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.
I am selfish and self centered. But I am curious, does anyone read my blog posts?
I love to write but don’t write often enough. Writers write, so that is why I have undertaken the task of contributing to this blog. Really I should not care what others think, but I totally wondered, is anyone out there in the Fontbonne world reading my blog?
I want to write topics that others can relate to, I want to be helpful, I want to share the Fontbonne experience with you all.
If you are out there and would like for me to blog about a certain topic. Let me know, I would be happy to oblige. A little bit about myself. I am in the Masters program for Theatre Education. I have my undergrad in Theatre and Communications from Fontbonne. I am recently engaged and work as the House Manager for Mustard Seed Theatre. I like running and yoga and I am a cat owner. I believe God has a plan for each and everyone of us and by taking the right action we live out God’s will for us.
Anyone else out there enjoy theatre? If so, what are so of your favorite plays? Or do you have any St. Louis venues you love to go see productions at?
Anything else you would like to know? ASK ME!
Our prompt this week was to reflect on something that we try to do every day that is challenging in our life. I racked my brain for something that I do and I guess my answer to this prompt is I simply try every day to live a healthy lifestyle. Two things I make sure to do is exercise and eat healthy. Sounds simple, but every day is a new day full of challenges and temptations. I find it way too easy to justify the multiple deserts in one day instead of just one because of the various “exercises” I did that day (and that could just be using the stairs in Ryan or Medaille!). I am not saying it is the worst thing in the world to indulge. I actually find it very satisfying to have moments of no guilt snacking because we are only human and sometimes we want those uber greasy French fries and slice of German chocolate cake! Some things I try to do, as a college student with a limited budget is to try to only buy a few snacks to have in my room like apples, carrots, or peanuts. All are good sources of vitamins and protein. Besides the “good-for-you” snacks, I make it a point to have one “bad-for-you” snack, like Oreos or a couple candy bars because on rough days apples are not going to make you feel better. Chocolate is a good pick me up and having some in your room already keeps you from spending unnecessary dollars at the vending machine! Eating good is great, but not complete without that all engrossing work out that keeps your blood pumping and mind moving to be fueled and focused for academics. I lack motivation to exercise on my own. I always start off strong then peter out as time goes with various excuses (homework, need sleep, I don’t feel like it).
A great thing Fontbonne provides is the wellness classes throughout the year like yoga, Zumba, and boot camp. I have done the yoga class, which was a great time to relieve my stress and anxiety. I, also, do the Zumba class at Fontbonne and student only have to pay $10 for the entire class. That is way cheaper than any monthly gym subscription! What helps me get to the classes is having a buddy. She keeps me motivated to want to come to class every week because I like spending time with my friends and a wellness class is more fun with people you know. So this life style is a never-ending work in progress. A lot of days I fail in little ways, but I do not let them completely stunt my head way. I just keep moving forward. One day at a time. So find something in your life that you wish to change and just keep on trying until something works. It will be worth it in the end!
It is around midterm time! I have taken one and have another one waiting for me this week. These major tests always result in super stress and a very forgetful mind. I think I might have lost something at least 5 times! It could be a pen, my phone, a homework assignment, car keys, anything! Whenever my mind is fragmented into a million tiny thoughts I need an outlet. My stress free, midterm free time is yoga. Yoga, if you don’t already know, is a form of exercising that focuses on stretching, breathing, and recognizing that you, as a human being, need a moment of nothing; nothing being no thoughts at all, only thinking of breathing in and out. We fill up our schedules so much with classes, work, sports, friends, homework, and barely leave time for ourselves. I find yoga extremely relaxing, but everyone has a different outlet.
What do you do? Read? Run? Sing and dance? If you don’t do anything, I IMPLORE you to try it! It doesn’t have to take a long time. Just try something to release the crazy! It will help more than you can imagine!