Getting Your Money’s Worth

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

This year, like most years, disgusted with myself for holiday excesses, I go on a frantic fitness binge in January.

Running is part of it, of course. This year, I have added a push-up challenge (attempting 50), squats, calf raises, and planks.

If our rec center reopens as planned on January 4, I will probably return to Body Pump class, but I will attend the virtual class at noon when I am usually the only student in attendance.

And yoga.

I take a deep breath and confess: I have a love-hate relationship with yoga.

Yoga always makes me feel so good. Afterward.

While I am actually doing yoga, I feel so…well, so much like a bumbling noob, even though I have been practicing off and on for 15 years.

I have always adhered to the conventional wisdom that says it takes 21 days to form a habit. With this in mind, I have participated in 21 Days of Yoga (by the way, the sleep meditations on this channel are uh-may-zing), done Yoga Challenge classes, and taken part in a 30 Days of Yoga series.

If a habit forms in 21 days, a 30-day series must cement it securely in place, right?

Unfortunately, no. According to the latest research, it takes an average of 66 days of repetition to form a habit, not 21 as was previously thought.

When I realized that even if I did yoga every day, it would be well into March before yoga became a habit, the depths of my despair knew no bounds.

The best part of yoga class is often the pithy sayings casually tossed out by the instructors. Yesterday, as I was sweating and straining, rather than relaxing into the appropriate contortion, the yoga instructor said something about “getting your money’s worth” from the practice.

Wait, what?

I had to pause the video, rewind, and listen again.

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One of the tenets of yoga is the Law of Intention. At the beginning of each class, many instructors will ask you to set an intention for the session.

It’s a good practice.

Why am I twisting my body into impossible positions, stretching tight muscles, and holding poses longer than comfort dictates?

Yoga helps develop flexibility and strength, true, but those are not my only intentions for the practice. I also want to develop the ease, the looseness, the softness that comes with yoga. I want slowness to seep into the corners of my life.

If I practice yoga haphazardly, not considering my goals, I am not getting my money’s worth (yes, the online classes are free, but still…). I am just going through the motions.

It is a good reminder to pay attention. To remember the reasons I am practicing yoga in the first place. To be fully present.

I gradually realize this maxim applies not only to yoga but other fitness activities too. How many times have I allowed my run to be hijacked by negative thoughts scrolling through my mind? How many times did I back off the amount of weight used in my strength training because “too old” crept into my consciousness? How many times have I not gotten my money’s worth?

And how many times have I not gotten my money’s worth in other areas of my life?

How many times have I skimmed sections of a book to get to the juicy parts? How many times have I been preoccupied when listening to a friend? How many times have I read the newspaper and watched a movie on TV at the same time? How many times have I been sidetracked by social media when my intention is to relax?

When I lose focus, I drift and cheat myself out of a significant portion of the experience.

This is the time of year when we often consider methods of self-improvement.

We will read more books, we think, organize our closets, eat healthier food, look at our phones less, keep in touch with our far-flung friends and family, learn a new language, study the entire Bible, and let go of old grudges.

All good aspirations.

A veritable buffet of choices for self-improvement.

We think that getting our money’s worth always means acquiring more. More choices. More personal development. More resolutions.

But what if getting our money’s worth means going deeper rather than broader? What if we get more value from focusing on one meaningful change instead of an array of them? What if considering the reason behind the change helps us keep our resolution, so we don’t forget it before Valentine’s Day?

What if getting my money’s worth from shaking up my fitness regimen doesn’t mean adding push-ups and planks and squats and Body Pump and yoga and, and, and…?

Maybe getting my money’s worth means less, not more.

Maybe I should make one meaningful change and focus my attention on remembering why I am doing it.

I believe I will choose the fitness activity that forces me to love “slow“. The one that brings a sense of ease and release to my life and transforms me from the inside out. The one where instructors dispense unexpected nuggets of wisdom along with tips on how to do a perfect down dog. The practice I love to hate.

Yoga.

Slowly.

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6: 19 – 20

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108 comments

  1. Going deeper, not broader . . . I do like that thought, Laurie. If we can focus on one aspect of fitness, or anything else for that matter, and not get sidetracked, we are present in that moment and can fully appreciate and enjoy that activity. Having our fingers in too many pies at once only leads to distraction and dissatisfaction. Blessings!

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    • Thank you, Martha. I like the idea of going deeper too. I need to remind myself often to slow down and pay attention! I should put that little note on my mirror! Blessings to you.

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  2. I think I have a natural inclination towards keeping it simple. When you listed 4 new exercises to focus on, I felt like a slacker. This year I added 1 (dumbbell rows). I’m glad I continued reading because you’ve validated my “lazy” choice. Although what I really should add is yoga. NOTHING is better than yoga, but, alas, I hate it too.

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  3. Getting your money’s worth definitely hits home. Yoga recently came back on my radar after I realized that I’ve gotten very tight and lost flexibility. While there’s certainly a payoff afterwards, I do struggle mightily with boredom during sun salutations and downward dogs. Thank goodness that there are so many 10-20 minute videos on Youtube.

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    • Yoga has been so good for regaining at least some flexibility for me. I will never be super flexible (I think running tightens up our hamstrings and back), but at least I can be MORE flexible. I like the shorter videos too.

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  4. For me, pre-pandemic anyway when we could actually go to in-person classes, my yoga instructor always made a huge difference in how much I enjoyed the class. My most recent yoga instructor was one of the best I’ve ever had and I looked forward to going to her class every week. Her classes were the perfect mix of strength, balance, stretching, and relaxation. I’ve noticed even online yoga instructors make a big difference with me and how much I enjoy the class. If the instructor goes too fast, too slow, or just isn’t engaging, I won’t enjoy it as much. Just my two cents anyway.

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    • I was just talking about this with my son. I think if I had never done in-person yoga, I never could have done the online classes. I needed personal attention to make sure I knew the basics and how to do each pose correctly. The one thing I like better about online classes is that they are shorter and much less of a workout than the in-person classes I was taking. I already get a workout with my running. You are so right – the instructor can make a huge difference.

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  5. I can fully relate to your yoga experience, Laurie!
    And thanks for the reminder that less can be more.
    A fitness instructor always tells me to think about the muscle that I’m training. Staying focused can be so challenging!

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  6. It’s the slowness of yoga that draws me to it! I can understand how for you it might be a trial, but admire you for trying it. In the end, yoga teaches me balance, both literal and figurative. And that’s why I stick with it, in my own way.

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    • I do have to constantly remind myself not to rush. That slowness, however, is appealing to me too, even though it is not a habit yet. In the practice I’m doing, every day has a theme. yesterday’s was balance. Oof!

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  7. Thank you so much for your kind words and the link to my channel, Laurie! I’m so happy you enjoy the sleep meditations.

    I think many runners feel the same way you do, Laurie. All they really want to do is run. Lucky for me, I truly do enjoy a variety of exercise, and I’ve always loved Yoga. I’ve been practicing quite a while, but there have been ebbs and flows, as there are with most things.

    Have you ever checked out Pahla B’s channel? She is great. I love her workouts — and yes, they are the epitome of less is more. I totally agree with her philosophy that we don’t need to be working out harder & longer! She’s a runner, too.

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    • You are welcome, Judy. Your sleep meditations have helped me so much! You have me pegged – all I want to do is run. I do yoga, Body Pump, swimming because I “should” have some alternative activities or because they will help me run, but running is the main thing for me.

      I never heard of Pahla B. I will check her out. Less is more is good for me.

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  8. I have thought about doing yoga but given the positions I get into building projects & working on the land I’m yogaring all over the place. (; Habits are tricky to establish its funny isn’t it bad habits are easy. Have a wonderful good habit week.

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  9. If only you could have heard the record scratch sound effect that went off in my head when you said that it actually takes 66 days to form a habit. I feel the same way about yoga as you do. I used to go to a weekly class but felt so useless at it that I switched to online videos. The whole time I’m just waiting for the video to be over.
    I do like the concept of “getting your money’s worth” and the way you look at it though. Maybe I need to start putting that into practice and pick up the yoga habit again. I have been trying to do a nightly stretching video and actually being able to feel the benefits of it, motivates me to keep going.

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    • I used to go to in-person classes too. I am glad I learned that way. I had some awesome instructors. Online classes are good for the moment. I must admit, I check the video several times a class to see how many minutes are left! 🙂

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  10. I love yoga, as you know, and wholeheartedly cheer you on as you pick up a regular practice. Just remember, it’s meant to (overall, mostly) feel good. Maybe part of the “less” is that you back off of your effort in the poses? Unlike pretty much everything else we do in modern life, yoga is not about achieving anything. I have to remind myself of that all the time, and go back to focusing on breathing. And yet, slowly but surprisingly, I find I can do more and more. So there’s that. Namaste 🙂

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    • I know you are a yogini, Jan. Thank you for the advice from someone experienced in the practice. I know I need to back off. As a runner, that is a somewhat foreign practice. I will give it my best shot. Namaste.

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  11. I need to do both body pump and yoga and tried the Les Mills online for a bit last year. I also did feldenkrais for a while last year – it’s sort of mindful movement but man, it did my head in! As always, I love your analogy.

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    • I never heard of feldenkrais but now I want to look it up! I tried the Les Mills online last year too. It was good, but I like the in-person instruction better.

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  12. Hi Laurie – I’ve never tried yoga – there’s nobody near me who teaches it and I’m not inclined to try to learn via youtube. I’m a great believer in moderation – eating healthy and exercising in a way that I can maintain momentum. This is why you’ll never find me at the gym either! I love a walk, I love the time it gives me to think, pray, and enjoy the outdoors. I don’t have to force myself to “like” it, I just do – I’ll never be a fitness queen, but I’m happy with where I’m at – enjoy your yoga and may it bring you plenty of “now” moments in the year ahead.

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    • I learned first in-person. I don’t think I could learn from YouTube if I hadn’t had that in-person instruction first. Walking (and running) is one of the most meditative activities I know of. I never have to force myself to go for a walk or run either. I can’t wait to go!

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  13. “Maybe getting my money’s worth means less, not more.” This is definitely something we need to ponder! Too often we rush through things to get our money’s worth, when we might be better served by slowing down, taking longer, going deeper instead.

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    • When I thought about this, I was reminded of eating at a buffet. We want to get our money’s worth and might overeat. Quality is so much more important than quantity. As you say, taking our time and going deeper.

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  14. Laurie, hi! I just read that 21 vs. 66 stat today somewhere. I’m guessing for things that give us joy and pleasure, it’ll be 21. For challenges that we’re not all that happy about, maybe it’ll be 66.

    I love slow, too. This year has taught me how to stretch and breathe deep, to meditate on God’s Word, to chill out a whole lot more.

    Maybe slow is one of the gifts we’ll be able to dig out of these topsy turvey, most unsettling months.

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    • I never thought about the difference between things we are excited about rather than things we believe we SHOULD do. That is so true. I am still hoping for more learning about “slow” this year. I need it! 🙂

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  15. Yoga with Adriene is my go-to yoga exercise and I found some yoga sessions for cyclists and runners, so that made me happy! I hear you on the excesses and I wish you well! #lifethisweek

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  16. I wonder if it’s a bit confronting during a class to remind participants of their investment?! Seems counterintuitive.

    I haven’t done yoga for a while but I liked having to set an intention for each class and I was always agog that something ALWAYS popped into my mind. A word or phrase. As if from nowhere.

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    • Well…this was a free online class. There was no actual money involved. The instructor was speaking metaphorically. That’s so cool that you always got an intention. I struggled with that sometimes.

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  17. I think a range is important – my exercise is still dictated by recovery and my physio – but she sets up a range of safe things to do in the app, and tells me to let my body tell me what I need to do.

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  18. I love yoga because I can’t do it while my mind is on something else. I practice mindfulness more during yoga than any other time of the day which is so good for my anxious mind. It’s lovely to stretch after a session with my Exercise Physiologist as well

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    • Yes, that’s a good way to think of it – you HAVE to focus on what you are doing while you practice yoga. It forces you to be present. It is a lovely stretch, isn’t it?

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  19. I tried taking a yoga class 20 years ago but my arthritis was already affecting my flexibility. Instructor worked with me some and said it might not be a good choice for me. I really should have tried it when I was yournger. #MMBC

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  20. I also have a love hate relationship with yoga. I tend to prefer mobility workouts as they’re focused on moving joints through a full range of motion vs crazy yoga poses but I know yoga is good for me too. It’s just hard to focus at times when I’m fitting it into a busy day and it’s so slow and I’m already on fast forward. I think I tend to want it too much for the body benefits as opposed to the mind? I do plenty of relaxing in other ways so yoga just annoys me at times lol

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    • Every time I do yoga, I realize how good it is for me. I get sore after all the stretches but I know I should be doing them regularly. I know exactly what you mean about having difficulty focusing. The classes I take now are only 20 – 30 minutes, for the most part. It’s easier to do them than the 1-hour classes I used to do in person, and way easier than the 90 minute Bikram classes I used to attend.

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  21. I live the reverse of this—opposite side of the same coin, you could say. Yoga? Absolutely. Cardio so hard I think I’m tasting blood?! Gah! What I’ve come to tell myself when it’s time to show up for my most challenging workouts of the week—the ones I love WHEN I’M DONE!—is, if I’m going to brother to show up and give it my time, it might as well serve me to my max. Whether it’s on the mat or off. And did you mean 50 straight leg pushups? In a row?!

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    • One of our trail running partners has a motto: “train to your weaknesses”. If I hate to run hills, he insists we do hill after hill after hill. If someone doesn’t like rocks, we run rocky trails. You get the idea. I wouldn’t do it on my own, but I’m glad I have a friend to push me.

      And yes, 50 straight-leg pushups. I am up to 42. Two years ago, I could do exactly ONE pushup, and that one was shaky! 🙂

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  22. I think about that with books. I LOVE reading and am eager to get on to the stack of good ones on my shelf. But if I rush through them all just to get to them, I am not getting the full benefit of them. I can see going deep instead of broad applies in a lot of areas.

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    • I love reading too. I have a stack of books on my nightstand now – the result of my family knowing how much I love books. I am hoping to go deep rather than broad with these books too.

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  23. Small but powerful changes are what bring about the lasting change we all want, Laurie! I think you’ve made a very important point and one that we all should remember as we set our resolutions and establish our habits. Thanks for this important reminder and kudos to you for how fit, strong and active you are! I workout too but nothing like the way you push yourself to higher and better levels! You are fierce, woman! Love it!

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    • Ha! I don’t know about fierce, but thank you! I think you are so right Beth – small incremental changes can add up to a lot, both in physical and spiritual pursuits.

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  24. Such an interesting point of view, I guess I’ve never really thought of the things I do like that, I really should start thinking about the ‘why’ a little more. I used to love yoga, I was never very good but it never felt like working out until afterwards.

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    • I need to consider the “why” behind what I do too. My son and his wife live such an intentional life. They inspire me. I want to do that! 🙂 I know what you mean about yoga not feeling like a workout until afterward. I usually get sore the next day!

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  25. I must seriously give yoga a try, Laurie. I was put off when I was in school by a very pushy instructor. But that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t do what’s good for me.
    Not putting in the work to enjoy everything to the fullest rings true for me too. Thank you for inspiring me today.

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    • I was lucky that I had some very good instructors when I first began taking yoga classes. I think if I had not learned the basics from them, I would struggle to do online classes from home now.

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  26. There is so much I love about your post Laurie. This year I’m trying to be more mindful and also to slow down a bit. I’m realising that I don’t have to go like crazy to be fit. I share your thoughts on yoga. I’d love to love it and to be less clumsy at it. But I’ve given up trying #lifethisweek

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  27. Hi Laurie, thank you for a lovely post and yes, I often think about how I can go deeper. I was secretly pleased with myself when the meditation teacher on the retreat I’ve just finished told me that I was doing great and going deep 😉 And as you say, if we try to motivate ourselves because we ‘should’ do something then it becomes very hard. Finding the deeper meaning behind our choices is the way forwards but often, that’s easier said than done! Good luck!

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    • Thank you, Anne. That is a wonderful comment from your meditation instructor. Exactly what you want to do. I am all for eliminating as many “shoulds” from life as possible! 🙂

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    • I was lucky to have excellent instructors when I did yoga in person. If I hadn’t had that good foundation, I don’t think I would have been able to do the online classes. Thank you, Sanch!

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  28. Happy New Year!! There is so much to be said about being present and focusing deeply on one activity rather than adding more to our plates. One thing that 2020 taught me is the importance of just “being” with your people when able with no agenda. I love that you mentioned the tenet of less is more. (in)courage has a new bible study that just released called “Courageous Simplicity” that focuses on that very thing.

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    • Happy New Year, Mary! You learned a valuable lesson in 2020. It’s one I am working on too. I need to check out the Bible study. I am reading through the Bible right now (currently in the book of Mark) but I would like to do a study with others.

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  29. You are so adaptable and flexible Laurie. You’ve been exercising and working out faithfully all these years because of being such a disciplined runner. I wish I had stuck with the yoga and pilates class I signed up for in the 90s. It was at the City Rec Center, but I was the only newbie and no one was hepped up on waiting for me to bumble along and they were all clearly irritated when the instructor had to stop and show me what to do. I did feel intimidated, but I should have learned on my own, when I was younger and limbs worked more companionable together.

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    • Thank you, Linda. I do believe running has taught me discipline. You have it too – maybe because of your walking regimen. I first began taking yoga classes years ago and I was lucky to have really good instructors. One of them is still a friend to this day.

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      • I am happy to have gotten off to a good start this year, only missing three days … that is good, in my opinion, for January. We have to have discipline Laurie, otherwise it would be too easy to just stay in and slack off. I wish I would have had a good yoga and pilates instructor as I would have stayed with it. If the weather turns bad, I will do 6.5 kilometers on my 65th birthday instead – been thinking more about doing this. (Always have a goal, even interim goals.)

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      • That’s what I thought Laurie. It is about 4 miles so if the weather doesn’t cooperate, I can do 4 miles easily … 6.2 not so easily. I didn’t walk today as we had freezing fog and the roads were slick, so I didn’t attempt a walk. The year is young. 🙂 But I’m sure my pals were looking for me.

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      • Freezing fog sounds awful! It seems like we have gotten stuck in a weather pattern where every day is the same – high temperature in the low 40s and cloudy. I shouldn’t complain. we could be having much worse weather in January. I bet your furry friends were missing you!

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      • We’re stuck in that weather pattern too Laurie. On social media weather sites here in SE Michigan, people keep asking when we’ll see the sun as we have barely seen it this Winter. I agree – Winter’s been okay thus far. I can remember getting a hefty snowfall at the beginning of Winter and we didn’t see the grass until late March or April. My furry friends did miss me as it was two days. I hate disappointing them in the Winter … in today’s post you’ll notice the little paw prints everywhere in the snow where they are looking for their peanuts on a snowy day when I didn’t make it down there. I feel badly when that happens.

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      • Winter has just been so GRAY here. Not much snow, which I like, but not too much sunshine either. Awww…finding evidence of them looking for you when you weren’t there must be a bittersweet experience.

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      • Same here Laurie – we were supposed to have freezing rain overnight and an inch of snow, but it didn’t happen so I got a walk in, but the same weather forecast is for tonight. So Wednesday may or may not happen, but warming up Thursday with sun – yay! Yes, I feel badly as I know they have paid attention what two spots to go to and nothing is there – I imagine the frustration and it’s too cold to dig in the ground for buried food.

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      • So glad you didn’t get the snow and freezing rain you were forecasted to. Nothing worse than winter weather to wreck a running/walking program! Poor little furry and feathered friends. They have gotten used to your treats!

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      • We did get some last night, but despite it being absolutely frigid out, I shoveled snow and some residue appears to have blown away. It sure didn’t melt and we had ice on one side of the house which is worrisome to me for tomorrow morning … I’ll test it out or walk in the street which gives me more confidence. It will be 40 tomorrow, so this weather is just crazy!

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      • It was crazy windy here yesterday. We got a flurry, but nothing stuck to the ground. Stay safe if you walk this morning. Nothing worse for runners/walkers than ice!

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      • We had that wind today too – it go to almost 40 but will drop to the teens over the next few nights. The weather is fickle – the forecasters say depending on the snow storm’s track, we could get a foot of snow or a dusting Monday. What?! I walked to the Park, the entire two-mile round trip, in the street as no one had shoveled and we had had that dreaded ice. Got to the Park and stayed 99% of the time on the grass. You stay safe too Laurie …. the ice is the bane of runners/walkers existence.

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      • The weather certainly is fickle. I am ready for spring! And we can’t even expect spring-like weather for another 6 weeks at least. I think we are predicted to get a little snow next week. Ugh!!!

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  30. I used to love yoga until it ironically screwed my back. The instructor forced me to do a pose I was struggling with. She barked at us when we couldn’t get it right. I suffered lower back pain for many years after the incident but a fall from a tall kitchen stool miraculously fixed my back!

    A good instructor makes all the difference. The instructor we had was short-tempered and the last straw that made all of us quit from her class was when she started to correct our asanas when we were lying down with her foot!

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    • Oh, no! That IS ironic. Yoga messed up your back and a fall fixed it! You are so right – a good instructor makes all the difference. I had some great teachers when I first started. I don’t blame you for quitting. That instructor doesn’t sound competent at all.

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  31. I smiled (you know that IS my word in 2021) reading this post because how do you make anyone (I admit to being one) go slow…when the natural tendency is fast!

    I walk fast..I do not need to…and I can talk too fast…sigh.

    I did like your reflection and as for the habit taking that long, of course it does!!

    Take care, thinking of you as this month continues and may there be a gentle easing into a new administration.

    Thank you for linking up for Life This Week. Next week the optional prompt is Back To. 3/51 #LifeThisWeek 18 Jan. I hope to see you there. Denyse.

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    • I can picture you smiling as you read, Denyse. I love that word for you this year! I tend to do things fast too – must be a trait of former educators! 🙂 See you next week. Thank you for hosting.

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  32. I also have a love hate relationship with yoga. I have been attending a class for four years now and I’m starting to find any excuse not to go. I’m even starting to question whether the class is actually helping or hindering my scoliosis. I like your thoughts on being more mindful of what you are doing. I still seem to be exercising because I have to and walking because I have to. Thank you for a great post I can see I do need to change my thinking.

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    • I used to go to in-person classes and had wonderful instructors. Now classes are temporarily suspended due to Covid. I think you are right – we “should” get rid of as many “shoulds” from our lives as possible! 🙂

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  33. This is food for thought >>> “What if getting our money’s worth means going deeper rather than broader?” May I go deeper and slower so as not to miss the most meaningful parts of each day.

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  34. I have fought with my thyroid-induced lack of normal metabolism for quite some time. As much as I don’t look like I care, I keep in mind that I belong to Him and He has control!
    Thanks for the encouragement each week 🙂

    A lovely addition to ‘My Corner of the World’ this week! Thanks for linking!

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  35. Hi Laurie – you really led us to the expounding on the “get your money’s worth” phrase with such a nice flow!!
    I also love when yoga teachers share their nuggets of wisdom or little one liners or poignant points
    And I can see why you reminded it to heat it again – because that is not a phrase I would expect to hear in yoga –
    Not at all because the many classes I ha e attended and even taught usually focus on things outside of money, economy, island value for the buck (so to speak)
    And still not sure I would like to hear this phrase in a class
    But wow
    The sun you connected this phrase was so well
    Done and when I got to the part about it could mean less –
    Well you delivered such a good message / for anytime of the year and not just a start to a New Year

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      • It is so nice to hear a healthy Christian like you talk about yoga – and when I say healthy I feel like some are just so legalistic or mean- anyhow – I sometimes have one church friend drop hints my way that I need to abandon yoga
        But you know Laurie – I know some practices have a spiritual component – but not all- no way – and further – in many class endings I have some very serious moments where the Holy Spirit has been so alive and well – he little digs could not be farther from my experience – god moments and also human connection – and then the small teacher nuggets or takeaways
        Anyhow – appreciated your little mention of 15 years

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      • I just wrote a post about the legalism that has infiltrated some Christian churches. I don’t believe that is what is supposed to be about, but others would have an opposite opinion.

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  36. Interesting read. I know I’ve worked to get my money’s worth at the gym by being fully focused on the session and ensuring I do each movement correctly with tension, rather than cheating with weight that’s too heavy because it makes my ego feels good.

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