Saturday, January 8, 2011

Mastering Body: My Return to Bikram Yoga

To be perfectly honest, exercising and eating right has been a serious struggle this week.  I know all the reasons I have to take good care of myself (long, healthy life with my future husband, being healthy for my future children, fitting into my wedding dress, etc), but I just can’t seem to muster up the energy to make it to the gym or make healthy food choices.

This struggle resulted in no trips to the gym Tuesday and Wednesday and a series of text messages with the Pilot discussing motivation and energy.  But then, Thursday rolled around and it was my day off.  I decided if I can’t make time to work out on my day off, I’ll never find time to do it when I’m busy.  So, I got my butt to the gym and completed a simple speedwork run (5x400).  It’s only been 3 days, but I’m hoping that was the run that got me back on track.

Yesterday, the struggle returned.  I’ve been away from Bikram Yoga for exactly a month now (for financial reasons) and finally thought I could afford to return, which was my intention for yesterday’s workout.  However, about an hour before class I found myself in an emotional down place and considered skipping yoga class (and thus a workout) for a glass of wine.  Then, I recalled Caitlin’s recent post about healthy coping skills and realized 90 minutes of yoga would be the ultimate mood booster.  Of course I was right.  I had great first class back and was able to concentrate only on yoga for those 90 minutes (what was bothering me prior to class wasn’t thought about once).

And today again, I had no desire to go to the gym after a horrible night’s sleep and an early wake-up call for work.  So I compromised with myself, just make it to the gym and do another simple run.  I complete 2.16 miles (the number seems random I know, but it was selected for a purpose) and then went home to complete 8 sun salutations.  Now, I’m barely tired anymore.

As for my diet, I’ve laid out one simple goal inspired by one of Tina’s recent blog posts.  Make sure to include protein with every meal.  I’m hopeful that consuming more protein will improve my overall energy level.

Cheers to blogging 3 times this week, as outlined by my new years resolutions!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Mastering Mind: Coffee Catch-up


That beautiful girl standing beside me in this incredibly dated (November 2008) picture is one of my bridesmaids.  Liss and I met in our first year of grad school and have seen each other through several life-altering situations.  Liss has been a supporter of my relationship with the Pilot from day one and I could literally hear her smiling through the phone when I told her we were engaged.  Those, among many others, are the reasons why I asked her to be part of the bridal party.

Liss is currently living in California with her fiancĂ©, Benny-Boo, while he completes his PsyD internship (thank you Argosy University for bring us all together).  However, this week she is in town for some wedding planning and internship interviewing of her own and we were able to carve out a 90 minute chat at Starbucks yesterday.

Conversations with Liss yesterday, some serious and some silly, were a great way for me to master mind this week.  Creativity crept in when talking about wedding colors or strategic budget ideas.  Active listening skills were activated when talking about the stress included in wedding planning and our memory was engaged when we started to recall what we were like 4.5 years ago when we first met and how much we’ve changed.

I encourage everyone to call a friend and practice the mindful art of listening.  Then challenge that friend to do the same for you (I know you’ll want to talk as well).

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Mastering Mind, Body & Spirit in 2011

In case you haven’t heard I’m engaged and getting married this year!!


That being said, I think this year offers a wonderful opportunity to continue my quest to master my mind, body and spirit.

Resolutions for 2011

Master my mind by:

  • Studying for, taking and passing my licensing exam
  • Meditating and journaling more regularly
  • Attempting to blog 3 times a week
  • Enjoying the experience of being engaged

Master my body by:

  • Continuing the fitness and eating regimen that has already helped me drop one dress size
  • Completing a 30 day challenge (30 day shred, anyone?)
  • Running my 2nd half marathon
  • Attempting new recipes more often

Master my spirit by:

  • Attending church weekly
  • Meeting with a Priest to complete the pre-marriage requirements outlined by the church
  • Getting married in a Catholic Church

2010 was an amazing year (graduating, getting a job, moving in with the Pilot and getting engaged), so I am a little sad to see it go, but also very excited to see what 2011 will bring.

Happy New Year!