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  1. scalyfreak

    Lag a'mhuilin Never Learned How to Eat

    Fair enough. Also a valid point.
  2. Out of nowhere, it hurts. Just for a moment. Then it stops and all is well for several days, and then suddenly, it hurts again. Needles, pressure, right underneath the skin, gnawing and biting to get out. It burns, and it’s suffocating. Scalyfreak stops, and focuses on breathing slowly until the pain fades away and breathing comes easy again. She waits several moments after the pain has faded, just to make sure it will stay gone this time, and then slowly starts walking again. These strange attacks of pain and suffocation have been happening for years, but never this often. Never this painfully. Never with so many tears, or with so much fury. And never this frequently, and that concerns her somewhat. As she continues down her path, Scalyfreak thinks about this strange ailment that she is gradually realizing has plagued her for years. Surely there must be a cure somewhere? Something that can at least lessen the impact this strange illness is having… it would be very inconvenient, potentially fatal, to have an attack in the middle of battle. There must be a way to control this. To prevent the sudden and instant flares of excruciating pain. Because she is thinking about it, Scalyfreak actually senses it coming this time. Just barely. Right before it hits, she feels it creep up on her and manages to stop and brace herself right before the pain returns with such a vengeance that she doubles over from the onslaught, and crumbles to the ground. And the pain explodes. So apparently there is this thing called “anxiety”, and it’s a chronic thing that can’t really be cured, only managed. Between a lot of reflection and introspection, and with some (significant) help from my therapist, I have come to realize that, for me at least, the anxiety is actually an overblown fight-or-flight response to something my brain thinks is dangerous, regardless of whether it actually is or not. The key to living with it, while living a happy and relaxed life, it so actually learn to live with it. To accept it, and learn how to take all the adrenaline and energy from a full-on reaction to a perceived threat, and turn it into something productive. This reminded me of something @Harriet said a while back, about the Gift of Adrenaline, and how it can be our greatest enemy if we allow it to take over, but also a great ally, if is is properly harnessed. Harness the body: Go to the gym and lift things. It’s impossible to overstate how much lifting heavy things makes everything easier. It also makes me stronger and more badass, which obviously is a good thing. At some point during this challenge I will make it to 100 lbs on at least one of my main barbell lifts, maybe more than one. Because this is a big milestone for me, I have decided that we deserve shiny things! This appeases Self-Indulgence, and also makes me happy. Award for the first barbell lift to reach 100 lbs: Weight Plate Ear Rings Award for the second barbell lift to reach 100 lbs: Matching necklace, engraved with, “Through Strength I Gain Power” Neither of the above are goals, only rewards. Injuries happen and stress has a tendency to sabotage progress. That said, shiny rewards are good for motivation. Harness the Mind: Sleep must happen I have struggled with sleep since long before I joined The Rebellion, and I have finally realized that one of the reasons for that I never really had a good reason for improving sleep other than “it’s good for me”. I did not have a Big Why. Now I do. More sleep will make the anxiety more docile and easier to work with. This is a goal worth pursuing, so I will pursue it. Now it has a purpose. Harness the soul, so it can soar: Camp NaNoWriMo! Writing stories about bartenders in an orbital space station makes me happy, so I’m going to devote time to it. And to other things, but this is what I’m writing down for right now. Let’s harness the flame.
  3. scalyfreak

    Starbuck aims for routine amongst big life changes.

    With consent, of course.
  4. scalyfreak

    Lag a'mhuilin Never Learned How to Eat

    Absolutely you're a warrior. You're paying close attention to what you're eating, and you lift things.That's what we do here. Welcome to the guild! You do lose points for the burpees, but you're new, so we forgive you. Um... It's in his signature. And it's an OUTSTANDING scotch.
  5. scalyfreak

    Kwesadilo finishes paperwork

    Ew for paperwork! Are you awarding yourself extra points if you finish it ahead of time?
  6. scalyfreak

    MikeWazowski: Keep on Chugging

    It's not. And it's probably going to impact how well you're able to focus on your goals, and how you go about meting them... and that's perfectly okay. We allow stress to distract us, because we know hat letting it fester is far worse. As long as the stress only distracts, as opposed to destroys, it's not a big deal.
  7. scalyfreak

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  8. Rare, but not unique. Always nice to meet another.
  9. scalyfreak

    Brogo Stops Being an @$$hole.

    I think I've had those. If it's the ones I remember, they were kind of messy to microwave-cook, but very tasty. I don't normally like egg fritatas.
  10. That makes perfect sense, and once you have enough knowledge to design or adapt on your own,that is usually the best way to go about it. Also, props and respect to you for chasing your dream! You are using your 20 seconds wisely.
  11. scalyfreak

    ~ insert title here ~

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
  12. scalyfreak

    Harriet's Tiny Habits Continued

    Well, if the path is easy, that's how we know we're going in the wrong direction.
  13. What kind of strength training are you planning to do? Do you have a program you are following?
  14. scalyfreak

    Blocky tries to stop his head from exploding

    I don't know... I have noticed that whenever I want to boost my uncertainty and help it grow, googling is perfect.
  15. scalyfreak

    Harriet's Tiny Habits Continued

    Grumble and Amber are wise. One of the main reasons all women should be forced to weight lift is that it's one of the few things in life that finally, finally, finally forces the brainwashed female psyche to stop comparing the body it lives in to The-Perfect-Ideal-That-I-Must-Be-Before-Anyone-Will-Accept-Me-Let-Alone-Love-Me. Because not stopping the comparisons will cause genuine insanity. To be fair, the long and painful journey to get to the stopping point will also cause insanity now and then, but that's only temporary, and we come out of stronger in the end. EDIT to add that I'm speaking from personal experience, after I realized my post looks like I'm criticizing Harriet, and that's not the case at all.
  16. When I started I debated back and forth between Starting Strength and Stronglifts. I eventually settled for Stronglifts, mainly because it uses barbell rows instead of the power clean, and I believed barbell row would be kinder to my tendinitis-infested wrist (I was right.), and because I liked their phone app a lot more. If you are interested in Stronglifts, you can find more info here. Note that a lot of the disadvantages listed in that article apply primarily to non-beginners. But if you are happy with Starting Strength and the lifts work for you, keep going with that. You're just starting out. Any novice program is likely to work for you and lead to progress in strength and muscle mass. As far as intermediate programs go, when you get to that point, you will need to start looking closer at what you really want to get out of lifting, and look for a program that meets your specific needs. Honestly, I wouldn't worry about that right now, unless of course you are the type of nerd who loves studying and learning everything about stuff that impacts you. If that is the case, I invite you to visit the sub forums for Power lifting and Weight lifting here at NF, where you can find links to resources, sticky threads, and lots of useful information. Lastly, if you have general lifting questions, or specific Starting Strength questions, you can always stop by The Training Yard in the Warriors' Guild. That's where we get our learn on, and where lifters with a lot more experience and knowledge than I have, will be able to answer your questions. The Warriors' Guild enthusiastically welcomes all new apprentices to the glorious endeavor of lifting heavy shit and putting it back down, and then picking it back up and lifting it again.
  17. scalyfreak

    kaitlinmeep needs a challenge

    What kind of exercise are you planning to do? Do you have a program you're planning to follow? Planning the actual exercises makes it a lot easier to meet an exercise goal.
  18. Did you pick Starting Strength because you are new to lifting, or because you've been away from it for a while? It's a great program for all around strength training either way. Welcome to the Rebellion!
  19. scalyfreak

    Brogo Stops Being an @$$hole.

    Outstanding game choice.
  20. scalyfreak

    Brogo Stops Being an @$$hole.

    Oh, these are excellent points. This means I am not an asshole either!
  21. scalyfreak

    Harriet's Tiny Habits Continued

    Nonsense. That's a skillet gravy. You can use the pan droppings for steaming veggies too. Yumminess.
  22. scalyfreak

    MikeWazowski: Keep on Chugging

    Yep, same here.
  23. scalyfreak

    Brogo Stops Being an @$$hole.

    I have to applaud this list of goals. Thanks to its frequent use of the word "asshole", it makes adulting seem appealing.
  24. scalyfreak

    Harriet's Tiny Habits Continued

    Spreadsheets can also be our friends... They can display graphs
  25. scalyfreak

    Harriet's Tiny Habits Continued

    Yes. They are friends, not workout partners. I do lat pull downs as warmup on days when I do pull-up and barbell row. They serve a different purpose than the barbell lifts.