photo irrelevant, just pretty.
It's this time of year that everyone starts to think about living a healthier life.
My inbox and mailbox (remember real mail?), are full of flyers and discounts for the "#1 weightloss pill of 2010", fat burners, fat cleansers, fat evaporators. Doctors are emailing me--OPRAH, yes THE Oprah, emailed me and wanted to share her weightloss secrets with me for the new year. There are pills to swallow, chews to chew, diets where they send YOU the food, diets where you don't eat food at all.
This is when I want to give you my little piece of advice, free, just for being here.
Did you just groan?
You hate it. Why?
As I was bending and twisting and stretching my body today in my pilates + yoga fusion class, I could not stop thinking about how much I loved it.
Loved that I am starting to take all this crazy breathing and inner peace mumbo jumbo seriously (I only get the giggles every now and then) and it's working.
Loved that my legs hurt.
Loved that my arms were tired, and just about to fall off.
Loved that I really wanted to sit down on my mat and quit.....but I didn't.
I am so thankful (don't even get me started on this one) for all that my body does for me. It's healthy and strong. It lets me dance across the room like a princess with my girl. Body slam my boy in a heated wrestling match. It lets me hug Robby when he comes through the door at the end of the day (and body slam him if need be). It makes trip after trip up and down the stairs for one more load of laundry. It tries to hold it's own against the whirlwind that is Charly the big yellow dog.....but that is another story.
All it asks in return is that I care for it. Keep it tuned up.
If I am correct, you too have been given an amazing body that needs to be taken care of, right? Last time I checked bodyless spirits weren't really in to blogging....
You don't have to run (although, I will convince you to if you like). You don't have to do yoga (although your body will love you for it).
Just find something that you can connect with.
Break out your Jane Fonda tapes--do anything to get you going!
You would be amazed what a little stretching can do for you.
There will be times you hate it. Times you want to quit. But you won't--you'll think of all your body does for you, and you'll feel so good knowing you are paying it back--no gimmicks or tricks....just good old fashioned exercise.
Here's to a healthy 2010!
*I think I should check in every now and then to see how you are doing.....yes?? I'll also be following up soon with healthy eating....NOT dieting, but just eating healthy, because it's very important too.*