In general I have a few courses of study going on. Career-wise, I’m studying responsive web design and I’m studying API documentation. Hobby-wise, I’m studying textiles, scents, painting, and wearable tech. Body-wise, I’m studying dance and diet.
I got started a bit slow today on account that I had trouble sleeping last night. This was due to an ill-advised nap I fell into, early in the evening on the couch. I was feeling a bit listless yesterday. I attribute this to the calorie restriction I am undergoing, well, and the fact that I’ve insisted that I make room for a drink. I know that I have been making a dangerous gamble sacrificing nutritional calories for party calories. According to my nutrition report, I’m on track for approx 1.5 lbs weight loss per week, but I’m also a bit low on choline, calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamin E, and iron… Ugh. The thing is, for choline the choice seems to be eat some egg or mushroom. I was tempted by some muffins so, yeah, I haven’t been getting my morning omelet in. I know I am overly relying on calcium from dairy, but of course I can’t have too much dairy, so I don’t always make the cut. Need to eat more broccoli. Vitamin E and potassium are big in the nuts and seeds, which add up quite fast… and often I have sacrificed them to having a drink instead. Potassium also just seems tricky. Yeah it is in nuts, its in yogurt… but so low. Even my “Calcium Magnesium Potassium” supplement has only 3% potassium. It is a bit of a struggle. I have started taking that supplement though and it will at least make sure I don’t break my bones during aerial practice. Anyways, I know that magnesium is very important for sleep. Low potassium can cause fatigue. So… need to get my act together. But I suppose the good news is I’m on track to lose 5 lbs by mid January, which is my first benchmark.
I saw a Physical Therapist last Wednesday, ostensibly about having injured my knee in some inappropriate torsion movement while gardening, but to see why it is all my aerialist friends go there all the time, even when they’re not injured. She was cool to talk to and overall it was a bit casual of a thing, but then she said we should try needling my hurt leg. I was like, wuh, that’s terrifying. This is what all these aerialists go to her to get done though. Well, I mean, I’m a brave person, if I do say so myself, so I said, sure, stick that needle in me. The needle in question is the same as an acupuncture needle, it’s just being used in a western science context rather than for chi balancing purposes. It’s long and thin and flexy. I figured, if I can give blood and get vaccinated, I can put up with this. Well she stuck that thing in my leg and at first I was like, oh. That was literally nothing. But given all the talk up to that point, I knew that the ahem, fun stuff had to be on the way. She started wiggling that thing around and wow, that was some pain I tell you what. We-ooowaahw I said. It was only for a moment though. Well, like I said, I went in there for a knee injury. Mm, I hurt it like, mid December maybe? Limped around a few days, maybe a week after. But by the time of the appointment, I hadn’t been limping around for a couple weeks, only if I bent my knee, like to get on a bed or go into yoga’s child’s pose, I could still feel that bit of tightness around the knee area. It was pretty crazy though, afterwards, I went into childs pose, and that tightness was completely gone. Only if I really focused, I could feel the remnants of it in the untreated muscle, but I was flabbergasted. So I rationalized a bit, went into denial, figured, maybe it had already gotten to that point some point between the last time I tested it and showing up for the appointment. The effect lasted for a couple of days, until the cold weather came and I started feeling it again. If I get it really warm, I can fix it a bit, but it does cause me to think that there very well may have been a link between that needle procedure and the lack of tightness in my knee. Well, this Wednesday, I’m gonna see if she will do my hamstrings- my nemesis, and apparently this treatment will probably feel worse. Hooray… o.O;
Well, I’m well enough that I can go to aerial class/practice. I’ve demoted myself to Beginner II for awhile. For one thing, the aforementioned weight that I am trying to lose, is really slowing me down, so I need to buff up and learn how to handle it. I’m using all my energy on climbs these days. Whatever, it happens. My bestie is recovering from having a baby, so, it works out. We’ll strengthen up together. I’ve decided that the first thing for me to do, will be, to try to get all my climbs up to where I touch the hardware at the gym. This is no small feat. And I mean all the climbs I know- basic, russian, crochet, bicycle… ok I won’t make myself to hook climbs to the top. But yeah, every class I’m going to do these climbs on both legs as high as I can safely go. When I can touch the top on all those climbs, when I can S-lock and same side and opposite side hook climb like a champ, I will let myself return to the intermediate classes. I hope this is a journey of a month, but I suppose we will see.
On my way back from class Saturday, I got a flat tire. 😦 It is going to cost quite a bit of dough….
My yoga practice is going decently. It’s hard to keep warm in this house though. I don’t remember it being this cold inside during the winter last year. I finally arranged for our fireplace to get inspected but since I waited so long, we won’t have that done until the end of the month. So in the meantime, we freeze. Anyways, it causes a struggle for me to stay limber in my poses, the opposite of hot yoga haha, but can’t be having excuses… Just gotta wear more clothes.
Going with some girl friends to a bellydance class soon too. I’m very much looking forward to reconditioning those muscles. I’ve been trying to prep myself and yeah, I will have much work to do. The place where we are going to take these classes has a performance series that I’m interested in if I make good progress.
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned, but I feel like I had to have, that I’m planning to start painting an aerial tarot deck. I already have the major arcana mapped out. I’ve got a bunch of 4 x 6 canvases, some heavy body acrylic, some nice paintbrushes, and I’m ready to go! I think this could be something the people want. I’ve got some larger canvases too, and I think I should definitely also paint some still life and landscape. And I’ve always wanted to paint Ben. He’s told me how he would prefer to be depicted, but I’ve admittedly forgotten. He will probably have to do with whatever I come up with ha.
I ordered some more felt. I think I’ve gotten some larger amounts so that I can do larger pieces. My starter kits were nice, but they definitely seemed to be about making little figurines and things. I need arm warmers, leg warmers, and hats!
In my adventures in scents, I’ve been studying, but I gotta admit, I’m getting a LITTLE frustrated. I got a book that has a lot of recipes, but they were so insistent that they must be followed so specifically… and here I am apparently without half of the important essential oils. -_-; I guess I will have to invest in a FEW MORE. I feel like I already have so many… also, for some reason I got it in my head I needed a million spray bottles. I feel like I would have been better off with more droppers and a few just like… regular bottles. I am getting to the point though, where I really don’t want to spend… any… more… money…. I am going to see if I can just make things work with what I have.
And finally, I’ve finished one responsive design course and one api documentation course, and now I have more! As soon as I’m done blogging, I’m going to be getting back to them, and updating my portfolio hopefully in tandem.
Where I am now is adding containers and then determining what the breakpoints will do to my layout. That will probably take up the rest of my day, but if it doesn’t I’ll just keep going. Probably best to alternate days.
Monday: Responsive, painting
Tuesday: API doc, felting or knitting
Wednesday: Responsive, painting
Thursday: API doc, felting or knitting
Friday: Responsive, painting
We’ll see. Sometimes trying to plan things cramps my style. Sometimes it keeps me from getting overwhelmed.
I’m planning on journalling more in any case. Seems to be one of those accepted self improvement things like meditation. Anyways, better get to work!