Today started a week of recovery for me with my exercise. I can do low or medium intensity cardio, but no weights. I have wanted to try my Biggest Loser yoga DVD again after really enjoying the Spin + Yoga (Spoga?) class I've done the past couple weeks at the gym. I reviewed the DVD WAY BACK when no one read this blog, and really loved it.
My legs were kind of sore from a really great spin class yesterday (still praising the heck out of my gel seat and padded bike shorts), so I thought I might enjoy something less speed oriented. I popped in the yoga DVD and ran the video camera.
I get a lot of questions about how to stay motivated with exercise or how not to get frustrated. I wish I knew the answer. There are always suggestions like:
- try new things
- vary your activities
- work out with friends or family
While I haven't had any recent moments of disliking exercise, I will admit that today doing yoga I got frustrated. My body wouldn't move how I wanted it to. I felt strong from all my other workouts, but things just weren't clicking today. My muscles were on fire, and there were some moves I just physically couldn't do. You'll see that in the video below.
Instead of getting frustrated, I have to look at this moment as a starting point. So what if I've already lost 80 pounds? I want my body to be able to do this stuff and right now, it just can't. So I keep pushing forward. What's the alternative? If I stop now, I'll never get there.
So, here is the video, in all its imperfection. Just remember that none of us are perfect, and that you have to start somewhere.