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Well, Eboncat, You are doing Fabulous!   That is awesome...and I love the Skadi ring.  How beautiful is that!?!?! talk about a reward. I love Etsy.  

 

Sorry to hear about your ankle, though its awesome to hear that you are still getting your weights and practice in. Rock On and Keep Up the Great work!

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Ha ha, pull ups and martial arts are a good combination for exercise. Which app do you use?

50 pullups.  It has a beginner level for people like me who cant actually do a full pullup yet.  I'm getting closer though!

 

Well, Eboncat, You are doing Fabulous!   That is awesome...and I love the Skadi ring.  How beautiful is that!?!?! talk about a reward. I love Etsy.  

 

Sorry to hear about your ankle, though its awesome to hear that you are still getting your weights and practice in. Rock On and Keep Up the Great work!

Thanks!  My ankle is much better, it really didn't slow me down much, just turned some pretty colors.  It's fading pretty well now.

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50 pullups.  It has a beginner level for people like me who cant actually do a full pullup yet.  I'm getting closer though!

 

Thanks!  My ankle is much better, it really didn't slow me down much, just turned some pretty colors.  It's fading pretty well now.

 

Good news :-)  Ankles colour particularly well, don't they?

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50 pullups.  It has a beginner level for people like me who cant actually do a full pullup yet.  I'm getting closer though!

 

Cool! Another possible avenue for you might be checking out stuff from Al Kavadlo or Shawna Kaminski. They're kind of the experts when it comes to pull ups; Kaminski, in particular, is famous for being able to do 50 pull ups in a row despite being 50 years old.

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Week 2 recap.  Not so hot.

 

  1.  TKD - 3 classes, 3 home practice - 100%  This one's still easy, 'cause I love it.  I actually went to 4 classes, but 1 counts toward my cardio.
  2.  Water - 1700ml/day - 57% (4/7).  Got close a couple more days.  I need to make this more of a priority and plan ahead to have enough at work.
  3.  Cardio - 3 days/week - 67% (2/3).  Didn't really do any workouts - counting the extra TKD class and the 5k race from Saturday.  26 F. Brrrr.  Got lazy on my late shift days, slept in or dinked around on the computer instead of getting my workout in.
  4. Pullup App - 3 days/week - 67% (2/3).  Need to get this started earlier in the week instead of trying to cram it into the last 4 days.

On the plus side, I did get both my lifting workouts in - they aren't part of the challenge because I don't usually need the push to do them anymore. 

 

I think -  timewise - between the classes and the home practice and the cardio and the strength training, having to fit in 11 workouts (not including the pushup app!) may have needed a little more planning than I did at the beginning of the challenge.  It's doable - the home stuff (practice/cardio/strength) take about 1/2 hour each, so I can definitely double/triple up on my days off.  I'm going to need to set up a schedule though - anyone know a good app for that??  Or maybe I should go old school and write up a weekly schedule on a piece of paper like I used to do for my college classes - with color coding and everything.  Oooh.  I can post it on the bathroom mirror next to my motivation.  Time to break out the highlighters!

 

Week 3, day 1: got my water in!  but that's it.  Voluteered in my son's 1st grade class in the morning, then worked my full 10hr shift until 9pm.  Was beat last night. Ate, went to bed. No work today, so I can get a lot done. 

 

2 classes tonight! But that probably will be all I can get this week unless a miracle happens and I get off work early tomorrow.  No classes thurs-sun this week, closed for Thanksgiving.  Which is too bad, because I'll be off work all those days too.  Oh well.  I am going to give myself 100% for this week for doing 2 classes and 3x 1/2 hr home practice + Wed class if I make it or a 1 hr practice at home (hopefully with the fam.  we have some small shields and a bag we can practice kicks/punches against).

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I'm more for the old-school approach, myself. Set your notes up and set 'em where you can't help but see them! Having a schedule thought up ahead of time, and knowing what you'll be doing, will help a ton in getting you more out of your workouts.

 

And yeah, welcome to holiday week. This is how it always is - we want to train, and just as we do, the holidays roll around. You can do it! Get through!

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Week 3/Day 2

 

I think I was trying to make up for last week all in one day.

 

Cardio: Core Synergistics (P90x) 1 hour including warmup and cool down, then straight into...

 

Strength training & Pullup app

  1. Split squats 4x8x20lb dbs
  2. Bent over Row 2x8x20lb dbs, 2x8x17.5lb dbs
  3. Chest Flies 2x8x17.5lb dbs, 2x8x15lb dbs
  4. Overhead Press  1x8x15lb dbs, 1x6x15lb dbs, 2x8x12.5lbs
  5. 4 asst pullups, 5 australian pullups, 6 asst pullups, 5 australian pullups, 2 negative pullups

There are some weights in Core Syn. so I was already fairly wiped when I started the weights and I had to back off on some reps.  But if I didn't do it today, I would have had to put it off until Thursday, I and didn't want to fall into that trap again.  I was thinking about it though, at the end of the cardio stuff.

 

I spent some time working up a schedule for the rest of the week.

 

Then tonight we had two TKD classes - the youth (white thru orange) and the adult class (all belt levels).  Lots of kicks today.  I'm a little sore now, so tomorrow should be interesting.

 

Oh, and I just finished up my water while I was writing this.  It was a good day.  Now I'm going to watch Grimm.  I hope - if I can get my husband away from his Fringe on Netflix fixation (I've already seen the episodes he's watching). :rolleyes:

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Great going with the water goal Eboncat! Have you felt any changes yet?

 

When you achieve your first full unassisted pull up it will be glorious!! Persist! =D

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Thanks guys!  I was pretty sore yesterday, and am still sore today, but it's glorious. 

 

Yesterday was a work day - and we were really, really busy all day - people tend to leave things 'til the last minute before a holiday trip and then expect us to fix it for them in 5 minutes.  Silly people.  Anyway, even though I had a water bottle next to me all day I didn't remember to drink out of it as much as I should have to get all my water in.  I did get about 1000ml, but I was short. 

 

The good part is that I took a quick lunch and was able to leave in time to get to TKD class last night.  I hadn't been to a Wednesday class yet (sparring techniques), so that was cool.

 

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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Yay, sparring! The part where you see how/if the techniques actually work! My favorite part of the class. :)

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We can't actually spar against each other until orange belt - so the white and gold belts are learning how to control kicks and punches against bags.  Although the instructor did put on gear and let us hit her.  Still, it was interesting - I hadn't tried to pull punches before  - quick and light - I need lots of practice before I spar against someone.

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Week 3, day 4:

Yesterday I didn't bother to count calories - just larger helpings of turkey, and smaller helpings (tastes, really) of everything else.  Got all my water in.  Did 1hr workout of yoga and my pullup app (in the morning).  Fell asleep on the couch watching football.  Good day.

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Week 3, day 5 (Friday)

 

Did nothing.  My leg was twingy from my hip to ankle, and I decided to rest it.  I did practice a couple forms, but not a full 1/2 hour.  did not get all my water in.

 

Day 6: (so far)

45 min weights (dumbbells):

  1. Squats: 1x8x30lb dbs, 2x8x35lb dbs, 1x8x40lb dbs
  2. Deadlift: 1x8x35lb dbs, 3x8x40lb dbs
  3. Bench Press: 1x8x20lb dbs, 3x8x22.5lb dbs
  4. Side Lateral raise: 4x8x8lb dbs
  5. Curls: 3x8x17.5lb dbs

Hopefully more to come today - I mean to do my pullup app and since the school is closed for the holidays, we mean to have TKD "class" here at home.  My 6 yr old son will be teaching as he has the higher belt level.  Should be interesting!  He's excited about it.

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Week 3, day 5 (Friday)

Did nothing. My leg was twingy from my hip to ankle, and I decided to rest it. I did practice a couple forms, but not a full 1/2 hour. did not get all my water in.

Hopefully more to come today - I mean to do my pullup app and since the school is closed for the holidays, we mean to have TKD "class" here at home. My 6 yr old son will be teaching as he has the higher belt level. Should be interesting! He's excited about it.

Good plan, rest is important.

Definitely, let us know how your son teaches class :-)

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Saturday recap:

Weights

TKD class with the kid instructing.  We did about 45 minutes.  Kiddo was having fun getting to pick what we did.  He led the warmups, so we did them all out of order.  He really likes high jumps, so we did 12 instead of the usual 3 or 4.  I was impressed that we did 10 pushups and situps - he hates those, but still did the minimum they usually make us do in class.

As for what we worked on - he wanted to do kicks. A lot of kicks.  He held a small shield for us, so it was also a challenge for me to be accurate and pull the kick enough not to knock him over.  Then he made hubby and me blocker spar, I think he just enjoyed watching us whack each other.  Hubby blocked one hit with the hand he was gripping the blocker with - against my knuckles.  Tore a little skin.  Ouch.  Kiddo decided to have us do combos against a tall bag that we have.  That didn't work out so well for me - the bag is on a stand and it moves a lot when you hit it.  I was doing a punch, kick, back punch combo and after the kick it whipped back at me and I punched straight into it - with the knuckle that was already bruised. Owie! Then we made him work on the jayoo form which he and I both need.  He got a little upset when his dad was correcting his stance on some of the moves.  I think that was length of the practice and that he was really hungry.  So, mostly, it went well and I'm glad we did it. 

I also got all my water in for the day. 

 

 

Sunday:  Was supposed to be a make up day for the missed cardio from Friday.  Did not get done.  I did practice TKD (kicks mostly) and get my pullup app done.  My knuckles were still pretty swollen so it was difficult to grip the bar and I had to use more support than usual.  I did not get my water in.  Spent most of the day reading - found a new series I like by an author I've read before and devoured the 1st book in 2 days.  I get a little obsessed with books sometimes.

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Sounds like it was an interesting class! Sorry to hear that your knuckles got banged up like that, but it's a risk in striking. Hopefully the swelling will get down soon. I've been led to understand that drinking lots of water helps reduce the swelling, but I don't know if that's true or not...

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Heh, glad to hear he has the discipline to do the exercises he doesn't like as well.  That's a good sign and worth some extra high jumps :-) 

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