Sunday, March 04, 2012

Keep Coming Back

These Kale chips are amazing.  I'm going to try and make them, or some version of them this week.

So good!  Raw or not, don't think it will help with the hanging arms.

After taking a week off because the kids were sick, family was in town and I had my (shhh) period, I was almost frightened to go back to yoga today.  Well, it was one of my best classes, yet.  I actually balanced on one foot for most of Dandayamana-Dhanurasana (so exotic, huh?) and I made it through the entire class with no panic attacks or bathroom breaks.

There is one moment in class that I nearly lost my composure - whatever composure one can maintain while sweating bullets and trying not to pass out or heave - and that is during the Utkatasana series, or awkward pose.  In setting up the pose, the Yoga instructor asks us to extend our arms straight out in front, shoulder level.  Then she says with emphasis, "there should be nothing hanging, here."  They all say this - it must be part of their training.  In every class I want to fall down giggling, because in spite of my super straight arms, and how beautifully extended they are at perfect level to my shoulders, there are two, big flabby blobs of flesh hanging, just hanging out, below my arm.  Yep, I've got work to do. 

I then conjure up the secret meetings of my youth where we all chanted, "Keep coming back.  It works, if you work it, so work it."  If you've been to these meetings, you know what I'm talking about.  I think it applies well to my attempts at getting myself back in shape.  It can be so humiliating, so uncomfortable, so inconvenient.  I know it's going to get better.

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