Good morning girls and … well … girls. Today we are going to talk about what happens when you don’t do what you know you are supposed to do!! You experience what we call … c’mon now, say it with me … Consequences and Repercussions!! Yea!
You know how they say it takes 6 weeks, or 8 or 10 depending on where you read it, to break a bad habit? Well, it takes a lot less than that to create one! For the last month, I’ve been pretty much blowing off exercising regularly. Well, the piper came a callin’ last night. I went to hot yoga and it KICKED MY BUTT!!! Seriously, I spent at least half of the class in child’s pose, sitting on my butt or laying on my back!!! I did NOT feel good. I tried to do a pose where you stand on one leg … I’ve never had a real problem with this pose, not even at my first hot yoga class… I couldn’t do it!!! My leg was shaking sooo badly trying to bear my weight, I had to stop!! Mind you, my weight is the same, I haven’t gained any despite my almost non-existent “exercise” routine. However, though I may not have gained weight, there were still consequences. And almost falling out during class was his name. So, lesson number one, it’s a lot easier to stay in shape than it is to get back into shape.
Now, on to repercussions. During my extensive child poses in hot yoga, my nose was assaulted with an unpleasant, “mildewy” smell *side eye*. Wait. Is that ??!? Yes. Yes it is. It was my yoga pants! If you take hot yoga, immediately wash your clothes. Don’t let them sit in a pile behind your bathroom door for a few days, stack more sweat drenched exercise clothes on top of them for the next several days, dump them in the basement next to the washer and dryer for another day or two and only get around to washing them at the end of the week. Yeah … not a good idea. And, you know, one of my instructors warned me about this. But, did I listen? Nooooo. I just kept doing it. And my nose and ability to breathe paid for it at the worst time possible!! So now, as I type this post, the sweaty clothes are in the washer with a cup of white vinegar. Lesson number two, learn from the mistakes of others. Don’t think you’re special and that it won’t happen to you. It will!