Sunday, November 10, 2013
It All Started With Yoga
However, the most important change to me has been putting a workout routine into place. In the past I have exercised sporadically, due to wanting to drop a few pounds or because I knew I should. But I always felt the effort was kind of half-assed and barely lasted a month or so because I got so bored with a treadmill. This time has been different and I'm pretty happy about it! The big difference is that I discovered yoga. I never thought I could really do well at yoga and these past 5 months have completely proved me wrong. Now, I might look slightly ridiculous doing some of the poses (thanks boobs), but I do them nonetheless!
I eased myself into doing yoga just 3 times a week for 20 minutes a day (something most working at home moms can manage!). After just a month, I really found myself loving it. I dropped weight (always a plus), felt calmer, noticed my posture improving and even felt more in control of my eating habits. I started adding on more days and soon I began practicing yoga 5 or even 6 days a week.
It felt great, but I knew I needed to challenge myself more now that I was more used to having a dedicated time to work out every day. For the past 3 weeks I've added a higher intensity cross-fit-style workout routine 3 days a week and do yoga on the alternating days. I'm actually enjoying the challenge and find myself speeding up, adding reps and challenging myself without dreading my workouts...something I never would have thought possible back in the beginning of the summer. My next step, starting in December, will be to add some weight-lifting to my yoga days.
Have I dropped all the weight I want? Not yet, but I've made a great start and am also now losing inches too, which feels great. For the first time in my life I feel like I'm in control of my health (to some degree) and am actually making the changes I need to get the results I want.
I've also boosted my own confidence in knowing I can choose a habit and stick with it, so I'm seeing positive results in other areas of my life. I've decided to set aside 30 minutes a day to work on my second novel, a book that has been sitting with hardly any progress made since before my daughter was born (16 months ago). This week alone that discipline has resulted in 5 new pages!
I guess what my mom used to tell me was right, that if I could just focus my strong will and stubbornness in the right direction I could accomplish great things. Thanks mom, once again, you were right!