Oh yes!

When I last lived in the US – which is now over two and a half years ago – I weighed less, was yoga lean, and fit into the smallest clothes of my adult life. I took pretty good care of myself. However, I let myself go a bit during my transition to British living. (I may say it was easy to move 4000 miles, but it wasn’t without its bumps, emotionally and otherwise.) Shortly after my arrival, I stopped my regular yoga and gained a bit of unwanted weight as I clearly forgot to pack my nutritional awareness along with my socks and toothpaste.

On my 5’3″ frame, a little goes a long way. (Damned fish and chips! I should know better than to eat a fillet that’s bigger than my head.) In August of 2006 I’d had enough of the 152 lbs I’d shot up to and decided to gradually get back down to where I need to be to feel good. This month I weigh 130 lbs. It’s been slow, mostly steady, weight loss through cutting portions back just a bit, and ramping up my activity in a few nearly imperceptible ways. I take stairs. I walk to town several times per week. I work out of the house and on my feet three days a week. That stuff has been easy to slip into daily life; it has not been difficult or a diet. Next, I’m bringing my beloved yoga back into the picture. I absolutely love yoga and love the body it gives me. I also find it helps with my concentration and ability to cope with chaos.

I still eat pizza. I still eat nachos. I have no desire at all to become a size zero. I own a couple of US size three and four jeans and trousers, but if I never get into those again I won’t be disappointed with myself. The goal is to feel good and look good – not to suffer or put pressure on myself to be something I’m not. Nachos win here.

This morning I went rummaging through the wardrobe. I pulled out a shirt that I’ve not been able to wear in two years… it’s a size small.

Drumroll please…

It fit. So did several others. My arms did not feel like fatty sausages wrapped in a tight cotton skin… nope. The shirts truly fit. I’ve changed shape and feel great. If this is the start to my day, it’s gonna be a helluva good Saturday. πŸ™‚

Monday I break out my yoga mat.

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9 thoughts on “Oh yes!”

  1. Congrats Jen!! I can totally relate and sigh… unfortunately, I’m not in your place right now but need to get back there. I also love yoga (and running and lifting weights) but there are so many things that always seem to get in the way. I get out of school this Wednesday for the summer and know that I’ll get those workouts in; I always get in great shape through the summer then begin the downslide when school (and football and life) starts again in the fall.

    What kind of yoga do you do? I’ve been having trouble with my sciatica lately so gentle stretching is about my speed right now. I’ve done power yoga when I’ve been in decent shape and I’m anxious to get there again.

  2. Hi Karen! Thank you!

    I know what you mean about seasonal routineβ€šΓ„ΓΆ?Γ‘?Γ† I definitely slack during certain times of the year as well.

    I’m dreadful for knowing the type of yoga I do… the way I learned yoga was by following “Inhale” with Steve Ross on the Oxygen network. I LOVE that guy. I made a bunch of my own dvds of his show before I moved to the UK and find his approach more satisfying and fun than any other instruction.

  3. Well done you. Slow and steady is the only way to do it. I’m lucky as I have the terrible Goddess to keep an eye on my diet and I get plenty of exercise running away from her when she’s feeling particularly omnipotent.

  4. Thank you Daddy P! I definitely feel like I’m on the right track. πŸ™‚

    Hope the move is going as smoothly as possible now (I read your recent reports – sounded stressy for a bit).

  5. I started running again. I’d forgotten how effective it is at shifting weight. 2k on Wednesday, 5k in Friday, plus an hour of tennis, 2k on Saturday, football on Sunday, gym work on Monday.
    Once you get passed the initial pain of resuming exercise it suddenly becomes addictive again. I don’t weigh myself, but I feel better and that goes a long way.

    (Quitting regular podcasting also helps.)

  6. Hi Mark!
    Well done you! πŸ™‚

    I’m not much of a runner, but I love a good, hard walk. Got out the yoga mat today too… felt great!

    Good to hear you’re enjoying the free time you’ve created. πŸ™‚

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