That was the “theme” of my class last night. Turns out, this new teacher will be teaching it once a week annnd it’s an advanced vinyasa class. Most importantly, I kept up. Surprise, advanced class! What? I could actually keep up (even though, my flow wasn’t that graceful)?!
The class was about 80 minutes… and heated / humidified to 100 degrees.
We started off in a meditative state… in a sitting frog pose. A strong hip opener for sure and something I need to work on. Ouch. The point was to be as still as possible and only focus on breath. We held it for quite a while. This Yin practice forces you to just sit in your own awareness while working your deep connective tissue.
"Once you focus on stilling the body, you can focus on stilling out the breath in a continuous flow and once you have that down, you can still your thoughts."
From there we moved on to a more creative vinyasa flow class, with active postures. This teacher’s asanas were a little different. I’ve never done a pose called “belly of the beast” (for example). I loved it though. It was a beautiful dance. One that I clumsily made my way through. But then again, it was a new class. Most people were clumsy. The teacher assured us he would spend more time explaining his class this time and from there, we’d all grow stronger together. (Now I want to go back every Wednesday.)
The last 20 minutes or so was focused on more of this ‘Yin’ yoga. Still, passive postures to slowly work deeper into your connective tissues. Hip openers are painful for me so… it was difficult to be still. I will work on this though. However, the release from each posture was amazing and freeing. Even this morning, I could palm the ground right when I woke up when usually I have to get my muscles warmed up.
This deep Yin practice I’m sure will only strengthen my Yang (vinyasa) postures. I am stoked.
… I’ve woken up bloated and cramp-ridden, too late to work out, yet ready (dressed) to run. I really have to make an effort to take a long lunch for yoga AND run after my Happy Hour plans. (This means… I better hold myself to only one glass of wine.) Also, I weighed myself today since I missed yesterday’s Wednesday weigh-in. Up 0.8 lbs… -_-. I thought I’d at least be down a pound… my legs are definitely slimmer and I’m OH SO CLOSE to wearing my skinny jeans again. I know it’s probably putting on muscle and this god damn bloating that’s the cause… but still… I hate how much the scale changes my mood. You know what I SHOULD HAVE done? Made my goals and rewards based on fitness achievements instead of weight achievements. Actually, I may think on how to change that throughout the day. Honestly, I have a few- being able to run a 5K in under half an hour. That was a big deal. Having the upper body strength and balance to hold crow pose… another big deal. Okay, okay. I don’t feel so awful.. It’ll get better today.
Trying out this new themed classed tonight. It’s 60 minutes of heated power vinyasa and 30 minutes of restorative yoga? I’m unsure of how it all fits together but I’m excited to try something new (plus, this new male teacher is super energetic and smiley)!
I was supposed to go on a run this morning and do my weekly weigh in. It would have been a lovely, sunny yet cool morning. I woke up doubled over in cramps and exhausted so… I slept in WAY too late. I woke up feeling bloated and groggy so I’ll do the weigh in when I feel like my body isn’t trying to hold onto every ounce of water it can. I feel okay about all this though. Even if the scale says differently, my clothes are loose. Last night, I made my breakfast smoothie (which was delicious). I packed an arugula and chicken lunch. I have a protein shake snack. Also, I’m still planning on yoga after work and a relaxing night in (read: no temptations).
I think I’m REALLY close to my 150 lb. GW which means a new fitness outfit. I definitely need a new sports bra to keep those babies in check (ouch). Yay!
I went to power hot Vinyasa on my lunch break (it was a really long break) so I can go out to sushi later guilt free. But then I got a huge endorphin kick as well! I may not be where I want but I’ve come so far. I’ve gone from barely touching my toes to palming the ground. I can keep up with flows now I think I have leaner arms! I definitely have leaner thighs. SO close until my skinny jeans fit again. Size 27 7’s straight fit.
… to this cheap Mexican place. Anyone know of something somewhat healthy to order? I’ve done well today otherwise, might as well keep up the momentum! Annnd, I keep noticing my thighs are looking leaner. Now, if only the belly fat would go away.
This weekend was out of control. I knew I would splurge a little but oh man… so much alcohol was consumed. I made myself go to yoga and run though. It could have been a lot worse. I’m not too excited for work this week BUT it’ll be so nice to be back on a regular schedule today… even though I’m supposed to go to a cocktail party tomorrow night… *sigh*
My boss just got back from Lisbon (Portugal) with bags of delicious chocolate. Resisting, resisting. I’ve been chomping furiously at my stalks of celery. Before I go home though, I’ll pick out a fine lookin’ piece for when I get home. It’s not like I’m going to walk all the way back to get more.
i know you focus on awesome drinks but heres some tips that south beach diet sent me if you want to drink and still not gain too much weight; i thought it was pretty interesting. especially since a lot of people do worry about calories in alcohol and mixed drinks.
Day 1 of Couch to 5K… but I misjudged how much distance I would need, so a 30 minute jaunt turned into a 45 minute one. For the win, methinks.
Okay, so, ideally I wouldn’t eat such a large meal as my last one. The run this morning and the yoga really revved up my metabolism. I was hungry all day. I tried snacking (as you can see) and drinking massive amounts of water to no relief. My shoulders / arms are so, so sore to the point of vinyasa being fairly difficult. I think I’ll do another run in the morning since my legs feel fine and stick with Bikram in the afternoon. 8 hours of sleep, here I come! (And more Civil War documentary.)
“Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you it doesn’t love you anymore.”—Lady Gaga (via abby-cdefg)
So, Seattle may be gloomy and our summers may start late but when they do… DAMN. They are perfect! Tomorrow will be in the mid 70’s. That means, when I wake up tomorrow, purrrfect running weather. Shorts running weather! No more of this running leggings business for a while. Even though I can run a 5K, my times have been… well, I would just like to be able to run one in under half an hour, ya hear? So I’ll start this Couch to 5K app on my phone. Can it be easier for me? A more rigid schedule will motivate me more than just “try to run a 5K, OK?!”. And then I’ll do some Shred action. AND THEN after work, I’ll do some Bikram. So many plans! I’ve even made most my breakfast and lunch for tomorrow. I’m trying not to be too impressed with myself. I’ve regained my momentum! (Honestly, to fit into this new dress I just ordered is damn fine motivation, lemme tell you.) Going to finish this part of my Civil War documentary and prepare for my seven hours of sleep. Night!
My motivation keeps waxing and waning. I could go to yoga at 5:30 OR do some 30 Day Shred / running action after work… when all I want to do is nap. Just have to find my momentum again after this hectic weekend. Just gotta do it. I am excited to try the Couch to 5K app I just downloaded. However, I also am excited / thrilled that in yoga, when my feet are touching and I do a squat (chair pose), there’s a small gap all down my thighs. I should use my yoga membership BUT how often is it this nice in Seattle? I should also be outside (even though I prefer running in the morning pre-breakfast).
I had a fella visiting me from out of town. But also… my anonymous, personal Tumblr was discovered. It was so, so personal. This chain of events turned me off to Tumblr for a while. But alas, this account has yet to be compromised (nor is it AS intimate) so I’m back!
So, I know it’s best to be in this for “yourself” and etc. etc. BUT it’s of course nice to be seen as more attractive to the opposite sex. So, I started getting back on track… for a fella… I know, I know. Anyway, the last time I saw him (in January), I was 146. Two weeks ago (at 156), I decided I’d get down to 150. I’d feel fine in front of him then. Well… I’m at 153. And that’s okay! I lost an average of 1.5 / week by eating well (1200-1600 calories of organic, colorful, beautiful food) and working out every day. And, I’m pretty sure I lost more than three pounds of fat. I definitely see muscle starting to develop again. I don’t keep this up for the fella anymore. I keep it up to be competitive with myself. One day *I’ll* be okay with myself in the front row of Bikram, wearing nothing but a sports bra and shorts, and doing advanced poses.
So… here’s to being okay naked again! (The fella gets here tonight… anxious…)
It's midnight, I should be getting ready for bed OR...
… cleaning because I have a fella visiting me the day after tomorrow (it’s helped the ‘look good naked’ motivation). INSTEAD, I’m chasing around and trying to kill fruit flies around my apartment. Haha, more cardio for the day?
Dinner was excessive but I pumped out the Shred without even planning on it. I felt much better about dinner afterward. Annnd I went grocery shopping at Whole Foods. Much more healthy / fresh stuff to eat!