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Maj. Bloodnok

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About Maj. Bloodnok

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  • Birthday 07/30/1970

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    St. Louis, MO
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  1. You can poach eggs in it to make a quick shakshuka or oeufs a la turque. Or just drink it straight. :-)
  2. I'll 'fess up to having a couple of Bad Livers tracks in my personal playlist: their covers of Iggy Pop's 'Lust for Life' and Agony Column's 'Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles' would make Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs do half-gainers in their graves.
  3. Thanks Machete and Sahaja for your recommendations! My oldest daughter can do Cow Face like it's nothing. I try not to be envious; she's 13, and I'm 46 after all. Then again, I couldn't do Cow Face when I was her age either...
  4. Hi: I've been trying unsuccessfully to do table makers as part of a calisthenics routine. I have plenty of strength and mobility in my legs and back, but I can't seem to get the necessary rotation in my shoulder joints. It feels like someone's trying to tear off my arm every time I push up. I've been working on loosening up the muscles, but it's slow going. Can anyone recommend a series of progressions or a modification to make the exercise easier?
  5. Earplugs for the snoring. My wife snores, especially when she's got a cold. I can sleep through a lot, but not through snoring.
  6. Well, I live in St. Louis and I haven't seen many informal training groups like what you're describing. Most of what's on Meetup.com are either affiliated with bootcamp trainers or are more low-key. As far as good places to train, any public park with a play structure is good, as long as you're not actively keeping the little ones away. It all depends on where you land when you get here. There are a number of us nerds here in the St. Louis area, but coordinating our various and conflicting schedules for a meetup/ workout session is a daunting task. I myself do mostly bodyweight stuff, but I'm pretty sure I'm nowhere near your league. (As Woody Allen said: "Selective Service rated me 4Q. In the event of war, I'm a hostage.") Drop us a line when you get to town, let us know where you are, and we'll work something out. Welcome to the Rebellion!
  7. I used to, many years ago. I studied under Sensei Randall Hassell for twelve years (1979-1991), and earned shodan ranking under his guidance. I also studied briefly under Sensei Goran Glucina in Auckland, NZ in 1988. Shotokan was instrumental in guiding my development as a human being. I wouldn't be nearly as strong or as focused as I am now without their teaching.
  8. I'm with ya, I hate counting calories too. It can be a useful tool on occasion, but obsessively tracking each and every gram of food consumed is a gigantic pain in the gazonnicles. What's worked best with me is cutting way back on starches, processed foods, sugar, and alcohol. Portion control and timing have been a big part of it as well. So far I've used Carbohydrate Addict's Diet, Slow Carb, Itermittent Fasting, and Wild Diet, and pared off about 69 pounds. (Started at 276, weighed 207 this morning. Not bad for 3 years' effort. ^-^) All the regimes I've listed work on controlling insulin sensitivity. CAD limits your high-carb intake to one meal per day, lasting for 60 minutes. Your other two meals are low-carb. Slow Carb cuts out all starches except for beans and lentils, root vegetables, dairy, grains, and alcohol, but allows one pig-out day per week. IF and Wild Diet advocate fasting for at least 16 hours (ie skipping breakfast) and consuming most carbs in the evening or just after a workout. Calorie counting doesn't really factor in any of these regimens. Mostly, you're tricking your pancreas into not producing as much insulin and burning off your fat reserves. Each regimen has its own quirks and tweaks; one may work better than another for you. Experiment. Research. You don't need to go completely organic, grass-fed or any of that; just find what works for you.
  9. As regards the SCA stuff: were you considering heavy weapons or rapier? I've done both, and my knees were a lot happier with the fencing. 60+ pounds of gear can put a lot of strain on your knees. I know a lot of older fighters who use braces and other supports when they armor up. I'd definitely go with the Filipino martial arts; if you decide to go into SCA heavy weapons you'll be a killing machine. :-)
  10. The guanfacine makes me cranky. Being cranky makes me stressed. Being stressed makes me binge eat and skip workouts. No more guanfacine.
  11. Second the recommendation on the camp oven (AKA Dutch oven). It lets you cook stuff in the coals of the fire. Think pot with legs and a thick lid. The lid also doubles as a frying pan. It's best for stews and slow-cooked roasts, though there are some maniacs who have mastered baking things in it. Well worth the investment, because the darn things last forever.
  12. Cheat day is coming. This has been my bane lately. I love to gorge myself on bread and pastry and fruit and all the other stuff that Slow Carb doesn't allow. I end up undoing the week's progress. Not good. Gotta plan for it... sensible lunch, like a chef salad or something, and a sensible dinner. Once dinner's over, it's over. No snacking.
  13. AAAnd we're back. Switched away from the circuit to bodyweight supersets, following the lead from startbodyweight.com. Diamond pushups don't aggravate my shoulder as badly as standard ones, so that's my go-to push exercise. Just gotta work on the full range of motion. Here's the full workout: diamond pushups, slow cadence, 8X3, superset with: medicine ball squat and pass, 8X3 exercise ball rollout, one leg, 8X3 each leg, superset with: bicycles, 8X3 inverted row, slow cadence, 8X3, superset with: Bulgarian split squats, 8X3 each leg On alternate days I'll sub in neutral-grip half-pullups for the inverted row, though I can only do 4 in each set. I've made an attempt at box pistols; really got to work on balance for that skill. I've tried one-legged RDLs; challenging to do in a controlled manner. Must do more. Same story with gymnastic bridges: easier to get into position, just have to hold for time and get used to being in that funky position. All about cultivating the balance without killing myself. Diet-wise: trying to keep the binge-monster under control. I don't need to eat all the things, especially not on a cheat day. I don't need half a pound of meat with breakfast every day. I don't need to nibble on leftover meat. It all gets in the way of my increasing awesomeness.
  14. As far as getting the kids to clean up after themselves, have you considered something like Choremonster? Kids get points for doing chores; as the points mount up, they can cash them in for rewards (game time, extra TV, whatever you set for them) or bank them for something really huge. A positive incentive usually works better than a negative one. Now, this may seem like an odd thought when dealing with addictive reading, but how do you do with audiobooks? I have the same problem as you, to a lesser degree: if a book is really engrossing, I'll ignore everything else. With an audiobook, I can have part of my attention focused on the book while the rest of me cooks, cleans, does laundry, etc. I get my reading fix, the work gets done, it's all good. I see it like using methadone to get off heroin. You're going to 'fail' (ie not be able to resist stress-reading). There's no shame in it, everyone fails. If you can arrange to fail in such a way that the detriments are minimized, then failing in that one thing doesn't cascade into failing everything. Hope this helps!
  15. School's out for my older two as of today, and next week for my youngest. This means I can sleep later and spend more time at the gym. At least until summer school starts...
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