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I have been using Apple fitness since February and have absolutely loved the workouts, the synchronization with Apple Watch, the trainers are largely phenomenal, I can go on and on.
I have one complaint and I realize that perhaps this isn’t something that would bother the average user—why can’t we filter workouts based on specific muscle groups? Better yet, why can’t Apple add “tags” for workouts specifically targeting certain muscles more detailed than “upper body”.
Root of my frustration: growing up I always pairs biceps with back one day and tris with chest the next day. Additionally, would be cool to use a filter in the app for more specific muscles one wants to target in yoga.
TLDR: I am well aware of the upper body, lower body, total body filter and I understand the descriptions may note specific muscle groups being targeted. I just feel like they can take the filter a step further than where it’s at today
June 10th, 327
It’s been a bit since I’ve written here. I decided to give Augustine a looser leash and I allowed him to explore the outside world as long as he knew what he was doing.
June 11th, 327
Augustine said he had something to tell me later tonight, he’d been exploring almost every day now, the active sense of adventure that boy has honestly impresses me.
A: Hey Zach
Z: Hey what’s up?
A: I wanna tell you about something I found while I was exploring the other day.
Z: Spill then.
A: Alright, so as I was playing around with my long distance teleportation spell and I ended up on the base of a large mountain range. It was strange as I couldn’t teleport all the way to the top, it was like something within the very mountain’s mineral makeup was negating my attempts to teleport up to its peak. So I decided to scale the mountain the old fashion way: climbing it. Thanks to the enhancements given to me by that project I scaled the mountain in no time, and the other side? It was like nothing the world has ever seen, the mountain range was hiding a large gulf of water, a large island placed just within the gulf, lush forest and 2 large mountains towards the center, a place that seemed untouched by time itself. It could be the perfect place to permanently hide from the Templar, after all we can only hide in this cabin for so long before they eventually find us.
I was certainly surprised at the fact that he was able to scale an entire mountain with seemingly very little effort, but what interested me more was the island he discovered. He claimed it looked “untouched” but the higher ups at the Templar claimed they have colonized nearly all the available land in this world so to have an entire island be left untouched is almost like foreign concept, something of legend.
Z: An untouched island? Not only untouched but also unheard of. The Templar said they’ve colonized all known land in this world.
A: I know! But I couldn’t see any mana towers among the trees or any humans from the peak of the mountains.
Z: Well if still untouched after all this time, chances are that they won’t find it anytime soon.
A: exactly! A place where the Templar will never reach…solemn look
Z: What's wrong Augustine? The memories and thoughts haunting you again?
A: yea, I’m sorry to constantly bother you with them but I’ve kept them contained for too long
Z: Hey, hey it’s alright. You’ve never been a bother at all, helping you deal with your issues is what friends are for.
A: I appreciate it Zach, for the longest time Elock was really the only friend I’ve ever had so it’s enlightening hearing someone else say that, to this day I still wonder where she is today and if she’s even alive! I used to have nightmares where I would meet her again just to discover that she’s-
Z: it’s alright, I’m sure she thinks about you every day too and most likely wonders the same every night.
A: Yeah I know, but it’s hard remaining optimistic in this world with the whole war between humans and keidran going on.
Z: Well to me that island sounds like a great place to start.
Augustine and I agreed to visit the island he found beyond the mountains tomorrow, he thinks it’ll be the perfect place to hide from the Templar.
June 12th, 327
Augustine said that the mountain range was incredibly far, about days worth of running in Augustine’s estimation, so teleporting there is just another thing to add to the list of things he impresses me with. While the material the mountain range is composed of prevents any magic from directly interacting with them, they don’t extend beyond that, so Augustine offered to fly us up there using a telekinetic spell.
Turns out Augustine is only used to telekinetically lifting one item, how do I know? Because he accidentally dropped me. Luckily I landed in a tree. After traversing both sides of the mountain and making it across the water, we arrived on the island at last and man Augustine wasn’t lying. It truly was beautiful, lush fruit bearing trees, 2 large mountains and not even the smallest hint of Templar interference!
We headed further inland and decided to stay at the valley between the 2 mountains with Augustine immediately getting to work and hacking away at the tree with the guard’s sword. After a few hours of work, Augustine already had a large pile of planks with me barely keeping up and Augustine teasing me about it, oh I’m sorry not everyone is a magically enhanced super soldier.
It was beginning to grow dark and we made the decision to head back to the cabin for today and continue the build some later time. Augustine made a waypoint in the cabin so getting back was easy though it had some issues as it took a while to activate. I took a rock sample from the mountains to analyze back at the cabin.
June 13th, 327
This was fascinating! The rock sample I took had incredibly unique properties never before seen! Its primary ability was “absorbing” sources of mana. I had stabbed one of our mana crystals into the rock and I observed as it broke down the crystal over the course of an hour! This explains why Augustine couldn’t teleport up the mountain. So even if the Templar did find the mountain they would never get over it, even with the most powerful mages magic.
Augustine had gone out to town again, he said it was to pick up building tools to help shore up the house we were building. He claimed he could handle it on his own and despite me wanting to protest, I let him go through with it. Unfortunately the town we went to around a week ago didn’t have a hardware store as any construction must run through Lulio first, so Augustine had to head to the neighboring town to see if he could find anything there.
(Cut to Augustine’s pov)
Thoughts: “ugh cmon how hard could a hardware store be to find, it feels like I’ve been searching for hours already!” sees sign with a hammer on it
“Gah! Finally!” heads inside
Shopkeeper: Greetings sir! How may I assist you today?
“Uhh it’s alright I can handle it on my own, thanks for the offer though!”
Thoughts: this time the illusion should last longer as these mana crystals are fresh rather than being recharged. grabs a large amount of nails, 2 hammers, some axes to preserve his sword, saws, sand paper, and stone blocks
Shopkeeper: Oh my sir, this is an awful load that you’ll have to carry on your own, are you sure you can handle it?
“Yes I’m sure…”
Shopkeeper: Are you sure? We have a policy that allows you to rent slaves to help you with whatever you’re working on.
(Shopkeep rings a bell to send a slave to the front before Augustine could interject)
Thoughts: are you kidding me? Gahhh cmon Zack is waiting for me and I don’t wanna keep him on the line!
Female voice: coming!
Augustine: frustrated and staring at the floor
Shopkeeper: How about this one? Hard worker she is, very cooperative, very friendly.
Augustine: looks up
Elock: hello sir! How may I assist you today? shivering
Thoughts: E- Elock?! When?! How?! I thought you worked for a farmer?! I can’t say anything, it'll reveal my identity to the worker! Okay, okay, okay just keep it calm!
“I- uh stuttering
I changed my mind! She can help me, I’ll take her!”
Shopkeeper: I’m not surprised, she’s gone from owner to owner as she’s quite a hard worker, she’s worth a lot of money after being traded so many times before ending up at my place. 1000G for 7 days.
“I- yes I’ll take her”
Shopkeeper: perfect! exits with supplies and Elock
Elock looking at Augustine’s wanted poster: solemn
Elock: oh! N-nothing! It’s just these ropes binding my hands are just a bit tight! And W-where are we heading sir? We’re outside of town at this point and I- uh-
A: chuckles a bit
you’re still just as bad as ever at hiding your nervousness Elock
Elock: Ah- I- how do you know my name?!
A: unties the rope and disables illusion
It’s been a while, wouldn’t you agree?
Elock in shock and on the verge of tears: I…A…trembling, mouth slightly ajar in shock
A: what? Cat got your tongue? Well I guess that’s true consid-
Elock: pounces on him
AUGUSTINE! I’ve missed you so much!How have you been?!Where did you- starts talking so fast that even Augustine couldn’t keep up with what she was saying and weeping happy tears profusely on his shirt
A: slightly choking from how tight she’s hugging him
it’s okay, it’s okay! I’ve missed you too. I almost thought you were gonna be de- ow ow! Stop it I was kidding!
I know. Not a single day went by where I didn’t think about you! And say weren't your eyes brown before?
A: I’m flattered that you still remember and well…it’s kind of a long story…but first let’s retreat to safety. teleports with Elock
A: …and then I ended up here
Elock: That’s incredible! You sure had been on a wild cart ride while I was gone! I wish I could have been there.
A: It's not as glamorous as it sounds, that experiment was agony incarnate, it’s a wonder I survived! In fact I was the only one who came out alive, though the powers I got bestowed with are certainly nothing to complain about but still the effects after we’re brutal.
Elock: glad you did, the way you and Zach escaped the facility was incredible.
A: well he can tell you all about it points to cabin
we’ve arrived Zach opens door
A: Hey Zach, I’m back from my shopping spree.
Z: Augustine what took you so long? The plan was to just get the supplies and get out.
A: I know! But I got a bit off track. I found someone very special.
Elock: pokes head through the door
A: meet Elock, remem-
Z: her! The keidran you met when you were 10?
A: yup to Elock
it’s alright Elock it’s fine he won’t bite.
Elock: H- hello sir.
Z: please call me Zach. It’s a pleasure. shakes hand
Elock: it’s a nice place you 2 have here.
A: It was by sheer luck that we found this place actually.
Z: Yeah, the blast was much larger than we’d anticipated and even if my house remained intact, they’d still come searching for me.
Elock: Well lucky you found this place when you did.
A: Are you hungry Elock? We have some steak leftovers.
Elock: oh, I am actually, thank you!
Z: say Elock…
Z: Would you mind telling us your journey? I’d love to learn.
Z: Right, sorry.
Elock: No, no Augustine, it’s alright. I don’t mind in the slightest.
Life in the rainforest regions was paradise, plenty of food, clean sources of water, plenty of building materials, and a beautiful sight to wake up to everyday. My parents worked directly under the matriarch, Lektra(keidran for bolt/thunder) so me being born was almost as exciting as the coronation of the matriarch herself. Unfortunately that swiftly came to a close when Lulio decided to use our home as farmland and despite protests from Lektra, Lulio still went through with the plan. In a flash everything was pretty much destroyed. Our warriors tried to fight back but were eliminated instantly, I was about 3 when this happened and the memory still burns strong to this day.
Augustine: muttering under his breath
Elock: I know how you feel, Augustine, trust me I do.
A: I know, I’m sorry
Elock: holds his hand
After the destruction of my people and my home, I was sent into the town and stayed in a keidran only home until my 4th birthday. Instead of pleasant accommodations like human orphan homes, all we got was a pillow and some sheets to make ourselves comfortable with, most of us slept on the hardwood floor and it was unbearable. Lulio passed a law where keidran as young as 4 would be eligible for work. After my 4th birthday I was almost immediately whisked off to work on a farm, while the job was tough, they at least gave me my own room and bed, one of their guests even took a small liking to me but tragically he died of a lung infection.
Z: I lament your journey and loss Elock, I can’t imagine how tough this was to bear all at once.
Elock: please it’s okay, you don’t have to apologize for anything. None of this is any of your wrongdoing.
Z: You said your people were killed but what about your parents? Did they survive too?
Elock: Oh right! My parents were spared as they opted to surrender peacefully and they were sold to different owners. I used to occasionally see them from time to time but after I moved I had to say a tearful goodbye to both them and Augustine. playfully pinches his cheek
Z: You’re strong for getting through that, not many could take that much.
Elock: I appreciate that.
Z: Do you have any idea where your parents are right now?
Elock: I think they’re still in the same tow- Augustine? Are you okay?
A: on the other hand gripping the table so hard that it was gonna break, eyes with a look of both confusion and rage
A: I- I saw them…
Elock: What do you mean?
A: They were there…in the same room.
Elock: Are you talking about the operation?
A: Y- yes…I saw them, both of them. They were in the operation too, part of the 10 keidrans selected to be in the experiment. I briefly saw them looking at me, they were scared but I couldn’t do a damn thing to help them and now they're dead! slowly growing hysterical
A: snaps out of his hysterics
Elock: it’s not your fault! Neither of you have to feel guilty!
A: I know, but I just wish I could have done something to help them, but I was just a powerless child.
Z: Augustine. We all wish we could have done something to stop Lulio’s plan, we all feel the same way just please don’t put all the blame on yourself.
A: I know, I'm sorry…
Elock: it’s alright…we’re all here to support you, you got hit the hardest out of all so you should be the one to be the one who receives sympathy.
A: …thanks guys, It feels like it’s been so long since I’ve heard something so comforting.
Elock: don’t worry, we’ll never leave and when we do, we’ll leave together.
A: …oh! Elock, I hate to do this but would you mind helping us with something? We found a place that could be our key to salvation.
Elock: Of course! I don’t mind in the slightest.
A: teleports all 3 of them via waypoint
Elock: in awe of the island
I…this is incredible! It reminds me so much of my home! And you were right! There’s no hint of Templar activity at all!
A: We were just as shocked as you are right now when we first found it. I mean like Zach said, the Templar claimed that they have settled on all available land in this world.
Elock: Well then, let’s make good use of this place, so let’s get to work!
A: I couldn't have said it better myself. hours later, the trio had finished building a moderate sized wooden house
A: woo! Not bad for a day's work, am I right?
Elock: Mrrrr…man that was a nice workout!
Z: Tell me about it!
A: So Elock, should we tell Zach?
Elock: I think so!
Z: Tell me…what?
A: Well…on the way here, Elock and I started thinking and we were thinking of a way we could free other slaves from their captors.
well at this point, I know better than to criticize your plan before even hearing it so go ahead, spill it on me.
A: Operation: torchwick
- Elock would be our messenger, using her spare time to get any other slaves on board with the plan, amassing as many as possible.
- On the large hill next to the town, we plant a large amount of gray mana crystals. Where downhill wind will carry the effect down into the town
(Gray mana crystals were created for a special purpose, making large smokescreens on the battlefield)
- I would then use a spell that emits a light that can’t be perceived by humans but can be seen by keidrans and basitins alike, Which would act as the signal to go for it.
- The group would then head towards the light where we would then break for the mountains as fast as possible.
(Unfortunately the waypoint spell barely lasts for even a few days, and teleporting a large group of people via waypoint could be tough even for me)
I would then use as much of my power as possible to telekinetic lift as many refugees as possibl-
Z: Yeah…considering that you almost dropped me off the side of the mountain, I think even you would have trouble lifting a bunch of slaves.
A: anyways! After we figure out a way to get everyone up there, we’ll be untouchable!
Z: huh…well from one chaotic strategist to another, it’s worth a shot.
A: Perfect! See Elock?
A: I kept the promise I made, all those years ago! when we meet again, it’ll be your freedom.
To be continued
Also for anyone who wants to know a bit more about Elock:
Name: Elock of the rainforest leopards
Species: rainforest leopard
Languages: human, keidran
Physical characteristics: yellow fur, black nose marking, black rosettes running down back and onto tail, unusually big and poofy tail, butter yellow hair with black streaks, faint outline of heart pattern on her behind
Age: 9 years(was 4 when she met Augustine)
Eye color: emerald green
-Eager to help
-Bad at hiding panic
-Heart of gold
-Shy but slowly growing out of it
Likes: adventure, rain, storytelling, being adored, helping, hugs(especially from Augustine), pouncing on people she cares about.
Dislikes: slavery, Templar(although not as intensely as most others)
Unlike most, Elock had the ability to both read and write prior to slavery, being taught by both her parents and Lektra herself. Spending most of her time reading and drawing using whatever material she could find.
Good week! It was my birthday on Sunday so a little more indulgent, but I’ve hit my first weight goal for the challenge today weighing in at 204.4! Tbf I’m starving today and may eat a little more than I should but I’m sure it’ll all equilibrate in the end.
I don’t think I’ll quite make it under ~200 by the end of the challenge but that’s ok— that was my stretch goal so I’m pleased with any progress past my initial goal.
Workouts are going strong including trying a line dancing class last week! I was terrible but it was fun 🙂
One mistake I made is in my line dancing haze, I forgot to choose my meal delivery meals for this week so I got some choices I’m less than excited about. I’m trying to make the best of it though.
Got into big argument with GF today. She wants me to quit weed and i'd choose her over any substances any day. I love smoking weed, i feel like it's my little alone relaxation time in my day when i enjoy a steak, watch some shows or play video games. Makes all my hard work througout the day a little rewarding. I also love to workout, and weed are perfect muscle relaxant for me to use after. They even make me more creative, couldn't made my first song without it.
As for someone who have quitted already, how did you guys feel during the first and after days and what should i be prepared? Did you seen yourself as a overall better person or feel better? Every feelings that i had when high and thought it was better are all delusions?
So I tried touchtennis today which is a twist of classic tennis mixed with the simplicity of padel. It’s played on smaller courts with smaller rackets and foam balls. I had a lesson today and it was a blast. Coach was very friendly and taught me in no time how to rally consistently. It Felt like playing real tennis minus the difficulty of hitting a speeding ball while running from one side to the other. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still an amazing workout! But sooo much easier to keep the ball in play.
I Would love to find new friends to play with so if anyone is down feel free to dm me!
I'm not good with anatomy, so I'm wondering if this is normal.
Female 31 years 172 cm 68 kg Regular medication is Wellbutrin xl 150mg.
I have noticed the passed months, while working out, that my left neck artery becomes very visible while working out. It's huge. Which I read is normal. But right in the middle of the artery, is a bulge. So the visible artery or vein idk what you call it is slim except for the middle area where there is a bulge. It's not very small, but not visible when I rest and the artery is no longer visible like I is during my workout.
Today it's throbbing on the place where the bulge is. The throbbing started during my workout and persist as I have gotten home and are resting.it kind of feels like a stiff feeling where my artery is.
Hopefully this is how the artery is supposed to look like and I'm just scarying myself. I tried to google but the illustrations didn't look that accurate.
My doctors next available appointment is the 22nd of August. So I wanted to ask here. Thank you for any answer!
Maybe a silly question but are steps on the stairmaster counted towards total steps for the day? I did 1 hour on the stairmaster today and it is shown on my activity app, but does the watch estimate steps taken during this workout and add it towards my total steps for today?
Philly and NYC are covered in smoke from the wildfires at the moment. Given most judo gyms are in smaller spaces and will involve a lot of entering and exiting... is it risky to workout so intensely on a day like today?
So to Start, I was a kind of guy who neglected mental health issue as dRaMa and thought of it as tantrums thrown by people who are weak or unwilling. I am born and Brought up in fairly middle class household, (not complaining about it).
Main point is, since past few days I am not doing very good mentally and physically both, I am injured and am not able to Workout (my stress buster) And because of which I have a lot of free time which I spend in my room alone since I literally have no one to talk to OR I just don't want to talk .
I was always a type of guy who never shared my problems with my Family because I thought that they already have much problems to deal with I don't want to add up to it. This habit carries forward to my social life as well, were I make people laugh and keep a smile on my face even though I AM NOT DOING WELL.
This has resulted in something where I fear getting close to people , whenever I start getting too close to someone, I just start to distance myself from them because I just can't do it I donno why.
All these days I thought that i am mentally strong and blah blah, but past few days I realised that i am not that strong mentally, I am just good at suppressing it and Gaslighting myself into beleiving I am doing good,and all the stress I had I just busted it on weights and my beloved punching bag.
Today since morning I wasn't very energetic and feeling dizzy and just dragged myself thoughout the day untill evening, I was alone at home and out of nowhere Tears started rolling out of my eyes and I didn't stop. I cried for over 30 mins and then stopped since my parents arrived.
I felt better after crying , i donno how long this will last but I know one thing for sure that i am not very well mentally and I cannot go for therapy or anything, because I don't want to tell my parents about it .
I donno what to do with this, I always try to start watching some movies or webseries or films ,but I just can't I get a wierd uncomfortable feeling when I start watching something I feel like this show will End and then I'll be all alone again and the fear of this END doesn't let me watch anything I just get way to attached to anything then I start to Fear that I'll lose it it happens everyfickinwhere in any field of my life. I Just have a uncomfortable Fear of losing which I can't overcome
I've hit a low today and I thank god that i realised that mental health issue aren't some hoax or anything it is real and it'll start affecting all parts of your life in no time , one advice I'd like to give is please start letting out what is in your heart even though there is no one to listen ,just go infront of of murri and talk to yourself,it does help (and no you'll not be a mental patient if you talk to yourself) .
I've decided I'll start meditation from tomorrow onwards and let's see where it goes (づ｡◕‿‿◕｡)づ
Pheww I didn't even want to type it out right now Sorry for wasting your time on reading my rant, have a good night, AND PLEASE TAKE CARE OF YOUR MENTAL HEALTH (◍•ᴗ•◍)❤.
After restarting the 75 day hard challenge for the third time im feeling pretty good. Day 1 I ended up doing my outside workout at 10 pm but i did it. Day 2 was not the best. I ate a lot of calories in chips during the days so when I finally ate later on I struggled to find something in the calories that i needed (family invited me out) but i still did it. I think I went a bit over but i just lowered my calorie intake by 100 so I gave myself a little leeway. Also I did my outside workout early on but didn’t end up doing my inside workout until 11 something and finished at 12:30. I drank my last 16.9 oz and read my last 5 pages before going to bed. I went to sleep at around 1 but I finished the day successfully. Day 3 (today) I put my alarm for 5 because I had school at 8 but struggled to get up. My professor cancelled the class though since she wasn’t feeling well so I struggled a bit more. I was feeling tired and honestly a bit lazy but eventually I got up and did my inside workout. I finished my 10 pages. I did my outside workout and washed my hair. I finished my 2 workouts at about 10:40 so I’m pretty proud. Im looking forward to tomorrow.
I just wanted to get this off my chest and see if anyone relates.
I've been playing tennis an average of 4x a week for around 2 and a half years. Just three months ago I realized that I needed to hit the gym to improve further and so I did.
I had been then practicing tennis 4 days a week and going to the gym 3x a week. If I wasn't hitting the gym that day, I was playing tennis. At the prime age of 27 I thought I was young enough to handle it.
Last week I was craving some tennis even on gym days so I caved in and played even on gym days. Sunday came and I couldn't play that day because of how much my limbs hurt.
Yesterday I almost couldn't finish a match because both my legs, my arm and back were giving out. Probably strained them.
Today I can't workout at the gym nor play tennis because I know it will only make things worse. I'll try again tomorrow.
All I wanted was to keep practicing, competing and improving. Not playing for a few days feels like I'm going to forget how to hold a racket.
So today while I was working out, the head trainer came up to me and told me to use some deodorant?? coz I was apparently sweating and smelling too much?? and that a few people complained about it?? I WAS ALONE IN MY CORNER THERE WAS LITERALLY NOBODY AROUND ME TODAY. I then asked him who had complained and he said there were 2-3 people and that they left. I called BS. I got embarrassed and almost left my workout unfinished and was going home but I decided not to give him the satisfaction and just walked out to calm down. Now I feel I should've given him a piece of my mind, I'll do that tomorrow I guess.
I went outside and called my friend to tell him about this incident and while I was on the call, the trainer followed me AND ASKED ME IF IM DONE WITH MY WORKOUT?? I said no I just need a minute I'll be back. THEN HE SAID DONT USE YOUR PHONE IF YOU HAVENT FINISHED YOUR WORKOUT?? IM LIKE?? HELLO?? This isn't the first time this has happened. He acts like he owns the place. I've stopped going to him for advice and workouts because he doesn't even bother helping me. It's probably stupid but I can't help but wish there were more female trainers. The funny thing is women are in the majority in my gym and yet we're made to feel like this. I spoke to a few females there and they agreed that they've experienced some rudeness from him too. I'm just waiting to finish my membership so that I can join a better one.
Okay coming to the point, now I know I do sweat a lot while working out but it's not something I can control. I maintain good personal hygiene and always use deodorants and perfume before going to the gym. Them having poor ventilation and Air Conditioning doesn't help either. I wear dry-fit polyester material activewear so I think that's also part of the problem. It's not like other people don't sweat and stink but I don't go around asking people to use some deo like c'mon. I guess I'm gonna have to shower before hitting the gym as well now 🥲
But anyways I'm thinking of using Minimalist Glycolic Acid (8 %) Toner on my underarms as I've heard it helps with odor and darkness. If anyone has used it for these reasons please share your experience.Please help this girl out 😭