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    Without changing the weight, if you do the exercise slower it becomes much more difficult.
    This is useful when you don't have many different weights on hand

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      I spent a good amount of time on horseback today and couldn't help but wonder if I'd look cool or stupid on my feisty pony. Probably the latter. I mean, I have a Dackel wearing a jacket sitting in front in the saddle...
      If I saw someone riding a horse with a Dackel wearing a jacket sitting in the saddle, I'd think "that's pretty freaking cool"

      I really enjoyed catching up on your thread.

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        Ha, thank you, Chaotic for another ego boost and your kind words. I'm glad to read from you again, too, was wondering a bit how you were doing but saw in your thread that you're doing quite well, which is great.

        ryś I think Ironborn is a bit different from what I usually do. I'm lazy with changing weights all the time, I have to admit. Maybe I should change that. Or I follow the advice from Fremen and do my workouts slower. But then it takes longer... I will have to experiment, I guess. Thanks for the input, you two.

        Day 271
        Ironborn 2
        Floof to Run Day 15
        1 Minute HIIT Day 10 on Level 3
        15 Mins Rowing

        Am I the only one thinking that the HIIT program seems a bit easy, almost like Level 2? Sure, tomorrow when there's High Knees I think differently, but the last days felt almost too easy. I'll probably do 30 Days of HIIT after that and curse my decision afterwards.

        Weekly weigh in. Yes, I remembered. +600gr bringing me to 51.2kg. And while my goal weight is somewhere around 55kg, I start to wonder if this isn't going too fast. In other words, I get worried. I'll try to trust the plan and keep going, but I catch myself taking a closer look in the mirror from time to time. Makes me wonder if I start getting vain.

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          Day 272
          Ironborn 3
          Floof to Run Day 16
          1 Minute HIIT Day 11 on Level 3
          15 Mins of Rowing

          Spoke about my stupid worries regarding weight gain at the dinner table today. Got laughed at, got my hair ruffled, got told not to worry, I still don't weigh enough and should trust the plan. So I'll do that.
          A lot of riding and a lot of standing and/or sitting still at work today. Was kind of boring.
          Btw, my butt and thighs hurt from sitting in the saddle and crouching all the time.

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            lofivelcro A sore butt and thighs means you'll be walking like a real cowboy. Yee haw!

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              Lady Celerity your post made me laugh more than it should and I don't know why. I should get a cowboy hat, but I'm only doing the job until Christmas. Maybe I should buy a pony myself.

              Day 273
              Ironborn 4

              Not much else. It was a weird day and I felt like I needed a small break. I slept exceptionally well this night. So well, my body fought claws and teeth against getting out of bed. Even more so than usual. I felt tired throughout the day. tbh, I fell asleep during work. I leant against a tree, and almost an hour later I woke up sitting at the base, head on my knees. Thankfully, it was warm today. But still it was weird. I don't feel bad or anything, just tired.

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                I'm glad I could make you laugh, it's good for the immune system. It sounds like maybe your body is fighting something off? Are you eating well? Do you get enough Vitamin D? I think we really need to just listen to our bodies. If we're extra tired, get some sleep. Sometimes kicking it down a notch helps me; going for a brisk walk instead of my Darebee workouts. I still haven't made that cake yet.....

                Are you involved in that silly notion of a time change where you are? That could be why you're tired. See my rant post today.

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                    Lady Celerity I think I get enough Vitamin D, I'm usually not tired. I had a night of really good sleep and I suspect I got dragged out of a deep dream or such. In the middle of an REM-phase or something, idk. Today I felt fine again. And yes, I read your rant and even posted my own thoughts already. So far, the time change has never bothered me. Thanks for your concern and thoughts.

                    Trbrat75 yeehaw!

                    Day 274
                    Ironborn 5
                    Floof to Run 16
                    1 Minute HIIT Day 12/Lvl 3 (How do you do bridges in a HIIT context and don't look weird? I did them on the floor next to the couch and got the weirdest looks)

                    I got a parcel from my father today. Highly unusual. Found out it's not actually for me but it had a short letter for me and a gift for my mother-in-law, even wrapped in fancy paper. wtf? There was a letter to her, too, which he wanted me to translate for her. For the record: They don't know each other.
                    He sent her a DVD of Ocean's Eleven. And a photo of him, with a rose and a box of pralinés. There was a card in it, as well, inviting her to watch the movie together. In very bad English. He never bothered learning it. It took me an hour to translate the letter and I felt very awkward handing it to her. My father divorced my mother a year ago. My mother-in-law's husband died five months ago. He had asked her in the letter to "get back on the horse".
                    My father tries courting my mother-in-law whom he'd never met.
                    She's kind of flattered.
                    For the first time in over sixteen years I've seen a picture of my father. He doesn't look that much older than me despite having 20 years more on his shoulders. My other half and his mother commented that we looked very similar (aside from the height).
                    I don't know how to feel.

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                      oh wow, that story. I don't know what to think. It's the weirdest story. just speechless

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                        That is indeed a weird thing to do!!

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                          Maybe the letter and gifts to your mother in law are your father's way of wanting to be connected to you again? idk. I always try to think the best of people. But I can understand why you'd feel uncomfortable. Reminds me of when my former father in law tried to hit on me. ugh

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                            huma, Anek and Lady Celerity I think my father actually was very genuine with his letter and parcel. He doesn't have any experience with romance so that might be his idea of courting/flirting? Idk. I guess he kind of wants to cheer her up and probably thinks it would be a good idea with her being a bit homeless at the moment and all. He certainly didn't mean bad and I can imagine he has no idea how meeting a woman actually works. I'm going to call him tomorrow, see what's on his mind.
                            My mother-in-law has allowed me to keep the photo of him.

                            Originally posted by Lady Celerity View Post
                            Reminds me of when my former father in law tried to hit on me. ugh
                            Now that's what I would call weird.

                            Day 275
                            Ironborn 6
                            Floof to Run 18 (yesterday was 17. My bad)
                            20 mins Rowing

                            No HIIT today.

                            The daughter of my employee usually keeps me company when I get ready to head out and has provided me with something to eat every day since Monday this week. She's even shorter than me, big novelty for me. Today, she told me that she has to work from home for the next weeks or so, instead of in the office in the city. At first I didn't know why she told me that, but then she said she was positive for Covid. One of her co-workers, who ironically was one of the few vaccinated, got ill and now everyone in the office got tested. Now that she has to stay at home and has almost nothing to do, she asked me if she could join me tomorrow. I'm tempted to say yes, but I wonder if she would hinder me. But the company would be nice. She's nice to talk to and on some days, I long for someone to talk to who isn't my other half/my mother-in-law.
                            She also speaks very clearly, which is a plus.

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                              The letter and flowers seem odd to me, but you know your family best. I am glad that you ended up with a photo of your father.
                              Also, wouldn't spending time with someone positive for COVID expose you to COVID and. in turn, expose your family? Perhaps I am misunderstanding.

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                                Ninshubur I hope this doesn't sound too controversial, but I'm not all that worried. We distinguish a bit between "tested positive for Covid" and "having Covid". She has no symptoms whatsoever and no one in her family doesn't seem to care, either. I've talked to my family and they shrugged it off. I think my mother-in-law was more exposed when she was still working in a hospital in her home country.
                                Not that it matters, because the daughter didn't join me today, because it was cold, and wet, and rainy. But at least she gave me some food, so I don't complain.

                                Day 276
                                Ironborn 7

                                I forwent the other workouts today in favour of music. I felt like I neglected my instruments a bit and just needed the time today. My fingers were itching to feel the strings again.

                                Had a quick phone call with my father, too. He admitted that he yearns for some loving female company but has no idea how to tackle it. He liked what I've told him about my mother-in-law and thought it would be a nice idea, with both of them being 'single' again, and she looking for a new home if she ever gets tired of us. And they even had something connecting them! His words, not mine. I think he means me and my other half. Not that he recognises our relationship. Because, in his opinion, only man and woman can share that bond. To him, we're just good friends living with each other. He asked for a three-way phone call on the weekend, with him talking to my mother-in-law and me translating. She thinks about it. It seems interesting, but with my non-existent skills in listening, speaking and translating at the same time it's going to be a long affair.

                                Have a nice weekend, everyone.

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