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    #31
    Part of yesterday's hiking was a nature hike in a park I visit often. I saw lots of little critters on this hike: chipmunks, squirrels, red-winged blackbirds, starlings, yellow warblers, goldfinches, robins, cedar waxwings, a spicebush swallowtail, and one of twinkletoes ' little buddies. My coolest sighting of the day, however, was this little guy: a five-linked skink.

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    Five-lined skinks are the only lizard species in eastern Canada, they are found here only in a few specialized habitats in southern Ontario, and (although they are quite common in the southern US) they are rare up here. This was my first ever sighting of skinks in the wild, and I saw three of them, this juvenile, plus two adults.

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      #32
      What a cool little treat to see on your walk! I love hiking and being able to enjoy all the beauty this world has to offer!

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        #33
        What a wonderful hike! That skink looks so beautiful I'm impressed by your animal knowledge.

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          #34
          Me too, Trbrat75 ! I am so fortunate to live close to this park (Rondeau Provincial Park) as its location and diverse specialized habitats make the park home to a huge number of species, including many which are endangered/at risk in Canada. It is also an important stop in the migration routes of many birds and butterflies.

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            #35
            twinkletoes the park (Rondeau Provincial Park) offers a lot of nature programming, which I try to get out to as often as possible. The park is an extremely important area ecologically as it provides specialized habitats which many species require--habitats that have been largely destroyed elsewhere due to human development. Unfortunately, many humans do not understand this. They believe that parks should exist only for their enjoyment. So when they see dead trees lying about on the forest floor, they complain that the forest looks messy and that park staff are negligent in maintaining it. (The truth is that dead trees are a HUGELY important part of forest ecosystems.) When the beaches are not cleared of driftwood and plants that grow there, people accuse park staff of negligence once again. (The dune ecology is in fact a specialized habitat and home to several species at risk which cannot survive anywhere else in Canada.) The park's mandate is to provide outdoor recreational activities for humans without destroying the ecological integrity of the park. This requires a lot of education of humans who just would not know any better without it. Hence all of the programming, which I am happy to partake of.

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              #36
              June 1, 2017 round up:

              15 Days of Fitness: Day 11 DONE
              30 Days of Fitness: Day 11 DONE
              30 Day Walkabout: Day 11 DONE (9.2K hiking)
              Abs & Core 30 Day Challenge: Day 10 DONE
              2-Minute Multiplank 30-Day Challenge: Day 10 DONE
              Balance 30-Day Challenge: Day 10 DONE
              Posture 30-Day Challenge: Day 10 DONE
              100 30-Day Challenge: Day 1 DONE with EC (Decided to jump in with you all on this one as it doesn't get too onerous for me until the last 2 days, and I'll be finished the other challenges I'm working on before then.)

              Plus:

              10 x 5 half pistols

              Yoga - day 655 including Bad Yogi Erin Motz's "Original Yoga Challenge" day 16. (Once again this was the only yoga asana practice I did this day. And even so I got to bed even later than the night before. My black lab, Shelby, has a sore toe. It's so swollen the vet could not even see what is causing the problem. So she's on oral antibiotics now, a topical anti-inflammatory, and daily Epsom salt soaks. She also has to wear an Elizabethan collar which, thankfully, she has adapted to quite well and has not attempted to remove. This has all caused quite a palaver. But we will get that toe healed.)

              June 1 DD with EC

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                #37
                I hope Shelby's toe gets better soon. Poor pub. Your dogs really are super cute by the way! I totally forgot to thank you for that picture.

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                  #38
                  healing vibes for Shelbyhope her paw will heal fast!

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                    #39
                    twinkletoes BusyBumbleBee Shelby says thank you for the love and not to worry. She's not about to let small inconveniences like a sore toe and an awkward collar get in the way of her fun:

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                      #40
                      Originally posted by Rainbow Dragon View Post
                      She's not about to let small inconveniences like a sore toe and an awkward collar get in the way of her fun
                      Obviously! She doesn't look injured at all... rather like she's training for a marathon.

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                        #41
                        June 2, 2017 round up:

                        15 Days of Fitness: Day 12 DONE
                        30 Days of Fitness: Day 12 DONE
                        30 Day Walkabout: Day 12 DONE (8.7K hiking)
                        Abs & Core 30 Day Challenge: Day 11 DONE
                        2-Minute Multiplank 30-Day Challenge: Day 11 DONE
                        Balance 30-Day Challenge: Day 11 DONE (+ 8 seconds extra with eyes closed)
                        Posture 30-Day Challenge: Day 11 DONE
                        100 30-Day Challenge: Day 2 DONE with EC

                        Plus:

                        Yoga - day 656 including Bad Yogi Erin Motz's "Original Yoga Challenge" day 17. (Once again this was the only yoga asana practice I did this day. And I did it stupid late. I find it so hard to get back on track once I fall into such a late schedule. Plus I still have Shelby's extra foot care to deal with all week. And my father received an email from his ISP this day saying there was a security problem with his network he needed to fix right away or they would cut off his service. He thought he had created the problem himself and fixed it himself and wanted me to email his ISP to tell them the problem was solved. I refused because I thought he was mistaken. Turns out I was right. But it cost me half an hour of arguing with him to convince him of this fact, then another 90 minutes of testing, researching and fixing the actual problem. End result: I was still up, doing my June 2nd yoga practice, when my neighbours' roosters started crowing on the morning of June 3.)

                        June 2 DD with EC

                        (Skipped one-legged squats this day as it was so very late, and Grumpy Foot was in a bad mood after I did the Balance Challenge barefoot on a hardwood floor.)

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                          #42
                          twinkletoes Shelby runs like this every day, multiple times a day. She loves it and is super strong from all this running. Wish I was half as motivated to keep up with my own training!

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                            #43
                            Kudos for doing it anyway!

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                              #44
                              Thank you BusyBumbleBee . I cannot slip up now when my daily asana practice streak is up to 656 days.

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                                #45
                                June 3, 2017 round up:

                                15 Days of Fitness: Day 13 DONE
                                30 Days of Fitness: Day 13 DONE
                                30 Day Walkabout: Day 13 DONE (10K hiking)
                                Abs & Core 30 Day Challenge: Day 12 DONE
                                2-Minute Multiplank 30-Day Challenge: Day 12 DONE
                                Balance 30-Day Challenge: Day 12 DONE
                                Posture 30-Day Challenge: Day 12 DONE (Usually these are a nice little stretch for me. But I actually felt them this day after doing the June 2nd Daily Dare the day before.)
                                100 30-Day Challenge: Day 3 DONE with EC

                                Plus:

                                Yoga - day 657 including Bad Yogi Erin Motz's "Original Yoga Challenge" day 18 + Astavakrasana (Eight Angle Pose) class with Patrick Beach.

                                I missed most of my regularly scheduled flow classes this week with doing the OYC plus other demands on my time. This represents a significant deload in terms of my yoga training. I still hit all of my training goals for the week, however (as evidenced by the green cells in the "Totals" column at http://bit.ly/LRDyogatrack ), and I don't think the deload was such a bad thing as it gave me an opportunity to adjust to all the new work I have taken on since starting these Darebee challenges. But I miss the classes with my regular teachers.

                                I don't know how many of my regular classes I'll be able to squeeze in this coming week as it's ZOINKS Mandatory Challenge Week, starting today (June 4). I assign the Mandatory Challenge for the LOCO (Lookouts and Combat Ops) units, and normally design something I can cover with my regular classes as I'm already doing so much yoga. But I decided to give them DAREBEE workouts this month, in preparation for our Summer Games in July, which will include an event focussed on DAREBEE workouts too. The LOCO Challenge this week is to complete one of DAREBEE's themed weeks. But since I'm a First Responder in ZOINKS (special unit for folks who have completed the entry requirements for all 5 main units), I'm required to do 2 of them. So I'll be adding in Yoga Week and Dragon Week workouts on top of everything else this week too. Still, I'm going to try to squeeze in some of my regular flows. They're my favourite part of my training regimen!

                                June 3 DD in 2 sets

                                2 x 5 intermediate shrimp squats (Just testing the waters with these as I've not done shrimp squats in a while, and my legs were already tired as I did these right after side leg lifts for the Balance Challenge.)


                                Question for anyone who has done the 2 Minute Multiplank 30 Day Challenge: Day 13 is a "knee side crunch full plank". The picture looks like doing a plank climber with straight arms. But all of the Multiplank exercises so far have been static plank holds. Is the intention for Day 13 to hold the knee forward position for a full minute on each side? Or is this day's exercise a dynamic plank? I have the same question re:

                                Day 16: knee tap side elbow plank
                                Day 20: shoulder tap full plank
                                Day 25: knee in elbow plank

                                Are these all meant to be dynamic plank days? The shoulder tap, in particular, would be crazy hard to hold for a full minute on each side.

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