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    Well it's been a while again!

    I've had a bit of a low time, but I'm pleased to be back, and, of course, grateful for all the kind support here -

    As it had been quite a while I decided to return to the start of Age of Pandora II (I'll still be in Pandora when I'm 50 at this rate!).

    I had a good active day yesterday. We went for a walk in the morning, probably around 5 miles.

    Then:

    DD with EC: 40 bridge taps,

    Al Kavadlo 5 by 5 for beginners

    AoP Chapter 31: 1,100 high knees, then 5 x 10 (plank arm raises, plank leg raises, plank alt arm/leg raises, slow climbers, climbers, climber taps).

    100 punches x 4 - BECAUSE PUNCHES!

    Push the Sky Away - 2 minutes

    I'm also recomitting to some of my internet/social media commitments, and to my dietary stuff (I've remained vegetarian but not quite vegan, and I ate a load of sugary stuff, and I'd like to do better with both of those).

    Hoping to get on a roll this time.



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      Well two days is a streak!



      Yesterday, DD with EC: 30 second push up hold. Ouch!

      100 Punches x 2 - BECAUSE PUNCHES!

      AoP Chapter 32: 15 sets of a quick hiit routine of plank variants and high knees. Level III.

      Two minutes Push the Sky Away.

      I also did some quite physical gardening work.

      That's about it. I don't want to get too excited and end up taking on too much only to drop it all. This is Day 2 off twitter, which is my big current behavioural challenge, and, to be honest, it is very fricking hard. I didn't meditate last night and I'd intended to, and it's because I'm scared of being alone and quiet at the moment. That will come. I'm trying to read again, and I'm starting in with a comic book. Do any of you know Jason? (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_(cartoonist)) I got a collection of his stories out of the library. They're really good, very funny, but with some very dark moments (I would add a content warning for suicide, which he seems to talk about a lot).

      Fans of comedy and fans of football (soccer) and fans of comedy football will be delighted in the latest twist in the tale of Leeds United. We played the bottom team in the the division for our final match of the regular season. We're third and going into the playoffs for promotion to the Premier League. They've won four games all season. But they made it five against us! They had a man sent off, but we conceded a free kick with our penalty attempt rathen than scoring it and then our goalkeeper decided to let them have a goal. My favourite Leeds song, is "Leeds, Leeds are falling apart again" sung to the tune of Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division. We sing it at opposing fans when we're beating them. And they sing it at us when we're, well, falling apart, as we are now!



      I just want to keep doing something every day at the moment. That will be enough.

      Have beautiful days my friends. Buzz!

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          thank you, MamaT, it's always lovely to see you around!

          Three days is a long streak!

          Through the day yesterday:

          DD with EC: 40 plank jacks

          One Al Kavadlo 5 by 5 beginners

          100 punches x 3 (1 weighted, 1 squat punches, 1 combos) - BECAUSE PUNCHES!

          Weights: One Scott set

          Age of Pandora, Chapter 33: 100 climbers, 7 x (20 side kicks; 20 squat, chop, hop combos; 20 side kick, chop combos; 20 high knees).

          2 minutes Push the Sky Away

          I enjoyed all of that and feel much better for doing it.

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            It's good to see you enjoying yourself Colin! Going to back to Pandora "at some point" has been a goal for far too long now so I may well be joining you in Pandora at 50...

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              Thank you, Zastria! That's probably the most important thing isn't it! I'll be waiting around in an Agora trying to do more than 10 press ups in one go when you're ready!

              Another pretty good day yesterday. I got a fair amount of work done. Probably managed to keep the existential dread at a relatively manageable level. Leeds won a youth team tournament. Seriously thinking of chucking it all in to become a revolutionary. Or a pop star. All good fun!

              In the world of Darebee:

              DD with EC: 2-minutes leg extentions. Tough!

              Al Kavadlo 5 by 5 beginner: 1

              100 punches: 1 weighted, 1 combos, 1 squat - BECAUSE PUNCHES!

              Age of Pandora Chapter 34: Seven sets of a short hiit circuit of high knees, chops (a lot of these in part II of Pandora), side to side hops and jump knee tucks, which I did with no breaks.

              I enjoyed all that!

              I'm not sleeping very well at the moment. This is unusual for me, and looking around the hive I feel very lucky that I generally don't struggle with sleep. For the past few days I've been waking very early though and not being able to get back to sleep. It's not having a particular effect on me yet, so hardly terrible. I've stayed off Twitter succesfully, and there may be an element of that causing some sort of disruption.

              I read a bit of an exercise book last night, and it had "beginner's" sets of 30 push-ups and 6 - 10 chin ups! Yoiks! It makes me feel very weak!

              Well, I'm doing pretty well and enjoying moving forward. I think slow and steady is OK at the moment.

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                Good work staying off twitter

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                  Originally posted by Colin View Post
                  I read a bit of an exercise book last night, and it had "beginner's" sets of 30 push-ups and 6 - 10 chin ups! Yoiks! It makes me feel very weak!
                  What book is that, if I may ask? Most of my friends, who are overall healthy but not sporty, are completely unable to achieve that kind of performance. That sounds like a curious definition of what a "beginner" is...

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                    thank you, PSW! I'll be making a nuissance of myself here now as I try to fill up my dreadful need for pseudo human interaction! (And have a nice chat about execising, or even Game of Thrones - though I still haven't watched a single minute of it! )

                    Redline It's a book called Banish Your Belly, and it was published by the Men's Health magazine. They're an American company, and it's a very American book. I got it for free many years ago when I joined a book club - crikey, I'm old, a book club you had to write a letter to and they sent you a catalogue! No Amazon! It has a load of exercise programmes in it, and one of them is aimed at a man who had very sedentary life, working as a taxi driver, and smoking two pags of cigarettes a day! He's 32. The workout recommended for him includes chin-ups, "try for 6 to 10 repetitions". And "push ups", "doing up to 40 per set will develop upper body toughness."

                    As usual, I was being a bit snarky with my comment, but that's what it says. It's a quite old-fashioned book now, published in 1997, and the adviser on some of the workout is the head coach of the US Olympics Weight Lifting Federation, so he has an obvious bias towards that sort of stuff. I keep the book for occasional inspiration and because it does have some good stuff in it, including a very complete encyclopaedia of exercise forms with photos that I can use without being online. My general impression is that American exercise advice of this sort is quite biased towards weight training, strength, body-building and the like.

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                      Originally posted by Colin View Post
                      Redline I got it for free many years ago when I joined a book club - crikey, I'm old, a book club you had to write a letter to and they sent you a catalogue!
                      Please don't mention that too loud, I don't think I'm much younger than you. And in my experience, the stuff people give you away for free is rarely worth much. Unless we're talking about Darebee, of course.


                      Originally posted by Colin View Post
                      the workout recommended for him includes chin-ups, "try for 6 to 10 repetitions". And "push ups", "doing up to 40 per set will develop upper body toughness."
                      Well, for the chin-ups, it's all in the "try for", I guess. And yeah, doing lots of push-ups will develop your upper body toughness. No kidding. We're sure you'll find a way to get there.
                      Ah, no need for petty criticism. If you think there are things to learn from this book, you're certainly right. But you're definitely not weak because you can't do sets of 30 push-ups yet. There are lots of ways to be strong.
                      Last edited by Redline; May 8, 2019, 02:35 PM. Reason: Added a last remark.

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                        Wow...some beginner book. And I am older than both of you!

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                          ​I'll be making a nuissance of myself here now as I try to fill up my dreadful need for pseudo human interaction!​​​​​​
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                            I'd forgotten about book clubs! We had one at my first school, you'd take in something like 10p or 20p a week and get stamps and when you'd collected enough you got to pick a book from the catalogue. I miss those days! And book fairs. Book fairs were always fun. Being able to immediately buy books now is just not the same...

                            The taxi driver example was clearly written by someone who's had muscles since birth, thinks burpees are a light warmup and has no understanding of the average human's fitness. The Olympic weightlifters are welcome to him, I prefer Darebee!

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                              I read a bit of an exercise book last night, and it had "beginner's" sets of 30 push-ups and 6 - 10 chin ups! Yoiks! It makes me feel very weak!
                              they sound like amateurs - at least when it comes to building an exercise program. i wouldn't worry about it.

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                                Colin ... all those "punches" ... have you taken to throwing light dumbbells around? Not a lot of weight, but it adds u over time.
                                Eventually you feel the need to gravitate to a slightly heavier weight - hopefully after you 'recover' to full speed across the board.

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