Fresh Starts

With the New Year well underway I wonder how many people have decided they need a fresh start. Perhaps you are looking for a fresh start with your physical health. That seems to be a big priority at this time of year.

My husband always laughs at the fact that prior to the holidays the ads everywhere; are all about food. They show Christmas cookies that can be made. There are recipes for new side dishes at Thanksgiving and lots of ideas for beverages for the New Year celebrations.

After the holidays are done; all the ads seem to be for gym memberships, weight loss plans, exercise equipment and on and on. I must confess my mind was running along those lines this year.

After all the celebrations, my clothes were feeling a bit snug. I am too tight to buy new clothes for my “fatter” stage. I started pondering on the fact that perhaps I should move a bit more.

There was a simple challenge put out by Young Living for it’s members. They call it #NewMeIn90.Β  The idea is to intentionally move 30 minutes a day. They want you to make small workable changes that will leave you, not just in better health, but feeling better about life in general.

As I was thinking on this concept a friend, Kim, put out a challenge and a link to a 30 day journey into yoga. She did this on Facebook. I quizzed her by asking if this was something an out of shape (very out of shape) older fat woman could do. (I figured I had best start out the year being honest!) She assured me it was doable.

This week I set out to give it a whirl as I figured it would benefit my balance, flexibility and strength. I am happy to report it was going well…..till I hit Day 6. Day 6 is titled, Ignite.

Adriene, the yoga gal (who shall now be named YG) told us we were going to ignite the fire in our belly. I mumbled under my breath that the last 5 days had already been doing that, as I was starting to discover my long lost core. (I had previously not been sure I even had one anymore.)

Day 6 did not go well. After three, crunch- leg and head lifting type things (that started a roaring bonfire in my belly) I gave up that move. She ended that session with smushing up into a small ball with her knees tucked under her and her forehead on the ground.

I am here to tell you, that last pose was another move that didn’t quite work out properly. When you have extra mass around your middle it gets in the way of smushing and doing the deep breathing that YG kept reminding us to do.

Plans are to finish that 30 day challenge. It might not be done gracefully, but I have Kim holding me accountable and that makes me keep going.

It is good to have someone to hold a person accountable. Maybe that should be my goal this year. Be accountable. Do what I say. Finish what I start. Do what I can with what I am given and realize giving your best is good enough.

Perhaps the fresh start the New Year gives us is not just about getting into better physical shape. Perhaps, it is about persevering…..taking the next step….doing the next pose and keeping on even when life is hard.

Maybe YG is right….maybe just taking the time to breathe in and breathe out and being still is a great goal. Maybe it gives us the time to hear that still small voice. Maybe it gives us the space to really see what our Creator has laid out before us. Just maybe, it gives us the peace we need to embrace the gifts we have been given….whatever they might be.

Let us take this fresh start and receive it with joy.Β  Let’s relish the gift of life and delight in the steps along the way. Let’s take our cue from children….they don’t worry about tomorrow….they just live in the space that is now and enjoy that time.

When you dance,
your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor.
It’s to enjoy each step along the way.
-Wayne Dyer



28 thoughts on “Fresh Starts

  1. Anne Mehrling says:

    I couldn’t help it. I laughed at Day 6. Your choice of words and the way you put them together were priceless. I seem to have a Day 6 whenever I try new exercises. Right now, still with fallout from a cold, I’m thrilled we are still walking at least half an hour every morning. Deliver me from Day 6 any time soon!

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  2. Lisa@LismorePaper says:

    The 30 day journey sounds fantastic! I really love the programs that can be done at home with no or little equipment. I love when the scale tips in the right direction and the clothing fits a bit less snug 😊 Happy fresh start!!

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  3. Al says:

    Kudos to you for the efforts. My image of farm life is that it is mostly about moving. I can’t think of too many occupations, other than professional sports, where there is so much physical activity. Heck, just taking care of the chickens is more physical activity than many of us do all day. And I’m sure the hubby isn’t lacking for tasks and chores.

    Back to the yoga. My advice is next time skip day 6 and go right to day 7. Hang in there. You’ll be glad you did.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      My husband is way more active than I am. He will walk miles a day hunting in the wintertime. He gets a bad case of cabin fever during an Iowa winter.
      I should have skipped day 6! Day 7 was so much better….stretching. Next time she talks about igniting anything I am moving on LOL.

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  4. ruthsoaper says:

    You are the 3rd one to recommend that program to me. (maybe it’s time to start) Last year my sister did it and reported positive results. I’m not sure about weight loss but she said she felt really good on the days that she did it. Earlier this week I also saw it on another blog and bookmarked it to look into it more. Right now I have a beagle pup who is keeping me accountable. We are working on leash training and getting out for at least 1/2 hour two or three times a day. This morning my husband is out with him though because the storm that we had yester day and last night has covered our world in ice.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I will be happy to end up a bit more “bendy” and stronger. I have a feeling if I keep at it that should happen.
      It has been snowing all day here. I hate to say it, but it is really kind of pretty. If it wasn’t so cold it might be enjoyable! Tomorrow is supposed to be a bit warmer so I am hopeful. Take care on that ice!

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  5. lindasschaub says:

    I know that yoga is good for your flexibility – each year I say I will try it … I took a class in it years ago, and everyone had taken the class before and were coordinated and did well – as a newbie I was ten steps behind. I keep hearing that as we age we need to have good balance and flexibility to avoid falls – so maybe this is just the push I need as well – thank you Faye.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I love doing this in my own frontroom at my own pace. I will say Adriene (YG) keeps telling you that…to take it at your own pace and adjust the moves for yourself. I kind of like that.
      I really do need to be more “bendy” and after last year I am always good with working on my balance and strength. If you do it let me know!

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I like my own pace too Faye, and now that we have had a week of ice and some snow and another big storm looming for next weekend, I know that my walking will be halted for awhile. I don’t have a treadmill, but do have an exercise bike downstairs, bo indoor activity will be it for awhile. We have a woman who teaches “chair yoga” and it is really popular, but I think for now you and I can concentrate on the standing yoga poses and do more bending that way – I know you have to get moving and keep moving. My problem is, despite the walking, I sit a log, between blogging and I work from home –
        sometimes online and sitting 10-12 hours a day. I vowed in 2020 to step away and I have so far – yesterday I was off the grid and reading late afternoon and evening – what a treat, something I have not indulged in for years!

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  6. peggyjoan42 says:

    I enjoyed this post Faye. Got a laugh picturing me doing some of those harder yoga moves. I think I will continue the easier exercise routine I have done for years. The real secret to weight loss is our diet. I like the idea of being like little children – do not worry about tomorrow.

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  7. tinaor says:

    OOh enjoy your yoga. Had me giggling when you said about your slight roundness meant squishing forward into a roll (my interpretation of what you wrote) was nigh on impossible – I so agree! Last year I did some yoga sessions, loved them but didn’t continue due to a health issue, plan to go back one day. For me, my tummy got in the way too! We had a lovely giggle in class as well about how many of us were stable on one foot but not the other. There was a certain amount of holding onto the wall of the class! I hope you make the 30 days – you will be so proud of yourself.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I do like the fact this Yoga Gal says to go ahead and brace yourself on the wall or chair if you have to. She also keeps saying do what you can and don’t worry about it. She is very encouraging and it is funny how I find myself giving a running commentary as she has us do things.

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