Struck me that I've got all these little projects that I introduced but haven't updated on, so here goes.
This has stalled a little, the week is running Thursday to Thursday on this one. First week was cutting down to two meals a day, nothing, between breakfast and dinner, no snacking. That bit went well but the second week,the one just gone, I'd planned on cutting down the portion size by a half. The idea being to have the stomach half full, then a quarter for water and the other quarter left empty for 'air to circulate'. Hard to cut down though, breakfast is OK just half a cup of muesli instead of a full cup but once you throw on some berries and a banana it still feels a substantial breakfast and probably more than I need. I'm eating a little less in the evening but I wouldn't say half as much. It's not that I feel hungry but just that I find it hard to prepare so little.
The engine seems to be running well on it though, felt a little hungry around 4pm the first week but don't even think about it now, feels like a comfortable way to eat. This week I was planning on cutting down to one meal a day but with the holidays coming it seems a bad idea. Bound to eat more over Christmas and it doesn't seem healthy to go from eating so little to a eating more than usual before the experiment. Will stick with the twice a day thing and pick it up again in the new year.
pretty much the same as the first week
Fri 76.2 kilo
No sudden weight loss and feeling strong in the practice so this don't seem to be showing any adverse effects. Did notice this morning that I was 74.8 but that might just be a blip.
* the weighing myself everyday is just for the sake of the experiment, you get that right.
What else ...
This stalled a little because of the inflamed coccyx, need to be able to roll back a little to lift the feet up to the chest. Coccyx is a little better but it's slow going so I've mostly just been working on opening the hips and ankles more and just basically feeling more comfortable in the first part of the pose. Sometimes I'll work on bringing the legs around and down while lying on my back. Here it is from this morning. Looks OK head on but from the side the ankles are still a way from the chest.
This is something I've been working on in the evenings as part of my Vinyasa Krama practice, it's kind of my own extension of the lotus sequence. The idea of the evening asana practice is to make it vigorous because it is so short, just twenty minutes, basically just prep for pranayama and meditation. I'm getting more twist here and that's feeling comfortable but the landing is a little less controlled.
This was on hold for a while because I had some stitches in my head and hate to wait for them to come out, need to get back to it.
Back problem : Primary without the forward bends.
Back seems to be pretty much fine again now, laid off the forward bending in Primary and practiced a lot of 2nd series without doing the Leg behind head postures, just generally taking it easy. Friday it felt fine enough to do a full primary, felt good so I did the same Saturday. This morning I practiced full intermediate with the LBH poses back in and again felt fine. Did my first Karandavasana for about a month too and it felt very smooth and controlled 'though couldn't remember for the life of me how to flip out of it, too three goes before I got it right.
Still waiting myself, hoping it'll arrive before Christmas. the thought of it has made me consider exploring Advanced A and B more in the new year.
And that's it all caught up, phew. Happy holidays.