Day 365: Day 365 is here! I cannot thank everyone enough for all of the love, support and encouragement this past year. It has meant more to me than I thought possible. A simple note from a stranger was enough to keep me going for a week, so thank you, thank you, thank you. A really special thank you goes out to my loving husband who cheered me on every day. Without him, there were times that I was not sure I would have been able to make it through.
I chose to end my year of working out the exact same way that I started this madness one year ago– except with more people there to love on me. Mike and I ran 3 miles in Washington Park and then he dropped me off at Karma Yoga for a 75 minute Anusara yoga class with three of my friends. I know that the instructor was great, but I was not able to concentrate on the words of wisdom that she was sending out due to overwhelming excitement of a goal coming to fruition.
After the class Michael was waiting for me in the car with flowers, a card and a donut (he knows the way to my heart). We kissed, he told me how proud he is and then we talked about the last year over a cup of coffee at a nearby coffee shop. It was the perfect way to end a year of lots of sweat, some tears and an overwhelming amount of love.
Here I am today, 365 days later, with a huge accomplishment under my belt and a lot less fat. I thought it would be a good time to answer the questions that I have been asked over and over again in the last year, “Do you feel different? Are you going to keep up with it? Have you lost weight? What are you going to do on your first day off? What did you learn? What are you going to do next?”
Now that I’ve had a year to reflect on all of these questions, I’d like to answer them as honestly as possible.
Do you feel different? Yes, I do. My body now physically craves working out on a daily basis. Even more importantly, so does my being. I know that it is the best way to elevate my day into a more blissed out state. If I’m in a funk, it pulls me out. If I’m not, it makes me feel better. Almost every time. I think that makes it all worth it. Not to mention that every time I choose to workout over not working out, I am choosing to love myself more by making my health a priority. If that’s not motivation, I’m not sure what is.
If you’re wondering if my body feels different, then I am also happy to report that yes, it does feel different. Everything feels tighter and in a better place. My arms and love handles have shrunk down (aka my “bad” spots). Again, the mental piece plays a bigger role than the physical here. I feel self-assured in a way that I have never felt before. Regardless of what my body looks like I know that it is capable of far more than I ever would have imagined.
Are you going to keep up with it? Yes and no. There were days that I had to wakeup at 3 a.m. to workout or complete a workout that I was not fond of just to try to fit it into my day. Those are the types of workouts that I usually do not support. If doing it makes me upset and it feels unnatural (physically or with my schedule), then I’d rather save up my energy for a great workout the next day.
However I will make the time do it the majority of the week. I’d like to say that I will stick with working out six days per week. I know how important working out is to my state of being now and I’ll continue it in a way that feels natural to me. With a lot less writing and more time sweating!
Also, by no means do I recommend this for everyone. Potentially it could turn you off from working out and make you run away from your fitness goals. Rather, set a goal for yourself that is attainable. Once you attain it, reach higher and then higher….you’ll get to your own 365 days before you know it.
Have you lost weight? This is the question that I receive the most from strangers. I think it’s interesting that people care so much about the weight side of it. From the very beginning of this I have stressed that it has nothing to do with weight and everything to do with a commitment to myself. Since there is a lot of interest in this, I will answer it honestly. I have lost 9 lbs over the course of the year. I was happy with my weight 9 lbs ago and I am just as happy as I am right now.
What will you do on your first day off? I was not thinking that I would take tomorrow off, but as I type away in my pretty new office my mind keeps drifting to a day filled with movies, a fluffy robe, a hot bath and perhaps a manicure and pedicure. But those are just some ideas…
What did you learn? I cannot sum up what I have learned in one paragraph or even in ten pages. What I can tell you is what I think is the most important thing I learned; listen to your body, it knows the answers to whatever you are seeking. If you’ve been reading this blog, then I am sure you are not surprised to hear me say that.
By physically being connected to my body this past year I have been able to listen to what it wants me to do. I am a firm believer that the body knows the answer to things more so than the mind. The mind can get clouded by what society wants us to do/not do, look like/not look like. But the body? Oh it knows what it craves, you just have to learn how to tune into that. If you want to learn how to do that more, send me an email, I’d be happy to walk you through some insider tips.
What are you going to do next? I am going to keep this blog as a way to connect with the community that has been created in the last year. I will update it every so often with workouts that I think should be shared, recipes, quotes, guest writers and coaching advice. However, the majority of time and energy will be spent creating my new coaching website that will have its own blog. It is in the works right now and I will make sure to share it with you when it’s launched in the next few weeks.
As a closing statement I want to reiterate how grateful that I am for you. Your love and encouragement led me on groggy runs, pushed me through sweaty sculpt classes and told me to keep going everyday. You’re the voice I will continue to hear when I feel like giving up and for that, I am ever grateful.