26 Weeks to Change – Day 11: Starting to Feel the “Yoga Burn”

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Yoga Inspiration: This side crow pose is awesome!

Ok so “burn” may not be the right word, but after this morning’s workout, I definitely feel the muscles in my shoulders and upper back!

Today’s workout was Yoga Foundations With Travis Eliot – Class 1.

It’s the perfect blend of introduction for the newbie, gentle instruction, and challenge for the beginner.

It in no way raises the heartrate, but that’s not my chief goal at the moment.

  • Healing my right ankle,
  • developing the ability to focus, and
  • having greater self-awareness are what I want to accomplish through yoga.

I know it won’t happen overnight, but I do plan on seeing some positive changes (internally) in the next couple weeks.

Oh yeah, and I had a salad for breakfast to make up for some of my naughty eating habits yesterday.

That’s all for now.

Ciao Bella!

 

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26 Weeks to Change – Day 10: Success (& Failure) All in the Same Day

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Doing Yoga: This was the good part of my day…

Have you ever had one of those days where you did something really great and then something really not so great?

Today was that day for me.  Let me explain.

I was feeling like a rockstar (and my right ankle is already starting to feel a little better) because today was my third day of yoga.

Last night, I finally decided to sort through my yoga dvd’s and make a workout schedule.

This will help me stay on track and actually do a yoga workout everyday.

Just in case you’re wondering, here’s what my yoga library looks like as of today:

Now if you’re reading this you may be wondering “how do you have all those yoga dvd’s and you’re a beginner?”  The answer is I went through a “yoga phase” earlier in the year where the thought of doing yoga sounded really good.  I bought all of the above dvd’s but didn’t actually ever do any of them.  Thus I’m a beginner yogi!

Onward to equipment…

In order to do yoga, you need a couple essentials to start.  To avoid spending lots of money on each piece of equipment I would potentially need, I also purchased the Gaiam Beginner’s Yoga Starter Kit.  This kit comes with a yoga mat, block and strap plus a Rodney Yee dvd.  He’s a great yoga instructor as well and one of the most popular here in the US.

Today’s workout was the Yoga Foundations with Travis Eliot – class 1.  It lasted about 45 minutes total and was very relaxing.  The goal I set for the workout was to remain focused and as “in the moment” as possible.  This was the toughest part of the workout…keeping my mind still, calm, and focused is something I definitely need to work on.

This was the stellar part of my day!

Now on to the not so wonderful part.

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Succumbing to the shininess of the golden arches: that was the not so good part of my day

I had to go grocery shopping today and went around noon.  I’d made a list to ensure I could get in and out as quickly as possible.

When I parked my car in the lot, I was ready to get what I needed and be done.

Sounds like I was ready doesn’t it?

I was…except for the fact that I went to the store hungry.

A big no-no when you’re trying to watch what you eat.

I was so focused on my list, I made it in and out of the grocery store unscathed.  The issue came when I was pulling out of the lot and spotted a McDonald’s.

Uh-oh.

Yeah, I caved.  I went to the drive-through and ordered a chicken sandwich wrap (grilled) and a soda.

No, not the worst I could have done, but I’m certainly not too happy with myself at the moment.

After returning home, unloading the groceries, and putting everything away, I was nearly salivating for what I’d gotten at the fast food place.  I scarfed down the sandwich and soda in record time and then felt terrible afterwards.  However, I’m not about to dwell on it.  I decided to write down the three (3) things I can do differently next time so I won’t find myself in the same predicament again.

Here’s what I’ve come up with:

1) Ensure you eat before you go grocery shopping

2) With every meal, ensure there’s enough protein and fiber to trigger satiety

3) Drink more water after workouts (and throughout the day) to ensure thirst isn’t triggering “false hunger”

Trust me, these are things I know to do, I just failed to do them today.  I’m going to stop beating myself up about it and simply move on.

Chat with you tomorrow.

 
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