It’s summertime! Which means that life is a lot easier – my schedule is free, healthy fruits and veggies are plentiful, and I have nothing but time to work on this goal. Success is practically guaranteed – all I need to do is follow through with my actions. My re-assessment meeting with my surgeon was on Friday, June 8th, which just so happened to also be my last day of school before summer vacation, making Fridays the perfect day to weigh-in. So throughout the summer, I’ll be giving Friday progress updates called Successful Summer Weigh-Ins.
This week was strange. I had a great week, but with my birthday on Monday and then the 4th of July on Wednesday, things were a bit off for me. My food was ok, but I did have more calories than normal on Wednesday at the BBQ. All good food, but just maybe too much of it. The other days I ate fine, but I didn’t have the same “pep in my step,” especially in terms of workouts. Last weekend I didn’t workout at all really, other than taking Sofi for a walk. I just wasn’t very motivated for some reason. Monday started off well with 90 minutes of bikram on my birthday, but then I just fell flat Tuesday-Thursday. I had every intention of going to Zumba or getting in some other workout, but each day something happened that through a kink in my plans and then through me off schedule. Like I said, it was a weird week.
Today I weighed in at 304.4, which means I gained 2 pounds this week, so I have 23.4 lbs to go to reach my pre-surgery goal. I’m not going to freak out about this. Mother Nature gave me a bday gift on Monday with TOM, I ate a big meal on Wednesday, and really only exerted myself on Monday. No big surprises. Even my water intake was “just okay” this week. It was just an off week, and while I’m not excusing myself, or giving up on my goals, I’m not going to get crazy or discouraged. What good would that do?
Which is exactly what I did this morning. Right after I got off the scale, I quickly whipped up a berry green smoothie, grabbed a cup of coffee, picked up my gear, and headed to a 9am Bikram yoga class. Today’s class was phenomenal. A different teacher than Monday, and I’m not sure if it was her, or the fact that this was my second day this week of practicing, or a combo of both, but I could already see a marked improvement in my ability with the poses.
I still have to make some major modifications because of my weight, for example, with #6 you’re supposed to kick your foot into your hand and hold your ankle, but I can’t do that at all, so I just lift my leg and hold my arm as if the ankle was in my hand. Not perfect, but still attempting the posture. The same thing for #19. I really can’t do #20 or #21 at all, and for today, I just laid in Savasana (corpse pose). I’m going to ask about a modification for those poses, because I don’t want to sit poses out just because my body can’t get into the perfect form. They say #23, the Rabbit pose is one of the toughest, and I can’t do it at all…yet. As class ended, I felt good about what I did because my body got into the poses more quickly and with more fluidity than just 4 days ago. Progress! (I also ran into my mom’s cousin, MM, whom I have always looked up to. She’s 10 years older than me, and when I was younger I thought she was the coolest. Seeing her at yoga today and getting to practice next to her was a fun experience).
Directly after yoga I headed to the pool to cool down. I have been leaving the class a sweaty mess. I’ve always been somewhat sweaty after a bikram class but this week I was literally dripping with sweat and my clothes were soaked through, top and bottoms. I wonder if the vitamins I’ve been taking are helping my body sweat better? Anyway, I was gross, hot, and just wanted to cool off, so I was so glad I took the time to pack my swimsuit, etc. with me so that I could quickly change, jump in the pool, and do a few laps. About 20 minutes worth, which was nice.
All told, I burned 1769 calories today – halfway to 1 pound! I’m not just saying that I’m going to do better this week, I’m actually taking the actions that will insure it. Since I spent quite a bit on the 1-month yoga pass, I want to plenty of those classes, but knowing that I would get burnt out on all yoga all the time, I also want to keep swimming, doing Zumba, and fitting in some bike rides. So, here’s my workout plan for July:
Sunday: Yin Yoga, walk Sofi
Monday: Bikram, swimming, walk Sofi
Tuesday: Bikram, swimming, walk Sofi
Wednesday: Zumba, walk Sofi
Thursday: off/ bike ride, walk Sofi
Friday: Bikram, swimming, walk Sofi
Saturday: Zumba, gentle yoga, walk Sofi (bike ride in the late afternoon)
It seems like a lot, but I think it’s doable. It’s the sort of intensity I’ve been craving, and it’s high time I bring it! I think it’s a nice balance of yoga and other workouts that I love to do. And I think it will help me achieve my goals – on and off the scale.
Until next week, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful weekend!