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  2. Manarelle

    Manarelle pays the rent

    Leg wraps (aka winingas, which is just fun to say) are done. 36 feet of serging, ironing, and hemming - first time my hamstring has cramped from holding the pedal down for so long without a break. But hey, they're done; literally only waiting on the helmet, now. Stretch linen, hand-dyed. They're surprisingly comfy, not itchy, and not hot. Hopefully that holds true after several hours of wearing them. The fuzzy socks will not be part of the final outfit.
  3. aramis

    Umm... Hi?

    As I see, this is a place for a first post here on forums, so here we go. Hello Rebellion. I go as aramis (lowercase "a" is intentional for any grammar nazi over here) for almost half of my life for all my friends and even my wife (who I met in medieval reconstruction group I joined back in the college). I'm 38, married, father of two hellspawns (5 and 8), working full-time job in engineering and trying to find time for generic family-time, goofing around with kids, some exclusive time with wife, and also nerd stuff like gaming, woodworking, old tool renovation and recently airsoft. Some time ago there was also medieval reconstruction, but sadly, as people from my group got older, went to different cities/countries it just died. But I kept all my stuff so when the need arises, I can fight zombie outbreak as XIVth century infantryman with glaive and pavise. But enough oversharing, let's get back to the topic. First - stats: Height 193cm Weight 80kg Age 38 Male And then, character story: At the end of march I casually stepped on a scale and found I gained some kilograms (did I mention I'm form Poland? That's in Europe/across the pond, for all of you Freedomers). I'm overall in okay-ish shape (or I thought so), but as my job evolved toward more desk-job than working at the machines, I found myself gaining some fat from not moving enough. Then I decided I need to find some home workout I can stick with and found Beginners' Bodyweight Workout. At first, I was able to do only two circuits, limiting pushups to 5-6 in set. Throughout april I slowly worked up to full three circuits with complete sets (it's hard, but doable), working out every other day. On top of that (thanks to many articles here on NF about nutrition) I started to track my food intake, cut sugar, liquid calories, bread and snacks, added vegetables, limited my calorie intake and so on. In result, I dropped from 86kg to my target weight of 80kg AND progressed with workouts at the end of april. My body fat level decreased as well - I don't know exact numbers, but readings on body fat calipers dropped from 12mm to about 6-8mm - fold measured above Illiac crest. My eating habits are far from optimal, but I do what I can to balance my diet. I skip breakfast every day (IF ftw), then eat lunch at noon (batch cooked chicken with vegetables), dinner around 4pm and supper before 8pm. I work out in the afternoon, mostly around 6pm, so my supper doubles as post-workout meal. It is (on work-out days) cottage cheese and almonds. On rest days, it's omlette / scrambled eggs with tomatoes and mozarella or something similar. The most troublesome meal is dinner, as my father is in charge of cooking and he tends to cook very carb-heavy meals with little-to-none proteins and vitamins. Just picture a platefull of pasta with instant roasting sauce and a piece of fried sausage. Or delicious, but still mostly-carb potato dumplings. I will not argue with him about this because he helps so much with home, kids etc while me and my wife are at work, but as I said - dinners are pain in the ass to balance in the diet. In most cases I just assume most of my carb intake will be from whatever is at dinner, and plan to maximize protein on lunch and supper. I used to eat less than 1700kcal on rest days and less than 1900kcal on workout days. Recently I stopped counting calories and macros (I hate this), but I did it for over a month and I stick to habits I made then. I only raised a bit my calorie intake to even the deficit I did in april to lose weight. My concern is if I eat enough, but the scale shows no more than 2kg differences week-to-week, so I think I'm quite good. End of backstory. Now, the problem: Since I've met my weight goal, I needed new one. About a week ago, I dropped earlier workout plan and started my way to first real pull-up. I use this article as my guide. I've started at level 3A (assisted pull-ups with exercise band), since I can easily make 3x8 body rows at about 30 degrees from floor. After the pull-up part (3 sets with 2min breaks in between), I add some push-ups and squats for complete full body workout in form of circut - (15 squats with exercise band , 10 push-ups)x3. Of course I warm up before and stretch after. For now, I use 35kg band to help me get above the bar, but I find my pull muscles get tired extremely fast - I can do 6-5-2 reps, not a single more. My arms and back just don't cooperate. Similar thing is with push-ups. I make 10 on the first circuit like a champ, second circuit is easy 6-7, then things get hard, and last circuit is 4-5 reps okay, then every next one needs couple seconds of rest and holding breath to push me up. I don't understand why I get tired so fast. Where should I look for a cause of this to work on the solution?
  4. Curl Brogo

    Brogo Becomes a Snake Handler

    I found a new terminal emulator that works! And doesn't suck. Then spent the last three hours venting computer frustrations by playing a zelda randomizer ROM. If you want to play the original, but get bored after like 20 mins because you already know the game like the back of your hand, this is the way to go. Also, I weighed in at 254 this morning. That's a new daily low since I started this keto thing.
  5. RedPandaOne

    RedPandaOne reporting for duty

    Thank you! I'm going to the store tomorrow so I'll see if I can pick out the right thing, lol. I know most people do slow cookers in the winter, but I'm thinking I'm going to use mine over the summer to cut down on how hot my kitchen gets. I should go buy a cookbook of just crockpot recipes.
  6. Guzzi

    Ba Dum Tiss (Bad Joke Thread)

    Bahahahahaha! That’s a classic!
  7. Guzzi

    RedPandaOne reporting for duty

    Buy a shoulder of pork and just trim the thick layer of fat and skin off the top, then slap it in the slow cooker (crockpot) on med/high and leave it all day (6-8hrs). It is much easier to just leave the fat and skin on whilst it’s cooking and trim it off before you “pull” the pork, but some of the fat will render out and make the dish fattier. It’s totally your choice. I will look out some decent recipes and share them.
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  9. Salinger

    Cheetah sprained his butt.

    How is your weekend going? x
  10. Guzzi

    Guzzi gets her Yogi on

    Thanks guys! I’ll try not to slope off towards the end of the challenge this time, lol!
  11. Salinger

    DaemonCorax becomes less round (incubating pt. 6)

    Sending love to you all xx
  12. So, um, I bought a packet of oreo-type cookies for the first time in many, many years, and ate most of it in one day. Delicious. But also, enough calories to fuel a smaller person for an entire day. Not sure what to think. The IE book would say having cookies around will teach me that they are nothing special, I would eventually stop scarfing them in excess number. But a look at industry food-development practices would say that these foods are carefully designed to be irresistible, and that they're simply not the kind of food our hunger or intuitions evolved to cope with. I think my inclination is to not totally ban such foods, but also not to buy and keep them around the house as I would other groceries. I noticed I went for the cookies, and on another occasion, a cupcake, right after having a salad for lunch. The salad is one of the most high calorie meals I regularly eat, yet it leaves me craving carbs, at least sometimes. Or maybe I just had a couple of hungry days. Actually I seem to have developed a strong interest in carbs generally. Oats, farro, bread, wild rice, quinoa, and sugar, nom. Anyway, I'm getting pretty comfortable with honouring my hunger and giving unconditional permission to eat... not sure if I'm doing quite as well at eating mindfully, stopping when full, or introducing gentle nutrition. I'm more just eating everything (some whole foods, some junk). What's the next step?
  13. Harriet


    I definitely have these types of days. Listless do-nothing days where even the tiny hurdle of starting a thing seems too high so I flit from distraction to distraction. Kindness to yourself, a good night's sleep, and a dose of your preferred exercise are indicated.
  14. NightWatcher13

    Whisper Grows Up, Cuts the Crap and Learns to Sleep!

    ^^^so much this lol Sent from my moto x4 using Tapatalk
  15. Gemma

    The Long Night

    I have no idea what I am in. But I'm in it. (<- this is my normal state of being)
  16. I figured I would post this recipe/method. Although it is keto friendly, it is great for anyone looking for some extra protein. It is higher on the sodium side because it is dried meat, but it is lower than most beef jerkies, has no sugar or carbs, Each serving has 20 grams of protein and 3 grams of fat on average. Ingredients: 2kg Lean red meat roast. I'll use deer or moose if I have any, if not, beef. 5 tablespoons Apple Cider vinegar or Malt vinegar. Malt gives a better flavour in my opinion. 2.5 tablespoon coarse salt 2.5 tablespoon coriander 2 tsp black pepper Instructions 1. Cut off as much fat as you can off the roast. 2. Cut the roast into strips going with the grain. About 8-10 inches long. 3. Separate into 2 batches. I place a kg into 1 gallon Ziploc bags. Add half of everything to each ziploc, fill with air and shake/rattle/roll until evenly distributed. 4. Remove air and refrigerate for 12 hours. 5. Remove from bags, pat dry, and place in a dehydrator at 35 C for 12-24 hours or longer. Depending on thickness and how dry you like it. Each batch makes 24 servings, so weigh out your final dried weight and divide by 24. This can also be dried without dehydrator, hanged with just a fan circulating the air in the room. But where I live is too humid for that. Store in a paper bag in the refrigerator, for longer durations vac seal and refrigerate or freeze. I've carried these on a trip unrefrigerated for 5 days in a paper bag without them spoiling. Ignore the plastic bag, they spent a couple hours there because I was out of paper bags. I tend to use the mushroom bags, perfect size.
  17. Gemma

    Book Riot 2019 Read Harder Challenge

    I updated my list - haven't made much progress on it, I'm having a slower than usual reading year, but at least I finished "Lovelock" and started "Like Water for Chocolate." Also, thanks @raptron for pointing me at "On A Sunbeam" - I am definitely looking forward to that one! How is everyone else doing?
  18. zenLara

    Show up and do the work

    25.5.19 ACTION TIME SPENT FEELINGS AND SENSATIONS WH BREATHING AND COLD SHOWER 15' + 17º Impatient day. Hated the shower, but oh, how great I feel afterwards... MOBILITY 6' Not much, but great tension relief. MEDITATION 20' + 30' Today not as relaxing as I expected it to be. ICELANDIC 11' Finished the first reading of this chapter (I'm reading every chapter twice; once comparing it with the english version and the second on its own). MUSIC PRACTICE 30' Baaad Lara. But I'm so tired today. Gym ate up all of my energy. While this is the first time since I began those classes that I'm not awfully sore, I have no energy whatsoever. HANGING/PUSHING YOGA (includes handstands) OUTDOORS RUNNING SKETCHING GYM Total time: 1h52. Kept myself somewhat active in the morning (meditation, practice, groceries shopping...) but in the afternoon I felt I lacked energy to do anything. Spent most of it reading :/
  19. Hi everyone, my name is BD and I'm participating in the challenge for the first time. I've had an account here for a while, but never popped it near the start of the challenge and then I'd forget to come back. This time I got in right under the wire! Over the last year, I stopped paying attention to heath and exercise while working on other things. Now that those are self-sustaining habits, I'm ready to work on this again and this seems like a good way to put that at the forefront. Long-Term Goals Increase muscle tone. Lose ~25 lbs and maintain it before my next birthday. Develop a meditation habit. Build up my savings, for peace of mind. Quests for this challenge: Do the Nerd Fitness Beginner Body Weight Routine at least once per week. Cook at least three of my dinners per week and bring my lunch at work at least four times per week. Meditate five minutes every morning. Create a budget before the month starts and stick to it to within 10% at the end. Feels like it might be a little light, so my stretch goal will be to get the BW Routine in more than once in a week.  
  20. Sciread77

    Snarky Tests her “If I could”s

    I lived at home during the last couple years of college and again a few years later. Boundaries are absolutely critical, and sometimes it’s hard to establish them. It’s part of why I live an hour away from my parents and my sister sort of regrets living only a few minutes away. It really helped having the support of my wife. The second time was right after I met my wife; we met in Kansas City just as she finished college and they shut down the school I taught at. So I lived there while getting back on my feet and planning the wedding, and we lived there for the first 5ish months of marriage. Which sucked because my parents took the “our house our rules” sort of stance and sort of sabotaged my ability to move out. Likely inadvertently on my dad’s part because he wanted me out as soon as feasible but likely intentional on my mom’s part. Part of setting boundaries has to be prioritizing self care and your own goals. When you move out, you won’t be there to do a lot. So start setting new precedents based on how you intend to live independently. Does your father listen to a lot of radio? MindsEye is a nonprofit that reads newspapers and periodicals for the blind community. I have no idea where you’re based, but if you’re close enough, we can send actual handset radios but we also broadcast to apps like Tunein Radio. We have all kinds of community events around and audio description around St. Louis, including for Blues games. That may help relieve pressure on his family if he doesn’t already use similar services.
  21. Manarelle

    Elennare Makes it Count, Part 1

    That's pretty good motivation, I like that. What do you do/ is there to do at the gym? /settles into the lego cheering section. You've got this.
  22. Diadhuit

    NightWatcher13 is back... Again, and a mite grumpy

    Welcome baaaaaack!!! I am glad your life clicked in while you were absent here, we missed you, but don't be sorry! We are here to support you and if you can't post we understand
  23. Manarelle

    traaki's in over their head.

    Out of curiosity, do you keep track of how many not-at-all-intimidating things you've stepped up to and crushed in the past? 'Cause I keep seeing you say that, and you keep killing them. Just a thought. Lots going on, boo about the roommate situation, and good luck with everything.
  24. Diadhuit

    Whisper Grows Up, Cuts the Crap and Learns to Sleep!

    I have a similar saying (not about age, but seniority at work) A person with seniority is just someone more comfortable with the things they do not know
  25. Manarelle

    Manarelle pays the rent

    Exactly this. And completely agree with @Anim07734... motivation is weird. Week 0 went reasonably well. Did all the usual maintenance stuff, except Friday when the gym was closed early for Memorial Day. Went shopping instead and tried something new: paying a little more for clothes that actually fit and are quality. Only three shirts, but it means I can donate some of the "I don't really like this but it fits-ish and doesn't suck" shirts in my wardrobe. This morning was surprisingly overcast and nice, so I bit the bullet and got mulch and cleaned the dang garden area. The before picture is a few months old.. the climbing vine was threatening to eat the car, and a thistle was fighting the lavender for space before I cleaned up. Hopefully this means I don't have to do anything but some occasional weeding now and then. I might have gotten about 4 bags of mulch extra (they were on hella sale), so now I'm eyeballing the other side of the parking area, maybe put in more ground cover, some stepping stones, and ground cover to prevent that from growing nuts. Ironically, I'm actively trying to get the rest of the lawn to go nuts with wildflowers and bee-friendly plants. Grass just ain't gonna happen, so flowers it is. Anyhow, I'm counting the 2.5 hours it took to do that as the missed Friday workout, so I'm even. Got the first week of the governance class done, and started on the leg wraps. Should be able to finish those this weekend and keep working on the helmet.
  26. Tanktimus the Encourager

    The Legend of the Mad Monk

    Gonna follow from now on.
  27. Rookie

    Rookie Takes Aim

    Oh and I got a wicked 3d printed dragon head
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