Driving to the studio yesterday I thought of all the (as the instructor put it during class) DISCLAIMERS I could utter on my way in; “I’m so sore. I barely slept last night. I didn’t eat enough. I’ve done so much yoga lately.” All the excuses could have kept me from even getting in the car in the first place but I did. One foot in front of the other. One move at a time, one second more, one pulse, one heartbeat more. That’s the mindset I realized I had during the practice and even though all my ‘disclaimers’ were true, I made it through by listening to my body and following my breath.
Today was not much different as all my disclaimers came to surface, (although I did make sure I had a killer omelet before my planned practice time).All fueled up and ready to go, I did not have the chance to practice in the morning. My son wouldn’t sleep and I knew it was going to be “one of those days” for him. One of the days when he would demand my full attention and I would have little time for my own pursuits. And that is OK.
Part of this practice, I would even venture to say a MAJOR part of this practice is PATIENCE. Patience with those around you and patience to know that you will continue to grow a little at a time mentally, emotionally and physically. So, without complaining (a HUGE accomplishment for me- who is traditionally the impatient, type A whiner when things don’t go as planned) I drove my son around to help him nap and spent the day devoted to his needs. Once he went to bed I wanted to zone out and eat junk food with a side of wine. Instead, I remembered my goals and the fact that I truly want to complete this challenge to see these slow and steady results come to fruition. And so I did. It was not a big profound practice, just a nice and easy 25 minute flow. It felt good to control my day and not fall back on a commitment I made to myself.
While these may not be the toughest times I have ever been through, I see these as small tests along this path to the end goal.
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