Okay, so I had a bit of a lapse and I wanted to say thank you to everyone that responded. I was having a weak moment and was feeling very discouraged with my efforts. So thank you again for all being so supportive and responsive.
Here's the update on the challenge.
I kind of started it early, so today makes day 5 of my 7/30 day challenge, but to keep everyone on the same page we'll make May 1st the first day.
I'm sort of going easy on the eating restrictions right now. I've continued with the gluten free for the most part. I did give myself a day on Thursday for having done it for a whole week without any slip-ups. Honestly I haven't noticed any difference in my digestion or my energy with change. I'm going to give it another week or two in order to be sure that it will make no difference in my health.
As far as the exercise goes, I went to the free session of Bikram's Yoga yesterday and they let me sign up for the introductory rate again. So I get a month of yoga again. I had intended on having some of my students join me but they missed the free class. They wanted to go to the next class so I agreed to do it again. I think it was a big challenge to do two classes in a day and I'm definitely sore today! But not damaging.
These pictures are of two of my favorite poses. I can almost get to the first part of the one holding your foot in front when I'm balancing on my right foot. It's so difficult to keep your base leg strong enough to be on one foot though! Obviously these photos are of people who are incredible at the poses. If I ever reach their level in my lifetime I'll be impressed with myself.
This picture is of the team that I've been practicing with. They're going to race in Tacoma in two weeks. Today marked three practices with them and it was tough! I have a really difficult time rowing through the whole practice but I think anyone would struggle with the intensity of this exercise as a beginner. Most of the regulars on the team do this and outrigger (another kind of rowing) as well as work out at the gym. These people live and breathe health and fitness. I have to remember that the other new people are in much better shape than I am and I just have to push myself through what my own body can handle. I think after a month of this and yoga and whatever else I squeeze in every day I'll be pretty strong. The next race is in a month in Vancouver BC. I asked the coach about whether I needed to be giving them money or anything and he said that I will eventually and that if I stuck to it and really built up my skill that I might be able to race with them. I think this is a great goal and I'm going to work hard to reach it!