April 12, 2015
Mia The Diva
What do we think about when we think of yoga? The ocean, serenity, stones and some lotus blossoms floating down a shallow river stream…its peaceful, it’s calm, we reflect on our life and our hopes and dreams and smell fresh lavender consume the breeze. We are free…….right…..WRONG!
Here I was this past Friday morning I recently reconnected with my long time bestie Michelle who had invited me join her in a Yoga class.
I’m thinking in my mind I don’t know how this is going to work for a plus size girl but I will give it a try, why not. She had been away from it in a while and it was an opportunity for us both to get healthy and rekindle our friendship.
So I am diligent and drink a gallon of water as instructed I got out my cute hot pink USANA Yoga mat that I never used and was ready to be Divalicious in yoga. I thought I would look cute drink a little water stretch a bit and take in a deep breath roll up my mat and go on with my day.
In short YOGA kicked my A$$ just to keep it real. I was wobbling because I could not balance on one leg, I was sweating like crazy because this was a Hot Yoga class and it was all of 150 degrees well maybe not 150 but over in the low 100’s.
I have to stand up balance lay day down turn to the right turn to the left lift my right leg up and then down lift my left leg up and then down. I felt like a piece of meat being sautéed as I turned my body over throughout the class.
We had to look at ourselves in the mirror so in short it was pretty comical watching myself in the mirror as I wobbled and tried to balance myself on one leg … but at the same time I was proud of my body and watched in awe of what I am capable of doing with my body. The instructor was awesome because he was able to teach me positions that I could do given to my current fitness level and customize the pose to the size of my body.
I’m not able to bend like a paper clip or stand on my toes a hold it like crow. #notagoodlookforadiva It was just not happening but I was able to participate with the new positions that I learned and I look forward to the day that I will be able stand on my hands with my legs crossed! #instagood!
The instructors also gave me relief to know that not even they can do all the poses people who have been doing it for twenty years can not do all of the poses but it is something that continuously grows with you as you practice and is an exercise that you can do for life!
In a weird crazy kind of way I actually enjoyed the workout and was relieved that it was over. I came back the next day for day 2 I had some of the poses down and was familiar. I worked at my own pass still got a good sweat in and had a fabulous workout! I missed class Sunday and missed it. I think it’s a way that my body is telling me Yes! Yes! more of this please!!!!
So here we are one week later and I’m already noticing changes in my body and feel more relaxed. The day to day nonsense does not bother me as much and I am feeling more connected to my inner diva.
I am proud of myself in the above “before ” picture because it represents a personal promise of change that I have made to myself to take care of my body and nourish my soul. I do not have to be perfect but I do have to be consistent in taking daily action to reach my goal.
It takes temporary pain for lasting gain! – Amber Star M Duvall
Lose 10% of my body weight over the next 90 days and get under 300lbs just not healthy to carry all this extra diva around as fabulous as she is she’s slowly killing me while draining my energy and reducing the quality of my life. I desperately need change.
Weight 335 lbs
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