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  1. Pandemic: Valkyrie Saves The World

    It is day -2, things are really going to kick off on Monday, and if I said I was anxious to get my research started, it’d be the understatement of the year. Oh, who am I? I’m The Scientist, and a good thing, too! The world is being over run by disease, a pandemic we have never seen in our time or any other. It’s up to me to find the 4 cures and stop the spread, before it’s too late! If there are 4 Infections, or 2 Outbreaks, all is lost, and it’s really getting down to the wire. The only way to win is to stick to my scientific guns, buckle down, and do whatever is necessary to prevent the infection from spreading while my research is in progress. In 4 weeks, I will have all the pieces I need to put together the cures and end this madness once and for all. I am the only hope humanity has. God help us all. A lot has happened lately! I got married a week ago Saturday to the love of my life, and yesterday he went back home to Ireland, where I will be moving in March. We have a fun year ahead of us, including a Spartan Super, a probably a couple more BJJ tournaments, a lot of international travel (all our friends are also with foreign people and getting married throughout Europe, yay!), and lots of board games, including my current favorite, Pandemic! Role: The Scientist Special Ability: I only need 4 cards of each color to cure disease (aka: 4 weeks) Event Card: One Quiet night: Play at any time to skip an Infection or prevent and Outbreak. Objectives: Western World Hit macros 7/7 days Southern Hemisphere Lift 3/3 days, BJJ 2/2 days Mid-East Budget: make a budget, comply with it, check it every week to stay on target to save for Irish car and insurance. Name change: work each week towards changing all official documents to new name, complete process if possible by end of month. Start with SS, go from there. Minimize: 10 minutes, 5/5 days, get rid of stuff I preparation for move. Bonus points if I donate stuff. Far East Journal: 7/7 days, a line or a novel, whatever. Guitar: Practice 5/5 Days, bonus for 6/5, includes music theory practice. Roleplay: Work on roleplay post 10 minutes 5/5 days. Bonus (Complete one or more to earn extra Event Cards): 1. Sodium <2500 4/5 days 2. Steps >8K 3. Finished and sent roleplay post How To Lose: As in the game, there are a lot more ways to lose than to win! Missing one goal for the week causes an Infection cycle, missing more than one in a single week causes an Outbreak. There can 4 Infections or 2 Outbreaks before it’s game over. I have one free Event Card, “One Quiet Night” to prevent an Infection cycle or Outbreak(instead of an Outbreak it would downgrade to only an Infection cycle), and I can earn more Event Cards by completing my bonus actions above. Event cards can be used at any time. How to Win: Make it to the end of 4 weeks without losing via methods above. Each week my “research” progresses and I will fill in a line on each vial, after 4 weeks they will be full and the cures will be completed! I just need to keep the world alive long enough for that to happen.
  2. Kwesadilo deals with injuries

    Adding rep cycling to my program hasn't burned me so far, so I'm going to keep doing that and keep trying to be conservative. I'm not going to make a goal for it this time, though. The main thing getting in the way of my lifts right now is some nagging lower back pain when I squat and do a few other things, so I'm going to try to fix that. Going light didn't seem to work, and taking a break from lifting didn't either, so I think my next step should be seeing a doctor. Goals See a physical therapist. I'm aware of one nearby with a sports medicine focus, or I think just any old doctor with expertise in sports medicine would probably be sufficient as a first step. I've been putting off making an appointment for awhile, because I hate making appointments. In order to complete this goal, I have to actually go to a doctor's appointment before the end of this challenge. Do mobility work at least 4 days a week. I changed up my routine in the last few months, and what I'm doing now seems to be no worse than what I was doing before, so I guess I'll stick with it. Get to bed by 11:30 pm at least 5 nights each week. Probably not tonight. Work on SICP for at least an hour and the half over at least 2 days each week. This was my goal last challenge, and I got pretty close to it. I need to spend more time than I have been if I want to consistently make headway, but I think I need to build up to it gradually.
  3. Raptron: Business as Usual

    (It's cold AF so wear your scarf to lift.) Hi! I'm Raptron. You may know me from such challenges as #36: Sept - Oct 2014 and #44: Oct - Nov 2015. Or maybe you've just seen me around. I compete on an adult gymnastics team whose season is just gearing up, participated in my first powerlifting meet last month, and generally spend my free time trying flip, lift, and socialize my way to VICTORY by creating my own win conditions for life. I am creating a way to victory for January by keeping things simpler so that I can focus on two main goals: polishing my gymnastics for competition season (first meet of the season is January 20!) and continuing the search for a new job, which I completely slacked off doing in December and apparently need to keep as a goal to make progress on. Goal 1. Gymnastics Rough Spots *Vault 4x in practice *Bars routine at least 1 practice x week *Beam routine at least 1 practice x week *Floor routine at least 1 practice x week Goal 2. Intervals *Interval workouts 2x per week Goal 3. Job Applications *Apply for at least 3 jobs per week I will still be lifting 3x per week this month and also probably trying to eat a bit less cheese and a bit more vegetables but do not want to make those formal goals this time around.
  4. JonFirestar Gets the Ball Rolling

    Jon Firestar Gets The Ball Rolling 2017 was a big year for me. It was a year of firsts and a year that I discovered a love of running and OCR. I ran a slew of races and had a lot of fun. I met up with seveal nerds and ran races with @charlie_quinn, @iatetheyeti and @jarric and met @rhovenal (but she was injured and missed the race ) Unfortunately I did push a little too hard at the end of the year and kind of checked out over Christmas. I got sick and it took a long time to kick it and between time I was travelling for Christmas and the New Year. There isn’t really a theme for this challenge. I just want to get something down and get my momentum back! So I’m keeping things simple and concise. 2018 is going to be a bigger year! It’s going to be a year of adventure and awesomeness. I have a mass of events coming up this year. Many of them will be meetup events with other awesome nerds. I cannot wait for things to get started so I’m declaring the start of the 2018 hype! To get the ball rolling the first race will be the Nuts Challenge, one of the UKs toughest winter OCRs that I’ll be running with the awesome @charlie_quinn and @jarric. This’ll be our second race together and I’m really looking forward to seeing them again. The training for the massive year starts now! Run All the Miles! This is going to be a big running year for me. I’ve signed up to my first marathon in July! So that’s a thing on the horizon that needs to be trained for. In the lead up I’ve got a bunch of other races. Including a half marathon and a 20 mile OCR in May. My overall plan is to periodise the training between challenge blocks. This coming challenge is going to be an easy one. Just run 3 times per week slowly ramping up my miles and the quality runs during the period. Lift All the Things! To counter the easy runs my lifting is on the opposite end of the spectrum. I’m going to be lifting heavy with a focus power and strength gains. This will be phased into more bodyweight style of workouts as the OCR season begins but for the next two months we are looking at lifting lots of weights. Don’t Eat all the Things! In 2018 I’m determined to get myself under 200 lbs. I am currently sat stubbornly at 220lbs (10kg and 15 stone 10 lbs). To put things in perspective. About 18 months ago I weighed 330lbs. In 2016 I lost 80lbs but in 2017 I only lost 30. There are reasons for that but mainly it’s because I was unable to stick to my calorie restrictions. I'm going to try and take things a little easier this year by setting higher calorie targets and not try and put myself into a harsh deficit. I do a lot of activity so my numbers are going to be really high I’m going to begin this year with a calorie goal of 2700-2800 calories and see where things go from there. I’ll post workout plans later.
  5. Hello! I’m tei. I’m a professional classical musician who always wanted to be good at gymnastics and two years ago, decided to give a real try at making it happen. Gymnastics is my priority, athletically. It’s easy to lose sight of that because it’s also the hardest thing to train consistently, but it really is what I care about most so I want my training to reflect that. My big goals this year are: General: - 1 min handstand hold - Stalder press Floor: - Roundoff backhandspring layout - Front handspring front tuck Beam - Back walkover - Switch leap Bars - Giants - Clear hip Vault - Tsuk onto a mat????? I have no idea how realistic this is but it’s NYE, let’s just saying this is a thing I wanna do by the next one So here are how these big goals map onto the first month and a half: Nutrition goal: be gymnast-sized When I was eating at a deficit last year and training a lot, I was hovering around 108 lbs and I could honestly feel it? I could feel that it was less effort to move my body in space. Then I discovered that I could suddenly do fulls, cast handstands, connections I didn’t have before, all sorts of stuff. I’m probably about 10lbs above that now, which is a lot when you’re a tiny halfling So I am going to go back to the deficit that I was using then, helped along by beginning the day’s eating at noon. Training goal 1: maintain strength *chants* I lift for my body, not my ego. I lift for my body, not my ego. I am going to keep lifting 3x/week to maintain my strength while losing fat. And it’ll be frustrating, because I just want to be awesome at everything and get super strong while shrinking! But it turns out physics will adjust your plans if it thinks your plans are stupid. So if I go to the gym weeks in a row and am lifting the same weights, or lighter weights? That’s OK! I am focusing on my lifting E-score this challenge. Training goal 2: work on foundational skills It it’s sucks that I can’t go to gymnastics as much as I used to be able to, and that there aren’t tons of people around me with similar goals. Oh well! There are lots of things I can work on that don’t require a gymnastics club or a coach. Handstands are pretty important in gymnastics! Imagine how much awesome I would be if I could hold a really long handstand, or do a real press! Also— leaps! Leaps, jumps and turns are gymnastics skills just as much as flips are, and there’s no law against practicing them in the group fitness room at GoodLife. I am going to do 2 sessions/ week of handstand and dance skills work. Recovery goal: sleep Pretty self-explanatory. Sleep makes you good at stuff. So, them’s the gymnastics goals! There are other goals: - I am playing a concerto with an orchestra in February, so that is actually the main goal I’m working towards for the first two months of this year (also, the past year and a half.) So if I drop off the face of the earth, or allude to other goal-type things without explaining them, that’s probably why. - There is a climbing gym opening in Regina! Which is cool because there wasn’t a place to climb at all before. I don’t think it’s open, but once it is I’m looking forward to checking it out and maybe incorporating that into my life . I went outdoor climbing once this summer and would really like to get into that more, so if the opportunity presents itself I’d love to learn to lead climb, start acquiring the necessary gear and be ready for next summer climbing-wise!
  6. obax ~ start again

    I'm not looking back, I'm looking forward. So, to start with an overall declaration: I am a person who does the things I need to do to achieve my goals. Each goal has it's own declaration as well. I'm thinking of making these same declarations, especially the overall one, for every challenge for the whole year, with only the details of each goal changing if/when necessary, sort of like a drawn out version of @Tanktimus the Encourager's line-writing exercise from the last mini challenge. I may add a declaration or two as I go, this is not a complete list of things I need to do to achieve my goals, but for now this is what I'm focusing on. Goal 1 ~ I am a person who doesn't skip a run day I will run 3x/week. Runs will consist of: Tuesday/Thursday - treadmill interval workouts, starting at 4x5min @ 7mph, with the goal to increase the number of intervals at that speed until I'm doing 60 minutes of work (12 intervals); Saturday or Sunday - outdoor 'long' run, starting with my 5.7k route and working to increase distance up to 10k. At the end of the challenge I will run the beep test to see where I'm at. Goal 2 ~ I am a person who takes care of her body I will do my physio exercises and stretch daily. I can skip the physio 1x/week but stretching must always happen. Goal 3 ~ I am a person who has good food habits I follow the ETP program, so this has more to do with food prep than hitting specific calorie goals. If I have food prepared I have no problem meeting my macros and sticking to the plan. I will shop for and prep food on weekends, and on Wednesdays if necessary. I will sort out the meals coming with me to work the night before. I will make sure I have enough food prepared so I can stick to the plan easily on weekends as well as weekdays. Goal 4 ~ I am a person who finds time for necessary skill development This pertains specifically to pushups right now, but may expand as the year progresses. I will do pushup training 3x/week, on crossfit days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday). If I do 50 or more pushups in class, that will suffice for the day. If I do fewer than 50 pushups in class, I will make up the difference after class. If I do none in class, I will do 50 total in as few sets as possible (starting goal of 5x10) after class. Goal 5 ~ I am a person who prioritizes sleep I will go to bed at 11pm Sunday-Thursday (barring a call-out on nights when I'm on call), and by 12am Friday-Saturday. I will get up with my alarm on mornings when it's set. I'm allowed to sleep as long as my body wants to on Saturday and Sunday. Goal 6 ~ I am a person who records her progress I will prepare a journal ahead of time, with space to record workouts and a checklist of the things I need to accomplish/habits I need to stick to for each day. I will record in my journal daily, and not skip any of the items on the checklist. Mini Challenge Feats Strength ~ add 2 pushups to each set instead of the usual 1 for each of this week's pushup sessions (unless it's week 1, in which case just do all the pushup sessions) Speed ~ run at least 1 interval in each of my interval workouts at at least 7.2mph Distance ~ figure out a running route that will add at least 1/2k to my current long route, then run it on my outdoor run day Combat ~ don't skip any physio or stretching sessions this week and mush at least once ('cuz you need to be supple to excel at combat?) Ranger ~ find a reason to use my new crampons
  7. Pureleeawesome's Battlegrounds

    Yes I stole my title from the name of my favourite game currently, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (I have 400+ hours in it and I still suck). BUT WHAT IS LIFE, IF NOT A BATTLE? Ahem. Okay. Enough of the dramatics. Settle in because this will be a large post. I sat down yesterday/earlier today and wrote out what I wanted to be doing in 2018 and onward. Here's the list: Finish Cert IV in Programming Follow Barefoot Investor plans Follow No Shopping plans Be outside more Read more Write regularly Lift regularly Do yoga/stretching Provide constructive reviews Move more Be more present Find my Tribe Work on Epic Quest Items Move forward with my career From this list I've decided to work on the following goals for this challenge: Finish Cert IV in Programming Follow Barefoot Investor plans Follow No Shopping plans Lift regularly Let's discuss, shall we? FINISH CERT IV IN PROGRAMMING Well, I'm not going to be able to complete this during the challenge. It's a long course that I'm finding isn't engaging me AT ALL. But I paid nearly $4k for it (I'm still paying that off) and I need to start working on it again. So the step in relation to this goal is: 1. Spend 5 minutes every day working on my Cert IV in Programming Why just five minutes, I hear you ask? Well, it was something Bean Sidhe mentioned that really struck a chord with me. You see, my mind freaks out at the thought of having to find a large amount of time to do something. But five minutes? Five minutes is easy. To ensure I complete it, I've stuck a sticky note on my monitor to remind me. FOLLOW BAREFOOT INVESTOR PLANS My sister lent me her copy of The Barefoot Investor and I've had a read through and think it will work really well for me. I've had to adjust the percentages that he recommends but my weekly budget should look like: Daily Expenses - 70% Smile (money for long-term pleasure buying) - 7.5% Splurge (money for short-term pleasure buying) - 7.5% Fire Extinguisher (use this towards debts) - 15% You're also meant to set aside $2,000 for your Mojo account (which is what you use in emergency situations like job loss, unforeseen medical expenses). I still need to find the money for this. My steps for this goal is: 2. Change my bank account details with work to my new accounts 3. Stick to the percentages 4. Save Fire Extinguisher in my Smile account for the five weeks then make an additional payment towards my student debt 5. Organise all items I'm putting up for sale - picture/catalogue as required (the money from this will go to my Mojo account FOLLOW NO SHOPPING PLANS This idea comes from Cait Flanders' blog where she spent two years without shopping (except for necessities and items on a pre-approved list). As someone who hoards things as badly as a dragon which just causes her stress and anxiety, this is something I'd like to do. However there are a few differences between Cait and myself. Namely, I'm a homeowner and she isn't. So now that I've told you I'm not buying things, here is everything I'll be buying in 2018+ The Essentials Groceries Gardening Supplies Toiletries Cleaning products Gifts Business expenses Education endeavours Travel/adventures Items on my pre-approved shopping list Pre-Approved Shopping List (it's a long one) Dog door Installation Computer chair Aircon installation Standing desk Garden remodel Dishwasher installation Outdoor table & chairs Shelf system to cover bathroom window New Samsung dvd remote Car service/parts replacement Door makeover items - incl. handle Bicycle & helmet What I WONT Be Buying Clothes (unless I lose weight and have nothing to wear) Shoes & accessories Books and magazines Household items Electronics & appliances Takeout food Desserts (I can however buy ingredients to make a dessert, just can't bring home pre-made ones) Alcohol (unless in a social gathering) DVDs & games The exception is that if anything I own breaks, I can buy a replacement for it. The step for this goal is pretty much: 6. Follow the No Shopping Plans LIFT REGULARLY Figured as this is a fitness forum I should probably have one active goal. I miss lifting. But it's getting me to lift that is the sticking point. So, much like the study step: 7. Spend 5 minutes lifting every day Okay, I'm gonna go have a lie down now.
  8. CM tries not to die

    so they may not have a cool catch phrase before going into battle, besides, "try not to die" but they're a fun and mostly smart team. i would like to be fun and mostly smart this challenge. Exercise. MOLLY – keep up that mutant strength. 5 workouts per week. I’d like to get at least 3 lifting sessions and 2 cardio sessions GERT – use what you have. like a telepathic link to a dinosaur or, ya know, a pull up bar. pull up bar play 6 min per week. especially do this on non-work days. KAROLINA – embrace your free spirit and solar energy absorption. do yoga on sundays (65 mins/week total). read/watch a new mobility article/video each week. I’ve pinned a lot of mobility stuff “to read later” time to do that. Food. CHASE – as the oldest, he knows it’s not all science and fun gloves. consume 25g fiber on weekend days. plan out what will be available to make this happen each Thursday: beans, berries, prepped vegs, etc. NICO – just because you can magically summon food to your door, doesn’t mean you should. eat out or take out less than 7x over challenge. i have 4 already planned meals out this challenge. no more than 3 more beyond those. let's do this.
  9. AriatikStarr hunkers down on habits

    I’m going to do this right now, before I get swept away with my week and forget about it. Over the last year, I’ve been working on meal prep (and eating it), stretching more, and trying to maintain my outdoor activities. This year I’d like to really nail down these habits. With this, I ultimately want to work on cutting some excess weight. I don’t really know exactly where to put my goal, but I plan to chunk it out 10 pounds at a time to make it seem attainable. As far as life goals, I officially hit my first savings goal. My main focus in 2018 will be turned to paying off as much of my student loans as possible. I also would like to be conversational in Spanish, and keep reading through the books I have (it’s like meditation, so not necessarily for learning purposes). so for challenge #1 Fun story, I’m actually out of town starting January 31st until February 15th. Lifting: lower the weight being used for Wendler’s and work on the Boring But Big program for added volume. For this challenge, I’m just looking at completing 1 cycle. Stretching: Make this part of the morning routine somehow, whether it’s after the gym or while coffee is brewing. Should be every day. Ideally I’ll also foam roll 2-3x per week. Food: No takeout at all. I’ll start here. January is cold so the threat of physically going out to eat is pretty low, but I’ll allow it on occasion for social purposes. Weight: I’ll weigh in on my first Gym morning next week. From there, I’d like to lose 5+ pounds during this challenge. Duolingo: 30 minutes per day. Ive been enjoying reading and doing it regularly, but if I find that I haven’t in the first week I’ll adjust to add that goal as well. I just don’t want to get carried away. Same with bikes, although I suspect with walking dogs and the cold I won’t really have the capacity for a consistent 2 fun rides per week.
  10. Oh man, oh man, OH MAN. Y’all, it’s been far too long. TL;DR - YO, it’s me, shaar, veteran Ranger who took a little wayward absence from the forums over the second half of 2017. I like video games, k-pop, spoopy movies, fitness (obvs), food (double obvs), cute chubby raccoons, being the best screamo bard I can be, and BRINGIN’ THE HYPE. (With my BOOMBOX BARD SKILLS.) (Also I like caps lock too it seems ehehehe hiii hello ) I hear tell that hype has forsaken these lands. Eh? Ehh???? This simply CANNOT BE, MY FRIENDS. I don’t like to toot my own horn *discreetly puts horn back in rolling suitcase of multiple bard instruments* but I like to stack a lot of skill points into hype (HYP, natch) so I’m real glad to be back for 2018 to help all my best Ranger friends find their hype, too! Together we can break out of the doldrums that were - LAST YEAR - and BE AWESOME!! 2018 will never see it comin’!! (Oh hey that’s a sweet and subtle segue into the theme of this challenge - ) Welcome to my favorite video game of 2018, Persona 5! I won’t wax existential about why I love this game so much - because trust me, I totally could - but in a nutshell it’s innovative, stylish, thoughtful with smart overarching themes and amazing characters with lots of growth and it really made its mark on my little heart. Phew. Yeah. Great game. At any rate I’ve decided to pull some of my favorite main characters to theme my quests around, so without further adieu - ryuji [ move better... ] AW YEAH MY FAVORITE CHARACTER. MY BEST DUDE RYUJI AAAHHH Sorry got real hype there for a second. (Did you know Ryuji is real hype too?!!?/#.,.) Ryuji’s a hype-machine athlete that works through some physical injuries and knows the proper benefits of taking care of your dumb-ass self so you can keep fitnessing. (Ryuji also swears a lot, bless him~) My recovery has been literal crap in a basket lately and I NEED to be more mindful of taking care of myself and address my aches and pains before they turn into something worse. My right trap has been flaring up again real consistently, my hamstrings are about to secede from my body, and something clunky is going on with my left elbow??? Stretch. Foam roll. Epsom salt baths. Don’t sit for 8 hours straight at your desk ya moron. I’ve done a fair amount of mobility research and have a lot of tools in my belt but I just need to USE ‘EM. Consistently. yusuke [ eat better... ] Oh look it’s my favorite goal EVER, rearing its ugly head. Ugh. Yay. (Can you tell I love food tracking?!!?!) I hate this goal but I just love Yusuke; a poor sweet (lovable oddball) starving artist who never has enough money for food. I have enough money for food, but am I eating optimally?? So hello, food-tracking goal. This is one of those necessary evils - I can’t track my intake all the time ‘cause it will literally drive me batty bonkers but every now and again I really need to reacquaint myself with just where I’m at. I’m eating intuitively and making good choices but I’m fairly certain a few macros just aren’t where they should be (lookin’ at you protein), so I need to identify that weakness for sure....... No expectations or numbers to meet, just track everything I eat and drink, every day, for better performance. My Fitness Pal, we meet again............. *sad bard trumpet noises* haru [ eat even better... ] I sure do love carbs. Eheheh. It’s also winter, so HELLO CARB TRAIN. Haru is a lovely girl with a rooftop garden and would probably clonk me over the head with her gardening trowel if I keep overlooking the pears and avocados for cornbread crisps. (Mmm, cornbread crisps.) (... Sorrysorrysorry~) Each week when I do my run for work snacks, I’ve gotta, GOTTA add more fruits and vegetables in. Carbs are great for what I do but I need to remind myself to be more well-rounded! I have no excuse, I’ve got a big selection to choose from, I’ve just gotta do it. Monday mornings are my snack-run times, so I’ll report back with what I’ve picked up. Feel free to attack me with gardening tools if I screw up. morgana [ work smarter, not harder... ] Hoo boy. This is gonna be a toughie. January at my job is always a literal chaos rodeo (I work in behavioral healthcare) and I really... really.... Really need to focus to stay ahead of the game. I’m, uh, sorta prone to letting some of the smaller aspects of my job slide (paperwork ain’t nobody got time for that) (oh wow my pile of shreddable documents sure is pretty mighty there) (oh yeah look at these stacks of old papers i’m keeping just in case i need them whoops) so... I’ve gotta stay on it to avoid mental collapse here. Morgana is real good at hounding poor Joker to do shit (ugghhh catte shut up already pls) so it’s my turn to HEY STAY FOCUSED DANGIT. This quest might be the hardest, even moreso than The Doldrums of Food Tracking... ANYWAYS. These are all pass/fail, letter grades are -so- 2017 (at least for me, what, you think I have time to THINK about letters and stuff?!!), and Rebels we are SO gonna do this thing! 2018 LOOK OUT WE HERE, GET H Y P E !!!!!
  11. Hiroro #16: Making Space

    Priorities Last weekend's sermon was about saying no to good things to make space for great things. There are so many ways I want more of this theme in my life -- in our house (as we slowly buy home items to make it somewhere I feel pleased inviting people into, but also purge), in my day (staying an extra half hour or hour unpaid at work, watching too much TV), in my diet (too much wine and sweets). I've lost my meditation habit, and I miss it. I have time in the morning, but this month I shouldn't need to be at work particularly early - so I can get back to a good morning routine without waking up earlier. Goal #1 The Perfect Morning Obviously not every morning can or will be 'perfect', but I've always had this routine in my mind: Meditation Prayer Short to-do list Eat breakfast Half the time I drag my feet so much I don't get to early, but still haven't done anything worthwhile with my morning. When my alarm goes off at 5:30, I will say no to random internet reading (or even reading my current book), pressing snooze, and leaving for work early. Goal #2 Workouts I am tempted by the Spartan Stadium plan, but not sure I want to start it when I know I'll have to interrupt for vacation. So for now this means workout 5x/week. Spin, run, yoga, spartan workouts, made-up gym circuits all count. As the weather gets iffy and cold I need this more than ever. I will say no to social engagements if needed to make time to work out. I will also not watch TV by myself (sports/movies with fiance are allowed AFTER my workout). I will say yes to workouts that sound fun, even if they cost money, especially if someone else will join me. Goal #3 Track Every Bite Here or in my battle log, along with how I feel. I will say no to wine in the evenings, endless-unaccounted-for carbs and sweets, and eating when I am not hungry. Thanksgiving Recap Last week was ugly nutrition-wise. I was at my future in-laws, and even though they are wonderful it was draining for me trying to make a good impression, and make frequent conversation. I coped with the stress with food. I felt constrained diet-wise by being in someone else's house, but I still could have made much better decisions. The discomfort of not being in my own space combined with forcing myself to talk to parents/family/friends was so much ugh. But especially as fiance's dad is elderly, we will likely be visiting them more frequently in the future -- this is very important to fiance, as my parents are practically next door but we are not able to see his parents very often (a couple hour flight, or 12 hour drive). I want to support him in this but find that I resent spending vacation time to take trips that are not restful. On the flip side, I ran/walked 3/4 days that we were there. And the morning after getting back, I showed up to spin class. I know the workouts aren't enough to offset my eating, but it's nice to have something positive to report. More than anything it was a chance to escape and have some "me time". Update on the Feels Aside from the stress and anxiety of Thanksgiving, I have generally been feeling a bit better over the past couple weeks. Less episodes of wanting to lie on the floor forever. Can't say why, but I'll take it while it lasts.
  12. 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 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.
  13. QuietRiotGrrrl: Hunter In Training

    I am QRG! Or Mary. Either way. I'm currently deep in the throws of a Supernatural re-watch so my battle will be to train me for "saving people, hunting things". Really, I'm just a chick who loves horror, supernatural, superheroes, and knitting. I could just as well be a slayer in training, but Buffy is waiting for its re-watch turn. I've worked in various offices for most of my life, starting with folding pamphlets and babysitting for my dad's church as a kid, followed by market research, insurance, and trucking. Being an office monkey is good for me since I kind of enjoy getting lost in paperwork, forms and organization. But its bad for my body. Also, I'm no longer a weird little nerdy punk rocker grrrl. I sit to knit and watch tv. And I'm not running all over town visiting friends and going to shows. Adulting is hard all over. So, here is where I'm sort of starting (sort of because I've been an NF member for a year now, but I've only done 2 challenges counting the current): That was a couple weeks ago. I'll update after the next challenge or during it sometime. No pictures yet. I took some, I just really don't feel like sharing right now. So, I've been working on my food. I love baking, but I've been spreading out to making more salads (which I also love) and experimenting with other dishes more centered around veggies. I love veggies. But I still get asked to bake a lot, so I just make sure its clear the leftovers are not coming home with me. My boyfriend Mike is adjusting to there being more vegetables than chip in the house. He's doing ok so far. But he still brings in his own and eats out a lot. Which is cool.. This is my thing, he is only required to participate if he wants to keep eating the food I cook and keep around. Unless he's buying chocolate or pizza. Then I have to fight it. I've started running. I love it, even if I'm not very good yet. I did track in junior high, but I hadn't run since. I just love how I feel afterwards on a run day. Aside from the stiffness, I mean. I have more energy and I just am in a much better mood on run days. I feel like I have more patience. My best mile so far is 16:11 I'm trying to do yoga more and meditate, but those have not been my main focus. I do need to make yoga more primary, though. I miss my old flexibility and I am definitely stiff and in need of yoga after a run. I'm also starting to lift. This is quite recent. I had been doing bodyweight workouts and that was great, but I am in love with the bar. Right now I'm only lifting the bar, but I plan to get a schedule set up to start really strength training for the next challenge. A hunter has to be strong to fight. Those are the basics. With some side quests along the way. Here are links to my challenges: The Adventure Begins QRG vs the Army of Darkness QRG Apocalypse Preparation QRG Does Stuff. And Things. QRG - No Power in the 'Verse Can Stop Me QRG - Five by Five Now let's do this.