Sunday, March 29, 2015

Yog-ahhhh.

I finally found my missing piece. As you know I've struggled off and on as far as eating, gained weight back, and had a hard time losing. I've never struggled with doing some kind of workout and continue to consistently workout at least five days a week. I've really gotten into yoga a lot over the last month and it's transforming me. 

Don't get me wrong, I still love getting runner's high and crossing the finish at a race (even if I am much slower these days). I love lifting weights. I've become more of a diverse athlete... ,ore well-rounded in terms of my fitness. I'm constantly mixing things up.  On busy days that I can't lift weights or do a major cardio session, I do yoga or pilates in my office. Some days I have time for two 30 ,impute sessions. Sometimes I am lucky to be able to do a full hour. I do yoga daily - at least 30 minutes in the morning or night. I strive for both. Yes, that's even on days that I do other workouts. 

In addition to my yoga, I'm doing Combat and Chalene Extreme. There are days I jog instead of doing combat but there haven't been as many of those lately. I'm burnt out on the treadmill and it's still too cold for my wimpy self to get outside. I do the elliptical as a substitute. 

Diet still hasn't been great but over the last week I've felt way more transformed and am back on track. My boyfriend even expressed that he's ready to give up yucky food and eat healthier. Bonus!! That's a huge need for both of us and with him more on board it will be easier. I'm glad he's there. 

Anyway... Yoga. It's more than a form of exercise. It's a way of life. I feel more in touch with my mind and body. I feel stronger but physically and mentally. I feel at peace, calm, and happy. I've started meditating which isn't easy. My mind likes to go 100 miles a minute. Like my poses, my meditation needs practice... But it will improve. Right now I focus on my breathing which helps. I do chant "om" which is also helpful. I have found some great mantras! I really need to invest in some mala beads. I, having a hard time choosing because they're costly. However, mala beads are said to choose the person. It shouldn't be a major decision... You buy the ones you're drawn to (which is why they are said to choose you). I think it's the price tag that's holding me back. As my meditation improves, I will need to buy them. Malas have 108 beads; the number of times you should chant your phrase. The beads help keep count. I hit up the two local health foods stores and got some groceries over the weekend. And tea. I love my tea. 

I just ordered some mala bracelets from Mala Collective (which is where I will buy my mala bead necklace). They have great products. AND, if you sign up for their newsletter, you get 10% off of your first order!! Awesome, right!?! 

I really feel like this new way of life; this new mentality is helping me to get back to where I need to be. I feel this whole new level of clarity... My outlook and motivation have changed. I honestly cannot accurately describe hie amazing yoga has made me feel. 

Seriously.... Check it out. 

I'll be back with another post sooner than later. I think that with finding this new way of thinking, I will be posting much more often. 

Namaste 

XOXO

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