Thursday, August 15, 2019

Two weeks of yoga

A week ago I started a new chapter in this weight loss journey.  I decided to give yoga a try.  And let me tell you, this yoga thing has been a crazy adventure thus far.  I have already learned to much about my body!  But lets see how the first few yoga sessions have gone!


I am doing Yoga With Adriene, which can be found on Youtube.  I like her style. She is laid back and shows modifications for the moves.  She also encourages us and says that it doesn’t matter where you are….just do it.  So it is easy to struggle through the sessions with her because she is so ‘accepting’.  Yeah, I know…it’s crazy because I feel accepted by a youtube video!

I started doing yoga because I know that it is said to really tone and shape the body.  I also know that a lot of the moves would be beneficial to my bike riding...I figured it would be a win win!

The first few days were atrocious!  I was hurting.  I was hurting BAD.  The first day was great….until about 10 minutes in and then it hit me like a ton of bricks.   That this yogo stuff wasn’t for a sissy!  It was hard!

Day two and I was so relieved to see the title of the video was Gentle and soothing.   Let me tell you there was nothing gentle and soothing about that crap!  I was sweating bullets and in misery! 

And it didn’t get better!  My legs shake.  My arms quiver.  My stomach clenches!   I am dripping sweat!  The struggle is real!  I constantly question myself.  Why am I waking up early to torture myself?  Because seriously…that is what this is.  Torture!

And one of my more recent text messages with my accountability buddy.

I did decide to forego yoga on the weekends.  It just seemed wise since the mountain bike rides are already giving me a full body workout!  I may revisit this in the future but for right now I am ok with this decision to step away from the yoga torture for just a day or two each weekend.

But seriously, what lessons have I learned?  Here they are in a bullet point style format.

·          Apparently, I have no balance!   I am in danger of toppling over quite a bit of the time.  In fact one day I was rather close to the TV and I feared that I would fall and break the television! 

·         I am super excited to see how my body changes and becomes stronger.

·         The arm issue that I have struggled with for months is almost totally gone after only two weeks of stretching with yoga.

·         Watching a short video of myself (and actually posting it on Youtube) was a lesson in humility!

·         I have absolutely NO flexibility!  None!  My body just doesn’t bend!

·         Yoga is difficult with a fat flabby belly getting in the way.

·         It’s not so bad to wake up at 4:45 in the morning to do yoga…’s kind of relaxing in a sweaty achy sort of way.

·         My muscles in my legs are SUPER tight and not at all stretchy and loose!

·         I’m toying with buying a yoga block for this experiment. 

•.        I realized it is more than ok to do the moves with modifications...I’ll improve the more I do it.

·         I always believed my legs to be strong….WRONG!

·         Downward dog….cobra….warrior……I’m learning all the poses.  It’s not pretty (yet) but I’m attempting them all!

·         This should make me a strong mountain biker

·         You CAN work up a sweat with simple yoga poses.

I don’t see progress yet….but I’m not giving up.  I’ve committed to 30 days of yoga.  It should have been one month…but it will be closer to a month and a half due to my weekends off.  I’m excited to see the changes that may happen.  I’m looking forward to being strong.  I’m tickled to see how this equates to me being a stronger rider on my bike.  This can only be good….right?


Oh and check out my latest YouTube video about a bike ride....  (and subscribe to my channel if you already haven’t....)


SANRDJ said...

love yoga with Adriene! I used to do spurts of yoga during the day in my office (I'm a home worker so that makes it easier!) Love her voice, it's so relaxing and like you said, you feel like she is forgiving when you don't quite get the move! Good for you for doing it. Flexibility is so important! I think I might check in with Adriene this afternoon!

mxtodis123 said...

I have begun doing Tai Chi at the center. They also have yoga, but I'm not able to do it because of my back issues.

Shelley said...

Like you, I was always tight when I did yoga and it definitely made things harder to do. Plus that balance thing...I still don't have it, LOL. But it is really great that you are giving yourself to this and doing what the class says - I admire your determination.

MaryFran said...

Woohoo! I mentioned to my brother that I was doing yoga and he said that when he was in PT for his broken hip that they told him yoga would speed up the healing. He also mentioned that my sister in law does yoga...when I asked her who with she said ‘yoga with adriene’. Lol. Adriene is the woman!

MaryFran said...

I am surprised that my back and body have been able to handle it and I actually feel better...the stretching is helping!!

MaryFran said...

The tightness will get better...right???? :-)

I’m trying...Success is questionable!! Lol

Felicia said...

This is awesome! I'm so proud of you!

Mrs Swan said...

You are the bomb! I considered trying to find a Yoga video (because of you) last Sunday to add to my Monday morning wakeup timeline. I did the move or stretch instead and didn't LOL

No matter if they meant to or not now your partner just made you more likely to do the whole 30 days LOL

Amy said...

I was chuckling with you because I have been there. I'm happy you are sticking with it. Yes, it can make you sweaty but it's a good sweat, right?

Sarah said...

I'm so proud of you! You're doing a great job and learning about yourself too.

Yoga is hard. I've done it off and on for a long time. Looks like I'll be giving it a try again due to a flare up of back issues.

At the end of your 30 days,I think you deserve a new charm for that bracelet! I've actually been thinking of getting a bracelet and earning a few charms. LOL