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    #16
    kandy it's ok, I don't mind the hijack as long as I can also benefit
    I'm going to die doing all these , I'm on day 12 of the "original" 100 challenge and my body is not happy. It doesn't help that I'm not getting solid sleep, too much caffeine over the Christmas period I guess.

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      #17
      Kakarot
      Sleep is so important in terms of getting your body recovered, which I didn't realize until I became a Bee and the day I slept little.
      I saw that you were doing weighted push up, wow. I could definitely see why you were dying!

      Two 100 challenges are a lot, simply because of the number. I started my own 100 yesterday--100 reps of shinai/ bokken swinging (just one particular type of swing). I fancied about doing 100 sit-up, too, to strengthen my core but I was really cautious about starting one more. I am planning, though. Right now I have 3 things going on every day.

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        #18
        kandy I'm only doing the 100 challenge in the "playground" but I am also doing the darebee 50 challenge.
        I'd advise caution if attempting to do 100 sit ups every day, it causes pains in your lower back so starting tonight I'm doing some superman stretches to try and help my back.
        Got any tips on how to get to sleep easier? And I'm only doing 2.75kg weighted push ups but am considering trying 5kg tonight.

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          #19
          Unfortunately I don't have much advices on sleep. Try some alchohol?

          Doing 100 sit-ups doesn't look well rounded to me anyway so I will probably do abs program or structured 30-day challenges in the future. 50 is definitely much more doable, thanks!

          I don't think you should add more weights because your body is already complaining about the 2.75, yeah?

          Back and Core is a lovely program and I recommend it.

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            #20
            It was complaining by day 10, but you may be right, I'll stick to the 2.75kg weight or no weight push ups for now.
            I honestly don't have the time to start a program as I tend to leave my workout till about 7pm and don't usually finish till about 8.30pm and with adding the tendon strength and back exercises it'll probably be later.
            I only drink twice a year, if that, birthday and Christmas.

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              #21
              Kakarot Drinking alcohol for helping you sleep isn't recommended anyway It decreases the quality of sleep, brings toxins into your system and carries the danger of alcoholism. Do you know what causes your insomnia? If it's just a messed up schedule, you could try getting up earlier.
              If you don't know the cause at all and have an issue with suddenly feeling energized right before your bedtime, a possible remedy could be calming herbal tea. There are even blends that are specifically labeled as helping you go to sleep. I have one that I use occasionally and it does have a noticeable effect (but it's not some miracle medicine ether).

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                #22
                Cjell I think it's just a messed up sleep schedule but I do often feel very energetic at night. Maybe it is time to try a herbal tea, any recommendations?

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                  #23
                  Kakarot SinceI don't live in your country I can't give any concrete recommendation. Mine is the in-house brand of a big local supermarket. It's labeled "sleep and nerves tea" and contains valerian root, melissa leaves, passion flower herb and peppermint. The smell is unpleasant and the taste an acquired one. I haven't tried any other sleep teas so I can't say wether this is a particularly effective blend or not. It is labeled as a medical tea though, so be careful if you think about mixing your own (medical herbs can be dangerous if handled without knowledge).
                  I'm not sure wether I found it in the tea or the medicine section of that supermarket, but both seem good starting points for looking for some. Another possibility could be a drugstore (again, tea or medicine section) or an apothecary.

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