Have you ever had something you wanted to do because in your head it just seemed like a cool thing to do? The idea of it just feels like something that should be a part of your life even though you have never done it and don’t know anything about it. And you can’t quite figure out why it seems cool but you just think it is. Like, I want to be a person who surfs. Or I want to be a person who drinks black coffee and likes it. Or I want to be a connoisseur of fine Scotch. For the record, I will never do any of those things. I unapologetically like my coffee over ice with sugar and cream and Scotch tastes like a smoky rock to me. Also my fear of sharks and sea monsters is greater than my desire to be a cool surfer chick with washboard abs.
But there are definitely some things on my 40 Reasons list that are cool inside my head. Yoga is one of those things. In my head, people who do yoga are like ballerinas: long, lithe, and limber. They are graceful and strong and wear adorable messy buns and have cute butts and drink tea. Sidebar: I have no use for tea. It’s hot water with seasoning. There are a million things I’d rather drink before I drink tea, Scotch included. But there’s a part of me that wants to drink tea wearing a messy bun sitting on my cute yoga butt.
There are obstacles to my yoga fantasy though. I have the flexibility of an 80 year old woman, although I’m certain there are plenty of octogenarians that are more limber than me. Another obstacle is that I don’t like doing things I’m not very good at. My downward dog is more like downward frog because I’m bent and making grunts that are not unlike a deep ribbit sound. I tend to stay in my comfort zone which is half the reason I started this blog in the first place. Before this week, I’d tried yoga exactly twice. I liked the mindfulness element of it and how clear-headed and mentally relaxed I felt after. I hated the awkwardness and discomfort of the poses. I decided to put yoga on my list because cute butt fantasy and I think anything that makes me clear-headed and relaxed needs to be in my life.
The majority of my fitness regimen is made up of hiking, running, and body weight HIIT workouts. They are sweaty, heart-pumping, wind-sucking forms of exercise so yoga feels foreign to me. It’s so much more controlled, and still and uncomfortable. And I’m okay with that. It means I have room to grow…right?
I took my first yoga class in about 5 years last week at my gym. I loved how I felt mentally but I didn’t get that post-workout I-just-got-my-butt-kicked feeling that I crave. But I think that adding some balance and flexibility to my regimen will probably make me perform better in other areas. I’m planning to go to yoga at least once each week this month to see if I improve. I’m also considering trying out a studio that offers different types of classes rather than a one-size-fits-all class at my gym.
In addition to yoga, there are other “cool in my head” things I want to try over the coming months. Stand Up Paddle Boarding, the 52 Hike Challenge and the Six Pack of Peaks Challenge, which I’m hoping will lead to climbing Mt. Whitney, a mud run or Spartan Race, and Zumba. Well, Zumba isn’t really cool in my head, it’s just that my gym offers it and I don’t want to do it at all, but I feel like I should try it because it makes me uncomfortable. And this is all about getting out of my comfort zone. Unless it’s drinking tea. No thank you.
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Week 10 – December 13 – 19 – FREEBIE. I decided that this week is going to be about creating holiday memories with my family. It’s been a tough week here in the Davis household with our 3-year old Grinch. My plan is to hypnotize him into a state of holiday cheer with Christmas lights and cocoa.
Week 11 – December 20 – 26 – Don’t complain about anything for an entire week. I’m going to be focusing on kindness and compassion, having patience and being cheerful. See aforementioned Grinch.
Week 12 – December 27 – January 2 – Start the 52 Hike Challenge. Holy moly. I can’t believe the new year is just around the corner and I’ll be upping my commitment to health and fitness with a whole lot of hiking.