DAY TWO OKAY I AM STILL HERE WOW.
So. My progress for week one. I have an official streak! I'll break each section down a little more below. K? K. Cool.
Goal 1: ☻☻∟∟∟∟∟
complete the first half of GMB's Elements program
Goal 2: ☻☻∟∟∟∟∟ row 10 minutes a day
Goal 3: ☻☻∟∟∟∟∟
eat keto M-F with primal carbs on weekends
Goal 4: ☻☻∟∟∟∟∟
complete half of my MBSR course GMB
Yesterday was the Elements assessment. Today's focus was on the A-Frame (think downward dog) and moving in Bear (taking downward dog and moving forward and reverse--spoiler: backwards version SUCKS). As difficult as I find this when I throw it in reverse, I actually like this best of the three Element movement patterns. Partly because it's my strongest form. Partly because it has done WONDERS for improving my overhead shoulder ROM, increasing overall shoulder strength, and keeping fibro trigger points at bay. Seriously, if you have shoulder issues. START. RIGHT. NOW. Mostly it's my favorite because it doesn't call out how shittytight my hips are in front of the entire class. Thanks, Bear. YOU DA REAL MVP. Tomorrow is Frogger, though. Oh the hip-miliation.
Yesterday I stopped at exactly ten minutes. Today was pretty much more of the same. I can really tell it's been a few weeks since I broke my rowing streak (and never got back to it hurrrr), because something feels weird. My cadence maybe. My stroke is way less powerful, and I'm compensating with a higher stroke rate. Which results in a significantly more elevated heart rate. Which makes me have ZERO interest in pushing for more than ten minutes each day, at least until I get re-coordinated. Right now I just care about restoring consistency. Longer sessions can come later.
Food's been delicious. I'm bbq'ing lots. Today my calories were in a much better (for me) place, and still around 70% from fats. I think I'm ending the day around 11g net carbs? I've also been drinking a ridiculous amount of water. And coffee. Might really need to reel in the coffee, but I'll see how my sleep fares.
If you want to see food pics, Proof of Rowing (PoR), and more, check out the new IG handle I made just for NF challenges! If you have an IG account dedicated to bettering yourself through health, fitness, or tacos, lemme know how to follow you. PM me, or drop it here if you want. Or follow me, and I'll throw a follow right back atchya. :winkwinkwinkwinkwink: I'm gonna warn you though. I seriously suck at accountability threads. Like, just expect this challenge to drop dead at a moment's notice. My IG will do the same. NOT THIS TIME. NOT THIS TIME. I AM AN ACTIVE PARTICIPANT IN BETTERING MYSELF. (I'm also just boring and take shitty pics.)
My course seems like it's going to require 30-45 minutes a day, with maybe a solid hour one day a week. I've been a pretty solid practitioner of mindfulness for many, many years, but I've never taken a "real" course on it. Read loads of books, practiced many styles, etc. But this is new for me. It's strange to do it in person, with people. But I want to really reconnect to this practice, maybe I'll deepen it, and maybe I'll be able to help others as well.
I've started wearing my Fitbit again. If any of you are tracking steps this challenge, feel free to add me to any weekday or weekend step event things. It's a great way to feel good about yourself, when you see how much better you do! (Makes note to add "Increase overall daily movement" to next challenge.)
I had a most excellent bath cri today, reading Brene Brown's Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for Courage and the Strength to Stand Alone. I feel so. Okay. now. About this thing that so many people tell me is going to LITERALLY destroy everyone and everything I love. Periods of transition (from anything to anything) are hard, period. They always suck. Discomfort signals change and growth. And that's good. And that's where I aim to be. And this uncomfortable time (for me and family and anyone else) will pass, and in ten years it won't be anywhere close to how badly I would feel if I were still living without the highest level of authenticity. It's too important to me, to teach my kids to be true to themselves, and also show them. It's also just important to me, for me. It's me. It's literally just me. It's fine.
I'm nearly out of my favorite incense. I think I'll try something new.
Shark week be sharkin.
At Hammi's suggestion, I've ordered some black currant black tea. Maybe that will help me lay off the coffee a bit. STILL CAFFEINE THO.