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Monday, May 06, 2013

Today is day 26 of my current streak!

I am slightly under the weather, but I'm doing my best to stay on track. Usually when I don't feel well, I get in bed and turn to food for comfort. But not this time. I am being gentle with myself until I feel better, but I'm not being lazy. I have a workout planned for today...its a very slow paced yoga workout DVD called Flowetry.

Speaking of workouts, I had a huge argument with my hubby yesterday morning. It was about my workouts, of all things!

As most of my Spark friends know, I originally started streaking on March 1, 2012. I consider that to be the day I started stealing my life back! I kept my first streak going for a long, long time....but when that streak ended, I started over. And when the next streak ended, I started over again. I'm probably on streak number 7 or 8 by now, but thats okay. I have discovered that you don't have to be perfect in order to make progress. You just have to pick yourself up and start over again, as many times as needed.

Anyway, when I first started streaking, my main exercise was a video game; My Fitness Coach for Wii. It was a real challenge to me, and I enjoyed it. Then a couple of months later, I saw this video on Youtube;


It was so inspirational to me...and a week or so later, I decided to order the program that he used, DDP Yoga. I loved that workout from the very first day that I attempted it, on May 21, 2012. And I have done that workout every day since then! I struggled with it so much in the beginning...and to be honest, I still struggle now. But not as much. It has gotten easier for me (although still not EASY.)

But recently, I was thinking that perhaps it would be a good idea to take a break from DDP Yoga. No, not give it up altogether. I love it too much to give it up, and besides...I do see results from it. But I know its important to change things up from time to time, because our bodies get used to doing the same thing.

So I mentioned to hubby that I was going to take a 6 week break from DDP Yoga, and try new things. At the end of 6 weeks, I will go back to DDP Yoga....and I am expecting it to feel like a new challenge to me after having a break. I thought hubby would be supportive. After all, he has always encouraged me on my journey, and is always telling me how proud he is off me for working so hard to reach my goal.

Well, his attitude towards me taking a break from DDP Yoga was a surprise to me. He was angry! He said he was shocked that I would "give up" on it. I tried to explain that I'm not giving up, I'm just taking a break. He said "You know if you give it up for 6 weeks, you'll probably have to start from scratch when you start again. You will lose all the progress you've made."

But I disagree with him on that! I do realize that after a break, it will probably be very challenging for me when I start doing it again. But thats the whole point! I WANT it to be challenging! I want to give my body a bit of a shock, because I think that will boost my weight loss. And for crying out loud, I'm not going to spend the next 6 weeks sitting on the couch eating bonbons. I'm going to be working out! I have a drawer FULL of workout DVD's. I have a whole channel of workouts OnDemand with my cable company! I have so many other options out there, and I want to explore them. I want to try new things. Is that so bad? I think its GOOD.

I love DDP Yoga, and I know I will want to resume it after my break. Hopefully when I come back to it, it will challenge me more than it has been lately. I'm just sorry that hubby sees this as "giving up."

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