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Carpinus

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  • Birthday 11/19/1975

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  1. This is really helpful. Thanks, folks! I've signed up to MyFitnessPal, hoping to get the hang of it soon!
  2. That is my question. How do you track your workouts/food intake/measurements? Old fashioned pen and paper, excel workbook, online? Really interested, as I've not yet cracked what works for me.
  3. Back from the cruise! Was a good break, and managed to keep up most challenges. I did far more walking than I thought I'd get to do, which was great. And kept up the yoga and water. Meditation still feels very challenging, so I'm going to get in touch with a monk friend of mine and have a chat about it. But I feel good to be back on NF, and on that basis alone this challenge has been a success. Thanks yous guys. x
  4. You guys are the best.
  5. Big shout our for the respawn. Sounding good.
  6. True, but when you do find them, you look like a badass.
  7. Even a simple challenge is feeling hard. Why is that? One thing at a time... Water - 2 litres a day. Black tea with millk is not water, Carpinus. This is going okay so far, but yesterday I didn't hit my target, and my head is feeling it today. Yoga - Found a great beginners' class in London, so that once a week (apart from cruise week), and practice in between. Going to class every week, which is feeling good as a practice and some self-care. Gentle stretching most days. Meditation - time out, every day, to sit. Can be two minutes. Why is this so hard this week? I have no idea. Often I can happily sit for half an hour, but in the last week the very idea of stopping has felt scary. Pushing on. I've realised that most of my recent practice has been on public transport - pluggin in to Insight Timer and I can go. But getting the cushion out at home and just sitting, not so much. Walking - a source of joy and marginal gains. Not specifying a goal, but getting mindful of taking opportunities to walk. Easy during the week. Harder at the weekend. But getting some good walking in, which makes me happy. Showing up - @sarakingdom was spot on, when she suggested showing up can be a challenge. I've definitely found it so, so I'll make it an actual one. Even if it's only adding bits on here once a week, and dropping in on other people's threads. It's weirdly scary, that - I don't know why - but I've done best on here when I've felt part of it. So I'll be part of it. Here I am! x
  8. I'd be up for that! Sounds awesome! I've slowed down on the Pratchetts, annoyingly. I'm at a point where it'd be really handy to read Wyrd Sisters, but I've written a play about the Macbeth witches and want to avoid accusations of plagiarism by not reading it. Is that weird?
  9. Pretty much general practice. But I'm awfully stiff, always have been. Am trying to change my mindset that I can't change that. I'm normally pretty good with a growth mindset, but when it comes to my flexibility, I'm horribly fixed mindset! But a good friend of mine is a yoga teacher, and has my back. It's feeling pretty good so far. Powering through the doubt!
  10. Here I am! Showing up! A good weekend of walking, some quiet time on the train this morning before more walking, some nice, mindful yoga stretches yesterday. It's feeling good and doable. Thank you so much for the immediate welcome and support!
  11. Canary Islands and Gibraltar. I've never been on a cruise before, but the in-laws go about four times a year! I'm excited!
  12. Carpinus took a look at her life. Perhaps the assassin life was no longer for her. So she stood at the foot of the mountain and gazed up at the monastery. This might be the way forward. Towards the end of this challenge she must go on a cruise with her in-laws, but until then... Water - 2 litres a day. Black tea with millk is not water, Carpinus. Yoga - Found a great beginners' class in London, so that once a week (apart from cruise week), and practice in between. Meditation - time out, every day, to sit. Can be two minutes. Walking - a source of joy and marginal gains. Not specifying a goal, but getting mindful of taking opportunities to walk. Showing up - @sarakingdom was spot on, when she suggested showing up can be a challenge. I've definitely found it so, so I'll make it an actual one. Even if it's only adding bits on here once a week, and dropping in on other people's threads. It's weirdly scary, that - I don't know why - but I've done best on here when I've felt part of it. So I'll be part of it.
  13. Oh man, this is hard. I feel like I'm not getting anywhere. Injuries won't go away, and I feel like I'm slipping into a fixed mindset that my flexibility and general functional fitness are never going to improve. So I guess my challenge for this four weeks is to shift that mindset. Not a traditional challenge, and not a massively positive framing for it, but I'm exhausted and not in a great frame of mind, so this challenge-opening is largely a cris de coeur. Or maybe a rebel yell. Need your support, excellent people.
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