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Feb. 28th, 2014

Proof that some repeated advertisement works on me.  After several weeks of seeing the commercials for Daily Burn on Hulu+, I decided to give it a shot.  I haven't been to bellydance since before Christmas, and I was having such a hard time with my back and my feet when I was going that it was really painful.  I have been wanting something I can do at home that will be good for mobility and joint strength, where I can work in smaller doses than a typical hour class.  Daily Burn suggested it's True Beginner program for me, and I just finished Day 10.  It's great.  Really great.  I have pretty much told everyone I know how much I love it already.  What I love more than the workout though, is the trainer.  As far as I can tell, this is his only program on Daily Burn, but I hope they change that.  He's positive and affirming and reminds you throughout each day that you it might be basic, but it's not easy, that showing up is the hardest challenge and you've already met it, and he says things like "shine your heart open" which sound cheesy written out, but sound sincere coming from him.  When I mentioned this to my friend Amy, she said that Zoe Jakes (a world famous bellydancer) says this in her classes too, so it must be a thing somewhere.  *shrugs*  Whatever it is, I like it a lot.  I'm currently under their 30 day trial, and that lasts as long as the True Beginner program lasts, which is perfect.  When that's done, we'll see how I feel and see about getting into one of their other programs.

You all that have been around awhile know that I'm not really one for exercise.  However, with the fibromyalgia, movement -- the right movement -- can help.  On Sundays, they slide in one of the sessions from their Mobility program which is all about stretching and testing those joints, just as a cool down from the week.  That in itself is worth the price admission for me.  I'm not one for prothletising programs like this usually, and it really doesn't seem like much special the first two weeks and the last two weeks are just the same four workouts cycled, but the fact that I feel good after all of them, and I'm not tired of the trainer and his positivity, really says something about it.  Next week it'll switch to the harder sessions, so we'll see how I do there. Maybe when my four weeks is up, I'll just do True Beginner all over again and try to up my pace to see how I've improved.

So.  For Valentine's Day, Audible sent out a free book option out of 5 pre-selected short programs it has.  None of them seemed particularly appealing, but I chose one that seemed most interesting.  It was a two and a half hour recording and I had to shut it off after an hour, that's how bad it was.  Here... I'll share my Goodreads review with you:

PhiLOLZophy Critical Thinking in Digestible Doses by Chrissy Stockton, Sarah Heuer: This book is bad, it should feel bad, and if I hadn't gotten for free, I'd honestly ask for a refund. I still should, one of the other free offers has to have been better than this.

Despite the authors touting feminist as the thing everyone should be (the only point to which I agree) this book is full of misogynistic stereotypes about women, ableist language regarding "crazy" women, and a host of other problems (including but not limited to an author story about "hooking up" with a guy while she was blacked out (the point at which I noped out of this book)).


So, as much as I hate to leave a book unfinished, I've since moved on to Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan which is the only John Green novel I haven't read before.

I turned in my fanmix for bigbang_mixup last week and I'm super excited to see what gets written for it. It's my first time making anything for the Hannibal fandom and I'm really excited about putting the mix up. And I finished up my bingo card for femtropebingo card. I wrote two dragon age stories, two Dracula stories and one for Saints Row. I'd never done anything for Saints Row before, and of course femslash is so rarely recognized in most fandoms that I'm not really sure how/if people are liking it. But I'm pretty happy with it. And I'm really glad I finished that card.

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naeko
Mar. 3rd, 2014 09:18 am (UTC)
So what is the daily burn exactly? Videos? Interactive in some way? On the ads it looks like videos that you watch on your ipad or whatever, but I haven't looked into it.
cherith
Mar. 3rd, 2014 01:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah. They're online videos. They're broken down into programs and the site will recommend one to you when you start, but you can choose whichever one you want, or take more than one at a time if you want. So I'm doing their True Beginner program/class which is 7 days a week for four weeks.
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