Back to the Basics…


Back to the Basics…

I have always had a passion for fitness.  I don’t always love working out, and sometimes it takes a lot of willpower to get me to a class but the way I feel after a workout always makes up for it.  Also the more I work out the more I begin to love and appreciate my body.  Not only for how it looks but also for what it can accomplish.    Having a fiancé who is a personal trainer means fitness is a major part of our lives.  He is such good motivation and a constant reminder of what I need to do to keep my body feeling and looking good.

With my 40th birthday approaching I had given myself a goal to be in the best shape of my life.  I wanted to feel good, and to look good.  To be able to fit in those jeans that I have held onto from many years ago.  I wanted to be strong, have muscle definition.  I was starting to accomplish those goals until early September when I started to get sick.  I was having horrible acid reflux and it was preventing me eating which left me with very little energy.  By the end of October, I it had gotten so bad my doctor had recommended surgery to fix the problem.  I ended up having a surgery called Nissen Fundoplication.  Basically they took part of my stomach lining and wrapped it around my esophagus to prevent the acid from coming back up.  This surgery was painful and the recovery was tough.  I could barely eat for several weeks and ended up losing a lot of weight and muscle.  While I was happy with the weight loss I knew the minute I could start to eat again I would gain the weight back.

Fast forward 3 months and I have started to gain the weight back and I have lost muscle.  My doctor gave me the green light to start working out again but I knew I had to take it slow.  I started walking on my treadmill and even tried doing a couple workout DVDs but I was unmotivated, something was missing for me.

That is when I decided to go back to the basic and renew my yoga membership at Power Life Yoga.  I started doing yoga a little over 3 years ago and it changed my life.  I felt better than I ever had and mentally it was a life saver.  It was the one time in my day that I had dedicated just to me.  No work, not calls, no text, no dogs, just me and my mat.  The one aspect that was missing from the other workouts was the community.  The Power Life Community is awesome and no matter how long you have been away they welcome you back with open arms.  So, I renewed my membership and decided to take on the 20/30 challenge.  20 yoga classes in 30 days.  It sounds easy right?  I have done the challenge several times before and it is definitely one that takes commitment and dedication.  I thought this would be the perfect way to get back to my roots.  To get back on my mat where I feel the most grounded mentally and physically.

Last night was my first night back on my mat.  I decided to take a sculpt class with my friend Mary.  The two of us have been doing yoga together since the beginning and we decided to take on the challenge together.  We picked a Power Sculpt class.  A sculpt class is yoga but your using weights and you do bursts of cardio in-betweens flows.  Did I mention all these classes are heated?  Talk about sweating out the toxins.  I got to class early to allow myself to get use to the heat again. Walking in the door I was greeted with smiles and welcome backs and I felt at home, but I was nervous. Even though I have taken the Sculpt teacher training and know the form and the basic layouts of the class I was nervous my body was going to give out that I wasn’t going to be able to do it.  I kept telling myself that if it felt too much to just go into child pose and take a breather.  To leave my ego at the door like they teach us.  As each class starts we always set an intention.  This is one of my favorite things about classes at Power Life.  The message was about becoming strong again and trying something different or that we are scared off.  The message could not have been any more perfect for me.  After that I was ready to take the class head on.  Needless to say I made it through the class, and I felt good.  I could tell I was a bit rusty but I know that is just part of getting back into groove.  Mary and I did great and we woke up the today feeling a little sore but mostly feeling accomplished.  We ended our day today with a Power Two class and we are ready to face this challenge head on! Two classes down, 18 more to go. We’ve got this!  Cheers!

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Tara Lynn Harms is a lifestyle blogger from Iowa. Tara Lynn created her blog as a way to share her personal story about life after 40 and all the adventures that come a long with it. Her blog is a mixed bag of posts about her blended family, lifestyle, fashion, beauty, fitness and healthy living, travel and everyday life. She recently was married to her husband Brody and gained two beautiful stepdaughters. She is the proud owner of two English Bulldogs. Follow along with her as she documents her life after 40. Feel free to contact her with any questions or collaborations.

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