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Well, I'm really not feeling a challenge right now. But I'm going to start one anyway on the theory that this feeling will go away in a few days if I just keep moving forward. Since I don't have any grand new ideas, I'm going to keep most of what I had last time.

 

There's one more week to the pull-up challenge workouts (Tuesday/Thursday/Weekend). If I get a pull-up at the end (or maybe even if I don't), I plan to replace them with kettlebell workouts. I think it will be good to have a bit of a change in workouts. I'm going to continue rucking or hiking the other days (Monday/Wednesday/Weekend). Mountaineering class starts up again in January and I need to get out on the trails more during the week, so I'm setting Wednesdays as my hiking night. I'm going to take my pack to work so I can go straight to the trailhead without stopping at home. I have picked a couple of hikes I've done many times so deciding which one to do will be easier. Friday nights will be my night off, at least as far as workouts go.

 

I'm going to continue cleaning, dishes, and compline. I was thinking of stopping the DailyDares, but maybe I will switch them to the morning. My other idea for this challenge was getting up earlier in the morning, but given the week I'm facing at work (most likely several early mornings and the possibility of working all next weekend, plus not enough time to do everything that needs to get done), I can't deal with setting an early wake-up time. Maybe later in the challenge or next time. But maybe doing DailyDares in the morning will hit the spirit of what I'm looking for.

 

My challenge weeks start on Mondays.

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Week 1, Monday

Workouts:

     M - Jump Rope and Kettlebell Swings, 8 rounds

     T -

     W -

     Th -

     Sa -

     Su -

Clean: (Bedroom, Bathroom/Laundry, Living Room, Kitchen, Computer Room)

     M - Bedroom: swept floor

     T -

     W -

     Th -

     F -

     Sa -

     Su -

DailyDare: M

Dishes: M

Compline: M

 

I got home too late to go walking/rucking outside, so I did jump rope 1 minute, kettlebell swings 1 minute, rest 1 minute for 8 rounds. It got my heart rate up anyway.

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Week 1, Tuesday

Workouts:

     M - Jump Rope and Kettlebell Swings, 8 rounds

     T - Pull-ups Week 7 Day A

     W -

     Th -

     Sa -

     Su -

Clean: (Bedroom, Bathroom/Laundry, Living Room, Kitchen, Computer Room)

     M - Bedroom: swept floor

     T - Bathroom: sink

     W -

     Th -

     F -

     Sa -

     Su -

DailyDare: M T

Dishes: M T

Compline: M T

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Hi Hal! Following along! Hope everything is off to a great start :D

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8 hours ago, spezzy said:

Hi Hal! Following along! Hope everything is off to a great start :D

Hi Spezzy! Things are off to an interesting start because work is extra busy.

 

I will update later. I need to go to bed so tomorrow I can be at work two hours before normal (darn contractors who start too early so they can be done by 4pm).

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11 hours ago, Ranger Hal said:

I will update later. I need to go to bed so tomorrow I can be at work two hours before normal (darn contractors who start too early so they can be done by 4pm).

 

Does that at least mean an early day for you too, or business as usual with two extra hours tacked on first thing?

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15 hours ago, Rurik Harrgath said:

Does that at least mean an early day for you too, or business as usual with two extra hours tacked on first thing?

The contractor has been working long days, so if they were doing stuff we needed to observe, we could end up doing long days as well (that's a definite possibility for a day or two next week). Otherwise, my bosses don't particularly care when we work, as long the work gets done, although there is a preference that we're around during core business hours most of the time. Today we finished up early and I decided that was enough work for the week (it's not like I was going to get much done if I went back to the office for an hour or two on a Friday afternoon) and spent the rest of my day with search and rescue. Now I need to go to bed again, lol!

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Well, I figured it out. It's long-term stress build-up. I've been holding everything together for too long and I need a vacation where I can relax (relaxing doesn't happen at home because there's always stuff to do). Actually, I remember thinking the same thing back around March and at least one other time since then. And no vacation because Covid and what's the point. Things must have gotten better after a bit, so hopefully that will happen again this time. Until then, I will try to stay functional.

 

Anyway, here's where things ended up by the end of Friday. Wednesday was sort of a rest day. The hike on Thursday was nice and it was good to be out with SAR on Friday. It's weird that Thursday and Friday felt pretty good and now I feel all broken.

Week 1, Wednesday/Thursday/Friday

Workouts:

     M - Jump Rope and Kettlebell Swings, 8 rounds

     T - Pull-ups Week 7 Day A

     W -

     Th - Hike: 1.7 miles, Pull-ups Week 7 Day B

     Sa -

     Su -

Clean: (Bedroom, Bathroom/Laundry, Living Room, Kitchen, Computer Room)

     M - Bedroom: swept floor

     T - Bathroom: sink

     W -

     Th -

     F -

     Sa -

     Su -

DailyDare: M T Th

Dishes: M T

Compline: M T W Th

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Maybe take a vacation to somewhere local. Even if it's in the same town, just being away from home might be relaxing. Or just staying home , but allowing yourself to not have a to do list

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I don't know what the challenge will look like going forward, but for today here's what I did.

  • Cooked beef stew/soup in the crock pot
  • Washed dishes twice
  • Made banana nut muffins
  • Pull-up Workout Week 7 Day C

I think I'm going to curl up with a book and some chocolate now.

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I did the benchmark test again to finish the Pull-Up Challenge (second round through). There is progress, but it is soooo slow. I'm about 6 inches from getting my chin over the bar. I'm going to take a break from pull-ups for a while and do something else. Probably kettlebell workouts.

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Congrats on finishing the second round and sticking with it! Pull up progress can be super slow. Sounds like a good idea to take a bit of a break. If you work on doing kettlebell presses that will help your pullups. On the pull down of the press, focus on going super slow and controlled, very similar to the negative of the pull up move

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You know what? I don't feel like hiking right now. So maybe I won't. And maybe later I will feel like it, and then maybe I will, but only if I want to.

 

Tonight I reset my first alarm from 4:45 am (where it was set for the last two days) to something more reasonable. *Grumbles about contractors who start work too early.* Actually, it was kind of interesting to be an observer on site, but I'm very happy to be able to get up much later tomorrow.

 

I need to do dishes, but probably won't (I'm tired. See first alarm at 4:45 am). I did mend my pants that I wear basically all the time at home (including to bed) except in the summer when they're too warm. They're getting worn thin in places, so I will need new ones soon, but for now they're functional again.

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Hahahahaha! I just got a spam text about something (not following the link to find out what) that is supposed to burn 30 lb in 2 weeks without exercise. Funniest part is, I'm right in the middle of the "normal" weight range for my height and it would probably be fairly dangerous for me to lose that much weight!

 

Last night, I washed a sink full of dishes. There are still more, but it's improvement.

 

Edit: I'm going to go cook a giant pan of bacon. Take that fake weight loss people!

 

2nd Edit: Two pans! It wouldn't all fit on one!

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On 11/3/2020 at 11:47 PM, Ranger Hal said:

I did the benchmark test again to finish the Pull-Up Challenge (second round through). There is progress, but it is soooo slow. I'm about 6 inches from getting my chin over the bar. I'm going to take a break from pull-ups for a while and do something else. Probably kettlebell workouts.

You're not alone. I feel like I'm making reverse progress on mine. If it's discouraging, it's definitely wise to switch away for a while.

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2 hours ago, Ranger Hal said:

Oh, and I forgot to mention that as I was starting my ruck, two bald eagles flew over the trail! It was very cool! There seem to be a lot more of them now than when I was growing up.

Cool! There do seem to be a lot more now. I've actually even seen  some just when I was walking around in my neighborhood. And a few years ago, there was one in a tree across the street from us.I just live in the suburbs, so I think there are more.Course, we have lots of tasty bunnies now for them too!

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Today I washed all the dishes, collected about 15 inches of old school papers to recycle, and attempted to season a cast-iron frying pan so I can cook steak this week. It also occurred to me today that if I'm going to be eating steak, it might be helpful to have a steak knife. My kitchen knives aren't quite the right size for eating with, but I guess I will have to make do with one of them.

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My first attempt at cooking steak last night was derailed by SAR. I had just gotten the steak out of the fridge and was starting to preheat the oven when I had to put everything away again and dash off. On a somewhat related note, it is definitely winter now in the mountains. My second attempt at steak went better. This is a good thing as the weather is worse today and I'm very happy to stay home (plus I'm short on sleep now).

 

Ahhhh, so much smoke! I had to open the windows and door in a hurry and still set off the smoke alarm (at least I know it works, lol)!

 

But wow! Steak is really good! No wonder people like it!

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