Sunday Night Check-In: Long, Lazy Weekend

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Since the monsoon forced the evacuation of our building last Thursday at 1 PM, I had a really long, unexpected weekend. It would have been nice to have some great weather, but I guess I wouldn’t have the days off if the weather was good. I’m very grateful that I didn’t get flooded, but I know that many, many people all over this state are digging themselves out of mud and, in some cases, are still socked in by muddy water. Prayers and dry thoughts are going out to all struggling with this disaster.

I mostly hung around the house and worked, explored hiking club information, googled potential future backpacking locations, and read Undaunted Courage. With all the rain and mud, Ashok didn’t even get to walk much. At one point, she sat down and stared at me with that “Can we PLEASE go walk?” look in her eyes. I felt so bad that she couldn’t get out and burn off some energy. I also felt bad that I couldn’t burn off any energy, too. In fact, the longer I was lazy, the less energy I had. It was a problem before the weekend was over.

IMG_5547I had breakfast with my backpacking teacher Katherine at Frank’s on Saturday before it started raining again. Frank’s has amazing alligator sausage, and I ordered their world-famous biscuits, grits, eggs and the gator sausage. Then I drove out to my parents’ place in Pierre Part and watched it rain all afternoon. At least Ashok got to chew on their dog’s deer antlers, so she was a pretty happy camper. I need to get her some of those. She absolutely loved them. Momma made an awesome dinner of a creative yummy coleslaw, baked beans and pork chops. It was delicious. And I certainly enjoyed hanging out with them better than spending another day going stir-crazy in my house.

I noodled driving out to Bay St. Louis today as the sun was going to be out, and I wanted to get out of this mud. But, by the time I got up and realized I’d lost an hour of time, I decided to just hang here. I wrote my curls blog and made a video this morning, had some awesome coffee and killed an unbelievable amount of time. I have not been eating well the last two weeks. I’ve been missing the farmer’s market, and I haven’t liked the food I had stocked at home. So, I’ve been eating out too much and in general making bad choices. So, I went to the grocery today and bought some really good veggies for roasting and for making salads. I plan to take charge of my diet this week. I ate well today with lots of fruits and vegetables… and no sugar. I feel pretty good at the moment.

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During my web searches this weekend, I saw an ad for a website called YogaAnytime.com. I checked it out as my Yoga Download membership is expiring in two weeks. I signed up for their free 15-day membership. They are more expensive than Yoga Download. I pay $60 a year for Yoga Download, and Yoga Anytime is $18 per month. But, when you figure it is $17 to drop in to one yoga class, it’s a pretty good price for a month of yoga. I’m just ready for a change, I think.

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Their classes are presented like “shows” with seasons and episodes. The classes aren’t live, but I can choose different ones every day from the archives and have the same teacher. I’ve done two episodes of a show called Good Morning Yoga, and I absolutely loved it. The teacher is very knowledgeable, and the classes are challenging but not as fast and crazy as some of the yoga out there today. I plan to start rolling out of bed and doing 30 minutes of yoga every morning before I do anything else. This will be just what I need. My yoga practice is for my mental well-being and to help me undo the knots in my body and keep my joints and muscles feeling good. As soon as I stop doing yoga regularly, everything starts hurting.

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My yoga class this morning… Mindful Flow

So this week will be a “get back on track” kind of week. I plan to practice yoga every morning, eat better and get to the YMCA for at least two strength-training workouts. I’ve also asked my friend Sallie to start doing some run/walk workouts with me. I HAVE to get in shape for mountain backpacking. The temps are creeping up here, and hiking in Louisiana is quickly becoming less desirable. I need to head north, and there are hills in them thar woods! I’ve got to get these legs in shape for climbing. There is more rain in the forecast this week, so I’ll need to stay flexible. But, I have a plan … and I’m going to stick to it!

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