Tuesday, August 24, 2010

So I tried Yoga...... I tried YOGA?!

So I have been toying with the idea of trying yoga ever since I joined my new gym about a month ago. I had checked the schedule many times and even watched a few classes through the window of the studio but I hadn't been brave enough to enter..... Until today that is!

So today I finally walked through those doors, I can even begin to tell you how nervous I was. The class which was called Hatha Yoga started at 7pm, and I showed up around 6:50 so I could pick where I wanted to sit in the studio. When I walked in there were a few people already setup and stretching getting ready for class to begin. I grabbed a yoga mat and found a nice roomy place near the far end of the studio, not quite on the back row but the row right before it. As it got closer to 7 the room starting filling up and I wont lie I felt like people were staring at me like I didn't belong there. You see I constantly feel like people always stare at me in the gym but I know its just in my head, its hard to get past that belief but I am getting better about it everyday. I quickly shook off the notion and just tried to stay calm, I wont lie I really wanted to get up and leave but there was no way I was going to do that.

At 7 sharp the lights went off , music was turned on, and class started. The instructor asked if anyone was new and me and few people raised our hands. So we started doing our different moves and stretches. Everything was new to me, I didn't know any of the names of the moves but I kept a close eye on the instructor and tried to keep up the best I could.

About 15 min into the class I found myself in a downward dog position and I was sweating like crazy! I thought to myself I am sweating from YOGA?! Damn right I was! We did a series of poses that went from a downward dog into a plank position and then into a cobra pose and back up into a downward dog. Now at my size that isn't easy but I did it! And it felt good. So like I said at 15 min into the class I was wondering what I had gotten myself into but I knew I wasn't going to quit. It was an hour class and I made myself understand that I was going to be there for the whole hour, NO EXCUSES. We did a bunch of other poses and to be honest I don't remember most of the names, I was just trying to concentrate on my breathing and my balance. Oh we did do something called a spinal twist I believe, those feel GOOD!

So at the end of class we laid on our backs with our eyes closed while the instructor told us to imagine a white hole or something on our chest. So I laid there breathing in and out and trying to imagine this white object on my chest. She said imagine it spreading to your pelvis and toward your head. She said some other stuff that I cant quite remember and to be honest I thought she was crazy at first. But honestly I got really relaxed and I felt extremely calm inside. It almost felt like I was somewhere else for a few minutes. It felt really good!

So I can finally scratch yoga from my list of things I want to try. It was a great experience and I can see why people love it. Will I try it again??......  ABSOLUTELY!  I plan on fitting it in to my weekly routine and I cant wait until my next class.

I wonder if I will feel tonight class in the morning? ..... We shall see :)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I got a job! OH @#$% I GOT A JOB?!?!

So as many of you know I have been unemployed for over a year, until last Tuesday that is. I am a construction professional and well lets just say construction is not a great industry to be in during this current economic condition.

But anyways of course I was extremely happy that I was going back to work but then it hit me! I thought to myself , "OH @#$% I GOT A JOB?!?!  WHEN WILL I WORK OUT? HOW WILL I EAT CORRECTLY!".  You see over the past year I have been able to workout and eat whenever I wanted, I had no stresses that involved my schedule. I did panic for a few short minutes but I quickly realized that in the past year I have built a strong foundation and that I could adapt to any situation.

First thing I did after I calmed down was call my Registered Dietitian to schedule an earlier appointment, I wasn't supposed to see her for another month. I just wanted to restructure my meal plan since I knew I would be "awake"  longer now and I needed to ensure I was eating enough of the right foods to get me through the day and my busy workout schedule.

Second thing I did was go buy a nice sized lunch box. I often tell people if you want to be successful then you need to plan ahead! My plan was to eat breakfast and dinner at home most nights and carry all the food I needed in between those meals with me. So far its worked out great, when its time to eat I just reach down below my desk and grab what I need. No drive thru's or snack machines!

Third thing I did was join a new gym. After losing almost 100 pounds I knew it was time for me to SHAKE THINGS UP. The gym I had been using was just your basic gym, and for $10 dollars a month you really couldn't complain. Now my new gym (Lifetime Fitness) is amazing! They are open 24-7 which  works out great for me, there will be no excuses for not working out. Also they have all the facilities I need to start my triathlon training. Oh wait I haven't told you guys this yet, but YES I am going to start training for a triathlon! Its not going to happen overnight but its something I will work on until I feel ready to attempt one. I have to personally thank my good friend Pam for encouraging me to even consider doing a triathlon! So far the new gym has been amazing, I have shared my story with some of the staff and they have all welcomed me with open arms. I cant wait to try all the fitness classes that they offer! To be honest if they had beds to sleep in I would never leave that place!

Its my second week on the job and I love it so far, but what I am really happy about is how I have adapted to my new situation so quickly. I think the old me would have taken weeks to adapt and I would have definitely used the stress of the change as an outlet to eat endlessly. I am so glad those days are over.

I feel really happy inside, I haven't felt happy in a long time. My overall goals haven't been reached but I have no worries that I will attain them. When I used to think about all the weight I still needed to lose I used to get scared and panic inside, it was overwhelming. I no longer feel like that, it doesn't scare me at all. I know what and how I need to do this, and if i do them then its only a matter of time...