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  1. Ohai. I don't know what I want to prioritise. I just wanna do all the things. The only thing I know for sure is that I want to start learning Finnish again! So for now I'm going to leave this challenge as a place holder for random gifs and chit chat and we'll see what happens. EDIT: I haz challenge! And with that I mean @sylph posted her challenge and I stole the whole thing hahaha. (Thank you Sylph ) But it's all good because we're in this together! Structured Circus – Class at least once per week (pole) +5 points per class Stretchiness – At least 2 out-of-class stretching sessions (at least 10 mins each) per week. One of these can be body-maintenance type stuff (foam rolling, etc.) if desired. +5 points per session (additional sessions per week can count for additional points) Abs – Video Challenge at least once per week (alternating who chooses each week or we each choose one each week for both of us to do). +5 points per video completed (each video can count more than once if done in the week it is the Video Challenge) Life goal – Start learning Finnish again. Ideally a little bit every day. Unscored Bonus – Photo or video progress on butterfly (pole), forearm stand or flying pigeon. Haven't decided on which one. Maybe I'll just do all 3. Unscored Extra Double Bonus – Stock up freezer with 5 meals.
  2. Ok maybe I'll expand a little. Truth is I'm a little lost and directionless, fitness and otherwise. So until inspiration strikes, and because I'm me, I'm simply going to do all the things and play around with whatever floats my boat, as long as it's vaguely circusy. Also climbing, but that's a given. The main goal is to do something circusy every day. And if I cannot manage every day then at least no break two days in a row. Ideally, I'd like to include pole 1-2x per week, climbing 1-2x/week, active flex training 3x/week and handstands as often as possible but at least 2x/week. But the more important thing is to show up, do something most days and have fun while doing it. Since my last challenges have been a ) failures and b ) embarrassingly devoid of fitness (considering this is a fitness forum) I want to keep this challenge really, really simple and fun. But I do have one little mini challenge and that is to learn the words for different body parts and other pole related vocab in Finnish so I can begin the process of understanding what the teacher is saying in class. (And to restart my Finnish learning which I've completely neglected since I moved here...) In summary, let's do weird things.
  3. As I'm still preparing my move to Finland my goals are going to be very similar to last time. Lots of studying and lots of pole. And that's basically it. Training A. Train on Saturdays - open pole, backbends or climbing. Last challenge I trained hard Monday to Thursday, crashed on Friday, and was SUCH a lazy bum on Saturdays and Sundays even though I felt absolutely fine. This challenge I want to make sure to do something fun on the Saturday too and not just sit on my ass all day. B. Work on bridges daily This is how I feel about my bridges right now. This can be actual bridges or it can be stretching out or foam rolling the hips or upper back. Doesn't have to be a lot, but it has to be something. C. Take pics/videos weekly Because my mum is harassing me. And because it's useful and fun. But mostly because of my mum. Study A. Finnish grammar 3x/week I totally got this gif! Ok I didn't know one of the words but it was obvious from the context. Translation: When I grow up (literally grow large), I'll become a pirate (literally sea robber) I have a whole bunch of jumbled up grammar concepts that I need to consolidate. So far words have been a lot easier to practice, but I really want to dedicate a bit of extra time for grammar so I can actually use those words. B. Programming 1 session/week + read 1 paper/week Last challenge I tried to do 5 hours of programming a week but I didn't do that well. Partly because of lack of time, partly because I just didn't want to write more code than I already do. But reading papers is fun and I can surely dedicate 1 session per week if I have no minimum time set. Habits (ungraded) A. Made from scratch This is not the challenge to tackle any food goals, but since my eating has been so messed up I need a reset and a bit of accountability. I've had made from scratch goals in the past, but this time it won't be very strict, more of a mindfulness goal. Like do I really want this crappy store bought cookie or would I rather make my own? B. Dance dance dance Even though I want this to become a proper habit I'm not expecting it to stick this challenge either. I just want it for tracking and as a reminder. I'm starting the challenge on Monday, because guess where I'm going this weekend?
  4. Mmm, I love the smell of a new year and new challenges. So shiny and full of promises... This year's resolution - stop bailing on challenges. I've let this first challenge be inspired by Finnish folklore as I'll be moving there in March! Disclaimer, I know nothing about Finnish folklore except what I just read on wikipedia. Dance like Näkki aka Do all the things! Dance to one song every day. Because I love it and this will become a habit. Do all the things! I've signed up for unlimited classes at my studio and I need to take at least 3 pole, hoop, contortion, acro or dance classes/week to make it worthwhile. Shouldn't be too hard as it's going to be so much fun! Classes don't start until the 16th though, so until then I'll have to do my own practices. Wake Antero Vipunen aka Learn all the things! Study Finnish daily for at least 5 accumulated hours/week. Practice programming and/or read relevant work for my new field for 5 hours/week. Don't let Ajatar find me aka Don't crash and burn Take self care seriously. I have a lot do and a lot to learn and a lot of training to look forward to, but January is not an easy month to do all the things in. Daily self care will be vital! Eat enough food! I'm going to get my butt kicked in class and I'll need all the energy I can get. To make things simple I'm just going to track whether I eat a proper dinner every day. So excited about this I'm going to start straight away. Wheeee!
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