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  1. Mediaguy99 makes a run for it!

    So last challenge was all about getting back into participating in the forums. I didn't stop exercising, though some bad news about my cholesterol (it's high) and a little winter "puffiness" has got me keen to up my training and improve my eating habits. This time around it's all about getting ready for the massive "Boulder Bolder" 10K at the end of the month, as well as getting back into archery and keeping up my strength training. Plus, in the interest of a healthy diet, I'm going to focus on positive eating habits rather than limiting what I can and cannot eat. Except for added sugar. That's going to be something I watch like a hawk. 1. Make a run for it! This session, I'll make four training runs (or sub one cycle session for any of the non "long run" workouts) per week. Schedule to be determined by Monday morning and stuck to all week. The race is the Monday following the end of this challenge. +1 per run, +2 per long run, graded out of 20 points total. 2. Veggies! I'll stick to the recommended FIVE servings of vegetables per day. Not grains, potatoes, etc. Though sweet potatoes count, as long as they aren't from the freezer aisle of the supermarket. +1 for five servings, +.5 for three servings, up to 28 points. 3. Giving sugar the finger. Sugar intake is linked to high cholesterol and so I'm going to keep my "added sugar" to a minimum. I'll keep a diary of my sugar intake and keep it below 10 tsp (40g) of added sugar per day, 15 tsp (60g) on "long run" days. +1 point per day for every day below the goal, for 28 points. Sugar from fruit and veggies doesn't count. Processed foods with "sugar" in the nutrition block do count as would juice if I drink any. 4. Moral fiber. Every day, I'll make myself either a big bowl of oatmeal (watch the added maple syrup, buddy...) or my super fiber smoothie (one orange, two cups of spinach, one cup of raspberries, and an optional scoop of protein powder). +1 point per day, for 28 points. 5. You only get one shot! Archery practice (at least) once a week. +5 points per week, for 20 points. 30 arrows. (But really, the first shot is the only one that counts.) 6. Weight a minute: Bonus points for strength training. Up to two times a week I'll hit the weights in the gym, just so I don't lose what I've gained. +1 per workout, to count against point losses elsewhere. 7. I want to ride my bicycle! More bonus points, for riding to work. +1 per day, but has to be in addition to another workout, and max 2 points per week. Can't make up for lousy eating by biking to work... That's 124 points total. If I make 112+ points I can reward myself with that new recurve bow I've been thinking about for a year now. I'll weigh in on Monday morning, and weigh out on Sunday May 27. Maybe I'll even see a change.
  2. Raptron Transfers to NF High

    At my old school, we just did gymnastics and ate doughnuts all the time, but now I've got the chance for a fresh start and I am going to use the opportunity to just do better: better for my body and better for my personal growth. But, obviously still having fun in the mean time. I mean, I hear there's a kegger on Friday and I bet the cool kids will be there. 1. Homework -Do prescribed physical therapy exercises as they are recommended -Lift 3x per week I want to work on all sorts of fun things (start going to the ninja gym! back twisting on tumbletrak! back handspring series! take a circus class!) but need to get my shoulder straight first. Lifting can be done without compromising it, I am pretty sure, so I will take my PT recommendations in stride and keep trying to get workouts in in the mean time. 2. Bagged lunch -Track daily caloric intake for a few weeks -Only weigh once weekly -Stop tracking if I get weird or crazy about it I've got some new muscle (dude, my legs are insane this year) to show off and I want to lean out a bit for #croptopseason 3. Shut up and drive -Practice driving 4x -Possibly schedule road test, if cannot schedule road test before permit expires, plan to get a new permit Stop procrastinating and do the work. Schedule times to do this. 4. Stop being a slob -Floss at least 5x per week -Callus care at least 1x per week -Moisturize face at least 4x per week All of these are things I do with lighter frequency, so this should just be a nice step up towards doing more things for myself.
  3. I've been racking my brain for a challenge theme but I've got nothin' except LIZARDS. Specifically mine. I mean, all lizards are cool tho'. They are v. happy and bring a heckin' JOY to the world!!!!!! And also quite STRONK AND FIERCE >:[[[[[ I also play a big ol' lizard in FFXIV - YOU KNOW, THAT GAME I OFTEN HONK ABOUT - here is his current look of rocking a springtime festival skirt and WIELDING AN ENORMOUS AXE 'cause he's quite fabulous and that's how we do. Full of MAJESTY I TELL YA'~ A - ny - way. Oh yeah. My challenge. My last challenge was all about staying afloat, and I'm really proud of myself 'cause I nailed it. I'm managing my stress and my emotions better, and because of that I've been able to slowly get back into a workout routine without burning myself out, which in turn helps me manage my stress and emotions better, etc.! (A good cycle~) Work is still a big question mark right now; I've quietly put that on the backburner for now as not to overload myself and send myself spiraling back to square one - one thing at a time. We've still got a fair bit going on with putting the house on the market next month, but I've powered through a lot and things seem to be much more manageable than they were. This challenge I actually have some ACTUAL TRACKABLE GOALS instead of me just babbling about Twitch streaming and dragging myself out of bed in the morning WHOA WAIT SHUT THE FRONT DOOR I know, right? Look out, here they are: 1. Gym. GO. At least twice a week. Possibly more depending on day-to-day fatigue and soreness levels. DON'T PUSH YOURSELF. But don't die either, v. important. Getting back into a routine slowly but surely first is crucial. 2. Log What You Lift I haven't been doing this for... uh, quite some time, and I think it's about time I slowly start re-tracking my gains. In a way I feel like I've circled back around to the start of my lifting days which is kinda cool because I've got my enthusiasm back, but kinda also like HEY I'VE BEEN HERE. At least I know what I'm doing now, yeah? Right now while I'm eyeing two workout days I'll split them into legs & general upper body/shoulders/arms, and if I hit three I'll toss a bench/back/row day in there. 3. Talk About Food Well, I guess, if I HAVE to. (That's sarcasm.) I'm not at a point where daily MFP tracking would be viable (to be fair I much prefer eating intuitively right now), but I HAVE found out over the past couple of weeks that posting my meals/snacks in my thread at the start of the week has really kept me on track with eating well and sustaining myself. So I'm gonna keep doing that! Somehow seeing it on the screen solidifies all my good choices in my brain. I'm startin' in zero week, y'all. LET'S GOOOOO~~
  4. Raptron Reigns Supreme

    It's competition season! And I'm going to be focused on staying cool and collected like a regal badass, always prepared and always dedicated. This challenge lines up directly with gymnastics Nationals, as we are going to be competing on April 13. I'll be out of town for 3/22-3/27 and then again for 4/12-4/15, but the rest of the time, I'll be around ruling my kingdom with grace. Rule with an Iron Fist *Don't skip accessories for lifting workouts Beam Queen *Balance beam routines every gymnastics practice *Back handsprings on the high beam 4x Luxurious Produce *Eat heaps of leafy greens 5x per week Supreme and Serene *Do some yoga every damn day: no time requirement, can be just a few asanas *Work on balance poses 4x over challenge, preferably with some flows (it's been a while!) Bonus Quest: *Bake kouign amann the weekend of March 31-April 1 (Kind of stole this theme from @CourtnieMarie's some time back. <3 luh u)
  5. Mediaguy99 Rangers Again

    Just a quick dip back into Rangering after almost a year of wandering in the forest... Goals for this session: 1. Work out five or more days per week--two days of strength training, three days of cardio 2. Reduce LDL cholesterol intake/Increase soluble fiber intake 3. Pick a race for April (10K) 4. Keep track of spending Let's face it. I've got a lot going on. I have a full time job, a seven year old kiddo, a delightful wife, and a dog that wants to run more. Daylight saving time just hit so it's possible to run after work again. Not that I *like* running after work, but it is possible. Maybe I can give it a try. Meanwhile, I've been getting to the gym to actually lift weights lately, so I'll start tracking that better and being more committed. Twice a week should be do-able. Finally, the last blood work I had done indicated that I have passed the cozy ignorance of "borderline high" cholesterol and have plunged directly into "HIGH" cholesterol. And not the good kind. So I'm going to eat oatmeal or make my vegetable/raspberry/orange smoothie every day. The former provides a decent ton of soluble fiber, and the latter provides even more. I'll suss out the details but I wanted to get this on the boards before tomorrow. No fancy theme, no well-crafted life goals, just some simple healthy rules to live by and the accountability of thousands of nerd rangers at my back. I can do it.
  6. On February 25 I performed a concerto that I had been working on for two years! it was John Williams’ Five Sacred Trees— yes, that John Williams, he wrote a bassoon concerto. Here is me, in front of the first professional orchestra I ever played with, whom I got to travel back to for the concerto : So that consumed most of my February— I stopped climbing a few weeks in advance of it in paranoid fear of injuring my hands, took it easy at gymnastics for the same reason, and took it easy at the gym… basically just because nothing else seemed to matter very much, lol. It went REALLY WELL. I was honestly terrified for two straight years of the moment I walked onstage with BRIGHT LIGHT and PEOPLE WATCHING and NO ESCAPE, but I worked hard on reframing my performance anxiety and as soon as I got out and started playing my only thought was “oh, this is easy, what was I so worried about?” (I took propranolol, too, which some musicians take before every concert but I hadn’t used since my final recital at school four years ago— I have no idea if it helped or not, and I don’t plan on taking it regularly because I don’t want to form a neurosis around needing propranolol. But in the interest of full disclosure, there it is :P) That’s over and NGL there’s kind of a gaping hole in my life where all the concerto-anxiety was. And now it is time to Challenge! So… I started counting calories last year. I wanted to lose a bit of fat, and… it worked great! At first. I could eat a normal amount, and I was getting leaner, and feeling awesome in gymnastics, and people were commenting on my muscles, and life was good. Then… it started getting less good. I started to get weird about food. I started overeating when I wasn’t hungry. It was a struggle to lose the last 2-3 lbs of fat I wanted to… I was so close but I just couldn’t stick to my deficit the way it had been so easy to do at first. it was on and off through the summer, fall and this winter, and the last time I posted a challenge, I was planning on starting again. It didn’t go awesome. Then… I listened to this podcast. With a RD named Georgie Fear. And she said, re. calorie counting: “It tends to…bring on a scarcity mentality. Once I’m like, “Oh my god, I only have three hundred calories left for the day,” my brain is instantly like, “YOU WANT MORE THAN THREE HUNDRED MORE CALORIES.” It’s creating this rule for ourselves that we actually will rebel against…That state itself, the scarcity mentality, increases the perceived value of food. Simple economics— anything that is limited in supply, the value goes up. So if I tell myself, “you only have four hundred calories for breakfast,” calories just became a limited commodity that are scarce and valuable. So in that way, it starts to play mental games with people where we may want to eat more than we actually need. I have a log that records that when I was counting calories, I couldn’t go below 1900 calories without feeling like I was starving to death. But when I’m eating according to when I’m hungry and when I’m satisfied, I know that some days, I eat less than that quite comfortably.” That was a revelation. Because I’ve spent a lot of the past year being like, “why do I even want this food? I don’t want this food! But I’ll eat it anyway, just in case I do!” Which made me feel really kind of bats, but it turns out… that’s normal! That’s just my normal, intelligent human brain reacting normally to the economics of my food intake! So… I stopped counting calories. Once I realized that it just seemed so obvious, in hindsight, that it was making things worse and not better at this point. And I started reading some more of Fear’s writing, stuff like: “People who easily maintain a lean bodyweight don’t seem to spend a ton of time thinking about food, do they? They eat, and then they go do other stuff. When I was struggling with my weight, I would notice these “lucky” people who had hours between meals when eating wasn’t on their mind. It sounded other-worldly when people would say they “forgot to eat” and I’d really wonder what they thought about between meals for all those hours. They seemed to be satisfied after they ate, relaxed, and happy.” And I just… really want to eat normally! I want to be able to eat normal, healthy food when I’m hungry, and stop when I’m satisfied. Buuuut I gotta admit I’m not there yet, because when I stopped counting, the cycle of over and undereating just turned into… well, overeating. And I’m now up about ten pounds from where I was in the fall. Fun! BUT IT’S OKAY! Because, actually, at the moment the prospect of putting in the work to learn to eat normally actually seems like a MORE exciting and lofty goal than just counting calories to get lean! And the good news is, if I’ve been overeating the past few weeks and don’t like the few pounds that it’s put on me, then eating a satisfying amount (i.e. less) will result in them coming off. And I’m OK with it if it takes a bit of time. Because I want to NOT HAVE TO STRUGGLE WITH FOOD for the REST OF MY LIFE! So the “skills for weight loss” that Fear talks about teaching her clients are: Eating 3 or 4 meals a day Portion control Feel hungry for 30-60 minutes before your meal Stop when you’re satisfied, not stuffed Eat mostly whole foods So easy! So common-sense! So… difficult to actually implement! She recommends doing one at a time, so I am firmly on stage 1: eating 3 meals, 1 snack (bedtime.) I know I’m on the right track because it’s already getting better! I am actually feeling more able to just stop eating and do other stuff after meals, instead of feeling like “IS THE EATING OVER? OH GOD IT’S OVER??? I’M NOT ALLOWED TO EAT ANY MORE??? THAT’S TERRIBLE!” So anyway, my main goal this challenge is to continue to implement habit 1, eating three meals a day with one snack. Nothing too crazy with the other goals; lifting 3x/week because I’ve also been really enjoying taking kind of a different approach to gymnastics stuff where… I just don’t worry so much, haha? I’ve been working a lot on my handstands at home, and doing compression exercises and Cirque Physio’s glute and shoulder extension exercises, and trying to let go of the need to get new skills in gymnastics in the correct order and on the correct schedule.
  7. Well, I have been hanging my metaphorical hat for the past few weeks in the Warriors 4-week Challenge area, but this seems a more logical place to maintain my long-term growth tracker. Hi, y'all! My secret identity presents as a perfectly ordinary middle-aged woman, educator, grandma, gardener, pillar of the local church, crocheter, and canner of homemade chicken broth. I'm polite, introverted, bookish, somewhat motherly to the young Marines I work with at the military leadership school, and generally appear harmless. But the *real* me is a Guardian, a powerful force of loosely controlled and readily accessible berserker rage, an impenetrable mass of strength and skill. I'm a hybrid Warrior/Monk, but I'm on indefinite hiatus from martial arts training due to living in a small town with a dearth of convenient Krav Maga instructors. For the present, I am focusing all of my time and energy on re-learning to pick up pieces of iron and set them back down again. I recently returned to myself after a long period of sedentary aimlessness, and found myself considerably weaker than I wish to be. So I found a Starting Strength coach and a black iron gym, and after about a month, this is where I am today: Squat: 45# 3x5 55# 1x4 65# 3x5 45# 1x6 (backoff set to practice form tweaks) Bench: 45# 2x5 65# 1x3 77.5# 3x5 (PR) Deadlift: 95# 1x4 115# 1x2 125# 1x1 135# 1x3, 1x2 (PR) The squat is the main motivator for hiring a coach. I'm super awkward under the bar, a little scared of it, and really struggled to get to depth when trying to do this on my own. Coach has me most of the way straightened out now, but she keeps pushing me to extra volume because I'm not consistent. She says I overthink it. What she actually says is "Quit ANALYZING and freakin' just SQUAT!" So, that's what I'm working with.
  8. 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 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.
  9. Tsune of RisenPhoenix

    Tsune is a Japanese term which roughly translates as "Everyday habits." I read about it first in a martial arts/Budo book by Dave Lowrey, and kind of glossed over it for a bit. I re-read the essay recently, and felt a great deal more attached to it than I initially felt. The basic idea presented is that when trying to follow Budo, a practitioner will eventually reach a point where it has permeated their life so much, it becomes almost mundane. Something you don't think about. Something that even when you don't want to perform it, you do so anyway, because you almost feel lost without its presence. My training habits, by and large, are my tsune. Go a few days without some form of activity, and I get anxious, nervous, and grouchy. Make me miss time on the mat, and I go extra hay wire. Otherwise, my regular habits of lifting, November Project, and aikido have become so subsumed by me that I cannot imagine a moment without them now - a vast difference from two years ago when I started here. My habits are well established, and I have goals, but most of these are longer-term goals than a 6-week challenge would allow (besides an over arching Main Goal). So I'm creating this to document my tsune, and to help me see my progress in the long run, rather than a short snippet of time. Longer term goals, in no particular order: ~BW Squat (~210 pounds) Accomplished 01/31/15 ~2BW Dead lift (~420 pounds) ~Learn to properly Clean and Jerk and Front Squat ~Get below 200 pounds in weight Eh. Ish. Accomplished 09/24/2016 ~Run Harvard Stadium (37 sections) in under 40 minutes Accomplished 02/17/2016 ~Run 50 sections at Harvard Stadium Accomplished 05/9/2015 ~Run Harvard Stadium in under 36 minutes ~Ruck a full tour at Harvard Stadium ~Run a consistent 8 minute/mile pace ~Prepare to run a Spartan Super race ~Run 50 sections at Harvard Stadium in under an hour Accomplished 08/17/2016 To furthering my tsune and beyond.