Barbara, a 53-year-old executive assistant in San Francisco, is taking the VitaMe Challenge. Between June and August, she’ll be sharing her story here on our blog as she takes her custom supplements every day, while trying to cut sugar and re-start her yoga practice.
Happy (Indian) Summer, everyone! The rest of the country may be celebrating the approach of fall, but we in Northern California celebrate the only version of summer we get – Indian Summer! For around six weeks or so, the skies will be blue and the sun will be warm and there are more reasons to be outdoors than at any time during the rest of the year combined!
This change of the seasons makes me want to reflect on what I’ve accomplished in the 90 days (!!!) since beginning the VitaMe Challenge! It’s fun to look back and see how far I’ve come in meeting my goals, which at the time were:
- Lose weight
- Maintain a sugar-free diet
- Resume my yoga practice
Losing weight and maintaining a sugar-free diet go hand-in-hand with me. There cannot be one without the other. By recognizing that sugar/refined carbs are not my friend in any of their forms, I have been able to lose some weight and inches by following a fairly strict low-carb diet.
Since I am aware that low-carb diets don’t contain all of the necessary nutrients one needs in their daily diet, I am very thankful for the nutritional support I’m receiving from my supply of VitaMe vitamins!
I am more active and have much more energy than I did three months ago. I have resumed my yoga
practice and take at least one yoga class a week at my local studio (my schedule pretty much precludes committing to anything beyond that).
I had been looking for alternate methods of exercise that didn’t involve going to a gym or walking outdoors in (literally) gale-force winds. And with the rainy season coming, I knew I needed to think of something I could do indoors, and fast.
As they say, necessity is the root of invention.
I live in a very small space and there is no room for exercise equipment bigger than, say, a yoga mat. But I do have space for a mini stair-stepper, which occupies all of about 16 square inches! I am so excited about this little tool!
By the time I leave for work, I have meditated, “climbed” several hundred stairs, and done a few sun salutations just for fun!
Then, because a body in motion tends to stay in motion, and since there is only so much time at the beginning and end of my day, I began looking for ways to incorporate exercise into the middle of my work day:
- I found that I can go outside (yay!) and walk around the block in exactly 15 minutes!
- I discovered a relatively unused staircase in my building that lends itself perfectly to walking up and down it 10 or 15 times!
What I’ve learned…
…is that change isn’t about perfection; it’s about working with what you’ve got and being perfectly okay with that.
I now have absolutely no excuse for not getting exercise. I may not be getting all of the exercise I need, but I’m doing the best I can for right now and I am completely satisfied with that.
Until next time, I wish you all a bountiful fall and/or a heavenly Indian Summer!