You only see what they want you to see, remember that.
what a powerful image
This is one of my favorite images on tumblr because the point could have gotten across just as well by itself but someone had to slap the text on it and scream “DO YOU GET IT? IT’S THE MEDIA, OKAY?”
Stag and Doe’s really bother me. And being the age that I am, I am invited to/required to participate in a few (more than I would like to). I just think the whole concept is horribly rude. Here’s why:
1. Putting on an event where you expect that people you aren’t even inviting to your wedding to come out and give you money is pretty brazen. If you really wanted me to share in your happiness you would invite me to celebrate your special day, not fund it.
(because face it, you had no intention of ever talking to me again before you saw your wedding account balance)
2. “It’s just a great way to see all our friends!” is total bullshit. The real sentence is “It’s just a great way to see all our friends spend even more on our big day than they already have to”.
3. The pressure to throw money at the couple is, by any other scenario, socially unacceptable. I can’t remember the last time I dragged a friend over to a chair and said “you can’t leave here til you pay me $2!” That’s what bullies did in grade school for your lunch money.
4. If you can’t afford to get married, don’t. It’s a fairly simple concept, but lost on our entitled “buy now, pay later” society. Expecting others to foot the bill for your wants is childish. Either wait until you have the money, or downsize the event. I’d rather get married in a backyard with close family than ask people I barely know to fund some elaborate fairy-wand ice sculpture I was into at the time.
This rant was brought to you by the half dozen stag and doe invites I’ve received this month.
Jillian Michaels Banish Fat Boost Metabolism
Is intense. whew. loved it though!
this is a very horrible image but it is my first yoga headstand caught on camera. crow into a headstand. so excited! this pose has been a fear or mine since beginning yoga. not anymore. this challenge is officially a success.
I’ve officially completed 26 days. 4 classes to go!
double day, class # 24!
hot yoga all day errday.
hot yoga in a studio vs hot yoga in a gym
there’s really no comparison. At least in my experience. As I come into the home stretch of my 30 day challenge I’m looking back on all the classes and can honestly say that this year, this yoga challenge was not what I expected, and I’m a little disappointed. Last year I did all 30 classes at Yoga Shack, and I loved every minute of every class. This year with the whole “living in two cities” thing I’ve done all my weekday classes at the Athletic club, here, and then my weekend classes in London at the studio. Each studio class leaves me hungry for more. Each gym hot yoga class feels like just that - a gym hot yoga class. I find the atmosphere and the etiquette and the general philosophy is missing, and evidently, it’s those things I crave more than the physical practice.
Over the last 22 days I’ve learned that in a gym hot yoga class you can expect things like:
- - people who come in talking, and laughing to one another at full volume.
- - people who place their mats in the most inappropriate places, literally making sure no one else can go in front or behind them.(then are the ones that make no effort to move when someone else is struggling to find a space for their mat)
- - people who show up fifteen minutes late and barge through everyone’s space to get what they need
- - couples who make-out immediately after saying namaste (for real)
- - people who go in and out of class as they please, then finally decide to quit and don’t bother putting their mats or blocks away.
- - people who talk ALL class like it’s some sort of social hour.
- - a large handful of instructors who offer little to no philosophy or guidance beyond the physical aspect of the pose. ( I know that at a gym it’s different, and people only want the physical adjustments but I’ve just grown so much from the atmosphere and overall guidance that it’s a shame when it’s not there. )
Anyways, I know I should be concentrating on my own zen and all, I’ve just found it really difficult this challenge with the lack of respect found at the gym’s hot yoga classes. In the end it’s just a gym, not a studio.
Almost Mid Challenge Check In
So I’ve officially done 14 classes in 14 days so far on this challenge. woo. only 16 to go. It seems both enormous and small at the same time.
I’m really learning to love yoga on a different level this challenge. I just want to learn as much as possible, so intensely that I am beginning to place less importance on other things in my life, daydreaming of the day I will execute a headstand. I haven’t quite decided if this is true yoga love or an aspect of an addictive-knows-no-moderation personality.
Something interesting about this challenge is that since it is my second challenge, I have something to compare to when experiencing odd things. For instance, around this time last year I updated how I was feeling:
Just an update on my overall progress/experieces:
- - Doubles are becoming easier. I feel sore, but not dead the next day.
- - I seriously hate morning class. But it’s a must a few days per week in order to complete the challenge.
- - I have nerve damage in my face, and this past week it’s been causing more pain and headaches than ever before. it sucks, but I’m not sure if it’s related to my yoga challenge. I’ve been rubbing a535 icy hot all over my face at night, which can’t be good, but it’s the only thing that’s working.
- - I’m always SO thirsty. and i’m drinking like a crazy person all day. water. gatorade. tea. coffee. i’m just always thirsty.
- - I’m craving/eating carbs all day long. I just want bread on bread on bread. it’s weird.
- - I’ve been kinda weighing myself and there’s been no change, however I feel like my measurements at the end of the challenge will be different. I definitely am gaining muscle.
My experiences are similar this year, but different:
- The first week was the worst for my energy levels. I was absolutely EXHAUSTED all the time. I could have slept for days.
- I have not been weighing myself, and have not been eating strictly healthy. I’m not eating total garbage but as I’m about to start a doctor-supervised health program I’m using the last few days to eat what I feel like within reason (ie 2 cookies after a double class)
- the first week I again craved carbs on carbs on carbs. My cravings were intense and insatiable. I literally dreamed of sitting down and eating an entire loaf of white bread, plain. I did some research and found that this is due to big a drop in blood sugar levels that occurs when the intensity of the challenge sets in. Thankfully I’m craving this less and less. This has been the most prominent and consistent thing between both challenges so far.
- Again I don’t think I’ve lost fat, but I feel stronger.
- The mental gains are again amazing. Yoga instills this sense of calm and relief in me that I usually struggle to find. Zen, I guess.
So that will be my mid challenge update for anyone who actually made it this far.
16 CLASSES LEFT!
back to back hot yoga classes
completed my first back to back classes tonight. Usually on double days I do one in the AM and another class in the PM. I think I’m going to keep it that way…
that class was AMAZING! I was worried about the double but it was fantastic. so glad I went. This 30 day challenge is really making me love yoga. more than my last challenge even.
today is my first double of the challenge! I got myself to a 9am hatha this morning and am about to take on a 3pm hybrid flow. I’m nervous, but pumped! This challenge has been tiring this far, but really great. Wish me luck! Off to class #11!
so one of the best/weirdest parts of doing a 30 day challenge seems to be where your mind takes you. It’s pretty cool because you start looking at things differently, removing judgement and discovering new truths. Does anyone else see this happen?
off to class number 9
so far I am loving this challenge!