Today’s workout

I gained weight at the beginning of this summer (for me this year. started around April 30). I didn’t realize HOW MUCH I sit until summer started and I didn’t have to walk around campus every day. I guess I what I really didn’t realize is how much I walk around campus all week. So I’ve been trying to do something active through the week as possible starting in June. Mostly, it’s been walking the dog around the neighborhood next to my house. If we go the whole neighborhood, it’s about 2.75 miles, up and down hills. It takes us about 35 minutes so that’s a pretty good pace.

Today, we only walked half the neighborhood because I wanted to do my Power Yoga video. It’s a deceptively good workout because you’re feeling calm and relaxed but later in the day, you realize ol’ Rodney Yee really helped you get moving. I am sore by the afternoon whenever I do it. I only get about halfway through it because I’m not quite limber enough for the backbends and such towards the end. Well, I put the video in and it starts skipping ahead during the workout. I looked at the disk and a few fingerprints but no scratches. I cleaned off the disk and put it back in only for it to just stop playing all together. Boo!

I remembered I had these magazine workouts I’d cut out recently, once called, “The All-New Muffin-Top Workout” from the June 2012 issue of Glamour (page 128). Okay, let’s give it a go. WOW, it’s a workout for your abs and mid-section! I feel good enough that I have no desire to slouch as I want to continue to feel the burn as I type this blog entry. That one is definitely a keeper. You just need some floor space for 3 of the 4 moves and either two 5 pound weights or a jug with liquid in it that weighs about 10 pounds. You’re sitting for that move.

Next workout might be from the August 2001 issue of Better Homes and Gardens (page 182). Not sure when or where I pulled this workout but I found it in a bag recently. Maybe it was from my dentists office….

“And Breathe”

I’ve been craving a really good stretch. I got a little spoiled before I moved because I found a great yoga studio in Round Rock and haven’t quite found the same energy (or affordability) of practice here in Huntsville. In fact, I think yoga is still considered eccentric and hippy here! We’re literally out in the woods.

Anyways, I’ve started back to practicing yoga with the use of my DVDs and YouTube videos. Today’s practice included 20 minutes from Gaiam’s A.M. and P.M. Yoga video and 30 minutes of standing poses from Gaiam’s A.M. Yoga for Your Week. As I sit at my desk typing this blog, I feel myself sitting very tall and it’s almost uncomfortable to slouch. I’m wide awake and haven’t had any coffee yet, either! Yoga practice successful!! I walked the dog for about 10 minutes before my yoga practice.

I’ve been a bit of a sloth lately and not getting in much exercise. I think the stress of some of my projects this semester has “encouraged” me to slob out a bit during whatever free time I’ve had. Not good. I’m working now to reverse that mindset and have been exercising 4 to 5 days a week. This week, I’ve alternated between 3 mile walks with the dog and short walks with the dog with the addition of a good yoga stretch. Tomorrow, I may do another day of short walk with some yoga because we’re headed to Austin and I think a good stretch before I make a 3 hour drive will be better than anything else.

The next two weeks will be spent at the UNT Conducting Collegium with a full schedule but I plan on taking my DVDs with me (I have about 5 yoga and 1 Tai Chi DVDs now) and getting in workouts as often as I can.