When I wake up most  mornings (or at least 4 times a week) since January 5, 2016, I roll out of bed, wash my face, strap on my gym clothes, pulse rate monitor and FitBit HR, open up my iPad and select a DDP or YRG Yoga workout.

fitness-629648_1280Why? Because as I approach my three score and ten, I want to be fitter and healthier than I was before. Maybe I won’t colour the grey hair, but who cares about that? I’m talking quality of life. In ten years, I still want to be able to shoot hoops with my grandchildren and dance like a wild woman at their weddings.

A few years ago, I blogged almost every day about my journey to mindfulness and health. I lost the weight and sort of felt better, but I still had aches and pains.

In October 2013, though, when we spent three weeks eating and drinking our way through Italy and then Thailand and Cambodia, my good intentions morphed into muffin top and sags again.

restaurant-bern-179046_1280 I love food. Love cooking and baking. Love wine. Love eating and drinking while sipping wine, especially on the deck during the summer [I say that as wind is whistling fiercely down the chimney in my office – it’s April, dammit].

Last year, Hub and I watched a 60 Minutes segment profiling a man called Arthur Boorman, an ex-military paratrooper severe leg injuries, depression and a weight problem. But the man was incredibly determined, too. The video of his journey to fitness is HERE. Yes, we both wept. Then life went on.

Traditional yoga is wonderful. I’ve done it from time to time for thirty years. But I confess I don’t have a meditative mind [squirrel!] and for me, it tends to be boring.

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But I didn’t forget Arthur, or Diamond Dallas Page, (DDP) the former professional wrestler who suffered ring injuries that could have ended his life. Part of his therapy was yoga, but ‘real guys don’t do yoga’.

Dallas is an entrepreneur, and he adapted traditional yoga poses, adding dynamic resistance. He signed up sports buddies and when they found the program worked, he was on to something. His inspiration works: ‘the power of believing in you’ and ‘anything is possible’.

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The DVDs I ordered contain a series of different yoga sessions like Fat Burn, Energy, Strength-Builder, Wake-Up and Diamond Dozen – that are interesting and FUN. He includes modifications, which is a bonus. Dallas’s narration is excellent, and the folks demonstrating the moves along with him are not fitness models, which is another plus.

Speaking of non-fitness models and plus, the woman in this video rocks.

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What a great lesson on not letting anyone else define you or set limits on what you can accomplish, with practice. She’s inspired me to try harder.