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    Controlling for water and rest and supplementing a B complex vitamin independent of a multivitamin (in the event you aren't already) would be good low risk steps before changing your diet more right away--unless your condition changes for the worse, of course. When I think of vegan diet problems, I think fatigue and brain fog. Hence the B complex.
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    Keep yo hands out of the bear trap and take your win, man. Lol. Victory by any means necessary. Assuming you aren't reacting to weather doing weird things or having an illness, are you sure it's an allergy vs a sensitivity? That is, have you gone straight from no soy to all the soy? Other than for some reason not eating any meat, is there any other thing you've also changed? Sometimes dietary changes come in bundles. Bumping up pepper (bell peppers, chili peppers, that sort of thing) consumption for example. I know two people who can't eat 'em.
  3. Quality food goes a long way to doing the job for sure. Bloating and achy joints sure does sound like a reaction to something in your diet, so it is definitely worth a try. I don't know whether to hope it's something obvious like dairy or wheat/gluten so you figure it out fast or something more obscure that's easier to cut out but might take longer to pin down. Isn't dietary sensitivity great lol?
  4. I guess where exact quantities aren't known, divide macros by the number of portions made, and call it a day. The number may be inaccurate, but it's a consistent measurement and that's the more important thing--and LBR, half or more of the whole batch will end up in me over 2-3 days anyway because husband craves novelty and leftovers more than once ain't novel. I see where there's lots of times where this is the case for you even though you have more mouths looking to be fed. Tracking isn't optional for me because otherwise I'd end up with 1400 calories and 90% of it bananas and chocolate chips or something and no way is that a recipe for success. We do our best when the food dysfunction we're fighting is "Well, I think I just won't eat today because busy/tired." #nope
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    Had a similar situation with an unnecessarily overbearing superior who was second in command at the store yet seemed to pick on my area when we were ridiculously understaffed (no direct supervisor much?). When he left it felt like I could breathe for the first time, but still treading water, you know? No substitute for a better job but boy howdy it sure does help.
  6. January 2020: Week 3 No Excuses No Life Tasks Clean Up Bedroom Desk Cat Grooming: 2/4 Toothbrushing: 17/28 Look Waiter in the Eye: 2/4 Knife Care: Research how to use a whetstone Training Aikido Tech Review: 6/8 Food Limit Natural Flavors Words Writing: 32 LingoDeer: 15/20 Monday Gonna postpone the truck refi. Both of our lives are flying to the winds because Job. Husband has a big convention to man on the first week of February and my work is doing.....well, whatever the mess it wants lately. Prep for that makes free time erratic at best. The best way to limit "natural flavors" is to not eat anything new. Yay! Lol. Tea and protein bars are my only (known) source, barring whatever is in the food I order on the weekend, for I am but mortal. Doing my best. That's going to be the theme of this winter, I can tell. It was cold as mess, the gym was closed. Nothing about the day felt like a proper Monday. Work was stressful but proceeded rather quickly, which isn't the worst combination seen from the rearview mirror. The commute was aided by MLK Jr, a snap down of temperature by 30 degrees, and the reopened highway that let up a LOT of pressure in downtown traffic. That saved me 20 minutes during rush hour, which is huge. Dojo was open, we did sumi otoshi things. Afterward I ran home and did bonus work for 15 minutes which I carved out of my life by the combination of the rush to the car and doing Japanese practice in the morning. Tuesday Ah the magic of doing a late night and an early morning back to back. It wasn't too bad, just the expected struggle to get out of bed and into the 20 degree weather. The session was okay, I'd describe it as "Well...I didn't fail a set." Numbers lifted were not impressive vs past performance whatsoever and in fact for bench were underwhelming, but that is the last lift I expect to return to normal. I adjusted my programming a bit in an effort to both reflect what I end up changing the log to be on a day-to-day basis as well as streamline warmups to hopefully give me more time on work sets. I felt I had a decent grasp of my current ability on everything but deadlift, so I waited to modify that one. Work was very busy, everybody wanting stuff form all different directions. I ended up making dinner at a not insane time, thanks almost exclusively to cooking the chicken before my nap. The veggies took like 10 minutes to do, hence the decent time frame. Wednesday I got some good data on morning squats and rackpulls--I can do triples on 187lbs and 205, respectively. Might have helped if I got up not 40 minutes late. Ain't mad, I managed two sets of each. I started a new box of tea this morning and it is both better than what I had and easier to obtain. Aikido was a review of sumi otoshi and some tanto dori. You bet your butt I did shihonage against a yokomenuchi attack. Thursday So....the weather had been cold for the last few days and on Thursday it decided to be 50 and rainy. My sinuses took issue with this by draining, clogging, and making me sneeze. You know it's a good start to the day when you put both contact lenses in the same eye because you're trying to figure out if you will be breathing today. I got so far as driving part of the way to work and turned around in favor of a WFH because I have my laptop with me now and I can do this thing. Worked hard, made lots of trouble. We're replacing my car stereo system this weekend. Mr. Grumpypants Husband didn't want to ask if it could please be done on Saturday vs Sunday--he only ever presented Sunday to me as an option, but I scraped together my energy and courage to ask him to ask if it was possible and I got a bunch of excuses why not to which I on the fly proposed solutions that hurt no one. Hence the Grumpy. I'm learning the man at his most irritable on Thursday evenings, because... Friday Friday morning Husband reiterated the plan to me with zero hint of bad attitude--ask if it could be done Saturday. And lo and behold, turns out we can do it. OHP'd 76lbs for 5 triples, so you could say holiday fatigue is gone. Foggy, misty, snotty weather ahoy.
  7. Hope you get more rest ASAP. Those side effects sound like Hell, hopefully ditching the one med is all it will take.
  8. Hello and welcome to my battle log, est. 2016! I've been doing challenges for over a year straight and I decided to experiment with an alternative style that gets away from the feeling of being perpetually "on" and one step away from the pointy end of the spear that is the 4WC format while not losing the structure that said 4WC format provides. Kinda strike a balance, like? This will be an ongoing experiment, with some room to adjust. This will be accomplished by a month-to-month formal re-evaluation of goals, without grading per say, and the freedom to change things up at any point with no regrets. All in one place! No need to wonder when my new thread will be up, just stay tuned for the next day's post! Below I will update links to each month's first post so you can see change over time. To round off 2016's activity, I'm posting links to prior challenge activity for the sake of completeness. ...And we're off! Index 2016 Challenges: January, February, March, April 2016: May, June, July, August, Intra-Month Madness, September, October, November, December 2017: January, February, March, April, May, Intra-Month Madness v.2, June, July, August, September, October, November, December 2018: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December 2019: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December 2020: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December Lessons Compendium *~* 5/6/2016 *~* Magnesium deficient is something you don't want to be--supplement You might also be deficient in other vitamins and minerals--supplement with a multivitamin Magnesium is a diuretic Squat foot position should be maintained at hip width, no farther: a wide stance is Trouble for your inner legs *~* 5/21/2016 *~* Ukemi must be executed with one's head tucked There is in fact such thing as too much ukemi, especially when biased to one side of the body TM Fact: If you get to a place on Intensity Day where you struggle to PR, add volume to volume day *~* 8/1/2016 *~* Daily neck stretches keep even small tension headaches away Too much of the wrong kind of foot rolling can lead to TIGHTER feet *~* 8/27/2016 *~* Stress is real and it will harm training momentum. Knee sleeves are good tools in the gym for preventing quad tension. *~* 11/7/2016 *~* 1/wk DL Intensity Day is too intense. 2/month is good. *~* 1/29/2017 *~* When stressed, a massive deload is not necessary. Just hold fast to the same weights and...wait it out. Too much magnesium = diarrhea *~* 7/10/2017 *~* A reminder: sleeping on one's back reduces the risk of headaches and muscle knots. *~* 12/09/2017 *~* Do not stop taking Slo-Mag. Just. Don't. *~* 1/19/2018 *~* Drinking a minimum of 44oz of water helps regulate headaches, even migraines to some extent. *~* 7/18/2018 *~* Hormonal birth control does cause migraines. So does looking down at phone with bad posture all day. *~* 7/30/2018 *~* Dairy and yogurt disagree with my stomach. Vegetables + fermented food are keys to BM balance. *~* 10/1/2018 *~* Fruit disagrees with my stomach. Bananas are fruit. Lacrosse ball rolling helps manage bad posture headaches. *~* circa 4/2019 *~* I need the lunch hour away from my desk to keep headaches down *~* 10/4/2019 *~* Remember how fruit disagrees with my stomach? That goes for ingredients found in preworkout. Gas and bloating.