Here at the frontier, the leaves fall like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians, there are still two cups at my table.

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

2012 Lenten Challenge Update

We're a few weeks into the Lenten Challenge and I wondered how everyone was doing with their practice?

If you've fallen off the wagon, then get back on! It's as easy as that.

For myself, the last few weeks have been a challenge. Overhauling the main bathroom in the house has been a late winter project. It's been quite a workout climing up and down ladders, etc.; however the results have been worth it.

I'm not as young as I used to be and am a little beat up as a result. Keeping with the Lenten Challenge though, I didn't count the physical labor as my work out. I've just stayed up later, stretched out more and am still continuing with my martial arts practice.

The Mrs started a new job. It's full time in retail and she's not going to have the classic 9-5 hours that she was used to in previous jobs. Some days she'll have to start at 7 pm, and on others she'll have to close which won't get her home until around 10 pm. She'll also have to work most weekends.

I'm planning on structuring my training around her schedule. On the early days she'll have to get up at 5:30 which is an hour earlier than I usually get up. I'll just get up with her and I'll have an extra hour every morning to practice. I'll also continue to practice in the evening, so this will be something of a boost for my own training.


Erik the Strange said...

I have been at it everyday. I have lost 14 pounds.

I have almost memorized the iaido katas I have always wanted to learn. I have gotten several extra sessions of systema and judo in.

Felicia said...

Thanks for posting about the Lenten Challenge. I issued it to all my training partners as well :-) I decided to focus on core strengthening and tonfa and so far, so good :-)

Hope you are making progress and having fun with your project. BTDT - and don't envy you at all...

Rick Matz said...

Erik - 14 lbs? That's impressive.

Felicia - if my mind is in the right place, I figure that I can do just about anything.

Mike at said...

I've been at it almost every day, Rick. Doing my Wujifa Zhan Zhuang 30-40 minutes each morning from like 6:20-7:00am. Then related and other exercise after work.

Slacked a couple days with change to Daylight Savings. Darn, it's hard getting up in the dark....

Gonna shoot to get back to 60 minutes of stance daily by day 40.

Rick Matz said...

Mike, I've been doing 40 minutes a day. 60 sounds better.

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