Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The 7-year struggle.....

Day 26.  Today was about abs.  A quick 6 minute session but abs are a toughie no matter how quick it is....always a good challenge.  Here is her video if anyone is interested.  I might do this one again tomorrow before my Day 27.

Aaannnd, it's almost that time again.....that time of the year when I reach my anniversary since I've started this whole yoga journey.....Why the title? 'The 7-year struggle"......

I normally never do a side by side comparison of THEN vs. NOW.  In fact, in all honesty - digging up the THEN part of my life, is always terrifying.  And this may be the only time I do this.
So I take a step back and look at the whole picture - The 7-year struggle - the lows, the highs, the failures, the joys, the successes, all the things I've done horribly wrong and hopefully, to all the things I've LEARNED to do right.

The girl on the left was 40.  Roughly 120 lbs. Not a bad weight, but there was no muscle or definition. She, although, was fairly happy, was at the utmost prime of her life with her crafting hobby! As much as she loved her crafty endeavors and crafty friends....she, indeed, was very unhealthy.  She ate too much junk food, drank too much soda (5 cans per day to be exact), she never exercised a day in her life.

She had back pain, a mom tummy that would never go away, joint pain, jaw problems  - TMJ. Poor posture, the list pretty much goes on and on......

She looked in the mirror and hated what she saw, daily.

A change was needed.

She didn't like something about her life, she wanted to fix it.

Little did she know, the fix was a long road......with lots of hard work. It was a sole journey.....and still is.

Today, the girl on the right is almost 47. Roughly 113 lbs. She started yoga, has introduced some weight lifting/strengthening into her practice.  She ditched the soda. She drinks water. She eats a little better. Sure, she cheats with sweet stuff every once in a while, but everyone is allowed that! She has no more back pain or any of the other symptoms stated earlier.....her skin cleared up, she feels better inside.

The girl on the left, had she continued living that way, would have probably never gotten old enough to see her child grow into an adult.

The girl on the right......well, she just might.

And, to end this, the girl on the right......she ain't even done yet.....

A few more goals to be had.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Day 24

Just finished up my workout and am in resting phase now.

The husband is traveling on a business trip....and the boy is at school....and as I sit here, there is a very unusual amount of quietness....

More so than  I could ever's almost an eery silence.....

And with that, I'm able to enjoy this little photo that I was able to capture yesterday:

In its purest staging like so many of my photos are.....nope....the real thing...real life....he was with me at the grocery store and a bit bored as I was looking for something.  I could tell he was bored.  Grocery shopping isn't exactly the funnest thing in the world - even for an adult...ha! I turned around, and caught him doing a Virabhadrasana 2 - I quickly snapped it before he turned his head.....

My heart was full.

But I digress........

Lets go back to two years ago when I was soooo excited to introduce him to yoga.  And I did. He liked it....he did it with me for a while....My world was spinning, my son was doing yoga with me. How can that be? Here he was in 2015:

But then, after a while his interest waned.....and he said, "Mommy, it's too hard, I'm tired."  And I said, "Ok."

My heart sunk. Maybe my heart was broken just a little.

But as a mom, I continually learn that you can't force anything.....on anyone. I perceive myself as relentless in my own personal goals.......but I can not pressure any one else.....that I have learned through time and as I age.

It just has to come - basically to anyone and at their very own pace.

But yesterday's capture - oh - be still my heart!!! There was a little hope and excitement in me.....

For really, two years later.......when I thought he really wasn't looking at all.....maybe.....just maybe he's paying attention after all..... :)

I hope the spark returns for him...........Love him!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Day 19 and 8 lbs. x 2

It's so hot here in Cali that I feel like I'm doing hot yoga every day even though hot yoga is much, much hotter, but still.....the sweat factor makes me feel like that's exactly what I'm doing....but don't mind one bit... this thing called summer...I'm loving it...just finding creative ways to keep myself cool and hydrated.

Day 19 and still going strong with Adriene's July calendar.  It's been a great mix and mash of light and easy to vigorous and intense.  I'm never misled by a video that seems too short, because it could very well be deceiving.  She packs a punch even in the super short vids.

I've upped my weights to 8 lbs. for each arm lift.  So a total of 16 lbs.  Since the weights are much heavier now, I've decreased my reps to only 40.

Legs stay the same at only (1) 8 lb. dumbbell at 20 reps.

I was thinking of introducing one more form of exercise to add onto my yoga and weight lifting, but I've decided not to over do it.....that this is exactly enough for right now.

I'm exhausted but in a good's an exhaustion that I know I feel is working.....I'm still able to function immediately after exercising, and not completely wiped out.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Total Body Workout

Day 3 -

This morning was rough. I didn't want to get out of bed. It's just too comfortable to lay underneath the comforter on these lazy holiday mornings! Who doesn't just want to sleep in at these times? I looked at my clock at 7. I said, 'No, not yet'.  So I switched to my phone and set the alarm for 8:45. That was my max, I made it a point that I have to get up at 8:45 to start Day 3.

We had a choice between the Empower Series - Phase 1 - Heart, or its equivalent - Yoga for Weight Loss - Balancing Practice - I went for the latter which was a whopping 58 minutes. Man, it was intense:

Before that I stayed true to my weights...still playing around with combinations that feels right for me....For now, I've found a good balance for the arms consisting of 1 set - 100 reps.

Legs stay the same for now at 1 set - 20 reps.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

FWFG - July

Ah! The July calendar is up and I see some Empower series scheduled - super excited for those - her empower workouts are always a toughie! Most of them are more than 40 minutes.... super good challenge.  Can't wait!