Downward Dog anyone?

So after about a week and half of not being at the gym I went back today. I did yoga this morning. And my friend Alex joined me. It felt really good to stretch and move again.

Tomorrow the plan is to do a cardio machine. I wanted to do the spin class, but I am going to take it slow. Plus I am still a little congested and coughing. But it is definitely a whole lot better.

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Health & Wellness

Yesterday Onyx hosted a Health & Wellness Expo. I was a volunteer. I made a board giving info on WW and printed out information for people to read and take.

I also greeted vendors in the lobby and had them escorted to the third floor. We had a really good variety of vendors come in, including: YMCA; Delta Dental; Maverick’s Gym (the gym I work out at); REI; Emeryville firefighter to check blood pressure–mine was pretty good; Breathe California to check lung capacity–I was at 88%–very good; free chair massages; MHN, TLC, Blue Cross, etc.

We had a healthy and really yummy lunch catered by Whole Foods. I attended a couple of really good breakout sessions. At the end of the expo there was a raffle. Unfortunately I didn’t win anything. But there were some pretty cool prizes.

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10 Fitness Myths Unmasked

I get these e-mails from Beachbody.com. Usually I just delete them. But this one peeked my interest.

“Can you turn fat into muscle? Is the morning the best time to exercise? Will you get cramps if you drink too much water when you exercise? Can those ab machines on TV get rid of your pot belly? Spend time surfing the Internet for fitness information and, pretty soon, your head will explode from reading all the contradictions and misinformation about the best strategies to get fit.

Here are some of the more popular myths and old wives’ tales that have been propagated over the years.” Check out 10 Fitness Myths Unmasked to see the answers.

Yoga compliment

My yoga teacher yesterday told me my Warrior II was beautiful.

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Getting back on track with exercise

I have to pat myself on the back for getting up early to go to yoga before work this morning. For some reason I was wide awake about 30 mins. before I had to get up. 5:45 and I am awake. WTH!!?? So right about now I am ready for a nap. Good thing I have my free Starbucks coffee from work.

I also went to kickboxing last night–my third time. I am feeling less and less stupid.
This week I have been a little slacking in the working out. But I am getting back on track.

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Specially Challenged Monkey

That is what I felt like during my kickboxing class last night. But I made it. I looked and felt stupid. But it was an amazing workout. The first 3 minutes we had to jump rope. I thought I was going to die. And I wondered how I would get through the whole freakin’ hour. But I did.

We did this punching combo: punch, cross punch, some other punch that I can’t remember the name, uppercut. Then she wanted us to double it. Yah right! I am not that coordinated. So I just punched.

She also had the mitts and would come around and have us hit them. Dork alert for me! And she also had something for us to kick at. Anyway, it was tough and I am sore. But it was an awesome workout–and I will be going back.

This morning I attended the 7:15 yoga class. A little early for me. But it felt good. And now I have already worked out for the day. Woo-hoo!

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21 times

For the month of May I worked out 21 times! For someone who doesn’t like exercise that is pretty damn good, eh? I still don’t enjoy exercise–but it is part of my routine and I just do it. I work out at the gym here in my work building. It is free and easily accessible–hard to make excuses. Plus once I start working out I am totally into it.

I haven’t started running again since my knee incident. I kinda hate running. Maybe I will get back into it. I have been doing the elliptical at the gym, which is my favorite machine. And at home I do my toning DVD, Great Body Guaranteed. The name is funny, but the workout is amazing. It focuses on stretching, abs, arms, glutes and thighs. Ten minutes for each section and it is killer and a great workout. Continue reading

Must have music

So yesterday I get dressed for the gym. I go to my purse to grab my iPod. I can’t find it. I freak for a second and then remember where it is. It isn’t lost. But it isn’t with me either.

I had no music while on the ellipitical yesterday. That 30 minutes felt a lot longer than 30 minutes. At least I had my trashy celebrity news to read.

But music definitely makes the workout seem a lot easier. I burned fewer calories and didn’t go as fast or as far as I usually do with my tunes.

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26 frickin’ pounds! (2 bags of potatoes and then some)

Just came back from my WW weigh-in (WI) and I lost 1.8 pounds over the week for a total loss of 26 whole pounds! I am so close to my goal. Only 3.6 pounds to go.

I have been doing really well with tracking my food, making good food choices and working out 4-6 times a week. I still don’t love exercising, but I am doing it and that is what counts.

WW is definitely a lifestyle that is manageable. It took me seven years to put on almost 30 pounds and it is gonna take me about seven months to take it off. Not too shabby!

I am going shopping this weekend to buy some new pants. I wanted to wait till I hit goal–but some of my pants are just way too big and I feel weird wearing them at work with the crotch practically to my knees. Plus, I think I deserve some new pants dangit!

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Ahhh … my knee

I am already injured. I think I am too old for this exercise stuff.

Anyway, my left knee was bothering me a bit while walking/running yesterday. (But the other day my foot was bothering me and I kept on trucking and it was fine later on.)

After my workout last night my knee was hurtin’ a little. Well, when I woke up this morning it was stiff. It is feeling better now–still bothering me a bit. So no gym workout today. But I will do some walking and stretching this weekend.

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2.8

So my weight loss had been on a little hiatus recently. I would lose a little, gain a little, lose a little, etc. It was getting frustrating because I wasn’t going anywhere. I reevaluated and decided I needed to start tracking my food again. (And I recently was overindulging in the food dept. Gotta stop that!)

At weigh-in today I was down 2.8 pounds from last week for a total of 22 pounds lost! Just 7.6 pounds to go. I can see the light!!!!

Plus I have been exercising a little more rigorously. Doing more of the walking/running. I am still only averaging about 3 workouts a week. I would like to be at 4 a week. But I am slowly working toward that.

I can’t wait to be able to go shopping soon for some new pants!

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