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  2. GoodDoug

    GoodDoug on a cultural exchange

    I ate much better yesterday, and today seems on track for good eating as well. Though I didn't pack a lunch today so will grab a salad from the cafeteria. My back has been really sore today, I am hoping it is just sore and tired from all the exercise, but I don't want to have to sit out a challenge because I pushed too hard. I feel like I've done well with reading my body and moods this challenge, and until today, felt like I had a handle on my back. I will go through the Elements workout for tomorrow and assess from there. Between my back, and my arms being sore and tired from exercise, my handstands were pretty ugly today. I only kicked up 3 times, as I just didn't want to make anything worse. With that being said, I am really noticing a difference in my body with having done Elements this challenge. My arms and legs have more definition, and when my back isn't bugging me, I have more mobility. I am spending way too much time flexing in front of the mirror lately
  3. Rookie

    Lateral Planet Takes A Break

    BIG HUGS <3 I hope things have calmed down
  4. Rookie

    KB Girl and the fight for women's rights

    Fingers crossed! Though 4hrs have already passed
  5. Seabright

    Seabright's 2019 Battle Log of Awesomeness

    Thurs Oct 17 The 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta SF Bay Area 1989 earthquake. I was there, working in the Marina. Normally I would have been on the Bay Bridge at 5:04pm, sitting in traffic. I wasn't that day, though, because I stayed late at work in order to watch the start of the A's vs Giants baseball game at the TGIF's down the street. As did many many people. The Cypress structure would normally have been gridlocked wall-to-wall cars, but on that day most of the Bay Area stayed late or went home early to watch the trans-Bay world series, the first cross-town world series since 1956. 67 people died that day, but hundred were NOT on that freeway structure...and not on the Bay Bridge, and not on the Embarcadero freeway...because of that game. It took me 2 days to get home. I ended up in Mission Dolores park that first evening, because I didn't know where to go or what to do. I was watching the smoke rise from the big fire in the Marina, when another girl walked up and we started talking. She lived in the Marina, but wasn't sure how to get home. She invited me over to her boyfriend's apartment ('You'd better come with me'), and there I found a bunch of truly hilarious people lighting birthday candles because they didn't have a flashlight. Their big Irish family had flown in from Dublin that morning for a wake, and we all drank Bailey's Irish Cream and talked. A neighbor knocked on the door, and told us that someone down the street had a satellite phone, so I went and stood in line to use it, and finally finally I was able to call my Mom. It was 3am in Albuquerque, and she was up. She had been waiting by the phone for me to call. That was a day. Eating Breakfast - breakfast sandwich w/eggs, bacon, croissant, no cheese. Lunch - Exercise Taking time Bravery On deck: Do some of that stuff. Just one teeny tiny little thing for each one. Just one teen tiny little thing. Notice something beautiful
  6. Rookie

    WhiteGhost's Fantastically Fancy 5x5 Food Fandango

    Aggggh drawing feet... human appendages in general are so hard to draw. I stick to the animal realm of things because....well easier and generally cuter I love all the food pictures in this challenge :O Well done!
  7. analoggirl

    WhiteGhost's Fantastically Fancy 5x5 Food Fandango

    I have so far kept using that pointer as well!... Need to write this down somewhere because I do not lift a lot but I do like to go to a class where bar work is a part of the class.
  8. aramis

    My way towards OCR

    Oct. 17th As warm-up I finished shoveling coal from front yard to basement. Most of it was done earlier by wife, she left me maybe half of ton from two we ordered. And helped my dad to move scaffolding once again. Workout (burpees): 15min timer, 78reps. YAY progress! Stretching - Sun Salutations and some various stretches for arms and upper body. Food: 2763kcal, 160g protein.
  9. aramis

    aramis tries not to be an a**hole

    It comes and goes. I'm too scatterbrained to keep on one feeling for long. It hits me mostly when I feel down and I dig through my insecurities. Or I'm reminded by someone I should act more mature, that my behavior isn't appropriate - but in those situations I try not to care what others find appropriate. Yeah, being surprised by own abilities is sooo great feeling
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    Redgrill18-Five Months to Get Back on Track

    Ohhh RennFest? Is that a Renaissance fair/festival? I mean the weekend sounds crazzzzy busy but also crazy good. Have you tried maybe just making little snack boxes with raw veggies to eat more veggies? I like nibbling on raw veggies during the morning.
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  12. Besides using a weekly pill box, you can try placing your vitamins and supplements next to something you see daily (i.e. toothbrush, coffee maker, kitchen table, or nightstand). Hope this helps! =)
  13. Basically, avoid processed food and sugary drinks (including fruit juice), and eat whole foods. Instead of white rice, pasta, and bread, eat brown rice or substitute for cauliflower rice. As for cholesterol, avoid bad fats like butter, but there is good fats like avocado and egg yolks that can be eaten in moderation. Your body needs cholesterol and the food in good fats helps increase in good cholesterol (HDL). In general, working out at least 3 times a week and making sure you get enough sleep every night helps keeps your cholesterol and blood sugar in check.
  14. Kishi

    Mistr works on foresight

    If you want to be a warrior monk, just lift weights and choke people! As far as we're concerned, you're quite able. But seriously, that does sound like it was a rewarding time. Very difficult in a lot of ways that one wouldn't necessarily expect. It sounds like you learned a lot and got a lot that you can take with you, and hey. Being a lay person is a way harder challenge than sitting in a monastery all day anyway. Because now you gotta carry that zen with you in environments and circumstances that frankly discourage satori (or at least appear to). Can't get over how cool it was that you did that! So cool!
  15. FitFoodiePharmD

    Fat loss AND Performance?

    It is possible to loose fat AND not compromise performance/strength. The key is make sure you are getting enough proteins and not loose the weight too fast (no more than 0.5-1lbs per week). The key is to start cutting out fat slowly, if your weight is not going down, then start decreasing your carbs, but never cut down your protein intake. Fill up with proteins and veggies. I was about to loose ~10 lbs while still making strength gains following this principle through the RP diet.
  16. analoggirl

    Osu

    Agree with all of what you said (assuming your X is my X haha ) The problem is that lots of people just do not feel like arguing even important points because they figure it will al just end up being a mess becausw they do not know to effectivsly communicate. Indeed NOT after 10pm when you are both stressed out, but find time to talk about it if time does not make it resolve itself (A LOT of things do, though, as long as you do not draw lines in the sand and look out for each other). I think we are on the same page. I just warn my partner MANY TIMES to not simply endure, Because statistically, women are the ones who ask for divorce more often. And (have to find the source) psychological research says it is Not because men are more often happy in marriages, but because they prefer the comfort of a relationship. Again, have to find a resource but men cheat statistically more, women ask for a divorce more often. I tell him: I prefer it if you tell me if you grow apathic towards me or have to endure me more often than not. Then I can either work on it as much as I can, or free you to go find a partner more suitable for yourself. Might not work for everyone, but for us it works marvelously to keep on courting each other with, in the back of our minds, the realisation that no relationship is waterproof. (miiiight be because both of our parents are divorced so we know what a TERRIBLE emotional and expensive hassle a divorce is.) Again, something that colors my view point. in our case, it does not make us timid to invest in each other, we just keep on acting with the mind set that we can BOTH manage fine without the other, we BOTH can find someone else if the othee person stops trying. so we need to keep adding value to each other's lives. And honestly I have never felt so secure because this pragmatic approach gives our romantic relationship a base that simple words and promises would not give me. I kind of feel like guys within 10 years of my age feel like they have to escalate words because they think women want to hear something out of a romance novel.... But that's me & my assumptions. But judging each other based on deeds rather than words + open communication when needed + above mentality has been working so far. Will see if it needs adjustment with time. NB/PS - I realise the above is not well sourced, not nuanced, just ramblings in the train after an exam. Feel free to ignore!! Aka: I am being lazy with my reply to you, while you bothered to write out a well worded response to my post. Ahhh. No, I won't just delete a big chunk again haha. I will offer my excuses instead.
  17. FitFoodiePharmD

    Got off track and feeling bad about myself

    Don't beat yourself up over it. It is harder said than done, I know. When I get off track, I try to pick up from where I left off. If you can't do that because of stress and life is happening, then ease back into it. Instead of eating clean the whole week, try 2-3 days a week first. Instead of trying to do everything (good eating habits AND working out), how about just focus on your eating habits first and give the gym a break until you are back on track mentally and emotionally. Prioritize getting enough rest/sleep and eating well first because working out can be stressful for your body when it is already stressed out. Once you are in better shape emotionally and mentally, and slowly add workout days into your routine. Working out does help with your mood. Take just it a step at a time and don't worry about doing everything right at once.
  18. TheGreyJedi-Ranger

    Jedi's Quest For The Tower

    y'all I'm having the hardest time functioning as a human being. I'm soooo stressed about life. I had a 9am alarm. I wanted a little extra sleep so I reset it to 9:30. Next thing I know it's 11am. Apparently my dumb butt turned it off. I slept for like 11 hours yesterday and I STILL feel like I'm riding the struggle bus. I'm really really stressed and am struggling. yesterday's food
  19. Mistr

    Urgan Shows Up, Does the Thing

    Yeah, some days are like that. At least you got some sleep and some food. That gives you a base for today being better.
  20. Countess D'If

    Depression fights Countess D'If

    Good morning! Stress level is super high today, but it’s real stress from having a lot to do as opposed to made up stress because my brain thinks I’m being chased by a T-Rex. I took my pills this morning, I have a lunch, I’ve got a full water bottle. On track for Thursday.
  21. GoodDoug

    Salinger's twenty fifth challenge!

    He speaks truth
  22. GoodDoug

    Nic-Bot 5000 enters recovery mode

    Injuries suck. Maybe now is a good time to look at something like parallettes or rings or handstands. Something that might keep your interest better than stretching and push ups. I think learning a new skill, even if it isn't the most active skill, can help keep you moving and hopefully motivated.
  23. JustCallMeAmber

    JustCallMeAmber has a challenge after all

    Thanks! Yeah, the zeroes were because I was so out of it by the end of my regularly scheduled programming that I couldn't quite handle even a modified version. Some of the dares are fairly easy, some are really tough. Most fall somewhere in the middle. That being said, if I had done the 'zeroes' just on their own without it following a workout, I could've done a modification of some sort to make it doable. (Like I could've done the Archer Pushups off the squat rack, or even the wall. But I didn't because my shoulder was smoked already.) So, I'm ok taking the zero on those, because I feel like I'm listening to my body and not pushing so hard I hurt myself. After all, this is just for fun, doing weird things for fancy points lol
  24. Sloth the Enduring

    Sylvaa is Succinct

    One of my college roommates (Jivey Jones) was a body builder with a quintecepts. He tore his rectus femoris and had an extra lump.
  25. Dammit, now I have to add bonsai to my ever growing list of things to do...
  26. GoodDoug

    Mad Hatter retreats

    I feel that. I just pushed through a batch of that (pushed the final bit yesterday) and can really sympathize. It sucks because it bumps up the impostor syndrome, it makes you feel unproductive, and at a time when you should just soldier on and push through... you completely second guess yourself. Somehow, feeling shitty about being unproductive just makes you more unproductive, and the cycle continues... Here's to hoping you find your way through to the other side quickly!
  27. GoodDoug

    Sylvaa is Succinct

    They are so big they are now medically considered Quinteceps
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