I’m always early.

Fashionably late. I don’t know how to do it. I get excited for parties and movies and concerts. If you tell me a time to be somewhere, I’m typically 10 minutes early. And if I can’t come in? I’ll be sitting in my car until it is appropriate for me to enter.

That’s just how I am.

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That’s how I’m feeling with the New Year this year. I’m not making any resolutions. I’m not going to give any numbers that I want to accomplish. But now that my Christmas responsibilities have passed (lots of them incomplete and no consequences), I’m feeling the itch to get things even more together.

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I feel like I have been consistently making progress in understanding my body. I am recognizing hunger and fullness and antsy-ness more. I’m allowing myself to rest and sleep without frustration of not getting things checked off my list. So much of this is a result of creating and working through Courageous Foundation (which starts 01/05!).

That being said, even though I am doing a better job of listening, I’m not doing all that great with responding. I’m not always following through with my body’s desire to move. I’m guilty of finishing a show when my body is telling me to go to bed. I have a tendency to eat 2 or 3 bites past fullness (because I’m being a brat). But I’m getting better.

I’m not waiting until January 1st. I’m trying things out today. (Or I have been for several days, actually.) I don’t know what things will end up being habits, but these are the places I’m playing right now.

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I’m playing around with a second instagram account at krissieresponds. I’m not sure exactly what it will end up looking like, but I recognize that a lot of my instagram followers might not be interested in the details of my health processes. Feel free to give me a follow!

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I’m also trying out Argus. I like it so far. I enjoy how it looks and the ease of documenting things. I also like that it syncs up with other apps and trackers. It seems like a place where I could have some accountability with some friends. But I thought the same thing with Two Grand, and it didn’t last long. So who knows. Are you on Argus? Find – and friend – me at Krissie Bentley.

I’m not on a diet. I’m not counting calories. I’m increasing my awareness. I’m holding myself accountable to what I really want. To listen, respect, and respond. I’m not out to get skinny, but I am out to get closer to a spot where my body truly feels healthy. In a way that is gentle and intentional and true.

And I don’t need a calendar to tell me when I should do so.

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Interested in learning more about the process that got me to this point? Courageous Foundation is a six-week multi-media course on learning to listen and respond to what your body is trying to tell you. This course is both gentle and world-shifting. There are two options to determine how much attention you want from me over the course. There’s one for you. Course begins January 5. But register by midnight tonight and receive a free video yoga class on New Year’s Eve.

What class, you ask? The same sequence that I’m teaching live and in person on Thursday!

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Are you in Lexington on Thursday morning? I’ll be leading my first yoga class. We’ll use our bodies to help us process 2014 and start 2015 grounded and renewed. I finished the sequence, and have flowed through it twice, and I dig it. All I have left to do is finish my playlist and find a fantastic closing reading. You know you want to come. Click here for more info!

 

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