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5/5  wine was had.  and a couple beers.  1/15

6/30

6/31

171/930

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went to my parent's house saturday, and hung 406 feet of xmas lights.  it was wonderful to see them(rare these covid days)  one of my favorite beers was made available.  :banned: 2 were consumed after the lights were up, during a zoom call with my cousins in new zealand.  and, as expected, a really nice bottle of wine had been purchased. some wine was had with dinner.  :shrug: 

otherwise, full speed ahead.

day 6 of yoga camp, is a gnarly ab-centric session. :thumbup: 

there was something, almost as stupid as "cow legs".  "eagle legs".  laying on your back, legs up, knees bent.  cross one leg over the other.  now, twist the crossed leg, under the other leg.   hooking your crossed foot under your ankle.  now do sit ups.  :lmao:  so unpossible, i burst out laughing.  basically, the eagle arm pose, with your legs.  ridiculous.  :lmao:  

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I see the obvious problem here. A guy whose magnum opus on FBGs starts with "so I loan this chick I don't know 3 racks" called BS on me for saying I averaged a loss of 8 lbs a week on a diet. That is 

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Did days 5 and 6 of yoga camp so I'm caught up.  Thanks to @DA RAIDERS for suggesting camp and pushing to do this with someone because the accountability matters. I don't think id be caught up right now if I hadn't committed to it.

Day 6, as usual, is 6 pack abs, which I suspect is her weird numerology thing.  Hard to compare this with some previous day sixes in her other 30 days because my core has apparently gotten much stronger, almost entirely from yoga. That's pretty cool. I'd guess this one is tougher because one of my favorites from the original 30 days was doing a crossover dribble while alternating scissor kicks, and this one you do the same thing but with your back off the floor. Lots of small changes to exercises we'd already done in other sessions that made this a really good core session. 

Ate like total crap yesterday and didn't eat much better today but burnt a zillion calories running/rowing/walking/playing with my kid so I'm feeling pretty good. I've still got a few of the pounds I added back after my last push but I've been adding muscle and it's visible and that's pretty cool. 

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11 minutes ago, krista4 said:

I'm boring, too, so not posting my everyday stuff.  But I do want to say tonight that I'm a little proud of myself.  I'm moving in two weeks, and reducing my house size by about 900 sq ft and my yard size by about 95%, so not only am I doing the usual moving stress but also trying to figure out what I can keep and get rid of the stuff I won't.  And all of the packing and moving, other than the larger furniture, I'm doing on my own.  Just me, lil' ol' me.  If it fits in my Outback, I take it.

So in the midst of that amount of work and stress, it would be tempting not to do my daily yoga or my 4+ miles per day of fast walking, but I've kept it up.  And really, it feels very good to do that.  "I don't have time for this yoga" has been replaced by "I don't have time NOT to do this yoga."  Both the yoga and the walking help me (temporarily, oh so temporarily) reduce stress and get a small mental break.  And two days in a row I also cooked myself a delicious homemade meal - seared tuna with lentils and raab last night, and a vegetarian Thai curry tonight.

I'm not weighing myself, though, because I cook with wine, by which I mean I cook while drinking a #### ton of wine.

i once worked with a french chef.  his mantra, "never cook with wine you wouldn't drink".  for this very reason. :D   i had a glass, making dinner with my mom on saturday.  most excellent.

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2 minutes ago, bostonfred said:

Did days 5 and 6 of yoga camp so I'm caught up.  Thanks to @DA RAIDERS for suggesting camp and pushing to do this with someone because the accountability matters. I don't think id be caught up right now if I hadn't committed to it.

Day 6, as usual, is 6 pack abs, which I suspect is her weird numerology thing.  Hard to compare this with some previous day sixes in her other 30 days because my core has apparently gotten much stronger, almost entirely from yoga. That's pretty cool. I'd guess this one is tougher because one of my favorites from the original 30 days was doing a crossover dribble while alternating scissor kicks, and this one you do the same thing but with your back off the floor. Lots of small changes to exercises we'd already done in other sessions that made this a really good core session. 

Ate like total crap yesterday and didn't eat much better today but burnt a zillion calories running/rowing/walking/playing with my kid so I'm feeling pretty good. I've still got a few of the pounds I added back after my last push but I've been adding muscle and it's visible and that's pretty cool. 

right back atcha.  

you too, @fred_1_15301 ! no way, i do my pushups, on saturday.  after hanging lights and drinking a couple of delicious, high ABV beers, without the commitment.  

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On 12/4/2020 at 4:18 PM, Steeler said:

I'm focused on making both  of the 2020 goals by the end of the year (10K steps, sub 200).

I logged a bunch of steps this weekend so now I only need ~12K steps per day to reach the steps goal.

But I'm updating to tell you this - I weighed 200.0 this AM - right on the dot.  I tried to "lighten the load" and I've never been so disappointed in my life.  :bag: :toilet: :lmao: 

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12 minutes ago, Steeler said:

I logged a bunch of steps this weekend so now I only need ~12K steps per day to reach the steps goal.

But I'm updating to tell you this - I weighed 200.0 this AM - right on the dot.  I tried to "lighten the load" and I've never been so disappointed in my life.  :bag: :toilet: :lmao: 

We believe in you! You can poo it!

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On 12/4/2020 at 4:39 PM, Dickies said:

I did a month of no drinking last year, and am open to it again in Jan or Feb, but there is something to be said about going on a big bike ride, coming back exhausted yet euphoric, and cracking open a cold beer...or two...or three.  

The first thing that happens at 9:30am on a Saturday after Tennis starting at 7am, we go to the new clubhouse just built and sit outside upstairs 6 feet apart and just start popping beers like it's Go time!

 And if I don't participate in that and just come straight home, by 10am I'm popping cold lite beers from the fridge. I love drinking beer after a workout or exercise. 

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On 12/6/2020 at 9:22 PM, krista4 said:

I'm boring, too, so not posting my everyday stuff.  But I do want to say tonight that I'm a little proud of myself.  I'm moving in two weeks, and reducing my house size by about 900 sq ft and my yard size by about 95%, so not only am I doing the usual moving stress but also trying to figure out what I can keep and get rid of the stuff I won't.  And all of the packing and moving, other than the larger furniture, I'm doing on my own.  Just me, lil' ol' me.  If it fits in my Outback, I take it.

So in the midst of that amount of work and stress, it would be tempting not to do my daily yoga or my 4+ miles per day of fast walking, but I've kept it up.  And really, it feels very good to do that.  "I don't have time for this yoga" has been replaced by "I don't have time NOT to do this yoga."  Both the yoga and the walking help me (temporarily, oh so temporarily) reduce stress and get a small mental break.  And two days in a row I also cooked myself a delicious homemade meal - seared tuna with lentils and raab last night, and a vegetarian Thai curry tonight.

I'm not weighing myself, though, because I cook with wine, by which I mean I cook while drinking a #### ton of wine.

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I hope this next post causes you to laugh as much as my group at the Courts did after the incident...so I have tried to stop playing Tennis in what is called "Mixed Doubles" which is a team of a man and a woman vs the same and many folks enjoy the social part of the game, I'm married and my wife doesn't play currently so I don't enjoy these as much being paired with people I don't really know. So I mostly stick to playing the men. 

I arrive early for my Thursday Night Legends League, 30 minutes early so I can stretch and get warmed up on serve. We always are at the same 2 Courts and for whatever reason they were being worked on when I got there so I moved over to an outer court just to stretch and get warmed up, many of the players I play barely even warm up, I think it's a major disadvantage to not properly stretch prior to playing. 

I'm going thru my stretch routine and I have my Sergio Tacchini track jacket on that is a RePop of the Johnny Mac classic from '81 vs Borg and there is a story about that jacket as well(end of post) but it doesn't pertain to this immediately. It's a Euro jacket, slim cut, not something I could have ever worn until very recently and I splurged and bought it for myself. Because of the pandemic I haven't been cutting my hair as much, my curls are starting to peak out under the cap and headband etc...I just enjoy channeling McEnroe. 

So I am warming up and this "Lady" walks out on to the Court, there were plenty of other empty Courts, even an adjoining one to the court I was on that she could have stepped on to, she chose to walk towards me. I didn't really say too much and she put her stuff down near mine. This woman was TALL, easily about 6 feet. She started to unzip her jacket, it was a cool night, you don't always see jackets in Palm Beach and she proceeded to reveal a set of arms(I know what you think i was going to say) that would make any man who plays Tennis like I do extremely jealous, you sacrifice a little muscle to stay on the thinner side of Tennis and be able to run. This woman looked like she put in a minimum of 10-15 hours a week lifting and sculpting those arms and I'm pretty sure the rest of what she had was amazing but I could not stop looking at her arms, and I was transfixed(interesting word) on how much work she put in to sculpting these works of art.  

I could see my Courts were being finished up so I started to pack up and said "I must be on your court" and she said "I just wanted to stretch and warm up with you" and I took that opening and said it must take a lot of work to get that kind of physique especially those arms, I should not have said that and deserved what was coming next..."You look like a girl" were her words...and like a dog with it's tail between it's legs I grabbed my bag and started walking off the Court, "Thanks" with a smile was all I could say when she followed that up with "I didn't say you look bad." I kept walking...

My group let me have it and rightly so most of the night after I told them what happened as we were drawing cards for teams. The ladies were playing on the courts next to ours and of course the boys had to stare all night looking for tell tale signs of what I am eluding to and they seem to swear they are all ladies playing on that court but I have my doubts based on what was said to me. 

Just an embarrassing story but I've never been one to not share them with you.  

The Jacket: Later that night I went for a couple drinks with the guys and finished off with a night cap at a cigar bar near my house, I will not sit inside anywhere right now but they have outside patio etc...it's 10:00 at night now and the place is turning into Mos Eisley quickly so I start to roll out of there when I am stopped by a couple guys who have taken a liking to my jacket, I forgot I was still in full tennis gear and the guy asked me about the jacket and then eventually he wanted it. "How much?" I said it's not for sale, he says everything is for sale and that's when I knew he had a lot of cash on him, I said make me an offer and he pulled out 2 crisp $100 bills and that track jacket came off so fast it'd make your head spin, still had my sweat on it. I paid $50 for it on Ebay, I'll get another, just might take a while. 

I hope everyone is doing well in here, I know the stress in some parts of the country is unbearable and can impede health, and the Mrs and I are going thru "Work Hell" right now but I'm trying to just put a smile on folks face and just keep moving forward. 

Cheers!

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Might be able to get back into the yoga and play catchup.  Leg is feeling considerably better, though not 100%.  Swelling has gone down, and more importantly I can actually move it without excruciating pain.  Not going to kill myself doing poses that involve fully bent legs, so I will likely have to make some modifications as I go.

Planning on trying to get back on the bike this evening and see how everything feels.

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On 12/4/2020 at 8:43 PM, bostonfred said:

Yoga camp 

Day 1 - mostly on the floor, 30 minutes of easing back into it

Day 2 - almost an hour of full body with sun salutations and lunges and vinyasas

Day 3 - salute the sun with trumpets! 30 minutes of Fartapalooza. Lots of stretching and figure fours 

Day 4 - sun salutations with some warrior 1 and a really nice hip opener at the end

Day 5 - about 30 minutes of balance poses and vinyasa 

Day 6 - 20 minutes of six pack abs. Harder than usual

Day 7 - some vinyasa flow with some wide legged stretching 

Day 8 - this is all stretching recovery day. More good hip openers. Felt good but not very exercisey.

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Been doing a decent amount on the Peloton, but also eating most everything in sight. Tomorrow is weigh-in-Wednesday so we shall see the damage. Trying to keep things under 235, so if we have creeped over will be time to reign it back in.

Who is going to set the over under on @Otis weigh-in when back from his extended vacation.

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@DA RAIDERS    Still on track with 100 pushups per day.  Last night a did a 20 minute body step exercise.  Don't even ask   :lmao: .  I was feeling lazy and just looking for a very light exercise that would be just enough to get me over my calorie goal.  Today (in addition to pushups), will try to knock out a more intense workout in the evening.  

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I ate great yesterday.  Mostly chicken, fruits and vegetables.  My only cheat was a small piece of chocolate and a TBSP of peanut butter.  I counted 10 points total.  Plus I drank a ton of water.  I have a 24 oz cup that I finished at least 5 times.

I walked 2 miles and ran 3 more.

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12 hours ago, eaganwildcats said:

Been doing a decent amount on the Peloton, but also eating most everything in sight. Tomorrow is weigh-in-Wednesday so we shall see the damage. Trying to keep things under 235, so if we have creeped over will be time to reign it back in.

Who is going to set the over under on @Otis weigh-in when back from his extended vacation.

233.6. Moar cookies for me!

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15 minutes ago, DA RAIDERS said:

Does wanting to slow down, coincide with injury risk?  You could simply be getting faster. 

TBH, I already have twinges in my feet/back/grundle that make me slow down for a little while, make sure they're minor, and continue. I stubbornly insist I can walk a tiny bit faster than 3 mph or I have to turn in my man card, or something. But at 3.2 I will hurt myself and be off the sidewalks for weeks.

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I had my end of year review meeting with my boss yesterday and he asked me if I had been lifting weights.  This was based on just seeing the upper half of me.  Felt kind of nice to know that the results are being noticed.

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20 minutes ago, fred_1_15301 said:

I had my end of year review meeting with my boss yesterday and he asked me if I had been lifting weights.  This was based on just seeing the upper half of me.  Felt kind of nice to know that the results are being noticed.

This is very cool.

Also, contact HR immediately.

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56 minutes ago, The Flying Turtle said:

I did a similar thing, but it was ice cream, not alcohol. 

It was with alcohol and chips.  

Which gets back to the point that this all began at the grocery store. If i didn't have wine or chips in the house, at worst I'd be talking about my broccoli bender last night. 

Oh well. Back to the grind today.  

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4 minutes ago, bostonfred said:

It was with alcohol and chips.  

Which gets back to the point that this all began at the grocery store. If i didn't have wine or chips in the house, at worst I'd be talking about my broccoli bender last night. 

Oh well. Back to the grind today.  

I agree.  I stopped stocking the fridge with beer.  If I do decide to buy some beer I buy a 6 pack instead of a case.

I can't avoid buying the ice cream though.  The kids would probably kill me in my sleep.

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1 hour ago, The Flying Turtle said:

I did a similar thing, but it was ice cream, not alcohol. 

Yes I've stopped drinking during the week but I've conveniently been replacing it with ice cream, baked brie, cookies, etc at night.  Just need to figure it all out.

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11 hours ago, bostonfred said:

I should probably post this in the alcoholic thread 

 

11 hours ago, bostonfred said:

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11 hours ago, bostonfred said:

since I started it 

🤜. 🤛   

1st of all if this is what I and others think it is, it's OK Fred, just relax.  I've been holding back on some of my drinking fly offs in the last week, ever since Turkey Day I've been drinking twice as my alcohol as I normally do. I bought 2 strangers a shot of Jack Daniels yesterday at 12:30 in the afternoon, that's hard to do. This group is kind to me and I didn't want to compound things with drinking but I can share that it's not easy right now. 

See we all have triggers and I have been allowing the outside pressures of (fill in the blank) impact my ability to say NO to things like Organic Doritos which I can kill a whole bag in minutes if you leave it with me and a can or two of cold beer. 

And if I am being honest, I use a lot of the exercise to simply fill up time. When I play Tennis at 7:30am on Sat...that's so i don't drink my self stupid on Friday Night...I've tried and it makes for a terrible experience on the Tennis Courts so I found something I am not willing to sacrifice just so I can drink alcohol, that's a good thing. 

We love you Fred, everybody that posts regularly in here thinks very highly of you, you're a great leader and motivator for many of us, it's OK to have a bad day or two, forgive yourself and go do something nice for a random stranger, you'll feel better. 

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1 hour ago, bostonfred said:

It was with alcohol and chips.  

Which gets back to the point that this all began at the grocery store. If i didn't have wine or chips in the house, at worst I'd be talking about my broccoli bender last night. 

Oh well. Back to the grind today.  

The only way I get around this is individual bags or the under 3 oz sizes, usually I can come to my senses after a few chips. 

Cap Cod Dark Russet, there is no other chip that stands up to these when you want to crunch down. I like Kettle and there's a brand out of Washington State I think that was always my go to when I was in California but it starts with your 1st suggestion which is just don't buy it and bring it in the house. 

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2 hours ago, The Flying Turtle said:

I agree.  I stopped stocking the fridge with beer.  If I do decide to buy some beer I buy a 6 pack instead of a case.

I can't avoid buying the ice cream though.  The kids would probably kill me in my sleep.

Huh. I have a whole fridge dedicated to beer

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2 hours ago, fred_1_15301 said:

Yes I've stopped drinking during the week but I've conveniently been replacing it with ice cream, baked brie, cookies, etc at night.  Just need to figure it all out.

This is me, every time I stop drinking. I crave sweets. :shrug:

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33 minutes ago, kevzilla said:

Your brain is seeking a neurotransmitter. There is a non-caloric choice that folks in CA and some other states can make.

. I’m well aware of what the body/brain is up to, I wish I liked weed.

Pretty sure I’m gonna ditch the no booze for 21 days.  10/11 ain’t bad.  Covid Lockdown, 9th grade finals, the universe in general,  are getting to me. 

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