Fit Friday- What a difference a week makes!

I was a bit sensitive last week in the Fit Friday post. I’d just stared yoga classes and as excited as I was to recommit to my fitness journey and bring some accountability by signing up for a group class, I wasn’t expecting for it to be so… emotional.

I had gone to two classes and felt so uncomfortable seeing myself in the mirror for an hour. I couldn’t believe how big I’d gotten after losing weight just a couple of months ago. I felt frumpy and just couldn’t identify with the person in the mirror.

What a difference a week makes! I pulled up some yoga sessions on YouTube and practiced at home over the weekend. My girls got involved with me and we had some good laughs (mainly at my expense but all in good fun!). This week I felt empowered after both classes. I’m still not 100% comfortable with myself but I already feel better than the week before. I’m amazed at how much progress you can make in a week! I’m able to do poses more accurately, have less pain while contorting myself, can hold the poses longer and I feel stronger. I’m just a few classes away from doing the Salamba sirsasana (headstand) on my own!

My fitness idols!
Oh my gosh! Almost hurt my neck laughing so hard when I saw her like this out of the corner of my eye once I was in the handstand position!

I have a long way to go to get where I want to be, but I’m taking the right steps to get there! I feel better about myself than I did last week. I love the feeling I have after class! I’m relaxed and euphoric. I’m going to try to start incorporating yoga into everyday even though I only have class twice a week. I think I can commit to 20 minutes a day. I’ll be touching on this more in my reflection post for week 1 of the Kindness Challenge so I don’t want to give too much away but I’m just surprised to see how quickly I’ve seen improvements by just going to 4 classes!

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How’s your fitness journey going? What are you doing to get active and stay active? Did you reach your fitness goals this week? What goals do you have for next week? For those of you that commented last week, how did this week go? I’d love to hear how it’s going for you!


18 Replies to “Fit Friday- What a difference a week makes!”

  1. No. I did not meet my fitness goals this week. I haven’t run a mile since Saturday. I’m so beating myself up over it too. And I have a race Saturday too. AND my “goal race” is next Saturday. Shaking my head at myself….

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    1. Don’t beat yourself up too much. You know what’s not working, what’s something you could change to make it work? How can you motivate yourself to get a run in tomorrow before your race Saturday? No need to answer Amanda! Best of luck with your race! 🙂

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  2. Well, for this week I found a pretty challenging yoga practice, a whole hour, and the goal was to do it every day to toughen up…well, my schedule didn’t allow it, but I still managed 3 days out of 4 until now. Next week I’ll try a morning practice, half an hour, every day after my light breakfast just to see if I can install it as a morning habit. And yeah…yoga can make you sweat 😀

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    1. Good for you! I do a 1 hour class twice a week but don’t think I could do an hour at home with the girls… I can’t believe how much of a workout it is! I hadn’t done yoga in over 12 years and back when I did I was in shape and I was younger so it came easier! 😉

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  3. I came in late and didn’t realize you did a Fitness post, but oddly enough, I’ve been challenging myself fitness-wise for the last month. I read an article, I think it was in the New York Times, that said four minutes of high intensity exercise is just as effective as 30 minutes. I figured, what the heck, I can give four minutes a shot. I went with burpees because I could NEVER do them well. Wound up barely doing five to begin with. I’m now at 30! I do 15, take a short break, then do another 15. My goal is to do them without the break, but I’m still pretty darn pleased with myself. This week I got a few compliments on my arms when I wore a sleeveless top! Whoo-hoo! 😀

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    1. I’m all over the place! haha April I participated in the A-Z Challenge so my personal posting schedule was sacrificed when I had to choose between my own schedule or A-Z so I missed a few Fridays…

      That’s a great point you bring up! Starting off small can be the key to consistency. For someone like me, a shorter workout is more reasonable for me to stick with and I can build up my workout over time.

      Ooooooh! Congrats on the compliments!! I know that felt good! How long did it take you to work up to the 30 that you’re doing now?

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      1. Let’s see, after a couple of weeks, doing 10 was getting easy, so that’s when I added the break and did 10 more. This week I moved it up to 15, so I guess it took me 3 weeks total. I don’t want to hurt myself by pushing it too fast, so that’s why I’m being careful.

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      2. Oh my gosh! People are noticing in 3 weeks?! I need to start now! hahahaha I keep telling myself to do something to start toning my arms and now you’ve just convinced me to actually stop thinking and just do it! 🙂

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  4. After reading your last Fit Friday post, I challenged myself to be able to maintain the plank for two minutes. I literally got down on the floor after reading your post. I’m at 1:30 right now. I’ve tried the plank in the past but I’ve never committed to it until now. Thank you for inspiring me Niki! 🙂

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    1. Oh my gosh! That is so amazing! I’m so excited that you would have pulled such motivation from within you! I’m glad it was sparked! You’ll be surpassing that 2 minute mark in no time! 🙂

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      1. No doubt Niki 😀 There was something in your words that sparked a flame inside me. I’ve always wanted to master the plank but it always came last. After reading your post, I knew the time had come to finally follow through with it 😀

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      2. That is awesome! That is quite a feat to come within 30 seconds of your lengthy goal! Can’t wait to know (see?) when you’ve mastered that 2 minute mark! 🙂


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