100 Days of Flexibility... Let's call it done

Apr 12, 2017
So, I skipped last week because I was pretty down. Having a back injury, and feeling so awful about myself, I just needed a good amount of time to wallow around in my misery.
But, we've kind of reached the end of the time limit, so... let's look back at this challenge and discuss.
First, I have to say that I'm still pretty new to the idea of taking on longer-term projects like this, and I tend to be quite ambitious when it comes to my time and energy. Believing that I could write my book, go to the gym, run, do yoga every day, journal every day, spend time with my friends, Mum, and boyfriend, and feed myself properly, AND do this challenge... well, let's say it all got a little out of hand, and something had to give.
So, I call this project a resounding failure. I did not do flexibility training every day for 100 days.
However, a failure is not necessarily a total end to something, nor is it that I didn't learn things. So, let's look at what I learned.
First, flexibility training requires rest days. Like, REQUIRES, so figure out your rest days accordingly. You can't do it every day, because you'll hurt yourself.
Next, my back is not a happy thing. I don't know if it ever has been, but I just sort of got used to the pain and the lack of movement, like it was normal. This challenge really started to make me look at what my back was capable of, and the recent injury has shown me a lot of what I need to work on BEFORE I get into back bending.
Next, sometimes you don't keep all of your flexibility, no matter how much you train. It's not a straight line, and you're not just going to endlessly improve until you get your splits, or whatever else you want. I'm a writer and have been since I was 13 (and a storyteller since I had the cognitive ability to actually tell stories) and I STILL have a hard time, sometimes. Progress is never a straight line going gradually up. Sometimes your hamstrings will suck, and you just have to accept that. Day-to-day, your body is going to be different.
Third, I am not a limitless creature of endless time. I mentioned this before. I'm not super good at figuring out how much time things take, or how much energy I've got each day. My energy levels can actually change a lot day-to-day, and its hard to know. Priorities are key when you're dealing with mental illness, because some days you may only get a little bit done, and then have to veg out with Stardew Valley for the rest of your whole day, until you're not sure where you end and your little farm plot begins. If you've never played Stardew Valley, I very much recommend it, but try not to get out of hand. Your wrist will thank you for your restraint.
SO, yes, I consider this project a failure. NO, I am not ashamed of that, it was an experiment. I learned a lot.
And yes, I do plan on learning to be more flexible in the future... but, perhaps it'll be when my book is done and I have a bit more time to give to it.
Sure, I'm kinda disappointed. Life has changed a lot since January. I wasn't expecting things to go this way, and... I mean, we're halfway into April, now, which is barely into the year. It feels so long, but, that's my life with time!
I'm still kickin' though, and I'm still working on stuff. One failed experiment isn't going to keep me from working hard :)
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