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Jun 19

How I Was Beaten by Yoga X

Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 in Exercise

P90X is a killer workout routine and I am not even doing it the way it’s intended to be done. I am only incorporating it into my existing workout schedule and doing it once a week. This week I did YogaX and was floored at how hard it was. I didn’t even finish the whole workout because I was feeling light headed and sick. I have done almost all the other P90X workouts and was surprised that yoga beat me. I used to do yoga every day! I went out on the Internet and searched for common experiences with which to sooth my battered pride and found plenty. At least I am not the only one.

Realization: Yoga X is hard

Anyone who has tried P90X knows just how hard Yoga X is. Out of the 12 DVDs included in the program, its the longest workout 1.5 hours, and it is also one of the most difficult because youre working muscles in a whole new way. Its not about quick bursts of power or reps and sets— yoga is about slow and fluid transitions between movements. Its also about holding poses for extended periods of time.

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No shit it’s hard. And maybe I’d forgotten that yoga is indeed very challenging if you are doing it the right way and challenging yourself to push it to the next level. Sure you can stand in Warrior pose and be comfortable, but if you put your legs just a bit farther apart and your body a bit lower to the ground, you’ll feel it more.

So yes, YogaX kicked my ass. And no, I will not let that beat me. I’ll try it again and I will finish it next time!

Jun 9

French & American Measuring Spoons

Posted on Saturday, June 9, 2012 in Food, French

My mom sent me a recipe for homemade tortilla chips in French today, I suppose to help me practice my reading comprehension. And that is fun! But there was one thing I couldn’t quite understand in the recipe. The recipe measures things in “cuillères à soupe” and “cuillères à café”. I was a bit befuddled over that. Spoons for soup and spoons for coffee? What? So I researched and this artile about the differences (and ultimately similarities) of French & American measuring spoons. Turns out that cuillères à soupe is the equivalent of the American tablespoon and cuillères à café is the equivalent of the American teaspoon. Simple!

Jun 9

French Study Update

Posted on Saturday, June 9, 2012 in French, Second Language Acquisition

French studies are going well! My grammar and verb review is progressing very well. I’m reviewing concepts I haven’t studied in detail for years. I’ve been diving into an in-depth review of irregular verbs, passe compose past participles, reflexive verbs, definite articles, indefinite articles, possessive pronouns, negating sentences, and more.

Even though these are all languauge concepts that I have previously mastered, I think it’s worthwhile review going on. Why bother with these things? Well for one I haven’t studied them in detail since high school? Research suggests revisitng concepts over time helps reinforce and more deeply learn concepts. Another reason is that I spent many years letting grammatical accuracy be trumped for fluency and there are real possibilities that there may be things I have been doing improperly for years and I do not want to fossilize any grammar inaccuracies. A teacher cannot be cemented into errors.

Revisiting these concepts with an adult mind also makes me more focused on details. Instead of learning a new concept and doing a few exercises and then forgetting them I am understanding why things are the way they are. An example is the many verbs with spelling changes in their conjugations. While I always knew verbs like acheter, esperer, payer, manger and commencer  have spelling changes, I didn’t understand why phonetically. Approaching these verbs with a more mature mind that is more focused on a real goal helps me not brush past these concepts and focus more on understanding them.

Another facet I have found to be advantageous about reviewing this stuff is while I review I start to formulate plans on how I would present these concepts to a class full of beginning language learners. Therefore my reviews are dual purposed, I am reviewing concepts that I haven’t for years and also rehearsing in my mind how I will present these concepts to  beginning students.  Overall a good exercise!

I have enjoyed two French Movie Night Friday’s. I’ve watched Le Chevre and Les Noms des Gens. This is my favorite night of the week for many reasons.

So oui, mes etudes vont tres bien!

Jun 7

Bluebird Lane

Posted on Thursday, June 7, 2012 in General, Life, Web

My friend Angela has started a blog about life and happenings on Bluebird Lane. I’m happy she’s started a blog because blogging is a great way to sort out thoughts and introspect a little. Love you girl, welcome to blogging!