Workout Plans, Making Fitness Something I Love & Finishing What I Started

Bonjour!

Watching too much Gossip Girl is making me want to go to France.

Carrying on.

Wow, this is my first summer with a job, and boy did I ever kill that with deciding to take classes as well. Remind me to never do that again. I am so stressed! Mostly because I procrastinate and don’t do anything, but to justify my stress, I do have an awful lot going on.

In between all of this school and work, I’ve been doing a lot of experimenting with fitness and eating. In my attempts to eat more local and soak up the deliciousness of summer, I have made quite a few farmers market trips. Right now in central Texas the tomatoes are ending, there are lots of peppers, basil, okra (which I don’t like), squashes, melons, figs and peaches. So my fruit intake has been almost entirely peaches lately.

In the fitness department, I had been in a huge HUGE rut for about 2-3 weeks since the end of June. I worked so hard all through June that my body just sort of mutinied against me. I craved junk I usually don’t and barely worked out at all. Yikes! But I’m okay with that. The toughest part was getting back into it. Last week, I tried jumping straight back into full-force workouts. Let me tell you how much that failed. Also, in typical fashion, I didn’t plan my workouts so I was not motivated at all.

This week is different! I have started this Nike 10K training program, which is giving me a wonderful platform for workouts.

Today is 3 miles! Yay!

In addition to all that running and Nike Training Clubbing, I’ve been fulfilling one of my July goals and taking classes at the Ballet Austin Butler Community School, where I got a drop-in class pass last fall that I need to use. I took a Hula and Polynesian Aerobics class Monday evening and an elementary contemporary class yesterday evening! They were both wonderful classes. Honestly, I was totally intimidated and scared to try both of them. I stopped taking classes last year because I was trying to do advanced drop-in ballet and it was just too much for me not going consistently. But contemporary was amazing because I can use all my ballet skill and it’s much more laid back. I loved the music, and also all the planks and abs that we did as well! These dance classes have been perfect for what I’ve been needing lately. They make working out fun again, which I had lost a little by the end of June. You never want to do things that feel forced (i.e.: reading school-assigned novels), and working out and eating perfectly were starting to get that way for me. Dance is so joyful and something I’ve loved since long before I started running/lifting/spending time in a gym.

Another thing I’ve started again is the Strong Like Susan 30 Day Ab Challenge. I quit for a week or so, but I really feel like I need to finish for myself. Too often I start things then quit them because I over-strain myself in the beginning. This challenge is really intense and challenging. The fact that it’s 4 sets messes me up too, because I like constantly-changing workouts and hate doing the same 3 moves over and over again. So to finish it off I’m only going to shoot for 3 sets and I’m just taking it as it is! You always feel better when you finish something, so I want to get that sense of accomplishment, even if I don’t see that change I would have had I stuck to the challenge perfectly.

Final note: Don’t forget to sign up for August Motivation Mail! The ladies who did it for July are having a blast receiving their packages and I know it really means a lot to get special mail.

Au revoir,

A

 

Setting Intentions

Tonight I went to my very first hot yoga class. Honestly, I was not expecting to enjoy it that much. But, alas, it is Try it Thursday after all and I was up for a challenge. I went to the famous-in-Austin Black Swan Yoga for their “Candle Sweaty” class.

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My reflections post-class are below:

1. I feel so CLEAN. I sweat out of every pore and my clothes are soaked, but I feel so incredible. Like I just took the best shower of my life. I feel lighter too.

2. The world becomes a different place after you walk outside. I’m in Texas and it’s a balmy 81 degrees Fahrenheit right now. But after being so hot?? Yeah, every whisper of breeze was noticeable and it feels about 70 out. Which is wonderful.

3. This is my most important point and it can apply to any motivation or yoga practice. Make the intention you set for your practice, your meditation, your day mean something. The instructor in our class today that intentions don’t have to be limited to a feeling either, but can be a person you’re dedicating that small chunk of your life to. Today, that really meant something to me. One of my friends from college was just today diagnosed with a serious illness. I’m devastated for her. So tonight, I dedicated my yoga practice to her. Every heart opener was radiating my health in hopes that she may gain some health back of her own. My strong downward dogs and planks were for her to have strength. My child’s pose was to let her surrender to what has now become a part of her life. All my movements, every breath, was for her. And it changed my practice entirely. I’ve always set intentions like “focus” and “energy” but they’ve never really meant anything. Just empty words of things I mindlessly hope for. But from now on, I will meditate on my intentions and I will move for them and through them. It was truly an incredible experience.

I hope what I’ve learned can help empower you to try a hot yoga class. You may not love it, but it’s definitely worth a try.

I also hope that you can find intentions that, whether they be for you or for another person, really change your mindset and give you something to be for.

Namaste.

-A

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