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last night i practices spinning poi for the first time. i waited until eliot went to bed, turned on my tonya kay "how to spin poi" dvd and put the poi together. i watched the first 15 minutes twice while i tried twirling and spinning, circling and doing a little fancy leg work, ha! this was super fun and challenging. i hit myself in the head, my leg and generally my left hand was not as coordinated as my right, common issue. but i can see myself bringing these outside to my yard, parks and beaches. i demonstrated for andy last night and we were laughing as i started but this morning i showed eliot and he did a beautiful little amazed, "wow". 

so after 30 minutes of spinning i decided to go to bed but it was hard to go sleep. spinning poi felt meditative, freeing and like a workout. my back, right sort of in the middle has a bit of muscle soreness this morning. a really unusual place to feel sore for me. this is a dynamic, interesting, playful way to exercise. hopefully i'll get past bumping my head quickly!

and tonya kay rocks with great instruction and beauty!

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“Those who think they have no time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness” – Edward Stanley

ouch! but i think it's true.

so do your exercise joyfully. sweat and feel your body move, become stronger, tire out, and push through! be motivated with music or work out in the quiet and listen to yourself.

"The way to 'solve' the problem of procrastination is to let delight pull you instead of making a to-do list push you." —Paul Graham [via]

after having the stomach flu last week and taking care of eliot and andy and myself i had no energy to exercise. so i ended up taking a break for nearly two weeks, which was because i was on vacation and was taking a rest by choice until my body forced me to keep resting. but here's my theory: i think if i would've been exercising as normal i believe i would have avoided getting so sick. i'll never know for sure but i do know that working out is such a part of who i am now that there's no turning back to old bad habits or falling in and out of exercising. it's simply what i do and it's how i wish to live. and so it will be. i pass this message on to anyone who'll listen because it's changed me at the core. i'm calmer and happier and stronger. i wish the same for everyone!

now, go take a beautiful walk or skip or run or meander or dance in your underwear! just move! your body is a gift. your time is a gift and you deserve it!

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