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Jul. 3rd, 2012

08:40 am - In which I post embarrassing photos

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Yesterday was one of those days where stuff just went really well. Three of the books I ordered for my library arrived, I got my mark for Drugs216 and aced it, I discovered that I can graduate with a double major without doing any extra courses (added bonus - got signed up for Crim Theory 316 and ordered textbooks/notes as well), a project that's been a thorn in my side for 2 years at work finally wrapped up with a positive conclusion and my boss came and thanked me personally for sticking with it. FemShep finally has control of her team and is kicking geth arse (do geth actually have arses?), the sticky ball is coming together better than expected, and the YoT has made himself my slave for the week because of my generosity with a certain video game sale - you bet I'm making the most of it.

Mostly I try to be positive about stuff but yesterday went exceptionally well and I wanted to record that. Yes I know most of that is fruition from consistent effort previously, but still. It's nice to get a bunch of fruition all at once, eh?

Oh, also, my experimental couscous and mushroom with roasted beef steak, courgette and tomato thing that I made for dinner was not only edible but recommended by the menfolk. Would experiment again.


Most of you know I've been doing circus classes. These have highlighted to me just how not-flexible I really am, after a lifetime of lifting heavy things and bending over sheeps' arses. So I'm setting about remedying that. Now, I have a friend on here, thatgirljj, who is not only circusy, but also MegaFlexible. Like, she gets to do contortion classes, whereas the contortion people look at me and shake their heads sadly. Anyway, she is also working on becoming more flexible, and she suggested before and after pictures. Here are my before ones:



That's about 90 degrees, right? And I can put my elbows on the ground in this position. It feels a lot wider but there you go.



Again, the form is fucking awful and my knees insist on flexing just a little bit. However, this is still a vast improvement on where I was before I started.



I would like to be able to tell you those are skulls, but actually they're poppies. Sorry about the complete lack of class. I've never claimed to be a lady. Anyway, as you can see there's a fair way to go before I'm doing anything that even resembles the splits. My aim is to be able to do them this year. Do you think I have any hope?

Also, I have no clue what other stretches I should be trying to do. If I get desperate I will take on Greer's Class of Agonising Pain, but that costs and I'm already painfully aware of how much this little adventure is costing me. However, I'll be the muscliest (and potentially the most bendy if tieke isn't there) Granny in the rest home when I'm 90, so I guess that's something.

So, um, yeah. There it is for the world to see and smirk at. Me in my undies not bending very far. Hopefully by Christmas I'll be able to show you me in my undies bending further.


Meanwhile, I've managed to source the tools I need to take on the next skill I want to learn - lock picking. Not because I want to break into anyone's house, just because I want to be able to do it (this is also why I learned to shear a sheep). I had a go the other night and discovered that even though I knew nothing about how locks work when I started, I was able to work out what was in there by feel and then visualise it in my head, then methodically figure out how to open it with no instructions. It took about 15 minutes the first time but I was able to repeat it several times, and now I think I'd like the challenge of doing more .. challenging ones. Mmmm, kinaesthetic skills.

Countdown to OMG HOLIDAY! - 4 days. *fidget*

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From:pombagira
Date:July 2nd, 2012 08:48 pm (UTC)
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thats pretty good felxibility really.. especially the splits one.. *nods*.. so i figure your chrismas photo will be most excellent.. *nods all with wise like*

yesterday i had a mental health day, it involved sleeping and then watching a house burn down.. o.O gosh but fire brigade are metastatic!!
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From:tatjna
Date:July 2nd, 2012 08:53 pm (UTC)
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They spread from one organ to another? Gosh. O.o

I hope the house people are all ok...
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From:kehleyr
Date:July 2nd, 2012 09:03 pm (UTC)
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Hopefully by Christmas I'll be able to show you me in my undies bending further. Now that's something to look forward to :-D!

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From:tatjna
Date:July 2nd, 2012 09:04 pm (UTC)
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Tats - innocently providing fodder for innuendo since 1970!
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From:downwardlashes
Date:July 2nd, 2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
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One of my huge parenting failures, which continues to be a marked fail even though I acknowledge it completely, is that I am not the least bit athletic and thus kind of encourage my kids not to be, either. My reasoning is that both Zinnia and I were born with malformed tendons and ligaments and all that, so we just do NOT bend, and added to that is that as a family whole we are blundering clutzes, so my kids may as well not bother. My kids' only hope is if they have some really strong motivation to succeed. I see you doing this bendy stuff, and I can't even wrap my head around having that kind of drive to keep trying.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 2nd, 2012 10:28 pm (UTC)
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I'm not sure that's really a parenting fail. The YoT's father is one of those driven people who will keep doing physical stuff well beyond where good sense says to stop. Consequently he was always too tired to do anything when he got home and now he's a crock at age 43 - like, his hands don't work and his back is fucked and you get the picture.

Consequently, the YoT has had little inspiration to be active physically, since his experience of it has been mostly of its negative consequences. I kind of hope that as he gets older he'll get more interested in it, and that the fact that I'm still able to move my body even though I'm ancient (by his standards) will help him realise that you can start any time and it doesn't necessarily wreck you.

Meanwhile, I've no idea why I want to do this. O.o
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From:tatjna
Date:July 2nd, 2012 11:14 pm (UTC)
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I think our door would be pretty easy to pick tbh, but I'm a bit shy of being seen trying to pick it. Maybe when I get good...
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From:mundens
Date:July 2nd, 2012 11:12 pm (UTC)
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Lock-picking, flexibility training (while wearing skin tight black suit) ... You're training to be a ninja aren't you?
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From:tatjna
Date:July 2nd, 2012 11:13 pm (UTC)
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shh i'm in stealth mode

Well my parents said I could be anything I wanted, right?
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From:laoke
Date:July 3rd, 2012 07:08 am (UTC)
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Back when I was training pretty much 6 out of 7 days, my dance teacher told me that I should go down into the splits during ad breaks on TV and hold it for the duration of the break, and that would get my flexibility up reasonably fast.

If you're anything like me though you haven't watched broadcast media in years so this may be of limited utility. However, you can do stretches just about anywhere. Waiting in a queue for sushi? Stretch. Reading a book? Stretch (especially with e-readers >.>).

It's one of those things where you just have to keep doing it - although there is a point of diminishing returns for most people with non-completely screwed joints : )
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From:perseph12
Date:July 3rd, 2012 11:53 am (UTC)
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I am impressed that you can take a class called Drugs 216. Rock!

Also, your undies are far from embarrassing. If I could stretch like that, I would wear whatever I pleased ;).
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From:tatjna
Date:July 3rd, 2012 08:16 pm (UTC)
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Well, it's really called CRIM216 Alcohol, Drugs and Crime, but yeah. The new head of Criminology is an expert in the drug policy field, and that's why I've been so keen to get into postgrad Crim.
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From:plantgirl
Date:July 3rd, 2012 05:36 pm (UTC)
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Those aren't embarrassing photos. You're more flexible than I am! I start various stretching regimes, then never stay with them. Although I've been doing fairly well at doing a basic set of stretches for my back & shoulders, that I've kept up for several months now, but that is out of desperation/necessity. If I don't do the stretches, my back goes out.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 3rd, 2012 08:19 pm (UTC)
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I guess it's because usually when I'm doing stretches I'm surrounded by circus people who are bendy as. Next to them I feel pretty non-stretchy, and this is my only basis for comparison. Hence the photos. Comparing with myself, I'll get a more realistic idea of my progress. Right? Right? ;-)
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From:n3m3sis42
Date:July 3rd, 2012 06:26 pm (UTC)
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But your hair is cool!
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From:tatjna
Date:July 3rd, 2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
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D'aww, thanks! ;-)
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From:labelleizzy
Date:July 4th, 2012 03:19 am (UTC)
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hi there, here via the friending frenzy on runeshower's LJ. I like that you're also working on fitness-things.

hope you don't mind me friending you.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 4th, 2012 03:31 am (UTC)
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I had completely forgotten about that post and I had intended to go back and friend a bunch of people and you were one of them, so I'm glad you came over here. Nice to meet you! I just had a quick look at your blog and I'm friending you right back. ;-)
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From:thatgirljj
Date:July 4th, 2012 04:16 pm (UTC)
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OMG, I did miss these with all the talk of the earthquake business. I kind of love your undies showing through, that's a wee little bit adorable. I actually agree that you're relatively flexible. I know amateur circus folk that are substantially less bendy than you, and if you just started really working at it, you have a lot of potential.

For your splits, one suggestion, get some yoga blocks (or chunks of wood or something) to put your hands on, so that your shoulders are lined up vertically over your hips. (And then re-square your hips, of course, which you're doing well in the picture.) That may or may not mean you don't go as low, but it helps open up your hip flexor rather than having most of the stretch in your hamstring, like when you lean forward. Using support to align my shoulders right meant the difference for me from a full split being hit-or-miss and a regular thing.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 4th, 2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
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That's a good idea - I've been using the coffee table as a support because it intuitively feels better to have my torso vertical, but that's only a one-sided support and it's still a bit wonky. I'm pretty sure baked bean cans will work.

I would like to be able to do a bridge but that relies on my shoulders getting a lot more open (I've got them to straight - handstand material - but so far no joy going beyond) and much more flexibility in the hips.

We'll get there.
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From:goffburd
Date:July 4th, 2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
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That's good flexibility - well, compared to mine at least, though that's not really a very good measure.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 4th, 2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I think part of my perception is who I'm comparing myself with - mostly circus people and when I think about it, all the other women in my class are half my age and have spent their lives doing gymnastics instead of riding horses and shearing sheep.

Maybe I should ask my flist to post photos of themselves bending to make myself feel better? ;-D
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