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The Hibernation Project is in effect

The next couple months are about rest and maintenance. I'm going to survive the holidays and the cold winter of the north by turning down the intensity, turning up the recovery and getting ready to get some stuff done in the new year.

 

Anyone who's read me, the format will be pretty much the same: complain, complain, bikini shots, complain..oh wait, that's my instagram. I'll continue logging the same things but trying to keep the focus on physical efforts a bit dialed back and use these months to continue to work on my sleep and recovery.

 

Calendar

  • Week 0 (October 16 - 22) - Strength deload/reset (brining back dumbbells), In-Laws visiting over the weekend
  • Week 1 (October 23 - 29) - normal
  • Week 2 (October 30 - Nov 5) - normal
  • Week 3 (November 6 - 12) - normal
  • Week 4 (November 13 - 19) - Likely parent visit
  • Week 5 (November 20 - 26) - normal

As you can see, I have an uneventful calendar coming up, which is lovely be me

 

Standard Week

  • Monday - BJJ
  • Tuesday - Strength + BJJ (hardest day of my week)
  • Wednesday - BJJ
  • Thursday - Strength (easiest day of my week)
  • Friday - BJJ
  • Saturday - Strength (most commonly missed workout of the week due to errands, family visits, etc)
  • Sunday - BJJ (2 hour open mat)

 

Standard Week Day

  • 0530 - 0600 wake up and make coffee
  • 0600 - 0730 begin work
  • 0730 - 0800 breakfast
  • 0800 - 1000 work
  • 1000 - 1300 training & lunch
  • 1300 - 1530 work
  • 1530 - 1600 afternoon meal
  • 1600 - 1700 work
  • 1700 - 1800 guitar 
  • 1800 - 1900 dinner prep
  • 1900 - 2000 dinner 
  • 2000 -2100 clean up
  • 2100 - 2200 in bed relaxing
  • 2200 - lights out

Starting about 5 pm theres more wiggle room than the schedule above implies but I was just trying to set out a basic template. I never get a full hour of guitar practice there but sometimes work runs over, other times dinner prep will take a little longer so I start earlier. The biggest takeaways are that I train midday which is a great feature of my work-life balance and that, as a result, my workday is split in two big chunks. Also, I like to got to bed early but I also get up pretty early.

 

Areas of focus during this challenge

  • BJJ - I've focused pretty hard on this over the summer so I'm back off this focus. I'm still training 5 days a week but I'm being more playful and seeing what emerges. I'm taking chances in rolls to get out of my comfort zone. I'll keep working on escaping pins and I'll take some shots at leg locks
  • Strength- I had an injury over the summer that I'm still shaking off so I'm sticking to dumbbells and machines only. I'm aiming for hypertrophy more than strength gain. I'm in my mid forties and don't have  much opportunity to gain muscle left in my life. 
  • Diet - After losing 30 lbs over the summer my goal is to hang around 215ish through the new year before I make another big push in January & February. I and people around me are still adjusting to my bodyweight. 
  • Sleep - I have had very bad sleep habits in the past. I continue to work on them. I was able to make some improvements in the last challenge so I'm going to keep pushing on this
  • Mobility - It's been a long running challenge for me to get some basic stretched and/or yoga. I fully realize those are not synonymous but for now, I'll take either. If you look at the schedule above, there's no room for it. This remains a challenge for me. 
  • Guitar - I've been practicing for years and been pretty meh about it. I'm trying to build a better habit. The biggest thing I am seeking in guitar right now is finding an intrinsic drive to play more. I have played out of discipline and block headedness so far but I want to learn to want to pick up the instrument. 
  • Games - This is new this challenge but I've been dabbling in it. I'd like to intentionally spend a little more time gaming, board or video. 

 

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Monday

 

Training

BJJ

More leglocks from honey hole. This time we were focusing on a case where the person is a little savvy and getting away.

Single Leg X to Traditional X then sweep to the ground. Roll over the leg you have and set up your Honey Hole position. Fall on the leg you're attacking with your upper body and go for the heel hook but they try to pull their leg away. You can trap their toes in your elbow and still get the hook. If they try to kick out to spin through the foo rotates in your grip to have the heel up and toes down. Shift your figure four lock to really lock down the knee and you end up doing a funky Aoki Lock by trapping the sole of the foot in your armpit, cross both of your arms and hug them against your chest then side bend for the break. There is one more heel hook variant if they spin even beyond this but I wasn't able to nail it down well enough to write it out.

 

Rolls

Bradley (white) - Bradley was my partner for instruction so we rolled. He was in his Marine-Try-Hard mode and I didn't really feel like going hard for the submission so I just harassed him by spamming attacks. I could tell he was wary of my strangles so I would mount, get and arm up then take his back, start hunting different attacks but couldn't land those, so I'd move back to mount. When it was over he said he counted it as a win since I didn't strangle him for once. Ok by me. 

One More - There as a middle roll here but I'm not calling it up in my memory

Alex (blue) - Alex and I started up as we usually do but about halfway through the round he kind of paused us and said "I think that if you went for a leglock here you might have it instead of having our same fight". I really appreciated it and took his advice. The next time I was about to body lock pass I fell back on an ankle lock and got it. So, thanks to Alex on that cue.

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Food

I was super comfortable in terms of how much food I ate and when. It felt really good. I also finished the VanLeewan's pint so Wednesday I'll probably crack open my new pint and post about it. 

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Sleep

I did not have good sleep Sunday into Monday. This is the case where my Whoop Strap and my Withings Sleep Mat seem to tell the most different story. In knowing a bit about what I'm looking for, I can see it in the Withings data if I look. I had a couple G&Ts Sunday night with dinner and they hit me unexpectedly hard, at least in terms of my sleep. I woke up a bunch of times and my head was kind of fuzzy and uncomfortable when I did. In the Withings data this shows up as a more choppy sleep pattern, rather than 90 minutes of deep sleep then 30 minutes of light sleep or even waking up a bit, it much shorter cycles. My resting heart rate is a full 10 BPM over normal for me and my Whoop recorded that my respiration was high too. Basically, my body was acting like it was dealing with physical stress all night so I didn't get a good night's sleep.

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Recovery

 

I covered most of it in the sleep section but my recovery was very low. 

I did no additional recovery work (stretching or yoga)

 

Guitar

I did no Grease the Groovy sessions. I'm not having much success here and may park that idea

I did have a really nice 45 minute structured practice. I'm looking forward to my Wednesday lesson to check in on a few things.

 

Games

No games to report here but I added this section this challenge because I'd like to get a couple good board game sessions in this challenge, as opposed to the 0 sessions last challenge. I've also been trying to deliberately play some video games a bit more. So I'll log it for a bit and we'll see. 

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Tuesday

Training

Strength

  • DB Bench Press 50 lbs 5 x 10
  • DB Bench Row 50 lbs 5 x 10
  • Seated DB Press 30 lbs 5 x 10
  • Assisted Pull Up -130 lbs 5 x 10
  • Assisted Dip - 70 5 x 10
  • DB Preacher Curl 20 5 x 10

Starting and upper body/lower body split. I went a little bit harder than intended for this first workout but not crazy. I tried estimating Reps in Reserve (RIR) with the intent of landing near 8-10 but the seated press and dips were much closer to one or two, realizing that estimating RIR is a skill that I have not really practiced so these numbers are loose.

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I have noticed in tracking these that for the first half an hour to hour you can really see where sets begin and end. As I get to the back half it gets fuzzier. I assume this is my body's fatigue climbing and me not recovering ass well between sets. It's been pretty consistent. 

Mobility

I did a short one post lift, 5-10 minutes

 

BJJ

Marathon Roll

I wasn't in a super competitive mindset and it showed. I took very few submissions because if someone wanted to hunker down and prevent it I emphasized going on to another submission. I found that some people like that even less than actually getting submitted. That experience of a very fleeting window of freedom only to end up in another compromised position is mentally and emotionally tough. We had a few folks who dropped in from other gyms so I made sure to roll with each. A couple were pretty experienced (6.5 years and 8.5 years of training) and I felt like I could really feel the difference. I prevented the 6.5 year guy from submitting me but never got any progress on hime and the 8.5 year guy got me twice. 

 

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I looked at my arm three or four rolls in and realized my whoop sleeve had balled up down by my elbow. That's the huge gap in data. I obviously reset it and key going. 

Food

Being a Tuesday I ate as much as I comfortably could. I also made a choice to not do any cardio today. As a part of my Hibernation Project I plan to do a less cardio for the short to medium term. This will allow me to focus on building muscle and recovering. 

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Sleep

Weird night of sleep last night

First, I changed my post roll pattern slightly. I opted for a cool shower rather than a hot one. The idea was that ice baths allegedly help with recovering and returning your body to a resting state. While I didn't try to freeze myself out, I slowly adjusted it cooler and cooler, trying to not get so cold so fast as to cause a stress reaction but achieve this more relaxed state. One night on one person but it seems promising. My HR was low 60s going to bed, it's been closer to 70 in the past. More observation required. 

However, around 1:30 - 2 am there is a gap in my Withings data then it kicks in with me being awake. Laura and I both woke up to a vibration, like a cell phone but it felt like it was under the bed. It was very short but woke us both completely. Then it took a bit to get back to sleep. It really messed up here night of sleep as she is not at all used to waking up. It had less impact on me but that's not the same as none. I think we both suspect the Withings sleep mat but I don't recall that it can vibrate and I've had it for years and it's never happened. We're keeping an eye on it though.

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Wednesday 

BJJ - before I forget stuff

Before class

Manny is back. We worked on his guard passing with a little light rolling after each pass. Once he fully secured the position we'd reset

 

Class - heel hooks with reaping included which basically means you can't compete with these movements, which always annoys me

Single Leg X, sweep, set up the heel hook. They roll to get out of danger (roll with the direction of the heel hook)

 

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(image is a toe hold / toe bar rather than a heel hook but he some principles apply. Because it's probably not obvious, the guy in all black has the submission on the guy with some red on. He loses his grip at the end)

Attacker rolls with and when you hit the same position again (you've rolled 360 degrees) post with your leg to stop the roll, tear the foot off and take it home.

 

Lesson 2

Single leg X, sweep, the sit up and bury their heel in your armpit so you can't hook it. Your outside foot goes across their hip. You cover it with your inside hook to avoid a shootout.Taking your outside leg across the hip is called a reap and illegal in competition because it puts a lot of pressure on the MCL. 

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as before, when you roll 360 degrees, post out and cripple. I actually found it easier to post at 180 degrees by just spreading my knees a little and posting on my head. The person as about to add the power of gravity to their roll and really don't expect me to come to full stop. They maim themselves.

 

Free rolling

One round with Manny (purple)

Professor called out five of us: Stan (black), Manny (purple),  Me (blue), Pat (blue), and I forget the other two. Everyone else was to line up on the wall (all blue and white belt). Person in starts in open guard bottom. 30 seconds for the incoming person to pass or submit. Winner stays in, draws go to the person already in. I'm a little proud to say, I stayed in all ten minutes. .

At the end only I and Stan had held up ten minutes so we had a mini deathmatch. I lost. 

 

After Class

More work with Manny

Run Stan through his stripe demo.

 

Out

 

 

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Guitar lesson later. Back to work for now.

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I'm really enjoying reading about the rolls. The technical stuff about what your learning is lost, but I love the reports of how you roll against people.

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Following.  As a data nerd I really enjoy your approach to defining progress.  

It's funny how some of us are drawn to that but I've had other people tell me that simply seeing a spreadsheet gives them anxiety. All are welcome here but especially data people.

 

 

Time for a quick catch up then we'll roll into next week

 

Thursday

Training

Strength Sessions II - Lower body, still feeling out this program I am making up

  • Sumo Deadlift 95 lbs 5 x 10
    • very light, add 20 lbs next time
  • Hip Sled 360 5 x 30
    • Add 50 lbs
  • Split Squat 0 lbs 5 x 10 
    • Stay at no weight, add 2 reps per set next tim
  • Single Leg, Straight Leg, Deadlift (1LSLDL)  20 lbs 5 x 10
    • Only completed 3 X 10, change nothing
  • Leg Extension 70 lbs 5 x 10
    • + 5 lbs
  • Seated Leg Curl 50 lbs 5 x 10
    • + 10 lbs

This is my short term plan for my lower body days. I don't quite know what I think yet. I wanted to emphasize the gluts since I was neglecting those in my total body workout but I'm still not comfortable enough with my back to load up big barbell loads. The split squats and 1LSLDLs seem to exhaust my nervous system as it trying to help me with a funky movement but I'm not convinced I'm actually tasking the muscles I need to be. If I trusted my back I would totally put RDLs or good mornings in for at least the 1LSLDL as I'm sure it would do better. For now, this will do.

 

Rest

Whoop has a recovery score bases on Resting Heart Rate, Resting Respiration Rate, Heart Rate Variability, and Sleep and this was my first Green day in a while. I try to not care about their scores but. I confess, seeing that green is a little dopamine hit that makes me want to try hard and please by robot overlords. So I was surprised when I was kind of dragging all day. The workout was only 150 calories and yet I felt exhausted. I found myself just staring at my computer in the afternoon and took a nap just to try and get some productivity out of the afternoon. I don't know if their concept of strain is very different than my own, if what I think a fully recovered day should be like is wrong, or what. 

 

Friday

Training

BJJ

Manny was there and wanted to be partners again. We had a Chris (brown) as an instructor. He wanted to cover the Von Flue Choke, a favorite of mine and one I've described here before. This is the one I like to use on White belts who hold my head when I'm in side control. In the image below, it may not look like it but it's the guy on bottom who's in danger of going unconscious because he left his arm over the top guy's head. I don't think Chris knows how often I use this so it was interesting to watch him teach it. No issues. He's totally right about what he taught but it was absolutely to the white belt version. 

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After class I worked with Manny and one of the white belts to cover the next level up. I  showed them how to hide the set up. People don't understand the real danger of the movement. If my partner is laying across my body, in a T shape, it's a natural response at some point to try and grab his head and roll so we both go over his head and I end up on top. In Jiujitsu it's even more common to go for guillotine and the person knows they are safe if they get across your body (to the T shape) but I may just hang on thinking I can eventually get something. The moment the headside arm (hidden in the picture above) sneaks under from that top guy , the bottom guy has alarms go off that their neck is getting compressed and they need to get out of there. 

I think, the savvy play is to leave the head alone at first. The hip side arm is the real danger. You can slide that hand up t their shoulder (like in the image above) and not even had your other arm in position and you've locked them in. It's hard to know without feeling it but the bottom buy is trapped. In the image above, the bottom guy's left hand is trapped in the top guys neck. The bottom guy may even feel good about that and double down on hugging the neck. Now, as the top player, you have them pinned under your body, you and their arm looped around your neck limiting their ability to twist or rotate, now you go for the cross face. As you do this they will fight like hell because every alarm bell is now going off. They are getting strangled and, if you get under the cross face, they shoulder is starting to feel like it may fail too. 

So, it was fun to teach that. 

 

Rest

The only major note here was that I got even higher on my recovery for Friday, 86%. I was curious to see where this would go over the weekend. 

 

Food

This was my last food tracking for a coupled days as I didn't want to make everyone crazy as I tried to keep a log while we were going out for meals and so on.

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In-Laws Weekend

My family, on both sides, are pretty ok people. Which makes me wonder about myself and why I really do not like spending time with them. All of my worst tendencies come out. After being asked for the third time "do you guys watch..." I stopped my mother-in-law and said, "any time you ask that, the answer is always no." Do I need to say that, no I don't. After literally decades of the same cycle, do I feel warranted, yes. It's those kinds of shortnesses that just bubble up in my mind. Both my mother and mother-in-law are constantly worried that we aren't using coconut oil or do have soy milk in the house but then they dump sugar in all their foods. If you have to travel with your own chocolate sauce, what are you even doing?

By day two I just want them to go away so I can have my routine back. I'm not eating properly, I'm not training. I'm just sitting and waiting. I start to just feel short with everyone. But it's a me problem. These people aren't hurting me. They're trying to be nice. But my head just wants them to go do that somewhere else with someone else. 

Can you tell I was essentially an only child and we never had kids so I never had to adjust to the chaos?

 

Saturday we went out and bought a quiche and pastries and some decaf coffee beans for breakfast in. I ate before they got here so I could have my usual (two eggs, two egg whites, whatever loose veggies I can throw in and a  small slice of toast). We took them to a local apple orchard to get fresh apples and browse. For lunch we took them to a local restaurant that we enjoy. It was delicious to us but they found it too noisy.I get that. Everyone has different tolerances. They explained to us that they have stopped going out to eat because it's become too uncomfortable. They like to get food to go. So  Laura and I figured we'd try to not make them go out again. Then we went to a store where they sell knick-knacks. I hung out for while but went next door to get a tea while they shopped. Eventually my father-in-law was sent over too. After that we came home and they went to sleep it off.

Saturday evening they wanted to have apples and popcorn for dinner so we did that. Although, I had some leftover chicken thighs in the fridge so I fixed their supper then made myself a couple chicken tacos and all of a sudden everyone wanted to know what I had and if there was more. No there's not more. You picked literally any food in the universe and I gave it to you now I need some protein and didn't plan on you suddenly latching onto my meal  

Then they wanted to play pitch after dinner, which I think is a midwestern thing. It's a trick taking card game that you play with partners. It's an old and kind of weird game. We played for about 90 minutes which I think made them really happy. I irritated people when I pointed out that when they flip the cards over to shuffle (showing the bottom cards) that I could count back  7 of the last 8 cards in the deck and by watching where they cut the deck could make some predictions about who got those cards. I pointed out that if they just don't flip over the deck I can't know this. In the end we just settled on me not doing that. 

 

Sunday started similar. I made my own breakfast before anyone showed up so I could eat what I wanted instead of carbs. We ended up going to Penzey's spices, which was great for us because we've talked about making a trip for a couple months and never bothered. We came back home and ordered in Indian which is something Laura and I will happily do anytime and met the requirement of not making them go out for dinner. Supper went similar, where they said they wanted apples and popcorn so I made myself some eggs, then made eggs for others because now they wanted eggs. At least this time I had back ups though. Then pitch and bed.

 

Monday started the same but they were taking off after breakfast and I suited up for BJJ. 

 

 

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Monday

Still on PTO for the day. We saw my in-laws off and I went to the gym.

Training

More work on leg locks. Not a whole lot to add to what I've written before. The biggest thing that I am running into is that while we have a lot of ways once we're into the legs. I'm missing a way to get there. You are oriented 180 degrees from how you normally are. The one thing that we did that was useful was a new entry from traditional X guard, which I actually get to. I need to rep that some which means I need to find my way to traditional X a bit more often.

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Food

I shorted myself a couple hundred calories assuming that I would be up from the weekend with family.

 

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Sleep

After several nights of really good recovery scores, presumably based on sleeping in during the family visit I got a mediocre score. I believe this is because I had a little bit of intestinal disturbance after eating way more restaurant food than is normal for me. Nothing catastrophic, just a little gas that woke me up several time. I expect it to self resolve.

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Tuesday

Training

Strength

  • Dumbbell Press 55 lbs 5 x 10
  • Dumbbell Row 55 lbs 5 x 10
  • Seated Dumbbell Press 30 lbs 5 x 10
  • Assisted Pull Ups - 115 5 x 10
  • Assisted Dips - 70 5 x 10
  • Dumbbell Preacher Curl 20 lbs 5 x 10

The plan for next time is to go to 5 x 12. I'm actively debating, do I go to 5 x 12 on everything or do I take the first two exercises to 5 x 12 and hold the rest at 5 x 10 then next session take two more up and so on. My argument for the former is that I feel like I have 3+ reps in reserve on all of the these. My argument for the latter is that the extra ten reps on bench will add more fatigue to my shoulders for seated and dips. Plus I can stage up longer if I do the latter. Intellectually, that latter feels right but I'm sure I'll want to reach for it when the time comes. So, it's less of a debate and more, trying to convince myself to take the conservative path.

 

One thing that this workout has reminded me of is the weird phenomenon I have of feeling physically bigger as I get pumped up during lifting. I have no idea how common this is. I'm pretty sure it's just an artifact of hormones but as I lift and my muscles get exhausted, I see myself in the mirror and I feel like I 'm taller, wider, and more athletic looking. The amount of pump I get is invisible to anyone, myself included. I don't think it is a visible thing, I think it's entirely my brain seeing myself differently. But it's weird, but it feels kind good. 

 

BJJ

Really small class for the night, mostly white belts, we had a couple purple belts turn up late which is literally a jiujitsu meme and our purple belts insist on living up to it. The first few rounds turned into teaching rounds as I took a white belt, did something that frustrated them, then taught it to them. The primary one I recall is a woman who has been coming more and more. We're both blue belts and of similar weights. I caught her in my favorite, the Von Flue. She was plainly frustrated and asked when she needed to let go of the head when I got her so I spent a couple minutes teaching her the move and showing the exact same stuff I talked about in this thread a couple posts ago. 

I also made a point of taking a round with Areemis (not 100% sure on the spelling). He's a new, older guy, north of 250 lbs. He clearly has years of experience in military combatives but he's new to BJJ. Between size and combatives he whoops on white belts but he's got some real gaps in his game. He also roles like the loser is going to die, which tracks with combatives. He's good a good, if desperate, pin so the two times we've rolled I've started him out pinning me. He makes me work to get away but he leaves his back exposed so this is great training for me. I caught him in my inverted kimura and he was hanging on for  dear life. I broke his grip then eased off so I didn't break his arm so he'd regrip. I stopped us when we got close to another group and he took it as a win for him. It made me realize that he had no idea how much danger he was in. I was letting him work a bit and realizing how much he didn't actually know and he thought he was winning. Still, this is exactly the kind of guy I want to be smooth as silk on, a strong, heavy, low to no skill, try hard guy. I want to have the key to the lock. So for as long as he'll roll with me, I'll keep repeating on him.

The only other roll of interest to me was my roll with Professor Ranch. The moment that stuck out to me was catching him in a kimura and knowing he has a funky reversal that I don't know so bailing. He then tried to catch me in a kimura but I successfully reversed it on him. In that moment of celebration and triumph, where my brain was lighting up with "you got him" he transitioned to some other attack that I didn't see coming and he got me. That's some black belt work right there. 

 

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Food 

Tuesday so food was under requirements. No big deal.

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Sleep

A second night of mediocre sleep and gut disturbances. Nothing major but a disappoint finish to a streak of better sleep for a few days. I will spoil Tuesday into Wednesday's sleep for the next post and say it actually improved and was better than expected. 

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One thing that this workout has reminded me of is the weird phenomenon I have of feeling physically bigger as I get pumped up during lifting. I have no idea how common this is. I'm pretty sure it's just an artifact of hormones but as I lift and my muscles get exhausted, I see myself in the mirror and I feel like I 'm taller, wider, and more athletic looking. The amount of pump I get is invisible to anyone, myself included. I don't think it is a visible thing, I think it's entirely my brain seeing myself differently. But it's weird, but it feels kind good. 

Actually it may not be invisible. Many people see a post workout pump due to increased blood flow and and some small inflammation.  And feeling/seeing the pump really does feel good. 

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 “Dreams do not come true all by themselves. They are nourished by the bounty of hard work”  -Unknown Disney Imagineer

 

2024 Word

Svastha: Standing in One’s Own Power

Current Challenge:

Sepherina Roams Among the Trees

Prior Challenges

Spoiler

Sepherina:

#1 , #2 , #3 , #4 , #5 , #6 , #7 , #8 , #9#10

 

Avery The Patient:

#1 , #2 , #3 , #4 , #5 

 

 

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Wednesday

Training - BJJ - More leg locks, working from Cross Ashi / Honey Hole. Everyone is really busy prepping their demos for Friday

Sleep - Sleep has been getting on a bit of a roll, turning that number green on Whoop more and more often

Food - 161 calories short on the day which is good enough for me. Plus I have a couple days of light over eating on the weekend

 

ThursdayTraining - Strength

  • Sumo Deadlifts 115 5 x 10
  • Hip Sled 410 5 x 10
  • Split Squat 0 5 x 10
  • Single Leg Deadlift 0 5 x 10
  • Leg Curl 60 5 x 10
  • Leg Extension 75 5 x 10

Sleep

Food - 200 calories over. This is a wash from some early days of the week but I'm a little annoyed by it because it happened due to a book keeping error. I had stopped at the grocery store and bought some frozen bagged rice that I could throw in the microwave for a quick carb. Below is a screenshot of the label from Walmart.com, which is not a perfect match for the bag but it will convey my point

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Now here is a screenshot of the front of the bag

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It won't jump out at you but that nutrition label is for 1 serving per bag of 145 grams. That bag label says that it holds 283.5 grams. The bag is two servings. The two hundred calories over is because I ate this bag split over two meals thinking I was getting 100 calories and change each meal. It wasn't until I looked again on Friday that I realized I had over eaten and went back to edit it. It's only a couple hundred calories so it isn't important in the grand scheme but it annoyed me because I was trying to do it right. FWIW, it is also mislabeled in MFP as 1 container = 210 calories.  I couldn't figure out how to submit a correction. Also, when I looked this up on a different site, it a had a label more like the one I had on the bag but this one did say the bag was two servings, not one. I checked and double checked my bag and it did not say that. 

 

Friday

Training - BJJ - You can tell we're getting to the end of the month. We basically just recapped our cross Ashi content. It was a good recap for me, I needed it. I got to work with Tom, who is a purple belt and does a little more legs than average at my gym. He was a good partner and we worked on some fine grain details, which I really appreciated.

I got a great roll in with Firefighter Eric. We don't really have many purple belts I expect to lose to but Eric is one He did some wrestling coaching before doing jiujitsu and I just cannot beat the guy. I can't even get on top. Professor had set the timer for 8 minutes and he kept an eye on us. Eric got four taps out of me in that time. I was doing everything I could to disrupt him, gain an advantage, anything. There were two or three brief moments where I could feel that he wasn't on top but each and every time as I moved to take control of the situation, he was there first. Back on top for him and back into the mines for me.  He was out for a few weeks for a toe problem and I thought I might be able to make some progress on him in that time but just like JD, he came back fresher and I didn't make an inch of progress. 

 

Belt graduation

Friday night was belt grad. I earned another piece of tape on my belt. I'd still be ok with missing a promotion but I'm guessing it won't happen until after my purple, which I expect to see in about 4 months. I did my own demo with Ken who got his purple belt. He's been one grad ahead of me since I started, just due to our start dates. It just means I get to tap a purple belt a little more often than I used to. I also was Stan's uke. We spent  weeks working on this but I think he was happy with the results. Below is a picture of the throw he did on me that had everyone talking afterwards. When we practiced I kept trying to slow him down because I knew that once he got up there, everything would be faster and with more force. I'm not sure I had any success at slowing him down though. Regardless, it was three minutes of him slamming me around and tapping me. I'm glad I got to be there for it. I also got to see my favorite brown belt promoted to black belt. I generally don't like belt grad but was actually glad to be there for this.

 

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Saturday

Strength

  • Dumbbell press 55 lbs 5 x 12
  • Dumbbell row 55 lbs 5 x 12
  • Seated Dumbbell press 30 5 x 12
    • I failed on this one, I got three sets in and couldn't finish the fourth so this came out 3 x 12, 2 x 8. I assume the extra reps on the flat press fatigued my delts for me
  • Assisted Pull Up -115 5 x 12
    • I thought about adding 5 lbs going in but didn't since I was adding reps. Need to add five pounds next time
  • Assisted Dip - 70 5 x 12
  • Dumbbell Preacher Curl 5 x 12
    • Failed and ended up with 2 x 12, 3 x 8

Gaming

We went over to some friends house for chili and board games. I made lemon bars for dessert, everyone was very happy with them, myself included. We played Bohnanza which is a really old game but one Laura and I used to play. Basically you have to play bean cards out of your hand in the order you have them but when it's not your turn you can wheel and deal as much as you want, so it's got a good social element and keeps you engaged when it's not your turn. I set a tone early on of making deals as much as possible which I think helps, because if you try to play it serious, it's boring. I lost in the end both because I had painted a target on myself early with my wheeling and dealing and because I planted more inefficient beans. Then we played Cascadia, which was new to Laura and I. This was a much quieter game. The gist is that you are trying to build ecosystems. You score by having certain arrangements of animals and large clumps of land mass. So, for example, hawks scored well but could not be next to each other. Salmon scored but only in continuous lines (runs), that kind of thing. Shawn and I tied in the middle of the back but Carol took a strong win.

 

Sunday

Training - Akogi

It was a light turn out when I got there but it grew over time. I started out with four consecutive rounds with four very different blue belts. I'm still not in my must-win mode so I took it kind of light but didn't give up submissions. I got myself to go after legs a couple times which was one of my two basic ideas with these rolls. Later I tried to work out of pins and avoid getting my hands split from one another. A good time overall and per my whoop I burned 1200 calories so I stopped for a Culvers double patty burger and a small root beer on the way home

 

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End of Week, End of Month, General Check in on the Hibernation Project

 

Training

Jiu Jitsu

I have mixed feelings about taking my hands off the wheel for this month. I think I needed to do it, to remove some stress and expectation from myself. However, I feel like I'm missing out on some valuable training. So I'l return to setting an intention for November. Legs. Specifically, I want enter into traditional X guard during about half of the rolls where we get to an exchange when I'm on bottom and they're up, which is a position I will need to engineer. I want to use it to sweep and take to leg when they go back wards. I will also keep letting lower belts pin me just to escape.I'm not going to make this a specific intention but just a drill I work on, when people either attempt to come through my guard for the strangle or stiff arm me, I want to start taking their arm.

 

Strength

I'm happy with the dumbbell program for now and plan to stick with it for the month of November. I will likely plan to take Thanksgiving week as a deload and restart with higher weights from Thanskgiving to Christmas.

 

Mobility 

I have reduced mobility but want to bring it up again. I have a spot on my calendar for it now, I just need to do it. I have found I get a lot of value from some of the animal flows on YouTube so that will be the plan. 

 

Other

I dramatically cut cardio. I think this was the right choice to maximize my other training I'm going to leave it low for now

 

Sleep

My sleep has improved over the month, in particular this past week. I have been trying to prioritize sleep more. Rather than letting when Laura is ready to sleep decide for me, I have been trying to just call it done it when I need to and go to sleep. I have been trying out just staying in bed when I wake up at night rather than immediately getting up. I've dramatically cut my water intake after dinner so I don't need to wake up to use the rest room. I stopped taking CBD gummies before bed but do take one when I wake up at 3 am or earlier if I'm having trouble getting back to sleep. Currently I am reading a dead tree book rather than Kindle to see if it will help. There's still a little improvement to make but I'm mostly happy with my sleep as it has gone this past week. In November my only goal is to extend this into a trend. 

 

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Food

I'm super happy here. The chart below is my actual weight plotted against my goal weight. I did adjust my goal down from 220 to 216 a couple weeks ago just because 216 is where I seemed to land. But just having this long of a trend of deliberately holding myself at my desired, lower body weight is a real win for me. I've got two more months of just being here but they are the toughest two months, the holidays. So while part of me wants to rush ahead and lose more, I'm urging caution in myself. Just stay here until 2024. You'll have all year to make new weight loss goals. 

For the most part I'm very happy with my food situation. I have been able to dine out, have dinner with friends, even enjoy some ice cream. What I'm doing right now is working for me. 

 

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Gaming

As a part of the Hibernation Project I added gaming to my things to think about but I haven't said much so far. Last weekend we went and played board games with friends, which is my favorite form of gaming but the hardest to arrange. So that's a win. I have also been playing more video games. I bought Hollow Knight on the Switch and have put a few hours into that. I haven't done a platformer since I was a kid and it seems like a pretty accessible game although it's my understanding that it can get hard. I've enjoyed that. I also bough Super Maria Wonder this week and tabled Hollow Knight for a bit while I work on that It seems like an easy game to play but a hard game to master. 

I'm still hoping to get some more in-person game time but I'll settle for what I have. 

 

Guitar

I haven't talked about this much lately. This is largely a function of not being sure how I want to document this. Time is my usual metric but that seems inadequate for saying what is good time spent. I have moved my guitar practice from the beginning of my day to the end of my day and I'd call it a lateral shift. First thing in the day I am prone to distraction, last thing, II'm prone to fatigue. I'm keeping it at the end of my day for now but we'll see. I have found that the idea of just picking it up when I go past has been a nonstarter for me. I just keep myself on too short of leash during my workday. I have, however, had some success with being less pedantic about what my practice is. Picking up the instrument and just doing scales because I want to, working on a couple of the riffs in my book, messing around with the chords in a song to try different voicings or just clean of the sound of the ones I am using. 

I feel like a lack of clarity of purpose may stand in my way here but I also just don't care to over legislate this. It has always been the crockpot of projects for me. I'm going to turn it on low and let it just simmer for a very long time with little to no stress and see what comes out . 

 

Recovery vs Training

This is kind of a duplicate of some of what I said above in sleep and training separately but I wanted to carve out a spot to talk about this specific interaction. If food /weight isn't my biggest with for the month then this is. This chart is my recovery per Whoop and I think the general trend is positive. There's been one red day this month and more green days, more consecutive green days. This feeds back into my training. It means when I walk in I'm ready to go. It means my last round or rep is cleaner and crisper. I got to this by sleeping more, reducing my training to more specifically focus on my core areas and trying to tailor my diet further. This is arguably the whole goal of these logs. So I'm going to keep plugging away at this little intersection above all things.

 

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Changes

No major changes going into November. I'm leaning into the Whoop app more. I'm letting myself drive for those green numbers on sleep and recovery. I'm still trying to hold my weight steady. I want to make sure I'm making good on my end of day mobility and guitar time. Those are my two biggest opportunities for improvement right now. 

I am getting a blood test done in a couple weeks that is one of these things where they look at all of your micronutrients and hormones. I feel like the company I am having do this is just going to try and sell me testosterone, which I don't think I need. But I'm interested in the nutrient situation and plan on probably adding some vitamins to my daily mix. If my testosterone is genuinely low then I'll take that under advisement and consider it but, truly, I don't think that's a thing for me. 

 

Holidays

Since it's that time of year, it's worth at least mentioning, glancing at my calendar, there isn't a weekend in November with some kind of social commitment. That's fine. That's real life. This will be the largest counter force to my goals but I think I can balance these things. 

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Monday

Training

BJJ

Before Class

Rob did his usual "what are you working on?" question so I practiced a new entry to X guard(s) on him. It's out of a slightly different version of half guard so I'm going to be spending all month trying to change my muscle memory to put my foot in a different position to set this up. That said, I like the interplay of this version. I can try to sweep and if I succeed, great, if I fail, then I go for the legs. I have not yet figured out the interplay between this slight variation and my traditional half guard.

 

Class

Last class of the month and it really seems like they ran out of content on this topic a week ago. So we did more honey hole entries from X.  I worked with Chris (brown) who was obviously bored and just wanted to roll so we'd do the entry then add more and more resistance. Personally, I could do more unresisted reps but we weren't going all out so there was value there.

Instead of standard rounds we did top, bottom, out on open guard which makes me think we're going to either butterfly or guard passing next month.  I didn't get a ton of education value from the short rounds but it was a good workout, which I always enjoy. Based on watching, we're better at guard than at passing but based on my experience at Akagi, our open guard play at our gym is kind of crappy.

 

After Class

I had no meetings so I hung around for rounds with Stan (black) and Eric (purple) and it was submissions on me all the way down, which is appropriate. 

 

Food

I came in a bit under, per usual, which I'm great with. The weirdest thing is that my weight on Monday was crazy low. After holding steady with a bit of a bounce on Thursday I just dropped a pound on Sunday. Fine, that seems reasonable but then I was down another pound and half on Monday. 

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Sleep

I had a good night's sleep but woke up to a yellow recovery.  I had a couple drinks Sunday night and think that they impacted my sleep. I've learned that my sleep is a lot more sensitive to alcohol than I ever thought. I have have two drinks with dinner and just assume I'll be in the yellow the next day. My respiration goes up and my HRV goes down. 

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Tuesday

Training

Strength

  • Sumo Deadlift 135 5 x 15
  • Hip Sled 410 5 x 12
  • Split Squat 10 5 x 12
  • Single Let Deadlift 10 5 x 12
  • Leg Curl 60 lbs 5 x 12
  • Leg Extension 75 lbs 5 x 12

 

BJJ

It was Halloween night but we had marathon roll anyway so only 7 of us showed up. There wee three white belts who were just fodder for the machine. My fellow Blues Tim and Charlie were there and newly minted black bel Dan was there. Having so few people meant we got a couple rounds with each. With the white belts I generally give them any position to start and I try to encourage to really take advantage of this, I'll invite them to take mount or back. At first they don't want to take an advantage until I submit them once or twice then they start taking more and more advantage. I've totally been on the receiving end of this and did (do) the same thing. It's funny how social contracts work.

Tim is always a pain to get to the ground and he knows it but once there, the weight difference is insurmountable (he's like 150) so I usually ease up and try to control him without weight. He slips out and we end up fighting from the feet again. I rolled with Charlie a couple times and really expected to get into trouble giving him and advantage but for whatever reason he struggled to mount a defense. He did, however, escape two arm bar attempts by me with really good mechanics. The first one I was goofing around and just going for it. The second one, though, I settled in to get him. He tried to somersault out of it but I caught him by hooking my foot behind his head. So my left leg was across his chest and my right shin was against his left temple with my foot behind his head, with both of us face down. I used the foot behind the head to force him to somersault a second time and tried to slip my leg out to go across his chest or neck as he rolled over but he rolled into it so I put my foot back behind his head. I forced a second somersault, same result. I forced a third. Finally, I started laughing and let go and and we a good chuckle at his defense.

Dan was game as always. He tried all of his strength moves of impossible chokes from bottom but they were working this time. One of them he basically has an arm triangle but I'm on top. It's uncomfortable but usuallyI can hold out longer than his arms can. As I'm waiting for his arms to give up I notice the music is growing quieter and quieter and it's getting harder and harder to think . I tapped. It was a slow burn but I was heading towards unconsciousness. 

For my part, I'm working on trying to learn butterfly half guard so I repped that with Dan and tried it out on the white belts. I have thousands of reps ahead of me on this. 

 

Food

I came in nearly 1000 calories under goal but just didn't have it in me to push it higher. 

I have been messing around with eating even more veggies. I've been buying bag of frozen veg that are microwaveable. I throw a bag in teh microwave when I make lunch then split it up over my two afternoon meals .

 

Sleep

Sleep was solid coming into Tuesday but I know Tuesday nights suck so I'm seeing this good sleep as insurance against the night to come.

 

Wednesday

Training

BJJ

Before Class

I worked with Joe on my half butterfly. It works great on an unresisting uke but I'm no getting it to work one a resisting opponent yet. I forget what Joe wanted to work on but we helped him solve a problem. We also had a black belt jump in and offer advice. 

 

Class

More Honey Hole. Manny (purple) wanted to work together again. He didn't understand the initial drill but I got him squared away then, in the final movement, I didn't understand the drill so he got me squared away.  When it came to rolling we traded subs and w both acknowledged that the person who got subbed in each case gave up too much. I gave him a platform armbar when I was on his back. Totally avoidable but I was trying to do something else and let it linger too long. In response I took his back again and wrapped his lapel around his face, which he can survive until I  put two hands on it and drew it up under his chin for a strangle with no road out. 

I rolled with Firefighter Eric (purple) and he got a couple subs. I had one or two sweeps that I would swear would work on most black belts when I roll with them but I can't get anything on that guy. 

 

After Class

I worked with Eric on an arm bar escape that professor was trying to coach me with during our roll and I just didn't have the capacity to understand at that moment. Then we rolled again, to much the same effect. He's got a great armbar to mounted triangle that I need to work on some day but I need to park it behind my current plans. 

 

Sleep

Predictably sucked but still came into the day green. on recovery. I didn't feel green. It was the first time in a while that I had that feeling before jiujitsu of just being creaky and rusty. My lifting session has left some low level soreness but my body has the beat up feeling.

 

Food

My food shows me as coming in at 77 calories over and I suspect it was way less but I was meeting a pair of guys I have worked with at two different jobs for Happy Hour and dinner, we do this 2-3 times a year. I planned for two cocktails and a restaurant burger. I had the two cocktails but instead of a burger we chipped for three appetizers (wings, pretzel bites, and seasoned fries). I liked that option a lot more and left not feeling stuffed. I assume it's fewer calories than a burger but can't be bothered try and figure out what it would be and it's done so I'll just roll with what I have. FWIW, Thursday I weighted in at 215.3 which is definitely higher than Wednesday morning but on the low side for my overall goals right now. 

 

Guitar

Guitar lesson and I felt bad going in because I haven't practiced all week. It's just been one of those times where I've felt a little short on bandwidth all the time. Whenever this happens I feel compelled to tell my teacher right out of the gate that I haven't been practicing. He's always gracious about it. We worked through some stuff together but didn't add anything. 

The stuff I have right now is very simple but I feel it gets at area that I struggle with a lot:

  • I Will Make You Love Me by The Jayhawks - the chords are all super simple and in my skillset but changing at full speed leads to unnecessary finger fumbles. Why can't I go at full speed, no idea. 
  • Chitlins Con Carne by Stevie Ray Vaughn - Trying to learn a melody. It's perfectly in shape 1 pentatonic which I have totally comfortable for myself. I struggle to put the pattern in my brain. I feel like I'm trying to memorize a dance or poetry in mandarin. I simply don't have the building block to store it
  • Improvisation on Pent Minor Shape 1 - I've always struggled with improvisation and as far as I can tell, and as we discussed, it's a one way street for me. When someone improvises they have feelings about what they are playing, my only feeling is distaste. There's not really times where my hands take over or I spontaneously feel something is good. Instead my brain tells my hands what to do then sits back and just grades whether they did or did not do the thing. There are a couple, non improvised, melodies I can play that don't work this way. They're more relax and loose and I can just enjoy it but I've not yet found that in improvisation.

So, on to the next two weeks of work

 

Thursday

It's Thursday morning as I write this and I slept like absolute crap last night. My recovery is in the red on Whoop and I agree. I actually fell asleep ok but woke up at 2, warm, elevated pulse, elevated breathing. No idea if I just got too hot or if this is the couple of drinks messing with my sleep or what but it sucked. I was awake for about 90 minutes then just dozed after that, waking up another 3 or 4 times. I'm still going to lift today but otherwise take it easy. Since Laura and I have both been feeling a little crunched this week I offerred to order in tonight so we can just have the most chill day possible and probably go to bed early. It'll likely be pizza since I'll let her pick but that's ok. My goal is to get to bed early and get as much sleep as I can going into Friday. I may catch a nap today too. 

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7 hours ago, The Most Loathed said:

I had the two cocktails but instead of a burger we chipped for three appetizers (wings, pretzel bites, and seasoned fries). I liked that option a lot more and left not feeling stuffed. I assume it's fewer calories than a burger but can't be bothered try and figure out what it would be and it's done so I'll just roll with what I have. FWIW, Thursday I weighted in at 215.3 which is definitely higher than Wednesday morning but on the low side for my overall goals right now. 

 

This is similar to my finding these days with indulgences - I like a variety of flavors and not necessarily needing to finish feeling uncomfortably full. Sorry to hear that sleep afterward was rough, though. :(

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15 hours ago, Kishi said:

This is similar to my finding these days with indulgences - I like a variety of flavors and not necessarily needing to finish feeling uncomfortably full.

I've got another friend that whenever we go out, we just have an agreement to order different things and share. I was surprised to see these guys share though. In my mind splitting food with another person is a bit more of an intimate act than just sitting and each eating your own and this group isn't all that close. It was nice thought

 

Thursday

The focus of the day was to take it easy and get to bed early

Training 

Strength

  • Dumbbell Pres 55 lbs 5 x 12
    • felt good, the right amount of difficult, felt the pecs get warm and swell
  • Dumbbell Row 55 5 x 12
    • felt really disconnected in thsi lift, better when I consciously pulled my scapula down.
  • Seated Dumbbell Press 30 5 x 12
    • At least I didn't fail liek last time. Still felt very heavy and only had 0-1 reps in reserve on the last set
  • Assisted Pull Up - 110 5 x 12
    • felt good, leaning towards light. thought about adding 5 more pounds for next time but not yet
  • Assisted Dip - 70 5 x 12
    • Tough but not heavy. I've found with dips that I don't get a specific muscle active and my triceps don't get too engaged so I'll consider swapping this next program
  • Dumbbell Preacher Curl 20 5 x 12
    • failed on tshi and did 3 x 12, 2 x 8. I think fatigue was getting me

Food

I went a rounding error's work over. I've got a ton of calories banked so not worrying about it. The volume of food on the day ended up being a log but I definitely had a craving for some calorie dense, low quality snacks at the end of the day that I avoided. 

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Sleep

As mentioned in my last post, sleep Wednesday into Thursday was bad. So was Tuesday into Wednesday so two nights in a row stacked up didn't feel good. I tried to use Thursday to set up a good night's sleep. So, Thursday was kind of rough. But I did get a much better night's sleep Thursday into Friday. 

 

Guitar

I practiced and it felt good! I actually quit work on time and played guitar for half an hour and actually felt like I wanted to keep going. I really only had time to work on two things.  I played along with The Jayhawks at full speed and mostly kept up. I worked on the Stevie Ray Vaughan melody from Chitlins Con Carnie, working on just playing the melody that goes with the first 12 bar loop until it felt natural. 

 

Mobility

I mad myself stop guitar to also do stretching but I have to admit, I'm not sure I made good use of this time. I got the yoga mat out and do some spine rotations but that was about it. 

 

 

I don't really grade entire days but I would mark Thursday down as generally successful. I didn't get 100% but I got the important bits done of the important bits and then a bit more. That seems good enough to me. 

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Friday

Training

BJJ

I got to work with Stan as my partner. The instructor was trying to get people to work on mount and mount escapes. I didn't get a ton of value out of the little time we had but I do need to work on the entry to single leg X from Mount. Chris was teaching people the current meta of mount escapes with framing and kipping but my lazy escape is pretty good, if I do say so myself so I used that just because it's wired into my body at this point. 

 

So, to say a little about escaping mount. this is what mount means in BJJ

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You are straddling someone's upper body.  It's the first dominant position that everyone is taught. Like all the first things you are taught in BJJ, everyone tells you it's really good but, at first, it's super frustrating and much harder than it seems like it should be. A lot of people at the blue and even purple belt level don't really like it. With time you learn the mechanics of holding mount. I put a bunch of time into learning this and it's something I'm pretty good at but I will also acknowledge that there are a couple of people I cannot hold down this way. The have the escape all figured out.

As the bottom person this position is really emotionally tough at first. You feel like you're getting crushed, you can't breath, and you know you're vulnerable and my worry about getting hurt. A good mount player will feel so much heavier than their actual body weight should allow. They'll use their time to climb higher and higher on your chest and use their knees to wedge your arms away from your body, making them useless. 

In the image above, the top player is in a pretty good positions, you can see her knees are in the the armpits of the bottom player. Her feet are flat on the mat, not rolled up where the ankle is easy to access. With her hands on the mat and her tilt forward she's probably not very heavy but it appears these are both white belts so that will get better. The bottom player is doing good by having her feet flat on the mat. This will allow her to lift her hips off the ground rapidly to access escapes. However, her arms are totally useless out like that. In this moment, she wants to do the standard white belt mount escape called the Bridge and Roll or Ooopa Roll in Minnesota. She will connect both hands over either arm of the top player and folder the top players elbow to her (the bottom player) chest, bridge her hips up and roll towards the arm she has trapped. This will prevent the top player from posting and should lead to a sweep. This is the first thing we teach white belts, it does work but it so rarely happens. 

What we covered is a more effective system (they're not mutually exclusive though) where the bottom player hands would both be on one hip of the top player, both elbows inside the top players knees and hips. Then she would work her hips away, using her arms as a "frame" which is to say, just something blocking the top player from coming forward. 

 

Rolling

I rolled with Stan (black) as my partner. Then we did a few minutes of top-bottom-out I beat all the people I should beat (white and blue belts) and lost to all the people I should lose to (brown and black belts). After class I hung around and rolled with Stan a couple times because everyone else was taking off.

 

Sleep

Sleep quality and quantity were great and my recovery registered as green, which makes me happy. I felt good.

 

Food

Laura had a bit of a day and wanted to order pizza. I really wish she would communicate this before I eat my afternoon meal but c'est la vie. I had a pretty good deficit of calories so we ordered a small pizza and a half dozen wings.

 

Saturday

Training

Strength

  • Sumo Deadlift 155 5 x 12
    • ended up doing 5 x 15 just because I didn't read my notes closely
    • These are really starting to beat up the skin on my legs. I'm considering swapping them out even though I'm in the middle of this mesocycle. I'm not sure what to swap though. I don't feel comfortable going to heavy deadlifts and I'm not sure it would solve my issue. Light good mornings or RDLs is a viable option but expose my back a lot and I'm rally enjoying it not being hurt right now
  • Hip Sled 410 5 x 12
    • felt great. These are my one really heavy lift these days and I like how it feels
  • Split Squat 10 lbs 5 x 12
    • actually did 25 lbs 4 x 12 then 0 ls 1 x 12 just because the weight was fatiguing my back a lot
  • Single Leg, Straight Leg Deadlifts 10 5 x 12
    • Actually did 0 lbs 3 x 15
    • My back was fatigued from holding the plate for my previous lift and I felt like I was failing due to balance way more than strength failures. Need to swap this out too
  • Leg Curl 65 lbs 5 x 12
  • Leg Extension 75 lbs 5 x 12
    • When I started these I thought there was no way I'd get through them all and I did take some longer rests but I got there

The big take aways are that my two posterior chain exercises aren't doing what I want right now. I want to edit my workout and put something else in but I don't know what. I'll start playing with stuff more and switch it up soon.

 

Sleep

Sleep was good but recover showed as mediocre. I'm honestly not sure why

 

Food

I knew I wouldn't have any protein sources prepped by noon so I grabbed some chicken nuggets out of the freezer section which I ate for lunch. I learned something. Chicken nuggets are totally unsatisfying to eat. I ate my alotted calories and realized I did not feel like I had eaten anything. I'm looking at the nutrition label now and they have more fat than carbs and more carbs than protein. Add to that ketchup or barbecue sauce and it's a pretty crap meal. I think of the number of times I've seen kids eating these and that I have regularly watched a kid with 100 lbs or fewer eat 500} calories of these in one sitting along with other things.... Well, it feels not good. I'm tempted to throw away the rest of the bag.

Regardless, I gave myself a second help in a rare "screw it" for me on the calories thing of late. So I was like a  1,000 calories over for this day but it's pretty rare for me.

 

Also see, the next section for more food stuff

 

Social

We have some friends we call The Hyphens. They're married but each kept their previous last name, which was already hyphenated. So, rather than remember four last names, they are The Hyphens. Anyway, they are our most social friends. They host us and other often. They Also belong to some wine clubs. They realized they had 7 or 8 bottles of pinot noir from the same vineyard for subsequent years so they invited several couples over for dinner and to open several bottles and do a wine tasting year over year (a vertical tasting was the term). I felt really bad for them when we showed up to learn that it was just the four of us. People had RSVPed no, so they weren't surprised  but they were obviously trying to do a bigger social thing and getting the two of us was the best they could make happen. We all had a nice time and they were lovely hosts as always. I'm not saying a bad word about them or the tasting, just that I felt bad that they couldn't get together the big group that they wanted. 

 

Sunday

Training

BJJ - Akogi

It was a no gi kind of day at akogi so I took my jacket off and did a few rounds that way. It's a good reminder of what is the same and and what is different. Other than that, I did pretty good. I'm still at a lower intensity but hold my own. I think the only interesting roll was some blue belt I've never seen before. It was towards the end of my session and he came in seeming a little cocky but it's hard to know if you don't know the person. He had a weird style where he as trying to stay active but not really for any reason. so he as constantly changing his grips, breaking my grips, moving around. I just went with it You want to break my grip, totally fine but I'm taking a different grip while you do that. Oh you want to break the new one, well now I'm threatening a collar drag with my first hand. Oh, you don't like the idea of a collar drag and want to break that, now I'm hip to hip with you and I'm threatening your back. I just stayed active and closed the gap a little bit each time he tried to break up what I was doing. I think he's used to people getting frustrated at the constant action but I was able to keep him reacting to me rather than the other way around. 

Regardless, I crept my way in and strangled him with and arm triangle. He smiled and popped up and we went again. He was a little less active but doing the same thing. I don't recall what my second submission was but that time he shook his head and we went again but suddenly he was way less active so I slowly came in again and time rand out as I was closing on a third submission. I'm hoping I see him again. I'd like to get a better sense of whether this is his usual game or what.

 

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Sleep

We got home late but it was time to set the clocks back because daylight saving time is still a thing so I got plenty of sleep. I also went really easy on the wine, glass and half maybe over 4 hours, and it didn't seem to interfere with sleep.

 

Food

I burnt over 1,000 calories doing jiujitsu and didn't feel like chasing the number, plus, I knew I had over eaten on Saturday so I came up ~500 short and was happy with that. I was hungry after supper so I had a bit of ice cream and other snacks before bed just to try feel good falling asleep. 

 

 

Last Week

I don't have a lot to say in review of last week. In general I'm satisfied with where my attention was directed I had one poor recovery day but I was able to prioritize getting that back on track. I haven't summed my calories for the week but I think I probably ended up with a net surplus but not a huge one. I did much better on guitar practice the second half of the week but got out of the habit for the weekend, which is pretty normal for me. I have some tweaks I want to start working on for strength training.

 

This Week

This week will be a bit different than normal, not a lot, but a bit. Laura is headed out of town for the second half of the week. I had a dinner out lined up but that has fallen through so I'm just going to be normal. I had booked this time as PTO because we were going to do a staycation together but this opportunity came up for Laura. I think I'm still going to keep the PTO as is and relax. So, I have no excuses for not eating well.  I will need to take care of the dog and give her a little more time and attention but that can be part of relaxing.

Monday with be the monthly noon marathon roll. Normally these weeks are tough but I'm taking Tuesday night off so we can hang out before Laura flies on Wednesday so that is my solution to handling that recovery. 

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Oh wow, no updates so far this week. I didn't realize I had let to go so long

 

Monday

BJJ

Monday Marathon roll. No notes to report this far out. 

Sleep

Sleep was terrible because of daylight savings time

Food

I came in a few hundred calories under because of the marathon calories

 

Tuesday

Lifting

  • Dumbbell Press 60 lbs 5 x 10
    • Go to 5 x 12
  • Dumbbell Row 60 lbs 5 x 10
    • Go to 5 x 12
  • Seated Dumbbell PRess 30 lbs 5 x 12
    • keep here
  • Assisted Pull Up -105 lbs 5 x 10
    • go to 5 x 12 next time
  • Assisted Dips -65 5 x 10
    • go to 5 x 12
    • Considering dropping these for a traditional tricep isolation movement
  • Dumbbell Preacher Curl 20 lbs 5 x 12
    • Completed only 2 sets, fatigue just shut me down

No BJJ - Laura was flying out on Wednesday so I took Tuesday night off so we could have the time instead

Sleep

Daylight Savings Time still messing with me so total sleep quality was garbage

Food

Pretty normal day for me. Over by a few tens of calories

 

Wednesday

BJJ

More work on Cross Ashi / Honey Hole. We had one of the brown belts subbing in as instructor. This one has been pretty clear that he doesn't really like Cross Ashi and it showed. We were working on the kneebar primarily. It was an interesting way to clear the blocking leg, kind of hard to explain. If I sit back for the knee bar during the pass then the position looks mostly like this, where the black gi is the bottom position and the blue gi is the top. In that image the bottom player's left knee is subject to a knee bar, the right leg is subject to a heel hook or possibly ankle lock, although the ankle takes more maneuvering the find.  The bottom player will cross their legs depending on which leg they think I want, trying to hide the leg of mine that they think I want. We were covering that rather than fighting to extend the protecting leg you can keep it crossed but pull it into your lap, freeing up the leg you want to attack. 

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Sleep

Had to get up at 3 to drive Laura to the airport. I took an hour nap but suffice to say my sleep is a total mess this week.

Food

Food was tough today for two reasons. Being sleep deprived made me just crave food, which is just a think I know happens. However, in my hunger I decided to finish the chicken nuggest I bought last week. I had the same experience that I had last time. I ate like 800 calories of nuggets and felt no satisfaction what so ever. I was no less hungry. So, I guess the new rule is, no freezer nuggets for me. They're the empties of calories to me. 

 

Thursday

Lifting

  • Good Morning 95 5 x 10
    • add 20 lbs
  • Hip Sled 410 5 x 15
    • Add 20 lbs
    • This is by far my heaviest and most grunty exercise and people have no idea what to do when I'm doing it
  • Glute Machine 75 lbs 5 x 10
    • Add 5 lbs and 2 reps
  • Hack Squat 100 lbs 5 x 10
    • keep everything the same for next time, working on getting the really low start position
  • Leg Curl 70 lbs 5 x 15
    • I added 5 lbs for this. Keep the same for next time
  • Leg Extension 75 lbs 5 x 15
    • Same for next time

I made the choice to change up a couple movements to get away from my feeling that I wasn't exhausting the muscles as much. I don't know that this is for sure my long term configuration but I'll do it for a few weeks. 

Sleep 

I went to bed early to try and start getting some recovery. Since it's just me the dog wnted to cuddle right up against me which isn't the best because I wake up when she shifts but it's ok. I slept in a bit and took a nap

Food

I'm not through the day yet and it's been a bit of a struggle to not overeat. I went for a poke bowl at lunch but the doors were locked so I went to a place that does indian pizza to get a wrap and half dozen wings. I should have skipped the wings. I didn't do the math ahead of time and they were 600 calories on their own.  Bad behavior. Ah well. 

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Hope you manage to catch up on sleep this weekend - the combination of the clocks changing and 3am airport trips sounds less than ideal!

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On 11/12/2023 at 2:40 AM, Jarric said:

Hope you manage to catch up on sleep this weekend - the combination of the clocks changing and 3am airport trips sounds less than ideal!

I don't know if I ever caught up but it's improving. It's a slow fix.

 

Friday

Training

BJJ - No Gi

More working on heel hooks from Cross Ashi. I spent my after class time working with Joe on my entry to legs from half guard. Tony came over and explained a sweep that fit into that well but I realized yesterday that I had forgotten the details of the sweep so I'm hoping to catch him this week and ask again.

 

Food

Food was within a rounding error of my goal so I'm satisfied. All week my hunger has been growing though. It seems like maintaining my weight is about to get more difficult and I'm starting to have some concerns about my next weightloss phase. For now I'm just trying to focus on my current goal of maintaining. 

 

Sleep

Looking back at my sleep log, it looks like I got to bed late on Thursday and had trouble falling asleep. I don't recall what was going on in my head that caused this.

 

Saturday

Training

BJJ

Normally I lift on Saturday but since I was picking Laura up at the airport Saturday afternoon I decided to roll today and then figured I would lift on Sunday because I could do it anytime during the day, giving us a more relaxed schedule. 

Most Saturdays that I have gone, class has been really light, almost all white belts so it was a pleasant surprise to see a few purple belts there this week. I'm trying to conjur what the lesson was but it's not coming to me. It was taught by one of our blue belts. He does a good job but he's a small guy so his game is very, very different than my own. I'm always glad to be exposed to his techniques but they aren't things I'm going to implement. 

My favorite roll was with Coach Foote (purple). He was a blue belt when I started jiu jitsu and used to be in the gym all the time and always had new moves he was trying out. He's extremely good at playing guard, one of the two people that taught me to fear a good guard player. However, I'm much bigger than him and we're both older so he didn't like to roll together for a long time because he feared getting hurt through white belt spazziness. About the time he came to trust me a bit more to be a safe roll, he had to take some time off for knee surgery. Since then he's been much less active at the gym.

We started our roll out from the ground and he very reasonably took guard. I pretty quickly felt him more to a high guard, which is a very effective position but one that almost no one at my gym plays. In traditional closed guard the down person has their legs around the upright person's waist. This is almost a purely defensive position. You can do some things but you're really waiting for an opportunity. High guard means wrapping your legs around  their chest and/or shoulders. People who like triangles will work this position but it makes you vulnerable to having the up person back out and pass. He had a strong high guard though so it bound my shoulders up, limiting my ability to freely move. 

I could feel him working through an attack serious. He realized quickly that he couldn't set up a triangle on my. My size makes this difficult and I have a reputation for shaking off triangles that are anything but perfect. He barely missed a beat in getting my hands off of him an don the mat which opens up a lot shoulder attacks. He never fully went for one but it kept me wary. He kept trying to expose my back which wasn't yielding him much because I could just walk back across his center line. I think this is the attack he wanted most. Each time I would recover my arm he'd take a shot at a platform arm bar which are my favorite submission I can never finish. I'd get my arm free, start to stand, he would break me down and we'd go through the cycle again. 

In the end it was a 0-0, no submissions finish which is the most boring possible outcome to a spectator but between us, I survived all he had to throw at me but I would give him the edge. While I vaguely threatened to pass, he was threatening submissions. That said, he's got literal years of training on me. So it wasn't a win for me but I was able to not do anything too dumb and I feel like I could find holes with more reps. 

 

Food

I went a couple hundred calories light on food mostly because my schedule for the day cut out my afternoon snack.

 

Sleep

Sleep was much improved Friday into Saturday. I did all I could to bend my Friday to better sleep. I had a nice wind down hour prior to bed than got in bed and read my dinosaur book some more. Once in bed, I stayed there until 6 am, which is my idea of sleeping in. My Whoop says I got 85 hours of sleep and gave me a green recovery score.

 

Sunday

Training

Strength

  • Dumbbell Press 60 lbs 5 x 12
    • This was right in the sweet spot of difficulty, keeping the same for next time then likely increasing reps
  • Dumbbell Row 60 lbs 5 x 12
    • A little easier than the presses but I have trouble staying mentally in the movement and feeling the muscles. i'm going to keep this the same and really try to focus on the mental parts of this exercise next time
  • Seated Dumbbell Press 30 lbs 5 x 12
    • +1 rep next time. This lift has given me some fits leading up to now but I was happy with the amount of effort and work
  • Assisted Pull Up - 105 5 x 12
    • Keep the same for next time
  • Assisted Dips -65 5 x 12
    • Keep the same
    • After saying last time I was thinking about dropping this in favor of a more isolated exercise, this time I felt like I really got a nice muscle stretch and lot fo good connection
  • Dumbbell Preacher Curl 20 lbs 5 x 12
    • After failing last time, I was happy to finish this properly but man do I feel like a weak little baby barely finishing these with only 20 lbs. 

 

Food

I overate by a couple hundred calories. I've mentioned it a couple times in the past week but hunger is increasing. My average bodyweight over the past month has been crazy consistent but I've just had more of those times where I get distractingly hungry and let myself eat to clear the noise. I had a bit of that yesterday. We're heading into holidays so this will likely get worse. 

 

Sleep

I slept really well. My recovery was a bit lower but my actual sleep was 8.5 house again and I woke up feeling refreshed.

 

End of Week

From a training and food stand point, not much to say about last week. I'm generally satisfied. I obviously had the sleep disruption, which is frustrating because I had just started to feel like I had unlocked something. So, back to work on that is really all I can say.

 

The more interesting story from last week, to me, was that Laura was out. With her gone, I was in total control of my schedule. This is always a good reality check for me. Despite being the absolute master of my own time and activities I don't actually get any more done nor do I get a ton more down time. This is a cycle that has played out numerous times but it's important that I get that reminder sometimes. 

I am sometimes prone to thinking that because I adapt my schedule for here and/or because I prep food or do dishes for us both that when she's gone for a few days I'll get all caught up on chores and get some optional ones done that i've been putting off. Not true at all. When she's gone I tend to get almost exactly the same stuff done and continue to put off the same stuff. When she's gone I may play around with my order of operations a bit but generally find that any experiments aren't really meaningfully different. 

It's just a good thing for me to observe from time to time. My time constraints are of my own device and short of winning the lottery (so I don't need to work or work much) , I need to do better at working within the same constraints that I currently have day to day. 

 

New Week

It's the holiday season so schedules are messy. This weekend I will be heading down to visit my parents for an early Thanksgiving. I'm not really very connected to my family so this is always frustrating for me. So I'll be trying to make the experience as positive as I can but struggling with the frustration of the futility of it all. I'll head down Friday after Jiujitsu and come back Sunday midday, so I'll miss Saturday and Sunday training. Once down there it's pretty much a game of sitting and waiting for each meal to pass. I've been trying to work out an opportunity to drop in for a jiujitsu class while I'm there but I can't get people to organize their thoughts on the weekend enough to make a real plan and I feel like I can see my time being leeched away. So I will try to get a workout in but it seem increasingly unlikely. 

So the week will end with radio silence from me and the final week of the challenge will begin with me just trying to get my legs under me and see if I really gained weight or if it's just water being stored from inactivity and low quality food. 

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Monday

Training

BJJ

More Leg Locks from X guard. I got to work with Shane (blue). His feedback on my straight ankle locks was similar to what I usually get. Because my chest and shoulders are large, it's kind of hard to get in a perfect position to break the ankle but I set up a great calf slicer. He could barely stand to have me handle his leg after a several minutes because my wrist lines up on his achilles and applies a lot of pressure. Even when I tried to use a thicker part of my arm, to increase the surface area, to reduce the pain, it hurts like hell. We were doing the back an forth of attacking the ankle lock and they try to kick out of it so you knee bar them instead. I did find that when I add a little resistance in the form of grabbing their near knee and pulling it away from the center line, it freed up my leg enough that I was out of danger, so great lesson there

Rolling

Shane (blue) - whoever started on bottom won all three rounds. None of them by the leg lock we were working on but that was how it worked. He got a kimura on me, I forget what I got on him

Alex (blue) - I managed to get him swept and get some good lapel grips and control Alex for the full round

Bea blue) - Bea's like 115 lbs so I don't give her all my weight and I give her some easy sweeps. She's gotten better than last time we rolled but the fact that she almost exclusively rolls with the other women, who screw around a lot, meant it was an easy roll and even with me pulling back a lot I ankle locked her. I had to be careful because I'd setup the lock and she'd start spazzing and rolling in the wrong direction (to break the ankle) so I'd actually back off the lock, let her settle down then reapply it. We repeated that cycle for a while. 

 

Food

I are right up to a rounding error of my calories and hit my protein so I'm happy here. I don't think I planned enough protein for the week so I'll need to grab a rotisserie chicken or something to get through. 

 

Sleep

Sleep was ok. I fell asleep fine but woke up at 4:30-4:45and couldn't get back to sleep. So I got up at 5. Stupid Daylight Savings.

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23 hours ago, The Most Loathed said:

The more interesting story from last week, to me, was that Laura was out. With her gone, I was in total control of my schedule. This is always a good reality check for me. Despite being the absolute master of my own time and activities I don't actually get any more done nor do I get a ton more down time. This is a cycle that has played out numerous times but it's important that I get that reminder sometimes. 

I am sometimes prone to thinking that because I adapt my schedule for here and/or because I prep food or do dishes for us both that when she's gone for a few days I'll get all caught up on chores and get some optional ones done that i've been putting off. Not true at all. When she's gone I tend to get almost exactly the same stuff done and continue to put off the same stuff. When she's gone I may play around with my order of operations a bit but generally find that any experiments aren't really meaningfully different. 

It's just a good thing for me to observe from time to time. My time constraints are of my own device and short of winning the lottery (so I don't need to work or work much) , I need to do better at working within the same constraints that I currently have day to day. 

 

This is a bit of a wakeup call, isn't it? I had the same thoight before WW went away for a couple of days the other week, and not only did I get no more done than usual, but I also managed to poison myself :lol:

 

On 11/13/2023 at 12:23 PM, The Most Loathed said:

I've been trying to work out an opportunity to drop in for a jiujitsu class while I'm there but I can't get people to organize their thoughts on the weekend enough to make a real plan and I feel like I can see my time being leeched away. So I will try to get a workout in but it seem increasingly unlikely. 

 

Can you just say to people 'I will be going to jiujitsu at this time on this day, please plan around me?'

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6 hours ago, Jarric said:

Can you just say to people 'I will be going to jiujitsu at this time on this day, please plan around me?'

 

You'd be surprised how far this ask doesn't get with normal people.

 

On 11/13/2023 at 7:23 AM, The Most Loathed said:

It's just a good thing for me to observe from time to time. My time constraints are of my own device and short of winning the lottery (so I don't need to work or work much) , I need to do better at working within the same constraints that I currently have day to day. 

 

Felt this in my soul. Pretty sure if I won the lottery, I'd probably take up volunteer work somewhere just to give me something to do. But yeah, I have a hard, ah, time with time management. So, if it helps, you're not alone with this struggle. I'll root for you here too.

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22 hours ago, Jarric said:

Can you just say to people 'I will be going to jiujitsu at this time on this day, please plan around me?'

16 hours ago, Kishi said:

You'd be surprised how far this ask doesn't get with normal people.

 

I was avoiding trying to make them plan around me because I could go to any class in town, so I have a lot of time options and my sister is bringing her daughter and partner out to try and have a little Thanksgiving since I'm visiting.  However, given that no one has replied to my ask for any kind of an idea of when we're doing what, I probably do just need to pick a class at a reasonable time and say I'm going. 

 

22 hours ago, Jarric said:

This is a bit of a wakeup call, isn't it? I had the same thoight before WW went away for a couple of days the other week, and not only did I get no more done than usual, but I also managed to poison myself :lol:

16 hours ago, Kishi said:

Felt this in my soul. Pretty sure if I won the lottery, I'd probably take up volunteer work somewhere just to give me something to do. But yeah, I have a hard, ah, time with time management. So, if it helps, you're not alone with this struggle. I'll root for you here too.

 

My notion that Laura was interfering with my perfect scheduling was a problem in the past. I've learned before that it's not true at all but it is good for me to have real reminder every once in a while. Unfortunately, pulling back from my tendency to over book ever hour of every day is much more challenging than a weekend alone can fix. I've never made really solid, sustainable progress on this. I'm not even totally sure how I would do that. I don't imagine myself living a life were I just leave an hour or two of slack in every day. As it stands,I leave 6 - 9 as just a generic evening window. It gets taken up with making dinner if I'm making it that night, eating dinner which includes catching up on our respective days, and cleaning up dinner. Those three hours are the most loosey goosey I get. If I was passionate about creating more time in my life I'd either need to work less or work out less. The former sounds great but given that I'm not in a place where I can go to part time employment I don't even entertain it. Many people would work out less but my mindset is that I've only got so many years of training in me. I don't see myself competing in jiujitsu in 5 years and I imagine I'll need to pull back to 4 and then 3 days a week as my body ages. So I see it as a ticking clock already. Who knows.

If someone wants to give me a million dollars I'd be happy to work half time and spend some extra time tutoring kids and stuff like that. 

 

Speaking of overbooking, We're way overbooked this week. Laura got back from her work trip on Saturday. I moved my weekend around a bit so we could hang out on Sunday. Monday she had meetings in the evening (for her hobbies), Tuesday was jiujitsu, Wednesday (tonight) is guitar for me and I had signed us up for a wine tasting which she then double booked herself for ice skating lessons over, tomorrow is our one night together because Friday I drive down to Iowa. I'm not super bothered by all of this but just pointing at all of it as an example. I don't know if I'm going to go to the wine tasting tonight. Part of me says "it's. suck cost and you don't care, skip it" and part of me says "it's a really fancy wine tasting and when else will you get to do something like it?" I'll make a game time decision but right now I'm leaning away from it. 

 

Tuesday

Training

Strength

  • Good Morning 105 5 x 10
    • Go to 115 5 x 12 next time
  • Leg Press 430 5 x 15
    • keep the same
  • Glute Machine 80 5 x 12
    • go to 90 lbs next time
  • Hack Squat 120 5 x 10
    • go to 12 reps next time
  • Leg Curl 70 5 x 15
    • add 5 lbs
  • Leg Extension 75 5 x 15
    • only completed 5 x 12 reps
    • keep 5 x 15 on the program for next time

It's the day after as I write this and my legs are SSSOOORRRREEE. Interesting to see where this goes

 

Marathon Roll

It ended up being kind of a light class and despite having a pretty big contingent of upper belts after the last belt grad we had a blue belt army once again. Dan was the sole blackbelt and he and I rolled right away. It was our first round so neither of us went in ultra try hard mode. I could feel him taking it pretty easy so I pulled back even slightly more than I wanted to. He's been trying to work on maintaining his half guard and I'm one of the few people who passes it so we immediately started doing that. I passed and he put me back in half guard, I passed and chased a kimura that was never there and he put me back in half guard. He tried a baseball choke from bottom on me that I saw from miles away and just followed him so it never got tight. It was a good warm up. 

Next I went on the Wrestler Alex (blue) and we had a fun roll, as we always do. We were starting from a sweep he didn't know so I taught him that then we rolled for a bit until we went of the the mat. We reset and he started with the sweep.  This time I got on top and chased a strangle for the rest of the round but never finished. Immediately after I went with Gavin (blue) who has been out a lot lately and it shows that he's fallen behind. I don't recall details, just the vague sense that it was an easy roll. At the end of the roll I looked around the room and more than half was sitting against the wall (meaning they are taking rounds of rest) and I also realized that all of my hard rounds were over. 

I don't recall the exact order after that but I took another round with Dan (black), I got to roll with Quinn and his buddy Tai (both white). Tai slipped out of a couple pretty good arm triangle set ups. I eventually tapped him with a punch choke and I could tell he did not like it and had never seen it before so I taught it to him. I rolled with a couple other white belts and tried to cue them on whatever thing it was I caught them on. My final roll was with Mislael (blue) and I got a guillotine set up but couldn't finish. I got to top and he kept slipping my arm triangle so I went for the punch choke again but heard the timer counting down from ten so I pulled back the pressure because I knew he could hear it and would never tap knowing how close he was and punch chokes always feel mean anyway. 

 

Food

Since it was Tuesday I came up 500 calories short on the day. I'm visiting family this weekend so I'll just leave that in the surplus column because we do nothing but eat when I visit. 

 

Sleep

Monday into Tuesday, sleep was decent. I apoparentely drank a little too much water the second half of Monday and had to get up a couple time in the first couple hours but once midnight or one was past, I slept well. 

 

Games

I didn't mention it previously but I got about two hours of video games in over the weekend, none since. I've been building a little path in Minecraft the t cave my sister is exploring. I also got out a game I enjoyed a lot several  years ago, Immortals Fenyx Rising. The base game is all around the idea that you need to restore power to four greek gods. The game play is fun and the banter between the characters is good. It's kind of a Zelda light. 

 

Guitar

I changed my strings this week. I don't know how long I had the same ones on there but it was a while. They were a slightly different string than I normally use and I never really liked them. I put my usual ones on. I have historically not clipped the strings, meaning, it takes forever to wind them on there and I end up with this big ball of guitar string wrapped around the knobs. This time, for the first time, I clipped them down so they only go around the knobs once or twice. So far, I think I like it. 

I have been really happy with the Jayhawks song I was assigned a couple lessons ago. I'm just playing the chords but it's got fairly quick changes and I'm able to do the whole song at normal speed and keep up. The majority of the song lives in four chords (F, G, C, D) but durning the chorus you have to do to a few more (Am, Bm and there's an Em once) so it doesn't feel to baby. It feels like I'm playing a real song, at speed. 

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