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  1. Accountability post for last week: 1) It's a good thing I document my daily water goal (if successful), because I would never remember from day to day otherwise. Got 6 out of 7 days of 3L water this week! Missed yesterday (Saturday). 2) Found a cache this week, bringing my total finds to 195. Got it so early on in the week (Monday) that I found myself not needing to worry about it all week. Except I kept thinking about it all week, like I still needed to get one. Had to leave the house on Monday but not the rest of the week and was glad to not have to go out. I don't know if all these thoughts are good or bad, lol. 3) Well, I did two strength workouts and two spin sessions so technically got my minimum 3 workouts in. Not 100% what I was aiming for though (minimum 3x strength). I did spend well over an hour one day dissecting and altering the NF resistance band workout. Anything where I was supposed to lower the band behind my neck (band over and backs, vertical band pull aparts) was absolutely not happening, too much pain in the shoulder. On another note I was surprised that I was able to improvise an anchor point in my room for doing some of the exercises. I also however, wanted to make these exercises travel friendly, as I will be traveling for work soon and staying in a hotel. Not knowing what will be in the hotel, I wanted to include exercises that do not require an anchor point or anything else beyond the band itself and my body, ha. Image below, I'm still looking to add one or two more band exercises to the travel workout. The altered home workout ones highlighted in green require an anchor point. And I'm still looking to focus on the arms/shoulder/back/abs. We press forth!
  2. Oooooooo Pandaren Monks are EXPERTS at rolls, punches, and kicks! lol Let me know if you create a workout or even just creatively name one
  3. Cool thanks for these great ideas! The rolls alone would probably make for a good workout, might have to take some Gravol before starting, lol Handstands (and heaven forbid, handstand pushups!) sound a bit freaky to me right now, maybe eventually I can get to that point? Although variations 5 and 6 in the article look like they might be fun to attempt!
  4. Accountability post for last week: 1) 3L water on 4 of 7 days. A bit better than the previous week I guess. We press forth! 2) Found a cache this week, bringing my total finds to 195. I did not think I was going to do it. Had plenty of opportunity all week and didn't go until Saturday. I was a bit desperate for groceries and decided to go to a different store than my usual. There was a cache along the way that screamed easy (I look online ahead of time and plan accordingly) so I forced myself, ha. It was cold all week and I wanted to use that as an excuse but it's a very poor one since I've geocached in much colder temps. It was pure laziness and not wanting to leave my house all week that kept me in. But I got it done! 3) Did the Big Back workout (see above) 2x and then changed it up and designed some new strength workouts and did one of those. Well, mainly I went back to Nerd Fitness Gym Workout 3A and 3B and added some extra things. I started feeling like some of the Big Back exercises weren't giving me enough of a workout, mainly because some of them I think require heavier dumbbells which I don't have. The deadlifts for example, my dumbbell pairs only go up to 15 lbs. I found that putting extra weight into two bags and trying to lift was awkward so meh. So, I did NF Gym 3A on Saturday with some added items. I still want to put more emphasis on shoulder/back/arms/abs. I felt weak after this workout so that's good right? I felt more challenged than with what I had been doing. I also added the NF Band Workout to my spreadsheet (see all below). Will have to experiment with it because I don't know if I am able to even do all of them due to a shoulder impingement which I think is very slowly starting to go away. For the goblet squat I used a 20 lb kettlebell but I think I could do more. I have one 30 lb dumbbell which I'm going to give a go. I don't have anything in between 20 and 30 lbs, just the lighter weights. I found the kettlebell a bit awkward to hold, as it kept slipping from the grasp I was comfortable with, even with gloves on. Not sure if loading up a backpack would be any better. We shall see. Also I did do 3 spin sessions this week on my bike in addition to my strength training so I will call that a win.
  5. For real life, I just want to be more like my Warcraft character... In game I am a rogue (in case anyone hadn't guessed). Rogues can move around easily and swiftly and quietly as they are light on their feet. They have good co-ordination, no clumsiness there. They are agile and strong with good stamina. Maybe I should take up parkour or something!
  6. Hi @WolfDreamer! Glad to hear there are more geocachers out there! I like the out of town caches, especially when it's in a state, province, or country that I haven't found one in yet! I like getting the souvenirs, they are like game achievements to me! I do have some resistance bands (the red skinny loop ones among a few others) and they are great for travel. I'm supposed to start traveling again next month for work. As long as there aren't further restrictions by then. A bit unnerving with covid raging but nice to go somewhere I guess! Taking a resistance band or two with me is a must. I'll have to give the NF band workout a go or maybe research some others or create my own. As far as Adventurer versus Assassin, I think it's going to be a long transition, I do still like the aspects of both!
  7. Accountability post for last week: 1) 3L water on 3 of 7 days, did not do well this time around. Did 3 days in a row Sun-Mon-Tues then nothing. Well not nothing, but not even close to my 3L on the other days. I'm scrambling to reach it for today. 2) Found a cache this week, bringing my total finds to 194. Had to fight for it too, it was underneath a piece of concrete barrier where there was a small hole, but ice buildup on the ground prevented me from getting it out. Luckily I just happened to have a small pickaxe in my truck, that's normal amiright?! I was able to chip away at the ice and get the cache out. For anyone who doesn't know, each geocache has a logbook with it that you are supposed to sign when you find it. 3) Did the Big Back workout (see above) 3x (Monday, Wednesday, Saturday). Added 4 sets of ball crunches x12 on 1 of those days Also got myself a spin bike and I did a test ride this morning for 20 minutes. Butt is a bit sore but I don't think that will last long. I still want to get in 3x strength workouts for this challenge but start spinning at least on the non-strength days, maybe more! We press forth!
  8. Stopping at the gym before you were able to get home was probably a good plan, don't give yourself the chance to get lazy first, haha. I find I'm most productive in the morning and if I can do a workout before I start work, then I've won the day and don't have to stress about it. I find that the later it gets in the day, I'm less likely to do something. I get so lazy, even after WFH at a computer all day, I feel exhausted. Anyway! I agree with you too with just moving more each day, I think it really does help when sitting at a desk regularly. 8 hours working then another 6-8 hours gaming sometimes, lol. Cheers and best wishes with all your goals!
  9. Awesome hopefully the kiddos get into it. While geocaching is a great solo activity, I will admit is is BETTER with friends and family! And a bit easier too when you have more than one set of eyes and perspective! How many pull ups were you able to do when you did them before? I'm still 'looking into it', ha
  10. Hell-o! Thank you for asking the question, the answer could be a 5-week challenge in itself. It now has me looking at Steve's article (again) on getting your first pullup: Get Your First Pull-up Or Chin-up! 30-Day Pull up Progression Plan This is much more than a 30 day progression plan for me but it's something I have found previously to strive toward. I have worked on this plan off and on for a long time and like idea of the workouts within, haven't looked at it recently though (until now) and to answer the question briefly, I NEED A PLAN. I've never gone past Level 1 on Steve's plan but want to do a benchmark test, as I think I could start at Level 3. I was terrified of my doorway pull up bar (trust issues) so I got something much more sturdy and I have no issues with it. I also have a band hanging from the bar and I can do assisted chin ups with it with my knee in the band. Not many though, and I have not tried an assisted pull up as of yet. When my gym was open I was doing strength training with a trainer 3x a week with a focus on back, shoulders, and abs. My trainer is aware of my pull up goal so I trusted that the workouts we did were striving toward that. But since my gym closed due to covid restrictions, I've been left back to my own devices, ha. And yeah it's not going so well. Anyway, you've got me looking at this again (thank you!) and I'm considering devising a specific pull up plan for a future 5 week challenge. I know there was a seven week chin up challenge for Prime members too. Still though, I struggle with so much looking, not enough doing, haha. I'm hoping the Darebee 'Big Back' workout that I'm currently doing is helping with back and shoulder strength. Got to add something with abs though I think. Dead bugs or ball crunches or something. This is what I have to work with (aside from dumbbells up to 15lb + 20lb kettlebell that I did rows with):
  11. Accountability post for last week: 1) 3L water on 5 of 7 days, missed last Sunday and Wednesday but got 3 out of 4 cups (72oz) down on those days 2) Found a cache on Friday, bringing my total finds to 193 3) Did the Big Back workout (see above) 3x (Monday, Wednesday, Friday). Felt a bit stiff/sore on Tuesday so that's good I presume, means I did a thing. Pressing onward to this week!
  12. I totally forgot about the forums until you mentioned it, lol! I've never posted there either. I'm following some geocaching facebook groups but that's about it. I'm a reader but don't post much!
  13. Cool! I have found that geocaching helps you decide where to hike sometimes, be it pathways in your city or town, or out in the wilderness. It's a great incentive!
  14. I have two workouts from Darebee that I like, the Big Back workout and the Assassin's workout. Did Big Back this morning, woo hoo! For that one I substitute the first exercise for incline pushups instead. I've been thinking about (procrastinating) taking another look at the Nerd Fitness workouts as well. When I did them previously, I was at Bodyweight Level 3 but it's been awhile so I will do the benchmark again, at some point!
  15. Heya thanks for reading! You can go to the official site at geocaching.com for more information and to register an account if you want. If you're interested in giving it a go, you'll want the app on your phone, it's called simply 'Geocaching' in both apple and android stores I believe.
  16. Alright here I go, my first five weeks of 2021! Getting straight to the point, my 3 goals for this challenge are: 1. CONSISTENTLY consume 3L (96oz) of water each day. - I have already been doing this off and on. One time I had a one month streak! The goal here for me is consistency, habit, something I don't think about, I just do. - I believe getting enough water provides a natural cleanse and promotes weight loss which is something I'm also striving for. - I suffer with eczema, extremely dry skin, and inflammation and believe more water in my system may help with this - Currently I have four 24oz reusable cups with lids and reusable straws that I fill every morning with the goal of finishing them all by end of day. I have found previously after experimenting with so many methods that cups with straws are the easiest and fastest way to get water down. 2. Find a minimum of 1 geocache each week. - This is a great solo activity, and it gets me out walking, exploring, adventuring, and fresh air is probably a good thing since I've been cooped up at home a lot more over the past year. - Geocaching is something I enjoy doing and I feel great once I'm out there in the world. It's getting out of the house that's the hard part. I do daily battles with laziness. Sometimes I win, sometimes I don't! - This goal will help me with my overall 2021 goal of reaching 250 finds for the year (I'm currently at 192) - Any other geocachers on Nerd Fitness? Look me up on the geocaching website, same user name! 3. Strength train at home 3x each week. - I was strength training at my local gym a minimum of 3x per week but my gym closed on Dec 13th due to covid regulations and is still closed, and I haven't done a single workout since - I absolutely have the means to do this at home as far as equipment (or bodyweight), space, etc. My problem is discipline and keeping the momentum going once I start. And of course daily battles with the laziness boss! - I'm still striving toward my larger goal of being able to do a pull up. It's been a long road so far but I want to get there! While I have been a rebel and an adventurer on Nerd Fitness over the years (and still am!), I think I secretly want to be an assassin so that I can be my World of Warcraft character in real life. Agile and strong and able to conquer any physical obstacle. Nerd much?! Hi everyone!
  17. I love that calendar plan of attack, a real structured approach that makes me wonder if something like that might work for me. Thanks for sharing @AggieGrace, I hope your first challenge is going well!
  18. Today's one arm bent over dumbbell row workout: 3 sets of 12 reps each arm, 18 lb weight Water down, veggie success on Mon, Tues
  19. Congrats on the calorie and running quests! The pushups still sound pretty impressive to me, 66 in a workout is awesome!
  20. How did things go last week? I'm curious if you got a cardio workout into your schedule.
  21. Heya, how's the food logging going? Your posts make me want to start doing that again
  22. Jarlaxe's LEVEL 1 Challenge (Sept 16 - Oct 20): WEEKLY UPDATE (Sept 16 - Sept 22) Diet Quests: 1) Drink at least one 16 oz bottle of water per day = 6/7 days. I'm going to add that I must make a specific effort to drink the 16 oz bottle of water and not attempt to think of how much water I may have drank throughout the day. If I drink extra water because of this, then great. 2) Eat a vegetable with one meal every day = 4/7 days (Mon-Wed, Sat success, Thurs, Fri, Sun were a FAIL) Fitness Quest: 3) Start doing Steve’s Level 1 Pull-Up Workout (3x per week on Mon, Wed, Fri) = COMPLETED Mon/Wed/Fri: One arm bent over dumbbell rows, 3 sets of 12 reps each arm, up to 18 lb weight Level Up Your Life Quest: 4) Develop and document 2 or 3 daily meal plans based on foods and portions(calories) that have helped me lose weight previously. = Created a new spreadsheet and started a list of items with measurement and calorie amounts On a side note, ball hockey season started yesterday. Haven't played since Spring season and I'm actually feeling a bit stiff today in the arms and glutes, weird. I don't recall ever being sore after the start of a season; usually I'm dying during the game from poor cardio (which I still was), but then that's the end of it. Doing the dumbbell rows this morning made the arms feel better though, maybe it stretched them out, hopefully I don't feel worse later. Starting next week I'll be doing ball hockey 3x per week for Fall season. Today: Today's weight: 146.8 lbs @ 30.1% body fat One arm bent over dumbbell row workout: 3 sets of 12 reps each arm, 18 lb weight Got the 16 oz water down immediately after the workout
  23. Today's one arm bent over dumbbell row workout: 3 sets of 12 reps each arm, 18 lb weight Heading out of town now for the weekend (comic & toy expo time!) Will be eating out all weekend but intend to still be mindful of my water and vegetable quests. I've missed one day on veggies this week to date. Back home on Sunday in time for the start of Fall floor hockey season. Have a great weekend everyone!
  24. So I have a bucket but it's a bit too big and awkward to lift... Then I found a cooler bag in my pantry that fit a 15 lb and 3 lb dumbbell together perfectly, except I was afraid the handle on the bag would rip when lifting it over and over again.... And THEN, I discovered I can hold the 15 lb and 3 lb dumbbells in one hand at the same time!! And the 18 lb total weight might just be about right, going forward. It definitely felt better, like I was getting a bit of a workout. I wanted to attempt lifting the 15 lb and 5 lb dumbbells together but my hand is too small (or too weak?), so I may be off to find a 20 lb dumbbell soon. For now though, I think the 18 lb weight will work! Today's one arm bent over dumbbell row workout: 3 sets of 12 reps each arm
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