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Happy Birthday To Me

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

So my birthday's coming up at the end of the month; I'll be 34. (The 29th, if you care) There's not a lot I want right now; there's lots of intangible stuff, but things? I don't really think I know of anything I wanted.

A friend of mine on G+ ordered DDP Yoga to do with her mom.

I've been wanting to do the program for quite some time, but haven't been able to justify the expense.

You know? I deserve something nice for myself, right? My gym membership's a bust, and I haven't been able to go at all. But this is yoga... zero impact, at home possible. (I live in a house where jumping around isn't possible. Literally shakes things off the walls, and there's a chance t he boards could just give way.)

I love yoga, too, and I want my husband to try. This is a more masculine form of yoga, and I bet I can talk him into it.

So I just ordered it.

If you haven't heard of it, you've probably seen this video. If you haven't seen this video... just watch it. It WILL make you cry, I promise.


Every time he falls on his face, about halfway in, I burst into tears.

Anyway, I decided to order it. So I'm sitting here listening to the introductory audio (they send you everything on MP3 instantly, so you at least get the audio before the DVDs arrive.) The first one is called "Own Your Life."

I think I'm beginning to see why this program changes people's lives. DDP is hilarious, and makes me giggle a lot. But he's offering some really practical stuff about changing your headspace... not just your body. He has adapted the "SMART" goals concept into "SMACKDOWN" for starters; but this guy is hilarious, and clever, and honestly? Inspirational.

My first step on this program was to write down my goals. You know something? I've never done that. Not even here at Sparkpeople. I just keep it in my head.

I've written it in sharpie. On a pretty piece of paper. It's now in my calendar, and it's going to stay there.

I have to say, the stuff that DDP is saying is making me really think, hard. He hasn't really talked about weight loss; he's talking about achieving impossible things, about making yourself do things that you don't think you can. About changing how you act, think, feel, even BREATHE.

I think am starting to see why these transformations are happening.

Who knows. Maybe I'll be one of them.

You know where I'm starting? Breathing.

I know how to breathe. I've taken a good bit of yoga, and I've learned about breathing deeply. I'm also a trained singer; I haven't sung in years, but the principles are there.

But I have discovered one thing. It's hard to do belly breathing while slouching over at my desk in a funky mood.

So I'm going to sit up, and start breathing. Deeply. Cleansing breaths. ALL the time. Not just when I'm getting ready to exercise.

I'm starting at 12 seconds in and out.

Let's see if I can hit 20. :)

ETA: I found this review comparing DDP Yoga and P90X. Check it out:

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    awesome! This makes me want to order it! Although I just ordered an expensive program, and I can't justify it right now.

    Keep us posted, and great job. You can do it!
    1978 days ago
    1979 days ago
  • _MOBII_
    I don't even have to click your link and I know what video it is...I love it and it makes me cry too!
    I know you will do great!
    1979 days ago
    Catching up on the blog, go for it!
    1980 days ago
    Both of the videos were pretty inspiring and enticing. Thanks for sharing emoticon I have seen many people here on SP mention this DDP Yoga. Off to the internet I go to check it out.
    1980 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Awesome Transformation on the Video. I have seen it many times before this. You can do what You set Your Mind to do. You are going Great. Never Give Up on Yourself. Keep Pushing Forward. You will Make It to your Goals. WTG!!! God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have an Enjoyable Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1980 days ago
    emoticon for the 29th.
    1980 days ago
    having your goals in writing does seem to make a difference. I have a calendar printed out that I keep tucked under my mouse pad. It has my goal weight and date, and my goal 5k time written on it. I see it every single day.

    like you, I divided the weight loss out to short term goals - which helps me see that it's doable!

    I have an event mid September, and I'd like to feel really good about ME when I go. It's nothing major, just a chance to see some folks I haven't seen in 10 or 15 years.
    I know that I CAN do it
    I know what it takes
    1980 days ago
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