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    #16
    A decent day today.

    DD with EC. Plank walk outs.

    HJ Day 58: 7 x (20 high knees, 20 jumping lunges, 40 front kicks, 20 slow climbers, 20 alt-arm-leg-raise planks, 20 knife hand strikes), and 3,000 punches.

    Three meditations.

    I'd like to be doing more. And I'd like to be doing better.

    I'm seeing some positives from my meditation, I think, but still the major themes of my life are distraction, boredom, and anger.*

    Obviously, I need to keep on working.

    *Perhaps that overstates things. Really, things in my life are very good and I'm very lucky.

    Sleep well lovely bees. On we buzz. . .

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      #17
      I enjoyed a very energetic HJ last night:

      Day 59: 7 x (to-failure push-ups, 20 shoulder taps, 20 thigh taps, 20 high knees, 20 side-to-side chops, 20 jump squats), and 400 side kicks.

      I really do find I have a second wind with this sort of session. A lesson to myself to persist. After having posted a long ramble on Rainbow Dragon's thread about push-ups and my difficulties with them, I won't go over it all here. I do better with to-failure push-ups when I don't count, so I don't know how many I did this time. I got very hot, sweaty and tired doing all that though, which is great.

      DD with EC: Shrimp squats - knees to the floor? Ha ah hahaha haha haha haha haha ahahhahaha hahah ahah

      And a 10 minute meditation.

      I'm nearly done with HJ now, so will need another programme I guess. I have half a mind to do an Event Week first, but we'll see how I feel.

      I'm due to go out for dinner tonight so might struggle to fit in a full HJ day.

      have fun my beauties! x

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        #18
        Congrats on the shrimp squats!

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          #19
          Colin, my shrimp squats are the same. Some days I can get all the way down, but I cannot get back up again unless I either let go of my back foot or I hold onto something to pull myself forwards. I've tried them with the assist, but it really messed with my form. I think I progress faster with these if I keep a hold of my foot, don't use an external assist, and just lower as far as I can.

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            #20
            Thank you, Joomju and RD, as ever! I have a slight nervousness about my knees that comes from playing football (soccer) for many years. They sometimes feel quite "fragile" and are sometimes painful. My partner has given me some physio-style exercises to do and they have made a difference. I need to keep those up, and I'd like to keep up some sort of hamstring and hip loosening/opening routine too - I have some nice routines from yoga channels and the like to try. I'm doing - when I remember, and I haven't recorded it yet - the toe-touching challenge as well, as I can't remember the last time I was able to touch my toes, or even if I ever could?! I assume every child of average health and build probably can so I suppose I probably could before modern life and bad habits corrupted my lovely pure physique!

            All that rambling just to say... I had a bad day yesterday...

            Just the DD - with EC. I went for a short walk too. Disappointing.

            The reality is that I say I don't have time to do things when I should be saying, I DON'T HAVE TIME TO SPEND HOURS FOLLOWING ENDLESS ARGUMENTS ON TWITTER THAT MERELY SERVE TO MAKE ME ANGRY AND/OR DESPAIRING, ESPECIALLY AS I DON'T EVEN HAVE AN ACCOUNT SO CANNOT DO ANYTHING POSITIVE ABOUT THE ENDLESS ARGUMENTS BY CONTRIBUTING OR REPORTING PEOPLE. DOING THE SAME ON YOUTUBE IS NOT REALLY A MUCH BETTER WAY TO SPEND LITERAL HOURS EITHER!

            There. A bit of self-shouting!

            All well intentioned and well deserved, but I really would like to get back on top of my internet/social media use. So, as of noon today, I do not look at Twitter.*

            On we go!**

            *I do - very occasionally - have legitimate work reasons for looking at twitter so unfortunatley I can't do the irrevocable blocking that would be really useful.

            **My asterisk is always that while I complain - very loudly and tediously - about these things, being an ex-addicted-drinker, -smoker, and drug user means that I am currently much, much happier and healthier than I have been for most of my adult life, and being here is a big part of that.



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              #21
              Originally posted by Colin View Post
              I am currently much, much happier and healthier than I have been for most of my adult life,


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                  #23
                  Colin wow! quite the bad day indeed and good start on the no twitter challenge hehe your doing great buddy keep up the great work.
                  I always found a jelly baby (Gelatin repairs cartilage) and a Cod Liver Oil Tablet (Reduced Inflammation) a day helps with things like that too.

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                    #24
                    Originally posted by Colin View Post
                    *I do - very occasionally - have legitimate work reasons for looking at twitter so unfortunatley I can't do the irrevocable blocking that would be really useful.
                    This is so much tougher than simply quitting an unhealthy activity outright, I think.

                    Something I have started doing to help me get a better handle on how I am using my time is to log my time usage against various activities on a spreadsheet. Maybe this is overkill. (I do like my spreadsheets!) But when I'm struggling with something time-wise (in my case: why am I not spending as much time on my writing as I, in theory, want to be doing?) at least I have some data to work with.

                    I won't subject you to the entire spreadsheet. (It is extensive.) But here is my social media section from yesterday:

                    social media time tracking spreadsheet sample

                    Once I have this information, I can use it to celebrate my successes (less than 10 minutes in the "FB read/connect" row means I did not get sucked down the facebook rabbit hole--yeah!) but also to track patterns (was this a typical or atypical day?) and ask myself questions re: what went right (and why), what went wrong (and why), and how I can do better in the future. ("Is 3 hours/day on social media sustainable for me? "Nope." "Where/how can I trim some time from my social media usage?" "Where am I getting good value for my time spent vs. poor value for time spent?" etc.)

                    You have a good perspective on your situation, which I think is a good start to the battle. I wish for you great success in taming this particular beast.

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                      #25
                      Wow. Thank you, Rainbow Dragon. I do have a spreadsheet somewhere that I used in regard to some addictive behaviours, and I should perhaps look it out and repurpose it - though I am not very good with spreadsheets at all. I should also look at what has worked for me in the past, with alcohol, smoking, etc... and use those approaches as far as I can.

                      Another poor day yesterday, just the DD with EC.

                      I will finish Hero's Journey tonight - if I don't get sucked in to trying to watch Leeds on TV somewhere!

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                        #26
                        80 Flutter Kicks

                        HJ Day 60: basically, 10 sets of a hiit thing. . . Very demanding for me who very much does not like jumping squats at all....!

                        I have a badge then! HJ with 16,700!

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                          #27
                          Congratulations Hero!

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                            #28
                            There he is, another hero!

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                              #29
                              Congratulations !

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                                #30
                                Happy Hero badge day!

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