Yoga100 Complete: Onward and Upward

Well, here it is. I finally made it! What started as a 30 day non-challenge-challenge to get back into my practice and start using the body God gave me, has evolved into so much more than I ever thought possible. 100 days ago I would have laughed in your face if someone told me what I was embarking on would morph into a 100 day challenge, in fact, as I write this, I am still in shock that it actually happened. But here I am, a 100 days later–I am happier, healthier, leaner, and just all around in awe of what I can accomplish when I set my mind to it.

So, let’s break it down, as usual I’ll tell you my specs. When I started this 100 days ago, I weighed in at 183lbs, and as of yesterday I weigh 170lbs–so that’s a 13lb weight loss that was a happy “side effect” of having a daily practice. Part of my practice is “making space” for my bones and joints to get into a deeper pose, or even a new pose–losing the weight has helped me to make that space and it’s only going to get better.

The thing about doing something that benefits your health is that it carries over into other aspects of your life like a domino effect, and also makes you want to do more healthy things. I am not on a diet per say, but I do try to have healthier options. I am proud to report that I didn’t have to give up my love of chocolate, and I have on occasion, given in to a batch of homemade cookies or a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, and I honestly have no guilt about that. None. Zip. Nada. Zero.

During this time, I also managed to complete an Ab challenge for the month of June which was very helpful in helping me start the foundation for head stands and hopefully hand stands one day.

Onward and Upward

For my 30th birthday, I decided to up the ante a little bit, and invest in a personal trainer for the next five weeks. She is helping me build my cardio stamina and strength, which I am hoping will give me an added edge on my mat–it all falls back to my yoga practice. Everything I am doing is for my practice.

I also started a Facebook page called YogAmici with my friend and mentor Errika, and we post videos that we’ve done at home to share with others who have a home practice. People ask me a lot which videos I do for my practice, so creating this page was an answer to that.

Lastly, and here is the important part, I have decided that….I am extending this challenge. I have also decided that it’s not a challenge anymore…it’s a commitment. I am committing to 365 days, yes your self-admitted committmentphobe is committing to three-hundred-sixty-five days of yoga. No matter where I am, home, traveling, hotels, airports, hospitals if I must, I am committed to a daily practice for one full year.

And I wonder….where will I be then? Who will I be then? Will I hate my mat at some point or will I continue to love it as I do now? I don’t know..but I hope you guys will follow me and join me in taking up a home practice because I promise you it isn’t as intimidating as it sounds.

Now onto the photo montage 🙂

This is what my home practice looks like! In this picture I am doing a video from one of my favorites, Yoga with Adrienne.

This is what my home practice looks like! In this picture I am doing a video from one of my favorites, Yoga with Adrienne.

Chaturanga Dandasana, aka a Tricep push-up. I have actually grown to semi-like them.

Chaturanga Dandasana, aka a Tricep push-up. I have actually grown to semi-like them.

Oh mom, you're trying to get into Tree pose are you?

Oh mom, you’re trying to get into Tree pose are you?

Tree Pose, or Vrksasana..will always be one of my favorite poses. Also, I am wearing harem pants otherwise you would see how high my foot actually is.

Tree Pose, or Vrksasana..will always be one of my favorite poses. Also, I am wearing harem pants otherwise you would see how high my foot actually is.

It feels so good...

It feels so good…

Trying to find my balance to extend, and also not laugh.

Trying to find my balance to extend, and also not laugh.

Boom! again, maybe I'll skip the harem pants next time. This is: Utthita Hasta Pādāṅguṣṭhāsana, or Extended Standing Hand to Toe pose.

Boom! again, maybe I’ll skip the harem pants next time. This is: Utthita Hasta Pādāṅguṣṭhāsana, or Extended Standing Hand to Toe pose.

Naṭarājāsana, or Dancer's Pose…almost makes me look graceful doesn't it? :)

Naṭarājāsana, or Dancer’s Pose…almost makes me look graceful doesn’t it? 🙂

Eka Pāda Rājakapotāsana, or King Pigeon--which is obviously modified due to special circumstances. Couldn't forget some poses with the kiddo!

Eka Pāda Rājakapotāsana, or King Pigeon–which is obviously modified due to special circumstances. Couldn’t forget some poses with the kiddo!

She loves being with me on my mat.

She loves being with me on my mat.

The end!

The end!

Ok everyone–that about does it for this post. Thank you guys so much for your support along the way! I plan to do progress posts on milestone’s 200, 300, and of course 365.

Namaste!http---signatures.mylivesignature.com-54492-152-A28273911670E016C37712014F7F9749

 

 

 

 

5 thoughts on “Yoga100 Complete: Onward and Upward

  1. I’m crying! I’m so proud of you and you are so beyond inspiring and beautiful Steph! ♡ You so very much, and that little doll on your mat is the most gorgeous creature ever! XxxxOoo forever My friend! ♡dust

  2. Stephanie,
    When I read your blog my mood is immediately lifted up…You are an amazing Wife and Mom. We miss and love you guys..xoxoxoxoxo

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