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sterre

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  1. I'll definitely come along to some stuff (I'm conveniently already in town, even though I've been really negligent about coming to the forums).
  2. Sorry for disappearing! The second half of this week was a bit hectic. I did another 15 on Wednesday and I'll try to get some knocked out tonight since I decided to wuss out of my run because of the rain.
  3. Whatever you want, basically. In my experience of Hawaii, it's super casual. All you need are shorts, t-shirts/tank tops, swimming suits and flip flops (sorry "slippers"). I mean, Hawaiian shirts are formal wear...
  4. I got 40 done after my run and before my yoga today!
  5. Week 2, Day 2 First day back from Manchester. I was a bit sleep-deprived and my right forearm was super sore so I took it easy. I still went to fire club though and had a lot of fun spinning (and also got ideas for tricks I need to learn). Quest 1: Run Rest day. (0/3 runs this week) Quest 2: Injury Prevention Yoga: Rest day. (0/5 yoga sessions) Calisthenics: Rest day. (0/2 calisthenics sessions) Quest 3: Diet I ate the following: (1/6 days tracked) Quest 4: Poi So much poi. I got to fire club just after 9:30 and I left after 1 am. I wasn't spinning the entire time (there was a solstice ceremony too), but I was spinning for well over an hour. I also tried with fire again. This time, I tried to be a bit more daring and I was using poi that were super heavy (and also had ball handles) so I hit myself with the poi a little, but managed to avoid catching myself on fire. I also determined that I need to learn how to do a 3 beat weave behind my back. So that will be my next trick. (90/90 minutes of poi) Life Quest: Drawing No drawing. (0/150 minutes of drawing) Side Quest This week's quest was assigned a bit late for me to start on it Monday. I'll get to it today though.
  6. This week's challenge went up after I'd left for fire club (and I came back super late), so I'll have to start them today. I can manage 50, I think (even above my planned workouts since that's less than 10 per day), but since I already have squats in my planned stuff I'm not sure I can do a giant pile of extra ones. I will try though.
  7. Sure. I do the stats because I figure that for now, I want to keep working off the old system for challenges (except in four week installments instead of six), so if you find the old forum posts about how to set that up, it's basically what I'm doing (basically it's 15 stats per level, then divided between the six categories, but you can probably decide your own progression since it's not really official anymore).
  8. Yeah, the Manchester spinning group was definitely super chill. We didn't stay long after dark because it was getting a bit cold, but they were there for several hours before it was getting dark so that was fun.
  9. Well, yes. I know that when there's a huge and fast change, it's probably water. Last challenge, there were a few weekends where I definitely did way worse and my mass changed by a kg or so by Monday, only to drop back down by Wednesday or so. I think that tracking this time around, where I'd actually put in a weight loss goal has sort of helped me figure out the point where I've eaten enough, but not too much (usually I figure it's the point where I could eat more, but feel like I probably shouldn't). I'm also happy for all the poi. There's fire club tonight, but I'm not sure if I'm going to do as much as last week because I sort of managed to make my right forearm all sore over the weekend. The Manchester fire people had someone using a whip and he taught me how to use it as well, which was super fun (at least when I stopped hitting myself with it, it became fun), but now my forearm is just all "what did you do to me?!". I'll still go to fire club and give it a shot since it's the solstice and it sounds like there will be a big turnout, but I'm not sure if I'll be spining for an our like last time.
  10. Woo! Good job on the pull up goal! Hopefully everything starts looking up a bit more soon. Just take everything one thing at a time.
  11. Okay, catch up time! Week 1, Day 5 Quest 1: Run I ran 5 km! (3/3 runs this week) Quest 2: Injury Prevention Yoga: Daily stretch routine, yoga for runners. (5/5 yoga sessions) Calisthenics: Rest day. (2/2 calisthenics sessions) Quest 3: Diet I tracked my food I ate within my calorie range. (5/6 days tracked) Quest 4: Poi No poi. (75/90 minutes of poi) Life Quest: Drawing No drawing. (100/150 minutes of drawing) Side Quest I walked 3 miles to scout out the location of the bus station and also to attend a meetup event (probably a bit more than 3 miles, meh). Week 1, Day 6 Quest 1: Run Rest day. (3/3 runs this week) Quest 2: Injury Prevention Yoga: Rest day. (5/5 yoga sessions) Calisthenics: Rest day. (2/2 calisthenics sessions) Quest 3: Diet I did not track. I could have, until I went out for dinner and had Indian food which I shared with my friends and have no way of estimating how much that was. Definitely rethinking this quest more to accommodate travel. (5/6 days tracked) Quest 4: Poi A little poi. I think about 10 minutes, but it was indoors so I wasn't doing a lot of fancy stuff since I was trying to avoid hitting stuff in my friend's house. (85/90 minutes of poi) Life Quest: Drawing No drawing. (100/150 minutes of drawing) Side Quest I walked 3 miles to the bus station and another mile or so around Manchester when I arrived there. Week 1, Day 7 Quest 1: Run Rest day. (3/3 runs this week) Quest 2: Injury Prevention Yoga: Rest day. (5/5 yoga sessions) Calisthenics: Rest day. (2/2 calisthenics sessions) Quest 3: Diet I did not track. (5/6 days tracked) Quest 4: Poi Lots of poi! I think I was spinning for at least an hour, but it could have been longer. I almost got the 5 beat weave down and I realized that I can do butterfly behind my head! I was telling someone how I'd tried and failed to do it and in my attempt to demonstrate my failure, I succeeded in doing it. So between that and basically having learned a 5 beat weave, I guess I got a trick learned this challenge? (145/90 minutes of poi) Life Quest: Drawing No drawing. (100/150 minutes of drawing) Side Quest I walked at least 5 miles around Manchester. It might have been more, but 5 miles is what I can account for with my limited knowledge of the city's geography. Week 1 Wrap up! Quest 1: Run I got all of my runs done! I ran a total of 14 km, which was my goal for the week as well. 3/3 runs this week (A+) Quest 2: Injury Prevention Yoga: I got all of my yoga sessions done, but no extras. 5/5 yoga sessions (A+) Calisthenics: I got all of my calisthenics sessions done. In week 2 I'll aim for two full sets in both sessions instead of wussing out on the second one. 2/2 calisthenics sessions (A+) Quest 3: Diet I tracked most of the time. I think that I might switch to a diary sort of tracking system for the rest of the challenge since that's easier for keeping track while traveling, especially if food is shared. Mostly, I do want to try to eat sensibly and I think that I'm not actually so bad at estimating reasonable portions of food. 5/6 days tracked (A) Quest 4: Poi I did way more poi than planned, thanks to a fire gathering in Manchester while I was there. 145/90 minutes of poi (A++) Life Quest: Drawing And not quite enough drawing. 100/150 minutes of drawing (B) pre-Week 2 notes So this week, my plan is to run 15 km. I'm also going to try for a less formal food tracking system. Despite not being especially careful about what I was eating and drinking over the weekend, I managed to weigh in at the same mass on Monday as I did on Friday. To me, this suggests that I'm maybe not so bad at estimating reasonable portion sizes, but I still want to try to eat sensibly (since I want that number to go down). So I'll food diary and watch my mass to see if I do fine this week, which will be a bit more encouraging for when I'm traveling. Week 2, Day 1 I was still in Manchester most of the day and then I was traveling back to Edinburgh in the evening so it was not an especially productive day challenge-wise. Quest 1: Run Rest day. (0/3 runs this week) Quest 2: Injury Prevention Yoga: Rest day. (0/5 yoga sessions) Calisthenics: Rest day. (0/2 calisthenics sessions) Quest 3: Diet I did not track. (0/6 days tracked) Quest 4: Poi No poi. (0/?0 minutes of poi) Life Quest: Drawing No drawing. (0/150 minutes of drawing) Side Quest I walked around Manchester a bit (I estimate about a mile), then I walked back home from the bus station when I arrived in Edinburgh (3 miles).
  12. It's definitely a nice city. There's going to be a NF meetup here in October too. I have now. It was also nice and the city hall is by far the fanciest city hall I've ever been in. I'm not sure I got a good sense for how the city normally is because there were a bunch of concerts all weekend so it might have been busier than usual. I didn't see any heroin junkies in Manchester. I did when I was in Vancouver (protip: if you're visiting Vancouver, don't walk from the east end of Chinatown directly north to Gastown, go west first, then north, unless you want to see the sketchy part of the city). Thanks! I fell off a bit more on the weekend though. :S Thanks! I will! Thanks!
  13. I'm Sarah. I'm from Canada, but I spent a bit over two years living in Japan (just outside Tokyo) and moved to Edinburgh this past January for my partner's job. Right now I look for work, but I'm sort of having difficulty finding something that I'm both able to do and am not seriously overeducated for (I have a PhD in astronomy) so I end up spending a bunch of time on my hobbies (mostly drawing and poi lately, but I've also been doing more reading and hiking). I've been running on and off since maybe second year in graduate school. I started with the couch to 5k and I think I've repeated the program three times since I've gone through periods of being too busy to run and then I have to start over again (I've been back in the habit of running for the most part since last July). I also do yoga and I've been trying to add in a bit of calisthenics to make myself a bit more well-rounded. Oh, and I'm a vegetarian, sometimes bordering on vegan, but veganism seems like to much work so I've never really gone fully vegan (for a while in grad school though, I wasn't eating eggs and was only eating cheese on Fridays).
  14. Sorry for disappearing! I had a busy weekend in Manchester. I'm not sure how much walking I did, it was a lot, but most of it was in a city that I'm not super familiar with so I'm probably going to have to do some estimation. I definitely walked 3 mi to the bus station in Edinburgh on Friday and 3 mi back on Sunday. I'll work on estimating how much I walked in Manchester though, then update the spreadsheet.
  15. I put in my 3 miles from yesterday. I'm going to walk at least the same amount today since I've decided to walk to the bus station instead of taking the bus (I'm going to spend enough time on a bus today as it is).
  16. No, I'm Canadian. I moved to Edinburgh in January (after living in Japan for two years). And thanks!
  17. Week 1, Day 4 Quest 1: Run Rest day. (2/3 runs this week) Quest 2: Injury Prevention Yoga: Daily stretch routine, sun salutations, standing poses, yoga for arms, seated stretches. (4/5 yoga sessions) Calisthenics: Only one set because I was pretty sore and tired. (2/2 calisthenics sessions) Quest 3: Diet I tracked my food I ate within my calorie range. (4/6 days tracked) Quest 4: Poi No poi. (75/90 minutes of poi) Life Quest: Drawing No drawing. (100/150 minutes of drawing) Side Quest I did not manage to do any walking other than to the store. It was pretty drizzly all day.
  18. Well, so normally he's here, but he's in Japan to do two experiments and attend a conference, which is why he's gone for so long. Oh, my partner definitely cannot do a pull up. I've seen him try. Apparently taller people have a harder time with them (it's a leverage thing) and he's pretty damn tall (he also has long limbs). I've been making some half-assed efforts to get us to go rock climbing together because I think he'd be stupidly good at it (but finding a place that's affordable and the time to go is just... bleh). Lately I've been doing a lot of life drawing and general drawing of people to improve my skills there. I'm pretty bad at foreshortening and hands (and feet), but I think that I'm getting a bit better. I've done a bit of painting before (with acrylics), but not for a while; I had to leave all my paints in Canada. Well, we go hiking together sometimes. We've climbed Arthur's Seat twice and my partner demonstrated that he's a much better mountain goat than I am.
  19. What's a music festival without mud? I've actually lucked out. I went to the Labyrinth festival in Japan twice and no rain. The year before I first went, there was a typhoon and they had to cancel the last day (apparently the default is lots of rain).
  20. So doing gymnastics is not like riding a bicycle? Nice challenge, btw. I like the journaling! It can be really helpful.
  21. This forum needs an emoticon that's fallen on the floor from laughing. My partner doesn't do running. He does walking, hiking and if he had a bicycle, he'd do that too. Running is totally not his thing though. I've made half-assed efforts to get him to come along (I don't want to pester him with it), but he's just not into it. I'd probably have better luck getting him to join me in yoga or calisthenics, but if we stay somewhere that space is an issue then that would be extra challenging.
  22. Okay, I amended my total to reflect only the walking that I did which wasn't challenge related. I hadn't been adding my sort of day-to-day walking (e.g. to the store) so I didn't have to remove that at least.
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