Yoga Headstand
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By Nadia - 6/12/2012 7:28:47 AM
I took a yoga class today and the instructor had us put our yoga mats against the wall and she demonstrated for us to roll backwards and place our feet against the wall.  I did it.  No problem. 

BUT, Then a miracle happened......

I became experimental...I put one leg up in the air.  Then the second leg was lifted into the air.  Then both feet were suspended up in the air via headstand for 2-3 minutes.  I never did this in my life before.  Woo Hoo!!!!  Miracles do happen.
By Jim - 6/20/2012 9:36:33 AM
I would need parametics to help me do that!  Smile
By Nadia - 6/20/2012 6:21:33 PM
Ha! Ha!  Radio Man!  You are funny.

I guess that I just appreciate every little thing that this surgery has enabled me to achieve.  It is going on 3 years post op for me now.  I have some goals for the future, such as:  hot air ballooning (I am afraid of heights) and possibly skyjumping from an airplane with the right people.

Nevertheless, I remember how excited I was when the airplane seatbelt buckled without me asking for an extension, and how I first was able to cross my legs or to tie a shoe without getting light-headed or winded.  Each thing is a an acheivement.

This evening I attended a bariatric support group at a different hospital and the speaker, a bariatric social worker addressed a topic---Understanding self-sabotage behavior and breaking it.  She said that self-sabotage occurs on a subconscious level, but we have to learn to be mindful in our behavior by asking ourselves this question:  Why am I standing in the way of getting what I want?  Find personal payoffs. 

Many have the subconscious desire of playing the "victim role", she explained and maybe we are addicted to playing the victim role because it gets us attention or sympathy.  She made us think about:  What is our internal dialoue?  Every saboteur makes excuses as to why he/she is not succeeding and that is called using justifiers.  Some cures of sabotage behaviors is asking family and friends for support, to be a gatekeeper of your own thoughts, do a self-examination and understand the reasons behind why some of us sabotage our successes.   
By Jim - 6/21/2012 7:52:43 AM
Excellent points.  I am my own worst enemy in my weight loss.  I definitely need to find out why I keep sabotaging myself.

And I agree on the little things, too.  I remember all those things that started happening after my surgery. The first time I could feel my ribs.  Crossing my legs, as you said.  Using the lap belt in my car.  Getting into a 4-door car.  Going for a walk 2 blocks away and back again. 

These are the things we look forward to as we lose the weight. I'm trying to remember them to help me in losing the weight I gained back.
By Nadia - 6/21/2012 4:52:24 PM
Radio Man, That's right, I forgot about feeling my ribs for the first time in my life.  Thank you for reminding me.  I remember waking up in bed one morning feeling great and touching my abdomen and ribs and wow, the ribs were showing.  That was awesome and still is although now it is forgranted.

You can start over and begin the journey with freshness.  You have to recreate the feelings you had at the beginning.

Anyway, I think that you can do it.  If you fall off the bandwagon, pull yourself back up.  I have confidence in you.
By Vaughan9 - 2/9/2013 7:31:07 AM
Hey Guys i think that yoga is a best king of exercise and if er talk about its gripping then breathe in and raise your legs off the floor. Properly walk your feet nearer to your hand, pumps raised. Definitely raise through the top hip and legs, developing an upside down.Firm the throat muscles against your back and raise them toward the tailbone so the front chest remains as long as possible. This should help prevent the weight of the shoulder area crumbling onto your head and throat.Thanks a lot!!
By Nadia - 2/10/2013 12:43:21 AM
Vaughan9, Did you have bariatric surgery?