30 Day Yoga Challenge: Days 23-25

Day 23 was a lovely day that included attending the noon power hour class with Curli.  I woke up unnaturally early that day, got a few tasks done, then fell back asleep.  I realized I had yoga in 20 minutes and nearly skipped, but I didn’t.  And I’m so glad!

I knew it was going to be a good class when I walked in and the yoga teacher complimented my tank top!  It was new and she said she had been eying it up too.  Clearly she has good taste.

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(here I am looking way less chic on my way there…ps I love how it matches my yoga bag…obsessed)

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At this studio, most of the instructors don’t put out a mat for themselves.  They walk around and guide the practice verbally.  Curli lays her mat out and occasionally does a pose or two on it and also moves around the class.  I snagged a good front from mirror spot right next to her mat.  This ended up being really valuable because I felt as if she was extra attentive to me and my practice.

I had an amazing class, and I was again surprised how much improvement I made in 3 weeks!  My upward facing dogs were flawless…very exciting.  I was nearly as good as this guy…a true upward facing dog.

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Curli also gives food for thought at the end of class, which I love.  Day 23′s quote was:

“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Albus Dumbledore (from Harry Potter)

Loved it.

Day 24 was pretty much identical to day 23.  Curli was teaching the 4:15 pm class so I went to that one. It was the exact same class down to every last move only 75 minutes instead of 60.  She even used the same quote at the end…no judgement though.  Providing words of wisdom every class must be tough.  She complimented my personal practice on my way out which I really appreciated.  It made me feel like she has noticed my improvement over the past few weeks.

Both days I went down to the gym in the basement and beasted it out on the elliptical.  Right now it’s the only cardio I can do without aggravating my bum hip.  Day 23 I did 45 minutes on the elliptical and day 24 I did an hour.  I got a heart rate monitor (that arrived on day 23 and was a huge motivator to actually head down to the basement gym…love trying out new toys!).  I had been wanting to get one for awhile.  You wear a little belt around your chest/rib area where the bottom of your bra hits, and then the watch on your wrist reads the heart rate.  You program your weight into the device, and it estimates your calories burned based on your heart rate and viagra uk purchase weight.  I was shocked at the calorie count from the elliptical and yoga.  It was way way higher than I estimated, and I honestly don’t think it’s accurate.

My heart rate for the majority of the time on the elliptical was between 150 and 165.  45 minutes burned over 800 calories and 60 minutes burned over 1100.  Approximately 200-300 over the machines estimate which I did plug my weight into (but it didn’t take heart rate into consideration).  I wore it on day 24 to my yoga class, and it said that I burned upwards of 900.  During all activities my heart was beating quickly and I was getting my sweat on, but those numbers just seem way too high to be right.

Day 25 I took as a rest day.  I was going to go to a spinning class in the morning before a day of errands and getting ready for an event in the evening, but I overslept.  I actually have a busy few days ahead of me with no time for naps….so it was probably a good thing to get the extra few hours of sleep.

My own food for thought…

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Anyone else have any thoughts or insight on heart rate monitor accuracy?  I would love some guidance and advice!

30 Day Yoga Challenge: Days 19-22

I hit a bit of a snafu (is that how you spell that?) with my challenge.  And I’m bummed.  It’s totally Murphy’s law that as soon as you hit the groove something happens.

I did something to tweak my hip on Day 18.  I’m not sure what, but it just felt like I pulled something.  I am the oldest 24 year old in the world…no wonder I’m single.  Who wants to take on a 24 year old who already has a bum hip?

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Day 19 – I took Friday off from yoga  because I was hoping that a day of rest would do the hip good.  I ended up meeting my mom for dinner and shopping for my graduation outfits then just chilled in all night.  Since I was bored and still in the groove I tried heading down to my basement gym to get in a little cardio.  Tried walking on the treadmill…that was a no go.  The elliptical felt fine though, viagra generic canada so I did an hour on that while watching reruns of the old Bravo reality show “Workout” about gay/straight personal trainers in Beverly Hills circa 2006.  Nothing makes you want to stay on the elliptical more than looking at these people.

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Day 20 - Hip still hurts.  Since the elliptical wasn’t a problem I went to yoga.  I figured that if I couldn’t do certain moves, I would just modify.  The worst that could happen was that I couldn’t do ANYTHING in which case I would just chill in child’s pose for 90 minutes.  Sounds lovely.  This ironically ended up being probably one of the best yoga practices of my life.  I did every upward facing dog perfectly, kept the pace, was in great form, and I wasn’t even next to a cute girl.  Go me.

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Day 21 – Resting the hip day.  After walking around the city a lot on Saturday afternoon (running errands) and Saturday night (bar hopping) my hip was angered…I ended up walking around looking like Quasimodo from the Hunchback of Notre Dame.

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Day 22 – Made an appointment with a chiropractor.  Never had been to one before, but here was my logic.  I go to a regular doctor, wait a long time in a waiting room, have them look at me for 5 seconds, and they probably say I just pulled something or need an x-ray.  I know I didn’t BREAK my hip.  It’s just a little mis-aligned.  So I would try this avenue and if I don’t get relief I’ll see a more Western medical doctor.  The chiropractor was really nice, gave me some minor adjustments, and sent me on my way.  He said that my right leg (the one connected to the hurting hip) was 1/2 inch shorter than the other, not because it was actually shorter, but because it was out of alignment.  He fixed me up and said he’d see me in 2 days.  I wanted to go to yoga and do cardio, but I didn’t want to undo anything he did…is that stupid?  I walked around the city a bit which he said was good to do after an adjustment and then just went home and accomplished some stuff.  Worked in the evening, then stayed up way too late watching Big Love reruns on HBO go.  Clearly I have amazing taste.

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Day 23 – Still early yet, but I have high hopes for today!  My hip is still a bit uncomfortable but not in pain so I’m going to try some cardio and yoga (even though I’m an idiot for staying up past 3 am watching Big Love and then accidentally waking up at 7:30 am not being able to fall back asleep)  After all I did get some new sneakers for the first time in a year…need to take these puppies for a spin.  Maybe they will help my bum hip??

 

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30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 18

I spent day 17 out with my friend Sarah.  Even though it wasn’t a late or crazy night, it must have tuckered me out because I nearly slept through my yoga class viagra uit india on Day 18.  Did I mention my class was at noon.  Try not to judge.

I was having one of those weird slumbers where I was dreaming something that I thought was real.  I had a dream I had to donate an organ to a relative that wasn’t even immediate family (how generous of dream Shannon if I do say so myself) then had a dream where I thought a device (that doesn’t exist) that was put into my eye during my vision correction surgery came out.  Which prompted me to freak out and start trying to call dream doctors.  Weird.  Maybe it was the sushi…

Anyways I shook myself awake after realizing I was in crazy dream world to see that the clock said 11:40.  Crap!  I threw on my yoga pants, grabbed my mat, and filled up water on the way out.  I arrived right at 11:59 am which was a blessing because once class starts they lock the doors and no one can get into the studio.  Win!

Class was good.  Taught by Troy, who is tough.  He kept saying…this is power yoga, that is why I’m making it hard!  No crap Troy thanks for the reminders it doesn’t mean that Goddess pose hurts my thighs any less while I’m shaking, sweating, and trying to hold it.

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After yoga I came home, went through some mail and bills, did a bit of filing, and got a bunch of little things off my to do list.  All and all a nice little day :-) .  I could get used to this life of working out, yoga, and leisure.  Too bad it’s only for a few weeks!discount propecia rx