Yup, you read that right...yoga, the thinker & the pooper :)
I wanted to take a moment to fill in those who are following my LYM challenge to share my health benefits I have received from my new passion. I apologize if some may find this falls into the TMI category! haha!
As I stated in my previous blog, I have been a migraine sufferer since I was 2 years old. I got so used to having a constant ache behind my eyes that it seemed "normal". I know the general ache is not a migraine...my migraines always started with an aura of what I liked to call "t.v. snow" around the edges of my vision (usually more right-sided) that would eventually move toward the centre...LOOK OUT..migraine acomin'! The past number of years I have been living on a diet of Extra Strength Excedrin Migraine, 2 in the am, and usually another mid-afternoon, just to get through the days. Obviously, this was NOT good for my insides, but nothing else was working! I had my eyes checked, I cut out a lot of foods, I even had an MRI done just to be sure there wasn't something more drastic going on than just pain in my head.
When I was in my 20s I was diagnosed with IBS. My mother is a sufferer of crohn's and colitis and when I started having severe pains in my 20s decided to tested, tests came back with IBS. Again, diet shifting, but not much else was done for that...when it acts up, it acts up...simple as that!
So fast forward to October-ish 2010 when I walked into my first Moksha yoga class :) I left feeling alive, calm, happy....actually that's an understatement! I was ecstatic! I kept going for the initial month package and as already stated, was hooked!
Now, I knew I loved yoga because of the feelings in my body, my spirit and heart, but it wasn't until that first month package finished that I realized I was no longer taking the Excedrin! I couldn't believe it! I hadn't even noticed that I wasn't achy behind the eyes!
Not only this, but all of a sudden I was regular!! Now anyone suffering from IBS knows how thrilling this is! haha! To be able to not have to sit back and think about the last time you visited the pooper is phenominal! I know I've lost weight during my practice, but I'm pretty sure I'm also just not bloated anymore!
I'm comfortable in my skin, not only from weight loss and toning muscles I didn't know I had, but because clothes fit better, I feel better and my head and guts are not in a constant state of pain and knots!
So we're onto Day 2 of the LYM Challenge - still no sugar, no caffeine. Breakfast and lunch were both vegetarian meals, and a 60 min Moksha class complete as well.
I don't find I'm missing sugar, so much as I'm missing snacking.... snacking to me does not mean carrot sticks and dip..that's not a snack...that's rabbit food...harumph! *arms crossed over chest*
Last week I did 5 of 7 days of practice, including 2 Hot Fusions. Even though it's only on day 2 of 7 classes this week, my buttocks and arms are already screaming at me!! Tues, Weds, Thurs, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tues...and still 5 more classes this week! I love a good challenge! hahaha! xox
On an airplane, you are always told to put on your oxygen mask first. The same way in life, you need to take care of your health first. If you are not happy and healthy, you cannot make anyone else happy and healthy. -Rajashree Choudhury