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2016 was an adventure for many of us, taking us down paths doused in sunlight and good times as well as those dark and twisted, full of brambles. This year will be like the last, but not the same, as it is a new set of successes and challenges. The best we can do is step up to the plate ready to swing hard and aim true. I want to continue to be undeterred in pursuit of my goals in the face of the unknown and help others continue to chase theirs as well. Finding balance against the currents of so many things pulling you in all sorts of direction can be hard, so let's not focus on balance alone, but instead turn competing forces into complementing ones -- finding symmetry!

 

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1. Opening for Closing

*Standing split work 2x per week

*Yoga balancing 2x per week

 

My life already involves a lot of closing of joints, of hips, of creases, of legs. I want to emphasize the opening to counteract that. Ideally, I'll even find some symmetry in some of these poses. 

 

2. Unilateral Work for Bilateral Strength

*Single leg strength work accessories with each lifting workout 

 

My right side is stronger than my left side and I have other quad/hip/glute imbalances that will ALL benefit from more unilateral work. My practice of just adding on an extra piece to my workouts  when I want to focus on something specific continues here.

 

3. Input for Output

*Cook proper dinner 3x per week

*Try 3 new recipes over the challenge -- real recipes, not just vague mashed together concepts

 

I've achieved a lot with my output -- my workouts are going wonderfully, I'm exploring new movements, and training is great. My input, my fuel, has lagged behind my output. While most of it was just because of being busy, I'm going to rededicate myself to more wholesome food and more cooking. Getting home tired and hungry from the gym has put me on the path of cheese + crackers + ice cream for dinner too many times. While that is an okay practice, it isn't ideal when it comes to helping me effectively hit the nutrients my body needs. A 1-scoop protein shake, a piece of fruit, or some veg is totally fine to help tide myself over while cooking dinner, but I want to try not to go HAM on snacks while cooking so I'll be hungry enough to eat the dinners I make! I've also not looked through my cookbooks in some time and want to explore new recipes to bring back some of the fun of cooking. 

 

4. Responsibility for Leisure

Take on the tasks below:

 

*Passport photos
*Submit passport renewal application
*Optometrist appointment
*New glasses
*Order new mattress
*Find and book venue for the gymnastics retreat
*Send a belated birthday/Christmas gift
*Make a new monthly budget
*Find a new therapist
*Make birthday plans for both me and Hubstron
 

 

There are a lot of things on this list that I've been working on/meaning to do for a long time, but I let pursuits like my fitness hobbies and media consumption get in the way. I need to give more respect to the other tasks in my life as well and I've seen the challenge list method work well for others. 

 

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You're getting so incredible with the yoga arm balances.  It will be exciting to see where you are after a month of balancing focus!  Of course, I'll be here shamelessly stealing anything cool you come up with. ;) 

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30 minutes ago, Mad Hatter said:

 

This is lovely. You sound all guru-like. :P 

I couldn't find enough GIFs to convey the theme I was going for so I had to doll up my language a little instead. ;) 

 

30 minutes ago, Nymeria said:

You're getting so incredible with the yoga arm balances.  It will be exciting to see where you are after a month of balancing focus!  Of course, I'll be here shamelessly stealing anything cool you come up with. ;) 

Trying things together is most of the fun! I'm glad you're back. 

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ooooo shiny new goals! i'm also doing a "make fun recipes" goal and i'm now going to steal your task list since half the things on yours are totally things i need to do

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22 minutes ago, black_daquiri said:

There will be more costumes, right? And awesome photos? and flying squirrels?

 

 

Costumes you say???

 

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53 minutes ago, black_daquiri said:

There will be more costumes, right? And awesome photos? and flying squirrels?

 

 

30 minutes ago, Jonesy said:

 

Costumes you say???

 

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January is pretty sparse when it comes to reasons to dress up, but I have never said no to making my own reasons, as you all know.

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9 hours ago, raptron said:

The best we can do is step up to the plate ready to swing hard and aim true. I want to continue to be undeterred in pursuit of my goals in the face of the unknown and help others continue to chase theirs as well.

 

Oh I LOVE YOU!!!!! <3

 

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*Order new mattress
 

 

 

Helix yo!!!!! (you're fault :P)

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YAY RAPTRON!

love when you do food challenges, because you're so good at food. but I feel like (maybe this is just my own issue) that when you're good at something, it's the last thing you focus on, because it's the most boring / easy thing.

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So, zero week = test week for goals, right?

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Day 0.1

Day off to welcome the New Year. I went to the gym for a nice lifting session and some yoga balancing afterwards. 

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I then made dinner which was steak, rice, and spinach in this new way I love it -- seasoned basically like seaweed salad, but spinach instead so seasoned rice vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil, and a sprinkling of sesame seeds. Good deal.

 

Day 0.2

No good blustery day. First day back at work after the long break, which was fine, but by the end of the day I was completely out of energy for the gym. I started heading that way anyway until the huge winds broke my umbrella and pelted me with cold rain, after which I said fuuuuck it and went home. 

 

I made tacos. 

 

Gym today w/flex training and balance work, gymnastics or maybe catching a WOD with my gym buddy (lol whyyy? the things we do for friends), probably gym Friday, and gymnastics Saturday. 

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21 hours ago, raptron said:

My right side is stronger than my left side and I have other quad/hip/glute imbalances that will ALL benefit from more unilateral work. My practice of just adding on an extra piece to my workouts  when I want to focus on something specific continues here.

Love this goal...I have very similar issues. Interested to see what improvements you see!

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Thanks for joining in again, y'all. 

 

17 minutes ago, doctorake said:

Following!

 

TACOS!

 

That hold was great, I would love to be able to do that.

 

Budgeting is something I am working on as well, good luck, it gets tough.

 

Traveling abroad?

 

Nothing specific yet, but I keep poking around to see where there are cheap flights to out of curiosity. It kind of ties into the budgeting because if I want to actually pick up some cheap flights, I should make sure we have the disposable income for it first. UGH, responsibility. :P 

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Haiii

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