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My sadist Yoga teacher.

It was like Tales from the Crypt in there and my teacher was some combination of Jigsaw, The Wicked Witch of the West and the Woman in Black — book, not film. She waited until we did THREE SETS OF WARRIOR TWO, two complete with the vine and bird of paradise, two sets of tree and standing bow to say, “You guys do NOT have enough energy today.”

WHAT WERE WE JUST DOING? Fun fact — I do not respond well to drill sergeant/middle school P.E. teacher/overly enthusiastic exercise science major motivation. I turn into the kid I was in middle school P.E., giggling away at the ridiculousness of it, then laying on the floor. 

So then she brought out max chatarungas. I can do one in the flow, so three is extremely laughable. Not only am I weak in upper body strength, I’m not coordinated enough to do three push ups and still flow with grace. I look like a weird turtle with a towel stuck to my legs, dragging itself on the floor. Then we did a second set of crescent lunge. Fine, okay. 

And then I hear, “Since you guys are so tired we better do energization breaths and make a chi ball!”  Wide-legged squats and upper body rotation while in said straddle squat position….60 minutes into class. 

And then, like all things, it came to an end. It was a different, but interesting experience. Then I went home and I was like:

I couldn’t hack it through 2 more hours to make it all the way to May. I HAD to post this picture on FB. It’s not as great in reality as it is in theory. Well, my true friends on it are amazing. 

I’m not pleased with the notification that some girl I used to work with at the gym changed her cover photo from bubbles to lanterns. GAL. 

Get. A. Life. 

Tomorrow. ONE PHOTO A DAY! And keeping my desk clean. :(

11 Days

I have eleven days to go in the first month of my challenge and it’s been surprisingly easier than I would have thought. It’s also been, surprisingly, less than interesting. I don’t have a lot to report back other than, “yup, didn’t drink,” and “yup, went for a run.” What I have found is that it’s neat to have something to focus on for a month that isn’t:

DAISIES V. LILIES, WHAT WILL SHE CHOOSE!?!?!?!?!?!

Serious stuff, this wedding business.

Next month is off shopping for myself and on flossing every night. I picked the shortest month for what are seriously some of my least favorite things on earth. Expect a lot of ranting.

And so it goes…

My grand plan for 2012 is to write more. This has been my goal before, and I’ve failed miserably. I’ve always been far more interested in watching Jersey Shore than I am in polishing my short story from two years ago. So, it stops now. The Jersey Shore isn’t gonna get me a writer-ly job. Unless it’s as Snooki’s ghost writer. That wouldn’t be too bad.

Anyway, to keep me motivated, and to give me something to write for besides my Kitty Kat Dude Ranch sitcom, in the style of Not That Kind of Girl, Sarah Von and so many other inspirational bloggers, I’m doing a year of challenges. I’m spending a month doing something new or that I’ve done before and didn’t really like (the ON) and a month kicking a bad habit (the OFF). They’re listed below.

  • January:            ON: Running 3x/week

                                 OFF: Drinking

  • February:          ON: Flossing every night.

                                  OFF: Shopping for myself.

  • March:             ON: Cleaning the house for 20 minutes/day

                                 OFF: Candy

  • April:               ON: 20 full minutes of stretching/day

                                 OFF: Facebook

  • May:               ON: Take a picture of something every day 

                                OFF: Throwing clothes on my desk…floor…dresser…etc.

  • June:               ON: 30 days of yoga (30 DAY CHALLENGE AUGGGHHH)

                                OFF: TV

  • July:                ON: Six item clothing challenge.

                                OFF: Salt and Vinegar potato chips.

  • August:           ON: Spanish, 3x/week (20 minutes)

                                OFF: Gossiping

Break for wedding!

  • October:        ON: Read 13 books in 31 days. (Halloween is spooky, yo)

                               OFF: Using phone for recreational purposes.

  • November:      ON: 30 days of cash. No debit/credit card!

                                OFF: Fast food.

  • December       ON: DIY two Christmas gifts. They can’t be shitty.

                                OFF: Sleeping late.

tl;dr I have a lot of stuff to be accountable for this year. Exciting.

            Obviously some of them might change. I’m not sure if giving up Salt and Vinegar chips for a month is a proper OFF unless I had previously been eating them every day. I might do that. I’m sure Eric would love it.  We’ll see. To the new year!

-manda

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