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  1. Mad Hatter's tea party

    I can attest to this. Heck I don't do that much flexibility training (the most is trying to touch my toes) and after just a few weeks of bodyweight workouts I advanced so much it freaked me out.
  2. Echocheanic's quest to kick ass.

    Well, was going to exercise today, but I wound up doing two trips to the market and hauling a heavy cart and bags home so I just lifted it up and carried it up the 5 flights of stairs instead. That is all for today.
  3. Echocheanic's quest to kick ass.

    It also is a great mood booster. Sometimes it's the only bright spot in a day.
  4. Mad Hatter's tea party

    You sometimes need a day where you do nothing. When I have those days I try and practice being as chill, calm and balanced as everyone seems to find me usually.
  5. Echocheanic's quest to kick ass.

    Today and yesterday I have been waking up early! 6:30 yesterday and 5:30 today. I think I have a backlog of sleep (I oversleep a lot) and my body is trying to spend it or something. Fine by me, I'd love if this was my constant. Today I worked out at 8am, with the gloomy morning. Dancing/walking around the house to music for 30 min was my warm up. 21 min - ish circuit - I forgot to time till I was halfway done with my first box pistols. All of these, 3 times with no more than 10 second break between: 20 box pistols - I have been forgetting to say that it is 20 each leg, not 20 total. My height currently is my bed (at knee level) plus a thin blanket. I would lower it because it's too easy but I still don't have the balance right. Would lowering it help with the balance? I don't think so, but I might as well ask. 10 dumbbell rows - I need to add more books to my suitcase - 8 kilos is too little now. 10 push ups - I went lower today, but at the end of the last circuit my stomach and head drooped. No biggie, caught it. 30 sec plank - decided to up it. I used to be able to do 40, but nope, I couldn't handle more than 30. jumping jacks - only did 30 the first time and didn't do any more. It was either loose this or wouldn't have the strength to stretch. My hands and wrists really felt it today. All in all I am quite happy with how everything goes. Even my stretching is getting there, my knees are bending less and less.
  6. Echocheanic's quest to kick ass.

    Hi! Cool to see ya here! I've technically been at it since May this year, but I took a break when I got sick and it knocked me back a few paces, so now I am trying this different approach with just my bodyweight.
  7. Mad Hatter's tea party

    I suck at waking up early when I don't need to. If i need to go somewhere, my body will wake up at 7-8am no problem, I don't even need coffee, but if I don't, I hit snooze and sleep way more than I should, get a headache and feel like crap. And no amount of sunlight fixes it. So I guess I lack discipline? I am not that far north so so far it has been getting dark at 3:30 pm ish here.
  8. Echocheanic's quest to kick ass.

    Well, I did what I said I'd do. 21 minutes of exercise today (but I didn't time the warm up) - 3 circuits. The fact I am one exercise down now seems to motivate me even if it the same amount of work again. The extra wide placement (as wide as I could get without lying flat against the desk) did nothing to make the elevated push ups harder, so sticking to doing as low as I can with good form on the regular push ups. The circuit: 20 box pistols each leg - now that I know what I'm doing they went by faster, last time it was a mess. 10 dumbbell rows each hand - these are standard 10 push ups - these are progressing well, I can do 5ish in a row fast, then stop for a breath and crank out 5 more. According to the person that watched my form today, I go down to a 100 degree angle with my elbows, so not nearly as bad as I thought, but should get better. 15 sec plank - tried the static hold thing on my first circuit, managed to do 5 seconds twice - that is hard. Regular stretching to finish. Now I need to go and eat and then vacuum.
  9. Mad Hatter's tea party

    I could and can do it if I just use my head instead of my arms, though I don't look like a circle anymore, but it gives me a headache.
  10. Echocheanic's quest to kick ass.

    I should test what my max plank is. It used to be 40 before the break, I might be able to do a static hold at least on one circuit. I think I'll try an even wider hand placement on the desk for the warm up, and see if it does any good, and proceed with going as low as I can on the floor for the circuits. I am usually just above the angle - the part where my upper arms and my back are even with each other - if that makes sense. Thanks for all the help
  11. So, after doing my first challenge here, I realised I don't do well with 4 week goals. I am more of a long term, change as you go, work in progress type of person. But I do realised that I love talking to you guys in there - people like @Taddea Zhaan @Grumble and other newbies like me I sadly don't know the usernames of (I suck at names) made my days, since I don't get to talk about exercise a lot. With that and the fact I had to take a step back because not working out for over 10 days wrecked all my progress (ah, failing right as you start seeing progress and losing it all - it sucks) I decided to get back to the normal bodyweight circuit and start over and start a battle log, where I will post whenever I exercise. That way I can have the accountability I like, and not feel like a failure when don't do well. Since this is an introductory post, let me start with some stuff about me. I'm a girl, 23, from a small country in Europe (so English is not my first language), and my goals are general increase in strength and endurance. I'm pretty thin - 5.7 ish and 100 pounds, and have been like that all my life - a mix of good genes and a general healthy-ish diet from early on. My problem is I loose weight easily - yeah I know 'what a problem to have', but it does suck, because I can eat two servings of everything and have it have no impact. I've put that goal aside, because the frustration had started affecting my self esteem, so my current goal is just to not loose weight while upping my exercise. I've worked out since May this year - on and off and trying different things. So let's start with today as day one - 10:30am. The last time I worked out was Monday - I decided to work out 2 times a week, and add a third when I know I can handle it. This is also the first time I worked out before 1pm. I want to see if I like it - I had about half a bag of wheat cookies before I worked out - lot of fibre and protein - about 8.9 grams in 100 grams (120g total in a pack). I'll eat again at around 12 and then again at like 3pm when mom is home. Then after I downed my (now with 7,8 % fat milk, because I found out I like it) coffee and let it digest for about an hour, I did the entire beginner bodyweight circuit from here - plus stretching, in 25 minutes. So about a half an hour of workout. I am drenched and this is what I found: I forgot the push ups the first time and had to do them right after the dumbbell rows - won't forget them again, doing two arm exercises at once is rough. 6 kilos for my dumbbell is too light, I did 20 each arm on the first circuit just to get a slight burn going. Have to go with the suitcase - 8 kilos and eventually I'll need to find another exercise that targets the same muscles. I felt like I wanted to die after circuit number 2, but I feel awesome after the 3rd. This will never cease to amaze me. I also found I stretched a lot further this time. Like a lot further, about 10 cm - almost 4 inches, more on one exercise. I also need to find a stretch that targets my spine well, that I can do. I had poor posture when I was in high school, and it creeps up after I've been sitting for a while, and I want to make sure it doesn't do any damage. I also need to figure out why I've had lower back pain all of a sudden, my problem is usually shoulder blade pain. There ya go. This is me. Feel free to chime in with anything from support to advice, questions and yelling at me when I do something wrong. I'd like to do better, and well, as the title says, let myself kick ass.