A few months ago, my Hard Reset blog post racked up thousands of views, easily surpassing any of my previous YOGAthletica blog posts to become my most popular one to date.
Since then, I have received a lot of questions about fasting and intermittent fasting for weight loss. You can find out all about that here: https://go.fatlossaccelerator.co/optin-n7chivvgdz/
But what I really want to talk about today is not the how, but the why. Because for me, losing that stubborn 10-15 pounds has been a lifelong struggle. I can remember the obsession going all the way back to high school, when I would strategize for hours on how to tie a sweatshirt around my waist just so to hopefully make me look thinner. Or starving myself my freshman year in college, determined to lose the Freshman 15 that everyone else was destined to gain. And the insecurities of going all the way to 51 without ever getting married…yeah, certainly it was the extra weight. 😉
Honestly, what were the chances of me actually losing the weight after age 50???
It’s a time when most women start experiencing unprecedented and seemingly unstoppable weight gain. There is a whole industry dedicated exclusively to helping women lose weight during perimenopause/menopause. And yet, miraculously, mine melted off.
I would be lying if I said that looking thinner isn’t important to me, that all I care about is that I am healthy and that I am beautiful on the inside. Listen, it is incredibly important to me to maintain optimum health and be the best human I can be. That goes without saying. But when I look in the mirror and see a flat stomach for the first time in my life, it makes me want to do backflips! Or at least handstands!
And handstands, I do. And do and do.
And the real reason I am writing today is to tell you the most incredible and totally unintended side effect of the weight loss. It has upped my entire yoga game 500%.
Wherein the actual skills in the video below aren’t new, stringing them together for this long of a sequence would have been absolutely unfathomable just a year ago. Especially if you take into account the fact that I am suffering from shoulder injuries in both shoulders. Both shoulders!
But losing the weight has meant that…well…I’m lighter. Genius, right? And being lighter means that it takes less muscle, less strain, and less effort to get myself in and out of transitions that I used to have to carry an extra 15 pounds through. Think about it. Find a fifteen pound weight somewhere and imagine strapping that to your body and trying to complete your everyday yoga practice. Or…think about taking that much weight off your body and how it would affect your overall strength and mobility.
It doesn’t matter if I am talking about handstands or warriors, backbends or twists, everything is easier without the extra weight taking up space and adding a burden to the process. Fact is, lightening up has made my whole practice light up.
So, what about you? Are you ready to change your entire yoga game FAST (see what I did there…)? Click here and let’s do this!