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I don't know how it's been a week already. This whole quarantimes passage of time is SO CONFUSING and simultaneously goes both faster and slower than I think it is. ANYWAY I guess I need to figure out goals then! I will update this as I think of things. I am thinking of adding some kind of fun and novel exercise goal since I haven't done one of those in forever but likewise trying to add a totally new thing to my schedule vs refining and improving something I'm already working on is WAY harder to remember to program in sooo yeah. Hmm

 

 

Goal 1 -  EAT YOUR VEGGIES

I am still failing at regularly getting in veggies so I am instituting the must have a veggie or fruit of some sort with both lunch and dinner every day or I guess if I did a veggie snack break that could make up for failing at a meal but yeah,  VEGGIES 2x per day!

 

Goal 2 - Ballet every damn day - I'm already kind of trying to do this but if I make it an official goal that's extra motivation or something. (May replace this with something more interesting I dunno.) At minimum I want to do enough of a warm up and conditioning daily that I feel like my tendus, my point, and turn out and overall leg activation are just always good and don't feel awkward. I hate coming back to dance after a week off and it feels like the first 3 barre exercises are just reorienting my body to what dancing feels like and I'm not fully getting a good workout because my body is like "how dance work? cannot brain, what isssss this aaaahhhhhhh!"  Also, I find my lifting and other conditioning goes 1000x better when I dance more regularly because it warms up more of the little weird connector muscles. For example, squats and lunges have way more tendency to get WEIRD and somehow in knee twingy places for me if I am not regularly dancing, whereas if I am in good dancer muscles working mode I just do the good things without thinking about it. Anyway this is rambly but lets summarize this as: 10-15 min minumum of basic ballet shit every day

 

Goal 3 -   Dance for FUN - do some fun Fitness Marshall or similar videos at least 3x per week -- (or maybe daily? but then I can just wrap this into my daily ballet and it's not really another goal sooooo.)

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15 hours ago, dancezwithkittehz said:

This whole quarantimes passage of time is SO CONFUSING

What even is time anymore?

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1 hour ago, WhiteGhost said:

What even is time anymore?

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7 hours ago, Mr_Willes said:

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Eat veggies, ballet every day, and for a daily core thing i can advice hardcore. Works wonders! Should work well with your ballet too!

 

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I know I kind of rambled extensively above on dance stuff and what I'm working on, but heyyyyy rambling about super specific exercise shit is what we're here for right?!

 

I have definitely figured out through this quarantimes that happy, strong activated leg muscles AND hip flexors etc is KEY and helps so much with all of my exercisey things. I already have a handful of exercises I am doing for this but I definitely found some good stuff in this video I plan to steal (some I was already doing and some is added variations, so I was on the right track woohoo):

 

 

Also, she has a really good point about flexibility vs strength to hold flexibility. I especially struggle with holding my turn out in my standing foot when I am doing back tendus and my arabesque height suuuuuucks and these things are related. Turn out work and the exercises will help but I also came up with an exercise sequence to specifically work on building my strength in turnout during tendu/degage/working way up to grande battement (different leg heights) and do a bazillion reps at a low ish leg height between degage and grande battement in all the different directions. And heyyyy It's hard to break this down into basic non technical dance language but I'm trying!! Lol

 

Also earlier when I was trying to take notes explaining this exercise to be done EN CROIX (meaning do it front, side, back, side) my phone decided it should be en croissant. While I don't think a croissant will really specifically help ballet I do think all things in life would be improved while done "en croissant". Can I has croissant? Please?

 

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Oh heyyy I guess I should do that whole tracking progress thing starting with Tuesday because uhhh I don't remember Monday. I still need to come up with goal 3 and I swear I had an idea last night while I was dancing and then I forgot soooo oops. I'm sure it will come to me

 

Week 1, Day 3, Tuesday

Veggies x2? Almost! Half way!

Ballet? Yep!

 

I apparently forgot vegetables exist when I was doing dinner BUT I had a big plate o veggies at lunch (vs my lazy I will eat a handful of olives solution haha) so it's not all bad and heyyy lots of room to improve! I also like, killed it x1000 with ballet yesterday since it was an actual dance with friends on Zoom "class" night PLUS I did some at lunch on my own (and lifting in between there because I am a glutton for punishment.) Anyway everything hurts right now but if I wasn't stupid sore after all the volume yesterday I would be alarmed. We did a "workyout" dance day AKA 3 bazillion reps of everything until each muscle totally burns out. Oww. Also I was dumb and had a snack right before and all our core work was making my stomach super mad sooo I didn't get as much core as I would have liked but also I prefer to note puke from my poor snack timing so ehhhhh lesson learned and it is what it is!

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17 hours ago, dancezwithkittehz said:

vs my lazy I will eat a handful of olives solution haha

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23 hours ago, dancezwithkittehz said:

I apparently forgot vegetables exist when I was doing dinner BUT I had a big plate o veggies at lunch (vs my lazy I will eat a handful of olives solution haha) so it's not all bad and heyyy lots of room to improve! I also like, killed it x1000 with ballet yesterday since it was an actual dance with friends on Zoom "class" night PLUS I did some at lunch on my own (and lifting in between there because I am a glutton for punishment.) Anyway everything hurts right now but if I wasn't stupid sore after all the volume yesterday I would be alarmed. We did a "workyout" dance day AKA 3 bazillion reps of everything until each muscle totally burns out. Oww. Also I was dumb and had a snack right before and all our core work was making my stomach super mad sooo I didn't get as much core as I would have liked but also I prefer to note puke from my poor snack timing so ehhhhh lesson learned and it is what it is!

Haha, it sounds like you got in PLENTY even without all of the core.

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So now that I regularly get enough sleep I can definitively say I am SO GRUMPY when I am underslept. SO GRUMPY.  But anyway, thus my not posting yesterday. (Also like, ..... I have pretty much been not getting enough sleep for the last 10 years or so prior to covid and me getting a break from my commute... so that's a thing and I know will be a thing again when I have to go back to actually working in the office again. Hrm.)

 

Anyway, I continue to be lazy and just have a handful of olives or a pickle as my "vegetable" which uh, it's not a fresh veggies but HEY it is plant material!

 

Also uh, I still need to think up goal 3. I was thinking about giving myself a choreograph SOMETHING and video and post it once a week rule...but I also know that giving myself creativity deadlines particularly with dance was always a massive anxiety trigger for me in the past so I hesitate. But like, TBF are those times I was trying to choreograph for shows when I was had severe unmanaged general anxiety all the time and that has not been me in many many years so totally different situation now. Maybe it will be good for me! Hmm. (Also I may have like, hit my vape a few times to try and help me fall asleep last night and instead it sent me into a weird I HAVE SO MANY CHOREOGRAPHY IDEAS creativity spike and I took notes and have like an 8 count thought up already for this week sooo winning? Except at sleeping. Lol.)

 

Anywhooo UPDATE YAHOO

 

Week 1, Day 4, Wednesday

Veggies x2? Yes!

Ballet? Yep!

 

Week 1, Day 5, Thursday

Veggies x2? Yes!

Ballet? Yep!

 

Thursday I did not get in as much dance as I wanted but heyyy life happens. Dance night ran late and my entire body was still really really fatigued (combo of sleep plus some mild overtraining I think) so I skipped most of my solo dance drills and then we didn't dance as long as normal since friend was running late and I still left at the same time so yeah. I also skipped lifting since my body was so fatigued. I feel a lot better today as far as I actually got sleep and I didn't push it when I was super sleep deprived yesterday sooo win!

 

 

 

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Now to go contemplate if I want to sit around in my house by myself in a Halloween costume tomorrow. I went to some Stage It concerts last weekend and hung out in my dinosaur costume while chatting with people on the internet so I kind of feel like I got my CELEBRAAATE in last weekend. Hmm.

 

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Election anxiety has me like

 

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Soooo if I am lax in posting this week I am busy sitting over here with my sense of impending doom.

 

But hey I did my goal things this weekend so SMALL WINSSSSS

 

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Also if anyone has any recommendations for super comfy sweatpants let me knoooow. Boy pants are fine too if you have ones you love since hey sweatpants and some of the comfiest pajama pants I've ever had I stole from boyfriends. I'm really trying to be minimalist in clothing shopping right now but it's getting colder and I need more pairs of pants so I can laundry. I'd really like to find some comfy lazy pants that ideally are from eco-friendly/sustainably sourced and ethical companies.

 

One weird gift from these quarantimes is I am mostly  just wearing SUPER basic clothes and y'know what I am FINE with that. Don't get me wrong I LOVE fashion, but buying clothing when 90% of the time things don't fit right anyway is.....just why. I am not planning to get rid of everything but I am planning to tailor the things I do have so they fit and try to focus more on only buying a small number of things that fit great and go with a lot of things as the stuff I already have wears out. Jeans are definitely still going to be a regular re-buy once I am back in the actual office since POWER THIGHS destroy pants but hey, it's still an improvement and a serious cut in spending for me. Also, working on going more minimalist with my makeup since I actually like how my face looks with less makeup now since I think after 7 months of barely wearing makeup my skin is way better. I'm still not sure if this is just because I've stopped working out with makeup on maybe? Not sure but HAPPY either way and also YAY LAZY less work in the morning.

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20 hours ago, dancezwithkittehz said:

Soooo if I am lax in posting this week I am busy sitting over here with my sense of impending doom.

 

You are not alone there. 

 

20 hours ago, dancezwithkittehz said:

But hey I did my goal things this weekend so SMALL WINSSSSS

 

Woot, go you! 

 

19 hours ago, dancezwithkittehz said:

Also, working on going more minimalist with my makeup since I actually like how my face looks with less makeup now since I think after 7 months of barely wearing makeup my skin is way better. I'm still not sure if this is just because I've stopped working out with makeup on maybe? Not sure but HAPPY either way and also YAY LAZY less work in the morning.

 

Yay less work in the morning! Why are you wearing makeup while working out, out of curiosity? But yes, I am a big fan of less makeup. Especially if sleep is the tradeoff. :)

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19 hours ago, Manarelle said:

 

Yay less work in the morning! Why are you wearing makeup while working out, out of curiosity? But yes, I am a big fan of less makeup. Especially if sleep is the tradeoff. :)

 

I used to work out at lunch a lot, so makeup already on from the morning, and also working out immediately after I get home from work I'm already wearing makeup still then and I don't take it off beforehand. I don't put on makeup to prep for working out or anything, just working out at times I'm already wearing makeup. Since I am working from home I only put on makeup if I have zoom meetings, so occasionally still will end up doing a workout with makeup on in those cases (like, maybe once a week or once every few weeks.)  It could also be my sunscreen is a culprit of breakouts also but I'm not sure. I could start wearing it daily again to see if there is a change I suppose! (I rarely go outside and my desk is not near the window so I don't bother with SPF these days unless I am going  outdoors for a hike or something.) I also stopped using my old moisturizer because I got really lazy during summer and it was humid enough my skin wasn't pissed about it, so that could also be a possibility. HMMMMM. I could also do a test run of wearing that again regularly to test, but since I think I'm not going to go back to using that one that's not super necessary maybe.

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Challenge updatey-ness:

 

I have been keeping up with stuff but not posting about it! My "veggies" continue to mostly be pickles and olives because they are easy but hey better than nothing.

 

Also, I thoroughly kicked my butt doing dance conditioning last night which helped a bit with anxiety so win!

 

Annnnd tonight I am doing a Drunk Shakespeare production on zoom that I kind of forgot about. I'm not really in the mood for doing anything but I have faith beer will get me through it lol.

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On 11/4/2020 at 11:35 AM, dancezwithkittehz said:

Annnnd tonight I am doing a Drunk Shakespeare production on zoom that I kind of forgot about. I'm not really in the mood for doing anything but I have faith beer will get me through it lol.

 

Isn't that how everyone gets through Shakespeare? Or at least alcohol of some sort.... :D

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On 11/4/2020 at 8:35 AM, dancezwithkittehz said:

Annnnd tonight I am doing a Drunk Shakespeare production on zoom that I kind of forgot about. I'm not really in the mood for doing anything but I have faith beer will get me through it lol.


Must know what this is!! I imagine people just swilling beer on Zoom and yelling Elizabethan insults at each other.

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12 hours ago, PaulG said:


Must know what this is!! I imagine people just swilling beer on Zoom and yelling Elizabethan insults at each other.

 

Hahahahahah. That would be so fun.

 

This was a bit more organized than a drunken Shakespearian word sparring. We got on zoom and performed As You Like It. I ended up getting in on this since a friend does this regularly with this group and they needed more people since As You Like It has a pretty large cast. I was Corin the shepherd. I did not have much in the way of elizabethan costumes so I folded a beanie in a weird way to try and look like a flat cap and I used a pretty english countryside painting as my virtual background.

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I continue to meet my extremely sparse challenge goals WOOHOO.

 

Also, I am definitely seeing results from my daily ballet/dance conditioning. In spite of how UGH SORE OWW I was last night, my dance endurance? (I guess you could call it that) is getting better, for example I was able to keep my ronde de jambes in the air higher than I normally can (especially considering I was already fatigued) and my form in general felt great the whole class and not like the first 20 minutes feeling awkward and creaky and off like previously.

 

I tried to find a gif of a ronde de jambe en l'air so you know what I'm talking about (and yeah my leg gets nowhere near this high as the girl in front, but you get the idea):

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Also I'm working on putting together a really brief "dance show" to film at the nonprofit space I work with, with 3 dancers only for social distancing purposes. Why I decided this was a good idea to start working on THIS WEEK I don't know. I'll be choreographing one piece, my friend who choreographs all the time will be doing 2 pieces. She's doing a fun tap/broadway jazz piece for one, and a super serious depressing lyrical piece about life for the second so I am trying to come up with a good piece to complement that that will be a contemporary-ish piece. I am very much someone who choreographs based on what the music tells me to do so I need to find a song. I usually go for kind of weird and dramatic which I think could work to complement. I definitely don't want to do anything depressing since we don't need two sad pieces.

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