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I've been contemplating the goals for the next challenge for a couple of hours now .... no lie .... and I conclude that I just need to START and refine as the week (and challenge) goes by.

 

THEME:  School for Magic-Users

 

Because:

  1. I'm starting my (hopefully) last year as a professor.  Classes start August 25th (my birthday), but preparation officially starts August 1st.  
  2. I'm expecting my first grandson (they found out in the amniocentesis) in early February, and I feel the need to learn the updated theories of childcare ... and a whole host of skills (baby CPR, for instance) ... and explore how to be a fun grandma (which is a long-term quest that will show up as a battle log soon)
  3. I've been interested in trying out the D & D Strixhaven campaigns
  4. The Hero's Journal Magic of Istoria is also tempting me
  5. I want to re-read the Harry Potter series.  Yes, the movies are good, but they leave out so many details!!!  

 

A few things that I know I will include:

  1. Use the WW program to lose 3 pounds this challenge (should land at about 157 to 158)
  2. Workout daily, using the Pressure Gauge system to set daily expectations.  Most of the challenge should be in the green zone unless I get sick (COVID-19 is surging locally)
  3. Read the book Today's Grandmother .... by Angela Bowen (set page goals per day)

 

More to come!!

 

 

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58 minutes ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

severus snape professor mcgonagall GIF

If you're gonna go out as a professor, don't forget to chase your boss off campus via death duel first.

 

I loved Professor McGonagall and Dame Maggie Smith ... great role models!

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4. Collect images of strong, healthy, elders ... particularly female ... and add them to a vision board (digital and maybe a physical collage).

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5 hours ago, Chris-Tien Jinn said:

4. Collect images of strong, healthy, elders ... particularly female ... and add them to a vision board (digital and maybe a physical collage).

I follow this  female fitness trainer on Instagram.  

Home - Susan Nierbergall Fitness (susanniebergallfitness.com)

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10 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

I follow this  female fitness trainer on Instagram.  

Home - Susan Nierbergall Fitness (susanniebergallfitness.com)

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Keep the images coming!!  

 

She's one of the people featured in an article from Old Lady Gains

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Congrats on expecting a grandson :). I hope your child lives close enough that you can visit them often :).

 

22 hours ago, Chris-Tien Jinn said:

Workout daily, using the Pressure Gauge system to set daily expectations.  Most of the challenge should be in the green zone unless I get sick (COVID-19 is surging locally)

What is this? I might need this in my life :lol:. (I have a new laptop, so my google search is not calibrated yet ^^)

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5 hours ago, Waanie said:

 

 

What is this? I might need this in my life :lol:. (I have a new laptop, so my google search is not calibrated yet ^^)

 

There's a NF online workshop on this TOMORROW!  I found out about it via email list-serv (??)  This link might let you register:  https://www.crowdcast.io/e/ryoqpa4d/register

 

I listened to Niebergall's podcast (Strong and Lean at Any Age) while letting software install on my computer.  Good use of time, really.  I'm glad that it's available in Spotify.    It was interesting to hear her and Jordan Syatt talk about strength training vs. CrossFit and how the goals differ.  Also, a good reminder that some goals conflict with each other and that you can't do everything at once.  

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Today's WOD was cleans.  (At least I missed burpees while on the cruise ....)

 

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I worked up to 55 lbs and then did the "It's a Bear" workout.  

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On 7/26/2022 at 11:49 AM, Chris-Tien Jinn said:

I've been contemplating the goals for the next challenge for a couple of hours now .... no lie .... and I conclude that I just need to START and refine as the week (and challenge) goes by.

Relatable. I'll save that trick for later. 

 

On 7/26/2022 at 11:49 AM, Chris-Tien Jinn said:
  1. I've been interested in trying out the D & D Strixhaven campaigns
  2. The Hero's Journal Magic of Istoria is also tempting me

Love D&D. Don't have Strixhaven, but I love the idea of characters having something major in common, like being classmates at a magic school. :)

 

I have it. I've used it a little bit. I like the Hero Journals because I feel like they're better than blank journals.

 

On 7/26/2022 at 11:49 AM, Chris-Tien Jinn said:
  1. Use the WW program to lose 3 pounds this challenge (should land at about 157 to 158)
  2. Workout daily, using the Pressure Gauge system to set daily expectations.  Most of the challenge should be in the green zone unless I get sick (COVID-19 is surging locally)
  3. Read the book Today's Grandmother .... by Angela Bowen (set page goals per day)

Those all sound pretty good. :)

 

Good luck, Jinn!

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1 hour ago, Waanie said:

That's at 2AM for me, so I'm not going to make it :/. Thanks for the other podcast-tip though, I've added it to my to-listen list!

 

I think it will be recorded for later watching too.  

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Congratulations on the forthcoming grandson! You're definitely going to be a fun grandma.

 

On 7/28/2022 at 3:02 PM, Waanie said:

That's at 2AM for me, so I'm not going to make it :/. Thanks for the other podcast-tip though, I've added it to my to-listen list!

 

It was 1am for me, so I watched the recording this morning at a more reasonable time instead. I thought it was really useful - they focussed on nutrition but I can see it being more broadly applicable for me.

 

Just so you know (because I wish I had), it says 2 hours, but the pressure gauge system bit is only the first 50 minutes or so. Then theres 25 minutes of advertising NF coaching, and then a long Q&A on various topics. I watched pretty much the whole thing, but that first 50 minutes is the main bit.

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45 minutes ago, Jarric said:

the pressure gauge system bit is only the first 50 minutes or so.

 

Yes, I bailed after they started the transition over to selling the personal training.  Kinda felt like I'd gone to one of those "informational seminars" that end up selling condos .... but the idea behind matching plans to stress or time limits is a good one.  I'm loving summer in the green zone, but I'll be at yellow starting next week and will need to be ready for the red zone days.  

 

Yesterday's CF was solid, and I pushed hard enough to have sore shoulders this morning.  I skipped the push jerk because we'd just done a big upper body workout the day before.  Substituted assisted pull ups instead ... so, didn't really give the upper body a break.  🤦‍♀️  For the first 5 sets, I used green + black bands.  The last set, I had to switch back to green + purple ... which is hugely easy.  I need to really look at our bands set and see what's between black and purple.  

 

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Today ... YOGA was great, but my shoulders are still DOMS city.  I think I'll walk/run outside instead of CrossFit.  

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2 hours ago, Chris-Tien Jinn said:

 

Yes, I bailed after they started the transition over to selling the personal training.  Kinda felt like I'd gone to one of those "informational seminars" that end up selling condos .... but the idea behind matching plans to stress or time limits is a good one.  I'm loving summer in the green zone, but I'll be at yellow starting next week and will need to be ready for the red zone days.  

 

 

Yeah, I really don't like being sold to like that. To be fair, I think NF Coaching actually sounds like a great product, though it's not a great fit for me right now. 

 

The preparing for amber and red days idea I love, I'd never considered it before. I kind of want to run a challenge where I have all of my daily goals, but every goal has the 4 levels and I do the level to match the day (so not just for workouts, but for everything). What is your plan for amber and red days, if you don't mind me asking?

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1 hour ago, Jarric said:

What is your plan for amber and red days, if you don't mind me asking?

 

Amber:

  • 20+ minutes of WoD .... but whenever I can fit it in.  CrossFit often got derailed last academic year when a student came to my office as I was heading out to workout.  With my WOD Generator app, I can pick a short WOD and specify what equipment I have available.  So ... basement for 20 minutes while rice cooks is feasible
  • Nutrition:  Log foods honestly and get at least one veggie
  • Grandmother:  read two pages
  • Strong Older Women: Look over the images I've collected  so far.

Red:

  • Move ... anything counts .... for 15+ minutes.  Walking is the most probable.  If I can't do that, I'm really, really sick.  
  • Nutrition:  Write down on paper and log it the next time I have energy to face the point-based guilt
  • Grandmother: read one page
  • Strong Older Women: watch Harry Potter movies.  
3 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

How do you use two bands at once?

 

One of two ways:

1. hold them together as I loop them over the bar on the rack.  It works pretty well, although I NEED a box to stand on as I awkwardly put my foot into both bands at once.

2. preferred:  some sections of the weight rack are sufficiently narrow and have the upper bar low enough that you can loop the bands over the J-hooks, which makes it super easy to use multiple bands and not have to be quite so coordinated in getting into position.  

 

This is a photo of the section we use for not-called-CrossFit-anymore workouts:

 

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Adding video because it came up in Facebook and made me smile.  

 

 

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Yesterday, I did Yoga class in the morning and then did a Zombies, Run! 5K training workout ... outside.  A slow 5.27 km run, but it felt good.  

 

Decided to finish out the Pressure Gauge levels ....

 

Green:

Yellow:

  • Get in a 45+ minute workout: WoD, Zombies, Run! 5K training, or recovery workout
  • Track in WW but use weeklies if needed .... don't get too hungry
  • Grandmother: read 4 pages
  • Strong Older Women:  hunt up, save, and share images

 

Amber:

  • 20+ minutes of WoD .... but whenever I can fit it in.  CrossFit often got derailed last academic year when a student came to my office as I was heading out to workout.  With my WOD Generator app, I can pick a short WOD and specify what equipment I have available.  So ... basement for 20 minutes while rice cooks is feasible
  • Nutrition:  Log foods honestly and get at least one veggie
  • Grandmother:  read two pages
  • Strong Older Women: Look over the images I've collected  so far.

Red:

  • Move ... anything counts .... for 15+ minutes.  Walking is the most probable.  If I can't do that, I'm really, really sick.  
  • Nutrition:  Write down on paper and log it the next time I have energy to face the point-based guilt
  • Grandmother: read one page
  • Strong Older Women: watch Harry Potter movies (Professor McGonagall FTW)
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On 7/29/2022 at 4:54 PM, Jarric said:

It was 1am for me, so I watched the recording this morning at a more reasonable time instead. I thought it was really useful - they focussed on nutrition but I can see it being more broadly applicable for me.

 

Just so you know (because I wish I had), it says 2 hours, but the pressure gauge system bit is only the first 50 minutes or so. Then theres 25 minutes of advertising NF coaching, and then a long Q&A on various topics. I watched pretty much the whole thing, but that first 50 minutes is the main bit.

That's good to know, thanks! I will watch it some time in the next week. Looking at the conversation in here, I can kinda guess what the content will be, but maybe they will have a nice perspective I haven't heard of before :).

 

On 7/29/2022 at 8:22 PM, Jarric said:

The preparing for amber and red days idea I love, I'd never considered it before. I kind of want to run a challenge where I have all of my daily goals, but every goal has the 4 levels and I do the level to match the day (so not just for workouts, but for everything). What is your plan for amber and red days, if you don't mind me asking?

Without knowing the exact definitions of amber and red days, I have prepared for bad days in several ways in the past. It can be as easy as always have some leftovers in the freezer so that you don't have to cook on a bad day, or splitting todo-lists into "have-to"s,  "should"s and "would be nice"s. E.g. laundry would be nice if there's just a full load in the basket, it would be a should if you only have a few days worth of clothes left, and a have to if you're out of clean underwear. On a green day you do all tasks, on red only the "have to"s and on other days something in between.

 

22 hours ago, Chris-Tien Jinn said:

Strong Older Women: watch Harry Potter movies (Professor McGonagall FTW)

McGonagall is awesome!

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So, yesterday, I was hit with a migraine and let myself have an amber day on the workout front.  Did 20 minutes of rowing at my usual recovery pace (so ... 3.1 km).

 

The rest of the day was pretty much in the green.  I started the Today's Grandmother book (6 pages), did well on the nutrition front, and read a blog post about a 68-year-old American Ninja Warrior (https://oldladygains.com/blogs/women-you-should-meet/meet-ginny-maccoll)

 

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I love her attitude when she hits a block ... that she can't do it YET.

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3 hours ago, Waanie said:

I just watched the thing about pressure gauges, and I must say that I found it pretty basic. It's a good reminder to have a plan ready for when you're in the orange or red, but that's basically it for me.

 

Yeap.  Nothing too radical there, but it did push me to write down the plan for the low points.  All too often, I do simply stop doing anything, telling myself that I'll get back to it as soon as (whatever the interruption is) is done ... and before long a week or more has gone by.  And then, cue the respawn meme .....  

 

Found out that Nichelle Nichols passed away.  One badass lady and a good "elder" role model:

 

Nichelle Nichols

 

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