Has it already been a week since I started the Five Tibetan Rites? (actually, it's been longer, since I posted ahead..).
In that week, I've been steadily working to increase the number of the Rites that I can actually do (you may recall that I started with some alternates), and to increase the number of each Rite I can do.
More importantly, I've been fighting the daily battle to make myself DO them. So far, I've only lost in my battle to do them first thing in the morning twice. And... on one of those days I did do them later.
That may not seem very impressive to some of you. After all, that means what, I managed to do something for 10 whole days? For me, it's a big deal.
Despite my profession as a bodyworker, who encourages her clients to MOVE some every day, I'm not good at the exercise thing. I need motivation. In the past, I've needed external motivation to keep things up. So, for me to have actually done ANYTHING that smacks of exercise EVERY DAY is an achievement.
And, since this foray is gradual and gentle, and doesn't take a big investment to get into, it's likely that I'll actually keep it going.
To help in this, I've teamed up with my mother (yes, that amazingly gracious and healthy lady who lives in Maine). We're not doing them "together". We're not meeting to work out. We are, however, giving each other daily reports on our successes at doing even some rites, and reporting on other exercise accomplishments. She's being awesome by getting out for 40 minute walks almost every morning (an an hour that would defeat me all by itself), and I'm keeping up with the rites.
My status as of today:
Rite 1: I can consistently do 13 without getting dizzy. However, having watched the above video which recommends doing them SLOWLY, I suspect that tomorrow I'll be able to hit 21 without getting dizzy.
Rite 2: (Half Camel) I've "advanced" to the actual rite (and am no longer doing wall sits). I'm not entirely sure that the rite is harder, but it does involve more of the body. For the last two days, I've done five. (I ponder whether I should add wall sits back into my daily exercise, since they're harder on the thighs, and strong thighs are a bonus for massage therapists).
Rite 3: I've finally advanced to the actual rite here as well. While I never did quite get to doing ten of the alternate, that was partly out of laziness. Again, I'm not sure whether this is harder, but I think it's better for my back. Today, I did five!
Rite 4: This one is definitely harder than the alternate. I was able to do about 1 1/2 the first day I tried it. I'm up to five here as well (just got there today).
Rite 5: (Down Dog/Cobra) I love this one. I tend to hang out in down dog for longer than I hang out in cobra (it is such a lovely long stretch for my back, and while cobra opens out the psoas and chest, it is hard on the lower back). I'm not sure how many I can do here, since the little voice that wants me to quit exercising already starts getting louder and louder, but I've gotten this up to five too. I suspect that I'll be matching the previous counts more than pushing here -- but balance is a good thing.
If you're still with me, you get to learn that I've slipped back a bit with the sugar thing. I'm still using honey in my coffee, which, alas, I'm back up to 2 cups daily on. But I'm going for that bagel instead of shunning it. And I've returned to having a Dove Dark Promise at night. That part's not so bad--- but Bookworm went and made this two layer 13x 9 Red Velvet cake -- iced of course -- that sat on our counter all week. I resisted for days....but finally the temptation was too great. It's gone now.
I'm hoping to post on this weekly, mostly to keep myself honest. My mother will only encourage me, even on days when I clearly slip badly. Here -- well, even though I know MOST of you will encourage me, it's harder to fess up to a return to couch-potato hood when you've proudly announced you're changing your style.