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This is an anti-challenge.  There will be no SMART goals and no grading.  For the next six weeks, I intend to do what appeals to me, attempt what makes sense to me, and generally stay focused on qualitative life improvements.

 

The following areas are likely to be focused on and discussed during this anti-challenge:

 

Weight Loss

I hope this is a surprise to anyone who is familiar with me.  I am one of the biggest opponents of the scale for health tracking that there is.  If you tell me that you want to lose weight, 99% of the time, I'll tell you that you have the wrong goal.  There is, however, a time and a place for all things.  Specifically, I am not strong enough, nor do I have enough endurance, to hold myself up for skills on the silks and the trapeze.  In order to give this some redress, I am planning to up my strength to weight ratio by increasing my strength and lowering my weight.  I will focus primarily on fat loss without sacrificing muscle growth.  The goal is not to look sexier, or to see the pounds drop.  It is purely to be able to have more fun in aerial class.  If I happen to look sexier without the giant bulge around the middle, well, I suppose that is a risk I'm willing to take.

 

At the beginning, I will be doing short experiments with various protocols from the Four Hour Body, including the slow carb diet, some supplements, and applications of cold as an avenue of weight loss.  I started my first experiment last Monday, and while the week isn't over until tomorrow morning, the results have been surprising.

 

Aerials

I'm taking a mixed aerials class once a week at a circus school.  I'd go more often, because I love it that much, but it is godawfully far away, and very non-trivially expensive.  There are likely to be videos if I happen to take any.  I weigh nearly 290 lbs.  If I can learn these things, anyone can learn these things.  I hope you find amusement and inspiration in my attempts.

 

Juggling, Handstands, and GMB

These are all things I enjoy and are often part of my training.  I may try to get back into Parallettes One, or not.  I'm doing the Juggling PvP, and mostly working on daily handstands.  There may or may not be videos.

 

Miscellaneous

Anything else I feel the need to talk about or get off my chest, like failing at the NaNoWriMo, struggling with work, struggling with finances, or just plain struggling to get through the day.

 

 

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Doing circus stuff sounds wicked-cool, and your post makes me want to refresh my juggling skills.  But what is GMB?  I suck at acronyms.

GMB is Gold Medal Bodies. They make gymnastics based bodyweight exercise programs. Quite a few assassins, including me, love them.

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If you tell me that you want to lose weight, 99% of the time, I'll tell you that you have the wrong goal.  There is, however, a time and a place for all things.  Specifically, I am not strong enough, nor do I have enough endurance, to hold myself up for skills on the silks and the trapeze.  In order to give this some redress, I am planning to up my strength to weight ratio by increasing my strength and lowering my weight.  I will focus primarily on fat loss without sacrificing muscle growth.  The goal is not to look sexier, or to see the pounds drop.  It is purely to be able to have more fun in aerial class.  If I happen to look sexier without the giant bulge around the middle, well, I suppose that is a risk I'm willing to take.

 

I have said the exact same thing! I love it. I've got the same goal, because I want to be able to haul myself up the rock, and I'm finding it difficult to do so with 20-30 extra pounds and not enough strength to lift them. Strength-to-weight all the way! As you say, if I happen to look sexier, well...I'll have to take that risk. It's just not a good enough goal, on its own, to motivate me to work out, and there are so many better reasons.

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Seems like we both have this different way of doing challenges. Yes I made a challenge thread, what?!

 

And yes I was surprised by the weight loss until I read the rest.

 

What has been surprising about the Four hour body though? Enlighten me!

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Seems like we both have this different way of doing challenges. Yes I made a challenge thread, what?!

 

And yes I was surprised by the weight loss until I read the rest.

 

What has been surprising about the Four hour body though? Enlighten me!

 

Surprising is that in the first 5 days (Monday morning until Saturday morning), I dropped 4.6 lbs (2.1 kgs).  Saturday was my first binge day.  Binge day was a shock to my body, to say the least.

 

Between binge day, poor sleep for several days, terrible hydration on Sunday, a bad eating schedule on Sunday, and exhausting myself to obliteration in aerial class, I made myself ill.  The signs were there Sunday night as I was stumbling around my apartment, tripping on things, almost falling onto a hot stove, and bouncing off walls, until I passed out in bed at around 8 pm, but I didn't realize I was ill until my body ambushed me with extreme diarrhea while I was waiting for my first bus on Monday morning.  It was a terribly ignominious start to the week.

 

I drank 6 quarts yesterday, and at the worst point, was voiding over a quart an hour.  (All based on weight.)

 

I'm better now, but I'm struggling to focus on work, and only ended up here after 10 minutes of continuous failure to focus with no phone and no browser.  I need the mental distraction before I can get some traction on my problem.  It is going to be a very long week at work.  I expect to work so many hours between now and Monday that having a cot installed in my cubicle wouldn't be entirely inappropriate. 

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You look fantastic on the trapeze! Granted, I know nothing about what "good" is objectively...but its great in my head :)

*big giant hugs* I'm glad you are feeling better physically, but sorry to see you living in your cubicle for the week!!

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*BIG HUGS* Mily!!

Good to hear that by now you're physically doing better.

Good luck with work this week. It sounds tough. Keep strong!! <3

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So objectively?  Those are some pretty good beats on the trapeze.  Especially since I know you're fairly beginner.  You seem to be doing a good job of keeping your legs together in the back (can't quite tell because of the angle), and keeping your knees straight.  

 

The only thing I'd say... you know how in the second video your instructor says that the flat body position is fine... it is, it's a different beat swing where the top position is kind of like a planche.  Much easier than doing a planche, much harder than doing normal beat swings, it's really good conditioning.  But you want to be clear which one you're doing, the plank body at the top or the piked one. It helps you to have more control.

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So objectively?  Those are some pretty good beats on the trapeze.  Especially since I know you're fairly beginner.  You seem to be doing a good job of keeping your legs together in the back (can't quite tell because of the angle), and keeping your knees straight.  

 

The only thing I'd say... you know how in the second video your instructor says that the flat body position is fine... it is, it's a different beat swing where the top position is kind of like a planche.  Much easier than doing a planche, much harder than doing normal beat swings, it's really good conditioning.  But you want to be clear which one you're doing, the plank body at the top or the piked one. It helps you to have more control.

 

That was actually my second and third time ever doing any beats at all. The first time was the week before, and the substitute teacher had given me some cues I wasn't understanding. I had them take video of my beats specifically so I could review the video to better understand what I was being told vs. what I was doing.

In the second video, I was very much supposed to be doing pike beats as that was the only beat I'd ever been shown (once before). However, I had seen someone do a planche beat (which I think of as kind of a fast, forward lever without a hold), and once it started, I didn't want to stop because it was so bloody much fun. I think it is quite a bit similar to the beginning movement I learned when learning kipping pull ups back in my crossfit days.  I did notice in the video that my hips were still breaking a little in the planche beats.  I'll have to work on that.

My pike beats are pretty weak. Once I hit the point that my core has to engage to keep my feet rising, my form breaks down a lot. I think it relates quite a bit to my extreme hamstring tightness. I need to work on just going to the limit of momentum and stop trying to muscle the rest of the way. Maybe if I could get the hang of that, pike beats would be as fun as planche beats.

 

My instructor slaked my curiosity about other beats performed hanging from your hands under the bar.  She also showed us under beats (pike beats but the feet continue under the bar and over the head), and hip beats (planche beats with the hips coming all the way to the bar, and the body very nearly completely inverted).  Obviously, both of those are way more advanced than my current level.

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A couple of handstand updates.  On Wednesday, I did three different sixty second wall handstands in a five minute period with sixty seconds of rest between each one.  Then, on Thursday, I did a single one hundred and twenty second (two minutes!) wall handstand.  I felt like there was still some gas in the tank, but my screaming alarm, and my trembling convinced me to stop.

 

A couple short term goals:

2x90s wall handstand in 4 minutes.

1x150s wall handstand.

1x10s freestanding handstand starting from wall supported.

1x5s freestanding handstand unsupported start.

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Work has had me extremely stressed out all week.  My diet has been compliant with slow carb, but really far from ideal, and my sleep has been horrible.  I'm not at all surprised that I haven't lost much weight this week, and my low barely dipped below last week's low by about 1.2 lbs.  I'm taking today as my binge day this week, as I'll be at an event tonight with little control over available food.

 

Unfortunately, the work stress will probably continue at least through next week, and I'll be working a lot this weekend as well.

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 I did notice in the video that my hips were still breaking a little in the planche beats.  I'll have to work on that.

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My instructor slaked my curiosity about other beats performed hanging from your hands under the bar.  She also showed us under beats (pike beats but the feet continue under the bar and over the head), and hip beats (planche beats with the hips coming all the way to the bar, and the body very nearly completely inverted).  Obviously, both of those are way more advanced than my current level.

 

The hips breaking happens to some extent, it's very challenging to keep a solid line.  I'd almost say you're better served working on really engaging your lats for the lift and getting stronger there and then working on the hip break later.

 

We do the under beats... or actually beat swings to under (or splits under) the bar and then tricks from there.  The hip one I can't quite picture.

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Keep going Mily. You can do it.

I'm sorry for being unoriginal, but I'm dead. I'm a zombie. Being sleep deprived is no fun!

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mew mew mew.

 

I miss harassing you.

 

I also miss your snail mails.  :(

 

and wicked trapeze work, dude.  :D

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and a specialist in self-kintsukuroi.

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Epic Quest:  Adventures in Badassery  [under construction]

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Please don't lambaste me too terribly much for my horrid form.  I knew the steelbell would be hard to hold on to, but I didn't account for how bloody much give the material has. I'm not sure how to have an effective, snapping hip drive when the thing I'm pulling on moves so elastically.

 

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Please don't lambaste me too terribly much for my horrid form.  I knew the steelbell would be hard to hold on to, but I didn't account for how bloody much give the material has. I'm not sure how to have an effective, snapping hip drive when the thing I'm pulling on moves so elastically.

 

That looks tough! Impressive. How is the steel ball different from the kettlebell? Your form actually looks decent. The amount of hip drive you have I think would be enough for a kettlebell.

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That looks tough! Impressive. How is the steel ball different from the kettlebell? Your form actually looks decent. The amount of hip drive you have I think would be enough for a kettlebell.

 

It is a steelbell from Rogue Fitness.  It is kind of like a sandbag, only filled with steel shot.  The exterior is made of a thick neoprene.  The steel shot inside moves around freely, much more quickly and smoothly than sand would.  The whole thing is taxing on the grip, awkward, and it turns out, painful on the fingernails.  I guess I'm going to have to keep them trimmed even closer than normal.  This one is 50 lbs, 

 

I went with a steelbell instead of a kettlebell because either, I'm a masochistic idiot, or because I thought it would help build grip strength for my aerials work, or maybe both.

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It is a steelbell from Rogue Fitness.  It is kind of like a sandbag, only filled with steel shot.  The exterior is made of a thick neoprene.  The steel shot inside moves around freely, much more quickly and smoothly than sand would.  The whole thing is taxing on the grip, awkward, and it turns out, painful on the fingernails.  I guess I'm going to have to keep them trimmed even closer than normal.  This one is 50 lbs, 

 

I went with a steelbell instead of a kettlebell because either, I'm a masochistic idiot, or because I thought it would help build grip strength for my aerials work, or maybe both.

Wow, that is wicked. I agree, it's a  bit of both :) 

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