May Challenges

Just made it home from another amazing Bikram Yoga class. I knew it was going to be a good one when I beaded up like rain on a freshly waxed car before Id even made it through the first breathing exercise. It was oh so good. I worked hard for 90 minutes, enjoyed a huge plate of fruit and other healthy goodies for dinner, and have been sucking down coconut water like its my job since I got home. No matter how bad my day has been or how terrible I am feeling about myself I always leave yoga feeling renewed. I think that is why I am so addicted to it.

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Our studio is doing something really cool this month by allowing students to create their own challenges and post them around the lobby. Students are committing to everything from making it in once a week to 25 classes in 30 days. I am committing to 3 classes a week!

Speaking of Challenges- I had been toying with the idea of having a little mini challenge for myself in May here on the blog. It is not exactly a secret that Im a creature of habit. Change and chance taking do not come easily to me. I look before I leap, weigh pros and cons, and essentially am not a brave little toaster.

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This year is all about being inspired in 2013. Part of that, for me, was trying to address the fearfulness that I have in too many aspects of my life. May is the month for wiggling out of my comfort zone and trying at least one new thing every week- no questions asked. So, after some suggestions from friends and the hubs here is where we are…

Week 1 – This week isnt too far out of my comfort zone. Initially I had signed up for a themed 5K with a race series Ive been curious about (The Color Run) but it was pushed to June (BOO!). Instead, Ill be planning all of my weekly meals and purchasing all of my weekly groceries on the fly at the Farmers market. Everything from milk to bread to meat to produce will be market purchased and used for all meals prepped at home during the week. Im usually a pre-planner freak about the grocery list so this will be more of a challenge than it might seem.

Week 2- Now it gets interesting. There is a trail the hubs has always wanted me to hike with him that Ive always been to afraid to take on. Its a touch (and by a touch I mean way) more difficult than my normal hiking abilities allow. The payoff, I hear, is a gorgeous waterfall. Every single time we travel to visit my parents the hubs comments about how we should stop and hike it…..this particular weekend that is exactly what we are going to do.

Week 3- Camping. Yep thats happening. Legit sleeping outside, eating things cooked on a fire, and hanging out in the wilderness camping. Ive NEVER done this and frankly have never had the desire. But its happening. Bust out the marshmallows!

Week 4- Zero control road-trip. I am taking a road trip with my husband in which Ill have no control over the destination, food, time, activities or really anything else. Zilch. Nada. This is very hard for a yelp reading, landmark researching, list making, girl. *shudders*.

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I am hoping to be pushed out of my comfort zone both mentally and physically at certain points during the month. Annnnnnd if the other challenges dont do it- I feel certain camping will. Ahem.

Finally, my last challenge in May is to officially begin training for the Disneyland 10K. Can you believe its already time for that? I truly want to RUN and not just finish the event so I’m pretty excited to start my official training this week. Disneyland here we come!!

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Are you running any part of the Disneyland “Double-Dare” weekend?  Can you commit to stepping out of your comfort zone in some way in May?

 

 

2 comments

  1. Jessica C. says:

    Ooh how fun and exciting! Lately I’ve been trying to do things out of my comfort zone as well. One thing I’ve always wanted to try is a yoga class. I always love reading about your yoga adventures and hope to have enough courage to try it soon without worrying about being self conscious. Camping! My hubby and I make it tradition to camp 2-3x during the spring/summer months. Best advice is get an inflatable air matress and some comfy camping chairs with drink holders, also fun to bring games such as cards or board games. Not to mention mosquito spray/citronella candles. Also, that zero control road trip idea sounds fun! Can’t wait to read about your adventures! 🙂

    • runninginpinkproject says:

      Thanks for the comment. 🙂 I have the air mattress ready to go. I am SO nervous about it. I hope youll try a yoga class soon. Its challenging but relaxing all at once. Youll be hooked!

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