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  2. Grumble

    StillStar starts

    Stillstar, meet DOMS. DOMS, meet Stillstar. Sounds like you'll become good friends. What's your warmup and cooldown look like?
  3. Snarkyfishguts

    Snarky Is Happy to Be Here

    Today: i didnt work out nor do I plan to work out today! I AM DEVIATING FROM MY SCHEDULE I need to deviate today. I’ve had so many errands and appointments this week, and I never want to be this busy again. Which will happen again, because I HAVE TERRIBLE BOUNDARIES. So what I REALLY need to do is workout and take care of myself and put all that other crap second so I’m not so damn tired after a busy day. CRAP. I hate realizing flawed thinking. I wish I could say skipping a workout and eating gummy bears makes me truly happy, but then..... I must not tell lies. But the good news is..... I cooked dinner! Broiled chicken breast, toasted corn and black bean salad, and cucumber salad. Sometimes I want to say “Cucumberbatch”
  4. scalyfreak

    Brogo: beats for brainz

    The highest possible difficulty setting in the Game of Life... impressive!
  5. CombustibleLemon

    fitbyforty's first challenge

    Hey there, just stopping by to see what you're up to Looks like you're making good use of your motivation. Good luck for the challenge!
  6. scalyfreak

    JessFit goes full warrior

    There is a question, and it is: Did the sanity disappear before or after arriving here with us...?
  7. kristianwriting

    fitbyforty's first challenge

    Holy shirtballs, we have similar goals! I'm rooting for you! <3 Although cutting out full-calorie sodas and fast food aren't in my challenge goals, I've been trying to make them a reality, nevertheless, for about the last 2-3 weeks. I've cut out full-cal sodas by chugging water and the occasional seltzer or diet soda instead, and I've avoided fast food by buying quick-fix salad mixes and meals from the freezer section (Birdseye Protein Blends and Atkins). Idk if that would fit into your lifestyle at all, but it's what has helped me!
  8. Quick update: Didn't do any foam rolling or getting into the shop last night. Could have gone in early but lazed around and then when I got up to start doing stuff, daughter need help with chemistry homework. So stayed up late trying to remember the properties of galvanic cells and the Nernst equation. I'm amazed any of it is still in my head after over twenty years! But, got up early this morning and did some quality rolling out of muscles. Also got in some handstand practice. Food isn't as good as I had hoped it would be today, but not terrible. I need to figure out how to get out of this... I think I need to start bringing lunch to work. I might go running tonight, we'll see how I feel. Happy Wednesday!
  9. CombustibleLemon

    StillStar starts

    Yeah, the first bit is always the worst, I guess that's our bodies saying "HOOOOOOLD UP! I'm not used to that and I'm NOT comfortable!" Also, hello and congrats on the progress! Keep up the motivation!
  10. Greetings and salutations, This isn't my first challenge, but it is the first one I've made in a while, so I'm labelling myself as a newb and a filthy casual this go-round. I'm a recent returner to NF (there's some about me at the bottom here, if you're interested), and I'm looking forward to getting back on track with my fitness journey. All encouragement is appreciated! Cheers! — K. MAIN QUEST: to build a sustainable habit of healthful activities that will assist me in reaching my longterm goal of ~100 lb weight loss, better cardiovascular health, eventual Ranger membership SIDE QUESTS: Get at least 30 active minutes in every day Days Achieved: 2/28 Days Failed: 0/28 Drink at least 3L of water every day Days Achieved: 2/28 Days Failed: 0/28 Log food in MyFitnessPal every day Days Achieved: 2/28 Days Failed: 0/28 Finish up my last semester of grad school Counting down to May 10 ADDITIONAL INFO: I'm not setting up any hard weight loss goals for this challenge, but I do want to track myself and stay accountable. HW: 237.2 CW: 237.2 (22 Apr.) GW: 120 I'll add measurements on 4-week challenge #2! For more info, check out my NF character:
  11. Curl Brogo

    Brogo: beats for brainz

    Not crushing it right now. I did good getting up early on Monday, but I still didn't make it in to work until 6:30-7. With only five hours of sleep it was easy to dwell on caffeine and internet. Then Tuesday and this morning I felt the overwhelming need to catch up on sleep. What's worse is that work sucks this week. Monday my senior associate and I were finishing up a tough job, so I was there till 5 and got around 10 hours... that also contributed to the want/need to sleep in... and yesterday and today I've been working in the quality lab doing the most monotonous crap. There is still no work on the machines I've been running (which I like to run) and tomorrow I'll be bouncing around again to go wherever work is needed. I've been eating like shit. Feeling fairly depressed, and reminding myself that it will pass as it usually does. Damn you GoT. If I hadn't stayed up late to watch you I might not be in this mess. On the other hand, I have to admit that I am not a morning person and the whole plan that involves getting up at 4 am is just not manageable for me. I'm fighting against my own biology pretty damn hard. I'm not, nor have I ever enjoyed the early riser lifestyle. Whenever I try this I tend to be able to stick to it for a few days, maybe a week at most, and then I burn out on it. I really need to find a way to balance this out.
  12. A thing I learned from knitting is to not have more than one thing "on the needles" at one time. I found that I was much more disciplined at finishing something when I forbade myself from starting the new shiny project until I had finished the current one. I brought that same mentality to the woodshop, and I think my work has suffered for it. In knitting, you never have to wait for glue to dry, or for a machine to get fixed (or have to wait for a new one). That is a really long way of saying that I am trying to put aside one project and start another, but it is tough. I have a few things I want/need to get done. First, and the project I had started on is a set of salt cellars (one for me, two for gifts), but I realized that without the new bandsaw I ordered, getting it done the way I want will be very tough. I also have been designing and need to start dimensioning the wood for a file cabinet my wife wants. It will match our bedside tables: Here's one bedside table without the drawers in it, but you get the idea. It is ash and walnut with dovetail joinery. But, starting that requires some focussed time in the shop. Another thing I want/need to do is make a light fixture for the kitchen. I want it to be a shoji style fixture, but again. That requires some more time in my head, and then on paper before I bring it to the shop. I also need to make a new monitor stand for the home computer. I have one I made at work, and I love it. That is the thing I should start on next. But those salt cellar blanks are just staring at my soul... Here is the monitor stand at work: That is cherry wood with walnut tusks. So, that is what I will work on next, probably in cherry again, and some slight tweaks. I also want to make a dice rolling tray, but that also needs some time in my head and on the drawing board. I should have gone into the shop last night, but I think I'm just overwhelmed with starting a new project while the previous one waits.
  13. Guzzi

    Ye Ranger Guilde Halle in the North [General Chat]

    Ohmygosh, I love this song!!! Or at least I love the line dance that goes along to it.
  14. Thanks in advance to anyone who makes it through this. I copy pasted this template and if anyone has any questions or needs more info I'm all in. The issue for me is I fell in love with Starting Strength when I started lifting. For a couple years I did a bb based program and as I progressed I added weight, sets, and accessory exercises. I used almost exclusively free weights, always bb big lifts first. I was squatting a little over 200 lbs as my work out weight when I got in a car wreck. At that time I was about 180 lbs and I had lost down from 245 lbs. After being cleared to exercise again I had a bad bout with planter fasciitis and then I kind of gave up and I ended up gaining back up to 260 lbs where I am now. I don't have access to the same gym I used to and I am looking for a good program that isn't centered around the bb. I do have access to a smiths machine, but have never used it. Below is more info and my battle log is here Fitness Goals : To be fit and a healthy weight by age 40 (2 and a half years). To run a spartan race by age 40. Other things I'd like to do : powerlifting comp, rock climbing, surfing, skateboarding. exercise Preference Body weight - some body weight is cool, but I don't want exclusively body weight. Power lifts - I love lifting weights, as stated above I like barbell lifts and free weights, but that is limited now due to being at a different gym. GPP Since I'm so heavy, running does a number on my shins and feet, so I plan to add more of that in once I get some weight off. The treadmill and walking tighten my back up pretty fast. Current Physical Stats Gender - female Age - 37 Height - 5ft Weight - 260 lbs Previous Training History Past Programs - Starting strength to start, then I added in more sets, more weight, and additional lifts and accessory work as needed. Always did a barbell central program. How long - 2 years of lifting until a wreck and I had to rehab. After back healed I had issues with plantar fasciitis and gave up basically. I just started back after being out for a few years. (estimating times the best I can) Current Training Present Program - No program, looking for one. How long - I have done 2 days in the gym since starting back. Last two workouts: Day one : (lbs) (short rests) Leg press (with free weight leg press, not band) - 180x12, 180x10, 180x 8 Adduction- 100x9, 100x5, 100x5 Abduction - 115x12, 115x10, 115x8 Back extension (cable machine) - 100x10, 100x10, 100x6 Hydromassage bed 10 mins Day 2: (didn't bring notebook so no weights, but 3 sets of each as heavy as I could to have the first set in 10-12 rep range.) Chest press (oh man did I miss free weight bench press so I might use dumbells next time instead of the machine) lat pull down shoulder press (machine) note: the angle and range of motion for this did not seem just so for me (I'm really short), so I will switch to dumbells next time stability ball transfer crunch  full body stretching Current Diet Just starting my journey again so mostly for the first month I'm cutting out drinks with calories, added sugars, unhealthy foods. I'm trying to make healthier choices. Leaning toward mostly vegan diet with plenty of beans. I will probably eat meat on occasion but not routinely. I am eating no oils and no sugar. I am shooting for mostly whole foods. For the most part I'm trying to follow the Forks over knives/engine 2 diet. (My dad has had a lot of success on this eating plan over the last 3 years health wise and I feel good when following it) Daily Calories - I am not tracking right now, after the first month in my second challenge, that will be my focus. Daily Macros - I am not tracking right now, after the first month in my second challenge, this will be my focus. Current Resources/Limitations Gym Access - Planet fitness. No barbell. There is a smith machine but I've never used it. There are tons of band weights/weight machines, dumbbells, a free weight style leg press, cable towers, multiple cardio machines, a 30 minute full body circuit, assisted pull up machines, stability balls, medicine balls, maybe kettlebells. Work/School Schedule - I work a lot of hours but I work from home. Time Allowed - mon-Friday (some Saturdays) gym access, weekends at home with only adjustable barbells, an ab wheel, and my body. I'm willing to give any more information that helps. I'm willing to do pretty much anything I can physically do. I need to keep back extensions as part of my program because I feel that will strengthen the weakest part of my back. Crunches are out because I carry most of my weight in my stomach and I can't physically crunch far enough in to work my abs. Stability ball transfer crunches really do target my core better than crunches, crunch machines, cable crunches or anything like that. So, can anyone recommend something to try? I don't want to just be wasting my time with accessory work. I am in this to build a different body. Thank you to anyone who made it this far.
  15. Snarkyfishguts

    Snarky Is Happy to Be Here

    That is scary!
  16. Sciread77

    Snarky Is Happy to Be Here

    We’ve had some good storms but not much tornado activity in my area recently. However, a week or two ago it legit felt like the house was going to blow down. The whole thing was shaking.
  17. StillStar

    fitbyforty's first challenge

    I got myself a standing desk when I started working from home - well, I’m using a couple of ikea Stuva drawer units with a desk surface laid across the top. I got myself a barstool to go with it- so I could either stand or sit down. If a new desk is out of your budget you could consider getting a ball - sorry I don’t know the technical word in English, where I saw them they were just called a medicine ball. Because it moves when you move, you need to engage your core more to stabilise yourself, so it’s more like active sitting. Probably a chunk cheaper than buying new furniture...
  18. Guzzi

    TGP going the distance!

    Have you considered waterproof socks? I’ve had a pair of MoD issue gortex socks for years and swore by them for the motorbike.
  19. Sciread77

    Mae for May! (And a little bit of April)

    Personally, I function best on days I get straight into the shower. The warmth actually raises your body temperature and helps mitigate morning grogginess, which I struggle with when I shower in the evening. On the flip side, cold morning showers can shock you into consciousness. I often really wake up about 2/3 the way through my shower, especially in the winter.
  20. scalyfreak

    Mike Wazowski: Just Barely Getting By

    There, corrected that for you If there is only two other people in the world who have your hobby, you can now find them online. Previously isolated freaks of the world, unite!
  21. Guzzi

    Guzzi - getting a life, intermittently

    Some pics of the gym, just coz it’s awesome!
  22. CombustibleLemon

    What do you even do all day? Doe tracks everything.

    Hey there and congrats on your progress! Love your goals - keeping track of everything in my life is something I've always wanted but also avoided to do. ^^
  23. Guzzi

    Guzzi - getting a life, intermittently

    Whoops! I never saw these posts! Thank you, good to have you along! I find it really works, I’m not in the right headspace to eat at a constant deficit right now, and I’m not convinced that I would ever bother trying after experimenting with IF. There’s definitely a psychological element to it. Although you do get hungry at mealtimes I find that I’m not hungry at other times of the day, and not even as hungry as I can be at times when I’m just late making dinner or something. I have found that my concentration isn’t as good on fasting days so I wouldn’t want to do it on a day where I was driving a lot, or performing open heart surgery or something... Tuesday Update It was a beautiful day yesterday, but very, very windy! Colin and I walked up to the Gym (Shetland Weight Training Club) in our village where we have a membership and did a short workout each. This is an actual club rather than a commercial gym, there are no staff and decisions are made by a committee of members. I can’t honestly say that my workout was anything to write home about, but it got me out of breath and fairly tired, that’s good enough for me! 5 rounds of: 10x 12kg American swings 10x 7.5kg back squat (just trying to improve the movement pattern for now) 5x assisted pull-ups 5x 30kg deadlift. I made myself a wrap with sweet potato pakora (spiced with cumin, ground coriander, garam masala and chilli powder), baby spinach, onion, tomato, red pepper, jalapeños, and chilli mayonnaise. Although not a challenge goal I am trying to eat (slightly) less meat and (lots) more veg. The only downside to this is that my system isn’t quite used to having so much fibre. Hopefully next challenge I will be able to work on this in a more structured way (the goal that is, not the effects of eating more fibre!) We we got the grass cut for the first time this year on Monday but the recycling centre was closed with it being Easter so we took the cuttings there yesterday instead. We couldn’t get parked near the skip for garden waste and Colin opted to just wait until some of the other vehicles had left but I had other ideas and basically got several bonus “farmers walks” into my day by carrying a dozen bags of clippings two at a time through the warehouse to the skip. I also got a yoga session in the evening but over-stretched something in my groin (probably the adductor) and found it difficult to walk afterwards. This put paid to my dancing although I did stick it out for a little while in the hope that it would ease off, it didn’t - it got worse. I was really worried that I’d actually torn something but thankfully it was completely fine this morning, although I skipped my aerobics class today just to be safe. 1. Get organised I didn’t get any studying done because we went to the gym in the morning then took the grass cuttings to the dump after lunch, evening was yoga then dancing. 2. Get moving Walked to gym and back Workout at gym Yoga Half-hearted attempt at dancing. Steps - 11,366 Total - 23,265 3. Get to bed Went to bed at 10:15 but again no meditation, mostly because Colin came to bed at the same time and I feel that it would be unfair to inflict it upon him. Sleep was ok but I was still tired this morning. I did however wake up before 7am so I score my first bonus points of the week! 4. Get fast Doing this today (Wednesday) and I’ve had nothing but tea and coffee all day.
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  25. CombustibleLemon

    CombustibleLemon builds healthy habits

    Thanks for all the nice replies Hehe, I'll be sure to check out your challenge as well! The drinking has been a piece of cake these last few days. Summer's been starting to take control over the weather around here, it's been so warm I didn't even have to remind myself to drink - thirst did its part. And my daily movement quest is going really great aswell (11 day streak on completing 8000 steps a day, wohoo!). The only minor setback was a dinner with friends yesterday that I almost forgot about. They booked a table for 8 pm and we stayed waaaaay too long, so my fasting period ended a bit too early after about 14 hours today. But hey - 14 is almost 16! And during the 5 days beforehand I fasted for at least 16 hours each day. The beginning was a bit tough because I always sat at the table with a black coffee at hand while everybody else was eating, but seeing that I still was strong-minded enough to ignore the food was kind of a confidence boost.
  26. WildSonja

    Perseverance in Rehab-land

    Sometimes the "duh" smacks you upside the head. So, if I'm going to work on maintenance eating I may need a reliable scale. Not sure if my old analog is accurate or not anymore. Time to do some shopping.
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