Monday, September 15, 2014
Is it agreed that we can be our own worst enemy? That sometimes we get VERY down on ourselves and do some damage, emotional and physical to ourselves because we see the negative too often? It's time to make an attitude adjustment - just start flipping those negative thoughts! Because negativity takes you nowhere. Here's what I mean from my own recent experiences.....
The Situation: I've been on SP since 2010, and I have not reached my goal and it was only to lose 25 pounds. People around me have lost 100 and I'm still sitting here with only 10 pounds gone!
Flippin it: I took off 10 pounds and those pounds are still GONE! If I wasn't doing something right I can't even IMAGINE where I'd be at this point but I know I wouldn't be happy. I've learned so much here, I feel so much better physically and emotionally. I've made some progress even if I am not where I expected to be.
The Situation: Friends came over for the game yesterday and I stuffed myself like crazy on chips and dip. By the time the burgers came out I was uncomfortable but I ate mine anyway. What's WRONG with me?
Flippin' it: I had a great time with friends yesterday but I ate more than planned. Thank goodness I stopped after 4PM's burger. By this morning, I'm physically feeling better and will be extra vigilant today!
The Situation: Why do I put off exercise? I KNOW it's important and yet I sit there on the sofa watching TV instead, thinking "I'll get up and do that later." I'll never get where I want to go this way.
Flippin' it: Every day is a new day. My goal is to add 20 extra minutes of exercise 4 times a week and last week life got in the way. Today's a new day and I'm so pleased that I went to an early yoga class this AM to get my new week started. 25% done for the week! Way to go, me! Remember when I wasn't doing any extra exercise at all? I'm on my way!
And I know what I'm sharing is the truth, my truth. I could be totally disappointed in myself, beating myself up for my slips and procrastination. The temptation is there. But I've learned (again, thank you friends!) that this is what makes this an interesting journey. The straight and narrow path may get you there quicker but sometimes the curving, winding road makes for a richer life. How's that for flippin' it?!
Monday, September 15, 2014
I don't think there's a better way to start the day. At least not for me today. There's nothing like yoga to help me center, loosen up, sit up straighter. So my DH and I bucked traffic and went to a yoga class at 8AM.
To do this I have to make some changes to my day. I need to let my DH walk Jersey, our dog. While he's doing that I can start my business day, go through emails to make sure nothing is going to explode if I disappear for about an hour and a half. Then away we go.
Soon we were spreading our mats in a small classroom tucked away on a quiet, neighborhood street. Sun was streaming through the windows throwing interesting shadows across the hardwood floors. 6 of us were ready to follow our instructor for an hour.
I love this class. It is designed with me in mind it seems. All about stretching, flexibility, strength and balance. You don't need to be a super star to be comfortable here. You just flow (sometimes my flow is a little un-flow-like but I'm working on it) from one pose to another.
At one point, the instructor, Sally, said "We do this now so we can do it when we are 90!" We all laughed as our muscles trembled in the strength pose we were working on. At the end of the hour, pretty much your stress is gone, your body is relaxed, your shoulders down, your back and neck more upright. Positive energy all around!
So I'm ready to start the day. I can check off today as part of my goal of 'one extra exercise 4 times weekly' as long as I walk at lunch. Let's all have a good week! Namaste....
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
This is by Billy Collins, the US Poet Laureate from 2001-2003. Liked it so am sharing with you.....
Questions About Angels....by Billy Collins, "Sailing Alone Around the Room"
Of all the questions you might want to ask about angels, the only one you ever hear is
how many can dance on the head of a pin.
No curiosity about how they pass the eternal time
besides circling the Throne chanting in Latin
or delivering a crust of bread to a hermit on earth
or guiding a boy and girl across a rickety wooden bridge.
Do they fly through God's body and come out singing?
Do they swing like children from the hinges
of the spirit world saying their names backwards and forwards?
Do they sit alone in little gardens changing colors?
What about their sleeping habits, the fabric of their robes, their diet of unfiltered divine light?
What goes on inside their luminous head? Is there a wall
these tall presences can look over and see hell?
If an angel fell off a cloud, would he leave a hole
in a river and would the hole float along endlessly
filled with the silent letters of every angelic word?
If an angel delivered the mail, would he arrive in a blinding rush of wings or would he just assume
the appearance of the regular mailman and
whistle up the driveway reading the postcards?
No, the medieval theologians control the court.
The only question you ever hear is about
the little dance floor on the head of a pin
where halos are meant to converge and drift invisibly.
It is designed to make us think in millions,
billions, to make us run out of numbers and collapse
into infinity, but perhaps the answer is simply one:
one female angel dancing alone in her stocking feet,
a small jazz combo working in the background.
She sways like a branch in the wind, her beautiful
eyes closed, and the tall thin bassist leans over
to glance at his watch because she has been dancing
forever, and now it is very late, even for musicians.
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Nice Wednesday morning. Sun is shining, air is crisp (long sleeved shirt over leggings for my walk around the lake this AM)...I just love my morning walk. When we're told that exercise doesn't have to be a chore, I think of my walks with a smile. I just get out of bed, grab the walking clothes from the day before, and slide out the front door into the early morning. I just make an effort to move quickly....avoid the stroll (yes, I've been known to stroll)!
Reporting in for the week:
Good Things: 1) I've tracked every day this week, 2) I've done my balance ball workout once & can already feel the nice stiffness in my arms from the workout - I know it's the pushups with my ankles/feet on the balance ball! 3) Energy is good. 4) Sleep is OK. 5) Plan on grilling fish for dinner tonight - that's a great choice for me.
Holding me back: 1) I kept putting off my yoga/strength workout yesterday and ended the day with the walk of shame into the bedroom. Nope, didn't get it done. 2) My midday snack yesterday was a fall back to days of yore! M&M Peanuts mixed in a bowl of peanuts. Now, I did give myself less than normal but still....other choices would have made me feel better with less calorie damage.
When I spell it out like that it makes me see that yes, I AM making more good decisions than poor ones. Always room to improve though ! The journey continues! Hope your week is going great!
Saturday, August 30, 2014
7 years ago, suddenly, I started limping. I had been conducting a training course and had been on my feet for a full day, something that I don't normally do. Additionally, I was wearing heels....not spikes but comfortable heels. I noticed that night that my leg/hip hurt and that was it. I limped around for a while ignoring the pain because, after all, I hadn't hurt myself in a fall or anything.
For the next year, my movement was compromised. If I was going to the grocery store that day I would try to avoid going out to dinner that evening. Just too much time on my feet. I had gone to my GP when I started limping and they said 'moderate arthritis'. 6 months later without a day off without pain at all I went to an orthopedic guy and he said "This is the worst hip I'll see this week. Time for a hip replacement because you are too young to be this limited." I couldn't believe it because I went from 'fine' to 'not fine' over night !
The hip replacement was the best thing I could have done. Probably because I was younger than usual for this surgery I recovered quickly. I spent one week & then replaced it with a cane. I spent a year avoiding things that would stress the newly healing hip ). Running was something I had to give up forever to avoid wearing out the hip any sooner than necessary. But, for me, this surgery gave me back my active life.
I realize I was VERY fortunate. My pain was something that could be fixed. And then I was able to move again. My experience brought it home to me that the human body is an amazing thing and we should celebrate it and take care of it because it's the only one we get.
So.....Keep moving. Whether its just walking around the block to get yourself started, make that effort. Keep building on that movement because if we give in to inertia it's possible that gift of movement will be severely compromised. We owe it to ourselves to use our bodies as they are meant to be used....to move!
Hope you are getting out, enjoying life and moving as much as you can everyone!
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