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  1. This makes a lot of sense. I tried more-or-less what you advised and experimented with different weight. At 20 lbs, I dropped to 6 reps on the first set, but then jumped back up to 8 or 9 from the 2nd set onward. I think that's probably good enough for now. It does seem like the very first time I try a new amount of weight it's especially hard. Maybe that'll go away as I get more experience working with different amounts of added weight.
  2. I have one of those easy-install doorframe pull up bars. I use it to do a set here-and-there as a break from work. I got it at the beginning of last year, and initially I couldn't do a single pull up. It took some effort to be able to do two good pull ups, but after that, I felt like progress was relatively steady even with a pretty casual workout plan. Right now, I can do 12 pull ups (maybe 13 on a good day), but my progress seems to have stalled. My max reps hasn't changed in months. My plan was to wait until I got to 15 and then start adding weight, but I'm wondering if now is the time. I tried doing a few sets with 10 pounds of weight (just stuff in a backpack). I only did 10 reps on my first set, but by the second, I was already back up to 12. Is there a good rule of thumb either for how much weight I should be adding (my current body weight is about 165) or how many reps I should be down after adding weight? Like just add weight until I can only do six reps or something, and then work my way back up.
  3. Hey! I haven't been as good as I'd like to, but still some decent success. Brought out my banjo for the first time in a while. I got a personal best on my 10k. By like 3 minutes even! I end up doing pull ups the most, just because it's kind of fast and easy. I'll probably end up reading more too, because I would almost always rather read than work out. I think I need to institute a new rule starting next week that at least three of the attempts each week have to be at Mongolian. It's by far the goal I care most about but probably also the one I least frequently feel like doing.
  4. Most of the things I want to make myself do, I actually kind of enjoy once I start doing them. It's just a matter of making myself start in the first place. So the goal this time around is just to start three things from this list each day. It doesn't exactly matter which three, but I'll be tracking which ones I do, so that I can notice quickly if something is being neglected. If I try it for 5 minutes, I'll call it a success for the day, but my strong suspicion is that I won't stop at 5 minutes for any of them. Things to work on Running (or other cardio, once it gets too cold) Banjo Mongolian Reading Writing Meditation Push ups Pull ups Core Flexibility (potentially yoga) Random Nerd Fitness quests I'll also keep an eye on my diet. Right now I'm trying to stay between 1600-1700/day.
  5. Okay, clearly I was terrible about updating this, but my challenge actually went pretty well. I lost a little weight. I ran my fastest mile since high school. I've been running 10ks semi-regularly, for the first time ever. I ran on a pretty wild trail for the first time in ages, rather than just the pavement I normally do. I finally submitted an application for a grant to do my dream research. I've been pretty consistent about studying Mongolian. My form for pull ups/chin ups has become MUCH better this challenge. All the way down and chest to bar. I live in a hilly area now and there are some steep hills I used to have to walk my bike up that I can finally just actually bike up. I never made a concrete plan for what I wanted to do this challenge, but it ended up as a success regardless. I think the key for me is to just check in with myself every now and then and honestly assess whether I'm putting in enough effort.
  6. I'm a huge Black Panther fan. I've read every issue of his solo runs. In July, I started trying to read every single appearance he makes in Marvel comics (a task I will never complete). Coate's run of BP is the first comic I ever read as it was coming out. When I heard Boseman was going to be cast as T'Challa, I binged a bunch of his movies. He's consistently great, and I was impossibly excited for Black Panther. There are probably a handful of times I've seen the same movie in theaters twice, but I saw Black Panther three times opening weekend alone. I don't want to force my goals to a theme too much, but I'd really like to have a Black Panther themed challenge this time around. It's weird how some celebrity deaths hit you. He seemed like such a good guy. It's insane the kind of action movies he was shooting while sick. And he was consistently in these really impactful roles. I'm still figuring out what the details of my challenge are. I'll update this post as I figure them out. I need to finish my Fulbright application for sure. I'll keep running (though this might be the last challenge where I can do it consistently, up here in the UP). I'm probably going back to calorie counting for a bit. I'll start doing bodyweight-based strength-training again. I'll see if I can build a meditation habit.
  7. I spent this challenge visiting my parents for three weeks, and then they came to visit me for two weeks. I think between moving, starting a new job, and balancing time with my parents, even this trimmed down list of quests was still pretty tough. Mongolian I feel really good about the academic contact I made. For my long term goals, that was the most important quest this challenge. But I barely made any headway on my statement of grant purpose. I have a very rough draft, but it needs a lot of polishing. I did the minimum to keep up with lessons, but I didn't build the good study habit I wanted to. I think C-? Diet This went fine. The intent was to cut myself some slack so that I could eat socially with my parents, but I did a little unnecessary snacking. Still, it wasn't terrible. My weight loss wasn't as good as it has been, but I still shed a few pounds. I'd call this a B-. Running My goal for the first 3 weeks was more running than I normally do, and I succeeded at it. My goal for week 4 was average, and I succeeded at it. I never even made a goal for week 5, but I still went for a couple short runs. If I had made one, it probably would have been 9 miles (I did 6). So overall, this is still more running than I've done for any of the other challenges. I think I deserve an A here. In my mind, there was sort of an implied quest this challenge of cutting back on other things so that I could spend more quality time with my parents, and I think that's been a huge success. So maybe I deserve another A.
  8. Looking forward to the week 4 update!
  9. Oooo, respect. I keep a spreadsheet that automatically puts it on a line chart, with a best fit line to project when I'll hit my goal, but the rolling 7-day average and min/max is a nice touch. Classy. I definitely don't think daily weigh-ins are inherently bad. For me, I'm just noticing a subtle shift from, "I'm not going to eat these cookies because I want to be healthier" to "I'm not going to eat these cookies because I want to see a slightly smaller number on my scale tomorrow morning." Obviously there's some conceptual overlap. I'm not sure if I can put my finger on what the difference is, but I think I was happier when my thinking felt more like the first one and a little more stressed as it gets more like the second one.
  10. Update! Mongolian Pretty productive week on this front. A made a few new useful contacts and put some good work in on my application. I still need to build a flashcard habit though. I think I need to set aside a specific time for this. Maybe right before I go to bed. Diet This week, I started weighing myself daily instead of just 3 times a week. I'm not sure if this was actually a good idea. I'm traveling this weekend and then moving into a new place on Tuesday, so it's a hard time for me to build/keep up good habits. But I also feel like there's always an excuse. I want to balance not ignoring this entirely but also not worry about it too much. Running The water was just too cold to go swimming one of the days I'd hoped to, so I made up for it with an extra 3-mile run. The goal is really just to stay active, burn some calories, and get outside, so I'd call this still a win. My time is getting better too. Earlier in the year, it took a little effort to get under 10-minute miles for 3 miles. Now I'm consistently under 9 and still getting faster.
  11. After saying that, I tried to go for a swim yesterday and couldn't bring myself to do a single lap, the lake was so cold. I might be getting back to strength training earlier than I'd planned... But I don't find it too hard to stay motivated as long as I'm seeing results. I guess that part can be fun.
  12. Thanks for the advice you two! I do some strength-training too. I've been on a minor hiatus, but I'll get back to it soon. I think the main advantage of swimming is just that it's fun, so it's easier to get myself to do it. What I'm realizing is that for me, the general rule with working out is that anything I do outside is better than anything I do inside. I haven't found a way to make strength-training fun yet. That said, it's at least pretty bearable if I do it while watching a show.
  13. Oh nice! I actually think that might be the hardest part - not letting one slip up lead to a series of slip ups which then leads to giving up. Major kudos!
  14. I've gotten into running this year. I think I've mostly gotten pretty good at reading when my body needs a break, adding in some rest days or dialing down the intensity. But sometimes when I'm trying to let my joints rest, I otherwise feel really good and have high energy. I miss getting outside and getting tired. Is there any reason not to swim on those days? Is there a reason that swimming a lot would prevent a day from being a "rest" day, for the purposes of running?
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