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Fit Challenge Week 48

Ok I know it’s late and I know I really do not have too much progress to share…but guess what…it is what it is. My progress is showing in my other numbers besides my weight. My thyroid levels have improved to the point where my doctor decided to reduce the amount I am taking, my sugar level is the best it has been since before the kids, and my cholesterol is on a steady downhill slide 🙂  So with all this said I can’t complain too bitterly about the fact my weight has not budged. I am determined to look at the whole not just one particular number. I am going to keep going and continue to improve and change me from the inside out.

Yoga Pose Tuesday (information)

Welcome to another installment of Yoga Pose Tuesday. Yes I know it’s been a awhile but I am going to try to get back into the postings. This week is another post with info regarding yoga. I know I promised a pose the next time I was going to post but to be honest life tends to get in the way….lol!! This week I will give a little insight to the different schools of yoga. As I am posting this here, I know there are going to be people who might say there are more, but from what I understand these are the major schools then within these there are different ways. Each will lead you to the same point…it’s all about how you get there.

The four paths of Yoga: There are four traditional schools of Yoga, and these are: Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga, and Raja Yoga. While a Yogi or Yogini may focus exclusively on one of these approaches to Yoga, that is quite uncommon. For the vast majority of practitioners of Yoga, a blending of the four traditional types of Yoga is most appropriate. One follows his or her own predisposition in balancing these different forms of Yoga.

Jnana Yoga:

Jnana Yoga is the path of knowledge, wisdom, introspection and contemplation. It involves deep exploration of the nature our being by systematically exploring and setting aside false identities.

Bhakti Yoga:

Bhakti Yoga is the path of devotion, emotion, love, compassion, and service to God and others. All actions are done in the context of remembering the Divine

Karma Yoga:

Karma Yoga is the path of action, service to others, mindfulness, and remembering the levels of our being while fulfilling our actions or karma in the world

Raja Yoga:

Raja Yoga is a comprehensive method that emphasizes meditation, while encompassing the whole of Yoga. It directly deals with the encountering and transcending thoughts of the mind.

 

Now with all this being said, you will find out as you do yoga which you are more likely to lean toward. You will probably choose one over the other primarily but don’t forget the others as well because they are meant to be part of one another.

 

Jnana Yoga:
While Jnana Yoga deals with knowledge, wisdom, introspection and contemplation, everybody has a mind and at some point will need to examine it, wherein quiet reflection naturally comes.

Bhakti Yoga:
All people will experience emotions such as love, compassion, and devotion at points along the journey, regardless of which of the four paths of Yoga is predominant

Karma Yoga:
Nobody can live in a body and the world without doing actions. Even a renunciate living in a Himalayan cave has to do some form of actions, and thus, some degree of Karma Yoga is essential

Raja Yoga:
Everybody will become still and quite from sadhana or spiritual practices, will naturally encounter and deal with attractions and aversion, and will meditate, thus touching on Raja Yoga.

 

However you decide to get your center, enjoy the journey. that is what counts. Namaste

 

 

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Fitness Challenge week 46 and 47

Well here I am at week 47. Let me start out saying I have been busy otherwise I would have been posting more regularly….sorry everyone!! Now on to the post….

I am not anywhere close to my goal but I am learning a lot about my health. In the last 47 weeks and even before that when I first started, I started to do this because I was having the beginnings of major issues…anywhere from asthma all the way to high cholesterol. I was not in good shape and could not go and do things with my kids that I wanted to.  I mean I was not even 40 years old and I felt like I was falling apart. I weighed almost 190 pounds and every joint felt it. I was at the heaviest I had ever been in my life. So I started on this journey with the decision not so much to lose weight as to get healthy again.

And it seems that I have.

I have not lost as much weight as I would like to and in the process I have gained some back and lost it again. In total I have lost 13 pounds since I started. I know that does not seem like a lot but considering I really did not go into this to lose weight but to get healthy, to me, it is a lot. It’s a lot because I have kept it off. I did not gain it back after losing it. It shows if you change your diet you will not only lose weight but will regain your health. Yes I know I should not tout any huge successes because commercial weight loss programs will “guarantee you that you will lose 50 pounds in 6 months or your money back (insert sarcasm)” but to me this is a huge success. Not in terms of weight loss but in terms of me taking my body, my health, and my life back.

I am going to continue doing just as I have and will continue to update my progress. I will change myself the better and teach my children to live better and healthier. I don’t want to leave them sooner then I have to and I want them to have a long, healthy, enjoyable life. The more I learn the more they learn. Maybe by changing my path, I have change theirs for the better.

Success is not the absence of failure; it’s the persistence through failure.

Aisha Tyler

 

Weight: 174.8

Bust: 38 in

Waist: 32

Hips: 37

Fit Challenge Week 44

To be honest I really have not got anywhere near where I wanted to be when I started this. I am still a lot heavier then what I want to be. I still go back to my comfort zone when I let my guard down. It’s just so easy to do it especially when you are feeling down, tired, or (let’s be honest) lazy. I am not bashing myself….I am just being truthful. I am doing a lot better I think then when I started all of this way back when.  I see the difference in the way I feel and the way my family feels but it doesn’t want to translate for me. That’s ok though. When I started this, I wanted to lose weight which I have but most importantly I wanted to get healthy. I have done this. It is still a work in progress, but I know things are changing. I no longer have severe breathing issues. I no longer have to stop to rest when doing high intensity exercises. And most of all I feel amazing!! I will continue on this path I am on to get where I want to be. It’s just going to take time. It did not happen overnight and this is not going to fix itself overnight either.

 

Height: 5′ 7″

Weight: 175.8

Bust: 38 in

Waist: 32

Hips: 37

Fitness Challenge Week 41 and 42

I bet you all thought I was going to never post anything again….that I had given up. Ha!! Gotcha!! No I haven’t given up. I have just been so busy the last few week and I let everything sort of slide. The only thing I did not let slide was my exercising. But I guess once you get in a habit of getting up every morning it becomes easier. Do I say I enjoy getting up before everyone else and exercising and then go into the rest of my day? sometimes I do…sometimes I don’t. I think it really depends on how I feel when I go to bed the night before.

Now onto the interesting stuff…the last couple of weeks I have not been eating as good as I should. So it’s kind of interesting I have not gained all that much back. I know you are probably saying well you did though…and you’d be right. But it really proves that if you continue to exercise…you can keep your weight under some control. Of course I can honestly tell you I did not go whole hog and pig out on everything I saw. I just ate more of what I had planned for on our menu. Instead of eating example a 1/2 a cup of rice I ate more along the lines of 1 1/2 cups of rice or instead of getting up from the table when I finished I sat and just had “a little more”. I am learning these things as I am improving my health and well being. I know you are thinking…well duh I knew that…but the thing is I don’t think any of us really know until we are there trying to manage what we are doing. Then we actually find out how far off we really are. I think by doing this, even though I am not there yet, I am not only learning how to eat but I am learning also about how much I have hurt myself over the years by what I ate as well as the lack of exercise. It really can be an eye opener at times.

 

Height: 5′ 7″

Weight: 176.2

Bust: 38 in

Waist: 32

Hips: 37

Fit Challenge Week 40

Well here I am at week 40….I’m not going to complain because I am back on track. Hopefully I will stay this time. It is hard when so many things happen at once and unfortunately you end up putting yourself on the back burner. You try to keep yourself up front but it happens. As I said I am not complaining because it is not productive and it just makes matters harder. Anyway….   I do have some positive news…I lost another pound so I know I am getting back on track. Next week hopefully will continue on the same path.

 

Height: 5′ 7″

Weight: 175.8

Bust: 38 in

Waist: 32

Hips: 37

Yoga Pose Tuesday

Hi all!! Welcome back to Yoga pose Tuesday!! Hope your week is doing well and you are enjoying some nice spring weather!!

Today I am going to introduce to a relatively easy pose. It is called the Bridge pose. It can be a little hard if there are shoulder or back issues present.  So please be careful when doing this pose.

***On a side note…Please consult with your doctor before doing any new exercise. Also yoga is not meant to be done quickly it is meant to be done gradually. DO NOT force your body into any pose. The more you do them the easier they become.***

 

 

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Bridge Pose – Setu Bandha Sarvangasana –

  1. Begin lying on your back.
  2. Bend your knees and place your feet on the ground hip-width apart with your arms on either side of you reaching toward your heels. Outer edges of your feet are parallel.
  3. Press into your feet (especially into the big toe mound), lengthen through your tailbone, and lift your hips.
  4. Interlace your hands together underneath you, and, if it feels good, wiggle your shoulders closer together one at a time. Breathe here for at least three deep breaths.

Fitness Challenge Week 35

Good Morning all!! I can tell you I have not lost any weight, but on the flip side I am toning and shaping areas that were losing that shape we all love. I said it at the beginning I am not doing it to lose weight but I would be a very pleasant after effect 🙂 Next week I go to the doctor for my annual so I will get to see my numbers. Hopefully I dropped more like I did last year. We will have to wait and see. Until then, here are my stats

 

Height: 5′ 7″

Weight: 174.2

Bust: 38 in

Waist: 31

Hips: 37

Yoga Pose Tuesday

Well good morning all you lovely people!! Here is another edition of Yoga Pose Tuesday. I am feeling so much better now that I got into a regular habit of yoga again. I hope you are trying the poses because I know it will start to make you feel better as well.

Today I am going to introduce another easy but a little more demanding pose. Warrior III – Virabhadrasana III. It’s not a hard pose but if there is difficulty in balance it can be a little hard to it. Good Luck!!! – pic is courtesy of my lovely daughter 🙂 –

 

***On a side note…Please consult with your doctor before doing any new exercise. Also yoga is not meant to be done quickly it is meant to be done gradually. DO NOT force your body into any pose. The more you do them the easier they become.***

 

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  1. .Stand in Tadasana (Mountain Pose), exhale and fold foward to Uttanasana . From Uttanasana, exhale and step your left foot back into a high lunge position. Your right knee should be more or less at a right angle. Lay the midline of your torso (from the pubis to the sternum) down on the midline of the right thigh (from the knee to the hip crease) and bring your hands to your right knee, right hand to the outer knee, left hand to the inner. Squeeze the knee with your hands, lift your torso slightly, and with an exhalation, turn it slightly to the right.
  2. Now from the lunge position, stretch your arms forward, parallel to the floor and parallel to each other, palms facing each other. Exhale and press the head of the right thighbone back and press the heel actively into the floor. Synchronize the straightening of the front leg and the lifting of the back leg. As you lift the back leg, resist by pressing the tailbone into the pelvis
  3. Don’t allow the torso to swing forward as you move into position; instead, as you straighten the front knee, think of pressing the head of the thighbone back. This centers the femur in the hip joint, grounds the heel into the floor, and stabilizes the position.
  4. The arms, torso, and raised leg should be positioned relatively parallel to the floor.  Energize the back leg and extend it strongly toward the wall behind you; reach just as actively in the opposite direction with the arms. Bring the head up slightly and look forward, but be sure not to compress the back of your neck.
  5. Stay in this position for 30 seconds to a minute. Release back to the lunge on an exhalation. Bring your hands to the floor on either side of the right foot, and on an exhalation, step your left foot forward to meet your right. Stay in this forward bend for a few breaths, then repeat for the same length of time on the other side.

 

Fit Challenge Week 33

Again sorry about the late post…see my yoga post So anyway after last weeks 1 inch I did not have much more progress. But you know what I feel amazing. I am doing things I have not been able to do in quite a few years. And to be honest my hubby is loving the difference too 🙂  It’s been a major change in the way I feel physically and maybe even mentally. I never had a low self esteem but when you start to see a difference in the way things look on you…you start to feel a boost in the way you look at yourself. I am absolutely going to keep going!!

Height: 5′ 7″

Weight: 173.6

Bust: 38 in

Waist: 31

Hips: 37 inref