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    Lonesome Road to Wellness

    Named after a DLC for my favorite game of all time.

    Hello Bees
    it's been a minute since I've had an active check-in thread. I went to look at my previous one and there were some things I didn't remember anymore. It feels like a time capsule of when I began to take working out more seriously, and it's crazy to think it was only roughly a year ago that I started.

    I'm no longer the man I was then. While I may have not kept track of it, I maintained a pretty steady workout routine. The fitness bug was well rooted in me. Sure, sometimes I may have taken a break, but I got right back to it. And I'm much stronger now because of it.

    Disappearing act
    My relationship with the Hive is a weird one. I go for some periods of time without showing up (I always use Darebee tho, it's just specifically the Hive). It mostly stems from instant messaging platforms like Discord and social media in general have much taken away my ability to handle the slow but steady stream of interaction that goes on here. My bad. So I've already been poking at threads but with this new check-in thread I'll also try to be more active around these parts because it doesn't take much interaction to understand that this is probably one of the healthiest communities out there.

    Lonesome Road indeed...
    Despite my physical achievements, there is something that I often leave behind: my mental health. It's unfortunately the only thing in common with my other thread. It's much of a struggle to maintain a healthy mind, and it takes a bit more "trust" than just doing something -> growth (if strapping dumbbells to my head would improve my mental fortitude, I would). However, working out is a good way to safeguard a good day. When I workout, I take power from my personal demons to take me down because I know I did something to improve myself today. So with this check-in I will also be check-in with myself about how I'm feeling.

    As much company as you may have, no one can improve you in your behalf. It's your own path and you must walk it with confidence.

    Now that the boohoo is out of the way, let's get down to business. I have started Age of Pandora, being motivated by Damer's post. So far so good, the first day left my back sore which I did not expect, and now the second day made me sweat extremely (the wall sit left a big mark, I took a picture of it and my friends thought I was showing them a plumbing problem).

    However with all that jumping I seem to have hurt my foot, I was doing it with only socks on I might have landed on the ball of my foot. It reminds me that I should really consider getting a pair of sneakers exclusively for indoor workouts.

    Usually I'd do more alongside it (like running, which I guess I will do anyway in the program) but the heat that I've been experiencing makes me hesitant about that. I think it's a good workout by itself regardless. One thing I should work on is try to work out early in the day when it's fresher, as I used to do. And drink more water too, my current canteen is so small that it's a bother to constantly having to refill it, I should get one of those massive 2L bottles.

    Day 1:
    -> Age of Pandora Chapter 2 Level 3

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    Day 2:

    Good prospects for today. Setting up my house to host my friends who will be coming over next week (and I will be working out with them because we are all in the same journey to improve ourselves and it don't stop)

    My foot was still feel kind of weird but it wasn't hurting like yesterday. Which was good, as today's AoP chapter required a bit jumping and hopping again.

    This time decided to bring a towel as well so that I don't flood the living room again. Worked surprisingly well.

    I also did something I haven't done in a while: A Daily Dare. I'm so close to getting the 100 EC badge, so why stop now lol? Although today's DD was kind of inconvenient as it was the same exercise I had already done in AoP. Still managed my way through it.

    Recap:
    Age of Pandora Chapter 3 Level 3/3
    Daily Dare w/ EC

    DD: 109 EC: 96 (I used to keep track of this in my profile but I'll put this here instead)

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      #3
      It is still the same day, though I just wanted to share something that happened.

      During tonight's family dinner (because of my grandmother's birthday), at some point my dad commented to my uncle that I was getting in shape. My uncle is an almost 2 meter tall buff man, and he looked at me and immediately said in a condescending tone "oh yeah I can totally see it". My dad wanted to prove it so he asked me to lift my shirt and flex for him. I did so, and he laughed hysterically. He continued to mock my appearance, stating that I must be doing nothing when I work out. My dad also mentioned that I also took protein shakes before working out, because he sees that as a big deal, and my uncle asked me if I can leg press 300kg like he can. I said I couldn't, he started claiming that it makes no sense for me to take protein shakes because I'm obviously not doing anything hard when I work out.

      Now, at first I was getting quite flustered. I don't exactly have the mental fortitude to be a target of what is pretty much bullying and be fine with it. I wished my dad hadn't mentioned it at all so I didn't have to hear all that. But as I went it over in my head, I started smiling. Why? Because I know that even if I don't look like much, I know what I objectively can do. I know that as much as he belittles it, I have had substantial growth. I have people who go as far as look up to me as their body goal. So hearing all that trashtalk... you know what? I'm motivated. I'm motivated to even push myself further. Just to spite him. Tomorrow I'm going to push myself harder.

      Let's get it.

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        #4
        Those who laugh in your face today are the same ones you will see from afar when you take flight

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          #5
          Day 3:

          Originally posted by Fremen View Post
          Those who laugh in your face today are the same ones you will see from afar when you take flight
          That's what I'm trying to do. But he doesn't even need to see me at all. As long as I see myself make the distance, it's all that matters.

          Up the ante with my workout, not too much, don't want to burn myself out or something, but I'll keep going gradually.

          Don't know what the lower muscles on the legs are called, but they do be sore. I did not expect AoP to be so strong on the legs but it's ok. I welcome it. Though today's chapter seemed lighter, even though I was still running away from some creature, it wasn't as tough as previous ones. This, too is okay.

          Added the DD at the end, seemed easier than I anticipated.

          And finally I wanted to include some dumbbell training so I started the XXL Biceps workout, but I did not finish it, as my mom wanted me to vacate the living room, and I thought I'd just let her have it. Which she didn't, so I stopped halfway for nothing, but it's okay. I'll get back to it tomorrow.

          Pondering on adding some wellness challenges, namely Go to Bed Challenge, Gratitude Challenge and First Thing Water Challenge. I could have sworn that there was a challenge based on drinking 8 cups of water everyday, I can't seem to find it. Though I suppose I don't need to have the challenge in the database for me to simply do it.

          Recap:
          Age of Pandora Chapter 4 Level 3
          Daily Dare w/ EC
          Half of XXL Biceps

          DD: 110 EC: 97


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            #6
            Originally posted by Scohui View Post
            Day 3:

            As long as I see myself make the distance, it's all that matters.
            That’s true motivation!



            Although I’m not the one to judge other people: from what you describe your uncle is showing very childish behaviour. If my child shows that kind of behaviour (bullying, power tricks, challenging others just to reinforce a sense of self), it leads to a stern talking to. It’s not fitting for a child of any age, let alone an adult guy. I’m really sorry you’re on the receiving end. You most probably know that this is his problem, not yours. It looks like your father just wanted to support you and connect to your uncle. It backfired, your father is not the one to blame (I don’t think you do, btw), your uncle is.

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              #7
              Originally posted by AnnieW View Post

              That’s true motivation!



              Although I’m not the one to judge other people: from what you describe your uncle is showing very childish behaviour. If my child shows that kind of behaviour (bullying, power tricks, challenging others just to reinforce a sense of self), it leads to a stern talking to. It’s not fitting for a child of any age, let alone an adult guy. I’m really sorry you’re on the receiving end. You most probably know that this is his problem, not yours. It looks like your father just wanted to support you and connect to your uncle. It backfired, your father is not the one to blame (I don’t think you do, btw), your uncle is.
              Yeah he's always been like this. In a way, I'm used to it. But thank you for your words.

              Day 4:

              Today's AoP starts with some running. It's kind of bothersome that I have lost my endurance yet again but it's okay, I guess I'll just get it back again. So basically, the running part was tough. The soreness from previous days did not help, but I did, we relatively low amounts of walking.

              The rest of the workout was deceptively hard. I just looked at it like I'm just doing a couple of push ups and then swinging my arms about, but no, the magic is in doing the push ups before the arm swinging. It was tough yes.

              Finished it off with the Daily Dare, which I'm unsure if I did correctly because I didn't feel it where it said I was supposed to, but I'll just let it be, it's not a problem.

              Couldn't do much else as my friends are here now. Tomorrow we will be working out together, so that'll be fun

              Recap:
              Age of Pandora Chapter 5 Level 3
              Daily Dare w/ EC

              DD: 111 EC: 98

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                #8
                Day 5:

                So today I switched it up a little, since I was going to workout not alone, and the AoP chapter didn't look like what I wanted to do with them, so most likely I might put that on hold until I'm alone again. I don't think this is an issue. Anyway, what I did instead was some jump rope, very short while though, didn't think jump rope could be this complicated lol. Wasn't even long enough to warrant counting as working out. Then we did the 7 minute workout, which they were saying was going to be "it". I thought that was just..not enough, yes it is high intensity but I got much more in me, so I decided to (we were exercising in a tennis court) to play tennis with one of my friends. We did it for about an hour, it was really fun.

                Found out later that I hurt my back doing the 7 minute workout, the part with the ab crunches. Not really "hurt", but I basically lowered my back way too hard on the hard floor, so the spots where my spine is are dotted (and bruised).

                I forgot to do the Daily Dare, and I had already showered so I said oh well, I'll get it tomorrow.

                Recap:
                7 minute workout
                1 hour of tennis

                DD: 111 EC: 98

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                  #9
                  As much company as you may have, no one can improve you in your behalf. It's your own path and you must walk it with confidence.

                  Love this. Thank you.

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                    #10
                    Day 6:

                    So today, once more, me and my friends woke up early and hit the tennis court. Today was very foggy so it was real nice to be outside working out.

                    I actually decided to repeat AoP Chapter 5 with one of the friends, cuz I thought it would be interesting. However, he had hurt himself yesterday with the 7 minute workout, so he stopped on the 3rd set. Since I knew I was going to play tennis right after I didn't want to ruin my shoulders early, so I stopped on the 4th, making it level 2. Then we played tennis for the rest of the time. I actually did a game with one of them for 3 sets, and I won 2-0

                    Now my right hand is red from the handle on the palm and thumb. That's gonna be nice later. Plus my right arm muscles, specially the forearm one is very sore from it all. It was a good workout I'd say.

                    As I opened Darebee I noticed I was about to forget to do Daily Dare, but I squeezed it in right before I wrote this.

                    Recap:
                    Age of Pandora Chapter 5 Level 2
                    1h-1h30m Tennis
                    Daily Dare w/ EC

                    DD: 112 EC: 99

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                      #11
                      Day 7:

                      It's quite late so I will keep this short. Today I pretty much only played tennis. Didn't seem like a big while, we kinda arrived at the court later than we have been. And then I got home and did the Daily Dare with EC, which means I technically get a new badge today. So that's pretty cool

                      Recap:
                      1h Tennis
                      Daily Dare w/ Ec

                      DD: 113 EC: 100

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                        #12
                        Technically you get my congratulations on your new badge

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                          #13
                          Congratulations on your new badge, technically or not

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                            #14
                            Congrats on DD+

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                              #15
                              Thank you AnnieW Nihopaloa Fremen, it's been a long time coming I'll be honest.

                              Day 8:

                              My friends are taking a day off from working out, but I don't really do that. So, I decided to go get the Ironborn Day 3 workout because I wanted to do some leg day stuff. That was tough, and my friends realized I'm not joking when I say I sweat a lot. Then, I did the Daily Dare with EC, and to finish it all off, I did the 7 minute workout. So this was a very tough workout I would say.

                              Also, I have not been logging it, but I have been doing guided meditation with my friends as well. I had tried meditation on my own before, but I did not enjoy it as I could not focus at all. My friend has a trial for Calm (I think) so we've been doing the guided meditations from there, which I find to be much better, plus I'm already used to ASMR, so for me it's almost the same thing.

                              Recap:
                              Ironborn Day 3
                              Daily Dare w/ EC
                              7 minute workout

                              DD: 114 EC: 101

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