I really intended to start this a week ago, but then, I was in Nashville. I hope you were able to follow along with my adventures there through my Instagram story! If you didn’t, you missed out on some great music.
As promised in my New Year’s Resolutions Post, I thought I’d let you all hold me accountable for getting into better shape. I came off a horse again the other day, and honestly, there was no need for that to happen. But I’m nearly 40 and admittedly I don’t take great care of myself. Frankly, Avie is, kept in better shape. He also takes more vitamins than I do (I jest, sort of…)! One of my goals for this year is to get into better shape, become more flexible and gain back my confidence when riding/starting young horses. And of course, I promised to share more about my life, here.
In November of 2015, I somehow pinched my sciatic nerve. That wreaked havoc down both legs on and off, and until just recently had my left piriformis muscle inflamed. Foam rollers and tennis balls were standard morning and evening practice. I had back spasms so bad the beginning of December 2016, I could barely move for a few days – I was so sore I couldn’t get an adjustment for two weeks.
Thankfully I now own a TENS unit. It’s often my BFF. Due to my inflamed butt muscle, I’ve been unable to run, which you all know I love to do. I finally broke down and got my XC skis out the other day, and had a nice 30 minute jaunt with no ill side effects other than sore quads. And I’ve been doing yoga on an inconsistent basis (one to 5 times per week) or when my hips felt exceptionally tight. Between that and the ridiculously cold winter we’ve had, which has kept me inside, due to my Raynauds, I’ve gained quite a bit of weight since December.
So, I recently signed up for an online yoga class with the DailyOM. I’m taking Sadie Nardini’s 21 Day Yoga Body. Tonight, I did the first set of flows and I really liked them. I don’t know if I’ll post my progress daily, or not, but journaling might be a good way to keep me honest. Unless you, my lovelies, have another way to make sure I do the work! I’m going to get flexible, dammit!
My homework today was to write this positive phrase: “The skill of willpower is something I’m dedicating to strengthen in myself these next 21 days.”
What is your favorite way to stay in shape both mentally and physically?
PS: Those of you that have won contests: I haven’t forgotten about your goodies! I’m waiting on envelopes! XO!