I’m starting to find the pockets of space in my week where exercise can fit. This is huge because for a long time I thought I didn’t have those. It turns out I enjoy getting up for an early class before work, even if I’m driving to the class before the sun is up. I’m rediscovering my love for yoga and lightly sauteed kale and just trying to be grateful for the amazing gift that is the Get Well Challenge. I mean, who gets this kind of opportunity? And even more, who gets it and doesn’t take full advantage? It’s called a challenge for a reason. Tomorrow is the start of the second week and I already have a focus.
My intention for Week 2 is to focus on what I’m putting into my body in addition to what I’m doing with it. Week 1 was great because I was able to go to classes in places I had always wanted to go but couldn’t afford. However, 1) I spent entirely too much money on food (a bad habit of mine) and 2) did not put enough focus on the healthfulness of what I consumed. I’m used to making myself feel guilty about things but I’m fighting that this time. Today, I went to brunch with my mom, fiance, and stepdad for my birthday. I had a mimosa, a vegetarian eggs benedict, and then they brought out free dessert. I had a lemon mousse. I thought that would be better than cheesecake. Normally, I would beat myself up about that and then beat myself up about it even more when I didn’t make it into the gym the next day. But, that’s not productive and I won’t be doing that this time. Instead, I’m continuing to etch out those spaces in my day to take a fitness class AND making sure I’m meeting my needs nutritionally. It’s a new week, it’s a new day.
Not to mention, tomorrow is my birthday. In about 25 minutes I’ll be into my 27th year. This is the year I get married, the year I finally have my own garden, and the year I fight for myself. So, how am I celebrating? For starters, a 7am barre class. My first barre class EVER. After work, I’ll head to Richmond Natural Medicine for my weekly check-in. And, before dinner with Michael at The Daily (I am already fantasizing about their beet salad), I’ll check in with Katie, our program’s “pusher” to talk about my hang ups, strengths, and everything in between.
I’m also looking at this week as the week where I face my crippling intimidation of Crossfit. Thursday, I’m coming for you. My fellow teammates that have tried it so far have said our local Crossfit gym seems very supportive, helpful, not pushy, and friendly. I’m also eager to get into the indoor rock climbing so I’ll start my weekend off with my first class there. On Tuesday, I’m excited to do some meditation at Ellwood’s. And, of course, lots of yoga.
I certainly don’t think I lost any weight during Week 1, but, you know, that’s okay. I’m looking back at week one as my week to get organized and ease into things. This week, I attack.