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I am trying to get a little yoda (and yoga) going on in my world because I have been taking life a little too serious for a little bit too long now and it is getting old.
During tax season, you gotta take things serious and it takes a lot of energy keeping three new people busy and productive, and do your own job.
Don’t get me wrong, I actually like to work hard (I know, I am one of those people) and I enjoy being busy with diversified tasks.
It makes me feel good, and it makes me feel accomplished.
However, I am still busy getting caught up with items that were put on the side burner during tax season.
That would not be a problem, it is just that I am faced with having to get really serious about the yoga teacher training that I am enrolled in, and I am already behind.
That’s when I start getting stressed, because I am tired of being so damn focused and responsible and hard-working. hahaha
I also would like to buy a place this year if possible, and that takes a whole lot of serious work and planning too.
Needless to say, when I got up this morning I was like Duuuuude, you gotta find ways to lighten up!
The yoga teacher training will actually help now that I can make the time to engage. Like I need to read and write the essay about The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.
The Four Agreements are:
- Be Impeccable with your Word: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.
- Don’t Take Anything Personally Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
- Don’t Make Assumptions Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
- Always Do Your Best Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.
I read this book a long time ago, and I really appreciated it.
I look forward to reading it again, and writing the essay that is um, due tomorrow.
Which brings me to the second thing this training could help me with, stress relief by doing yoga. Duuuuh!
Um, I need to get with it because yoga brings me peace and makes me feel good.
I am not going to beat myself up anymore though for my slow transition. I think I have done pretty well with all I have going on while trying to balance out this transition and not being too thrilled about having to be so focused and dedicated again so soon after my last focus and dedication!! hahaha
Ya know, maybe I’ll actually do something for myself today like get my hair highlighted, or get a pedicure, or get my eyebrows waxed or all of the above because I get pretty rough-looking after being so focused and dedicated. hahaha
Now I am already feeling a lot lighter and more relaxed.
Oh, and I plan on doing yoga today too.
PS ~ A video for those who are more visually inclined ~ Don Miguel Ruiz: Stop Trying to Read Other People’s Minds | Super Soul Sunday | OWN
It feels like I just posted yesterday.
I looked at the date, oops, I lost a week and a few days.
Tax Season will do that to you.
As will retirement.
Which I am a long ways from enjoying.
So, not only do we have tax season going on, but our receptionist gave notice and this Friday will be her last day.
To be honest, I knew this day would come. I just thought it wouldn’t happen until this summer.
I did kind of wanted it to come, however for the record, I would have preferred it happening during non-tax season time! hahaha
Oh well, such is life.
We will get through tax season; we already have extra help lined up and a new receptionist starting in two weeks.
I have high hopes for the new receptionist.
I think she will be well-organized and detailed oriented, so we should get along just fine – read, perfectly.
She does talk a lot though, or at least she did in the interview.
My boss and I stepped out of the room to discuss things and he mentioned that he thought she was great and would work out well, but he felt that she talked a lot.
Good. We agreed. I thought I just might be tired. hahaha
She will be way too busy to talk when she comes on board March 30th, talk about walking into the line of fire!
Good thing it is me overseeing and training her, because I am pretty nice even when I am tired.
Honest, I am.
I am looking forward to training someone to do everything the way I do it.
But then again, sometimes I even forget how I do things and have to go back and look. hahaha
Oh well, we are going to do the best we can, which in reality means, we are going to bust our asses.
I am weird.
I thrive under pressure.
But only if it is for a given period of time, because I don’t think anyone could do this 24/7/365 and be happy and healthy.
And it doesn’t hurt that half day Fridays are on the other side of tax season!
It is like having a three-day weekend for 7 months and 2 weeks of the year. Not a bad trade-off in my book.
So I may or may not be able to post again until after April 15th.
Or make that April 19th because I begin a yoga teachers training program on April 17th, and that truly makes me want to cry just thinking about how I am going to be able to pull that off RIGHT AFTER tax season ends.
But I’ll worry about that on another day!
Being here now, this is my world….
So I’ve got 11 days of the 30 day fitness challenge under my belt.
Never in the history of my life have I done some sort of exercise 11 days in a row!
Today is day 12, and I’ll be exercising tonight after work.
I am a morning person, but I actually pulled off the after work workout last night so I am going for a second time.
Wish me luck, because doing so involves revamping my habits.
Time is short in the mornings for me, so it was nice to work out last night after work and not have to rush through the motions just to get it in.
As the rest of the challenge unfolds, I hope to be able to go between the two times, am and pm, as my time and energy permits.
Here are my stats so far, because I like crunching numbers.
I’m also pretty impressed with myself for going from zero to this in 11 days…..
Jumping Jacks: 30 (just added)
Cardio: 3.75 hours
Yoga: 30 minutes
I am working on adding more cardio because that is where the fat burning power comes from, but at present I am the ole weekend warrior in this department.
I obviously also need to add more yoga since I claim to enjoy it so much, and it really would behoove me to stretch out all of these newly found and used muscles I am tapping daily.
This is a process of adding and tweaking and getting more in without burning myself out.
My main goal at present – do every day of the 30 day challenge, because then I will have officially done something I have never done before!
The lingering goal in the back of my mind – do another 30 day challenge when this one is complete.
Pinterest was kind enough to send me an email with a whole slew of 30 days challenges to choose from last night. Kinda spooky. hahaha
By the way, the only reason I have gotten this far is because I am doing this with a group of ladies and we check in daily using Facebook.
Just a tip should you want the inside edge.
I had a very frustrating day yesterday.
I’d like to back up and say I am still on track with my fitness challenge.
Granted it is only day 6, but I am pretty sure this is the farthest I’ve ever gotten with anything when it comes to daily exercising.
And that is only because I have others to check in with on a daily basis.
Having a group makes all the difference!
I haven’t quite worked out the 30 minutes of cardio three times a week part yet due to my schedule.
I have only gotten in one for the week so far, but anything actually written on the list has been completed daily and marked off with glee!
And I can still get in 30 minutes of cardio on Friday (my half day, so it is doable) and on Saturday to be able to legitimately say I completed week one 100%.
So that is one thing that is nagging me, another thing being that I haven’t had the time to blog.
It feels weird not blogging.
I didn’t even get out a Wordless Wednesday yesterday.
I mean, come on, how hard is that?
But the two things that really got to me yesterday involve work and yoga.
The receptionist at work is going to drive me nuts!
She’s a little bit, hmmm how to say this, oh wait, I’ll use her own words….noisy.
She’s extremely interested in knowing what I do.
And it feels a little bit beyond her simply being curious about how things work.
The thing that pushed me over the edge yesterday was when I was in my boss’s office printing something off of his computer for my other boss and she surprised me by not only coming into the office, but marching over and coming around the desk while peering at the screen to ask me a question that could have waiting until I was back in my own office.
I watched it all with disbelief. I watched her actually look at the screen to see what I was doing.
Me, when I enter an office, I stay on the other side of the desk no matter who it is because whatever they are doing is none of my business, and I only come around when invited. Even with her desk up front.
Now nothing I was doing was super secret, it was the point-blank of her being noisy that got me.
Earlier this week, she had me across the hall badgering the receptionist of another firm – Dude, I didn’t know you were leaving, why didn’t you tell me you were leaving when you were busy welcoming me back???
Her response, I am not leaving , what have you heard, who told you that???
I had to back track fast and explain that our receptionist was looking on their site and saw an opening that she was trying to get her boyfriend to apply for and long story short someone in the firm across the hall was retiring, another got promoted hence an opening.
I am not noisy. I don’t talk. I am simply a listener that people like to talk to because it stays with me.
Lesson learned, next time, stick with what I know.
The frustrating cherry on top yesterday, I did not get the teacher assistant position for the yoga training that I applied for that would cut my tuition in half. It went to someone who does not work full-time.
I usually always get whatever I apply for, so this totally sucks.
But the truth be known, I am not so sure that I want to get the training from this studio because of its location (aka it is kinda a pain in the @ss to get to from where I start) so this might be a blessing in disguise.
However, I am pretty sure the small print of this blessing in disguise said No Refunds for the deposit I put down thus far.
It will be a blessing if I can get that back! hahaha
And yoga training is not cheap, without the tuition help position I am looking at a $2,600 investment. And that’s the early bird special price.
Add into the mix that I cannot get a motorcycle because I will soon have to buy a new car (read: hopefully jeep!) because of my commuting, and I just got my property tax bill for my 2002 car which is $170.00 so can you imagine what a 2012 or newer vehicle will cost????
All of this adds up to one really frustrated person who needs to go do her morning exercises now to release some of this pent-up stress!
But now I have run out of time because I chose to blog first, so I am going to have to pull off the biggest challenge yet – working out AFTER work.
And now I have probably frustrated you too with all of my complaining, so now I feel bad on top of it all!!! hahaha
Oh, and please come back. I am sure tomorrow, I’ll have nice things to say.
Tune for the Post ~ Smile sung by Michael Bublé
Finally, I have a game plan.
It only took me a week of seeing how fit others are getting for me to get to the point of Damn, I better do something!!
One of my co-workers showed me his before and after selfies earlier this week, and all I could say was holy crap, how did you do that??!!
Now he’s crazy because he runs like 8 or 9 miles after work each night (this is soooo not going to happen for me), lifts weights (yeah, this one isn’t going to work for me either!) and only eats veggies and protein (I’d be all over this if I had someone to cook for me!!).
But it is working for him and he has lost like 30 or 40 pounds, and is actually trying to put some weight back on.
Another co-worker shared with me that he has lost 40 pounds, after I commented on how hip, happening, and great he was looking in his jeans today.
He works out with a personal trainer, and probably watches what he eats too.
I just have about 10 pounds to nip in the bud, maybe 12.
And I don’t care if you are big or small, when you have more weight on you than you normally do, it is uncomfortable and just doesn’t feel right.
So I am ready to begin my transformation, she says as she enjoys her evening margarita.
I do some of my best thinking with margarita in hand!
But seriously, a friend of my shared this on Facebook and it looks so doable!!
30 minutes of cardio three times each week plus these little daily ditties.
Here are the exercises broken down, because sad to say I honestly didn’t know the difference between a squat and a lunge. In my mind I was like, wait a minute, I have the same visual for each, I need to look this up!!
So I am scraping the personal trainer route and I am adopting this route AND spending the extra money on at least three yoga sessions a week (because a certain someone in blog world is yogaing circles around me at present and that is so not cool. Well it is cool for her, but not for me!! hahaha).
So I just want to know, do you perhaps want to join me?
I am starting tomorrow.
That was the ice shifting in my margarita.
Wow, what a difference a week can make.
Last weekend I was recovering from the stress of finishing up my last two weeks at my old job.
I was also recovering from the previous weekend’s physically intensive Aerial Yoga training that coincided with my period, on top of the stress of giving my notice and making sure things were in order before leaving.
I also spent last weekend hoping that I had made the right decision with the job change, especially because of the change in my commute.
Well I am happy to report, all signs point the fact that I did indeed make the right choice for me!
I am very happy with where I am. I love that the office is in a large building with other people to interact with from other companies. So far I have only had to sit in a little bit of traffic on my way home a few days. And I enjoy what I am doing and will be busy for quite some time getting things the way my new bosses would like for them to be.
At this rate, I should be busy through the end of the year, and then tax season will hit. hahaha
But there is one thing that has been on my mind for the last few weeks as well.
I need to get back in shape.
One of the yoga places that I am connected with lo and behold is having a 30 day yoga challenge that begins mid-August!
That’s what got me thinking and in search of my 30 day challenge.
I was thinking about doing it, BUT not all of the class times are ideal for me with my new getting up at 4am schedule, plus it takes a little bit of effort on my part to get to that studio.
Now it would behoove me to do yoga 30 days in a row and then some because I begin my yoga teacher training on September 27th.
That’s only nine weeks away. Yikes!
However, in 8 weeks I have the Mudderella coming up.
Why on earth I signed up for that I’ll never know!
I love obstacle courses. I enjoyed the Spartan race I did.
The mud part. Not so much.
And since it is called Mudderella, you can bet there is going to be some freaking mud!!!!
But what is done is done, so I need to prepare.
And that’s what got me to thinking about taking a different course of action….I need a personal trainer.
I pass a rec center on my way home every day.
I did my lifeguard training there, and worked as a volunteer with the Adapted Aquatic Program for children with Autism, which I really enjoyed and might look into doing again.
So that is what I am leaning towards, the rec center and getting a personal trainer to help me put together a workout program for a 30 day period, as well as to work me out at least once a week during that period.
I can do yoga on my own, take a class here and there, and with any luck attend an acro yoga event that is coming up mid-September.
But gyms, I know squat about and it would be nice to have someone there guiding my steps and making me sweat.
I am only able to consider hiring a personal trainer because there will be a small overlap in my paychecks due to the transition, so I figure I should invest it in myself.
I have never done a 30 day fitness challenge before, and I know myself well enough to know that if I don’t have some kind of partner in this, I am doomed to fail.
I am just not that driven (yet).
On the yoga front, to keep myself grounded in that too, check out the two teachers who trained me in the Aerial Yoga workshop and the Acro Yoga workshop.
Now they are dedicated, have bodies to die for and are strong, beautiful and powerful!
I aspire to be like these chicks….as soon as I get on the other side of my Mudderella and getting back in shape phase. hahaha