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Erick the Red

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  1. Thanks. I am good right now with only having one or two people stopping by. That is enough of a social obligation that I know someone will notice if I don't keep up my end, and enough to sometimes get me moving if I think how I am going to have to explain what stupid reason caused me to miss out on a workout (like falling asleep after dinner). I really liked it a while back, when I was cruising around people's challenges, dispensing support and commiserating as necessary. It was a nice way to be nice. Right now I can't seem to make the effort to be involved in other people's efforts like I think I should be.
  2. Tuesday, 23 March 2021 1. Hike outside at least one mile per day. I walked 1.22 miles around the neighborhood. 2. Studying or doing exercises from my Latin language textbooks for fifteen minutes. I finished the exercises from LLPSI chapter 6. I started reading chapter 7. 3. Strength or mobility work for fifteen minutes. I fell asleep again this afternoon. I don't know what is going on with my sleep schedule.
  3. Monday, 22 March 2021 1. Hike outside at least one mile per day. I walked 1.42 miles in 26:54, around the neighborhood. 2. Studying or doing exercises from my Latin language textbooks for fifteen minutes. More exercises from LLPSI chapter 6. Switching between third-person active and passive voices. I think I've just about got the patterns straight. 3. Strength or mobility work for fifteen minutes. More stretching and deep tissue rolling. I keep getting distracted in the afternoon and miss out on a chance to do strength training before it gets too late. This afternoon after walking I made the mistake of actually laying down, and there went at least a half hour in the blink of an eye. I recognize I am past the official end of the challenge, but this has been my diary and it helps to keep my consistency going. Again I failed to make reaching out to other's challenges a priority, which I feel bad about.
  4. Sunday, 21 March 2021 1. Hike outside at least one mile per day. I took advantage of some time I had waiting for my kids to get ready to go. A little over 30 minutes walking laps around the building they were in. 2. Studying or doing exercises from my Latin language textbooks for fifteen minutes. More exercises from LLPSI chapter 6. 3. Strength or mobility work for fifteen minutes. Stretching and deep tissue rolling. I need to get my hips better, because I think that's what may be causing some strain in my lower back. A Long Obedience in the Same Direction [my bolding for emphasis] Journals in which only the first few pages have been written in. Bibles in which only the first few pages have been creased. Dumbbells gathering dust. Running shoes that still look new. Books yet unopened. Texts yet unanswered. Paints yet unused. Our lives are littered with the detritus of things once begun (and often begun numerous times), and then abandoned. And we wonder why we haven’t been transformed. If the starting of things (or the buying of things) is all it took to change ourselves, to do great and worthy works, then we’d all be living on a higher plane, embodying our best selves. But, and this is one of the hardest of life’s irrevocable laws to accept, it is not the commencing of something that has any effect, but the persisting. Not the converting but the enduring. Not the dabbling around but the digging in. Half-finished projects never have the power to make us whole. There is an inverse relationship between the number of times one does something, and how inherently exciting and intrinsically rewarding it is to do. But there is a direct relationship between how many times one does something and the power it has to strengthen and shape. It’s the constant drip, drip, drip of water that smooths a stone. The little strokes that fell great oaks. The daily practice that makes the shallow, deep; the intentional, instinctive; the outward, inward. It’s the repetition that brings refinement. The equation for becoming, for creating anything that matters, is submission to a discipline multiplied by time. As Nietzsche put it, “everything of the nature of freedom, elegance, boldness . . . and masterly certainty”; everything to do with “virtue, art, music, dancing, reason, spirituality”; everything “that is transfiguring,” that makes “life worth living,” is premised on one thing: A “long obedience in the same direction.”
  5. Saturdday, 20 March 2021 1. Hike outside at least one mile per day. I forgot to turn on the tracking app, but I walked for about 1.5 miles in a little over 30 minutes. 2. Studying or doing exercises from my Latin language textbooks for fifteen minutes. More exercises from LLPSI chapter 6. It's hard to stay focused. Maybe I can break it into a morning and evening attempt to get more time on task. 3. Strength or mobility work for fifteen minutes. I messed up on this one. I walked in the morning, and in hindsight I should have done some strength training as well. I got busy in the afternoon and we had friends over in the evening (yes, in person. which took a lot of work to get everyone comfortable to do), so I just need to schedule better.
  6. Slow and steady progress. I think this is the third time I have intentionally gone through these initial chapters. Each time I have noticed things that I missed earlier, even though I though I was understanding pretty well. It is still frustrating that I am so far from functionally fluent, but I am really only at an advanced beginner phase, like after one or one and a half years of classes (because that is exactly where I am).
  7. Friday, 19 March 2021 1. Hike outside at least one mile per day. I walked 1.18 miles in 20:12. 2. Studying or doing exercises from my Latin language textbooks for fifteen minutes. More exercises from LLPSI chapter 6. These are getting longer to do with each chapter, and I don't feel like I'm making the same pace. I ought to work on dedicating more time to this, but I am trying to establish a habit and find a good time to do all this in. 3. Strength or mobility work for fifteen minutes. Worked on flexibility and deep tissue rolling.
  8. Thursday, 18 March 2021 1. Hike outside at least one mile per day. I walked 1.22 miles in 21:02. Same quick route as yesterday, still trying to get out and back in between the bouts of rain. I got a little wet still. 2. Studying or doing exercises from my Latin language textbooks for fifteen minutes. More exercises for chapter 6. 3. Strength or mobility work for fifteen minutes. Exercises and routines with the medium staff (50-inch, hiking stick length).
  9. Monday, 15 March 2021 1. Hike outside at least one mile per day. I walked from where we parked, up a hill and then around the outside of an art museum looking at sculptures, and then along a circuitous riverside course back to the car. 2. Studying or doing exercises from my Latin language textbooks for fifteen minutes. I kept up with my Duolingo study, but nothing out of the textbook. 3. Strength or mobility work for fifteen minutes. I did indoor rock climbing. I climbed a couple technically easy but still physically demanding 5.6-5.7 routes. Because I am a husband to an athlete and father to three teenagers, I spent most of the time belaying the rest of them on routes that did not have an auto-belay system (which is most of them). We got to do some routes outside, which was a nice change of pace. Tuesday, 16 March 2021 1. Hike outside at least one mile per day. I walked all over a very large aquarium. 2. Studying or doing exercises from my Latin language textbooks for fifteen minutes. Again, I kept up with my Duolingo study, but nothing out of the textbook. 3. Strength or mobility work for fifteen minutes. Didn't do too much in this area on Tuesday. We were up pretty early and staying in a hotel, and then it was all day going from one thing to another. Home just before 10pm, and since I didn't have anything planned, nothing got done. Wednesday, 17 March 2021 1. Hike outside at least one mile per day. I walked 1.22 miles in 22:01. Walked a quick route to avoid getting caught in one of the series of storms that are passing through today and tonight. 2. Studying or doing exercises from my Latin language textbooks for fifteen minutes. I started the exercises for chapter 6. 3. Strength or mobility work for fifteen minutes. Body-weight and kettle-bell circuits.
  10. Sunday, 14 March 2021 1. Hike outside at least one mile per day. I walked 1.22 miles in 22:04. Another late night. 2. Studying or doing exercises from my Latin language textbooks for fifteen minutes. I finished carefully reading through chapter 6 again. Active and passive are introduced, and there are still a couple places where I can understand the sense of what is said but can't quite work out all the grammar going on. 3. Strength or mobility work for fifteen minutes. More stretching. My back is better today, but it is still very tight when I do a deep squat or bend over. We are driving out of town tomorrow, and will be back late the next day. I expect lots of walking, and will make a point to do some exercise, but I may be offline for a bit.
  11. Friday, 12 March 2021 1. Hike outside at least one mile per day. I walked 1.23 miles in 21:38. 2. Studying or doing exercises from my Latin language textbooks for fifteen minutes. I worked on studying the text from chapter 6 some more. 3. Strength or mobility work for fifteen minutes. Beginner kettlebell workout. I think that doing the goblet squats and the lunges has strained my back a little. Saturday, 13 March 2021 1. Hike outside at least one mile per day. I walked 1.02 miles in 19:51. Later than usual, in the light of the streetlamps, but we had a busy day today. 2. Studying or doing exercises from my Latin language textbooks for fifteen minutes. I worked more on chapter 6. 3. Strength or mobility work for fifteen minutes. Stretching and deep tissue rolling..
  12. Thursday, 11 March 2021 1. Hike outside at least one mile per day. I walked 2.2 miles in 39:27. 2. Studying or doing exercises from my Latin language textbooks for fifteen minutes. I finished the exercises from chapter 5. 3. Strength or mobility work for fifteen minutes. After the walk I did some stretching and mobility work, but not as much as I should have.
  13. Wednesday, 10 March 2021 1. Hike outside at least one mile per day. I walked 2.68 miles in 46:26 around the neighborhood. Different route than the day before, but coincidentally almost the same distance. The weather was gorgeous earlier in the day, but I was working from my "office" at a folding table up against my bedroom window. The weather was starting to cloud up and cool down by the time I got out after work and before dinner. 2. Studying or doing exercises from my Latin language textbooks for fifteen minutes. I worked on more exercises from chapter 5. 3. Strength or mobility work for fifteen minutes. I did quite a few medium staff (Japanese jo, just over four-foot, walking stick length) exercises. I worked on wrist, elbow, and shoulder flexibility and strength, and various thrusts and strikes.
  14. Tuesday, 9 March 2021 1. Hike outside at least one mile per day. I walked 2.69 miles in 46:52 around the neighborhood, including a few hills. 2. Studying or doing exercises from my Latin language textbooks for fifteen minutes. I carefully read the first bit of LLPSI chapter 6. I focused on modifying nouns to show movement: the accusative case to show travel towards, and ablative case to show travel away from. There are always a few new things going on with each chapter, and this is at least the third time I have read through it. 3. Strength or mobility work for fifteen minutes. After my walk, I spent a while working on flexibility and stretching. I need to find a way to establish a daily practice to really make some progress here.
  15. Monday, 8 March 2021 1. Hike outside at least one mile per day. I walked 1.18 miles in 22:59 around the neighborhood. 2. Studying or doing exercises from my Latin language textbooks for fifteen minutes. I worked on more LLPSI chapter 5 exercises. Verb endings, especially the vocative. 3. Strength or mobility work for fifteen minutes. Three circuits of the Nerdfitness Beginner Kettlebell Workout, with a little rest in between each round.
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