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Ballad

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About Ballad

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  • Birthday 03/10/1990

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    Toronto, Canada
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    druid
  1. My god am I late to this party. Your challenge looks awesome, and I am excitedly anticipating you telling us about how you killed the competition on March 12th! YES. Good call! I think you'll find this much more straightforward when the challenge ends. So, that song is fantastic. Thanks for linking! Any chance you'll be videotaping your final routine on the 12th? I would love to see how this turns out!
  2. Ballad

    Maegs Catches Up

    Speaking of catching up... I'm here! Super late, but I'm here! xx Ha! Yeah girl, I feel you.
  3. Ack! That sounds terrible. We'll definitely hold another meet-up - ideally one where you're not dying from the flu. Looking forward to meeting you next time!
  4. Thank you everyone for your thoughtful comments & support! It's lovely to know that you're rooting for me. I'm going to completely disregard my 11pm sleep challenge tonight because I feel great and want to give a long overdue update (sorry!!). Today was a really good day. I had lovely conversations with colleagues and friends, and the students & fellow volunteers I saw after work today made me laugh so hard that I may be able to count this as my Abs workout. I've been feeling a bit gray lately - meaning, really not feeling much on one end of the spectrum or the other. It's differen
  5. Gym Log: February 7th Back & Biceps 1. Hammer Strength Lat Pull 40lb x 10 x 140lb x 7 x 140lb x 5 x 12. Wide Grip Lat Pulldown 60lb x 10 x 260lb x 7 x 13. Seated Narrow Grip Cable Pull 55lb x 10 x 255lb x 6 x 14. Back Extensions 10lb x 10 x 210lb x 8 x 15. Barbell Row 40lb x 10 x 36. Barbell Curl 20lb x 10 x 37. Alternate Hammer Curl 10lb x 10 x 38. Incline Dumbbell Curl 10lb x 10 x 39. Cardio (treadmill, 5.5 incline) 5 min warm-up @ 3.7 speed30 sec sprint at 6.0 speed / 1 min walk at 3.7 speed30 sec sprint at 6.5 speed / 1 min walk at 3.7 speed30 sec sprint at 7.0 speed / 1 min walk at
  6. Currently reading Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua. My favourite quote so far: "What Chinese parents understand is that nothing is fun until you're good at it. To get good at anything you have to work, and children on their own never want to work, which is why it is crucial to override their preferences. This often requires fortitude on the part of the parents because the child will resist; things are always hardest at the beginning, which is where Western parents tend to give up. But if done properly, the Chinese strategy produces a virtuous cycle. Tenacious practice, practice,
  7. Gym Log: February 5th Legs 1. Leg Extensions 65lb x 10 x 265lb x 7 x 12. Dumbbell Squats Body x 10 x 125lb x 10 x 33. Dumbbell Lunges 7.5lb x 10 x 110lb x 10 x 24. Single Leg Dumbbell Lunge 5lb x 10 x 25lb x 5 x 15. Lying Leg Curls 40lb x 10 x 150lb x 10 x 26. Standing Calf Lift 95lb x 10 x 2115lb x 10 x 17. Plank Body x 2 min 30 sec x 1
  8. Gym Log: February 1st Chest & Triceps 1. Assisted Push-Ups Body x 20 x 1Body x 8 x 1Body x 5 x 12. Bench Dips Body x 10 x 33. Dumbbell Bench Press 10lb x 10 x 34. Flat Bench Dumbbell Flyes 10lb x 10 x 35. Triceps Pulldown 17.5lb x 10 x 217.5lb x 5 x 16. Standing Triceps Extension 12.5lb x 10 x 112.5lb x 7 x 112.5lb x 6 x 1
  9. Gym Log: January 24th [A delayed entry] Back & Biceps 1. Hammer Strength Lat Pull 30lb x 10 x 240lb x 5 x 12. Wide Grip Lat Pulldown 60lb x 10 x 33. Seated Narrow Grip Cable Pull 55lb x 10 x 34. Back Extensions 10lb x 10 x 35. Barbell Row 40lb x 10 x 36. Barbell Curl 20lb x 10 x 37. Alternate Hammer Curl 10lb x 10 x 210lb x 7 x 18. Incline Dumbbell Curl 10lb x 10 x 110lb x 7 x 29. Plank Body x 1 min x 3
  10. I'm currently reading When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. It's a lovely and heart-breakingly thoughtful memoir written by a man who was both a neurosurgeon and a writer. He was diagnosed with cancer and passed away in March 2015. In this book, he wrestles with questions like, "What makes life worth living in the face of death?" Highly recommend.
  11. Thank you, maegs & tei_, for coming out this afternoon! It was so lovely to meet you both in person. My whole body is a happy kind of sore from skating. Plazmotic and Twilight, I'm looking forward to meeting you both next time.
  12. Challenge Tracker Quest #1: Go to sleep by 11pm on weekdays (Sun-Thurs) and 2:30am on weekends/holidays (Fri-Sat). [6/26 Days] 23%23% Feb. 1st - 11pm [Complete] Feb. 2nd - 11pm [Complete] Feb. 3rd - 11:15pm [incomplete] Feb. 4th - 11pm [Complete] Feb 5th - 11:30pm [incomplete] Feb. 6th - 12:40am [Complete] Feb. 7th - 2:00am [Complete] Feb. 8th - 12:15am [incomplete] Feb. 9th - 11pm [Complete] Feb. 10th - 12:15am [incomplete] Feb. 11th - 11:40pm [incomplete] Feb. 12th - 11:45pm [incomplete] Quest #2: Make breakfast at home 3 times/week. Exceptions made for travel. [1/4 Weeks]
  13. Ballad's Challenge [#2] “And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?†― Rumi 2016 Epic Quest: Develop mental fortitude, discipline, and kindness. I'm very excited to officially join the Druids for my second challenge. For this challenge, I'll continue to focus on mental health and wellness - this time, with more of a focus on gratitude and being present. All of my challenges will be ongoing throughout February. I hope to continue to cement habits that I've been working on and build up new ones. For those of you who followed along on my first challenge, this f
  14. @Rihor - Thanks! I will say that I'm probably way too excited to spend my own money on the reward pile, haha.
  15. I'm looking forward to meeting you all! I'll be the girl in a black coat, purple infinity scarf, & black-rimmed glasses.
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