Lesley Fightmasters 30 Days of Yoga Challenge – The first week

The hardest thing about getting back in shape after having a baby is actually getting started. After weeks (or in my case months) of doing barely anything, even a short workout feels strange.

As days go by, you tell yourself you´ll start tomorrow. There is backpain from wrong posture, tightness in neck and shoulders from carrying the baby and a growing discomfort in your own body that makes you realize you should really, really get started.

Tomorrow.

But somehow tomorrow never comes.

When Inma from Sunshine and Glow, a fellow blogger and long time yoga lover shared her favorite Yoga videos to do at home, I knew that it was now or never.

 

Day one
Day one

 

I would do Lesley Fightmasters 30 Days of Yoga Beginners Challenge to get back into the swing of things. And to keep me on track, Inma agreed to be my accountability partner and do the challenge along with me.

So starting today (not tomorrow!) we will give you a weekly recap of our thoughts and feelings, through the eyes of an absolute beginner (me) and an experienced yoga lover (Inma).

 

Day one

Anne:

Great thing I am at my parents, so while my daughter is sleeping and my mother watches my son, I get to sneak in 15 minutes of Yoga. I feel rushed and anxious at first: Will I get it done before she wakes up? Will I be a total failure? No need to worry, the first session focuses on breathing and some stretching, all calm and easy. But oh boy, am I tight in my hamstrings, neck and shoulders!

Inma:

Uh oh! Anne has started today and I am in London for work meetings, so won’t be back till late and really tired. I consider cheating and saying I have practiced but not doing it, then I realize today’s video is 15 mins and I tell myself that I can’t cheat. I said I was doing this. Today’s video feels really easy and just like chill time, really, but that is just about everything I could have managed. I like that Lesley explains the different types of breath and although I am familiar with them I quite enjoy the process of discovering them again. So glad I did it in the end!

 

Day two

Anne:

My sister is joining in today, another yoga noob. So there are a lot of giggles, adding to the relaxing feeling. Again, mostly breathing and stretching, very welcome. I am no longer anxious, I feel like this challenge will allow me to really get the basics right before it gets more complicated. Still awfully tight though. Sadly that didn’t improve with one session…

Inma:

Another long day of travelling for work today (spent 8 hours driving, plus meetings) so the last thing I feel like doing is rolling out my mat. I am considering skipping today and doing two videos tomorrow, but in the end I do it and feel so much better afterwards! Today is another easy day with lots of cat cow and downward dog.

 

Day three
Day three

Day three

Anne:

Rushing to do the yoga session while both kids are napping. Not going to lie, I would rather have napped myself, after a long night with little sleep. But after I am done, I feel relaxed. Even though there was a little more challenge for my upper body today.

Inma:

Really sad that I couldn’t do this on Friday. I’d spent another day travelling for work and when I got home I was totally exhausted. I knew that I’d feel better if I practiced yoga but even that thought couldn’t stop me from going to bed really early.

 

Day four

Anne:

How much can you do wrong when you are just standing there? Obviously a lot. After following Lesleys instructions I realize how bad my posture actually is these days. I have to pay more attention to it throughout the day!

Inma:

Today I’ve done days 3 & 4 one after the other and feel so much better for being on track. This really is a series for beginners and Lesley is explaining everything about the poses that are the foundation. Today we start building up to sun salutations and it feels so good to be moving.

 

Day five

Anne:

The struggle begins: Back home with the children, the husband at work, no nap time… My daughter keeps climbing all over me.  I guess the relaxing part isn’t as prominent today, but it is great for balance!

Inma:

My friend Barbara has arrived and is staying with me for a couple of weeks so this is testing my self discipline, plus I have to practice in my bedroom. First plank of the series and although I never thought I’d say this it is fun! We also do a couple of standing poses so things are building up.

 

Day six
Day six

 

Day six

Anne:

I start to look forward to the short break, be it with children interrupting or not. And it gets tougher by the day. I start to struggle to keep breathing and poses in line and have to really focus. But it feels good to be challenged again.

Inma:

I feel like I have worked my muscles more today with the standing poses, sun salutations and a few planks. The 19 minutes go so fast though! I love the quotes that Lesley reads during Savasanah. Today we set an intention at the beginning and I choose to send some positive energy to a friend who’s having a hard time. I don’t know if it works, but the intention is there.

 

Day seven

Anne:

Temptation is big to skip today, as there hasn’t been any time throughout the day and all I want to do now that the kids are sleeping is collapse on the couch and maybe watch some TV. But I don’t want to fail within the first seven days, so on the mat it is. And it feels good. Thank you, Inma, for being my inspiration!

Inma:

We’ve been doing this a week! Yay!!! This week has been a very stressful one for me in many ways and every day I have struggled with motivation to roll my mat, but it has helped me so much. Knowing that Anne had already done it kept me on track, so thank you because I couldn’t have done it without you!

 

All pictures are from my snapchat. If you want to follow along, add me @lindalibraloca

 

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  • Wellwell Girl

    i should add it to my may-to-do list haha

    jess x | wellwellgirls.blogspot.com

  • Ok i will have to get these videos! Yesterday morning i joined the gym and as of 1st May im getting started. Im so unfit its getting ridiculous at this stage. Need to add you on Snapchat 🙂

  • Good to hear you found someone to inspire you and help you to keep going! I hope you can stick to the plan! I’ve been doing yoga for a very long time now and I really enjoy it. Ever since my back issues from earlier this year my back hasn’t been as good as it was though, so I kinda struggle a bit with some of the exercises now…

    • Is your back still giving you trouble all the time? Or only if you do a wrong move?

  • I love doing Yoga! I hope you stick to the plan! Its so good!

    Darriyan ♡ | http://darriyancateland.blogspot.com/

    • My sister loves yoga as well, so I have been meaning to try it for quite some time now. What kind of yoga do you do?

  • Congrats on starting it! I think you are doing great so far, just don’t give up 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  • idu

    Girl I’m still waiting on tomorrow and I didnt even have a baby, shame on me. So huge congrats on starting. Don’t skip, keep at it, I’m totally routing for you. Thanks for inspiring me to get off the sofa.

    http://fashionablyidu.blogspot.com/

    • Don’t tell me you are not working out, your body is amazing!

  • I used to yoga some before injuries. I need specialized instruction now so going to a large class is out of the question.

    • I understand. There is so much that you can do wrong if there isn’t someone closely watching, I wouldn’t risk it as well.

  • I used to yoga some before injuries. I need specialized instruction now so going to a large class is out of the question.

  • Well done on getting started & sticking to it! Looking forward to reading more updates! xx

    Beautylymin

    • Once a week, hopefully. Have you ever tried Yoga?

      • Before I got ill, I used to go to classes & really enjoyed it xx

        • Are you able to do anything at all at the moment or is it too fatiguing?

          • At the moment, it’s not recommended that I do anything because every day tasks are fatiguing but my Consultant thinks that by September, I may be able to start some very gentle exercise so yoga would be perfect xx

      • Before I got ill, I used to go to classes & really enjoyed it xx

  • Great post Anne, looks like an interesting series. Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  • Kelly M
  • It sounds as though you’ve both been successfully spurring each other on 🙂 I can imagine how tough it must be to complete the moves with your little girl climbing all over you!

    aglassofice.com
    x

    • Having someone to work out with (even if it is only virtual) really helps to keep going.

  • Kate

    I love yoga! I love how you’ve both stuck to this every day even though you both had times when it was hard to be motivated. I’ve done no exercise at all this week and really need to start again. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

    • What do you do for exercise?

      • Kate

        At the moment I’m enjoying fitness blender on YouTube. No fuss workouts and they have a whole playlist of 10 minute videos for when you haven’t got much time! X

  • I do yoga and pilates. I used to do kickboxing for cardio but that was before I had a serious ankle injury. Having a workout partner is a good form of motivation and encouragement.

    • I tried Pilates after my last pregnancy, but didn´t enjoy it enough to keep going. Before my pregnancies I did Tae Bo and Zumba for Cardio, as well as running, but I haven’t been to a studio ever since I had my daughter.

  • Dressed With Soul

    Total klasse, dass Ihr es 7 Tage durchgezogen habt! Ihr könnt super stolz auf Euch sein! Ich vermute, Du weißt, dass ich seit mindestens 15 Jahren praktisch täglich die 5 Tibeter (eine Yoga ähnliche Übung) mache und ich habe das Gefühl, das tut mir enorm gut 🙂 Weiterhin viel Erfolg!
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    • Es heisst ja, dass man nach 30 Tagen eine Gewohnheit ausgebildet hat, also hoffe ich, dass es mir mit der Zeit leichter fällt, es zu machen.

  • Kay (shoesandglitter)

    I love this so much, it’s so inspirational and congrats on taking up the yoga challenge! 🙂 <3 I've never tried yoga myself, it's one of those things that never appealed to me personally but then again I am probably the laziest bum you'd ever meet, lol. It was really fun to read through your journey, it must have taken a lot of self-discipline to stick to your yoga plan everyday despite the busy week and feeling tired! I hope it pays off in the end. 🙂 Really looking forward to reading more about your progress! x

    Kay
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    • I am not sure what to expect from Yoga in terms of outcome, I used to be a weightlifting and running girl before I had my daughter. But one of my sisters does Yoga and Pilates and she looks awesome. Do you do any kind of exercise regularly?

  • Fair play! I remember how hard it was to get back into fitness after a baby. Keep up the good work!
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

    • It was easier for me the first time, because I had been working out my whole pregnancy. This time, with bed rest for major parts, I was completely out of the game.

  • IMMEDIATELY added you on Snapchat!
    I’ve been wanting to try yoga… I guess I will… tomorrow!
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    • Don´t wait to long now, you are a 30+ now! Bet anyone already told you that things are going straight downhill from here.

  • You’re doing so well! 🙂 Yoga is awesome too. I did piyo (mix of pilates and yoga) in pregnancy and I’m looking forward to getting back to it soon. Had to postpone the 6 week check so will be a couple more weeks before I get the all-clear to exercise again. Just walking in the interim.

    Hope the challenge gets easier the longer you do it!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • To be honest I started a little before my (late) six weeks checkup, but I knew there wouldn’t be a problem. I was afraid I would lose motivation if I waited another week, any my ob/gyn had no appointments at the six weeks mark.
      But walking is what I do as well, every morning after dropping my daughter of for around 20 minutes.

      • Yeah we couldn’t get a 6 week check on the 6 weeks either! I unfortunately have some abdominal separation so I need to check what I can/can’t do and see if the exercises the physio gave me in hospital have helped it. Until then, walking it is! 🙂

  • I really applaud you for doing the challenge, Anne! It took me a few months after I had my second son to start exercising. Mind you, I haven’t exercised regularly for a long time and you really inspired me to do so, I might check the yoga videos you’re doing. I think having a partner in the challenge is much more motivating. x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • So join in! We are a little ahead, but there is a following challenge afterwards that we could do together if you like. I don’t think I would have sticked to it without Inma.

      • I’m off on holidays in 3 weeks so I know I won’t stick to any challenge or routine but I may join in the future so please, let me know what and when you’re planning to do 🙂 x

  • woo hoo for doing the challenge!! and for keeping a diary of it all!

    • The diary is the most fun part, you get to immediately talk about it. Instant gratification.

  • I do yoga and I absolutely love it. I’m having trouble finding time for my regular life yoga teacher so I’ve been doing videos by http://www.yogabycandace.com. She’s great. You should try one of her videos.

    • I will bookmark her for the future, thank you. Right now this one session is all I can manage.

  • Hanna

    This is great. I need to start doing more yoga. –Hanna Lei

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  • Beka Ellen (BekaEllenMusic)

    Ooow I would love to be able to do yoga but I’ve been scared off. I’m the kind that feels really down when I’m not flexible enough to do a particular stretch, or dance move; dancing is out for me too. Instead I’m one of those people who just cry after doing yoga, I don’t feel happy. lol.

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    • Prascticemakes perfect, and as only my kids are watching me (if anyone at all) I don’t mind. I am so tight it is ridiculous, touching the floor when bending over is out of the question. What do you do instead?

  • I really need to start doing yoga or some other form of gentle exercise, I feel like it would really help my stress levels. This sounds perfect!

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    • You should. I have heard that it helps with anxiety and it sure helps in feeling better, especially for those spending their days at the desk. But I figure you do a lot of walking, don’t you? At least I get the impression when watching your videos.

      • Yes I do walk a lot – might be nice to stretch my shoulders, though, they don’t get much attention!

        • Oh, yes. You realize areas of your body being tight you didn´t even know you had.

  • thefashionsalt

    Oh wow you both have so much going on, it’s wonderful that you can encourage each other! I used to teach yoga way back in the day. Though I haven’t done it at all in the last year or two. I love the day six photo of your little one’s feet! That is adorable.
    ~Lili
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    • You used to be a Yoga teacher? You are full of surprises! What do you do for working out these days? And thank you, I couldn’t resist putting it in. He is already getting so big!

      • thefashionsalt

        During the summer I swim everyday. If I could I’d swim all year long. It’s so light on your body, joint-wise. And for the cold months I do an aerobic routine I memorized from a tape for 50 min.

        • I used to be a competitive swimmer when I was younger, but stopped in adolescence, when other things got more important.

  • Oh, Barré! I have heard a lot about this, but it never occurred to me that there could be YT videos. Silly… I will have a look right now, thank you!