Stuff Portrait Friday - My World

Aha! A Thursday night with no yoga class and nothing to do but get a jump on SPF this week. Kristine is being all tricky again and trying to make us think. Damn, girl, don't we have to think enough as it is with our jobs and our kids? So we aren't allowed to use our kids or our pets. This week's assignment is:
1. Your Freedom
2. Your Hope
3. Your Wish

My freedom is getting time by myself to do what I like, which most often comes in the form of yoga. Twice a week for an hour it's all about me. This is my latest yoga challenge...inversions. I'm facing my fear of falling over (by using the wall first).

Dontcha just love the silly wireless remote in my hand, which is giving me some bad headstand form. I guess this isn't a very attractive pose. But look how much FUN I'm having!

My hope is absolutely in the big JC. Because of Him and His grace, I have absolute hope for the future, here and after life. Not just "I hope I'm going to heaven, because I'm a good person." Cuz I'm NOT a good person. More like "I know I'm cool with God because JC is my right-hand-man."

The underlined verse is Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future."

Ok now my wish. Seriously, my wish is that I was skinny. Well skinni-ER anyway. For now, I would settle for being able to fit nicely into this dress again.

I know it doesn't look like much, but it's a couple sizes smaller than I am right now. Back in 2000 after my dad died I joined Weight Watchers and lost 30 lbs and I remember being SO excited when I bought this dress. Well haven't been there for a long time. I've got the exercise thing down, it's the starvation part I can't quite master. But I'm not ready to commit to something like WW again, so who knows when that dress will finally fit.


Sheri & SuZan said...

Great SPF!

and the yoga thing does look like fun.

Happy SPF...I played too.

Suzanne R said...

Your hope warms my heart. Great SPF in all -- your wish is very much like mine, although you sound like you have more concrete plans for accomplishing it than I do.

I played.

RWF said...

You do look like you're having fun with Yoga. How come I never had that much fun doing Yoga?

Ed from Texas said...

Looks like you and I have a few things in common :-)

I Played!

Lisa said...

Yoga is awesome- great pose, BTW
Your SPF is great- wonderful take on this week's theme.

Happy SPF and I played too!

running42k said...

From reading your blog you seem like a good person.

Kick ass handstand.

ieatcrayonz said...

My favorite is your hope, but the other two are pretty darn good, too.

Army of Mom said...

Good SPF. I'm there with you on the weight thing. Working on it. Diet sodas have saved me, as have counting all the carbs and fats. Ick. Still working on the exercise part - maybe if we able to work together, we'd be good. I'll starve and you exercise. ;)

I played, too.

Christie said...

happy spf!

I played

Anonymous said...

Wonderful! You are having so much fun...I love yoga, too.

Amen, sister. THat's one of my favorite verses.

I've figured out the weightloss thing.....just don't eat. haha.

hhmmmm....it looks like you've yet to go beta, so I'll choose anon.

have a great weekend! mmc

kim said...

i just started ww again this tuesday and i'm positive about it (so far). but i got a lot more on my ribs and i don't think i could do anything like that yoga-thing so...

happy SPF and i played, too. :)

SFG said...

I so love the yoga stuff. Well, I love it when you do it because it looks so cool. I have yet to try it.

Jana said...

Your second one is great! I was trying to find a cross I could take a pic of for my freedom, but I couldn't find one.

I played!

Rosei said...

I would love to have time to yoga too! Great SPF; congrats!!

Random and Odd said...

I have actually been thinking about joining something like that. Is it super expensive because I know it says it's not on TV, but then you get in and you realize there are all those hidden fees you didn't expect, but you're already there and they are promising you that you will look all good and it's worth it.

Charmed1 said...

Greta SPF! I do an AM/PM Stress yoga. I like it, it realxes me.

I played!

Mama C said...

OOOH! So deep on the JC. Love it.

I wish to be skinner too.

I played.

The Kept Woman said...

There's something about fitting into a piece that makes you feel beautiful. Go for it...I'd say with all your yoga you'll be there in no time!

Mainline Mom said...

running42k - I know, I've got everybody fooled.

army of mom - I SO wish that would work. I would do double the exercise for you if you could starve for me.

random and odd - WW really isn't that expensive. You don't have to buy their food or anything. It's about the same as a gym membership.

tkw - yoga isn't hurting any, but it doesn't help enough. It builds muscle but doesn't shed fat.

Dustin said...

Yoga inversions are where I draw the line. Your courage knows no bounds.

Connie said...

If that is your wish, then if you put your mind to it, you can do it. You did it once, just tell yourself all the time that you can do it. I lost 60 pounds 1 yr 5 months ago. I have kept it off for 5 months, but it is something that you have to think about all the time. If I eat and gain a pound I am back on it and take it off. I have found you just have to stop eating stuff with fat in it.

Doctor Mom said...

Half of the battle is deciding the goal...
Keep that dress where you can see it... you'll achieve your goal in no time at all!

We're routing for you!

sometrouble said...

I love your SPF! Especially the hope! I played too!

Jenifer said...

First, the alignment on the headstand looks good--shoulders and elbows are definately in the right place, and that's a good start.

of course, now i know i have to work on teaching you how to roll out so that you're willing to try it without a wall.

aside from that, begin with the knees on the elbows to start with--away from the wall--and then just access the hips first--bringing the kness into the chest. working at that balance point, without the legs all the way up, will do a lot toward your sense of balance and security in the pose. :)

second, I think that you are a good person, but i totally 'get' what you're saying. :)

third, you don't have to starve yourself. in fact, the opposite is true. would you like a book recommendation? The Yoga of Eating by Charles Eisenstien. It's a book about taking the 'yoga perspective' toward diet, which is essentially a perspective of mindfulness--of paying attention and observing and responding to what you observe in healthy ways.

with this, a subtle hint--processed foods, sugar, and the like are the biggest offenders toward nutrition. Mark and I gave up soda (off and on) during the last year--and you've probably seen both of us get leaner. Seriously, that was the ONLY change.

a little change like this can go a long, long way. :)

Mainline Mom said...

I'm not sure exactly why, but giving up processed food and refined sugar would be almost like giving up breathing to me. Part of it is that sometimes I'm so busy I am not mindful enough to plan and prepare good food, so I resort to what's fast and easy. Another part of it is just that my tastebuds and mind are addicted to the tastes of refined sugar, chocolate, butter, etc. I know deep down that I could break that addiction if I tried hard enough, but it would take a lot of mental energy. Having lots of people over makes it extra hard.

Jenifer said...

butter is really good for you. so, don't give that up! LOL

as for the rest, let me know if you want any help with balancing it. i know what it's like. seriously. been there.

i miss not having classes--but there's next week, right? :)

Mainline Mom said...

oh I would never give up butter entirely, I know it's good for your joints. I should start a food journal blog. I know some people that have done that, but I'm kind of afraid of what it would say.

Oh by the way, I don't drink regular soda, only diet.

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