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  2. Waanie

    J3nn's Noomalicious

    Found you! I like your goals, and hope that the plague will pass soon. Are you going to do the flooring yourself, or is someone else doing it? We'll want pictures of course!
  3. crashy

    Snowkc Seeks Stability

    Following this. Let me know how the MadCow works compared to the StrongLifts. I'm about to start the SL (again) but don't think I'll be doing it for more than 1-2 months and a good next step would be great. How are you planning on getting your protein each day?
  4. I like it. It's a bit dramatic but not that much (like other competition shows).
  5. crashy

    Deckard Gainz Necromances

    First up, epic post, looking forward to reading on how your progress goes. To be honest, 90% of what you wrote here I can completely relate to and am also on the same quest. It's freaking tough! I'm doing the above (sort of) too. Basically in all my experience (probably not a whole lot) I've figured out that no matter how much I lift/cardio that I can never lose weight unless I actively keep track of what is going into my mouth. It's an absolute ball ache to use MFP to track them, but unfortunately unless I track them in MFP then I find my best guess is always wrong. Then in terms of your exercise (strength training and light cardio) I think that's the best approach. End moral of the story is that discipline and consistency are what's going to deliver the results (easier said than done) Your intro post said you had a shoulder injury, want to elaborate on that? I'm recovering from shoulder surgery and would dig some pointers on things you did to recover (even if you did or didn't have surgery) Good luck man, I'll be keeping an eye on this thread
  6. Ann of Vries

    Baking, Suburban Homesteading, and Health

    I'm sorry for your loss For a couple of years, I owned a suburban house with an acre and a half yard (there were major transmission lines running over it, making it unsuitable for housing development, and therefore affordable) and I had backyard chickens and vegetable patches and berry bushes and even started an orchard (although I would not be there to see them fruit). There were a lot of things going wrong with my life at the time--basically everything but the homestead--which is why I eventually had to leave my little farm behind me, but the homesteading slice of that chapter of my life is still among my happiest memories. I'm hoping to have an opportunity for that again someday. I hope you find your bliss in your homestead! It sounds wonderful.
  7. Robinsons Jacob

    HIIT Training

    HIIT Workouts are best for the people who are looking to lose some fat and want to increase their metabolism. Exercise 1 : HIIT Running Workout Exercise 2: Unlimited Squats Exercise 3: Crunch Time Exercise 4: Burpees Exercise 5: Unlimited High-Knees Benefits of HIIT Training The best part of the HIIT training is that it can be done anywhere, the amount of rest you get is very high. And the result are just awesome. Regards: Sweat440
  8. Akari

    Akari keeps moving forward

    Hey all, I'm Akari, a 28-year-old female from Germany. Some of you know me already. I am not very consistant with my challenges but I havn't given up on it yet In January I finished my apprenticeship and since March I have a new well payed job. I really like my new company. The people are really friendly and the best thing is that I can influence things. They have a new investor and this man wants to modernize the company. They offered me already to be responsible for the apprentices in the administration. I am really exiced about this task. But it has to wait after my babybreak. It was a shock for my new boss when I told him that I am pregnant. He is a straight forward man and he said he would have expexted me to tell this news already in the job interview. But I couln't do that. Someone else wouldn't have given me a job. Who wants a woman which stays 5 months and then takes a baby break? There are some other news: I have ended the relationship with my boyfriend. I realized more and more that he is still half a teenager (He is two years younger than me) while I am a grown woman. I want to live my own life and make my own decisions. And I don't want a man to tell me what I have to do what I don't have to do. He didn't take the sudden break easy. For him his world crashed. And so he accused me of not behaving like an adult, insulted me and tried to make me feel bad. In reaction I blocked him on whatsapp. Unfortuatly I forgot about facebook since I don't use it very often. I tried to explain him why I blocked him after he accused me of beeing emotionaly so instable that I would be a thread to my child. He apologized and then he tried to manipulate me again. So I blocked him there too. I don't regret breaking with him but his behavior is emotional stress for me. I know I can't deny him his child but until it's born I won't talk to him anymore. For now I just want to enjoy my single life and my new job. Learning I've started to learn French again by using Memrise and a new app called Fluent Forever. Fluent Forever is out of beta now but it's still work in progress. They have a 14 days pay free trial, if someone wants to try it out. I also try to lean Swedish and Japanese. I can't decide which language to learn first so I do all at once. French: 15 words a day Swedish and Japanese: 5 words a day Eating I can't do a diet with reduced kalories now. But currently eating for two which isn't a good idea. I want to focus more on what I eat and how much I eat. Planning ahead meals might be a really good idea to avoid overeating. Today I'll gonna make a plan what I am going to eat the rest of the week. Moving At work I sit the whole time. And at home I sit too either reading, learning or playing pc. My goal for this week is to go each day 20-30 min for a walk or to take the bike. To create some accountability for myself I am using Habitica for the past two weeks. Works pretty well.
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  10. Hey Team, Where to start! The TLDR version is that I had shoulder surgery at the start of February and I'm finally now able to get back to exercising "properly". Now for the long version, I'm 34, 6"0', 105Kgs, married, father of a 2 year old boy, soon-to-be father of a little girl. I've tried a few challenges on NF before, generally in the Rangers guild, but think that it wasn't the place for me. After having a long think about where I want to focus my next 6-12 months recovery it's definitely lifting some heavy iron, but I want to add in some cardio and mobility to increase my lifting ability. Prior to my op, there were my best lifts (copied from my Beyond the Whiteboard app) Lift Date Result From Workout Deadlift September 06, 2018 1 rep @ 150 kg Deadlift : 1x1 Back Squat December 06, 2018 2 reps @ 115 kg Back Squat : 2-2-2-2-2 Front Squat October 22, 2018 2 reps @ 100 kg Front Squat : 2-2-2-2-2 Overhead Squat December 03, 2018 6 reps @ 70 kg AMRAP 3 mins: Rows, Overhead Squats and Burpee Over Bars Thruster September 15, 2018 2 reps @ 80 kg Thruster : 2 Rep Max Strict Press July 23, 2018 3 reps @ 60 kg Strict Press 5-3-2-5-3-2 Push Press July 25, 2018 1 rep @ 80 kg Push Press : 1 Rep Max Push Jerk November 12, 2018 2 reps @ 90 kg Push Jerk 2-2-2-2-1 Power Snatch August 20, 2018 1 rep @ 65 kg Power Snatch 1-1-1 Clean October 22, 2018 1 rep @ 100 kg Clean : 1 Rep Max Clean & Jerk December 31, 2018 1 rep @ 90 kg Clean & Jerk : 1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1 Bench Press August 12, 2017 5 reps @ 80 kg Bench Press 5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5 As you can probably tell from the above, I'm a CrossFitter, but more because they offer the best place to lift weights. I've put my membership on hold since my Op, and am wanting to get back there hopefully from June, but in the meantime I have a commercial gym membership to get some practice in until then. And since most places have CrossFit haters, which is cool, each to their own, I mainly go there to lift heavy, the cardio side of it I'm not massively great at. This is why I previously said Rangers, but think that it should really be Warriors as that's where my passion lies. So the above is all good and well, happy days. Now I'm trying to get back there, which I think is going to take me atleast the rest of 2019 to do. I've tried to do as much as I can, but generally have just been a lazy mother trucker. It's still problematic to do some of the exercises since my shoulder isn't fully mobile yet. Based on my last 2 weeks my lifts are: 1. Deadlift - 5RM - 60Kgs (this was super light, just testing my arm) 2. Back Squat - 10RM - 50Kgs (this was on the Smith machine since I can't hold the bar on my back properly) 3. Front Squat - 5RM - 40Kgs (this also felt light, was just sore resting the back on my shoulder) 4. Strict Press - 3RM - 20Kgs (yup, just the bar, it was brutal to do) Not a great start, but getting there, and I'm happy that it's going to be a long journey. So that's the long story of where I am, and here are my goals for this challenge: 1. Track Calories - My main reason for picking up weight is bad eating. Track calories in MFP for the month 2. Mobility - Spend time every single day to stretch out my shoulder to get my range of motion back. Additional stretching of the body and foam rollers are a bonus 3. Cardio - Run 5k atleast once a week. Aim to do it in less than 30 minutes. 4. Lift - Where possible. Based on where I am, I'm going to try do StrongLifts 5x5 for this challenge. Mainly since those are the only lifts I can really do. 5. Learn - Educate myself in something (to be decided soon) 6. OPTIONAL - Early Start - Wake up at 4:30AM as often as possible. Use this time for gym, mobility or learning. Anyways, so the above might not quite be all warrior goals, but they're shorter terms goals to reach my end warrior goals. Looking forward to joining the guild, and reading about everyone else's challenge
  11. @mu

    Mu develops her inner HS puppy

    It's the same colour and same brand, so nothing that exciting but still you can tell the difference Oh that's funny because the view from here is that you do much higher volume workouts Mhm, interesting. On parallettes, I regularly feel a plateau on strength gains and then a sudden burgeoning of new skills when past a threshold. I guess, as you progress, the rate of raw strength gains slows down and you start developing specific strengths that are probably a bit harder to dig (specialisation). I suppose skills would also take longer to get because complexity and endurance requirements increase as you go. At the moment I do feel different areas of progress, in strength (bent arms vs straight arms vs abs vs glutes & legs) and skill (awareness vs balance vs coordination vs technique) and they don't all go at the same rate of progress at all. Once in a while, there will be one bit of progress that will have some form of carry-over pretty much everywhere and there will be an overall qualitative jump. But I haven't had huge plateaus where nothing is happening, but that's an other thing: I currently get easily excited by little improvements or some milestone. When you reach an advanced level, expectations might be a bit higher Yep, lighter week is definitely on! ~ Practice ~ Yesterday: Legs x2 + Cirque Physio x3 + ball drill x1 + hips stretching including PressToHS little drills. But took it easy on everything. Today: Cirque Physio x3 + hanging raises & straddle-ups + ball drill x1 + press to HS + silks alignment. Shoulders were a bit more clunky than usual at first but it went away after warm-up. In press to HS, I did 2 runs of conditioning circuits (we can do 1 to 3). And the whole thing including my own little bits took ~1h10. It was less intense than P2. Still there were a few hard things. An odd one was that I cannot do seated straddle leg lifts without rounding my lower back. We have to stick the butt out and I find it very hard to keep it that way. Good one to work on. And it will make me have a look at the pike exercises I do with Cirque Physio because I'm pretty sure I'm rounding my back too. The main skill work was to pull your best handstand line in a hold for 10mn (in total not on one hold ). I will see after next workout what video I send for my first submission. ~ Job prep Yesterday: big coding sessions again +3 points Today: off to a similar schedule I think /* Challenge Log */ last P2 cycle |Deload P2: 3/3 | 0/1 Press2HS 3/3 | 1/2 HS: 3/3 | 0/1 Stretching: 2/2 | 1/2 Cirque-Physio:18/18| 6/12 Legs: 2/2 | 2/2 Ball-flex: 4/4 | 2/4 Pull: 5 | 1 Job-prep: 10/10| 3/10 Drawing: 1 | 0
  12. Thanks @Grumble! I’ve been trying to find some info on breaking this lift down into its component parts so that I can work on my form, but I’ve struggled to find much that really does this. I’m not a complete beginner, I’ve done many power cleans, but it’s been a long time (I was very, very ill for about 5 years) and I’m pretty sure that I’m probably not doing them correctly. If you can think of any good resources then feel free to share...
  13. Ann of Vries

    [Keeper of the Flame] Protector

    A drive-by update. Rowan had his Doljanchi (Korean first birthday party) this past weekend. I think it was a little disorganized, but for a party with 30+ adults and 7 one year olds, I have to count it a success! I'm waiting on photos from guests as I was too busy to take many, but here is Rowan in his traditional hanbok for the occasion. He's a toddler now! NF, you were with me when he was born. I can't believe it's been a year! The visit with my mother is going surprisingly well. There is a language barrier issue still causing communication difficulties (and hampering the ability to just chat casually), but overall we are getting along fine. It's a little strange, but refreshing. My mother has become really into fitness in her retirement and is used to taking many classes a week, so we've been walking, walking, walking several miles a day. I'm definitely getting a workout!
  14. @mu

    Raptron Turns 50?!?! [Challenges]

    Brilliant! Lots of visible change even for muggles like me. You look much more self-confident too
  15. Ja, spring comes with it's own problems. Hope it clears up soon, so you can sleep, breath and exercise better.
  16. Blocky

    Deckard Gainz Necromances

    Super delicious food...
  17. ... It's not too late for that. Either this, or we take Cooking with Lucha Deffy to the big time.
  18. Rusk

    The Battle Chef's Log

    Warmup Mobility Yes y KB Halo 2x6 6 6 Prying Squat 2x5 5 5 KB Armbar 2x6br 6 6 Glute Bridge 2x8 8 8 A1 KB Clean 4x8 8 8 8 x A2 V. Jump 4x3 3 3 3 x B1 Squat 70 x5 5 87.5 x5 5 105 x5 5 112.5 x5 5 130 x5 5 147.5 x5+ 5 130 x5 112.5 x5+ B2 Ab Roll Out 8x2 x x x x x x x x C1 Assisted GHR 4x5 - 5 5 5 x C2 Farmer's Carry 4x40' 95 y y y x D1 Reverse Hyper 4x6 50 4 4 4 x D2 Ast. Split Squats 4x6 - 4 4 4 x Did what I could yesterday. I'm giving a lower carb diet (125-150 g) a try for the next 4 weeks to see if the diabeetus reacts favourably to it or not.
  19. elizevdmerwe

    elizevdmerwe - It's about nr.23 & Countdown...8

    Thanks. It was a bit of a dud-day. Woke up with a migraine which was tempered somewhat due to the pain pill I took. But then popped up as I went to bed last night. Had a glass of milk, which funny (not ha-ha) enough helped somewhat. Then woke up this morning at 4am with a splitting headache if I turn my head. Lay there till just before 6am, moving as little as possible. I got a headache tablet again, had it with rooibos, first thing after I got up. The ache has subsided somewhat, but is still there when I turn my head fast, cough, those kinds of things. Made breakfast, did house chores, and then decided I'll try some exercise! And most of the pain is gone, just have some residual aches when I cough or sneeze. Also roll/dropped a 4kg wait over/on my one big toe Not too bad, but I wasn't impressed with myself. ------------------------------------------------------------- Had a very quiet, very wet (rain is soaking in and falling almost constant since Friday), and somewhat cold weekend. There are accidents everywhere, places flooding, and somewhat under water (bridges, lower suburbs and rural areas), and my friend in Durban says they'll be able to doggy paddle in their backyard by the end of the day if it doesn't stop raining soon. It almost never rains like this, at this time of the year. This is totally out of whack! But our water tanks are full, so shouldn't complain. Week 1 - Monday HEALTH BIBLE STUDY - Quiet time and bible with the boys (also over the weekend). WATER - One bottle and some rooibos. SLEEP - Went to bed late on two nights, then around 22h00 Sunday and Monday nights, but also slept in on almost all mornings. FOOD WILLPOWER - We had hot cross buns Saturday morning. With butter. The bun had some chocolate chips in it, but otherwise nothing too much and no other chocolate. STAYING ACTIVE Nothing from Friday till Monday, inclusive. THE PLAN...COUNTDOWN - 8months to go - Finances: Weekly done on Friday. CV & cover letter: In the queue. Waiting... House plans updated: Waiting for new month (money). Fire arms licenses: Done research and almost panicked with everything that needs to be arranged, especially just before flying! Maybe the reason for the headache. Driver's licenses: Researched. Not too bad actually. Can wait till we are in NZ. Kitchen cleanup: I'm looking at everything and thinking about it. Nothing more at the moment. Home Affairs: All our passports are ready for collection! We'll go next week Tuesday morning early again. It seems Brandt and I have switched roles a bit this weekend. I was the brake, he was eager/excited to apply for a job. There's been one company who advertised since beginning February (Sabre Systems from PA there in USA). They have a senior job available in their NZ offices (Petone North island) for a good salary. Brandt hasn't been eager for it, but keeping an eye on it never the less. Monday another job was put up, also senior, but with a NZ company on south island. No idea what the salary is, but it is writing code for (Queenstown) sporting/tourist activities like ski elevators. I read it out loud for Brandt, and he was very excited. We discussed options, I looked at possible houses to rent for both jobs (there's basically nothing available), and he decided to rather wait till he gets his CV back from the company. It should be within the next two weeks. I also got extra quotes with regards to quarantine in NZ for the pets, and all that will entail. Costs are just climbing and climbing. His mom also sent messages with regards to the annual cycling race she does here in our town every year. He told me he was in two minds about whether he should enter, because it is a lot of money, and a part of him isn't sure whether he'll be here! I just gawked at him. Seriously I couldn't think of anything to say! Then late last night he spoke to his mom again and said he'll enter them, and pay for the race (takes place in middle October). However when he tried this morning, neither his card or mine wanted to go through, and it isn't a money problem. Probably some electricity or adsl line trouble somewhere. Our internet was up and down frequently this weekend. So we're just moving ahead, trying to keep track of what needs to be done. The exercise really helped with the headache this morning!
  20. Why do you think I've been so hooked on Total Extreme Wrestling (and so not-hooked on all things work related, but that's another matter) We should totally re-think our careers. In a parallel universe, we might have set Twitch stream on fire with our socio-political commentary while playing Civilization...
  21. Morag

    Morag swishes and flicks - and ennunciates

    It is Tuesday morning. I am sitting at the bus stop to work. I brought my bike and chained it to a lamp post here, so I have the bike when I get back this afternoon: after work grocery shopping for the win. I had a lovely if a bit mad easter weekend. Having the kids back at home is nice yet infuriating. It does take a bit of getting back in sync with each other after more than a week of "vacation at grandma's / childless bliss". So the little one has been pumping the tear ducts last night and this morning. But for right now I have the energy to hold my ground. Half a year ago that was not the case at all, and I am cherrishing it. (Yes, you will brush your teeth in the morning, and no, that does not mean you don't have to do it right now, does grandma let you get away with this(?) Get a move on! 10th repeat: go back to bed, you can't fall asleep standing up, I know your bed is unfamiliar, but go back to bed. (AGAIN.) Neither kid wants to take a packed lunch, and I am really not a fan of them having no food, if they change their tiny little minds lateron... le sigh) But such is life and I wouldn't want to miss it. I have been reading quite a lot in my Vicky Gabriel book, I have had this urge to get more meditation and other "spiritual things" back into my life, the book is sorted along the year, set up so one can "hop on" anytime along the path, so I plan to do that, possibly, with the next new moon, which is chapter 3 and will be starting on May 6th, it will entail a chapter about the Lindentree, seeing that sent me down an entire rabbits burrow of tunnels: read up on lindentree flowers and elderflowers and such... making plans to collect/harvest and dry my own, make a insect bite remedy (Spitzwegerich-Creme) and a cough syrup (also Spitzwegerich) and a tea mixture against flu-like plagues (Lindentree flowers, Elderflowers and "Mädesüß", whatever that is. I took a minor walk (the kids took their bikes) with the kids, found a few lindentrees far enough from the road, for flower collecting and meditation, similar for Elder (sambucus nigra) found a loooot of plants growing and flowering right now, no surprise, (no Spitzwegerich though). The kids' basic botanical education is seriously lacking. I was appalled at them not knowing the simplest Flowers even by their common names. I took first steps to remedy that. So that was my easter monday morning. Afternoon was boardgames and chat with dear friend from my uni days, he's moved to Berlin and was here for part of the easter break, was really nice. He's the one who pushed me towards stoicism way back when. That happened, had some fresh baked bread (not the improvised full moon thing, but an actual bread recipe) and tomato-margerine (friend is vegan - I like butter better, but I can adjust). During game break, LittleBoy and I planted a hydro culture of tomatoes, basil and Kapuzinerkresse, and prepped the container for our potato-experiment (have to read up how to grow potatoes). And I even cleaned up the kitchen enough to not be ashamed of myself... not proud yet, just not ashamed. Today, is my next to last day at work... I have no idea what to make for my colleagues for a going away treat... they were so nice to me... Maybe waffles? Or a cake? But what kind? I have no idea... So far my Tuesday morning ramblings. I have two more days at work. And I seriously don't want to be done with my internship. I just want to find a place to put down roots... I know it will come, but still. Easter Monday duck family on the pond in our park. BigBoy threatening tongue, LittleOne tickling my ear with a leaf of grass. Life could be worse indeed. Love you Rangers. send from my new phone, bear with me.
  22. darkfoxx

    Darkfoxx 56: Rebuilding A Solid Foundation

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  23. elizevdmerwe

    The one in which Fonzico does not go crazy.

    Here for crazy and not so crazy, and everything in between
  24. darkfoxx

    The one in which Fonzico does not go crazy.

    You’ve got this! Deep breaths! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  25. elizevdmerwe

    Jakkals, 2019, nommer 4

    So sorry that you lost one of the cats. Do you know the cause? It's great that you got all that rowing in! And you are improving so fast. Glad you had some me time with a book as well.
  26. elizevdmerwe

    Annyshay: Endgame

    Me too, and reading that you sat praying with your eyes open. Now I don't feel so odd anymore. A girl's got to do, what a girl's got to do! Love Guardians of the Galaxy, both movies! And it might have rubbed off why I liked the last Jurassic World (well, the main male character, not the main female character, at all). And that might have been the reason why I liked that other space movie where said male character woke up early on a space ship. But Guardians of the Galaxy... even loved the humorous parts. You are rocking the self care! I'm taking a tiny bit of inspiration from you, so that you have enough left for your challenge.
  27. Monday Update Yesterday was a bank holiday which means nothing in my line of work. Contrast this with TH's cushy af job where he not only gets bank holidays but he can work from home whenever he likes because he hasn't physically been in to work for over a week and he isn't going in for the foreseeable either. He also woke me up with the best news (for him) this morning - "You were totally right, I can have Football Manager on in the background while I work from home!". I am very happy for him. And a little jealous. And very happy for him. Ish. At work I continued a physically demanding and mind numbing task I have been working on since before I left for annual leave. Someone did continue this while I was off but they did it all wrong so I had to redo it. I almost completed it, then came across a hitch and had to redo some of it again. I will be very glad when that's all done. I fasted until 1 when I ate my mackerel salad (I have stopped posting pictures of almost identical fish salads and snackboxes containing the same satusumas and babybels, for obvious reasons) then an apple and a mini Malteaser's Bunny. TH cooked dinner which was just cooking some pasta (not oversalted) and warming up a red wine bolognese sauce I made and froze a few weeks ago. We finished watching that series of Beastmaster whilst eating weighed out portions of Easter chocolate, then went to bed a little on the late side and I fell asleep on TH immediately again. He's a very patient man. Calories - 1620.
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