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Why I went back to yoga

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While I love the gym and training with boxing, I wanted to get back to something that helped me deal with stress. Yes, this was during an incredibly stressful period at work so I was searching for something that would slow me down, get me to focus on my breathing, and challenge me in a different way. The answer? Turn back to yoga. 

I'll admit, I haven't practiced regularly in the past - just trying out studios here and there only being able to afford the intro month but I wanted to try it out again. This time with the intention of dealing with stress and dealing with minor back pains from sitting in an office chair all day. I've been practicing for roughly two months consistently now and I must say it's great to go in every week and take about 60 minutes to practice breathing, getting in to deeper poses, and just being more mindful of my time in the studio. It's really helped me deal with grounding myself and more importantly, it's helped with any lower back pains from work. 

I only go once a week (for now) but it's just a different way to challenge my body and mind through physical activity. I always walk out a super sweaty mess, but I always feel so relieved and I just feel lighter. Originally, I went back to yoga to deal with my stress, but I continue going back for all the benefits it gives me that go beyond just dealing with stress. As for the work stress? It doesn't seem as heavy now, but it's something that yoga and deep breathing are helping me deal with. 

Images taken by @stephygraffs

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Why I love Boxing

Who knew. Who knew that I would try out boxing on a whim and end up loving it so much? I was never one for combat sports, (or to be honest sports in general as a kid) but boxing has my heart! To break the stigma, it's not so much about getting "hit in the face" it's much more than that - to me at least. 

Boxing has given me something more than just a new form of working out. It's given a newfound sense of empowerment, confidence, and strength! Boxing is challenging because it's like learning a new dance. Your body has to move in certain ways in order to generate power and you feel a little funny at first moving it in a certain way because your body isn't used to it, but once it is, it's incredible! And just the amount of mental strength it takes too - like when your body feels fatigued, you convince it to keep going. For those three minutes (per round) and time spent training, everything in you is telling you to keep going while your body is telling you that it's so fatigued, it can't go on.

Boxing is something that caught me by surprise. For me, it's a lot more than just a great workout, it's given me newfound strength, mentally and physically. It's just a different form of stress relief and one that only yields positive results. I have never felt more confident, self-assured, empowered, and strong in my life! 

Images taken by @stephygraffs

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This is why I started fitness blogging

Fun fact: I've had this blog for a few years now. Funner fact: I think I kept changing my mind and felt uncomfortable with blogging or talking about certain topics that I just never stuck to it. It just didn't feel right. I tried it all - fashion, lifestyle, beauty, etc. So while I love all those things, blogging about it just never felt truly organic. 

While I found moderate success and felt like I achieved a lot on my "achievement to do list" (yes, that's a thing), I felt like I didn't really accomplish much. Honestly, I must have switched up what this blog was about a thousand times! With that in mind, I knew I needed to take a breather and figure out what I really wanted to talk about. So I took a year off - to focus on other areas of my life that really needed tending to. No ragrets - but I knew I needed to get back to writing, even if it was just for me. 

After continuously talking and consulting this 'idea' I had with friends, I went for it. I wanted to be a positive influence and talk about how self-care (including fitness, etc) has just changed my life for the better! I got into fitness blogging because I felt that it held all the things I was truly passionate about and it gave me an outlet to try to be a source of positivity somewhere. Even if no one was reading it, I felt a sense of pride and joy because I was doing this for me - just like my entire fitness journey, it was for me. If someone even read a portion of it, I'd be grateful but if not, then I was totally cool with that idea too. 

These days, talking about self-care and fitness (to my knowledge) makes me feel a lot more open with this blog. It's been a (really) long time coming, but I think I'm finally at a place of peace with this blog. I think I really found a way to mesh my love of writing with self-care and fitness. I try to be very authentic with my posts because I think it's important to be honest when it comes to self-care. It's not an easy journey, but I promise you that it's worth it. 

This is my creative passion project - something I hope I can really build on. I've surprisingly received a lot of positive feedback on it, which makes me really happy. I'm not doing this to gain some sort of notoriety, it was just something I wanted to share and put out there with a nervous yet open mind. So, if you're reading this - thank you for taking the time to read this.  

Image taken by @stephygraffs

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