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OKAY, so I attempted to skip for six songs yesterday and may have WAAAYY underestimated the difficulty of doing so.

 

I managed to skip for 2 songs before collapsing in a heap and curling into the feotal position.

 

Anyhooo. Weight is back down 76.5kg today. I don't think i'm ever going to understand this. I'm not convinced that its working but I will continue to the end and see.

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Am going to try cut out snacking entirely, even though its allowed in the dukan diet, it's not reccommended and this may be where I am falling down.

Tracking over a period of time can help.  A lot of times people underestimate portion sizes.

 

 

Anyhooo. Weight is back down 76.5kg today. I don't think i'm ever going to understand this. I'm not convinced that its working but I will continue to the end and see.

I purposely don't weigh myself for long periods of time for this very reason. When I used to weigh myself daily or weekly; things fluctuated too much and it made me lose motivation.  When I decided to not weigh myself for a year, I lost 50 pounds.  I knew my clothes were feeling more comfortable so for a while, that's all that mattered as a way to see that I was making progress.

 

Keep it going

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Woot! Week three is DONE (Sundays are my day of rest)


 


Stretching.


My wrist is feeling a lot better but still not 100%.


I feel like I am still making flexibility gains but without a structured course to follow it is hard to see.


Next week i'm going to look into asanas for the areas I want to stretch. These have very clear progressions and final poses to aim for. 


 


Knowing how far to reach will help a lot I think.


 


Squats and Hollow Body


Bought a clock for timing my Hollow Holds a £2 charity shop job, should make things a little easier.


 


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My last time was:


Hollow Body 1min


Arch hold 40 sec


 


Squats are still causing issue, I can't seem to get my feet in any closer so i'm changing tack and training with my feet completely together. But in this final position I only have partial ROM.


So I am squatting onto a low stool, that is just beyond my range of motion at the moment.


Hopefully over time I will be able to make the object smaller and lower as I gain ROM.


We shall see how that goes.


 


Massage.


I'm getting pretty damn good at this, still haven't finished reading the book though!


 


Fat Loss.


 


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Oh yeah it's been a week of ups and downs but I stayed strong and am now at 75.5kg this is the half way point so here are some half way pics. I can't see much difference yet but i'm sure it will come.


 


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Water.


Again, I am definitely drinking more but just not recording it on my app.


 


Week 4 mini quests.


Finish the Trigger point therapy book


Research and start using asanas in stretching routine.


Actually record my water intake, no seriously, actually do it.


Keep Going

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Completely relating on the squat ROM, mine needs alot of work.

 

Trying some rehab exercises and general stretching, single leg squats to bench are my least favourite of the things I'm doing currently.

 

Here's to week 4 and going strong. :)

 

Yeah, it took me ages to get full ROM in a shoulder width squat, bringing my feet together has really put a spanner in the works!

 

Weight has gone back up to 76.4kg WTF. No doubt it will be back down tomorrow.

 

Jacking the skipping up to three songs worth this week.

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Today was a good day finally managed to beat the Arch Hold.


 


60 sec Adv Hollow Body followed by 60 sec Adv Arch Hold. Boom.


 


Time to add this into the mix, same goal hold for 60 sec after completing the other two exercises.


 


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On the skipping front, i'm getting better, slowly.


 


On the weight front, it's going down, slowly. I'm beginning to realise that perhaps my quest for a six-pack might take me longer than 12 weeks. We shall see.


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Oh and I totally forgot to mention my wrists, so far I cannot lay them flat on the floor in the push-up position without pain in both. This due to general lack of flexibility and an injury in the left one.

 

However I have been studying PNF stretching and have found that it is really helping. So I am adding a new goal to my quest this month, really it's a sub-goal to making my wrist get better.

 

1 extra point to me if: I can put my wrists on the floor with my shoulders directly above them and not feel aches or pains or have to slowly coax them into position. I.e Boom press up position, no problem, no warm up.

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Tracking over a period of time can help.  A lot of times people underestimate portion sizes.

 

Yeah this was where i was going wrong, not eating much all day then binging at dinner. I seem to be getting better at it but it's definitely a learning curve.

 

I've never tried to watch what I have eaten before so it came as quite a shock when suddenly I had to cut my average consumption in half AND make sure I wasn't eating beer and crisps.. 

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We do some exercises and stretches in Kung Fu to strengthen wrists.

 

One stretch we do we call "casting."  I'll try to describe best I can since I cannot find images depicting it.  Basically we begin by having elbow bent, palm at chin level, heel of the palm towards the face, and fingers pointing forward.  Grasp these fingers with your other hand and give a pull down to the earth to get a good stretch feeling.  Then we extend the arm forward, while still holding the fingers with our other hand and try to keep that general stretchy feeling.  Hopefully I described that right.

 

For the other one that really builds up some good forearm muscles we begin with our elbow as close to the belly button as possible and the lower half the arm should be forward and parallel to the ground.  From here, start with the palm facing forward, fingers pointing straight up, and pull those fingers back as best you can to get a good stretchy feeling (don't use your other hand for this).  Then slowly rotate the hand until the fingers are facing downward.  You'll find you cannot go any further with the palm facing forward so flip the hand so the palm faces you and fingers are still downwards.  Continue the rotation until the fingers are facing up and palm facing towards you.  Reverse the circle now, making sure to flip to palm forward at the bottom, and do this for a bit.  

 

Now, a caveat.  If at anytime this hurts more than you think it should, please stop.  No sense injuring yourself based on guidance from a forum dude  :playful:

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STR 10.75   :   DEX 7.5  :   STA 8.5   :   CON 5   :   WIS 7.5   :   CHA 7


 


Challenge: I am an Avenger


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We do some exercises and stretches in Kung Fu to strengthen wrists

 

For the other one that really builds up some good forearm muscles we begin with our elbow as close to the belly button as possible and the lower half the arm should be forward and parallel to the ground.  From here, start with the palm facing forward, fingers pointing straight up, and pull those fingers back as best you can to get a good stretchy feeling (don't use your other hand for this).  Then slowly rotate the hand until the fingers are facing downward.  You'll find you cannot go any further with the palm facing forward so flip the hand so the palm faces you and fingers are still downwards.  Continue the rotation until the fingers are facing up and palm facing towards you.  Reverse the circle now, making sure to flip to palm forward at the bottom, and do this for a bit.  

 

Now, a caveat.  If at anytime this hurts more than you think it should, please stop.  No sense injuring yourself based on guidance from a forum dude  :playful:

 

I love this one! Super nice stretch and not too intense, thanks for that!

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Week 4. - End Of!


 


Okay, good things first.


Booze, none, sweet!


That's ONE WHOLE MONTH! yeah it feels good, sort of, actually if i'm honest I haven't noticed any improvement apart from not having wasted the days after drinking feeling sorry for myself. But the boost in productivity has certainly been a welcome one.


 


Stretching, can touch my toes, excellent!


I have started using PNF Stretching and have noticed SIGNIFICANT results especially in my hamstrings.


 


Hollow body holds, managed to hold the advanced hollow and arch for 60second each, sweet.


My core strength continues to grow, happy days, moving on to forearm planks which should be a lot of fun, this is the last progression for this challenge so after hotting the 60 seconds it's all about resting less in between and getting better form.


 


Squats, moved from bucket to step, awesome, thank you very much.


Moving into close stance squats has been tricky but using something to sit on has increased my strength and ROM significantly. I am not squatting onto a step (about six inches high) hopefully this will become easy over the next week and I can lower it again. Fingers crossed by the end of this challenge I will be able to do 10 close squats un-assisted!


 


Wrist, feels good, not better but good.


I have been stretching (mildly) my wrist around twice a day and using to rotational exercises that Jaex suggested and it feels good. My goal is for it to be string enough to bear my weight in the press-up position by the end of the next challenge.


 


The not so good.


Water intake, is up but still failing to record it.


I just suck at remembering to put it in my phone so I may switch tactics and find an easier way to record it. I seem to be drinking enough, I think...


 


Weight, I pretty much stayed the same this whole week which is frustrating, especially as I had the opportunity to cheat a couple of times and did't.


Gah, it's annoying not to see progress on the graph, i'm pretty sure I'm still getting thinner but without empirical proof it's a bit if a guessing game.


 


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Didn't skip as much as I should have done.


​I skipped twice this week which is two times less than I should have.


 


Didn't read any of my massage book


Honestly i've ben so knackered this week I have managed to read two to three sentences before switching the lights off and going to sleep. I'm going to start a day-time reading time this week.


 


Haven't been massaging as much as I should.


I have been massaging and fairly regularly but not as thouroughly as I would like. Need to step this up a little bit.


 


Moving into week 5. Concentrate on the weak spots in the not-so-good list.


Keep dieting, I will see my abs!


Finish the damn book.


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Gah, it's annoying not to see progress on the graph, i'm pretty sure I'm still getting thinner but without empirical proof it's a bit if a guessing game.

Well you could always use a tape measure and measure your waist, chest, etc.  Perhaps you are gaining muscle at the same rate you are losing fat? 

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Level 5 Shapeshifter Monk


STR 10.75   :   DEX 7.5  :   STA 8.5   :   CON 5   :   WIS 7.5   :   CHA 7


 


Challenge: I am an Avenger


Past: 1st, Draugr, Super-hero, Rocky


 


  A soon-to-be married Kung Fu enthusiast  

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I second Jaex's suggestion, to hell with the scale!

 

Interested in seeing your favourite recipe, mine is going to be depressingly bland compared to some of the stuff that's going to be there no doubt.

 

Recipie... Hmm my favourite has got to be my breakfast.

 

Its a Oat Galette with smoked salmon and fried egg. A kind of healthy Eggs Royale.

 

Get 2 tablespoons of oat bran and 2 tablespoons of fat free greek yogurt and 1 egg white (save the yolk for later) and a pinch of salt. Mix all together, spoon into a pan in a med-low heat, fry for about 3 mins, you don't need hardly any oil.

 

Important tip, do not tough the galette when it's frying, not even a little, at this stage it just turns to mush if you move it.

 

Flip it over, spread mustard on the top side and lay down the smoked salmon on top, this way it warms through.

 

In the spare space of the pan fry 1 egg and add the yolk of the other (double yoker!). Takes about 3 mins.

 

Put the galette on the plate, stick the egg/s on top. 

 

One awesome breakfast!

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Okay so i've decided to do something about the stagnation of my weightloss.

 

I re-read some of Mr Dukan Rules and found out the the type of yogurt I am snacking on is not allowed.

 

also I am not allowed soy sauce or lea and perrins, a staple in most of my suppers.

 

also it could be down to not drinking enough water and eating/drinking too much dairy.

 

SO:

 

Every time I go to have a coffee, i'm either going to have it black or choose water instead.

 

Im going to cut out the fruity yogurts all together.

 

also 

 

I'm getting on myfitnesspal and seeing how much I am consuming.

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I'm getting on myfitnesspal and seeing how much I am consuming.

 

I think tracking is a great way to figure out to lose weight.  You can see what foods/drinks are contributing the most to your daily calories and also which foods leave you the most full for the fewest calories.  Just make sure you view your target daily calories as a target, and not a threshold.  I think too many people try to make certain they are under a certain number and don't eat enough.  If you don't get enough calories, your weightloss will stagnant and it is unhealthy.   

Level 5 Shapeshifter Monk


STR 10.75   :   DEX 7.5  :   STA 8.5   :   CON 5   :   WIS 7.5   :   CHA 7


 


Challenge: I am an Avenger


Past: 1st, Draugr, Super-hero, Rocky


 


  A soon-to-be married Kung Fu enthusiast  

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 I think too many people try to make certain they are under a certain number and don't eat enough.  If you don't get enough calories, your weightloss will stagnant and it is unhealthy.   

 

I did not know this, but, I am definitely getting enough calories, I ate a whole roast chicken for lunch today, my scales will punish me tomorrow, no doubt about that.

 

I just can't seem to stop eating when there is food in front of me!

 

In other news I got a bit over excited and did some push-ups today, not a great idea. My wrist feels ok but I definitely should not have pushed that hard. I forgot for a moment that this challenge is "Hoxton Does Less" more is for next time.

 

Anyhoo.  Managed to beat the forearm plank today which is awesome!

So that's

60sec Hollow Body

60sec Arch Hold

60sec Forearm plank

 

The next challenge is to raise my legs for the forearm plank, i'll start at chair height and keep going until i'm in a forearm stand.

 

Also a quick update on flexibility.

I CAN TOUCH MY TOES WITHOUT WANTING TO CRY!!!

 

Many thanks to Pavels book relax into stretch, I have tried many different techniques over the last year and NOTHING comes close to the information in his book.

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Alrighty, a bit late but here's the weekly round -up.

 

Weight - stuck at 75kg, been like that for around 8 days hopefully break through this plateau soon.

 

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Flexibility - Can touch my toes and get into a full twist which is great.

 

Massage - This has turned into a habit now which is ace. I don't really have a routine I just do it as and when at regular intervals.

 

Abs - Happy to say I've got to the end of the progressions for this.

Hollow, Arch, Forearm Plank, Side Forearm Plank all held for 1 minute successively.

 

Squats - Not so good. Sort of stopped doing them this week, not sure why.

 

Water - Much better not recording it on the app but got a litre water bottle which I fill up and drink two and a half times a day, seems to work.

 

Reading - Total fail, haven't touched the book since week 1!

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