Friday, January 22, 2016

Writing Project: "If's"

So as I recently stated, life has had a lot going on lately for the "Nastase's". And when things tend to get busy, I tend to play the "what if" game. Ryan has temporarily put a band to my "what if" game.

So to get that all out of my system, I'm referring the "journal jar prompts" and talking "if's" today!

  • If you could have dinner with anyone currently alive, who would it be?
I have to say my family. There's really no celebrity, polician or other person in the world I'd rather sit around the table with than my Mom, Dad, siblings, and their families!

  • If you could meet any fictional character, who would it be?
The BFG, otherwise known as "The Big Friendly Giant". Remember the book by Roald Dahl? The 1st time I read this book as a child, I had night terrors over this Friendly Giant. Which is ironic, because if I remember correctly, The BFG lived in the girl's closet and delivered good dreams to children.

I'd like to meet him and bury the hatchet. ;)

  • If you could change one thing about your present life, what would it be?
I would have 20/20 vision. I'm too chicken to consider Lasik eye surgery. But these days I am pretty much useless without contacts or glasses!

  • If you could live anywhere you wanted, where would you live?
I would live in Minneapolis. Sioux Falls, SD is close enough!

  • If you could go back in time and change one things from your past, what would it be?
I would have embraced my college years a little more. I was in a mad rush to graduate and "move on with my life". That I kind of held back from making good friends. I probably missed out on some good opportunities and friendships by doing that.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Downward Facing Diva

If you would have asked me 1 year ago, "Do you want to go to yoga?" I would have laughed, and thought to myself "That's not a workout! If I'm going to spend an hour at the gym, I may as well spend in lifting weights or running!"

Boy was I wrong. And how I have changed my thinking!

I label this post "downward facing diva" - because I feel like I have transformed into my own personal various of a "yoga diva". Better known as a "yogi" over the past few months.

I started yoga because I had a revelation that it's quite pathetic that I can run 20 miles, but I cannot touch my toes. Yoga helped me do that, and much more!

I will share that I wasn't feeling so "yoga diva status" at my 1st bikram flow class approximately 3 weeks ago. Where I found myself outside the studio, at the corner of a busy intersection in town, lying on the cement in a sports bra and yoga pants dry-heaving!

Not my finest moment.

And let me tell you...I left that class thinking "Why didn't I try this place before buying a Groupon!? I have to do 10 more of these?!"

But something kept me coming back. The instructor told me that it will get easier, so I tried again.

Here are a few things that yoga has taught me:

  • You don't have to deadlift and lunge with 50 pounds to be strong. In fact, I feel the strongest I ever have from holding Warrior 3 for 1 minute.
  • I've learned about foundation. In order to get to "c", you must start with a and then b. I'm not always "a fan" of that, and prefer to skip to step "c".
  • Heat is something I've never enjoyed, but bikram has taught me to embrace it. To be "okay" with being overheated. My 1st class, I nearly had a panic attack over how hot I was. Now I've learned to take a deep breath, and move through it.
  • Savasana (laying flat on the ground in stillness) is just as challenging as "plank pose". It requires stillness, focus, and calm. Which isn't always my strongest trait.
  • Take care of my body even when you're not on the mat. I have to make myself to drink tons of water, and take in enough calories on the daysI do bikram in the evening- or else my blood pressure gets low and I feel like crud!
  • Mindlfulness. You have to be mindful of what you put in your body before class, you have to be mindful of those around you, you have to be mindful of finding your inner "calm".