Saturday, July 05, 2014
We absolutely create our reality through the filter of perception. Notice how our inner conversation (some of which is not even verbal, but merely an emotional tone or habit of attitude) influences experience. I had this driven home to me last night. Throughout my neighborhood, folks were setting off illegal backyard fireworks, shooting them up in the sky so that the entire area was showered in pyrotechnic displays. I'd just finished working out and went out on my balcony to take a look, when I was delighted by the colors, lights and sounds of merriment. Five minutes later, my phone rang. It was a neighbor calling to express upset at the same display. She had her reasons, and certainly the activity is against the law in my city. So who was "right?" Me -- the fireworks are beautiful? Or she -- the fireworks are a serious problem? As I spoke to her, I noticed my mental confusion and a little emotional shame. Was I bad/wrong for loving the fireworks?
As I'm working my way back to some physical measurements I feel comfortable inhabiting (not so much weight as body fat percentage and waist/hip circumferences), I'm going to remember that moment of confusion -- what's true about the fireworks is true about this weight management journey. If I look in the mirror or at the measuring tape and see a setback or a problem, I'm going to feel like a failure. My thought and emotions go to an all-or-nothing mentality that fosters all kinds of bad behaviors, leading to the spiral of helpless/hopeless quitting. And that really starts before I look at the measuring tape or the little window on the scale. It starts with my moment-to-moment attitude about why I am doing this in the first place.
What I bring to my weight-management journey will color how I feel along the way, and that will be true no matter what the scale or measuring tape reveal. The concrete results are nothing but a metric for comparison. My goal is to bring joy, acceptance and enthusiasm right now. That's the truest measure of health, however ineffable.
Friday, July 04, 2014
After a few weeks of yoga practice, I'm hooked. I've found a studio I like, and have begun taking classes once a week, while practicing at home with online classes between. I love the feeling of calm and strength I get from my practice, as well as the improvement I'm feeling in my injured right shoulder/arm (from overdoing it with weight training).
Some of my favorite online resources for free yoga classes are Yoga with Adriene on YouTube and doyogawithme.com.
I hope you all are having a beautiful weekend, friends.
Here's a link to an article on Huffington Post that includes the image above (so you can see it better), with information about how yoga transforms the body starting from the first sessions.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Check out this blog from Huffington Post:
This is the best piece on weight management I've read in a very long time.
What do you say?
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
First, the details I must include:
I received this DVD for free from SparkPeople and did not receive any form of payment for my review.
SparkPeople is in partnership with Walmart to sell this DVD. It is available at Walmart. Members will get 250 SparkPoints for buying the DVD at Walmart and will be entered to win a $500 Walmart gift card for purchasing before January 31, 2014.
Here is the URL to purchase the DVD: www.sparkpeople.com/28daybootcamp
My review in three words: I like it!
I'm surprised and pleased by how much I like this DVD. I don't know why, but I expected it to be geared mostly to beginning exercisers. SparkPeople does such a good job of providing resources to empower anyone and everyone to get active, no matter our age, physical condition, or emotional response to the concept of exercise, I find that much of the material on the website is geared to beginners. Mind you, I'm not complaining -- just observing.
But this DVD does a great job of balancing the needs of beginnners, intermediate exercisers, and what I'd call advanced-intermediates. I'd say that only the most advanced exercisers, the very fit, might not find a lot of value in this DVD.
I consider myself to be somewhere in the intermediate to advanced-intermediate range and this DVD was properly challenging. I especially love the Tone & Burn and Total Body Challenge workouts. They are well-paced with many moves that challenge balance, coordination, and strength. The routines are not repetitive and the time seems to pass pretty quickly.
The routines are easy to follow, but not boring. They seem to be just challenging enough to keep my attention and focus (they don't let my mind wander, because I am concentrating on the moves), without being difficultly choreographed. Coach Nicole is encouraging but not annoying, and her even-keeled presentation allows me to concentrate on her (thorough) instructions. I appreciate the two other trainers who demonstrate modifications for more simple and more advanced moves. The three instructors work together well. The DVD is filmed and edited in such a way that the viewer can easily see the moves and modifications, without excessive cuts and strange angles.
My only complaints, and these are really mild, is that I wish the two "background" trainers (Jewell and Lindsay) were wearing different colors from each other. They happen to have similar hairstyles and because they were wearing the same outfits, it was a little difficult at times to keep my eye on the trainer I wanted to follow. Also, I found the music to be rather uninspiring. It's pretty quiet and pretty bland. Some will like that, though. I just prefer a peppier workout mix.
I've enjoyed using this DVD very much -- I've been working with it for about 5 weeks. I find it motivating, pleasant, and it definitely challenges my muscles when I'm doing the Tone & Burn and Total Body Challenge routines. I'd recommend this DVD to any Sparker (beginning to advanced-intermediate level) looking for a fun, challenging and sound fitness routine.
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