A Healthy Craving!

I had a craving for one of my favorite salads for lunch today. It's so simple...sliced cherry tomatoes, chopped avocado, and feta crumbles. Drizzle on a tiny bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and voila! A flavor explosion full of nutrients!

It's Atkins compliant, but the tomatoes and avocado are a bit on the high-carb side for veggies. So I'll just scale back slightly for the rest of the day.

Kundalini Yoga

I've never liked to exercise. I know I'm far from unusual in that sentiment, but I think that changing this feeling has to be part and parcel with my mindset shake-up.

I belonged to various gyms for years (I don't currently) and always did mostly the same routines. StairMaster or elliptical machine, then weight-bearing movements. I liked the results I got (as I had a pretty good bod back then), but those gym sessions never really left me feeling as great on the inside as I looked on the outside.

After my twins were born and I was looking to regain my pre-twin body, I decided to look on Amazon for a yoga DVD. I had never legitimately tried yoga, but always wanted to. Something about the calm look on the faces of the women walking down the street to the neighborhood yoga studio, wielding their mats rolled up underneath their arms like body armor, and wearing trendy yoga gear which showed off their sinewy muscles. Yeah, I wanted to be like that!

Except that I'm not. For one, I'm not a group joiner. When I was pregnant with my first son, I went to a pre-natal yoga class. My first and only yoga class, that is. The entire time I was in the class I felt like the other women were staring at me, that I was doing every pose wrong (and I likely was), and didn't know what to do with the various blocks and paraphernalia that all the other women whipped about with precision...pregnant bellies and all. Nope, it wasn't for me. I was just too self-conscious, plain and simple.

Enter Kundalini Yoga.

When the twins were about 5 months old I went to Amazon and did a simple search of highly rated yoga DVDs. Kundalini Yoga DVDs from the married duo Ravi Singh and Ana Brett consistently came up at the top. I ordered what looked to be a good starting point, "Kundalini Yoga for Beginners and Beyond". Since my core muscles were limp as noodles after having twins who were seven pounds each, these workouts were brutal at first. Getting up into the bridge position was almost impossible. But I stuck with it, and eventually built up strength and started incorporating their guided meditations into the workouts. And after a while, I stopped thinking of them as "workouts" at all, even though I was dripping with sweat. It was "me" time.

But the care of three small children, a full-time career and a disintegrating marriage took its toll, and I ceased with "me" time. I'm really looking forward to getting it back.


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