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  • Birthday 07/13/1981

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  1. Kes

    Kes Comes Back

    Schoolwork probably causes me the most stress. At this point, doing my job is kind of old hat and I'm pretty efficient at getting my work done for my job. But schoolwork...it's new material, doing essays and such don't always show clear progress, and I explicitly have people judging me. Three more miles today, nice and slow pace. It almost felt like a chore, though, so I'm glad that I'm not doing runs tomorrow or Wednesday. Got some real progress done on schoolwork, too.
  2. Kes

    Kes Comes Back

    Did 2.5 miles this morning at a track. The first .75 was warm-up at conversation/training speed, then I did sprint splits where I sprinted the first 100m and then ran the remaining 300m at training pace for 1.25 miles, then did a .5 mile cool-down. I felt pretty good afterward, though I was tired for a bit about an hour or two afterward. I recently bought a blender for smoothies, and so have been good about making those before I run and drinking them afterward, so I'm not getting as fatigued after running as I used to. I did my minimum daily requirement of homework, bu
  3. Welcome! Feel free to ask any questions. Do you have any preliminary goals you're thinking about setting for yourself?
  4. Kes

    Kes Comes Back

    Running: 5.5/35 Strength-training: 0/12 Homeworking: 2/28
  5. Kes

    Kes Comes Back

    I haven't been on NerdFitness in about 10 months or so. A pinched nerve and lingering discomfort in my shoulder prompted me to go to physical therapy, which pretty much derailed me from NerdFitness completely. Now I'm back and ready to get back into it. For what it's worth, physical therapy was awesome. It turned out there was nothing really wrong with me - I had locked up all the trigger points in my back from muscle imbalances, which were caused by inadequate core strength, which was in turn caused by diastasis recti from a pregnancy 7 years prior that had never fully knit back
  6. Thanks, but you should be warned that I'm usually not that creative. Most of the time when I post in this thread I don't even bother with complete sentences. I agree. Back when I was their age I'd walk through swampy muck and enjoy myself! (both ways up hill, in the snow.... *shakes cane*) Yeah, that might be a workable option. I've only noticed dumbbells up to 50 lbs at the fitness center, but I'll look through their stacks. I'm working my way through Pimsleur's long course in my car. What CD is it? If you're sure you'll never ever ever use it and don't know anybody
  7. So, we did end up going on a "hike" yesterday, in one of the National Parks along the Potomac. This particular one is an island in the river with lots of tidal swamps. About a mile along our trek the girls saw a parallel trail down a ravine and through the trees that had a boardwalk through a particularly swampy area. Getting to the boardwalk via trails would have entailed going far out of our way, so they proposed cutting through the swamp. Were they sure? Yes, they were absolutely sure. Ten feet in my younger daughter stepped in mud up to her ankle and got her shoe stuck in. The shoe
  8. Unless Ghost Obi Wan and Ghost Yoda were getting involved in his personal life. Showing up at the most inopportune moments...hovering there....
  9. I probably should've/could've. But I ended up getting involved enough in one of the projects that I actually worked a little late. -- Run day! We went to the fitness center, and it was just one of those mornings where the kids just wouldn't. get. along. They squabbled over who got to carry the water, who got to use the treadmill, then who got to use the stationary bike, etc. Soothing, cajoling, threatening with dire consequences ("Nobody wants a snack bar when we get home, then?"), ugh. Nothing worked. They had a bit of a rough week with me being out of town and then back again -
  10. Remember that muscle weighs more than fat. You may be subbing muscle for fat, which is a good thing! Checking inches around your waist, hips, and other locations on the body is a better indicator of overall BMI.
  11. Strength training today. 5x5 squats at 55 lbs, 5x5 dumbbell bench press at 45 lbs (and I can definitely increase that next time), 5x5 dumbbell rows at 65 lbs, and 3x15 weighted sit-ups (10lbs). It's the Friday before a long weekend, my boss isn't in, and all I have are (boring) long-term projects with no firm deadlines; the temptation to take some last minute leave and get things done around the house is terrible.
  12. The Russian language CD in the car is helping. It gives me a bit of review while I'm driving, but it also puts me in a mood to do more when I get home. So I'm optimistic that I'll get more into that habit, even if I'm going to have to start kicking it up a notch if I'm going to meet my goals for this challenge. I just need to stop getting discouraged by the gendering of every darn thing under the sun (I still cannot for the life of me hear the difference between a man saying, "I would like" and a woman saying, "I would like"). I practiced kata last night and again tonight. They're coming
  13. Strength training this morning. 5x5 squats with 55 lbs (and I think I might keep that weight for one more session), 5x5 overhead dumbbell presses at 40 lbs (which I definitely need to increase now), 3x5 lat pulldowns at setting 7 (again, whatever the hell that means), and three sets of push-ups (15, 10, and 10). I have that post-workout muscle tiredness in my legs and upper back that makes me think I might be a little sore later on.
  14. When it's really cold out, I wear mountaineering socks around the house. They stay on better and keep my feet warmer than slippers. As for food, there's the standard "make big batches ahead of time and freeze/store in individual portions for snacking or meal-time" advice. But in all honesty I don't know how many people who give that advice are actually taking it themselves.
  15. If you don't fail every now and then, it means you aren't challenging yourself enough. See how this week feels, and if it still seems too hard then adjust your goals accordingly.
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