Yesterday was day 1 of my 30-day Bikram Yoga challenge. Some may think I am doing this to lose weight, which makes sense. Most people who add extra days of exercise to their already busy calendar are doing it to get into shape or lose weight over a short period of time. For me, it’s not about losing weight or getting into shape. (I’m sure both will happen naturally, but it’s not the goal.) The goal for me is to just do it, like the Nike ads and Yoda encourage. So there will be no before-and-after pictures of my tush and belly squeezed into my pants and sweaty bra. Sorry.
However, because I love and I know other folks love before-and-after photos of weight loss and or makeovers, I will capture and present before-during-and-after photos of the pedicure above.
I have zero predictions of how well the pedicure will survive. I don’t know how much punishment it will receive from the sweating and sliding of toes across the mat, rug, and towel. I don’t know if the paint will chip gradually or peel off one practice unexpectedly due to falling out of a pose or getting stomped on by another yogi’s toes. I have no idea. It’s going to be as much of a surprise to me as it will be to you.
Oh, some of you may be asking, “Paula, why did you choose such a God awful color?” Good question. Thanks for asking. Here’s why:
“Colors mean more to us than simply pigment. They are forms of energy, and as such speak to us and interact with us on a nonverbal level. In a very real way, life is color. Color affects every part of our lives, our emotions, our health.” (from The Meaning of Colors)
Lavender symbolizes femininity, grace and elegance. I want to be reminded of these qualities as I struggle each day with my motivation and desire to meet my challenge.