Baby steps, baby steps, baby steps… but each time I show up at Aerial Arts of Rochester, I get a tiny surprise that continues to encourage me that, yes, this pain is worth it!
The picture may not clearly show it, but I was able to get my heels off the floor about an inch or so while hanging from the trapeze… and I DO have six witnesses who were there when I was screaming my surprise. I also hung from the bar longer than I was able to last week… about a whole 15-20 seconds longer, but indeed longer!
The hip key wasn’t there tonight, but I am not discouraged. I do know that I can do it… I just have to make sure that I am consistent in getting into it correctly. Today I was inconsistent, and that’s all it was. Not a failure. Laffy Taffy is much easier and actually feels GOOD when I do it because it stretches EVERYTHING! That’s an improvement. So I’m not going to beat myself up because I still haven’t hung upside down or been able to climb yet. That will all come; however, I WAS successful in doing three pushups from my feet and not my knees!
Good things I have done for myself other than keeping up with my training efforts include NOT SMOKING for more than TWO WEEKS so far!! I went cold turkey from a pack a day to nothing. Quitting while in the throws of an upper respiratory infection made it easier… but I am happy to NOT go back to it! The money I am not spending on cigarettes is going into the bank for a trip to Wales this summer.
Another new habit that is working for me is the cinnamon and honey regimen. I can actually tell that my blood pressure is lower because my chest isn’t pounding and my pulse isn’t racing. I’m sure that not smoking is contributing to the effect, but I think that the concoction is also helping.
Shopping at the grocery store is also now different. I’m keeping more to the outer edges of the store in the produce section and the Natural Food section, and I am reaching for organic as much as I can. I found a new grocery store (well new to me) while out on one of my jaunts to Barnes and Noble (an enjoyable pastime)…Trader Joe’s. It had a really wide selection of organic foods at really reasonable prices. I found things there I’d never heard of, but was willing to try as I give up my usual Keebler cookies and chips. One interesting (and surprisingly delicious) item was Chili Spiced Mango; dried mango slices covered with cayenne. I thought it was a gross combination when I first saw it on the shelf, but since I am in the market to try new and different things, I figured this was as about as new and different as I could get (for now anyway).
I will be going back for more when these are gone… YUM! I want to go when I have some time to spend going through and looking at all the different imported items they have to offer. Seems like this might be a cool new place to hang out.
For now, I am providing a link so that you (and I) can check out what’s to offer from the comfort of my computer.