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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 6/5/2007 9:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, yesterday was the first day of the yoga class I joined.
I got off work at 4 and went home and changed into my workout clothes, and I was actually feeling excited, not nervous at all! Then, I sat around until 5 and drove out to the YMCA and I started get a little anxious, but not nearly as bad as usual. I just hung out in my car for 15 minutes listening to music and telling myself that it would be fun, there was nothing to be afraid about.
When I got in the classroom, there was only three other ladies in there so far. They had obviously been taking the class awhile and knew each other so they were talking, so I just got my mat and sat down and started stretching. Then the instructor and some other people came in; turns out I was the only new person in the class which I knew would happen, but I didn't feel awkward at all. There ended up being maybe 9 other ladies in the class, so it was a nice small size. I had inadvertently placed myself right up front without thinking, so I was a little self conscious when we were doing poses facing the mirror because I felt like everyone was watching me while trying to watch themselves in the mirror, but that feeling passed after a bit.

I really enjoyed the class, though I am a bit sore today! I'm really excited about going back on Wednesday and continuing to go twice a week; I think this will be pretty beneficial and I'm so glad I faced my fears and went for it. It's been awhile since I've felt like I've actually accomplished something.
I can't help but think the Lexapro had something to do with it... I started my third week today (wow, time is really flying!) and I know it takes awhile for it to take its full effect, but usually I can't even go shopping alone or go into the bank or something simple like that without my heart racing so I hard I feel sick, but I barely even felt a bit nervous yesterday! It was such a weird, but great feeling!

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   Posted 6/5/2007 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   

Super, Fantastic...........Yehaaaaaaaa

That is great and I am so happy for you.  It is so good to feel more like youself everyday. I am proud of your for getting out there and doing it.

You are never a failure but the accomplishment of this goal must make your day. :)

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"If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” 
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   Posted 6/5/2007 1:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks stkitt, it definitely did make my day.  I don't think I would have done it if it weren't for getting some positive support here, because I've talked myself out of it every time before. I'm hoping in the long run this will help me feel more self confident. :)
Even today, this girl at work who talks to me briefly from time to time asked me how I was and I said "Not bad, a little sore though, I started a yoga class at the Y yesterday" and she was like "Really? I should do something like that, I've been so bored and kind of depressed lately just sitting around by myself, I need to get back into doing something physical" Which I could definitely understand since that was my reason for starting it! Haha. So I told her about the class and said she should come check it out, so I think I may even have someone to go with me now!

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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 6/5/2007 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
congratulations, i'm very happy and excited for you. even though we dont really know each other. i'm still so happy for you. that was a big huge step. and i think its great. even better that you might have someone to go with next time. you'll be helping each other out then. it's just really cool. i could keep rambling on but i'll stop. i still think its just great though.
I am bipolar, have social anxiety, panic attacks w/agoraphobia , diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure. Life is short but i am not.

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   Posted 6/5/2007 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep, this is a great step. And the really good thing is once you're moving forward you build momentum. There may be a few setbacks, but your trajectory is set and there's a lot to look forward to. Congrats.
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   Posted 6/5/2007 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   

A big step the right direction
Keep up the great work

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   Posted 6/6/2007 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone!
Tonight's the second night of the class and I'll be meeting the actual instructor this time (the one Monday was just a sub). I'm excited though, except I woke up this morning with a full blown UTI (blood in the urine overnight, usually it takes longer to get this bad! Ugh) so I hope exercising won't be too painful. I've got an appointment this afternoon at 4 to get antibiotics though and I've been drinking gallons of cranberry juice and water, and am already feeling better than I did at 7am.

Darn my weak immune system!
Female, 21, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia from long term prednisone use

Currently taking 5mg of prednisone (down from 40! Almost done...)
10 mg Lexapro
Waiting to start back on Azathioprine...

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