Being A Beginner

June 14, 2010

Today I’m hungry for self-acceptance. I am a beginner in many areas of my life. Running, Bikram yoga, BLOGGING and my nutrition course, to name a few. Being a beginner is discouraging at times but a great way to stay motivated is to focus on and strive for improvement. Baby steps. There’s a learning curve in everything we do and we must overcome mental and physical barricades when training our minds and bodies in a new form of exercise or field of study. There will be setbacks along the way and it is crucial to love yourself and accept where you are right NOW.

One of the many reasons we love fitness is to see the results of our workouts. Although ‘results‘ is defined as the final consequence of a sequence of actions or events, I like to think we see results every step of the way. Be it toned arms, better posture, flexibility or increased mileage. Similarly, one of the reasons we love nutrition is to see the results of the foods we eat. Less bloating, clearer skin, shiny hair, no indigestion, regularity, etc. If you are making an effort towards a healthy lifestyle, pat yourself on the back and find contentment with yourself today. Right now. And then keep up the good work tomorrow.

Caitlin, from Healthy Tipping Point and Operation Beautiful, asked the question on her blog last week, “If you could go back in time and tell you 15-year-old self anything, what would you say?”

I’d say that my appearance will never define me – to take care of my body, to love myself and to accept love from others.

I give my 28-year-old self, and you, the same advice today.

I attended my 6th Bikram practice this morning from 7:30-9:00. I enjoy it more each time and find myself craving the challenge of each posture and the immense concentration it takes to execute each one. The mind + body connection in Bikram is something I’ve never experience before.

The beautiful strip mall.

A bit deceiving – the space inside is huge.

Where the regulars store their mats.

The lone shower that I choose not to use.

I’m headed out-of-town for the next 2 days so I most likely won’t return to the Bikram studio until Thursday this week.

What are you hungry for on this Monday?

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spabettie June 14, 2010 at 11:53 am

today I am hungry for the extra energy to do a second and possibly third workout…

because I am also hungry for pizza. :)

humor aside, I love this post. beginning stages are frustrating and uncomfortable. they are also rewarding and exciting.

when I was in beginning levels of tennis, I would play above my skill as often as I could. while it was severely frustrating, it also accelerated my learning. when I was a high-level usta player, I would play with beginners Every Time they asked. :) because I knew it was a big deal.

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dorrybird June 14, 2010 at 3:14 pm

thanks for the comment – I bet you could really help me with my tennis game. I’m a total amateur but really love it. As for pizza? Sounds fabulous. Might just make a personalized homemade pita pizza for dinner tonight!

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dorrybird June 14, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Great thoughts here. Nothing wrong with being a beginner. Just a little motivation is required.

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Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul August 4, 2010 at 4:33 pm

I find being a beginner so difficult. I recognize in myself having difficult with appearing incompetent, and so I realize I avoid many new things (hence my last post about taking risks!). Now that I have a clearer picture of it, I’m able to challenge that way of thinking/being a little more. Being a beginner is all about being willing to fail. So I’m working on failing all over the place!

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dorrybird August 4, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Me too! Exact same thing- I struggle most in a social/group setting like tennis or golf. I can have fun playing with my fiancé but when other people are involved, I get nervous and want to run away. :)

I’m learning to try to have fun and not take the activity (or myself) too seriously!

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