Sunday, December 02, 2012
As I slowly feel my way back to healthy living, I'm going to try something of an experiment. It's definitely along the lines of "one bite of the elephant at a time." I can't handle the whole elephant right now, and I know that. But my first bite is going to be 30 days of yoga. I started today, and for the next 29 days I'm going to do yoga every day. It may be a short routine. It may be a longer one as I get stronger and have more stamina. But every day, I'm going to do at least a little. And I'm not necessarily limiting myself to JUST yoga. If I start feeling strong and healthy and capable around day 14, for example, I may add some more intense cardio or something. But for 30 days, I'm at least doing yoga. I'll try to remember to report here each day on what I did, how I feel, etc. Accountability and all that.
Today all I did were the 12 "daily dozen" poses from Sara Ivanhoe's Basic Yoga for Dummies DVD. I had a bad headache yesterday, and the stretches seem to ease some of the leftover ache and tension. Which was kind of what I was going for, so we'll call that a success. ;)
Thursday, August 04, 2011
When I first began my fitness journey (way back when), I enjoyed Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds videos. They were perfect for beginners but could "grow" with me a bit. The first set I purchased were 3 VHS videos, and I was sooooo proud when I had worked my up to being able to do the longest of the workouts--plus I was making modifications to make it harder rather than easier.
Well, now I find myself at the beginner level again. I don't have a VCR anymore, so I haven't done those particular workouts in a VERY long time. But lo and behold, they're on You Tube! And when I did one this morning, it made nostalgic and happy and...hopeful. It's was kind of a return-to-my-roots, you-can-go-home-again kind of feeling. There's just something kind of nice about starting where I started before.
I think I'll do it again tomorrow. :)
Monday, July 11, 2011
In April of 2007, I realized that my pants were no longer fitting. They were too tight. Having no money to purchase new pants, I figured I'd better go about finding a way to make the ones I had fit again. About that time, I heard a radio ad for Spark People. Hearing "free" caught my attention, and I joined the site.
Over the next several months, I lost over twenty pounds. More importantly, I got into the best physical condition I have ever been in. I increased my strength and stamina, doing longer and harder workouts, lifting heavier weights. I began to see changes in my body and even muscle definition!
In July of 2008, I became pregnant with my second child. Determined that my second pregnancy would be healthier than my first, I bought prenatal workout DVDs and continued to log my nutrition here. I avoided the gestational diabetes that I had during my first pregnancy.
I delivered daughter number 2, and I lost my pregnancy weight. And then...everything began to fall apart. And here I am, July 2011, and once again my pants don't fit. I still don't have the money to get new pants, and they're a whole lot tighter than they were the first time. I definitely have my work cut out for me.
But I'm back and ready to try. I'm starting with baby steps, because I want the changes to stick. So for now I'm focusing on exercise consistency (I'm back at the beginner level with exercise, unfortunately) and eating fruits and veggies. I'll post updates here. Wish me luck!
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