I took yoga classes a few years ago with Rachel for something to help us decompress during her illness. We went once a week for two hours and always slept so well that night, nursing sore muscles for the next few days. But I never continued the practice outside of class other than the occasional pose, which really cheated me out of the experience.
Anyway, I found after I'd done a week of yoga that I was really enjoying the experience. For one thing, I was working on a mat in my office from a video series on youtube, Yoga with Adriene. No one saw me have less than perfect form, no one knew when I fell over. I could look like hell in my cat hair-covered yoga pants and my hair sticking up and no one was the wiser! Adriene is a lovely instructor, always telling you to find play in your yoga practice and what feels right for you. After a week I felt more limber and after two weeks a few of my poses were spot on and I was beginning to see improvement in my posture; my spine felt long and flexible.And, for the first time in my life, I actually looked forward to an exercise routine!
I also began adding a 15 minute light weight-lifting routine to my schedule every other day. This was also on youtube.
About two weeks ago I had a physical and my blood glucose came back slightly elevated as it had two years ago. Type II diabetes is in my family, affecting both my parents and sibling. I don't want that to happen to me. So, in addition to the yoga, I went on a low-carb diet and eliminated or reduced sugar. And to really change things up, I cut out my afternoon cuppa coffee (caffeine is not good for small-boned people), and reduced my beer consumption to one a week! We live in a very foodie area with tons of great craft breweries and when we first moved in I put on a quick 20 pounds. At the time of the move I was very underweight (stress), but suddenly found myself about 10 pounds over where I wanted to be.
Two days ago after finishing my 30th day of yoga I got on the scale for the first time in a while and I was down 6 pounds from the day I started the yoga challenge! I wasn't sure where my weight was going to fall as I'd been building muscle, so it certainly could have gone the other direction. My belly is now almost flat and when I put my hands on my waist there is a noticeable difference. I am so excited to see this much progress and this quickly. I'm thrilled to have found something I can do all year round from the comfort of my own home. Once the weather gets cold, I no longer go biking with Kevin (he bikes all year round), and I tend to quit walking. I now have no excuses! I CAN DO THIS!!