Operation Skinny Jeans: Back to me

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Back to me

I am not a power lifter or a cross fitter. As much as I tried, I am not a P90X-er either (tho I did love X3).  Being in this fitness blogging world, I have tried a lot of things. I feel like I HAD to- to be relevant, to tell you all my opinion, to be trendy. But lately I have been struggling with finding joy in my workouts, long term. I like them at first, and they are fun and great workouts, but I get bored.

Do I still do them? Yes. But do I enjoy it? Not really. Which could be why I haven't had the results I have wanted. The amount of effort you put into something makes a huge difference in the results you see. And I wouldn't say I was half ass-ing my workouts, I just wasn't "digging deep" like Shaun T kept asking me to do. I have done some soul searching to try to understand why, and I think I get it.

It was kind of a culmination of 3 things.

1. Yoga in the park. When I was out there, in the zone, doing my thing, I felt amazing. I felt strong and beautiful and confident. And seeing that come out on film made me smile. I not only felt like Wonder Woman- I looked like wonder woman.

2. Writing that guest post for Ash. Writing all of my favorite things about yoga made me itchy to do it. I will be honest- yoga and I had been on a break. I stopped practicing and kinda lost my way. I was too busy trying to be someone I wasn't, but after writing that post, I realized that I really do freaking LOVE yoga.

3. Adding it to my dream board. One of my goals is to become PiYO certified (so I can teach it) and as I was typing that, I threw in Yoga. It was scary and I looked at it and it just FELT right. I know I won't be able to in the next few months, I need to work on my practice and really grow as a yogi, but I think with practice I can and I will be in a place where I can get certified next year.

And I am going to add a 4th thing because I am a rebel.

4. The Big Picture by Tony Horton. Guys this book is changing my life. Reading this book has opened me up and helped me understand how I have let fear rule my entire life (something I promise to write about) and how that fear is what is holding me back. But it also has taught me the importance of doing what feels good to you- especially when it comes to working out. And about how consistency, variety and intensity are the keys to success, in fitness and in life. Those are the 3 things I have been WORST at and its no wonder I have been stuck for so long.

So as much as I love you all and as much as I want to have a well rounded workout background- I am getting back to me. Back to basics. Back to what makes me happy- Yoga and Running. No, that doesn't mean I am going to just write about those two things, but it will mean that I am going to be happier and consistently working out. And I think that is a good thing for all of us.

I am also taking a serious look at paleo and I hope to implement it into my life starting in August.

So I hope you will stick around- good things are coming. I am going to focus on what makes me happy and on becoming the best me I can be. And that means even more awesomeness for all of you, I promise.

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  1. Fantastic yoga poses! Great job.

    I feel like there are so many trendy things people are doing and I'm definitely not one of them. I do my own thing that works for me :)

    Good luck with everything.

  2. I tend to do the same thing...I get very bored with a workout very quickly (minus running) but lately I have been incorporating more yoga into my marathon training and I am really enjoying it. Yoga is a funny thing...while it seems very mild and quiet...it makes me feel very strong and confident! I'm happy for you, and getting back to what you really enjoy!!


  3. I have the same problem. I get bored with workouts very easily and when I'm bored with then it becomes a chore and I start to dislike my workout time. I decided to work on strength training and yoga because those are things I enjoy. I want to look forward to working out.

  4. You know, I discovered yoga (again) after battling severe anxiety at the end of last year and completely fell in love with it. I gained a lot of strength and it was working to tone my muscles. I spent a few hectic months away from it and went right back to it because I honestly just love it a lot. Yoga is one of those places where you can concentrate on your own body and quiet the chatter around you, at least for me it is. Those poses look amazing by the way!!! I have been working on strength training, boot camp and yoga. Those seem to be the things I am having fun with right now and I agree, if a workout is not fun, I won't do it.

  5. What a great goal! It's always such an amazing feeling when you realize exactly what you've been searching for!

  6. How inspiring! You REALLY DO look like wonder woman! What a great role model! Keep up the good work!


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