RisenPhoenix Posted June 20, 2020 Report Share Posted June 20, 2020 Well here we are again and again and again. Aangain? I'm not quite sure which past life I'm actually channeling for this. I'm not sure if it's the Fresh Faced Nerd, who found this place years ago. The Fitness Obsessed One. The Aikido Obsessed One. The One Who Cooked All the Time. The One Who Was Unemployed. The One Who Traveled. The Pre-Pandemic Exhausted One. The Social One. The Academic One. Truth be told, I'm still figuring things out about what I want, both in terms of the pandemic restrictions marginally lessening (though prematurely it seems), and in my current role at work, and my life as a single person, and my life as an aikidoka and physically active person. There's a balance that I lost a long time ago, and I've been trying to search for it for what seems an eternity now. The pandemic for me was relatively easy. I don't like people, I live alone, and in some ways it gave me a safe way to be away from aikido and recover from a lot of stressors put on me when I was training for my shodan last year and just after it. And given how 2019 went, I never really got a solid decompression before the pandemic forced a lockdown. A lot of this challenge is a form of trying to find a new normal here, both physically and mentally. And hopefully channeling the past lives will help. 1) Aikido Returns: Two virtual classes a week, plus one one-my-own aikido based extracurricular. My dojo has started twice a week classes on Zoom. One on Monday, one on Saturday. I am going to attend both of them. On top of that, each week I'll do one extracurricular aikido thing. I have a friend running a Tuesday night park weapons class. There are a lot of virtual seminars now. I'm getting my own thoughts in order on certain topics and potential ways to digitally train. So I should embrace the fact I have this energy after months of not having it. 2) Enjoy the Sun: Two Outdoor actives a week. I've been hiking/rucking regularly, but early on in the pandemic I was very good about going to walks outside at the end of the work day. Over time that has dropped (possibly due to a very rainy April and an anxious May). So my goal is to get out of the house and do some outdoor thing twice each week. (Note: I'm not counting NP in this, even though I do this technically outside every MWF on my porch. I mean out of the house and something enjoyable in the park/nature/NOT I N THE DAMN HOUSE with some movement.) 3) Accept the Bad Stuff: Log non-paleo items in MPF, stick to an intermittent fasting schedule of 15-9. Kyoshi doesn't have time for my shit. My fasting schedule has been relatively solid the last few weeks, with a few issues here and there. But I also realized that I can eat A LOT. The baking has not helped this scenario. Also with my work schedule now being technically 7-1ish, and physical activities happening more often at night, I can't really keep my 12-8 window that I've been using and not go insane or force myself to gorge to make some arbitrary window. So instead I'm going to make a blanket eating window of 12-9PM. It's wide enough that I won't feel rushed, and the logging will remind me that just because I'm doing IF doesn't mean I have free range to shove everything in my face. (Note: Starting weight is 213.4 pounds, with a stomach measurement of 36.25" - looking to get back to the 210 or below / 35.5" or less metrics.) 4) Conquer the Black Thumb: Tend to the garden each day I do not have good luck with plants. At all. And yet, in a fit of madness, I decided to try a porch garden. Nothing crazy, currently just some strawberries, a tomato plant, some herbs and scallions, and a lone zucchini plant. That said, I have about zero idea on how to tend a garden, so I'm slightly winging it. I need to both tend this thing daily, and also make sure I'm treating the plants appropriately. First order is business is really getting a bunch of proper planters for the herbs (preferably the on-railing planters my neighbor has, as I think having the herbs up high and in the sun often would be nice. Otherwise, I may also look at getting some additional veggies added. Like cabbage. Mainly just trying to create a non-physical activity /screen based past time. Hopefully I won't kill everything. So yea, here's to learning from Past Lives. EDIT: BONUS GOAL: Agni Kai: Complete 666 pushups before AgentsSka. Details of our battle here. 6 Quote RisenPhoenix, the Entish Aikidoka Challenge: RisenPhoenix Turns to Ash "The essence of koryu [...is] you offer your loyalty to something that you choose to regard as greater than yourself so that you will, someday, be able to offer service to something that truly is transcendent." ~ Ellis Amdur, Old School Link to comment
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