It started on Thursday when I did "real" yoga for the first time:
This is a great DVD for anyone who is interested in beginning yoga. It's a 45 minute workout and comes with illustrations of all the poses used. The instructor, Nicki Doane, also explains each pose the first time through and provides the viewer with very helpful cues.
I was shocked by how poor my yoga performance was! I can bench (more than) my body weight for crying out loud - I figured yoga would be a breeze.
Not the case. It kicked my butt!!!
I'm planning on continuing to do yoga twice a week. I've always believed that if something is difficult, it means you need to get better at it. ;-) Maybe once I feel like I'm a decent newbie yogi, I'll start taking a real class! =)
This weekend I also experienced my very first Passover Seder.
Part of Max's family is Jewish, and they invited us to their Passover this year.
I was brought up Catholic and went to Catholic school, so the Passover story is very familiar to me, but all of the traditions (the four cups of wine, opening the door for the prophet Elijah) and cuisine were new.
|Source - Matzo ball soup!|
|Source - Gefilte Fish and horseradish|
So, yes, I kicked myself off my diet for a whole weekend: we had Passover dinner on Saturday night, and Easter dinner Sunday afternoon. I always sacrifice my diet for family on holidays: it makes Grampa happy when I eat his sauce and Aunt Dot's cookies, so I eat them. It's such a simple way to make someone smile.
Did you celebrate a holiday this weekend? Anyone else have the pleasure of being introduced to a new culture? :)