I mean.. what could really happen in 30 days? In 60 days even?
Apparently a lot when you work really hard.
Like I said before, I may have lost the extra weight but even as late as last summer, I still wasn’t feeling healthy or strong. Then in September, I stumbled across an amazing fitness method- Barre. My office was offering classes one day a week in house, after work, with the incredibly talented owner of Mind Body Barre.
Within a class or two, I knew I had hit gold for me. This program worked for me, not because it was working my body, but because it was challenging it! The more I challenged my body, the more I challenged my mind. It was an odd realization- for me, peace of mind, release of stress, came through pouring sweat once a week in my office’s cafeteria. I needed more. Stat.
Because I work so far from home, I needed to find more classes closer to home. And I really lucked out. My wonderful instructor from Mind Body Barre was great friends with the owner of a similar studio just 15 minutes from my house. Within a week or two, I was up to 2-3 classes a week between work and home.
Starting on December 1, I decided to up the ante, not to lose weight or tone, but to see simply if I could do it. I signed up for a 60 day challenge- 4 classes a week for 60 days at the amazing Barre N9ne Studio. In addition to classes, we were challenged to try and get in 10,000 steps a day and to watch our calories. This part scared me. I was sure this meant I would be starving and on some crazy diet. To my surprise, the calorie count I was given led to me eating more every day! I was thrilled!
Of course, this has been a lot of work, but it hasn’t been stressful, or boring, or taxing. Instead it has been rejuvenating, exciting, and massively effective. It has caused me to stop stressing about what I eat, but instead enjoy myself and my food again. I find myself wanting to make healthier choices because the more healthy choices I make, the better I feel. My acid reflux and stomach issues? Nearly gone. My old stress induced insomnia? Going away. My inability to relax? Fading.
In 30 days… I dropped 4.4 pounds, 7.5 inches… and years of body stress.
I have to stress this next point: The peace has not come because of the scale or tape measure. The peace came when I realized that I could do it. I could push myself. I could run 2 miles without giving up. I could drop and give you 10 (not 20 yet) without falling over.
I. Can. Do. It.
Because I want to.
It’s an incredibly empowering feeling.
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