Change vs. Transformation, August 9, 2016

It’s been a frustrating week or so since I returned from my road trip! When I left I had gotten myself into a very positive routine. My daily practice was consistent and DAILY, my activity level was high (goal: be active until I fall into bed, exhausted), and my eating was very much under control, with my weight moving slowly down toward levels I haven’t seen since my 30’s. Since I returned, though, it has been really difficult to get back in that groove. I pushed it too hard on the first day back and over-stressed my knees, which are still recovering, and since then my afternoon naps have been stretching from 20 minutes to an hour and a half, I have developed more of an affinity for melting into the couch (the Olympics do not help in that regard), and worst of all my sweet tooth and my lust for bread have gotten the better of me (very sad face emoji here) and the daily tale of the scale has not been a happy one.

Then today someone posted a meme on Facebook that had this quote from Iyengar:

“Change leads to disappointment if it is not sustained. Transformation is sustained change, and it is achieved through practice.”

Given my current state of affairs this quote resonated with me, and I now see the reason for my frustration/disappointment. I also see that there is a cure, and that is to just get back on the wagon and keep on pressing forward. Transformation is a process, not a place, and if we discontinue our practice we get stuck in a place; a changed place, but a place nonetheless, and disappointing if ones objective is transformation!

I am happy to report that today matched up better than the last few. I did my full morning practice, rode my bike to the gym for a yoga class, rode to my mat Pilates private with Stephanie (usually on Friday, but Stephanie is going out of town), took the long way home on the bike (total for the day 22 miles), and did a much better job of keeping that sweet tooth under control! Still a bit heavy on sitting on the couch time (damn you, Olympics), but nothing that a late afternoon walk couldn’t have cured. The process continues!

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