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  2. MarkCuq

    Hey friends!

    Hey everyone! Nice to be a part this community!
  3. Copying here some bits of my challenge, to make sure I keep them present: Resistance to do something or against new habits Feeling sleepy before I left. Lazy, too. But the other alternative was to stay alone at home, doing what? The colors, the wind, the smells, the bugs, the warmth of the sun or the coolness of the rain, or the darkness of the storm... everything feels perfect to me every time Today both my mind and body were feeling tired of the new habits I'm working on and I thought that if I didn't listen I would soon find myself coming back to my old habits. So I'm trying to accept resistance and yield a bit to it so that I don't end up burnt, like so many other times. So I did less today, without any critic or regret. Gym classes are always always always worth it. Mobility is worth it while I put some actual goals in my stats post at the beginning of the challenge, I haven't payed attention to them and have completely forgot about results and focused on just doing the things. We could say that the actual goal was to show up and do the work, and it has lead into a lot of progress without worrying about the progress itself. Feels way less stressing than my usual perspective, and I think it has collaborated to avoid this sensation of feeling "burnt" or anxious about all the activities I had to do that arises quite frequently in my life. To my brain, learning something means play time The two activities that make me smile the most are icelandic and sketching. The thrill of getting better and taking small challenges has become kind of addictive in a good way I like to feel there is some direction in what I do, even if I don't have real goals The thing is, I'd like to work mainly on flexibility/mobility and inversions [...] I'd like to find something with sequences to improve some poses, progressions where you can start from an easy pose like downward dog and end up achieving, after some weeks or months of work, a handstand. Explained progressions, how to work gradually on backbends, forward folds, etc. I always feel better, both mentally and physically, when I keep myself active, and I'm finding it also helps to create some sense of "control", in a good way [...] instead of getting dragged by events or feel like I'm losing my time. Accountability and companionship Having to come here every day to post those numbers helped me to keep working when I didn't feel like. It has helped to push forward and try to do better. Having people coming around to cheer me up has made it easier than just staying at home on my own like I did until now.
  4. deftona

    Emerald Eagle prepares for a parasite - Part 1

    Lovely challenge and wonderful, exciting reasons! It's a great perspective to use the extra time your husband needs as prep, I love this
  5. deftona

    Watch the Queen Conquer - Nic Tackles Her Goals

    Hello fellow language learning buddy! How are you finding Polish so far?
  6. deftona

    Ladylydia's 90 day challenge- Part II.... again

    Woah, how big is your lawn?! Following along
  7. deftona

    CJL Joins the Rangers and Gets Going

    Welcome to The Rangers, we're very glad to have you here Nice work on day one, you crushed it!
  8. zenLara

    WhiteGhost Gets Serious 2: The Seriousening

    SERIOUSLY??!! Aaaahahaaaahahaaaa!!!!
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  10. deftona

    New Rules - Deffy #51

    There will be a fair amount of J Hus on this WTF lyrics thing. Also, Genius Lyrics entries for Grime/Bashment songs are a freaking gift: "J Hus wants said lady to bend over and flaunt her large buttocks, as well as “breaking her back”. Back is another word for arse and therefore J Hus wants this girl to open her bum cheeks, as well as her friend. J Hus is so impressed by the beauty of the way this girl has bent over and opened her bum cheeks that he nearly fell over in awe and physically broke his back as a result"
  11. Ann of Vries

    [Keeper of the Flame] Merry & Pippin

    Teaching him to climb down safely is definitely an issue, but the more immediate one is that the upstairs is not baby safe in terms of small objects and things we'd just rather he not get into. I ordered a stair gate this morning, hopefully should arrive by tomorrow. (We may not have it set up before we leave on our trip, but it'll be here when we get back.) In the meantime I have chairs blocking the stairs because he's discovered a new party trick and wants to do it over and over and over... XD
  12. Guzzi

    New Rules - Deffy #51

    That whole thing was a wtf moment for me.
  13. Tateman

    Eat. Move. Rest. Tanktimus Takes Care of Himself

    Hope to hear about you guys finding an even better house
  14. deftona

    Xena's Triumphant (?) Return from Sea

    On a ship?! That's exciting! (I couldn't think of any other ship songs that haven't been taken)
  15. Tateman

    Teros 54: Phoenix Begins

    Teros, I am sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. I must have missed it. It's good to see you coming back with that old passion. I believe you will do this again. You will do this again. Anything is possible. I came back to Nerd Fitness in January 2018 back up to 365 lbs. At the end of the year, I was at 256 lbs. I got back into running, and no I can run 5Ks.
  16. deftona

    Stribs Lays the Foundation for Summer

    Following along! I want to see lots of road trip pictures please I would love it if you guys bumped into each other. It's the NF fanfic I need.
  17. deftona

    Cheetah sallies forth with renewed vigor.

    What has clicked?! DON'T LEAVE US HANGING BUDDY!
  18. Welcome back Devlin! Here to follow because I know this will be awesome! I love what you've done with your hair!
  19. Diadhuit

    Lightning tries New Game+

    I'm here! Following
  20. deftona

    New Rules - Deffy #51

    Monday Update Yesterday was pretty normal which was a nice change of pace from my weekend which resembled a Carry On film. I fasted until 3 and I felt a lot better for it. Lunch was a salad I made on Thursday night. It wasn't the freshest looking salad I have ever eaten but it seems my need to make new food on both Saturday and Sunday night was beaten by my overwhelming tiredness and I chose sleep over not getting food poisoning but I live to tell the tale. Back home we warmed up some Trinidadian chicken and mango curry I made last week and we only had basmati rice and it wasn't the best choice because it was too fragrant for this dish. Also I normally make coconut rice to go with the Trini curry so it was a bit of a letdown anyway but it was a quick shove it in the microwave meal for when we were both working late(ish). We watched Game of Thrones and I have a lot to say about it but I know spoiler boxes don't always work on Tapatalk so I am going to scream into a pillow instead of talking about it. It also occurred to me yesterday that I have actually reached a goal I constantly strived for and that is to have clear skin. Seriously my skin looks lovely now, I can't believe I have finally found a routine that works (and also birth control has helped but since it was such a persistent goal I feel the need to take some credit here so I will). I AM GLOWING RN GUYS! Booty moves done, moisturising done, Duolingo done (French), calories were excellent and day one was well and truly bossed. Wft lyric of the day: BIG BATTY GIRL GOOD EVENING, I CAN SEE THAT YOUR CHICKEN NEEDS SEASONING.
  21. @mu

    Press to handstand cont.

    Same! Talking about long-haul stuff, what I have in mind (but it may change) is try to get a first level of straight arm press (I expect this to take some time), then go back to fight for some kind of baseline on P2 Phase 4 flow (I say baseline because I'm not that bothered about doing the full planche version, I'd be very happy with the entry-level flow). While still improving on straight arm skills (so HS and HS-related vocabulary). Then I have some fuzzy vision of mixing silks, parallettes and ball And somewhere in the middle of all this, I'd like to perform again. In Scotland, I was performing aerial. In Iran, I was doing theatre. Maybe I can get that thread running here as well (but getting a job is my priority right now). Yes, I'm curious to see how it goes with just having a check at the end of the month. It's still some kind of accountability but not as stringent. Bah you know when I started working HS on a regular basis, my holds were around 5s at best I think HS just needs consistent, fairly long-term, dedicated time (I mean for an adult with no specific talent / gym background, like me basically). It's a bit of a priority shift. I have had HS in my wish list for a long time, but it's only the past year that I could really allocate proper time for it AND that I found the settings (ie parallettes) that made me stick to it - despite the amount of crap and frustration HS training is throwing at me Monday Hips-related training. In the morning? YES Persian daily read: YES (Khabar online and BBC Persian) Unexpectedly I also spent some time on my cardboard, and I reached the stage where I can put the furniture away in a corner until I have more time and desire for decoration. It's just plain white for now. Here is how it currently looks like: Here are a few pics from the building stages: It honestly looks better on the pic than it is really. It has some soft edges and bumps of guesso that leaked and dried...erm It's not too bad for a first time I guess. If I had to do it again, I would be really super careful about edges (krafting has to be really neat) and cardboard has to be super high quality / super clean (which is not that easy to find when you're recycling). Not sure I would bother with guesso + paint (covering it might be easier). I'm not sure how long it will stay there. It will have its use for now because we don't have a lot of furniture but to stay for good it will definitely need some improvement / decoration that hides some of the irregularities. And off to some press to HS work now
  22. Lateral Planet

    Lateral Planet Runs Fast

    I love the stuff, but I managed to survive this morning without giving in. Luckily nobody noticed that I didn't have anything, or if they did they didn't mention it. Yeah my diet is basically whatever I want, but try not to go overboard with sugar and not so much deep-fried food. I just can't stand the thought of calorie counting, and as much as I like the idea of keto, I like pasta and rice more. Maybe one day I'll have a crack at it, but for now I'm focusing on cutting down on the plain ol' junk food. I was met with something unexpected just now. A coworker came by my desk, said "Thanks for sharing your baking with us" and gave me this delicious dessert. I think it's some kind of berry mousse parfait (it has layers, after all) from the fancy public café upstairs. I never go there because, well, it's full of the public and I don't like to battle a horde of tourists for a hot chocolate. You can bet I ate the thing and thanked her heaps for it, but I've decided that's the last snack I'm having today. That said, it's only 4pm, but I'll see how I go.
  23. Jean

    Teirin's standards have never been lower.....

    I'm stepping in just to congratulate you on the debt killing (really no small achievement) and cheer you on the "going for low standards but bloody reach them" approach of your challenge. Then I'm getting out of here as my way to support you to achieve this (and not at all because I know I'll be too busy/lazy to check later): Have fun and nice shoes on the way!
  24. @mu

    KB Girl preps for the world championship

    Indeed, 2 in a row is a tricky one (prepping for just one can already be difficult ). Very interesting account on mental prep. I was thinking there were quite a few similarities with performing (as an amateur in my personal xp, so less at stake than a pro). There is no winning / losing but there is a sense of having a "successful" performance vs maybe a poor one. (5) "why the f I am even doing this" is very much the same
  25. Tateman

    Lateral Planet Runs Fast

    Good luck. I never use to be too crazy on cheese, but doing Keto, I have enjoyed a lot more cheese now
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