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More on My Retreat... - Livin' the Good Life

Sep. 4th, 2008

05:46 pm - More on My Retreat...

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Another thing I've been enjoying is my daily yoga. I've been doing a one-hour Bikram yoga session every day at noon for about nine months, just before our main meal of the day. Since I've never felt flexible, it has been easy for me to avoid stretching programs in the past. It hurt too much! It's felt more natural for me to do things that build up my muscles, like running and hiking. But, I find when I do yoga that stretching gives me something that feels different and especially satisfying... if I can just tough-out the initial discomfort. I enjoy the progress I experience whenever I can stretch a bit farther than I could the day before. And the pleasurable feeling of a thoroughly stretched body is not to be found in other disciplines. So, every day I get out my Bikram yoga CD and get started, whether I feel like it or not, and give it my best effort. I never regret it. As for my retreat experience, I found that adding the hiking and swimming to my regular yoga routine left me quite sore the next day. It sure felt like a well-rounded day of exercise, though. Not sustainable, however, because it would take about three and a half hours a day to do it all! I am fitness fan, but I DO have a life! I'm looking forward to my six-day retreat, though, which I intend to begin next Tuesday. I feel very self-indulgent in doing it, but Steve is going away for a week, so it will be natural for me to focus on myself alone with all that time on my hands. Should be very interesting.


Date:September 5th, 2008 02:34 am (UTC)
I want to hear more so I hope you share your insight of those 6 days. Also, I'm curious about your noon meal being your biggest meal of the day...what do you usually eat? Very interesting, you are. You don't just live life, you LIVE life.
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Date:September 5th, 2008 04:49 am (UTC)
I heard somewhere once (or more than once) that eating before you go to bed is bad for you. (I go to bed early.) It interferes with a good nights sleep, and makes you gain weight. Ever since the last kid moved out, Steve and I have taken our big meal in the early afternoon. We can do this because we have a home business, so Steve is always "home for lunch". We eat very simply. Today, for instance, I baked two baked potatoes, sliced them in half and covered them with a stir-fry of every last vegetable in our fridge. I have this yummy vegetable broth powder that I sprinkle on the vegies while I'm sauteing them, and it makes a nice "gravy". It was SO delicious! Other days I'll make quiche and a green salad, or a big chicken salad with homemade dressing and toast. Sometimes it's spagetti with homemade sauce with lots of vegies and some grated parmesean, with a salad. Always a salad or steamed vegies. I always make enough so that Steve can have another helping later. I usually don't eat dinner. I may have a piece of fruit or some almond butter on a rice cake... something very light about 5:00 PM. For breakfast, I usually eat a glorified oatmeal that I just love. It has sunflower seeds in it, fresh-ground flax seeds, coconut oil, and cinnamon, cardamom, and coriander. It is so delicious! Now you can see, I'm a bit of a freak when it comes to food. But, I feel like a million bucks, so I'm not complaining!
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Date:September 7th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
You eat very similar to the way I do...minus the cardamom, coriander and veg broth powder...only because I've never tried those, or heard of them. I eat more at noon time than I do in the evening, although I really need dinner. If I don't eat well about 5pm I can't sleep well that night. I always find it very interesting what people eat. We do eat meat however...never red meat, but fish and poultry, but not that much.
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