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  1. You know that means you should definitely be doing them, right?
  2. In January, I'm taking two Calculus courses, and in the end of the month, a course on astrobiology (the science of life applied to extraterrestrial environments). Later in the year I'm signed up for a course on musical improvisation, and some courses on video games as they relate to modern culture and stuff, but I hope to add some more sciencey-mathy things as they come up, and I'm sure they will. Attempted kip-ups basically consist of a weird jerking motion followed by a cry of pain as someone's spine hits the ground with the body's full weight. If that's your kind of thing, then you will enjoy my videos.
  3. So, I've signed up for some courses on coursera.org. None of them start until after this challenge has ended, but even getting my mind back into "I'm going to school" mode feels like it will be good for me. I can't wait to learn again! And hopefully I've learned my lesson and will stick through the maths and sciences, because I really do like them. I will take videos of me failing to kip-up, but I can't today. The gym, and therefore my pads, are unavailable.
  4. Man, monkey vaults were always impossible for me. I better start training along with you!
  5. Good stretching, sleeping, eating... I gotta tell you, having DOMS when everything else is good is uncommon. Has it been a while since you've done a wipe-out workout? Those can hit you pretty hard if you don't do them much. But, hey, if you can maintain your cheer, then all is well. I know some of my best days have been full of muscle soreness.
  6. There are too many numbering systems for climbing. By which I mean there is more than one. So I have no idea what you guys are talking about. Sorry. I'll have to stick with generic catchphrases. 110%! Feel the burn! Oh yeah!
  7. Yeah, this is why I love NerdFitness. It feels dumb and awkward to lie to a forum, but you don't want to disappoint the Rebels either. It's like "crap, now I have to be good." And then good things happen!
  8. It's not just you, but it's certainly not everyone. I personally have a lot of physical work to do outside my training, and also a lot of physical activities that I enjoy that aren't training. Soreness really makes those less fun (for me), even if it doesn't get in the way that much once you break the mental barrier.
  9. ...that makes at least two things from the Rocky montages that I've done (besides running, I mean). Now I'm worried this ends with me punching meat. But splitting wood is fun. I definitely see why people like sledgehammer workouts. I might pick one up when I get back to the states.
  10. Must...not...say...anything...
  11. Step-ladder Dustbuster Mixer (Yeah, we don't have any other words for that...) Paring knives (probably what you want: small knife ideal for peeling and detail work, 6-10 cm) The last one might be difficult. Money can't buy knives. I should make a wish-list...except I don't really want people to spend money on me. Ever. Yeah, you could say I'm not a holiday person. Hope yours go well, though.
  12. !!! I will be in a couple weeks! There's a cool climbing gym in the North end (which I live close to) called Vertical Adventures. You'd have to get a belay lesson, but I would love to have a climbing partner for once. The auto-belay courses are only fun for so long, and I'm not good enough for the bouldering wall yet. Well, that's one idea. There's plenty of cool fitness stuff to do around C-bus. Yoga studios, martial arts dojos, gyms, playgrounds, random objects of particular sizes and compositions...you get the idea.
  13. I think I hurt my...hm. I appear to have lost count. My extremities are all responding negatively to heavy work, thanks to me overdoing it while lumberjacking today (okay, splitting firewood, but still). And sometimes just hurting randomly. I'm hoping this will be better by tomorrow so I can at least TRY to do a workout, but I have to take it easy. Seriously, this week and next week are pretty awful. I only hope I can recover from the routine-wrecking diet-destroying awfulness that I've been suffering and will be suffering for the first third of this challenge. Well, by "only hope I can" I mean "will definitely". Setbacks are setbacks, not game-overs.
  14. Honestly, to avoid soreness, you should be stretching. Not just after workouts. Stretching every day will reduce your muscle soreness. Heck, once I started doing yoga daily, I never had issues being sore the day after.
  15. Welcome! You should assign stat points to your goals for when you finish them. It's fun! Welcome to Club Pull-Up. The club where you think it will be awesome to do a pull-up and then you finally do one and it's as totally awesome as you thought it would be.
  16. +5 WIS +5 CHA +5 DEX All trolling aside, my calculations say that you have to do somewhere around 20 pull-ups per day. Given that I can do a little over 10 per day on my best days, I wish you luck. Also that you get up and do them now if you don't have an appointed time set.
  17. Check out C25K to help you reach your ribeye (here it is in Danish) Welcome to the pull-up club! I promise, it's totally awesome once you hit that first one. You think it will be awesome, and then it totally is.
  18. On the score of jeans, I acknowledge that it sucks, but I think you could alleviate your sucky situation by altering jeans when you buy them. I hear it's not hard for basic stuff like taking in the waist. And, if it is hard and I'm just stupid, then having a tailor alter them might be possible. Simple alterations are certainly inexpensive if you go to the right place. I don't really have room to talk, given that I keep putting off altering clothes that I need altered, but it's an idea. Anyway, I have to go. Apparently, Mix-A-Lot's in trouble.I am so sorry please don't fly to Japan and hit me
  19. Stats: you get 15 stat points to distribute among your goals, towards any stats you feel are appropriate. Strength: Basically, anything that involves lots of weight or force. Any kind of workout or feat-of-strength-based goal works for this Dexerity: Flexibility and agility fit here, as well as balance and speed. Yoga, gymnastics, and parkour almost invariably count towards dexterity a little Stamina: Exercising for a long amount of time. Your long distance runs, hikes, swims, rowing excursions, et cetera, as well as your ability to deal with more difficult workouts. A workout that targets a lot of things will probably include stamina. Constitution: Your bodily health. Diet stuff counts towards this, generally, but anything towards beefing up your systems is good, like medication, physical therapy, tea-drinking, etc. Wisdom: Intelligence, insight, perception, peace of mind, ability to deal with life. Probably the most broad stat. If it involves braining, it's probably valid for wisdom Charisma: Confidence, sociability, and looking fan-freaking-tastic. Weight loss, muscle gain, overcoming fear, social activities, and performance skills all work here So, for you: Goal 1 is mostly Strength and Stamina, with a regular strength workout, so maybe STR +2 STA +2 Goal 2 is flexibility and balance, but also some peace of mind, so maybe +3 DEX +1 WIS Goal 3 is dieting! +3 CON +1 CHA Goal 4 is business. Maybe +2 WIS +1 CHA Haha you're gonna wanna change all that to suit you. But that's an idea. Excuse zones for diets can be good for you or bad for you. It's bad to say "well, it won't hurt THAT much", because it will. It's also bad to say "well, I've been doing badly, so trying to recover won't be good enough", because it will. I like 80/20 for paleo, personally, especially if you still try to eat healthy when you're not paleo. The trick is to ALWAYS be conscious of what you're eating. Eat that bar of chocolate, and remember exactly what it does to you. No more, and no less. Don't blow it out of proportion, don't ignore it. Honestly, that mindset applies to more than just dieting anyway.
  20. I'm going to weigh in on this. On my first challenge, I did this sort of thing, giving myself almost no wiggle room. I bombed HARD at the end. Giving yourself some extra wiggle room encourages forgiving yourself and forging ahead. And that's important.
  21. The thread title gives me this weird feeling like it's a mystery-action movie one-liner. Like a detective is squatting over a crime scene while the idiot police investigators loudly draw out their incorrect conclusions, and suddenly he interrupts: "puppies don't wear dentures", then he pulls out a pistol and points it at a guy who was concealed behind some nearby trash cans. Sorry. I'm weird. Good luck with waking up. I know I've tried many methods of attack with it and not managed consistency.
  22. Oh, man, I'd seen that website and lost it. Thank you! I always think "man, I wish I was in college again". Well, now I can be. I just need to get someplace where I can realistically take courses (sharing 2 internet cables between 5 people and having only one 30+ minute block of free time per day is not conducive to proper studying). It's not a solution, but it's helpful. I really appreciate all the support, guys. Whether or not I succeed at this challenge, I promise at the very least to not disappoint. I'd type more but I have to go work.
  23. (you have no idea how hard it was for me to find one of those with a view image that wasn't...yeah)Anyway, good luck on your thesass. Thesis. Whatever.
  24. 5th edition, from what I can tell, basically ignores that 4th ever happened and goes back to Vancian magic, linear non-casters, and near-impenetrable system complexity. Yaaaaaaaay... (in case you can't tell, I actually like a lot of what 4e did) Can't say what they might do for the settings. I've only read up on Eberron and Dark Sun. I like what they did with the latter in 4e, a little less so what they did with the former. Hmm...we seem to have only two people interested in Dresden Files. I hate to say it, but I feel like this game isn't getting off the ground. Sorry, guys.
  25. Madam, I do not snowboard. I ski. The problem is, I've already invested a lot of time and money (other peoples' money, at that) into a direction. I feel like I'd basically be the scum of the Earth if I didn't do my best to stick with it. But I've been presented with evidence that it just might not be a good idea. And, unfortunately, I'm not far enough along any other avenues for them to make good options at this time. All of this is as far as I can tell. I'm really hoping that I can gain some new insight on the matter. Really really hoping. Because I don't want to be stuck working for $8 an hour with no tips and a family that justifiably hates me for the rest of my life. Also, I care about too many things. I like writing. I like drawing. I like guitar. I like language (my current direction). I like linguistics. I like parkour. I like acting. I'm rediscovering my passion for the hard sciences. If I were some polymath who was actually GOOD at all of them, hey, no problem. But I'm not. I'm mediocre, and mediocre does not pay the bills. Or contribute much to humanity. Blah blah blah angst blah blah blah problems that I'm sure everyone has blah blah blah, you get the idea. I just feel like I've been coasting and accepting that I'm going nowhere instead of trying to do something about it. I've gotta switch that around. P.S. you should update your signature. You're level 2!
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