Sick Days Stealing My Thunder

Where have I been?  Sick.  Sicker than a dog.  Have you ever had one of those mutant colds that just won’t go away?  Well, I have and the time is now.  I can usually kick a cold within 3-5 days, but this thing knocked me on my butt and is still the gift that keeps on giving.

Sadly, I couldn’t do yoga for several days due to being sick which kind of threw me off of my game.  I was really enjoying it, but now I feel like I have created an excuse to quit, so I forced myself back on the mat yesterday.  Must…refocus.

I find solace in the fact that I continued meditating when I fell off of the yoga wagon.  I haven’t let zen escape me just yet!   For the first several weeks, I felt like it hadn’t been doing much, but I do find that it is helping create a calmer me in the past week and a half, especially at rush hour.  Unfortunately, it hasn’t helped with my insomnia, but little does.  Also, I’m not the most patient person, so I am sure I will see the fruits of my labor the longer I continue.

So I am glad to be back and being held accountable for my goals.  Here’s to no more sick days for a while!

 

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Meditation: Some Were Not Made For Stillness…Yet!

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A Photo of a Calming Duck

 

If you have read my blog, you know that I am on a yoga kick this year.  It will happen, but as of this time, I have not missed a day since the beginning of this year, even if it is only 10-15 minutes, I am getting it done.  Though yoga has been a wonderful addition to my day, I have decided to add a little meditation to my rotation.  Why?  Because I live in NYC and need all of the calming I can get—especially riding the subway.

But in all seriousness, the daily commute can be stressful at times.  Sadly, many people do not know how to behave making the ride very uncomfortable.  Also, I am a Type A person and am in desperate need of some calming sessions as I can easily get stressed if I am not careful.  Not good for the psyche. 

So far, I have done pretty well and have been on a two week roll.  I’m pretty proud of myself actually, as sticking by things can be a challenge for me sometimes–especially when it comes to stillness.  I have trained myself to believe that being still and peaceful is a waste of time.  I am the queen of multi-tasking, and being asked to sit quietly and focus on my breath is asking a lot.

The issues I have had so far are not letting my mind wander.  I can’t help it, I have too many thoughts going on in my head at one given time.  I will think I am doing a great job and then I will realize I am thinking of pizza or taking out the garbage.

Another problem I am having is that it puts me to sleep.  I have insomnia so I appreciate it, but it doesn’t help me in the middle of the day.  Yet, at night, it doesn’t work.  Very odd.

So far, I am not sure if I have felt too many positives as of yet.  It does relax me for sure, but I still haven’t felt any major changes.  I think it will take at least 4-6 weeks to really feel anything slightly significant, but patience was never my strong suit.  I think I need to start keeping a journal of thoughts and activities, but again, I am bad at keeping routines as my free spirit doesn’t like to be limited. 

Still, I think this is a worthwhile venture so I will continue on in my journey to a better me!  And of course, I will keep people posted.  This way, I will be held accountable for my progress!

Staying Strong with Yoga! Day 6!

 

The year has started out a little crazier than anticipated, making it hard to stick to one’s goals.  I have done yoga every day since January 1st.  I almost skipped it yesterday due to a friend visiting the emergency room, but I came home, took a brief nap and got it done.  I’m sticking to goals this year.

I used to do yoga every day, but due to life circumstances, I had to give up a few things.  I loved how it made me feel physically and mentally.  After a while, it really becomes an integral part of my life.   When I quit, I really missed it, but sometimes life gets in the way.  So this year, I didn’t let life stop my 31 day goal even if I was exhausted.  Got to get it done!

I’m in decent shape body-wise.  I’m thin, but would like to be more toned.   So I will be adding cardio two times a week for the first month or two and possibly move it to three.  I walk a lot, but even with my fast New York clip, it isn’t enough.

Yoga is amazing, but I do want to clarify that it is not enough for weight loss.  It does help if that is what you need and is great for toning.  But for me, the toning is secondary to the mental aspects–it really clears my mind and puts me on the right path in life.

I will say, because I was out of practice, my body was a little sore the first few days; especially in my abs, upper body and neck.  The sore neck made it apparent that I was holding too much tension in that area and I stayed aware for the next few days of my posture and long lines.  Today, the soreness is minimal and I am ready for the next day’s challenge. Also, what was once a chore is now becoming the thing I look most forward to in the day.

Lastly, I have ADHD and my mind wanders.  The first few days I couldn’t wait to finish, but now, I am slowly getting more focused and able to stay on the mat longer without wanting to rush off of it.  I am really beginning to enjoy the mat more and more.

Bring on the yoga!

New Year, New Chance

New Year, new me.

That’s what most would say.  After a rough couple of years, I decided to challenge myself more this year and get back on track to the person I would like to see again.  I invite others to do that as well, because we need to learn how to take care of ourselves positively first using strength to help others.  It goes with the old saying that we must love ourselves before we can love others.

Below are some of my goals.  If I put them on paper and force myself to be responsible, I will succeed.  That is my goal.  I will list all items that I want to work on below.  After the first month, I will reevaluate the ones that are most important to me and give them more focus throughout the year.  The others will still be there, but perhaps move slightly to the back seat.  Also, others may appear as life moves on during the year.  I want o hold myself accountable while I have the first day of the year momentum.

  1. Yoga for the next 31 days. This is hard with a busy life, but it has helped me so much in the past.  I welcome it back
  2. I used to practice hours a day but after a while, I became jaded.  This has to change.
  3. Guitar
  4. Learning the following languages Spanish, Korea, French, Italian and Russian. Specifically in that order.
  5. Clean this apartment and organize it once and for all. I’m tired of the clutter.  30 minutes a day until it is done.
  6. More photos, editing, and classes.
  7. Specifically math.  I am horrid at math.  No more excuses.  I need to get this done.
  8. Say yes to the universe more. Especially to invitations.  Sometimes I say no when I should be saying yes more.  One life.  Go out and enjoy it!
  9. Travel more. Yes, please!
  10. Be more positive. I will take note of a positive item and post this daily list at the beginning of the week.
  11. Read one classic a month. I never read too many and probably should.
  12. Read a positive how to book one a month and learn.
  13. Cardio twice a week. At least 20 minutes.  I walk 10-20 miles a week living in NYC, but I would like to do more high impact.
  14. Write a short story once a week.
  15. Study different topics that interest me in the month. Education is important.
  16. Cook more.
  17. Eat healthier. I do eat well, but I can take it to the next level.
  18. Drink more water. This has always been a big fail!
  19. Love and live!

Seems easy enough!

Have a wonderful New Year and join me on a positive journey!