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  1. Swampling!! Hey there How have you been? And I've been doing alright! I'm still taking classes at the local college—made it into Precalculus I, so I'm excited for that! I've been keeping up with the Philosophy stuff too. Other than that, though, not much to report: just been trudging along as per usual, through all the ups and downs
  2. Workout: 12/29/16 Run: 45~ish min., probably. I forgot to time it again. -- Workout: 12/30/16 Push-ups: 30 30 24 14 Total: 100 Squats: 30 30 40 Total: 100 Bent-over Rows - for 2min. each: [6.8 kg] Right 75 30 Left 63 30 Bench-press - for 2min. each: [6.8 kg in each hand] 42 42 32 Bicep-curl to Overhead-press - for 2min. each: [6.8 kg in each hand] 17 16 14 Squats - for 2min. each: [13.6 kg] 32 32 27 Martial Arts Practice: [Jab - Right] 100 [Cross - Left] 100
  3. Workout: 12/28/16 Push-ups: 30 30 23 17 Total: 100 Squats: 30 30 30 10 Total: 100 Martial Arts Practice: [Jab - Right] 100 100 [Cross - Left] 100 100 [Jab - Left] 30 [Cross - Right] 30 -- Stretching: 12min.
  4. Workout: 12/26/16 Lifting and Moving: helped move furniture for most of the day. 'Twas fun.
  5. Workout: 12/25/16 Run: about an hour or so. -- Stretching: 10+ min.
  6. Workout: 12/24/16 Push-ups: 20 30 30 20 Total: 100 Squats: 20 30 30 20 Total: 100 One Handed Push-ups: Right 10 10 Left 9~ish 10 (Kind of) Assisted One Legged Squats: Right 10 5 Left 10 5 Bicep-curl to Overhead Press: [Each round lasted 2min.; 6.8 kg in each hand] 19 13 Martial Arts Practice [Jab - 500 reps] Duration until completion: 45min. Note: I took a break in the middle, and got distracted, so that accounts for a bit of the time. [Cross - 500 reps] Duration until completion: N/A, I forgot to start the timer. Heh heh, oops. Note: Only made it to 100 reps, because my ankle was starting to hurt (walked a lot the previous day), so I decided to stop there.
  7. Well, it's certainly been a while. Might as well get down to business. Most Recent Recorded Workout: 11/28/16 Squats: [27.2 kg] 10 [31.7 kg] 15 15 15 Deadlift: [27.2 kg] 10 [31.7 kg] 15 10 10 Bench Press: [13.6 kg in each hand] 10 [15.8 kg in each hand] 15 20 25 Bent-over Rows: [13.6 kg - Left Hand] 10 [13.6 kg - Right Hand] 10 [15.8 kg - Left Hand] 15 15 15 [15.8 kg - Right Hand] 15 15 15 Most Recent Gym Workout: 12/20/16 Notes: My Boxing instructor has my gym workouts already handled, so I tend to just go in and do whatever's on the agenda—thus, not much gets directly recorded by me. 'Tis fun, though.
  8. Hey there, my name's Will. I've been meaning to get back into the swing of things for a while now: sleep and lifting days have kinda' been all over the place as of late. Some accountability might help me too, especially since I haven't been on NF in quite a while. Wanna' team up?
  9. I've been a bit busy over the past month, and I haven't recorded every workout I've done in that span of time, so I'll just post the most recent one here. Also gonna' convert pounds into kilograms for now, because learning how the Metric System works sounds like fun, and this seems like a good starting point. -- Work Out Date: 4/6/16 Push-ups 50 20 20 10 Body-weight Squats 50 20 30 Squats [ ≈ 22.7 kg] 10 [ ≈ 27.2 kg] 10 7 Dead-lift [ ≈ 22.7 kg] 10 [ ≈ 27.2 kg] 10 8 Bench Press [ ≈ 11.3 kg] 10 [ ≈ 13.6 kg] 10 7 Bent Over Rows [ ≈ 11.3 kg] {Left Hand} 10 {Right Hand} 10 [ ≈ 13.6 kg] {Left Hand} 10 8 {Right Hand} 10 8 Dumbbell Hold -- [grip on the bar] [ ≈ 11.3 kg] 1 min. [ ≈ 13.6 kg] 1 min. 45 sec. Planks 2 min. -- Notes: I've been struggling, but pushing forward. Just been wading through a bit of an existential crisis lately. Well, more like, I'm dealing with it more face-to-face now. This has been a pervasive feeling for quite a few years, just more pushed down, hidden from view. And also trying to make sense of what I think might be a fear of intamacy has been... uncomfortable, to say the least. I kinda' feel all over the place, ungrounded, and stuck in my own head. So that all has gotten me interested in Psychology and Philosophy (that, and coming to realize just how deeply Xenogears and Xenoblade Chronicles weave those two elements into their narratives). I've been doing a bit of research on my own, just for the heck of it. I still don't know much at all, but so far, I've read a bit about Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and Friedrich Nietzsche. Sigmund Freud's stuff is interesting, but I feel he had an over emphasis on the Human Sex Drive to describe how and why we work the way we do, and quite a negative view of the unconscious. From what I've read, it seems like Carl Jung's theories fit more closely to reality, with things like the Cognitive Functions to describe the Conscious and Unconscious mind. And honestly, I like that view better, from what I've read so far. Cognitive Functions are an interesting framework through which to view the world. But overall, it still feels like conjecture, and I'd like to research and read through more theories that are grounded in the hard sciences, looking why we work the ways we do, on a physical and chemical scale. On another note, the Oil Painting class fell through, because we missed a payment, and thus my spot got dropped. So I opted to instead go with a Math class. Since it'd been years since I'd been in a Math class, and I wasn't sure which class I'd be qualified to take, I just chose the lowest available class they had: Basic Algebra. I needed a refresher anyways, so I'm fine with it. Being in that class though has gotten me quite interested in Mathematics again. Memories of how things work in Trigonometry and Calculus came flooding back after the first few days, so that was fun. I also found Set Theory to be quite interesting, particularly stuff dealing with Large cardinals, such as (Aleph-null), and beyond. The ways you can mess around with infinite values, to find even bigger ones, and just Carnality in the first place, and it's effects, are mind-bogglingly fun! And other than that, I've been practicing the beginnings of Mixed Martial Arts frequently. Since I don't like to lift on the same day I practice, for fear of overworking myself, my lifting days have been cut from three days a week, to one; but I'm fine with that. I'll still be getting stronger, and honestly, I'd rather being going bit slower than I possibly could, instead of pushing it too far, and getting injured again. I've recently been practicing with open handed strikes, and man do they feel good. And I can use them to combo into other moves a lot easier than with closed fists! It's awesome! And that's not to say a closed fist strike doesn't have it's place, it can still be useful (if just a bit more risky, because I run the risk of breaking my fingers / knuckles if I hit something too off-form), but I do prefer open handed strikes after practicing with them for a bit. Plus, my knuckles were getting a bit tender from all the punching on the bag, so this gives me a new way to train; that way, I won't over do it with my knuckles, and just make them get injured from over inflammation. Also kicks. Knees and kicks are fun.
  10. Work Out Date: 3/2/16 Push-ups​50202010Total: 100Body Weight Squats​100Planks​1 min. 30 sec.1 min. 0 sec.1 min. 0 sec.0 min. 30 sec.1 min. 0 sec.1 min. 0 sec.Total: 6 min. 0 sec.Push-ups​202010Total: 50Body Weight Squats​50Workout Total: Push-ups in Total: 150Body Weight Squats in Total: 150Planks in Total: 6 min. 0 sec.-- Notes: Not much to repot this time. The workout went well, and I had fun! Practiced some Shadow Boxing between sets as well.
  11. Work Out Date: 2/28/16 Push-ups​401010201010Total: 100Planks2 min. 0 sec.​1 min. 0 sec.1 min. 0 sec.1 min. 0 sec.1 min. 2 sec.Total: 6 min. 2 sec.Push-ups​3020Total: 50Shadow Boxing​5 min. 0 sec. Work Out Total: Push-ups in Total: 150Planks in Total: 6 min. 2 sec.Shadow Boxing in Total: 5 min. 0 sec.-- Notes: I wanted to give my feet a rest from all the running, so I decided to practice Shadow Boxing for a bit (along with what I do between sets). I feel that I need to keep working on my slip, and hook. They could definitely use some improvement, along with my footwork. And man, my arms were tired by the end of it, but it was quite fun regardless
  12. WOOHOO!!! Cinalyc! You're back Glad to see you again, man How've you been? What've you been up to? And yeah, baby steps! I'll get to where I'm going eventually – one step at a time. I've come this far, so I might as well keep striving forward
  13. Work Out Date: 2/25/16 Push-ups​20202020128Total: 100Planks​1 min. 30 sec.1 min. 0 sec.1 min. 0 sec.1 min. 30 sec.Total: 5 min. 0 sec.Run​40 min. (including some occasional walking) -- Notes: Damn was it hot out that day; but man, did I love seeing the sun, and crystal clear cerulean skies high above! I made that run extra long, just because I was enjoying myself exploring the surrounding area. I was caked in sweat by the time I got back, but it was well worth it
  14. Work Out Date: 2/21/16 Push-ups1010101010Total: 50Planks2 min. 0 sec.1 min. 0 sec.1 min. 0 sec.1 min. 0 sec.Total: 5 min. 0 sec.Run20-ish min.Notes: I started the timer about ten, or so minutes late, so it works out to around 20 minutes. I thought I started it when I started running, but when I pulled it out to see how long I'd been gone, it was still on the "Start Timer" screen. Oops. Also, this includes me stopping to walk occasionally, because it's really hilly where I'm at, and I'm not used to it, because it's been a little while since I've ran around.-- Notes: I wanted to give my arms and legs a bit of a break, and focus more on my core. The last workout I did left me feeling really sore for a few days, so I figured I'd go light on the Push-ups, and the run. Though, I was probably feeling so sore because I'd forgotten to stretch as much as I should have afterwards. Heh heh, oops. But I stretched this time though! So hooray for that
  15. Yeah, the college system here is... "interesting." Ahh well. As long as I get the chance to learn some new things, and push myself forward, then I'm fine (and I see that Star Wars reference. Did you see Episode VII yet? I've been trying to get myself caught up with the whole saga by re-watching the prequels [since I haven't seen them since I was a child], and the original trilogy [since I don't think I've seen it at all], before I go see Episode VII. So far I've watched The Phantom Menace [which was awesome, at least to me. It brought back a whole lot of memories of when I watched it as a kid, a bittersweet combination of happiness, and nostalgia. I know that a lot of people absolutely despise this movie, but since I went into the flick knowing, and expecting it to be, more of a political drama than an action movie, that probably greatly helped with my enjoyment of it overall. And I didn't find Jar Jar Binks all that annoying – I didn't find him particularly "funny," but I felt he wasn't obtrusive enough to ruin my enjoyment of the movie], and then promptly got distracted by all the crap that went down around Christmas time. Heh heh, oops. I'll continue watching them again soon) I know, right!? I was so damn CLOSE! *sigh* Oh well... I can't change the past. I'm just proud that far in the first place. And I was happy to hear from Mom that Sensei wasn't disappointed in me, or anything; he understood. I was also told by her than Sensei had said that (at least at time; I've no idea about now) I was one of the most athletically gifted students he'd ever taught (or something like that – I can't remember the quote verbatim). Apparently, it all kind of came naturally to me back then. I may not have been the absolute "best" at it (I'm not sure, but I doubt I was), but I learned fast. That made me feel quite good (especially because I was told this as I was starting up my Boxing lessons), because, you know me: I've struggled with feeling like I'm good at anything for a long time now. It's time to start gaining some more competency and confidence in my skills again Yeah! That's what I want to keep in mind. Things aren't going to get better overnight, but with each step I take, I'm slowly, but surely carving out my own path. Little by little, I evolve, advancing a bit further with each turn – just like a drill I'll do my best
  16. Thanks Swampling! Good to see you too Life's been okay recently. Went through some rough stuff during the holidays, but I'm moving froward regardless, so I'm glad about that. Started back up with Martial Arts again, after having not done any for quite a long time. I did Taekwondo as a child (almost made it to black belt, just one belt below; but I struggled with ADHA a lot back then, and would become hyper-focused on a task, thus making it difficult for me to switch from one thing to another. Mom got tired of my temper tantrums back then, and I just didn't like sparring, so I ended up stopping back then. Oh well. But I'm glad I at least made it as far as I did ), Karate while I was in Middle School, and Boxing now. It feels nice to be learning a new skill. Since I've started with NF, I've just been gaining raw strength, but now I get to put that strength to use with something requiring me to hone my form. It's a fun change of pace I've also signed up to take an Oil Painting class at the local college. Since I didn't fare too well in High School, I'm planning on easing myself back into this whole School thing. Baby steps. (plus, I took some college classes back in High School [about five or six years ago by now] that I did horribly in, and unbeknownst to me, that shit's still on record. I thought I was starting with a clean slate, but nope: if I fail one more class, I won't be allowed to take anymore classes for the next two years. So, it's time to slowly, and carefully bring that GPA back up) So yeah, still moving forward, one step at a time
  17. Hi Terose *waves back* And I'm joining you! ​Ash Retrieval Squad 2.0 is a go! Roll out!
  18. Yo Ash, how're you doing? I hope things have been going well. Keep pushing forward! You can do it
  19. Woo! Keep it up, Forkboy! You're kicking major ass I hope things have been going well for you over this past week. You can do it
  20. I second everything stealthstitcher said. This has everything to do with your 4 Week Challenge; so please, always feel free to share it here, if you feel you've no one else to go to (and even if you do, we're always happy to lend an ear). I know you're hurting bad right now, so I don't know how much this'll mean, but for what it's worth, you're very strong for pushing forward in spite of all that's happened to you. Depression's not easy to deal with – I would know, because I've been fighting it just as you have – but the fact that you've kept trying to stand back up after every time you fallen down, that right there shows your true Courage, your true Determination. You might feel worthless, but you're not: you have worth to us here, your friends, your son, and worth just being alive. You have worth. You might feel unlovable, but you're not: people can do stupid things, and break our hearts. It doesn't make you a bad person, all it means was that you just happened to be in a bad situation. You might feel like you have no direction, lost in the shadows, but you'll forge your own way with every step forward you take. You're not alone, we'll all be here by your side. It'll take a while, you won't just start feeling better overnight, but little by little, you'll find your own happiness. That's the hope I'm holding onto for myself, and the hope I hold onto for you, and all my friends. It'll take action, but it can be done. The future can be changed into one you wish to live. And here's a song I like to listen to when either I'm feeling down, or just want to relax: You can do it, msblt! Your Afterglow is coming back to light, with every step you take. It's okay to hurt, always allow yourself to feel your feelings, just keep pushing forward. And give yourself the time to rest that you'll need sometimes. -- Oh, and on a related note, I highly encourage you to keep those plans with your friends, if you're okay with it. I know the urge to hide away is strong, but the social interaction should help you from feeling even more isolated than you already feel. That's what always trips me up even more when I'm feeling down: I hide away. And the longer I hide away, the harder it is to come back, and thus the longer I end up hiding away. So please, I urge you, don't make the same mistake I've made a lot in the past. It's okay to have time to yourself if you need it, but try to still keep in regular contact with those you care about.
  21. Hey Swampling! You're doing awesome Just wanted to finally drop on by and say hi Make sure to let that wrist get the time it needs to heal. I second Shepherd Fox on the healing thoughts: sending as many your way as I can. Can you feel your wrist healing even more yet? Anyways, I hope your day's been going well. Keep kicking ass, Swampling! Even if that means resting right now, in preparation for the next battle
  22. Yo, this challenge is awesome! Just wanted to drop on by, and give some support It's always fun to run into a fellow Zelda fan here. You're goal of becoming a legend is just like the one I started out with here (and still striving for, in one form or another): to become a Hero. I've no doubts that you'll become a legend one day – you can do it! Your grit and determination is inspiring! Keep on pushing forward, Dark Lady Link
  23. The Future can be changed! So stand tall, and shake the heavens!!

    1. AshPS


      You bet my friend!! :)

    2. DJtrippyT


      I needed this today! thanks


    3. - Will -

      - Will -

      @Ash: Right! So let's keep pushing forward :D

      @DJtrippyT: No problem. I'm glad that I was able to help :D

  24. It's been a while since I've updated this Battle Log, hasn't it? Well, no better time to start again than now. Work Out Date: 2/18/16 Push-ups​3515202010Total: 100One Handed Push-ups​88Push-ups​20101631Total: 50Body Weight Squats​505050Total: 150Push-ups​1010101010Total: 50Body Weight Squats​50Planks​45 secondsWorkout Total: Push-ups in Total: 200One Handed Push-ups in Total:​: 8:-- Notes: I don't currently have access to weights, because I'm at a friend's place, so I had to improvise. Since it's been a few weeks since I've done a workout outside of Boxing practice, and a little while since the last session, this workout was a bit difficult to complete, but hey, I got it in, so that's all that matters. In between sets, I would Shadow Box while I waited for the one minute rest period to pass, until it got to the point that throwing punches was taking too much out of me; so after that I would just rest, and take a sec. to catch my breath. Oh, and if any of you from THE DAI-GURREN BRIGADE happen to stumble across this, I just want to say: thank you. Thank you for the friendship, and kindness you all showed to me long ago. I apologize for leaving without warning – I'd gotten overwhelmed, and felt the need to hide away – but I never stopped thinking of you all as friends. I just... wanted that to be known. Thank you, and I hope you all are doing well. Anyways, it's getting late, and it's time for me to head to bed. Night! 8Body Weight Squats in Total: 200
  25. You're doing awesome Msblt That decision to re-join that Fitness Center sounds like a great idea! I'm glad to see you pushing forward. You can do this Oh, and with what you said before: Don't worry about it: I understand. I dropped off the face of NF for most of last year as well. But I got an urge a little while ago to try and reach out, and say hi again to the people I got to know here. I may not be "back-back," as in doing Challenges and whatnot, but I felt I could at least try and reconnect. And I feel you on the depression thing; I've been struggling with it as well this past year. Just know, you're not alone. You can fight this, I can fight this – we all can fight this. In one way, or another, we can overcome. Let your "Will to Live" shine bright, for the future is yours to decide! You can do it – I believe in you (Oh! And "...focusing on being kind to myself, and finding ways to be happy." is definitely a good call. There's never a wrong time to live life – to do the things that you enjoy. And you don't need to be perfect before you can be kind to yourself. [And I think I'll try and do this as well, too: I'm not perfect – far from it – but it's high time I start trying to find out how to be more excepting of that, because I need to keep moving forward. We're always growing, always changing, and never quite perfect; but we keep improving, one step at a time. And in the end, that's all that matters ])
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