Happy Birthday to Me
Yesterday I turned THIRTY NINE!
It isn’t a significant number, but you can see what the next birthday will be…40!
I feel like I blinked and twenty years just whizzed by.
I’m feeling good about things this year. I started the year off with a Whole 30 that really gave me the reset I needed for my mind and body. I’ve continued eating Whole 30 about 95% of the time too. I do like a glass or two of wine on a Friday night! I’m feeling more healthy than I’ve been on previous birthdays. I’m done having babies. A lot of new things to focus on as my kids aren’t tiny little babies anymore and are becoming more and more self sufficient. It is funny how this time of life shows up all of a sudden.
This year I’m more active. I haven’t had an exercise plan in years. Having all my kids so close together didn’t leave me much time away from them. I’m sure I could have managed to find some minutes, but my eating was poor, my sleep was poor and it all left me with zero motivation. I had tried joining a local gym for awhile but that didn’t last long.
Recently I started a barre program. I just am not feeling like the gym is what I need right now to incorporate exercise and I like classes. I enjoy a small group setting where I can focus and feel supported. I have done Zumba and kick boxing and all the aerobic type of exercises in years past. (I use to exercise 3-4 times a week before kids). But in this phase of my life I don’t feel much like jumping around. I want to work on getting myself strong again and toned focusing on all those body parts that seemed to become weakened with each pregnancy. Barre has been great so far. I think I’m addicted even with all the soreness after my first few sessions. I committed and signed myself up for a month of classes. I will check in again after the month is over to let you know if this is something I was able to stick with!
Barre is a way to incorporate dance, Pilates, and yoga into a fitness program that helps others build long, lean, beautiful muscles. You burn fat and there is no impact, which means there is a VERY low risk for injury. This is what sold me on barre, no impact. I don’t want to push myself into an injury while getting back into a regular exercise program.
A quick internet search found a local barre studio not far from my house. I decided to sign myself up for the first FREE TRIAL class. I was feeling pretty anxious on the drive over to the studio that Monday morning. I didn’t really know what to expect, but all the ladies were super kind and the instructor very helpful. Forcing myself to take time out from the day to day grind has been impossible for me. There is always something for me to do at home so I never just walk away from those things and take an hour for me. I don’t know why I don’t take the time, but it leaves me feeling frustrated, and angry. There is always cleaning and cooking and laundry to do so I don’t know why I was always thinking I could get those things done first and put myself last. I’ve never been “caught up” with the household chores and probably never will. So, I’m learning this year to look past those things and get my a$$ out the door. What do you do to make time for yourself?
Happy 39th birthday to me! It was a sore one, but another birthday nonetheless!