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Turtle: Slow, but for sure

Thursday, October 24, 2013

That's what they used to call me. ( Along with Olive OIl) It's funny how I resented both of them. I see how one can self denigrate with even something meant to be a compliment.

I've been consistent with my meditation practice and being mindful thought the day. It is interesting to see the way I respond to life's struggles. Currently I'm working on Right Diligence. I find it is similar to holding a yoga pose. You need to find that sweet spot of effort and relaxing into it. It is true is seeing my eating issues also. The more I "force" myself to not eat or eat correctly the more impossible it is.

In addition, I've experienced major set backs in my workouts this past summer. First I fell running. Not long after recouping and even gaining some distance/speed I got sciatica. It was so bad I had a hard time walking from car into store. That is better, and know I'm seeing the knees might have been the culprit. I haven't gone back to running. I'm finding strength in hiking, yoga, and tread climber. I plan to add swimming to my routine.

I still struggle with cravings when I feel emotional, tired, or overwhelmed. I see it and hope to keep growing through it.

I have an appointment with Naturopth in November.
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    2304 days ago
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    Changing out the routines is a good idea. Don't let the fall stop you though. Once your all healed up dust yourself off. I feel hard several times last year walking of all things. It hurt soooo bad. It took me awhile to heal up, but then I picked up walking again. Knees can be tricky and very slow to heal.

    I have sciatica too. Things that help are Somatic Yoga DVDs by James Knight. He shows you different ways to stretch and tighten and release the muscles than regular yoga DVDs. It really helps. Going to the Chiropractor. Sometimes Classicalstretch.com workouts help. Her workouts are gentle pain relieving workouts.

    Have you done any Yin Yoga DVDs. They hold the poses 3 min. or more depending on the instructor. The first few times I did them I was sore, but then things started loosening themselves up.
    2305 days ago
    Slow is the only way to make a permanent change for me. I changed my way of eating and the way I look at food (as fuel, not reward) I've lost slow and steady, and I haven't had a plateau yet. In the past 4 months I've lost 28 pounds. That isn't a Biggest Loser kind of number, but it's made a tremendous difference in my ability to get around and my health in general.

    I like the turtle approach. I haven't completely given up any foods entirely, but I don't crave things I've simply chosen not to eat. When I frame it as a choice, it makes things easier.

    In terms of activity/exercise, I've had to admit, too, that my body simply will not do what it could do a few years ago...at least not yet. And that's OK. It's good to find new things, as you have done.

    Stay on the path, my emoticon friend!

    2306 days ago
    "Slowly but surely" is my new motto, too. Go at the pace that you need to go at. Meditation is a wonderful tool and habit. A habit that I need to get back into myself.

    Thank you for sharing today. emoticon
    2307 days ago
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