2017 has been a major year for me so far. Sure we’re only three months in, but I have been deeply focused on changing my life. And not just in a New Years Resolutions that you never keep kind of way. I’m talking about a balls-out, admit to the dark and unhealthy paths I was very far down, and then do something about it no matter the cost, kind of way. It’s been the slowest, most painful, most spiritual, most honest, most deliberate, and most rewarding time of my life. My only regret is that I didn’t start sooner. But even when you are your own worst critic, you aren’t always able to admit your worst flaws.
Yes, this is a joke question. But it’s also an actual question I posed to Evan the other day when we were strolling around the neighborhood wearing our workout clothes like a bunch of yuppies. Poor guy, the things he has to live through getting married to a gal like me! But seriously, I’ve been contemplating and experimenting with athleisure lately because I realized it’s simply not going anywhere – if anything it’s just getting bigger in the stores. There was a while where I absolutely could not support making a publicly-acceptable outfit out of my workout wear. In fact, I’d convinced myself that when I put on my workout clothes, I was invisible – camel toe and all.
Over the last two months, I’ve kept up my quest to build a fitness habit, and it has been hard. Not just because of the whole I-lack-motivation-to-exercise-daily thing, but also because of the cost. The types of classes I want to try – the trendy, new, popular ones – are very expensive, coming in at 25-30 dollars PER CLASS. Enter Class Pass – a monthly universal pass to various gyms and studios in your city that’s designed to cut down on cost and expand your fitness horizons. Intrigued and determined to save money on fitness, I gave it a try. Read on for my review of Class Pass!
I did it! Three full weeks of fitness commitment completed and two new classes to report on, including FlyWheel and SHRED415. Would I call it a habit now? To be honest – I wouldn’t. Fitness and health will always be a struggle for me, and I’ve learned over the last few weeks that I will have to push myself everyday to be active. I love it when I’m doing it, but the motivation doesn’t come naturally to me. And that’s okay.
I’ve completed my second week of building a fitness habit with some success but also a little bit of a slow-down in enthusiasm and motivation. In fact, I encountered a hurdle we all do – a very hectic work week – that kept me from fulfilling my goal of doing some activity everyday. Rather than beat ourselves up about this, I suggest we make up for it by choosing a more active set of weekend activities. Which is what I did! I tried two of the items on my bucket list: a Pure Barre class and a walking adventure on The 606 Bloomingdale Trail in Chicago!