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Let's get real. You can't even mine redstone without an iron axe or better. (And don't even think about facing the Ender Dragon without full diamond armor and sword.) The time has come to start building the armory!

 

The ore of interest in this challenge will be:

 

tEDHWY7.pngCoal. The basic fuel, simple,but necessary. Eat at maintenance AT LEAST on lift days. 1600-1700cal.

+1STR +3STA

cVQ2Wey.pngIron. Readily available to anyone who is willing to bring light to dark places. Lift 3X per week.

+4STR +2STA

jMadYhh.pngDiamond. Beautiful but rare, it can protect you in unexpected ways.  LIGHTS CAMERA ACTION. Research and rehearse for upcoming audition. Details in spoiler. 2X per week

+4WIS +2CHA

auYTo57.pngRedstone. What you can do with this power source is unlimited. Accessories with core 2X a week. Pilates 1 per week. 

+2DEX +2STR

Mur09Hv.pngNether Quartz. No one likes going to the Nether, but some things just aren't available elsewhere. Fucking cardio. 2X per week.

+4STA

 

mrPVilK.pngCan't make tools without a crafting bench! Allow program to evolve, study with trainer and all the nerds. Take fucking selfies.

+4WIS +2CHA

 

TLDR Diamond Challenge:

Spoiler

 

Okay, long awaited 20 seconds of courage. So... I've been a closeted theater nerd for a long long time, and, like so many things (like lifting), just assumed it was something I couldn't do. I did do a bunch of musicals and stuff like that when I was younger, and played classical piano for about 15 years. TERRIBLE STAGE FRIGHT. Anytime I was on stage I shook from head to toe. I also went to a specialty high school in Manhattan that focused on the arts. (The Fame school if you're of that generation ;)) I was too scared to audition for music or acting, so I went for fine arts, which is where I stayed. Being around working actors on a day to day basis just confirmed that it was not something I could do. I wasn't pretty enough. I was tall enough. 

 

Apparently, in past five years, (especially from teaching Kung Fu), it seems I now have a knack for public speaking. I found that cool gig doing the painting parties - 50% painting instruction 50% improv comedy. I dig it. I do a weekly comedy based podcast with the man. I can command a room and I enjoy it. I want to do it more.

 

So... if you read my last thread I mentioned a walk on role I was up for, a crappy but well produced web series. Well, the role is mine if the character doesn't get cut! (Which it might, according to the production team, but whatever.) Okay cool. Biggest problem? I'm super insecure about how I look in photos. I don't have the worst body image IRL, but photos always look messed up to me. Screen is going to be hard for me to handle, and I want to get past that so I can do more fun stuff. Also I'll need head shots. Fucking. Head shots. :X 

 

So after all this, I don't know if acting is necessarily for me, maybe I just want to be in the theater painting sets and sewing costumes, but I figure I should at least give myself the chance to find out. And I'm not looking at some weird lofty celebrity ideas, I just want to have some fun with it and conquer my stage fright once and for all. A friend of mine suggested going out for some community theater and after some looking around I found a role I'm good for and have auditions coming up at the end of June. So that's it! Lights, camera... selfies :P 

 

 

Warning: there will be selfies.

 

Spoiler

 

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Zero Week mini-challenges:

 

1. Journal 10 minutes everyday + .25 WIS FAIL 2/5 days

2. Meet with trainer, consider and research his guidance while writing next months challenge +.25 STR

3. Lift 3 days, report progress +.25 STR +.5 STA

4. Post progress (body) photo before challenge begins +.5 CHA

5. Write new challenge at end of week using new found knowledge of zero week +.25WIS

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This is awesome, you really have a shirt made up that says zero week?! :applouse:

That was my last minute craft from right before the weekend! When I was cleaning up the sewing room last challenge I found all these iron on letters LOL

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Goals etc to come after today's lift and errands!

Sent from somewhere in the universe

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2 hours ago, Flex Luthor said:

Is the warning to prepare myself for the hotness?

 

I got damn near close to responding with something self deprecating like, yeah, hot like gazpacho! But that defeats the point before I even get started! So for now, let's say... warmness? ;) 

 

2 hours ago, miss_marissa said:

Here for this.

Selfie goals make the best kind of challenge goals.

 

Glad the point wasn't misinterpreted! I can't be the only one that's camera shy, so looking forward to posting awesomeness with you!

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ZERO WEEK day 1

 

Met with trainer to talk, I think we're gonna get along just fine. They gave me him for a reason - free weight advocate, self proclaimed form nazi, and I think I detected an under current note of encouragement for competition. (NOT something I'm thinking about now, but still, that's cool.) He's in full support of me working up the big lifts. Meeting Weds for first of three short sessions to look at form and talk program writing. Looking forward to it.

 

Today's workout had a few PRs nice to see I'm still rocking the newb gains

 

~Squats~

2X5 Bar

2X5 65#

2X5 75#

2X5 85#

4X5 95# (Felt a twinge in my left knee on 3, on the right knee on 4, decided not to push it.)

 

~Bench~

2X5 Bar

2X5 55#

5X5 60# PR

1X5 65# PR

 

~Deadlift~

1X2 65#

1X2 85#

1X2 95#

1X5 105# (PR on max reps)

1X2 115#

1X2 125#

1X2 135# PR

 

~3x farmers walks with 35# plates (75 - 100ft ea?)~

 

~3Circuit 20Reps~

TRX Anti Rotation

TRX Rollout

Deadbugs

 

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Journaling tonight because this morning didn't exist. I'm still exhausted, but should be catching up on rest in the next few days!

 

ZERO WEEK!

 

 

 

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Oh, and while I was at the bench, an older woman struck up a conversation with me, and told me I shouldn't be arching my back during bench. Am I seeing the form videos wrong? I mean, good solid lower body engagement prevents back strain, no? Not sure what I should have said to her...

 

Also odd that my first fitsplainer was a woman, after all those weight room jitters when I first got here!

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2 hours ago, ~RedStone~ said:

Oh, and while I was at the bench, an older woman struck up a conversation with me, and told me I shouldn't be arching my back during bench. Am I seeing the form videos wrong? I mean, good solid lower body engagement prevents back strain, no? Not sure what I should have said to her...

 

Also odd that my first fitsplainer was a woman, after all those weight room jitters when I first got here!

 

Oh no! They're everywhere and in disguise! 

 

Follwing this for selfie stuffs and awesome workouts!

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Confession. I've never watched or played Minecraft. So these block things are new and shiny to me. I like the meaning behind your name though :) "Power Overwhelming"

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15 minutes ago, Pat G said:

Confession. I've never watched or played Minecraft. So these block things are new and shiny to me. I like the meaning behind your name though :) "Power Overwhelming"

 

SHINY!!! I like shiny things...

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Impossible to read about redstone without getting geeked about redwall. Following in any case. tumblr_np6hqqv3WD1tx0eb6o1_400.gif

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2 hours ago, Taddea Zhaan said:

Good strong workout! Your weights are definitely moving up at a good click!

 

Thanks! And I'm finally giving those farmers walks a try, see if I can do something about my failing grips. Full disclosure, I messed up the 5X5 stronglift programs in many ways. I guess I was supposed to increase in 5# increments, as in 2.5# plates? oops, I did 5# plates for a 10# increase every time... hope it's not a problem down the road!! 

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28 minutes ago, ~RedStone~ said:

 

Thanks! And I'm finally giving those farmers walks a try, see if I can do something about my failing grips. Full disclosure, I messed up the 5X5 stronglift programs in many ways. I guess I was supposed to increase in 5# increments, as in 2.5# plates? oops, I did 5# plates for a 10# increase every time... hope it's not a problem down the road!! 

 

I'm impressed that you made those jumps in weight! I don't think there is harm, just know you wouldn't be able to sustain 10# increases every time so don't be hard on yourself when progress slows, because that is normal. 

I think the farmers carries are definitely helping with my grip. I have been doing them 1x week and I noticed my grip improve on them and on deadlifts each week. I of course plan to increase my work with carries this challenge, looking forward to all da gripssss. 

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Rest Day!! And I super rested. Just got up a bit ago, which gives me maybe 10 hours total. Phew. One more night like that and I'll be gold!

 

Got my journaling in last night, though I didn't feel the stream of consciousness like I should have typing it out instead of long hand. Going back to paper sometime this morning. Speaking of paper, I started my new Hello Kitty log book this week! I realize the boards are super loaded with epic GOT awesomeness, and here I am still with my cutie pie cartoons. All good. I can roll on both sides of the tracks... Teddys! Adorable Sam and Snow! All the cutes.

 

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3 minutes ago, Taddea Zhaan said:

 

I'm impressed that you made those jumps in weight! I don't think there is harm, just know you wouldn't be able to sustain 10# increases every time so don't be hard on yourself when progress slows, because that is normal. 

I think the farmers carries are definitely helping with my grip. I have been doing them 1x week and I noticed my grip improve on them and on deadlifts each week. I of course plan to increase my work with carries this challenge, looking forward to all da gripssss. 

 

3 minutes ago, evabo said:

Great progress!!

 

Thank you!! Yeah, I'm okay with smaller bumps, just didn't realize what I was doing cause I'm a dope LOL. Yesterdays bench PR was thanks to some 2.5 plates, so all good! We'll see what happens going forward with the trainer, I'm a little nervous about him saying that I can do more, he kind of said something in those veins, but so far I trust him more or less, (he trains people in the weight room regularly, and I've been paying attention) and I trust myself to speak up if I'm having a problem, so I guess we'll see.

 

Funny story about that actually  - at first I was a little nervous about getting him because I've seen him work with these 2 women where it seems to be a chatathon and nothing really gets done. (I was prepared to explain that I can't talk while lifting etc), But when we were talking scheduling he wanted to make sure I was in a spot where we could go over time if needs be, and casually mentioned that it wouldn't be a problem to go directly after the mom and daughter team before me, who he doesn't really know what they're doing other than wasting his time. So I guess we're all on the same page with that... at least he gets paid for standing around, I wouldn't mind all that much ;) 

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1 hour ago, ~RedStone~ said:

I'm a little nervous about him saying that I can do more

 

When I started lifting, I found it quite hard to tell if I was really about to fail the next rep, or if I was just being a chicken. Everything felt so hard! It's something you learn I think (I'm still working on it), and having a trainer there is a great opportunity because you can go all the way to failure safely and explore your limits. He sounds like a good dude, keep us updated!

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5 minutes ago, evabo said:

you can go all the way to failure safely and explore your limits. He sounds like a good dude, keep us updated!

 

That's pretty much verbatim what he said! SO looking forward to it :D 

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trying to convince myself I'm not a troll 

 

 

<--------------troll :D

 

Have you seen my favorite troll line?

 

22 hours ago, ~RedStone~ said:

~Squats~

2X5 Bar

2X5 65

2X5 75

2X5 85

4X5 95 (Felt a twinge in my left knee on 3, on the right knee on 4, decided not to push it.)

 

~Bench~

2X5 Bar

2X5 55

5X5 60 PR

1X5 65 PR

 

~Deadlift~

1X2 65

1X2 85

1X2 95

1X5 105 (PR on max reps)

1X2 115

1X2 125

1X2 135 PR

 

kg?

 

Anyway - Good luck!

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Just now, Sam Ashen said:

 

<--------------troll :D

 

Have you seen my favorite troll line?

 

 

kg?

 

Anyway - Good luck!

 

LOL nah, I wish! Someday maybe. I'm still math confused about the conversion :P 

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1 minute ago, ~RedStone~ said:

LOL nah, I wish! Someday maybe. I'm still math confused about the conversion :P 

 

95 kg Squat = 209.5 pounds

65 kg Bench Press = 143.3 pounds

135 kg Deadlift = 297.7 pounds

 

:D

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16 hours ago, Sam Ashen said:

 

95 kg Squat = 209.5 pounds

65 kg Bench Press = 143.3 pounds

135 kg Deadlift = 297.7 pounds

 

:D

 

Haha, yeah, no. I'm 10# from squatting my BW - first muscle up goal! I can see why that post is misleading, I better fix that up before my head gets too big lol ;) 

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6 minutes ago, ~RedStone~ said:

 

Haha, yeah, no. I'm 10# from squatting my BD - first muscle up goal! I can see why that post is misleading, I better fix that up before my head gets too big lol ;) 

 

It actually was not misleading.  Eventually there was a reference to 35 pound plates and farmers walks for about 100 feet.  So context.  And deliberate attempt to misinterpret.

 

My best execution was at the meet last week, where a girl and her bf / handler asked me to tape her bench press.  I got a name and asked what she was lifting so I had some idea how far away her lift was.  She said 137.  I looked at her and my jaw hit the floor.  kg?  She said, "HA!  I wish!  That would be a record!"

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