Finishing the January challenges
A couple of days ago, I posted this on FB:
I am on a lot of streaks and challenges right now, lol:
getting outside for at least 23 minutes a day (harder than you think when you are tethered to zoom and don’t have a dog!)
day 30 of yoga with Adriene 30 day
7th of 8 stages of tour de zwift
day 101 wordle streak
day 66 NYT crossword streak
day 53 squardle streak
longest yet “close all my rings” apple fitness streak (52 days)
I guess I’ve found a set of daily habits I can actually do, lol. As opposed to, say, going to bed on time.
Wednesday night, I finished the YWA Centre 30 day yoga journey with the silent self-guided practice Adriene always finishes her series with. Although I’ve done the January challenge for 5 or 6 years now, this was the first time I really kept up with it, and on Day 30, it was the first time I really sunk into the joy of practicing alongside her without any words.
Thursday night, I finished all 8 stages of the Tour de Zwift. Again, the first time I’ve successfully done that. I rode with the women’s rides all the way through, and encountered some of the same people several times. Now I have new riding pals, people to throw digital kudos and “ride ons” at.
Between all these things, I’m at workout #55 so far this year. (Mostly I’m counting a short walk plus a short yoga as one, if you were wondering).
Why does this matter?
Structure, I think. I’m super stretched at work right now. I’m firing on a lot of cylinders. Having my plans for movement laid out for me takes away the faffing about — should I work out today, what should I do, I’ll do it later. But then later involves a belly full of pizza and I’m not climbing on my spin bike that way.
When I know that every day I’m walking outside some, doing at least a short yoga practice and riding at least 3 or 4 times a week, I feel more on top of things. I sleep better and I have more energy. It’s like the way I feel when I make my bed and so my dishes — some of the emotional clutter is gone, and I think better, get things done more efficiently. Even the wordle and crossword contribute to that — I’m a person who gets shit done!
I like the person I am when my structure for movement is both doable and enough. January was good. February is colder, bleaker, and I won’t have half the people around me reporting on their YWA progress. But the habits are solid enough now I know I can lean into them.
What about you? How were your January challenges? What does February hold?
You wake up in the middle of the night and the “pee or not to pee” question comes up.…