Nanowrimo is just around the corner. Although I’ve participated since 2007, I have yet to reach the goal of 50,000 words. Like many folks, I make the usual excuses—too busy, too stressed, too tired—but the truth is, I’m always busy, stressed, and tired. And yet, this year feels different somehow.
How so? I am more self-aware. After ten years of “failing,” I’m practically an expert. I’ve learned how I work and why I don’t. My strength is that I’m a great starter with lots of energy and ideas in the beginning. However, I know that after a few days I burn out, or I lose momentum very quickly once I see how far behind I’m getting. Therefore, I really need to stay on target with little tricks and incentives/disincentives along the way.
I dreaded stepping on the scale after coming home from our Spring Break vacation to Orlando. Although I walked more than I have in a long time (20+k steps daily), I also ate lots of food that are weight-loss no-no’s—fried fast foods, sweets, alcoholic beverages, dairy. It was no big surprise that I gained 5 lbs. over the course of six days.
With a heavy heart, I headed back to the gym and got back to my training and exercise classes. I’d asked my trainer, Alex, if he had any Orenda Burn-Clean-Shape packets for a jump-start, but he had run out. I was on my own.
First two days of hardcore exercise—nada. Then I decided to try something else—something which I’d always had in the back of my mind. Why not cut out refined sugar and limit grains to one meal and see what happens?
Yesterday while waiting for the Princess to finish her swimming lesson, I was reading Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success (Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler). The title caught my attention as I browsed the new non-fiction books at the library. I thought this book was appropriate with New Year’s around the corner. I know we still have Thanksgiving and December, but let’s face it. The year’s almost over. ;-P
Although much of what I read was common sense, here are some useful pointers I got from the book:
My old college and Boston roommate, Kar-yee, used to talk about contemplating her navel, and I didn’t quite understand the gist of it until recently, when I learned that yogis would contemplate their navel to gain a greater understanding of the world and their place in it. On the basic level, as one would gaze at the navel, s/he would be watching the rise and fall according to the patterns of one’s breath. Ideally, this action alone helps one to relax, slow down and clear one’s mind, and zzzzzz….meditate.
I thought about all the associations with the navel—being connected with the mother, the attachment even after the separation of birth, and in looking at mine, I sadly acknowledged the fact that despite efforts to whittle down, my belly will stick around till the end of my days. Where there is stress, there is cortisol. And where there is cortisol, there is the belly. Continue reading →