I’ve switched gears. Instead of doing Pavel’s 100 swings and 5/5 TGU program, I’m back to following Lauren Brook’s BeSlam program. I’m making modifications though. I just simply don’t have the strength or energy to do it as outlined but I do like the workouts. I could push myself but why? Why risk injuring myself again?
So, my modifications are to do the strength workouts – 3 per week. Do as many sets as feels comfortable. If my back or hips start to complain – I back off. And, I’m not doing the heaviest weights I can possibly do – I’m doing a REASONABLE weight.
Oh sure there are people out there that will think I’m wimping out. And honestly? There is a part of me that says I should be pushing it harder. Do MORE. Push HARDER. The voices in my head are not always nice or smart. Bottom line? I’ll do what I do. Period. I really don’t care what anyone else thinks OR what the fucked up voices in my head say.
I’m also still doing yoga (went to a great class on the beach at 8am this morning). Daily. I don’t do strong yoga. If I’m in a class and I can tell it’s pushing me too hard (especially with my hips or wrists) – I back off. I do my own thing. I guess you could say that I dance to my own tune. A 55-year-old-woman’s tune.
Although there are a couple local classes that I enjoy, I actually am enjoying doing my own yoga at home more than anything. Between doing my own thing, Ekhart yoga and a couple good DVDs that I have – I have a nice, regular, gentle yoga practice. Restorative and yin yoga are my favorites right now.
I spend time daily (usually at least an hour) doing a couple different types of meditation (love seated mindfulness and yoga nidra) and have been incorporating more and more breath-based work into my day. I really think doing the breath work – especially at bedtime – has helped with my menopause related insomnia.
Food? Still not where I want it to be. Still working on it.