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  2. darkfoxx

    Darkfoxx 60: New Home, Who Dis?

    Thursday Breakfast, mall walk, came home by 1 because my lower back/tailbone was barking, sat by the pool and tried not to sweat to death because the room was still being cleaned, another mall and dinner - Mexican with drinks! - with DH.
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  4. WhiteGhost

    WhiteGhost's Fantastically Fancy 5x5 Food Fandango

    Oh yeah, coming on the back of my Diablo stint, I have doing a lot of gaming recently It is fun but really hard when the pole it too thick to get a good grasp. Almost like leaning the hand against a wall. Hmmm, that sounds like another good thing to try... Thanks, they are certainly looking forward to the end of this challenge Just keep in mid that you want to keep the weight over your center of balance. Your body will work the rest out naturally if you can do this Yes, hands and feet are super strugglebus for me. Faces are not as bad, but still hard. I have never tried animals, but it seems they would be even harder than humans Oh, no doubt about that. 4 or 5 senior executives (Including one of the CEOs) were convicted of premeditated murder and got the death penalty. It was a sort of justice, but I have not seen any real impact on the corporate ethics problems that led to it in the first place. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing that Week 5 Friday 5x5 Food Today was Beef/Pasta so I went with beef stroganoff. It is always a popular dish around here (except when I put mushrooms in it like today). I tried to upload a picture but again, no dice. Sketching Nope Ukulele Not today Proverbs Nothing again Handstands Finally made it to the park today and worked on a bunch of stuff including OA handstands. Unsurprisingly I was struggling quite a bit after not having done anything for a few days.
  5. theflyingaccountant

    Respawned: Building the Habit

    Day 19 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: 0 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: 0 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: 0 minutes. Bonus Habit 3. Level 1: Study one Duolingo Italian lesson Lessons studied: 1+
  6. annyshay

    Annyshay Settles In

    Thursday w5d4 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 and emails - joy journaling - therapy
  7. zenLara

    WhiteGhost's Fantastically Fancy 5x5 Food Fandango

    I've heard about this at every place I trained, except for my current gym, where the trainer actually said one day "we don't believe in that shit here". First time I heard it was at a tai chi class, so at first I thought it was a martial arts thing. The other day my boyfriend asked me about it while doing one of his workouts and I wasn't able to give him an answer about why would it be wrong or right, so Iooked it up today and found this: One such study that may have contributed to this belief was conducted in 2003 by Fry et al. (1), who looked at how joint torques at the knees and hips changed when restricting forward knee travel during a squat. What they found was that by limiting forward knee travel it simply shifted the stress from the knees to the hips/low back. So while squatting with restricted forward knee movement showed a 22% decrease in knee torque, there was a 1070% increase in hip torque! This is a LOT more work for the hip and low back musculature to perform, and is a potentially more dangerous squatting method for the low back. Therefore, while it is true that anterior knee stress increases as the knees come forward during a squat, it is important to know that the amount of stress from the knees going slightly in front of the toes is still WELL within the limits of what the knee can handle (2). Reference: Schoenfeld 2010. Furthermore, in order to reach FULL depth in the squat the knees almost always have to move forward past the toes. Olympic weightlifters are a great example of this, as they need to train at full depth for their sport, and so often squat with their knees past their toes, and with very high loads too.
  8. ElizeElvinFoxRyder

    ElizeElvinFoxRyder - Elize Rydes into Spring

    Anyway...w.r.t. the car, the tow guy has towed it to a friend/workshop who does electrical testing. He's worked on the Mazda before. As Brandt said, we normally take it as it comes, and go on. Dishwasher is also being worked on. Urgent stuff has been done, now I'm going to relax with a bowl of ice cold ice cream and chocolate sauce because it is another scorcher of a day here in Africa.
  9. The Hero of Time

    Level 1 - Kokiri Forest

    Week 5, day 4 summary - Oct 17th Target 1: prepare for a writing quest in the next challenge I narrowed down my ten story ideas to five. It's just possible I may come up with new ideas between now and the next challenge and I'm not going to rule out including them. Then again, there will be plenty of time to use new ideas in other stories---I'm still getting used to this idea. I plan to start fleshing the five ideas out today. I did the second day of the Killer Short Story course. It took a little longer but I still think I can fit it in. In fact, yesterday was rather busy with work and some home technical issues, and I still did it. Target 2: replace another of the Basic Runs in my interval training routine with the Island Circuit  I did the two Island Circuits and also sprinted the long version of the Basic Run. I did 2.799km in the first Island Circuit; then I was so annoyed at missing the 2.8km mark I ended up doing over 3km in the second. I've realized that, rather than concentrating on distance, I've just started running faster; that isn't really what I want to do so I'm going to focus on making the runs longer in future. This is the last time doing the runs during this challenge so it's worth just taking a moment to review. At the start of the challenge I doubted I'd be able to do the Island Circuit at all and I thought it was probably unrealistic to do two of them in the same routine. It turns out my body is more capable than I gave it credit. The crazy idea of doing a half-marathon now doesn't seem quite as insane. I actually have visible muscles in my calves now (this is kind of a shock)!  Target 3: start work on time five times  I started work on time. We had bacon, eggs, and mushrooms.
  10. Endor

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

    2 days to go.. don't choke! Sent from my SM-G965F using Tapatalk
  11. Harriet

    Finding the right path

    For sure. My motivation goes down the drain and I am also more likely to eat excessively/badly after sleeping poorly. Awesome! It remains an important function of later challenges, too
  12. Harriet

    Respawned: Building the Habit

    Interesting. I guess it's different when you find something you like enough to do even when you're bad at it (for me, lifting and writing). Something where you enjoy the process and enjoy setting and meeting modest, shorter term goals as well as dreaming of those big goals. I never got far in music because I enjoyed the idea of being a great musician more than I enjoyed practicing.
  13. oromendur

    [The Books of Vries] I am the Dream

    It was such a delightful night!! Ann and her Mr were wonderful hosts, the lively conversation ranged from philosophy to families and Hawaii to Afghanistan, and there was awesome hobbity food (steak and ale pie!) at an atmospheric old pub on the Thames. The Enting is a good-natured, happy child with a constant smile, and I am pleased to report that he is every bit as adorable as he seems on the internet Photographic evidence (somewhat blurry, sorry, I'm not the best selfie artist in the world on the best of days, and it was dark): So glad we could finally link up!
  14. Harriet

    Mike Wazowski Gets Basic

    Ah, that's interesting. I do go very low on my squats. It seems somehow harder to slow down and stop at a random point before the end of my range of motion, than to go all the way. Good awareness/managing.
  15. The Hero of Time

    So here we are........again

    Hmm, I didn't think through that acronym... Voyager is up there as one of my favourite Treks... but, then, that's quite a long list.
  16. analoggirl

    Rookie Does Things

    O.o indeed! Good to hear this year is awesome-but-non-committal Good going by the way. I also recently made some progress with my weight after months of having a rhytm.
  17. Mad Hatter

    Mad Hatter does handstands

    Garbage frustrating handstand day. Oh well, such is life.
  18. Waanie

    Rookie Does Things

    It doesn't seem to matter which sports you do; it's always core . I like your new challenge, a good continuation of the current one .
  19. Waanie

    BD Tries to Stick Around

    Glad you're still here . How's this week going?
  20. Waanie

    Waanie is looking for a goal

    Thanks . I do have a manageable todo list now, even though I don't know if I'll get more feedback from the committee. The reports only get sent to my supervisor when they are all in, and of course there's at least one person more than half a week late. Thanks . I'm still alive! I did not track my challenge-goals this week, as it was just about surviving, but somehow I still got in around two hours of exercise every day. I did do some climbing yesterday as well, and even though I did not not climb hard (again!), I felt better afterwards. Today is a rest day (so get groceries, clean the kitchen, that kind of day), and tomorrow I'm going to enlist my boyfriend for helping with the more informal parts of my thesis, like the acknowledgements and cover design. Being insecure sucks, although it's understandable when you have to make a booklet out of 5 years work.
  21. I realised laterin that yes, growing any plant, bonsai or not, in a very small volumed pot results in the whole thing not allowing for a lot of leeway regarding water/dryness light/shade & nutrients and such. So it is tough in a way, and most definitely tough to master. But I think if you can keep a potted plant alive, and you're curious about it, do try bonsai-ing at least twice. The worst that can happen? You kill a plant, it's sad, yes, but they are hardy, they can take some mistreatment before they actually die, you'll learn. And growing something from a seed... that takes a hell of a time... buying a small pottet plant and cutting it... easier and, I think, still more rewarding than buying a bonsai for heaps of money. A tree I don't even know how old it truly is, what it's been through, and how it got to look how it does now... I am weird and I like meddling... and making things... and growing things... Just keep in mind the species you are thinking about adopting: outdoor trees do better (or at all) outside (depending on where you live), house plants / (sub-)tropical plants do well indoors. Ficus is good, I am looking at Schefflera, as you know, various others. If there is a species with smaller leaves, that's usually a very attractive trait, since the leaves "work better" with the size of the plant. There's the option to cut the leaves in a certain way, so that the plant grows a whole new badge of smaller leaves. But it is very taxing, never do it two growing seasons in a row, I only read it for decidious trees, and I have never done this myself, and I do not recommand it. Please do not cut up your plants and blame me. Easier to grow a plant that has been bred for smaller leaves. Anyway. Bonsai. Growing things. Yeahhh... Work has been hectic. I have an intern running around with me, which is nice as well as tiring. I keep triple guessing way too much of my behaviour. But today is Friday, she doesn't work weekends, so I have today with her, and then Saturday and Sunday alone. Monday school starts back up, the kids will love it (not). I have 9 days off ahead of me, but Monday I'll get a flu shot for the first time ever, hoping I don't get the sick from it. Aparently that's a common thing. Get flu shot, get sick, but not as bad as actual influenza. So I have that to look forward to. I have paperwork here, that I'll hand in before work, then I'm done with all the things that needed sorting out. I'll see a friend for a thing tonight, looking forward to that, a lot. I have to unfuck my food habits... seriously... but I am actually in the mood to cook good food... Also in the mood to do decluttering... we bave too much stuff, and I refuse to buy more storage, our storage is fine. One more thing in the entry/hallway/diningroom for vases and memory-wall-paraphernalia (pins, string, boxes for unused photos, postcards and such) but that'll be it. I have to watch a few movies, and I think I'll watch one every 3ish days... so two per week, I will decide Fridays which ones I'll be watching the next week, resulting in a "keep" or "let go" decision for each one. If I can neither make myself watch it nor find a replacement to watch within the horrid box of waiting, I will just have to let it go without watching it. Movies will migrate from box of waiting, to either drawer or donation, at a minimum of "two per week"-speed. Why Friday? Because today is Friday. Just because "why not now?". So today is the 18th, calendar week (KW)42. In KW 43 I will decide the fate of: In addition I will take the time and craft a stopper thingy with the little one and the hotglue gun to put into the drawers under our couch so the movies don't keep sliding around in there when we open and close the drawers. And once that is complete we could move a few favourites to the display shelf, sort the rest, and move GhostInTheShell into the series drawer... So far the minor plan, will continue to clean out shit we don't need as I can. Looking forward to a few days off... Maybe I'll even be able to reach my keyboard and play some music again...? Display shelf (=any guest is welcome to request to watch any movie at (almost) any time): So far the plan... we'll see how it goes. I had a big thing happen at therapy. My official homework for the next week is to say "I am enough." during quiet alone-moments and feel into how it feels. Plus I keep dropping habits I want established (ticking of boxes, shining my frikkin sink, plus all the rest...). And yes being present here would be awesome too, but I think that last one will take a bit more patience... a.k.a. not yet. Miss hanging out with you all more. Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts. 감사합니다. ♡ Katrin send from my phone, bear with me.
  22. aramis

    Mortimer's battle logs.

    Want to loose some weight or don't have time to eat in the morning?
  23. tracer-actual

    Holo-Log

    Friday - Development Training Day AM Weight loaded walk Went for ~100 minutes carrying ~30kg. Went up Trig Point. Getting hot. Better than last week (when we went up the alternate road - which was the toughest we have done it). The heat is making this walk a lot harder - still great though! PM Simple KB Swings (from Pavel) Every minute, do 10 single arm KB swings (each arm) for 5 minutes. 100 swings total. 24kg KB.
  24. Mortimer

    Mortimer's battle logs.

    Did the nerd fitness hotel room work out. At level 2, had to take one break for push ups for all sets. Overhead Squats: 25 reps (could have done jumping squats but doing them at 3am is bloody noisy). Inverted rows: 10 reps (on handlebars of treadmill, couldn't pull fully up due to narrow grip) Push-Ups: 20 reps Reverse Crunches: 15 reps 3 sets total. Breakfast: A kiwi and an apple Going to start intermittent fasting soon while I am on vacation.
  25. Mad Hatter

    Raptron Ramps Up

    I just did squats and thought of you and now I feel equally puny and awestruck.
  26. Ignimbrite

    The Game Changers

    Who has watched the game changers already? Friday night and I've just hit play (or any other plant based films for that matter)
  27. jedi_mind

    jedi_mind heals part ii

    welp...i threw my back out trying to pick up my older boy from his car seat. i can barely move. i thought "well at least i can play red dead in bed" but it took 5 hours of trouble shooting to reformat the machine and another two hours to install the game. *sigh* not my day. my income is jeopardized by he injury...i just dunno what we're gonna do. if this isnt a wakeup call about my health i dunno what is. if i was at square 1 before im at zero right now.
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