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14 minutes ago, Starpuck said:

Dangit, I swore I hit the follow button and here I am all behind.     I swear, I am perpetually behind ALL TEH TRHEADS!   Ahem.

 

This is very much my new reality. This is what I get for actively trying to socialize more! 😛 

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15 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

I had to laugh when Ghostess pulled the salmon out of the grocery bag, because just the day before I was talking to @starsapart about how much we love salmon but can't get any right now.

 

That sashimi looks so GOOD, too! Yay for salmon.

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13 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

To be completely honest, when I read your comment I was a little bit upset and a lot defensive, but as the run/walk progressed that evolved across a whole range of thoughts and emotions.  After the initial reaction, I thought about it some

I very much respect not only the honest sharing but also the overcoming of the initial reaction to make room for some reflection :)

 

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12 hours ago, analoggirl said:

Deftona asking the REALLY important questions here!!

 

I guess cheese doesn't mix that well with Asian flavors but still. Sad that they don't appreciate the taste there.

 

Point. Counterpoint: fried Chinese mozzarella.

 

 

Gotta give the really important questions their due :D

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8 minutes ago, PaulG said:

fried Chinese mozzarella.


I have always had a difficult time accepting mozzarella is cheese. I like it a lot, but somehow... Look! In the video they even say jelly!

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18 hours ago, Mad Hatter said:

Again with the tough love, but why do you think you're a special snowflake that can't make any progress, in any body part? Barring a medical condition I see no reason for it.

I think you are reading more into this than I actually said.  I don't struggle with flexibility everywhere (I have pretty good upper back mobility) but there are certain areas that I have never made any progress and the hips in particular I have been working on for ages with zero result.  Can my shoulders improve with work?  Maybe.  If they don't do I even care? Not really.

 

That said, everyone is different and some people are just more flexible than others.  Hypermobility is real, why doesn't anyone believe in Hypomobility?  If someone can't get the splits it must be because they aren't stretching properly or just don't believe hard enough. 

 

18 hours ago, Mad Hatter said:

There could be a difference between reaching your perceived max and thinking"this hurts and is uncomfortable and not fun at all and I can't go any further". The pain signals might even kick in in advance because you're thinking that. If you rather think "oooh what happens if I go a little bit further?", "maybe 1 mm further is possible" maybe that does open up room for progress. There's a reason why flexy teacher talk about finding "your happy place" when stretching. I'm just speculating here, and I have no idea what's going on in your head, but I'm going to go with a strong maybe as an answer.

I see this a lot and always just shake my head because whoever is saying this stuff just does not understand what it's like (at least for me).  There isn't any pain or discomfort trying to get deeper into these stretches, it just doesn't go any further. 

 

Try this, hold your hand out flat, with your fingers together and your thumb fully extended towards your wrist.  Now just lean into that stretch and really pull that thumb more towards your wrist.  Don't cheat and let the tip bend over, keep that thumb nice and straight.  Can you go just 1mm further?  Find your happy place and just reach a smidgeon more.  if you aren't getting any progress, maybe try believing harder.  OK, if you didn't make any progress just keep doing this for infinity because you clearly just need to work at it.

 

16 hours ago, analoggirl said:

FWIW, when I first came to the Netherlands I REFUSEDDDD to eat the local Gouda-like cheeses, the wannabe feta and salami. So we were also always transporting kilograms of dairy products and meat otherwise I would only half eat my lunch or not at all. Spoiled kid. Fortunately for my older self, I started liking Gouda and both the feta and yoghurt recipes used in store-boughts got better.

I used to be super picky about what cheeses I would eat, but after having my BIL go through and explain to me the different uses for a bunch of different cheeses and how to pair them, my horizons broadened significantly :) 

 

15 hours ago, Mad Hatter said:

This is the problem with YT stretching videos, there's SO many of them that are complete and utter garbage. The worst ones are 7 year old titled "how to get the splits in only 1 DAY!"

The once like that which are obvious garbage are not the most insidious.  It's the adults who seem think that the reason you can't do a perfect pike is because you just aren't tilting your hips the right way or something.

 

14 hours ago, zenLara said:

I thought you were exaggerating, so I wrote that sentence on youtube and the first 11 results had that exact title. The 12th one was about achieving them in 5 minutes 🤦‍♀️

Youtube has some real gems hidden amongst all the garbage, but they can be tricky to find and identify without someone to bring them to your attention

 

11 hours ago, Scalyfreak said:

This is actually pretty much a proven fact. There's a reason professional sports and e-sports teams employ psychologists. If you believe you can do something, it becomes slightly easier for you. If you firmly believe you're going to fail at that same thing, you probably will. That's just how the human brain works.

It is also a proven fact that just because you believe something hard enough isn't going to let you do things you just can't do.  A positive attitude is important but realistic expectations are probably more so.  Slightly easier is the thing you need when you are on the cusp of achieving something.  Employing that kind of mental game for someone who is not even close is worse than useless.

 

10 hours ago, Starpuck said:

Here now though!  Or maybe I've been here the whole time, lurking from the shadows like a proper Assassin

So, is this a subtle subconscious acknowledgement that you are indeed an assassin at heart? :P   Welcome!

 

9 hours ago, Scalyfreak said:

 

This is very much my new reality. This is what I get for actively trying to socialize more! 😛 

I try to follow way too many people here and so I am always behind.  It's just a trade off - I can follow fewer people and stay caught up, or follow more and be forever behind.  I choose the latter because there are just way too may amazing people here 

 

9 hours ago, starsapart said:

 

That sashimi looks so GOOD, too! Yay for salmon.

the stuff from yesterday (see below) was also amazing

 

4 hours ago, KB Girl said:

I very much respect not only the honest sharing but also the overcoming of the initial reaction to make room for some reflection :)

 

I probably should wait longer before replying to some posts to let my emotions play through (see rant above) but I try

 

3 hours ago, Sloth the Enduring said:

Maybe this is a bit woohoo, but the mind-body connection is real. If you don’t think Mobility work is going to help, it won’t.

Probably, but just because I believe it will work isn't going to make it so either. That's just wishful thinking.  

 

At the end of the day, it all doesn't matter because I just don't believe it. I wish I did, but I don't.   Based on what everyone here has said, that pretty much guarantees a self fulfilling prophecy.  it's a good thing it is neither a priority nor a necessity for me.

 

3 hours ago, PaulG said:

Point. Counterpoint: fried Chinese mozzarella.

Yeah, but you may have noticed that they had to go to a tiny village on the border of Myanmar to find a single shop making it by hand.  Not a mainstream food by any means. 

 

3 hours ago, analoggirl said:


I have always had a difficult time accepting mozzarella is cheese. I like it a lot, but somehow... Look! In the video they even say jelly!

Mozzarella is legit cheese.  It's the single slice stuff that they sell for sandwiches that I call malarkey on. 

 

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Yesterday went mostly to plan, but not completely

 

I started with the Pike module for MyFlex and then did my bar stuff.  I did a bunch of lever work and then some other  stuff including L-sits, pike planches, iron cross thingies, and of course pullups and dips.

 

This took forever because I was also trying to get caught up on NF between exercises so I didn't even finish until early afternoon.  I warmed up some leftovers for lunch and then did an hour on the treadmill, getting in 8.3km.

 

After this was finished, I had a rest and then practiced the uke for an hour or so.  The plan called for me to also do sign language yesterday but I didn't want to.  I could have, and I can't even remember what I did instead, but it was probably sitting on the couch looking at my computer.  

 

Dinner was salmon steak with mediterranean style snow peas.  The steak was amazing but the peas could have used less sage.

 

 

After dinner Ghostlet needed a shower so we didn't have much time for playing.  I spent the rest of the evening playing Skyrim

 

    

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Your thumb example sold me. I don’t want to be an assassin so I do just enough mobility stuff not to hurt when I move. Don’t listen to me.

Anyway... I think you just made Chinese mozzarella a quest object.

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1 hour ago, WhiteGhost said:

It is also a proven fact that just because you believe something hard enough isn't going to let you do things you just can't do.  A positive attitude is important but realistic expectations are probably more so.  Slightly easier is the thing you need when you are on the cusp of achieving something.  Employing that kind of mental game for someone who is not even close is worse than useless.

 

Completely true, and important to remember. Your thumb stretching example is spot on.

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1 hour ago, WhiteGhost said:

I think you are reading more into this than I actually said.  I don't struggle with flexibility everywhere (I have pretty good upper back mobility) but there are certain areas that I have never made any progress and the hips in particular I have been working on for ages with zero result.  Can my shoulders improve with work?  Maybe.  If they don't do I even care? Not really.

Sorry. The only reason why I brought it up because it sounds like you do care, since you keep putting it into your challenge goals. And the topic keeps popping up. If you truly don't care I won't say anything else. I just have a hard time understanding why you'd keep trying in that case. MyFlex might be more focused on active flexibility, but it's not a PT/prehab program. And as you say, flexibility training is not exactly the most fun.

 

1 hour ago, WhiteGhost said:

That said, everyone is different and some people are just more flexible than others.  Hypermobility is real, why doesn't anyone believe in Hypomobility? 

Hypermobility is very real, though it's important to keep in mind that it doesn't always translate to flexibility, sometime it's the exact opposite.

On the flipside hypomobility is also very real, but that doesn't mean that progress is impossible, just that it's going to be slower, and that you might need to focus on really long holds and maybe adding load.

 

1 hour ago, WhiteGhost said:

If someone can't get the splits it must be because they aren't stretching properly or just don't believe hard enough. 

Maybe the first one. Almost always because they haven't put in the amount of time and consistency needed. Believing hard won't get you into the splits, that's not at all what I said. What I said was that non believing might limit your training sessions and hinder progress as a result. 

 

1 hour ago, WhiteGhost said:

I see this a lot and always just shake my head because whoever is saying this stuff just does not understand what it's like (at least for me).  There isn't any pain or discomfort trying to get deeper into these stretches, it just doesn't go any further. 

So this can happen for several reasons. Sometimes it's bone on bone, which can usually be fixed by a changed in alignment. Sometimes there are things happening in deeper tissues, but we can't feel it. Sometimes it's the nervous system putting a block way before the pain kicks in, particularly after trauma. Sometimes it's because we can't produce the right muscle engagement to trigger the stretch. You might have to first find out what's causing the blockage.

The thumb example is bone on bone and ligaments. If you did that stretch for infinity, your ligaments would stretch too and you would get deeper. Generally it's a dumb idea, but there are cases where you do want to stretch the ligaments. 

Re the hip, there are many different shape of bones, but typically if this is the case it only affects middle splits, not front splits, and typically it's still possible to get pretty close to the floor. There are outliers of course, but I wouldn't make the assumption without an x-ray as it's generally the last thing on the list of reasons, not the first. Sure it could be hypomobility and a very tight hip capsule, but since you can squat just fine I think it's unlikely. 

 

2 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

The once like that which are obvious garbage are not the most insidious.  It's the adults who seem think that the reason you can't do a perfect pike is because you just aren't tilting your hips the right way or something.

Agreed, it's pretty obvious when it's kids doing a crappy tutorial for other kids. With adults you'd hope they have some shred of understanding, but alas it's not the case.

 

2 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

It is also a proven fact that just because you believe something hard enough isn't going to let you do things you just can't do.  A positive attitude is important but realistic expectations are probably more so.  Slightly easier is the thing you need when you are on the cusp of achieving something.  Employing that kind of mental game for someone who is not even close is worse than useless.

Absolutely. But let's be clear that's not at all what I said when I talked about how belief could affect flexy training.

And it's not about thinking, "yeaaah, today I'll achieve x thing even if I have never done it before and I'm not even close". It's about approaching the training as "one day I'll achieve x thing if I put in the effort today". But speaking of realistic expectations, I do find it fascinating that you thought 2 months was a realistic timeframe for a OAHS, but that improving flexibility is impossible. ;) 

 

Anyways, I do apologize if I called you out unnecessarily harshly, and I won't say anything else on the matter. I just have difficulty understanding. Maybe it's an internet reading comprehension error on my part. :) 

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38 minutes ago, Mad Hatter said:

Anyways, I do apologize if I called you out unnecessarily harshly, and I won't say anything else on the matter. I just have difficulty understanding.

To be fair, I don't understand a lot of it myself.  I'm about to get on the treadmill again so I will have some time to think about it some more :D

 

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3 minutes ago, WhiteGhost said:

To be fair, I don't understand a lot of it myself.  I'm about to get on the treadmill again so I will have some time to think about it some more :D

Alternatively, ignore everything I said and enjoy your workout. :D 

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6 hours ago, Sloth the Enduring said:

Anyway... I think you just made Chinese mozzarella a quest object.

"Chinese" Mozzarella* is available but I won't buy it.  Even if they made cheddar I still wouldn't buy it.  Companies that are willing to poison baby formula to squeeze a little extra profit out of the product are not getting any money from me.

 

* This is the only kind of cheese they even make for some reason.  I guess mozzarella on pizza is an exception to the "cheese is gross" rule 

 

6 hours ago, Sloth the Enduring said:

Your thumb example sold me.

 

5 hours ago, Red1263 said:

Man, this was hard to follow, all I know is that the thumb exercise was hard!

 

5 hours ago, Scalyfreak said:

Your thumb stretching example is spot on.

 

I'm hope what I was trying to point out made sense

 

3 hours ago, Mad Hatter said:

Sorry. The only reason why I brought it up because it sounds like you do care, since you keep putting it into your challenge goals. And the topic keeps popping up. If you truly don't care I won't say anything else. I just have a hard time understanding why you'd keep trying in that case. MyFlex might be more focused on active flexibility, but it's not a PT/prehab program. And as you say, flexibility training is not exactly the most fun

When I say I don't care it means that I don't really care if ever get there or not.  I still keep trying though, even though I don't really know why.  Maybe I'm just insane ("doing the same things expecting different results" kind) or maybe I deep down do care but can't admit it to myself?  It could be just because I think I should, but there's probably more to it than that.  I don't even know.   ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

 

3 hours ago, Mad Hatter said:

that doesn't mean that progress is impossible, just that it's going to be slower, and that you might need to focus on really long holds and maybe adding load.

You may not mean this, but the way this reads to me it seems as though you believe flexibility is unlimited and as long as you do it long enough you eventually will get to gymnast/contortionist levels, the only variable is how fast you get there (assuming consistent work). 

 

3 hours ago, Mad Hatter said:

So this can happen for several reasons. Sometimes it's bone on bone, which can usually be fixed by a changed in alignment. Sometimes there are things happening in deeper tissues, but we can't feel it. Sometimes it's the nervous system putting a block way before the pain kicks in, particularly after trauma. Sometimes it's because we can't produce the right muscle engagement to trigger the stretch. You might have to first find out what's causing the blockage

Right, that the 16 million dollar question.  What is causing the blockage?.  Is it something that can be fixed?  Without a specialist physio these are questions that will never be answered (and maybe even with one) and trying to self diagnose this has proven to be wild goose chase.  I have looked at all of the possibilities you mentioned and none seem to be the case.  There are probably many more things we don't even know about, and that could be causing it.  Maybe it is caused because my legs are somewhat deformed (I was born with both legs twisted backwards 180 degrees and they couldn't fix it 100%) and there is some structural issue that makes this impossible.  I don't think I will ever know.   And without knowing I don't think I am going to be able to push through it, hence my lack of belief that I can actually get anywhere with it.

 

That said, there are few things to mention

1. I don't like stretching but I am going to continue to do it.  I don't even know why, but here we are.

2. I am going to complain about it forever.  I am going to have a bad attitude about it forever.  Because it sucks.  Still going to do it though.

3. I appreciate your honest and frank opinions and calling me out on stuff (not just this but also OAHS nonsense :D ).  I may get frustrated with them but they usually result in me thinking about things in a new way or learning something new about myself :) 

 

3 hours ago, Mad Hatter said:

Alternatively, ignore everything I said and enjoy your workout. :D 

haha, you misunderstand.  Not having anything to focus on during a long run is miserable.  Having something like this to ponder makes it much more bearable :D     

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3 minutes ago, WhiteGhost said:

You may not mean this, but the way this reads to me it seems as though you believe flexibility is unlimited and as long as you do it long enough you eventually will get to gymnast/contortionist levels, the only variable is how fast you get there (assuming consistent work). 

Ah no, for sure not, and I did say that it might not ever be possible to achieve higher levels. I don't know! But I think it'd take at least a few years of solid, consistent training near your recovery limit to get a decent enough idea of what that level might be, whatever type of training it is. Obviously that's not a realistic way of training for most of us, so most of us will never find out what we're capable of. 

 

5 minutes ago, WhiteGhost said:

Maybe it is caused because my legs are somewhat deformed (I was born with both legs twisted backwards 180 degrees and they couldn't fix it 100%) and there is some structural issue that makes this impossible.

Whoah crazy. Ok I did not know this. This could definitely put you into the special snowflake category. 😄

 

7 minutes ago, WhiteGhost said:

3. I appreciate your honest and frank opinions and calling me out on stuff (not just this but also OAHS nonsense :D ).  I may get frustrated with them but they usually result in me thinking about things in a new way or learning something new about myself :) 

I'm glad you're taking it the right way! Though I still cannot comprehend this particular brand of suffering. 😂But since you've chosen that path (all respect to you) would it not make sense to focus more on shoulders and wrists considering the skills you're aiming for to at least reduce the amount of suckage? 

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Your dinner does, indeed, look amazing!

 

I have a few thoughts on the flexibility thing, but I think I'll save most of them as there's enough going on here as well (sort of the reason I noped out of the flexibility thread last challenge as well; I felt like anything I said just got taken out of context or shouted down). I will say: if you keep doing the thing and bitching about the thing, I think that's still far better than not doing the thing. I bitch about squats nonstop and truly don't believe my squat will ever be anything to write home about unless I dramatically change multiple things about my life that I'm unwilling to change, but as long as I do them (even if I should maybe do them more often), I feel like at least I'm not failing myself by not even making an effort. Does the weight go up? Almost never. Am I still getting some minor benefit from the training? Yeah, I think so. Anyway, all this to say: I really think you're doing fine. We're all good at different things and it's fine not to be good at everything and to not hyperfocus on improving a thing that's outside your interest area AND that you're naturally not predisposed to improve on easily.

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5 minutes ago, starsapart said:

Anyway, all this to say: I really think you're doing fine. We're all good at different things and it's fine not to be good at everything and to not hyperfocus on improving a thing that's outside your interest area AND that you're naturally not predisposed to improve on easily.

100%! I suck at most thing I do. 😄My question was really if the cost/benefit was really worth it as it stands, because it didn't read that way to me. If it is, then great, no matter the outcome. But I also don't think you'd be failing yourself if you chose to put your effort elsewhere. 🙂We have a limited amount of time and energy after all. 

I'm sorry that you felt shut down. If I ever do that please let me know. It's not on purpose, I don't have the answers, I just can't put in disclaimers into everything I write and sometimes I play devil's advocate, usually by accident.

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3 minutes ago, Mad Hatter said:

100%! I suck at most thing I do. 😄My question was really if the cost/benefit was really worth it as it stands, because it didn't read that way to me. If it is, then great, no matter the outcome. But I also don't think you'd be failing yourself if you chose to put your effort elsewhere. 🙂We have a limited amount of time and energy after all. 

I'm sorry that you felt shut down. If I ever do that please let me know. It's not on purpose, I don't have the answers, I just can't put in disclaimers into everything I write and sometimes I play devil's advocate, usually by accident.

 

No worries and no problem. I think there were just a lot of voices and I felt like maybe I wasn't adding anything of value, plus I already had about 234095870892345 threads I was trying to keep up with, so stepping out seemed the most sensible approach at the time.

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Just now, starsapart said:

No worries and no problem. I think there were just a lot of voices and I felt like maybe I wasn't adding anything of value, plus I already had about 234095870892345 threads I was trying to keep up with, so stepping out seemed the most sensible approach at the time.

Fair enough, though I think you always bring a lot value!

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I have nothing useful to add...  So... Um.

 

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Though I am struggling to get a hip flexor back into good shape.  Ugh.   I think it's actually my iliopsoas - which is a bitch to treat.   (And I only say this because sometimes door pull ups cause a tightness in my lower abdomen above the same hip that was being a jerk back in Oct/Nov (and never got fully better) [[But I never fully do the rehab for it, so...]]

 

Wishing you luck though on continued efforts, even in the place of no progress!   I always figure, better to have no progress, than to have retrogression?  [Totes looked up the antonym for progress... lol]

 

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13 hours ago, Mad Hatter said:

Whoah crazy. Ok I did not know this. This could definitely put you into the special snowflake category. 😄

Maybe I should have led with that?  Excpet I completely forgot about this until I was trying to come up with other reasons why anyone would struggle beyond what you listed :D  I am so used to it that I just kind of forget about it unless it creates some obvious problem (like skiing :( )

 

14 hours ago, Mad Hatter said:

Though I still cannot comprehend this particular brand of suffering. 😂But since you've chosen that path (all respect to you) would it not make sense to focus more on shoulders and wrists considering the skills you're aiming for to at least reduce the amount of suckage? 

I don't know either, maybe just a masochist :D   Probably not a bad idea to focus on other areas that I think are more likely to show some progress.

 

9 hours ago, starsapart said:

I felt like anything I said just got taken out of context or shouted down

I hope you never feel that way on this thread, I value your input.  That said, this topic has kind of beaten itself to death :D 

 

12 hours ago, Mad Hatter said:

My question was really if the cost/benefit was really worth it as it stands, because it didn't read that way to me.

I may have to go back and think about this question, but not going to change anything for now

 

12 hours ago, starsapart said:

plus I already had about 234095870892345 threads I was trying to keep up with

This is my life

 

11 hours ago, Starpuck said:

I have nothing useful to add...  So... Um.

 

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Though I am struggling to get a hip flexor back into good shape.  Ugh.   I think it's actually my iliopsoas - which is a bitch to treat.   (And I only say this because sometimes door pull ups cause a tightness in my lower abdomen above the same hip that was being a jerk back in Oct/Nov (and never got fully better) [[But I never fully do the rehab for it, so...]]

 

Wishing you luck though on continued efforts, even in the place of no progress!   I always figure, better to have no progress, than to have retrogression?  [Totes looked up the antonym for progress... lol]

 

haha, adding value to the discussion is 100% NOT a requirement for posting here :D  

 

Also, thanks for looking up the antonym for progression, it actually kind of answers a question I was thinking about the other day (what is the opposite of retro)  but I didn't feel was important enough to actually look up myself

 

David Stick To The Plan GIF by Australian Survivor - Find & Share ...

 

I started yesterday off with the straddle module for MyFlex which went better than it ever has before.  I scaled all the exercises waaaaaaaay back and just didn't try to do too much with them and I still ended up getting a really good side butt workout.  I am really feeling it this morning :)   After that I was going to do a bunch of handstand pushup progressions but I was having a really terrible handstand day so I jst did all the pushups instead (pike, rings, tuck planche).  

 

Ghosteess didn't go into the office until after lunch so she cooked us some lamb & onion stir fry and then after lunch I got on the treadmill and ran/walked for an hour.  I increased the speed of both by 0.1kph and then increased the running:walking ratio to 3:1.  By doing this I was able to get in more than 9km in that hour, which gives me hope that 5k in less than 30 minutes may be doable by the end of this challenge

 

After the run and a short rest I got out Duolingo and did some Russian for a bit.  I am pleased that I can understand so much still, but trying to come up with stuff on my own is hard.  I also really can't spell, so anything that requires me to type in Russian text I had to redo 3-4 times before getting it right.

 

Dinner was leftover curry, after which Ghostlet and I played a bunch of Halo until his bedtime. 

 

The only thing on the schedule that I didn't get done was sketching.  

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11 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

I started yesterday off with the straddle module for MyFlex which went better than it ever has before.  I scaled all the exercises waaaaaaaay back and just didn't try to do too much with them and I still ended up getting a really good side butt workout.  I am really feeling it this morning :)   After that I was going to do a bunch of handstand pushup progressions but I was having a really terrible handstand day so I jst did all the pushups instead (pike, rings, tuck planche).  

Dude, nice adjustments. I get so grumpy about bad handstand days that it didn't even occur to me to just channel that energy into something else productive instead. 😂

 

Just also going to chime in that I have the worst attitude of all time about things like HIIT workouts, sprints, etc. I'll still do them every so often because I know they are beneficial even if I never feel like I improve. Sometimes having a bad attitude about something makes it like... more satisfying to do? Like WOW I REALLY HATE THIS but then you do it anyway? It's like giving yourself another extra little barrier to jump over and mentally reward yourself for, ha.

 

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Late, but following along now for your awesome handstands!

 

Random thought: I usually browse the forums on my phone, so I've only just noticed your forum title. That's pretty good :lol:

 

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9 hours ago, raptron said:

Dude, nice adjustments. I get so grumpy about bad handstand days that it didn't even occur to me to just channel that energy into something else productive instead. 😂

 

I will say that the pushups may have been especially productive because I was less "pushing" and more "rage punching the floor" :D

 

9 hours ago, raptron said:

Just also going to chime in that I have the worst attitude of all time about things like HIIT workouts, sprints, etc. I'll still do them every so often because I know they are beneficial even if I never feel like I improve. Sometimes having a bad attitude about something makes it like... more satisfying to do? Like WOW I REALLY HATE THIS but then you do it anyway? It's like giving yourself another extra little barrier to jump over and mentally reward yourself for, ha.

I usually tell myself through the whole thing "this is going to be sooo good for me", but then at the end it's kind of like "well, that was a waste of time"  Still not sure why I even other other than perhaps its just programmed into my brain that stretching is super important and I have to do it.   

 

9 hours ago, Jarric said:

Late, but following along now for your awesome handstands!

 

Random thought: I usually browse the forums on my phone, so I've only just noticed your forum title. That's pretty good :lol:

 

Welcome!  The title happened because we had been doing lockdown for two month and were starting to wind things down (very slowly) right as things things started to erupt around the rest of the world.  I was like, I have been following this thing since before it was cool and now that it has sold out and gone mainstream, I'm kind of done with it. :) 

 

I was going to post this below as part of my update but since I am on the topic anyway...  

 

The school board of Beijing announced yesterday the schedule for reopening the schools here.  Ghostlet's grade will begin on June 1 and a bunch of other grades will start on Jun 8.  Ghostlet complained very loudly about having to go to school on June 1 (which is international Children's day and is usually a school holiday) but I expect they will push the actual start of school back one day to adjust for that.  I also got a message from our church regional HQ in Hong Kong that they would like us to get the building ready (including a deep clean and sterilization) in preparation for possibly resuming in person services in June.

 

 Syren Memes Fitness February - Scouts - Nerd Fitness Rebellion

 

Yesterday morning was D&D morning with our heist crew (details below) so I didn't get a workout in.  After D&D I spent some time on our Saltmarsh D&D PbP  (more details below) and getting caught up on NF. 

 

We had some hot dogs for lunch and after that I was going to get on the treadmill for a bit that was obviously impossible

 

 

 

She looked so comfortable it even made me sleepy, so I had a short nap on the couch by her :D 

 

After the nap I did my Korean practice on Duolingo and it is probably really good that the system made me start from the beginning.  I feel like I have forgotten EVERYTHING!

 

After language I spent a close to an hour practicing the uke, going through all of the new songs I have been learning.

 

For dinner I made lemon chicken, which is the very first dish I ever learned to make (other than things that come straight out of a box or jar) and paired that with a giant garden salad.

 

 

After dinner I played Halo Reach with Ghostlet again.  In other news, Ghostlet has started calling Wraith "Noble 2" :D 

 

D&D summaries:

 

Spoiler

 

Saltmarsh - We are still just finishing up our long rest and chatting amongst ourselves.  @Scalyfreak's character discovered how the indoor plumbing works in the bathroom there and came out to describe it using minor illusion as a teaching tool (Brilliant use of this!).  My idiot Barbarian still thinks his explanation of the porcelain bowls is right (infant bath tubs) and cannot wrap his mind around the explanation/demonstration and just concludes that she is wrong, event though she just used them and can demonstrate how they work. 

 

Things are going to be very slow on that as we plan to just chat and have character interaction until the next live session next week when we will go out and learn the extent of the damage from the storm

 

Heist - 4 of our 6 folks went down into the sewers to look for a secret entrance (or exit) to the mansion we are casing and ended up getting accosted by both grabby/strangley vines and alligators.  Luckily @Mike Wazowski's murder hobbit was there because he was the only one rolling well and he basically cleared everything out for us.  We finally found what we thing is the door but it was rigged with a magic alarm spell and the steps were also rigged with some kind of conjuration spell.  We only had one dispel magic so we decided to clear out the alarm (don't want to warn the hosts that we are casing their joint) and took the risk of the conjuration which turned out to be an Otyugh (some kind of tentacled trash monster) which hit me a coupe of times for 20HP of damage (out of my total 25) and had me wrapped up in one of it's tentacles for half the battle.  Luckily I was saved again by the Murder hobbit (although some sharp shooting from @starsaparts character and a nasty drop kick from @dancezwithkittehz's monk also helped).  We couldn't get the door opened but figured it could be opened easily from the inside so we decided to use this as a possible escape route and headed back home to safety.

 

Meanwhile, the other two party members went to the library to get information on the care and handling of fire griffons, which is apparently what we are going to be stealing from this mansion.  Based on what they learned, we headed to the market for supplies, including horse tranquilizers, other animal sedatives and a bunch of resist fire potions.  At this point we are now ready to get the actual heist going because we have all the information we need, all the supplies we need, and legitimate invitations into the party at the mansion on the night in question (My guy got an invite from the family heir's friend on the promise that I would sneak him (the heir) out again for some more boat rave action and I am taking the Tiefling Monk as my date :) )

 

 

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3 minutes ago, WhiteGhost said:

Ghostlet complained very loudly about having to go to school on June 1 (which is international Children's day and is usually a school holiday)

 

I wholeheartedly agree with him! :D 

 

5 minutes ago, WhiteGhost said:

that was obviously impossible

 

Awwww. Good that you joined him for a nap. It would've been heartbreaking to have to get him off there haha

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