Tuesday, February 26, 2013
It takes one day at a time to make a lifetime of changes. I remember that from my clients who suffered from addictions. My addiction? Food! Wine! Martini's! Dinner! Lunch! and my favorite meal, Breakfast! Oh... and chips and dip. Wait a minute? How is this helping me to change?? Ha-Ha.. not helping to shift the mind groove that's stuck on certain types of foods, one's I am tracking, especially the amount. If I decide on chips an dip, I eat dips and chip with vigor... remembering this: "This is the wrong step into the path you've chosen.. careful... you might sprain your ankle".
So, yesterday I joined LA Fitness in San Antonio, Texas. It's a brand new club that's sparkling clean with hardwood lockers, pool, hot tub and every single machine on the floor doesn't have one spec of dust on it... AND the TV's on the cardio machines work!!!
So, even if I step into the door to relax in the hot tub, I am helping to make a shift in my brain processes. I've read about Mindfulness and the brain - - it's really fascinating how the brain works. It seems like it's attracted fiercely to patterns, but any pattern can be broken and changed.
Yesterday I used a new type of encumbent bike where the seat sits on an incline and can be moved up and down to adjust to your height. I took a 30 minute ride while listening to Pandora - Dance Club Mix, took a leisure 15 minute elliptical ride then a 60 minute yoga class. it was actually the first yoga class I could complete. My body has gotten so rotund that getting into positions and holding them can be a huge task.
OH! By the way, yesterday on Facebook a friend posted a video of this guy who lost 100 lbs. He was injured in the war and in spite of pain pills and weight gain; he hooked up with a yoga master who helped him to slowly regain his body back. It's inspiring. See it on YouTube, his name is "Sun Gazing".
And with that I say, Nameste!