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Kristin Booker • August 5, 2013

I’m Doing It: Exhale Core Fusion 30-Day Challenge

This is the body I want back, taken just six weeks ago. I've got a ways to go. Image: giafrese

This is the body I want back, taken just six weeks ago. I’ve got a ways to go. Image: giafrese

You guys have watched me lose a lot of weight on this site. I had hit 82 lbs lost and just sort of stopped. Because, sometimes life happens and things go a little nuts schedule-wise. I’m writing for four freelance clients, I have this lovely gem of a website and I started dating again. All of that together meant that, well, working out sort of….happened less and less.

I also got focused on all the wrong things, which actually backfired on me. I don’t know if you’re like me, but the pressure of getting into goal jeans somehow all but ensures that I’m going to wind up surrounded by cellophane wrappers. I’m an emotional eater and the stress of July (essentially not getting paid for two months, the cleaning house of clients and toxic relationships) sent me into a tailspin when it came to diet and exercise. When the outfit photos came back from last week, I took one look and realized the pattern: I’m losing myself again.

Let’s also talk about something else that happened. I was booking workouts, but canceling the appointments before I could get charged. I made all the excuses, but I sat back and realized something super important: I was scared of taking the classes. I live for my favorite exhale instructors, particularly the challenge of trying to survive Bergen Wheeler’s Core Fusion Cardio classes. This class has a wait list, people. She wipes the floor with you in the best way possible. The last time I was in her class, I almost started to cry because I felt like I would never “be good at her class.”

I love Bergen. Bergen is amazing human being, I love her with all my heart, and she’s got a GIFT as an instructor. She has heart, she wants every single one of us in that room to collectively save our own lives. This is not about Bergen: this is about me taking myself out of the game.

If you’re read this site, you don’t I don’t do that fear thing well. I don’t like to let things intimidate me, and the only way to master Bergen’s class is to DO BERGEN’S CLASS. And so, I’m suiting up tomorrow to climb that fitness hill again. I’m not completely out of shape, but it’s going to be a journey.

Getting my Zen on again. Image courtesy of exhale mind body spa.

Getting my Zen on again. Image courtesy of exhale mind body spa.

So, I’m going to take you with me on a journey to rediscover my body once again and to get back on track before the rigors of New York Fashion Week. I’m accepting exhale’s 30 Day Challenge to not only get back to a better level of fitness, but I’m working with Madison Wright on their staff to get into why I eat the way I do and to really get some nutrition advice. I’m great until the stress levels go through the ceiling, I’m hoping that they can give me better alternatives than running to the local corner store and swan diving into the chips and cookies.

What does this 30 Day Challenge mean:

  • I have to do a class at exhale (even the gentle, restorative Yin Yoga with the AMAZING Marcy Tropin) every single day for 30 days. There are no “off” days. The off days are spent stretching at one of their studios.
  • Madison is going to measure me tomorrow, and I’m going to report those measurements to you every week so you can watch the changes along with me. I’m not as interested in the pounds this time as much as I am in inches lost.
  • They’re going to help me with some nutrition counseling, and I have to follow their instructions on what to eat, when to eat it, and how often. I’m not allowed to “cheat” when I have high levels of stress. Believe it or not, that’s the hardest thing for me.

I’m a firm believer in second (and third, and eighth) chances in life. I want to finish what I started. I want to be healthy, not just look thin, and exhale is going to be right there for me, every step of the way.

Wish me luck, and I’ll post weekly results and tips from Madison and exhale’s amazing experts and instructors here on the site. You can also follow on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #30daychallenge.

It starts Wednesday. It’s me against myself on this one. I’ll do my best to finally be healthy on the other side.


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