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Back to it.

So I’m getting the bit between my teeth again after having a pretty lazy week. Kicking off tonight with yoga straight after work.
At the weekend I’ll go inline skating on Sunday.
Three gym sessions planned for Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with my regular gym buddy and casual sadist, Audrey (she comes up with workouts that don’t let me slack).
Also on Monday I’ve got karate, and Thursday as usual will be yoga.

I came across a recipe for a vegan cheesecake, which I might be able to actually have while I’m on this diet (the honey might be a bit of a no-no but I can offset if I have to).  It’s on the Cooking Without Limits blog and the recipe can be found here.  I’ve never tried a vegan cheesecake, so I’m open to giving it a go.

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Karate last night was good.  There’s a few new members, a couple of adults and a couple of kids.
The adults are no problem, except one has been asking when he’s going to get his first belt, despite only having been coming for a few weeks.  He wasn’t happy with the reply that it’s not all about being able to do “x” moves or a kata, but there’s other factors, respect, discpline AND ablity.  He’s got a habit of dropping out of kata if he gets a move wrong, and not wanting to join in again as he says he feels stupid, BUT he still wants graded!
The kids on the other hand, have been brought to karate my their mum after they got kicked out of a Tae Kwon Do class for not paying attention, talking, and carrying on.  They’re going to be hard work.  One is about 8 and the other 12.  They have absolutely no discipline, or respect for others, and don’t listen.  I’m guessing they won’t last long, as they seem to think it’s just a game.

I was supposed to be going to the gym today, but my gym buddy has a meeting and can’t make it, so I’m having a “rest day” 🙂

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This is a good thing.

Karate last night was good.  Pat has got me doing a bit more teaching, and it’s helping me to think about what I’m doing, and why, and not blindly follow without understanding or questioning.
This is a good thing.
When it came to me and Pat practicing together, I managed to land a punch, and to catch him out a couple of times, so I’m managing to deal with his attacks, and hide my own intentions.
This is a good thing.

I’m just back from a lunchtime core session.  My abs are feeling a bit sorry for themselves, and again.  This is a good thing.  So much so that it will be repeated on Friday.

All I have to do is to remember to book my place for the yoga class on Thursday, and the week will have been a good one.

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Yoga, karate, meditiation

Last night I was at karate for the first time since new Year.  It was good to be back.  Pat, who runs the club, had me take some white, and red belts for kata.  This was good, as it got me back into training, and I got some more experience of teaching, which I’ll have to do more of if I get my black belt this year.

Today I’m going to do the gym at lunchtime to work on my core.  Combined with the diet I’m currently on, I’ve lost 2 1/2 inches from round my stomach in 3 weeks.  When I get home tonight I’ll do some yoga as well.

I’ve picked up a book on Kundalini awakening.  I have been doing mindfulness meditation, but had heard Kundalini was a good practice, so I’m going to have a read and see how it goes.


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Re-evaluating my activities

For seven years, I was in a running club.  I loved it.  During that time, a karate club started up in my work, and I went along as I thought it would be fun and a good way to keep fit outwith the running.  I also thought it would be good for my self confidence, and self discipline.

About five years ago I had an attack of gout and couldn’t walk never mind run.  When I was able to walk again, I went back to the running club, and discovered my stamina and fitness levels had crashed and burned.  Not being keen on running on my own, getting back to where I had been wasn’t going to happen (lack of self discipline) and the running pettered out, and was replaced by the karate.

About a month or so ago, I got a notion and when out for a run.  Sure it was short and slow, but here’s the thing.  I loved it.  I got the buzz again that I used to get all those years ago.  I also found that I could run on my own thanks to some self discipline from the karate.

In the time since, I’ve also discovered, that (like the running) the majority of people who go to the karate, eat, sleep and breathe it.  I’ve realised that I don’t.  It’s just something I do.  Yes I enjoy it, but if the club folded and I couldn’t do it again, I don’t think I’d be that bothered.  I’ve also discovered that sport wise, running is definitely my first love.  Especially now that I seem to be in a frame of mind that lets me go for a solo run AND push myself.  That’s something I could never do before.

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That was a good weekend

On Friday, for the first time, I tried sketching with charcoal.  Yes, once again I dip my un-artistic toe into the sea of creativity to see what kind of mess it makes.

I have a wee postcard on a pinboard in work that has a close up of the face of a Buddha statue, so I thought I’d give it a go.  I’ve started it, but not finished it yet, so I’ll post it up when I’m done.  So far, it’s not as bad as I thought it would turn out, but then again, I’m biased.

Saturday we had a karate class, which was great.  We spent the entire time going over katas, which, in my opinion, we don’t spend enough time doing.  I got to go over one I’ve only done a couple of times (basai dai), and one I’ve never done before (meikyo).

Keeping up the energetic theme, and on Sunday we had a game of badminton, before going for lunch, and then meeting up with a friend for a couple of drinks.

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Japanese calligraphy

As if calligraphy wasn’t tricky enough, I thought I’d have a go at Japanese calligraphy, since I saw a book in a charity shop and decided I might try it sometime.  So, one set of brushes and a bottle of ink later (I’m too lazy to use the ink stick.  I know it’s traditional, but I’ll save it for when I’m passable) and yesterday was the day I tried it for the first time.  

What looks simple on paper, isn’t.  The descriptions about how to hold the brush etc are very clear, but damn is it tricky.  I’m not posting any pics, as I spent most of the time practising horizontal and vertical lines, which are hard enough (seriously!!) but the “dot” is really tricky.  

It’s frustrating, but in a really good way, and I had a lot of fun being rubbish, so I’m going to stick at it.  I’d like to be able to do something for the karate club I go to, with the name of the club on it, but like aiming for my black belt, it’s going to be a slow slog.  A work in progress.

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Tonight I’m going along to a new (extra) karate class.  I’ve been looking forward to this class starting since the person who’s taking it suggested starting an extra night, but now that it’s here, I’m feeling really apathetic.

I’m not sure if it’s a general apathy today, or it’s karate focused.  Lately I’ve had issues about going to the Wednesday class, that have arisen out of work getting in the way, to the point where I just can’t be bothered with it.  On the days I do go, I head along initially with a feeling of, not quite dread, but certainly not looking forward to it, and end up enjoying myself and feeling great afterwards.

I hope this is general Tuesday-meh, and it’s not just karate-centric, as this is something that I love doing, and I like the people in the club, so it would be a shame to quit.

I guess I’m just having an off day.

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Struggling to get motivated

Despite having been back at karate for two weeks, and really enjoying it, today I was struggling, and couldn’t face going.  Fortunately there turned out to be a work related thing that got me out of it.

I think despite recently thinking I had got my mojo back, that I might have to step away for a bit.  My priorities are changing, and I don’t know at the moment where – or indeed if – the karate fits in.  

Time will tell.

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Back in the saddle

I’m going to try going back to karate tomorrow and see if I can get inspired again.

Fingers crossed.

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