Janathon day 4

Yoga True, day 3 done πŸ™‚

Other than that today was a rest day, Thursdays are hard work and work work was super annoying so yoga and nothing super jumpy-around-y was exactly what I needed!

In the process I learned the following:

Do not take a giant full of water in the middle of yoga… downward dog is weird when you are all sloshy!!

Woohoo first plaits of Janathon 😊

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Janathon day 3

I went to the gym!! In the morning!! On my own!!!

Ok I know I go to the gym in the morning a lot but normally I am meeting someone and if they can’t go I end up sleeping… today I got up and went on my own woohoo!

Admittedly I was later than normal…but I went! 😁 and. I did stuff… deadlifts and heavy sled pushes as a super set… it was short but hard!

Then…as it is Wednesday I did dancing… of course I did it is mythago practice night 😊😊 I danced all sorts of things including Spank the Monkey (which I am mentioning to amuse my friend Nancy)

I didn’t take any pictures…I was dancing…

And to top off the day I just finished day 2 of Yoga True. Today’s practice was called trust…it was hard… the yoga not the trusting. I can’t do a one legged pigeon! But I will get there 😊

Happy New Horse!

This is a poem I write yesterday, it is a bit silly but I love it! It embodies (if a poem can do that) the optimism with which I am marching (riding) into 2018 πŸ™‚

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This one is for my extremely awesome friend Lucy from PorterGirlΒ 

New year, new you?
What is wrong
with the old you?
New year new horse!
on which we will ride
into
brand
new
futures!

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Janathon day 2

Well that was a shock to the system all round!!

First day back at work, made even more shocking by an early morning PT session!! It was worth it though, the PT was awesome despite it being push day and me having to do Viking presses which are less exciting than they sound!!

I also had to bench press and do rowing sprints and kettlebells… that is one way to wake up in the morning!!

Later that day…

(As they say in movies and such when they can’t think of how to fill in time)

It was time for day 1 or Yoga True from Yoga with Adrien it was awesome and quite simple if not actually easy when you haven’t done yoga for months!!

Willow cat helped too 😊

2018 Janathon is go!!

Happy new year lovely people!! It is a whole new year (obviously otherwise the happy new year greeting would be wierd…) and that means a whole load of people telling you about goals and resolutions and suchlike. I am not going to do that. I have goals…I wrote them in a book…I might show you a picture of it but I am not, at this moment going to tell you all about them in great detail. I will probably do a more detailed new goals post later on when they are clear in my head and when the new year new you nonsense has died down…

If I had a new me for every new year I would be on the 41st version of me and I would have no idea what was going on…

Anyway… it’s january, so what else could I do but sign up for another Janathon and get on and do some exercise!! It was a run too…first on in ages, this is the start of getting my head back in the right place to run! I liked it too πŸ˜€

Long overdue update (and a new old thing)

Hi everyone, I know I have been neglecting this blog in favour of time travelling otters and a developing poetry habit, but general distraction isn’t my only reason so I thought I’d come along and tell you why I have been silent on the subject of exercise.

It is because I haven’t been doing any.

Well that isn’t strictly true, I have been doing some, just not the volume I would like or I promised. I am not making excuses, I am also not apologising. The hardest thing to do sometimes is to accept that things don’t always go to plan and move on from that.

So this is what has been happening… a while ago, I wrote a post about anxiety. Go have a look if you want… It knocked me down completely. I have been trying to fight and trying to use all the strategies to get rid of it that my logical brain knows but I couldn’t. I fell down and I couldn’t get up…which is why I have been doing a lot less.

However… with a bit of help, and a bit of luck, and a few descisions, I am coming out of the other side. I finally feel in control of my mind again πŸ˜€ I have increased the exercise again, and have been enjoying it again which is important. I can also think through a whole idea / thought without being derailed which is nice…

As part of this taking control, and by a strange coincidence, I found a Savate club that has a class on a day I am free at a time I can (just about) get to πŸ˜€

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From a savate competition I was in about 10 years ago… (neither of those are me though…)

For the uninitiated, Savate is French kicckboxing. It is an awesome form of fighting sport that I was involved with about 7 years ago and I absolutely loved it. The club I used to train at only has classes on a Wednesday, which coincides with Mythago practice. So I haven’t trained in Savate for 7 years,

Until last Monday.

Brighton-Logo-page-001-150x150Last Monday IΒ  turned up at Brighton Savate club (late because it is in Brighton, but late with permission) and jumped right back into training! I was a little rusty, but I was amazed at how much I remembered!! I loved it so much I am instantly hooked again! It is so much better (for me at least) than other martial arts. I can’t explain why, but I love it. So, that is Monday nights for me from now on…mad dash to Brighton to kick people πŸ˜€

The other thing I have done recently is remember how much I love lifting. I have been neglecting strength in favour of running, but I need to find a better cardio / lifting balance as I miss the heavy things!!

In short (no really I can do short honest) I am back. I feel like myself again and I am going to make some plans and set some goals. I don’t know exactly what they will be yet but I will keep you posted. They may coincide with new year, but that is an accident of timing rather than a sudden need to make new years resolutions…

Time to Fight.

I promise an exercise related update soon…but for now here is a poem I wrote last week…

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(I didn’t mean this to rhyme, I am not sure I like rhyming, but I like the defiance and this is my current mood)

Time to stand
Time to fight
Time to turn and face the light

Never beaten
Never broken
My inner warrior goddess has spoken

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A thoroughly nice chap

Here is the latest update from the otters… they have finally solved the hamster problem!
Don’t forget to click through and follow the Otter Chronicles to find out what they are up to on a regular basis πŸ™‚

The Otter Chronicles

I have been having some fantastic chats this week with that temporal research fellow, Brian Russetcoat. Fantastic, and more than a little confusing, but he said some extremely interesting words, long ones too. He has a lot of opinions that one, and he does have a tendency to look around dramatically and go off on tangents. Still, splendid conversations I am almost certain.

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Yes, I remember now, we had quite a fascinating discussion about music, this fellow used to be in a popular music combo you know. Something I remember from when I was a young otter kitten, B’lieve or somesuch thing.

This was before he got into the research game of course.

Music wasn’t the main reason for our chats, but as I think I have mentioned Brian is a tricky person to talk to. Thoroughly nice chap though, full of enthusiasm and zeal and ideas.

I…

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How I felt first thing this morning

I have been having a go at writing poems, I have posted them on my other Art Journal blog but I thought I’d share this one with you all.

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Crying in private, hiding from the world
No one sees the tears behind the smiles
Behind the mask
Behind the fun

What would you do if you saw the real me
What would happen if I fell
Fell into the dark
Fell into my mind

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Otters of the black and pink shirt

Just thought I’d keep you all updated on what the otters are up to! Don’t forget if you want to read about all of their antics first hand follow the Otter Chronicles πŸ˜€
(yes, this is a blatant plug for my other blog πŸ™‚ )

The Otter Chronicles

Well, what an eventful day today was! I have had reports coming in from all over the raft. Obviously there have been the every day reports, progress on the temporal flow project, ideas about possible cures for the otter cold, ideas about cures for cold otters you know, the kind of thing. Routine stuff…

However, mixed in with all of these were increasingly flustered updates from Debbie Shorttail concerning the antics of those damn hamsters. She is very concerned with them getting too close together and causing the demise of civilisation as we know it, or implosion of the raft and surrounding rivers at the very least! This is the sort of thing that happens all the time when future and past versions of small rodents meet, or so I am told.Β  What she hasn’t told me is how they know that, as far as we all know this is…

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