Welcoming 2015

Last year, I started #LouLoss and well didn’t do as good as I wanted. I tried several different diets and had a lot of ups and downs throughout the year. But, overall I did show a weight loss of 7.2 pounds through the year. I started my dieting adventure on the 29th of December 2013 as the chart below shows.

My goal was to weigh below 200 pounds, I didn’t succeed in the goal. But did learn a lot throughout the year and kept on trying again and again. I know my biggest problems are:

  1. Junk food
  2. Portion control
  3. Lack of exercise

So, this year I am going to continue with more enthusiasm and really try harder to reach my goal of breaking 200 pounds. Earlier this month I started to try yoga practice and have really enjoyed it. I have been going to it regularly and just signed up for a 3 month package for unlimited classes at Urban Prana Yoga. If you are in the area check them out, they are very friendly and welcoming to all people. My goal with yoga is to help lower and manage stress which I am already feeling. I found myself really loving the restorative yoga classes with the time to mediate. But, I also like the other classes that push me without scaring me away.

I have also started to journal again after nearly 2 decades, I enjoyed it when I was younger and now I am journaling every day. I use DayOne for keeping my private journal, sometimes I just write a phrase (like a Tweet) or add a picture and other times I write paragraphs. But, I have been writing entries every day for over a month now.

Goals are to be specific if you want to reach them, so I am write a few specific goals for 2015 that I will work on accomplishing.

  • Lower my weight below 200 pounds
  • Practice yoga at least 3 times a week
  • Write daily entries in my journal
  • Write public (blog) and private (journal) retrospectives each week

Check back as I write something about each of these goals and how and why I want to accomplish them.

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Daily Journaling with DayOne

At the end of October I decided to start writing in a journal again, I used to write in a journal many years ago. I found it to be useful to collecting my thoughts and recording my feelings. Keeping a journal is something that I use to keep private thoughts with no intention of anyone else reading. As I thought through this though, I would like it to be read by family as a way of recording my legacy (grandkids and more). I would love to have something like this for my grandparents that I could share with my kids, or better yet my great-grandparents. Wow, that would be amazing to read what they wrote during different events in their life.

What peaked my interest again was “30-Day Digital Journaling Challenge” that I read about online and registered for. It provided prompts for 30 days and also a private group on Facebook to talk with others about journaling.

I decided to use Day One to write my journal entries, which is an iPhone app. I liked reading that I could journal in 140 characters or less if I wanted to and sometimes I did. I have my phone with me all the time and can very easily record different thoughts and events quickly. Sometimes, I just write a few words and then later use a full keyboard to write more details, sort of my own prompts to remind me about the events or feelings that occurred and I wanted to come back to.

I have been writing in my digital journal now for over 50 days, sometimes several entries per day. I also add pictures and other locations to my journal entries and “tag” entries so I can later review based on specific categories (work, kids, goals, etc.).

The Facebook group I mentioned above is a very friendly group of people who journal, you can ask for advice such as different apps to use if you don’t use an iPhone. Also, have good ideas for prompts and different uses of journaling.

Myself, I have found the DayOne app fits me perfect, I can use it on my iPad or iPhone, journal entries are synced up right away. One thing that is missing is a Windows app for DayOne, but there is a 3rd party app called Journaley that works with the DayOne files if you use DropBox syncing, if you want to use a Windows computer to write your entries. I find myself staying with my tablet or phone though and using an external Bluetooth keyboard.

Do you journal, what value do you get from it and what app do you use?

 

 

 

 

 

Yoga, One Week In

So, I have been attending Yoga classes for a full week now. Right now I am taking part of a great special that gives me unlimited classes for 30 days for $30.

I started last Sunday and have 7 classes in already! Yesterday, I attended 2 class one in the morning and one in the evening.

The classes I took are listed below and I have enjoyed each one in a different way.

Yoga Basics

This class is basic poses in Yoga in a very friendly environment, I have notice that this is more of a workout for me. I usually work up a little sweat during this class and it feels great. The teachers provide various alternatives for people to work with the poses and help out a lot.

Gentle Yoga

This is a more relaxing class that I am able to move through a lot easier. The poses are not as difficult as the Yoga Basics. The stretches feel wonderful.

Candlelight Restorative Yoga

I attended this class last night and just LOVED IT! This is more of a meditative class. You only do a few poses but you hold those poses for 10 – 20 minutes with props to help out. This is a very relaxing class, you are stretching and breathing and thinking about the moment. Living the moment is something that I am learning about.

$5 Meditation

This short class is not covered by the program and is a community based class, meaning it is geared towards provide an inexpensive way for people to give Yoga a try. What is even greater about this class is that these benefit a charity, each month a new charity is selected. Great way to to give back to the community!

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So, how do I feel about this. So far I am hooked, as is evident by looking at my attendance. Why? Because it is a nice way of getting some exercise, the stretches feel very good. It is also a great way of stopping and freeing my mind for that time, this time I am about to connect with myself. Sounds corny, huh… Well, I believe this will help me deal with the stress in my life and I did already notice one event during the week that I handled much better.

This is only week one of my 30 days and I will be supplying more information as I move forward in this journey!

Namaste.

You can view the class descriptions here on the Urban Prana Yoga web site.

 

 

Anonymous Posts

Let me rant for a moment about something. I really don’t like when people want to post something negative and/or attacking and don’t have the courage to put their name behind them. This is one of the biggest problems with the internet and social media.

If you want to share something, why not big on your big boy/girl pants and stand behind what you share with your name.

I don’t mean this for every post or item on the internet, but if you want to say something about a person or group, might as well show you mean what you say.

This site, is a place for me to “ramble” on about many things.

My name is Lou. I personally, try not to offend anyone, but let’s face it we are all human and make mistakes.