New Year Resolutions
I saw an ecard on Facebook the other day that said “New Years resolutions are a to do list for the first week of January.” Since the start of 2014 I have hoped this would not ring true for me. I read this post from a fellow blogger and it reminded me of the importance of following through with resolutions. You make a resolution because it is something you NEED to do, not necessarily WANT to do. My NEED to do was lose weight, so I joined a DietBet, my local Crossfit box, and Bikram Yoga. I know. It’s a lot. But if I’m going to do it, do it right.
Because my goals are so lofty I haven’t made it to Crossfit yet. I joined 18 days ago and haven’t had time to go. Not once. The main problem being that there is not child care at the facility yet and the one day I could go, I have to go to Bikram. It’s a logistics thing. I’m a tale of three cities, and depending on what city I am in that particular day is where I get to work out.
Thus far I have lost six pounds for my DietBet. My starting weight was 139, I am now down to 132.8 as of this morning. The diet bet helped me to realize how many calories I was actually shoving into my face every day. It was a lot. In lieu of doing weight watchers or another diet plan , I wanted to use the KISS method and simply monitor calories in vs calories out. For a couple weeks I abandoned my paleo diet just to reset myself. I did a protein/fiber shake in the morning and for lunch just for a cleansing effect (I’ll post the recipe I used on a later date) and monitored how I felt. That was phase one for me.
Introducing Bikram Yoga
Once upon a time when I was a fit mom I attended Bikram yoga regularly and Crossfit, and was a distance runner. I *used to* be all of those things. Now I am not. Like anyone else, my human qualities of preferring to be lazy took over and I stopped doing any semblance of exercise. I wish I hadn’t. I’ve had three yoga sessions and I can tell you some things I’ve learned, being a beginner again, about my practice. Oh, and I forgot to mention, it’s HOT in there!
- 1. When you are in there, sweaty, gross, feeling fat and unattractive, no one cares. No one is judging you, because they are too busy trying not to fall down.
- 2. Concentrate on what you’re doing. You’ll feel amazing after the class because your mind was clear of all stressors. That was the one thing I noticed after I left . For that money minutes, I didn’t think about work , my kids, boyfriend, how cold it was outside , what I was going to eat next, how much was in my bank account . I was present.
- 3. Please don’t use lotion. I slathered it on that morning and my class was at 5:30pm. My legs were so slippery! Learn from my mistake.
- 4. Don’t stress if you can’t get into poses. It’s not a big deal. Keep going back. You’ll love yourself for persisting .
- 5. Do not wear long sleeves. Don’t judge those who have next to nothing on. By the time you’re almost done, you’ll understand why. Also, gray running shorts- not a good idea either. You’ll sweat everywhere. Not pretty.
- 6. Take your makeup off before class. Mascara in the eyes stings.
- 7. Pull your hair back. It will get in your face.
- 8. One of my friends commented to me yesterday, “how can yoga be hard? It’s just a bunch of stretching.” Oh no. My body hurt for three days after my first, second, and now third class. Take it easy.
- 9. Glance around to make sure you’re doing the pose correctly but don’t look at others for longer than a glance. It’s distracting and rude.
- 10. You get out what you put in. Yoga really is a lifelong journey. Right now I’m struggling with triangle pose and many others, but one day maybe I won’t. Patience warrior!
My Next Weigh In
The next weigh in for DietBet is February 6th. My goal is to be 130 pounds by that time. The total amount I’m supposed to lose is 13 pounds so I’ll almost be at my DietBet goal. However, I want to lose 30 pounds total of fat, then the ol body is welcome to gain muscle weight. Oh now, I realize I’ll gain muscle weight concurrently, but I really want to get the body fat percentage down. Hoping that my triglycerides and cholesterol decrease with all this effort too.
This is one resolution I plan to keep. Thanks all for your support and maybe I’ll be a big winner in my DietBet, but mostly , for myself!