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  • Sundance
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    Thursday, January 7, 2021

    We are on our second nationwide lockdown because of COVID-19. So we are back to homeschooling and working from home.

    Through my working life, I have learned that it suits me best to keep my working and private life separated. Therefore, I never work from home unless some urgent assignments require it. In the spring, I experienced that it was difficult to maintain a healthy work-life balance because I worked from home due to COVID-19. My job almost became everpresent, also mentally, because I did not physically leave the workplace as it was in our apartment. For me, it almost felt as the workday never ended. As a result, it took attention and time away from my private life which I found stressful.

    I try to draw on my experiences from the spring lockdown in the organization of a sensible working day during this second lockdown. The organization of my working day and the children's homeschooling has so far worked satisfactorily. Still, it requires me to stay focused on the tasks/schedule I have set for the day. It is crucial to close my computer from work and put it away on the time I have set for the workday to end.

    Fortunately, I continue to have the opportunity to be physically present at work because of the tasks I perform. This afternoon I was at the office to get an overview of and solve some urgent tasks. It brought me peace of mind to establish an overview of my most urgent assignments. It will help me prioritize the jobs I will do from home during the coming week.

    I, therefore, chose to take another day off from my training program. As a side note, I hope it will contribute to relieving the soreness in my left hand. I have had some soreness in my left hand after Monday's training. The burpees and shoulder taps exposed my hands to a lot of impacts. The soreness is the same as the injury I got when I injured my hand when I had a bike accident a few years ago. Luckily it is not as bad, but some rest will do it well.

    Workout of the Day (WOD)
    Zen

    Goals 2021
    Total push-ups, 2021: 662

    Total pull-ups, 2021: 23

    A Virtual Trip Around The World 1890: 176,3 km

    Workouts: 1/24

    New workouts: -/12

    Programs: -/4

    Days of consecutive training: 87

    Self-care
    Calorie goal
    Acknowledge today's victory: My decision to take another day off from my training program and to use the time instead to get an overview of the most pressing assignments at work.


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  • Sundance
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    Wednesday, January 6, 2021

    I took a day off from work and my training program because of family commitments.


    Workout of the Day (WOD)
    Zen

    Goals 2021
    Total push-ups, 2021: 662

    Total pull-ups, 2021: 23

    A Virtual Trip Around The World 1890: 168,9 km

    Workouts: 1/24

    New workouts: -/12

    Programs: -/4

    Days of consecutive training: 86

    Self-care
    Calorie goal
    Acknowledge today's victory: I did not let my work get in the way of my commitments at home.


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  • Sundance
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    Tuesday, January 5, 2021

    After yesterday's High Gear frenzy, I had a light training session and skipped the push-ups and the challenges.


    Cardio
    60 days of Cardio Day 46 lv III (no rest between sets)


    Workout of the Day (WOD)
    High Gear Day 27 (rest <45 seconds rest between sets)


    Abs
    Foundation Day 6 lv III (rest <30 seconds rest between sets)


    Finisher
    Touch your toes: 90sec toes reach (almost there)

    Ten regular push-ups


    Goals 2021
    Total push-ups, 2021: 662

    Total pull-ups, 2021: 23

    A Virtual Trip Around The World 1890: 161,8 km

    Workouts: 1/24

    New workouts: -/12

    Programs: -/4

    Days of consecutive training: 85

    Self-care
    Calorie goal
    Acknowledge today's victory: I succeeded in maintaining my work-life-balance on the second day of working from home and of homeschooling during our second COVID-19 lockdown.

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  • Sundance
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    Monday, January 4, 2021

    I managed to do High Gear Day 26 on level 3 with < 45 seconds rest . I maintained the plank position from exercise 6 to 9. It was yet another day in the program that required all my willpower .


    Warm-up
    Foundation Day 5 lv III (no rest between sets)

    I did ten push-ups as part of every set.


    Workout of the Day (WOD)
    High Gear Day 26 (rest <45 seconds rest between sets)


    Challenges
    Jump Rope Challenge Day 5

    Splits Challenge Day 5 (leg raises done in two sets of 60 reps without rest)

    Legs of Steel Challenge Day 16

    Daily push-up Challenge Day 2 (push-ups: 3 sets of ten regular push-ups)

    The Impossible Abs Challenge Day 16 (done in one go)

    Back & shoulders Challenge Day 16

    Easy Core Challenge Day 16 (Three sets of 20 side bends and 20 twists)


    Finisher
    Touch your toes: 90sec toes reach (almost there)

    Seven regular push-ups


    Goals 2021
    Total push-ups, 2021: 652

    Total pull-ups, 2021: 23

    A Virtual Trip Around The World 1890: 152,4 km

    Workouts: 1/24

    New workouts: -/12

    Programs: -/4

    Days of consecutive training: 84

    Self-care
    Calorie goal
    Today's victory: Catching up on the Hive

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  • Sundance
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    Sunday, January 3, 2021

    I took another rest day from High Gear. The Loop was a perfect choice for my workout of the day.

    Each exercise flows into the next one, so you’re working out non-stop at a steady pace until you, well … drop or the allotted time runs out (whichever one comes first).

    Workout of the day
    Loop modified with ec (20 minutes/13 sets/no rest between sets). I did ten push-ups instead of two. I also did Knee-to-elbow crunches standing and ten jumping jacks as the last exercise in each set.


    Stretching
    Foundation Day 4 lv III (no rest between sets)


    Challenges
    Jump Rope Challenge Day 4

    Splits Challenge Day 4 (leg raises done in two sets of 50 reps without rest)

    Daily push-up Challenge Day 1 (push-ups: 3 sets of ten regular push-ups)

    Legs of Steel Challenge Day 15

    The Impossible Abs Challenge Day 15

    Back & shoulders Challenge Day 15

    I combined the Abs Challenge and the Back and Shoulders Challenge.

    Easy Core Challenge Day 15 (Three sets of 14 side bends and 20 twists)


    Finisher
    Touch your toes: 90sec toes reach (almost there)

    6-8 pull-ups program Day 1 (target last set: min three/I did three pull-ups)


    Dead Hang Challenge Day 2



    Goals 2021
    Total push-ups, 2021: 482

    Total pull-ups, 2021: 23

    A Virtual Trip Around The World 1890: 144,1 km

    Workouts: 1/24

    New workouts: -/12

    Programs: -/4

    Days of consecutive training: 83

    Self-care
    Calorie goal
    Achieving my plans for today: moping the floor in our kitchen-dining room, training and spending time with my family.


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  • Sundance
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    Saturday, January 2, 2021

    My body told me it needed a light training session today. So I decided to skip High Gear and to do a fewer number of push-ups.


    Warm-up
    Foundation Day 3 lv III (no rest between sets)

    I did ten push-ups as part of every set.


    Cardio
    60 days of Cardio Day 44 lv III (rest <30 seconds rest between sets)



    Challenges
    Jump Rope Challenge Day 3

    Splits Challenge Day 3 (leg raises done in one go: 40/40)

    Daily push-up Challenge Day 30 (push-ups: 20 stacked push-ups, 20 raised legs push-ups and 10 staggered push-ups)

    Legs of Steel Challenge Day 14

    The Impossible Abs Challenge Day 14 (done in one go)

    Back & shoulders Challenge Day 14

    Easy Core Challenge Day 14 (Three sets of 20 side bends and 20 twists)


    Finisher
    Touch your toes: 60sec toes reach (almost there)


    Goals 2021
    Total push-ups, 2021: 322

    Total pull-ups, 2021: 11

    A Virtual Trip Around The World 1890: 137 km

    Days of consecutive training: 82

    Self-care
    Calorie goal
    Today’s victory: Achieving my plans for today (house-cleaning, training, cooking and spending time with my family)

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  • Sundance
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    NancyTree and Rainbow Dragon

    Having reached my push-up goal in 2020 still gives me the "Yes, I did it! "-feeling which is very motivating for my training.

    My inner voice tells me: "You did it last year. You can do it this year too."

    It has taken me by surprise how big a motivating factor it is.

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  • Rainbow Dragon
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    Congratulations on reaching your push-ups goal for the year!
    Congrats too on completing the Advent Calendars and Fit Christmas!

    I had fun walking to Mordor with you and the gang! All the best for your new adventure!

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  • NancyTree
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    Happy New Year!
    Good luck with your goals!

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  • Sundance
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    Friday, January 1, 2021

    Let’s get the ball rolling.


    Warm-up
    Foundation Day 2 lv III (no rest between sets)

    I did ten push-ups as part of every set.


    Workout of the Day (WOD)
    High Gear Day 25/1 gear (70 burpees in one go)


    Cardio
    60 days of Cardio Day 43 lv III (45 seconds rest between sets)

    I did ten push-ups as part of every set.


    Challenges
    Jump Rope Challenge Day 2 (three sets: 1min20sec skipping/30sec rest)

    Splits Challenge Day 2

    Daily push-up Challenge Day 29 (push-ups: 14 stacked push-ups, 14 raised legs push-ups and 14 staggered push-ups)

    Legs of Steel Challenge Day 13

    The Impossible Abs Challenge Day 13

    Back & shoulders Challenge Day 13

    I combined the Abs Challenge and the Back and Shoulders Challenge.

    Easy Core Challenge Day 13 (Three sets of 14 side bends and 20 twists)


    Finisher
    Touch your toes: 60sec toes reach (almost there)

    6-8 pull-ups program Day 1 (max 2)

    Dead Hang Challenge Day 1

    Goals 2021
    Total push-ups, 2021: 252

    Total pull-ups, 2021: 11

    A Virtual Trip Around The World 1890: 123,8 km

    Days of consecutive training: 81

    Self-care
    Calorie goal
    Today’s victory: To kick-off this year’s fitness journey with today’s training session.

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  • TheLibrarian
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    happy new year

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  • Sundance
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    Happy New Year

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  • Sundance
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    Goals for 2021

    My focus for 2021 is general fitness, emphasizing strength/tone, streamline, and flexibility.
    To achieve this, I have set the following goals for 2021.

    Push-ups: 24.000

    Pull-ups: 1.200
    A Virtual Trip Around The World 1890: I plan to reach Cairo (London-Istanbul- Cairo), which is approximately 5.000 km of walking.
    Consistency: Complete four programs and 24 workouts
    To try something new: Complete 12 new workouts
    To challenge me: Superhuman - how many sets can I do?
    Self-care: Read six books and collect and paint my Blood Bowl teams
    Weight: 80 kg
    Body fat %: 17

    I break down my annual goals into smaller targets, which act as beacons for whether I'm on the right track or not.

    Targets - push-ups:
    Monthly target: 2000 push-ups

    Targets - pull-ups:
    Monthly target: 100 pull-ups

    Target - Walking to Cairo
    Daily ≥ 10.000 steps

    Target - consistency and something new:
    I aim to finish one program every quarter and a new workout every month. I plan to train four times a week, but it depends on my work-study-life balance.

    I'm as always excited to see what the year will bring.

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  • Sundance
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    Thursday, December 31, 2020
    It's time to take stock of my 2020 goals.
    .

    My goals for 2020 were
    Push-ups: 24,000 (year)
    Pull-ups: 2000 (year)
    Indoor Rowing: 625,000 meters
    Complete The Nerd Fitness "Walking to Mordor" Challenge
    Beat my training streak (230 days)

    The gym at work closed back in March due to COVID-19. Therefore, I didn't have access to an indoor rower which made it impossible to reach my Indoor Rowing goal. I also did my pull-up sessions at the gym. However, I have a pull-up bar at home, so I can't blame COVID-19 for not achieving my pull-up goal, but I never managed to get started with pull-ups at home. It will be a focus area for 2021. It was also challenging to find a proper weekly exercise routine after I started studying. It will also be an important focus area in 2021.

    Although I did not achieve all of my goals, I am satisfied with my efforts, also because COVID-19 and my studies completely changed the framework. I take a lot of experience with me into 2021, which I will use to put together my training goals for 2021, which will serve as beacons for my efforts in 2021.

    Goodbye 2020 and welcome 2021


    Workout of the Day (WOD)
    Zen


    Total push-ups 2020: 24.060

    Total pull-ups 2020: 323

    Total Indoor Rowing: 135.597m

    A Virtual Trip Around The World 1890: 116,4 km

    Walking to Mordor: Completed


    Days of consecutive training: 80


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  • Sundance
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    Wednesday, December 30, 2020
    I had a busy day with the family, so I took an active rest day.

    Workout of the Day (WOD)
    Zen


    Total push-ups 2020: 24.060

    Total pull-ups 2020: 323

    Total Indoor Rowing: 135.597m

    A Virtual Trip Around The World 1890: 107,9 km

    Walking to Mordor: Completed

    Days of consecutive training: 79

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