Your health is a state of mind
Lots of things are floating in my head about today's post. First, just think about that quote. At first, you might be thinking "yah yah yah, whatever." But any change you want to make, it really has nothing to do with your body. (I mean it does, but it's secondary.)
We've all been down that road of trying to improve our health, the strength of our body, and with any luck and perseverance, our waistline. And if you're like me, you've been down many, many roads. The road of frustration, beating yourself up for failing for the Xth time to get in shape or lose weight. "Why bother?" we ask. "I can't stick with it, so why should I even try." We really are awful to ourselves, aren't we? Kudos to those rare folks who have never struggled with getting into better shape or having to lose a few pounds (or a lot). (You're the folks we privately, or not so privately, curse at, and envy at the same time. Let's hope you have a good personality to make up for your perfect body, cause then we like you anyway. :) )
[pullquote]Your health is a state of mind.[/pullquote]
It really is about flipping that invisible switch in our brains from "I'm too tired/What's the point/My body never changes" to "I'll feel better today/I'll feel even better tomorrow/And yes, I am worth it!" But my switch keeps getting flipped to the negative talk. Change is hard. And then somehow I start ignoring all that, and, try again.
So that's where I am today.
I've been working out 2 to 3 times a week, for about two months. Nothing over the top, but still way more than what I've done for several years. I hate the fact that it's so hard after knowing what I could do a few years ago. Workouts that weren't too bad are now awful, and it's hard to tell yourself to keep at it when you're quietly beating yourself up for letting yourself get so out of shape. It sucks! It really does. I wish I could say I've been consistent about that 2 to 3 days a week, but some weeks, it's once. For really no good reason other than laziness. But, accept it. Move on.
This morning I ordered a yoga dvd. (See, there had to be some tie in with the photo, right?) I've been looking at lots of them online, trying to find snippets of video to see if they are too "ohm or uhmmmy". While the yoga clothes are great, I'm not into all that quiet soft meditation with the breathy voice over by the instructor. I've done a small amount of yoga associated with other workout dvds, so it's ok. I don't mind it. My husband has a Rodney Yee dvd, and while he's ok, there's just something that didn't click with me (referring to Rodney). I ended up choosing a dvd by Tara Lee, so we'll see how it goes. It will arrive soon.
Why add yoga to traditional weights/cardio?
Mainly, flexibility. There is also a strength component to yoga, too. Balance. If you've never tried it, it's not as easy as they make it look! Sitting at a desk is not good for our bodies. Twenty years ago it never used to bother me, but I don't have that body anymore. And while none of us like it, it really is a state of mind that it's ok that we're older (I'm not ok with that part, but it is what it is) and we can do things to improve. To change. To try again.
So I guess you could say my state of mind is
To keep trying.
And try again.
~Barb Kellogg, photographer, tea drinker, and dark chocolate lover firstname.lastname@example.org