Sunday, October 26, 2014
Today I had eaten well, that is I had until tonight. I was very hungry all afternoon, but I did eat a good snack to deal with it. I then ate a good dinner (mushroom-pumpkin chili). I ate the chili but I was still hungry, and that's when I lost control. I think I ate half a box of Peanut butter Puffins! I just kept eating, and now I feel over stuffed. I find it odd, because I was never a person who did that. It's very new to me. It hits me a few times a month, and I find it disturbing. It's not a weight thing. I'm not overweight, and I'm not dieting and trying to lose weight. It's just an out of control food thing. I need to find a way to make it stop.
Now on to a more fun topic, my workout schedule! I still can't run. I had been doing kettlebell 3x's a week and yoga 3x's a week. Kettlebell is about to go all out, with 5 workouts a week. Some will be strength focused and some more conditioning focused. I plan to incorporate yoga after most workouts. I'm determined to keep it up. I need yoga. Yoga, for me, is meditative, and I don't want to lose that.
But now for my workouts. I'll be using Lauren Brooks DVDs. I made a 5 week schedule based on suggested rotations of the DVDs that Lauren provided. 5 weeks gets me to Thanksgiving, at which point I plan to take a week off and just practice yoga, then it will be back to strength training.
I'm using these DVDs
I'm excited. I feel like this is a good direction for now, even though I'm missing running a lot. I'm hoping to really improve my overall strength so that I can get back to running when this hamstring gets healed up.
This week I'm using the Kettlebell Body DVD.
Monday will be Sculpt plus an added tabata,
Tuesday will be Butts plus yoga,
Wednesday will be a conditioning workout from BeSlam, Conditioning 1(not a video) plus yoga,
Thursday is my yoga class day,
Friday will be Sculpt plus yoga,
Saturday will be Body plus yoga,
Sunday is my Yin yoga day.:)
That's my week. I plan to report back on how it's going.
Friday, October 17, 2014
For me, the last couple of months have been all about change. My kids started attending a once a week co-op for school that has been a huge change for our little homeschool. I had to stop running because of an injury. I have to stop consuming any dairy, because it now makes me very ill even if I have just a bit. And we are also in the process of finding a new church home. All that change can be disturbing.
I've tried adding good habits, like meditation and more scripture reading. I'm also embracing the strength focus with gusto. I can tell that my hamstring is getting better, but I think running is still a couple of weeks away. And by the time I go to start it will be very cold and dark. I may just run a mile a day (on the treadmill) and continue to focus on strength and yoga.
Change can be good and I'm working on embracing the now.
Friday, October 10, 2014
I've ordered a new kettlebell DVD, Lauren Brooks Kettlebell Revelation
I have 3 DVDs by Lauren, as well as her book and BeSlam program. I plan on rotating the DVDs, adding extra stuff when needed, such as some conditioning at the end of the strength workouts, and a strength warm-up before the conditioning workouts.
I may eventually try a series by Pat Flynn, of Chronicles of Strength. He uses mostly double kettlebells, and I don't have 2 8kg bells, I don't even have 1. I have a 15lb bell and a 20lb bell, then I have two 12kg bells. I guess I could do his program with the 15# and 20#, alternating hands each set. I could not do it with the 12kg. I plan on 6 solid weeks of using the DVDs, then maybe I'll try his.
Yoga continues to be great. I love the class I'm attending and I use YogaGlo.com almost everyday.
This week at yoga class I got to try a yoga toy.
This thing was amazing. It was easy to get into headstand with it, and now I want one. I could do much longer headstands, and it was easier to engage my core, and work on that instead of my head/neck or hands hurting.
So many new things I want. If only I had unlimited funds for my hobbies. :)
Thursday, October 2, 2014
It's been a bit of a discouraging week. I ran on Tuesday and Wednesday, just 3 miles each day, but it hurt my hamstring. My hamstring felt fine all weekend through allvof that difficult hiking, but I still can't run on it. I also did kettlebell on Tuesday; I don't want to fall behind on my strength work. But today's post is about yoga.
I've been taking a yoga class at a studio in the city once a week. I've done yoga on my own for 5 years, and it's been good, but this class has been great. The young woman who teaches is on par with those yoga "stars" on YogaGlo. And, unlike online, she does little adjustments that bring me deeper into the pose. I'm loving this class so much. It's made me love yoga even more, and I feel restored and refreshed when it's done. Everyone needs yoga.:-)