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  2. Zaethe

    Depression fights Countess D'If

    Just reading back through this challenge thread is pretty inspiring, you got up a whole lot of times and did the things even though you were struggling! I'm seriously blown away, I know how hard it can be to get up and do the stuff when your brain goes on strike. I'm glad you're feeling more human now!
  3. h3r0

    h3r0 gets athletic

    Training Day Bat wings 5/3/1 bench press 105/120/130# 5x5 bench press 105#
  4. Zaethe

    Lateral Planet Takes A Break

    I remember this hassle from back when I had my very own britney-esque marriage back in my early twenties. The annulment that came three months later resolved this issue before I really had to handle it thankfully. Good luck with it all, you might just need it!
  5. aramis

    Mortimer's battle logs.

    Ya know, it doesn't need to be sand. Just use gravel, dirt or some construction aggregate. In this topic any hardware store/building depot is your friend. And if it isn't an option - even flower soil from garden shop could do - but if buying in garden shop, I'd recommend fine gravel instead (just avoid LECA/exclay, as it's extremely lightweigth).
  6. theflyingaccountant

    Respawned: Building the Habit

    It's definitely not balanced at all. More of an "I'mma just toss out a number that I know I'll probably end up hitting over the course of the next challenge." Since I'm currently at 0 lb (well, technically 45 lb if you factor in starting with the empty bar), I figure that's an easy way to set a goal without having to involve any math ;). The way I anticipate it happening is that I'll hit 100 on deadlifts and squats within the first two weeks or so, which means I'll celebrate those quick early wins and reset my next milestone at 150 lbs. Bench and OHP will probably (theoretically) hit 100 somewhere around the end of the challenge, at which point I'll probably set the next milestone at 135. Worst case scenario, if I don't hit 100 for those two, I can chalk it up to just "eyeballing it." 40 lbs added to my bench press is still a win in my book.
  7. 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 3 of August 2013 Venue: Celje Koof/Medved Arena, Slovenia, Europe Attendance: 4.051, Ratings: 0.73 (549.010 viewers), Shown on Continental Sports X1 The show kicks off with Nelson Frye and Robert Howard coming to the ring, the crowd giving them a warm welcome as usual. Frye: "Last week, I watched Edward Cornell ruin another match and treat his own stablemates with utter disrespect... I know the inner tensions of the Real Deal is none of my business, but as a three time NGW Heavyweight champion, I just can't stand the thought of men like Cornell carrying that belt and being the face of this company..." Edward Cornell's music interrupts Frye and the NGW Heavyweight champion comes out with the title on his shoulder and Roy Edison by his side. Cornell: "Let me stop you right there, Nelson, because these fan's don't wanna hear it and I know I certainly don't wanna hear it... We all get it, you're trying to get a shot at my title, but that's not gonna happen... As a matter of fact, me and Roy here are going to put an end to all this for good... tonight it's you two against the two of us!" w "Mile High" Adam Matravers vs Frank Ven Heer (with Henrik Van Bon) After the announcing team comments on the opening segment and brings up that Joanne Rodriguez will be facing Viv Jacobs later tonight, the opening contest begins as Adam Matravers goes one on one with Frank Ven Heer. As the announcers remind everyone, Matravers beat Van Bon in a singles match at the final Back to the Future show before Terror Rising, so now it's Van Bon's teammate going one on one with Matravers. Some exciting, fast paced cruiserweight action to kick off the show, with Ven Heer using his speed and aerial attacks while Matravers opts to exploit his slight size and power advantage by grounding his opponent to the match as well as slamming him with the occasional suplex. It's thanks to one of these suplexes that Ven Heer ends up near a corner long enough for Matravers to hit the Mile High Moonsault and pick up the win. Winner: Adam Matravers Next up, Champagne Lover hosts another episode of everyone's favourite talk show, Lover's Lounge, featuring the usual red velvet recliners, cheap potted plants, champagne cooling on ice and his guests, John Silver and Christopher Lister. Lover: "So here we are with the two lovebirds who'll be squaring off at Hotter than Hell for the NGW Cruiserweight championship. How are you feeling about that match, champ?" Lister: "Pretty confident, thank you. I get to not only bring honour and prestige to this title through this fight, but also reclaim the mask of Captain Hero, a very important symbol to the League of Heroes." Silver: "Only you're not doing either. I've beaten you several times before and I'm gonna do it again at Hotter than Hell!" Lister: "You've only won triple threat matches, against me and Shiro Akuma. Now that he's in my rearview mirror, you're in for a surprise once we go one on one in that ring!" Joanne "J-Ro" Rodriguez vs Viv "The Violence" Jacobs Rodriguez will be facing Fusae Etsuko for the NGW Women's title at Hotter than Hell and this was a big test for her leading up to that match against the Hall of Famer Viv Jacobs. The big strong veteran made good use of her power to bully Rodriguez around and give her a rough time, but J-Ro eventually made her comeback and hit the J-Rocker for the pin to pick up momentum as she's headed to her big title match. Winner: Joanne Rodriguez J-Ro's victory celebration is interrupted by the music of Geena the Warrior Princess, who comes out at the top of the stage with a mic in hand. Geena: "So you think you can be the new NGW Womens' champion, huh? Well I've been there and let me tell you, as the saying goes, to be the best you gotta beat the best! Next week, you and me in that ring... Let's see if you got what it takes!" Rodriguez: "You're on!" While Geena and Rodriguez make their way backstage, a video montage is shown to hype up the NGW Womens' title match at Hotter than Hell between the champion Fusae Etsuko and the challenger Joanne Rodriguez. The feed switches to raw footage from the backstage area, as apparently during the hype package, Marat Khoklov and Dovydas Vidmar attacked Sebastian Koller and Wade Orson. The fight has already turned against the two youngsters, who were probably ambushed and by the time Khoklov and Vidmar walk away, Koller and Orson are left beaten and bruised as medical staff rushes in to check on them. The Gentleman and the Pitbull vs Edward Cornell & Roy Edison The main event is a tag match, set up during the episode's opening segment. The crowd is consistently on the side of the former tag team champions, who control the match thanks to their skill, experience and tag chemistry; Frye and Howard function like clockwork, which in turns bring out the best fighting spirit in their opponents. Edison takes most of the beating as he tries to grapple Howard to the mat, until Frye turns that approach against him and puts him in the Royal Armbar. Cornell rushes in to make the save and break it up, which launches Howard at him to start a ringside brawl. Less tired and beaten, Cornell easily comes out on top and then gets the tag from Edison to get in the match and wrestle Frye. The two men have an exciting confrontation for a while but before anyone can really gain control of the match, the bell rings and the result is announced to be a time limit draw since the show has run out of TV time. Result: Time Limit Draw 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
  8. DarK_RaideR

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

    Week 4 results Cog (Zone Eating): 3/7 days Ark (NF Update): 5/7 days Penemue (Muay Thai): 2/2 for the week Jyotika (BuJo): 7/7 I'm doing my best! Pretty busy, but...
  9. theflyingaccountant

    Respawned: Building the Habit

    "My dad always taught me that when there's an elephant in the room, introduce them." Legit. I don't have the time to watch it right now, but I've already got it pulled up on one of my tabs for when I get home. This challenge had all sorts of epiphanies sprinkled throughout. That one was a big one though.
  10. 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: 5+ 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: 0 Pushups done: 1+ 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: 0 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+
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  12. Welcome aboard! We've all definitely fallen off the wagon at least once. The important part is getting back on
  13. annyshay

    Annyshay Settles In

    Sunday w4d7 Water - filled both my water bottles - tracked my intake (20 ounces) Food - breakfast, lunch, and dinner distraction free Coaching - intention mantra for 2 minutes - journaling
  14. Again I stopped reading, and apparently this time it is because I feel blocked about which books to read first, and have plenty of doubts about some of the books being worthy of the time invested. So I'll leave it to fate: I'll make a list, number each book and then let a number generator decide which one I'm reading. I'm adding this to my 1-year goals, hoping I'll be able to finish the list in that time (19 books). So, let's see... first book is going to be... number 2. Dawkins. Ok, let's go.
  15. The Hero of Time

    Level 1 - Kokiri Forest

    Week 4, day 5 summary - Oct 11th Target 1: edit for word-count requirements, find pandoc command-lines that produce files that conform to the competitions' requirements The title of this target became obsolete fairly quickly. Anyway, I submitted the story to the two competitions. I feel a huge sense of achievement with this... and also one of opportunity.  Target 2: replace one of the Basic Runs in my interval training routine with the Island circuit It was strength-training. I continued making small, incremental improvements with form.  Target 3: start work on time four times  I did start work on time. Whole week summary - Week 4 By far the biggest deal this week was the fact that I submitted the short story to the competitions. I started off the challenge not quite believing I would go through with it but I've actually done it a week early. I'm really grateful to everyone here who encouraged me and gave me advice. It's overwhelmingly unlikely that I'll win or be short-listed but this is still a bucket-list moment. Due to the fact that I completed this a week early, Week 5 will be spent preparing for the next challenge. Again, when starting this challenge, I didn't quite believe that I would be able to complete the Wii Fit U Island Circuit run, but it turns out my skinny legs are capable of something after all (and they're not quite as skinny any more). This (small) achievement has given me greater confidence to keep pushing towards that half-marathon. I did pretty poorly with starting work on time (I only did it twice). I'm going to do a mini-respawn for Week 5 and tackle this particular quest head-on.
  16. Ann of Vries

    [The Books of Vries] I am the Dream

    Update I’m finding it harder than planned to keep up on this challenge, but here’s where we currently stand: Gratitude I’m not writing 3 a week, but I’m considering and writing thought-out gratitude posts and that’s what I really wanted. To be able to really sink into the story of the things I’m grateful for, rather than just shooting out a list. Meditation/Spiritual Practices Best laid plans got waylaid first by my new assignment requiring at least 3 consecutive weeks of journaling (most assignments are suggested to take 2 weeks) and going on holiday. At this point, if I can get this one assignment in by the end of the challenge, I’ll be satisfied. I was doing well on daily meditation—again, until holiday and the return. And I didn’t start any of the branch classes. Oh well. The course is self-paced, I’m clipping along at the rate I’d like to be. And I need to get back on the meditation. Going outside/staying active I mean, during the holiday I really rocked this one, but I’ve been pretty good about it most days. Holiday got me in a better mindset to go out when the rain was coming down which is still helping me now that it’s rainy and grey in London. It’s so easy to get outside all the time in the summer! Mind-healthy engagement I still get lost in the FB scroll now and again, but it’s getting better. And I finally pulled out my embroidery and I’m putting a lot of time and practice into that. Don’t (Always) Eat the Croissant This is the other one I’m doing quite well at. I’m back to my pre-illness eating habits, and I lost the weight I gained during illness on our holiday. Hurray! Honestly, I kind of bit off a lot for this challenge and underestimated how much the holiday was going to sidetrack me. But forward motion is still forward...
  17. The Hero of Time

    Respawned: Building the Habit

    It sounds to me as if this epiphany could be one valuable thing to take from this challenge. Have you heard of the "Last Lecture", by Randy Pausch? A great lecturer from CMU, dying from cancer, gave a talk on what should be important in life and achieving childhood dreams. It changes me every time I watch it. It's over an hour long but that's time well spent IMO --- He did a follow-up lecture on time management which is also worth watching.
  18. Pain. Huge amounts of pain. And better blood circulation. Apparently that too.
  19. zenLara

    Mad Hatter retreats

    Because if it weren't so the place would be empty
  20. Mortimer

    Mortimer's battle logs.

    It's a bit hard to get sand down here. Fun fact. We import sand for land reclamation lol. I'll check the supermarket for 5L of water later hrrrmm. Though there was a haul 18.7 kg FedEx box to the reception. I was nice and weighed myself carrying the box and without the box and wrote down the weight. I even specifically called in to give the weight of the parcel and the FedEx guy came with a trolley lol.
  21. Mad Hatter

    Raptron Ramps Up

    HOW DID IT GO?????!!!!!!
  22. Mad Hatter

    Mad Hatter retreats

    Why is it that most places with stable governments and happy populations are the cold countries? But who knows! I'd definitely love to visit. I think that's a great way to start to reduce device usage. After four weeks I don't find I need it anymore.
  23. Nice! I'm sure you mentioned this a long time ago, but can you remind me what you get out from the ice baths for the hands and feet?
  24. zenLara

    Mad Hatter retreats

    Come to Spain! We have plenty of sun, nice food, and lots of corruption. (yes, I'm in dire need of blocking my news feed again) Seems a better idea. Maybe leaving it in another room?
  25. aramis

    Mortimer's battle logs.

    In Poland in every grocery you can buy 5L bottles of water, dirt cheap. This gives you 5kg on each hand if you buy two. And you can drink the water later and fill bottles with sand for more weight
  26. Harriet

    The Return of the Grumble

    Bwahahaha. Philosophy SWAT team breaking down doors. I love it.
  27. Harriet

    Harriet's Even Better Programme

    Ah, well, that explains it, all right. I wonder what happens to the form of mind and dicta if you add milk? Eh, I said I wouldn't internet in the mornings, but I spent all day out yesterday, and I did not sleep until 5am, despite going to bed at 10pm. That's two nights out of the last three I've had about three hours of sleep. So I doubt I'm going to be deadlifting and reading William James for long stretches today. I'm going to do whatever I can manage today while awake. I did cope pretty well with the long day and socialising yesterday. I was chill, which surprised me. Unfortunately, we had all our meals at cafes and restaurants, and none of them contained much in the way of protein. Cake, flammkuchen (like a super thin german pizza thing but with no cheese and a sour cream base) and an inadvertently vegan breakfast. Not the tofu and pulses kind of vegan, rather the vegetables and bread kind of vegan.
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