zenLara

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  1. Decided to go outside and take a walk in the countryside despite the menacing dark clouds. It ended up being a very nice time, and the drizzle only made it more enjoyable. Wandered around the fields for about 1 hour, scared a couple of does, and run part of my way back to the car, about 10 minutes. I haven't run in about 3 months, so I'm pretty happy with my sensations. One of the goals for my music practice was that I would try to work on an etude for a couple of weeks, 3-4 if it is a very difficult one, and past this time, I would record it and upload it somewhere no matter if it was not perfect. This was to avoid the problem of never finishing anything, since the combination of the lack of a deadline and my perfectionism make me drag on each etude for months. Now, two weeks have elapsed, and the etude is more or less ready, but I keep thinking I can still improve some areas, only to delay the uploading, when if I'm objective I'll admit that those areas will improve, but later, when I have worked on those aspects with some other materials. As is always said: practice today, wait 6 months for improvement to arrive. I'll try not to sabotage my own goals and upload it tomorrow.
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    Mad Hatter retreats

    The horror. Hope you will find a way to unwind. It's true that we usually confuse being busy with being productive, and I think that sometimes brains just need to feel bored and let things be processed.
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    karinajean is a day late and a dollar short

    Hope everything is going well!
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    The Doodlies are at it again!

    Ok, I've thought about it. I'm in. I've got two reasons: 1) This will help me to be accountable with some of my goals. 2) You all waffle addicts seem to have left Terah alone in her own team, so I'll keep her company.
  5. Well, this already makes me feel better. Everybody seem to be doing it so easily, and I was there feeling like an idiot trying to get up on my ring (we're using a ring, not a hoop). We used floor progressions, mainly variations of the L-sit, assisted (a partner slightly holding your heels), and then we practiced it over boxes trying to swing backwards and forwards. We also did the plow pose with a partner putting weight on our feet when coming back to a laying position. But then, no progressions in the ring, "just do this". I don't think I can even do that one. It's like my brain doesn't understand which muscles should I use to get my legs over my head. I definitely not trust my home bar for this, and I'm still undecided regarding the bar in the park, because of all those hundreds of windows looking at it :/
  6. Yesterday was a quite frustrating day at the gym. The main topic were abs, with some preparation exercises I could do, but followed by some ring inversions I could not even try The basic one was this: That then had to develop to a full inverted hang still only on one ring. It wasn't only that I couldn't even reach the first position, it's that I was the only one struggling with it, while the rest of the group was happily holding their inverted hang and pushing up and down to pike, to straddle, and back. Even more frustrating was that the trainer (the owner is again travelling, I miss him so much) spent her whole time helping improve people that could already do it, without even taking a glimpse to my corner. When I approached her to ask for some advice, she only got this for me: "keep trying, it will come".
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    WhiteGhost's Fantastically Fancy 5x5 Food Fandango

    I've heard about this at every place I trained, except for my current gym, where the trainer actually said one day "we don't believe in that shit here". First time I heard it was at a tai chi class, so at first I thought it was a martial arts thing. The other day my boyfriend asked me about it while doing one of his workouts and I wasn't able to give him an answer about why would it be wrong or right, so Iooked it up today and found this: One such study that may have contributed to this belief was conducted in 2003 by Fry et al. (1), who looked at how joint torques at the knees and hips changed when restricting forward knee travel during a squat. What they found was that by limiting forward knee travel it simply shifted the stress from the knees to the hips/low back. So while squatting with restricted forward knee movement showed a 22% decrease in knee torque, there was a 1070% increase in hip torque! This is a LOT more work for the hip and low back musculature to perform, and is a potentially more dangerous squatting method for the low back. Therefore, while it is true that anterior knee stress increases as the knees come forward during a squat, it is important to know that the amount of stress from the knees going slightly in front of the toes is still WELL within the limits of what the knee can handle (2). Reference: Schoenfeld 2010. Furthermore, in order to reach FULL depth in the squat the knees almost always have to move forward past the toes. Olympic weightlifters are a great example of this, as they need to train at full depth for their sport, and so often squat with their knees past their toes, and with very high loads too.
  8. Thank you @Tanktimus the Encourager and @WhiteGhost!!! Thank youuuuu!
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    The Doodlies are at it again!

    Then we'd better not be in the same team, otherwise the other team would refute the results and appeal in the Doodlie Supreme Court... or even to the Great Yak
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    Mad Hatter retreats

    Yes, please, somebody bring it back. Thank you for giving me some information.
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    The Doodlies are at it again!

    I'm not sure yet about joining, I'll think about it. It was really fun when I participated in that christmas challenge And it could certainly help me to get more accountable with my routines. But, given that we cook all of our meals at home and eating out or ordering food is quite rare for us, wouldn't that be unfair towards the other team? I mean, I would get a head-start with 3 automatic points every day. By the way, I think @WhiteGhost was a Doodlie?
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    Mad Hatter retreats

    It's gone since yesterday afternoon! I don't know what happened. It's just not there anymore. I wrote a message to support but I haven't heard of them. Last time this happened a whole challenge had been erased, but this time it's only my thread, from what I see. I don't understand.
  13. 2 mornings in a row where I've got up from bed and there were no hairs on my pillow. Today I washed my hair and also no hair in the towel after using it to dry it. Still, I usually use my fingers to untangle it after drying it, and there were some hairs in my hands afterwards as usual. Mixed results, but there's still hope. Dreams continue to be intense, guts are behaving. Face black spots, that got reduced to the area of the sides of the nose after my switching to a more or less paleo diet, seem to be disappearing from there too, but it might be to soon to affirm it's because of the gelatin. It's totally weird, considering I bought it to help me build more muscle, ha.
  14. Again I stopped reading, and apparently this time it is because I feel blocked about which books to read first, and have plenty of doubts about some of the books being worthy of the time invested. So I'll leave it to fate: I'll make a list, number each book and then let a number generator decide which one I'm reading. I'm adding this to my 1-year goals, hoping I'll be able to finish the list in that time (19 books). So, let's see... first book is going to be... number 2. Dawkins. Ok, let's go.
  15. Pain. Huge amounts of pain. And better blood circulation. Apparently that too.