Progress over perfection

BetaCorvi

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New thread, more appropriate title which admittedly I spent far too long searching for even if the title doesn't reflect it. Changed usernames too (BrokenEcho -> BetaCorvi), to be more inline with usernames on other communities. Loving the new look of the Hive! Like last thread, I want to start with some goals. Never got around to doing goals for September (oops).

OCTOBER GOALS
  1. Taekwondo:
    1. get ready for yellow-green belt testing.
      1. Gain confidence in the self-defense part of it
      2. Sparring practice
    2. Work in more endurance work/practice poomsae more at home.
  2. Running:
    1. Get to 5K in one go
    2. Manage 2 runs per week
  3. Weights
    1. Get comfortable with 8 kg weights for upper body exercises, mainly lateral raises
    2. Work out a plan to get rid of knee pain when working with weight
  4. Yoga
    1. Ideally - at least 3x per week
  5. Weight loss
    1. Read up on appropriate nutrition/get into a more balanced diet
    2. Lose 2-3 kg/get back to a steady weight of 60 kg

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SEPTEMBER 18
Done:

  • Hard Reset: Cardio, day 17
  • Hard Reset: Strength, day 17
  • Taekwondo - kicks & poomsae. Focus on middle blocks.
  • 7 minute bedtime yoga [Yoga with Adrienne]

Still no taekwondo - friend is still on vacation. Super bummed out about it because I always lose so much confidence & progress if I don't go for this amount of time. Not the best running day, the weather has been super moody so I returned a little earlier to avoid being soaked.
Missing my little V & X checkboxes for my check in. Will need to figure out a new proper system

Current workout streak: 97
 
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SEPTEMBER 19
Done:

  • Hard Reset: Cardio, day 18 -- 20 minutes of some light rope skipping
  • Hard Reset: Strength, day 18, level 1, 6 kg weights
  • Taekwondo - taeguk 1 - 4

Notes

Thank you @GentleOx!

Quieter day today - resigned my summer clothes back into storage and pulled out the winter clothes. It doesn't really seem like it is going to warm up any time soon either way. On yesterday's run, I was almost missing a jacket. Feels weird that two weeks ago, I was running in shorts.

Excited to add some jump rope to my repertoire. i think it will help with enduance building, especially the type of endurance I need for the 2 minute sparring segments. Spent quite a bit of time struggling with it - it is a new speedrope and I had to spend a lot of time trying to get it to the ideal length for me, ended up having to cut off quite a bit of the excess as I am tiny & the rope was 2.5 m total. Not the most smooth experience, but if I keep up with it, I should see progress.

Current workout streak: 98
 

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@Froud, this is an adjustable one (from Decathlon) with a screw type adjustment. Like so:

speed-springtouw-voor-crosstraining-blauw.jpg


But if I didn't cut the excess off (and reapplied the caps), I had like half a meter of rope almost hitting me in the face every time I swung because there just was so much extra rope. Am not too good myself though, always kept half-jumping, or almost tripping myself.
 

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SEPTEMBER 20
:v: Hard Reset: Cardio, day 19
:v: Hard Reset: Strength, day 19
:v: Poomsae practice: il jang up to sa jang
:v: Yoga: own.

SEPTEMBER 21
:x: Taekwondo class - friend still out of town
:v: Hard Reset: Strength, day 20
:v: Some more hamstring warm up stretching - runners lunge
:v: Hard Reset: Cardio, day 20
:v: Naeryo & yop chagi practice

Notes:
My check marks are back! Back to resuming my daily(-ish) logs as usual!

For both days, I did Cardio & Strength after each other. Can't do so for the run portions, but with these calmer in between sessions it feels better to do them one after another. Definitely did feel that Fire hydrant side raise for day 19, ooof. My bum muscles were burning by the end of that.

For day 20, the strength portion just happened to be an almost perfect leg warm up to do the kicks in Cardio. To get more used to kicks in sparring, I did the workout in full training gear (head, arm, leg, foot, and chest protectors) and was kind of happy with how they were going. Though on the left side, my chest protector was limiting the height of my front kicks. Ended with some slow practice on yop chagi & naeryo, slow and focussing on the correct form.

Still hope to get in some yoga this evening, maybe some more rope skipping? Looking forward to my run tomorrow, though I want to set a distance based goal instead of a time one. 3 km? 3.5 km maybe?

Current workout streak: 100!
 

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SEPTEMBER 22
:v: Hard Reset: Cardio, day 21 (23 min elliptical, level 7)
:v: Hard Reset: Strength, day 21, 3 sets: 1st one at 8 kg, other 2 at 6 kg.

Notes
Didn't end up going for a run after all - would have if we had a treadmill at home. Couldn't bring myself to actually show up outside in exercise clothes, so elliptical workout instead.
May still try and go for a (shorter) run today, if I end up feeling a little better towards the end of the day.

Thank you, everyone!
:thanks:

Current workout streak: 101
 

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SEPTEMBER 23
:v: Hard Reset: Cardio, day 22
:v: Hard Reset: Strength, day 22, 3 sets at 8 kg!
:v: Yoga with Adrienne: Head & heart Reset

Notes
Definitely feeling my legs after doing that at a higher weight. Playing around with my foot position helped elevate any knee pain, super stoked I actually managed to do it. Am feeling the legs a little more already after that workout compared to the 6 kg workouts, never usually have DOMS even after taekwondo practice. Maybe I am not going hard enough, putting in enough effort?

Tomorrow I'm going to hang out with a friend, practice sparring maybe some kicks, and the like. Then Sunday finally another Taekwondo practice.


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SEPTEMBER 24 - 26
:v: Taekwondo

Okay, that's a very brief way of saying it, but pretty much all three of those days were taekwondo.

On Saturday, a friend and I spent pretty much all day going through taeguks, self-defense, sparring with a friend. More of a playful way of training, but it did allow me to work on what I know are my trouble points.

Then Sunday was my first taekwondo training back - a training very heavy on kicks after warming up, and then I pretty much got some private taeguk training by one of our main trainers as there were few seniors and high-belts and we were doing taeguks a little too high for their belt level. Also too high for my yellow belt, but because I knew them, I was invited to stay and run through them.

Then, Monday another training. For the past two trainings, we didn't do a dedicated stretching time, just dispersed stretching exercises in between warm-up exercises. Definitely noticed the difference, and ended up overstretching. Still feel my left upper leg.

No Hard Reset for those days, will continue working on it later this week.

Current workout streak: 105
 

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SEPTEMBER 27
:v: Hamstring stretching (very light)
:v: Cultivator Workout, 3 sets, 6 kg

SEPTEMBER 28
:v: Hamstring stretching (very light) spread out over the day
:v: Upper body dumbbell workout (10 bicep curls, 5 upright rows, 5 lateral raises, 4 sets) @ 8 kg
:v: Taeguk practice

Notes
Mentioned last update that I felt like I overstretched and I most definitely did. Today's better, but both 27 & 28 it was hurting to sit on my upper legs and anything like squats feels like no matter how (un)deep I go, my left upper leg is not happy. Not seeing any swelling or so, nor is the leg warmer. Taking it easier until my leg feels a little more normal.

Current workout streak: 107
 

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SEPTEMBER 29
:v: Arms of steel, day 1 (4 sets)
:v: Core Strength, day 1 (4 sets)

SEPTEMBER 30
:v: Arms of steel, day 2 (4 sets)
:v: Core Strength, day 2 (4 sets)

Catching up for the past two days. Legs are starting to feel better - not super yet but I don't want to rest them too long either. Hopefully, I will be able to re-add some more leg-work because now my legs just feel a lot stiffer even in my normal movements.

Can't believe it is the end of September already - months always feel like they go so slow, yet always the end of the month appears so easily. New month, new challenges. New goals to work towards.

Current workout streak: 109

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OCTOBER 1
:v: Arms of Steel, day 3
:v: Core Strength, day 3, level 2
:v: Knee Strength
:v: Stability
:v: Daily Kicks challenge

Okay, good stuff: no issues with either knee strength or Stability, beyond the fact that my legs are super tight. Doing sporadic stretches throughout the day, hoping it will improve by tomorrow as we'll have guest trainers coming in to work through poomsae and I am really hoping to be able to join in.

Current workout streak: 110
 

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OCTOBER 2
:v: Taekwondo training: poomsae training, focussing on techniques and first four poomsae
:v: Daily kicks, day 2
:v: Arms of Steel, day 4, level 2
:v: Core Strength, day 4, level 2

Notes
Listing these pointers here for myself, because I know I am going to not be remembering all of them. I always knew I had issues in my poomsae, however it was super helpful to have someone else point out even just the smaller mistakes, make small corrections. It helps massively knowing how certain movements/kicks are supposed to feel, because I don't really have the capacity of training with a mirror in front of me nor do I really 100% know how it is supposed to look. (Notes: not 100% sure how the terms translate, winging it a little bit.)

  • Clearer ap seogi, ap kubi difference -- mainly bigger ap kubi.
  • More of a flowy/cirle-like knifehand motion.
  • Knifehand blocks: straighter hand portion.
  • Knifehand strikes: stretch arm further out.
  • Yop chagi: less sparring yop chagi form. So bring knee in a bit further and flatter when kicking. Rather better technique & lower, than sloppier kick & higher.

However, overall I am super stoked that I went because it was a really good class. My legs aren't entirely happy yet and I definitely should not have gone as far in stretching as I did. (Unfortunately, I don't seem to feel I went too far until I get back up). Will have to see how they feel tomorrow.

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"Trying to get back in shape after baby #4."
You have several days of workouts that say day 3 for arms of steel and core strength. I’m wondering if it’s on hold or of you forgot to change the day? For me, if I forget to change the day, it messes up my count and I have to go figure it out and change it.
 

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You have several days of workouts that say day 3 for arms of steel and core strength. I’m wondering if it’s on hold or of you forgot to change the day? For me, if I forget to change the day, it messes up my count and I have to go figure it out and change it.
Oops, thanks for letting me know! I would have definitely got myself confused there.
I did forget to change the day after copying over. (and then October 1st was in two different post, because I'd first written down the plans loosely for myself in a previous day).
 

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"Trying to get back in shape after baby #4."
Oops, thanks for letting me know! I would have definitely got myself confused there.
I did forget to change the day after copying over. (and then October 1st was in two different post, because I'd first written down the plans loosely for myself in a previous day).
I’m happy to help.
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