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3 hours ago, Chris-Tien Jinn said:

Last week was quite a success:

  •  I maintained by new habits for 6 of the 7 days.  
  • I crushed my weight-loss goal for the month (160.8)
  • I crushed my lat pulldown goal (67.5 lbs)
  • I set new (respawned) personal records for back squat and deadlifts

That's all excellent! Onwards! :)

Main Quest: becoming a decent kettlebell lifter and a great coach

Current challenge: KB Girl prepares to move

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I am going to CrossFit this afternoon ... although the WOD includes hand stand pushups, which I am no where ready to do.  I looked up scaling options and think I can manage.  

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I did seated dumbbell presses with 10 pound dumbbells each for 27, 21, and 15 reps ... was easy at first but got hard at the end.  But ... it's a start!!

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On 1/11/2022 at 12:50 AM, Chris-Tien Jinn said:

I did seated dumbbell presses with 10 pound dumbbells each for 27, 21, and 15 reps ... was easy at first but got hard at the end.  But ... it's a start!!

that's a lot of reps! good substitution though :)

Are there also trainers to help you with that kind of thing?

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On 1/11/2022 at 12:50 AM, Chris-Tien Jinn said:

I did seated dumbbell presses with 10 pound dumbbells each for 27, 21, and 15 reps ... was easy at first but got hard at the end.  But ... it's a start!!

Wow, great! I can't imagine many people being able to do actual handstand push ups. Dumbbell/barbell presses make waaaay more sense :).

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12 hours ago, KB Girl said:

Are there also trainers to help you with that kind of thing?

 

Oh yes.  We have great coaches.  I tend to do my research before class, however.  They are usually amused when I come prepared and sometimes make counter proposals.  

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"We are better than we know, if we can be made to see it, [then] for the rest of our lives, we'll be unwilling to settle for less."  - Kurt Hahn

“THE QUESTION ISN'T WHO IS GOING TO LET ME; IT'S WHO IS GOING TO STOP ME?” Ayn Rand

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I dropped another pound this week!!  The strategy has mostly been to keep moving and removal of all of the sweet treats that come with the holidays.  I still have some sugar cravings, but managed to take some of the Christmas fudge and divide each square into 16 SMALL pieces.  One at the end of dinner did the trick.  And then NO FOOD after that point.  

 

Did CrossFit on Monday and Pickleball on Tuesday.  The rest of the week has been just walking outside as much as possible.  Since we got SNOW last night, we'll break out the snowshoes for a hard slog around the local golf course.  Maybe.  The wind has picked up, and shoveling might end up being enough of a workout today along with  RingFit Adventure.  

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"We are better than we know, if we can be made to see it, [then] for the rest of our lives, we'll be unwilling to settle for less."  - Kurt Hahn

“THE QUESTION ISN'T WHO IS GOING TO LET ME; IT'S WHO IS GOING TO STOP ME?” Ayn Rand

Past Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35. 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49

 

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3 hours ago, Chris-Tien Jinn said:

I dropped another pound this week!!  The strategy has mostly been to keep moving and removal of all of the sweet treats that come with the holidays.  I still have some sugar cravings, but managed to take some of the Christmas fudge and divide each square into 16 SMALL pieces.  One at the end of dinner did the trick.  And then NO FOOD after that point.  

 

Congrats! I also find that it helps to have a modest dessert and then no food after dinner :)

 

3 hours ago, Chris-Tien Jinn said:

Did CrossFit on Monday and Pickleball on Tuesday.  The rest of the week has been just walking outside as much as possible.  Since we got SNOW last night, we'll break out the snowshoes for a hard slog around the local golf course.  Maybe.  The wind has picked up, and shoveling might end up being enough of a workout today along with  RingFit Adventure.  

Snow shoveling is seriously intense, so if you also do ring fit, I'd definitely agree that it counts as a workout! I hope you're not too sore tomorrow ;).

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1 hour ago, Waanie said:

Snow shoveling is seriously intense, so if you also do ring fit, I'd definitely agree that it counts as a workout! I hope you're not too sore tomorrow ;).

 

We have a snow removal service, but in the past, they often didn't show up.  So, I was kinda expecting the same this winter .... nope!  The crew showed up before noon and got drive and sidewalks shoveled.  So nice!!

 

So, we went snow shoeing.  It's fun, but I'm not sure it really makes walking in the snow much easier.  We sank into the powder a lot!!  

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Congrats on the weight loss! I'm doubtful on the helpfulness of snow shoeing too. But they are fun .Maybe the kind of snow that is super deep, where each step you sink to your knees, it would help.  

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5 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

Congrats on the weight loss! I'm doubtful on the helpfulness of snow shoeing too. But they are fun .Maybe the kind of snow that is super deep, where each step you sink to your knees, it would help.  

 

I went out again in the afternoon to clear the snow and ice off of hedges so that they wouldn't break (too late for one section  ....) and ended up in snow above my knees.  So the snow shoes did help ... I'm just not at the Legolas level of snow travel.  🤣

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Did my first named workout at Crossfit ...

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Scaled, but I did it in 20:45.  I didn't think I'd finish, honestly.  

 

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"We are better than we know, if we can be made to see it, [then] for the rest of our lives, we'll be unwilling to settle for less."  - Kurt Hahn

“THE QUESTION ISN'T WHO IS GOING TO LET ME; IT'S WHO IS GOING TO STOP ME?” Ayn Rand

Past Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35. 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49

 

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52 minutes ago, Chris-Tien Jinn said:

Did my first named workout at Crossfit ...

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Scaled, but I did it in 20:45.  I didn't think I'd finish, honestly.  

 

Woot!Way to go!

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The day after CrossFit DOMS is not so bad.  A few months ago, I would have been so sore that getting up from a chair would have been painful.   48 hours later is the real test, but I think that hydration is really helping.  

 

 

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"We are better than we know, if we can be made to see it, [then] for the rest of our lives, we'll be unwilling to settle for less."  - Kurt Hahn

“THE QUESTION ISN'T WHO IS GOING TO LET ME; IT'S WHO IS GOING TO STOP ME?” Ayn Rand

Past Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35. 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49

 

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Yea .... I knew that was too good to be true ....

 

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“THE QUESTION ISN'T WHO IS GOING TO LET ME; IT'S WHO IS GOING TO STOP ME?” Ayn Rand

Past Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35. 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49

 

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I have also (re)discovered that I'm not particularly good at Skyrim.  But I'm taking advantage of the open world, and when I die a couple of times in an encounter .... I go do something else and level up for a while.  

 

With the impressive winter cold, I am working from home and mostly maintain discipline ... I can't play until after work and a workout.   

 

 

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"We are better than we know, if we can be made to see it, [then] for the rest of our lives, we'll be unwilling to settle for less."  - Kurt Hahn

“THE QUESTION ISN'T WHO IS GOING TO LET ME; IT'S WHO IS GOING TO STOP ME?” Ayn Rand

Past Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35. 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49

 

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Wow, quiet around here!!!

 

Went snow shoeing again today on the golf course.  The wind chills were finally above zero (Fahrenheit), and the sky was a clear blue.  We had the place to ourselves except for a pair of hawks .... who decided that we were as loud as dwarves and flew off.  

 

Did some work on pullups:

  • 2 * 8 * 65 and 1 * 8 * 67.5 lbs lat pulldowns
  • 2 * 8 * 20 and 1 * 8 * 25 lbs bent over rows

So, gradually improving in this effort.  

 

Classes start on Monday --- so I will need discipline to go to CrossFit on Monday after class.  

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"We are better than we know, if we can be made to see it, [then] for the rest of our lives, we'll be unwilling to settle for less."  - Kurt Hahn

“THE QUESTION ISN'T WHO IS GOING TO LET ME; IT'S WHO IS GOING TO STOP ME?” Ayn Rand

Past Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35. 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49

 

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Saturday, I had a great time snowshoeing around the local golf course.  Then, plantar fasciitis set in, and I was rolling, massaging, and stretching for three days.  

 

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Better today, but looking at the cold (classes at local schools have been cancelled), I think I'm going to be biking after work.  

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"We are better than we know, if we can be made to see it, [then] for the rest of our lives, we'll be unwilling to settle for less."  - Kurt Hahn

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Past Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35. 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49

 

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Well, Wednesday warmed up enough for a walk outside.  Yea for Vitamin D!!!

 

Hubby gave up his slot at pickleball on Thursday; so I had a great time laughing and sweating.  

 

Friday, I walked after my last class of the day.

 

So, this week was not too bad, but I missed getting a checkmark for two days.  I am really not good at eating vegetables.  Fruit, yes.  Veggies .... not so much.  I am putting microgreens in my scrambled eggs and making avocado toast many mornings.  

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"We are better than we know, if we can be made to see it, [then] for the rest of our lives, we'll be unwilling to settle for less."  - Kurt Hahn

“THE QUESTION ISN'T WHO IS GOING TO LET ME; IT'S WHO IS GOING TO STOP ME?” Ayn Rand

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Yesterday, I got one-shotted by the boss in RingFit Adventure.  I didn't notice Drageaux was attacking until I was down.  At that point, I was tired and decided to go for a walk instead.  

 

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The weather has been less cold, and you're not at risk of losing body parts if not covered completely any more.  But I have to admit that I am getting very tired of winter.  I have some minor anxiety raising its ugly head because my car has been having difficulty in starting in the cold.  It might need a new battery.  That's something that is manageable.  But I am not in the mood for adulting today.

 

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To everyone dealing with the monster snow out east, you have my greatest sympathy, and I hope power is restored quickly to those areas that are really struggling.

 

Let's hope that the groundhog gives a favorable prediction on Wednesday!!

 

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"We are better than we know, if we can be made to see it, [then] for the rest of our lives, we'll be unwilling to settle for less."  - Kurt Hahn

“THE QUESTION ISN'T WHO IS GOING TO LET ME; IT'S WHO IS GOING TO STOP ME?” Ayn Rand

Past Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35. 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49

 

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End of January!!!!  

 

I know I said I would not obsess over weight, and that probably was a good thing.  I wanted to get down to 161 ... and ended at 159.3!!

Lat pulldowns also went well, and my best set was 67.5 --- well over the goal of 60 lbs.  

 

I am happy.  I was picking low-hanging fruit, but it was a way to get momentum going.  

 

I didn't make it to CrossFit as frequently as I'd hoped.  Exposed to COVID several times, and we finally came down with colds this past week.  But I did get back into the box and the gym and pickle-ball ..... and I'll take it.  Still beats the heck outta sitting on the couch.  

 

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"We are better than we know, if we can be made to see it, [then] for the rest of our lives, we'll be unwilling to settle for less."  - Kurt Hahn

“THE QUESTION ISN'T WHO IS GOING TO LET ME; IT'S WHO IS GOING TO STOP ME?” Ayn Rand

Past Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35. 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49

 

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With the aid of unexpected, tiny allies, I am down to 158.4 lbs.   And, as above, I hit my strength training goal for the challenge.

 

Process was pretty good this challenge!!

  • Potions a plenty!! I drank 32+ oz of water (or herbal tea while fighting the cold) nearly every day.  As a result (?), I had much less trouble with DOMS after CrossFit.  
  • Restore health and stamina:  Some days, all I managed was a bunch of baby carrots for a snack, but I ate my veggies daily.  The quest for more veggies even lead to experimenting with pizza loaded with veggies and a little bit of feta cheese as an alternative to our usual mozzarella-loaded pepperoni and mushroom.  Hubby declared it delicious .... a super thin crust with a little pesto and pepperoni and then loaded with tomato, onion, artichoke hearts, black olives, and pepperoncini with just enough feta cheese to qualify as pizza.  
  • Skillup:  I generally got in 20+ minutes of exercise, even if it was just a bunch of short walks.   I did not get to CrossFit weekly since I didn't want to spread viruses, but I did get back into the box and am continuing to put it on my calendar in the hopes that I can kick this cold.  
  • Prepare for monsters!:  We HAVE been cooking ahead on weekends.  Not as much of the chicken and veggies idea from @spezzy that I had planned, but I did have fairly healthy lunches planned in advance so that I was not surfing the vending machines in the basement for lunches.  We still are not allowed to eat in public at work ... so the cafeteria and deli are out of bounds.  No food served to anyone but students.  *Sigh*  Somedays, it's microwaved burritos ... but it isn't cookies, at least.

 

So, 8 pounds to go, and I'm working on a spreadsheet for interim goals on the long-term plan.

 

Had a heart-to-heart talk with my (diabetic) carb-addicted hubby.  We're going to TRY to be active after work (workouts and other active activities) and separately manage our dinners.  He wants major carbs and I'm trying to be more paleo for CrossFit.  I want to be able to go to the gym and not worry that I need to be home at a certain time for dinner too .... and not try to find something on TV that we both are will to watch (uff da!) every night.  So, next challenge is going to see the adjustment of nightly schedules.

 

 

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"We are better than we know, if we can be made to see it, [then] for the rest of our lives, we'll be unwilling to settle for less."  - Kurt Hahn

“THE QUESTION ISN'T WHO IS GOING TO LET ME; IT'S WHO IS GOING TO STOP ME?” Ayn Rand

Past Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35. 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49

 

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