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  1. Machete's Hierarchy of Needs: Physiology, Part 5

    AAR: Shelter: Got a good start, and some semblance of routine is starting to show. I will continue this next challenge until a system is developed. Velocity Diet: Missed a few shakes, but I stuck with the diet for the most part. I'm down to 132 lbs. Rehab: I finished F1 except Straddle Planche, but I think I'll go ahead and pick up where I started. All in all, a success.
  2. The Legend of the Mad Monk

    Slowly but surely, Snatches and Handstands appear to be back. I'm just noticing a non-working arm technique difference in my Snatches.
  3. Machete's Hierarchy of Needs: Physiology, Part 5

    Moving on along. Things are getting stressful, in a rather good way, but my body doesn't seem to know better and my skin is flaring up and I'm feeling moody. Skipped the final protein shake. Mostly because I don't really feel that hungry, and I'm running out of powder. Haven't trained much this week, but I've been rehabbing the shoulder. I have my Korean Dips back after some warmup sets. I'd totally been neglecting Straddle Planche, and I just realized that. Had one of our members, who is a photographer, take some pictures at the gym and I never realized how big of a difference a non-iPhone camera makes (and also someone who knows how to actually take a shot). I'm [barely] able to keep up with chores, though I was able to finally change my turn signal without completely destroying my car, which is a win that I've needed.
  4. Eating for Athletic Performance?

    Yep. There are no rules.
  5. The Legend of the Mad Monk

    Inside references are fundamental to nerddom.
  6. Shogun, Heal Thyself.

  7. The Legend of the Mad Monk

    Thanks. Hey, I'm not that pretentious. All it really tells me is someone has a bit of cash and can do a Snatch test.
  8. The Legend of the Mad Monk

    Getting back on that GB. Just finished F1, and I'm starting to go through F2. Groin pull (I suspect an adductor longus strain) from 6 months ago got worse with rest for some reason, so I'm going to try pushing through the discomfort and just strengthening it. Shoulder is still unstable. Painful with sudden jerks, but can tolerate flexion and extension PVC holds at 1.5x shoulder-width with 5# for 10 seconds. I can also manage Pull-ups, Single Bar Dips, and 50 unbroken KB Snatches with 20#. I can probably start back on my Handstand work, but I'm afraid of the instability if I have to bail, so I'll give that a few more weeks. I think I'll work on really strengthening the low-level mobility elements like Table/Table Rocks, Xiaopengs, SL Windmills, J Curls, and Dislocates by gradually loading them. I was also able to manage S&S the other day with 24kg for Swings and 16kg for Getups, so I'm getting there.
  9. Wandering Monk Chronicles: A Boy Dons the Assassins' Cloak So I've done two Assassin challenges and for both of them I just dropped-off at the end, forgetting to close out. I'm realizing I was trying to do way too many things. This time I will be modelling this more after my first tour of the guild, which seems relatively more successful than my two other ones. A Game of Faces The main goal is building a solid foundation to stand on by the end of the year. It took four previous challenges to get the first three aspects up to an acceptable level (which hopefully I will be able to continue). Now I'm tackling shelter, which should also cover warmth (or more appropriately temperature regulation, because Florida). Because I have sex totally covered. Effective assassining involves nobody knowing you're an Assassin, so I'll be working on hiding in plain sight by becoming as normal as possible. The challenge will be to develop a weekly/monthly chore list for the household to keep it running smoothly (because I'm on a wash-the-dishes-when-there's-no-more-space-to-put-mugs-in-the-sink protocol). Suggestions will be very welcome, because I am a child and have no idea how adults run their households. I'm thinking time blocking and a Bullet Journal might help with this. We'll see. (Re)Building the Assassin Body My diet has been whatever the past few months. I might be due for a hard cut, because I haven't done one this year. Currently sitting at 139.8 lbs. I'm looking to go into "normal" BMI at 135 lbs. My shipment of protein powder just arrived and I'm going to attempt the [insane] Velocity Diet, because I can't train hard anyway as my shoulder is still in recovery. Besides, being lighter as an Assassin doesn't hurt. Shoulder is up for re-eval on Wednesday, and we'll see what's appropriate training for that. Valar Morghulis. =========================================================================================================================================== Chore List: Laundry - Wednesday and Saturday morning Dishes - Wednesday and Saturday morning Grocery and cooking once a week Taking out the dogs once a day Trash once a week Junk mail once a week Velocity Diet shakes: SUN Day 1 ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ MON Day 2 ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ + PWO TUE Day 3 ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ WED Day 4 ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ THU Day 5 ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ FRI Day 6 ✘ ✔ ✔ ✔ SAT Day 7 ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ SUN Day 8 ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ MON Day 9 ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ TUE Day 10 ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ WED Day 11 ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ THU Day 12 ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ FRI Day 13 ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ SAT Day 14 ✔ ✔ ✔ ✘ SUN Day 15 ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ MON Day 16 ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ TUE Day 17 ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ WED Day 18 ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ THU Day 19 ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ FRI Day 20 ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ SAT Day 21 ✔ ✔ ✔ ✘ SUN Day 22 ✔ ✔ ✔ ✘ MON Day 23 ✔ ✔ ✔ ✘ TUE Day 24 ✔ ✔ ✔ ✘ WED Day 25 ✔ ✔ ✘ ✔ THU Day 26 ✘ ✔ ✔ ✔ FRI Day 27 ✘ ✔ ✔ ✔ SAT Day 28 ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘ Foundation Elements Front Lever: 24 Straddle Planche: 9 Side Lever: 15 Manna: 17 Pistol: 13 HB Press: 15 Rope Climb: 22 Handstand: 14
  10. I'm closing in on 4 years in the forum now, having done my NF Introduction back right before leaving The North. I've finally been able to catch-up on updating my original training log, Third World Warrior: The Eight-Year Training Log (after some technical difficulties deleting like 2 years of logs) and I'll be using the Daily Battle Logs to both track my training and consolidate my challenges. I have been all over the place most of my life, hence many challenges with Rangers, but my issue is that I feed my training ADD and just ride the tides, making hay when the sun's out. Because of this I've gained proficiency in many things, but I'm having trouble tracking if I'm actually getting better in any of them. Hence, a long-term log. I've always been a fan of public training logs (for myself). I was never worried about how my competition was training, I was always focused on what I was doing. However because of this I tend to buy my own BS. A long term training log tracks progress, and allows others to call me out whenever I'm becoming too full of myself. (Perhaps having an Epic Quest might be of use as well, to keep the goal the goal.) I've always been very stubborn and secretive, even to my coaches. This can also cover training while I use 4-week challenges to work on life.