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    Originally posted by Redline View Post
    I think the team has to design a faster way of dispensing badges.



    Awesome job as always, Val! And be careful with that ankle.
    Thanks Redline ! The ankle is feeling good for the time being, but I am looking forward to my massage session next week. The whole right side is gonna be so loosey-goosey afterwards
    Well I haven't done a Darebee program that is new to me in quite some time, and two of them were only add-ons, so it only seems like a lot at once I think Once I finish up this months' stuff then I'll be all caught up again!

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      Sept 2nd - Monday

      Spent a good chunk of my morning over at my bros place rolling with the both of them. Moved through + practiced a bunch stuff I already know but I am not super fluid on, worked on some take downs and throws, did some sparring starting from standing and did some from the ground as well. I even learnt a few new things that I am stoked to try out for class during chess drills. They are honestly the best partners I could have because we are all so competitive with each other when it comes to things like this and we know what each other can handle so we don't hurt each other badly I surprised the crap outta my youngest brother as he thought that I would be an easy submission and that is 100% not the case. Not only did he not submit me (though I did get thrown quite a bit), I nearly got the whippersnapper into an armbar Downside is that he won't underestimate me again so I'll have to work even harder for the submissions now, but it just means that I'll get better because of it!

      Power Grip Challenge D2 ~ 40sec overhead flex hold
      Yoga Abs D2 ~ 20sec superman + 20sec rest / 3 sets

      Full Circuit ~ Day 2 / 7 sets

      Back & Core ~ Day 2 / 3 sets

      100 reps (x3) / 100 days ~ Day 3

      100 crunches ~ 50/50
      100 push-ups ~ 25 close/ 25 wide/ 25 close/ 25 basic
      100 sitting twists ~ 50/50

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        Originally posted by val.lavigne86 View Post
        he thought that I would be an easy submission and that is 100% not the case
        I like this very much

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          Originally posted by Fremen View Post

          I like this very much
          So pleasing to me as well, tapping into that inner badass
          Yay! for sibling rivalry right

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            I totally forgot to add my Daily Gratitude for yesterday. I wrote it down in my log but forgot to type it out here

            1) after a several day streak of terrible sleep, I got a decent of night sleep yesterday
            2) having an awesome grappling session with my bros
            3) my son quickly picking up some new verbal communication prompts after only a handful of times!

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              Sept 3rd - Tuesday

              Power Grip Challenge D3 ~ 50 seconds clench/unclench
              Yoga Abs Challenge D3 ~ 20 sec boat hold + 20 sec knee hug / 3 sets / no rest

              Full Circuit ~ Day 3 / 3 sets

              Back & Core ~ Day 3 / yoga

              100 reps (x3) / 100 days ~ Day 4

              100 crunches ~ 50/50
              100 push-ups ~ 25 sphinx/ 25 close/ 25 pike/ 25close
              100 side bends ~ 50/50

              Indoor Barefoot Run ~ 5.01km / 28min 37secs / AP = 5:42 -- Zombie, Run Season 2 / Mission 15: Hounds of Love


              Done in the evening real quick. Used 5lb ankle weights on last 4 exercises and did 20 reps on each side instead of 10 in total for the kicks, kickbacks and fire hydrants.

              Daily Gratitude ~ Day 3
              1) my brother, who is deployed in Iraq at the moment, messaged me this morning
              2) having an awesome convo with my dad this morning
              3) having an insanely productive day

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                Sept 4th - Wednesday

                Power Grip Challenge D4 ~ 50sec overhead flex hold -- I'm doing these days on my pull-up bar.
                Yoga Abs Challenge D4 ~ 20sec superman + 20sec rest / 3 sets

                Full Circuit ~ Day 4 / no sets, once through each side

                Back & Core ~ Day 4 -- did all exercise reps per side instead of in total for each of them.

                100 reps (x3) / 100 days ~ Day 5
                100 high crunches ~ 50/50
                100 push-ups ~ 50 sphinx/ 30 close/ 20 diamond
                100 torso twists + side bends ~ 50 of each with no rest x2

                Programs aren't that big of a challenge so I think will add on some lifting at least 4 times a week -- back/biceps, legs, shoulder/chest/tris and abs

                Back & Biceps ~ Lifting / 4 sets

                DB explosive rows ~ 15 reps / 15lb DBs
                DB pullovers ~ 10 reps / 30lb DB
                DB bicep curls ~ 10 reps / 15lb DBs
                cross body hammer curls ~ 10 reps each side / 15lb DBs
                DB wrist curls ~ 10 reps each side / 15lb DB

                Barefoot Run ~ 4.01km / 23min 14secs

                Daily Gratitude ~ Day 4 / I'm grateful for...

                1) FINALLY finishing up Assassin's Creed Odyssey!
                2) not being sick. I thought I was getting a sore throat the previous few days, but it seems to be a false alarm.
                3) getting the school/craft supplies + gym equipment re-organized/arranged downstairs

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                  Sept 5th - Thursday

                  Power Grip Challenge D5 ~ 60sec clench/unclench
                  Yoga Abs Challenge D5 ~ 30sec boat hold + 30sec knee hug / 3 sets / no rest -- it was only supposed to be 25sec today but just decided to put it to 30 instead so it was even. And I don't actually lower to my back for knee hug I just pull my knees in tight to my chest and stay engaged in that position.

                  Full Circuit ~ Day 5 / 7 sets

                  Back & Core ~ Day 5

                  100 reps (x3) / 100 days ~ Day 6
                  100 torso twists + side bends ~ 50 of each with no rest x2
                  100 push-ups ~ 50 sphinx/ 25 wide/ 25 basic
                  100 dead bugs ~ 50/50

                  Legs ~ Lifting / 4 sets

                  DB front loaded squat ~ 12 reps / 30lb DBs
                  BB hip thrust ~ 15 reps / 60lb BB -- pause/contraction at top of the rep
                  DB bul split squat (alt hi/low each rep) ~ 8 reps each side / 20lb DBs
                  Gob leg adductor lunge ~ 8 reps each side / no weight
                  DB rom DL ~ 10 reps / 50lb DBs
                  DB offset lunge ~ 12 reps each side / 20lb DB

                  Daily Gratitude ~ Day 5 / I'm grateful for...

                  1) registered for a relay race with a friend at the beginning of November. We'll be doing 10km each and it's his first race so I super stoked to see how he does!
                  2) completely crushing the above leg workout even though I REALLY didn't want to do it
                  3) my son's MedicAlert wallet info and bracelet came in and that gives me a small piece of mind about him in the future

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                    Originally posted by val.lavigne86 View Post
                    Yoga Abs Challenge D5 ~ 30sec boat hold + 30sec knee hug / 3 sets / no rest -- it was only supposed to be 25sec today but just decided to put it to 30 instead so it was even. And I don't actually lower to my back for knee hug I just pull my knees in tight to my chest and stay engaged in that position.
                    And give up doing the ball on the ground? it's a shame

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                      Originally posted by Fremen View Post

                      And give up doing the ball on the ground? it's a shame
                      I may end up enjoying the little human ball break when the times get higher!

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                        I didn't think it'd been too long since my last post until I looked at the date on here and yikes the beginning of September....

                        Well first things first - Happy New Year everyone! I hope it is off to a glorious start for all you bees and looking forward to not only being around the Hive more often, but getting to see everyone's fitness progress

                        Next up - I finished the daily 100 reps a day in December and I actually miss the easy daily add-on. Not sure if I'll do it again or not yet though, may do Zero Hero and/or Baseline in lieu of that for the time being or as my warm-up(s).

                        Also, I ran everyday in December for the 30-day running challenge. I did a minimum 2 miles everyday and only two of them I did in footwear, all the rest were barefoot. I need to find an awesome sauce pair of shoes that literally just protects the soles of my feet as anything extra hurts my ankles and eventually upper glutes/hips when I run in them. Zero pain or discomfort if I go barefoot anywhere and I can go forever it feels like

                        Here are my bigger + daily intentions/goals for 2020 -- I want to do a BJJ tournament in the spring, I want to keep my running to 4 times a week (as I have a half-marathon in the fall), yoga everyday, and the gym around 3 times a week. I don't have the equipment at home to progress any further for lifting so I need to go to the gym. The biggest challenge for everything is gonna be proper time management so I'm attempting to get my schedule sorted this first week and hopefully it'll become a habit tout suite.

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                          Happy New Year val.lavigne86 - I like your way of putting your goals together. It's inspiring...

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                            Happy new year

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                              I seem to have a terrible track record for check-ins ever since I started this new thread

                              I've been attempting to use less tech since the start of the new year going so far as to not even have my phone turned on for the weekends and I am in the process of completely turfing my Facebook. I gotta say it's been lovely not being so easily reachable by anyone whenever they want. My computer spends a lot less time on as well, which is certainly not a bad thing either.

                              I know everything is rather nuts everywhere at the moment, but I hope considering the situation that everyone is as healthy as they can be! Things are not too bad here as I live in the interior area away from the large, diverse cities, but people need to really get this social distance things under control. Way too many peeps socializing still and going places they shouldn't be Doesn't help that at the moment we are in the process of moving to a new place! Thankfully it is quite rural and we can do plenty of wilderness of jaunts with no one else around. I will need to post some pics once this weekend passes and it is all complete because the view from the deck alone is incredible!

                              As for exercise, well I am continuing with sporadic indoor running and up until two weeks ago I was going the BJJ gym 4 days a week for both No Gi classes and 2 to 3 Gi classes. AND I started rolling with the guys and it leaves me bruised, bloody in some cases, and entirely pooped But, I LOVE it and soooooooo sad that I haven't been able to do so for a few weeks I am supposed to be doing a tournament at the end of April in both Gi and No Gi. It isn't officially cancelled yet, so I can only hope that things perhaps get marginally better before then and I still get the opportunity to basically beat someone else up

                              Aside from that I am currently doing the Xpress Tone and Core Strength since I can't go the gym right now, daily BJJ drills and yoga.

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                                Hey, Val! It is great to hear from you and hear you are doing well!

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