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Callanetics: Meditation In Movement

SweetSue

Member of the Year: 2015 & 2016 - Member of the Month: Mar 2015, Sept 2016 - Nug of the Month: Oct 2017 - Creme de la Creme Photos: Dec 2016
I avoid referring to it as "losing weight" and instead deliberately choose words like "dropped excess weight", or better yet, "let go of the weight." When you tell your brain you lost something it's always trying to find it for you.

It's a vibrational thing. :3: I want my cells vibrating the joy of becoming lighter.

That was written as much for me as you Birdie. Lol! I'm a Saggitarrian woman, hell-bent on filling the universe with more creative ways to express joy and constantly striving to be a better human being. Lol!

When we let the weight go we get to meet ourselves again. I was close to 100 pounds over my natural weight. Every day I look in the mirror it's like seeing someone new. I don't remember ever looking like this. I like it. :4:
 

SweetSue

Member of the Year: 2015 & 2016 - Member of the Month: Mar 2015, Sept 2016 - Nug of the Month: Oct 2017 - Creme de la Creme Photos: Dec 2016
This morning I rolled out of bed and almost immediately went into a session of Body Beautiful, modified to contain 50 reps each side of Reach For The Stars just as I finished Daily Stretch with Heavenly Stretch. I also didn't do Pelvic Scoops. I can't get into Pelvic Scoops, no matter how hard I try. Lol! Between Pelvic Wave and Spiral Rotations I'm working those muscles already. :slide:

Ok, let me think....what was a standout today? :hmmmm:

My movements during Daily Stretch have become much more fluid as I've improved feeling for contraction vs release. Feldenkrais called it "Awareness Through Movement" and I can understand why. Most times I can feel the connections from one end of my body to the other.

Heavenly Stretch becomes more heavenly the more I can relax the ribcage down and back and relax the neck so it can extend. Hips and lateral line are still learning to let go and trust. Lol!

The other day I did 8 Brochades and noticed my Horse Stance is beginning to firm up. Today I was thoughtful throughout Legs, particularly during Pliés, to keep the back floating "Up" while I dropped down. It helps that my sense of connection through the heels is strong.

I was thinkin' I may be strong enough to play with some lunges and side planks. :4: Push-ups weren't deep, but they were controlled and I did 10 without breaking, and then folded back into a sweet Child's Pose with my forehead resting on the floor. :slide:

God, that felt good. :love:

There were many days lately that I sat on furniture most of the time. A couple days back we retrieved my things and grabbed a trio of my floor mats. Now I have something do sit on in a house with tile floors. :yahoo: My hips and back missed sitting cross-legged.

One of the benefits of staying as a guest in this home is the inversion table they told me I can use anytime. I haven't used it more than once, but OMG! I'm pretty sure it let loose a lot of tension I had stored in my back. I've been much more mellow since then. Today's session was more deeply focused in those areas that'd been bound up. I'll see what I can do about trying it again in a day or so, before my next Callanetics session.

I've decided to start my days with Daily Stretch from here on out.
 

SweetSue

Member of the Year: 2015 & 2016 - Member of the Month: Mar 2015, Sept 2016 - Nug of the Month: Oct 2017 - Creme de la Creme Photos: Dec 2016
I may not get another session in until Wednesday, and I’ve not yet gone to daily practice of the Daily Stretch. :laugh2: At the moment I feel strong and aligned. I’m in a happy home, feeling loved and accepted. My Callanetics sessions since arriving have kept my emotions on an even keel and made up for the fact that I’ve not been doing much walking since coming to this town.

Once I get moved there’ll be much more opportunity to walk. For now I don’t have anything except the side of the road in an area I’m not familiar with, populated by voracious mosquitoes. Lol! I’m good with staying indoors and staying fit with pulsing.

All is well. :love:
 

SweetSue

Member of the Year: 2015 & 2016 - Member of the Month: Mar 2015, Sept 2016 - Nug of the Month: Oct 2017 - Creme de la Creme Photos: Dec 2016

SweetSue

Member of the Year: 2015 & 2016 - Member of the Month: Mar 2015, Sept 2016 - Nug of the Month: Oct 2017 - Creme de la Creme Photos: Dec 2016
Tomorrow's my 65th birthday, so I treated myself to a session of Callanetics. :yahoo:

I'd already started the day with a run of the Daily Stretch, right before Doob and I headed out for a good walk, so I only did the Callanetics. It was amazing! I took about 4 hits of Super Lemon Haze before starting, and then kept taking a few every now and then. It helps me allow tension to evaporate so the muscles can move the way they're meant to and my bones can be aligned. :slide:

Heavenly Torso Stretch was the best ever! I got both hands down to the floor. It won't be long before the shoulders are there too.

It's always surprising how much better the session can be when it's been weeks in between. It's also incredibly exciting to be able to feel and see difference as I'm still in the middle of the session. Lol! Something dramatic happened to my upper thighs with this session. It fees like I'm in the glory days. All those years of faithful persistence are beginning to really pay off.

I worked the muscles so intensely that I had to take a shower afterwards to relax them. Lol!

In the morning I plan to start the day with a session of 8 brocades. Then I'm gonna take a walk before breakfast. :love:
 

SweetSue

Member of the Year: 2015 & 2016 - Member of the Month: Mar 2015, Sept 2016 - Nug of the Month: Oct 2017 - Creme de la Creme Photos: Dec 2016
Well look at that, another session in less than a week. Lol!

Today’s marvelous pulsing was roughly structured around Body Beautiful. Looking back I don’t recall any changes other than leaving out Pelvic Scoops. I haven’t yet been inspired to get them back into the rotation.

I took a two-hour walk yesterday and the hips and behind appreciated the stretches. Lol!

I’m getting the form of the Waist Stretch down pretty good these days. The overhead extended and rotated arm stays much straighter now. :slide:

A shower will be nice. :4:
 

SweetSue

Member of the Year: 2015 & 2016 - Member of the Month: Mar 2015, Sept 2016 - Nug of the Month: Oct 2017 - Creme de la Creme Photos: Dec 2016
Good, it's only been 10 days between. :slide: I've been out walking every day, sometimes two or more times, and I've been slipping in 8 brocades and the DS with regularity, so I'm staying open and fluid. Energy stores are high.

Treated myself to a Christmas session of Callanetics. :yahoo: I did the Daily Stretch earlier after walking the pup, so I simply went straight into the Warm Ups, and progressed right into Body Beautiful. I haven't done Pelvic Scoops as part of this routine in months, but the rest of the system is absolutely amazing in performance and effectiveness.

I did toss in Waving Abs, but only 10 waves to the front, no rotations. I've been doing at least one torso crossover a day lately, and that's doing a fine job of rotating the torso.

Living in someone else's home means I have to find places that accomodate Callnetics. Today the couple I'm staying with is out of town so I threw the mats down in the kitchen, the brightest room in the house, and the one with the counter that works so well for Legs. When it came time to do Hips and Behind movements the mats got shifted to the other side of the breakfast bar, on the dining room floor.

It'll be wonderful to get my apartment and have my own space. I live more open than most, sitting on the floor instead of on furniture. That doesn't translate well into typical homes. Most of the space in an average home is filled with furniture. I own a kitchen table and two chairs, and one breakfast stool. Right now that's it. My space'll be wide open. Lol!
 

SweetSue

Member of the Year: 2015 & 2016 - Member of the Month: Mar 2015, Sept 2016 - Nug of the Month: Oct 2017 - Creme de la Creme Photos: Dec 2016
11 days between, but one of the strongest sessions I've ever had. Amazing how brilliantly the body responds when given time to digest the changes and make the subtle shifts in alignment. Today I was spot on with each and every movement.

Yes, I went in blissfully high. :slide: It's all about the mind/body connection, and nothing connects the two dimensions of who I am like cannabis.

My modified Body Beautiful was the chosen path tonight. I have a trip coming up. Want to be at my best physically. Body Beautiful is making me look thinner before I get to the end of the routine. Next time I believe I'll drop in the Magic 200. It's been a while.

I feel incredible! :yahoo::yahoo::yahoo:
 

SweetSue

Member of the Year: 2015 & 2016 - Member of the Month: Mar 2015, Sept 2016 - Nug of the Month: Oct 2017 - Creme de la Creme Photos: Dec 2016
Again, 9 days between, and the strongest session, the most connected I've felt with my body from the start.

I learned what the Standing Hips and Behind with Rotations is doing to the body. OMG! I expect the stomach and hips to be significantly different in the morning, and I can see the change in the neck. Good Lord....this system is even more than I knew it to be. :slide:

I almost talked myself out of it. Lol! Had to play the "I'll start with Warm Ups" game, except warm ups are after Daily Stretch, which always leads to Abs, since I'm right there on the floor, all warmed up and rarin' to go by then. :D

I couldn't dislike that emoticon more if I tried. I think this is the very last time I'll choose it :17:

Back to my joyful documentation of Callanetics. Let's see....

I've developed such a deep communication with my body since beginning Daily Stretch. I believe I'll pull out Feldenkrais's book when I get back and read it again. When I move through the series I can feel the engaged muscles from one end of my body to the other. It's led me to pay more attention to my body in general, which in turn led to such benefits as keeping ribs down and back, torso aligned vertically, weight in the heels. Better alignment coupled with higher awareness of body dynamics. It's a potent partnership.

I just love getting up from or dropping down to the floor, feeling the thrill of youthful energy coursing in my fluid muscles. I'm strong, stable, fluid, flexible, aligned, clear-headed... one of my best discoveries. It's been 30 years since the title caught my eye in the library and I was compelled to take it home and give that challenge a whirl. "Ten Years Younger In Ten Hours." She's held up her end of the bargain for sure. The more consistent I've been, the faster the additional changes have come on.

I now look like a vibrant, vivacious woman who cares about her health enough to do something about it. I'm a little in awe of how effective this can be when I'm only taking time every 9-11 days. Lol! At 65 I'm ok with my physical appearance, and that's not the real impetus, although I'll admit to satisfaction when I catch a look in the mirror. Hehe! It's the physical power I appreciate.

I feel marvelous! :yahoo:
 

SweetSue

Member of the Year: 2015 & 2016 - Member of the Month: Mar 2015, Sept 2016 - Nug of the Month: Oct 2017 - Creme de la Creme Photos: Dec 2016
Only 7 days! :yahoo:

Today I treated MagicJim to the chance to watch me do Callanetics. I'd suggested the program to him over three years ago and I finally had the chance to demonstrate. We were smoking this unbelievably energetic It's It Punch, which made this session kinda incredible. Lol!

Ok..... back to the business at hand.

Incredible session. I'm not sure if it was the chemovar, the fact that I've been getting stronger as I go, or the audience that had the most positive effect. Doesn't much matter. What does matter is the intensity I managed to pull into the session, and the results that are already obvious.

I started with the Daily Stretch, and moved into Abs from Body Beautiful, finishing with a 60 second full plank. From there I slipped into Warmups and continued with most of Body Beautiful, minus the Pelvic Scoops. I just can't seem to get excited about them, and haven't for months. I'm not sure why, but the impulse every time is to leave them out. I really believe what I do in Legs takes place of any benefit I'd get from PCs.

Heavenly Torso Twist was so relaxed I almost have the shoulder to the floor. :slide: I've been incorporating it into my days more often than not lately, and that consistent practice is beginning to pay large dividends of flexibility. It was so relaxed I took about ten deep breaths on each side. God.....it was a marvelous session. :love:

Stronger, more flexible, better aligned, energetic, feeling longer, taller, curvier, younger, sexier,.......yeah.....this is why I keep going.

Time for another bowl of It's It Punch. :51:
 

SweetSue

Member of the Year: 2015 & 2016 - Member of the Month: Mar 2015, Sept 2016 - Nug of the Month: Oct 2017 - Creme de la Creme Photos: Dec 2016
It’s 62°F in this house. I’ll start this session with a sweatshirt and long pants. Brrr....
 

SweetSue

Member of the Year: 2015 & 2016 - Member of the Month: Mar 2015, Sept 2016 - Nug of the Month: Oct 2017 - Creme de la Creme Photos: Dec 2016
Ahhhhh....... now I feel powerful. Lol!

All done, my standard run through of Body Beautiful, without Pelvic Scoops. Hmmm.... it might be time to start putting them back in. Legs have become significantly stronger and controlled......

I’ll give it a couple more weeks. Today I had to split Spiral Rotations. When I can get through the entire sequence without distress I’ll give it thought. Lol!

In the middle of Standing Hips and Behind With Rotations I shed the sweatshirt. When I reached Stretches the socks came off. Callanetics really does warm the room. Lol!

I feel like I’m finally getting a deeper understanding of the Standing H&B w/Rotations, and I’ve been doing them for over a year, at least. Lol! I can remember Brenda saying that same thing about two months in, but then she’s a trained instructor with years of teaching experience.

It feels incredible! :yahoo: I love this program. :slide:

Time for some It’s It Punch. :4: :green_heart: Lol! I’m starting to get a Pavlov’s Dog effect. :19:
 

SweetSue

Member of the Year: 2015 & 2016 - Member of the Month: Mar 2015, Sept 2016 - Nug of the Month: Oct 2017 - Creme de la Creme Photos: Dec 2016
Stronger, more flexible, sexier, thinner, more confident....

Yep, that’s me. Another delightfully powerful session of Daily Stretch followed by Body Beautiful on the books. The legs are getting stronger. WooHoo! :yahoo:
 

SweetSue

Member of the Year: 2015 & 2016 - Member of the Month: Mar 2015, Sept 2016 - Nug of the Month: Oct 2017 - Creme de la Creme Photos: Dec 2016
Yesterday, just before turning in for the night, I took about an hour to do a slow and thoughtful run through of Daily Stretch. There’s obvious misalignment in the anatomy lines, and I feel like the daily practice would help bring all back into place before the next trip.

Today I started the day with........well, let’s go to later in the day when I left the bedroom. Lol! By 9:30 AM I had so much energy flowing that I settled on the mats and did another Daily Stretch, this time closer to the original timing.

Later in the day I started playing with movements for the Legs. I’m gonna play with some every day for the next two weeks and see if I notice a significant increase in leg strength and muscular duration. Today I worked Pelvic Wave in the traditional positioning.

I’d also like to improve technique for Pelvic Rotations. :4:

I’m gonna do what I can to stay consistent with Callanetics at a rate of twice a week. :slide:
 

SweetSue

Member of the Year: 2015 & 2016 - Member of the Month: Mar 2015, Sept 2016 - Nug of the Month: Oct 2017 - Creme de la Creme Photos: Dec 2016
Another glorious session today! :yahoo:

I’ve crossed into a new level of practice. There’s significant reduction in the volume of fat cells, and I’m watching my body do this incredible thing where the fat collects and then things wrinkle up and all that action ultimately settles into lovely, soft, smooth, curvy me.

That’s what occurred to me today while pulsing, after being blown away with the power and control. I’ve become curvy.

Sexy and curvy. *giggle*

Every day I see change. There was a time I was tickled that my abdomen didn’t hang loose and pendulous any more, and now I’m watching the whole area shift and mold itself into the sweetest sweep of skin. I noticed a new tightening in the inner thighs. All those hours of focus are making a difference.

Today I had my first taste of belief that I’ll be doing the Inner Thigh Lifts using a rotational pulse. :yahoo: I’m not brave enough to attempt that pulse with the Sitting Hips and Behind. Yeowch!

Bit by bit my muscles reclaim their rightful position of importance. Day by day strength and agility increase. I was walking into the store today and realized I felt absolutely regal. Lol! The confidence level rises appreciably as I continue down the path.

I’m planning two sessions a week this month, but I’m not holding myself to it. Lol! There’s a lot going on, and if one a week is where I land I’m good with that.

Today was incredible...... I keep saying that, thinking it couldn’t possibly get better. Turns out my cellular community excelled at proving that thought wrong. Consistent Callanetics is like a fountain of youth. :love:
 

SweetSue

Member of the Year: 2015 & 2016 - Member of the Month: Mar 2015, Sept 2016 - Nug of the Month: Oct 2017 - Creme de la Creme Photos: Dec 2016
I’ve been reading Anatomy Trains and decided Callan’s original instruction to wait three to four days between a session were instinctively correct. I’ll be pulsing tomorrow or Saturday.

9 days out. :love: I plan to get two sessions completed within that time. It’s becoming difficult to reign it back. Lol! So much energy.

The body I’m walking around in is in continuous transition, and as an advanced practitioner I’m seeing faster results. Incredible results, to be honest. I’m sticking to the fasting plan and watching weight melt away.

So the Susan you see today won’t necessarily look like the Susan you meet next year. I think the period of drastic change is behind me. I bear very little resemblance to the me that weighed in at 240 pounds. It’s hard to believe I can change much more in appearance other than the body hugging the bones and smoothing out the fatty areas.

I suppose my face will continue to become more defined as well. :hmmmm: It’s interesting, watching yourself evolve. In the beginning there were times when I didn’t recognize myself in the mirror. Lol! I’m still surprised at how much my son looks like his mother. Who’d have thought? Lol!

I’m smoking as many hits of Carn as I can by 11 AM and that’s in another minute. Got distracted after the fifth one. Back to the challenge. :ciao:
 

SweetSue

Member of the Year: 2015 & 2016 - Member of the Month: Mar 2015, Sept 2016 - Nug of the Month: Oct 2017 - Creme de la Creme Photos: Dec 2016
What little I've read has already had a dramatic effect on my Callanetics performance. During Daily Stretch I managed to get a couple kinks to release like they'd been doing so all along. Lol! I'd register the tension and start releasing stop by stop through the applicable lines until I could feel it settle into relaxation.

This had to have been the most focused I've worked, and the Daily Stretch was a series of physical revelations. Callanetics was as strong as I remember my body ever being. As a coed I was smaller and cute, but OMG, I was never this strong. I stretched out into the Seated Hips and Behind with Extended Leg, balanced myself with the core beautifully aligned and that foot floated off the floor in a way it never had before. It was almost a religious experience. Lol!

Pelvic Rotations made a return, as did a Modified Pelvic Scoop: Sit back on heels with knees spread as wide as comfortable. Rotate the legs outwardly from the hip joints. Align the core, entwine the arms overhead, lift just off the heels to clear the behind, and think "Up."

Letting the movement begin by allowing the lower back to release and drop towards the floor, scoop the pelvis as much as possible, maintaining the vertical line with the upper body, which floats in space, always orienting itself up. Pulse the pubic bone into that extreme curl up to 30 times and relax out.

I like this one better than regular Pelvic Scoops. Someday I'll give them another try, but for now I'll stick with the modified movement.

The routine today was basically Body Beautiful with an Ab Curl, Reaching For Stars, and Advanced Standing Hips and Behind, Leg extended tossed in for grins.

Push-ups were so controlled I was shocked. Lol!

I'll wait three days before the next session. My body really put it out there today. :bravo:
 
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SweetSue

Member of the Year: 2015 & 2016 - Member of the Month: Mar 2015, Sept 2016 - Nug of the Month: Oct 2017 - Creme de la Creme Photos: Dec 2016
Continuing on with Anatomy Trains I followed up last session with one today every bit as powerful and effective. I’ve also been making sure to get some movement in every day. Rain’s kept me indoors a few days this past week, but I always have the 8 brocades or the warmups from Callanetics to keep me on track.

My venture into the myofacial world has taught me so much more about the workings of the human body and how to properly move my own body in space.

4 days.

I may or may not get a session in on Friday. It’s my intention, but it depends on how my body responds to today’s workout. Right now I feel......

Powerful
Flexible
Nimble
Strong
Peaceful
Sexy
Energetic
Smooth
Balanced
Clear


All good things. :slide:
 
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