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  2. Athaclena

    Athaclena - Just Keep Swimming....

    Things have definitely fallen down the "wayside" on the walking front. I've been exhausted and forgetting to "protect" my morning time by blocking an extra early 1/2 hour on my schedule - so had to be online and ready to go (which meant at least a few minutes of prep) at 9am. I know - for you early folks - I'll cry you a river LOL. But I'm not a morning person - and lets just say that the 9 months I had to be in Downtown Atlanta by 7:30a required a crap ton of caffeine because I had to be on the road by 6:25a - miss that by 5 min and I'd be 15-20 min late *shudder*. On the bright side, I've made progress packing and cleaning the house. The kitchen has STAYED clean the last couple of weeks - WHILE cooking 3-5 times per week (trust me - this is a record - not so much for the # of times per week cooked - but keeping a clean kitchen while doing it LOL). I've managed at least a surface clean of all 3 bathrooms. OH - and I've been eating veggies more regularly. So - I'll take it. Now to swim on to the next challenge!
  3. DarK_RaideR

    Should [DarK_RaideR] roll the dice or roll in the mud?

    I'm having a super deflated finish, courtesy of family drama, financial issues and a slight case of "is it a cold or is it food poisoning?" Will return tomorrow with my final results, a challenge wrap-up and hopefully another NGW show.
  4. Johnsmith

    Supplements

    There are many different weight loss solutions and supplements. This includes all sorts of pills, drugs and natural supplements. These are claimed to help you lose weight, or at least make it easier to lose weight combined with other methods. The most popular weight loss pills and supplements are Garcinia Cambogia and became most popular worldwide. These supplements have no side effects. Most of my friends have used it and also they have reduces their weight.
  5. aramis

    Mortimer's battle logs.

    I keep my opinion - shower head mounted 20 centimeters from open electric outlet... Beautiful!
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  7. Well, you did say ask you anything so... 1. How fluid is guild membership? For my next challenge, I want to focus on lifting weights, but I also want to continue meditating daily. Is bouncing back and forth between guilds (e.g. for this next challenge I'm a warrior and for the subsequent challenge I'm a druid) a legal move? 2. How long have you been on the forums? 3. What do you think is the greatest album of the last 50 years?
  8. Well maybe, you'll have to play around with it. For me it's the most comfortable because I can have a pretty straight body while being able to lock in my arms initially, rather than having to start with a pull-up. Having to bend my knees makes it feel awkward for some reason, but that might just be me. The one thing it doesn't show is the timing aspect, of when to tip and when to straighten the arms. But it's at least something to do in your home. Oh yeah, it's super hard!! No problem! Thanks for making me play around on my rings.
  9. I think it was maybe a bit too low, then. First vid seems useful, probably will help me to understand which things need to move, because I was at a total loss. Second vid looks great, I'll give it a try as soon as I can and check whether I die or not. The exercise on minute 7 was indeed one of those we practiced, only that we did it with our legs together, and then we also did it to the sides to end up doing backward rolls. I guess I could find a way to practice those flags. Ohmygod the last ones! I'll probably stay on the first two options Thank you very much for taking the time to look up all this for me <3
  10. Mad Hatter

    Mad Hatter retreats

    I know right! Yes, I always kinda of said it was important but without really doing it, but this challenge made it very clear just how necessary it is. And not just for processing, but also for making space for more interesting and more creative thoughts to pop up.
  11. Mad Hatter

    WhiteGhost's Fantastically Fancy 5x5 Food Fandango

    This was such a big win! And your food looked soooo good! I really hope you'll find your motivation for ukulele and sketching because I love seeing the output. Yep! Looking forward to the next one!
  12. Curl Brogo

    Harriet's Even Better Programme

    RE: Fascia I used to have a problem with fasciitis when I worked at Amazon. The problem for me turned out to be how I tied my shoes. I used to snug the laces along the whole length of the arch, not tight, but I was aiming for "better support" I guess. Then I think I read/saw something about waling bearfoot and how letting your foot naturally spread over a walking surface helps stretch the tissues. So I switched to an older pair of shoes that were well worn and left the laces relatively loose and the problem (which was fascia so tight I couldn't or could barely walk in the morning) pretty much went away. Anywho. Fascial massage is probably nice, but maybe there's a solution involved in identifying a bad habit/behavior/pair of shoes that takes care of the worst of it. Bonus points for me for typing all that and not making a joke about fascists or facials.
  13. WhiteGhost

    WhiteGhost's Fantastically Fancy 5x5 Food Fandango

    Could be. I was able to get a feel for faces (and hands to a certain extent) because I started with tutorials that focused on relative proportions. That way I could build a basic outline that looked vaguely like it should and then flesh it out from there. For feet (and for other thing like animals) I just don't know what the proportions should be so I just kind of eyeball it and it never comes out right. Probably due to the effect you mentioned. I really think I should take a focused course. I will go back and revisit Udemy this week and see if there is something that grabs me. Week 5 Sunday I did absolutely nothing for all 5 categories today so I am not going to bother listing them out. I think I will just do a challenge review and be done with it. Challenge review: 5x5 Food I did really well on this, even though it was harder than I thought having to make specific foods. I ended up getting 24/25 of the food combinations on the original schedule (missed on on Pork/Mexican) and overall I am very happy with how this turned out. Sketching This one started out strong but them I got discouraged trying to draw stuff beyond my capability. I didn't do as much sketching as I had intended, but I still learned a bit, particularly about my behaviours and what I need to do to get back on track Ukulele This one also started out well, mostly because I was super motivated to learns some songs to sing while I was on my cruise. After that I got hit with the triple whammy of no specific goal/trying to learn a song too advanced for me/internet connection issues. Oh well, I am still happy with how this went and feel good about keeping it going in some form going forward. Proverbs I was doing great until I got lazy and looked for short cuts. Not a great way to make progress. Overall still going to call this one a success. Handstands This one got added in midway through the challenge so hard to judge over a short period, but I am going to call this one a win too. I haven't actually made any measurable progress here, but when progress comes in millisecond increments, patience is the word. Consistency is the other word, and although I haven't been perfect I have been doing reasonably ok. Overall score? Let's call it a win but I will admit it had a really weak finish. I'm ready for the next challenge to start, let's bring it on!
  14. You should definitely not feel like an idiot! The teacher should've been helping you. How high were the rings? I'd suggest keeping it the ring at about head height, that way you can try hop into it, or get a bit of extra momentum by swinging your leg. It's also fine to put a foot on the ring on the hoop, and then push with the foot to tip your hips backward. To begin with of course. That's absolutely fine. I just wanted to mention it in case you're trying to do it with straight arms which is much, much harder. This video series breaks down the hip movement. On rings it's easier to get into it in a sort of froggy tuck, so you'd make a diamond shape with your legs before extending into a straddle. Here are more exercises, especially the ones at the 7 minute mark are useful. The whole video is a bitch to get through though! At least for my shitty endurance. If you can find a pole, or a sturdy piece of furniture to grab onto, or a book case where you can wedge your hands underneath the flag exercises in the middle of the video are great Hope this helps.
  15. theflyingaccountant

    Respawned: Building the Habit

    Day 21 The War: Get a private pilot's license and have enough money to be able to enjoy it.  The Financial Campaign: 1. Build up a minimum non-retirement savings of $20,000. The Physical Campaign: 2. Keep my body healthy so that I can enjoy flying as I get older. Main Effort: Meditate daily. Level 1: Meditate for a minimum of 3 minutes each morning before work. Meditation time: 5+ minutes. Supporting Effort 1. Control my cravings. Level 1: Limit myself to a maximum of 2 drinks per day. Drinks consumed: 0 Supporting Effort 2. Do things with my body every day. Level 1a: Do one barbell squat with empty barbell after I get home from work. Level 1b: Do one pushup after I get home from work. Squats done: 0 Pushups done: 1+ Supporting Effort 3. Establish a daily study habit. Level 1: Study for the CISA exam for at least 5 minutes each morning after I meditate. Study time: 5+ minutes Bonus Habit 1. Level 1: Update the budget spreadsheet for basic daily purchases every evening before bed. Budget updated: Yes  Bonus Habit 2. Level 1: Play piano for 5 minutes after doing my barbell squat. Playing time: 5+ minutes. Bonus Habit 3. Level 1: Study one Duolingo Italian lesson Lessons studied: 1+
  16. Novaurora

    Novaurora Decides which of her F*cks are Newsworthy

    Challenge Wrap up: While we started out REALLY strong, getting sick really showed me how ragged I was running myself, so while we did learn some good habits and put some good practices in place, I need to slow down and try to find ways to work smarter, not harder.
  17. Mortimer

    Mortimer's battle logs.

    Oh about Taiwan: Me at the base of Taipei 101. Taipei 101 night scene: Candle Rock formation at Yehliu: Jiufen old street: Golden waterfall:
  18. deftona

    The Doodlies are at it again!

    We are indeed [emoji2]
  19. annyshay

    Elastigirl Welcomes Autumn

    Glad that you're finding good simple ways to take care of yourself.
  20. annyshay

    Annyshay Settles In

    Saturday w5d6 Water - filled both my water bottles - tracked my intake (22 ounces) Food - breakfast, lunch, and dinner distraction free Coaching - intention mantra for 2 minutes - Rise Foods list - journaling - joy journaling
  21. Snarkyfishguts

    The Doodlies are at it again!

    I always knew you waffles all secretly wanted to be pancakes Waffles are still best for peanut butter and jelly. But pancakes are pretty tasty
  22. Mortimer

    Mortimer's battle logs.

    Lunch: One roasted pigeon One chicken wing stuffed with fried rice 5 glutinous rice balls stuffed with various filings More glutinous rice flavoured with yam and sweet potato with green beans Half a cheese tart Dinner: An orange Not exactly healthy but that's what you get snacking on the go on street food.
  23. deftona

    The Doodlies are at it again!

    I always knew you waffles all secretly wanted to be pancakes
  24. h3r0

    h3r0 gets athletic

    FALL CHALLENGE WRITEUP Goals for this challenge: #1 Stay Strong Follow my weekly routine 3x week: Base BB exercise KB cycles (squat, press, and swing) Good for the most part, switched to a 4x week routine and focused more on strength than anything else. It worked, I added 5-10 lbs to all my lifts so count that as a win. +1 STR #2 Conditioning I plan on getting good at the jump rope. I will play with it and see how I will plan this out 2-3 times a week. Started off well, but abandoned after awhile. I still want to feel athletic but desire switched to wanting more muscle instead. 0 points #3 Fuel I feel better when I get enough protein and water. Daily protein target: 150g Daily water target: 48oz 50% completion. I was terrible at the water but did well with the protein and diet overall. I have definitely gained a little more muscle this challenge.
  25. Tanktimus the Encourager

    ElizeElvinFoxRyder - Elize Rydes into Spring

    Just know your sons have a better mother than you did and whoever they end up with will have a much more supportive MIL than you do.
  26. Mad Hatter

    Elastigirl Welcomes Autumn

    Yay!
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