I have to talk about my really good friend Sarah Long aka Ashlee. She has been such an amazing person in my weight loss journey. In my life time I have never come across anyone that isn’t encouraging about losing weight and getting healthy. Like how can you not be encouraging to that?? But Sarah has really been on me to start yoga as a way of life. She talks about yoga, how it’s changed her life, and how with the meditation it helps her to focus an pray. One of the many things that I love about her is that she looks at me beyond my size. She never sees me as “heavy” or “large” she sees me as beautiful and awesome. (which I am … DUH) but most importantly she encourages me so much and I learn so much from her about self-image.
Now, based on her amazing loving relationship with yoga I decided to go. I am never one who lets my weight hinder me when it comes to trying new exercises. So I went to this yoga studio about 3 weeks ago and met a friend there. The way this studio is set up, your teacher is the one who signs you in before class and that way she can chat with you and answer any questions you may have. I think that is a great business strategy. So in talking to my new teacher, I tell her that I am fairly new to yoga (only have taken it a couple of times) and that I have arthritis in my foot that was just healing from a fracture, so there might be some moves that I need alternative moves for.
Then the comment was made …… “It’s so great to see you here Angela, there aren’t a lot of heavy people trying yoga”
Now this isn’t the first time I have had a comment like this …. but every time I am shocked and amazed that someone would think its okay to say that. What is it about me that tell people “its okay to make a rude comment like that?” Because seriously you would be amazed at how much I get that.
So during the yoga class I am going through the moves and when you are doing something like yoga, dance, Zumba, anything choreographed .. you struggle until you get what the move is or routine or whatever. This teacher kept saying “if you are struggling child pose (which is basically to sit out) is available to you” looking straight at me. I just wanted to say– look I am just trying to learn the moves. She wasn’t looking or saying it to the thinner newbies in the class. With all my annoyance with this teacher, I thought I did a great job and didn’t have to go into child pose once so SUCK IT teacher.
She just created a monster because when you tell me I can’t … then I will…. just to prove that I can and I will be better than you.
Now … I always have to turn everything into a positive because that is who I am. So, I maybe heavier that most of the people at the studio, but that just means when I shed these pound I will be stronger than all of them. So…. I WIN
I have gone to Yoga now about 4 times and it really is amazing because its my way of connecting with God and I am seeing my body changing. I am getting stronger and I am developing muscles I havent seen in over 15 years. Hello Muscles!!!!
So when someone tells you that you can’t ……..go out there and prove them wrong!!!! Its one of the best feelings.
Here is a picture of me and Sarah/Ashlee from one of the first times we meet. 4 years ago