Janathon day 7

Yoga True day 6 done before midnight!! Woohoo! I also walked around a it more than I did yesterday so that is good too!! It has been a relatively restful weekend…which is good once in a while 😊

Yoga is hard…even short seemingly simple things are hard… I wasn’t as calm as I should have been today and may have sworn a little… but I enjoyed it (the yoga… not the swearing…)


Janathon day 6…

Yesterday I decided to do yoga earlier… today I completely failed at that and did it at quarter past midnight again…

Still I did it and that is what counts 😊😊

What’s more I even felt better doing it…I managed to press up from the floor to plank without having to go on my knees and crawl about and I lowered down to the floor without just flopping!! Woohoo progress!!

Temporal experimentation expedition 1

The Otters have done it!! They have travelled in time…but what does this mean for Otterkind!!

The Otter Chronicles

Good day chaps! I am pleased to report that some semblance of order has been restored around here after the last weeks festivities. I have managed to tame the chaos in my office, I had some assistance from young Lucas, his mother made him help out to teach him not to break into peoples offices and wreak havoc. To be honest I am not sure he was particularly helpful, the chronology of the reports may be a little hit or miss for a little while. He had more regard for neat piles than organisation. Nevertheless I have a functional office chair and some passable snacks so things are looking up. Most importantly, I have found that marvellous report from Peter and Zofia. I think it is best if I leave the report in young Paddlefoot’s words, he has a bit of a way with them and knows some really good…

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Janathon Day 5

Apparently I got ahead of myself yesterday and labelled day 4 as day 5… oh well it is rectified now πŸ˜‚

The real day 5 started early in the gym with a deficit deadlift/squat superset and 3 sets on the leg press, short workout again but effective!

The day ended with yoga at midnight… again! I really need to get organised and do this earlier in the evening!!

Anyway… day 4 of Yoga True (the days don’t sync as there was a day 0 in the yoga series…I am finding this more confusing than I should!! Today’s yoga was floor yoga which was nice… and, as usual, not as easy as you think it is going to be!!

I particularly felt the hip bridges (the one Adriene is doing in that picture… these hurt much more if you have done squats and deadlifts earlier in the day!!

Still all done now and time to sleep before I drop off while typing!!

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 😊

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™‚

Art Journal

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

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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˜€


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…

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