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New Year, New me, More Bikram

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

I'm not one for New Years Resolution, I feel if I want to change it should happen within, not because of a date. I struggled last year with finding a balance between my Bikram Yoga practice and the rest of my life. I completed a 60 day challenge last year but kept going as a personal goal and did 100 classes in 100 days! It was great, but then I wouldn't go for months at a time or only 3 or 4 classes in a month. It seems I'm at one extreme or another. I'm either killing myself to go to yoga or I'm not going at all. Consequently, my yoga studio is doing another challenge that started the beginning of January, so here I go again, but my goal this time is to continue a regular practice after the challenge.
My first class back after 3 weeks (and who knows how many weeks before those 3 classes in December) was strange, because I've put on some weight over the last few months, especially over the holidays. I've never been this heavy in my life. Some of the postures felt very foreign, not because of flexibility (which I know will come back), but because the inches I put on have made it a further distance to reach my arms around, and harder to bend at the waist. But Day 1 of 60 is done!
Also, not related to weight loss, my one new years resolution is to floss everyday, so far I'm doing well with that!!

  


Bikram Challenge Day 15

Monday, April 06, 2009

So I signed up for the 60 day Bikram Challenge at my studio. I did a similar challenge last year around this same time except I ended up going for 90 days. It's such a great way for me to get back into the healthy swing of things.
Today my back bend in half-moon was amazing! I don't remember much other than I wasn't thinking of anything till the instructor called me out, and when I realized where I was, I was looking and pointing at the floor behind me! Great way to start the class. Unfortunately the same can't be said for my balancing series. I sprained my ankle in December. In yoga I've noticed a dull aching pain coming back and I know you work out old injuries, but I also went for a little hike at lunch today and I think I twisted it in a weird way. Needless to say I had no strength thus no balance in my left leg. All in all it was a pretty decent class. Pain in my ankle, hips and sides of my lower back. Just want to document to see where it all moves to. Seems last time I did this I would have weird pains and the next week they would be somewhere else.
Also I'm beginning to track my nutrition again. All the working out in the world won't help if I'm not aware of what I'm putting in my mouth. Calories in, calories out, right?
Hoping to stop picking myself apart in the mirror and trying to STAY OFF the scale!!!! Change is slow, I don't know why my brain keeps thinking I'm going to see instant results. Frustrating but not impossible to move past...

  


Feeling Better

Monday, March 09, 2009

Been sick for a while. Did well the entire month of January in preparation for my friend's wedding. I was in another show and I also got sick in February, so that month has been written off, but I'm back, and that's the important thing (and I also didn't gain any wait from my last weigh in Hooray!) I also went back to Bikram Yoga for the first time in a month, and though I'm still having trouble with this terrible cough and it was hard to breathe, I felt pretty good about being there. I'm really trying to work on focusing on the positives, and not beating myself over the head with the screw ups, which is very hard for me. Had a pretty healthy dinner and am looking forward to a second healthy day!
Also I gave up eating out and bottled water for Lent and so far I have stuck by it every day. No Subway or Chick-fil-a or Thundercloud!!! It's so hard to not just grab a bottle of water at the grocery store!. I'm doing well though, and we've saved a bunch of money by cooking at home and actually eating our leftovers... Imagine that?!

  
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JULESGL 3/16/2009 12:33PM

    GOOD FOR YOU!

I've been fighting off a cough and finishing up this cold. I've had to decide that I will practice at home until I can breathe well in the heat (and sometimes incense) of Yoga class.

Take care of you!

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Welcome back to SparkPeople...Again...

Sunday, January 04, 2009

I can't believe I'm here. I have gained 35 lbs since my wedding! I thought I would never be back up here! Christmas didn't help, and I know when I'm making bad choices, and I quit working out. I have no one to blame but me! I went to the doctor and my blood pressure was borderline high. I've NEVER had high blood pressure, in fact, I'm usually low! Not only is it affecting the way I look, but the way I feel and my health! I can't believe it took a stupid New Years resolution to get me back into yoga and the gym and onto SparkPeople. I feel so much better after the 4 days I've been doing it ( a little sore maybe... :-)) But why would I NOT want to feel this way.
I know I'm just venting and I'm supposed to practice forgiveness with myself, but it's unreal when none of your clothes fit. I have a wedding in exactly one month from tomorrow. I went to get my bridesmaid's dress hemmed today and my worst fears came true... it doesn't fit!!! It doesn't fit and I only have a month!
I'm so happy Sparkpeople started that New You bootcamp. I'm about to work a bunch more hours at work and I'm auditioning for a play next week, so it's hard to find time to work out. I'm going to combine the challenge with yoga in the mornings, and with the cardio I think I'll be able to do it. I just want to continue after the wedding. I don't want to have to have an event to work toward all the time. Why can't I just WANT to be healthy???
Somedays are harder than others, I know but today was a particularly hard day... alli and the 48 hour hollywood diet were actually starting to look appealing!!! AAAHHHH!!! it's just so frustrating. I'm glad I'm on here though. This place is so great for support... I have the motivation, I just need the accountability. Here's to my first full week...

  


A review....

Saturday, August 09, 2008

So the last goals I had fell apart because of out of town visitors. I went off SparkPeople for 2 weeks and splurged. But I've been back on the past couple of weeks and I feel pretty good about it. Even on the weeks I went crazy I still met my exercise goals (focus on the positive right?) The past 12 days (since I got back on track) I've onlty gone over my calorie range 3 times which is awesome for me. Food is a definite weakness. This week i still haven't met my workout minutes goal, but I'm about to leave for yoga so hooray! Goals for next week:
*Make workout goals without yoga (it will just be extra whatever I do)
*Stay in Calorie range 5 out of 7 days
*Drink 8 cups of water for at least 6 consecutive days

  


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