2nd Check-in of the Year:
50 days, my walking streak continues.., at least 30 minutes every day. I was fortunate enough to see six swans on the river during Thursday's walk (January 15th). Saturday's walk was on an inside track downtown at the Memorial Health and Lifestyle Center where I teach yoga. I walked after teaching yoga and I used the sauna in between teaching yoga and walking. Sunday's walk was on an inside track on campus after teaching a yoga class to 11 people.
Finished as my 4th week of following ChaLEAN's Burn Circuits strength training dvd's. And I am happy to report that I finished all 4 weeks and shared the workouts with two co-workers. Monday I willl continue by following ChaLEAN's Push Circuits for the next 4 weeks. My cycling and strength training classes began for the spring semester. Monday and Wednesdays from 5:30pm - 6:30pm and both classes filled, but the first 3 weeks are free so I hope the attendance continues after February 3rd.
Like I stated in my last check-in, teaching yoga is my "calling". 16 people came to my Saturday morning class (17th) and at the beginning of class, I talked about the practice of non-violence toward others, and including ourselves in the practice of non-violence (called "Ahimsa" in the yamas). A record breaking 19 people for a Tuesday evening (13th) and I stayed after teaching my class and walked on a treadmill for 30 minutes up until they closed at 9pm. 14 people came to Thursday evening's (15th) class downtown at 6:30pm and this week my earlier yoga class on campus started back up again in the spring semester's first week, 9 people came to this 5:10pm restorative yoga class. It is my intent to provide restorative yoga on Thursday after 4 days in in a work week or in a student's school week. I am so very thankful for each person who comes to my yoga classes.
I continue to actively participate in challenges on Spark People again (BLC 27 & Beauty Over 50), I tracked my food and fitness this past week and I am happy to report that I have consumed 2 liters of water on Friday and Saturday.
This week's non-scale victories included:
Wednesday - My new boss, who is a tall lean woman from Trinidad made her observation that my posture is better and that she thinks "my workouts are "showing" in the way I am carrying myself." Thanks to my yoga practice and strength training with weights.
Thursday - I took measurements of my body so that in 10 weeks, I can note my progress.
And I consider the following feedback to be the highlight of my week: a co-worker who tried my cycling & strength training class for the 1st time Wednesday evening wrote in an e-mail to me,
"Lee, thank you so much for encouraging me and for a great class last night! In addition to being fun, it was a really good workout, yet I am not sore or out of sorts today. You are a wonderful friend, teacher and advocate for everyone around you. I consider myself so fortunate to be in that circle!"
Friday - I followed through on my intent to bake a nice piece of white fish (cod)when I got home from work. I snipped fresh green beans to accompany it. It tasted good and I was happy with myself for feeding myself well. I noticed that by stopping at the store to find this cod and fixing it at home, I didn't overeat like I might have been tempted to do if we would have went out for dinner.
Saturday - My youngest daughter called. She lives two hours away in Fort Wayne, Indiana with her two little girls, my granddaughters. They were hungry for pizza from a small pizzeria called Boomerelli's just down the road from where we live. I provided pizza for everyone, but I stuck with my bestlife plan's recipe for Lentil-Barley-Sweet Potato-Pea Stew and a side salad of mixed green with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I also offered fresh green beans and organic Gala apples. My daughter asked for my recipe. I did not eat any pizza, I did not eat any ice cream, I did not eat any M&M's. I treated myself with Chef Rocco's high protein chocolate smoothie to stay within my calories' range for Saturday.