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The personal blog of Michael Ashby

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Stutter Stepping

Holly and I didn’t walk yesterday. She had an appointment to take Monkey, our Siamese cat, to the vet and we didn’t wake up early enough to do our walk. I figured we could walk when she got home, but when she called sobbing after leaving the vet, I knew it wasn’t going to happen. […]

Taking It Slow

Holly and I began walking last night. We walked for about twenty minutes after dinner. It was supposed to be a little jump start on our new exercise program and I think it helped.

Building On Good Routines

BlocksA little over a month ago, I wrote about how I was turning over a new leaf. Since then, I’ve been doing the basics of what talks about. I’m not doing anything fancy, I’m just doing the basics. However, I have been trying to build on the basics and expand ever so slowly in all aspects of my life. I may not be catching up on everything that I’m behind on as fast as I would like, but I’m building good habits and replacing bad ones. In the past, I would throw myself into a project to catch up and let everything else slide, thus I would be done with something I was behind on, but there’d be even more to do after the one fire was put out. These baby steps are tough to abide by, but I’m starting to see results, so I’m sticking to my guns. One baby step that feels like a huge step starts tomorrow – Holly and I are going to get healthy.

This idea all started with an episode of Rock Bodies on VH1 called From Flab To Fab. In a nutshell, they took 4 normal women and did a 3 month makeover by giving them a team of people to help them lose weight. They had a trainer, chef, the works. At the end they all had lost a ton of weight and I was quite impressed! The regimen had them working out twice a day for 5 days a week. They were restricted to 1350 calories a day and they burned 1000 a day. Given that I’m a bit extreme by nature, that type of grueling workout touched a nerve and I wanted to do the same thing.

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Getting Back On The Wagon

I don’t know how it happened, but I have not been doing much in the way of exercise at all for the past few months. Well, with all the progress that I’ve been making in getting caught up with work and life in general, it was time to get back in the gym.

Yoga And My State Of Zzzzzzzzzen

ZzzzzzzYesterday I was quite adventurous and decided to ride my bicycle to the gym. 11 miles later I arrived at the Maryland Farms YMCA feeling pretty good about the ride and in high spirits that my cycling is improving. I was there to attend the 6:30 Gentle Yoga class taught by Bliss Wood. It’s a great class and Bliss is really good about giving alternative poses for those of us that are as limber as Frankenstein. She’s even beginning to push us just a little bit by giving us some more challenging asanas.

I arrived there feeling all loose and ready to tackle the class having cycled for the last hour and a half. Of course that’s not the ideal state of your “body mind” when you enter a yoga class :P, but I was still breathing a little heavy and cruising on the adrenaline of accomplishment. The class is an hour long and as the class progressed, I was feeling more and more relaxed, but still getting a good workout from all the poses. Towards the end of the class, she leads us in a bit of guided meditation. It’s one of the best parts of the class because you really feel open and relaxed and mellow. At the end of the meditation, she rings a little bell and then has us sit up as she closes the class. Continue Reading

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