Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I considered Yoga Booty Ballet for months. While most people seem to love it, the reviews on various sites were rather mixed. Not a good enough workout.
Well, I am totally hooked. I should be changing up my routine and doing other workouts, like I normally do, but I just can't tear myself away from YBB. I love the mind-body connection.
Yes, I have other workouts that are definitely tougher. Yes, their sculpting segments rely on low weights and high reps, which most have debunked in favor of heavy weights and working to fatigue.
Yet my body doesn't seem to be turning to jello. In fact, I'm definitely seeing some definition in my arms. It's been a while since I've had a photo taken, since when my husband is home lately he's so bsuy, but I'm going to try to make sure to get it done when he's home the next time -- the last time before we move.
I love that they start each workout with mantras and intentions. I love learning the different mudras and what they mean. The workouts themselves are fun, and they don't feel like a lot of work, it's true. Yet I think far too many people have become hooked on the idea that you have to work really, really hard to get results. They're so into the 30 Day Shred. It's fast, sure, and it's a great workout -- but is it fun? No way. No pain, no gain is so 80s.
I do agree with some that the workouts tend to be a bit unbalanced at times -- they'll work one side, and not the other, and that's very puzzling for yoga instructors. I think I'll survive, though.
For those who don't enjoy the mantras and intentions, hello, did you see the word yoga in the title? Yoga isn't just about a series of poses. Much like losing weight, it's supposed to be a lifestyle. This is what has me hooked, and makes it so difficult for me to move on -- so instead, I've just been buying new YBB DVDs! Luckily for me, there's a lot of them. Too bad they don't have some new ones coming out!
The bottom line: these aren't workouts that will kick your butt (although the sculpting workouts are surprisingly tough, even at low weights, at first), but they will reshape your body -- and your mind. Even more important, they're fun -- even somewhat silly -- and I know I need more silliness in my life.
Monday, March 09, 2009
I pondered this for a while. Both are necessary for a healthy lifestyle. Food has to come first, to my mind. Without good food, you won't have the energy you need to power through your workouts.
It takes a long, long time to burn off food. So if you're eating a cookie -- or four -- and think you'll just work extra hard to burn it off, think again. SP has had some blogs about how long it can take to burn off various foods, and you can find that info elsewhere, too; the bottom line is that it almost always takes way more time than you'd think.
Many people fail because they get overwhelmed by all the changes they have to make. That's why it's so important to start small. Change one thing, and you'll see results. Try to change 3 or 4, and you may just decide that it's too difficult. It's almost always easier to start out changing your eating habits than moving more.
If you're sidelined by an injury, you're more likely to maintain -- and maybe even continue to lose -- if you're eating healthy, and can adjust your eating to make up for less exercise.
Don't get me wrong: exercise is important. Extremely important. You'll never get the results you want if you don't learn to enjoy moving more. None of us got fat simply because we didn't move enough, though; there's always a food component (for me, portion size & sweets).
Sunday, March 08, 2009
That has nothing to do with food or weight loss. Or maybe it does. Like all good love affairs, there have been times when I couldn't get enough of it, and times when I couldn't be bothered with it. Sometimes years went by before something sparked my interest in my great love again. Some years it was a weekly love affair. Through it all, though, I have come back to my love again and again: it's the hike and bike trail.
If you read on, it's going to be very photo-intensive (and I edited out a bunch!). I wanted to have a record of the hike and bike trail after I'm gone. It wasn't the best day for photos yesterday, so I'll bring the camera with me again the next time I go.
One of the many rest areas along the trail. They're all different.
Some days I've seen as many as 10 turtles on these fallen trees!
One of my favorite resting areas. There's both a human and a dog water fountain. It looks out over downtown Austin. This day, I ran into a couple from Iran enjoying the view.
The dogs practice their stays.
Across LadyBird Lake (I still call it Town Lake) from where we are is another rest stop. Since I discovered it about a month ago, Chester always pulls me over there as we go by it. Yesterday was no different; I ate my Kashi crunchy bar (almond -- even better than the peanut one!) and talked to my husband when we got there.
This is the Mopac bridge. Mopac is a very busy north-west highway here. The bottom is for pedestrians; the top is the car bridge.
This is one of the rowing docks. Notice the lone star on the paddle. I took a few rowing lessons, but I didn't like how tippy the boats were. I've always wanted to try kayaking, but never got around to it.
Yes, it really was pretty windy yesterday. Although Chester's ears weren't doing their chihuahua thing -- you can really tell he's a chi when his ears are blown up!
The trail is filled with charming little footbridges.
I was trying to get the dogs under this lilac bush. It was by one of those footbridges, so rather busy. Lola kept trying to chew on her leg. Maybe I'll get a better photo next time.
I never made it to our new performing arts center, the Long Center.
Chester grabbed some bread along the way -- people like to feed the ducks & swans.
With some buddies.
The hike & bike trail is just one of the many things I will miss about Austin. Albany is on the Hudson, and I know there's a trail along the Hudson. We'll see how it compares.
I always feel such peace at the Hike and Bike trail. Water always does that to me. It's not even really terribly scenic -- Austin isn't, really -- but it's a very nice trail, well kept, and thoughtfully laid out.
Saturday, March 07, 2009
I have been a water drinker for years and years. I gave up all soda many years ago. Every once in a great while I might sip my husband's, but even that urge is fading as I continue to curtail (but never completely give up!) sweets.
I found when I began this journey, though, that I wasn't actually drinking enough water. Tracking helps me make sure I'm getting enough.
I blogged a while ago about trying to drink in between meals rather than with meals. And a funny thing has happened -- I find I'm effortlessly drinking even more water now. Where before I might have been drinking 8-9 glasses, I'm routinely drinking maybe 10-11 most days. And it's not even summer yet!
I think maybe what's going on is that I'm more aware of when I'm thirsty now. I don't know why that would be, but I think it's a good thing. I do miss drinking while eating -- it's just such an ingrained habit in me. Hard to break 40+ years of habit. I sometimes sip a little water with my meals, but I usually try to get in a glass or two before I eat.
I was rewarded this week, too: I lost a pound. But that has been my pattern lately: lose big one week (big for me, anyway), then gain the next; lose just a little bit more than I gained the next, and so on. I'd like to break that habit. I'm hoping this coming week is the week I do break that habit -- I'm hoping, if all goes right, that I'll have a small loss this week.
I think another thing that may have been holding me back, oddly enough, is the WW healthy guidelines. You're supposed to have 2 teaspoons of healthy oils a day -- and they're supposed to be unheated, which I wasn't aware of until about a month or so ago. I added them in, and I tracked them, but I think that was simply too much fat in my diet; I already get a pretty good amount of healthy fats. I'll try to be aware more of whether or not they're heated, because it's true that heat does change a lot of oils, but I know that after a month of trying to make sure they weren't, I was doing better off before -- and I felt no health benefits from adding in those oils. It's about what works for you, and we're all different -- I know that those healthy oils really make a difference to a lot of WW members.
Friday, March 06, 2009
I am still avoiding the p-word, but there's little doubt I am stalled -- according to the scale and according to my measuring tape. Yet things do undoubtedly fit better. I can't quite figure it out, but I'm happy for it.
Could I be happy in the 140s? Permanently? I absolutely know that this is a weight I can maintain. Any maintenance will require effort, because life always throws us curve balls. The short answer is I don't know. I know I am happy now -- despite wanting the scale to move, I'm not terribly frustrated by it either. I still celebrate the huge change I've made; it makes me very, very happy.
Today is my WI, and I've had a very good week. I didn't want to cook last night, despite having done the prep work of cutting up the 5 different veggies that went into my pasta dish earlier in the day. It was the thought of cleaning up afterwards that was tiring me out. I am so glad I did cook, though, because it turned out awesome (does awesome date me?), and it had yellow squash, asaparagus, red onion, carrots, broccoli, and chickpeas in it -- I almost ate a whole rainbow in just that one meal!
I promised myself I could leave the pots and pans afterwards if I really felt too tired to tackle them, but I didn't. And I've cleaned my kitchen three times this week. What I didn't get to was more researching on refrigerators. Oh well, I have faith I will pick a good one.
Sometimes just giving yourself permission to relax pushes you to make healthy choices, odd as that sounds.
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