Beginning Tai Chi

Back in 2014, a vegan friend asked me to take him to the nearby organic grocery store. While he was doing his shopping, I browsed the small workout DVD collection and happened upon a Beginning Tai Chi DVD. I had plantar fasciitis at the time and was trying to train for a RAGNAR, so this looked like a pretty low-key way to loosen up at home. Plus I’ve always had an interest in trying martial arts. tai-chi-silhouette-cropped-300x214

At the register, a pretty massive guy with an even bigger hipster beard noticed the DVD and started talking to me about how much he enjoyed Tai Chi and yoga. We chatted for a minute, then he invited me to a big all-day yoga conference thing that weekend. I made some sort of obligatory “Oh maybe I’ll go, but I’m not sure what my schedule it” type of comment and bemusedly finished up my purchase and joined my friend at the door.

He shot me this big, cheesy grin and said, “I think he likes you.”

I didn’t go to the yoga conference.

Anyway, the DVD has two 45-min parts and up until yesterday, I’ve never made it past the 20-min mark of the first part. A large reason for this has been the lack of available space and then the lack of time/energy. Yesterday I decided that Edgar was old enough that I could probably try doing the workout while he played. So I popped it into my computer and started watching the introduction. Immediately he ran over and started hugging my leg so I couldn’t move without knocking him over.

Every time I tried to start doing the workout, he’d come over and start climbing on me or want held. Eventually I gave up and just watched the rest of the first part while I played with him. That counts as a workout, right?

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