Good day, friends…
Here on Leisure Lane, I’ve decided to get into shape…you know the routine, more exercise, eating better, yada yada… I’ve noticed that, though I’m in pretty good shape as far as weight goes, I’m loosing a lot of muscle mass, and probably bone mass too, if truth be known. I love to walk,and was doing well with that during the winter, but since the spring rolled in with the 98 degree weather and high humidity, well that’s just too hot for me to walk in. So I finally found an exercise that I could commit to, and one which would strengthen my muscles throughout my body, especially my abs and legs…The hula!
I love to dance, and hate to exercise, so these workouts were perfect. Using hula steps as the workout I’ve been able to commit every day to these exciting videos..I found them on youtube completely by accident. They’re called Island Girl workouts and the teacher, Kili, is wonderful. I love the music (just Hawaiian drums and chant), and the atmosphere of the videos. She’s very easy to follow, and the exercises do start you out slow and steady.
To make a long story short, I’ve been doing them for about a month now, and was doing really well, until recently, where for some unknown reason I strained my lower back. I never have back problems so this was a real surprise to me. I suppose I’ve over done it in some way. It seems every inch of me is stiff. Though I was doing them every day for about a month, I stopped for about a week because of time restraints, and then started them back up…that’s when the problem arose.
So I suppose it’s time to retreat a bit, rest the muscles and start again, this time taking some of the movements more slowly. Walking seemed to keep my back loose, but since I haven’t been walking I guess I’m just not as loose as I was. Of course it couldn’t be from a combination of standing on my feet all day at work for 8 hour days and lugging big heavy, I’ll-go-where-I-feel-like rolling demo carts. Oh, no because that would be complaining about the job I’m suppose to be so grateful for having. It’s sort of like being grateful for a husband who beats you…at least you have a husband…I don’ know.
Interesting thing is that my friend, Brenda, also joined the “Y” in her efforts to be in better health, and she strained her back, too! LOL We’re a mess right now, but it’ll get better. Maybe we’re trying too hard to make up for lost time. I think for me, I seem to be ‘fighting’ the flow. I’m in a state of resistance, spiritually speaking, and I think that may be the cause of my sudden physical responses. I’ve been at this job longer than I care to be, when I’d much rather be doing what I was born to do…write, paint, create, create, create. I’ve tried to keep a good attitude about the whole thing, but the environment is extremely harsh, and my former supervisor left deep marks on everyone she came in contact with before she finally moved on. And I’m just TIRED. God keeps putting three words in front of me continuously…Expect The Best, and I’m making that effort – I really am.
I know, I have a lot of fruit spread on my Ezekiel toast, but that was the last of it, and so not to place a basically empty jar back into the refrigerator, I used it all this morning. It’s sweetened with fruit concentrate – don’t judge!
I’m craving a more relaxed, peace centered, holistic life, and this present job just doesn’t allow for that, which is why I’ve decided to take steps to love myself more, and do things which echo that sentiment, even if they’re small steps. It’s not always easy, since my time in-between the chaos is disproportionate to the time in the chaos. And only by God’s grace will I come out of it in one piece, or One peace.
I’m not giving up…I’m still going to exercise, but I think I’ll wait a bit longer for my strain to recover, and I’ll still eat as healthfully as I can, I’ll still speak out good things for my life and the lives of others, and I’ll still pray, love, and breathe…most of all Breathe!
Well, thank you for listening to my rambling today. Until next time, may happy days abound.