40 Days of Dedication

by Alyssa on October 12, 2012

As you may have noticed, there’s a new look going on here!  simple smile 40 Days of Dedication  

Let me just say I’m in love with it. Jennifer from Peanut Butter and Jenny created the look for me based on some styles I had mentioned I like. She hit it on the head! The look is very feminine and girly and ME. I couldn’t be happier. And even better, she is affordable for new bloggers. 😉

In other news, I set a new challenge for myself. I am currently still training for the Runner’s World Half Marathon next week, but because of my knee issues after the last half marathon, I have been focusing on strength training. Well, now I added something else to the mix that should help me to make this race more of a mental challenge rather than a physical one.

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If you guessed it, I’m doing a 40 Days of Yoga program at a local studio. I’ve only been participating in the program for one week so far, but I can already see how much of a difference it is going to make. Basically, the program follows the book 40 Days to Personal Revolution by Baron Baptiste and we are to attend classes a few times a week, as well as focus on meditating twice daily. The latter portion is my weakness and the main reason I wanted to get back into yoga since I have been so focused on running.

I have a poor approach to connecting my mind with my body, and after only meditating a few times this week, I have already sensed some improvement and clearing of stress from my mind. Who wouldn’t want that?

The book also goes into detail on yoga poses and the different types of food that will satisfy your body at certain times – cooling foods and warming foods, building foods and cleansing foods.  This part I am thinking is pretty awesome and I can’t wait to make that mind-body connection.

I am choosing to make this a good ending point for my training for my next half marathon because of the mental practice of it. In the end, when you think about it, much of running (and anything fitness related) is more mental concentration over physical anyway.

Of Possible Interest:

Have you ever tried to enhance your mental discipline for a fitness related goal?

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