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  2. ElizeElvinFoxRyder

    ElizeElvinFoxRyder - Elize Rydes into Spring

    Thank you! We're feeling mostly better. Brandt caught the cold, but he says it isn't as bad as ours. --------------------00-------------------- Got the quotes on the machines and yikes! We can nearly buy a new washing machine and tumble dryer (although cheaper, smaller brands) for the repair costs' amounts. Decided only to have the dishwasher fixed. I'll continue with the w.machine and tumble dryer as is, only doing smaller loads so there is no chance of unbalance and overflow. The thing is... we've basically decided that we'll rather not take the machines over (if we emigrate) because 1. they are old and 2. spare parts are scarce due to them not being the same models; people don't want to work on the machines as they don't know them (that's what I read in the forums - it's discussed a lot). 3. It would be better to buy new machines there and have it under guarantee there. So rather just patch up here and go on. The dishwasher wasn't working at all, so it was more urgent than the other two machines. At least washing dishes by hand easily slipped into my routine, probably because I've been washing some things by hand anyway, now there are just more. It is actually very soothing. The car's battery is charging, but doesn't seem to keep it's charge. We're at home again today, as Brandt needs his car to visit clients. We're all much better, still on meds, still red noses for the boys, but throats are not sore anymore, cold not too bad. Brandt also has it, but he can manage, he said. Lucky that I was able to buy extra meds yesterday. Challenge wise: Week 5 - Tuesday Bible/Quiet time - Some quiet time. Lay down and thought about choices/options. Water/Herbal tea, fruit/veg water drinks - Water and tea, altogether 2 bottles. Go to bed - Around 22h00. Seems the natural hour for this phase I'm going through. Food - No gluten. Finances - Dailies up to date, no monthlies yet. Clean house - Up to date. Wiped all the light switches and electrical plug points on the walls. Basically no dog hair since GS shaved, and other two shed very little or nothing. Laundry up to date (needed clean handkerchiefs). Dishes up to date. All dailies done, except the boys' beds. They are now in charge of making their own beds. Adam is not interested. Rocco is sleeping in his sleeping bag, so his bed stays neat. Adam pulls his covers neat at times. I'm not going to push on this. Burpees - Nope. Pushup count cumulative - 121... not going to happen. Walking/Dancing - No walking. I can do burpees now, I just don't want to. Maybe this afternoon as I can't walk. I also want to romp around the garden a bit with Zuzu (dachX). He has really picked up a lot of weight. See if I can form a habit of 10-15min. a day playing outside with him, sometime, somehow.
  3. Björn Járnhamar

    Járnhamar's battle log

    Well... It's been so long since I've been on the forums i don't remember where I left off. Biggest thing that's obviously happened is i have a little girl. She 17 months old and keeps me on my toes. Still working security at the hospital, but in on 2nd shift as a supervisor which certainly comes with its own unique challenges. I was promoted 5 months ago and made it to the gym for about 3 weeks until I was working a shit ton of overtime covering for another supervisor on days that fucked off and left us hanging, 3 months later and his sick/vacation time is gone and he's run out of FMLA time so they were looking at disciplinary actions then he just stopped calling in so now they are pursuing job abandonment. I got sick of covering his time and they took a guy off my shift to fill his spot temporarily which has left me short. With the nonsense at work and stepping on the scale and realizing I've gained nearly 100lbs in the last two years i was nearing my breaking point. I was starting to let work come home with me and my temper was flaring up with my daughter and girlfriend, finally decided that enough was enough. I'm down nearly 20lbs and am back in the gym. Last week was week 1, I focused solely on lifting. Sticking with 5/3/1 this cycle will be first set last. This coming week I'm going to add some cardio; it'll primarily be kettlebell swings, prowler, or stationary bike. In the following weeks I'll had some accessory work to strengthen my week areas. Well that's about it for now, not sure how often I'll update, but I'll shoot for weekly at least.
  4. Mortimer

    Mortimer's battle logs.

    Nerd fitness starwars work out was broken into 2, with the body weight rows, waiters carry and force choke done at home due to having the "equipments". 1st part: Jabba the Hutt chokes: 3x10 body weight rows at thigh height, took 3 breaks on all sets but the 2nd. Force choke: 1 break for 60 secs. Chewbacca carries: Hauled 3 kg bottle half filled with sand on a waiters carry, no issues. Breakfast: 300g okra fried with an onion 1 cashew nut chicken zucchini boat 4 eggs fried with 26g of spinach 1 mango, 26 grapes 2nd part: Jedi high jumps: 3x 15 box jumps knee height. I looked at the low wall that was thigh height, failed twice(I ended up tapping the wall with my hands), and chickened out. Sigh. I think I need to jump on the bed for more practice. I seem to have confidence to jump on a bed that is at thigh height but can't do it on a low wall =( Han solo shuttle run, 6 sets of 20 s run, 10 s rest Force push ups: 4x8 plyometric push ups, had to rest between sets. Luke Handstands: 3 breaks for 5 min. As per this website: https://mothership.sg/2018/05/dbs-battle-bay-extreme-how-to-train-to-be-a-ninja-warrior-in-your-office/ I did entertain myself on the low wall doing the wall tranverse. Didn't get very far, but at least it was better then the first time I tried gripping the wall and tucking in my feet to hang on the wall, and couldn't move at all. At least I did manage to get a couple of cm around... Usual decoction before lunch: 1 tablespoon fennel and cumin, 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds Lunch: 150g cauliflower 150g lotus root 10g sesame seeds 90g sesame chicken 20g hulled pumpkin seeds Dinner: 150g cauliflower 150g lotus root 90g sesame chicken Supper: 1.6 cups of almond milk Will walk 2 subway stations to join local running group then start running.
  5. There's a secret: it's super easy. It's theoretically just the same as growing any kind of young tree, you just have to cut them back at some points so they don't get too long and thin and instead make nice branches. There's nothing special about a young tree to be turned into a bonsai later. It's comparable to growing a pretty hedge from e.g. Buxus sempervirens, except it has a super fancy name, and the pots cost 20+€. Yes, there's more to the traditional forms, and then there's the whole wiring thing, but that comes way later. Starting out my goal for now is to grow 3-4 strong young plants, with lots of branching, and a solid root ball. And no, once they have started growing at all, I will put them in big plastic planters, because the bonsai planters, like the wiring and other shaping, that comes later. Way later. For now I just need them to grow full crowns and root balls. If you ever cultivated a hedge in your garden, it's not too big a leap. Yes, potted plants are vastly depending on us to provide favourable conditions for growth, and once you cut them back to the point where you transition them into the bonsai planter, there's even less room for error, because the planter holds next to no excess dirt, just what is needed, not more. So hydration and nutrients are a huge deal. As is microclimate. But. It's not magic. And bonsai is just a very, very fancy name for something that yes, is very complex if you want to master it, but there's room there to be a beginner too... There's no bonsai seeds. There's plant seeds. And there's pruning and shaping. I am actually kind of worried that the whole badge of seeds will not grow well, because they are all native plants, which I currently have next to my kitchen window. They need or will need for their microenvironment to change eventually, not just annual climate variance, but also circadian cycle, which for now I fucked up by keeping them inside. Eventually they need to stay outside, but my balcony is a south-facing oven at least half the year... so that's a thing to worry about for a while. Yes, it is kinda cool, and there's PILES of shit I don't know about gardening. Bonsai is a very fancy name indeed. I actually am hoping for my finances to even out considerably over the next month or two, so that I can afford to buy 2-3 (relatively inexpensive) indoor plants to turn into bonsai with my son(s) while we wait for the natives to grow (which will take a year or two at least). There are some very common house plants that do take well to being turned into bonsai, which (potentially) make very attractive plants... My favourite is the Shefflera aboricola. Lovely houseplants, increadibly sexy bonsai. They don't do well at all with wiring, so it's all cutting and shaping with other means, but they make INCREADIBLY attractive air roots akin to mangroves... Yes, bonsai, huge topic. Planting things with my boys, something that's just part of this season too... I often have the urge to plant apple seeds in autumn... It's part of the energy, too, I think. Talking about weird shit that I live too much: Korean. Next week, 8 days from now, my language class starts, and I am SO INCREDIBLY EXCITED. I have practiced my lingodeer at least 3 times each week, growing more regular again... there's this urge again to practice my writing, to practice my hangeul, and it is such an aesthetically pleasing thing, hangeul. I just wish I knew more words already. The last and next two chapters in my free-app-curiculum are numbers and prices and such, and I just don't care to be able to count in two different systems, I just want to learn more verbs and more names for people, son and daughter, uncle aunt, mother, mom and mama... how many different words are there? English has at least three, German has two, korean... I want to learn to say Miss and Mister, and how to say things at different politeness levels... on top of that I want to be able to understand more, and read less english subtitles when I watch a show... So yeahhh things! I have not worked out, though my knee is ok again. Bit of a bumpy week. Will not go sweat between Sat/Sun lateshift and early, because I like 6-7h of sleep minimum... might go Sunday... not sure yet. Next week: no work at all, so time to recharge and time to allow that urge to clean-out to actually flow into the habitat... Plus gym. I am alive, I am well (enough), I am still here (thanks for keeping me in your thoughts!). Apple seedlings: Love you guys! PS getting started with bonsai: send from my phone, bear with me.
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  7. Björn Járnhamar

    The Doodlies are at it again!

    Well this is good timing. I've been pretty inactive gym wise after the kid and am finally getting back to it i was thinking of coming back to the forums. I won't promise anything for the pvp, but I'll be hanging around.
  8. ElizeElvinFoxRyder

    Fox visits Kaer Morhen

    Ditto! Think your change of plan was wise. All the best for the rest of the time there.
  9. ElizeElvinFoxRyder

    How does this work again? [maegs]

    We also have a fair amount of fairs in our country. Wonder who brought it here? Must have been farmers or miners from USA/Canada who came down for the gold rush in the 1800s They usually start of in farming communities, then expand and includes all kinds of things. In Pietermaritzburg and Sabie, we had an annual forestry fair taking turns, one year here, the other year in Sabie. I think it is now only being held here in Pmb, along with the annual Royal Show. We also have the garden show, and Art in the Park, and a car show (actually all kinds of vehicles with and without engines), and then very specific farming shows as well. But we have all kinds of shows/fairs: I know of the Cherry Festival in our Cape Province, The Koeksister fair up in the north, etc. I don't blame you. Great going on gym, and hope your foot is getting better, so you can run again.
  10. Elastigirl

    O.G. Nerd trying to level up in my fifties

    Waving hello! As a woman in her fifties(shh don't tell anyone) I love to see other woman my age get excited about getting fit. Here to cheer you on. I love your why!
  11. sarakingdom

    Sara Kingdom Likes Music With Rocks In

    "The Patrician was a pragmatist. He’d never tried to fix things that worked. Things that didn’t work, however, got broken." --Terry Pratchett, Soul Music "Walk with me, Miss Kingdom," said the Patrician. Sara looked at the large clerks lurking in the hallway, and decided this an excellent time for a walk. "What a splendid evening for a stroll," continued Vetinari. "Yes, sir," said Sara. It was in fact a rather nice night. The stars, the warm breeze, the wafting smoke of the fire on the Ankh. (The river Ankh, though nominally composed of, for the sake of argument let's call it water, had a habit of catching fire in warmer seasons.) The gardens were rather nice, too, if one overlooked the fact that they'd been designed by the influential Ankh-Morpork landscape gardener, Bloody Stupid Johnson. Or if one, like the Patrician, found them somewhat reassuring on the subject of, for instance, the average person's common sense and intelligence. (Not optimistic on the subject, merely reassuring.) They walked in what, again for the sake of argument, let's call a companionable silence. (While nominally composed of companionability, it was hard to overlook the fact that one person present was the Patrician and the other was decidedly not. "One mustn't neglect one's daily constitutional, must one, Miss Kingdom?" he said. "Why, that would be like neglecting a good night's rest." "Er, as you say, sir," said Sara, who did not consider herself an expert on the subject. "I'm so pleased you agree." The Patrician clasped his hands behind his back. "We shall certainly continue this discussion in the near future." Sara made a choked sound that, for the sake of argument, let's call a "yes, sir". "Good night, Miss Kingdom," said Vetinari. "You do not wish to be late to bed, I am sure." Sara ran.
  12. Elastigirl

    Fox visits Kaer Morhen

    Woot for all those steps! Sounds like a wise plan to skip the burpees and spend some time stretching your tired legs. Enjoy your time in Chicago
  13. sarakingdom

    Sara Kingdom Likes Music With Rocks In

    "The Patrician was a pragmatist. He’d never tried to fix things that worked. Things that didn’t work, however, got broken." --Terry Pratchett, Soul Music "Walk with me, Miss Kingdom," said the Patrician. Sara looked at the large clerks lurking in the hallway, and decided this an excellent time for a walk. "What a splendid evening for a stroll," continued Vetinari. "Yes, sir," said Sara. It was in fact a rather nice night. The stars, the warm breeze, the wafting smoke of the fire on the Ankh. (The river Ankh, though nominally composed of, for the sake of argument let's call it water, had a habit of catching fire in warmer seasons.) The gardens were rather nice, too, if one overlooked the fact that they'd been designed by the influential Ankh-Morpork landscape gardener, Bloody Stupid Johnson. Or if one, like the Patrician, found them somewhat reassuring on the subject of, for instance, the average person's common sense and intelligence. (Not optimistic on the subject, merely reassuring.) They walked in what, again for the sake of argument, let's call a companionable silence. (While nominally composed of companionability, it was hard to overlook the fact that one person present was the Patrician and the other was decidedly not. "One mustn't neglect one's daily constitutional, must one, Miss Kingdom?" he said. "Why, that would be like neglecting a good night's rest." "Er, as you say, sir," said Sara, who did not consider herself an expert on the subject. "I'm so pleased you agree." The Patrician clasped his hands behind his back. "We shall certainly continue this discussion in the near future." Sara made a choked sound that, for the sake of argument, let's call a "yes, sir". "Good night, Miss Kingdom," said Vetinari. "You do not wish to be late to bed, I am sure." Sara ran.
  14. Lateral Planet

    Lateral Planet Takes A Break

    Having a bad day. Just feeling overwhelmed, I'm being pulled in a dozen different directions at once and none of them are very fun directions to be going in. Could really go for a big ice cream sundae and a cozy night of Netflix. Maybe on the weekend.
  15. Sloth the Enduring

    Elastigirl Welcomes Autumn

    I have to commend you for learning to do cartwheels. It’s something I’d like to do, but am afraid of ending up in the chiropractor’s. I’d feel constrained trying to do them inside; I’d worry about crashing into something. I wonder if you’d feel more graceful outside.
  16. Mad Hatter

    Mad Hatter retreats

    I threw the challenge goals out of the window yesterday because I got a NEW TOY!!! I got an iPad for drawing and it's amazing.
  17. Mad Hatter

    Elastigirl Welcomes Autumn

    Well yes of course, that's because they already know all the other progressions! It's the same thing as with say lifting a weight, a 20 kg lift will look very different for a person with a max of 50kg vs a max of 20kg.
  18. Mad Hatter

    KB Girl and the fight for women's rights

    Echoing everyone else, hope you'll feel more recharged this week!
  19. Mad Hatter

    Raptron Ramps Up

    I'm sorry about the disappointing deadlift, but WOWZA you're a frickin' beast that are some impressive awesome numbers!
  20. foxinthenorth

    Fox visits Kaer Morhen

    SooooOOOOOOooooOOOOOoooo... My conference game plan isn't happening. Between criss-crossing the conference hall and exploring Chicago, I'm walking 18-20 thousand steps a day. It's 10:30pm, I just got back to my hotel room, and doing 30 burpees isn't going to happen. I'm much more tired than I anticipated. I did a minimum amount of stretching last night and I'm going to do at least five minutes tonight as some TLC for my leg muscles after all that walking. Chicago is pretty cool. I like it.
  21. Defining

    Cue montage music!

    That is the best way of looking at this whole journey that I've ever heard!
  22. Murphy's Roommate

    Murphy's Roommate Keeps Trucking

    I am getting tired of looking at houses. Saw another one today. It will be nice to not have my life revolve around house hunting eventually. - Murphy's Roommate
  23. bigm141414

    Raptron Ramps Up

    As we all do. Yeah you did! Your deadlifts! So strong! 3 plates is a huge milestone! My exclamation point key is wearing out1111111111
  24. Rinna

    Save yourself.....Rinna looks within.

    Basically a horse tranq. It’s an anesthetic. Street use is ecstasy. But this is doctor administered, sub anesthetic levels. Not sure if I’m interested. My hubby is more open minded than me.
  25. Elastigirl

    Save yourself.....Rinna looks within.

    What is Ketamine? I definitely wouldn't be ready for snow yet! We had super cold weather, but at least it was sunny(super cold for me means icy at night and in the morning) Getting walking in is great as is taking care of your family.Hope the next days start to look brighter for you
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