Wellness Challenge Week 3
Breaking habits and creating new routines really does take commitment and a willingness to create new space. This is something that I am a learning through this wellness challenge. I've done one month studio challenges with my local yoga studio, or barre studio, but since this one is self-guided based off self-created goals and desires, it has been a little different than doing it through a studio.
One thing I have realized is how hard it really is to make to workout 5 days a week, much less 6. I think in my mind I was working out 4-5 times a week, but I already realize how many weeks that turns into 2-3 times with my busy schedule. For some people 3 times a week total is perfect and is the goal. I am really trying to challenge my mind and body to 5-6 times a week for several reasons.
1. mental clarity. The number one goal for me with moving almost everyday is to help clear my mind and create mindfulness. I am really working a holistic approach to living with adult ADD, that includes a healthy diet high in good fats and proteins, omega 3's, and daily exercise. As a creative my mind wants to go a million directions at once half of the time, my daily exercise class helps me tune out and focus inward, and that effect lingers into the rest of my day. (hello inner peace.)
2. active lifestyle. I don't plan to train for a marathon, although admire my friends who do, but I do plan to be very active my entire life and I want to have the stamina and strength to do the activities that inspire me. Whether that is doing a big hike when I go camping, skiing a ton in the winter, or riding my bike around my neighborhood, I want to nourish active lifestyle choices that last with me a lifetime. I loved seeing this older group of women hiking high up in the alpines of Aspen this past weekend, and I definitely want to be doing that with my girlfriends into my 60s and 70s.
3. self confidence. I think this goal speaks for itself and is also our most vulnerable. As women and men is society we have such pressures and anxiety around what our body is and what our body "should" look like. All the magazines and tv shows have their standards, fetishes and obsurd definitions of what "sexy" is or isn't (thinking Kardashian here) and we all know that is total bulls**t. I don't believe anyone should hold themselves to any standard created by the media of what a woman's or man's body should look like. I think what we do need to do is connect with out own bodies. Get to know them, be grateful for them, honor them, and take care of them. For me personally, that is eating with awareness of my allergies, working out regularly, stretching with yoga, challenging my body to become stronger, and taking the time to let it relax. When I do go through phases of not moving enough, or pause my yoga practice for 6 months or so, I do start to feel less self confident, less self connected, and higher anxiety. I think self confidence is really about self connection and self exploration. With this exploration and commitment comes a steady and quiet strength. This strength is self confidence. This is my wellness goal.
Sunday- day of rest. Salt-soaked, coconut milk infused bubble bath and all.
Wednesday- day off. Had a big food photoshoot followed by a long, beautiful drive up the mountains to Aspen. Wanted to make it work but just didn't happen.
Thursday- treadmill. My go to exercise when I am staying at a hotel and am traveling is the treadmill, and it is kind of the only time I really hit the treadmill. I go 45 minutes at about 3.0 - 3.3 and work my way up to 10.0 incline for at least 30 of the 45 minutes. It's a great workout and it's great for your bum! Turn up and tunes and go.
Friday- treadmill. We were headed out to go camping this morning, but I wasn't sure if I would get a hike in after setting up camp, so I went ahead and did the treadmill before hand. Once we set up camp it started sprinkling and then it was campfire and whiskey time, so I am really grateful that I made this happen. These times of little moments are definitely what challenge me. The dedication to make those 5 workouts happen no matter what, without making excuses for myself, is what I am most proud of so far.
Saturday- hike in the Aspen alpines. If all cardio was this gorgeous, I would be is such better shape! Wildflowers, meadows, snow-capped mountains, and the fresh smell of mountain air. Yes please.
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