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60Whiskey

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  1. Couple days late for the official post - but I have been tracking offline. Going to drop into the Druid guild for this forum, was a Rebel for my first go at the 4-Week challenge. I’m going to continue some of my goals from the first challenge, but make them a little more specific for what I’m looking to achieve this time around. Q1: Daily Meditation: Trying to find 5+ minutes a day to meditate; if I can incorporate Ki breathing into this weekly meditation that would be a bonus. Q2: Workout 3x/Week: I do martial arts (Ki Aikido) twice a week, but it’s not as active as a regular workout. I’d like to do yoga/bodyweight workouts on my non-Aikido days. This prevents me from making excuses for why I couldn’t get to the gym to workout. Q3: Meal Prep: I definitely need to continue to meal prep during the week. We have a large cafeteria at work with plenty of choices, but it’s easy to make the wrong one. Prepping lunch and breakfast at least Monday thru Thursday will make a big difference. Q4: Boss Battle: Berserxes the Squat King: Back on the bodyweight exercise path – again so that I cannot create an excuse for why I can’t workout. I’ll be using “the Path” to level up. Following a plan should help.
  2. Final week...I plan on continuing with goals 1-3 for the next challenge and swapping out goal 4 for something else. Q1: Need to plan more and set aside time for this goal, even if it's just before bed. Ki breathing needs to be planned more as well. Q2: Little weak on exercise this last week. Mostly did home workouts, but I would like to do more. Q3: Meal prep was ok, didn't prep breakfasts as much but the lunches were a little easier to pull together. Q4: Barely got any reading done this week. I think I will put this goal on hold for the next challenge, but it needs some work.
  3. Since I didn't get to check in last week I'm going to do a comparison of last week to this week. Q1: Meditation this week was a little weaker than last. Although over all I did a little better than the first week. Ki breathing needs to be planned more, I tend to forget it. Q2: About even this week and last with working out, although I could definitely ramp it up a bit. Did body weight exercises and some yoga. Would like to start my C25K soon. Q3: Meal prep got better this past week compared to last. I started off this week already by planning out breakfast for the week and a few lunches. Working in a lab all day has taken away some of the freedoms I had with going back and forth to the kitchen easily when heating or cooking meals at work. Q4: Last week I got an hour of reading in; this week I only got one half hour session. I need to re-commit this week, especially since I am almost done with this book.
  4. Sounds like me. I didn't have surgery, but both my kneecaps are not tracking in their respective grooves properly. The pain I usually get in bending/lunging motions starts in the front under the kneecap and moves up and to the outside the deeper the bend. Squats seem to be helping a bit, and are less painful. I also hate lunges.
  5. So basically that's the only explanation they gave me. Weak muscles, tracking poorly. Basically all they told me to do was strengthen the inner thigh. Do some leg presses, which I do a ton of consistently. I feel like I'm just not getting some good answers from them. Thanks for the link. I'll continue to do some squats, try to add resistance band exercises and see if I can get any answers from my doctor for the third time.
  6. Thanks for the I did see and speak to the doctor and therapist. I am continuing the PT, but it just doesn't seem to do much.
  7. So here is the full recap of last week as told by HabitBull. I told myself I wouldn't check any bubbles if I truly didn't perform the task. Oh and it shows. To be fair, I started this challenge knowing I was leaving Thursday morning to drive 6 hours down to Fairfax, VA for a Ki Aikido New Year's seminar. Q1: Good thing is, I got to work on my specialization quite a bit because the seminar had a large portion focused on meditation and reflection. Q2: In addition to that, I got 3 days of workouts in. Plus some more walking for lunch, dinner, and a little Jeep browsing at one of the coolest dealerships I've seen yet. Q3: Technically meal planning was not going to be possible the way it would be if I was home, but I did my best to plan around when and where I knew I was going to be able to eat while traveling. Q4: I didn't get to read as much as I wanted to, but had a lot of discussions about topics from books I hadn't read yet, or would like to revisit. So I've got lots of material lined up. Having those reminders from HB is keeping me on my toes about wanting to log my activities. That urge to tap the circle and check the box if you will is driving me to set more time aside to complete these goals. I think this was a good way to start getting me into these habits.
  8. Lol too funny! Sorry it took me a while to read this - I was at a 3 day Aikido seminar in Fairfax, VA!
  9. I second the post above. Research some styles that might interest you and sincerely look into the philosophy behind the styles. When I started out as a kid I just wanted to do karate. I had no clue and I quit after two years. Fast forward to high school. I started researching, Aikido (Ki Aikido in particular) peaked my interest. I am now 10.5 years in, and with some time off for my first year of college and a couple months for a different reason, I finally made black belt in 2015. Again, very common to be in Aikido 5-8 years depending on how often you train, how often the class is offered, your own abilities, etc. Don't let that deter you though. Honestly, in my opinion, it's more about the journey not the instant satisfaction of a new color around my waist. As a shodan in aikido, my training has only just begun.
  10. Also, since the Bo staff requires a ton of space, a Jo staff is also a nice option. Typically slightly longer than a Bokken, around 4' in length. Gives you better reach than a sword, but also closer than a Bo. I practice Aikido and it's one of our main 3 weapons (bokken, jo and tanto). Look up Koichi Kashiwaya Sensei out of Seattle, WA. He's incredible with weapons.
  11. I'm looking for good bodyweight exercises that help to strengthen and tone the inner thighs. Hear me out - this isn't a whiny "I want to spot tone" thread. So here's what's going on: I've gone to PT twice (over 2 years) for the same problem. Honestly I was doing great the first time around. Then I started to slip. Then I just didn't do it at all. I figured "nah, I'll just do stuff at the gym and that'll cover both bases!" Wrong. The second time around that I went to PT they told me I still have the same defect essentially, but I found out what is actually causing it and what I can do to fix it. My kneecaps both track to the outsides of my legs. In this case, they click when I bend them like going up or down stairs, and often results in a sharp pain starting in front under the patellar groove and moving up over the patella to the outside of my thigh. It hurts, it's painful, it's with me everyday and it causes me to make more excuses why I can't do things. (FYI my mantra for this year is "No more excuses") I practice Aikido and there is a LOT of kneeling, rolling, getting up, falling down, and movement that aggravates it. The problem apparently is that I have weak inner thigh muscles, and strong outer thigh muscles. The stronger ones pull the tendons, which pull my kneecaps to the outside. I have to strengthen the inner ones. So in my head when I was told that I'm thinking "No s*** Sherlock, I'm over weight, I'm soft in most areas...and that's one of the hardest places to tone!" I'm honestly looking for help to build on the exercises that I received in physical therapy (PT). The PT exercises are helpful, slightly, but I don't feel that they are really targeting the problem; rather just preventing it from getting worse. I've Googled some stuff, but I'm not so sure what's going to help. So far I'm in love with squats, they don't hurt me as bad as a lunge does and it works a ton of muscles. But....what are my other options?
  12. First off: congrats on the 14lbs down, that's awesome. Second off: I just want to talk a little about what helped me and might help you. I understand PT being challenging. I've gone to PT twice (over 2 years) for the same problem. Honestly I was doing great the first time around. Then I started to slip. Then I just didn't do it at all. I figured nah I'll just do stuff at the gym and that'll cover both bases. Wrong. The second time around that I went to PT they told me I still have the same defect essentially, but I found out what is actually causing it and what I can do to fix it. My kneecaps both track to the outsides of my legs. In this case, they click when I bend them like going up or down stairs, and often results in a sharp pain starting in front under the patellar groove and moving up over the patella to the outside of my thigh. It hurts, it's painful, it's with me everyday and it causes me to make more excuses why I can't do things. I practice Aikido and there is a LOT of kneeling, rolling, getting up, falling down, and movement that aggravates it. The problem apparently is that I have weak inner thigh muscles, and strong outer thigh muscles. The stronger ones pull the tendons, which pull my kneecaps, to the outside. I have to strengthen the inner ones. So in my head when I was told that I'm thinking "No s*** Sherlock, I'm over weight, I'm soft in most areas...and that's one of the hardest places to tone!" I'm not telling you this to say my problem is worse than yours or that your problem is an easy fix; rather that I've taken a new approach and maybe that's what you need. Don't make yourself feel guilty or shamed if you don't do it. Even if I only did my PT once a week - I've done it. More recently I've moved to just do it whenever the mood strikes me - but I've done it. I think it'll become a better habit as time moves on, but I'm focusing on the bigger picture - my thighs need help. So I'm working on doing some bodyweight exercises I Googled, like squats, to help. I also found a great app that I'm using for my first challenge called HabitBull. I set specific goals and reminders on my phone. Having a visual reminder of when I did or didn't do something (because I couldn't or chose not to) helps me to get back on or stay on track. Maybe that's something you could use. Sorry for the long-winded post. Feel free to reach out anytime.
  13. Nice goals. The debt goal is a good one. Good for you getting out there to run, I bet you're glad you did it though. Keep it up. I too do strength training in the gym, but I tend to fail to write down everything I did or how much weight/reps I did. If you find a better way to track it rather than just making a note on your phone, let me know. I tend to forget that more, and I hate taking a break between sets to write it down....
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