tei_ Posted June 15, 2020 Report Share Posted June 15, 2020 Assassins! Hi! It has been *checks own signature* two years since my last confession. I mean, challenge. Reading back the second-last challenge before dropping off the Nerd Fitness earth, in March 2018, I'm actually really proud of what I accomplished in that time and how much I can see I was on the right track when I posted that. At the time, I had finally hit the psychological breaking point at the end of a few years of calorie-counting, and was facing down the daunting task of figuring how to just... eat. I wrote at the time: Quote I just… really want to eat normally! I want to be able to eat normal, healthy food when I’m hungry, and stop when I’m satisfied. Buuuut I gotta admit I’m not there yet, because when I stopped counting, the cycle of over and undereating just turned into… well, overeating. And I’m now up about ten pounds from where I was in the fall. Fun! So, moment of gratitude: I've basically done that! Over the past few years I've worked to dismantle the food scarcity mentality I installed in myself with calorie counting, and the extra weight came off. I'm pretty happy with my body and my ability to eat when I'm hungry and stop when I'm full. Sport-wise, the updates are: last year, a coach that I met at adult gymnastics night ended up inviting me to train with her advanced rec group. This was perfect, an absolute dream, because for a year I had access to ~10 hours of gymnastics a week, depending on my (very irregular) work schedule, and best of all it was during the normal gym times. Which meant that I met and became friendly with a lot of the competitive coaches at my gym, all of whom viewed a nearly-thirty-year-old who got serious about gymnastics as an adult as a fascinating and charming oddity. (Sometimes they would ask me to demonstrate skills to their little JOs, with either the implication or the actual admonishment, "See? If she can do it, you can do it!") I even got to compete in a little end-of year, just-for-feedback intraclub meet: Then, in the summer, I met up with a friend from my old gym across the country and drove down to Adult Gymnastics Camp in Portsmouth, NH. We go to Trader Joe's and each buy chocolatethat we're only allowed to eat if she flips a tsuk onto a mat, and I do a double tuck somewhere. So, 2019, just all around a bang-up year for gymnastics, A+, would ride this ride again. Unfortunately, it turned out the coach who had invited me to train with her group, um, was charging me the wrong price for the entire year. And the actual price was supposed to be a lot higher. So I just couldn't justify financially being in the same group for this year, as much as I wanted to. Okay, no problem, thinks me, I will shell out to get my comp 1 coaching course, and then I'll be able to sub as a coach at my gym. Great plan! Coaches get to go to adult gym night for free, and I made an arrangement with one of the comp coaches that I could also come in and train on my own on a night when he's alone in the gym with a cheer tumbling group. So I start coaching when other people ask me to fill in for them, and I have two nights of gymnastics a week for $0. ...which lasted for about two weeks before the lockdown started. So now I'm... pretty much where everyone else is, I suppose? I'm lucky to live in a province with very low COVID numbers, and a very slow re-opening. And objectively I know it's a good thing that the gym isn't open yet-- neither the gymnastics club nor the university fitness centre-- but man, I miss everything. So! I don't really know what my goals are going to be for this challenge yet, but I'll figure it out in the coming week. I want to make a habit of stretching: flexibility is the one thing I could really get better at right now, dammit! And I need to build habits of getting to bed earlier. My exercise lately has been walking a lot, attending the occasional protest, and-- strangely-- doing pushups. Re. the pushups, it seems the extended enforced break from gymnastics let my left shoulder actually heal from whatever was making it hurt all the time, and now I can do pushups with no pain, so some switch in my brain flipped (very possibly thanks to reading Gideon the Ninth) to "I WANT HUGE GUNS" position, and now I'm doing 10 sets of 10 pushups a day, which I feel pretty good about 😁 Well, this was a damn novel about me, so I'll leave it there. Looking forward to challenging with the Assassins again! 8 Quote Current challenge: Tei gets the zoomies Previous challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 Link to comment
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