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Day 30: Challenge Complete!

Well… I did it. [26 + 2] x 30. 🙂

It still hasn’t really hit me yet… and honestly I don’t feel that much different. I guess I’m being modest but overall I’m happy that I completed it. Over the course of the past month, I have learned so much about myself. The benefits that I received were tremendous. I hit some road blocks on the way. But at the end of the day, I learned way more than I thought I would.

It’s more than just writing your name up on a wall and getting stars placed next to each day completed. More than just sitting here and writing my story for the world to read. More than a pat on the back. I walked into this challenge with the idea in the back of my head that I wanted to try 30 new things before I turned 30 this September 2011. The first was falling hard for and letting all my guards down with a man that means the world to me, and being 100% honest about everything with each other up front, from day one.

The second, this 30-day bikram yoga challenge. It has humbled me  beyond belief and I can truly say at this point that I’m more comfortable with my body and my mind than I’ve ever been in my life. I’ve finally come to (almost fully) accept that I will never have a flat belly, and I’ll never always feel like walking into the hot room with just a sports bra and shorts on (that’s rare to begin with anyway!). My body is all I have and I have to take care of it each day. Any harmful addictions I’ve dealt with are far in the past. I’ve found my new addiction not only in hot yoga, but in daily meditation and other forms of exercise and wellness practices. It’s what keeps me happy, sane, and balanced. I no longer feel like I need to rely on others to keep this balance and harmony. Only I can take care of this body and soul. And I’ll certainly continue to do that from now on.

I want to thank the following people, for without you, this challenge would never have been possible!

  • Carrie, for your enthusiasm and lighthearted personality;
  • Swyann, for your calm demeanor and delightful aura;
  • Rana, for your discipline and meditative encouragement;
  • Francisco, for your sense of humor and unending knowledge;
  • Insel, for your strength, wisdom, and impenetrable determination;
  • The entire staff at Bikram Yoga Rockville. It was with you that I discovered my passion for hot yoga in November 2009; and
  • My friends, family, and loyal blog followers… for your constant encouragement and support!

…and of course any other instructors from Bikram Yoga Tysons that I may have left out. I appreciate each and every one of you.

Stay tuned. I will continue to write about my regular practice going forward, and other exciting adventures as I explore myself more deeply through my “30 by 30.”

Namaste 🙂

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