Posts tagged ‘Bikram Yoga’

November 1, 2011

New Goals for November

Wow it is hard to believe that October is already over! Especially since I didn’t drink most of the month, I swear it was going to take forever hehe. November is upon us and I am ready  for to take on this month! before we talk to much about goals lets see my super cute Mad Men style Halloween outfit for Saturday’s party.

Aww didn’t I look totally Mad Men style? It took me forever to get my hair even that big, I learned from my researching that for the fabulous “Joan hair” they use false hair, I guess I can’t fake fake hair!

Now that you are all jealous of my first Halloween where I wasn’t super slutty, lets look at how this month went as far as my goals are concerned.

October Goals!

  • lose 3-4 pounds– Well since I had that big drop at the beginning of the month I have been able to  keep it off! I was hoping to have a little more but I will take what I got. My final WI for this month is on Thursday so we will see what the scale says. I am hoping for the best, but this weekend was a little crazy with food.
  • strength train 2 days a week with my running training– I have been doing body pump at my gym 1 time a week and also doing yoga 1 time a week pretty steadily so win!
  • relax and enjoy life even if it means not losing weight that week– This goal is always something I seem to forget, but I did good this whole month weight wise, and relaxing is something I did without trying much because I was fighting the nasty cold Jason had (that counts right?).
  • cook 1 dinner a week– Lets just say this happened. I have been cooking a lot more since I am meal planning more.
  • Don’t worry about what happened yesterday, focus on today– this is something that I will forever have to work on. I stress so easily about everything! I am working on it lets just call it a WIP (work in Progress).

Overall I am really impressed with my results. I even had a few people tell me they can tell I am working hard on my fitness and food, and it is showing in my body. I feel really confident this week with my body and what it is capable of. Well since I kicked major ass on my October goals lets shoot for the stars in November.

November Goals

  • Lose 2 pounds by December 1st
  • Finish my  book (seriously!)
  • Make sure to get 2 days of non running in a week (spin/yoga/body pump)
  • Meal plan every week

I think these are very attainable goals. Since last month I pretty much completed all my goals with flying colors, I am going to keep on keeping on! This month is going to be nuts with training for the Half Marathon in Vegas and Visiting my sister in Oregon, but I am ready for the challenge. I also joined the Pile on the Miles challenge to help keep me in check. Now if only I could make my legs not ache I would be set! Oh well, At least I already did my run for the day.

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October 27, 2011

Thursday Thoughts…food porn, workouts

Happy Thursday! I love Thursdays, there is only one more day in the week and most people treat Thursday like Friday anyways so there is usually fun things going on. This week has been pretty mellow, just work and working out and trying to kick whatever thing is going on with me. For the last week it seems that every day I feel good in the morning, then in the late afternoon sometime I start feeling like crap. I get a headache and almost get the chills, I feel congested and just really tired. I have tried sleeping extra and not working out but it seems no matter what I do this keeps continuing. Jason has been really sick for the past week so I am convinced that my body is fighting whatever is going on. Bottom line, right now sucks! It is almost Halloween and I feel like dirt. My BFF aka Man of Honor aka Drew has a tendency to get deathly ill for most of the major holidays so maybe he passed the torch to me, and now it is my turn to get sick for the holidays. Either way I want it to stop. I keep looking at food porn on How Sweet It Is and it is not helping. Let me just say I want to devour everything on this blog! Thanks Nicole for introducing me to my latest addiction 😉 If this doesn’t look like food porn I don’t know what does.

I digress.

 

Lets take a look at my workouts this week shall we?

 

Monday- rest from still feeling slightly sick…Gross.

Tuesday- Run that felt like death, I somehow managed to squeak out 4 miles in 50 minutes, how that happened I have no idea!

Then on wednesday I decided to try Bikram again. This time it was a much better success I actually went in there somewhat excited to give it another try and hope for the best.

And I left feeling good and revitalized. I swear I looked exactly the same after the class, you don’t need a post bikram picture 😉

Thursday- Well I woke up at 5:25 before my alarm! I decided to sieze the day and start getting dresses for my run this morning. Well as I was naked in the Kitchen trying to get dressed for running an earthquake hit. I quickly ran to the doorway and then realized if I had to bolt it naked It was meant to be. Thank fully I didn’t have to do that and I went ahead on my run. Besides it being cold and extremely dark I had a great 4.5 mile run! (I just purchased a headlamp to defeat one of those things)

Tonight is my WI and Weight Watchers! I am hoping for the best but I swear I never know what tales from the scale I will learn come WI. Have an awesome day and lets hope I shake this disease Jason gave me.

Do you run at ungodly hours in the dark? What is your favorite food porn website?

October 19, 2011

My first Bikram Experience

There are two words that can describe my first experience with Bikram yoga, Life Changing. Now I may be jumping the gun just a little bit with this one but honestly I feel so refreshed and energized today after doing my first last last night and I feel like a changed woman.
Lets back up for a second and talk about my history with Yoga in general. I first fell in love with yoga back when I was going to Cabrillo, tho community college in Santa Cruz. It was one of my elective classes and I did it 2 times a week for 2 of those years. The first was in the gym, a huge basketball court above me with close to 100 students all getting their fix of Hatha Yoga. This was a good start and when my second year at Cabrillo came I signed up for a class that was downtown in the vets hall. It was kind of loud since it was right downtown but it was peaceful all the same. I had first started doing yoga because I had heard it was great for your back and I had a lot of back pain from various car accidents. When I moved back home to the SF bay I couldn’t find the time for yoga. I was commuting to school and the classes at SFSU were at bad times and it didn’t seem to work out. I had also just recently met my BF (now Fiance) and I was trying to spend as much time with him as I could. Lets not forget that for a poor starving(Not really I wish!) college student yoga studio’s are expensive.
Sorry where were we? Oh yes so I basically stopped doing yoga as much then not at all and found fitness in other places. If some of you are thinking, why Aly why can’t you do yoga at home? Yes, yes I could but I really love the feel of a community and doing classes. I can run on my own but doing Yoga just felt like I needed lots of people.
Back to last night, My running/fitness buddy asked if I was interested in trying Bikram yoga and buying a month unlimited to try out because there was a deal online. I quickly bought the deal because I have been meaning to try it and having someone else to endure the torture with me was just too good to pass up. After trying to plan for weeks we were set on going last night to the late class, starting at 8:15.
Now this class is 90 minutes, just like any traditional Bikram Yoga class, and did the basic 29 positions with breathing exercises. When I first went in I was worried because I do have issues with headaches and heat always seems to trigger it or make it worse. I was doing good for the first hour or so, granted I was sweating so profusely that when I did a forward bend a river of perspiration was flowing into my nose and mouth(super sexy right?), But I was feeling good. My body was warming up and the poses were good. When I hit the 60 minute mark and we did some back poses I could feel my head pounding and I just felt like I might pass out. I calmed down and drank some water and have now realized I need to make sure I eat enough and have some sort of electrolyte drink instead of just water during or before or after the class. I tried to lie down after the 90 minutes and all I wanted to do was get out of that hot room!
I went home and made sure to have a snack and lots of water. I was lying away in bed thinking what a rush and my body was still so warm. I finally fell asleep, probably some time around midnight, then when I woke up I felt amazing. I was able to get up easily and have felt energized all day. My neck is a little sore I think from being in awkward positions or not knowing what to do but all in all I feel soo good. I am definitely going back for more torture! Next time I will try to at least take a picture of the funny studio that is on top of a building.
New Bikram Addict in the making over here ❤

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