In the course of this blog, I have committed most of my writing to food. Today, I’m going to try something different, SURPRISE! And talk about exercise aka the “living life” part of my blog name. To preface: I have always been an active girl. Growing up I did ballet, jazz, swimming and softball… I was an overactive child. As I got older, I found I was the most passionate about swimming and continued to compete until my sophomore year of college. I was very burned out of swimming at that point and took up running. Running was such a nice change of pace. I loved the serenity of going for a long run in the country side and absorbing the scenery around me. I even participated in several 5, 10, and 15k races. I decided to run a half marathon last fall and successfully completed it. I like going to the gym, but treadmills aren’t really my thing, so running was on the back burner due to harsh winter conditions in my area. This past summer I was working so much that I no longer had time for any type of exercise. I noticed a drain in my energy and my strength and flexibility weren’t what they use to be. I decided to purchase some yoga tapes (I had done YMCA classes here and there in the past) and the tensions that I was carrying around were relieved. I think yoga is one of the best things for your mind and body and have wanted to practice it seriously for a while now. I was always “too busy” but my friends, today I found the time.
I went by myself, and it was such a treat. I could sit back, focus and all of my worries, stresses etc were checked at the door. I forgot how good yoga makes you feel. It was a gentle beginners class that was mainly focused on stretching and breathing, but I left with and elated feeling. At the end of class after relaxation the instructor said a familiar phrase “honor thy self…namaste.” I love that mentality. The reason why I cook nice meals for one, eat right, exercise and occasionally treat myself to little indulgences like getting my nails done and large ice cream sundaes (favorite dessert=ice cream) is to respect and honor my body. All of these things make me feel peaceful and happy. I think I’m going to start doing more of it…beats the elliptical.
It’s the little things that lead to a full life,