Happy 2013, SparkFriends!!
Iíve had a number of small blog ideas rolling around in my pea-sized brain, but nothing seems to make it to the screenÖ until now. Itís my goal to de-clutter and simplify where possible, and that means that I need to get these ideas out of my thinking space.
I really want everyone to know how well my work at the YMCA is going. To be honest, I received the best gift of all by joining the Y. I chose the Y over a number of other clubs primarily due to the variety of group classes (READ: classes already covered by my membership fee) that were available in the mornings. The other clubs I checked were chock-full of cardio classes, which is fine but not what I wanted. The first group class I took was Mat Pilates and I was hooked. Now Iím doing Fitness Yoga as well, and the progress has been amazing.
Both the Pilates and Yoga instructor have been very helpful with modifications and focused poses / exercises. Thanks to them Ė and repeated workouts in bare feet, or so they tell me Ė the arthritis in my big toes is little more than a nagging ache now and then. I thought Iíd have to give up activities (such as bowling) due to the pain. On the contrary, Iím still bowling and now I can do exercises that require me to balance on my toes. I can actually flex my toes without worrying about setting off a series of cramps or spasms.
Iím also taking Group Cycle classes and enjoying them more than I ever thought that I would. After all of the miles that Iíve ridden outdoors, I was sure that indoor cycling was silly and boring; WRONG! On top of a great workout, Iím building a better core for all of my activities AND I donít have to watch out for cars or squirrels, LOL! I also donít wear my headphones when I ride my bike (thinking of safety), so itís been a super treat to hear music as I ride.
As you might recall, I also met with a trainer that designed a strength training program for me. I havenít seen my trainer since the first part of November, but I have kept up with the workouts. Iím seeing and feeling changes in my muscles and it makes me happy. In fact, I think itís the ST that has really boosted my cardio workouts and the progress that Iím making in flexibility. I never thought that Iíd actually enjoy moving the weights around, but I find myself looking forward to it. Yoga and Pilates have taught me ways to Ďlistení to my body, and ST has a way of Ďtellingí me how things are going.
As for other aspects of lifeÖ I managed to tackle a small bit of knitting and crafting around the holidays. As usual, Iím bad about taking pictures BEFORE I give a gift, so I donít have anything to show you. Suffice to say, it was nice to pull out my tools and such and spend time creating things for other people (and cats; catnip fishies are in big demand). Rascal is getting a bit better with the knitting, so long as I work out of her sight.
Rascal is getting big, nearly shoulder to shoulder with Shadow (aka Moose). Moose will be nine years old in April, Rascal will be a year old (by our best estimates) in May. As you might imagine, Rascal brings a lot of fun and adventure into our daily routine. That said, Moose seems to be experiencing a second kittenhood, and can be found playing with toys and racing around the house on her own. Itís certainly a lively time at the homestead!
(And yes, I will try and get a suitable photo to share...)
My folks and family are doing reasonably well, too. All updates from the parental units over the holidays were satisfactory and we hope things stay that way. Itís our hope to see all the rellies in Michigan this year, and make them VISITS, not emergency trips.
Thank you, SparkFriends, for sharing the journey (so far) with me. I see lots of great things for all of us in 2013, and we need only to set ourselves in motion to get positive changes underway.
ďIf nothing ever changed, thereíd be no butterflies.Ē ~Author Unknown