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Hello and welcome to my battle log, est. 2016! I've been doing challenges for over a year straight and I decided to experiment with an alternative style that gets away from the feeling of being perpetually "on" and one step away from the pointy end of the spear that is the 4WC format while not losing the structure that said 4WC format provides. Kinda strike a balance, like? This will be an ongoing experiment, with some room to adjust. This will be accomplished by a month-to-month formal re-evaluation of goals, without grading per say, and the freedom to change things up at any point with no regrets. All in one place! No need to wonder when my new thread will be up, just stay tuned for the next day's post! Below I will update links to each month's first post so you can see change over time. To round off 2016's activity, I'm posting links to prior challenge activity for the sake of completeness. ...And we're off! Index 2016 Challenges: January, February, March, April 2016: May, June, July, August, Intra-Month Madness, September, October, November, December 2017: January, February, March, April, May, Intra-Month Madness v.2, June, July, August, September, October, November, December 2018: January, February, March, April, May, June Lessons Compendium *~* 5/6/2016 *~* Magnesium deficient is something you don't want to be--supplement You might also be deficient in other vitamins and minerals--supplement with a multivitamin Magnesium is a diuretic Squat foot position should be maintained at hip width, no farther: a wide stance is Trouble for your inner legs *~* 5/21/2016 *~* Ukemi must be executed with one's head tucked There is in fact such thing as too much ukemi, especially when biased to one side of the body TM Fact: If you get to a place on Intensity Day where you struggle to PR, add volume to volume day *~* 8/1/2016 *~* Daily neck stretches keep even small tension headaches away Too much of the wrong kind of foot rolling can lead to TIGHTER feet *~* 8/27/2016 *~* Stress is real and it will harm training momentum. Knee sleeves are good tools in the gym for preventing quad tension. *~* 11/7/2016 *~* 1/wk DL Intensity Day is too intense. 2/month is good. *~* 1/29/2017 *~* When stressed, a massive deload is not necessary. Just hold fast to the same weights and...wait it out. Too much magnesium = diarrhea *~* 7/10/2017 *~* A reminder: sleeping on one's back reduces the risk of headaches and muscle knots. *~* 12/09/2017 *~* Do not stop taking Slo-Mag. Just. Don't. *~* 1/19/2018 *~* Drinking a minimum of 44oz of water helps regulate headaches, even migraines to some extent.
After all that work getting through NF high school and my first year at NFU, I don't get a break because it's time for my summer job: camp counselor at the Nerdwarts Academy Summer Camp! No rest for the wicked(ly awesome) as they say. Real Challenge Added! It's gymnastics offseason and I've been trying to sort out an ongoing issue with my left trap and scapula. It's been a mixed bag so far and I've been feeling blue about it. That's led to me skimping out on some of the activity minutes that I really usually love and look forward to. I think making an effort to pursue more movement (especially because it is summer!) will be good for me. I've also been buying too many bagels and breakfast pastries, which aren't the most nutritiously dense (while dense in deliciousness) and are NOT cheap, given the bougie-ass coffee shops I've been buying them from. Keep up with the Campers 5 movement activities per week Participation in the mini and/or a PVP challenge Optional: Start getting used to back tumbling on the tumbltrak to finally work back twisting again Cafeteria Food Buy breakfast only 1x per week Prep a fun breakfast recipe at least 1x per week Optional: Consider a homemade snacks only 2-week challenge Being a grown-up is hard Report back to you guys when I practice driving (I don't want to put a number on it because it was stressing me out) Work on my Underdark D&D campaign 4x over challenge Guide to Daydrinking contributions 4x over challenge Book flight tickets for Sept-Oct travel
Writing, it's slightly better than talking. I mean, you can backspace terrible ideas, or even edit things on social media to lower the aggregate racist levels of the original post. And considering we as a species started off writing with pictographs in the desert, we've come a long way since with our sophisticated sexting and urban dictionary and fake news. I mean, I hardly ever feel like I want to burn all of human writing and culture in a cleansing apocalypse. Good thing the apocalyptic genre of literature hasn't resurfaced as a major theme in modern television or fiction; that could signal that human culture is going through a stressful time of change that is scary and painful for everyone involved, not to mention fatal for many. That would be awkward. So this challenge I'm focusing on writing down stuffs. Literally writing things down, like journaling more consistently (at all, journaling at all), and tracking calories. My diet is fairly consistent, but MFP is the first thing I drop when mental health gets shaky. If I manage a 30 day streak in the categories below, imma reward myself with a $20 etsy order. I have a similar sized one ready to go in the next week or so, but that's all supplies for clients; this reward will just be for whatever whim strikes me. Not exactly sure what I'll want by the end of the month, but something like this is hella sexy. Journaling Daily. I'll post a word count, maybe even some good bits if they're repeatable, but don't count on it. No assigned word count, but I'll track how much. Someone should yell at me if the word count stays low triple digits, but writing on the reg is more the focus than writing a daily novel. MFP I can retroactively log a day, this doesn't need to be WWIII. I'll post kcal and macros, but tracking at all is what gives me a checkmark. Hippy Rumspringa This is the most fluid goal. I got a moderately long list of hippy stuff that I'm recognizing is possibly important to me, but I'm not sure how to be regimented about exploring things as a free spirit. Paradoxes yo. For starters, this category gets a daily check if I do any one music thingy (rattles, drums, stav and tein, kalimba) daily, and any one meditation thingy (harner, mindfulness, energy work, mala) daily.