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    Yesterday, an Al Kavadlo 5 by 5:



    This morning, a short run to the swimming pool, and a swim, and a walk back. Very nice.

    This weekend, hopefully I will be off-line a bit more, and I'm due to do: Saturday, taiji (1.5 hours), Muay Thai Hell workout!!!!; Sunday is a rest day, hopefully we might be able to get a sea swim this weekend too.

    Have fun everyone, and if you're a neutral, please spare a cheer for Wales on Satuday afternoon as we play Denmark in the European Championships.

    Be brave, be free, stay safe.

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      I will have to read up on this championship ... Go Wales...there's a clueless but wellmeaning one cheering you one!

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        Thank you, CC! Sadly, our support wasn't enough to get us through but we'll save it up for the World Cup qualifiers! (Wales were pretty bad to be honest and deserved to lose.)

        Still carrying on through the Fighter Programme along with Tai Ji classes on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

        I managed to do a run early this morning, my usual 3-mile route, and found it quite tough.

        Tai ji is challenging too. There's a lot to learn and a whole philosophy to consider - the school is quite a serious one - and I'm not completely convinced that I believe in all of it.

        Muay Thai 90-day challengs is now on week 6, so the same workout with higher reps - it's now a 60 burpee workout! - and really at the edge of what I can do; on elbow push-ups for some reps.

        I've done some thinking (I wonder if I do too much thinking - it has been said, in fact my mum once bought me a book called Stop Thinking and Start Living in an attempt to help me with my depression - and I've written down some goals and plans to get towards them.

        On we go!

        Love your days, Bees!

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          Nice work sir! It seems you are really blasting those workouts, keep it up! you got me interested,what is that muay thai 90day challange? Are you a fellow practicioner of "the art of 8limbs"? i have never heard of this challange and if it is good would very much try myself by the way (yea i know im kinda nerdy about these but since martial arts are my passion so.... xD) do you have a style or way of combat you identify yourself as? I remember how our kru said we should never ponder on it and grow to the style of oneself- or get punched in the ring 😂 but hey keep up the fine work and have a good day!

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            Hey TheGrayLynx thank you for the encouragement.

            I have never done any martial art in a class or against another person I'm afraid. The 90-Day challenge is this one from Montrait Muay Thai:

            https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...buKFo0w_sNTAUM

            So, two workouts a week - and for me, they are very hard! There is some technique stuff in there but it's mostly body weight exercises.

            Good luck if you give it a try.

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              HIIT day today, so I tried a dumbbell HIIT from YouTube:



              That was hard - 7.5kg each dumbbells for me, and a long way from keeping up with Caroline! I've done a Yoga ball workout of hers before and she's very good, I do recommend her channel if it's your sort of thing - the music isn't my cup of tea but I'm a miserable middle-aged man, so...!

              Anyway, I'll add a music track in tribute to Gentle Ox's posts: some more 90s stuff:



              I saw Nirvana in 1991, and the wonders of the internet can confirm what my memory can't - they did play that!

              https://www.livenirvana.com/concerts/91/91-11-27b.php

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                Colin ah ok thanks for the info! Yeah youtube is great source for workout ideas, have you tried FunkRoberts by chance? Might suit you if you like hiit/metcon kinda stuff with martial art flavor anyways good job on that hiit, those with db's can get real brutal, so well done sir!

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                  I wonder if I do too much thinking - it has been said, in fact my mum once bought me a book called Stop Thinking and Start Living in an attempt to help me with my depression
                  You are not alone in this, Colin! I know that i think too much, and consequently do not do enough. I pretty much live inside my head. Perhaps i should look for that book; did you find it at all helpful?

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                    Originally posted by Mamatigerj View Post
                    You are not alone in this, Colin! I know that i think too much, and consequently do not do enough. I pretty much live inside my head. Perhaps i should look for that book; did you find it at all helpful?
                    Rather typically, MamaT, I never read it! (And this before I burned down my ability to read with internet access!).

                    I will say I did recently read and find Radical Belonging very useful, interesting, and inspiring and though that book is specifically and deliberately not a "self-help" book I would recommend it to anyone who feels that they and the world are out of fit with each other - gratitude to sleep_twitch for sharing it here, my partner is now reading it.

                    I'm still quite confused about the whole thing to be honest, MamaT, you know, life and all that, and every time I think about it I flash to a Raymond Chandler quote that I think of as being very much how I am: "“​You talk too damn much and too damn much of it is about you.”

                    Because I feel like I understand myself quite well, and I've had hours and hours of counselling of various sorts (I'm very lucky, with the NHS here being a help and I was able to get a lot of help through support for alcoholics) that has made me quite practised at talking about myself (to the extent I wonder if I slip into story-telling, myths and legends and so on), but I really still struggle to make changes. I do think though, that one of the biggest things for me was noticing that change is slow and constant - no doubt all of this is linked in some way.

                    And, so - again rather typically - I take a short, simple question and turn it into a long essay on.. . .

                    ME!

                    Because, "“​You talk too damn much and too damn much of it is about you.”

                    Ha!

                    It's always lovely to see you, MamaT, so I hope there is something there that is helpful!


                    EDIT: I should add, I did start reading the book I'm sure and from what I recall - memory jogged by reading an Amazon summary - is that it's a sort of CBT approach if that is a useful description.

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                      An Al Kavadlo 5 by 5 for beginners as a strength workout today. I may do more later as this isn't quite challenging enough for me any more.

                      We shall see.

                      On we go. x Thank you for the support while I rambles, Bees.

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                        Originally posted by Colin View Post
                        I saw Nirvana in 1991, and the wonders of the internet can confirm what my memory can't - they did play that!
                        I envy you!!

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                          On you go keep it up!

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                            Thanks again, Colin!

                            I also added Radical Belonging to my to-read list after Twitchy wrote about it.
                            I hope you are having a lovely weekend. Have a swim in the sea for me if you get the chance!

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                              Thank you LizardFriend95! I wish I could remember it clearly. I do remember them telling us they'd been recording for Top of the Pops that week and we had to watch, and I was very excited that all the members of local band Neds Atomic Dustbin were in the audience.

                              Thank you, Nancy!

                              And thank you Mamat! I hope you enjoy it. I'm sure you will.

                              On.
                              We.
                              Go.

                              Friday was a rest day. I went for a 5k run in the morning.

                              Saturday. Taiji and Muay Thai. The Muay Thai challenge is now at reps I can't complete in full, but I'm continuing. I'm due to do it today, but may put it off until tomorrow if I don't have the energy.

                              Sunday. Rest day. Some gardening work. We now have tones of blackcurrants - lovely.

                              This morning I got in the run (under 3k) and swim I missed on Friday.

                              I feel pretty good. I hope it stays this way.

                              On we go. Thank you bees, have beautiful days. x

                              Some music, from my favourite rapper:




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                                Good work sir, keep it going! oh by the way i can highly recommend checking out sylvie duuglas van ittu's youtube channel if at-home muay thai is something that you have found a soft spot- she has awesome playlists of technique vlogs and an at home workout list just tought if it interests you, i found vids like these incredibly useful training tools, alongside channels like sean fagan have a fine day!

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