Balance

Recently I have been experimenting with a new plan. Really it is an adjustment to my plan. MyLifesDevotion has been a constant companion in my life for over 7 years now. Sometimes it was more like a patient friend waiting for me to heal so we can hang out again. When I have had surgery, been ill, struggling through stress, stretched too thin, MyLifesDevotion has always managed to be present. I have had to make adjustments to my plan and sometimes even let the plan just be there for when I can give in my attention. MyLifesDevotion has gone through some serious trials to make certain that it is not some new posh fad that over promises, overwhelms, and constantly lets me down. I have been through my fair share of those “health guides” and I have yet to find one that has been as reliable as MyLifesDevotion. It may be that, as my best friend Brenda once said, “It works because I want it to work.” I am committed to MyLifesDevotion for sure, but I also believe that the way I have designed it makes it workable. Because there are times when plans don’t work out, adjustments must be made. Let’s just imagine what it is to adjust something. When you adjust you are moving things around to make them work better. Successful relationships adjust. MyLifesDevotion was designed to be a companion in my life. A relationship that fosters growth, challenges me, supports me, influences me, and allows me to freely be myself. It is a plan that is its own but takes all of me into consideration and different stages of my life. The adjustment are made to create balance. Like weighing an assortment of all the factors of life on a scale. You add and subtract, you increase and decrease to find the balance.

I noticed that every time I tried to exercise on my elliptical in the same way I have done for over 10 years doing a 20 minute interval I was almost incapacitated the next day. Like I opened my eyes in the morning and my body hurt EVERYWHERE to the point that I was afraid to move my big toe! Working out again wasn’t really on the agenda. Once upon a time when I was younger (I wanted to be clever here and find a better way of putting this but the truth is aging has its effects) I could push through and do it anyway. Maybe you can too and that is great but for me it wasn’t happening. So it wasn’t working. Then I overdid it one day in my yoga practice and my neck has not been the same since. I stopped my daily yoga. We went on vacation and I decided that I was not going to worry about what I ate and suddenly pizza and chips were a staple in my diet again. My favorite cup broke and my water consumption dropped dramatically. Out neighbors dog kept me up every night for over a month so I started sleeping in and since I meditate in the morning I was staying in bed trying to catch up on my sleep or just so out of sorts that sitting still felt like a punishment. And then there are the days when your child or loved one becomes ill. Those days are the days where the only intention in the world is to care for someone else and not you, no matter how much sense it makes to be healthy and strong for them…

These are the times to adjust. This is how MyLifesDevotion is for you and only you. It is your plan.

Here is what is happening with MyLifesDevotion for me:

Weeks 1-3: I decided to do a 1 minute plank twice a day, setting my alarm for 10 am and 10 pm. I would add 15 seconds every week to increase until I reach a 3 minute plank. I needed to find a new way to encourage my water drinking. I filled up a 3 gallon dispenser (the counter top kind for parties and such) and put a 12 oz glass next to it.

Week 4: I am to 1:45 on my plank. It is not easy but I tell myself I can do anything for a minute and 45 seconds. I saw a meme once that said “a minute seems really fast until you do a plank”, ain’t that the truth! My lower back was really struggling through to the end so after I went into child’s pose. That was heavenly relief so I decided it would be easy enough to add a few more yoga poses right after my plank. A total of 5 poses should be enough. I have been drinking about a gallon on water a day. I really need to eat something in the morning before I start my day so I decided to stock up on granola bars and have one in the morning. I had been eating all different kinds of protein bars but they upset my stomach so they had to go. Don’t do things that make you feel bad! If it is gross don’t eat it. I mean it! I don’t care how “healthy” it is, if it makes you grossed out don’t waste your energy on it. Find something you like instead.

Week 5: I am feeling stronger and decided that I want to add some cardio. I don’t want to hurt or feel bad so I decided to start out with 7 minutes on the elliptical. This took some consideration. I thought about 5 minutes and then I thought well I could do 10 if I can do 5 but then I kept thinking that if I jump head first I probably won’t do it again. I felt I needed to ease in like I have been doing with the plank. Adding a little bit at a time. I split the difference and decided I would do day 1 for 7 minutes and add 30 seconds everyday until I reach 20 minutes. I also gave myself an out. If I get to a place where I feel like I don’t want to do anymore I will maintain that time or make a new plan. I am up to 2 minutes on my plank. I have been doing anywhere between 5-8 yoga poses. I also decided to introduce some crunches and squats to my routine. Starting with 15 squats adding one a day to reach 50 and 25 crunches adding one a day to reach 100. I am still drinking about a gallon of water per day.  No real changes in my eating. I still had pizza the other day.

That has lead me to today. A big change came in my thinking. I started to evaluate my intentions. What was it that I wanted from doing this. Above and beyond the overall intention of MyLifesDevotion of health, wellness, and wholeness. I realized the one thing I have always wanted was for MyLifesDevotion to be something that works. I want to learn so that I can teach but what I really want is to help. I want to support people through their LifesDevotion and through their challenges and triumphs. I want to create a companion for them that is real and faithful. I want it to work far beyond working just for me. I want it to work for everyone. That is my intention.

MyLifesDevotion is about Meditation, Yoga, Liquids, Intention, Fuel, Exercise, Sleep, and at the center of them all is Devotion. That devotion is not just about you being devoted to a plan and not quitting it is about the plan being a reliable and sustainable companion that is can be adjusted according to life to create balance.

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