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  2. Jett

    Jett gets his swole on

    This made me chuckle, because she is taking hormones, because she's also trans. But she's transitioning in the opposite direction! (There's been a lot of giving each other our old clothes... it's an interesting and often humorous experience. She asked me how to do makeup, and I was like "I don't know, I've always been shit at makeup and it makes me dysphoric!") Anyway, yeah. I expect that we're going to diverge in weight amounts pretty quickly, and that's another big reason I want to get a second bar. We could each have our own barbell, loaded for our own needs, and not have to spend time constantly swapping plates around. Today, my rest time between sets was the length of time it took my wife to do hers. So the only way to decrease rest times is to be doing the lifts simultaneously.
  3. RuthixCube

    RuthixCube and the Dirty 30

    I didn't do anything for zero week, at least not challenge wise (other than planning this one). Today is day 1 of the challenge for me, and so far 2/4 goals are complete Got some life stuff done - officially got myself an apartment, my bother's car got (mostly) fixed, my car got some work done to it, and I did Easter things with the family. Happy Monday!!
  4. Jett

    Jett gets his swole on

    Thank you! I did try to get into lifting some years ago... I think it was probably about 3-4 years ago now. That's why I have equipment already. Hmm. I know the "standard" Olympic bar is 10 feet long, 2 inches in diameter, and weighs 45 lbs. My bar is 1 inch in diameter, and I don't think it's 10 feet long. Probably more like 6. I have heard it called a "standard bar", which is confusing when the "standard Olympic" bar also has standard in the name! It does feel fairly heavy, but I'm not good at guessing the weight of things when I'm holding them. I will say, it feels lighter than a 30-lb bucket of cat litter. I'll do Grumble's suggestion and weigh it later.
  5. Mike Wazowski

    Jett gets his swole on

    +1. +1 for shortening rest times (even if it feels like death the first time you do it) - although at some point you will have the logistics of changing weight on the bar in between sets, assuming you and your wife progress at different rates (I'm assuming this is likely to happen at some point unless she's also taking hormones). +1 for goddamn gendering of sports equipment - can we not just call it a lighter / narrower bar and move on with life?
  6. RuthixCube

    Xena plays the Long Game

    Following I love the planking and sushi list goals!
  7. Mike Wazowski

    Laghail is a Ruminant

    Piggy backing off this question - are you planning to research the nuances behind word choice when you're learning the pronunciation of the poems? Or just aiming to faithfully pronounce it and be able to convey the gist of the meaning in English? Interesting goal, either way. On the Easter festivities - how are you feeling about skipping them?
  8. Salinger

    jstanlick vs. The Hydra

    Hope so hahha
  9. Grumble

    Laghail is a Ruminant

    Rumi has a collected works that were translated something like 20 years ago. What's the long term goal in reciting a poem in its native language if you only plan on working on the language for a month or two?
  10. Snarkyfishguts

    [Sylvaa] Is An Athlete

    “I am here to greet the peasants, since I MUST” scoffed the baby
  11. Deckard Gainz

    Deckard Gainz Necromances

    Zero week was a complicated one full of successes and failures, but rather than dwell too much, I'll just give some quick highlights and move on. Went to the gym twice (not enough) DLs are climbing again with the help of liquid chalk (thanks fellow nerds for the recommendations) Did a whole lot of chores, errands, and yard work, 3k+ calories burned Sat and Sun according to Fitbit. It's no gym day, but better than nothing. Went out for lots of drinks Sat (fail) but was otherwise pretty good in terms of consumption. Let's talk about goals for a moment. I'm going to talk about body weight, fat, appearance, and all of that, so let me just preface this by saying that personal reflections of my self image are in no way assumptions about the quality or appearance of others. I appreciate all sorts of body types and no one type of body is better or worse than any other type of body, etc. At the heart of everything, I want to be desired. This manifests itself in a lot of ways. In terms of health and fitness, it translates to me wanting my body to look desirable. Society has more or less dictated two types of acceptable masculine body: skinny or skinny with muscles. Say what you want about "dad bod" or whatever, but at the end of the day the most desirable male bodies possess relatively little body fat, and may or may not contain some to a lot of visible musculature. I don't want this to register as a complaint because I'm very aware of the relative leniency with which folks like me get to treat their appearance compared to the rest of the population, but it still exists, holds importance to me, and has been my primary motivator for self betterment. The primary means by which I am attempting to achieve this goal is through a caloric deficit via intuitive eating, combined with a strength training program and additional light cardio. Am I doing the right stuff to achieve my goal? Where could I be improving, without changing things around so much I get frustrated or lose interest? Here are some ideas: Tracking food. Even when I did do it regularly, I was guessing at everything. I am never going to like, weigh out ingredients and do math before every meal. No way. But if the counts are just guesses, why bother in the first place? Just Eat Less. But how? Do any of the silly mind games actually work? Do less lifting and more cardio. I kind of hate this idea but everyone I know that magically loses a bunch of fat does so primarily via cardio. Do "cardio lifting." Not really into this either but it's on the table. Do the same amount of lifting and more cardio. This idea is better but oof that's a lot of time and work, especially if I am lifting 4x a week. Do I have the time and energy? Probably not. Move the goalposts. Maybe I am just never going to get under X body fat or X lbs(or wahtever) and I should learn to be ok with that. But how to train your mind to accept yourself for who you are, while also not becoming complacent and sedentary? Those are my thoughts to start week 1. I look forward to working through them.
  12. BlackCatMagic

    Reset, Recenter, Rebuild

    What it is about Week 0 that makes it so exhausting? Same thing here. I wouldn't worry too much about having to leave a new job after only three months, particularly if you get accepted to OCS. They will understand - you need to do what's best for you. We are very like-minded, BuJo-wise. I can't start my day until I have consulted mine. I track everything in it.
  13. Grumble

    Jett gets his swole on

    If you're just doing the major lifts (and the minor chords, but that's a real hallelujah when it happens) the flat bench is best bench. One bar is fine. And you can always reduce your rest times. (Don't @ me.) Also, make sure you account for your total rest time while your workout partner is lifting. Weigh it. Unless you specifically bought a trainer/junior bar (which is 15 lbs) you're either going to be using a "womens" bar at 35 lbs (bleh for stupid gendering of a goddamn barbell) or a standard barbell at 45 lbs. You are probably stronger than you think you are and you really want to have accurate measurements as you track your lifts.
  14. Sciread77

    Jayniana Jones Returns

    Welcome back! And in my case, nice to met you!
  15. jstanlick

    jstanlick vs. The Hydra

    Thanks man! I'm a firm believer in the idea that if you don't like it, you won't do it. Regardless of how good it may be for you. So, the best exercise routine for you is the one you'll stick to. Thanks! Always glad to have you. No let's see if this time around I can get back to more regular updates
  16. BlackCatMagic

    Rip The Start - Remix

    Do you BuJo? I noticed that you mentioned a habit tracker in your challenge thread. I luuurrvveee habit trackers!
  17. Waanie

    Waanie sets a routine

    Today was a weird day to start the challenge; since the second day of Easter is an official holiday over here, I could not really do my non-working weekday routine, while it is also not really a holiday. I got dressed and made my bed first thing in the morning Ate a banana as pre-breakfast and unpacked the dishwasher Made a luxury breakfast with my boyfriend: eggs benedict with asparagus (which are now in season) Went for a short walk to finish a Pokemon Go-raid Took some down-time, before going for a longer walk with my boyfriend At the end of the morning, spend 20 minutes with the vacuum cleaner. So while I did not start my 5km walk before 9AM, I still count this day as a win. Working day routine: 0/0 Non-working weekday routine: 0.5/0.5 Morning routine: 1/1 Evening routine: 0/0 Heavy exercise: 0/0
  18. mom2sjm

    mom2sjm Spring Cleaning

    Starting the challenge on spring break so I thought I'd work it into the theme. Time to clean things up! Each week I'll have a "cleaning goal" but also work on rebuilding good habits by focusing on: 1. no beers at home (except on Sunday - GOT!!). I've been lazy, having beers at home while I'm folding laundry? I can do better than that! It'll be good to get out and be social with my people!! The GOT exception is for me and the husband unit because we do watch it together. 2. daily exercise I have an add-on membership to the pro club courtesy of my son so it's important to me that he sees me use it. I gotta show up! the struggle for me is motivation because I'm not loving the traditional gym environment after years at a crossfit gym. 3. headspace my idea here under construction, but big picture: I need to stop stressing. meditation apps. maybe yoga? still thinking...
  19. Laghail

    Laghail is a Ruminant

    Post poetry - Yep, I've been listening to an awkward set of Rumi poems recited to music; the awkward is that the elderly speaker has a texas twang, and my Yankee brain tells me I'm being seduced by Tommy Lee Jones. Log calories - Not great over the weekend even though calorie intake was low-moderate by skipping Easter festivities. Post Art - Below. Get seven hours of sleep - Excellent. While I may have only snagged 6 last night, that's acceptable for monday, and otherwise I did 8+ Friday and Saturday. Play with Arabic - This goal is to pick a body of poetry and work in the month of May towards getting the pronunciation down that I can recite and memorize. Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī and Mansur Al-Hallaj are the two poets that initially appeal, but goddamn Rumi insisted on writing in Persian. I'll likely play with Arabic for a month or two, then see how bad Farsi treats me.
  20. Waanie

    Waanie sets a routine

    Cool to hear I'm not alone! Some people walk their dog, I walk my pokemon. Thanks . Especially my evening tends to be very laid back, but last week I experienced how much better your day starts with a tidy kitchen . Any fast enough music can be running music ^^. I also had a symphonic metal-phase, and a progrock-phase. No reason to keep it to "traditional" running music. Gershwin is so cool . I will see if I can find enough of his works that are high-tempo. Running on something slow like "Summertime" just feels weird.
  21. Sylvaa

    [Sylvaa] Is An Athlete

    You were the only one who commented that way, but I expect nothing less. This weekend was kind of a bust in regards to healthy goals. It was raining badly enough Friday that we skipped the gym, only got in one weekend workout (Saturday C25K), and I ate a TON more than I should have (two meals I overate). Of course the scale decided to show that this morning. I know logically I didn't gain 3 pounds over the weekend, but I probably could have! Luckily week 1 starts today and I don't miss Monday's. I did get more cleaning done this weekend than I have the previous ones, which is not only nice, but necessary.
  22. Salinger

    Salinger's twenty first challenge!

    Its just 2 and a half hours, and actually a lot of the drive once I get to Wales, is along the coast so yes I can stop and chill out if I need to
  23. Snarkyfishguts

    Snarky Is Happy to Be Here

    Today we walked in the park which was disappointing because the trails were muddy, and we had a lot of errands to run so muddy wasn’t really a reasonable option for us. So next time we’ll have our muddy box, and some clean socks and shoes so a little mud won’t hurt us. It was still infinitely better than walking around the neighborhood. I have NOT done my strongs today yet. I’m getting cavities filled at the dentist! WOO HOO!! I’m really looking forward to it. I didn’t even know I had cavities, but now they are twinging so getting them fixed up will be excellent. Then after, it’s a box of caramels for me! SUCH a good idea
  24. Maigs

    The one in which Fonzico does not go crazy.

    Following along of course
  25. Salinger

    Salinger's twenty first challenge!

    Really helpful thoughts J thanks! I mean mainly the things im juggling are work stuff, making work, emails and admin. Nights out with friends, alcohol and drugs. And then exercising - eating healthily, self care.... x
  26. NicTheRugger

    The one in which Fonzico does not go crazy.

    You've got this!
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