Munching on “spaghetti”

I survived Day 3 of my cleanse. I replaced my three meals with three green smoothies. I was a little hungry in the afternoon so I had an apple. Trying to keep it raw. It went much more smoothly than I thought it would.

Last night I attended my regular Friday evening Vinyasa flow class with Lily. We did moon salutations instead of sun salutations. It was a nice way to end the week and for an evening class.

One pose we did was called dragon pose. It was a nice stretch. And Lily mentioned it is a great pose for those of us who wear high heels.

Today is Day 4 of my cleanse. I woke up with a slightly scratchy throat. I am thinking it is because of the raw fruits and vegetables. I tried to do some research online. I couldn’t find anything that is certain. But I think the scratchy throat is because my body is detoxing.

I had a green smoothie for breakfast and lunch. I had some carrots for a snack this afternoon. For dinner I made raw “spaghetti.” I am eating half of it now. And will eat half later. … Continue reading

Exercise, vegetables and dancing … oh my!

Sorry for the slacking in blogging. But rest assured I have not been slacking in the exercise or the caloric intake department.

Let’s see. What have I been up to since I last blogged on Tuesday …

On Wednesday I walked with some co-workers/friends. It was a small group, but we were/are fierce. The walk started off rather cool. But eventually we were warmed up and feeling good. We walked for an hour. And we were faster than last week. In our first 30 minutes we got farther than we did the week before. I kinda dreaded the hour walk. But once we got going I felt great! Wednesday night I went to Baxter’s Hatha yoga class, which was packed.

Thursday my friend/co-worker and I went out to lunch. We had Chinese food. I had a cup of hot and sour soup and steamed veggies over brown rice. I really wanted kung pao chicken, but I refrained. Thursday afternoon I hit the gym at work. I decided to not spin as the seat is jacked up. (The repair guy is coming tomorrow.) So I walked for about 20 minutes on the treadmill and then did weights and abs for about … Continue reading

Trying to de-clutter my life

I recently signed up for a super cleanse with Lory Benson Pilates, which started yesterday. I haven’t actually started the green smoothie cleanse as the timing isn’t quite right for me. But before the end of this month I plan to imbibe in some fruit and veggie smoothies.

The seven-day cleanse is about de-cluttering physically, mentally and your surroundings.

Because the cleanse technically started yesterday Lory is sending out daily e-mails. Her encouragement and advice on our de-cluttering in all aspects is really great, motivating and inspiring.

Yesterday and today Lory has been giving advice on how to de-clutter our surroundings. I am totally excited and motivated to do this. I had planned to attack my closet and our spare room/office over the week off between Christmas and New Year’s and then I got a cold. So nothing was taken care of then.

We have friends visiting in March. So that gives me a goal and deadline to have the spare room in tip top shape followed by the rest of the house.

This morning I attacked the kitchen. I cleaned the top of the fridge, inside it, outside of it; moved on to pots and pans; various drawers, … Continue reading

Sore, tired body

This will be a short post as I am tired and well, just bleh.

Tuesday night Jenn and I did some weight work on our back and shoulders (among other stuff).

Yesterday I worked from home so I attended the Power Vinyasa yoga class at the studio in my neighborhood. Naushon really had us focus on doing upward dog properly, by pushing our chest forward and our shoulders down.

Between the work on shoulders/back Tuesday night and the yoga class yesterday and the crappy sleep I have gotten the past FOUR nights I woke up today with super sore shoulders and upper back.

I know being sore like this is a good thing as I am working my muscles and getting stronger. But it still is not that comfortable.

(Tonight at the gym I did intervals for spin and a little ab work. I did some stretching of my back and shoulders as well.)

After I got home I took a nice hot shower. Then I slathered my refreshing gel on my shoulders and upper back. I am feeling a little better. I am relaxing while blogging, watching TV, drinking wine and having a dinner of leftovers.

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Go Fit Girl! is thankful for …

 

 

 

the fact that I am fairly healthy.

the fact that I can afford a gym membership …

and a yoga studio membership.

the fact that I can afford fairly healthy food at the grocery.

the fact that my company has a gym on site.

my spin teachers, especially Jenn.

Baxter’s fun and goofy nature during Wednesday night Hatha class …

especially last night’s Thanksgiving-themed class.

all of my yoga teachers: Ashley, Lily, Rachel, Vickie, Sean, Baxter (mentioned above) and the occasional sub.

a boss who works out as much as I do (and possibly more).

my clip shoes for spin class and the espinner. (Fewer foot cramps and feet that fall asleep.)

Restorative yoga, Hatha yoga, Vinyasa yoga and yoga in general.

the fact that work encourages a wellness plan.

all the friends I have made at the gym …

and the spin social “hour” we have before Saturday class begins.

my yoga studio hosting a Day of Thanks 2-hour workshop …

and Naushon is teaching it …

and all the proceeds go to the food bank.

my IT support husband who helps me with the the site.

all of my Go Fit Girl! readers. Your support … Continue reading

Candlelight flow

Usually on Fridays when I work from home I attend the 10 a.m. yoga class at my yoga studio. But Joey had a vet appointment this morning so I wasn’t able to attend Rachel’s Vinyasa class.

I attended the 5:30 p.m. fairly new candlelight flow class. This was my first time with the newish class. I wasn’t sure what to expect of the class, whether it would be gentle or more aggressive.

Because today was a busy (work), tough and emotional day dealing with the furbaby’s health I was hoping for a gentle class. It wasn’t. But I ended up feeling OK with it and working through some stuff while I sweated.

We set an intention at the beginning of class. I was going to focus it on myself. But I have a friend having an unexpected hard time right now. So I focused my practice and energy to her.

At the beginning we did a yin pose, which was a really nice way to start the class. We held each exaggerated low lunge for about 4 minutes. As we were holding each lunge Lily told us that the longer yin poses get more into the connective tissues, as vinyasa … Continue reading

You had me at bolster

My regular props for most of my yoga classes are a blanket, strap and block.

(Bolster photo provided by Yoga Bolsters.)

The blanket is great for sitting on to give yourself a little boost. It is also good to use under your knees when doing poses where your knees might be sensitive.

The strap is good for arm stretches where you need a little extra help or your arms don’t quite reach.

There is one arm stretch where one side my arms meet, the other side they don’t.

The block is great for one of my favorite poses, supported bridge. It’s also good for a lot of standing poses, such as triangle, half moon, side angle and so many more.

When I walked into Vinyasa class today, Ashley asked us to get a blanket, block and bolster. In her class we get moving, breathing hard and sweaty. Near the end of class we usually do a restorative pose.

Today we did a meditative practice at the end of class. It was a nice change. I sat up on my bolster, which I don’t usually do.

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Burning thighs … er … sore hips

 

My work schedule has been a little weird this week.

I worked from home yesterday. And today we were allowed to leave work a little early after being treated to an amazing seafood lunch. (See lobster photo to the left.)

Yesterday morning I took a yoga class from the yoga studio, Namaste Yoga Studio in my neighborhood, where I regularly go about 3-4 times a week.

I took Naushon’s Power Vinyasa, which I have taken a few other times. But it is not a regular class for me, as her times don’t normally fit in my schedule. Talk about a sweaty class. I am talking … dripping sweat.

And it is slightly deceiving … we start in Child’s Pose. Well, believe me that doesn’t last long. Her class is very active and did I say sweaty? It’s an amazing practice and workout.

Because I was home about 3 today I was able to attend Sean’s Vinyasa class. He used to teach at my gym. And then I started attending a Sunday class at the studio, which he taught. He no longer teaches on Sundays, but was replaced by Ashley who is pretty awesome. Sean’s class is active and … Continue reading

Yoga subs are great way to experience the new, different

Today my Vinyasa Flow class had a sub. The class was taught by Emily. I like her style. I have taken class from her before.

After class I told her I enjoyed her class and style. She told me the type of yoga it was, which I don’t remember now what it was called. I found it funny that I didn’t realize that it wasn’t actually a Vinyasa Flow class.

The type of yoga Emily teaches apparently isn’t really being taught in the East Bay. I hope she becomes a regular instructor at Namaste.

Regardless, the class was good, tough, sweaty, intriguing and I learned something about me and my practice. If most or all those factors come into a class it means it was a good practice for me.

When we were meditating at the end of class Emily read us something (many teachers do this):

The Dalai Lama was asked what surprised him most about humanity:

“Man.

Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.

Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.

And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present;

the result being that he does not … Continue reading

Compliment from yoga teacher made my day

Before yoga class today Ashley asked if anyone had anything going on with their bodies they needed to discuss with her. This is the norm. I told her my legs and glutes were sore from body conditioning the day before where Jennifer had us do step ups. So I might not be able to hold some of the poses as long. Ashley said to me that she looks up to me as a workout … (I think she said) Goddess. Whatever exactly she said was a compliment of my hard work and many kinds of exercise I do regularly. And coming from her I was completely flattered and actually thrown off guard a little.

And the poses weren’t as hard to hold as I thought they would be. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like it was a piece of cake or anything.

I had an idea of what to write about on Friday. Then I got busy and worked late. Then went to the bar and had a few drinks. And I pretty much didn’t remember what I wanted to write about what had happened at yoga that morning. I usually work from home on Fridays. I try to … Continue reading