However, I haven't even written 31 posts yet this year, so this didn't seem a realistic goal for right now. Apparently I felt left out though, because I decided to write one post about 31 days of a certain activity. That's kind of the same, right?
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All this started because one of my cherubs asked me what I wanted for my birthday, which is next month. Immediately I thought, "I want this stupid knot in my shoulders to ease." As I stopped to think about it, I made a little list for myself. For my birthday, I want more relax, less grasping at control; more peace, less worry; more joy; less over-analyzing; perhaps most importantly, more strong, less "baby" belly.
And then I thought some more, because that's what I do. (I can't tell you how many times my mother has told me I think toooooo much.) Anyway. These things I want? They are all things I have the power to give myself - especially in light of the recent changes in our home.
So I started doing either yoga or pilates every day. (Not the "you are a beautiful flower bending to the goddess" type of yoga, justsoyouknow.) Stretch, strengthen, breathe. I told the kids about my gift to myself because they get excited about goals like this and are quite adept at being relentless little reminders. So multiple times a day I hear, "Mom! Did you do your yoga yet??" Excellent! I'm not strong right now, so I just do what I can. There's one 30 minute sequence that I just get up and walk away in the middle of. I can't do all of it, so I take a little coffee break and come back after five minutes. Drives the kids nuts to skip exercises commanded by the authoritative lady in striped spandex, but I tell them, I'll get there, there's time. The point is consistency, which is a kind of anchor itself.
Here's the fabulous part. I've managed to hit every day, even if only for 5 minutes. Ok, that's not the fabulous part - this is: I went to the chiropractor yesterday and he was making all these approving noises as he checked my spine. He made a small adjustment and then said I was in good shape. I told him about my yoga, and he said, "yes, you seemed a lot less tense." We both agreed this could be due to . . .er . . .the recent decrease in environmental stress factors, but the exercise certainly helped as well.
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