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Bows, hides amongst the new students......  slightly mortified by gi straining at the seams.

 

Yep, another reboot attempt.

Life has been fun lately, all good except for excessive consumption, and inadequate exercise.  Yup, the ever expanding Lou_be_Lou needs to do some decreasing.

 

More to the point is that I'm unfit enough for it to be affecting day to day living.  Big reason for action = wanting to be fit enough and strong enough for music and life things.  Plus, I'm feeling like a lapsed martial artist, and nope, I say no to lapsing.

 

Goals for the challenge.

1) stay well (= avoid all of the gluten and most of the dairy, and pace myself with increased exercise)

2) decrease = moderate decrease in nutrient dense foods and increased veges.  I will weigh less that 77.3 kg (that was tonight's shocking discovery at the gym..... BMI temporarily = 29, which is too close to obese for my liking [yes, I know BMI = bollocks, but I feel much better closer to the lower end of the overweight scale, so I'm using BMI = 29 as a wakeup call]) by the end of the challenge.

3) enjoy exercise (I'm not setting a fixed schedule here, just get my butt moving most days, options include: yoga (at home and in class); walking, including stairs at work, thus avoiding work lift roulette (the number of lift stalls with folk stuck in it is well into double digits, step away from the lift); running (treadmill or outdoors); kickboxing on a sunday night; jujitsu on a tuesday, possibly thursday; and at home kickboxing practise.  But I am not to try to do all of that every week because that will  mean crashing and burning and becoming ill.  Yep, I'm attempting to learn from past mistakes.

4) play that bass.  Six days a week.  Yes, really.

 

I've managed an ok unofficial day one (first yoga for a long time, felt challenging, plus bass practise), and an ok official day one (pre-work yoga, lunchtime walk, evening gym with a slow 5k on the treadmill, and pre-work bass).

I just need to not do all of the things all of the time.  Slow and steady.

 

Bows, gi creaking in complaint, leaves dojo.

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44 minutes ago, Lou_be_Lou said:

I just need to not do all of the things all of the time.  Slow and steady.

 

Bows, gi creaking in complaint, leaves dojo.

 

Absolutely, slow and steady FTW. I am with you in the fight not to do all the things all the time. And to lose that extra weight.

 

Welcome back to the dojo. We will support each other in making our lives better.

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12 hours ago, Mistr said:

 

Absolutely, slow and steady FTW. I am with you in the fight not to do all the things all the time. And to lose that extra weight.

 

Welcome back to the dojo. We will support each other in making our lives better.

Absolutely yes, all of the support and all of the gradually making our lives better.   I'm contemplating borrowing your idea of more fun for next time.  Some routine first, then pad out the time around the routine with some fun.

 

My 12 hours of being back feel pretty good so far!

Yay.

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Decent morning here - got up early-ish, so had time for yoga before work, slightly seized up from running yesterday, but yoga helped a lot.  I'm starting to remember which muscles to be thinking about in the different positions.  Loving the feeling alive effect of morning yoga.

 

My other achievement was talking myself out of my "I could go for another treadmill session tonight" - no, that would be trying to do all of the things all at once.  Plus, tonight is bass playing and hunting down documents for my tax return.  Joy oh joy.

 

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17 minutes ago, Kishi said:

Hey, way to avoid doing all the things and being wise with yourself! Sounds like you've learned from past mistakes and that you're moving on and moving up to make something better for yourself.

 

Very cool. :)

 

Also! Hi! Welcome back!

hmmmm, learning from past mistakes?  I think I've heard of this concept........

 

Trying to figure out how to be kind to myself and make progress. 

This week has gone well - managed a small bass practice (no, not a miniature double bass, a temporally challenged practice) last night, but it was much better than I expected, so made me want to play more.  Yoga before work today, and am heading home for more bass.

 

It feels like a good start.

 

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On 1/5/2018 at 11:27 AM, Lou_be_Lou said:

This week has gone well - managed a small bass practice (no, not a miniature double bass, a temporally challenged practice) last night, but it was much better than I expected, so made me want to play more.  Yoga before work today, and am heading home for more bass.

 

It feels like a good start.

 

Yay! Doing a little and wanting more is much better than overdoing it and regretting it later. Music is great in being able to run through several tunes in 15 minutes. Or one tune a bunch of times. That makes it easy to fit in between other tasks.

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On 1/5/2018 at 9:39 PM, Kyellan said:

Welcome back! Slow and steady is definitely the way. Big, rapid changes tend to lead to quick reversions, in my experience =)

Oh yes, this!  It is still a tricky lesson to learn......

16 hours ago, Mistr said:

 

Yay! Doing a little and wanting more is much better than overdoing it and regretting it later. Music is great in being able to run through several tunes in 15 minutes. Or one tune a bunch of times. That makes it easy to fit in between other tasks.

Absolutely!

 

My start to the week has been good.

 

The weekend included a good bass practise on saturday - covered lots of things that I wanted to, including working towards learning some stravinsky which is on a tight timeframe (gig 20th January, and it is a challenging program).  And kickboxing on sunday night - first class for the year, the coach was a little kind to us.  It felt good to be back.  The pressure to grade this year is already starting, I'm figuring I don't even start thinking about that until I show that I'm managing to turn up regularly.

 

Monday, essential back exercises in the morning, rather than proper yoga, and a chunky rehearsal in the evening, so some moving, and some bass playing.

Today, great morning , decent bit of  yoga, and did a good bass warm up.  After work is more stravinsky learning.  I'm looking forwards to it.

Oh and I'm managing to avoid the lift of doom - haven't stepped into a lift since the start of the challenge.  Helped by it breaking again yesterday.  Getting stuck in it once was enough for me.

 

And yes I'm trying to get my head around doing a little and wanting to do more.

 

 

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On 1/9/2018 at 2:28 PM, Kishi said:

Pressure is a constant. Expose yourself to it enough and eventually it just fades into the background. It gets gentler the more you do it.

 

Just keep showing up! Keep that bar low and keep clearing it! That's the better path at this point.

The low bar height is about right..... 

Turning up and logging things here seems to be one bit of the bar that I'm missing a little.

Various life things are going on - so I've managed to keep eating more veges (yum), morning back exercises, sometimes morning yoga, avoiding the dodgy lift at work, and I've been good about bass practise (mainly through panic about playing stravinsky this saturday).

I would've liked to do more exercise, but there weren't many options for finding time for it without risking crashing and burning.  So a couple of times sleep won.  I'm happy with that.

And even with doing morning back exercises/yoga I'm feeling more present in my body - this is definitely a good thing.

 

On 1/11/2018 at 10:08 PM, Mistr said:

Great start to the week!  Stay on track and have fun with it!

Yep, this.  I love how telling yourself that you can have fun with something can transform it.  "Ugggghhh, I have to get up to do exercise" is much more challenging than "yay, I get to do my yoga this morning".  Even if sun salutations with a black sky and visible moon and stars feels slightly inappropriate.

 

Oh and for all my moaning about stravinsky, it is such a treat to get to play his music.

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On 1/24/2018 at 7:56 PM, Kishi said:

Hey! Looks like things were going well at last check. Are they still?

Yep, plugging away fairly consistently here.

 

Last week was a bit of a recovery week - stravinsky went well, but wow it was hard, and the weekend of the gig was a bit complicating timing wise, so I then did need to recover.  But I kept doing back care, and eating loads of veges, and as much moving as I could manage.  This week I'm feeling recovered, so morning routine is going well - most days I'm managing more than my minimum of back maintenance exercises.  I don't know that I'll ever love mornings though.

 

I'm enjoying the getting moving thing - recent highlights include  a good kickboxing class on sunday and saturday I got to my first parkrun for ages.  Today I'm meeting up with a friend at lunch time for a run (it had better happen now I've mentioned it).

 

Bass playing is less panicked now - but still happening, and I'm enjoying a change of focus away from stravinsky and towards jazz (though a nielsen symphony is starting to knock at the door asking for attention - turns out that it is a little bit fiendish).

 

I'm enjoying getting off my butt.  And I've managed some life organisation - including my tax return - next year I won't leave it until the last week - oops.

 

Apologies though - I'm not managing much time in the forum.  One thing at a time.

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Hey, it's better to do the challenge out there than talk about it in here, yeah? It's all good. So no worries. I just didn't want you to think you'd been forgotten or anything.

 

Sounds like you're doing well and getting things back to where you wanted them. Most excellent! I hope it continues.

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Belated wrap up - after losing the very end of the challenge to an irritating allergic reaction.  All good again now.

 

I managed less exercise than I'd hoped, but much more that I would've without the challenge, so I am counting this as a win.

Bass practise, I'm happy with, managed a fair bit, and playing is feeling more routine.

Mornings - most day's I managed some mobility stuff.  This definitely helps me function.

Phew.

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