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People tend to think about blacksmithing backwards. It's not about having big wrists and a heavy hammer. It's about how you strike and the number of beats that you can get in. Tap tap tap *ping*. The ping is the sound of your hammer hitting the anvil, not the clay-soft yellow metal. The metal itself is another matter. Once it reaches red, it is already too cool to be moved efficiently. The forge, in the first place, needs to be hot enough to get the steel up to the plastic transition temperature that it can be forged at. This was a huge issue in early metalworking; getting temperature of a furnace high enough to melt gold and silver, let alone smelt iron. That takes coal (carbon) and lots of oxygen. 

 

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This challenge is going to be my version of pumping the bellows, getting everything hot enough to really get going. 

 

There are things that I do out of habit, automatically. Those are things that I don’t need to focus on to get done; bonuses. CrossFit 2x/wk, run 1x/wk - I do it almost automatically. Stretching is something I have to do regardless of any NF Challenge in order to keep the twinges at bay. So this time around, I’m going to treat them as “cookies” or side-quests. My focus is going to be on the two things that I am having a hard time keeping up with and need to back with deliberate practice.   

 

  • My failure in the last challenge came mainly from my ongoing struggles with eating like I just don’t care. My solution this challenge is to have a plan to get me back to my lean, mean, October self. I’m going to make plans for the week ahead, and fill in the upcoming weeks with a more detailed plan as I approach and adjust things. In the beginning, it’ll be closer to keto. A week or two in I’m planning on transitioning more to a Primal/MDA type food plan.

 

 

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  • One of my other activities that I appear to be falling behind in is learning French. I have finally conceded to using Duolingo, which conveniently allows me to break my practice into smaller chunks. My goal this challenge is to hit the end of the current section to the “Take A Shortcut” section, which includes the following subjects:

Time, Infinitives, Adverbs, Occupation, Negatives, Conj. 2, Adverbs 2, Household, Objects, Adject. 3, Prepos. 2, Places, Irr. Plur., and People

Each of these subjects could contain anywhere from 2-9 units. I don’t know how much I’ll need to do daily to get through it all in 4 weeks, but I’m bumping up my daily “XP” goal from 30 to 50, which means that I’ll be aiming for 5 units/day. I will allow myself to make up points for missed days, since my average rate of progress will still be the same. Anything I do during “zero” week will just put me closer to my goal!

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  • Finally, since I can’t leave movement out of it, I’m going to aim for a 100k step/wk goal. Even though my daily FitBit goal is still at 10k, I’ll have to average better than 14k steps/day to hit the weekly goal. I often hike on the weekends, so increasing my weekly goal rather than my daily should be a way to make sure that I’m staying active while giving me a little flexibility during the week (when I work out at CrossFit). Running will certainly help me get there!

 

And that's that! I'm hoping to get a great head start in Zero Week, and take it from there.

 

Strike while the iron is hot!

 

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Frisian Shieldmaiden level 12 (STR:16) (DEX:16) (STA:23) (CON:22) (WIS:17) (CHA:15)

 Challenges: 11/12.14 - 1/2.15 - 2/3.15 - 15.4/5 - 15.6/7 - 15.7/9 - 16.1 - 16.3 - 16.4 - 16.5 - 16.10 - 16.11 - 16.12 - 17.1 - 17.2

 2017 Goals: Maintain BW BS, 100kg DL - Muscle Up - 1/2 Marathon Condition - Abs

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Reserved for Tracking

 

1. Lean out! 

Week 0 - get into Ketosis for at least a couple days.

Days 1-2 - low calorie (<1200kcal), basically a fat fast to kick me (brutally) off the sugar wagon.

Days 3-7 - increase up to about 1800kcal, aim for less than 50g net carbs to stay in ketosis. Increase on workout days days. Eat >125g protein/day. Daily C/F/P:

1: 17/56/27%, 2: 8/69/23%, 3: 14/60/26%, 4: 13/63/24%, 5: 12/60/28%, 6: 38/42/20%, 7: 19/59/22% (not net, the reality was better!) 

Week 1 (fail) - Continue eating low carb, aiming for 50g net/day. Will allow up to ~100g on running day(s).

1: 16/39/45%, 2: 19/50/31%, 3: n/a, 4: 31/28/41%, 5: 18/50/32%, 6: 26/51/23%, 7: !/!/!%

Week 2 - Increase to a net-zero or slightly positive calorie intake, focus on strength and performance

S: C?/F?/P?%, M: 10/59/31%, T: 18/56/26%, W: 9/56/35%, T: 12/55/33%, F: 

Week 3 - To be planned, focus on strength and performance

Week 4 - To be planned, focus on strength and performance

 

2. Complete the following French modules in DuoLingo:

  • Time (9/9)
  • Infinitives (5/5)
  • Adverbs 1 (3/3)
  • Occupation (4/4)
  • Negatives (1/3)
  • Conj. 2 (0/2)
  • Adverbs 2 (0/4)
  • Household
  • Objects
  • Adject. 3
  • Prepos. 2
  • Places
  • Irr. Plur.
  • People

 

3. Weekly step totals (of 100,000)

Week 0 - 103,775

Week 1 - 93,296

Week 2 - 70,000

Week 3 - 

Week 4 - 

 

Bonus tasks:

5 mile run

Blacksmith a new fire poker

 

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Frisian Shieldmaiden level 12 (STR:16) (DEX:16) (STA:23) (CON:22) (WIS:17) (CHA:15)

 Challenges: 11/12.14 - 1/2.15 - 2/3.15 - 15.4/5 - 15.6/7 - 15.7/9 - 16.1 - 16.3 - 16.4 - 16.5 - 16.10 - 16.11 - 16.12 - 17.1 - 17.2

 2017 Goals: Maintain BW BS, 100kg DL - Muscle Up - 1/2 Marathon Condition - Abs

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12 hours ago, EmeraldEagle said:

Love the forge theme! Very cool :) 

 

Thanks! I haven't smithed in over a year now, but I really need a fire poker and am hoping to get out to a friend's house sometime this month to make one. Maybe I should add that as a "bonus" activity? ;) 

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Frisian Shieldmaiden level 12 (STR:16) (DEX:16) (STA:23) (CON:22) (WIS:17) (CHA:15)

 Challenges: 11/12.14 - 1/2.15 - 2/3.15 - 15.4/5 - 15.6/7 - 15.7/9 - 16.1 - 16.3 - 16.4 - 16.5 - 16.10 - 16.11 - 16.12 - 17.1 - 17.2

 2017 Goals: Maintain BW BS, 100kg DL - Muscle Up - 1/2 Marathon Condition - Abs

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Well, yesterday was Day 3 of the keto-ness, and I hit the gym. I wasn't feeling great on the way to the gym, but I chugged a half-packet of exogenous, caffeinated ketones and felt better as I worked out.

 

I don't know that I've ever done Helen, but I was relatively pleased with my time. It could have been even better were my shoulders feeling better about hanging out in full extension. Still, my shoulders looked better than this guy's!

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14% protein, 60% fat, 26% protein. I would love to be just a little higher in the protein category. No french, but got an extra walk in after Thai food dinner! 

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Frisian Shieldmaiden level 12 (STR:16) (DEX:16) (STA:23) (CON:22) (WIS:17) (CHA:15)

 Challenges: 11/12.14 - 1/2.15 - 2/3.15 - 15.4/5 - 15.6/7 - 15.7/9 - 16.1 - 16.3 - 16.4 - 16.5 - 16.10 - 16.11 - 16.12 - 17.1 - 17.2

 2017 Goals: Maintain BW BS, 100kg DL - Muscle Up - 1/2 Marathon Condition - Abs

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On 2/7/2017 at 0:46 PM, IslandGirl_Becks said:

 

Thanks! I haven't smithed in over a year now, but I really need a fire poker and am hoping to get out to a friend's house sometime this month to make one. Maybe I should add that as a "bonus" activity? ;) 

 

That's so cool! How did you get into smithing?

 

(Also, following along!)

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14 hours ago, NeverThatBored said:

 

That's so cool! How did you get into smithing?

 

(Also, following along!)

 

The youth arts program in my town offers classes. My mom took me to one as a birthday present, and I was hooked! 

 

(also, thanks!)

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Frisian Shieldmaiden level 12 (STR:16) (DEX:16) (STA:23) (CON:22) (WIS:17) (CHA:15)

 Challenges: 11/12.14 - 1/2.15 - 2/3.15 - 15.4/5 - 15.6/7 - 15.7/9 - 16.1 - 16.3 - 16.4 - 16.5 - 16.10 - 16.11 - 16.12 - 17.1 - 17.2

 2017 Goals: Maintain BW BS, 100kg DL - Muscle Up - 1/2 Marathon Condition - Abs

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I'm trying to learn/get better at French too! I've found that reading the shorter articles on La Presse is helpful, because the writing isn't too complicated and usually they say the same thing a couple different ways (e.g. in the headline vs the article) so even if I'm not sure what something means I can often work it out from the context (and then google translate it for specifics/more accuracy :D)

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What a weekend, and it isn't close to being over! Friday involved me eating too much, getting my quads whipped by the airdyne bike at CrossFit, and finally having a stellar evening with my bf's sisters and mom. Girls' valentines day dinner, and was it ever so delicious! I am willing to go off-plan if it involves introducing 4 women to the joys of Tiramisu! 

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The massive indulgence was somewhat compensated for yesterday. We had a high-fat, high-protein breakfast and spent almost 4 hours on a tree job. For me, that meant hours of "pick up sticks" and loading the truck... not exactly hard work, but active. We went out for stir fry afterwards. My guts were happy! 

 

Today I kicked off the new challenge week with my longest run to date; just shy of 3.5 miles! My legs were in pain from Friday's CF workout, and I realized the major difference between where I live and where I last ran (Ft Wayne, IN): HILLS! We had one flat stretch the entire run. That was the block that led us home. What a way to kick off the challenge! I am, however, counting that as last week's run (I got rained out last week) and will be running again later in the week for "this week's" run. 

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 Challenges: 11/12.14 - 1/2.15 - 2/3.15 - 15.4/5 - 15.6/7 - 15.7/9 - 16.1 - 16.3 - 16.4 - 16.5 - 16.10 - 16.11 - 16.12 - 17.1 - 17.2

 2017 Goals: Maintain BW BS, 100kg DL - Muscle Up - 1/2 Marathon Condition - Abs

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Weird, somehow that post was written Sunday but never posted... it was hanging out here in the editor when I hit "submit". 

 

Monday was good, but I ate a little much at the end of the day. Today is a throwaway. I'm full binge mode. It won't last, though. I've hit CF during lunch and will be back on the whole food, healthy, low-carb boat tomorrow. The temperature has also risen to shorts weather... maybe a run in a tank top, start pre-browning my shoulders so they don't burn when it warms up for good!

 

CF WOD today:

4 minutes Fran

4 minutes rest

4 minutes Diane

4 minutes rest

4 minutes Grace

46 Rx'd - 58 #125, box push up - 15 #85

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Frisian Shieldmaiden level 12 (STR:16) (DEX:16) (STA:23) (CON:22) (WIS:17) (CHA:15)

 Challenges: 11/12.14 - 1/2.15 - 2/3.15 - 15.4/5 - 15.6/7 - 15.7/9 - 16.1 - 16.3 - 16.4 - 16.5 - 16.10 - 16.11 - 16.12 - 17.1 - 17.2

 2017 Goals: Maintain BW BS, 100kg DL - Muscle Up - 1/2 Marathon Condition - Abs

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Yesterday was not as much of a recovery from V-day as I had hoped, but I capped it off with my distance feat (7-ish mile hike) to help balance things out. My quads and hammies are shot from Tuesday's workout still... I've been rolling them out on my foam roller because my softball is too painful still. Evidently, I need to start doing a ton of explosive front squats and heavier dead lifts. I guess that's what I get for taking the better part of 4 months off of CrossFit!

 

Planning my week worked really well last week. Here's what I'm thinking for the rest of this week and next week, based on what's on what's on my calendar. The highlight is Saturday, when (weather permitting) we're going skiing with my sister, BiL, mom, and dad!

 

Spoiler

Week 1 - Continue eating low carb, aiming for 50g net/day. Will allow up to ~100g on running day(s).

Day 1 - ate an appropriate amount in appropriate ratios

Monday-Wednesday - not so good

Thursday - Friday: Low carb, keep under 1800kcal daily. Try to keep carbs under 15% total calories (net). CrossFit on Thursday, 2+ mile jog Friday followed by Mob work to get me ready for... 

Saturday: Ski day! Eat a little more food (pack nuts!) and enjoy a beer with sister and bro-in-law at the end of the day. 

1: 16/39/45%, 2: 19/50/31%, 3: n/a, 4: 31/41/28%, 5: C/F/P%, 6: C/F/P%, 7: C/F/P%

Week 2 -  Continue eating low carb, aiming for 50g net/day. Will allow up to ~100g on running days. Details to be added as the time gets closer. 

Days 1-2 - Cut as able, ~1500 kcal day. Maintain a high-protein, low carb, high-fat fuel intake. If a run or hike happens, adjust calorie intake accordingly!

Days 3-7 - More carbs, protein on work day. BONUS: do an extra lifting session sometime these days! 

 

In other news, I should be through the section on Negatives by Saturday night to be on track. Not requiring myself to do French every day, but having a "bigger chunk" goal, seems to be working well. 

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Frisian Shieldmaiden level 12 (STR:16) (DEX:16) (STA:23) (CON:22) (WIS:17) (CHA:15)

 Challenges: 11/12.14 - 1/2.15 - 2/3.15 - 15.4/5 - 15.6/7 - 15.7/9 - 16.1 - 16.3 - 16.4 - 16.5 - 16.10 - 16.11 - 16.12 - 17.1 - 17.2

 2017 Goals: Maintain BW BS, 100kg DL - Muscle Up - 1/2 Marathon Condition - Abs

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I learned a lesson yesterday: don't take ibuprofen before crossfit (even for cramps). The reason being it deadens signals to/from your muscles, especially ones that are sore from thrusters on Tuesday. This makes things like box jumps significantly more difficult. Especially when you take it with a large volume of coffee... uppers and downers don't mix! In any case, I managed to not bark my shins in 150 box jumps:

"Box Jump Annie"

50-40-30-20-10 reps for time

Sit-ups

Box jumps

13:17

 

Bonus:

2.1 mile run done during lunch break today! 

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Frisian Shieldmaiden level 12 (STR:16) (DEX:16) (STA:23) (CON:22) (WIS:17) (CHA:15)

 Challenges: 11/12.14 - 1/2.15 - 2/3.15 - 15.4/5 - 15.6/7 - 15.7/9 - 16.1 - 16.3 - 16.4 - 16.5 - 16.10 - 16.11 - 16.12 - 17.1 - 17.2

 2017 Goals: Maintain BW BS, 100kg DL - Muscle Up - 1/2 Marathon Condition - Abs

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That is so many box jumps. Good job!

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Week 1 was a bomb. Between valentines day, PMS, family dinner, another family dinner... I may have done some work, but I certainly overate and allowed myself to binge. I'm thinking maybe I need to spend some time in the over eaters thread, or maybe just spend a little time in meditation getting my head on straight.

 

Here's the plan for Week 2: Continue eating low carb, aiming for 50g net/day. Will allow up to ~100g on running days. Details to be added as the time gets closer. 

Days 1 - this was a "disaster". M and I ate the better part of a gallon tub of ice cream on our own last night. 

Day 2 - (today!) Eat light, <1500 kcal, low carb. 

Days 3-7 - Continue cutting. Aim for ~1800kcal, which allows me to work out as well as cut weight. Lifting session/run +~20-40g carbs (that's a 1/3 - 2/3c scoop of oats) 

 

I did a batch of French on Saturday, so that's on track more or less. Skiing was rained out Saturday, but we did tree work all day. Despite eating lots that day, I felt good all afternoon. Tromping around in the brush with chainsaws does a girl good! 

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 Challenges: 11/12.14 - 1/2.15 - 2/3.15 - 15.4/5 - 15.6/7 - 15.7/9 - 16.1 - 16.3 - 16.4 - 16.5 - 16.10 - 16.11 - 16.12 - 17.1 - 17.2

 2017 Goals: Maintain BW BS, 100kg DL - Muscle Up - 1/2 Marathon Condition - Abs

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Yesterday went well! It was a "rest" day for me, so no workout, but I bought the lumber for building the gym's pegboards (first time driving the truck since it was modded!) and we took a good walk after dinner. We're making pasta and meatballs for dinner tonight... but I convinced M that he can have his own pot of pasta and I'll be eating a spaghetti squash instead. 

 

The Ranger mini is up, and I realized I never posted my goals to this page! Here they are:

Strength Feat: Do 100 push-ups per day for the 5 weekdays (or 500 over the week)

Ranger Feat:   Organize my rangerly gear in the back bedroom in anticipation of friends visiting in a few weeks 

Distance Feat:  Run 5 miles (if week 3 or later) OR hike >7 miles. 

Recovery Feat:  Hip flexor banded stretch 5 days

 

This week is the Ranger feat, which means I need to get to that back bedroom and start shifting stuff around... I might need to put some actual shelving in our storage area in my office so we have a spot for all of our blue  plastic totes of woodworking tools, backpacking gear, etc... 

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Frisian Shieldmaiden level 12 (STR:16) (DEX:16) (STA:23) (CON:22) (WIS:17) (CHA:15)

 Challenges: 11/12.14 - 1/2.15 - 2/3.15 - 15.4/5 - 15.6/7 - 15.7/9 - 16.1 - 16.3 - 16.4 - 16.5 - 16.10 - 16.11 - 16.12 - 17.1 - 17.2

 2017 Goals: Maintain BW BS, 100kg DL - Muscle Up - 1/2 Marathon Condition - Abs

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Tuesday's WOD: 

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AMRAP

5 minues box-over-burpees

5" rest

4 minutes shuttle run

4" rest

3 minutes power clean #105

3" rest

2 minutes wall balls #20 (oof!)

2" rest 

max rep pull-ups (or 1", whichever comes first)

 

Rx'd: 42.5 - 62 - 17 - 30 - 25 (kipping) 

 

I still had pulling power after 25 pull-ups, but my hands were exhausted and I slid off the bar. I need to follow my cousin's advice and get a bucket with rice in it and start lifting with a "men's" (#45) bar instead of the #35 "ladies" bar. 

 

ALSO I may have found one of the problems with my cleans/snatches. I have always had a problem with hitting full extension from my hips. Sam (coach) cued me to engage my butt as part of my setup. That primes me for the essence of the KB-swing-type hip pop: squeeze your butt!* Check up this guy's setup for his panda pull: 

 

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And I want this girl's clean. She has a totally flat back as she begins her pull. 

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*Tim Ferriss's exact words were:

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• Imagine pinching a penny between your butt cheeks when you pop your hips forward. This should be a forceful pop, and it should be impossible to contract your ass more. If your dog’s head gets in the way, it should be lights out for Fido.

 

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Frisian Shieldmaiden level 12 (STR:16) (DEX:16) (STA:23) (CON:22) (WIS:17) (CHA:15)

 Challenges: 11/12.14 - 1/2.15 - 2/3.15 - 15.4/5 - 15.6/7 - 15.7/9 - 16.1 - 16.3 - 16.4 - 16.5 - 16.10 - 16.11 - 16.12 - 17.1 - 17.2

 2017 Goals: Maintain BW BS, 100kg DL - Muscle Up - 1/2 Marathon Condition - Abs

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Wednesday was a pseudo-rest day. I ate appropriately. 

Thursday was a somewhat simple/easy WOD that I blasted through (what can I say, I'm fast a russian twists)

Today is sunny, and I'm looking forward to running after work. 

 

The week of eating well has finally paid off. My guts are starting to deflate. If I keep this up, I'll be leaned out not too long after my birthday!

 

Here's the plan for the weekend:

Saturday - maybe work at my aunt and uncle's again (chipping? climbing trees? splitting wood?). Otherwise, hike... maybe blacksmith!

Sunday - clean up the spare room, hike? prep for Monday's travel to next week's work site

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Frisian Shieldmaiden level 12 (STR:16) (DEX:16) (STA:23) (CON:22) (WIS:17) (CHA:15)

 Challenges: 11/12.14 - 1/2.15 - 2/3.15 - 15.4/5 - 15.6/7 - 15.7/9 - 16.1 - 16.3 - 16.4 - 16.5 - 16.10 - 16.11 - 16.12 - 17.1 - 17.2

 2017 Goals: Maintain BW BS, 100kg DL - Muscle Up - 1/2 Marathon Condition - Abs

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4 hours ago, IslandGirl_Becks said:

The week of eating well has finally paid off. My guts are starting to deflate. If I keep this up, I'll be leaned out not too long after my birthday!

 

 

Nice job! That's always a great feeling. 

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Being alive is heckn swell. 

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On 2/25/2017 at 8:53 AM, maegs said:

Saw this article and it made me think of you and your hiking/outdoorsy-ness :) 

 

https://www.outsideonline.com/2125031/what-happens-your-body-thru-hike

 

Thank you so much for sharing, that article is great!! I have had a pet theory that even a few back-to-back hiking days add up to some significant body recomp, but this guy takes it to a new level! 

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Arian, arian, zehetzen da burnia. -Basque proverb

Frisian Shieldmaiden level 12 (STR:16) (DEX:16) (STA:23) (CON:22) (WIS:17) (CHA:15)

 Challenges: 11/12.14 - 1/2.15 - 2/3.15 - 15.4/5 - 15.6/7 - 15.7/9 - 16.1 - 16.3 - 16.4 - 16.5 - 16.10 - 16.11 - 16.12 - 17.1 - 17.2

 2017 Goals: Maintain BW BS, 100kg DL - Muscle Up - 1/2 Marathon Condition - Abs

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This weekend was another stress on the food front (Friday night, anyway), but I was also active on Saturday. I binged Friday night, I had a monstrous doughnut Saturday morning, and I also split wood and carried/dragged branches for 4-ish hours. I also didn't over-eat the rest of the day, so it turned out okay. Sunday we had our "brunch" out, and I never got a real workout in... but I did get a 5+ mile walk in at dusk in the blowing wind. M came with me. We got ice cream bars along the way. 

 

Today I got a workout in at CF before hitting the road for work. I went in early, and ended up doing the 17.1 scaled. 16:04. I warmed up with the 35# db, and decided to the scaled (20# db) version with step-ups because my knees hurt on Friday. 

 

Oh, yeah... that was news. I made it 1/2 block into my 4 mile run on Friday and my left knee flared up. NOT COOL. 

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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle

Arian, arian, zehetzen da burnia. -Basque proverb

Frisian Shieldmaiden level 12 (STR:16) (DEX:16) (STA:23) (CON:22) (WIS:17) (CHA:15)

 Challenges: 11/12.14 - 1/2.15 - 2/3.15 - 15.4/5 - 15.6/7 - 15.7/9 - 16.1 - 16.3 - 16.4 - 16.5 - 16.10 - 16.11 - 16.12 - 17.1 - 17.2

 2017 Goals: Maintain BW BS, 100kg DL - Muscle Up - 1/2 Marathon Condition - Abs

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Wow, last week was bonkers. I was teaching in T-town, and all was good... but Tuesday was Fasching/Karnival/Mardi Gras, and one doughnut turned into 3. It wasn't bad until I went out to eat on Wednesday with friends, and ate too much. Staying up late finishing work stuff made it even worse when there were doughnuts again on Thursday. Thursday I ate myself sick to the  point that I was up much of my short with a stomachache. Friday I got a WOD in (AirDyne bike intervals:wacko:).

 

Saturday was my birthday, and we went to Grouse Mountain for snowshoeing. It was awesome! Sunday we spent all day moving a tree from someone's back yard by hand... literally tons of wood cut, flipped, rolled, lifted, wheelbarrowed up a slick hill, hefted into truck. We ate lots this weekend, but worked hard as well. 

 

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My knee was fine last week, but feels iffy today. I think it was from some nasty form as I pushed the wheelbarrow up the muddy hill... my feet were slipping all over the place and I might have been collapsing my knees inward nastily. So that is going to require some work this week. My bf's parents gave me hiking poles for my birthday, so I'm thinking about adding a significant amount of rucking to my life in the coming weeks... I have to get the snugness out of my jeans somehow!

 

 

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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle

Arian, arian, zehetzen da burnia. -Basque proverb

Frisian Shieldmaiden level 12 (STR:16) (DEX:16) (STA:23) (CON:22) (WIS:17) (CHA:15)

 Challenges: 11/12.14 - 1/2.15 - 2/3.15 - 15.4/5 - 15.6/7 - 15.7/9 - 16.1 - 16.3 - 16.4 - 16.5 - 16.10 - 16.11 - 16.12 - 17.1 - 17.2

 2017 Goals: Maintain BW BS, 100kg DL - Muscle Up - 1/2 Marathon Condition - Abs

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! :cupcake: :star: :strawberry: B) :pirate: :cheerful:

 

Sounds like you had an hectic but awesome week :)

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Based in Melbourne, Australia

Current Challenge: Emerald Eagle refills her cup (January 2021)
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