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carrie

Herbal medicine

Optimal Digestion–and less gas!–on a WFPB diet

Health can take on a different meaning as we age.  In my twenties I wanted to be healthy with most of the motivation in outward appearances.  And while that’s still a concern, it’s overshadowed by wanting to live a full life, free of disease.   Enter Whole Food Plant Based diets, including the Nutritarian Diet by Dr. Fuhrman and Starch Solution by Dr. McDougall.  Ayurveda and Asian medicine put me…

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Martial Arts

Improve your jumping jacks with The Chipmunks

Wait, what? The Chipmunks?  Yep.  The last few classes, the Chipmunks have helped me. No, I haven’t sustained a significant head trauma. Two weeks ago, I had my two-hour in-person test for my yellow belt.  And you all know I have struggled with jumping jacks — we do 350-450 per class.  It is the hardest part of class for me, and there is no way around it.  I need to…

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Martial Arts Meditation Instruction

are you ever too old for test anxiety?

It’s been almost a week since the test and I’m just now writing about it because, well, it was a lot to process.  I had some crazy test anxiety, didn’t sleep well the night before, got woken up super early by the rumbling of snowplows…  I had so much test anxiety I could barely eat, and that was good because…   I threw up through about a half hour into…

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Martial Arts

Reflections on the eve of the yellow belt test

A milestone: tomorrow is the yellow belt test for me, and the four-month mark of my taekwondo journey. I tend to overthink.  And I’m letting this yellow belt test freak me out a little. My last experience with a physical fitness test was in elementary school, and does anyone else remember how that went?  I do. We’d do months of seemingly random game playing in gym–kickball, simple games that did…

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Martial Arts

I’m stuck! Adventures in sparring gear

It was halfway up over my torso and would go no further.  The straps on the back had no give, and the one strap that was supposed to unclip and loosen was broken and tied shut  Only two people were still taking off gear in the back, finishing up to run back to class, looking away from me. All those experienced upper belts were already lined up in front of…

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Martial Arts Uncategorized

Next up: Sparring. Wait, sparring? you mean, fighting?!?

Sparring for the first time last night was so far out of my comfort zone, so far outside my bubble of life as usual.  It was unlike any situation I’ve ever been in.  Mr. Ninja gave some basic instructions, but being out of my comfort zone and my brain and ears covered in the puffy vinyl head gear, I’m not sure it went in. Okay…brain trying to wrap around this…I’m…

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Martial Arts

Jump!

The first part of class is always discouraging for me–here I am, trying to keep up with jumping jacks, push-ups, sit-ups. And jumping jacks are the hardest for me. Last night I was huffing and puffing and struggling and wondering if I even belonged in class.  Who was I kidding?  Here I am with all these fit upper belts who’ve been doing these workouts for literally years.  Can I keep…

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Martial Arts

stickers and stripes and everything nice…

Stripes.  It feels, on one hand, an accomplishment.  It takes me back to days of stickers on my papers in elementary school, of running my index finger over the shininess of the stars, so smooth in contrast to the paper.  Even if everyone in class got one, it was still special.  A sticker.  A stripe. My son has gotten stripes previously and been SO proud.  Super proud.  Last night, after…

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Martial Arts

Getting jiggly with it

Only a Mr. Ninja would tell me to look at myself in the mirror as I do jumping jacks to see if I’m symmetrical.  I mean, I get it the theory.  Mr. Ninja wants both my legs the same strength and flexibility, and if that is true then my jumping jacks should be symmetrical.  And I am clearly not doing that–after about 150 jumping jacks, my legs stop moving so…

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Martial Arts

Push-up challenge

One thing proving to be a HUGE challenge for me in class is full push-ups. I’ve gotten through a few decades without full push-ups. I’ve got some embarrassing elementary school PE moments repressed somewhere that deal with this, I’m sure. And in all my years of Ashtanga yoga, I was never strong on the chaturanga — the yogic equivalent of a full push-up–and usually just lowered to the ground rather…

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