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  1. I should totally start counting how many times I've messed up and had to restart. I'm probably halfway to 75. 75 Fail. Haha
  2. Veggies largely were a success. Workouts were only halfway. Coding was intermittent. Not a bad performance comparatively. Here's to momentum...
  3. The virus when they finally get that anti-masker: But yeah, I'm setting the kettlebells up and just swinging with the wife. Did some swings and it took me out for a week. My entire body hurt. haha Ah. Yeah, probably a breathing practice. I'll look into re-installing either Headspace or Wim Hof.
  4. I'd like to plan out my weeks, but that seems to not be happening at the moment. I'm thinking of limiting my Facebook time because reading that in itself is very stressful. Also exploring possible different strategies we can use to take out the high-interest debts we have. I feel like we haven't taken advantage of all the assistance we're being offered (mostly because I'm skeptical about not having to pay exponentially out the ass later). RECORD-BREAKING. Apparently the Constitution says we don't need masks. The rest of the world probably sees the US the way the US sees Florida.
  5. BODY I just realized how out-of-shape I am when I was out of breath I was while I was cutting weeds in the yard. I almost passed out from the heat after mowing the lawn the other day, and I have to deal with what reminds me of the beginnings of an asthma attack from my youth. This is bad. I also recently did blood tests, and I have a horrendous cholesterol profile (high LDL, low HDL), high liver enzymes, terrible kidney health, constant borderline hypertension, and total Testosterone of like 300. Though it's tempting to "hack" my T levels to get teh gainz, I'm thinking the best way would be to get healthy first. I just need to let go of my ego, disassociate, and assess and coach myself as I would as a new person I'm working with. Client Profile: Male, 33, married, sedentary, former athlete, has not exercised at all in 4 months, has access to kettlebells,and a nearby gym. Medicated for major depression, currently unemployed and highly stressed (which leads to entire days of productivity shutdowns). Mostly eats takeout, has substituted diet sodas instead of regular. Takes daily vitamins and meds 99% of the time. First steps: Exercise: Tracy Reifkind's 15 to 20-minute swing workout twice a week, after a quick priming warm-up and hip + shoulder + t spine mobility. Nutrition: Eat a serving of vegetables each day. MIND I scheduled a Technical Admissions Assessment for a coding bootcamp two weeks from now, so the pressure's on. I think if I total 40 hours I'll be as ready as I can be for it, so a little over 3 hours a day starting today would be reasonable, though I tend to get in the zone sometimes. So the Program Minimum: Swing twice a week One serving of veg 3 hours of coding ======================================================================================================================================= 13 JUL, Mon - 2h 47m 14 JUL, Tue - 1h 21m, veggies, workout 15 JUL, Wed - veggies 16 JUL, Thu - veggies 17 JUL, Fri - veggies 18 JUL, Sat - veggies 19 JUL, Sun 20 JUL, Mon - workout 21 JUL, Tue - veggies, coding 22 JUL, Wed - veggies, coding 23 JUL, Thu - veggies, coding 24 JUL, Fri - veggies 25 JUL, Sat - veggies
  6. This is the funniest joke I have ever heard in my life.
  7. Yeah, the idea is with the feet and knees together. I'd check if it's your ankles preventing you from doing so, and if so I'd start working on that (provided you can do it pain-free). Then check if that allows you to do the narrow squats pain-free. Next I'd look at your hips. Are you able to hinge them properly? You cant exhibit explosive leg power unless it comes from the hips. If you're able to jump a few inches without pain, you can work on this. If not do you have a video of you doing your squats and lunges (from the front and the side)? The most common jumping mistake I see is an incorrect landing. The hips are attached to the largest muscles in the body; by landing incorrectly we put most of the load that they're supposed to absorb into shear forces on the knee joint. What I usually have people do here is deliberately rehearse the jump position. Many break at the knees first rather than the hips during a squat--we try to un-learn that habit. Then for the jumping we practice sticking the landing. Every time they land, they hold the body position they landed in and we go through the checklist: Feet flat? Hips back? Neutral spine? Chest forward? Knees in line with the toes? Okay, reset. That's one rep. Proper jumping and landing is just another skill we have to learn. If my hypothesis works you'll end up putting less stress on your knees during athletics, which may ease the pain. If it doesn't, you end up in the same place you were at with your knee, but with flexible ankles and good jumping mechanics. Pain is complicated, and any good fitness professional has probably been terrified of going anywhere near it and possibly overstepping their bounds. The people I've worked with usually don't have money to pay for both me and a cash-based physical therapist who will restore them to regular function, so usually it's an insurance-based GP who, after ruling out catastrophic injury, will usually say "Does it hurt when you do X? Stop doing it. Here's some drugs. Come back in 6 weeks." How I get around it is if it's a minor injury and they don't want to get deconditioned we work on everything except the pain area until they're cleared. This is counterintuitive because we want to strengthen what was broken, but usually if you're able to move like your body is supposed to move, the lagging joint will catch up.
  8. @Valette great to see you back! I haven't seen you active on Instagram. How has the plague been treating you? TL;DR, you can approach all of this with a martial artist's mindset of practicing one kick 10'000 times. S&C = constantly assess and re-assess, Beyond 5/3/1, always keep training records Exercises = work towards perfection of execution that you would be comfortable posting it online for the world to see. Martial arts = a little bit and often over the long haul Sleep = 8+ hours. To step it up, get a tracker that monitors REM, and/or a sleep journal to coincide with training records. Nightly ritual, blue blocker glasses, correct room temperature, put away electronics 2 hour before. Hydration = self-explanatory. Maybe carry a container to be sure. Nutrition = Find your calories and macros. You can use something like the Renaissance Periodization App to get split that adjusts to you. If you want to take it a step further, get some blood tests done. De-stressing and activity: get some sunlight daily, and go for an outdoor walk. Hug animals. Do some breathing exercises like the WHM. Start out easy with meditation; it's a skill like everything else. I started meditating with Headspace. You can hit the basics 5 minutes a day, and build up to 20 or twice a day gradually. Periodic electronics and connectivity fasting. Creating systems and routines. Hiring other people to buy back your time. Now go back to crushing it, and keep us updated.
  9. All good stuff here. @//Min how's your range of motion on ankle dorsiflexion? (Easy way is to check if you can get into the bottom position of a squat with your feet and knees together.)
  10. Fallout 76. Got up 80 levels in 3 weeks. Had to do another pivot. I'm going to have to take the bar even lower.
  11. I'm drawing a 6-day blank. I've started playing Fallout 76 again, which might have something to do with it. The game is growing on me. I think I've logged 60-70 hours of code in, which is a little under target. I think I'll have to set a schedule to fight Fallout and get an average of 7 hours a day in for the next two weeks.
  12. I made one, but it was all dudes who kept messaging me. I tried eHarmony, with their long-assed personality assessment, and they couldn't match me there. 😶
  13. That's pretty OG. Didn't even know that site still existed. I wonder if my profile is still there.
  14. @Sloth the Enduring is correct. The Halos aren't really something you're specifically trying to strengthen. They're more of a mobility prep for the Get-ups. Eventually when you have adequate mobility in your shoulders and hips you can even skip the Halos and Hip Bridges and just warm up with one set of Prying Goblet Squats then two sets of regular Goblet Squats. Regarding the Handstand breathing, I really don't know. I 'm comfortable inverting, but not being on my hands. @raptron @Mad Hatter @WhiteGhost @@mu would be able to give you better guidance on this. Likewise! Thanks. Let's both try to complete this one! 😅
  15. One of my most unpopular opinions is not liking those Thin Mint girlscout cookies. 😅 In my mind I was actually pretty stoked about the lockdown, but maybe my body isn't okay with it. I think the wife's taking it harder. I actually looked into going back in the Army, but she didn't want that either. 😛 Haha yeah, you've watched my manic-depressive cycles come and go the past seven years. People here have been nothing but supportive, and the internet seems to allow people to be more vulnerable these days. (I'm still a bit old-fashioned though in that I'm uncomfortable discussing it in-person for some reason.) But anyway, I was able to work with my teammate today, black belt who started out struggling to hold up a 16kg now doing multiple getup sets with the 36. I'm feeling pretty good. We'll see how it translates to coding.
  16. I also recently found this out. I was planning on going in and out of the grocery, and ended up staring at labels for 15 minutes. Bastards... I mix it with Jack and peach schnapps. The wife loves it. I wonder how much Eddie Hall spends on juice a month.
  17. Ugh, overachievers... 😝 Seriously though this is awesomeness. Your IG is one of my absolute favorites (and I spend A LOT of time on the IGs). Now go keep making the rest of us look bad. 💪
  18. Because of my size I roll both ways. EDIT: Not anymore though. I'm fat thicc now.
  19. Life's currently a shitshow. I don't know if it's because I keep staying up until 2 or because I'm not exercising or showering, or just not being able to train people. I did an exam for a TRX Trainer Cert, and it actually relaxed me. Meanwhile getting through that first hump of absolute incompetence in JavaScript is proving to be like Courier 6 trying to run through Quarry Junction at level 4.
  20. Well I got instant-killed last challenge by a sudden bout of depression. I guess the good thing I'm getting out of this is the realization that I am not who I used to be, and that I should treat myself as a different person. I can't just skip breakfast and get abs again, or do a 40 kg TGU on a whim. That person lives only in our memories; this guy has to start from scratch. CODING I've got a scheduled course going. It's good to have structure. I also have a total time tracker for time spent coding. I want to target 35 hours of coding a week, which is roughly an extra hour on the weekdays. It's not seeming as confusing as it initially was. PROTEIN Mistake last challenge was having a large protein jump AND the hour workout, which were both huge adjustments starting from nothing. I need to treat myself like a complete newbie, so I'll start with a double-scoop protein shake in the morning. HANDSTANDS Handstands have been my main nemesis, in gymnastic movements. I can't seem to get it, but I also haven't put in any regular practice for more than a few weeks, like, ever. I'd like to make it as painless as possible, and establish an MED of 10 HS Tuck-ups, and 10 Wall Facing-Away Partial Handstands. WEEK 1 Sunday, 10 - did not start. I just banged my hoe all day. Monday, 11 - 2.5 hours of code, check on the protein, no handstands. Tuesday, 12 - 8 hours of code (system did not log 2), protein was in, only got the 10 HS Tuck-ups done. Wednesday, 13 - logged 5 hours, drank protein first thing, but no HS. Thursday, 14 - barely got an hour of code in. System logged 8, so I have 5 to make up for. Got the protein, got the HS. Friday, 15 - 2 hours of code. Protein check. HS missed. Saturday, 16 - 6 hours. Protein check. HS missed. WEEK 2 Sunday, 17 - 3 hours code, drank protein, missed HS. Monday, 18 - 3.5 hours code, drank protein, did HS. Tuesday, 19 - ??? Wednesday, 20 - ??? Thursday, 21 - ??? Friday, 22 - ??? Saturday, 23 - ??? WEEK 3 Sunday, 24 - ??? Monday, 25 - Handstands Tuesday, 26 - missed HS and protein Wednesday, 27 Thursday, 28 Friday, 29 Saturday, 30 WEEK 4 Sunday, 31 Monday, 1 Tuesday, 2 Wednesday, 3 Thursday, 4 Friday, 5 Saturday, 6 WEEK 5 Sunday, 7 Monday, 8 Tuesday, 9 Wednesday, 10 Thursday, 11 Friday, 12 Saturday, 13
  21. Cooking on cast iron skillet also helps with this. And they retain heat well, can be used as a bludgeoning weapon, and they last forever.
  22. Bah, well that sucked. Fell into a deep depression hole. I'd wake up, lumber to the couch, chug some energy drinks and take some pills, and have a bit of mindless Instagram scrolling and memeing. Then I'd look up and it'd be 5 pm for some reason. This happened for two weeks. I wish there was something to learn from this other than to lower my standards even further and get myself some wins.
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