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Kishi

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  1. Goal: 5/6 Tuesday had a surprise twist! Was able to get out of work early enough that I was able to get my squat thrusts after all. Felt good to get that done; been kind of restive lately without my mat time. Oh, and speaking of, that's not going to happen tonight either, because the Monday chores still aren't done because I didn't have time Tuesday to get it done. You might think that I did because I got exercise done, but the extent of my exercise yesterday was three and a half minutes of shadowboxing and five minutes of squat thrusts and then I was off again to be social, and I didn't get back until 23:00 last night. So all the stuff that proscribed my participation in matspace is still in place and is if anything two days worse for having not been addressed. I'm annoyed. Hopeful I'll get shit done when I get home, but it's annoying nevertheless. Still, it's not all bad. I found a batch cooking recipe for my greens so that I can get them cooked and managed so all I'll have to do is pull them out and reheat. I went in for labs today and accidentally almost got a full exam by answering for someone else, but I got my BP checked and it's down pretty well. Even with white coat syndrome, my blood pressure was almost normal. So, I'm hopeful. So. Fingers crossed that I get back and get after the things that need to get done.
  2. Ooh, I hear that. I've had the same experience in grappling where there's a position that I should be able to hit that I can't, and one that looks hard that I hit like it's my job. Bodies are weird. I hope you get to do more aerials. (not to come at the expense of trampolines. Trampolines look fun).
  3. For sure! I'm finding the hardest part is finding time to do it. I think I'd do really well if I could get *a day* to just get stuff in containers and do this and that and the other thing and be ready to go, but that keeps not happening. Saturday and Sunday would be good days for that kind of thing, but I'm honestly too in the moment those days to think about prep work. The new school does BJJ and Muay Thai, although the Thai boxing is less clinch and knee and more Dutch - think high volume punching and round kicks off the opposite sides (left hook -> right roundhouse, for instance). Yeah, exactly. So much more time is tied up in what we do than what we tend to admit, I think. Also, hi! Sorry if I worried you. * Goal: 4/5 So, Monday wound up weird. I did go home to do my laundry like I told myself I would but found to my surprise that the machines were tied up by the neighbor. He normally does his stuff on Saturday, but he didn't this time because the other neighbor was moving out and tied up the machines all day on Saturday. Our washer and dryer are not very good, and he had loads of stuff to do, so I wasn't able to get anything done. For those of you keeping score at home, this is the 4th time in a row since returning to the office that I've not got to go back out to the mats. And it's more annoying because I told myself I was being responsible, only to go back and find out that I couldn't take that responsibility for myself. Anyway, wound up eating a bunch of junk food. There were lots of reasons for this: 1) PBF lifting and fasting all day; I was hungry; 2) stress from the situation; 3) some analysis paralysis because I'm trying to work out a way to stay keto, be plant-based, and get to bed on time. So far, I could only manage two of the three, and I devoted a lot of energy to trying to solve the problem. Eventually, I hit on a solution - non-dairy Greek-style yogurt FTW - but if I stay keto, then I'm going to have to worry about eating more roughage to get some electrolytes. In particular, I'm worried about potassium as I've had an incident of fast heartbeat since going on keto and traced it to that. Fortunately, nuts, seeds, and avocados are nice, easy, quick sources for electrolytes on a keto diet, but they aren't really enough without going overboard on calories, hence the need for roughage. That stuff's gonna have to be cooked. Might have to soup it up some, but that's a Saturday/Sunday thing, and like I said earlier, I've not been good at time on the weekends. And so it goes. Today's a rest day, so I took it; didn't get my squat thrusts done this morning. Don't think it'll happen tonight either, which, I mean, meh. Just is what it is.
  4. For real! I once described to a roommate that I was drinking muddy bean water and he was like, "Kishi, you and your health stuff," and I said, "It's coffee," and watching him make the connection remains one of the highlights of my life. Anyway, I'm sorry to hear you had a bad Monday. Some days, the best thing that happens is that they end.
  5. I've taken to using a coffeemaker to help entice me out of bed in the mornings, since I now have to be up early. It's helpful!
  6. Extra points since between her pain and her packing, she's in a bit of a 'pickle.'
  7. Thanks! Snuck up on me out of nowhere. * Goal: 3/4 So! Sunday was a good day. Hit a few more freestanding handstands without really meaning to, about 3-5 seconds a piece. It's exciting. I'm not sure if I have a mental block about it that's keeping me from being up as much as I'd like or if it's just a genuine lack of balance, but either way. Life carries on. Since I did have social obligations and such, my goal was to do handstand work and my neck training, go be social, and then come back and do TGUs later. Being social got in the way of that, and I was not able to do TGUs. My shoulders get a rest for that, so I don't mind. I talked with my Librarian Friend in Charleston, which we hadn't done in a while between technical issues and the holidays, and after that, I went home to see the folks and do some laundry. Laundry got done, which is good! But not all of it; I got my clothes done, but I still need to do my bedsheets, and so I'll be staying off the mats tonight to get that done. Looks like I'll be doing, just, all the drills tonight you guys. Just. So many. Anyway, I accidentally violated the text and the spirit of the goal last night, hence why the goal's down a bit today. I'm lucky that I have a nap time and a sleep surplus going in.
  8. Goal: 3/3 Saturday did wind up being nice and quiet. Messed up my bedtime again, but got enough sleep, so I'm counting it by dint of following the spirit of the goal versus the letter of it. The open mat yesterday was good. One of my old classmates basically laid out some mats in her basement (technically her parent's basement, but her parents were cool with it) and so, every Saturday morning, I get to go and play with people I first started this crazy journey with. But it was just the two of us yesterday, as our usual third was out in CA on a business trip, and it was a relatively short session on account of her needing to study for exams this week. Shadow work and drills happened. My Judo instructor feels like he's got more serious about my training as he's broken out the material for "Promotion Criteria" and has been patterning my training off of it. It's made my judo better, although given that the new school draws a lot of wrestlers from the university, it's kind of hard to say how well my learning is translating. I've also altered my handstand training somewhat. I'm still using GMB's method as the pattern and my handstand is getting better - I can kick up into a straight body line without the wall for about 5 seconds at a time (!!!), but not consistently yet - but I'm focusing a lot more on practice and play versus their specific push protocol. I use TGUs for my push instead, and I think that's working better, but it also kills some of the conditioning I wanted to do... so, when I roll an "off" day, I've taken to doing 5 minutes of squat thrusts. Just as many as I can. A squat thrust is basically a stripped-down burpee - crouch, jump feet back to plank, back in to crouch, stand. Since my push up game is pretty weak for the moment, I feel like that's appropriate, and I feel like it'll carry over into the kickboxing work really well. (turns out I didn't miss anything on Friday. I'm able to see the attendance numbers and it was definitely enough people to forestall sparring). I could also probably stand to do skipping rope on those days too, but that's a rather recent thought and I haven't really considered what that would look like yet. My goal with the squat thrusts is to get to 100 in five minutes, then add a jump, then the full push up when I've got good at that per the Primal Blueprint. Nothing is being rushed or anything like that; I just take what my body can give me that day and call it square. Also, life has a funny way of forcing days off, and I don't begrudge myself it when that happens. Anyway, today's gonna be busier than I'd like. Working in the office isn't all bad, but it does necessitate a bunch of logistical stuff that I have to take care of today, and my folks have been pushing me to be social with them on Sundays, and since I don't have anyone else to be obligated to it feels bad to deprive them. So, today's for getting done what I can. I have a bad feeling I'm going to miss mat time tomorrow too, but if that happens it can't be helped. I'm the only one looking out for me, after all.
  9. Izuku and Ochako are two of mine! There are lots of more complex characters like Endeavor and Hawks, but I like those two most because I like their earnestness and what they're in the job for.
  10. Right? I don't know how that happened. It's really off-putting, but I'm working to take good care of it. * Goal: 2/2 Technically, I didn't get down at midnight, but it was a Friday night and I managed a full night's sleep. I'm not going to count it against myself. Wound up not making it to the mats on Friday. I've wised up some to what's acceptable conduct in terms of case management here, and while I am allowed to leave a little early if I've cleared everything, I didn't make it in time. Had a lot of cases pop up that needed a lot of extra work. This happens from time to time. There are days where I can get done what I need to very, very quickly. Had a couple of those this week, but I missed my mat time by dint of things explained earlier. Today's a relatively chill day. I've done all my handstand stuff for the week. Judo was called so the coach could spend some family time. I've done the open mat today. Training-wise, the only thing really to do is just to shadowbox and run drills, which is something I can spread out and do over time. So. Today's a day for taking it easy.
  11. Aw, I'm honored! Happy to see you take some good from my shenanigans. These "wander and watch" challenges tend to be very educational and I've personally taken a lot of good from them. I hope you get the same.
  12. If this is wrong, why want to be right? Anyway, stopped by on account of MHA-themed challenge. I'm here for it. Plus Ultra!
  13. Blech, that has to happen sometimes but it still sucks. Something I didn't respect when I was younger was what a luxury training is and how access to it is dependent on a whole bunch of stuff - schedule being a big factor. I hope the good work lets things calm down a bit for you.
  14. Glad to be back. * Goal: 1/1 Done, and with promising results. My overriding ambition has been about getting down early enough to be up early enough to engage in training and other shenanigans, and I'm pleased to report that it carried off smoothly today. (which implies that it hasn't been before. And let me be clear: it hasn't). I got up early enough to drink tea and do dishes and listen to podcasts and do Primal Blueprint lifting and shower and get on the road to work to arrive close enough to on time to claim it. To be clear, a lot of it relies on having got stuff done the night before. So I have to do a lot in the evenings to set up the next day's success - nothing terribly major so much as a lot of little things that have to be seen to - washing, packing, prepping. I could have easily called this challenge "Kishi Does the Little Things," but that would have been an extra little thing and I dunno, man. Just feels counter productive. I will say, there's an odd sense of satisfaction in getting lots of things done and having a priority to do things around versus just doing things to stave off entropy in my apartment. Still, it's not quite fixed yet. I haven't been back on the mats at the new school since I started up at the office again a few days ago - Wednesday because I neglected the little things, and Thursday because I had errands to run that nobody else was going to run for me. Today's a maybe for mat time - technically, I'm scheduled to be at work when mat time starts, and it's the one class for Friday, but if I get my work done, my current supervisor is actually cool with me taking off, and I've been good about that the past couple days, generous breaks and all. It's weird having a reasonable authority figure for once in this place. It won't last. I should cherish it while I can. In any event, I have an incentive to get my shit done because this new school has the exact opposite problem vs the old school in terms of bodies and mat space. Even for striking, this place is packed. There are so many people in this school that you have to sign up for a class time on an app, like a restaurant reservation, and you have to show up. Mondays and Wednesdays, there's so many people that we actually can't spar; we end the days with shadowboxing and burpees to simulate the stimulus, and it's just not the same. I've heard Friday is the one night there's actually space for this kind of thing. I miss getting punched in the face, so I gotta get things done. It sounds stressful, but TBF, I actually like this place a lot. The vibe is intense, but congenial and welcoming; I was told once by a blue belt "You're in a good spot. Champions train here," and I'm in on the scene enough to know it's true, but every single person I've talked to has been super-friendly and accommodating in a way that the old place wasn't from the outset. This is a good place. I think I landed well for what I want. And if I do today right, I'll get more of what I want. Best be about it.
  15. I like the idea of having a plan. I get the sense that a lot of FOMO is based on deprivation versus the delay of a positive experience. I like the sound of that! I hope it works out well for you. Keep us posted, and if you need anything, let us know!
  16. This. It's hard on people, especially if they want to be around you a lot, but I never really noticed that I needed that myself until I noticed how much better I was around people when I had that solitude. It's worth getting after. I hope you get it.
  17. Nice! Sounds like you're trying to bring the vibes this season. Hope it works out! I can definitely get how this can be a rough time of year, and it's really great of you to be around for people.
  18. Okay, so, uh. First off: Happy Holidays y'all! Whatever it is you celebrate this time of year, I hope it rocks socks. Y'all probably noticed I disappeared from the forums for a while. Kind of related to the heart thing, but not on account of anything that actually happened. Kind of got in my head about it for a while, and the last month's been a pretty transitionary period with return to the office and new school and... just a lot. With everything going on I found myself just rolling with it; I didn't make a conscious decision to step away, but it happened anyway. OTOH, I got stress-tested. (it was stressful! But I passed! Cardiologist isn't worried about me and I'm due for another appointment in April). I've had to return to the office, where I found that I can really neatly do all the things I struggled to do at home in terms of writing and napping and meditating. All that time spent out there, however, has made balancing all the disparate elements of my training a little hairy. That's not anything new. It's been a lot, really. And taking care of all that caused me to neglect the forums here instead. I don't think that's fair of me to have done, but I also think it's arrogant of me to assume that I'm really that necessary to the goings-on around here. Either way, done is done. I'm back. I'll try not to drift again. As far as goals go, a lot of it is down to schedule and time-management. Stuff I tried to work on but didn't stick. I'm paying a price for that now. I'm also trying to figure out what effective balance looks like, mostly because I don't want to fall into that martial artist's trap where I live to train and neglect everything else that needs to be done. So, in the spirit of the holidays, just gonna take it easy and make a goal of getting down to bed by midnight. That's it. That's my one goal. I'm not saying that everything else will manage itself necessarily, but I feel like the earlier I get to bed, the more time I have, and the more time I have, the more opportunities I can take to get done what I want to. It's also the one thing that's really challenging me right now. Like I said, the office structure takes all the challenge out of the other stuff. It presents its own challenges in turn, but an early-to-bed, early-to-rise challenge probably will do more to address that than anything else. And if it won't, well, the only I know to find that out is to try. I'll be around to y'all as I can. Wish you well.
  19. Tell me about it. I can't seem to get any time off work that isn't tied to working somewhere else. Here's hoping for good flow this weekend!
  20. Goal 1: 4/4 Goal 2: 3/4 Goal 3: 3/4 Another smooth day as far as goals go. Training, surprisingly, took a hit. I've been getting enough sleep, but I've been indulgent and lax on my bed time, so I'm getting up right before work and logging on. I told myself I'd get a bit done and then go train, and that didn't happen; I got into Work Mode and there was a meeting and there was all kinds of stuff I had to get managed, which I did! But I pulled OT and at the end of my day I had to go and get groceries and get the garbage out and do chores and by the time all was said and done, it was Late O'clock and I just didn't feel like managing the Tonic Effect and cooking enough to get down on time. Heh. Seems my recovery game is rather on point these days. This is a good win in the long run, but it's not great in the short run. OTOH, knowing that I need to train before I work is actually a very useful point of data for purposes of logistics and time management. I kind of feel like a lot of my issues with distractibility over the course of the day are kind of tied to my desire to get that done; I notice on days when I do get that done, my focus shoots through the roof and it's really easy for me to hit the targets my job wants me to hit. Yesterday also marked my first instance of cutting an extraneous expense. That felt good. I could totally check my statements at the end of the month and just make a thing of it, but there's something about the daily check and finding discrepancies between my expectations and reality that makes the work easier for me. It works. Also, while I'm not writing a ton when I sit down, I do find that my old observation about how easy it is to slip into writing still holds. I have a plan and I always end in the middle of a sentence, and between those two things it works out. Anyway, no reason not to assume that today won't carry off well, but it won't carry itself.
  21. I'm glad to hear the bad feelings didn't last. Also, I'm hopeful I find a good place to get my glasses fixed too. I've gotten good at wrapping with tape so that it's barely noticeable, but they don't stay on too well if I'm training, and that's something to account for, I think.
  22. Goal 1: 3/3 Goal 2: 2/3 Goal 3: 2/3 Tuesday wound up pretty good. Everything seems to be slotting into place very well. But the challenge is young, and change is coming.
  23. Then brain small, as necessary. I think I'm going to see what I can do about incorporating a siesta. I know it's possible even when I return to the office. I seen people do it all the time. Might as well be purposeful about it.
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