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  1. I am feeling super inspired by my re-playing through all the Kingdom Hearts games lately so... I'm going to stick with this theme for the second challenge in a row. I may do it again for the next challenge too because WHY THE HECK NOT?! I'm feeling a little lacking in the inspiration elsewhere but Kingdom Hearts seriously never ceases to get me riled up in all the best ways so it's just going to have to do for now Two challenges ago I didn't have very specific goals and just wanted to stick to my routine. Last challenge I tried to add a bunch of new things to my routine This challenge I'm going back to not really having goals, but this time my routine will incorporate some of the habits I developed last challenge (and some not that didn't really work for me). This pattern of chill then go hard then chill gain seems to be working pretty well for me. So this will be a chill challenge cycle GOAL 1: SHOW UP Post my weekly schedule and goals each week by the end of the day Tuesday. Try for Sunday or Monday, but Tuesday's fine. My weekly schedules will include my usual stuff like lifting, dance, and ROMWOD plus some new stuff from last challenge like Unbreakable Feet and meditation. GOAL 2: DO THE THING Do what I said I was going to do and stick to my schedule/goals for each week. GOAL 3: REFLECT Post what I ate for each meal of the week and why (if applicable... I don't need to post why for a meal prepped meal for example) and how each meal made me feel physically and mentally. This really worked for me two challenges ago so I'm going to do it again. GOAL 4: DANCE I want to start taking private lessons again, I haven't in a few weeks. So for this one I'll make it a priority to take at least 2 private lessons this challenge. Bonus: Figure out what the heck I'm going with my dance goals (ie do I want to compete and if so how soon and in what dances) ♥ And that's it! Woop woop let's do this!
  2. Kwesadilo builds his squat back up

    At long, long last, my squat form looks decent, so my primary goal for this challenge will be to build it back up. Technically, I started that last week, but I had friends in town last weekend, and I knew that would have gotten in the way of getting my goals done, had I set them. I'll leave my other goals the same, but I might swap out bedtime or mobility for something more interesting if I can get my thoughts together. Goals Retain good squat form while working through a linear progression. I'll be doing this pretty aggressively, but I don't want to get sloppy. I got up to 175 lbs. last week but didn't do it for sets across. I don't have a starting number from tonight, because I was super tired from staying up late this weekend and decided to make this a rare Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday week. Do mobility work every day. This will still be the squat-focused exercises I got from PT in most cases. Get to bed by 11:30 pm 5 days each week. Work on SICP for at least an hour and a half each week. One day has to be a weekday. I've been thinking that I should try to inject a little more novelty into my life, and I'd kind of like to make one of these related to that, but I haven't formulated a useful goal yet.
  3. Shotokan moves lower and stronger

    Continuing on with the momentum from the last challenge, this one is going to be similar. Setting goals for the entire challenge is working better for me than setting weekly goals. Karate training: Kata and stances - 12 times The kicking training has been working well and I am going to try and apply it to my kata and stance work. For these to count, I have to do at least five katas that day or 10 minutes of focused stance training. Kettlebells and kicks: 700 swings / 200 side thrust kicks The kettlebell swing has become a staple in my training and the swings with side thrust kicks in between seems to be working better than what I have done before. Potluck workout: 12 times This part of the challenge gives me some room to explore some other workouts. I really want to start playing with the trap bar more and even get in some focused upper body and maybe even some band work. Extra credit: Publish four blog posts Writing has been hard lately but I am going to make myself do it this time around. I know that I don't have to write a novel each time but it still has to be useful to count.
  4. [NeverThatBored] Now Give Me That Fire

    Lately, I've had energy?? For the longest time, I was tired and foggy daily. I've been the type of person who can easily take 3 naps a day. But lately, if I take a nap it's out of habit (or procrastination) rather than any actual need for a nap?? I have no idea what's going on, but I'm ON FIRE these days. So I'm going to run with that. Last challenge, I restarted aikido AND started doing crossfit. I also signed up for a Japanese class that starts in 2 weeks or so. ALL THE THINGS. Regular fitness: 7 mobility mornings/week (20 sessions over the challenge earns me some sort of mobility reward - a class, a tool, etc.) 2 Crossfit sessions/week 2 Aikido sessions/week 1 Startbodyweight session/week 1 smaller muscle session/week (little stuff for muscles in hips, feet, etc.) - this can be combined with the startbodyweight session or broken up throughout the week 2-3 GST stretching sessions per week Walk 16 miles/week (12 to pass, but 16 earns $10 towards hiking/backpacking gear) Run weekly (shins allowing) Mobility Supplementation: Toe touch sequence daily Shoulder stretching daily Squat movement daily Yoga weekly? Soft tissue work as often as possible/needed "Triathalon" Goals GET MY FRIGGIN' BIKE TUNED UP AND RIDE IT ALREADY. SHEESH. Go swimming 3 times Other Goals: Stand OR sit on the floor to work 3 hrs/workday Do something weekly to connect with my father Continue to check off tasks on the nutrition program I started last challenge Put on clothes by 9AM on weekdays
  5. Raxie Fights the Heartless

    Anyone who knows my Nerdlife knows that Kingdom Hearts is PART OF MY ACTUAL SOUL. These games are seriously my favouritest thing ever, and I may or may not have a keyblade tattoo in the works. Basically Buffy and Kingdom Hearts are at the core of my being, and for some reason I haven't done a Kingdom Hearts themed challenge before in my 30+ challenges?! What's with that??? With the potential leaking of the release date of them FINALLY dropping KH3 (like seriously we've been waiting since 2005 guys let's get this show on the road) maybe possibly hopefully this October, now's as good a time as any to do this. So join me on this journey and let's do this challenge thing. This being the theme is actually well timed too, since I really need to dig deep and do some real self care this go around, and the KH series gets really deep in terms of personal growth and friendship and all that is good in the world, so... yeah. Anyway I'm at the point where I know I will be doing a lot of the things that I've tried to build up as a habit over the past few challenges - namely ROMWOD, lifting, and dance. I'm really never not going to do these things, because I love them, and in prior challenges I've hiding behind them by saying I've done those things and kind of down playing that I haven't done the other things. Time to just focus on the other things. OTHER THING ONE >> FOOD << This will be my #1 priority. My biggest issue with food is where I live. I live in a city where there is delicious amazing wonderful authentic ethnic perfect anything you could possibly imagine food everywhere. EVERYWHERE. And it's... so hard to resist. Last challenge I did a really good job of reworking my brain a bit so now when I eat out I (usually) end up getting something pretty healthy. I thought this would be tough, but it turns out healthy food at restaurants is still delicious. My current problem is I just cannot afford (literally $$$) to keep up the habit of eating out so much. And it makes tracking macros mega hard because really who knows what's in that stuff. I need just let it go and be an adult and cook my own darn food! *quietly mumbles Simple and Clean at my desk* I'm a really busy person so honestly a lot of times I eat out because I don't have time for anything else, and this is what I'm aiming to fix. Because I am near Kairi level tears thinking about giving up all the food in my area all together (#foodie4life), and because I realize I realistically will never have the will power or desire to do so, my goal here is to never eat out because I don't have time to cook or because I'm too tired to cook. Going out for Reasons is just fine, I've just got to say the reason here and it has to be legit not like, it was my cat's half birthday or something. Food Goal 1: Meal prep at least 6 meals each week. Food Goal 2: Only eat out for Reasons. Report Reasons here. Scrutiny on the legitimacy of Reasons from my NF Fam is encouraged. OTHER THING TWO >> BRAINSTUFFS << As I think I alluded to in my previous challenge my job has been really frustrating lately. I was absolutely loving my job for years, and it was continuously getting better and better, and then something I was completely and totally excited about was snatched out from under me and cancelled and has me feeling really bummed and useless. I have other things I need to do, it's not like I don't have work, and it's not like my job is in danger, it's just I like to feel like I'm doing something important and not wasting my day away being a bean counter and that's kind of how I'm feeling now. But, I'm young, I know people value my work, the project was not cancelled having anything to do with me, and I know things will look up soon. I just have to not let my brain be a jerk and drag me down. So, more than ever, I need meditation right now. I tried to incorporate it back into my routine last challenge to varying degrees of success but I want to really focus on it this time around. I am always less stressed when I have a meditation routine going and I think it will really help get me through this stressful time. Brainstuffs Goal 1: Meditate AT LEAST 3x/week using Headspace. Brainstuffs Goal 2: More of a bonus goal to chase and not really something mandatory, but try to build up a meditation streak of more than 10 days at some point during the challenge. OTHER THING THREE >> SLEEP << My sleep hygiene is so bad. So so so bad. I have regular insomnia and sleep paralysis issues, and not having good sleep habits REALLY exacerbates this issue. I know sometimes those issues rear their heads and there's nothing I can do, and I can adjust from there, but I need to do my best to set up myself up for success. I need to go to bed on time. A lot of this is related to the food goal, since a lot of times I'm up late cooking or trying to find something to eat when I get home from a busy day, so I think fixing the two will go together. Feeling tired and exhausted all the time just can't be a thing any more. It's not good. Sleep Goal 1: Get in bed 8 hours before I need to wake up. Lights out at least 7.5 hours before I need to wake up. EVERY. DAMN. DAY. Sleep Goal 2: Stop the social jet lag. Wake up before 9 on weekends to try to maintain some semblance of sleep schedule instead of sleeping in until noon and then not being able to fall asleep on Sunday night in time to wake up again at 4:45AM Monday for work. OTHER THING FOUR >> MOBILITY << OK so yes I did say already that I do ROMWOD almost every day without needing to keep myself to it. This is true, and I LOVE ROMWOD and I'll probably never stop doing it. But I know that mobility is not JUST stretching - even the specialized yin-yoga-esque ROMWOD stretching that addresses fascia and musculature issues. True mobility also deals with rewiring our brains to fire our muscles appropriately, with making sure our muscles and fascia are supple and not crunchy, and with building strength in the right areas and the right ways. Especially with all of my dancing, I want mobility to become more of a priority for me. So I have basically been obsessed with Kate Galliett (of Unbreakable Body) since the first camp NF I went to. She is seriously AMAZING, and after talking with her after class she gave me some drills to do and some horrible back pain I was having for ~6 months was healed in about a month. She's a huge proponent of foot mobility and this is something with all my dancing I need to make sure I am on top of. So I was THRILLED when she dropped a new mini-Unbreakable body series - Unbreakable Feet! The full Unbreakable Body has always been way outside of my price range and a bit beyond what I want to commit in terms of time and programming, so this little mini-program was super exciting for me. Anyway, I splurged and I got it. I also have been really digging the MWOD videos that NTB turned me on to, which are quick little sessions (~10 minutes) that focus on strength and soft tissue work. I've been kind of doing those here and there and not really holding myself to it but I'd like to be more consistent about it because I definitely notice a difference on days I do it vs days I don't. So in addition to my daily morning ROMWOD (which relaxes me and I look forward to) I'm going to do The Hard Things for mobility, which are: Mobility Goal 1: Do the Unbreakable Feet drills 3x/week. There is a four week progression through them but depending on how I feel I may move through them slower than that, but as long as I do them 3x/week that doesn't matter. Mobility Goal 2: Add an MWOD Perform routine to each lifting workout, and every day I lift do an MWOD Recover routine before bed. --------------------------- And that's my challenge! I'm pretty excited about focusing on some hard stuff, hopefully it's not too hard! *runs away to contemplate playing through all the KH games again for about the 14th time*
  6. 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 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.