Hi and welcome to another installment in of the IDI Weekly Roundup. This week I attended the A Healthy U Conference in New York City. One of the co-hosts is a dear friend of mine. This conference was about making changes in your life.
What I mean by changes is allowing yourself to take ownership of your life. For me, it wasn’t just about eating right and working out. It was about realizing that I need to change how I was living my life.
I spent so much time being mad at the world that I wasn’t taking responsibility for my actions. I was reminded that a healthier mind is just as important as having a healthier body. This conference was what I needed. But I will get more into that later.
This was the first conference, so I know that there was a lot of anxiety going into making this conference successful. Speaking of successful, the conference had a wonderful turnout. It had a wonderful guest panelists that answered various questions from how to keep your mind and body connected to what exercises that are useful for someone who is just started working out.
I think the founders (I will be posting their blog information later) were spot on. The event brought women from all different races and ages. There was a sense of unity that I hadn’t felt in some time, especially from women.
But when have a group of people all trying to obtain the same goals, it can be really overwhelming. I realized a long time ago that I was making the wrong choices for myself in terms of eating the wrong foods and not exercising. Now don’t get me wrong, I away had the goal to lose weight, but I was never motivated enough to do it.
But after I went to this conference, something inside me changed. After siting through the two groups of panelists, I went to free yoga lesson. Rebecca, our instructor, was such a nice person. She was very patient with us. Especially, with me who had no clue what I was doing. I hadn’t really done yoga since it was part of my aerobics class back in college. And trust me that was a long time ago.
Despite it being years since I really worked out, I enjoyed every minute of it. With my muscles feeling a little achy, I felt like I was on top of the world. And that is a great feeling.
The lesson lasted for about a thirty minutes or so. I wanted to do more. But couldn’t. After the lesson I asked Rebecca if there was a beginners class. She told me that there was a class but it would be at 2pm the following Saturday. (I forgot to sign up.)
After our workout, we were treated by a lunch from Panera Bread. We conversed some more until it was time to leave. I received my swag bag and left shortly thereafter.
This was a really great experience for me because it gave me a chance to see things that I needed to change in my life. Eating healthy and exercising is the right way to go. But most importantly you need to get your mind in the right place.