Wednesday, December 11, 2013

When Life Sets You Back, You Have to Move Forward

As I pushed myself into down dog in my first yoga class in over a month, I started to cry.  I cried because I'm set back, because I feel like a stone trying to push into these positions, I cried because I tried to twist and my belly got in the way, and I cried because I miss yoga.  All that little chatter that I worked so hard to push away, it all came rushing back.  I wiped my face, though, and I kept going.  As I laid in savasana, I let it go and I moved forward.  If I let this impact my whole experience of the night, I will feel worse about going to the next class.  So, here are the good points of my practice:

I love my yoga teacher.  She's a beautiful person, and her class is amazing.
I can still rock half moon.
I went to class, even though I just wanted to go home and eat.
I released my sadness, left it on the mat, and moved forward.

So, if you're struggling out there, and you feel hopeless or set back, I'm with you.  I feel like that too, but we have to push ourselves to move forward.  Just remember, you won't find your happiness  when you reach your goal, you will find your happiness along the way.

Food is a huge part of this journey, maybe the most important part, and I still need work in that area.  It is an area I really want to focus on in 2014, and I think it will take the blog in a slightly different direction.  I love working from recipes, showing people how rich and delicious vegan food is, and spending hours in the kitchen on the weekends baking, but it's time for some simplicity.  I also have a lot of things I want to focus on, like painting and fitness, so I would like to spend less time in the kitchen.  I'll still be logging everything, but you might see a lot of broccoli and lentils.  It's a journey.

Today, I was pretty hungry when I woke up, so I wrapped up some tofu scramble and had miso soup later on in the morning.

For lunch, I had another tofu scramble wrap and some carrots.  I spent the afternoon sketching, which was awesome.  Work got kind of stressful, and I really wanted a giant beer and some chips, but I headed to yoga instead.  I'm so glad that I did.

I warmed up some coconut soup, and now it's time to relax in the tub.  Tomorrow brings another day, and it comes with it another opportunity to make good choices.  So, let's all put the foot forward and think about the next year and all the things we want to accomplish.  Dwelling on the past does nothing for you, so let it go.


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