Although I haven’t gone on any exciting vacations this summer, it has been a great one! There are a few things that I have done lately that stick out in particular …
Starting on June 21st, I did my first “bootcamp” series of classes which ran for six consecutive weeks on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7am.
I decided to sign up because I always hear about how strengthening your core and upper body can help improve running ability. Plus, having abs wouldn’t hurt either!
I’m not going to lie, it was tough … and waking up at 6:30am on Saturdays and Sundays wasn’t easy either! Between work and bootcamp, I basically didn’t get to sleep in for a month and a half.
But as with most types of intense exercise, I felt great after and could start my day knowing that I had accomplished more before 8am than some people do all day. It was a lot of fun and I got to learn from a couple of very knowledgeable and entertaining trainers from Practical Power Fitness.
I’ve now completed the entire six weeks and I feel and look much stronger. I also learned a bunch of new exercises (like strength exercises using a towel) and have improved my push ups (in form and ability to do them).
When I signed up for my yoga challenge two months ago, I didn’t REALLY expect that I would complete it. Once I got into it though, I turned into my usual competitive self.
I yoga’ed through sickness (a cold) and health while working full time and (trying) to train for a half marathon. I even had to attend a class pretty well every day for the last two weeks to finish in time.
And guess what? I did it! I was one of only 13 people who completed the whole 30 classes.
Looking back, I have noticed significant progress both mentally and physically. Most notably, I find the heat is more tolerable, I am more flexible, and I am able to do more and push myself harder in class. I find that I am able to pay more attention to the details of the postures as well.
My determination and willpower have increased and my mind has been re-wired to ask myself “When will I do yoga today?” rather than just “Will I do yoga today?” I have even surprised myself by the number of 6AM classes I have crawled out of bed for at the crack of dawn (I am not a “morning person”).
I have also noticed benefits to my appearance. Even though my weight has plateaued, I look more toned and lean … and I feel unstoppable!!!
My challenge now is continuing to go to yoga on a regular basis … maybe not EVERY day, but three or four classes a week is a reasonable goal for me.
Wow! I can’t believe I am almost done my hot yoga challenge and am on track to complete it with two more classes in two days.
This week I have been attending classes everyday despite having a cold. I’ve just had to suck it up and tough it out because I am definitely not going to let a little cold get in my way now that I am on the final stretch. I was surprised to find that the heat and humidity actually really helped relieve my sinus congestion. Having said that, I went promptly home, drank lots of fluids, and climbed into bed after each one.