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.
(here I am looking way less chic on my way there…ps I love how it matches my yoga bag…obsessed)
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.
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)
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 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…
Anyone else have any thoughts or insight on heart rate monitor accuracy? I would love some guidance and advice!