Good morning friends! How’s spring treating you?
Saskatchewan missed the memo over here! Oddly enough, we had glorious spring weather for a solid week before the “official” start of spring and then BAM! Snow dump, right on March 20th. Oh well. What’s that saying – in like a lion, out like a lamb? Let’s hope it’s true. I need some spring in my life!
One good thing about this cold, winter weather? More excuses to stay in and watch EVERY MARCH MADNESS GAME
If you’ve been around this blog for a while, then you already know all about enthusiasm I have for the NCAA Tournament! It’s a big deal in my family (at least with my dad and sister) and now we’ve got Mike hooked as well.
The first weekend of the tournament is always the most exciting and fun. Buzzer beaters, upsets, Cinderella teams…it has it all! This year was NOT lacking in insanity. Especially Thursday – SO. MANY. UPSETS. My bracket is pretty much busted at this point but I still have Kentucky going all the way, just like 98% of the basketball watching population ;) So…go Kentucky!
Happiness and #YearofYoga
In other kind of exciting news (at least for me!), 2015 has been dubbed #YearofYoga! Yoga has been a constant in my fitness routine for the past 5 years or so. I was hooked on my first try and I can still remember that first practice perfectly – that’s how much of an impression it left on me! I was going to a class about 1-2 times per week back then but then fizzled out due to a number of reasons (studio location, price, conflicting priorities, etc). I’ve loved continuing my practice at home with YouTube videos and my beloved YogaStudioApp, but yoga had slowly turned into a 2-4 times per month thing for me…until this past year.
I’ve started to make yoga priority again based purely on the fact that I LOVE how I feel during and after practice. If you’ve ever experienced that post-yoga bliss, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Yoga has never been something where I’ve had to force myself into a practice or find myself starting to dread yoga sessions – which, in all honestly, I experience with running from time to time.
This brings us to #yearofyoga. I started off 2015 by doing the Erin Motz (aka Bad Yogi) 30 day yoga challenge and then completing the #TakeTheLeap 30 yoga challenge with prAna and Fit Approach right after. Since that challenge ended on March 3rd, I’ve continued to with an almost daily practice. All because I LOVE it. I feel like a constant yoga practice has given me way more than just physical benefits, although my flexibility is making crazy progress! As cheesy and new age-y as it sounds, I feel more calm, centered, and happier with daily yoga in my life. And we should all be doing more of what makes us happy, right?
I think this is a concept that gets very much overlooked in this online fitness community of ours. We're so focused on #gainz, being better than her/him, or being better than your previous self that we overlook a very important aspect - is this making me happy?
With so much of our lives being filmed and photographed (and edited to perfection) on instagram, twitter, facebook, vine, or whatever your social media choice is, it's so freaking easy to get in that competitive mindset. And often times it's with STRANGERS no less. In all honestly, I've sometimes found myself in a really bad place trying to compare myself to some people I follow on social media - why don't I look like that, why can't I work as hard as him/her, why can't I do that pose?! Really, we should be focusing on what makes us happy in the reality of our lives, not our social media lives. The culture and mindset of "be better than last time every time" or "no excuses EVER" that tends to prevail in "fitspo" images is just not sustainable long-term and overlooks that important aspect of happiness.
Bottom line: don't sacrifice your own happiness to keep up with the Joneses. Do YOU.
So I’m going to keep riding this crazy yoga train until I don’t want to anymore. I’m a very goal-oriented person (duh) and this is very much a non-goal oriented activity for me. I’m practicing purely because of how good it makes me feel and not to achieve any particular milestone or objective. That is a foreign concept for me, but I’m liking the changes going on within me with this type of practice.
Although, don’t think the competitiveness in me has died and gone to green juice hippie heaven…..
Half marathon objectives are all about pushing myself ;) Two hour half mary…I’m coming for ya.
What pushes you in fitness – goals or general well-being?
Do you ever feel negative side effects of "fitspirational" social media?
I’ll see you guys later this week!