I can't believe I am one of thirty chosen participants in the Ellwood Thompson's Get Well Challenge 2012. The very thought of spending three months devoting a lot of concentrated time to myself, surrounded by teams of people who want to make me feel better is completely novel. This will require a total reversal of my priorities, by adding to my busy life pre-scheduled selfish escapes from my demanding job, my semi-dependent adult children and my 92-year-old mother. Also, I am divorced and can't pass my "honey do" list on to anyone except high-priced sub-contractors. I owe this chance to a friend who knew I needed to self-indulge. My friend, to whom I am most grateful, discovered the contest on the Ellwood Thompson's website and encouraged me to apply. Of course, she had to remind me to apply five days before the application deadline, since the thought of self-indulgence didn't click the first time she mentioned the contest to me. You see, I am a hopeless pleaser, a burned-out co-dependent on my children, ex-husband and co-workers. It is very hard for the enabler in me to say this, but wish me luck. I hope that on the end date December 24th, the E.T. Get Well Challenge will be my best Christmas gift ever.
UP DOG: Urdvha Muka Svasana. You probably know how to get into it, but do you know how to do it right? 3 tips to prevent injury & keep updogin through life:
-make sure your thighs never touch the floor, and in fact are lifted
-pull your chest forward and then up, leading with your sternum, so that it is in front of your shoulders
-keep your lower abdomen engaged to protect your lower back, but soften in the upper abdomen for your breath and lumbar back bend.
We are lucky to have fruits and vegetables any time we want them, but there are some things that are better in “their” seasons. Strawberries and Hanover tomatoes come to mind, but a good heirloom makes a nice stand-in until late June.
I am one of the few people who don’t believe in flu shots. One year I did get one and had the worst symptoms for two or three days and took to the bed. Friends of mine with flu shots, their children and grandchildren have had the flu this winter. Of course, it’s only January, so I know there’s a lot if flu season left. As I read the link above, I do like garlic and eight hours of sleep at night. And the clementines have never had a better year!