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    #46
    Late congrats on the pull ups!!

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      #47
      LizardFriend95 Thanks!

      Further proof that Ninja Warrior (yesterday's workout) might be the toughest that I have done so far in the database is that today I had aches and pains that I haven't had from working out since a long time. I had originally thought about doing a run today, but I got a cut on my big toe in the morning (not sure how) so I figured to go easy-ish on my feet today. Part of that was letting my streak of 10,000+ steps days lapse. I had made it to 10,000 or more since July 24, but I knew that going into the colder months that it was not going to be feasible to maintain it anyway. I was thinking about it recently that streaks are kind of like a double edged sword, they keep you motivated but also create a kind of invisible pressure to keep going, even if it doesn't make sense. In the past month I have let a few streaks go - pullups, water intake and now steps - and it feels good to be free in a sense from having to make those numbers every day, but also means that I have less motivation to be healthy. Then again, in some cases, you cannot bring in something new without pushing out the old.

      I still made it over 7000 today, and my goal is anyway 6000, so I still maintained that.

      I did 30 pullups at the exercise park and playground with the boys in the morning, and then did another 1 regular grip and 2 hammer grip at a playground later. This was more of a test, as this playground is near to where I am moving to permanently once the new place is ready, and I wanted to see what options I had for pullups as I might not have them available at home.

      Once again I wasn't sure what I wanted to do for exercise tonight, only to keep it relatively easy. I decided on the two newest additions to the database, Uncaged Tiger (level I, EC) and Savage Princess (level I, EC). I mixed in enough pushups between sets to get to 100 for the day.

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        #48
        Re your take on streaks. I have a fairly low step goal set on my Fitbit - only 7000 steps. I pay little attention to it. I feel the buzz when it tells me I haven't done my 250 steps in the last hour, and initially, I used to get up and make sure I got my steps. Now, though, it's not such a big deal. I know when I've sat for too long and I think, oops. Then I think, oh well. Often, I'm just doing other things, so keeping that streak fell by the wayside not so long ago. I figure I get enough movement through the day, and if one day I don't, the next day I probably will. There are, I think, only a few streaks I'll make sure I keep: flossing (my dentist would kill me else!), Duolingo (the bigger it gets, the harder it would be to lose it!), and daily activity. Beyond that, well, as you say, it's more freeing not to have to do something. And it does give you the opportunity (and sometimes the time) to do something else.

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          #49
          Belated congrats on 10'000 pull.ups!

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            #50
            TopNotch I think that you are onto something with the higher numbers. I think that this is why, for instance, that on this site that there are rewards for 15, 30, 60, 100, 365 and 730 consecutive days, because once we get going on streaks, that we want to keep them going of our own accord. Duolingo is an odd one, because if we aren't there, then what are we doing with language (other than potentially using other apps) but with fitness there are lots more options.

            Rissa Thanks!

            We didn't get up to much until later in the day today, but we had time to get to the big playground with adjoining exercise park. I decided to do Goon (level I). I used the highest of the "jump boxes" for the split squats and the medium height "jump box" for the decline pushups. I saw that the Extra Credit for the workout was to do 20 decline pushups each time, but I only managed that on the first set. I did 20-10-10 on the three sets. Still feeling some muscle fatigue from the workout on Sunday, so I only managed 6-6-6 on the "to failure" pullups, and added up the remainder of the 30. I don't always count every kind of pushup towards my daily total. Things like triceps pushups or dive bomber pushups or pike pushups don't make the count because the format and muscles affected are somewhat different. I am fine with using decline pushups towards the total, as while different, they are pretty similar.

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            My wife and I took turns with the boys at the playground today while the other was at the exercise park. Though I got dragged around to a lot of different equipment, I did get to do some balancing and climbing on some structures, though felt less impressed with myself once the 2 year old followed effortlessly behind me.

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            I added another 80 pushups later on to get to 120 for the day.

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              #51
              A museum visit with the boys gave me a decent step count, and then I did a run later in the day. I am still getting used to the new schedule of running later, but it is not too much of a change. I think I figured out why the FitBit and other mapping software disagree in terms of running distance. I zoomed in on the map of my run today in Google Earth, and while it looks like a nice smooth route at a certain magnification, closer up it reveals that a lot of corners get cut. It makes sense, if the GPS was getting a signal every few feet it would burn through the battery in no time, as well as probably create a lot of errors. So for now, I will go with the mapping software to be more accurate, except of course when it evidently isn't. I have a list of runs prepared while we are in temporary accommodation, as the running routes around here are a lot more scenic and noteworthy and less routine. I ran a version of one of them today, which was strangely time dependent. It follows a canal which gets drained on Thanksgiving weekend (this coming weekend) in order to prepare it for skating. So in order that it looks a more interesting and a lot less muddy, I planned to do this run this week. I modified it though so instead of being a loop, that it was a point to point run, in part because I started at one of the regular exercise parks and did pullups (24) there first. This also allowed me to run the whole section alongside the canal. I did the 6.2 km in about 35 minutes (I didn't turn off the timer, even though I thought I had).

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              I haven't felt DOMS from any exercise in the past years that I have felt since doing Ninja Warrior workout on Sunday. So I have been struggling with keeping up with pushups and pullups, thus my lower number today, despite having access to a regular bar. Tonight I worked 10 pushups (more or less) between sets of Dragonrider (level III, EC) and Made With Love (level II, EC), for 100 total. Dragonrider looks easier than it is, especially if holding the squat pose throughout, to maximize time under tension. I liked the second workout though, a level I is what I needed today.

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                #52
                Lovely pictures!

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                  #53
                  Beautiful pictures

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                    #54
                    LizardFriend95 SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Thanks!

                    I got to the playground around midday with the boys and did 24 pullups on the monkeys bars. I am going to go for my baseline numbers for a few days while I rest a bit, still feeling some aches and pains from that workout on Sunday.

                    I did a recovery run today after yesterday's faster run. I had this idea since moving back to Ottawa that I would start to use the transit system to take me to places to go to for a run and then run back from there. Though I usually do a loop when running, it is interesting to take advantage of the transit system like this (and I am surprised that it never occurred to me when I was younger.) The run today took me right through the heart of Ottawa and I got to cross the bridge into Quebec. Other than some obscure places in Western Canada, I think that this is the only practical place where a person can run across a provincial boundary in Canada in the middle of a city. I have done parts of this run before, though I can't really recall when. The longest run of my life (so far) was around 25 km and involved part of this route. Regardless it is very scenic and once on the trail it is a good run, with only one street crossing over the first 7 km (which is almost unheard of for the centre of a city). It was 8.7 km total and I did it in 54:59. The transit idea was OK, maybe better to not do it in rush hour? It took me almost 45 minutes to get to my departure point, which was almost as long as the run.

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                    Later on I added 100 pushups, part of hitting baseline numbers. I was thinking of adding a workout, but just didn't feel like it.

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                      #55
                      Thanks for the beautiful pictures and very late congrats for the pull-ups

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                        #56
                        That looks glorious!

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                          #57
                          The idea about the transit is a good one, to change things up and explore the surroundings a bit. But it can be super inefficient, if it takes you twice as long.. I hope you figure it out. (: Lovely pics, as always!

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                            #58
                            AnnieW Anek Thanks!

                            motionaction I think the lesson for me is to be more cautious about 1 minute connections, even if they look likely, as I have missed about three such connections so far. In this case I ended wasting about 20 minutes at a bus stop which should have been more like 20 seconds.

                            I mostly did an off day today, with 24 pullups and 100 pushups throughout the day. I did Limitless (level I) at the end of the day.

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                              #59
                              Nice pictures!

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                                #60
                                NancyTree Thanks!

                                It was not a typical day in terms of activity, but I was somewhat active today in terms of food preparation. Although my wife loves to cook and will generally shoo me out of the kitchen. I have a tradition of making most of the food for Thanksgiving. This meant that today that I had to do a bunch of shopping (2 grocery stores, an outdoor farmers market twice after I forgot a couple of items the first time, a few other small places) and then was on my feet most of the day making carrots, potatoes, gravy, pumpkin pie and corn bread (with more to be made for tomorrow's meal). This helped me get to over over 11,000 steps even though we didn't really do anything like a specific walk.

                                The boys and I got out to a playground later in the afternoon and I did 24 pullups there.

                                In the evening I did Ultimate Fighter (level I, EC), Home Upperbody Tone (level I) and Come Back Stronger (level I, EC). I had to add 10 pushups to the 90 in Ultimate Fighter for 100. The latter was the new dumbbell workout, so I have still done them all.

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