|One of the reasons why I fell off the Bikram wagon...|
I was so close to finishing my 30 Day Challenge. On Day #22 of my challenge, I got really sick. I tried making a speedy comeback on Day #23 and #24. I didn't really give myself a chance to get 100% better before leaving for my trip to Seattle. Then my trip to Seattle totally threw me off. I planned on taking one class a day while I was there, but with my schedule last week, it wasn't possible. Between travel time, still feeling under the weather, being busy at work, trying to catch up on my sleep and fitting in two days of snowboarding while I was up there, Bikram Yoga just seemed to fall off my radar completely last week.
Not to keep coming up with excuses, but for me I find that I'm a morning Bikram Yoga-er. I love waking up and taking a Bikram class first thing in the morning. Not only does it mean I have it out of the way for the rest of the day, but I find that I have more pep in my step throughout the day. There's something about doing something as challenging as a 90 minute Bikram class first thing in the morning that helps makes me feel so incredibly accomplished. It really sets the tone for the rest of the day. I tend to be happier and way more productive. Plus, taking a class first thing in the morning leaves me an opportunity to take another class at night if I have the time and energy. I love having those kinds of options!
While I was in Seattle, I wasn't able to find one studio close to me that offered a 5:30 or 6 am class every weekday morning. I had to divide my time between two different studios. That was tough because even though one of the studio's was close to where I was staying, the other one was closer to work. That meant having to lug all of my stuff with me to class and get ready for work at the studio. Not really ideal. Taking a class after work wasn't an option either because my schedule and workload were all over the place last week. Plus, once I was done with work for the day, I had time scheduled to hang out with friends who live up in Seattle. I didn't want to give up my limited Seattle friend time for a Bikram class.
I know that making it through 24 days of daily Bikram is quite a feat, but it's not the challenge I set out to do. I set out to do a 30 day challenge and was even pushing myself to extend my challenge to 60 days because my mind and body were feeling so good, before I got sick. Now I only think it's fair that I start over at day one and attempt the challenge again. I don't have any travel plans for the next month so this time around it should be a breeze, as long as I don't get sick again.
When I came back from my trip over the weekend, I started feeling sick AGAIN. Not as severe as I felt before I left for my trip, but enough to be kind of annoying. I think feeling like that along with being tired, not having taken a class in a week and being sore from snowboarding two days in a row made my first Bikram class back on Sunday night a bit challenging. I felt really winded. In fact as soon as I went home to shower after class, I was in bed shortly after for the rest of the night. This morning, I woke up and went to the 5:30 am class. I still felt winded, but not nearly as out of it as I had felt the night before. Going from being outside in my car in 30 degree weather to a room heated to 105 degrees did feel amazing this morning. My sinuses were cleared out in no time. I love that feeling!
So here's to round two of my challenge and never giving up. Like I said a few posts back, this challenge has been all about dedication, patience and commitment for me. Three things I have struggled with my whole life. Maybe it isn't such a bad thing that I restart my challenge so that these lessons really get ingrained into my head and incorporate into my daily lifestyle. It will only make me a better and stronger person.