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Mr Twit's Great Upside Down Monkey Circus Part 2 - Commit To Get Fit Challenge

May

09

Well we're on day 9 now and most of the personal challenges have been exploritory and insightful. As someone that has a high cholesterol count I've been avoiding saturates for the past couple of years. A visit to the quack last week and an interesting talk from Terry "Eat Better, Feel Better" has made me re-start the process of what goes in and what doesn't. For now I'll stick with the weekly salmon/trout, the wholewheat breakfast cereal and some sort of greenery with all meals that contain meat/processed food.

TOP TIP: Tinned Tuna - the canning process breaks down the long Omega 3 chain - eat fresh tuna and beware of the mercury!

I'm also trying to drink 4 glasses of water a day (plus anything drunk during exercise) and failing miserably. Back in a mo. Ok I've now had one glass of water today. Walkers have also taken a hit, I'm down from 2 bags of crisps a day to 3 so far this month.

The headstand is heading in the right direction. I had a practice at home (much to my 3 year old daughter's amusement) and found that I could get off my toes without bursting a blood vessel. "Do it again Daddy" - "No". "Do it again Daddy" - "No". "DO IT AGAIN DADDY" - "Do you want a bit of melon?". I've learnt how to distract her when losing an arguement.

I met Karen again on Tuesday, keen to show my slight improvement. Slight improvement shown, what do I do now? Oh the scarey bit. Stick my feet up in the air. I tried, much to Karen's suprise, luckily she just managed to break my fall as I went up and then over.

We moved to the wall. I got my feet up but I've no idea what is vertical. My heel hit the wall. Only one heel, that was promising. As I removed one heel I'd sway and replace that heel with one from the other foot. So there were moments where I was upside down without contact with anything but the floor. I think I stayed upside down for about a minute and I enjoyed it. With my confidence a little higher than it was last week I had a quick go today on my own. I can get up pretty well but I just can't find that balance point, but I remember learning to drive and having to find biting point.

 

 

 

Mr Twits Great Upside Down Monkey Circus - Get Fit Challenge - Week 4

May

28

The penultimate week - week 4 saw a step back towards the reality of more time with the world topsy turvy.

 

10 minutes upside down didn't seem to much of a challenge - finding 10 minutes seemed more of a challenge last Tuesday. By the time the kids were in bed I rushed downstairs to invert myself. Dinner was about to be served. I scoffed my dinner, waited 10 minutes and then announced my intentions. I was given the support I needed, "You're an idiot, your dinner will reappear". I didn't want that so sat down and watched the tv for half an hour. Miranda was on next. Now seemed like the perfect moment to disappear to the far end of the room. I went up into a headstand with my legs resting against the wall (remember the intention was just to get used to being upside down). After a while a began to feel a little weird and asked my wife how long I'd been doing it. "5 minutes" came the disappointing reply, I'd reckoned at least 7. Ho hum. Miranda was still wittering on in the background. I decided the best way of getting through the next 5 minutes was to zone out a little, so I closed my eyes and relaxed. The next 5 minutes flew by.

 

I met Karen on Weds. On our way into the practice room I found that I've got a new fan. Fan number 2 after my daughter. Donna, "Can I come and watch?", Me, "When I can do it?", Donna "But it sounds like you can do it from what I've been reading".... I've tried to be positive about the progress I've made but there is no way that I could demonstrate a headstand yet, with a wall yes, without a wall no. As predicted it was time to leave the wall. Now was the time to master getting up steadily. This week I wasn't going to raise my legs, just lift them from the floor and leave them bent into my chest. I was getting the hang of getting off the floor and into position. 5 seconds ok and then wobble a bit and then down. I've been stuck on 5 seconds the whole week. The problem is I find it pretty tiring still and can only do a couple of practices in a row. I've seen Karen today but that is for my final blog. I'm not keeping anything from you it just belongs in the next blog.

 

Water consumption is still miserable but I didn't have a single packet of crisps last week. Apple consumption has gone up and appears to be my work snack of choice. Carb intake has gone down. It's amazing how nearly every meal is based around a large carb intake. It's hard removing it from my evening meals, pasta, rice and potatoes with everything. A reduction in portion size seems the best thing.