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  2. MarsMurphy

    Drowning in info overload

    You make a good point. I was trying to be honest with myself about why I’m finally getting around to doing this lol. I guess getting leaner/toned is a better way of describing my goals. Gym or not I’m still going to be day-glow pale in a bikini lol. My gym gym offers a lot of different classes, I’ll try the ones that fit my schedule the next few weeks. Is there a week too ambitious? They range from yoga to barre to trx to tai chi.
  3. Bean Sidhe

    Severine's Post-Cancer Comeback Part 2

    This I understand completely. Mine neighborhood is similar and there are days I just want to go "what, I am not allowed to be weird?" This is something I don't know if I would ever want. I mean it could be cool, but I think the amount of people alone would make me go "nope, I need to be alone" granted, there are days I would take a 1/2 acre with proof of no rodents ever in the house and snow removal on the road in a heartbeat.
  4. Bean Sidhe

    Bean Si Vs. Chaos – Just Survive

    They really are. Since we garden so much in the warmer months, I have such a hard time in winter when the produce is meh at best and all I can think is "I could be growing this for free and it tastes better". Soon, soon I will have dragon egg cucumbers again..
  5. fleaball

    squeakyvalkyrie seeks adventure

    That's badass.
  6. Blocky

    JessFit goes full warrior

    IIRC there a few Red Sonja novels set in the Conan universe too. I have one somewhere and from memory it wasn't too bad.
  7. squeakyvalkyrie

    squeakyvalkyrie seeks adventure

    Guess I'm officially a Valkyrie now.
  8. Curl Brogo

    Brogo: beats for brainz

    Alteration of goals: I made running/walking every morning M-F a goal. I'm just going to get up and get out the door once I've had some caffeine and a good stretch. I was first thinking C25k, but running a strict program right now might be too overwhelming. It's more important to make some routine of getting out the door... but yoga on rainy mornings. I also dialed down my work goal to 47 hours a week. 50 minimum can be difficult. 45 is the bare minimum I need right now. Most weeks the difference between 45 and 50 is in getting there a little early, keeping lunch short, and not leaving early. Possible food goal: limit carbs from grains (bread, pasta, rice) to 6 servings/day.
  9. Blocky

    Drowning in info overload

    This is all good info. Good news for you is that as a beginner, everything is likely to work (at least for a while). Your primary focus is just learning some stuff and learning to do it well. Learning a lot of different skills early will lead to better progress down the track.
  10. fleaball

    Flea’s Super Secret Mystery Challenge!

    Since my thread has been lacking in good news lately: my father is going to my uncle’s for Easter which means I don’t have to deal with him and I can go driving all day with no hassle. Huzzah.
  11. Blocky

    Blocky does moderately difficult things...

    Nope. Doping anything before training will likely just pre-fatigue the adductor and lead to further injury. I'm just keeping an eye on intensity and load management and giving it some time.
  12. Weird time for me. Never really been unemployed, and so while I'm grateful for the severance that's keeping us going until the end of June, it's getting closer to the end every day. I've been keeping up with the gym, doing other work, but not using the time as I would have hoped: reading, writing, more cardio. Went into a bit of a depression after spending a lot of time with a church in the search process, only to have them choose to drive off of a cliff rather than get some leadership. Yeah, it may be better for me not to go off the cliff with them, but I felt I could help - and I was ready to get back to it. A few more irons in the fire now, and hopefully one of them will pan out. All of which led to my skipping my first challenge since joining NF quite awhile back. Lack of energy, enthusiasm, not really sure anyone was out there (not a knock on anyone or NF, just how I was feeling). But I'm trying to make a comeback. Strength-training - three times a week Scripture and Meditation - daily Cardio - 50K/150 minutes per week E-Diet - 15 minute limit post-wake-up, content including no more than 45min/day on social media, nothing one hour before bed Veg/Fr Smoothie - 4 times per week Clean one floor of house a week. Peace out!
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  14. fleaball

    Flea’s Super Secret Mystery Challenge!

    It’s probably nowhere near as interesting as you think. True story: something like 11 years ago my brother and I went to a Sox game while my parents were on a trip to Vegas my mother had won somehow. My mother had told us to walk to Back Bay because it was easier - she and my brother had done that before and “he can tell you where to go.” At that point I hadn’t ever been to that particular station so I had no idea where it was, but the way she was explaining it made it sound like it was super obvious where the station was, not that it was 3 blocks away. We get to Copley Square and I ask him where we go now, he has zero fucking clue. Literally none. Fine, we get on the green line and will transfer to orange at one of two stations. Except the train we get on kicks everyone off at government center. We go to get on the next one, the conductor literally shuts the door between us, so I am on the train and he’s on the platform with a deer in the headlights look. I literally had to call him and tell him to get on the next train and take it one stop. He didn’t even know to do that on his own. I was so pissed. When we told my parents the story after they got back my mother was still insisting that he knew the way. (Translation for not-Boston people: we walked a mile to avoid the post-game chaos at the metro station around the corner from Fenway Park. Needed to walk another 3 blocks to get on the line that goes to our house with no transfers. Instead we get on a different one that requires a transfer, that train kicks people out a stop before the transfer station, my brother can’t find his way out of a paper bag.) This entire story was largely unnecessary except to illustrate that abandoning him somewhere unfamiliar might actually be a viable plan.
  15. SkyGirl

    Lightbearer: Advance

  16. Harriet

    Drowning in info overload

    Hmmm, although looking good is subjective, I think people generally benefit from having a bit of muscle and strength. I also think the best workout is the one you enjoy and will therefore keep doing. If you're not yet sure what you enjoy, why not make it your next project to try out some different things for a few weeks each? Although there are hundreds of exercises, I think a good strength programme can be simple, especially if you're just starting out. You don't have to do lots of weird, random exercises, you just need to include all the basic compound movement patterns: a squat, a hip hinge (such as the deadlift), a horizontal press (like pushups or bench press), a vertical press, a horizontal pull (any kind of row), and a vertical pull (like pull-ups or cable pull-downs). Also, for strength and muscle you should increase the weight or difficulty of the exercise regularly: if you can do more than, say, 15 reps of anything, it's too easy. . Why not pick dumbbell versions of the 6 movements and try those for a few weeks, then learn the barbell lifts and try those for a few weeks, to see what holds your interest best? One way to programme it would be to pick one exercise from each of the six movement types, and split them into two alternating workouts so you're doing horizontal press/squat/horizontal pull on one workout, and on the next workout do vertical press/hip hinge/vertical pull. 5 sets and 5 reps each is a good scheme for barbell lifts, whereas for dumbbell lifts and cable machines you might do 5 sets of 10 (it could also be 8, or 12).
  17. Tanktimus the Encourager

    Lightbearer: Advance

  18. Tanktimus the Encourager

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

    Something to factor in to the cost of replacing things is the cost of shipping them. If something is expensive to ship over, it might be cheaper to buy it over there rather than take it with you.
  19. Kestrel Grey

    Ye Ranger Guilde Halle in the North [General Chat]

    My mother makes 1870s to 1910s replica hats. That image is unfortunately a true representative. (One of hers has a stuffed gopher on the brim. Next fancy hat battle I'm totally throwing it in the ring.)
  20. RogueLibrarian

    Raptron Turns 50?!?! [Challenges]

    (Because you see I *am* turning 50 this summer) HA. Cosign.
  21. Keifer

    Keifer's Daily Battles

    Wide Chin Ups 3x6,5,5 24 kg KB Press 3x5 Pull Ups/L sit 3x6,5,4 Ring Dips 2x5,4 Ring Rows 3x5 (Almost level with the floor) Cossack Squats 3x5 (Per Leg) - Keeping it slow and concentrating on negatives. Close hand Push Ups 3x20,15,10 Sit Ups 3x20,15,10 28 kg KB Goblet Squat 2x10,5
  22. Sloth the Enduring

    Ye Ranger Guilde Halle in the North [General Chat]

  23. chemgeek

    The Monastery Kitchen

    Baked salmon with stir fry veggies Marinade: 2 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp maple syrup 2 tbsp soy sauce 2 tbsp lemon juice 1 tbsp miso 1 tsp garlic 1 tsp ginger 4 serving salmon fillet Mix marinade. Marinate salmon for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350. Bake 25 minutes. Turn oven up to broil. Broil 5 minutes. Serve. Goes well with stir fry veggies.
  24. Hey all, I’ve just joined a local gym and now that I’ve been shown around and taught how to use the machines I need to build a workout routine. I’m just so overwhelmed by all the Instagram, Pinterest, ect suggestions. I am a 28 year female, roughly 130lbs and 5’7”. I used to be a cross country running in college, which has lead to an avoidance of all gyms and a weak ankle. My main goals are to look good in a bikini/naked and to get healthy/create help habits so I can be healthy when I’m older. I’m just have no idea how to get there. My gym has all the usual free weights, machines, barbells, and treadmills. I really just need someone to go “do this and this to start, then add this”
  25. So I've been combining squats and deadlifts on one day, and bench and OHP on the other day. And each day, one lift is heavy and the other light. So there's four variations. But I'm thinking about switching back to bench/squat and ohp/deadlift, and making all my lifts heavy again. The light lifts (10 or so reps) suck. And I'm not sure they're even making me stronger because I give up from feeling yuck well before failure. I was only doing them because I assumed I needed them for hypertrophy to support my heavy lifts. But not everyone agrees that higher reps are necessary for hypertrophy... and if there are two paths to getting strong, I'd rather take the one that suits my physiology and preferences. Even though the entire internet claims women have more endurance and can do more reps, the entire internet is wrong about me at least. I have less endurance and can do fewer reps than everyone else. I will probably still do some medium rep squats, because I feel they're helping me nail down the form. Today I had another go at the 170 deadlift. Got one more rep than last time. I decided to do heavy OHP instead of light squats, and I looked in my notebook and saw that I defeated 3x5x60lb last time, so it would be time for a new weight. I thought "Oh, you can't attempt a new OHP weight after heavy deadlifts", to which I answered "Suck it" and attempted 65lb anyway. PR!!! I got 3 reps.
  26. scalyfreak

    CM packs up her troubles

    With some few but glaring exceptions, for situations when our emotional well-being is jeopardized by the comments in question. (A certain lady at my gym comes to mind ). Basically, what you said in the part of your post I didn't quote
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