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!!