Ugh. Limits. I hate having limits. I don’t like knowing that I can’t do something. I don’t want to say no or ask for help. I don’t want to be that high-maintenance person that can’t eat this, and can’t drink that. But you know what? I DO have limits. I really can’t eat certain foods or stay up all late or drink a bottle of red wine with my girlfriends because I’ll get sick. Every time. Whenever I try to push my limits too far, guess what? I get sick.
The truth is, we all have limits. Some people can manage on very little sleep and function normally. Some of us can’t. My husband can go hours and hours without eating and feel fine. I miss a meal and I’ll get über crabby and then proceed to pass out. Limits can be imposed by our bodies, our finances, and even our fears. We all have them, but we don’t always actually listen to those limits and then we get into trouble.
I’ve always been the busy girl involved in every club, every sport and every social scene. I used to say Yes to everyone and then suffer through the consequences of exhaustion and bad food choices. I’m beginning to learn that it’s OK to say No. It’s OK to be particular about how I spend my precious stores of energy and be picky about what I put into my body. It’s OK to cut ties with people who only drain my energy and cause me stress.
I’m coming to terms with my limits and beginning to listen to my body, and instead of feeling like I’m missing out, I’m actually happier because I feel so much better without the headaches and nausea. Instead of my friends being irritated with me, they’ve been amazingly supportive. Surprisingly, everyone was fine with my limits but me! I’m going to continue to work on being gentle with myself and accepting my limits.
Is there anything in your life screaming out for you to stop? Do you feel “limited”? If so, how does that affect your life?
Ever heard that famous Einstein quote that defines insanity?
“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.” ― Albert Einstein
Well here’s an even better one about the same topic. I saw this quote and couldn’t help but think that it really applies to heath, or happiness, or pretty much anything in life worth having.
“If you want something in your life you’ve never had, you’ll have to do something, you’ve never done.” -JD Houston
Ponder that quote for a moment. How does it apply to your life? What new things do you need to do in order to reach your goals? For me it’s eliminating foods, trying yoga, and thinking differently about myself.
I’m totally new to the blogging world, so I’m super excited about my first feature on another blog! Thank you, Eric over at Health Demystified! Little surprises like this feature keep me motivated to continue blogging and help get me out of “writer’s block” moments. Every “like” or comment I get on my blog let’s me know that there are others out in the world looking to improve their lives, their health, and their happiness just like I am. I am so blessed with this opportunity to share my story with the world and hope I continue to inspire you to take charge of your life and your health.
While you’re here, go check out Eric’s blog! He has a lot of really great health information and a unique angle on the health care industry that you don’t want to miss. Even though Eric’s blog is extremely informative, it’s funny too, so you’ll really enjoy every post. Click here to go to Eric’s blog, Health Demystified, and be enlightened.
Yoga today! So excited! One day it is my goal to be able to hold a pose like this one without toppling over or ripping my hamstrings to shreds. Every session gets me closer!
Happy Friday! Here’s a quote to send you off for the weekend.
“Being happy doesn’t always make us grateful, but being grateful always makes us happy!” -unknown author
Today I didn’t have yoga and I miss it! Yoga days are my favorite days. I’m looking forward to being more confident in my yoga abilities so that on my off days, I can do a full session at home. There are a few basic-and I mean basic–poses that I can easily do on my own, but it’s just not the same as going to the comfortingly warm and sunny studio in my neighborhood. Also, my yoga instructor is irreplaceable. She knows exactly how to describe a pose so that I get my body alignment just right, and gently encourages me to push a little further than I think I can go so that I get the most out of the position.
When I first decided to sign up, I was planning on only going once a week to keep my budget under control. Once a week turned into twice a week, then three times a week, and now I’m contemplating buying the “unlimited” monthly package so that I can go everyday. Yoga is seriously my new favorite time of the day. Bedtime used to be my favorite time of the day, but now I have more energy…from yoga… so yoga’s my favorite now.
Why do I love yoga so much?
- It clears my always frantic mind and reduces stress.
- It helps me feel relaxed yet energized.
- My flexibility is improving.
- The chronic muscle tension in my neck and shoulders (where I carry stress) is easing up.
- I enjoy the open and caring sense of community in my classes-maybe I’ll make new friends!
- Oh, and getting great abs and a cute butt doesn’t hurt either!
I love yoga so much now, that I’m actually looking forward to getting up at 6:00 am on a Saturday for class tomorrow!
Why is Yoga So Great?
Yoga is a holistic practice meaning it focuses on all elements of the person and aims to bring balance and wellness. Translated, Yoga literally means, “to yoke or join together.” Yoga focuses on the mind-body connection, although more Americanized forms of yoga tend to focus more on the “physical” aspect of yoga than the mental or spiritual. Do your research and find a class that fits your style and an instructor who you feel comfortable with.
Yoga is an excellent form of complementary medicine. Many people practice yoga to strengthen their bodies after injury or illness, reduce stress and tension caused by stress, boost the body’s immune system, sharpen mental acuity, fight mental illness and ease depression. Yoga is often recommended for those suffering from chronic pain syndromes, and even cancer. Yoga teaches you to listen to your body and a good instructor will never encourage you to do any poses that cause pain.
Is yoga really for everyone? Yes!
Yoga isn’t just for the ultra svelte hot blonde. Anyone can do it and anyone can reap the benefits of yoga’s deep stretches and breaths. You don’t need impressive flexibility or a wardrobe full of Lululemon to participate. Many yoga studios offer classes and one-on-one sessions for beginning yogis, and there are hoards of YouTube videos, books, and DVD’s that make it possible to practice yoga at home. Also, once you’ve learned a few basic poses, you can really do yoga anywhere you’d like. I love to watch people practice yoga in a grassy park, or on the beach.
As a newbie yogi myself, I’ll admit that it took me a long time to actually GO to yoga because of numerous silly fears and doubts in my abilities. I am not flexible. Not one bit. I honestly can’t even touch my own toes. At first, I used this as an excuse, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I NEED to do yoga BECAUSE I’m not flexible! Mind blowing revelation, huh. Also, I was a bit self-conscious knowing that I would likely need a lot of help learning the poses and following along. I didn’t want people to see how inflexible and uncoordinated I was. Here’s where genius revelation #2 sinks in. Maybe, yoga is about overcoming your insecurities, focusing on your body and breathing and the learning process, and not what other people think of you. As you can probably see, I no longer had anymore excuses and decided to join a class for beginners. It was sooo worth getting over my anxieties and I recommend it to anyone who’s been thinking about going but just too nervous to try it.
Everyone has their own reason for joining yoga and personal goals for their practice. Personally, I joined to improve my flexibility, reduce tension and stress, and heal my headaches. Your goals may be quite different, but that doesn’t mean yoga won’t benefit you.
Why are thinking of trying yoga? Do you already take part in yoga? If so, what are some of your goals for your practice?
http://bit.ly/Ikss7h (yoga basics and poses)