Yoga Anyone?

The food fight is still ongoing. Yeah……he’s stubborn, alright. But this Mama is not weak this time around……I’m still not going to give up on this. The last two nights Munchkin Man has refused to eat dinner. He pushes it away saying something like…”I’m not eating those nasty carrots or chicken!” I simply say, “Breakfast will be here in the morning, and by the way, don’t call my dinner ‘nasty’. It’s not polite to say that.”

I really don’t know what has gotten into me lately…..I have felt sluggish, tired and just downright blech. I truly feel it has to do with this extra weight I’m carrying unecessarily around, ya think! I’ve just felt so “blah”……like I’m a blob sitting here waiting for some miracle to happen and then wake up and it’s all been a dream…..and I’m skinny again!!! Wouldn’t that be sooo awesome!?

I’ve “magically” discovered that if I want to lose this extra weight, I’ve gotta get off my rump and do something about it. Gee….what took me so long to figure that one out…lol? I spoke with a friend of mine today and she stated that in the past 9 months, she’s lost 65 lbs and has managed to keep it off!! I’m so glad for her!!!! She gave me a great tip….drink lots and lots of water. Now, anyone who truly knows me….knows that I’m a true blue hard core Diet Dr. Pepper fan…..BIG TIME! You’ll be glad to know that I kicked that habit awhile back…..I no longer keep soda pop in the house AT ALL and only drink it when we go out for lunch/dinner. You should’ve seen me today……after I spoke with that friend of mine who recommended the water…..I think I must’ve drank about 10 glasses of water today!! LOL!!! She inspired me. Inspired me to actually do something about this…..rather than waiting for something to happen TO me…..I’ve got to DO something about it.

So…..a few weeks ago……or so……we ordered Netflix and while browsing the movie titles, I noticed they had some great exercise DVD’s to download and watch!! WOW…..Just what I needed!!! I was so excited. I thought….hhhhmmmm…..I’ve done some of these DVD’s before and never quite got much out of them…..HEY…..there’s Yoga…..never tried that before!! Now…first I tried this one Yoga called “10 Minute Yoga” something or other…..and it was HARD to do….but I stuck with it for that first week or less. I started reading the reviews (I know….I did it backwards…..I read the reviews AFTER I started the program…DUH) and found out that this particular one was NOT for beginners….Um…maybe that is why it was so hard on me. LOL!

I searched for a Yoga program more fitting to my needs. You see, I have Fibromyalgia and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy which both cause LOTS of chronic pain. My Pain Mgmt Dr. recommended I do Yoga at my last visit as it would not only strengthen my body, but would actually help me to feel better (pain-wise). I wasn’t so sure I agreed at the time…..funny how we do that, huh? We pay our Dr’s to help us and then we don’t listen to them…..what is that all about? Anyways…..back to my search for a better Yoga program. I found one that is specifically FOR ppl with chronic pain and ppl who suffer common conditions…such as diabeties (which I don’t), weight-management (yes…I “suffer” with that), etc. This program, after pre-viewing it to see if it would fit my needs…..goes much slower and is more intuned with those who are in pain…..GREAT!! I finally found what I was looking for!! I gave it a whirl and haven’t looked back since! My son (MM) was always complaining when I would do my Yoga saying it took away from our time together…..he was getting a bit jealous I think….that I wasn’t keeping constant attention on him…which I don’t do anyways…..I give him SO MUCH but not constant. Then we sat down and had a little chat about it. I explained to MM that Mommy doesn’t get to play some things with him that he wants to because of my pain levels…..he said, yes, he knows that. Then I went on to explain that in doing Yoga, I’ll hopefully get feeling a lot better and be more able to do those things with him. BOY….he got so excited and told me to go do my Yoga!!! LOLOLOL!!!!!

Every day I get a bit more and more further along in the program…..able to go longer….as I’m learning and stretching those muscles that haven’t been used in a long stinkin’ time. I do have to say, though…..I honestly DO FEEL a lot better! I have lost about 6 lbs already (but gained a few back too) and my pain levels aren’t such that I cannot get down on the floor with MM for very long like it used to be. I’m sitting on the floor with him, playing and laughing with MM…we have so much more fun together because I’m taking better care of myself. I can actually feel myself getting more and more limber each day….a bit more even if only a tiny bit….so that I can be a better Mama to MM.

My point in writing about this? I have learned that in order to be a better Mama, I NEED to take better care of my health! It is vital in not only for ME….but especially for Munchkin Man….as he’s so worth all that stretching and Downward Facing Dog’s I do daily!!!!! When I get feeling like “I just simply don’t “feel” like it today…..” I think about MM….look into his sweet brown eyes……and say to myself…..how can I fail him by NOT taking care of myself!? I am a new person! I’m stronger…..and I’m more determined to succeed in this program!

What kinds of things have you promised to yourself to make YOU a better Mama? And what are YOU doing about it? Please share!!

BTW….today is Leap Day (Leap Year)…..My great-grandma’s birthday! She’s long gone to heaven, but I think of her a lot on this day. She was a kind soul. She could only speak broken-English (she was full-blooded Hungarian) and I remember vividly listening to her intently with wonder trying to figure out what she was saying. I found her so intriguing! I would sit at her feet or next to her and would watch her eyes (oh how they would glisten when she spoke) and would watch her mouth make shapes and sounds that were foreign to me…..I would imagine what she was saying…..Naturally it was always the most loving and wonderful things!! Happy Birthday, Great-Grandma…..You’re always in my heart, always in my thoughts….until I see you again…..XOXO!!

Blessings to you and your children……

Mama249

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Don’t Feel Guilty if You’ve Let it Slide: Strong Sitting

I have read much about Strong Sitting. On one particular website, radkid.org, I really throughly enjoyed all they had to offer…..so much so that I printed off the entire site and use it as a quick reference for myself….I’ve highlighted all I need to refer to…..my paper is mostly all highlighted…LOL. It’s THAT good. On the website, they refer to Strong Sitting as being very impportant in helping children to learn discipline of self-control and quietness….both emotionally and physically.

I used Strong Sitting with Munchkin Man for quite some time awhile back…..but somehow, some reason….I let it slip..I’m upset a bit with myself for doing so, but am just thrilled that I found this website to get ME back on track. So that brings us to yesterday….I had told MM that he’d be doing some strong sitting…..which was followed by much grunting, rolling around on the floor and rolling of the eyes, fussing, and plain and simple saying he wasn’t going to do it. I don’t want to say I forced him to do it….but I’ll tell ya…..I STRONGLY encouraged him to do so in a soft and calm manner. First he said he’d do it later and he’d let me know when he was ready…..UM….no sir, that right there….did you notice what he was doing? Control……he wanted to control WHEN he was going to do them. He couldn’t control that he must do them…..but he thought he could control that. NOPE….not with me, mister. I told him I’d be ready for him in exactly 5 minutes. MM was so upset and began to do that whiney crying sound. 5 Minutes went by rather quickly &  MM gave in to it……sitting with his legs criss, cross applesauce, back straight, eyes closed, hands on either  side of legs or on top of legs…..just be comfy…and then he will Strong Sit for 1 minute for each year of his age. He’s 4…so 4 minutes. He was begrudgingly doing this…..he kept peeking out…..trying to be sly…but I know my lil guy. Also…you want no distractions going on at all when you begin doing Strong Sitting. Later, you may add some….I’ll reference it in another paragraph.

It is suggested that Strong Sitting be done several times a day…..anytime but especially first thing in the morning because it will clear their minds and get them off to a great start of what could possibly be a beautiful day. Who doesn’t want that? Shoot…..I may do some strong sitting myself if it produces such a wonderful result!!! LOL!

Our jobs as the parents, is to not make constant remarks as in, “Wow, look at you! You’re doing great Strong Sitting!” “Hey, look at those criss cross applesauce legs…I’ve never seen such perfect criss cross legs before!” We are to be silent and coach as needed…..and hopefully not much is needed….but always always always be calm, collected, and warm with a smile on your face to show your lil guy/girl that this is a great thing to do. If you are begrudginly putting them in place…..that signal brings with it MUCH negativity to your environment and to your Strong Sitting. You DON’T want that….believe me.  The goal is for them to work up to a grand total of 20 minutes at a time and to be able to have some distractions in the background and still be able to concentrate and Strong Sit without trying to figure out what is going on behind them.

My lil guy is about to arise for the day……and I’ll snuggle with him for about 10 minutes to get our day off to a pleasant, loving and delightfully engaging day. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? It does to me as well. Then comes Strong Sitting…..afterwards….our day together….hopefully regulated and peaceful. I wish this for all of you as well.

 

Blessings to you and your children,

Mama249