Good morning! Time for another Inspiration Corner.
I have mentioned on my blog that almost 2 weeks ago I quit coffee. I wasn’t sure how I was going to manage it, but I knew I needed to, and I’m actually thrilled to say I’m doing fine.
I know I need to make it stick this time. It’s not that I don’t love my lattes, but I love the lack of pain even more. Caffeine and coffee beans are both strong inflammatory foods for my joints and muscles. I’m tired of being in chronic pain, so hey, this is it. This is my line in the sand. One thing that has helped me stay off coffee is Marie Forleo’s video on breaking habits. I’m linking to it here in case you want to see the whole thing — and I highly recommend it — but the gist of the thought is, saying “I don’t” is much more powerful than saying “I can’t.”
So, I don’t drink coffee anymore. It makes it a choice rather than a limitation and in my mind that makes a lot of difference.
Actually, I’m looking at September as an month of renovation on my body as well as reassessment of my career and where I want it to head over the next year. It’s planning time, and it’s execution time — in terms of executing my plans.
Along that train of thought: I’ve also found an online yoga class for larger women. You can download the videos if you join, and there’s support in there. It’s run/produced by large women and they give you a lot of options for the asanas that thin instructors might not even realize women my size need. I can only vouch for what I’ve read and done so far, but I know this is helping me. You can find it at Body Positive Club. (And remember—we’re about the positive here on the blog, so no dogging thin OR fat women/men—bodies come in all shapes and sizes).
Speaking of yoga, I’ve decided that my love for yoga that I had as a teenager is a love that I need to rekindle. Here’s a fact: I actually forgot how much I enjoyed it when I was young. You see, my stepfather doled out exercise as a punishment, and then he’d sit and laugh because I wasn’t athletic and he could exercise better than I could, and he would tell me ‘no man will ever want you because you’re fat.’ So, I actually grew to HATE exercise and grew up with absolutely no sense of self-esteem except when it came to my mind.
BUT…when I was fifteen and sixteen I got into yoga when I was reading up on Buddhism. And I actually remember enjoying it. I just made sure that my stepfather didn’t know about it so he couldn’t ruin it. I’ve decided if I loved it then, I can love it now, and I’m renewing that old flame. This time I don’t have to be secretive about it.
So considering September is renovation month, what are you going to renovate in your life? What are you looking at changing up? And remember—I don’t want to hear you say “I’m going to try.”
I want to hear you say “I’m going to do XXX.” As Yoda said, “Try not. Do…or do not. There is no try.”
Anyway, you’ve got this! And so do I. We can make changes in our lives if we believe we can and if we really want it so much we’re spurred on to move, to do, to jump toward our dreams. I believe in me. And I believe in you.
8 thoughts on “Inspiration Corner: Renovation Month”
I want to do yoga and stretching daily, I know my body needs it.
I am going to walk everyday that I don’t go to Zumba Gold.
It’s funny, I didn’t even think about coffee causing joint and muscle pain. But I did know that it would make my acid reflux go all wonky if I drank too many days in a row. But it totally makes sense, about the muscle and joint issues. So now, I drink tea. Loose leaf, I’ve found more enjoyable. Oolong is definitely a favorite and it has anti-inflammatory properties. And I have no acid reflux with tea and no joint pain. I will still drink coffee, maybe once a week. That’s really all I can handle.
I decided to cut down on on coffee but not for health reasons. I just wasn’t enjoy it! However, it turns out i t has an unexpected health benefit. My blood pressure was almost normal. I still have coffee from Costa once or twice a week but when I’m at home i drink tea,with sugar and milk but a work i drink fruit teas.
I have never tried yoga. My niece is a level three Reiki, I she has done this with me. It was so relaxing and I was sceptical that it would work, but it did. I have never been a water drinking person. I have been drinking lots of water and it does fill me up so I’m not snacking.
I’m a Reiki Master, as well. I don’t use it often because it’s far more powerful than a lot of people think and it can exacerbate some conditions to force you to work on them. Yoga–is movement, which is what my muscles and joints need. I drink a lot of water because dehydration has so many bad effects and I get nosebleeds if I’m too dehydrated. I’m glad you’ve found something relaxing for you!
I have a question about the yoga class. Is there a way to contact the instsructor. I have balance issues and yoga is something I would like to try as regular excercise does not work for me as I also have exercise induced asthma along allegic asthma and COPD and walking only does so much for wieght loss I need to be able to strenghten my whole body.
I have no idea. You’ll have to look on the site and see. I’m not involved in her FB group–no time for that.