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Day 101 – Tight

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010
Half Moon Pose or Ardha-Chandrasana Part 2 8/10/10

Half Moon Pose or Ardha-Chandrasana Part 2 8/10/10

I know, what should I expect?  I haven’t been to Yoga for awhile, so, of course, I am not going to be Ms. Flexible, but I was really tight and one thing I have started to notice is that I hold a lot of energy and stress in my neck.  I have a massage on Thursday, so hopefully that will work some of that out.

Today’s pose is Half Moon Pose or Ardha-Chandrasana Part 2 – the back bending part is the part 2 portion.  I cannot help but look at the size of my ass in this pose.  Of course, in the yoga room, I cannot see my ass, but I mean in this photo within this pose – need help with ridding myself of the love handles.

I love this pose, I feel like I have really advanced in it and think I can advance further with more consistent practice which I haven’t done.

Half Moon Pose or Ardha-Chandrasana Part 2 8/10/10

Half Moon Pose or Ardha-Chandrasana Part 2 8/10/10

I was talking to my neighbor the other day.  She’s in her mid-70s or so and I was looking at her hands and they were so deformed, my guess would be from arthritis and I thought to myself, “I’ve gotta keep the yoga up!”  Honestly, I really don’t want my hands to get that way.  And the thing is, my neighbor is so active.  She’s like my mom – the energizer bunny and then some.

Today’s teacher was Maria.  Maria arrived late, so Conk started the class.  As much as I love Maria, I really love Conk and his voice and his final savansana.  He has an awesome one.  He leaves me with this feeling where I just want to run up and hug him and kiss him.  Not sexually, but more like a little girl that’s excited and grateful.

I need to go through one of his classes soon, that’s for sure.  I am going to try to go tomorrow, but I am anxious about getting a headache.  I am hoping that I can drink enough water today to try and combat the headache I get – although I am not quite sure if it is a dehyrdation headache.

I have a conference call in 12 minutes, so I need to jet and  be prepared for it.  Hope everyone is well.  Namaste.

Day 100 – Late and a Bad Spot

Monday, August 30th, 2010
Half Moon Pose or Ardha-Chandrasana 8/10/10

Half Moon Pose or Ardha-Chandrasana 8/10/10

I walked into class today during the second set of beginning breathing.  Not cool.  What was even not cooler was the fact that all the spots in the front of the room were taken.  Ugh.  So I went to the back and found a spot so that I could at least see myself in the mirror.

And then some jackass came in after me and put their mat right in front of me and stood right in front of me.  Who does that?  Who is that inconsiderate?  And believe me there was plenty of room to find a spot where she didn’t have to be right in front of me.  And I would have given her the benefit of the doubt for walking in late and being flustered and putting her mat and body right in front of me – rather than 12 inches to the left or right – but when she had time to settle down, she still didn’t budge!

Other than the beginning of class, it went well.  I do not know the name of today’s instructor – although I have had her before.  I like her very much – her voice is sometimes very babyish but I like the soothing effect it has on me and I also like the amount of time that she takes in postures and in savansana.

Half Moon Pose or Ardha-Chandrasana 8/10/10

Half Moon Pose or Ardha-Chandrasana 8/10/10

Today’s pose is Half Moon Pose or Ardha-Chandrasana.  I don’t care for the pictures of this one ever because my hips are always a little bit off because I don’t have a mirror to look at to balance them when I am taking photos for the website.

I was feeling poorly in this pose for the last few weeks, but felt good in it today, so I am pleased with the adjustment there.

I’ve been talking to my doctor through e-mail about my digestion and have been telling him about how a drink I drink after yoga really helps.  It’s called Shakeology®.  A friend of mine introduced it to me when I told her about my pooping problems.

It comes in two flavors – chocolate and green berry.  Shakeology® has protein, essential amino acids, prebiotics, digestive enzymes, antioxidants, phytonutrients and a daily dose of vitamins and minerals.

I didn’t drink it consistently from the start, but now I do and I just told Bill the other day that I think I feel worse when I don’t have it.  And I honestly do.  Moreover, my dumps have increased again to two a day, which I am more than pleased about.

I mentioned to my doc how frustrated I was about my weight loss this year and he said, “This year you have the disadvantage that you are not thyrotoxic, so your metabolism has slowed down.  But muscle mass will not yet have fully recovered, so in fact, for your age and weight, it’s likely that the resting metabolism is actually still slow.  Easy enough to measure, if we need to.”

I see him in October.  We will be discussing.  Fucking thyroid disease.

Namaste.

Day 37 – Crampy

Thursday, February 25th, 2010
Half Moon Pose Back Bend From 2/22

Half Moon Pose Back Bend From 2/22

Maybe I should change the title of this post to “crappy” rather than “crampy”.  It’s that time of the month again, so I have cramps, but not nearly as bad as last month.  In fact, ever since I got off birth control (the reason I got on it was for cramps) for Graves Disease, I end up having bad cramps every other period and then regular cramps the other periods. 

I actually wondered if a bloated abdomen was the reason I struggled to get deeper into postures yesterday.

Today’s pose is the half moon back bend, which I seem to be advancing in.  If it weren’t for the Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class (Second Edtion) I wouldn’t be able to know how far to go in this posture to make it one of the advanced yoga positions, as the instructors don’t really talk about it and other people in the class don’t seem to go as far…but believe me you, they go further in other postures than I do!

Half Moon Pose - Back Bend on 2/22

Half Moon Pose - Back Bend on 2/22

I am getting frustrated about this weight loss thing.  It actually consumed most of my thoughts today in class, other than watching the new guy.  I am curious about watching new people (who are in the class but have never taken a class with Bikram yoga poses in it) and seeing what they instinctually do wrong.  It is curious and makes me wonder if the instruction can be improved to the point where they don’t do that.  Also makes me wonder if the consistent wrong mistakes that new folks make getting into the postures is an American thing (like how we are trained to do things in gym class) or if new yogis across the board have this problem.  Anyway, I digress.  (BTW, “I digress” is one of my favorite sayings when other people say it, but I think that is the first time I have actually used it, other than by talking to myself for practice).

Half Moon Pose Back Bend 1/8/10

Half Moon Pose Back Bend 1/8/10

So back to my frustration about the weight loss thing.  I think my ideal weight according to the doctors and what not is 165 lbs.  Hmmm.  I’m 220 lbs., well, the last time I weighed myself.  I am not sure what the point is in weighing myself again right now as visually, I could bet you that the scale hasn’t changed.  This astonishes me because when I think back to a year ago, I was eating so many sweets and only exercising 3 times a week with a personal trainer and barely breaking a sweat.

Now I am busting my balls (okay, I don’t have balls, but that is a fun saying, so I must use it) 5 days a week…and not eating as many sweets…I thought this fat shit would fall off of me.  Then I think, well, it took me 8 years to pack this shit on, so if I get rid of it in 8 months, then I get an “atta girl”.

Namaste.

Day 36 – OMG

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
Half Moon Pose

Half Moon Pose

I really love that saying, “OMG.”  I like to spell out the letters when I say it too.  I just think it is funny.  And it sounds super snotty sometimes right when I need it to.

Today was BEYOND pathetic.  I felt like I hadn’t been in yoga for years.  My flexibility was gone, my stamina, everything – gone.  It was so bizarre and so disappointing.

I have heard many instructors say, “Mind your body.  Your body is your temple and listen to your body each and every day.”  So I listened and got annoyed by all it’s talking!

Half Moon Pose Other Way

Half Moon Pose Other Way

I don’t really know what it was and the entire class, of course, I sat there and analyzed what I did on Tuesday that would have made my body respond that way.

I’ve come to decide that it wasn’t Tuesday, but must have been from Monday’s late afternoon Yoga session and then my photo shoot afterwards.  So some reason that photo shoot made me very tired and almost exhausted.

Today’s photos from that photo shoot are of the Half Moon Pose, which I am always a bit embarrassed to show because I do not have a mirror, so these are always a little bit off.  I can tell my hips aren’t square, toes aren’t aligned, etc.  It’s not too fun.  And when we look at the half moon pose from 1-8-10, there really isn’t that much improvement.

Half Moon Pose

Half Moon Pose on 1-8-10

Does anyone know when I should expect to see drastic improvement? I mean am I just letting myself down by comparing now…should I only compare at like 4 months into it?

I guess my hips are a little better lined up, so maybe naturally I am knowing how my  hips should align.  But on 1-8-10, I could have had them aligned if I would have had a proper mirror.  With that said, I do know that I have better endurance in the posture.

There are a new person in class today.  I always wonder how in the world someone comes to a 6:20am class for their first class.  I also sorta feel bad for them because it is only the hour long class, so they don’t know the brutality of a 90 minute class.

Half Moon Pose Other Way 1-8-10

Half Moon Pose Other Way 1-8-10

Oh! That’s the other thing!  I barely sweat today, which was annoying.

I guess I will hope that tomorrow is better.  It’s a 90 minute class, so there is hope.  I do think I need to get more rest.  I haven’t been sleeping all that soundly.

Last week I took 2 acetaminophen every night before I went to bed and slept through the night, which was wonderful.  But then I all of a sudden had chest pains.  Ever since my Graves Disease I cannot handle pain killers.  Advil makes me feel like I am in labor (well, what I imagine what labor must feel like – as I have never actually experienced it).  So frustrating, as  I think a good night’s rest would be ideal.  There’s always hope for Saturday.  Namaste.