I guess I run now

or I’m trying to anyway.


Free Yoga at the Temple? Yes Please!

This workout kicked my butt, and I had no idea until about 5 hours later.

I can’t even explain it. The poses weren’t tough and there were plenty of relaxation poses throughout. The sequence wasn’t tough (one of the easiest sun salutations I’ve done, in fact). It was longer than what I’m used to, but it didn’t feel that much longer. But I just could barely move that afternoon.

Loved it, really! Can’t wait to go back.

So I’m going to hit the basic yoga class tomorrow night and Wednesday night (work permitting), and see if I want to move up to a more rigorous class at the studio after that, but the Sunday morning yoga at the temple is a new permanent thing. I can’t imagine ever getting bored with something that beat me up so very badly.

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By bigprof
On February 27, 2012
At 7:17 pm
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And I go out in public like that….

That’s what I thought this morning as I left the house in my yoga sweats. But what the hell, I did it.

And I think the Basic Yoga class may not be challenging enough, so I’m thinking about doing the intro yoga at the temple tomorrow morning (it’s a 1 1/2 hour long class) and then seeing if I can possibly make it to a yoga mix class at the groupon studio (although all of these more advanced classes seem to conflict with my work schedule). Blerg.

Anyway, I called the instructor for the class at the temple, which I’m really excited about, and they are open to the public, so if I can drag myself out of bed at 7am tomorrow, I’m there.I’ve been wanting to check out this temple for a long time anyway, but I never got up the nerve to go. Maybe doing a little yoga there once a week will help me get over my fear of the unknown…by making it less unknown, so, not really getting over it, I guess. Anywho…

Today’s tally of food and exercise is

Breakfast: small banana and coffee with half and half

Lunch: will be a healthy choice option

Dinner: out with friends, Mediterranean cuisine, so probably falafel, hummus, and pita

Exercise: 1 hour yoga (so about 50 mins of actual stretching); longest walk from car to the office (about 3/4 mile).

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By bigprof
On February 25, 2012
At 12:07 pm
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Did it!

I got myself to the class and got myself through it.

I was so worried they’d do a balancing pose I couldn’t handle or some other move that would make me look the fool, but I did pretty good with no surprises. In fact, I was more flexible and balanced than a majority of the class, which made me feel great. Okay, so yoga’s non-competitive, but my first time back in a class and I was happy to see I wasn’t the worst person there.

Ate too much yesterday, but hubby and I parked in the farthest spot from our building (about 3/4 mile away) and took two walks last night, so I think things balanced out. And I finally had a salad with dinner, a habit I’ve regretted getting out of a couple of months ago.

Tonight as soon as my work’s done I’ll do some yoga in the basement, and then I’m hitting another class tomorrow morning. Sunday morning if I get up early enough and am brave enough, I may attend the free beginner’s yoga class offered at our local Buddhist temple. Free yoga beats groupon yoga, I think. If not, there’s another 10am yoga class I can go to.

Food today is off to a bad start:

Breakfast: pumpernickle bagel with butter

Lunch: raisin bran with banana

Dinner: while wheat and sweet potato gnocci with asparagus, broccoli, and onions.

Snack: 1/2 apple with 1 oz bleu cheese

Exercise: only a 30-min walk with hubby

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By bigprof
On February 24, 2012
At 12:15 pm
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First “real” yoga class tonight…

And I’m writing this so I don’t chicken out.

I’ve been doing yoga at home since my last post almost a month ago, and wanting to join a class. But they’re so damn expensive! Anywhere from $12-17 per class! They’re a lot cheaper at the rec center at school, but before I pack my giant butt into yoga pants and try out a bunch of balancing poses in front of my students, I figured I’d do a test run somewhere far from campus.

So…Groupon (not a paid endorsement) to the rescue. I picked up a 10-class groupon for $25, and I’m trying out a Basic Yoga class tonight and some slow vinyasa classes over the weekend. Most of the yoga studios in the area offer a first week free package, so I might do a few of those when the 10 classes coupon runs out. In fact, if I play my cards right, I could be in good yoga shape before I ever have to set foot in an on-campus yoga class.

Bought a new pedometer as well, and I’m hoping to log in 10,000 steps a day by parking far from my office and taking nightly walks with hubby. So far my nutrition and exercise have improved, but no movement on the scale. I’d like to be about 10pds lighter for my next doctor’s visit in two months…something that will undoubtedly improve my cholesterol and my mood. 🙂

Meanwhile, I’m on winter break this week and just back from visiting my sister’s family for her birthday. Mom and brother were there as well, and while we scheduled a few walks in there, none were long enough to counteract all the food we ate.

So today before yoga I’m getting the week’s healthy menu together, shopping and cleaning the house, and taking a nice walk with the dog.

I’ve been recording my food/exercise using an app, but maybe I’ll do it here instead and really be accountable.


Breakfast: 10 almonds, 6 cheezits, half and half in my coffee

Lunch: Michigan cherry chix salad on 1/2 whole wheat pita, 20 veggie straws (love these)

Dinner (post yoga): lean cuisine lunch/butternut squash ravioli…1/4 cup asparagus

Snacks: 1 sushi slice at the market, 1/2 cup orange/carrot juice in 12 oz water, (pre-yoga snacks: 1/2 large banana, 1/2 small apple, 2 tbs peanut butter), clementine

Exercise: 30 min. walk, 1 hr basic yoga!

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By bigprof
On February 22, 2012
At 10:04 am
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