27 avril 2020. Week 2 Recap. The Quest – 30 Days to a Handstand & It’s a Project Karen – Like Your Quilts. A 3 Minute Read.

What are you doing during the pause to keep yourself centered?  Let me know in the comments.  Please share, I’d really like to know.  Are you a quilter, a crafter, a baker, a reader, a runner…

Week 2 of the quest!  Let’s go! Don’t fall.  La semaine 2 de ma quête!  Allons-y! Ne tombe pas

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Disclaimer:  The camera catches the hold – fast shutter – no hold over 1 second was had.

Seriously Karen, it’s a Project – Like Your Quilts –

Said with major sarcasm and an eye roll.

Putting together the carefully pieced blocks – to form the quilt – my own quilt – my handstand.  Each daily workout carefully selected from my stash and placed with other scraps pulled from the stash to form the final project – my quilt – my handstand.

Like a carefully planned quilt, I’ve planned out my handstand.  Each week’s practice drills designed to compliment and build on the next, just like the pieces of a quilt.

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Karen’s latest quilt in various stages.  Now that’s a project.

Karen’s Quilts – 

Karen is the quintessential southern belle, beauty, brains and heart.  Growing up in Alabama, with strong female role models, Karen developed into a beautiful well rounded woman.

She merged self, marriage, motherhood, and career and made it look easy.  She makes a lot of things look easy – namely her quilts.

As proclaimed in the famous song “You Shook Me All Night Long”, by the group AC/DC, she’s Knockin’ me out with those American thighs, recently winning 3rd place in our county quilt show.  Her king size entry – lattice bones, was made as a gift for her son and daughter-in-law.

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Lattice Bones – now that’s talent! 

Whether it’s a quilt or a handstand, we all need a goal – something to work toward.  Developing ourselves, uniquely and individually.  Diversity over sameness.

I tend to drift from one project to the next never really sticking to one, but exploring each with great energy and excitement.  I truly admire those who tend to their passions, hobbies, and projects with kindness, patience, and dedication.

This week as I continue to piece together my handstand, I’ll recall the time and energy you devoted to your quilt –  hoping my project will be as beautiful.

Putting together the carefully pieced blocks – to form the quilt – my own quilt – my handstand.  Each daily workout carefully selected from my stash and placed with other scraps pulled from the stash to form the final project – my quilt – my handstand.

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Disclaimer:  The camera catches the hold – fast shutter – no hold over 1 second was had.

Week 2 Recap –

Day 8.  04/20/2020.  Practiced slowing down the momentum.  This is going to be hard.  Attempted to go from a downward facing dog straight up into a handstand.  I was NOT able to press up with out a big kick-up.

Day 9.  04/21/2020. Feeling stronger.  Practice, practice, practice.  Able to hold the reverse wall holds for 15 seconds (3 sets).  These are super hard.

Day 10. 04/22/2020.  Seeing much growth.  Excited!  I’m able to easily with momentum enter a handstand up and onto the door and can now do one from downward facing dog with just one bent knee and a little hop.

Day 11.  04/23/2020. Again mid-week I’m TIRED.  Managed to do the exercises and practice sets.  Not seeing much growth today.

Day 12.  04/24/2020.  More energy this Friday compared to last Friday.  Moved away from the door.  Held a few handstands for maybe 1 second outside in the sunshine.

Day 13.  04/25/2020.  Tired.  Managed to get through the drills.  But did not have the strength to do the L shaped kick-ups.  Did 4 handstands on the wall to work on arm strength.

Day 14.  04/26/2020.  Resting today.  Light weights for the arms.  Yoga relief.

Plan for week 3:  Continue to caution self to not rush and to work through the entire process – give it time.  Work on handstand in yard.  Pushing toes to the sky.  Strength training and press up practice (like that’s ever going to happen).

Focus:  Push up completely through the shoulders.  Toes to the sky.  Abs in control.  Connecting the mind and body – form.

What are you doing during the pause to keep yourself centered?  Let me know in the comments.  Please share, I’d really like to know.  Are you a crafter, a baker, a reader, a runner…

Don’t forget to come back next week for week 3.

16 Comments

  1. Love it! So brave to show us all how you are daring to do handstands! Not so brave for me during lockdown – sewing, knitting, gardening, baking, eating, scrabble championships, trying not to go totally crazy!

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    1. I love your crafts – I wish I could sew. I really want to try making a quilt one day. It’s been interesting to see how everyone has adapted during this. I’ve been in awe of the innovations. Nice to hear from you.

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  2. I SO cannot do a handstand. You have my absolute respect. I am running 5k each day and walking 10k with the dogs. Those combined use over an hour. But that’s no different to normal. I bake but I always bake. So what is new in my world. We have quadrupled the size of our veg patch and I am bringing on tomatoes (7 varieties), peppers (bell, long and 5 different hot varieties), tomatillos, okra, cauliflower, carrots, fingerling potatoes, shallots, garlic (France – I can’t get back to you but boy I can pretend I’m there), leeks, celeriac, peas,zucchini and squash. We will have FAR too much if all goes to plan so the plan is to donate all surplus in boxes to the food banks of Boston and the poorer reaches of our State. And I’m cooking an idea to try and replicate the Restaurant du Cœur model that feeds the homeless and neediest in France right here in Massachusetts. I’m going to take it to the top and see if I can get our Governor’s wife on board. She is highly motivated toward ending poverty and has set up a fantastic fund to help the hard hit of our State. Even in a crisis we can think of others and this is a moment to really stretch and see what we can achieve. 💫

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    1. What a fantastic idea – restaurant du cœur! I hope to hear more about this! Ah the garden – yes, ours goes in this weekend. I love to have a fresh salad garden with fresh herbs. Yours does sound massive! The fingerling potatoes – my favorite. I’ve been running just once a week – thinking I’ll pick it up this week to twice. So nice to run with no races planned – just to run. Missing France a lot lately – hoping our next trip can be planned soon. Stay safe and good luck with the garden.

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  3. Those handstands are amazing Suz. I am a runner. And I have revived some old lost pastimes of writing hand written letters. Plus pulled out my little stamp collection that has been collecting dust for decades. Karen’s quilts are so amazing.
    Have seen on social media people doing the handstands and taking off or putting on a shirt. It looks so hard. Hope you are doing well! 🙂

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    1. Hi there Carl – good to hear from you especially during these crazy times. Love the handwritten letters idea. I did a blog post on that a while back. It’s so fun getting mail. I’m doing fine – ready for all of this to end. Hoping to connect with your group in 2021 for the Monarch run – only time will tell. Please be safe – spring should be sprung up there for you – enjoy the warming weather.

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      1. It certainly is very interesting times. That is so cool that you are considering the Monarch Ultra in 2021. Our plan for this year is to finish the documentary. If all goes well it is due to be ready by August / September 2020. We hope to have community screenings should the pandemic be under control by this fall. Everything still is week by week here in Canada, and I’m sure the same where you are. Please take care Suz, and keep safe! 🙏😀

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