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Progress?

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I’ve been feeling a bit discouraged lately. I haven’t been seeing the progress I’d like to see on the scale. The numbers are just not going the right way. They’re just kinda hovering there. Without moving. And it’s pissing me off.

At least, it was totally pissing me off. Until I started thinking about it. When it comes to weight loss, we’re so quick to base our success on the numbers on the scale. Of course, that is the ultimate goal, right? To see those numbers go down. And we want it now. Is it just me, or is our society fixated on instant gratification?

In the past, I have lost weight quickly. It was great to see those numbers go down, down, down. People noticed. People compliment. It felt great. But, it didn’t last. Had it lasted, I wouldn’t be writing this today.

I think that’s why I’ve chosen to focus on being fit instead of just weight loss. But, old habits die hard, and when I see those numbers on the scale stagnate, it stings. So, I’m trying to find other ways of measuring my success.

I had one of those moments this morning. About a month ago, I purchased another yoga DVD. I was getting bored with the one workout I had, and wanted some variety. This new DVD was a lot harder, and I wasn’t able to complete the workout. I was just proud of myself for trying.

Well, this morning, I did it! I finished the entire workout! And it felt good. No. It felt great. This got me to thinking: it wasn’t that long ago that a back injury rendered me almost incapacitated. I could barely walk up the stairs, getting out of bed was nearly impossible, and sitting in my car for more than 5 minutes brought me to tears. After just over a month of regular morning yoga, I can now hop out of bed and run down the stairs to do my workout; I can touch my toes; I rarely need to take any medication … it’s great! I went from taking up to 14 prescription pain killers per day to taking one or two non-prescription pills per week.

That’s what this journey is all about: feeling healthy and fit. Sure, the numbers on the scale don’t reflect my progress…. yet. But one day, they will. I will continue to make little changes, improving my health one day at a time, one step at a time. Little changes add up to big success.

I can do this. I will do this. I will not let the scale rule me. I will focus on how I feel, physically and emotionally, and celebrate all the little accomplishments along the way.

I have made a lot of little changes in the last month. I’m feeling healthier, I have more energy, my mood has improved, I feel stronger, my posture is improving, and, bloody hell, I can touch my toes!

In my next post, I’ll highlight some of the little changes I’ve made. Thanks for reading!

 

Yay me!

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It’s week three of my blog. And, in those three weeks I have begun to notice a few changes. But, before I tell you what those changes are, I thought I’d review what changes I’ve made:

  • 5am yoga: I get up 4-5 morning per week and do an easy yoga DVD.
  • Cutting back on my meat consumption: I wouldn’t necessarily say that I’ve gone vegetarian, but I am only eating meat a few times per week.
  • Eating more fruit and vegetables: I’m trying to shop mainly around the outsides of the grocery story, cutting back on my prepackaged and processed foods.
  • Increasing the amount of exercise that I do: in addition to early morning yoga, I try to go for a walk or some other form of exercise two or three times per week.
  • Cutting back on my coffee consumption: before starting this blog, I drank a venti-sized coffee with fat-free flavoured creamer (mostly just vanilla-flavoured chemicals!) every morning. I haven’t completely given up coffe, but I have switched it up. I’m drinking green tea a few mornings per week.
  • Meditating: when I’m feeling stressed or anxious, I’m trying to remember to take time and centre myself and meditate.
  • Daily affirmations: I’ve programmed my phone to send me reminders throughout the day. My favourite is “You deserve to be healthy” which pops up every day at 3:30 pm. Every morning as I finish my yoga, I take time to remind myself that I deserve to treat my body with love and respect.
  • Simply trying to do my best: In Don Miguel Ruiz’s book “The Four Agreements” one of the agreements is “Always do your best. I also remind myself to be impeccable in my words. (I will write more about how I apply Ruiz’s work to my life later).

So there you have it. Those are the changes I’ve made lately. And lemme tell you: I have been noticing the difference. The first big thing is that I’ve lost about 6 pounds. Yay me!!  I have more energy, and just feel healthier in general. In the last week or so, my back hasn’t been hurting as much (I haven’t needed as much painkillers as I did when I started this blog).

But, I think the biggest improvement overall has been my mood. I am a lot happier, and a lot more pleasant. I feel mentally and emotionally stronger. This is pretty major. As I reflect on my life in the last 10 months, I can see a monumental shift in my emotional health. I finally feel like I have my emotional and mental health issues under control. Having that area in my life under control is allowing me to have control of other areas.

I can’t wait to see what the coming months will bring!

May 10, 2012: Meditation

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Almost every morning for the past few weeks, I’ve been getting up at 5am to do a short yoga workout before starting my day. At first, it was a real chore to get out of bed and try to bend myself into a pretzel. The getting out of bed part is definitely getting easier. Bending […]