60 Classes in 60 Days: #52-55

Only a few more days to go!  My plan is to finish on Saturday with a double in the morning so I can take Sunday off if I feel like it.  I’m pretty sure I’m going to do 90 days, so this feature will continue on the site.

For anyone who has tried Bikram yoga or who hasn’t, for that matter, a 90 day challenge is pretty steep in theory.  Not a lot of people put forward the effort to go to a 90 minute class multiple times a week, much less 90 times in 90 days.  It truly is a time commitment.  I’ve had to rearrange multiple things in my life, skip on fun stuff, and I’m teaching a class that starts on July 3rd.

I have to keep at it though.  I’m making great progress and it’s helping me immensely to have a goal to work towards, even if it’s as simple as the current number out of 60.  While I may not be perfect (and no one is in yoga, it’s a life quest to do these postures), I’m at least trying.

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60 Day Challenge Stats:

  • Classes #52-55
  • Classes to go: 5
  • Days left: 4
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60 Classes in 60 Days: #46-51

Last week was intense, people!  10 classes in 7 days and I’m doing it again this week!

I was going to go this morning to the 530 class but I was absolutely exhausted.  Our old kitty, Nema, kept us up all night on Saturday and Sunday because she was screaming for her shower.  I think she has kitty craziness. It was literally like every hour on the hour.  So when the alarm rang this morning at 445, I was real quick to turn it off and go back to bed!

It’s a good thing that I went yesterday (normally don’t go on Sundays) so I had a class already under my belt for the week.  I’ll be doing doubles on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.  My 60th class will be on Sunday, unless I pull a triple on Friday (since I’ll be off).  I could do it, technically, if I did a 530, 930 and 5pm.  We’ll see.  It sounds crazy.

I need to get a haircut.  My hair is growing so fast now that I haven’t been able to keep up with it.  I think I still have a couple of inches of old chemically-dyed hair on the ends, so it will be good to get that off.  I can definitely tell a difference now between my henna’ed hair and the chemically-dyed hair.  I think part of it is because I’m sweating so much in class, the salt is making my hair even drier.

 

60 Day Challenge Stats:

  • Classes #46-51
  • Classes to go: 9
  • Days left: 6

My life, 4 years ago (PART 2)

Today I bring you another fun survey from April 2009.  It’s funny how cheese products also make an appearance in this piece.  Also owl tattoos.
1. What time did you get up this morning? 9:00am. Not too late, not too early.

2. How do you like your steak? medium. I am ok if it moo’s a little.

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Public Enemies with Bill and Gretchen. I love Johnny Depp.

4. What is your favorite TV show or shows? Dr. Who and Torchwood. I am so far behind though. Food Network shows are good- you can miss a few and not feel bad about it.

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Somewhere cheap, free of natural disasters and of comfortable climate.

6. What did you have for breakfast? Scrambled eggs with cheese and turkey bacon.

7. What is your favorite cuisine? Italian

8. What foods do you dislike? Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Yes, I am one of those people. I think it’s gross.

9. Favorite Place to Eat? I don’t think I have a favorite specifically. All this recent talk of Louie’s doughnuts has me thinking about a nutty roll. This is a local bakery where I grew up in Michigan.

10. Favorite dressing? Anything with cheese. Bleu cheese, parmesan, etc.

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive? 2000 Subaru Outback. Michigan State green.

12. What are your favorite clothes? Yoga pants, a tiny tee and a hoodie. Do flip flops count?

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? Croatia.

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? 1/2 empty. Mine is always full. I have enough drama in my life to worry about, why should I worry about running out of what is in my cup?

15. Where would you want to retire? The Caribbean or somewhere in the mountains. I want a log cabin.

16. Favorite time of day? I am a morning person, but I like a lazy afternoon once in awhile.

17. Where were you born? Battle Creek, Michigan

18. What is your favorite sport to watch? Curling!!!!

19. Who do you think will not tag you back? I have no idea, I can’t keep up.

20. Person you expect to tag you back first? Probably whomever has the time, how do I know these things?!

21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this? Huh?

22. Bird watcher? Only if they are nibbling on my tomatoes!

23. Are you a morning person or a night person? Morning, but on the weekends, I am a nighttime bandwife.

24. Do you have any pets? Now that we don’t have the cat menagerie outside, we only have two indoor cats. (sigh of relief)

25. Any new and exciting news you’d like to share? We recently installed an attic fan. It was exciting for me.

26. What did you want to be when you were little? A mom. I had no aspirations for a career. I just wanted to stay home. Now, 33 years old, no children. Kind of interesting how life takes you in different directions.

27. What is your best childhood memory? Playing with my sister. Throwing her Barbie dolls shoes down the heat register on the floor. Ha!

28. Are you a cat or dog person? I’m a dog person, but my cats think they are dogs, so it’s all good.

29. Are you married? Yep- 11 years with Mr. Hall. I can hardly believe it sometimes.

30. Always wear your seat belt? Of course, have you seen how people drive in Hampton Roads?!

31. Been in a car accident? Yes, it is the reason why I am such a jumpy passenger now.

32. Any pet peeves? People who twirl their hair (I CANNOT stop watching), people who talk on cellphones so loudly that all can hear, people who take themselves wayyyy too seriously at work.

33. Favorite Pizza Toppings? Mushrooms and black olives. Goat cheese is an added bonus.

34. Favorite Flower? Lilies. Summer wildflowers. Roses, but they die so quickly.

35. Favorite ice cream? I really have to be in the mood, but I like frozen yogurt. If it is hard packed ice cream, I’ll go for mint chocolate chip.

36. Favorite fast food restaurant? Not really a fast food person. I do like Panera though.

37. How many times did you fail your driver’s test? None. Did anyone fail it at MHS?

38. From whom did you get your last email? A colleague at work.

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Sephora. I am a total beauty product junkie. I have no shame in admitting that I use old people cream.

40. Do anything spontaneous lately? HA! I am too Type A to be spontaneous. LOL

41. Do you like your job? I do! I love the people I work with everyday and I leave knowing that I made an impact on students’ lives with the decisions I make and the actions I take.

42. Broccoli? I like my veggies!

43. What was your favorite vacation? Honeymoon- winehopping in VA is a lot of fun!

44. Last person you went out to dinner with? Tonight. Kevin and I met John and Annette for mexican. We always end up being “that” table.

45. What are you listening to right now? Kevin is printing and the jazz station is going in the background.

47. How many tattoos do you have? None, only because I have not made up my mind yet. I would like an owl.

48. How many are you tagging for this quiz? I can’t count!

49. What time did you finish this quiz? 9:35 pm. Time for bed!

50. Coffee Drinker? No- tea for me only!

My life, 4 years ago

During lunch, I was trolling through my Facebook page and found a note that I had posted (remember when we used to do surveys on Facebook and post them as notes?).  I looked at the date of April 2009 and thought it would be fun to post this on the blog today.  So without further ado, here is my life from 4 years ago….

 

Rules: Okay….get tagged, you have to do this too…Let others know a little more about yourself, re-post this as your name followed by “ology”
YOU! Yes, you reading this. You’re tagged.

FOOD*
What is your salad dressing of choice? I like a really nice bleu cheese, but my doctor tells me that I’ll have to stab myself with an EpiPen if I eat too much of it. bleh.  Oh, the irony in this statement.  How little did I know.

What is your favorite sit down restaurant? Anything Italian.

What is your favorite fast food restaurant? Chipolte

What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick of? Watermelon!

What are your pizza toppings of choice? Black olives and mushrooms.

TECHNOLOGY*
How many televisions are in your house? 1, which I hardly ever watch.

What color cell phone do you have? Black and burgundy.

BIOLOGY*
Are you right-handed or left-handed? Right, but I was switched from being left-handed. I blame my problems on this. LOL

Have you ever had anything removed from your body? Just several teeth.

What is the last heavy item you lifted? Probably something in the front bedroom, AKA, the construction zone.

Have you ever been knocked unconscious? No!

BULLCRAPOLOGY*

If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die? This is morbid!

If you could change your name, what would you change it to? I have been told that my name suits me just fine!

Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000? If I could do it over several hours, sure.

DUMBOLOGY*

How many pairs of flip-flops do you own? Probably close to TWENTY. I live in Virginia Beach, what do you want from me? I’m a bit of a flipflop whore.

Last time you had a run-in with the cops? Never!

Last person you talked to? Gretchen on IM.

Last person you hugged? Kevin

FAVORITOLOGY*

Season? Fall

Holiday? Thanksgiving

Day of the week? I really don’t have one, I’m always doing something with classes that I’m taking- but I guess I like Saturday.

Month? October

CURRENTOLOGY*

Missing someone? Not really, but I’d like to see my sister more often.

Mood? A little frazzled- two weeks until finals and I’m still in the middle of writing a major project.

What are you listening to? My air purifier, whirring.

Watching? My plants in the window.

Worrying about? How I am going to get everything done for two classes that have major projects due in the next week while my husband starts ripping out the back bathroom.

RANDOMOLOGY*

First place you went this morning? To the bathroom- nature calls!

What’s the last movie you saw? I cannot remember….I think the Transporter.

Do you smile often? I do!!! People accuse me of being too happy at work.

MEOLOGY*

Do you always answer your phone? I usually do, unless I’m in a place that is too loud.

It’s four in the morning and you get a text message? I wouldn’t know- my phone is sleeping too!

If you could change your eye color what would it be? I don’t think I would.

What flavor do you add to your drink at Sonic? I don’t like Sonic. Too sugary.

Do you own a digital camera? Two!

Have you ever had a pet fish? No, but I am in the process of getting a tank set up!

What’s on your wish list for your birthday? I don’t usually have a birthday list.

Can you do push-ups? I would image so, but why would I?  True statement from someone who hadn’t exercised in almost 5 years at that point.

Does the future make you more nervous or excited? Nervous- being a doctoral student is nerve-wracking!!!

Do you have any saved texts? No, I usually clear them out every week.

Ever been in a car wreck? Kevin and I got hit several years ago while sitting at a stop sign by some lunatic who didn’t see that 45 other cars were also stopped.

Do you have an accent? This is an interesting question. Since I moved to VA from Michigan, I have had people ask me if I’m from Wisconsin. I guess we all have the same mid-west sound? However, when I go home or talk to family members, they say I have a southern accent.

What is the last song to make you cry? I don’t think I can recall.

When was the last time you cried? Probably when I had my semesterly nervous breakdown a couple of weeks ago.

Plans tonight? Write write write write write

Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom? No, I try to avoid getting myself to that point.

Name 3 things you bought yesterday? I just bought one thing- a venti unsweet green tea from Starbucks on my way to the 7pm class.

Have you ever been given roses? Yes- I like the yellow ones the best.

Current hate right now? Hate is such a strong word. I try not to be a hater.

Met someone who changed your life? Of course- we all have people in our lives who come in and make a difference.

How did you bring in the new year? At a hotel in DC with my husband, drinking and eating junk food. Thank goodness it wasn’t at a gig for a change!!!!

What song represents you? This is a rather deep question….I really don’t know!

Would you go back in time if you were given the chance?    I think we would all like to avoid making mistakes, but I wouldn’t be where I am now if I changed things.

Have you ever dated someone longer than a year? Yes!

Does anyone love you? I get told that I’m loved every day. It’s wonderful!

Would you be a pirate? No, but I would like to go treasure hunting!

What songs do you sing in the shower? I don’t sing in the shower, I usually talk to Kevin as he is getting ready.

Ever had someone sing to you? Unfortunately, when you are married to a musician, this is a daily occurrence. Kevin can come up with some interesting interpretations of songs- it’s hilarious!

Do you like to cuddle? Spooning rocks!

Have you held hands with anyone today? Not yet.

Who was the last person you took a picture of? Kevin at the Cherry Blossom Festival last weekend in DC.

What kind of music did you listen to in elementary school? Probably Madonna, Cyndi Lauper and anything my older brother was listening to.

Are most of the friends in your life new or old? New- it happens when you move away from everyone you grew up with. Very challenging to establish new relationships with people you have zero history.

Do you like pulpy orange juice? No! Too slimy.

What is something your friends make fun of you for? Little Miss Type-A. My Post-It note wall at work. Knitting at “the club”. Reading at “the club”. My 8 exact almonds I eat with grapefruit for breakfast at work. I provide much entertainment for my friends!

Have you ever ridden on an camel? No, but it seems like it would be very exciting!

When is the last time you ate peanut butter and jelly? I will eat just about anything, but you cannot PAY me to eat a PB&J sandwich. It’s a texture thing.

What were you doing 12 AM last night? Sleeping.

What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up? I need to get at least two more abstract reviews written today!!!!

60 Classes in 60 Days: #37-45

I’m halfway through my first week of doubles (10 classes each week, so I did 5 classes in 3 days already) and I haven’t fallen out yet.  In fact, I’m doing surprisingly well, considering I’ve done a full 20 classes in 20 days this month.  This is by far the most active I’ve been in a REALLY, REEEEEEEELY long time.  Like in at least 7 or 8 years.  That’s major, people.  I was working out quite a bit in 2004-2005 because that was around the time I was finishing my master’s degree and was getting married thereafter.  But after that, it was all downhill.  And you know how that ended up.

So as I reflect on the month ending and the possibility of a 90 day challenge, I can’t help but be a little bewildered.  When did this change happen?  Am I becoming an actual exercising person?  How did that happen?  

Has being in a 105 degree room for hours on end over the past few months caused my brain to work differently?  Am I dehydrating myself into lunacy????  (don’t worry, I drink over 100 ounces of water every day, in addition to my 22 ounces of coconut water after each class)

But seriously, this is a strange place to be.  I no longer walk into the studio and lay down on my mat, immediately worrying about injuries and things like that.  I lay down on my mat and think about normal people things like this:

  1. It’s flipping hot in here.  Why do I keep coming back?
  2. Maybe I should have peed one more time before I came in here.
  3. I hope the guy who “adjusts” himself all the time isn’t next to me.  I can’t deal with that again in my peripheral vision.
  4. I need to shave my legs.
  5. Maybe I should bring a 32 ounce bottle of water to class like everyone else?  No, you don’t need more than 8 ounces of water during class.  You’ll just yack it up during forward folding postures.
  6. If I fall asleep while waiting for class to start, will I start snoring since I’m on my back?

So as you can see, my mind is totally not on what it was consumed with 6 months, even 3 months ago.  

Perhaps it’s because I’ve finally come to realize, and ACCEPT, that each day on the mat is different.  Even if I pull a double that day, each class is different.  My body is different.  This has become my mantra…

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60 Day Challenge Stats:

  • Classes #37-45
  • Classes to go: 15
  • Days left: 11

60 Classes in 60 Days: Two more weeks!

I can’t believe that I’ve got two more weeks to go on my 60 day challenge!  I’m even crazy enough to think about extending it to 90 days now.  I know!

Last week, I did doubles on Friday and Saturday because I got behind on classes with the bad storms that went through.  I got stuck in traffic two times and totally missed class.  On Saturday, the owner of the studio surprised us with popsicles after class, since we are halfway done with the 30 day challenge (well, everyone but me).  I thought it was such a nice gesture and it encouraged people to stick around and talk after class.  I wasn’t going to eat one after the first class since I had 30 minutes before my next one, but I really needed to cool off and fast.  The humidity from the storms really made the room hot!

Jackie, one of the new instructors, was teaching that morning.  I am really starting to get into the groove of her dialogue style.  She’s definitely a little more crunchy than the rest of the instructors and likes to tell people it’s okay and sit down.  For someone doing back to back classes, it’s good to hear this (even though you know you can sit down whenever anyway).  I sat out of four postures (2 in the standing and two on the floor) during the second class and I’m glad for it.  After the second class, I had ANOTHER popsicle!  It was delicious.

I have had some people ask me how the bikini quest is going.  I think I’m getting there!  I haven’t lost but a few pounds, but I know I’m getting smaller.  I know for sure that I’ve got a zillion more muscles in my legs too.

I’m so pleased, in fact, that I’m even willing to put up a progress photo.  Be kind, my interweb friends!

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Embrace the curves, ladies!

So as you can see, I am wearing a bikini in my shower.  It’s the only place in the house I can get a good pic that is sort of full-length body.

As you know, I have serious body dysmorphia problems, so it’s hard to tell (for me at least) how I’m doing.  Sometimes I look at this and think, yeah I’m getting there.  Other times, I think, oh this is bad.

Realistically, I look at this right now and think that I’m doing well.  I don’t want to be super skinny so I’m not obsessing over being x inches smaller on my waist or whatever.  I look at this and I’m glad that I’m curvy.  It’s clear that I’m slimming down in places and I just need to keep up with my good efforts.  I eat well, drink my veggie juices almost 5 days a week, and I’m pushing myself at the studio.

Sure, I could be doing cardio too, which would probably help.  But right now I’m just happy to be on my strengthening kick and my heart is getting a good workout for several hours a week in the studio.  Seriously, if you haven’t done hot yoga before, you can’t understand how much your heart works.  Many of the postures in the Bikram series are actually designed to make your heart and lungs work, so that is good.  If I can get through the summer without hurting myself, I may start adding in cardio in the fall.

So there you go.  A declaration of a possible 90 day challenge and a bikini pic.  I’m proud of what I’ve done and where I know I’m going.

 

 

60 Classes in 60 days: #31-36

Instead of posting a lot about the challenge, I seem to be posting once a week.  Hope you don’t mind!  It’s not like anything life-shattering is happening.

A few interesting things in the past week on the mat/studio:

  1. New instructor, Erin.  Just took the 530am class with her this morning.  She is awesome!!!  She used to own her own dance and tumbling studio but came to Bikram because she knew she was ripping her joints up with the gymnastics.  I can tell she has these two backgrounds.  She is lean, graceful, but incredibly powerful in her postures.  I took a class last week where she was near me and her postures are amazing.  Actually, her entire muscular structure is amazing.  Today, I found her dialogue to be very reflective of her background.  She is firm, attentive, and clear with instructions.  It reminded me of being in a dance studio with the tone of her voice, which I liked.  She pretty much stayed with the script, so it will be interesting to see how her personality emerges as we all get to know her better.
  2. Discovering I really like the 530am classes on MWF.  There are about 8 people that come in and it’s nice to have some space. Getting up at 430 is not that much fun but it’s worth it, especially on days where I know I need to do a double and I can’t wrap my brain around back to back evening classes.
  3. Realizing that I still have a lot of work to do on my own neuromuscular issues.  A great example of this is the floor bow pose.  I just can’t make any type of mental connection to my legs when they say to kick up and back.  The pose is supposed to look like this:Beautiful-Woman-Doing-Floor-Bow-Pose-1The posture begins with you laying flat on your stomach, then reaching back for your feet.  I have zero problem with that part, or raising up my torso. The part I can’t seem to make work is lifting my legs up.  I think, go up.  Lift up.  Kick back.  But nothing happens.  I end up more like this:

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It is very frustrating (like deja vu all over again) to try to get your body to do something that seems perfectly reasonable and then nothing happens.  It’s been my mission this month in class to just get my legs to lift up, even if it’s for a second. I have found rolling my weight forward sort of helps with this, since I have such a broad rib cage this works.  But then, just when I think I’m getting there, I can’t get up.  It may also be an issue with my lower back being weak.  This is the last posture in the spine-strengthening series.

In other news, Kevin had a gig last weekend!  After two years in the garage, his drum set finally saw the light of day.  It was a pleasant evening in terms of weather and we had a TON of people come out for the band.  Not a lot of photos taken once they started playing, but Cori, Megan, and I managed a quick pick outside beforehand.

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I absolutely ADORE these ladies!!  Kevin always says it looks like sisters when we are out.  I would be proud to call them my sisters any day!

 

 

60 Day Challenge Stats:

  • Classes #31-36
  • Classes to go: 24
  • Days left: 18 (doubles this week and next!!!)