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  • Birthday 08/08/1984

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  1. Hey All, I'm back. Last challenge went well, I didn't hit everything I wanted to, but life is a process. Big Picture *Current Weight: 240lbs *Goal Weight: 175lbs swinging for the fences here, I haven't seen this since high school 16 years ago *Short Term Goal: Weigh 235lbs by the end of the challenge. Adulting: *Two items from Flylady's detail cleaning per day *One more thing that is adultish here Movement: *Simple and Sinister 5 times a week *Fighter Pullup Program 5 times a week Eating: *Practice 16/8 Intermittent Fasting 5 out of 7 days *Track food using MyFitnessPal
  2. Wow I can't believe the 4 week is done already. That snuck up super fast. To recap: Weigh under 240 at the end of the challenge: Fail. I held pretty steady throughout around 242. I bounced down to 240.2 at the lowest but keep bouncing around. I did drop about 3 lbs over the challenge so I at least made progress. Eat at least 2 servings of veggies and 1 of fruit: This has gone really well. My lunches now have carrots and snap peas as an always include. Fruit I don't have a huge yen for them so it is more of a struggle to remember to throw an apple in my lunch bag. Track using MyFitnessPal: mixed bag on this. I tend to add lunches, usually add dinners during the weekdays, but then don't add anything on the weekend. Something to improve on next time. Intermittent Fasting: I stopped tracking whether or not I did this so I can't really say if it happened or not. Exercise: This went really well. I didn't hit 5 times a week, but I got at least 3 times. I'm starting the full 100 swings/10 getups this week, and as a super big bonus, there is no shoulder pain. For once I haven't jumped too far too fast! Forgot to mention it on here before, but I also started pairing the 3-Rep Max Fighter Pullup Program with my S&S sessions and now am up to the 5-Rep max stage. I feel like I could do more, but am deliberately keeping it slow. Donate Stuff: Success. We dropped off one car load. Still have more to go, but it is progress! Shred Stuff: Fail. Didn't happen. Pick a Chore and Do It: Fail. This stopped before we hit the halfway point of the challenge. Overall, I feel good about this challenge. I didn't hit everything I wanted to, but I feel like I'm moving in the right direction. I appreciate all of the feedback and encouragement from you guys. Thanks!
  3. I'm jealous of your rosemary and basil. For whatever reason I can't grow mint or rosemary. The two things that are supposed to be unkillable I've managed to kill multiple times.
  4. I tried to do the rows using the table once and just about flipped it over onto me. Definitely recommend the door frame version.
  5. Hey Nerd Family. Sorry I haven't been checking in. Life keeps going on. We've been doing Fallish things, pumpkin patches and the like. So far the challenge has been going mostly well. I haven't been hitting 100% on everything, but I am doing better than I was before the challenge. Food Eat Fruits and Veggies: I've improved on this one a lot. I've settled into more of a routine now of bringing Carrots, Sugar snap peas, string cheese, and a kind bar for lunches. Sometimes I'll add some leftovers from the night before. This "standard" lunch makes getting ready in the mornings a lot easier than staring at the fridge wondering "what do I feel like today..." Track using MyFitnessPal: I'm falling off on this one. I need to step it up some. I tend to track during the week, but weekends I fall off. Usually there is some sort of eating out that is more of a pain to try and enter, and that stops me. Intermittent Fasting (16/8): This has been kinda happening, kinda not. Maybe 4 our of 7 days a week I don't eat breakfast and go straight to lunch. Movement Simple and Sinister: This has been feeling good. I haven't been hitting everyday, more like 4 times a week, but still improving. I'm up to 90 swings and 8 TGUs and am looking forward to hitting 100 and 10 next week. Adulting Pick one chore and do it: I stopped doing the adulting things. I need to get back on it. Donate Stuff: [ ] (0/1) Although we did drop off a carload of stuff to donate, that felt good getting it out of the house. It ended up being a hassle though. The first place we went to had a one box limit and they weren't taking clothes or toys (everything that we had). Shred Stuff: [ ] (0/1) Really need to do this... And that's about where life lies at the moment. Going to try and clean the house up tonight so we can go away for the weekend and come home to a somewhat clean house.
  6. Your episode recaps are awesome. I am getting more and more curious about Avatar and need to find a way to watch it.
  7. I know for a lot of people when they hear Gremlins, Gizmo is what comes to mind. For me at least, Gremlins always evokes this:
  8. If you have Kindle Unlimited The Unbelieveable Mr. Brownstone is free and pretty similar to Dresden. Not as rich or in depth, but a fun cotton candy kind of read.
  9. Hey All, I'm not dead yet. We had an awesome weekend, went apple picking and did fallish stuff. Lots of fun. Started reading Harry Potter book 1 with the miniBrowncoat and he has been loving it. I'm already starting to line up other books that we can read together as a family, my wife has firmly reiterated that I am a nerd =) As if she didn't already know this. (The Hobbit; Princess Bride,;Phantom Tollbooth; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; I'm torn as to whether we should read Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban right away or if we should squirrel them away for a little bit. I was the right age when Harry Potter first came out that I was almost the same age as Harry for the first 4 or 5 books. Having the time inbetween wasn't a bad thing, plus the books do get darker as they go on) We had a last minute visit from the landlord to look at replacing some of the fences so we had a blitz clean-up-the-outside-of-the-house-and-cross-our-fingers-that-she-doesn't-come-inside morning yesterday. That last minute notice had me scrambling to clean up and didn't get to exercise Monday or Tuesday, but I'm looking forward to it tonight. The cleaning is going to be my extra adulting chore for Monday/Tuesday. The other exciting thing is I got a promotion at work! I'm going to be the Assistant Director in my department. Admittedly we are a small department of 5 people, we will be adding another 1 or 2 in the future, and it means more responsibilities for me. My company is notorious for deadending it's support staff, so it at least will give me something to build on for the future. Plus I got contact info for the Kajukenbo instructor in my town. Haven't gotten a hold of him yet, but will hopefully do so soon. I ended up asking on Nextdoor. Within hours I had responses from his fishing partner and his sister. I guess this is what life in the 21st century in a small town is like now. Sadly, with an 8-year-old boy who is still mastering aiming, can one ever really say that the bathroom is clean?... My brother was saying this too, as well as it being a darker take on Star Wars. It sounds like we should wait a couple years before introducing the miniBrowncoat to it. S&S boils down to an everyday workout of Warmup (3 rounds) 5 goblet squats 5 halos each direction 5 hip bridges Swings (10 sets of 10 reps) Turkish GetUps (10 sets of 1 rep; alternate left and right sides) I love it, it doesn't leave me completely smoked. From what I read, it was originally designed as being a minimum effective workout aimed at people like soldiers, police, firefighters, who need to be in shape, but not completely wasted after exercising. Reddit has a better write up of the program. Scroll down to "What is a good beginner routine" Strongfirst.com is an amazing resource for all things kettlebell. They really dive deep into topics. Week 1 Recap Food Eat Fruits and Veggies: XXXXXXX (7/7) Track using MyFitnessPal: XXXXXXX (7/7) Intermittent Fasting (16/8): X[-][-][ ][ ][ ][ ] (2/7) Movement Simple and Sinister: XXXXX[ ][ ] (5/7) Adulting Pick one chore and do it: XXX[ ][ ][ ][ ] (3/7) Donate Stuff: [ ] (0/1) Shred Stuff: [ ] (0/1) Week 2 Recap Food Eat Fruits and Veggies: XXX[ ][ ][ ][ ] (3/7) Track using MyFitnessPal: XXX[ ][ ][ ][ ] (3/7) Intermittent Fasting (16/8): X[-][-][ ][ ][ ][ ] (1/7) Movement Simple and Sinister: [ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ] (0/7) Adulting Pick one chore and do it: XX[ ][ ][ ][ ][ ] (2/7) Donate Stuff: [ ] (0/1) Shred Stuff: [ ] (0/1)
  10. Hey all, here's a quick update. Food has been going well. I've hit the my goal of 1 serving fruit and 2 servings veggies for the last 3 days. IF (16/8) only happened one day so far, so that could be better. Also have 2 days of food on MyFitnessPal. MFP has been the real eye opener so far. I'm not looking to have exact measurements of everything, but it is shocking how quick all the little snacks add up. After seeing that, I am flipping my food goals for this challenge so that IF (16/8) is my stretch goal and using MFP to track things is one of my main goals. I'll get a lot more benefit out of a month of tracking and being mindful than a month of IF. If I can double them up, that is great, but now that I am tracking what I'm eating I find that I am paying a bit more attention to what is going into my pie hole. Movement: S&S rocks. I cannot emphasize how awesome it is to exercise and not feel destroyed at the end. The armbars have been helping my shoulders immensely. I feel like I can sprint through to doing the full S&S program, but I am deliberately pacing myself this time. I really want to stay as injury free as possible, and ramping up slowly will help that. I haven't found a place to hang the rings yet, but I did put my pullup bar back up. Adulting: Picked chores and done them. So far I have: moved my dresser back into place; folded and put away clothes. The clean laundry has a tendency to migrate from the dryer to the bed and then to the floor before being folded (eventually) and put away. I finally caught up, for one day at least. Tonight I've got cleaning the front bathroom on the list. Randomness: I got to read an actual physical book last night before going to bed. That is a guilty pleasure I haven't done in waaaay too long. I need to make more time to do that. I also finally watched Episode 8 over the weekend and got my fanboy card back (at least part of it, I still need to watch Rogue One, it's only been on netflix for almost a year). The miniBrowncoat loved it and I catch him humming the theme as he flies his Legos in front of the screen. =) Week 1 Recap Food Eat Fruits and Veggies: XXX[ ][ ][ ][ ] Track using MyFitnessPal: XX[ ][ ][ ][ ][ ] Intermittent Fasting (16/8): X[-][-][ ][ ][ ][ ] Movement Simple and Sinister: XX[ ][ ][ ][ ][ ] Adulting Pick one chore and do it: XX[ ][ ][ ][ ][ ] Donate Stuff: [ ] Shred Stuff: [ ]
  11. I'll second the hardboiled eggs. They are awesomely easy. Around Easter I had them for about a month. Lunch planning was super easy, just grab 2 and go. Nom Nom Paleo has an easy way to spice them up a bit too.
  12. Zombieland, S&S, and swords... Can't think of a single thing not to like. For accoustic guitar tracks to fit the zombie apocalypse, the Diablo soundtracks come to mind.
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