Friday, February 8, 2013

Namaste Bitch


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“Namaste.” I said, worn out from the workout I just completed.

“Namaste.”  The instructor said.

“Bitch.” I quipped, wiping the sweat from my forehead.

“Nice.”  My husband said from behind me and laughed. 

I turned and saw him sitting on the couch.  I hit the pause button on the Nintendo Kinect controller. 

“What are you doing in here?”  I asked and began laughing too.

“I wanted to see what kind of workout it was, see if I would be able to train on it with my bum knees.  You really enjoy it and it’s been a great stress reliever for you.  Poor instructor though, I feel bad for her.”  He said and laughed again.

It’s true, yoga has been a great form of exercise for me and I’ve really been able to enjoy it without triggering Migraines.  Remember when I tried Zumba and how much I loved it?  Unfortunately, it ended up triggering Migraines and I had to quit going but with yoga, there’s no jumping around like a maniac. It’s all stretching and deep breathing. I thought for sure I’d be bored or my mind would ping pong or I wouldn’t feel a burn but that isn’t the case at all. Yoga rocks!

In addition, we also have Dance Central and you want to talk about fun!  I think you guys will remember the fun I had on vacation when I played at my mother-in-law’s?  Now I can have that fun anytime I want, with just about any song I want – it’s so much fun and it’s great exercise too and well, yeah, that kicks my butt for sure!

Exercise is a great stress reliever and it’s also a great way to clear my mind.  After I’m done exercising, I feel great!  I have cleared a writing block, gotten over a grudge, released tension out of my neck, even come up with an idea for a book – yep…I think I might have a new book idea…non-fiction guys. 

So, go stretch.  And, even though I just used this on my other blog, I’m going to use it again here because, well, it just rocks and well, cause I can:





55 comments:

  1. Exercise really does wonderd for stress I agree. I have thought of taking up Yoga too.

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    1. I admit, I'm kind of surprised you don't do yoga, OE. I guess between your profile picture and your blog, I just pictured you doing yoga.

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  2. I would take yoga but I have no bones. xo

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  3. This is interesting because Yoga is something that I've always considered taking up in all honesty. Great post Elsie, anything that helps you keep the migraines at bay is awesome in my eyes.

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    1. I bet you would find it relaxing. My son tried it once and laughed it off but then a few months later tried it again during finals and found it quite helpful. I hope you're doing okay...

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  4. Well done you for getting a good work out, and don't worry I've felt that way towards the electronic trainers myself. I would suggest to you "Your Shape, Fitness Evolved" if you have an Xbox with Kinect. I think it only came out for Xbox but anyway it has a lot of cool stuff on it too, including tai-chi. The only problem with it is you have to be very precise which leads me to get frustrated when it says I'm not doing what it tells me to. Anyway, those kind of things can do quite a bit for you, so well done on doing them. Exercising is a brilliant stress reliever and always leaves you feeling better.

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    1. That's the one I have!! Your Shape!! I'm laughing as I type this because the story I told is true and when I first got it, it wasn't picking up the bottom half of my legs so it wasn't registering my plie~ squats and wouldn't credit me 100% and I was so frustrated! Devin was like, "I thought this was supposed to relax you, why are you worried about a score?" I finally realized he was right and forgot about the score and just enjoyed the workout instead and then I adjusted the sensor a few days later. Even still, every so often when we dust it'll get knocked askew and not register and I'll catch myself looking at the percentage instead of just relaxing and I'll have to refocus. So, yes, I understand about having to be precise. I do it too!! So glad I'm not alone, Mark!

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  5. Dear Elsie yoga is wonderful and relaxing Im making some yoga but the most I love is swim especially now when the time is hot I love to swim later and is so good when I have a headache the cold water is awesome.
    I think the yoga is so god for you.
    A big hug dear"!

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    1. Gloria!! I missed you, my friend!! I forgot you guys are hot right now. I love to swim too, it is so very relaxing and calming and soothing.

      I am so very sorry to hear you are getting headaches. That breaks my heart! Hugs to you, friend. Big, big, hugs!! xoxoxo

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    2. Thanks dear I misse dyou too. and I answer you in my post :) sorry dont come in times but these last weeks were difficult!
      anyway here Im !

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    3. I saw that my poor Gloria!! I was so worried! I hope you are feeling better now????

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  6. 'tis true, I don't do much exercises, because I have a weak ticky ticker :), but I do feel better after doing abs exercises. Visiting a gym and staring at all the buffed hunks there is also good for general wellbeing :)

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    1. You must be very, very careful what kinds of exercises you do when you have a heart condition. Both my dads had heart conditions. Walking was great for my dad. He loved it, even after his stroke he tooled around town with his cane like a man on a mission.

      You'd love working out around here, Dezzy. Lots and lots of buff hunks at the gym!! Great eye candy indeed!!

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    2. I know, Elsie, I once had a one night stand with a gym trainer.... ever so delightful :)

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    3. the trainer was the devil, me is always so modest and all chaste :)

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  7. You crack me up!! lol You know I'll be honest, I'm probably one of the few people who doesn't get that 'I feel good after exercising' thing. I hate it. It's a chore. I feel like crap afterwards. I went to the gym religiously for nearly a year and didn't lose a pound and went up 2 pants sizes despite also dieting. Crafting is my stress buster.

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    1. That's how I felt after I did free weights. I felt worn out and tired because then I would get sick right after. Yoga is much better for me - and dancing because it makes me laugh. That sucks that you went for almost a year and didn't lose any weight. Ugh! You rock at crafting so keep it up!!!

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  8. haha calling her a bitch, how rude to the poor animated wii teacher hahaha yeah it can really help, just the right kind of exercise to stretch everything out and relieve tension. I'm doing the p90x stretch routine at the moment, haven't tried the yoga on it yet though. But if this crap ever goes away, I'll be doing that whole thing full tilt.

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    1. I was just embarrassed I got caught! I have a copy of the P90X and it's no joke! I didn't even realize it had yoga on it, I was so intimidated by the workout part I never made it past the first DVD. My brother loves P90X. I hope your crap goes away sooner rather than later, Pat!!!

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    2. Yeah it is quite the workout routine. I was watching some of them and just nuts, but I`ll do it. The yoga on it is pretty intense looking too. Hopefully it goes away soon too, almost a damn year lol

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  9. Hahaha, your husband was staring at your ass on the slick!

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    1. You know what, Cindy, I didn't even think about that! I'll bet he was!! Smart man =)))

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  10. You're right about exercise-it's fantastic. Although, at my age, I need to immediately locate the emergency shut-off switch. That way, the treadmill (aka "George Jetson" machine) won't fling my dead carcass into the teenager on the elliptical.

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    1. I cannot operate the elliptical to save my life, Al. I've tried and it's just to many different movements for me. Pathetic, I know. It's no wonder I can't get 100% on the Kinect!

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  11. I love Zumba but had to give it up on account of the fact that I felt like I was dying afterwards.
    Was thinking of taking up yoga again but not sure now, especially after being diagnosed with osteoarthritis today.

    It's quite ironic that my years of kick-boxing, lifting weights and Tai-bo, have almost crippled me. Who woulda thought. :)

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    1. Osteoarthritis? Oh no! I'm so sorry, lily!! That's terrible. I wonder if yoga would be gentle enough for you?

      I did gymnastics from the time I was a toddler until I was in middle school and have the back problems to prove it. It's amazing how the stuff we do early in life show up as problems later on.

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  12. Yoga is perfect for you with your Migraines. And I wonder if you could do Pilates as well. Anything to get your mind focused, release you from yourself and relieve stress is a good thing.

    And it's good to hear that you will be writing again. And a new book as well. Now get to it! :)

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    1. I would think so. Yoga is supposed to be more mind focused and Pilates is more body focused - I think...I'm not really 100% sure. I'd have to do more research on it.

      Yeah, the book is in it's infancy for sure. I bounced the idea off of Devin and he thought it was good too. I'm not sure if I can write two books at once though. Hmmm, is she talented enough??

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    2. My sisters do Pilates and they say it is not jarring like a typical workout. Slow, controlled movements. Tai Chi would be fun too as it is slow and involves controlling ones mind. I should try that myself come to think of it.

      I think you're talented enough to write two books. The thing would be the Migraines getting in your way. If you feel excited about it, you should give it a whirl.

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    3. I will have to see if the Kinect has a Pilates in it too. The Yoga I'm doing now is Tai Chi based and I just love it! It makes me think that as the workout progresses, the Kinect may increase the difficulty and that may include Pilates? Just a thought though.

      Well, the thing with writing the two books is that if I am stuck on a creative level with the mafia book, I could turn to the non-fiction book. It'd be easy and something I could just crank out - not on a POS level but on a real life level, if that makes sense?

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  13. Om! Yoga will keep you supple long into old age too, I hear.

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    1. oohhhh - I love that word! Supple! I'm going to make it my goal to use it this week. Supple. Great word, Debra!!!!! =))))

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  14. Yoga is on my list of "to do's" this year and I can't wait to start!

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    1. It really has been helpful for me. I hope you enjoy it as much I do - you'll have to let me know.

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  15. I need yoga just to get out of the bed in the morning, I'm glad you're enjoying it though and no migraine backlash.

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    1. Just be careful you don't become so relaxed you fall back to sleep, Fran!

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  16. I've thought about starting up some kind of yoga for quite some time now, but I'll probably carry on doing sod all about it!!!! Glad the headache's have not kicked in, long may that continue!

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    1. Once you get started and get into some type of routine, it's not so bad. And hey, if you gripe, you always have Fran to gripe at. ha ha ha

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  17. At first I was like, what the hell why is she saying that to her instructor, but then it turned out it was all just a game. Haha.
    I've never tried it, yoga, but I really should give it a shot sometime.

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    1. The sad part is, I always talk back to the games. It doesn't matter what game it is. It could be Mickey Mouse in Disney Land and I'll yell at him to "HUG ME" - I really need to work on calming down a bit ha ha ha

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  18. I'm a fan of upside down yoga where you hang from your toes. Better than sitting on your butt in my view.

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    1. No hanging for me, it'd make me sick as all get out! I'll leave that one for you, Gorilla.

      Welcome to my blog! Thank you for stopping by!

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  19. Of course, stretching and exercising are fun ~

    Hope you are feeling better Elsie ~

    Winter has been terrible harsh in our part of the world ~

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    1. I am doing fantastic, Heaven. So much so that I even braved the crowded mall today. Thank you =)

      I am so sorry to hear it's been rough up there in your part of the world. I don't envy you one bit and hope you are staying safe and staying warm, my friend! Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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  20. I'm glad you've found something that works for you! That's great, and exercise really does wonders. Glad you're even feeling the mental benefits already.

    Non fiction? Interested

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    1. Honestly, I was surprised to see any benefits because I don't get to do it everyday because of the Migraines but I can still feel the benefits just a few times a week - so cool!

      Yeah, I figure if I put the non-fiction mention on my blog, maybe that will force me to plant the seed more into my brain...

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  21. I have started using my Wii Fit again but don't tell anyone I only do it when no one is here as I do not want to hear others saying things like it isn't working and you should do better

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    1. LOL - You are so funny, Jo-Anne! I promise not to tell a soul! I would slap anyone who dared comment that my yoga wasn't working!! *BAM* right upside their head =P

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  22. I can bike 50 miles, run a marathon, kickbox, etc... and still none of it's as hard to me as yoga. The advanced stuff, anyway. You have to have an astounding amount of strength, balance, AND conditioning. Plus, where else can you endure a brutal workout and still feel calm and serene afterwards? I love it.

    When do we get to hear more about this non-fiction story?

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    1. I bow down to you! Biking 50 miles? I can't even drive 50 miles without getting a backache! And running, please, I'd be on the floor crying after running down my driveway. I haven't even made it off level two yet, forget the advanced stuff but I decided not to worry about all that just yet.

      I'm not revealing anything about the non-fictional book just yet. I thought if I mentioned it, it might motivate me to actually do it but I'm a bit nervous writing two books at once. I have a hard enough time writing one!

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  23. That quote it awesome!

    But, my girlfriend has Zumba and the workouts are so ridiculous. The instructors are moving too fast for the player to keep up. Good thing you found out that yoga works wonders for you. I can barely reach my feet to tie my shoes because I'm so inflexible. Maybe I should give yoga a try.

    Also, congrats on breaking your writer's block! I'm still struggling with the remnants of mine.

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    1. I love that quote so much, I leave that panel on my desktop for inspiration when needed.

      Kudos to your girlfriend! That Zumba is insane and takes not just being physical stamina but also coordination, of which I have neither. I'm so spastic I look like a goofball.

      My breakthrough on the writers block was a slow trickle and then all of a sudden my muse broke through yesterday, it was wild!!! I haven't had that happen in months and I wish I knew WHY or HOW it happens??

      Best of luck on yours, Chiz!!

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  24. I am not a yoga person. Its too calm for a hyperactive person like me. But yes, a cardio workout does the trick for me. I feel energized and positive throughout the day :)

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