While Stewart has been away I feel in love with someone else (shhhh don't tell him). Okay I'm kidding, but I did fall in love with something else. Like head over heals, where have you been all my life in love.
Let's back up a bit first.
Exercise... oh how we have had a love/hate relationship. I love that you make me feel good after, but I hate you while I'm doing it. I have struggled my whole life to find a connection that wasn't there. Sure we've had our moments, but maintaining our relationship on a 3-5 day/week schedule is just consuming, and well, let's face it, would probably let up eventually.
I have always loved Body Flow. For those of you that are offered it by your local gyms, go already. It's Tai Chi, Pilates and Yoga ending with a 10-minute relaxation. It's my happy place and a ways for me to reconnect, configure and get there... I would only that if it was enough of a work-out, but I only go about once a week - since I need more.
I go to Good Life Fitness... it's a chain of gyms here in Canada and there are about 8 or so in the Ottawa area... most of them are old and outdated. On December 21st a new location opened fairly close to my apartment. As part of this new gym, they have three class studios - the regular fitness, a spinning studio and a...hot yoga studio.
This week they were offering free hot yoga classes. Yup that's right, you have to pay on top of your gym membership to go to these puppies. A whole $12/class more or $18 biweekly. ON TOP OF. Since I've always wanted to try hot yoga and it was free this week, I tried it out on Wednesday with a friend.
Man oh man, I have never sweat so much in my life. I really liked it and wanted to go back again as soon as possible. So we (my friend and I) went back yesterday. And I fell in love. I had never sweat so much in my life Wednesday, and yesterday, I really have never sweat so much in my life.
I'm not going to talk about all the detoxifying benefits of hot yoga - that's what google is for, but oh trust me, when you leave that class (and during) you feel the amazing things it's doing for your body.
I have finally found a form of exercise that I absolutely love, not just get through. So since this is the year of me, I'm going to have to find a way to make this work, because I'm in love, and when you're in love, that's just what you do.
Other love affairs I'm interested in having this year:
We'll see how they pan out... three affairs on top of my real relationship might be a little much.