Morning Yoga & Self-Care
I can’t think of a much better way to start the morning and weekend. I just did the prenatal yoga dvd at home with the kiddos, hubby and dog all running around, but it was still exactly what I needed. It has been several weeks since I last exercised (of any type) due to being sick, hellish week at work and then LCSW test prep. It was so nice to have nothing pressing to do this morning and be able to take care of myself.
I’ve desperately needed to do yoga. The third trimester has already brought tightness and back pain. I feel so much better already. I need to focus more on taking care of my body this trimester. The second trimester was very smooth, but I feel already that if I’m not mindful now this trimester could bring it’s fair share of difficulties.
I’ve been a bit reluctant to go back to my normal yoga class since pregnant. I was told it would be fine as long as I told the instructor I was pregnant and adapted the poses, but I felt better finding a prenatal yoga program knowing the whole routine was taylored to my body’s current needs. After looking at Amazon reviews I chose this dvd. It shows three people doing the routine, each in a different trimester and adapting the poses as needed for each trimester.
I did 30 minutes of the 50 minute routine on Wednesday night and loved it (I had read to start off with less time if you hadn’t done yoga at all/in a while). I slept so well that night, felt sore in my arms in the morning and didn’t worry if I had done something that would hurt the baby. I’m excited to keep using the dvd and prepare my body for what is to come.
Smile Friday ~ I’m on my way to aerial yoga edition
Gee whiz I have a big forehead! (Which is why I will always have bangs.)
Yoga was good. As I was watching myself in the mirror (Whose idea is it to put full length mirrors so we could see how goofy we look?) I realized that even being more muscular, I’m not happy with my size. I know my body type will never be “skinny,” but I’m not happy with where I’m at right now. I was much happier when I was 5-10 pounds less. I’m not okay with being more muscular, but having a level of flab over it. I’m not going to let it discourage me, but use it to motivate me and remind me of my goal.
I forgot that today was the first of the month, so I didn’t take measurements. I’ll do that in the next few days.
Aerial Yoga: Take 2
Okay, so C talked me into trying aerial yoga again with a different instructor. The last time the lady had been so rude and insulting I left early as I was choking back tears. I agreed to try it again with the different instructor.
Then the first instructor was filling in.
Thankfully the first instructor was having a better day, didn’t remember me or just ignored me… whatever. I was able to do the different activities and she was actually helpful enough to tell me how to do adaptations for my bad back and tight knees.
I actually enjoyed it this time. I’m glad I tried again and I’ll probably keep going on Friday mornings.
What I really want to do right now… go to the pool and do laps. C and I are doing a trail race in the morning, so I probably shouldn’t kill my arms and back right before. Tomorrow is going to be pretty busy, so I’m hoping to get to the pool Sunday.
So far so good
Just had lunch and I’m at 776 calories consumed and 734 calories left for the day.
I will not mess up again today!
Ps. I got a groupon for aerial yoga and I’m going tonight!!
The yoga DVD I ordered came in yesterday and I’ve been eagerly waiting to try it out after the kids were asleep tonight. I’ll let you know what I think.
Yoga Sweet Yoga
Now That’s More Like It
Honestly, I didn’t want to go tonight. The last several weeks of yoga have not been pretty and I was afraid I would have the same experience tonight. Ultimately I went because yoga has been crucial for my back and I can’t risk it by missing a week (sad as that may be).
Yoga tonight was really good. It wasn’t my strongest, but I was focused, didn’t have much pain and never felt like crying out of frustration! I’m glad I went and I feel so relaxed now.
Despite a rough night for the whole family, I was able to start off the day at the gym. 45 minutes on the elliptical and I felt like a new person! Sweating it out was exactly what I needed.
Then tonight I was fortunate enough to go to yoga tonight. (Thank you Hubby for letting me go out twice today!) It was a relaxing, stretching class. Not intense work, but really rejuvenating.
I’m feeling so much better now! My body feels right. I feel like I’m functioning better. I feel refocused. It’s been a very good day.
Just Got Home
…From a 30 min workout on the ellipitical with D.
Today I did:
- Strength training
- 20 min of yoga
- 3.75 mile hike
- 30 minutes on the ellipitical
I’m going to sleep VERY well tonight.
Calories burned: 715 ~ not including yoga or strength training.