As I mentioned earlier, my theme for March is Mind & Body. Mind = meditation, and Body = getting back on my exercise routine.
In practice this means that I will resume my 5-6 days a week workouts, ideally doing 3 x gym, 3 x runs, 5 x yoga and/or stretching each week --- and because I walk to my gym and back, that'll add 6 x 20 minute walks per week. One or two days rest depending on how I feel, and if I'm exhausted at any point (this can happen in the beginning when I start from scratch), I can substitute one workout day with a walk of 1+ hour. Sometimes I suffer from insomnia, and that brings a twist into my plans on occasion too; if you are familiar with poor sleep, you know how terrible the following day can be after you've stayed awake much of the previous night. A walk in the fresh air might be okay, even an easy jog...but personally, I have no strength for gym or long runs on days like those. Today is a good example; last night I thought I'd be proactive and actually took a sleeping aid around 10:30pm so that I could get up really early for gym. Went straight to bed, was knocked out within 30-40 minutes.....only to wake up wide eyed and not tired at all after 3am ! I did not sleep one eyeful between 3am - 7am, but at the same time I felt so drained that I couldn't bring myself to get out of bed yet. I then managed to nod off for almost two hours, and finally got up at 9am. Had reserved the laundry room for two hours between ten and noon, so I've just now finished doing laundry......and feel like I have a hangover due to lack of sleep. Yay. So we'll see if I start this week with an actual rest day, or if I'll feel like going out for a walk in the afternoon. Right now I'm on Twitter following the Oscar Pistorius trial live from Pretoria.
Meditation: I hope to sit down and quiet my mind once a day. The thing with meditation is though that it's not supposed to be about "trying" to do anything......it's even not "supposed to be" anything, per se -- I know it sounds bizarre, but if you've read about meditation, you know what I mean.
If it starts to feel like a burden or something you "have to do", it's best not to attempt it at all. I'm hoping to find a softer way to approach it; I enjoyed meditating so much last year, but then I began looking at it as just another task...and that was the beginning of the end. Maybe better luck this time, who knows.
Kalo Mina - Happy March friends !