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END OF WEEK FOUR UPDATE!!
this week has been a bit hectic at work, and next week is going to be even worse, so I'm kind of bracing for impact on that.. I didn't make it to gymnastics gym on friday, but I've been doing a lot of back and leg flexibility. my middle splits is further than it has ever been and my side splits I'm working on squaring my hips and getting a bit of an oversplit now too!
 
here's the weekly!
 
workouts are here:

WEEK 4 workouts Jan6 Feb 17 challenge

 
and scoring is here:

WEEK 4 scoring Jan6 Feb17 challenge

 
Let's break it down:
 
Fitness: B
I made it to the gym every day except Saturday again... it was rainy? I don't even have an excuse. but i did see a cool dance recital with contemporary dance and that cool indian bells on the ankles thing. that was really cool.
 
Acrobatics: A
made it to all the acro practices that weren't cancelled.... I'm about to leave for today's practice and silks, so maybe I"ll update more after that, but Rancid Poptarts and I have totally got a new skills progression which looks SO DOPE. I will try to get pictures/video tonight, but it's pretty awesome guys!! (so excited)
 
Food/eating: A+
eating so good all the time! I'm terrible with portion control, and I'm trying to drink more water to stop feeling the urge to snack all the time, but I think my body needs it sometimes (not always... but sometimes)  I bought SO much food the other day and I made pumpkin/pecan paleo muffins, but they turned out way more moist than I wanted kind of more like a bread pudding with nutty texture. which I liked... but I'll try it again with less water for the almond flour to absorb. I'm also going to try out paleo crepes soon :)
 
Spoken Word: A

I keep starting new topics... I'm trying to edit it into one product but it's not going well... I'm not sure if I'm going to have a product for next saturday... tooo sooon... i'm stressing over it. might save it for next month.

 
Total: A!!
I'm happy to say this week went REALLY well. I'm seeing results in my belly and I think I might post some before and after photos at the end of this challenge (it's that dramatic) I mean I didn't have THAT much to lose to begin with, but all the same, I wasn't expecting to see this big of a difference this fast!
 
onward to week five!
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Quest: Run, aerial silks, handbalancing, and Roue Cyr

Life Goal: Professional cirque performer (secret identity) and Data engineer

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Had a late look at your challenge, absolutely love it! Really great silks skills, a variation on the first move you do on the video I call superman, one of my favourite ones (specially now that I can get those legs over my head :D). And all the acro stuff sounds amazing, wish I could find a place to train this.

Wish you all the best with the last two weeks of the challenge, will check in again to see all the lovely food pictures (that avocado egg thingy looks real good!)

Attempts to turn a clumsy human into a kickass circus ninja: 1st, 2nd

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Lol! I just noticed your comments for your glute-ham raises... my thoughts exactly! :P

 

Great work for the week! Looking forward to seeing your new progression, you're making me start wanting to try acrobatics.

Raevn


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“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things. Not because they are easy, but because they are hard.†- John F. Kennedy

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@Maroro, better late than never! welcome! thank you for your compliments, I'm very happy to have found something I love and want to train hard on! (that's half of skill I think is interest/enthusiasm) the fairy drop, I think, is what you're referring to and yes!! that one is loads of fun. and there are many very similar moves like angel drop, and tic-toks which are also great fun. I've been working on a lot of strength based moves recently like the one arm one leg roll up which I think is coming along much more nicely than it has been. (I just got that back arch thing in the downward roll which I'm very happy about) inverting is REALLY scary starting out with. especially depending on your feet to hold your weight! 

 

 

 

I bet you anyone involved with silks or lyra would be into trying out some acro if not already having some background, 

 

I'll post some more food porn when I fix that muffin and crepe recipe! 

 

@Raevn I know, aren't they the worst?! I hate hate hate them... 

thank you! you have no idea how much everyone's compliments and feedback keep me on track with my goals. It makes me feel really accountable and helps me so much. so thank you really really!

I'm excited to share a video or something next week with our progress! And I would encourage anyone wanting to try acro to give it a shot. it feels like magic when you're lifting someone off the ground and/or flying for the first time in any new move. Very rewarding. and all you need is a little courage and a partner!

Quest: Run, aerial silks, handbalancing, and Roue Cyr

Life Goal: Professional cirque performer (secret identity) and Data engineer

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Awesome video! I'm so jealous of those silks of yours. I want!! 

 

Also.. I want your sweet potato ramekin thingies.. Mmmm... I might have to try them out this weekend.. I'm making a paleo brownie for tomorrow as I'm having some family over. It requires a sweet potato and the store had only one massive one. There will be some left over. :)

 

Great job on week 4!

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the slam summary! oh let me tell you how many times I went back and forth on whether I would read even at the gallery, but I thought about the article from last week and thought; well I didn't come here with my poem to go home with it unread. I mussed up a couple of times, but I felt better about it as I read. I know it's no where near the level that other poets were at, but hey! I slammed! so what up now world?!

 

here's the poem in all its glory, you'll have too just imagine the rhythm as I didn't record it. (sorry)

 

FEET

Feet are beautiful. Yes, your dirty messy feet.

Touch every surface you've ever gone.

on each set of stairs

leave breadcrumb trails for anyone who ever dares

follow.

They carry the stories in the grooves of your toenails, callus, smell

you're embarrassed by the volume but these are tales that feet will proudly yell


feet

planted at birth to grow roots in the earth.

Intertwined guaranteed to cause a panic should they ever be transplanted.


my feet,

instead of strong and deep, grow up and free towards air and sky.

I can’t recall a time when I

wouldn’t try

to change my

surroundings. Like a kid moves furniture to awake in a different space.  

I would fantasize this was a new and different place.

 

sometimes in silence, I hear a gentle whisper:

The stars tonight are loud,

The mountains shout their prideful size  

The sunset screams color a blaze across the skies.

The oceans roar in mighty rage

The grass beckons me to run

The trees will murmer

"turn the page, you may never find us but the search is half the fun"



I don't know if I'll ever stop following that sound.

perhaps my roots will never even get to reach the ground,

not many, as I understand, live their lives in transit

but then not many get to see the world and I don’t know how they stand it


I'd like to say that I will stay forever in this place.

Let my roots grow deep and weave into your world. But these places are far too complex for anyone to own.

I can never call just one place my home.

home is where the heart is.

Well if that's the case then I have many miles ahead, for my home has grown so large I'll cross an ocean to my bed


But though the land and seas will separate and time our ties dissolve. my heart is far from broken and there's nothing to resolve.


your feet plant firmly on the ground while mine turn slowly round and round

but Dangerous distance

Taunts those who listen

Also, I made a yummy paleo avocado-lime pie which is freakishly delicious! I dare you to make one!

here's the recipe! (I think that the crust would also make PERFECT paleo granola bars)

 

I made this with a bit less agave than indicated (here's the website it's from)

Avocado Lime Cream Pie
Avocado-Lime-Cream-Pie-s.jpg
  Crust:
  • ¾ cup macadamia nuts
  • ¾ cup pecans
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • Zest of 2 limes
  • 6 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 Tablespoons agave nectar
  • Pinch of salt
Agar-agar Thickener:
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon agar-agar flakes or 1 teaspoon-agar powder
Avocado Filling:
  • 2 cups mashed avocado
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • ½ cup lime juice
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • â…“ cup agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9†pie pan and set aside.
  2. Place all Crust ingredients into a food processor. Process until combined. Mixture should be sticky but crumbly. Press into prepared pie pan.
  3. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove from oven and let cool.
  4. While Crust is baking, prepare Agar-agar Thickener: In a small pot combine water and agar-agar flakes over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 5-10 minutes (for flakes) or 3-5 minutes (for powder), until agar-agar dissolves completely.
  5. Meanwhile, place all Filling ingredients into food processor. Blend until smooth. Leave Filling inside food processor.
  6. Allow Agar-agar Thickener to cool slightly then add to Filling mixture. Process for another minute.
  7. Pour into cooled Crust and refrigerate for 4-5 hours or until set. Enjoy!
Yields 8 - 12 Servings


 

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Quest: Run, aerial silks, handbalancing, and Roue Cyr

Life Goal: Professional cirque performer (secret identity) and Data engineer

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Haha feed me semore! Awesome. And thank you! I wasn't as nervous as I thought I would be on stage and I didn't mess up nearly as badly as I thought I would so. Hooray for stage fright!

Quest: Run, aerial silks, handbalancing, and Roue Cyr

Life Goal: Professional cirque performer (secret identity) and Data engineer

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I freakin' love human-readable logs. So much hydration. =D

 

Keep up the momentum and beautiful creations!

5'11"/180cm


7/1/18: 184lbs/83kg @ 18%   | 1RM Bench:~150lbs/68kg Squat: ~250lbs/113kg Dead: ~315lbs/143kg
8/5/18: 174lbs/79kg @ 16.4%
Goal      155lbs/70kg @ <15% | 1RM Bench: 205lbs/93kg Squat: 265lbs/120kg Dead: 335lbs/152kg

 

Challenge: N/A | Previous: 1

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@silkie I like to think I'm slightly magical, so thank you for contributing to my enormous ego :P

@musasabi I'm glad people actually look at those haha I write stuff in there kind of like talking to it... As though it were a personal trainer, but I just as often assume no one ever sees it :P also, Thank you for the encouragement!

Everybody just stand by for this week's summary. I just finished leg day and it will be a challenge to ride my bike home today (mostly because I stretched the crap out of middle splits just moments ago)

Quest: Run, aerial silks, handbalancing, and Roue Cyr

Life Goal: Professional cirque performer (secret identity) and Data engineer

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Hahaha. I love leg fatigue, so much. =D Nothing better than standing up and immediately hobbling while proclaiming, "My ass!"

5'11"/180cm


7/1/18: 184lbs/83kg @ 18%   | 1RM Bench:~150lbs/68kg Squat: ~250lbs/113kg Dead: ~315lbs/143kg
8/5/18: 174lbs/79kg @ 16.4%
Goal      155lbs/70kg @ <15% | 1RM Bench: 205lbs/93kg Squat: 265lbs/120kg Dead: 335lbs/152kg

 

Challenge: N/A | Previous: 1

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END OF WEEK FIVE UPDATE!!
 
Oh gosh, ladies and gentlemen, I have LANDED a front handspring ON the floor! woohoo! just gotta clean it up now, (it was bent knees and form was pretty bad) but all the same, I made it over!!! learning some more drops on silks, and a lot of flexibility progress for back and splits. there's cheater splits where your hips aren't square which i have on both legs, and in middle splits you can cheat by leaning forward a few inches for your belly to touch... so I have those again. but for back I can touch my head with mah feet yall! not in scorpian or anything, just on the backbend on the ground or on silks but still!
 
okay here's the weekly:
 
workouts are here:

WEEK 5 workouts Jan6 Feb17 challenge

 

 

and scoring is here:

WEEK 5 scoring Jan6 Feb17 challenge

 
Let's break it down:
 
Fitness: C
this was kind of a concious decision? I wanted to get roll ups on silk (which I've started to get good at) and I didn't want to be fatigued so on friday I skipped shoulders... then saturday I skipped arms and abs again... so I might only get to that one once this whole challenge haha!
 
Acrobatics: A
 
lots of acro playtime but unfortunately not as much with rancid poptarts.... (shes busy working and moving but we'll have her back soon!)
it is interesting working with a variety of different body types and then applying the new techniques to other people. It's fun and enhances the learning curve.
 
Food/eating: B
this week was hard; work is becoming pretty stressful. lots of pressure to work extra hours and memorize study and memorize all the time!! it's intimidating and made me feel as though I NEEDED something sugary. muffins and brownies... they were delicious but I felt like I didn't really NEED them afterwards.. so.. bummer. also, I had a few fast food days out of necessity. I tried for the most paleo thing on the menu (bbq chicken) the avocado pie really made this a lot easier. but I'm eating it too fast unfortunately haha.
 
Spoken Word: A

I kept writing trying to finish at least, but then I saw another slam at a performing center where acro friends were performing and I was suddenly inspired to finish and actually get up and slam the next day. and I did it!! (see previous post if you'd like to read the poem... i didn't record it sorry)

 
Total: B+
LOADS of success this week. I'm very happy to speak out loud of the things I am proud of this week. now to clean up and control my tricks! I'm going to try to do a little more cardio this week too.
 
THE VERY LAST WEEK!!! here we go!

Quest: Run, aerial silks, handbalancing, and Roue Cyr

Life Goal: Professional cirque performer (secret identity) and Data engineer

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Grats on the front handspring; I've never quite figured that one out.

And I'm curious - when you say cheater splits, do you mean with your back leg's knee out-turned?

5'11"/180cm


7/1/18: 184lbs/83kg @ 18%   | 1RM Bench:~150lbs/68kg Squat: ~250lbs/113kg Dead: ~315lbs/143kg
8/5/18: 174lbs/79kg @ 16.4%
Goal      155lbs/70kg @ <15% | 1RM Bench: 205lbs/93kg Squat: 265lbs/120kg Dead: 335lbs/152kg

 

Challenge: N/A | Previous: 1

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Thank you! And yeah kind of. I try to straighten my back leg and point the knee down but my hips are more often than not open so my belly button points off to the side rather than straight forward towards the front leg. Also, if I lift my back foot off the ground, it doesn't go straight up but swoops to the side which also means my hips aren't square. But any stretching is better than not stretching so. I'm still working on squaring off.

Quest: Run, aerial silks, handbalancing, and Roue Cyr

Life Goal: Professional cirque performer (secret identity) and Data engineer

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Yeah, well done on the front handspring! Awesome skills. 

During my challenge I felt that the weight lifting was in the way of my handstand practice and silk work at times, so skipped some workouts too. But the growing happens in between too, felt often much better for it.

And congratulations on doing the poetry slam, on going out there to read your poem. I am not very good with words, but I know the itchy feet and call of the unknown that you seem to talk about.

Keep it up, lots of strength for the last week!

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I definitely felt improvement and I wanted to see if doing the silks without the additional arms and shoulder training would do the trick and it totally did! I'm going to rearrange the workouts this week so I have ample recovery time.

Thank you thank you for your compliments! It was tough getting out on stage but accountability from you guys is half of the reason I went through with it after all! You guys are da best! :)

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Life Goal: Professional cirque performer (secret identity) and Data engineer

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Well, knee-out splits are totally valid in that they're martial arts style splits instead of gymnastics or dance style; they just stretch different areas!

 

There are various examples around about what a proper knee-out split looks like. If you're wondering why this particular form is chosen, you need only look at a high side, round, or hook kick and you'll notice the anatomical similarities between the two. =)

 

So, my bias is to train both, since one looks good and one lends itself to badass kicks. ;D

5'11"/180cm


7/1/18: 184lbs/83kg @ 18%   | 1RM Bench:~150lbs/68kg Squat: ~250lbs/113kg Dead: ~315lbs/143kg
8/5/18: 174lbs/79kg @ 16.4%
Goal      155lbs/70kg @ <15% | 1RM Bench: 205lbs/93kg Squat: 265lbs/120kg Dead: 335lbs/152kg

 

Challenge: N/A | Previous: 1

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