Week 1: Greetings and Salutations

Sadly, Heathers-era Christian Slater can't be with us for this update. Partly because he's basically the antithesis of everything I was aiming for with my yoga challenge, and partly because Heathers came out 25 years ago and we haven't fully sorted out time travel. 

In other news, I'm proud to say I made it through the week and stuck to my guns. I did my eight sun salutations each and every day, and ended the my week with an awesome yoga class last night. I hadn't considered the class schedule when I started last week, but it was the perfect way to punctuate my week of yoga. 

My crowning achievement (...arguably)? On Monday night, after an evening of laying laminate flooring (well...re-laying flooring that we rescued from a mid-winter flood), I got into bed, started my bedtime tweeting, and thought, "crap! I forgot to do my sun salutations!" So, with a grumble in my voice and NO pep in my step, I took my exhausted body to the hall for my round of eight. And it was amazing. With each movement, my body loosened up and I moved from "oil can" to "ah" in just a couple of rounds. Tuesday night was similar, but I think I actually fell asleep first before taking to the hall. 

When I got to yoga last night, I found that everything seemed to be flowing beautifully. My body knew what was up, and it just felt natural. As a bonus, I now have my husband considering getting up in the mornings with me to do a bit of yoga before we take on the day, so the habit is already starting to spread. I hope to continue on as I take on the next challenge.

And what IS next my next "eight"? Well, given that I slept right through my bike workout alarm yesterday morning and STILL passed out on the couch as soon as I got home from work, I'm going to call eight hours of sleep. I had grand ideas about things that would better my home or my productivity, but I think the best lesson I got out of the last week was that taking care of myself first is really the most important thing. So, I'll be setting a bedtime alarm and sticking to it so I'm ready to face whatever the day brings me, starting with my morning yoga date with the Mr.