Stronger everyday

JohnStrong

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Guardian from Vancouver, BC
Posts: 32
"No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. -Socrates"
Classic Warmup
✔ Scout workout (Level 1)
✔ Foundation (Day 8, Level 1)

Day 1 of 9 complete (restarting challenge). Tough workout today, really blew out my expectations. I was like "eh, how about an easy one today".... ok, that wasn't an easy one, lol. Plank jacks were deceptively hard and forced me into knee-pushups for the last 2 sets. And that's a lot of high-knees. For the record, I have yet to complete my Foundation exercises for today, but don't like waiting to post until I've gotten to it in the afternoon (mornings are a better, quieter time for me to log an entry here). I'll stay vigilant and ensure I fulfill my foundation commitment in the afternoons.

So I'm back from a family vacation. Overall I'm happy with the amount I managed to exercise while away; but ultimately I failed my challenge to exercise everyday. Lessons learned: 1) if I don't do it in the morning, it just won't happen. Just too many variables after the fam wakes up and the parenting adventure begins
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And there's barely anything left in the tank at the end of the day, 2) create a challenge that is pared back and would make exercising every day easier and more likely to occur (some nights I got barely any sleep and it just didn't seem wise to physically exert myself).

As a side note, I finished a book I was reading and wished I had another good one to start. Ended up staring at my phone in lieu of reading material and increased my screen time/compulsion. Anyway, I have some thoughts on amending some new forthcoming fitness challenges (simplifying them) but gotta go.
 

JohnStrong

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Guardian from Vancouver, BC
Posts: 32
"No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. -Socrates"
Classic Warmup
Abs Unlocked (Level 1)
✔ Foundation (Day 9, Level 2)

Day 2 of 9 complete. Good workout today, side bridges and side planks were a struggle. Really highlights my midsection weakness.

Regarding fitness challenges that were to commence this week - I think I was going to bite off more than I could chew. To recap, I was goaling for 20 dips, 10 pull ups, and 50 pushups. What I intended would be that I'd be adding training exercises to my daily activities to help me towards these goals. It would've been too much. I will pick one of these to work on, and that may wait until I've finished Foundation.

📗 Just started The Last Great Fight by Joe Layden that explores the boxing match between Mike Tyson and Buster Douglas. Sports writing is a genre that's been on my radar for awhile to try out, so I'm finally getting to one. Perhaps I'll continue to log what I'm reading here? Weapons of Mass Instruction and King Solomon's Mines will come next...
 

JohnStrong

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Guardian from Vancouver, BC
Posts: 32
"No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. -Socrates"
Classic Warmup
Reclaimer (Level 1)
✔ Foundation (Day 10, Level 2)

Day 3 of 9 complete. Good workout, more core exercises. Really want to get better at pushups; they continue to be one of the greatest obstacles in workouts.

I'm having some struggles with my lower back; nothing new, and has certainly been a long time coming. I experience serious tightness and mild pain in that area. What's gotten me to this point has been too much sitting and not enough activity. What's been testing this region and aggravating it recently, I think, has been wielding/picking up my kids. I'm going to try and be more careful and avoid putting strain on that region. None of the exercises I've been doing have aggravated it, that I'm aware of. Anyway, this is the start of rehabilitating my back; will be a journey💪
 

Laura Rainbow Dragon

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Bard from Canada
Posts: 86
"Striving to be the change."
I had back pain issues for nine years, (caused in my case by a weight-lifting injury which I exacerbated by trying to "work through" instead of resting). They are no fun. I finally got a family physician at the age of 41 (after not having had one since I was 18). On my intake appointment he asked me if I had any medical concerns. I told him about my back pain issues. He shrugged and told me, "You're forty now, Laura."

He was wrong though. Within a year, my back was fine, and has remained so ever since.

What finally cured my problem was roller derby. -- Not that I'm advocating roller derby as a cure for physical injuries. Generally speaking it's a sport more likely to break your body than fix it. But it does involve a huge amount of active squatting, which forces the muscles we stretch out passively while sitting to get strong. -- But I tell this story to let you know there is hope. My FP was wrong. A bad back is not inevitable with age--even if you're experiencing problems now. I had days when my back was so messed up I could not walk upright. I had one day on which I could not even crawl! Now I am 51 and have been back-pain free for close to a decade. You will get there too! I wish for you a thorough and speedy recovery.
 

JohnStrong

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Guardian from Vancouver, BC
Posts: 32
"No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. -Socrates"
Classic Warmup
Bounty Hunter (Old School, Level 1)
✔ Foundation (Day 11, Level 2)

Day 4 of 9 complete. Tough-looking workout but I managed OK (it appears nearly all the reps are doubled in the paper version I have). I imagine martial-arts based workouts like this will increase in difficulty as I improve my form; I try and execute side-kicks best I can.

@Laura Rainbow Dragon - thank you for the inspiration and well wishes!
 

JohnStrong

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Guardian from Vancouver, BC
Posts: 32
"No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. -Socrates"
Classic Warmup
Arms of Steel workout (Old School, Level 1)
✔ Foundation (Day 12, Level 2)

Day 5 of 9 complete. Simple workout today, not too strenuous. I could not complete a full 10-rep set of tricep pushes and had to go knees. I tried a spot to exercise closer to home that will probably work better long term, as it's covered for the rainy season. My mornings are primarily exercise-oriented currently, but I will soon have to split that with focused professional development. I want to figure out a "stronger everyday" approach for my career; I only tend to make progress in fits and spurts.

Something I love about Darebee's content is that it lines up really nicely with a half-marathon training program I did a few years back. That was the first program I followed - just 1 sheet of paper that outlined months of training instructions. It became very convenient to know I just had to run on the days the program told me to run, and for how long. I didn't have to sort those details out, I just had to show up. That was so helpful. And it became increasingly gratifying to cross off each successful log after the run. Darebee offers the same choose-your-own-adventure, guided, yellow-brick-road(s) of physical activity. I'm loving it <3
 

JohnStrong

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Guardian from Vancouver, BC
Posts: 32
"No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. -Socrates"
Classic Warmup
Centurion workout (Old School, Level 1)
✔ Foundation (Day 13, Level 2)

Day 6 of 9 complete. Good workout today; the elbow-to-knee crunches were difficult. Felt a bit tired this morning; I think it's the accumulation of muscle fatigue. Yay, I'm pushing myself :) Sleep is pretty good lately, I'm making good dietary choices - but maybe I should be eating more? A few mornings lately I wake up hungry, then I workout, suppress my appetite with coffee and typically only munch an apple till our noon BBQ. I'll try and remember to throw a little extra meat on the BBQ so I have something ready to be eaten 🍗

Last night I was involved in a slightly stressful exchange, and it got me thinking about the role stress can play in disturbing a healthy pattern of habits. In the past, I've been guilty of mismanaging my inner critic and allowing healthy habits to be dismissed "temporarily". I'd take this route because maintaining certain habits "felt like too much", or "I need some space", etc. Most often than not, I think that approach just made "some space" to ruminate further. Not good! Now I think keeping with my routine is kind of like the guard rails of life, protecting me from total chaos, and providing the order I was grasping for. I want to have a daily routine I love. And when life rattles me? That's just a signal to strengthen my grip on what I do 💪
 

JohnStrong

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"No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. -Socrates"

JohnStrong

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Posts: 32
"No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. -Socrates"
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JohnStrong

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Guardian from Vancouver, BC
Posts: 32
"No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. -Socrates"
Classic Warmup
Gladiator workout (Old School, Level 1)
✔ Foundation (Day 16, Level 2)

Day 9 of 9 complete! 🎈 Phew. THAT was a tough one. I was tired of running from this workout and finally took it head on. I learned I'm capable of a lot more lunges than I thought, and confirmed that jumping lunges are TOUGH. Hello lactic acid! I feel the need to boast and say I did the old school version of Gladiator contained within my paperback that started with 40 lunges, followed by 20 jumping lunges. The rest of the rep counts followed suit [pats self on back].

Tomorrow will be a rest day (no workout but continue Foundation) and then start a new streak ✌
 

JohnStrong

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Guardian from Vancouver, BC
Posts: 32
"No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. -Socrates"
Classic Warmup
Viking workout (Old School, Level 1)
✔ Foundation (Day 18, Level 2)

Day 1 of 10 complete. Challenging workout to begin this streak. This routine really squeezed the last bit out of each muscle at the end with power moves.

I've been getting good sleep. My diet has been good too. Since getting into the routine of exercise again with Darebee, I think there has been a significant decrease in cravings and an ability to weather them better. I don't want to get cocky though; I've been guilty of being in decent shape in the past and using that as an excuse to pile carbohydrate on top of carbohydrate 😅 Um, that didn't go well. I could do with drinking more water, can be an afterthought at times. Doing Foundation in the afternoons has really helped combat lurching energy levels. Maybe I should try moving it to our patio too for some added sunlight.

Thanks to everyone for all the encouragement and support, it really helps ✌
 

JohnStrong

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Guardian from Vancouver, BC
Posts: 32
"No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. -Socrates"
Classic Warmup
Titan workout (Level 1)
✔ Foundation (Day 19, Level 2)

Day 2 of 10 complete. Another good workout. Legs feel like they have a backlog of healing to do.

I've been noticing some significant evidence of fat loss; my legs are more spindly, thinner. Less to grab on my lower thighs. And my midsection is getting tighter; easier to make contact with my hip bones. Anyway, signs of a struggle :)

:fireworks:"Sparkle and shine in the face of darkness" -John Taylor Gatto, Dumbing Us Down (1992)
 

JohnStrong

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Guardian from Vancouver, BC
Posts: 32
"No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. -Socrates"
Classic Warmup
Five Minute Plank workout (Level 1)
✔ Foundation (Day 20, Level 1)

Day 3 of 10 complete. OOF! Bit off more than I could chew with this core workout; failed multiple times. Fitness test for my abs. Would rest and get back into position. A real struggle throughout.

📚Currently reading Dumbing Us Down (John Taylor Gatto, 1992) and King Solomon's Mines (H. Rider Haggard, 1885).
 
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JohnStrong

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Guardian from Vancouver, BC
Posts: 32
"No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. -Socrates"
Classic Warmup
Power Burpee workout (Level 1)
✔ Foundation (Day 21, Level 2)

Day 4 of 10 complete. Challenging workout; my burpee form was off (stepped into pushup position) and corrected in the last set. I got confused by pushup side-crunches and replaced them with dragon pushups.

I picked up the Hero's Journey paperback; super-pumped to start it :) Probably not till mid-late November ☕
 

JohnStrong

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Guardian from Vancouver, BC
Posts: 32
"No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. -Socrates"
Classic Warmup
Hercules workout (Old School, Level 1)
✔ Foundation (Day 22, Level 2)

Day 5 of 10 complete. Today's workout was a new kind of challenge. Moderate in difficulty, but very long. I timed my last set (albeit probably the slowest of the bunch) and it went 13 minutes. Dat long! It appears the updated version omits combos and significantly cut the reps. It wasn't obvious to me how I should transition with the first combo, but I think I found a solution that wasn't cheating too much. A routine worthy of the "strength" classification 🏋️‍♂️ Sweat earned. Oh and the 40 second raised leg hold at the end just seemed mean 😅 (how dare you!).
 

JohnStrong

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Guardian from Vancouver, BC
Posts: 32
"No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. -Socrates"
Classic Warmup
Anchor'd workout
✔ Foundation (Day 23, Level 2)

Day 6 of 10 complete. Chose a simpler, stretch routine today. Holding my leg extended during side kicks and front kicks was nigh impossible; just struggled to elevate as much as I could. A lot of stretching and strengthening work to be done on those tendons.

It was a nice sunny day yesterday so we decided to get ice cream cones; first one for me in a long time. At the time I enjoyed it, but regretted it later on. All that sugar just didn't make me feel good. My wife felt the same way. In the future when a rare craving arises that fruit won't satisfy, I think I'll try to stick to a low sugar, bread option 🥐☕ Be well bees!
 
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