I’m watching/listening to cars spin out as they attempt the hill in front of my house. Tomorrow I will probably have to put the cable chains on my car in order to get to and from the rec center to teach yoga. Tomorrow I have a long day of yoga to teach. First, one hour of power yoga (subbing for another instructor), then one hour of endurance yoga (the one I normally teach), then yoga foundations, which is a workshop and pose breakdown. After that, I have what they call a safety audit, wherein I will try to quickly memorize the 2 minutes/40 breath CPR thing that we have to know to work at the rec. After that, I will have to decide whether or not to run–something I really need to do, but won’t want to after all of the yoga and the work of the day.
I haven’t ran all week, which is a first since the semester started. I’ve been running 2-3 miles about four times a week, and, like the result of all exercise, I feel great. Usually, exercise is not something I look forward to. In fact, I am always irritated by people who say that pop is too sweet or running is an addiction. Shut up already, will you? When I can, I get my headphones and watch Jersey Shore or some other popular show on MTV. Don’t get me wrong, I *love* these shows (and all of my trashy tv).
This might be annoying. Not as annoying as saying that candy is "too sweet" or that running is fun. BUT, getting cardio really makes me feel much better. I have more energy during the day. I sleep better at night. I crave fewer fatty, sugary, and/or salty foods, and I can focus my brain on stuff like writing a dissertation. I know it’s good for me, and right now I really need to take care of myself–something I am usually good at doing. This fall I let my fitness go. I did the bare minimum yoga, and allowed myself all kinds of comfort food. I didn’t want to be too hard on myself. I think that was the right approach, given that I was partaking in what were very stressful preliminary exams. I did, however, gain weight and all of the sluggishness that goes along with it. The weight loss has been slower than ever before, but I’m feeling good, and I’m sure I’ll bounce back eventually. I might not be as thin as I was in Utah, when I rode my bike, ran, played tennis, and practice yoga (usually all in one day), but I’ll find a weight I can maintain.