Friday, February 05, 2010
I've brought home a new Home Workout book put out by Dorling Kindersly - the folk who put out such gloriously beautiful, horribly bound paperback books. It's called Home Workout: Pilates* Yoga* Abs* Body Toning. It has lots of 15 minute workouts and it comes with a DVD
The yoga section isn't very long but in the intro are these wise words:
"Acknowledge your limitations, taking things slowly and not progressing to the stronger stretches in the sequences until fully ready - but do not accept your current limitations as your fate. Yoga encourages us to explore the boundaries of what we can do, and to challenge ourselves, but without pursuing perfection, which may lead to physical injury and to unhelpful emotions such as anger or pride. the key to fulfilling yoga practice is to let expectations go, but to keep pushing into your 'edges'."
Well. this is certainly advice I need to hold close - because the more is better attitude - the Lots More is Lots Better - is just the sort of trap I'm likely to fall into. My back is still tender from Wednesday a.m. and I'm still just going to do a few gentle poses and the relaxation part till it is completely better - as my son used to say till it's "all fixed".
But isn't it interesting that this is the same philosophy in the Spark? To acknowledge movement forward ... not beat yourself up for not moving faster? To value each step because each step is worthy. Because you are worthy no matter where you are on this journey.
May you value yourself this weekend, where ever you are.
Thursday, February 04, 2010
Some kind of subtle shift in my self-definition is happening. Softly, in little bursts of realization, I find myself standing at a check out stand in the grocery store thinking "oh well, but I am not the sort of woman who eats candy bars." or "oh, no. Cheetos are for other people. I'm want some carrots." I'm finding myself saying "no" to all sorts of things that used to be temptations - that used to sit just within my grasp and sing siren songs to lure me into some sort of instant happiness ... only to be followed by morning after regrets.
And yet ... if I've truly wanted something like a cookie I've just eaten a cookie .... note the delineating word "A" . A cookie. Not box-0-cookies or handful of cookie dough or something manic like that. Just - a cookie - which I thoroughly enjoyed. And then I didn't want any more.
I realized this week that I think of myself differently. I have a new definition of me. I don't believe I'm a woman who needs to be restrained. I'm a woman who wants to go some place wonderful.
It feels very sudden but I suspect it's something that has been growing on me for a long time. I believe what's brought it to the forefront of my awareness is the yoga practice. That hour of really paying deep conscious attention to my body - to my arms, my legs, my toes, to my spine, my eyeballs, my tongue - has introduced me to myself.
I know those arms! I love them. They want ... what is it they're asking for? Ah! Protein. Guess I'll have a few almonds. That skin? It wants lots of vitamins? Okay - how about a nice green smoothie?
I was a little afraid to post this today because it seems so sudden and it might sound oh ... like tempting fate, like jinxing things - but it's just too powerful a feeling to not share.
As my dear husband likes to say "I'm in the throes of one of Bess' Passions." Well, BPs have taken me to the most delightful places so I don't mind it that I'm all swept up in another one. In fact - I recommend passions to all my friends. May you find yours today and let it sweep you to a magnificent future!
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
This is the gist of what I tried to post yesterday.
I had such a good time with the Spark People January Boot Camp that I was inspired to join the Read the Spark 28 Day Program team for February. It's really just the basic SP plan I'm already doing here (at a much slower pace) but they email you and cheer you on and probably have little daily To Do suggestions that I am sure will help keep me on the path to my happy goals.
And since I didn't go in to work today after all, I had time to sit and retool those goals, refine them, think again about what I want and when and how to go about getting it. So. Here are the
Long Term Goals, edition II
1. I want to wear THAT dress at the Ginormous 260 year old family reunion in August 2010
2. I want to get an assessment of 100% from my doctor at my June 2010 checkup – and maybe get off some of these medicines.
3. I want a BMI of 25 by Memorial Day 2010 (that means 150 by the end of May)
4. I want to feel confident around food all the time
5. I want to always be hydrated
6. I want to feel unhurried ... all the time AND, when I don't ...
7. I want to have a deep and readily accessible well of reserve strength and energy whenever I need them
8 . I want to get very good at Yoga – good enough to eventually become a teacher so that
9. I want to share what I learn with others ... see above
To keep me on the road to getting these long term goals I've devised some
Monthly Mile Posts
1. See measurable progress in at least 1 of 3 areas:
1000 minutes each month
2. Try one new food or recipe each month – something I've never had before.
3. Do one fun thing each month to celebrate the fact that I am on this journey. For February I'll make the vision collage and hang it up!
4. On the first day of the month devise a reward to celebrate reaching these monthly goals and claim it by the last day of the month. No shoving this reward aside. If I meet the 3 other goals I reward myself. For February – I will treat myself to a Candlelit Champagne Bubble Bath. (good thing it's on a Sunday)
In keeping with the basic Spark People Fast Break plan I have selected 3 Fast Break Goals (FBG) to fold into my life and I have added them to some of the things I'm already doing.
Daily Check List w/ FBGs
1.___Spark Time each morning with my cup of coffee, before I get on the computer I will read over my goals, think about them, tweak them if they need it, change them if they no longer seem appropriate. (FBG)
2.___Track my nutrition
3.___Drink my water
4.___Pack my lunch 4 out of 5 workdays (FBG)
5.___Do the SP Boot Camp strength training 4 out of 7 days at my gym
6.___Off the computer at 7 a.m. to go do my yoga workout (FBG)
so I see - I only have 20 more minutes to fool around on the computer - Happy February!
Monday, February 01, 2010
because it got eaten once again.
From now on I'll write it in word and cut/paste it here.
so instead - here is a photo of a happy dog loving the snow.
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