6 times

My goal every week is to workout six times a week. Usually it is more like four to five times.
But this past week I worked out six times:

Monday: yoga
Tuesday: yoga
Wednesday: yoga
Thursday: kickboxing
Friday: yoga
Saturday: spin; abs/core

My normal sked is 3 yoga classes a week and 3 cardio: kickboxing, spin and advanced body conditioning (Wednesday evenings).

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What a wonderful way to end the workweek

I attended my regular yoga class tonight with Suraya. She is such a great and caring yoga instructor. It’s at 5:30 on Fridays. Which is great because it gets me out of work at a decent hour. But I am starting to miss the class at times because sometimes I have something planned.

At the beginning of class we have meditation and she has us set an intention. You can also set your intention for someone else. Sometimes I do that. Tonight I set my intention for Grandma Phyllis. So I hope she was feeling my energy.

We worked on pigeon pose today. It is such a great way to get your hips stretched out. I love the feeling. More and more I am getting better at the pose.

And now I am relaxed and am ready to do some knitting and watch some TV. That is my kind of Friday night. Oh, and I made myself a bloody Mary, too.

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New yoga teacher is great

I haven’t been able to attend my regular Tuesday afternoon yoga classes lately. We have a new teacher. I really liked Suraya.

But I have to say Sean is a great teacher. I like his style. His class was challenging and a great workout.

I was trying to convince him to take over the Friday morning yoga class. They are looking for a teacher for that class to replace wonderful Ajaia. Anyone want to apply?

I am trying to get Hilda to take that class over. But I doubt the distance from where she and my dad live to my gym will be worth it to her. Dang!

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One-on-one yoga

I almost didn’t go to yoga this morning. But I thought I need to go. Get up! So I did.

(Oh, and last night I finally–after months and months–went back to kickboxing. Man, it was tough. A co-worker, Kim, joined me, which made it a little easier.)

There is this yoga sub at my gym for some reason I am not a fan of. I have started reminding myself to not let his style bother me and to just appreciate the practice.

I knew he was subbing today. I went into class and I was the only one. It ended up being great.

We focused on strengthening my core and stretching out my back. He asked me what I wanted to work on and we pretty much focused on my needs. Normally you would have to pay top dollar for a private yoga class.

Happy Friday everyone and have a great weekend!

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I’ve Got You Babe

While I was in the locker room this morning getting dressed after my yoga class this song was playing. I have to say that is not a very gym-like working out, sweating song. Weird.

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About a year now

So about a year ago I started working out (first in the gym at work).

For a month I walked about 3-4 times a week. Then in April I started the walk/run thing. My goal was to be able to run for 30 mins straight–because it is easy cardio and you can do it anywhere.

Well, I hate running. But I was determined. I think it was Day 3 that I hurt my knee and had to rehab myself. I decided then and there that I hated running and it really wasn’t for me, I mean, who was I kidding?

I started on the elliptical. Love that machine. Sometime in June I joined Mavericks, the gym I am still with. This is the longest I have continually worked out–a whole year.

Yes, I have joined gyms before. But usually working out was sporadic. I have had a few times in this past year where I didn’t work out for a week or two or three–usually when I have been sick. But for the most part I have been very vigilant. I am proud of myself.

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Ouch!

So for those of you who don’t think yoga is a real workout … I hadn’t worked out in almost 3 weeks because of the cold I had. I went back to yoga yesterday. And I took it easy. I didn’t overly push myself.

Today I am sore! My chest is a little sore and the part where my arm meets my arm pit is sore.

I tried to figure out what muscle that is but the charts online don’t specifically point to it and label. Is there such thing as pectoralis minor?

I took anatomy in college when I thought I wanted to be a nurse but I don’t remember much. (And yes, I hate blood and needles so what the hell was I thinking?)

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Lame workout

I went to the gym after work last night ready for a hard and sweaty cardio workout. Didn’t happen. Almost all of the machines were taken … again.

So I walked on the treadmill–I hate running. I still felt it and at least I did something. But I had almost talked myself out of going to the gym. I will be happy when the gym is back to normal.

I am going to take the 1 p.m. yoga class today.

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Merry Christmas Eve!

My gym hosted one yoga class today. It was a wonderful class.
Ajaia was the teacher. The class was pretty full.
Ajaia even brought a poinsettia and a little candle to make our practice more holiday-like.

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I’m a lightweight

So last night I had a glass and a half of wine and it knocked me out before 9:30 p.m.!!!!!!

The night before I had about the same amount and had to fight to stay awake for that movie Premonition–which wasn’t as good as I had hoped.

I have been getting up at 6 a.m. during the week–to either hit yoga at 7:15 or to be at work around 7ish to make up for the time I take off early on Mondays.

Speaking of yoga … we were doing these lunge things today and I felt pretty confident about my posture when my wonderful teacher Sarah said, Nice Ann! She told all of us we had lovely lunges.

I have to say I am definitely getting better and finding some postures much easier. About a month or so ago I was actually able to clear my mind a couple of times during meditation. I was so excited that I started thinking about how I wasn’t thinking. Dang it!

But lately I have noticed that my slight scoliosis and kyphosis are really showing more in some of my postures. (Maybe I just didn’t notice before.) Especially in plank … Continue reading