shanmonster: (On the stairs)
Yesterday, with some amount of trepidation, I attended a handstand workshop. My energy levels have been generally waning over the past year or so, and my endurance has been getting pretty shitty. Nevertheless, I've been working hard at improving my endurance, and I was able to make it through the entire workshop without needing to take numerous breaks. Despite not having done a handstand in ~8-9 months, I did quite well. My strength, range of motion, and flexibility were up to the challenge, and I believe that if I can practice regularly, I will have an unsupported handstand within a few weeks.

I did have one major whoops. While doing a partner exercise, I kicked off too hard, overbalanced, and came down on my head and shoulder. I didn't damage myself, but it was a reminder that being klutzy hurts. My next kick-off was much better.

......

Over the past year, combined with my fatigue issues, I've also gained a fair amount of weight. At the beginning of the year, I was the heaviest I've ever been, and it did not feel good. Over the past two months, I became proactive and have been monitoring my diet, doing daily exercise (burpees and regular strength training), and taking some vitamin supplements to help with general health and sleep issues. I'm feeling a gradual change, and two days ago, for the first time in many months, I noticed muscle definition again. I knew the muscles were still there, but it feels good to see them peeking out at me again. Hi there, guns.

(Self-portrait circa 1997. Pencil crayons on textured paper.)

Date: 2017-03-06 03:24 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] clevermanka.livejournal.com
I didn't realize your fatigue levels were still so bad. That stinks. Hurray for seeing improvement, though! Glad you had a good time at the handstand workshop!

Date: 2017-03-06 03:32 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] shanmonster.livejournal.com
Yeah, they were getting terrible. One day I walked to the gym for a workout. I think I managed to do 20 burpees spaced over a half hour, and that was it. I knew I didn't have it in me to do any weights, so I started to walk home. I only made it about three blocks when I had to call for a ride. I could barely stand up, I was so destroyed. Not normal at all.

Date: 2017-03-06 03:35 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] clevermanka.livejournal.com
I really hope you're over that hump. I'm still in 12 hours of bed rest a day land and often read your accomplishments as I will get there one day inspiration.

As you say, the work to improve will cease ten minutes after I'm dead. =)

Date: 2017-03-06 03:51 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] shanmonster.livejournal.com
I have been improving gradually, but I sure would like to know what's causing these sudden bouts of exhaustion. The only other time I remember feeling this way was when I had mono in first year of university. I hope you get your energy levels back, too!

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