Today I weighed myself for the second time in 2021. The first time was at the end of January when I first went to campus to teach. I told a colleague that day that I weighed 160lbs. I was embarrassed to tell her that, not because of the number itself, but mostly because I was putting so much weight into the number.
My colleague politely reminded me that the number doesn’t matter so much as other things….things I know and write about often. But, still I stood there feeling out of sorts for both the number and telling her. I also told her that one of those “other things” is how your clothes feel and that mine were FAR TOO TIGHT at that moment. There was no hiding it….I had gained a lot of weight (for me) in the past year and I was not comfortable with that mentally, physically, or emotionally.
Back in November I had decided to slowly take back my life and my fitness. I had started streaking. I now have an (after today) 82 day Yoga streak, a 52 day Run streak, and I have done 10 days of Pilates this year. (I also have some mediation streaks going, but that’s a slightly different story.) I am doing this because I also want to hit a healthy weight for me….and by healthy I mean comfortable to my mental, physical, and emotional health.
I wrote about weight and aging last January. Coming from a family full of obesity and health problems, this is a real concern of mine not from a beauty or outward appearances standpoint. I am genuinely concerned about the make-up of my body and how long it will last.
So, what’s the point of all of this? I am not on a diet. I am not trying to get back to the way I looked when I was in my 20’s or 30’s. The point is that I am very mindful of what is going on with me right now and I am doing things to make sure that I am well.
I weighed myself today for the second time this year. I was 157lbs. That is 3lbs less than last month. That is one month more of movement, one month more of mindfulness, one month more of life that I have had. When I weigh myself, I do not come up wanting; I am found to be content.
It’s the last day of the year and many of us have this mutual feeling of fear and excitement, relief and suspense, urgency and optimism as well as dread and the realization that it’s not over just because the calendar flips. I told my husband that I wouldn’t be surprised if the center of the Earth overheated at midnight and the whole planet exploded. Nothing is going to surprise me at this point.
At this time of the year I usually look at a recap of all that I’ve accomplished and start to plan out for the coming year. I decided to look at it a little differently this time around.
Habits I Formed in 2020
Flossing my teeth at night
Wearing my retainer
Putting on facial cream morning and night
Daily yoga (I am currently on day 35, but it’s still going, so it counts)
Daily run (Still only on day 5, but I am working on it)
Saving for retirement
Things I quit doing in 2020
Letting others define me
Taking chances with my health and safety
Saying “yes” when I mean “no”
Where My Life is going in 2021
This year I want to focus on the millions of little ideas I have in my head that I want to put into action. Things like continuing to work on “streaking” my fitness. After I can maintain 30 days of running and yoga I want to add in Pilates to the mix daily. These are the basis for the three things I teach the most, so I want to do them daily. I have some ideas for things I’d like to write and what I want to read. I have goals for this blog and my meditation practices. There’s so much more I want to accomplish and I think that my approach right now is one day at a time. If I add just one more day of doing it the way that makes me happy, then that’s one day closer to adding in the next great thing.
The lack of in person teaching and a gym and time to myself has hit me hard this semester. I haven’t hardly run or “worked out”. But, the day after Thanksgiving I decided to start streaking….
It’s something that’s worked for me before. So, I am trying to hit at least 30 straight days of yoga (and technically 31 since I just did a yoga training on Saturday and didn’t do “my own” yoga that day). I am following one of my favorites, Erin Motz at Bad Yogi and her Original Yoga Challenge. I’ve done these videos so many times before, but it still helps to have something to follow when you’re feeling lost in a training funk.
Today I will be tackling this video:
Which is perfect since I just did restorative training this weekend. Her day 11 is my day 12. You can follow my progress on my Map My Run account. I am thinking of switching that up in the coming year and maybe even getting a fitness tracker.
So, remember way back when I did the Sun Salutation Challenge? I wondered what would happen to my yoga after it ended….and I found out.
Well, I stopped doing my yoga and it has cost me dearly! Last summer I killed it at running for A LOT of the summer. This summer, not so much….what’s the difference? Well, firstly is that last summer I was coming off of a great semester of teaching yoga, I was teaching yoga twice a week in the early mornings, and I was teaching Summer I and Summer II yoga. I was mad about yoga at the time and I knew that the fall semester would change my activities. Continue reading “TOLT #75 – The Daily 10”→
So, Lesson #2 is something that I should have picked up from Gretchen Rubin awhile back…..
anything worth doing is worth doing every day
(or something like that). Anyway, for the month of July I am STREAKING with my runs. Today is Day 11 (which is actually 12 days in a row just because of how my June training ended) of running every day for the month of July. I am building mileage for my fall run and it’s also an excuse to make my kiddos ride their bikes more.
See, I have entered the glorious phase of life in which (most of the time) I no longer have to push a jogging stroller on my runs. My little guy is now 5 and pedals away like a champ for a max of 3 miles. Now, that’s not to say that he doesn’t crash from time to time, or need a little push from behind up a hill, but for the most part I can get all of my low mileage stuff in with the two of them on bikes.
The thing about streaking is that it’s helpful to set a short-term goal for doing something every day and see how long you can maintain it. The bad thing about streaking is that once the short-term time frame is up, it’s always harder to maintain. So, for running I planned out every run from June 9th until Race Day in September. That way I know where I’m going and the streak is not just about the one month of running every day. That’s just a mileage building portion of the overall training plan.
I’m having trouble streaking in other areas of my life. They’re a little less long-term goal focused. For instance…..I’m trying to start doing a Daily 10. Want to know what that is? Come back tomorrow for Lesson #3.
Welcome back! It’s the Monday after Planksgiving weekend and I’m starting to look to the next holiday season and the end of the year. I’m thinking about what I want life to look like each day; how I’m going to manage my calendar. In doing so, I’m joining the streak with the amazing women over at Fit is a Feminist Issue.
I’m adapting a little, but I’m committing to myself for the next few weeks until Christmas. I’m doing 6 days a week of exercise by either teaching yoga or running. I started today by not doing my 5 mile run because I didn’t have time, but rather adapting it to be a shorter 2.11 run. You can see that it’d been a week since my last run and that I’m not getting up early for the next few weeks on M/W. This is all to make the streak more achievable for me; meeting my wants, my needs and my likes. My goal is just to get 6 days in each week from now until Christmas.
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