Learning new skills always sounds good until I jump in and determine it is never as easy as I would like. Last month I decided to try yoga after seeing yet another fabulous body on a magazine cover all thanks to a proper workout. Pilates. Yoga. It seemed everyone was involved but me. So into my first yoga class I went and grabbed a mat like everyone else. We started with a warm-up and I was so pleased to be right there with everyone else. And that is where my ease stopped. There were names I had never heard – downward dog, upward dog, cow pose, cat stretch – and moves I had never imagined. I toppled and teetered but I finished the class. While returning my mat a very nice lady mentioned that next time I might want to use a yoga mat instead of a Pilates mat. Not only was my body not skilled, I didn’t even know the right equipment! But I went back to the next class, and the next. Soon another new person showed up to class and I was no longer the new one (and yes, I did share with her as she picked up the Pilates mat that there were differences).
I’m pleased to report that after one month, yoga seems to be an activity I like and look forward to. My clothes are fitting a little better and I feel more toned. A magazine cover will never be in my future but I look better and feel better. One struggle I am trying to work out now is the correct calorie balance. Attempting to get more physical activity in my day seems to be working. Now I am trying hard to find the right balance with “calories in” and “calories out”. Long term behavior change is a process of learning and applying new skills. The steps are simple but making them work for your life (and breaking old habits) is the hard part. It takes time and willingness, but Today I Will is here to help.
As you join in to move more and eat better, here are a few easy tips that can help you get the most out of Today I Will.