Something new

by Kim on March 20, 2013

I feel like I’ve been getting beaten down a lot lately.

Nothing seriously bad has happened…no one’s sick, the house hasn’t burned down, and NBC’s Smash has not been cancelled (yet)…it’s just a combination of little things.

Like…

–I had a completely random bout of insomnia Monday night and couldn’t fall sleep until 4 AM. (??) I’m still paying for it.

–I came to the painful realization that a full marathon will not be in the cards this year, despite what I was hoping. I’ll still run some halfs (halves?) and shorter races, but I don’t think I’m going to make it 26.2. So, instead, I’ve decided to devote this summer to speed, rather than distance.

(I can tell by how hard it was to write that out that I haven’t fully made peace with the decision.)

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–We got blindsided by an astronomical bill for one of Mason’s allergy appointments, which insurance wouldn’t cover due to a weird coding idiosyncrasy. A zillion frustrating phone calls ultimately got us nowhere.

–In the past few weeks, I’ve applied for a handful of different blog-related opportunities and have been turned down/overlooked for every single one of them. Rejection always leaves me doubting myself, and self-doubt sucks.

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Of course, once I’m in that “nothing is going right” mindset, every tiny life snafu feels like a Soul-Crushing Disaster.

Like when I was getting ready to make this for dinner the other night and discovered that I’d forgotten to get a crucial ingredient from the grocery store (even though IT HAD BEEN ON THE LIST). Or when I was dying to get out of the house on Monday, but ended up trapped inside by a freak snowstorm.

…By happy coincidence, that same snowstorm also allowed me to postpone a freelance writing project meeting I was dreading.

…Which freed up my night for some much-needed YOGA.

sweatpink2 I used to chuckle at bloggers’ camera-clearly-visible mirror pics, but now I understand that it’s just the best/easiest/only way sometimes.

And that’s how I ended up going to my first ever Vinyasa yoga class at my gym. From what I can tell, the difference between Vinyasa yoga and “regular yoga” is that Vinyasa focuses more on synchronizing dynamic movements with breathing. So there’s a lot of doing X on the inhale and Y on the exhale, rather than just breathing at your own pace. The result is supposed to be a really smooth, energized flow.

As for my first experience, it was…good and bad. And a little ugly.

The Good:

–I got to try lots of new poses! And I was actually able to hold my side crows for a few seconds…

side crow …although it didn’t look anywhere NEARLY as amazing as this, and I wasn’t wearing a cool tribal necklace.

–I stretched muscles that I hadn’t stretched in a long time, if ever in my life. (As evidenced by how they feel today.)

–It was really hard, in an exciting way!

The Bad:

–I’ve only been going to Body Flow, which combines yoga, tai chi, and pilates, so “just yoga” felt kind of plain in comparison.

–The flows got a little repetitive. Not having to think about what I’m doing leads to my mind wandering, which is no good in yoga.

–The music wasn’t the greatest. It’s hard to explain what it was, exactly, but it sounded like something from an older generation and was a little too upbeat for yoga.

The Ugly:

–I think I kinda hurt my neck? I don’t know. Something feels off. (But I might have just slept on it weird last night.)

–If I’m going to keep doing yoga, I should probably invest in my own mat. Those things at the gym are rank.

Now, I know true yogis probably poo-poo the gym class yoga experience, but I think I’m getting a good intro to yoga there. I’m sure I’ll try out an actual studio someday—out of curiosity, if nothing else—and when I do, I (hopefully) won’t be quite as intimidated by it as I would have been if I’d started there.

By another happy coincidence, Abby happens to be hosting a challenge over at Challenge Loop called Spice It Up, in which she’s encouraging people to try something new in the fitness world this week. Anyone who completes the challenge can leave a comment on the loop telling her what they did and be entered to win a $50 Lululemon gift card. Hello! I got right on that.

You should check out the challenge, too! It’s open to new participants through March 24.

What’s something you want to try in the fitness world?

I want to try Piloxing. (As you probably guessed: pilates + boxing.) I’ve been wanting to take a boxing class for awhile (proof) and the pilates/boxing combo sounds like a cool twist.

Unfortunately, piloxing is still a little hard to come by…there’s only ONE certified instructor in my city, and ONE location that offers the class ONE day a month!

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Emily N March 21, 2013 at 8:01 am

I think I should say that I want to try Zumba. I do. And I sometimes think it is funny/ridiculous, but at the same time, I really want to give it a go!
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Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome March 20, 2013 at 10:44 pm

Keep your head up Kim! You are always so positive and I absolutely love reading your blog! I definitely have those times where it seems like everything is going wrong or no good. However, tomorrow is always a new day :-)
That’s awesome that you did the side crow pose! I’ve never tried that one! I want to try a Barre class and a TRX type class. Now that I did Crossfit, I want to do it more! I see where people get hooked!
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Katie @ Live Half Full March 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm

I’ve been dying to try a Barre class or Flywheel!
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Kim March 20, 2013 at 2:13 pm

I want to try Barre too! Flywheel–I haven’t even heard of that! :) Better go Google that one.

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Sarah March 20, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Hi Kim!

Sorry the little things have gotten to feel like bigger things lately…we can all relate! On a super positive note—You look AMAZING in your pics—hello toned arms!!! Can I look like you after I have a baby!?!?!?!? :)

Take care,
Sarah

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Kim March 20, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Haha, wow, thanks Sarah!

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Erin March 20, 2013 at 9:34 am

Congrats on side crow! That is awesome. I’ve been working on regular crow and can hold it for all of one breath. Ditto Lindsey’s hot yoga rec. It doesn’t even have to be bikrim hot, but hot enough to make you sweat helps it feel like a “real workout”. Even at lifetime, the yoga classes can vary based on the instructor and their style even if it is the same class. Maybe another instructor would be better?

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Kim March 20, 2013 at 10:53 am

Awesome that you can do regular crow!! I have a long way to go on that one. I think I’d be crazy about hot yoga–I used to go tanning just because I liked laying in a hot bed, haha.

Good point about the instructors. The one I love at our gym only does Body Flow, which might be why I love that class!

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lindsey March 20, 2013 at 8:41 am

I love that you are still giving yoga a chance!! Kudos to you! There is nothing wrong g with gym yoga classes… I just prefer hot yoga and my gym doesn’t have that option. Sorry to hear about the no-go for 26.2. :( I have dreams of doing my first full marathon this year… but I have been plagued with injuries for the last 6 months. Speed work sounds like an attainable goal. Good luck!!

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Kim March 20, 2013 at 9:31 am

I think I would LOVE hot yoga–my gym doesn’t have it either. That’s one reason I’ll probably end up in a studio sooner or later. I hope you recover from your injuries smoothly & quickly! You still have plenty of time to get on track for a marathon this year.

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PickyRunner March 20, 2013 at 7:34 am

Piloxing sounds so intense! I will try just about any workout. Yoga and zumba are two of my faves besides running though.
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Kim March 20, 2013 at 9:29 am

I’m SOO bad at zumba! Not a graceful bone in my bod. I hope piloxing is as intense as it sounds–I’ll report back.

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