So I didn't touch my bells this week. I do miss them, but I enjoyed the extra time spent practicing yoga. Today was also the last day of the 40 days of practicing the same kriya. It was a good experience. I enjoyed the extra me time each afternoon, and the movement gave me extra energy for my day. I don't know if it helped with my mental balance, but it was good. What I learned was that I need some time for breath work and meditation each day, and a small amount of movement each afternoon would also be good.
I ordered a new bell last week. When I first started kettlebell I just used a 15lb bell I got from Target. When I knew I enjoyed kettlebell I invested in better bells. I own two 12 kg bells, a 16kg, and a 20kg. The only issue is, that when I do a lot of presses, the 12 kg becomes too heavy, but the 15lb feels way too light. So I ordered an inexpensive 20lb bell from Amazon. It's a Cap bell, and they aren't bad. I had ordered on for my daughter when she said she wanted to give kettlebell a try. It will be a good bell to do higher reps of presses, as well as high reps of TGUs. The bell should arrive tomorrow.
I decided I'm going to stick with Breaking Muscle's plan. The 2x's a week is nice, plus I like some of the variety in the workouts. Lauren Brooks plan is very good, but just a few exercises. Right now I feel like I need to be doing a bit more. But I may change my mind after I finish the 2nd cycle.
I also decided that I need to pay closer attention to my diet. I've been eating too much junk and drinking way too much coffee. I've been reading up on the ideas of Ayurveda, and I want to incorporate some of those ideas into my life. Most are simple. I probably won't give up coffee, but I am adding lemon to my water. I plan on getting some fresh ginger to eat/drink before meals, and I am making a few other small changes.
I'm realizing that I need to be more mindful in everything I do, whether it's my eating or exercise. I also need to practice being in the moment in everything.