Tuesday, March 01, 2011

day 1: journey begins!

40 days: on the starting line


just like i heart mondays (!), i love the first day of . . . well, anything. the first day of the year of course reigns supreme, but the months are nice because there's not QUITE so much pressure.

so . . . it's march! march is usually a wonderful month in NC: spring usually charges onto the scene with buds and pollen and a number of really beautiful days. there is growth and life and energy, and often it seems like everyone is just a bit happier.

i am beginning back on service today -- so for the next 2 months, i will be carrying the pediatric endocrine pager on every weekday from 8 - 5 (plus a week's worth of 24/7 pager call). it is going to be busy, but i missed my clinical duties and i'm glad to be back!

i also think this is a perfect time to begin my 40-day journey.

available here for $12.24 -- less than the price of 2 live yoga sessions
[again just for clarity's sake: purchased by moi and not getting any kickbacks!]

several of you expressed interest in joining along, which was exciting! i will post a summary of each week's goals so to help facilitate this (as well as aid in my own accountability). and of course, i will update about how things are going as the weeks go on.

of note, i do not plan on following the plan to the letter. for example, i want to keep attending yoga classes at blue point, so the sequences that i practice are not going to always mesh exactly with what is in the book. i will probably 'do my own thing' with some of the dietary advice, as well. but i still think it will be an important learning experience and a wonderful way to head into spring.

40D2PR: goals for week 1

this week's theme: presence

daily yoga practice: the book calls for a daily 20-minute practice, and the poses are laid out clearly in the book. i am not a huge fan of trying to look through a book while going through my own flow, and therefore i equipped myself with a [not-so]-secret weapon:

this baptiste yoga bootcamp box

the box comes equipped with 1 75-minute routine [review below!] and 3 shorter ones, including a 20-minute flow.

my yoga goal for week 1 will be to simply practice yoga each day, either in class (like tonight) or going through his shorter flows. for variety, i may sub in a dave farmar podcast as well -- as it turns out, his flows really are quite true to the baptiste style. [note: as these podcasts are free, they are a great cost-effective alternative to the box above.]

balancing diet: this week's chapter on diet discusses hot/cold body patterns and outlines foods that are designed to balance things out, eastern-medicine style (similar to this). he also introduces a cleanse/build dichotomy, with the idea that our bodies often cycle from a state of deficiency to one of excess and back again.

my dietary focus for week 1 will be to work on identifying where i sit on the spectrum and to work on eating with my body's needs in mind.

mind assignment: this week's meditation is focused on being present -- specifically, the goal is for five minutes twice daily, with the focus on each breath.

my meditation goal is to follow these recommendations and sit twice daily for five minutes. however, i am adding in a second goal that focuses on presence, and this is a bit of a departure from baptiste's plan.

instead, part 2 of my goal will address an addiction that i have that i believe takes away from my ability to be present every single day. specifically: EMAIL + THE INTERNET! specifically, my aims will be to:
check email no more than three times daily
spend only purposeful time online
excavation questions: baptiste poses some very thought-provoking questions, and i would like to spend time thinking about my answers. i will not post my thoughts on all of these, but i will share the questions themselves.

today's question: how much am i taking responsibility to learn and grow from the experiences, both easy and difficult, that i have in my life?

something i will ponder today . . . feel free to do so as well!

march goals
i was going to discuss the goals for march, but i think this post is goal-heavy enough as it is, so i will save this for tomorrow!

Q + A for the day: do you have any goals for the upcoming month to share?

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2.28.11

workout: 75-minute vinyasa flow from the yoga bootcamp box pictured above. i have to admit my hopes were high for this audio flow, and luckily i did think this was a great practice. the instructions were very clear and the poses just challenging enough for me. there was a lot of difficult core strengthening work towards the end -- i will look forward to improving in this arena. the only downside? no crow and no headstand! i will have to add in these poses on my own somehow since they are my absolute favorites.

recipeless: monday night is our 'easy night', and what could be easier than wild coho salmon + sweet potato + asparagus?

simple. whole. healthy. delicious.

i know mark bittman would approve.