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Yesterday was our second day running in the woods with my new shoes :P.

Today is definitely going to be a yoga only day because the running has caught up to me finally and my calves are sore.

Last night’s “run” was intense. It was Week 2 Day 3 of couch to 5k. We are testing out all of the “trainers” to see who we like best. Wednesday was Johnny Dead, last night was the Sergeant. Anyway, since Wednesday we tried to find the lower trail (that kind of loops around the woods) and we couldn’t, and the monster had trouble going through the higher weeds, we decided to just go back the way we came… which had been downhill.

The Monster on the trail

The Monster on the trail

Bad idea. We missed an entire “jog” cue because it was on the steepest part of the hill and just hiking up it I thought my lungs were going to explode. Eeek. Not doing that route again.

Our total (for the app) was 1.99 miles in 31 minutes, but we weren’t quite home yet when it finished so we went just over 2 miles. So going into week 3 we are sitting at 11.7 miles with the app. Not too shabby, especially considering there have been a few days we’ve done extra, and then multiple walks without the app. So yay for getting up and out!

Last night before bed I did a little yoga to stretch out those calves, Achilles, and hammys. Then of course I felt like doing some back bends and even some push ups too! It was just a jumble of “oooh this feels good” “mmmm now this part feels neglected”… but it was nice.

Tonight I’m planning to do yin as recovery.

I’m SO missing the studio. Kath, come homeeee!

Brin

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Man, I’m awful at this sporadic posting thing.

I have such an “all or nothing” personality and I really need to work on that. When I’m excited about something I’m all in. Then something happens and I fail and it is SO hard for me to get back on the ball. Which is actually really funny because in many other aspects of my life, I’m hella flexible & love the change.

Exercise and blogging though? I need help. I’m too rigid and I end up suffering because of it.

No more.

I made it 94 consecutive days (minus one) of yoga. Mainly The Ultimate Yogi, but a few days just Suns or some random flow that I made up as I went along. I also subbed some of the hour practices for Travis’s Short and Sweets.

I lost my streak and am happy to report that aside from my weekend in Mexico, I’ve still been doing yoga (of some sort) most days and finished 108 “days of yoga”.

Now for the new commitment.

It’s almost my birthday. I’ll be 24 this year. I’ve decided that I’m going to make this year all about getting healthy and “fit”. I want to be more active than ever (which sadly, won’t take too much, I’ve been a sloth for yearsss). I want to keep up with the kids instead of just being tired and cranky.

So here’s what I propose for myself:

1. I’m going to do a local trail run challenge in October. I bought amazing trail running shoes yesterday and my 5yo and I are going to train for it. We’ve started the “couch to 5k” program, via the app, and are on week two.

Inov8 Trailroc236

Inov8 Trailroc236

Used a babyleg as an armband to hold my phone: best idea ever!

Used a babyleg as an armband to hold my phone: best idea ever!

2. Yoga Warrior 365 with Rudy Mettia is releasing soon. I’m going to buy it and try it out. I’m going into it knowing that I will NOT be doing the hour long dvd EVERY day. But I’m going to use it on some sort of a schedule.

3. The Ultimate Yogi with Travis Eliot. I love Travis. I love the UY program. I’m not ready to give him/it up completely, so i’ll be working practice from UY into the YW program too.

**There is an AWESOME group of people I’ve met through the UY program on Facebook, who is also intending to do a collaboration of UY108 and YW365. They call it the “Ultimate Yogi Warrior”. So if I abbreviate UYW, that’s what I’m referring to.

4. Main Street Yoga. I’ve found that though I love my home practice, I absolutely NEED at least one class a week with my yogini clan at MSY. They revitalize me and keep me excited and help me on my journey.

I intend to continue my blog about life and my (mainly yoga) journey to fitness. Hopefully by this time next year, I’ll be in tip-top shape. 🙂

I also want to make use of my grama’s garden and get back on the juicing kick. I miss my spinach apple juice!

I’ve missed y’all, hope I’ve been missed too!

Brin

Can you tell by the title that I got a little off track?

Sad, but true. I’m still practicing yoga everyday, but I felt like a phony as to the UY challenge, because right now it’s just SO difficult to do a time intensive practice. My kids are a terror to get to bed because it’s so nice out (and still bright) at 8:30… heck, it’s still bright out until around 10! By the time I get them to bed, get my stuff around for the next day, and get ready for bed, it’s usually at least 11 and I’m beat. I’ve been faithfully doing at the very least a few stretches & then a handful of suns before I start getting ready for work. It gets the kinks out of my body and switches my morning mood from “blahhhhh it’s time to be awake?! really?!” to “mmm it’s good to be ALIVE”; which is a beautiful switch.

Over this past weekend we turned a corner into being more active.

Friday: a 4.5 mile family walk/jog, with Little Miss in the stroller for 2.25 miles until my grama drove around “the block” (we live in the boonies, so the “block” is 4.5 miles), apparently.

Saturday: I bought hiking boots/shoes (the mid height ones, that have more ankle support), to help with that super rocky “dirt road” that is where we typically travel. We then went to a park for a while, played on the monkey bars, where I made an honest attempt at a pull up (ha), and actually got sore from messing around on them, shot hoops (which again, i’m terrible at, but it was FUN and that’s the intention,  went for a “hike” in the woods by our house…and got eaten alive by mosquitos. Ick. 29 bug bites on my legs, which btw are incredibly itchy. It was a good day that was finished with a bonfire until 1am with our close friends. It is summer. Perfection.

The Monster on the monkey bars.

Must be nice to be the one with the shortest legs… Little Miss gets to ride, one way or the other, on most of our adventures.

Sunday: we spent the day in/by the pool. It was great. I got a decent amount of sun, yay for a color that is different than milk! (Because yes, I was practically that pale)

I decided to keep it going and on Monday, the kids and I went on another long walk/jog. I have the handy Couch to 5k App on my phone, so off we set with Little Miss in the stroller and The Monster at my side (okay really, he was trailing behind me or sprinting past me). We did the whole 1/2 hour, week 1 day 2, but we had turned around at the end of our road, at 1.5 miles into it. So, when the 30 minutes were completed, we were only 2.2 miles in, and had .8 miles to get back to our house. We finished and I felt great. Maybe I don’t hate exercise as much as I’ve always claimed.

We moved this little guy from the middle of the road, to the hedgerow.

Today is Wednesday and the plan is to do that again, but it’s supposed to be a thunderstorm, so we’ll see. Maybe I’ll have a family date with Travis Eliot instead. (or too, I HAVE missed him).

I’ve missed writing. I should probably not let myself NOT post for that long again.

Brin

This morning has been crazy.

I woke up, snoozed the alarm like an idiot… and fell back asleep. That’s TEN MINUTES I didn’t have! I don’t give myself much time in the morning because all I do is pee, brush my teeth, put on shoes and grab my bag. Well, this morning I was out in record time because that alarm went off at 5:58am. My car clock read 6:00am when I got in (so it may have been like 6:01 according to my phone.

I didn’t even grab shoes this morning. Oops. Luckily I had flipflops in the car so I didn’t have to look like a crazy person when I got to town and ran into the studio barefoot. (Though, I’m sure it’s happened, considering we all want to be barefoot). 

I got there. I was even on time. Then the practice was great. It was actually pretty similar to last nights short and sweet, but with a few other things thrown in there, and a few things subbed. It was an intense practice for the morning and I got a little more sweaty than I like since I have to go straight to work. Oh well.

I had a brief passing thought during the practice “I should cut my hair. It’s freaking hot.” But, I won’t. Then I’d cry. Though, I think this summer is going to be insanely hot with my long hair.

#Longhairdontcare? Sorta.

I’m sore today, especially through my side body. All those lateral angles in last night’s practice (and then this mornings practice) apparently got me. It feels good, I haven’t been this sore in a while. I think it’s because it was something “different”. It’s delicious.

Also, everyone that has a smartphone should download Voxer. It turns your phone into a walkie talkie. It’s pretty much the beezneez.

And with that, I should get back to work.

Enjoy this beautiful day! Namaste,

Brin

So, anyone with children knows… plans are a joke.

I’m surprised I’ve been able to work evening practices into my schedule as much as I have in the past month. Tonight, it was near impossible though.

My children hate going to sleep. Every single night I get the “can I stay up late?!” “But why not??” “Just one more story/song?” “I have to pee” “I need a drink” “I need my light on” “I need to change my pajamas” etc.

Tonight was worse than usual and my eyes were bugging me. I just wanted them to go to sleep nicely, after a story. The little devils wouldn’t get in the bathroom and brush their teeth though! Despite me standing in the hallway, tapping my toe, and humming the jeopardy countdown in my head… they would NOT do it. “I need my other toothbrush… it’s downstairs” “I don’t like that toothpaste” “We’re out of kid mouthwash, I’ll use yours—ahhhh, it’s too spicy, now I need a drink” zomg. Just brush your dang teeth and get in your bed!

After 45 minutes of them bumbling around they finally got in bed, in their chonies, and I had had it. It was past their bedtime. It was encroaching on my yoga time. I have morning yoga in the morning, brats! I need to be ASLEEP by 11 and I have to shower after yoga! 😦

Needless to say, I didn’t have time for balance tonight. So, I subbed. I did Travis Eliot’s Short & Sweet #2, and it was a great practice. It did feel rather “short” though. I apparently was thirsting for a long practice tonight. It hit all the right places though and at least I managed to get that in.

Sidenote— the scissor holds near the end are amazing. My core was on fire from those.

Now I’m off to bed so I can be on my mat at the studio bright and early. It feels like it’s been forever (a whole week!).

For all of you that are doing the UY program, we have to honor ourselves, our hectic lives, and all of the hindrances that come up along the way. We may not be able to get on our mat for the full amount of time that is necessary to complete a UY dvd, but every minute that we are on our mat counts, however long it is. Do what you can, when you can. It all counts on our way to being better yogis; on our way to being ultimate.

Namaste,

Brin

Last night I did yoga cardio. (I switch Sunday and Monday sometimes, since I go to class Monday morning and it’s usually a pretty good “flow” class and I need more of a “rest” day on Sunday. So, I stuck to that schedule even though we didn’t have class due to Memorial Day yesterday, and did Mountain Pose on Sunday and Cardio yesterday.

I haven’t done cardio in a while because I’ve been at the studio instead. I used to dread cardio. It’s probably the class (along with balance) that kills me the most.

I’m working on my upper body strength, but when I first started yoga in November 2011, I could barely stay in plank for more than 2 seconds and doing a chatturanga and floating into up-dog was something I only dreamed of. It was more a wobble-like-crazy-in-plank-for-a-second….DROP-to-your-belly… up-dog.

But last night was different.

Last night, not only did I make it through the entire series of 5… then the series of 10… BUT I made it through every single vinyasa in the class without collapsing on my chatturanga. My flow-through to updog wasn’t perfect every time, however there was NO plopping onto my stomach.

I couldn’t help but smile in every crescent pose past “sick at six”, especially on the left side. I was getting tired at 8, but at that point, I was so close I just set my mind to it “only two more”.

I felt incredible. I felt strong. I felt on my way to being ultimate.

Day 57

Then I went to bed and slept like the dead… to wake up at 7am and realize I had set my alarm for 6, but not until Wednesday. So now I have to do Balance tonight at some point. Joy.

Trying to keep that ultimate spirit up even through the challenge of work and balance tonight.

Namaste,

Brin

It was another sweatfest at my house last night.

The boyfriend was over, so I told him he had to do yoga with me. I’d been missing the strength class since I’ve been going to the studio on Wednesday’s (and I’m not as much of a rockstar as Sandy, who doesn’t count that toward her UY 108…), so I opted to do strength this week instead of detox.

With all the sweating I did though, I’m pretty sure it could count as a detox class.

I was mildly annoyed throughout the whole practice, since the boyfriend doesn’t regularly practice yoga, but he was effortlessly flowing through the practice… And was jumping back through chatturanga. Seriously!? No fair.

I decided it’s because he’s so much stronger than me, and does push ups for fun. SMH. I’m going to throw the balance class at him next time… See how he likes that! Psh.

That being said, it was a really great practice. My arms were DYING, like usual. I couldn’t hold them out the entire time in warrior & horse, I simply couldn’t FEEL them any longer TO hold them up. LOL

It was kind of fun getting to help him with some modifications, or tweaking his pose so that his alignment was better… maybe I DO have some “want” to teach…

Since the boyfriend was there, I also had him snap a pic of me in a pose, since normally I can’t get yoga photos. Unfortunately, the lighting wasn’t the best and he didn’t use the flash, so the quality isn’t the best… but here is me in bow pose!

I’m super excited to get home and do today’s practice! I’ll probably blog it when I’m done 🙂

Namaste,

Brin


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