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Woot!!  I'm sure you'll knock it outta the park! 

 

Thanks!  Talking with the recruiter on Monday after work to get some tips/insider info about the company.  Also because I want to see if he has a sneaky way of asking how many hours they work a week without being so blatant.  But if not, I'll be blunt with it.  It's my largest concern at the moment, right behind pay.

 

 

Yesterday was actually a pretty good day, diet-wise.  Ended the day just under 2,000 calories.  Which is low, even for a rest day, but I soldiered through it.  Also discovered my weekly carb average right now is just hovering over 200g.  A little high, but I haven't been eating particularly well.  But when you factor in fiber, my net carb total drops down to 160g.  So tonight I'm going to refeed using Fudge Brownie gelato after I lift heavy things and eat dinner.  Even then, I have to sneak in some more calories/carbs, because I'm a bit low.  Going to try and avoid fruit today, as I heard fructose doesn't help with refeeds. 

 

Also, I weighed myself this morning and got a shock.  The scale read 204 pounds even.  Twice, because I moved it to reweigh myself.  And a quick tape measurement gave me a gut measurement of 35.7", give or take.  Wowzers.

 

So, uh, guess I've been doing something right this week, even feeling like I haven't been?  Hopefully the trend continues.

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Do what I started doing for challenges. 3 parters. I tend to follow programs that have a 12 week set up so it works pretty darn well for me.

 

EAT MOAR. Broki lives in low calorie places.

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Do what I started doing for challenges. 3 parters. I tend to follow programs that have a 12 week set up so it works pretty darn well for me.

 

EAT MOAR. Broki lives in low calorie places.

 

I want to eat more!

 

Honest!

 

Ideally once I hit 195 and/or 15ish% body fat, I want to try to do a more bulking-oriented romp.  Though given my schedule, I'll still be only able to lift twice a week, which will slow things down.

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Crap, as of my last measurement you're ahead of me now. I better stay on target! :D

 

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So..........your target is blowing shit up?  :P  

 

First you killed Alderaan, now this.  I'm getting worried!  :D  

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Crap, as of my last measurement you're ahead of me now. I better stay on target! :D

 

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I won't lie, having you be this close to me is lighting a fire under my ass.

 

In my entire weightloss journey, I've been under 200# for a whole ONE day.  And then two days later got laid off.  And then spent the next 2 years floundering on a lot of things.

 

But this I think might be the year I do it.  Even years are good for me, I've learned. 

 

Also, totally intend to beat you.

 

:P

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Rest, diet and training is as core as it gets :-)  With some competition to help.  I'd be worried about Kyellan blowing stuff up too.

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I just realized my challenge is based on Rs, and I'm trying to learn R.

 

I swear I didn't mean to do it that way.

 

Honest.

 

Your forum name also starts with R.  

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There are so many programming languages. I had never heard of R until you brought it up. Fascinating.

 

Making computers obey your whims is kind of cool, isn't it? Just be careful, though, because someday they'll look like this:

 

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Be nice to the robots, mmk? Don't be like this prick, who is just ASKING, BEGGING for Judgment Day. :D

 

Also, I'm at 204.4 this morning, so I'm within the margin of error. No clear winner to this race yet!

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Apparently R was the best letter I could pick.  Go figure.

 

 

Also, I'm at 204.4 this morning, so I'm within the margin of error. No clear winner to this race yet!

 

This morning I was between 204.5 and 205.  Buuuuuuut yesterday I did my refeed.  So I suspect that I'll eat much less today and I'll be a bit high on water weight.

 

So yea, guys, refeed.  That happened.  With some slight issues.  Ended up at ~3200 calories, with 350 grams or so of carbs.  Protein was a bit low, at 191g, and fat was actually much higher than I'd like at 100g.

 

But over all, I'm feeling pretty good.  I wasn't feeling leaner this morning like I have in the past, but apparently if you hit the right numbers of carbs in a refeed you just feel.... normal/motivated?  So this morning (ah, sleep.  Wonderful sleep), I headed off to the dojo with a good amount of bounce in my step.  So tomorrow we shall see how I feel with two classes instead of just one in the morning.  Didn't actually eat food until well past 2PM, because I ended up getting coffee with some dojo people, including today's instructor.

 

Now I'm just chilling out at home, relaxing.  It's nice.  I like being relaxed.

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Yeah, eat enough CHO and you'll feel good about it. That's what it's there to do. You should be skeptical of the carb recommendations because, as you say, you are active. You're probably retaining more water at the moment for extra carbohydrate, but if you lower it back down, in theory you should continue to lean out.

 

Good luck, as someone cheering from the sidelines!

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Yeah, eat enough CHO and you'll feel good about it. That's what it's there to do. You should be skeptical of the carb recommendations because, as you say, you are active. You're probably retaining more water at the moment for extra carbohydrate, but if you lower it back down, in theory you should continue to lean out.

 

Good luck, as someone cheering from the sidelines!

 

Yea.  This morning I was a bit heavier, but the tape measure was down significantly.  Post-aikido I dropped a bit of weight, but my tape measure was up.  I suspect that's because I finally had water and some minor bits of food in my system.  Overall, I'm not too worried.  I'm just pleased to see 205 on a scale again, since it's been a few months.  Just before Xmas I was 203 and stuck, so movement downwards again is good.  Also the refeed is good because I then really don't want to overeat the next few days.  Yesterday I was somewhere around 2050 calories, today will be somewhere in the same ballpark.  But it took a bit more time in class today to feel tired and depleted, so I'll say I'm doing something right for now.

 

Speaking of class, went to both classes this morning.  Sempai taught the first class, and then my friend G taught the second (he covered Sensei's class, as Sensei is currently in Japan).  Both were really fun classes.  First class got off to a bit of a wonky start.  Sempai got stuck in oddball traffic (apparently there was a road race today in Cambridge?), and was stuck far away from the dojo not able to move.  So I got the go ahead to key into the dojo.  Right, I kinda have keys to the dojo now.  Not allowed to use them unless I get permission, but I have that ability.  So I was told to key in, and tell people to get on the mat to stretch and do back stretches and falls.  It was kinda weird.  I had to yell at Original Goober to bow us into class.  Because he was the only black belt.  And I wasn't going to bow us into class without wearing silly pants.  And then a friend took over and led us through stretches.  By that point Sempai had come in and got on the mat to give us a back stretch.  I ended up working with my friend who led the stretches, which was fantastic.  Haven't seen her in a while, and she's always fun to work with.

 

Second class was also fun, and lots of partner switches.  For me, I ended up doing the teaching thing a bunch more, since the people I paired with were junior enough that they needed a few more hints and tips.  But it was fun, because the people I worked with were people who I really like (including both of G's sons).  I did get a bit of a hiccup working with one guy, that I'm trying to figure out how to handle still.  He's.... rough.  He's a strong guy, and his aikido is a lot of fast movements and muscle.  But technically he's a sempai of mine, as he started a bit before I joined the dojo.  He just had a hiatus which resulted in me passing him.  But he's just really rough.  And I have no idea how to approach that because he never seems to take advice well.  Might be a "talk to the instructor" type moment.  Particularly because if *I* worry about working with him, I'm worried how other students feel.  Also I have issue with this guy's randori attacks, but that's a whole other ballpark (he doesn't do the basic aikido attacks - which sure, great for prep, but launching yourself at someone that way just makes for an injury waiting to happen).

 

Also, speaking of some worries, a rant.  I'll put it behind a spoiler so people can skip it.  It's basic premise is "RP is protective of his people."  And it usually makes me want to do things like this:

 

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So, I had mentioned in Mistr's thread that someone had gotten injured in class on Tuesday night, partially because of a lack of awareness and willingness to take ukemi.  She got whacked in the face by her training partner, and then when used for a demo, was whacked again, this time by Sempai (who was teaching).

 

Welp, found out this morning about a few extra tidbits which really set me on fire.  So, it turns out this woman did get a concussion from being hit in the head two or three times during the technique.  Not by those hits, but because she apparently has a history of concussions that she never told instructors about.  The night it happened we all took care of her the best we could, as much as she would allow us to, but really there was nothing more to do at that time.  I was just annoyed that night that she was saying nothing was her fault just because she didn't do defensive ukemi.

 

So, plus side, she went to the doctor and besides the concussion (which isn't good, obviously), there isn't anything else wrong with her.  However, she apparently now has decided to lodge a complain with Sensei about Sempai, claiming he was both mean to her (despite apologizing multiple times and making sure things were okay before he left) and that he's incompetent.  Not a bit of it is true, and I'm sure Sensei will agree, but it just bothers the hell out of me that someone who was functionally a visitor to our dojo (this was maybe the second or third visit to the dojo) is trying to shit on a well known instructor, even though the issue kinda lies on her.

 

Yes, things could have been slightly different if Sempai was told ahead of time that she had a history of concussions.  But at the same time, why are you putting yourself at risk in a high-impact setting if you have a history of concussions?  I'm stubborn and like training, but even I can see how terrible of an idea that is.  And more blood-boiling for me is that the junior student she was training with who kinda started this by accidentally whacking her is freaking out SO MUCH because of this, because she feels like she let the dojo down and that Sempai will get in trouble.  GAH.  Makes me.... want to kick people into the engine of a firefly-model ship.

 

Hokay.

 

Moral of the story:  It's a MARTIAL art, not a PERFORMING art, and you are responsible for accepting that you're probably going to get injured at some point.

 

Anyway.

 

Second class today ended, and I did a bit of randori practice.  It was really bad, but I had no energy left in me.  I could barely run around to do ukemi for other people, let alone defend.  The good news is that it was hectic because I had 4 attackers, rather than the 3 I'll have for first kyu.  So that's a plus.  But it was a fun time.  At the end we let G have a turn, and made him go up against 6 of us.  Because we're slightly evil that way.

 

Got home, started batch cooking, and now just relaxing.  Finished the R training course I was taking, and need to figure out the next few steps.  Preferably another online training course, or some examples to work with on my own.  And then maybe toy with trying to learn Python as well?  Dunno.  We shall see.  Need to get back into applying to jobs on the weekends, too.  Last few weeks there haven't been many interesting postings, so I've fallen out of the habit.  Gotta get back on the horse, because if the interview on Thursday tanks I don't want to sit around waiting too much longer.

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Uuuuuugh.

Currently sushi fat. From eating all the sushi. ALL OF IT.

Grabbed dinner with my neighbor. Tried sticking to sashimi, which turned into a roll or two, which turned into another round. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 2400 calories for today, if not more. So tasty. But so stuffed.

At least I got 2.5 hours on the mat today to counter this a bit.

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Sushi fat is best fat. There can be no argument. :D There is no substitute.

 

It really is.

 

Scale this morning read 206, but I'm not particularly worried about that.  Tape measurement had me at 36" at my gut, which is still at the thinnest I've ever been, so I'm not worried.  It's totally a "The Scale Lies" moment.

 

 

Also, I signed up to Audit a course on coursera for R.  I'm going to see how well I can fit it into my schedule, and if I still like R at the end of it.  If I do, I may retake the course and pay, so I can get a certificate saying I'm R proficient-ish.

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Moral of the story:  It's a MARTIAL art, not a PERFORMING art, and you are responsible for accepting that you're probably going to get injured at some point.

 

As an outsider looking in, I'd say it's 100% her fault.  She can't blame Sensei for something he knew nothing about, specifically because she didn't tell him! That's just ridiculous.  

 

so I can get a certificate saying I'm R proficient-ish.

 

Does the certificate really say "proficient-ish"?  :P

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Eh, you can come back to something after concussions but it's ALWAYS something to disclose and to back away if you feel that there's too much risk.  It's on training partners to respect any limits given.  However, they need to know those limits to respect them and completely neglecting defense doesn't count there.  As you say, it's a martial art and not a performance art.  Accidents also happen despite best efforts to train safely.  You're not rolling around in bubble wrap.

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As an outsider looking in, I'd say it's 100% her fault.  She can't blame Sensei for something he knew nothing about, specifically because she didn't tell him! That's just ridiculous.  

 

 

Does the certificate really say "proficient-ish"?   :tongue:

 

I mean, we can probably say there's a bit of blame all around.  I always say play it super safe when you're playing with newer students, even if they practice elsewhere, until you know their levels of proficiency.  That said, yea, she at this point is getting all the blame because she refuses to actually acknowledge that she had a part in this that's much larger than the other two.

 

It probably does.  The course is through John Hopkins, and I hear they are fancy or something.

 

Eh, you can come back to something after concussions but it's ALWAYS something to disclose and to back away if you feel that there's too much risk.  It's on training partners to respect any limits given.  However, they need to know those limits to respect them and completely neglecting defense doesn't count there.  As you say, it's a martial art and not a performance art.  Accidents also happen despite best efforts to train safely.  You're not rolling around in bubble wrap.

 

Yea, we didn't actually get told of the past history until after this happened.  I'm a broken mook at this point, and make sure to tell people of ALL my achey joints and bones when I start working with them.  And that still doesn't always keep me covered.  I just accept it's gonna happen and move on.  No use blaming anyone but myself.  If I was in such a bad way, I shouldn't be on the mat in the first place.

 

Finally following, almost exclusively for the sleep porn.

 

Nikki! Hope things are going well for you!

 

Sleep porn isn't that super.  Last night ended up going to bed at 10:30 and woke up with much complaint at 6:30.  I will say I slept easily 9-10 hours Friday into Saturday and Saturday into Sunday.  I needed the rest.

 

Though the last few nights I've been waking up at like 2-4AM randomly.  It's super annoying.  No idea what's doing it, besides maybe being too warm in bed.  Things to toy with, I suppose.

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Though the last few nights I've been waking up at like 2-4AM randomly.  It's super annoying.  No idea what's doing it, besides maybe being too warm in bed.  Things to toy with, I suppose.

 

Being too hot or too cold definitely can do this.  I've discovered that, for me, too cold is better than too hot.  YMMV.  

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You would think that someone who has been hit in the head would be more inclined to get out of the way, not less. I'm guessing that she got to watch the instructor demonstrate the technique before she tried to do it, right? She saw a good example of how to move to not get hit?

 

My sensei says that the #1 secret of the samurai is "don't get hit". This is what we train in martial arts. If she doesn't want to train what she is shown, she should find a different art.

 

I like hearing about your weight loss improvement and fluctuations. It makes me feel better about being up 2.5 lbs this morning. I have hope I can get rid of it by the weekend.

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