Our Thanksgiving was smaller than normal this year due to the flu. It took out half the family in advance of our little get together. But I still managed to eat enough. We had six for a quick throw together dinner at my house instead of the thirteen that could have been. We’ll try again after everyone gets well – maybe Christmas. There’s always tomorrow.
I’m not much of a Black Friday shopper. I’m more of an early bird shopper a little at a time, slowly filling up the linen closet with gifts and checking them off my list. I start sometime after the kids go back to school. Boring I know but it gets the job done and I don’t stand out in the cold waiting to roll in the door with the throngs and possibly get a black eye all over a couple of dollars saved. Where’s the fun in that?
My local YMCA http://www.enidymca.org/ always has a “Work Your Turkey Off” day on Black Friday and that sounded like a better idea than shopping. Starting at 8:30 on Friday morning after Thanksgiving they offered Body Pump, Cycling, Boot Camp, Zumba, or Yoga. Each class lasted an hour each. Everyone was welcome at no cost to members or non-members. What a great opportunity! Why go out in the cold and fight with shoppers when you could work out with friends? I chose Yoga, 10:45 in Studio B. It should be easy enough, much more so than fighting shoppers.
The instructor, Julie, told me that Yoga wasn’t for sissies. She was right. She seemed like such a sweet little person concerned about her students. Did I saw students? First of all I was the only person crazy enough to show up for class still digesting from the day before. The room was dark and the music soothing. So why were my thighs trembling and sweat running down my face in rivers? Because Yoga ain’t for sissies! I twisted and turned and stood on only one leg like a stork. And then she gave me time for the Child’s Pose. Ahhhhh. Now back to standing on the other leg, now twist, now turn and switch!
When we were finished I lay on my back with my legs in the air up against a wall and the kind instructor put blankets over my bare feet and under my arms to warm them. She talked her way through my body instructing each area to relax. I’ve never fallen asleep with my legs in the air, but it almost happened. When I finally did get up I felt relaxed, rejuvenated and that turkey hangover headache was gone. Thanks Julie!
What did you do for Black Friday this week?