a medal earned

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I look at this picture and I see….

I am content, a little bit tired, a little bit sore.

I was sweaty before the shower before this picture. e

I am so proud of myself!

My bestie, Heather, sent me this medal for her virtual event last year. She told me many moons ago I earned it when I did all that walking. Remember that crazy walking streak?!? But, I am sometimes too hard on myself and that seemed like a cop-out. I wanted to dedicate a specific walk to this event, not just count a walk or series of walks as the event. I know, I know, I overthink.

I wanted to earn my medal with an event!

Truth!

And I did!

I asked Heather what my events should be – I was planning a combo of walking & yoga videos. My Beastie often knows what I need even if I don’t know it myself. She proclaimed my challenge to be 5 Leslie Miles and 5 DoYouYoga.com 30-Day Challenge videos. I made this virtual event MY event…walking and yoga! Heather challenged me.

Hunt for a Cure: 5&5 Part 1

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I absolutely LOVE this selfie!

I am not sure why.

I look like a goof.

5 miles, bitches!!

I LOVE my Leslie walks but I haven’t done many since I ended my walking steak. If I am being honest, and my word for the year is TRUTH, I didn’t give all my best effort when I was walking on that streak. Yes, I did walk every day and many of those walks were Leslie walks BUT, I did not put all my best effort into those walks. Many walks were just to get the walk done. I couldn’t admit I wasn’t putting in enough effort at the time but now I can look back and see it. More than that, I can feel it! I am super proud that I was able to complete this 5-miler. There were some “jogging” intervals and there was a lot of sweat! You can’t really tell from this picture but my glasses are all steamed up – especially, the bottom of the lenses.

*I don’t know if you noticed but I have a new HRM (Heart Rate Monitor) – it is the Polar M400 and it is a beauty!! I am a Polar Ambassador and was sent this unit. all thought and opinions are totally my own! And all workouts come from my labor of love, I promise!! I will be talking more about Polar  this year as I really work on getting myself in better shape!! I will be using my M400 to help with said getting in shape!

Hunt for a Cure: 5&5 Part 2

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The Yoga Events!

The “easier” of the events!

HA!

The universe thinks it’s funny!! Heather challenged me to 5 of DoYouYoga’s 30 day challenge. I haven’t completed this course, so I figured the best place to start would be the first 5 videos!! At some point during the 3rd video my wrists starting bothering me. During the the 4th video, I thought I was going to puke! But I made it to the 5th video! But man, that video was a lot of core work and planks. I felt so weak and didn’t think I would be able to finish. My body felt awkward and big and uncoordinated and out of shape! It was so hard but I finished! It wasn’t pretty and what I was doing at the end could hardly be called yoga. But I kept going. When the last video ended, I gave myself permission to svasana. Actually, it was more like I told myself I needed and must svasana. And I cried!

I cried and I cried. Soft little tears, no big ugly crocodile tears but tears enough to wet my cheeks. Relief, exhaustion, shame, pride, do I deserve to be proud? It was such a weird swirl of emotions. I satyed in svasana until I no longer felt fragile. I took a hot, steamy shower right after and by the time I turned the water off, I felt so wonderful!! A calm and content washed over me!

and that night, when I went to bed, I slept like a baby!

The very top picture is after my shower and I think my happiness shines through!

I earned this medal!

I am proud!!

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