Hi! Before I get into this week’s check-in, a little housekeeping! I decided to combine the Sunday/Friday posts into one post. Sometimes I overcomplicate things and this just makes more sense! So going forward, every Friday morning you will get your challenge for the week on the same day as the check-in. A little easier, and this way you will have a full seven days to work on that week’s challenge. Yay!
If you’ve been doing this from the beginning, we are now four weeks (basically a whole month!) into our challenge! I don’t know about you but I am feeling pretty good. At the beginning of the month my clothes were tight, I felt really flabby and gross. My confidence was down, I felt really unhealthy and all around bad, and while my jeans (well, most of them) still fit, there was definitely a little muffin top action happening. My mental state was the bigger issue. When you don’t look your best you don’t feel your best, but I was also s-t-r-e-s-s-e-d. I was distracted, unhappy, and not sleeping very well. Four weeks later, I feel so much better. I actually can’t believe it’s only been four weeks. It’s a work in progress thing. I still get stressed. And I certainly don’t eat perfectly. I basically ate an entire jar of penny candy at Ludlow House on Thursday (don’t think I can work there anymore?) But when you work out every day and don’t drink, a slip up like that isn’t the end of the world. The next day, I got up, took a super sweaty hot yoga class, and didn’t beat myself up for it.
This week two things happened. First of all, I started to notice a difference in how my clothes fit. Nothing is tight anymore and getting dressed has been easier. (Although let’s be honest, it’s freezing out so mostly I’m just wearing big sweaters and skinny jeans.) The other thing is that I got up at 7/7:30 every day. I know that’s not the earliest in the world but it’s a solid 2 hours earlier than I used to get up. And I’m in bed around 10 reading, asleep by 11! That feels so good. I’m really starting to enjoy being up early. You get such a nicer start to the day. I am rewarding my efforts this weekend by getting a massage. I don’t remember the last time I had one and I can not wait!!!
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Friday – Usually I like to take Friday as my rest day but I rested on Thursday, so (after a LOT of procrastinating) I dragged myself to Equinox at 8pm and did an Aaptiv treadmill workout + stretch. I did Just Push It, which is my favorite workout on there right now. The music is great, and there are no hills. It’s perfect if you are between a beginner and intermediate runner as it’s 24 minutes of solid jogging and running. I felt amazing afterward!
Saturday – Evening power yoga session at Equinox.
Sunday – Morning Sky Ting Yoga class.
Monday – Evening Power Yoga class at Equinox
Tuesday – 25 minute (Just Push It again!) treadmill workout using Aaptiv + stretch afterward.
Wednesday – 30 minute “The Muse” class at Equinox. More on that below.
Thursday – Flow Yoga class at Y7 Yoga. I realized this is only 3 blocks from my apartment so I did a new member trial – $45 for 3 classes! It was really hard – the room is very warm and you move quickly. I lost my balance a few times!
Meditation, Dry January, Protein Packed Breakfasts: I did well with all three of these things here again; I missed one day of meditating but made up for it by meditating twice one day. At the insistence of a friend, I tried an Insight Timer bedtime meditation that I HAD to share here as it’s so good (I didn’t make it through the whole thing, I fell right asleep!!) It’s called “Yoga Nidra for Sleep Meditation” with Franko Heke and it’s the best. Insight Timer is free, so definitely give it a try and let me know what you think!
Trying Something New: I did a lot of new things this week which I think is the key to keeping this challenge interesting and exciting. First of all, I am working on a story about infrared saunas and heat wraps, and I tried out two new spots! On Friday I went to Shape House and on Tuesday I went to Higher Dose. I really really loved both – more to come! I also tried a new class out at Equinox – it’s called The Muse. The class is only 30 minutes long but you sweat. You hold these weighted globes (3 lbs each) and do a little dance routine. Lots of curtsy lunges, lots of arm raises. Honestly, I was terrible at it. I love yoga and running because you don’t have to be very coordinated to do them. I felt like an idiot for most of the class, but for that reason would totally go back – the class really challenged me and made me want to work harder at my coordination/dance moves.
This week’s healthy links!
- Six small healthy changes that will have a big impact.
- Yum. What to make when you’re craving a greasy egg roll but trying to be good.
- A 10 minute ab workout to do whenever you have the time!
- Yummm this green smoothie sounds delicious!
- Why meditation shouldn’t be used as a self-improvement strategy.
- Really loved Merritt’s tips + tricks for staying on track when you are traveling.
This week’s challenge!
- Get to the gym five times between now and Friday’s check-in. This is going to be our ongoing goal; 5 workouts a week. We can do it!!!
- Try something new (this is going to be an ongoing thing!) It can be a new class, a new wellness treatment, a new face mask… even a new recipe! Don’t stress, this one is meant to be fun.
- Meditate every day, eat a protein packed breakfast, and add to your gratitude jar.
- Clean out your workout clothing drawer. I did it this week and got rid of everything that didn’t make me feel excited to go to the gym.
- If you have been doing the challenge a full four weeks (or hell, even if you haven’t), do something deeply restorative for your body. I am getting a massage tomorrow. It could be treating yourself to a massage or facial; or taking a restorative yoga class. Something just for you, to reward yourself for all of the hard work!
photography by Trent Bailey.