Sixteen (16)

Life is full of challenges. Our trials can derail us, or they can galvanize a strength within us that we didn’t know we had.

Day 16 of the Ultimate Yogi consisted of a victory and a failure.

The failure: a huge departure from common sense eating. Today I drove over 500 miles. During the ride I ate the worst possible things. Sugar, sugar, sugar. I ate so many peanut M&M’s that I made myself sick. This binge could not be stopped. It kept me awake and made the time pass quickly by.

The Triumph: We arrived at our destination just after 10:00 PM. I was tired. My body was stiff and sore from sitting in a car for over 8 hours. My mind was worn out from towing a trailer in a serious rain storm. Our house was freezing cold. I just wanted to turn the heat on and get into bed. The last thing I wanted to do was to pull out my yoga mat.

But that is exactly what I did. I gave myself ten minutes and then  I unrolled my mat and began my practice. Immediately I felt alive. It was best thing I have done for myself in a long time.

As I sit here now I realize that I needed a binge eating day. It reminded me of why I don’t want to do that. I gave me a chance to have what I thought I wanted and discover that I don’t. Sometimes we need that. I know I did today. I won’t allow myself to feel guilty or discouraged by it. I will just keep moving forward.

My late night practice reminded me that I am committed and that each step forward will always be accompanied by some distractions but if I keep at it, things will work out. It also reminded me that getting started is the hardest part.

Life is Good!