Hello friends! First, I want to say thank you all for the supportive comments about my competition prep post. And I am LOVING all of the fun facts you are posting in response to the giveaway. If you want to learn some crazy things about your fellow bloggers check out the comments section. Who is a twin? Who has tattoos, including tattooed eyeliner!? Who has met the Dalai Lama??!!! It’s great!
Does everyone have fun plans for this weekend? I am keeping with the theme of this week and being insanely busy. I went to the gym this morning for some Power + Kick. My friend Paula, who I rarely get to workout with due to our schedules, convinced me to stay for both. Man, what a workout! It was intense, but a ton of fun. Definitely more of a hardcore workout than yesterday, when I decided to take a chance to mellow out in the workout arena.
Nicole from Prevention RD is doing a challenge this month. The challenge is to DO what you DON’T. In other words,pick any activity that you don’t typically do and get started actually doing it during the month of April. This is in hopes that it will become more of a habit and motivate you to try something out of your comfort zone. It can apply to any sort of goal. What was my goal? To actually give yoga a try. I have never been a yoga gal. I will try to make time to stretch well after every workout and foam roll at least 1-2x/week, but yoga has always frightened me.
Even with my stretching efforts, I don’t stick with it enough to fully stretch myself out from my regular workouts and I know flexibility is not a strong point of mine. I have heard of the benefits of yoga often, and have always thought it would be cool if I could do it. But I was scared. I’m not too flexible and I can be pretty clumsy, so I was nervous to go in a room full of people and not be able to handle it. I’m also not used to doing something fitness related subpar. Well, besides running long distances. But I have accepted that truth for awhile now.
Yoga, though, I had never even given a full fledged effort. And I knew when Nicole posted her challenge I had to go for it. Also, when this prize pack from Em‘s giveaway arrived in the mail the day before the class I was thinking of attending…
…I finally knew I could no longer keep up with the excuses. And when I thought about it, I was going to be going to a basic yoga class at my gym. Not an advanced Bikram class in a top of the line yoga studio. I figured these people wouldn’t be super professionals and it would be more in my comfort zone. Plus, my friend Paula ended up taking the class with me since she had Good Friday off from work.
How did it go? I really, really liked it. And I did much better than I thought I would. Or at least I didn’t feel like a total spaz. Plus, I liked the peacefulness of it, but also the power you feel from it. Because holding some of those positions was downright tough. And I could already tell how well it helped stretch me out. I think it was the perfect fit for me right now, since it wasn’t a very serious yoga class, aka not as “proper” as something I would find in a studio. Although I do admit, it had me getting online to check out local studios for beginners classes and then getting bummed out that yoga sessions are a bit too $$$ for us right now. I will definitely be adding this into my regularly scheduled workouts. Thanks Nicole and Em for lighting the fire to get me to finally do this!