I’ve been pretty slack on the workout/exercise front for lots of reason/excuses. Which to be honest I’ve been fine with. But now that the nicer weather is approaching and we have had some lovely hot days, I have found that none of my summer stuff from last year fits!

Lose Weight Or Buy Bigger Clothes…

So I’m left with the choice that I either lose weight or I just buy bigger clothes, which I can’t really afford to do. So I need to lose the weight.

But I need to be realistic, I am unfit and not exercised regularly for about a year. I need something that I can fit in around preschool runs, looking after a 16-month-old and working evening and housework.

Why Yoga?

I love yoga and back in my youth of late teens and early 20’s I use to practice yoga every day. It kept my weight down, I had energy and was supple. Back then I had a really good/healthy relationship with my body and had tones of confidence, and I never had any issues with my mental health. I just had an all round contentment with myself.

100 Squats A Day Challenge?

This came about because my husband decided on Monday that he would do the 100 push ups a day challenge that has been floating around the internet. I’m rubbish a push up’s so there was no way I was going to do that. But I want to do a challenge with him to help support him. So I decided I would do squats. I love doing them and I love doing deep squats. They’re not easy but I love them and there are so many benefits to them.

Top 10 Benefits of Yoga…

  1. Flexibility is improved
  2. Mental health is improved
  3. Posture is improved
  4. Muscle strength is improved/enhanced
  5. The risk of chronic diseases is reduced
  6. Blood flow is improved
  7. Provides a foundation for a healthier lifestyle
  8. It can help ease pain
  9. Balance is improved
  10. It can help you focus the mind

These are just some of the benefits that I found online, but the list doesn’t stop there.

Top 10 Benefits of Squats…

  1. Burns more fat
  2. Can improve circulation helping to reduce cellulite
  3. Flexibility is improved
  4. It is a functional exercise
  5. Core strength is improved
  6. Squats can tone your Legs, Bum, and tum
  7. They help to remove waste from the body
  8. It can help maintain mobility and balance
  9. They can be done anywhere without any equipment
  10. Posture is improved

Again these are just some of the benefits I found online, but the list goes on. So it is this simple…

I’m fed up with looking in the mirror and not liking what I see, therefore I want to get back into practicing Yoga and I want to take on this Squat challenge and see what happens.

Being A Role Model For My Daughter…

Since having my daughter I am very aware that as she grows up she will look up to me and that I am her role model. She will grow up in a world of social media and in a world where women are criticised for the way they look. So I want her to have a healthy relationship with herself and her body. I want her to love what she see’s in the mirror.

If I can instill in her that working out is fun and a way to reward your body then I’ll feel like I have passed something valuable on to her. I don’t want her to feel like I do right now, I don’t want that for her.

So With That Being Said…

I’m going to leave you with my before photos. This is how I look right now…It’s not great but it’s me.

Let’s see what happens…

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