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15 minutes ago, WhiteGhost said:

It isn't the number of reps but the overall exertion and also the fact that your body isn't used to this movement yet.  Going all out for four/five reps on an intense new exercises gives me major DOMS as well.


Ooh, good point, I hadn’t even considered that this is the first time @Riviera16’s done a major vertical pulling movement in the workout. 

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10 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

It isn't the number of reps but the overall exertion and also the fact that your body isn't used to this movement yet.  Going all out for four/five reps on an intense new exercises gives me major DOMS as well.

Yeah, that makes sense. These days I regularly do stuff that would have made my arms really sore when I was first starting. Gives me the feeling I could have been pushing myself a bit harder these last several months since I haven't had noticeable muscle soreness in ages. 

 

10 hours ago, PaulG said:

Ooh, good point, I hadn’t even considered that this is the first time @Riviera16’s done a major vertical pulling movement in the workout. 

Well, it's certainly my first time in a considerable while... Back when I was still going to the gym the assisted pull-ups machine was one of my favorite pieces of equipment; I could be using the same muscles as I would for a full pull-up at a difficulty that matched my current strength level. But, as I said, it's been a pretty long time since I was able to do that, and even if bodyweight rows are similar they're not actually be same thing.

#imissthegym ...but at least I'm still making clear progress! 💪

 

8 hours ago, Vidd said:

Awesome work on the pull up negatives. Working up to the bodyweight pull up is going to translate greatly to your ninja/parkour goals :ph34r:

Thanks! 😁 I'm really looking forward to hitting that milestone. It's been a long road. I remember when I was first dabbling in parkour years ago, as part of this one class, trying to do an exercise where you started sitting at the top of a slanted wall, rotated so you were facing the wall holding yourself up on your arms, and then were supposed to slowly bend your arms and lower yourself against the wall to the floor. I could hold myself up when my arms were straight but as soon as I started to bend them I had next to no control and just basically slid down the wall according to the force of gravity. I didn't feel like I was in danger of hurting myself but I was really embarrassed since everyone else looked like they could slow/control their descent more effectively. Even if it's not a full pull-up yet, finding myself able to do that same motion in a controlled manner without a wall to support myself against feels like a huge victory! 🥳

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You'll be at the top of the bar in no time with those negs!

 

Glad you're finding the time/space to practice your skills!

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I just hit another major milestone for this challenge– though one of a different flavor than usual, so to speak. 😉

I mentioned in my initial challenge post wanting to make some authentic Indian dishes. I haven't done that exactly, but today I decided to take a shot at another dish I been wanting to make for ages: Thai Panang curry! It's arguably my favorite Thai dish and I have been trying to replicate our local Thai restaurant's recipe for a while though haven't had much luck… Until today, that is! It took much longer than I anticipated and I didn't actually get to eat until 2 o'clock, but despite that I still had a lot of fun making it.

 

The big difference between my past experiments (which were tasty but not quite what I was aiming for) and this success was that I started with a recipe rather than trying to reverse-engineer the flavors. Of course, the recipe called for certain uncommon ingredients that I didn't have on hand. So the first thing I did was spend some time googling substitutions so despite lacking numerous components I could keep things as close to the original recipe as possible.
  
The first step was making the curry paste, which wound up taking over an hour by itself as I went about trying to find, measure, and occasionally look up additional last-minute substitutions for all the various ingredients. Still, for all of the things I didn't have, I did have fish sauce and fresh Thai basil, both of which are not overly common and are harder to find really good substitutions for. At the end of the process I realized I had enough curry paste for more than one batch, which made me extremely happy; the next time I do this it won't have to take such an outrageously long time. :P

 

After that things were comparatively straightforward. I didn't have fresh and bell peppers or broccoli but I had roasted bell peppers in a jar which I was able to cut up, dry off, and fry a little ahead of time. Cooking the chicken was easy as I've done that zillion times before. I used less liquid than the recipe suggested; I went for light coconut milk in place of the regular and omitted the additional water. Once everything was essentially cooked and mixed together I added the Thai basil, fresh picked from the garden, and gave it a taste. All I can say is… Wow. This may not be a 100% match to the Panang curry I wanted to copy but it was clearly an actual Panang curry, not a cheap approximation, and a truly excellent one at that! I'm definitely going to make this again.

 

Here's the finished product, with extra Thai basil garnish 'cause it's pretty and a side of cauliflower rice. I'm really proud of how this came out! 😋

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My next step from here is probably going to be looking into where I can get the ingredients that our usual grocery store doesn't carry. I know where at least one international grocery store is but it's kind of far away and I'm going to have a hard time justifying unnecessary outings given the quarantine situation. If I can find something online that's not too expensive that would open up a lot of doors for my kitchen adventures. In the meantime I'll keep exploring what I can do with what I have on hand. @PaulG recently made a delicious looking bean recipe and we have rather a lot of beans right now. Ours are canned beans, not dried, but there's still plenty you can do with those. Perhaps Taco Tuesday is in my future...

 

Hm. Are Thai tacos a thing? Is that a weird idea? Spiced meat on a tortilla/wrap with creamy coconut sauce does sound good... 🤔

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8 hours ago, Riviera16 said:

I just hit another major milestone for this challenge

Nice!  That curry looks great.  I am working on doing a green curry before the end of this challenge

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This.

 

Looks.

 

AWESOME!!!

 

Love a good panaeng curry. I always consider it a good curry for dinner guests if they're not familiar with Thai food; it's similar to a red curry you'll find in a restaurant, but it usually has some extra herbal zing that makes it a little more interesting.

 

8 hours ago, Riviera16 said:

My next step from here is probably going to be looking into where I can get the ingredients that our usual grocery store doesn't carry. I know where at least one international grocery store is but it's kind of far away and I'm going to have a hard time justifying unnecessary outings given the quarantine situation. If I can find something online that's not too expensive that would open up a lot of doors for my kitchen adventures. In the meantime I'll keep exploring what I can do with what I have on hand. @PaulG recently made a delicious looking bean recipe and we have rather a lot of beans right now.

 

I fully support any bean recipes. Us experimenters with beans gotta stick together.

 

As far as ingredients go, I have made the journey that goes from substitutions to looking for weird stuff online to exploring my local Asian groceries until I eventually learned their layouts... so I totally hear where you're coming from. If you're looking for online sources for fresh Thai ingredients, the most comprehensive source I've found is importfood.com (they are the only place I've found in the US that sells makrut limes, the actual fruit and rind/zest). However, they (and every other online retailer for this stuff) are very expensive compared to local grocery stores. If you can find an international market, especially one that seems to focus on the South or Southeast Asian niche, that's really your best bet to find what you're looking for.

 

Oh, and once you make it out there, pro tip: if they don't have things like galangal and makrut lime leaves fresh, they will often have them frozen in bags in the freezer section. Herbs frozen like that will actually last a long time, they're a pretty close second to buying them fresh.

 

But don't be afraid to use store-bought curry pastes either. The good brands, like Mae Ploy or Maesri pastes (skip the Thai Kitchen brand stuff you sometimes see at Kroger), are the real deal.

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 On 6/26/2020 at 11:28 AM, Riviera16 said:

Yesterday I finally got to work on parkour rolls! 😄 That was really exciting; I've been impatient to get started practicing those again. The grass was damp, but only from dew, not rain, so it wasn't muddy, and at this point I was determined enough that I decided to "roll with it" anyway. 😏 Bad puns aside, I thought I was able to get back my basic knowledge pretty quickly. Muscle memory is an amazing thing. Still, definitely get good to keep working on those in the weeks to come. I hope to start adding vaults in next week as well, though it may be a challenge as I still don't have anywhere to practice them. I'm going to have to start scouting for low walls with flat ground and decent space on both sides.

Following you parkour progress! I am also working on rolls, but they are new to me and I get dizzy so easily that I'm taking it slow. I'm in the same boat as you though on vaults. The only nearby wall-like object (ie. waist height with space on either side) is a railing that would land me in fifteen foot drop into jagged underwater rocks. :(

 

On 7/1/2020 at 10:07 AM, Riviera16 said:

#imissthegym ...but at least I'm still making clear progress! 💪

That's the attitude that gets you to a pullup!

 

On 7/2/2020 at 4:57 PM, Riviera16 said:

At the end of the process I realized I had enough curry paste for more than one batch, which made me extremely happy; the next time I do this it won't have to take such an outrageously long time.

This looks amazing. Can you freeze the curry paste in ice cube trays or something, or would that ruin the flavour?

 

On 7/2/2020 at 4:57 PM, Riviera16 said:

Are Thai tacos a thing?

If you make them they are.

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5 hours ago, juliebarkley said:

Following you parkour progress! I am also working on rolls, but they are new to me and I get dizzy so easily that I'm taking it slow. I'm in the same boat as you though on vaults. The only nearby wall-like object (ie. waist height with space on either side) is a railing that would land me in fifteen foot drop into jagged underwater rocks.

 

It's annoying, right? I have somewhat the same issue. I had resigned myself to practicing vaults on rails, since that's most of what I have within walking distance. I am relatively lucky in that I do have a couple rails near me that don't have a drop on one side, since the park close to me has a couple of wheelchair ramps. There are also several rails that only have a drop of a foot or two, which makes them good candidates to practice turn vaults.

 

There are some prep exercises for vaults that don't require an actual wall -- for example, if you're learning a kong vault for the first time, a lot of prep for that involves practicing the movement on the ground or on a curb. That could be an option as well.

 

5 hours ago, juliebarkley said:

This looks amazing. Can you freeze the curry paste in ice cube trays or something, or would that ruin the flavour?

 

You can! It won't ruin the flavor, and I highly recommend freezing it. Curry paste will start to dry out and taste weird after about a week in the fridge, whereas it lasts for months in the freezer. I put my leftover paste into quart ziplocs, pressed into a flat sheet to freeze, which means they take up very little space, and they thaw very quickly when I'm ready to use them.

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That curry! Heck yeah! Awesomeee. Cooking projects are the best because then you get to eat them. 😋

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Well.

It has been way too long since I posted an update here. So, here's more-or-less what's been happening this past week-and-a-half:

 

First, the basic challenge-update overview.

The last week has seen its share of ups and downs. I've been diligent with my wrist exercises and light exercise including hamstring stretching on my off days but have been slacking on the parkour practice. Really need to actually start doing that regularly even if the grass is itchy and wet and there's nowhere to practice vaults. :P On the other hand, I think I'm finally starting to see a little progress with my hamstring stretches. It's kind of hard to tell but there was at least one day when after a comparatively long stretching session I noticed I could bend a few inches farther forward than normal. Given my long history of fighting my hamstrings without any luck that was a nice discovery. I've also been working on pull-up negatives every couple days and I think they are getting a little bit easier. I still haven't managed to do more than five on a given day, but five is more than four, so that's progress! :D 

 

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In other news the biggest recent event to note is what happened on the 4th of July, or rather, what didn't happen.

I had pretty much the entire day planned out: workout in the morning, dig out and look over our old model rocketry stuff, go out to a nearby park and grill hamburgers for lunch (since by dinner the place will probably be packed despite Covid-19/social distancing), find an open field to actually launch some model rockets in the afternoon, and chillax at home in the evening. Then, I woke up in the morning feeling weirdly lightheaded. Like, lightheaded even while I was still lying down in bed. My first thought was, "Okay, this has never happened to me before... I know Covid-19 affects the respiratory system and can reduce the amount of oxygen that your body can get into the bloodstream which could totally explain feeling lightheaded… Even if it seems unlikely, I wonder if that could possibly be what's going on?" 

 

Well, in a nutshell, that wasn't what was going on. It gradually got better over the course of the day; by the afternoon I felt fine going about my daily life and the next day I was back to normal. However that didn't change the fact that I'd spent the morning lying on the couch feeling mildly unwell instead of doing any of the other stuff I'd wanted to do. And even once I was back up & functioning again all my plans had been derailed. So that sucked. Luckily, the next day we were able to go out and grill those hamburgers for a post-workout brunch despite having to buy new charcoal due to the yellowjackets in our front shed.

 

...Oh, yeah. Sunday morning we discovered a bunch of yellowjackets in our front shed.

 

Evidently they'd built a nest there at some point and since we hadn't opened our shed for a while goodness knows how long they've been there by now. No one got stung upon making this discovery but since our bag of charcoal was all the way in the shed nobody wanted to take the risk of retrieving it. So we wound up stopping at store to grab a new bag of charcoal on the way to the grill site. That was quite the unexpected plot twist! After some consideration we decided to call exterminators rather than trying to handle it ourselves.

 

EXTERMINATE! | Know Your Meme

 

Hopefully the yellowjacket extermination goes smoothly and nothing else unexpected happens… ;) 

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Yikes, good call on avoiding the yellow jackets

 

Also glad your 4th of July ended up getting back on track and that it wasn't The Thing

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8 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

Yikes, good call on avoiding the yellow jackets

Yeah. At first we were seriously hoping there was a way to deal with it on our own but after a little bit of research it became pretty clear it's much better to get a professional for these kinds of things. As I said, we're lucky no one got stung and frankly I'd like to keep it that way. It's been kind of interesting watching them fly in or out through the gap at the bottom of of our shed door, from a safe distance of course. We can't tell exactly how many are in there but given there's a nest it's probably a larger number than it looks like from the outside. If it really was just a few we could probably manage but a whole colony is waaay out of our league. 😬

 

8 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

Also glad your 4th of July ended up getting back on track and that it wasn't The Thing

I know, right? Over the past couple months my family has had one false alarm like this after another. Someone gets a sore throat or a runny nose or a cough(!) and everyone's like, "Okay, this might be it. Let's get out our emergency pantry stash so we don't risk infecting people at the store, make sure we're ready in case things get really bad, etc." Then a day or two later everyone's fine again. Still, better safe than sorry.

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You know, after the yellowjacket incident last week, I really expected this weekend would be fairly low-key.

...Ha.

 

First of all we finally got an appointment with the exterminators to deal with the the yellowjacket nest in our shed. We'd scheduled earlier in the week but they'd run really late and eventually cancelled. When they did show up on the rescheduled day it was several hours later than their original timeslot, but at least its dealt with now.

 

On Saturday morning I tried an online group workout class via Zoom which was loads of fun, despite some technical difficulties. However, I didn't feel like it worked my muscles as hard as I usually like to. So after an online meetup with some friends after lunch I did an extra couple sets of exercises for good measure. Then I realized I was running low on time if I wanted to cook dinner before the evening D&D game. As I was assembling the ingredients for a cabbage and vegetable stirfry I discovered, in the back of the pantry, a can of water chestnuts. I thought, "Wow, I bet these would be great with the dish I'm planning to make!" I checked the date on the can, since they were at the back of the pantry, and found that while it was past it's date it was only by a few months. I know canned food doesn't spoil that quickly and I have often used cans that were slightly past their date and found they were fine so I figured I'd open it and see whether or not it still tasted good enough to be worth using. 

 

Well. I never did find out whether or not it still tasted good, because as I started to open the can it spurted a bunch of liquid all over the counter. I know fully well that cans spurting liquid = pressure buildup inside of can = probably the result of bacterial growth of some sort, worst case botulism. 😓 So that can went right in the trash. Unfortunately, the liquid had sprayed on some of the food that I got out... Not my stirfry ingredients, thank goodness, but I had an open bag of carrots and container of hummus sitting out directly in the line of fire. Those aren't things that are possible to clean properly and while botulism is very rare we decided not to take any chances and wound up throwing them out. Both of them were nearly full. That really sucked. It was one of my favorite kinds of hummus too. 😣 My stirfry came out well though, and the D&D game was fun if a bit slow at times.

 

Sunday turned out to be pretty quiet. That was a nice change of pace after all the ups and downs of the previous day. In the evening I GMed another D&D game which ran much later than intended but included an epic bar fight with some particularly rude guards. I did not, however, when setting up this encounter, expect that the druid would summon a hippogriff in the middle of the tavern. That turned into quite a mess, but a fun mess, and everyone had a great time! So all in all, it was a fine weekend, just definitely not the weekend I was expecting. 😅

 

At least I'm still keeping up my workouts despite the craziness on Saturday and be numerous late nights in a row due to D&D and other things. Planning on cooking something involving bell peppers later this week, though I haven't decided what yet. Maybe tacos. I keep thinking about those but still haven't made them in ages.

 

Speaking of which, it is Tuesday...

 

Perhaps the time has come... 🌮

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9 hours ago, Riviera16 said:

it spurted a bunch of liquid all over the counter

Oh, yeah, definitely the right call in not eating that.

 

9 hours ago, Riviera16 said:

In the evening I GMed another D&D game

Fun, sounds like you have a lot of D&D going on.  What kinds of campaigns are you doing?

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10 hours ago, Riviera16 said:

I know fully well that cans spurting liquid = pressure buildup inside of can = probably the result of bacterial growth of some sort, worst case botulism. 😓 So that can went right in the trash. Unfortunately, the liquid had sprayed on some of the food that I got out... Not my stirfry ingredients, thank goodness, but I had an open bag of carrots and container of hummus sitting out directly in the line of fire.

 

Horrifying. I hate that kind of thing, killing perfectly good food is the worst.

 

Interesting fact that you didn't ask for: botulism specifically sometimes produces gas and odors, but not always. Usually not an issue with canned goods (since as long as they're handled properly they should be pressure-cooked), but it complicates things like sausage-curing and charcuterie, since you have to assume if anything is contaminated it will be undetectable.

 

How were the tacos? How are the pullups going?!

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15 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

Fun, sounds like you have a lot of D&D going on.  What kinds of campaigns are you doing?

Well, I'm currently in three active games. Two of them are run by someone else, one of which is highly roleplay/story-focused using 5E and the other is more standard dungeon crawl style in 3.5E. The one I'm helping run is also 3.5E but is very story driven and the world/storyline/characters/etc. are entirely homebrew. The sheer amount of worldbuilding and NPC personality/backstory detailing that's gone into it so far would fill at least a trilogy at if we tried to write it down. 😅

 

It's kind of interesting how it started, too. Some while ago my mom decided to run a small scale D&D campaign just for the family. It was a lot of fun, but my mom was really busy and low on energy and at some point it kind of stalled. We have yet to pick it up again; as much as we all might like to it just hasn't been practical. But with the lockdown in place we found ourselves with more free time on our hands than before. Unfortunately, my mom was still busy & tired enough that she didn't feel up to immediately picking up her campaign again, and in the meantime my sister and I were finding ourselves getting pretty bored. So at some point the two of us had the idea of running our own family campaign, since we had loads of time to work on stuff and everyone loved the idea of getting to play again.

 

The first couple sessions were pretty simple and straightforward; we were still figuring out the details of what we wanted the overall storyline to be and getting the hang of how running the game was going to work. But then somewhere along the way we hit a tipping point and the detail & complexity of the world and the plot just skyrocketed. It basically went from, "find a way to stop a powerful evil army from invading" to "slowly unearth a multidimensional conspiracy that has roots going back thousands of years while navigating inter-kingdom politics, powerful/ancient beings hunting you, NPCs who hide their true allegiances and make you think they're on your side all while using you for their own purposes, a really weird tavern keeper who seems to know more than they let on, and a looming threat to civilization as we know it". 🤯 So yeah. Evidently this is what happens when you take several creative people and lock them in the house together with nothing else to do for prolonged periods of time. I'm not sure I even want to know how long it would take to play through all of the content we've created, assuming we ever get that far. 😜

 

15 hours ago, PaulG said:

How were the tacos? How are the pullups going?!

Tacos were great! I couldn't decide whether I wanted to do beef or beans as the primary protein so I eventually decided to make both. The cooking was all pretty easy. I fried up a bunch of sliced bell peppers and onions until the bell peppers had started to blacken nicely, put them aside and fried up package of ground beef, added my homemade taco seasoning blend, then mixed in a little extra bouillon and water since I wanted a bit more sauce. For the beans I just opened a can of pre-seasoned beans, decided their pathetic excuse for seasoning was a slight to anyone who cares about the way their food tastes, and added a variety of Cajun type spices that I thought would complement the existing flavor, such that it was, and the rest of the taco ingredients. Then it was just a matter of slicing some avocado and getting out the tortillas, sour cream, & salsa. Maybe not a complicated meal, but it was delicious nonetheless and we even had leftovers! 😋

 

As far as the pull-ups, I'm still in the slow-but-clear-progress department. I did, however, manage six pull-up negatives earlier today, which is a new record! And I noticed that I wasn't having the same twinges/soreness while performing the exercise that I'd had the first few times I did them. I think that's the largest sign of progress so far; I may not be adding additional reps very frequently but my body seems to be adjusting to the reps I am doing. And, so far my wrists hasn't given me any trouble, grip strength or otherwise! 😁🎉

 

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7 hours ago, Riviera16 said:

The first couple sessions were pretty simple and straightforward; we were still figuring out the details of what we wanted the overall storyline to be and getting the hang of how running the game was going to work. But then somewhere along the way we hit a tipping point and the detail & complexity of the world and the plot just skyrocketed. It basically went from, "find a way to stop a powerful evil army from invading" to "slowly unearth a multidimensional conspiracy that has roots going back thousands of years while navigating inter-kingdom politics, powerful/ancient beings hunting you, NPCs who hide their true allegiances and make you think they're on your side all while using you for their own purposes, a really weird tavern keeper who seems to know more than they let on, and a looming threat to civilization as we know it". 🤯 So yeah. Evidently this is what happens when you take several creative people and lock them in the house together with nothing else to do for prolonged periods of time. I'm not sure I even want to know how long it would take to play through all of the content we've created, assuming we ever get that far. 😜

That sounds awesome.  I am always envious of people who are good at worldbuilding.  :) 

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20 hours ago, Riviera16 said:

I'm not sure I even want to know how long it would take to play through all of the content we've created, assuming we ever get that far. 😜

Hahah, that's always the challenge.

 

20 hours ago, Riviera16 said:

As far as the pull-ups, I'm still in the slow-but-clear-progress department. I did, however, manage six pull-up negatives earlier today, which is a new record! And I noticed that I wasn't having the same twinges/soreness while performing the exercise that I'd had the first few times I did them. I think that's the largest sign of progress so far; I may not be adding additional reps very frequently but my body seems to be adjusting to the reps I am doing. And, so far my wrists hasn't given me any trouble, grip strength or otherwise! 😁🎉

 

Woo!!

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23 hours ago, Riviera16 said:

As far as the pull-ups, I'm still in the slow-but-clear-progress department. I did, however, manage six pull-up negatives earlier today, which is a new record! And I noticed that I wasn't having the same twinges/soreness while performing the exercise that I'd had the first few times I did them. I think that's the largest sign of progress so far; I may not be adding additional reps very frequently but my body seems to be adjusting to the reps I am doing. And, so far my wrists hasn't given me any trouble, grip strength or otherwise! 😁🎉


That’s awesome!

 

Are you tracking the number of seconds it takes you to do a negative?

 

I usually find once I can do 3 sets of 3 negatives lasting about 7-10 seconds each, I can usually do a couple reps of the full exercise. 

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17 hours ago, PaulG said:

I usually find once I can do 3 sets of 3 negatives lasting about 7-10 seconds each, I can usually do a couple reps of the full exercise. 

No, I haven't been, but I'll be sure to pay attention to that next time I'm doing them! I'm estimating I've been doing around 5 seconds, but I'll need to double check. 3 sets of 3 at 7-10 seconds each seems like a good goal to shoot for- maybe even one for my next challenge if I haven't made it before then! :D 

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The last couple weekends have been quite a series of misadventures.  ...And it turns out this weekend is no different. 

First it was yellow jackets, then it was a spurting can, and now it's a (hopefully minor) knee problem. I was running down the stairs yesterday morning and partway down I felt a sharp twinge in my right knee. Not sure exactly what caused it, but my best guess is Thursday evening I was sitting in a somewhat unusual position which, while not hurting at all at the time, may have slightly overextended something that then reacted unfavorably to the strenuous activity of running haphazardly up and down staircases. I don't know exactly what part of the knee it is that's injured, only that it seems to be behaving like a sprained ankle so far, including the kind of pain and how its triggered. Casual walking around on flat ground is completely fine but it really doesn't like more stressful activity, like stairs (especially going down). I'm hoping this gets better within a week or two so I can get back to my normal workouts; in the meantime, I'm going to have to solely work on arms and core. Deltoid bootcamp, here I come!! 

 

Otherwise, I've been keeping up with my challenge goals pretty well. I've definitely done all my strength workouts, I've done at least some parkour, though possibly not as much is my initial goal stated, I've been keeping up with my wrist exercises fairly well, and while I'm not sure exactly what went into it I'm definitely feeling much better in my day-to-day life than I was at the beginning of the challenge, despite my continuing wrist problems. It's made cutting down on/eliminating snacking much easier too. 🥳 Right now I'm rarely going back for food between meals and when I do it's something pretty healthy, such as carrots with dip or a few slices of lunchmeat.

 

Now, on a completely different subject, can I just say it drives me crazy when I hear about people doing seemingly unnecessary risky things during the pandemic? 

 

So, I love swimming. I miss swimming a ton every winter and always really look forward to the public pools reopening. Of course things are a bit different this year, and for a while it was unclear whether or not the public pools would open at all. Eventually it was decided that the pools would open but with a number of restrictions, most notably that they're doing lap swimming only, and you have to sign up in advance for a certain timeslot on a certain day so they can regulate how many people are at the pool at any given time. That seemed like a reasonable precautionary measure to me, especially since if you're lap swimming and everyone's in their own lane you're still 6 feet away from each other.

 

BUT it turns out they're actually letting up to three people, from completely different areas/households, use the same lane. And all the timeslots are booked by the time that day arrives so you can pretty much guarantee you're going to be swimming in fairly close quarters with two complete strangers. Briefly passing someone within 6 feet while outdoors, such as might happen while hiking a trail, doesn't seem highly risky to me. But if you're passing that same person again and again for a whole hour, that's a different story altogether.

 

I'd love to go to the pool. I really would, but unless they change the current system so people can always stay 6+ feet from each other at all times, I just don't think it's a wise idea. And yeah, maybe they're worried they won't have enough people using the pool to make it worth opening if they keep it strictly one person per lane, but if they're going to open at all I really wish they'd take the risks a little more seriously! 🤦‍♀️

 

Okay. Now that I've got that out of my system, I'd better start thinking about what I'm going to do with that zucchini that's been sitting in the fridge for tonight's dinner. I just made Panang curry again, so maybe I'll look into something Indian or Chinese rather than Thai. Whatever it is will be pretty darn limited by the fact that it's been over a week since we've been to the grocery store and that zucchini is pretty much the only fresh vegetable we have right now. I think we have some wonton/dumpling wrappers in the fridge so if I can find some other ingredients maybe I can do something with those. Still, it would have to be pretty heavily improvised. Luckily I tend to be pretty good at that... ;)
 

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2 hours ago, Riviera16 said:

Okay. Now that I've got that out of my system, I'd better start thinking about what I'm going to do with that zucchini that's been sitting in the fridge for tonight's dinner. I just made Panang curry again, so maybe I'll look into something Indian or Chinese rather than Thai. Whatever it is will be pretty darn limited by the fact that it's been over a week since we've been to the grocery store and that zucchini is pretty much the only fresh vegetable we have right now. I think we have some wonton/dumpling wrappers in the fridge so if I can find some other ingredients maybe I can do something with those.

Ooh, brainstorm more about zucchini. It is the hardest vegetable to use, I swear. Parsnip a close second.

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13 hours ago, Riviera16 said:

That seemed like a reasonable precautionary measure to me

I have idea how well chlorine does at killing Covid, but even when we were at very the trough between waves (45 consecutive days of zero new infections for the entire city) everything opened except pools.  Even when people thought everything else was safe, the pools stayed closed so I suspect they may not be very safe, even with social distancing.  

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On 7/18/2020 at 2:33 PM, Riviera16 said:

The last couple weekends have been quite a series of misadventures.  ...And it turns out this weekend is no different. 

First it was yellow jackets, then it was a spurting can, and now it's a (hopefully minor) knee problem. I was running down the stairs yesterday morning and partway down I felt a sharp twinge in my right knee. Not sure exactly what caused it, but my best guess is Thursday evening I was sitting in a somewhat unusual position which, while not hurting at all at the time, may have slightly overextended something that then reacted unfavorably to the strenuous activity of running haphazardly up and down staircases. I don't know exactly what part of the knee it is that's injured, only that it seems to be behaving like a sprained ankle so far, including the kind of pain and how its triggered. Casual walking around on flat ground is completely fine but it really doesn't like more stressful activity, like stairs (especially going down). I'm hoping this gets better within a week or two so I can get back to my normal workouts; in the meantime, I'm going to have to solely work on arms and core. Deltoid bootcamp, here I come!! 

Aw dang. Hope the knee chills out soon.

 

On 7/18/2020 at 2:33 PM, Riviera16 said:

Otherwise, I've been keeping up with my challenge goals pretty well. I've definitely done all my strength workouts, I've done at least some parkour, though possibly not as much is my initial goal stated, I've been keeping up with my wrist exercises fairly well, and while I'm not sure exactly what went into it I'm definitely feeling much better in my day-to-day life than I was at the beginning of the challenge, despite my continuing wrist problems. It's made cutting down on/eliminating snacking much easier too. 🥳 Right now I'm rarely going back for food between meals and when I do it's something pretty healthy, such as carrots with dip or a few slices of lunchmeat.

Woo! 

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