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  • Connecting: Part 1

    Do you remember that the word I chose for this year was “connect”?

    Perhaps I should say that it chose me, because my goodness, it has been an inspired and inspiring week.

    I’m going to do a series of posts on the way I’ve been incorporating this word into my life and routines, and I thought I’d start with the way I begin my mornings- connecting with my body.

    I realized that toward the end of the year I was getting really short tempered and not so pleasant to be around. And I realized that I wasn’t getting enough sleep. So I started getting to bed earlier (by 10), and as a result, found myself waking up, completely on my own (instead of by the regular alarm of “mama, mama”) at around 6. I decided to get up and actually do something with that time before the girls woke up, so I got a Kundalini yoga DVD to do in the mornings.

    Kundalini yoga is different from other practices of yoga – it’s not the style you think of with poses and long deep stretches – it has quicker movements and different breathing. It’s a perfect practice for me for the morning – it incorporates movement that wakes up my body, and meditation that wakes up my mind. (I’m using this DVD, and highly recommend it.)

    I’ve also been paying more attention to the food I put in my body; I’ve cut out all gratuitous sugar (the obvious forms of it – I’m still eating bread with sugar in it) and I’m trying to not snack unless I’m actually hungry.

    In the evenings I’m doing a Jillian Michaels workout to build strength.

    Through this process I’ve been trying to focus on working with my body, rather than my natural inclination which is to declare war on it. The concept of connecting has been key in this, and while my body hurts (oh it hurts), my attitude and approach to it are far more enthusiastic and positive than they have been in the past.

    How do you connect with your body? Are you friendly or do you find yourself feeling adversarial?

    And do you have any workout DVDs that you love? (I’m always looking for more!)

    51 Responses to “Connecting: Part 1”

    1. Brandy says:

      Gosh Maryanne, that’s a great question! I tend to be happy with my body, and I think that’s because I make an effort to be kind to it. I grew up in a household where I was called “fat” a lot, and it has taken me many years to love my body. In college I used to cut myself (Maryanne knows this, but not everyone else does, so I guess I just “outted” myself…), which is a pretty clear way to hate my body. I’m kind to it now, by taking it on long walks and indulging in hot soaky baths. It’s been interesting to adjust to someone else taking an interest in my body, but knowing that Joey thinks (and says) that I’m sexy and pretty really reaffirms that my body is pretty amazing :)

      Thanks for letting me think about this Maryanne! Love it!

    2. Hilary says:

      Huh, that yoga sounds pretty interesting. I hate yoga, but I like how it stretches my body. Maybe I’ll have to try it.
      I really like my Lindsay Brin, you shoudl look at them while U are here. :)