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Since reaching my weight-loss goal in April, 2010, I've been maintaining a healthier weight for myself and keeping myself off of the prescription meds I had required. My ability to adhere to a healthier regimen of nutrition and exercise has been strengthened through my practice of Yoga, DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Theory), and Deep-Breathing Meditation. You can check my blog on this site for updates. :-)
Since reaching my weight-loss goal in April, 2010, I've been maintaining a healthier weight for myself and keeping myself off of the prescription meds I had required. My ability to adhere to a healthier regimen of nutrition and exercise has been strengthened through my practice of Yoga, DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Theory), and Deep-Breathing Meditation. You can check my blog on this site for updates. :-)




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Member Since: 2/12/2009

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My Goals:
Physically, my goal is to return to wearing medium-size clothes again. That means reducing my weight from 225 pounds to about 160 pounds and my waist from 46 inches to 34 inches. Psychologically, I want to persist until I have reached my goal and then maintain this weight-loss through healthier eating habits and regular exercise.

My Program:
After eight months of following Isagenix's weight-loss regimen, I had reached my goals. My maintenance eating regimen includes organic produce, naturally fed meat, poultry, or fish, and lots of water. As a result of teaching yoga at a wellness clinic, I'm consciously reducing the amount of animal protein in my diet and moving toward an Ayurvedic system of nutrition. My exercise program includes strength training, cardio exercise, and yoga. I'm teaching yoga or senior fitness classes six days a week and trying to maintain my own cardio, strength, and yoga regimens along with the teaching.

Personal Information:
I live outside of Pittsburgh. Since I retired from college teaching, I've been developing a second career as a yoga and senior fitness instructor and wellness coach. I'm also working on a certification as a yoga therapist.

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Much of the reading I do now is connected with my yoga training and twelve-step recovery. I'm especially taken by the books of Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King.

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JOEMARCHESANI
10/24/2013 10:13:06 PM

Usually, the health club or yoga studio that is offering the classes will indicate whether or not it's suitable for someone with little or no yoga experience. Because I weighed 50 pounds more than I do now when I started doing yoga, I started with a chair class that used only sitting and standing poses. That way, I didn't have problems getting up and down on the mat.

After I lost some weight, I started doing a "gentle" class that got me up and down on the mat, but took the poses slowly. We always focused on alignments and on deep breathing to guide the movements.

The training that I received to get my yoga teacher certification, offered a training called "yoga lean," which emphasizes modifications that would protect the joints in the hips and knees and other modifications for forward folds and for twists so that they could be done more safely. Another training, called reformer, emphasizes the use of straps, blocks, and bolsters to provide support when the body would have to strain to do so. For example, I have relatively short arms, so I use blocks for some poses so I can protect my spine or lower back.

Generally, I'd recommend talking to an instructor before taking a class. You might even want to observe a time or two, just to get a feel for what it would be like. In each of my class sessions, I remind my students to "listen to their bodies." That means if any pose or movement is causing pain or meeting resistance, they should move out of the pose into something foundational, like mountain pose or child's pose, to get themselves safely realigned and to refocus on their breathing.

I've used DVDs, too, but they don't offer the feedback that a live instructor does, feedback to keep you safe as you practice.



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MJLUVSANIMALS
10/24/2013 7:32:40 PM

Actually Joe, I heard about Ayurveda through Dr. Oz one day this past Summer, I liked the idea of the tea drink. Just finding the ingredients when one lives in a small desert community is disheartening. We did have a Health food store, but they have since gone out of business. Closest town is 80 miles away. I get most anything through Amazon but learned any bagged or loose product may come damaged and they won't do anything about it. So don't do that anymore. Plus their shipping fees for "each" item is ridiculous.

I am looking at joining the yoga classes at the gym here "In Shape" Not sure which to attempt. Would like an introduction class, but it seems most are just yoga. There is a gentle yoga once a week. Any suggestions?


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7/7/2013 7:54:10 AM

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6/13/2013 2:45:18 PM

I do appreciate you taking the time to read and comment on my blog. There is no pleasing her. I knew my fellow SPers would totally understand. emoticon so much.



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BOOKAPHILE
4/18/2013 10:12:11 AM

Thanks for the goodie! I also think maintenance is harder than losing weight, but I'm in this for the long haul. I appreciate those who shared their experiences and tips with me, and I'd like to be as helpful to others. I appreciate your encouragement.



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