lysistrata

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Fitness JUNE Fitness Challenge- ALL are welcome!!! Jun 06 2016
05:05 (UTC)
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Saturday - 5k run/walk to finish the season of Girls on the Run.

Sunday: Heavy bag rounds 5x1 min, double end bag rounds 3x1 min, front squats 95x3 and 115x3
Fitness JUNE Fitness Challenge- ALL are welcome!!! Jun 03 2016
05:21 (UTC)
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Goals: Mainly no more sidelining injuries. Will focus on boxing most of the month and try to get plenty of sparring in. Conditioning is second highest priority, so I'd like to fit in some sprint work and probably work complexes in my weight room. Probably at least another week before I can start working the bag again.

Speaking of, I finally made it back to the boxing gym tonight after two weeks off. It felt like forever! I had to modify lots of things because I can't spar or hit mitts or heavy bag yet, so mainly I just did the conditioning drills (sprint intervals and ab circuits, yay!) and then just did the striking work on the double end bag, which doesn't hurt my finger. I need to set mine up at home and will probably do that tomorrow morning. Just an hour tonight since I'm a little deconditioned already.

The Lounge Why we marry the wrong person Jun 02 2016
19:03 (UTC)
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Original Post by nomoreexcuses:

Original Post by lysistrata:

I guess I felt like the article kind of glossed over or missed the actual point, which is that there is no "right" person, there are simply chemical processes that we react to and greater/lesser degrees of compatibility and willingness to work through differences. I guess it sort of said that but I feel it could have been heavier on the "stop kidding yourselves, you're just meaningless bags of meat soup anyway" message.

If I believed that nothing about me or my existence meant anything, I'm sure I would already be dead by now. 

And I'm not even on any anti-depressants. Haven't been for almost ten years now. I do still have fits of melancholy, but they tend to be fleeting and leave my core values and beliefs intact. And I've even already accepted that our next president is going to be terrible, probably the worst ever, no matter who wins... So, I've got that goin' for me.

Well, I tend to follow the Camus approach to the absurdity of existence, which is to accept that none of it has any meaning while simultaneously rebelling against the meaninglessness by making my own meaning up.  So, just because I am a meaningless bag of meat soup doesn't mean I don't have important things to contribute to my fellow meaningless meat soup bags.  Or at least I tell myself that.

That technically probably makes me not a very good Buddhist but I'm ok with figuring out being ok with meaninglessness sometime in the next few million lifetimes.

The Lounge Why we marry the wrong person May 31 2016
21:14 (UTC)
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I guess I felt like the article kind of glossed over or missed the actual point, which is that there is no "right" person, there are simply chemical processes that we react to and greater/lesser degrees of compatibility and willingness to work through differences. I guess it sort of said that but I feel it could have been heavier on the "stop kidding yourselves, you're just meaningless bags of meat soup anyway" message.
The Lounge 2016 Gardening Thread May 31 2016
16:03 (UTC)
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Just some concords and a white European table grape. Nothing fancy. We're going to get a ton this year too!
The Lounge 2016 Gardening Thread May 31 2016
15:18 (UTC)
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Got a lot done in the garden this weekend.  Cleared out the arugula that went to seed and reseeded more lettuce.  Cleared out the old lettuce that went to seed and thinned out the lettuce that's maturing.  Staked and pruned the tomatoes.  Pruned the grapes.  Cleared some weedy areas and got the large trellises set up to plant cukes.  Planted 5 blueberry bushes.  Fixed a bunch of driplines and got the sprinkler system programmed.  Enjoyed some wine in the hammock.

Fitness MAY Fitness Challenge - All are welcome! May 31 2016
14:01 (UTC)
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Sounds awesome Kevin!

Back out on the road this morning. I guess if I can't hit things I can still sprint places. So I did a 3 mile run with 1 mile of sprint intervals, 10 sec on, 10 sec off. My fingernail finally came off which is a weird thing to say, but it means I can hope the tip will be healed enough to get back to boxing on Thursday. Rest week was awesome but I'm starting to feel like a lazy blob.
The Lounge 2016 Gardening Thread May 27 2016
14:22 (UTC)
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We're eating the first raspberries. There's going to be a ton this year.
Weight Loss Why You Aren't Losing Weight May 26 2016
18:12 (UTC)
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Original Post by pavlovcat:

There's also the possibility of a medical condition or side effects from a medication.

True, but those are still going to be variations of the above - increased appetite resulting in larger consumption, or decreased metabolism resulting in lower energy expenditure.

Fitness MAY Fitness Challenge - All are welcome! May 26 2016
16:19 (UTC)
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I'm way out of it this week.  I spent last weekend in Seattle where it was fairly dreary, so I did a lot of walking and not much else.  Monday I got a few heavy bag rounds in but my bag was starting to become unscrewed, so I quit early and did some heavy squats (built up to singles @ 135).  And then I made dinner and chopped part of my index finger off.  That's put quite a crimp in my ability to punch and lift things.  I did run a practice 5k for Girls on the Run on Tuesday but otherwise, I'm taking an impromptu rest week.

Fitness 44 female and getting strong!!! Lift heavy ladies...Get strong! May 25 2016
19:32 (UTC)
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So glad you've seen the light!  Wait until you get your back developed and find you suddenly have perfect hourglass measurements.  :)

Fitness Upper Body Strength May 25 2016
17:06 (UTC)
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I have found pushups to be responsive to volume.  One month I set a goal that I would work on pushups every day, with the goal of doing one more than I was able to do the day before, regardless of how long it took.  Doing that took me from being able to do about 2 consecutively to about a dozen. 

Also, don't do them on your knees - if you need an assist, do them with your hands on a raised surface like a box or a step.  You can also do lots of eccentrics where you just lower yourself to the floor from the starting position and it will help.  Spending a lot of time in the plank position can help since sometimes the problem with pushups isn't lack of upper body strength, it's inability to stabilize the core.

Other than that, yes, patience is important because a lot of strength progress is very slow and incremental.  I wouldn't worry about trying to gain weight unless you've completely stalled, and I really doubt that's the case at 2 months in. 

Fitness Shin splints May 20 2016
05:10 (UTC)
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You want to have good support in your shoes, yes. It doesn't necessarily mean you need high end running shoes, but it's a lot of stress on your feet to adapt to, and your feet are the base of a mechanical chain when you run, so you want a good foundation to build your running movement. It will also help to ease into a running program slowly, like with a C25k program. And if you start to feel sore or tired, rest and let yourself recover. Good luck!
Fitness MAY Fitness Challenge - All are welcome! May 20 2016
04:48 (UTC)
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Yesterday was rest. I took the dogs on a good long walk. Tonight was back to boxing. It was conditioning and power tonight and I only lasted the first hour. I partnered with the other 160 girl for mitts and she was wailing on the power hooks and it was too much for the ribs. It's a way more annoying injury than I expected.
Weight Loss All day drinking? May 19 2016
05:16 (UTC)
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^jinx
Weight Loss All day drinking? May 19 2016
05:16 (UTC)
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Eating very little and drinking all day sounds like a terrible idea. Just have a good time and don't worry about it. One day will make no difference over the long run.
The Lounge 2016 Gardening Thread May 18 2016
21:17 (UTC)
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Food or decorative?

Realistically, few food plants will really thrive in a shady environment, but you could probably grow lettuce and cold weather greens like kale and cabbage.  They'll just take longer to mature.

Decorative plants are another matter, there are lots that would thrive in a shady environment - ferns, hostas, heucheras, coleus, astilbes, begonias, and caladium all come to mind.

Weight Loss long slow runs ou short intense runs May 18 2016
18:45 (UTC)
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It depends on what you're trying to accomplish.

The Lounge 2016 Gardening Thread May 18 2016
15:48 (UTC)
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Holy cow 4 rhubarb??? I hope you have a big freezer!
Fitness MAY Fitness Challenge - All are welcome! May 18 2016
04:04 (UTC)
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Skipped the morning workout today but did some extra work this evening. First some jump rope and barbell complexes at 65 pounds (pushup-burpee-deadlift-row-power clean-front squat-power jerk-back squat-snatch balance). I couldn't handle more than 3 in a set, they were pretty intense. Then Girls on the Run practice and ran my dogs after on the five mile loop.
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