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Posted onJuly 21, 2014
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More DDP Yoga success stories!
This morning, my client let me know she was going to be about 30 minutes late. That gave me about an hour to sit down and put together my 10 Tips For Losing Weight post that I am working on.
However, as is my terrible habit, I checked Facebook before I got going. After seeing all my notifications, I wandered over to the DDP Yoga group. I stumbled onto a conversation in which someone had simply posted, “I wish i can afford ddp yoga.” I skimmed through the comments, which mostly centered around pointing the original poster in the direction of free yoga resources, or explaining that DDP Yoga can be purchased in installments.
I added my two cents, pointing the poster in the direction of Do Yoga With Me, a fantastic online yoga resource. While classical yoga isn’t my thing, I love that this website features full-length, high-quality videos with certified yoga instructors as well as short tutorials for certain poses. I sometimes use their videos when I want to stretch or meditate but don’t need the heavy cardio of DDP Yoga (usually because I have just done my DDP Yoga!)
After I posted, I read a couple more comments and noticed that someone had suggested chipping in and buying the set. Shortly after that, another person bought the Max Pack outright! There were a lot of people congratulating the generosity, as well as others still replying to the original post. In amongst them, a lady named Maria posted, “I wanted to get the program too but finances won’t even allow me to split the payments up. It’s my luck I suppose. Lol. I’m so broke I can’t even pay attention. Good luck on your journey sweetie. Love ya”
So, a flash of excitement came across me and I posted, “Did we all see Maria’s post, wanna make this a two-fer?” Within seconds, I had replies pledging money, so I pitched in with 3 other people and collected money to my PayPal, and purchased the Max Pack for her. The fact that we bought 2 Max Packs for people was already exciting enough, but then someone posted about a man they knew who could benefit from a similar act of kindness, and minutes later, we heard about another lady who would be helped immensely by DDP Yoga, but couldn’t afford it. Within minutes I was able to collect the funds for 2 more Max Packs, and after pestering people to send me the pertinent mailing info, I ordered the DVDs for them. I ended up paying the shipping on all the orders, but it was a small price to pay for knowing the positive impact that is currently winging its way to deserving people.
The whole thing was a shining example of what DDP Yoga is, and the kind of people who are in TeamDDP. We are a family, and we think nothing of helping one another. DDP Yoga has taught us that we need to support one another, and that we will all be more successful when we band together and take care of each other. Those lessons have obviously be well-learnt, because when we are confronted with someone who needs support, be it in the form of financial assistance, advice, compassion, or any other resource that person needs. It’s not even a question, it’s as involuntary a reaction in us as having your knee swing up when the doctor bangs it with that little triangular hammer!
The people who received the DVDs were more grateful than I could have anticipated. This conversation epitomizes the reaction of our new teammates:
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The Liebster Award is an online award by bloggers for bloggers to help bring attention to new and upcoming bloggers, typically those with 200 followers or less – but any favorite blog you love will do!
Here’s how it works:
1. You must link back to the person who nominated you.
2. You must answer the 10 Liebster questions given to you by the nominee before you.
3. You must pick 10 bloggers to be nominated for the award
4. You must create 10 questions for your nominees.
5. You must go to their blogs and notify the nominees.
Questions from BodyRebooted:
My 10 Questions:
1. Why did you start blogging?
2. What is your favourite hobby?
3. What is your guilty pleasure?
4. What one thing do you want to accomplish in your lifetime?
5. What is your proudest accomplishment?
6. Who inspires you?
7. What is your biggest regret?
8. What book do you think anyone and everyone should read?
9. What’s the very best thing about you?
10. Tell us one thing we never knew about you.
Big thanks to BodyRebooted for the nomination, and to all the great bloggers!
Something wonderful happened a today. I had just dropped my daughter off at daycare, and I was heading home for a long and tedious morning full of writing cover letters, studying for my nutrition certification and dealing with realtors. I decided a trip to the drive-through Starbucks was in order, so pulled up and order a venti decaf Americano. I order this drink so regularly that I know how much it costs*, so I had the exact change ready. I was behind an SUV, and noticed that the lady driving it handed money through the window, was then handed money back, and then for some reason handed more money through the window. I assumed she had ordered additional items after getting to the window, but didn’t give it too much thought.
When I pulled up to the window, I reached my arm out of the car holding the cash for my drink, expecting that the barista would take it. Instead, she kept her arms by her side, and informed me that the lady ahead of me had paid for my drink. I was really touched by the random kindness, but had no idea why a stranger would be so nice to me, so I asked the barista if she knew why?
“Nope!” she replied, “People just pay for each other’s drinks to be nice. It happens quite a lot.”
In all reality, giving $3.20** to someone is not the most charitable or kind act, nor I am the most deserving of said charity or kindness. But it put me in a fantastic mood for the rest of the day, and definitely had an positive effect on how I treated other people. I was reminded about the huge effect on society that the smallest acts can have.
I was going to come up with some cheesy challenge for the Women of DDPY group to do a random act of kindness every day this month, but it occurred to me that it was a little narcissistic to expect other people to pay forward my good fortune. Then it occurred to me to set the same challenge for myself, but again the cheesiness belied the genuine appreciation I had for the nice Starbucks lady. So instead I am just going to say this: from now on, I will make a more concerted effort to do nice things for people, both friends and strangers, of my own volition and for no reward. I hope that some of you reading this post will join me in that effort, because doing nice things for people makes for a nicer society and feels good.
Also, if you bought someone a coffee at the Nations Drive, Gurnee Starbucks at 9am on 2/27/14, thank you!
*Actually, I know how much it costs in both Illinois ($3.20) and in Wisconsin ($3.11). Yes, I drink too much decaf! ** Thank you Illinois sales tax!
I am compiling a list of resources that have really helped me on my journey towards good health and weight loss. This is an interactive post; if you have anything to add, please tell me.
Oh, how soon they forget.
I was having a conversation with my husband and his grandmother, when the discussion turned to my weight loss. I got halfway into my usual spiel about how wonderful DDP Yoga is, when my husband corrected me, and said that I had actually lost the weight by running. I can understand where his confusion came from; I have been training for a half-marathon for the last three months, and it might seem to someone who hasn’t been measuring and logging everything as meticulously as I have that all that running contributed to the weight I lost. However, despite his insistence to the contrary, he is wrong. The weight came off and then I started running more frequently.
Like I said, I documented everything, so figuring out what actually contributed to my weight loss wasn’t too hard.
So there you go! The weight came off because of DDP Yoga. It’s also worth noting that before DDP Yoga, I couldn’t get up or down the stairs without wincing in pain, and my physical therapist told me in January of this year that it would be at least a year before I could consider doing any running. Even if running had contributed meaningfully to my weight loss – it didn’t – I wouldn’t have been able to do it without DDP Yoga’s rehabilitation of my knees. As for that rehabilitation, my marathon training was okayed by my sports doctor, and my physical therapist said I was well-above average in flexibility of my joints.
Also, there’s this:
Sorry if this post seems unusually defensive in tone. I owe everything to DDP Yoga, and I get a little Mama Bear when people criticize it, or try to place the credit it’s due elsewhere!
I don’t want to live on Memory Lane ever again!
From overweight with bad knees to this: