I wanted to combat stress and I wanted to get back on track after Thanksgiving. I'm feeling pretty good so far.
A little over a week into it and I'm right on tract with the fitness. I've done a mixture of running, weights, yoga, and trainer meeting. I like the variety and trying out new videos that make it surprisingly easy to add in at least 30 minutes a day. My goal was 20 minutes in order to put a check mark on my technologically advanced workout tracker, but I'm finding I haven't done anything under 30 (note the 9 checkmarks, baby!).
I was surprised at how easy it's been to make the time. I honestly thought that would be my biggest challenge but when I've already made the decision to workout, it seems like it's just a matter of fitting it in and fitting in what I feel like doing that day. I've allowed myself to be flexible - anything goes so long as it's at least 20 minutes. If I'm tired, I'll do some yoga. If I'm feeling strong, I'll pick up some weights. And I really do feel less stressed out. My multitasking abilities are coming back and I'm more focused on the present. I wish I had a way to measure it that wasn't so subjective. I'd estimate about a 25% reduction in perceived stress levels. Not too shabby.
One confession though... as part of my post-Thanksgiving back-on-track Challenge, I said I would stop putting cheese on everything. Well, today I put feta in my lunch wrap. And on my dinner. I admit it. And I'm okay with it. Just being flexible!
I challenge myself... a lot.