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Day 64: Back on Track

You know how sometimes you can workout and not even realize what you’re doing?  Before you know it you’ve practiced an hour of yoga or run an hour and you do not remember moving.  I’ve felt that way the past week or so whenever I workout.  It’s just been half-hearted.  I was missing something.

I think what was missing was the reminder of why I am doing this.  Why, oh why am I working out everyday for a year?  Am I nuts?  It was kind of making me feel that way with all the commuting, time spent working out, the blog writing/thinking about the blog writing, talking about the blog….and then it hit me, this is so worth it because for once I am challenging myself.

Time management has become a huge part of my life, as well as prioritizing and taking care of myself.  You can’t just workout 365 days in a row without taking incredible care of yourself.  I have been sleeping more, eating better and making the best use of my time than I have at any other point in my life.  64 days in and I am getting stronger, mentally and physically.  All of the sudden my body feels depressed when it doesn’t get to sweat and emotionally, I crave sharing my experience with others.

It took another yoga sculpt class with Ms. Caitlin at Core Power Yoga to get me there.  You don’t have time to think in those classes, you just do.  Do what she says, when she says it and if you slack off then she calls you on it.  The intensity was just what I needed to get out of my mind and back into my heart.

My challenge to you is to find whatever it is you need to take you back to the original intention in whatever it is you are working on (your body, relationship, career, health).  Those little reminders are what can help keep you on course.  So remind away and keep going back to your inspiration.  That inspiration will take you wherever you want to go.

Day 37: Go With The Flow

Today I walked into yoga class thinking, “I am going to hop back on the ‘I love working out everyday’ bandwagon,” but that did not happen.  I even thought being super gentle to myself would help, so I went to a Core Power 1.5 level class (beginner class).  Again, I found myself messing up easy poses- I am talking warrior 1/2 and chaturanga.  The flow was happening and I was missing the current.

When class was over I was disappointed again.  Being in this mindset is definitely not helping me stay motivated and feel strong, so I wonder what is going on?  I got to thinking about my diet and started breaking it down a bit.  I have been eating pretty healthy- 90% gluten-free and I have also naturally let go of eating most meat.  That’s when it hit me, I have lost the majority of my carbs and protein in the last three months and have not been replacing them with proper substitutes.  My body is drained because I have not been filling it up with the right things.

After class tonight I had an IU Alumni Board meeting and ordered a ginormous hamburger and ate every last bite of it (the fries were doomed too since they were on my plate).  I already feel a little bit better.  Tomorrow I am going on a run, followed-up with a spoonful* of peanut butter, chased down with almond milk. Now that I think I have targeted my lack of motivation situation, I am going to consciously try to fix it.

*What do gluten-free people put peanut butter on?  This might be a riddle that does not have an answer!