Nowadays I find that in order to regain and maintain my previously svelte physique requires more time and effort than I had hoped. Part of me likes the womanly feel of having a little more curve to my hips and a softer belly (why my weight gain never goes to my bust line is always a disappointment). The other part misses the strong resilient feeling of being a trained athlete; the knowledge that I could jump a fence at a moments notice, tumble and roll without fear of injury or pain, bend in half without twinges or pops...
So one aspect of this years New Years Resolution is to regain some of that able-bodied feel. Although I chose to fill most of my time with my holistic healing business, I have resolved to carve out more time for me and my body. Even as I sit here writing this, I could be taking a yoga class. So how can I make this possible?
My answer has been what I've known for years and tell my students on their first day of school, yet somehow I keep avoiding.
As Nike would say: "JUST DO IT." Even if it's just 10 minutes of movement and stretching, beginning is the hardest part. But once you take that first step the body and mind will start to crave more.
So far it is working for me. This is my 12th day of activity and I feel great.
An important aspect of creating a resolution is using language that helps rather than hinders. Phrases like "I have to," "I should do," and "I need to" innately cause a resistance. We use this language for things we probably don't want to do and in turn victimize ourselves. Replacing them with "I want to," "I chose to," and "I enjoy" are words of empowerment and are used for things we desire, things that make us feel good.
Another secret to my so far success is the balance of commitment and acceptance. Replacing the demands of "I said I would take yoga today at 10am" with "I chose to finish this article and do 20 minutes of Pilates here at home" creates an opportunity for success rather than a demonstration of failure.
At the end of 30 days I am going to take another photo and share it. Although I do not expect or "need" it to look exactly like the one above, "I want" and "enjoy" the feeling of being in touch with my body. I want my body and mind to be active and to move. Please share any thoughts, feelings, triumphs, failures of your own resolutions for life!