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Yoga Bliss

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Today I took my first yin yoga class. I sometimes dislike yoga classes. Too many skinny bodies, too much comparison and too much weight talk. Not this one! The class was done using the wall as a prop. I have stiffness, probably from arthritis, in my hips. After this class I was more flexible and had less discomfort.

Lesson learned? All yoga classes are not alike! Find an instructor whose teacher style appeals to you and seek out the kind of yoga that most benefits your body.

I'm glad I did!

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ALIGIRL07 1/14/2013 11:58AM

    Glad you like your yoga class! I just love yoga. And over time yoga will relly help with the stiffness. Good luck and have fun!

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YENGLISH100 1/12/2013 11:28PM

    Thanks for posting this. I am considering yoga and was wondering about classes. emoticon

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 1/10/2013 11:49PM

    Glad there's a class you liked!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 1/9/2013 11:52PM

    Glad you found a yoga class that you like and feel comfortable at. I love yoga.I workout at home.

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Stay the Course

Monday, January 07, 2013

This photo is from the October 5K Making Strides Against Cancer. I had breast cancer in 2009 that was treated with two surgeries and radiation. I'm pleased that my follow up evaluations to date have all gone well.
One of the remarkable things I learned at the numerous workshops offered during Breast Cancer Awareness month is the power of exercise. Several sessions mentioned that thirty minutes of daily exercise, they usually suggested walking, dramatically lowers the possibility of recurrence.
That gives me a powerful reason to keep moving. Using the exercise tracker and watching my monthly minutes add up helps.
So I'm going to stay the course with regard to walking and hope you all are as well!

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LINDA! 1/7/2013 9:34AM

    I am so happy to hear that you are doing well after your breast cancer diagnosis. My mother died from it 21 years ago. She was diagnosed late and was much older than you. It is wonderful that there are so many advancements in the treatment of that horrible disease.

Happy that you are walking and exercising. You are doing great!!

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Just Go

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

This is one of my favorite refrigerator magnets. I love to walk and have trained for and completed one marathon (one was enough!) a few half marathons and plenty of 10 and 5K's. The thing about walking is I usually don't want to do it! I have to force myself to start and for at least the first ten minutes am sure I am going to stop any minute. But, if I get through those first ten minutes I settle into a rhythm and enjoy the walk.

I am experiencing the same resistance about tracking my food. I finally am trying it though. I tracked yesterday and discovered something I think I already knew. I eat very well throughout the day. I make healthy choices. I'm drinking my water. But right before bed... I EAT! I'm not hungry. I don't know what need I am satisfying by eating like that. But I am glad to see the pattern. After all the first step is recognizing the problem and then I just have to go!

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OFFICIALOLDY 1/3/2013 9:29PM

    Makes me feel guilty that I didn't get a walk in today. I'll do better tomorrow! emoticon

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OFFICIALOLDY 1/3/2013 9:29PM

    Makes me feel guilty that I didn't get a walk in today. I'll do better tomorrow! emoticon

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IMREITE 1/3/2013 12:25AM

    a little at time towards your goals is better then hurrying falling off the wagon and then giving up. Life is not a race but it is a journey that we are constantly working on.

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ALIGIRL07 1/2/2013 10:07PM

    wow i just love that quote!!!! I have just started training for my first 5k and literally the first few minuets are the hardest!!! The first minuet of jogging i think to myself I'm goanna die I'm gonna die lol but then it just clicks and I'm like i can do this!!!! thanks for sharing. emoticon

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A New Year, A New Beginning

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

I've decided to add blogging to my Spark journey. This picture was taken while I visited an exhibit of photographer Annie Liebovitz's work. It was a forty year respective, a master set of many of her famous and not-so-famous photos. It made me think about what my master set might be. I've had so many dramatic changes in my life in the past few years. Many of the things that I thought defined me and my life are no longer part of it.

At first this was terrifying. Now I feel a sense of space and a sense of possibility. I think the extra weight I carry keeps me from completely fulfilling those possibilities. So I am committing to gradual, healthy change. I do well with exercise but I think I am deluding myself about how much I actually eat. Food is my comfort when I am anxious and I think perhaps I eat more from habit than need.

So I am going to learn about nutrition and begin to use the food tracker. I'm going to explore eliminating some foods from my diet that I think I might have a sensitivity to, like wheat. And I am going to pay attention to when and what I eat. I plan to be very gentle with myself as I do this.

Oh, and I bought myself a new SLR-D camera for Christmas so I'll be taking some photographs of my own!

Happy New Year to you all and best wishes for a happy, healthy, fit 2013!

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OFFICIALOLDY 1/2/2013 9:11AM

    You are So worth this effort. You are like a fall daylily bud. The first, in spring, is expected, welcomed and enjoyed. But the second is a surprise - unexpected and full of possibilities! You can do ANYTHING you put your mind to! Do not let anything or anybody stand in your way. emoticon

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WONDERFUL2BME 1/1/2013 11:44PM

    Sounds like a good plan!

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DWROBERGE 1/1/2013 4:47AM

    Keep focused for success. YOu can do it. Go for it.

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