My Progress

Friday, February 27, 2009

"Do or do not...

...there is no try."

Everything I ever needed to know in life I learned from Yoda. Yeah, that's right, the entirety of my philosophy about life, the universe and everything was taught to me by a green 2½ foot muppet. So what? I don't think there's much argument against such wisdom as the opening phrase to this post. If ya wanna lose weight, stop trying and start doing. That became evident to me when I started enjoying success with this. I did a whole lotta trying throughout my life, but not much doing when it comes to weight loss. Some other equally brilliant axioms include:
Named must your fear be before banish it you can.
Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealously. The shadow of greed, that is.
Always in motion is the future.
When 900 years you reach, look as good, you will not.
These words all mean something to me in a very real way. They speak to my struggles, fears and questions about myriad facets of my life, especially my weight loss. It's no wonder, then, that Indians (dot, not feather) named the traditional practice of mental and physical self-discipline after such a brilliant and powerful Jedi. Yep, I'm talking about yoga.

Seriously, though. If you haven't tried it before out of fear of how your body would respond or how difficult it would be, I urge you to shed those fears and give it a try. Yesterday was my last experience with Zumba (for now) because the rotation goes on to yoga for the next 2 months. I'm looking forward to it. I've done it a couple of times by following the Namaste show on FitTV, but I think having a real class with an instructor will be a much better experience. I can say that there are a lot of benefits to yoga including flexibility, focus and control over your breathing, not to mention the benefits that Will Ferrel discovered in a famous (not work-safe) SNL sketch:

Wish me luck! ;)


Brandi said...

Good luck with Yoga! I personally can't do it because I'm not flexible and my brain never 'relaxes' :)

Hope you love it!!

bbubblyb said...

Good luck with the yoga. I did it for months every Thursday night. I always said it was my least favorite class but I must say I'm more flexible because of it now.

Also, I have to tell you that because of a post you wrote mentioning your favorite recent veggie I went to the store and bought some. I'm talking about snap peas. Oh my gosh, I'm in love lol. I ate the whole bag last night (total of 135 calories) and plan on cooking up another bag tonight. I've never been a veggie person but I'm going to start trying new ones, maybe my tastes have changed. Anyway, thanks for mentioned them.

mcc394 said...

lol, love the post man, yoda is very wise. And WIl Ferrels logic is somewhat frightening as well. have a good one.

Tricia said...

Haha, over the last decade or so, SNL has always been kinda questionable, but there's always 2-3 skits per episode that still make it worth it to me. This...would be one of them :P

I tried this Yoga for Fat Girls DVD once (that wasn't the real name), and it really had me sweating by the end. It's pretty amazing how much of a workout it really can be.

As far as heroes go, Yoda's gotta be way up there on the list too, so good choice, says I. Keep on truckin', dude. :)