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About ElJay

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  • Birthday 11/27/1976

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  1. @iamcalledjosh - Right now we are in serious save mode. Spending on non-essentials is really limited. Perhaps down the road we can, but for now, even second hand is gonna be too pricey for us. LOVE the idea though. It's adding in the cost of plates right now that could be a killer.
  2. Hi all, I am lucky in that a recently got a new job. Downside is, I have to change my schedule a bit, and getting to the gym to do stronglifts type workouts won't be able to happen, due to childcare availability. Currently my lifts are around: Squats: 130lb Bench: 90lb Barbell Row: 105 OHP: 65 Deadlift: 155 I've been doing Stronglifts 3x5 and love lifting heavy, and so am so loathe to not get a lot of gains, but want to make sure to keep a good & challenging strength routine going, and am looking for some ideas. If I have a detailed/outlined plan, I'll stick to it. Something more loose? I'll likely not get in as much, I know me. What I do have is: Pull Up/Chin Up bar attached to a doorframe Adjustable dumbbells that go from 5-50lbs each, with 2.5lb increments up to 25lbs, then 5lb up to 50. Bench Reebok step So what's out there for a plan I can follow that you guys and gals like?
  3. At the track workouts, we regularly do a slow mile, then warmups with leg swings, high knees, butt kicks, and then...bleacher climbs. First round, squat jumps up the steps. Then lunges up the steps. Then squat jumps up the benches! Cool down we always do some sort of pilates/yoga moves for flexibility and abwork.
  4. Done at the track last night! Did it in a reverse ladder, long distance, shorter, shorter, shorter still, sprint. So much fun! 6.5 miles in all including 3 miles warm up.
  5. I tried 14 rounds of everything from clomid to IUI to IVF. We ultimately are unexplained and started trying in our late 20s, but decided to adopt. I'm happy to answer any tx questions or just give hugs
  6. I'm down by three! I'm gonna do a last PRETTY PLEASE VOTE and then back to my usual scheduled chaos
  7. Love the goals (I'm totally watching everyone who trains for tris - I'm gonna go for one next year, I think). Totally all gel together - especially the drop ceiling. As a wife of a man who does projects like that, we do really appreciate it.
  8. I should check out "Eat like a dinosaur" - my kids pretty much eat whatever we give them, but having another tool in the arsenal never hurts!
  9. Absolutely jealous on the oly tri. It's a long term goal for me. I can ride on a cruiser type bike, but no clue how to use gears and such. I have done the Merrell Down & Dirty - I loved it, got scraped up all to hell, but well run. Funny story - it was one of the first cold mornings of fall when I did mine a few years back. Starting gun went off, I took one step - calf TOTALLY popped. It was like being shot with a bb gun. I had traveled 300 miles for the race, and it was a mud run that I knew I'd get banged up at anyway, so I gutted it out, since it was the last run of my season. Dumbest move, but I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Have a blast!
  10. Thanks Suzie!!! I have to say, dropping back on my last workout made a WORLD of difference for me. I was able to get down nice and low in my squat, and even have a bit of DOMS going on today. Better form is going to make me stronger where I need it most, my hamstrings. The weights don't lie, and there is no room for pride here. There's no cheating when it comes to strength, and I'm glad I'm going about the challenge without a specific number goal this time around. And yeah, negatives are HARD. They didn't feel bad when I did them at all, but wow, do I feel them today. I came so close to getting the next weight on my OHP, and failed with all of my efforts on the last rep of the last set. It's close though. Getting my miles in which is always tough in this heat, I'm definitely feeling the increase in terms of fatigue... ...which leads me to step one in dropping some coffee. I figure cold turkey is just dumb, even one day a week. I was on the ramp up to a second round later in the day, not in any mindset of reducing until the challenge came along and I was figuring out my goals. I bought some decaf today, so tomorrow I'll try it out, and see if I get headaches or anything from the reduced caffeine (since decaf is not actually caffeine free, after all). On my level up my life, I've been trying to make more time out of my morning routine, tough with the weird camp schedule, but that gets better when he goes back to his usual program hours next week. I realized that I had an extra 15 minutes one morning this week and cleaned the bathroom. I'm much better already about dishes and keeping the kitchen clean. Next week, my plan is to make a schedule for what rooms get attention which days, so I can do a little each day and not need to spend a whole lot of time in any one sitting. On a shameless self promotion bit - thanks to everyone who supported me in the last challenge. On week 4 into 5 I was really having a hard time as I realized I wasn't quite getting my food right to keep my energy going, but you all believed in me, and I kept powering through. I'd love it if you could vote for me to win! Go scouts! http://www.nerdfitness.com/community/showthread.php?13572-Pick-the-Winner-of-the-Last-Challenge!
  11. Mission accepted and completed, commander!
  12. Whoa. Me? *looks around* You all are the badasses. I am proud to be representing the scouts - because we all worked our asses off!
  13. I actually agree - Medhi is a total blowhard and I actually read SS as well, and love them both. I just like having the SL App on my phone during workouts - geekery wins!
  14. ElJay

    DC Area?

    My schedule is pretty tough, I'm an unlikely but maybe, depending on the day and time. When are people thinking?
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