Health & Fitness

Forty Days Later


Forty+ days later!  I wanted to write a recap of the 40 Day Challenge in my last blog post.  I finished last week, I did it! I didn't drop out!   By about Day 20 I was considering it but I knew if I did, I would be really disappointed in myself, and I'm tired of being disappointed with myself. 

In addition to the insane amount of yoga I was able to fit in, I found myself feeling stronger, more confident, more self-aware and acknowledge the parts of me that needs improvement - not physically but junk that is taking up space in my brain.  The self-inquiry was the hardest part of this challenge, I really don't want to self-evaluate that much, I mean who does?? But it's necessary to do once in a while.

One of the things I learned is  that I cling to things too much, especially things that are no longer in my control.  I don't need to think about people from my past who I wish could see how much better off I am without them, who cares? And I don't need to plan every detail of my life.  It's okay to just be present, which meditation has helped greatly. 

I mentioned the Insight Timer app and oh my God, it has been life-changing! I went from a person who struggled to meditate on their own for five minutes, to meditating twice a day in the morning and at night.  So many bookmarks and teachers I follow now!  I continue to struggle staying asleep, some nights are easier than others.  The nightly meditations help. I really don't want to take Tylenol PM anymore, although that didn't always work either.  

Then there's also the community, I love my yoga studio!  I mean I loved it before but I have made more friends and connected with more of my fellow yogis, it's pretty special.  It's nice to go somewhere and be a part of a group that is so open, supportive and welcoming.  I look forward to doing more workshops and classes there.  Plus there's a group of us that's been taking Spin/Boxing classes in Beacon which I'm pretty obsessed with.

That's actual footage of me!  It's great to get my sweat on and move.  I've grown to like the cycling and my cardio is getting better. With Boxing, I still gotta work on my form but boy do I feel it in my arms and shoulders.  Plus my coach is A-W-E-S-O-M-E!  If you're reading this Eva, YOU INSPIRE ME!!

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Yoga Challenges And Trying New Things

Once again I am snowed in so I thought it would be a good time for a blog post - the first of 2018! The last day of 2017 was so bad. I woke up early in the morning with a horrible stomach bug and I broke in the new year binging on Ginger Ale and Pepto Bismol, it was pretty terrible.  I had wanted to take yoga classes New Year's Eve and New Year's Day but my body had other plans.  I ended up not practicing for a whole week because I was sick after the stomach bug wore off. I also wanted to make sure my body was fully recovered for the challenge I signed up for at the yoga studio: 

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I've never signed up for any kind of challenge before so I thought this would be a good way to start the year and commit to something to the very end.  It's more than just doing yoga for 40 days, it's about meditation and personal revolution - how to be the best YOU that you can be and address what is holding you back.  Getting the yoga time in is not a problem, but I need help with meditation.  I've wanted to add more meditation into my life but books, articles, podcasts weren't enough to get me to stick with it.  Doing a challenge and being a part of group to help with accountability is helping, plus I learned about the Insight Timer app which is awesome.

With all the yoga I've been doing, I thought about adding something different to my workout routine.  I don't go for my walks/jogs anymore because I got bored.  Through work, I learned about The Studio @ Beacon which just opened up this month.  They are a Boxing/Cycling studio and the idea of mixing the two sounded kind of cool.  I like the idea of going to these smaller fitness places over joining a gym. I think my big box gym membership days are over! I took my first class, which was the first class for the studio and it was fun!  I was reminded that I hate cardio, all the yoga in the world did not seem to change that. Thirty minutes of spin and the remaining 20 minutes doing boxing and core work wasn't bad.  Personally, I would prefer to do more boxing/core and less spin but again, that's my dislike for cardio talking. Maybe I'll grow to like it more like I have with Hot Yoga, either way, I'll be back next week!

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Listening Make The Difference.....

From my Instagram today...

I guess what I'm trying to say is sometimes, when you KNOW you can go further, it's best to listen to your body say "Ease up! I'm tired!!!" and not push yourself.  Don't get me wrong, sometimes it's good to push yourself, that's how progress is made but there's a happy balance that's takes some time to figure out.   I hope I'll get a better night sleep tonight because I have another yoga class tomorrow morning. :) 

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Come Jog With Me!

I started writing about Running in my other blog but I'm transferring that over to here.  The holidays sure slowed me down.  Getting back into a regular jogging routine has been a challenge. I'm still slow as a tortoise.  Late last year I was starting to feel some serious pain in my right ankle and shin.  I got a new wrap for a my ankle, compression socks, and compression sleeves for my calves which helps with the shin pain (I'm not sure it's shin splints).  I think they look pretty cool...

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I was going almost every morning, not resting enough and I think it finally caught up with me to the point where I just couldn't manage through the pain anymore. I didn't go to a doctor because I didn't feel any pain when walking normal. I just overexerted myself. So after some rest, I'm getting back on it but not forcing myself to go every morning anymore.

Come Walk With Me

You guys, it's not often I take a selfie while exercising. I look 20 years older and my head looks like a potato past the expiration date.  But I was happy with this picture I took back in the Fall - so here's my face.   That Puma jacket is my favorite thing to wear when I'm out walking and jogging.  I always wear a hat, even when it's hot.  I go out early in the morning as the sun is coming up and I don't like having the sun in my eyes.

I walk around my apartment development which alone is 1.15 miles but I also go to the track right next door, isn't that convenient? 

Come Walk With Me

This is my collection of t-shirts to get sweaty in. Great for warmer weather but in the cold, wearing 100% cotton is a big no-no.  You don't want to wear sweaty clothes in the cold. Come Walk With Me

Last Summer was the first Summer of regular outdoor exercise. I fucking hate it.  I definitely prefer the colder weather.  I think the coldest I've ever gone out was 18 degrees (not counting wind chill) and I think that may be the lowest I go out. 

My biggest challenge is getting out the door. This matters more to me than my run time or my weight.  I enjoy the time I have by myself, listening to a podcast or my music, and being outside. It's a great way to start my day and when I don't, I feel like a bum.   It's so hard to do something routinely, having to stop, then picking that routine back up again. The best thing I can do is remind myself that it's a blessing I get to spend this time outside every day and something to be thankful for.  Good plan?


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