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  1. Thanks mostly to this forum I discovered the Wim Hof Method just over a year ago and ended up trying out the breathing technique at an (unrelated) event. Essentially, in this technique you hyperventilate then hold your breath for ages, and somehow this confers some vague health benefits on you. It was pretty cool to be able to hold my breath for more than 2 minutes, but as I was reading about some of the health claims, some stuff just didn't make sense. Even Wim Hof's explanations had some huge errors, which was confusing... Anyway, I like Science So I set
  2. I always enjoyed watching movies with Arnold Schwarzenegger. He had a big influence on me when I was younger and his movies were always something I enjoyed no matter how many people said he couldn’t act. His one liners are legendary and my being back this time is a homage to Arnold. Actually, there’s a little more to it. My last couple challenges weren’t the best and this challenge for me is all about being back. Karate, Karate, Karate... I am still training for the next tournament and I need to get back to basics again. This time around is four days a week or Karate fundamental
  3. My next challenge is going to be solely focused on spiritual / emotional / mental health. Quick recap from my last challenge thread: competed at ballroom dance nationals the last week of last challenge, and the results were disastrous and way below expectations going in. The week also brought to the surface some ugly demons I need to face around my motivations for dance and the sustainability of current arrangements in my dance partnership, which are leaving a lot of options currently on the table, many of them quite scary because I don't like change. I already had identified spiritual / menta
  4. Greetings! Sassyfrassy here. You could call me the artist formerly known as roseofmay, kelliestrasza, and other monikers. It has been quite some time since I've participated in a challenge, but the amazing @shaar made sure to poke me to start the new year right. So, here I am to do just that! I'm starting off small since I'm getting back into things. regrowth - establishing & learning I'm going to get back into tracking my food intake on a daily basis. I'll be able to see what I'm eating, what I'm not eating, and assess my mood and feeli
  5. Background stats: I'm 30, female sexed, 169 lbs, 5'11", no history of breathing problems or heavy smoking. I also started rowing 3 x a week for 30 minutes in the past week. One troubling thing that I've noticed recently is that I get shortness of breath from walking. It's happened randomly two or three times in the past week. I'm concerned because it's never happened before. It happened on my way to the gym just now, and it still feels like I can't completely breathe. I'm trying not freak out. I've switched to doing an interval sprint type approach to rowing (30 seconds
  6. For those who do not know, I am training for the Polar Plunge. As one aspect of my training, I have been using the Wim Hof Method to acclimate to cold temperatures. In addition to cold exposure (cold showers, immersion in icy water, etc.) The WHM includes a unique style of breathing similar to the Tibetan Tummo "breath of fire" meditation. While I am not 100% convinced of some of the claims Wim has made about his methods (only because I don't have personal evidence), I will say the breathing has changed my mood and demeanor considerably. I feel so mellow after meditating with this
  7. Breathe in, breathe out. What needs done today? At least once a week, do crocodile breathing. Note 1-2 tasks every day on the daily to-do list. Do them. That's it. Work, workouts, parkour, language practice, and the job hunt are all continuing. I will not let any of it stress me out: I will adapt, breathe, remain calm, and continue to kick tail. Sounds simple, no?
  8. I've been diving in low-level consciousness activities the last couple of months. I really want to throw away my computer and phone and go live in the woods, but I also have to be a reasonable modern homo sapiens. Hopefully creating again the habbits I've destroyed the last half a year I might get back on the right track. Goals for this challenge Body, Mind and Soul. Body Breathe. Be able to keep your breath for 4 minutes. To do this, I need to practice holding my breath everyday. 4:00 minutes - 4 STA 3:30 minutes
  9. I am a monk, but...I've found it hard to stay in the rebellion due to deteriorating health. And as I am typing this, I have been hospitalized due to severe asthma causing lung problems (To thre point where threy had completely locked up.. This was...something of an eyeopener for me. It was actually quite horrifying, and I don't want this to happen again. So I've come looking for help I've seen the health benefits of proper breathing, but I have no idea how to do so. And everywhere I look tells me to do them but not how to do them. Can the Rebellion help
  10. So, I know the first week of the challenge is almost over and I'm finally getting this posted. But, the last 10 days have been a perfect storm of crap that derailed all of my plans. As you can tell by the title this go 'round, my goals are pretty simple and expectations are not high. Why? Well, on the Monday of zero week I received word that after fighting various forms of cancer for 21 years, my cousin finally lost her battle at 53 years of age. 2 days later, doctors told my mother that they had exhausted everything they could do to halt her cancer and that there was nothing more
  11. Hello Assassins, I'm back!!! Well, actually... I'm in Uganda... But I think I've emerged from my recent rage stress spiral. Also, my internet access is surprisingly good (except apparently, I'm unable to post gifs.... Grrrrrr)? So, it's time to resume my badassery... And who better to learn from than the Dragon of the West? Uncle Iroh and his wisdom will be my guide! Main Quest - Resilient and Radiant "No! Zuko! You must never give into despair. Allow yourself to slip down that road and you surrender to your lowest instincts. In the darkest times, hope is something you
  12. PROJECT: B.R.E.A.T.H.E. Balance Restore Energize Accomplish Transform Humor Engage With the new year come the hope that we can keep a good handle on whatever life throws at us. We're pretty good at it, but there is always something out there that puts a wrench into our plan. Especially when it comes to taking care of ourselves. Thus, I introduce Project: B.R.E.A.T.H.E. As we work through our quests and adventures to happiness, it's important to have a reminder to take that needed breath. That is my hope for this group. While we work to help each other succeed in our fitness quests
  13. Lucky Fire Dragon Spreads her Wings of Ease So, except for the lifting and rope skipping I did a LOT of exercise during the last challenge and while that felt super good and I do want to keep it up, I also feel like a little un-challenge (thank you Hybrid for inspiration on that one ) so that my easy-mode that has things come effortlessly to me doesn't come short either. So you could say I am levelling up my balance some more. Enjoying more strength mixed with soft relaxation to stay in tune with the flow of life and be open for opportunities of all the GOOD STUFF that wants to come my way
  14. I yawn a lot while I workout. And I get side cramps/stitches like a mad bastard when I do even light jogging. I've learned this means my breathing isn't as good as it should, which is dismaying because I played trumpet for 3 years and belted it out as an alto for another 4 years after that in my high school choir. So. Breathing exercises. I need them. The problem: outside of a musical pursuit, I'm not sure what to do. So, you guys know what I can do to work out this particular 'muscle' at all? I'm not sure if yoga would be of use in this or not, but then, I know squat about yoga. PLEASE AD
  15. I still consider myself a beginning runner. I've done two 5Ks, but unable to run the whole thing still. That probably has something to do with the fact that both races the temp was over 100F. I train up to 2.5 miles, and peter out past that.. Usually, I do an out and back. When I run, I do a 1/4 mile warmup/cool down. I run at a pace that has me breathing heavy, but not out of breath. When I start cramping or feeling winded, I fast walk. The actual pace varies with terrain and temperature. When I tried my runs on a dreadmill, my heartrate was near 80% max. Can't carry a conversation at
  16. I skipped last challenge as I was too busy to make goals & track stuff and just had to get on with life and doing stuff! Fortunately things have calmed down since then. Main Quest: Grow a Healthy Snowdrop Baby I am finally pregnant with what will hopefully be my first baby. Goal: Eat enough protein Goal: Take medicines/vitamins every day This one is proving hard as I can't swallow whole tablets and the multi-vitamin tablet (that I have bought 3 packs of) makes me immediately start retching if I so much as taste the inside of one of the tablets. In fact, just thinking about it is makin
  17. Hello and welcome to my journey, Relieve Some Tension. The purpose of this journey is to cure my lifelong struggle with myself being tense and nervous all the time to the point where I walk very stiff and my core muscles aren't present. My mind is always busy and I'm here to learn how to calm it down. So here's the breakdown as to what I hope to accomplish for the next 6 weeks of the new challege starting June 9th. Main Quest: To become uniform with my mind and body in order to have control of how I react, adapt, breathe and take action. Here are the steps I'm taking to accomplish thi
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