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A Rude Awakening

I knew deep down that my body wasn’t very happy with me. When I looked in the mirror my hips and thighs just seemed wider. I was exercising, but not as intensely as I had in the past. I mean I hadn’t been to a spin class in probably five months, and last Sunday’s five mile run was the most running I had done in two months.

It caught up. My lack of walking to and from work. The preference for yoga and barre just didn’t seem to give my body what it needed to maintain my weight so when I stepped on the scale yesterday for my starting point for training I was ashamed. I am the heaviest I have ever been, which is a full five pounds heavier than I was six months ago.

I don’t like it. I know it is just a number, but now that it is numbers AND tight fitting clothes it means it is time to get serious.

Step 1: Up my cardio along with my weight exercises

Step 2: Track my calorie intake

Step 3: Cut back on the carbs and sweet tooth indulgences

So as Leslie Ann said after I got off the scale. Let’s put it in black and white.

Starting Weight: 130

% Fat: 23.8

BMI: 24

DVD Review: Canyon Ranch Yoga For Strength & Energy

I’ve been searching for a good yoga DVD for my FIL. He has a pinched nerve and can’t do to much arching, but wants to get into the yoga groove. I’ve had a hard time finding one that he wouldn’t have to cut out a lot of the flow.

I think Canyon Ranch: Yoga for Strength & Energy from Acacia comes pretty close. The DVD has two 20ish-minute yoga flows, a cool down (11 min) and a bonus stretch (11 min). Overall the flows are good for an easy day, there isn’t much in terms of heart pumping.

Energy Stretch: 22 min 

I’ve never done the dancing seaweed, and honestly it wasn’t my favorite pose. This flow had a lot of movement. Swinging around. I am not sure I completely understood the purpose, it didn’t feel like it was opening me up or anything like that. That being said, it was a slow enough flow with very little strenuous poses, that made me think this might be a good option.

Energetic Yoga: 24 min 

This had a lot more of the strength poses, including warrior 1 and 2, and dancer. There was no work on your back and no balance poses. I thought it was really interesting when they pulled out eagle arms in warrior 2. I felt like this was a good step up for some older beginner yogis who could handle holding lunges a bit longer.

What was confusing for me was there was no savasana at the end of either flows. It just stopped. Until….

Cool Down: 11 min

This was the only savasana. It was nice, but I don’t know that I loved all the sayings the instructor was handing out.

Bonus Stretch: 11 min

This was a seated flow. Mostly arm movements, with a bit of twists. They did one move where you thread your fingers between your toes and lean forward. I hated it…but I hate touching feet.

So this is a possibility for him. Any other recommendations?

Yoga Goals

I could write ad nauseam about 2013 fitness goals. I want to do this PR and lose X inches around my waist. But let’s be real. I need to focus. And there are a few yoga positions that have just been plaguing me and I want 2013 to be the year I conquer them.

1. Handstand: I can very easily get into this position if I am up against a wall…I mean who can’t? What I really want to do, it come into Bound Headstand and then move into some sort of variation. The one where one leg comes forward and the other goes behind. That’s my ultimate goal. I think it is so pretty. Is that a reason to want to do a yoga pose?

One of these fancy variations will do just fine too
See? It is pretty

2. Side Crow: (Honestly regular crow too.) I can hold Crow pose for a few beats and then I need to rock out of it. I can’t get into side crow ever. I have relatively decent arm strength (or at least I think I do) so I feel like this has to boil down to balance and moving into the pose correctly (for both crow and side crow).

She looks so fancy

So really I want to focus on balance poses. I think I will need to head into the studio more to get adjusted and have someone help me hit these goals.

Back in the Saddle

Since the marathon I have been struggling with staying interested in working out. I don’t know if it is because I am no longer as close to Gold’s and Revolve as I used to be or if I am just burnt out, regardless I am starting to see the results of my less than stellar commitment.

I certainly haven’t been running as much as I was, instead focusing on barre and yoga. While this is all good and well I know my body needs weight training and serious cardio. So a few weeks ago Leslie Ann messaged me about the deal Gold’s was having this month. If you had done PT before and weren’t now, you could get new member rates. Say what? You can’t turn that kind of thing down.

Yesterday was my triumphant return to PT. I am such a fitness loser that I woke up excited and couldn’t wait to get to the gym. We did super-sets of weights and cardio and it was a good reintroduction to training. It was also the kick in the butt I needed to get me going again.

So here’s to my reinvigorated love of exercise!

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Most Googled Diets of 2012

Google prepares a list the year’s most popular searches including diets. I thought it was an interesting look at what fads and healthy eating ideas peeked people’s interest–supermodels and fad diets galore!

10. Marissa Miller Diet: The Victoria Secret model said one of her go to healthy foods is quinoa or brown rice, which she keeps in her fridge so that when she is hungry she can quickly whip something up. Of course she also said she ate in the buff…so maybe that’s what people were looking for.

9. Juicing Diet: I’ve always been intrigued by the likes of the Blueprint Cleanse or following my own. But I have an immediate fear that I will become an angry person because of lack of protein and headaches.

8. Feeding Tube Diet:  Also known as the K-E Diet is only available in my home-state of Florida and works by slowly feeding the dieter with a fat and protein-based solution. I think it is just a bad idea.

7. NV Diet Pill: Not only can you burn fat, but you can tone your body and improve the appearance of skin, nails, and hair. MIRACLE PILL (sarcasm)

6. Miranda Kerr Diet: She adopted the 80/20 rule. She also said she follows the Blood Type Diet.

5. Adriana Lima Diet: She went all liquid the entire nine days before the Victoria Secret fashion show.

4. P.I.N.K. Method Diet: Designed specifically for women, it encourages physical activity and nutrient-rich foods. However, some of the claims might not hold up.

3. Raspberry Ketone Diet: A Dr. Oz approved diet that hasn’t been proven in research on mice.

2. Beyonce Diet: She works hard for her body.

1. Michael Phelps Diet: Dude takes in a TON of calories. So this probably was less about “what does he eat to stay fit” and more “he eats how much and stays fit?”

Is there an exercise you just can’t do?

Do you have that one exercise that no matter how in shape you are you just can’t seem to do? Not like you want to puke because it is so hard, but your body just won’t do it?

I have a few…

1) Table tops..brought to you by Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30 DVD. I cannot for the life of me do this move. There is something in the movement from a hover to the bridge that my arms just refuse to complete. It isn’t just this particular exercise either. Any time that I am required to move while in this bridge position I pretty much fail. I just can’t.

This part I can do. It is the move back into hovering with your legs out in front of you that is just a fail.

2) Step Classes are the bane of my existence. I have short little legs so it takes me longer to get around the step…sometimes that means I add an extra move.  I once went to a class in NYC and the instructor actually called me out and made fun of me. Needless to say I have never attended another step class.

They make it look so easy. And by “they” I mean those long-legged people

3) Thigh dancing from Physique 57. I honestly don’t know if I do these right because I have only ever done them at home, but I feel like I look silly. Thus, I think I MUST be doing them wrong. Who knows. But, if I ever attend a live class I anticipate being told I need to do it differently.

I just assume that my tight hips prevent me from doing this properly

A little taste of mommyhood

I got a little taste of what it might be like to be a working mom this week. I took two “half-days” to spend time with one of my favorite little people in the entire world.

While we played on the playground, colored, blew bubbles, and watched Super Why (I can’t figure this show out and it really bothers me that they change the fairy tales) I watched my phone from afar light up with emails. That first evening I spent a good four hours after dinner wrapping  a few items up, and I was exhausted. I knew deep down that when my alarm went off in the morning to exercise it wasn’t going to happen.

Then on Friday, we had a mini-fire drill that pushed me back a few hours and meant that I took calls on the playground. Luckily, my clients understood and my little bundle of fun didn’t get too angry with me when I asked her to color while Aunt Laney took a call. (We were inside then, I wouldn’t have taken my eyes off her I swear.)

It was tough, and I was giving her back after a few hours!

I honestly don’t know how you do it AND keep an active lifestyle. That juggling just doesn’t feel like it is humanly possible. So seriously, more power to you..and when the time comes (MANY moons from now) I am going to want those tips.

And now some cuteness…

A little less running, a lot more dancing

You know how there are certain phrases that get songs stuck in your head? That’s what the title of this post did for me. I can’t explain it, but now Elvis’ “A little less talking, a lot more action” is running through my head (and now yours I guess).

The first half of December has been pretty busy for me. One of my best friends got married last weekend so we were in Miami. And seriously it was humid as all hell. Reminded me why I adore seasons so much.

My body was just not ready for that kind of running. I hate hot humid running more than anything. I can take the cold because I can pile on the layers, but I feel like the heat just sucks my will power.

In prepping for the weekend Fi and I had packed our running gear, discussed the goal of running and even set alarms after the rehearsal dinner to make it happen. We went out for what was supposed to be a 4 miler and ended up being a maybe 2 miler. It was AWFUL.

Thank god we had a night of dancing ahead of us (yes this was coupled with many drinks…but when you see how sweaty I was I am pretty sure it was canceled out). I love to dance and only really do it when we are out on the town every once in a blue moon.

It got me thinking about potentially trying Zumba or one of those other dance fitness classes. The thing I hate about those classes though is the feeling that you just can’t keep up because everyone else has been there forever and knows every move.

Any suggestions on getting over that hump?

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DVD Review: Tara Stiles This Is Yoga

I’ve had Tara Stiles latest DVD release–This Is Yoga– for probably a little over a month and a half now, and I have yet to do every practice. That’s because this new four-DVD series ($20, amazon.com) has so many flows that I just haven’t been able to get to them all.

Encyclopedia of Yoga

I will even admit that one of the DVDs still has its wrapping. That isn’t to say I haven’t been doing these flows though. I have…and I love them. Routines run from five to 60 minutes and vary in focus like strength, balance, relaxation and flexibility.  She has flows to do in the AM and ones that are specifically designed to wind you down in the PM.

I am no beginner yogi, but some of the advance positions Tara moves into remind me of how far I still have to go.  And her “Pose Library” is going to help get me there. Her instructions are clear, not hippie-dippie and might just be the solution to my desire to get into a handstand (without the wall helping).

Tara’s effortless  yoga style easily rubs off on you and her relaxing flows are probably the only time my brain shuts off or at least lulls to a hum.

For anyone who enjoys home yoga, but needs flows that are a little more challenging I would highly recommend this series.