After twenty-one days on this body odyssey I can honestly say I have learned a thing or two about me. There have been some successes and a few unfulfilled promises to myself. But overall the information gathered has been well worth it. As usual.
While I wanted and expected these three weeks to be about better body practices, I was surprised that I didn’t take so quickly to changing my food. I did juice and blend. I did eat a ton of salads. But I also still had my coffee with its sugar and half and half. I cut back on wine, mostly because I wanted to and I went back to gluten-free. Cheese still lurks in the dark corners of my refrigerator.
I guess I was trying to make changes that I knew I could live with. I can certainly live without coffee, but I enjoy it. The ritual of it, the aroma, and of course the nice little lift. I make no apologies.
As I mentioned in a previous post from this challenge, if I were to do it all over, I might separate the working out/movement from the food. In fact, I may do another challenge shortly exclusively about food.
What I did accomplish this time that has me happily surprised is how much I have fallen in love with working out. I still drag myself to the gym, but once I’m there I get so into it. Expecially, as you know by now, Rowan, my beloved Concept 2 Rowing Machine. There are times when I have to make myself leave the gym. That’s just so odd to me.
Overall I believe I have accomplished what I set out to do and that is to make a stronger connection with my physical form. The combination of yoga and the gym is the perfect balance for me. Yoga keeps me curious about the nuances of my body while allowing my mind to completely let go. Working out helps me feel strong and completely energizes me. Yin and Yang. Equal parts of the whole.
I hope to continue both. I am off on a road trip for 7-ish days. My husband and I are meandering up to Pennsylvania and back. I know myself well enough not to plan on getting to the gym or even a yoga class, but we’re going through some mountains and hiking in cool weather sounds divine. I did pack our yoga mats and some work out clothes. Just. In. Case.
I will keep my body moving and continue with the few practices I picked up where food is concerned. But mostly I will be present and that’s the very best medicine for health.
And the quickest route to enchantment.
2 thoughts on “21 Day Challenge – Day 21 – To Begin Again”
I love the ritual of my morning coffee as well and feel no remorse in engaging in the tradition 🙂 Running is the Yang to my yoga yin. I agree it’s important to keep the balance. Have a great trip to Pennsylvania!
Thanks! We’re really trying to make it about the journey, wandering off the beaten path as much as we can. Sometimes the need to get somewhere wins though!