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    Thank you 'rin

    Amirsh I did have my black lab and my golden retriever with me when I approached the one surveyor. I don't know how much help they'd actually be as a safety measure though. Probably Shelby (black lab) would try to protect me if someone physically attacked me. Trudy (golden retriever) on the other hand would just try to smother my attacker with kisses. She loves all people and has no understanding that any human could possess ill intent. Humans being mean is a concept that just does not compute for her.

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      Thursday, March 5 - Rainbow's Days of Fitness Day 104


      yoga flow: 27 minutes - morning vinyasa practice, plus my mini standing balance flow in the evening

      running: 3 km in 18:12 - in town. Meant to run 5K this day to make up for doing short on Wednesday, but I ran out of time.

      upper body skill & strength training: postponed - was supposed to be side crow, but I ran out of time

      lower body skill & strength training: 15 minutes - Barre: Rhythm & Movement - this stuff felt brutal a month ago, but felt good today


      Total: 60 minutes


      Other stuff:

      5.2 km hiking
      10 minutes meditation & pranayama (Meditation Challenge: Day 10)



      Only Homemade Food - ​​ - Total Days: 64/64
      A Salad a Day - ​​ - Total Days: 54/54
      No Video Games - ​ - Total Consecutive Days: 85
      No Seated Television - - Total Consecutive Days: 4
      GBOT (10:30) - - Total Days: 20/22
      GOBOT (6:30) - - Total Days: 22/22

      Here is a red-tailed hawk the puppies and I saw on our walk this afternoon:

      red-tailed hawk sitting on a signpost
      red-tailed hawk in flight, wings spread wide
      red-tailed hawk in flight, showing wings in down beat

      Fortunately, this hawk's habitat is protected since it hunts around the storm water runoff ponds for our entire subdivision. (The municipality cannot allow "development" of that land without creating a significant risk of serious flooding.)

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        Friday, March 6 - Rainbow's Days of Fitness Day 105


        yoga flow: 29:42 - high energy vinyasa with lots of push-ups

        running: 5 km in 33:04 - Spicebush Trail

        upper body skill & strength training: postponed - was just one of those "not enough time" kind of days

        lower body skill & strength training: postponed - see above


        Total: 62 minutes


        Other stuff:

        5.6 km hiking
        10 minutes meditation & 5:50 restorative yoga (Meditation Challenge: Day 11)



        Only Homemade Food - ​​ - Total Days: 65/65
        A Salad a Day - ​​ - Total Days: 55/55
        No Video Games - ​ - Total Consecutive Days: 86
        No Seated Television - - Total Consecutive Days: 5
        GBOT (10:30) - - Total Days: 21/23 - I've relaxed this one somewhat. Initially I was trying to be in bed for 10 with lights out by 10:30 and just not worrying about the 10:00 goal so long as I met the 10:30 one. Now I'm just aiming to be in bed for 10:30, but then still allowing myself to read for as long as I like before turning out my light. Reading in bed makes me quite sleepy, so this policy is working well for me--much better than my previous practice of turning out the light the second I jump into bed and flossing my teeth in the dark because it's already GBOT goal time. I'm sleeping efficiently--falling asleep quickly once I do turn out my light, and pretty much sleeping right through the night--and having no troubles getting up at 6:30 like I want to. So I'm not going make any attempt to "fix" a system that isn't broken.
        GOBOT (6:30) - - Total Days: 23/23

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          I found that it depends on what I'm reading. Some things are calmer than others and some things would make me stay awake for hours. I did get myself used to falling asleep after reading and it's part of my routine now so I guess it's all down to habit (with some exceptions).

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            Thank you for the hawk photos. Very cool

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              Amirsh probably if I read something that made me truly angry I would have problems falling asleep afterward. But reading fiction isn't going to produce that result. (Sometimes I get "angry" at the author for ruining a story--but that's more of an annoyance at them for wasting my time. It doesn't rise to the level of "horrible person/people ruining the world/my life/someone else's life with their actions/inaction" level of anger it takes to keep me awake at night.) Books I'm reading as part of my naturalist studies are pretty safe too. (I do feel real anger towards the people who are attempting to alter my neighbourhood in a way which will almost certainly extirpate the local population of an endangered species, but most of my reading on nature and ecology is about the positive side of human interactions with nature. It might mention anthropogenic problems, but those are not exactly news to me, and the focus of the texts is primarily on how humans can help nature and how we benefit from keeping it around us.) Since fiction and nature-related non-fiction cover all of my bedtime reading, it's a pretty safe bet for me that the practice will help me to fall asleep.

              WSMC27 glad you liked them. (I must bird that area by myself more often. Having two large dogs with me, one of whom pulls strongly on the leash, significantly hampers my ability to get decent photographs of birds!)

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                Saturday, March 7 - Rainbow's Days of Fitness Day 106


                yoga flow: 22:10

                running: 5 km in 33:26 - Spicebush Trail - I am now caught up on the mileage I shorted on Wednesday.

                upper body skill & strength training: 36 minutes - 18 minutes each of Side Crow and Walking Float - catching up on the stuff I missed on Thursday and Friday

                lower body skill & strength training: 17:06 - 9:54 for Power Cardio: Day 21 and 7:12 for Pistol Squat Prep - catching up for stuff missed on Tuesday and Friday


                Total: 108 minutes - was pretty tired by the end, but I got it all done


                Other stuff:

                6.5 km hiking
                20:50 restorative yoga
                10 minutes meditation (Meditation Challenge: Day 12)



                Only Homemade Food - ​​ - Total Days: 66/66
                A Salad a Day - ​​ - Total Days: 56/56
                No Video Games - ​ - Total Consecutive Days: 87
                No Seated Television - - Total Consecutive Days: 6
                GBOT (10:30) - - Total Days: 22/24
                GOBOT (6:30) - - Total Days: 23/24 (forgot to adjust my clock to Daylight Saving Time)

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                  Sunday, March 8 - Rainbow's Days of Fitness Day 107

                  Recovery day.

                  10 km hiking
                  25 minutes restorative yoga
                  10 minutes meditation (Meditation Challenge: Day 13)



                  Only Homemade Food - ​​ - Total Days: 67/67
                  A Salad a Day - ​​ - Total Days: 57/57
                  No Video Games - ​ - Total Consecutive Days: 88
                  No Seated Television - - Total Consecutive Days: 7
                  GBOT (10:30) - - Total Days: 23/25
                  GOBOT (6:30) - - Total Days: 23/25 (clock was set to the correct time this morning, but I did not sleep well during the middle part of the night and just could not drag myself out of bed at 6:30)

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                    Monday, March 9 - Rainbow's Days of Fitness Day 108

                    yoga flow: 29 minutes - Oh, Carling. This instructor does like to dream up new and gruesome ways to torture her students with yoga blocks. Today's class was all about gripping a block between one's thighs and attempting to "pez dispense" it out our back side. Not nearly as meditative as the Shiva Rea vinyasa flows I was doing last week, but Carling's material is great for reminding me not to be lazy in my yoga asanas and keeping me on track with optimal alignment and muscle engagement in the poses.

                    running: 5 km in 30:51 - Spicebush Trail - Fastest run since 2016! It was warm enough this day I was able to wear my shoulder season tights, which was a very welcome change. (The winter weight ones are falling down these days, even though I've started tucking my shirt tails inside them.) The warmer weather isn't here to stay in my cell of the Hive yet, but I'm certainly enjoying it while I can.

                    upper body skill & strength training: 17 minutes - Crow Taps

                    lower body skill & strength training: 13 minutes - Hey, Legs!


                    Total: 90 minutes


                    Other stuff:

                    9.5 km hiking
                    13 minutes restorative yoga
                    10 minutes meditation & pranayama (Meditation Challenge: Day 14)



                    Only Homemade Food - ​​ - Total Days: 68/68
                    A Salad a Day - ​​ - Total Days: 58/58
                    No Video Games - ​ - Total Consecutive Days: 89
                    No Seated Television - - Total Consecutive Days: 8
                    GBOT (10:30) - - Total Days: 24/26
                    GOBOT (6:30) - - Total Days: 24/26

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                      You would need great leg and back muscles for it. I Yoga is a good practice for it... unless I'm confusing it with else... it's the sport with brooms right? Where everyone is constantly bent in some way?

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                        Nice, congrats on improved time in recent years ...yay! 👍🏼

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                          Amirsh are you thinking of curling? (I'm not understanding the context of your post.)

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                            Thank you WSMC27 !

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                              Yes(???) Is it not the same thing?

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                                Originally posted by Amirsh View Post
                                Yes(???) Is it not the same thing?
                                Is curling not the same thing as what?

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