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!

 

31 Days of Yoga Challenge Finished!

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My Cat and I Getting Our Yoga On!

 

I have made it through 31 days of yoga and beyond!  Though I definitely feel the benefits, it hasn’t always been easy.  There have been days where I didn’t want to hit the mat and days that I wanted to quit early, but I didn’t.   I stuck by the program I picked and I couldn’t be happier.

I have done yoga before, but took time off from a regular practice so this was just what I needed to get back on track.  This year, I am in the mindset that you only have today, so quit putting this off and get it done.  Regret doesn’t look good on anyone.

Some of the benefits I have noticed:

  • Less anxiety.
  • Better sleep patterns ( I have insomnia).
  • Better breathing.
  • More toned through out my body.
  • More acceptance of myself and others.
  • Better digestion.  Way less bloating which is a huge plus!
  • Fewer “blue” moments.
  • More flexibility.   My flexibility has always been questionable which got in the way of dance in the past.  It has been theorized that I gained muscle too quickly as a child and never gained the flexibility because of this.  What can I say?  I was a hyper child!

It’s amazing what a little yoga practice can do even in the span of only one month.  The benefits are so amazing.  I have been here before, but sticking with things long term have always been a struggle for me, which brings me to my cons:

  • Doing yoga daily is no easy feat for someone like myself.   I really am not great at sticking with things which in many ways can be a downfall as you can imagine.  This was a real struggle at times.  Especially when going out on the weeknights.  There were times that I came home to honor the practice, but it was not the best circumstances.  I like to get my drink on here and there.
  • Also, some days you just aren’t feeling it making the practice counterproductive.  This happened a few times.  I would come home tired from the day only to find that I had one more thing I needed to do, making it a chore.  Once I started it, I felt better, but somedays the best therapy is not to do yoga.
  • Pushing things too far.  I am in decent shape, but sometimes, I tend to move quickly into poses as I am a very competitive person, even with myself!  Also, some of my postures were off, especially in my neck causing some strain.  Even though I know I needed to take it easy, I would push it again the next day instead of working on my problems spots or resting my neck.  I am a go getter for sure, but not always in the best way possible!

So where does a girl go from here?  Onto the next month!  I would like to continue my streak though February, but I may ease up a little if needed.  A break here and there would be beneficial and I shouldn’t look at it as a failure if I decide to let a day go.  It’s better than making something I want to succeed at become a burden, but with that being said, I have to make sure I don’t get too conformable and let it go completely.

*In case you were wondering what program I used, it was one that I have watched periodically on YouTube.  The course is called Yoga with Adrienne.   Adrienne, is the type of person I could see myself hanging out with over a few beers on the weekend.  She is very chill, very likeable and very down to earth.

What I like about her yoga sessions are that they are set for all levels.  She really focuses a lot on the self and how you can improve as a whole being—mentally as well as physically.  Because of this, her videos tend to go at a slower pace than some of the others.  Also, she is really great at explaining the best ways for people at various levels to hit postures.   Very positive experience.

For me, I do feel as if her lessons can be a little slow and less challenging for me, but that is my preference and skill level.  Also, there are a lot of postures that occur on the knees, so if you have bad knees, be prepared with extra padding.  I personally am not a fan of these poses as much as others, but again these are personal preferences.  That being said, I would continue with her any day of the week.  She really is an enjoyable presence.

So, here’s to another 28 days!

Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Lose

The year is still young and for the most part, I have done pretty well.  There are a few things that I have not focused on such as my music and the cleaning of my apartment.  I feel as if I have let a lot slide these past few weeks for some reason.  I don’t know, I’m just having a hard time focusing on much which can be very frustrating for an overachiever.

I think the best way to go about this is to write in a journal expressing when and why I am feeling this way.  Rather than ignore the issue, I think it may be best to understand my procrastination and why it occurs.  Also, making checklists is a good way for me to get back on track.

The one thing I am excelling at is yoga.  I have been doing this steadily since January 1st even though at times I have wanted to quit.  Even though I have hit a slight rut in life, I am making yoga my anchor until I can focus on other things.  It’s good to know that all is not lost as long as I have my anchor.

I am in decent shape, but I would love to take it to the next level.  I think we all would and it’s something that can be focused on in small steps.  I have been consistent with yoga and haven’t missed a day in over two weeks.  Pretty impressive and I feel great!

Unfortunately, having gotten back into the yoga groove, I have realized that my eating habits haven’t been great.  I am really bad at drinking water.  It really is a challenge for me as I prefer coffee or nothing.  Not a great habit!  This week, I have forced myself to make sure that I drink one bottle of water to start off the day.  This is a great way to get two cups of water down before starting my morning coffee.  From there, I try to drink at least one or two cups more during the day.  Pretty impressive for someone who usually only drinks half a cup!

My diet has been carbs, carbs and more carbs.  Between pasta and after holiday sweets, I am doing my body no favors.  I love sugar and the idea of cutting down takes me to my sad place.  Still, I really want to try. Also, eating out every day for lunch is not good for the health or the budget, so I aim to change this.

Here’s to a healthier week!

 

 

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!