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Shotokan

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The last challenge went well overall and I believe that it's because I really didn't have a specific plan for training.  My decision of not taking an in person Karate class made me feel a little lost but I finally started to get back on track after a few weeks passed.  I can still get in good training even if I am not in class and I can still learn some new things as long a my mind is open.  With that said, this challenge is all about just doing something and going with my gut instead of my mind.  I often heard that the gut is the other brain and it seems to be pretty smart and many times smarter than the one in my head.

 

1 - 30 minute workout for 30 days

The Apple watch has had a big impact on my training and the information it contains has kept me moving even when I don't feel like moving.  I found that getting it makes me feel guilty if I don't workout and I think getting at least 30 minutes of workout time is a good place to be.  I have done it in the past and even had a pr of 75 days in a row but over the last few months those numbers have dropping and it's time to get them back up.

 

2 - Find time for sleep

I have had sleep issues for years and I notice that if I have even 20 minutes more sleep in a day, I feel much better overall.  The goal is to get 6 hours and 45 minutes of sleep each week night and one weekend day.

 

3 - Read 10 minutes a day

This part of the past challenges has been going well and I want to continue it going forward.

 

Extra credit: Publish that one elusive blog post. I almost had it in the last challenge and I think I can do it this time around.

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Geez, yeah man, you need to get some rest. Especially these days with the Pandemic on. Any amount of prevention you can do will help.

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I realized that my updates are going to be a day behind unless I start typing in my sleep.

 

Day one: 8/2

 

Starting out with a 36 minute workout.  Some extra stretching, which I pushed too much and put my left hip out of wack.  I was able to do some other stretches to get is back in place and then came some kata work and some basics.  I did some sparring drills, focusing on foot work more than the actual attacks and it felt pretty good.  I all but stopped doing sparring drills over the last few years and getting back into them is like learning something new again.  I still move automatically when doing these types of drills but I seem to have dropped some bad habits from not doing them for so long a time.  Some lower body exercises finished out the day.

 

Reading went well with more than ten minutes and sleep time ended at 6 hours and 40 minutes.  It was cut short from a midnight call from the alarm company at my office, which was a false alarm anyway but enough to break my sleep.

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I honestly think that automatic movement/flow state stuff isn't bad as a rule. If there is a problem, it tends to come I think from not examining the patterns that are emerging in those movements. We fall to the level of our training and all that, after all.

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Day two:

 

Good workout day. 53 minutes of training, only 6:17 minutes of sleep and a good amount of reading.  This workout started slow and ramped up quickly.  I'm not sure what happened with my sleep that night but it was a rough sleep.

 

Day three:

 

Okay workout.  36 minutes of what felt like forced training. I was a bit still and my workout did get better after I warmed up but not like the previous day.  Sleep was better with 6:35 minutes but I was foggy an my neck was a squawking a bit.  Reading went well again before bed.

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Nice! Sounds like reading before bed might be a thing for you to do. Could be the root of a routine for better sleep, maybe.

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On 8/6/2020 at 1:17 PM, Kishi said:

Nice! Sounds like reading before bed might be a thing for you to do. Could be the root of a routine for better sleep, maybe.

I have been reading before bed but it's not so much trouble falling asleep, it's waking up throughout the night that is lowering my sleep time.  It's not too bad because I am pretty much used to six hours but I do notice that if I have good sleep for at least six and half hours, I feel better.

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Day four:

 

Good workout overall for 34 minutes.  Some kata and some Tabata lower body work.  Reading is good and sleep was 6:35.

 

Day five:

 

Easy workout day.  I was adjusted by my Chiropractor and he did some hard adjustments although he said I was a really relaxed overall.  Some kata work with not much power but clean technique.  Reading again and sleep was at 6:26.

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Workouts have been going well with at least 30 minutes a day up to over 80 minutes on the weekends.  I am guessing the average is 45 minutes a day.  Sleep is not going as well with a little over six hours a night and some less.  Lots of work is keeping me from sleeping as much as I want but when I do get more time in bed, I feel much better the following morning. Reading is going well.

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This past week has been one of the best workout weeks I have had in a while.  I am averaging about 44 a day.  Sleep isn't as bad as I thought for the week I had 6:47 average but some days were really low with a little over five hours.  Reading is going really well and I am getting in more time reading than I expected.  I found another great book called The Secrets of the Black Belt Mindset. It's most about NLP,, which I have always had a heavy interest in and this is one of the easier books about the subject that I have read.

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Nice! Good to see you're getting your training on and getting what you need as you need it. It even sounds like the sleep's going okay; it tends to be better considered as an average rather than as something that has to be got perfect all the time.

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On 8/28/2020 at 1:50 PM, Kishi said:

Yo! Hope you're working the clock and the clock isn't working you!

The work clock was a working against me but it still allowed me to workout for the last 30+ plus days.  I averaged 39 minutes of workouts across the last challenge with some workouts lasting over 90 minutes.  Sleep, from my Apple watch says I had 7 hr 18 min sleep average but I am thinking it might be a little off.  Reading also went very well and I read an awesome book that I want to read again just because it had some much good information in it.  It's called Secrets of the Black Belt Mindset: Turning Simple Habits Into Extraordinary Success but Will Dieck.  Lots of great mind and habit info.  The only downside is, I didn't get in the blog post but that seem to be a pattern that I need to fix.

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