Accountability is something that I have been working on a lot these past few months. For example, remember when I shared my "Pandemic Weight Gain" post? Well, it was a way for me to be accountable, and follow-thru with my weight loss plan. On that note, I am happy to report that the steps I have put in place paid off! I have lost 7 pounds since January 2021 and feel great about it.
I don’t know about you, but I gained a few pounds over the last year! Some refer to this as COVID weight. Not surprisingly. Our life, as we knew it, came to a halt last March and since then, some of us have been developing coping mechanisms such as learning how to bake! Seriously, I am no baker. However, in the last year, I have baked more than ever.
When I stepped on the scale on January 1st, 2021, and saw 146.7 pounds, I was shocked. This is the heaviest I have ever been. At 55 years old, my ideal weight, considering my level of activities and lifestyle, is 135 pounds, give or take a couple of pounds. That is where I feel at my best. 11 extra pounds in less than a year… how could this be?
I am thrilled to announce that, between December 14th and December 21st, together, we raised $920 for the The Housing Help Center, a registered non-profit organization that help families and individuals who are homeless, and/or at risk of losing their housing. I am grateful for everyone who joined me on the mat virtually during this fundraiser week. Thank you for your generosity and kindness!
I don’t keep a gratitude journal, but if I did, yesterday's entry would have been: “November 8th, 2020: today was a good day! I am grateful for the fact that I was able to write my monthly newsletter sitting outside, the warm sun on my back, occasionally glancing at the last autumn leaves swaying in the breeze. 20 degrees in November! Thank you, Mother Nature!”
Research shows that the simple act of expressing gratitude can help ease symptoms of depression and improve our overall mental health. Whereas some people keep a daily gratitude journal, others may simply state what they are grateful for, when the feeling comes up. That is my method. On the spot, feel the gratitude, express it out loud (even when I am alone!) and move on with my day.
I have the pleasure of playing golf weekly with a client of mine (who has now become a friend and regular golf mate!) This person plays with consistency and from what I gather, has been having a great year so far on the course. During our last round, which was not so positive for me, she happened to mention that the breathing techniques she learned from our Yoga for Golfers™ sessions together over the years contributed to her playing well . "As I am waiting and preparing for my next shot, I breathe deeply, as you taught us. It keeps me focused, relaxed." In a cheeky way, she added "Perhaps you could practice what you preach?"