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Powah Yoga day 3

Thursday, May 13, 2010

I was going to grouse about my stupid day but the truth is - although it was stupid it was not depressing. Granted, the webinar I rearranged everybody's schedule for was NOT yesterday but will be next Wednesday (good side of this is that I didn't miss it); I was never able to load the pictures on the library's web site (i did get something up on the library's facebook page); I canceled lunch with a girlfriend only to realize I could have had lunch with her...

Well I was going to complain about that but the truth is - it was only stupid - not unhappy. And long about 3 o'clock I realized I just didn't want to be in the office any more and came home. That was sweet. I have been needing a vacation for a long time and I'm going to get one the last week of this month but it's hard hanging in there and I've got Events and Things To Do right up to the last minute.

So what does all this have to do with Powah Yoga?

First - I believe the over all stronger feeling I've gotten in only 2 sessions made yesterday a little easier to deal with. It's not as if I was going from no exercise to some - I went from modest regular exercise to Powah Yoga! Really, I should call this Biggest Loser Yoga but ... every time I think of it, I think of my little cousin who was such a big fan of Power Rangers - which he called Powah Wayngers - and I can't resist applying that epithet to things that blast away, fighting crime and defending good. Or fighting fat and defending health.

But the greater strength that only 2 sessions have helped create .... especially the core stuff that holds your body up when you sit in a chair half your day, that keeps you aligned when you walk, that opens up your torso so that the blood flows smoothly ... I am positive it helped me cope with a cranky fractious day.

Then - there is that delicious realization that after even only 2 sessions with this workout I have more strength and None of that burning soreness I had on Monday. It was easy to load up the dvd player and do the workout - no I can't hold all the poses as long as Bob asks you to but I am better at it today than I was on Tuesday. I will continue to get better each time. And for some reason I just feel more compact - even at this early stage.

so. Hooray for Powah Yoga.

let's hope today is a Smart Day instead of a Stupid one.

  
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CRAVE_FREE 5/13/2010 10:23AM

    Sounds like you are powerful! You can make today whatever you want it to be.

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MERALO 5/13/2010 9:29AM

    Powah to you!

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MSLZZY 5/13/2010 8:28AM

    It will be a SMART day with that attitude! Have a good one! emoticon

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Ab up-date and Powah Yoga

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Long about noon yesterday it suddenly hit me - that ring of fire...er... I mean, those ab muscles and the ones around my shoulders and thighs didn't hurt any more. It was as if, once they saw I was serious about making them work, they gave up the struggle and just got stronger. Even my back felt more secure so of course I had more energy all day long.

I still prefer the more elegant yoga dvds from the folks at Yoga Journal but for right now this rock'n'roll dvd fills a very specific need for me. Thank heaven for Netflix, which gives me the opportunity to try before you buy.

This Biggest Loser Yoga dvd is actually a lot of weight training, using your own body as the weight you lift - especially with the lunges and the planks. Every 2 weeks you add another set of exercises, first some ab workouts and then some free weights. I've committed to doing this 4 days a week for 6 weeks and I've taken measurements so that I can do comparisons. It will be fun to see how much frontage I can flatten between now and June 19.

  
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CRAVE_FREE 5/12/2010 8:55AM

    I never thought of getting fitness dvds from Netflix. Yet another brilliant idea. Where would I be without you? Sounds like a great plan for flattening the front. Can't wait to see your results!

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MSLZZY 5/12/2010 7:51AM

    Frontage? I like that. Just don't flatten the ta-ta's too much or you'll look like a boy!

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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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