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8 minutes ago, Kishi said:

I found a snake in our office where I work. Just a little garter snake, but man, the way people jumped...

 

Maybe I should use this to train better tuck jumps for TKD.

 

If I recall correctly (and if it hasn't changed while I was AWOL), you live not too far from me here in Snakeville.  Wolfpack country, yes?

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On ‎9‎/‎10‎/‎2016 at 4:15 PM, Kishi said:

 

Raleigh, aye.

I thought so.  I am so ready for some cooler weather this week!!!!

 

 

 

Saturday was kind of nuts.  I got in a 3 mile walk and my pushups.  Then after all my complaining about snakes, my son was bitten by a spider or some other insect, had an allergic reaction, and had to be taken to the hospital.  Seriously, Nature, WTF?  I'm a little afraid to go outside anymore.

 

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(The kid's fine, btw, just on a daily regimen of antibiotics and allergy meds for the next week or so.)

 

 

 

Sunday was more or less a rest day, although I did do a set of pushups. 

 

Did anyone catch that? 

 

I did ONE set of 22 incline pushups (on the easier level, not the challenge level).  I think I am getting stronger.  Maybe I should arm wrestle my 5-year-old and see if I can score a victory.

 

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Meditation kind of fell apart last week, and my food really fell apart.  I feel like I am back focused, now.  Got to finish the challenge strong.

 

Dan Gun practice is going well.  Or at least I'd like to think so.   I'd like to get a black belt to look at it tonight at class and see what needs tweaking.  The 270 degree spin between movements 8 and 9 still feels awkward, so maybe ask for some help with that.

 

I really want to make that 2-year plan before we start the next challenge cycle, but I am kind of in underpants-collecting mode right now....

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Okay, semi-caught up.  I vanished for a bit.  Sorry!

 

1) I've been unofficially a Monk-Ranger for some time now.  Totally a thing. ;)

 

2) I really like MovNat, too.  I am stoked for Camp NF where there are a lot of MoveNat-based classes.  Including a course named "Primal Combatives."  So, uh, yea.  Super excited.

 

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6 minutes ago, Phoenix Burning said:

I really want to make that 2-year plan before we start the next challenge cycle, but I am kind of in underpants-collecting mode right now....

 

 

So I understand the underpants collecting mode woes, but keep in mind that anything you throw down on that two year plan is probably veeeery likely to change.  Either you'll find something makes you less excited than you thought it would, or you'll find a cool new thing to you want to fit in, or in the terrible case scenario you get injured somehow and have to do some recovery time.

 

This isn't a "don't do it" post, as much as maybe the underpants collecting might lessen if you realize that maybe everything won't come to pass, and therefore it might be easier to frame as a "I want to do XYZ within two years, and here's the skeleton of that plan, but if it doesn't happen exactly it's not terrible."

 

Granted, I know I try to plan a lot of contingency plans, so maybe that won't work for you.  But maybe it's an alternate mental phrasing that could help.

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7 minutes ago, RisenPhoenix said:

So I understand the underpants collecting mode woes, but keep in mind that anything you throw down on that two year plan is probably veeeery likely to change.  Either you'll find something makes you less excited than you thought it would, or you'll find a cool new thing to you want to fit in, or in the terrible case scenario you get injured somehow and have to do some recovery time.

 

This isn't a "don't do it" post, as much as maybe the underpants collecting might lessen if you realize that maybe everything won't come to pass, and therefore it might be easier to frame as a "I want to do XYZ within two years, and here's the skeleton of that plan, but if it doesn't happen exactly it's not terrible."

 

Granted, I know I try to plan a lot of contingency plans, so maybe that won't work for you.  But maybe it's an alternate mental phrasing that could help.

 

I think that half my problem is that my plans are all too likely to change, so I am not making progress in any of them, if that makes sense.  I keep leaping from one project to another to another and back to the first and wonder why I am not making progress.  Plus, I get waaay too excited about the shiny new thing and go all out trying to achieve it and have a mental and/or physical blow out.  I guess my purpose in The Plan is to establish benchmarks to hit so that I a.) stay motivated about what is ultimately a long, slow process and b.) don't get ahead of myself and get injured trying to do too much too soon.

 

But you're right.  Maybe by going ahead and making a skeleton plan, I can eliminate or at least focus some of the underpants collecting by prioritizing what things to do first, what things can wait, and what just doesn't realistically fit in at all.

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Preaching to the choir. I want to lift, aikido, lose weight, and run PRs at November Project, plus prepare for GORUCK events.  I'm a mess with my goals, so I just do ALL THE THINGS and end up ALL THE PUDDLE.

 

Wish I had better suggestions.  Skeleton plans seem to work the best for me because it gives me enough wiggle room to move forward without feeling locked in, or freaking out if something major changes.  But I know I'm weird.

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1 hour ago, Phoenix Burning said:

 

I think that half my problem is that my plans are all too likely to change, so I am not making progress in any of them, if that makes sense.  I keep leaping from one project to another to another and back to the first and wonder why I am not making progress.  Plus, I get waaay too excited about the shiny new thing and go all out trying to achieve it and have a mental and/or physical blow out.  I guess my purpose in The Plan is to establish benchmarks to hit so that I a.) stay motivated about what is ultimately a long, slow process and b.) don't get ahead of myself and get injured trying to do too much too soon.

 

But you're right.  Maybe by going ahead and making a skeleton plan, I can eliminate or at least focus some of the underpants collecting by prioritizing what things to do first, what things can wait, and what just doesn't realistically fit in at all.

 

1 hour ago, RisenPhoenix said:

Preaching to the choir. I want to lift, aikido, lose weight, and run PRs at November Project, plus prepare for GORUCK events.  I'm a mess with my goals, so I just do ALL THE THINGS and end up ALL THE PUDDLE.

 

Wish I had better suggestions.  Skeleton plans seem to work the best for me because it gives me enough wiggle room to move forward without feeling locked in, or freaking out if something major changes.  But I know I'm weird.

 

Oh, me too!  Me too!  I have just figured out that the skeleton 5 year plan might be what the hubby and I need for home projects but it might be what I need for Monk-Rangering too!!!  Oh to lift, ruck, hike, golf, run a little and BJJ all with time to spare...  Wouldn't that be the life?!?!?!?  

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1 hour ago, RisenPhoenix said:

Preaching to the choir. I want to lift, aikido, lose weight, and run PRs at November Project, plus prepare for GORUCK events.  I'm a mess with my goals, so I just do ALL THE THINGS and end up ALL THE PUDDLE.

 

Wish I had better suggestions.  Skeleton plans seem to work the best for me because it gives me enough wiggle room to move forward without feeling locked in, or freaking out if something major changes.  But I know I'm weird.

 

Hmmm...I am thinking maybe I need a skeleton 2-year plan, and then a detailed 3-6 month plan, updating as I go.  Then I'll have some long-term wiggle room, but short to midterm focus.  I am liking this.

 

And everyone is weird here.  That's why we love it.

 

29 minutes ago, Terra said:

 

 

Oh, me too!  Me too!  I have just figured out that the skeleton 5 year plan might be what the hubby and I need for home projects but it might be what I need for Monk-Rangering too!!!  Oh to lift, ruck, hike, golf, run a little and BJJ all with time to spare...  Wouldn't that be the life?!?!?!?  

 

Living the dream!  I need to make this happen.

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Well done on the push ups! That's fantastic!

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I don't know what's going on, and at this point I'm too afraid to ask, but I have been summoned so here are sneks:
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I heard there were be mention of snek in here??

 

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On 9/10/2016 at 3:08 PM, Phoenix Burning said:

Wolfpack country, yes?

 

On 9/10/2016 at 4:15 PM, Kishi said:

Raleigh, aye.

 

 

*waggles eyebrows at y'all from Wilmington*

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7 hours ago, DarK_RaideR said:

Summoning @Tanktimus the Encourager and @shaarawy because this thread needs some sneks.

 

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Wrong.  Very funny, but wrong.

 

5 hours ago, Charlie_Quinn said:

Well done on the push ups! That's fantastic!

 

Thank you!  I am very excited to see progress here, because I have played around (very inconsistent with training) at about this level for FOREVER.

 

1 hour ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

I don't know what's going on, and at this point I'm too afraid to ask, but I have been summoned so here are sneks:
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Short version:  I am a paranoid mess after seeing (harmless) snakes practically under my feet twice in one week.  You have been summoned to afflict me with snek until I am once again fearless in the wild.  Thank you.

 

43 minutes ago, shaar said:

I heard there were be mention of snek in here??

 

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*waggles eyebrows at y'all from Wilmington*

 

Heeeeyyy!!!  What are you up to these days?  I need to find your thread....

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43 minutes ago, Phoenix Burning said:

Heeeeyyy!!!  What are you up to these days?  I need to find your thread....

 

Yaha welcome back!!  JEALOUS of your TKD training, I want to get back into martial arts so badly, Kung Fu specifically, but there's nowhere here in the ILM area I'm really comfortable with.  I hope you're enjoying it!!! :D

 

Current goings-on are in my signature somewhere IIRC.  Coming back after a vacation and getting ready to put my nose to the grindstone with lifting and mobility work... yahoo!!

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13 minutes ago, shaar said:

 

Yaha welcome back!!  JEALOUS of your TKD training, I want to get back into martial arts so badly, Kung Fu specifically, but there's nowhere here in the ILM area I'm really comfortable with.  I hope you're enjoying it!!! :D

 

Current goings-on are in my signature somewhere IIRC.  Coming back after a vacation and getting ready to put my nose to the grindstone with lifting and mobility work... yahoo!!

 

I hear you on the dojo problems (or whatever they call it in Kung Fu).  It took several tries to find somewbere I could be happy, and it still isn't perfect.  I can make it work, though.

 

I found you while you were posting this, but I am only on page 2 of 8 or whatever.  I am never jumping in mid-challenge again.  I was a week behind to start with (two, if you count zero week), and it has taken forever to find everyone and get caught up.  Here I am, still touching base with people 5 days before the challenge ends.  Next time will be easier.

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On 9/13/2016 at 2:47 AM, DarK_RaideR said:

Summoning @Tanktimus the Encourager and @shaarawy because this thread needs some sneks.

 

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Pretty sure @Raxie is a real-life snake owner.

 

Oooh, and I think your idea of a skeleton multi-year plan and more detailed 3-6 month plan is really good.

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