Kathryn - they are great focus themes to be growing in strength over the coming months.
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My areas of focus are about trying for improved physical and mental health before the zap of summer gets back, and while it is cool enough to walk in the higher than almost sunset, sunlight.
I have taken a clue from Kathryn and been walking to and from the shops more often. The downside of this is that carrying or dragging too heavy a load is debilitating for me, not necessarily the strength training I'd hoped for. I'm needing to find the middle ground with that.
I've also renewed my no added sugar foods, or dried fruit eaten as if they are lollies aim.
This is an experiment (again) of sorts, and a bit of a challenge when exhaustion is a factor.
And from memory, it can take a while for 'withdrawals' to depart.
Not eating unknown substances would be better for now. Eat right 4 me is my old name for that.
The sleep task is interesting. Exhaustion has me fall asleep some days lately. Getting to bed earlier often has me waking up at some ungodly hour, or maybe its a very godly hour, and thats it as far as actual sleep goes for the rest of the night Anyway. better bedtime practice would help. Another experiment.
I do believe that medative practices help, and relaxation meditation counts as more than 'natural sleep. I believe its the only way I've survived at times.
I count as progress that mostly I sleep better and longer than when I was at my worst. Please don't tell me to use meds for sleep.
Reminders to me - Strength training always needs a day's break between workout days to allow muscle fibers to repair, so not to overdo the pushing.
Tai chi with the present group is another experiment. There is a pain workshop I could go to, needing to catch a lift for a big day out on Saturday. I could be the 5th person in a car, to squish inbetween others in the back seat, or catch a train and walk 2k to the venue. Though that may be as the crow flies, go ogle distances with no basis in fact when there are roads that you need to negociate.
My other cynical pov concerns the number of instructors with injuries. I fear I'll get there and challenge the pain instructors. Did I mention I am ambivilent about going? Going to the workshop could be a telling point on my decision to get beyond the weekly for 6 mths aim, or fortnightly for 12 and consider I get my money's worth.
On the other hand there is a member I trained with last year who has improved out of sight, who told me she averages 3.5 classes a week atm. No way am I contemplating that level of commitment. I don't think her energy levels are as restricted as mine are though.
My current plan is to step out of the line up as often as I wish when the repetitive exercises that trouble me get going for too long. And stick with the set form, and practice of set moves as they get a refresher instruction.
Living this day, today
Take a reality check; Remember to breathe; Do what I am able to do.
Look for the good in all.