MIKEY’S PERSONAL BLOG 81, December 2017

On Monday afternoon, I had to get my car serviced by ABC Mobile Mechanics after it overheated due to a major leak in the radiator. Unfortunately, there were other issues that we weren’t aware of when my car brokedown on the Monash Freeway. My mechanic came to the following conclusion: Engine overheated due to cracked radiator, possible head gasket or cracked head. In other words, it’s $2200 I don’t have and really at this point, my car isn’t worth saving. I’d have to take out another personal loan just to purchase new parts (engine, head gasket, radiator etc) and I just don’t want to do that.

I’ve had my 1998 Hyundai Excel GLX sedan for over six years now so it’s had a pretty good innings considering all the problems I’ve had with it. The news was the last thing I needed being this close to Christmas. However, the silver lining is that I can at least get some money back from refunding my registration and selling the car for scrap metal. And with all the financial issues I’ve been having lately, I desperately need the money. Next year I can concentrate on getting myself a new car and just borrow my Mum’s car in the meantime.

On Monday night, I went to my RPM class at YMCA Casey ARC in Narre Warren. I’ve been feeling very unmotivated, drained and rusty lately so I decided to set my expectations lower than normal tonight. Fitness instructor Matt took us through release 76 which features the tracks: Falling by Alesso, 24K Magic by Bruno Mars and Castle on the Hill by Ed Sheeran. https://www.siphilp.com/les-mills-r…

I deliberately lowered my resistance level particularly during the racing sections as it was hard to maintain the pace. There were a couple of tricky parts involving interval training and steep mountain climbs but I powered on through it. I managed to hit a personal best of around 135-140 RPM, which I felt really good about. https://www.lesmills.com/workouts/f…

It’s been a turbulent week to say the least with so many things in my life causing me a lot of stress. Yesterday I strained my left shoulder somehow and made the decision to rest it even though I badly wanted to get some exercise or a workout in. It’s been so frustrating for me to keep on top of my fitness routine due to life’s hurdles getting in the way. I’ve also been comfort eating a fair bit as well to cope with my mental health issues. I’ve gained a couple of kilos but it could be worse. I’m trying hard to be positive and optimistic that I can get myself back on track again.

On Friday morning, I went down to Westfield Fountain Gate to finally get started on my Christmas shopping and as well as buying camping supplies for next year’s UNIFY Gathering Heavy Music Festival. I’ve felt really behind this year when it comes to being ready for Christmas but it doesn’t help when life throws you curve balls like your car breaking down or having to chase after people who owe you money. But I refuse to play the “Woe Is Me” card. I’d rather be productive and push through the challenges that are currently in my play.

I made the wise decision to park close to Officeworks and Harvey Normal because I knew I had a 90% chance of getting a parking spot there. The downside of this is the fact that I’d have to walk everywhere. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing considering how inactive I’ve been lately in the exercise department. Starting a Woolies, I made my way from Level 1 to Level 2. There was a lot of dodging and weaving with my trolley, particularly inside Kmart. The crazy mums were out. It was amusing to overhear the trivial drama of a lady being hit by a trolley. It’s pretty sad if that’s the worst thing in your life that you have to complain about. https://www.westfield.com.au/editor…

Honestly, I don’t particularly enjoy Christmas shopping because of the hectic crowds and careless drivers on the roads. I made sure to give myself a realistic timeframe of 2-3 hours to get it all done. It’s always a massive relief for me when it’s over. I find that writing out lists and doing your homework by looking through catalogues and searching for items online helps a great deal and makes the shopping process much more efficient. For example, I waited until the tent I wanted to buy was on sale at Rays Outdoors and picked up the Wanderer Cascade 3 person Dome Tent for under $40. Bargain!  http://www.raysoutdoors.com.au/Prod…

On Friday night, I went to my Vinyasa Flow yoga class at YMCA Casey ARC in Narre Warren. Not gonna lie but I always seem to feel guilty whenever I haven’t done many fitness classes during the week. I should honestly cut myself some slack though considering it’s almost 2 weeks until Christmas and I’ve been caught up doing other things. Plus my shoulder was giving me grief as well. Thankfully, after putting some deep heat on it and taking some Ibuprofen tablets, it’s feeling a bit better so I figured I’d be well enough to do yoga tonight.

Yoga instructor Jade Hunter took us through a series of flowing sequences, challenging balances, spinal twists and shoulder stands. We did our usual warm-up flow (Standing Forward bend, Half-Lift, Downward Facing Dog, Plank, Chaturanga, Cobra/Up-Dog) plus some table top balances, a Warrior sequence (Warrior 2, Reverse Warrior) and a few difficult poses (Revolved Side Angle, Twisted Prayer pose, Fallen Angel pose). The good thing about yoga is that you can always modify something if it’s really too difficult for you and therefore you’re still participating and gaining the benefits from the poses. https://www.yogajournal.com/yoga-10…

“I’m Santa’s helper and I’ve got your back. All my love is gift-wrapped. Don’t be scared, I’m by your side. I’m Santa’s helper, give your fears to me. I’ll take them home, baby and return them as sunshine.” Sia – Sunshine (2017)

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