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It has been such a tease.  Today is supposed to be nice again!

 

Only one walk yesterday.  Aiming for three today.  I got a run in last night, the first in the evening since DST.  Tonight is yoga.  Eating continues to feel calm.  Weight is drifting downward, we'll see if that continues through the weekend.

 

Something LadyM mentioned in her log got me thinking.  I'll admit I had to google to see what it was actually called, but I've really been trying to work Uddiyana bandha (I think of this as an abdominal lock, I think the instructor calls it diaphragm lock) during class and in general.  My big issue is that it impacts my breath.  I'm okay if I'm just in mountain pose, but anything else, I feel like I can't get a good breath.  Do any of you lovely ladies have any suggestions?  Maybe I'm doing something incorrectly?

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Anyone, anyone?   :P

 

I got in two walks yesterday and yoga last night, go me.  Eating continues to be good and calm.  Weight continues to come down, finally saw my normal range high end today.  We'll see if I can make it through my birthday weekend without messing that up.

 

Tonight is dinner with a friend and we sorely understaffed, so I'm not sure how much movement there will be today.  Tomorrow is a 10 mile run.  Aiming for yoga and a hike on Saturday and a good run on Sunday.

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Something LadyM mentioned in her log got me thinking.  I'll admit I had to google to see what it was actually called, but I've really been trying to work Uddiyana bandha (I think of this as an abdominal lock, I think the instructor calls it diaphragm lock) during class and in general.  My big issue is that it impacts my breath.  I'm okay if I'm just in mountain pose, but anything else, I feel like I can't get a good breath.  Do any of you lovely ladies have any suggestions?  Maybe I'm doing something incorrectly?

 

 

Nope, you're not doing anything incorrectly as far as I can tell. You must suspend the breath after the exhale in order to hold uddiyana bandha. In other words, you're not supposed to breathe while holding the lock! (You can breathe while holding the root lock, though we often retain breath while holding both the root and chin locks to contain the breath and build energy.)

 

I'm so happy you're both practicing at studios that teach the bandhas!

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LadyM - Thank you so much for your thoughts, and that makes perfect sense.  I was hoping you would weigh in.  My instructor also suggested I don't pull in so aggressively (I can tend towards doing things aggressively), aiming for a gentle pull as opposed to a tug.  I will continue to work on this.

 

I had a great weekend.  My son woke me up (at 5:30!) to try to give me my birthday present, he was so excited.  We didn't do anything too exciting to celebrate, but my husband got me a Paperwhite, which I think I'm really going to like.  I did my 10 miler on Friday, yoga on Saturday, and a 6 miler and a hike on Sunday.  My eating was pretty good all weekend, a little over the top on Saturday, but not too bad.  I managed to maintain over the weekend (yay!) and I am still at the high end of my normal range.  So I'm pretty excited about that.

 

I am aiming for two to three work day walks today.

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Happy belated, Sara! Glad it was a great weekend. Staying committed to movement makes all the difference, doesn't it?

 

Keep us posted about the paperwhite. I'm tempted . . . but I still love to hold a paper book. My nook, my kindle, my various kindle apps haven't persuaded me yet. . . . 

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Happy Birthday and yay for you celebrating it without going off the rails! 

 

I pretty much always read real paper books, but I do love the Kindle when I'm traveling.  I read a ton on vacation and would have hated to lug a huge, heavy pile of library books to the Dominican.  Even at the cabin it's nice.  I don't have to worry about running out of books, either, because I can always just download a new one.  But, at home, I read real books. 

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Thanks, Jen!

 

I only got in one walk yesterday, it was windy and cold and I was wimpy.  Eating was good.  Today again aiming for 2-3 walks.  Then a 5-6 mile run tonight outside, I hope.  Tomorrow we leave for my IL's vacation house and we will come back on Sunday.  I'm looking forward to the break.  And hopefully some good sleep.  And lots and lots of movement.

 

I think the big inspiration for the Paperwhite is that I like to read for a few minutes before I go to bed.  This drives my husband crazy.  With the Paperwhite, I can read in the dark, making us both happy.  But I think it will also be great to  have for travel, not lugging all those books along is great.  I already tend to read on my phone while sitting around waiting - karate, doctors' office, etc.  But I do love to have my hands on a book, so I don't think I'll be giving them up completely.  Not mention I have a large pile of books waiting for me to read.  And I'm already reading 4 books right now!

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Happy birthday, Sara! Glad you're still here. You guys are such troopers. I'm not going to let that thought get me down, but rather inspire me. 

 

I totally love my Paperwhite. I think I wrote about that awhile back. My books are my prize possession. I never thought in a million years I'd like an e-reader but a few things come in really handy, especially since I tend to be reading a few books at once* and sometimes don't get to (or make time to) read consistently:

 

-word look up

-search (wait, who was ___?)

-all highlights contained in one place, and accessible online

-ability to make notes that are "

-so light! so portable! never without my book in case I get a spare minute to read

 

That said! I have been slogging through Vanity Fair (some 800+ pages in tiny writing) and I really have enjoyed having the physical book, especially since it's one of those Victorian novels with notes in the back. As much as I love the conveniences above, there is still something to be said for holding the physical book and turning the physical pages, dog-earring the physical pages. 

 

*I think the starting of multiple books is enabled by the device. 

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Why does it have to go up so fasts and down SO slow?  Annoying. 

 

Because we are getting older.  :(

 

I used to be able to lose 5 lbs by eating grilled chicken and salad for three days. Now it takes me weeks to lose a few pounds and one meal to put it back on.

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I find that short walks throughout the day are super helpful for all kinds of reasons. A little thermogenic effect, gets me outside, reminds me how good movement feels, etc. . . . 

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Yay, Beets!  So good to "see" you.  Reading multiple books at a time is something that I just do.  The Divine Comedy is my slog, I've been working on it for approximately three years and still haven't made it more than twenty pages...

 

I'm glad everyone likes my mini walks idea.  I always feel great when I get three in, but it is a head clearer even if I only get in one.

 

We had a great weekend away!  Lots and lots of movement.  Wednesday was yoga before we left and a hike/walk when we arrived.  Thursday was a 10 mile run on the rail trail.  Friday was yoga with Brian and then about an hour of hiking around my IL's property.  Saturday was about an hour and a half of hiking at the PA Grand Canyon and a hilly five mile run.  Sunday was nothing due to the drive and then heading to my IL's for Easter.  Yesterday was yoga, a 45 minute hike and a three mile run.  Phew!  Eating was okay.  I ate chips every day and I feel like I should feel badly about that and I just don't.  And I'm good with that.  No chips since we have been back.  My weight is still trending down.  I'm feeling pretty good right now.  I've been consuming a tremendous amount of vegetables.

 

Busy week - my sister is still in town, I have to pack tomorrow, closing (late work night) on Thursday, working on Friday and then picking up my son from school and heading to DC for the Cherry Blossom 10 miler.  Wow, I'm tired already!  :)

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No more guilt. Yes. It just leads to more bad feelings. It's like my meditation guru tells me via his podcast, the first arrow is the thing you did that you can't change, but the second arrow is the way you beat yourself up, extrapolate (I always self-sabotage! I never stick to my plan!). Don't fire the second arrow. 

 

And haha, I bought myself a copy of Divine Comedy when I was pregnant with my son and determined to read all the "great books" in case I never got another chance to read (only sort of an exaggeration) and did not make it very far at all!

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I want to do the family dog walk too. Great idea. Won't be my husband bc he gets home at 8 if we're lucky but I can take the kids. Yesterday I dragged my son away from a major Lego project. It was beautiful, the trees are flowering, the breeze was warm and we all felt like different happier people when we walked back inside. 

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LadyM - I agree, it just feels strange NOT to feel guilty.  Strange, but liberating.

 

Beets - I agree, being careful how we label ourselves in our own head is so important.  Love that you felt so much happier walking back inside.  I hate to tear my son away from something when it is non-electronics and he is engrossed, but totally worth it to get outside.  As for The Divine Comedy, I will get through it.  I found a cool Yale Lecture online that I'm trying to use to help me get through it.  I just need to make working on it a priority.  Hard to do when I have 30 other books that don't require any "work".

 

Three walks yesterday, go me!  It is going to be a light exercise week for me between being busy and race prep.  So aiming for another 3 walks today and hopefully something this evening after packing - a walk, yoga at home, something.  Eating was fine.  I did have a couple of pieces of candy (delicious dark chocolate caramel), but felt good because I skipped the beer everyone else was enjoying - choice and moderation.

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