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  • DorothyMH
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    Also, thinking of your wandering thoughts as clouds drifting in and out of your sky of thought, and allowing you to return to “emptiness,” has helped me with meditation

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 706

    ​​​​ Programme:
    - Day 17 Fit December
    ​ Medito - Day 3 of Mindfulness. I do find it difficult not to have my mind wandering off, but I read something a while ago that helps a little. Think of the mind as a puppy being taught to walk on a leash. Oftentimes the puppy will run out after something, or stop and investigate something, and each time you, as its trainer, must bring it gently back to the path until it knows what it is to do and stops being distracted by every butterfly. It takes a lot of patience and time. My mind is one heck of a hyperactive puppy!
    Workout:
    - Iron Tendons Lowerbody Still working through the Tendon Strength Collection.

    Snowballs! The first day or two is generally easy because people don't have so many snowballs to lob yet. There were only about 17 waiting for me when I woke up this morning. All in all, so far I've dodged around 40.

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  • Anek
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    Don't worry, there will be plenty of ...

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  • TopNotch
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    CaptainCanuck Oh, har har...

    Day 705

    ​​​​ Programme:
    - Day 16 Fit December
    ​ Medito - Day 2 of Mindfulness
    Workout:
    - Upperbody Tendon Strength Been meaning to work my way through a couple of collections, so here goes.

    Snowballs! I've been waiting all day!! The first ball was only lobbed by the Queen at about 8pm my time! Now I'll have to go to bed and miss much of the initial fun. Still, I've managed to get a few out. And so far, there won't be so many when I wake up in the morning.

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  • CaptainCanuck
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    Sounds like your weather in the afternoon was thunderstruck. I won't cry for you though.

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 704

    ​​​​ Programme:
    - Day 15 Fit December
    ​ Medito - Just begun the first 10-day meditation course, now that I've gone through the How To's and practices.
    Workout:
    - Come Back Faster Here's another that's been on my To-Do list.

    Ever have one of those days when you go to the shops and you get everything you went there for? Rare as hens' teeth, right? Well, I not only had one of those days today, but also bumped into someone I used to work with - and whom I actually liked! A music shop was selling donated CDs with all the proceeds going to the RSPCA, so I happily donated $20 to the animals (and came away with 4 CDs - to show the variety in my musical taste, one was AC/DC and another was the soundtrack to Evita). The weather was warm, and in the afternoon, when I was at home drinking tea, there was a lovely little wind and thunder storm. Altogether, today was one of those really lovely days. None of the children yelled that they hated me, my mother phoned and we had a nice chat, the cats behaved themselves (as well as cats normally do!) - I tell you, I'm really worried about tomorrow!!

    P.S. Just realised that it's the 16th tomorrow. Better get limbered up!

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 703

    ​​​​ Programme:
    - Day 14 Fit December
    ​ Medito
    Workout:
    - Tendons and Core Starting to go through the list of workouts I have been wanting to do.

    Nothing much else at the moment because of the general disruptions one can expect at the time of year. We got the Tree and put out some decorations. More - much more - to come. And then there's the baking I've got to get around to, as well. If only I was confident with deep frying - I remember the fun times I had with my siblings every year when we made klejner. Mum made the dough the night before and chucked it in the fridge. Then early the next morning, she'd start cutting out the dough and we'd all gather around and start twisting. The first ones were always peculiar-looking but we'd get into the swing of it pretty quickly, and we twisted while mum fried them, then she'd roll more out and cut them and we'd just keep twisting. Took us hours to twist them all! And, of course, it was inevitably stinking hot, and made hotter by the hot oil. Probably quite pleasant, though, in the Northern Hemisphere! Maybe next year I'll give it a bash, though. Practice up on deep frying first.

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  • Gandhalfit
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    really, why can't they just call it a farewell dinner?!) and it was SO noisy! I have a problem with a lot of ambient noise; it really wearies me
    I hear ya and I agree with DorothyMH - noise makes me "naturally drunk" . My 6th grade graduation is one of the things I still regret. Speaking from an intermediate point of view, I guess. At least your kid enjoyed it, that's something to take pleasure

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  • DorothyMH
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    I hear ya on the ambient noise. More than a couple people in a room talking or making a racket and I start to zone out and cannot hear any of it clearly

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  • GentleOx
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    That doesn't sound like a lot of fun. At least your daughter had a good time!

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 702

    ​​​ Programme:
    - Day 13 Fit December
    Medito

    And that was it for today. But man, I am absolutely exhausted! I've just spent the last 4 hours attending my daughter's grade 6 "graduation" (really, why can't they just call it a farewell dinner?!) and it was SO noisy! I have a problem with a lot of ambient noise; it really wearies me. The dinner was exceeding ho-hum. I think the chicken breast had been boiled - it was soft, completely white and absolutely tasteless. Dessert was cake that had been refrigerated (! ). BUT, the children seemed to have a good time, my daughter's clarinet performance was pretty good, and the final dance they all did looked like most of them (there are always those who just stand there, right?) were having fun. Mine was really getting into it, and she was fortunately next to a couple of others who were likewise animated. Now, I am sitting here in the lounge and all I can hear is the hum of the fridge in the kitchen (I have sensitive hearing) and the soft trickle from the cats' waterer. Blissful. Just need a cup of tea to make it all perfect.

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 701

    ​​​ Programme:
    - Day 12 Fit December
    Medito
    Slider exercises. I've drawn up a few lists of exercises to work on the hip flexors, and inner thigh/knee, divided by the equipment used. So there is a list for Sliders (which are great fun to use!), bands, and nothing but me. So today I did 4 exercises from the Slider list - mountain climbers; curtsey squats; lying single-leg curls, and leg circles. 3 sets of 20 each. Then I read some things that said curtsey squats were actually not good for the knees. Given that I'm doing these exercises specifically to work beneficially on the knees, I thought it rather counter-productive to do an exercise that could damage the knees! I'm no expert, and sometimes it's better to be safe than sorry so I'll just drop them. There are seven other exercises on that list. Anyway, that was all fun. I thought after FD today, there was no need to do the banded exercises which work the hip flexors - they'd been worked enough!

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  • CaptainCanuck
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    I was thinking the same, that for whatever reason that a lot of people are choosing gingerbread

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  • Fremen
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    Originally posted by TopNotch View Post
    there's an awful lot of gingerbread men on the tree.
    One more

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 700

    ​​​ Programme:
    - Day 11 Fit December
    Medito
    Total of 200 push-ups for the Tree 🎄(100 today). I haven't pumped out that volume of push-ups for ages. Probably feel it tomorrow. Now, I don't know if it's just because it's quicker to do 200 push-ups than 800 side kicks, or it's because gingerbread men are cute (and very tasty), but there's an awful lot of gingerbread men on the tree. I wish they had buttons, though...
    80 Jumping Ts Not making a habit of it, but I just felt like doing a bit of jumping. Probably good to do something with the legs today, given I did Abs for FD and arms for the Tree.

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