Here I go, doing that New Year’s thing. I used to love making resolutions when I was kid. Fresh starts. Clean slates. A whole new year of opportunity. And even though I haven’t really made resolutions in several years, I still love being at this balance point of reflection and intentionality.
I’m not making any actual resolutions other than all the things I’m always striving toward: taking care of myself physically and mentally, making my relationships more fun and love-filled, keeping the house clean. I’m coming to terms with the fact that these are things that will always be on my list and will never get checked off. I have to live with them undone, unfinished, in limbo. I’m gonna over-do it on food, stay up too late and not get enough sleep; I’m gonna fight with my partner, and it’ll probably be about the house being a mess. But, I’m going to keep working on finding balance and joy amid all that as well.
So, instead of a conventional New Year’s resolution, I’m gonna aim for something a little crazy and fun, just to see if I can do it, and to see what effect it has on my life if I do. I’m going to take 100 classes in 100 days.
In case you want to do it with me, here are the rules (because, just like my 4-year-old son, I secretly love making up the rules):
- They don’t all have to be fitness classes. In fact, at least once a week, they shouldn’t be. But the aim is for 5-6 fitness classes a week
- You can take up to 2 classes in any given day and then skip a day if necessary
- It can be an on-line class, although I’m aiming for 90% in-person classes. Maybe it’s because I myself am a teacher, or maybe it’s just that I’m getting lonely in our digital world, but I feel like I learn so much more and push myself harder with I have human interaction.
And that’s it. I plan to take a lot of ClassPass classes including stuff I might not usually do like Bollywood Dance or Aerial Yoga. But I’d also like to take a meditation class and a wine-tasting class, and yes, wine-tasting counts as a class!
Here’s what I’m going to track as I do it:
- What I learn
- How I feel mentally and physically
- How it affects my sleep (which is an issue I’ve STRUGGLED with since college)
- How it affects my relationships (especially with my partner and family)
- How it changes my body
I put the body part last on purpose. I’d be lying if I said I don’t care about how I look or whether or not I lose a little weight and add a little muscle. I definitely want to look better. (It’s almost impossible not to feel that way in a society in which women are objectified and constantly bombarded with touched up photos of “perfect” bodies.) But, I can say I’m at a point in my life in which I am much more okay with my body than I used to be, and I used to be 10 pounds lighter. Let me repeat, in case I get anyone out there lecturing me about body image: I know that I am not overweight, that my body is healthy, and dieting and exercising for the sake of vanity is not my main goal. The physical body just happens to be the easiest part to quantifiably measure.
Speaking of which here are the before measurements for my body as is:
Height (which will most likely stay the same): 5’4 3/4″
BMI (according to Mayo Clinic’s BMI calculator): 22.1
Waist: 29 inches
Hips: 39 inches
Here are some before photos I took of myself because documentation, right? And maybe they’ll look different 100 days from January 5. I’ll repost all my measurements, sleep, mood, and relationship data (based on daily journaling) every 25 days.