100 Days of Fitness: One Year Later

I’ve got a confession. 

I never finished May Miles.

I’ve got another confession. 

I haven’t done yoga consistently in over 3 months.

And a third confession.

I stopped working out.

Instead, I’ve done this.

***couch***

But that’s about to change. I feel slothlike. And I’m not willing to lose my yoga flexibility. And I just MISS exercising.

Never thought I’d say that.

One year ago, on August 18th, I pledge to do 100 Days of Fitness. I made it, and then I kept going. This was huge for me, and still something I’m incredibly proud of. I exercised 15 minutes a day for 266 days. I was so close to a full year….and yet, I’m not bothered by the fact that I didn’t make it. 266 days is damn awesome.

In May, I pledged to do a mile a day for May Miles. I stopped a couple weeks in because I was pushing too hard. I was working out twice a day, and it was just too much. I hadn’t taken a break in over 8 months. I was burned out. So I skipped a day. Then I skipped two. Then a week.

And then, before I knew it, I’d skipped a month.

Then three.

And here I am. A year after starting.

Many of you were here when I started that journey. The impact it had on me, on my life, was mind-boggling. It was a change I never expected. Several of you joined me in the challenge, and I know had similar results.

Thankfully, I haven’t gained any weight during this dark period. (That’s because I never lost any to begin with, so there was nothing to gain back….but those are specifics. Point is, I haven’t gained weight.) Not for lack of trying. I really don’t want to think about all the beer and cake and cocktails and hamburgers and tacos and….who am I kidding, you’ve all seen my food posts.

I have, however, gotten really grumpy. Just ask Jimmie.

And my body hurts. Not in that good, I-worked-out way….in that oh-shit-I’m-30-now way.

So, I’m getting back into it.

I thought about doing Erin Motz’s 30-Day Yoga Challenge on YouTube. I thought about doing Chalene Johnson’s PiYo. I thought about training for a 5k. I thought about going back to my 100 Days Challenge.

And then I thought…no. I don’t need a program or a challenge or something to work toward.

I know I feel better when I exercise. I know what I enjoy doing, what I don’t, what works, and what doesn’t. I’m just going to do it because it feels good and because I like it.

Now….yes. I probably am going to do the yoga challenge, and I’m definitely going to do PiYo, and I still want to train for a 5k. I just haven’t quite decided which to do first, so I’m just going to do them all.

I’m excited.