Friday, April 6, 2012

my fitness journey: week two (yoga, rock-climbing, and hiking)

From last week:
I've struggled with my body for as long as I can remember, something that a lot of people can relate to (big surprise). For the past month or so, my roommate and I have been going to different fitness classes on campus, rock-climbing, hiking, biking, really trying to see what works for us.

Upon a recommendation from tumblr, I'm going to share my fitness journey every week. I'm hoping there will be consistency (ie every Monday, every Tuesday, etc), but it really depends on what classes I've taken that week or what activities I've participated in. It is my hope that I can better hold myself accountable and also inspire you guys to take this journey with me! Likewise, I'm always open (and would greatly appreciate) any suggestions, recommendations, and personal stories.

Without further ado, this is my fitness journey, yoga, rock-climbing, and hiking, week week two:

This week, I continued on in my yoga practice, even going to my very first actual class. It was a very fun class, and through it I was able to see just what a difference the classroom enviromnment makes. By hearing the poses, seeing others around me attempt them, and being railroaded so to speak, I was forced to attempt every single pose. I know that sounds a bit odd, but in being in the classroom, I felt obligated not to half-arse anything. It was definitely a new experience. I've since gone to two more meetings and plan to make this a weekly (perhaps more) class. Let me just say that tripod pose is intense. I'm easily the worst one in the class, but it's promising to know that I can only get better from here.

I also purchased a yoga dvd from Target, but I've yet to try it. I'll review it as soon as I do, though.

ROCK-CLIMBING:I've continued with my rock-climbing and I can tell that I'm getting better. Granted I don't make it to the top each time, but my arm strength is steadily improving. I also tried bouldering (climbing from the ground up on a smaller rock and using a crash pad), though I'm not really a fan. It is a lot more challenging, though, and I'd like to try it a few more times. I did fall and smack my head on the side of the mat, something that left me seeing stars for a moment. Maybe that's what has me so wary about it.

HIKING:Dunbar Cave is about ten minutes from campus and it have a very nice path through the woods and above the cave, along with a more challenging and uphill path. I've always tried the simple path, but I tried the more difficult one (and on a hot day) and WHOA. My mistake. I'll only be doing the longer path on cooler evenings. I enjoyed hiking, but to me, it's more of a way to relax and I really didn't like the huffing and puffing part of it. That being said, I'd have no trouble walking the steeper path with a friend, again, at a cooler time.

To me, this week was a turning point because I actually stuck with it. A lot of the time (more than I care to admit), I get all excited about something and just don't follow through. I think that I'm going to do yoga two or three times a week, rock-climb once or twice a week, and then try something new each week. I'm hoping that I can become a very well-rounded individual with my exercises so as not go grow bored.

I'm sorry for these crappy cell-phone photos, by the way. I feel creepy taking photos in the gym, so I just use my cellphone.


  1. wow! rock climbing. you are fearless. i tried it once and couldn't get 2 feet off the ground!

  2. Yoga is amazing if you want to feel better about your body. And climbing looks like a lot of fun!

  3. Wow, rock climbing looks so fun!

  4. I love yoga, I used to do it in a class at school and it was a really small class, mostly made up of a group of my close friends so it was really nice to do it and not feel self conscious at all!! It is always difficult to get everything the first time, but it feels so good once you start making progress, just stretching a little further every time =) I'm trying to take it up again now but all the classes at uni were full before term even started, but my boyfriend got me a whole yoga pack as a gift so hopefully I can get using that as soon as I have time (and space, I kick things!!).
    Rock climbing sounds so fun too!! I've only done it once when I was quite young but it was awesome =D And the hiking will be so good!! When I was in Greece it was aallll hiking in the boiling midday sun up mountains at high speed (our tutor was crazy!) but I've never been so healthy as after those three weeks =D
    Sian xx
    PS: Sorry for the mammoth comment, got carried away!!

  5. I am so proud of you, girl. You are really sticking with it, and I am happy to hear that you are enjoying everything that you have tried. As always, if you need anything, I'm here for you! :)
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  6. I would love to go rock climbing! Good for you for sticking with everything!!

    Oh and 2 more months until PLL comes back!!


  7. Rock climbing looks like a heap of fun! I've only been once, for a school trip & it was so long ago that I don't really remember it. I think I'm going to have to give it another shot.

  8. Woo that's excellent! We'll be with you all the way. Those activities sound like lots of fun too.

    Have a happy Easter dear!

    xx Carina

  9. I know exactly what you mean about the classes. When I do workouts at home I can fast forward the parts I dont like, etc but in a classroom you have to do everything. Props to you dear for sticking with this!

  10. Good for you!!! I'm so proud of you. Sticking with it is seriously one of the hardest things to do. I would love to do that rock climbing thing.

  11. Aw thanks, you're so sweet! Proud of you for standing up. Passive aggressiveness is just plain immature. I am so happy to see these posts, I wish I could work out with you. I love yoga, hiking, and rock climbing. Keep up the good work :)

  12. Oh my gosh! You go girl I couldn't be more proud of you!! I take cellphone pics all the time and mine are really crappy quality but hey all that matters is you caught time in an instant, right? ;).

    You look gorgeous gal. I really am so excited to see what all you do and accomplish!

  13. I'm intrigued by rock climbing (I have been ever since Anne Hathaway was such a rock star at it in The Princess Diaries movie!) but I'm super intimidated. My arms are not strong at all! How exactly does it work? Is there someone there to help you the whole time?

  14. This is so awesome of you to share! I really need to make more of an effort to get strong and healthier. Rock climbing sounds fun and I really want to try yoga. Let us know how that dvd works out!

  15. Good job at your staying fit! I've never tried rock climbing, but it sounds fun. Are you going to college in Clarksville, TN? I saw you mentioned Dunbar Cave. I used to live there (not in Dunbar Cave haha in Clarksville), and now I'm only about 45 mins away in Nashville.



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