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Jayniana Jones Hones Flexibilty


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I'm a bit behind on posting my intentions. However, I have been writing down my progress in my log book. My huge goal is to be able to do the things assassins can do. However, this time around I decided that taking the path of the Druids will get me to being the beginning skills of assassins.

My goals for this month are:

-Yoga three days a week. My daughter and I are trying to do something everyday with yoga, but I don't want to sabotage myself if we miss a day.

- Walk with my mini-Aussie five times a week. The weather has shifted to below zero temps and my motivation to go outside has plummeted.

- Limit myself to hot chocolate 3 times a week. I'm having it nearly everyday and the kind I'm make is delicious with dark chocolate melted in. I plan to modify the recipe, but figure I could replace it with decaf tea because honestly I just want something warm to drink.

- My life quest this round is to work on my novel at least 15 minutes everyday. The goal is to restart a daily writing habit instead of spending long hours on weekends working on it.

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Progress from last week. My daughter and I completed a 30 minute yoga session everyday. I bought these shiny emoticon stickers to post on our calendar. The two of us love the look of one week with lots of smileys. So we figure we'll try again this week to add more smileys.

My aussie's walks have been about 2 miles. A few times we've marched through snow. He didn't care to walk on Saturday, but the five days of walking had been met.

Hot chocolate exceeded my goal limit last week by one. I had the cup without thinking about my number until it was already made. I wasn't strong enough to dump it when I realized my error. Not a huge deal, but I need to learn to keep track.

My novel only got attention 6 days. Not bad considering the things I juggle.

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Today is already feeling like a rough day and it's only 8:45. I didn't sleep well and I'm currently fighting the desire to forget all my duties to sit and stare into space. My kids would love it because then they'd have less schoolwork today (I homeschool them). My strategy is to go through the motions and ignore all the protests in my head. Time to tap into my superhero reserves.

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Whew! Today is done. I survived and got everything done that I set out to do despite exhaustion. I learned that having worked in exercise into my teenagers' school day helped prevent me from wiggling out of a workout. I also got a meditation and walking my dog 3 miles. Overall an excellent day. I'm on schedule with my goals for the week.

 

The only bummer is that I just enjoyed my last hot chocolate for the week... technically. It isn't supposed to drop to below zero temps until Sunday, so tea will be an okay compromise.

 

Last weekend it was a bit too cold to walk outside for a length of time and my aussie didn't like the icy chunks on his feet so I did some agility stuff indoors. I had him leaping on every seat in the house, we ran up and down the stairs multiple times, in circles in the big rooms, jumped onto beds, and ran through the halls. He's a barker when he is doing any agility stunts so, of course, we disrupted everyone's peace because I had to be louder than him so he could hear my commands. It was great fun.

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The start of a new week! Last week went well, my daughter and I are on a 13 days in a row yoga streak as of today. She's falling in love with it, but struggles with flexibility. I assure her that it will come in time. I don't think she believes me because when we're side by side, I look like gumby (I'm far from it). 

 

My bodyweight workouts are progressing nicely.

 

My hot chocolate adjustment is tough. I'm not drinking it everyday. Just the days when temps are below zero (which this week was 5). I'm not going to worry about because I've managed to pass up most of my son's baking class results. He is an excellent cook and baker. This week he made double chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies, and pound cake. The only one I did more than a taste of was the double chocolate chip cookies because cookies are one of my weaknesses that I haven't conquered yet. This week may be harder to resist because it's cakes. Cake is the ultimate challenge for me because a homemade, moist chocolate cake with ganache frosting would be the way any bad guy could get me to spill my secrets. He's making devil's food, chiffon, and angel food. It may be a good week to share with our neighbors. Haha.

 

My morning routine of walking my aussie didn't happen because it was -21 degrees out. So, together we interrupted the peaceful morning by more agility leaps. It's not the ideal setup, but this is the weather that makes me wonder how I ended up in Wisconsin and why I'm still here. As we got into the car to head to church, I suggested moving to Colorado or other state with snow this time of year that is more temperate and enjoyable. No one objected. We have plans to travel the U.S. in a year before the kids move out, so we can test out different places as possibilities to move to.

 

I hope everyone has a good week meeting their goals.

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Great progress, and it sounds like you're having fun with it, too. You know, I never think about hot chocolate...then I read your thread, and dammit, it sounds so good!

 

Okay. No more talking about hot chocolate for the rest of the week. How about I'll chat about parfaits instead because everybody LOVES parfaits.

 

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It is so cool to me that you and your daughter are doing yoga together! :-) You seem to be making steady progress!

 

I have some input about states. I've lived in CA, IL, VA, and FL and am looking to move yet again. What are you looking for in a new home?

 

It depends who you talk to. I'd love a mild climate, my hubby and kiddos vote for some place with lots and lots and lots of snow. At the moment, I'm outnumbered. For awhile I was enamored with South Carolina while my hubby was interested in Montana. This must be why we are still nestled in a valley in Western Wisconsin. 

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This week went well. I've been doing yoga everyday which has been a miracle. It's been a long time since I've been steady pursuing a streak. I think it helps doing yoga with my daughter because she has terrible strength and flexibility. It's improving, but she is a bookworm and tends to choose the path of least resistance. She loves doing yoga, but she is definitely a social butterfly. Whenever I don't want to do yoga, I think about how much it is really helping her and can muster up enough motivation to help her out. It's a great accountability mechanism and she is extremely encouraging. Also, the yoga everyday is a 10-15 minute meditation on the days we do the assassin's training segments (body weight workouts).

My husband and I were talking this evening and I want to see how many days in a row I can do with yoga. It's helping my stress levels and helping me stay focused on what is important to me. There are some rough days coming up in March with being a support for my family and helping anyway I can as my mom goes back on chemo (unless, of course, by some miracle she can delay it further). I feel like the more I can establish the habit of carving out small chunks of time for myself now, the better it will be when stuff explodes. Last time my mom was having chemo I sabotaged myself and gained nearly 10 pounds from emotional eating. In away, the exercise and yoga is going to be my armor for dealing with life instead of scrounging the cupboards for something comforting that isn't really comforting.

I'm noticing that my desire for chocolate and sugar has almost completely dropped away. It feels weird to watch family eat things (such as homemade chocolate cake) and being able to say no thanks and really mean it.

I turned down a job offer to be a part-time library director. It's a small library and right now I'm a temporary director until they find a replacement. I love working with the people, but I'm not a huge fan of pulling books, shelving books, cataloging books, solving tech issues, and administrative stuff. I have this desire to build a career as a freelance writer and to finish my fantasy novel. I felt like pursing my career desire is way more important than having an impressive job title. My family breathed a sigh of relief when I made my firm decision and officially declined on Friday. They didn't want to sway me, but it was funny to find out they were hoping I wouldn't take it.

Whew! This got longer than I expected. That's the update. This week I hope to have as much success as I had last week.

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Good job on all the yoga. That's something I'd really like to get into more, too, but am having a hard time with it all on my own. Having someone to share it with, or to help you learn correctly, definitely helps.

 

I'm noticing that my desire for chocolate and sugar has almost completely dropped away. It feels weird to watch family eat things (such as homemade chocolate cake) and being able to say no thanks and really mean it.

 

 

Since becoming a vegetarian, I experience something similar all the time. Everybody's talking about bacon all the time, and that's just kinda weird to me!

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Just a wrap up. I couldn't post on the forum last week not sure if it was site problems or Internet problems.

 

This challenge round went better than expected. :) I think it's because life was quieter than usual. The only one I didn't finish strong on what working on my novel 15 minutes a day. However, some days I did manage to work 2+ hours so I think next round I'll modify the goal a bit. I plan to switch back to the assassins for the next round.

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