I’m incredibly tired right now. After the weekend adventures and staying up late most nights I’ve finally hit a point of needed some restful quiet time. I’m not one who needs a ton of it, but today I’m craving space and quiet. The feeling has been with me all day but unfortunately every time I think I get some quiet or space or both someone comes to chat. I love to talk with everyone so I don’t mind, but I’m so thankful to be in my room listening to music right now. A few hours to unwind is exactly what I need (and maybe an earlier bedtime). To bad I can’t have a glass of wine right now as well!
Entering the second week of the program here at Green Mountain I’m falling into the routine of things, or so it feels. My body is used to eating at certain times now and I get hungry before the meal times. I’m ready to walk right after breakfast. I’m ready to do resistance training after that on most days. I’m falling into the pattern of wake, eat, workout, learn, workout, eat, learn, workout, snack, do something, eat, watch movies, sleep. I know if you read that it doesn’t give you any sense of the schedule here, but it is very easy to get used to. I’m not sure how much that will change once I start working, but I will find out tomorrow. I know for sure that at the very least my meals will still all be at the same time almost every day for the next 11 weeks. Let’s just say I’m enjoying the schedule and the convenience of having someone cook all my meals in a delicious fashion. It’s fabulous.
Today I went to yoga class with the normal yoga instructor. I must say, although I am just getting into it, I really enjoy yoga. I love that it works on strength, flexibility, and balance. And breathing. If there is anything that has completely changed since I’ve been here is my focus on breathing properly during all classes. It’s funny how much breathing affects everything you do either positively or negatively. Breathing the right way makes every activity so much easier. I’m loving that yoga is so focused on breathing as well.
I’m feeling much better with the amounts of exercise and in fact think I could do a little more. And I’m loving the stories from other participants about how they had such a better week the second week. And even better the next! It’s so amazing to see inspiring stories unfolding right before my eyes. I’m amazed by the women in the program who are making so much progress both physically and mentally. It’s clear even among those that doubt their progress. It’s hard to spend your whole life thinking about yourself one way just to realize that you can live so much better if you change those thought patterns and habits.
It’s such a hard task, changing your life for the better, and most people never get around to doing it. These women have all decided they want to change and have sought out help to do so. I’m amazed at the bravery it takes to do that. To not only admit that things need to be changed but to commit to the change and find the right way to do it. Family and friends on the outside might not understand, but it is amazing that they are all doing this for themselves. It’s not about losing weight. It’s really not. It’s about living a healthy lifestyle and also freeing yourself to be happy and comfortable with who you are. Today in class I heard the phrase the founder used many years ago that still concisely describes what the program is trying to make happen: “You’re going to like you.” I hope all the participants do go home liking themselves because they are all freaking awesome.
45 minute walk at moderate pace
1 hr upper body resistance training class
1 hr low impact aerobics class (GREAT)
30 minutes basic yoga class (very cool)