Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Art of Simplifying: Practice Yoga & Eat Yogurt

I've been trying to live a healthier lifestyle. I eat healthy, I am trying to get on a consistent exercise routine and I am in process of embracing holistic wellness (mind, body and soul). This is important to me because I want God to know that I appreciate the life He has given me and I would like to live a long and happy life with my husband.

Things get in the way for me much too often. I'm working on this. Sometimes, I feel that there is just so much to do. There are all these things swirling around in my head and ideas that I want to put into place. They become self-imposed pressures and they take over my life. When I really meditate on this, I always answer myself with the same question: how much do we really have to do? My husband always reminds me that life is about living life.

Why is it that women strive so hard to show everyone that we have super powers? We are raised to be responsible, reliable, hard-working. Now, many of us take care of our families and also provide for them. I've recently had an epiphany: as awesome as women are, we are not superhuman. Lynda Carter was my childhood hero. I was named after the Bionic Woman for God's sake. There was no way I was going to escape a Superwoman complex. As much as I hate to admit it, we're just plain old human. We can only do so much. When I start feeling overwhelmed, I focus on two very simple things that help foster my healthy lifestyle: I practice yoga & I eat Greek yogurt.

Yoga helps me in so many ways. I love stretching, the intentional breathing and meditating on the sounds around me. Yoga helps me connect with my body, mind and soul - I become in sync with myself. After practicing yoga, I always feel more energized and motivated to exercise. Yoga sparks my desire to be physically fit.

I began eating Greek yogurt a few months ago. I love it. My husband and I eat a lot of it. It has taken the place of all sugary foods and there's something about it that is comforting. This yogurt helps me keep eating in perspective - it is a simple way of eating. Eating yogurt in the mornings makes it much easier to stay on track the rest of the day. I always feel so much better when I eat healthy and Greek yogurt is a perfect way to begin my day.

For my very last post, I will delve into my motivation for leading a healthy lifestyle. Of course the health benefits are a given but, for me, it really comes down to a fear of zombies.


  1. (I just noticed that some random comment I made on someone else's blog about war in suburbia was posted as a comment to your Building Walls entry. I'm sorry about that. I have no idea how it happened.)

    I've never done yoga, but I have eaten Greek yogurt. I agree that it's a great way to start the day!

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  3. Love yoga n yoghurt! Especially the precise Iyengar Yoga.
    Lately though I have discovered the spine aligning advantages of Pilates.

  4. I need to get rid of sugar in my diet. I think it's a poison.


  5. I've recently began eating Greek yogurt too. It's good protein and a good filler. It's really great with a mix of nuts I make called Squirrel Mix. (recipe on my Squirrel Mix. It's so easy and healthy.) I agree that women grow up thinking they have to do everything. Writing, in particular, makes me feel lazy b/c it's not physically active and others don't get the hard BRAIN work involved! So, then I feel guilty..I should be doing something more "productive." But, for me, it's helpful to have something of my own, time to think, to create. It's a break from the other responsibilities in my life. Good post!

  6. I love yoghurt whether Greek or not. it is very good for you.
    Enjoyed the post.


  7. You're on the right track through the unending possibilities our civilization tempts us with. I wish you well--in mind, body and spirit.