8 Weeks to Wellness is an all encompassing challenge that inspires creative ways to get moving and eat healthy, feeding both the body and mind. I have decided to join up with this group challenge at the barre studio I attend, to try something new and help get myself back on track after a disastrous holiday season.
I was feeling so lazy and lethargic by New Years, I knew I needed to do something. Holiday overeating had really gotten the better of me. It wasn’t as much of a weight gain situation as an icky feeling situation. I just felt “blah.” So when this was presented at the studio a few weeks back I decided to bite the bullet and go in full force.
I am sure you think I jump around from challenge to challenge, interest to interest, and I do! I hate doing the same things all the time. I get bored. Especially if something is not for me (i.e. CrossFit). The only sport I have ever stuck with is running, but sometimes I need to cut my mileage back and do something else to begin to yearn for it again!
In this challenge I am running, doing Pilates, yoga, Pound, and barre method workouts. I like the variety and I know it is what I need to stay on track. The challenge only has a few “rules”:
- Drink 60 ounces of water a day
- Take 10,000 steps a day
- Log your food in my fitness pal and stick to your caloric goals
- Attend 3-5 fitness classes at the studio a week
- A daily meditation and reflection using a journal
I am really excited about this challenge which anyone can really be a part. It is relaxed and nurturing. It is an environment that I thrive best in as a high anxiety person. Also, it is a great to meet new people, all working on a common path of health and wellness. This is a total shift from my half marathons and CrossFit but I feel it is a time I need to take a step back and give my body a break as it felt like it was slowly breaking down.
I have also decided to make sure I read at least one book a month as part of my challenge. I decided to read: “May Cause Miracles: A 40-Day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness by Gabrielle Berstein.
- Have you ever tried to walk 10,000 steps a day? It seems like child’s play, but I have to get on my treadmill and run or walk every night to make up steps!
- Have you ever read of Gabrielle Bernstein’s books? What is your take on them?