Yoga just makes me feel good! I am better prepared to face the day when I start it with yoga and meditation. To this end I asked a good friend of mine to be my accountability partner in a 30 day challenge. The plan is to practice at least ten minutes of yoga and to meditate for at least 10 minutes daily. Our ultimate goal is to use this challenge as a spring board to increase our daily practice and increase our ability to face life's daily obstacles with a mind that is centered and armed to make proactive, positive choices.
Inhale, and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you. Exhale, and you approach God. Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God. ~Krishnamacharya
11/22/10 done Feels great to have 30 consecutive days DONE!
12/17/10 Have to take a yoga break only savasana while meditating until further notice.
01/05/11 Doctor said still no go on Yoga but I have found some poses that I don't think he will object to. So 01/10/11 I am starting Yoga Journal's 21 Day Yoga Challenge http://21daychallenge.yogajournal.com/ feel free to join me!
01/10/2011 Started 21 Day Yoga challenge Day 1 is DONE
01/11/2011 21 Day Yoga challenge Day 2 is DONE
01/12/2011 21 Day Yoga challenge Day 3 is DONE
01/13/2011 21 Day Yoga challenge Day 4 is DONE
01/14/2011 21 Day Yoga challenge Day 5 is DONE
01/15/2011 21 Day Yoga challenge Day 6 is DONE
01/16/2011 21 Day Yoga challenge Day7 is DONE
01/17/2011 21 Day Yoga challenge Day 8 is DONE
01/18/2011 21 Day Yoga challenge Day 9 is DONE
01/19/2011 21 Day Yoga challenge Day 10 is DONE
01/20/2011 21 Day Yoga challenge Day 11 is DONE
01/21/2011 21 Day Yoga challenge Day 12 is DONE
01/22/2011 21 Day Yoga challenge Day 13 is DONE
01/23/2011 21 Day Yoga challenge Day 14 is DONE
01/24/2011 21 Day Yoga challenge Day 15 is DONE
01/25/2011 21 Day Yoga challenge Day 16 is DONE
01/26/2011 21 Day Yoga challenge Day 17 is DONE
01/27/2011 21 Day Yoga challenge Day 18 is DONE
01/28/2011 21 Day Yoga challenge Day 19 is DONE
01/29/2011 21 Day Yoga challenge Day 20 is DONE
01/30/2011 21 Day Yoga challenge Day 21 is DONE Mission Accomplished!
02/09/2011 Time for a new Yoga goal ~ Stay tuned!
02/23/2011 Still have not executed new goal but its coming!
03/09/2011 Ok so no yoga but I did run 3 days this week WOOHOO!
I need to let go of 17 more pounds to reach my present goal weight of 135lbs. I did not realize until today that it was only 17 pounds. That seems like an easy number to get to after reaching a 57lb loss. When I look in the mirror it seems it should be more and I still see fat. I am gonna have to learn to change my perception. My clothing sizes have dramatically changed, the scale no longer says over 200lbs but I can’t always see it. I see it when
I look at my before and after pictures and I hear it in compliments so it must be true. Its all a process but the bottom line is I have to dig deeper and work harder because these last pounds are not as easy (not that the others were). There is a tendency to get a little lax when your goal is so close in hand. I do not want to be right there and miss it so I'm posting my results so I do not lose sight of where I need and want to
Here is my plan:
1. Portion Control emphasizing Dr. Oz’s Guidelines and Clean Eating principles
2. Eat every 2 -3 hours
3. Combine lean & complex carbs at every meal
4. Never skip breakfast
5. Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day
Physical Activity: Running/WATP/Yoga
Sunday – Quick Fire Challenge (QFC)/Yoga
Monday – Strength Training/QFC/30 minutes or more Cardio
Tuesday – QFC/30 minutes or more Cardio
Wednesday - Strength Training/QFC/30 minutes or more Cardio
Thursday - QFC/30 minutes or more Cardio
Friday - Strength Training/QFC/30 minutes or more Cardio
Saturday – QFC/Yoga
Education: At least two articles related to health/nutrition/fitness per week
Support: SP/Blog Progress/Reaching out to others
Mental Health: By days end let it all go and look forward to the blessing of each new day
04/7/2010 Some changes are coming 1 pound at a time creating a new blog, so stay tuned
4/17/2010. Still working out the changes
4/25/2010 Ok so I wanted to reset my tracker so I could look at my goal 10 pounds at a time but apparently I cannot do that with losing the goals I have accomplished so far. So my plan is to log here how many pounds I have lost each week instead of my weight so here it goes:
6/17/2010 way over due to check in +1lb
7/06/2010 - 0lbs
7/13/2010 - 3lbs
7/20/2010 - 2lbs
7/27/2010 - 2lbs JM is killing me but its paying!
08/18/2010 - 0lbs
09/01/2010 - got to get back on the exercise wagon but cause eating right alone will not cut it
09/15/2010 - This weeks challenge is to get back on my am yoga regimen
Current Goal Weight: 135lbs BMI: 24.7
Making decisions is not always easy but it has to be done. I sometimes wish I had an I don't care attitude but that is not the way I am built. I have a tendency to think about the outcomes of most decisions I make. I try to see the other person's point of view while still maintaining a sense of fairness. I am sitting here with a tension headache based on a decision I just made. People who know me well know that I always strive to simplify and keep it movin'. Sometimes the strategy works sometimes it does not but this does not deter me from my main objective. I am not usually one to blog or share how I feel unless it affects me deeply. I am keeping with positive change and trying a new strategy to release some unnecessary tension. I'm going with the flow and letting it go. I think I will put a little yoga on my activity menu. The tension appears to be lifting so I am going to keep moving in the direction. I am relaxing my shoulders, I am taking deep cleansing breaths, I am tensing and releasing, I am rolling my head from side to side, I am getting there. I am confident in the decision I made and I am letting it gooo....softly into the air.
First and foremost I want to say thank you to everyone who stopped by page at anytime with encouragement. It has helped me to keep focused and on the right track! This experience is more then I can put into words.
I am so honored to have this opportunity to lead 8 Week Battle #5. As many of you know I have awesome shoes to fill. I am looking forward to the assist from all of you now veterans of battle so that we my continue to BATTLE ON and challenge ourselves as we continue to bring our "A" game next battle.
Now I am pleased to announce that Bridget (CHOCMOM) has graciously accepted my request to become our Co-Leader in this battle. Bridget is such a ball of fire as I am sure many of you know. She accepted with challenge with out blinking an eye. What does that tell you about her Warrior spirit? Bridget is already out the gate with some wonderful ideas. Stop by her page and show the love.
Bridget and I will be working hard to bring you the 8 Week Battle that you have grown to love and respect. Kelli and Wendy, what more can I say about these two beautiful ladies. They have given so much to Bridget and I. I know you all feel the same way. Again, at a lost for words. They will be back for 8 Week Battle #5! We hope to see all of you back to BATTLE ON! Set your calendars 8 Week Battle #5 will be coming to you August 10th (tell a friend)!