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    #31
    Well, in the end, I was afraid of nothing. But my worries were justified, and she admitted it. She was aware that she was distant.

    But everything's clear now. Honestly, what a relief. This week has hit us harder than we thought, but we're going through it. I'm still a bit on edge, though, and this week I've been behaving a bit stupidly. I mean, I had a small accident today, and yesterday my phone slipped from my hands all of the sudden, and I've just been clumsy all over. I couldn't think straight. I still can't think straight, but my mind will be sharp again tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow, I don't know. Whenever my nerves settle and we're back to normal. Soon it'll make another year to us, and I swear, I'm getting out of this hole one way or another.

    January 17th, 2021

    The Right Side + 10 Decline Push-ups
    Prayer to Freyja: 10 minutes of meditation
    Daily Dare: 2 Minutes Sitting Twists +EC
    Count: 265 - 262 +EC

    Programs:
    Reboot: Day 17 - LVL III +Megaset
    Fireheart: Day 17 - LVL III +Megaset

    Workouts:
    Boxer Tendon Strength +EC
    3 x 30 Seconds of Stomach Vacuum

    Challenges:
    Ab: Day 17
    50 Squats a Day: Day 17 +2 kgs weight

    Just did a sketch. I almost erased the whole thing, but I intend to finish it (5/7)
    Still working on that story (6/7)
    30 minutes on the piano turned into an hour (2/2)

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      #32
      Excellent! Glad that you've spoken and clarified!

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        #33
        It's great that you had the courage to speak with her to try to sort things out. It's also really good that you can write things out here. Sometimes, just writing things out can help you see things with greater clarity. And you know that, although we also don't know you in IRL, we're here supporting you. I think you've been so strong; accept that sometimes you have to allow a bit of weakness to creep in, acknowledge it, get it out of your system, and then find yourself stronger.

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          #34
          Anek TopNotch Well, I wasn't going anywhere if I didn't talk. I've actually learned that lesson the hard way years ago. And writing here is... I don't know. It's not like having a hidden notebook where I can put actually everything, but it has been a pretty thick diary, I have to admit.

          Shame that advice had such a poor timing, as today I've been feeling sick since noon. Mung beans are horrible.

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            #35
            My time got eaten by an expected / unexpected visit. I'll explain: I was expecting them to come on the afternoon, not on the morning. And maybe I can write now, but it was hard to pray. I kept falling asleep, so I'm going to post this and go to bed. I'm considering on not counting today, but I did played the piano.

            As I stated previously, I'm feeling sick too. We have a lot of mung beans at home, and we've been eating them for days, so it was sooner or later that my stomach was going to protest. I don't recommend them eating them a lot, but when you live here, options aren't really available.

            I didn't think I could hate Climbers until today's Reboot. Having the same vibes as I did with Shoulder Taps before, and I hope this is not another foreshadowing...

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            January 18th, 2021

            The Right Side + 10 Decline Push-ups
            Prayer to Freyja: 5 minutes of meditation
            Daily Dare: 2 Minutes Elbow Clicks +EC
            Count: 266 - 263 +EC

            Programs:
            Reboot: Day 18 - LVL III +Megaset
            Fireheart: Day 18 - LVL III +Megaset

            Workouts:
            WoD: Action Hero - LVL III +EC
            Monday +EC
            Triceps +EC +Reps Doubled
            3 x 30 Seconds of Stomach Vacuum

            Challenges:
            Ab: Day 18
            50 Squats a Day: Day 18 +2 kgs weight

            Time was sucked out, so no work today (0/7)
            Time was sucked out, so no work today (0/7)
            At least I could spend a few minutes playing the piano (1/7)

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              #36
              There is a new volunteer at the association. I've met her today, and she'll be in charge of doing fitness and nutrition workshops, although not so many people joined. Of course, is not free, however, it's cheap enough. It seems she's having the same trouble I had with photography back then, so I'm really hoping some more people join. In fact, I would like to join to see what's up with it. I'm actually pretty excited that there's a new face around since a lot of people left back in 2019. The fact that she's a trainer, and she seems very passionate about it, is just a cherry on the top. I'm hoping she won't be parasited the same way I was back when I started. The non-profit tends to be like that with new volunteers.

              I'm also hearing that the qigong classes are going to be open again, and I'm interested in those too, even if it is mostly old people. I'll keep an eye out on everything.

              Speaking of, the association is going through some administrative changes, and I might get more functions rather than just being a simple volunteer. I'm not really excited about it; I'm fine with just being a volunteer. There will be a lot of changes there this year.

              My entire morning flew by aswell, so I didn't do anything really. And though I'm feeling better (seriously, mung beans are delicious, but they are a horrible too), I didn't sleep much last night. I kept awake almost through the entire night making several trips and just hoping to not wake up in the middle of sleep, only to wake up a few hours later because the busy morning begun. Then, late lunch, and late training, and before I knew it, it was getting dark again. I thought I could write after posting this, but the sleep is getting to me, so I'm going to bed as soon as I post.

              On one hand, I want to do the Everest Challenge. On the other hand, screw Climbers on big numbers. And Shoulder Taps too. If it wasn't because time goes faster, I finish quicker and I get burned easily whenever I do all reps in one set, I wouldn't be complaining and just doing the circuits the way they are, but damn! Try to hold a plank with slippery shoes and you'll see what I mean. And I don't want to do Climbers barefoot, or else I'll get blisters. Doing huge numbers, that is...

              January 19th, 2021

              The Right Side + 10 Decline Push-ups
              Prayer to the gods: 5 minutes of gratitude meditation
              Daily Dare: 60 Knee-to-elbow Twists +EC
              Count: 267 - 264 +EC

              Programs:
              Reboot: Day 19 - LVL III +Megaset
              Fireheart: Day 19 - LVL III +Megaset

              Workouts:
              WoD: The Bard - LVL III +Megaset
              Splits +EC
              3 x 30 Seconds of Stomach Vacuum

              Challenges:
              Ab: Day 19
              50 Squats a Day: Day 19 +2 kgs weight

              I had no time to do anything (0/7)
              I had no time to do anything (0/7)
              I had no time to do anything (1/7)

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                #37
                I fell asleep. And I have no recollection of yesterday whatsoever. Nothing that's worthy of being told...

                All I remember is workout being short, but tense... Not as tense as tuesday, but still tense. And I remember playing the piano for a bit, and drawing... And attempting to write at the evening, but I fell face first on the keyboard. I didn't even bother to meditate. I was too tired.

                January 20th, 2021

                The Right Side + 10 Decline Push-ups
                Daily Dare: 40 Side Plank Rotations +EC
                Count: 268 - 265 +EC

                Programs:
                Reboot: Day 20 - LVL III +Megaset
                Fireheart: Day 20 - LVL III +Megaset

                Workouts:
                Classic Warmup
                Unbound
                Catch me ...if you can - LVL III +No rest
                Triceps +EC +Reps doubled
                3 x 30 Seconds of Stomach Vacuum

                Challenges:
                Ab: Day 20
                50 Squats a Day: Day 20 +2 kgs weight

                Carried on with one drawing, but didn't finished it (1/7)
                Narrator: she attempted to write. Alas, poor woman was so tired she fell asleep on her keyboard (0/7)
                A little bit of piano doesn't hurt (2/7)

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                  #38
                  Another day without writing, I guess. This time I think I'm afraid once again, afraid of the blank page, or something. I'm blocked, but it's self-induced by lazyness.

                  Long day today aswell. I went back to give classes, which was alright... but I lost my patience in the middle of it. I swear, it took me a lot of self-control to not lose my temper. I don't remember my patience being that thin before...

                  About fitness, I did do something different today.



                  "No-Equipment"? Not at all. After doing Squats with 2 kgs of weight, I felt that those first 50 Squats (I went with EC, which is 5 sets) were nothing. Originally, I was going to add those DIY dumbbells, but then I saw an encyclopedia made of three books that totaled on 5 kgs. I muttered "what if..." and then I held them on the Squats and Calf Raises, kettlebell style. I used the dumbbells for the Lunges, though: 1 kg on each side. Then, I placed those books on a backpack and did Shoulder Taps and Push-ups with it. The rest of the workout was without equipment. Those Push-ups and Shoulder Taps left me with my chest trembling.

                  Good workout for a strength day. A backpack filled with heavy things might be on the future, as long as I can't afford stuff, that is... And I want to do Xpress Tone, but... With 1 kg dumbbells? Feels like I'm cheating.

                  January 21st, 2021

                  The Right Side + 10 Decline Push-ups
                  Prayer to the gods: 5 minutes of gratitude meditation
                  Daily Dare: 2 Minutes Raised Leg Hold +EC
                  Count: 269 - 266 +EC

                  Programs:
                  Reboot: Day 21 - LVL III +Megaset
                  Fireheart: Day 21 - LVL III +Megaset

                  Workouts:
                  Classic Warmup
                  Unbound
                  Total Body +EC +5 kgs weight on Squats and Calf Raises +1 kg weight on each hand on Lunges +5 kgs backpack on Shoulder Taps and Push-ups
                  3 x 30 Seconds of Stomach Vacuum

                  Challenges:
                  Ab: Day 21
                  50 Squats a Day: Day 21 +2 kgs weight

                  No plans to draw today (1/7)
                  Narrator: lazy woman who wouldn't write... (0/7)
                  I gave a class. I wasn't planning on playing more, but I did (3/7)

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                    #39
                    I've just realized that this has been quite a bad week to work. I've done nothing pretty much everyday. Only playing the piano, and that's it. I mean, it's good that pick it back up, but damn, I haven't even continued my drawing or written anything...

                    Well, tonight was different for writing. The short story I started, I'm rebuilding it. There was a huge missing piece on it, and even though it didn't matter if I kept it the way it was (sort of a prequel of things), it just didn't feel right. So, I added it to the canon I already had for its characters instead of going back. Besides some interactions and new characters, not much changes.

                    Still using books as weights. Here's a graphical representation of how I'll be like if I worked at a library:



                    Honestly, the last thing I'd be using books for is this, and I can't stop now. The 50 Squats a Day challenge definitly feels better with 5 kgs of weight.

                    January 22nd, 2021

                    The Right Side + 10 Decline Push-ups
                    Prayer to the gods: 5 minutes of meditation
                    Daily Dare: 30 Seconds Push-up Hold +EC
                    Count: 270 - 267 +EC

                    Programs:
                    Reboot: Day 22 - LVL III +Megaset
                    Fireheart: Day 22 - LVL III +Megaset

                    Workouts:
                    Triceps +EC +Reps Doubled
                    3 x 30 Seconds of Stomach Vacuum

                    Challenges:
                    Ab: Day 22
                    50 Squats a Day: Day 22 +5 kgs weight

                    No plans to draw today (1/7)
                    Narrator: she finally pulled through! (1/7)
                    Played some... And getting easily frustrated (4/7)

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                      #40
                      I'm having a hard time meditating lately, so I'll stop for a bit.

                      Not much for doing stuff this week, I see. But I did finish the drawing, and now I'm setting my sights on another one. I didn't do any plans to write, but right now I feel like I should do something before bed.

                      Not much to tell today. I didn't feel like doing much. It was a very lazy day...

                      January 23rd, 2021

                      The Right Side + 10 Decline Push-ups
                      Prayer to the gods: 10 minutes of meditation
                      Daily Dare: 2 Minutes Bounce on the Spot +EC (jumping a bit higher, like the frogs, ribbit!)
                      Count: 271 - 268 +EC

                      Programs:
                      Reboot: Day 23 - LVL III +Megaset
                      Fireheart: Day 23 - LVL III +Megaset

                      Workouts:
                      Office Boxer (3 times)
                      Power Punch Express +EC
                      3 x 30 Seconds of Stomach Vacuum

                      Challenges:
                      Ab: Day 23
                      50 Squats a Day: Day 23 +5 kgs weight

                      Finished the drawing, and seems that I'm improving (2/7)
                      Didn't feel like writing, but that could change. Will edit tomorrow if it does (1/7)
                      Played some more piano, and got some improvements (5/7)

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                        #41
                        Pretty much ab day. I skipped the stomach vacuums because of it, and I also skipped the meditation. I also didn't play the piano, but that's different.

                        And yeah, I didn't write the other night. I thought I could, but I ended up falling asleep. However, it was also a writing day... or more, like, organizing day, but there was some writing done. I also got a request for a couple of drawings, so I'll be paid for it too.

                        January 24th, 2021

                        The Right Side + 10 Decline Push-ups
                        Daily Dare: 2 Minutes Palm Strikes +EC
                        Count: 272 - 269 +EC

                        Programs:
                        Reboot: Day 24 - LVL III +Megaset
                        Fireheart: Day 24 - LVL III +Megaset

                        Workouts:
                        WoD: 2-Minute Abs +EC
                        Daily Cardio Dose +EC

                        Challenges:
                        Ab: Day 24
                        50 Squats a Day: Day 24 +5 kgs weight

                        Sketched something quick to practice (3/7)
                        It was a day of writing, so a lot was done (2/7)
                        No piano today (5/7)
                        Last edited by Sólveig; January 25, 2021, 04:55 PM. Reason: Typo

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                          #42
                          What a Monday. I started doing the job, so I've done two drawings out of 6. I aim to do three tomorrow, so I'll do the last one on Wednesday, and proceed to ink them all.

                          I was also in the mood for playing the piano, but I didn't. Instead, I just wrote. Not as much as yesterday, but I still wrote...

                          But, for now, I'll sleep. I was going to keep writing, but I'm having a headache. I'm tired, and I'll probably have to wake up early tomorrow, so... good night!

                          January 25th, 2021

                          The Right Side + 10 Decline Push-ups
                          Daily Dare: 20 Commandos +EC
                          Count: 273 - 270 +EC

                          Programs:
                          Reboot: Day 25 - LVL III +Megaset
                          Fireheart: Day 25 - LVL III +Megaset

                          Workouts:
                          Monday +EC
                          Epic Glutes +EC +1 Extra Set +5 kgs weight
                          Better Balance +EC (barely) +Blindfold
                          Triceps +Megaset
                          3 x 30 Seconds of Stomach Vacuum

                          Challenges:
                          Ab: Day 25
                          50 Squats a Day: Day 25 +5 kgs weight

                          Couple of drawings done (1/7)
                          Done some writing that could have been more (1/7)
                          Well, I wanted to, but I didn't play the piano (0/7)

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                            #43
                            If you find 1kg weights too easy, you don't want to use them for Xpress Tone because that's all "to failure" and you'd be going forever!

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                              #44
                              TopNotch Maybe I should consider those books and turn them into a kettlebell

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                                #45
                                Remember when I said I was only going to do three drawings today? Originally, my plan was to do two daily, so I was free on the deadline for those. Well, I say screw everything, and did the entire job today. Well, almost the entire thing. I still need to ink them. It's optional, but I want to do it, and I'll do it tomorrow. And, since it was military related, I felt like doing something on the same theme too. Also done, but needs fixing.

                                It's been a lazy day. I almost skipped training because I was focused on writing, but I did it... at a lower pace, so I wouldn't break a sweat. I mean, it was still megasets as far as Reboot and Fireheart concerns, and although Reboot didn't make me sweat, Fireheard could have with... Was it, like, 70 Push-ups and 600 Punches or something? Honestly, I can't do the math right now... I overslept. I went to bed early last night, woke up at 6 AM, checked if there was water, and when I saw there wasn't, I went back to bed, and slept for five hours more. I don't know why I slept so much, but the only theory I have is adding weight to those squats. I'm taking that as a signal to go to bed early...

                                A pity that some things that I write I can only do so late at night. Don't ask me why; that's just when I have the peace to do so. Plus, powercuts at early night. One hit us tonight, and the power didn't come back until 10 PM. I've been writing since, and I just stopped.

                                January 26th, 2021

                                The Right Side + 10 Decline Push-ups
                                Daily Dare: 30 Alt Arm / Leg Raise +EC
                                Count: 274 - 271 +EC

                                Programs:
                                Reboot: Day 26 - LVL III +Megaset
                                Fireheart: Day 26 - LVL III +Megaset

                                Workouts:
                                WoD: Daybreak +No rest between exercises
                                3 x 30 Seconds of Stomach Vacuum

                                Challenges:
                                Ab: Day 26
                                50 Squats a Day: Day 26 +5 kgs weight

                                Finished work and also one poster that ended up bad, but I'll fix tomorrow (2/7)
                                The first third of a three parter was finished (2/7)
                                It was quick. Mostly short technique studies rather than songs (1/7)

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