Days 9 & 10: Moving Through the Tough Times

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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Just trying to search out my niche in life and live to its fullest potential. These words are what come to mind when I think of my life in a nutshell: Mom, military wife, friend, French teacher, coach, yoga, working out, eating right, cooking, infertility survivor, travel and wanderlust. (Nothing is in any particular order other than Mom and wife as my family means everything to me!)

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