Saturday, March 31, 2012

Strike a pose

I strive to have this form one day:)
Today was my first gentle yoga class.  I thought that the hour flew by.  I surprised myself because when I attempted to do yoga on my own, I found that I could barely do any poses. Forget about holding them.  The instructor was good and I found her voice to be soothing, in a very non-annoying way.  This is a good thing because I get put off so easily by stupid stuff, like voices...or laughter (ie: the nervous kind).  You know, stuff that people have absolutely no control over!

I think that yoga will help me with my running.  I need more flexibility and to become more aware of my breathing.  My premonition did not come true.  I pictured me and Enz in a class with 10 seniors in different stages of immobility.  Truth be told, that would have been amusing and maybe I was just a little disappointed there was not one senior there.  We weren't even the youngest ones there!  There were women of all shapes, sizes, ages and skill level there.  I'm definitely looking forward to going back.

Last night I ran...in the snow, sleet and rain.  Talk about dedication!  We did 3 and 1's and ran/walked for a total of 3k.  I was soooooo relieved I could run for 3minutes straight and not fall over.  I actually did pretty good, if I do say so myself.  I kept right up with Beverly who had recently broken her tail bone.  In my defense, she's a pretty fast runner.  But on the downside...she broke her tailbone less than a week ago.  Hey, I say that slow and steady wins the race!  I'm a hare, but I'll get faster as I drop more weight.

I found this recipe that I'm gonna be trying out.  I need to purchase a whole chicken on my shopping trip tomorrow.  If you have a few minutes, check out this guy's website.  He's developed Paleo recipes, but I find that several of them can be easily altered to become either phase 1 or 2 Dr. Poon approved.  I'm still mostly on phase 1, so I'll not be returning the chicken to the crock pot after it's been shredded.  I'll likely just serve it with a phase 1 friendly vegetable and use the leftovers for salads.  I think it will still be VERY flavourful.  I'll get back to you after I make it.

To briefly revisit my last post where I talked about "why now".  I had the dream again.  The dream first happened last summer.  I dreamt that I was in good physical shape and I could feel my muscle and bones without the barrier of any excess fat.  It was this dream that also triggered my desire to get in shape.  I felt so good in the dream and it felt so real, that I definitely wanted to strive for that feeling again. I had the dream several times and had it again this past week.  I'm not a particularly spiritual or religious person, but maybe it was a premonition.  Only time will tell.  I'm currently not "fit" like I am in the dream, but that is what I aspire for.  To be fit, flexible and able to run 5k.

11 comments:

  1. Good for you.....love reading your Blog. You are an inspiration and I always use some of your recipes. My SIL and brother run in the Running Room in Burlington. They ran last week around Hamilton Bay.
    How long has this taken for you to lose the weight with Dr. Poon???

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    1. Hi Erica, thanks for reading. I started the "diet" September 19th...so 6 months so far! I hope to run the Around the Bay next year. Don't think I'll make it around the bay in 2013, but maybe 2014:)

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  2. You are dedicated!! I am def a fair weather runner! Every winter I say that's going to change, but it never does! lol. Glad you liked the yoga class!! Yoga dvd's are great, but it doesn't hold a candle to what you get out of being in a class.

    And that's so funny about the stuff that annoys you. My yoga instructor kept describing everything as "Yummy." Like...."mmmmmmmmmmm get into the childs pose...mmmmmmm its so yummy." Ugh, it was annoying. Her class was great, so I'll try not to hold it against her - too much :)

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  3. You are full speed ahead on the road to health and fitness.

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  4. Awesome exercise! I don't think I could bear the cold because I live in such a mild climate in winter. We actually grow our veggie patch in winter because th weather is perfect this time of the year!

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  5. I'm really curious about yoga, but still feel like I am too fat to do it! Silly huh :p

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    1. Gentle yoga is really...gentle. Anyone can do it. And I've seen a recent picture of you. You are definitely not too "fat"! You look great:)

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  6. Have fun with your yoga! Remember, too, that it took * many months!* before I was able to do some of the poses. So don't feel bad if you go to yoga, and you are still having trouble two months from now. It took me about half a year before I could do "triangle" pose well.

    :-) Marion

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  7. I tried Yoga once... and was so put off by the drone of the instructors voice that I never went back!

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  8. Haha, that picture is awesome! I love yoga! It is a really great exercise and I do it in between my weight and cario days.

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