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  • Gandhalfit
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    I'm sorry about your old fitbit and the data loss.

    Great work on Duoling

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 737

    ​​​​​​​​ Programme:
    - Day 17 30 Days of Change
    ​​​​​ Medito - Day 4 of 30-Day Challenge.
    ​​​ 30 Day 100 rep leg challenge, Day 20.

    Ah, the gods must have been having a good chuckle up their sleeves at me yesterday. Around mid-morning I noticed that I only had about another 4,000 steps to do to finish Turin and I thought I'd get that done well before dinner. Suddenly, my Fitbit died. So I got another one this morning. True, it's already superseded, but at half the price of its successor, I'll manage somehow. Anyway, didn't quite clock up that 4,000 steps from when I got the new thing up and running, so tomorrow I guess I'll finish Turin. This thing is way flasher than my old one and I've got to get familiar with it. It's also about twice the size which is great in a way because I can see the time, but I don't really like a big thing on my wrist. I mean, it's not Big big, just bigger than what I had.
    Oh, and today I used the hand exerciser that my son kept putting to its maximum that I can barely move!

    I suppose I should also 'fess up. Yesterday on Duolingo I found myself in the top 5 of the Obsidian league, looking at returning to the Diamond league. So I did a bit and then suddenly I was number 2. Then the former number 2 did some lessons and I was number 3 again. So I did a bit more and was number 2 again. All day this continued. It was (for me at least, I can't speak for the other bloke!) a bit of fun. Finally, I got bored and decided if he was so keen to be number 2, I'd let him. I came in at number 3. But my competitive streak got the better of me. I really didn't mean to let it and I did, albeit finally, manage to stop. Some habits are just really hard to break...

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 736

    ​​​​​​​​ Programme:
    - Day 16 30 Days of Change
    ​​​​​ Medito - Day 3 of 30-Day Challenge.
    Exercise of the Day Because...well - plank!
    ​​​ 30 Day 100 rep leg challenge, Day 19.

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 735

    ​​​​​​​​ Programme:
    - Day 15 30 Days of Change Today's pieces of equipment used were the treadmill (because it was still raining with a bit of thunder when I woke up this morning and it was warm and humid, ugh!) and the medicine ball which I used during the sitting twists. Another couple ticked off.
    ​​​​​ Medito - Day 2 of 30-Day Challenge.
    ​​​ 30 Day 100 rep leg challenge, Day 18.

    And that was it for the day. Apart from a lot of reading, and a bit of tea drinking.

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  • DorothyMH
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    I’m sure someone heard it over here! We are just shrouded with so much fog I can’t even hear the dogs bark!

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 734

    ​​​​​​​​ Programme:
    - Day 14 30 Days of Change I know not strictly shadow-boxing, but I did the first set of this on the heavy bag (ticked another off!). Man, weren't the other sets easy compared to five minutes on the bag!!
    ​​​​​ Medito - Day 1 of 30-Day Challenge.
    ​​​ 30 Day 100 rep leg challenge, Day 17.
    Crawling. After reading stuff and watching a few videos such as this one, I decided that, from time to time, I might incorporate a bit of crawling in my day. The hall is at least 7m so I did a few crawls through the day. My son showed me how he could do commando crawl and therefore obligingly cleaned the floor! There are so many different sorts of crawls I shouldn't get bored. Quadrupedal movement certainly takes it out of you, doesn't it? Phew!
    Walking. I decided to walk Turin today - or rather, start it. It's not a long walk, something around 20,000 steps, I think. Started it around midmorning so I didn't get the whole day's steps in, but I'm giving myself three days to get through. I'm generally aware of how many (or few) steps I take throughout a day, but this makes it a little more conscious. A goal will do that for you.

    Having a really loud thunderstorm right overhead at the mo. I don't want to go to bed and miss it, but it's very late and I must. I love thunderstorms. Wow! I'm surprised you didn't hear that one on the other side of the world. Actually, perhaps you did...

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  • CaptainCanuck
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    Interesting, I use World Walking for really big projects. I have never thought of using it on the smaller scale like that. I am interested to see how it works for you.

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 733

    ​​​​​​​​ Programme:
    - Day 13 30 Days of Change
    ​​​​​ Medito - Day 5 of Loving Kindness. I am glad that this is the end of LK. This voice was a bloke who sounded both tired and bored. Tomorrow I begin the 30-day Challenge!
    ​​​ 30 Day 100 rep leg challenge, Day 15. Ouch, 100 of these...
    Workout with Marcy. Chest presses and leg curls. I'm really liking how these leg curls make my hamstrings feel. I'm even wondering if they are up to increased weight. Might give it a go next time.

    I've been seeing ads for running/walking things which reminds me of WorldWalking which I've been using for a couple of years now but more accidentally than deliberately. Because my steps are recorded via the FitBit and automatically added to my WW step bank, all I have to do is click on "Add to Walk" and whichever walk I'm on, I move further along. I'm rather passive about it and sometimes only add my steps after a few months. But I decided that I don't want to be so passive about it, but choose walks of a particular length and challenge myself to complete each within X day/weeks/months. And as it's just steps, I don't even have to go out for a walk, just stay mobile throughout the day and clock those steps. My current new resolution.

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 732

    ​​​​​​​​ Programme:
    - Day 12 30 Days of Change Did the plank jacks and climbers on the sliders because it's fun. And they are one of my pieces of kit.
    ​​​​​ Medito - Day 4 of Loving Kindness. My usual voice wasn't doing this one, and I must confess that the woman who led this meditation didn't have a voice/accent that appealed to me. But the session did end with a lovely ringing bell that was quite beautiful. I could certainly listen to that again!
    ​​​ 30 Day 100 rep leg challenge, Day 14. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right?

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 731

    ​​​​​​​​ Programme:
    - Day 11 30 Days of Change Rowing and cycling again, and an actual real walk!
    ​​​​​ Medito - Day 3 of Loving Kindness.
    ​​​ 30 Day 100 rep leg challenge, Day 13

    Day had been a bit disrupted by an unplanned trip to the shops, then the hardwired fire alarm went off and I couldn't stop the darned thing! Wore the noise-cancelling headphones while I worked on it. The cover said "Slide to remove". Yup, only for some reason there was a screw in place that stopped it sliding! Took a while to notice that. Meanwhile, I'd nearly pulled the whole thing off the ceiling. The cats had run away in fear. Finally managed to get the thing open to change the battery (that was the whole problem - why couldn't it just have discretely beeped or something instead of shrieked like a banshee?!). So all that took about an hour. I think my hearing has returned to normal now... Then waited for the boy to come back from a sleep-over before starting dinner, and then when he did come home, he'd forgotten to bring back his (only) shoes, so the parents had to return to where he'd left them and return them for us. So not a really productive day - full of alarums and excursions.

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  • CaptainCanuck
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    Looks good, not sure what kind of resistance bands you have but they can usually be used to supplement any bodyweight exercise. I would join, but I am already doing something similar with my new workout plan.

    Damer had a suggestion about how to incorporate battle ropes into Darebee workouts in one of the question threads if that helps to use them ....

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 730

    ​​​​​​​​ Programme:
    - Day 10 30 Days of Change
    ​​​​​ Medito - Day 2 of Loving Kindness.
    ​​​ 30 Day 100 rep leg challenge, Day 12

    Back in about August, I mentioned I had used the battle rope, and CaptainCanuck suggested a playground thing somewhere along the lines of "using your equipment". This idea has been fomenting in my mind for the last five months but I can't for the life of me see how we could design that (open to suggestions). However, looking around at all the fitness kit I have (and I asked younger daughter to give me a hand listing everything and we still managed to miss the skipping rope!), I thought there could be something I could do that would encourage me to use all this stuff, and a little more regularly. So I came up with:
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    Anyway, the whole aim of the game is to use this stuff, to dust it off and put it to its proper use, and to use each item at least once throughout the month. No specific workouts are required. If a workout involves weights, fine, tick it off. If there are leg raises, do one set (that's it, just one) using ankle weights. Do climbers using sliders (I love that!). And if there is no workout you do that involves any equipment, you can just do one 10-second dead hang, or bounce on the rebounder (I'd forgotten completely about that because the children have always been using it just as a little trampoline), or whatever. Equipment can, of course, be used more than once throughout the month. I had initially thought of just 15 days but when I listed all the stuff I have, no way will I get through all that in 15 days without some serious consideration! And, of course, it's supposed to be fun, not some sort of arduous task. It can be a bit of a challenge - what agility drills shall I do with the cones? How can I make best use of a 2kg medicine ball? I shall start this tomorrow.
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  • Fremen
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    Originally posted by TopNotch View Post
    No Arnis-twirling today (well, okay, perhaps just a little when I was trying stuff out) but a lot of YouTube watching on techniques, etc. Very interesting. So lucky to be able to get access to all this stuff!
    Ok ... you're definitely intriguing me
    Now I have a little too many things on my mind but playing with arnis sticks goes straight into the things to do
    Thanks for the links

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 729

    ​​​​​​​ Programme:
    - Day 9 30 Days of Change
    ​​​​ Medito - Day 1 of Loving Kindness.
    ​​ 30 Day 100 rep leg challenge, Day 11

    No Arnis-twirling today (well, okay, perhaps just a little when I was trying stuff out) but a lot of YouTube watching on techniques, etc. Very interesting. So lucky to be able to get access to all this stuff!

    And thanks for the input from Runners! My 80% was anything left in the tank after a 20-min walk, and a 10-min jog. So pretty much a sort of stagger for me. (I'm not so much of a runner.) I interpreted it as "give pretty much all you've got left while leaving enough behind to be able to take off your shoes." That I could do.

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  • Mianevem
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    The way I decided to interpret these was to go by perceived intensity, and always in relation to the intended duration of the run. So in this case I would try to run the last 10 minutes so that I would get quite tired, but afterwards would feel like I could've kept that pace up for a couple more minutes.

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