Tuesday, May 3, 2011

30 Days Completed....

I made it!!  I survived!!  I conquered!!  April 30, 2011 was the last day of my Bikram 30 Day Challenge.  30 classes in 30 days.  I actually did it with 30 classes in 28 days, due to a case of food poisoning and taking the day off for Easter.  I did two doubles, 2 classes in a day, to make up for the days off.  It is completely within the rules of the challenge.  They were an experience of rehydrating!

How was the challenge?  It depended on the day.  The first week was a wave of excitement; the second, a battle of the mind; the third finding my balance again; the fourth, a reminder of while the challenge was almost over, my Bikram yoga journey is not over.

I do have to say thank you to some people, because while  the 90 minutes in the class are completely solitary, the challenge affects the other 22 1/2 hours of the day.

So, without any further ado....
Greg, Amanda, Sean, Joann, Janet, Roxanne, Julia, Juls, Gordon, Pam, Karen, and Julie--The AMAZING instructors of Bikram Yoga SLC, who encouraged, gave corrections, and cheered me through out the challenge.

My mom.....She helped out, cheered, and encouraged me on days that I was discouraged.

To everyone who commented, cheered and congratulated me, whether it was on Facebook, real life or emails.  It meant a lot!!!

Now a review.....
What will I NOT miss about the challenge...
1.  The sweaty, wet, stinky laundry that had to be done daily.  My drying rack was used more in the past month that it has ever been used.
2.  Having to go to 6am classes, because I knew that it was the only time I could go that day.  I think I've said it before, but I'll say it again.  Getting up at 5:30 am is not right.....

What I WILL miss...
1.  The sense of satisfaction of getting my toes on the line every day to meet a goal.
2.  Seeing progress almost every day in class, whether physically or mentally

Now that the challenge is over, it's time to find balance with my Bikram yoga practice and the other physical activities that I love to do (swimming, running :) ).  The recommendation from the Bikram studio is to practice 3 to 4 times a week.  I can do that.

Melissa

2 comments:

  1. And I big Hooray for you. I knew you could do it....you are competitive.

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  2. Yoga is not a competitive sport.
    I'll bet you got much more than that out of it.
    Very few people could meet that challenge.
    I salute you.

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