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    As a new check-in thread, I feel as though it is important to introduce myself, even though a lot of you already know me. I have vacillated through my life between extremes of fitness and extremes of weight problems. A couple of years ago I decided that I had enough of that lifestyle, and I decided to get fit once again. This also coincided with the birth of my first son, but was also instigated by a lot of factors, mostly that I wanted to take control of my life again. The first year had a bit of success (dropped about 4 kg), but then I took it a new level in the second year, dropping another 40 kg. The year after that I dropped another 5 kg.

    Along the way I learned a lot of things that my 20 year old fit version never bothered to learn or was held back by inhibitions. The first is that the way to succeed in terms of health is by changing lifestyles. Diets famously don’t work, mostly because people say “I am good how I am, I just need to lose some weight.” Once they lose the weight they go back to their previous lifestyle and not surprisingly the habits that got them overweight in the first place make them gain the weight again. Another point is that fitness is more so part of a holistic healthy lifestyle. Since setting out on this path I have obviously decided how to exercise more, but also to drastically change how I eat and also how I spend my free time. Everyone needs some rest time, but choosing how to use that time is important. So gradually over the past couple of years I have cut back on watching video, and focusing more on reading books and working on languages. I primarily use Duolingo and work mostly on Polish, but I have dabbled in Japanese and updated my French, among others.

    Perhaps most important of the lessons that I learned is to stop caring how I am perceived when I exercise. In the past I would shy away from anything that didn’t make me look strong and masculine, but now I realize that fitness has to be about how I am going to live my life. If I look ridiculous doing an exercise but it results in more strength, more agility or more endurance, then that is all I care about. As I have told people before, I am only really concerned about two people. I try to stay a step ahead of the person that I was yesterday, and try to catch up to the person that I will be tomorrow. Let alone that I am doing mainstream things that I wouldn’t have considered in my 20s like yoga or pilates, but I will do bellydancing, katana workouts or throwing a javelin/discus.

    On that note, I am a big fan of the ideas of Hebert. Fitness being broken down into Attack, Pursuit and Escape might be simplistic but it helps to understand what the human body should be able to accomplish when needed. So I will happily climb the playground equipment with my boys and look for all kinds of other ways to be fit that don't fit into an easy category. As those of you who have read my first check-in thread will know, I am always game for trying something new, whether this be ice dragon boats, a t-shirt ripping challenge or a food/fitness challenge.

    I started out using this site as a secondary resource for an exercise routine that I was already happy with. I was basically using the workouts as a warmup or supplement to exercises that I was already doing. That changed in November of 2019 when I moved to a new house about 1000 km away. At the beginning I worked on creating a decent exercise room, and then the pandemic hit, which meant that gyms were closed and that the exercise room was all of a sudden a new and valuable resource. I switched almost completely to Darebee as my focus, and completed over 30 programs in the first year (note - they should really not be completed like this). After exposure to all of this knowledge in the past year, I have mostly focused in on a few exercises that I do regularly - running, pushups, and workouts from the database that use either dumbbells or the pullup bar. All the while I am always keen to try anything else new that comes my way or that I can figure out a way to try.

    My previous check-in thread can be found here. My wife is also a member of the Hive and I will reference her often, though she doesn’t post as much as I do. At the moment I am also a fairly common poster in two threads in the Playground section, the collective pullup challenge and the collective running challenge. I also post routinely in the Chat Room for the books I have been reading.

    Why call this check-in thread the “Mobile HQ”? Well part of it is inspiration from the first thread, which used the fictitious name of Captain Canuck’s base of operations (he is not very famous Canadian superhero). Also, I have moved much closer to my family, though not in the same city (about 3-5 hours from family), so I will be moving around a fair bit, even if I am maintaining my residence in Ottawa. At the moment, I am also living in temporary accommodation while waiting for the new house to be ready, and having just moved, I do feel very mobile at the moment.

    With all of that said, here begin the entries that I missed over the past weeks. The first day was September 13, and each entry will proceed by one day. I will add a caveat as well. I get motivated by seeing pictures of things as much by reading, so I do have a tendency to post pictures from my running routes, even if I have already the same route 10 times before. This is for my own personal motivation, I appreciate comments always, but I do understand that they look a bit repetitive after a while and might not be interesting to everyone.


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    Even though we had been packing boxes for the past two weeks previously and therefore already packing, this was the day that we got the truck and packed it up. We are going to have to put a few things away until November, and because it would be too cold then, it meant that this was the only time that I was going to be able to do javelin for a long time. So before we got going in the morning I went out to a nearby park and did javelin for about 10 minutes.

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    The rest of the day was busy with over 30,000 steps, and according to the FitBit over 77 flights of stairs covered, even though I was usually only doing the 5 stairs leading into the house. I also managed to do 100 pushups and 30 pullups in the evening as things were winding down.

    #2

    Though ostensibly designed as a driving day, there was still a lot of activity, as the truck was still not fully loaded and we had to clean the house before leaving. So although I spent a lot of time in the car, I still got in over 11,000 steps.

    The coming weeks are going to be an issue for how to do pullups, and I probably won’t be able to manage 30 per day, or even do any daily anymore, so before we got going in the morning, I did 30 pullups in the basement (these were on the monkey bars that I had built into the ceiling and didn’t want to have to take out).

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    We didn’t drive as far as we had expected, and it left us at a hotel at sundown. The hotel coincidentally had a pool, and as I had been keen to try out the FitBit while doing laps, though hadn’t really had the opportunity in the past few weeks since getting it. I swam for ten minutes, and the watch says that I covered 650 meters though I would be interested to know how that is determined.

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    Towards the end of the evening I also did 120 pushups.

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      #3
      I did a bit of research the night before and found a decent running route in the small town that we stayed in for the night. Although the town itself is mostly there as a transit point for road and rail, there is a small downtown, which is situated along a river, and all along the river is a mutlipurpose path. So before everyone woke up I did a 6.0 km run. I ran it in 36:48.

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      My ongoing problem of finding a place to do pullups was dealt with earlier by finding an exercise park right in the middle of the running route. So I paused my timers and got out 30 pullups on what was not the best setup as it had been raining, and the height was not good for the bar (on one too close to the ground, on the other I hit my knees against a metal bar).

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      I did 100 pushups thoughout the day, mostly at rest stops along the route.

      Although we drove for about 10 hours, the run and a bit of extra activity got me to over 12,000 steps for the day.

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        #4
        As I was visiting my brother and his family for the first time since they had moved into a new house, I figured that I would head out for a run around the neighbourhood to see where they live. I ran down to the large lake that they live nearby and then back through some housing developments. The total run was 6.9 km and I did it in 40:26.

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        Most of the day was dealt with more moving stuff, as we had to offload the truck into temporary storage. Total step count for the day was over 20,000.

        I did 120 pushups throughout the day, and I was a bit skeptical of finding a solution for pullups, until my brother and my 9 year old nephew came up with one. We had my pullup bar and mount from our old house which we had moved today and put aside. They used their excavator to grab onto the mount and then lift it high enough to do pullups on. One of the most interesting places that I have ever done pullups, off of the front of an excavator. I did 30 total.

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          #5

          This was a calmer day as compared to recent ones, but still quite busy. I went to visit my other brother and we ended up going to a trampoline park. We spent about 30 minutes on the trampolines as I was trying to show the two boys what to do, but they mostly didn’t need a lot of direction.

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          I only managed 24 pullups during the day, which broke my streak of 40+ days with at least 30, though as mentioned before, it was going to be hard to find a place to do pullups everyday until I get settled later anyway. I did 12 of the pullups earlier in the day with the same rig as the day before, and then did 12 more later on at a playground. These were done in sets of one because the bar was pretty wide and was hard to grip.

          I got over 12,000 steps throughout the day and also did 100 pushups.

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            #6

            The town where I was visiting was one that I used to live in when I was younger, and so I had a specific run in mind (also one that was on AllTrails). I did 8.5 km in 54:51.

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            It was still mostly a driving day with about 6 hours behind the wheel, but thanks to the run and then moving into our temporary accommodation, I still managed over 17,000 steps.

            I got 6 pullups at midday at the same construction setup at the original place that I was visiting, and then did 6 sets of 3, somewhat painful pullups on the stairs at the new place (we should be there until the end of October). I also added 120 pushups before bed. For now, most of the moving is over, though I will still be doing bit by bit for a while and another big move when we get our permanent place.

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              #7
              After finally having arrived to the new city and the new (temporary) accommodation we spent this day getting used to our new surroundings. This meant a fair amount of time shopping but we also went to one of the national museums with the boys. I used to go to the large museum in Toronto with my older boy when we lived there, but having two of them now often running in opposite directions makes going to museums almost a full workout. I got over 17,000 steps for the day.

              I had previously done a bit of research into where we live and I saw that there was an exercise park nearby (about 5 blocks away). So later in the day we headed down there. There was a large playground for the boys, which kept them occupied while my wife and I took turns at the exercise portion of the park. In fact, the park is not very big, but it does have a pullup bar, which will give me a break from doing pullups on the edge of the stairs in the stairwell. I did 3 of the stair pushups earlier in the day, and then 21 pullups at this bar. I also did the parallel bar traverse while I was there.

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              I also discovered that this building where we live is mostly empty and as we live on the 14th floor, this means a decent amount of time waiting on the old elevator. What better way to spend this time waiting than by doing pushups? I managed 35 in this way throughout the day, and then added 65 more later on.

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                #8

                Not really back to regular exercise yet today, though I still got to the regular base numbers. The boys and I did a playground in the morning, and I got back to doing some of the playground climbing as I had started to do early in the summer. I also tried the 2x4 workout, though it was substantially more difficult as I was doing it on what was closer to a log than a piece of lumber. The step count for the day was over 13,000.

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                I went back to the same playground as yesterday and used the same fitness equipment. Today I did 33 pullups and did the parallel bar traverse again.

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                I also did 120 pushups throughout the day, though most of them at the playground later.

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                  #9
                  These days have been a bit weird in terms of the passage of time. Thus even though this is the third day since we have moved to the city, it still feels like a week since the last time that I did a run, even though it was three days ago. I had planned a bunch of routes for our temporary residence, and I figured that I would do one of the longer ones today, as I was hoping to do all of them before we leave here (which is hopefully just over a month away.) There is a significant discrepancy between the FItBit GPS and MapMyFitness. The former says that this one was 8.0 km, the later says that this was closer to 9.2 km. I can say that I was on a pretty good pace, and that I ran in 47:21 that I was a lot closer to the second number than the first. It was an interesting route, as OIttawa has a lot of parks and a huge farming complex right in the middle of the city. Although it can’t compare to where I used to live for unfettered access to running routes, I still mostly ran on paths and even ran across a farm field at one point. There were some busy roads to cross though. I also outpaced a person on a skateboard over the last 400 meters or so which I thought was pretty good in terms of pace. An interesting point to note was that one of the bridges that I ran across, had a sculpture of falcons on it. This is reminiscent of the 10 km route that I used to run in Thunder Bay, which had a similar sculpture.

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                  I hadn’t thought of it before running, but the route took me right past a place that had a funny story from my fitness past. When I was in the military reserves we used to stay in the residences on the university campus that was part of this run. One morning I saw that my platoon commander was somewhat hungover, and also that all of the section commanders and second second-in-command were absent. That meant that after the platoon commander that the next person in the chain of command who could lead morning physical training, was a section second in command, of which I was was one. Seeing the opportunity, I volunteered before volunteers were even called for. The platoon commander had never seen me run, and as many people do, he assumed that I was not the fastest runner, and in his present condition, he saw the benefit of someone else taking over, while he could the rear of what he presumed to be a leisurely pace. That wasn’t my plan though, as soon as we stretched I took off, losing about 3/4 of the platoon in the process (this is generally not good practice for leading PT sessions). One of the other section second in commands, whose had ostensibly taken over covering the rear (one member of leadership has to stay back with the slowest runners to make sure that no one is lost), was sent forward by the platoon commander to tell me to slow down. I told him that that if the platoon commander wanted to tell me that that he would have to tell me himself and took off running faster. Eventually the platoon commander did catch up to me, but it he had to cut across a couple of fields. And anyway by that point we were only about 300 meters away from the end of the run. Anyway, I ran right past the exact place where he caught me on that day and told me to stop. Lesson learned hopefully by him, don’t judge someone’s physical ability by their appearance.

                  With the run, the step count for the day was high, over 20,000.

                  As is now becoming routine, I went to the little exercise park where I did 30 pullups and the parallel bar traverse.

                  I also added 100 pushups throughout the day.

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                    #10

                    I did a shorter recovery run today, one that was through one of the neighbourhoods that I used to live in. I got a bit confused in one of the parks, and ended up running the wrong way for a bit. The run was 4.7 km and I did it in 29:10.

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                    I plotted the run to end at the pullup bars that I have been using in the nearby park and then walked back after I had done 45 reps. I forgot to do the parallel bar traverse though. My step count for the day was over 14,000.

                    I didn’t get up to too much more, though I did also do 120 pushups throughout the day.

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                      #11

                      This was a very rainy day, one of the rainiest in the city in several years, though having just moved back here that doesn’t have much of a point of reference. We therefore ended up spending most of the day inside, though the boys and I ended up going outside for a short walk in the afternoon.

                      I also had to go to the hospital as a precautionary measure for the older boy and spent about 6 hours there waiting to be seen. This of course ate up most of the time in the latter part of the day but I still got my step count over 10,000.

                      When I finally got home I did the new dumbbell workout, Like a Boss (EC), though my dumbbells are looking a lot more worn after the move. I also added up the remainder of pushups and did 24 pullups. As it was so late in the day it was too late to do them outside so I did them in the staircase. As this is somewhat painful on the grip, I decided to do only sets of 2, but still added up to 24.

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                        #12

                        In the past week I have been relying as much as possible on the nearby park and its outdoor exercise equipment for doing pullups. After walking back and forth between sets I eventually read the information boards for each exercise several times, including reading that the company that designed and installed these has a website (it is TrekFit for anyone interested). As it turns out, this company has a lot of installations all through this part of the country, and numerous ones throughout the city. On the locator map for other parks there are a couple of different coloured icons, and of course that got my attention. Though not very common, the company also produces adult sized “bamboo forest” obstacle courses. Also they have a more basic set of installations called BenchFit, which is just using park benches for exercise.

                        I was pretty curious about the bamboo forest, less so about BenchFit, but seeing that there was only one place in the city that had the former and that it was very close to another park with the latter, I decided to go check them out (though this was a 30 minute drive). Luckily each of these had a playground right next to it to distract the boys. The bamboo forest was lots of fun, well worth the effort to get there. The BenchFit was also interesting (I used one of the benches to do 10 step-ups) though I didn’t have as much time to do the exercises there or to look at the benches (there were about ten, each with its own exercises). I also managed to climb some of the children’s playground equipment with the boys and got 24 pullups in while there too.

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                        Later in the day we drove for another visit to family, and again lost a lot of my evening to inactivity, in this case 3 hours of driving. I still made it to 10,000 steps and added up the 120 pushups.

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                          #13

                          I started off the day with a run for 7.3 km in 45:53. It was a bit chillier than usual, and odd in a different sense because where we staying the previous night did not have cell coverage, so I started getting calls as I ran closer and closer to the cell tower in the nearby town. This meant taking two breaks in the run, though as it was a longer run it didn’t have as much of an effect.

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                          We went to town after and I found a playground to do pullups at and did 30. After this we visited my father, and my wife challenged me to climb a nearby tree and to do pullups off of one of the branches. I was surprised that I could managed 3 reps after mostly climbing the tree with my arms.

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                          We also go some functional fitness in by spending about an hour loading construction equipment into a truck on an adjacent property. When we were done we discovered that the laneway was blocked by a tree that had recently fallen. So we had to cut it up and move the pieces for some more functional fitness.

                          When we got back to the cottage I did 100 pushups. The Step count for the day was over 16,000.

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                            #14

                            I did a shorter run this morning, 4.6 km which I did in 28:30. I had a dog chase me about halfway through the run, and instead of dealing with the obviously hostile animal, I just outran it. Still, it makes me wish that people had better common sense when it comes to leaving their pets outside unattended and insecure.

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                            We visited with family after, and I got to do a few dry shots in my dad’s compound bow.

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                            Later in the evening I did 24 pullups (in the stairwell) and 120 pushups. Step count for the day was over 17,000.

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                              #15
                              It has been rainy here pretty consistently since the last week (though supposed to clear up tomorrow) but in the morning it looked like it was clearing, so I thought that I would take the boys out to a playground with a nearby fitness park. It did stop to rain for a bit, but by the time that we got to the exercise park it was raining (though not heavily). Regardless I did 30 pullups and a few dips on the dip station, but it was abit much to watch the boys and do more exercises, especially while there was another person at the park doing exercises (respect for him, exercising in the rain before and after I left).

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                              When my wife got home we went back to the same area. With the kids supervised in the nearby playground, I had a chance for a workout, and I tried to do Front Lever Prep. I had been waiting for the right equipment to do this workout on, and finally had found it with the exercise park in the morning, as there was a much lower bar, which would make the holds less dangerous. The first three exercises were easy enough for me as they are things that I often work on, but the last three exercises were not really possible at all. The best I could manage was a few seconds in the tuck front lever hold. I did try this numerous times, but I couldn’t get any better than that. Anyway, I only wanted to try this one as I was attempting all of the pullup bar workouts in the database, and don’t really have any interest in working up to a front lever. And although I finished another pullup bar workout, another one was added today. Even still, I guess I will file this under “attempted” though not “completed” but at least cross it off the list.

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                              Speaking of the database, there were two more dumbbell workouts added over the weekend, and so I was planning on doing those as well. I did Moving Mountains (EC) and Pixie (level I). The latter was surprisingly hard to get EC on, as it required smiling manically throughout. I think it would be possible, just not something that I am used to doing. I also did 100 pushups and then finished with Limitless (EC).

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