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Maris Stella

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  • Birthday 01/21/1987

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  1. I hope everyone's challenges are going well! Sitting this one out, but looking forward to the next one.

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      going well it's a big thing, let's say hard, but some impovements :)

      looking forward to your next challenge ! keep me posted !

  2. Been totally MIA from NF for....wow, MONTHS...But just wanted to pop in and wish you all the best of will on your 6-wk challenge!
  3. Feels better, thanks!. I worked through it and the numbness went away, so I am still not sure why it happened in the first place, but I'm glad it's gone! @Substix, yes, my lower back is very sensitive so I am extremely careful with it. I don't think it was that. But it definitely could have been pigeon. I should probably go to an actual class and seek the advice of a pro before I attempt pigeon again...I'm just really not sure what it is supposed to feel like. It sure feels awkward as hell, the way I have been doing it.
  4. That is awesome, substix. I still have a bit of a "thump" but I can get my foot up there without a problem. Just working on grace, now. My goals are going. I've got 3 hours of yoga this week, and been working on the pushups. I have decided to adjust my diet goal because the problem with limiting eating out was that I ended up skipping a lot of meals if I hadn't prepared. We dropped that this weekend and just made a point to eat non-processed, non-cheesy, non-bready things, and stick to our banned foods list (still going strong!) Part of the problem was I doubled a chili recipe so that we could take it to work, and ended up really messing it up in the process >< WHOOPS. Still battling writer's block, but there is time left today.
  5. You know, it is finally starting to resolve itself, but it's from a yoga session on Monday. I can feel my feet, but I have tingly numbness down the back of my left leg, like it's asleep but on the verge of waking up. Really weird! I get the random numbness too sometimes but this is definitely the first time I walked away with it.
  6. Thanks, Sericite! You'll get there with the transitions. It's amazing how fast it starts happening In other news... Damn, girls:
  7. Hmmm, do you have access to a pool? It doesn't *not* use the lower body, but it wouldn't be weight-bearing? When I was a competitive swimmer we also did several warm-ups where we tried to keep our lower bodies as stationary as possible, if you're trying to avoid moving it at all. There are slightly buoyant foam things made specifically for that purpose if you're just starting out, or you could hold a very small inner-tube between your knees. Hell of a cardio work-out, and would work some of your stabilizing leg muscles, which might help you out in the long run. (There's my amateur medical opinion, for you.)
  8. Derrrrrp I have made 0 progress so far D: This is always the hardest part of my 6-week challenges. I am the worst sort of creative person, in that I both love and powerfully despise the process. (For example, when my outlet was about 50/50 writing and visual art, I destroyed every single visual art piece I finished. Every last one.) It's just so...ugh, personal. When I write I look at my work and am filled with misanthropy, as embodied by myself. It's always "BEHOLD the COMPLETE and UTTER ABSURDITY." *headdesk* *headdesk* *headdesk* But anyways. @Hearthsinger, your story is really inspiring. . And that made me want to hug you.
  9. A little late to the party, but are you starting by pushing with your legs? I find when I get into wheel, my quads and my feet are doing a lot more work than my arms and hands. I'm pretty sure I engage my lower body before my upper body to get into the pose.
  10. So I'm on this quest to be able to do a full forward fold, head-to-knees. I'm ALMOST there! But um, after my routine on Monday, I had numbness down the back of my left leg, and it has not dissipated. Has anyone else had this happen to them? Should I be deeply concerned? Is it more likely a result of doing, say, pigeon pose wrong, or is it most definitely from working really hard to fold? It's real awkward feeling. I'm not really sure what to do.
  11. Hi DoubleOrNothing! How is habitmix.com working for you? I'm very curious what you think of it.
  12. Hi Margie! How's your challenge going so far? Is your adjusted writing goal working for you?
  13. Hey m12lrv! How's it going?? Any progress on the back walk-over?
  14. Sounds very lovely! How long is your holiday? It's been a long time since I played in the snow, your posts make me want to plan a trip. Congrats on your headstand, that is SO COOL!
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