Well I lost 1 pound last week. Frankly, that's just fine. My focus has been on being balanced, and squeezing it all in -- exercise, good food, school, meditation, chores ... most days that is an accomplishment in itself.
This Mindfulness class I'm in deviates from Kabat-Zinn's in some respects and this week is an example. Miles incorporates Chi Nei Tsang deep abdominal massage in the mix. We were all instructed on the process by watching his wife do the practice. The first thing to note is that while she is in her late 50's, I was blinking when she exposed her abdomen ... she has had 3 babies and this woman has nary a stretch mark and has the trunk of a 25 year old. Both of them are just models of vibrant health, and that is really motivational. I've read some about the practice and I've heard that it can be 'emotionally releasing' for some people. I haven't had that at all, but I have noticed that since I started this I have been calmer, sleeping more deeply, and I feel ... what is the word ... spacious in the abdomen. I can't think of a better way to say that. I also am noting that cravings for sweets seem to be almost gone - it only pops up in a moment of stress, but the belly breathing and meditation seems to be helping me have a 'pause' moment where I don't automatically react. That... is a good thing.
The bad thing ... 3 people were away from the class because they were extremely sick with a cold that has been going around for some weeks. Three other people were sick and DID come to class. Furthermore, several of my classmates at university had this cold but it is so early in the semester and no one wants to lose their spot in class, so they came too.
upshot is ... I started feeling rather crummy today... so I got a little yoga in, and a meditation, but my walk outside was nixed. AND my senior seminar professor emailed me that she made a huge error on the syllabus meaning my reading load is increased AND my one and only presentation that was supposed to be in a month is now a week from tomorrow. I only have tomorrow to meet with my partner. SO.....
I can't... CAN'T succumb to a cold.
I called my acupuncturist and he suggested this formula called YIN CHIAO. Apparently if one takes a sufficient amount at the first onslaught of a cold, it can be averted. I've tried other supposed remedies ... zinc ... that nasal spray thing ... never worked... so at 4pm when it became clear that this wasn't going away, I drove across town and bought a bottle. I downed several tablets in the car and will take several more at bedtime.
Cross your fingers for me! I hope to be back on track soon. In the meanwhile ... liquids, chicken soup, chinese herbs, meditation ... and reading for class *lol* Not sure any of that will help with my weight, but health first.