Last week I did some exercise!
I know, shock-horror right?!
On Tuesday I woke up so annoyed with myself that I got out of bed, put on my gym clothes and used our cross-trainer.
It's been sitting there, doing nothing for months and after a chat with the woman at the gym I decided to give it a go. I started with just 10 minutes, figuring I'd build it up like I did with my running earlier in the year.
While on the machine I felt good, I was doing exercise, pushing myself, and trying something new. After those 10 minutes I was worn out, I felt like I did when I ran two miles. I was red-faced and puffing and panting, but it did feel good.
After a shower I felt amazing, I'd broken through that barrier and done some exercise.
Then I got an email from the woman at the gym saying that there was a yoga class that evening and I was welcome to try it out to see if it was something I'd be interested in doing more often.
Everything was falling into place.
I felt happy all day, I was making an effort and that was my biggest stumbling point.
Tuesday evening I headed to the yoga class, I didn't really know what to expect. The class I attended before was very easy and although it pushed me a little I never left feeling like I'd worked out.
This new class was VERY different.
I managed poses I never imagined I could get myself into (with help from the instructor), I really pushed my body, and I remembered why I enjoyed yoga so much.
Even though I was completely wiped out by the time I got home I was feeling pretty good about myself.
Then came Wednesday morning...
My muscles have never ached so much!
Although it hurt it was an amazing feeling because I could tell how hard I'd worked.
My plan for the rest of the week was to go on the cross-trainer three times during the week. My muscles had other plans though. Instead I spent some time browsing the internet, stumbling across sites like slimmingsolutions.com which offers various weight loss aids and shape-wear (amongst other things), and I checked out Mirka's post in which she offers readers a FREE download of Thinking Slimmer Christmas Slimpod.
I didn't really recover until Friday and as I didn't want to push myself too hard and cause an injury I skipped the exercise for the rest of the week.
This weekend has been manic, we've been clearing out the boys' toys ready for Christmas so I've been lifting boxes, sorting toys, basically exercising all weekend.
Right now I'm the tiredest I've been in a long time.
My muscles have recovered though, so I'll be on the cross-trainer tomorrow morning, 10 minutes again, although this time perhaps not an hour yoga class on the same day!
I'm going to try getting back into doing yoga at home, YouTube has a massive selection of videos. I just can't justify paying for a gym membership for one class per week.
What I learned last week though is that I CAN change. Yes, it requires effort but I do have it in me to make these changes. It may be Christmas soon but that doesn't mean I need to stop all the exercise and give up until the New Year.
I'm clinging to this positivity for all it's worth, and I'm hoping it'll see me through the festive season.