With eight days of Yoga behind me, I think I have officially started a routine. This includes both exercise and eating healthier. I have always despised dieting as it means to do without—in my mind. I don't mean healthy in the sense of brown rice and no bread. I mean healthy in the sense of fewer calories by measuring (okay yes, sometimes eyeballing) the portions. This also means choosing wisely what I decided to eat.
Although I never thought I’d ever do this, I am going to quote Kanye West. I honestly don’t know if he came up with it—I just heard him say it during an interview with David Letterman. Rather than a diet, I am now on a “livet."
I like the idea of the word as eating healthy and exercise helps you do just that—live. I’m learning that I can keep the calories down and still enjoy the foods I want. I don’t know how it is for you, but conditioning my mind to enjoy what I eat has been easier than I thought. Maybe because I was ready for it, I don’t know. My weakness is Mexican food and it’s pretty much a staple in our home. Quesadillas, tacos, enchiladas—essentially anything that I can wrap a tortilla around. Chips and salsa? Yea, I’m all about that. I did something remarkable the other day. I counted out the exact number of tortilla chips for a serving size to go with a homemade avocado dip. Did I eat just those? No. However, the three extra chips I added were enough and didn’t break me. I am a bottomless pit when it comes to tortilla chips with salsa, guacamole, or queso. I don’t get full. I simply run out of chips. That day, I was satisfied with the portion I served and honestly felt good about myself.
Today’s lunch was Poblano Chicken Quesadillas that teetered on 250 calories. I got the recipe from Cooking Light’s website and made it my own. I eliminated the mushrooms as I am not that trendy. And, I don’t poach chicken—ever! I lightly seasoned the chicken, pan-frying it in a little olive oil. Using one of those handy calorie calculator websites, I got lower than the original recipe’s calorie count. Mostly because I wasn’t cooking for six people and needed far fewer ingredients, including cheese. For those of you who enjoy cooking, you learn what ingredients work together as you hone your culinary skills. You also learn what doesn’t work, like mushrooms in a quesadilla.
My goals are set small now, making success feel more attainable. I’ve become friends with the bathroom scale after many years of bitter fighting. I simply ignored it as the scale never had anything nice to say. Now, I look forward to our morning conversations.
The word Yoga translates to mean union—the union of your divine consciousness. It’s a spiritual discipline, but a discipline nonetheless. I’m on day seven of my tour of divinity and I’m determined to make this a routine way of life. One might think that Yoga is easy, but one would be wrong. It’s not just stretching in quirky positions and lying on the floor. It’s described as a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices. These past six days “practicing” Yoga have been a bit challenging to say the least. Mostly because I lack balance—putting on underwear offers unstable footing. You may also realize that you aren’t as flexible as you once were. Of course that doesn’t stop me from trying to put my foot behind my head.
Although I have taken Yoga classes in the past, it wasn’t with any frequency and it’s been years. I stayed to the back of the class and giggled as I wobbled through the poses. This time, to save face, I headed to the library and grabbed a few DVDs. I grabbed one for beginners, one for weight loss, and one for better buns (the main reason for exercise). Given my limitations of being essentially new to Yoga, rather unsteady, and slightly inflexible—I exercise until my body says, “Nope.” Each day I push a little further and it’s actually working out for me as I go further each day. The key is to follow the correct techniques, listen to your body, and breathe. I’m not doing any of those fluidly, but I’m getting there.
There are various kinds of Yoga, and it’s not just about the physical exercise—but a way of life.
This by no means covers all the aspects of Yoga, but for me, it’s a start to understanding how to achieve my goals both mentally and physically. I think the bottom line is to do something for yourself that in the end makes you feel good.
I am a woman-child at heart; continuously evolving to find my place in life. I am a mother, a daughter, and a sister. I am a lover and a dreamer--an explorer and a traveler. But it's my passion for writing that allows me to explore my ingenuity. This is something that undoubtedly carries over to the many roles that make up the ever evolving woman I am.