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  2. ElizeElvinFoxRyder

    elizevdmerwe - It's about nr.23 & Countdown...8

  3. ElizeElvinFoxRyder

    elizevdmerwe - ElizeElivinFoxRyder >>> 7

    Becoming Elize, Elvin Fox Ryder In case some of you hadn't realised, it' just same old me, better/previously known as Elizevdmerwe. I changed my profile name to ElizeElvinFoxRyder. Why? Why not!? I think it was time. 1. Elize: my name, not going to change, and something to link me to my previous profile name. 2. Elvin: we are hoping to emigrate to "The Land of the Long White Cloud" or otherwise known as New Zealand, hopefully by the end of the year (>>> 7 months left). Lord of the Rings was made in NZ, and there are Elves in the story, and the blond character from the game I played (Epistory, explained below) is clever, agile, adventurous and animal crazy like most Elves. And no one would even blink seeing an elf riding a (huge) fox in Lord of the Rings. Also, the story takes place on one big piece of land, or island, while being transported to smaller areas, which might be other islands. 3. Fox Ryder: I started playing the game Epistory (again), where the character (a blond girl riding a three tailed fox) is the muse of an author who is stuck while trying to write his novel. As the muse faces challenges in the game (ugly insects to kill, and puzzles to solve), she develops abilities and saves the day, while always riding her fast, friendly fox. You beat the challenges by typing words that appear on screen. The level difficulty is set according to your typing speed. HEALTH I need to stay healthy to manage stress (immigration and daily life in a not so safe country). BIBLE STUDY - sometimes bible study, sometimes a video on YouTube, sometimes just quiet time with Father. Usually in the mornings, but quiet time at night is the greatest. WATER - water or rooibos during the day aiming for +-2Lt/day. SLEEP - go to bed by 21h30. DRY FIRE SHOOTING - this could be working through a safety related video, or actual dry fire practice with my fire arm, at least once a week. No bows and arrows, sorry. I'm a modern elf STAYING ACTIVE I'll stick to two days a week strength workout (Tuesdays and Fridays), and try for at least one day a week walking (Wednesday), but hoping for two as well (Thursdays too). I'll just take it slow with pull ups and push ups, as I've managed to pull a muscle or something in my right shoulder. It's been a real pain/nuisance since last week. Joint Circles (warm up) Rev.Pull Ups (try for 10x) Goblet Squat (10x15kg) Lunges (10x8kg) Full Push Ups (10x) Knee Push Ups (hands diamond for tricep focus - 10x) Scissors with legs (core - 30x) Leg lifts (core - 2x10) Stretches THE PLAN...COUNTDOWN - 8months to go - Things that need to get done this month: Finances (dailies and monthlies) - I'm a bit behind on monthlies again. Titre tests for pets - tests to see whether the pets' rabies vaccines took. Certified copies of documentation - needs to be certified by someone in authority, other than South African police or postal services. They don't have credibility in NZ any more. Pet CVs - just get it written up and done for when we need to apply for accommodation that side. Proof of Character - by police. To show you don't have a criminal record in your country of origin. Brandt hip exam - x-rays and letter from specialist. House repairs - paint bathroom, and varnish wooden furniture in kitchen. We'll also be visiting Sabie end of June. DEAR DIARY... When I need to get things off my chest (emotional upheaval), or give a longer explanation for something that happened.
  4. DoubleTrouble

    DoubleTrouble learns to recover

    Not that kind of recovery
  5. porkkchop

    Holding myself accountable

    2500 cal today, and that wasn’t the meticulous tracking I’d usually like to maintain so it is very possible it’s over that. Weighed in at 68.6kg, very high. Eating way way too much in the way of nut butters, yoghurt and high sugar fruit which have been far too high in calories, and too easy to consume quickly before they can combat cravings with that feeling of satiety. No exercise today which isn’t the best effort. Will definitely make sure I’m doing something tomorrow as well as lowering calories keeping 2000 as an absolute max. Very tempted to have a crazy carb binge like I usually would if I go over, but reigned it in, and I’m glad I didn’t give into the temptation, despite fantasising about a frantic supermarket run around the baked goods section. So at an absolute minimum I’m glad I wasn’t a complete fuck up and I can look forward to making positive steps tomorrow.
  6. porkkchop

    Holding myself accountable

    Definitely trying to weight myself at roughly the same time every day, but being aware that I’m changing my eating habits so regularly, the scales have been very up and down and I’m trying as best I can to stay consistent. At the moment I’ve changed my diet to lower carb, basically just reintroducing fruit, veg and yoghurts, which will put me ‘over’ my carb intake some days. While I’m finding myself super impatient I’m definitely trying to focus on consistently feeling good and sticking to good habits, or at least trying to challenge those negative feelings every day.
  7. Dalish

    Dalish Clings to the Wagon

    Thankyou Honestly, it's such a constant for me I don't realise until I start actually vocalising just how often I injure or mess something up. Glad to be back! Loved your cosplay!
  8. Dalish

    Dalish Clings to the Wagon

    Last two weeks of class, and nothing is ever smooth running. I got lunch in today, but still skipping breakfast. Eating lunch is something though! I'd give a full indepth update but honestly I'm so tired Mon-Thur that it's a wonder I don't just get in and fall asleep.
  9. Whisper

    Diadhuit's key to stabiliy

    I tried keto at the start of this year and it was WAY too much for me. Tried it for a week, lost all interest in food, couldn't move, couldn't sleep, and was still in bad enough shape two days after reintroducing carbs that when I called my doctor's office, I was told to just come down and they would find a way to squeeze me in. That said, I have found that high fat / low carb works really well for me. Breakfast is coffee with heavy cream and four stips of microwaved baccon at my first break. Lunch is bulked cooked "keto" and full fat yogurt w/ berries. Dinner is normally whatever the lady I'm renting from made, with an eye for keeping carbs down and my own salad dressing for a fat boost. I'm not keto, so I don't have to worry about breaking ketosis, but being keto-ish has made it much easier for me to pass on things I am highly prone to over eat. I'm happy to see that your sanity boosted over the weekend. Good luck with the house!
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  11. SjardisDead

    SjardisNOTdead

    Since I started on Sunday, I'm already one day in and it is already clear that the diet change will be the hardest part. I thought about getting some peanuts every weekend if I stuck to the plan during the week before, to get some more fats and variety without sugar. The "worst" part of my morning routine is definitely the jump rope, but once I find my rhythm it should be more enjoyable. What I noticed is that if one foot is like an inch in front of the other it becomes easier. On the L-Sit my abs started to cramp in under 5 seconds, must be a record.
  12. Jean

    Jakkals, 2019, nommer 5

    I'm with you, there. Glad to have you onboard.
  13. Lateral Planet

    Lateral Planet Runs Fast

    I've been super strict with myself today. It's a long weekend and it was horrible outside so we pretty much spent the whole day staying warm on the couch. But, knowing that was the plan for the day, I did sneak in a bunch of knee pushups this morning so I could say I did something. I actually did quite a lot for someone who hasn't tried a pushup of any kind in months! And because it was a day off we had a really late lunch. I did get peckish waiting for Fiancé to get up and I had two chocolates beforehand (just freeing up space in the fridge, that box has been nearly empty for ages) but that's all the snacking I've done today, so that's a win. Dinner's going to be late again, but since lunch was late too that's fine for IF. So that's day 1 sewn up nicely, just need 27 more of those, how hard can it be?
  14. Mortimer

    Introduction and Questions

    Personally at least I found running involved quite a bit of mental fortitude - but I've always had pretty strong will power in getting my arse moving. Not eating unhealthy things offered to me, not so much. For me I found happiness celebrating small victories, like one more push up per set, increasing the weight 10 lbs more etc. I've also seen people plug in to their own music in the gym, I sing "We will rock you" by Queens to myself mentally when I run to sync my breathing to its proper pattern. Some weeks will be rougher then others (like if you haven't slept well the night before), you will need to just give yourself a break on those. And about muscle building - you need to get enough protein and sleep enough(I've been bad about the sleep part due to running around too much).
  15. Lateral Planet

    Lateral Planet Runs Fast

    I usually manage OK with the timing of dinner, but Fiancé and I take turns to make dinner and he was late once or twice last week. I know that can just be fixed by talking to the man, but I have this weird mindset of diet stuff being a private kind of thing, if that makes sense. I know it's silly. I could always try pushing lunch back by half an hour on his days just in case. I foolishly bought a whole lot of yummy mandarins last week and completely forgot about them, but they'll still be good tomorrow. These days at work I think it's more like boredom-hunger than hunger-hunger. We're in a quiet period and there's very probably going to be no real work for us to do for several more weeks, and I've really struggled to get myself pumped for my side project. That's something else I really need to work on in this challenge or I might just lose my mind! Sadly I'm getting into winter so today was just cold and windy and rainy and yuck; perfect for lazing about under a blanket, so that's what I did But I definitely know the kind of weather you mean and I'm not afraid of getting a bit wet! Might just have to wait a while though
  16. WhiteGhost

    Mad Hatter navigates the event horizon

    Following along again
  17. WhiteGhost

    Press to handstand cont.

    Ugh, that headache sounds terrible. Glad you are feeling better now (and also glad your keyboard is back)
  18. WhiteGhost

    Mad Hatter's back, alright!

    That's kind of how things are in Beijing as well. When I first moved here I lived right at very edge of the city (literally nothing but trees north of us). That complex now is considered part of downtown. Those where everywhere when I lived in Japan. There they are called Kotatsu and I have never seen them anywhere else so I always assumed they were a Japanese thing. Very interesting to see them common in Iran as well Loved the update and especially all of the pics. Now I really want go there
  19. Mad Hatter

    Press to handstand cont.

    Oh no sorry about the rubbish day. But hey shit happens, life moves on. They keyboard thing is plain terrible though. Good luck tomorrow.
  20. Salinger

    Salinger's twenty second challenge!

    Morning all. its 10 am Monday morning. Thanks to Shaar and Mia for being there yesterday when i needed them. Apart from the one friend who kind of dismissed my emotions, three other close friends were very comforting and let me talk about how i felt. I do feel worn out, emotionally. I havent cried for a while and so much crying yesterday is tiring!! I can feel myself slipping in to depression, which is worrying. Especially as im so busy, and have Venice again on Friday Feeling ungrateful. Wanting to cancel the plans and sleep all day/every day. But this afternoon, I have said i will drive to my friends in Sheffield. To see her and her new baby. Im sort of worrying about it. Because shes very 'normal' and has bought a house with her partner, has a baby, has a stable job...when i see her i start to criticise my own lifestyle, and especially with the non binary stuff going around lately, im worried ill feel worse!!!? Anyway, ill set off in about an hour and a half. x
  21. Salinger

    Salinger's twenty second challenge!

    Thank you! Yes hope NY is going well x Thanks so much Mia... <3 x
  22. Salinger

    The Star-Spangled Miau With a Plan

    How you feeling today Mia? Still a little bit wired? Hope you managed to get some rest at some point xx
  23. My fitness stuff has been in a really nice flow lately and don't feel the need to change things up. As long as I keep my energy levels up I naturally end up doing all the things. Currently that means parkour - my latest crush , lifting, acrobatics, and occasionally climbing fake rocks or poles. Now there is a small crux, I just started helping out a friend with a side project, which is really fun and it involves me learning lots of new things and it's all shiny and exciting. The bad side is that I too easily get sucked into the coding black hole where time stands still and I stop moving or taking care of myself. So this challenge will be about finding ways of be productive but without letting my habits slip. Sleep Sleep is number one thing that needs to stay under control. No late night coding! The aim is to step away from code at 8 pm at the latest, and aim to get ready for bed at 10 pm. This will almost certainly slip but that's the goal. Move I very easily end up sitting in super awkward positions for very long periods of time and then everything starts hurting and I don't want to train because I hurt. I also don't get physically tired which in turns affects my sleep. So the plan here is to take time to move every morning. If I don't have morning gym scheduled it needs to be before I sit down in front of the computer. But moving can mean pretty much anything, a short walk or rolling around on the floor counts. Another thing is to schedule dance/handstand breaks. I'm going to start really small with just one song per session (regular work or project work) and hopefully add to it over time. Unfuck my habitat I have to admit I've been struggling with the adulting lately, it feels like I constantly clean and it constantly ends up exploding. I'm going to bring back the tidy when the kettle's boiling in an attempt to get it under control. Because when my flat's in chaos I don't want to move and I don't want to cook and do you see how it all ties together? (Also clean my floors because it's getting embarrassing) MyFlex Ok there is one little fitness thing that I really want and need to add into my rotation and that's myFlex as it's important to keep my joints happy so they can handle all the ridiculous things that I'm doing. Before I was trying to do the whole thing in one go, which I enjoyed when I did it, but mostly I ended up not doing it. This time I'm going to go on the principle of doing something >>> doing nothing and aim to go through the program once per week, and split up the modules however I can squeeze them in. I also need to retake the assessment at some point, as I need to add some of the nerve glides into my program, which I didn't need before. Very basic, very responsible challenge this one. Clearly my strong suite haha. But let's see how it goes.
  24. Guzzi

    Elastigirl :The Joy Continues

    Following!
  25. Guzzi

    Guzzi gets her Yogi on

    Start of challenge stats. Weight - 71.8kgs Body fat - 24.5% BMI 24
  26. zenLara

    New Rules - Deffy #51

    I saw that 30% in UK... :'(
  27. Diadhuit

    Diadhuit's key to stabiliy

    Sunday Goal: don't lose sanity! - better The level up is sort out works in the house (part of) - just wait and see. 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. went to a dancing farewell, but little dancing 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. - started watching Sunday video, but I received it at 5pm, so will watch it today 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 - no, ate at 2,5,10. I need to eat more regularly! Especially because I had food at 2, dessert at 5 and cookies at 10. That is not nutritious! 3)If I crave sweets drink a glass of water - n/a
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