Wellness Wednesday Series, Episode 5: What I learned after spending one month with JoyRide Texas and AC Power Yoga, and how my body changed for the better.
My January Fitness Challenge with JoyRide Texas and AC Power Yoga has come to a close. The goal was to exercise 7 days a week for 4 weeks straight, alternating between spin classes and Bowspring/Yin yoga classes. Four days of spin, two days of Bowspring, one day of Yin. I think I only missed two or three classes total out of the four weeks, which I’m pretty proud of. Life always gets in the way and, for the most part, I figured out how to prioritize my health regardless. I didn’t take any before and after photos, because that wasn’t my motivation in this challenge. I haven’t even weighed myself since I started, mostly because I’m sure the number on the scale looks the same even though I feel different. I lost 20 pounds two years ago, and now that I know how to eat and exercise in a way that works for me, my game is more about maintenance and pushing myself to new fitness levels more than it is about weight.
The Holidays wrecked my discipline and made me feel awful, so I needed to jump-start myself into a routine that put my wellness back into the #1 spot on my priority list. I know for sure that my midsection slimmed out, my legs are more toned, and my body alignment has improved big time. My arms lost some tone, however, because I didn’t take Power Yoga class during the challenge. I’m going to have to readjust moving forward, because having very toned arms is now a non-negotiable for me. My arms make me feel strong and in shape even though I’m still far from perfect.
Here are six additional lessons I learned during this challenge, that I will carry with me moving forward:
- Even if you are tired, you will survive your workout. Push yourself to show up, and the work will happen once you’re there. Conquer the mental, and the physical will follow.
- Showing up on a day you can only give 80 percent is much better than making an excuse to not show up because you can’t give 100 percent. 80% > 0%.
- Weeks of hard work can feel completely ruined by one weekend of a gluttony binge. See post about that here.
- Open your mind and body to learning and feeling new things. The progress you make because of it might just shock you. See my post about that realization through practicing Bowspring here.
- Wellness is a journey, and you’re on it every single day. Be firm with yourself for the benefit of your mind and your body, but be forgiving and kind to yourself about your own body image.
- Every. single. decision. you make effects your overall health and wellness, and what your body looks like. So choose wisely, and when you notice something doesn’t work for you, be patient and adjust.
Thank you so much to JoyRide Texas and AC Power Yoga for sponsoring this series. I learned a lot about my mind, my body and my will power, and I look forward to continuing my daily wellness journey with both studios.
Many thanks, as always, to those of you who followed along! Wishing you well.