Category Archives: Intuitive Living

THE YEAR OF YES: Choosing to Live Positive

Saturday evening I was on Facebook, laughing at status updates, clicking on shared links, reading blog posts when I saw that a gym in Sacremento was holding a 2 hour Intro to Kettle Bells workshop next week.  I’ve wanted to learn about KBs, wanted to get up to this gym, and before I gave it a thought, told myself I’m going.

And told the owner-an internet friend I’ve wanted to meet for a couple years- the same thing.  His reaction:  NO WAY!  That is so cool!

My reaction: I woke up Sunday morning happy, realizing I had said YES before I thought too much about it.  I am looking forward to this class; looking forward to the weekend.  Looking forward to making new friends with like-minded spirits.

How cool is that?

It was then that I realized a response before I could think my way out of the situation led to serious happiness.  All I had to do was say YES.

So I’ve determined that this shall be the YEAR of YES.

Not maybe.  Not We’ll see.

The year of ball games, and camps and please god white water rafting!  The year of special sunrises, all night talks. Accomplishments and adventures.

The year when someone asks me to do something -or I read something great I want to do- and instead of thinking “I can’t” I will say YES!!

What will you say Yes to this year?

Listening to My Body

Last week, out of the blue my body said: Deb, I would love to do some pistol squats.

Now for someone who hasn’t exercised much in the past 6 months, is recovering from shoulder surgery THAT is an insane thought.  Pistols are advanced squats: single leg squats.

There was not going to be a great likelihood that I could actually perform these.  But that wasn’t the real message.  My body was trying to tell me that I needed to do some unilateral leg work (working one leg at a time).  As soon as I started doing so, I discovered that my left leg muscle weakness is back.  Listening to my body -and interpreting it much like dreams- is a secret to knowing not only what I want to do in the gym, but what I NEED to do.

Now I have regressed the move to something I can do: a box version of the pistol using a stick for additional balance – because SOMEDAY I do want to do a pistol squat.  Most of the time, though, I’m working on step ups, single leg presses and lunges.  It’s all HARD – but it’s an appropriate level of hard for my muscles at the moment.

Listening to our bodies is can be an important tool in our ongoing fitness.  Taking things at face value, though, is not often the wisest way to go.

What has your body ever said to you?