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35 Years, Day 213: Monkeying Around

Today I had the idea that I should make a list of things I want to be able to do after 35 that I’ve never done before. I was thinking about pushing physical abilities, although I suppose I could make other “bucket” type lists as well!

Why push my physical abilities now? Well, for one I’ve never really pushed myself. I’ve always liked “monkeying around,” but I’ve never real gotten a solid routine going where I was working towards measurable goals. The other reason I guess is that… 35 was kind of a tough year to get to. Partially because we had hoped I’d be at least pregnant with our first kid by then, and partially because, well, I’m ageing out of the “young person” age group. I mean even the most generous of young people statistical groups is 18-35. In five months I’ll be in the 36-44 group. Some day my physical abilities will start to tail off, but for now I’m in pretty good shape!

The first three things I came up with were:

1. Doing the splits easily.
2. Getting into, and holding a headstand steady, when not against the wall.
3. Running a mile in under nine minutes.


I’m closest on the splits, especially with my right leg in front. (I’m pretty lopsided.) However I’m not all the way down; I want to be squarely on the floor with my arms up in the air. As far as headstands; I can easily kick up to one against the wall, but I don’t have the core muscle strength to slowly get up to one in a controlled manner away from the wall, and hold it. I’m furthest from my goal of running a mile in under nine minutes. I know that isn’t that fast, but I’m slow, that’s why I couldn’t do that even in high school, ha ha! I think my fastest time was 9:27, 20 years ago (!). I really don’t like running but I think  I’d feel pretty empowered if I beat my high school time, so its something to work up to just to say I did once! After I accomplish these three things, I’ll add some more! Alright, on to today’s checklist. 

Energy Checklist
◊ I got enough sleep last night. For the most part. I did my journal and my stretches, and took a sleeping pill (diphenhydramine). It STILL took me about forty-five minutes to fall asleep, and I still had searching dreams early in the morning, but, it was a better than average night!
◊ I energized with my morning stretch (detailed in book). I forgot!
◊ I ate breakfast. Wheat-bix and coffee. I need to go grocery shopping.
◊ I drank eight glasses of water. I’m at 6 glasses of liquid right now, and its seven p.m. I’ll fill my water bottle up one more time.
◊ I got outside for some fresh air and sunshine. Well… I walked around a strip mall area for about 20 minutes just to get some sunshine, it was very not scenic. Tomorrow I’m going to the pool though!
◊ If I caught myself in a negative thought, I turned it positive. I was pretty positive overall today. Thinking bout my fitness, ha ha.
◊ I connected with someone. I chatted with the neighbors for a little bit but mostly kept to myself.
◊ I did something fun or relaxing, just for me. Aerial Yoga and monkeying aroundAerials afterwards!!
◊ I worked out for thirty minutes or more. Yes about an hour and a half. Some splits training, then Aerial Yoga was 45 minutes, and then my instructor showed me some circusy things afterwards. I had a good video to post but I’m not on the premium plan so all you have is a picture of me looking awkward. It took a lot of arm strength to get this high up in the air, lol! I’m not very good or graceful yet but it’s really fun, and I’m already stronger then a few months ago.
◊ I only went on the internet between six to eight PM: I vegged out again this morning a bit; I need to get stricter with myself on that. It’s so easy to get sucked into internet holes where hours go by!!
◊ I did my bedtime stretch (detailed in book.) I did it last night and will do before bed tonight. Crossing my fingers on another decent nights sleep!

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