So, how is everyone doing with their New Year’s resolutions? Did you make any? I don’t usually bother with them much, but this year I overindulged well before the holiday season, during the holiday season, and even afterwards. I stepped on the scales and realized that enough is enough. Not only do I love food far too much, but my addiction to reading and electronics, along with my desk job, means that I also sit on my butt for far too many hours each day.
I recently started reading a book called Aging Backwards by Miranda Esmonde-White which is all about a form of exercise called Essentrics. According to the website, “Essentrics is a dynamic workout that simultaneously lengthens and strengthens every muscle in the body, resulting in greater joint mobility and lean, long muscles”. Miranda explains that aging happens in our cells and shows how to maintain and repair those cells and roll back joint pain and muscle loss at any age. So, I started a 30 day challenge on her website, doing one of her 30 minute Classical Stretch workouts every day, and even though the workouts look really easy and gentle, I am exhausted (in a good way) by the time I’m done. I’m also using an app on my iPhone to count calories, and I have really made an effort to cut out the crap and make healthier choices. It has now been 10 days, and I have lost 6 pounds and I feel great. Here’s hoping I can keep it up!
Now that I’m done talking about resolutions, let’s get to the mystery photo. I will give you a hint – it has nothing to do with chocolate because of course I’m trying to stay away from that evil substance for the time being :). Let’s see what you can do. Ok, ready, set, go…..