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Cake WITH pie? You're totally right - that deserves to be eaten! Well, occasionally :D

Congratulations for doing your job, not stressing and eating a crazy amount of candy.

 

It was pretty fantastic, I've got to say!

 

 

Mmm, cake-pie sounds awesome. Nice self-control on the candies, though! And thanks for posting the leg thread video - it's definitely harder than it looks!

 

 

Thanks!

 

By the end of the week, I'd gotten the leg thread down, but boy howdy, the swoop? No way. That stuff's hard!

 

Did you floss?   :)

 

Ha!  Thanks for checking up on me!  I did indeed floss that night, and on Sunday (but not Saturday).

 

 

Day 2.6: 13 620 steps, no flossing, but very good sunscreen use.  Today my knitting group knit on the light rail train for four hours, to celebrate World Knit in Public Day.  So I got in my walking by planning!  I  skipped my first bus downtown and walked to the transit station instead.  Then I got off a few stops early, and walked to and through the farmer's market before walking back to board the train.

 

I did way better with my steps than I anticipated, so I was very happy with myself.

 

Day 2.7: More sitting today, but a quick run (20 min) outside and a lot of walking before and after saved my steps. 13 509.

 

I did more leg threading.  My right leg has caught up to the left on the swoop movement, but that's still only half the "quarter movement".

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| STR: 8 | DEX: 7.5 | STA: 12 | CON: 8 | WIS: 7.25 | CHA: 6.75 |

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WEEK TWO WRAP-UP:

 

Leg Thread: A

I worked really hard on getting this leg thread to happen properly.  I never should have included the swoop this week, too.  The first movement and the progression was too much.  Lesson learned!  Where I really failed was two-fold:

 

1)   I didn't pay enough attention to form at the start and got into some bad habits.  That meant I spent most of the week fighting the basic movement instead of progressing.  Fix: do the movement, not what you think the movement should be.  Pay some attention!

 

2)   I don't have the explosive strength to jump-lift my leg during the swoop, and the balance to have all my weight momentarily forward/hand-area is iffy.  Fix: Pick a plyo / explosive movement to do in week 3 to address the deficiency.  Continue working on stability (both exercises so far have needed it!)

 

I'm giving myself an A, because I mastered the basic movement with great form, and didn't shy away from trying the progressions.  I even did them in public, at the gym, where the trainers might see me topple over!  I also spent a lot of time thinking about what prevented me from progressing further, and on how to fix those lacks.

 

In a crow-pose update, the bruise on my left tricep from my pointy knee still hasn't healed.

 

 

Mobility: C

I continued doing some of the wrist exercises from last week.  I sat on a baseball for some glute massage (lacrosse might be the other national sport, but do you think I can find a lacrosse ball anywhere? No, I cannot).  I occasionally stretched my hips some.

 

I tried the Pain Cave episode of MWOD again on Sunday night.  My right leg went into the pain cave after just 30 seconds, so I bailed.  I made the whole four minutes on the left leg.

 

 

Steps: A

83 811.  I planned to make this happen, and after my lackluster Wednesday, I wasn't sure it would.  But I didn't give up and pushed hard Sunday night to get 'er done.

 

 

Skin & Teeth: A

I did really well with balancing my need for Vitamin D with my need not to be a burned lobster this week. 

 

I flossed 5 days out of 7.  This is okay.  But I need to be a bit more careful here!  To get full flossing points, I can only miss another 5 days over the four weeks, and I missed four days in the first two.  Time to step it up!

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| STR: 8 | DEX: 7.5 | STA: 12 | CON: 8 | WIS: 7.25 | CHA: 6.75 |

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Can my move for the week be right-leg RDLs?  Cause I'm getting awesome at those.  I've done something to my back that makes it agony to bend from the left hip.  Since most my belongings live on or near the floor, I've been doing a lot single-leg RDLs to reach things.  As long as I keep my back and left leg in alignment, no pain.

 

I'm feeling pretty down on myself for being hurt. (No, there is no logic in this.  I know.)  So I've taken a comically large pill full of codeine and am rolling myself into bed for the night.

 

I don't even know what I DID to myself!  I just woke up Monday in awful pain.

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| STR: 8 | DEX: 7.5 | STA: 12 | CON: 8 | WIS: 7.25 | CHA: 6.75 |

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Thanks, Wolverine!

 

Day 3.1: I wake up with serious pain in my lower left back.  No idea where it came from.  I ended up having to leave work early because I couldn't cope.  I did walk 13 022 steps, as walking was the least painful thing I could do.

 

I did some very gentle hip and back stretches, trying to ease some mobility into me.  (Thanks for the tips, oh great and might RMT of mine!)  After about four minutes of work on the left leg, I heard a big POP and felt an instant relief.  Not fixed, but measurably better.  That was my first mobility workout of the week, and let me walk part of the way home from work.

 

 

Day 3.2: The hurt continues.  I move from place to place, but when I find a position that's comfortable to be in, I just stay there as long as possible.  6527 steps.  I forgot to floss.

 

 

Day 3.3: The hurt continues, again.  I walk for 12 187 steps.  I forget to floss and grump at everyone in my path.

 

 

I've self-diagnosed the pain as an old hip injury flare up, combined with hip and pelvic swelling from menstruation.  I was doing some MWOD hip stuff yesterday, and provided even half of what KStarr says about the body is true, I've got a seriously jacked up hip.  I knew my left hip was never as good as my right after the injury (from 1996!)

 

I got some bike tubes to serve as floss bands, and I'm going to try self-maintenance on the hip before giving in and seeing my doctor about it. 

 

Today, Thursday, the hip is much less angry at the world.  My uterus is equally less angry.

 

My move for the week was supposed to be burpees, but I couldn't burpee a belch right now.

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| STR: 8 | DEX: 7.5 | STA: 12 | CON: 8 | WIS: 7.25 | CHA: 6.75 |

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Day 3.4:  LOTS of hip mobility work.  I tried some "flossing" with bike tyre tubes; the relief was amazing and came quickly.  Love.

 

I flossed my teeth and took 12 831 steps.

 

Day 3.5:  I went to the gym this morning.  I did 20 minutes on the elliptical, lots of dynamic stretching and foam rolling, and then I lifted a little.  I did some light deadlifts, lat pull downs, waiter carries, and air squats.  I didn't count any of it.  I did what felt right, and stuck with movements I was really familiar with.  Then more foam rolling and stretching after.  Felt GREAT.  My hip feels like a human hip again and my back is a back.

 

11 285 steps and (tooth) flossing completed!

 

Day 3.6: Run, run, knit!   I did a two hour treadmill run, 16.8 km.  Well onto my 21k pace, which is good, because it's coming up very very very quickly.  Lots of foam rolling before and after the run.  Again, as long as I was moving, no pain.  I did stiffen up a little in the later afternoon, but getting myself moving again helped.

 

I took 14 075 steps and flossed!

 

Day 3.7:  I took 15 099 steps, mostly because I walked to Canadian Tire to pick up a second bike tube.  I made a set of two narrower flossing bands for my knee.  :love-struck:  Okay, I'm converted, flossing is a great idea.

 

I saw Star Trek into Darkness with my family.  (Why would you title a movie something that abbreviates to STD?)  I felt like recasting the roll of the man suffering for his genes as a white man took away a lot of what I loved about the Khan story when I was a kid.  JJ Abrams can wake me up when George and Gracie arrive, provided he doesn't recast them as goldfish.

Level Four Mandalorian Assassin

| STR: 8 | DEX: 7.5 | STA: 12 | CON: 8 | WIS: 7.25 | CHA: 6.75 |

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Week Three Wrap-Up

 

I spent a lot of this week really babying my sore back/hip.  So I didn't do quite as well as I would have liked, but I did very well in Not Giving Up.

 

Goal 1: Single Leg RDL — D

I did what I could!  When I couldn't easily bend at the left hip, I did a lot of these on my right.  I actually have decent form on them!  I did a few over the weekend on my left, where my form and balance is a lot less good.

 

I basically gave myself a D because I at least made an effort.  Once I realized my picking-things-up motion resembled an actual move, I worked on getting that move down properly.  I felt some sense of accomplishment, even if it wasn't what I wanted most for this week.

 

 

Goal 2: Mobility — A

What a breakthrough this week!  Mobility work made a huge difference in the level of pain I was experiencing.  I believe in my heart now in mobility work as maintenance, instead of just grudgingly doing it and feeling like there's minimal results.  Especially flossing!  I thought flossing was a total crock, but it's actually just as amazing as it claims.

 

I did mobility work as assigned by my RMT (back in December, that I have been mostly ignoring till now) and three MWODs around the hips and knees.

 

Now if I can just find a lacrosse ball... I really don't want to order online.  It's our other national sport!

 

 

Goal 3: Stepping — B

70 951.  Eh, no shame here.  I did a lot more walking in later days, and I took good care of my owies.

 

 

Goal 4: Teeth & Skin — B

Yikes, I can only miss flossing/mouthwash once more this challenge to end with an A!  I think my teeth might look a bit nicer after three weeks, though.  Or maybe I'm just kidding myself.

Still no sunburn! Go me!

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| STR: 8 | DEX: 7.5 | STA: 12 | CON: 8 | WIS: 7.25 | CHA: 6.75 |

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Day 4.1: 14 224 steps. Many were due to an emergency trip to Target after my backup bra literally disintegrated: 10 minutes after the stores that sell my actual size closed! Target is the only other store that sells small enough bands with big enough cups for me to fake it. And since Tuesday was the start of my vacation!

I'm doing burpees this week. They really are harder than they look, if you're doing them well. I didn't floss but I did mouthwash.

Day 4.2: I took 13 324 steps, more or less. Got all my errands done and packed and caught my plane. Sleep? No sleep. I knit through the red eye to Toronto. I did a few half-ass burpees. My great success was at assisted pull ups. I did a full range, palms-facing pull up on 28-lbs of assist. There's only one level left!

I remembered to floss as I ran out the door to the airport.

Level Four Mandalorian Assassin

| STR: 8 | DEX: 7.5 | STA: 12 | CON: 8 | WIS: 7.25 | CHA: 6.75 |

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hey can you tell me how to prevent sunburns? I always get them.

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hey can you tell me how to prevent sunburns? I always get them.

I can tell you what I do, of course! Your skin might be different though.

If your skin can tan without burning, you might try a "base tan" but if you burn many times each summer, that probably won't work. I need sunscreen any time I'll be out more than 40 minutes. It has to be a physical blocker one: titanium dioxide or zinc oxide in at least a 2% concentration. (A baby or sensitive skin formula is most likely to have that.) I also look for mexoryl SX if I have the money for more expensive ones. Get waterproof if you sweat. Apply 15 minutes before sun exposure. Re-apply often enough to avoid burning; a "day in the city" takes at least 3 applications for me. Wipe skin off as well as possible to get the old stuff off between applications (I take a wet facecloth in a ziplock on hikes for that).

Use a lot. A hands-face-neck-ears application should use a shot glass full! You need more sunscreen than you think if you're looking to stay the same shade.

Other than that, don't be afraid to carry an umbrella for portable shade, or cover up completely in clothes and a giant hat.

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| STR: 8 | DEX: 7.5 | STA: 12 | CON: 8 | WIS: 7.25 | CHA: 6.75 |

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I'm alive!

 

Except for the step goals, my challenge went a little off the rails.  Oh well!  My vacation was fantastic and I feel (somewhat) recharged.

 

I'm off to catch up on work/internet a bit, but wow.  This place has changed!  Pink link text on white.  If I'm going to read NF at work, I'll sure have to crank the light in my office.  My boss will be thrilled.  I'll let her know to send thank you notes to Steve.

Level Four Mandalorian Assassin

| STR: 8 | DEX: 7.5 | STA: 12 | CON: 8 | WIS: 7.25 | CHA: 6.75 |

| First Challenge | Second Challenge | Third Challenge |

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I'm alive!

 

Except for the step goals, my challenge went a little off the rails.  Oh well!  My vacation was fantastic and I feel (somewhat) recharged.

 

I'm off to catch up on work/internet a bit, but wow.  This place has changed!  Pink link text on white.  If I'm going to read NF at work, I'll sure have to crank the light in my office.  My boss will be thrilled.  I'll let her know to send thank you notes to Steve.

 

HAHAHA.  Join the long line of "not-so happy about the changes"... :)

 

Good to hear that you are still alive.  My challenge went off the rails too.  We can hang out in the dirt together.

Wolverine

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HAHAHA.  Join the long line of "not-so happy about the changes"... :)

 

Good to hear that you are still alive.  My challenge went off the rails too.  We can hang out in the dirt together.

 

Educational-failures all around this challenge!  I'm not entirely willing to write off either of our challenges as complete dirt.

 

****

 

So clearly I dropped off the NF-map during my vacation.  I had great intentions to keep at it, but those didn't pan out.

 

I was struggling last challenge with a sudden onset of bad anxiety.  I thought I'd sorted it out, but a few days into vacation, it was like my mind sighed and relaxed.  THAT is what my normal-brain feels like.  I hadn't realized how much of the anxiety and tension I was still holding until it dropped away.

 

I took the most of my vacation to relax, which entailed stepping back from everything that wasn't immediate (food, friends, the ocean, a bus ride to a hiking spot, etc).  Then when I felt a surge of energy to Change Stuff one day, I did some re-evaluation.

 

First up, I think it might be time for some professional counselling.  Which I have to get health insurance to afford, which I have to make phone calls to get, which I have to get counselling to deal with my phone anxiety first.  A vicious cycle defined.

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| STR: 8 | DEX: 7.5 | STA: 12 | CON: 8 | WIS: 7.25 | CHA: 6.75 |

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Wrap Up!

 

Learn at least one new bodyweight move/progression per week, every week.

C:  Week one (crow) and two (leg swoop) went great.  Week three had health issues, but I did a lot of right-legged RDLs.  Week four, I didn't really try, but did a bunch of left-legged RDLs to try for balance.

 

Weeks five and six, I tried occasionally new movements, but mostly stretches.  I TRIED for the pull-up on week six, and didn't make it.  My core is totally out of control once I don't have help.  I swing all over the place.  It's like Kipping Gone Wild out there.  I can, though, make definite movement at the very bottom without swinging.  With the lowest level of help on the Assisted pull-ups, I can reliably do 2+ reps on neutral grip.

 

The biggest thing to work on here are motivation to actually learn and use the exercises.  The next biggest after that is stability and core strength.

 

0.25 Wis, 0.75 Str

 

 

Two mobility work sessions per week, every week.

Eh.  I fulfilled the letter of this but not the spirit.  I give myself a C.

 

The first three weeks were great.  The last there were not.  I kind of did whatever stretching I felt like, for very short periods.  I did the mobility work, but I would have actually benefitted from doing it properly and thoughtfully a lot more.

 

1.5 Dex

 

 

Average 81 000 steps per week.

A!  I don't have exact counts for my vacation weeks, but the lowest day I had was ~14 000; my highest was close to 34 000.  Totally wipes away my lackluster week 3.  Almost all the steps in this challenge were either barefoot or in barefoot shoes, and except for a small bit of annoying strain-pain in week six, all was good.  (I fixed it by wearing my Docs the next day and flossing my ankle -- and having a half-hour foot massage!)

 

2 Sta, 1 Con

 

 

Floss & Don't Burn

B.  I got one minor burn the day of my friends' wedding.  I didn't think I'd burn in the late afternoon when the sun goes down so early in Toronto!  I was wrong.  Plus, more importantly, I didn't want to have that sunscreen-shine in the photos.  This could be an A, because it was once, minor, and only on a small area, but...

 

I did floss more frequently: this was good.  But I didn't learn it as a habit.  That's not so good.  I skipped it a lot the last two weeks, either because I forgot or because I didn't want to bother before bed.

 

2.25 Con, 1.5 Cha

Level Four Mandalorian Assassin

| STR: 8 | DEX: 7.5 | STA: 12 | CON: 8 | WIS: 7.25 | CHA: 6.75 |

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A pretty decent showing for a "fail" of a challenge.  More of a "meh" really.  :)

 

You picking any of these up for your next challenge?

Written out that way, it does sound better than it did in my mind! I think I might've been too hard in myself. I should be more consistent in checking in, so my crazy-brain doesn't run away with lies about laziness.

I'm not bringing forward any goals as-is, but I'm designing a full body workout I might actually like for myself and making it a goal to do it at least once a week. Things like "Work on crow pose/towards back bridge/hanging from a bar" for x amount of time. I can't seem to stick with programs designed by others, and I'm highly unlikely to do anything at all if I don't have a plan, so designing my own will hopefully slay those demons.

Level Four Mandalorian Assassin

| STR: 8 | DEX: 7.5 | STA: 12 | CON: 8 | WIS: 7.25 | CHA: 6.75 |

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