Bat Fit Challenge 2016

Bat Fit 2016

Bat Fit logo by Franny Z.

Today is the first day of 2016 and I am ready for a big change.  This is the second year I’m participating in Bat Fit, thanks to the lovely Franny at The Curious Professor Z.  It’s nice to be part of a community (especially a goth community) that’s working to improve their health and well-being.

Last year started off well with my resolutions, but by summer they had all gone out the window.  The only resolution that I was consistent in was improving my blog.  I’m disappointed in myself, but I won’t let that stop me from trying again this year.

This year my health will be my top priority.  I HAVE to work on my health.  At age 42, my body isn’t as resilient as it once was and I need to work on my overall wellness.  Even though I fell off the wagon with yoga, I did love to practice yoga and even for that short time, I noticed a difference in how I felt.

Here are 3 things that I’ll be working on this year:

1.  Back to yoga.  Last year, I started out taking hot Bikram yoga before changing course to hot Vinyasa yoga.  Bikram yoga was okay; I felt a difference in my body.  But the instructor at that particular studio was condescending and not very welcoming.  I then switched to a different studio where they taught Vinyasa yoga.  The rude Bikram yoga instructor ended up doing my a huge favor, because I absolutely LOVE hot Vinyasa yoga.  Not only did my body feel better and increased my flexibility (something I desperately need), but it also helped me to sleep better and increase my water intake.  Going to hot yoga without being fully hydrated is a bad idea.  I also noticed that practicing yoga helped everything else fall into place.

 

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This Instagram pic was taken in February 2015. I started out right, then fizzled.

 

2.  Back to the drawing board.  I mean this literally.  I want to get back into drawing and I’m going to start slow.  Since I’ve always drawn, this is an area where I come up with big ideas and not follow through.  I need to be patient with myself and just start simply.  The big ideas for a work of art will come naturally with practice.

 

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My big ass, coffee table-sized sketchbook

 

3.  Back to simplicity.  My third goal is to simplify my life in general.  I’m currently working on streamlining my wardrobe and getting rid of useless stuff.  I did this 2 years ago, but I didn’t stick with it.  This year, I want to simplify and stop buying more useless crap.  I really do have enough stuff – more than enough.

 

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Yikes. Please don’t judge me.

 

One thing I noticed about blogging is, not only do I love to do it, but it also helps me to keep on top of things.  Blogging is the only resolution that I kept from last year.  Since I post themes every month (such as the OOTD posts inspired by birthstones), this will help me in tracking my progress in health and fitness.  So you can expect to see more posts on healthy food, healthy drinks, and my journey in simplification.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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Bat Fit Challenge 2015

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Bat Fit logo by Franny Z.

Happy New Year’s Day!  It’s finally 2015 and I am ready to start the new year.  The last six months of 2014 have been rough and for the past 2 years, I’ve been feeling broken down and mentally exhausted.  I’m ready to change things up and start really taking care of myself.  So, I decided to participate in the Bat Fit Challenge, started by Franny over at her blog, The Curious Professor Z.  This is the first year I’m participating and the theme is: Nourishment.

Here are 4 things that I want to work on this year.  I’m only focusing on 4 because of my fear of failure.  I’m a person that if I have too many goals, I achieve nothing.  So, I’m choosing 4 things to be my top priority:

1. Drink more water. A critical ingredient for nourishment, I have this horrible habit of drinking anything but water: soda (the worst), tea, coffee, wine, juice, etc.  Everything but just water.  This is not good and it’s something I want need to change.  My goal will be to drink no less than 64 oz. (about 1.9 liters) of water, everyday.  I have no intentions of cutting out tea, coffee, wine or juice (I will eventually cut back on soda), but these shouldn’t replace water.  If I’m getting enough plain water, I can still drink whatever I want (within reason, of course).

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Animals drink nothing but water (usually). Why is this so hard for me to do?

 

2. Get more sleep.  Another critical ingredient for nourishment is adequate rest.  I have not been sleeping well and it’s been showing on my face – especially under my eyes.  Not only that, but I really do feel better when I’ve had enough sleep (usually on my days off).  My goal is to get to bed by midnight. As a night owl, this is early for me, but I don’t have much choice since I work during the day.  I used to keep a dream journal many moons ago and I would like to start one up again.  But in order to remember my dreams, I need to get at least 7 hours of sleep.

3. Strengthen my core. There’s a reason why your torso (core) is so important.  Movements are based on one’s core, which means this will be crucial in improving my dance technique.  Having a strong core will also help to achieve the beautiful, fluid arm movements that I’m working towards.  My goal for this one is to dance at least 3 times a week, consistently (which will include my dance class on Saturdays), along with doing core-building exercises (sit-ups, the plank, etc.).

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I don’t mind my fat, but I would also love to show some muscles. I know they’re in there somewhere!

 

4. Improve my blog.  I included this because there’s a lot of room for improvement on my blog.  One thing that I’ve started doing is posting on a more consistent schedule.  My goal is to post roughly 3 to 4 times a week.  Before, I would post every other day, then sometimes a week later, then sometimes 2 weeks later.  Then life got depressing and I left a 3-month gap in between posts.  Not good.  But this will be the easiest out of the 4 things to implement, since I’ve already started doing this.  I’ve even added a new category: Health & Fitness.

Thank you and many hugs to Franny (aka “Professor Z”) for starting the Bat Fit Challenge.  These were goals I already had in mind, but it’s a lot more fun doing this as a community.  Here’s to being healthy, whether you’re a goth or not.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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Back to Business – New Year's Resolutions

My last post was in August of 2013.  Pitiful!  I usually don’t do New Year’s Resolutions (see, I’m already a week late) because I usually fail.  But I need to make some changes and get my butt in gear.  I only have 2 resolutions:

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1.  Work work work on my dance technique.  I’m doing better with speed, but I seriously need to tighten up my moves.  I can’t stand seeing myself on video (which is horrible since my art form is visual and kinetic), but what I saw was not too good.  The moves are sloppy and not very good; I can do so much better.  At least I have the jiggle!

2.  I STILL need to get rid of stuff.  My home is cluttered and it’s driving me nuts.  Why is it so hard for me to get rid of stuff?

I had a third one (sketch and draw more) but I may have to let that go at the moment.  I’ll explain more in another post.

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We’ll see how well I do.  If I can keep these 2 resolutions, then I think I’ll be good.  But #1 is important (which is why it’s #1) because now I’m doing more dance solos and I have got to get better.  And on that note, here are a couple of more photos of me.  I’m getting ready to perform for my BFF, Zarily (also known as “Z” on my blog) for a New Year’s Eve party she put together.

Does having New Year’s resolutions help you?  Are they a waste of time?  Share in the comments.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise