Monday, February 13, 2012

30 Day Challenge

If you follow me on twitter, you may have heard me talking about a 30 day, hot yoga challenge. I usually practice hot yoga twice a week but I really wanted to reset and feel healthy again after all the indulgences that accompany the holiday season. I felt like I needed to make a change to jump-start the new year.

I somehow conned my friend Natalie into doing the challenge with me and I have to say, she made the whole process so much fun and helped keep me accountable. I kept expecting to "hit the wall" and start dreading going to class after 30 straight days but shockingly that never really happened. Sure there were days when I didn't feel like going but I always felt so refreshed and invigorated after class. My goal wasn't to lose weight but I noticed a tightness and strength in my body that had been missing before. I developed muscles in my stomach that I hadn't seen in years! Another added bonus? I was sleeping better than I had in recent memory. Once my head hit the pillow I was out like a light until morning. Coconut water also became my best friend. I had one after each class as a way to keep my electrolytes in balance. That stuff is amazing.

It's been a little over a week since I finished the challenge and I am still reaping the benefits. I feel energized and renewed. I think one of the most important lessons that came out of this experience is that I can take 90 minutes out of each day and dedicate them entirely to myself, with no distractions. It wasn't always easy and it takes some planning but I feel stronger and more centered than I have in a very long time and that alone has made the experience totally worth it.

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  1. This is such a good challenge for yourself. I am inspired! :)

  2. what a great experience! can't wait to find some time and commitment to do the same to myself. I sure need it. congrats :)

  3. That sounds amazing! I missed my usual yoga practice this past week and I've been feeling so off!

  4. You rock lady! I've been slacking on my prenatal yoga the past few weeks...You've inspired me to get back to it!

  5. That sounds awesome! I need to get into yoga...

  6. Wow. This is awesome. I love this. I really need to get on the yoga bandwagon again. I use to do Bikram, which is crazy intense, but felt so incredible afterwards. You've inspired me!


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