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Stickin' to the plan

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Which is to do the Powah Yoga every other day for 2 weeks, Sat, Sun, Tue, and Thur. As I mentioned yesterday, that oval ring around my torso - where arms and thighs join and the whole belly region - was really telling me it had been worked hard. it didn't happen on Sunday, of course when, I suppose all those muscles were in shock and unable to register a protest. Yesterday, though -whooee. Ouch!

And yet I kept wanting to do it again! Yeah. well. I know all about giving it 24 hours rest and I was a good girl and did so - though I did both the AM and PM yoga routines from my other DVD. Seemed like a fair compromise.

but in chatting with a friend with much more history of yoga she commented that you have to be careful with planks (a big part of the BL dvd) - if you have high blood pressure. Now - I am on meds for it so my blood pressure is very good - but I was still nervous about doing all those planks this morning.

That's right. I was back on the mat this a.m. , working along with Bob. My legs are fairly strong, my body is slightly twisted from a serious fall 5 years ago. I have to do a lot of adjusting to be sure I'm not hurting anything, because I'm hyper-flexible - as the yoga teacher in town said "40 ways to do it wrong". Yoga really does help with the out of kilter body and I don't have any ego issues about pushing myself too hard. but I did feel uncomfortable doing planks and when I dropped to my knees - well - I didn't feel like I was doing anything.

I've posted on the yoga team about this blood pressure/plank issue and I'm going to do some more research on my own. Till then I'll probably do half my planks in the modified position.

There's nothing that quite starts your day off so well, though, as knowing you've got your workout in and you're still stickin' to the plan. Hope your plan sticks for you today too.

  
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MERALO 5/11/2010 8:16AM

    4 times a week??? (whistles gently through teeth)...kudos to you for sticking to your plan, I probably would have folded after 1 day...lol!

Keep it up, it's all about finding what works for you and...you said it...stick to the plan!

Let us know about the planks...

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MSLZZY 5/11/2010 8:15AM

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LOUNOBLE 5/11/2010 8:08AM

    good for you! Sticking to your plan is half the battle - the other half of course is all the distractions we need to watch out for emoticon making sure we stay on track. Good to hear you are doing your research before pushing too hard with the planks - better safe than sorry! Keep striving for your goal - I am sure the next beach picture will be fantastic!!!!

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Power Yoga

Monday, May 10, 2010

Uff.

I got my hands on a copy of The Biggest Looser yoga DVD and did the workout yesterday. I am feeling it today. LOL

I have to admit, I was tickled by the thought of something called weight loss yoga. Not that yoga doesn't promote all sorts of healthy behavior but ... it's such an American way of looking at yoga. I wondered just how much of a gym class this was going to feel like. And I mean high school gym class of the 1960's.

Well, first off - it is a nice workout. It moves at a brisk if careful clip. It still has that slight feel of the gymnasium - because the fellow ...Bob that's his name. Anyway he keeps saying "you can do it" and "Lookin' good" which sounds SO much like little league ball to me. I can't help it. I find this funny.

But

Wow It's a fabulous workout. It's got a lot of the careful discipline of yoga but more oomph to it. Now - I have watched Rodney Yee's Yoga for strength and another similar one by him that is a vigorous fast hard workout. The difference, besides feel - calm vs. pep rally - is that he just quietly names a pose as he moves like some ocean vessel plowing through the waves, from one assana to another. If a pose is new to you it's not likely you'll be able to move into it at this fast pace. Bob assumes you're somewhat fit but new to yoga so he explains this sort of intermediate workout step by step. He also puts in a LOT of planks and humorously points out that a plank is a push-up - even forgets now and then and says "give me one more push-up".

I'm not criticizing that - just describing how different this dvd feels from the more traditional ones I've been watching. In fact - I love this dvd and if I didn't ache like a flu victim I'd follow it today. I WILL do it tomorrow. I felt fabulous after my first run-through so I'm a little surprised I am so sore today. But there - I haven't been doing a lot of upper body stuff lately - just walking and RY's a.m. yoga which is very, very gentle.

Time for me to crank things up a little. I'd thought I'd do this every day but feeling the way I do .... I'll do it every other day for a while and see where it gets me.

  
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SWEETLEXIE520 5/10/2010 9:15AM

    Great Review! I just did Jillian Michaels' Yoga Meltdown today and I'm wondering how sore I'll be tomorrow. Eek. It is strange doing yoga at a faster clip!

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CRAVE_FREE 5/10/2010 8:45AM

    Sounds like you're the right kind of sore today and you have a great plan with every-other-day! emoticon

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SHEILA1505 5/10/2010 7:42AM

    I definitely agree that alternate days is the way to go. You do lots of other things on those other days - variety is the spice of life too - and the body has to heal itself which it can't do if you repeat daily

Sounds great
Hugs


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MERALO 5/10/2010 7:10AM

    No, no, do it today...tomorrow you'll feel worse!
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MSLZZY 5/10/2010 7:05AM

    I'd take a day of recovery and go back to it tomorrow. You'll give those muscles a chance to recuperate.Easing into a new workout is the best idea! WTG!

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A voice from the right side of my brain

Thursday, May 06, 2010

woo woo.

I was just writing to a friend and telling her how I was doing when right brain spoke up and made a demand.

"If you don't take time to enjoy this beautiful May Morning OUTDOORS!!! I am going to eat cheetoes and chocolate all the rest of the day!"

whoa!!! And I heard it without having to sit down and use my left hand to tap into that. That's a FIRST!

More than anything else I've gotten from Martha Beck, the R/L writing has been my favorite. It's fun. It takes less than 15 minutes. It's often eye opening, always rewarding, and leaves me feeling much more ... more happy with myself than anything else I've ever done. I just like the way my brain works when I am writing with my left hand. I like its tempo. I like its attention to things. I like the way it accepts my handwriting mistakes because "Hey, I'm using my left hand" - which is an important opportunity to feel what it's like to really accept myself.

ooooo. powerful.

Also - I find the questioning list maker and the impulsive truth teller really are kind to each other. I honestly feel each side loving the other when I'm doing this.

I'm not all that big into self hatred but I am also often a little slow to accept compliments and affection - from others and certainly from myself. Oh - I have learned how to do the polite when people say nice things to me. I smile. I nod and look downwards and I always say thank you. What I have NOT learned how to do as well is to really take in compliments and affection and love. I busily brush past that warm gift and Get On To The Next Thing. It's stupid to not accept love from self or others, and probably destructive too, because I may start behaving as if there is no love out there in the world. Not cruelly - because that isn't any fun for me - but callously or unthinkingly. It's when I'm "moving on moving on moving on" that I'll say something tactless or do something thoughtless.

Not that I think I have to ease everyone's path through life. I'm not talking about codependent behavior. Just ... just ...

Going through life not feeling appreciated and loved is very easy to do and it keeps me from appreciating and loving. There's a glimmer here. A hint of what is really going on down inside my little belief generator that keeps me from believing I am a naturally fit slim healthy woman. Not having that belief means any effort to change is doomed to failure because ... it isn't natural. It's an effort instead of the normal state.

Hmmm. Well. Well. I shall continue to talk to that right brain of mine ... and to listen ... and in the mean time, I'm going to go out and take a walk in this delicious May Morning.

  
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MSLZZY 5/7/2010 6:34AM

    I may have to try writing left-handed, just not at the office LOL!

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JLITT62 5/6/2010 8:18AM

    See now, I've always found writing with my left hand to be incredibly frustrating. I don't like doing things I don't do well, and I most definitely don't write well with my left hand. Oh, I'll do things with that hand occasionally, but it's always so frustrating.

So there. You're much ahead of me in that department!

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ALEXTHEHUNN 5/6/2010 8:02AM

    Enjoy your walk. emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/6/2010 7:59AM

    thank you for this blog: just what I needed to read. I'm struggling with the left/right brain thing.....

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Ordinary Days vs. Special Events

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

First off - thank you for the good hot weather cooking ideas. I can see myself using all of them. though temperatures have moderated in the past 24 hours - we are just at the dawn of the HotHotHot season and I'm glad to get some fresh ideas for summertime eating.

I am thinking today, though, about which are more difficult for someone trying to reshape her body: Ordinary Days or Special Events. I think back over the past 2 months when I had to field a spate of Special Events - lasagna suppers and Graves Mt. Lodge and Birthdays and Anniversaries and the truth is - with forethought and creativity, I breezed through them all. and yet. and yet I am still not even 10 lbs down from January. 10 lbs in 4 months seems somewhat poky in my book and I am wondering if I need to look again at how I go through Ordinary Days.

So. So let's look at ODs. What are their attributes?

Well. First off - there are a lot of them. That means I don't treat each one as the Special Event it might be. I don't prepare for them. I don't experience each one as deserving of the attention the SEs get. I am sloppy with them. I think "oh well, it's only today. It's only a tee tiny bit. I'm just a wee fraction over the limit, across the line, under the radar"

And for any given Ordinary Day that might be true. For a week or 4 months of them - well. well. It adds up.

Honestly sometimes I wonder if I'm even serious about this weight loss effort. Oh. I suppose if, on January 1, 2011, I weighed what is it? 3 x 9 lbs = 27 lbs less than I did on January 1, 2010 I would have to consider that almost freakishly successful, but right now I am not all that sure I would see that if I continue on, dissing Ordinary Days. In fact there could be negative movement. There could be weight gains.

Shudder!

The light bulb is glimmering - and it's casting its light on the Spark People (and Weight Watcher and probably every other nutritional counseling) concept of One Day At A Time. One Special Day. One day that deserves as much thought and as much attention and as much tender care as any wedding, birthday or business luncheon does.

It is even possible that, in a fully lived life, there are No Ordinary Days. Each one is a special gift, ripe with potential, ready to glorify my world if only I treat it with the same consideration I treat those calendar days.

hmmmm.

I must think more on this ... as I go about this Special Day. Perhaps a whole string of them will be the key to reaching more than my weight loss goals.

May all your days be special.

  
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CRAVE_FREE 5/4/2010 12:44PM

    You seem to have something here with treating every day like something special! I have to plan every day or I let myself get out of line VERY quickly, but I do allow flexibility with each plan. I started in January too and I only hit my 10 lb mark two weeks ago. Poky poky, but it's gone!

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SHEILA1505 5/4/2010 7:26AM

    Bess!
I (me and myself) am my No.1 project - I want to be the healthiest, most cheerful, sexiest, most yeee-hah me that I can be - and when I got real recently about why I was stuck at a weight, I took stock. Properly. Honestly.

I saw how much FF yogurt I was eating every day, and how much cheese ... since I've been back home I've cut back the yogurt by half and if I have cheese I made a deal with myself that I can only have it if I have non-gluten rye biscuits with it and eat it properly as a snack and not just munch thru a chunk of cheddar.

Then ... the calories add up and is it really worth my while having the cheese in the first place! It's been a trade-off - cheese vs stax of veg or salad and other protein - tho I do have to make sure I get enough fats so I should substitute avo or nuts rather.

Every day is an adventure Bess - have fun with it in some way!

with love and hugs




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MSLZZY 5/4/2010 7:14AM

    Each and every day is special because once it is over, it will never come again! Use it wisely! emoticon

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Hot weather food

Monday, May 03, 2010

Hot weather arrived this weekend. It blew in on a fierce southerly wind and began drying up everything in its path. It also brought out the dread Mayflies - which any entomologist will tell you is really a dear fly - but we know better. These are biting flies and they usually show up sometimes after May 12. If you are going to put in a garden around here you better have it mostly done by May 12 because after that those wicked little pests will chew and chase you right back indoors. They hate shadow and cool so they won't try to fly into your house, but they love warmth and sunshine. In a few weeks the snake doctors (You call them dragon flies) will be out and put an end to the torment but by then it's really too hot to be doing anything but weeding and harvesting in the garden.

Even though we get snow and ice in the winter, this is TheSouth and we know heat. The only difference between Virginia and Mississippi is the number of months that qualify as Summer.

So it's all about what to make when it's 90 degrees outside with 90% humidity. I had been wanting to try a new breadcrumb crust from the McCormac spice people called Crusting Blend, www.mccormick.com/Products/Herbs-and
-Spices/Blends/Crusting-Blends.aspx

on baked pork loin so I cranked up the oven on Saturday. (it was very good, btw)

Needless to say, the upstairs bedrooms that night were hot hot hot. Our house is naturally very cool, especially downstairs, so we don't have A/C. Don't need it most of the time but then ... I also don't bake in the summertime. We grill out often. I have a number of quick fry recipes and then there are the no-cook ones - like tuna fish salad. Which I made last night with a dash of dill pickle relish along with the ubiquitous mayo (I prefer the olive oil mayonnaise) onion, celery and chopped hard boiled egg. Placed in large dollops onto spring mix greens it made the most delicious summer supper.

So. What are your favorite no-cook recipes and foods for eating in the hot hot hot summertime?

  
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JLITT62 5/3/2010 12:37PM

    Well, I like sushi any time of the year.

Have you ever tried peanut noodles? They can be awesome -- even healthy if you get the right recipe!

Unfortunately, most of our living space is on the second floor, and it heats up really quickly. If I don't run the AC when it gets to 75, we just can't sleep comfortably. And unfortunately my kitchen is on the same floor.

Hmm. What else? Puts thinking cap on but I guess not up to that at the moment. Salads, of course.

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MSLZZY 5/3/2010 10:06AM

    I bake a large beef roast, then grind the leftovers and make sandwiches by adding a little Miracle Whip, chopped onions, Mrs Dash and seasoned pepper. Yumm!
Good recipe, BTW! I think our little grocery store carries the seasoning. I'll have to check.
Stay cool!

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EDWINA172 5/3/2010 9:15AM

    I love tuna salad also. I use light mayo or Greek yogurt, dill weed and onion. I also do chicken in the crock pot every weekend. (I know its not a no-cook recipe, but I eat it cold during the week.) I put 6 pounds of chicken breast in the crock pot with 1/2 cup chicken broth. After about 8 hours I remove the chicken and shred it with a fork. We eat it on pita or by itself with BBQ sauce. No need to warm it up at all.
Thanks for sharing your recipes.

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PLAYBLUES22 5/3/2010 8:24AM

    Thank you so much for the link to McCormick nice ideas emoticon

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LADYOFTHEHOUSE6 5/3/2010 7:45AM

    One thing I like to do is in the am or in the later evening, I'll cook up (I know - sorry, this isn't technically 'no cook') some chicken on my George Forman grill and then use it for the next 2 days in salad and sandwiches.
Or (again a tiny bit of cooking) I'll boil a few eggs to leave in the fridge for the week to use in salads and sandwiches.

Fruit salad is always a great dessert!!

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