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2012 Lenten Challenge Update

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  • Rick M
    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
    Message 1 of 26 , Mar 12, 2012
      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
      Message 2 of 26 , Apr 7, 2012
        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 3 of 26 , Apr 7, 2012
          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 4 of 26 , Apr 15, 2012
            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 5 of 26 , Apr 15, 2012
              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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            • Lisa K
              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
              Message 6 of 26 , Apr 15, 2012
                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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