I’ve said many times before in my blogs that I’m not athletic. And, honestly, I’m okay with that. However, that being said, I’ve always wanted to take part in one of Fontbonne’s fitness classes. The classes generally cost about $10 per six- or eight-week session, so they are well within the “poor college student” budget. Because of my crazily-hectic class and work schedules over the past three and a half years, though, I was never able to take one of the classes – that is, until now.
At the beginning of the semester, I read the campus-wide email announcing the start of this semester’s fitness classes. I was excited to read that yoga was one of the classes being offered, and I was even more excited when I found out that this class would fit perfectly in my schedule.
At first, I was a little timid about taking this class. I’m not very coordinated, and I’m not really a hardcore exercise person. However, after the very first class, I was hooked. Our instructor, Lisi, is absolutely great. She challenges us but always reminds us to go at our own pace. The class truly is a great stress reliever, and Lisi always reminds us to be positive and to realize that it’s okay that we all have different strengths. And everyone in class is great. There’s never any sneering or “I’m better than you” attitudes. We are all working toward our own fitness and yoga goals, and we respect and laugh along with each other the whole time.
Lucky for Fontbonne, it sounds like Lisi will continue her forty-five minute yoga classes through the summer and fall. But sadly, I’ll be graduating, so I won’t be able to participate. However, I’m extremely happy that I was finally able to “get my Zen on” and take this positively-challenging class, if only for one semester.
This topic is perfect for me right now. I’ve recently gained so much weight since I moved on campus and let me tell you, it is not pretty at all. My boyfriend kept trying to get me to work out and eat healthy, but it was so hard and I just kept getting bigger and bigger. Pretty soon I became self-conscious about my weight and decided that it was time for me to start “working out.” I would work out for two days and then stop and go back to my old habits. I felt like I had to do it rather than I wanted to do because it would make me a healthier person. I stopped pressuring myself to lose weight and just decided to do it one step at a time. I first cut back on sodas and now I drink only water. Then I started eating salads, daily and replacing fatty and sugar snacks with grapes, strawberries, and raisins. I do eat meat but not big portions of it like I use to. Eating a salad and drinking water before a meal can help you cut back on over eating. I bought a scale and so far I have lost 4 pounds in about a week. The best key to losing weight is to try and do it naturally. Don’t force yourself because then you’ll feel under pressure and it’ll feel more like a chore that you don’t want to do. Instead of telling you brain, “I can’t have this cookie,” tell your brain “I don’t want this cookie.” Little steps like these can take away huge pounds!
Ah, Spring Break…its been lovely. Its been a time to reconnect with friends and family, relishing in home-cooked meals, and working out! Yes, exercise is a big part of my Spring Break too! I know it’s not the typical vacation activity for most, but its something that I try to integrate into my life daily. Notice I said try! It can be difficult to fit it all in while being a full-time student, wife, and volunteer. I just thought I’d share with you some of my strategies for exercise success.
1. Go in with a plan. I like to write out exactly what I want to do before I step foot into the gym. I write out the exercises, number of reps, rounds, or whatever it is that I plan to accomplish. This ensures that I’m focused and helps me to complete my workout in a timely manner.
2. Create a workout soundtrack. Exercising to music may seem like a no brainer for most? However, I’m suggesting that a separate playlist be made with upbeat music for exercise only. I just think that things tend to go more smoothly when you don’t have to pause and skip the slow tracks. In addition, music is motivating! Sometimes I gift myself with new music just to get me amped up to workout. It’s fun to be surprised with new tunes in the midst of your workout.
3. Enlist a friend. Working out with friends is fun and motivating too! Having a predetermined “date” with a friend sets you up for success. We never want to let our friends down. Meeting a person with a common goal keeps you committed.
4. Check your Fontbonne email. Seriously! Fontbonne offers so many oppertunities to invest in your personal wellness. For example I’m planning on attending the upcoming free yoga classes offered by Student Affairs, Counseling and Wellness division (Wednesdays, 3/30 – 5/4, from 12 p.m.- 12:50 p.m.). This is so perfect because you don’t even have to leave campus. In fact the time of these classes makes it easy to do on a break in between classes. I hope to see you there!
I’m sure this is a common thought for most people during the workweek, but I happen to be extra excited because I’m planning on hitting the mall! And while I do happen to love shopping, I’m more interested this weekend in the St. John’s Hospital “Heart to Heart Fair,” which is being held at West County mall. West County is a great venue for the event, and there are will be all sorts of things to satisfy a health nut like me, including fitness demos, healthy cooking demos, and free heart-health screenings. This may sound strange, but I’m particularly interested in having my cholesterol read. I guess that’s not something most 19-year-olds really care about, but like I said – I’m a health nut! I’ve never had it done before, and I jumped at the opportunity. Hopefully I get good results!
Anyway, the event is Friday, Feb. 25, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you’re interested in getting some information about healthful living, it should be a great resource! And hey, you can enjoy a little shopping as well. Maybe I’ll see you there!