Spring…is there a better season? As we once again begin to emerge from our hibernation and start shedding layers, and nature thaws out to reveal abundant and brilliant colors…I find myself energized. So much so that when my husband decided that we needed to start a workout and new eating habits, I enthusiastically jumped on board. I ordered the workout dvd’s and we marked our calendars to begin June 1st. When the package arrived on May 30th we quickly decided that we would instead begin the next day.
Days 1-3 were agony. Waking up early every morning, muscles screaming, body aching and stomach begging for a bowl of pasta while avoiding the donuts in the break room and desperately convincing myself how wonderful my veggie salad and cottage cheese taste. In the afternoon I would practically inhale the handful of soy nuts that make up my snack then staring pathetically at my empty palm and thinking surely they must be joking but that was all nothing compared to day 4…Yoga.
Each day you are assigned a different workout that focuses on different areas of the body. Day one was arms and shoulders and then a quick ab workout (Ouch!) at the end. Day two; legs, day three; back and arms and abs. Day 4…YOGA!! Let me just start by saying, this was my first real venture into the world of Yoga so I am still somewhat surprised at my rather hostile reaction to it. I woke up exhausted and achy but actually excited thinking that it would be refreshing and healing to my beat up joints. HA!! I have never left a workout feeling more angry. I spent a majority of the hour staring at the screen in disbelief and groaning out loud, “He cannot possibly think that I’m going to do that!” I would wiggle and pull my body into contorted positions that let’s face it folks, are simply not natural, only to realize that I was two poses behind. Having only done an hour of the hour and one-half workout I suddenly found myself so angry that I announced that I was done and that any future yoga workouts would be exchanged for a bike ride.
We have now completed our first whole week and while my body is still in shock, I am excited to see a loss of five pounds and more importantly just an overall sense of feeling good. Yoga day is looming near and I’m still pretty set on the idea of skipping it for a bike ride but I’m looking forward to challenging myself a little more this week and getting more settled into the workouts and new eating habits.