Apologies for not updating over the last few days. It was exam week, and then I had to write a comment for every student I teach, and turn in grades. And then I had a doctor’s appointment.
I haven’t spoken much here about my daily yoga practice. About a year ago, I undertook to do about 15-20 minutes of yoga, stretching and meditation every morning when I first rolled out of bed. It’s been highly useful to my stress levels, which have gone way down as a result, and given me a lot more mental confidence and focus.
It’s also made me taller.
My doctor came bustling into the examination room, and took out my chart. “I think our medical assistant made a mistake,” she said. “You’re an inch and a half taller than last time you were here.”
“No mistake,” I said. “Yoga.” And I explained my routine to her.
“Well, it’s working. Your blood pressure is 116 over 74. Do you eat red meat?”
“Not before 6pm,” and I explained about Mark Bittman’s Vegetarian until dinner guideline, which I’ve been trying to follow.
She humphed. “Which means that even if you are eating red meat, you’re eating two-thirds less than most of my patients. I’d like your weight down a lot more, but you’re doing so much else right. And your blood pressure is great.”
I told her I was worried about getting enough sleep. She said, “You’ve got vacation coming up, right. So get some extra sleep. Take a few days of serious rest. You deserve it.”
So there you are. Doctor’s Orders: take a vacation.
So I did.