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1 hour ago, MAC_32 said:

I am so thankful our kids (4, 7, 10) are as self sufficient as they are. If I were woken up in the middle of the night by them on any sort of regular basis I'd probably get punchy. When the coffee maker beeps in the morning our youngest fills up my cup, brings it upstairs, taps me on the shoulder to wake me up, gives me a big hug, then retreats and leaves me be to caffeinate in peace.

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I can only imagine what the 7 and 10 year old are trained to do for him.  But kudos - you obviously did something right!

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1 hour ago, fred_1_15301 said:

I can only imagine what the 7 and 10 year old are trained to do for him.  But kudos - you obviously did something right!

They snitch on the 4 year old when he is about to break windows and set fires inside the house. Usually they tell me in time to intervene. 

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4 hours ago, MAC_32 said:

They snitch on the 4 year old when he is about to break windows and set fires inside the house. Usually they tell me in time to intervene. 

You have to take the good with the bad. 

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Week 3, Day 3 pushup challenge - 22, 30, 20, 20, 30.  I can feel myself getting considerably stronger (although we had a flooring guy come in lifting 60 lb boxes of wood over one shoulder up the stairs and I was right behind him gasping for air with 2 hands :lmao:  and honestly this is something that I think will stick.  I plan to continue doing these pushups for the long run.  Also did a 30 minute body combat.  However, my biggest success for the day was my diet (one glass of orange juice for breakfast and a small bowl of ramen for lunch with about 8 tortilla chips and salsa for snack).  I've set myself up to enjoy a couple slices of takeout pizza and some cocktails.  

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Hundredpushups.com week 5 test

I got down and did 30 and felt bad so I stopped.   That shouldn't be right.  So I tried again a couple hours later and did 40 straight and probably could have done a couple more.  And it turns out, that's what I was supposed to be able to do to start the hard version of week 5 that I just completed without properly testing into it.  So I'll repeat the whole week 5, including that rough first day of 36/40/30/20/30 which was the final 5 set day.  And i might end up repeating days just to make sure i can do these.  Aside from, the slight ego hit,, I'm totally ok with slowing things down, I was definitely struggling with the final sets all week. I'd like to be able to do 60 pushups nonstop before I move on to the week 6 sets so I can do the hard version of that week too. 

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11 minutes ago, bostonfred said:

Hundredpushups.com week 5 test

I got down and did 30 and felt bad so I stopped.   That shouldn't be right.  So I tried again a couple hours later and did 40 straight and probably could have done a couple more.  And it turns out, that's what I was supposed to be able to do to start the hard version of week 5 that I just completed without properly testing into it.  So I'll repeat the whole week 5, including that rough first day of 36/40/30/20/30 which was the final 5 set day.  And i might end up repeating days just to make sure i can do these.  Aside from, the slight ego hit,, I'm totally ok with slowing things down, I was definitely struggling with the final sets all week. I'd like to be able to do 60 pushups nonstop before I move on to the week 6 sets so I can do the hard version of that week too. 

I was looking ahead at week 4 and I can easily see myself having to repeat days.  It’s getting noticeably harder.  I still don’t feel like I’m anywhere near 100 but I’ll take it one week at a time I guess.  

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On 8/9/2020 at 2:11 PM, bostonfred said:

I finished the yoga today and did my pushups. I took an extra day off from pushups yesterday as prescribed in the hundreushups.com program and it made a huge difference.  @Maurile Tremblay I really think this is the better approach - I started around 10 pushups two weeks ago, and i did 63 pushups today (sets of 14, 14, 10, 10, 15) in under 10 minutes. My endurance is getting better, my form was nearly perfect today and I feel the difference. I think about your way sometimes on my scheduled rest days and I don't think I could do it with the daily yoga too although I do think the yoga is helping a lot with my overall strength including all the arm/shoulder/core/glutes used in pushups. 

This was me a month ago.

5 weeks later I did 200 pushups in 23 minutes. 

My top set went from 15 to 40 plus.

You're already doing 40 plus.

You'll get there, probably before I do.

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On 9/17/2020 at 10:41 AM, bostonfred said:

30 days of yoga with adriene - beginners series https://yogawithadriene.com/30-days-yoga-welcome/

June 2020 program - harder than the first 30, has a few advanced sessions, including the first one arms and abs.  We all liked the weight loss ones, too, but there were a few duds. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLui6Eyny-UzwubANxngKF0Jx-4fa1QqHk

Empower - power yoga/vinyasa, this one is challenging. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLui6Eyny-UzyBgfGqzm0SFY08cTtJwAPQ

Five parks yoga - more advanced yoga classes from a different set of instructors, they don't give as much guidance on poses but these are definitely challenging and will make you sweat if you already know most of the poses https://youtu.be/YtuzNaaWZRQ

We were all going to do empower next but @DA RAIDERS hurt his foot, i hurt my knee, @krista4 is in the pacific northwest which leaves @The Flying Turtle doing these alone I think. We might all be ready to start these up next week so if you want to try the others out and see what works,, you're welcome to join us when we are all officially back

I went ahead with yoga again today even though our "don't you dare breathe in or out" warning was again extended, now through Sunday.  The second day of the Empower series is also one we did before, I think in the Courage series.  Whenever it was, it was a good one so I didn't mind hitting it again.

By the way, if you go without any exercise for a week and then do that first one, you might just wake up sore, as I found out this morning.

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Downward dog is straight murder on my shoulders. Short of installing a crane, any suggestions?

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21 minutes ago, kevzilla said:

Downward dog is straight murder on my shoulders. Short of installing a crane, any suggestions?

https://youtu.be/j97SSGsnCAQ

She recommends you keep moving

You can also try switching between downward dog, plank and child's pose, which are all basically the same pose except for how high up your butt is. Try alternating between the three sometime and see how similar they are. Your hands and feet can stay almost the exact same spots although you might pull your feet towards you in down dog to make more of a sharp angle.  

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No running or really any exercise except some pushups, my knee feels a lot better and no reason to mess with it because I was able to stay under calories, had my veggies, and no alcohol.

27 days down, 38 to go. 

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14 minutes ago, bostonfred said:

No running or really any exercise except some pushups, my knee feels a lot better and no reason to mess with it because I was able to stay under calories, had my veggies, and no alcohol.

27 days down, 38 to go. 

I’m wondering if you’re even going to want a drink in 39 days.  You’ve  been so strong that I feel like this is truly a lifestyle change for you.

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5 minutes ago, fred_1_15301 said:

I’m wondering if you’re even going to want a drink in 39 days.  You’ve  been so strong that I feel like this is truly a lifestyle change for you.

Oh I am definitely going to drink

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I'm 1.5 pizzas and one bottle of wine in on RBG news tonight.

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1 hour ago, krista4 said:

I'm 1.5 pizzas and one bottle of wine in on RBG news tonight.

If anyone has earned it, it’s you 

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“Guys sorry I got too skinny so I had to eat some pizza to try and put on weight.” -Krista 

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40 minute Saturday morning row. This weekend will be loose, I can feel it. But I’m sticking to habits as best I can.  Will do push-ups later. 

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Set aside my existential dread at the potential end of the republic long enough to row and finish up week 3 day 3 of pushups last night. 

Happy weekend y’all - stay safe out there. 

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1 hour ago, Otis said:

40 minute Saturday morning row. This weekend will be loose, I can feel it. But I’m sticking to habits as best I can.  Will do push-ups later. 

"I can feel it" literally means you are choosing it but also choosing language that implies that it's not your fault. You are making excuses to us but you're mostly just lying to yourself. "Sticking to habits as best i can" is just premeditated overeating.  

Own it. Say what you mean. "I am going to exercise this weekend while eating and drinking more than I should because I don't feel like dieting". Those "habits" youre sticking to aren't good habits, they're normal eating and exercising for a 43 year old on a weekend.

It's ok to not be dieting all the time. It's good to exercise when you're not dieting. It's not good to lie to yourself about what you're doing. 

Get used to the idea that what you were doing before was overeating and what you are doing now is exercising and maintaining, and that it will take more than this to lose weight when or if you decide to do it. You're doing a good job establishing good habits for maintaining your weight and choosing not to restrict your eating and drinking enough to lose weight. 

This isn't a failed diet and you aren't sticking to habits as best you can. You're deliberately eating poorly but not too poorly, and you're exercising so you don't backslide.  That's totally normal and ok to do but your paradigm is not in line with reality. 

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18 hours ago, bostonfred said:

Hundredpushups.com week 5 test

I got down and did 30 and felt bad so I stopped.   That shouldn't be right.  So I tried again a couple hours later and did 40 straight and probably could have done a couple more.  And it turns out, that's what I was supposed to be able to do to start the hard version of week 5 that I just completed without properly testing into it.  So I'll repeat the whole week 5, including that rough first day of 36/40/30/20/30 which was the final 5 set day.  And i might end up repeating days just to make sure i can do these.  Aside from, the slight ego hit,, I'm totally ok with slowing things down, I was definitely struggling with the final sets all week. I'd like to be able to do 60 pushups nonstop before I move on to the week 6 sets so I can do the hard version of that week too. 

Is this a plan with the end goal of doing 100 push-ups in a row? 

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4 minutes ago, Ilov80s said:

Is this a plan with the end goal of doing 100 push-ups in a row? 

yes they say it takes as little as 6 weeks but if you need to redo a week you can and I have been redoing days all along. But no question I am the strongest I have ever been right now.

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6 minutes ago, bostonfred said:

yes they say it takes as little as 6 weeks but if you need to redo a week you can and I have been redoing days all along. But no question I am the strongest I have ever been right now.

Nice, I did one of those things when I was in college. Every day did at least one more push-up than the day before. I got to 100 a lot easier than I expected but I was also like 20 so I wonder how it would go now 

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Thus far: 2 apple cider donuts, 1 apple muffin, couple slices of pizza, a fresh pretzel, and a beer. @Otis am I doing this right?

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39 minutes ago, eaganwildcats said:

Thus far: 2 apple cider donuts, 1 apple muffin, couple slices of pizza, a fresh pretzel, and a beer. @Otis am I doing this right?

Making me proud GB.  Making me so proud. Fall is the O-dawg’s favorite season, and that applies to the eating and drinking too.  If you can finish up with a nice butternut squash pasta, I’d be so happy.

 

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47 minutes ago, eaganwildcats said:

Thus far: 2 apple cider donuts, 1 apple muffin, couple slices of pizza, a fresh pretzel, and a beer. @Otis am I doing this right?

I’m with you.  I went to the farmers market - healthy stuff!  To leave you have to go past a bratwurst stand - oops!

Running more errands - productivity!  But one was to pick up a wine club allocation, and now I’m sitting down for tastings - oops!

 

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Just now, bostonfred said:

Day 28 and I have never felt more alone

Be better than us GB. Hang in there. 

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1 hour ago, Otis said:

Making me proud GB.  Making me so proud. Fall is the O-dawg’s favorite season, and that applies to the eating and drinking too.  If you can finish up with a nice butternut squash pasta, I’d be so happy.

 

You usually accelerate towards maximum fatness during fall.

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18 minutes ago, bostonfred said:

Day 28 and I have never felt more alone

I couldn't imagine being as disciplined as you are this time of year, but that's why I was so focused on getting healthy the last 2 months. Need 7-8+ hours of exercise per week to offset everything I jam into my piehole.

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The scale says I gained 0.5 lbs this wee. What BF said to Otis more or less applies to me as well. :kicksrock:

Also, I've been bad about missing does of Trulicity. It's weird; I don't have any problem keeping up with a fairly complicated daily regimen of medications and supplements, but I throw a shoe on the weekly one with ridiculous regularity. I must pay better attention to detail on everything to resume the weight loss.

On the plus side, it was so lovely this morning that I walked for an hour.

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23 minutes ago, kevzilla said:

The scale says I gained 0.5 lbs this wee. What BF said to Otis more or less applies to me as well. :kicksrock:

It applies to all of us. When we started the yoga I was doing daily yoga, running 5ks and doing pushups and then drinking a bottle of wine and having a late night snack on the reg.  I knew I wasn't losing weight, and I wasn't shocked when the scale confirmed it. But I was working out more and that got me more fit even though I wasn't losing weight. Now I'm cutting weight again, and that short term plateau didn't hurt me, plus I'm stronger than i was.

Maybe you're not losing weight, but you're walking more and more and with better times without complaining of pain. That's progress even if you gained back half a pound. And you've been doing some yoga. You're clearly better off than you were a few weeks ago, and being honest with yourself about what your recent food plus activity does is absolutely necessary if you're going to make a permanent change.  You're getting better at recognizing what a lose a pound week looks like and what a gain a half pound week looks like while you're exercising at this level, and that a critical skill when you're trying to maintain long term. You're in the middle of a long term goal not a week to week goal. Keep up the good work and make changes where you know you need to. 

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RAIN!!!!  We have rain!  

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32 minutes ago, bostonfred said:

It applies to all of us. When we started the yoga I was doing daily yoga, running 5ks and doing pushups and then drinking a bottle of wine and having a late night snack on the reg.  I knew I wasn't losing weight, and I wasn't shocked when the scale confirmed it. But I was working out more and that got me more fit even though I wasn't losing weight. Now I'm cutting weight again, and that short term plateau didn't hurt me, plus I'm stronger than i was.

Maybe you're not losing weight, but you're walking more and more and with better times without complaining of pain. That's progress even if you gained back half a pound. And you've been doing some yoga. You're clearly better off than you were a few weeks ago, and being honest with yourself about what your recent food plus activity does is absolutely necessary if you're going to make a permanent change.  You're getting better at recognizing what a lose a pound week looks like and what a gain a half pound week looks like while you're exercising at this level, and that a critical skill when you're trying to maintain long term. You're in the middle of a long term goal not a week to week goal. Keep up the good work and make changes where you know you need to. 

A lot of truth to this. Mrs O was looking at photos of me from after we had our first kid 9 years ago and was like “yeah wow you did get pretty fat.”  Back then I did zero exercise snd ate whatever, occasionally going on a little crash diet here snd there. I’m not much lighter than that now on the scale, but I’m much more fit, because in more recent year’s I started lifted weights, snd then doing cardio, and always doing something. My diet needs to improve snd my alcohol consumption should be less, but I’m far better off now than I was then. And I’m much closer to goal if only because I’m stronger and have more lean muscle at the same weight.  So if and when I finally check down the diet for an extended period, I’ll be right there. 
 

So close I can sniff it.  But I can also sniff pumpkin pie and beer. 

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4 weeks in the books.  Had to eat before I got on the treadmill tonight because I was low on calories and decided to do a short workout with a small dinner instead of going big on both. Holding out hope for a 9 on the last digit of the scale tomorrow, but probably a couple days away.  I'm planning a couple "cheat meals" this week that will still keep me under calories for the day but feel like I'm celebrating 3 milestones I expect to hit- one month done, one month left, and 10 lbs to go.  At least one of them will be tomorrow because i should be able to get a long workout in watching football on the treadmilll.

28 down, 37 to go. 

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9 hours ago, Ilov80s said:

Nice, I did one of those things when I was in college. Every day did at least one more push-up than the day before. I got to 100 a lot easier than I expected but I was also like 20 so I wonder how it would go now 

Join us.  I start week 4 on Monday and I have no clue how I'm going to hit 100 in a row.  But as Fred said, I'm stronger than I've ever been in my life.  And the great thing is it takes like 10 minutes out of your day.

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Couldn’t finish the scheduled sets of push ups today. Even took a break for a couple hours and then tried my last set. Total pain and couldn’t do a single additional push up. So I did some girl push ups from my knees. Could barely do a few of those. 
 

If I row every morning and do push ups every afternoon I will have the perfect exercise routine.

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25 minutes ago, Otis said:

Couldn’t finish the scheduled sets of push ups today. Even took a break for a couple hours and then tried my last set. Total pain and couldn’t do a single additional push up. So I did some girl push ups from my knees. Could barely do a few of those. 
 

If I row every morning and do push ups every afternoon I will have the perfect exercise routine.

You got this.

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28 minutes ago, Otis said:

Couldn’t finish the scheduled sets of push ups today. Even took a break for a couple hours and then tried my last set. Total pain and couldn’t do a single additional push up. So I did some girl push ups from my knees. Could barely do a few of those. 
 

If I row every morning and do push ups every afternoon I will have the perfect exercise routine.

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1 hour ago, fred_1_15301 said:

Join us.  I start week 4 on Monday and I have no clue how I'm going to hit 100 in a row.  But as Fred said, I'm stronger than I've ever been in my life.  And the great thing is it takes like 10 minutes out of your day.

Hmmm....How many push-ups are you doing at a time and per day? 

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1 hour ago, krista4 said:

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Otis in the doghouse

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35 minutes ago, Ilov80s said:

Hmmm....How many push-ups are you doing at a time and per day? 

Just go onto hundredpushups.com and follow the program.  Everyone's baseline is different and it doesn't really matter.  FWIW I don't think I'm anywhere close to doing 100 consecutive but apparently in 3 weeks I should be able to knock them out.  

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7 minutes ago, fred_1_15301 said:

Just go onto hundredpushups.com and follow the program.  Everyone's baseline is different and it doesn't really matter.  FWIW I don't think I'm anywhere close to doing 100 consecutive but apparently in 3 weeks I should be able to knock them out.  

Cool,  I will take the test Monday and start my week. 

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For those with experience here, when I do my test- How hard should I push myself? Max out one set or stop once it is a struggle?

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8 hours ago, Ilov80s said:

For those with experience here, when I do my test- How hard should I push myself? Max out one set or stop once it is a struggle?

https://hundredpushups.com/test.html

"To perform the test, simply execute as many good-form pushups as you can. Don't cut corners and please don't cheat - the last thing you want to do is end up in the wrong level of the training program! The results may be humbling, but trust me, honesty is the best policy if you want to maximize your strength gains!

Once you've collapsed in a sweaty heap on the floor and your arms have stopped trembling from the exertion, make a note (mental or otherwise) of how many, or how few, pushups you were able to perform. As an example, the first time I performed the test, I managed to eke out just 19 consecutive good-form pushups."

In other words stop when your form is bad.  For their instructions on form go to https://hundredpushups.com/what.html

Then continue on to week 1  https://hundredpushups.com/week1.html which will tell you where to start and how many pushups per set. 

The program starts with 5 sets, and tells you how much rest to take between sets (you can take more if you need to, and i need to so I do). In week 5 you switch from 5 sets to 8 sets but the first 7 are actually a little easier than before. 

You never do a single set of more than 60 before you attempt the single set of 100 at the end, and if you try 100 and fail they just have you repeat the final week. 

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11 hours ago, bostonfred said:

Holding out hope for a 9 on the last digit of the scale tomorrow, but probably a couple days away. 

:hot: ..0.2

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6 minutes ago, bostonfred said:

https://hundredpushups.com/test.html

"To perform the test, simply execute as many good-form pushups as you can. Don't cut corners and please don't cheat - the last thing you want to do is end up in the wrong level of the training program! The results may be humbling, but trust me, honesty is the best policy if you want to maximize your strength gains!

Once you've collapsed in a sweaty heap on the floor and your arms have stopped trembling from the exertion, make a note (mental or otherwise) of how many, or how few, pushups you were able to perform. As an example, the first time I performed the test, I managed to eke out just 19 consecutive good-form pushups."

In other words stop when your form is bad.  For their instructions on form go to https://hundredpushups.com/what.html

Then continue on to week 1  https://hundredpushups.com/week1.html which will tell you where to start and how many pushups per set. 

The program starts with 5 sets, and tells you how much rest to take between sets (you can take more if you need to, and i need to so I do). In week 5 you switch from 5 sets to 8 sets but the first 7 are actually a little easier than before. 

You never do a single set of more than 60 before you attempt the single set of 100 at the end, and if you try 100 and fail they just have you repeat the final week. 

Ok cool so I push it. I’ll do that Monday. I should probably read up but I’m just kind jumping in. My guess is i do somewhere between 30-50 on Monday to start. 

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52 minutes ago, Ilov80s said:

Ok cool so I push it. I’ll do that Monday. I should probably read up but I’m just kind jumping in. My guess is i do somewhere between 30-50 on Monday to start. 

I started off on the high end.  The recommendation was for me to just start with Week 2, 3rd column.  Now that I just completed week 3, I can assure you that it's starting to get a lot harder.  

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30 minute Sunday morning row. Suck it world. 

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46 minutes ago, fred_1_15301 said:

I started off on the high end.  The recommendation was for me to just start with Week 2, 3rd column.  Now that I just completed week 3, I can assure you that it's starting to get a lot harder.  

Oh I’m sure it will. I do remember when I did this in college flying through early on and then having some weird days where I went backwards.

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