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  2. Waanie

    Rookie Does Things

    I love your dogs and horse .
  3. Rookie

    Rookie Does Things

    THANKS FRIENDS! ==== I DIDN'T DIE lol I just was enjoying a glorious 4 days off work haha. And enjoying Thanksgiving Friday: Painted and went to the barn, then dropped off Jack the cat Sparrow Saturday: Went to the fall fair with my mom and sister to watch the horses and had the good pizza for dinner cause it was a hockey night Sunday: Painted and early dinner at BF parents house nomnom I behaved meal wise but then I had 2 slices of pieeeeee Monday: Painted, Lunch with my family for thanksgiving (and we drew names for christmas) then barn after with my sister It was a good weekend but now its time to get back on track (again again) lol.
  4. OCRWC Race Report Well where do I start? Friday I got up at half 4 to get to the Obstacle Course Racing World Championships (OCRWC) for the literal crack of dawn. I was seriously nervous the day before and that morning, but I had plenty of time to calm my nerves and get registered. The first race was the 3k race, and I was in the first wave of the day at 9am. The 3k race went really well. On all of the races you get an obstacle completion wristband, and you have to complete every obstacle to keep your band. If you lose your band you're allowed to complete the course, but designated "did not complete" in the official results. For the 3k race, I kept my band. Really really happy with that, it's something I didn't think I could achieve, but I got through every rig, monkey bar, ninja ring and everything else on that course. My favourite was "Gibbons", which requires you to make your own monkey rings by putting rods into hanging slots and then swinging between them. It must have taken me 15 attempts to find a technique that worked for me, but once I smashed it! Of course I took a horrendously long time completing it (think 5 times as long as the top pros), and I came 218th out of 243, but I got the 100% completion and that's what matters! Saturday I got a lie in until 5am, and didn't have to arrive until sunrise! Saturday was the 15k race and that was just brutal. My grip was already worn down after the 3k and it just got harder and harder as the race went on. I got nearly to the end with the band, with the help of cheering from @Charlie_Quinn, @jonfirestar and @Rhovaniel, but a few obstacles from the end fatigue got the better of me and I gave up the band. All the remaining obstacles I had done the day before so I knew I could do them, but I just had no energy and no arms less. Sunday I was able to sleep in to half 6, and arrive at the venue just before 9. I had a rather clumsy attempt at the 100m course - wish I'd been able to do it fresh on the Friday as I know I could have done a lot better. It was a fun course though; wish I had the opportunity to practice it. Then we set out for the team race, with Rho on the speed leg, Jon on the strength section, and me running the technical section before we all took on the team section at the end. This was a really fun race, but really tough (especially after the previous couple of days of runs). I kept my band through the technical section, but there was no way the three of us were getting up the final wall so I had to give it up at the last hurdle. Still, we finished a very respectable 33rd in a category of 79, and we had a lot of fun doing it, so no complaints there. I was also due to do the charity fun race on Saturday, but I was knackered, and I whilst I could have dragged myself round I wouldn't have enjoyed it, so I opted to give that a miss. Challenge wise goals are going ok, food over the weekend was "eat as much as possible" to just try and stay fuelled for all of the activity, and money went a bit out of the window but nothing too bad. I took yesterday off work to recover and did lots of stretching. Back to normal today for 4 days, and then on Saturday I fly to the USA!
  5. Jarric

    I, Cog - Jarric Goes to the World Championships

    Well where do I start? Friday I got up at half 4 to get to the Obstacle Course Racing World Championships (OCRWC) for the literal crack of dawn. I was seriously nervous the day before and that morning, but I had plenty of time to calm my nerves and get registered. The first race was the 3k race, and I was in the first wave of the day at 9am. The 3k race went really well. On all of the races you get an obstacle completion wristband, and you have to complete every obstacle to keep your band. If you lose your band you're allowed to complete the course, but designated "did not complete" in the official results. For the 3k race, I kept my band. Really really happy with that, it's something I didn't think I could achieve, but I got through every rig, monkey bar, ninja ring and everything else on that course. My favourite was "Gibbons", which requires you to make your own monkey rings by putting rods into hanging slots and then swinging between them. It must have taken me 15 attempts to find a technique that worked for me, but once I smashed it! Of course I took a horrendously long time completing it (think 5 times as long as the top pros), and I came 218th out of 243, but I got the 100% completion and that's what matters! Saturday I got a lie in until 5am, and didn't have to arrive until sunrise! Saturday was the 15k race and that was just brutal. My grip was already worn down after the 3k and it just got harder and harder as the race went on. I got nearly to the end with the band, with the help of cheering from @Charlie_Quinn, @jonfirestar and @Rhovaniel, but a few obstacles from the end fatigue got the better of me and I gave up the band. All the remaining obstacles I had done the day before so I knew I could do them, but I just had no energy and no arms less. Sunday I was able to sleep in to half 6, and arrive at the venue just before 9. I had a rather clumsy attempt at the 100m course - wish I'd been able to do it fresh on the Friday as I know I could have done a lot better. It was a fun course though; wish I had the opportunity to practice it. Then we set out for the team race, with Rho on the speed leg, Jon on the strength section, and me running the technical section before we all took on the team section at the end. This was a really fun race, but really tough (especially after the previous couple of days of runs). I kept my band through the technical section, but there was no way the three of us were getting up the final wall so I had to give it up at the last hurdle. Still, we finished a very respectable 33rd in a category of 79, and we had a lot of fun doing it, so no complaints there. I was also due to do the charity fun race on Saturday, but I was knackered, and I whilst I could have dragged myself round I wouldn't have enjoyed it, so I opted to give that a miss. Challenge wise goals are going ok, food over the weekend was "eat as much as possible" to just try and stay fuelled for all of the activity, and money went a bit out of the window but nothing too bad. I took yesterday off work to recover and did lots of stretching. Back to normal today for 4 days, and then on Saturday I fly to the USA!
  6. deftona

    The Doodlies are at it again!

    I'm not completely sure I am going to actually join in, but I will definitely at least lurk. And maybe provide inappropriate commentary, depends how I feel.
  7. analoggirl

    Respawned: Building the Habit

    Ahhhh. That is relatable. When I was a teen I was terrible at remembering choreography & making my limbs do the things unless moves were dissected completely. Now I can remember it, and I can see through it alright, but I am not always fast enough to keep up with the rhytm, especially with jumps. Knowing is not enough, you must apply! (Bruce Lee) With regards to the piano, a friend said there are ways to train speed. Also to train your strength to be able to hit the keys with the appropriate amount.
  8. Jarric

    I, Cog - Jarric Goes to the World Championships

    Thank you! It was amazing! Post incoming.
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  10. Novaurora

    Novaurora Decides which of her F*cks are Newsworthy

    We did all right Thanks @shaar! My computer won't let me quote you, but I appreciate your support as alwayssssss. I survived yesterday back with the kids. Not that I didn't think I would, but it was nice not to feel sick all the time. Some of these kids are sitting squarely on the edge of my nerves, but that's freshmen for you. Though, someone should have warned the boy yesterday, that arguing the semantics of "home" work when your teacher gives you 10 minutes to start in class, and you decide to pack up early, isn't the best plan. On the other hand, there was the child yesterday who giggled with glee and announced to me that his phone was on 69 percent. We have all types of fun in Mrs. Nova's class. Challenge is going okay. Some of my to do list stuff (like water, and updating, and reading, and writing) are struggling, but hopefully I will get all that back in line this week. I am experimenting with some food procedures for my next challenge, so this week food is pretty set. I made crustless baby quiches (with black beans, tomato, cilantro, onion, topped with guac) for breakfast, and I've been eating those with strawberries. I've also been experimenting with bento box lunches. Yesterday was boiled eggs, grapes, cucumbers, yogurt, and a small serving of pasta salad. Today is turkey and cheese roll ups, grapes, carrots, yogurt, and goldfish. It comes out to about 500ish calories (esp since I pack guac or hummus to dip stuff in). Hubs and I made potato soup in the instapot yesterday, and that was so good, I almost had it for breakfast . My plan for next challenge is to introduce a new food aspect each week, so I'm experimenting this week to see what does and doesn't work, and will continue into 0 week. Stuff between myself and hubs is going okay. Up and down, but we are working on it. More hard conversations have been had, but that's where we are. I hope everyone has a great day!!!!
  11. annyshay

    Annyshay Settles In

    Monday w5d1 Water - filled both my water bottles - tracked my intake (28 ounces) Food - breakfast, lunch, and dinner distraction free Coaching - intention mantra for 2 minutes - NF Yoga Shoulder Mobility for 10 minutes - Rise Foods list - journaling and emails - joy journaling
  12. zenLara

    The Doodlies are at it again!

    Then we'd better not be in the same team, otherwise the other team would refute the results and appeal in the Doodlie Supreme Court... or even to the Great Yak
  13. zenLara

    Mad Hatter retreats

    Yes, please, somebody bring it back. Thank you for giving me some information.
  14. theflyingaccountant

    Respawned: Building the Habit

    So weird. I was literally thinking about that same thing yesterday. The concept of "momentum," I mean. That's the whole reason why I picked my challenges the way that I did. Lots of small wins that build momentum over time. Something else that I've learned about those "ends:" I'm limited, to a great extent, by what my body can do. I learned that yesterday evening while practicing the piano. Case in point. I know how a C scale works. I know where every note is on the keyboard. But until my body catches up, I am not going to play a C scale at certain speeds. I can know all sorts of stuff, but if I'm incapable of putting that knowledge into action, why does it matter?
  15. theflyingaccountant

    Respawned: Building the Habit

    Day 16. 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: 1+ Pushups done: 0 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: No  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+
  16. ElizeElvinFoxRyder

    ElizeElvinFoxRyder - Elize Rydes into Spring

    I'll be lucky if it is fixed and back by end of this week. Chances are it will only be next week some time. I really like my new mug. He just shakes his head for this mug thing I have I doubt Mr. Coffeemaker has such a far reach, but just in case, I'm keeping my Mr. Coffeemaker securely occupied in the kitchen. It won't have time to think of mischief to do. This is probably just one of those weeks. The guys are here now to check on the washing machine and the tumble dryer. Brandt said to have everything serviced and looked at seeing as we are paying them the 'come out' fee anyway. The tumble dryer has been taking longer and longer, and needing more cycles to dry the clothes. It is also 23+ yrs old, so I'm not really surprised. Of course the washing machine is behaving now. Nothing is being done today. They are now going back to the shop, the lady will phone with a quote for the parts. Then if we agree will they order the parts, and only once it arrives will they come again to fix it (obviously). We are looking at maybe middle to end next week if things go quickly. Most probably end of October. In the meantime I can still use the machines, but still have to be careful that it doesn't overrun with water. He can't find any problem, except maybe it is unbalanced (don't know what the brake pads have to do with that, but something with that). The lady phoned this morning saying the guys were going to be coming later, so I opted to quickly go to the shops and fill up on cold/flu meds and vegetables. Of course for some or other reason the car wouldn't start. I tried it again, let it run down backwards a bit to 'push/run' start, nothing. Phoned Brandt... he came home as he wanted to go to town anyway. Long story short, it is either the alternator not properly charging the battery, or the battery not keeping a charge anymore. So Brandt dropped me off in town, got to his stuff while I was shopping for my stuff, then collected me again before dropping me off at home. Boys are both better, but noses still running when not on meds; they look like human versions of Rudolph, just with sore throats, and not feeling merry at all. So again, no sports today, also because no car.
  17. WhiteGhost

    Mad Hatter retreats

    It was accidentally (I hope!) deleted by another GL. I can see that it still exists in the garbage bin but I can't bring it back. Maybe @Tanktimus the Encourager can cast a resurrection spell and bring it back
  18. The Hero of Time

    Level 1 - Kokiri Forest

    On the subject of formatting, I've just come across https://www.shunn.net/format/story.html. It seems to be the definitive guide to short-story formatting. If anyone reading this uses LaTeX, it looks to me that those guidelines can be applied by using the sffms document class. However, I haven't tested this yet.
  19. WhiteGhost

    The Doodlies are at it again!

    Oh hey, I was wondering where all of the Doolie PVPs had gone and was on the brink of coming up with one on my own. If this is going to continue being a thing, I would be happy to launch my idea for a future PVP. I am of course in for this, this one ties almost directly into my challenge (i.e. every single part of my challenge would count towards this. Mine would be even more egregious because I do about 2 hours of workouts most days.
  20. DarK_RaideR

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

    NGW Back to the Future (Weekly TV show) Held on Monday, Week 4 of August 2013 Venue: Assebroek Courts, Bruges, Belgium, Europe Attendance: 4.066, Ratings: 0.73 (553.820 viewers), Shown on Continental Sports X1 The show begins with some backstage footage of The League of Heroes talking among themselves when John Silver walks by. Silver: "Aww, aren't you all cute, being best friends back here... I wouldn't get too friendly if I were you though, because tonight you'll be on opposite sides in the ring. You better find yourself a Cruiserweight teammate, Lister, because your opponents for tonight are Adam Matravers over there... and Shiro Akuma!" Menace vs Kalvin Addams Essentially a squash match, Menace throws Kalvin around and slams him repeatedly to the mat for the bigger part of the bout. The best Kalvin can do is use his ring wits and speed to dodge his big, plodding opponent, but without his brother by his side, he can never really get any offense going and Menace gets the win after flattening him out with an Ultimate Rejection. Winner: Menace Backstage, Signe Lytjohan is with the Johansson brothers. Signe: "If you thought that was impressive, wait till you see my titans in action! Bam Bam and Hercules are the NGW Heavyweight Tag Team champions and they have these belts for a reason! What they don't have is a challenger, because no one dares face them in that ring!" Christopher Lister & Shiro Akuma vs Adam Matravers & Leon Harrison As announced during the episode's opening segment, Lister finds himself teaming with Shiro Akuma against Adam Matravers, who seems to have joined forces with Leon Harrison for this match. Though all four men are skilled and popular, neither seems to be really trusting of their teammate and that discord is what the match is built upon in order to tell a story. Akuma especially, not seen since he lost that singles title match against Lister at Starmageddon, is out for himself and his mysterious antics really seem to fire up fans. That's not to say he's being outright treasonous to Lister, just uncooperative and that goes all the way to the finish where Akuma rolls up Harrison for the pin, only to immediately walk away from the ring on his own, leaving Lister, Matravers, announcers and fans confused. Winners: Christopher Lister & Shiro Akuma If it has red velvet recliners, cheap potted plants and champagne cooling on ice, it must be Lover's Lounge! This week the guests are the NGW Heavyweight champion Edward Cornell and his challenger, Roy Edison. Lover: "So, Edward... How does it feel to have stolen that title belt from me, only to hand out a shot to one of your allies?" Cornell: "Oh I bet it must sting real bad to see me with the title, huh? Well get used to it, because I'm not letting go!" Lover: "Does that mean you're gonna just blow the match and lie down for the pin like some kind of lap dog, Roy?" Edison: "You shut your mouth, pretty boy! We're the Real Deal and we're all about real wrestling!" w The Czars vs The Outcasts (with Viper McKenna) Following last week's backstage attack, the Outcasts team up to face the Czars and the match itself is quite exciting, unlike what one might expect from such a crowded situation. Of course, that is largely thanks to Marat Khoklov, who clears the ring as he sends bodies flying out, meaning the two groups fight outside the ring just as much as they wrestle inside it. McKenna tips the odds in her team's favour when she steals Vidmar's vodka bottle to prevent him from smashing it onto someone's head and Orson completes the upset when he kips up to grab a confused Vidmar for his Bounce Back finisher. Winners: The Outcasts Geena the Warrior Princess vs Joanne "J-Ro" Rodriguez A match that could headline a pay per view is yet taking place on free TV and both women pull out all the stops to defeat each other. Geena's wild savage style is an interesting contrast to the graceful grappling and high flying of Rodriguez, yet they both maintain a fast pace to keep the flow of the match going and the excitement always above a certain level. The big finish comes after the fifteen minute mark of this epic clash, with Geena slingshotting herself into the ring for the Amazon Plunge, only for Rodriguez to catch her head mid-air and slam it down to the mat with a J-Rocker. Winner: Joanne Rodriguez Before Rodriguez can savour her win or recover from an exhausting clash against the hard hitting Warrior Princess, Fusae Etsuko runs down to the ring and hits her with a flurry of stiff kicks! The show goes off the air with Rodriguez caught in the Lullaby and announcers wondering if this is what we're up for this Friday at Hotter than Hell. Show Rating: Confirmed matches for Hotter than Hell NGW Heavyweight title match: "Alpha Male" Edward Cornell © vs Roy Edison NGW Women's title match: "The Gothic Grappler" Fusae Etsuko © vs Joanne "J-Ro" Rodriguez NGW Cruiserweight title match: Christopher Lister © vs John Silver
  21. The Hero of Time

    Level 1 - Kokiri Forest

    Week 5, day 1 summary - Oct 14th Target 1: prepare for a writing quest in the next challenge My original plan had me completing rewrites and submitting the story this week. However, I finished that a week early. Instead, I've decided to spend this week preparing to do a writing quest in the next cycle --- I want to keep the momentum going. I'm going to take Harriet's advice to treat this as a skill-building exercise and "write ten more". Except, I'm going to write five more... in the next challenge. This is going to mean writing one per week so I'm planning to do 500-word flash-fiction. This, in itself, is going to be a big challenge --- I like to mull things so writing that quickly is a big change in my approach. I'm going to come up with 10 story ideas this week and narrow them down to five in time for the next challenge. To that end, I completed a 3-day email crash-course in generating story ideas --- the first item on https://www.creative-writing-now.com/free-online-writing-courses.html --- from Friday to Monday (okay, it took me four days but who's counting?). I now have 26 story ideas and a system to create more. I feel somewhat ambivalent about the ideas I've generated --- they're not what you would call original and they don't feel like 'inspiration'; they're also all based around the same three characters. However, the systematic approach suits me. I'm going to assume the best and treat this as a skill that will improve with practise. Over the next few days I plan to narrow those ideas down to ten and refine those further. I'm also going to make some notes from the WikiHow page on writing flash-fiction. Target 2: replace another of the Basic Runs in my interval training routine with the Island Circuit  It was strength training so I haven't done this yet. I bought the new dumbbells on the weekend so I've now jumped from 2.5kg to 3.9kg (8.5lb). I use the dumbbells during my "Free Step" warm-up --- swinging my arms while stepping on and off the Balance Board; this is about 1,000 steps but 500 swings of the arms --- I found this tough and struggled to lift my arms towards the end. I also use them during the Rowing Squat and the Jackknife --- these are both in the three circuits. The fact that my arms were so tired from the warm up made the press-ups more work. However, my form was no worse than last week... but no better. I had incremental improvement with the rest of the exercises but I did sweat a lot more than recently and was out of breath more. My arms are still tired today.  Target 3: start work on time four times  I had my mini-respawn after my poor performance last week and approached this with new determination. I started work on time. We tried Xena's breakfast with plain, full-fat, Greek yoghurt; fresh fruit (because we forgot to thaw the frozen stuff); and almonds. It tasted good, made a nice change from eggs and bacon, and was quick to prepare. We've remembered to take some fruit out of the freezer for Wednesday.
  22. KB Girl

    Waanie is looking for a goal

    Sometimes you just gotta survive. To be honest it sounds like you're doing quite well on self care and being mild towards yourself. I hope you can figure out a list of last things to do before printing, just for your peace of mind.
  23. Salinger

    Salinger's twenty fifth challenge!

    Thank you man xx ____________________________________ Morning all - wow i slept so much last night. Had a nice hot bath before getting into bed, warm, cosy, clean.....slept till 10am usually im up by 5/6am so this was a surprise. Lay in bed for 30 mins cuddling Jackson and coming round. Lovely. Just had some cereal and my tea is cooling. Its cold out today, brrrrrrr ...im still sort of trapped in as well (my car) by the roadworks. How annoying. So today.... - FINISH grant application and SEND it... - Keep on top of emails - Drink four glasses of water - Eat healthy - Sort out fridge - Clean kitchen - Pack for London - If i can get out of the drive, then go for a walk - Early night... I need to be up at 3AM tomorrow AGHHH ... drive to my friends, 30 mins away, and we are leaving at 4am to drive to London. Mainly to miss traffic. And we need to be at the gallery early too. NOT looking forward to waking so early Therefore, I need to go to bed early, maybe like 8pm or something if possible. Even if just to rest/nap... BUT i have to have the application sent before any resting can be done!!!! xx
  24. DarK_RaideR

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

    Monday, 13 October Week 5, Day 1 of Challenge Cog (Zone Eating) Ate healthy and little enough, which shows on the scale numbers the day after, but didn't stick to Zone Diet parameters and certainly didn't eat enough protein. Ark (NF Update) Posted my updates, as well as an unexpected NGW show. Penemue (Muay Thai) Think I've caught a cold, I keep sneezing and my nose is stuffy at times so I decided to play it safe and not push myself. I also stayed at work till late in order to finally get a hold of my dad on the phone, after almost a week of trying. It was far from spectacular... Jyotika (BuJo) Updated my journal
  25. Waanie

    Waanie is looking for a goal

    I know, it's still frustrating though . It doesn't help that I'm not sure what the best way to care for myself is. Last week, I decided to continue taking it slow during the weekend. I did go climbing on Saturday, but only climbed relatively easy routes. For this week, we decided to go for easier meals than last week, more towards 20 minutes of cooking than 30 minutes. Somehow we picked all vegetarian meals as well, which is good since we want to eat less meat anyway. Currently I'm coming down with a cold. Combined with the thesis-stress and irregular work hours this week, it will be a week for surviving instead of improving. Next week will be hectic as well, since that's (most likely) the deadline for my thesis to go to the printer. No idea what I still have to do until then, which is annoying. Week 4 report Yoga 2/4 Mobility 5/7 Cleaning 4/0
  26. Salinger

    Mr_Willes: Gets a bit scared

    yehhhhhh sleep and rest <3 xx
  27. KB Girl

    Elastigirl Welcomes Autumn

    Those videos are very inspiring Thank you for sharing even the stuff you think looks sucky, but I agree with MH
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