Wednesday, April 30, 2014
To be fair, I know most of the people who take the class regularly from other classes. They all said that it was hard, but that I could handle it. That I could make whatever modifications I needed. So, I decided to try it tonight. And I made a lot of modifications. But, I did the class. And my face was bright red and I was dripping in sweat. But, I was so proud. It feels so good to take on something that you know will be hard, but manage it. I never thought I would even think this, let alone do it.
So, today was a two hour day. One hour of the new class, one hour of yoga. And, I think I have a new Wednesday plan. So happy! So proud!
Monday, April 28, 2014
I really feel like all these changes have just become part of who I am and what I do. So, keeping to my routine on a day that I used to feel free to binge - that's just huge. I'm grinning from ear to ear with pride, and also with gratitude. I really appreciate everyone who wished me a good day today, and who made me feel so special. Thank you!
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Then, I went to yoga. It was an 'up' night tonight, and I was ready for it. And, it was a great class. I love that I am getting stronger each week. Tonight, I noticed that I am breathing better. When I first started, I couldn't maintain nose breathing through the warm up. Now, I can do it for most of the class. So, my cardio abilities must be getting a lot stronger. It just makes me happy whenever I see improvements, no matter how big, or small. Life is good!
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014
I wasn't really sure if it was wise to stay for yoga or not. But, my stubborn streak kicked in and I did. And, as usual, I was glad I stayed. The class tonight was really good, and I got a great workout and a great stretch. Of course, now all I can think about is a hot bath and bed. But, it still counts as a great day.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
I celebrated the day with a lot of family time, petunia planing, and two 30 minute sessions on the elliptical. Great day! I hope you have had a wonderful Easter as well.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
So, that was the morning. The evening exercise was so much more fun. I was so sore and tired when I walked into the gym. The instructor for the Friday night yoga class has been switching things up a little bit each week. Tonight she did a really great quad stretch. When I left the gym I felt almost good as new. It's amazing what a good stretch can accomplish!
Thursday, April 17, 2014
But, it was so pretty out this evening, I really wanted to go for a walk. I gave myself permission to do a short walk and just enjoy it. But, when I got to the turn around point, I realized that I wasn't ready. I ended up doing my full 5k route! And, my average speed was just over 3 miles per hour. So, I was really, really proud of myself.
I love when a day I was skeptical about turns into a really, really good day!
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Today was a fairly easy day. I did 30 minutes on the elliptical at lunch time, and then went to yoga tonight. It was a good day. I am really noticing that my flexibility is better. My tummy is getting in the way less. Overall, I'm thrilled.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Saturday, April 12, 2014
So, the morning was pretty wonderful. When I got home from the gym, I felt pretty good. I spent most of the afternoon watching a web broadcast of an autism summit. It had some really good information, but I was getting restless just sitting and watching. So, when it was done, I decided to go for a walk.
Steve warned me that I shouldn't do the full 5k path. But, did I listen? No, I didn't. I should have. My legs were still tired after the class this morning. I guess all those lunges tired me out more than I realized. By the time I got back home, my feet and legs were killing me. I took an Epsom salt bath this evening, but I'm not sure if it helped or not. Tomorrow is going to be an easy day.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Then, I went to yoga tonight. The Friday night class is usually really relaxing. But, when the weather warms up, she does make the class a little more intense. It's still my favorite class, but tonight it was just a bit more challenging. I love it! And, I love that I'm feeling more confident, and enjoy moving more. This is a good trend.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
I got home and immediately went upstairs and changed into exercise clothes. Then, I did thirty minutes on the elliptical, and even set a new calorie record for this kind of workout. I was so proud of myself! So, tonight was all about planning ahead, and using willpower to make myself exercise. It's hard, but so worth the effort!
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
I am so glad I listened! Tonight was a more intense class and I was really glad that I was rested going in. I think I had the best class that I've ever had. The best part was that I actually was able to do sun salutations tonight. Now, they were the ugliest sun salutations ever, but, I did them. Normally, going from forward fold to down dog is impossible. Tonight, I did it. By the time class was over, I was beaming with pride.
So, sometimes, I think I need to focus on enjoying the here and now, and getting the most out of whatever I am doing. And, sometimes, I need to appreciate that I am getting stronger, and able to do more. Tonight, I'm just going to enjoy this feeling.
Monday, April 7, 2014
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Friday, April 4, 2014
The best part was about an hour after the session. I realized that I wasn't dead tired. I actually had energy to get me through the afternoon. And, I was really looking forward to yoga tonight. That is a major improvement for me. Normally, after a session, I'm so tired all I want to do is collapse in a heap. I'm still smiling that my energy lasted all day!
And, yoga tonight was really good, as usual. She mixed some things up tonight and tried a few new poses. Nothing overly complicated. But, overall, it was a great class. And, I felt like I was doing just a little bit better tonight. My legs felt stronger, my core felt tighter. Overall, an amazing end to a great day!
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
I've decided that I really like doing two thirty minute sessions on the elliptical. I try to do one at lunch time and another at the end of the work day. I figure this way I'm getting two metabolic boosts during the day. And, since I'm breaking it into two sessions, my energy level stays up the whole time. So, I am definitely going to stick with this!
And, I still made it to my yoga class tonight. It's hard to explain the feeling of accomplishment after working hard, and then getting to relax at the end. It's just magic somehow and I love it!