Week 32…signs of improvement

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Ahh….spring!!! You gotta love it when the first signs start coming out. Along with spring showing up  it makes me want to get out and start doing more on the outside. Yesterday I actually got up in the morning and walked around my block twice!! Made me feel so much better. There is something to be said about being outside versus inside when doing exercises. The fresh air, the sound of the birds, and sunshine on your face…I feel like I have been hibernating…lol!!! I must say everything felt amazing yesterday morning when I went out. I will be doing more of that as the weather continues to change. I may even go outside when it warms up more and do my yoga as well 😀

 

Week 32 Stats

My age: 38

My height: 5′ 7″

My weight: 182.2 lbs

My bust: 38 in

My waist: 33.5 in

My Hips: 38 in

OMG!! I did it!!!

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Ok this not about my weight. It’s about my flexibility and exercise. I did something today I have not been able to do since before I had my kids. I did the “wheel pose” also know as ” Chakra-asana”  or “urdhva-dhanurasana” . I know it for those of you who are not familiar with yoga might not realize how big of a thing this is but when it has been at least 13 years since you could do it, IT IS!!! I am just so tickled!! I could not believe I was able to do it!! It made me realize that maybe after these 19 weeks of actually trying to get in shape, maybe it’s actually working 🙂

 

Here is a generic pic of The Wheel:

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I will post one of myself when I get a little better.

Here are the steps if anyone would like to try it:

  1. Lie flat on the back in the shava-asana (corpse pose).
  2. While exhaling bend the knees and bring the feet as close to the buttocks as possible with the soles of the feet flat on the floor
  3. Bend the arms at the elbows and place the palms of the hands flat on the floor directly under each shoulder with the fingers pointing toward the back.
  4. While inhaling slowly, begin to raise the head, back and buttocks off the floor while arching the spine. Continue to press downward on the hands and feet while raising the hips and stomach as high as possible.
  5. Hold for the duration of the held inhaled breath. When you can’t hold the breath comfortable any longer, slowly exhale and return the back to the floor, slide the legs out straight returning to the shava-asana (corpse pose).

 

Caution:

If you have never done this pose, please be careful going into due to the strenuous nature of this pose. Before doing this pose make sure you are warmed up because if you are not you will cause injury to yourself. Like with any yoga pose do not force yourself into this pose. As you do it more, your body will gradually develop the flexibility needed.

 

 

 

 

My second yoga workout

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As I said in a previous post, I have added yoga into my routine. Throughout my life I have always had some kind of yoga routine in place. Now whether I stuck with it all the time or not is another story. I was an active person when I was younger and before I got married. Like a lot of women and men, I sort of slacked off of my activities. I missed yoga a lot. I tried to but to be honest I just got lazy. I’m sure there are those out there that will say, “no you were busy” or “you have kids and a home to take care” or “you worked all day, you deserve to do nothing”. But see when “WE” get in that state of mind, that’s where we start giving up on ourselves. I’m not saying we don’t work hard or we shouldn’t take care of our family but what I am saying is if we don’t take care of ourselves who will take care of all of those responsibilities? So yes, I was lazy to the point of taking care of myself.

That’s where my yoga comes in. Yoga to me was my relaxation. I always could find balance, relaxation, and inner strength when I would do a set. I found when I do yoga all of my stress melts away and I can come back and start again with a new outlook. I am glad I started it again because this morning, even though I have sore muscles, I feel like a new woman.

New Workout

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Well not exactly new…just adding into my routine. As in a previous post, I have set up a workout for myself. I intend to keep doing that routine but I am going to add a new routine in there as well. I am doing this to alternate between what I do each day to keep my body guessing…lol!! Nah, actually I miss doing my yoga and decided to add it in. I was a big yoga fanatic before my kids were born. I miss the feel after doing a good yoga session. I feel so centered after a session So this week, starting today, I am going to do yoga three times a week and keep my other routine for the other 4. Here are the poses (I have included the Sanskrit name as well)

1. Peaceful Warrior Pose (Shanti Virabhadasana)

2. Extended Side angle Pose (Utthita Parsvokonasana)

3. Warrior Three Pose (Virabhadrasana III)

4. Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana)

5. Standing Forward Bend, Halfway up pose (Ardha Uttanasana)

6. Down Dog, Open Hip bent knee

7. Warrior two Pose (Virabhadrasana II)

8. High Lunge (Utthita Ashwa Sanchalanasana)

9. Revolved Half moon pose (Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana)

10. Boat pose (Navasana)

11. Corpse Pose (Savasana)

12. Supine Spinal Twist pose (Supta Matsyendrasana)

13. Chair pose (Utkatasana)

14. Child’s pose (Balasana)

15. Dolphin Plank Pose (Makara Adho Mukha Svanasana)

16. Down Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

17. Cat pose (Marjaryasana)

18. Side Plank Pose ( Vasisthasana)

19. Locust Pose (Salabhasana)

20. Easy Seat pose (Sukhasana)

20. Seated easy twist pose 

21. Baby cobra pose (Ardha Bhujangasana)

22. Standing Arms up pose (Urdvha Hastasana)

23. Standing forward bend pose (Uttanasana)

24. Mountain pose (Tadasana)

25. Prayer Mudra (Anjali Mudra)

I am experienced in yoga and I do know how far I can push my body even though it has been a few years. Before any of you attempt these poses (if you choose to) please talk to your doctor. Because even if they seem simple you can easily hurt yourself in these poses.

All links to the poses are courtesy of MSN Health and Fitness. I actually use their app but they will be discontinuing that in November.