Inchworm Bear crawl Handstand practice (Starting to get some really good kick ups to holds.) NG pull ups x 2 for 20 min Rolling practice (forward gymnastics, forward/backward PK, progressions for forward roll from handstand) I'm really starting to notice some strength/flexibility/endurance improvements through my shoulders, and the PLP is feeling really good.
  12. So much to catch up on, so I'll just say it was a B for now. I haven't really done anything for my Coursera stuff, but most of my other goals are coming along nicely.
  13. Thanks! Haha, I think I would have gladly accepted. I've decided that even if I have to stay up a few minutes later, it's worth it. I sleep so much better when I make sure to meditate before bed. Thanks! I really am feeling good again. Aww, thanks so much. The flows really are great fun, and an interesting challenge. I'm always happy to share them.
  14. My hams and glutes are quite sore this morning. It's not so much that it really interferes with most things, but I'm definitely aware they worked yesterday, lol. My mood has improved greatly over the last couple of days. I'm not really sure what the main cause is, but I'm glad I'm feeling better. I've done a lot of thinking over the last few weeks. I've been trying to devote some of that time to just being thankful. There are so many people in this world who are content with less than I have. I have so much to be thankful for. Yes, things are hard right now, but they've been worse.
  15. 4.3 AM Mobility HS practice Stretching PLP PM AFI #3 x 10 min 4 rounds of: Bear crawl x50 ft Walking lunges x 100ft 1A swings x 12ES NG pull ups 3x5 Side planks Hollow holds Supermans Stretching
  16. Thanks! Your comments always make me smile. Thanks! The evening meditation is going really well so far. I fall asleep much faster, without all the noise of the day buzzing through my head. I may employ some evening yoga on my rest days too. Thanks for the suggestion. I've been using AFI #3 as my warm up every day this week. It feels so good. Haha, yes, sledgehammers and heavy bags. Thanks for the tips and encouragement, A-Man. It's nice to have a man's perspective. I wish we had a yard of our own to do with as we please, but we're still in an apt for now. We're saving up quite a lot of money this way, but sometimes, more space would be awesome. I'll have to settle for throwing weight around for a while, which is nice too.
  17. 4.1 AM Mobility HS practice (sucked, so I cut it short) Stretching PLP - 26 reps of each exercise PM 10 min of: 5 rounds of: Pull ups x 3 One arm push press x10ES Goblet squats x 10 SLRDLs 3x5 ES Side planks Hollow holds Supermans Stretching I've found a good sweat provides the same release as a good cry, but without all the snot and lingering headache. My brain is starting to feel frazzled. I forgot it was Monday, and we missed my son's karate class. I've decided since I feel like I have no time to meditate, it's probably even more important that I do. So last night began my new experiment. I will be meditating for at least 10 minutes before bed, regardless of what time it is. I slept better last night than I have in a long time.
  18. Thanks, jj! I go back and forth on whether it feels like I'm venting, or just whining. Perhaps if I finish each rant with things I'm thankful for? That's usually how I turn things around in my head. My husband isn't really into those kinds of things, or he's never admitted to it. For now, I've decided to make him foods that I know he enjoys because he's stuck eating from his lunch box all day. Last night, I had some homemade tomato soup waiting for him. Thanks, Nuala. I really appreciate your encouragement! Thanks. How do I hide spoilers? It was nice to just slow down, and have more than 2 hours to spend with him. The thunderstorms altered our plans a bit, but we still had a good time. Thanks, Paradigm! I've always had trouble sharing my burdens with friends. I know that's part of what friends are for, but I still struggle with feeling guilty about it. Thanks, Elastigirl. You all are amazing. I need a sledgehammer.
  19. GMB were really the guys who got me started on making things "pretty" and not caring about the numbers. It's definitely made a huge difference for me.
  20. Nice work! Sounds like you are making steady progress.
  21. So glad you found your magic rhythm. Hope you are feeling better.
  22. I just wanted to stop in and thank you for your kind and encouraging words.
  23. As you may have noticed, my workouts haven't been strictly bodyweight this week. Lately, I feel like moving heavy things. I always feel better after the workouts than I did before. What I'd really like is just to beat the $&*# out of something, but this will have to do. I've gotten back to "bulk" cooking again, so that's relieving some stress, and we've been able to be outside every day this week which is nice. My husband called earlier to schedule some family time for this weekend. Tomorrow, we'll be having our annual pumpkin patch fun, and we'll have a few kid-free hours in the afternoon. He's really starting to feel the pressure crushing him from every angle, and says it feels like he's not doing a good job at anything anymore, especially at being a good husband and father. I've been trying to reassure him, but encouraging words only seem to go so far. I've been trying to think of some way we can show him how much we appreciate his hard work, but nothing really comes to mind.
  24. 3.4 AM morning mobility HS practice Stretching Foam rolling PLP- light progressions again PM Pistol practice then: EMOTM for 15 min alternating 5 SB clean and press 3 Pull ups Stretching
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