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I'll say it again: you know how to celebrate a birthday!!

Awesome picture! Look at that submarine! The city looks lovely!

Thanks Lara, it was very special, not like this every year!!

 

I have to admit the car nerd in me is  super excited to be having a 100k service and leather seats fitted into my car tomorrow, no one else seems to get it but it was my b'day present to myself and I'm pumped!! Tragic eh?! :lol:

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Challenge, oh that's right, I was doing a challenge....


 


I've bombed so far in this challenge, good times have gotten the better of me and I've basically had a big long birthday party for a few weeks, on top of that I've been working very long hours and having to commute. This has added up to produce a result I've been avoiding posting but cards on the table here it is:


 


Challenge update:


 Weigh-in: 84.3kg  :neglected:


Too much beer, not enough working out, too much sugar. 


 


1. Don't look into the light...[DEX 3]


I'm not doing too badly on this, mainly because I've been so busy I've not had time to do anything other than work or spend a bit of time with my wife. 


 


2. Lift [sTR 5]


I'm only lifting once a week, really need to get this back on track. I see the wrist specialist for the last time (hopefully) today and it's heaps better so should gradually improve from here. I haven't been doing my physio exercises, I don't know why I find this so hard to do, I know I should. 


 


My knee has continued to give me grief and feel weak so I had an MRI last week, I will get the results tomorrow when I see the specialist. I'm really hoping there is nothing major wrong and it's just a case of all my supporting muscles being tight. Fingers crossed. I've kind of being using this as an excuse not to lift as well so if I get the green light I'll have no excuses to fall back on.


 


3. Eat (well) [CHA 2]


This has not been happening. Commuting has meant I end up eating a lot of bread since there are very few other options and I've also got back on the coffee and a lot of sugar has crept back in. I find it so much harder to eat well when I'm not working from home. 


 


4. I like the way you work it [WIS 5]


I canned my previous side business idea and am yet to come up with a new one so this is on hold for now. 


 


How about some good news?! Well at least I have found the interrupt button at last and recognised what's going on. I'm going to lay off the booze for a week or two to get myself back on track. I also cooked up a batch of meatballs yesterday so I have an easy healthy option in the freezer again. I went to watch a crossfit competition that my box was running on the weekend, found my inspiration again and reminded me that I need something competitive to strive for otherwise I find it much harder to train. I'm hoping my wrist will be good enough to get back to squash in January, since that's what I originally started crossfit training for anyway. 


 


I'm going to make an effort to be more present on my thread for the last 2 weeks of the challenge and try to finish strong. 


 


One day at a time, one meal at a time....


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We don't hold it against you :)

I was wondering about the squash. I figured you'd laid low on it because of your wrist, but I'm glad to hear you have plans to get back to it.

Keep your head up.

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Oh wow, awesome birthday celebrations! I did something similar for my 30th (helicopter ride above Niagara Falls) you have given me some great ideas for my 40th.

So glad to hear about your wrist improvements. You are really getting back in there and will kill the rest of this challenge!

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We don't hold it against you :)

I was wondering about the squash. I figured you'd laid low on it because of your wrist, but I'm glad to hear you have plans to get back to it.

Keep your head up.

Thanks AB, I really needed this, it was just what I needed to hear. The funk was starting to set in and I've managed to catch it in time, appreciate it x

 

Oh wow, awesome birthday celebrations! I did something similar for my 30th (helicopter ride above Niagara Falls) you have given me some great ideas for my 40th.

So glad to hear about your wrist improvements. You are really getting back in there and will kill the rest of this challenge!

Helicopter over Niagara would have been amazing too. On honeymoon my wife surprised me with a helicopter ride over the Great Barrier Reef then landed on a small sand quay right in the middle of the reef. The pilot set down on one end, sent us off snorkelling in pristine reef while he setup an umbrella and picnic for us at the other end then went back to sit in the helicopter to give us some privacy. If you ever get the chance that is one of the most incredible experiences I've ever had, really beautiful. 

 

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Well I had another very very busy work day yesterday, had to get up super early to make sure I got all my work done in time to get to the knee specialist. Almost fell asleep driving home on the freeway, I'm so shattered at the moment, really need some sleep. I've been going to bed around 9.30 just to try to catch up but we've had a lot of storms here this week which make it hard to get qualitiy uninterrupted zzz's! 

 

The MRI on my knee came back with a subtle under-surface meniscus tear, exactly what I didn't want to hear. However the specialist said he couldn't see it on the MRI "and I'm pretty good at reading these" so he thought it wasn't a good report and not to worry just get on with things. He said anyway if it was the case it would hurt here *pokes me where it hurts*. I said it does hurt there. Well he still didn't think it was a tear and told me to do lots of stretching (I agree this is something I need to do). 

 

Then I asked him if there was anything I shouldn't be doing in case the tear the MRI report identified was there, he proceeded to tell me not to squat. I obviously exhibited what my wife calls my "uncle disgusting face" because he looked a bit surprised then said I could squat but not deep and proceeded to demonstrate what I would call a power curtsy. I told him I was going snowboarding in January so what was I supposed to do about that since it will obviously involve a lot of squatting, he said nothing special just enjoy it and get on with your life.  

 

By this stage I was confused about the conflicting advice and starting to get annoyed. I left and was pretty angry by the time I got to my car. I waited 4 months for a diagnosis of you have(n't) got a tear and do(n't) squat. So irritating. 

 

Now I have no idea if there is or isn't a tear. My wife told me to get a second opinion, I think I will try to see a specialist in Sydney.

 

On the plus side, full Paleo day yesterday, 2 days sugar free and 2 day no booze streak.  :positive:  I'd forgotten the effects of coming off sugar, starting to get a little fluey but it could be carb flu too since I've been light on the carbs for 2 days now and that's typically when my body has a whinge.  Probably all the tiredness is related as well. 

 

Anyway I came home from the doc determined to get loose again so I went for a swim, first time in as long as I can remember. 30 lengths and stopped there as my muscles are rusty, felt like I could have done a lot more though. Really enjoyed swimming again  :positive: Took the pooch for a walk when I got back from swimming, it was raining but he really needed to go and we both enjoyed it despite the rain  :peaceful:

 

Starting to get things back on track and feeling my determination coming back, a couple more days and hopefully I will have some momentum....

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Happy 40th birthday mate! Sorry I couldn't make the party :)

 

Who was the orthopod you saw about your knee? Was he a general ortho or a knee specialist?

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Happy 40th birthday mate! Sorry I couldn't make the party :)

 

Who was the orthopod you saw about your knee? Was he a general ortho or a knee specialist?

No worries, I'll PM you. Hoping you might know someone else.

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PT yesterday (Sat)

 

EMOM (Every Minute on the Minute) - 6 stations, 6 rounds

- 5 x Deadlifts @ 80kg

- 4 x strict Pullups

- 5 x 30" box jumps

- 20 secs L-Sit (scaled, knees up)

- Sled drag @ 20/40/60kg

 

Finished all six rounds, dropped back to 3 PU's for last 2 rounds.

 

Rest a few mins, then:

 

5 rounds

1 min rowing for max cals

1 min max KB Russian swings

1 min rest. 

 

I got 14 cals & 23 swings all rounds except last round I got 21 swings. 

 

Gruelling session, the rowing and swings were tough after the strength emom, I was too gassed to row any faster and had to really concentrate on bringing my heart rate down as much as possible in the rest minute. My coach loves to fatigue you with a strength workout and then use the same muscles for metcon. It's very tough but it definitely produces adaptation and you know you've worked really hard at the end of the session :)

 

Knee held up fine during these workouts.

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Weigh-in: 83.2kg  (-1.1kg)


Fair bit of this will be dehydration but it's nice to see the number anyway.


 


1. Don't look into the light...[DEX 3]


Hmm, probably 5/7, not too bad.


 


2. Lift [sTR 5]


Only 1 session again this week. 


 


Injuries:


Wrist is doing really well, don't have to go back to the specialist until Feb and then only if I have any remaining issues. It still gets sore and I have exercises to do to strengthen it, WHICH I MUST DO. Feel free to ride me on this if I don't do them.....


 


Knee is actually feeling better after exercise yesterday, it could be all the sitting I've been doing and reduced exercise and walking has tightened up all the muscles, another good incentive to get back to more regular exercise. Tough when commuting...


 


3. Eat (well) [CHA 2]


I've had a good few days second half of this week, including 2 or 3 days full Paleo. Fell off the wagon a bit yesterday but back on it today. 


 


4. I like the way you work it [WIS 5]


I canned my previous side business idea and am yet to come up with a new one so this is on hold for now. 


 


Into the final week, I kinda wish we had another week after this but I'll make sure to finish strong.


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i agree - get that second opinion!

 

Plus you're wife is soooo romantic!  I could use some tips - for our anniversary I booked a couple's shoot in the forest (that Jax has never been to) and then we had a picnic.  It wasn't really romantic, just fun.  I'm a great gift giver, but i suck at the romance thing, lol.

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i agree - get that second opinion!

 

Plus you're wife is soooo romantic!  I could use some tips - for our anniversary I booked a couple's shoot in the forest (that Jax has never been to) and then we had a picnic.  It wasn't really romantic, just fun.  I'm a great gift giver, but i suck at the romance thing, lol.

I booked the seaplane ;) She did a great job with all the other arrangements though and the gifts she got me were so thoughtful  :redface-new:

 

Heh when I read your post I thought wow that's unusual but really cool, shooting in the forest, like clay pigeon or real things?! Then I realised I think you mean photography? Romance is hard work for me too,  a picnic is very romantic IMO! That's how I proposed ;)

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Finally finished off my work project yesterday and no longer have to commute for a little while, so relieved. I can start getting back into a routine.

 

PT today:

 

Strength - EMOM 24 mins

4 Ring Pullups

5 Good mornings @ 40kg

20 sec L-sit

30m farmers carry with 2 x 30kg Dumbbells

 

6 rounds completed. 

 

Stamina EMOM 20 mins

1 round is:

150m row

10 box jumps @ 24"

 

10 rounds completed. 

 

I'm so tired.....really need some quality zzzz's. On hols from Weds next week so hopefully can relax for a few weeks over the break and get my mind back in order. 

 

As usual I will be doing the whole of January alcohol free if anyone fancies joining me for some guaranteed weight loss! ;)

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PT yesterday:

 

Strength EMOM - 4 rounds

5 x zercher squats @ 40kg

5 x pendalay rows @ 40kg

5 x Wheels of death

 

Strength EMOM 2 - 4 rounds

3 each leg x Barbell lunges @ 40/45/45/50kg

4 x strict pullups (2 + 2 with alternate grip)

?? - something with Abs, forgotten :s

 

Conditioning EMOM - 4 rounds

7 invert burpees

100m run 

5 double unders

 

 

I think I missed some exercises out here or have listed fewer rounds than we did, forgot to bring my book to PT. Anyway it was hard as usual, particularly on Abs and Hamstrings. 

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Week 6 Challenge Wrap up


 


Well how did we do on goals this time around?


 


Goals:


 


1. Don't look into the light...[DEX 3]


I spend way too much time on computers and TV. 


- Maximum 1.5 hours a day of either surfing the web or watching TV. Using PC for work stuff doesn't count. 


 


I'll give myself a B for this one, I am way better at this but it's not 100%. I got a kindle for my birthday which has helped heaps, I'm enjoying getting back to reading again. 


 


2. Lift [sTR 5]


- 3 times a week


 


This challenge I had to commute a lot which left me very time poor. I generally only managed to lift once a week. I have been walking the dog as well though. Overall a C, not good enough, I really need to get back to my lifting next year, no excuses! 


 


3. Eat (well) [CHA 2]


- Full Paleo 3 days a week


 


Meh, a D. More like 1 day a week. Diet has been poor this challenge and I've stacked the weight on as a result. January will be my rescue remedy, it's unrealistic to try to take full control of this while I'm on holiday in Japan, there will be too much amazing food to try! 


 


4. I like the way you work it [WIS 5]


- I'm working on a plan for a small side business to earn some extra cash and keep me sane, goals for this 


-- Finish prototype


-- Finish cost model


-- Launch website


 


C. While I didn't launch anything I did build a prototype and discovered the idea I had wasn't as profitable/viable as I had hoped. At least I tried it and found out, have some thinking time whilst on hols so will try to come up with another idea! 


 


I had a lot of life stuff to deal with during this challenge, mainly turning 40, an intense work project and a trip to the UK. When I look back on that now it's not surprising that I didn't have as much focus as usual on the challenge goals, a hell of a lot has happened in the last 6 weeks! 


 


Positives:  :positive:


- My wrist is largely recovered, just a case of strengthening it now.


- I am back training movements I couldn't do after the injury and strength is returning. I can still do pullups and even farmers carry.


- I've addressed my knee pain to some extent and although it still hurts sometimes it's not getting in the way of exercise and stretching does seem to be helping. 


- Feeling like it's probable I can finally get back to squash next year :)


- Spending quality time with old friends was an amazing way to see my 40th in and a trip I will never forget


- Made some new friends in the local area during this challenge


- My puppy is entering a more adult stage (he 2 and a bit now) and is becoming even more of a pleasure to hang out with.


 


What happened this challenge?


- Brewed the first NF Pale Ale with Barefootdawsy


- Spent 9 days back in the UK


- Went Clay Pigeon Shooting


- Drank some phenomenal real ale 


- Got new leather seats in my car


- Threw 2 parties


- Stayed at my brother's house for the first time and got closer to him


- Spent some quality time with my nephews and niece


- Rode in my oldest friend's brand new Porsche


- Flew in a seaplane


- Turned 40


- Built my own crossfit games box


- Learnt to use a routing tool


- Potted my first ever plant, a Trinidad Yellow Scotch Bonnet chilli plant. It's doing pretty well so far :)


 


Wow, looking back on it I have been way busier than usual, no wonder I haven't had time for much challenge wise! 


 


I'm going to be overseas for 3 weeks so won't be much in the way of updates for a little while, but hopefully some cool photos of Japan when I come back in the New Year. 


 


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all :)


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You have done soooo much work I don't know even where to start talking about :D Maybe I'll follow your order.

 

Away from the light: I think lots of people are having trouble here, me included. The more the technology advances -and it is great, no complain about it- we are more and more dependent and fascinated. It's a whole world out there. If you do find a useful system to stay away from the computer or to significantly reduce your time with, please share!

 

Lift: you've been short on time and besides you had several injuries. I think all delays here are justified. Do not be hard on yourself and give yourself at least a B for keeping on trying.

 

Eat: oh-oh-oh. You know I am a paleo fan, so in my opinion you should give it a good try when you come back from Japan (oh my god! I had almost forgotten! When are you leaving???!!!!!). I think it will help you to improve every other area in your life more easily. You'll have more energy, a clearer mind, light digestions...

 

Prototype: well, you know I didn't approve of it because of the lack of sharks, but I think you should grade yourself better. You built that damned thing on your own! When I think on my own manual abilities...

 

Finally I like a lot those lists on the positive side and the "what happened". It is amazing how many cool things you did in only 6 weeks!

 

Summing up, I think better of your results than yourself bleh.gif

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Where is your 2015 Challenge?!

Yeah, where are you? Still in Japan?

Hey guys, Happy New Year!

 

I've been on holiday in Japan for 3 weeks. Had an AMAZING time, very different from anywhere else I've ever been.

 

New challenge is up here

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