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Well damn I'm about to hit 40! 

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How'd this happen?! Just yesterday I was turning 30 !

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At the very least I'm in a better place than I was at 30. While I didn't manage to keep all the weight I lost off I've kept most of it off, last I check I'm 25 lbs lighter than back in 2010 - so that's a win in my book.

 

Looking back I've done a few things since turning 30 -

  • Gotten married
  • Ran 3 marathons (among other things)
  • Moved across the country
  • Wrote some homebrew D&D modules
  • Traveled more than I ever thought I would! 

 

Now we push forward into THE FUTURE!

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Alright maybe not THAT future ... perhaps something nicer?

 

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DEFINITELY not that one... guess I'll have to do it myself!

 

QUEST 1 - Food Logging

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I am going to get back to logging my food! This is to get base line on what I'm doing right / wrong - I'm not going to track 

 

QUEST 2 - Keep going to Orange Theory!

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The wife and I do best with group fitness and paying for classes - we will keep going to OTF as well as doing a weekend run. Yes I know this is more Ranger than Scout but sometimes you got to mix things up!

 

QUEST 3- No device after 8 pm

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Put the phone away before bed in homes of getting better sleep.

 

However I will be using my Kindle for ...

 

QUEST 4 - Read more! 

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I've not done much reading of late and honestly it makes me feel like I'm getting dumber.

 

So for 2020 I want to read at least 1 non-fiction book a month. This is pretty low hanging fruit but habits start with these small steps.

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52 minutes ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

You're the temporal nexus that keeps this timeline from going post-apocalyptic.

 

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I've done a bad job all things considered ... I have to apologize for pretty much 2016 onward.

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Kicked off 2020 with a OTF workout, putting up new blackout curtains, installing a third magnetic strip for spices, and having the traditional southern meal of pork, blackeye peas, greens, and cornbread! 

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19 hours ago, Xena said:

 

Have you picked a NF book to read yet?

 

I got a copy of LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media a while back and think that'll be my first book out the gate.

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5 hours ago, Defining said:

Geez, way to give yourself nightmares dude...

Guess I could go with On the Origins of War: And the Preservation of Peace by Donald Kagan or The Dark Barbarian

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So it looks like we have a few similar goals.  

On 12/30/2019 at 1:17 PM, Strickland5 said:

QUEST 3- No device after 8 pm

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Put the phone away before bed in homes of getting better sleep.

 

However I will be using my Kindle for ...

 

QUEST 4 - Read more! 

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I guess I'm still using my computer in the evenings, but it's amazing how much time turning off the TV has gotten me.  And with that extra time, I would like to read as well.  

Keep us posted.  Hoping to hear really good things.  Oh and about hitting 40.  40 is the new 30.  

 

 

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For my book, Dark Barbarian won out

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I actually started my food logging started yesterday to try to jump start the habit. Didn't realize gin was so caloric ;) 

 

Went to the 5a15 OTF class this morning. It was a Strength day. On the dreadmill that means incline & floor work (weights / TRX / Rower) is high weight low rep counts. Won't lie doing base pace (5.3mph / ~11:19 min/mile ) at 7% incline was tough ! We did 1 minute 1%, 1 minute 7%, 1min 1%, 45sec 7%, 45 sec 6%, 1min 1% then 2 minutes of 30sec drops from 7% - so 30 at 7, 30 at 6, 30 at 5, 30 at 4.... before we moved to the floor for 6.5 minutes of various chest/arm/core work. That was round 1, round 2 was the same save for starting at 6% rather than 7 and different work on the floor... and round 3 was at 5% vs 6% with yet another series of floor exercises. 

 

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OTF today was Power! Dreadmill was 3 blocks of 6 minutes each

 

Block 1 

60 sec all out

60 sec walking recovery

Repeat 2 times

 

Block 2 

45 sec all out

75 sec walking recovery

Repeat

 

Block 3 as you might have guessed

30 sec all out

90 sec walking recovery

Repeat

 

I increased my all out by 0.5mph each block (6 to 6.5 to 7) and pushed to 7.5 on the last round

 

Floor was squat thrust sets (decreasing set count 8/6/4/2) with 150m row between each set

 

Then 8 sumo squats (50lbs), 16 total skater side to side lunge, 8 per side weighted step back lunges (25lb dumbbells in each hand) and 10 plank jacks which we repeated till time was up

 

Food log went well - seems I MIGHT be under eating again as I've 1500 calories left 😕

 

Enjoying Dark Barbarian - didn't know if I was going or not but it is introducing me to different contemporaries of Robert Howard as well as providing critical thinking on his writing

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Love the combo of less device time and more reading. Sounds like a great book you're starting with too!

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!!!!! FRIEND!!!

 

❤️

 

When are you 40? Is it soon??  Tell tell please! 🙏

(I'm 40 this year too...)

 

I hear good things about Orange Theory! Kinda wish I had one around here..

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On 1/10/2020 at 6:12 PM, Xena said:

The exclamation point makes it even better! How were you feeling after that workout? It sounds like the dreadmill circuits make you pretty sore (lot of time running pretty darned fast).

Yep I was all the sore! We did ESP day (aka endurance, strength and POWER!) which included going from 11% power wall (3.5mph) for a minute to all out (7mph @ 1%) for the next minute ...oh lorde! 

 

12 hours ago, loire said:

!!!!! FRIEND!!!

 

❤️

 

When are you 40? Is it soon??  Tell tell please! 🙏

(I'm 40 this year too...)

Let me check the calendar ... ah yes well that would be Monday the 13!

 

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On 1/7/2020 at 10:59 PM, Strickland5 said:

OTF today was Power! Dreadmill was 3 blocks of 6 minutes each

 

Block 1 

60 sec all out

60 sec walking recovery

Repeat 2 times

 

Block 2 

45 sec all out

75 sec walking recovery

Repeat

 

Block 3 as you might have guessed

30 sec all out

90 sec walking recovery

Repeat

 

I increased my all out by 0.5mph each block (6 to 6.5 to 7) and pushed to 7.5 on the last round

 

Floor was squat thrust sets (decreasing set count 8/6/4/2) with 150m row between each set

 

Then 8 sumo squats (50lbs), 16 total skater side to side lunge, 8 per side weighted step back lunges (25lb dumbbells in each hand) and 10 plank jacks which we repeated till time was up

 

Food log went well - seems I MIGHT be under eating again as I've 1500 calories left 😕

 

Enjoying Dark Barbarian - didn't know if I was going or not but it is introducing me to different contemporaries of Robert Howard as well as providing critical thinking on his writing

 

It's been raining here so I've been running the dreadmill too! that's some fast runs. i barely go to 7.5.

 

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I'm horrible about checking these forums - who let me be a guild leader again!? 

 

  1. Logging food is going well overall, is tough when you go out to log correctly but I'm trying.
  2. Been very consistently going to OTF - 515 classes are tough but worth it
  3. The no-device is going okay but not great - need to do better at this one
  4. Device in bed limits the reading which I'm failing out ... so I need to stash the phone and pickup the book!
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On 1/20/2020 at 1:07 PM, Strickland5 said:

I'm horrible about checking these forums - who let me be a guild leader again!? 

 

  1. Logging food is going well overall, is tough when you go out to log correctly but I'm trying.
  2. Been very consistently going to OTF - 515 classes are tough but worth it
  3. The no-device is going okay but not great - need to do better at this one
  4. Device in bed limits the reading which I'm failing out ... so I need to stash the phone and pickup the book!

 

Someone has to guide us out of Ewok City. Otherwise there might be massive revolt 🙂

 

Keep fighting the good fight!

Xena, Level 14+ Valkyrie Ranger

January 2017  December 2016

Oct/Nov 2016

 

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