So it's been a pretty great two weeks, to be honest. So the week after my update post I failed miserably at keeping my nutrition in check - but what did I expect, with it being a vacation and all? I'm back on track with mealprep now, and having a routine helps a lot, so here's hoping I'm fully back in the swing of things.
New job is starting up. I currently have three Bootcamp classes and one private client, and am working to increase my training load. The more I train, the happier I'll be - and the bigger my financial buffer zone. I'm still staying with the family at the moment, which is... sub-optimal but not the worst thing in the world.
I'm working on band stuff with a few friends! We don't have anything ready to show yet, but we'll be called Born In Clouds, and we're very excited to start showing our stuff soon!
I'm doing NaNoWriMo again, like every year since I started doing it. It's been nuts! I had no plan and no ideas since my energy was diverted elsewhere, but I cannibalized an old idea or two and suddenly the floodgates opened. I'm ten days ahead of schedule and still only on Act I, putting this on-track to be the longest and most dense book I've ever done. I don't think it's that good (yet), and I'm also using it as an attempt to practice something specific that I've been thinking about for a long time, which is to step outside the gender binary with characters, especially in fantasy worlds whose founding cultures might not have a historical reason to enforce a heteronormative gender binary at all. I'm not sure how well or poorly I'm doing (for obvious reasons) so some genderfluid and gender-neutral beta readers will be a MUST if this novel passes my rigorous first edit and I decide to move forward with it as a publishable project, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.
My training is going great, for the most part. I'm on the penultimate week of this month's split before I change it up again. It's five days of strength training and as much taekwondo as I can manage. Although today I was feeling kind of sick and my shoulder was acting up again, so I took a rest day today. Hopefully I'm fine tomorrow so I can jump right in again, but both yesterday and today bench press, and really any pressing motion or shoulder rotation, was a no-go. Which makes me sad, of course. I love training. Hell, if you'd have told me that I'd have had to make an active, conscious effort to force myself not to exercise more than five days a week back in high school I'd have thought you were insane. But I need to listen to my body and let it recover, and I really should get to a doctor to ask about my shoulder and check for any other nastiness.
Speaking of my training, I asked about competitive taekwondo teams at my school and I was told most local competitions follow Olympic rules and was told to look them up before I decided to go in for that since the training would be somewhat different. Doing so I did learn that in Olympic-style competitive taekwondo punches to the face actually *lose* points, which with my boxing background might be a problem on a physical and fight-instinct level, but I'm still a ways away from that being a concern. But I would like to compete at some point, to really test myself against other fighters. It's something I've realized about myself as I've got back into martial arts:
This body was made for fighting.
Martial arts training just feels good, feels right somehow, moreso than anything else I do. It's difficult to describe in a way that makes sense, but it's like my body sort of takes over, let's my brain shut down and everything becomes the cycle of attack and defense, of perfecting the techniques, of unbreakable focus and concentration. It's just me in my most natural state, so best to use it for something constructive, right?
So that's pretty much how things are going on my end. NaNoWriMo might mean my check-ins here aren't super frequent because most of my words will be used up, but I'll try to keep y'all updated!