Won the lottery? Rode a horse? Read the financial papers?
Nope. I just did a handstand. A handstand!
Since Christmas I’ve been going to yoga – the first time I’ve done anything in the arena of ‘fitness’ for many many years. I’ve also been walking much more on the Malvern hills, and eating less cake. Some cake – I don’t drink or smoke or do anything else interesting – but less.
These changes are still present four weeks on, which I’m rather surprised about. Of course, things might slip any day, but I have a different kind of confidence this time. I think I’m going to be a slightly-fitter-person from now on.
What makes this time different to all the others? There were lots of others…
A few things. I am turning 40 this year, and sometimes it takes something a bit more dramatic to wake us up. If I don’t get more fit this year, then my huffing-and-puffing up hills will only get worse as my body moves inexorably towards old age.
The change is showing on the surface now, but I have the sense that there has been lots of very slow, underground change which has prepared me for things to be different.
I was very clear about setting an intention in January to be kind to my body this year. This positive focus has worked better for me than deciding to NOT eat the things I like, or force myself to do horrible exercise. I’m surprised to be enjoying the yoga, the walking and the healthy diet.
I’ve been kind to myself and when I catch myself forcing myself too hard, I pull back. I’m prone to rebel when I don’t get what I want, and so the occasional square of chocolate (or three brownies last Wednesday night) are forgiven and allowed and accepted.
I’ve got support. From a yoga class, from my friend who I walk with, from my husband who I share my experiences with and talk things over.
How do these factors apply to you? What changes are ripe in you? Can you start today? This week? Tell me what you’re going to do in the comments…
“The body is shaped, disciplined, honored, and in time, trusted.” ~ Martha Graham
If you enjoy these musings, you’ll probably enjoy my book ‘A Year of Questions‘, and the sequel which will be coming out later this year…
Malvern hills bench by SomeDriftwood with thanks.