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  2. Tanktimus the Encourager

    New Rules - Deffy #51

    She can even fix them from the other side of the world.
  3. Tanktimus the Encourager

    Eat. Move. Rest. Tanktimus Takes Care of Himself

    You won't regret it. Well, that's me bested beyond my ability to recover. Thanks. Sleep has mostly balanced out. I'm making conscious efforts to wind down. Part of the problem is that on Friday and Saturday I work Second Shift and don't get home till almost midnight. You may or may not have been in mind when I mentioned the battle logs.
  4. Kestrel Grey

    Kestrel Eats Humble Pie

    This challenge ends with Black Ops, my goal race to qualify for OCR World Championships this year. I think it is time to admit it isn't going to happen. I will still run it, but without any expectations. My focus in the short-term will return to improving my baseline fitness. Running My base mileage/elevation isn't where it needs to be. Until I can maintain 50 K and 3000 M vert a week, following fancy training plans won't really help me. This is a good thing - long easy runs are nicer to come home to than track work. Especially now that the snow is (mostly) gone. Goals: Run 5 days/week at a pace where I can breath through my nose. This means lots of hiking on the uphills. Log each run with distance, vert, avg HR, nutrition, gear, and grade how I felt. If the previous week had no "D/F" grades and no consecutive "C" grades, increase time and vert by up to 15% (combined) each week. Strength Zero improvement this year. Which is ridiculous but ignoring the truth isn't going to help: structured workout plans are not working for me right now. To give myself credit I have come a long way with the physio-related strength. Running rarely causes me long-term pain anymore. Goals: Grease-the-groove deadhangs and negative pull-ups - track daily with a weekly increase in volume of about 10% 10 minutes of physio and core exercises after my 4 shorter runs each week. Recovery Not getting overwhelmed is perhaps the most important thing I can do. I have been in crisis mode for a month. Goals: Daily commitment to eating well, making time every night to prep food for the next day. Leave work at work. Exercise, go for a walk, or simply sit for 15 minutes at a coffee shop and read before coming home to create a mental break. Spend 5 minutes tidying when I get home. Bonus gif, for no reason than it makes me laugh:
  5. RedStone

    RedStone Holds the Door

    We still... haven't closed. Sorry dude, can't. Things are still on hold. It's funny to feel so much forward momentum come to a stop and stay there for a month, but the reality is that there is still a move afoot. There is much to do and much I can do in preparation. For those of you playing at home, we finally have all the paperwork submitted to the city, and it is in the bureaucratic gears to be ground out as they see fit. This is week two and I don't expect to hear anything new until at least next week. I have this general sense that when it happens it will be like a shooter rollercoaster - sudden and fast. We really haven't been doing much and should at least get some things going, even if it's not the main show yet. TASKS TO COMPLETE THIS CHALLENGE -Order DVD book and ditch the cases -Clean Studio -Clean Office -Call gas company for a quote -Look at flooring in person and get a quote -Call painter for a quote REGULAR WEEKLY ROUTINE -3X Lifts -2X Runs -2 Shakers of water every day -Write 500 words or 1 hour Monday - Thursday -Weekly Homework for Coach Lauree Ok, see girl? That's not so bad. I can do this.
  6. deftona

    New Rules - Deffy #51

    Glad to see you here Moros! And the shoulder isn't properly fixed yet but I think it will be relatively soon! Every single pair of boobs in the whole world slip a little into the armpit area when the owner lies down. Only fake boobs don't do that. Well it's a good job you vocalised this to me because there ain't a booby problem I can't fix
  7. Tanktimus the Encourager

    EricMN - BattleFront

    Glad I found your Battle Log. I'm glad you got to run that OCR.
  8. Starpuck

    Cheetah sallies forth with renewed vigor.

    On board with the getting on board.
  9. Contented Reader

    Contented Reader gets fit and reads Dickens

    Food: Under 1200, with fruits and veggies at two meals. Exercise: Beginner Bodyweight Workout, 30 minutes of elliptical, and 20 minutes of bicycle. Barnaby Rudge: 46%. It looks like we are going after the Catholics, then?
  10. Starpuck

    Wolfie, what have you done? [Wolfpool Spawns in SUPER late]

    Posting to follow, will catch up in a bit more proper. We can be returnsies together.
  11. Diadhuit

    Diadhuit's key to stabiliy

    Monday Goal: don't lose sanity! - yes! The level up is sort out works in the house (part of) - n/a The movement is to keep up walking and dancing. I'm usually walking 10km per day and do 3-4 dancing classes a week. I would like to run or hula hooping again, but won't add stressors for that. - no Nutrition: 1)I am going to read through the PCOS diet, and see if I can adapt it, as I have no kitchen so won't be able to follow it. - n/a 2)Eat something at 9,11,13,15.30,18 (on weekends I am allowed to skip the 9 and add have food at 20) and track it - yes (no track) 3)If I crave sweets drink a glass of water - n/a
  12. Diadhuit

    Diadhuit's key to stabiliy

    Hi, My word for the year is stability. I live in a foreign country for 6 years now, a port where people come and go. Friendship, boyfriend, elected family. Since October 2018 I had a lot of personal luck, but a bit of a disaster around: 2 friends in the hospital with brain problems, 1 leaving for mental issues, 2 friends and 2 relatives dead, a breakup with someone I thought was the love of my life (even if didn't last even one year). There have been really good news too: a friend leaving for a better job, another moving in with her boyfriend, a couple expecting and moving away. While happy for each of them these hurt me too for the separation. So I need stability! And I have it in a really good job and during this challenge I will have the keys for a house! At 35 years old it is quite an achievement to be honest. Yet stress is high and needs mitigation. Setting goals would be silly, so I set guidelines. Goal: don't lose sanity! The level up is sort out works in the house (part of) The movement is to keep up walking and dancing. I'm usually walking 10km per day and do 3-4 dancing classes a week. I would like to run or hula hooping again, but won't add stressors for that. Nutrition: 1)I am going to read through the PCOS diet, and see if I can adapt it, as I have no kitchen so won't be able to follow it. 2)Eat something at 9,11,13,15.30,18 (on weekends I am allowed to skip the 9 and add have food at 20) and track it 3)If I crave sweets drink a glass of water
  13. Tateman

    Tateman - Let's do all the Bowling!

    As some people know here, I am a Bowler. This challenge, I have signed up for all the bowling. haha. First we start off with the USBC Open Nationals Tournament in Las Vegas, Nv. I fly out on Wednesday the 29th, and return home on the 1st of June. Thursday I bowl team event (3 games) then Friday will be double and singles. (6 games total). The day after I get back, I signed up to bowl a Match Club "fun" day event. On June 15th, I bowl in the California State Tournament. Team/Doubles/Singles all in one day (9 games). Then I have two different Match club bowling events on the 22nd and 23rd of June. (One travel out of town). Still in June, i have two more Match club events on the 29th and 30th (both travel out of town) This, plus my normal league bowling haha. Summer league is starting up, and this summer I am only bowling one league. So, I have a lot of bowling headed my way. Along with some bit of traveling. This challenge will be pretty similar to last challenge. I'll add in a few things to try to kick it up a notch. I did decent in the last challenge when I wasn't trying to self sabotage myself. Hopefully, this challenge I can keep that under control. Goal#1 - Tracking, Keto, Calories, and Intermittent Fasting Pretty much the same formula as last challenge. Though this time, I am going with some Max numbers. Last time I wanted to be close to 2100 calories on my workout days. I gave myself a but of room though. I re-looked at my target macro numbers, and am going to try go with 2100 calories MAX on working days, 1700 MAX on rest day. This means 2101 calories is over. I am also continuing with IF. My current goal is 18 hours fast. I am going to keep that this challenge. I might toy with the longer fast this challenge, but we shall see. I also need to make sure I am under 20 grams of net carbs each day. All this while tracking everything. Chronometer for food, and LIFE for fasting. 2100/1700 MAX Calories - 4 points 18 hour fasting done - 4 points Under 20 grams of net carbs - 4 points 12 points per day. 84 points per week Goal#2 - Run, Walk, and lift things. Be Active! I am currently following the RunDouble 5K Improver plan. I am not doing 4 runs per week. Instead I am sticking to my 3 day run schedule for now. This pretty much means I run a 5K, then the next time I run intervals. The intervals seem to change distance or resting times every couple of times. Along with this, I am keeping to my step goal of 10,000 steps per day. I still also have my goal to someday do a pull up. Hopefully, this year. I won't get there if I really don't start training for it though. Workouts will still be on the non run days. Week 0 I am going to look into creating my own bit of workout schedule, or even see if there is a plan I should follow. I think I need to start doing a bit more targeted workout vs randomly picking 4 exercises to do. This last bit I want to try having more active minutes in Fitbit. I want to target 100 minutes per day. My plan is to get in my normal walk time, then each hour or so, make sure I get in a few steps. I will work this out a bit more during Week 0 I hope. Overall though, I want to get away from having to just rely on one big walk or run to get in the stpes for the day. It woudl probably be better to move more often instead of sitting there. Run the 5K improver on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays - 4 points each day Workout on the non run days Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays - 4 points each workout 10,000 steps per day - 2 points 100 active minutes - 2 points (this may change) Sunday is rest day 8 points per day. 48 points per week. Goal#3 - Rest up I need to make sure this sleep is on lockdown. I may even work on changing my sleep to go to bed a little earlier. We shall see. For now though, pretty much the same as last challenge. 10:30 PM off the computer and start reading. 11:30 PM time to get to bed. My gamer night (Saturday night) never has set hours. So the plan is to Log off the game within 15 minutes of us being finished. Then get in 30 minutes of reading before heading to bed. Off to bed at 11:30 PM plus reading done - 4 points per day. Gamer night, log off in 15 minutes, and read for 30 minutes - 4 points 4 points per day, 28 points per week Goal#4 - Create that positive headspace I want to get myself into a good frame of mind each day. Or even before going to bed. I'm not sure what will be best for myself yet, but I want to explore my options here. Last challenge I struggled with some self sabotage. It's really just those mind games going. This challenge (particular in week 0) I want to find something that works for me. Maybe I use a meditation app to help out, or I just have to spend 5-10 minutes focusing on a positive aspect for me that day. Pumping myself up for the day. Week zero I need get this locked in for the challenge. Measurements: Points: Week 0 - Week 1 - Week 2 - Week 3 - Week 4 -
  14. That is a valid feeling and I have been in your shoes for much less. But you are going to do it, I am sure you are [emoji5]
  15. Diadhuit

    Respawn: Game Mode set to Easy

    Good luck! Grief is a painful process, I cannot immagine losing such a dear one. I recently lost my Grandad (he was 98) and still processing it. I want to give you a really big hug and remind you are not alone. Link the challenge here and I will follow, if you wish
  16. Snarkyfishguts

    Snarky Is Happy to Be Here

    New challenge!
  17. Diadhuit

    J3NN's got to move it, move it

    I'll try to follow, but I'm a sucker... I can have a look at your pattern to see if I can follow it (I'm a crocheter too). If you wish to, summon me with the power of the @ [emoji4] Good luck with the dense challenge!
  18. There have been quite a few common threads in my goals. 1. MH. It is necessary to work on this. I stopped taking Zyrtec for the last week and it's helped. Over the weekend I switched over to Allegra at the suggestion of my eldest's best friend's mom, and it seems to be helping the allergies without with exhaustion and black cloud. It's not a 100% fix but it seems to be helping substantially. 2. Sleep. Always necessary, always a goal. 3. Support my wife. I think I've been doing a decent job here. We're almost done with the school year, and due to nationals it's going on a lot longer than usual. Normally, we're reconnecting and winding things down, not preparing for the highest stakes performance yet. 4. Reading. It's been extremely helpful altogether, and the kids love it. I recently (read: last couple of weeks) started listening to the Dresden Files audiobooks during the day. My wife is almost through the series to the most recent book and I'm starting book 7 today. I have enjoyed very much being lost in the series and it's kept me away from the mentally tiring exercise of compulsive news reading. 5. Eat right. Er... not so great. I've been eating terribly and my weight has been edging upwards. It's been doing that for all of us. I basically want to keep the same goals, but with the addition of some physical goals as well. I think I need those back in my life, as well as more specific food goals. Looking back, I am most successful when both those other components are involved. It's been hard to do my bodyweight stuff lately because I hurt my shoulder pretty badly and each time I tried to jump in and do something (usually throwing a small object) I caused the thing to come back. So I'll be keeping the previous goals, except: 5. Eat right. Eat more pulses, veggies, and fruits. No more than 1 non-contributory food per day, including things like chocolate or pizza. 6. Stay active- hit my FitBit goals and stretch daily. For reference, those are climbing 10 floors, walking 5 miles, burning 3,087 estimated calories, and 30 active minutes. This plus some stretching will help keep me from freezing up. I've been fairly succesful with walking during my Spanish/Russian studies and while listening to audiobooks on my lunch hour. 7. Ease back into bodyweight exercises. I've been doing sets of 5 pushups at a time and over the weekend I did some individual pullups. I'm including my kids in this, working with the eldest two on pushups and learning to do pullups. The pullup learning/teaching process has me physically assisting them on the pullups, and they're 100 lbs and 50 lbs respectively. The youngest is 25 lbs and I've been moving with her too. I've lost quite a bit of strength since the injury and I'm seriously annoyed about it, because it was pretty hard-won. I want to get back to where I was at and then continue on the path to progress. I'm seriously considering the construction of a weighted vest. I'm throwing around a new update/story process idea. I've been wanting to develop our family mythology more. Our kids all have their own classes, as do my wife and I, so I think I want to tell some sort of story about the Adventurers of the Lucky Vale, of the House of Hamingja. We're a team of adventurers standing for good and fighting against attacks from an ancient evil we call the Pumpkinhead monster and his 10,000 first cousins. Thus, this is the beginning of a new series of challenges with a more consistent title structure and themes. My goals have been fairly consistent and this could let me have some fun actually writing like some of y'all do, too.
  19. Snarkyfishguts

    Snarky Tests her “If I could”s

    Losing weight is boring and it’s not fun. It’s a lot more fun to read a book in bed until 1am while eating candy bars. I think to myself “If I just did these things, I could lose weight. So... We’ll see if I’m right 1. If I stopped eating after dinner. I eat snacks after dinner. Usually like another whole dinner’s worth of snacks. and those 1am candy bars? It’s one of my favorite things in life. But it’s so rotten for me. I eat too much, I have heartburn and have trouble sleeping, and then I wake up grouchy and sugar-hungover and sleep-deprived. So it’s so much more than just the calories, but damn, those calories. If I stopped eating, I’d cut calories dramatically without starving myself, and I’d sleep better. 2. If i just did the workout. I hate working out. It’s hard. I hate the feeling of my fat getting in the way of my body moving. I hate it! I hate how hard it is to breathe and that feeling of panic that “Oh shit, I’m gonna die right now” as I’m just trying to walk around the neighborhood. But working out will help me be stronger, and the more I do it, the easier it will be. And yeah. It’s boring as hell, but I don’t want to find out how exciting a heart attack is. 3. If I managed stress better We all know I suck at stress management. I mean. Y’all. I suck at stress management. I’m going to start with an hour every day just for myself. Where I turn my phone off, shut the door, and ignore the universe. It doesn’t matter what I do in that hour. Whether I’m working or relaxing, that hour is just for me and everyone else has to wait. Except for two days a week when I take four hours off to myself, and it’s best if they are in a row. It doesn’t have to be a weekend, it can be Wednesday and Thursday, but I need two days where I have an afternoon completely to myself to log off, shut the door, and recharge. My family is on board with this plan. So I am gonna do all these things for this challenge and report back in, and at the end of challenge I’ll get weighed and we can see how effective it is!
  20. Guzzi

    Hello! ....again

    Yaaaaaaaaaaay!!!! Welcome back!!!!!!! I'm rushing off to bed right now, gotta keep up with my goals, lol! I just happened to see your pic and had to come and say “hi”. I’ll msg you tomorrow
  21. annyshay

    Annyshay Leaves the Great Plateau

    Thanks GoodDoug. I'm glad you're here!
  22. Urgan

    Urgan Shows Up, Does the Thing

    You know why we had money? So work could say 85% of my shirts are off the table now!
  23. Kishi


    Thanks. *hugs* I'm trying to look on the bright side. My uncle's never been the kind of man to go looking for sympathy and he ain't looking for it now. And while he might be going out, at least he's choosing for himself. That's not a choice that a lot of people get to make. So, it's heavy, but it's tempered, you know?
  24. shaar

    Urgan Shows Up, Does the Thing

    Why did I laugh so hard at this?? Is it because the truth hurts??? Ahahaha oh man. ("Surprise, money!" always makes me nervous I forgot to pay a bill or 5............)
  25. BlackCatMagic

    Rip The Start - Remix

    Thank you!
  26. shaar

    WhiteGhost Gets Serious 2: The Seriousening

    SERIOUS 2: EVEN MORE SERIOUSER Oh no is that really the name??? Ahahaha amazing THAT IS SO COOL!!!!! Aaaaaa I love little tidbits like this~
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