Friday, March 25, 2011

Yoga Meltdown

Hello world!  It has been a long week!  I had recovered by Monday night from the 5K I ran on Sunday and was able to get a workout in.  I decided that it was time for me to take the cellophane off of Jillian Michael's Yoga Meltdown.  I know a lot of people that swear by yoga but I have NEVER done it - I have never taken a class and I have never done it in the privacy of my own home - until now!  I was thinking that it would be nice to get a good stretching workout in since my legs were still a little tight from running.  I am not sure what I thought I was getting myself in to - but there was a whole lot of "other" movement along with the stretching I was looking for.  I love Jillian's workouts - I don't think that is much of a secret so regardless I knew I was going to get a good burn and feel great afterward.  I learned some new poses and finally learned the proper way to do some of the common ones I have heard before (downward dog, sun salutation, etc).  My favorite though - that was the warrior pose - it felt powerful!  If only I had been doing the move on the beach with some sunshine pouring down on me - that may have made it a little better!  I have decided that I am going to work this yoga DVD in at least once a week. 

I have gotten a few more good workouts in the rest of the week too.  I have moved up to Week 2 on the Ripped in 30 and I really like it.  There are some intense moves but I feel so accomplished each time I am able to do the "bad ass" version as opposed to the "beginner" version of a move.  And the feeling I get when the workout is over and I know I have my activity in for the day is hard to describe!  It's such a great start to the day - heart pumping, muscles aching and sweat dripping - does it get any better?!?! 

I also had my weekly weigh in at WW on Wednesday.  I was not anticipating much this week - after Sunday I was tired and HUNGRY all of the time - or at least it felt like I was!  Well,  I was delightfully surprised when I was told I had another great week by one of my favorite receptionist.  I looked at her, and said "really?" and she replied with "yes, another 2 pounds, your progress is nothing to sneeze at!".  I wanted to hug her but there were others around and I thought it might be weird!  It felt great to have a loss when I had honestly felt like I wouldn't have one.  So, with the two pounds lost this week, that brings me to a nice round number of 58 pounds total since Sept 23, 2010.  I have basically been at this for 6 months - I have lost count of the number of weeks - and there are days when I feel like I am brand new to this weight loss gig and there are days when I feel like this has been my life forever.  I am really hoping that the latter feeling becomes more regular as I continue on this path. 

I am now the smallest I have been in many, many years - I truly don't know if my husband has ever known me at this size.  I don't recall how "big" I was when we met almost 12 years ago - I should really dig up some of those old pictures and see if I can tell - my weight gain/loss shows up in my face so I am sure it will be pretty obvious! 

The best part is that I FEEL better than I have in many, many years.  I am starting to get my confidence back, my energy is back and my overall love of life is back.  It sounds so cheesy but it's so true - there were so many days when I was just tired and didn't want to get off the couch - even to play with my babies.  Now, being on the floor with them, throwing them on my legs and bouncing them all over the place and seeing the smiles on their faces, it's so awesome!  And I know my family and friends see it too - they are so great about telling me how good I look and how proud they are - it just makes me so appreciative when they take the time to say those things! 

We have a busy weekend planned - bridal shower for me, Firkin Fest for the hubby with friends, girls off to stay with Grandma S. and then I will meet up with Rob and friends later on for some grown up fun!  I am planning on getting a run in there somewhere too!  Have to make time for the other important stuff too! 

Have a great one friends - be well! 

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