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And now I have goals:

 

Welp, it's Zero Week! ZERO WEEK!

 

ZERO WEEK!!!

 

And I honestly don't know if I've ever needed one more. It's been a while since I gave ya'll a full on rant hasn't it? You have been warned.

 

So the past few months have been tumultuous. Ups and downs. Difficult things. Adjusting. Last challenge fizzled out, which is fine. Honestly it's my social OCD that had me set one up at all, I was due for a break, @Laghail knows. I guess I'm supossed to show my progress for the jumprope PVP with @Wild Wolf that never hapenned :D I guess you can watch me fall on my butt... that's always fun, right?

 

I had my discharge from physical therapy last week, hand in hand with a list of guidelines for moving forward, as well as an appointment for this morning to deal with my muscle strain from those heavy triples last spring. It has been a surprisingly emotional period of my life... and I'm guessing that it's somewhat related to the fact that my birthday is coming up, a week from tomorrow in fact, on International Talk Like A Pirate Day. (Yes, it's a thing :P

 

I was never really one to feel badly about getting older. 30 came and went, so did 35. It was on my 36th birthday (Sept. 2015) that I realized my next milestone was 40 and that I needed to change my process if I wanted to stay fit and healthy into my 70s and 80s. (You may be familiar with my backstory - I got complacent in my martial arts training when I started teaching... 5 years later I gained 30# and was relatively out of shape. I lost the weight and started powerlifting in March of 2016.)

 

In the one year that I started lifting, and really, just around the 8-9 month mark, I went from a 20# squat to 185. A pair of 10# DBs to body weight bench at 110. Pulling the naked bar to a 245# deadlift. It looked promising that I would go further. It's nice that I have the genetics to build muscle quickly, a fact I have always known (thanks dad) but I had never seen it in action like this. It was cool, but some of my other soft tissue wasn't so thrilled about it.

 

-Tendonitis hapenned.

-Fatigued training resulted in straining a muscle and jacking my lumbar spine a bit.

-Studying orthopedics and building connections with my physical therapists has made me re-examine my training methodology.

-Injury, and let's be honest, a birthday, has made me peak through the keyhole of mortality. 

 

So. Last week we started talking about my particular issues and future limitations. Primary panics thoughts were that I will likely never get back on the platform in competition... but really is that so bad? I had a pretty rough time last go. But... never lift again? Even if not for competition? I was just getting started, and now I have to stop?

 

The initial panic subsided after a bout of creativity in looking at what I CAN do, and writing myself a pretty boss workout, just like I would do for any of my clients that have some limitations, and let's face it, I don't have a single one over 30 that doesn't have SOMETHING amiss to work around.

 

I first got started with powerlifting because it's rampant on Nerd Fitness, and because it's easy. I wanted to start a focus on building strength for longevity and independence as I get older. I want to be able to get out of a chair by myself when I'm 77. Powerlifting is an easy and fast way to develop strength. Easy. I like easy. I like efficient. I like fast. You know what I don't like? Feeling broken. That was never the point of my journey. It was always about the long term. Time to start playing the long game. 

 

SO WHAT DOES THE LONG GAME LOOK LIKE FOR REDSTONE?

 

Look, it's different for everyone. Sure, there are many people who powerlift into old age. Sure, maybe you'll be one of them if it's important to you. Ask yourself, am I constantly working around injuries that never seem to get sorted out? Is my quest for PRs more important than how I feel when I wake up? It's all about priorities, what is most important to you. You do you. But broken doesn't look good on me. Throughout this process, every time I go back to the fear that I will never lift again, I hear the comforting words of my PT: "Lift for health. Lift for life." 

 

Yes, strength training is important to a well rounded routine. People who speak in absolutes annoy me to no end, ie: lifting is bad for your joints, don't ever do it. Cardio is important. So is mobility. (You don't have to believe it, but that doesn't make it untrue.) Lifting is not going away for RedStone, it's just changing a little. I've identified with the warriors from day 1 on NF, thought my training sounds a lot more like Rangering if you break it up. But strength has always been my #1 priority. AND SOOOO... What is strength? What is mental toughness?? Having the fucking fortitude to do ALL the things that need to be done, properly, even if it means that your delicate flower of an ego takes a little hit. Toughen up cupcake and roll out your damn mother fucking pink yoga matt. Get on the elliptical. Don't do things that make your weak links weaker. Be smart. BE STRONG.

 

So. That is what my long game will be considering. I do not know exactly what it will look like. Not today, or tomorrow, or how that will change in a year or in 10 years or in 20. But I do know how I want to feel. 

 

Zero week is dedicated to considering the next steps in a long journey, to reconcile the feelings of limitation with the empowerment of knowing how and that I can work around them, as well as making them, and my self, stronger as a whole. 

 

There will be nutrition goals, training goals, personal goals. All the goals. There will be a birthday. There will be talking like a pirate Yar. But for now... there is only ZERO WEEK RAWRRRR

 

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PEACE BE THE JOURNEY MY LOVELY NERDS.

 

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8 minutes ago, MikeWazowski said:

First!!

 

ETA: also, I guess I'm like excited to support you in your challenge, or something.

 

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Following for [content to come] :D 

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11 minutes ago, WhiteGhost said:

Following for [content to come] :D 

 

Content is [coming] :abnormal::barbershop_quartet_:anonymous:

 

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<3 all the RedStone Zero Week Merch! Following along for all the crazy content coming our way! 

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5 hours ago, Taddea Zhaan said:

 

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS all the yes

 

2 hours ago, elvenengineer said:

This is awesome <3 <3 <3

 

 

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2 hours ago, Sjard said:

When can we buy Redstone merch?

 

Hmmmmm...

 

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3 hours ago, RhiaWolfe said:

<3 all the RedStone Zero Week Merch! Following along for all the crazy content coming our way! 

 

1 hour ago, Laghail said:

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IKR WTD LYFE WHY YOU NOT SPEED FORWARD ALREADY

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Updated zero spot with a very very long rant. 

 

 

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That "rant" (was it a rant? looked like sensible reflection to me) was something I definitely needed to read. Good reminder to not lose sight (again) of *why* I'm training (getting / staying strong for a life of activity, *not* soothing my ego with "impressive" PR numbers). Thanks for putting that all on digital paper!

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19 hours ago, RedStone said:

What is strength? What is mental toughness?? Having the fucking fortitude to do ALL the things that need to be done, properly, even if it means that your delicate flower of an ego takes a little hit. Toughen up cupcake and roll out your damn mother fucking pink yoga matt. Get on the elliptical. Don't do things that make your weak links weaker. Be smart. BE STRONG.

Yes. <3 

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what's this long term bull shit.

 

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22 hours ago, RedStone said:

Yes, strength training is important to a well rounded routine.

Absolutely!  Even though lifting is the only kind of exercise that doesn't bore me to tears (except walking, but that's really transport)... ;)

Enjoy Week Zero :D

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1 hour ago, Vibrantella said:

Absolutely!  Even though lifting is the only kind of exercise that doesn't bore me to tears (except walking, but that's really transport)... ;)

Enjoy Week Zero :D

 

I knowwwww right? It's brutal. I was just talking to @Taddea Zhaan about how we mix up boring cardio with interval changes to at least have something to do. And of all the things, I find stretching to be one of the most boring. I do it in front of the tv...

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5 hours ago, MikeWazowski said:

That "rant" (was it a rant? looked like sensible reflection to me) was something I definitely needed to read. Good reminder to not lose sight (again) of *why* I'm training (getting / staying strong for a life of activity, *not* soothing my ego with "impressive" PR numbers). Thanks for putting that all on digital paper!

 

5 hours ago, Grumble said:

Well, consider me inspired.

 

 

4 hours ago, raptron said:

YOUR NEW SWEATSHIRT IS DOPE AF.

 

Yes. <3 

 

GUYS. <3 <3 <3 

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5 hours ago, Br0din said:

what's this long term bull shit.

 

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I have ADHD... I can't do long term....

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Redstoneeee <3 

 

I love your sweatshirt! 

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I'm mostly here for the Zero week hype :D

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16 hours ago, NeverThatBored said:

Redstoneeee <3 

 

I love your sweatshirt! 

 

1 hour ago, jonfirestar said:

I'm mostly here for the Zero week hype :D

 

HI GUYSSSSSS <3

 

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So my kung fu brother that I used to run a school with happens to have the same birthday as me. We don't celebrate together every year, but it sounds like we're going to try to make something happen in a few weeks. We spoke about it, and I did well to speak up and offer my genuine impression, instead of doing a thing I'm not so interested in. (To be one of the personal goals of this challenge)

 

There's an archery range nearby that I've been dying to try, and maybe even possibly get a b-day recurve bow???? :o Also there's this huge, cool arcade type place with rock climbing and a lazer maze. A LAZER MAZE!!! He's also into camping and nature and stuff, so I suggested a day hike and BBQing and junk, all of which he's super into! I'm really glad, because he was asking about Brooklyn, and I told him the truth. I would totally go, but it's not really what I want to do.

 

I'm proud of myself for having spoken up. I've really gotten into a place where I convince myself I want B because it makes everyone else happy, when in truth I want A. I don't even realize it or intentionally keep it secret, I actually convince myself it's fine while I'm subconsciously developing thicker resentment. It needs to stop and I have to be okay with expressing myself like that.

 

Also, I *think* I know what I want to do after orthopedics. Not gonna go too far down that rabbit hole yet, still have to test for the current one, but if anyone has any experience in the Les Mills camp I'd be interested in hearing your opinions. It's cheap to cert (work will sponsor me), and very steady and reliable work with so many gyms offering at least body pump. It would be cool if I could finish both by New Years, but that might be over enthusiastic lol Either way, Zero Week is under way!

 

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49 minutes ago, RedStone said:

I'm proud of myself for having spoken up. I've really gotten into a place where I convince myself I want B because it makes everyone else happy, when in truth I want A. I don't even realize it or intentionally keep it secret, I actually convince myself it's fine while I'm subconsciously developing thicker resentment. It needs to stop and I have to be okay with expressing myself like that.

 

Empath problems yo, I second what @MikeWazowski said.

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27 minutes ago, MikeWazowski said:

I'm kvelling for you speaking up on what you really want to do! Someday I'll tackle my own "don't voice your opinion in case it inconveniences others" hang-up.

 

17 minutes ago, Laghail said:

 

Empath problems yo, I second what @MikeWazowski said.

 

Wait. It's ok to have an opinion that might cause others to reevaluate THEIR plans?

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