It’s funny simply how much my point of view changed when I had my 44th birthday this past year. I viewed the milestone as the possibility for a brand new beginning and to do things I’ve dreamed of doing. Perhaps expand on the things I already enjoy. There’s also the typically things everyone looks for – health, success at work, time with friends and family….. One of the things I dreamed of was going to Italy for my first time for 2 weeks!
Time came and I found myself on the beaches of Italy! I was there with friends and was happy but deeply sad as well. Part of me was explicitly embarrassed every time I found myself on the beach, surrounded by these gorgeous women who were taller, slimmer and even seemed more confident than me.
Though I attended yoga on and off in the past, never really committed to it for the long term. Upon returning from my trip, I went back my yoga class and signed up for a 30 day challenge. That turned into the 60 day challenged. At first I was having difficulty and thought I wouldn’t even be able to complete the initial 30 day challenge, but time came and I went on towards the 60, then 100 day challenge.
It wasn’t easy all the way through. I had accumulated years of bad habits. Unhealthy eating. Not going to the gyme or classes regularly. Sleeping late. You name it.
Many times during class, I found it difficult to complete the 60 minutes. I needed breaks often. To my surprised I did meet the 30 day challenge for my class and I couldn’t be happier. I am going regularly and I’m currently at my 127th day challenge!!!
I’ve lost a lot of weight, about 39 pounds. Dropped several dress sizes and feel just as beautiful and confident as those women I envied on my trip. Actually I even feel more powerful and mentally aware.
I’m planning on continuing my classes and making sure not to fall back into bad habits or destructive behavior. There are days that are more difficult than others, especially now that I am dating again and in the process of moving but I have to tell myself that these are just excuses and I have to remain committed to my goals.