I mentioned at the beginning of the month that one of my areas of focus this year is on my health, and taking better care of myself. Over the past year or so I have really noticed some achy joints and that I’m not as flexible as I used to be (not that I ever was that flexible to begin with, LOL). So, when the instructor who does yoga classes at the library asked about doing a beginner’s workshop, I (selfishly) was all for it! I thought it would be a good opportunity for people (like me!) who wanted to try yoga, but have little experience with it, to take a class.
Now, I have tried yoga before… though quite a few years ago. I have never really kept up with any type of practice and most of the videos I tried to follow are the “flow” types where one pose transitions into another. The type of yoga that this instructor teaches is iyengar yoga. You hold the poses for a period of time and try to deepen the stretches and to me it seemed like more exercise-y. Let me tell you, it was not easy! I definitely felt stiff, uncoordinated, and not at all flexible. But I guess that’s a reason to continue, right?
I can’t say I totally loved it, but I didn’t hate it, either. My body definitely felt good afterwards, but it was certainly challenging. I also felt very self-conscious doing this in a class with nine other people. Honestly, I think it would have been easier if I didn’t know most of the people in class, but it’s a small town, so… that’s kind of inevitable, right?
Anyway, it was one step toward my goal. During the week I will try to practice the poses we learned today and I will go back for another class next weekend. Hopefully it gets a little easier!
Well, it’s been four days and I’ve been good about sticking to my workout regimen. I’ve been doing yoga each night as intended, and D. is interested in trying it out, too (!) I wasn’t sure if it would appeal to his masculine sensabilities, but Unfortunately, I will miss tonight because we ate dinner late and I don’t think it would be a great idea to do all that stretching while I’m stuffed. (Eeek.) I already feel better (perhaps it’s mind over matter), and I actually am kind of sad I’m missing it tonight. I’ve also been keeping up as best as I can with cardio in the morning. The first day was rough and I was pretty sore after (OK, really sore), but I pushed through and after my workout this morning, I could feel my muscles, but in a good way. It’s definitely a motivator!
I’ll bet that losing weight and “getting healthy” are the most popular new year’s resolutions out there. Last year I actually met my goal weight (thanks to the discovery of my thyroid disease). Over the holidays a few pounds have found their way back onto my body (I blame the cookies), so I need to focus of getting back down to where I was just before Thanksgiving.
Here are some of the things I want to focus on, not just for me but for my whole family:
- Eat more veggies. My two boys willingly try almost any vegetable and eat quite a variety (although Noah still runs in terror whenever I even suggest green beans). They both eat salad, which is great, but I want to expand their horizons when it comes to vegetables. The first thing I’m doing is going back to the farm share program we participated in a few years ago. I will be filling out the CSA application and sending in my check this week. Last summer we ate nowhere near as many fresh vegetables as the two years prior. I also am setting a goal of one meatless meal per week to start, with the hope of ramping it up to two or three as the spring and summer approach and the veggies become a lot more tempting.
- Drink more water. During the summer months, this isn’t a problem for me. But when it’s 20 degrees outside, chugging cold water isn’t that appealing. Nevertheless, it’s something I need to do.
- Exercise. I’m not sure if chasing my 19 month-old around counts as cardio (though I wish it did). Quite simply: I need to tone up after having lost weight. I have a copy of Jillian Michael’s 30-Day Shred. I just need to pop it in and start doing it. I also want to get back to a regular yoga program. I started doing yoga last February and loved it, but at some point my routine fell by the wayside. Even if I don’t do anything else, I want to start doing yoga again.
Pretty simple goals that I should be able to meet, right? Let’s hope so!