I’ve had a lot of fun going to barre and connecting with new instructors as I work to fit barre into my, probably too busy, life.
Before I officially started the challenge, I wrote out a calendar so I’d know when I was able to make it to class, and when I had other commitments. Since I’m not a morning person (sorry, I’m not even going to attempt signing up for a 6am class) my options were to attend on evenings and weekends, and this required some planning in advance.
I even set out to make sure attempting 100 classes was possible, given my commitments and the fact that I’m limited in the number of days in a year 😉 It was going to be a bit tight, but also doable.
This week Calgary got slammed with some crazy winter weather. Snow all day Sunday followed by absolutely frigid temperatures the rest of the week. I’m talking, it doesn’t actually matter if it’s in Celsius or Fahrenheit because it’s that’s freaking cold.
Whenever cold temperatures like this hit, I find I become really tired. Tired to the point where I wish I were a bear so I could hibernate and sleep off winter and even then that might not be enough sleep.
I had no troubles going to barre on Monday and Tuesday, and each time I was glad I went, but come Wednesday, I was feeling really overwhelmed. Danielle wrote a really great post about how when things get tough her body image is impacted, and this is something I started to struggle with this week as well. I could feel myself starting to spiral into a lot of negative self talk and just general overwhelm. When I felt tears creeping in at work for absolutely no reason, I knew I needed to work on my goal of relaxing and skip going to barre on Wednesday.
I’d planning on going with Leslie since it felt like I hadn’t seen her in forever, but I also knew staying home, vacuuming, and resting were more important so I could get myself back on my feet in a day or so.
The feeling of overwhelm and not being able to get things done is a feeling I’ve had in other challenges as well. I’ve made it 10 or 11 days in and thing would start to feel like they were too much (so feeling this at 12 classes in didn’t surprise me). I know in order to create a new habit we need to push through the resistance, but I can also recognize the importance of rest. I know other people would be able to push through just fine, but I know without a rest day (or two) it wouldn’t take long for me to end up in tears at work, and no one wants to cry at work.
Sometimes I get frustrated because I wish I could be like a normal person and be able to push through. I’ve long since learned that fighting against who I am isn’t productive and only results in me being more upset later on. I also realize there’s no such thing as normal. Just because I see someone who is able to go to barre every day doesn’t mean they aren’t struggling with something. Maybe they’re jealous I have a full time job and they’re able to go because they’re job searching. I’m better at stepping back, but it isn’t always easy.
I’ve taken out my trusty calendar and I should be able to make 9 more classes before the barre challenge ends, and I’ll just have to see how the rest of the month goes. If I don’t make it to 100 classes in the year, I truly won’t be disappointed. I think it’s great to set goals that are challenging, but I’m also not about to forsake my mental health in order to achieve them.Ange talks about listening to her body throughout the @BarreBodyStudio 28 day challenge #bbstribe Click To Tweet
Have you ever needed to revise a goal part way through?
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