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Archive for June, 2011

Exorcise

1.

I woke up this morning tired for the first time in a long time. This is not a bad thing. Normally, I’m awake before my alarm, my mind racing, no matter how late I go to bed. Today I was sound asleep when my alarm went off.

I attribute this to all of the exercise I’m doing. I’m running in the morning, pushups during the day, 3 yoga classes each week. Plus I’ve been eating a lot healthier. Funny how simple these things really are.

2.

I realized last night in a very vigorous yoga class that I’m actually enjoying yoga for the first time in a long time. For the past few years, I’ve done yoga somewhat begrudgingly. I knew it was good for me, and I liked how I felt afterwards, but during class I’d find myself wanting to be anywhere else. Why am I all of a sudden enjoying it?

First, because I’m doing it. What I mean by that is I put myself in a yoga class twice a week, even though I didn’t enjoy it, and that made it possible for me to enjoy it. In other words, I stuck with it. Had I quit, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to enjoy it. This is a big insight for me as a person and a coach. Stick with something long enough and you come to experience it differently.

Second, I set a very concrete health goal recently. So yoga fits into a bigger picture that I’m excited about. I think back to 10 years ago when I enjoyed yoga, and I was very aggressive with my health goals. Things don’t live in a vacuum. Context gives our actions meaning.

Now I look forward to any opportunity to exercise. What a transformation! I’ve let go of my stories of exercise being hard or pointless. Now I have joy and meaning.

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