But why is ‘old’ a bad thing?
During my first few months of relocating to Frankfurt, I spent my evenings and weekends getting to know the city, making friends and flat hunting. It was time consuming and tiring, and I was aware that my beloved fitness routine was slowly but surely disappearing. Now that I have settled, I am no longer getting lost on a daily basis, I have met some lovely people and I am very happy in my new home. I live close to a few parks and it doesn’t get dark until around 10pm, so I want to make time for exercise, I miss it!
They say it takes at least 8 weeks to make a habit of something but after 18 months of doing yoga 3 or 4 times a week in London, the reason I’ve only done it for 3 or 4 weeks since relocating (nearly one year- omg!) is because I am no longer swayed by the generous gym discount that I used to have and yoga isn’t a cheap work out.
But I am feeling motivated and have been determined to get back into the swing of things this summer; I have been to a couple of outdoor yoga classes in my local park, which means they are free (result!) and have downloaded the Nike training app so that I can start working out from home again.
So far, it’s going well and although I am currently aching as I write this, it’s good to know that after such a long break from yoga, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be (apart from not knowing half of the German yoga vocabulary) and I seem to have maintained a lot of my strength.
It’s good to be getting back into old habits, do you know what I mean? Fitness was that one thing I really wanted to do again but hadn’t got round to. Routine and self-discipline are vital, but if I’ve done it once, I can do it again.
With old comes new, and I have definitely found a new love since moving to Frankfurt. I’m a big foodie, I like cooking and I thoroughly enjoy eating out. Being pescatarian, you would expect sushi to be at the top of my favourites list, but after one bad batch about 6 years ago, I simply couldn’t stand it. I had never eaten a full meal of sushi!
When I first moved here I was going out for dinner and drinks quite a lot, and although I wasn’t most keen when I realised we were going to a sushi restaurant, I decided not to be fussy. I would give it a try and if worst came to worst, I would just grab a pizza on the way home. But I have never been happier to have tried something new and am now secretly annoyed that I have been missing out such good sushi for all of these years! I guess I was either going to love it or hate it and if I hated it, then I wouldn’t have to try it again.
Anyway, my point is that although new is good, I kind of feel like “out with the old, in with the new” is pretty much the same as #NewYearNewMe *rolls eyes*. Leaving everything behind you and starting a fresh… is this really necessary?
I’ve still got some work to do before I can fully say that I’m a yogi again; I actually came up with this blog post within the first 5 minutes of a yoga class whilst I wasn’t doing a very good job of relaxing my mind.
But let’s see how this goes, I’m hoping to make a routine of yoga and whilst I enjoy trying new foods, going to new places and meeting new people, I am happy to be getting back into old habits again.