For the last four weeks I completed the Street Parking Control Your Fitness, Swim Against the Tide Challenge.
It was all pretty basic habits like eat 3 servings of protein each day, do 4 workouts each week, work on a bedtime routine etc. It wasn’t a “New Year/New You” kind of thing. No weights or measurements were taken. Just… getting some consistency in post holidays.
I know New Year’s Challenges get a bad rap these days but remember when one of them really jumpstarted everything for me? OMG- I just looked back and that was 8 years ago!
At the end of the challenge there was a wrap up survey to gather our thoughts as well as an email opportunity for any lightbulb moments. I decided my lightbulb moments were enough to make into a wrap-up blog post.
My biggest, most significant lightbulb moment during this challenge was realizing that my migraines are not under control. I’m taking a high dose of Topamax, an anti-seizure medication that is sometimes used to manage migraines. It has a lot of side effects that I don’t like. And I’m still getting 3-4 migraines a month! During this challenge I was living damn near perfect. Drinking my water, eating my fruits and veggies, getting my sleep, doing maintenance (stretching/ yoga that I’ll get to later) and I still had 4. So I called BS and I started swimming in a new direction. I’m working on another post to get into that more.
My next biggest lightbulb moment was that it’s ok to swim against all the tides… even the Street Parking one. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know I joined back in the fall and love the workouts and the culture! The gym I had gone to just wasn’t able to maintain crowd control at all during the hours I need to go. So I scored some dumbbells and switched completely to home workouts. I love that I can work out during my lunch break in my bedroom!
The maintenance videos are a mix of yoga, stretching, warmups and cool downs etc. Part of the challenge involved using these. I like some of them. I like a variety of yoga experiences better. So, now that the challenge is over, I’ll be making some changes there.
I’m also not sure that I’ll stick with 4 actual “workouts” a week. Now that the weather is nicer getting a solid 3 workouts plus some serious nature time in may fit the bill better. But who knows? I did re-join a gym in January at a super cheap, base membership. (Is that swimming with the tide or against it? I’ve never joined a gym with the tide in January before!) I literally go once a week with my boyfriend and we have a blast! My old gym was expensive, this one costs me the same each month as one Starbucks run and it’s not busy when we go. So doing a partner Street Parking workout on one weekend day then his type of gym workout the other day may happen, just without the pressure of “it HAS to happen”.
Have you had any lightbulb moments lately? Participated in any challenges or worked on building your consistency?
Disclaimer- While I am an ACE Certified Health Coach and Personal Trainer I am not a medical professional and the information provided in this post is not to be considered medical advice.