Back In the Swing

WOW! What a great morning I had today. I went to kettlebells at 7:30 AM today and what a great workout. I really enjoy going on Saturday mornings because I get the both of best trainers. Kori and Michelle team up and do a killer training/ workout session. We did these ab things (I forget what she called them) which I tried to find online and this is the closest thing to it that I could find abs

Rectus Abdominus: V Rock and Roll

  • Lie faceup on mat with legs together, toes pointed and arms extended overhead by ears, hands stacked (like you’re about to dive into a pool).
  • Engage abs and lift both legs and shoulders about 6 inches off ground, slowly rocking body back and forth.

I stayed for Vinyasa+ with Melissa and had a GREAT time. I was pretty tired and sweaty since doing both back to back. I am feeling pretty good about myself because I tried CROW POSE for the first time and I LOVED IT. I am not good, but I was able to do it and hold it for 10 seconds each time. YAYYYY!!

THIS IS CROW POSE

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THIS IS ME DOING CROW POSE

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This is me doing it at home after the thousandth try because my camera sucks and demanding that Sam take my picture. Yes, my feet are off the floor. Not great, but so proud of myself!

This picture reminds me of:

I like big butts and I can not lie
You other brothers can’t deny
That when a girl walks in with an itty bitty waist
And a round thing in your face
You get sprung, wanna pull out your tough
‘Cause you notice that butt was stuffed
Deep in the jeans she’s wearing
I’m hooked and I can’t stop staring
Oh baby, I wanna get with you
And take your picture

Yep! That’s right Baby got back.

So I had a great start to a great day and at the end of yoga Melissa read something that almost made me cry.

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots , each hung on the ends of a pole , which she carried across her neck. One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water , at the end of the long walk from the stream to the house , the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily , with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water. Of course , the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection , and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.

After 2 years of what it perceived to be bitter failure , it spoke to the woman one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself , because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.”

The old woman smiled , “Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path , but not on the other pot’s side?” “That’s because I have always known about your flaw , so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path , and every day while we walk back , you water them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are , there would not be this beauty to grace the house.”

Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. You’ve just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.

Made me almost cry I am very emotional!

Great story right?? Did you cry??? What do you do that is wonderful to start your day?


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Bikram

Bikram…YAY!! I attended my first Bikram class today and I loved all 90 minutes of it. Well, there were times when I was looking at the clock saying oh my god is it almost over yet. It was super hot in there. 105 degrees to be exact. Let me tell you I was sweating all over my body and I could see the sweat rolling down my legs…GROSS. It is really hard for me to sweat, but I guess anybody would doing anything in 105 degrees.

You might ask what is Bikram? Bikram is a series of 26 postures and two breathing techniques that are designed to move fresh, oxygenated blood to one hundred percent of your body, to each organ and fiber, restoring all systems to healthy working order, just as Nature intended. Proper weight, muscle tone, vibrant good health, and a sense of well-being will automatically follow. (Bikramyoga.com)

The 26 poses (from http://www.bikram.com.au/bikram_yoga.htm)

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Benefits of Bikram:

  • Reshape your body
  • Reduce the risk of sports injury
  • Reduce the effects of stress
  • Clear your mind and calm your soul
  • Tone and strengthen muscles
  • Develop increased strength, balance, flexibility, coordination and endurance
  • Increase your energy level

Why so hot:

  • Muscles, fascia and connective tissue become more elastic, allowing for greater flexibility with less chance of injury
  • Sweating is promoted, which assists the detoxification process ·
  • Blood becomes thinner, clearing the circulatory system
  • Endurance is boosted through consistent practice
  • Your body burns fat more effectively: fat may be redistributed and burned as energy during the class. It is common to lose centimetres in a very short time.
  • The heat produces a fluid-like stretch, allowing for greater range of movement in joints, muscles, ligaments and other supporting structures of the body
  • Capillaries dilate in the heat; more effectively oxygenating the tissues, muscles, glands and organs and helping in the removal of waste products
  • Your peripheral circulation improves
  • Your metabolism speeds up the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids
  • Willpower, self-control, concentration and determination are strengthened in this challenging environment
  • Your heart-rate becomes elevated, and the cardiovascular system gets a thorough workout – heart and lungs.

The hardest pose:

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poseMy favorite pose:

Of course I did not look this good, but it was fun doing

Of course I did not look this good, but it was fun doing

With the really hard poses I just stayed with what I could do or made my own modifications. There were 7 of us in the class and I was right in the middle in between the 2 heaters. Since it was my first time I watched others since the instructor did not do any of the poses and just sat and nicely commanded each movement. It reminded me of dirty dancing when Baby was learning how to dance and they were teaching her the moves and counting off the steps. I know bad analogy, but that is what popped in my head during the class.

I picked up some bagels from next door and then drove home soaking wet. I fixed myself a blueberry bagel and some hot tea and relaxed by watching the ending of Encino Man. Great Movie!

Ate half on the way to yoga and the rest driving home

Ate half on the way to yoga and the rest driving home

This is my new shirt my mom got from Key West

This is my new shirt my mom got from Key West. You can see how wet and gross I am.

Now you can really see how gross I was

Now you can really see how gross I was

09270911270927091131Encino Man…great movie…SHUSH!

Homework!

I am all finished with school and I still have homework over the weekend. I guess that is what to expect when you are working in a school. I so wish I could find a teaching job, but this is great for now and I really don’t mind what I do at all. I am a teacher’s assistant in a Kindergarten classroom. I really do enjoy most of the kids so far this year. They are really mature and so smart compared to last year they are all angels. Last years class was horrible and little terrors (not all, but most). My homework is to teach a new program (Fundations) that the school got to a small group of students everyday. YAY! I get to teach…I can’t wait I am excited. There is a whole process so I popped in the CD and went over all the videos and pronunciations of the letter and how they want you to say and model stuff for the students. There is also this really cute owl puppet that you use so the students know when to echo you…his name is echo and his head can turn around. There is a big echo and a little echo aren’t they so cute???fun_kit
09260917120926091713I had fun playing around with all the stuff and the letters on the magnetic board. I am a big kid at heart.

A couple of days ago Caitlin from Healthy Tipping Point had a giveaway from Waterpik and I really wanted to win and try it out. Of course I did not win, but my wonderful hubby also wanted to try it so he went onto Amazon and purchased one for the both of us to share. It is so cool. The unit is small and does not take up to much space, but is kind of loud on the higher intensity levels. I really don’t mind the noise though. It has different tips to put on it like a toothbrush, massager, and 2 waterpik tips. You can turn it on and have different levels of intensity and there is also a button on the handle so you can pause the water from shooting out and there is a cool spiral cord so it doesn’t get in the way. The hubby and I are not fighting over it, but there is somewhat of a race to see who gets to use it first at night and in the morning. I am totally a BIG fam of WATERPIK.  If you do not have one you definitely should get one because it is really great and you can clean your tongue too. 0926091329a0926091329Also, I have these really gross things called Tonsil stones and have no idea why I get them and either does my dentist and doctor. I don’t get them all the time just once in a while and hopefully this will help in that situation. Maybe this will solve my problem for good. Lets Hope so.

Tonight my mom came home from FL. So glad to see her and she brought me back a T-shirt…YAY. It is really cute, but looked really small for my size. I was worried, but would always help her go back and return it if it meant going to Key West (never been, but after looking at her pictures would love to go) with her. I tried it on and it was not to bad. Nice fit and so excited the kettlebells and yoga seem to be working. Can’t wait to shred this weight. I can totally tell a difference in my body and clothes, but have not been on the scale in a long time since I have read Natalie’s post about “How much do you weigh?” (How the scale is not how you should measure your fitness success).

Since it is now officially fall, this weekend is Fall Funfest so my mom and I walked a couple blocks from my house to check it all out. They had a live band, people selling their arts and crafts, food, and games for the kids. It was pretty neat. We went later at night so it was not cold and people were starting to pack up so we did not have to dodge any crowds. They even had a rock climbing wall and I was really tempted to play a game so I could try to win Bru a new stuffed animal. I remember when I was little and tried to win them for me and now I am trying to win them for my dog. WOW…have I come full circle or what. Does this mean I am old???0926091827

I am rambling on and on and this is getting pretty long, but I am just enjoying writing. Since I am on a roll I mid as well continue with what I made for dinner for my mom and the hubby. I started with making some sweet potato fries, chicken and angel hair pasta. Nothing fancy here just all quick and easy. The sauce was out of a jar, the chicken had a pre-made desert rub (from my moms cousin who is a chef) on it which was REALLY SPICY and my mouth was on fire.0926091939a09260919390926091940

I didn’t realize it was sooooo late and I was just rambling. I am so tired and I am going to bed. I am debating on wheter to go to my first Bikram yoga class tomorrow. Everyone I talk to keeps telling me I have to try it and I really want to, but an hour and half in 105 degrees is a long time. I am a little nervous to try it. I will see what time I wake up tomorrow and just play it by ear.

YOGA:

I am really loving yoga and never thought I would enjoy it this much. Never have I ever…thought I would be counting the days till the next yoga class. I went to kettlebells the other night and it was like my own personal class because it was just me and the instructor which was great because I got some one on one. After the class ended there was a yoga class and so I was talked into staying (which did not take to much convincing on their part) and it was just 2 of us in the class. We got to do a lot of poses and even tried a headstand using the blocks. I am a little afraid of headstands and going all the way upside down because I feel out of control. Maybe next time it will be easier. After the class the teacher said that I was really good and after practicing for a while that she can’t wait to see how good I will become. It really mad me feel good about myself. I can already feel myself getting into the poses easier and deeper and can’t wait to see more progress in myself. The body is capable of so much and I can not wait to see what my body can do.