So I’ve started to incorporate yoga into my routine. I don’t know what’s more startlingly about that sentence the fact that I’m actively adding more exercise to my life or the fact that I actually have a routine now.
So far I’ve only done a few beginners YouTube videos & I don’t know I guess I thought that I’d be better at it. But I’m not. I soon realised that I’ve got little to no strength & my balance is so off kilter I’m surprised I don’t fall over more often.
But in saying that there is a part of me that is enjoying it. I enjoy a challenge (sometimes) & the fact that I’m so crap at it now hasn’t made me want to give up, it’s just made me more determined to get better at it.
Who knows in 6 months from now I might be posting a photo of myself in some ridiculously convoluted pose & you’ll be all like wow how the hell did she manage that.
Usually when I get home from work it’s already dark. So my nightly walk is usually one fraught with the dangers of tripping over cracks in the pavement & knife wielding murderers jumping out of the bushes to attack me. Ok slight exaggeration on that last one but my mind does have a tendency to think the worst when it’s dark & I’m out walking by myself.
Anyway tonight I got home from work early, it was still light so I decided to walk a different route, one that I don’t usually go because its isolated & always really dark. And I’m so glad I did because after a day stuck in a fluorescent lit office I stumbled across this:
And it may not seem like much, I mean it’s just some trees & a water feature, but to me it was so much more than that. Because if I wasn’t putting in the effort to lose weight & get fitter , I wouldn’t have been out walking & therefore I would never have seen it.
And I guess what it comes down to is that I don’t want to spend the rest of my life missing out on the little things like this because I’m too busy sitting in front of the tv stuffing my face with junk food.
So yesterday was my rest day & I have to admit that it was kind of strange not doing any form of exercise.
I thought about doing something, even just going for a leisurely walk, but I know if I did that once I was out walking there would be nothing leisurely about it. I’d end up pushing myself to go further & faster & that would totally defeat the purpose of having a day off.
And we all need rest days. This is something I only just realised. Every other time I have tried to lose weight & get fitter I would go hell for leather & make myself workout everyday only to burn out after a few weeks.
So I have incorporated two rest days into my current routine, Thursdays & Sundays. Mainly because I need to take a breather, some time to rest & recuperate. Because I know my body, & I know that the second it starts feeling overworked its going to be all like screw this I’m giving up.
I think we are all working towards better versions of ourselves. I know I am. And it’s not because I hate how I am at the moment, I just know that I could look & feel so much better if I just put in the effort to change the things that need changing.