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Hi everyone, I am a lucky go happy fire dragon, who has developed such a curiosity for life and all its goodies, that it is time for some time management and discipline in order to get all the fun into the 24 hours a day has...

I love particularly pole dancing and aerial hoop, but am excited about other bodyweight and dance arts too. I enjoy yoga and meditation, love traveling, reading, hiking, funny movies, the work I do and of course my gorgeous family.

 

This is a challenge in which I am trying to do all the things and still aim to be

 

On Top of my Game

 

which feels a little bit like this at times

 

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and actually I am aiming for THIS:

 

 

 

So, how can I get to this level of Ease, Grace and general being on Top of my Game??

 

Simple, I will have to be

a) strong

b, balanced

c) flexible

d) connected 

e) clear and focused

 

For my STRENGTH I will continue my hoop training, which is easy as I have lessons once a week, but also keep up with my pole training at home until my next set of lessons in September again. This will increase my strength beautifully and be fun when I can do better on things and be all up for the new course when it starts.

 

a) Pole training 2x / week (+ 3 STR)

have drafted a checklist of moves I would like to improve on and put it here, it is not necessarily complete also could be a move gets neglected... just gives me ideas and motivation ;)

 

- spinning combo from last choreo

- handstand

- climbing with pointed toes

- grip strength...

- inverted v

- clean technique on swing mount

- clean technique on cradle spin

- floor spins

- sexy dog (butt up) moves (they need abs and idk what else... that I don't have!)

- headstand on back of feet press up

- fireman climb and spins

- pencil on spinning pole

- chair on spinning pole with variations

- invert with straight legs?

- cross knee hang back

- superman

- walking on air?

 

 

For my BALANCE I will revive my handstand training (thank you, Mad Hatter  :love_heart:  :loyal: ) Had done most of a 30 day challenge on those in January and will give it a new go in some way. Not sure yet how my training program will look like exactly, but aim to train daily at least a few minutes and do once a week progress videos. Getting into a Handstand if ever so briefly off the wall would be sooooooo cool!

Also want to include training for the wrists (thank you, Elastigirl  :love_heart: ) for the spreading of the unbreakable wrist trainings

 

b, Handstand training (daily) + 3 STA

- unbreakable wrist training

- 5 min walk up, kick up or press up training,

- headstand alternatives okay on 2-3 days/week

- wall plank for 1 min of training

- progress video once a week

 

For my FLEXIBILITY I'd like to train on the splits this time. There, I said it. Now it's official and I will finally have to do it  :tongue: Looked today and am better than I thought I'd be but still wayyyy away from that dear floor... am very tempted to get myself the GMB focused flexibility course for it... will see, otherwise see plan below

 

c) Stretches for Splits (4x / week) + 3 DEX:

- both knees bent in long, low lunge

- front leg straight

- both legs straight

- splits

- center splits

- progress pics once a week

 

 

For my CONNECTIONS to the dear, dear world around me - meaning my family - that often gets neglected between work, house chores, fitness and other things... my goal is to give them a LOT more time. Related to that in a big way is the next goal, but I know if I don't set these things in my diary, I might end up working anyway and time flying past... NOT ANYMORE  :)

 

This should work well as my kids have only one more week of school and then it's six weeks school holiday. My hubby is visiting his family in SA for four weeks, so I promised I would give the kids a good time here and will! Apart from ice creams and movies etc I will include them in my workouts which is great fun for them and for me, yay.  That first point I'd like to keep going after the holidays as well as a healthy habit.

 

d) Training and outings with kids + 3 CHA

- do warm up or short workout units with kids and/or go roller blading once a week

- Take kids for swim or another fun outing at least twice a week

 

 

My CLARITY and FOCUS will be a most crucial part of staying On Top of my Game! If work eats up too much of my time, the other important areas in my life come short... if I neglect work I fall behind on that and it doesn't feel good either. I love my work, but am learning to delegate more and more (big woot on that one) so my new goal is to slowly shift my general work schedule to mornings only plus 1 max 2 hours in the evening.

This would be heavenly, to have ALL afternoons for kids, house, fitness and fun, woweeeeeeeee, would that be awesome  :rapture:

 

Here is a list of things, I'd like to keep on top of workwise, mainly as reminder to myself

- 1 hour HPAs on Mon - Thu, best first thing in the morning

- during holidays do 2 hours work in mornings/evenings from Mon - Thu besides sessions

- edit 4 audios a week 

- do 5 hours on audio book / week

- upload 1 free article or send out 1 newsletter a week

- send recordings of client sessions on same day

- do bills on same day as request came in

- email ninja: get all emails done by Fri

 

The other part of this goal is literal clarity. With sitting a lot in front of a screen, be it for work or relaxation, I want to give my eyes a break in between and pamper them with some relaxation again. Will want and need them to see literally clear for a long time still ;)

 

Eye exercises

- do 3 min per hour at computer, set timer

- rolling, up and down, crossing, far-near, rub hands and hold

- can also be combined with relaxation pose

 

e) Eye exercises and work schedule + 1 CON + 2 WIS

 

 

BONUS PART

What, this is still not enough?? Well, when I look at some of the other challenges, this looks like peanuts to me, but to be honest, it is A LOT for me and I am a little nervous if I can manage... on the other hand, it's all things I really, really want to live daily, so....

 

Well, assuming I can manage there is one more thing to be a big help in staying On Top of my Game: uncluttering

 

The less stuff there is about, the less fuss I have, right?! This may be a cluttered drawer or a room in the cellar that needs to be cleared and both can be equally intimidating. So REALLY AWESOME would be, if I could unclutter one area of the house per week. Be it one draw or shelf or an entire room, just something that is clear and neat and fresh again 

 

so that I have some space to fly..... :onthego:  ^_^

 

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oh, and I should probably eat well (and clean) and drink enough water to have the resources for this all.... but that will have to happen without schedule and if not, there will be a new challenge to adapt it ;)

 

Also, I could aim for rest hours again, but then it is summer holidays, so who needs sleep :P

 

Haven't thought of rewards yet either... in a way, if I manage all of this, it would be a huge reward in itself. Especially as I aim to add weekly choir rehearsals onto it all from middle of September on. Happy sigh for all the shiny goodies of LIFE!!

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Oh wow! Oh WOW! You are SO going to be busy, busy, busy,  having fun, especially with the kids! Joining to follow all this activity!

 

Yay, so glad to have you along again  :love_heart:

Your my big mom inspiration so your support will get me there like a shot :)

 

 

subbed, mostly for the pretty colours and the dragons ;)

 

welcome and oooooooooh, I just love dragons! Will supply plenty of pics :D

 

Awesomeness! :D Splits and handstands and pole and hoop, love it!!!

 

Thank you  :redface:  will do my best to follow your awesome trail... by the time I get up at all you're probably already all

 

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Yay! Go get 'em.

 

Thanks for the cheering :)

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Peanuts, you say? This is a LOT! I think you'll be kept plenty busy and challenged working through these goals. ;)

 

Subbing~

 

Thank youuu and yes, this one is called challenge appropriately :D

 

 

SO MANY THINGS IN HERE! I love them all! 

 

yayyy, me too  :redface:  

 

 

Looks like you have a fun holiday with the kids planned. And another great challenge!

 

That's the plan, thanks for your steady encouragement!!

 

 

lots of good stuff here! yay!

 

Hey there Gryffindarling :)

 

Thank you all so much for popping by and sharing the adventure with me  :cheerful:

 

Let's rock this week!!!!

 

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So far so good...

did my first eye exercises between screen time this morning. Not after every hour but at least half way through the morning time which is always the most anyway and it was gooooooooood  :rolleyes:  ^_^

Rolled in every direction, cross-wise, focused near and far,... and then rubbed my palms until hot to cover eyes for rest, yummy! Great side effect: in order to focus far I have to step onto my balcony where lovely strong wind was blowing my hair everywhere waking me up and refreshing the oxygen levels (oooh, that's right I haven't included any breathing exercises!! Oh well, another time, this challenge is getting a little crowded lol)

 

Second thing done was Handstand training. Tried the unbreakable wrist for first time and wow did my wrists feel breakable  :o That move where they plank with the palms facing up?? I just couldn't do it. Lifting my knees of the floor felt as if I would literally break my wrists if I did that. So I just stayed on one knee, stretching the other leg out for a while and took turns like that. Sure it will get better with time. Also that seal walk?! Ahahahahaha 

 

Well I got into the position all right. But that was it. No movement wanting to happen... 

Isn't it great to start a challenge with things that are realllly challening ;) Can only get better!

 

Stood for 1 min in Handstand against the wall kind of plank (hands about 30 cm from the wall). After walking out of it again, I kicked up a few times and got up, whooohoooooooooo!!! Stood there leaning against the wall for a while, all happy and then had to go to listen to my daughter's flute concert at her school.

Therefore no video yet. Will do one tomorrow to have a starting point reference.

 

Hope you all had a happy day 1

 

After+i+finally+got+a+girlfriend_c118ef_

 

Now onto Day 2 of course, may it be a sparkling great one  :onthego:

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Every time a read a good challenge I want to add stuff, or at least tweak, mine! Subbing for fun and Gryffindor :)

I know, right :D

Part of the reason this challenge is so full this time round. And then there's still the epic minis to come!!

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Wooo hooo!! Challenge time!! Looks like you have really solid goals to work on. And the bonus uncluttering is a great one. I know that's a challenge in itself. You know I'm here!

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Wooo hooo!! Challenge time!! Looks like you have really solid goals to work on. And the bonus uncluttering is a great one. I know that's a challenge in itself. You know I'm here!

 

yayy, glad to have you here :)

 

And yes, uncluttering is a challenge in itself, but it feels so good afterwards!! Kind of like a workout :P

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Second thing done was Handstand training. Tried the unbreakable wrist for first time and wow did my wrists feel breakable  :o That move where they plank with the palms facing up?? I just couldn't do it. Lifting my knees of the floor felt as if I would literally break my wrists if I did that. So I just stayed on one knee, stretching the other leg out for a while and took turns like that. Sure it will get better with time. Also that seal walk?! Ahahahahaha 

 

Well I got into the position all right. But that was it. No movement wanting to happen... 

Isn't it great to start a challenge with things that are realllly challening ;) Can only get better!

 

I'm trying the bear, monkey and frog walks, and I felt the same - get into position, and try to move... got a little bit of movement, but not properly, so as you say something to work on. The boys laughed themselves silly watching me.

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I'm trying the bear, monkey and frog walks, and I felt the same - get into position, and try to move... got a little bit of movement, but not properly, so as you say something to work on. The boys laughed themselves silly watching me.

I think the silly is what makes me like these moves the most. I'm still a silly five year old inside. ;)

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Second thing done was Handstand training. Tried the unbreakable wrist for first time and wow did my wrists feel breakable  :o That move where they plank with the palms facing up?? I just couldn't do it. Lifting my knees of the floor felt as if I would literally break my wrists if I did that. So I just stayed on one knee, stretching the other leg out for a while and took turns like that. Sure it will get better with time. Also that seal walk?! Ahahahahaha 

 

Sounds like you found an awesome program to get working on this stuff though! I loooove weird animal walks. Hahaha. The silliness is part of the fun. :)

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I think the silly is what makes me like these moves the most. I'm still a silly five year old inside. ;)

Oh no, I am super conscious of myself when I do these silly things, but I don't mind as much with the boys around. It has taken a long time for me  to get out of my shell (what will people think of me? what will they say?), and laugh at myself, so if there is some exercise like this that is necessary, then I try.

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Silly is fun! And the number of times I've face planted at the gym doing whatever weird arm balance... It's all good fun. :P 

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Just remembered you had an uncluttering goal.  Are you using that Konmari (sp?) method/book that I keep hearing about?  It's another thing on my to do or to-read list.  

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