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In January, life flowed well and for some reason I wasn't under a ton of stress. I'm still trying to figure out if it was because I'm getting a routine down or if things really have calmed down. Either way, I'm glad for it because it helped me put my workouts first.

 

This month I want to do the following:
 

Continue to build flexibility
My daughter and I have been doing yoga everyday. As of this posting, we are at 26 days in a row. Our first milestone is at day 50 when we go on a girls day out to get funky patterned yoga pants. If I counted my days correctly, we will reach that milestone on 2/23. If we miss one day we have to start all over. Because we have days where yoga is done immediately after a bodyweight workout, a yoga session must be a minimum of 15 minutes long.

 

Build Strength
My son loves the bodyweight workouts and requested that this month we increase them to 3 times a week. This feels like it'll be harder because our schedule has been pretty tight, but I figure why not? We've gotten two days a week down, three shouldn't be too hard... right? The weather got unexpectedly warm up here in Wisconsin, so I'm thinking my slackline may come out to see how much our bodyweight workouts have helped our core for balance.

 

Go to Bed at the Same Time Everyday

I've noticed that when I got to bed at the same time everyday for a week I actually feel tons better. Yet, when Friday comes I tend to stay up at least two hours later and get up at the same time that I do during the week. I feel crummy, get migraines, and usually have terrible focus. This time around lights out at 10.

 

Me Time

I bought a set of ink pencils for myself for Christmas. They have sat on my desk and haven't been used other than to make color swatches and a beginning sketch of a strawberry. I use the fact that I homeschool my kids, work part-time, drive the kids to their activities, and do most of the cooking as an excuse for not being able to do something I love. So this month, I'd like to get about 1 1/2 hours a week on a project for myself. At this point I don't care what the project is and I don't care whether the 1 1/2 hours are completed all at once or scattered around the week. As long as I make the time to play, I'll be happy and count it as mission accomplished.

 

Good skill to everyone on this next round of challenges.

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The Western side. I'm about 15 minutes southwest of Menomonie. The Red Cedar River is about 6 miles from my house.

 

I noticed you're training for kayaking season. That is something I want to get into. My first time kayaking was in a touring kayak on Lake Superior. I loved it. Little ones and finances kept me from pursuing kayaking any further, however, my "little ones" are teens and are taller than me now so I'm kicking around the idea of getting something this spring. I've done whitewater canoeing while in high school and college, but never tried it with a kayak.

 

I have an ambitious plan to take a guided whitewater kayaking trip to Costa Rica in January 2017. I figure I better get something to practice with this summer. Any recommendations? I tried a short kayak on the Red Cedar river (definitely not a whitewater river) and found the kayak hard to handle compared to the longer ones. Are there tricks to handling the whitewater kayaks on calmer waters? 

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The Western side. I'm about 15 minutes southwest of Menomonie. The Red Cedar River is about 6 miles from my house.

 

I noticed you're training for kayaking season. That is something I want to get into. My first time kayaking was in a touring kayak on Lake Superior. I loved it. Little ones and finances kept me from pursuing kayaking any further, however, my "little ones" are teens and are taller than me now so I'm kicking around the idea of getting something this spring. I've done whitewater canoeing while in high school and college, but never tried it with a kayak.

 

I have an ambitious plan to take a guided whitewater kayaking trip to Costa Rica in January 2017. I figure I better get something to practice with this summer. Any recommendations? I tried a short kayak on the Red Cedar river (definitely not a whitewater river) and found the kayak hard to handle compared to the longer ones. Are there tricks to handling the whitewater kayaks on calmer waters? 

Wow, Costa Rica! You should definitely take a class and get some practice here first.  You said ww kayaking.  I'm assuming you did not mean rafting.  Thats quite a trip for a first time.  Will you be using duckies (rubber inflatable kayaks) or real ww kayaks?  

 

 

You can take lessons at Wausau, WI ( http://wausauwhitewater.org/lessons-whitewater-kayak-ray-mclain-2015/)  or at Bear Paw Outdoor Adventure on the Wolf river (https://www.bearpawoutdoors.com/).  Let me know if you decide to go.  I go to the Wolf in late April or early May and Wausau a couple times a year.  Wausau whitewater park is only open to kayaking about 5 weekends a year.  They open a passage through the dam in to a man made ww park which draws about 50-100 kayakers at each opening.  Its got free camping right next to it.  I originally took lessons at Bear Paw and love it there.  Both are great places.

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Wow, Costa Rica! You should definitely take a class and get some practice here first.  You said ww kayaking.  I'm assuming you did not mean rafting.  Thats quite a trip for a first time.  Will you be using duckies (rubber inflatable kayaks) or real ww kayaks?  

 

Thanks for links to the kayak lessons, I'll have to check them out this spring.

 

The class in Costa Rica is a women's retreat that includes whitewater kayaking and yoga daily for a week. The instructor is Anna Levesque, a former freestyle whitewater kayak competitor. Real whitewater kayaks are used. It's geared towards the beginner/intermediate. I figure kayaking over the summer will help condition my muscles. Alot of the exercises I do don't seem to workout the same muscles I use for paddling a canoe, so I figure it's the same with kayak paddle muscles.

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Mid-week update:

So far so good. 

 

Yoga streak is still going. Today was day 30. My daughter and I tweaked our original plan because I have some spinal pain that comes and goes. The pain feels like it would be relieved if someone could just rub the inside of my spine. However, no one wants to volunteer with the excuse that I'd be paralyzed. The pain may effect my intensity on the body weight workout tomorrow since I'm maxed on my dose of Aleve and have regular rotations of ice packs and heat. I'll have to see.

 

Got in my first body weight routine in for the week. Two more to go. 

 

Going to bed at 10 is okay. I missed it by 15 minutes on Monday because I was busy and lost track of time.

 

No time for myself logged yet, but I have this whole evening to do something. My hubby took the kids snowboarding and downhill skiing. I used to enjoy skiing but after having my ACL replaced it's an activity I don't feel is worth the risk of messing up my knee. 

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So the week started strong and then fell apart. The yoga streak is still going (as long as I do my yoga next). I'm on day 34 today. My body weight stuff didn't happen because of back pain and my schedule got jammed so tightly that I found myself having to choose between yoga or body weight. Yoga won. Probably for the better.

 

I'm rethinking my goals for the month because on some days doing my body weight workout that often goes 45 minutes (includes warmup and cool down) and then doing a 30 minute yoga session plus walking my dog 3-5 miles per day gets to be alot when my schedule gets out of sorts. I usually work from home doing freelance work, but for the last few weeks I've agreed to work temporarily at the library two days a week help to keep the doors open. Friday was quiet enough I was tempted to do some squats and lunges because there was nothing else for me to do. At the moment, trying to juggle essentially three workouts into my day while homeschooling, working away from home, and driving everyone to their activities might be too much right now. 

 

I did manage to get me time in this week on Wednesday evening. I've started playing with some of my art supplies that sit behind me in my home office. It was nice to check out for a bit.

 

Going to bed at 10 went really well until Thursday night. I went from work, to a meeting, and then had a heavy discussion with hubby which lasted long past 10. Wouldn't have been to big a deal except that Friday night I hung out with my hubby and kids until 11. As I tried to go to sleep I felt angry and disappointed that my life is pretty boring at the moment. It was the kind of mad where I kept posing questions about what I was going to do about it. This method would be fine during daylight hours, but not conducive to sleep.

 

Saturday evening I tried to do the impossible and make paint dry faster in my bedroom so I could apply the last coat before bed. Luckily, I came to my senses and realized that the second coat of paint would have to wait. Clean up took me long past ten. The fresh paint smell was pretty strong and I was glad it wasn't as strong as it could've been had I gotten the second coat.

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I'm still impressed by the yoga streak. Maybe you could look into some new poses that build strength, and work those in to take the place of the missed body weight workouts?

 

I feel for you on the lifestyle questions. I try to downplay it, but I'm going through it big time, myself. I know it's hard, and I hope you can work it out. So you know, after a long time doing what I do (i.e.: I don't have a home anymore), I'm jealous of a lot of things you have.

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I'm still impressed by the yoga streak. Maybe you could look into some new poses that build strength, and work those in to take the place of the missed body weight workouts?

 

I feel for you on the lifestyle questions. I try to downplay it, but I'm going through it big time, myself. I know it's hard, and I hope you can work it out. So you know, after a long time doing what I do (i.e.: I don't have a home anymore), I'm jealous of a lot of things you have.

 

Thanks for the suggestions. I'm on day 36 today (I think that's what I counted this morning). My daughter is familiar enough in yoga that this week we've bumped up our practice to an intermediate/advanced level of yoga. Some of our sessions have left me more stiff than when I've done the body weight stuff. I'm thinking I'm going to bump the body weight routine down to a minimum of one time a week with the attempt at two. It worked okay last month, but I got more ambitious and didn't think about the change in schedule.

 

The grass is always greener on the other side, eh? My hubby and I have actually talked about selling everything, hitting the road, and not having a home. Our kids freaked at the idea. Timing isn't quite right and I think it would add more stress to an already stressful situation. My grandma lives next door (our house was a two for one deal) and there are some serious health issues going on with her and my mom so we're a bit tethered to the property for the moment. As a compromise, we're devising a trip that will be at least a month possibly two. Things will all sort themselves out. I just get extremely impatient.  :playful:

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Yeah, being adventurous and nomadic is fun for a little while. Most of us who do it, though, eventually want to come back to the real world. Five years was probably enough for me, but I didn't have an exit plan, and have let it go on too long. You might have fun with your family along, especially on an "extended vacation." I'm solo, which can be pretty hard, sometimes.

 

How did you learn yoga? Have you had classes, or just self exploration? I've been trying to teach myself some things from the internet and youtube, but it's still hard to know if I'm doing it right. Someday, I'd like to take some classes, but that's another thing I can't do out here.

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How did you learn yoga? Have you had classes, or just self exploration? I've been trying to teach myself some things from the internet and youtube, but it's still hard to know if I'm doing it right. Someday, I'd like to take some classes, but that's another thing I can't do out here.

 

I took a yoga class about 20 years ago. Yikes! That makes me feel old.  :playful:  The instructor specialized in Hatha yoga which focuses on the flow of all the yoga postures. It's the style that is used to build strength and often challenges me both mentally and physically. I'll send you a PM with some of the programs I use because I feel weird talking about yoga stuff that isn't related to the NerdFitness yoga (which is on my list to try).

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Update: This week plugged away. I've felt off all week. I think it's a result of exhaustion, running from the time I wake up to the time I go to bed, and getting news that gets the caretaker in me worried more than I want to admit.

 

My yoga streak is still going. Although this morning I woke up with the room spinning. I tried doing my yoga session hoping the spinning and light headed feeling would go away. The last time it happened the doctors gave me meds for vertigo. Based on my past experience I had planned on going to my chiropractor who managed to relieve the vertigo by working magic on my neck. After I made the appointment, I managed to move just right that something popped and the dizziness went away. Thank goodness. I finished my yoga session, by doing a meditation and some very gentle stretches.

 

Today was supposed to be my second body weight workout, but because of the vertigo trouble I postponed it until tomorrow.

 

I have been working on my art. I created some water droplets that look like they can be touched. It doesn't look like much as a composition, but it took quite a bit of time to do (about two hours).

 

Going to bed this week was better except for Thursday. I have some activities that I don't get home until about 9:45. I went to bed "late" but only by about 30 minutes. 

 

This weekend I'm home alone. It feels a bit strange because that hasn't happened since my teens were toddlers. Tomorrow I'm going to try to do what I want and not do the things that I think I should do to get a jump start on my week.

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Day 42 of my yoga streak!! 

 

I just finished my body weight workout with the kids (it's about 8:15 pm). Between the yoga and the workouts my endurance is improving. I peeked at the level three of the body weight workout and I think it may be a bit before I'm ready to jump to that level. Although, I did try the hanging knee tucks and surprised myself because I managed to get 9 before I lost my grip. 

 

I got a two mile walk in with my aussie. After the weekend of -4 temps with wind blowing (I walked anyway) today felt like the beginning of spring at 30 degrees. During the super cold I was tempted to jog just to get the walk over with, but the wind hurt bad enough at a normal walk. Plus it's extremely icy and my graceful level is maybe at a level 1 despite yoga. I figured it'd be smart not to push my luck.

 

The other interesting thing I noticed today... my hubby is suddenly dusting off his weights and working out more regularly. I think exercise is contagious. ;)

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Day 47 for the number of yoga days in a row!

 

The week went well overall.

 

My body weight workout isn't getting done more than once a week. I think it's because I got bored and need more challenges. I tend to avoid or procrastinate things that are boring when I can. This week I'm going to add free weights and mix things up a bit. I do better when I have lots of variety and I think the ability to increase weights will help.

 

I'm starting to dislike my schedule on Thursday and Friday because I'm away from home for nearly 13 hours. For some, that probably is the norm, but it's a bit of a culture shock when I'm used to working from home and being more in tune to what my kiddos are working on for school. One amusing thing is people assume I want to be the official director of the library and the look on their faces when I say I don't want the job and I'm eager for a replacement is priceless.  The toughest days are the ones with the library board meetings because the library board members are constantly asking if I'm sure I don't want the position. The compulsive helper in me wants to say "I'll take it," but the nomad in me shouts no thanks much louder. One thing I've discovered is that I'm an extremely efficient worker and what used to take the previous director all day to get done I finish in 2-3 hours. It makes for a long shift after that because our library is pretty quiet. I've cleaned everything I can think of. I finally got permission to work on personal projects when my job duties are complete just to help keep me sane. I struggle with having to stay indoors and since I'm the only person at the library I'm inside the entire time I'm there. On Saturdays I find my brain is too tired to focus on the work I do at home, but I'm wired enough to do extra walking and more physical activities. Maybe that's a good thing. Sunday is turning into my brain day. 

 

Going to bed at 10 is making a difference. I'm starting to wake up at the same time in the morning before the alarm. I love no alarm clocks.

 

My me time is resulting in drawings getting finished, my book pile is actually starting to shrink (of course it grows a tad more since it seems I finish one book and add two more to the list), and I'm inspired to resume working on my fantasy novels. My hubby is encouraging me to take advantage of down time to pursue my dream of getting published, so I'm using the time at the library to start getting things rolling. 

 

I'm a bit anxious about an orthopedic appointment on Monday. I had my ACL rebuilt about 3 years ago after landing a jump sidekick wrong in taekwondo. Over the past four months my knee has been acting like it did when I discovered my ACL wasn't there. I've been stalling on setting the appointment because I'm not sure I can mentally handle the thought of going through the surgery again. It's not that I have to do the surgery, but my other option is to wear a brace for every athletic activity I do. The brace is the same one pro-football players where to help prevent injury (at least that what's my doctor told me, as if that's supposed to make me feel better). It goes from mid-thigh to mid-calf. I own one because I needed it for the recovery period. It's funny because logically I know that pretending there isn't a problem doesn't make the problem go away. I'm totally hoping I'm being paranoid and it's just a tired muscle or I moved funny.

 

That's the week in the nutshell. Tuesday is day 50 for yoga and my daughter and I have a celebration day planned for Wednesday. I'm looking forward to it.

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Day 49 of my yoga streak. Tomorrow completes our 50 day goal. My daughter suggested we shoot for 100 days in a row, while it sounds like a great idea, I have a teeny, tiny hurdle... okay, so it's a bit larger, but it turns out I may need ACL surgery again. Fiddlesticks. I'm having an MRI done on Friday to see exactly what needs to be done. The best case scenario is I tore it. The worst case is it's completely gone. I have a feeling it's completely gone because it feels just like it did my first time around. I'm weighing the pros and cons of doing the surgery. The surgery wasn't a big deal. The recovery was the challenge because I was limited in what I could do for a really long time. In the meantime, I'm thinking I may do an experiment and get my physical strength up as much as I can before I signup for the surgery.  At the moment as long as I wear my lovely brace I'm only limited by what I can do if I feel pain. Maybe being stronger before surgery will help the recovery process. I'm not sure. 

 

In the old days, I would declare this a brownie day and eat the whole 9x13 pan. Today, I went for a long walk and drank a cup of hot cocoa (the kind with melted dark chocolate, cocoa, and whole milk).

 

I feel major bummed.

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That is a bummer about the ACL :-(

 

I don't have any particular experience on the subject, but I think as long as you don't do anything to make it worse, building strength in the area seems like it would be a good thing. Or at least, it probably wouldn't hurt.

 

Big time congratulations on the yoga streak – that's still super impressive! If there were any around here, I'd certainly be willing to eat some brownies on your behalf.

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Big time congratulations on the yoga streak – that's still super impressive! If there were any around here, I'd certainly be willing to eat some brownies on your behalf.

Thanks. For your health's sake, I'm glad you couldn't find any brownies. :)

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Day 51 on the yoga streak.

 

My daughter and I took the day to celebrate our accomplishment. We managed to find some funky yoga pants. They are very colorful and we got bonus shirts too. My reads "Will exercise for chocolate." I figure it will be a fun one to wear when I meet with the physical therapist after my surgery (if I decide that's the best direction to head) or when I go for the rehab with the brace. Either way I see a physical therapist and humor seems like it may help me at the moment.

 

Since we had reached our goal, I was tempted to have a free day, but my daughter was pretty insistent that we do it. She made the right call. Our next celebration date is day 104. Apparently, we already know we can do fifty days in a row, so what's another fifty? Now adding 54 days to our current streak seems like a much bigger challenge. Gotta love teenage logic.

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