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  1. Hello, popping in unannounced to catch up a little, hope things are going well, and congrats on the house!
  2. Thank you for the encouragement! You're right. I'm reading more and more about how cardio is helpful to burn excess fat, and I feel better since we at least go for the walks more often, I think I also sleep better. I want to start with a bit of HIIT again as planned before but not done until now. Also: Cleaning day has arrived. And with that, 2 weeks of work are (almost) over. They went by so fast.
  3. Yes, realized, started following her. it's Schrödinger's faff. One day it seems like preparing and eating green vegetables, especially in large amounts, is a hassle and making a smoothie so much easier and faster, as well as simply drinking the green. Then, after doing it a few times and getting tired of preparing the ginger and the lemons and whatever else goes in there, suddenly it seems so much easier to just grab and chomp on an entire broccoli. Until I actually do that, then suddenly smoothies seem like they would have been a much better idea - repeat ad infinitum. At least by now I am accepting frozen green vegetables as perfectly valid alternative and sometimes we simply buy green salad or spinach, wash it, and place the rest of the meal on it. It makes it taste fresher and is no effort at all. I sometimes hype myself up by just looking at beautiful pictures of veggie bowls. njom. One question about the deload where you do less volume and, let's say, half the weight: But is that enough to not lose muscle mass? I am getting a bit paranoid about that. Recently I ordered new earphones to make jogging nicer and was wondering if I even should go jogging because some website said it could make me lose muscle mass. Basically anything that sounds like it would make me lose muscle mass scares me by now even though I know that a week is not enough to hinder progress and often you're even stronger afterwards.
  4. Yesterday I decided to be cocky and did 2x25kgx5 on OHP, felt like I was done already, but then tried 30kg, managed 1x5, and then did AMRAP with 25 kg (managed 8 ) So, there's definitely improvement, I've never managed to lift 30 5 times in a row ever before. That was uplifting, and the chin ups went much better as well, and basically everything. definitely this though! Thanks a lot! Love those visuals and cues. Watched a video by some fitness dude and he said it borders on bro science but he felt like eating a lot of greens helped him with strength and it encourages me to keep up the green smoothie habit which I was just about to drop for laziness.
  5. one more thing I did not mention, lol: I deloaded from 29 kg to 26 (~10%) for OP. Then for 26, where my first AMRAP was 7, I managed 7 again, with bad form. Then for 27 kg I did not manage to lift 5 again in the final set. So I have to deload again. From 27. I'm glad at least Bench Press went very well. I really was like
  6. Absolutely not. Prefer weights. Maybe the grease the groove has to be a challenge at least. They say to take the reps you can regularly do (4 in case of assisted chin ups) and cut it in half. If it were 5, I would have to round down anyway to 2. Then you're supposed to do it 6x in week 1, 7x in week 2 and so on. There are 2 issues with it: Remembering it every 2-3 hours to reasonably spread the 6x (and even more, goes up to 10x) over the day. And as I said, it's not exactly a challenge. What would be more challenging is doing 5 every time. Maybe I'll try that. OR MAYBE I JUST DON'T AND REST INSTEAD. I don't feel it is interfering with the regular workout though, it's just also not doing anything I can measure currently to me or my body. The only reason being though that I started so ridiculously low with them and did not up them as fast as I was supposed to. I should have added 2,5 kg each time but I overlooked this part and added only 1 kg, as I did with the upper body. I only did this with DL but with squats, I struggle a lot with holding the barbell anyway. Not sure if I mentioned but usually my stamina and upper body is suffering a lot while my legs yawn and wonder if they were supposed to feel something. Since I would often be sore after the workout anyway and could feel my legs getting firmer, I decided to not progress too quickly with it. Especially because squats still feel weird to me, still feel kinda wrong, but I can gladly announce I do not have this weird back pain anymore. My lower back still feels weird doing them but at least no pain afterwards and I feel that bracing is easier, more core strength etc. I currently am at 32 kg for squats and 45 DL. When I did DL in 2018 I progressed too quickly and was quickly at 65 but with bad form and I would have back pain all the time, so I prefer to go slow. I know that a workout is not worthless when I can not add weight. There are still plenty of benefits. I just lost my beginner enthusiasm I guess, maybe also because the workout has become longer and longer gradually and now it requires more time, and more effort to get motivated. But I will not give this up now. It might have become harder mentally, but I am pretty happy with the routine and the growth in strength and how I, relatively easily and quickly, am now lifting more weight than ever before, just by sticking with it (besides DL). I'm really glad I incorporated this, it's also peace of mind knowing I am doing something for my health and body and developing muscle and becoming stronger.
  7. Just a quick wrap up. Didn't manage to create another tracker because got engulfed with work again. Still roughly tracking calories and aiming for a deficit, weight though is still unchanged at 80 since January. I lost a bit of motivation for the training after having to deload on bench press and overhead press, plus after the work day and a lack of sleep because now I have trouble falling asleep again thinking about work, I don't feel too fit to work out in the evening. I know it's an excuse but I'm just feeling overall deflated. Well but my stomach, that for sure feels the opposite most of the time. Last workout 2 days ago was bench press and I managed x9 with 31 kg so I am making progress, and I'm still doing the daily chin ups and daily push ups but without any noticable improvement on anything. Maybe it's just not helpful for me to crank out things I can do anyway, even when repeated during the day. Maybe this is why I was head over heels for greasing the groove - it's not an actual challenge and fairly easy to do. Of course I can do 2 assisted chin ups 6 times a day. It's not even tiring in any way. Still can't do 3x5 in my workout. We are pretty lucky this year so far with the weather. Rather sunny and warm. We are now going for walks more often. Recently we walked our usual round of ~3 km and the cat followed us all the way and at the end of it, he even had a mouse suddenly. It's so funny when he trots along next to us, or stays back, sniffing something, and then sprinting back to us, overtaking us with the tail up like a flag and very enthusiastic and hyper, going up trees occasionally. He's really like a puppy sometimes (despite that tree climbing). Also going back to bike tours. Absolutely zero progress on the projects and bootcamp because I feel so braindead in the evening. I wonder if some people simply can't cope with 8h work days well and can't function otherwise, or if it is normal to not be able to. I work, then we cook and eat, have a bit downtime, sometimes training, maybe a walk, and that's about it. Until part time starts, my coworker is on vacation and I have to cover his part of work additionally. I love that after having a vacation and relaxing, you come back to an absolute stress fest and have to cover other people's shifts, making your relaxation and vacation null and void. Really counting the days until the next 2 weeks are finally over. BUT! Managed to do something like tying a cat to a buttered sandwich. Last Friday we had the deep clean, the next one will be next Friday, and it always feels it comes around so quickly again, so when I now worry about the time passing slowly at work, I am reminding myself that I am lucky that at least it's not deep clean Friday yet and there is still so much more time until then.
  8. Tracker March 7th - March 13th Lifting Green Smoothie Track Calories Have at least 200 calories deficit Unity course for at least 20 minutes Work on bootcamp at least 20 minutes Draw 20 minutes or more 6x2 Chin Ups 6x2 Push Ups Out for a walk, no matter how short or long, running/bike counts as well No news and/or Twitter = Did it = Rest/Break = Monkey brain won Weekly goals Go to post office to return Elden Ring Bi-weekly deep clean Read entire book by neighbor - Think I can't do it, it's simply not my cup of tea. No idea what to tell her if she ever asks how it was Order new LEDs Man I can't believe it, Elden Ring got fully refunded.
  9. If I weren't, I'd probably go for it anyway, 20 minutes to grease the groove and a healthier habit than browsing reddit and Twitter, but I could get my drawing in during a meeting then. unfortunately a day or two completely off won't change the political situation. it's that and possibly having to move again in the end of the year that is ruining my vigour. Maybe. or it's just another story I keep telling myself of why I can't be productive. I'm addicted to doom scrolling this is the real fight here. Need to gather days off that.
  10. There's no helping it - I can every day have the goal to work 1 hour, but if I never do it, nothing changes, so I got to start build momentum slower. The whole vacation is not going as planned, much less productive than I wanted to be. Urgh, and then 3 full weeks of work until part time starts
  11. Tracker March 7th - March 13th Lifting Green Smoothie Track Calories Have at least 200 calories deficit Unity course for at least 20 minutes Work on bootcamp at least 20 minutes Draw 20 minutes or more 6x2 Chin Ups 6x2 Push Ups Out for a walk, no matter how short or long, running/bike counts as well No news and/or Twitter = Did it = Rest/Break = Monkey brain won Weekly goals Go to post office to return Elden Ring Bi-weekly deep clean Read entire book by neighbor Order new LEDs
  12. This night I googled grease the groove and the frequency layer of Greyskull, will give it a try. Tracker March 7th - March 13th Lifting Green Smoothie Track Calories Have at least 200 calories deficit Unity course for at least 20 minutes Work on bootcamp at least 20 minutes Draw 20 minutes or more 6x2 Chin Ups 6x2 Push Ups Out for a walk, no matter how short or long, running/bike counts as well No news and/or Twitter = Did it = Rest/Break = Monkey brain won Weekly goals Go to post office to return Elden Ring Bi-weekly deep clean Read entire book by neighbor Order new LEDs
  13. Right? I'm aware a lot of this is theoretical stuff that does not necessarily apply to you, me or anyone reading this (like, yeah, physics and all do apply to everyone, what I mean is that all of this theory varies from person to person and might not have super practical use) We have gymnastic rings currently but they are hanging very low, I use them for ring rows during the Greyskull (alternating with assisted chin-ups).
  14. At the end of this conversation, I'd like to post my favorite gif.
  15. Good to know, I did 26 kg today with the deload and I did not exactly breeze through it. Managed to somehow grind out 7 during AMRAP set with very bad form and momentum (usually I don't do that, but I really wanted to see if I could lift it once again). I can see working myself up to 29 with the linear progression and stalling again I found this unrealistic, accidentally calculated it like this first, but if I take 80 kg as first weight with 33% fat, and then 80 kg with only 21% fat, would mean the rest is muscle mass, which is quite unlikely to happen. If it's only to show how muscle mass raises the TDEE, I get your point. It is, and I was wondering why is that. It might be because of what you mention here: Seems to be the key here. So the lean mass matters for TDEE and the fat just sits there with both weights/body fat %? Also lean mass.. I know you subtracted the body fat from the weight, but there are also bones and stuff. Body fat is the only component we calculate with, right? If I had more muscle mass, my weight would be higher at the same amount of body fat. Is there a way to actually measure the amount of muscle alone? Guess it's not overly important since we can calculate precisely enough with body fat, and I assume bones and organs always are roughly the same in average for certain heights. Ow - I hope this is not a misunderstanding. What I mean is that it does not necessarily create a deficit, but it uses calories to build muscle. No? I was thinking like, in an exaggeration, I need 2000 calories a day for organs and activities, but 200 are needed to build muscle, so won't be used for other stuff, so if I eat 2000 calories, it's like I ate 1800, because 200 are used for building muscle mass. Since I did not eat 2200, the body has to use the calories from the 2000 I ate for either building muscle or organs/activities, and take 200 from body fat. I thought this was extra to the calories used to build muscle. No idea if I mentioned that, but the squats are the worst when it comes to taxing, because they require so much upper body strength as well. I often struggle way more with holding the barbell in place, even when I balance it out and press it on to my body, than with the actual leg work. It's getting easier but it for sure is a full body exercise. It feels way better to do squats as well as DL now. Also the chin up, currently doing them with band assist, as you mentioned, it's a lot of the connection between mind/muscle, it's way less that act of sheer power and UGHHHH and pulling with all might, but more focusing on the muscles I need to flex for the movement and up I go. Since the ceiling is so low here, we often joke about going with the head through the ceiling accidentally. Really have to do this when doing pull and chin ups: Yeah, could be. It's due to social anxiety and worrying a lot about what others think, so it's easy to imply they think bad. It's similar with how everybody knows the gym will be flooded in January by newcomers with New Year's resolutions. I had a socially awkward friend who wanted to prevent this so badly (someone thinking this about him) he made a point of signing up for gym in October already. I do feel a bit ridiculous being out on the street in spring, especially as out of shape as I currently am, so I need to counter those thoughts for them not to prevent me from going outside and doing the things. True, could have been on the treadmill all winter, but for sure don't look or run like it Do the runners blossom in spring where you live? What blossoms here like crazy in spring are 2 kind of bikers
  16. Tracker Feb 28th - March 6th Lifting Green Smoothie Track Calories Have 200 calories deficit Work on personal project 1 hour or more Work on bootcamp 1 hour or more = Did it = Rest/Break = Monkey brain won Weekly goals Paint wall Install those "robot arms" for monitors Buy birthday present for dad Go to post office to refund Elden Ring Ghost will release a new album soon and it's so WEIRD but I love it
  17. Wow. And I thought we moved a lot. From 2009 to today I moved 4 times, 2 of them solo and it already seems like a lot. I absolutely get wanting a house, I'd also want one because I crave the feeling of arriving somewhere that feels like home, where you know you came to stay, and can plan for decades and not only 0,5 - 2 years and can't really change anything because you know you will move anyway. Especially at a certain age it's normal wanting to settle, isn't it? Also the command hooks - LOL. I hang a calendar today and decided for the power strips because I did not want to put holes in the wall. The gravel garden, lol. Is it like I imagine? There's a page dedicated to gardens as those (Gärten des Grauens), some are hilarious. It's something wealthy people here often do, their houses often have weird pillars and gardens like: My dad used to joke to pour cement over the garden and paint it green because he was fed up with mowing the lawn Thanks for the crochet channel, subscribed to it. Bought some cross stich patterns I want to finish first, afterwards might try crocheting. Hope you can relax now a bit and enjoy the daydreams about what hopefully soon is to come I get not wanting to jinx it though. Keeping fingers crossed all goes well.
  18. I never thought the idea of going for a run would ever have me like instant dopamine. there is nothing better than running in rhythm to music and breathing in and out while in some kind of trance. too bad i can't get the same high on the air bike. said to my bf today that I was always quite embarassed to be one of those people who go out in early spring to run and all, because it is assumed everybody does it to look good naked in summer, and how stupid it is to think that way, because what is more natural than wanting to go out when it is sunny and becoming spring, just for the sake of it? just for the sake of moving outside, especially after a long, dark winter. without having some stupid bikini body in mind.
  19. WOW Congrats on the mortgage offer and submitting your thesis!! Can only imagine the relief. What do you crochet? Recently thought about getting into it when seeing this: Love your garden btw, especially the dinosaur. Seeing how everything green goes into your garden reminds me of a joke video about putting everything green into green smoothies, like kale, spinach, peas, dollar notes, green paint, frogs, emeralds, poison.. How is it with the house? Are you already thinking about how to furnish and decorate and everything? I imagine it to be so exciting!
  20. Tracker Feb 28th - March 6th Lifting Green Smoothie Track Calories Have 200 calories deficit Work on personal project 1 hour or more Work on bootcamp 1 hour or more = Did it = Rest/Break = Monkey brain won Weekly goals Paint wall Install those "robot arms" for monitors Buy birthday present for dad Go to post office to refund Elden Ring Yesterday was the day I couldn't manage to do Overhead Press with 29kg 5 times. Only managed 3x4. So I have to deload. Will go back to 26 kg and work my way back up and see if I can break my AMRAP records. Then I pretended I want to paint the wall and realized I am lacking materials to actually do so, so we headed to the DIY market yesterday. I'm sleeping lots these days and feel I really need it. Also have a bout of zero backpain currently (despite DL on Tuesday), the bed was so comfortable last night. Still working on nutrition - I googled a lot and there is something I can't understand. @Alanna I'd love to read your opinion on it, or maybe you know someone who knows a lot here? I looked up recomposition and here's the thing: When I calculate my TDEE for my current weight and height and 33% estimated body fat, I get a need of 1,833 calories a day (for sedentary). When I calculate it again and only change the weight to 71 kg and the body fat to 22%, I get 1,879 a day (for sedentary. And with 25% body fat, it would be 1824, so not a huge difference) I tried several calculators and the gist is that the calories I need, depending on daily activity, are around 1800 - 2000, no matter the weight/body fat. How can it be the same? Does that mean I could just eat maintenance and recompose my body with that? How would that work? Let's assume I'm sedentary and only lift every other day, and eat exactly the amount of calories I burn during the lifting. So I have no intentional deficit by burning calories through activity or eating less. BUT the lifting would build muscle mass (not a lot though and not very quickly). For that, it needs energy. Which would create the deficit that would burn, very slowly, the fat? Guess here I would quickly run into the problem that I could not build enough muscle mass to keep up the deficit needed to burn all the fat. I still have trouble wrapping my head around the fact the TDEE is almost the same for those different weights and body fat percentages.
  21. Yeah, I am aware of that. Even when you look at some foods it's clear they can't have the same calorie density everywhere. Another factor are food scales, I know they are not super accurate either. My argument for being rather accurate was that even though I know there are discrepancies already, at least I can do my part and not add any more of those. On the other hand, I have to find something that works, and counting is very off-putting for me, so I rather half-ass it a bit and estimate here and there but still do it, than not do anything at all because it sucks. More slacking than planned, but not only slacking. Today we went for a run, was great. I also lost a tiny tad of weight. It's pretty sunny here and I enjoy my time off, even though politics worry me.
  22. Hi there, can relate so much to what you write about seeing the extra fluff and the frustration and tracking even when going over the calorie limit. This is something I also need(ed) to learn - to keep tracking, because it STILL matters. It's not like, whoops, I'm outside my limit, now I can go wherever and eat whatever. Yesterday I found myself wondering, again, why I can be discontent with my weight for such a long time and still not muster the energy or willpower to finally lose it. I keep wondering: Is it REALLY that much easier to suffer all the time for years instead of "just" losing the weight once and for all over a few months and be done with it? And then I think of when I have been done with it, but then gained it back somehow. Ugh. I hope you can use this week and your new motivation to get a head start. Ah, just read about your trip, sounds great! Been there once and loved it. There was a very angry gobbler who made funny huffing noises and tried to match where I went when I went around it's pen, I spent maybe an hour there with it, fascinated by whatever it was trying to do. Hope we can go there one day again, was there and in Disney World with my parents when I was 18 or 19 and really miss it sometimes. Still have a St. Augustine pirate shirt that I love. When I bought it, it did not fit, later it did, now it doesn't
  23. Tracker Feb 28th - March 6th Lifting Green Smoothie Track Calories Have 200 calories deficit Work on personal project 1 hour or more Work on bootcamp 1 hour or more = Did it = Rest/Break = Monkey brain won Weekly goals Paint wall Install those "robot arms" for monitors Buy birthday present for dad Go to post office to refund Elden Ring Contacted Amazon support 2 times today to ask if I can REALLY refund a code in a box, even if it has already been activated. Both said yes, but I got the feeling they don't know/understand what code in a box is. But since both agreed, I'll just try.
  24. Tracker Feb 21st - Feb 27th Lifting Green Smoothie Start work at 10 am (or earlier) Work on personal project at least 30 minutes Track calories and have 200 deficit Work on bootcamp at least 30 minutes = Did it = Rest/Break = Monkey brain won Weekly goals Finish taping the walls for painting them Happy that the lifting yesterday went without deload. Was a bit nervous about the bench press before. For this week I need to change a bit about the format. True. I used to be super anal about it a few years ago, I would even constantly edit wrong entries if they differed around 1-2 calories, and even calculate the correct sodium from salt even though I never cared much for nor tracked the sodium. These days I allow myself to eyeball things, but it stresses me a bit. Gotta do it for a while and learn that it is enough for weight loss. Actually it did work without being that super accurate in the end of 2021 when I lost a few kg with this method, but still bothers me when I do not know EXACTLY what I did and ate, like it would provide a feeling of security if I knew for sure and felt in control 100%, which is a ridiculous endeavour anyway because all of these values, the burned calories and so on, are not accurate. Yeah, now I think, when I eat that, I have to track it. Ah, I don't want it anyway.
  25. Tracker Feb 21st - Feb 27th Lifting Green Smoothie Start work at 10 am (or earlier) Work on personal project at least 30 minutes Track calories and have 200 deficit Work on bootcamp at least 30 minutes = Did it = Rest/Break = Monkey brain won What can I say. It's a monkey parade. The last days of the week were hard at work because there was so much to do before my vacation, so in the evening I felt really spent and even skipped workout. I now know it is a very good idea that I got part time work when the bootcamp starts, I can't imagine working 8 exhausting hours like that and then do the bootcamp as well, even if it's just part time, AND work out, AND work on personal stuff, AND do something with my bf, AND cook and clean.. you get the idea. Then yesterday Elden Ring arrived and what can I say - I hate it. Not gonna list the various reasons but I will try refunding it. We played all day yesterday, it was a sunny day, AT LEAST we also went for a bike trip when it was still sunny, but I skipped workout again, and was coursing so much, at one point I punched my table, and I despise doing something like that. Gaming is supposed to be fun. All Dark Souls games are hard, I am used to dying a lot, and yes, GIT GUD. But ER frustrates me on a whole different level and I can't see myself grinding the next days and weeks and dumping more time into it, not when my mood afterwards is worse than before. Will stick to my beloved Medieval Dynasty, also might get Dying Light 2 if Amazon refunds me the money. The monkeys with the calorie tracking - I do track, but there is always something in there that I can not track. For example yesterday on the bike trip we stopped to have a piece of cake. Or the day before we ordered food. So I have no idea if I met the goal or not. I guess not. Or the green smoothie, I was too lazy to weigh everything that went in there, like handful of grapes, or a scoop of protein powder, and then weigh every glass of it and calculate the calories. BUT: At least I am now more aware of what I eat, and I stopped the mindless cake and chocolate shoveling. I'm looking to have more protein, and more options for that. Also back to moving more, as in bike trips and walks. Still need to work on incorporating those into the work days. It will all be so much easier the moment I am on part time. Much more. I'm learning that I can do "only that" (in the end, with the warm-ups, it still takes an hour, and I think an hour every other day is a lot, but it doesn't feel as overwhelming) and become stronger. It's pretty cool to see I get closer to chin-ups with that weight as well, and learn it is not impossible to become fitter when not on an ideal weight. Also this is the first time ever that I have worked out when feeling too tired or having a headache or too little sleep without using it as an excuse. The workout seems doable enough to do it anyway, and so far I've always surprised myself. Much worse, but yeah, pose was terrible (feet together front photo, ugh). Always experienced that when I found a photo very disappointing, a while later I started thinking.. it's not even so bad? It's actually pretty good I try not to work myself up over it, I only want it for comparison and so I do not regret that I do not have the comparison. Nice idea actually. I can't wrap my head around it though how those pieces would look like, like imagining this is even harder. But funny enough, I was coming up with this because I had an actual field in a game and wanted to calculate how many seeds I need to plant stuff on every tile. I can't do this in my head but at least it helps imagine this whole thing: No worries, I also did not manage so far to comment much in any of the threads I follow, we're all busy. The year took up speed quickly. I'm sure in my next 2 weeks on vacation I'll be able to catch up.
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