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  • DorothyMH
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    Nice present!

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  • TopNotch
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    mavie That's only about a third of what's on that wall. And then there are the floor-to-ceiling bookshelves upstairs... We like to read.

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  • mavie
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    That's a great wall of books.

    …ah yeah, and welcome to Marcy

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  • Fremen
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    Wow

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  • HellYeah
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    Nice "Toy", have fun playing with her...

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 715

    ​​​​​ Programme:
    - Day 26 Fit December
    ​​ Medito - Day 2 of Deepen your Practice.

    Spent another hour this morning completing construction (so about 6 hours all up, and my younger daughter assisted or else it would have taken longer!). I've been working (again) on my goals and what I think I need to do in order to achieve them. To this end, right now, I want to focus on bodyweight exercises, not even fun things like kettlebells (though there is a new workout...) and suchlike. And, of course, doing loads of specific drills. And then... Then comes the most truly unexpected Christmas present. 😲 May I introduce [drum roll please]...
    Marcy!
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    Isn't she lovely? Now, I've never used this sort of machine so it's a whole new thing for me, but I've found I can do lots of hamstring exercises using the cable at the bottom rather than the motley collection of therabands tied to the balance beam (you can just see them all puddled on the floor), so that's cool. I'll probably play with other things too because I don't want to appear ungracious. So Marcy and I played a little together today, just getting to know each other.
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  • Mianevem
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    Merry Christmas! Looking forward to see what you've built!

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  • Anek
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    Merry Christmas!

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 714

    ​​​​ Programme:
    - Day 25 Fit December Shortly after a big lunch, making those knee-to-elbows a bit of a challenge!
    ​ Medito - Day 1 of Deepen your Practice.

    Spent over five hours today building something. Big reveal tomorrow!

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  • Lady Celerity
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    Merry Christmas!

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  • DorothyMH
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    I like that quote We’ve been watching Agent Carter, the short Marvel series. It’s very pro female set post WWII, which was not exactly a pro female time.

    Also, during the 2 minutes on my toothbrush timer, I do one legged balancing poses

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  • Fremen
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    🎄Merry Christmas🎄

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 713

    ​​​​ Programme:
    - Day 24 Fit December This one today I lifted my leg as high as I could for both sorts of leg raises. For the seated leg raises (which is one of my leg flexor exercises), my left leg hits my shoulder, but my right still doesn't get there. Just got to keep loading up that hamstring, and it'll make it eventually.
    ​ Medito - Day 10 of Mindfulness. This was the last day of the Beginner's course. Interesting. There are still another 5 courses, as well as other things to listen to before I'm just doing the Daily Meditation. Anyway, that's over 3 weeks of meditation now.
    Band-resistant punches. 20es.
    Wrapping presents. I reckon this should stand as a workout! Got my eldest to help so this year I don't end up getting to bed around 2am!

    I've often found myself doing just small things while I'm waiting for something. Like the kettle just recently. While waiting, I did 60 march steps - but without the arms; I didn't want to knock anything over in the kitchen. And when brushing my teeth I'll do over 50 quarter squats - before I get too dribbly and have to hang over the basin! Sometimes I'll do some calf raises. Really, it's most peculiar, this physical activity thing!

    I was wasting time today, going through motivational quotes to print out for my training room. One which won't get there but I shared with my girls was:
    A woman is only helpless when her nail polish is drying. Apart from that, watch out!
    Just thought I'd share it here too.

    And to those who celebrate it: Happy Christmas.🎄
    To those who don't: Be happy.

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  • DorothyMH
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    Good things to think about, TopNotch; thanks for the reminder, as we end this year, and make training plans for the next one.

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  • TopNotch
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    True, Fremen but sometimes to get good at that one thing, you have to progress slowly, swapping one activity for a harder one as you build up. Like a baby. First a baby crawls, then it walks and then it runs (well, if you're lucky it walks and doesn't just go straight into the running part!). You can't just tell a baby to start running until it can run because it has to build up to that. Like to be able to do a push-up, you might have to start with wall push-ups, then incline push-ups, then perhaps knee push-ups, before you can get to full push-ups. What I mean is, in order for me to, for example, kick higher, I need to work the hip flexors so perhaps I'll start with march steps, nice and high. Then I'll add an explosive element and make them high knees (plus other hip flexor strengthening exercises). But that's not going to be enough. I'll also have to add some stretching and tendon work, but all that's okay if I know where I am heading. I can tell if what I'm doing is helping me get where I want to be, and if not, I can stop or change it. I just have to be alert to that, and that's where the experimentation you mention will come in, too. Personally, I think it's all very exciting - identifying where you want to be and the best way to get there. And I also need to allow for the occasional bit of just plain fun - the things that don't take much time but which add that bit of lightness and relief - and avoids stagnation. Thank you for reminding me of that.

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