The Ups and Downs of Week OneJuly 08, 2011 at 2:22 PM by Laurie Hall
It’s been a week of challenges. But it has been wonderful! I managed to make it onto my mat 3 times (and plan on another this weekend) and got out for a run twice. I’m sure I can drag my fiancé out for one more run this weekend.
I was struggling with eating vegan for the first few days and decided to pick up The Thrive Diet. I ran the theory past a dietitian and she was in full support of a trying a vegan lifestyle, especially with the pain I have been experiencing. I've had fun exploring my community to find the local organic food stores and have really enjoyed the experience of gathering the ingredients to make some of the Thrive recipes. Having a stressful and time consuming job downtown, I seriously questioned if I would have the time to shop for some of the more uncommon ingredients, but I found several shops right in the downtown core. I've passed them a million times without even noticing their existance!
My Own Personal War
My experience on the mat this week was eye-opening. I used to be bendy and needed to work on strength more than flexibly. WOW has that changed. I’m tight EVERYWHERE and I’m back to using all the modifications. I struggled with strength, flexibly and distractions of the mind. My right side was fighting my left and my front body was fighting my back body. It was a war on the mat. Perhaps it is a reflection of how I feel in my life right now, everyone and everything fighting for my limited time and attention.
Despite the challenges, it was nice to make an effort to set aside some time for myself to move and bring breath and awareness to my body.
Goal for Week Two
I take the subway to and from work every day. Typically I read a novel, case law or the paper. No one has ever commented on any of my reading material. This week I was reading The Thrive Diet. On each subway ride I have taken (7 so far) at least 2 different people have commented on the book. Here are some of the comments.
“You don’t need a diet. Why are you reading that?”
“Young girls these days, so influenced by the pressures of society”
“Excuse me, but are you starting a vegan diet”- and then would continue on to tell me all the reasons I shouldn’t.
To be fair, there was one guy who had tried the diet and was excited to tell me how much it had helped his health and training program, but for the most part the comments were negative critiques.
This has helped me determine my goal for next week. I am going to try and be as non-judgmental as possible both on my mat and off. I’m going to try to observe and be aware of my physical and mental being, without criticizing.
All in all it’s been a great, but challenging week. I haven’t noticed too many changes yet, but am excited to see what is to come!
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