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Sports: as fit as a cello

Posted by Alice Challet - alicethefrog on May 24, 2011

I am lazy: those of you who know me personally will be keenly aware of this, and the rest should catch on pretty quickly. One of my favourite things in the world is going to bed to sleep, or staying IN bed in the morning, just lying there knowing you could get up, but deciding to stay there “just five more minutes”. And up until very recently most of my other favourite things were food related, with one notable exception: reading. None of these passtimes can really be described as physically challenging, unless you count climbing over rocks and into trees in order to find the best reading spots.

As a matter of fact, I hated sports and exercising in general, I couldn’t stand it and I couldn’t see the point of it. Admittedly when I was in school I was a bit of a lump, to the point that running was just a long wobbly ordeal, and the tought of me jumping high or low was a joke. Being a lump also meant I was very very aware of the way I looked (not in a good way), and I didn’t want the aggravation of being viscid and smelly. It just so happened unfortunately that my PE teacher at the time was very fond of running, or rather: making us poor pupils run, while he bounced pebbles off a wall. I grew (or rather did not but stayed short and chubby) to hate the track around which we ran and ran. It was a relief when I changed schools and got to try out new varieties of physical exertion, but alas, hopeless: it was ruled out I had no aptitude for table tennis and someone dropped me while lowering me down from a climbing wall.

I am glad to say though, this sad state of affairs is now happily over. Two years ago I started learning karate, and it’s brilliant! I’m won’t write a whole tribute to karate right now, but sufficient to say it’s reconciled me with sports. Now if I don’t exercise, I end up feeling restless and a bit guilty. It’s just become something to enjoy alongside cooking and sleeping and reading. I actually enjoy those things more now I know I won’t turn back into a lump even if I indulge in a couple of patisseries or spend an extra five minutes (to an hour) asleep.

OK, perhaps I’m not exactly as fit as a fiddle, I’ll never be a major athlete, and I know even the local newspaper’s sports supplement won’t come knocking at my door for an interview any time soon, but I certainly intend to continue karate and to take up running more seriously. My mam bought me a pair of running shoes on friday (the highlight of my weekend), and someday in the far distant future, maybe I could do the Great North Run. Wouldn’t that be awesome?

In the meantime, at least the sticky horrid wobbliness has mostly gone. As I was making my way back from training yesterday, some guys drove by and whistled and whooped at me. I know my feminist side should be horrified and outraged at that blatant lack of respect for me as a woman, but I can’t say I didn’t smile a little.

Anyway: pancakes tonight!


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Un-New-year’s resolutions for today.

Posted by Alice Challet - alicethefrog on November 9, 2010

Why is it, that every one or two weeks, I have to give myself a shake and say: “come on girl, open your books and study!”?

After all, my official social status (other than single) is : student. So why, Why WHY? It feels like it is January the first every second day and every second day I have to make new resolutions. Well, not new – the same, in fact. Study more, eat less, spend less… and just generally be more reasonable. Obviously not as easy as it sounds. I don’t know what it is which makes me put my books aside every day for a few minutes and then forget about them for several hours. It isn’t for lack of motivation I am sure. This year for the first time in a very long time I have a very good reason to work hard, a short-term project (passing ESIT admissions exams) for a long-term goal (getting what I want out of life). Nor is it because I don’t like what i study. Admittedly there are a couple of subjects or lecturers with which I have some difficulty, but overall I like my course, and there is never want for homework, even just in the subjects I really enjoy! So what is it then. My mam could tell you in a second, and really, even I have a bad feeling I know what it is: laziness.

Ouch. It hurts a little. But I will not use this as an excuse to give up and moan about my uselessness for the next couple of hours. Instead, I will be productive and get some bloody work done. Where shall I start? I have many things to do, and actually, I will write a list, and come and tick things off it when they’re done! Aha! There’s a way of ensuring I study properly, since I would not like to disappoint you, dear reader, and will complete all those over the next couple of days (I hope)

-Catch up on last week’s lessons which I missed to stay with my sister in hospital

– Get started on my presentation on Bulgarian folk music, dancing and singing. I must establish a plan for the presentation, decide which general aspects I will approach and how. Shall I make this small group of not necessarily very dynamic people dance? It would certainly make a change from our usual lessons which mainly consist of us sitting round a computer looking at pictures.

-Do my russian homework.

-Translation from German to French

-Finish my translation project for LudoLangue. I have added the link here but they seem to have website difficulties at the moment. I’ll probably write a post about them. their work is well worth it. I’m doing some French => English translation for them, but not nearly regularly enough. If I don’t do it now, they might write me off as useless…

Finish reading “Das Treibhaus”. Yes I know, I was supposed to have done that ages ago.

-Fill in the required forms so I can get paid in December (very important)

– Re-boot my computer completely and install a parallel Ubuntu system to the Windows I am currently using and which of course belongs to the soul-destroying company called Microsoft (or so I have been told)

– Sort out my room and put posters on the walls.

-Write a piece about my grandma


-Go to the loo (necessary to mention at this point, and wil very soon be ticked off the list)

So basically nothing too unpleasant. I’ll keep you posted!

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