Logging in my workouts here as a way of keeping track of progress. Every gym notebook I have ever started winds up crumpled, illegible, and eventually lost. So I figured this was an easier way to store all my information in one place and recall it. Hoping this year to make some serious upgrades to the body. Gain some new skills (handstand push ups don't be such a stranger) and in general get stronger and faster so I can out run zombies.
Aiii...I've been doing a regular two mile walk in the morning which has been pretty awesome. But husband and I ressurected our fitbits and so we have added a second after dinner walk of about a mile or so to reach the prescribe 10,000 steps or five miles. Forgot how cool it is when the fitbi buzzes you on the wrist.
Weight continues a downward trend -- but oh oh so slowly. I get impatient, but as long as it declines, I am inclined.
Think I am ready to return to karate practice -- back is doing better. A little stance work should be helpful and fun
The last four days have brought about some wonderful walks -- all two miles, and an extra five mile bike ride. Most favorite was watching the dogs along the Rillito tearing through the fast streams of snowmelt filling the usually dry riverbed. The sciatica and I are more compatible these days. Still hurts at odd times, but I am making some kidn of progress in that I can coax it into relaxing its angry grip. (165)
I have been walking much better these days -- 2 miles a day, everyday for the last week. Also managed to get in two 5 mile bike rides. I wish I could do more, but at this point, happy to feel stronger. With some relief from the sciatica, I am also better able now to understand and "feel" where and how it affects my body. Still have that awful transition from sitting to standing where the body gets anxious, anticipating pain. And then relaxes into the upright position. Time to add off the wall things -- handstands, a new orientation for the long body.
For the last three years I have been dealing with chronic mechanical back pain that has given me good months and bad months, months where I am doing a pretty good job of healing and getting stronger, followed by a month or two of terrible almost incapacitating pain. It's really frustrating -- but I am still moving as much as I can. This is shaping up to be a good month -- lots of extra walking and I have added a longer bike ride. Averaging about 3 miles a day walking every day and about 4 miles a few times a week on biking. So far -- so good. Starting a Whole 30 paleo food transition -- it's time for me and my sugar monster to part ways, and I am hoping it will also help to lower inflammation in my back. Change is good.
Almost every day now, working through these two katas -- Jitte -- with it's elegant slow moves and then powerful ending, and Tekki Nidan -- the most archaic and solid of our katas, done in powerful horse stance (kibadachi). It's enjoyable doing these with my husband -- two old horses still in the same harness. We will spend the month on this kata and then add two new study katas next month.
Sparring coming back too -- hit the Mister a bit hard with a reverse punch in the ribs. He took it all in good stride. Finally, doing some Bunkai -- practical application of the kata moves. Always interesting to translate the formal movements of the kata into a situational context. When gestures in the form become throws, blocks with counters.
It's also helped that for the last two months I have treated myself to a massage every two weeks. The best healing ever.
And what a long haul it has been. Struggling with mechanical back pain -- don't say it's age -- it's just a nuisance really. One can't do a little workout here...and then stop for a week because you are sore and then finally get yourself back in the gym and expect the results are going to be different. So working on keeping the back, hips, knees, mobile -- walking every day, specific exercises to challenge the torso and the core but not stress the back (yet that is) and even better -- we are sweating our skins off doing old school karate workouts. Back to training on both sides, interesting challenges for the side body with the twists, and the legs with kicks, the arms for punches -- and then just coordinating all of them together.
And oh...it is hot Tucson summer, no AC in the dojo and what the hell happened to my endurance. Doing kata is like doing sprints, each leaving me breathless. But it's fun. It's a challenge, I do it with my husband, and it is almost -- almost-- the same as in our early twenties when we trained in the summer heat in Wisconsin. So -- a least three times a week -- maybe four, strength work, mobility work, daily walking (which I hope to switch to running when it cools down). And slowly, everything improves.
Midori Snyder is the author of nine novels for children and adults. She won the Mythopoeic Award for The Innamorati, a novel inspired by early Roman myth and the Italian "Commedia dell'Arte" tradition. more>>