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    Tils refocuses

    Well, you might have yours now I really like Phantom Divine and Amnesiac, and the rest is growing on me more and more with repeated listening - I had a very similar thing with Silverthorn where it took me a little while to get into most of them. But all in all a solid album - looking forward to hopefully seeing them on the next tour. This has been a good challenge, if one where I've been almost completely absent. I guess not browsing on my lab computer did help my productivity, at least, heh. And I've felt good about having tasty leftovers for lunch, especially now the weather's getting warmer and I don't just want lots of hot food straight away. One thing that's really struck me: at some point I've definitely picked up a habit of being hard on myself, regards how much exercise I should be doing, probably just from the world we live in. Consciously deciding to give myself days or weeks off is important, but I still find it really difficult and guilt-inducing, even when I know it's important. Something to work on going forward.
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    Tils refocuses

    * Screams into the void of being terrible at remembering to post on forums. Also, computer problems. But mostly the first thing.* Yeah, it's been a good challenge! I've been doing a bit more exercise than the minimum I set for myself, but stuff that I'm relaxed about and enjoy doing - the real aim of this was to not beat myself up over not eating perfectly or exercising always, and that seems to be working. Also, new Kamelot album out today, so that's my afternoon / new media sorted
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    Teirin does Stuff

    Delain and Kamelot! Awesome. Highly recommend all of we are the others. Their other stuff varies in tone a lot, but in a similar way to Kamlot's new stuff: the newer music is mostly darker and less orchestral. If you like metal as workout music, Suckerpunch is very good. I've also found that daily workouts like pushups come and go, quality wise. Have you found there's a particular time of day that works best for them, or is it whenever there's time?
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    Tils refocuses

    Yeees, in retrospect that was a bit unnecessary First week going well. As the lack of updates has suggested, my internet browsing is in fact way down... hah, who am I kidding, I'm just terrible at writing updates. But I really am browsing less during work hours! Lunch prep also good so far (delicious, delicious leftovers.) Really nice feeling like I can be more relaxed about exercise and food. My thinking is, I've got the habit more or less down - and as long as I keep going it won't really matter in a few years whether this week I went to four classes, or went to three classes and spent the fourth evening hanging out with my housemates and baking. And I'll probably remember the second one I also went to the weights room, where I've been building back up after a brief intermission last challenge, and deadlifted my bodyweight for the first time ever! So that was very exciting. And I've started learning to crochet - a small snake for a friend who recently had his viva...
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    Tils refocuses

    *Sidles in late with no theme, nothing to see here...* The last week's been a bit manic with work stuff, but hopefully I can still take part in this challenge. I don't have a geeky theme (yet!) but I do have a challenge-y connection-y thing: these four weeks are going to be about refocusing, on how I want my life to be day to day, vs how it currently is. Productivity: no off-theme internet on my computer during work hours. I'm a grad student, so I've got a lot of freedom to waste my time... but I want to get more done during the day and not panic in the evening. So, I won't be checking social media, news websites, or nerdy fitness forums that will remain nameless, during work hours. I can still use them on my phone if I need to contact someone or check something - but that involves getting my phone out my bag, and finding the site, and then all the font is tiny, and it won't load ... I think limiting surfing to phone will do fine Prepping: At least four out of five weekdays, I'm going to have my lunch prepared the night before. Giving myself some leeway in case life gets in the way, but the few times I've managed this before it's felt really good. Practice: Exercise-wise, I don't have specific goals at the moment. I just want to enjoy the physical things I can do, and not lose any of the progress I made during the last challenge. So I'll make it to at least three kickboxing classes a week, and do at least one other thing - could be a run, weights, a long walk, a swim, anything. Progression: (yes, these p's are getting very tenuous...) Recently I've found myself rereading the same books, listening to the same music, or playing the same games in my off time. I like doing those things, and sometimes it's just what I want to relax. But I don't want to miss out on discovering new things I like. I'm going to spend at least an hour a week (the hope is that it'll be much longer once I get into it) this challenge doing something new - reading a new book, checking out a new artist, learning a new skill.
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    Tils meets her match

    Hmm, I think so. It'll be a bit less directed than this one - maybe more lifestyle related. Ooh, I should come up with a theme...
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    Tils meets her match

    I think today calls for a summary post So, for those just catching up, I met all my preparation goals, but due to circumstances out of my control the bout didn't happen, which I was told about 20 minutes before it was meant to take place. It was pretty disappointing, but there'll be something else - and now I've had the time to relax and take stock, I'm really happy with improvements I've made along the way, both fitness and non. Enforcing recovery days - pretty useful! Who knew! Other takeaways: - I did keep up my daily pushups right til today - it's a little thing but I'm proud of it, and I'd like to keep doing it. - Meditation is hard (at least if you're as impatient as me) - I know that if I have the motivation, I can make (proportionately) large changes with my diet - NF monks are awesome and lovely - thanks again for your words of support!
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    Tils meets her match

    Thanks for the words of encouragement. I'm still feeling disappointed, but there'll be something else. I like the exam analogy. I may not get to use everything I've learned today, but what I learned and even the process of learning it was worthwhile. So, an update on the goals: Make weight: I weighed in on the day at 120 lb (yep, wasn't told until after weigh-ins). So I did achieve that goal - and honestly it was pretty neat knowing what results I can achieve with diet adjustments, if I really want. I'd like a bit more flexibility from now, so I'll keep an eye on starch and sugar but not worry as much. Hoping to balance out around 125, which is still a bit less than I was a couple months ago - maybe by gaining some muscle. Stay strong: I've really noticed a difference in my pushups! The 10 I've been doing daily come easier, and I think my form is better. I'm going to try videoing them before the end of this challenge to do a form check (which I should really have done at the start... oh well ) and continue getting them in. And I've noticed other fitness improvements - I can do double kicks almost reliably! I ran 5k the other day in under 28 minutes - four months ago my PR was 33! While I want to rest, I don't want to lose the improvements I've made, so I'll also hit 2-3 classes and do at least one run weekly for the rest of the challenge. Don't panic: I might change this to 'don't sulk' spend some time thinking positive thoughts about this whole experience. Picking out the bits I'm happy happened. Maybe try meditation again? I'd like to figure out that habit. And keep going: This week's rest day will be Friday if I don't overrun today, today if not, or maybe both. Definitely keeping at least one weekly no-workout day in the future. Goal-wise my club's holding a ranking this weekend - I'd thought I might skip this one, but actually it might give me the focus and goal I need right now. After that, gonna work on some cool-looking techniques I can't do well and would never try in a competition - spinning, jumping, that kind of thing. Going to find that fun again.
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    Tils meets her match

    My opponent pulled out. She apparently got a concussion three weeks ago, and decided to hang on in the hopes of being able to fight right up until this morning. Which, obviously not a good idea. Trying to remember that not getting to do a bout this time doesn't invalidate the work I've put in for it. That will probably get easier with time. Right now I'm angry, and disappointed. I think the best cure will be picking a new goal, something I can actually achieve. But I wanted to thank all of you for your support over the last 3 weeks anyway - even though I didn't get to do the bout this time, it'll happen one day, and I'll have this experience to fall back on. And you guys made it so much easier. Now I'm going to go be grumpy for a bit longer, because I'm not over this yet.
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    Tils meets her match

    Weighed myself today after a good breakfast - 121lb. So that goal's met. There's a final class tonight to stretch, do slow technique work and talk strategy. And then tomorrow is the big day - nerves really starting to set in now. I think the scary part is that I have no idea who this person is - what height they are, how fit, exactly what their martial arts background is. I've sparred with people much more experienced than me, and even gone quite hard with some people about my size, but I always knew what I was getting into. But, I need to accept that I can't control any of that. I know what works for me. Just got to stay calm and do everything I can for those three rounds.
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    Tils meets her match

    The challenge is going well! Mostly. The meditation hasn't really taken hold... I guess it's not a habit that comes easily. Maybe it's something I should look at scheduling more - set a time where I step away from things, maybe to a specific place. The rest has been good. Weight-wise I'm confident I'll be where I should be on the morning, and training-wise I know I've prepared as much as I'm capable of without doing more harm than good. Making myself take a rest day has really helped with that. I haven't been waking up sore most days since starting this challenge (well, maybe after a couple of the circuit and sprint sessions :P) And I think in the long run it'll help me to have a healthier relationship with exercise. I might think about that extra rest day for the next challenge. Or at least balancing the variety of my training - like if I go to a high-intensity sparring class one day, I won't do more than a gentle run or a technique-focused class in the days after. These last few days I've been scaling back exercise a lot, just stretching and relaxation. The match is this Saturday, and I'm feeling nervous but looking forward to it. And however those 10 minutes turn out it'll feel good to not have that as a big scary fitness goal deadline, and to pick something new!
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    Tils meets her match

    Wow, I have not been doing so well writing updates here. Fortunately that wasn't part of my challenge. Exercise, pushups and mind-clearing all going well so far. I actually wound up having a couple days off last week - this week my rest day will be Thursday. Last Saturday at training we did some sort of mock fights - multiple sparring rounds, roughly matched, with everyone else watching. The instructors decided I "lost" mine, but just barely, and while it's annoying I am kinda glad - it means I've been thinking critically about how I did, instead of just accepting that it went well. Think the main thing is a tendency to over-rely on coming in close and using my hands, instead of trying high kicks, which are worth more (in light-contact scoring) and can be more dangerous. A really useful experience.
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    Tils meets her match

    Interesting, I've heard of this before. Might have to give it a try. Currently for week 1: Classes: [###] Pushups: [#### ] Runs: [# ] Focus time: [#### ] Rest day: today! I plan on some stretching later, and maybe looking more into visualization, but for now I'm just getting down to business, to defeat the bugs in my code.
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    Tils meets her match

    Yes, thanks! Ugh, the main symptoms went pretty quickly, but I never figured the blech-feeling would stick around so long after... And I'm glad I've added the rest day. A good note-to-self that not wearing myself out is an important part of prep!
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    Tils meets her match

    Absolutely - my brain knows it, but getting rid of the should-be-training guilt is harder! In fact - I might add that to my challenge. At least one day a week of complete rest, apart from the 10 pushups and maybe some stretching.
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