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  • Rick M
    Every year, I throw out the Lenten Challenge to my martial arts buddies. It has nothing to do with Christianity or religion. We are simply using this time as a
    Message 1 of 26 , Feb 14 6:02 PM
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      Every year, I throw out the Lenten Challenge to my martial arts buddies. It has nothing to do with Christianity or religion. We are simply using this time as a convenient reminder to rededicate ourselves to our training. It's kind of hard to miss either Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras, the last day before Lent, which is also Paczki Day!) or Easter Sunday (Bunnies, candy, colored eggs; that stuff).

      Several of us have been doing this for years now.

      The challenge is this: from Ash Wednesday (Feb 22) until the day before Easter (April 7), train every day, without fail, no excuses; even if you have to move mountains. Simple enough said, a little harder to do.

      It's not as easy as it sounds; things come up. Some days, you might only be able to get a few minutes of training in; but the point is to do it everyday, no matter what.

      It doesn't have to be martial arts training either. Whatever it is that you need to really rededicate yourself to: studying, practicing an instrument, walking, watching what you eat; anything - do it every day, without fail.

      In the past on some forums, people have posted what they've done everyday. I think everyone who's done that has become tired of writing, and the others get tired of reading it. How about you just post if you've had some breakthrough, or you've had to overcome some unusual circumstance to continue your training? Maybe just check in every once in a while to let everyone know you're keeping at it, or to encourage everyone else to keep at it.

      If you fail, no one will hate you. If you fall off of the wagon, climb back on board. Start anew.

      For those of you who insist that you really do train everyday anyway, by all means continue and be supportive of the rest of us. For the rest of us who intend to train everyday, but sometimes come up short due to life's propensity for unraveling even the best laid plans, here is an opportunity to put a stake in the ground and show your resolution.

      Won't you join me?

      Best Regards

      Rick
    • oneof10k2
      Have been seriously considering it. The rowing machine is my training instrument of choice. What is your plan for training?
      Message 2 of 26 , Feb 19 5:19 PM
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        Have been seriously considering it. The rowing machine is my training instrument of choice. What is your plan for training?

        --- In TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com, "Rick M" <rickmatz@...> wrote:
        >
        > Every year, I throw out the Lenten Challenge to my martial arts buddies. It has nothing to do with Christianity or religion. We are simply using this time as a convenient reminder to rededicate ourselves to our training. It's kind of hard to miss either Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras, the last day before Lent, which is also Paczki Day!) or Easter Sunday (Bunnies, candy, colored eggs; that stuff).
        >
        > Several of us have been doing this for years now.
        >
        > The challenge is this: from Ash Wednesday (Feb 22) until the day before Easter (April 7), train every day, without fail, no excuses; even if you have to move mountains. Simple enough said, a little harder to do.
        >
        > It's not as easy as it sounds; things come up. Some days, you might only be able to get a few minutes of training in; but the point is to do it everyday, no matter what.
        >
        > It doesn't have to be martial arts training either. Whatever it is that you need to really rededicate yourself to: studying, practicing an instrument, walking, watching what you eat; anything - do it every day, without fail.
        >
        > In the past on some forums, people have posted what they've done everyday. I think everyone who's done that has become tired of writing, and the others get tired of reading it. How about you just post if you've had some breakthrough, or you've had to overcome some unusual circumstance to continue your training? Maybe just check in every once in a while to let everyone know you're keeping at it, or to encourage everyone else to keep at it.
        >
        > If you fail, no one will hate you. If you fall off of the wagon, climb back on board. Start anew.
        >
        > For those of you who insist that you really do train everyday anyway, by all means continue and be supportive of the rest of us. For the rest of us who intend to train everyday, but sometimes come up short due to life's propensity for unraveling even the best laid plans, here is an opportunity to put a stake in the ground and show your resolution.
        >
        > Won't you join me?
        >
        > Best Regards
        >
        > Rick
        >
      • Rick Matz
        For the last several months, I ve been wanting to balance out my taijiquan practice which I consider to be a pretty much yin practice, with a yang practice and
        Message 3 of 26 , Feb 19 5:25 PM
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          For the last several months, I've been wanting to balance out my taijiquan practice which I consider to be a pretty much yin practice, with a yang practice and I've settled on xingyiquan.

          I've been pretty good about practicing every day, with the exception of days that just seem to keep me fully occupied.

          The difference during the Lenten Challenge is that no matter what, I'll just stay up quite a bit later if I must, and get some form of practice done. Period. No excuses.

          It's good to be focused like this every once in a while.

          From: oneof10k2 <ms_jade_li@...>
          To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com
          Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2012 8:19 PM
          Subject: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge

          Have been seriously considering it.  The rowing machine is my training instrument of choice.  What is your plan for training?

          --- In TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com, "Rick M" <rickmatz@...> wrote:
          >
          > Every year, I throw out the Lenten Challenge to my martial arts buddies. It has nothing to do with Christianity or religion. We are simply using this time as a convenient reminder to rededicate ourselves to our training. It's kind of hard to miss either Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras, the last day before Lent, which is also Paczki Day!) or Easter Sunday (Bunnies, candy, colored eggs; that stuff).
          >
          > Several of us have been doing this for years now.
          >
          > The challenge is this: from Ash Wednesday (Feb 22) until the day before Easter (April 7), train every day, without fail, no excuses; even if you have to move mountains. Simple enough said, a little harder to do.
          >
          > It's not as easy as it sounds; things come up. Some days, you might only be able to get a few minutes of training in; but the point is to do it everyday, no matter what.
          >
          > It doesn't have to be martial arts training either. Whatever it is that you need to really rededicate yourself to: studying, practicing an instrument, walking, watching what you eat; anything - do it every day, without fail.
          >
          > In the past on some forums, people have posted what they've done everyday. I think everyone who's done that has become tired of writing, and the others get tired of reading it. How about you just post if you've had some breakthrough, or you've had to overcome some unusual circumstance to continue your training? Maybe just check in every once in a while to let everyone know you're keeping at it, or to encourage everyone else to keep at it.
          >
          > If you fail, no one will hate you. If you fall off of the wagon, climb back on board. Start anew.
          >
          > For those of you who insist that you really do train everyday anyway, by all means continue and be supportive of the rest of us. For the rest of us who intend to train everyday, but sometimes come up short due to life's propensity for unraveling even the best laid plans, here is an opportunity to put a stake in the ground and show your resolution.
          >
          > Won't you join me?
          >
          > Best Regards
          >
          > Rick
          >




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        • P Burrows
          I am going to do the Eat To Live diet as my Lenten Challenge this time around. Ugh. -- happier now that I ve seen you, Patrick Burrows
          Message 4 of 26 , Feb 20 10:33 AM
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            I am going to do the Eat To Live diet as my Lenten Challenge this time around. Ugh.


            --
            happier now that I've seen you,

            Patrick Burrows
            http://www.CleverHumans.com


            On Sun, Feb 19, 2012 at 8:25 PM, Rick Matz <rickmatz@...> wrote:
             

            For the last several months, I've been wanting to balance out my taijiquan practice which I consider to be a pretty much yin practice, with a yang practice and I've settled on xingyiquan.

            I've been pretty good about practicing every day, with the exception of days that just seem to keep me fully occupied.

            The difference during the Lenten Challenge is that no matter what, I'll just stay up quite a bit later if I must, and get some form of practice done. Period. No excuses.

            It's good to be focused like this every once in a while.


            From: oneof10k2 <ms_jade_li@...>
            To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com
            Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2012 8:19 PM
            Subject: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge

            Have been seriously considering it.  The rowing machine is my training instrument of choice.  What is your plan for training?

            --- In TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com, "Rick M" <rickmatz@...> wrote:
            >
            > Every year, I throw out the Lenten Challenge to my martial arts buddies. It has nothing to do with Christianity or religion. We are simply using this time as a convenient reminder to rededicate ourselves to our training. It's kind of hard to miss either Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras, the last day before Lent, which is also Paczki Day!) or Easter Sunday (Bunnies, candy, colored eggs; that stuff).
            >
            > Several of us have been doing this for years now.
            >
            > The challenge is this: from Ash Wednesday (Feb 22) until the day before Easter (April 7), train every day, without fail, no excuses; even if you have to move mountains. Simple enough said, a little harder to do.
            >
            > It's not as easy as it sounds; things come up. Some days, you might only be able to get a few minutes of training in; but the point is to do it everyday, no matter what.
            >
            > It doesn't have to be martial arts training either. Whatever it is that you need to really rededicate yourself to: studying, practicing an instrument, walking, watching what you eat; anything - do it every day, without fail.
            >
            > In the past on some forums, people have posted what they've done everyday. I think everyone who's done that has become tired of writing, and the others get tired of reading it. How about you just post if you've had some breakthrough, or you've had to overcome some unusual circumstance to continue your training? Maybe just check in every once in a while to let everyone know you're keeping at it, or to encourage everyone else to keep at it.
            >
            > If you fail, no one will hate you. If you fall off of the wagon, climb back on board. Start anew.
            >
            > For those of you who insist that you really do train everyday anyway, by all means continue and be supportive of the rest of us. For the rest of us who intend to train everyday, but sometimes come up short due to life's propensity for unraveling even the best laid plans, here is an opportunity to put a stake in the ground and show your resolution.
            >
            > Won't you join me?
            >
            > Best Regards
            >
            > Rick
            >




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          • Lisa K
            Sounds better than the alternative, better known, Eat to Die diet that many of us are on. What s it all about? To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com From:
            Message 5 of 26 , Feb 20 2:43 PM
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              Sounds better than the alternative, better known, Eat to Die diet that many of us are on.  What's it all about?


              To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com
              From: pburrows@...
              Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2012 13:33:50 -0500
              Subject: Re: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge

               
              I am going to do the Eat To Live diet as my Lenten Challenge this time around. Ugh.



              --
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              Patrick Burrows
              http://www.CleverHumans.com


              On Sun, Feb 19, 2012 at 8:25 PM, Rick Matz <rickmatz@...> wrote:
               
              For the last several months, I've been wanting to balance out my taijiquan practice which I consider to be a pretty much yin practice, with a yang practice and I've settled on xingyiquan.

              I've been pretty good about practicing every day, with the exception of days that just seem to keep me fully occupied.

              The difference during the Lenten Challenge is that no matter what, I'll just stay up quite a bit later if I must, and get some form of practice done. Period. No excuses.

              It's good to be focused like this every once in a while.


              From: oneof10k2 <ms_jade_li@...>
              To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com
              Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2012 8:19 PM
              Subject: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge

              Have been seriously considering it.  The rowing machine is my training instrument of choice.  What is your plan for training?

              --- In TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com, "Rick M" <rickmatz@...> wrote:
              >
              > Every year, I throw out the Lenten Challenge to my martial arts buddies. It has nothing to do with Christianity or religion. We are simply using this time as a convenient reminder to rededicate ourselves to our training. It's kind of hard to miss either Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras, the last day before Lent, which is also Paczki Day!) or Easter Sunday (Bunnies, candy, colored eggs; that stuff).
              >
              > Several of us have been doing this for years now.
              >
              > The challenge is this: from Ash Wednesday (Feb 22) until the day before Easter (April 7), train every day, without fail, no excuses; even if you have to move mountains. Simple enough said, a little harder to do.
              >
              > It's not as easy as it sounds; things come up. Some days, you might only be able to get a few minutes of training in; but the point is to do it everyday, no matter what.
              >
              > It doesn't have to be martial arts training either. Whatever it is that you need to really rededicate yourself to: studying, practicing an instrument, walking, watching what you eat; anything - do it every day, without fail.
              >
              > In the past on some forums, people have posted what they've done everyday. I think everyone who's done that has become tired of writing, and the others get tired of reading it. How about you just post if you've had some breakthrough, or you've had to overcome some unusual circumstance to continue your training? Maybe just check in every once in a while to let everyone know you're keeping at it, or to encourage everyone else to keep at it.
              >
              > If you fail, no one will hate you. If you fall off of the wagon, climb back on board. Start anew.
              >
              > For those of you who insist that you really do train everyday anyway, by all means continue and be supportive of the rest of us. For the rest of us who intend to train everyday, but sometimes come up short due to life's propensity for unraveling even the best laid plans, here is an opportunity to put a stake in the ground and show your resolution.
              >
              > Won't you join me?
              >
              > Best Regards
              >
              > Rick
              >




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            • Rick Matz
              I was on a diet once. Actually, I was on two diets. I couldn t get enough to eat with the first one. ________________________________ From: P Burrows
              Message 6 of 26 , Feb 20 5:48 PM
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                I was on a diet once. Actually, I was on two diets. I couldn't get enough to eat with the first one.

                From: P Burrows <pburrows@...>
                To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com
                Sent: Monday, February 20, 2012 1:33 PM
                Subject: Re: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge



                I am going to do the Eat To Live diet as my Lenten Challenge this time around. Ugh.


                --
                happier now that I've seen you,

                Patrick Burrows
                http://www.CleverHumans.com


                On Sun, Feb 19, 2012 at 8:25 PM, Rick Matz <rickmatz@...> wrote:
                 

                For the last several months, I've been wanting to balance out my taijiquan practice which I consider to be a pretty much yin practice, with a yang practice and I've settled on xingyiquan.

                I've been pretty good about practicing every day, with the exception of days that just seem to keep me fully occupied.

                The difference during the Lenten Challenge is that no matter what, I'll just stay up quite a bit later if I must, and get some form of practice done. Period. No excuses.

                It's good to be focused like this every once in a while.


                From: oneof10k2 <ms_jade_li@...>
                To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com
                Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2012 8:19 PM
                Subject: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge

                Have been seriously considering it.  The rowing machine is my training instrument of choice.  What is your plan for training?

                --- In TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com, "Rick M" <rickmatz@...> wrote:
                >
                > Every year, I throw out the Lenten Challenge to my martial arts buddies. It has nothing to do with Christianity or religion. We are simply using this time as a convenient reminder to rededicate ourselves to our training. It's kind of hard to miss either Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras, the last day before Lent, which is also Paczki Day!) or Easter Sunday (Bunnies, candy, colored eggs; that stuff).
                >
                > Several of us have been doing this for years now.
                >
                > The challenge is this: from Ash Wednesday (Feb 22) until the day before Easter (April 7), train every day, without fail, no excuses; even if you have to move mountains. Simple enough said, a little harder to do.
                >
                > It's not as easy as it sounds; things come up. Some days, you might only be able to get a few minutes of training in; but the point is to do it everyday, no matter what.
                >
                > It doesn't have to be martial arts training either. Whatever it is that you need to really rededicate yourself to: studying, practicing an instrument, walking, watching what you eat; anything - do it every day, without fail.
                >
                > In the past on some forums, people have posted what they've done everyday. I think everyone who's done that has become tired of writing, and the others get tired of reading it. How about you just post if you've had some breakthrough, or you've had to overcome some unusual circumstance to continue your training? Maybe just check in every once in a while to let everyone know you're keeping at it, or to encourage everyone else to keep at it.
                >
                > If you fail, no one will hate you. If you fall off of the wagon, climb back on board. Start anew.
                >
                > For those of you who insist that you really do train everyday anyway, by all means continue and be supportive of the rest of us. For the rest of us who intend to train everyday, but sometimes come up short due to life's propensity for unraveling even the best laid plans, here is an opportunity to put a stake in the ground and show your resolution.
                >
                > Won't you join me?
                >
                > Best Regards
                >
                > Rick
                >




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              • P Burrows
                Eating lots and lots of veggies, apparently. My doc recommended it to me. There are two documentaries: Forks Over Knives and Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead that
                Message 7 of 26 , Feb 20 6:10 PM
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                  Eating lots and lots of veggies, apparently. My doc recommended it to me. 

                  There are two documentaries: "Forks Over Knives" and "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" that are about this. (as well as the eponymous book) Both movies are currently free on Hulu.


                  --
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                  On Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 5:43 PM, Lisa K <ms_jade_li@...> wrote:
                   

                  Sounds better than the alternative, better known, Eat to Die diet that many of us are on.  What's it all about?


                  To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com
                  From: pburrows@...
                  Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2012 13:33:50 -0500
                  Subject: Re: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge


                   
                  I am going to do the Eat To Live diet as my Lenten Challenge this time around. Ugh.



                  --
                  happier now that I've seen you,

                  Patrick Burrows
                  http://www.CleverHumans.com


                  On Sun, Feb 19, 2012 at 8:25 PM, Rick Matz <rickmatz@...> wrote:
                   
                  For the last several months, I've been wanting to balance out my taijiquan practice which I consider to be a pretty much yin practice, with a yang practice and I've settled on xingyiquan.

                  I've been pretty good about practicing every day, with the exception of days that just seem to keep me fully occupied.

                  The difference during the Lenten Challenge is that no matter what, I'll just stay up quite a bit later if I must, and get some form of practice done. Period. No excuses.

                  It's good to be focused like this every once in a while.


                  From: oneof10k2 <ms_jade_li@...>
                  To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com
                  Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2012 8:19 PM
                  Subject: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge

                  Have been seriously considering it.  The rowing machine is my training instrument of choice.  What is your plan for training?

                  --- In TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com, "Rick M" <rickmatz@...> wrote:
                  >
                  > Every year, I throw out the Lenten Challenge to my martial arts buddies. It has nothing to do with Christianity or religion. We are simply using this time as a convenient reminder to rededicate ourselves to our training. It's kind of hard to miss either Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras, the last day before Lent, which is also Paczki Day!) or Easter Sunday (Bunnies, candy, colored eggs; that stuff).
                  >
                  > Several of us have been doing this for years now.
                  >
                  > The challenge is this: from Ash Wednesday (Feb 22) until the day before Easter (April 7), train every day, without fail, no excuses; even if you have to move mountains. Simple enough said, a little harder to do.
                  >
                  > It's not as easy as it sounds; things come up. Some days, you might only be able to get a few minutes of training in; but the point is to do it everyday, no matter what.
                  >
                  > It doesn't have to be martial arts training either. Whatever it is that you need to really rededicate yourself to: studying, practicing an instrument, walking, watching what you eat; anything - do it every day, without fail.
                  >
                  > In the past on some forums, people have posted what they've done everyday. I think everyone who's done that has become tired of writing, and the others get tired of reading it. How about you just post if you've had some breakthrough, or you've had to overcome some unusual circumstance to continue your training? Maybe just check in every once in a while to let everyone know you're keeping at it, or to encourage everyone else to keep at it.
                  >
                  > If you fail, no one will hate you. If you fall off of the wagon, climb back on board. Start anew.
                  >
                  > For those of you who insist that you really do train everyday anyway, by all means continue and be supportive of the rest of us. For the rest of us who intend to train everyday, but sometimes come up short due to life's propensity for unraveling even the best laid plans, here is an opportunity to put a stake in the ground and show your resolution.
                  >
                  > Won't you join me?
                  >
                  > Best Regards
                  >
                  > Rick
                  >




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                • Rick Matz
                  My favorite vegetable is bacon. ________________________________ From: P Burrows To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com Sent: Monday, February 20,
                  Message 8 of 26 , Feb 20 6:22 PM
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                    My favorite vegetable is bacon.

                    From: P Burrows <pburrows@...>
                    To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com
                    Sent: Monday, February 20, 2012 9:10 PM
                    Subject: Re: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge



                    Eating lots and lots of veggies, apparently. My doc recommended it to me. 

                    There are two documentaries: "Forks Over Knives" and "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" that are about this. (as well as the eponymous book) Both movies are currently free on Hulu.


                    --
                    happier now that I've seen you,

                    Patrick Burrows
                    http://www.CleverHumans.com


                    On Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 5:43 PM, Lisa K <ms_jade_li@...> wrote:
                     

                    Sounds better than the alternative, better known, Eat to Die diet that many of us are on.  What's it all about?


                    To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com
                    From: pburrows@...
                    Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2012 13:33:50 -0500
                    Subject: Re: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge


                     
                    I am going to do the Eat To Live diet as my Lenten Challenge this time around. Ugh.



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                    On Sun, Feb 19, 2012 at 8:25 PM, Rick Matz <rickmatz@...> wrote:
                     
                    For the last several months, I've been wanting to balance out my taijiquan practice which I consider to be a pretty much yin practice, with a yang practice and I've settled on xingyiquan.

                    I've been pretty good about practicing every day, with the exception of days that just seem to keep me fully occupied.

                    The difference during the Lenten Challenge is that no matter what, I'll just stay up quite a bit later if I must, and get some form of practice done. Period. No excuses.

                    It's good to be focused like this every once in a while.


                    From: oneof10k2 <ms_jade_li@...>
                    To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com
                    Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2012 8:19 PM
                    Subject: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge

                    Have been seriously considering it.  The rowing machine is my training instrument of choice.  What is your plan for training?

                    --- In TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com, "Rick M" <rickmatz@...> wrote:
                    >
                    > Every year, I throw out the Lenten Challenge to my martial arts buddies. It has nothing to do with Christianity or religion. We are simply using this time as a convenient reminder to rededicate ourselves to our training. It's kind of hard to miss either Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras, the last day before Lent, which is also Paczki Day!) or Easter Sunday (Bunnies, candy, colored eggs; that stuff).
                    >
                    > Several of us have been doing this for years now.
                    >
                    > The challenge is this: from Ash Wednesday (Feb 22) until the day before Easter (April 7), train every day, without fail, no excuses; even if you have to move mountains. Simple enough said, a little harder to do.
                    >
                    > It's not as easy as it sounds; things come up. Some days, you might only be able to get a few minutes of training in; but the point is to do it everyday, no matter what.
                    >
                    > It doesn't have to be martial arts training either. Whatever it is that you need to really rededicate yourself to: studying, practicing an instrument, walking, watching what you eat; anything - do it every day, without fail.
                    >
                    > In the past on some forums, people have posted what they've done everyday. I think everyone who's done that has become tired of writing, and the others get tired of reading it. How about you just post if you've had some breakthrough, or you've had to overcome some unusual circumstance to continue your training? Maybe just check in every once in a while to let everyone know you're keeping at it, or to encourage everyone else to keep at it.
                    >
                    > If you fail, no one will hate you. If you fall off of the wagon, climb back on board. Start anew.
                    >
                    > For those of you who insist that you really do train everyday anyway, by all means continue and be supportive of the rest of us. For the rest of us who intend to train everyday, but sometimes come up short due to life's propensity for unraveling even the best laid plans, here is an opportunity to put a stake in the ground and show your resolution.
                    >
                    > Won't you join me?
                    >
                    > Best Regards
                    >
                    > Rick
                    >




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                  • P Burrows
                    Pork is the better white meat. -- happier now that I ve seen you, Patrick Burrows http://www.CleverHumans.com
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                      Pork is the better white meat.

                      --
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                      Patrick Burrows
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                      On Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 9:22 PM, Rick Matz <rickmatz@...> wrote:
                       

                      My favorite vegetable is bacon.


                      From: P Burrows <pburrows@...>
                      To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com
                      Sent: Monday, February 20, 2012 9:10 PM

                      Subject: Re: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge



                      Eating lots and lots of veggies, apparently. My doc recommended it to me. 

                      There are two documentaries: "Forks Over Knives" and "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" that are about this. (as well as the eponymous book) Both movies are currently free on Hulu.


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                      On Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 5:43 PM, Lisa K <ms_jade_li@...> wrote:
                       

                      Sounds better than the alternative, better known, Eat to Die diet that many of us are on.  What's it all about?


                      To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com
                      From: pburrows@...
                      Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2012 13:33:50 -0500
                      Subject: Re: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge


                       
                      I am going to do the Eat To Live diet as my Lenten Challenge this time around. Ugh.



                      --
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                      Patrick Burrows
                      http://www.CleverHumans.com


                      On Sun, Feb 19, 2012 at 8:25 PM, Rick Matz <rickmatz@...> wrote:
                       
                      For the last several months, I've been wanting to balance out my taijiquan practice which I consider to be a pretty much yin practice, with a yang practice and I've settled on xingyiquan.

                      I've been pretty good about practicing every day, with the exception of days that just seem to keep me fully occupied.

                      The difference during the Lenten Challenge is that no matter what, I'll just stay up quite a bit later if I must, and get some form of practice done. Period. No excuses.

                      It's good to be focused like this every once in a while.


                      From: oneof10k2 <ms_jade_li@...>
                      To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com
                      Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2012 8:19 PM
                      Subject: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge

                      Have been seriously considering it.  The rowing machine is my training instrument of choice.  What is your plan for training?

                      --- In TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com, "Rick M" <rickmatz@...> wrote:
                      >
                      > Every year, I throw out the Lenten Challenge to my martial arts buddies. It has nothing to do with Christianity or religion. We are simply using this time as a convenient reminder to rededicate ourselves to our training. It's kind of hard to miss either Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras, the last day before Lent, which is also Paczki Day!) or Easter Sunday (Bunnies, candy, colored eggs; that stuff).
                      >
                      > Several of us have been doing this for years now.
                      >
                      > The challenge is this: from Ash Wednesday (Feb 22) until the day before Easter (April 7), train every day, without fail, no excuses; even if you have to move mountains. Simple enough said, a little harder to do.
                      >
                      > It's not as easy as it sounds; things come up. Some days, you might only be able to get a few minutes of training in; but the point is to do it everyday, no matter what.
                      >
                      > It doesn't have to be martial arts training either. Whatever it is that you need to really rededicate yourself to: studying, practicing an instrument, walking, watching what you eat; anything - do it every day, without fail.
                      >
                      > In the past on some forums, people have posted what they've done everyday. I think everyone who's done that has become tired of writing, and the others get tired of reading it. How about you just post if you've had some breakthrough, or you've had to overcome some unusual circumstance to continue your training? Maybe just check in every once in a while to let everyone know you're keeping at it, or to encourage everyone else to keep at it.
                      >
                      > If you fail, no one will hate you. If you fall off of the wagon, climb back on board. Start anew.
                      >
                      > For those of you who insist that you really do train everyday anyway, by all means continue and be supportive of the rest of us. For the rest of us who intend to train everyday, but sometimes come up short due to life's propensity for unraveling even the best laid plans, here is an opportunity to put a stake in the ground and show your resolution.
                      >
                      > Won't you join me?
                      >
                      > Best Regards
                      >
                      > Rick
                      >




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                    • Lisa K
                      Ah I remember streaming video fondly -- before I moved out into the sticks. Might see if netflix has them on disk. To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com From:
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                        Ah I remember streaming video fondly -- before I moved out into the sticks.  Might see if netflix has them on disk. 


                        To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com
                        From: pburrows@...
                        Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2012 21:10:14 -0500
                        Subject: Re: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge

                         
                        Eating lots and lots of veggies, apparently. My doc recommended it to me. 

                        There are two documentaries: "Forks Over Knives" and "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" that are about this. (as well as the eponymous book) Both movies are currently free on Hulu.


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                        On Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 5:43 PM, Lisa K <ms_jade_li@...> wrote:
                         

                        Sounds better than the alternative, better known, Eat to Die diet that many of us are on.  What's it all about?


                        To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com
                        From: pburrows@...
                        Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2012 13:33:50 -0500
                        Subject: Re: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge


                         
                        I am going to do the Eat To Live diet as my Lenten Challenge this time around. Ugh.



                        --
                        happier now that I've seen you,

                        Patrick Burrows
                        http://www.CleverHumans.com


                        On Sun, Feb 19, 2012 at 8:25 PM, Rick Matz <rickmatz@...> wrote:
                         
                        For the last several months, I've been wanting to balance out my taijiquan practice which I consider to be a pretty much yin practice, with a yang practice and I've settled on xingyiquan.

                        I've been pretty good about practicing every day, with the exception of days that just seem to keep me fully occupied.

                        The difference during the Lenten Challenge is that no matter what, I'll just stay up quite a bit later if I must, and get some form of practice done. Period. No excuses.

                        It's good to be focused like this every once in a while.


                        From: oneof10k2 <ms_jade_li@...>
                        To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com
                        Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2012 8:19 PM
                        Subject: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge

                        Have been seriously considering it.  The rowing machine is my training instrument of choice.  What is your plan for training?

                        --- In TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com, "Rick M" <rickmatz@...> wrote:
                        >
                        > Every year, I throw out the Lenten Challenge to my martial arts buddies. It has nothing to do with Christianity or religion. We are simply using this time as a convenient reminder to rededicate ourselves to our training. It's kind of hard to miss either Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras, the last day before Lent, which is also Paczki Day!) or Easter Sunday (Bunnies, candy, colored eggs; that stuff).
                        >
                        > Several of us have been doing this for years now.
                        >
                        > The challenge is this: from Ash Wednesday (Feb 22) until the day before Easter (April 7), train every day, without fail, no excuses; even if you have to move mountains. Simple enough said, a little harder to do.
                        >
                        > It's not as easy as it sounds; things come up. Some days, you might only be able to get a few minutes of training in; but the point is to do it everyday, no matter what.
                        >
                        > It doesn't have to be martial arts training either. Whatever it is that you need to really rededicate yourself to: studying, practicing an instrument, walking, watching what you eat; anything - do it every day, without fail.
                        >
                        > In the past on some forums, people have posted what they've done everyday. I think everyone who's done that has become tired of writing, and the others get tired of reading it. How about you just post if you've had some breakthrough, or you've had to overcome some unusual circumstance to continue your training? Maybe just check in every once in a while to let everyone know you're keeping at it, or to encourage everyone else to keep at it.
                        >
                        > If you fail, no one will hate you. If you fall off of the wagon, climb back on board. Start anew.
                        >
                        > For those of you who insist that you really do train everyday anyway, by all means continue and be supportive of the rest of us. For the rest of us who intend to train everyday, but sometimes come up short due to life's propensity for unraveling even the best laid plans, here is an opportunity to put a stake in the ground and show your resolution.
                        >
                        > Won't you join me?
                        >
                        > Best Regards
                        >
                        > Rick
                        >




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                      • Lisa K
                        Both are now in my netflix queue, where the 2nd is next shipped. It will be a motivator for the next 40 days (starting tomorrow). To: taotalk@yahoogroups.com
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                          Both are now in my netflix queue, where the 2nd is next shipped.  It will be a motivator for the next 40 days (starting tomorrow). 


                          To: taotalk@yahoogroups.com
                          From: ms_jade_li@...
                          Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2012 19:21:18 -0500
                          Subject: RE: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge

                           

                          Ah I remember streaming video fondly -- before I moved out into the sticks.  Might see if netflix has them on disk. 


                          To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com
                          From: pburrows@...
                          Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2012 21:10:14 -0500
                          Subject: Re: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge

                           
                          Eating lots and lots of veggies, apparently. My doc recommended it to me. 

                          There are two documentaries: "Forks Over Knives" and "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" that are about this. (as well as the eponymous book) Both movies are currently free on Hulu.


                          --
                          happier now that I've seen you,

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                          On Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 5:43 PM, Lisa K <ms_jade_li@...> wrote:
                           

                          Sounds better than the alternative, better known, Eat to Die diet that many of us are on.  What's it all about?


                          To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com
                          From: pburrows@...
                          Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2012 13:33:50 -0500
                          Subject: Re: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge


                           
                          I am going to do the Eat To Live diet as my Lenten Challenge this time around. Ugh.



                          --
                          happier now that I've seen you,

                          Patrick Burrows
                          http://www.CleverHumans.com


                          On Sun, Feb 19, 2012 at 8:25 PM, Rick Matz <rickmatz@...> wrote:
                           
                          For the last several months, I've been wanting to balance out my taijiquan practice which I consider to be a pretty much yin practice, with a yang practice and I've settled on xingyiquan.

                          I've been pretty good about practicing every day, with the exception of days that just seem to keep me fully occupied.

                          The difference during the Lenten Challenge is that no matter what, I'll just stay up quite a bit later if I must, and get some form of practice done. Period. No excuses.

                          It's good to be focused like this every once in a while.


                          From: oneof10k2 <ms_jade_li@...>
                          To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com
                          Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2012 8:19 PM
                          Subject: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge

                          Have been seriously considering it.  The rowing machine is my training instrument of choice.  What is your plan for training?

                          --- In TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com, "Rick M" <rickmatz@...> wrote:
                          >
                          > Every year, I throw out the Lenten Challenge to my martial arts buddies. It has nothing to do with Christianity or religion. We are simply using this time as a convenient reminder to rededicate ourselves to our training. It's kind of hard to miss either Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras, the last day before Lent, which is also Paczki Day!) or Easter Sunday (Bunnies, candy, colored eggs; that stuff).
                          >
                          > Several of us have been doing this for years now.
                          >
                          > The challenge is this: from Ash Wednesday (Feb 22) until the day before Easter (April 7), train every day, without fail, no excuses; even if you have to move mountains. Simple enough said, a little harder to do.
                          >
                          > It's not as easy as it sounds; things come up. Some days, you might only be able to get a few minutes of training in; but the point is to do it everyday, no matter what.
                          >
                          > It doesn't have to be martial arts training either. Whatever it is that you need to really rededicate yourself to: studying, practicing an instrument, walking, watching what you eat; anything - do it every day, without fail.
                          >
                          > In the past on some forums, people have posted what they've done everyday. I think everyone who's done that has become tired of writing, and the others get tired of reading it. How about you just post if you've had some breakthrough, or you've had to overcome some unusual circumstance to continue your training? Maybe just check in every once in a while to let everyone know you're keeping at it, or to encourage everyone else to keep at it.
                          >
                          > If you fail, no one will hate you. If you fall off of the wagon, climb back on board. Start anew.
                          >
                          > For those of you who insist that you really do train everyday anyway, by all means continue and be supportive of the rest of us. For the rest of us who intend to train everyday, but sometimes come up short due to life's propensity for unraveling even the best laid plans, here is an opportunity to put a stake in the ground and show your resolution.
                          >
                          > Won't you join me?
                          >
                          > Best Regards
                          >
                          > Rick
                          >




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                        • Lisa K
                          workout 1 complete. Work has been a b lately and the rumination kicked in early this morning. Instead of laying in bed, frustrated I couldn t sleep, I got up
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                            workout 1 complete.  Work has been a b lately and the rumination kicked in early this morning.  Instead of laying in bed, frustrated I couldn't sleep, I got up and did 25 minutes of rowing.  Knowing I'm working late tonight confirmed that this morning was it. 


                            To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com
                            From: pburrows@...
                            Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2012 21:23:20 -0500
                            Subject: Re: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge

                             

                            Pork is the better white meat.

                            --
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                            Patrick Burrows
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                            On Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 9:22 PM, Rick Matz <rickmatz@...> wrote:
                             
                            My favorite vegetable is bacon.


                            From: P Burrows <pburrows@...>
                            To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com
                            Sent: Monday, February 20, 2012 9:10 PM

                            Subject: Re: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge



                            Eating lots and lots of veggies, apparently. My doc recommended it to me. 

                            There are two documentaries: "Forks Over Knives" and "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" that are about this. (as well as the eponymous book) Both movies are currently free on Hulu.


                            --
                            happier now that I've seen you,

                            Patrick Burrows
                            http://www.CleverHumans.com


                            On Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 5:43 PM, Lisa K <ms_jade_li@...> wrote:
                             

                            Sounds better than the alternative, better known, Eat to Die diet that many of us are on.  What's it all about?


                            To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com
                            From: pburrows@...
                            Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2012 13:33:50 -0500
                            Subject: Re: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge


                             
                            I am going to do the Eat To Live diet as my Lenten Challenge this time around. Ugh.



                            --
                            happier now that I've seen you,

                            Patrick Burrows
                            http://www.CleverHumans.com


                            On Sun, Feb 19, 2012 at 8:25 PM, Rick Matz <rickmatz@...> wrote:
                             
                            For the last several months, I've been wanting to balance out my taijiquan practice which I consider to be a pretty much yin practice, with a yang practice and I've settled on xingyiquan.

                            I've been pretty good about practicing every day, with the exception of days that just seem to keep me fully occupied.

                            The difference during the Lenten Challenge is that no matter what, I'll just stay up quite a bit later if I must, and get some form of practice done. Period. No excuses.

                            It's good to be focused like this every once in a while.


                            From: oneof10k2 <ms_jade_li@...>
                            To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com
                            Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2012 8:19 PM
                            Subject: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge

                            Have been seriously considering it.  The rowing machine is my training instrument of choice.  What is your plan for training?

                            --- In TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com, "Rick M" <rickmatz@...> wrote:
                            >
                            > Every year, I throw out the Lenten Challenge to my martial arts buddies. It has nothing to do with Christianity or religion. We are simply using this time as a convenient reminder to rededicate ourselves to our training. It's kind of hard to miss either Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras, the last day before Lent, which is also Paczki Day!) or Easter Sunday (Bunnies, candy, colored eggs; that stuff).
                            >
                            > Several of us have been doing this for years now.
                            >
                            > The challenge is this: from Ash Wednesday (Feb 22) until the day before Easter (April 7), train every day, without fail, no excuses; even if you have to move mountains. Simple enough said, a little harder to do.
                            >
                            > It's not as easy as it sounds; things come up. Some days, you might only be able to get a few minutes of training in; but the point is to do it everyday, no matter what.
                            >
                            > It doesn't have to be martial arts training either. Whatever it is that you need to really rededicate yourself to: studying, practicing an instrument, walking, watching what you eat; anything - do it every day, without fail.
                            >
                            > In the past on some forums, people have posted what they've done everyday. I think everyone who's done that has become tired of writing, and the others get tired of reading it. How about you just post if you've had some breakthrough, or you've had to overcome some unusual circumstance to continue your training? Maybe just check in every once in a while to let everyone know you're keeping at it, or to encourage everyone else to keep at it.
                            >
                            > If you fail, no one will hate you. If you fall off of the wagon, climb back on board. Start anew.
                            >
                            > For those of you who insist that you really do train everyday anyway, by all means continue and be supportive of the rest of us. For the rest of us who intend to train everyday, but sometimes come up short due to life's propensity for unraveling even the best laid plans, here is an opportunity to put a stake in the ground and show your resolution.
                            >
                            > Won't you join me?
                            >
                            > Best Regards
                            >
                            > Rick
                            >




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                          • Rick Matz
                            That s precisely the spirit! ________________________________ From: Lisa K To: taotalk@yahoogroups.com Sent: Wednesday, February 22,
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                              That's precisely the spirit!

                              From: Lisa K <ms_jade_li@...>
                              To: taotalk@yahoogroups.com
                              Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 6:13 AM
                              Subject: RE: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge



                              workout 1 complete.  Work has been a b lately and the rumination kicked in early this morning.  Instead of laying in bed, frustrated I couldn't sleep, I got up and did 25 minutes of rowing.  Knowing I'm working late tonight confirmed that this morning was it. 


                              To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com
                              From: pburrows@...
                              Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2012 21:23:20 -0500
                              Subject: Re: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge

                               

                              Pork is the better white meat.

                              --
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                              Patrick Burrows
                              http://www.CleverHumans.com


                              On Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 9:22 PM, Rick Matz <rickmatz@...> wrote:
                               
                              My favorite vegetable is bacon.


                              From: P Burrows <pburrows@...>
                              To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com
                              Sent: Monday, February 20, 2012 9:10 PM

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                              Eating lots and lots of veggies, apparently. My doc recommended it to me. 

                              There are two documentaries: "Forks Over Knives" and "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" that are about this. (as well as the eponymous book) Both movies are currently free on Hulu.


                              --
                              happier now that I've seen you,

                              Patrick Burrows
                              http://www.CleverHumans.com


                              On Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 5:43 PM, Lisa K <ms_jade_li@...> wrote:
                               

                              Sounds better than the alternative, better known, Eat to Die diet that many of us are on.  What's it all about?


                              To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com
                              From: pburrows@...
                              Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2012 13:33:50 -0500
                              Subject: Re: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge


                               
                              I am going to do the Eat To Live diet as my Lenten Challenge this time around. Ugh.



                              --
                              happier now that I've seen you,

                              Patrick Burrows
                              http://www.CleverHumans.com


                              On Sun, Feb 19, 2012 at 8:25 PM, Rick Matz <rickmatz@...> wrote:
                               
                              For the last several months, I've been wanting to balance out my taijiquan practice which I consider to be a pretty much yin practice, with a yang practice and I've settled on xingyiquan.

                              I've been pretty good about practicing every day, with the exception of days that just seem to keep me fully occupied.

                              The difference during the Lenten Challenge is that no matter what, I'll just stay up quite a bit later if I must, and get some form of practice done. Period. No excuses.

                              It's good to be focused like this every once in a while.


                              From: oneof10k2 <ms_jade_li@...>
                              To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com
                              Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2012 8:19 PM
                              Subject: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge

                              Have been seriously considering it.  The rowing machine is my training instrument of choice.  What is your plan for training?

                              --- In TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com, "Rick M" <rickmatz@...> wrote:
                              >
                              > Every year, I throw out the Lenten Challenge to my martial arts buddies. It has nothing to do with Christianity or religion. We are simply using this time as a convenient reminder to rededicate ourselves to our training. It's kind of hard to miss either Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras, the last day before Lent, which is also Paczki Day!) or Easter Sunday (Bunnies, candy, colored eggs; that stuff).
                              >
                              > Several of us have been doing this for years now.
                              >
                              > The challenge is this: from Ash Wednesday (Feb 22) until the day before Easter (April 7), train every day, without fail, no excuses; even if you have to move mountains. Simple enough said, a little harder to do.
                              >
                              > It's not as easy as it sounds; things come up. Some days, you might only be able to get a few minutes of training in; but the point is to do it everyday, no matter what.
                              >
                              > It doesn't have to be martial arts training either. Whatever it is that you need to really rededicate yourself to: studying, practicing an instrument, walking, watching what you eat; anything - do it every day, without fail.
                              >
                              > In the past on some forums, people have posted what they've done everyday. I think everyone who's done that has become tired of writing, and the others get tired of reading it. How about you just post if you've had some breakthrough, or you've had to overcome some unusual circumstance to continue your training? Maybe just check in every once in a while to let everyone know you're keeping at it, or to encourage everyone else to keep at it.
                              >
                              > If you fail, no one will hate you. If you fall off of the wagon, climb back on board. Start anew.
                              >
                              > For those of you who insist that you really do train everyday anyway, by all means continue and be supportive of the rest of us. For the rest of us who intend to train everyday, but sometimes come up short due to life's propensity for unraveling even the best laid plans, here is an opportunity to put a stake in the ground and show your resolution.
                              >
                              > Won't you join me?
                              >
                              > Best Regards
                              >
                              > Rick
                              >




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                            • Rick M
                              The Lenten Challenge begins ... NOW! Best Regards, Rick http://CookDingsKitchen.blogspot.com
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                                The Lenten Challenge begins ... NOW!


                                Best Regards,

                                Rick
                                http://CookDingsKitchen.blogspot.com
                              • Lisa K
                                No, I won t be posting every day. Day 2. On lunch hour, after eating, walked a big loop in the Veteran s Memorial Park. There is a pond/lagoon that the trail
                                Message 15 of 26 , Feb 23 6:06 PM
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                                  No, I won't be posting every day.
                                  Day 2.  On lunch hour, after eating, walked a big loop in the Veteran's Memorial Park.  There is a pond/lagoon that the trail travels around.  During my 22 minute walk I saw a great blue heron that flew off as I passed by and a very cold robin huddling in a leafless small tree.  When I got back to the office I hit the can.  As I looked in the mirror it was with a pleasant surprise that my cheeks had a very healthy pink glow.  Coworkers were probably convinced it was a 3 martini lunch.


                                  To: taotalk@yahoogroups.com
                                  From: ms_jade_li@...
                                  Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2012 19:58:55 -0500
                                  Subject: RE: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge

                                   

                                  Both are now in my netflix queue, where the 2nd is next shipped.  It will be a motivator for the next 40 days (starting tomorrow). 


                                  To: taotalk@yahoogroups.com
                                  From: ms_jade_li@...
                                  Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2012 19:21:18 -0500
                                  Subject: RE: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge

                                   

                                  Ah I remember streaming video fondly -- before I moved out into the sticks.  Might see if netflix has them on disk. 


                                  To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com
                                  From: pburrows@...
                                  Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2012 21:10:14 -0500
                                  Subject: Re: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge

                                   
                                  Eating lots and lots of veggies, apparently. My doc recommended it to me. 

                                  There are two documentaries: "Forks Over Knives" and "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" that are about this. (as well as the eponymous book) Both movies are currently free on Hulu.


                                  --
                                  happier now that I've seen you,

                                  Patrick Burrows
                                  http://www.CleverHumans.com


                                  On Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 5:43 PM, Lisa K <ms_jade_li@...> wrote:
                                   

                                  Sounds better than the alternative, better known, Eat to Die diet that many of us are on.  What's it all about?


                                  To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com
                                  From: pburrows@...
                                  Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2012 13:33:50 -0500
                                  Subject: Re: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge


                                   
                                  I am going to do the Eat To Live diet as my Lenten Challenge this time around. Ugh.



                                  --
                                  happier now that I've seen you,

                                  Patrick Burrows
                                  http://www.CleverHumans.com


                                  On Sun, Feb 19, 2012 at 8:25 PM, Rick Matz <rickmatz@...> wrote:
                                   
                                  For the last several months, I've been wanting to balance out my taijiquan practice which I consider to be a pretty much yin practice, with a yang practice and I've settled on xingyiquan.

                                  I've been pretty good about practicing every day, with the exception of days that just seem to keep me fully occupied.

                                  The difference during the Lenten Challenge is that no matter what, I'll just stay up quite a bit later if I must, and get some form of practice done. Period. No excuses.

                                  It's good to be focused like this every once in a while.


                                  From: oneof10k2 <ms_jade_li@...>
                                  To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com
                                  Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2012 8:19 PM
                                  Subject: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge

                                  Have been seriously considering it.  The rowing machine is my training instrument of choice.  What is your plan for training?

                                  --- In TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com, "Rick M" <rickmatz@...> wrote:
                                  >
                                  > Every year, I throw out the Lenten Challenge to my martial arts buddies. It has nothing to do with Christianity or religion. We are simply using this time as a convenient reminder to rededicate ourselves to our training. It's kind of hard to miss either Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras, the last day before Lent, which is also Paczki Day!) or Easter Sunday (Bunnies, candy, colored eggs; that stuff).
                                  >
                                  > Several of us have been doing this for years now.
                                  >
                                  > The challenge is this: from Ash Wednesday (Feb 22) until the day before Easter (April 7), train every day, without fail, no excuses; even if you have to move mountains. Simple enough said, a little harder to do.
                                  >
                                  > It's not as easy as it sounds; things come up. Some days, you might only be able to get a few minutes of training in; but the point is to do it everyday, no matter what.
                                  >
                                  > It doesn't have to be martial arts training either. Whatever it is that you need to really rededicate yourself to: studying, practicing an instrument, walking, watching what you eat; anything - do it every day, without fail.
                                  >
                                  > In the past on some forums, people have posted what they've done everyday. I think everyone who's done that has become tired of writing, and the others get tired of reading it. How about you just post if you've had some breakthrough, or you've had to overcome some unusual circumstance to continue your training? Maybe just check in every once in a while to let everyone know you're keeping at it, or to encourage everyone else to keep at it.
                                  >
                                  > If you fail, no one will hate you. If you fall off of the wagon, climb back on board. Start anew.
                                  >
                                  > For those of you who insist that you really do train everyday anyway, by all means continue and be supportive of the rest of us. For the rest of us who intend to train everyday, but sometimes come up short due to life's propensity for unraveling even the best laid plans, here is an opportunity to put a stake in the ground and show your resolution.
                                  >
                                  > Won't you join me?
                                  >
                                  > Best Regards
                                  >
                                  > Rick
                                  >




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                                • oneof10k2
                                  Got my rowing in yesterday and today. Watched, Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead over the past 2 days as well. I bought oldest son a juicer for his birthday a
                                  Message 16 of 26 , Feb 25 7:30 PM
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                                    Got my rowing in yesterday and today. Watched, "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead" over the past 2 days as well. I bought oldest son a juicer for his birthday a couple months back but he gave it back to me, saying he wasn't going to use it and he'd prefer something else. This leaves me with a new juicer sitting in the closet. The movie talks about guys who were pretty far gone with their health and were rejuvenated through juicing. Am hoping that before this Lenten Challenge is over there will be a 10 day juice "fast" under my belt.
                                  • Rick Matz
                                    If you do more than hope , you will. ________________________________ From: oneof10k2 To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com Sent: Saturday,
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                                      If you do more than "hope", you will.

                                      From: oneof10k2 <ms_jade_li@...>
                                      To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com
                                      Sent: Saturday, February 25, 2012 10:30 PM
                                      Subject: [TaoTalk] day 4 Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge

                                      Got my rowing in yesterday and today.  Watched, "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead" over the past 2 days as well.  I bought oldest son a juicer for his birthday a couple months back but he gave it back to me, saying he wasn't going to use it and he'd prefer something else.  This leaves me with a new juicer sitting in the closet.  The movie talks about guys who were pretty far gone with their health and were rejuvenated through juicing.  Am hoping that before this Lenten Challenge is over there will be a 10 day juice "fast" under my belt. 





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                                    • dobador
                                      Hello everyone, I m doing a mental challenge this year. A few years ago I realized that there were some courses I wanted to take but couldn t because I didn t
                                      Message 18 of 26 , Feb 26 2:15 PM
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                                        Hello everyone,
                                        I'm doing a mental challenge this year. A few years ago I realized that there were some courses I wanted to take but couldn't because I didn't have the math background for it. I've been taking courses since then. This past quarter I found myself in a class with people who are very good at calculus. I am not. My challenge is to practice calculus every day this Lent. So far so good.

                                        Stephanie


                                        --- In TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com, Lisa K <ms_jade_li@...> wrote:
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                                        > No, I won't be posting every day.
                                        > Day 2. On lunch hour, after eating, walked a big loop in the Veteran's Memorial Park. There is a pond/lagoon that the trail travels around. During my 22 minute walk I saw a great blue heron that flew off as I passed by and a very cold robin huddling in a leafless small tree. When I got back to the office I hit the can. As I looked in the mirror it was with a pleasant surprise that my cheeks had a very healthy pink glow. Coworkers were probably convinced it was a 3 martini lunch.
                                        >
                                        > To: taotalk@yahoogroups.com
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                                        > --
                                        > happier now that I've seen you,
                                        >
                                        > Patrick Burrows
                                        > http://www.CleverHumans.com
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                                        > Patrick Burrows
                                        > http://www.CleverHumans.com
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                                        > The difference during the Lenten Challenge is that no matter what, I'll just stay up quite a bit later if I must, and get some form of practice done. Period. No excuses.
                                        >
                                        > It's good to be focused like this every once in a while.
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                                        > Have been seriously considering it. The rowing machine is my training instrument of choice. What is your plan for training?
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                                        > > Every year, I throw out the Lenten Challenge to my martial arts buddies. It has nothing to do with Christianity or religion. We are simply using this time as a convenient reminder to rededicate ourselves to our training. It's kind of hard to miss either Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras, the last day before Lent, which is also Paczki Day!) or Easter Sunday (Bunnies, candy, colored eggs; that stuff).
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                                      • oneof10k2
                                        way to go. What courses are coming after calculus??
                                        Message 19 of 26 , Feb 26 3:15 PM
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                                          way to go. What courses are coming after calculus??

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                                          > Hello everyone,
                                          > I'm doing a mental challenge this year. A few years ago I realized that there were some courses I wanted to take but couldn't because I didn't have the math background for it. I've been taking courses since then. This past quarter I found myself in a class with people who are very good at calculus. I am not. My challenge is to practice calculus every day this Lent. So far so good.
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                                          > --- In TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com, Lisa K <ms_jade_li@> wrote:
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                                          > > Day 2. On lunch hour, after eating, walked a big loop in the Veteran's Memorial Park. There is a pond/lagoon that the trail travels around. During my 22 minute walk I saw a great blue heron that flew off as I passed by and a very cold robin huddling in a leafless small tree. When I got back to the office I hit the can. As I looked in the mirror it was with a pleasant surprise that my cheeks had a very healthy pink glow. Coworkers were probably convinced it was a 3 martini lunch.
                                          > >
                                          > > To: taotalk@yahoogroups.com
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                                          > > Have been seriously considering it. The rowing machine is my training instrument of choice. What is your plan for training?
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                                          > > --- In TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com, "Rick M" <rickmatz@> wrote:
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                                          > > > Every year, I throw out the Lenten Challenge to my martial arts buddies. It has nothing to do with Christianity or religion. We are simply using this time as a convenient reminder to rededicate ourselves to our training. It's kind of hard to miss either Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras, the last day before Lent, which is also Paczki Day!) or Easter Sunday (Bunnies, candy, colored eggs; that stuff).
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                                          > > > The challenge is this: from Ash Wednesday (Feb 22) until the day before Easter (April 7), train every day, without fail, no excuses; even if you have to move mountains. Simple
                                          > > enough said, a little harder to do.
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                                          > > > For those of you who insist that you really do train everyday anyway, by all means continue and be supportive of the rest of us. For the rest of us who intend to train everyday, but sometimes come up short due to life's propensity for unraveling even the best laid plans, here is an opportunity to put a stake in the ground and show your resolution.
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                                          Awesome. That is a very cool challenge. What material / coursework are you using to practice? The MIT OpenCourseware stuff? -- happier now that I ve seen you,
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                                            Awesome. That is a very cool challenge. What material / coursework are you using to practice? The MIT OpenCourseware stuff?
                                            --
                                            happier now that I've seen you,

                                            Patrick Burrows
                                            http://www.CleverHumans.com


                                            On Sun, Feb 26, 2012 at 5:15 PM, dobador <StephanieCarlino@...> wrote:
                                             


                                            Hello everyone,
                                            I'm doing a mental challenge this year. A few years ago I realized that there were some courses I wanted to take but couldn't because I didn't have the math background for it. I've been taking courses since then. This past quarter I found myself in a class with people who are very good at calculus. I am not. My challenge is to practice calculus every day this Lent. So far so good.

                                            Stephanie


                                            --- In TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com, Lisa K <ms_jade_li@...> wrote:
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                                            > No, I won't be posting every day.
                                            > Day 2. On lunch hour, after eating, walked a big loop in the Veteran's Memorial Park. There is a pond/lagoon that the trail travels around. During my 22 minute walk I saw a great blue heron that flew off as I passed by and a very cold robin huddling in a leafless small tree. When I got back to the office I hit the can. As I looked in the mirror it was with a pleasant surprise that my cheeks had a very healthy pink glow. Coworkers were probably convinced it was a 3 martini lunch.
                                            >
                                            > To: taotalk@yahoogroups.com
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                                            > happier now that I've seen you,
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                                            > I've been pretty good about practicing every day, with the exception of days that just seem to keep me fully occupied.
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                                            > The difference during the Lenten Challenge is that no matter what, I'll just stay up quite a bit later if I must, and get some form of practice done. Period. No excuses.
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                                            > It's good to be focused like this every once in a while.
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                                            > From: oneof10k2 <ms_jade_li@...>

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                                            > To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com
                                            > Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2012 8:19 PM
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                                            > Have been seriously considering it. The rowing machine is my training instrument of choice. What is your plan for training?
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                                            > --- In TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com, "Rick M" <rickmatz@> wrote:
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                                            > > Every year, I throw out the Lenten Challenge to my martial arts buddies. It has nothing to do with Christianity or religion. We are simply using this time as a convenient reminder to rededicate ourselves to our training. It's kind of hard to miss either Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras, the last day before Lent, which is also Paczki Day!) or Easter Sunday (Bunnies, candy, colored eggs; that stuff).
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                                            > > The challenge is this: from Ash Wednesday (Feb 22) until the day before Easter (April 7), train every day, without fail, no excuses; even if you have to move mountains. Simple
                                            > enough said, a little harder to do.
                                            > >
                                            > > It's not as easy as it sounds; things come up. Some days, you might only be able to get a few minutes of training in; but the point is to do it everyday, no matter what.
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                                            > hate you. If you fall off of the wagon, climb back on board. Start anew.
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                                            > > For those of you who insist that you really do train everyday anyway, by all means continue and be supportive of the rest of us. For the rest of us who intend to train everyday, but sometimes come up short due to life's propensity for unraveling even the best laid plans, here is an opportunity to put a stake in the ground and show your resolution.
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                                            We re a few weeks into the Lenten Challenge and I wondered how everyone was doing with their practice? If you ve fallen off the wagon, then get back on! It s
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                                              We're a few weeks into the Lenten Challenge and I wondered how everyone was doing with their practice?

                                              If you've fallen off the wagon, then get back on! It's as easy as that.

                                              For myself, the last few weeks have been a challenge. Overhauling the main bathroom in the house has been a late winter project. It's been quite a workout climinb up and down ladders, etc.; however the results have been worth it.

                                              I'm not as young as I used to be and am a little beat up as a result.

                                              Keeping with the Lenten Challenge though, I didn't count the physical labor as my work out. I've just stayed up later, stretched out more and am still continuing with my martial arts practice.

                                              The Mrs is starting a new job today. It's full time in retail and she's not going to have the classic 9-5 hours that she was used to in previous jobs. Some days she'll have to start at 7 pm, and on others she'll have to close which won't get her home until around 10 pm. She'll also have to work most weekends.

                                              I'm planning on structuring my training around her schedule. On the early days she'll have to get up at 5:30 which is an hour earlier than I usually get up. I'll just get up with her and I'll have an extra hour every morning to practice. I'll also continue to practice in the evening, so this will be something of a boost for my own training.

                                              Best Regards,
                                              Rick
                                              http://CookDingsKitchen.blogspot.com
                                            • Rick M
                                              The 2012 Lenten Challenge is over! How did you do? Best Regards, Rick http://CookDingsKitchen.blogspot.com
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                                                The 2012 Lenten Challenge is over! How did you do?

                                                Best Regards,

                                                Rick
                                                http://CookDingsKitchen.blogspot.com

                                                --- In TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com, "Rick M" <rickmatz@...> wrote:
                                                >
                                                > Every year, I throw out the Lenten Challenge to my martial arts buddies. It has nothing to do with Christianity or religion. We are simply using this time as a convenient reminder to rededicate ourselves to our training. It's kind of hard to miss either Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras, the last day before Lent, which is also Paczki Day!) or Easter Sunday (Bunnies, candy, colored eggs; that stuff).
                                                >
                                                > Several of us have been doing this for years now.
                                                >
                                                > The challenge is this: from Ash Wednesday (Feb 22) until the day before Easter (April 7), train every day, without fail, no excuses; even if you have to move mountains. Simple enough said, a little harder to do.
                                                >
                                                > It's not as easy as it sounds; things come up. Some days, you might only be able to get a few minutes of training in; but the point is to do it everyday, no matter what.
                                                >
                                                > It doesn't have to be martial arts training either. Whatever it is that you need to really rededicate yourself to: studying, practicing an instrument, walking, watching what you eat; anything - do it every day, without fail.
                                                >
                                                > In the past on some forums, people have posted what they've done everyday. I think everyone who's done that has become tired of writing, and the others get tired of reading it. How about you just post if you've had some breakthrough, or you've had to overcome some unusual circumstance to continue your training? Maybe just check in every once in a while to let everyone know you're keeping at it, or to encourage everyone else to keep at it.
                                                >
                                                > If you fail, no one will hate you. If you fall off of the wagon, climb back on board. Start anew.
                                                >
                                                > For those of you who insist that you really do train everyday anyway, by all means continue and be supportive of the rest of us. For the rest of us who intend to train everyday, but sometimes come up short due to life's propensity for unraveling even the best laid plans, here is an opportunity to put a stake in the ground and show your resolution.
                                                >
                                                > Won't you join me?
                                                >
                                                > Best Regards
                                                >
                                                > Rick
                                                >
                                              • P Burrows
                                                I didn t make it. That no meat diet thing was awful. -- happier now that I ve seen you, Patrick Burrows http://www.CleverHumans.com
                                                Message 23 of 26 , Apr 7, 2012
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                                                  I didn't make it. That "no meat" diet thing was awful.

                                                  --
                                                  happier now that I've seen you,

                                                  Patrick Burrows
                                                  http://www.CleverHumans.com


                                                  On Sat, Apr 7, 2012 at 8:48 AM, Rick M <rickmatz@...> wrote:
                                                   

                                                  The 2012 Lenten Challenge is over! How did you do?

                                                  --- In TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com, "Rick M" <rickmatz@...> wrote:
                                                  >
                                                  > Every year, I throw out the Lenten Challenge to my martial arts buddies. It has nothing to do with Christianity or religion. We are simply using this time as a convenient reminder to rededicate ourselves to our training. It's kind of hard to miss either Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras, the last day before Lent, which is also Paczki Day!) or Easter Sunday (Bunnies, candy, colored eggs; that stuff).
                                                  >
                                                  > Several of us have been doing this for years now.
                                                  >
                                                  > The challenge is this: from Ash Wednesday (Feb 22) until the day before Easter (April 7), train every day, without fail, no excuses; even if you have to move mountains. Simple enough said, a little harder to do.
                                                  >
                                                  > It's not as easy as it sounds; things come up. Some days, you might only be able to get a few minutes of training in; but the point is to do it everyday, no matter what.
                                                  >
                                                  > It doesn't have to be martial arts training either. Whatever it is that you need to really rededicate yourself to: studying, practicing an instrument, walking, watching what you eat; anything - do it every day, without fail.
                                                  >
                                                  > In the past on some forums, people have posted what they've done everyday. I think everyone who's done that has become tired of writing, and the others get tired of reading it. How about you just post if you've had some breakthrough, or you've had to overcome some unusual circumstance to continue your training? Maybe just check in every once in a while to let everyone know you're keeping at it, or to encourage everyone else to keep at it.
                                                  >
                                                  > If you fail, no one will hate you. If you fall off of the wagon, climb back on board. Start anew.
                                                  >
                                                  > For those of you who insist that you really do train everyday anyway, by all means continue and be supportive of the rest of us. For the rest of us who intend to train everyday, but sometimes come up short due to life's propensity for unraveling even the best laid plans, here is an opportunity to put a stake in the ground and show your resolution.
                                                  >
                                                  > Won't you join me?
                                                  >
                                                  > Best Regards
                                                  >
                                                  > Rick
                                                  >


                                                • oneof10k2
                                                  strong start, then quick fizzle. maybe next year. not making excuses, but I ve been extremely active in moving perennials from the old house to the new place,
                                                  Message 24 of 26 , Apr 15, 2012
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                                                    strong start, then quick fizzle. maybe next year.

                                                    not making excuses, but I've been extremely active in moving perennials from the old house to the new place, (that's digging up then digging again to replant) on top of planting seeds in trays for the garden. also strawberry plants, asparagus roots, and a sugar crisp (?) apple sapling arrived that needed planting. finally, I found a ginkgo tree by chance? design? at a local nursery and planting it took a lot of digging. also pruning trees and shrubs at the new house that have had their way with the place for at least a few years. you should see the brush pile!


                                                    --- In TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com, "Rick M" <rickmatz@...> wrote:
                                                    >
                                                    > The 2012 Lenten Challenge is over! How did you do?
                                                    >
                                                    > Best Regards,
                                                    >
                                                    > Rick
                                                    > http://CookDingsKitchen.blogspot.com
                                                    >
                                                    > --- In TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com, "Rick M" <rickmatz@> wrote:
                                                    > >
                                                    > > Every year, I throw out the Lenten Challenge to my martial arts buddies. It has nothing to do with Christianity or religion. We are simply using this time as a convenient reminder to rededicate ourselves to our training. It's kind of hard to miss either Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras, the last day before Lent, which is also Paczki Day!) or Easter Sunday (Bunnies, candy, colored eggs; that stuff).
                                                    > >
                                                    > > Several of us have been doing this for years now.
                                                    > >
                                                    > > The challenge is this: from Ash Wednesday (Feb 22) until the day before Easter (April 7), train every day, without fail, no excuses; even if you have to move mountains. Simple enough said, a little harder to do.
                                                    > >
                                                    > > It's not as easy as it sounds; things come up. Some days, you might only be able to get a few minutes of training in; but the point is to do it everyday, no matter what.
                                                    > >
                                                    > > It doesn't have to be martial arts training either. Whatever it is that you need to really rededicate yourself to: studying, practicing an instrument, walking, watching what you eat; anything - do it every day, without fail.
                                                    > >
                                                    > > In the past on some forums, people have posted what they've done everyday. I think everyone who's done that has become tired of writing, and the others get tired of reading it. How about you just post if you've had some breakthrough, or you've had to overcome some unusual circumstance to continue your training? Maybe just check in every once in a while to let everyone know you're keeping at it, or to encourage everyone else to keep at it.
                                                    > >
                                                    > > If you fail, no one will hate you. If you fall off of the wagon, climb back on board. Start anew.
                                                    > >
                                                    > > For those of you who insist that you really do train everyday anyway, by all means continue and be supportive of the rest of us. For the rest of us who intend to train everyday, but sometimes come up short due to life's propensity for unraveling even the best laid plans, here is an opportunity to put a stake in the ground and show your resolution.
                                                    > >
                                                    > > Won't you join me?
                                                    > >
                                                    > > Best Regards
                                                    > >
                                                    > > Rick
                                                    > >
                                                    >
                                                  • Rick Matz
                                                    Maybe next year, you ll make the challenge about your yard. ________________________________ From: oneof10k2 To:
                                                    Message 25 of 26 , Apr 15, 2012
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                                                      Maybe next year, you'll make the challenge about your yard.

                                                      From: oneof10k2 <ms_jade_li@...>
                                                      To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com
                                                      Sent: Sunday, April 15, 2012 9:21 PM
                                                      Subject: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge

                                                      strong start, then quick fizzle.  maybe next year.

                                                      not making excuses, but I've been extremely active in moving perennials from the old house to the new place, (that's digging up then digging again to replant) on top of planting seeds in trays for the garden.  also strawberry plants, asparagus roots, and a sugar crisp (?) apple sapling arrived that needed planting.  finally, I found a ginkgo tree by chance?  design?  at a local nursery and planting it took a lot of digging.  also pruning trees and shrubs at the new house that have had their way with the place for at least a few years.  you should see the brush pile!


                                                      --- In TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com, "Rick M" <rickmatz@...> wrote:
                                                      >
                                                      > The 2012 Lenten Challenge is over! How did you do?
                                                      >
                                                      > Best Regards,
                                                      >
                                                      > Rick
                                                      > http://CookDingsKitchen.blogspot.com
                                                      >
                                                      > --- In TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com, "Rick M" <rickmatz@> wrote:
                                                      > >
                                                      > > Every year, I throw out the Lenten Challenge to my martial arts buddies. It has nothing to do with Christianity or religion. We are simply using this time as a convenient reminder to rededicate ourselves to our training. It's kind of hard to miss either Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras, the last day before Lent, which is also Paczki Day!) or Easter Sunday (Bunnies, candy, colored eggs; that stuff).
                                                      > >
                                                      > > Several of us have been doing this for years now.
                                                      > >
                                                      > > The challenge is this: from Ash Wednesday (Feb 22) until the day before Easter (April 7), train every day, without fail, no excuses; even if you have to move mountains. Simple enough said, a little harder to do.
                                                      > >
                                                      > > It's not as easy as it sounds; things come up. Some days, you might only be able to get a few minutes of training in; but the point is to do it everyday, no matter what.
                                                      > >
                                                      > > It doesn't have to be martial arts training either. Whatever it is that you need to really rededicate yourself to: studying, practicing an instrument, walking, watching what you eat; anything - do it every day, without fail.
                                                      > >
                                                      > > In the past on some forums, people have posted what they've done everyday. I think everyone who's done that has become tired of writing, and the others get tired of reading it. How about you just post if you've had some breakthrough, or you've had to overcome some unusual circumstance to continue your training? Maybe just check in every once in a while to let everyone know you're keeping at it, or to encourage everyone else to keep at it.
                                                      > >
                                                      > > If you fail, no one will hate you. If you fall off of the wagon, climb back on board. Start anew.
                                                      > >
                                                      > > For those of you who insist that you really do train everyday anyway, by all means continue and be supportive of the rest of us. For the rest of us who intend to train everyday, but sometimes come up short due to life's propensity for unraveling even the best laid plans, here is an opportunity to put a stake in the ground and show your resolution.
                                                      > >
                                                      > > Won't you join me?
                                                      > >
                                                      > > Best Regards
                                                      > >
                                                      > > Rick
                                                      > >
                                                      >




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                                                      yep To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com From: rickmatz@yahoo.com Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2012 18:28:31 -0700 Subject: Re: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge Maybe next
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                                                        yep


                                                        To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com
                                                        From: rickmatz@...
                                                        Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2012 18:28:31 -0700
                                                        Subject: Re: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge

                                                         
                                                        Maybe next year, you'll make the challenge about your yard.


                                                        From: oneof10k2 <ms_jade_li@...>
                                                        To: TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com
                                                        Sent: Sunday, April 15, 2012 9:21 PM
                                                        Subject: [TaoTalk] Re: 2012 Lenten Challenge

                                                        strong start, then quick fizzle.  maybe next year.

                                                        not making excuses, but I've been extremely active in moving perennials from the old house to the new place, (that's digging up then digging again to replant) on top of planting seeds in trays for the garden.  also strawberry plants, asparagus roots, and a sugar crisp (?) apple sapling arrived that needed planting.  finally, I found a ginkgo tree by chance?  design?  at a local nursery and planting it took a lot of digging.  also pruning trees and shrubs at the new house that have had their way with the place for at least a few years.  you should see the brush pile!


                                                        --- In TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com, "Rick M" <rickmatz@...> wrote:
                                                        >
                                                        > The 2012 Lenten Challenge is over! How did you do?
                                                        >
                                                        > Best Regards,
                                                        >
                                                        > Rick
                                                        > http://CookDingsKitchen.blogspot.com
                                                        >
                                                        > --- In TaoTalk@yahoogroups.com, "Rick M" <rickmatz@> wrote:
                                                        > >
                                                        > > Every year, I throw out the Lenten Challenge to my martial arts buddies. It has nothing to do with Christianity or religion. We are simply using this time as a convenient reminder to rededicate ourselves to our training. It's kind of hard to miss either Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras, the last day before Lent, which is also Paczki Day!) or Easter Sunday (Bunnies, candy, colored eggs; that stuff).
                                                        > >
                                                        > > Several of us have been doing this for years now.
                                                        > >
                                                        > > The challenge is this: from Ash Wednesday (Feb 22) until the day before Easter (April 7), train every day, without fail, no excuses; even if you have to move mountains. Simple enough said, a little harder to do.
                                                        > >
                                                        > > It's not as easy as it sounds; things come up. Some days, you might only be able to get a few minutes of training in; but the point is to do it everyday, no matter what.
                                                        > >
                                                        > > It doesn't have to be martial arts training either. Whatever it is that you need to really rededicate yourself to: studying, practicing an instrument, walking, watching what you eat; anything - do it every day, without fail.
                                                        > >
                                                        > > In the past on some forums, people have posted what they've done everyday. I think everyone who's done that has become tired of writing, and the others get tired of reading it. How about you just post if you've had some breakthrough, or you've had to overcome some unusual circumstance to continue your training? Maybe just check in every once in a while to let everyone know you're keeping at it, or to encourage everyone else to keep at it.
                                                        > >
                                                        > > If you fail, no one will hate you. If you fall off of the wagon, climb back on board. Start anew.
                                                        > >
                                                        > > For those of you who insist that you really do train everyday anyway, by all means continue and be supportive of the rest of us. For the rest of us who intend to train everyday, but sometimes come up short due to life's propensity for unraveling even the best laid plans, here is an opportunity to put a stake in the ground and show your resolution.
                                                        > >
                                                        > > Won't you join me?
                                                        > >
                                                        > > Best Regards
                                                        > >
                                                        > > Rick
                                                        > >
                                                        >




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