So the results of the two week challenge between my Mom and her husband vs. me and my husband… duh duh duuuuuuuuhh. The husband lost a whopping 10 pounds (the jerk) and I lost a whopping 6 pounds. That put our percentage at 2.95%, which my Mom and her husband’s was at 3.5%. Damn, missed it by a tiny bit. (You can check out Week One here). I would have liked to see more and probably would have if I could have made it to the gym at all this week. So I decided to offer a double or nothing deal, we do another two weeks starting Monday and my Mom agreed, but she added in points for workouts. This should be interesting. I will post the details probably on Monday since we ares till hashing them out a bit. I really loved this challenge, it got me back into working out consistently again, which was great and it helped a lot with the clean eating. I have noticed that my PCOS symptoms have eased up and that my acne is disappearing. Can’t wait to see what happens after the next two weeks.
Last night was my second to last class of yoga.
I am desperately sad to have the beginners series ending. It has been a wonderful and truly magnificent class. The teacher is amazing. She was so good about working with each one of us to make yoga a wonderful experience. She made adjustments and each class had a different theme. Her love for yoga just radiated from her in each class. During last nights class the teacher talked about thanking our bodies and acknowledging what our bodies have been doing for us, banishing the negative thoughts that pop into our heads. For someone like me, who is truly hard on myself, this was a wonderful lesson. I felt my strength last night for the first time. I felt how it was easier to get into downward facing dog and hold the pose, the dreaded pose that I used to hate so much and would only spend a few seconds in before dropping to puppy. Now I feel better in it. I feel more comfortable. We also worked on going from downward facing dog to lunges last night, hard work and this week I vowed to work on the transition. We also worked on Warrior 1 and Warrior 2.
And Warrior 2:
We worked on Warrior 1 with a block against a wall and that felt really good for setting my legs properly. I have a lot of trouble with remember to line up my heels instead of my toes in Warrior 1. But the pose felt great and afterwards I was able to do it without the block or wall with minimum ankle pain (I have ankle issues from my childhood and from being overweight now as an adult). Warrior 2 was trickier, that is the one where we went from downward dog to warrior 2. Which was hard. I was sweating the entire time. I have to use blocks and trying to figure out the blocks and the poses, it was a lot but in the end I felt good about it. So I am putting it under poses to work on this week while at home.
The other pose I was pretty proud of was half happy baby and happy baby.
I actually could reach my foot on my right side but my left side I had to use a strap. That left hip injury still causes a lot of tightness in that area, so another goal is to work on it this week as well. See if I can get it to loosen up. There is another beginners series starting September 4th with another teacher who is also AMAZING. Actually I went to her Saturday class and fell in love with the studio after that. So I am debating taking the series with her as well, because I truly feel I could learn and build on what I just learned in the last 6 weeks. Last night before class, the teacher and I talked about my job and how yoga is really important to someone who does what I do for a living due to the crazy amount of daily stress there is. Between meeting strict deadlines, sitting in a chair most of the day and balancing a huge workload, yoga is for sure important to me and I plan to continue to practice weekly.
The Color Run is tomorrow and the husband took our groups signed waivers while I was in yoga, picked up all 7 packets last night and we will be handing them out to everyone as they arrive tonight. I gotta say, the packets are pretty epic. I haven’t opened mine yet but I plan to tonight.