Healthy routine pays off

Yesterday I talked about weight-loss pills. If someone chooses to take a weight-loss pill they should combine with exercise and a balanced diet to make it work to it’s fullest potential. (And discuss with your doctor.)

As I said I personally would not take a weight-loss drug. But I am all for the regular exercise and balanced diet.

For about three weeks in December I went a little nuts with the food and treats and sweets and alcohol. The exercise was still pretty consistent until we hit San Diego and then I got super lazy.

In about three weeks I gained almost 5 pounds.

But I had told myself if I wanted to eat and drink whatever I wanted I could and I would get back to my healthy routine starting Monday, Dec. 31.

And that’s exactly what I did.

So for the past week I have been tracking my food (and exercise) via Weight Watchers online and am back to my regular exercise routine. And, friends, let me tell you: THIS WORKS! Balanced diet and regular exercise is the key to weight loss and/or maintaining weight and keeping that healthy lifestyle.

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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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Dragging myself to the gym

I really didn’t want to exercise today. But with the way I have been eating lately …

Today was a busy, but productive day at work. I had a lot of meetings. But I also managed to get a good amount of work done.

I was trying to catch up on a few e-mails when I realized it was 4 p.m. I try to get to the gym at 4 so I can do 45 minutes to an hour of cardio and then 20-30 minutes of weights, abs, stretching, etc.

I ended up getting on the bike a little before 4:30 and did 45 minutes of endurance. That’s about all the endurance routine I can handle.

The endurance workout on the espinner is moderate resistance and moderate speed all in the saddle. It’s a lot of work on the glutes, quads and hamstrings.

I definitely feel a sense of accomplishment when the routine, class, etc. is over. The espinner guy talked about how he looks forward to end of the spin routine because of the endorphin rush, the release and, as I said, the sense of accomplishment.

Seriously, I am just glad it is over with.

UGH! Time for some sort of detox

I had a good weekend in Tucson. I saw lots of family, ate good food and had numerous drinks.

I knew there would be little if any healthy options to eat. Which I was completely OK with.

I hoped I would get a little yoga in with Hilda. We talked about doing yoga together.

But it never happened. Plus there was so much other stuff going on: running errands for my grandpa’s 90th birthday party; setting up for the party; breakfast with the family; other family obligations.

It’s OK. I will get back to the exercise again tomorrow.

My dad is a great cook (as is my mom) and made a big part of the dinner feast for my grandpa’s 90th birthday party. Grandpa wanted tacos. So we had tacos. The next day we had the chorizo breakfast.

Saturday we had a late breakfast with my mom and stepdad. Then later that day we had the party for Grandpa: good food and beers for me. Later that night a group of us headed to The Buffet for drinks.

Sunday was the chorizo breakfast. Then on to my mom’s to visit with my grandma and uncle and a cousin. My mom … 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

Gettin’ sweaty for the holiday

For the holiday, Namaste had just one class today. The normal Monday 10 a.m. class was held today, which I can’t normally attend because of that work thing. It was Power Vinyasa.

Wow, I thought the Forrest Yoga class on Friday was hot and sweaty. But class today was the sweatiest yoga class I have taken.

It was a good class. There was a lot of movement and it was tough. Those are the best kind of classes.

Now I can eat my tacos and drink my beer later with less guilt. 🙂 (The parents of one of our friends who recently got engaged is having an engagement party later today. No barbecue today–but tacos. We are OK with that. Yum!)

Today marks Day 13 of exercise in a row. Let’s see how long I can go before I break the trend. I do believe you need a day off from exercise. And I do strive to work out 4-6 times a week, always hoping for 6 times a week with a day off. But I feel good with my schedule right now.

Hip openers

Today in Vinyasa Yoga class with Ashley we did our regular heated flows. After about 45 minutes to an hour of the flows and sweat we usually concentrate on something, whether it is working a specific part of the body or working on an inversion.

Today we worked on some intense hip openers with variations of Pigeon and Square.

We did one hip opener/restorative pose before savasana.

My hips aren’t as open as I would like. So I especially appreciate when class concentrates on opening of the hips. I can’t say I love Pigeon Pose. But for some reason I always want to do that pose and am happy when the instructor asks us to get into that pose.

One of my least favorite poses is Happy Baby, which is also a hip opener and another pose we did today. We also did that pose on Wednesday night. Baxter made a joke about whether or not we are happy in the pose. I have to say, I never am. I have no issues getting into the pose. But once it is time to get out I feel stuck. It’s a pretty intense pose for me.

Exercise back in full swing after vacation hiatus

Since Wednesday I have been on track with the exercise (the food is another story, but it usually is).

I had planned to hit Vinyasa Yoga class (and take my mom) on Sunday. But we had flight issues and instead of coming in Saturday night about 8 p.m. we came in on Sunday at almost midnight.

I wanted to go to the noon spin class on Monday. But I felt pretty wacked out and I didn’t want to drive anywhere. So I just hung around the house doing laundry, going through the mail and paying bills and watching TV.

Wednesday was Hatha Yoga with Baxter. Man, I really love that class. Baxter is great. Thursday I did the spin bike in the work gym. I only had time for a 30-minute workout as I had something to do after work. But 30 minutes is better than nothing. Friday was Forrest Yoga with a sub. I normally like the regular teacher. But I think I liked it even better with the sub. That was an intense class. I could feel my thighs and shoulders today. And, of course, today, spin; abs/core; and body conditioning. I almost ditched the third class. But … Continue reading

A little vacation weight gain

Yesterday and today I have been so hungry. Not sure if it because my internal cycle is all screwed up or because I am used to eating and drinking a lot more than normal, after my week in Barcelona.

I appear to have gained about a pound and a half. We did a fair amount of walking–at least at the beginning of the week. But I also ate and drank whatever I wanted. And there was a lot of both. Between beer and sangria and tapas and pastries and cafe con leches and all of that I took in a lot of calories. Everything was so good. Oh man!

I haven’t started back to my regular workout schedule yet. I hope to go to my regular Wednesday night yoga class tomorrow.

And at some point the healthy eating has to come back into my life. I will get there.

Trying to stay hydrated in Barcelona

We arrived in Barcelona late Satirday afternoon. We have already had amazing food, delicious sangria and so much fun.
When I travel, whether domestic or international I struggle with getting in enough water every day.
I do travel with my own water bottle, which I can fill up.
I noticed yesterday as we did a lot of walking that there were many drinking fountains around town, whether for a sip or to fill up.
I love that idea.

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