My inflexibility

I went to bed last night determined to NOT be lazy anymore.  I want to get my act together and get back to exercising regularly and being careful about what I eat.  I checked the weather last night for this morning, so I knew it was going to be bitterly cold (the forecast last night was for a low of 15, with a windchill around 5).  John and I decided not to brave the cold and to just work out inside, instead.

Getting up wasn’t too hard, although it took a little longer than it should have.  It takes turning the light on to make getting up inevitable.  John headed to the basement to lift weights, and I grabbed my yoga mat and 5-lb dumbbells for Yoga Booty Ballet!

I can’t decide – no.  I like parts of the video, but I just can’t do the yoga section.  I am incapable of touching the ground with my hands while my legs are straight (and my feet are flat on the ground).  Just can’t do it.  And that seems to be an inescapable part of yoga.  Or at least of the yoga parts of this video.  I’m sure there are other yoga-related positions that don’t ask me to do that.  My point is that because that’s what they base most of the yoga portion on, I can’t do it.  I try to fake it, but I don’t feel like I’m getting anything out of it.  I wouldn’t mind taking a beginner yoga class or something.  I just think I’ll be skipping the yoga section of this video.

Anyway, I mentioned the weather forecast earlier for a reason.  I didn’t check it again until I was done with Yoga Booty Ballet (! (I think it should always end with an exclamation mark.)), and by then the sun was up.  The temperature outside, after the sun had been up for about 30 minutes, was 15 degrees.  The windchill?  -1.  Yes, that’s one below zero.  It is NOT supposed to get that cold here.  Especially not when it hit 60 degrees four days ago, and it’s going to be in the 50s in two days.  What’s the weather trying to do, make us all sick?  Is this revenge for global warming?

Okay, so I’m not really that outraged about the weather.  It’s fake outrage.  I admit it.  What are you gonna do about it, huh?  And there’s some fake belligerence.  I’m done now.  With the fake emotions, I mean.  🙂  Also, I’m done with this post.


  1. Jessica

    Your yoga video should be emphasizing that you stretch as much as you can without hurting yourself and then use your breathing to help your muscles relax so you can move deeper into the stretch. If it’s not saying that, it’s doing you a disservice.

    So you do the Booty Ballet part of it? 🙂 That phrase still makes me smile.

    I haven’t been keeping up with my workouts either. I was really consistent for about two weeks and then just stopped. I think I got a little burnt out. I was trying to do too much. So I’ve redone my schedule and I start again today.

    I have to be able to fit into that wedding gown by April…

  2. Zannah

    Yeah, this video doesn’t really TEACH yoga so much as get you through some routines. The instructors give much more direction (and correction) in the other segments. Almost none in the yoga segment.

    Yeah, I like the Booty Ballet sections. 🙂 More interesting.

    Change your phrasing to be more positive. It’s not “I have to be able to fit…”, it’s “I WILL be able to fit…” 🙂

  3. mbenner

    So how did you motivate yourself to get up in the morning to work out? I need to figure that one out!

    Also, I can’t touch the floor with my hands with my legs straight normally either, but if you stretch every day, you will eventually be able to do it…it just takes patience…

  4. Zannah

    Patience…right…I’ve got LOADS of that…

    Motivation to get up in the morning is what I’ve been lacking these last couple of weeks. It’s a combination of consciously remembering how good I feel AFTER the workout and planning ahead to the next day I will let myself sleep in (as a reward). Once the days get longer and the sun comes up earlier (and the lows at night stay above freezing), I think it will be easier. It’s harder to stay in bed on a weekday if the sun is up.

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