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My Body on Yoga

There is nothing like the feel of a good stretch!  I was doing yoga regularly at one point in my life and then I stopped.  Recently I found myself really missing it and with all the new aches and pains I have been having I can tell my body is missing it too!  I decided to start back with a once a week yoga class and after my first session I realized how out of shape I have become.  I find myself asking how is it possible to take so long to get your body in better shape but it can so quickly fall back out of shape??

About three years ago I was doing yoga 2 or 3 days a week and felt pretty good.  This one class made me sore in muscles I forgot I had!  Am I really getting that old and out of shape?  I must admit I am not a very flexible person.  I have struggled with very tight hamstrings my whole life and I realized any progress I had made 3 years ago was lost.  So here I am kind of starting all over again…

Yoga makes me feel longer, leaner and more at peace in my daily life.  I am not sure why I ever stopped the classes, but I think it had something to do with believing I am disciplined enough to keep it up on my own at home(obviously a mistake).  I am not an habitual person, I couldn’t even become a smoker when I thought it was cool!  So anyway, here I am sitting at my desk trying to sit up straight and thinking that my upper body hurts like hell AND… if she makes me do downward dog and plank 500 times again next week my arms may fall off!  Am I really paying for this punishment??

I am pretty motivated because if my body is sore then it must be doing some good. I need more muscle in my upper body considering I don’t have any.  When my 11-year-old jiggles my underarms and giggles I realize that something must be done!  I guess lifting the fork full of potato’s and the 12 ounce beer cans to my face isn’t enough of an upper body workout. I was thinking my motivational blog about starting a new habit every month has really been causing me a pain in the ass.  Today, however, I really do have a pain in my ass and I am actually grateful that I have a desk job since walking makes me look like I have a corn cob shoved up my arse!

I love the whole idea of yoga and medication…I mean meditation.  Obviously my arms are asking for some ibuprofen as I type this.  Yoga works the entire body and it can help relax or stimulate your body depending on what kind of class you take.  Yoga includes all ages and people from all over the world.  My yoga instructor is in her fifties and makes me feel old at 34!  My meditation skills are not the greatest.  Usually my mind is humming along with my list of things to do and if I happen to quiet my mind for a minute or two I end up falling asleep.

I stay motivated because I know Jennifer Aniston is big on yoga and if my body ends up looking like hers I will be so stoked!  So every time I walk with the corn cob jive or cry with pain as I brush my teeth I will remind myself that my Jennifer Aniston body is on its way!  When I sit patiently in silence meditating I set my intention to have a Jennifer Aniston body.  As I contort my body into unlawful positions following Jennifer’s yoga instructor, Mandy Ingber (Yogalosophy), I picture myself getting longer and leaner!

My body on yoga may start out feeling old and decrepit but I know in time I will be feeling great and looking long,  lean and sexy…look out Jennifer Aniston!   

Changing My Mind About Exercise

The benefits of regular exercise are undeniable.  Unfortunately, I am not a big fan of regular exercise and it is starting to show. I have always seen exercise as a form of work and at the end of a long work day it is the last thing I really want to do.  However, I have noticed the last three or four years my body does not bounce back as quickly as it use to.  There was a time when I could just cut back a bit on the  junk food and increase my water intake and easily lose 5 lbs in a weekend but not anymore.  I am finally giving in to the fact that I must start factoring in some regular exercise or move up to the double digit sizes in the near future.  The extra steps from parking out farther from the store or simply taking the stairs is not cutting it anymore either. I need some serious cardio and muscle toning exercise.  

I recently devised a plan to get on my treadmill at least 30 minutes every day in the month of November.  Unfortunately I came down with a cold and have missed most of first week, but I am not giving up.  I know I need to get a more positive outlook on exercise. My main problem is I have always looked at exercise like work instead of something enjoyable and beneficial.  I have a friend who loves exercise and considers it a hobby!  She has often tried to motivate and coach me into creating a positive habit of exercising more often without success.  I can’t deny the benefits I have had from exercising but I never seem to stick with it. So this year I am not going to just create an exercise plan I must create a whole new way of thinking.

I know I need a flexible routine because the all or nothing mindset has only caused me a major case of burnout before I ever see significant results.  So how do I retrain my brain to think exercise is fun?  Well I have done my research and learned from past mistakes and this time I think I have a pretty good game plan.  Instead of plodding away on the treadmill every day I am just simply going to wear this nifty little pedometer my boyfriend recently gave me.  Day one I simply want to see what my average steps will be without really trying, just to set a base line. Then on day two I will try to increase my steps and go up a little more each day. I have also decided to do just one exercise each morning before I start my day, like 3 sets of 20 squats, which shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.  I figured out time is really an issue with me when it comes to exercise.  If I break up exercising into multiple little intervals throughout the day I will be more likely to stick with it without getting burnout.

The other problem I have found with exercising in a healthy manner is how long it takes to get results.  I want to see results on the scales!   When two weeks go by and the scale has only budged by a couple of pounds it can be really defeating and is enough to make a girl want to throw in the towel.  So this time I am not going to set my goals by a number on a scale but more for how I look and feel in my clothes.  I know that muscle weighs more than fat and if I am working out daily the scales may not be the best or only way to chart my progress. I have chose a certain pair of jeans I love, but they just don’t fit quite like they use to, and that is going to be how I chart my progress this time.

The final issue that has been a mental block for me in the past is my reasons for wanting to get a great body.  I want to prove to my boyfriend that I still got it and can look even better than I did when we first met!  I also want to be able to wear anything and look comfortable and cute without trying to cover up some flaw.  I know I shouldn’t care what others think.  I should want to exercise simply for the health benefits and because it makes me happy.  Well of course I want to be healthy but I also want to prove to myself that I can do it and in the process prove to those around me that I can. 

 A couple of summers ago my boyfriend and I went floating on a river and I saw a young women, probably ten years younger than me, and I pointed her out to my boyfriend.  I said that I wanted my body to look like hers and my boyfriend said, no way, it will never happen!  At first I was shocked he said this, then I became a bit frustrated because I really do believe I could have a body like hers and maybe even better!  Since that incident, which I am sure my boyfriend doesn’t even remember, I have thought how wonderful it would be to prove him wrong.  I am going to remind myself of his words every time I think of giving up.  At one time I actually thought maybe he was right…  I am older now and just going to have to give up the idea of a Victoria Secret model body…but I really don’t think I have to.  I mean, he thinks Jennifer Aniston is the hottest thing since sliced bread and that woman is almost 10 years older than me!  If she can do it, then so can I! 

Obviously exercise is much more of a mental challenge for me than a physical one.  As my exercise junky friend says….you simply must DECIDE, COMMIT and SUCCEED!  So much easier said than done but this time I have decided I am really going to prove myself!

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