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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1100 on: May 29, 2016, 11:41:43 PM »
Upper body on Friday, but what really did me in was moving over the past two days. My wife is pregnant and couldn't help much since she's dealing with nerve compression issues in her back, so I literally spent 15+ solid hours lifting and moving boxes and furniture over the past two days (no one was available to help except for two hours today moving the very heaviest stuff with me). Fortunately, I hate unpacking and my wife enjoys it (as much as one can), so despite being physically depleted in a way even deadlifting 500lbs never did to me, I am feeling damn good because we are totally moved and ~75% to being unpacked and organized.

It's a crazy feeling having your entire body feel utterly spent. Not sure I have ever felt this way after a mere lifting or crossfit session. Oddly, I kinda like it :)

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1101 on: May 30, 2016, 04:08:41 AM »
I've hit or exceeded my walking/biking goal for 2 weeks:

4-23: 1.5 hours biking, 3.3 mi walking
4-22: 8 mi
4-21: 5 mi
4-20: 5 mi
4-19: 6 mi
4-18: 5 mi
4-17: 6.5 mi
4-16: 5 mi
4-15: 5 mi and change
4-14: 5.3 mi
4-13: 5 mi
4-12: 6.4 mi (and 10 minutes stairs)
4-11: 5.6 mi
4-10: 5.5 mi (and 10 minutes stairs)


Nice! You're doing great! Glad to have someone else w/ a walking goal on this thread - mine is 1000km (620 mi) of hiking in 2016 (doesn't include day-to-day errand walking, just proper "hikes"). I'm at about 250km or 155 mi so far.

Oh hey there allsummerlong. Three cheers for walking goals. I don't get much actual hiking, so sidewalks are it for me. Let's pretend I'm not a month behind on this response.

I've been keeping up with my goals, although with much more variability. I'll skip a day, do 10 miles the next day, then 3, then 7. The average has worked out to be 5 miles a day, but I want to get back to some consistency. I don't want to get comfortable putting it off and relying on Future MonkeyJenga to make it up.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1102 on: May 30, 2016, 04:15:19 AM »
Goal number one accomplished. Just under a 10 minute PB at Sundays Edinburgh Marathon. Feeling tired and sore but very happy.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1103 on: May 31, 2016, 07:14:20 AM »
All right, so it's time for a data update. I haven't been super strict with measuring for a log, but anytime I weigh myself or measure myself, I go ahead and throw the numbers in a spreadsheet. With the help of my SO, I got my second measurement data points yesterday.

As a reminder, here the post detailing where I was at in January:

I took the chart from that post, and added a column.

MetricJanuaryMayTrend DirectionDifference
Weight (lbs)213.4178.235.2
BMI30.625.55.1
Body Fat (%)25.916.99
Neck (Inches)1614.8751.125
Forearm (Inches)11.87511.3750.5
Bicep (Inches)13.875130.875
Shoulder (Inches)50464
Chest (Inches)41.12540.50.625
Waist (Inches)42.2536.55.75
Hips (Inches)45396
Thigh (Inches)25.125214.125
Calf (Inches)16.5160.5

I'm shrinking!! This was not necessarily done on purpose, and I kind of expect things to shift soon. A huge part of it is having quit drinking, but another big part of it is shifting my relationship with food. I'm going to work on a draft of that post, because I think it will be helpful, along with a couple of ways I'm going to use this shift. I know I've lost a little bit of muscle, but it's mostly been fat, since beer is the only thing that consistently keeps me out of ketosis.

Goal number one accomplished. Just under a 10 minute PB at Sundays Edinburgh Marathon. Feeling tired and sore but very happy.

I've got that goal marked as complete!! I don't know a bunch about running times and stuff, but I'm pretty sure cutting 10:00 off your marathon time is bad ass!!

So I curently have a rather vague goal of get fitter.
Why?
Because I want to model a healthy lifestyle for my son,
So I have an outlet for anxiety energy (which will help mental health)
So I like what I see in the mirror a bit more
So I have more energy and am overall healthier.

Glad to have you here FK!! You've got a couple of suggestions already (and I seriously asked my SO to put a life vest on me and push me around a pool for a couple of hours...it sounds so fun!!), and since I don't have to deal with the fall out of the hikes I do with my nephew (I can give him back), I don't know how well that works, especially with a smaller person (I did take him on his first hike at like 2 1/2 - having a fit? I'm going to keep going, you better catch up before I get to the car). So I don't have much to contribute to that bit. However, I did take a bit of creative license with your goals and got a few added to the tracking post (no link, I don't have my shortcuts installed on this computer yet...but it's the second post of this thread). Some are general, some are fun, some are a middle step in figuring out what you want to do. I am more than happy to change them if any don't ring true, or you just don't want them there.

On that note, one of the goals I put for FK was to increase mirror lust. I just made that term up, and it's so much bigger than just fitness, but it applies. The term is more poetic and fun, but to me it really means just getting comfortable in your own skin. If that means that you kick ass working out, get all ripped and love that, or if it means that you find exactly what it is you want to do, and can look in the mirror knowing you can accomplish that, it's all good. It's about your very own perception of your very own body, whatever that winds up looking like.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1104 on: May 31, 2016, 07:20:06 AM »
Goal number one accomplished. Just under a 10 minute PB at Sundays Edinburgh Marathon. Feeling tired and sore but very happy.

Way to go! That is an amazing amount of time to cut off!

Upper body on Friday, but what really did me in was moving over the past two days. My wife is pregnant and couldn't help much since she's dealing with nerve compression issues in her back

I laughed a little when I read this only because I have twice managed to get out of moving (once because of an all hands on deck work emergency and once I was put into the hospital with a severe reaction to a spider bite). It has become the family joke that I'll do anything to get out of moving. I haven't tried this method yet, maybe next move... nice work though powering through and getting the move done!

Check-in:

Last week was a weird week. Two really sucky runs, one really great run, two FANTASTIC bike rides, and one sucky swim. Every workout was either SUPER great or SUPER terrible. Ah well, at least it's another week down! I decided my strength work this week was taken care of when we loaded and unloaded a bunch of pavers for the yard. That plus a lot of yard work this weekend has left me way more sore than usual.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1105 on: May 31, 2016, 08:06:18 AM »
I Lol'd at mirror lust.
I will have to try out some of these suggestions. We have a couple of bikes, but they're too big for me, so I might try selling one, or trading it for one my size.
And chasing him around the pool will be fun next summer! With his swimming lessons, its at a dedicated swim school, so I can't sneak off to do laps anyway. But one of the reasons I started swimming lessons was to get us both moving, so that has been a start.



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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1106 on: May 31, 2016, 08:12:53 AM »
I posted this on my journal, but it probably belongs here, too. (Please note: wine is shared between my husband and I... usually. Heh.)  Also, I think I was a bit optimistic. "Sunshine" is not really accurate, because I live in Oregon. So "sunshine, but possibly clouds, mist, driving rain, lazy rain, sun breaks, or fog, possibly all within the same 2 hour stretch" is more accurate.



Total hiked this year: 43.4 miles
I want to set a goal for miles hiked for this year. Suggestions welcome! We hike a lot in the summer usually. I think our beginning of this year is low for us. So I'm thinking maybe 150 miles? 200 miles?
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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1107 on: May 31, 2016, 08:48:54 AM »
Kayaked 23.4 km yesterday.

2016 paddling challenge: 96.3/500km.

Almost a fifth of the way to my goal and it's not even officially summer yet...gonna blow this out of the water I think. :)

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1108 on: May 31, 2016, 10:06:10 AM »
So far this year has been about getting stronger and more fit and having fun. And I really have been kicking ass and having fun. But I am going to compete in a powerlifting meet in August, so my training is going to be extremely focused. In the past, I've struggled with making the switch from fun to focused.

So let's track a few numbers. I have January 2016 and May 2016 so I can compare both to August 2016 when that comes around.

Back Squat: 175; 205
Bench: 140;145
Deadlift: 270; 305
1 mile run: 7:16; 7:16 (yes, I ended up with the same time)

I love this thread because it has people doing every type of fitness things. I can get my sport specific discussion AND step away from my sport specific discussion to learn/enjoy a lot of different things.

Great 5 months so far! And I can't believe it's been 5 months.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1109 on: May 31, 2016, 11:12:19 AM »
Checking in as it's the end of the month.

Running: doing really well on this one.  I have done all of my scheduled runs, and aside from one mega-flop mentioned earlier, I have been hitting my target paces (often just barely, but that's good as it means I picked a challenging but not impossible time goal!)

Pullups: It seems doing something on this EVERY day is a bit challenging, but I have managed my 5 negative pullups at least 5/7 days each week.  I'm able to descend smoothly through a larger portion of the range of motion required, so strength is increasing, I think.  For my goal of doing the beginner greatist workout 3x/week...I've managed 2x/week, and frankly, the exercises are feeling easy.  This month I start back at work so I'm not sure I'll do any better at achieving a 3x/week goal.

So for June, my goals are:

1) keep up with running as per RLRF training plan

2) advance to the greatist intermediate workout, plan on doing it 2x/week. 

3) Continue with 5 negative chinups at least 5 days/week, but time the descent and work towards 15 sec/descent. 

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« Reply #1110 on: May 31, 2016, 05:00:53 PM »
Digesting thoughts on food (related to health)

I posted my stats earlier today, and I like to think that by any measure, it can be considered progress. A huge portion of what drove the weight loss was merely stopping drinking. All those empty calories and simple carbs plays havoc on my body composition. But something else happened as well, and it was kind of strange, although ultimately beneficial. I've done a fair amount of research on food and nutrition, as well as the physiological responses based on the person and the diet. One of the things that I've come across was intermittent fasting (IF for short). This wasn't anything that would be easy for me. Even at my previous thinnest, I was very much a garbage disposal, that only disposed of delicious things. I rarely mindlessly ate or snacked, but if something was delicious, I could easily eat so much of it that I puked (I normally avoided this, but my homemade cubanos...oh man). I was all about flavor. Combining them, trying new things, separating them out, figuring out what did what.

About a month ago, I started craving a cheeseburger. I blame prospector for that one, but with all of the places within a mile of my house, none of them really got me excited enough to go there. Finally, I found a pretty damn good burger place, and went off menu to ensure that I got exactly what I wanted based on what they offered. This was not a cheap burger (going off menu rarely is for me), and when I got it, it looked and smelled great. The first thought I had as I took the first bite was "Finally, I have a burger. Yum" followed quickly by "I can totally make a better one at home, and it would probably be cheaper". I realized that while my craving was merely psychological (as opposed to a nutritional defiency or something), my craving was for an excellent burger. I looked at those cravings, and came to the conclusion that pure excellence was my goal, which means that I can totally survive, and survive more comfortably than many people I see, on merely very good food.

Now here is the part that shifted for me a few weeks ago. I realized that I hadn't really given myself permission to make food that was 'just' really good. Anytime I cooked, it had to be absolutely amazing. Like the kind of amazing that causes wars when food is scarce (since I'm tooting my own horn a bit, it would probably cause wars if people merely thought food was scarce). Even my failed attempt at a Whole30 earlier this year resulted in Smoked Vindaloo Pork, which I wouldn't consider a quick and easy meal (even though it kind of is). A single comment from JS caused me to create an entire Baja inspired meal, surrounding a freaking appetizer. Don't get me wrong, I love doing all of this stuff, but like foods that are delicious and too rich to eat all the time, I never didn't do something like that epic craziness.

Even though it started with that most Unmustachian tendencies of restauranting, it evolved into a relatively fundamental shift in the way that I viewed food. I can quickly and easily make food that can be considered very good, and my expectations were so much higher usually. However, my expectations for excellence hit very rarely. I can only remember about 2 times in the past year (including the cheeseburger incident of 2016) where I had a craving like that. I gave myself permission to enjoy the very good meals I made, but it wasn't to that level of so damn good that I wanted to gorge myself. Now don't worry, I still make excellent meals every other week at least, but by enjoying these very good meals, I was able to look beyond the flavor (in addition to...I'm not a monster), and really feel exactly what the effects were on my body. As I ate this very good food, I was able to start paying attention to how it 'sat' in my stomach, how it made me feel 10, 30, 60 minutes after I ate it. How it effected my sleep and how it effected my hunger.

As is obvious from the pictures I posted (especially at the beginning of this year), I'm in no danger of starving to death. I've got some fuel saved up. And as my body shifted to wanting to use that fuel, I realized that I didn't get hungry nearly as often as I felt obligated to eat. So I didn't eat when I didn't feel hungry. I didn't get lethargic, I didn't get sick, I didn't slow down. I just didn't feel the need to eat just for the sake of eating. I didn't eat because it was 'lunch time', I didn't eat because I 'might' need the energy. And mapping it out, I was naturally doing IF, but without trying. Also, my body was happily chugging away while gnawing on my excess fuel stores.

This has been interesting for me. I never gave much thought to my relationship with food in the intimate context of day-to-day consumption. It was always in the context of the global ecosystem, sustainability, and the like. It's kind of cool. I know people here have mentioned they are having interesting relationships and shifts when it comes to food, but I wanted to write this out to open the door to some additional thinking. I'm still a bit iffy on having a discussion on nutrition in this thread (see the first post for reasons why), but I hope this post helps. I tried to keep this as closely related to Strength & Fitness as I could, and I'm going to quote this post and delve into more ethereal concepts in my journal.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1111 on: May 31, 2016, 08:46:58 PM »
Checking in:
  • Complete a 10K run
Still on C210K.  I'm doing one run a week instead of 3 because I do HIIT treadmill cardio and strength training during the week.  So not much to report.

  • Complete a 5k in under 30 minutes
I need to do a timed 5K.  This month and next month aren't going to be good though because I have a few trips lined up.

  • 1 set/5 pullup (Stretch: 1set/>10 pullups)
Kinda read through the pullup vs. chinup discussion.  If we go based on chinups, I've already met my stretch goal.  If we go based on pullups, then I just met the goal.  I'll go with the latter.

  • Drop weight to 145lbs
Current weight: 148lbs.

Side notes.  I think it'd be cool to do handstand pushups, but I'm not adding them to the goals right now because I have literally no space to do them.  Second thing, I've been doing dips, but I'm not sure if I'm doing them right.  Should my shoulders be going up when I go down?

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1112 on: June 01, 2016, 04:37:17 AM »
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Month of May Progress:
Biking in May:  280 miles.  Crushed it.  I'm leaving the goal at 200, but I expect this month to not be all that unusual.
Despite parents' visiting:  Only 1 cheat day in May (I had some amazing caramel and sea salt ice cream at the end of a date).
Crunches:  Up to 3 sets of 20 normal crunches - with appropriate form now.  Much less flailing around as I get towards the end of the set.
Weight:  ~ 1 lb decrease on average.  Between ~198-200 lbs.  I attribute this to the redistribution of fat from my belly to muscles in my legs.  You can feel my abs now (they exist!), even if they are buried under my belly.  I had to buy a new belt - which seems like progress. 

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1113 on: June 01, 2016, 07:21:44 AM »
Jordan- that's excellent.

I love the shift to allow yourself to enjoy damn good food you've made for yourself.   A big thing on MFP that we talk about with folks is their relationship with food and kind of "realigning it" so that's a HUGE step- and bonus that you've actually realized it yourself!!!

#deliciousfoodforlifeandstilllookgoodistotallyathing

yeah I made that up.


For myself- quick May wrap up
-success in that I hit my pregoal weight from my bulk- 159.3 WINNING
- Not a success- I have one month to push a little harder to drop another 5 pounds- I'd like to be closer to 150-155 for my dress fitting- I'm annoyed at being constantly "160 something" I want some fucking shoulder caps damnit- and that will never happen at this body weight. <hurumph>
- Pretty pleased with workouts- feeling strong.
- Hip/SI joint was doing well up until this week- walking on job sites in heavy boots through sand I think is causing issues
- Food is going well in terms of spending/budgeting/eating
- dance is going well for the most part- but I'm getting ready to ramp down a little bit due to my upcoming wedding buisness.  Then ramp back up- hopefully long term goal is to take a Level 2 certification in Ca next July- so I'll begin prepping for that soon.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1114 on: June 02, 2016, 06:40:24 PM »
MetricJanuaryMayTrend DirectionDifference
Weight (lbs)213.4178.235.2
BMI30.625.55.1
Body Fat (%)25.916.99
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Waist (Inches)42.2536.55.75
Hips (Inches)45396


Very impressive!
In a fairly short time too. 
Keep it up - they say that's the hardest part

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1115 on: June 02, 2016, 06:47:16 PM »
Toyed around with deadlifts today. Hit several easy singles with 500. Re-did my platform so that it's a little more level (sloped garages suck) and the strain is gone in my lats and triceps from keeping the bar from swinging out. Thrilled is too simple a word.

295 on the scale today. Been a while since I was under 300. Arms taped at 18.75" and quads are coming in at just under 30"

Little less fat, little more muscle, slowly getting stronger. I'll take it.

Granted I'm about to wreck my weight loss in 2 weeks on the honeymoon. I am eating everything. Not just a lot. I intend to cause food shortages.

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« Reply #1116 on: June 03, 2016, 07:32:47 AM »
Toyed around with deadlifts today. Hit several easy singles with 500. Re-did my platform so that it's a little more level (sloped garages suck) and the strain is gone in my lats and triceps from keeping the bar from swinging out. Thrilled is too simple a word.

295 on the scale today. Been a while since I was under 300. Arms taped at 18.75" and quads are coming in at just under 30"

Little less fat, little more muscle, slowly getting stronger. I'll take it.

Granted I'm about to wreck my weight loss in 2 weeks on the honeymoon. I am eating everything. Not just a lot. I intend to cause food shortages.

Ask yourself if the food is really that good. I'm still recovering from our trip to an all inclusive in Jamaica. Now, if I were to do it again I'd probably eat 2 things the whole trip--a lot more of those than I did--and a lot less of everything else. Except the beer and the rum.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1117 on: June 03, 2016, 09:56:53 AM »
Had an interesting 'workout' last night. My local running club does a summer program for kids at a park on Thursday evenings. Completely free races for kids 0-18 ranging from 25 yards to a mile. The littles (running the 25 and 50 yard 'dashes') get participation ribbons. The older kids compete weekly for season's end prizes (earn points on placement, most improved, etc). And everyone gets a Popsicle.

Last night my job was to run with the kids. With the younger ones there was a lot of stopping to sort out pile ups and putting shoes back on. For the older kids/longer races there was a lot of trying to keep up (some of those kids are way faster than me!) or hanging out with some stragglers with encouraging words (a mile is a lot longer than some of them realize). By the end of the summer they usually have more than 800 individual kids participate. It is a super cool program that encourages kids to be active and did I mention is is completely free for the kids?

I was much more tired after that than my normal runs even though I didn't get in the mileage I usually do, but it was a lot of fun!
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« Reply #1118 on: June 03, 2016, 10:27:17 AM »
Had an interesting 'workout' last night. My local running club does a summer program for kids at a park on Thursday evenings. Completely free races for kids 0-18 ranging from 25 yards to a mile. The little (running the 25 and 50 yard 'dashes') get participation ribbons. The older kids compete weekly for season's end prizes (earn points on placement, most improved, etc). And everyone gets a Popsicle.

Last night my job was to run with the kids. With the younger one there was a lot of stopping to sort out pile ups and putting shoes back on. For the older kids/longer races there was a lot of trying to keep up (some of those kids are way faster than me!) or hanging out with some stragglers with encouraging words (a mile is a lot longer than some of them realize). By the end of the summer they usually have more than 800 individual kids participate. It is a super cool program that encourages kids to be active and did I mention is is completely free for the kids?

I was much more tired after that than my normal runs even though I didn't get in the mileage I usually do, but it was a lot of fun!
I did my best to run my kids ragged this weekend.  We went to the beach with my hubby, 10 year old, his friend, and the 3 year old.  At one point we were playing tag in the water (about 2 inches of water). I discovered that I can outrun the 10 year old boys!!  For a bit anyway. 

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« Reply #1119 on: June 03, 2016, 12:18:25 PM »
Had an interesting 'workout' last night. My local running club does a summer program for kids at a park on Thursday evenings. Completely free races for kids 0-18 ranging from 25 yards to a mile. The littles (running the 25 and 50 yard 'dashes') get participation ribbons. The older kids compete weekly for season's end prizes (earn points on placement, most improved, etc). And everyone gets a Popsicle.

Last night my job was to run with the kids. With the younger ones there was a lot of stopping to sort out pile ups and putting shoes back on. For the older kids/longer races there was a lot of trying to keep up (some of those kids are way faster than me!) or hanging out with some stragglers with encouraging words (a mile is a lot longer than some of them realize). By the end of the summer they usually have more than 800 individual kids participate. It is a super cool program that encourages kids to be active and did I mention is is completely free for the kids?

I was much more tired after that than my normal runs even though I didn't get in the mileage I usually do, but it was a lot of fun!

That is awesome. Is there details somewhere online? I personally hate running, but the idea of a free communal health thing intrigues me. I live right by a park with an awesome loop around the lake, and plenty of workout equipment (rings, parallel bars, pull up bars, balance beams, a sit up thing) and was thinking about starting something like that. More for my own accountability, but if it helps other people, cool!

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1120 on: June 03, 2016, 01:39:14 PM »

That is awesome. Is there details somewhere online? I personally hate running, but the idea of a free communal health thing intrigues me. I live right by a park with an awesome loop around the lake, and plenty of workout equipment (rings, parallel bars, pull up bars, balance beams, a sit up thing) and was thinking about starting something like that. More for my own accountability, but if it helps other people, cool!

Here is the website: http://coyotekids.ckrr.us/ They haven't updated it in a year, but the FAQ's give a little more information.

Here is the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CoyoteKidsKokomo/ With a lot of pictures of happy, running kids from last night!

Club Website: http://www.clubkokomoroadrunners.com/ I honestly can't remember if there is anything for Coyote Kids on the club website, though it tends to have up to date information at least. I can't check it from work, for some reason the site is blocked. At leas they haven't blocked this forum yet. :)

This is my first year helping with Coyote Kids (and my first year as a club member). I've been running club races for a couple years, but never joined because, honestly, I didn't want to spend the money. I did this year once I talked to a club member and realized what all my $20 per year family membership goes to help support. This program (it also has a LOT of support/sponsorship from local businesses as you can imagine). A free timed 5K and one mile races every Wednesday night. Low cost local races (most are under $15, several $10 or under). Not to mention a couple scholarships each year to local kids going off to college.  It's a pretty great group of people and a group doing things worthy of support.

I wasn't sure what to expect last night given how out of date the webpage is, but it's a well oiled machine that is so well known in the community that I'm not sure people even really use the webpage. Certainly plenty of kids and families made it last night! I should note, I don't even particularly like children (Seriously, my friends are very confused why I volunteered for this), but I actually had a lot of fun and enjoyed working with the kids.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1121 on: June 03, 2016, 01:52:39 PM »
Toyed around with deadlifts today. Hit several easy singles with 500. Re-did my platform so that it's a little more level (sloped garages suck) and the strain is gone in my lats and triceps from keeping the bar from swinging out. Thrilled is too simple a word.

295 on the scale today. Been a while since I was under 300. Arms taped at 18.75" and quads are coming in at just under 30"

Little less fat, little more muscle, slowly getting stronger. I'll take it.

Granted I'm about to wreck my weight loss in 2 weeks on the honeymoon. I am eating everything. Not just a lot. I intend to cause food shortages.

You are a monster! My waist measurement is smaller than your thighs. :O Impressive deads!

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« Reply #1122 on: June 06, 2016, 06:06:51 AM »
Still debating if I want to do the Spartan at the end of August. It's much harder and I'd do it by myself. May choose to allocate my time/discretionary funds to a Mtn Bike event I like instead.

Well, I went ahead and signed up for the Spartan during their Memorial day sale.

It will be much tougher than the Warrior Dash so I can't "fake" my way through it.

just under 3 months to train!!

http://www.spartan.com/en/race/detail/1146/overview

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« Reply #1123 on: June 06, 2016, 06:12:57 AM »
Still debating if I want to do the Spartan at the end of August. It's much harder and I'd do it by myself. May choose to allocate my time/discretionary funds to a Mtn Bike event I like instead.

Well, I went ahead and signed up for the Spartan during their Memorial day sale.

It will be much tougher than the Warrior Dash so I can't "fake" my way through it.

just under 3 months to train!!

http://www.spartan.com/en/race/detail/1146/overview

Dude, that's awesome!! Do you want me to add a goal about completing it, or with a time limit, or something? Or are you good with not making it a goal?

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« Reply #1124 on: June 06, 2016, 11:38:31 AM »
Toyed around with deadlifts today. Hit several easy singles with 500. Re-did my platform so that it's a little more level (sloped garages suck) and the strain is gone in my lats and triceps from keeping the bar from swinging out. Thrilled is too simple a word.

295 on the scale today. Been a while since I was under 300. Arms taped at 18.75" and quads are coming in at just under 30"

Little less fat, little more muscle, slowly getting stronger. I'll take it.

Granted I'm about to wreck my weight loss in 2 weeks on the honeymoon. I am eating everything. Not just a lot. I intend to cause food shortages.

Glad you got that fixed- my gym floor isn't quite level- and it's really annoying- the bar rolls constantly and either you have to set up "crooked" to get to the bar- or set up straight and pull the bar into you. so super annoying.
I don't know if it's made a huge difference in my body- since there are  few options and it's not the same exact consistently uneven pull.

Congrats on the honeymoon/marriage- good luck eating all the things. Mine's coming in September- and we don't have plans yet- but I'm pumped about eating all the things. Because #fatkidproblems.

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« Reply #1125 on: June 06, 2016, 08:07:35 PM »
I am ashamed to admit that I have been intimated from posting in this thread because of being intimidated by the weights being shared! I'm currently working through a second round of New Rules of Lifting for Women after about 2 years of a) recovering from a low back strain/misalignment of my pelvis and b) just doing my own thing. It's fun and I can't wait to try out Strong by the same authors. The programs look good. 

Before I re-started New Rules, I had been focusing on squats & deadlifts-my max (not 1RM) on Squats was 155 (I believe? I need to record things better) and on Deadlifts (with a hex bar-it's easier for my back) was 195. Now for the same reps, I'm down to about 170 on deadlifts and I don't even know for squats (due to the move being a squat to push press), but with this program, I'm seeing more upper body gains which I had been struggling with before going back to this program. You get some, you give some!

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« Reply #1126 on: June 06, 2016, 08:24:42 PM »
Still debating if I want to do the Spartan at the end of August. It's much harder and I'd do it by myself. May choose to allocate my time/discretionary funds to a Mtn Bike event I like instead.

Well, I went ahead and signed up for the Spartan during their Memorial day sale.

It will be much tougher than the Warrior Dash so I can't "fake" my way through it.

just under 3 months to train!!

http://www.spartan.com/en/race/detail/1146/overview

Dude, that's awesome!! Do you want me to add a goal about completing it, or with a time limit, or something? Or are you good with not making it a goal?

thanks! Hopefully it does the trick and keeps me focused over the Summer.

Guess I'm in-different as to Goal/not goal. Short of injury I'll def finish it. No idea what a realistic time to shoot for is.  Looking at the results from last year the front runners were right around an hour. But then there were people all the way at 3-4 hours :P   I've also heard occasionally there are back ups at the obstacles; which may cause some of the long times.

So, I guess yeah don't bother adding it. Thanks though.

All 4 of my initial goals should factor in with my training for the race though -

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1. Complete a set of 10 pull ups
2. Bike 1000 miles
3. Achieve approx 15% Body-fat
4. Bench my weight, Dead lift and squat 1.5 my weight

1. Still kind of stalled at 3 pull-ups. Actually recently switched back to inverted rows to try and get my reps up, and then will go back to pull ups. Lots of upper body obstacles to use this strength for, rope climb, monkey bars, etc.

2. Bike was stolen last year and only recently replaced. So I'm only at approx 80 miles so far this year. Gotta have a kick ass biking Summer to hit the 1000. I sort of loathe running so lots of my cardio comes from biking.

3. Hmmm... need to seriously reduce the liquid carbs/calories to get this one on track. A leaner LWTG will be easier to get over/under/through obstacles!

4. In progress, lifting two times a week currently. May switch to 3 but probably stick to 2 and incorporate 1-2 body weight days. Stronger = Better for bucket carry, wall climb, etc.

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« Reply #1127 on: June 06, 2016, 09:56:59 PM »
3 months I didn't next to no strength work - first I was training for ANW, (bodyweight and skill workouts), then I did crossfit, then a few weeks of light weight high reps for appearance's sake for B2B...

Now I'm finally going back to trying to pick up the heaviest things I can, and then try to pick up a little more than that a few days later.
Happy to discover I haven't really lost any ground.

My record for week of 24 Feb was 5@110 for overhead press and 4@+75 pullup, Saturday did 4@115 and 5@65
Better yet, my deadlift at the time was 5@240.  Today; an all-time PR, 1@300#! 


Experienced some really weird sensation I never have before, from the moment the bar left the ground till I let it go again, it was like it stopped feeling heavy, everything in the room became muted, and I felt pressure in my head like I was changing elevations rapidly.

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« Reply #1128 on: June 07, 2016, 06:56:16 AM »
I am ashamed to admit that I have been intimated from posting in this thread because of being intimidated by the weights being shared! I'm currently working through a second round of New Rules of Lifting for Women after about 2 years of a) recovering from a low back strain/misalignment of my pelvis and b) just doing my own thing. It's fun and I can't wait to try out Strong by the same authors. The programs look good. 

Before I re-started New Rules, I had been focusing on squats & deadlifts-my max (not 1RM) on Squats was 155 (I believe? I need to record things better) and on Deadlifts (with a hex bar-it's easier for my back) was 195. Now for the same reps, I'm down to about 170 on deadlifts and I don't even know for squats (due to the move being a squat to push press), but with this program, I'm seeing more upper body gains which I had been struggling with before going back to this program. You get some, you give some!

Since I wasn't really able to find the actual NROL For Women program, how do you want me to add your goal? Complete the program? Are there progression standards?

Glad to have you!! Don't feel intimidated by other people here. This is the 2nd year of this gauntlet, and some people have almost 18 months of working out, just in this thread (never mind the time spent before this). Strength & Fitness, as meant in this thread, isn't something that can be accomplished by doing a 30/60/90 day program. Those have their place, but this gauntlet is for sustainable gains and growth. We're about creating the habit of working out, eating right, whatever. If you look at the tracking post, you will see that everyone is different, with different goals, desires, and methods. Around here, we embrace the differences between people.

Granted, feel free to use some of the other participants as motivation if you have that competitive urging, just realize that most of us are only in a competition with out past/future selves. I will say that I will occasionally use some of the photos and stories as a bench mark. When I do any kind of stretching, I compare myself with Zikoris (and realize that she could probably beat me up), when I catch a glimpse of my back in a mirror, I compare my leanness with that of Bracken_Joy (and realize that she could probably beat me up). When I wear a bow tie, I compare myself to Bakari (and he definitely outsparkles me), when I find myself belly dancing, I compare myself to JoRocka (and realize I'm not that fabulous), when I do yoga, I can't help but imagine the crazy stuff EngineerYogi gets up to (and realize that she could probably beat me up). And don't even get me started on Use2betrix. Freaking abs.

Anyway, this is a fun place. State your goals, I'll add them, and then jump in with us!!
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« Reply #1129 on: June 07, 2016, 07:07:38 AM »
LWTG, I am rooting for you! I can't wait to read about how you did. That is so bad ass.

3 months I didn't next to no strength work - first I was training for ANW, (bodyweight and skill workouts), then I did crossfit, then a few weeks of light weight high reps for appearance's sake for B2B...

Now I'm finally going back to trying to pick up the heaviest things I can, and then try to pick up a little more than that a few days later.
Happy to discover I haven't really lost any ground.

My record for week of 24 Feb was 5@110 for overhead press and 4@+75 pullup, Saturday did 4@115 and 5@65
Better yet, my deadlift at the time was 5@240.  Today; an all-time PR, 1@300#! 


Experienced some really weird sensation I never have before, from the moment the bar left the ground till I let it go again, it was like it stopped feeling heavy, everything in the room became muted, and I felt pressure in my head like I was changing elevations rapidly.

Wow. I like that when fitness becomes a part of life, losses aren't so great when one switches up methods for a while. That lightheadedness type thing, is that messing with the lifts? I only get that way when I am upside down, so I have no advice to give on that front. Be careful.

Some of you may know that I recently started a really crappy commute, that requires me to get up early, and then do nothing. This is only my 3rd week, and since I don't get to ease into my mornings anymore, my workouts have been suffering. I'm going to have to double up a few workouts to hit my 80% goal. Anyway, this week I added an extra 15 minutes available, with the goal of working out. I did a few pushups and pullups yesterday, but not an actual workout, just something to get the blood moving. It most certainly helped my mood a bit, so I can't wait to figure out how an actual workout effects me. That should be tomorrow morning, as I'm going to get everything put in my panniers tonight, and then workout as soon as my coffee is made.

I realize that I was a bit lucky being able to make my own schedule for the last couple years, and discipline is much more important now. For all of those with a schedule and still working out, I salute you!!

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1130 on: June 07, 2016, 07:44:28 AM »
I am ashamed to admit that I have been intimated from posting in this thread because of being intimidated by the weights being shared! I'm currently working through a second round of New Rules of Lifting for Women after about 2 years of a) recovering from a low back strain/misalignment of my pelvis and b) just doing my own thing. It's fun and I can't wait to try out Strong by the same authors. The programs look good. 

Before I re-started New Rules, I had been focusing on squats & deadlifts-my max (not 1RM) on Squats was 155 (I believe? I need to record things better) and on Deadlifts (with a hex bar-it's easier for my back) was 195. Now for the same reps, I'm down to about 170 on deadlifts and I don't even know for squats (due to the move being a squat to push press), but with this program, I'm seeing more upper body gains which I had been struggling with before going back to this program. You get some, you give some!

No shame ever on your weights. Every one starts from SOMEWHERE- and often it's the bar.
You never should excuse or apologize for the work you're doing.  It's work- just the same as everyone else and it's all welcome here.

Be proud of yourself for going through the program and making progress!!!  That's a big huge step in and of itself!

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« Reply #1131 on: June 07, 2016, 07:53:58 AM »
I am ashamed to admit that I have been intimated from posting in this thread because of being intimidated by the weights being shared! I'm currently working through a second round of New Rules of Lifting for Women after about 2 years of a) recovering from a low back strain/misalignment of my pelvis and b) just doing my own thing. It's fun and I can't wait to try out Strong by the same authors. The programs look good. 

Before I re-started New Rules, I had been focusing on squats & deadlifts-my max (not 1RM) on Squats was 155 (I believe? I need to record things better) and on Deadlifts (with a hex bar-it's easier for my back) was 195. Now for the same reps, I'm down to about 170 on deadlifts and I don't even know for squats (due to the move being a squat to push press), but with this program, I'm seeing more upper body gains which I had been struggling with before going back to this program. You get some, you give some!

No shame! When i started, I could barely bench press 100 pounds as a 25 year old male weighing 200 pounds. It's all about progression and consistency, glad to have you on board!

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« Reply #1132 on: June 07, 2016, 09:43:17 AM »
I am ashamed to admit that I have been intimated from posting in this thread because of being intimidated by the weights being shared! I'm currently working through a second round of New Rules of Lifting for Women after about 2 years of a) recovering from a low back strain/misalignment of my pelvis and b) just doing my own thing. It's fun and I can't wait to try out Strong by the same authors. The programs look good. 

Before I re-started New Rules, I had been focusing on squats & deadlifts-my max (not 1RM) on Squats was 155 (I believe? I need to record things better) and on Deadlifts (with a hex bar-it's easier for my back) was 195. Now for the same reps, I'm down to about 170 on deadlifts and I don't even know for squats (due to the move being a squat to push press), but with this program, I'm seeing more upper body gains which I had been struggling with before going back to this program. You get some, you give some!

It wasn't all that long ago that I was using a dowel to practice back squat form, because my lats and shoulders were so tight that standing under the bar gave me a panic attack. I still have to pad the bar most of the time. Part of my workouts is picking the weight up, just once, under just the bar, and standing there for ~10 seconds. And we save that for the end of my workout, because it still makes me feel claustrophobic sometimes.

No shame! Time for an incredibly stupid song that I find really motivating (warnings: techno, warning #2: swearing): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoJOVN2ycXQ

Because remember:
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He told me
Never compare to somebody else
The only person you should compare is with yourself
That means your today
should totally be
Better than your yesterday's you
If you believe

=D If that's not a motivational speech, I don't know what is!

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« Reply #1133 on: June 07, 2016, 09:53:35 AM »
No shame! Time for an incredibly stupid song that I find really motivating (warnings: techno, warning #2: swearing): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoJOVN2ycXQ

Because remember:
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He told me
Never compare to somebody else
The only person you should compare is with yourself
That means your today
should totally be
Better than your yesterday's you
If you believe

=D If that's not a motivational speech, I don't know what is!

Oh wow. I actually have the instrumental version of this song as my alarm. The words are cool though. New theme song for S&F?

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« Reply #1134 on: June 07, 2016, 10:12:58 AM »
Thanks all! Mostly shamed that it took me that long to get over my own head and remember that I'm happy with my accomplishments so far. I'm nearing the end of one stage and looking forward to changing my routine up this week!

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« Reply #1135 on: June 07, 2016, 02:17:48 PM »
LWTG, I am rooting for you! I can't wait to read about how you did. That is so bad ass.

I realize that I was a bit lucky being able to make my own schedule for the last couple years, and discipline is much more important now. For all of those with a schedule and still working out, I salute you!!

Hey, thanks man.  Going to try and be a bit more active on this thread as well. i always read along but am going to try and post some progress more for accountability; and maybe some questions as they arise.

Yeah discipline is tough with a work/commute schedule; but really tough when you throw a few kids in the mix!!

Also JR, random question but since I know your in CO. Do you ski/board?

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« Reply #1136 on: June 07, 2016, 02:34:09 PM »
LWTG, I am rooting for you! I can't wait to read about how you did. That is so bad ass.

I realize that I was a bit lucky being able to make my own schedule for the last couple years, and discipline is much more important now. For all of those with a schedule and still working out, I salute you!!

Hey, thanks man.  Going to try and be a bit more active on this thread as well. i always read along but am going to try and post some progress more for accountability; and maybe some questions as they arise.

Yeah discipline is tough with a work/commute schedule; but really tough when you throw a few kids in the mix!!

Also JR, random question but since I know your in CO. Do you ski/board?

I can and have done both, and almost every year, the SO and I look at some of the deals, and discuss it. You know, we should go to Breckenridge this year and do some skiing/boarding (personally, I prefer snow-blading...short skis and I can do double black diamonds without issue). Yeah, that sounds good. Instead we wind up doing snowy hikes, sledding, and the like, and never actually get out there. I think it's been about 10 years since I've gone.

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« Reply #1137 on: June 07, 2016, 02:42:30 PM »
LWTG, I am rooting for you! I can't wait to read about how you did. That is so bad ass.

I realize that I was a bit lucky being able to make my own schedule for the last couple years, and discipline is much more important now. For all of those with a schedule and still working out, I salute you!!

Hey, thanks man.  Going to try and be a bit more active on this thread as well. i always read along but am going to try and post some progress more for accountability; and maybe some questions as they arise.

Yeah discipline is tough with a work/commute schedule; but really tough when you throw a few kids in the mix!!

Also JR, random question but since I know your in CO. Do you ski/board?

I can and have done both, and almost every year, the SO and I look at some of the deals, and discuss it. You know, we should go to Breckenridge this year and do some skiing/boarding (personally, I prefer snow-blading...short skis and I can do double black diamonds without issue). Yeah, that sounds good. Instead we wind up doing snowy hikes, sledding, and the like, and never actually get out there. I think it's been about 10 years since I've gone.

Cool, just curious. It's one of my big Passions and always jealous of Colorado/Utah folks (but mostly CO). Def not very Mustachain though; one of the reasons I've tried shifting my focus more to Mountain biking the last couple years.

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« Reply #1138 on: June 07, 2016, 02:43:41 PM »
LWTG, I am rooting for you! I can't wait to read about how you did. That is so bad ass.

I realize that I was a bit lucky being able to make my own schedule for the last couple years, and discipline is much more important now. For all of those with a schedule and still working out, I salute you!!

Hey, thanks man.  Going to try and be a bit more active on this thread as well. i always read along but am going to try and post some progress more for accountability; and maybe some questions as they arise.

Yeah discipline is tough with a work/commute schedule; but really tough when you throw a few kids in the mix!!

Also JR, random question but since I know your in CO. Do you ski/board?

I can and have done both, and almost every year, the SO and I look at some of the deals, and discuss it. You know, we should go to Breckenridge this year and do some skiing/boarding (personally, I prefer snow-blading...short skis and I can do double black diamonds without issue). Yeah, that sounds good. Instead we wind up doing snowy hikes, sledding, and the like, and never actually get out there. I think it's been about 10 years since I've gone.

Cool, just curious. It's one of my big Passions and always jealous of Colorado/Utah folks (but mostly CO). Def not very Mustachain though; one of the reasons I've tried shifting my focus more to Mountain biking the last couple years.

my brother worked in Vail for many years- he LOVED snowboarding.   And he's chronically broke.  I was like- well- you're hobby is hella expensive and you live where all the old white folks go to vacation- what were you expecting LOL

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« Reply #1139 on: June 07, 2016, 02:47:03 PM »
Cool, just curious. It's one of my big Passions and always jealous of Colorado/Utah folks (but mostly CO). Def not very Mustachain though; one of the reasons I've tried shifting my focus more to Mountain biking the last couple years.

Yeah, I don't dislike it, but there is so much free stuff to do around here, it almost doesn't make sense unless you get a big group going, and make a party of it.

It's funny, here in CO, while there are a lot of bikers and the like, we have a disproportionate number of scuba divers (like me and the SO). When I went to Florida last year, some friends who live there said they have a disproportionate number of skiers. Always want what you can't have I suppose.

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« Reply #1140 on: June 08, 2016, 01:53:17 PM »
I haven't checked in since setting my goals, and I am FAILING! I did complete 17/30 days of 30 days to stretching, but started slacking when I saw no improvements and switched over to bodyweight training (Mark Lauren's $5 app on the Apple Store). That went well for 2 weeks (8 work-outs! The most I've ever worked out! Real sore muscles!) but then I got into an accident that put staples in my scalp.... needless to say, physical exercise was not permitted for weeks, and now I'm a sad puddle of inflexibility and weakness :(

I think the most reflective measurements on my body are weight and waist - together they should paint a picture of my progress decently, so here they are, and I'm picking back up on the bodyweight training as soon as my scab falls off! (literally).

Weight: 121 lbs
Waist: 29.7 inches

Literally the heaviest and widest I have been. Ever.

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« Reply #1141 on: June 08, 2016, 02:45:30 PM »
I haven't checked in since setting my goals, and I am FAILING! I did complete 17/30 days of 30 days to stretching, but started slacking when I saw no improvements and switched over to bodyweight training (Mark Lauren's $5 app on the Apple Store). That went well for 2 weeks (8 work-outs! The most I've ever worked out! Real sore muscles!) but then I got into an accident that put staples in my scalp.... needless to say, physical exercise was not permitted for weeks, and now I'm a sad puddle of inflexibility and weakness :(
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Literally the heaviest and widest I have been. Ever.

Mark Lauren has some really good stuff. I think I have You Are Your Own Gym on the resource post. As one who failed miserably last year (first post of this year has a link to my failure wrap up from last year) and is actually doing pretty good this year, I can say that this experience will be nothing more than a super impressive benchmark when you tell the story of how you totally kicked ass the rest of this year. You've got this.

This thread has evolved into quite the resource in general, so if there is anything we can do to help/motivate/cajole, just post! And this is just for curiosity's sake, but do you mind sharing what happened? Well, maybe it won't be just curiosity, as we can collectively come up with something that works around (or helps) any residual injuries.

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« Reply #1142 on: June 08, 2016, 03:02:59 PM »
I haven't checked in since setting my goals, and I am FAILING! I did complete 17/30 days of 30 days to stretching, but started slacking when I saw no improvements and switched over to bodyweight training (Mark Lauren's $5 app on the Apple Store). That went well for 2 weeks (8 work-outs! The most I've ever worked out! Real sore muscles!) but then I got into an accident that put staples in my scalp.... needless to say, physical exercise was not permitted for weeks, and now I'm a sad puddle of inflexibility and weakness :(
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Literally the heaviest and widest I have been. Ever.

Mark Lauren has some really good stuff. I think I have You Are Your Own Gym on the resource post. As one who failed miserably last year (first post of this year has a link to my failure wrap up from last year) and is actually doing pretty good this year, I can say that this experience will be nothing more than a super impressive benchmark when you tell the story of how you totally kicked ass the rest of this year. You've got this.

This thread has evolved into quite the resource in general, so if there is anything we can do to help/motivate/cajole, just post! And this is just for curiosity's sake, but do you mind sharing what happened? Well, maybe it won't be just curiosity, as we can collectively come up with something that works around (or helps) any residual injuries.

Thank you for your kind and encouraging words! I had the back of a hatchback slammed on my skull (accidentally! but with force..) so I bled like I was in a horror movie and then was Frankenstein for 2 weeks with a shiny row of staples under my hair. No worries, there was just a no-exercise, no-helmet, no-swimming ban for a while but no lasting impact expect for a new bald patch :)

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« Reply #1143 on: June 08, 2016, 03:09:04 PM »
I haven't checked in since setting my goals, and I am FAILING! I did complete 17/30 days of 30 days to stretching, but started slacking when I saw no improvements and switched over to bodyweight training (Mark Lauren's $5 app on the Apple Store). That went well for 2 weeks (8 work-outs! The most I've ever worked out! Real sore muscles!) but then I got into an accident that put staples in my scalp.... needless to say, physical exercise was not permitted for weeks, and now I'm a sad puddle of inflexibility and weakness :(
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Literally the heaviest and widest I have been. Ever.

Mark Lauren has some really good stuff. I think I have You Are Your Own Gym on the resource post. As one who failed miserably last year (first post of this year has a link to my failure wrap up from last year) and is actually doing pretty good this year, I can say that this experience will be nothing more than a super impressive benchmark when you tell the story of how you totally kicked ass the rest of this year. You've got this.

This thread has evolved into quite the resource in general, so if there is anything we can do to help/motivate/cajole, just post! And this is just for curiosity's sake, but do you mind sharing what happened? Well, maybe it won't be just curiosity, as we can collectively come up with something that works around (or helps) any residual injuries.

Thank you for your kind and encouraging words! I had the back of a hatchback slammed on my skull (accidentally! but with force..) so I bled like I was in a horror movie and then was Frankenstein for 2 weeks with a shiny row of staples under my hair. No worries, there was just a no-exercise, no-helmet, no-swimming ban for a while but no lasting impact expect for a new bald patch :)

Ouch!!

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« Reply #1144 on: June 08, 2016, 03:12:03 PM »
Hi, My name is EngineerYogi and unless I have a very specific extrinsic motivation I apparently suck at accomplishing my goals.

*sigh*

Yoga teacher training starts in a week and a half, so I will accomplish yoga goals because of that for the next two months. I'm going to need to keep scheduling myself things like this to stay on top of it. Maybe some lifting oriented competitions are in my future or something cycling race/ride related?

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1145 on: June 08, 2016, 04:47:20 PM »
Hi, My name is EngineerYogi and unless I have a very specific extrinsic motivation I apparently suck at accomplishing my goals.

*sigh*

Yoga teacher training starts in a week and a half, so I will accomplish yoga goals because of that for the next two months. I'm going to need to keep scheduling myself things like this to stay on top of it. Maybe some lifting oriented competitions are in my future or something cycling race/ride related?

Oh. I just saw that your goal in the tracking post mentioned may. Do you want to add a new goal for June, or modify that one to be an annual goal (note: if you choose the latter, I expect that you will greatly increase the number of classes required ).

If you need extrinsic motivation for the bike commuting, what about leaving your car at work or something? I found my riding greatly increased when the fuel pump went out in my car (I suggest something less drastic).

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1146 on: June 08, 2016, 06:20:32 PM »
I don't have any specific goals right now with lifting-it's a mental health/physical health thing. Generally, I want to get stronger so breaking the 200 lb barrier on deadlifts would be AWESOME.

It's interesting to hear the outdoorsy avocations here! I'm in the Northeast and backpacking (thru-hiked the AT in 2010) has always been my thing. I'm going for a weekend in two weeks and the main problem is figuring out how we'll get there (the 2-3 of us don't own cars). I'm excited to hang out in the woods and do nothing or go for a long walk and then read and sleep.

One side benefit about being consistent with lifting and the NROLFW program is that a work shirt that was too tight last summer is slightly looser and therefore wearable now! (My partner also consistently compliments my strong back)

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1147 on: June 09, 2016, 03:04:23 PM »
Between you guys and the people on the Nerd Fitness forums I've apparently been driven to insanity awesomeness.

FTFY

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1148 on: June 09, 2016, 03:28:25 PM »
Hi, My name is EngineerYogi and unless I have a very specific extrinsic motivation I apparently suck at accomplishing my goals.

*sigh*

Yoga teacher training starts in a week and a half, so I will accomplish yoga goals because of that for the next two months. I'm going to need to keep scheduling myself things like this to stay on top of it. Maybe some lifting oriented competitions are in my future or something cycling race/ride related?

Oh. I just saw that your goal in the tracking post mentioned may. Do you want to add a new goal for June, or modify that one to be an annual goal (note: if you choose the latter, I expect that you will greatly increase the number of classes required ).

If you need extrinsic motivation for the bike commuting, what about leaving your car at work or something? I found my riding greatly increased when the fuel pump went out in my car (I suggest something less drastic).

Once I hit 20 classes I will think of something new. I'm at 10 or 11 classes right now...

That's an interesting thought, I have two cars at the moment with DH away. Maybe I should give my keys to my neighbor? Or just refocus on the goal and get my butt to it... (which reminds of this funny story about a girl on a diet who gave her peanut butter to the neighbor so they could make sure she'd only have 1 serving at a time, except one day the neighbor wasn't home so she broke into the house and ended up eating the whole jar...girls on diets are crazy... and the point of my story is I don't want to have to break into my neighbors house for my car keys...)

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1149 on: June 09, 2016, 05:37:28 PM »
I just wanted you guys to know it's your fault I went to the gym today after several weeks of not going (illness, next to no sleep). You hear that? IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT. It's also this forum's fault in general that I was able to grab a lunch out of the freezer from the batch I made ahead rather than going out for lunch today.

Now don't you just feel terrible? :)