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    A Merry (Belated) Christmas to you as well, Fremen and Baryl .

    Before I disappeared into video games and chocolate for several days, I pulled my exercise bike out of storage in my pantry. Usually it comes out mid-September, but the weather has been so mild that my outdoor activities have not really slowed down until recently.
    Despite not having done very much for over a week, my average weekly weight only increased by 1.6 lbs. / 0.7 kg, which I am very happy with. But now it's time to get a bit active again!

    Also, got my 3rd COVID jab yesterday, which is a nice excuse to take things easy for yet another day.


    T Dec 28
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    First Thing Water (ran out of lemons again!)
    Exercise Bike (Rolling Hills - 30 minutes / Level 8 / 8.7 miles (14 km) / 17.4 mph / 63 rpm / 231 calories / 135 heart rate) (I find the last two metrics highly suspicious.)
    (For the first little while, I am not worried about any metric except time. I have had the bike for 4 or 5 years and I usually start riding at 20 minutes and that's what my body gets used to, so it becomes difficult to increase the time over the ensuing weeks. This time around, I am starting at half an hour with an easy pace and will let the intensity increase naturally, as it usually does.)
    (I am trying some behavior modification theory with the exercise bike. After a half hour ride, I reward myself with 1 small piece of chocolate. Research shows, that this will keep me riding more consistently over a longer period of time, due to the brain creating positive associations with the activity. Yes, I am finishing my leftover Christmas chocolate for science!)
    A Salad a Day (Avocado and Cashews for lunch.)
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    Walk (Groceries - 30 minutes)
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    Exercise Bike (Ride in the Park - 30 minutes / Level 8 / 8.9 miles (14.3 km) / 17.4 mph / 67 rpm / 241 calories / 125 heart rate) (Perhaps I'm overdoing day 1, but I wanted to stop feeling lazy and my left arm is a bit sore from the vaxx.)
    Daily Gratitude

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      My arm is no longer sore. The 3rd vaxx was by far the smoothest.

      W Dec 29
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      First Thing Lemon Water
      Exercise Bike (Easy Tour - 0:30 / Level 8 / 8.8 mi (14.2 km) / 17.7 mph (28.5 kph) / 66 rpm / 239 cals / 124 hr)
      Daily Gratitude
      A Salad a Day (Black Bean for lunch.)
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      Walk (Brisk - 50 minutes)
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      Rest

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        Today, I fell into a gaming hole from about 5am to 5pm. Not the best thing to do with a free day, but I really enjoyed myself. I've been on vacation since last week, but my boss of 10 years texted me for my December hours and it took me a moment to remember that I was actually employed, my disconnection was that complete.

        R Dec 30
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        First Thing Lemon Water
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        Rest
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        Exercise Bike (Stream Crossing - 0:30 / Level 8 / 8.9 mi (14.3 km) / 17.8 mph (28.6 kph) / 66 rpm / 243 cals / 117 hr)
        Daily Gratitude

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          The holidays and eventual vacation took their tolls on my fitness! I managed to keep up with the Exercise Bike almost every day, however. And I ended up being very comfortable on the beach. Too comfortable, as a matter of fact. Those Cuba Libres are just too good! Now it's time to rebuild my house of cards until my next potential trip in March.

          T Feb 1
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          First Thing Lemon Water
          Qigong 30-Day Challenge (Day 21)
          Qigong (Tea Cups) (Left Forward x10, then Right Forward x10, then Both Forward x10. Then, Mini Both Backward x10.) (Shoulders were unexpectedly quiet.)
          Qigong for Vision (x3)
          Daily Gratitude
          A Salad a Day (Pumpkin Seeds and Dried Apricots for lunch.)
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          Walk (2.5 hours)
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          I don't feel the need to bike when I get my walks in during the day. I actually passed out for a couple of hours after dinner, so had plenty of activity.

          Well, it's a start!

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            Hey, you're back! I was wondering where you've been, glad to read you had a comfy vacation.

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              Thank you, lofivelcro

              W Feb 2
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              First Thing Lemon Water
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              Walk (Groceries - 30 minutes)
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              Exercise Bike (Rolling Hills - 0:30 / Level 9 / 9.3 mi (15 km) / 18.6 mph (29.9 kph) / 68 rpm / 272 cals / 142 hr) (A good, hard ride.)

              Not too much to report today. Just a lazy winter day. But, at least, I got my ride in.

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                Wow! A week has gone by? Really? It's hard to get restarted, hehe

                W Feb 9
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                First Thing Lemon Water
                A Salad a Day (Black Bean for lunch.)
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                Qigong 30-Day Challenge (Day 22) (My upper body felt so energized.)
                Qigong (Tea Cups) (Left Forward x10, then Right Forward x10, then Both Forward x10. Then, Mini Both Backward x10.) (Still fairly smooth.)
                Qigong for Vision (x3)
                Daily Gratitude
                Punching Pivot Practice (x10 xLR x1, then x20 xLR x2) (Got a bit sweaty and tired doubling up the last two sets. Left shoulder protested a bit at the end.)
                Kung Fu (10-Step Stance Practice x2 breaths x3) (I still remembered the steps. I decided to start with 2-breath holds, but I was getting bored and tired after 3 sets.)
                PT Straight-Arm Overhead Lat Pulls (20 lbs. x15 x4) (Dusted off the weights and gloves.)
                PT Shoulder Stretches (40/40/10)
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                Exercise Bike (Rolling Hills - 0:30 / Level 9 / 9.3 mi (15 km) / 18.6 mph (29.9 kph) / 68 rpm / 271 cals / 144 hr) (A nice, hard ride.)


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                  R Feb 10
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                  First Thing Lemon Water
                  Qigong 30-Day Challenge (Day 23)
                  Qigong (Tea Cups) (Left Forward x10, then Right Forward x10, then Both Forward x10. Then, Mini Both Backward x10.)
                  Qigong for Vision (x4) (Shoulders were complaining during last two sets.)
                  Daily Gratitude
                  (16-minute Morning Routine)
                  A Salad a Day (Pumpkin Seeds and Dried Apricots for lunch.)
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                  Walk (3 hours) (The temperature was around 0C and damp. So tiring.)
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                  Rest

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                    T Feb 15
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                    First Thing Lemon Water
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                    Walk (1 hour) (It was quite tiring as it was quite cold.)
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                    Kung Fu (1.5 hours) (Kick-a-palooza! Over an hour of kicking with other dynamic conditioning mixed in. Done outside in -5C.)

                    I have re-arranged my Tuesday work schedule to have enough energy for Kung Fu in the evening. It just wasn't happening as it was, and I need something to breathe new life into my fitness!


                    W Feb 16
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                    First Thing Lemon Water
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                    Rest
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                    Evening Qigong (30 minutes)

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                      R Feb 17
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                      First Thing Lemon Water
                      Morning Qigong (29 minutes)
                      Qigong (Tea Cups) (Left Forward x10, then Right Forward x10, then Both Forward x10. Then, Mini Both Backward x10.)
                      Qigong 90-degree legs (25 reps)
                      Qigong for Vision (x3)
                      Daily Gratitude
                      (44-minute Morning Routine)
                      A Salad a Day (Avocado and Cashews for lunch.)
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                      Walk (1.0 hours)
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                      Rest

                      Both of my triceps and hamstrings are quite sore. Likely from the Kung Fu.

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                        F Feb 18
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                        First Thing Lemon Water
                        Morning Qigong (29 minutes)
                        Qigong (Tea Cups) (Left Forward x10, then Right Forward x10, then Both Forward x10. Then, Mini Both Backward x10.)
                        Qigong for Vision (x3)
                        Dynamic Conditioning: 90-degree leg twists (25 reps each side)
                        Daily Gratitude
                        (~42-minute Morning Routine)
                        A Salad a Day (Pumpkin Seeds and Dried Apricots for lunch.)
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                        Walk (1.5 hours)
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                        Rest (Dozed off when I got home.)

                        Triceps and hamstrings are still sore.

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                          T Feb 22
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                          First Thing Lemon Water
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                          Rest (Freezing rain kept me indoors.)
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                          A Salad a Day (Avocado and Cashews for dinner.)
                          Kung Fu (1.5 hours) (Lots of punching and 20-step Stance Practice.)


                          W Feb 23
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                          First Thing Lemon Water
                          A Salad a Day (Avocado and Cashews for lunch.)
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                          Rest
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                          Qigong 30-Day Challenge (Day 24)
                          Qigong (Tea Cups) (Left Forward x10, then Right Forward x10, then Both Forward x10. Then, Mini Both Backward x10.)
                          Qigong for Vision (x4)
                          Dynamic Conditioning: 90-degree leg twists (25 reps each side)
                          Daily Gratitude
                          (20-minute Evening Routine)

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                            R Feb 24
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                            First Thing Lemon Water
                            Qigong 30-Day Challenge (Day 25)
                            Qigong (Tea Cups) (Left Forward x10, then Right Forward x10, then Both Forward x10. Then, Mini Both Backward x10.)
                            Qigong for Vision (x4)
                            Dynamic Conditioning: 90-degree leg twists (25 reps each side)
                            Daily Gratitude
                            (19-minute Morning Routine) (Actually timed it today.)
                            A Salad a Day (Pumpkin Seeds and Dried Apricots for lunch.)
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                            Walk (3 hours)
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                            Evening Qigong (30 minutes)

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                              Hello everyone! Time to get serious again. Well, seriously using the tools that have helped me in the past anyhow. Darebee was a powerful one and I've been missing you all! But, I have not been all that active outside of my active job, so I haven't had much to log at all until recently.

                              M June 13
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                              First Thing Lemon Water
                              Qigong Dynamic Joints Warm-Up
                              Qigong (Tea Cups) (Left Forward x12, then Right Forward x12, then Both Forward x12. Then, Mini Both Backward x12.)
                              Qigong Side-to-Side Leaning (1 breath x20)
                              Dynamic Conditioning: 90-degree leg turns (25 xLR)
                              Plank Progression (Week 2: Half-Plank x60secs)
                              Punches (Jab+Cross x10 x3 xLR)
                              Kicks (Front Kick x10 xLR) (Roundhouse x10 xLR)
                              PT Left Forearm Stretches (60secs x4)
                              Kung Fu (10-Step Stance Practice x0 breaths x5) (Nice sweat going at the end.)
                              Meditation (GHR - Luna)
                              A Salad a Day (Pumpkin Seeds and Dried Apricots for lunch.)
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                              Errands
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                              Beat Saber (Normal - 20 minutes - Interscope) (I went straight through, pausing only to select the song. Was feeling it a bit in my shoulders and left lower arm, but at least I am used to extended VR sessions from other games. Got a nice sweat going by the end!)
                              PT Left Forearm Stretches (60secs x4)
                              PT Shoulder Stretches (45secs x3 xLR)
                              Leg Stretches (45secs x3 x2 xLR) (calves, quads and hammies)

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                                Welcome back!

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