I hate exercise, can’t stand to sweat, and don’t like to feel exhausted. Yep, that’s me. Sound familiar? Imagine the surprise when, one day out of the blue, I had a strong urge to do some yoga – not the strenuous power-yoga, but more like the stretching type. Ya know, a girl gotta start somewhere. So after work, I cooked dinner as usual and after we ate, I still had yoga on the brain.
Determined to do a short, mild session, I scoured my shelves for old workout tapes and DVDs, when I remembered that I still had that WiiFit Plus game floating around in our guest room. I know, it’s not the perfect tool, but for my purposes it was great. After changing the batteries in my controller and board, and figuring out how to setup my workout, I did two short sessions of basic yoga poses. To my surprise, it felt very good to stretch out and I noticed that especially my arms and legs seemed to have gotten a bit of a workout in that short amount of time.
Once I finished my programmed sessions, which lasted only 15 minutes or so, I didn’t want to stop “playing” just yet and decided to try my skills with a few of my favorite balance games (ski-slalom, balance table, etc.) Considering that I haven’t played this game in a couple of months, I did pretty good.
What do I credit this burst of energy and weird behavior to? I may be wrong, but I think that changing to a grain, sugar and starch free diet, and consuming mostly whole foods (again, did not kick the diet coke habit yet), not only helped me to shed some pounds (almost 20 so far), but I also feel like I need to move around more often. My legs are no longer swelling up like balloons and for some reason my body is so much more flexible, probably because the swelling is gone. This lifestyle really works for me and I have no plans of going back to my old bad habits. I’m going to stay primal for life.