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  1. Does anyone else have this problem?: You're at home, checking out your figure in the mirror while wearing your usual (or favorite) undergarments. You like what you see! You go out, buy a bathing suit in a similar style as the panties/bra and no no no it is the most unflattering thing ever even though the cut is exactly the same. I think this happens because bathing suits are generally designed to fit tighter, but if you buy looser to be more flattering, they will probably fall off in the water. I am curious if you all have any favorite places for bathing suits, either online or for in-person shopping. I think I technically have an hourglass figure, though my bust is rather small and waist is not very narrow. I'm thinking of going with some of those retro high-waisted bikinis because they look cute, but I'm afraid they'd emphasize my hips too much. I think the best solution for me would be to find some athletic style bathing suit separates. I always like how a sports-bra style top looks on me, but bottoms are the tricky part. I have a one-piece that is reasonably flattering, but would really like a bikini. Favorite brands? I hope this is not too off topic
  2. My Life, as Prescribed That's a crossfit joke, get it? *sigh* The idea is to get this thing going and stick with this thread for the year. I'm too lazy to make a new challenge thread, so I'm just gonna dump everything in here. I'm a little unmotivated at the moment, as I'm sitting at home in a snow storm and haven't been in the gym for like 4 days now. I'll lay out some yearly goals for now and then come back and update this thing later. <<where I'm at now>> I've been here on NF for 3 years now? That sounds about right. When I started, I was just getting back into the gym after letting myself go, like, really bad. I was up around 240 and just a big fatty. I spent around 9 months working my way through Starting Strength and praying to Brodin at least 3x a week. I got down to around 210 and then back up to 220 or so. My body is comfortable around that weight. Well, it was. This past year, I transitioned away from the pure pursuit of PowerLifting and drank the KoolAid... I joined CrossFit. I now get to train weekly with a dedicated Olympic coach and still get to lift heavy things whenever I want. I've also learned a ton of incredibly stupid exercises, like sumo-dead-lift-high-pulls. Which are pretty much the red headed step child of the exercise world. I'm coming out of a bit of a "bulk", aka I took the holiday season and tried to put on as much weight as possible. I started this year at 212# and a 39" waist. That puts me around 23% bodyfat, using the simple calculators. That'll change pretty quickly though, my body is pretty used to me fucking around with it. <<where I want to be>> There are some exercise goals down below. I'll probably update them as I go through the year and hopefully have to update them as I complete them. A lot of them are open ended though, like RX'ing 5 new girls. I've RX'ed a few so far. I should keep a headcount somewhere for that. Remind me to check my wod book and update the ones I remember doing. The general body image goals are simple enough. I'd like to settle into a body just under 200# with a 35" waist. I tend to think I look good once I drop down below 36" around the waist. The weight comes and goes, during the last challenge I think I dropped down to 192, and was a little too hungry at that point. There are some life goals that I want to hit, but I don't think I've labeled them out here. I'll do that at a later point. I'm taking small steps towards these already but will talk about them later as I feel more comfortable with the goals. <<how I'm gonna get there>> Well, fitness-wise, I'm sticking with my CrossFit programming. My strength coach is a really smart guy and programs in such a way that he can see linear progression across a group of close to 200 people. With that being said, I do plan to supplement with my own workouts. I'm in the middle of running a 5/3/1 bench variation that Mick suggested for me. It's going well. I may have under sold my 1RM used for the calculations, but I hadn't benched in 6 months, so it was kind of a shot in the dark. I'll be doing my weekly Olympic sessions as well, we're running a slowed down cycle from Catalyst Athletics. It's not enough to see ample progression, but it is enough that I'm seeing my lifts steadily moving up and my technique getting better and better. Another supplement will most likely be the weekly "competitor" homework that is handed out. The people who want to do competitions every few months are given a separate workout, usually a specific skill or skill pairing, that is to be completed in your own time. These look like a lot of fun, but I haven't been doing them as I've been doing my own ramp up for the TTTT. After that is done, I'll jump into these. The weight will come off on its own, as long as I don't be a fat ass. Last year, a big thing for me was cutting down on my drinking. That went pretty well for the first half of the year. I need to get back on that. I'm not going to cut things out entirely, but will certainly drill back on what and when I'm drinking... because I've gotten to the point over the holidays where I can walk home with an 18 pack of lite beer and polish that off after a gym session. Table of Contents Challenge ProgressionsRX'ed WoD ListingBBNC Day 1 Weigh InTTTT TotalsBBNC Day 39 Weigh InCatalyst Three Day Alternate Cycle
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