#HIIT warm-up & #ashtanga #yoga

Fuck the fucking snow. Fuck this winter. Fuck corporations in general and especially fuck athletic corporations.


Obviously the max of 223 below is a Polar monitor glitch. I didn’t catch blip while working out, but I do believe the average because I was burning really high.


We’d decided to go to an early evening movie yesterday, not knowing this latest fucking storm would dump New England levels of snow. I was the one who suggested we get our grocery shopping done early – to toot my own horn, because if I don’t no one else will – and it was a damn good thing because it was already getting pretty hairy by the time we headed home. And judging by the stocks the food co-op had right before the last snow, there would’ve been very slim pickings by that fucking point.

The main point of my mentioning that is with the shopping and the movie I didn’t get a workout in yesterday. You can be sure that this morning I: meditated; did my mantra; did the banishing spell and then got my workout in. Hey, with this storm I lose the chance to make any pocket change this week. And I lost another week due to the fucking cold. I’ll have my endorphins, thank you.

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HIIT warm-up

1. Jugglers High Knees
2. Burpee
3. Jump Kick (right)
4. Jump Kick (left)
5. Russian Kicks
6. Squat Jump
7. Mountain Climber
8. Lunge Hop (right)
9. Lunge Hop (left)
10. High Knees Tap
11. Frogger
12. Heel Tap Squat Jump
13. 2 Plank Jack/s, 2 Knee In to Opp Arm
14. Alt Pistol Pop Up Note to self: pistols should go in the first third of a set this long!
15. Low Jack

Yoga

About 72min

  • Suryas & fundamentals
  • Marichy C & D
  • Second to Laghu Vajrasana, EPRK, Kapo B (x2?)
  • Urdhva D, 3 drop backs, 3 ticks Takes about 1hr to get to finishing with this format
  • Finishing

22min sit #meditation #vision

Missed a couple days on the meditation last week, but this morning I got up & after coffee & breakfast came upstairs, aimless. Then I looked at my list & remembered. I did a reading before sitting. Card of the day is IX The Hermit.

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Makes total sense! I believe this card is the March 9 card, for those who’ve read up on cards associated with particular birthdays.

Speaking of which I’ve officially given up on ever having a job-job again. The world just isn’t interested. In spite of the fact that I have the EXACT skill set required for the hand painting, print & pattern artists at Tommy Bahama AND I had an introduction by a current employee, I didn’t even merit an email response. I’ve been continuing with making stationery samples lately and also with studying animation in InDesign, just for something to do. I can still design logos for individual clients, if I manage to find any. Most often these are friends and former work colleagues.

Did you hear from Tommy? she asked me first. Ha! I think she knew the answer to that one. Well you’ve got a great new resume now! Ya, ya, and that’ll do fuck all for me won’t it? It’s worth noting I always got work with my past resumes just fine. The resume was not the problem.

I tagged a tweet with #ageism the other day and instantly connected with a female Brit with the twitter name “finishedatfifty”. At least I know it’s not just me! I always thought my talent and speed skills could surpass anything, but they can’t get around corporate age discrimination. Nope.


Anyway I’m sitting here typing this with pinhole glasses on & no contacts on my eyeballs. Granted the type is really big & the computer is on my lap, but I can still see enough to do it.

Last night we went to see Steve Miller, general admission. We decided to get there an hour early & found out that’s last minute, for a concert at Edgefield Winery. (I used to be an early person, in my days as a gainfully employed New Yorker. Now that I’m an inadvertent slacker on top of a big hill in the Portland suburbs, I’m a last minute to slightly late person. Steve is 73 and still sounds great. The only way you can be relevant after 50 is if you create your own niche. Anyway I didn’t even try to see what he looked like.

My eyes have differentiated tasks in the past few years. The right eye is distance. The left one, which went down a whole “stop” between my last exam in Jan and the one before that, a year earlier, has plummeted once again. Already. I can’t even focus on something 5 feet away wearing my $1,000 glasses OR the contacts, and that’ll be my script for another year. I get headaches a lot

So maybe I’ll try wearing my pinhole glasses a half hour to an hour a day. Maybe the prescription wasn’t quite right? Who knows… But it’s too hard to try to read that much with these things on & no contacts so I’ll post w/out proofing because fuck it.

King of Wands, Queen of Disks, Page of Disks #tarot

Oh for God’s sake with these first two! They’re not bad cards to get constantly but Jesus, lol. I wonder what’d happen with a different deck, but the 3 that Charlie ordered haven’t shipped for some reason. One’s a pre-order but B&N hasn’t sent the other two. The King of Wands is probably telling me I need to get back to work. I haven’t worked on the current illustration project in awhile. I haven’t heard back on the last two composition updates but I have four more waiting. Maybe I don’t want it to be over!

I’m not going to work today either. Yesterday was about getting out of the house. We came back after lunch but then went out again later, to the Laurelwood brew pub in Milwaukie. Now I’m all hungover but C’s not, oddly. Maybe I should’ve joined him for his walk up to the park at the top of Council Crest, but I have to get my lazy, bleary ass to do a workout… Bleah. Urrrgh. I can’t stall until the middle of the day either because we’re joining the kids this afternoon for a Father’s Day hangout down at the blues festival thing, on the waterfront.

Maybe I should give the daily readings a rest & start doing them just once a week? Unless there’s a really bad one that is.

It’s actually gonna be nice enough out to tan again but I won’t get the chance – wah, wah!

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Card 1, within: King of Wands

Last seen on June 19th, 14th, 3rd, & on May 25th in the 1st position. Master of soul, energy.

In the first position: Yours is a call to leadership of the highest order, to lead others on the path to greater understanding of the spirit.

Questions to Answer:

  1. How are you expressing your sense of self?
  2. How are you using your decision – making and leadership abilities?
  3. Who is controlling the situation?
  4. Who do you admire for their sense of self?

Master of your own energy, soul, spirituality, creativity, life force, passions through knowledge and experience. Justice, righteousness, illumination of what was previously dark, misdeeds and bad intentions.

The King of Wands is an indication that you are someone who is very visionary and goal-oriented. You achieve a lot because you are very clear about your future direction and how you will get there. You do not waste your time on activities or relationships that you believe will lead no-where. You never just go with the flow, instead you prefer to embark on a strong and direct course of action.

The King of Wands reminds you to lead your life with intent, vision and a long-term view. Know that even though you are experiencing challenges now this is just a part of your journey to something much more positive. Eventually, you will see this time as just a little blip on the radar and it will have simply served to make you stronger. Stay focused on your long-term goals.

The King of Wands in the present position indicates that any project you are working on is an inspired choice and will take you far.

Card 2, without: Queen of Disks

Last seen June 15th in the 3rd position, June 12, 10 & 8, in the 2nd position, June 7 in the 1st position, May 27th in the 2nd position & many other times.

The Queen of Disks creates a safe physical environment.Keywords: Safety, stability, prosperity, Physical and financial security. When you have been nurtured into a place of happiness or are bettering a person, yourself or a situation, expect the Queen of Pentacles to appear in your Tarot reading.

General: This card can indicate that you will be spending time, money, and energy on your home, getting it to be more comfortable.

Work: You are likely to make great headway now. A woman with dark hair and/or eyes may play a significant role in your working life; if so, know that she is an ally for you.

In the present position, the Queen of Pentacles signals that you are either enjoying a time now of being taken care of or are happily taking care of someone.

Finances: The Queen of Pentacles is an excellent omen when it comes to money. Your prosperity level is very likely to be increasing. Don’t hesitate to spend some of your new-found wealth. Saving is important, but enjoying your life when you have the means to do so is also important. Share what you have when you can.

Card 3, advice: Page of Disks

Last seen June 9th & May 31st in the 2nd, “environment”position. Pentacles are the Tarot deck’s symbol of wealth, but they also represent the material plane of existence – all possessions and the practical approach to having things around.

Introduction: The Page of Pentacles can be a card about boredom, in some ways. This Page’s strength is unconditional love both for self and others, and non judgment. Assuming strength in your self, others and in situations. Project into the world calm thoughts that support rather than hinder what you want from life.

The Page of Pentacles, like the pages of all the suits, is a card of new beginnings, of inspiration and the initial stages of a creative project or venture. Pentacles correspond to the alchemical element of earth, and in this sense the coin that the Page holds may symbolize the beginnings of sensual awareness not only in terms of money and its value but also in terms of a growing awareness of the importance of health and other material needs.

Questions to Answers:

  1. What new information are you gathering?
  2. What new possibilities do you contain within yourself?
  3. Who is bringing you financial information?
  4. Are you listening to the earth?

Page of Pentacles suggests mastery of creative power – the ability to enjoy studying.  The persevering scholar, the pioneer spirit and the passion to create and give birth to new form or restructure old form.  The ability to approach any activity with the quality of fascination and involvement – caring less for the rewards or social position than for the work itself.  Experience your own inner child’s playfulness.  Do what you loved to do as a child and you will find your genius, your passion and your success.  Take the pressure off yourself – enjoy your journey.  Do your best and enjoy the “process”.  You will be receiving good news – a message that will change many things.  There will be a meeting with someone who is kind, generous and sympathetic to your point of view who will create changes for the better through their caring ways.

Predictable, physically resourceful, physical means of discovery, good instincts.  Communication with earth spirits.  Ruled by the drive for transformation.  Physically playful and active.  Playground of possibility.  Physical innocence, purity.  Appropriate naivete in others.  Transformation side of things physical – new physical opportunities, situations, events and guides.  Drive and the forces of change are instinctive, passive as is the growth of a child is automatic.  Wonder at physical things – eagerness, enthusiasm, amusement, physical renewal…physical news.

II The High Priestess, King of Wands, XVI The Tower #tarot #meditation

In honor of my reading below, especially the first card of withdrawal & intuition, I did a 22-minute seated meditation immediately following.

  • I’m really good at detachment.
  • I am so light on the planet: these days I do not even possess a lease or keys, never mind the fact I’ve never owned any property, ever, or a car. My carbon footprint is miniscule. I have not contributed to the human overpopulation problem. I’m holding steady at a good, 95% vegan. I don’t even fly anymore! Cannot afford to. Light, light, light.
  • As I sat I projected backwards, to The Hovel in NYC, my home base for 22 years. I don’t want to be back there, no, but I imagined my present self sending a message backward. I think I’d gotten it at one point, I got the feeling of it, the tone.
  • The human personality through time as a connected tube, not moving in one direction, aka The Time Traveler’s Wife, the book, not the movie.

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Card 1, within: II The High Priestess

She hasn’t appeared before! (In 2016 since I started daily readings with this deck anyway).

The High Priestess is the counterpart of The Magician, yin to his yang.

Introduction: The High Priestess is a very spiritual card – often with sexual overtones. It can mean that the querent is in a phase where he or she is going to be much more physically attractive to others. She is tied to the moon, to femininity, and to inspiration.

General: This is a time to rely on your intuition and your inner knowledge, rather than your conscious mind or intellect. Pay attention to your dreams. Synchronicities are likely now.

The ability to remain passive is power – it gives your mind a chance to work, to reflect on what past actions have taught you and to awaken the things inside – it allows you to remember.  The transformation from one who “dares” – to one who KNOWS takes place in four stages.

  • The first stage is a time of pure reflection when the repetition of an experience is imagined.
  • The second stage enters this reflection into your memory.
  • In the third stage, this memory is assimilated into thought and feeling – it becomes a “message” or an “inner word”.
  • The fourth stage is reached when this “inner word or message” becomes a verbal “symbol or writing”.

Only through withdrawal from outer involvement is the unconscious allowed to emerge and the inner voice of vision allowed to speak.  Wisdom can not be expressed in rational terms, for they limit, narrow and falsify it.  Wisdom lies hidden safely beneath the smooth surface of your conscious mind and only by stirring up your dreams and visions, can wisdom return to the light of the conscious mind and intuitive understanding be conveyed.

Card 2, without: King of Wands

Last seen on June 3rd in the same position & on May 25th in the 1st position.

Master of your own energy, soul, spirituality, creativity, life force, passions through knowledge and experience. Justice, righteousness, illumination of what was previously dark, misdeeds and bad intentions.

The King of Wands is an indication that you are someone who is very visionary and goal-oriented. You achieve a lot because you are very clear about your future direction and how you will get there. You do not waste your time on activities or relationships that you believe will lead no-where. You never just go with the flow, instead you prefer to embark on a strong and direct course of action.

The King of Wands reminds you to lead your life with intent, vision and a long-term view. Know that even though you are experiencing challenges now this is just a part of your journey to something much more positive. Eventually, you will see this time as just a little blip on the radar and it will have simply served to make you stronger. Stay focused on your long-term goals.

The King of Wands in the present position indicates that any project you are working on is an inspired choice and will take you far.

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In the second position: You have someone – a family, a partner, an angel – that you can fall back on.  And this shoulder is one who can show you the greater scope in which your difficulties are resolved as lessons learned.  With him by your side no problem will be too great to handle.

 

Card 3, advice: XVI The Tower

Last seen on June 11th in the 2nd position.

This card is the Tarot’s way of acknowledging that the rapid transformation occurring in your world is due to forces beyond your control. Be it a stirring of Mother Nature or the impact of someone else’s economic decisions on your life, understand that these are circumstances with which you had little if any influence over.

In the third position: Spiritual awakening.  Listen closely to your inner voice.  This reading itself is a profound part of your revelation.

The chaos unleashed by The Tower in this position usually affects one area of your life, but the affects are thorough. You may lose a job, but your love relationship will grow stronger as a result. You might get dumped, but you will get an easier work schedule that boosts your pay. Juxtapositions of absence/abundance are inevitable.

When this card is in the future position, there are no surprises to the coming chaos. You can already see the writing on the wall and the decimation of some structure in your world takes place quickly and totally. When this card appears in this position, the future is days, perhaps hours away. It is not the future of next month that the reading presents.

The liberation of divine light through the phallus that is the tower. Kundalini.

Questions to Answer:

  • How are you improving and restructuring yourself and your environment?
  • What are you angry about?
  • What structures in your life are breaking up?

Keywords: Initiation, liberation, power, dominion, destruction of illusions and conventions, dissolution of individuality. Freedom from unnecessary things which are no longer part of your reality.

Lower body #HIIT, #abs & #yoga

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That was a pretty good one.

Better Buns: Jump and Burn Workout

  • Round 1 (10/50) with skipping for a 30min set
  • Round 2 (10/50) no skipping for a 15min set Unlike Melissa I don’t do any running, so I generally like to add a bit of skipping to her sets. Doing it this way is extra fun b/c the 2nd set is half as long & seems much “lighter”.
  1. Squat Jump 20lbs, holding weight at sternum
  2. Side Lunge Punch, 10lbs with hook punch
  3. Single Leg Hip Thrust (right) from table top
  4. Single Leg Hip Thrust (left)
  5. Monkey Push-up & Tuck Jump
  6. Plie Jump
  7. Romanian Deadlift, 40lbs
  8. Chair Lunge, 20lbs at sternum
  9. Sit to Stand (right), 10lbs, sitting to rack
  10. Sit to Stand (left)
  11. Curtsy Lunge Kick (right), 35lbs 1st round, 40lbs 2nd round
  12. Curtsy Lunge Kick (left)
  13. Step Up (right), 20lbs, step up & kick straight out to the back Leaving my working foot on the bench between reps (but onloading fully on the landing leg) to get more reps in the interval
  14. Step Up (left)
  15. Burpee

Quick Stomach Toning Workout

  • Last time I did this along with the video for reps. Today I did (10/50) for a 10min round.
  • 2 rounds, 21min

1. Scissor Sit-ups, In extended boat, straight legs & arms overhead. Raise alt legs straight up to touch,
2. Extended Heel Tap, On back, heels & shoulders off floor, arms extended straight out. Tap heels together. 2nd set doing reverse curls with 3lb weight bet feet.
3. Lift and Tuck, In extended boat, raise straight legs & then do a tuck
4. Balanced Side Crunch (right), Legs bent, feet off the floor, over to one side & crunch.
5. Balanced Side Crunch (left)
6. Hip Lift Circle, Reverse curl then circle to alt sides
7. Bicycle, Keeping spine fully on floor, just twisting & touching elbows to alt legs
8. Torso Raise, As per Rumi. On belly, feet off the floor, shoulders lifted. Reach arms forward & then pull back, lifting up through the back.
9. Side V-Up (right) 1st set / 2nd set doing BodyRock style Vabs with 3lb weight bet feet
10. Side V-Up (left)

Asana

  • Sirsasana – 5min
  • Bhujangasana
  • Anjenayasana
  • Supta Virasana
  • Malasana
  • Sarvangasana
  • Halasana
  • Karna Pidasana
  • Matseyendrasana
  • Savasana

Having a #retail #associate gig is like having a bad, #bootycall boyfriend

  1. It never takes your needs into consideration and will not commit to a schedule, regularly summoning & discarding at will.
  2. It expects “passion” but offers as little as possible at all times, in all aspects including salary, non existent perks like transportation reimbursement and creature comforts so that you don’t have to, you know, work in pain. Sure you’re on your feet all day, but don’t even try to stand on the cushy mat behind the counter unless you’re waiting on a customer. Makes you less available servile, supposedly.

I walked in the door at 12:25pm, having spent half the day on an errand that should’ve / could’ve been worked into a downtown visit with Charlie and taking up all of one half-hour. The end of my commute was a half hour walk up the sidewalk-less, shoulder-less Dosch Road, in the rain, because this isn’t a time I could either take the 51 or ask C to pick me up. But the worst part is that my $109 art supply run should’ve been covered about 60% by today’s earnings. What if I had needed that money for groceries? The corporation doesn’t care.

I minded the walk less than usual because I’d already planned on not exercising today and I have no paint so I’m going to do artwork. I got mud on the hems of my navy work pants and sweated through my work shirt, but I’ll hang them up to dry now. Good as new!