Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Big Four-Oh!

Today's the day, I'm 40... Some people might find it a little upsetting to hit the next decade, but as far as I'm concerned every day above ground is a good day.  Plus I lovelovelove birthdays! 

My present to myself was starting yoga again yesterday.  It was fab.  And I bought a 30-day pass so hopefully I'll be able to go three or four times a week and really get in the habit of fitting it into my schedule.

I got mixed up on the class times and when I got to the yoga studio a class was already in session.  I'd left my water bottle in the car anyway, so I started walking back to get it.  As I left, I walked past a big semi parked on the street.  The motor was running and it was really loud, but as I passed it I could hear someone yelling.  I couldn't make out what they were saying and I figured it was just the truck driver yelling at someone.  But the yelling continued and I heard a "Hey!" so I turned around to see what was going on.  And a little bitty pixie of a yoga instructor had spotted me at the door to the studio and was hollering down the street at me!  She waved me back to the studio, told me where to put my shoes and purse while she found a spot and laid my mat out for me.  Clearly the universe wanted me in this yoga class today and there was no way I was going to miss it.

The class was awesome.  We spent most of the time on the mechanics of downward dog, which is my most-hated yoga pose.  But the instructor really broke it down.  We did alot of stretches specific to the pose.  She also showed us how to use a partner to check our form and for additional stretching.  So I straddled a total stranger who was down on all fours.  Seriously.  I squeezed her waist between my legs and she reached forward as far as she could.  When it was my turn to be squeezed I found out it was a really great stretch.  Of course after that we felt compelled to introduce ourselves... if someone's going to straddle me, I want to get her name so I don't feel so cheap.

Do you buy yourself birthday presents?  If so, what are some of your favorite ways to treat yourself?


 

7 comments:

Cammy said...

Happy, happy birthday, Liz! Wishing you an awesome year ahead!

I think my birthday gift to myself this year will be renewing my gym membership.

liz said...

Thanks Cammy! I had a wonderful day jam-packed with surprises and I feel much loved :) And I think renewing your gym membership would be a fabulous present to yourself!

Carrie Butler said...

Happy (belated) birthday! :)

liz said...

Thanks Carrie for the birthday wishes, and for stopping by my blog :)

erika said...

Happy Belated Birthday! I hope your 40th was a special day. I celebrated mine in June and well it could have been better. I have to admit that I do a poor job of rewarding myself. I feel that lounging on the sofa is the best way I can reward myself. I am planning a big shopping spree next summer when I plan to reach my goal weight. In the meantime I will work on thinking of ways I can reward myself.

liz said...

Thanks Erika! Sometimes though you do need a rest, there is nothing wrong with taking that time for yourself :)

Charlie Hills said...

Happy Birthday a couple of months late. I followed "Darlene's" link here and thought I'd say hi. Hope the 40s are treating you well. :)