OOH! OUCH! AGH! UGH!
Posted: Friday, Jun. 15, 2012
Photo by: Nathan Abplanalp Photography
Becca Thiessen is a senior Elementary/Early Childhood Education major at Anderson University who is looking forward to making a positive difference in children's lives. Becca is having a blast planning her wedding, which is scheduled for next May, with her fiance, Jason Perry! Contact Becca here.
These were the words emitted from my mouth this past week. I told y'all I was trying out hot yoga at Flex + Fit last week and would let you know how it went.
It was hot.
Like you-could-fry-an-egg-on-my-head hot.
Not only was it hot, it was sweaty. Thankfully, I had gone to Target a couple of hours beforehand and gotten a paper-thin workout shirt that breathed for just $12.00 (go get ya some!); they came in all colors but I got black because it's slimming ;)
But seriously, the hot yoga was intense, especially for a girl whose most impressive form of flexibility is reaching her toes without having to bend her legs. I walked into the room and was taken aback; 105 degrees is wow but thank the good Lord it wasn't 105 degrees with humidity (gotta love the South). It was what Jason would reference to Arizona weather (he's originally from AZ, go Diamondbacks!). Well, after I had adjusted to the temperature change, I rolled out my brand new yoga mat (be impressed) and set up my water bottles, cell phone, and tennis shoes nicely in front of my mat. In my head, I was like, "I got this!"
I began stretching and waited for the class to begin. The instructor walked in, greeted us good afternoon, and began instructing us to take on certain positions-quickly. I had to constantly glance over to my neighbors because I hadn't a clue what a downward/upward/backwards dog was. It was up, down, backwards, forwards, side, other side, then start again. Oh, and throw in several plank positions (wowza!). It was NOT the meditation and relaxation I had thought it would be. It was the polar opposite. And as if that wasn't enough, my mat that I had gotten was incredibly slick so my nasty, sweaty palms and feet couldn't hold a grip on the mat! My downward dog turned into a bellyflop several times...
By the end of the hour, I was dripping sweat and doing a complete faceplant to the floor. Laughing at myself was all I could do... there were times I would glance at the mirrors at the far wall and just burst out in giggles. It was quite a sight to behold as I stretched my leg towards the Heavens. It was such a workout but as intense as it was, I'm looking forward to the next time. No pain, no gain right? :)
I've also been working out at my local Y. I began a Pilates class and Zumba classes. Pilates is no joke either. I don't know why, but I thought it would be low-moderate stretching, nothing major... boy, was I wrong (I gotta get out more because I obviously don't know a thing about anything). You're essentially using your own body weight to strengthen muscle, especially in your abs. Oh. my. gosh. My abs have never worked so hard in their lives! Our instructor says every time we met, "Your abs are smiling now because they have something to do today!" and then laughs at our expense. Ever have that urge to just slap someone? I am looking forward to seeing the results of Pilates though -- according to our instructor "you'll feel better in 10 sessions, look better in 20 sessions, and have a completely new body in 30 sessions." Well, two down, only 28 more to go! Woohoo! :) If you're not in Zumba, get yourself signed up! Oh my lanta, seriously, it's crazy fun and you work up a sweat doing it. I have to admit, I felt so stupid stumbling around, tripping over my two left feet, but gosh was it fun! My mom and I danced in the back and had a blast. I did feel slightly awkward doing some of the gyrating movements in front of my mother...
I better be scooting off here; I'm meeting with a nutritionist about my eating habits (I had to record what I ate for 7 days -- it sure motivated me to switch out that Snickers bar for a banana...). I guess we'll see what I could do to enhance my weight loss. As I said in my last post, sweets will be the end of me. It'll be interesting to hear what she suggests.
Would love to hear any funny workout stories you have to share or what exercises benefit your weight loss!
I hope you have a great week and I'll meet you back here next Friday :)
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