Switching over/ Strong spine

I sent out an email that has been percolating in my mind for a month now. It was to all my yogis. Friends I have collected when I taught at the YMCA, Cornerstone, The Lotus, and any other random spots around town I’ve rolled out my mat with my fellow yoga friends.

I was told I could no longer include anything pertaining to my faith (I’m a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Letter-day Saints) or insert my Christian beliefs in any way. The studio owner claimed I could make someone uncomfortable with my views.

So here I am. Switching over to a new platform to share my ‘musings’.

I’m not a religious blogger – but my religion will show up in blogs. I’m not a food blogger – but recipes and food make their way in often! I’m not a health and fitness blogger, but my current routines and things I learn will pop in. I’m not a homemaker blogger, but you know my kids and family seep into my musings often.

So enough of that and on to my “Monday Musings”:

For some odd reason the line from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar , ” beware the Ides of March.” has stuck with me since high school. A tragically fulfilled prophecy where Caeser suffered death by being stabbed in the back.

“The ides” means the middle, or in this case, the 15th of March, which happens to be Friday. This can only mean one thing . . . we need to strengthen, open, and rejuvenate our spines this week. (like that jump?)

“Posture, balance, and body alignment through yoga. The yoga poses are meant to train the body to be healthy and supple. Consistent practice and application will result in improved posture, and an increased sense of balance, with head, shoulders and pelvis in proper alignment. Additionally, unlike many other forms of exercise, yoga helps stretch and strengthens both sides of the body equally. ” from:https://www.spine-health.com/wellness/yoga-pilates-tai-chi/how-yoga-helps-back

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We will proceed through this week with our spine in mind:

Monday 5:30 Back strengthening and opening.
Thursday 12-1: Working on the core/back
The Lotus:
Tuesday 6:30 Restorative Spaces available! Join me for some spinal release!
Thursday 4:30 Basics Plus Back strengthening and opening.

Extras for the week:
Lunch time yoga at the Lotus! The instructors cycle through, and I get to teach from 12-1 this Friday!
Saturday Morning I’m subbing for Debbie – so if you weren’t able to get your Kristie fix through the week…9:30 – 10:30 am

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A ‘weighty’ battle

I am holding the amount of weight I’ve lost.

In September of 2018 my son called me and suggested I talk with my brother who was having great success with something called Intermittent Fasting.

I called him, and we spoke for 3 hours. He told me about Dr. Fung. And how fasting keeps insulin in check, and how it’s possible to yield up fat stores when that happens.

I have always tried to be healthy. And one day a friend said to me – after I had explained my reasoning for buying some produce organically- I’m surprised you’re fat. I didn’t feel any offence, but rather started wondering why I was fat…

Me wondering why I’m fat with John Wayne….LOL

There aren’t many things I haven’t tried to lose weight. I eventually got so frustrated that I stopped worrying about it and began to accept who I was, size and all. After all I could still teach yoga, go on daily 3 mile walks, lift weights, and pretty much act like a fit person. But then the Blood Pressure numbers weren’t acting like those of a fit person, I knew I had to change something or I would probably die (200/110).

I set an alarm on my phone for 10:00 am, signalling when I could start eating, then another at 4:00 pm, my signal to stop eating. That first week I lost 10 pounds – I was flabbergasted! Nothing else had ever worked!

During my eating times I didn’t curtail it. I knew if I went into no carbs/sugar mode I would begin to feel like I was being deprived and I wouldn’t stick to it.

During my fasting times I drank a lot of water. If I felt I needed something more I would drink mint tea or Caffix (no sugar or milk!). Sometimes a little granule of Himalayan pink sea salt would be enough to satiate my taste buds.

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I soon realized I had been eating more out of habit than hunger!

I found that as the ‘time to eat’ period passed I didn’t feel any different. And when the next ‘meal time’ rolled around I wasn’t any more or less hungry than if I had eaten the previous meal.

I want to make sure this is clear: This works for my body!

I do at least one 72 hour fast a month now and sometimes two or three 48 hour fasts. Many times I just go a day without eating because I don’t have a good feasting time between my yoga classes, usually Thursdays. I do much better practicing yoga on an empty belly.

So here it is – full transparency – the numbers: (because, quite honestly, I don’t care who knows how much I weigh or how old I am)

Starting weight in Oct: 226 lbs

Weight this morning: 191 lbs.

Goal weight: (for now) 185 lbs

Drop-dead gorgeous weight: 170lbs (but who needs to be that sexy?)

My fasts are a bit more intense now, I have found I can live off of One Meal A Day (OMAD), so generally I do 20 hours of fasting and 4 hours of feasting, sometimes less feasting, today I only did 2 hours, and that was following a 72 hour fast.

I have taken maybe 3 or 4 days ‘off’ and not fasted. (Plus the 4 day cruise, but that wasn’t living a ‘normal’ life…) When Bill and I go out we go to lunch, cheaper, less people, and we have very busy evenings. So dates with my honey don’t interfere with my fasting.

I have much more I want to share, but I’ll do it in small doses. And if you’ve watched my Facebook live videos you already know much of it!

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I love seeing people’s lives improve as their health improves!

It’s a first! Baby Cricket without a strap!

Within Reach

Delicate Strength 11×16 – white roses – oil painting by Bill Inman (upcoming training video in The Membership)

Recently I co-blogged with Bill on his Master Oil Painting site. I thought I might share the results of our partnership here as well. The above painting is one Bill just finished a couple of weeks ago- and it has quickly made it’s way to my list of favorites. It brought some interesting empathetic feelings to the surface – an artist friend of Bill’s had just lost her husband after a battle with cancer, and it inspired me to write, “Within Reach”.

Within Reach

Sometimes the memories

Are wrapped in a mist.

Little points of color- sound- scent make it through.

Enough to tease the edges,

But not enough to fill it all in.

Where was that?

How old were we?

Who was with us?

Just a vague sense of joy and contentment

We had each other.

No camera phone around to record our bliss.

We somehow managed to make a memory anyway.

But I would like something more than a

Foggy recollection –

An idea that I have forgotten the perfect moment haunts me.

The gaps will fill in my sleep, I’ll dream it into being, and have you by my side again – for a bit anyway.