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  1. As I gain momentum in some areas, I'm getting a better idea of what my weaknesses are. They're essentially all mental. For this challenge I'll be working mostly to keep up with my current workout and eating plans, BUT the twist now will be to try to shift the focus to: making my mentality about health a lot more positive. So to find my goals, I've got to know my weaknesses, right? What I want to work on is my wide array of Bad Ideas about health/fitness and body image. I've talked to several trusted friends and I'm finally coming to terms with having a lot of unhealthy ideas about my body an
  2. so I was just browsing around to look for people to check in on, and what do I see at the top of this page but a White Stripes gif? Hello there new person! Spreading out movement is a really nice concept! I've noticed I tend to be very sedentary on days I'm not working out and was wondering how to implement change there. I'm intrigued at that 'movement point' system, did you come up with the idea of that yourself? Love it! And huzzah for growing things! I've killed everything except a golden pothos, but one of my roommates has been researching like mad to get an indoor garden going on to gr
  3. Thank you! I saw you were going to try parkour, now THAT sounds really exciting. It's definitely something I'm interested in, but not something I see myself starting soon (to keep the focus on aerials). But yes, having a GOAL for my exercise makes all the difference! Now whenever I don't feel like working out I can usually convince myself by going "but I want to do cool things on silks!" haha. How was that first parkour class?! Followed you back, thank you! I'm glad everyone can tell I'm having a great time in those videos. xD It's even better in the real class with the instructor and all
  4. Update! We just had class on Sunday and our 'usual' instructor from the past 5 classes is gone on a trip, so we had a substitute, and it was actually really great having a different perspective on everything! Our regular instructor (and the woman I have for my next set of 8 classes as well) is more of a silks person, but this sub is more of a lyra gal. We learned some new variations on what we already knew on the trapeze, how to jump up into a straddle on that and the lyra, and some completely new things on the lyra, which we otherwise hadn't touched yet as a class! (In my initial intro at a
  5. Aha, I found it again! Hey there you commented on my challenge a few days ago and I'd read through yours with the intent to comment as well, but then I lost track of it (being on mobile can be treacherous!). I love the positivity in this challenge. As important as all those stats and tracking can be of things like exercise and eating habits, the bottom line of change is the personal aspects of it - whether or not you can mentally do so, and why. I think keeping track of trying to change your thinking for the better is a great spin on a lot of the challenges here, and I hope it gives you what
  6. Good news all around! I signed up for the next round of aerials classes a few days ago. Since I drive in my roommate, who doesn't have a car, we have to find a time that fits both of us, and while I felt ready for this gym's "1B", she wanted to stay in "1A", which we just took. Which is fine! So we both signed up for that, and I figured I'd spend the next 8 weeks just really getting the hang of the fundamentals. : P Well, as it turns out, a 1B opened up at the same time as that 1A! Considering there's only two rooms in that gym, I'm psyched at this great smiling of fate! So now I'm officially
  7. I know the general rule of '8 weeks til you notice, 12 weeks til close friends notice, 16 weeks for everyone else', and experience tells me this is more or less the case too! I'm trying to focus on how I FEEL as opposed to look, to avoid feeling discouraged. (Especially since I'd sort of assumed I'd lose weight - I'm about 20 pounds heavier than I'm used to being, which only bothers me since I can SEE its accompanied by a loss of muscle mass. My first semester of college went well grade-wise but it took a toll on everything else! But now at least I know I'm doing all the right things, so I'm f
  8. Haha thanks! I've always thought of myself as weak in the upper body, so it's crazy being in this beginner's silks class and having other students comment on how 'strong' I am! It's ALL a matter of perspective, which I'd always heard and tried to believe, but living it out is another thing entirely! I took photos of myself right as I started silks classes, actually, which was almost exactly a month ago now. I can't really see a difference between those and the mirror yet, but I think it's just a) a matter of time, and b ) I actually AM stronger, I can tell, regardless of what the photos might
  9. That guy's eyes are so intense in that gif, holy cow! I think having a good life-week but a bad-challenge week is okay once in a while! Just don't be discouraged by it. Getting back on track shouldn't be too hard. I've read through this whole post. That gymnastics class sounds crazy but super useful for learning functional movements and strength! That's awesome that you found it! Was it something your university does, you said? (Also, I'm excited you're starting silks! My silks partner and I are considering trying out pole classes ourselves, too, so we may have another cross-over of inte
  10. manarelle, fridelisan, and starsapart! thanks to all of you! I know it's been a while since I posted, so I'm just gonna recap as much as I can in here. slow and steady usually sees me getting frustrated/bored and quitting, but this time I've been more successful at convincing myself to stick with it. I'm finally starting to see/feel results, which is all I was REALLY frustrated about for the first 4-6 weeks of changing up my diet and exercise. Most of my issue has been the process of me working through some...negative ideas about my strength levels compared to others. I'm still in the proc
  11. Our protagonist: a 24 year-old massage therapist and full-time student. She's never really done something like this before - organized sport? Not since middle school! But she seems to have found a new hobby... The prologue we've finished: she started aerial classes 5 weeks ago with a roommate, and is developing her love for this outlet. This chapter: continuing to gain skills with silks. Continuing to gain strength outside of classes, to progress further during aerial sessions. Fuel the body that's taking her on this journey. Juggle all this with the return of a full semester of classes.
  12. "angry diaper" sums it up VERY WELL, haha! Love it. It's funny how the terms are different everywhere. To wrap up this challenge for me! I definitely succeeded for the vegetable one, and the one about aerial classes/working out. Buuuuut I did not do well for getting to bed on time! I think based on the numbers I'd give myself a B for this one. Definitely passed, but could've done better! I am so glad I tried out aerial silks. And I'm even happier that I'm going to a gym with a structured class/levels system. I can already tell that feeling I'm making progress, with such an obvious system
  13. Kicked the trapeze itself! I heard/felt it make an awful noise and it hurt like hell, but I just sorta played it off and tried again til I got the mount down. Once I got off the trapeze I could see the two toes I hit were white, compared to the rest of my foot which was flushed. Gradually I watched them turn purple, and the pain only slightly lessened, which is when I asked if there were any ice packs. Only one was broken, at least the other was just bruised! I got it checked at an urgent care center about 24 hours later, which I count as a personal win for me - I was really hesitant to do so,
  14. Now that I know what the hammock is, I know we've got a few set-ups of that in our gym! In fact the teacher had two of us use them today while practicing something (superman I believe). Sorry I disappeared for a little while there! I started class last Tuesday and have been really working to make sure everything else stays as-planned for my goals. Aaaaand aerials plans changed a bit! For the better though I've joined a more structured gym right away, rather than waiting! It's a 7-week session, just had week 2's class today! AND one of my roommates joined with me, and we're going togethe
  15. Oh gosh, it's surprising both of you with the air footlock! I'm pretty pleased with myself then, haha. I think part of my ability to get it at all might have been that the instructor didn't give any indication that it was hard (well, she said it was, but she also clearly thought I could get it down!) and so I didn't psych myself out at all! I also took 3 weeks to do bodyweight workouts at home before signing up for classes, which I think really helped. I'm starting from nothing as far as gymnastic ability, but I'm at least a few levels in on strength! Thanks for all the encouragement : ) What
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