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  • awesomesue
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    Congratulations!

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  • Fremen
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    Congrats on baseline badge

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  • daniuse
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    Hey, I've finished the Baseline program!
    I had two days off the past month, but overall, I was able to keep the steady pace.
    I will start Square One tomorrow.

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  • daniuse
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    Yes! Finally! For the first time in years, I was able to exercise for 30 days straight.
    I finished the Vitality program. I've been trying to do it for over a year. I made my first attempts around a year ago when the program was just released. Since then it was on and off. I will almost do it (in August or January), then something stops me — I get ill, I lose all my vigor, I become really busy. After that come month and a half of completely no exercise, and I start all over again.
    But this time I did it! My first fitness height is conquered!

    How I did it? There were several adjustments in my routine, but I'm not sure that I can pinpoint one that was the key. First, at the start of the year, I decided that I can have one rest day every four days. I don't have to — Darebee programs are designed the way that you do them in one go without rest — but if life gets in the way, I could skip one day without breaking the chain.
    That was not enough. I kept my streak going for 26 days with several off-days, but in the end, I was not able to keep it going. I got vaccinated twice, and both times I had serious side effects, being almost completely useless for three days straight. Doing exercise was out of the question.
    But even when feeling okay, it was just too hard. Life is just a little too distressing right now. Even knowing that exercise makes it better, at the end of the day I couldn't force myself to do it. I was battling my inability to act until the late evening when I told myself that it's too late, and I better try tomorrow.

    And then it struck me. Why not try doing it at the start of the day?
    To be honest, I thought about it before, but in the mornings I try to have some free "clean mind" time for writing, and workouts wouldn't fit in my routine.
    But my writing going... not that well either. I live not in the optimal environment for quiet time in the mornings. So I decided to give morning exercise a try.
    I googled "best time for exercise" and found out that exercising first thing in the morning (before breakfast) is a way to prevent diabetes. Or reduce the risk of diabetes. It helps with muscles absorbing glucose and drops the resistance of insulin or something close. I'm not a medic, I may explain it wrong. But my grandfather had diabetes, and I heard that it was an illness connected to genes. So this bit of information somehow was the last piece to push me into trying exercise in the morning.
    And it worked! I exercise the first thing after I get up from bed. It's not always easy, it's not an automatic response. Sometimes (like today) I really have to force myself to do it. But I am yet to skip an exercise.
    Mostly that's due to the fact that I'm fortunate enough to work flexible hours, and I can approach exercise at my own pace without the worry of getting late.

    Overall, I feel good about exercising every day. I wouldn't say that it has completely changed my life. I'm not instantly happier and more focused, as some of the accounts, I've read about exercise. But I'm already seeing some benefits. I will try to formulate them in the next post.
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  • RabbitLorna
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    It's great to have you back! Keep up the good work!

    And I feel you on the push-ups, I'm doing the wall push-up challenge so that hopefully one day I can do actual push-ups! It's one of the few exercises I've not managed to master yet

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  • PrincessFancy
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    Haha, planning is always much easier than doing it The first steps, to get going is the hardest. Then it slowly gets easier the more steps you take.
    I'm sure you can do it, as long as you don't give up . How did it go today?

    I decided to do Power Grip because being able to open every jar is a very useful skill when you life alone, . And I did clench/ unclenching during baseline and wanted to keep up the progress.

    Congrats to your push up skills . I'll tackle that next month, I'm sure I will be able to do one someday too

    Keep it up

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  • daniuse
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    Okay, skipped todays exercise except for the morning warm-up. If I skip tommorow, I will have to restart the program.

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  • daniuse
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    13.05.20
    Morning warm-up
    Vitality
    - day 2 (level 2 + extra weights (around 0,4kg))
    Power Grip Challange - day 2
    Push-ups: 1

    I will do my sword conditioning around one time in three days to not tire my muscles too much.


    PrincessFancy I'm glad to be back here myself!
    I hope I can pull this routine off. I'm not sure if I'll get any development with this, but I want to at least see it through. I decided that I would try as much as I could to actually do things. I'm very good at planning, but not that good at following my own plans

    Why did you decide to do the Power Grip Challange? I was not sure if the grip strength is something I really should focus on, until I recalled all those times I could not open a jar with jam or pickles XD

    Yes, I actually can do like five or seven push-ups. But I do not remember how I learned how to do them. Basically, I could not do a single push-up for my entire life. But one day I try and see that I can do two push-ups quite decentely. Why? How? I was doing regular exercise in university and working through some Darebee workouts (maybe I was doing the Foundation Light program), but I wasn't specifically targeting this skill.
    So I have no helpful advice on how to do your first push-up

    But I will surely use the plank challange. That I was never good at, and static strength is essential for fencing that I want to do. If I ever have good enough health, I will start right away.

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  • PrincessFancy
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    Hooray, its great to see you here and starting again . Your goals and your routine for may sound thought trough, i'm sure you can do it .
    I'm doing Power Grip at the moment too. It's harder than I thought but doable.
    Concerning the push-ups, can you already do one? I want to learn how to do them too and I saw these challenges, I guess they can be helpfull to start: wall-pushups-challenge; knee-pushups-challenge. The 1min-plank-challenge could be good too I guess. I hope this is useful for you and not unnecessary advice. I'm just exited myself to learn to do push ups We can do it

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  • daniuse
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    First, let's get this journal up to speed.

    25.04
    Morning warm-up

    29.04
    Morning warm-up

    01.05
    Morning warm-up

    02.05
    Morning warm-up
    Vitality - day 1 (level 1)
    Power Grip Challange - day 1


    03.05
    Morning warm-up
    Vitality - day 2 (level 2)
    Power Grip Challange - day 2


    04.05
    Morning warm-up
    Vitality - day 3 (level 2)
    Power Grip Challange - day 3


    05.05
    Morning warm-up
    Vitality - day 4 (level 2)
    Power Grip Challange - day 4


    06.05
    Morning warm-up
    Vitality - day 5 (level 2)
    Power Grip Challange - day 5


    08.06
    Morning warm-up

    11.06
    Morning warm-up


    Now. I had very sporadic exercise schedule for the last two weeks. But starting with today I will once again try to get my fitness journey consistently going.

    I have several goals to achieve untill the 31st of August:
    I want to complete Vitality, Baseline and Foundation programs.
    I want to be consisently active and in tone. For example, I want to do everyday push-ups, slowly raising the count. Not for strength, but for the tone. In August I want to do 5/3/1
    I want to finish Power Grip Challange and to do two more challanges.
    I want to do some additional exercise based around some skill or particular tradition several times a week. It could be fencing, it could be dance, it could be my old Soviet book of dumbell exercises.This is optional.

    For the rest of may I have this exercise routine:
    1. Morning (like really after waking up and before breakfast) warm-up
    2. Vitality - level 2 (up to day 15 with additional 0,25 kg weight to make re-doing the same days more interesting)
    3. Power Grip Challnge
    4. A little of sword conditioning exercise (https://youtu.be/LdKIgXG1ss0)
    5. Push-ups


    I will have one hour allocated for exercise every day. I can skip one day of a program without having to restart. But if I skip to days in a row - restart.

    So, today, 12.05.20, i did:
    Morning Warm-up
    Vitality
    - day 1 (level 2, additional weight)
    Power Grip Challange - day 1
    Sword Conditioning
    Push-ups
    - 1

    RabbitLorna @PrincessFancy
    Thank you for your support! It really means a lot. I hope that your exercise was great for a last weeks!
    I will soon visit your training logs

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  • PrincessFancy
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    Haven't heard anything of you the last days. Could you start vitality like you planned? Hope you are well

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  • PrincessFancy
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    Yeah, a good sleeps makes a huge difference! I hope you are alright and feeling good.

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  • RabbitLorna
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    *sending hugs* as other people have said, it's all about what you do after you fall down, and you did an awesome thing by getting right back into exercising!

    I tend to keep a few easy or enjoyable workouts for days when I'm not feeling very motivated, so at least I can do 10-15 mins without getting stressed about not feeling up to doing the main program. Which hasn't always worked, but it's helped me in the past.

    Also, congratulations on going to sleep at the proper time! A good night's sleep really does wonders

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  • daniuse
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    24.04
    Morning warm-up
    Party time workout
    (https://darebee.com/workouts/party-workout.html)

    Was feeling down today. Did nothing of the things I was supposed to do today. Well, at least I could do a little exercise.
    I aim to be a lot better tomorrow. I even am going to go to sleep at proper time today.


    Thank you, PrincessFancy
    I have heard this phrase before, but today it was really inspiring. Yes, I will try to never stop standing up!

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  • PrincessFancy
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    Haha, thank you, I didn't think about it as something special, but I guess your right. Most people don't keep it up, well I have been like that before too and I don't know how long I can still keep it up. So theres no one to blame, but still a great archievement!
    I'm sure you can do it too! You've already made it once and next time you'll get further And even if not the important thing is not how often you fall but how often you stand up again (or something like that, I dont remeber who said it). Keep it up

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