Steadfast as the Hills of Stone

Mianevem

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Sorceress from Budapest, Hungary
Posts: 190
Thank you, @JCU , @TopNotch , @Whirly , @CODawn !
@PetiteSheWolf : I'd be so happy if I had a week where all I had to do (apart from exercise, and maybe cooking) was reading! But I fill up my weeks with so many tasks that I barely have time for books anymore. :(

Tuesday, 25 October

Before breakfast
-- 10 push-ups | day 6 of First Thing Push-ups
-- Day 6 of 1-minute Plank
-- 40 calf raises | day 6 of Impact
-- Day 10 of Hard Reset Strength | lvl I | 7 kg dumbbells

Midday
-- Day 25 of Daily Kicks

Evening
-- 5 km run
-- 20 more min for day 10 of Hard Reset Cardio

Snacks/drinks: :x:
 

Mianevem

Well-known member
Sorceress from Budapest, Hungary
Posts: 190

Mianevem

Well-known member
Sorceress from Budapest, Hungary
Posts: 190
Thank you, @Laura Rainbow Dragon !

From 29 October until 1 November I was on the yearly creative autumn meeting of the Hungarian Tolkien Society. The event itself is always thematised (this year we were all orcs living in Mount Gundabad), but that's just a flavour, there are no RPG elements (unless you specifically participate in an RPG workshop if there is one -- this year there were about five), and it's not strictly Tolkien-related either. It's mostly just a way for the community to gather and hold so-called workshops for each other that are activities ranging from creative work to training your body to complex games.

Throughout the weekend there were five three-hour-long workshop slots and an  abundance of workshops to choose from. I ended up making copper rings, turned two mugs into winter and autumn decorations, learned a céilí choreography, and for the last two slots I went biking.

Thursday, October 27

Before breakfast
-- Andromeda | lvl III
-- 10 push-ups | day 8 of First Thing Push-ups
-- Day 8 of 1-minute Plank
-- 2 min full plank | day 8 of Impact

Midday
-- Day 12 of Hard Reset Strength

Late afternoon
-- 30 min walk

Evening
-- 3x38 front kicks | day 27 of Daily Kicks
-- Day 12 of Hard Reset Cardio | lvl I

Friday, October 28

Before breakfast
-- 33-12 push-ups | day 9 of First Thing Push-ups
-- Day 9 of 1-minute Plank
-- Day 13 of Hard Reset Strength | lvl I | 7 kg dumbbells | I always need mid-set breaks on upper body days, but I'm too stubborn to reduce the weight

Saturday, October 29

Midday
-- 16 km bike ride to get from the train station to the venue of the Creative Autumn Meeting

Sunday, October 30

Afternoon
-- 3 hr céilí dance class

Monday, October 31

Morning
-- 3 hr bike tour | 51 km
This is my longest bike ride so far!

Afternoon
-- 3 hr bike tour | 34 km

Tuesday, November 1

Morning
-- 16 km bike ride to get back to the train station
I was pleased that after all that cycling and céilí and the usual waltzes and then the party of the autumn meeting my legs only felt a little tired when I got back home. There was a very dull ache in my left knee though.

Wednesday, November 2

Before breakfast
-- 26-12-7-5 push-ups | day 10 of First Thing Push-ups
-- Day 10 of 1-minute Plank
-- Tiny Apartment | lvl III | from the second set: with 0.75 kg wrist weights | I was careful with the reverse lunges, my left knee made itself felt

Midday
-- 20 min run | day 13 of Hard Reset Cardio

Thursday, November 3

Morning
-- Tiny Apartment | lvl III
-- Strength & Balance | lvl I

Friday, November 4

Before breakfast
-- 10 push-ups | day 11 of First Thing Push-ups
-- Day 11 of 1-minute Plank
-- Day 14 of Hard Reset Strength | lvl I | 7 kg dumbbells

Late afternoon
-- Day 9 of Impact
-- Day 14 of Hard Reset Cardio | indoor option

Saturday, November 5

Morning
-- Herald | lvl III | with 0.75 kg wrist weights
-- 23-21-11 push-ups | day 12 of First Thing Push-ups
-- 50 calf raises | day 10 of Impact | with 7 kg dumbbells
-- Day 15 of Hard Reset Strength

Midday
-- 8 km run

Late afternoon
-- 50 jump knee-tucks | day 11 of Impact
-- Day 15 of Hard Reset Cardio
-- Day 12 of 1-minute Plank

Sunday, November 6

Before breakfast
-- 10 push-ups | day 13 of First Thing Push-ups
-- Day 13 of 1-minute Plank
-- 1:30-1:30-1:00 min plank hold | day 12 of Impact

Late evening
-- 5 km run where I lost my hair tie... :(

Monday, November 7

Before breakfast
-- 20 push-ups | day 14 of First Thing Push-ups
-- Day 14 of 1-minute Plank

Midday
-- Day 16 of Hard Reset Strength

Late afternoon
-- Day 13 of Impact
 

Mianevem

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Sorceress from Budapest, Hungary
Posts: 190
This is one of the copper rings I made:
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The engraving wasn't done by me, I just cut it (during which I learned that sawing metal is not fun) and hammered it into the shape of a ring. Yes, it's Elvish and it's the first words of the hymn to Elbereth that Frodo and Sam hear when they first meet Elves, still in the Shire.
This is how Howard Shore imagined the hymn for the movies:

And this is my favourite version of the English translation, composed by Katka García. I really recommend listening to this one, it's gorgeous!

This is my winter mug:
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My boyfriend told me I probably shouldn't drink hot coffee from a mug that was superglued back together after it broke in half, so I thought it a good opportunity to reuse it as decoration.

And here's the autumn mug:
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This wooden jug is from the 2021 Tolkien Camp which was hobbit-themed. The weather was horrible that week, everyone was cold and a lot of hot tea was consumed. What I didn't consider was that the hot tea would melt the wax inside the jug... I could have reapplied the wax to make it useful again as a jug, but instead it's now a piece of decoration too, with an adorable deer.
The text on the jug says "no admittance except on second breakfast business".
 

Mianevem

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Sorceress from Budapest, Hungary
Posts: 190
Thank you, @Laura Rainbow Dragon , @GentleOx , @aku-chan , @TopNotch , @Haleth , @JCU , @Anek , @SkorpionUK , @NancyTree !

(My knee has luckily been fine since the day after!)

Your Tolkien Society runs the coolest programming!
I know! It's incredible how a wholly non-profit organisation can keep doing events of such quality.
the what now? I LOVE THAT THIS EXISTS!
Oh, there are lots of Tolkien societies all over the world! It's a good basis for a little bit of international interaction, too. I'm contemplating going to a similar event of the Czech society in January... :LOL:

Tuesday November 8

Before breakfast
-- 30 push-ups | day 15 of First Thing Push-ups
-- Day 15 of 1-minute Plank
-- 60 calf raises | day 14 of Impact

Midday
-- 5 km run

Late afternoon
-- 60 jump knee tucks | day 15 of Impact

Wednesday, November 9

Before breakfast
-- 36-24 push-ups | day 16 of First Thing Push-ups
-- Day 16 of 1-minute Plank
-- 6x1 min full plank | day 16 of Impact

Midday
-- 7 km run

Thursday, November 10

Before breakfast
-- Get Back Up | lvl III
-- Tiny Apartment | lvl II
-- 10 push-ups | day 17 of First Thing Push-ups
-- Day 17 of 1-min plank
-- Ultimate Abs | lvl I

Midday
-- Day 17 of Impact

Late afternoon
-- Day 28 of Daily Kicks
-- Day 1 of Power Punch
-- Day 16 of Hard Reset Cardio | lvl I
 

Mianevem

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Sorceress from Budapest, Hungary
Posts: 190
Saturday, 12 November

Before breakfast
-- 37-16-12 push-ups | day 19 of First Thing Push-ups
-- Day 19 of 1-minute Plank
-- Ultimate Abs | lvl I
-- Day 18 of Hard Reset Strength | lvl III | 7 kg dumbbells

Midday
-- 10 km run

Late afternoon
Running errands on my bike counted for day 18 of Hard Reset Cardio

Evening
-- 70 jump knee-tucks | day 19 of Impact

This day I signed up for my next race: a half marathon in late April! I was brave and entered for a faster start zone than before (predicted finish time: 1:45:00-1:56:00). My PB is 1:55:43, so this should be doable, but I'm also 5 kg heavier than I was then. Will a race be enough motivation for me to have more discipline regarding food? I'm afraid not :p

Sunday, 13 November

Morning
-- 20 push-ups | day 20 of First Thing Push-ups
-- Day 19 of Hard Reset Strength

Evening
-- 3x40 front kicks | day 30 of Daily Kicks
Finishing this challenge took quite a while, not because I didn't like it, but my days were just packed both with work and workouts.

From this day on, my boyfriend has a godson! I was asked whether I wanted to be the godmother, but I'm not christened, so... We excused ourselves from the lunch that followed, because the boy's mother is "only" a close friend of my boyfriend, not a relative, and we didn't want to interrupt the family event, not knowing them all that well. And we wanted to go to IKEA in the afternoon anyway. That was tiring: 2x12 km cycling and going through the entire store in-between… I had a 5 km run planned for the evening, but didn't have much energy left, so when my boyfriend said I shouldn't go out, I was very easily convinced. My watch recommended 60 hours of recovery anyway.

The day ended with me throwing a tantrum because the hangers I bought in hopes of having more storage space in our tiny kitchen didn't want to stay where I put them. I forgot to consider that their suction cups wouldn't work with the uneven tiles of the kitchen walls… My overreaction was funny: it seems I need such little accidents for the dam to burst and everyday stress to be relieved.

Monday, 14 November

Before breakfast
-- 10 push-ups | day 21 of First Thing Push-ups

Late afternoon
-- 2 min punches | day 2 of Power Punch

This night I cycled to a part of the city I had never been to. There are memes about how unsafe that area is (the friend I was visiting said: "So you're coming by bike? You're going to leave without it.") It's all an exaggeration, of course (though I heard there was an incident involving a knife a few streets away from my friend, not too long ago), but I actually had to call my boyfriend to tell him I was alright. I was merely stopping at a crossing to let the cars pass, and my watch somehow interpreted this as an accident and began sending an emergency message to my boyfriend. At first I stopped it in time, but it happened again, and then the message was sent. I have no idea what was up with the watch, it wasn't even a sudden braking.

Tuesday, 15 November

Before breakfast
-- 20 push-ups | day 22 of First Thing Push-ups

Midday
-- 5 km run

Evening
-- Day 19 of Hard Reset Cardio
-- Days 20-22 of 1-minute Plank
-- 1:00-1:30-1:00-1:00-1:00-1:00-1:30 full plank | day 20 of Impact
 

Mianevem

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Sorceress from Budapest, Hungary
Posts: 190
Thank you, @TopNotch !

Thank you, @JCU !
Best of luck with the marathon
It'll only be half of a marathon, I don't yet feel ready to tackle another full one. But I still hope I won't slack off from training. I love these races, I want to honour them by being prepared.

Thank you, @NancyTree !
Maybe the watch was a bit on edge itself for being there? ;)
Haha, yeah, that was our theory, too. "So your watch sent an emergency message just because you were in Csepel?" :LOL:

Thank you, @PetiteSheWolf , @Silent Wolf , @Fremen , @Haleth , @Anek !

Thursday, November 16

Before breakfast
-- 30 push-ups | day 23 of First Thing Push-ups
-- Day 23 of 1-minute Plank
-- Ultimate Abs | lvl III
-- Day 20 of Hard Reset Strength | leg raises with 0.75 kg ankle weights

Midday
-- 7 km run

Late afternoon
-- 3x70 punches | day 3 of Power Punch
-- Day 20 of Hard Reset Cardio | lvl I
 

Mianevem

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Sorceress from Budapest, Hungary
Posts: 190
Saturday, November 19

Before breakfast
-- 10 push-ups | day 26 of First Thing Push-ups
-- Day 26 of 1-minute Plank
-- Day 22 of Hard Reset Cardio | indoor option

Midday
-- 6 km hike

I managed to do a little bit of exercise before the others got up, and after breakfast we followed a trail to a nearby lookout tower. We were glad that the weather was nice and we could go out, because otherwise our brains would've been completely dulled from playing board games all day long.
 

Mianevem

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Sorceress from Budapest, Hungary
Posts: 190
Sunday, November 20

Before breakfast
-- 20 push-ups | day 27 of First Thing Push-ups
-- Day 23 of Hard Reset Strength

Late afternoon
-- 80 jump knee-tucks | day 23 of Impact
-- Day 23 of Hard Reset Cardio
-- Day 27 of 1-minute Plank

We arrived back home from Lake Balaton, and I had a 90-min nap… It wasn't even sleepiness, rather that the pill I took against motion sickness (which I need for any car ride longer than ~1 hour…) sedated me so much that even after those 90 minutes I felt like I could sleep forever. But hey, better that than having to clean someone else's car… :p

Then I went to bed very early… the last time my Garmin showed a body battery of 100 was on 2 November and it barely ever got above 50 this past week. I slept long and well, but still only raised it to 69. :panic:
 

Mianevem

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Sorceress from Budapest, Hungary
Posts: 190
Monday, November 21

Morning
-- 30 push-ups | day 28 of First Thing Push-ups
-- Day 28 of 1-minute Plank
-- 1:30-1:00-1:00-1:30-1:00-1:00-1:00-1:00-1:00 full plank | day 24 of Impact
I had planned a little bit more for this morning, but I began to feel queasy after 5 minutes of the Impact challenge. :confused: I suppose so much planking isn't something I can do on an empty stomach. After eating a banana, I could continue just fine.

Midday
-- Day 24 of Hard Reset Strength

Late afternoon
-- Day 25 of Impact

Evening
-- 3x80 punches | day 5 of Power Punch
-- Day 24 of Hard Reset Cardio | lvl I
 
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