Fat Girl Wearing Thin

Life beyond the loss.

   Jul 24

Getting my Groove Back

A few days before my surgery I went to the front desk at my yoga studio and requested that my monthly subscription be suspended until July 14th.  ‘Oh, for sure I’ll be ready to come back by then!’ I said with confidence. But when the 14th came, not only was I still unable to do a forward bend but this low groaning was coming from somewhere – from me, as it turns out.  I sounded like an old tug boat about to go out on its last run in the water.   Not a good sign; so I called to let them know that I’d need a few more weeks before I was ready to get back into classes. ‘Unfortunately, my recovery is going more slowly that I thought,’ I said regretfully.  I really enjoy being in class and having instruction.  It allows me to completely let go of everything that I’m carrying with me and just be in the moment.   It was a hard decision to make but I knew it was the right one. 

Since then I’ve been trying to do my own yoga practice here at home.  But whenever I get out my mat, the two other yogis in the house always want to practice at the exact same time I do. 

The first one a bit of a showoff:



The second one likes to get all up in my face when I’m on the floor.  He reminds me of the close talker on Seinfeld:


I have tried being polite and gently let them know that I prefer to practice in my own space thankyouverymuch, and then ease the door closed behind me.  But the Prince and Princess of the Palace get all upset that they’ve been locked out of their kingdom and proceed to whine and bark behind the door.   Sigh.  So much for trying to practice in peace. 

But I am here to tell you that all is not lost!  You wouldn’t believe my grin yesterday morning as I sat down with my favorite cup of tea (Chocolate Delight.  Mmm) and opened my email. Waiting in my inbox was an email from Karen at Before and After, letting me know that I’d won a month’s subscription to Gaiam TV for a whole month!   YAY!!    I made a bee line over to Gaiam’s website and lo and behold, they have a whole slew of yoga videos that I can:

a) do on my own but WITH instruction,

b) in my slower than molasses time and

c) in the privacy of my own home until I’m stable enough to go back to the Gentle Yoga class in a few weeks. I’m already working on a plan to bribe the dogs with rawhide chewies at one end of the house while I take full advantage of my free month on the other.   Thank you, Karen.  And, thanks to Gaiam TV for allowing me the opportunity to get my groove back :)  Here’s to hoping that I may have a bit of summer to enjoy before its over!


Have a great Tuesday, everyone.  I’ll have some news to share in my next post; my task is to get it written by Thursday.  Fingers crossed.




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  1. Roxie says:

    Your yoga dogs are adorable! So glad for your win – that’s awesome. Now all you need is a semi-load of chewies. Good luck!

    • Ellen says:

      a semi-load is right. Spending all summer with these two in this house is getting to be a little too close for comfort. I love ’em, but they are always up in my space! lol

  2. Yay!! I can’t wait to hear how it goes :-)

    Cats are also very good at yoga, at getting into your face while you’re on the mat, at rubbing themselves up against you while you’re trying to maintain a pose…

  3. Kyra says:

    Wait, there is a chocolate tea?

  4. It sounds like you made the right decision for yourself and that’s important. It’s also great that the yoga studio is so respectful and understanding.


  5. Jenn @ Cooking Aweigh the Pounds says:

    LOL….whenever I lay on the ground to stretch, my dog is all over my face too. Yay on the Gaiam TV! Spooky how things are all falling into place for you! :)

  6. Sharon says:

    I saw on Karen’s blog that you had won. The timing on it seems perfect. If I lived closer, I’d be happy to babysit the “children” while you did your at-home yoga! With eyes like that, I’d give ’em anything they wanted.

  7. Jan says:

    Your style of writing is so intriguing! You grab your “audience” and pull them in to want to read more. Today’s post was that way for me. I love the pictures of Emmie and Brulee and laughed so hard at your Seinfeld comment. So excited you won a giveaway and are using it to your full advantage (rawhide chews and all). :)

  8. Hi Ellen. Glad you are on the mend. OMG, your dogs are SOOO cute. YAY for the win!!!!!

  9. So happy you won! I had the opportunity to review Gaiam TV and I think you’ll like it a lot!

  10. munchberry says:

    Ah ho! How lovely and perfect! Love that Karen!

    Happiness is a warm puppy!

    When I close the dog on my dog she sniffs under the door for a while and then lays down right in front of the door until I emerge. So glad she does not bark.

  11. teresa says:

    what fun!! the pictures are so cute! xoxo

  12. Great photos…I never thought of a dog actually doing that pose but I guess it’s true! It’s been fun to read as you return to “happier states of mind” post surgery! Congrats!

  13. Hanlie says:

    I’m so glad you won! Your dogs are impossibly cute!

  14. Goodnuff says:

    Love your dogs! Yay for groove getting back.

  15. debby says:

    You should read PJ’s version of doing yoga with her dog–hilarious! http://pjsandcocoaontheporch.blogspot.com/2012/07/meditation-with-dog.html

  16. didi says:

    My Lali, an english shepherd likes to do her downward dog when I roll out my yoga mat too. She also enjoys trying to lick my face and neck if I am on the floor doing pilates.

    I used to do yoga at a friends house, and her cat would come bat at our hair (usually the bangs) when we would do down dogs. Can’t help but laugh at the critters when they are trying to help us become yoga masters.

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