As I’ve today, I’ve done 29 classes over a period of 27 days. It almost looks like I’m doing a 30-day challenge except I’m not. Having done a 66-Day challenge last year, doing 30 classes in a row no longer seems like a challenge. It seems like, well, it seems like I’m just going to class.
I know. La-Di-Freaking-Da, right? I assure you, I do not think this kind of a streak makes me special.
I can remember the first time I tried to go five days in a row. Class three was awful. So awful in fact that I decided to take day four off. I came back for day five. But my first attempt at five days in a row? Didn’t work out as planned. Eventually I managed to pull it off and I thought I was something else! I remember going to the studio that day and telling the instructor it was my fifth day in a row. Holy cow! Five whole days in a row! I was pleased as punch with myself.
You know what? That’s fine. I should have been. That was a major accomplishment for me. We should celebrate our accomplishments, and doing five days in a row for the first time ever is just as exciting and wonderful as the person who did a 30-Day challenge for the first time ever. We’re all in different places my friends. Let’s celebrate.
I will say that this time around I have had only one day so far when I didn’t feel like going to class (Class #24), but I went anyways. I had that same, tired conversation we probably all have with ourselves when we’re going to class this much. You know it. The, “I’ve done X classes. I could take one day off. Yeah, I said I wouldn’t take a day off, but honestly, would it hurt?”
No. Of course it wouldn’t hurt if I took one day off. That’s not the point. The point is I made a deal with myself. And it goes like this:
I go to class every day from April 25th until I leave for vacation (sometime in June). Once a week, I do a double. It’s really that double thing that’s the challege. Oh it was fun the first time I did it (or maybe it was just funny). It was definitely fun the second week. But the third week? Oh how I dreaded the third go around for no particular reason other than I was tired of it already. Why do I make these rules up for myself?
And this is why doing 29 classes in 27 days is just as valid of a challenge as doing five classes in five days. It’s not JUST about showing up and taking the class. It’s about all the mental, emotional, and physical stuff we deal with in-between and during these classes. I keep finding ways to push myself because I want to face the things that come up, deal with them, go through them, and push past them. We’re all in this together. You gotta start somwehere.